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Humpin Huds

I used to joke that when Hudson became randy towards other dogs, both male and female that it was the French part of the Pyrenees coming out in him. He has that ‘Je ne sais quoi’ that no canine can resist.  
So I could find no Christmas gift more befitting to him than a ‘Whoopie Pie’ especially since they’re everywhere up here in New England and not surprisingly, Hudsy snarfed it up.  
Indiana got a peanut butter Moose but their main gift was a membership to the dog park at the Animal Rescue League of Conway which they love, love since it enables them to play in the snow off leash.  Nearby is a pic of lil Nana after one such recent day of rompin and stompin at the park.  
So as we ring in the new year, here’s to Humpin Huds, Moosey and making Whoopie!   

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Bad News: Charlie the AmStaff Could Be Euthanized as Early as New Year’s Day

It’s the end of the year — but apparently not the end of stereotypes against certain breeds of dogs. The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office is refusing the save the life of Charlie, the American Staffordshire Terrier who was sentenced to death after attacking a U.S. Park Service police horse in August. That means Charlie, who had no previous incidents of aggression, could be euthanized any time after New Year’s Day.

AmStaffs, as they’re known, resemble Pit Bulls, and we’d really hoped that the year after the death of Lennox — a dog put to death in Northern Ireland only because he looked like a Pit Bull — would bring a change in government’s inability to look beyond breeds and to the individual dogs in question.

On Dec. 27, Deputy City Attorney Margaret Baumgartner rejected an offer from Charlie’s owner, David Gizzarelli, to remove Charlie to his Los Gatos home and rehabilitate, train, and practice extreme caution with him. Baumgartner offered no specifics.

“The city will not return Charlie to Mr. Gizzarelli as it does not believe that there are any restrictions that would adequately protect the public safety,” she wrote.

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Baumgartner and all other city officials have refused for weeks to respond to media questions about the case. The rejection means that Charlie's life can be taken as early as Jan. 1. Gizzarelli and his attorney, John Mounier, will appeal the ruling at a hearing tentatively set for today. 

The case against Charlie is riddled with problems. San Francisco euthanizes only about 10 dogs a year, most of whom have a long history of aggression or have killed another dog or seriously injured a human. None of those standards applies to Charlie, who was 18 months old at the time of the attack, had no history of aggression, and had never seen a horse before. 

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Charlie as a younger dog.

In addition, evidence suggests that U.S. Park Police Officer Eric Evans, who was riding Stoney the horse, misrepresented and exaggerated numerous facts during a hearing on the incident. And despite the weak and insufficient evidence submitted against Charlie, San Francisco Police Officer John Denny ordered Charlie's euthanasia without considering any options for restrictions such as "red tagging" the dog, a common requirement in San Francisco that would have required Gizzarelli to place a visible tag on Charlie and post warnings on his home. In addition, Charlie would be required to be leashed and muzzled in public for three years. 

According to Mounier, it is also problematic that Denny investigated the case, presided over the hearing, and ordered Charlie’s death.

“He’s wearing two hats in this case,” Mounier told the San Francisco Examiner. “In every other aspect of society, that’s wrong.” 

Unofficially, the city and county of San Francisco has offered to spare Charlie’s life if Gizzarelli agrees to give up ownership of his dog and pay for his rehabilitation. Charlie now requires behavioral rehab because he has been confined to a small kennel since Aug. 23, surrounded by kennels containing truly vicious dogs. But the city has offered no specific reasons for confiscating Charlie.

Gizzarelli has no history of mishandling or mistreating his pet. He has acknowledged his responsibility for the Aug. 6 attack and agreed to pay the $ 1,200 veterinary bill.  

The city has not only refused to explain its unprecedented harsh stance against Gizzarelli, but it has also launched a whispering campaign to besmirch his reputation. The city attorney’s office released documents to  reporters outlining an argument Gizzarelli had with his stepfather in July that resulted in mutual threats of violence. Gizzarelli was arrested, but no charges were filed. 

