DUKE SAYS “I’M NOT A DOG!”

This week, Duke rejected a meal — which all the people in the house had happily eaten the previous day — because it had potatoes in it. Duke, who claims he is not a dog, does not like potatoes. Any potatoes. Not even salty, curly, spiced French Fries!  “But,” said my son, “ALL dogs love fries.” Not El Duque. He used to like potatoes, mind you. In fact, he used to beg for them. Now? He puts a fry in his mouth, carries it to a corner where he drops it, then comes back to beg for another. Because the new one might be better than the last.

 

Having him reject the same chicken stew we all loved was my final straw as a chef.

“It’s dog food for you,” I announced. How spoiled is your dog when he gets picky about human food? I had actually begun to carefully pick out the cooked peppers from food since Duke refuses to eat them. Clearly, a few weeks of dog food should clarify his position in the food chain. For the first time in recent memory, he didn’t get any leftovers last night. There really weren’t any leftovers anyhow, but I usually save my last bite or two for him because he’s a good boy. But good boys do NOT reject my chicken stew (which had actually been a pot-pie, but humans ate the crust).

I couldn’t help myself. I was insulted by my dog. As permanent full-time cook, his rejection of my chicken stew — good chicken stew — was more than I could handle. I am convinced before the week is out, Duke will start to recognize his doghood. He is not a person. He is a dog because he is eating dog food. Which is probably better for him anyway, though frankly, all that chicken with onions and mushrooms and tiny cut-up (by hand!) potatoes looked pretty good to me.

NOTE: Dog food or not, he still doesn’t like potatoes. Especially fries.



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  1. Luckily for me none of my dogs or, surprisingly, cats have been picky eaters. Naomi’s lot are another story though. Toby, we believe has some type of food allergy. His behaviour as a young dog was really bad, he was very snappy. Naomi cut a lot of processed foods out of his diet, any biscuits with red colouring are banned. He’s a much better dog now. Teddy is a good eater but it does amuse me that if you give him something off your plate that he doesn’t like, toast for example, he won’t eat it but then he is right back begging for the same thing two minutes later, which he still doesn’t eat. We don’t share breakfast with Teddy anymore.

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  2. Cats are usually the picky ones. Maybe Duke thinks he’s a cat?

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    • He does have a deeply emotional relationship with tennis balls, but in some ways, he is kind of catlike. He does what HE wants to do and eyeballs you to see if you are serious about him moving out of your bed (for example). Even then, he may implant himself and refuse to move. Once he fully relaxes, he is VERY heavy.

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  3. Well, I guess my husky is in good company. I make a chicken, carrot, and beef stew for my huskies, today my male stood and looked it over. Then walked away. I made a video of him as he contemplated his dinner then walked back to me as if to say you really need to do better. Someone is going hungry tonight.

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    • I was actually insulted. Even my husband wouldn’t do that because he’d worry what I’d cook NEXT time. Duke sort of toyed with the food, ate a few mouthfuls, then just walked away. I’m still mad at him which is pretty silly. I mean, he’s a dog. He doesn’t understand insults … or does he? Sometimes, he really LOOKS like he’s giving me that “look.” He rolls his eyes like a teenager.

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  4. He may be a picky eater, but oh, that face! What a doll.

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    • He is awfully cute. It’s the one ear up, the other down and those googly eyes.

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      • El Duque is SPOILED by You and O. He’s given more freedom, leeway and TLC than our past furry kids. I also like the guy but he is VERY pushy. I am not thrilled by his presence on the bed. I used to get a lot of grief over the amount of food and treats given to our other dogs. The tune has changed. Hey, let him eat cake!
        Yes, I know El Duque is my shadow. Not MY call.

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  5. Most of that dog food isn’t very good. He’ll smarten up fast…
    Leslie

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  6. Our short, hairy and mute ‘children of the fur” can be as troublesome as a kid who talks. Sez me who never had a human child, only fur kids. Ziggy goes through moods, sometimes he’ll eat anything (and I mean anything) that he can snarf…I caught him yesterday trying to get a graham cracker (a full sized one) off the table. How he reached it is beyond me as he’s far too short. But limber and good at climbing obviously. O_o. If Duke doesn’t want your chicken stew, you can send it here. Ziggy and I would eat it with gusto! Ziggy gets kibble (a mix of the dry kinds on sale recently) and he usually clears his bowl in a couple or three days. He mainly subsists on table scraps. When he starts turning up his nose at things he usually really likes, I get concerned and I’ll monitor what I give him, to see if he’s just too stuffed or bored. If things don’t improve, it’s off to the vet to make sure all is well with him. I hope Duke is well and is just bored. Dog food should show him the error of his ways and I’m sure he’ll be back, beggin’ in no time. I’ve never heard of a dog that wouldn’t eat potatoes, but Pudge didn’t like fries either.

    A trick I read about somewhere was to take the snubbed ‘dog’ food (whether it was human or actual dog) and place the bowl in the refrigerator and pretend to enjoy it yourself…with lots of “YUMMMMM nom nom nom” type eating noises. Make sure the dog hears and sees you doing this. Apparently that kind of action triggers something in the dog brain and they’ll usually gobble the previously unwanted dish of food because they think somehow that YOU want it and will take and eat it. Might work?

