Linguist Free

Retired Irish curmudgeon and part-time pirate. Currently hiding out in Ecuador

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  1. about 4 hours ago on For Better or For Worse

    It’s a bad idea for humans to eat some of the crap they do! The debate about feeding or not feeding an animal “table scraps” is never-ending, with “experts”, vets, nutritionists, trainers and breeders, and pet owners on both sides or the argument.

    I only had one hard, fast rule in my home, with any pet. They were not allowed anywhere near the dining table when I was eating. They were never allowed to “beg” for food, either.

  2. about 4 hours ago on For Better or For Worse

    Garlic – if the dog likes it, is good for them. Onions in any form, are a big no-no for any dog. Chocolate is also something to keep away from your pup.

    Chicken has the highest amount of protein for a dog. Beef is among the lowest. Fish is also excellent. Lamb ( yeah, I know, bring your banker when you by that ) is highly recommended for dogs with sensitive stomachs and has a very good protein yield. Veggies, rice, an occasional raw egg, are also good, but corn is hard for the dog to digest.

    I am not a fan of rawhide chew toys and advise against them – as do many vets.

  3. about 5 hours ago on For Better or For Worse

    Believe it or not – and there are lots of people out there who don’t ( including dog food manufacturers ) – dogs, while they don’t have very refined taste buds, their sense of smell drives their appetite and no two dogs are the same when it comes to eating food.

    As dogs have evolved as domestic companions, they’ve developed individual likes and dislikes. One dog food or method of feeding does not fit all.

    I have had many canine companions in my life and they all differed in their eating habits. My last buddy was a 90lb. purebred APBT (American Pit Bull Terrier), a rescue – deaf from birth – who was a “sensitive” eater.

    I would mix “wet” and dry together for him but rarely resorted to canned dog foods. Like you, I would buy large amounts of chicken, cook it and then cut some up to mix in with his kibble. Occasionally, I would put in fresh fish or cooked pork ( rarely beef, since beef offers the lowest amount of protein for a dog ).

    Years ago, I was working as a consultant for a major, high end, animal food company. I was required to take more hours of course training in animal nutrition than most vets ever have. I really got an education in what really goes into your pet’s food.

    Like kids with breakfast cereals, dogs particularly like the cheap dry foods that are bad for them – because they contain large amounts of sugar. Getting a dog to eat healthily is a lot like getting a kid to eat nutritiously…

  4. about 5 hours ago on Kliban

    Latest replacement for Gary Cohn in Trumplandia.

  5. about 5 hours ago on That is Priceless

    " I am not going to tell the Orange Emperor that I, too, miss Justice w/ Judge Jeanine. "

  6. about 5 hours ago on That is Priceless

    They needed more ____ skin and less play.

  7. about 9 hours ago on Ballard Street

    Pity the four Bieber boys, staggering down the sidewalk, full of ‘nanner daqs, singing (off-key, of course) all the show tunes from Cats.This is right up Scooter & Rusty’s alley. A perfect strike!

  8. about 10 hours ago on Ballard Street

    I can take or leave Mrs. Helsletlie – mostly leave – but I’d love to see those mutts roll a strike at is Irma Higglepooder.

    She’s so busy looking down her nose at everyone, she can’t bother to look up and see what clownish capers those conniving canines are contriving to complete.

  9. about 10 hours ago on Shoe

    " I flew all the way from the West Coast … and boy, are my arms tired!"

    ____ Heathcliffe the seagull ( Red Skelton)

  10. about 10 hours ago on Non Sequitur

    Right now it’s Send In The Clowns!