Gift Ideas for Pet Travelers

As you know, we recently released the premiere issue of DogTipper Magazine, a 40-page publication with articles and an extensive gift guide–including a guide for dog travelers (above)! We wanted to…



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The NKJV Study Bible: Full-Color Edition by Thomas Nelson Publishers Book Review

The NKJV Study Bible: Full-Color Edition by Thomas Nelson Publishers My rating: 5 of 5 stars When I initially open this bible at random, I was floored by the extensive notes, illustrations and even the font size; This is a very user friendly bible that will enhance ones bible study/reading and it really just impressed…



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What One Piece of Advice Would You Give Your Children?

If you all were here for my post last week, you will understand the whole thing with the 600 Brilliant Blog Post Ideas and where it came from, but if not, you can check it out here. If not, then read on.
#17 If you were only allowed to give your children one piece of advice, what would that be?

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Cindy Adams to Host 6th Annual Blessing of the Animals

Her Page Six column never fails to make the tongues of gossip hounds wag, but on December 7th entertainment journalist Cindy Adams will make tails wag at the sixth annual Blessing of the Animals….



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Surviving Southern California

Most days I feel like I’m a strange man in a strange land especially since I’m a Texan wearing a skirt for the entire length of the west coast.
We’ve made the coastal turn to the SoCal Bight somewhere around Point Conception, it’s an inflection point – a concavity actually, that naturally delineates between central and Southern California.  
But it’s more than that.  It’s the point at which the cold coastal waters start to warm and the tides begin to downwell.  Too warm for the sweet succulent Dungeness crab.  
The mid afternoon fog banks that roll in almost on schedule to cool us down no more.  Where the sun hovers over the Pacific Ocean all day long and days like today which confuses the hell outta me since there’s gotta be shade at some point throughout the day.  I mean – ‘rise in the east set in the west’ thing I once learned.
The turn also marks the final descent to our seventh month west coast walk.  I write this from our tent, technically in Malibu but only a mile or so south of Neptune’s net where I had my thanksgiving meal – a disastrous tale for another time.
Heck I’m just thankful that we made it this far alive. I recently met a cyclist who travelled most of what we just did save 20 to Newport OR, 154 into SB & a few other crazy dangerous stretches & he said what the hell were you thinking?
Well, we just gotta get to LA was my answer.  Isn’t that the crux of the west coast?  The hub of the hubbub out here?  
We’re almost there – mere days away.  Keep hoping Ellen is there to greet us.  Or at least the kardashians aren’t cuz we’re too tired to turn back.
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YBD’s Notes:  I put the last paragraph in there to, in my own way, thank everyone who’ve tried to get us on the Ellen Show.  As I have learned along the way ‘Les chiens ne font pas des chats’. 

THE JOURNEY CONTINUES

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The Fifth Annual Foodie Awards

The Fifth Annual Foodie Awards
In 2010, as our region's culinary culture started shining brighter than ever before, The Santa Barbara Independent presented the inaugural Foodie Awards to celebrate the restaurants, chefs, servers, and others on the cutting edge of this epicurean
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Meet the Left-Wing Extremist Running for U.S. Senate
Did you hear about the Republican candidate for Senate out West who wants to overthrow the entire American economic system? The one who, when asked about his view on the situation on Iraq, said he needed more time? Who said he couldn't answer …
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PocketSuite for Pet Sitters

A new way to for pet sitters to communicate with pet owners is PocketSuite.  It will soon be available in the listings of PetsitUSA members.  The official description for the new app is below:

PocketSuite is the first mobile business management tool for pet sitters, walkers and trainers. PocketSuite gives today’s on-the-go professionals the power to schedule appointments, communicate with clients and accept payment, all from a single app. PocketSuite is the fastest, most convenient and most affordable way for pet professionals to run their business.


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Pet Food Recall: Limited Natura Dry Cat Food

Natura has issued a voluntary recall of 5 lots of dry cat food and dry ferret food due to vitamin insufficiency.  The official FDA report and list of specific products  is below.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 24, 2014 – Fremont, Nebraska – Natura Pet Products has initiated a limited, voluntary recall of certain dry cat and dry ferret food lots produced in its Fremont, Nebraska facility. Due to a formulation error, these products contain insufficient levels of vitamins and excess minerals.

Pets can become ill if they lack vitamins for prolonged periods. Early signs of vitamin deficiency may include decreased appetite, lethargy, vomiting and weight loss. If treated promptly, vitamin deficiency can be successfully reversed. The presence of excess minerals in these products poses no health concern.

There have been no reports of animal health concerns to date, but these lots do not meet our quality standards and should not be consumed by pets. No other EVO® products or lots are affected by this issue.

The affected product and lot codes are:

PRODUCT SIZE UPC EXP DATE LOT CODE
EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food 15.4 LB 5148 541400 02/19/2016 4300A700D2
EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food 2.2 LB 5148 541402 02/20/2016 4301A700A4
EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food 2.2 LB 5148 541402 02/20/2016 4301A700B4
EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food 2.2 LB 5148 541402 02/20/2016 4301A700C4
EVO® Grain Free Ferret Food 6.6 LB 5148 542101 02/19/2016 4300A700D3

The problem was discovered during the investigation of an ingredient inventory discrepancy. Only these 5 lots are affected. These lots were distributed through independent retailers in CA, GA, MI, MN, NV, PA, TX, VT and Canada, as well as online. No other Natura products are affected.

Retailers have been contacted and are instructed to immediately withdraw these lots from store shelves. Consumers who purchased the product should discontinue feeding the product immediately and discard as normal household waste. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by this incident. We are taking immediate corrective action as a result of our investigation.

For more information, consumers can reach Natura Consumer Relations at 1-855-206-8297, Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST or visit www.evopet.com.


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North Pole Express a treat for children

North Pole Express a treat for children
Mrs. Claus tells children a story onboard the Florence and Cripple Creek train car during a North Pole Express event Saturday at the Stuhr Museum in Grand Island. Children were read stories, served hot chocolate and cookies, made wooden trains and met …
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Pope Francis Says “Don't Treat The Church Like A Business.” This Means It Has
No, dear reader. I'm just telling it like it is. You know how some folks can wax eloquent about truth, goodness, and beauty, and how the Church should make better art, etc? I have no skills in the fine arts, so I generally don't write about such things
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What happens when you give a stray dog a meatball?

Anyone? Hands? Right. You have a new best friend. That’s what happened to the team of extreme athletes from Sweden who were competing in the 430 mile Adventure Racing World Championship through the Ecuadorian Amazon country earlier this month. The grueling race combined hiking, trekking, mountain biking and kayaking. After he got the meatball, the pup they named Arthur followed the team, keeping up with them through the muddy jungle. When they realized that the…
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