The True Story of a Habanero Pepper-Eating Dog
One of our readers from Pennsylvania sent Dog Paw Print this great story about her English Springer Spaniel puppy that we just had to share with you.
She and her husband like growing hot peppers in their garden, and they learned that their puppy, Tomi, has an unusual penchant for some rather fiery treats!
Joyce and Bud have two English Springer Spaniels, Tomi (the puppy) and BC, which stands for Brown Cheeks. They are two beautiful dogs, but both are a bit on the mischievous side, as you will read in the following story:
"Here is a picture of our youngest Springer, who we named Tomi, after my dad who passed away in January.
She is a very determined, but also loveable puppy. She just loves to pick on our oldest Springer, BC, who is now four years old.
I'd like to tell you a cute story to go along with this picture... One Saturday my husband, Bud, was "babysitting" the dogs while I was attending a bridal shower. He had called me late that afternoon because he was going to a picnic and he wanted me to stop and check in on Tomi because he said that she didn't look good. She had slobber coming from her mouth and she kept on pawing her tongue for some strange reason.
Would a Dog Really Eat Habanero Peppers?
I got home around 5:30, and went into the house. BC met me at the door, but there was no Tomi. She was laying on the couch just looking at me, and she didn't look good at all. I got her outside, but she wanted right back in. After a bit, I left again for the family picnic, and we came home around 8:00 that night. Tomi still didn't seem like herself, but by Sunday morning she seemed just fine. We were puzzled by her condition of the previous night.
That afternoon, Bud and I started to can our tomatoes and hot peppers. To his surprise, Bud discovered that Tomi had been in the garden eating his hapanero peppers!!!!!!. Needless to say, he pulled them all off the plant. But believe it or not, we have just discovered that our habanero pepper eating dog likes banana peppers too!". (See photo above)
For those of you who don't know, habanero peppers are some of the hottest peppers out there! Still, even though they are hot and can irritate the skin and mouth of a dog for sure, thankfully they are not included in the ASPCA's list of plants that are toxic to dogs.
Tomi isn't the only mischievous dog in this habanero pepper eating dog family! BC is also a bit of a trouble maker. Joyce mentioned that she walked into her kitchen one day, and BC was sitting in the kitchen sink!
She sent a picture of him drinking from the bathroom sink as well. Maybe if Tomi could have figured out how to do this after eating the habanero peppers, she would have felt a little better.
Joyce, thanks for sharing this great story with us!