BIG JULY GIVEAWAY // Win a $240 Prize Package!

The Bubby and Bean Big July Giveaway // Win a $  240 Prize Package!

Happy Friday!  July is my favorite month of the year, so I’m especially excited for this month’s big group giveaway.  I’ve teamed up with several of July’s large and medium sponsors to put together an amazing prize package of goodies that includes gorgeous handmade jewelry and clothing, paper goods, shop credits, and blog ad space.  All together, it’s valued at $ 240 – and one lucky Bubby and Bean reader is going win it all!






This giveaway is open to Bubby and Bean followers/subscribers.  If you’re a new reader, please make sure to subscribe first through GFC, Bloglovin’, or email in order for your entry to count.
To enter, just leave a comment telling me your favorite summer food! 

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

This giveaway goes through July 25th and is open to Bubby and Bean readers worldwide. The winner’s name will be chosen randomly and announced shortly after.  Please make sure that you check back and/or that there is a way to contact you if you won. Thanks again to our July sponsors for contributing such great prizes!  Good luck!

Bubby and Bean ::: Living Creatively

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Jul 19, the raw food diet I am using for my huskies………

3 years ago I finally put it together that one of my dogs has an allergy to kibble ingredients. I was feeding the best kibble I could find; Wellness and
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Charlie, the Griffon Bruxellois

This is Charlie and he’s one of the sweetest little dogs I’ve met. He’s a Griffon Bruxellois or Brussels Griffon which is a breed of toy dog, named for their city of origin: Brussels, Belgium. The Griffon Bruxellois may refer to three different breeds, the Griffon Bruxellois, the Griffon Belge and the Petit Brabançon. Identical in standard except for coat and colour differences, in some standards they are considered varieties of the same breed.  You can see two of them HERE – photographed at the Monaco Dog Show. Sometimes they are called ‘monkey dogs’ presumably because of their cute expressions.

The little wire-haired dog in the foreground of the Jan van Eyck painting The Arnolfini Marriage is thought to be an early form of this breed.

Charlie is 10 years old, although you’d never know it and he lives in Monaco. Absolutely adorable. 


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Bee nest mite

A few nice Mite images I found:

Bee nest mite

Image by Gilles San Martin
Unidentified mite found on a dead honey bee (abundant with eggs) within an old nest.
Acari – Astigmata – Acaridae , maybe a Sancassania or an Acarus
Thanks to G. Wauthy and H.André for ID help.

Scale : mite length = 0.5 mm

Technical settings :
- focus stack of 20 images
- microscope objective (Nikon M Plan 20x 210/0.4 ELWD) on PB-4 bellow

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Durham Bulls to Host Third Bark in the Park of the Season

This fall the boys of summer will go to bat for dogs and cats in need as the Durham Bulls host their third Bark in the Park of the season. On August 7th baseball buffs are invited to bring their…

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DrDonnaSpector-Morgan2011_250wQuestion: I have recently gotten a kitten of 3 months. My older cat (5 yrs) loves him but is a “grazer” and the kitten will eat his food and the older cat’s food to. I worry that my older cat is not getting enough food although he is large in size. Does it matter that they eat each others food?

Answer: Thanks for your inquiry. Your kitten and your older cat are able to eat the same food without a problem. However, it is a potential problem that your kitten is eating the “lion’s share” so to speak.

You don’t want him to over-eat as that can create issues with excessive weight gain and obesity from a young age. You also don’t want your older cat to get inadequate nutrients during the day. Often the best solution is to adopt a meal feeding approach to avoid this issue.

Hope this helps.
Dr. Donna Spector

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How to get rid of the doggy smell due to skin allergies?

Question by elaine: How to get rid of the doggy smell due to skin allergies?
My dog has bad skin allergies and seborrhea during certain times of the year. He loses a lot of his hair and gets hot spots from all the scratching. I bathe him in a medicated shampoo prescribed by the veterinarian (which I tend to think dries out his skin more), use a hot spot spray 2 or 3 times a day, and give him medicine daily. I have been keeping him in the house, but sometimes his smell is so bad that I have to spray air freshener all over the house.

