NIV Ragamuffin Bible: Meditations for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Brokenhearted {Book Review}

NIV Ragamuffin Bible: Meditations for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Brokenhearted by Zondervan Publishing My rating: 5 of 5 stars Having read, “Ragamuffin Gospel” by Brenden Manning, I was intrigued by the concept of turning the foundation of this book and incorporating it into a Bible that will both encouraged the, “Bedraggled”, the “Beat-Up” and the…

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A New York Shelter Braces for a Wave of Discarded Dogs Who Were Christmas Presents

Despite repeated advice from dog shelters, veterinarians, activists, and us, lots of people gave dogs as Christmas presents this year. As the holiday buzz wears off and the new owners start to realize that owning a dog is a bit commitment, a lot of those dogs are going to wind up in shelters. And a lot of those aren’t going to make it to forever homes; like too many shelter dogs in the United States, they’ll wind up on the euthanasia table.

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Laura Zambito shows off Vanilla, who came into the shelter with a dress and mammary tumors.

In the video below, Laura Zambito, co-founder of a New York no-kill shelter for small breeds, Precious Pups, talks about how her shelter is bracing for an influx of discarded dogs from the Christmas season for that exact reason. Even without a post-holiday surge, Precious Pups has its hands full: Last month, it accepted 32 Chihuahuas in a single shipment. Precious Pups is now working hard to get all those dogs into forever homes.

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Watching Zambito show off the Chihuahua pups is pretty heartwarming, and even cute (that’s a big admission for me; some small breeds can set my teeth on edge), but she’s talking about some very dark realities. Thanks to celebrities such as Paris Hilton parading them around in public as fashion accessories, Chihuahuas have become very popular dogs, often with people who aren’t ready for the responsibility. But sometimes, being the favorite of the cool kids isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. That popularity, according to Zambito, has made Chihuahuas the second most euthanized dog in the United States.

“A dog is for life,” Zambito says in the interview. “It shouldn’t be given for Christmas. We don’t condone that.”

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Just a few of the 32 Chihuahuas at Precious Pups now looking for forever homes.

One of the dogs that Zambito shows off is a Chihuahua named Vanilla, who was found wandering the streets wearing a little dress, but with no ID that could be used to return her to her owners. That’s symbolic of the problems of owners who casually decide to get a dog: There’s money for the cute, frilly dress, but not for tags or a microchip. In Vanilla’s case, it looks like there might not have been money for a vet, either. She came in with mammary tumors, which Zambito says will be removed by Precious Pups. She and the others can be thankful that they wound up at a no-kill shelter, unlike so many others who won’t make it through the year.

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Happy New Year-Psalm 100

We go to sleep and we wake up to a brand new year, filled with new promises and like a blank book, to be filled with tears and joy, laughter and sorrow, mistakes and new knowledge….but as we go back out into a whole new year, I would love to share this passage from Psalm…

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Lisa Cherie Shines Spotlight On Contemporary Love in New Book

Columbus, GA (PRWEB) November 15, 2013

From Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to the ?Ben-ifer? period, it seems that Hollywood couples can?t go anywhere without having their faces splashed on the covers of tabloids. “Everyone is so focused on anyone in the spotlight that if you are in the entertainment industry, you hardly have any privacy,” writes author Lisa Cherie. Her new book, ?Starstruck? (published by AuthorHouse), partly based on her experiences working for a talent agency, tells the sweeping love story of an actor and the woman who wins his heart.

Of her book, Cherie says ?It has a realistic storyline. The characters are relatable and the story keeps you wondering about the ending.?

Talent agent assistant Laura Steele has a major crush on the hot new actor, Sebastian Thomas. When she writes him a fan email, she is shocked to get a response and even more so when the Los Angeles actor flies out to have dinner with her. Sparks fly and the couple becomes inseparable, but as the rumor mill churns and the paparazzi descends, Laura has her doubts. Unknown to Sebastian, she learned a bitter lesson about love in the spotlight a long time ago.

With engaging characters and many twists and turns, this contemporary romance will have readers holding their breaths to find out if love conquers all. Cherie hopes readers will remember that ?anything is a possibility and happy endings can happen.?


By Lisa Cherie

Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 174 pages | ISBN 9781491803080

Softcover | 6 x 9in | 174 pages | ISBN 9781491803103

E-Book | 174 pages | ISBN 9781491803097

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Lisa Cherie has been writing since she was in grade school and enjoys sharing her stories with others. She loves reading, writing, camping and traveling in her spare time. Although working at a talent agency, owning her own business and working as an accounting assistant has kept Cherie busy, she has always kept her inspiration for writing alive and never lost sight of her dreams. She lives in the South with her two intelligent, supportive teenage children and two bossy, but loving dogs. Readers can connect with Cherie at

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, LLC, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry?s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse celebrated 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.

