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Digestive Dangers Dog Dogs

There’s a reason human food is called that.

You’re supposed to feed human food to, well, humans. Same thing with dog food. Although, I did grow up with a girl who enjoyed nothing more than snacking on a dog biscuit, but I think that was more along the lines of a cry for attention than an actual appreciation for the crispy taste.

A recent article in the Huffington Post went on about twelve human foods that can harm dogs. And I’m not talking about dropping a huge wheel of Cheddar cheese on your dog’s head. Don’t do that, either. No, these are foods that are dangerous if digested.

In yesterday’s post, I went over the first part of the article, which included foods like chocolate, milk, cheese (see?), avocado, macadamia nuts, grapes and raisins, garlic and onions.

This go round, I start with something I’ve been doing to Buzz, The Garbage Disposal That Walks Like A Dog, with a distressing regularity.

The humans in our family love apples. Their favorite is the Honey Crisp varietal, which is pretty expensive. Because of the cost, I’ve encouraged the young dudes not to share their cut-up apples with the dog, no matter how much he begs. However, they and I have a tendency to give in to those puppy-dog eyes and drop the dog the apple’s core.

Turns out, that’s not such a smart thing to do. Apparently, apple cores (as well as the cores of plums, peaches, pears and apricots) contain cyanogenic glycocides, which you might know better as cyanide. Yeah, the poison. It’s not enough to drop you in your tracks if you eat just one, but it can build up and dogs weigh less than a human, so it builds up quicker.

Another no-no is feeding the dog active bread yeast or dough. If a dog ate active yeast dough, it can ferment in his stomach producing toxic alcohol or could expand in the digestive system, producing dangerous levels of gas and rupture the stomach or intestine.

One of the reasons we’re told not to give a dog chocolate is that chocolate contains caffeine, which is bad for them. (Us, too, but no way am I giving up my Diet Coke.) So it should go without saying that you shouldn’t actually let your dog drink the leftover half-caff, skinny latte. Or any coffee. Or Coke. Or Monster or other energy drink.

Caffeine overstresses the dog’s nervous system, leading to vomiting, hyperactivity, heart palpitations and even death.Bacon, yes, bacon, is bad for dogs. The poor dears.

Finally, most surprisingly, and most horribly, the food we’re not supposed to share with our doggie friends is. . . wait for it. . . not yet. . . bacon.

Yes, bacon.

I’ll pause here while we contemplate the appalling wasteland of the future without bacon. All right, enough. It’s not like we’re being told no more bacon, just don’t give it to Spyke.

Bacon, like most foods high in fat, can cause a dog’s pancreas to become inflamed (called pancreatitis) and stop working. Once that happens, the dog’s digestion gets all wacky and derails nutrient absorption.

All in all, that’s a pretty heavy and extensive list of human foods that are explicitly not for dogs.

Just to be safe, and prevent a lot of table-side begging, maybe we should just not feed Spot any human food at all.

Well, other than broccoli. Buzz, The Garbage Disposal That Walks Like A Dog, loves his broccoli and those greens are good for everybody.

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Dude Food: Mac & Cheese

by Richard

I’ve got nothing against Kraft Mac & Cheese. After all, I practically lived on them, along with the occasional Ramen noodle for variety, during certain periods of my college and post-college life.

It’s just that, after a while, as you get older and your taste buds mature somewhat, you might come to crave something a little more substantial from your mac & cheese. I know I do, as does my wife, known to me as She Who Must Be Fed.

With that in mind, I did a little experimenting last week on trying to find some, let’s say, adult mac & cheese. I decided to go it on my own, rather than surf the many great recipe sites out there, like — for instance —

Simple Mac and Cheese on FoodistaSimple Mac and Cheese

I wanted something tasty and extremely simple. With that in mind, let me present to you Richard’s Easy Mac & Cheese. See, the word easy is right in the name so you know it must be good. Or easy. Or maybe just friendly. It’s up to you to decide. Here’s what you’ll need.

Whole wheat macaroni elbows
1 pkg Emmenthaler cheese
1 pkg sharp cheddar cheese

Oddly enough, that’s pretty much it.

Emmenthaler, if you’ve never heard of it, is similar to Swiss cheese in that it’s whitish and can come with holes in it. As opposed to Swiss, Emmenthaler has a mildish, nutty flavor to it. I used the cheddar as a base flavor since that’s something we’re familiar with.

Basically, I just boiled up some of the elbow pasta and then drained the water from it. While the water was boiling, I got out the cheese grater and shredded both the Emmenthaler and the cheddar into a big pile. I used about a 1 to 3/4 ratio of Emmenthaler to cheddar.

Once the elbows were done, I dumped in the cheeses and mixed while it was hot.

It was, I must say, delicious. I think you’ll really love this recipe, both for its ease of making and it’s fantastic taste. Both of my older little dudes tried it and liked it. Speed Racer, when he saw it and smelled the piquant cheeses, shook his head and ran to get a cookie. Still, two out of three not throwing up at first smell is pretty good in this house.

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Dude Food: Black Bean Chicken Chili

I love a good chili. There’s nothing like it for those cold, dreary winter days when the sky lowers and clogs around you and all you feel like doing is crawling back into bed and pretending the alarm never actually went off. When I start feeling like that, I pull out my chili recipe file and pick the one that most interests me. Today, that chili is the Black Bean Chicken kind. I recently made a big batch of the stuff for my wife, known to many as She Who Knows A Good Thing When She Smells It, and some friends who serve on a community service organization board with her. They loved it. I think you will as well.

You’ll find the recipe behind the cut. Continue reading Dude Food: Black Bean Chicken Chili

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