Best answer:

Answer by Simon
do you bath him all over, and how many times per week?

Perhaps you can get a anti perspant for dogs

What do you think? Answer below!

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May 18, Top Dog Food Manufacturers | Best Dog Food Guide

View the top 10 of dog food manufacturers. Which companies rule in the world of dog food and how did they get there? What are their most successful dog food products?
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THE ROCK: Chapter 10 Continued

Amor Fati.  Love Thine Fate

They say that men of action accept fatelessness as their guide whereas men of the mind, of deliberation, are men of providence.  

Both have their misgivings it seems to me.  

I believe in the the inevitability of things.  But not back in 2007.  I didn’t believe in anything.  Not even myself.

But I didn’t let that stop me.  2 Dogs 2,000 Miles was inevitable and once started, I knew it couldn’t be stopped.  


I could devote three maybe four chapters about the amount of effort it took to plan, prepare, equip, re-plan, re-prepare, re-equip, re-re-plan, re-re-prepare, and re-re-equip but out of consideration, I’ll spare you most of the process and give the reader’s digest version.  

The single most important aspect of training and preparation was my relationship with Hudson and Murphy. If we were going to make it as a team, I knew we would have to communicate in both spoken and unspoken language because fractions of a second could mean the difference between life and death on the road.  

And that’s no easy thing.  I’ve said it before Pyrenees are a willful breed and those of you who know me, I’m pretty resolute and unmoving myself.  But that dynamic between the three of us as we trained, it was fascinating.  I was in Temple, TX at the time and we started training at Lion’s Park which out of all of the nearby locations was ideal because of its varied terrain and trails.  

Murphy had never carried a backpack up until then and I was slowly adding weight to it as we added mile upon mile on our hikes.  I started with newspapers in the pouches then added bottled water.  We were doing great with training and one day, I think it was three or so miles into our hike, Murphy just down and outright quit.  He stopped and refused to take another step.  

And for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why.  Well I knew that we’d never make it cross country if Murphy wasn’t going to do more than a few miles stretch and for weeks, it was the same thing.  Tried to incentivize him with treats and that didn’t work and I was beside myself and bumfuzzled.  

Invariably when I tell this story, trainers always ask me why I didn’t bring someone aboard to work with us.  It’s a valid question but I figured even back then that if I can’t understand what my boys are telling me, it’s all moot.  

And it took me weeks to understand what Murphy was saying.  


Research, which I always do a ton of before I do anything, indicates that dogs have a much greater constitution than men.  Study after study has shown that.  Murphy was fit and fat happy but he wouldn’t budge.  

And then it hit me like two tons of stones.  I was telling him what to do.  It wasn’t a partnership but a dictatorship and like me, Murphy was unrulable (is that a word?).  This is the moment that the phrase ‘alpha male’ became meaningless to me.  

And just like that, I set aside some time to let him lead Hudson and me, off schedule and off the beaten path and once I showed him that respect, we never looked back.   


Together, we reached our stride, the three of us.  It was the trust and instinct that would keep us all alive on the road.  Still, something was missing – not between us but inside me.  

I knew what it was.  And I knew that before we took our first step, I’d have to do something I’d never done before.  And it was inevitable.  


YBD’s Notes 1:  I speak in my own gender and I mean no disrespect.  Women, in my life experiences, are often much more capable than men but history has been unkind to.  All of my greatest ideas, once and always, are inspired by a muse and I create for her.  All great men do.  

YBD’s Notes 2:  Next week.  Chapter 11.  Finding Faith.  

YBD’s Notes 3:  Murphy taught me many things in life and he told me plenty.  Still to this day, why he never told me he had a tumor in his head, I’ll never understand.  

2 Dogs 2,000 Miles

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May 19, Dog Links and Resources | Best Dog Food Guide

A directory of dog links so you can find more information on external resources about dogs, dog training, pet vacations and dog health.
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