GIVEAWAY // Win A $50 Credit to PrintKEG Printing (3 Winners!)

Win $  50 in Printing from PrintKEG and Bubby & Bean!

Happy Friday!  Today I’m excited to be teaming up with February’s featured sponsor,, for an amazing giveaway with three winners!  If you’re not yet familiar with PrintKEG, they are a small printing company who works closely with artists, graphic designers, small business owners, and individuals to produce high quality and full color custom flyers, posters and cards using the latest in digital printing technology.  They have a highly personal customer experience (which I think is key when it comes to a great company), and focus on small print projects, which allows for low minimum options that are also affordable.  I can’t wait to use them for an upcoming print project that I’m working on.

For today’s giveaway, PrintKEG is giving away $ 50 in printing services to three Bubby and Bean readers!  These credits are good for any type of printing – including flyers, posters, cards, stickers, invitations, canvas prints and more.  Whether you’d like to get some promotional materials printed for your small business or some cards or posters printed for your home, this giveaway is for you.

To enter, just visit the PrintKEG website, then leave a comment below telling me what you’d get printed if you won. That’s it!

Once you’ve completed the mandatory entry above, you can also gain one additional entry for each of the following.  (*Please list each extra entry in a SEPARATE comment in order for it to count).

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This giveaway will run through February 13th.  The three winners will be randomly chosen and announced shortly after.  Please note that winners must have shipping addresses in the US or Canada.  Credit is not applicable for t-shirts, but if winner prefers to use $ 50 on custom shirt printing, Printkeg is more than happy to offer credit for their sister site,, instead. 

A huge thank you to PrintKEG for giving Bubby and Bean’s readers a chance to win some of their stellar printing services!  Good luck!

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Super Bowl Ads Scorecard

Let’s face it, the game on Sunday ceased to be interesting about 15 minutes in so there was more interest than there normally is in the advertisements. There were some hideous ones. There were some OK ones. There were some great ones. Here, in no particular order, are some of the animal ads that graced the screen during our annual American paean to commercialism.

Chevy Romance

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I was very concerned this ad was going to end up in some sort of abbatoir, or a rodeo, or any number of things we’d all get the sads from watching, so to see the bull go off to a life of studliness is a clean getaway, albeit a bit manipulative. And really, it’s just slight take on the typical “guy opens bud, ends up in pool with 500 supermodels” ad so I have to take some points off for originality. Grade: B-

Ian Up for Whatever

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I would be thrilled to come across Don Cheadle and a llama in an elevator. I can think of few things that would entertain me more, except perhaps Bill Murray and an alpaca in an elevator. TAKE NOTE, BUD. Grade: B+


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I just found this ad confusing. Were they in a pet store offering on demand breeding of designer breeds? Why is this Doberhuahua so angry? What dog show is going to let a non-recognized breed in? Why are their eyes so buggy and has anyone tested their intraocular pressure yet? Why is that one launching himself at a window? WHY IS HIS HEAD SO BIG?? I realize none of these things are relevant to the point of the ad, but I was so distracted by the million questions in my head I forgot to pay attention to what they are supposed to be advertising. Is there some horrible monster-tire bearing sports car hybrid Audi shoppers should be wary of? Is that the analogy? See, I’m still confused. Grade: C-

Doritos Kid

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So close, yet so far away. I know I’m veering into “get a sense of humor” territory, but I really, really hated the kid riding the Mastiff. When you see someone like Steve-O doing something dumb on TV, there is an implicit understanding that most sane people would not do what he does. But riding dogs is the sort of thing undereducated parents encourage their kids to do EVERY day, with the results being something less than a bag of Doritos and something more like a trip to the ER and a euthanized dog. This commercial had plenty of material to work with without showing something so irresponsible. Grade: D

 Budweiser Puppy Love

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At least we can cleanse our palates with this one, puppy love at its finest. If I’m being honest, I usually despise this song, so kudos to Budweiser for making me get the warm fuzzies over a song I hate and a beer I don’t drink. That, my friends, is a good ad. Grade: A 

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Pet rabbit constantly scratching and biting…?

Question by Sugar: Pet rabbit constantly scratching and biting…?
My wife’s pet rabbit constantly scratches and bites me, mainly when im on my computer. I never hold it, my wife and daughter feed her and give her attention. Why does she do this to me? I have all but beat her up, but she wont stop.

