The first step toward excellent pet health in 2013 is choosing a high quality natural wholesome food with real and recognizable ingredients for your cat. After that you have to choose between wet and dry food. While dry food is convenient for many owners, I do recommend that cats eat some canned food every day.

A cat’s body is made of 75% water and many cats do not drink enough water every day to support excellent hydration and organ function. In order to provide additional water (as well as some food and flavor variety), I recommend at least 25% to 50% of a cat’s daily calories come from canned food.

If your cat has been strictly eating dry food, adding canned food to her meal is a nice way to increase the amount of protein and decrease the amount of carbohydrates she eats every day.

Cats are obligate carnivores and have a very high daily protein requirement with no real requirement for carbohydrates. Many conditions—such as feline obesity and feline diabetes—can be aggravated by feeding excessive amounts of carbohydrates. Adding canned food to your cats menu is another great step toward good health in 2013!

Should you want to mix Halo wet and dry food for your cat daily or occasionally, these are Halo’s suggestions for balanced proportions so you don’t over feed.


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Police Name Man Suspected in Robbery and Dog Killing

Who would be so cruel as to throw an innocent dog into moving traffic to her death, let alone rob someone who was stopped on the side of the road? San Francisco police believe they can answer that question. They’ve identified a suspect in the incident.

The details are horrifying: While stopped in San Francisco’s notoriously neglected Tenderloin neighborhood, a woman was robbed, and when her dog, a beloved Pekingese named Roxy, started barking, the robber threw the animal into the street, where she was struck by a car and killed. The victim recounted being unable to sleep following the crime, its scene of violence constantly replaying in her mind.

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The victim agreed to talk about the crime, but wished to remain anonymous, fearing for her safety.

While Roxy cannot replaced, her owner may be able to see justice served. Surveillance footage revealed the robber's face, and a witness to the crime offered a $ 1,000 reward to help find the man responsible. The reward was later upped to $ 3,000.

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The robbery suspect has been identified as Laurice Barrett. Photo by San Francisco Police Department

Thanks to a tip, police say they believe the man in the video is Laurice Barrett, SFGate reported. This isn't Barrett's first run in with the law -- the San Francisco Police Department has his mugshot from an earlier arrest on suspicion of domestic violence, battery, and false imprisonment. Those charges were dropped, but the mugshot remains, which the 30-year-old Tenderloin victim positively identified as the man who attacked her and killed her dog.

The victim, who wishes to remain anonymous out of fear for her safety, said she is "grateful" that a suspect in her attack has been named, but her feelings on his possible arrest leave her conflicted. She said that while she hopes someone turns Barrett in, the prospect of facing him in court makes her anxious.

"But at the end of the day, I am fighting for Roxy," she told SFGate. "I'm her voice, I'm her mom. I want justice."

Anyone with information regarding Barrett's whereabouts is asked to call the SFPD's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444.

Here's hoping justice will be served, and that we all remember to let kindness and compassion guide our actions and our thoughts. How do we make sure everyone gets to grow up in an environment where they learn about love and respect? How do we stop cycles of violence? We have the power to do it.

Via SFGate 

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Skateboarding Dog

Tillman the skateboarding bulldog from the iphone commercial. All clips are from January 2007. Tillman was a little over a year old at the time. A little history of this first video. I Filmed the video using a just purchased Panasonic Lumix TZ1. I was bicycling through Venice Beach California when I came upon the skateboarding dog. Originally the first video had the soundtrack “Giving In” by linkin Park. Once the video appeared in iphone commercials I removed the video from youtube because of the attention it was getting and I had no rights to use the song. As time approached for Apple’s release of the iphone with youtube, youtube contacted me and requested I reinstate the video without the soundtrack. Youtube wanted users to be able to view the skateboarding dog in the store and after purchasing their iphone. Unfortunately youtube gave me only a few hours to re-edited video before the iphone release. The original background sound on most of the clips was ruined by hysterical laughter from a woman watching Tillman so I cut and pasted sound in from other parts of the video to cover the laughter. That’s why some claim they hear the word eskimo over and over-lol. When the original video with the Linkin Park soundtrack was selected it had around 15000 views.

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Takin’ Some Girl Time

I had about a million things I wanted to share with you guys via a Friday is for Favorites post today, but ended up burying myself in an obsessive fury of tax madness until the wee hours of the night last night (and then was haunted by the “bloop” sound of QuickBooks in my dreams).  Do you ever do that?  Start working on a big project that you really dislike (in my case, pretty much anything involving numbers), and submerge yourself to the point where you can’t stop? And not because you’re enjoying it, but because you unrealistically convince yourself that if you just keep going and going without a break you might actually get it all done in one day?  That was me you guys.  I swear, I try my best to be consistent with bookkeeping for my businesses throughout the year, but there is, without fail, always a cluster of random loose ends (uncategorized expenses, a mystery check number, math that just doesn’t add up) that I’m left to solve the following January.  Despite my best efforts yesterday, I’m still not done.  But I did put a huge dent in it, and that’s good enough for me.  

