cat-wave-lgOne homeless cat knows what it takes to get adopters’ attention.

According to Love Meow, a Reddit post by a volunteer at Tabby’s Place, a cat sanctuary in Ringoes, New Jersey, told the story about Sienna, a sweet senior cat looking for a new home. Sienna was left at Tabby’s Place after, sadly, her owner passed away.

This wise 13-year-old kitty obviously knew how to charm humans and had no intention of being homeless for long. Whenever anyone would pass by her enclosure, she would run up to the window and “wave” at them by pawing at the glass and rubbing up against it.

“The staff and volunteers are gaga for her because she always runs to the window when she hears someone go by. She’s missing her human very much… she has a lot yet to offer, too,” a volunteer of the Tabby’s Place wrote via reddit.?

Sienna’s efforts paid off and now she has a forever home! Good job, Sienna!

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Bad hair day …

Bad hair day …

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Pet Food Recall: MARS Petcare Nutro Chewy Treats Apple 4 oz.

MARS Petcare has issued a voluntary recall of its Nutro Chewy Treats Apple 4 oz.  The recall information is below.  It was found at PetSmart.

Dear Valued PetSmart® Customer,

MARS Petcare has issued a voluntary recall of the following Nutro dog treat due to potential mold.


Product Description


PetSmart SKU


Product UPC


Impacted Lot Codes




Lots codes beginning with ‘4 50’, ‘5 02’, ‘5 03’, OR ‘5 05’ (regardless of best by date).


The Lot Codes are located on the bottom of the bag under the Best By date as shown below:



Please stop feeding this product to your pet and bring any remaining Nutro 4 oz. Apple Chewy Treats affected by this recall to your nearest PetSmart for a full refund. PetSmart sells a wide variety of treats from many brands, and our associates can help you find the right item for you and your pet.

If you have questions about this voluntary recall, please contact Nutro Customer Service at 1-800-833-5330.

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Friday Funny: Awkward!

Nothing to see here! Keep moving! Come back on Tuesday for a Top Ten Pictorial of more dogs stuck in awkwardness. Until next time, Good day, and good dog! Dog Blog

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286_Dogster_LogoHalo, Purely for Pets is so proud to be the founding sponsor of the PBS inspiring series Shelter Me.

In the “Hearts and Paws,” episode where filmmaker Steven Latham profiles an icon in the dog world, at least to those who enjoy the Sunday funnies: animal advocate Patrick McDonnell, creator of the MUTTS comic strip.

“I realized that Mooch and Earl have such great homes and loving guardians, and I thought about all the dog and cats who don’t and are just sitting in shelters waiting,” McDonnell said in the Shelter Me episode, debuting in May.

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My Hair Story (Embarrassing Pictures Included)

So today I thought I’d talk about something fun and light-hearted and even slightly embarrassing, and share with you guys the long, ever-changing story of my hair. Yep, my hair. I am by no means a beauty expert (which is the main reason that beauty posts around here are few and far between), and as far as makeup and skincare go, I’ve had pretty much the same routine for a good decade. But when it comes to hair, I’d covered all the bases – from hippie dreadlocks (true story) in my college years to bleach blonde to natural, from curly to wavy to stick strait, from bangs to no bangs back to bangs again, to my hair today (see above photo). I’ve admittedly never had short hair aside from the chin-length bowl cut I sported in the 80s (thanks mom!), but aside from that, I’ve been all over the place.

The current chapter in my hair story, about which I’ll also share a little today, includes a newborn baby and toddler – which, although often overtaken by thrown-together topknots, also means a (very important!) need to feel like myself again appearance-wise. To achieve this, I’ve gotten a new cut (the bangs are back, man), and established a cleansing and styling routine that seem to be working in terms of keeping my hair in a happy, healthy place. But more on that in a minute.

As you can see from the collage of pics above, I’ve gone down quite a winding road of hair adventure. From super-hippie dreadlocks (I had them for five years) to long and straight and 100% natural, from cherry red emo streaks with side swept bangs to straightened and blonde with blunt bangs, from long and wavy and highlighted to dark and bed head messy, my hair has been around the block. There were actually about twenty more pictures showcasing my hair’s intrepid journey but I had to stop myself before things got out of hand.

While we’re all embarrassed to some degree by the ghost of hair styles past, I honestly think that, just like anything else, it’s important to embrace the choices we’ve made and changes we’ve experienced with our hair – because ultimately, it’s brought each of us to where we are today. I love looking back through old photos of my hair styles, unfortunate decisions and all, because it takes me back to who and/or where I was at each of those times.

