But, there's one thing the humans can have that the dogs cannot. That thing: Beer.
As much as I dislike the idea of connecting alcohol over-consumption with the Irish culture (the idea that Irish people were lazy drunks was used repeatedly during the Famine, and it possibly helped to contribute to the loss of life on the Isle, as many people thought the Irish could recover from their difficulties if they would get sober /rant), I know many people celebrate the day with pint after pint of beer. And many of those beers come with pretty emerald colors.
I also know that many people pour out a little beer in bowls for their dogs. I've seen people do it. Hell, I've done it myself.
Turns out, this is a terrible idea.
Dogs simply don't metabolize alcohol in the same way that humans do. For starters, most dogs don't drink on a regular basis. That means they have zero tolerance for the impact of alcohol, so they grow impaired quite quickly. Also, the average dog is much smaller than the average human. Give a dog a human-sized amount of beer, and that dog is likely to experience ethanol poisoning.
Even though dogs should not drink beer, most will do so if they're given half the chance. That means party planners must be quite careful. All beer glasses should be up off the floors and away from the edges of low coffee tables. All keg nozzles should be secure and drip buckets covered. And all trash cans with beer glasses should come with lids.
And if you're looking for a safe and thematic snack for your pup, consider green beans! They're tasty, crunchy and super healthy. Plus, you know, they're green.
Are you planning to celebrate the day with your pet? Leave me a note about your plans.
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