On the eleventh day of clinics

On the eleventh day of clinics, my kitties gave to me:



10 dogs a-derping

9 beggars prancing

8 screws a-stabilizing

7 mites a-swimming

6 Old Souls Graying

5 Moldy Rings!

4 Gastric Grommets

3 Dead Pens

2 Blown Up Gloves

And a linear Foreign Body!

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No More

It was no choice
That set this course

Astep, astride
The road abides

And through its length
I cried,

‘Oh beauty burns
Your trail etern.

The silence of your roar
That swept me neath

No more. No more.’


YBD’s Notes1:  The west coast walk was long and hard, harder than any stretch of the road we’ve been on before.  But the much bigger lesson here is we’re in this together if we have a ghost of a chance to eradicate cancer in us and our companions in our lifetime, puppy up goddamnit

YBD’s Notes2:  Happy XMAS

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On the eighth day of clinics

Hey everyone, thank you for all your kind words and your sharing the piece I wrote the other day. All of the commenters coming on here and talking about how much they love their vet and feel they have a wonderful collaborative relationship is the best Christmas present you could give me. Truly. OK! Now I have to get back on schedule so we’re done by Thursday on the 12 days of clinics!

My Newfie gave to me:

Xander's Knee


7 mites a-swimming

6 Old Souls Graying

5 Moldy Rings!

4 Gastric Grommets

3 Dead Pens

2 Blown Up Gloves

And a linear Foreign Body!

Jessi, who sent me this radiograph, writes: “this is my Newfie, Xander after his first TPLO — 8 stainless screws….”

Note the way she said “first”. BTDT! Thanks Jessi and Xander!

Next one also coming up today! Stay tuned.

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Laura Schlessinger Condemns Pit Bulls; Dog Lovers Strike Back

On Monday of this week, satellite talk show host Laura Schlessinger outraged dog lovers when she talked about going to a local dog shelter. Schlessinger said that she was shocked that there were so many Pit Bulls in the shelter and that she considered them a “waste of space” who should be put down.

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To anyone who's paid even cursory attention to her career, the fact that Laura Schlessinger said something stupid and hateful shouldn't be surprising. It's kind of what she does. Her entire career has essentially been built on selling hackneyed stereotypes as straightforward common sense. In 2000, gay rights activists campaigned against Schlessinger's new television show because over the years, she had repeatedly referred to gay men and lesbians as "biological errors," as well as saying that gay men were predators and pedophiles. The show went on the air but was cancelled after only a year.

In 2010, Schlessinger was forced to make the move from broadcast radio to satellite after she used the n-word 11 times while talking to a black woman who had called her show. The woman, who was married to a white man, asked for advice because she felt her husband let friends and family make racist comments around her without speaking up. Schlessinger told the woman, "If you're that hypersensitive about color and don't have a sense of humor, don't marry out of your race."

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Laura Schlessinger on CNN.

A week after the call, Schlessinger announced that she had "decided" to stop doing radio and move to satellite broadcasting.

"I want to regain my First Amendment rights," she told Larry King in an interview. "I want to be able to say what's on my mind and in my heart and what I think is helpful and useful without somebody getting angry, some special interest group deciding this is the time to silence a voice of dissent and attack affiliates, attack sponsors. I'm sort of done with that."

Compared to using the n-word eleven times or calling gay men pedophiles, her comments about Pit Bulls might be considered relatively mild. They come from the same place, however; they exploit commonly held fears and ignorance, and they parade these as courage. Schlessinger would be nowhere if she weren't able to persuade an awful lot of people that her bigotry is actually an act of resistance.

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Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who would be quite happy to kill Pit Bulls en masse, just as there are many people who cling to the idea that LGBT people are out to rape their children or that racism would go away if only black people would stop being so "sensitive" about it. Just last month, a 9-year-old girl and her family had to fight to keep their town from taking her pet and euthanizing it for no other reason than that he was a Pit Bull. Despite what her PR hacks might want us to think, Schlessinger hasn't said anything new or courageous. Schlessinger has never in her career gone after anyone who had more power than her. She invariably targets those who are already marginalized by the prejudices of others and then pretends that she's speaking truth to power.

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Fortunately, dog lovers have been pushing back and trying to make Schlessinger accountable. Writer Janet Goree has been especially prominent, using her column and her Twitter feed to promote Schlessinger's critics. Goree says that when she called Schlessinger's office for a comment, the person on the phone hung up on her; a request for comment via Twitter was ignored.

