Wish she’d clean the windows! (My newly adopted amour, Ours – ‘Bear’ in French)


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GIVEAWAY // Win a $50 Gift Card to Bubby & Bean Art!

GIVEAWAY // Win a $  50 Gift Card to Bubby & Bean Art!

After a crazy holiday season, I took a little break from designing new pieces for the Bubby & Bean Art shop in order to give full attention to work for the blog and freelance gigs. Truthfully, I was also feeling a little burned out, and just couldn’t find that spark of motivation to fit it into the small amount of free time I had. Then earlier this month, out of nowhere, I got a sudden burst of inspiration and spent several work days doing nothing but creating new card designs. I had so much fun, and it fueled my desire to devote more time to the shop in the coming months. So in celebration of this new collection of cards (we’ll just call it the ‘summer collection’ since any excuse to celebrate summer is a good one in my eyes), I’m giving away $ 50 to spend on cards, or card sets, or art prints, or whatever you choose!

Use the form below, and/or, because the main methods of entering this giveaway (worth the most points) involve Instagram, you can also enter directly on IG, right here. There are several options for extra entries as well, both on this form and on Instagram (@bubbyandbean).

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway will run through June 3, 2015 and is open to Bubby and Bean readers worldwide. All entries from the Rafflecopter form above and Instagram will be combined, and a winner will be randomly chosen via Random.org shortly after the end of the giveaway, then posted here and on IG. Thank you for being the best readers and customers in the world. Good luck!


Bubby and Bean ::: Living Creatively

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Austin?s Wells Branch and South Branch Pet and Bird Clinics Offering 20% Discount on Pet Dental Cleanings During February

Austin, Tx (PRWEB) January 30, 2015

Both Wells Branch and South Branch Pet and Bird Clinics are using the symbolism of National Children?s Dental Health Month to remind pet owners that their dogs and cats need dental care too. Annually, the clinics have used the occasion to educate pet owners about the necessity of pet oral health and provide a 20% discount on pet teeth cleanings to encourage owners to bring their pets in for care.

Dental health is important for the millions of dogs and cats across the country. Just like in children and adults, gum disease and other oral problems are an indicator of possible future health problems. During a pet dental cleaning, the plaque and tartar on both the surface of the teeth and below the gum line are scaled and removed. The teeth will then be clean and the mouth free of infection, improving the quality of life for the pet.

Owners should regularly inspect their pet?s teeth to ensure none of the following conditions exist:

misaligned or missing teeth
discolored, broken or crooked teeth
yellowish-brown tartar crust along the gum line
red, swollen or bleeding gums
growths inside the mouth
excessive drooling
bad breath

If any of these conditions are found, owners should take their pet immediately to their veterinarian.

For more information or questions on pet dental health, contact the Pet and Bird Clinics of Austin.

Wells Branch Pet & Bird Clinic

12202 Mo-Pac Expressway

Austin, TX 78758


South Branch Pet & Bird Clinic

403 E. Ben White Ste. F

Austin, TX 78704


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Big ol’ frog on a log

Very large bullfrog:


Canis lupus hominis

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“With every damn dog I love, I learn something I didn’t know.”

Since I’ve been off the road from the West Coast Walk and perhaps what I witnessed while on it, I’ve been wondering why Hudson has had 3 mast cell tumors in less than 2 years despite favorable path reports and negative genetic indicators.  

Even though we’ve had two allergy tests on him for some odd reason I never thought to consult an allergist.  Until Tuesday.  We met with Dr. Shanley at Hope Vet Specialists in Malvern PA on our way to the Puppy Up Walk in Madison WI and our conversation confirmed that I’m not alone in my suspicions that there may be a correlation between allergy prone dogs and mast cell tumors.  

That Hudson is my third son with cancer, I always feel I’m so far behind no matter how far I walk.  



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May 9 is ?Military Spouse Appreciation Day? Animal Behavior College Honors Military Spouse Graduates; Spotlights Military Spouse Unemployment

Santa Clarita, Calif. (PRWEB) May 07, 2015

They parent alone when their spouses are deployed. They move hundreds or thousands of miles away to unfamiliar locations. They postpone or give up their careers. May 8, 2015 is ?Military Spouse Appreciation Day.? In observance of this special day, Animal Behavior College (ABC) is celebrating all military spouses, including the school?s 2,550 military spouse graduates.

?Animal Behavior College appreciates military spouses for their sacrifices and dedication to freedoms we often take for granted,? said Steven Appelbaum, president and CEO of Animal Behavior College. ?Military spouses face tremendous challenges such as maintaining steady employment despite frequent relocations. Animal Behavior College?s core programs are portable and ideal for spouses interested in pursuing a career in the lucrative and viable pet industry.?

In a study by the Department of Defense Office of Community Outreach, 26 percent of military spouses are unemployed.

To some, the idea of pursuing a career in the pet services industry seems implausible. However, pet ownership in the U.S. continues to increase. In fact, 65 percent of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 79.7 million homes, according to the 2015-2016 American Pet Products Association (APPA) National Pet Owners Survey. Pets today are living longer, eating healthier and receiving more services from groomers, veterinarians, pet-sitters and trainers. The APPA estimates Americans will spend $ 60.59 billion in 2015 on pet purchases, including food, veterinary care, supplies, over-the-counter medicine, pet grooming and boarding combined.