Best answer:

Answer by Number 1 Yankee fan
DONT BEAT HER UP!Maybe she or she has to just get us to you DONT BEAT HIM OR HER UP I THINK ITS THE LAW

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Canine Epilepsy

Canine epilepsy is a serious condition that causes seizures in dogs. Once the disease is diagnosed, epilepsy becomes manageable. Epileptic seizures are dangerous for a dog as it can easily be injured and fall into unconsciousness with no control over its muscles.

Recognizing canine epilepsy symptoms will help you treat the ailment in its early stages by getting the proper medication from your veterinarian and knowing how to keep your dog safe the next time it has a seizure.

Canine epilepsy becomes apparent when your dog has seizures that occur suddenly and without any warning signs.

Seizures can be triggered by something as simple as loud noise, bright lights, or a stressful situation.

When a dog has a seizure, it may fall down, stagger and have spasms. The dog may or may not lose consciousness, but either way it will have no control over its muscles and limbs. The dog will be breathing with great difficulty and will salivate excessively. There may be foaming around its mouth due to its fast breathing.

Most canine epilepsy seizures last less than a minute, although it’s not that unusual for one to last for 5 or 6 minutes. Apart from seizures there are no other symptoms of canine epilepsy.

Epilepsy may be caused by a genetic disease, tumors, blood clots in the dog’s brain, or damaged brain tissue caused by a previous injury. Seizures can also be caused by a heat stroke, poisoning, a calcium deficiency, or low blood sugar level.

If your dog has muscle spasms or suddenly falls down, it’s a good indication that a seizure is occurring. It’s important that you don’t hold your dog’s tongue during a seizure, because you could accidentally be bitten. Dogs usually don’t swallow their tongue during a seizure.

If your dog has a seizure, wait until it completely calms down and then let it rest for a while.

If your dog’s epileptic seizures only happen once or twice a year, medication is usually not recommended because of the somewhat severe side effects. If your dog has seizures on a regular basis, an anti-epilepsy drug should be prescribed by a vet.

Canine epilepsy is a rare but extremely severe disease and I sincerely hope it never happens to your pet.

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Dec 18, IgG and IgE tests

I cannot find a laboratory that will do both IgG and IgE tests for dogs (pets in general). Do you know of a lab that will do both
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Treatment can quickly take care of scabies in pets

Treatment can quickly take care of scabies in pets
I (Henri Bianucci) was recently asked, by a concerned client, if it was OK to adopt a puppy that she suspected had mange. As a surgeon, I will readily admit that Scabies mites do not survive long in the environment. It is advised to wash bedding
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Your pet's health
examined for any abnormality, and if the dog proves to be healthy, he could possibly be vaccinated against serious infectious diseases, e.g. parvovirus, kennel cough etc. and given preventative treatment against parasites, e.g. mange mites
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How to avoid colic and mud fever this winter [H&H VIP]
Some horses with pastern dermatitis will be suffering from infestations of tiny chorioptic mange mites, similar to those that cause human scabies. This is most common in horses with long hair around their lower limbs, but can occur on less hairy legs.
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THE RIPPLE: Ablation

ab·la·tion  [a-bley-shuhn]  noun
1. the removal, especially of organs, abnormal growths, or harmful substances, from the body by mechanical means, as by surgery.
2.the reduction in volume of glacial ice, snow, or névé by the combined processes of melting, evaporation, and calving. Compare alimentation
3. Aerospace. erosion of the protective outer surface (ablator)  of a spacecraft or missile due to the aerodynamic heating caused by travel at hypersonic speed during reentry through the atmosphere.
Years ago, my ex HJ – Murphy’s Mum, and I were playing water volleyball in Lake Travis when I cut the hell outta the bottom of my foot – slashed open by a sliver of glass.  
Like some bad sci-fi feature, planter’s warts infested and infiltrated that wound, and grew weirdly into a cauliflower type colony that became crippling to the point that I could barely wear sandals.
I went to see a podiatrist in San Antonio and the news was not good.
Two treatments were available.  I chose the harsher but surer. Chemical ablation.  It took weeks and weeks to burn it down during which was a pain so severe. 
Surprisingly, I only had two foot problems on the first walk: A corn that blistered up occasionally.  And a left phalange that when quashed down by the weight of my pack lost a toenail times two.   
YBD’s Notes 1:  Still don’t know what the hell a corn is but it’ll travel with me on Walk 2.

