The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life’s Hard by Kara Tippetts Book Review

The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life’s Hard by Kara Tippetts Raw, transparent, emotional and honest, “The Hardest Peace”, is an honest look at following Christ when life is at its hardest and most emotional. Written at a time when Kara Tippetts is facing some of lifes harshest realities, what makes this…

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Hanukkah Dogs

I know Hanukkah has ended, but I just saw this beautiful photo and couldn’t resist posting it. (I’d never remember if I tried to save it until next year.) Until next time, Good day, and good dog! Dog Blog

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Daddy-daughter deal leads to Mitey-Mite Bowl

Daddy-daughter deal leads to Mitey-Mite Bowl
DURHAM — Rhian and Landen Lawrence very well could be the first siblings — twins, at that — to participate in a Pop Warner Football Mitey-Mite Bowl when they suit up for the one today in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in …
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Termite-Mite Signup Underway In Hockey
Hi Line Youth Hockey is conducting registration for the second session for Termite-Mites ages 8 & under. Registration must be completed prior to Dec. 22. Players must register with USA Hockey at prior to registration with HLYH and a …
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Miracle Dogs: Rescue Stories

A great book about rescue dogs was released this week.  PetsitUSA was fortunate to receive an advanced copy of Miracle Dogs: Rescue Stories by Liz Stavrinides.  There are many stories of how amazing rescue dogs can be for pet owners and even other pets.  The book starts out strong by telling how a rescue dog changed the lives of an autistic boy and his family.  The inspirational stories continue, including how a rescue dog can help someone recover from the loss of a loved one.  Each story is accompanied by photos taken personally by the author.  An official description is below.  You can purchase the book here.

Miracle Dogs celebrates and honors the rescuers and the dogs whose lives they’ve saved. It features wonderful stories and photographs of dog rescuers, dog trainers, and rescue organizations such as The Gentle Barn and Tamar Geller’s Operation Heroes and Hounds, along with celebrity pet owners such as Chevy Chase, Hoda Kotb, Bob Einstein, Amanda Hearst, Jamie Lynn Siegler, and Lance Bass. Each story includes portraits of the dog and its new family, followed by a concise, compelling narrative detailing the dog’s journey to its new home.

A professional pet photographer, Liz Stavrinides spends much of her time on projects  related to animal rescue. Miracle Dogs was born out of her desire to collect and share the stories of the dogs she’s met over the years, showcasing the incredible bravery and compassion of both canines and owners.

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Happy New Year!

Irie and Tiki want to wish you a very happy New Year!! We’ve got a quiet evening planned here at home with the TV turned up a bit louder than usual to drown out any fireworks. Irie’s…

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Lasik Los Angeles Treatments Will Give Your Vision Back

Lasik l. a. treatments are growing in attractiveness in recent years as a result of they assist individuals obtaining superior vision with alittle quantity of speculation in terms of cash and time. optical maser treatments square measure fashionable eye correction method with sturdy determinant of extremely trendy technology.

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The medical procedure is kind of uncomplicated as evaluated to alternative processes. per se lasik surgeries simply take quarter-hour to be consummate, but, a candidate is suggested to return one hour previous the surgery therefore on undergo the specified formalities. alittle of work and few painless tests completes it all. the method of surgery is then started via the lasik doctor World Health Organization is well knowledgeable during this field. when the surgery, an individual will draw back keeping track of easy safety measures to realize a far better and lucid vision.

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When one enters the Lasik Centre of l. a. , sees the reception, wherever an individual guides to complete the formalities for Lasik surgery. The patient is then escorted to a different pre operation space for painless nonetheless vital tests. when the reports square measure examined, the patient is escorted for surgery to urge a far better vision.

