Find the Best Dog Breed and Dog Food Reference Charts

 Choosing both a  new dog and the dog food that fits your new dog and your pocketbook are big decisions.  FindTheBest is a valuable resource for selecting the best type of dog for any living situation and any personality type.  FindTheBest is a great reference for information on 193 different breeds comparing dog temperament and breed standards as well as physical features like size, coat and color.
 This reference presents the facts in easy to use tables and allows for side-by-side comparisons of different breeds and consumer products so that you can find the best.
 This is a great reference for researching everything from the best dog breeds to the best dry dog food before purchasing, and for anyone to make a quick and informed decision.
Grayson Nance is a recent graduate of UCSB and now works with FindTheBest where you can compare anything from cat breeds to the best espresso machines.   
  This reference is a great example of how quality dog foods are becoming more popular. However I don’t see my favorites: Taste of the Wild:Salmon and Sweet Potato, Royal Canin:Duck and Potato, Halo Products, and Natural Balance: Many hypoallergenic ingredients.
However this digital chart is an example of  how much dog food ingredients are changing . Categories include grain free , organic, and  no preservatives. The commercial dog food industry is responding to dog owners that want to feed their pets a healthier mix of ingredients. Dog foods now have better meats, veggies, and fruit instead of carcasses, meat by-products, and grain. 
50% of my day is spent treating the result of feeding poor quality dog food or owners not realizing that individual dogs can’t tolerate certain food ingredients.  
Some dogs require extra healthy oils or added human food ingredients to some commercial food to make up for the lack of healthful whole foods. Even though the food says”complete and balanced” some dogs need more fat and oils, less carbs, or more moisture in the food. In Dog Dish Diet , I talk about the history of dog food and ways you can help your dog eat a mix of commercial, human food, raw food, and homemade food for better health.
Canned food, slow cooking meat and veggies, feeding raw meaty bones or chicken wings, and  feeding raw food may be a better choice than any dry food for those dogs suffering from medical problems. 


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Mites team takes tournament title

Red velvet mite

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A predatory mite, only 4mm long.

Mites team takes tournament title
Indiana won the Mite Crosby Division championship in the 19th annual Charlie Hogan Tournament, held Feb. 14 to 17 at S&T Bank Arena. There were 8 Mite teams in attendance. Indiana won all six games in round-robin play and won the championship …
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Pitching in Their Mite for Haneefa
To keep alive the memories of actor Cochin Haneefa, the Cochin Haneefa Foundation is organising a major cricket tournament – Cochin Haneefa Cup. The Cochin Haneefa Memorial Tournament, which will be a cinema cricket championship, will be held at …
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Scientists back widow's mite theory
Scientists back widow's mite theory. People who receive higher bonuses are less likely to give to charity than those on lower earnings, according to new research. People with higher bonuses are less inclined to give to charity, research suggests. Tweet.

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Going Green for the #PawNatural Challenge

We like to think that we live a pretty green lifestyle. Surrounded by a nature preserve for endangered birds, we’re really conscious of our impact on the environment. A creek flows through our…

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How Awesome Is This Lego Storage!!!


Have you checked out this awesome storage for Lego’s?? I am drooling over this right now!!

I have so many Lego’s for the child care children that I would probably need two of these but these are just what I need and the colors are perfect for the Lego’s.

Hop on over to Amazon and check it out!!
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Kitchen Cupboard Make-Over: After

A few nice Pest images I found:

Kitchen Cupboard Make-Over: After

Image by Pieter Pieterse
One of the original uncluttering space optimization systems from when our Mom’s had the same problems we have now! Tupperware.

Our kitchen cupboard after converting it to a dry pantry. Called in the help of a tupperware lady to help us "re-zone" the kitchen. We now have a recession- and cooking process friendly dry pantry. Everything visible, uncluttered, sealed against pests, stored in larger (cheaper) quantities, sealed for freshness, within reach, etc. The bottles and cans were moved to another shelf under our staircase.

The key was to move the shelving heights to maximize better match container heights.

The Cat Says . . .

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Grattis på födelsedagen, Alexander! George (the big, round ball-of-fur in this picture), the dogs, and I send birthday greetings from Kentucky. May Alexander and his sweet mother, my friend Helena (Hejiana), have a spectacular day.

