Great Uncle Bimbo Remembers #11

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Hello, my name is Bimbo. I am Great Uncle to all the bears even though I am not really a Renault Bear myself. It is a bit of an honorary title because I am a very old bear. In fact, I was bought for Davidd by his Grandparents on the day that he was born many, many years ago. I can remember many things that have happened in my lifetime and these are the things I write about in my column. I will tell you of things that happened not just to Davidd and me, but things I can remember from television, news or anything else that comes into my head.

One thing that David and I remember from our childhood is white dog poop. If you went out playing in the park there was no sloppy dog poop to negotiate like today, back then it was hard and dry and… white. But I bet you have not seen any lately and that is mostly due to the change in a dog’s diet. Meat and bone used to comprise a large part of the domestic dog’s diet, as a result their poop was rich in calcium. After a few days, water and organic components evaporated from their poop and what remained became dry, hard and turned white with calcium.

However, today’s dogs are fed from bags, tin cans and packets, with the occasional table scrap thrown in. None of which are natural. Dogs these days rarely consume enough calcium to create the whitening effect on their poop. Dogs eating a high mineral raw food diet will produce poop that turns a much lighter colour within 24 hours and disintegrates very quickly. Dogs eating raw foods which are too high in calcium or bone pass white, chalky poop, and may suffer from constipation.

Bearing this in mind, David told me a story recently which kind of stood all this on its head. He was working in Liverpool with Razzi when they decided they needed some light refreshment so they called in on a rather run-down greasy-spoon café. They had a cup of tea each and a couple of pieces of Jammy Toast – well what else would they eat? Soon it came time to move on and Davidd decided to head for the toilet for a quick emergency wee-wee. The café only had one multi-sex toilet and an old guy beat Davidd to the toilet and so he had to wait. The old guy was in there for a little while but as soon as he came out Davidd went into the toilet and there in the toilet bowl was… a white poop!

Neither of us has ever seen a white human poop and when Davidd told me about it I had to do a little research and find out just what this was all about. Well, it turns out that white poop in humans is caused by a lack of bile, which may indicate a serious underlying problem. Bile is a digestive fluid produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. Poop gets its normal brownish colour from bile, which is excreted into the small intestine during the digestive process. This might be the sign of a liver or gallbladder problem. Check with your doctor!

So I hope I have been informative with my post today and kept you informed of the dangers of white poop.

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Great Uncle Bimbo

I was given to The Bearkeeper on the 24th October 1960 in St Catherine’s Hospital when I was presented to him as a “birth” day present. I came home with him and have been with him ever since. We grew up together and, unlike many other people, he has never decided he was too old to have a teddy bear. I am the oldest bear here at Jammy Toast.


36 Comments on “Great Uncle Bimbo Remembers #11”

  1. I think we should call you skat man. You seem a little obsessed with toilets and now poo. Dirty dad!!

    In other news tomorrow is carrot Sunday. Hopefully this week I can keep my ice-cream down 😋

  2. The old tale about dogs not being able to eat chicken bones is actually a fallacy. Dogs were wild once and didn’t have access to man’s red fire to cook things in so they ate chicken bones raw. They still can. The only chicken bones they can’t eat are cooked ones which become brittle and splinter into sharp shards.

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