We owe Bruin an apology.
We just returned from visiting dear friends who, amongst other points of distinction, are proud parents of Bruin, their seven-year-old adopted husky/lab/collie mix. Bruin’s summers are spent at the lake where he assumes his hunter role, stalking frogs and chipmunks. His obsession results in hundreds of hours (and dollars!) of repair work ranging from filling in massive holes dug by Bruin as he attempts to follow the track of the chipmunk escapee, to re-installing air conditioning units that have been moved off their mounts as the great hunter tries to get around, behind or under them on his pursuit of that elusive green thing.
Regardless of his damaging antics, Bruin is adored by all. His eyes are your downfall; you can’t help but rub his belly just a little while longer even after your arm is ready to fall off, or pass him just one more piece of food at the very rowdy dinner table full of Bruin fans.
But the best intentions of adoring pet parents aren’t always what’s best for their four-legged family members. In Bruin’s case, he’s lucky and it’s not just because he’s surrounded by constant love and attention. On those special occasions when prime rib is served, Bruin has been the recipient of the rib bones. He strips them clean of every morsel of meat and then gnaws them into smaller and smaller pieces. The one we retrieved from him was about two inches long and an inch wide – one gulp and it would have been gone.
We explained to his Mom and Dad that bones not properly prepared and treated for dogs can cause serious problems. Between splintering or swallowing whole chunks of bone, the results can send your dog to emergency surgery. As much as you love your dog and want to provide him with special treats, bones from your dinner table are not to be fed to your dog!
There are lots of healthy, safe treat options for your four-legged best friend ranging from natural and organic dog cookies to consumable chews to specially prepared bones for dogs.
Sorry, Bruin. That’s probably the last bone from the dinner table that you’re going to see. But, hopefully, that means many more years of stalking chipmunks and frogs plus endless belly rubs.