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Rosh Hashanah (Happy New Year) Wishes from a Furry Friend of Mine… Frankie!

Frankie Wishes all L’shanah tovah


Wondering what your Jewish Pet Parents are celebrating? Here is a Rosh Hashanah “cheat sheet” written by Wendy Thomas Russell on PBS Newshour.

Holiday: Rosh Hashanah

Pronounced: ROE-sha-SHA-na

Religion represented: Judaism

Date: The 1st and 2nd of the month of Tishrei in the Hebrew calendar. In 2015, the holiday starts at sunset Sept. 13 and ends at nightfall Sept. 15.

What it is: The Jewish New Year

Not to be confused with: Yom Kippur, which occurs 10 days later.

How important is it?: I asked my friend and former editor Jason Gewirtz. Here’s what he said: “Rosh Hashanah is a big, big deal. It’s the start of the Jewish new year. Yom Kippur the next week is only slightly bigger. [On a scale of 1 to 10], I’d say Rosh Hashanah is a 9.5 and Yom Kippur a 10. There’s nothing bigger than the two of them. They’re tied to each other. The period in between is supposed to be a time of mending any fences, if you will, and reflecting on things that can be improved from the previous year… It’s said that on Rosh Hashanah, you’ll either be written in or out of the Book of Life for the coming year. But on Yom Kippur, the book is sealed, meaning you’ve got that time in between to screw up or make your righteousness known.”

The good stuff: Foodwise, this holiday is associated with apples and honey (symbolizing a sweet new year), as well as pomegranates and challah (braided bread). Also, in lieu of stupid hats and tasseled squawkers, celebrants sport the traditional yarmulke and blow a cool-looking horn called a shofar.

Conveying meaning to kids: At dinner [a few years ago], I explained to my daughter that Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time for reflecting on your life and challenging yourself to become a better human being. I served apples and pomegranates and asked Maxine to come up with one way that she might improve. Coincidentally, she had been reprimanded for “being silly” in her kindergarten class that morning, so her idea of self-improvement was to better follow her teacher’s instructions. I said my own resolution would be to spend less time looking at my phone. (Then on Yom Kippur, we checked in with each other about how well we did. The results? Well, a bit meh on both accounts. Luckily, we’re not religious…) As for children’s books, I recommend “Celebrate: A Book of Jewish Holidays” by Judi Gross and Bari Weissman.”    Read full story

May you be Inscribed in the Book of Life!

Helping to keep beloved furry babies healthy and safe… and pet parents informed!


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The yellow dog has become a ravening wolf

Nearly a year after her TTA, Miley is back in action. She’s 8 years old, but she runs and looks like she’s five.

In past week, she’s dispatched a full grown rabbit and this chipmunk.

miley chipmunk

Golden retrievers never like to get dirty…


Natural History

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Friday Funny: Cone of Shame

I love a good bargain! #homemade Until next time, Good day, and good dog! Dog Blog

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Puppy Up Nation

Six years ago this Sunday, Hudson, Murphy and I walked the final mile from Back Bay Fens to the Boston Common alongside hundreds of friends and hundreds of canine companions who traveled from 21 states to be there that day. 
When I started out on the road from Austin, TX, I didn’t have much – just a couple hundred bucks in my pocket and a few friends helping me out.  The focus is so intense on each and every step and each and every mile it seemed unfathomable just how far and how long our journey would take us.  And we have gone far! And as we celebrate our sixth anniversary the Puppy Up Foundation has achieved so many incredible milestones. 
Recently I traveled to Madison for their record breaking year, over 1,100 people, and over a $ 130,000 raised. It’s such an exciting energy to be a part of Team Madison and during a speech by our Scientific Chair, Kai Shiu, said how great it was to be a part of Puppy Up USA.  And I thought, ‘Wow, that’s neat.’ 
But then I thought ‘Our reach is international and all of us really are brought together by a common thread that spans border.’  In many ways I feel like we’re becoming an institution and that’s when it hit me.  We are a Puppy Up Nation!
I feel like that at every walk I’ve had the privilege to personally participate in.  I am often asked, ‘What are you most proud of?’  And my response has always been, to go from town to town and see how excited the communities are and successful they’ve been putting on walks – that makes me the proudest.’ 

And that’s why I wanted to share this inspiration with a commemorative T-Shirt to celebrate our 6th anniversary.   And as a way to say thanks to everyone who has made this such a successful organization and as a reminder that we all are together in this and we stand in solidarity.  You can order a shirt here.  
Thank you.  All of you for being a part of Puppy Up Nation!

