3-D Printed Skull

I’m just fascinated by the application of 3-D printing to the medical world. I’ve seen prosthetic hands made for kids who are still growing to avoid the expense of replacing parts as they grow. Now, they’ve made a new skull for a 9-year old Dachshund! CNN reports “Dr. Michelle Oblak, a veterinary surgical oncologist with […]


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Making a WHOLE Lot of Difference: Stray Cat Alliance

The Stray Cat Alliance seeks to save cats—including kittens—from the unwelcome distinction of being the most killed animal in US shelters. Thanks to cat food donations that come from Halo’s partnership with Freekibble.com and GreaterGood.org, Stray Cat Alliance’s programs are making a difference in outcomes for cats and communities in Los Angeles and communities throughout Southern California.

Here’s what Stray Cat Alliance had to say about a recent Halo Pets donation:

“The support that your contribution of food made to our work impacted an estimated 5,000 meals for the animals we serve. The second largest cost for Stray Cat Alliance after medical care is food. We help thousands of kittens, cats and feeders throughout Southern California. Food is key to survival of our cats in a variety of settings – on the streets, in foster homes and in our care. Being able to provide food to those who foster animals and community cats has a huge relief on our budget and provides a big incentive to volunteers who save cats and kittens in collaboration with us.

This donation of dry food was used in a variety of ways:

  • Fosters: At any one time we support 400-1,000 foster cats and the people who take care of them. Our primary foster program is the Safe-at-Home kitten program. Through that program we saved a quarter or 564 of the kittens who were surrendered to the South LA Shelter in 2017. This year, we’re on track to do about 800 kittens in that program alone.
  • Community members who feed feral colonies.
  • At our headquarters for the adult cats we have in our care. Our photos show our office cat Pumpkin, a senior cat who was rescued from Orange County. He has his own Instagram Bitemepumpkin.

Pumpkin is representative of many of the animals we save – abandoned and facing death. Pumpkin has some behavioral issues and was returned to the shelter at a senior age. Adoption of senior cats is low. We also get kittens who have been orphaned and would be killed the day they come to a shelter. And, community cats who fend for themselves on the streets.”

Thank you Stray Cat Alliance for making a WHOLE lot of difference for pets in your community.

When you choose Halo pet food, made from real WHOLE meat, poultry, or fish, and NO “meat meal” of ANY kind, 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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Anka got her rabies vaccine and microchip today

She didn’t even flinch, but she kept her eyes on me while they did it. She also knows her sit and down commands.

This dog has nerves of steel.

anka at the vet

 

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50 year conviction is overturned, thanks to Lucy the dog

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Practicing Daily Gratitude With Your Kids

Last week, I posted the top photo above on my Instagram, with the following caption: “Every morning when Essley wakes up, I ask her to tell me one thing for which she’s grateful. She’s like her mama (we don’t enjoy mornings), and I’ve found that starting my day with gratitude (even if I have to force it) genuinely helps me feel less anxious and more happy through out my day – and it seems to help her as well. This morning, her response was ‘my family’ (gold star answer, kid) and ’763 pieces of chocolate’ (clearly my child). Have a grateful day, friends.”

I received over 30 messages after posting that, from both parents and non-parents, thanking me for the idea and stating that they were going to do the same with both their kids and themselves. My response to every message was that while I certainly didn’t come up with the idea of practicing morning gratitude, I was thrilled to see that our silly little morning ritual could possibly help others who have anxiety (like me) or who just wanted to start their days in a positive way. And it got me thinking about other ways my kids and I could practice gratitude together. So Essley and I sat down and came up with a “gratitude to do list”, which I am sharing below.

1. Every morning upon waking, say out loud at least one thing in your life for which you feel thankful.

2. Keep a special journal or sketchbook, and throughout your day, write down or draw pictures of things that you appreciate.

3. Give every family member a hug and tell them how grateful you are to have them in your life.

4. Make a thank you card for a friend and tell them you appreciate their friendship.

5. Say thank you out loud every time you eat a meal.

6. Smile a LOT. (Essley says this one is the most important of all.)

7. Take videos of your little ones telling friends and relatives why they are thankful for them, and then email or text them the videos.

8. Make a giving list. For holidays or birthdays, make lists of the items or experiences you want to give others. (Sort of a reverse wish list.)

9. Everyday, tell each person in your family one thing about them you love and appreciate. (This can be anything from something profound to Essley’s favorite, “I like your outfit mommy!”)

10. Before bed, say out loud one great thing that happened that day for which your are thankful.

Consciously feeling grateful for things in your life is such a simple concept, but it’s been life changing for me in many ways. (Sounds super cheesy I know, but it’s the truth.)  And it makes sense – research shows that practicing gratitude causes us to enjoy our lives more and feel happier in general. Even the act of putting this list together made me feel thankful and happy, and I know it did the same for Essley. If you have little ones, try some of these and let me know what you think. And if you have ways you practice daily gratitude with your children (or yourself!) I’d love to hear!

