The most seriously awesome thing ever: Part 1

Short Version

About that champagne thing. Let me tell you what has been going on the last few months.

Dr V is writing book in little less than half a year. So all I have to do is write the book, edit it, keep Brody alive, work, and add 4 hours to every day. After I plot the dethroning of the Evil Count AwfulSuperintendent here in my school district.

Long Version

When I was seven, my mother once punished me by sending me to my room for an hour. Three hours later, she came upstairs and found me sitting on the floor with my dog Taffy, with every single book I owned perched on various flat surfaces.

“What are you doing?” she asked, goose stepping around Nancy Drew, Snoopy’s Big Book of Questions and Answers, and Mercer Mayer.

“I’m playing library,” I said, like it wasn’t totally obvious. “Taffy and I are having story time.” After that my mom wised up and started punishing me by making me go talk to strangers instead, which was cruel and unusual punishment.

I figured out I wanted to be a veterinarian when I was 21. I knew I wanted to write for, well, as long as I could hold a pen. I watched Beverly Hills 90210 (the first one) with glee, wishing I were Kelly, heck, I’d even settle for being Brenda, but knowing full well I was soooo totally Andrea: right on down to the huge glasses, bad hair, awkwardness, and taking the job of high school newspaper editor way too seriously. Lest you think I’m exaggerating:

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1989: Rockin’ Contempo in a Robinsons-May world.

I’m not.

“I want to study journalism,” I told my dad, a nuclear engineer.

“You can’t make a decent living doing that,” he said, so I studied biology and ended up going to veterinary school instead, because, well, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Nevertheless, I wrote the entire time: on papers, napkins, in journals, and, starting in 2001, on the internet. I studied because I had to. I wrote because I needed to. If I didn’t exorcise the running dialogue in my head and bind it to words on screen, I’d be drowning in my thoughts 24/7 and would never have time to memorize the dosing profile of etomidate versus propofol.

If I could go back and do it all over again, I’d probably sneak a writing class or two into my undergrad curriculum, you know, the way some people sneak a bottle of vodka into the dorm, because it probably would have been useful. I admit it. When it comes to the science and mechanics of writing:

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I’ve always known I’d like to write a book the way my daughter knows she’d like a pony some day and my husband knows he’d like to be a concert photographer: yeah, that would be nice, and now I have 15 loads of laundry to do. I never seriously researched writing a book because I assumed that would never actually happen. Therefore, I spent exactly zero time actively pursuing the idea.

Deus Ex Machina

But back in November, something crazy and out of the blue dropped in my lap. I was given an introduction to an agent, Steve Troha, who likes music and doesn’t like witches and werewolves and did like my blog. We hit it off instantly. If you recall my life in November, I was in a cramped apartment unsure of where I was going to be living and losing hair by the handful, so part of me assumed our conversations were a stress induced hallucination and that I couldn’t possibly be talking to a real, live agent.

“Do you have a proposal ready?” he asked me.

“What’s a proposal?” I asked.

He took a step back. “Do you know what you might want to write?”

“Oh, absolutely. Here are 14 dissonant ideas that have nothing to do with one another.”

Because I am lucky, he still responded to my emails after that.

It took a mere 4 months, and took many judicious suggestions, lots of revisions, and a few moments of what I call “I’m a real writer now wheee” breakthroughs then I jumped out of bed at 1 am, started pounding on the keyboard with tears running down my face, and told my perplexed husband “No it’s OK…(sob)…this is a breakthrough…(weep)….I’m writing about Emmett…(gasp)”. But finally I had in hand an outline for the Project of Which I am More Proud than I’ve Ever Been, about being that sad child with the Polaroid glasses and a crazy dog and holding onto a dog for dear life for the next 20 years of insanity.

Then Steve worked his magic with the proposal and did whatever it is agents do in New York, and after a whirlwind week of talking to editors and pinching myself repeatedly, I ended up in the capable hands of Emily Griffin at Grand Central Publishing, who pinky promised she wasn’t playing a cruel practical joke on me and actually wanted to publish my book.

That’s the shortest I can make this version. The book will be much longer, though, and I can’t wait to share more about the process as it happens. If all goes as planned, it’ll be hitting the shelves Fall 2014.

The title, by the way, I’ve known since 2009.

It is, of course, All Dogs Go to Kevin.

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

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HALO HEALING SALVE AND CINDER’S PATH TO RECOVERY

CindersHaloWe like to share this letter we received from Laurie Cannon sharing Cinder’s rescue and recovery story with our blog readers.

Dear Halo:

I am writing to share with you the story of Cinder and the neglect she received at the hands of her owners who only used her for breeding. They left out outside regardless of extreme weather, which left her skin so severely damaged that she is covered in scars; so severely damaged that she actually had bones sticking out where the skin had worn away.

Cinder has been saved by a rescue and is with a training company to work on her behavior and social skills, in addition to healing physically, mentally, and emotionally.

