A skateboarding Japanese bulldog called Bazooka is the latest internet sensation. Some very entertaining film of Bazooka riding his board in aTokyo park is proving a huge hit at places like this BBC website.
The only problem Bazooka’s owner has is that Bazooka loves to eat his skateboard too, which is proving rather expensive.
This is far from the most unusual eating habit we’ve heard of, however. Dogs can get cravings to eat the most bizarre things.
This need to eat non-food items is known as pica and can involve dogs consuming anything from linoleum to electrical cords, coins and clothing to kitchen knives.
Scientists think the condition is the result of factors such as stress, obsessive-compulsive disorders and brain damage. It can also be caused by sheer hunger.
Needless to say, this can be dangerous. Among the stranger things dogs enjoy consuming is anti-freeze, which many dogs lap up when it leaks from car radiators on to roads or garage floors. Antifreeze contains a sweet-tasting chemical called ethylene glycol, which is a powerful stimulant to the dog’s sweet taste buds. Small amounts of antifreeze can cause “drunkennessa”, vomiting, depression and diarrhoea.
We all know that dogs love sweet things. Given half a chance they will gobble down any sugary treat that is lying around. But why?
Scientists think it is linked with their genetic ancestry. In the wild, dogs and wolves eat a diet that is 80 per cent meat. The other 20 per cent of their diet comes from plant and fruits. The sweet tooth has developed because dogs react positively to the sweet tasting chemical furaneol which is present in many fruits and especially in tomatoes. This explains why – after a tasty plate of meat – our dogs’ next favourite meals are sweet tasting ones.
This sweet tooth can get dogs into trouble, of course. Chocolate can be poisonous dogs, for instance. This is because it contains high levels of theobromine which is a cardiac stimulant and diuretic. Cocoa powder and cooking chocolate are particularly bad for dogs. A 10kg dog can become seriously ill by eating half of a 250g block of cooking chocolate. It may experience nausea, palpitations and even a heart attack. So owners should always be careful to ration the amount of sweets and chocolate they feed their dogs, giving them healthier treats and snacks, like those shown below, instead.
Here are a few products that your dog will love!
Euro Puppy has done a little research. Any brand, that has a dog as a mascot is appreciated by us. Curious as to the origins of the Hush Puppies shoes we did some research, and Boy, are the results amazing! Most of us know the Hush Puppy adverts…of a sad-faced, yet adorable Basset Hound with the longest of ears. All in aid of selling a few very comfortable shoes, called ” Hush Puppies”. But where does it originate from? Well, a Hush Puppy is actually an American food that consists of small cornmeal balls that are deep-fried. The ingredients include cornmeal, flour, eggs, salt, baking soda, milk, and water, and can include onions and peppers. How did a fried ball of cornmeal get that name and what connection does it have to a Basset Hound, or shoes for that matter?? Well, “hushpuppies” is often attributed to hunters or fisherman who would quickly fry corn meal and feed it to their dogs to “hush the puppies” during cook outs so that while the dogs were quiet, they could talk. So how did a Basset Hound and comfortable shoes get that name??? Well to be able to understand that, Pig-skin has to be mentioned. Say what? Yes. Pig-skin…
The Hush Puppies brand was founded in 1958 and the aim was to develop a practical method of pig-skin tanning for the US military. Pig-skin is believed to be one of the strongest of leathers and the Government wanted to use it for making gloves for soldiers. From the idea of gloves, shoes were born. The brand became instantly recognizable as a leisure casual wear of the late 1950s and 1960s American life. It experienced a resurgence in popularity again in the 1980s and 1990s. The Hush Puppies name and mascot were the creations of the brand’s first sales-manager, James Gaylord Muir. Initially, the company’s advertising agency recommended naming the product “Lasers”. However, while on a selling trip to the southeast, Mr. Muir dined with one of his regional salesmen and the meal included the traditional Southern fried cornballs, or more precisely: hushpuppies. Mr. Muir saw a connection to his new product. The term “Barking dogs” in the 1950′s was an idiom for sore feet! Putting two and two together Mr. Muir realized that his new shoes from pig-skin were so comfortable that they could “quiet barking dogs” – alleviate soreness in feet…or hush the puppies as it may be. And so Hush Puppies was born! Today, Hush Puppies are manufactured mostly in Hungary and as a brand, it has one of the highest brand recognition levels in the world, with many countries reporting over 90% recognition. Who would have thought……