Christmas through the Eyes of Dream – Safe doggy Foods!
Good morning everyone, what an amazing dream I had last night! In it, I could see all of my best friends who are all different dog breeds, and each so different in every way. My dream was about a doggy event called “bark in the park” which I was at on a gorgeous sunny August day when I was very small. All the other puppies there were small too, so we had great fun and chats. Guess what also happened?
As it was a warm day, I need to drink more water and protect my skin from the sun. I have pink areas under my coat as my breed was designed like that. My mammy and daddy put sun protective cream on me, which is very important. Little Gizmo a Bichon Frise who was also there had sun burn before, and now always wears factor 50 for doggies. While I was sipping my water, a family came up chatting to us and they had a very large Golden Retriever named Gussie. He was so big and cuddly I like him straight away. I knew he was young as he was a little silly like me, so we bonded straight away.
Gussies’ mammy said that last Christmas eve when he was a puppy back then, he was naughty! That night as the family slept, he jumped up on a chair and ate, mushrooms, onions, garlic & raw potatoes from dishes which were being prepared for the Christmas dinner. The next morning as all the children raced downstairs and ripped open the presents which Santa had left, they noticed little Gussie was very quiet, slouched in his bed and looked so sad. He had been sick overnight so he was brought to his local vet straight away. The vet said that garlic, mushrooms, onions and raw potatoes are all dangerous and food that Gussie should not eat. After 3 days on treatment and plenty of care & love from all the staff in the vet hospital, Gussie was able to go back home and enjoy the rest of his Christmas. I think he learned his lesson.
We love food
As the day went on there were competitions for all of us puppies, there were German Shepherd, Labradoodle, Pomeranian, Pug, Beagle and a huge Rottweiler puppy there also! For little doggies like me, we had to just walk around ( easy..) and I even won a prize because everyone said I was so cute. When I went to collect my yummy prize, I met a cocker spaniel puppy named Charlie. Her coat was a lovely golden colour, and she licked me straight away. I knew she was well socialised as a puppy too, as she was so lickable and nice. Charlie told me that she also was very cheeky the month before when she went to a neighbours house for Sunday lunch. While her mammy & daddy were chatting with the adults, she “drifted” into the kitchen and “noticed” that the fridge door was open. Charlie stuck her nose in, and there was a huge big bowl of dessert there. It was full of grapes, raisins, crushed walnuts all resting on a yummy bed of melted chocolate and rhubarb tart. My tongue was wagging at this stage!! Charlie enjoyed munching it down a lot, however it proved to be disastrous. That evening, little Charlie started vomiting and suffered some severe seizures where she lost consciousness. She was rushed to the vets clinic where she was diagnosed with sudden liver and kidney problems. Poor Charlie was in critical care for 2 weeks, and thankfully did survive. She did lose a lot of weight as a result, and the vet doctors said that she had damaged her pancreas like a diabetic. I learned that rhubarb, chocolate, grapes, raisins and too many walnuts are bad for us doggies. Cheeky Charlie had a very close escape!
On the way home that day, I heard my mammy & daddy say what is safe for me to eat. I pricked my ears as Charlie & Gussies’ stories had frightened me a lot. I may only be a puppy but I don’t want to be in danger over Christmas, and I also want all mammy & daddies to know what is safe to feed little doggies like me. I love blueberries, apples, bananas and even kiwis. These are good, and safe for me too. I also like green beans, sweet potatoes and pumpkin, all which won’t harm me. For a little Christmas treat, I will get a little plain cracker with some peanut butter or small amount of honey on it. This will be the best Christmas ever now!
It’s time for me to sleep now, and I will share my next dream with you very soon.