The new ASPCA documentary, Second Chance Dogs, was recently released on Netflix. The film follows the stories of six extremely fearful dogs rescued from cruelty and taken to the ASPCA’s Behavioral Rehabilitation Center, showcasing their heartwarming journey to finding a loving home. Launched in 2013, the Behavioral Rehabilitation Center is the first and only facility […]
When Robbie and I first started dating, I had him over for dinner. This was actually very brave of me as I wasn’t exactly the most proficient chef at the time (and although I’ve very slowly learned to enjoy occasional cooking, I’m admittedly still not, at all). But I wanted to do it. To impress him, I whipped up a batch of one of the dishes at which I’ve always considered myself to be quite good – mashed potatoes. I really took my time with these babies too, adding the perfect amount of butter and garlic and young love, and watched eagerly as he took the first bite. His mouth formed a sort of forced smile as he grunted “mmmm” and slowly continued to take more tiny bites throughout the meal, until he was finally done. I was confused as to why (1) it took him so long to finish and (2) he didn’t pile on a heaping serving of seconds. These were my famous mashed potatoes, after all, and they were freaking dynamite. I knew something was up. Eventually I got it out of him – dude doesn’t like mashed potatoes. I know, I couldn’t believe it either. Talk about a red flag, man. Could I really date someone who didn’t like the most glorious food in all the land? Could I ever really trust him? Thankfully he had plenty of other redeeming qualities, but ten years later, I still give him a hard time about his distaste for the best food that ever there was.
Thanksgiving is exactly one week away, which, for us normal folks who actually appreciate their deliciousness, means (if we’re lucky) we’ll get to consume massive amounts of mashed potatoes. While my favorite type is the boring old traditional version (potatoes, garlic, milk, butter, and a little salt), I thought it would be fun to make a couple of unique varieties this year as well, and got to searching. I came across all sorts of ridiculously tasty looking recipes along the way, so it only made sense to share my favorites for this edition of 10 Great. I mean, how about #9? Mashed potatoes for breakfast? Yes, please! Or #7? Talk about comfort food. What if I just made an entire dinner out of just mashed potatoes – would that be weird?
I hope my fellow mashed potato lovers enjoy these recipes. If you have any others you can add to my collection, please leave them in the comments. And if you’re one of those weird people like my husband who doesn’t like mashed potatoes, just like with him, I’ll still love you. But if I ever meet you in person, just know I’m going to give you a hard time about it.
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When I started down this venture in 2008, there was an active blogging community that covered dogs. I was an idiot in those days and a far worse writer.
You got hits by being a pugilist. I punched. I got punched in return.
And it was okay.
But then the major blogging networks that held this fractious community together “went corporate, and all the organic aspects of this community died.
What we were left with just competition and vitriolic bellicosity.
I kept this up for as long as I could, but then I either grew up or just got tired of all the bullshit. It’s probably the latter.
I have yet to find a community in the real dog world that isn’t petty and dogmatic. Probably the only exception to this is my own Facebook group that is associated with this blog, but that is like the Island of Misfit Toys, where they are led by the ultimate broken jack-in-the-box (me).
I am never, ever going to be a super dog trainer. I don’t have the skills, and I’m not going to pretend that I have those skills anymore. I’ve tried to learn them. I just don’t have it.
It’s the toughest thing in the world for me to admit that I cannot do something.
Not everyone can read historical documents or peer-reviewed articles either.
That’s what I tell myself.
You may have noticed that the scope of this blog has changed a lot in the past few months. I am trying to find my voice again, and I think I do better as a story teller than what my grandpa called a cross between a prostitute and an encyclopedia: “a fucking know-it-all.”
I may lose readers if they don’t see the latest story about a dog bite or something stupid that a TV dog trainer did.
There still are places where you can read that stuff.
It’s just not me.
I’ve lost a lot of friends over the years. I don’t think anyone from that community still talks to me or links to me from the early days.
I have a few readers who have stayed with me for the long haul. They’ve seen my various evolutionary epochs.
And I now am the point where it I don’t think I will ever go back.
The conflict that exist because of the problems of the modern dog fancy have been solved in the grand scheme of things. In North America, the main multi-breed registries are essentially ignored. In Europe, there is just so much public pressure for reform that it will happen. It will happen as the older generations die off.
In the mean time, a lot of damage is going to be done, but because the people who are okay with the damage are so certain about their views, it is a waste of time deal with them.
Allow the attrition of the generations to take care of this problem.
I find myself falling into an anhedonic state when it comes to these issues.
But I also know the rightful place for me is in the wilderness.
The battles of dog people will go on.
I’m checking out.
The 2nd Annual Dog Film Festival, held at Symphony Space in New York City on October 15, was a howling success in many ways.
I returned home happy, but exhausted, and then I received the fantastic news that Madonna, a 22-month-old rescued Pit Bull, found her new forever home at the Festival.
