Got my shipment today – 12/22

I order about $ 300 worth of product a week ago Monday, on 12/15. Normally, a Monday order would be delivered to my house by Thursday or Friday, but with the holiday slowdown at UPS, it didn’t make it until Monday.

Naturally, I ran out of canned food, dry food, and treats! I try to always keep enough on hand but just didn’t this time.

I had bought some holistic food in the interim — there are a few that are affordable and that I trust. And they’re fine, the kitties eat them without digestive upsets for the most part. These are not my favorite foods, by the way. HealthyPetNet is the only food I am loyal to… I hope they stay in business forever because I absolutely do not know what we would do if we had to shift.

But let me tell you, when I brought in those two heavy cardboard boxes and turned my back to hang up my coat and put my laptop away, the kitties tore into the box with the dry food in it and had the corner chewed off by the time I got back to it!

That stuff must smell amazingly good!
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Dog Training Tip


Dog Training Tip

 

dog training voiceWhen it comes to dog training there are no secrets.  Every dog training tip is different but it has been used before and if they say its new, it means adapted.  The simplest of tasks for an experienced dog master could be the hardest of tasks for the beginner.  There are no magic potions, or miracle sayings that can make your dog do what you want.  You have to spend time with him, loving him and training him.

 

Many people seem to “have a way with dogs” in the sense that they can ask your dog to do anything and your dog will adhere to their command straight away, you try it five minutes later and your dog just stares at you blankly.  It is true that some people have more of a chance getting dogs to do what they say, not because of some aura around them but because of experience and tone of voice.

 


One great dog training tip is your tone of voice.  Your dog needs to know that you mean business but he has to know that you’re not angry at him.  The handler must find a tone of voice that shows dominance but compassion.  If you are constantly shouting at your dog he is going to get used to it, he will not know when he is doing something wrong because he doesn’t know when he is doing something good.

 

A lot of praise and attention is another great dog training tip.  Dogs wont learn the difference between good and bad unless they get treated differently.  When your dog does something bad don’t roar at him, strictly tell him he was bad and not to do it again.  Then when he does it right shower him with cuddles, treats and praise.  Dogs come to learn that when they do something that they are told they will get rewarded for it and then after a while it just becomes second nature to them, of course praise is still needed!

 

All dog training tips are different and one dog is not identical to the next, so try them.  It won’t hurt to keep trying.  The most influence on your dog’s life is when they are 3-16 weeks; this is the time that molds them into the kind of dog they are going to be when they grow bigger.  When you train your dog in these weeks this is what he will be doing for the rest of his life.  Make sure you try a variety of the dog training tips available to you, some may work some may not but at least your giving your dog the best start in life.


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The worst situation in the world

A couple of days ago, the wonderful Dr. Nancy Kay posted a story I hope all parents (human and pet) read about the trend of kids and dogs in pictures getting into potentially scary situations.

If you haven’t read it yet, she punctuated the apprehension she feels seeing pictures like this:

oh god

And this:

oh boy

with a story from her own practice, where a parent disregards her attempts to help her children interact with their dog more safely. And the story ends, after the dog bites one of the children in the face, with Dr. Kay tearfully euthanizing the dog after another home could not be found.

While most of the respondents reacted with sadness about the situation, a good-sized number of commenters took Dr. Kay to task for euthanizing the dog. While she is too gracious (or smart, but I’ve never pretended to be that) to respond to the people who think they know what goes through the mind of a veterinarian in these situations, I feel somewhat compelled- OK, really compelled- to say this:

You have no idea how hard, how awful, how utterly agonizing these situations are, because if you did you would never call her a murderer. And until you’re the one holding the syringe in your hand, I implore you to take a step back and return the discussion to its original context, how we all need to do a better job by working together to prevent these situations in the first place. Because here’s the truth:

That is an utterly impossible situation to be in. Yes, vets have a lot of wiggle room when it comes to “my cat is peeing on the rug” or “my dog has flea allergies” or even “my dog growled at a kid” to say, “I am not comfortable with euthanizing this pet.” But once a pet bites a person, a line has been crossed and everything changes.

The law is stacked against any dog who bites

Once upon a time, a person went to their veterinarian and said, my pet snapped at my neighbor and I don’t know what to do. The veterinarian said, let’s try to work through this with a good behaviorist, or find a rescue who can take this on.

Later on, the dog bit someone. The person who was bitten sued not only the owner but the veterinarian for not suggesting the aggressive dog be put to sleep. And they won. That is the legal precedent we function under, the standard of care to which we are held.