In addition, there are questions about an Animal Care and Control report that claims Charlie showed aggression toward an employee in July, the month before the attack. The report is extremely irregular in that it states in capital letters that Gizzarelli was not to be told of the incident.

If the city failed to warn Gizzarelli about the alleged aggressive behavior, they denied him the opportunity to exercise caution with Charlie -- and then the city might be responsible, to some degree, for the attack on Stoney. 

Gizzarelli said the city’s proceedings against Charlie have been unfairly biased.

“ACC and the city of San Francisco stack the deck against Charlie and any other dog or guardian they take a disliking to,” he wrote in a letter to Mayor Ed Lee and ACC Director Rebecca Katz. “The system is rigged and does not offer a fair and impartial chance to a dog or to a guardian.”

More than 109,000 people have  signed a petition calling for Charlie's life to be spared. Follow the Help Save Charlie Facebook page for up-to-date information; we hope to report back with good news for Charlie and Gizzarelli.

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Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit with Flea (RHCP) (Live At Hollywood Rock Festival)

Nirvana performing Smells Like Teen Spirit with Flea (RHCP) live At Hollywood Rock Festival.

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Pawcurious Picks: Top 5 Posts of 2012

I like retrospectives. It’s a good opportunity to reminisce on what we did well (travel!) and perhaps those things we did not do so well (remain patient during the arduous relocation process, for example.) I’m glad the year is done. All’s well that ends well, but man was it a slog for a good portion of the year.

Like all things in life, the year’s end is bittersweet, with a good thing and a bad thing I need to write about. But not today. Today, it’s a day to reflect. And lest I spend the entire day grumbling about the countless wasted hours I spent circling the neighborhood with a carsick dog while a parade of looky loos rummaged through my underwear drawer, let us instead remember the good things about 2012. Here are my favorite posts from the year:

1. Elegy for Carl

 My grandfather very much reminds me of Carl from Up. In this post, I talk a little bit about his story, from surviving the Nazis during WWII to his retirement in Massachusetts, and how he motivated me to take on Mt. Meru in Africa.

2. Three Dumb Things That Dog Owners Do



It started an unexpected debate, but that shows to me we’re still in a state of disagreement in general about what constitutes Good Dog Owner Citizenry. I still stand by all three, by the by.

3. The Most Interesting Dog in the World

Because sometimes you just need to goof off, and if you do, Brody’s your guy.

4. Emails and Spam

This was the year I stopped being a free-for-all writing machine for anyone who wanted to send me free samples. One, it’s exhausting, and two, it’s boring. This is the official Battle Cry for Professional Writers, except in Dr. Seuss format, which I guess makes it a little less acerbic.

5. Going Rate for the Blond: 20 Cows Plus Shillings

I had a tough time picking between this or Uncomfortable Naked Massage as my favorite travel story of the year, but this one wins. I’m not sure why it didn’t get more comments- I think the post took a while to gain momentum and a lot of people figured it was a nice tribute to my co-volunteers and nothing more. Those that stuck through to the end got to read about the pimped out Maasai chief who tried to purchase me and take me home to his hut. He was a tough negotiator, too.

 Any ones I missed? I hope you all have a safe and happy New Year! Thanks for being here!! mwah!

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

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GTA 4 – Mission #84 – Pest Control

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Playing Catch-Up (+ Holiday Giveaway Winner!)

Hi friends!  It’s been awfully quiet around here this week, partly because I chose to spend a couple of days ‘unplugged’ to hang with my fam for the holidays, and partly because I contracted some sort of seriously nasty stomach virus on Christmas night that left me completely out of commission.  It wasn’t pretty you guys.  I haven’t been that sick in a good ten years (truly), and I spent the majority of my time from Christmas night through last night snuggled up to the toilet, unable to function.  Despite the excessive barfing, I had a really nice holiday, listening to music, watching movies, exchanging gifts (how about those killer Pantone iPhone covers from my husband and mom?!), and laughing over old memories.  And just like every year, I’m a little sad it’s over.

