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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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Walking Disposal

by Richard

Am I alone in this, or is there something seriously wrong with our dog-dude, Buzz, the part-lab, part-pit bull, part-goat, part-beaver, part-cow dog we adopted last year?

I’m only slightly kidding about all those parts that make up Buzz Aldrin Jones. Slightly.

The Labrador and pit bull parts, yeah, we can see them in his build. The others, though, they’re all behavior and most have to do with his mouth. See, we’ve watched him gnaw up an empty Sprite can (hence the goat), have several huge sticks around the yard that he likes to sit and gnaw on (see the beaver bit) and one of his favorite outdoor dishes (following slightly-slower-than-average squirrels) is grass (and that’s the cow.)

Whenever I’m making dinner, Buzz is right next to me waiting to scoop up anything that falls on the ground, be it onions or meat.

What caused this post was what I just dropped. A floret of broccoli. Buzz zoomed in like that boat-eating ship from the late Roger Moore phase of James Bond and just gobbled up the broccoli. He took off with it, dropped it in his favorite eating spot and settled down for a spot of light noshing.

Not only that, but I’ve seen him devour entire stalks of broccoli that have gone to the great compost heap in the back yard, which is, of course, the actual back yard. I tend to throw away old veggies into the wooded patch off our porch when I can’t use them. Figure it’ll help the critters. I didn’t figure on it feeding Buzz.

Seriously. Do your dogs do this? I always thought the walking garbage disposal thing was a myth, an urban legend. Now I’m not so sure.

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Dude Food: Pork Tenderloin Casserole

by Richard

I’m bringing back this recipe because we’ve just linked with a new site, Foodista, that has lots of great recipes. Including more on pork tenderloin.

Pork Tenderloin Casserole on FoodistaPork Tenderloin Casserole

I love pork tenderloin. It’s tasty as all get out, rather light on fat (provided you trim off the fat that comes on one side of the tenderloin) and mostly it comes in large enough sizes to feed my family of walking garbage disposals.

However, you can only make it the same way a certain number of times before the little dudes start gagging at the words “pork tenderloin for dinner.” Combine that with my love of casseroles (considering I can throw stuff together, pop it in the oven, set the timer and come back to a cooked meal after swim and dive practice) and I think I’ve finally found a winner.

I present to you pork tenderloin casserole. We had it last night and it was delicious.

Pork Tenderloin Casserole

about two pounds of pork tenderloin
1 package of center-cut bacon
1 large jar of sliced mushrooms and some fresh mushrooms
1 medium onion 1 egg, beaten
salt and pepper to taste
Italian bread crumbs

Okay, first, season the pork with salt and pepper and then cut the tenderloin into large medallions. Then dip them in the egg and then dredge them through the bread crumbs. Set them aside.

Get a large skillet and gently fry the bacon. Cook the bacon until it is just past raw and getting a little crispy. Just a little, mind. Add the chopped onions and saute with the bacon. Set the bacon and onion aside and keep the bacon grease in the pan.

Pour most of the bacon grease out, but keep enough to coat the bottom of the skillet. Return the skillet to the flame and then brown the pork medallions until they’re a golden brown.

Remove them and place them on the bottom of a greased oven pan. Layer the bacon and onions with the pork. Pour the fresh mushrooms and the bottled mushrooms, with the juice, over the pork and bacon. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes. Eat! Enjoy!

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