America’s Favorite Veterinarian Contest halted due to cyber-bullying: Finalists to be honored collectively

Reported in AVMF NEWS, the following was announced:

“America’s Favorite Veterinarian Contest Halted Due to Cyber-Bullying – Finalists to be Honored Collectively”

“The 2015 America’s Favorite Veterinarian Contest has been halted, and we have declared all 20 finalists “America’s Favorite Veterinarians” following a vicious cyber-bullying attack which disrupted and contaminated the final election process. Activists opposed to cat declawing “hijacked” the contest, resorting to cyber-bullying the majority of the contest finalists. The attacks were reprehensible and undeserved, and have undermined the spirit of the competition and caused the contestants undue harm. Read the press release for more information.

“We thank you for your interest in the contest, and we are truly sorry for what has happened. Our contestants deserve the utmost respect for what they do every day as veterinarians. We ask that those who are bullying these contestants immediately stop. Please join us in honoring these veterinarians with the respect they deserve.”

Lori , I’ve Got the ‘Scoop’!, LLC

2015 National Pet Sitting Business of the Year Recipient, NAPPS

2015 Best Pet Sitter & Dog Walker Burlington County, Winner of Best of Burlington County Times 

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newtraciepic2Sometimes you hear the story of someone who adopted from a shelter and discovered the dog or cat was really timid and shy. They might have expressed disappointment, or even made the fatalistic judgment “this animal must have been terribly abused and will never be able to be a loving pet.”

People can mistakenly give up on such a pet and take them back to the shelter without ever giving them a chance to develop a bit of trust and courage. Adopted animals have something valuable to teach the person they choose, and often that lesson is patience. When you adopt you receive the simple life lesson that something good is worth waiting for. Adopted dogs and cats can also show us the truth of the song lyric “you can’t rush love.”

I have seen time and again how rewarding the love feels to both the person and the pet when that pet is a reluctant new family member. When such dogs or cat are given the respect and space to find their own way to express and receive affection, the result can feel like a miracle!

Maybe those dogs and cats were not even abused – they’ve simply never experienced the love of humans before. They make us realize that depending on what has come before, even good things can take some getting used to! It’s always impresses me when someone who adopts is willing to postpone his own pleasure in having a pet to interact with, and instead is willing to delay that gratification and let the animal adjust at her own pace.

DFF-logo-ProudSponsor175x166My friend Jacob adopted a Lab-mix dog, Millicent, who was so fearful that she spent the first months (not days or weeks!) slinking around at the perimeter of rooms and curling up in the back of her soft-sided crate, as if to hide herself. Jacob kept the zippered mesh door of the crate rolled up like a tent opening but he never reached in there to disturb Millicent or tried to coax her out.

Sometimes he’d sit outside the crate door and read with a few extra delicious treats in his lap, letting Millicent sniff him out and acclimate when her curiosity (or thirst or need to pee!) enticed her out of the crate. Jacob never rushed Millicent – he let her decide when she was ready to come over to him. Little by little she took a deep breath and learned to trust him.

Once she crossed that line it was a matter of weeks before she stood up straight, walked confidently right through the middle of rooms, and the tail that had been tucked between her legs uncurled and began to wag, first tentatively and then with abandon.

Jacob’s patience paid off with a sense of accomplishment and even of triumph – and with those patient beginnings he allowed Millicent to develop a comfort level that will serve both of them in good stead for many years to come.
Tracie Hotchner is the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know.

She is also a renowned pet radio host and producer, having spent 7 years on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius/XM with CAT CHAT® and even longer with her award-winning NPR radio show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) that continues to broadcast in the Hamptons and the Berkshires. Her most recent accomplishment is the pet talk radio network she has created on the Internet called The Radio Pet Lady Network.


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Gray fox on the hunt

I’ve only seen one of these foxes in person. They simply avoid coming out in the middle of day around here.

They prefer to stay deep in the woods, where they can take up a tree if something should spook them.


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How to sell a toy dog

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I’ve spent a lot of time the past few weeks thinking about gratitude, and what it means to me. I was worried that this, the first holiday season without the person who defines it for me, would be horrible and that I would have no interest in celebrating anything. Which is a valid response for sure, but I was hoping I could dredge up enough energy to participate for my kids’ sake.