YBD’s Notes 2:  It was an amateur’s mistake.  I carried so much weight on the first walk that my toes grew by a half inch.  My 11.5 became a 12.  

YBD’s Notes 3: There’s no shelter for love.  There are some things that just don’t burn down and love is one of them.  

2 Dogs 2,000 Miles

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Fidji, the Groendale

This beautiful Groendale (Belgian Shepherd Dog) is another I met in the veterinary surgery the other day.  She’s called Fidji and is 3 years old. She lives in Cap d’Ail.  I love the beautiful sensitive faces of this breed.

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We Will Remember You- Tonight and Always

Yesterday, I was working on a homework assignment for a course I am taking on pet loss and bereavement. I was reading about the guilt so much of us feel after losing a pet, and one of the exercises they recommend we do is imagine a conversation with our pet. I decided I would try this with Kekoa, as I struggled- like so many people do- with knowing if it was the right time to say goodbye to her last year as she dealt with bone cancer.


Me: Kekoa, I’m sorry.

Kekoa: I love you.

Me: I feel like maybe I let you go too soon.

Kekoa: I love you.

Me: Do you forgive me if I made the wrong choice?

Kekoa: I love you.

I kept waiting for her to say something else, but that was all she ever had to say. It’s been almost a year, which is hard to believe. February 10th. A Valentine’s Day with a massively broken heart.

But now, I can think of no better way to reflect on this anniversary than to be with all of you, my friends, who can all relate to the special sort of sorrow this kind of loss rains upon us. The first- and hopefully not last- online pet memorial candle lighting ceremony is tonight, February 5th, 6 pm PST. I will be joined by several wonderful friends and we are so honored to be sharing in this event together.

How to Participate:

This ceremony, and this hangout, is for you and all you find meaningful. I encourage you all to participate to whatever degree you wish.

1. Watch

If you like, you can watch the Hangout right here, no special account required.

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(Crying along at home is fine, by the by. I wish we let ourselves do that more often.)

2. Write

You can also watch the Hangout at the Google + Event page here. You do not need a Google account to do so, but there are two ways you can participate there that will require an account.

Share a memory: You can click on the Q & A button and write a memory of your pet.


Share a photo: You can post a picture of your pet by clicking on the camera icon next to the “say something” box. If all goes as planned, I can incorporate those into the ceremony too.


Tweet a memory: If you post on Twitter using the hashtag #petcandle, I should be able to incorporate those tweets into the ceremony as well.

Above all else I want people to feel included. This is a group-owned event. Feedback after the fact is welcome as well. If you’re not up to watching, we’ll be sending much love to you. And if you know of anyone who might want to watch, I would love it if you could share this with them.

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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House dust mites

Check out these Mites images:

House dust mites

Image by Gilles San Martin
House dust mites (Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus) aggregate.
More information about this behavior here :…

Scale : mite length = 0.3 mm

Technical settings :
– focus stack of 57 images
– microscope objective (Nikon achromatic 10x 160/0.25) on bellow

Velvet mite

Image by karenandbrademerson
Info from the very nice Katleen Walker at Univ. of Arizona: "This is not actually a bug (insect), but a velvet mite (related to spiders). Most of the year they live hidden away, but just at the start of the monsoon season they emerge briefly in great numbers to reproduce. They are not harmful to humans, and I think they look charming." We think so too!

Red Velvet Mite (Allothrombium sp.)

Image by sankax
A Red Velvet Mite (Allothrombium sp.) on a stalk of grass.

Red velvet mites are members of the subphylum Chelicerata, a group of critters that have tiny lobster-like claws that serve as mouthparts (take a look original size to see them!), a feature that relates them closely to spiders, scorpions, and harvestmen.

Red velvet mites make their home in the litter layer of woodlands and forests. They live from one to several years, depending on the species. As larvae, they attach themselves to a variety of arthropods and feed parasitically. They will suck blood from a gnat or grasshopper, for instance, sometimes hitching a ride with several other mites. When red velvet mites become nymphs and then adults, they take to the soil to devour much smaller prey, including other mites and their eggs, the eggs of insects and snails, and primitive wingless insects. They do not bite humans, neither do they sting.

The presence of red velvet mites is extremely important to the environment. These mites are part of a community of soil arthropods that is critical in terms of rates of decomposition in woodlands and in maintaining the structure of the entire ecosystem. By feeding on insects that eat fungi and bacteria, they stimulate the decomposition process.

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