It’s a Halo Feeding Frenzy at SPCA of Westchester

SPCA of Westchester - Halo Pets Food Delivery with Pups

Last month, SPCA of Westchester received a Halo Food donation for their homeless pets. Here’s what they had to say:

“It’s a Friday Feeding Frenzy here at the shelter thanks to this amazing delivery donated by Halo PetsFreekibble, and! We can’t tell you how much we appreciate your kindness and generosity toward our furry friends!”

We are happy that animals like Bella (black Chihuahua), Annie and Maggie (shepherd pups) are getting healthy nutritious meals.

SPCA of Westchester - Halo Pets Food Delivery

Read SPCA of Westchester’s original Facebook post.


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The New Doc


Pawcurious: With Veterinarian and Author Dr. V

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Poodle pleasure

A little old lady poodle, whose only wish in life is to please her owner.

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Does anyone know anything about Pet Playgrounds Fence system? I am considering this type.

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Whitley Westie Reviews Halo Liv-a-Littles Natural Dog Treats

Whitley Westie and Finley

Whitley Westie is a 13-year-old westie from Texas. Recently, she and her best friend, Finley, reviewed our Liv-a-Littles 100% Chicken Breast Freeze-Dried Dog and Cat Treats thanks to Here’s what Whitley had to say:

“Me and Finley are givin ‘em 8 paws up and 2 waggin’ tails!  And makin sure dat we hide em from da cats!  And as always we wuz impressed by Chewy’s fast shippin – our treats came right away.  Fanks so much Chewy!”

Thank you Whitley and Finely for taste testing our natural pet treats. We hope you continue to enjoy them!

Read Whitley Westie’s complete review on Halo’s Liv-a-Little treats.


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Coco’s Bad Breath: April 20


Pawcurious: With Veterinarian and Author Dr. V

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Free Dog Key Ring with PawZaar Purse Purchase!

This weekend, we’ve got a fun special to share: with every order from the PawZaar Purse Collection, we’ll include a bonus DOG or CAT key ring, the perfect accessory for your new bag. (Or…

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Chasing Butterflies


If you’re ever in need of an escape to reset your head and find a little bit of peace in the chaos that swirls around you, I highly recommend Thailand. I have lots of stories and photos to share about the elephants I met, but today I have a different story to tell.

Although not quite intentional, when I planned this trip I realized I was returning the day before my son’s tenth birthday, which is also the one year anniversary of my mother’s death. To spend the two weeks leading up to it in a dream fugue of green hills and silent Buddhas was a serendipitous gift that I really needed, because otherwise I would be at home, reliving those long painful days.


Partway through the trip, our group left the elephant sanctuary for the day and travelled to a small offshoot, where the park personnel were working with a large group of macaques. These monkeys, over a hundred of them, had been seized from the streets of Bangkok by the Thai government and were set to be sold to a laboratory before the park founder intervened and took them in to the sanctuary with little more than two weeks’ notice.

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It is, to put it mildly, a large undertaking.

When we arrived, a small cadre of volunteers was upgrading the enclosures and getting a handle on one of the first orders of business: neutering the male monkeys. This is necessary for a variety of reasons; behavioral, and the fact that as adorable as all the babies were, they didn’t need to add more to the mix.


But needless to say, the monkeys themselves were not as thrilled with the idea. They are smart. They know what the little blowdarts mean: someone gets sleepy and goes away for a bit; and they were really, really good at evading them.


Two unsuccessful hours in, as we were still watching the goings-on and waiting for someone to neuter, a small motion caught my eye. It was a bright orange butterfly.


Butterflies have long been my mother’s favorite creature; it is impossible for me to see one and not think of her. They are, and always have been, her avatar. And I, who had been studiously avoiding getting into my head on the topic, had no choice but to sit and think about her.

The butterfly eventually flitted on further into the field, slowly and lazily as if to wait for me to get the hint, so I followed.


I vaguely heard people calling after me as I wandered off, but my attention was turned elsewhere: The field this butterfly had led me to was alive.


I had never seen so many different butterflies all in one place; the green ones that looked like leaves caught on the wind; the orange one that flew like scattered flower petals; the small grey ones on the ground that sat like pebbles until, unfurling their wings, they revealed themselves to be blue.


I didn’t even notice the one on the left at first; a camouflaged creature, hiding in plain sight, watching over the three remaining orange butterflies.