As of this writing, an online petition condemning Schlessinger has gotten 10,000 signatures. (Organizers are trying for 20,000.) The petition reads in part:

Such speeches are completely unacceptable. The reputation that Pit Bulls have is totally misleading -- since the 1980, the media has begun to portray Pit Bulls as dangerous dogs. This couldn't be any more false! There is no such thing as a 'bad' dog, but rather a 'bad' owner! In addition, because of their good temperaments -- friendly nature, loyalty and stability -- Pit Bulls are considered the perfect 'nanny dogs' for children. They make excellent family and their love for children is well known.

Dog lovers have also started a hashtag campaign on Twitter. Pit owners have been asked to tweet pictures of their dogs with the (incredibly long) tag #Drlaurawhydoyouwantmedead.

Schlessinger herself has ignored all criticism. Just as Goree's requests for comment were ignored, Schlessinger's Twitter feed and Facebook page haven't even acknowledged the controversy. The posts simply continue to churn past like they would any other week, summarizing her "call of the day" and dispensing trite pieces of "wisdom."

What do you think? Is there a way to make Schlessinger sit up and notice, or does the controversy just serve her public relations strategy by giving her attention?

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All of Our Holiday Favorites (From the Whole Bubby & Bean Team!)

Bubby and Bean Team Holiday Favorites

One of my favorite things about this year was the expansion of Bubby and Bean to include a small team. (You can read more about each team member here.) It’s been such a great experience to get to work together with some really incredible women, all of whom have helped make this blog better than ever before. Paige‘s home posts are consistently full of the most gorgeous collections of decor, furniture, and DIY projects, put together with the eye of an exceptionally talented Interior Designer. Sara‘s recipes are beyond delicious (and always with insightful tips on how to prepare them for the little ones as well!), and her wine-themed pieces, which are interesting, educational, and visually lovely, are so clearly written by a wine country expert. Morgan’s beauty posts, which always include items that she’s personally tried, are my go-to resources when I’m looking for new cosmetics or beauty products, and her help as a consultant when choosing beauty products for my round-up posts here has been major. Kari’s continued work as my assistant (for those who don’t know, she was the long-time customer service and fulfillment manager at my clothing company) has been invaluable, and her spirit and enthusiasm continue to be contagious. These girls have been such an asset, and because of them, I’m more excited than ever before to see what the new year brings here at Bubby and Bean.

I thought it would be fun to all come together as a team for a special holiday post, and share some of our favorites this season: our holiday wish list items, our holiday food picks, our top Christmas movies, our favorite things about the season, and our plans for the holidays this year. We loved putting this together for you guys and hope that you enjoy reading it!


PAIGE - I’m eyeballing the Nikon D3300 (#1) which has been a consistently great price on Amazon. I also want a simple silver necklace to wear everyday, like this (#4).

SARA - A Passion Planner (#9) and new Hunter Wellies (#6).

MORGAN - I’m just going to be honest here and say it: I like gift cards. Target (#10), F21, H&M… They’re practical and appreciated. I’d also love some Bordella eyeshadow from Urban Decay (#2).

KARI - I’m not one to have much on my list. This year I have one simple (a Zooka iPad speaker, #7) and one splurge (a cashmere cardigan, #3).

MELISSA - My large suitcase is almost ten years old and falling apart, and I really need a new one to check when I travel. I’ve come across several gorgeous models that are super easy on the eyes but (in my opinion) way too expensive for something that’s going to get beat up on a baggage carousel. So I’d be all about a classic black Swiss Army piece, or this cute (and on sale!) Orla Kiely roller (#5). I’d also love a gift card to a local spa (#8). Getting to spend an hour away for a pedicure or facial is a rare and much appreciated luxury.


MORGAN - Bacon. Christmas morning mimosas. Shrimpies. Bacon. Stuffed French toast. Ham. Ginger cookies. Bacon. Ham. Also, ham.

MELISSA - Mashed potatoes! They may not technically qualify as a ‘holiday food,’ but I’m sticking with my answer. I also love soy ‘egg’ nog, and stuffed french toast, which is a Christmas morning tradition in our family. So many delicious calories packed in every bite. Oh, and mimosas. Obviously mimosas.

SARA - My Mom’s Maple Twist Coffee Cake. She only makes it for Christmas morning and now, whenever we visit as a special treat!

PAIGE - PIE. Any pie. With a side of cookies.

KARI - Anything pumpkin or gingerbread. I love it all!


KARI - Planes Trains and Automobiles, Home Alone, Rudolph, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (the original, LOVE that yeti).

MORGAN - Easy. It’s A Wonderful Life. 

PAIGE - It’s a tie between Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. My sister and I watched both of them every year as kids so they’ve kind of melded into one movie for me. The stories are still great as an adult, and I find it really charming to watch stop motion animation because hardly anyone does that anymore.

