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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Animal & Veterinary

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Sweets Are Not Good Treats

First Place Winner, 2011 Blue Pencil Award from the National Association of Government Communicators (Special Purpose Product)

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I like chocolate

It’s very, very sweet

I like chocolate

It’s a tasty, tasty treat

 

A boy eating chocolate and walking with his dog; the chocolate shop is in the background.
A boy surrounded by six dogs, all a different breed.

I like dogs

The short, fat, and tall

Young, old, in-between

I surely like them all

 

I have a dog

His name is Nick

I gave him some chocolate

And he got very, very sick

 

A boy standing next to a sick dog in a dog bed.
A boy and his dog leaving the animal hospital.

Nick did recover

And is still with us today

But I’ll never give him chocolate

Not ever, no way

 

Dogs and chocolate

Are a bad combination

If you want to give a treat

Take them on vacation

 

A dog wearing sunglasses and a Hawaiian shirt sitting on the beach enjoying a drink and a dog bone.

 

Illustrations by Jim Nuttle