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11 Dogs Who Love Food More than You Do

11 Dogs Who Love Food More than You Do

Check out these adorable pups who just can’t get over how great food is

Give me all the food. Omnomnomnom.

As a frequent visitor of this site, we can only assume you are as obsessed with food as we are. Like us, you are the friend everyone calls to settle the debate about the best restaurant in town and the one who recommends the best recipes to make. We know you spend hours scrolling through Pinterest for inspiring dinner party settings and are aware it probably isn’t “normal” for most people to read a cookbook cover to cover with the same fervor children read Harry Potter. We get it, you love food. But we guarantee you don’t love food as much as some of these dogs.

Puppies have the capacity to love like no other. It is unconditional and completely irrevocable. The only thing they may love more than their owner, is food. Have you ever teased a dog with a morsel of whatever you’re eating? Their big eyes grow to saucer plate size as they dreamily follow the food in hand, praying you either give in or simply drop it so they can have a taste.

While you shouldn’t really ever feed dogs “people food” we could resist posting these adorable pictures of puppies in throws of passion who are really loving the food they are eating. Scroll through our post to see some of the more adorable dog photos ever, and click through our slideshow for the foods dogs should never actually eat. After all, just because these dogs live on the edge for food, doesn’t mean your puppy should take the chance!

Drunk in Pizza
Why are you so far from me, my beloved?

(Flickr/Phil and Pam)

Nuts for Noodles
I’ll never be as happy as I am right now. Hair down, spaghetti in my teeth. #DontgiveaWOOF

(Flickr/Magnus Bråth)

Cool Puppy
OH HAI. I’m just chillin’ here with a few of my favorite things. NBD.

(Flickr/OtterBox)

Ice Cream Crazy
That bone don't mean a thing, boo, it's you I want.

To the Last Drop
I just want to bathe you in my kisses.

(Flickr/kjelljoran)

Desperate

If you aren’t going to make me anything, just take me. End it all. I am one with the oven now.

(Flickr/neonarcade)

Dogs Illustrated: Swimsuit Issue
Oh mah gargleglegle, dis feels amazing!

Yep.
I love this jar of peanut butter. What of it?

(Flickr/Jason Rust)

Craving
OHMYGODCHIPS. CHIPS. GIVE ME ALL THE CHIPS.

(Flickr/Caterse)

Cucu for Cauliflower
FOR ME?! So many feels.

(Flicker/Tobyotter)

Snack Attack
You cannot escape the wrath of my hunger, cracker!

(Flickr/antaean)


The 15 Laziest Dog Breeds That Are Total Couch Potatoes

Playing fetch sounds fun and all, but it's hard to beat a good snooze in the sun. These laidback pups like to relax to the max, meaning they're perfectly content with a few walks a day &mdash and lots of love, of course.

These family-friendly cuties fit the snoozing stereotype, alright. Bulldogs love nothing more than a good nap, but don't let their sleepiness rub off on you. All dogs &mdash even the less active ones! &mdash require exercise to stay healthy, whether it's regular walks or play sessions.

They're best known for their alpine rescues, but these days you're a lot more likely to find Saint Bernards in the suburbs than the Swiss Alps. Their calm and patient disposition also makes the gentle giants a great "nanny dog" for kids.

Between their stubby legs, droopy ears and wrinkled brows, Basset Hounds have plenty of distinguishing characteristics. When they're not hunting, the skilled scent hounds still love to cuddle up with the family.

Apartment dwellers always pick French Bulldogs for a reason. They rarely bark, hardly shed and enjoy a brisk walk around the block for exercise. What more could you want?

Underneath all of that fur is a charming companion who is perfectly happy without a yard. The little lap dogs did originally live in the Chinese palaces, but their modern counterparts will settle for less than royalty.

While they technically belong in the American Kennel Club's Working Group, Bernese Mountain Dogs are surprisingly low-key. The big fluff-balls like relaxing indoors as much as they like being outside.

Don't mistake their trademark scowls for bad attitudes. While somewhat stubborn and suspicious of strangers, Chow Chows are devoted and bonded to their families. Their reserved and quiet nature actually earns frequent comparisons to cats.

Pug owners know that there's a lot of personality packed into those 15-odd pounds. The less-active pups may actually share some ancestral history with the Pekingese.

These giant guardians from the Himalaya s will lounge around inside, but get them out and about and their more active, independent nature will show. The AKC even recommends exercising them in a contained area since they're notorious for not coming when called.

