Friday, August 25, 2023

WIRTW #684: the “chocolate city” edition

This is Dante, our four-year-old vizsla. Last week, he thought it was a good idea to eat some cocoa powder. As a result, he spent an overnight in the emergency vet hospital; he seems no worse for wear.

Chocolate is toxic to dogs because it contains both theobromine and caffeine, which dogs cannot metabolize and which causes significant and dangerous digestive, neurologic, and cardiac effects. In fact, cocoa powder contains the highest concentration of these chemicals and is the most toxic to dogs. According to vet, the Dante likely ate 2.5 times the lethal limit.

In other words, it's a really good thing we took him in.

He did suffer a cardiac episode while admitted. The vet told us Dante had tachycardia (an abnormally increased heart rate), which they controlled via medicine. He's had no other issues since we brought him home.

We all learned a lesson. Dante (hopefully) learned not to eat cocoa powder. We learned that when you're cleaning out your cabinets as water pours out of your kitchen ceiling from a burst pipe, take the time to make sure the dangerous stuff remains out of reach.

This is me, exhaling a huge sigh of relief. 😮‍💨 😌

Here's what I read and heard this past week that you should read and hear, too.

Labor Relatedly Episode 14: Going to Orange Alert at the NLRB 🔥 — via Lunch Conversation with DriveThru HR

Partners at more than a dozen stores have filed for decertification: What does it mean? — via One.Starbucks

Musings from a Vacation — via Dan Schwartz's Connecticut Employment Law Blog

Why You Should Hire People Who Make Typos — via Evil HR Lady

The Two-Week Notice is Total BS — via Robin Schooling

I may have located the blueprint showing when regular, in-person attendance is an ADA essential job function — via Eric Meyer's The Employer Handbook Blog

FMLA and the modern workforce — via Employer Law Report