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    • The dog food seems to be working. Last night he tried counter surfing a bowl of cut up peppers and a plate of raw summer squash. Dog food. It cures the “I’m too good to eat leftovers … please cook me my own steak.”

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  7. Too bad of him to reject the stew.

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  8. HAA!
    I’ll tell ya though – having Kim (our dog of youth) under the table saved us from many an unsavory food item. He wasn’t picky at all.

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    • The Duke has always been a bit picky, but only with dog food. But now that he has savored the better food, he apparently thinks I should cook especially for him. That is NOT happening. Maybe we should hire a special chef?

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  9. Onions are very bad for dogs. Perhaps Duke is trying to tell you this. I recently made a list of all the foods that shouldn’t be fed to dogs–some of them even potentially lethal. One I didn’t realize was anything with Xylitol. Onions and garlic topped the list which also included nutmeg, BBQ Sauce, pork, rabbit, lamb, tomato in large amounts, chocolate (which everyone knows.) walnuts, pecans, macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, peaches and plums. Who knew? Any pits are harmful–especially peaches and plums, but also avocado pits. Dogs love peanut butter which if fine, but some contains Xylitol, which is a no-no for dogs.

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    • He wasn’t rejecting the onions. It was the potatoes which are good for him. Also, lamb is one of the top three meats that are good for dogs. He doesn’t like most fruit … except watermelon which all our dogs loved. He only gets a fingerful of peanut butter to “wash down” a pill and it’s the better stuff without additives. But garlic has never been a no-no and is usually good for them, at least the real thing. Not great gobs of it, but flavoring.

      In any case, most of that stuff we don’t keep in the house, so we are unlikely to feed it to the Duke. I can’t remember the last time I ate rabbit. They don’t sell it here. As for lamb, I wish. It’s so expensive we only get it for special holidays. As for barbecue sauce, there have to be several dozen versions of it in the grocery. I would have to ask WHICH barbecue sauce? What we DO have around is taco sauce, homemade pasta sauce (Owen makes it), homemade chicken broth, meatloaf, chicken fajitas, burritos, and sometimes, I make my own Chinese food.

      Apples are good for most animals, but not the seeds which contain arsenic. When I kept parrots, I had to be careful not to give them apple cores. As for peaches and plums, we haven’t had a decent harvest of them in a long time. The weather has been wrong. And anyway, I have trouble digesting them. I’m okay with melon (any kind), berries (usually strawberries which are local) and I don’t feed dogs corn because it makes them itch. I stopped buying grapes when they started to send the GMO version. Yuk.

      I’m more careful about what I feed the dog than what I feed ME. The Duke eats VERY well which is why I was peeved about the chicken stew. It was mostly chicken, but it had carefully cut up tiny piece of idaho potatoes in it and green beans (which — along with fresh carrots — are very good for dogs, if you can get them to eat them). It didn’t even have commercial sauce: it was homemade broth!

      I spend a fortune on the best dog food I can find and a lot of the stuff they advertise isn’t good food — just expensive. They spend all their money on advertising. The vet made us throw it away. She said it was really BAD for them. Go figure.

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      • Garlic might be good for us, but dogs metabolize certain foods differently than we do. According to the Merck Veterinary Manual, garlic and other members of the allium family, including onions, contain thiosulfate, which is toxic to dogs but not to humans.

        Thiosulfate causes oxidative damage to red blood cells, resulting in hemolytic anemia. Symptoms of anemia include pale mucous membranes, rapid breathing, lethargy, weakness, jaundice, and dark colored urine. Garlic toxicity also causes symptoms of gastrointestinal upset, including vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, depression, and dehydration.

        How much garlic is toxic to dogs?
        Studies have found it takes approximately 15 to 30 grams of garlic per kilograms of body weight to produce harmful changes in a dog’s blood. To put that into perspective, the average clove of supermarket garlic weighs between 3 and 7 grams, so your dog would have to eat a lot to get really sick. However, some dogs are more sensitive to garlic toxicity than others, and consumption of a toxic dose spread out over a few days could also cause problems

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      • And.. re/ the lamb:from a nutritional perspective, the best source of animal protein for dogs is chicken, closely followed by fish, as both of these ingredients contain high levels of protein and with optimum amino acid profiles to ensure your dog gets all the amino acids he needs from his diet. These amino acids are needed to help to maintain essential tissues and key functions in the body (like maintenance and repair of the skin). Lamb is deficient in taurine in particular. This is an amino acid that is needed for the heart, skin, brain and other areas in the dog’s body so it’s important to check that his lamb diet contains additional taurine to make up for this.

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        • He tends to like chicken and beef. He REALLY loves fish when he can get it. I will defer to you on garlic because that is not what I have read or what the vets say — quite the contrary. But then, I don’t use that much garlic in a week, much less in the dog’s bowl. The lamb dog food has lots of taurine, but I stopped buying it because he doesn’t like it. Usually, his food is chicken based because he likes it better than the rest. He basically doesn’t much like dog food. The other food he gets is beef when we have leftovers — a couple of times a week. But otherwise, he gets dogfood because it is better balanced than human food. I read labels and buy the best quality food I can find. The Diamond Natural was good food, but very bland. All the dogs got tired of it.

          The Duke has no symptoms of any kind. Not gastric, not anything. He’s incredibly healthy. He’s just permanently hungry.

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