Coffee Kills

I love iced coffee.  Like LOVE it.  Given the choice between hot coffee and iced coffee, I will almost always choose iced.  But yesterday morning it was cold. (Imagine that, cold in winter in the Midwest!)  Not only was it cold outside, but I was cold inside. I needed hot coffee to warm me up.

I made my cup of coffee and had enjoyed about half of it before heading upstairs to get ready for work. I was warm by then and figured I would throw the rest over ice later to take with me. When I was ready to leave, I went to grab my cup off the end table in the living room only to find this…

empty coffee cup

I paused and second guessed myself. Had I really drank all of the cup? Maybe I just thought I had left some to ice. But then I realized the same scenario had happened the day before. I had come down to get my remaining coffee only to discover I had really drank it all. Or had I? Yesterday, I had noticed coffee on the coaster. I had assumed I had just spilled my cup a little. Today when I picked up the cup, there was more coffee spilled on the coaster.

Such confusion! Was I really getting so forgetful that I was drinking coffee and not remembering it? Was I getting so clumsy, I couldn’t set or pick up a cup of coffee without spilling it? What the heck was going on?

And then I inspected the coffee cup a little bit more…

empty coffee cup

Notice anything unusual about it?




It’s empty. Like bone dry, not a drop of coffee empty. When I finish a cup of coffee, or anything else for the matter, there is usually some evidence of it in the dish. And with coffee that would be a ring around the very bottom of the cup. Where was my coffee ring? What had happened to my cup of coffee?

I’ll give you one hint…





This would be the guilty party. Naughty girl, Stella.

I didn’t really think much about here drinking my coffee two days in a row until last night. Then it occurred to me it might be really bad for a dog to have coffee. Crap. Had I unintentionally harmed my dog?

After doing a little research, I found my answer.

Caffeine in large enough quantities can be fatal for a dog. And, there is no antidote.

Not good. Not good at all. How is something I enjoy so much be so bad for my dog? I am glad Stella didn’t get very much of it. But we have been keeping an eye on her for symptoms, just in case.

Symptoms of caffeine poisoning include restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, fits, and bleeding.

I will definitely be much more careful with my coffee. And this little incident has prompted me to educate myself on other foods that could be dangerous to Stella.

  • Avocado
  • Alcohol
  • Onions & Garlic
  • Coffee, Tea & Caffeine
  • Grapes & Raisins
  • Milk & Other Dairy Products
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Candy & Gum
  • Chocolate
  • Fat Trimmings & Bones
  • Persimmons, Peaches & Plums
  • Raw Eggs
  • Raw Meat & Fish
  • Salt
  • Sugary Foods & Drinks
  • Yeast Dough
  • Your Medicine


I didn’t realize half of the things on that list were bad for her! We don’t feed her people food anyway, but I now know which things we need to keep a better eye on.

Did anything on the list surprise you?


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