July 2, 2015-Simple Womans Daybook

FOR TODAY Outside my window… The weather is beautiful. It’s more than beautiful. The sky is clear with maybe sparse clouds here and there, but the blue is deep like a lake and watching the birds fly about, brings a sense of wonder of what God has created. I am thinking… I need an easy…

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Accelerator driven thorium power plant

Accelerator driven thorium power plant
Aker Solutions has conceptually designed an accelerator-driven thorium reactor 600 MWe power station, an accelerator driven, thorium-fuelled, lead-cooled fast reactor. The accelerator would add 10% to the cost but would allow for other systems to be …
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10 unique gifts
Or you can adopt in bulk with the “Tub of Cubs” to get a 7-inch snow leopard, leopard and tiger cubs. More information at www.worldwildlife.org. 3. For the pet itself: Getting a dog a bone is a little bit like giving candy to a kid that … For a dog
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EVOLUTE – the near-waterless toilet
How will the reduced quantity of water per flush affect the ability of the waste to flow freely through sewage pipes, all the way to the local water treatment plants? There may be risk of blockage (especially in areas where people don\'t eat enough
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Your Pet Can Become a NorthStar VETS “SuperHero” this 4th of July… and always!

Your Pet Can Become a NorthStar VETS “SuperHero” this 4th of July!

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The 4th of July, a highly-festive, patriotic holiday thanking our country’s heroes who fought for our freedom… what does it mean to you, and how do you celebrate?

As a professional pet sitter, most of my holidays are spent providing care for beloved pets in the absence of their families.  In addition to essential needs and affection, some pets require medical care, for others it’s playtime and exercise, but many furry babies require care with a heightened level of patience, understanding, creativity, calmness and compassion to help cope with anxiety. On the 4th of July, often times anxiety is exacerbated by an extreme hypersensitivity to the sound, vibrations and an uncontrolled sensation of never-ending explosions of firecrackers and fireworks.  And I celebrate with my furry friends feeling like their hero!

The highest incidence of lost pets each year is during the 4th of July holiday, leading to injury and illness.  In addition to easy access to open doors, food, alcohol, toxic items in guests’ handbags and left around by children, in a panic, a pet will do whatever is necessary to escape, often times causing severe injury to themselves.  Many are hit by cars, frantically running the streets seeking quiet and safety.

Your Pet Can Become aSuperHero  and help unfortunate animals this 4th of July and in the future, by becoming a blood donor at NorthStar VETS Blood Bank!  If you are not intrigued, rather, the thought scares you, I had the same reaction until I saw happy, relaxed pets enjoying treats and affection in this video.   I also learned about River’s Story, a dog whose life depended on a blood transfusion, is now a SuperHero helping other pets!

And that prompted me to contact Dr. Kimberly Hammer of NorthStar VETS Blood Bank once again and share this information of how animals help save other animals’ lives… just as we humans participate in blood drives.

“Dr. Hammer is a board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist and the supervising veterinarian of the blood bank at NorthStar VETS.  Her responsibilities are to ensure the safety of our donors and recipients by screening new blood donors, monitoring the ongoing health of our blood donors and setting up protocols for the processing and administration of blood products at our hospital.”

In 2015, Dr. Hammer volunteered her time at South Jersey’s 2nd Annual Pet Wellness Symposium, and presented a lecture, “Heroes Come in All Forms – NorthStar VETS’ Blood Bank.”  If you missed it, here is your opportunity to learn about NorthStar VETS All Volunteer Blood Bank… where your pet can become a SuperHero!

Getting started, I simply wanted to learn about its inception.  Whose idea was it to create a blood bank?

“There are few large veterinary blood banks across the country.  Being a large veterinary hospital, we have a need for a constant supply of blood products. Our thought was to create a program that would supply NorthStar VETS’ needs and hopefully have the opportunity to supply area veterinarians with blood products.”

Wondering how pets qualify and are deemed healthy to donate, I asked Dr. Hammer to share the screening process as well as eligibility requirements.

“The screening process includes a questionnaire that looks at a pet’s age, weight, medical conditions, and the ability for the owner to bring their pet in for regular donations.  Once they complete this process, the potential donor undergoes a complete physical examination by a veterinarian and full blood work to evaluate health and screen for certain blood-borne infections.  Once this process is complete, the donor joins the program.

Thinking about the expense of veterinary exams and blood work, Dr. Hammer confirmed there’s NO cost to SuperHeroes!

“Our program is all volunteer.  In fact, our donors get ‘paid’ in the form of free examinations by a veterinarian, free yearly blood work to evaluate their overall health, and lots of treats!”

It may not be every parent’s choice, but I would be comforted greatly being present with my kitty, so just asking this question made me nervous!  Are parents allowed to remain with their pet during the donation process?