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How Many Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb?

I wish this had come with a reference to where it originally appeared. If it’s yours, let me know so I can properly credit it. Does the description fit your breed? Make sure you read all the way to the end! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Prosperous Pet Business Online Conference

You may have already heard about the worldwide Prosperous Pet Business Online Conference hosted by Kristin Morrison.

What you might not have heard is that we are sponsoring this event!

And…it’s a no-cost conference and you can watch, listen and learn from wherever you are in the world.

There are so many great speakers lined up to speak including Victoria Stilwell and Ian Dunbar as well as Patti Moran plus many other top pet business experts.

We at PetsitUSA would love to have you join us and the thousands of pet business owners who are ready to make big shifts in their pet businesses by attending the (no cost!) Prosperous Pet Business Online Conference.

This conference has the capacity to shift you from feeling stuck, stressed, or confused to moving forward in your pet business and your life in an empowered and fulfilling way.

The purpose of this conference is to help you make more money in your pet sitting and dog walking business as well as have you experience more ease and freedom in running your business.

Imagine being able to tap into the minds of successful pet business experts at no cost. This online conference is equivalent to a mentor mastermind worth thousands of dollars, and it’s your gift for NO COST.

If you are ready for real change in your business and your life, we invite you and all pet business owners to join me for the upcoming conference.

Please join PetsitUSA, the many pet business speakers and thousands of pet business owners just like you at the NO COST Prosperous Pet Business Online Conference.


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Our 12 Favorite Books for Preschoolers

12 Books Every Preschooler Should Read

When I was pregnant with Essley, I vowed that my children would have extremely limited screen time, never use an iPad, and only watch Sesame Street. As with most of the things on which I considered myself an expert before actually having kids, this didn’t work out. My kids’ screen time is limited, but yes, they do have iPad time, and yes, they watch many shows and movies (some of which are not on my top 10 list, let’s just put it that way).

That said, my kids love books. Love. And when I’m feeling like a crappy parent (which happens a lot, because that’s how parents feel), I remind myself that my little ones not only ask me to read to them, they spend a lot of time pretending to read books themselves. (Emmett, who is 2, makes up stories as he “reads,” and Essley, who is 4, does the same but also recognizes some sight words which is really fun to watch.) Every night when they go to bed, they each get to choose 2 books to read, and we all read them together. It is one of my favorite parts of each day.

I posted the picture you see above on Instagram recently, and I got a lot of DMs asking about the book Essley is reading, along with some questions about our other favorites. So I decided to put together this list of the dozen books that are currently on our most read list in this house. One of these days I’ll put together a complete list of books we often read here. (I kept all of my books from childhood for my kids, so those combined with all of the books they’ve accumulated since Essley was born = hundreds.) But for now, here you go. While these are probably more for Essley’s age level than Emmett’s, both kids adore all of them.

12 Books Every Preschooler Should Read

1. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
2. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn (Great to read during the beginning of the school year!)
3. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
4. We Are in a Book by Mo Willems
5. Press Here by Herve Tullet (Essley thinks this book is brilliant; I do too.)
6. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
7. Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
8. Little Rabbit’s Loose Tooth by Lucy Bate
9. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
10. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendack
11. Corduroy by Don Freeman
12. The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper

Many of these were favorites of mine when I was Essley’s age as well. (I remember reading Blueberries for Sal and Madeline on repeat.) There are also several new ones that she discovered at school last year that we purchased after hearing about how much she loved them. If you have preschool (or even early grade school) aged kids, I highly recommend any of these. And if you have gems that I missed, please let me know! We are always looking for new books.

(Canopy in top photo was purchased here.)


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A Little Led Zeppelin For Your Sunday

Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Get Special Coupons for Halo® Dog Food and Cat Food

 

For blog readers, newsletter subscribers and Halo social media fans only, we’re happy to offer these printable store coupons for Halo products.

Why Buy Halo?
As you know, Halo uses real WHOLE meat, poultry, or fish, and NO “meat meal” of ANY kind, like “chicken meal” or “fish meal”. “Meat meal” is a high-heat processed, dehydrated combination of remnants from slaughterhouse and fish processing factories that are unfit for human consumption.

Plus, Halo works to bring farming and ranching practices back to a more original and native state, with room for animals to roam and without the routine use of antibiotics or genetically modified feeds. We call this OrigiNative® sourcing, and it means we treat our life-giving animals in a manner that is sustainable, natural, non-degrading to our environment, and respectful of every animal’s normal lifecycle. That also means non-GMO fruits and vegetables, and no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.

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