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I’m going to come right out and confess that while I generally consider myself to be a healthy person when it comes to food choices, December and January were the worst two months I can remember in terms of letting myself slip with food. I’d worked hard in the fall to shed the rest of my baby weight and increase my energy and stamina by focusing on consuming lots of veggies, fruits, and healthy proteins – and it was pretty easy for me to find the motivation to do this considering we had a beach vacation coming up in early December where I’d be wearing a bathing suit for the first time since before getting pregnant in 2015. But as soon as we returned from our trip and the lure of holiday season treats was before me, I instantly lost all will power and began consuming any and every form of sugar (which is truly my greatest weakness when it comes to food) put in front of me. Once January arrived, I had a full-blown sugar addiction. Winter’s awful weather and short days only fueled my cravings, and I was left feeling bloated, tired, and sick. It was time to make a change.
I knew from past experience that the most successful way for me to create new healthy habits for myself is to start small. I’d also recently learned about Prevention.com‘s #SpreadTheHealth Healthy Habits Challenge, which consists of simple, one-week challenges in key areas (Nourish, Connect, Move, Grow, and Relax) that ultimately have the potential to create more profound, long-term health improvements. So I decided to focus on the Nourish Category and give up sugar for one week. This commitment would mean eliminating all refined sugars and artificial sweeteners, but would also include going without “healthy” or organic sweeteners (evaporated cane juice, honey, maple syrup, etc.). I would also focus on eating whole foods (including fruit, which contains fiber that helps to body to more slowly digest the natural sugars it contains) as much as possible. I’d done clean eating challenges before, but I had never gone from consuming such an extreme sugar-laden diet to completely excluding it from the foods I ate. And in the end, I was quite surprised with the results.
You can read all about my experience with eliminating sugar, including the obstacles I faced, the lessons and I learned, and what happened in the end over on Prevention.com. And I highly encourage you, my friends and readers, to join me and take a challenge of your own, then share your experience on social media using the hashtag #SpreadTheHealth. I think you’ll be amazed at how greatly a short, simple effort can affect your overall well being!
From the Carrollton (TX) police department’s Facebook page: Our many thanks today to Dr. Stacie Fowler and the staff at North Texas Emergency Pet Clinic for nursing this honorary K-9 back to health. A-shift patrol officers found the puppy suffering from a drug overdose Saturday. Pup was left in the floorboard of a truck in […]
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It’s such a blogger cliche to obsess over seasons but you guys – spring is exactly one month away! One month! Winter is almost over! I’m much more drawn to spring and summer fashion than I am to fall and winter (which, while we’re on the topic of bloggers, is the opposite of most), so this is the time of year I really start getting excited about clothes. Give me a flowy mini dress over bare legs or a great jumpsuit with sandals and a messy salt water half bun and I’m in my style element.
I mentioned last week that I’ve been spending late nights looking on Pinterest for home inspiration for our move, but I’ve also been getting sucked into pinning to my style board. The looks you see above are some of my current favorites.
Who else gets more pumped about their wardrobe in the spring than in the fall? Tell me I’m not the only one…
This is a striped skunk smelling some sardine oil. Striped skunks vary greatly on how extensive their white stripes actually are. This one just has some white on its head.
Derek…. The media has never been great about interpreting stats, which need to be followed for several years before they serve any value. Would love for the Chron to explain the big post-2005 jump in bite stats.
This breakdown came directly to us from SFACC employee Kat Brown.
Total dog intake — 2545 (22 biters)
Total dog euth — 778 (unknown why total outcome of dogs does not add up to total intake — 2541)
Euth rate: 30.6% of intake
Last quarter of this period:
Total bites reported — 62 (of that, 9 were pit bulls, 12 were pit bull mixes)
Total dog intake — 2428 (34 biters)
Total dog euth — 616 (again, total outcome of dogs does not add up to total intake — 2446)
Euth rate: 25.4% of intake
Total bites reported — 336 (of that, 26 were pit bulls, 34 were pit bull mixes)
Last quarter of this period:
Total bites reported — 114 (9 were pit bulls, 9 were pit bull mixes)
More recently (2014) the SF dog judge hears "investigates about 450 cases a year, and presides over about 120 hearings."
If SF has solved its "bite problem" by targeting blocky headed dogs, then why do city dogs keep biting? We would suggest looking to contemporary, peer reviewed research for those answers. To start, science has confirmed that a dog's genetic make-up does not and cannot predict future behaviors.
Trying to suss out biters based on nothing but physical appearance is an old school belief that keeps cities like SF living in the dark ages and chasing down bite cases. Just imagine if those resources were used on bite prevention programs instead. For more info on dog bites than anyone can eat in one helping, please review the research archived on by National Canine Research Council.
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Valentine’s Day is a special day in our house: it’s the anniversary of the launch of our PawZaar boutique AND the anniversary of the adoption of our cat Lucky! We launched PawZaar on Feb….