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Check Your Dogs Vital Signs

Your dog’s vital signs are easy to take and can provide advance warning of any health problems that might be affecting your pet. When checking your dog’s vital signs be sure to include the following tests:

Your dog’s temperature should normally range between 99.5° and 102.5°. If your dog’s temperature goes above 103°, there is a problem. It’s easy to take your pet’s temperature with a lubricated rectal thermometer. A better option that’s less invasive is to use a thermometer designed for reading your dog’s temperature inside one of its ears.

Checking your dog’s pulse is important, but first find out what is a normal pulse for your breed of dog. Pulse rates can vary between size and breed. Once you know what’s normal, you can check your dog’s heart beat in either of two locations. One is inside the upper thigh on your dog’s rear legs where you’ll find the femoral artery. The other is on its chest behind the left leg. To take your dog’s pulse, count the beats per minute for 15 seconds then multiply by four. Normal heartbeats fall within a range of 60-150 per minute.

Respiration, or breathing, is another indicator of good health. Do this when your dog is relaxed, not after it’s been playing or running around for a while. When you have determined the normal respiration for your dog, it will be easy to spot any future changes in its breathing. The average range is around 10-30 breaths per minute, but this number varies according to the breed and size. Do a 15-second count of the breaths then multiply by four to get the one minute rate.

Another health indicator in your dog is circulation of the blood. Just like humans, a dog’s blood has to be carried efficiently throughout its body in order to deliver the necessary nutrients to the cells. Check your dog’s circulation by lifting its upper lip and pressing your finger on the gum line above the canine tooth. When you take your finger away, count how many seconds it takes for the gum to return to its normal pink color. More than a couple of seconds indicates a problem and you should call your vet as soon as possible.

After completing these health tests, do a hands-on and visual check of your pet. Run your hands over your dog’s joints, back, and belly for signs of discomfort or swelling. Check the eyes and ears for any signs of infection or parasites. Be sure to check the paws because they are a perfect place for foreign matter to get trapped.

Water is necessary for all life forms. Be aware of your dog’s water intake every day as it can provide life-saving information on your dog. Don’t hesitate to call your vet if you notice a sudden and significant increase in your dog’s water intake. A simple way to check for dehydration in your dog is to pull up some skin around its neck and then release it. It should fall back right away if the dog has enough fluids in its body. If your dog is dehydrated the skin will lose its elasticity and take longer to return to normal. Any sign of dehydration in your pet can be life threatening, and is a warning to immediately call your vet.

A compassionate owner will make their dog’s life comfortable and enjoyable, always being sure that their dog is healthy and safe. This is the greatest gift an owner can give to the most loyal friend one will ever have. A loving dog is truly a gift from heaven and should always be regarded as a possession to be treasured.

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Baby Is On the Way! (+ Big Holiday Giveaway Winner)

Baby is on the way!

Well, it’s official.  My pregnancy-induced high blood pressure (read more about that here) isn’t cooperating, and it looks like baby girl is going to make her official debut sometime tomorrow.  (What?  It’s really happening?  Is this real life?!)  I head to the hospital this evening to begin the induction process, which will kick into full gear tomorrow morning.  I am simultaneously bursting with fear and excitement, anxiety and pure joy.  She may be coming early, but it feels like I’ve been ready to meet her forever. 

I’m not sure exactly when I’ll be returning to the blog full time, but starting Monday, I’ll have some incredible guest posters filling in.  Please stop back by to show them some love.  If it weren’t for them, we’d be shutting Bubby and Bean down for at least a couple of weeks, so I really appreciate your support of them.  I’m so excited for you guys to see all the goodness they have to share.  And I will stop in with updates along the way (and baby photos!) as I am able, after we’re home and recovered.   I’ll also do my best to update when she is born on Instagram (@bubbyandbean) and Twitter (@motm_ecofashion).

And last but not least, the winner of the Big Holiday Giveaway as chosen via is:

Congratulations Jess!  Please contact me at bubbyandbean (AT) to discuss getting you your prizes.  (With the baby coming earlier than expected, please allow up to a week for me to get back to you.)

For those who celebrated, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.  The next time you hear from me, I will be a mother!

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Feline Greenies – So Hungry

Food. Now. More specifically, Feline Greenies. Video taken with a GoPro HD Hero 2. “I’m So Hungry” by Square Circle.
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