So let me reiterate: if a dog comes to us after biting a person and we do not counsel the owner the dog should be put to sleep (even if the owner never brought it up), we are liable if that dog bites anyone in the future. If a dog with a history of biting a child comes in, the owner requests euthanasia, and you refuse? You are basically agreeing to hand over your license, your livelihood, and your ability to be an effective advocate for anyone should another bite happen. Even if a rescue agrees to take the dog, which despite protests to the contrary is pretty rare. That is not to say I have euthanized every dog who’s ever nipped- far from it- but yes, every time I send them away for behavior work I’m taking a risk that only I can truly assess.

And when you have an extreme case in front of you like Ben? That is a horrible, awful corner to be backed into as a veterinarian. There is no happy solution. You’re either a murderer or someone willing to gamble away their entire career on a really bad bet or someone passing the buck to a shelter employee. It is awful and nausea inducing and likely to cause migraines and the sort of thing we all struggle with and few are brave enough to mention out loud for fear of judgmental types who think they know better questioning our dedication to animals. So you take that weight on yourself, mentally apologize to the dog for the crap hand he has been dealt, and cry. At least that is what I did the one time I was put in the same position.

Solving the problem we all helped create

I don’t want to play advocate Olympics here and saber rattle over who has done the most good for dogs, but if that’s your thing- Dr. Kay, for example, quite literally wrote the book on animal advocacy. And it makes me sick to my core to have people react to her with nastiness because of that unwinnable situation that we have all contributed to.

We contribute when we suggest any situation be handled through specious lawsuits.

We contribute when we throw shade at each other and erode the trust between the public and veterinarians.

We contribute when we roll our eyes at well meaning but ultimately uninformed parents instead of trying, with kindness and care, to change the way we educate new parents about pet safety. With compassion, and consistency. I am sure the people who took the above pictures love their kids and their dogs, as do I: only difference being I have no pictures like this because I understand the risk more than they do and don’t allow that situation to happen in my house.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go continue the conversations I’ve begun about ways to make life easier and safer for parents then get on a plane to South America for a volunteer spay/neuter initiative . Signed, your local animal murderer/advocate (you decide).

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

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Coming Up at Wolf Trap: Robert Plant Presents Sensational Space Shifters, Steve Miller Band, Brandi Carlile, Gordon Lightfoot, NSO@WolfTrap Performances, and More!


Vienna, Virginia (PRWEB) July 08, 2013

Robert Plant presents Sensational Space Shifters

Special Guest: Bombino

Monday, July 22, 2013 at 8 pm

$ 35-$ 65

Former Led Zeppelin singer and multi-Grammy Award winner Robert Plant brings his latest music project Sensational Space Shifters to his Wolf Trap debut. Plant joined legendary rock band Led Zeppelin in 1968 and reinvented rock with hits like ?Stairway to Heaven,? ?Dazed and Confused,? and ?Black Dog.? With the band?s breakup in 1980, Plant dove into a variety of solo and group projects, including a reunion with Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page in the mid ?90s. His 2007 collaboration with Alison Krauss, Raising Sand, won six Grammy Awards. Now he currently performs with Sensational Space Shifters, whose lineup includes Justin Adams (guitar, bendir), John Baggott (keyboards), Juldeh Camara (ritti, kologo, talking drum), Billy Fuller (bass guitar), Dave Smith (drums, percussion), and Liam ?Skin? Tyson (guitar). Combining African beats, synthesizer funk, rock ?n? roll, and blues, the band plays a mix of new songs and Led Zeppelin hits.

Video: Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters ? Tin Pan Valley

Frequently compared to guitar legends such as Jimi Hendrix and Jerry Garcia, guitarist Bombino takes to the Filene Center stage for the first time. Born in Niger, Bombino?s turbulent upbringing has greatly influenced his music, and he frequently discusses achieving universal civil rights in his lyrics. Bombino recorded a desert blues remix of ?Hey Negrita? with Rolling Stone members Keith Richards and Charlie Watts in 2006 and was the first artist to perform a concert in front of the Great Mosque of Agadez in Niger in 2010. While his first album Agadez (2011) had moderate success, 2013?s Nomad reached the top of the world music charts and was described by Rolling Stone as ?a perfect match of sound and soul [that] introduces a new guitar hero.?

