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12 Foods That Are Dangerous for Dogs

While we might give our pups a treat from the table every now and then, many foods that are healthy for humans are harmful to dogs and most other pets. Here’s a list of 12 foods that veterinarians widely agree you should never give to your dog.

  1. Drinks and foods with caffeine, including coffee and chocolate. Dark chocolate, as well as milk chocolate, is actually toxic to dogs, and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, hyperactivity, even death.
  2. Bones. Although your pet’s wild relatives eat the carcasses of their prey, vets say chicken bones and bones from other animals can cause an obstruction or laceration in your dog’s digestive system.
  3. Nightshade vegetables, such as mushrooms, onions, garlic, and tomatoes.
  4. Sugary or salty foods, including gum and those with artificial sweeteners, such as xylitol.
  5. Milk and dairy products.
  6. Nuts, especially macadamia nuts. Vets say even 1 to 2 ounces of macadamia nuts can cause temporary paralysis.
  7. Avocado. Avocados contain an ingredient called persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
  8. Fruits, such as grapes, raisins, or currants, and those with a pit. Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs.
  9. Yeast dough. It can rise in your pooches’ tummy, causing gas to accumulate. Small bits of baked bread are okay for an occasional treat.
  10. Raw or undercooked meat or eggs, and moldy, spoiled foods. Bacteria, such as salmonella and E. coli hide out in undercooked and spoiled foods and are dangerous to both people and animals.
  11. Cat food. It is too high in protein and fat for dogs.
  12. Tobacco, alcohol, and drugs, including marijuana. A tipsy dog might be the life of the party, but do your pet a favor and leave him out of the festivities.

The best way to keep your pet healthy is to feed him a high-quality pet food and limit or avoid human food. Ask your vet for a pet food recommendation, especially if your pet is older or has special needs. If you must give your dog table scraps, limit them to 10 percent or less of his total diet.

Is your dog a bit of a food thief? Keep human food in dog-proof containers and store it in cabinets where your pet can’t get to it. If you suspect your dog has eaten something potentially dangerous, contact your vet immediately. In many cases, early recognition and treatment are critical.

Dog Hikers meet weekly, all are welcome


Dog Hikers of Georgia meets each Sunday at 10am. Locations vary and all are welcome – with or without a dog. For more information and locations, call Dr. Dan Batchelor at 770-992-2362.


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Happy Tails Pet Therapy: Orientation monthly

Happy Tails Pet Therapy. Orientation for prospective members 1st Thursday or Saturday of the month. 10:30- 11:30am and 7-8pm. Mt. Bethel Christian Academy, 4385 Lower Roswell Road, Building F, Room F001, Marietta. Check dates: 770-740-8211 or


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Should your pet be our pet of the month?

Fill out the information on your pet and send it to:
EAST COBBER, P.O. Box 680445, Marietta, GA 30068

Please include a picture with your entry. Or email description and a jpg to:

Pet’s Name:
Age & Gender:
Favorite Food:
Favorite Person:
Best Trick:
Turn Ons:
Turn Offs:
Favorite Toy:
Last Seen:
What makes your pet so special:
Owner’s Name:

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POSTPONED – Mostly Mutts Dog Training Seminar

The Dog Training Seminar benefiting Mostly Mutts scheduled for Sunday, January 18, has been postponed due to weather concerns. Since the warehouse where the seminar will be held is not climate controlled, the event will be rescheduled in the Spring.

Event description:
A solid foundation in basic training, including an introduction to simple cues (sit, come, stay), and learn basic mistakes as pet owners make and a basic way to train and correct them. No dogs please. Dress weather appropriate and bring a fold-up chair. $20. Pre-pay at Click the “Donate” button: please specify in notes that it is for the Dog Training Seminar. 2pm-4pm. Mostly Mutts Shelter, 4427 Acworth Industrial Drive, Acworth.

For more information call 770-325-7387 or email


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Meet the EAST COBBER Pet of the Month: Neil


Meet Neil: the January EAST COBBER Pet of the Month


Animal/Breed: Domestic
Age & Gender: Male, 11 years old
Favorite Food: Tuna
Favorite Person: Phyllis
Best Trick: Wearing Costumes
Turn Ons: Taking a Bubble Bath
Turn Offs: People who don’t like cats
Favorite Toy: Hair Ties & Milk Rings
Last Seen: Chasing the sun in the window
What makes your pet so special: looks like a cat, acts like a dog

(Submitted by Phyllis Lamontagne)

Think your furry friend should be our featured Pet? Email


Adoption event at Unleashed by Petco this Saturday


Organizers are encouraging East Cobbers to “Adopt, don’t shop” this Saturday at the pet adoption event at Unleashed by PETCO, 11am-3pm, 3605 Sandy Plains Road in the Home Depot Shopping Center.

The event is sponsored by Angels Among Us. Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer-based organization dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats from high-kill shelters in north Georgia. They operate through a network of foster homes in the north metro Atlanta area. Their efforts are funded by tax-deductible contributions from compassionate people and organizations who care and want to help make a difference…one pet at a time.

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To the Rescue: Small Paws Finds Homes for Bichon Frisés


For East Cobb’s Fox family, providing a foster home for rescued Bichon Frisés started with a 10-year-old boy who wanted to make a difference. As an animal lover and pet owner, Zachary Fox approached his parents about the prospect of fostering a dog. Karen Fox says she agreed to her son’s petition, and Zachary’s research led him to Small Paws RescueR Inc., the largest national breed rescue organization in the country.

