Monday, December 29, 2008

Eat more chocolate - it helps poor folk


Don’t quote me, ‘cause I’m only going on what mum said and that was after she’d read her special Christmas edition of New Scientist, so it might be wrong because she only understands a tiny bit of what she reads in New Scientist – she mainly looks at the pretty pictures. Mum never intended to subscribe to New Scientist – it happened by accident one day – I told you about it here We're not dumb animals.

Anyway, according to what mum’s read you should eat more chocolate because when you do you are helping poor families. True, by upping your intake of chocolate you risk becoming morbidly obese and dying prematurely of an obese related illness, but hey – it’s for a good cause. According to this article she read, the stuff that chocolate is made of is almost certainly* grown on small farms in poor countries. So, they reckon that when you buy chocolate, you help poor farmers feed their families. You’ll also be helping to fund research into how to make the cacao tree more productive, less prone to drought and disease – which in turn will also help reduce deforestation.

To be honest it all sounded dead complex to me and I didn’t really understand much of it, other than it sounds as if everyone now has a really good excuse to be eating more chocolate. The thing is, us dogs aren’t supposed to eat chocolate, but apparently we can eat doggy chocolate – so why hasn’t my mum run out and bought a ton of it?

The full article is here Chocolate in peril – so you can make your own minds up. For those not interested in chocolate or who, like us dogs, can’t eat it for health reasons there is a funny video below to keep you amused (apologies if you’ve already seen it, but it made me laugh).

video

*Almost certain? Sounds a bit dodgy to me, you’re either certain or not aren’t you? How can you be almost certain? That is getting my doggy brain in a bit of a tizz. Any grammar experts out there?

32 comments:

French Fancy said...

Hurrah - I'm first which makes up for being last on the previous two. I thought I was a chocolate addict but I've had so much in the last few days that I'm very sick of it now.

I'd not seen that clip before and it actually made me shiver - seeing all that snow and ice. I really hope we don't have all that on the way here.

French Fancy said...

Hasn't everyone been busy blogging over these festive days. It's taken me all this time to finally catch up with my favourites and now I've got to go off and seek out others.This blogging lark isn't half time-consuming. Oh look, my dusting time has come and gone - what a shame,

Henry the Dog said...

FFancy - force yourself - think of all those poor families you'll be helping:) It took me a while to catch up and I only had one whole day off. Mind you. I didn't have much time on 26th and 27th 'cause in between her breadmaking mum wanted to do some long hikes.

PS: mum says bugger the dusting time, life's too short - have another glass of champers instead:)xxx

Csquaredplus3 said...

I didn't need more reasons to enjoy my bit of chocolate during the day, but I'm delighted your mum plowed through an article in New Scientist and put it in Reader's Digest form for us. What a gift! Tell your mum I'm very impressed.

I've seen the funny video. It's great!

Braja said...

Henry I'm loving your mummy more and more...."bugger the dusting and have another glass of champagne"...yes! Champagne and chocolate, perfect. I'll be right over....

Braja said...

BTW I love that video...poor bugger!!

LadyFi said...

Ah - a subject close to my heart: chocolate! I already knew it was good for me as it (the dark stuff, anyway) contains those chemicals that make you feel good and are similar to the chemicals you get in your body when you are in love.

Mmm.. maybe that's why I'm in love with chocolate?

I'd seen the video before but it was just as funny this time round too! And I can relate to it as it does look like that around here during the winter.

I've just had a brainwave: next time your mum bakes bread, tell her to put some chocolate into it, warm it up and voila - pain au chocolat! She can satisfy her breadmaking obsession while also helping poor families...

Charmaine said...

ha ha ha.

That reminds me of the time I stood outside my car. I kept pressing the unlock button on my keys but it wouldn't work. I figured er...the battery in the key thingee went dead?

I called AAA. Um yea, my car was on the other side of the parking lot.

Diane said...

I'm all for helping out poor people. I figure this Christmas, I've helped out a whole village in South America. Lordy.

