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Things Dogs Don’t Like

Filed under: Real Life — DRJ @ 8:43 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

I learned something new tonight. My dogs don’t like olive oil. I’ve had dogs eat almost every substance imaginable and many that are dangerous — including chocolate, grapes, and cactus spines — but both dogs turned their noses up at bread dipped in olive oil tonight.

I thought they would love the stuff. Go figure.


41 Responses to “Things Dogs Don’t Like”

  1. Obviously not greek dogs.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  2. It was Classico. Maybe they want Extra Virgin.

    DRJ (daa62a)

  3. My dogs don’t like peanut butter. My previous dog loved the stuff, but these two sniff it and walk away.

    wherestherum (d413fd)

  4. My Brittany Spaniel loved raw eggs. And live catfish. And live any animal she felt like catching.

    JD (8d3f8f)

  5. I’m not going there, DRJ …

    SPQR (26be8b)

  6. A dog that doesn’t like peanut butter. Wow. My ACD will lick frozen peanut butter for an hour.

    I tried popcorn with truffle oil (olive oil+mushrooms) and Parmesan cheese this evening and she was going nuts trying to get some.

    Then again, my dog eats cat food and grass and carpet. Probably a bad sample.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  7. Dustin,

    The funny thing is one of them is like a garbage can. He’ll eat anything: tortilla chips, bread, any kind of meat, french fries, etc. Yet he turns his nose up at a spoonful of peanut butter.

    wherestherum (d413fd)

  8. Dogs are funny. I had a dog who would eat day old pizza thrown behind a bunch of bushes or even his own business, but would turn up his nose at molassas.

    But I’ve never seen a dog turn away peanut butter. Every dog I’ve ever had (all labs) loved the stuff, even if they had to spend the next five to ten minutes getting it unstuck from the roof of their mouths.

    Sean P (334463)

  9. JD,

    All my spaniels like live birds, which makes sense, but one loved live cicadas. His favorite thing was to gently hold 2-3 in his mouth while they chirped. It made him sound like a lawn mower but what really made us flinch was when he invariably crunched them after they all stopped chirping.

    DRJ (daa62a)

  10. Maybe I should try some peanut butter later.

    DRJ (daa62a)

  11. Maybe I should try some peanut butter later.
    Comment by DRJ — 3/10/2010 @ 9:45 pm

    You could give some to the dog too. 😉

    Stashiu3 (44da70)

  12. If you want the dog to hydrate before a long walk on a hot day, giving them a little peanut butter will also send them to the water bowl.

    But I take one of those rubber things that dispense treats and fill it with peanut butter. Frozen, it provides a lot of long term entertainment for my Blue Heeler. Dogs are wonderful but some must be kept occupied.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  13. for those of us who love dogs: I has a sweet potato.

    keyboard/monitor warning. (SFW/G rated)

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  14. What drives me nuts about pet food commercials is that they increasingly market to pet owners’ vicarious living through their animals. Like the one where a chef that makes a gourmet dinner for his pooch and puts it in a sparkling crystal bowl, or the cat food spot where the cat is walking through a garden filled with the food it likes. Or even the one with the dog who, we are told, doesn’t know Beggin’ Strips aren’t bacon. Sez who? Is there some dude with canine choppers who can confirm it tastes like bacon? Maybe the dog just likes whatever it tastes like, and doesn’t even like bacon!

    L.N. Smithee (3e618a)

  15. That was hysterical, red.

    DRJ (daa62a)

  16. Do dogs need veggies in their diet? I see increasing commercials for dog food that includes veggies mixed in with the meat. There’s also a company that makes edible chew toys that are all veggie. I was under the assumption that a dog’s diet isn’t and shouldn’t be like a human’s.

    wherestherum (d413fd)

  17. I think they do, but I lived several years in Austin where people feed their pets broccoli and asparagus.

    DRJ (daa62a)

  18. Yeah, they need veggies. A meat only diet is pretty unbalanced and wild dogs eat plants.

    Carrots, Broccoli, etc.

    Dogs don’t need fruit (mine loves orange), though they do need vegetables (such as what’s probably in the dog food).

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  19. Isn’t Austin where Texas keeps their moonbats centralized?

    wherestherum (d413fd)

  20. Whoops, meant to say “concentrated.”

    wherestherum (d413fd)

  21. Lots of liberals in Austin. Hippies, too.

    DRJ (daa62a)

  22. #17 – dogs are omnivorous, like people. Cats on the other hand, are pure carnivores. But I have had cats who absolutely loved olives and peas. One cat I had liked to trip me up if I didn’t give her a couple of tablespoons of the canned peas from the can I just opened.

    I have a Siberian who loves to grab a piece of cat poop out of the cat box on the way out to do his own business. The puppy eats the cat yak.

    There’s a silly story about dogs. A dog is in the alley behind a restaurant, some rotten shrimp dinner has missed the dumpster.

    Dog says: Yay! Shrimp! and eats it.

    Dog says: I don’t feel so well and yaks it up.

    Dog says: Yay! I feel better!

    Dog sees shrimp yak.

    Dog says: Yay! Shrimp!

    Dog eats shrimp yak.

    Dog doesn’t feel well, yaks shrimp yak.

    Dog feels better.

    Dog sees shrimp yak shrimp yak

    Dog says: Yay! Shrimp!

    Rinse. Repeat.

