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Draven Rodriguez, a senior at Schenectady High School in New York, wanted to submit his own senior yearbook photo holding his cat Mr. Bugglesworth with lasers in the background. His photo went viral on the internet, but the school denied his request to make this his senior portrait. However they said the picture could appear somewhere else in the yearbook. Enter school principal Diane Wilkinson holding her Chihuahua, Vivienne. A picture of the two pet…
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Fighting Like Cats and Dogs? Not This Blind Lab and His Guide Cat

I’ve always found that the idea that dogs and cats have “mortal enemy” inscribed on their genome to be highly overstated. When I’ve had dogs and cats living in the same house, they usually either learned to ignore each other or became buddies. Sometimes it was a cautious friendship — more like détente — but still, far from the outright, constant war that’s depicted in idiom, cartoons, and certain cheaply made children’s movies.

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This doesn’t happen in real life.

The National Geographic video below is a really touching example of a dog and a cat who put the lie to the "mortal enemy" myth. Tervel is a chocolate Lab who's blind and partially deaf. His owner Anne says she doesn't know for sure what happened to his senses, but she was told that he was thrown against a wall as a pup. That may have caused his loss of hearing and sight.

For a long time, Tervel mostly stayed curled up in his basket because wandering around the house just meant that he would get hurt by bumping into things. He lived like that until Anne acquired a stray cat named Puddy Tat.

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Pudditat leading Tervel through a muddy patch.

Puddy Tat, by Anne's own account, sounds kind of mean generally.

"He's not very nice with the other cats," she says. "He will bully the other cats a bit into submission."

But Puddy Tat has become great friends with Tervel and begun to act as his guide so that the dog doesn't have to just stay in the basket all the time.

"He prefers Tervel to any of the other cats," Anne says. "I think he must have known that Tervel was blind, because he bonded with him straightaway."

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Anne, the owner of the dog and cat.

Tervel now counts on Puddy Tat to get him around the house. In the video, you can see the cat leading Tervel around the house, even nudging a door open for him. Anne says that having the cat around makes Tervel much more confident and willing to explore.

Check out the video. It's definitely a sweet, nice addition to the day.

What about you? Do your dogs and cats fight, or have you seen them bond like this?

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Agility Dogs

This beautiful border collie is waiting to compete in the agility competition in Menton.  Alongside, in the cage, is his companion – looks a bit squashed but probably OK when she lies down.

I wonder if either of them won.  Border collies are usually the best breed at agility.

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All on Four Dental Implants Dentist Writes Blog on Preventing Gum Disease

New Albany, IN (PRWEB) September 30, 2014

All on Four dental implants dentist Dr. Ron Receveur encourages all persons who have received dental implants to vigilant in the fight against gum disease in a recent blog post.

The post, which can be found at, reminds those with dental implants that if they don?t brush and floss diligently, they could lose their implants in the same way people lose their natural teeth: the bone will deteriorate and the implants will come loose.

?Unfortunately some people think that because they have prosthetic teeth supported by titanium implants that they don?t have to have good oral hygiene,? Dr. Receveur said. ?Nothing could be farther from the truth.?

In his blog, Dr. Receveur offers those with dental implants three tips for preventing gum disease and, not coincidentally, they are the same three tips for those with their natural teeth:

1. Brush.

2. Floss.

3. Regularly visit the dentist for cleanings.

“Gum disease is caused by bacteria left in the mouth after eating and drinking. If enough bacteria stay in your mouth long enough, you will get gum disease,? the Louisville cosmetic family dentist said. ?If you have gum disease long enough, you will lose bone density.?

Dr. Receveur, who practices in New Albany, Ind., across the Ohio River from Louisville, Ky., offers Louisville cosmetic dentistry services and general dentistry such as teeth cleanings, X-rays, fillings, extractions, root canals, crowns, teeth whitening and veneers.

Dr. Receveur has vast experience with All on Four dental implants, All on Six dental implants, mini dental implants, One Day Smile Solution, dental implants in one hour, bone grafting and sinus lifts, all with IV sedation dentistry. He has been restoring implants with prosthetics and complex dentistry for 25 years and surgically placing implants since 2008.

Dr. Receveur offers a five-year warranty on all cosmetic and prosthetic work.

