Does Your Pet Have Itchy Skin?
You may feel like life is even more hectic than normal, and this may cause you to forget to give or apply your monthly flea medication, and now your four-legged family member is scratching. Fleas? That is only one cause of itching, but can lead to some …
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Chickens share backyards and pests with dogs, cats
The poultry flea has been added to a list of parasites, venomous insects and other bothersome pests that take a bite out of dogs and cats every summer, veterinarians said. These bloodsucking pests are different from the most common fleas in the U.S. …
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Ask the Vet
Fleas are a common external parasite that affect dogs and cats (flea hosts). There are a couple problems we need to address right away. If you are not using a veterinarian-recommended monthly topical or oral flea medication you need to start right now …
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Practicing Health -
Ulesfia (benzyl alcohol topical) is approved for use beginning at 6 months of age. It can be expensive and is not covered by all insurances. … Many flea combs made for cats and dogs are also effective. • After each treatment, checking the hair and …
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“Who’s my good girl?” and all those other things that we say to our dogs may just be noisy hot air to them, according to a recent study. Researchers first evaluated 42 shelter and pet dogs who were brought into a room one at a time. One person would offer only verbal praise while the other pet the dog. In the second part of their study, 72 shelter and pet dogs were placed in a…
The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
You’ve heard us talking a lot about Vivamune this past month. We’re giving our dogs (and cats) Vivamune once-daily health chews, specially created for healthy skin and coat, joints, and…
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Making a homemade insecticidal soap spray for aphids, white flies, spider mites or other sucking insects in your vegetable garden, rose bushes or other plant…
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I posted an article yesterday on the value of therapy animals. Have you ever been lucky enough to have a dog (or other animal) come visit you when you were in need? Until next time, Good day, and good dog!
As my regular readers know, every few months I post some bits and pieces of recent everyday life here, via plain ol’ non-fancy cell phone pictures. Although my Instagram account (@bubbyandbean) has become my go-to for sharing quick personal moments like these, every now and then I like to ‘check in’ here as well.
This was my first summer as a mom, and although we took our fair share of mini trips and didn’t have much downtime at all, it somehow still feels like it’s been pretty laid back around these parts. And that’s actually kind of nice, I’m coming to find out. Robbie was on the road for the majority of the summer, but we really took advantage of our time together as a family when were all together. We took lots of walks to the park, ate lots of summery meals on our back deck, worked in our garden, traveled to Indianapolis and up to our favorite lake in Wisconsin multiple times, had baby play dates with friends, and took time to enjoy summer as adults on several occasions too via movie dates, live music, and gatherings with our crew.
In addition to looking back on this summer as Essley’s first, I think I’ll also always remember it as the summer when I closed my clothing company after 15 years. It’s still going to be a couple of months before all the loose ends are tied up with that, but it’s already been a huge weight lifted not to have to focus on it daily in addition to all of my other work, and to finally be able to give full attention to the Bubby & Bean businesses – and to my daughter.
Seeing these pictures from the last couple of months makes me realize how much has changed in a short time, and makes me feel pumped to see what’s to come. As I get older, especially in recent years, I value the simple moments more than anything else. And despite the fact that my gag reflex was in full effect as I typed that (because dude, so cheesy), it’s the truth. Life’s simple moments rule.
Dogs and cats with atopy suffer from itchy skin and may bite or lick themselves excessively. Dr. Colleen Smith offers tips for this condition, including sugg…
There is nothing that will make you gain an appreciation for a creative process more than attempting to do it yourself. You know, like those people who scoff at the museum and say, “A kid could do that!” and then go home and paint something absolutely horrid.
Or those people who look on Pinterest or food blogs for new recipes.
This is how I feel about writing a book. “I write a blog,” I said. “I have a command of basic English,” I said. This will be a piece of cake. James Patterson cranks out like 4 of these a year, surely I can do at least one in five years’ time.
Then I tried to do it. I sent to my agent a proposal that I thought might work, much the same way this sculptor thought his modern take on “a snake” might work.
These things are, clearly, subject to interpretation.
Much like the kindergartner who says, “I can do it MYSELF!!” before nearly running into the path of an oncoming school bus, my journey has required a good deal of handholding, gentle redirection, and tactful suggestions from people who have been doing this much longer than I have.
Today I sent off the second draft of All Dogs Go To Kevin to my editor. I don’t know how many drafts one normally goes through; enough to get it right, I suppose. It took forever. I did what all writers do and sat, paralyzed with indecision, for months before hitting the keys in a panic. I procrastinated. I took a short break to read Stephen King’s The Stand (not the best decision from a time management perspective, that one.) But we got there.
I’ve read that George R.R. Martin writes his manuscripts on a typewriter. I can’t even fathom how that works. Without word processors, I’d have been dealing with trying to make sense of something like this:
But it’s working! We have made progress! I have slogged through my favorite dogs’ deaths enough times now to count as official desensitization therapy. It’s actually, after lots and lots and lots and lots of work, starting to resemble an actual manuscript. It’s nuts.
We are on target for a summer 2015 release, which seemed like a long time away until that whole Hachette/Amazon debacle where Amazon is penalizing first time Hachette authors by burying their works and potentially ruining their fledgling careers before they even had a chance to get started.
Now, summer 2015 seems like “Plenty of time to get it figured out, right guys? RIGGGHT?” because if not, I’m going to be begging you all on hands and knees to put aside your Prime for just long enough to get my book at Barnes and Noble because yes, I am one of those Hachette authors affected by this, and it’s making my hair fall out.
In the meantime, my editor has been keeping me entertained by sending me photos of some of the dogs that may be featured on the book cover. Her job is to take the pictures I sent her of Taffy, Emmett, and Kekoa and come up with three reasonable stand-ins. It’s a tall order, at least so far as Taffy is concerned, seeing what they have to work with: “A slightly neurotic, half-shaved Lhasa with chronic skin issues who always looks like she wants to be anywhere other than with the two 80s relics who always insist on holding her, Joan Jett and Jeanette from the Chipettes.”
Can’t wait to see what they come up with.