Are You A Retriever Person?

9 01 2009

With “Marley and Me” continuing its romp through the box office, I thought this would be a good time to discuss the retriever breeds.  Not everyone is a “Retriever Person.”

marley-and-meFirst, I want to give a little background on what good salespuppies retrievers can be.  One time, Mom told me a story about this man who was trying to sell an old car.  He had a “FOR SALE” sign with his phone number on the car, but no one ever walked over or called to take a look at it.  Undeterred, he had a stroke of genius to drive traffic!  My doggie mom, Autumn, had recently had a litter of puppies.  There were eight of them and of course, like all retriever pups, they were beautiful and wonderfully cute.  The man took some pictures of the puppies he borrowed, and he put the pictures all over his old car, and he placed an ad in the local car classified with a picture of one of the puppies in the driver’s seat.  The pictures of the pups brought much needed attention to his car, and he made the sale at the asking price within days.  It is true that retrievers can sell just about anything. Read the rest of this entry »

Spike Says: Dangerous Foods For Dogs

9 12 2008

Be careful of the following, as they can bring harm to your friend.

  • CHOCOLATE Theobromine is the culprit. It causes rapid heart beat, vomiting and seizures. Dark chocolate is very toxic.
  • ONIONS & GARLIC May cause a severe form of anemia
  • CAT FOOD Can cause pancreatitis. Cat food has too much fat and protein for dogs
  • MUSHROOMS Contains too many toxins to name and can cause vital organs to shut down
  • AVOCADO Every part of the avocado is toxic. It can cause oxygen deprivation
  • GRAPES & RAISINS May cause kidney failure
  • NUTS Walnuts and macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs. Can cause pancreatitis
  • RHUBARB, POTATOES & TOMATOES May trigger problems in the digestive tract
  • ALCOHOL Can cause liver failure

Some other things to look out for:

  • Raw fish
  • Tobacco
  • Marijuana
  • Candy
  • Gum
  • Yeast
  • Eggs

If you think that your dog has been exposed to any of these things, call the poison control line of the ASPCA at 1-888-426-4435.

Spike Says: Tip For Halloween

21 10 2008

Since the Halloween season is upon us, Spike wants to remind you to keep all candy, but especially chocolate, away from your dog.