How I Learned Which Foods Are Hazardous To Dogs
I have a lot to be thankful for. A great job as a financial consultant in the beautiful Napa Valley in California, a comfortable home and a happy family that includes a rambunctious Husky Pomeranian mix, check them out here. While I love my job and the clients I work with, when I get home from work all I want to do is forget about the day and relax with a glass of wine from the vineyard down the road. As you can imagine, living in one of the greatest wine producing regions of the word, I have a lot of options available to me and enjoying and noticing the nuances of a wine help me focus on something other than work as I work to refine my wine palette.
I also enjoy the produce and fruits Napa Valley offers and frequently pair my wines with local delicacies I picked up at the farmer’s market. On one night not so long ago, I decided to open a bottle I had been saving for a special night. I had closed a big account that day and felt like celebrating and treating myself. I made a gorgeous spread of cheeses, fruits, vegetables and chocolates and opened the wine so it could breathe. As the wine was breathing, I decided to go out and fire up the grill so I could make a celebration meal for myself and my family to enjoy. Little did I know that while I was out playing grill master, my precious pooch was inside playing gourmand. When I came back inside, I found my meticulously laid out platter on the floor with nothing but crumbs on it. All I had to do was look at my dog and instantly I knew who the culprit was. His cower said it all: “Yep! I’m guilty!”
Quickly, I called my veterinarian (the same vet who took care of his ear infection problem previously) to see if the little guy needed to come in. She asked what he had eaten and I started to recount his meal. Halfway through my list, she stopped me and said to bring him in. As it turns out, the local raisins, the plums, the roasted garlic I made to eat with the baguette and cheese, the wine soaked local goat cheese, the sliced avocado, the macadamia nuts and the chocolate were all on the list of foods that are hazardous to dogs. After tending to my little man, the vet sent me home with a list of hazardous foods and now I know to make sure to reserve the fruits of the valley for my human family!