You can see Helena’s lovely work at and a wonderful picture of Alexander at

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Toby and Ylan

This is Toby – a three month old Staffordshire bull terrier pup who lives in Gorbio village. In the third photo you see him running across the square with Ylan. Is there anything nicer than a young boy and a young dog happy together. 


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Cool Tick images

Some cool Tick images:


Image by The Doll Observer

a different kind of tick: Ornithodoros spp (soft tick)

Image by Derell Licht
I’m familiar with ticks at Sunol Regional Wilderness; they’re part of the cost of business when hiking up there. However, the ticks I’ve seen in the past have been Deer Ticks, which have a distinctive look, almost black, partially shiny and partially furry.

This one is very different; I’ve never seen a "dusty tick" before. Any help in identifying this would be very welcome!!

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GIVEAWAY // Win a Sun Glow Duo Self-Tanning Set from Skin Authority (+ My Personal Review)

GIVEAWAY // Win a Sun Glow Duo Self-Tanning Set from Skin Authority and Bubby & Bean!

Back in the day, I used to slather myself in suntan oil and literally bake in the sun in an effort to get a ‘bronze glow’ (which, on several occasions, resulted instead in a miserable red burn).  I even visited the the tanning bed from time to time.  Thankfully, I eventually accepted the fact that as much as I loved a tan in the summertime, I was taking the unhealthy route to get there.  Since then, if I’m going to be outside under a hot sun, I’ve used sunscreen.  And if I want a sun-kissed look, I’ve opted for self tanner.  Unfortunately though, as we all know, self tanners can be tricky, and more times than not end up leaving you a streaky, orange mess. I’ve learned that a lot of times, this unwanted effect is caused by a build up of dead skin.  So when the folks over at Skin Authority asked if I wanted to try their new Sun Glow Duo, which includes a special exfoliating cleanser to prevent streakiness (and is vegetarian!), I was all about it.

I’d just been in Arizona so my normally pasty pale skin did have a tiny head start, but my legs needed a boost.  So although I used the Sun Glow Duo on my entire body, I concentrated on my legs.  Over a period of a couple of weeks, I first applied the Exfoliating Cleanser, then the Sunless Tanner.  The Exfoliating Cleanser worked wonders, both on my face and my body, removing dead skin cells with its natural pumice and sugar cane derived exfoliators.  My skin felt all sorts of soft.  The Sunless Tanner went on smoothly, lacked that awful artificial tanning scent (thank goodness), and absorbed quickly.  It also moisturized my skin, and provided help in fighting free radical damage with its Vitamin C and E formula.  And I love that it contains no fragrances, parabens, or harmful dyes.  Within an hour of the first appplication, I started to see a nice tan color.  After using the Duo every few days for two weeks, I had a rich tan that was even and natural looking. I’m looking forward to using it on a regular basis as summertime approaches. (The Sun Glow Duo is available for purchase from April 1 through June 30, 2014.)

Skin Authority Sun Glow Duo

And now for the best part!  Skin Authority is giving one lucky Bubby and Bean reader a Sun Glow Duo of their very own, which includes the Exfoliating Cleanser and the Sunless Tanner, a $ 78 value!

To enter, just like Skin Authority on Facebook, then leave a comment below stating that you did so.

Once you’ve completed the mandatory entry above, you can also gain one additional entry for each of the following.  (*Please list each extra entry in a SEPARATE comment in order for it to count).

  • Follow Skin Authority on Twitter
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  • Post the top image from this post to Instagram with the following caption: Win this Sun Glo Duo from @skinauthority and @bubbyandbean! Repost for 1 entry. #bubbyandbeangiveaway #giveaway
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This giveaway will run through April 17th and is open to Bubby and Bean readers with a U.S. shipping address.  The winner will be randomly chosen and announced shortly after.  (Important: Please make sure to check back and/or leave a way to contact you in your initial entry.) 

Thanks again to Skin Authority for letting me try their fantastic product, and for giving Bubby and Bean readers the chance to try it out as well!  Good luck!

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Pet Food Recall: The Robert Abady Dog Food Co., LLC

The Robert Abady Dog Food Co., LLC is recalling select boxes of Abady Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats.  The recall is due the risk of salmonella.  The products are described in the FDA recall statement.  “The product comes in a 2 lb, 5 lb & 15 lb, corrugated boxes with plastic liners marked with lot # 14029/21 stamped on the right side top of the box.”

There have not been any illnesses reported so far.  The official FDA statement can be found here.

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