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Friday Funny: Dog Has a Very Happy Butt!

Laughing out loud at this one! Until next time, Good day, and good dog! Dog Blog

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I just challenged Pacelle, once again, to explain,…

I just challenged Pacelle, once again, to explain, in the face of what Vick himself admitted to doing, with vivid description to remind him, his promotion of the POS. I also reminded Mr. Pacelle that he disgusts me and makes me ponder how he sleeps at night. He won't answer, because he cannot. I can't seem to locate an e-mail to HSUS staff, but his blog contact address is:

Why not blast him today? Flood his in-box with Hate Vick mail. ;) Make him feel the wrath. HSUS needs to be put out of business, and Mr. Pacelle needs to hit the unemployment line.

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Happy Birthday Uncle

Be it your parent’s best friend or their brothers, uncles are the coolest adults in the world. Greet them on their special day with some amazing quotes.   Happy birthday uncle! The one person who never forgets to bring me gifts everytime he visits. I’ve enjoyed your funny and exciting stories a lot. And your […]

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Yall are WONDERFUL!! My Boxer Saydee broke out ton…

Yall are WONDERFUL!! My Boxer Saydee broke out tonight covered in hives and her eyes swollen! My poor baby, I have 4 boxers Mom, Dad, and their 2 daughters…..looking back she also broke out about 2 weeks ago, but it was just a few hives, and she was fine without treatment….As soon as I saw this site, and yall said give Benadryl I was like "why didn't i think about that!! Lol…i think i just panicked!! Also, the med that you recommended Felicia G … is good to have both on hand!! So, thank you soooo much ladies!! Yall saved me alot of money!! Big difference between 200 dollars and 6 dollars!! Also Walmart has Generic Benadryl for 88 cents for 24 tablets of the 25mg, and it worked great!! Have a great day yall, and thanks again!!��

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Blind, Deaf Dog Helped By Her Canine Friends


Many people struggle when diagnosed with a chronic disease or the loss of a sense. Depression and anxiety are not uncommon. However, one Poodle in Idaho has dealt with both while continuing to smile and live life to the fullest – with a little help from her canine sisters!

According to The Dodo, Margaux the Poodle was nine years old when her family noticed a problem. Her owner, Scott Jordan, told The Dodo that “She had this horrible infection on her paw…We thought it was some rare snake bite.”

When he took Margaux to a specialist in Boise, they soon learned that it was something much more than a snake bite. After several visits, the specialist gave a diagnosis to Margaux’s family. The beloved dog had an autoimmune disease, diffuse pyogranulomatus inflammation. In a video on Facebook, Scott describes it as “most similar to Lupus in humans. Her body just starts attacking itself.”

In the years since, the family has been able to manage Margaux’s condition with medications. There were many times when they thought they would lose Margaux, but “she kept bouncing back,” says Scott in a video on Margaux’s Facebook page. He continued, “As a result she’s become known as the Awesome and Amazing Margaux.”

This summer, three years after the initial diagnosis, the now-twelve-year-old Margaux began to have more problems. First one eye became affected, causing great pain to Margaux. Because of the pain, Margaux needed to have that eye removed in August. While she was healing, her other eye also became affected and needed to be removed. It was at that point that the family discovered that Margaux had also lost her hearing.

The family was worried. As Scott said, to “try to figure out how to teach her what life is like in the darkness was a real difficult thing for us.” However, her canine sisters jumped in. Chloe, Suzie, and Rhonda all take turns leading Margaux on family hikes, making sure she doesn’t go off trail. Scott said that her sisters “know they have a job to do” when holding Margaux’s leash. He thinks that Margaux even prefers being led by the dogs than by him or his wife!

Read more about Margaux the Poodle and her siblings.

Halo Pets

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Embracing #GivingTuesday

Humane Society of the United States

Today on my show Humane Talk I heard from Kim Alboum, the director of the Emergency Placement Partners program for the Humane Society of the United States. I wanted to know more about how she and HSUS were celebrating #GivingTuesday. This day is the ultimate antidote to the rampant consumerism of Black Friday, when everybody is urged to Buy! Buy! Buy! and get “deals” on their purchases. Kim suggested that a way to “get a great deal” would be to give to animals in need and extend the gift: for every #1 you donate on Giving Tuesday to HSUS, their fund for emergency services for the animals will get a bowl of super premium food from Halo – which is called “America’s best loved holistic brand” (and Halo loves the work of the Humane Society of the U.S.). Kim and I also discussed how important it is – beyond the #GivingTuesday donations to HSUS – that people in the animal welfare community stop squabbling among themselves and making judgments. We need to give respect and kindness to the shelter workers, who are the first line of defense – especially in emergency situations – taking in animals so that their journey to Forever Homes can begin.

#GivingTuesday donations can also be done on Facebook.



