It’s not what it looks like

Someone said this to me the other day: “You have such a glamorous life.”

And I laughed, because I assumed it was sarcasm, but she said it with such sincerity that I paused and said, “Really?”

And she said, “Oh, you know, maybe exciting is a better word- all the travel and….well, the trips and stuff you talk about.” She paused, tilted her head to the side, and realized she was talking to a person holding a grocery bag full of mops and Zero Odor. I was, in fact, on a trip as we spoke. To the grocery store. Which has been the  extent of things lately, as tends to happen sometimes.

It was ironic to me that the person chose this day of all days to make that statement, because this is perhaps the least glamorous day I have had in some time. Apollo has been engaging in some marking behavior the last few months, and if there is one thing that turns my normally mild-mannered spouse into the Hulk, it’s the acrid stench of cat urine in the entryway of the house. Can’t say I blame him. So here we go again, off on a cleaning spree and figuring out what has so disturbed Apollo’s little kitty-brain that he sees no other option than to back on up to the nearest wall and let loose.

The offending area was easy to spot, a Niagara of urine splattered on the wood of the front door, pooling underneath and soaking into the grout and the tile. A lovely way to greet new neighbors, by the way.

I mopped it, dizzy with the fumes.

I mopped it once, I mopped it twice, and still not smelling very nice, I went ahead and mopped it thrice. Even then, it was no dice. My feelings then were not so nice.                                    -Dr. ScrewLoose

After about 18 rounds of attempting to clean the area, including liberal doses of Anti Icky Poo, I could still smell it. I wondered if perhaps there was another area I was missing. I got out the blacklight and investigated the entryway, but if you are anything like me I have no luck with that unless it’s already pitch black in the house, and who wants to clean at midnight? So I went old school, sticking my nose to the ground and trying to ascertain if there was an errant area I was missing in my cleaning attempts by olfactory input.

Did I mention I have a glass door that looks right into our entryway that you pass on the way to the front door? It’s pretty private, which means you have to be in the middle of walking up to the door to see anything, which means of course that any time I’m doing something I’d rather not have witnessed, someone invariably shows up.

There I was on all fours, nose pressed to the ground sniffing like Scooby Doo looking for a Scooby snack with Brody dutifully trailing behind, when I heard a polite cough from the region of the front door. This seems as good a time as any to mention I had just gotten back from a run and didn’t see the point of showering before cleaning up cat pee, so I was in stinky gym clothes and my hair pulled back in a sweaty ponytail while I crawled around smelling my floor. I pushed up to my hands to see the UPS man trying hard to look anywhere but inside the door, well aware that I was probably going to be “sight of the day” at the UPS locker room this evening.

I took the box and shut the door. Sometimes explaining “It’s not what it looks like. I was just sniffing for cat pee” is not the correct answer.

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So there you have it. The glamorous life of a veterinary writer looks a lot like the life of any person with a grumpy cat, bad timing excepted.

If there are any small favors in life to be thankful for, it’s that I was discovered by the UPS man and not, say, the neighbor kids who already have one story too many to share about the weird lady on the corner.

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

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Cool Flea images

Some cool Flea images:

Flea Market & RV Park at Menge
Flea

Image by MissMalaprop
Flea Market & RV Park at Menge, Pass Christian, Mississippi

Flea
Flea

Image by Travis S.
This flea was probably 2 feet (70cm) across and shows fairly good detail when considering its actual size.

Mexica artists recreated the aquatic environment around them with pieces such as these fleas. This shows the quality of the sculptors at that time.

In Spanish:

Los artistas mexicas recrearon escultoricamente el ambiente acuatico que les rodeaba, en estas tres piezas, que representan pulgas y otros insectos acuaticos. Ellos muestran la calidad del detalle que alcanzaron los escultores de aquella epoca.

Found: Valle de Mexico and Ciudad de Mexico

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GIVEAWAY // Win a $50 Gift Card to ASOS!

Win a $  50 ASOS Gift Card from Bubby & Bean!

Happy Friday!  I am absolutely thrilled to start the weekend off by announcing a giveaway to go shopping at one of my very favorite shops.  Today I’m teaming up with my friends over at ASOS to offer Bubby and Bean readers the chance to win a $ 50 Gift Card to spend on their website!  ASOS carries thousands of gorgeous, on-trend designer label clothing items, accessories and shoes.  I personally am a huge fan of their dresses (and desperately wish I could win this giveaway myself!)

To enter, just visit ASOS’s Dress Section, then leave a comment below telling me which dress is your favorite.  That’s it!

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

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This giveaway runs through May 10th.  The winner’s name will be randomly chosen and announced here on the blog shortly after. Please note that the winner must have a U.S. shipping address.  Thank you again to ASOS for offering Bubby and Bean readers the chance to win such a great prize!

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Dog House Training


Dog House Training

 

dog poopWhen scolding your dog for doing the toilet on the carpet remember that we were once young and did not use the proper toilet either. Your dog needs to be house trained, and this can be done in a few easy steps, but over a long period of time.

 

Dog house training may be one of the hardest training techniques as it is the one that requires the most attentiveness and work. You have to be able to read your dog’s body signals as he can’t tell you when he needs the toilet. Many people make the mistake of assuming that their dog will bark when he needs the loo, sometimes they are lucky to find a dog that will but believe me there are many out there who don’t and accidents are found all over the house!

