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Another Lump

A few months ago we discovered a hard lump on Lacey’s back right foot. It looked nothing like the cancerous lump we’d found a few years ago between her toes but it freaked me out regardless. It was small, and hard and deep under the skin layer. The vet wasn’t able to get a sample and she suggested we X-ray it to make sure it wasn’t a bone spur or anything like that. Her X-rays were clear and we decided they’d try and get another sample the following week (Her anal glands were badly infected so she had to get sedated for a flush and they’d have an easier time getting a sample). They got three samples, sent them off and they all came back as negative. No signs of anything. Yay.

Fast forward to earlier this week when we noticed her lump had ballooned out suddenly. It looked almost like a swollen ankle would, but it was quite firm and she wasn’t showing any signs of lameness. So back to the vet for more samples. This time the results weren’t as good – there were mast cells in the sample.

Just a few days later and the “swelling” seems to have gone down again and we are back to just the hard lump. We see the oncologist on the 2nd and we are hoping that it will be able to be fixed with a simple removal again. I’m a little worried by how deep it is (Dr. Google isn’t helping) but there is nothing we can do in the meantime, so worrying is pointless and I’m vowing to stay off google as much as possible.

Marlin and I both cleared our schedules yesterday afternoon and took the girls to the beach for some happy time. It was good for all of us.  We definitely feel more prepared this time.

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Latest Dental Treat News

El Paso Dentist Brought Big Smiles to Local Residents With No Cost Dentistry
El Paso TX dentist Dr. Mehrnoosh Darj helped residents of El Paso and Socorro during this difficult economic period by giving 2 days of no cost emergency dental treatments. During the first day she was able to treat over 130 people for free and she
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Did Mark Traxler's Jailers Tell Him to Pull Out His Tooth With Rusty Pliers?
On March 1, 2013, the complaint says Traxler developed an abscess in his molar and requested that he see a dentist to treat the condition, as well as medication to deal with his pain. In response, jail personnel gave him some Ibuprofen — but it didn't
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Essley’s Favorite Books

The Best Books for Toddlers // Bubby and Bean

Ever since Essley first learned to grasp things with her tiny hands, she’s gravitated toward books. She’s only 13.5 months old, so obviously she doesn’t read yet – but there is something about the act of being able to turn each page to discover a whole new set of colors and shapes and words that thrills her. Of all of the toys and games and activities that now sprawl across both her bedroom and the space that was once our living room (sigh), it is almost always books that she chooses first. When she toddles up to me with a book in hand then climbs up on my lap so I can read to her, my heart melts. Although I’ll admit that the best is when she sits on the floor and quietly occupies herself with books long enough for me to return some work emails or clean the kitchen or, you know, get two whole minutes of uninterrupted bathroom time.

Essley has a lot of books (I kept most of mine from childhood, we started buying them for her when I was pregnant, and she’s received a lot as gifts as well), and it will be fun to see which ones end up being her go-to’s over time through the various stages of her learning. Right now, she’s (of course) a fan of baby and toddler level board books that are easy for her to hold, contain interesting pictures and pretty colors, and have simple stories. Her favorites change week to week, but she does have handful to which she is most attached. The books you see above and listed/linked below are the ones you’ll find her carrying around and looking through repeatedly throughout the day, everyday. A few of them (#4, #5, and #11) were my favorites as a toddler too. If you’re in search of some really great books for a special baby or toddler your in life, these are the ones that I’d recommend. (And judging by her apparent bond with each of them, Essley would too).

1. Sally in the Snow by Stephen Huneck 
(Beautiful illustrations and a sweet story about a dog’s skiing adventure.)
2. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle 
(A simple story with gorgeous animal images and rhythmic text.)
3. Baby Loves to Rock by Wednesday Kirwan 
(A fun, modern book is full of colorful illustrations of animals rocking to different types of music.)
4. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
(A classic and the ultimate bedtime story.)
5. I Am a Bunny by Ole Risom and Richard Scarry 
(A beautifully illustrated simple story of the seasons, originally published in 1963.)
6. On The Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman 
(Sweet, tender, and affectionate story about celebrating the birth of your little one.)
7. That’s Not My Puppy, Its Coat Is Too Hairy by Rachel Wells
(A fun touch and feel book with bold illustrations great for sensory skills.)
8. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram 
(Sentimental and endearing with pretty watercolor pictures.)
9. Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton 
(Earthy colored, folk-style artwork accompanies a sweetly reassuring story.)
10. My Very First Book of Colors by Eric Carle 
(This first book in which Essley took interest as a newborn. Teaches color matching through vibrant artwork.)
11. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper 
(A slightly abridged version of the classic children’s book made for toddlers.)
12. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd 
(Another classic by Margaret Wise Brown filled with poetically rhythmic text and a mix of lovely black and white and color illustrations.)
13. Hello Baby: Animals by Roger Priddy 
(Full of high contrast colors and simple animal shapes, great for stimulating sight and learning simple words.)
14. Little Miss Austen: Pride and Prejudice by Alison Oliver and Jennifer Adams 
(Part of the super clever BabyLit series; teaches numbers via charming Jane Austen-inspired illustrations.)