Hudson, Indiana & Luke

2 Dogs 2000 Miles

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My Favorite Picks from Nordstrom’s Huge Sale

Top Picks from Nordstrom's Huge Anniversary Sale
1. BP Cargo Anorak Jacket $ 44.90 (after sale $ 68)   //   2. Madewell Garment Dye Cotton Shirtdress $ 91.90 (after sale $ 138)   //   3. Free People Crossover Sweater $ 58.90 (after sale $ 88)   //   4. Pendleton Hooded Wool Cape $ 289.90 (after sale $ 435)   //   5. BP Stripe Long Sleeve Crew Neck $ 17.90 (after sale $ 28)   //   6. Socialite Cowl Neck Shift Dress (available in 10 colors!) $ 24.90 (after sale $ 38)   //   7. Madewell Denim Shirtdress $ 98.90 (after sale $ 148)  //  8. BP Destroyed Black Skinny Jeans $ 40.90 (after sale $ 62)   //   9. Rag & Bone Wide Brim Wood Fedora $ 129.90 (after sale $ 195)   //  10. Betsey Johnson Mixed Media Faux Shearling Jacket $ 149.90 (after sale $ 228)   //   11. Rag & Bone ‘Dre’ Distressed Slim Boyfriend Jeans $ 149.90 (after sale $ 225)   //   12. Rebecca Minkoff Fringe Julian Backpack $ 254.90 (after sale $ 425)  //  13. Agate Collar Necklace $ 39.90 (after sale $ 68)   //   14. Argento Vivo Triangle Earrings $ 24.90 (after sale $ 38)   //   15. Kate Spade Bitsy Fringe Bootie $ 149.90 (after sale $ 258)   //  16. Hunter Original Refined Rain Boot $ 129.90 (after sale $ 195)   //   17. TOMS Classic Linen Slip-Ons $ 49.50 (after sale $ 68.50)   //  18. Sk8 Hi Slim’ Slip-On Sneaker $ 42.90 (after sale $ 64.95)

I don’t usually get too excited about big sales, especially lately while we’re house hunting and I’m making an effort to be especially frugal. But when Nordstrom has their huge annual anniversary sale, you just don’t ignore it. Nordstrom is one of my favorite retailers (any big brand store that carries independent designers and refuses to open on Thanksgiving so their employees can spend the holiday with their families is automatically top notch in my book), and this sale is a big deal, guys. In case you’re not familiar, during the sale (which starts today!) brand new arrivals are offered to consumers at super sale prices. From beauty products to jewelry and accessories to clothing and shoes to kids items to home goods, there are hundreds and hundreds of new items available at hugely discounted prices. When the sale event comes to an end, all items return to their regular prices. So these aren’t end-of-season or overstock items they’re trying to get rid of. They are brand new items from their fall lines on sale for a very limited time. It is, by far and away, the best time to snag new goodies at majorly discounted prices. And because I adore this sale oh so much, I decided to share it with all of you. This isn’t a sponsored post. I just love this sale, man.

The items you see above are the ones I am specifically eyeing (and have been eyeing for weeks, thanks to their pre-sale previews). Some are way out of my price range, but hey, I can still look at them, right? I’m going to treat myself to a couple of the more realistically price items, although I’m still not able to completely narrow it down. I need to get on it though – I don’t want to miss out.

Who else is taking advantage of the best sale of the year? Any other Nordstrom fans in the house?


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Does Anyone Know If Elon Musk Has Pets?

Dear Elon,

Hello! I would like to congratulate you on the roaring success of Tesla, in particular the Model X. I see them driving around when I’m out walking my dog and I spend a lot of time daydreaming about one day driving one of my own out to the dog park, with my dog’s one ear flapping in the breeze as we race down the road.


Perhaps you might be saying to yourself, “Goodness! What’s keeping you from buying one, then? Aren’t you a veterinarian? I hear they’re rolling in dough!” Crazy, right? I hear that too. It’s a common misquote. What those people meant to say is, “Rolling in debt.” I do know one or two vets who are doing ok, but I think their spouses work in real estate, so there you go.

But we don’t mind, because we love animals. Day after day after day, people come to us for animal related goods and services and ask us, “Don’t you love animals? Because if you did, you would just give me this care for free.” And if we don’t, we are BAD BAD PEOPLE WHO HATE ANIMALS, and that sounds like an awful thing to be. Just check Yelp! You’ll see.

Currency, Women, Savings.

At first, I thought that idea was hogwash, but after so many years of having it repeated to me I thought that maybe I just missed the part of civics lecture where they taught us that no exchange of cash for goods was necessary if the person who has the goods loves animals, because that is just what you’re supposed to do.

So the rule here is, if I really really really want something and you have it and you also love animals, you need to give it to me. I know it sounds nuts, but ten years of experience here can’t be wrong. It’s what the people expect.