Jane! said...

Henry, sometimes we just shouldn't question authority. If 'they' say EAT MORE CHOCOLATE, they by golly, that's an order I can take!

detroit dog said...

Red wine and chocolate --- a healthy tasty treat (or meal) around here. Full of anti-oxidants!

There is always chocolate in this house. Dark, dark chocolate.

meryl's musings said...

Love the video -- it made my landlord laugh so we had to watch it together. We had so much snow (but it's all gone right now) that running in it was hard work. Then it got icy and it was like ice skating.

Yay chocolate too -- her favorite.

Daisy said...

Poor Henry, you can't have any chocolate, it's like poison for little furry people like you! But yes get your mum to go and get some of that other stuff pronto. I don't need a good excuse to eat more myself, but I will certainly feel better about things as I tuck into my afternoon chocolate treat tomorrow!

lady jicky said...

Morning boyfriend. chocolate ...Mmmm. I see my Mum make the most delish cakes with this special dark cocoa powder she goes into a tizz about but Oscar and I get a big fat Nothing!
I do get a "dog choc" when I have been good and have had my eye drops and let me tell you - it does not smell anything like that choc Mum and Dad stuff in their faces. Mine has carob in it - I mean , what the hell is a carob and does that save the poor too?
The best thing is this - those two porkers are going on a diet! LOL
Chocolate Kisses,
Rosie

Irish Gumbo said...

Henry, you'd do well to avoid the chockies. The dog I had as a lad (a lovely beagle named Lucy) ate some once, and the results...well, let's just say the results were not pretty.

Now I likes me some chocolate, so I'm on board with the idea. Now if they could just show the same thing about drinking a good pint of stout...

Blu said...

I am all for helping the poor, by munching more chocolate...

That video made my chocolate belly wobble...hee hee.

Stubby said...

My mom eats so much chocolate that she has probably (almost certainly)supported an entire third world country this year! Too bad they can't make a chocolate-type treat for dogs, but then again, I don't want to lose my trim figure :)

J Cosmo Newbery said...

No, no, no Henry! Wine, we want a wine lead recovery.

Wine's good for you Henry. Trust me.

Lee said...

Now I don't want any chocolate but I am sure my wife would love to help out!

Temple said...

So, basically my sister and I are like essentially sponsoring a few families in a third world country somewhere? Sweet!!!

And I think it is a cruel, cruel joke by God that doggies can't have chocolate..Lola does too!

Simplicity said...

Ha Ha! That poor guy!!

I'm in for funding poor families! I'm heading out to help them right now!

Henry the Dog said...

CSquared - mum's not that clever. She read it in her hard copy then I thought it would probably be on their website too - hey presto! I was right. I'm the clever chappie, not her;)

Braja - I think mum would love to share a box of chocs and a bottle of champers with you;) She's not mad keen on dusting. Mum kind of sweeps things away out of sight (her drawers are a right mess - actually that sounds weird) - out of sight, out of mind her old mum used to say. Yeah, the clip is hilarious isn't it? Poor bugger exactly:)

Lady Fi - I'm jealous that you folks can eat it. I guess what you don't know you don't miss. Also, don't encourage mum with that bread stuff. Yesterday was the only day she didn't use that damn machine since she got it:)

Charmaine - (Henry laughing REALLY loudly) - that is JUST the type of thing my mum would do. Are you blonde? xx

Diane - then you should feel proud of yourself girl:)

Jane - eat woman, eat. Be a martyr to the cause;)

Detroit - yeah, mum's a dark chocolate fan too - and she drinks that grape juice stuff - and Uncle Hugh drinks it even more than she does. It's good to know I've got healthy parents.

KC - I laughed at the video. I love snow too, we've had a bit of it here just lately, but it's nothing like what we have in Switzerland. Trouble it, it balls up on my fur and weighs me down and sometimes it's deeper than me over there. VERY hard work for a tiny dog, that's why we spend more time in France.

