The new large sample bags

When I got home from work Monday, there were four large boxes sitting on my front porch. $ 500 worth of pet products! Three large bags of dry cat food, six cases of canned cat food, one case each of the new canned dog food that Dr. Jane just released, several containers of dog treats, a few bags of cat hairball treats, and most importantly, two four-packs of the new dog and cat sample bags.

Reps recently made the point that multi-pet households really need more than the tiny sample bags that we’ve had. So after a very successful trial run in a few cities, HealthyPetNet released these two and three pound bags. They come with a nice brochure explaining why you want your pet on an all natural food like this.

In the trial, where reps gave out 545 of these larger sample bags, more than half of the recipients became customers one in twelve became reps.

I can tell you, I’m prone to giving away bags of food. I gave away my last bag of dog food a few weeks ago. But out of it, I got an awesome customer who is now ordering dog food and cat food and canned cat food and both cat and dog treats.

So I’m excited to carry both the dog and cat large sample bags in my trunk. I happen to be training with a marathon training team — we raise money for the Leukemia Society to help patients and fund research. (See my fun blog at

Lots of runners are dog people and they ALWAYS ask if their pet food is safe. So I’m looking forward to giving away these larger sample bags and finding a lot of new customers!
A day in the life of a HealthyPetNet Rep

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We are Newtown

I haven’t watched TV much this week. Between packing up the apartment and taking care of a really sick little dude, I’ve had plenty to keep me busy, but the reassuring background murmur of the TV isn’t something I could bear this week when it was nonstop coverage of little ones’ funerals. We’ve been watching Christmas DVDs instead, a distraction for me, and the only way I can keep my kids from overhearing news I’m not quite ready to explain to them.

I knew right after the news started on Friday what a horrible week it would be. I knew because we’ve been through it so many times now, horrifically enough. I thought to myself, oh no. As we learn more, the week before Christmas will be filled with stories about these little ones and their brave caretakers who lost their lives. And then it hit me:

In so many of the prior tragedies, there has been a lot to say about the victims, who in their adulthood have had time to grow and accomplish and show the world who they were. What would you say about a six year old? He was six, and he liked Legos. She loved vanilla ice cream, and horses. So much vast wellspring of potential, snuffed out before it even had a chance to develop. And that led to the first of many ugly cries, in the war room at the convention center, in my hotel room, in the airport on the way home when the pinheads at Houston Intercontinental decided to put news stations on full volume in all the terminals filled with travelling families.

And sure enough, this week has been just that, little looks at little lives gone. And amidst each heartbreaking story, glimpses into who these children might have grown up to be, and it is in those moments we feel especially devastated, when we recognize ourselves. They are all lovely and beautiful children with stories they should have gotten to tell, but those that hit close to home seem to really make you catch your breath.

Daniel Barden, who wanted to be a firefighter. Hundreds of firefighters from up and down the East Coast arrived to line the streets, a silent nod to one they have adopted as their own.

For me, it was Catherine Hubbard, the adorable redhead who loved animals so much her family requested in lieu of flowers, people donate to the Newtown Animal Shelter, to the specially designated Catherine Violet Hubbard Memorial Fund. I saw this, and I thought, now here is a little girl who loved animals so much that her family thought this would be the very thing she would most have wanted.

She was one of us, the animal lovers. Every Christmas, she asked Santa for another pet. Sound familiar to any of you? Maybe she would have grown up to run an incredible rescue or become a leading equine surgeon or simply be an amazing animal owner, but now we will never know, and isn’t that a shame for the world.

The loss and the grief is so profound, I feel uncomfortable with the media serving it up even if it’s meant in a sympathetic and not a voyeuristic way. So I’m not watching the news anymore. I know what I need to know. Instead, in honor of Catherine’s life and to acknowledge her as one of us the way the firemen took in Daniel as one of theirs, I will donate to the Newtown shelter in her name, and I hope others follow suit, so that in some small way those who would have mentored her in this shared passion can stand together and say: we are sorry, so sorry, for your loss.


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hi dog

Check out these Dog images:

hi dog

Image by Ian Broyles
dog: hi.


Image by nic0
Taken near the Excel centre. A group of chavs had a friendly dog.

