Great Expectations

When Michael Vick goes to Atlanta to play football next week, he expects a standing O:

Vick will play his first game in Atlanta since 2006 when the Philadelphia Eagles visit Sunday.
Vick smiled when asked about the kind of reaction he expected from Falcons fans.
“I’m going to get a great reaction from the crowd. It’s going to be a standing ovation,” he said, smiling.

Vick, let me be the first to offer you a standing FU.

Recipe: Twice Baked Potato and Sour Cream Treats

This was sort of a leftovers extravaganza: I baked about 8 small potatoes and scooped out the flesh when cool. (Skins got tossed into the dogs’ dinner bowls.) I beat in about 2/3 of a medium carton of sour cream, a couple eggs, 6 or so tablespoons olive oil, and added some milk to thin it out. Then I sprinkled in some dill and added enough wheat flour to make a dough (maybe 6 cups). Roll dough on to greased cookie sheet, bake at 325 degrees F for about 45 minutes and cut into squares.

Food Porn, Part Four

Shots of both sides of an old bag of kibble sent to me by a generous commenter on the Pet Connection blog. The bag arrived with what appears to be kibble crumbs still inside! I accidentally washed the bag (and the envelope – ahem) and interestingly, the kibble crumbs were still clinging inside after the coming out the washer. Sorry I don’t have a date on the bag but here is a tidbit on the company:

In the early 20th century, Chappel Brothers of Rockford, Ill., supplied canned horse meat to the hungry citizens of France, Holland and Italy — and exported the scraps back to the United States as dog food. Chappel Brothers marketed Ken-L Ration and at its apex slaughtered more than 50,000 horses a year.

For the PetFoodiCurious, more tidbits on Chappel Bros (and general history of dog food) can be found here, here and here.

And while we’re looking at old dog food packaging and advertising:



Previously in this series:
Food Porn (Part One)
Food Porn, Part Two
Food Porn, Part Three

Treats on the Internets

Toronto Humane Society President, General Manager, Head Veterinarian and others charged with animal cruelty and related crimes

MN animal “shelter” kills lost police dog after deeming him unadoptable

Nathan Winograd looks at the proposed Oreo’s Law in NY, the opposition to it, and a similar law in CA

2002 article from NYT on the domestication of dogs from wolves

Man climbs into Brown Bear enclosure at Swiss Zoo for picnic, becomes lunch

Tampa man found by authorities playing video game in apartment full of dead exotic pets and feces

VA rescue that places homeless pets in homes (not PETA, obviously) wins cash prize

SC “pet food flavoring” maker to build dog and cat research facility to study what pets eat (Hint: not flavoring)

What I’m Thankful For

Before we eat, I thought we could go around the table and each say something we are thankful for (I saw this on Dexter). I’ll start.

I’m thankful for Good Samaritans:


Jennifer Mann said at first she didn’t see anything wrong with Sadie, a chocolate lab, when she found her Thursday.

“When I got up to her, her whole left side was completely ripped back like a deer carcass. It was terrible,” she said.

Mann recognized the dog and went to her owner, but the owner said he didn’t want to help the injured lab. So Jennifer took Sadie to veterinarian Dr. Sharon King.

Ms. Mann is now trying to raise money for Sadie’s vet care:

The “Saving Sadie Fund” has been created at MidCarolina Bank locations in Greensboro, Graham and Mebane. For more information, you can contact Theresa Vernon at 336-538-1600.

There is video of Sadie at the vet clinic at the link.

Vet Laments Loss of "Rational Euthanasia Policy" after Shelter Embraces No Kill

The Porter Co Animal Shelter in IN has made a number of changes over the past 18 months in an effort to implement a no kill policy:

While the effort has already resulted in a noticeable decrease in the number of cats at the shelter, she [the shelter director] predicted the problem will really start coming under control within the next five years.

Veterinarian Mary Ann Sheller, who was replaced on the shelter board as part of last year’s change in operations, disagreed with the rosy assessment, saying she continues to hear about animals being turned away or dumped because the shelter is full.

“In essence, what they have done is exchange a rational euthanasia policy for a warehouse policy,” Sheller said.

Too bad, so sad. The community tossed you off the shelter board and did away with your pet killing ways. Now all you have to fall back on is the tired old “warehousing” (pdf) argument. *dabs tear*

Monkey in a Cage Acts Like Caged Monkey

I guess nobody thought to advise “Sammy” he’s a pet monkey:

Police said their investigation showed Green was holding her granddaughter near the cage that held Sammy, a monkey kept in the home as a pet. The baby started crying. Green then noticed the monkey had reached outside of its cage and grabbed the hood of the coat Brenna was wearing. Police said the monkey began pulling on the hood, causing the baby’s head to repeatedly strike the metal cage. The monkey let go of the hood but started pulling the infant’s hair, police said.

The baby was checked out at a hospital in IN and released. Luckily, there were no serious injuries… this time.

WI Greyhound Track to Close

Dairyland Greyhound Park in WI is set to end racing on December 31, 2009. From their website:

Wisconsin State law provides that the greyhounds are to be adopted to new homes, sent to another racetrack for racing purposes or returned to their owners. Our kennel compound will remain open until all greyhounds are properly placed.

If you are interested in adopting a racing Greyhound, visit the website for more information.

Dinner at Chez Dog

We’ve got weevils. (Don’t worry, that’s not what’s for the dog dinner.) They can apparently get into most anything and I don’t know how we’re going to get rid of them. For starters, I’m trying to cook everything in the cupboard to diminish their food supply. Unfortunately this also diminishes our food supply so I’m not sure what the end game here is exactly. At any rate, I boiled up every kind of pasta we had in the cupboards. (Note: Weevils float to the top of the pan as soon as you dump the pasta in so you can skim them out if you don’t want the added protein.) I then cooked up some spinach, carrots and yellow squash and stirred them in. Minced parsley, yogurt and cottage cheese were added and I topped each dog’s bowl off with a couple hunks of mozzarella. Add calcium and oil (I used fish oil caps for this meal) and serve.

Treats on the Internets

Another “Uga” – the University of GA Bulldog mascot – has died. He was 4 years old.

Animal terrorism indictment for MN man likely linked to IA research facility break-in

Veterinarians in Morgan Co, CO work with local rescue to offer low cost neutering

Marion Nestle reminds us there is ONE FOOD SUPPLY and all us mammals eat from it

AVMA has a page for news on H1N1. Some cats and ferrets have contracted the virus and one cat has died.

Woman in Scotland stabbed her dog because he was barking, had her pets taken from her as a result, and now has gotten them back. She was reportedly “under a lot of stress”.

For those wanting to know more about Pets Alive, the sanctuary that offered to take Oreo, they have a nice slideshow.

Bill proposed in Ontario to repeal the dreadful Pitbull ban