Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives 2021 – #Potluck – #Foods dangerous for #dogs by Patty Fletcher

Since this series began in January 2018 there have been over 1100 Posts from Your Archives where bloggers have taken the opportunity to share posts to a new audience… mine.

The topics have ranged from travel, childhood, recipes, history, family and the most recent series was #PotLuck where I shared a random selection of different topics. This series is along the same lines… but is a ‘Lucky Dip’

In this series I will be sharing posts from the first six months of 2021 – details of how you can participate are at the end of the post.

This is the first post from author and blogger Patty Fletcher who shares the foods that are dangerous for dogs to eat.

Paws on the Street Part Three: From Chief Blue Seeing Eye Dog What We Doggies Can’t Eat #Tip 

Hi everybody, this is Chief Blue Seeing Eye Dog reporting live and in person from the magickal land of The Seeing Eye.

My mom and I are learning way lots of important stuff together before she brings me to the land of Kingsport Tennessee, and we wanted to share a few of those with you.

One of the most important things we’ve learned has been what not to feed me and all my other doggy pals. After we talked it over mom, and I decided you other humans might want and need to know. So, here is what you humans call a list. We hope you will read it and if you’re giving any of your doggies this stuff, we ask you Leave it right here and now!

Oh! No! Here comes mom. I got to go. Here’s your list…Courtesy of Pets Best – 20 foods dogs should not eat

These common items may be found in or around your house and they can make your dog very ill, many are toxic. So, keep dogs safe, by keeping these potential poisons away.

  1. Alcohol Causes weakness, vomiting, dangerously low blood pressure, coma and death in pets.
  2. Apple, Apricot, Cherry and Plum Seeds/Pits These pits contain cyanide which can cause vomiting, irregular and fast heartbeat, seizures, coma and death due to the inability of red blood cells to properly carry oxygen to cells.
  3. Avocado Contains person, a toxic compound that causes vomiting and diarrhea.
  4. Broccoli Contains isothiocyanate which can be harmful to pets in very large doses.
  5. Caffeine Contains methylxanthines which can cause potentially fatal diarrhea, vomiting, seizures and irregular heart beats.
  6. Chives Can cause potentially fatal anemia in dogs (and cats).
  7. Chocolate Contains methylxanthines which can cause potentially fatal diarrhea, vomiting, seizures and irregular heart beats.
  8. Garlic Can cause potentially fatal anemia in dogs (and cats).
  9. Grapes and Raisins Can cause severe and potentially fatal kidney failure.
  10. Ham May cause pancreatitis, a potentially fatal disease, due to high fat content.
  11. Macadamia Nuts Contains an unidentified toxin that can cause vomiting, weakness, joint pain and inflammation.
  12. Milk & Dairy Products May cause diarrhea and gas in adult animals who are lactose intolerant.
  13. Mushrooms Many types contain many different toxins that may cause kidney and liver failure, vomiting, diarrhea, hallucination and damage to red blood cells.
  14. Nutmeg May cause hallucinations and severe vomiting.
  15. Onions Causes potentially fatal oxidation of red blood cells leading to their destruction and causing anemia.
  16. Salt Excessive amounts of salt can cause a change in the fluid balance of cells thus causing tremors, seizures and coma (this includes rock salt and homemade playdough),
  17. Spicy Food Extra heat added to a dish could potentially cause vomiting, stomach ulcers or diarrhea.
  18. Sugar-Free Gum & Candy (Xylitol) Causes a potentially fatal drop in blood glucose (blood sugar) followed by severe liver damage.
  19. Tobacco Nicotine containing products can cause excitement, vomiting and tremors that are usually followed by fatal paralysis.
  20. Yeast Dough Yeast in the raw dough can cause an excess buildup of gas in a pet’s stomach causing severe pain and potential life threatening torsion or rupture of the stomach.


©Patty Fletcher 2021

Patty and her guide dog Blue. Patty has her hair tied back in a low ponytail and rests her right hand on Blue's head. She wears a white shirt with a pink and purple butterfly on the front and light blue shorts. Blue is a handsome black lab. He wears a brown leather harness with a handle attached to the back and is smiling at the camera as he sits in front of Patty. In the background is a brick building with white, windowed doors and a flowerpot overflowing with pink and yellow blooms.

About Patty Fletcher

Patty Fletcher is a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom she is enormously proud. She has a great son-in-law and six beautiful grandchildren. From April 2011 through September 2020 she owned and handled a black Labrador from The Seeing Eye® named King Campbell Lee Fletcher A.K.A. Bubba. Sadly, after a long battle with illness on September 24, 2020 King Campbell went to the Rainbow Bridge where all is peace and love. It is her hope to one day return to The Seeing Eye® for a successor guide.