Robbie flew down to Atlanta the day after Christmas for work, and tonight I fly down to meet him.  They are playing four shows for their New Year’s run this year, and although I’m planning on attending the final two, I’ll be spending tonight and tomorrow night in the hotel, playing catch-up with work and sleep.  I’m looking forward to working on a post that will share some highlights from/thoughts on the past year with you guys, so look for that on Monday.  On New Year’s Day (my birthday!), we’ll head back to Chicago to start a brand new year.

And now, it’s time to announce the winner of the Holiday Giveaway!  The winner was chosen via, and that lucky Bubby & Bean reader is…

Congrats Lauren!  You are now the official recipient of a prize package of 6 amazing goodies worth $ 270 from Sew Beastly, Rebecca Murphy, Row House 14, Roots & Feathers, Little Tree, and Bubby & Bean Art!  (Please contact me at bubbyandbean {at} so we can discuss getting you your prizes!)

One final thing: if you’d like to be a part of the Bubby & Bean sponsor team for January, there are a couple of small and medium sizes ad spaces remaining, as well as the XL featured spot! You can check out current stats and book your space directly in one click right here, or send an email to bubbyandbean {at} before 12/31.

That was a whole lotta stuff crammed into one post, I know.  I wasn’t kidding when I titled it “playing catch-up.”  Evil stomach viruses will cause you to fall all sorts of behind.

I hope you guys had a wonderful holiday week, and that you have something awesomely fun planned for bringing in the new year!

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The truth is out there

I’ve been leaving everyone to their own devices to figure this place out in the week since we’ve moved in. I’ve been too busy unpacking and Christmas-ing and tagine buying to coddle the cohabitants. The cat has figured out where the litterbox is (it took a while), the dogs are learning where they are supposed to sleep, and slowly but surely it is dawning on them that this is their new abode.

There are different sounds to learn, a new territory to navigate. Apollo has to re-learn where the sunny spots are and where I’m keeping the alpaca blanket he likes to snuggle on. For the most part, they’re doing great. The neighbors are quiet as doormice, and no one but us seems to have a dog on the street. It’s us and a bunch of retirees, as far as I can tell. I’m not sure how THEY feel about this clown car moving in, but we like it.

So this is why I was surprised this afternoon when Brody started growling at the back door. Not just a startled growl, but a sustained, there is something nasty I feel the need to warn you about sort of growl.

I let him out, and instead of chasing whatever it was he saw, he just kind of stood there eyeing the back wall (ignore the packing tape on Kekoa’s tail. She was helping me unpack).

Then I saw it. I heard it, actually, before I saw them. UFOs.

Many years ago, when we still had Emmett and Mulan, we lived in this region. So, I was familiar with the evening routine of hot air balloons drifting by. I had forgotten how lovely they were in the sky. I also forgot how much they freak the dogs out.

One time, in our other house, a hot air balloon landed in the field behind our house. It flew directly over us, obscuring the sky with its massive breadth, the WHOOSH WHOOSH of the hot air hitting our ears like an accosting drake come to steal the gold. I have never seen Emmett, a supremely confident dog, tuck tail between legs and bark like that before or since, the merry laughter of the people drifting overhead close enough to hear, bemused at my dog’s abject terror. Granted, it is very loud when the balloon is twenty feet overhead.

They were a bit further away today, fortunately. So Brody was able to quickly determine these ethereal bodies were not a threat, and went back to doing what he normally does, which involves rolling on the grass and scratching his rear.

I can’t look at a hot air balloon without being reminded of Grover the disenchanted disillusioned disgruntled imprisoned Scottish balloon pilot we met in Tanzania. I hope he’s well, where ever he is, which is no longer, I think, Tanzania.

And that where ever he is, he flies a kickass balloon with a big bottle of hot sauce on it (is that what you all see there? I can’t tell.)

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

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