This family of raccoons came by to eat some deer pellets and nibble on the feed block.
After my last blog on the basics of how and why a dog vomits, I realized there was a need for some shorter informational radio podcasts in which I could impart some basic information about pet health and wellness. I figured it might be easier on the brain (and maybe better retained!) when you hear it instead of having to plow through all the words, sentences, paragraphs, etc. so this week I debuted a new show called Dog Talk University and devoted the first one to the topic of throwing up. Charming, eh? But hey – it’s really such an important topic because it can be the bell-weather for a serious medical condition that may wind up being a whole lot less serious if attended to promptly.
There are some basic myths I wanted to “bust” in Dog Talk U. It is untrue that “vomiting is normal in dogs and they throw up all the time.” Nope! When people make the mistake of shrugging off the fact that their dog threw up and doesn’t seem “quite right,” they are missing a chance to act early on a warning sign of illness. If your dog vomits and seems lethargic and listless – or if she throws up more than once and is clearly not herself, pick up the phone and schedule a veterinary visit to figure out the cause. As with any medical malady, the sooner the problem is addressed, the better the outcome is likely to be.
Don’t make the mistake of shrugging off the vomiting with excuses such as, “She eats too fast,” which is no explanation at all because a dog’s normally functioning stomach can expand just fine whether dinner is inhaled like a vacuum cleaner or nibbled over hours.
Equally misunderstood is a dog’s reaction to eating grass: some people think the reason their dog threw up was because she ate grass, but this is a classic ‘chicken versus egg’ conundrum. Do dogs vomit because they happen to have eaten grass? Or do they eat grass to induce vomiting because they have nausea or gut discomfort and need to empty their stomachs? As I explain on the podcast, the worst thing you can do once your dog has thrown up is to allow her to eat more grass – which will only further irritate her stomach, cause more vomiting and irritation and compound the problem. If your dog’s stomach is that upset, you need to get her to the vet to have her evaluated and receive medications that will calm down the problem while figuring out the reason for it.
I hope you’ll like this new feature on Dog Talk and will feel free to write me at RadioPetLady@gmail.com to suggest other topics of interest to you for my next “lecture” on Dog Talk University.
Tracie began her career as a radio personality with a live show – DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) – on the local NPR station in the Hamptons, Peconic Public Broadcasting (WPPB) from Southampton, New York (the show is now also carried on the NPR station Robinhood Radio in Connecticut and the Berkshires). DOG TALK® won a Gracie® Award (the radio equivalent of an Oscar) in 2010 as the “Best entertainment and information program on local public radio” and continues weekly after more than 450 continuous shows and 9 years on the air. Tracie’s live weekly call-in show CAT CHAT® was on SiriusXM satellite radio for seven years until the Martha Stewart channel was canceled in 2013.
Tracie lives in Vermont where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based, on 13 acres well-used by her all-girl pack – two lovely, lively Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda, and a Collie-mix, Jazzy.
My regular readers know I’ve been a vegetarian longer than I haven’t, and that I’ve especially been making an effort to incorporate more and more vegan and/or plant-based foods into my diet this year. I am not vegan, but the health and environmental benefits of choosing a plant-based diet can’t be ignored. That said, my biggest struggle has (always) been giving up the deliciousness known as cheese. Recipes that include cheese are just so glorious (hello pizza/nachos/grilled cheese), and for a long time, I just couldn’t find a dairy-free cheese that satisfied my cravings. Lucky for me, the universe brought Daiya into my life earlier this year (you may remember the plant-based party tray I shared earlier this year that stared the delicious Daiya Farmhouse Blocks), and my dairy-free cheese dreams officially came true. More recently, I discovered Daiya Slices, and suddenly grilled “cheese” had a whole new, incredibly tasty meaning.
With fall in full swing, I’ve been experimenting with autumn-inspired grilled cheese varieties that use Daiya Cheddar Style Slices. I’ve come up with a few goodies, and today I thought I’d share two of my favorites: pumpkin grilled “cheese,” and apple and spinach grilled “cheese.” Both sandwiches are savory with a hint of sweetness, and both evoke all sorts of pleasantly cozy autumn feelings.
