Fleas attack employees at Salt Lake City Xerox store

Fleas attack employees at Salt Lake City Xerox store
Utah's Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration office received two complaints about bug bites from the staff at the 675 E. 500 South store. The employees went to a worker's compensation clinic, where at least a portion of them were diagnosed with
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New beef-flavored chew from Merial kills fleas, ticks
Inspired by the natural chemical defenses of sea sponges to fend off predatory snails, Merial has developed a new molecule—afoxolaner—designed specifically to kill fleas and ticks in dogs. Presented in a soft chew formulated to taste like braised
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Read Flea's Statement About Red Hot Chili Peppers' Mimed Super Bowl
Earlier today we reported on the controversy generated by the Peppers guitarists' lack of plugs during their Super Bowl Half-Time Show performance with Bruno Mars. Many fans felt betrayed by the band for not performing live at the high-profile event.
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Sadie

This is Sadie, a 9 year old English setter who lives in Monaco.  The box, attached to her collar, is an anti-bark collar. I met her at the Kermesse in Monaco last November.
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This is on the public safety committee's agend…

This is on the public safety committee's agenda for tonight's meeting – 6pm.

https://oakland.legistar.com/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=282666&GUID=75A8EAB3-D0C6-455D-95FD-5B76186C085C&Options=info|&Search=
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Love Is…Making Moments

I’ve learned a lot in the process of writing this book, going back and reflecting on what three very special dogs have done for me in my life. It’s almost done, the first draft at least, and I can rest easy knowing that if I get hit by a bus tomorrow there’s enough for a talented editor to work with so that this, at least, will live on. Happy Valentine’s Day, by the way.

Speaking of dying and all of that, though, the one thing that really jumped out at me when I was writing, and just living and working in hospice, is this: Love every moment, even when it’s just hanging out on the couch. Make a moment out of nothing.

This morning, Brody came over to tell me his bowl was empty. I decided, prior to filling it, I would take a picture of his hangdog face and make it a doge meme.

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I fed him, eventually. But not before practicing balance and self control. The cat, being a cat, was excused from practice.

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And because life is short, we even attempted a dog/doc selfie, which never really works because after all, your dog only wants to look at you.

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Which is, really, nothing to complain about.

Love is putting up with me, at least from Brody’s perspective, and man does he put up with a lot. But it’s good, and I’m glad I took 5 minutes to make a moment out of an empty food bowl. I challenge all of you to take just a minute or two today and make your own moment. You’ll be glad you did. :)

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Cool Scabies images

Some cool scabies images:

Purple Scabies?
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Image by Carl Bullock
This is probably a type of wild scabies but I’m not entirely sure. very pretty colour though

The Damned (Scabies/James version)
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Image by Man Alive!
The Damned (Scabies/James version) performing at the Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, on Friday the 29th of June 2012

The Damned (Scabies/James version)
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Image by Man Alive!
The Damned (Scabies/James version) performing at the Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, on Friday the 29th of June 2012

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You at BADRAP are amazing! Bless you for all you …

You at BADRAP are amazing! Bless you for all you do for these wonderful companion animals! I wish I could give more than my small monthly donation – but I know you will always get the best bang for the buck! Muwah :-)
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A Lesson in Love and Heart

One year ago today, we said goodbye to Kekoa. After a month of bucket list indulgences going from kale to turkey and then, that day, chocolate chip bacon ice cream, I said I love you one last time.

We pet owners talk a lot about heart dogs, that dog who just ‘got’ you, the dog who changed you and will never, ever be replaced (you can substitute dog for any pet, of course.) And once you have a heart dog, once you lose a heart dog, you may wonder if you will ever have another one again.

I’m here to say yes, you can.

Emmett was my heart dog, the dog who taught me fierce love and how to be a family and how even the best of us were allowed our jealous moments but we’d get over them eventually. He taught me forgiveness. I loved the other dogs I had before him just as much, Taffy and Mulan and Nuke, but he was the dog who spoke to my soul.

Kekoa was brought into our lives furtively, a sneak adoption if you will. We were supposed to adopt a different lab, a younger one, one glossier and with better teeth, but as I didn’t realize until after she was gone, she spoke to my daughter’s soul, and there it was. She was the shoe that fit. That was a February as well. This is her month, the month of heart.

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Kekoa lived without a spiteful bone in her body. I think she growled once in her life, when Apollo tried to steal a bite of her food, and even then it was more indignant than menacing. She loved food, almost as much as she loved us.

