Thursday, May 05, 2005

“Benjy, ladies are unwell. Gentlemen vomit.”

The Movie: My Favorite Year, 1982 (Dennis Palumbo and Norman Steinberg, screenwriters; Richard Benjamin, dir.)
Who says it: Peter O’Toole as Alan Swann, a fading matinee idol
The context: Benjy Stone (Mark Linn Baker), who's supposed to be keeping Swann under control, says he’s going to be unwell after rappelling down the side of a skyscraper.
How to use it: After overindulging.

Yes, and dogs barf. "Hork" is the word I use, because that's the sound Dizzy makes. It doesn't happen often, thank goodness, but it does tend to happen after heavy rainfalls, because Dizzy loves to eat new grass. Left unattended, he'll eat enough to make himself hork it all back up again.

Everyone has a different theory about why dogs eat grass. Dizzy's old vet said that some dogs just like to graze, and it's not a problem unless it becomes excessive. Dizzy, deprived of grass for a long winter, has gone a little crazy with it since the grass came back. It makes our walks jerky: step, step, "Dizzy, leave it." Step, step, "leave it." Step, step, step, "Dizzy! No eating grass!"

I have tried a couple of different supplements, thinking that Dizzy might just want the chlorophyll -- but all they did was make Dizzy unwilling to eat his own food, and eager to fill up on grass instead. I wound up using the blue-green algae powder myself; it's nasty, but does wonders for your skin. I recommend it.

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