Smart and social, Havanese love spending time with their owners. Put their upbeat personality and small stature together and you have an energetic breed that doesn't need a lot of physical activity.

You might even look forward to regular walks when you have a statuesque canine on the other end of the leash. Unlike some of the other big breeds, Great Danes make friends easily, and stay patient even with (much smaller) kiddos.

Weighing up to 150 pounds, Newfoundlands need some room and regular romps, but maintain a sweet and docile disposition otherwise. The best way to get these pups to exercise is to bring them to water. They're natural swimmers!

They've been friendly house pets for hundreds of years, so it's no surprise Shih Tzus are low maintenance &mdash minus their long (but low-shedding!) coats. Some owners will stick with the shorter puppy cut just for that reason.

While they're a relatively unknown breed (for now), Spinoni Italiani are the rare hunting dogs that don't need a ton of exercise. After a bit of bounding in the backyard, the easygoing pups can go for some solid sofa time.

If you remember Fang from the Harry Potter movies, you'll know that these 150-pound guard dogs work as fearsome protectors. While they're lovable and low-energy with their families, experts don't recommend this breed for first-time dog owners or households with children due to their defensive nature.


#1 Dogs Eat Vegetables In The Wild

First, let’s talk about where dogs are on the herbivore-carnivore continuum. They’re not obligate or pure carnivores like cats are. And they’re definitely not herbivores like cows and horses …

While dogs are carnivores, their diet is much more varied than a cat’s diet. On the continuum, they fall between omnivores (plant and meat-eaters like pigs) and carnivores. In fact, dogs, wolves and other wild canids have eaten vegetables for thousands of years.

  • Wild canines eat the gut contents of their prey, which usually contains vegetation
  • They also scavenge vegetation, which includes herbs and vegetables

Boil pasta until soft, not al dente. Cut into small pieces your dog can swallow without choking. Combine meat, vegetables and starch in proportion while hot. Divide into portions for two to three days and .Thaw to room temperature before serving.

For supplements, Add calcium by liquefying raw eggs in a blender, shell and all, and adding this while the mixture is still very hot this will pasteurize eggs enough to kill any Salmonella bacteria. Consult a veterinarian to see if supplements for vitamins and trace minerals are needed.


25 ways you know your dog loves you (and that they’re better than cats)

W hich is a more loving pet – a cat or a dog? The publication of this article about loving cats has caused more disagreement than almost any other. It’s been decided that the matter can only be settled with an article that will restore the balance. So here it is, 25 ways you know your dog loves you. Next week: 25 signs your goldfish hates you.

1. Cries hysterically when you arrive home. No matter how long you’ve been away. Sometimes mere minutes – once, when I went into another room.

2. Licks your face frantically. No it’s not gross and unhygienic, it’s ridiculously sweet and probably just as exfoliating as a cat’s tongue, actually.

3. Jumps on you, possibly in a full body slam. The excitement is why you’ve got those bruises. Love marks, as I call them.

Photograph: VEER/Getty Images

4. Takes your knickers/socks/shoes onto the bed with them. My dog will take any garment of mine that she can, just to be near me. Our old family dog used to present visitors to our house with my bras. It always made for a lovely surprise for the postman.

5. Jumps up begging to be held. No, my dog is not a performing genius, she just sometimes sees how far away my lickable face is, and demands to be carried. This isn’t embarrassing at all in the park, as manly men with staffies look on and laugh.

Valentine’s Day and Bonnie showers Bella with kisses Photograph: Bella Mackie

6. Pushes your partner out of bed. WHO IS THIS PERSON TOUCHING MY PERSON? BE OFF WITH YOU AT ONCE.

7. Chews up your carpet. “It was tacky and you could do much better. I want you to have nicer furnishings.”

8. Chases the ball you throw in the park. The dog is an intelligent, complex animal. It cares not for a rubber ball. It would much rather enjoy the autumnal leaves and the bracing air, but indulges your odd fetish for throwing tennis balls because it loves you.

9. Tries to get in the bath with you. This one might just be my dog though.

10. Wakes you up. Your mutt wants you to get to work on time. They’ve been up all night, staring at the clock, anxiously wondering when they should nudge you.

11. Smiles at you. No, I’m not mad. Yes, my dog definitely smiles at me. Why wouldn’t she? I’m delightful.

12. Vets your dates. If you’re undecided about a new love interest, introduce them to your canine companion. There is no faster way to tell if a person is good enough for you. The dog SEES those cowboy boots, even if you haven’t yet.

