I loved clipping roses in full bloom from my garden and displaying them in a vase on my kitchen island. The bouquet of beauty brought a smile to my face with each inhale of its delightful fragrance. There was a time I kept a variety of houseplants around my home. I even had an indoor tree for many years that I carted around every time I moved from apartment to apartment or to house to house.

Well, that’s no longer the case. I’ve had no choice but to resort to placing a moratorium on all plants entering my home, even some artificial ones. My four-legged fur children are inquisitive youngsters who struggle with temptation. Hoping they’ll abstain from nibbling on indoor plants that might be toxic and lead to illness, or much worse death, is not worth the risk. As a responsible pet parent, it’s our duty to keep our pets safe.

I’d like to share an article written by my friend Debbie De Louise entitled, “Keeping Your Indoor Pets Safe from Household Hazards.” You’ll read about my take on plants in her article, and there’s much more valuable information from other pet owners that I think you’ll also find very helpful.

Although the theme of my newsletter is usually inspirational and this month’s story is instead informational, I felt the message is a very important one for pet owners to receive. Especially during this holiday season when we’re hurrying here and there and perhaps getting distracted when normally we wouldn’t.

Thank you for being a part of my life and for taking time out of your day to read my work. I hope that I continue to inspire and equip you with newfound knowledge.

Wishing you and your pets a safe and festive holiday season.

Merry Christmas!
Denise Lee Branco

Check out Denise’s recent contribution to:

More Birds of a Feather: An NCPA Anthology-A Collection of Short Stories
about Animals

Her story is entitled: LIVE LIKE A KID (A Story About Goat Mountain)