World’s Most Adorable Degenerate Produce

A grape. So benign. Frozen, so delicious. Dehydrated, so raisin-y. And in large quantities in dogs, the unassuming grape goes Breaking Bad and becomes a killer. Da da duuuuum…. so let’s talk toxic foods for a minute.

When my friend Lili Chin over at Doggie Drawings asked if I would look over a poster she was designing of toxic foods for canines, I was so excited, because her drawings rock and I couldn’t wait to see how she interpreted “bulb of garlic.” The idea was to create a simple, cute piece about toxic foods for dogs, and she wanted my thoughts.

As soon as I looked at the list, I realized this would be a challenge, because toxicity is not always linear. Sometimes a dog eats a bag of grapes and is fine and other times a dog eats one bite of pork fried rice and dies of pancreatitis. Sometimes only portions of a fruit are toxic and other parts are fine. Sometimes there are at least three variables that must be calculated before you know if a food was ingested at a toxic amount (chocolate, for example.)

There is a reason this poster does not have in-depth detail about toxicity doses, etc. Determining toxic likelihood on a case-by-case basis is exactly what veterinarians are for, so if you swear up and down onions have made your dog’s life better don’t email me complaining, talk to your vet and go forward in peace. Consider this a lighthearted PSA that you can do with what you will.

At the end of the day, the world will always be improved by more of Lili’s drawings. Macadamias packing heat will NEVER go out of style.


Source: Lili Chin,

What this is: a cute graphic with limited specifics intended to share knowledge about foods that might cause a problem for your dog, so that you can discuss it with your veterinarian if you are concerned.

What this is not: An exhaustive treatise with toxic dose approximations, a prediction of your dog’s demise if he eats a piece of cheese, an academic piece in a peer reviewed journal, a substitute for your vet’s opinion.

It’s a poster, and a really cute one at that. Lili has them available for download here as well.  Hope you like the hooligan chocolate bar as much as me!

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Two Tragedies, One Balcony: A Dog and a Cat Plunge Off the Same Chicago High-Rise

It’s a horrible story you might have seen in the news: A dog fell to its death from the 43rd floor of a high-rise condo building in the Lakeshore East neighborhood on Wednesday, according to CBS Chicago.  

You would be tempted to write this off as a tragic accident — things happen — until the rest of the story comes out. A cat fell off this very same balcony, and died, just three days before the dog fell. 

What on Earth is going on in that condo? 

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The condo's tenant, a 26-year-old musician named Ryan, is claiming both are simply accidents. He's been in the process of moving. The dog who fell, a Rottweiler/Shar-Pei mix named Duke, belonged to Ryan's mother. She brought the dog with them when they came over to help Ryan move. They had piled boxes and furniture on the balcony while cleaning the apartment. 

“It created a ladder that no one was thinking of,” Ryan told the Chicago Sun-Times

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Nobody was home when the dog fell. After Ryan's step-dad returned to the apartment and couldn't find the dog, he tracked Ryan down at a friend's apartment a few floors away. 

“He was in shock and he was like, ‘Where’s the dog?’ and since this had just happened to the cat ... I already figured the worst,” said Ryan. 

They went back to the balcony, peeked over the edge, and saw police cars by the front door of the building. Ryan said his step-dad “couldn’t even hardly talk. He put this dog almost as high up as my mom and my little sister.”

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One woman and her boyfriend were walking their dog outside when Duke hit the ground. The boyfriend said Duke hit on his side and died instantly. 

“He can’t get the vision out of his head, or the sound,” the woman told CBS Chicago. “He’s pretty torn up about it. I’ve never really seen him like this before.”

Investigators, of course, were skeptical.

“Police were questioning and threatening to arrest me,” Ryan said. “Slowly but surely they, thank God, they believed what I told them.

They were skeptical because three days before, one of Ryan's cats went over the edge and died. This, too, was a tragic accident related to his moving, according to Ryan. He says the cats, Ash and Oak -- one of them a two-month-old kitten, according to the Huffington Post -- were old hands on the balcony. But then Ryan's mother came over with Duke. The cats were on the balcony, with the glass door shut. The dog ran up to the door, startling the kitten.

“I’d convinced myself thoroughly that there’s no way these cats would even slip off because they had that instinctual fear that right over this edge is a big drop ... but, I guess they freaked out because they never had a dog in their face before," Ryan told the Sun-Times. "I’m assuming one of them got skittish, went on the edge and just kind of jumped when they saw [Duke] through a glass window.”

Three days later, Duke would go off the same balcony. 

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Cool Mite images

Some cool Mite images:

Coconut palm mites

Image by Scot Nelson
Eriophyid mites feeding injury to coconuts.

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Shelter Sunday: Hill County Paw Pals / Hillsboro, TX

Meet Mason! This handsome boy is being fostered in Hillsboro, Texas by Hill County Paw Pals. Here’s what their website has to say about this cutie. We believe Mason is a two year old English Shepherd mix. Intelligent beyond belief; energetic, active, and did we mention HANDSOME! He would like to find a forever home […] Dog Blog

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{Book Review} Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain My rating: 4 of 5 stars As an introvert, the title of the book caught my eye and had me curious what sort of “introspection”, that “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” would have…

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Sunflower Faith

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flea market

Check out these Flea images:

flea market

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sellers on the flea market chat while waiting for customers, enjoying the brief respite from the midday sun.