 


Dog house training requires a few simple steps as we said but they are time consuming ones. Firstly we would recommend putting newspaper in front of the door, that way if you see him doing an accident in the house you can quickly life him there and he will realise that if he needs to go and your not there to let him he has to do it on paper.

 

The next thing you need to know when dog house training is most dogs when they need the toilet will start to get restless and stat sniffing around, this is when you pick them up and take them outside, when they are really young you should take him outside at least once every hour. When you take them outside you can say things “do the toilet” or “do your business” or whatever command you want to use for your doing going out to do the toilet. Once they have done the toilet you must give them lots of affection outside straight away (of course it’s best to wait until they are done) They will soon come to realise that outside is the place to do the toilet and will after some time start asking to go out.

 

There are hundreds of books available on dog house training all of which use different techniques and routines. No dog is going to know straight away that outside is the place to do the toilet, they have to learn and you have to teach them (unless you don’t mind accidents all over the place) Oh and don’t forget to scoop!! perhaps you can use dog poop bags from DogStore.US


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Ticks Can Kill Moose?

Ticks can attack moose in droves, draining their blood and possibly killing them. Moose: Titans of the North : SAT MARCH 8 10P et/pt : http://channel.nationa…

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“THE TRANSITION WAS LIKE WITNESSING A MIRACLE”

BoWe received this letter from Jess Ram about her three year old miniature poodle named Bo and would like to share it with our blog readers.

Praise to Halo

Grain-free turkey, duck, and pheasant food for dogs is fantastic! I have a three year old miniature poodle, Bo, that I rescued. I spent a year trying several different foods that he would eat and want to eat like a “normal” dog. He always would have “bubble gut” and eat about every other day or sometimes every two days.

I finally came across Halo in a local pet store…true story; the bag attracted me because my favorite color is purple. I read the ingredients and liked what I read. I took it home and gave a sample to Bo and he ate it up without hesitation. I wasn’t convinced yet because come on, who doesn’t like something new brought home to them.

The transition was like witnessing a miracle; Bo ate every day! He has been on Halo for three months now and I am just blown away. No more “bubble gut!” Even my cats trys to sneak away a kibble or two. They too will soon be transitioning to Halo.

I am very pleased and impressed with Halo food and what the company stands by and for.

Thank you!
Bo and Jessi

Thank you Jessi for sharing Bo’s story with us and we are so happy to hear that Bo is doing so well.

Halo

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Just a Picture

Lacey’s been feeling a little neglected on the blog lately so I thought I’d share a picture. We were practicing some “obedience” at the park and it never takes long for her to default to her favourite trick.

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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Nice Lice photos

Some cool Lice images:

Goniocotes gallinae
Lice

Image by Albus.
Poultry fluff louse, ventral view, brightfield, objective 4X

Goniocotes gallinae
Lice

Image by Albus.
Poultry fluff louse, dorsal view, head, objective 4X

Goniocotes gallinae
Lice

Image by Albus.
Poultry fluff louse, ventral view, darkfield, objective 4X

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Kooly The Bear And Friends Give Back To America

True American Dog

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Caring for Your Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Pet Dog

The soft coated wheaten terrier would be considered by most people to be “high maintenance”. This means that a lot of care should be given to it in order to maintain its stature. This statement also means that a lot of steps should be taken in order to care for the dog properly. So how do you care for your soft coated wheaten terrier pet dog?

Let us first talk about the coat. This is one of the most distinguishing characteristics of a soft coated wheaten terrier pet dog. In fact, when you take a look at the name, you will realize that the coat gives the dog its identity. Taking care of this essential part of the soft coated wheaten terrier dog can be quite a daunting task. This is especially true if you have just found out about the various standards that people use to judge the beauty of a soft coated wheaten terrier pet dog.

Frequent grooming is required to keep the coat shiny and to prevent matting. It also helps get rid of any accumulated dirt. You should comb or brush your soft coated wheaten terrier dog everyday to make sure that his coat remains silky and tangle-free. The coat also needs to be trimmed once in a while to preserve the “terrier look” and to allow a new coat to grow.

Besides the coat, you should also take care of the nails and teeth of your soft coated wheaten terrier pet dog. In case that you do not know what to do by yourself, you might want to hire some professional dog grooming services to do the job for you.

Another aspect you should concentrate on is the training. Remember to train your soft coated wheaten terrier dog as early as possible in order to ingrain in him the basics of proper behavior. There are several keywords that should come to your mind when training your soft coated wheaten terrier pet dog:

1) Consistency – be consistent with your teaching. Do not use different commands in order to get the same response as this will only serve to confuse your soft coated wheaten terrier pet dog. You should also be consistent in terms of reward and punishment. This will help your dog understand what you want to happen.

2) Tone – a soft coated wheaten terrier dog is actually pretty sensitive to the tones in the human voice. This means that the dog will be able to tell if you are feeling upset or if you are feeling impatient. You need to learn how to moderate your tone in order to avoid confusion with your soft coated wheaten terrier pet dog.

3) Timing –learn the proper timing of when to correct your soft coated wheaten terrier pet dog. The element you need during correction is surprise. You need to correct the soft coated wheaten terrier for a mistake right after or even before it performs the act. This way, you will be able to instill a sense of consequence into your soft coated wheaten terrier pet dog.

Caring and training for your soft coated wheaten terrier can be quite a bit of work. You will also have to contend with the energy inherent in every terrier breed. However, with patience, your efforts will be rewarded.
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