We picked up our insane puppy Satsi (see her and her crazy helicopter ears above) from the kennel yesterday after our fantastic trip to NYC for BlogHer 2010. This being her first time at the kennel, she didn’t eat. This being my first time at BlogHer, I ate like a pig, but that’s another story.
As I am an Italian mother, I wanted to fatten up our little pup from her self-imposed food strike. Of course, mother’s little helper (not Mick’s kind, of course) wanted to assist in the feeding. She usually scoops out the food from the container, pours it sort of in the bowl, picks up the pieces from the floor…one…at…a…time…throws them sort of in the bowl, and eventually, the bowl is full. Taking care of a pet is one of the great learning experiences of childhood. And a great lesson in parent patience.
She didn’t help this time. And she won’t for a few years. A new government report warns that kids and pet food don’t mix…they don’t even mingle to a jingling beat. Having a child under the age of 5 help feed pets could mean a risk of illness, as dry pet foods are an under-recognized source of salmonella infections in humans. So it’s time for them to stand up and be recognized. Thank you. No thank you.
Fido’s food may be making kids sick, a government report warns, detailing the first known salmonella outbreak in humans, mostly young children, linked to pet food. The outbreak sickened 79 people in 21 mostly eastern states, between 2006 and 2008. Almost half of the victims were children aged 2 and younger. Read more…
Does your child help with the care of your pet?