Readers’ corner 7/18/07 |

Readers’ corner 7/18/07

No macadamia nuts for dogs: Desh Cameron, a vet and vet shrink who sends me interesting missives from time to time, let me know that macadamia nuts can poison your dog. He says, “Macadamia nuts are a popular food snack for humans, but they can cause significant clinical signs if ingested by dogs – the only species in which macadamia nut toxicosis has been diagnosed.

“A toxic ‘dose’ of roasted macadamia nuts for dogs has been estimated as approximately 2 to 3 g/kg (equivalent to about 1 nut per kg body weight). Dogs ingesting macadamia nuts may vomit, become weak, ataxic or lethargic, as well as experience tremors and hyperthermia. Other reported signs include joint and muscle pain. Weakness generally manifests as reluctance or inability to rise and reluctance to remain standing. Fortunately, while the syndrome caused by macadamia nut ingestion in dogs can be unpleasant, it is not usually liable to be terminal. Most dogs recover completely within 24 to 36 hours of ingestion.”

Thanks to the Fire Safe Council: I have met Joanne Drummond, and she is a welcome asset to the Fire Safe Council. Mr. and Mrs. C.D. Gano sent this thank you: “I have a thank you note to write for the great work and help that the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County sent our way this past week in the form of their wonderful helpers. We are an elderly and retired couple living just outside of Grass Valley. The past winter rains have caused the wild plants to flourish.

“Jan Blake and Joanne Drummond are the women who head this agency and they are just wonderful … they guide you through everything and are so appreciated. These young people were from various countries of the world, and just got along so famously, and worked so hard. Their leader was great with them also, Mr. Geoff Gordon, a very able and likable volunteer. They all just meshed.” Isn’t it great that in this busy day and age, people still take the time to say thank you?

Battle of the Sexes Barbecue for United Way: Do you have your team yet? You can get the application from and join us down at the new Holiday Inn Express (Miner’s Inn?) on Aug. 16 to decide who can make the greatest barbecue – men or women. Tom Fitzsimmons from KNCO thinks his team will rule and I can’t wait to show him differently. Let’s make this a great event for United Way, where all your contributions stay in Nevada County! If you have questions, call Lindy or Denise at 274-8111.

Why do women’s clothes button on the opposite side from men’s? Why do men’s clothes have buttons on the right while women’s clothes have buttons on the left? When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich. Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid’s right. Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left. And that’s where women’s buttons have remained since.

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