Deadly Blue Green Algae: Keeping Your Dog Safe

Update: Warnings are up in our area once again about deadly Blue-Green Algae. If your dog swims lakes, rivers or ponds, please be sure to read about this Cyanobacteria and how you can identify and…



[[ This is a summary only. Click the title for the full post, photos, videos, giveaways, and more! ]]


DogTipper

Posted in Pet Care And Pest Control Articles | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tofu Caprese Salad

Tofu Caprese Salad

This post is in partnership with House Foods.


Over the past few months, we (like a lot of you, I’m guessing) have been been spending more time than ever together as a family making snacks and meals. As a long time vegetarian, I’m always trying to incorporate as many plant-based ingredients as possible. And thankfully, I’m easily able to do this by including tofu.

One of my kids’ favorite children’s books, The Tales of Tofu (which you can download for free right here!), includes several super delicious, simple recipes that can be made with tofu. They love the story, which features a superfood named Tofu who learns about how he can be anything he wants to be – just like tofu itself, which combines so well with so many other foods and flavors. We have made and are fans of all the recipes in the book. Tofu Chocolate Pudding (which I’ve shared here before) is my daughter’s favorite, and my son is obsessed with the Broccoli Mac and “Cheese.” I’m partial to the Strawberry Papaya Tofu Smoothie.

Tofu Caprese Salad
Tofu Caprese Salad
Tofu Caprese Salad

The other day, we thought it would be fun to come up with our own recipe using House Foods Tofu. We’ve been growing tomatoes and basil in our patio garden this summer, and Caprese salad is one of our favorite summer dishes. So we decided to try a tofu Caprese salad that uses House Foods Medium Firm Tofu, and you guys, it is so delicious. Today, I’m sharing this recipe with you!

Tofu Caprese Salad
Tofu Caprese Salad

TOFU CAPRESE SALAD
SERVES:4 | PREP TIME: 10 min | COOK TIME: 0 min

INGREDIENTS
1 pkg. House Foods Tofu Medium Firm
3 large tomatoes
12-16 fresh basil leaves
Olive oil
Balsamic dressing (optional)
Salt and pepper, to taste

Slice tofu into equal sized pieces, about 1/3-1/2 inch thick.  Slice tomatoes into 1/3 inch rounds. Alternate tomato and tofu slices on a serving plate or individual plates. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil on top of tomato and tofu slices. Top with basil leaves. Add salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste. You can also add a few drops of balsamic dressing to the plate or top of salad. (I love it, but the kids prefer without.) Enjoy!

Tofu Caprese Salad
Tofu Caprese Salad
Tofu Caprese Salad

This tofu Caprese salad is refreshing, satisfying, and full of flavor. The tofu provides plant-based protein, iron and calcium. It’s also low calorie and cholesterol-free. So it’s basically the most extra Caprese salad ever. House Foods Medium Firm tofu is good for more than just Caprese salads too. We love it in breakfast scrambles and tofu mac and “cheese.” We use House Foods Firm tofu to replace meat (it’s so good marinated) several times a week. And House Foods Soft tofu is perfect for smoothies, sauces, and pies.

Tofu Caprese Salad
Tofu Caprese Salad

We hope you love this tasty plant-based salad as much as we do! And be sure to visit House Foods for tips and recipes ideas, and to download your own copy of The Tales of Tofu.

ALSO FIND US HERE: INSTAGRAM // FACEBOOK // TWITTER // PINTEREST


Bubby and Bean ::: Living Creatively

Posted in Pet Care And Pest Control Articles | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

First Premium Membership Rewards Post has been published

way more black

I just published the first rewards post for my Premium Members. It can be only accessed through subscription.

To subscribe, go to this page and click on the link.  You pay by entering your bank or card information, which is protected through Stripe.com.

Thank you so much for my current members. Every subscription helps me produce quality content for this site.

 

 

Natural History

Posted in Pet Care And Pest Control Articles | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Toasted Chickpea and Avocado Pitas

Avocado and Pan Toasted Chickpea Pitas
I’m almost embarrassed to admit how many times a week I eat these toasted chickpea and avocado pitas, but once you try them, I think you’ll understand. I initially shared a similar version of this recipe a few years ago, but it’s been updated so I had to share the new and improved version with you.  They’re so simple to make, they’re absolutely delicious, and they’re good for you too. Triple win.
Avocado and Pan Toasted Chickpea Pitas
Toasted Chickpea and Avocado Pitas
Serves 2 as meal, 4 as a snack 
INGREDIENTS 
2 medium to large ripe avocados 
1 can of chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans) 
2 multigrain pitas 
Small handful baby spinach or other greens 
Plain Greek Yogurt for topping 
Chili powder 
Cumin 
Salt 
Heat a small amount of coconut oil or olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Drain the chickpeas, then pour into the pan. Sprinkle chili powder, cumin, and salt to taste, then stir well. Cook until chickpeas are slightly browned, about 8-10 minutes. While chickpeas are toasting, mash avocado in a bowl to desired consistency, adding salt to taste. Remove chickpeas from pan and allow to cool slightly. While chickpeas are cooling, place pitas in warm pan to soften, about one minute on each side. On each pita, spread an even amount of mashed avocado. Top with a few baby spinach leaves, followed by chickpeas. Top each pita with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt and sprinkle with chili powder.
 
