I saw ppl who used treats n clicker but end up dra…

I saw ppl who used treats n clicker but end up dragged in street or released leash coz can't physically hold the pulling dog.after I showed them how prong works,they feel very happy and goes for long walks.for most dog,the reward us to pull to squirell,so treats never make sence for them.and I want my clients walk dogs,so after they tried for years these head collars,nopullharnesses and still prefer to skip walk coz bleeding palms re not fun.they re happy with prong,n I explain to switch back n forth from prong to flat collar,so in few weeks most stop use prong
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My Style // Getting Back to Me

It has been five months since my last outfit post, but pregnancy and post-pregnancy will do that to you. As you guys know from my What I’m Wearing Now posts, even with the best intentions, maternity fashion just isn’t at the top of my priority list by half-way through the second trimester. It’s also basically freezing in Chicago from October through March and I’m just not ambitious enough to brave that sh*t to show you pictures of what I’m wearing. Getting to (sort of) wear normal clothes that I actually really like again though, coupled with the fact that I just spent a week in a place with not only phenomenal weather but also an insanely gorgeous natural backdrop, inspired me to shoot a couple of my current favorite outfits. And here’s the first one, in all its glory.

This look certainly isn’t anything fancy or complicated by any means, but I love it because it’s probably the exact outfit I would describe if someone asked me to define my style. It’s comfortable but not sloppy. It’s a little boho and a little minimalist and casual but also dressy enough to wear out to dinner (which is what we did right after we snapped these photos). I wish the earrings showed up better in the photos – my stepmom bought them for me in a small art gallery boutique we visited during our stop in the tiny town of Jerome and they’re gorgeous. This look just makes me happy, man. It feels good to be getting back to me. And I can’t wait until it’s warm enough to wear it here as well. I have a feeling it’s going to be my summertime staple.

Bag: c/o Newlie (It’s a diaper bag! And you can win one in our current giveaway!)  //  Dress: F21 (similar)  //  Ankle Boots: c/o Minnetonka  //  Hat: old (similar)  //  Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington  //  Necklace: c/o Jadestone Jewelry  //  Bracelet: gift  //  Earrings: gift  //  Sunglasses: Free People

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ARIZONA ANIMAL WELFARE LEAGUE & SPCA

The Arizona Animal Welfare League & Spca recently shared this video on Facebook!

“Dinner time!! This is how “Girl” greets you around dinner time every day, how adorable! She is our 2 year old Staffie mix and she will wiggle her way right into your heart. Thanks Halo Pets and Freekibble.com for making sure our animals always eat the best.”

Halo is proud to be a small part of AAWL’s great work!

Dinner time at the AAWL!

Dinner time at the AAWL!

Dinner time!! This is how Girl greets you around dinner time everyday, how adorable! She is our 2 year old Staffie mix and she will wiggle her way right into your heart. Thanks Halo Pets and Freekibble for making sure our animals always eat the best.

Posted by Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA on Thursday, March 10, 2016

Click here to watch the original video on Facebook.

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The Home Stretch

Now that we’re back on the road, here’s an updated schedule:

San Luis obispo November 12
Pismo beach November 13
Santa Maria area* November 14
Santa Barbara November 22
Ventura November 25
Oxnard November 26
Malibu November 29
Santa Monica December 1
LA Area (leaving) December 8
The Final Mile December 14

Planning for the final mile is underway so we’ll post it here soon
THE JOURNEY CONTINUES

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Why You are More Powerful Than Any Counselor

The phone rings, and I answer it with an admittedly impatient voice since someone sold my phone number to a marketer and I’ve been getting deluged with spam calls all week. I have the phone in one hand and Brody’s tail in the other, as he chewed up his bandage when I wasn’t looking and now I have to re-wrap the whole thing.

It’s Chaplain Gary this time, calling as he does, every few months, to see how I am doing.

I met him once, when he came to the house to talk to the kids when my mom was sick and give them a book. They sat looking at their hands, not sure what they were supposed to say to the stranger who was trying to get them to open up about their fears.

