Life’s a Beach

Just some randomness from an early morning beach walk this morning.
Lacey is happy – even with a nose full of sand.

I keep forgetting to bring a toy!  I’m trying not to play fetch so I leave the toys in the car.  Then Lacey gets the snot beat out of her.  So then I have to find something to keep Coulee occupied. Thankfully sticks are numerous at the beach.

Contemplating a swim.

She’s always so sweet with the gifts.

Just happy to be out and about.

A wet, dirty dog is a happy dog.

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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Rainbow shield bugs on Jatropha

Some cool Pest images:

Rainbow shield bugs on Jatropha
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A pair of rainbow shield bugs (Calidea dregii, family Scutelleridae, Hemiptera) mating on a leaf of Jatropha scaposa x curcas.

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Keeping Soft By Dionna Sanchez

We live in a cold, cold world. By that I mean that people seem to have developed a tough exterior to things that would normally trigger compassion, kindness, gentleness, and empathy. I’m not sure if it’s because we’ve been hurt so much or if it’s because we feel that’s the only way we will survive…



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Sunflower Faith

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Bosnia floods- when the world isn’t watching, donate a dollar

Massive floods in Bosnia and Serbia are the worst they have seen in 120 years. The world has been silent on this issue, in large part. In a place that is still struggling to recover from years of war, it’s hard to comprehend the magnitude of this disaster.

Understandably, the people in the affected regions have had little time or money to address the many thousands of animals affected by this disaster. Tens of thousands have died in landslides and floods, and thousands more are still in need of help.

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World Vets is on the ground, led by my friend and all around exemplary human Dr. Teri Weronko.

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In addition to the initial needs of rescue and shelter, stress can often lead to secondary problems such as pneumonia.

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When confronted with such nearly insurmountable odds and tragedy, there are two choices. One, close the computer, turn off the TV, and let it go.

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Two, put aside the sadness, get in, and do what you can. World Vets is a small group, but they have never shied away from going to the places that aren’t media- friendly enough to warrant the attention of larger organizations. It’s personal to me since I know the vet in the trenches, and here’s what she said:

I spoke to one old farmer who told me that from as far back as HIS father’s grandfather, no one could remember a flood of this size and destruction here…So many have lost everything. Your donation will not be lost in some big aid bureaucracy. People like me are here, at the farms, talking to the farmers and the veterinarians serving them. We come in in the evenings and call up World Vets with specific requests for needed medicines and supplies, and those items are purchased and loaded onto a pallet for shipment here. International aid donation doesn’t get more direct than this. Any contribution you can make, no matter how small, will help! -Dr Teri

I ask everyone to consider helping if you can; donate, spread the word about this silent disaster. One dollar means everything. To donate, click the link below: This fund is specifically earmarked for disaster response.

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Much of what Dr. Weronko has seen is too awful to publish, and she is there still scooping up puppies and doing what she can with a local team of veterinarians and animal professionals. Although I can’t be there, I will be making a donation later today so they know concern knows no boundaries. If you contribute, post below and let me know. I’m going to see what I have in my goodie bag and will send something along to a randomly selected person.

ETA: How about this? How about, I will select someone randomly to send something from my pawcurious goody bag to, and if you donate over $ 50 I will put you in the acknowledgements in my book? You know me, I’ll do whatever it takes here. (Make sure you let me know directly if you do this- I don’t have insider access to World Vets coffers ;)  )

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Mayonnaise Heads & Lice

What would prompt a family to spread mayonnaise on their heads and then shower caps? Lice.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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Playstation 4 #Giveaway ~ Ends 11/30

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It's November and that means it's time for Playstation 4 Giveaway. This event is Hosted by A Little Bit of Everything So make sure to stop over there and say Thanks.

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LoveMy2Dogs

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Deer Tick “The Dream’s in the Ditch” 09/25/13

Deer Tick performs a song from their album Negativity. More CONAN @ http://teamcoco.com/video Team Coco is the official YouTube channel of late night host Co…

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Aston the Hanoverian Hound

This beautiful dog is a Hanoverian Hound (Hannoverscher Schweißhund) – a rare hound from Germany.

It is a hunting and tracking dog descended from bloodhounds of medieval times. It was first introduced into France in the 1980s and is still a very rare breed.

He’s called Aston and he’s only five months old. I met Aston and his father (see smaller photo) at the Monaco Dog Show.  As you can see in the other photo he’s got fairly short legs. Too adorable but then I’ve a soft spot for hounds, especially a relation of the blood hound.
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Welcome Home Mama And Boris: Book Review

Cover of Welcome Home Mama and Boris

The Internet is full off heartwarming reunions between dogs and veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. They make us feel good about an unfortunate situation and also demonstrate how much our dogs add to our lives.

Welcome Home Mama and Boris: How a Sister’s Love Saved a Fallen Soldier’s Beloved Dogs provides us with a view of a different, but no less uplifting, meeting. A meeting between a fall soldier’s sister (co-author Carey Neesley) and the dogs he rescued before he lost his life in Iraq.

I received a preview copy of this book a few weeks ago and enjoyed it immensely. This isn’t a book I would normally buy on my own — I tend to gravitate toward either fiction (mostly Sci-Fi and Fantasy) or science (math, physics, and surprise! behavior and training,) but I had heard of this story back when Carey was trying to rescue the dogs from Iraq and my curiosity was piqued. The book did not disappoint. As a matter of fact it was difficult to put it down after I started reading it.

Carey writes in both the first person and in the present tense which took me a few pages to get used to, but eventually her direct style and internal dialog grabbed me and brought me right into the story. She starts out showing you how close she was with Peter (her brother) as well as how close he was to her young son Patrick. How and why Peter served not just one tour in Iraq but two provides insight into his character and helps make it obvious why Carey worked so hard to save his dogs.

While most of us are familiar with Carey’s success bringing Mama and Boris home, there is a lot more to the story, both before and after she worked the miracle of getting them back to the U.S. How did Peter find the dogs? Why did his unit in Iraq work so hard to help her save them? Who helped her stateside? What bureaucratic hoops must one jump through to get 2 dogs from Baghdad to the midwest? It’s a great read.

THis is a really a book for anyone, but dog people will find it especially interesting and rewarding. Preorder it now!

Here is a book trailer:

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Dog Spelled Forward Website and Blog

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fleas and lice

A few nice Lice images I found:

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Lice

Image by tuppus

fleas and lice
Lice

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