Despite protests, Arctic drill rig preparations continue

Despite protests, Arctic drill rig preparations continue
Police stand guard inside a fence in front of Shell's Polar Pioneer drilling rig as protesters rally nearby, Monday, May 18, 2015 in Seattle. Demonstrators opposed to Arctic oil drilling were showing opposition to a lease agreement between Royal Dutch
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My California Water Is an Undiluted Bargain
The next time you read how the four-year drought has brought on California's current water crisis, consider how very low water prices speeded up the draining of reservoirs and aquifers. I live in a nice neighborhood for faculty adjacent to the
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A Match Made in Hell
Undeterred, we joined Paul [Westerberg], Tommy [Stinson], Bob [Stinson], and Chris [Mars] backstage and massacred a bottle of gin and about 100 "greenies" ('Mats-speak for bottled Heineken) while the local bands plied their trade onstage. When the …
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Animal Cruelty Now a Felony in all 50 States

Animal Legal Defense Fund announcement. I’m so glad all states now have felony laws on the books for animal cruelty, but the work is not yet done! Enforcement is a big piece, and there are many jurisdictions that just don’t have the resources to go after people who treat their animals so badly. Until next […] Dog Blog

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The tawny deer of summer

White-tailed deer turn red-fox tawny in summer.





Canis lupus hominis

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Healthy Paws Pet Insurance Earns the Best Pet Insurance Award from

Industry First – Healthy Paws Pet Insurance Mobile App, a leading pet lifestyle website, named Healthy Paws Pet Insurance ?Best Pet Insurance? based on the following categories: Customer Service Experience, Price, Coverage, and Claim Payment Feedback from Customers.

?The Healthy Paws team is truly honored to be recognized as the leader in delivering exceptional service and value to our pet parents and their cherished pets?, said Steve Siadek, co-founder and chief operating officer at Healthy Paws.

One example of Healthy Paws? commitment to customer service innovation is the Healthy Paws Mobile App for phones and tablets. Through the app, submitting a claim is as easy as snapping a photo of the vet bill. No paper claim forms or requirements of the veterinarian which speeds claim reimbursement and increases customer satisfaction.

“Healthy Paws offers the best pet insurance plan including unlimited lifetime benefits and paperless claims?, said Michelle Schenker of ?Healthy Paws also has an annual deductible rather than a per condition deductible. Annual deductibles increase claim payouts if the pet has multiple conditions during the year.?

Healthy Paws Pet Insurance reimburses up to 90% of covered veterinary costs and provides comprehensive coverage for accidents and illnesses, including congenital and hereditary conditions. Healthy Paws? customers also can visit any licensed veterinarian in the US?including emergency clinics and specialists.

For more information about Healthy Paws? pet insurance policies, including free quotes, please visit

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Italian Dogs?

The dog lady is in Italy this week! I don’t think I’ll be able to post from there, but I will take lots of pictures if I run into any Italian Greyhounds or Neapolitan Mastiffs and will post them next week. I’ve got posts lined up for this week, so you shouldn’t miss me too […] Dog Blog

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Puppy Up Golf

We all know the famous line from Apocalypse Now, “Charlie don’t surf”, but there’s a lesser known one from my travels, “Pet parents don’t golf”.  
Never understood why really since alot of public courses let you take your companion with you. That’s actually how Malcolm, my first great Pyrenees, and I became eternal mates.  Golf.  

That’s him with Murphy’s mum at the Alsatian golf club. He rode shotgun in the cart, never barked in my backswing, and gave me, ahem, a mulligan here and there.  What more could you ask of a mate?  
Well, he did have a bit of difficulty with yardages.  And squirrels. 
I’ve always wanted to promote golf as another way to spend more time with your companion and coming up in August, we’re hosting the first annual ‘Puppy Up and Putt it In’ golf tournament in San Antonio, TX.  
It’s hosted at the beautiful JW Marriott TPC Canyons Course and the proceeds from the event go to funding comparative oncology research and education and awareness about cancer in dogs.  
Come out and play 18 with us for the cause and to learn more about how you can participate as an individual golfer or sponsor, download the PDF or please contact 

And yes’m we keep the tradition alive.  That’s Indiana Jones at a golf course in Atlanta GA.  The question I get most about this pic – was he putting for par?  
That and is Hudsy giving him a read on the break?  
Puppy Up and Putt It In.


