Thursday, September 29, 2016

5 Tips to a Safe Football Season with Your Dog

   Here on the Bayou, we enjoy four seasons; winter, spring, summer, and football. People even tailgate at our high school games. We take our teams and winning seriously. This was made all too obvious earlier this week with the firing of our L.S.U. Tigers’ football coach, Les Miles. On a personal note, I think he is one of the nicest, most genuine coaches on the college sidelines. But nice doesn’t win games and winning is what brings the thousands of fans to Death Valley on Saturday nights. We are keeping our fingers crossed that a new coach can put the roar back in our favorite Tigers.
Pierre Westie and Bentley Basset sportscasters with CLINTON on the field
   Enjoying a football game whether it is college or pro means delicious food. Bentley and Pierre know it’s game day when the food hits the table. That is when they try their darnedest to cause a finger food fumble. The problem is that football fare is not ideal for their doggy tummies.  
• Alcohol is a major no-no for your pet. Even a little bit can cause respiratory depression. It is NOT funny to get your dog drunk. It is dangerous and irresponsible.
• Chicken wings are a staple on many game day menus and they are delicious! Your dogs will love chicken wings but block them and protect your blindside. Chicken bones, especially the tiny wing bones can splinter and puncture your pup’s GI tract. The sauces on them are sure to cause an upset stomach too.
• Onion rings are a touchdown and extra point in my game book but not in Bentley and Pierre’s. Onion rings are penalized 10 yards because they are poisonous to dogs! Any the batter fried delights will cause diarrhea for your pup.
• Pick it up and run! Toothpicks can cause severe and potentially fatal damage to your pet’s GI tract if swallowed. Do not let your dog score with a toothpick!
• Are you nuts? I can’t tell you how many times I have yelled that at the television during a bad play. This time, I’m talking about the nuts that are so yummy with our cold beer during the game. Walnuts and macadamias are especially toxic and can cause vomiting, paralysis, even death to dogs. Many other varieties of nuts have a devastating effect on their nervous system.
   Football season can be fun for the entire family if you keep your eyes on the food. Bentley and Pierre enjoy sitting on the couch and watching us holler and jump around. We always make sure the food is well defended on the kitchen table. Make a few fun treats for the dogs and cheer for your favorite team this weekend.  
*Thanks to Petplan for sharing these great tips with us. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. thanks for the great tips, we decided to stay away from nuts, it's nearly impossible to maneuver a handfull to your mouth without making a mess on the floor... Easy always lurs for such freebees and therefore no nuts in this house, we are nuts enough without nuts LOL :o)

  2. Great tips ! Finger food on the table is so tempting... American football is not well known and not popular here, we rather watch soccer with Momo, but Claire doesn't care about it, MOL ! Purrs

  3. We don't like football season to much - dad yells at the tv and sometimes that scares us - we usually hide out with mom in another room cause he doesn't like football either

  4. Love your post! So clever! We are careful around here, soon to be back to extremely careful about know why...

  5. Super tips fitting for even the Superbowl, lol! The tip about toothpicks reminded me of the time we had a football party at my sister's house and her Golden Retriever ate a half a dozen appetizers along with their toothpicks. Luckily, she was fine, but we were all quite worried for a while. Great tips! GO STEELERS!! 🏈

  6. We are a football family here too, thanks for the great tips!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  7. Great tips and reminders about what is not safe for dogs. We're not too into football around here, though we do participate in a pro betting pool with my family (very low money!), so we follow along some. We are more into Nascar racing, though the dogs don't like it much when I yell at the TV! LOL
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  8. These are really great tips! we knew about macadamia nuts but not walnuts - thanks for the info
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  9. Mom and I don't get sports. We do get keeping me safe though. Great reminders.

    Love and licks,

  10. This is such a clever post. Love it! I'd also like to point out that here in the south, tailgating can be very, very hot. It really irritates my mommy when she sees humans tailgating with their dogs. The dogs look completely miserable--hot, thirsty, frightened by all the noise and activity, and usually ignored by their humans. Please, leave the dogs at home . . . with the television tuned to the game, of course. ;-) And about Coach Miles, my humans were stunned and extremely sad to see him go. Mommy always said that if she had a son she would love for him to play for Coach Miles. We may find a better coach, but we'll be hard pressed to find a better person.

  11. Those are great tips! We usually just watch our humans eat, drink and yell at the TV when those guys in helmets run around on the field.

  12. Oh dudes, those are super tips! Often the peeps get soooooo into their games that they forgets that they have left most tasty foodables with in MY reach!!! Um....not that I would ever do anythings like eat Ma sandwich or anythings....☺
    Ruby ♥

  13. Here's hoping your beloved Tigers come roaring back! Go team and thanks for the great tips!

  14. Great tips! We are watching Notre Dame today and the Oakland Raiders tomorrow (and my husband will watch the niners, but not me! hehe). We love football!

  15. Toothpicks are dangerous! We had a dog that got into the bacon wrapped chestnuts and ate them along with the toothpicks and one migrated through the intestine and came out the side of her but during a surgery to figure out why the side of her but kept abcessing.


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