For military spouses who are passionate about animals, the pet industry offers an array of career choices that are portable and sustainable doing what they truly love:

?Being married to the military [Army] makes your life jump around,? said Jessica Lynn Allen, a 2014 graduate of Animal Behavior College?s Grooming Instruction Program. ?I didn?t have skills that were portable or that allowed me to find a job wherever we moved. Now that I?m a certified ABC pet groomer, I can take more courses to enhance my skills doing what I truly love.?

Jessica recently relocated to Spartanburg, South Carolina from Washington State. She is re-building her once flourishing pet grooming business for dogs with special needs.

There is an estimated 80,000 to 120,000 pet groomers in the U.S., which also includes bathers and assistants, according to PetGroomer.com. On any given day, there are approximately 2,500 job openings for grooming professionals in the U.S. Jessica and military spouses like her have numerous opportunities to find employment and apply their newly honed vocational skills to meet their family?s financial obligations.

Tonia Col

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Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down 2016

Hard to believe it’s 8 years in the making since we started the ‘Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down’ calendar in honor and memory of our canine heroes touched by cancer.  
Damn I remember our first one when I had to carry my 10 pound clunky Dell laptop for miles in my backpack on the C&O trail to upload the photos for the contest cause Erich was still on a 128k modem. Good times…
Unlike cheerleading tryouts in Texas, it’s not really a contest – all are beauties and featured in the calender.  Nearby is the link to the blog about how you can participate http://www.2milliondogs.org/our-8th-annual-cancer-cant-keep-a-good-dog-down-canine-cancer-calendar-contest-has-begun/
Thanks Erich for being the Keeper of the Calendar.  


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Wild Alaskan Copper River Salmon Has Arrived at Seattle’s Pure Food Fish Market

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) May 18, 2015

The Northwest?s world-famous Alaskan Copper River Salmon season has returned, and Pure Food Fish Market is now taking orders for King and Sockeye Salmon straight from the pristine waters of the Copper River. Pure Food Fish Market is a fourth generation specialty fresh seafood shop in Seattle?s Pike Place Market. The company services the entire country online at FreshSeafood.com offering hand-cut and packaged orders from the market via FedEx overnight delivery. Order now online at FreshSeafood.com or by phone at (800) 392-FISH (3474). Fresh Copper River Salmon will be available at Pure Food Fish Market and FreshSeafood.com while supplies last.

These famous salmon come from the mighty Copper River, a very rugged 300-mile stretch of river in Alaska. In order for the salmon to survive their epic trek through the Copper River, they store extra fat and oils that help them to manage the journey. It is because of this added fat and oil content that the Copper River Salmon are recognized as the best-tasting salmon in the world.

In addition to their incredibly delicious flavor, these fish are loaded with nutritional benefits, making it a smart choice for healthy eating habits. An excellent source of protein and loaded with Omega-3 oils, which are recommended by the American Heart Association, not only does the heart benefit from salmon consumption, but studies have shown that fish oil can also help to combat psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, breast cancer and migraines.

?Omega-3 fatty acids benefit the heart of healthy people and those at high risk of ? or who have ? cardiovascular disease. Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids decrease risk of arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats), which can lead to sudden cardiac death. Omega-3 fatty acids also decrease triglyceride levels, slow the growth rate of atherosclerotic plaque and lower blood pressure (slightly)? ? provided by the American Heart Association online here.

Fresh, Wild Copper River King and Sockeye Salmon products include:

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We got the results last week – it was a grade 1 tumour that hadn’t spread to her lymph node.  So it was the best we could have hoped for. We did not get clean margins (as expected) and it has a 12% chance of returning.  If that happens, we’ll have to decide what to do then.  Our options would be to do radiation, remove the tumour again or take the whole leg.  We aren’t going to worry about it unless it happens.

We went back this week for a bandage change and a recheck on the skin graft.  It’s looking good.  She thinks it is still all alive.  :)

For the most part Lacey is doing well.  She isn’t going too stir crazy, she doesn’t pout in the cone and when I take it off, she doesn’t lick at her bandages much. The stitches on her flank look fantastic and the ones from her lymph node are also doing OK.  She’ll be in a cone for about another 1.5 weeks and then we’ll get the stitches removed and she’ll be able to go back to life as usual.

That’s pretty much it. Life is feeling rather dull at the moment!
Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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dogs-snails-lgNot every dog who enters service dog training ends up helping people. Some dogs, like Darwin the Labrador Retriever, turn out to be better suited to helping the environment instead.

According to Fox News via the Associated Press, after Darwin was deemed too high energy to be an effective human service dog, Dogs for Conservation, a U.S. based organization that trains dogs to help with wildlife preservation initiatives, adopted him.

They also adopted a shelter dog, black lab Neville, and trained the duo for a new, critical environmental job. These two super sniffing pups are now using their skills to sniff out giant African land snails that are threatening crops in the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.

The dogs were assigned a job on Santa Cruz, the most visited of the Galapagos Islands, to hunt the snail, the largest species of land snail, which can grow to up more than 7.5 inches long.

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