Now, almost 14 years later and 25-plus foster dogs to their credit, the Foxes are still active with Small Paws RescueR as they provide a temporary home and love to these white fluffy canines. Karen Fox notes that it’s difficult to give up these dogs to their “forever homes” once they have lived with you and your pets. “The first time that we parted with a Bichon for adoption, my son and I both cried,” she relates. “But we knew this dog had a permanent,  loving home, and we could help other dogs in the same way.”

Since 1998 Small Paws has rescued 10,000 Bichon Frisés from shelters, puppy mills, and owners who can no longer take care of their dogs due to circumstances such as health, finances, or living arrangements. At the helm of the organization is founder Robin Presnall, who has 18 team leaders who oversee about 800 volunteers in the U.S. Their purpose is to rescue and supply nonaggressive Bichon Frisés with shelter, love, food, human  companionship, and medical care until permanent placement is secured.

If you have a heart for this breed and want to help the cause or if you might consider adopting a Bichon Frisé, go to Small Paw’s website, Under “Support Small Paws,” you can find information about volunteer opportunities, which include rescuing dogs,
fostering them in your home, and transporting them from foster care to their new homes. There is also information about donations, which helps Small Paws cover its recurring $35,000 to $50,000 monthly vet bills for dogs in foster care. Under “Adoption,” you can find dogs with names like Cookie, Cotton, and Max to adopt. No problem if the dog is not local — Small Paws can make arrangements to get your dog to you. If you are in a situation where you can no longer keep your Bichon at home, there is information on what to do in these cases.

Bichon Frisés are described as cheery little lap dogs with wonderful temperaments. Adopt one today or volunteer to help make an adoption possible.


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EAST COBBER Pet of the Week: Hanna


Animal/ Breed: Havenese

Age & Gender: 13 months

Favorite Food: Peanut Butter

Favorite Person: Whoever has the treat

Best Trick: Turning circles before getting her dinner

Turn Ons: Sleepin with Momma in the big bed

Turn Offs: When her big sister bullies her

Favorite Toy: Lamby Bone

Last Seen: In Momma’s lap sleepin

What makes your pet so special: She is sweet as sugar

Submitted by Chris Walther & Jana Howell


(Reprinted from the December 2014 issue of EAST COBBER.)

Should your pet be our Pet of the Week? Email details to Don’t forget to include a photo!

Considering adding a pet to your family this season?

english bulldogs dressed up as santa and rudolph

The playful image of a puppy with a red bow is a treasured holiday tradition for many. But instead of heading to a breeder or a pet store, consider rescuing an animal from one of these area adoption and shelter facilities. Not in the market for a furry friend? Many of these organizations could use extra help (in time, donations and finances) during the holidays and throughout the year. Contact individual organizations for more information.


Adopt a Golden Atlanta
404-DOGLESS (364-5377) •
Adopt a Golden Atlanta is an all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to finding warm, loving homes for unwanted and/or abused golden retrievers before they become strays or are turned into animal shelters.

All Paws Considered
770-640-5550 •
All Paws Considered is an all no-kill pet rescue organization. They rescue neglected, abused and homeless animals and provide them with needed medical care and rehabilitation until permanent homes can be found.

Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends
6570 James B River Drive • Stone Mountain, GA 30083
678-318-1886 •
AARF was founded in 2002 and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal rescue organization licensed by the state of Georgia that works to assist abandoned, abused and stray animals in finding new, loving homes.

Atlanta Beagle Rescue
Helps find homes for beagles in need. Each dog is spayed/neutered, vet checked and microchipped.

Atlanta Pet Rescue
4874 S. Atlanta Road SE • Smyrna, GA 30080
404-815-6680 •
Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption (APRA) is a non-profit, volunteer-based, no-kill shelter dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating dogs and cats so they can be adopted into safe and loving forever homes.

Atlanta Bully Rescue
The goal of ABR is to rescue and rehabilitate stray and owner-surrendered bull breed canines and find them new forever homes.

Basset Hound Rescue of Georgia
P.O. Box 680322 • Marietta, GA 30068
770-499-1164 •
Basset Hound Rescue of Georgia, Inc. is a non-profit, volunteer effort to save abandoned and mistreated basset hounds for the love of the breed.

Cobb County Animal Shelter
1060 Al Bishop Drive • Marietta, GA 30008
770-499-4136 •
As a unit of the Department of Public Safety, the shelter is responsible for handling complaints in Cobb County regarding dangerous, stray, or dead animals and animal cruelty. Call for hours.

Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Georgia, Inc

Ferret Business of Georgia
678-345-8584 •

Forgotten Paws Pet Rescue •

Good Mews Animal Foundation
736 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite A3 • Marietta, GA 30068
770-499-CATS (2287) •
A non-profit organization that operates a no-kill, cage-free shelter for homeless, abused, and abandoned cats.

Humane Society of Cobb County
148 Fairground Street SE • Marietta, GA 30060
770-428-5678 •
Encourages the humane treatment of animals and proper care of pets. Offers animal control, humane education, library, lost and found, and adopt-a-pet program.

Mostly Mutts
770-325-PETS (7387) •

Mutt Maddness
P.O. Box 71821 • Marietta, GA 30007
404-406-6322 •

Georgia House Rabbit Society
2280 Shallowford Road• Marietta, GA 30066
678-653-7175 •
The Georgia House Rabbit Society is committed to rescuing abused, abandoned and neglected domestic house rabbits, fostering  them and finding them great homes. They work to educate the public on rabbit behavior and proper care.

Our Pal’s Place
4508 Canton Highway • Marietta, GA 30066
678-795-0202 •
Pet adoption facility and education center. Its mission is to rescue dogs from euthanasia at local animal control shelters.

Papillon 911
P.O. Box 682225 • Marietta, GA 30068
A rescue organization committed to rescuing Papillons from dog-breeding facilities.


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