A food warning for dog owners.

I shoulda posted this a couple weeks ago, but I kept hoping we’d get more news.

Seems up in Canada there was a sudden rash of small dogs suffering from Falconi syndrome.  Though this CAN be a genetic disease thats rare, and its much more likely to be caused by a toxin in the animal’s food.  In these cases the only thing these dogs had in common was chicken jerky treats fed regularly.  The chicken jerky varied in brand, but in all cases was the meat was from China.  The specific toxin that is causing the problem this time (most folks will remember the massive recalls a few years ago cause of melemine) has not been identified. 

As of the last information I can find no larger dogs have fallen sick, but if it really is the chicken jerky then likely its only a matter of time before a larger dog ingests a large enough amount of the toxin, and since the US shares a large number of products with Canada the problem will likely cross borders shortly if it hasn’t already.  If you feed your dog jerky treats (of any kind of meat) and it does NOT say Made AND Sourced in the US it is more than likely that the meat comes from overseas, and though meat from some countries is ok, meat from China is, frankly, suspect.  I highly recommend finding a different treat for your dog. 


A while back Tam posted about how she does her coffee, and apparently today a nother blogger commented there about how he was giving a Chemex a try. (I was decried as an infidel in the comments for my flavored coffee, poor folks have never had the good stuff :p.) I’ve thought about trying a Chemex several times, but first thing in the morning I’m just not that functional. As much as I’d prefer to grind my coffee on a daily basis I don’t even do that every morning. Instead I grind a weeks worth at a time, and I brew it in my Mr Coffee (though I’ve a stovetop perculator for when the power goes out) cause I can do that without requiring thought.

We’re currently ordering from Berres Brothers, and we usually get a selection, including Highlander Grog, and their Breakfast blend (look, a non-flavored coffee!!). They ship quick, and have wonderfull coffee. I used to exclusively buy Millstone’s Chocolate Velvet coffee (it smelled and tasted like a fresh baked chocolate mocha cake) but when Smuckers bought them out they stopped selling the whole bean in 5lb bags which I found annoying as heck, so I decided that if I was going to be reduced to ordering in small bags I was going to find someplace I was willing to buy a selection from.

So thats my coffee story!

Where’s Kapone?

So, you have two dogs, and they’re your babies.  The older of the two you’ve had since you were a teen, and is now 11 years old.  Oh yes, they happen to both be pitbulls.

They got through the fence on Friday.  It does happen, even to the best of pet owners, but a neighbor says all is not lost, they saw an Animal Control Officer picking up two dogs that match the description of your two.  So first thing Saturday you rush down to the Memphis Animal Shelter to pay the fine and look for your dogs. 

There’s Jersey, in the back row of cages.  There’s a mention on her kennel card of the 2nd dog picked up with her…..but he’s no where to be found.  MAS authorities review the camera take, they say that the 2nd dog picked up at the same time as Jersey isn’t Kapone, but they can’t ID which dog it was.  That dog’s apparently missing too. Oh, and you’re not allowed to watch the video footage.

Last year (2010) MAS “lost” 155 animalss.  Thats not a euphanism, they literally have no explanation for where those animals went after an ACO supposedly brought them in.  In January 2011, they “lost” 40 animals.  Then, for some reason, they stopped reporting how many animals went missing, for all the months after that.  The rest of the numbers are there, but not how many went missing.

This is a picture of Kapone.  The Shoup family is offering a $1000 reward for the return of their dog, no questions asked.  If you know someone in the area please ask them to keep an eye out for this dog.

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From YesBiscuit