    That’s a dog.

    kimsch (2ce939)

  23. kimsch,

    Thanks for the info and the funny story! One of my dogs threw up and then promptly ate it before I could shoo him away. Grossest thing ever. Much grosser than when they eat their own or cat poo.

    wherestherum (d413fd)

  24. Did you see the Jackass episode where the guy puked into a bowl of raw eggs, and then made an omelet out of the mixture, and ate it? Grossest thing ever. Well, almost. The beer enema was the mostest grossester thingie ever. Do not dare look for it on youtube, and if you do, by all means, do not watch it.

    For the love of all that is holy, do not dare sign in and watch that …

    JD (e0e88b)

  25. Jackass was an MTV program, right? MTV is basically all that is wrong with American society mixed together. I saw some show in DC and watched for a while too see some old scenes from when I used to live there.

    It used to be about music. Now, if JD’s right (And of course he is), then it’s about eating vomit.

    Oh, and if your dog is eating that kind of thing a lot, it could have a problem getting nutrition or some kind of attention problem. Or just be a weird dog.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  26. My dogs don’t like olive oil. Perhaps Popeye spinach is more to their liking.

    DCSCA (9d1bb3)

  27. Clearly you don’t have Italian Greyhounds…

    CtheP (f0d2d8)

  28. Curse you JD!

    Old Coot (9e58d8)

  29. Clearly you do not own Welsh Corgis.

    I have one purebred and one half Corgi/half German Shepherd and no, I still can’t visualize how it happened, but anyway the ONLY thing the purebred won’t eat are mustard and bananas.

    Lazarus Long (a4f63e)

  30. Cane Corsos, Bracco Italianos, Bichon Bolognese, and Neapolitan Mastiffs all enjoy olive oil. But it must be “Extra Virgin”.

    GeneralMalaise (d63092)

  31. “Lots of liberals in Austin. Hippies, too.”

    Lots of everything. The closest you’ll get to California in Texas.

    GeneralMalaise (d63092)

  32. Bread dipped in olive is better when toasted. Or lightly fried, in olive oil of course. And did you try a pinch of oregano and a drop of lemon, with maybe a few feta crumbs? 😉

    nk (db4a41)

  33. I opened a pack of Twinkies, ate one and gave the other one to my Shorthaired Pointer. He spit his out. I haven’t eaten one since, and that was back in 1975.

    ropelight (83ac46)

  34. It probably doesn’t like bread. My bassett will not eat dog food without adding ground beef which I fry in olive oil. I get the ground beef that is 27% fat and cook it, then pour the meat and grease and olive oil over a half filled bowl (big bowl) of dry dog food. He loves it but won’t eat the dry dog food without the grease and oil. For an alternative, I get beef liver when the market has it and freeze it. Then I fry the liver in olive oil and cut it up. They love that two. There are two poodles who live in my house also.

    He is only fed once a day and is fine with that. Bassetts cannot get too fat because of their long back. They are very big dogs, just short. They are also very intelligent and sneaky. They love underwear, the longer since washing the better. They have been known to eat it and require surgery to retrieve it so socks and underwear are not left on the floor.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  35. “I opened a pack of Twinkies, ate one and gave the other one to my Shorthaired Pointer. He spit his out. I haven’t eaten one since, and that was back in 1975.”

    – ropelight

    Ha hahahahaha…

    My family’s two-year old black lab loves toast. My dad gives her a piece of toast every morning. She also likes peanut butter. My mom will take a rubber Kong toy and fill the inside with peanut butter then watch the dog try to navigate the whole confusticated situation with a puzzled but intent look on her face.

    The dog’s terrified of rolling chairs, though, and metal water canteens (my brother demonstrated this the other night), and spatulas. And my dad’s air compressor.

    Leviticus (b6f9db)

  36. I was talking to Hubby about this today and remembered that when I made a Tres Leches cake in September and left it on the counter, the Siberian ate half of it. I then had to make another one.

    The Siberian also likes to drink my coffee from the cup. Then he pretends he hasn’t had any of my coffee while licking his lips. I must have finished the cup and forgot about it, he says. Of course, since dogs don’t sip, there are splashes of coffee all around the cup proving that I didn’t finish that cup, he did.

    kimsch (2ce939)

  37. kimsch, what’s the impact on your dog from the caffeine? I imagine it would turn into a tornado and then sleep for hours.

    My Blue Heeler is always trying to get her nose into my cup of coffee, but I’ve been able to prevent it so far just by staring her down.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  38. Heh. I’ve had two Cocker Spaniels, and two German Shepherd Dogs. One GSD is alive, three years old.

    All of my dogs ate everything, except for my current best friend GSD, Bailey. She discriminates. She will not eat grapes or asparagus. I think that is all she will not eat. Of course, she is partial to the catbox wherein is catpoops, every dog’s version of candy.

    I cook only with olive oil. Bailey, the GSD, eats everything I cook in olive oil. She is particular to toasted baguette slices with tomato and fresh mozzarella, slathered in olive oil.

    Dogs and cats do have specific likes and dislikes, and just like us hoomans, eat what they like and eschew that which they don’t like. My problem with Bailey, the GSD, is that she likes Christmas wrapping paper. No problem, but it is known to contain lead-based inks.

    Quaoar (b08f3e)

  39. Just add some cat shit.

    Steve (e5c232)

  40. Dustin,

    There doesn’t seem to be any effect on Le Chien Nikita from the caffeine. I think it’s the cream and sugar that attracts him to it. The cat, Duncan Idaho, likes my coffee too. I used to have a Shih Tzu who couldn’t get into the coffee mug because she didn’t really have much of a snout. My new Yorkie/Bichon has a longer snout and she tries for the coffee now too.

    I must take my cup with me if I get up. If I leave it on the end table, one of them will try to get it.

    kimsch (2ce939)

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