The Truth About Green. Beans.

OK. You might remember I mentioned I went to see Dr. Elliott yesterday.

Here’s the thing. Sometimes I don’t think my peeps are the sharpest knives in the drawer. Know what I mean?

See, you might also remember that I eat lots and lots and lots of green beans. To help me lose weight. I’m still pushing 25 pounds and I’m up 4 tenths of a pound since December.

Now, if you’re a big dog, that may not matter. But I’m not a big dog. I’m a big dog in a small, stocky package.

The conversation at the vet yesterday went something like this:

“Yes, I see Stuart’s weight is up a bit since last time.”

“Oh Dr. Elliott, what are we going to do? Nothing we’re doing is working. He eats the right amount of dry kibble that we’ve talked about. Very few treats and good treats like rice cakes and beans when we do give him treats. And, you know, the green beans he eats all the time.”

“That sounds like a good diet, as we’ve discussed. Huumm…… Did you say ‘all the time’?”

“Well, yeah, he eats green beans all the time.”

“Just how many green beans is he getting?”

“Um, he goes through around six to ten pounds of beans in a week.”


“So, you’re saying he eats almost a pound of beans in a DAY??”

“Yeah.” Sheepish silence.

“Labs don’t eat that many green beans!!!!”

“Really?” Sheepish facial expressions.

“When does he eat these beans?”

“Well, he eats a little breakfast, then lunch of kibble and beans, then dinner with beans, then there’s his night cap of beans before he goes to bed and dinner is a couple of plates of beans in addition to the dry food and, then, in the summertime he really loves his frozen green beans as treats…………….”

“That’s way too many beans. Too many carbs. Like humans, belly fat is bad.”

I can’t bring myself to talk about my own belly fat. So, you get the gist of the rest of the office visit. There was lots of discussion, my nails were trimmed and We went home.

And I went to see my Sniglet. She doesn’t care about my belly fat.

That’s the truth about green beans. Too many is too much.

What You Learned Today:

  • My peeps are a sandwich short of a picnic.
  • But, I’m afraid I created Them that way.
  • See, They do whatever I want.
  • Like give me all the green beans I want to eat. Anytime. Even before I go to bed.
  • Ah me. I created a monster situation.
  • Now, I have to retrain Them to be reasonable with the beans.
  • At least I get to shift my bean treats to more rice cakes. Flavored ones, too!
  • I’ll keep you posted.
  • I’m sure I’ll be OK. ‘Cause I’m a stocky kind of guy anyway.

About The Scottie Chronicles

Winston welcomes you to The Scottie Chronicles - a blog that began in 2009 as a voice for Stuart, a more than memorable black, brindle and white Scottish Terrier who captured hearts around the world. Stuart passed suddenly in December 2015 from cardiac hemangiosarcoma, a nasty cancer that took him far too early. If you love Scotties, please follow along. Arroooo!
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22 Responses to The Truth About Green. Beans.

  1. Dani says:

    Stuart – I couldn’t stop laughing. LOVED the green bean story and I can just picture Dr. Elliott trying to tell your peeps that was too many green beans.
    Great picture! And you’re Celtic, so Irish – Scottish, doesn’t really matter. Happy St. Patrick’s Day. – Dani

  2. Man, that is a lot of green beans. Is your tongue green? But Mama says at Weight Watchers they say no one EVER got fat from eating too many green vegetables! What’s a poor dog to do? Happy St Patty’s Day!

  3. Kyla says:

    And the top of the mornin’ to ya. I’ll say Happy St Paddy’s Day but He won’t. He says He’ll celebrate it when the Irish start celebrating Ivan the Terrible’s birthday.

    About the beans-OK, cut down on the green beans. There’s a whole lot of other goodies you’re missing (kale, collard greens, spinach-etc). That will cut down on the beans. You have to be inventive about these “rules” and approach things from a different angle to find loopholes. Get in practice-tax time is almost here.

  4. Ah me.

    Rules, rules, rules. You’re right Kyla. DIET LOOPHOLES?? I’m on it Danno!

    Oh, I wouldn’t hold my breath about Ivan the Terrible.

    Looking for my tam o’shanter…

    Roo, Stuart

  5. Stuart, this is so funny, we thought Mom would shoot a bean out of her nose – had she been eating them. We get maybe 1/2 cup of green beans a day when we are dieting – and you get a pound!! Your bean bill must be higher than your kibble bill!! BOL!!

    Happy St. Pats

    Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

    • I’d like to see your peep shoot a bean out of her nose!! 1/2 cup a day is what Dr. Elliott says, too. Y’all are vets, too!!!! (I knew that.)

      About that green bean bill – you know, the cost of those things has risen quite a bit. I’m doing Them a favor aren’t I???