MELISSA - It’s A Wonderful Life, always and forever. The original Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is definitely my spirit animal though, so that comes in a close second.

SARA - White Christmas. I love everything about it.


SARA - I LOVE everything about the holidays. Cinnamon scented candles, seeing the tree decorated with all my childhood ornaments, my Great Aunt’s framed holiday art (which my husband Ralph despises when I leave up for months after), all the parties, all the food, and watching my favorite holiday movies by the light of the tree. My daughter Piper just turned 1 this year, so I can’t wait for her to start picking up on how much joy mommy gets out of all her silly traditions.

PAIGE - This is going to make me sound like a total goober, but just I like the magic of the season. You get to celebrate with your family and friends, stores are decorated, Christmas lights are everywhere… And if we’re lucky enough to get a dusting of snow for a white Christmas, that makes it even better. Sure, it can be stressful with the gift-buying and party-hosting, but at the end of the day there’s a lot to enjoy.

KARI - For me one of the best parts of the holidays, as cheesy as it sounds, is the music. I’m a total geek when it comes to Christmas music. I try to hold off listening until December 1st, but honestly, Thanksgiving is fair game to start, much to my family’s dismay. I also love the lights, smells and feel of the winter air. I love it all, and especially being with my family and friends to finish out the year.

MORGAN - Family. Knowing that I get to spend a few intimate days with them makes the craziness of the season all worth it. I love my family more than anything in this world.

MELISSA - I love most everything about Christmas. It’s my absolute favorite time of the year, which says a lot, because I truly hold no hatred in my heart except for that which I feel for the evil season known as winter. If I had to pick one favorite part though, it would be spending time with my family and celebrating via our quirky holiday traditions. I’ll also confess that I secretly love the hustle and bustle – the week before when my businesses slow down, I love running around and doing last minute holiday errands with Christmas music blaring in my car. It energizes me and makes me even more excited about Christmas Eve and Christmas day.


PAIGE - We’re spending the actual Christmas holiday with my parents, and then both taking several days off of work to sit around like blobs until January. I can’t wait.

KARI - This year we will have a quiet actual Christmas, just the 4 of us, but will be hopping a plane to glorious Mexico 2 days later. We meet my parents there every year (thanks Mom and Dad if you are reading), and this marks our 10th year in a row of doing this trip. This year we are trying something new and making our home for the week in a beautiful fishing village called Sayulita, on the Pacific Coast about 30 miles N of Puerto Vallarta.  Check it out!

MELISSA - There are a lot of ‘firsts’ involved in our plans this year, and I’m stoked. This will be Essley’s first Christmas, and she’s the only kid in the family (aside from Robbie’s brother’s kids, who sadly won’t be here). Judging by our collective excitement, I’m pretty sure that she’s going to be our shining holiday star. I can’t wait. Robbie’s parents are also coming into town for the first time and staying through the New Year. This will also the first time in many, many years that Robbie and I won’t be hosting everyone for Christmas eve and morning. Instead, Robbie, his parents, Essley, my sister and her husband, my mom, stepdad, and I will all be spending those two nights at my mom’s/stepdad’s, who have a whole lot more room than we do. Then on Christmas night, we’ll all have dinner at my dad’s/stepmom’s. Essley’s first birthday (what??) is the 28th, and on the 27th, we’re throwing a party for her. Then Robbie leaves on the 28th to prepare for the band’s 5-show (yikes!) New Year’s run in Atlanta. I’ll be joining him down there for the 31st and the 1st (my birthday). There’s lots going on and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

SARA - Since this will be Piper’s first official Christmas (she was just a blob last year), we are having a really low key holiday. I love having family and friends over for Christmas Eve brunch and I’ll prepare a great spread with the following; berry salad with citrus & mint, braised lamb sliders with pickled onions, quiche lorraine, asparagus, leek and Gruyere quiche, and a lemon glazed poundcake. I’ll also do a great champagne bar with the set-up for 10-12 champagne cocktails. It’s my “go to” menu every year. After the crowd leaves, we will have a quiet night in and celebrate Christmas morning with just the three of us. Christmas Day is all about making all of my favorites recipes that my mom has passed down. Ham, mac & cheese, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, roasted brussels sprouts, and sugar cream pie. I will inevitably attempt to make my mom’s Maple Twist Coffee Cake, but it never comes out quite right. The day will be filled with nothing but holiday movies and lounging in our jammies!

MORGAN - Family, bacon, mimosas, family, sleep, bacon, family, sleep.

We’d love to hear what your holiday favorites (and plans for this year) are as well, so please share in the comments! And from all of us – Melissa, Paige, Sara, Morgan, and Kari – Happiest Holidays!


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