13. Snuggles as close as possible to you. Even if you’re doing a tricky yoga position on the floor, or trying to write a piece on deadline (like right now).

14. Follows you. Everywhere. To the loo. Always to the loo.

Photograph: Lucy Ray/Battersea Dogs & Cats H/PA

15. Sits on your knee. At dinner parties, while working, when watching TV. My dog demands to be picked up, and placed on my knees, from where she surveys the scene (or waits for food).

16. Waits at the window when they sense that you’re coming home. Looking forlornly out, as though waiting for a lover to come home from sea. Even your real lover doesn’t do that.

17. Gets jealous. Dogs get jealous of anything you pay attention to: humans other dogs the cat nemesis next door. They want all of you, and will remind you of this constantly.

Photograph: Ivan Milutinovic/Reuters

18. Brings you the lead. They know you need some exercise. They are right.

19. Eats anything off the floor. “Look, I’m helping you tidy!”

20. Is protective of you. This one is obvious, unless your dog is a pug or a chihuahua, in which case it’s sweet, but also embarrassing in front of men with staffies (see above).

21. Brings you toys every five minutes. How can you not be happy when asked to play tug of war using a stuffed panda in a jaunty outfit?

22. Lets you cry on them. Bad breakup? Rough day at work? A dog will let you cry buckets all over their lovely warm fur, while possibly licking you at the same time, for extra comfort.

23. Tries to please you, even when they’re ill. That half wag of a tail is one of the most heartbreaking expressions of love you’ll ever see.

24. Tries to please you when you’re ill. Whether it’s a hangover or something more serious, your dog will try and make it better by lying down next to you, and mirroring your movements.

25. Nose rubbing. When my dog is feeling especially loving towards me, she’ll butt my nose with hers. Important: this is not to be confused with the inferior cat nudge.


The Benefits of High-Fiber Dog Foods

Fiber provides many of the same benefits for dogs that it does for their owners. Some of the most noteworthy include:

Improved Digestive Function

Fiber demonstrates an amazing ability to regulate digestive function. It can help draw water into the intestine when necessary to combat constipation, and it can help absorb water from within the intestine, to help combat diarrhea. It also provides additional bulk to your dog’s stools, which can help further ensure smooth intestinal function.

Yup, fiber is pretty awesome for your dog! If your dog’s stool has any irregularities, chances are fiber can help.

Beware though: Too much fiber in your dog’s food will cause her to poop way too much, and it can also cause horrifyingly foul-smelling gas. It is always important to increase the fiber content of your dog’s food slowly.

Improved Blood Sugar Levels

Fiber helps to keep your dog’s blood sugar levels within a more consistent range, which can help prevent obesity and canine diabetes. In fact, is often packed with fiber. It has similar effects in humans, who are also advised to consume plenty of fiber to keep blood sugar levels stable.

Satiation from Fewer Calories

Fiber takes up a bunch of space in your dog’s stomach, and because it isn’t digested by the body, this is essentially a calorie-free way of helping your dog feel full and satisfied.

Obviously, your dog still needs plenty of protein, fat and digestible carbohydrates, but by mixing in a few high-fiber ingredients, your dog will feel full, while ingesting fewer calories.

This is why fiber is often a major ingredient for dog foods designed to help your dog lose weight.


30+ Small Dog Breeds That Are Perfect For Any Sized Home

A big ball of love can come in small, furry packages.

Small dog breeds appeal to possible pet owners for many reasons. Not only are they small enough to be excellent cuddle partners or lap dogs, but also, depending on the breed, they may shed less, making them great hypoallergenic pets. Small dog breeds can even be cheaper than big dogs because they require less food and supplies, as well as smaller crates. And no matter where you're taking your furry friend &mdash be it to the park, their veterinarian, on a road trip &mdash small dogs are simply easier to travel with than larger breeds are. But with all of the small dog breeds out there, finding your next pet can be difficult, especially if you don't know where to start.

"Choosing a dog is like choosing a best friend &mdash it's a very personal and individual choice," Dr. Sarah Reidenbach, veterinarian and CEO of Ruthless Kindness, tells Woman's Day. "And just like in human relationships, chemistry plays a crucial role in the bond with our pets." It all comes down to how well you connect with your future fur-ever friend, Dr. Callie Harris, DVM and Purina veterinarian adds, highlighting the fact that no one dog breed is better than another. "The best small breed dog is the one you fall in love with," Dr. Harris tells Woman's Day. "While many dog breeds may be known for certain characteristics, just like people, every dog is unique and has his or her own personality."