“We’re fine,” they say, because that is what they see me say. It is what all New Englanders learn to do from a young age, saying they’re fine even when their house is on fire, their leg has fallen off and one eyeball is hanging by a stalk. “Fine fine, under control, it’s fine.”

“I just was wondering how you guys were doing with the anniversary coming up,” he says. Ah yes, Easter, the last holiday we shared together as a family, the week before my mom’s seizure changed everything and brought our charmed existence to a screeching halt.

“Fine,” I say, “We’re hanging in.” Brody forgets his distress over his tail and puts his head in my lap, sensing the tension in my voice.

The chaplain calls because it is his job, and I am grateful he is there, but he’s not the one I want to talk to. He cares, but he doesn’t know me. When I see a butterfly zip by out of the corner of my eye and I’m hit with a wave of sadness, I want to talk to my sister. When I wake up from a dream where I’ve been out with my mom doing the little mundane things we always used to do- grabbing a Starbucks, pawing through the racks at Marshalls for a deal, I want my husband to hold me when I explain why I woke up crying. When I greet my Dad on Sundays and we both look at each other a little lost, I want Brody to come up and bully him into giving him treats, because that’s one of the few consistent ways to get a smile.

Grief is a family affair, and we’ve completely forgotten how to do that as a society.

Loss: The elephant in the room

Loss: The elephant in the room

When I started with Paws into Grace, I thought it was such a great boon to offer people a comprehensive list of pet loss support groups, counselors, social workers, psychiatrists. Don’t get me wrong, it is a good thing, but I was naively surprised when people almost universally declined to use their services. They are there to fill the void of a support system we no longer have and to help those in crisis, but it doesn’t replace our innate desire to turn inward during these times, to those close to us.

I gave a talk last year at a hospice conference about grief around the world, and one universal commonality was the ritual of community, surrounding families like a cocoon as they healed, giving structure and a safe place surrounded by friends to fall apart and, slowly, rebuild. Most important of all, the cocoon, the safe space, comes to the family- not the other way around. It takes a lot of energy to be sad, and who wants to do that in a strange place like a church basement, surrounded by other strangers, when you could be at home in a Snuggie close to the coffee pot and your dog.

I was at Western Vet Conference this week, and I ran into my friend Bill, who even in a rush to get to his upcoming afternoon of talks took a moment to say, “I’ve been thinking of you.” That meant more to me than 50 calls from the stranger chaplain. This is how it’s supposed to work, right?

When someone near to us loses a loved one, it seems these days that our instinct is to run away instead of to them. It is, I think, because we’re scared, we don’t know what to do, and no one has taught us how to scrape someone off the pavement. We don’t want them to know we’ve seen them upset.
 

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We’ve made grief pathological, something ‘wrong’ that needs to be fixed by a professional, implying that we are somehow broken for having felt it. We’re so removed from this part of living that we can’t even manage the basics of grieving, needing booklets and chaplains and groups to manage even the simple things like, “am I normal to feel sad.”

As always, I keep trying to file these tidbits away into something useful for my own work, and in this case it’s dawned on me that it’s not the person who lost a pet who needs the guidance, but their family and friends. It’s a work in progress but it feels right, just as it’s a reminder to me how to be a better friend. I know 3 friends who lost a parent this year, and countless more who lost other beloved pets and family members. One little note from a friend, a Facebook message or a mailed card, means more than 50 calls from a stranger.

This is something we can all do well to remember.

Pawcurious: With Veterinarian and Author Dr. V

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Rosh Hashanah (Happy New Year) Wishes from a Furry Friend of Mine… Frankie!

Frankie Wishes all L’shanah tovah

FRANKIE HAPPY NEW YEAR

Wondering what your Jewish Pet Parents are celebrating? Here is a Rosh Hashanah “cheat sheet” written by Wendy Thomas Russell on PBS Newshour.

