Great Dane

A beautiful Great Dane who looks as if she needs a bit of lead training!
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Wounded Warrior Dogs Exhibit

Check out the artwork of James Mellick, who has lovingly carved wooden statues of Wounded Warrior Dogs. He won a $ 200,000 People’s Choice Award, as well as other prestigious awards for his work. The dogs are currently on exhibit at the Ohio Craft Museum in Columbus, Ohio, but 3/26 is the last day, so hurry […]


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Don’t Miss Our Weekly Giveaway!

Although the giveaway badge runs in our right sidebar, I wanted to remind everyone about our new weekly giveaway running in our PawZaar boutique! This week we’re giving away our new stainless…



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Rita

Don’t worry that she is tied up. It won’t be for long. Rita is waiting for her owner to finish his drink in the bar in Gorbio village.

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So excellent. I'm very happy for the whole fam…

So excellent. I'm very happy for the whole family.

I've been privileged to introduce two different Amstaffs to the wonderful world of cats. Both adored the cat and were very gentle their whole lives. Takes time and patience.

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Britney Spears Plastic Surgery Revealed

Britney Spears Britney Jean Spears was born on 2 December, 1981 in McComb, Mississippi. She started with television shows and stage performances before heading towards live records. Her first album Baby One More Time become best selling album. She released her third album on her self titled Britney in 2001 and appear in the film […]



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Salsa Verde, Avocado, + Spinach Quesadillas

Salsa Verde, Avocado, + Spinach Quesadillas

Happy (almost) St. Patrick’s Day! I actually have a funny story in the spirit of this day. Growing up in Chicagoland, I was surrounded by friends who were Irish, and (rightfully) proud of it. Every St. Paddy’s Day, I’d wear green and paint shamrocks on my face with the rest of them – but it was well known that little Missy was one of the few in the group who wasn’t Irish, and was therefore basically just an outsider on this special day when the Chicago River was dyed green and our parents drank green beer. I actually remember my sister and I wishing on stars and pennies in ponds and birthday candles that we’d wake up Irish. Well when I was in my late twenties, I got a call from my mom shortly after my grandmother Betty had passed away. While going through piles of old papers my grandma had held onto her entire life, they discovered that my grandmother’s grandparents had immigrated from – yes, that’s right – Ireland. After almost three decades of wishing I could relate to my plethora of Irish friends, I found out that I was, indeed, Irish. And you can bet I more than made up for it on St. Patrick’s Day a few weeks later. (I didn’t have kids yet, so I went for it, man.)

This year I wanted to come up with a fun recipe for my kids to celebrate the day. And since I’m borderline obsessed with Mexican food, I decided I needed to somehow combine a Mexican-inspired dish with something St. Patrick’s Day themed. What I came up with is an all green quesadilla that is ridiculously easy and stupendously delicious. Whether you’re Irish or not, you’ll love these Salsa Verde, Avocado, and Baby Spinach Quesadillas.

Salsa Verde, Avocado, + Spinach Quesadillas
Salsa Verde, Avocado, + Spinach Quesadillas
Salsa Verde, Avocado, + Spinach Quesadillas

Serves 1-2

Ingredients
Large spinach (or any green) tortilla (CHI-CHI’s Burrito Style Tortilla works great too!)
1 cup grated cheese (we like cheddar or a Mexican blend)
Handful of fresh baby spinach
1/2 tablespoon coconut oil (can also use butter)
1/2 cup CHI-CHI’S Salsa Verde
1/2 avocado, cubed
Small handful of cilantro (optional)
1/2 lime

In a large skillet, melt the coconut oil or butter over medium heat. Place the tortilla in the pan and flip a few times to warm both sides. Sprinkle cheese over half of the tortilla, then cover with a layer of baby spinach leaves. Fold uncovered side over the top of the covered side so tortilla is folded in half. Reduce heat to low and cover the pan for one minute. Uncover, flip, and cover again for one minute. Repeat this every minute or so until the cheese is fully melted. Remove from pan and slice into wedges. Top with CHI-CHI’S Salsa Verde, cubed avocado, cilantro, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Serve and eat!

(Confession: I don’t like cilantro, but it adds to the pretty green shades. I take mine off before I eat it, because I’m weird like that.)

Salsa Verde, Avocado, + Spinach Quesadillas
Salsa Verde, Avocado, + Spinach Quesadillas
Salsa Verde, Avocado, + Spinach Quesadillas
Salsa Verde, Avocado, + Spinach Quesadillas

I love all of CHI-CHI’S line of Mexican food favorites (seriously yummy salsas, chips, and tortillas that you can find at most major groceries including Target and Walmart), but their Salsa Verde is my absolute favorite. It’s got a really great, tangy flavor that’s perfect for recipes or alone as a dip, and is made from quality ingredients, including real vegetables, jalapeño peppers (which are packed with Vitamin C and also help boost your metabolism), and contains only 10 calories per serving. And obviously, it’s perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day recipes. We’re pretty excited to make these tomorrow (you know, to celebrate our Irish heritage and everything. HA.)

Salsa Verde, Avocado, + Spinach Quesadillas
Salsa Verde, Avocado, + Spinach Quesadillas

Anybody else have any funny stories about being Irish? What are your St. Paddy’s Day plans?

