Monthly Archive:: July 2012

“My Dog is an Alcoholic”

A friend of the Mutt team sent us this story about her dog and we just had to share:

My Dog is an Alcoholic

We have four plum trees in our backyard, and they were bountiful this year.  Unfortunately, despite canning, jamming, and heavy eating, there was still a huge drop of fruit all at once, and rotting fruit covered the ground beneath the trees.

A week after the first tree dropped all its fruit, Fig started to act strange. He slept a lot and was out of it during the day. I gave him a little extra care thinking that he was depressed because he hadn’t seen his little buddies in a while and was lonely. A few days later, I decided he might have the flu, so I started to watch him more because he was sleeping and puking after eating.

Fig’s vomiting continued and got me very worried. Then I remembered that we changed his brand of food around the same time, but my husband thought his symptoms started earlier. I went to the pet store to ask if there was a recall or other dogs that had issue with this particular food. Fig has never had any trouble changing brands—he is part goat. The store tried to see if there was an ingredient that might cause allergy, but the only new ingredients were anchovies and eggplant. Fig had eaten another flavors in this brand in the past, so I decided it was not a likely cause.

Then I read that some dogs produce too much bile as adults, and Fig is just over a year now. We decided to started feeding four small meals a day instead of two in order to reduce vomiting. Overproduction of bile IS common in schnauzers. If your schnauzer is puking after breakfast or eating a lot of grass, try reducing size and increasing frequency of meals—it works!

More frequent eating reduced Fig’s issues, but he still had problems another week later.  Then I got worried that Fig might have eaten a plum seed. I had seen him hanging out under the trees. He is young and likes to chew, so I became worried that he might need surgery to unblock his intestines. This is one of the most common causes of death in puppies. We started to watch every poo, but he was pooping just fine: no black color, great texture, and he was regular. We decided to ban him from under the trees as a precaution, even though when I offered him a ripe plum he dropped it like it was disgusting.

A week later I left the backyard for the bathroom. While sitting there, I looked out the window. Sure enough! Fig thought I was not looking and was wildly eating rotten plums, as if he hadn’t eaten any food in weeks! Worse was the fact that this was a cherry plum tree with smaller seeds. He was clearly eating them whole. I ran back outside and chased him off. They were all rotten! He doesn’t like ripe ones—he waits for fermentation!

There is a small amount of cyanide in the pit of any stone fruit (peach, plum, apricot, etc) which is dangerous, but if the dog doesn’t chew the pit the cyanide in a plum seed will not be the issue—intestine blockage and stomach inflammation are the things to watch. We found 8 seeds in his stool that night, which was scary, but I was glad everything was passing. He didn’t appear ill at all, so I decided that after the pits passed and he would be fine, and I raked the entire yard.

Fig got better a few days after the plums were raked up, so I think this proves why Fig was acting strange. I am certain he was tipsy during the day and getting hangovers. My husband is now calling him the BOOZE HOUND.

Do dogs crave rotten things because they want to feel drunk, or is it accidental and they just like the flavor? I say they want to get drunk. Fig was grazing on rotten plums on and off throughout the day, so I say he understands cause and effect clearly. Then he was treating this hangover with a little HAIR OF THE DOG.

I finally told a friend about all this, and she forwarded me this video. This made me recall that as a kid that our neighbors’ pigs got drunk on rotten apples. I guess most animals are boozers!  You have to watch this video…it’s unbelievable.

We have a friend with a Rottweiler who goes to bars with him and will beg for a splash of beer. I figured it was because the dog liked the beer flavor,  but now I think it might be just so he can hang like the humans and get drunk. If you are thinking dogs and beer are a good combo, don’t.  Any more than a splash can kill them according to science research, and dogs won’t stop drinking if they find it. When we adopted Fig as a pup, we were told to keep beer away from him, so some people are in the know already, and I am betting they know a dog who died of alcohol. My advice: don’t feed your little alcoholic booze—it’s a rough way to go.


Alert: In Hot Weather, Pets Belong at Home, Not in Your Car

Dog in CarOverheating Kills: What To Do if You See a Pet Locked in a Hot Car

With summer upon us, temperatures around the nation have been rising and nothing upsets me more than discovering a helpless pet locked in a hot car on a warm day – even if the windows are open. WHAT IN THE HECK are these people thinking!?! Living in Southern California, I spend more time running around grocery stores and strip malls trying to track down the clueless owners of these poor pets who then proceed to tell me they "…just ran into the store for a minute..." or  "…left the windows open, so he should be fine…"  My answer to them: No – your pet is not fine and here's why:

Point Number One: Even on a relatively milld 85 degree day, it only takes 10 minutes for the inside of your car to reach 102 degrees – even when the windows have been left open an inch or two. Within 30 minutes a car's interior can actually reach a staggering 120 degrees. Your car is now an oven.