When considering a small dog breed, there are various dog groups to consider: sporting, hounds, working, terriers, toy, non-sporting, and herding are the main ones, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). For the most part the different groups are self-explanatory, but one that may be noticeably missing is the teacup, which is technically a teacup is a subcategory of toy dogs, Dr. Reidenbach explains. Teacup dogs are generally considered the smallest dog in a toy litter, usually weighing between 2 and 5 pounds. "Teacup dogs are not a recognized [breed] by the American Kennel Club," Dr. Harris says. According to PetMD, the practices used to breed teacup dogs can lead to a lot of medical problems as they grow, like heart defects, seizures, respiratory problems, digestive problems, and blindness, just to name a few.

With that in mind, small pup breeds that fall under any of the AKC-recognized dog groups are great options for individuals or families who want to start teaching their kids how to take care of another living being. Any dog &mdash big or small &mdash is bound to bring endless joy into your home. So, if you're ready to take the plunge and welcome a new little fur baby into your life, here are some small dog breeds to consider.


11 Indoor Activities For Dogs If You Can't Get Outside

Going to the dog party may not always be an option. To keep your pup from going stir-crazy, here are some things to do with your dog when you're stuck inside.

Whether the weather is bad or you're under a stay-inside order, going to the dog park may not always be an option. But, fortunately, there are a number of indoor dog activities you can do to keep them happy and well-exercised. Not only is enrichment important for their mind, but it will help keep them healthy.

"The amount and type of exercise your dog may need will vary based on breed, age, and overall health," Dr. Kurt Venator, a veterinarian in the Chief Veterinary Office for Purina, tells Woman's Day. "But in general, I recommend at least 30 minutes of exercise daily for most dogs. With a regular exercise routine and proper nutrition, dogs will be able to maintain a healthy weight and prevent developing joint or other health issues later on in life."

Just because you're stuck inside doesn't mean you have to sacrifice the playtime you usually get outdoors. Here's a list of fun things to do when you can't take your dog outside that will help you bond with your pup and make sure they don't go stir-crazy. Some of these activities will even get you a bit of exercise too.


The Importance of Fat in a Dog’s Diet

Like all living things, dogs require a balance of the three macronutrients in their diet – protein, fat, and carbohydrate. Protein is the most essential nutrient for dogs because it contains the amino acids that are needed to build healthy muscles and tissue – it also provides healthy energy for your dog. What many dog owners do not realize, however, is that fat is actually a more concentrated form of energy than protein. Protein and carbohydrates contain 4 calories per gram while fat contains 9 calories per gram. Calories are a unit of energy, so this is a big deal. When measured by weight, fats contain 2.25 times more energy than an equal weight of protein or carbohydrates.

When it comes to choosing specific fats for your dog, it is always best to stick with animal-based fats like chicken fat or salmon oil. Animal-based fats are more biologically valuable for your dog which means that he will have an easier time digesting them and absorbing the nutrients they provide. Many pet foods use plant-based fats like flaxseed oil or coconut oil. While many plant-based fats offer good nutritional value and are not inherently harmful for dogs, they will still be less biologically valuable than an animal fat. For this reason, it is best to find a dog food product that uses an animal-based source as the primary source of fat – it is okay if it is supplemented with a plant-based fat as a secondary source.

In terms of the types of fat your dog needs, essential fatty acids are the most important. The three most important fatty acids for dogs are linoleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid, and arachidonic acid. These essential fatty acids should comprise about 2% of your dog’s daily calorie intake. As for your dog’s total fat requirement, adult dogs need a diet that is comprised of at least 5% fat with the ideal recommendation being between 9 and 15%. Puppies need a minimum of 8% with an ideal recommendation of 17% – the same recommendations hold true for pregnant and lactating females. Very active dogs need higher than average fat levels, a minimum of 8% with ideal levels being closer to 30%.


The Human Foods That Are Safe for Dogs

We love our dogs more than anything in the world &mdash and (more often than not) what puppy wants, puppy gets. But when it comes to dogs begging for a nibble of food made for humans, giving your pet a hard no can actually mean the difference between life and death. It doesn’t matter how cute their puppy dog eyes are. When it comes to food, you absolutely know better than they do as far as what’s safe.

