Shih Tzu Care Tips

Shih tzu’s are good-natured and easy to train, making them great family pets. But caring for a Shih tzu can be time consuming because they require a lot of grooming.

A major part of Shih tzu care is proper grooming which will begin as soon as you bring your new dog home. Their thick, double-coated hair can be grown long, …
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Call the Midwife Star Helps Dogs in Bulgaria

As nurse Delia Busby on the popular British series Call the Midwife she’s helped to both save and bring lives into the world. Through her off-screen role as an animal advocate, actress Kate…

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5 Tips for Clean Eating On Little Time

5 Tips for Clean Eating On Little Time

This post was sponsored by Eat Smart as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

I’ve posted before about my (admittedly on again, off again) clean eating journey – from my first experience with a week with zero sugar to my three month strict clean eating challenge. And while part of me wishes I could devote much more of my life to a hardcore clean eating regimen for both myself and my family, the truth is that I genuinely don’t have the time. Between the kids’ extracurricular activities, Essley’s school, Robbie’s work schedule on the road with the band, my own work schedule, my own activities, and just being a mom to two very young (and rambunctious) children, I started to find myself repeatedly failing on keeping up with my clean eating/recipe making attempts, and giving up completely as a result. A couple of months ago, I decided that I was going to embrace the fact that while I just don’t have a lot of extra time right now, I could absolutely find small ways to incorporate clean eating into my family’s life. And I did! Today, I’m sharing some of these tips, in hopes that they help those of you in similar situations.

1. Drink daily smoothies. This is such an easy way to use up whatever you have on hand in terms of produce, nuts, etc., and create a yummy, nutritious, on-the-go snack. We drink them everyday! It’s such a simple way to get nutrients we all need that only takes five minutes.

2. Prep meals in advance for the week. I’m not a good meal prep-er by nature, but I am learning. I have so many friends who set aside one day a week (usually Sundays) and use healthy foods to prepare an entire week’s worth of meals. This saves a lot of time in the long run, and prevents you from being tempted to eat junk food or make a fast food run because you’re out of time for dinner.

3. Commit to one clean meal a day. If you’re not ready to devote yourself entirely to clean eating, or (like me) you know that you realistically don’t have time to prepare three clean meals a day, make the commitment to one. It’s an easy way to know that you (and your family, if you’re cooking for them) is consuming at least some foods that are genuinely good for the body. And it’s hard to make excuses when you know you just have to do it once a day! (I also find that when the pressure is off, I’m more likely to make it more than one meal a day. It’s funny how that works.)

4. Eat out – at healthy restaurants. We like to go out to dinner every couple of weeks, because it gives us a break from cooking, and if we’re already out for the kids’ activities, it saves time. There are endless options for unhealthy meals at most restaurants, so we opt for restaurants that we know specifically have mostly fresh, local choices on their menus.

5. Serve Eat Smart Sweet Kale Salad Kits. This is my secret weapon! I keep at least three of these on hand at all times to serve either as meals on their own (see #3 above!) or as a guaranteed clean sides to larger meals I’m preparing. These babies are so delicious (even Essley, who try as I might isn’t a fan of most greens, loves them), really good for you (with seven superfoods!), and ridiculously simple to prepare, as you can see throughout the photos in this post. I just open the package and remove the packets that contains the roasted pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries, and the poppyseed dressing. I pour the contents (kale, green cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and chicory) into a bowl, open the packets of seeds/cranberries and dressing, and mix it all up. Then we eat it. That’s it. And every single one of us devours them. It’s really nice to know that my family is all enjoying the same dish (which is a rarity), and that they’re eating clean, thanks to Eat Smart‘s 100% Clean Label. There are no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives of any kind, it’s vegetarian and gluten free, and it contains some of the healthiest ingredients you can put into your body. And it’s not available in Walmart stores nationwide, so if you’re looking for a clean eating staple that takes less than a minute to prepare, I highly recommend trying it out!

We’re actually fans of the whole Eat Smart line. It’s the first of its category to commit to all clean ingredients and labeling. In fact, all of its products will contain a “100% Clean Label” by the end of 2018. Pretty cool, right? Click here to check out the brand and all of the products they offer (and be sure to sign up for their mailing list!).

I hope these tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way are helpful for those of you trying to eat cleaner meals but feel pressed for time. I promise you, even if it seems overwhelming, there are small things you can do that will up the nutrition scale for you and your family. And if you have any tips, I’d love to hear them!


