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Ahh…the joys of being a dog! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Tuesday Top Ten: Dog Memes, Part 2

From the Pawsome collection, part two of a five week series.


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Saturday Survey: Dog Advocates

With all of the rallies going on in Washington, DC this weekend, it made me think about ways we might support dog-related causes. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Picky Kaida’s Love for Mix ‘N Mores Takes Video Grand Prize

American Eskimo with mix 'n mores

We are happy to announce that Kaida and Steven won the grand prize for their Halo mix ‘n mores video! They will choose a rescue or shelter of their choice to receive a donation of 5,000 bowls of Halo Pets food courtesy of Freekibble.com and GreaterGood.org. Plus, they will receive a year’s supply of mix ‘n mores.

Kaida’s a 2-year-old American Eskimo who loves chasing and being chased especially at the beach. She loves playing with all her dog friends at the park everyday and going on hikes with her mommy and daddy. She extremely intelligent and easily learns new tricks (e.g. she was potty trained two days after bringing her home). She’s really independent, knows how to communicate when she wants something and we love her to death.

Steven said, “I own my own video production company and photography business here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’m an extreme animal lover, love creating and giving back. My wife told me about the contest and I leaped at the chance to create something with Kaida and be able to help a lot of other dogs!”

Thank you Steven for taking the time to make the video and helping shelter pets.

Watch the video below:

Made of only whole meats and absolutely no meat meals, mix ‘n mores are a minimally processed, premium protein supplement. They offer nutrition for finicky or aging pets, and is a great option when you want to lower the carbohydrate content of your pet’s diet.

Learn more at: halopets.com/mix-n-mores

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damn dog

That’ll be carved into my tombstone. 
I always found it to be a cosmic irony that I was the guy picked for this job if that’s even the right word for describing my life’s mission.  But trust me this was not the path that I chose for myself.  
Today is the anniversary of when I lost Malcolm – he was a gift from an ex from some distant land some distant time ago.  I didn’t know a damn thing about dogs back then other than I didn’t want one.  I worked 12 hours a day times 7. I was the chairman of this, the director of that… the creator and entrepreneur and my life didn’t lend itself to distractions.
And that’s what a dog was to me. A distraction.  
You see Malcolm & me was no easy thing.  He balked when I wanted him to obey and for six long months he and I were at war.  I didn’t know back then but I believe now he was fighting for my soul. 
And isn’t that the lesson?  No spirit should be secondary.  Not to anyone or because of anything.  
It’s been a decade since lung mets sent him into congestive heart failure and Malcolm died in my arms.  It was an inglorious death to a giant and only those who understand, understand.  
damn dog. i miss you. damnit. 
YBD’s Notes: What better way to celebrate Malcolm’s life than by damning him. I’m quite certain he would’ve done the same about me.  He was a beautiful boy.  

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6 Ways to Protect Your Cats & Yourself from Cat Scratch Disease

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6 Ways to Protect Your cats & Yourself from Cat Scratch Disease
You can forgive the new kitten in your life for the bright red tracks her little claws painted down your arm, but keep an eye on those scratches — they can lead to terribly serious health consequences. Cat scratch disease can actually put you in the hospital!

Veterinarian Bruce Kornreich is an associate director at the Cornell Feline Health Center, which conducts and sponsors research aimed at preventing and treating diseases in cats. You can learn more about it in my conversation with Dr. Kornreich on CAT CHAT.

What is Cat Scratch Disease?
Cat scratch disease is caused by a bacteria called Bartonela henselae, which is spread among cats—and more rarely among other mammals, including dogs—primarily by fleas. In rare cases, B henselae may be transmitted from infected cats to humans via scratches or bite wounds. “Children younger than five years of age and immunocompromised individuals are at greater risk for cat scratch disease.”

The Centers for Disease Control Have Cat Scratch Fever on Their Radar
new study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that 12,500 people are diagnosed with cat scratch disease (CSD) every year, making it more common than previously thought. The CDC study estimates that about 500 CSD patients per year become so sick, they require hospitalization.

6 Ways to Protect Yourself and Your Cat
Here are the practical easy ways to decrease the likelihood of cat scratch disease occurring in your family.

1. Flea control is the fundamental way to protect your whole household from this disease. The way to assure yourself there are no fleas on your cats (and therefore in your home or yard) is with the regular monthly use of a product like Bayer Animal Health’s Advantage II for Cats.

2. Keep cats indoors, since cats usually pick up fleas (and other diseases from roaming cats) outside.

3. Deter cats from biting and scratching

4. Don’t allow cats to lick wounds.

5. Monitor young children in their interactions with cats.

6. Always wash your hands after interacting with cats.

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Tracie Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is recognized as the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio. She continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK®  (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after 9 consecutive years and over 500 shows. She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM for over 7 years until the channel was canceled, when Tracie created her own  Radio Pet Lady Network where she produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.

Tracie also is the Founder and Director of the annual NY Dog Film Festival™RPLN-NewLogo-ProudSponsor175x197, a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people. Short canine-themed documentary, animated and narrative films from around the world create a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. With a New York City premiere every October, the Festival then travels around the country, partnering in each location with an outstanding animal welfare organization that brings adoptable dogs to the theater and receives half the proceeds of the ticket sales. Halo was a Founding Sponsor in 2015 and donated 10,000 meals to the beneficiary shelters in every destination around the country in 2016.

Tracie lives in Bennington, Vermont – where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based – and where her 12 acres are well-used by her 2-girl pack of lovely, lively rescued Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda.

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Another Dangerous Pit Bull

Since I shared that story a week or so ago about the Pit Bull that attacked when he was forced to wear a sweater, I feel like I have to show how sweet they can be. I hate putting out bad publicity about a breed that is so misunderstood, so I may be going overboard […]


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I live one county over from Gadsden County, FL. Co…

I live one county over from Gadsden County, FL. Conditions have not improved. There us no public adoption. It is merely a hold and die or kill facility.
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Great Dane

A beautiful Great Dane who looks as if she needs a bit of lead training!
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You Can Ring My Bell (Sleeves)

Bell Sleeve Trend (via Bubby and Bean)
1. Ecote Cozy Bell-Sleeve Frock Dress, UO (on sale for $ 39.99!)  //  2. Bell bloom Velvet Shift, Anthropologie  //  3. Farrah Dress, Free People  //  4. Angie Peasant Blouse, Nordstrom  //  5. Birds of Paradise Mini Shift Dress, Kimchi Blue   //  6. She’s A Lady Top, Free People  //  7. Bell-Sleeve Shirt in Stripe, Madewell

Have you guys noticed how bell sleeves are everywhere right now? Supposedly they’re going to take over the off-the-shoulder trend for tops and dresses in 2017. My all-time favorite dress, a printed mini swing dress from Free People (you can see me sporting it here) has subtle-but-definitely-there bell sleeves, and I always feel all bohemianly (not a word but I’m sticking with it) romantic when I wear it. While they admittedly make things like washing dishes a bit challenging (my friend Adam told me to “watch my Stevie Nicks sleeves” while I was helping clean up at a party, and I thought that was pretty accurate), they’re timelessly beautiful. The looks you see above, while all very different from one another style-wise, are some of my current favorites. I think I need to snag #1 for my first clothing purchase of the year – you can’t beat that price.

Who else is loving the bell sleeve trend? Which look above do you like best?

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