When she died, when I made the decision to euthanize her when her bone cancer was causing her pain I couldn’t control, I wrestled with the same emotions every pet owner struggles with: uncertainty. Is it the right time? Guilt. I’m acting too soon. Pain. I don’t like seeing this. She was bothered by none of this internal turmoil, choosing instead to just trust us and sleep in my daughter’s room at night. I was so busy thinking of my own distress I really missed the boat on thinking about how the kids would be affected, but Kekoa stepped in- completely unaware she was even doing it- to be there for them.

Many things happened afterwards as a direct result of her death. I began working with Paws into Grace. In the midst of my mourning, her story wrote itself into the book proposal I was working on, which will be a forever monument to her. I committed to getting certified in pet loss counseling, which I completed last week, in order to give a voice to those who are sad and suffering so they know: NO, you are not alone and your grief is real. They don’t call them heart pets for no reason. They take some of it with them.

She was a heart dog too, and I never even gave her credit for it until long after she was gone. This sad, head hanging little black dog with terrible head/chest proportions and bad gas taught me how to take care of others just by being true to yourself. If that isn’t love, I don’t know what is.

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Miss ya, girl. Thank you for everything.

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NYC Allergist Ask: Are You Allergic to Love

NYC Allergist Ask: Are You Allergic to Love
Millions of Americans suffer from a myriad of allergic conditions, such as food, seasonal or skin allergies, but Valentine's Day comes with an additional benefit – a surge in visits to your Allergist. Being allergic to love may seem counterintuitive
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Chanel No. 5 at stake as EU sniffs out allergens?
(Brussels, BEL) – Europe's grand old perfume houses and organic cosmetic newcomers may be looking at a major clean-out as the EU sniffs out ingredients blamed for skin allergies in up to 15 million people. A report by the EU's Scientific Committee on 
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Questions and Answers: Commission launches consultation on fragrance
Some substances present in fragrances may cause a skin or respiratory allergy. The present public consultation covers only skin (also called: contact) allergens. Both synthetic chemicals and substances of natural origin may be skin allergens. How many 
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SCARLET // A Photo Series For A Good Cause

SCARLET: A Photo Series For A Good Cause // Bubby and Bean
SCARLET: A Photo Series For A Good Cause // Bubby and Bean
SCARLET: A Photo Series For A Good Cause // Bubby and Bean

Back in 2012, a very talented photographer named Kelsey Goodwin submitted a gorgeous warehouse photo shoot to me.  I was quite impressed, and went on to feature another of her shoots last year.  Today, I’m thrilled to be sharing more of her work (and hoping to make it a more regular thing around here in 2014.) Kelsey shot and complied this particular series- which is focused on redheads and their freckles – as a fundraiser for the MS Society of Canada, which automatically makes it even more rad in my book.  As always, I’m smitten with her use of light and color, her attention to raw details, and the eerie, ethereal quality of her editing work. 

SCARLET: A Photo Series For A Good Cause // Bubby and Bean
SCARLET: A Photo Series For A Good Cause // Bubby and Bean
SCARLET: A Photo Series For A Good Cause // Bubby and Bean
SCARLET: A Photo Series For A Good Cause // Bubby and Bean
SCARLET: A Photo Series For A Good Cause // Bubby and Bean

I asked Kelsey to share a little about this project and the inspiration behind it.  “My favourite colour is orange,” she said.  “It’s in my business logo, it’s on my car and my boyfriend is orange. For those of you who know me, you know that I have had a long affair with gingers. I especially love photographing freckles so I have been wanting to do a photography exhibit as an ode to this special breed among us.”  (Love that!)

Kelsey also explained a little about the fundraiser.  “Every year, I volunteer at The Mistletoe Gala – a fundraiser for the MS Society of Canada. It’s taking a break this year, so I thought I would incorporate a silent auction as part of the exhibit to raise some funds for the cause.  I was blown away by the community response, especially at short notice – over 5k in product and services were donated!”

SCARLET: A Photo Series For A Good Cause // Bubby and Bean
SCARLET: A Photo Series For A Good Cause // Bubby and Bean
SCARLET: A Photo Series For A Good Cause // Bubby and Bean
SCARLET: A Photo Series For A Good Cause // Bubby and Bean

You can view more of Kelsey’s amazing work via her website, blog, and Twitter. And stay tuned.  As I mentioned above, we plan to showcase her around here more often in the upcoming year.

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Thank you Roben. This work is a fun way to walk th…

Thank you Roben. This work is a fun way to walk the planet. With or without donations, support fuels us forward.
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