Thursday, October 15, 2009

Dog knows best

This morning I looked out the window to see one of the dogs standing in the middle of a raised bed.  When I went outside to shoo him away, I noticed a carrot, pulled from the earth and lying abandoned in the middle of the bed.  Over the weekend I found a carrot lying in the middle of the path, and thought my mom had dropped it when she came out to pick.  Apparently not. Apparently, one of our dogs needs more beta carotene in his diet.  Since he'd already had it in his mouth I gave it back to him, and he proceeded to run around the yard with his prize before settling down and eating the carrot, discarding the green top when he was done.  Super weird, fairly naughty, but rather cute.  Did not get a photo of it however.  

A little while later I decided to add a couple little carrots to my lunch.  A simple cheese sandwich topped with garlic-y refrigerator dill pickles based on this recipe from Design*Sponge.  (I add a garlic clove or two to each jar before sealing).  Yum.  Sometimes you should follow your dog's lead.


  1. My dog loves carrots! and all other veggies actually

  2. Our dogs actually eat a lot of fruit and veggies, mostly stuff that we drop while cooking, but also the apples and pears that fall from the trees in the fall. They seem to treat those like dessert, they eat their regular food and then head off to the fruit trees to look for something extra. One of the dogs lives for the compost pile, which he "turns" for us on a daily basis. It was more the act of pulling the carrots out of the ground by their green tops that I found odd (but cute, as mentioned). Dogs are awesome!

  3. Yup, they're omnivorous like bears. We used to have an Irish setter who would pick all the string beans as soon as they got big enough to smell like beans, would dig up carrots, and would even harvest raspberries. My mom has a chokecherry tree in the yard that is courtesy of that dog. I guess chokecherries need to pass through an animal's intestines in order to germinate.