Barking Blondes: Jessie J, choosing puppies and green tripe
Jessie J came on to our radio show this week to talk about her commitment to Red Nose Day on March 15. She will be raising money live on TV on the night. Her luscious locks will be shaved in front of millions.
Our obvious pleasure at meeting her was increased by the sight of a mischievous puppy, peeping out of her designer hand bag. She is the proud owner of a 12-week old French bulldog, called Jackson. Its little head with huge bat ears was peering at us like a miniature Yoda.
The BBC Radio 2 studios are immaculate and Elton John’s piano in reception is quite rightly covered with a cashmere blanket. So to see a tiny puppy trotting up and down and frolicking about the seating area was a joy to us but raised a few BBC eyebrows. Jackson, however, behaved beautifully. Having already attended puppy classes, he “sits” on command and listens for instructions.
We both have bullbreeds and they are often bull headed, so we envied Jessie such an easy to train pup and complimented her choice from the litter. She chose the smallest. Many of us, when choosing a puppy are often won over by the healthiest-looking, larger extrovert dog. It’s often the case that it can sometimes be the more introvert, quieter pup that wins in obedience.
We are often flattered by the puppy that apparently “chooses” us. But a confident puppy will run to anyone to seek attention. The calmer, less full on youngster is often more self-contained and easier in the log run, to train. We have written before about what a gift it is for an interviewer if the guest has a dog. The predictable endless question and answers are swept aside at the opportunity to enthuse over a four legged friend.
Like many other celebrities, Jessie J’s eyes lit up at the mention of Jackson. Unfortunately, with both of us being sticklers for healthy diets in dogs, there was no escape for this gutsy singer song writer as we then talked at her about the benefits of a raw green tripe. This sermon extended well over our allotted time but we don’t think it was down to politeness she seemed so engrossed.
“Just a minute,” said Jessie in her forthright fashion, “What is it? What is green tripe?”
All the engineers and producers stood gripped. Well for all of you this is what we pedantically forced Jessie to digest:
Green tripe is simply the natural raw contents of a cow’s stomach, or other cloven hooved animals, like a sheep or a deer. It contains the exactly right balance of omegas, probiotics, minerals and protein that a dog needs to eat. It’s low in phosphorous, so much better for dogs’ kidneys unlike lots of red meat or dry food. The acids in its naturally slippery texture clean dogs teeth, unlike dry food that gets stuck in the teeth and rots them. Low in fat and very cheap to buy; so all in all a staple diet that dogs love. Does it smell? Yes it stinks but only when thawed – that’s what makes them gobble it up so quickly. And ironically your dog will lose that ‘eau de dog’ and be much healthier.
Advisable not to eat off the same plate though. Anna’s not in this pic, she was brushing her own locks, I wish Jo had thought to do the same. Good luck Jess on the night.
If you want to find out more then go to rednoseday.com
‘Barking at the Moon’ is on every Thursday from 3-4pm on BBC London 94.9fmTagged in: Jessie J
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