FALL-INSPIRED APPLE & SPINACH GRILLED “CHEESE”
3 Daiya Cheddar Style Slices
1 organic apple (I like Honeycrisp)
small handful of organic baby spinach
2 slices of vegan rye bread
Cut apple into thin slices. “Butter” each slice of bread on one side with coconut oil. Place one side of bread, coconut oil side down, onto a medium skillet. Top with two slices of Daiya Cheddar Style Slices, followed by a few apple slices, followed by a few pieces of spinach. Place the other piece of bread (coconut oil side up) on top. Cook in a skillet over low to medium heat, turning occasionally, until the cheddar style slices are melted. (Tip: To help slices melt, cover pan with a lid or foil. You can also heat each pieces of bread separately and wait to close both sides of the sandwich until slices have begun to melt.) Serve with a glass of fresh apple cider.
FALL-INSPIRED PUMPKIN GRILLED “CHEESE”
3 Daiya Cheddar Style Slices
approx. 1/4 cup organic canned pumpkin (or, if you’re more driven than me, roast your own)
2 slices of vegan multi-grain or sprouted bread
Spread pumpkin on one piece of bread. Place two slices of Daiya Cheddar Style Slices on the other piece of bread. Place the pumpkin covered bread slice, pumpkin side down, on top of the cheddar style slices to close the sandwich. Spread coconut oil on each side to “butter,” then cook in a skillet over low to medium heat, turning occasionally, until the cheddar style slices are melted. (Tip: To help slices melt, cover pan with a lid or foil. You can also heat each pieces of bread separately and wait to close both sides of the sandwich until slices have begun to melt.) Serve alone or with tomato soup.
Both of these sandwiches are uniquely delicious, and make for the perfect fall lunch or dinner. These recipes are easy to multiply too, and are great for entertaining. And while the apple and pumpkin make them undeniably autumn, it’s the cheddar style slices that are the star of the show. Daiya Slices are now cheesier than ever, and perfect for grilled sandwiches, cold sandwiches, or alone as snacks. They’re also dairy-free and soy-free, and made from plant-based ingredients. Pretty great, right?
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I’d love to hear your thoughts if you make either of these grilled cheese recipes! Between you and me, the apple is my favorite, but they’re both ridiculously good.
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I live in fla…if some of the pitties that don't have a home do end up coming 2 the states….I would take 1 into my home…would have 2 be good with cats and be a male as I have a female service dog…Praying..things don't go that far…is unfair…loving,loyal breed…humans who make them fight.. Sometimes is bad breeders… Shameful…All must pay for few… Mine, slept with me, ate off a fork, big babies…
Rev. Amanda Santangelo
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Home for this lovely dog is the island of Procida, near to Naples hanging out with the fishermen.
I don’t know the original source of this photo, but it appears to be of a coyote or coydog in the West. If this is a wild coyote or coydog, then this would be evidence of hybridization between dogs and coyotes outside the East. My initial source said it was in California.
If anyone knows, I would greatly appreciate it.
Update (3 September 2016): This animal was photographed in Baja California, which is in Mexico. There isn’t much written about coyote hybrids outside of the US and Canada, but it is assumed that they do happen in Mexico and Central America. Pre-Columbian civilizations in Mexico did cross coyotes. dogs, and Mexican wolves in their menageries.
A child probably learns the most important and fruitful life lessons in school. One should always thank those teachers who put in so much hard work into a child’s development. Wish all your teachers out there on their birthday with these messages from their students. I hope you enjoy these lovely birthday wishes and quotes. […]
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I know a reputable pilot who has flown many dogs around the country to get them to safe places. His insurance does not allow him to fly outside the US. He is willing to make arrangements to take dogs should this become necessary, as long as someone can get them over the US border. Hopefully this will not be necessary, but in case it becomes so you can message me and I'll put you in touch with him.
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