Here’s the deal: my car just hit 150K this month and I’m hearing a weird clanking noise that makes me nervous. And yes, I could save up on my own or pick a car in my budget, blah blah blah, but clearly this whole Animal Lover Loophole thing is a widely used shortcut to free stuff, so I figured I would give it a shot before heading down to the used car dealership. I’ll even take the, uh, “cheaper” Model X 60D that just came out, I’m not picky. 😀

I’d hate to see my sad, adorable, one eared dog stuck on the side of the road in this summer heat if I break down. We need reliable transportation befitting his status as Super Awesome Dog. Does Elon Musk like animals? I think we all know what the right thing to do here is.


I’ll be eagerly waiting your response.

Dr V



Pawcurious: With Veterinarian and Author Dr. V

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Clear the Shelters Event This Saturday!

July 23rd has been set aside this year as a day to Clear the Shelters. In conjunction with NBC, animal shelters across the country will come together for a nationwide pet adoption initiative that aims to connect animals in need with loving new families. More than 19,000 pets were adopted from 400 shelters during last […] Dog Blog

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Moving Inspiration: Our House Hunting Reality

1. Waiting on Martha (the typographic light alone was reason for me to choose this one) //  2. Domino Mag  //  3. The Glitter Guide  //  4. Gravity Home  //  5. The Style Files  //  6. Domino Mag  //  7. The Fox & She  //  8.  Her Paperweight  //  9. UO  //  10. found here; anyone know original source?

It’s been a couple of months since our last post in the Moving Inspiration series. And while this may in part be due to the fact that, well, we’re sort of running out of rooms to feature, it’s also simply a result of my own personal frustration with the house hunting process. Our situation is unique because of Robbie’s and my jobs (he is gone half the year, and I work from home with two very young children). In other words, we don’t have the time to devote to a fixer upper, as amazing as that would be for my design-loving, DIY-brained self. But we also live in an area where newer homes that suit our needs in terms of size and space are out of our price range for the most part. While we could potentially move to an entirely different place, this is an area that we love, and after spending many many years living all over the country, it is a place I know I really want to stay to raise our children. Top that with the fact that we took several months off over the winter when I was having pregnancy related issues and then when we had a newborn, and it just feels like there’s been a lot of obstacles since we started this process almost a year ago. We’ve reached a point where we are still actively looking everyday, but have stopped stressing about finding something immediately. We do need to move sooner than later, especially as Emmett approaches an age where he’ll be walking (our current place just isn’t big enough for two little ones on the move). But we’ve had to sort of trust in the universe that something will eventually come along. Admittedly, this may not be the most realistic way to approach things, but it’s just where we are right now, and we’re trying to stay positive about it. (Because in the end, no matter what happens, there are way, way bigger things to worry about in the current state of the world than finding the right house to buy.)

All of this said, I feel like it’s important for me to stay inspired during this process, even if things aren’t going how we wish they were. So for today’s installment, rather than focusing on specific room designs I love as in the past (see here: dining rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, home offices/studios, bedroomsliving rooms, and kids’ rooms), I’m just sharing a good ol’ hodgepodge (pretty sure that is the first time I’ve ever used that word, but it fits) of spaces I’ve come across recently that I love and that keep me motivated to plan decorating our future home, when it finally transpires. I think you guys know my style pretty well by this point, so there’s no real need to break these spaces down. I love them all, for different reasons, but mainly because they just feel very “us.” I’m going to keep looking at them, and the other spaces featured in this series so far, and manifest the best house ever just magically appearing for us. Seems like a legit way to go about it, right?

I’ll keep you posted…


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Our Babywearing Experience

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I have vague but endearing childhood memories of carrying my dolls and stuffed animals around in a backpack with their heads peeking out, in an effort to emulate my parents, who consistently wore my little sister in a 1980s version of a baby carrier. They wore me as a baby as well. We experienced daily life this way – we ran errands, took walks, went to the park, did chores, and visited with friends. When I got pregnant with Essley a few years ago, I couldn’t wait to wear her. And while some things worked and some didn’t with her, and more recently with Emmett as well, babywearing has ultimately been an incredible bonding experience. It has also been a pretty freaking fantastic way to actually be able to get things done, if we’re being real here. Today I’m teaming up once again with my friends at Ergobaby to share our personal experience with wearing our babes – from the types of things we do and places we go while babywearing to the benefits we’ve experienced to the details of our favorite carrier.