Video: Bombino ? Austin Psych Fest 2012

An Evening with Steve Miller Band

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 8 pm

$ 30-$ 45

With smash hits such as ?Take the Money and Run,? ?Fly Like An Eagle,? ?Jet Airliner,? and the No. 1 Billboard hit ?The Joker,? fans are sure to have a rockin? night when Steve Miller Band performs at the Filene Center. The band first gained notoriety with the release of their critically acclaimed LP The Joker in 1973. Determined to continue the group?s success, front man Steve Miller stole away to his recording studio in order to perfect their next album. The result was the wildly successful Fly Like An Eagle (1976). With more than 30 million albums sold worldwide, the band has never stopped jamming, recently releasing Let Your Hair Down (2011), which features the last recordings of harmonica legend Norton Buffalo.

Video: Steve Miller Band ? Fly Like An Eagle

Brandi Carlile

Special Guests:

Justin Townes Earle

The Lone Bellow

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 8 pm

$ 30-$ 40

Combining country, rock, and soul, Brandi Carlile?s voice has been described as a ?visceral marvel; even the falsetto range is red-blooded and clarion clear.? As a teenager in the state of Washington, Carlile already had a devoted fan base. After multiple self-released albums, Carlile released her self-titled, official debut album with Columbia Records in 2005. The same year, she was named one of Rolling Stone?s ?Artists to Watch.? Her other albums include The Story (2007), Give Up the Ghost (2009), and most recently, Bear Creek (2012). She has not only toured with the Avett Brothers and Dave Matthews Band, but she also co-founded The Looking Out Foundation in 2008 with her twin bandmates Phil and Tim Hanseroth. For every concert ticket sold, they donate $ 1 to organizations that support the arts, women, public health, the hungry, and the homeless.

Video: Brandi Carlile ? That Wasn?t Me (Live at 89.3 The Current)

Though greatly influenced by folk, indie-rock, country, and modern music, Americana Music Award-winner Justin Townes Earle has found a way to create a sound all his own. The son of country legend Steve Earle, he began touring with his father?s band before releasing his debut EP Yuma in 2007. His recent releases include 2010?s critically acclaimed Harlem River Blues and 2012?s successful Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now. Earle?s unique voice has been described by The New Yorker as a ?snaky baritone,? and NPR claims he ?has no contemporary peer.?

Video: Justin Townes Earle ? Nothing?s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now Trailer

Easily comparable to Americana bands like Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers, The Lone Bellow is a trio of performers on the rise. Describing their sound as ?country-soul,? the band is composed of lead vocalist and songwriter Zach Williams, Kanene Pipkin (mandolin, vocals) and Brian Elmquist (guitar, vocals). The Brooklyn-based trio combines an acoustic sound with swelling three-part harmonies. AllMusic.com described their 2013 eponymous debut album as ?full of haunting, passionate songs that breathe with country soul and a kind of autumnal grace.?

Video: The Lone Bellow ? You Never Need Nobody (Live at WFUV)

Gordon Lightfoot

50 Years on the Carefree Highway Tour

Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 8 pm

$ 25-$ 42

One of Canada?s musical legends, Gordon Lightfoot comes to the Filene Center to showcase his poetic songs and folk traditions. Initially starting out as a jazz composer in Los Angeles in the early ?60s, he moved back to Canada where he was discovered at a Toronto nightclub. After having original songs like ?Early Morning Rain? and ?For Loving Me? covered by icons like Elvis and Johnny Cash, Lightfoot released his debut album in 1966. In the ?70s, Lightfoot performed pioneering hits like ?If You Could Read My Mind,? ?Carefree Highway,? and the incomparable ?Sundown.? Though he suffered a near-fatal aneurysm in 2002, the Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee was back on the road by 2005 and has continued to put out both live and studio albums, a testament to his incredible staying power atop the folk music world.

Video: Gordon Lightfoot ? Song for a Winter’s Night (Live)

1812 Overture and More!

Ankush Bahl, conductor

Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2

Friday, July 26, 2013 at 8:15 pm

$ 22-$ 55

With highlights from two of the greatest composers of the 19th-century, the National Symphony orchestra delights audiences with fanfare and classical performances in 1812 Overture and More! Led by Indian-American conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl, the NSO is performing snippets from many of Tchaikovsky?s greatest works, including The Sleeping Beauty, Serenades for Strings, and Swan Lake, finishing with the climactic volley of 1812 Overture in its entirety. The NSO is also joined by piano prodigy Benjamin Grosvenor as he performs a Rachmaninoff classic. The British pianist is set to perform Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor in what can only be described as a tremendous celebration.