And that brings me to my hair today. I’m genuinely happy with my hair cut, style, and condition right now, but I gotta tell you guys, it hasn’t happened on its own. Although I don’t want to admit that it could possibly be age-related, my grey roots are becoming more plentiful with time, which means monthly root dying (done by yours truly in my bathroom) – and dye means damage. Let’s add to that the joy of postpartum hair effects (ahhh, sweet, sweet shedding), the dry air of wintertime, and the fact that the combination of a newborn baby and a two year old and a job don’t leave much time for hair upkeep, and my hair has taken a beating. To remedy this, I got a brand new haircut recently that involved lopping off four inches and adding textured bangs after a couple of years growing them out, and I grabbed some of the new Dove Regenerative Nourishment Collection at Target and started using it religiously. Getting rid of damaged ends and even just changing up my ‘do made a massive difference. And the shampoo, conditioner, and Serum in Oil from the Dove Regenerative Nourishment line have nourished my hair and gotten it to a place where it’s healthy, renewed, and visibly damage-free, by replenishing nutrients and reinforcing my hair inside and out – essentially making it smooth and strong against breakage. I use the Serum in Oil both on my damp hair right out of the shower and when it’s dry to give shine and prevent fly-aways. It also prevents split ends, which is a major bonus for me. I plan to keep up this routine of regular cuts and Dove Hair goodness as part of my busy (aka constant state of train wreck) mama self-care, and hopefully I’ll continue to be in a good place for this chapter of my hair story. (If you’re looking for a hair pick-me-up, I highly recommend getting a cut or even just a trim, and grabbing the new Dove Hair Regenerative Nourishment Shampoo, Conditioner and Serum in Oil the next time you’re at Target. Your hair will thank you!)

Okay, spill it guys. I know you can’t post picture in the comments, but tell me about some of your past hairstyle and/or how your hair has changed over time. Or leave me a link to a picture. I want to know!

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Dove Hair, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #MyHairStory #DovePartner


Bubby and Bean ::: Living Creatively

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Feb 8, Breed Specific Dog Food | Best Dog Food Guide

Breed specific dog food a marketing gimmick or do dog food companies have solid reasons to manufacture these canine menus?
Dog Food Blog | Best Dog Food Guide

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Surviving Southern California

Most days I feel like I’m a strange man in a strange land especially since I’m a Texan wearing a skirt for the entire length of the west coast.
We’ve made the coastal turn to the SoCal Bight somewhere around Point Conception, it’s an inflection point – a concavity actually, that naturally delineates between central and Southern California.  
But it’s more than that.  It’s the point at which the cold coastal waters start to warm and the tides begin to downwell.  Too warm for the sweet succulent Dungeness crab.  
The mid afternoon fog banks that roll in almost on schedule to cool us down no more.  Where the sun hovers over the Pacific Ocean all day long and days like today which confuses the hell outta me since there’s gotta be shade at some point throughout the day.  I mean – ‘rise in the east set in the west’ thing I once learned.
The turn also marks the final descent to our seventh month west coast walk.  I write this from our tent, technically in Malibu but only a mile or so south of Neptune’s net where I had my thanksgiving meal – a disastrous tale for another time.
Heck I’m just thankful that we made it this far alive. I recently met a cyclist who travelled most of what we just did save 20 to Newport OR, 154 into SB & a few other crazy dangerous stretches & he said what the hell were you thinking?
Well, we just gotta get to LA was my answer.  Isn’t that the crux of the west coast?  The hub of the hubbub out here?  
We’re almost there – mere days away.  Keep hoping Ellen is there to greet us.  Or at least the kardashians aren’t cuz we’re too tired to turn back.

YBD’s Notes:  I put the last paragraph in there to, in my own way, thank everyone who’ve tried to get us on the Ellen Show.  As I have learned along the way ‘Les chiens ne font pas des chats’. 


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Cancer Is Fun

That’s sarcasm, by the way. Cancer sucks, I hate cancer, cancer can go suck it.


When you have a dog, but especially when you have a dog who is a breed with a 50% occurrence of cancer in their lifetime, you learn to be vigilant. And by vigilant I mean you pick over your dog like a chimpanzee searching out ticks, and with good reason. So far, as you know, I’ve lost one dog to lymphoma, one to probable melanoma, and Brody’s had the following removed:

  • low grade melanoma on his lip (so far, so good)
  • medium grade mast cell tumor resulting in loss of ear

I’m a big fan of Sue Ettinger’s See Something Do Something initiative, and with good reason. Small masses are exponentially easier to deal with than large ones, for many reasons. It’s a gift to be able to catch things early.

