A pooch in Portofino, Italy. Couldn’t resist this boy and his dog outside his parents’ gallery in the port. The Jack Russell terrier is called Marquis.
While a local news station was out at a park reporting on the death of a bulldog from heat stroke the day before, they came across another dog who was very close to heat exhaustion, if not stroke. This is despite the warning signs at the park entrance.
Though you’d think people would get it by now, some people really don’t. To make matters worse, the reporter spent time talking to the ranger about the dog’s condition and showing them pouring water on him while neglecting to mention the number one thing they should have been doing: calling a veterinary ER. Once the clinical signs kick in, they can be very difficult to reverse without aggressive care and time is of the essence.
Once you’ve seen a dog die of heat stroke, you get really agro about this stuff. It’s horrible. You have my permission to lecture strangers if they’re doing something dangerous like walking their pug on a desert trail in 100 degree weather with no water. It happens every day. I hereby appoint you all members of the Heat Stroke Patrol. Feel free to share the infographic as you see fit.
Be safe out there.
Since my last outfit post a few weeks ago, my second trimester belly has majorly popped. And although I absolutely think pregnant bodies are beautiful, and I cherish this time more than I can put into words, the truth is that I feel pretty blah most of the time in terms of appearance. I’ve gained almost 25 pounds already, which is totally fine, and happened last time too, and came off quickly – but it makes it difficult when none of your clothes fit and you don’t want to buy an entirely new wardrobe that you’ll only wear for a few more months. My solution has been to pick up a good pair of maternity jeans and then just focus on basic pieces I already own that have stretch and/or are loose and comfortable. The outfit I’m wearing here is my basic pregnancy uniform. Yes, it can be boring to wear basically the same thing over and over, but it works.
All of that said, I do (obviously) still want to feel put together even if I am tired and bloated and feeling the pregnancy blahs and don’t feel like I look that great in clothes. I’ve found that a few things will help me achieve this – some blush and eyeliner, painted nails (even if it’s just my toes and no one sees them but me), and a great accessory. If it’s an accessory that is both practical and stylish – like my new Classic Sheffield watch from Daniel Wellington – then that’s a double win.
I actually want to talk about this watch and the company behind it for a minute, because I’m so smitten that I could (truly) shout it from the rooftops. If I had to pick everything I love in a watch design, this would be it. It’s ultra minimalistic without being boring, it has a gorgeous large face, and it’s comfortable. I feel like it works as much with my legging-dominated pregnancy uniform as it would with a formal dress for a black tie event, and could be worn by my husband as easily as it can by me. And although the Classic Sheffield is my personal favorite, every watch at Daniel Wellington is stylish and versatile. The Scandinavian roots of their company are apparent in the quality and style of their designs, which is another plus for me in terms of my personal tastes. Oh, and did I mention that their wristbands are interchangeable between watches and with one another? Yep. Technically you can have a different watch for every day of the week. That’s what I call functional.
Here’s some great news for all of you: the fine folks at Daniel Wellington are offering Bubby and Bean readers 15% off all products on their website with code BUBBYANDBEAN. This coupon is only good through October 15, 2015, so definitely take advantage sooner than later. I don’t usually go on and on about one brand or item I’m wearing in an outfit post, but I’m telling you guys, Daniel Wellington watches are something special. I’m ordering a couple for holiday gifts for family – that’s how much I love them.
Do you have one special accessory you love that instantly makes you feel put together, regardless of what you’re wearing?
This post is in collaboration with Daniel Wellington.
Today we bring to you our second Ear of the Week:
Yes, the kids are back to school this week, but why should they have all the fun? Just because a dog only has one ear doesn’t mean he can’t be fully functional.
Really, in many ways this ear surpasses the original one. His old ear didn’t have a pen holder, after all.
He’s already learned that the hat and the camera mean fun time and treats, so rest assured no one is more on board with this ear project that Brody himself.
Now if only I could teach him to make coffee…
NJ Vet, Dr. Lisa Aumiller, is 1 of 20 nominees for America’s Favorite Vet through the American Veterinary Medical Association, AVMA…
Dr. Lisa Aumiller of HousePaws Mobile Veterinary Service
in Mt. Laurel, NJ, has been nominated for America’s Favorite Vet. She’s the only vet from New Jersey, and I’m hoping to help her bring the title home!
The winner becomes the spokesperson on behalf of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, AVMF, which is the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association, AVMA. This is not a paid position! And there is not a vet I know more qualified and dedicated, and would wholeheartedly represent the betterment of care for animals, promote advocacy, and inspire fundraising more than Dr. Lisa Aumiller!