Video: Benjamin Grosvenor ? Chopin, Liszt, Ravel (Trailer)

America the Beautiful

Emil de Cou, conductor

Huge Screens ? House and Lawn!

Copland, Gershwin, Brubeck, and more!

Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 8:30 pm

$ 22-$ 55

Celebrating both the regal landscapes that cover our nation and the wonderful music from some of the great American composers, America the Beautiful salutes our country?s cultural traditions in an incredible display of musical and visual art. Masterful images from Ansel Adams are projected on huge screens as Chris and Dave Brubeck pay tribute to the legendary photographer through an original composition. The National Symphony Orchestra, led by Emil de Cou, is set to play classic works from Aaron Copland (Fanfare for the Common Man), George Gershwin (An American in Paris), and John Williams (music from the film Lincoln) in a wonderful display of patriotic reverence.

Video:Dave and Chris Brubeck discuss Ansel Adams: America

Wicked Divas

Steven Reineke, conductor

Vocalists Julia Murney & Stephanie J. Block

Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 8:15 pm

$ 22-$ 55

Covering songs from a bountiful array of hit musicals of both past and present, singers Julia Murney and Stephanie J. Block collaborate in a night of powerful vocals and Broadway highlights in Wicked Divas. The two singers have had major success on Broadway, national tours, and in regional theatres, performing in shows like The Vagina Monologues, 9 to 5: The Musical, and South Pacific. Led by Steven Reineke, the National Symphony Orchestra helps the soloists perform hit songs from musicals like Wicked, All That Jazz, Ragtime, and Spamalot. Murney and Block also reach into movie classics, singing their renditions of singles from The Wizard of Oz and Titanic.

Video: Portrait Series: Steven Reineke

Tickets can be purchased by calling 1 (877) WOLFTRAP or online at http://www.wolftrap.org. For more information, call Wolf Trap at (703) 255-1868.

High-resolution images of the artists listed are available on Wolf Trap?s website: http://www.wolftrap.org/Media_and_Newsroom/Photos_for_Publication.aspx.

Wolf Trap is Metro accessible!

Our environmentally friendly Wolf Trap Express Bus travels from the West Falls Church Metro stop every 20 minutes starting two hours prior to show time. For details, please visit http://www.wolftrap.org/Plan_Your_Visit/Access_by_Metro.aspx.







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Trend Alert // The Short Circle Skirt

The Short Circle Skirt // Bubby and Bean
1. Khaki Circle Skirt, Banana Republic ($ 79.50)  //  2. Pins and Needles Circle Skirt in Blue, Urban Outfitters ($ 32)  //  3. Muse d’Art Moderne Skirt in Red, Modcloth ($ 34.99)  //  4. Delicate Hydrangea Circle Skirt, Ruche ($ 44.99)  //  5. Vintage Olive Circle Skirt, Current Vintage ($ 28)  //  6. Glamorous Circle Skirt In Denim, ASOS ($ 23.76)  //  7. Astral Swing Skirt, Anthropologie ($ 128)

I’ve been seeing short circle skirts everywhere lately.  And although my ever-growing pregnant belly may be preventing me from wearing them, it’s not preventing me from admiring them.  They create a silhouette that is flattering on just about anyone, and they’re also great summer-to-fall transition pieces. (Not that I’m anywhere near ready to talk about summer coming to end.)

Are you crushing on the circle skirt trend?  Which is your favorite from the picks above? 

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May 22, Choose the Best Dog Food | How to rules by Best Dog Food Guide

You can choose the best dog food, here’s how to. Make sure your furry friend is living happier, healthier and longer by choosing the right kind of dog food for him or her.
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Celebrity Business Analyst Announces Opinion on the Effectiveness of Movie Trailers

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 16, 2013

Celebrity Business Analyst released its opinion today on the effectiveness of movie trailers after a July 9 Vulture piece explored the use of highly charged moments in previews to create hype around new movies.

?Satellite tv offers the opportunity for audiences to watch movies anytime they would like to, but part of the fun of going to a movie theater is seeing the trailers for upcoming films,? says Celebrity Business Analyst. ?Previews give you just enough of the movie?s big moments to draw you in and get you excited about watching a new film.? According to the site?s analysis, movie trailers have grown by leaps and bounds since their beginnings. In the early days of film, trailers were completely different than they are now. Most of them featured voice-over narrators praising the movie and its actors using superlatives to describe the film, with perhaps a bit of a plot synopsis thrown in. These days, Hollywood studios tend to put the emphasis on action when considering what to reveal in a movie preview.