      GreenROOOOooooodles, Stuart

  6. BTW – here’s a recipe we thought we’d share –

    St Patrick’s Day Chicken and Green Bean Shamrocks


    * 2 all-natural or organic chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
    * 1-1/2 cups fresh organic green beans, washed
    * 1/4 Cup organic chicken or vegetable broth
    * 1 large organic egg
    * 2-1/3 cups organic white or wheat flour, or try using 1/2 white and 1/2 wheat (While I generally prefer wheat flour for its health benefits, white flour will allow the green bean color to show up better in these cookies that are special for St. Patrick’s Day. A natural green coloring can be added to enhance the hue, if you wish.)


    1. Cut each chicken breast into about 6 pieces
    2. Bring a quart of water or chicken broth to a boil.
    3. Add chicken and green beans.
    4. Lower heat and simmer until chicken is done–white in the center.
    5. Strain well.
    6. When cool enough to work with, place chicken and beans in food processor with sharp blade in place.
    7. Run until meat and beans form an even, light mixture.
    8. Remove from food processor to change to the dough blade, and replace chicken mixture.
    9. Add egg and 1/2 of the flour. Knead using the food processor, or by hand if you prefer.
    10. Add additional flour gradually, using 1/4 cup broth if needed to get a cookie dough texture, firm and suitable for rolling. You may need to add more flour or broth to get the texture you desire.
    11. Refrigerate dough while you clean up and prepare for rolling and baking.
    12. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease cookie sheets.
    13. Roll out dough between two sheets of parchment to about 1/4 inch thickness.
    14. Dip cookie cutters (or even a small juice glass) in flour and use a thin spatula for removal to cookie sheets for baking.
    15. Bake 25-30 minutes, depending on dough thickness and the size of your cookies.
    16. Remove to cooling rack and continue until all dough is used, or freeze dough for future baking.
    17. Refrigerate what you can use or give away in 2-3 weeks. Freeze extras for use later.

    This recipe makes about 4 dozen small treat-sized bones, as well as 8-12 larger biscuits for a special occasion meal substitute or enhancement. These also make a nice gift for your Irish Wolfhound friends (wink, wink), or any Fido that will enjoy them as today’s pot of gold special. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  7. Oskar says:

    There is no way a dog as cute as you could have belly fat!

    My name is Oskar & I have a great blog that I’d love for you to check out, It’s a great place for pet bloggers to find each other.

    Happy St. Pats,

  8. Jazzi says:

    WOW!! That is alot of green beans. Guess I know one scottie that isnt getting all those green beans anymore Ha! green bean withdrawal!! Aawwww….


  9. Daisy says:

    That’d be right! Dang, you find something that you think is fine to eat….and there’s a problem with it! Life is so unfair. You’d better stick to sticks.

    We think you’re handsome anyway.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

    The Rocky Creek Scottie recipe looks great!

    Oh, nearly forgot, Happy St Pat’s Day and here’s three HUGE smooches for you. (Don’t tell Sniglet.)

  10. We like green beans too, Stuart, and frozen ones are even better! You need to grow your own this summer and snitch them right off the vine!
    Happy St. Patrick’s day!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  11. Piper MacT says:

    That’s a lot of beans Stuart. I get about a 1/2 cup of zucchini a day and perhaps a carrot as a treat in addition to my kibble. Oh, and a little dollop of cottage cheese on top of the kibble and zucchini. Bonus is that I get to lick the spoon clean after the cottage cheese is put in my dish.

  12. Saxby & Stephanie says:

    Hey Stuart…just curious does she give you “beeno”…????

    I was too kind of portly, you know…maybe an extra pound or two, I thought I looked stately, but the mumster decided “diet time”. This was last September. Well, I call it the lean cuisine diet…and I can say I am down the weight and feeling quite lively! She only feeds me grain free, heard her talking to my first peeps (breeders, cool people!!) and she said she gets the top of the line (of course, cause I AM worth it!!)…however…she doesn’t feed me what they say on the bag, she says its always too much…so 2x a day I get fed. Its not alot but it works. I am not hungry at all cause it is satsifying…So, my friend…if the beans get boring….give me an arooooo and I will let you know the brand ….quite tasty I may add.

    Oh yeah for treats….grain free again or….the cookies the mumster makes, low cal, but OMG are they good (she used to have a doggie bakery and she wonders why I gained weight! HA!)…I like my vegetables & fruits…too…carrots, tomatoes, apples…..

    Happy St Patricks Day to you too (a day late)…happy to have my scottish plaid collar on again instead of the Irish shamrocks!

    Later…..Saxby in franklin, TN (Mumster is Stephanie)

  13. Hoke says:

    I just can’t believe it!!! Green beans being bad for you?! Why couldn’t it be something like brussel sprouts or cooked carrots…why the beans. So are you hungry now that you don’t get all those beans? I hope it helps you out…BUT like I said, chasing a bird or too should get you some extra points to use on special treats.

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