Bring ‘em inside, please!

Just a friendly reminder for those of you living under Arctic conditions this weekend. It’s currently 13 degrees here in sunny Canton, Ohio, and Penny is keeping my lap warm for me! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Review: Eureka Ultimate Clean Pet Vacuum Cleaner

Welcoming in the New Year means it’s time to get our home organized after a busy holiday season. That starts with a thorough house cleaning. The seasonal cleanup is magnified for pet households…



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Dog Attacks Family; Doesn’t Want to Wear Sweater

WFTS, the ABC affiliate in Tampa, is reporting on a Pit Bull mix who apparently really, really didn’t want to wear a sweater. Brenda Guerrero thought the dog might look good in a sweater. Scarface apparently did not agree. He attacked Brenda, severely injuring her arms. When her husband, Ismael, tried to intervene, he, too, […]


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Rescued Dog Rescues Owner

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You’ve probably seen the magnets and mugs that ask “Who Rescued Who [sic]?” and maybe even have one of your own. For Eva Hachey in New Brunswick, Canada, that question is more than rhetorical.

According to CTV News, Eva adopted her dog Bruno from her local SPCA. Most people would say that means that she saved Bruno’s life. However, recently Bruno returned the favor by saving Eva’s life.

Eva’s daughter, Angel Hutchinson, lives with her and normally sleeps quite soundly. However one night, Bruno began nipping at Angel’s fingers. “He was howling and crying and whining and dancing and I knew something was wrong.”

Angel reacted quickly. She first ran to her grandmother’s bedroom, but then saw Eva in a chair in the living room having a seizure. Angel called the paramedics who were able to help Eva. All Eva remembered was falling asleep, then waking to see “a whole bunch of paramedics” in her living room. The paramedics informed her that she had seizure. They also informed Eva that she had a potentially fatal ruptured brain aneurysm. It was good that Bruno got Angel to help her mom. As Angel said, “If it wasn’t for the dog, my mother wouldn’t be here.”

Eva told CTV News that she wanted to share Bruno’s story in hopes that it would encourage people to adopt from shelters. Although she acknowledges that not every shelter pet will be a literal lifesaver, she thinks that the love is worthwhile. Eva summed up her thoughts on pet adoption by coming back to love. As Eva said, “The only reward that we can get and give is love.”

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Halo Helps Dogs at Animal Shelters to Reduce Their Carbon Paw Prints

Vegan Recipe Donation Explores Meatless Monday Effort

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Halo Pets is working with select animal shelters to help reduce carbon paw prints with a Meatless Monday effort that incorporates Halo’s Vegan recipe into shelter dogs’ diets. The participating shelters include Second Chance Animal Shelter in Massachusetts, Humane Society of Tampa Bay in Florida, and Dutchess County SPCA in New York.

To avoid digestive issues, animal shelters must be consistent with diet and cannot change food for one day, but Halo had an idea. If animal shelters mixed 1/7th of vegan dog food into the daily mix of dog food it would equal Meatless Monday!  

“We are excited about being part of Meatless Monday and the Halo food donation has helped save the lives of many animals, ” said Sheryl Blancato, executive director for Second Chance Animal Shelter.  “Since foregoing meat even one day per week has an impact on the environment, imagine the difference we can make with all of the dogs at an animal shelter going meatless on Monday!”

Halo teamed up with GreaterGood.org and Freekibble.com to supply the shelters with free food for the Meatless Monday effort.  They have been mixing Halo Vegan and Halo WHOLE Meat recipes for the dogs in their care.  All three shelters are reporting that the process is simple and the dogs love the food!

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Watch for Surfing Dogs During Monday’s #RoseParade

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Happy New Year! (+ Some Personal Thoughts On The Worst Year Ever)

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Happy (almost) New Year! Or more importantly, happy end of 2016! (More on that in a minute.)

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, we had a wonderful Christmas followed by a fantastic early third birthday celebration for Essley with our family on Monday. Today we were supposed to go to a fancy hotel downtown where we’d be posted up for a few days while Robbie works the band’s three night New Year run (they haven’t played here in Chicago for NYE in years and we have been very excited). We were also supposed to have another casual birthday gathering for Essley with some of her band/crew kid friends at the venue tomorrow. But yesterday, on Essley’s actual birthday, we ended up in the ER with her for a 106 degree fever. It turns out she has a terrible case of the flu (which I gave to her and am just getting over), and when she was released, the doctors told us no activity for her for several days. So our fancy hotel stay and her birthday party with friends have been canceled. She does seems to feel a little better today, and while Emmett now has a fever and is showing signs, seems to (fingers crossed) have a lesser version. There is nothing worse for me than seeing my kids sick, so I’m just hoping this will pass quickly. My birthday is January 1st, and New Year’s Eve was supposed to be my first kids-free night in two years, so I’m hoping things improve quickly for selfish reason as well. Oh, and I got pulled over last night too, because I forgot to turn my headlights on. That sums things up pretty well, actually.

