Aug 1, 2010

Tomato Thief

While taking some pictures of sunflowers I heard some rustling in a nearby patch of tomatoes. I looked through the thick tomato leaves and noticed that one of my dogs was the source of the noise.

In fact, the dog in question was not merely passing through the tomato patch, but he was helping himself to a ripe tomato right off the vine. Pictured in mid-swipe is Shadow, a five-year-old terrier mix we adopted a few months ago. The shaded area in which he perched created a bluish effect in the image, but the tomato theft is well documented for future reference.

Our veterinarian recommended against feeding dogs tomatoes, by the way, as he noted that dogs who eat tomatoes are prone to bladder stones. Green tomatoes - plus the green stems and leaves - contain the compound atropine, which can cause tremors and heart arrhythmia.

None of our other dogs have shown any interest in eating ripened tomatoes from the vine before, so I will have to pay closer attention to Shadow when he wanders near the tomatoes.


Anonymous said...

How do you keep the deer away? Now that I don't have a dog anymore to keep the deer away, they eat all the tomato buds and I get zero fruit.

I used to have a very old pear tree that put out a TON of excellent fruit. My Rottweiler would eat the pears on the ground and even jump up to grab them off of low branches. Do you know how hard it is to effectively pick up the leavings of a large dog that gorges himself on pears? Not to mention washing him constantly after he rolls around on the cores?

God bless you, urban farmer.

Mad Jack said...

That's a great photo!

I've never heard of a dog eating tomatoes, but Excellent Rachmaninoff like watermelon. He helps me finish mine off whenever we get the chance.