Today before I tell you about the unsafe foods for your dogs, I would like to give you some information about our calendar and our upcoming event.
I am very proud to announce that the winners for the covers of our first annual "2009 Kings and Queens of the Verde Valley Calendar" have been chosen by our mayor, Diane Joens.
Mayor Joens had a very challenging job the morning of Oct. 9. All of the entries were spread out on tables and the mayor very enthusiastically looked at everyone.
There were so many wonderful animals to choose from. Even the mayor realized that she had a tough job ahead of her.
Mayor Joens' choice for the front cover is "Mary Bullock" a beautiful Yorkie that looks as if she is always posing for calendars. Wait until you see that little face.
She is adorable and absolutely adored by her parents Don and Connie Bullock of Cornville.
The winners of the back cover are "Dalai and Llama Makela." These gorgeous Himalayan felines are almost exotic in looks. Wait until you see their faces, they seem to be saying, "We just know we are going to win, look at us."
Their proud mom is Ms. Jen Makela who resides with her beauties right down the road in Cottonwood.
Congratulations to our winners. We are hoping to have the calendars delivered the second week of November.
For those that didn't win this year, please be assured that this is only the first of many calendars to come.
I have one more announcement for you. Fall is here and that means it's time for our "Second Annual Bark and Wine."
This is event once again takes place at the Oak Creek Vineyards and Winery out on Page Springs Road.
The ride out to the Winery is gorgeous and so relaxing. What a wonderful way to spend Saturday, Nov. 8.
Come join the fun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We will have cats and dogs up for adoption at special event prices.
Sample the wine and while you are there come out and meet our furry friends. Someone just may want to go home with you. This is a fun filled day with raffles and our VVHS "Feed Fido" game.
Do you get tempted to give your canine best friends food items from the table? If you are guilty, it's important that you know what foods are unsafe for your pets.
I have to admit that I am guilty of this bad habit, but I do choose the foods very carefully.
One of our house rules consists of no begging at the table. That doesn't mean that Kya and Honey wait patiently, it means they wait.
Both girls are aware that normally leftovers are shared when the meal is over and the kitchen is being cleaned up.
Could that possibly be the reason I have to keep Honey on weight reduction dog food?
Items such a chicken bones, rib bones, fish bones, small bones and anything else that can splinter or cause choking are always out of the question.
For nights when we have unacceptable leftovers, acceptable items are stored in a ziplock baggie in the freezer.
The two of them have no idea the treats are from last week, they are always just excited that we shared.
The ASPCA provides a list of 13 foods to avoid feeding your pet and what harm they can cause to your animal. Some of these items may come as a surprise.
The list contains unsafe and even deadly items that can harm your pets. It's important that you share this list with other family members.
Someone unaware of the dangers can accidentally cause severe health issues to the animals in the household.
1. Alcoholic beverages: It's not funny to see how your pet behaves after drinking from your glass. This practice cause intoxication, coma and even death.
2. Avocado: High fat content can lead to problems with the pancreas.
3. Chocolate: In any form can contain caffeine, theophylline and theobromine which can all be toxic to your pet's heart and nervous system.
4. Coffee: The heart and nervous system can become toxic from the caffeine in any form of coffee.
5. Fatty foods: Pancreatitis can be caused if your pet consumes too many fatty foods.
6. Macadamia nuts: These tasty morsels contain toxins that can effect not only the digestive system, but the muscles and nervous system.
7. Moldy or spoiled foods: If you wouldn't eat it then why would you even think about giving it to your pet? These foods can contain multiple toxins. Stick to mom's old rule "When in doubt, throw it out!"
8. Onions and onion powder: Sulfoxides and disulfides in onions can cause damage to the red blood cells, which leads to anemia.
9. Raisins and grapes: The toxins in these items can damage to the kidneys. The damage can cause kidney failure and then death.
10. Salt: If given in large amounts it can cause an electrolyte imbalance.
11. Yeast dough (Unbaked): Known to expand in the digestive system, which can cause death.
12. Garlic: Less toxic than onions and can be used sparingly to flavor your dogs' food or to make dog treats. I found it used in many dog treat recipes.
13. Items sweetened with xylitol: This artificial sweetener can cause a rapid drop in blood sugar than can result depression, seizures and a loss of coordination in your pet. An item such as gum containing xylitol can cause great harm to your pet.
If you feel the need to give your dog special homemade treats, here are some recipes that are totally safe for canine consumption.
Homemade Frosty Paws
1 ripe banana
4 oz. fat-free yogurt-vanilla flavor
2 oz. water
Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree. Pour mixture into ice cube trays on individual small paper cups and freeze.
Easy Jazzie Treats
2 cups powdered milk
2 cups wheat germ
1 cup oats (Quaker Oats)
Enough water to moisten oats
2 jars baby food meat (MUST NOT contain onions)
Blend ingredients together on low speed until mixed. Drop by spoonful, one inch a part onto greased cookie sheet. Flatten each drop evenly.
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.