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Puppy Up Foundation Funds Bone Cancer Study

Happy Independence Day all!  
I wish, really really wish I could be announcing our independence from cancer today but the sad sorry leadership in this country at every level doesn’t deem it necessary to make the number one killer of pets and people a national priority.  
With cancer research funding levels at a record low at the NIH, that makes what we do at The Puppy Up Foundation increasingly important.  
I’ll be brief because I have to go out and be Chef Big Dog today but what I love about this story is three things.  First the folks in Madison WI that continue to raise the bar for our Puppy Up Walks. Second is that Dr. Christensen heard my presentation at the 2010 VCS conference in San Diego.  
Half the audience left since I was the last speaker at a long event so I want to give a shout out to him for that.  And to Dr. Sue cause she stayed, too.  Trail magic, my friends.  Always. 
Third and most importantly is that this $ 100k study can potentially benefit all kids diagnosed with bone cancer – canine and human.  Even though I was unable to attend the presentation of this rather large and seemingly uncashable check, there are a ton of people throughout the country who made our first grant of 2015 possible. 
So to all of those people, light up a sparkler or hell, man the roman candles – today is your day.  I can’t celebrate the leaders of this country but I truly, completely celebrate you.  

From left: Beth Viney, PuppyUp Madison co-chair; Dr. Neil Christensen; Dr. Kai Shiu, PuppyUp Madison co-chair; and Ginger Morgan, Executive Director of the PuppyUp Foundation.

We’re pleased to announce we have awarded our first grant of 2015 to the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM).
Our ability to continue funding such outstanding research is because of the passion and commitment of volunteersdonors, and sponsors all over the country, who organize and join in our PuppyUp Walks, participate in our yearly calendar contests, play in our golf tournaments (one is coming up in August), and contribute their time, energy, and resources to our common goal of eradicating cancer from the lives of those we love, whether two, three, or four-footed.
Thank you for your continued participation and support.
(from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine web site)
July 2, 2015
Article and photo by Nik Hawkins
Osteosarcoma is a highly aggressive and painful bone cancer that affects both dogs and humans. With thousands of new cases diagnosed in dogs each year, it is the most common form of canine bone tumor, and most dogs succumb to the disease within a year of diagnosis.
Oncologists at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) have been investigating osteosarcoma for some time, looking to uncover its underlying causes and develop more effective therapies. And now, thanks to a $ 96,000 grant from the PuppyUp Foundation, the school will launch a new study aimed at improving mobility and quality of life for dogs afflicted by the disease.
Under the direction of Dr. Neil Christensen,  clinical instructor in the Department of Surgical Sciences and a member of the UW Veterinary Care (UWVC)  radiation oncology team, researchers will explore the potential benefits of stereotactic radiation therapy for osteosarcoma patients.
“Stereotactic radiation is a newer form of treatment made possible by recent technological advances,” says Christensen. “It allows for larger, more accurate doses of radiation while still sparing healthy tissue, in comparison to traditional palliative radiation, which involves smaller, prolonged doses.”
Specifically, the study will look at how stereotactic radiation performs in terms of pain relief for patients and in stimulating an immune response that helps patients’ bodies fight bone tumors on their own.
UWVC is equipped to deliver this advanced treatment with its TomoTherapy unit, which was originally developed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison using data from SVM clinical trials. TomoTherapy is now used widely in human medicine, but only one other veterinary medical hospital in the nation offers this technology.
“Our hope is to help a lot of dogs affected by this disease in the future,” says Christensen. “And the data we generate should be applicable to treating osteosarcoma in humans as well.”
The Puppy Up grant stems from proceeds from the PuppyUp Madison Walk,  which helped raise more than $ 213,000 in 2014 and 2015. The PuppyUp Foundation aims to discover the links between canine and human cancers, as well as the causes of these diseases, by supporting comparative oncology research and promoting awareness of the field.
Christensen’s collaborators on the study include Dr. Timothy Stein, assistant professor of medical oncology; Dr. Michelle Turek, assistant professor of radiation oncology; Dr. Lisa Forrest, professor of radiology and radiation oncology; Margaret Henzler, medical physicist; Dr. Jason Bleedorn,  clinical assistant professor of orthopedic surgery; Dr. Peter Muir, professor of orthopedic surgery; and John Kloke, assistant scientist in the UW-Madison Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics.