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In an article last month in The New York Times, the columnist pointed out that by law city shelters and pet stores are required to microchip animals before selling them or releasing them for adoption. The author mentioned that the chip should be registered, but the “rest of that story” is where the slippery slope begins.
As the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know, and host of the NPR radio show Dog Talk (and Kitties Too!), among other pet shows on the Radio Pet Lady Network, I often field questions about microchipping as a way to safeguard a pet. To that end, I would like to point out a few misconceptions about the practice so that pet owners can remedy these “black hole” areas they don’t actually know exist!
In my experience, microchipping provides a false sense of security for pet owners. People are told their dog or cat has a microchip and they think “Great” and don’t stop to imagine all the ways in which that chip is not the answer to reuniting them with a lost animal.
What are the Pitfalls of a Microchip?
A microchip is a tiny electronic device (the size of a grain of rice) which is injected under the skin between the shoulder blades through a special needle. The fundamental problem with chips is that different companies manufacture microchips and each has its own database that links the chip number to the owner. The scanners used by veterinarians and shelters operate on various frequencies and one company’s chip might not be readable by a scanner from another company (the differences in microchip frequencies have led to lawsuits).
Another potential downfall of microchipping is that if you travel with your pet outside of the country and need to be aware that many U.S. scanners operate on a different frequencies than those in other countries.
Who Finds A Lost Pet and Has a Scanner Handy?
Equally challenging is who finds your pet. If an animal control officer finds him/her, the shelter may not have scanners compatible with the brand of chip in your pet: an unreadable chip is clearly useless. The Shelter staff may be gone at the hour the pet comes in so there’s no one to use a scanner anyway. If a good Samaritan finds your pet, that person obviously does not have a scanner of any kind so the chip remains “invisible,” whereas a collar tag gives immediate contact information and an attempt could be made to reach you.
Adopting a Pet with a Chip Gives You No Automatic Safeguard
When you adopt a dog or cat, s/he may have a microchip but no personal information has been assigned to you, which is not something often considered in the excitement of re-homing a pet. Rarely are adopters told to immediately contact the chip company and give their own contact information. In fact, if you adopt a relinquished pet from a rescue/foster group, the previous owner’s information may still be on record with the company, making it a near certainty that you will not be found if that pet is lost.
As a new owner you probably do not know that microchip companies charge a registration fee, which they need to pay in order to transfer the pet to their name. There are also annual fees which come due without a reminder. If the fee is not paid, the pet’s information is not available, rendering the microchip useless.
Even in a best-case scenario, microchips can present physical problems. Matted hair, body fat, the possible migration of the chip to elsewhere in the body or even a metal collar may impede scanning of the chip.
Buying a Puppy with a Microchip is Another Illusion of Safety
If you buy a puppy from a breeder who implants chips in puppies before releasing them to their homes, “operator error” [especially in a large litter] may result in assigning the wrong number to your puppy on your paperwork. That happened to me when another purchaser from the same litter had already registered my puppy’s number as their own. Try to unravel that tangled mess! If you purchase from a pet store (because you don’t know any better) and are told the puppy is chipped, there is an even greater chance that the chip in your puppy (if there even is one) is not the number on your purchase document since puppies from pet stores are procured from puppy mills far and wide and the management and handling of those litters by volume breeders and the middle men who ship them is often questionable.
One of the most important things to do with a newly acquired pet is to go to your veterinarian for an immediate wellness visit, during which you should also have him/her double-check the microchip number. You can also ask your vet to scan your pet at your yearly visit to make sure the chip is functioning properly.
A Collar with a Tag is Your Basic Measure of Protection
A traditional collar ID is still the most reliable, tangible method for someone who finds your pet to reunite him/her with you. That being said, if you have a vacation home you must have that contact information on an additional tag that the pet wears at all times. And put at least two phone numbers on there to maximize the chance of reaching you in an emergency.
Despite all this naysaying, a microchip can be an excellent extra measure of protection since a physical collar can fall off or be removed. A “belt and suspenders” kind of back up to an old-fashioned collar and up to date I.D. tag.
Tracie Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is recognized as the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio. She continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after 9 consecutive years and over 500 shows. She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM for over 7 years until the channel was canceled, when Tracie created her own Radio Pet Lady Network where she produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.
Tracie also is the Founder and Director of the annual NY Dog Film Festival, a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people. Short canine-themed documentary, animated and narrative films from around the world create a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. With a New York City premiere every October, the Festival then travels around the country, partnering in each location with an outstanding animal welfare organization that brings adoptable dogs to the theater and receives half the proceeds of the ticket sales. Halo was a Founding Sponsor in 2015 and donated 10,000 meals to the beneficiary shelters in every destination around the country in 2016.
Tracie lives in Bennington, Vermont – where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based – and where her 12 acres are well-used by her 2-girl pack of lovely, lively rescued Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda.