Spring is in full swing, I hope all my two-legged friends are enjoying the longer days as much as I am. Summer is right around the corner and one of my favorite holidays is just down the street, CINCO de Mayo! In an effort to educate my readers, contrary to popular belief Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day. However, it is still a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride to commemorate the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín (my second favorite Mexican general). As you can imagine I’m torn because I consider myself of both Mexican and French descent yet my Mexican half always wins because I always love a reason to have people over to celebrate…people who will scratch and rub my tummy (don’t judge me).
I know during this special holiday, many families will be celebrating with a drink (or two) of the alcoholic variety. While the frothy margaritas look delicious I never ever go near them. Why you ask? Because alcohol is actually very toxic for cats and dogs. You may have heard of people getting alcohol poisoning, but what you may not know is that alcohol has a much more potent effect on cats, dogs and birds. Even in very small quantities it’s not safe for us four-legged ones to sample.
If by chance a pet does accidentally ingest any alcohol, call your veterinarian immediately and be on the lookout for these symptoms:
• Breathing problems
• Loss of coordination
• Difficulty standing or walking
• Excessive urination
While I can’t partake in the drinking, because I am such a selfless pup, I have decided to share my father’s secret margarita recipe with all mis compadres (the human ones only of course), you can thank me later!
• 1 – 12 oz can frozen limonade concentrate
• 12 oz of your favorite tequila
• 1 – 12 oz bottle of your favorite mexican beer
Blend the frozen can of lime concentrate in the blender, then add and mix the remaining ingredients.
Once mixed, you can serve it on the rocks or frozen. My dad likes his on the rocks, but that’s just how he rolls… Rim the glass with course salt, serve and enjoy! Viva Mexico!
Remember amigos, enjoy responsibly and instead of treating your pet to a drink to celebrate, might I suggest some doggie treats?
Next blog I will cover the topic of whether or not it’s OK to wear white after Labor Day.