Patty was born one and a half months premature. Her blindness was caused by her being given too much oxygen in the incubator. She was partially sighted until 1991, at which time she lost her sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. She used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog.

Currently, Patty lives and works in Kingsport, Tenn. She’s the creator and owner of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business

Patty writes with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disabled from the non-disabled.

Books by Patty Fletcher

Read the reviews and buy the books:Amazon USAnd :Amazon UK – Follow Patty: GoodreadsWebsite and Blog: Patty’s World Twitter: @Bubbalee04


My thanks to Patty for allowing me to share posts from her archives… and I know she would be delighted to hear from you.

How you can feature in the series?

  • All I need you to do is give me permission to dive in to your archives and find two posts to share here on Smorgasbord. (
  • Rather than a set topic, I will select posts at random of general interest across a number of subjects from the first six months of 2021. (it is helpful if you have a link to your archives in your sidebar by month)
  • As I will be promoting your books as part of the post along with all your information and links so I will not be sharing direct marketing or self- promotional posts in the series.
  • If you are an author I am sure you will have a page on your blog with the details, and an ‘about page’ with your profile and social media links (always a good idea anyway). I will get everything that I need.
  • As a blogger I would assume that you have an ‘about page’ a profile photo and your links to social media.
  • Copyright is yours and I will ©Your name on every post… and you will be named as the author in the URL and subject line.
  • Previous participants are very welcome to take part again.
  • Each post is reformatted for my blog and I don’t cut and paste, this means it might look different from your own post.
  • If I do share a post which contains mainly photographs I will share up to five and link back to the original post for people to view the rest.

N.B – To get the maximum benefit from your archive posts, the only thing I ask is that you respond to comments individually and share on your own social media.. thank you.

46 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives 2021 – #Potluck – #Foods dangerous for #dogs by Patty Fletcher

  1. I only knew about half of these, Patty. Thanks so much for sharing this vital information (and thanks to Sally for resharing). We don’t have any pets right now, but I’ll pass this on to friends who do. Their dogs will be grateful. A wonderful and informative post. 🙂

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  2. Hello everyone, I’m so sorry that I’m late with commenting on this post. Chief Seeing Eye Dog Blue and I went out and about today on what was for us a solo trip to our favorite shopping center after several weeks of training for us to learn the area.
    Anyhow, first, to Sally, thanks so much for choosing this post to share. Yes, it is a great list. The Seeing Eye vet put it together for those of us who were training together in the class when I got Blue.
    To those who didn’t know about Bubba’s passing, thanks for your warm thoughts. King Campbell left big paws to fill but I have to say Chief Blue is doing a great job.
    I didn’t reply to each individual comment this time because I am doing this online and wanted to make sure I read each one. Reading with a screen reader makes for interesting online challenges.
    However, now I’ve been here I will get any follow up comments in my email. so thanks again and please pass this list forward.
    The holidays are a prime time for many animals to fall ill or worse.
    Thanks again Sally and Blessid Be.
    PS. Chief Blue here, “WOOLF!”

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  3. It’s scary how many things are dangerous for dogs to eat. I’m constantly taking things out of my naughty whippet puppy’s mouth and restraining her from stealing stuff she shouldn’t have. Dogs are meant to reduce stress, but she’s sending my stress levels through the roof!

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    • May I make a suggestion?

      When we handlers first begin with our dogs, we are trained to keep them on a leash connected to us or on a tie out in the room with us. This is done so as to teach the dog its boundaries.

      You might try this with your pup. When we have babies, we gate off areas or place them in a confined space when we are not always available to supervise so it only stands to reason that puppies require the same discipline.

      Trust me when I say to you that both you and your pup will be relieved.

      It causes stress for the dog to have too much freedom right away.

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      • You’re welcome. I don’t profess to know everything about everything about dogs. But I do know what works. I also know that when I moved from where I was with my newest dog, to where I am now, I became a bit lax for a few days with his boundaries. I paid a price for that, and now I’m having to redo it. Yesterday I had to listen to him whimpering wine and fuss and scream in his crate but after about 20 minutes, he quieted, and now he goes in there happily again. It’s just like having a baby.

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  7. I knew about a few of these from when I was petsitting for some friends, but some of them were never mentioned, and I hadn’t read about them either. Thanks, Sally and Patty, and sorry about Bubba.

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