When I saw it, so hidden yet just as real as the remaining three, it hit me so suddenly that my breath caught. A whisper on the wind as clear as day: She is here. She is always here, all around you, and your dad, and your sister.

I hadn’t been expecting such an obvious revelation, and certainly not in what appeared to be an empty field, but I seem to require very deliberate signs from the universe in order to pay attention.


Eventually Teri came bushwhacking to scrape me off the riverbank and let me know a monkey was ready for a neuter. I had found a riverbed where the butterflies swirled, and in that silent contemplation, I was able to get up and go back to the insanity of our lives.

Pawcurious: With Veterinarian and Author Dr. V

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My Hearts

I’m just popping in today to share this picture I snapped of Robbie and Essley baking faux cupcakes in her play kitchen last week. I’ve mentioned several times here that he had to leave for the band’s busiest few months of the year when Emmett was just two weeks old. This was tough on all of us, but as exhausting as the last few months have been for me, and as much as Essley missed her daddy, it was the hardest of all on Robbie. Now that we’re in the midst of a slower couple of months for him work wise (he was home for a couple of weeks last month, and is for about two-thirds of June as well), he has been devoting every moment to quality time with the kids. It’s pretty heart melting to see the bond between them, enough so that I felt motivated to give this shout out today. I love my family guys. So much. They’re my hearts. And that’s pretty much all I have to say today. I’m feeling a little emo, I guess.

There will be no post tomorrow, so I’ll see you Monday. Have a great weekend, friends!

P.S. I’ve gotten so many questions about this play kitchen. This is the one we have. She loves it!


Bubby and Bean ::: Living Creatively

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The Awful Case of Kristen Lindsey

In April 2015, Kristen Lindsey, DVM, shot a cat through the head with an arrow and then posted a picture on Facebook with the following caption:

“My first bow kill … lol. The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through it’s [sic] head! Vet of the year award … gladly accepted.”

These facts are not in dispute. Why she did it, however, is. This is why she is currently testifying in an administrative hearing in order to try and keep her veterinary license. At its heart is the question, “Is there any justifiable reason for her to have done that?”


The answer is no. It is an unequivocal no.

I have avoided commenting on the topic because once the image went viral, the reaction was swift and potent. She has received death threats and her family has been harassed. What she did was horrific and wrong, and sending death threats is also horrific and wrong, and I didn’t want to embolden the sentiment that might encourage one more person to do so.

I have yet to read a single sentiment from the veterinary community that attempts to defend Lindsey. What I have read, and it reflects my own views, is that her actions are utterly condemnable and she needs to be removed from the profession. Physically attacked or threatened? No.

But Please, Please Go Away

The reason I am speaking on this now is to clarify the position that just because many of us have not clamored to do the same to Lindsey as she did to (what most presume to be) Tiger, this does not mean we want anything to do with her in the profession.

This was a career-ending action. There is no place in this field for a colleague who thinks it is 1. appropriate to do this in the first place and 2. post it on social media. There just isn’t.

Had she simply disappeared under the radar and gone on to find a job in a non animal-related field, I would never have even written about the case. But she didn’t. She is fighting to keep her license. The VIN News Service is sharing the testimony on Facebook and it is alternatively sad and horrible and infuriating.

She is continuing to try and justify her actions based on what she thought the cat was (feral, intact, rabid, it keeps morphing.) There are no justifying conditions. 

She is arguing that if she loses her Texas license, she will not be able to get licensed anywhere else, that she is unemployable. That is a consequence she brought upon herself. The only remorse she has expressed is for herself.

She has forced a hearing at which the presumptive owners of Tiger have to come in with lawyers, be cross-examined, and again view what happened to the cat. She is continuing to cause distress to these people by forcing them to participate in this hearing.

I will continue to state forcefully and with great passion that I do not think violence, or even threats of violence, are an appropriate response to a violent act. But I will also state forcefully and with great passion that Dr. Lindsey, we do not want you in our profession representing what we work so hard to do every day to better the lives of people and animals.

It doesn’t really matter what the board decides in terms of your license, I highly doubt you will ever practice again. So please, for the sake of everyone involved, please- stop this fight to stay within the field. You’ve already shown yourself out.

Pawcurious: With Veterinarian and Author Dr. V

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