Caffeine is no good for dogs

On the face of it, the statement above makes a lot of sense. Just as you wouldn’t feed a toddler coffee (even with lots of milk and no sugar—you know who are out there), you wouldn’t feed a puppy one. But “wouldn’t feed” is different from “I drank half my coffee and then just fell asleep.” Which is what happened The Night The Puppy Barked All Night.

I fell asleep about 10, after reading three books to Luka and trying to drink my cofee to stay awake. Next thing I know, Clover is standing on my chest staring down into my face, barking like the house was on fire. I groggily got up, looked out the window, breathed deepy (no smoke) and told him to go back to sleep. The barking continued. I put Angel the cat—good enough reason for a puppy to bark, sleeping on the bed with a cat who doesn’t want to play—out in the hall, closed the door and put the pup on the bed. The barking continued. At three, with virtually no sleep and all three kids calling out for Clover to shut up, I got up, took him downstairs and suited up to take him out. He liked going out. He ripped around the tree about 20 times, then around the car 20 times, then started dragging frozen tree branches around. No barking. Yay.

Back in the house, 3:20 a.m., the barking begins again. This time I put him in his kennel in the kitchen, where the barking goes on and on and on until 6 a.m., by which time it is not a bark or even a shriek, but an almost voiceless bark. I took him back outside, he tore around for another 20 minutes, and then threw himself in the snow at my feet. I picked him up and by the time we were in the house, he was asleep in my arms.

Back in my room, I placed him carefully on the bed and went around to the other side of the bed to turn off the alarm. My foot hit ice-cold soggy carpet. My first suspicion was dispelled when I saw the empty coffee cup on the floor. Then the penny slowly dropped…

My puppy had a six-hour caffiene-powered flip-out, and yet another bad habit was on the list of Things to Stop Doing: no more half-finished coffees left out.

QUESTIONS FOR YOU: Clover has eaten chocolate and had a half a coffee (with lots of milk)—we had no pointsettias over Christmas, so he was spared that—what other things have your pets eaten that were bad for them? Have you taken a pet to the vet for that reason? Are there any commercially available treats or toys you’d warn others about?


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  1. We had a beautiful yellow lab named Sheba, who died a couple of years ago at the ripe old age of 12. When we first got her, she ate EVERYTHING…shoes, water bottles, once she ripped up, then ate the cushion floor of our friends kitchen. As she got older, she was very good about not eating food off the table, but if it fell on the floor, it was hers. One Christmas I had a bowl filled with chocolates on the coffee table. While we were eating supper, Sheba decided to help herself, and then tore around the house on a chocolate high. We did not know what was going on, til my hubby found the empty bowl on the floor, licked clean. I can even to this day show the teeth marks on our dining room table legs. She would never eat mushrooms though, if they were in anything, she ate around them LOL. We miss her to this day 😦

  2. We have a wonderful dog – a miniature Daushund – he lives up to what they say about his breed – they are full of personality – BIG personality – he thinks he is a Roti most of the time.

    The one thing he loves more than anything in the world is our underware – well that and a dirty diaper – and with a 22 month old and a 2 month old in the house – we have plenty of diapers.

    The underware obsession has been quite a problem though – many a pair has been lost to the dog – thankfully, he jsut chews it to pieces – never consuming enough to warrant a vet trip – but there is sometimes a little pink bow that we find in the yard later…..

    Something else to note as bad for dogs is grapes and therefore raisins too – that and sugarfree chewing gum.

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