Posted By Ann
If you can start the day without caffeine or pep pills,
 If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
 If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
 If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
 If you can understand when loved ones are too busy to give you time,
 If you can overlook people accusing you when you are not guilty,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
 If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
 If you can do all these things...
Then you are probably the family dog.

    It was when I read  these wise words from an unknown author  that I thought about the odd, to us food fads of some of the dogs and cats I have known.   
    Dogs, we are told are carnivores but can live on an omnivorous diet but cats are obligate carnivores yet I have been  astonished by the odd tastes both cats and dogs can develop.
    I once had a Boxer who adored raspberries and could pick them off the cane and help herself. Becky also loved chocolate and once stole and ate a large block of Cadbuury Milk without any apparent ill effects. It had been left on the table overnight and all that remained in the morning were the wrappings, the silver foil laid out flat as if by a human hand.



        Henry is my much loved little rescue dog.of mixed breed whose very favorite treat is a piece of raw carrot. He is deeply hurt if I  give a pony carrot without offering him a piece.
       I have heard it said that if a huddle of people are earnestly discussing something in a corner at a party, the chances are that they are comparing the bizarre gourmet tastes of their cats. I once had  a cat who loved raw tomatoes and would steal them from a salad whenever he got the chance.  Another  I knew  had an even stranger taste, he loved oranges; yet another  nuts,
and yet another was a chocoholic.  No one had told her, it is poisonous to cats and dogs. It was impossible for anyone to eat chocolate if Sheba was in the room without offering her a piece, she would jump  on the person enjoying this tasty treat and snatch it from their fingers with her paw.

           Mr. Mistoffelees, whose story and photo feature in my book THE POWER OF THE CAT has two very uncarnivourous tastes, he likes a slice of bread or toast spread with Marmite for his lunch and just loves any sweet bread such as fruit loaf or Boston Bun. on the theory of A little of what you fancy does you good I indulge him. I also try to see that all my animals get an interesting and varied diet. Food, after all, should be a pleasure not just a means of survival.

5 Comment(s):
Alan said...
Our poodles have jumped up to grab nectarines and peaches off the trees and also ate raspberries. One used to pick (very carefully) blackberries, the others waited until I picked them.
August 2, 2010 9:05 AM
leonie hall said...
Well said Ann. Leonie
July 23, 2010 3:18 PM
Ann said...
Sounds as if Daniel has even more unusual tastes than Henry!
July 17, 2010 3:23 PM
Lyn said...
Ann, how nice to see Henry! I've not only missed you, but your fur family too, so its good to visit your blog and see the latest pics. Aren't those wise words about dogs so true! Daniel Spaniel, like Henry, also enjoys raw carrots and broccoli, cauliflower stalks and cabbage. His special thing are mandarins and he can run from the other end of the house (not so far now), mouth all a-drip as soon as I pick one and begin to peel, as he knows he will always score a segment or two. I thought this strange until I read about your cat with the prediliction for oranges!
July 14, 2010 10:46 PM
Vera Guest (aka Sue Varteg) said...
Hi Ann Louise, I found this from your new blog and couldn't resist a comment. I agree one should treat one's pets to something special in addition to his/her regular diet. Star loves cheese. He gets a piece after his pain pills - well I have to let him know I care, even though I've made him have something he doesn't like. Vera.
July 10, 2010 5:44 PM
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