“Yes, we allow parents, other pets and donors to be present for the donation.”  

With extreme relief and curiosity, I delved right in wanting to know how long the actual donation process takes and how much blood is donated during each session.

“The actual donation takes about 5-10 minutes. The amount donated is dependent on the size of the dog but ranges from 250-450ml for dogs and 60ml for cats.” 

How many staff are required during the donation?

“It takes two people to perform the donation.”

The videos showed happy doggies getting treats and love, and SuperHero Bob, a Greyhound, fell asleep while making his donation, but I still had to ask if it’s painful to the furry babies.

“The only potentially painful part of donation is the needle stick and most of our donors don’t react.”

Is there a risk to the donor of becoming anemic? 

“We check red blood cell counts prior to each donation to make sure the donation is safe.”

I asked Dr. Hammer if it was only acute injuries and trauma that require blood transfusions, or chronic conditions as well, increasing the need for blood products.

“The types of conditions that we use blood products for are conditions resulting in blood loss (trauma such as hit by a car, bleeding tumors, surgical blood loss), certain types of poisonings (specifically rat poison), diseases of the bone marrow where red blood cells aren’t being made (such as myeloma – cancer of the bone marrow) and immune-mediated diseases where red blood cells are destroyed.

I took a moment to erase the thought of ill and injured babies… and remembered what a wonderful program this is; it saves animals’ lives!  Just as human lives are saved, thanks to blood donors, so are our beloved, precious pets’!   How much blood is typically used during one transfusion?

“The volume needed for a transfusion is dependent on the weight of the patient and how low their red blood cell counts are. It can vary anywhere from a ¼ unit for our smallest patients to 3 units at a time for a very large patient.” 

Given NorthStar VETS is an emergency trauma and specialty center, having a volume of pets being treated with cancer, various ailments, and trauma, how often is the blood utilized?

“We use blood products at least 3-4x weekly and sometimes multiple times per day.”  

Is it a life-or-death situation when a transfusion is required?


Is there a minimum amount of blood products needed on reserve and ready for use? 

“We keep 6 units of dog blood and 2 units of cat blood on hand.”

You responded previously about 250-450mL of blood is received from each dog during a donation.  I’m trying to figure out how many SuperHeroes would be required to obtain 6 units of dog blood.

“A unit of blood is equal to 450ml, which is almost a pint.  This is how much a human would give during donation.  We keep 6 units of dog blood on hand, so it would take six dog donors to replenish our supplies.”

How long do the blood products last?

“Packed red blood cells (a concentrated red blood cell product where the plasma has been removed) and whole blood are kept in the refrigerator and last anywhere from 30-45 days. Plasma can be kept for up to five years in the freezer.”

Are there different blood types with pets as with people?

“Yes, dogs and cats have their own blood types just like people do, and we have to make sure the blood type of the transfusion is compatible with the blood type of the dog or cat.”

Can human blood be used for animals?

“Since dogs and cats have their own unique blood types, you cannot use human blood.”  

“We are always in need of donors.  We recommend pet owners visit the blood bank page on our web site to learn more about blood donation.  For pet owners who want to take the first step toward having their pet become a NorthStar VETS’ blood bank “SuperHero”, please take the pre-screening survey today.”

I am envisioning beautiful, but silent, fireworks shooting off, for animals have reason to celebrate this 4th of July, with thanks to NorthStar VETS and Dr. Kimberly Hammer! After reviewing this most enlightening information I visited their web site to learn more.  There I found photos of SuperHeroes, read about success stories, and discovered there are additional benefits SuperHeroes receive.  Just a couple are:  

  • Free blood transfusion should your pet ever need one, receiving one unit of blood for every unit donated
  • Discounted services and VIP (Very Important Pet) treatment at NorthStar VETS – including direct access to a NorthStar VETS team member and no waiting when you have an appointment

Because of the 4th of July Holiday having the highest incidence of lost pets and potential for injury, as part of your celebration, please take a moment to visit the blood bank page and Make Your PetSuperHero this 4th of July

Contact information for NorthStar VETS:

Hoping everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday…

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

Lori, I’ve Got the ‘Scoop’!, LLC

2015 Pet Sitting Business of the Year Recipient, awarded by the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters




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Halo Pets’ in-house vet, Dr. Donna Spector, talks about her relationship with Halo Pets and how it defines her wellness philosophy.

Watch the video to learn how Dr. Donna discovered Halo Pets after the 2007 pet food recall.

Click here to read more about Halo’s holistic philosophy.


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Photogenic fawn

Some fawns don’t know they are supposed to run, and this is the time of year when their mothers stop watching them closely. And they often get into big trouble.