So it was with a resigned trepidation that I noticed, buried in the vast recesses of Brody’s voluminous tail, yet another weird looking mass:

brody tail2

I don’t like masses. They make me scream like I’ve seen a spider over the bed.


We went and visited Highlands Ranch Animal Hospital to get it checked out yesterday, where Brody was his usual charming self. By the time we left he had the entire waiting area sitting on the floor petting him. Such a ham.

love is go

The great thing about aspirating little masses is that, while not totally diagnostic, can often give you a good feel for what you’re dealing with. In this case, no mast cells were noted. Why does this make me happy? Because he would probably have had to lose his tail and that would really really stink. The dog’s got to keep some of his parts, right?

The mass is coming off while it’s small enough to fully remove and still be able to close the skin over his tail. We are also going to send it in for pathology, which is essential for determining whether it’s something you need to follow up on. I’ll keep you posted.

I share all this in the hopes you too take a moment to go over your pet and check out the lumps and bumps while they’re teeny. It’s worth it! This is how we keep our pets around till they’re old and grey.


Pawcurious: With Veterinarian and Author Dr. V

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newtraciepic2We’ve been having some bitter cold days recently in parts of the country and there are a number of things you can do to keep your dog comfortable – and safe – outdoors. Do not assume they have the “common sense” to come indoors when they begin to get hypothermia or frostbite on their ears or toes.

If dogs are running around having a good time in single digit weather in the snow, their exuberance and adrenaline will keep them outside for longer than is healthy. They need “parental guidance” in staying out for only short periods and coming back indoors frequently to warm up again.

Think of them as though they were young kids staying in a swimming pool despite having blue lips and chattering – and arguing to stay in when plucked out of the water to be rubbed dry and warm! We need to make good protective decisions for our dogs in the winter.

• Short-coated and toy breed dogs should wear a sweater or coat to keep them warm when going outside, even briefly. If it’s really cold then you should consider layering their clothes the way human winter sports enthusiasts do: put a sweater or polar fleece on your dog under a jacket, which traps their body heat and gives more insulation.

• Winter booties really make sense in super cold conditions – to protect feet against the ice-melting products used on sidewalks, but also to give some protection against severe cold. Good brands like Ruffwear boots also have a rubber grippy bottom to give better footing in slippery conditions.


• If you walk where sidewalks have been sprinkled with salt, booties are the best protection but if your dog refuses to wear them, then you need to smear the bottom of her paw pads with a protectant salve like Musher’s Secret before going outside. You still need to rinse and dry her feet when you get back inside.

• If it’s icy where you walk then consider using a leash if you don’t already (if you’re a country person like me and are usually leash-free). A dog cannot see ice underneath light snow (neither can we- I’ve fallen backwards and cracked my own head twice on wintry dog walks!) and can take a nasty fall.

• Stay off icy sidewalks or paths because even slipping can cause soft-tissue damage to muscles and ligaments. If your dog is older with arthritis or elbow or hip dysplasia, a fall can aggravate those conditions.

• Overweight dogs need to be especially careful in treacherous walking conditions as they are less agile. This is a good time to initiate a weight loss program because your dog is getting less exercise in very cold weather!

Reduce the amount you are feeding and substitute a low cal food (Halo’s Healthy Weight Management kibble has been really helpful to me and several of my friends with chubby dogs). If your dog is really fat, write to me on Facebook or to and we’ll consider your dog as our next participant in our Healthy Weight Challenge on The Expert Vet show. If chosen, you’ll get Dr. Donna Spector’s guidance and free food from Halo for 3 months!

Tracie began her fascination with dogs and cats by turning her eye as a former investigative reporter on every aspect of living with them, resulting in her encyclopedic resources THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and then the THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. Before long, Tracie was established as a leading pet wellness advocate as her all-encompassing books covered everything from medical issues to behavior, nutrition and environmental enrichment.
Tracie began her career as a radio personality with a live show – DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) – on the local NPR station in the Hamptons, Peconic Public Broadcasting (WPPB) from Southampton, New York (the show is now also carried on the NPR station Robinhood Radio in Connecticut and the Berkshires). DOG TALK® won a Gracie® Award (the radio equivalent of an Oscar) in 2010 as the “Best entertainment and information program on local public radio” and continues weekly after more than 450 continuous shows and 9 years on the air. Tracie’s live weekly call-in show CAT CHAT® was on SiriusXM satellite radio for seven years until the Martha Stewart channel was canceled in 2013.

Tracie lives in Vermont where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based, on 13 acres well-used by her all-girl pack – two lovely, lively Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda, and a Collie-mix, Jazzy.


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