|This one has far more beauty than brains, obviously, and that big mouth gets her in a lot of trouble. |
No, that's not the graphic image I was referring to in the post title, but you'll want to quit reading now if you wish to avoid it.
We also learned to be adept and quick in identifying the source of any given gastric upset. In this case, we ran through the usual list of obvious questions:
- Did she get into the kitchen trash can?
- Did the teenager or her friends leave any junk food within reach in her bedroom? (chocolate is poisonous to dogs).
- Did any passers-by toss any trash over our fence that she might have eaten? (we back to a public sidewalk)
We had a poorly constrained variable on this one because we had spent the previous night in an extended-family member's beach house in Galveston. I had examined the house for dog-proofness, but I had not considered the hand soap as a potential evening-ruiner. I think she ate it because we don't use scented soap in our house (allergies) and therefore she figured it might be a foodstuff because that particular bar had a strong smell to it.
How did I figure out it was hand soap?
- She was alternately listless and anxious (not feeling well, obviously).
- She was reluctant to eat her dinner (I'da thought it more likely that the Earth would stop spinning on its axis).
- She drooled several times earlier in the day (and she never does that).
- She drank copious amounts of water in the several hours leading up to the resulting barf-a-thon (which made the clean-ups even more fun for me).
So there you have yet another suburban existential milestone aptly described. Happy pet parenting. Sigh.
|This is a very nice graphic (source unknown or I would credit it) showing foods that are toxic to dogs. Of course, soap is not on here as it's not a food per se...|