Great Video: Dogs In Cars

Keith Hopkin sent me a fun video of dogs in cars titled, unsurprisingly, “Dogs In Cars.” It’s beautifully done with some great music by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. (The link from their site to the iTunes store is broken, but if you search for them they are there or you can try this.)

Here’s the video. You can click here for a larger, more beautiful, version.

Dogs in Cars from keith on Vimeo.

And for those of you ready to scold about dogs riding loose in cars, two things: if you watch you’ll see leashes, and get over it and enjoy the video. Just this once.

Great Video: Dogs In Cars is a post from: Dog Spelled Forward

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It’s been about a week since word began to circulate that a long list of dry pet foods are being recalled because of possible salmonella contamination. Let’s cut to the chase in all the noise and fury about the current recall on dry dog foods and yet another scare about contaminated dog kibble: this is history repeating itself and will continue to do so as long as hundreds of dry pet foods are made in one facility – on the same machines – with the ingredients all sourced by middlemen – very far from the companies who give them a recipe, have oversight over ingredients and handling, or are involved in the manufacturing process.

Let’s cut to the chase in all the noise and fury about this current recall and yet another scare about contaminated dog kibble. We each have to take more responsibility for our choices and decisions. You know the saying about people who do not learn from the mistakes in history being destined to repeat them? That is what the recent, ongoing scare about contaminated pet food seems like to me. What many of us learned when pets were sickened and died a few years ago (from what was then a long list of dry foods) was that a vast array of pet foods – from the least expensive, lower quality ones all the way to some premium brands of food – were all being manufactured in the same facility.

There were questions about cross-contamination of recipes and ingredients, about how completely the manufacturing equipment was cleaned between batches of different brand foods, and of course the sourcing of the ingredients themselves. In the previous pet food recall case, the culprit appears to have been wheat gluten imported from China, which was used in various recipes to boost the protein count. It was debatable whether wheat gluten is even a valid source of protein for digestion in dogs – and as we all remember (if we learn our history) that the wheat gluten was either contaminated or was actually not wheat gluten at all, but an entirely different toxic substance called melamine that belongs in the manufacture of plastic bowls – not IN the bowls of our pets’ dinners.

I personally have picked HALO for reasons of quality and accountability. At a time like this I rest easy knowing that it is the only brand of dry food I’ll feed my own dogs and that I recommend to my listeners and readers, whose trust in me is one I take very seriously. Of course I realize that any pet food company is susceptible to some level of risk around food contamination, including Halo, and that one could argue that a voluntary recall can be an indicator of a company that errs on the side of caution. If Halo did ever find itself choosing to recall certain food batches someday I believe it would certainly be out of love for pets and the people who care for them. HALO has a 26-year track record of never having been recalled, which speaks volumes.

It is not only the pets who are at risk, but we humans who so much as touch this potentially contaminated kibble. Salmonella is no laughing matter – it can make pets and people extremely ill, to the point of hospitalization – and beyond. Dry food has been the culprit in all the previous pet food recalls and public panic – you need to know everything you can about the company whose name is on your bags.

I want to say one thing loud and clear: you get what you pay for where pet nutrition is concerned. I believe that the quality standards and control Halo has put in place make it much less susceptible to food contamination than other brands. I made a choice years ago to feed only HALO brand of dry food to my dogs because the company’s whole philosophy is grounded on never compromising about using the highest quality of ingredients – in knowing the sources of them, and because they are a smaller, private company, in having oversight on the manufacturing process.
I also gain confidence in the fact that HALO does not disclose the company that manufactures their kibble for them – they do not want a lot of other companies trying to utilize the same high quality facility and perhaps pushing them out. The recalled foods were all made by the giant pet food manufacturer Diamond. There a couple of very well known dry foods that have some of their foods in the recall – Taste of the Wild and Solid Gold – and pet owners are expressing dismay and shock on the internet that these foods could be made in the same plant on the same machines as the foods they have chosen. It is no surprise to me. It can be more convenient and cut costs tremendously to farm out your recipe to a big facility like Diamond – but there are different costs involved, as the chickens coming home to roost are demonstrating.

There’s already enough to worry about in life that I do not want to be fearful putting my hand into the kibble container – either for myself or my pooches – and I rest easier knowing their squeaky-clean track record. I am glad to feed it to my dogs, proud to be associated with the brand, and greatly relieved that I never have to lose sleep over the kibble I recommend to my followers. And hey – if you cannot easily find HALO at your local store, you can always go to and find it there (with no shipping fees if you put DOGTALK in the code box at check out) or $ 10 off an order if you are a first-time customer (put DOGTALK10 in the codebox).