There are many foods we treat ourselves to every day that are horrible for a canine’s sensitive digestive system and can even be deadly in some instances. But that doesn’t mean all human food is off-limits to dogs.

We’ve broken it down for you so you know what foods are OK &mdash and which ones can result in death if consumed.

What’s safe

Most healthy foods that are good for us are relatively good for dogs. However, it’s important to research what you can feed your pup before you do it. What started out as something healthy for a dog (like ground beef or grilled chicken) can instantly be made poisonous with the addition of certain oils, wines or onions. If you can’t say no to that adorable face staring up at you from the floor as you eat, check out these human foods deemed safe by the ASPCA and Modern Dog magazine.

  1. Peanut butter. This is a great source of added protein and fiber for your pup and a tablespoon on their dry food is a surefire way to get them to eat it! Make sure to choose an all-natural peanut butter that does not contain the ingredient xylitol as it can be dangerous for pets.
  2. Yogurt. This provides a great source of protein for dogs (especially Greek yogurt). Make sure to avoid the brands high in sugar and preservatives.
  3. Lean proteins (like chicken, turkey and beef). Most of these meats are found in your pet’s dry and wet foods anyway and are filled with healthy fats and proteins dogs need to maintain a healthy weight and energy level. Just be sure to feed them lean proteins that have not been cooked with strange vegetables, oils or wines.
  4. Salmon. The omega-3 fatty acids are good for your dog’s coat and skin health, and provide him with a healthy source of protein.
  5. Pumpkin and sweet potatoes. Pumpkins and sweet potatoes are a great source of beta carotene and vitamin A and help keep your pup’s digestive system on track.
  6. Rice and pasta. Plain or whole wheat pastas are a good source of energy for your dog. Just avoid feeding them fatty or acidic sauces.
  7. Apples. This dog favorite is a great healthy snack and is a great sources of vitamins A and C!
  8. Peas and green beans. Peas and green beans are a great way to infuse your pup’s food with healthy, low-calorie nutrients. Peas provide extra potassium and the green beans are great sources of vitamins C and K.

Of course, these aren’t the only human foods dogs can stomach, just the healthiest for them. Just be sure to look it up before you toss it to your pet!

What’s not safe

Unless you live under a rock, you know that chocolate and cocoa are completely off limits. However, that’s not the only favorite snack of yours that could poison your dog. Other everyday items, like onions and grapes could also really sicken, or kill, your best friend. Check out this list of the most poisonous foods, provided by Web MD for pets, for dogs and be sure you keep them far away from your pup’s curious snout! These poisonous foods are bad for all dogs, but are even more extreme for smaller breeds, like shih tzus, Yorkies, chihuahuas and tea cup breeds.

  1. Chocolate and cocoa. The reason behind the toxicity in this sweet treat lies in the theobromine, or toxic agent. Just one bite can cause a dog to vomit or have diarrhea. It can also cause abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and death.
  2. Grapes. These popular fruits need to kept away from your pup, especially if your dog is older or sick. Something in the grapes is known to cause kidney disease in most breeds.
  3. Avocados. This healthy fruit contains persin, which is known to give dogs vomiting and diarrhea.
  4. Onions and garlic. These flavor enhancers need to be kept far away from your dog. Large volumes of these vegetables and herbs can cause gastrointestinal irritation and red blood cell damage, which can lead to anemia.
  5. Alcohol. Feeding your pet beer or wine isn’t funny, it could be deadly. Just a drop can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing and even death. The effects are even worse in smaller breeds.
  6. Milk and dairy products. Just one slice of cheese won’t kill your pet, but excessive dairy will likely negatively disrupt their digestive system, since dogs don’t have as much of the lactose breaking enzyme that humans do.
  7. Coffee. Just a sip of coffee or caffeine can lead to restlessness, heart palpitations and bleeding, while a large dosage can be fatal.
  8. Gum. Xylitol, or the sweetener found in gum and candy, can lead to liver failure and hypoglycemia. In addition, a dog’s digestive system cannot break down gum the way humans do and the sticky substance can block up their system, which can quickly lead to death.

View human food as a treat to your pet, not as something you give them in place of their own dog food. Although the foods listed in the healthy category are good for pets, too much can upset their digestion or make it harder for them to eat their own food. A few pieces of chicken or salmon can be a great incentive if your pup is behaving or does a trick.

Image: Regina Ferrara/Sheknows

A version of this article was originally published in July 2012.


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