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Yes, Narcan does work for dogs

Narcan, the nasal spray that blocks opioid receptors in the brain and revives overdose victims, has become somewhat controversial as people question giving addicts several chances at escaping death when they refuse to get help with their recovery. Some municipalities are requiring those who are given the life-saving drug to perform community service in payment […] Dog Blog

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Wolf alarm bark

A Yellowstone wolf sounding hauntingly familiar:

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Big five-lined skink

5-lined skink

Not an easy photo to take!

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Fido + Fluffy’s #FreebieFriday Prepares for a Month of Giveaways!

As we wind down July, we’re making plans for a BIG celebration throughout the month of August! Not only does August mark the 9th anniversary of our move from travel to pet writing–but…

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Whole Lot of Difference: Texas Husky Rescue

Texas Husky Rescue at Phydeaux & Friends

Texas Husky Rescue, Inc. was created in May 2009 as a non-profit 501(c)3 animal rescue organization that is run entirely by volunteers. Its mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and find qualified loving homes for neglected, abused, and unwanted Huskies throughout Texas and beyond as well as educate the public about responsible pet ownership and the special qualities of the Siberian Husky Breed.

Halo is proud to partner with and to make a WHOLE lot of difference for shelter pets together.

Here’s what Texas Husky Rescue had to say about a recent Halo Pets donation, which was made possible with the help of Phydeaux & Friends in Austin, TX:

“…having Halo available for them gives us the peace of mind they are getting the nutrients they need to be the very best husky…”

“Halo has been a critical part of our program for every husky we have had this past year. We would not be able to have 60 dogs in our program right now if it were not for the generous donation of food, which allows us to allocate the funds we save towards making sure all of our huskies get the very best care.

From the healthiest of huskies to those needing a little TLC, having Halo available for them gives us the peace of mind they are getting the nutrients they need to be the very best husky they can be as they start the next chapter of their life searching for their family.

Zeus’s Story

Zeus from Texas Husky RescueZeus was picked up as a stray and brought to a local shelter. He wasn’t reclaimed and was labeled as “rescue only” because he was highly stressed and wasn’t feeling the whole shelter vibe (who does, really?). Once out of the stressful environment and into a place where our volunteers were able to show him the love and affection he so desperately needed his true personality came out! And boy does he have personality!!!

It didn’t take long for us to realize his rescue only status was not a true reflection of him, he is extra sweet and over just a big goofy fun loving boy who loves a nice ear scratch. The two months he spent in our program he enjoyed learning how much fun being a happy husky can be and of course all the yummy Halo food he got for his dinners. He learned quickly he wouldn’t ever have to go hungry again, there was always plenty of tasty food available to fill his tummy.  After two months we were thrilled to watch as Zeus walked away tail wagging and head up high with his very own family who loves him. (Is there any better sight??) This sweet boy now loves to play in the yard with his doggie friends and can not get enough love from his people.

Zeus from Texas Husky Rescue

Nymeria’s Story

Nymeria from Texas Husky RescueNymeria was an adoption return to the shelter because after 2 week her owners realized they were moving and couldn’t take her. She was terrified and depressed being back in the shelter. It didn’t take long for her to show signs of illness and they called us immediately.  When our volunteer picked her up at the shelter we knew right away Nymeria was in trouble! She was EXTREMELY underweight, listless and couldn’t even walk on her own! We rushed her to our vet where she got some antibiotics, a B12 shot and an IV. Our vets determined she had pneumonia in both lungs and stayed overnight at an emergency vet clinic to monitor her progress. After getting her illness under control Nymeria went to a wonderful foster home where they began giving her some much needed extra TLC (and some extra Halo meals) where she began to gain weight and gain trust in people again.

Zeus and Nymeria are just two examples of the many dogs we save every day. We do not know what happened to these sweet babies before rescue but we do know that thanks to generous donations from our partners at Halo and our great team of volunteers that none of these dogs will ever know what it is like to be alone and scared again. It is a promise we make to each and every dog we bring in and one we never go back on.”

Nymeria from Texas Husky Rescue with Halo pet food

Thank you Texas Husky Rescue for making a WHOLE lot of difference for pets in your community.

When you choose Halo pet food, made from natural, whole food ingredients, your pet won’t be the only one with a radiant coat, clear eyes and renewed energy. Halo feeds it forward, donating over 1.5 million bowls annually. As always, Halo will donate a bowl to a shelter every time YOU buy. Thank you for helping #HaloFeeditForward

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Friday Funny: Jurisprudence

I’m thinking a jury of his peers would not find enough evidence here to convict him! Until next time, Good day, and good dog! Dog Blog

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China is censoring…no, seriously?

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