Avocado and Pan Toasted Chickpea Pitas
Avocado and Pan Toasted Chickpea Pitas
Avocado and Pan Toasted Chickpea Pitas

These make the perfect lunch or hearty snack. Enjoy!

ALSO FIND US HERE: INSTAGRAM // FACEBOOK // TWITTER // PINTEREST


Bubby and Bean ::: Living Creatively

Posted in Pet Care And Pest Control Articles | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Annoyed!

I don’t do coffee, but I feel the same way about my morning bottle of Coke. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


Doggies.com Dog Blog

Posted in Pet Care And Pest Control Articles | Tagged | Leave a comment

Why is My Dog Eating Grass?

Summer is in full swing and by now your lawn is probably green. While admiring the fruits of your labor in the yard, are you wondering if you adopted a mini cow instead of a dog? Does he or she gorge on the grass in your garden or stop and nibble while taking a walk? Are you curious as are all of us, why your dog is eating grass?
Halo Pets Blog

Posted in Pet Care And Pest Control Articles | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The Alien World

I went on a long hike yesterday in the back country at Beaver Creek State Park.  I had many encounters with aliens.

The most amazing encounter I had was with a leafhopper and an inchworm that both landed on my wrist. They seemed to be confused about the substance on which they landed, and they were equally vexed about each other.

leafhopper and inchworm

The leafhopper soon grew tired of the scene and hopped onto more satisfying greenery, but the inchworm stayed for a bit longer.

inchworm

I let the inchworm loose a leaf of green foliage, and I continued on my way.

As I marched along, I came across several iridescent green damselflies.

green damselfly

green damselfy 2

They were quite hard to photograph. It was as if they saw my camera as a predator staring hard at them with one unblinking hard-staring eye.

Later on, I came across a scene of predation. Some ants had caught a hapless inchworm and were carrying it to their lair.

ants kill inchworm

This is a world that is not mine. I am profoundly ignorant about entomology. I was into insects as a boy, but I grew out of that fascination.

My essential mammalness means that I feel a stronger comradeship with other vertebrates. Indeed, I feel that I can glimpse some knowledge the tetrapod world, but the insect and spider and crab world is beyond me– profoundly so.

No being on earth has a society as tightly organized as ants do. Not even our own species has a society that is so well-checked, but maybe someday we well will.

Their worlds are not ours, but theirs is more holistic, more complete. It exists without our profound intellect. It exists with their violence, their dramas, their instincts and drives.

It is beyond the reason of my supposedly reasoning species. It shall remain so, forever untouched.

***

Like this post? 

Support my work here by becoming a Premium Member. For only $ 2.00 a month, you will get exclusive access to posts before anyone else sees them. Starting in August 2020, each Premium Member will receive two exclusive posts.  You will be the first to see to see them. So please consider a Premium Membership,if you want to help me produce quality content like this. 

 

Natural History

Posted in Pet Care And Pest Control Articles | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Christmas in July Giveaway–Over $550 in prizes!

Each prize is sponsored by and shipped by the sponsor. All statements and opinions are our own. As I look out at the thermometer reading over 100 degrees, I know that, yes, the weather outside is…



[[ This is a summary only. Click the title for the full post, photos, videos, giveaways, and more! ]]


DogTipper

Posted in Pet Care And Pest Control Articles | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

On Redwolves

red wolf

I don’t know a damned thing about football. I have hated it my whole life.  I cannot carry on a halfway decent conversation about it. Taking me to a football game for me to enjoy it is about like taking a dog to the Louvre and expecting him to appreciate the art*, and I will remain happily ignorant about the subject until my dying day.

Currently, the US is going through some great historical reckonings about racism, which I must admit that I do fully support.  There is a lot of controversy about taking down statues and renaming streets, and it’s all horrendously gut-wrenching and difficult.

Among the changes that is happening is that the professional football team in Washington, D.C. is getting its name changed. For decades, various groups affiliated with various Native American organizations have been trying to get the name changed. It has been called the Redskins, and as someone who doesn’t care about football, I think it’s kind of silly that we have a name like this for anything.

But all the recent events have finally led to decision to change the football team’s name.

And although we don’t know the new name. The current favorite is “Redwolves.”

Well, that’s a different controversy!

And no, I’m not saying the systematic racism and oppression of Native Americans is an any way comparable to a big taxonomy kerfuffle, but it is controversial.

As long time readers of this blog know, I generally reject the “red wolf” paradigm. I base this rejection upon really good genome-wide analysis. I also reject the ancient North America-only origins for the coyote, and I believe that both the red wolf and coyote are offshoots of the Eurasian gray wolf.  Indeed, I have proposed that the coyote is a form of gray wolf in the same way the domestic dog is , and that it should be recognized as Canis lupus latrans.  The red wolf is a hybrid between relict gray wolves that lived in Louisiana and Texas and the coyote.

