Nerd Art of the Day:
** CAUTION **
Please tell every dog or cat owner you know. Even if you don’t have a pet, please pass this to those who do.
Over the weekend, the doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from Target to use in their garden. The dogs loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dog (Calypso) decided the mulch smelled good enough to eat and devoured a large helping. She vomited a few times which was typical when she eats something new but wasn’t acting lethargic in any way. The next day, Mom woke up and took Calypso out for her morning walk. Halfway through the walk, she had a seizure and died instantly.
Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the label, upon further investigation on the company’s web site,
This product is HIGHLY toxic to dogs and cats.
Cocoa Mulch is manufactured by Hershey’s, and they claim that “It is true that studies have shown that 50% of the dogs that eat Cocoa Mulch can suffer physical harm to a variety of degrees (depending on each individual dog). However, 98% of all dogs won’t eat it.”
*Snopes site gives the following information:http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/cocoamulch.asp
Cocoa Mulch, which is sold by Home Depot, Foreman’s Garden Supply and other garden supply stores contains a lethal ingredient called ‘Theobromine’. It is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die. Several deaths already occurred in the last 2-3 weeks.
Theobromine is in all chocolate, especially dark or baker’s chocolate which is toxic to dogs. Cocoa bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities of theobromine, a xanthine compound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline. A dog that ingested a lethal quantity of garden mulch made from cacao bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later. Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine.
**PLEASE PASS THIS ON**
Hey guys! This is only partially true.
There has only been one dog who has died from this.
Some manufacturers of cocoa mulch (such as the <NOBR><A HREF=”http://web.archive.org/web/20060614125415/http://www.cocoamulch.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=browse&id=25996&pageid=109” TARGET=cocoa>Cocoa Mulch</A></NOBR> brand) now proclaim that their products are theobromine-free and pet safe. Responsible pet owners should take care in their selection of cocoa mulch brands; some might prefer to choose another form of soil enhancement for their gardens, such as cedar-based products, rather than gamble their dogs won’t be attracted to or harmed by cocoa mulch.
Also, they have to eat quite a bit of this in order to die. If you’re not paying attention and your dog eats that much mulch, you’re a shitty dog owner anyway. It is mostly a health risk for small dogs or puppies.
It’s probably safer NOT to buy this, but it is very exaggerated. Google’s cool man.
my question is: why is this even an issue
if you own a dog and you’re stupid enough to buy something relating to cocoa/etc and put it in your fucking yard then you just dont need to own a dog in the first place
I just can’t understand how some pet owners can be so retarded as to happily sit around while their dog ate a metric fucktonne of stuff that even a 5 year old would know is really REALLY bad for dogs - and I sincerely hope their stupidity isn’t contagious, I don’t want to end up with that shit one day.
My major was one of the “hardest” languages. 88 weeks? HA. I spent more than that (3 years of school, with summer breaks) and at my highest was a 3rd grade level. Now I’m back to preschool / first grade, but I could get up there again if I wanted. I feel that the “weeks” are wrong, but the hours seem about right. My classes were an hour each day, with an extra half hour or hour every other day. So all in all, about 8 or 9 hours a week of actual class time. That added up, I estimated, to a little over half of that “2200” hours. So if I’d done SIX years instead of THREE, yeah, I’d have a decent grasp on the language.
All in all, languages aren’t easy. For some reason, I think they’re REALLY FUN. Not exactly a USEFUL MAJOR, but intellectually stimulating (other academics seem easy in comparison *sobs* )
I’m not sure but I think I just accidentally created a legendary Pokemon
artist: Fred Augis set 9
Remember me: Neo-Paris artwork
Impressive latte art is impressive.
What the fuck is wrong with that Raichu, it looks like it’s having a heart attack