It’s not forever agreeable to own the lasik surgery. Sometimes, a patient might need to brewage a stinging feeling, burning or skin sensation for few hours when the surgery. this might be according to lasik doctors. all the same of the cutthroat antagonism among the lasik centers, Lasik l. a. has its own identity owing to its stagnancy over higher superiority and worth of labor.
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Pet bothered by fleas and Ticks? Help is available

Pet bothered by fleas and Ticks? Help is available
More than an itchy annoyance to some dogs and cats, flea bites can cause flea allergy dermatitis — an allergic reaction to proteins in flea saliva. And a pet's constant scratching can cause permanent hair loss or other skin problems. Anemia and — in
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Sergeant's Introduces Topical Flea/Tick Products
Sergeant's Pet Care Products Inc. is introducing its new flea and tick products FiproGuard and FiproGuard Plus this week at Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Fla. The products will be available through pet specialty retailers nationwide this spring. They are

Ovitrol® X-Tend™ Helps Take The Bite Out Of Peak Flea Season With Donation
"Fleas are more than just an itchy nuisance to pets as they can cause severe distress, and more importantly, can transmit diseases such as tapeworm and the bacteria that cause cat scratch fever," said Dr. Tom Kennedy, parasitologist. "Topical
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Quilted by Christmas: Quilts of Love Series by Jodie Bailey (Book Review)

Quilted by Christmas: Quilts of Love Series by Jodie Bailey My rating: 3 of 5 stars In a growing line of books, in the “Quilts of Love” series, that centers around a quilt theme, “Quilted by Christmas” is out in time for the Christmas season. Family relations are hard and its harder when they reached…

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Indiana Bones

The people who made this film are undoubtedly talented, and seem to have way too much time on their hands! From their YouTube description: When his owner Zach leaves for the afternoon, little Indiana Bones discovers adventure in search of his lost bark. This video was created with 3 rolls of duct tape, 108 glue […] Dog Blog

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You Want Chutzpah? This Circus Owner Tried to Pretend Dogs Were Pandas

The full spirit behind the Yiddish word chutzpah can’t really be adequately translated into English, but roughly, it means a display of extreme audacity, gall, or nerve. Leo Rosten gave the classic example in The Joys of Yiddish: “Chutzpah is that quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his mother and father, throws himself on the mercy of the court on the grounds that he’s an orphan.”

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Chow Chows: Really cute, even when they’re not disguised as panda. (Four Chow Chow puppies by Shutterstock)

With all due respect to Rosten and all the scholars of chutzpah who have explained the concept with that story, I think that we may have found an even more definitive example. In Brescia, Italy, police arrested the owner of a circus for claiming that two Chow Chows with black-and-white dye jobs were actually Pandas. The circus was charging parents money to take pictures of their children with the "pandas."

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A real Panda. (Panda by Shutterstock)

That alone would qualify as a brazen display of chutzpah, but when some parents got suspicious about the ersatz pandas, they were told that they were actually dog-panda hybrids. Because after all, crossbreeding a bear with a dog is completely feasible, right?

The dogs have been taken into custody by the police, and the owner is being charged with animal cruelty and defrauding customers. He might also be charged for providing false information to customs, because the police say that the dogs are six months younger than is stated on their pet passports. The dogs are in good shape, although police say that their eyes were very watery, possibly an after-effect of the camera flashes.

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ABC tweeted a photo of the dogs groomed as pandas. (Via ABC's Twitter)

While this is the first time I've heard of someone trying to actually claim that a Chow is a panda, the unnamed circus owner isn't the first person to see the resemblance. A few months ago, Michael Leaverton wrote about how it had become a massive craze in China to dye Chow Chows to look like pandas. The idea apparently originated with Hsin Ch'en, the owner of a pet store in the Sichuan province. Presumably, the circus owner read the news stories and decided to take the obvious next step: Just claim that they actually were pandas. Or dog-panda hybrids. Thanks to the fact that there actually is a limit to people's gullibility (yes, I'm shocked, too), the dogs will have new homes, and the circus owner will have to find new ways to scam people.


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