Hilary Swank Receives Petco Foundation’s Hope Award

Her Academy Award-winning performances in Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby have moved movie audiences to tears, but on May 3rd it was actress Hilary Swank’s real life role as a…



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Would “Candy’s Law” Solve the Problem of Cops Killing Dogs?

The deputy who shot Cole Middleton’s dog, Candy, no longer has a job, but that’s not enough for Middleton and his family. The Middleton family wants to change the system. Last week, they began advocating for what they call “Candy’s Law,” which would require all Texas law enforcement officers to take special training on how to deal with aggressive dogs without using lethal force. They would also be required to carry shock-weapons such as Tasers and pepper spray so that their first recourse isn’t a gun.

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Candy Middleton’s Grave.

Stories of police gunning down dogs for no discernible reason are always heartbreaking, but the case of Candy Middleton was especially grotesque and horrible. Deputy Jerred Dooley put a bullet through Candy's head when she barked at him, but his shot didn't kill her; Middleton had to drown her in a bucket of water to end her pain because the deputy left after refusing to deliver a second shot.

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Candy and Cole Middleton

To me, Candy's Law sound like a good start, but it's only a start. The fact that police departments across the country have regularly refused to avail themselves of free training programs by the Humane Society and the ASPCA is a definite problem, but the problem goes deeper than that, into the culture of policing itself. Over the past few decades, public policy has increasingly depicted police as soldiers on the front line of a war. When you're in a war, you don't think of violence as your last resort: It's often the first thing you do.

Dogs and humans are paying the price for that. In January, 18-year-old Keith Vidal, who suffered from schizophrenia, was shot and killed by detective Bryon Vassey in front of his own house after he had been shocked with a Taser and pinned by two other officers. According to the boy's stepfather, Vassey said, "We don't have time for this," before shooting the boy. Even though Vidal weighed only 90 pounds and was restrained by three officers, the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association defended the officer's actions.

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The problem of police shooting dogs without reason is becoming so prevalent that even the mainstream media can't ignore it any more. On April 29, Inside Edition broadcast a segment about dog shootings. The report claims that a dog is shot every 98 minutes by law enforcement. Despite the number of stories I've written on the subject, I'm inherently skeptical about media statistics without a source. The basic point remains, though: Far too many dogs are being killed by police just because the officers have a badge and a gun and they can get away with it. The Inside Edition report shows video, captured by a 12-year-old on his cell phone, of a police officer who shocked a dog twice with a Taser, then shot her five times. The dog, Chloe, had already been caught by animal control officers using a loop.

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Screen capture of a policeman shooting Chloe after animal control officers had already restrained her.

Candy and Chloe were not aberrations; neither was Keith Vidal. I could fill the page with similar accounts of humans and dogs. While the training that Candy's Law would give is essential, we also need to stop training police to see anyone who's not a cop as the enemy. We need to return to the idea that you use a gun or a Taser only when you've exhausted all other options.

The Middleton family has a fundraising page and a Facebook page for those who want to support Candy's Law. What do you think about such a law? Would it help? Would it be a start? Would it be useless?

Via Tyler Morning Telegraph, WECT, and Inside Edition.

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Adoptable Dog of the Day: Frost in Oklahoma

Frost is an adult female Retriever mix who is currently in foster care under the supervision of the City of Moore Animal Shelter in Moore, OK. She is a mellow, friendly dog who loves to play with…



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My cats get fleas, treatment, preventions, and collars?

Question by Anita Clemons: My cats get fleas, treatment, preventions, and collars?
I have 2 indoor cats and the are invested with fleas and so is my room. How can I premanetely get ride of them, prevent then, and will flea collars help prevent them?

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Fleas have a six week gestatiion. That means the adults have babies and babies have babies eggs. Adams has a good product. (walmart) you need to spray areas. Bathe animals three times in 6-8 weeks. No giving up at two weeks!

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Saturday Survey: National Pet Adoption Weekend

This weekend, PetSmart stores in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico have a space for local shelters to set up adoption events in honor of National Pet Adoption weekend. Are you participating? Click here for further info. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Xena – a new life in Monte Carlo

This is Xena the English bulldog.  Xena is six years old and now lives a life of luxury with her owner, Lorraine, in Monte Carlo, but her earlier life wasn’t so good. She was used as a brood bitch in a kennel at Aix-en-Provence. Although you can’t see it in this photo, her teats hang very low, evidence of too many litters.  Fortunately for her she got to the age when she was no more use to the breeder and now here she is on the terrace of the Cafe de Paris, receiving admiring glances from everyone. (see small photo)  Good for you, Lorraine. One happy dog now.

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Is it normal for pet rats to scratch alot?

Question by veggiemama: Is it normal for pet rats to scratch alot?
I have a 7 month old female pet rat and she scratches behind her ears alot. Is that normal? Also i just found her a cagemate which is another female but she is about 2 months old and i just introduced them a couple days ago and now they are in a cage togeather. How do i know if they are fighting or just playing? They look like they are wrestling then my older rat holds the other one down and cleans her. Is it just wrestling?

