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Otto’s Quick-Ish Thanksgiving Day Dinner

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Thanksgiving Day Dinner

We spend a lot of time thinking about what we want for our Thanksgiving dinner and all the different side dishes we want! Mash potatoes and Yorkshire Pudding are an absolute must for me. But you know who else wants a Turkey day treat but gets neglected… your pooch!

This Thanksgiving we are making the best meal — not to make for you and your family because there are plenty of videos to watch on that, but the best meal to make for your dog. So, if you are thankful for your dog, let’s get to cooking.

The problem with cooking for our dogs is what ingredients from our traditional Thanksgiving meal are safe for our dogs! Today we are making Otto’s easy and quick-ish Thanksgiving dinner.


Step 1: The Meat 

Let’s start with Turkey meat (no bones, no seasoning), or in this case chicken (assuming your dog is not allergic to either).

Step 2: Potatoes 

Sweet potatoes or regular potatoes. Just make sure that you boil or bake them. And don’t add the good stuff – butter, sour cream, salt, and pepper.

Step 3: Add Veggies 

For our veg, I’m adding green beans (raw) or you can substitute for broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, or celery.


Let’s add a side of Apples (no seeds). If you want to make a fun treat you can cube them and mix them into plain yogurt and freeze them in an ice cube tray.


And for dessert, Pumpkin “not so much” pie (not pre-spiced pie mix form).


Here is the no no list of what NOT to feed your dog this Thanksgiving:

  • Turkey bones, skin, and gravy or Ham
  • Stuffing, Onions, scallions, and garlic
  • Casseroles
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Creamed peas
  • Alcohol
  • Raisins and grapes
  • Yeast dough
  • Fatty foods


When we let Otto do a taste test of his fresh, safe Thanksgiving dinner, he was impressed. While the green beans weren’t exactly a hit (like kids, it’s hard to get dogs to eat their veggies), the rest of the meal was happily gulped down. I hope this gives you some ideas and inspiration on a great meal to serve your dog for Thanksgiving or any special occasion. It doesn’t have to be a fancy baked dog biscuit or a complicated recipe; just use simple, safe ingredients and your dog will love it.

I also want to thank all of my friends, clients, and family for all their referrals this year. This thanksgiving I’m truly thankful for your trust and in sharing my name with others. I am primarily referral-based and that’s all because of people just like you sharing my name with your friends and family.

Thank you thank you thank you.