Foundation Study Bible, NKJV by Thomas Nelson (Book Review)

When I first received the Foundation Study Bible, I was impressed first by the compact size of the bible. The lettering looks to be about 6 to 7 point so if you are needing a larger size lettering, this isn’t the book for you. The pages are broken into two columns, with divisions on the…



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TRACIE HOTCHNER: FAT DOGS DIE YOUNGER

xena1If you’re honest, you’ll probably admit that your beloved Labrador Retriever is overweight, right? If you had to guess you’d say she’s maybe 5 or 10 lbs. overweight? But you probably don’t think it’s such a big deal – she’s happy and what else matters, right? Wrong!

Maybe you think I’m being over-dramatic when I say on my Radio Pet Lady Network shows and blogs that American pets are in danger because we are allowing them to become overweight? Do you think I am exaggerating when I say that there is a mounting health crisis for our dogs and cats as they get fatter and fatter? Believe me!

Let me share a shocking research finding: dogs who are overweight or obese will generally be expected to live about two years less than if they were at their ideal body weight. Almost two whole years of her life!

You could be cutting her life short by two years by giving too many high calorie treats, not measuring the quantity and calories in her meals, and not giving her the 30 minutes of good daily exercise she needs. What this means is that your beloved Labrador might live to 11 years instead of 13 – and is more likely to suffer from medical problems from carrying excess weight throughout her life.

I hope that frightening information will inspire you to take us seriously when you hear Dr. Donna Spector and me talk about the “pet obesity epidemic” on our pet talk show THE EXPERT VET on the Radio Pet Lady Network. We’ve talked about the fact that most owners and even their veterinarians cannot remember what a normal, healthy cat or dog should look and feel like.

DFF-logo-ProudSponsor175x166Raising awareness of the health dangers of obesity is why we launched the Healthy Weight Challenge, with the support of Halo pet food who supplies the Healthy Weight dry food and the Spot’s Stew in a can. Dr. Donna uses them as her “magic tools” in helping our contestants shed excess pounds and keep them off forever.

This week we welcome our newest contestant, Xena – a darling Pomeranian from Maryland who was once 10 lbs and is now nearly 15 lbs., a 50% weight increase which is dramatic for such a little lady. Hats off to her humans, John and Pam, who realized they had a problem and came to us to solve it.

We’re honored to be part of Xena’s return to her bathing suit figure, and to serve as a great example to owners of every size dog that being fat isn’t cute—it is harmful and is a health crisis that each of us needs to address with our beloved dogs, who are already with us for too short a time. Think of it this way: staying lean means a longer, healthier life!
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Tracie Hotchner is the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know.

She is also a renowned pet radio host and producer, having spent 7 years on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius/XM with CAT CHAT® and even longer with her award-winning NPR radio show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) that continues to broadcast in the Hamptons and the Berkshires. Her most recent accomplishment is the pet talk radio network she has created on the Internet called The Radio Pet Lady Network.

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Dog Chew Recall: Dingo Chip Twists – Due to Possible Contamination of Amantadine, a Human Antiviral Drug Used to Treat Parkinson’s

Dog Chew Recall:  Dingo Chip Twists “Chicken in the Middle”

Because this recall is a Class III recall, the company does NOT have to make it public.    

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The following is an excerpt and photo from Susan Thixton, TruthAboutPetFood.com, as she informs everyone about the NON-PUBLICIZED dog chew recall:

Dingo Chip Twists “Chicken in the Middle” Class III recall (not publicized) recall of a dog treat – “product may be contaminated with Amantadine, an antiviral human drug not approved for use in animal food.”

This recall was found on the FDA website Enforcement Report but not found as a press release (anywhere). The FDA told me “The FDA’s Regulatory Procedures Manual does not require that a company notify the FDA or issue a press release for Class II or III recalls, although we encourage companies to do so. Class II is a situation in which the use of, or exposure to, a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote. Class III is a situation in which the use of, or exposure to, a violative product is not likely to cause adverse health consequences.”

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Helping to keep beloved furry babies healthy and safe… and pet parents informed!

 Lori

I’ve Got the ‘Scoop’!, LLC – Palmyra’s Professional Pet Sitter

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Flying Staffy

The flying (!) Staffordshire Bull Terrier is  one of the photos in my presentation at PhotoMenton this year.  He is an Agility dog who was entered in last year’s competition in Menton.

Do come along if you are in the Menton area – Palais de l’Europe until the 29th November.  Stand 51. You’ll find 120 photographers and around 1200 photographs. And do say Hello!

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Russia gives France a puppy to replace police dog killed in raid

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Collies

Two beautiful Rough Collies in the Casino Gardens, Monaco.
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Once left to die, Scarlet the pup is now well and loved

Once left to die, Scarlet the pup is now well and loved
Knoxville – Scarlet — the abandoned puppy once so sick with mange and infection her skin fell off — now is a healthy 8-month-old who likes squeaky toys almost as much as she loves her adoptive “daddy.” The 23-pound pit bull terrier mix is the well
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Another Tumour

Lacey had her third Mast Cell Tumour removed the other week.  It was on her back this time so we could do the surgery locally and the recovery was so much easier – no bandage changes every few days, no trips to Calgary for check ups, no bootie every time she went outside.  We were able to go for walks again right away too and her anal glands (which get infected every time she has a tumour) seemed to bother her more than the incision itself.  With a little more hair growth, the scar should be invisible. We got clean margins so that was a relief!

