WARNING: Stay away from Cocoa Mulch fertilizer if you have pets!

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[Normally, I’m not a sucker for emails like this but this one scares tbe bejeezus out of me, knowing how much our dog Sheepa lovvvves the smell of chocolate and will eat the tiniest thing that smells like it.]

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Please tell every dog or cat owner you know.
Even if you don’t have a pet, please pass this to those who do.

Over the weekend the doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from Target to use in their garden. They loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dog Calypso decided that the mulch smelled good enough to eat and devoured a large helping. She vomited a few times which was typical when she eats something new but wasn’t acting lethargic in any way. The next day, Mom woke up and took Calypso out for her morning walk . Half way through the walk, she had a seizure and died instantly.
Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the label, upon further investigation on the company’s website, this product is HIGHLY toxic to dogs and cats.

Cocoa Mulch
is manufactured by Hershey’s, and they claim that ‘It is true that studies have shown that 50% of the dogs that eat Cocoa Mulch can suffer physical harm to a variety of degrees (depending on each individual dog). However, 98% of all dogs won’t eat it.’

This Snopes site gives the following information:
http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/cocoamulch.asp 

image Cocoa Mulch, which is sold by Home Depot, Foreman’s Garden Supply and other Garden supply stores, contains a lethal ingredient called ‘ Theobromine’. It is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die. Several deaths already occurred in the last 2-3 weeks. Theobromine is in all chocolate, especially dark or baker’s chocolate which is toxic to dogs. Cocoa bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities of theobromine, a xanthine compound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline. A dog that ingested a lethal quantity of garden mulch made from cacao bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later. Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine

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2 Responses to WARNING: Stay away from Cocoa Mulch fertilizer if you have pets!

  1. herr says:

    Hi there, Kurt.I stumbled upon this entry through a Yelp review you had posted, and wanted to share some thoughts on the comp process with you. I can\’t be able to send a private message or find any other way of contacting you, so I figure I\’ll just leave a comment to see if you\’d like to compare notes.I mostly play at the MGM/Mirage properties, and mostly play craps. I\’ve been rated anywhere from 200-300/bet, and I don\’t bet nearly this much. My betting pattern is to play a $25 pass line bet with odds, then play come bets as often as possible.At most, I should have 25×8, or 200 bucks in play, as odds bets aren\’t counted. It is rare that I have all the points covered, so my average bet would probably be closer to 75-125/bet if you count pass line, come bet and a couple of points.I tip the dealers often, and I think this sways the floor manager\’s notes on my bet. I\’ve noticed that I\’ve had my average bet amount go up at times, and at other times the duration of play is upped.I know this to be true at baccarat, where I can remember once losing 2500 in a matter of minutes. The bet amount was anywhere from 100-800, mostly 100-200/bet. I tipped the dealer my last black chip, and checked my rating the next day: average bet, 250, duration of play: two hours.I should note that every gambling session starts with taking a marker out for 2500.I\’ve been comped RFB + spa/massage + limo for this level of play. The MGM/Mirage system has profiles for each player, and in addition to session/avg bet/etc. notes, there are areas for comments as well as some kind of rating system where you\’re ranked from 1-10. I can\’t remember exactly how the ranking goes, but I was told I was a "7" player, and had some sort of color assigned to me.How does this correspond to your experiences? I\’m curious to know more about your impressions about how your comping experience has been at the Palazzo or Venetian, as I\’m planning a trip out there. Calling the hosts results in info that they\’re basically looking for 250/bet x 4 hrs/day for RFB, but it sounds like you\’ve had a better experience based on your review of the Venetian.Cheers,-GL.PS: I\’m also interested in what "very interesting things" you\’ve been told!

  2. herr says:

    Oh boy, I posted under the wrong entry! My apologies.

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