Tales of Turkey Thieves
You’d never guess it from his super sweet golden retriever face, but the old, red dog has a problem. He’s a cleptomaniac.
Leave a loaf of bread, a glass bowl full of buffalo meat or even a bag of avocados too close to the edge of our really tall counters, and he’ll swipe it.
His scavenging isn’t limited to food. He regularly raids the bathroom for loose rolls of toilet paper (or their empty tubes) that he can shred and strew all over the house.
This week, he got into the Thanksgiving trash bag. Zach said he noticed something was up when he saw Scooby the elderpin chasing the golden retriever around the yard. Luke had a mouthful of turkey carcass.
Apparently, Luke and former foster dog Minnie are still birds of a feather. Her mom tells me Minnie waited two days before ripping into the bag with the bird stuff in it.
Lesson for both households: Keep food trash completely inaccessible to dogs. Always.
Anyone with thieving dogs should always bear in mind that too much turkey or ingestion of turkey bones can be dangerous for dogs.
Tip: If you are concerned that your dog may have eaten turkey bones, you may need to call your vet. You may also immediately feed him pumpkin, bread or anything similar that can help cushion the sharp stuff so that it may pass more safely through his system. Then, just monitor the doo-doo for a few days. If anything looks suspicious, get to the vet right away.
We used the pumpkin-and-bread trick when we were worried Luke might have consumed glass shards along with the bison meat he knocked off the counter.
I know Luke and Minnie aren’t the only dogs out there who snuck themselves some Thanksgiving bird this year. There’s a turkey-gobbling German Shepherd at Dogshaming.com.
Do you have a story about a dog stealing the main course or holiday leftovers?
Disclaimer: I’m not a vet. I’m just a dog owner sharing experiences that have worked for me and my dogs.
Posted on November 30, 2012, in Dogs, Dogtography, Random Life and tagged A Christmas Story, dog steals turkey, Food, golden retriever, innocent dog, turkey bad for dogs. Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.