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Scentsy Fundraiser for 2 Million Dogs

Out of all of those nights the boys and I slept in a tent, I’ve had my fair share of wet, stinky fuzzybutt smell.  And maybe I had a mighty good stink on myself a time or two.  
A few months back a dear friend of ours from Bowling Green and dog rescue coordinator, Deana Wehr, turned me on to Scentsy candles and this holiday season, she is donating a percentage of sales to 2 Million Dogs.  
Click on the nearby pic of Pooki bear or here to purchase some of these clever candles and they don’t burn with a traditional flame so there’s no risk of setting the house on fire.  The fundraiser is from today until December 18th, the last day to place an order and receive it by Christmas day.  
Thank a ton Deana and Happy Holidays to all our friends in the City of White Squirrels!

2 Dogs 2,000 Miles

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Friday Funny: Designated Driver

Just in case you party too much over the holidays! Until next time, Good day, and good dog! Dog Blog

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Belo Lice Ljubam Jas – Macedonian Song

Macedonian Folklore Song! Петранка Костадинова (Petranka Kostadinova) важеше за една од најдобрите интерпретаторки на старите народни песни и не без причина го носеше епитетот доајен на македонската народна музика. Многу песни се испеани во нејзината 35 години долга кариера, а во последно време Костадинова често настапуваше на фестивали каде што се негуваше македонскиот фолклор. Познатата пејачка на изворни македонски песни Петранка Костадинова Дојчиновска почина во сообраќајна несреќа во центарот на Скопје на 03.02.2002 год.

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Some Tips for Keeping Your Airedale Terrier Pet Dog Well-Behaved

Here are some tips you can use to keep your Airedale terrier pet dog well-behaved:

1) Can’t teach an old dog – You have to start training your Airedale terrier pet dog as early as possible. This is because of the fact that the earlier an Airedale terrier pet dog learns a trick, the faster they will be able to learn it. This doesn’t just apply to tricks. It also applies to general behavior. When your Airedale terrier pet dog is still just a puppy, you need to start training it. This way, the behavioral training that you give it will be ingrained into the Airedale terrier pet dog’s brain. This way, proper behavior becomes almost instinctive to the Airedale terrier pet dog.

2) Use, don’t abuse – Various training methods are made available for you by various experts. However, there’s one thing you should know: they only work with proper use. Some people make use of the leash or of the crate to abuse their animals. What you need to know is that each method of training can only be effective if used in a way that will not harm the animals. You need to be firm but gentle with your animal when you are trying to train it.

Use the various implements humanely in such a manner that will encourage your dog to behave well and not scare it from behaving badly.

3) Habit inside, habit outside – Before taking your Airedale terrier pet dog outside, try to observe its behavior inside. This will give you a clue as to how the Airedale terrier pet dog will act outside the house. Many people say that a dog’s behavior inside a house is very different from the way that the same dog will act in outside environments. This is not true. By observing the inside behavior of your Airedale terrier pet dog, you will realize how it will respond to you outside.

If your Airedale terrier pet dog does not listen to your commands inside the house, how can you expect it to listen to your commands outside the house where there are things a lot more interesting to a dog than your commands are?

4) Keep your temper – Training an Airedale terrier pet dog can understandably be very frustrating. However, you should not lose your temper. Negative actions such as hitting or shouting at your dog will not accomplish anything positive. Sometimes, we have a tendency to take out our frustrations on helpless pets. Do not blame your problems on the dog. If you know that you are having a bad day, do not even think about training your dog. All that you might get from the ordeal is a bad case of hyperacidity. Your dog will learn nothing and that would only increase your frustration.

5) Timing – Timing is always important. You need to make corrections regarding your Airedale terrier pet dog’s behavior while those corrections are still relevant. If you praise or correct with the wrong timing, you would only end up confusing the dog. Actually, the best timing you can use is to correct the Airedale terrier pet dog before he or she even starts to misbehave.
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Last Minute Holiday Ideas >> Free Gift Tags + DIY Projects!