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IKEA’s Most Incredible Collection Ever

IKEA 2017 Stockholm Collection
IKEA 2017 Stockholm Collection
IKEA 2017 Stockholm Collection
IKEA 2017 Stockholm Collection

You guys are well aware by now that I am a massive fan of IKEA. It was genuinely my dream come true to be featured on an episode their online home improvement show last fall and to get to work with them last summer on a makeover of our living room seating area. (We were also featured in a NowThis video last week about why IKEA was named one of the best 100 companies for which to work!) It goes without saying that IKEA’s affordability is one of their best attributes, but their style is what makes me so smitten. I’ve said countless times that even if I had an endless budget for furniture and decor, I’d still shop at IKEA. They’re also a really wonderful company in general, with incredible ethics. I love them with all of my being.

IKEA 2017 Stockholm Collection
IKEA 2017 Stockholm Collection
IKEA 2017 Stockholm Collection
IKEA 2017 Stockholm Collection

And just when I thought I couldn’t love them anymore, they come out with a line that is so brilliant, so rich, so expensive looking without being expensive at all, that I pretty much burst. This isn’t a sponsored post either. I’m just so excited about the 2017 Stockholm Collection, which debuts in their stores and on their website early next month, that I had to share. They describe it as “a carefully curated collection, designed to mix and blend in with what you already have at home and made from natural and tactile materials such as rattan, hand-blown glass and ash. Scandinavian modernity of the highest quality in form, function and materials. Made to use and enjoy, every day.” I’M IN.

IKEA 2017 Stockholm Collection
IKEA 2017 Stockholm Collection
IKEA 2017 Stockholm Collection
IKEA 2017 Stockholm Collection

Which piece is your favorite? I’m drooling over the rattan cabinet, which will retail for $ 349. And while we just got a new IKEA SODERHAM sofa last summer that we adore and don’t plan on switching out any time soon, I can’t get over the sheer beauty of the sofa, which is available in gray velvet, dark blue, or orange, and will retail for $ 1299. IKEA forever, guys.

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In Bestia

The boys and I are back from a brief jaunt down to Texas to support the Puppy Up walk in the Woodlands and for a short visit with my family.  Quite happy to be back as I have missed my friend.  Crap, I still haven’t named him.  Um let’s go with…
I know some of you are saying, he’s talking about himself again – why does he do that?  And where’s the cancer blog? Like any capable contestant, I’ll take the second part first.  Trying to reduce, distill and refine all that I have learned over a decade of  travels in a few mere blogs is not only dreadfully difficult, it’s daunting, too, and on this I want to get it right.  Or mostly right which is more kin to my nature.  
In the past, there have been blogs I’ve powered through in just a few minutes with a fire and forget mentality.  Others haven taken days and even weeks for a paragraph or less.  And that’s not to mention that for every blog I publish, there are at least ten I don’t.  
But if it’s a sneak peak you want then I’ll give you a little taste of part 1:  Cancer is You.  You are Cancer.  From just the title alone perhaps you can estimate the enormity of the undertaking now.
Next, I used to get irritated by people – and there have been many – who want me to remove myself entirely from this story and stick to topic whatever that means.  Not only is that an odd request since it was me - ex animo - who created all of this – but I rather think I matter.  And I’m far from being done.  But as The Dude would say, that’s, like, only my opinion, man (Heads up for the F Bomb).  
Besides as I hinted at in the previous two blogs, all of these ‘distracting little posts’ about me are going somewhere and I suggest now would be the time to start paying attention if’n you want to begin this stretch of the journey alongside me.    
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Renwick 
That’s what I’ll call my friend!  Sounds a little pretentious and overly caricatured, too, but I’ll stick with it. Anyway back to the beginning – it’s good to see him again and we have continued our work together and this is what I wanted to share with you.  It’s important to note that I’m merely a student at this point but it’s pretty powerful stuff.  Especially altered states which I intend on speaking separately about.  
Whilst down at my folks house I came across an old photo album – actually I sought it out.  In part to retrace the tracks of my life and for another reason that will soon become evident.  And in it I discovered the above photo of a half naked me facing a bull cross fence at Big Momma’s house (that’s what we called my 80 lb grandmother cause man could she wield a skillet like a battle axe).  What struck me, other than how large my bollocks must’ve been but also how at peace I seem.  Maybe it was two beasts regarding each other and that’s why I was unafraid and perhaps even comforted by his presence.

I never have taken a liking to the term ‘beast’ or what I sense is its social nuance.  Its implication is negative and connotations derogatory.  To me it means true to ones nature; it is base, fundamental and instinctive.  From my research the etymology of the word remains unclear however, the root of ‘animal’ is Latin meaning breath or spirit. I suppose the distinction between the two words ‘beast’ and ‘animal’ is essence versus being but I’ll leave that one up to the scholarly sorts who have a ton of disposable time.  

To me and for now, they are synonymous.  I am reminded of a story I once read of a boy who, all alone and lost in the woods, becomes a beast to protect himself from the perils of the night and fight his way to safety.  But upon emerging from the forest unscathed the boy learns that he cannot unbecome.

So what’s the point of all of this?  What’s the purpose?  Somewhere along my journey I stopped asking the fundamental questions that preoccupied my youth.  Like tears in rain they became lost in life’s torrent of distractions, inanities and wasteful activities.

Renwick has helped me find who I am again and to truly know it for the first time.  I am a beast of a man.

What’s next – it’s damn time I learn how to train it.

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YBD’s Notes:  Interestingly in writing this blog I came across a Latin phrase of unknown origin –  cum vir se bestiam facitrelinquit dolorem humanitatis which means, ‘When a man makes himself a beast, he leaves behind the pain of humanity’.  Perhaps true.  Perhaps humanity is the problem. 

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In step

A happy little poodle in step with his owner. Love the boots!
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