Point Number Two: Even if the temperature outside is a pleasant 70 degrees, the inside of your car may be as much as 20 degrees hotter. Parking your car in shade does not offer protection on a hot day because the sun moves.

Point Number Three: While humans have sweat glands all over our bodies that help regulate our body heat, dogs cool down mostly by panting, which is much less efficient than sweating. In only a short amount of time, a dog with a high body temperature can suffer critical damage to his nervous system, heart, liver and brain.

Do Something! What You Can Do

At least 14 states and many municipalities have enacted laws to address the problem of animals left in cars in extreme temperatures. Under these laws, you, police, animal control agents, peace officers and others may be authorized to enter a vehicle by whatever means necessary to remove an animal. Learn more about the regulations in your area here >

If you’re out and about on a hot day and see an animal alone in a car, you should immediately try to find the car’s owner. If you have no luck, or if the owner refuses to act, contact local law enforcement and/or animal control. 

In my opinion, if the local law enforcement or animal welfare officer can't arrive quickly enough, I say get the dog out of the car  - keeping in mind that you shouldn't put your life in danger either. As well, the ASPCA has created these handy Pets In Hot Cars flyers (pdf) which you can print out and distribute in your neighborhood to help educate people about the danger of leaving pets in hot cars.   

I am going to keep these flyers stocked in my car glovebox – I encourage you to do the same!

-Janet McCulley

Source: Janet McCulley, The Daily Treat at

Mew-Dern Family: Now Available in HD [PHOTO]

Mew-Dern Family: Now Available in HD

Have you ever wished for a TV channel dedicated exclusively to cats? With this clever DIY project, you can convert and upcyle an old, clunky TV into a swanky kitty pad. Learn more how to make this CatTube at

Possible programming:  "Days of Our 9 Lives," "Meowsy Shore," "The Young and the Purr-fect" and "Mew-dern Family."



Vintage Cat bed

Source: ModernCat / Janet McCulley, The Daily Treat at

Cat Demands Privacy Whilst In Loo [VIDEO]

Screen Shot 2012-06-13 at 1.05.25 PMIt can be awkward when you walk in on people utilizing the facilities. Watch how this crafty kitty takes matters into his own paws when caught in a private moment.

[Related: Patient dog tolerates class-five-clinger cat– VIDEO — Animal Planet]

After a shooting an unmistakeable look of discontent at the invasive intruder, watch as this gun-shy cat promptly shuts the door tight, where we can only assume that he finished his business free of interruption! 






Source: Janet McCulley, The Daily Treat at

Baby Bulldog Scares Bejeezus Out Of Mom [VIDEO]


Screen shot 2012-06-20 at 4.16.31 PMPick On Somebody Your Own Size

Watch this brave little bulldog pup show a full-sized bulldog who's boss. After a riveting showdown, the pup delivers a final blow that sends big momma running for the living room.

[Related: Cute pup boldly confronts self in mirror — VIDEO — Animal Planet]

We're all for building up the confidence of your wee ones, but methinks this little pup may develop an overly inflated sense of self! Dontcha think?





Source: Janet McCulley, The Daily Treat at

Whale Blows Out A Rainbow [VIDEO]

Rainbow Seen from whale's blowhole

Nyan Whale?

You’ve heard of Nyan Cat, but a Nyan Whale? While this whale doesn’t necessarily resemble a poptart, that’s most definitely a rainbow we’re seeing shooting out of his blowhole. Check out the action at 0:18.

[Related: Nyan Cat: Cute, Bizarre & Totally Addicting — get Nyaned on this site]

What does it mean? What does it MEAN?!

What’s next for this cheerie rainbow-spouting whale? We’d like to challenge him to blow out a double rainbow, or perhaps butterflies and rainbows. Wait…how about butterflies, rainbows and bunnies?  Yep. That’s it.


Source: Janet McCulley, The Daily Treat at

Is Your Pet As Spoiled As Karl Lagerfeld’s Kitten?

Ash15GWCIAA8ghuFamed fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld just couldn't part ways with a darling white kitten he was charged with babysitting, so he did what any animal-lover worth their weight would do –  he decided to keep the cat instead! No discussion. The kitten was not leaving his house!

The wee white fluff-ball, named Choupette, has now found herself living quite the life of luxury under Lagerfeld's care. Forget cat nip and designer kitty furniture– Choupette eats with Lagerfeld at the table, sleeps on his pillows, and plays with an iPad. Not only that, Choupette also enjoys the service of two housekeepers who apparently wait on her day and night. The maids have even been keeping a diary (of nearly 600 pages!) of the cat's activities. 

She even has her own twitter account, @ChoupettesDiary, with 6,800 followers and counting. Now what could a cat be tweeting about?

Are your pets this spoiled? If so – share your stories below!

Source: MSNBC
Image Source: @KarlLegerfeld 

Source: Janet McCulley, The Daily Treat at