One unusual discovery about gray wolves, coyotes, and “red wolves” is that all three populations are about as genetically distinct from each other as humans from different continents are.

And this discovery might tell us thing or two about racism in our own species. At one time, the various races of humanity were often classified into different species. Some people resisted this notion, which popular in the nineteenth century.

However, among them was the Rev.  John Bachman, a Southern Lutheran pastor, who also ministered to the slaves. He defended the institution of slavery, of course, but he did not think that African Americans were a different species from Europeans.

Bachman also believed the wolves of North America represented one species, and this idea was very much expounded in Aubudon’s The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. Bachman and Audubon worked closely on the text, and although Bachman and Audubon are credited with documenting the red wolf as a species, they were very clear that were the same species:

“The Wolves present so many shades of colour that we have not ventured to regard this [the red wolf] as a distinct species;  more especially because it breeds with those of other colours, gangs of wolves being seen in which this variety is mixed up both the grey and the black” (243).

Bachman and Audubon’s initial idea that the “red wolf” was just a color phase has since been revealed in the genome-wide analysis of wolves, coyotes, and red wolves are so closely related to each other that it would almost make sense to classify them as one really diverse species. Bachman and Audubon were certain that the coyote was a very distinct species, but it likely diverged from the gray wolf within the past 50,000 years. And a gene flow still exists between coyotes and gray wolves across the continent.

Humanity is so caught up in labeling, and now, we’re trying to undo some of the damages that were done through our pseudoscientific labeling in the past.

And Confronting past and present racial discrimination is the current zeitgeist.

I reject racism very clearly and definitely. I don’t want to have teams with racist names or have statues of Confederate generals on public property.

I am what some people would call “left wing scum.” I wear the badge with pride.

But I wonder if much of my rejection of Canis rufus is also my rejection of racism. I think the evidence is strong that the species should not be considered valid, but I wonder if my strong aversion to the classification of this species is part of my deep anti-racist ideology.

Maybe it clouds how I view data.  Ideology does drive a lot of scientific understanding. Philosophy underpins so much more than we’re ever willing to accept.

I know that I have intellectually made the case to myself.  It makes me look like I hate endangered species to some poor readers out there.  Or that I want some sort of whole-scale blood letting among the red wolves.

But I don’t think that this species was defined correctly. It wasn’t even defined when wolves were commonplace in Texas and Louisiana, and the genetic data that was used to identify them as a species in the 1970s was rather primitive. Indeed, much of their defining characteristics were based upon what they looked like, and as Peter Steinhart pointed out in The Company of Wolves, it was not unusual for 75-pound “red wolves” and 25-pound “coyotes” to appear in the same litter. The founding population of red wolves consisted of only 14 individuals, and when they were released in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, it was assumed they would keep coyotes out and not interbreed with them.

Indeed, what happened was they started interbreeding with Eastern coyotes as those smaller canids began colonizing the red wolf release area.

Believing that coyote blood contaminates red wolf blood has resulted in several litters of pups being euthanized. The coyote cannot sully the blood purity of the red wolf, even when the genome-wide analysis shows that the red wolves are themselves admixtures of of coyote and extinct Southern gray wolf.

We have defined these animals so rigidly before the law that the wolves cannot choose their own mates.  If they pair with a coyote, they have created a mongrel.

It is this level of stupidity that I reject when it comes to nature and simple ethics. These animals cannot be thought of as truly wild and natural if they must be maintained only by keeping the coyotes from mating with them.

It reminds me so much of the racial purity nonsense that was once so prevalent in the United States and still exists, though often is never explained or articulated in this fashion.

And when wildlife management apes this sort of buffoonery, I have to reject it. I am not saying that red wolf advocates are racist, but the way they describe them and the crosses between coyotes and red wolves truly sounds so eerily similar to our antiquated ideas about blood purity that I am instantly repulsed by it.

So yes, let’s rename the football team.  Lets oppose racism in all its forms.

But renaming the team by this name is not without its own controversies. Indeed, it echoes and rhymes so much with the ones facing the human world that one cannot stop and marvel at the folly.

____________________________________________________________________________________________

*Stolen from Julie Zickefoose.

 

***

Like this post? 

Support my work here by becoming a Premium Member. For only $ 2.00 a month, you will get exclusive access to posts before anyone else sees them. Starting in August 2020, each Premium Member will receive two exclusive posts.  You will be the first to see to see them. So please consider a Premium Membership,if you want to help me produce quality content like this. 

 

Natural History

Posted in Pet Care And Pest Control Articles | Tagged | Leave a comment

Cool Summer Treats for Your Dog

Continuing with today’s theme of keeping your dog cool in the summer heat, The Hearty Soul has six recipes for frozen dog treats. Here’s one for Peanut Butter and Banana Treats: Ingredients 1 cup (8oz/120g) plain yogurt (no sweetness or flavors) 1/2 cup (4oz/120g) natural peanut butter, smooth 1 ripe banana Instructions In a small … Continue reading Cool Summer Treats for Your Dog


Doggies.com Dog Blog

Posted in Pet Care And Pest Control Articles | Tagged , , | Leave a comment