?Now, movie trailers seem to focus on the ?big? moments. They aren?t all narrated, and they aren?t as long as they were in the Golden Age of Hollywood,? says Celebrity Business Analyst?s senior writer. ?Studios have dumped the classic, ?In a world where?? voice-over narration for sound bites from the movie itself. In addition, they choose the film?s most explosive or most hilarious moments to make it more alluring to potential audiences.?

Studios spend a lot of money on marketing, and trailers are no exception. One huge moment came in 1996, when 20th Century Fox paid $ 1.3 million to air a teaser for Independence Day during the Super Bowl. Before then, movie trailers weren?t considered big enough for Super Bowl commercials, but Fox changed that. Just thirty seconds long, the teaser features shadows falling over New York, crowds of panicking people, and the White House exploding. It may sound simple in words, but it was enough to contribute to a domestic gross of $ 306 million.

Celebrity Business Analyst has a positive opinion about explosive movie trailers. The site states that using the film?s biggest moments as teasers is a good marketing tactic and creates more interest in new releases.

About Celebrity Business Analyst:

Celebrity Business Analyst and its readers have an interest in the business side of Hollywood. Topics of discussion on the website include analyses of celebrity income and the financial aspects of how movies are made.







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Holiday Greetings through Evite

For the Christmas holiday, I sent a cute animated kitty cat ecard using evite. I sent them also for my sister Valerie and my friend Joyce.

I sent out the following:

Joyce – 25 cards
Valerie – 73 cards
Me – 98 cards
My reps – 12 cards (first-line only)

I reminded everyone that we set them up as wholesale customers so they get 20% off if they log in, and I gave them the website and my phone number. Evite keeps track of who opens the card so I want to see if this is effective and will also be interested to see if there is an increase in orders.

I am using evite to send Thank Yous after each and every order, as well. It’s all part of my customer service goals for this next year.
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A Scotsman, a bulldog and a blonde walk into a spa…

I’m having one of those months where I think everything important is weeks and weeks away, and then all of a sudden it’s coming up tomorrow and I am caught completely unaware. It’s feast or famine ’round these parts. Take the last two weeks, for example.

So. Two weeks ago, I went up to Los Angeles to shoot a segment for ABC’s The Lookout. It’s part investigative journalism, part consumer reporting, and part entertainment. My segment: costly accounting mistakes. Kidding. It’s about dogs.

More specifically, the segment investigates the American willingness to spend billions on our fuzzy companions. The setup sounds like the setup for a joke: A Scotsman, a chihuahua, a Leonberger and a bulldog walk into a dog spa. But seriously, that is what they did. ABC sent veteran journalist Nick Watt into the poshest dog spa I’ve seen in my life with three dogs and an array of some of the more, shall we say, over the top items available for dog owners.

nick

In addition to meeting Nick- he is as funny in person as he is on his segments- I had the pleasure of meeting some really lovely people who actually made me miss living in LA, including the fantastic Matt from Zen Dog. There is nothing more amazing than watching a good trainer who knows dogs communicate with them beautifully.

matt

Yes, the dogs got to ride in the limo.

My job in this segment is to provide objective commentary on the utility of items such as doggie highchairs and Poop Freeze. As you all know, providing commentary on things like Poop Freeze is pretty much why I exist, so if you want to see how this all turned out tune in Wednesday the 17th at 10 pm on ABC.

And then report back to me on how I did, because I have no idea if I was fine or horrifying. And I won’t even get to see it for an extra week, because Wednesday I fly to Ecuador for a World Vets trip and I won’t be back until the 25th. I’m not complaining that I’m doing that, far from it, but it caught me unawares since I committed to it several months ago and promptly forgot until the trip leader sent out an introductory email with the subject: ONE WEEK TO ECUADOR! and I commenced panic mode.

otovalo

 

Otovalo is about 8000 feet up in the Andes, a big change from my trip to Peru and Granada, both at sea level. I’ll be one of several vets participating in World Vets’ 4 times a year high volume spay/ neuter campaign.

World Vets entered into an agreement with the municipality of Otovalo: we will come, we will be there regularly and we will bust our butts and do hundreds of surgeries in a few days’ time. And in return, you promise us you will not poison dogs as a method of population control. It has worked out very well and I can’t wait to get to see it first hand.

From dogs in limos getting dog-friendly pawdicures to a makeshift spay clinic up in the Andes in three weeks’ time. I don’t know how I wound up getting to do the things I do either, but man oh man I do love every minute of it.

Even the Poop Freeze part.

 

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

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