It’s not often that a fawn approaches you with curiosity.




“Oh crap! Not such a good idea after all!”






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10 Great Chia Seed Recipes

10 Great Chia Seed Recipes // Bubby and Bean
1. Mango Coconut Chia Seed Parfait, Vegetarian Gastronomy  //  2. No bake Chia Power Balls, The Honour System  //  3. Vegan Chia Seed Pancakes, Running On Real Food  //  4. Quick Coconut Chia Seed Pudding, The Healthy Foodie  //  5. Chia Peanut Butter Protein Balls, Vegan Family Recipes  //  6. Chia Seed Breakfast Bowl, Oh She Glows  //  7. Avocado Fruit Salad with Chia Yogurt Dressing,  iFoodReal  //  8. Triple Berry Chia Seed Muffins, Domesticate Me  //  9. Chocolate Chia Smoothie, Gimme Some Oven  //  10. Homemade Chia Superfood Crackers, Butter with a Side of Bread  //

Chia seeds have been one of the trendy ‘it’ health foods for several years now, and it’s no wonder why. They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber, and minerals. They lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels while increasing HDL (the good cholesterol). They can help regulate blood sugar. They make you feel full for longer. They’re just all-around awesome. I add them to smoothies, oatmeal, and bowls on the regs, but I’ve never actually made something from scratch where chia seeds were one of the main ingredients. The other day I decided that this needed to change, and I began to search for recipes that specifically called for the nutrient packed little suckers. And boy did I find a plethora (yep, plethora) of goodness. From puddings to breakfast bowls to crackers, there are all sorts of seriously delicious looking foods that pay tribute to this superfood. So for today’s edition of 10 Great, I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you. I have #3 on the schedule for this Saturday morning’s breakfast, and #8 is on the dinner menu tonight.

Are you a fan of chia seeds? Do you have any chia recipes (or great add-on ideas) I could try?


Bubby and Bean ::: Living Creatively

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Despite protests, Arctic drill rig preparations continue

Despite protests, Arctic drill rig preparations continue
Police stand guard inside a fence in front of Shell's Polar Pioneer drilling rig as protesters rally nearby, Monday, May 18, 2015 in Seattle. Demonstrators opposed to Arctic oil drilling were showing opposition to a lease agreement between Royal Dutch
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My California Water Is an Undiluted Bargain
The next time you read how the four-year drought has brought on California's current water crisis, consider how very low water prices speeded up the draining of reservoirs and aquifers. I live in a nice neighborhood for faculty adjacent to the
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A Match Made in Hell
Undeterred, we joined Paul [Westerberg], Tommy [Stinson], Bob [Stinson], and Chris [Mars] backstage and massacred a bottle of gin and about 100 "greenies" ('Mats-speak for bottled Heineken) while the local bands plied their trade onstage. When the …
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Animal Cruelty Now a Felony in all 50 States

Animal Legal Defense Fund announcement. I’m so glad all states now have felony laws on the books for animal cruelty, but the work is not yet done! Enforcement is a big piece, and there are many jurisdictions that just don’t have the resources to go after people who treat their animals so badly. Until next […]

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The tawny deer of summer

White-tailed deer turn red-fox tawny in summer.





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Healthy Paws Pet Insurance Earns the Best Pet Insurance Award from CanineJournal.com

Industry First – Healthy Paws Pet Insurance Mobile App

CanineJournal.com, a leading pet lifestyle website, named Healthy Paws Pet Insurance ?Best Pet Insurance? based on the following categories: Customer Service Experience, Price, Coverage, and Claim Payment Feedback from Customers.

?The Healthy Paws team is truly honored to be recognized as the leader in delivering exceptional service and value to our pet parents and their cherished pets?, said Steve Siadek, co-founder and chief operating officer at Healthy Paws.

One example of Healthy Paws? commitment to customer service innovation is the Healthy Paws Mobile App for phones and tablets. Through the app, submitting a claim is as easy as snapping a photo of the vet bill. No paper claim forms or requirements of the veterinarian which speeds claim reimbursement and increases customer satisfaction.

“Healthy Paws offers the best pet insurance plan including unlimited lifetime benefits and paperless claims?, said Michelle Schenker of CanineJournal.com. ?Healthy Paws also has an annual deductible rather than a per condition deductible. Annual deductibles increase claim payouts if the pet has multiple conditions during the year.?

Healthy Paws Pet Insurance reimburses up to 90% of covered veterinary costs and provides comprehensive coverage for accidents and illnesses, including congenital and hereditary conditions. Healthy Paws? customers also can visit any licensed veterinarian in the US?including emergency clinics and specialists.

For more information about Healthy Paws? pet insurance policies, including free quotes, please visit http://www.healthypawspetinsurance.com.

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