Self-Sabotaging Democrats and Dogs

Grind for December 1st, 2018
“Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous and illy bears the presence of a rival.”

– Thomas Jefferson

Deja Vu

The Headline

Nancy Pelosi takes her spot back

The Grind

After surviving yet another election, Nancy Pelosi once again sought the position of House Speaker.

Pelosi, who has been a member of Congress since the Jurassic Period, served as Speaker from 2007-2011 and has represented her party as Minority Leader ever since. She has been a member of the House since 1987.

Pelosi’s supporters insist the party needs an experienced leader to combat President Trump, but opponents say it’s time for a change. Unfortunately for them, Pelosi’s only challenger (Ohio Democrat Marcia Fudge) dropped out before the vote even took place.

Fudge retracted her bid for Speaker last week after Pelosi promised to appoint her as leader of a revived elections subcommittee.

The Details

Pelosi’s savior could have very well been President Trump, who despite previous criticism expressed support for her campaign. “In all fairness, Nancy Pelosi deserves to be chosen Speaker of the House by the Democrats,” tweeted Trump.

“Whatever number of votes she needs, if it’s 50 or 10 or 2 or 1, she’s got them from me, automatic. So tell her opposition, they’re wasting their time.”

Meanwhile, Republicans will choose between Jim Jordan (OH) and Kevin McCarthy (CA) to replace outgoing Speaker Paul Ryan (WI) as Party leader.

Lawmakers will vote for the Speaker in January.

Not Again

The Headline

Why did my dog eat my shoes?

The Grind

The first time I volunteered to watch a friend’s dogs, they ate both my shoes and my leather purse.

I was shocked.

Nothing bad happened, but according to veterinarian Cherri Trusheime, accidental ingestion can be very dangerous.

Call a vet as soon as possible if your dog consumes a non-food item or a dangerous substance such as: dark chocolate, xylitol, pharmaceuticals, or mood-altering drugs (including marijuana).

The type of surgery required for accidental ingestion ranges from $500-$8,000.

The Details

The most common reasons dogs eat non-food items include anxiety, hunger, lack of exercise, and pica.

Pica is a condition caused by nutritional deficiencies, starvation, and electrolyte imbalances. Pica is characterized by the eating of substances like dirt, chalk, rocks, fabric, and plastic. Consuming these substances can cause stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and intestinal blockages.

And then there’s coprophagia, which refers to the ingestion of feces. Coprophagia is harmless in most cases, but there’s always the chance your dog will contract an intestinal parasite.

The best way to prevent your dog from eating weird things is to keep your dog away from those things!

Always keep litter boxes out of reach and pick up after your dog when on walks. To eliminate coprophagia, try products like For-Bid or sprinkle meat tenderizer on your dog’s food. If your dog likes to eat feces and spends time outside unsupervised, ask your vet about year-round parasite prevention.

And remember, you should always visit the vet as soon as possible after an accidental ingestion. How fast you get there could be a matter of life and death.

Did you know… In 585 BC, a solar eclipse occurred in the middle of a battle between the Lydians and the Medes. They promptly ceased fighting and signed a peace treaty.