She is a mobile vet and is known for visiting sick pets past 11 pm, starting her schedule earlier than planned, and arriving in the worst snowstorms to make sure her patients are seen. Additionally, Dr. Lisa has two hospital facilities if parents prefer to bring their pets for traditional vet visits.
Her practice focuses on integrative care and wellness, and with the latest technology, she is able to perform cold laser therapy, acupuncture, x-rays, ultrasound, and the like, for pets in the comfort of their own homes!
Dr. Lisa personally speaks to parents, texts and emails them, yes, personally, from her cell phone if need be! Do your pet parents have their vet’s cell phone number? Do you? I do… that’s right! When she is the veterinarian of a furry baby in my care, I can reach out to her anytime. What vet does this??? Dr. Lisa Aumiller of HousePaws Mobile Vet does : )
She is also most charitable and benevolent with providing medical care to animals, working with over 40 rescues, and is so extremely giving of her time with outreach, raising awareness about wellness and nutrition, holding complimentary educational seminars for pet parents, pet sitters and professionals, free dental screenings and wellness events for pets in the community, and workshops for children. She held a Martin Luther King, Jr. community service project bringing everyone together to bake healthy treats for homeless animals and a workshop making environmentally-friendly toys to donate to animals in shelters, and continuously sponsors similar events. She brings live animals and education to children at schools, teaching respect and proper care of animals, provides extensive, complimentary medical care for animals in a makeover project for homeless dogs in a collaborative effort with groomers to facilitate adoptions, and does microchipping for donations, while the community chooses a different nonprofit charity to receive the donations each month. And for years, Dr. Lisa has been writing an informative column for the county newspaper and answering parents’ questions.
Dr. Lisa’s positive and upbeat personality inspires the community to volunteer; families come together for fun days, pets are welcome and spend quality time with their parents, and everyone enjoys fundraising endeavors! She’s currently sponsoring events to bring the first local dog park to Riverton, NJ, and strongly encourages pet-friendly social activities by hosting doggie dips for furry babies to enjoy a swim, Yappy Hours sipping Puptinis, and Pup and Me Yoga!
With her down-to-earth personality and philosophy of teamwork, you get to engage with Dr. Lisa and the incredibly friendly staff at HousePaws at the various events, not only when your pet is ill, so you connect on a personal level, feel much more comfortable and truly cared about in time of need!
Year round Dr. Lisa and HousePaws Mobile Veterinary Service raise a tremendous amount of money for The Boo Tiki Fund, a non-profit charity where parents may apply for a grant for veterinary care to avoid having to put their beloved pet to sleep, to end suffering by improving their quality of life, even preventing a pet being relinquished to a shelter because a family cannot afford medical care. And that’s even just a portion of what I’m aware!
My personal experience with Dr. Lisa Aumiller is that she never says no!!! Her practice has been the main sponsor for South Jersey’s Annual Pet Wellness Symposium I organize and host, and she immediately said yes when asked if she was interested in becoming the certified vet for trainings when a Fido Bag is donated, another voluntary position! For the past few years, Dr. Lisa has been providing first responders the necessary training to utilize pet-specific oxygen masks and Animal CPR / first aid so animals now have a chance to survive a fire or disaster. I’ve also brought her animals from the street when other vets recommended euthanasia and she provided life-saving surgery, knowing I hadn’t even begun to raise donations yet. Another animal I literally took from a cage at another vet’s office who they scheduled to be euthanized! Dr. Lisa allowed him to live at her hospital until I found a home. And who do you think took care of him on the weekends and evenings when the staff were off? That’s right, Dr. Lisa Aumiller herself! I’ve emailed, texted, called Dr. Lisa countless occasions regarding my personal pet as well as pets in my care in the evening, weekends, holidays, and she always took the time to answer my questions and ensure the pets received appropriate care.
I thank her every opportunity I get for always taking the time to help because not only did it benefit the animals in my care, but Dr. Lisa helped me to become a more educated and skilled pet sitter!
Too good to be true, right? That’s what I thought when I first met her… But it continued and just gets better and better; hence, her earning the title of a “Veterinary Angel” with me as well as so many others!Although you may not live in New Jersey, I highly recommend you vote for Dr. Lisa as there is no doubt she will inspire other vets and set a precedence that being a veterinarian doesn’t stop at treating animals… it’s just the beginning! Animals desperately need Dr. Lisa Aumiller’s voice as the AVMF’s spokesperson; she needs your vote to make it happen. Again this is not a paid position, rather, an extension of a vet’s dedication to outreach and education!