As for the picture above that at this point has seemingly nothing to do with this post…  That’s my mom, pregnant with my little sister, and me, pretending to be pregnant alongside her.  Between yesterday’s accounting marathon and my waves of feeling sorry for myself that this is the first weekend of many that Robbie will be on the road, I decided that a spontaneous adventure (no matter how small) would do me good.  If it involved some quality girl time, even better. So I called my mom, who I knew had plans to get out of the Chicago area for the weekend to go visit my sister in Indianapolis, and I told her I was tagging along.  The three of us were supposed to have a Baswell Girls hang at my sister’s for a few days after Christmas, but my flu-induced barfing spree put a damper on those plans.  And now that we’ve all gotten this season’s evil sickies that are going around out of the way, we’re attempting it again.  My mom, sis and I are very close, but we have completely conflicting schedules and live in different places and just aren’t able to all get together that often.  I’m really looking forward to a couple days with them, dorking out over girly movies and red wine. 

What are you up to this weekend?   Anybody else have plans for a girl-time hang?

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Billy the Puppy Mill Rescue Dog Has Passed Away

Billy’s tale is one of horror and of hope. When Billy was rescued by Humane Society of the United States member Adam Parascandola from a deplorable puppy mill site, vets on the scene gave the Chihuahua mix a body condition score of 1 — the very worst an animal can receive. Billy was severely underweight, his bottom jaw was missing, and his rusted cage door had to be forced open, suggesting that the dog had never once stepped foot outside. Despite his troubled beginnings, once Billy was freed, he gently and gratefully rested his head on Parascandola’s shoulder, sealing their fate. Parascandola ended up adopting Billy and shared their moving story during the holidays.

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This is the state rescuers found Billy in.

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We don't rescue them, they rescue us.

The video made us cry happy tears.

And now we might shed some sad tears. The light of Billy's loving spirit could not outshine the injuries he sustained during his puppy mill beginnings -- the little dog passed away suddenly, shortly after the new year, succumbing to medical complications brought on by the neglect he suffered.

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Billy got to spend the rest of his days in peace.

Parascandola has released a new video discussing the loss of Billy, and in it, he appears near tears as he talks about Billy's legacy.

But we choose to see Billy's existence as valuable -- in his own way, Billy has become an ambassador for other dogs languishing in wired cages empty of love and care. Don't let the light of Billy's life go out. Let's always remember what we can do to improve the lives of dogs everywhere.

Via the Humane Society of the U.S. 

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Amul Invites Fans To Select Their Favourite Amul Topical Of 2012

Amul Invites Fans To Select Their Favourite Amul Topical Of 2012
In their Utterly Butterly Gallery they have consolidated and made a complete list of their Amul Topicals from 2012 and asked people to vote for their favorite Topical of the past year. If their voted Topical is the most liked one, lucky 100 would win
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New Topical Solution for fungal infection by Zeta Clear released to Cure
Zeta clear is a popular dual step homeopathic toenail fungus cure combined with a topical solution and a powerful homeopathic oral spray. This new formula is designed to work in a two-step process to clear the nails of fungus and help promote new
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Library opens 2013 with variety of topical programs
The New Bern-Craven County Public Library starts 2013 with variety programing that includes topics such as sign language, old photos of New Bern and ghost hunting. The month begins with a Jan. 3 reception for the featured artist, Mike Miller of New Bern.
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F365's Top Ten Managers Of 2012
F365 Faves. Mediawatch · Mailbox · F365 Says · John Nicholson · Ref 365 · Spanish Thing · Winners & Losers · Big Weekend · Topical Top 10 · Cheeky Punt · Music 365 · F365 Features · Profile365
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Just wanted to comment that my daughter recently f…

Just wanted to comment that my daughter recently found a pit bull puppy literally at the side of the road. She was 7 weeks old, skin-and-bones, and of course, full of worms. I already had two other dogs (rescues, as well), and when my daughter brought this sweet puppy home to me, what could I say? She had already named her "Lola" by the time she walked in the door. Lola is now 6 1/2 months old and doing fantastically well. We love her and she is just another member of our family! Kudos to this Pit Bull Foundation and to the hard work that you put into saving these lovely animals.
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Simon Says

Simon says lick

simon says lick


Okay everyone…. Simon says lick your noses!

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Nice Dog photos

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Don’t Be That Vet

On Saturday, I’m boarding a plane yet again and jetting off- strangely enough- right back to Orlando, the last place I went on a trip. The last quarter of 2012 was a blur, and then I had a break the last few weeks. If you consider moving and unpacking a break, that is (it’s about as restful as sleeping on a bed of nails, for reference.)

Back in the saddle again- off to the NAVC conference. Will I EVER get to Harry Potter land?

I’m not exactly ramping up again, not quite. It’s just a wee side trip to the North American Veterinary Conference to man the World Vets booth, one of the perks of going on trips and not embarrassing the organization over a multiple month period. I’m a voluntevangelist. A purveyor of the World Vets experience.

As you know, World Vets launched the veterinary textbook drive last year, and to date they have a good 50 or so books sent in, which is excellent.

I want more. I KNOW all you vets out there have at least 20 apiece collecting dust in your library, or your garage, or a storage unit. You have one or two or three you still use on occasion and then you rely on VIN for everything else. So send them in! Our colleagues in Central and South America have nothing except the notes they managed to take down in school. That old Fossum could- would, I guarantee it- save lives.

Or do you still need them? Dr. Roark and I investigated the topic last month, with the gracious help of Dr. Chris Hoolihan and his staff at Pacific Beach Veterinary Clinic.

It’s not too late! Never too late to lose a few unwanted pounds! So send those books in- your colleagues will thank you. And if you’re not a vet, tell them about the drive next time you’re in- I bet they have at least one or two books World Vets could really use.

Anyone going to NAVC? Give me a shout! I’d love to meet up.

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

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