Flea Market Tables Lined Up at White Cloud, Kansas, near Troy, in the Northwest Corner of the State…09/1974

Image by The U.S. National Archives
Original Caption: Flea Market Tables Lined Up at White Cloud, Kansas, near Troy, in the Northwest Corner of the State. It Is Sponsored by the Ha Hush Ka (Iowa Indian Language Meaning White Cloud) Historical Society to Raise Money for the Local Museum Housed in the 100-Year-Old Schoolhouse. Area Indians Participate in the Flea Market in Which Native Crafts as Well as Antiques Are Featured. The Town Is Named after the Last Great Iowa Indian Chief Whose Tribe Was Given Area Land by Treaty 09/1974

U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: 412-DA-14678

Photographer: Duncan, Patricia D., 1932-

White Cloud (Doniphan county, Kansas, United States) inhabited place
Environmental Protection Agency

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THE ROCK: Chapter 13. Ridiculous Part 2

Here. Now

I was born in the year of the dog.  1970. And maybe that’s what sealed my fate.

The ridiculous thing is I didn’t even realize that until well after we were on the road.  I was in some jerkwater town at an all-you-can-eat Asian restaurant supping by myself and they had those Chinese Zodiac placemats on the table.  The thing you never read unless you’re alone.  
After my uncle Jamie passed recently, I’ve had a tough time composing the next chapter of the story.  As a writer, adventurer, philanthropist – cum chef you never know when your next word, idea, undertaking or meal is your last.  
But we dogs.  We don’t care.
What comes next isn’t up to us.  The only thing that matters is here and now.


YBD’s Notes: There may be a part 3, 4, 5 to this chapter until I figure out what I have to figure out.  My apologies.

2 Dogs 2,000 Miles

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so cute ! I was trying to find pictures of Dobby (…

so cute ! I was trying to find pictures of Dobby (from the Harry Potter movie)to show a friend why I sometimes call my dog "Dobby" (he has the same eyes and earings when he looks at you while you are eating…) and I found your blog and video. So lovely !
I am a dogsitter in Paris and I sustain all pet defense organisations !
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You know how cranky and frustrated you feel when you’re on a diet? And all you dream about is what you’ll eat when you reach your target weight? But you also realize that after all that hard work and sacrifice, you’re kind of afraid to dream of delicious food because there’s nothing worse than backsliding right back to that undesirable higher weight? Well imagine how you would feel if you discovered that after you had done your time in “diet jail” that you actually had a scrumptious food waiting for you that was designed to keep that weight from coming back?!

If you were a dog with this problem you would be doing a real Snoopy Happy Dance because Halo has created a new food called Healthy Weight Grain-Free Turkey and Duck – it is made with simply delicious ingredients in a formula intended to help a dog lose weight, but also to eat as a maintenance food to keep those horrible pounds from packing on again!

The timing of this great new formula could not be better because my younger 6-year-old Weimaraner, Teddy, is down in the dumps these days because he is on a pretty strict diet as we try to get his weight down to what it was when he was two years old. Apparently that is the healthy target weight for a dog, as explained to me by Halo’s own Dr. Donna Spector, who is my delightful co-host on our show THE EXPERT VET on

We discuss so many topics on the show, with one of the recurrent themes being the Take it Off Teddy! Project we’ve been on, trying to get a shocking 20 extra pounds off my beautiful boy. It’s a real challenge to get more than 20% of a dog’s weight off of him, yet as the pounds slip off week by week I have been worried how to get him back on his beloved Halo kibble without getting him chubby again. As if reading my mind, the good folks at Halo created this truly yummy new recipe and boy are we grateful and excited to see the smile on his face when he takes his first bites of this new food when we get him below 100 lbs. (believe it or not, he had ballooned up to 119.7! from 97.7 as a two-year-old).

Halo was able to keep their high nutritional standards in the new grain-free recipe and still use whole egg (not “egg product”), farm-raised vegetables, no rendered product or meals but a blend of real turkey and duck, no artificial color, flavor or preservatives and a balance of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids – all while keeping the protein at the same high 28% as the lamb, salmon and chicken Halo kibble he was eating previously – while reducing the kcal per cup from 430-35 in the previous recipes down to 358 kcal/cup. And if you want to see a mouth-watering ingredients list, check out exactly what is in there (and notice this food is so deluxe there is even some pheasant and quail in there, too!) It’s enough to make you want to put your pooch on a diet just for the pleasure of the dining experience!

Turkey liver, peas, turkey, ground peas, pea protein, potatoes, eggs, tomato pomace, vegetable broth, flaxseed, pea fiber, duck, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), pheasant, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), quail, sweet potatoes, apples, green beans, carrots, alfalfa, blueberries, cranberries, zucchini.

Tracie Hotchner is the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is also a renowned pet radio host and producer, having spent 7 years on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius/XM with CAT CHAT® and even longer with her award-winning NPR radio show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) that continues to broadcast in the Hamptons and the Berkshires. Her most recent accomplishment is the pet talk radio network she has created on the Internet called The Radio Pet Lady Network.


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Horse Recycles Complete Leg Magazine Collection

True American Dog

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