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Posted by wmmbb in DOG BLOG -.

Yesterday is always embedded in today. Often photos do not appear to recognize what has gone before. I am not sure what Dexter and Hannah remember what happened days and weeks ago. However, they always seem to be keen to get going, and they remember things that I do not perceive.

Left to their own devices, dogs are carnivores. However,they are flexible and eat most items they are offered. Chris Weathers at AlterNet suggests:

Who knew that a few sticks of sugar-free gum could kill your dog?

Evidently many people don’t, but the veterinarians who spoke to AlterNet tell us they’re seeing more animals coming in with hypoglycemia after eating as little as a stick. And even if the animal’s blood sugar returns to normal, there’s quite a bit of concern that liver damage, and possibly death, may follow.

“It’s not just dogs, it’s cats as well,” says Maureen Saunders, owner/director of the Spring Valley Animal Hospital and Cat Care Clinic of the Nyacks. “And it’s important to get the word out there, so people know to watch for this.”

Many of us tend to think that dogs and cats can eat what humans eat. We often don’t think twice about giving them a bite of our cookie or worry too much when they scavenge for food. But dogs and cats don’t metabolize foods the same way we do, and many of the foods we eat without problems can hurt, and even kill them. Here are eight of the most harmful foods to keep away from your pets.

He specifies the particular foods not to give dogs (and cats): Xylitol(a sugar free sweetener),Chocolate, Avocados, Macadamia Nuts (often in biscuits),Grapes and Raisins, Yeast Dough, Onions and Garlic, and Marijuana Edibles.

The proposition is made by Professor Mike Archer in The Conversation, with particular reference to Australian agriculture:

The ethics of eating red meat have been grilled recently by critics who question its consequences for environmental health and animal welfare. But if you want to minimise animal suffering and promote more sustainable agriculture, adopting a vegetarian diet might be the worst possible thing you could do.

I appreciate that dogs are by nature scavengers, but I am never sure that what they find along the way will be good for them. Human beings might have both a moral sense and discrimination that dogs appear to lack.

One method to investigate this suggestion may be to hook dogs up to brain sensors, as is done with humans. That gives a one sided, but nonetheless interesting picture. Scientific study using MRI scanning found:

There was a common network of brain regions involved in emotion, reward, affiliation, visual processing and social cognition when mothers viewed images of both their child and dog. Viewing images of their child resulted in brain activity in the midbrain (ventral tegmental area/substantia nigra involved in reward/affiliation), while a more posterior cortical brain activation pattern involving fusiform gyrus (visual processing of faces and social cognition) characterized a mother’s response to her dog. Mothers also rated images of their child and dog as eliciting similar levels of excitement (arousal) and pleasantness (valence)

Then time passes and we all die. Scientific American suggests there may come a time when there is no more time. To get that story money must be exchanged. Last week happened and their are photos as proof. One intruder among them suggests that in past time the birds could not be heard above the noise of the movement of coal. And that represents positive progress:

The present, both now and in the past, has been difficult to deal with without some form of medication, such as gin – hence Madam Geneva. Mark Knopfler describes the hangings at Tyburn and “keeping the demons at bay on a hanging day”:

The first hanging at Tyburn apparently took place in 1196. William Fitz Osbern was a ringleader “in trying to organise an uprising of the poor in London.” So yesterday and today, violence has its overt purpose.



1. wmmbb - November 15, 2014

Transportation to the colonies became the humane alternative. That perhaps, and the fact the prisons, including the hulks, per Dickens, were full to overflowing. The genius of neoliberalism has been to turn the incarceration, social control system into an outsourced, money making enterprise, much as the war system has become.

2. wmmbb - November 15, 2014

I don’t know about anyone else, but I found the eight foods not to give dogs very useful. While not a full list, it is a start.

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