So tonight I put two choice thick-cut pork chops on the grill. To say that they were great would be an understatement. They were fantastic.
Now having finished with the meal, I saw that Murphy obviously wanted something, too. I had on my plate two pork chop bones with some meat still on them. Maybe I'm getting old but I honestly couldn't remember if pork chop bones are ok for dogs or not. So I did what any responsible dog owner would do--I set the plate on the counter and adjourned to my office to consult the computer. A Google search on the question of "Can dogs have pork chop bones?" produced countless answers, and they seemed to go both ways: yes, dogs can have pork bones, and no, dogs cannot have pork bones because they splinter. A variation of these answers indicated that uncooked bones might be ok, but cooked ones being softer were a bad idea. Yet another school of thought was that it was ok for little dogs who would gnaw them, but not big dogs who could devour the bones. So many different opinions on what should have been a simple question...
Of course while I was trying to be a good dog owner by diligently researching the issue, Murphy rendered the whole question moot by reaching up onto the counter and just taking them. By the time I'd finally decided to err on the side of caution and not give him the bones, they were gone.
"What? Why iz I a 'Damn Dog' now?"