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Reasons Not to Give Your Dog Bones

bonesIt’s the holidays and you want your dog to share in the treats of the season. Before you share bones from the holiday roast, please read what the Food an Drug Administration wants you to know why giving your dog bones is a bad idea. Here is what they had to say:

You’ve just finished a big weekend family dinner and you are wondering what to do with the bones from the ham and roast, when in trots your big black Labrador Retriever. It’s hard to resist those longing, puppy-dog eyes.Your veterinarian has told you it’s a bad idea to give bones to your dog, but you’ve done so in the past with no harm done.

“Some people think it’s OK to give dogs large bones to chew on” says Carmela Stamper, a veterinarian in the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“Giving your dog a bone might lead to an unexpected trip to your veterinarian, a possible emergency surgery, or even death for your pet.”FDA has received about 35 reports of pet illnesses related to bone treats and seven reports of product problems, such as bones shattering when pulled from their packaging. The reports, sent in by pet owners and veterinarians, involved about 45 dogs.

A variety of commercially-available bone treats for dogs—including treats described as “Ham Bones,” “Pork Femur Bones,” “Rib Bones,” and “Smokey Knuckle Bones”—were listed in the reports. Many of these products differ from uncooked butcher-type bones because they are processed and packaged for sale as dog treats. The products may be dried through a smoking process or by baking, and may contain other ingredients such as preservatives, seasonings, and smoke flavorings.

Pet owners and veterinarians have reported the following illnesses in dogs that have eaten bone treats:

  • Gastrointestinal obstruction (blockage in the digestive tract)
  • Choking
  • Cuts and wounds in the mouth or on the tonsils
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Bleeding from the rectum, and
  • Death. Approximately eight dogs reportedly died after eating a bone treat.

Remember that your dog can pick up bones while out on a walk. He could also get into the kitchen trash and eat bones that you may have thrown away.

Talk with your veterinarian about other toys or treats that are most appropriate for your dog,” says Stamper. “There are many available products made with different materials for dogs to chew on.”“We recommend supervising your dog with any chew toy or treat, especially one she hasn’t had before,” adds Stamper. “And if she ‘just isn’t acting right,’ call your veterinarian right away!”

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On this Thanksgiving

We are Thankful that”Can Do” Street is a Place You Choose to Visit.


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The Store at “Can Do “Street Opens with $25 Free Shipping and Value Packs with 30%+ Savings

storeThe Store at “Can Do Street opened today with 30% Savings on Value Packs and Free Shipping on orders of $25+. Children are sure to enjoy the “Can Do” Kid products and parents and other shoppers will appreciate that all the products are well-made, easy to care for, and budget friendly.

This holiday season, we are offering our first of many “Can Do “Kids” books. Our first book is a full color, hard cover book which deals with a real fear of children who will be away for Christmas.  The book title says it all…Can Santa Find Me on Christmas?

Our value packs offer products at a 30% savings compared to buying each product individually.

The Christmas Book Value Pack includes:


  • Our book, Can Santa Find Me on Christmas?
  • A set of “Can Do” Kids Safety Flash Cards that feature a character on one side of the card and a safety message on the other side
  • 2 scratch off cards for down loading 2 ping-pong game apps for use on Android smart phones.
  • 2 full-color “Can Do” Street tee shirt iron ons.

The Young Chef Value Pack includes:

  • A 100% cotton apron and chef hat
  • 2 scratch off cards for down loading 2 ping-pong game apps for use on Android smart phones
  • 2 Chefs Club tee shirt irons ons.

Don’t forget to check out the “Can Do” Kid Character beach towel that works well as an after bath towel!


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You Can Get to the Store 4 Ways:

  • Click on The Store icon in the right hand column of this page
  • From the “Can Do Street” home page – click on the awning that reads…The Store
  • From the “Can Do Street” home page – click on the cloud that reads…Store
  • From the URL address…

 Happy Values Happy Shopping…Happy Holidays!

Take 25

Take 25 is a preventive child safety campaign created by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).

Take 25 Take 25 encourages parents, educators and others involved in caring for children to take 25 minutes to speak with their child(ren) about safety. The Take 25 website, is a site you will want to visit. It is filled not only with what to say and share with children, but how to say it so as not frighten children in the process.

Take 25’s focus is on prevention. Their site provides free safety resources including safety tips, conversation starters, and engaging activities. A key feature on the site is the page, “25 ways to make kids safer,” with categories that include:

  • Home safety
  • Internet safety
  • Going to and from school
  • Being out of the house on their own

The discussion guidelines page advises adults to be prepared for a safety discussion by knowing the safety materials, considering what to share and how to share it given a child’s age and having visuals that will help the child understand what is being explained to him or her.

Take 25 content suggests making the most of everyday opportunities to speak about personal safety rather than waiting for the “right time,” Such everyday opportunities could be a family meal or a ride in the car or a walk. Take 25 literature stresses that any discussion needs to include encouraging your children to talk openly and ask questions.

Guidelines on Take 25 reinforce talking not lecturing children on safety.

Safe behaviors can be shared in ways that are not frightening to young children. The way that adults share safety information can help children develop the confidence to believe that they will know what to do, or who to turn to in an unsafe situation.

Take 25 gives parents the means to feel more comfortable when their children are out on their own.

Coming Soon…The Store at Can Do Street

storeAs creator of “Can Do” Street, I am pleased and excited to announce a new addition coming to our site in the next few weeks!

The Store at “Can Do” Street will be open in time for holiday season shopping. The Store will offer quality products your children are sure to enjoy; products that are well-made, easy to care for, and budget friendly with free shipping on orders $25+.

This holiday season, we are offering our first of many “Can Do” Kids ’s books.  Our first book is  “Can Santa Find Me on Christmas? It’s all about how some of the “Can Do” kids are worried that Santa won’t find them if they are away from home on Christmas.

You can purchase value packs that offer products at a considerable savings of 30% compared to buying each product individually. The Christmas Book Value Pack contains our Christmas book, a set of “Can Do” character safety flash cards, two a ping pong game apps scratch off cards and two”Can Do” Street tee shirt iron ons.

Our Young Chefs Value Pack has an apron and chef’s hat, as well as two ping pong app scratch off cards and two Chefs Club tee shirt iron ons.

In addition to the value packs, all items in The Store can be purchased individually.

In 2016 we will be adding to our inventory with 3 new books, which will come out in April, July and October. Other items will include a “Can Do” Kid bubble mitt for the bath and a set of “Can Do” Kids character linens.

We look forward to seeing you at The Store!




Jean Campbell (Grandma Jean)