For me, wearing my babies felt like second nature mainly because I just didn’t want to put them down – but how I wore them didn’t go exactly as planned. I had stocked up on wraps, slings, and carriers galore, thanks to gracious friends who gifted us and/or handed them down. I envisioned wearing Essley in every way possible, parading her down the street all perfectly boho in babywearing devices that accessorized my outfits. In the end, it was, of course, ultimately up to her, not me – and girlfriend just wasn’t a fan of wraps or slings. She did, however, love the Ergobaby Original Baby Carrier we had, first with the Infant Insert, and then alone as she grew. (And even as a very independent two and a half year old who likes to walk on her own when we’re out and about, we still wear Essley on occasion.) When Emmett came along, I knew that he could potentially be just as picky as his sister, but he ended up liking both wraps and the Ergobaby Carrier. When he was a couple of months old and we got the Ergobaby ADAPT, he preferred that most of the time (and it didn’t need an infant insert; more on that later in the post). So while the babywearing experience I anticipated when pregnant for the first time has been different in reality, it’s still been wonderful, because both kids have loved it – and we have as well.

I mentioned above some of the places my parents wore my sister and me as babes and some of the things we did – and to be able to do so many of the same things with my own kids has been so, so great. Just as my family did when I was little, we take a lot of walks. And while the stroller is good for that as well, there is just something about being able to hold Emmett close while we’re outside exploring together that both Robbie and I love. The four of us spend a lot of time at the park too (another place that brings back memories of my own childhood). When Robbie has breaks from the band’s tour and I’m working full days, the park is their favorite hang. The three of them can spend hours there, with him wearing Emmett while Essley plays (or more accurately, releases some of her intensely wild toddler energy). I also have fond recollections of shopping with my own mama while she wore my baby sister, and this is something I love doing with my little ones as well – something I honestly didn’t think I’d ever be able to do anymore once I had two kids. It’s absolutely blissful to be able to experience so many of the same places and activities while babywearing that my parents did. I’m truly grateful for that. I’m also grateful (like, eternally grateful) that wearing my babes – especially now that I also have a toddler with whom to contend on the daily – allows me to get stuff done. I can clean. I can garden. I can run errands. I can even work. My arms are free to be productive, but I’m also holding my baby close. And that, as my mom has always said about being able to do the same with us as babies, is a gift.

In addition to the convenience factor (being able to easily go places and get things accomplished as a family when babywearing is pretty fantastic, after all), there are countless other benefits. Especially during the newborn months, keeping your baby close through practices like babywearing strengthens the bond between parents and babe. This can even continue into toddlerhood! Babywearing also allows for easy breastfeeding almost anywhere (I love, love, love nursing Emmett while he’s in his carrier), and can increase milk production. Infants who are carried tend to cry less because their innate needs are being met. Babywearing decreases the risk of both plagiocephaly (“flat head syndrome”) and SIDS. It also helps to establish balance, and aids in neural development and respiratory and gastrointestinal health. Pretty great right? And aside from all of the studies that show how beneficial babywearing is, it’s just a really enjoyable thing to experience – both for the baby and the parent. To me, that is the greatest benefit of all.

No matter what (or how many, if you’re anything like I was with Essley) babywearing accessories you try out for your individual little ones, you will likely end up with a favorite. I told you earlier about how when Emmett was just a couple of months old, we got an Ergobaby ADAPT. Within a matter of days, this became our go-to carrier. The ADAPT is Ergobaby’s first insert-less baby carrier to carry your baby in an ergonomic spread-squat, “M-shape” position – from birth all the way to toddler. And this thing is so, so easy to use you guys. Only a few small adjustments need to be made to adapt it to your growing little one, and it allows for three (yes, three!) positions – front inward, back, and hip carry. (We carry Emmett in the front inward position and Essley in the back positions – and now that Emmett is six months old we can’t wait to start carrying him in the hip carry position as well.) The Ergobaby ADAPT also has new comfort features for parents, including crossable shoulder straps and a lumbar support waistbelt. It is truly the gold standard for babywearing (and toddler wearing!) in my opinion. We use it every single day, and we don’t leave home without it. It’s also one of the top products I’ve been consistently recommending to all of my pregnant friends and friends with babies.

Thank you for letting me tell you guys all about our babywearing experience (and allowing me to go on and on about all of the details, from how/where we babywear to what’s worked and hasn’t to our personal favorite carrier!). Just like with the swaddling and breastfeeding journeys I’ve shared here over the past few months, the babywearing adventure is one of those things that I most cherish as parent, because it’s something I profoundly enjoy that won’t last forever.

I would absolutely love to hear about your babywearing experiences as well! What is your favorite place to wear your little one? What is your favorite babywearing product? Who else has an Ergobaby ADAPT?

This post is in partnership with Ergobaby. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Bubby and Bean possible.


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