For my last post of the year, I usually go into a semi-dramatic musing on how strange it is for the year to be over, and I usually talk about how wonderful the year was for me. This year, my friends, was not that year. I like to stay positive. It works for me. But after Emmett was born on January 9th, 2016 just went to shit. Perhaps when David Bowie died the day after Emmett’s birth (a few hours later, actually), we should have all been warned, huh? There just aren’t a lot of people who feel like this was our greatest – or even a somewhat decent – year, and I’m on their team. On top of the obvious for me (Emmett’s illness), my stepfather has been fighting stage 4 cancer. I don’t talk about it here because it’s a private situation and this isn’t the proper place for it, but it hasn’t been an easy time for my family. Collectively, we lost all sorts of incredible and influential famous people this year. A man who admittedly terrifies me was elected to president of the United States. And the world just seems to be falling apart, filled with violence and brutality and hatred.

It’s been a difficult, depressing year. But I believe in hope. I genuinely believe that positive collective thought, good vibes, prayers, and hope saved Emmett. And I believe they could save the human race too.

That said, here’s to you 2017. You’ve got a lot of pressure on you, and it’s not going to be easy. But there are millions and millions of people who have faith in you and who can’t wait for your arrival. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m going to cry some serious tears of joy when that clock strikes midnight on Saturday night.

Whatever your plans, I hope you enjoy your New Years celebrations. I’ll be back next year (on January 4th, which is technically only a few days away, but it’s fun to say “see you next year,” right?) with a bunch of cool new content. Thank you for being such incredible readers and social media followers. I’m so grateful for all of you. See you in 2017!


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Las Vegas Firefighters Save Partially Blind Senior Cat from Fire

Las Vegas Firefighters Saves Partially Blind Senior Cat

Fire is terrifying for anyone, but can be especially so for people worried about pets stuck inside their homes. Wilma Merril is grateful that when the worst happened and her home caught on fire, that her cat was rescued.

Wilma lost a great deal when her home in the Las Vegas Valley caught fire on September 22. According to NBC Las Vegas news, the fire began in an RV before spreading to the home due high winds. Almost 50 firefighters battled the flames on that dry day. The fire was intense and considered a two alarm fire. It took 8 engines, 2 trucks, 2 rescues, and an air resource unit to control the fire. While fighting the blaze, Clark County firefighters successfully rescued Wilma’s cat.

Both of the human occupants were safe after the fire and grateful that everyone had made it out. Wilma cuddled her 24 year-old partially blind cat in a news broadcast, and her emotions are obvious when watching it. Her voice is choked up as she talks about her cat being rescued, “Seems so good to have something good come out of something so sad.”

Wilma continued, “He’s 24 years old. He doesn’t see well. He doesn’t hear well, but he knows how to get back to the couch.” The orange cat, safe on Wilma’s lap, seemed grateful that he had gotten back to his loving owner. We’re grateful for the fire fighters who saved every life in that home.

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The 10 Best Fun Books

Men with Cats by David Williams

Here are Tracie Hotchner’s year-end list of happy tales.

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From adorable photos, to laugh-out-loud humor, plus helpful tips: these delightful reads will capture your coffee table.

Pair one with a treat from Halo: Purely for Pets. My girls love Liv-a-Littles, high-protein snacks for dogs and cats. They come in beef, chicken, or salmon, and are the perfect size for a stocking stuffer.

Happy holidays from my pack, to yours!

  1. Neville Jacobs: I’m Marc’s Dog, by Nicholas Newbold. The world as seen through the eyes of fashion icon Marc Jacobs’ dog.
  2. Fly Dogs, by Todd Berger. Photos of exuberant canines bounding for joy.
  3. Men with Cats: Intimate Portraits of Feline Friendship, by David Williams. A photographer celebrates men and their cats in a series of portraits.
  4. How to Get Ahead In Business with Office Cat: Meownagement Guide to Purrfessional Success, by Ariana Klepac & Pete Smith. Advice from kitties on how to conquer the world.
  5. Zen Dogs, by Alex Cearns. Sweet-puppy portraits of dogs chilling out.
  6. The Shepherd’s View: Modern Photographs from an Ancient Landscape, by James Rebanks. A stunning account of a shepherd and his flock.
  7. Cat Castles: 20 Cardboard Habitats You Can Build Yourself, by Carin Oliver. Make your own cat havens.
  8. Life Works Itself Out (And Then You Nap), by Keiya Mizuno & Naoki Naganuma. Advice for happy living, plus cute pictures of cats.
  9. Dogs and Their People: Photos and Stories of Life with a Four-Legged Love, by BarkPost. Anecdotes, stories, photos, and insights from the contributors of BarkPost.
  10. The Dog Bible: Everything Your Dog Wants You To Know, and The Cat Bible: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know, by Tracie Hotchner. Guides to good living for you and your best friends.

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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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