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Check for lice!

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3 Amazing (Completely Different) Smoothie Recipes

3 Amazing (Completely Different) Smoothie Recipes // Bubby and Bean

For the last couple of months, I have been consuming smoothies like there’s no tomorrow.  I’ve been eating healthier in general, and being much more mindful of finding ways to enjoy whole, nutritious meals everyday.  But it is the smoothie that is the reigning queen of my healthy food regimen.  Robbie calls them ‘liquid salads,’ which, to a degree, is a somewhat accurate description.  But smoothies can be so much more than just the standard ‘one part greens, one part fruit, one part liquid’ cocktail.  I’ve been experimenting with all sorts of ingredient combinations, and have discovered ways to make all types of smoothies, from refreshing to more savory to dessert-inspired.  The three recipes I’m sharing today – each of which is a completely different style and flavor than the next – are my favorites so far.  

3 Amazing (Completely Different) Smoothie Recipes // Bubby and Bean
3 Amazing (Healthy + Delicious) Smoothie Recipes // Bubby and Bean

A few things before you make the best smoothies of your life:

1. If one of these recipes sounds especially good to you and you want to make it right-this-very-second but don’t have all of the ingredients, just improvise.  That’s how I ended up coming up with each of these – by throwing together things I already had.

2. I use a Nutribullet, but any type of blender with a powerful enough motor to blend greens will work.  No fancy machine is required to make these happen. 

3. You’ll notice that quantities of most of the ingredients aren’t exact.  Since fruit can be sweeter or more tart depending on its ripeness, etc., I suggest playing around and tasting as you go. 

4. Each of these will yield two 6-8 ounce smoothies, or a big ol’ 12-16 ouncer if you’re in the mood for more.

5. Because different blenders work differently, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions in terms of how to ‘layer’ your ingredients.  For the Nutribullet, where you turn the cup over to blend, I add greens first, then fruit, then seeds, then liquid.  In a regular old blender, I add frozen ingredients first, then fresh ingredients, the liquid, then seeds.  As for how long to blend, I recommend 30 second to several minutes, depending on the consistency you’re going for.  My rule of thumb is to taste as you go.

And now, the recipes.

3 Amazing (Healthy + Delicious) Smoothie Recipes // Bubby and Bean
  • 1-2 handfuls of organic kale
  • 2 handfuls of organic spinach
  • 1/4 cup of frozen organic pineapple
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of frozen organic mangoes
  • A few chunks of avocado
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of organic Chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup of coconut water (or plain water)

This smoothie is slightly sweet, but focuses more on greens than fruit. Depending on how much pineapple you add (less pineapple = less sweet), it’s also somewhat savory and makes for a good meal.  Instead of blending until liquified, I only blend for 30-60 seconds in order to keep it the consistency of a frozen slushie or soft sorbet.  The avocado makes this one creamy, so feel free to add more if you’re in the mood for an especially velvety treat. I finish by topping with organic granola (my favorites are Pumpkin Flax and Coconut Chia by Nature’s Valley, although homemade is best!), and I eat it with a spoon.

3 Amazing (Healthy + Delicious) Smoothie Recipes // Bubby and Bean
  • 1 handful of organic kale
  • 1 handful of organic spinach
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of frozen organic blueberries
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of frozen organic strawberries
  • 1/4 cup of frozen organic pineapple
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of frozen organic mangoes
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of organic Chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup of coconut water (or plain water)
  • Pure maple syrup to taste

I call this one the ‘Kitchen Sink’ because the first time I made it, I blended pretty much every ingredient I had on hand that could possibly go into a smoothie and still taste good.  And it worked. This is a sweet, refreshing treat that’s packed with protein.  If you’re vegan, just omit the Greek yogurt.  I like to add a little pure maple syrup to cut down on the tartness of the fruits.  Just blend everything together for a couple of minutes until liquified. 

3 Amazing (Healthy + Delicious) Smoothie Recipes // Bubby and Bean
  • 1 small handful of organic spinach
  • 2 organic bananas, sliced and frozen
  • 2-3 tablespoons of almond butter
  • 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • Raw honey to taste
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon to taste

If you’re craving a milkshake but want a healthier option, this smoothie will do the trick and then some. I make this one for dessert (and sometimes for breakfast too).  If you don’t have almond butter, peanut butter works just fine.  And if you’re vegan, just replace the yogurt with more banana, and use pure maple syrup in place of the honey. Robbie loves this one after he gets back from a long run.  It’s filling and satisfies your sweet tooth without being overly sugary.  Sometimes, if I’m feeling a little crazy, I like to add a tiny splash of pure vanilla extract to this one (watch out!).  It’s also good with a few pieces of frozen mango thrown in, if you happen to have some on hand. I usually blend this one for a couple of minutes, until the consistency is similar to a milkshake.

If you make any of these, let me know what you think!  And if you have any favorites of your own, please share them in the comments.  Thanks to my recent smoothie obsession, I am down with trying out pretty much any combination of ingredients.

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