Dogs and the Fireplace
Now that it’s winter, many of us build fires in the fireplace (or flip the switch on the gas fire) to help ward off the cold. Who enjoys that fire most in your household – you or the dog?
We are only able to have a gas fireplace in our house. Our chimney would have had to be rebuilt to accommodate a wood burning fire and while I would have loved that, the convenience of a gas fireplace is hard to beat. Jack pretty much ignores it, but Maggie loves her place by the fire.
My sister’s dog Taj insisted her bed be moved closer to the fireplace on cold day not too long ago. She stood next to the bed, which was by the TV, and pointedly looked at the bed and then to the fireplace and back and forth until my sister moved the bed. She then climbed right in and fell asleep.
While it is perfectly okay to allow your dog to sleep in front of the fire, there are a few safety tips you should be aware of:
- If it’s a wood burning fire, be careful of sparks and be sure to keep the glass door or screen closed.
- Keep your dog’s toys and other flammable materials away from it. Dogs like to toss toys in the air…make sure they don’t play that game near the fire.
- Never leave a fire unattended.
- At this time of year, be careful of stockings or other decorations getting too close to the fire.
- Make sure your smoke detectors are in good working order.
- Be sure and get your chimney checked and/or swept each year to prevent soot build up and a potential hazard.
Dogs (and humans) love curling up in front of the fire – enjoy, just be safe about it.