Holiday: Rosh Hashanah

Pronounced: ROE-sha-SHA-na

Religion represented: Judaism

Date: The 1st and 2nd of the month of Tishrei in the Hebrew calendar. In 2015, the holiday starts at sunset Sept. 13 and ends at nightfall Sept. 15.

What it is: The Jewish New Year

Not to be confused with: Yom Kippur, which occurs 10 days later.

How important is it?: I asked my friend and former editor Jason Gewirtz. Here’s what he said: “Rosh Hashanah is a big, big deal. It’s the start of the Jewish new year. Yom Kippur the next week is only slightly bigger. [On a scale of 1 to 10], I’d say Rosh Hashanah is a 9.5 and Yom Kippur a 10. There’s nothing bigger than the two of them. They’re tied to each other. The period in between is supposed to be a time of mending any fences, if you will, and reflecting on things that can be improved from the previous year… It’s said that on Rosh Hashanah, you’ll either be written in or out of the Book of Life for the coming year. But on Yom Kippur, the book is sealed, meaning you’ve got that time in between to screw up or make your righteousness known.”

The good stuff: Foodwise, this holiday is associated with apples and honey (symbolizing a sweet new year), as well as pomegranates and challah (braided bread). Also, in lieu of stupid hats and tasseled squawkers, celebrants sport the traditional yarmulke and blow a cool-looking horn called a shofar.

Conveying meaning to kids: At dinner [a few years ago], I explained to my daughter that Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time for reflecting on your life and challenging yourself to become a better human being. I served apples and pomegranates and asked Maxine to come up with one way that she might improve. Coincidentally, she had been reprimanded for “being silly” in her kindergarten class that morning, so her idea of self-improvement was to better follow her teacher’s instructions. I said my own resolution would be to spend less time looking at my phone. (Then on Yom Kippur, we checked in with each other about how well we did. The results? Well, a bit meh on both accounts. Luckily, we’re not religious…) As for children’s books, I recommend “Celebrate: A Book of Jewish Holidays” by Judi Gross and Bari Weissman.”    Read full story

May you be Inscribed in the Book of Life!

Helping to keep beloved furry babies healthy and safe… and pet parents informed!

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I Don’t Look

I swear I don’t obsessively look for lumps on Lacey.  I do check out her feet and legs more than most I’m sure, but I don’t give her full body rubdowns looking for more lumps.  Regardless I think I’ve found another one tucked in at the base of her ear.  It’s just little and I’m hoping it will turn out to be a little bug bite or something and go away on it’s own but I don’t really believe that.  She’s been licking the floor a lot lately and we’ve noticed her bugging at her anal glands a bit lately too.  The latter is definitely not a good sign and while I’m not sure if the floor licking is related, we swear it increases when she has a tumour although she always does it a little bit.

Anyway, I’ve got an appointment for Monday. Keep your fingers and paws crossed it turns out to be nothing more than a paranoid dog mom.

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10 Great Cauliflower Recipes

10 Great Cauliflower Recipes // Bubby and Bean
1. Hummus and Curried Cauliflower Tartine, Epicurious  //  2. Spicy Roasted Cauliflower and Chick Pea Tacos, Two Peas and Their Pod  // 3. Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower, Bon Appetit  //  4. Cauliflower Nachos with Harissa Cheddar Sauce, Busy in Brooklyn  //  5. Baked Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower Bites, The Hungry Hedgehog  // 6. Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites, Our Life Tastes Good  //  7. Cauliflower Tortillas, Recipe Girl  // 8. Sticky Sesame Cauliflower, Connoisseurus Veg  //  9. Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower, Pure Wow  //  10. Spiced Cauliflower Carrot Soup, Epicurious 

A couple of years ago, I was at a party where a friend made vegetarian buffalo wings using cauliflower. I was so impressed (I may not eat chicken, but there is little I love more than buffalo sauce; if you’ve never used it as a dip for fried cheese curds you’re missing out), and ended up making them myself on several occasions. Then at a Friendsgiving party back in November, another friend made mashed cauliflower in place of mashed potatoes and you guys, I seriously thought I was going to cry from how good they were. And with so many less carbs than potatoes! Ever since I have been on a major cauliflower kick, determined to eat them in as many recipes as possible. So for this edition of 10 Great, I thought I’d share some of my most recent cauliflower recipe finds. I think I’m most excited to try # 4. I mean, come on. Cauliflower nachos? A dream.