Our beneficiary partner, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, a nonprofit group that works with more than 150 rescue groups and shelters, invited Posh Pets Rescue to bring adoptable dogs in the Petco Foundation adoption van.
The dogs greeted patrons on the sidewalk outside of the theater all day long, wagging their tails hopefully and longing to be adopted. That’s where Tina and her family met Madonna, the gray and white stray who melted their hearts.
Tina emailed me to say, “My family and I had an amazing experience at the Dog Film Festival. Thank you for being such a great host. After going through the proper adoption process, Madonna has been ours since Friday!
Thank you, Tina and family for sharing this news. Moments like this make all of the hard work worth it.
As you can see in the photo, Madonna’s new people got to enjoy the fun Dog Person t-shirts that Bayer and K9 Advantix II gave out to attendees at all four film programs.
And thank you Halo Pets, the Dog Film Festival Founding Sponsor that has been giving 10,000 bowls of pet food to our beneficiary partners in different locations. In New York, it was the Posh Pets hospice sanctuary that will be enjoying 2,000 lbs. Of Halo’s premium pet food. The Dog Film Festival and Tina and her family affirm my faith in all of the animal welfare organizations that work together to help homeless animals together with the people whose lives they complete, guiding us all toward a better world.
Tracie began her career as a radio personality with a live show – DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) – on the local NPR station in the Hamptons, Peconic Public Broadcasting (WPPB) from Southampton, New York (the show is now also carried on the NPR station Robinhood Radio in Connecticut and the Berkshires). DOG TALK® won a Gracie® Award (the radio equivalent of an Oscar) in 2010 as the “Best entertainment and information program on local public radio” and continues weekly after more than 450 continuous shows and 9 years on the air. Tracie’s live weekly call-in show CAT CHAT® was on SiriusXM satellite radio for seven years until the Martha Stewart channel was canceled in 2013.
Tracie lives in Vermont where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based, on 13 acres well-used by her all-girl pack – two lovely, lively Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda, and a Collie-mix, Jazzy.
This is Shar-pei looking at the camera very intently at the recent Fete de la Branda in Gorbio village.
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Would you know what to do if you walked into the room and found your dog or cat choking? If you are like the majority of pet owners, you’d probably panic and perhaps scramble to locate your vet’s phone number.
While you should always keep your vet’s number (and the number of the nearest 24-hour emergency clinic) prominently displayed by your phone, a choking pet needs your immediate attention. Minutes can actually make the difference as to whether your pet lives or dies.
So if your pet is choking, remain calm, open your pet’s mouth and check for any foreign objects. Remember, a frightened.or distressed pet may bite or scratch. Personally, when one of my pets is in trouble, I really don’t care about a bite or a scratch! To minimize the risk, place your fingers on your pet’s palate – this will prevent him from biting down.
Once you’ve removed any foreign objects and your pet still appears to be in distress, use the Heimlich Maneuver. This same “hug of life” which works for humans by forcing air to dislodge obstructions in the throat or larynx can be used on dogs and cats.
If your pet is small or has collapsed:
- Place your pet on his side on a hard surface (i.e. the floor or a table).
- Place both hands just behind the last rib and press down quickly and firmly.* Release immediately and repeat rapidly several times. Try to direct the force of your hands slightly forward – this will make your efforts more effective.
- Have someone open your pet’s mouth wide and attempt to retrieve the foreign object as it is forced out of your pet’s throat.
If your pet is large and is able to stand:
- Straddle your pet, placing him between your legs.
- If someone is with you, have them help keep your pet’s mouth open.
- Place both hands under your pet, again below the last rib, and lift with quick thrusts upward and forward several times. Continue until the airway is clear.
THE FINAL STEP – Once your pet is breathing normally, even if he seems fine, get him to the vet. Remember, the Heimlich Maneuver is a form of first aid – the immediate care given to a pet until proper medical care arrives.
Ideally, prevention is preferable to having to employ the Heimlich Maneuver. That’s why I do not advocate giving our cats and dogs turkey, chicken, beef, pork or lamb bones – they can splinter and get caught in our pets’ tiny throats. The same warning goes for decorating holiday trees with tinsel. However, we can’t forsee every danger to our pets, so it’s important you take the time now to review the steps I’ve outlined. By doing so, you just may save yourpet’s life!
*Obviously, you would not use the same amount of pressure on a cat or Yorkshire Terrier as you would for a Great Dane. If you are unsure how much pressure to apply, check with your vet and review the procedure with him before an emergency arises.
Warren Eckstein, host of The Pet Show, is an internationally known pet and animal expert. Warren has devoted over thirty years to teaching both pets and their people to live happily together through his unique “Hugs and Kisses” approach to animal behavior, care and training.
Warren has worked with more than 40,000 pets including those of many well-known celebrities. David Letterman, Cheryl Tiegs, Lily Tomlin, Geraldine Ferraro, Al Pacino, Rodney Dangerfield, and Phylicia Rashad are just a few of many whom Warren has helped with pet problems.