Tracie began her career as a radio personality with a live show – DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) – on the local NPR station in the Hamptons, Peconic Public Broadcasting (WPPB) from Southampton, New York (the show is now also carried on the NPR station Robinhood Radio in Connecticut and the Berkshires). DOG TALK® won a Gracie® Award (the radio equivalent of an Oscar) in 2010 as the “Best entertainment and information program on local public radio” and continues weekly after more than 450 continuous shows and 9 years on the air. Tracie’s live weekly call-in show CAT CHAT® was on SiriusXM satellite radio for seven years until the Martha Stewart channel was canceled in 2013.

Tracie lives in Vermont where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based, on 13 acres well-used by her all-girl pack – two lovely, lively Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda, and a Collie-mix, Jazzy.

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Giving Tuesday- I’m Giving to You!

Hey guys- long time no talk, right? I miss you all.

I’m here, though as you probably noticed less so than I used to be. It’s by design- lots of stuff in the works as always, and figuring out how this little blog fits in to all of it is always something I think about. People are reading fewer words these days, looking at more pictures, listening to more podcasts. How do we continue to stay in touch in a world whose canvas is ever-changing? Do I even want to try? (Yes. You should always try.) That being said, writing is at the core of what I do; curated hair tutorials, which I think my daughter would respect me for a lot more, just aren’t my bag. We are who we are. I also like to talk, though, so we’ll see what that means for 2017. Stay tuned. 😉

I updated my website last week, at long last, because it wasn’t mobile responsive, and was ready for a little update. Mobile responsive. That didn’t even exist as a concept in 2009 when we launched and now it’s an absolute necessity. So yes- we change with the times, and the site is now not only the blog but the book and the speaking and the other things I’ve been blessed to do because of the blog. But did you see there’s a dog running around on the homepage? Hello, that’s so awesome and worth all the work.

Thanksgiving is a weird one; we’re supposed to go from grateful and all-the-feels to “spend everything” in the space of one day. So now it’s #GivingTuesday, which follows #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday when your pocketbooks are already drafty and cobweb filled from the irresistible Amazon flash deals and midnight Target runs, here like a finger wagging auntie to remind you in your post-spending spree glow that even though you spent every last dime you really should be focusing on the intangibles, like giving.

Nonetheless, here we are, and here we sit, thinking about how we can give. We give money, and we give stuff, and we give time. I think that last one is highly underrated these days. We spend too much time talking and not enough time listening, too busy to stop and really look at what’s going on around us, who is hurting, who might need our help and compassion. Sometimes that person is you, and all that saves you is that one person who’s paying attention and reaches out when you need it most. I feel like we used to be better at that, but now we’re too focused on the phone in front of us that we trip over our neighbor splayed out on the sidewalk. When did this happen? We’ve forgotten how to slow down and breathe.

I breathed a lot this weekend. I spent it binge watching Westworld and The Crown (omg Westworld! BERNARD!!! Someone please talk about this with me) and it was such a luxury because I never have time to binge watch anything. The only reason I did it was because I was too sick to do anything else, which a decade ago would have meant I shoved through and did it anyway, but now I just stop. It’s nice. I wish I could convince myself to do it more often, do nothing, veg out and make the kids scrounge up leftovers for dinner.

I was supposed to be working on editing my next book proposal, which I would love to get a move on but not while hopped up on cold meds. What an honor it is to even have the ability to do that, to have an agent who works with me, and readers who support me in that. You guys are the genesis of all of that, and I am thankful every day for the people who read here. Some of you have been here since 2009, which is nuts and amazing and humbling, so now that I’m on the mend- back to work.


Books are my heart, and I’m working on it. In the meantime, I found All Dogs Go to Kevin at my local Target and that was kind of like the best thing ever. EVER! Me, sharing shelf space with Harper Lee for the space of one brief and glorious month. I may or may not have been followed around by suspicious Target employees wondering why the weird woman spent so much time staring at a line of books in aisle A47 and wiping her nose.

So I give what I can, where I can. Today, I have my books. I want to give some to you. I’ve decided to do it this way:

Five copies to the first five people who email me a receipt for a $ 10 or more Giving Tuesday donation to the nonprofit of their choice. Animals, humans, environment, whatever floats your boat. Send me a photo of your receipt dated today to, and I’ll send you a copy of All Dogs Go to Kevin because who doesn’t want to go to the post office this time of year, right? 🙂 (You’re all worth it.) The book totally fits in stockings, I checked.

And the other five copies here, as a giveaway to whoever wants it, because I’m celebrating that this site is still here, and you’re still here, and we’re still here. Resilience is one of the cornerstones of the human condition, right? And I’m so happy to share it all with you guys.
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Happy birthday Teacher Quotes

A child probably learns the most important and fruitful life lessons in school. One should always thank those teachers who put in so much hard work into a child’s development. Wish all your teachers out there on their birthday with these messages from their students. I hope you enjoy these lovely birthday wishes and quotes. […]

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