Dr. Receveur, a New Albany native, has been the family dentist of choice for Southern Indiana and Louisville since 1981.

Dr. Receveur was born with a partial cleft palate that left him with a missing front tooth. As a child he ?wore an awful removable partial.? As a teenager, Dr. Receveur received a permanent bridge, but his dentist destroyed one of his healthy, natural teeth in the process. These dental experiences helped drive him to find better dental solutions for his patients.

Dr. Receveur graduated from Indiana University Southeast with honors in chemistry, after which he earned his doctorate in Dental Surgery from the Indiana University School of Dentistry.

Dr. Receveur has attended more than 5,000 hours of postgraduate training and even gone to Portugal to study with the best dentists in the world. He has been awarded numerous advanced certifications in Implant, Sedation, Comprehensive, Restorative and Aesthetic dentistry so he may provide the most current dental techniques to his Louisville and New Albany dental patients.

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A Shelter Does the Impossible: Finds Homes for All Its Dogs

I’m used to writing about how so many dogs get left behind in shelters because they’re too old, disabled, missing a limb, not cute enough, or just because there aren’t enough people wanting to adopt dogs. It’s part of the basic vocabulary of writing about dogs or cats or other kinds of animals, but it can be really disheartening to write over and over again. So it was something of a relief when I came across a story that reverses the theme. Last week, Petaluma Animal Services posted the following announcement on its Facebook page:

No dogs in our kennels today for the happiest reason there is — everyone got a home. Kitty lives inside, so he’ll be in our dog training office lounging on his multiple beds, and playing with 400 toys. We’re off to visit our rescue partners so we can pick up some cuties to bring to Petaluma. Meanwhile, we’re thrilled to be a no-kill shelter who runs out of dogs, and has to post signs like this.

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Sign posted at Petaluma Animal Services. How many shelters get to post this? (Source: Facebook)

That was Thursday, Sept. 25, so by now, the kennels are probably filling up again. The sad underbelly of a story like this is that there's always more dogs to fill the kennels back up again. Just last night, Petaluma Animal Services posted these pictures of three new arrivals.

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We hope these three and the others arriving with them will find new homes soon, but it's good to know that for however briefly, the kennels were empty and quiet because the dogs had found homes.

"We like to look at this as sort of like a crummy summer camp that'll just be a memory for them," training center director Valerie Fausone told a reporter from TV station KTVU. "Here, shelter means shelter. It doesn't mean you have six days to find yourself a home or get killed."

If you watch the interview, Fausone seems almost giddy about the empty cages, and it's hard to blame her. No matter how well you run a shelter, it's never going to be able to compete with a real home. Even with the best intentions and full resources, it's hard to raise a shelter above the level of just being a "crummy summer camp."

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From KTVU's report, one of the empty cages for a dog that now has a home.

The question lingers, of course: How did the shelter do it? Based on the KTVU report and its Facebook page, all I can say is that I'm not sure. It may have been a fluke, or a special organizing push, but ultimately, it got all the dogs into homes.

I suspect that part of it may have to do with social media strategies. On Facebook at least, Petaluma Animal Services is highly engaged with the community. It updates several times a day, and not only does it show the dogs who need homes, it regularly features updates on shelter alumni, showing how the dogs and cats are doing in their new homes. The people following the page seem highly engaged with the staff and the animals the shelter cares for. (For whatever reason, its Twitter feed seems to have been abandoned since December, however.)

The momentary success seems to have inspired the staff to set new, bigger goals. Specifically, it wants to do the same thing for the shelter's cats:

A moment of empty kennels for our dogs gave us an idea. Popular shelter folklore says, it is impossible to have empty cat cages (due to the numbers of cats). Should we believe this, or attempt it? Should we fail to try, or get busy? You know we like big gnarly goals. This week, we'll be harnessing our resources, putting pen to paper, and hatching a plan. Could there be a day when the news comes to film empty cat cages? What would you be willing to do to help us get it done?

Here's hoping that it can pull that off.

If you live in Northern California near Petaluma and feel inspired to adopt a dog or cat, you can call the shelter at (707) 778-PETS (7387) or email info@petalumaanimalshelter. It also keeps applications online so you can get some of the paperwork out of the way before arriving at the shelter.