Tracie Hotchner, author of The Dog Bible and The Cat Bible, guest blogs here every Thursday on healthy, natural choices for pets.


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Cool Infection images

A few nice infection images I found:

Neuron infection by alpha-herpesvirus

Image by TheJCB
Infection of neurons (red) by the PRV α-herpesvirus (green) induces axonal swellings (arrows) that serve as exit sites for the virus to infect neighboring cells. (JCB 174(2) TOC2)

This image is available to the public to copy, distribute, or display under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Reference: De Regge et al. (2006) J. Cell Biol. 174:267-275.
Published on: July 10, 2006.
Doi: 10.1083/jcb.200510156.

Read the full article at:

StraightSmile: Viral Infections

Image by lucidialohman
This is what I think of your viral infections.

Bacterial infection of yam in vitro plantlet

Image by IITA Image Library
Bacterial infection of yam plantlet in a tissue culture tube. (file name: GE_TI_005b)

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I just watched the PBS show from July 2011 online….

I just watched the PBS show from July 2011 online. It was great to learn about your work and then come to your site for a more recent update. The fact that you emphasize education as well as rescue is so smart – thank you for all that you do!

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Yep, doubled sister’s check and added $100 to my own!

My efforts in December paid off. My sister’s small check (normally $ 50) doubled to $ 100, which was my whole goal! But because I have a downline, somehow, my efforts added $ 100 to my own check! Nice!

I could tell that new blog articles made a huge difference. In fact, take a look at the stats from my pet food blog:

But we also did it with Christmas cards and thank you letters on new orders.

So far this month, I’ve added two new customers for one friend and six new customers for my sister. If I will be sure to write new articles for my blog at least three times per week — on the hot topics (such as pet food recalls, ingredients, and health issues that can be resolved through nutrition) — I’m confident we can keep attracting loyal new customers.

But this business only brings in modest money with customers. You really need to build a network of distributors under you. So I will figure out how to do that online, next.

A day in the life of a HealthyPetNet Rep

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Hilarious Kung-Fu Monkey Ready For Summer Olympics? [VIDEO]

funny kung fu monkey

Check out the mad skillz on this kung-fu monkey who, without the aid of a gymnastics coach, nails a perfect landing after flinging himself off his jungle gym! Impressive! 

 [Related: Orangutan's go ape for Apple's iPad [VIDEO] – this site]

I'd like to see this cheeky monkey try his paws on the men's high bar at the 2012 Summer Olympics!

The Daily Treat: Animal Planet

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Question by levi: MITEs!!!!!?
My ball python has mites what are some ways to get rid of them. any ideas will help.

Best answer:

Answer by Acappella S
You need to spray your snake daily with reptile relief

read/follow the directions and talk to a vet before you use any medication like reptile relief

and be sure to wash your hands regularly before and after handling you snake, and make sure you don’t get infested yourself.

Also throw out the substrate in your current tank and till the mites are gone use paper towels and change them daily

Check with a vet for brands and type of suitable substrate for the time you are using reptile relief

MITES are very serious you need to speak to a vet soon and get them taken care of

Also you should clean your snakes cage more often that could be the cause of the mites

Give your answer to this question below!

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Valensia for Finn

This is the adorable Valensia, born in Moscow and living in Cannes.  She is 16 months old and we met at both the Monaco dog show and the San Remo dog show, which was a couple of days later.  The first two pics were taken in Monaco and the last one (better light) in San Remo. 
This post is for my friend Candy and one of her dogs, Finn.  Candy lived happily with her Old English Sheepdog, Blue and her Labrador, Big Mac and then – mad fool! – decided to buy an Irish Wolfhound – who of course is adorable. He’s called Finn and he’s now 12 months old. I rather think Finn and Valensia would enjoy each other …


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Adoptable Dog of the Day: Joe in Minnesota

Just looking at Joe’s handsome face and those intelligent eyes, you know he will make a great companion. Joe is an adult Black And Tan Coonhound mix who is in the care of the Almost Home Animal…

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May 5, How do YOU handle feeding dry dog food?

I do use a wonderful vet on a regular basis. But in reading your article I could not help but wonder how food is regulated when feeding dry food. Missy
Dog Food Blog | Best Dog Food Guide

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