Dogs, Food and that other matter

Hands up those of us who give our pets tit bits from our plate (not necessarily licked off the plate mind).
dogs dinnerHands up (and stop sniggering) those of us who have done so with, how-shall-we-say, unfavourable results?
I thought so.  There are a lot of us about.

Maggie likes to have a taste of whatever we’re having, from breakfast cereal to chips and yoghurt.
We do not let her have things like chocolate, any spicy food, onions, sprouts, carrots or pasta, though she is rather partial to rice which is no problem as we have a fair bit of it one way or another. She has hers with a drop of milk, we have ours with chilli or curry!

An ex boyfriend gave his dog Saki once, and then wondered why he staggered a bit.
We have all seen at least one film where the mutt fetches the beer out of the fridge and gets some (‘Shooter’ comes to mind here) and think how cute it is.

beer dog 2
All of us dog owners become connoisseurs of dog poo, and recognise our owns by colour, texture and consistency. It also helps us to know they are healthy.
Some people can even identify a dog’s diet without the need of a laboratory, and hey, we all know when a dog has eaten something that doesn’t agree with them.
One of my earlier dogs had a terrible case of worms, or so I thought. My Ex had actually given him the left over spaghetti pasta which sadly went straight through him.

The ‘phantom poo-er’ on the dog walk is still with us, and I have seen him let his dog loose then wait in the car park and watch it chase the rabbits, sniff out the latest offerings in the grass, and then add its own.
dog pooA poo bag (even those supplied by the marina) never crosses his mitt to clear up after his mutt and that leaves me more than a bit miffed!

With the Festive Season coming up, it’s all too easy to give in to those pleading brown eyes as they gaze lovingly at us, our plates and then back again. It may be all very well saying ‘it’s only a little bit’, but if enough members of the family give our furry friends a little bit, that soon amounts to a lot of it, which in turn can amount to an unwelcome pile of  s**t.

hungry dogsThose of us who prepare our own Christmas fayre know exactly what goes in it, so if alcohol and nuts are ingredients in the pies, pudding and custard, sorry Dog, you won’t get any.

For my part, I can tell when Maggie is missing something in her diet purely by the colour. This is usually related to biscuits, and I don’t mean gingernuts (only those dunked in daddy’s tea) or custard creams (we share, half each). We have always tried to find the right balance and thus opt for dry food rather than tinned.
On our dog walks in the woods before we came here, there was so much muck we knew which dogs were ‘laying’ what. One couple fed their Irish Setters on anything with sweetcorn in it.

Funny though, I never once saw a neat little coil of the stuff as indicated by what you can find in a joke shop.
dog poo 1Oh, and a definite No-No
DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, LET CHILDREN FEED THE DOG PEANUTS.
My nephew did as the dog seemed to love them and sadly I wasn’t fast enough pulling the car over on the way home.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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4 Responses to Dogs, Food and that other matter

  1. janegundogan says:

    Since moving here to Turkey My Hurley Dog has left me with some amazingly spicy surprises while on our daily constitutionals. His palate has changed dramatically as well and he is particularly partial to stuffed dolmas. For his birthday this year we put a candle in one and gave it to him as a birthday cake 🙂 He was very grateful.

    • Our previous dog loved donuts. The first lasted forever as he licked off the sugar, turned it over to lick the other side and the carpet, and then nibbled into the rest. He found the jam and licked all that out, again turning the donut over to make sure he hadn’t missed any, then finished his treat off. The next one lasted two bites. After all, it wasn’t new and exciting anymore!

      • janegundogan says:

        My Hurley Dog is addicted to anything sugary or sweet. If he ever got his paws on a donut I would hate to think what it would do to him. I truly believe that when he gets any sugar he is on a high and goes bad sh*t crazy!

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