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Our First Vacation as a Family of Four

We returned from our annual Arizona trip a few days ago, and although I had a different post scheduled for today, my brain is admittedly still in vacation mode – to the point that I bumped the other post so I could selfishly look at these photos and be transported back. I’ve talked about my love for the southwest many times before, and how I find it especially magical in comparison to anywhere else. I’ve lived all over the country, but never in the southwest, so I guess there is a sort of mystery to it, made even more intense by its natural beauty. And really, if you take me out of a dreary midwest end-of-winter environment and plop me down in a sunshine drenched locale filled with giant saguaro cacti and, like, tangelo trees in the backyard (literally), I’m going to be happy no matter what.

Unlike most of our other trips, I ended up not using our DSLR camera (even though I brought it, and we used it for some outfit pictures – stay tuned) and just shot with my phone. So these aren’t professional quality images by any means, but they tell the story of the trip just fine. I genuinely enjoy taking and sharing photos from our travels with my “real” camera, I really do, yet as the years go on, I find myself less motivated to make the effort to perfectly capture moments and just experience them instead. Obviously having kids makes it infinitely harder to stop, pull out the camera and the right lens and get the perfect shot, but I really think it’s more about enjoying the moment than logistics. Regardless, I (clearly) still take plenty of pictures.

This was our very first vacation as a family of four, and although the preparation and airport portions were not without near mental breakdowns, things went relatively smoothly (including on the flights, thank the universe), and everyone had a wonderful time. Our main reason for the trip was to visit Robbie’s parents, who are awesome and spoiled the kids in the best of ways. The vacation was the perfect mix of kid-friendly and adult activities – everything from swimming and fountain play time and ice cream adventures and cake baking sessions and lots of park visits to a Mexican food date with just Robbie and me to a day trip up to Prescott and Jerome (coolest old mining town built into the side of a mountain) and shopping at my favorite spot. And even though we went there about three weeks earlier than we usually do, the weather was incredible and I spent every moment I was able to outside. I worked a half day and answered some emails throughout the trip and that was it – it was all about being present, and I loved it. We all loved it. Essley almost started crying on the flight back when she realized we were headed home (she was convinced it was just a flight for fun, and that we were landing back in Arizona). And it got me pumped for more family traveling in the near future.

Robbie and I are both such wanderers and although Essley has appeared to be a natural born traveler as well, I was worried about what it would be like with two. So far, so good. And we couldn’t have chosen a better place for our first family trip. Can’t wait to see you again next year, AZ.

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Dog Chew Recall: Dingo Chip Twists – Due to Possible Contamination of Amantadine, a Human Antiviral Drug Used to Treat Parkinson’s

Dog Chew Recall:  Dingo Chip Twists “Chicken in the Middle”

Because this recall is a Class III recall, the company does NOT have to make it public.    

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The following is an excerpt and photo from Susan Thixton, TruthAboutPetFood.com, as she informs everyone about the NON-PUBLICIZED dog chew recall:

Dingo Chip Twists “Chicken in the Middle” Class III recall (not publicized) recall of a dog treat – “product may be contaminated with Amantadine, an antiviral human drug not approved for use in animal food.”

This recall was found on the FDA website Enforcement Report but not found as a press release (anywhere). The FDA told me “The FDA’s Regulatory Procedures Manual does not require that a company notify the FDA or issue a press release for Class II or III recalls, although we encourage companies to do so. Class II is a situation in which the use of, or exposure to, a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote. Class III is a situation in which the use of, or exposure to, a violative product is not likely to cause adverse health consequences.”

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