“This counter is so high… I need a stool, can somebody get me a stool!?”

I made meatballs (for an army it appears). We are going to the Poconos (a Birthday trip to celebrate my existence) and I thought it’d be easier to bring some pre-made favorites up for my people to eat. I won’t be partaking in the actual ball eating, instead I will eat my protein-packed kibble recipe loaded with over 60% of traditional heritage meat (yum, that sounds so delicious right now) alongside my Humans (well…alongside their feet). My Humans aren’t heartless when it comes to sharing table food, but rather they recognize how unnecessary it is for dogs to eat people food and how it can actually be dangerous depending on what it is. There are lots of foods that are toxic to dogs so it is better to just avoid the habit of offering people food to pets. It is just unnecessary, we love our Humans with out it. Also, Humans don’t necessarily have the best eating habits so why would I want to be a part of that? 😹 I am fine eating a well balanced, dog appropriate diet and getting on with my day. Eating (and begging for) people food is a learned behavior (often our Humans laugh, and think it’s cute, and seem to enjoy giving us “forbidden” foods, and we pick up on that sense of joy. We just want to please our people. Heck… they love it so much they video it and post it across all their social media platforms! Ha!)

Anyway, I have a sensitive digestive system so I have to be prudent when it comes to food choices. I think mostly all dogs have sensitivities, but my hind quarters is covered in abundant fuzz, so i can’t really afford to slip off my dietary regimen… or it’s noticeable (if you know what I mean…)

“Does this angle make my butt look big?”

Here is a list of just SOME of the foods harmful to dogs. Please look into the matter more extensively, as it may either save your dog’s life, or explain a symptom or two…

• Alcoholic beverages

• Apple seeds

• Apricot pits

• Avocados

• Cherry pits

• Candy (particularly chocolate—and any candy containing the toxic sweetener Xylitol)

• Coffee (grounds, beans, and chocolate-covered espresso beans)

• Garlic

• Grapes

• Gum (can cause blockages and sugar free gums may contain the toxic sweetener Xylitol)

• Hops (used in home beer brewing)

• Macadamia nuts

• Moldy foods

• Mushroom plants

• Mustard seeds

• Onions and onion powder

• Peach pits

• Potato leaves and stems (green parts)

• Raisins

• Rhubarb leaves

• Salt

• Tea (because it contains caffeine)

• Tomato leaves and stems (green parts)

• Walnuts

• Xylitol (artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets)

• Yeast dough

Here is one article if you want to read more about it… there are plenty of them on the internet.

Ok! Let’s get back to the meatballs! At the end of this post I will share my meatball recipe. My sauce (or gravy if you are one of those) I will share at a later date, as I am currently pressed for time (I have to pack for my birthday trip). I am not really a “measurer” when it comes to cooking (when baking, measuring is a must!) so you will have to develop your own amounts based on personal preference. I am basically listing ingredients. Here’s something that may make you giggle… If you eat meatballs straight off the baking dish they are called “naked meatballs” (that’s what they call them in my house, I’m not sure if it’s really a thing so I wouldn’t say that out loud or it may be embarrassing). Mom gets the hiccups when she eats naked meatballs cold from the fridge. Odd one she is.

My Meatballs…

in large bowl thoroughly mix together 1 egg, (3-4 Tbsp) minced garlic, fresh rosemary (chopped) , parsley, shredded parmesan, ground beef, ground pork, ground veal (3-1-1 ratio ), and breadcrumbs… roll into balls, then roll balls in breadcrumbs (separate bowl), place on EVOO’d baking dish and bake at 350 for 45 minutes (heavy EVOO the baking dish and toss balls around midway to prevent burning)

Enjoy! And as always… thanks for checking in!


  1. Your naked meatballs look delicious. And your information on foods that are harmful to dogs is very helpful, especially to a person who has very little experience with dogs and didn’t realize how important it is to not drop food on the floor when eating at a dog’s house!


    • It always makes me wonder why they make such a joke about “feeding the dog under the table” on tv shows and movies, when it can be so harmful (even deadly) depending on what was for dinner. Many plants can be toxic to dogs (and cats) also… but that will have to be another topic for another day! Thanks for commenting 😸🖤😸🐾


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