Daisy - keep tucking in sweetie. Hope you had a lovely Christmas & hope the Colonel bought you something nice - I'll be off to your blog this morning xx

Rosie - I know that mum would simply LOVE your mum's cakes. Mum's a cakeaholic - but she doesn't indulge very often. She should throw caution to the wind more often my mum. Also,you're an intelligent girl aren't you? I had no idea that doggy choc was made of something different. Bet mum didn't either. I don't know anything about carob. Must have a 'google'. Bisous.

Irish - I can imagine - I bet my friend Lady Fi can too - her last post was something to do with that. As for the stout - that's supposed to be full of good stuff apparently. In the UK in the old days mum says they used to encourage pregnant women to drink it!

Blu - that's very charitable of you. Keep eating:)

Stubby - your mum must be a very kind lady - you keep off it. You've done too well to fall off the wagon now - keep up the good work.

J Cosmo - you must know Uncle Hugh. He gives me 'Fingers of Fun' sometimes - where he dips his fingers in the stuff and lets me lick it off. To be honest, it makes my nose wrinkle and I'm not sure I like it, but don't tell him. It makes me feel grown up;)

Lee - tell her it's for a good cause. I bet you're one of those red grape juice drinkers like J Cosmo. According to Detroit, red wine and chocolate have similar qualities. Also, imagine all those little wine producers you're helping by drinking the stuff.

Temple - exactly! And all along you probably didn't realise how charitable you were being. It is rather cruel us dogs can't eat it, isn't it? Oh well, I might come back as a human;)

Simplicity - the video did make me laugh. Also, what a lovely way to help folk eh? Eating something delicious. It feels too good to be true.

Braja said...

Morning Henry love :) I left you some tips about Claude the Dim on my comment box

Poppy the bichon said...

We wanted to tell you that we also had fingers of fun on Christmas Day. Daddy put his fingers in his champagne glass and gave some to misty and me. Misty sneezed but I just barked until I got seconds.

Happy New almost Year to you, Henry

Kathryn said...

Henry, thank your mum for me! As she just gave me another reason to have my daily piece of chocolate or two!

It sounds like you had a delightful holiday receiving a whole turkey just for yourself!

Henry the Dog said...

Hey Poppy - I hope you didn't get squiffy:) To be honest I'm not sure I like the taste of it, but it certainly makes me feel good. And a happy new almost year to you & Misty too xx

Kathryn - you've now got an excuse to have more than a daily piece or two. As for turkey - you can imagine I'm well and truly sick of it. It's all gone, finally. I think I might turn veggie after all that:) Say hello to Tenshi for me and wish him a Happy New Year.

Elizabeth said...

Chocolate is good............... but
bread and butter is better
................
Happy New Year!

Femin Susan said...

Hi………
Absolutely fantastic post! Good job!
Great! Keep writing…….
Good week………
" A Happy New Year''

lady jicky said...

Oh boyfriend - I wish you and your family a Happy New Year. Right now Oscar is getting the BBQ stuff together and I am making a Pavlova with Strawberries and PASSIONfruit ontop! Oooh boyfriend , if only you were close by we could have a night of passion too!
I think I hear the oven timer go. Happy New Year to you all! See you next year!
Passion Kisses,

Rosie

Henry the Dog said...

Elizabeth - I can honestly agree with you there - I'm very partial to a bit of bread and butter, and at the moment we have LOTS of bread:)

Femin Susan, thanks for dropping by. I'll certainly keep writing. I'm kind of addicted to this blogging business now. Happy New Year x

Rosie - mum's mouth is watering at the thought of a Pavlova - one of mum's favourite desserts. Passion sounds like a good idea, trouble is, I've never tried it - always a first time I guess:) Happy New Year and BIG BISOUS XXXXX

Rachel Tamed said...

Thank god that box of truffles I ate for breakfast the other day is saving the world in some small way.

Happy New Year!

Henry the Dog said...

Rachel - bet you never knew that martyrdom would feel SOOOO good:) Happy New Year to you too. xx