Those of you with kids (or nieces/nephews, or grandkids, or children of friends who you love), are any of these books among your little ones’ favorites as well? What were your favorites as a young child?

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Westminster Winners Week Day Two

Guess the year these dogs were winners, as pictured in these photos from the Westminster archives. Answers posted March 1st. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Winners of 2015 PAWSCARS Announced

Hollywood’s biggest night is just around the corner, and while film fans will soon find out which celebrities will take home coveted golden statuettes dog devotees are already applauding the…



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Thor the friendly watchdog thwarts a robbery

Thor, a Boxer-Pit Bull mix, was all waggy tail, greeting a visitor at Holly’s gas station in Saco, Maine. Justin Ireland, 21, Thor’s owner, was on duty when a man walked up to the office door with his face partially obscured. When the man pulled out a gun and shoved Ireland, Thor was no longer happy about having a visitor. Quickly figuring that the intruder was a threat, he lunged at him, biting him on…
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Dr. Randy J. Greenberg Addresses Gum Disease in Wallingford, CT and Offers Solutions to Restore Healthy Gums, in Honor of Gum Disease Awareness Month


Wallingford, CT (PRWEB) February 17, 2015

Dr. Randy J. Greenberg honors Gum Disease Awareness Month this February by teaching Wallingford, CT residents about the disease, and new treatment options available. Dr. Greenberg offers the LANAP

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Spiritual Growth By Henry Miranda (Guest Article)

Hebrews 5:12-14 (NKJV) “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he…



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An open letter to Kevin Smith and his dog Mulder

Dear Kevin,

I’m sure you get fan letters all the time, from people who love your art: Clerks, Dogma, Chasing Amy. I think Chasing Amy was one of the first movies I watched with my boyfriend, who is now my husband. He thinks you’re the cheese.

I think you are a great writer, and like all great writers you have an amazing willingness to share things that other people hold close. Painful things, like a humiliating experience with an airline or, in this case, the terribly personal loss of a beloved dog. I am so very sorry Mulder died. I hope it is OK I am sharing the photo you posted because the love and the bond you share in this shot is there in a way I think others would be very comforted by.

kevin and Mulder

To everyone: I encourage you to read Kevin’s words about Mulder here: They are beautiful.

I’m writing you today to thank you because I don’t know if you know just how special this is- not only your bond with Mulder but the fact that you are open to sharing this with the world. As a hospice veterinarian, I see people every day who are torn to shreds to have to say goodbye to their beloved companion. All kinds of people: women, kids, men, even big burly Marines and wrinkly faced Charlton Heston types. I worry about those men the most, because they have so often been taught not to express grief and sadness that they are as worried about my own reaction as they are just letting themselves experience the moment and admit, yes, I love this creature. Of course I am grieved.

I can speak all I want and tell people that they have permission to feel this way and let themselves cry and share and ask for camaraderie in a time that often feels incredibly isolating and lonely, but until more people like you- people with influence, whose words matter to so many- do what you’ve just done, it will continue to be a struggle for many more.

The conversation you opened up on your Facebook page- that matters. That’s huge. There are so many people starved for the opportunity to reach out and know it’s OK to drop your basket over this kind of loss, it’s like a dam breaking every time. What a testament to Mulder to have so many share in kind. It doesn’t lessen the pain, but I think the sharing the burden does help cushion the blow.

He was a beautiful dog and I know your heart must be broken into bits right now. For every idiot out there who called you an ‘attention whore’ for this, there are hundreds more moved to empathetic tears by your loss. You have fans who have your back. The average person out there who doesn’t have that support needs to see that.

And in the spirit of sharing, I’ll post a picture I never planned to share for all the reasons I just mentioned: I look horrible and tear streaked. It was a private moment. It is my dog Kekoa kissing me on the day she died. I was really annoyed with my husband for pulling out the camera that day, but in retrospect, I’m glad he did. You’d be surprised- at least I was- at how many people do the same when I am there to help them say goodbye. Maybe this will help others feel more permission to do the same.

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I guess now I’m attention whore too. It’s all good.

Sincerely,

Dr. V, your newest fangirl

P.S. Will have a pint to toast Mulder’s long and storied life tonight.

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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