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Thank you Veterans

Dogs have been members of the military for many, many years, but they weren’t always seen as soldiers. At least to the leadership.

During the Vietnam War, when the troops withdrew, the dogs were left behind as ‘surplus equipment.’ To this day, that fact haunts many of their handlers, who knew without a doubt that these loyal canines were nothing short of soldiers themselves.

It is not an easy job. More than 500 dogs are deployed serving the military at any given time. They protect, serve, give emotional support, and sometimes die in the line of duty. Up to 5% of canines are thought to suffer a canine form of post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Fortunately today, attitudes towards military dogs have changed. Military canines are recognized as fellow soldiers, who are treated when injured, retired when done with their work, and thanked for the sacrifices they make without complaint.

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I met Hero Dog Gabe at the 2013 Rose Parade. He has since passed, but not without leaving a wonderful legacy.

Our veterans give so much and are so humble about what they go through in service to the country. I have so much respect for the sacrifices they and their families make every day. One day doesn’t seem like nearly enough to honor you.

Thank you, to the men, women, and canines of the armed forces.

If you’d like to see some amazing images, check out NatGeo’s Dogs of War gallery.

Pawcurious: With Veterinarian and Author Dr. V

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I’ve Got Thick Skin, and a Fuzzy Heart

I was certain when I had kids that my motherhood chip would finally kick in, that I would finally start to react to babies the way I reacted to dogs and cats. Because surely that maternal instinct in my heart had merely been misdirected all these years, and was simply in need of a little oxytocin and fine-tuning to point it to the appropriate species upon which I should lavish my affection.

Now my kids are 11 and 9 and I can say this with absolute certainty: not so much.

Don’t get me wrong: I love my kids, I love being their mom, and I couldn’t imagine my life without them. Well, I could, especially on certain days when the attitude is dialed to 11, but I much prefer it the way things are.

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My daughter was helping clean up after Emmett when she was 5. I’d say this reflects brilliantly on my parenting but her desire to help lasted till she was about 6. :)

As in, I don’t want more kiddos and never have. When my friends go into Babies R Us to pick out a shower gift, they sigh and say, “Don’t you miss those days?”

And I, inspecting the newest Diaper Genie version and wondering if it would work for cat litter, reply honestly: “No.” I was exhausted and overwhelmed the entire time from 2004-2011 or so.

When I see a pregnant woman waddling by and others remark on her glow, I think about how sweaty she must be, or if her bladder hurts as much as mine did, or if she has complete strangers lift their hands up in shock and go “WHOA!” when she turns around in her ninth month of pregnancy with a 9 pound son and they get a glimpse of the battleship of an abdomen.

Motherhood has changed me in some ways: I look at people’s new babies and I smile. But I don’t need to hold them. I am so, so, SOOOOOO much more compassionate about people with babies on planes. I hold doors for parents with strollers trying to get through. That sort of thing. And I look upon it with nostalgia, but not a lick of longing. No pun intended.

When I was getting my hair done a while back, a woman came in with a duckling. I lost my head at the cuteness and almost lost my hair too because I kept jumping out of the chair to squee. I went home and tried to get my husband, once more, to agree to raising a couple chickens (he said no.)

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A woman at my gym brings her chihuahua in on occasion. I never get anything done when she does. (My husband has also said no to a chihuahua.)

The point is less that he said no to more animals and more the fact that I want them, the way I imagine some mothers must see a baby sleeping in a stroller and say to herself, “Oh, I wish I just had one more.”

This morning as I was walking by a cafe, I spotted a family with a black lab sitting at a table about 50 feet away. The dog and I locked eyes, and before I knew it I was on the ground laughing getting dog kisses as the family grinned. I don’t remember how many people there were or what they looked like but the dog was a boy, black labrador, about 50 pounds, with a blocky head and the tiniest bit of grey peeking around his muzzle. He is 9, his name is Brock, and he likes to lay down with his legs splayed behind him.

As I lamented about my hopelessness to my friend Jen, she remarked, “You just have a fuzzy heart is all.” And I think she’s right.

I’m also pretty sure it’s genetic.

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Tending to Brody on the day of his pinnectomy.

 

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I have a theory. I think that when we get a pet, they grab a piece of our heart and give us a bit of theirs in return. It’s how we will find them on the other side. And the older I get, the more pieces get replaced; my heart is getting furrier and furrier, and it’s made not only of my own pets but the clients I adore, my friends’ animals I have loved, the strangers like Brock who know just where to find it.

 

Pawcurious: With Veterinarian and Author Dr. V

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