Hey it’s Friday!

This came across Pinterest, so I wanna share it to all of ya’ll who manage to survive the week. The weekend is here! Smile…relax….breattttthhhe! © 2014, Sunflower Faith. All rights reserved.

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WINNER, Winner Chicken Dinner!!

 Congratulations to Kimberly!!
I would like to say “Thank You!” to A Mommy’s Blog Design for offering up this prize of a premade blog template of the winner’s choice for either Blogger or WordPress.
The sad part is that I had to have Rafflecopter pick five winners before I actually got a TRUE winner. The first four names drawn said that they completed the MANDATORY entry of leaving a blog comment when in fact they did NOT. And you know what the worst part about that is? Three out of those four names are well known names to me because they are bloggers who run regular giveaways. Needless to say, I was disappointed.



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500th Chihuahua airlifted from California

Many elements came together to make southern California a Perfect Storm for Chihuahua overpopulation. First, with sarcastic thanks to Madonna, Pamela, Britany, she-who-won’t-be-named on this blog, and all the rest who posed with the tiny dogs making them a fashion statement. Then puppy millers flooded the market because they could be bred in small spaces and didn’t eat much. Wannabes bought them and then discarded them like last year’s shoes. Of couse no one made…
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Pet Care: Demodex (a common mite found in dogs)

In this pet care video we will learn about demodectic mange , also referred to simply as Demodex, a common mite found in dogs. These mites can cause a variet…
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If you’re following this hashtag on Twitter, you already know the story. If not, you’ll want to watch this video. The LA Times and KTLA are reporting on a small white dog, who we have since found out is named Gordo, was hit by a van being chased by the highway patrol. The video is […]

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Latest Ticks News

Buzzeo to fight Lyme disease with "Sticks against Ticks"
The "Sticks Against Ticks" hockey event, spearheaded by Buzzeo, is designed to raise Lyme disease awareness and to help Lyme Research Alliance (LRA) fund cutting-edge research by top scientists at major universities. About 130 fifth to eighth-grade
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Poultry, goats can help reduce tick numbers in St. Lawrence County
CANTON – With tick populations and Lyme disease on the rise, some St. Lawrence County residents are using livestock to fight back. St. Lawrence County Cornell Cooperative Extension Kristen Colarusso says she has received an increasing number of …
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Ticks that spread Lyme disease are moving west
Just like the humans on whom they so often feed, deer ticks are moving west, with the hardiest pioneers now reported to have reached North Dakota. No one would much care, perhaps, except that the mite-sized pests are the primary carrier of Lyme disease.
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Two Dogs Found Friendship in a Shelter, Then Found a Forever Home Together

Most shelter dogs are lucky if they find a forever family. Very few leave the shelter — if they do leave the shelter — with a forever friend.

The “if” in the sentence above is what makes the story of Ares and Zeus such a touching and special one. They very nearly did not make it out of the Orange County Animal Shelter in Orlando, Florida. The dogs were scheduled to be euthanized on the fourth and fifth of this month; if Ronda Chewning hadn’t seen their picture on the Second Chance Rescue Facebook Page, that would be the end of their story. It would be an unremarkable end, because thousands of dogs end their stories the same way every year.

Ares and Zeus came into the OCAS one day apart from each other, and became instant friends. They’ve remained friends ever since, and fortunately, Chewning was able to give them a home together. “I had no plan to get any dogs, let alone two,” Chewning told The Huffington Post. “We live on a tight budget, and two dogs weren’t in the budget.”

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And the family certainly wasn't lacking canine members. They already had two, a Miniature Pinscher and a Maltipoo. But the picture of the two dogs touched something in Chewning, and she felt that she needed to be involved in some way. She posted on Facebook that she was going to the shelter to check on the two dogs. The response she got was remarkable; not only did she get encouragement to go ahead, many people offered money if she'd go ahead and adopt them. "Everyone said get them, they would donate."

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The original picture that drew so much attention to "the boys."

It turns out that wasn't idle Internet chatter; as of now, a fundraising campaign has raised $ 8,050 for Ares and Zeus's medical expenses and adoption fees. The two dogs have remained inseparable in their new home. "They are still connected at the hip. They walk side by side," Chewning says. "They even eat side by side."

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Ares, Zeus, and one other furry member of the household.

When Chewning first took Ares and Zeus into her home, she intended it to be temporary, but now she's not so sure. The idea of giving them to another home makes her feel "really torn."

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Ares and Zeus have come to live with Ronda Chewning and her daughter, but their adoption has been a community matter. A Facebook Group called Ares and Zeus "The Boys" is thriving with over 12,000 likes. The community rallied around the dogs when they needed it most, just on the verge of death. Through the Internet, that same community is watching them live.

Want to donate to support Ares and Zeus's new lives in the Chewning family? Their crowdfunding campaign is still open on GoFundMe.

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3 Lessons: But Did I Learn Them?

If you all were here for my post last week, you will understand the whole thing with the 600 Brilliant Blog Post Ideas and where it came from, but if not, you can check it out here. If not, then read on.

242. What 3 lessons (good or bad) did you learn from your own mother (or person you see as being your maternal figure).

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Fall Favorites // Mama + Baby Outerwear

Fall Favorites: Mama + Baby Outerwear // Bubby and Bean

The official first day of fall is just a week away, and here in the Chicago area, the temperatures are starting to prove it. The last few days have been in the 60s, and we hosted a dinner party on Friday where the lows were in the 40s, which felt slightly unbearable when we tried to hang out on our deck. I may not be ready to say goodbye to summer, but like it or not, warmer threads are going to be necessary sooner than later. And the recent chilly weather made me realize that neither Essley nor I have any warm outerwear for this season. She has (obviously) outgrown last winter’s clothing (and this is her first fall), and my only real coat/jacket lost several buttons and popped a seam last year, thanks to my at the time very pregnant belly. It is officially time to grab something new for both of us.

The adorable baby girl coats and gorgeous womens coats and jackets you see above all come from a wonderful brand called Joules that is based out of the UK. For three decades, they have been devoted to crafting the highest quality clothing designed to capture the true essence of British style. And recently, they’ve crossed the pond to become available here in the USA too. I really love their use of color and cute prints, and I appreciate their commitment to quality over the fast, poorly produced pieces that are so prevalent today. In addition to their outerwear, they make clothing, accessories, and footwear for women, men, children, and babe. I’m seriously crushing on all their little girl clothes and their women’s rain boots.

Now I just have to decide which coats to buy. Which ones are your favorite? Have you gotten any new fall/winter outerwear yet this season?

This post is in collaboration with Joules.

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The Littlest Pet Shop – The Itch to be Ritch

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Atopica is a skin allergy medication for dogs to help control the symptoms of skin allergy dermatitis, such as itching, licking, gnawing, scratching, and hai…

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