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Daily Herald Readers Choose Page's Healthy Paws

Daily Herald Readers Choose Page's Healthy Paws
Wauconda, IL, June 17, 2015 –(– Page's Healthy Paws is thrilled to announce that they have been selected as the Number One “Best Pet Food/Supply Store” in the 2015 Daily Herald 2015 Readers' Choice “Best of the Best” Awards. Owner Jody …
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Examining the Recurring Waves of Success for the “Hip & Joint Revita Chews
The difference in the case of the Revita Chew is incredible: it is a soft chew tablet which tastes like duck or chicken, transforming the health supplement into a tasty treat for your dog, without causing any hazards to her/his teeth. Great for hip
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How often should you brush your dog's teeth?
Left untreated, gum disease can lead to issues with your dog's kidneys, liver, heart or brain. However, brushing your dog's teeth regularly can help prevent this. The ASPCA says that ideally, owners should brush their dog's teeth daily. However, as
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Lil Jon, Bucky Lasek Take Part in Dog Days of Summer #PadresPets #SDinHD

Stars from the worlds of sports and song stepped up to the plate to help pitch the option of pet adoption as they threw out the honorary first pitches at the 11th annual Dog Days of Summer game,…

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The California Dental Hygienists’ Association Applauds ?Dear Abby? for Confirming the Importance of a Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice (RDHAP)

?Dear Abby? confirms importance of an RDHAP to care for those with special needs.

On May 30 (San Francisco Chronicle), Dear Abby answered a letter from a concerned daughter regarding her mothers? oral health care needs while battling Alzheimer?s. ( Abby?s response explained the role of the dental hygienist as the provider for such patients. Individual states determine the scope of practice for their providers. Here in California, it is the Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice, or RDHAP, as the primary provider for patients? with special needs, such as this writer’s mother. ?Too often, the oral healthcare needs of the homebound and special needs patients are not addressed,? states California Dental Hygienists? Association (CDHA) President Lygia Jolley, RDH, BA. ?Many caregivers are unaware of the RDHAP profession and the services that they can provide,? she adds. ?Abby? goes on to detail the work hygienists? can do in such settings, and discusses the change in workforce models currently taking place in many states to further expand this needed oral care.

Registered Dental Hygienists in Alternative Practice (RDHAPs) are licensed in the State of California as dental hygiene professionals who specialize in treating patients with special needs, including patients with mental or physical disabilities whose health conditions limit their abilities to access quality preventive and periodontal oral hygiene care. They purposely reach out to populations who have difficulty accessing care within a traditional dental office. ?The RDHAP provides patients the same type of professional preventive care they would receive in a dental office but allows patients to receive this care conveniently in their own homes,? states Jolley.

RDHAPs provide their services for residents of skilled nursing facilities, disabled individuals, homebound elderly, pregnant women, and children in school settings. For those loved ones and family members living in a long-term care facility or homebound due to age or illness, oral health care contributes to overall health and well-being. With their own mobile units, RDHAP?s bring care to those who may not otherwise receive any type of dental care.

Be sure to include an RDHAP within your provider team, when you are considering services and care. To find an RDHAP in your area, visit the CDHA website at directory, or email: info(at)cdha(dot)org.

The California Dental Hygienists? Association (CDHA) is the authoritative voice of the state?s dental hygiene profession. The organization was established 30 years ago when two regional associations merged to form a unified professional group. CDHA represents thousands of dental hygienists.

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