Last Minute Holiday Gift, Decor and Treat Ideas // Bubby & Bean

I had the best intentions to create a bunch of rad holiday DIYs for you guys this year.  I really did.  But between the madness that accompanies owning a small business this time of year and the fact that I’m in Mexico right now without much crafty material (unless I whip something up that requires a lot of sand), it just hasn’t happened.  Thankfully, the are a few past DIY projects that I’m going to share with you, and if you’re in the same position as me (still with shopping and wrapping to do!), they might just come in handy!

DIY Printable Gift Tags // Bubby & Bean

Last year, I designed two different holiday gift tags, along with a free printable and instructions on how to make them extra pretty.  These tags feature smaller versions of my ‘Santa Dog’ and ‘Joy to the World’ card designs, and the printable file contains 20 tags per sheet.  For details on how to print them out and turn them into beautiful accessories to your wrapped gifts, just click here.

DIY Photo Gift Vouchers // Bubby & Bean

This summer, as part of my partnership with Adobe Photoshop Elements, I showed you guys how to create personalized gift coupon sets using your favorite photos.  These vouchers are a creative (and budget-friendly!) way to give unique gifts to your significant other, parents, kids, co-workers or friends.  And the meaningful gesture behind them won’t fade as soon as the holidays are over.  Find out how to make your own right here.

DIY Leather Wrap Bracelets // Bubby & Bean

One of my personal favorite projects from Bubby & Bean is this super quick, easy, and affordable DIY on how to make braided leather (or faux leather) wrap bracelets.  It only takes a few supplies, and you can create several of them out in a half hour.  I plan to make a few of these when I get back home this weekend to give as gifts on Christmas morning.  To find out how to make them, click here.

Homemade Dog Treat Recipe // Bubby & Bean

Last year while I was in Mexico (for the same festival I’m at now, but in January), my sister shared her special recipe for homemade dog treats in honor of Bubby dog, who we’d lost a few weeks earlier.  Her dog Isis (aka the ‘Bean’ in Bubby and Bean) absolutely loves them, and we think they make the perfect gift for your doggies or friends who are dog owners.  Just drop some in a cello bag and tie closed with a piece of ribbon.  You can check out the recipe right here.

DIY Mason Jar Lanterns // Bubby & Bean

Before our wedding in 2010, I wanted to create some unique candle holders that fit in with our vintage theme.  We’d been collecting mason jars, so I decided to cut up an old catalog and try decoupaging them to make lanterns.  They turned out really well, and I’ve since made several for gifts for friends.  The great thing about these is that they have so many uses for the holidays – you can give them away as candle holders, fill them with candies or greens (they make great vases!), or use them as holiday decor inside or outside of your home.  Details on how to create them can be found here.

Homemade Peanut Brittle Recipe // Bubby & Bean

Every year, my sister makes a big batch of peanut brittle and puts the pieces into pretty tins as gifts for friends and family members.  She shared the recipe with you guys last year, and if you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend it.  In addition to being a sweet gift, it’s also a delicious treat to serve when hosting friends or family for the holidays.  To see how make your own, click here.

DIY Vinyl Record Dessert Stand // Bubby & Bean

If you’re having a holiday party or gathering at your place for Christmas and want to add a unique touch to the decor, check out our vinyl record dessert stand DIY.  This easy project also makes an amazing gift for music lovers.  You can find out to make your own right here.

I hope that these projects and recipes give you some fun last-minute inspiration for holiday gifts, decor, and treats.  If you’ve done any DIY projects that make for great last-minute holiday ideas, please share them in the comments!

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Argulus- sea louse

Check out these Lice images:

Argulus- sea louse

Image by Chris Blanar
Collected from Mummichog sampled near Shediac, New Brunswick in the early Fall.

A bee with lice

Image by Elly Kelly
If you ever wanted to stroke a bee….

Attack of the lice

Image by Jayt74
Hand held Macro, took at 1.5 m. Tried not to shake. Best viewed large.

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Some Christmas Fun

The fine folks at Pet365 have come up with another infographic. This one’s a little short on info, but very heavy on the graphic. The funny graphic.

Really, the only thing it needs is more Border Collie. Maybe next year….

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12 Dogs of Christmas
The 12 dogs of Christmas graphic was created by Pet365 – a UK stockist of brands like Hamish McBeth who make leather dog collars.

Some Christmas Fun is a post from: Dog Spelled Forward

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