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April 14, 2009

Bo and the White House tomatoes


 Photo courtesy ASPCA.


Bo likes tomatoes.

That's the news out of the White House introduction of the First Family's new dog.

During Bo's first meeting with the press, the president told reporters that Portuguese water dogs like tomatoes.

"Michelle's garden is in trouble," the president said.

I warned them that puppies and gardens don't mix. But it wasn't because I thought the new puppy would eat the vegetables. I thought it more likely that he would just tear things up.

Now we hear that PWDs have a taste for tomatoes.

Let's hope it isn't a taste for tomato plants. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Web site lists the plant as toxic to cats and dogs. It can make them pretty ill.

While we are on the topic, I wonder how PWDs feel about fresh mozzarella and a little basil? And perhaps a drizzle of balsamic vinegar?

After all, the dog does have Mediterranean roots.



Posted by Susan Reimer at 4:48 PM | | Comments (3)
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Let's hope they are not using cocoa hull mulch!

Maybe they could put up a fence.

According to Wikipedia, the word "tomato" (genus Solanum) actually reflects the fact that they are a major food source for wild wolves (which of course are closely related to dogs):

"The word tomato comes from a word in the Nahuatl language, tomatl. The specific name, lycopersicum, means "wolf-peach" (compare the related species Solanum lycocarpum, whose scientific name means "wolf-fruit", common name "wolf-apple"), as they are a major food of wild canids in South America." (

So Bo is in good company.

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About Susan Reimer
Susan Reimer has spent 16 years writing about raising kids - among other topics - in her column for The Baltimore Sun. And every time son Joseph or daughter Jessie passed another milestone - driver's license, college, wedding or a move to a new military duty station - she has planted another garden. Now she will be writing about those gardens - and yours - here on Garden Variety.

Susan isn't an expert gardener, but she wasn't an expert mother, either. Both - the kids and the gardens - seem to be doing well in spite of her.

She lives in Annapolis with her husband, Gary Mihoces, who loves to cut his grass but has noticed that there seems to be less of it every time the kids pass another milestone.

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