And then a funny thing happened. I totally was into the whole gratitude thing.

Although my life has had its ups and downs, I would say I’ve been pretty darn lucky, and I’m the first to admit that. This is the first year I’ve had what I consider a truly devastating event, and even that- well, this is part of the human condition. Love and loss, one of the great lessons we learn as humans, one of the great moments for which pets prepare us.

I am grateful for that. I am grateful that my work prepared me for life to the point which I could address loss head on. Sorrow? Yes. Regret? Nope.

I never could have imagined when I started this little blog so many years ago that the people who would show up have turned out to be the most amazing group I have ever met. You have supported me through low points and high (many of which you never even heard about, but trust me, they were there), given me love and encouraged me to fulfill a lifelong dream, allowed me to walk into that bookstore and see my name on a shelf.

I am grateful for readers who, despite a world full of cynics and narcissists, recognize that we are all on the same side. Even when we don’t always agree on the finer points, we all know that hey, we all love animals and do our best in the best way we know how.

Do you realize how amazing that is? How many people spend their lives in anger, drumming up fury over things just because they need something to fill their lives?

We don’t need to do that, because we have all we need. And that frees us up to experience life in all its beauty, pain, and love. Your support and encouragement has in turn given me even more compassion for the people I meet every day, and that is such a gift.

This is the lesson our pets give us every day, and we carry it with us out of our homes and into our interactions with everyone around us.

It is a beautiful thing.

And I am thankful.

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Seasonably appropriate


In most of the US, this is Thanksgiving week, but here in West Virginia, it’s deer season. I’ve seen only one deer in two days. I’m that bad a hunter, but I’ve seen more than a few turkeys.

Which is a more seasonably appropriate animal.

But this is deer season.



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Some gray and not-so-gray squirrels

Milling about on the lawn were both common phases of the Eastern gray squirrel.







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Win the New Puppy Bundle from RPG Innovations!

Are you welcoming a new puppy (or any age of dog) to your home in the coming weeks? If so, we want to make you aware of the New Puppy Bundle, a great package of products from RPG Innovations, which…

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The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New by Marty Machowski (Book Review)

The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New by Marty Machowski My rating: 5 of 5 stars “The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New” is a 224 page, illustrated systematic theology primer geared for “children”, but as I was going through the book, I felt that this was more than just a children “primer”, but a book that…

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10 Great Holiday Wreath Designs

10 Great Holiday Wreath Designs via Bubby and Bean
1. Magnolia Leaf and Eucalyptus Wreath, the Magnolia Company  //  2. DIY Berry Wreath, Good Housekeeping  //  3. Simple Holiday Wreath, Nest of Posies  //  4. Bittersweet Wreath, Design Mag  //  5. Mini Wreath Garland, The Merry Thought  //  6. Simple Festive Wreath, Freckle and Wulff  //  7. Winter Citrus Wreath, Design*Sponge  //  8. Seeded Eucalyptus Wreath, Terrain  //  9. Spruce Forest Wreath, Terrain  //  10. DIY Holiday Wreath, Style Me Pretty

The 10 Great series is no stranger to holiday inspiration. Last year, I posted 10 Great Holiday Cocktails and 10 Great Christmas Cookie Recipes. The year before, I shared 10 Great Holiday Wrapping Ideas and 10 Great Holiday Craft Projects. Most recently, I have had my eye on a very specific part of the holiday decor genre – the wreath – so it only seemed natural to share my 10 favorite finds with you guys.

There is something about hanging a wreath during this time of year that feels especially comforting to me. My mom used to hand make all of our wreaths growing up (and often, still does), so maybe that’s what I find so appealing about them. I also like that they’re sort of a sweet symbol of welcoming when they’re hanging on front doors, and that they can so subtly add a hint of the season to an indoor space without being overwhelming. I’m not completely sure if I’ll buy a simple wreath this year and add my own decorations, or if I’ll make something from scratch, but regardless, I’ll be using the 10 gorgeous wreath designs you see here as inspiration. I hope you find them inspiring for your own holiday wreath plans well.


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