Via KTVU and Petaluma Animal Services Facebook page.

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International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Today is ‘International Talk like a Pirate Day’ – who knew!  So I give you this tiny ‘Pirate’ who I’m sure can ‘woof’ in an ‘Ahoy matey’ sort of way!

In fact, this little sweetheart is called Shelley and is only 9 months old. She lives in Menton but I met her at the Sospel Agricultural Show last Sunday.

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When Lili Vaughn of Des Plains, Ill. adopted her dog, Bigby in 2011 from Heartland Animal Shelter in Northbrook, Ill, it changed her.

When she learned about how much help shelters needed to care for homeless pets and find them loving homes, Lili set out on a mission to find creative ways she could assist.

The pet loving girl first starting asking friends and family for donations to Heartland instead of birthday presents.

Then, with her allowance, Lili starting buying collars and decorating them with flowers and buttons. She mails them to shelters throughout the country. “I do a lot of research and find the shelters I like and then send them,” she says.

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On October 1st, Bubby and Bean will be launching a brand new website. It’s been in the works for several months, and I’m so excited to finally reveal the new design and features. One of the improvements will be new larger ad sizes, right in time for the holiday season. October, November, and December are the highest traffic months of the year here on the blog – and therefore for our sponsors as well. If you have a shop, blog, Etsy store, or small business,  I’d love for you to join us on our new site for our busiest season! Advertising with Bubby and Bean is an an affordable, effective way to promote your brand to several thousands of interested people every single day.

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Gum Disease Now More Common than Diabetes, and Traditional Treatment May Not Be Enough for Diabetic Patients

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 25, 2014

With the recent media attention on gum disease and toothpaste, as seen in ABC’s September 15 account of the recent Crest toothpaste issue, leading Los Angeles periodontists are emphasizing an important study explained by the American Academy of Periodontology earlier this year about nonsurgical periodontal therapy for those with type 2 diabetes. The study found that the therapy did not actually cure the disease in diabetic patients with moderate to advanced periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is when bacteria builds plaque below the gum line. Pain isn?t usually felt with periodontal disease until it?s in its advanced stages where much of the damage to gums and teeth has already been done. Damaged gums and teeth can eventually lead to tooth loss.

Dr. Alexandre-Amir Aalam of the Center for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy said, ?In its early stages, periodontal disease may display few, if any, signs. Brushing alone cannot remove the bacteria that cause gum disease. We recommend brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting a periodontist annually to help prevent and diagnose periodontal disease.?

Gum disease often occurs in individuals who have poor oral hygiene and smoking is also a significant risk factor in developing the disease. Advanced periodontal disease has been shown to play a role in other health conditions like cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer?s disease and diabetes. With periodontal disease on the rise, now more common than diabetes, early detection and treatment is of the utmost importance.

?Gum disease is quite common, but many people don?t know about it. It can affect not only the health of your teeth and gums, but also the appearance of your smile,? said Dr. Alina Krivitsky from the Center for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy. ?Most people aren?t aware that the mouth plays a key role in the health of the rest of our body and can seriously affect and progress other diseases that we might have, including diabetes.?

The study showed that people who had diabetes and gum disease were treated with nonsurgical methods, but found that these methods did not change their glycemic control. It was the same as those not treated which shows that nonsurgical treatments are not affecting diabetic patients and the periodontal disease was not successfully controlled.

?This research helps periodontists know the best treatment for our patients with diabetes so that they can receive the appropriate treatment to cure their periodontal disease,? continued Dr. Aalam. ?This is why it is so important that people who have diabetes see a periodontist each year so we can give them the specialized care that they need to stay healthy.?

Dr. Alexandre-Amir Aalam and Dr. Alina Krivitsky are board certified periodontists specializing in dental implants and gum and tissue diseases. They opened The CENTER, a periodontal office focused on providing patients with excellent and skilled care at affordable prices, with the goal of restoring oral health and aesthetic appearance. They are alumni of the prestigious Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC and are still heavily involved in academia and giving back to future periodontists at USC. They are also the only two board-certified periodontists in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles.

If you or someone you know is interested in scheduling an appointment with the CENTER for Advanced Periodontal & Implant Therapy, we encourage you to contact (310)-826-8242 today.

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