Did Grandma give you anything embarrassing this Christmas? Until next time, Good day, and good dog!
What should a dog eat and how do you know if you’re giving your pet the best diet possible? There are so many different types of diets available for dogs today – dry food, canned food, raw meats, cooked meats, turkey, vegetables, and specialty blends.
The diet that you feed your dog will have an effect on its physical health, …
I just had to stop in during this (much appreciated) week off to say happy (almost) New Year! We still have a few days left, I know, but with Essley’s birthday (today!) and me heading out of town to meet Robbie in Denver for the band’s New Year run, I knew if I didn’t sent you guys my New Year’s wishes now, it wouldn’t happen. And it’s important to me to do this every year, because you are the reason Bubby and Bean exists. Truly! We are going on 7 years now (!), and the reason for that is the support of our readers. You guys made 2017 our best year ever, by far.
On a personal level, so many absolutely wonderful things have happened for us this year. Emmett’s Infantile Spasms diagnosis was dropped in April, and he spent the entire year seizure free. If he goes 8 more months without a seizure, his epilepsy diagnosis will be dropped as well. That’s major. He’s doing incredibly well, an learning so much everyday. Essley entered into (and is loving) her second year of preschool, and has been doing great in ballet, tap, gymnastics, and soccer. We traveled to Arizona and California as a family this year, and went on countless road trips through the midwest. And we finally bought our first single family home this month. We’re thrilled to be able to start 2018 in our new home.
This year was also an incredibly difficult one. We lost my stepdad Tom to lung cancer on January 28th. We miss him so much, especially right now during the holidays. It’s not easy. My stepmom was also diagnosed with ovarian cancer in June, but was (thank you universe!) told she is currently cancer free after many months of chemotherapy and major surgery. And one of my best friends of the last 22 years was diagnosed with ALS in April. I have never talked about that here, but it’s brutal. I love him with all of my heart and feel devastated that I live 2000 miles away and can’t help more. For all of you who have experienced hardships in 2017, I’m sending you love and holding you in my heart.
2016 and 2017 were not my favorite years. But I have faith in 2018. I really do. And even in the darkness, there is so much light. I try to wake up every morning with gratitude for all of the joy I have in my life. My mother in law saw something somewhere about a child who, along with her/his dad, said every morning, “I am happy, alive, and kind.” I think that is pretty much the best mantra ever, and I will be saying it myself everyday in 2018.
Whatever your plans, I hope you enjoy your New Years celebrations! I can’t wait to celebrate with my husband and hundreds of friends in Denver. See you next year, dear friends!
Top image from our holiday card collection, available here.
Before we embark on a new year, let’s take a look back at some of the many supermodels, designers, fashion houses and couture-conscious canines who showed the world in 2017 that compassion is…
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According to their website, Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue (LCPBR) is a breed specific rescue organization that is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing of pitbulls and pit mixes. LCPBR is also an educational based organization. LCPBR educates through breed specific historically correct facts, dog training, specifically bully breed training classes and individual training sessions, and youth based educational material and meetings against dog fighting and animal cruelty.
Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue received the donation thanks to a Halo partnership with Jeanie the 3-Legged Dog, an advocate for the rescue and adoption of pets with special needs and star of the viral video with her sister Pippa.
Renee Smith, President of LCPBR, shared a story of a particular dog named Halo who went from being shot in the head when he was a pup to being a loving LCPBR ambassador:
“Four years ago our rescue received a phone call about a puppy at our local shelter. We were told he was injured and needed our help. We rushed to the shelter to get him and saw that he had severe trauma to his head. Our vet, who is one of the most amazing people I know, said he would stay late to see our puppy. After doing x-rays we found out that he had been shot in the head 3 times with a pellet gun. He also had a broken ocular bone from blunt force trauma and a fractured front elbow all at just 3 months old. We posted him on our Facebook page and within days had a solid lead to who had hurt him. With the help of our local police department, and the DA we were able to find and prosecute who did this to him. It was the biggest case in our area for animal cruelty. Tyler Sanders received 10 years for what he did.
That is just the beginning of our puppy’s story. The kennel workers at the shelter had named him Halo and we decided we should keep that name. It fit him.
Halo’s recovery was not an easy one. He was terrified of everything. But, he bonded to my little girl. The first time he moved from the back of his kennel was when she walked up to him and said, “Hey, Handsome.” After that they have been inseparable.
Normally, as a rescue, we would adopt out such a dog but in this case, because of his bond with my little girl, Phoenix, and because he had become such a well known baby in our home town we decided to keep him in the rescue, in my home and now he is an ambassador for us and the “breed.”
Halo has been featured in calendars with the police officers that saved him, he was the first pit bull to visit with an elementary school and teach about animal welfare, and he has been on our local news more than once.
Right now, as I type this, he is sleeping next to Phoenix. This amazing little blue injured baby has managed to change minds in our town and win hearts all over the world. He is, by far, one of the most amazing dog I have ever had the pleasure of rescuing.
As a rescue, we always strive to provide the best care and food for our dogs. In fact, when we can we feed Halo.
I would truly love to continue to share Halo’s story and his continued growth and being able to save more like him is what I live for in rescue. He has changed so many lives with his story. And he continually reminds me why I am in rescue. “
Thank you Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue for making a WHOLE lot of difference for pets in your community.
Halo has now added even more WHOLE meat, poultry or fish and use OrigiNative™ (humanely sourced) Proteins, saying “NO” to factory farming, growth hormones, antibiotics, artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. And all our fruits and vegetables are now Non-GMO – sourced from farmland that prohibits the use of Genetically Modified Seeds.
Halo feeds it forward, donating over 1.5 million bowls annually. As always, Halo will donate a bowl to a shelter every time YOU buy. Thank you for helping #HaloFeeditForward
Removing ticks from your dog should be a priority as soon as you notice even one tick appearing on your dog’s skin. Many ticks can carry serious diseases like Lyme’s Disease.
The types of environments where ticks are usually found are places with thick vegetation, in tall grasses, bushes, and heavy brush in the woods where ticks have a lot …