They are using the Halo Healing Salve for Cinder and tracking her progress so everyone on her page can see the transformation and can be a part of making her into the beautiful dog she really is.

She has a facebook page: Cinder:My Journey Of Love

I am writing to see if there is any way to obtain some coupons or samples of this salve to use for Cinder as most of her fundraising is going for eye surgery to fix Entropion that she has in both eyes. Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much for making quality products that care more about the pets (our family) than the profit. We will and always will be big supporters of Halo!

Sincerely,
Laurie Cannon

Thank you Laurie so much for sharing Cinder’s story with us. We love hearing how an animal has benefited from our products. As a token of appreciation we are sending you some Healing Salve. Also you can click here and subscribe to our Free Email Newsletter and get over $ 10.00 worth of Halo coupons.

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Are You Looking For A Fundraiser Idea? Check This Out!! Teespring Review!

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Create & Sell Custom T-Shirts with Zero Upfront Costs


I just had the opportunity to check out Teespring, a website where you can design and create your own t-shirts, set the price and choose the time period that you would like to sell the shirts. Then after the selling period, Teespring ships all the shirts directly to the customers with no hassle to you. How awesome is that?
Teespring is a great site for those who are looking for a fundraising ideas. Say you are trying to raise money for a 4-H group or a Senior trip. Or say you have a child in your family that has cancer and you are raising money for the family’s expenses while the child is in the hospital. Teespring is great for these types of fundraising causes. You can check out some of the past campaigns here. There are no out of pocket expenses and no upfront costs.
Now, I suppose you would like to know how Teespring does this right? Well, here is the gist of it. You hop over here to Launch a Campaign and start designing a t-shirt. After your shirt is completely designed, you set a price and how many shirts you would like to sell. Then you write a brief campaign description and then share your campaign via Facebook, email or however you would like to share it. Everyone can go in and place their orders for ever how many they want and in the sizes they want. Now, you have to sell the minimum that you specify when you are preparing your campaign but you can sell as many over that as you can. The more you sell the more money you raise for your cause. If by chance you don’t sell the minimum that you specified then no one gets charged anything and the whole thing is cancelled. This is why you get your shirts at the cheapest prices possible and there are no upfront costs.

Here is a video for you that may help you understand it a little better.
I have went in a played with the t-shirt creator and I have to say that it is very easy to do. I even uploaded my own picture to see how easy it all was to do and that too was simple. You can even have the kids design shirts for their clubs like the Scouts and 4-H, that is how easy it is to use.
Here are a couple of shirts that have been designed and sold thru Teespring and if you click on the shirts, you can see the campaigns that went along with them.
 
 
So, if you know anyone who is looking for a fundraising idea make sure your share Teespring with them.

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Disclaimer: Images and Company information is from Teespring.com. I was compensated for this review. However, my review states my honest opinion whether it be positive or negative. I was not compensated for a positive review, only an honest review.
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Acquisitions help lift Perrigo 4Q net income

Acquisitions help lift Perrigo 4Q net income
Perrigo bought Sergeant's Pet Care Products in late 2012, and earlier this year it bought Rosemont Pharmaceuticals and Velcera Inc., which makes the flea and tick treatment PetArmor. In July Perrigo said it would buy Elan in a deal that is expected to
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Be A Part of Bubby and Bean in September!

Come Be a Part of Bubby & Bean in September!

August comes to a close this week, which means it’s time for the official September sponsor call here at Bubby and Bean.  Next month marks the beginning of the fall season, and we’ve got a whole lot of cool things planned for the blog.  If you have a shop, blog, Etsy store, or small business, I’d love for you to be a part of it!  A Bubby and Bean Sponsorship is an affordable, effective way to promote your brand to several thousands of interested people every single day.

In addition to promoting sponsors through their ads on all pages and posts here at Bubby and Bean, I work one on one with each advertiser to ensure that they are given optimum exposure through the blog and our social media channels.  For more information on our various advertising packages, current stats, press, and pricing, visit our sponsor page right here. You can also book your ad space there directly in one click.  We currently have a handful of spaces open in each size for September (except for XL, which is booked through November).  All ad spaces are first come, first serve. 

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Welcome Home Mama And Boris: Book Review

Cover of Welcome Home Mama and Boris

The Internet is full off heartwarming reunions between dogs and veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. They make us feel good about an unfortunate situation and also demonstrate how much our dogs add to our lives.

Welcome Home Mama and Boris: How a Sister’s Love Saved a Fallen Soldier’s Beloved Dogs provides us with a view of a different, but no less uplifting, meeting. A meeting between a fall soldier’s sister (co-author Carey Neesley) and the dogs he rescued before he lost his life in Iraq.

I received a preview copy of this book a few weeks ago and enjoyed it immensely. This isn’t a book I would normally buy on my own — I tend to gravitate toward either fiction (mostly Sci-Fi and Fantasy) or science (math, physics, and surprise! behavior and training,) but I had heard of this story back when Carey was trying to rescue the dogs from Iraq and my curiosity was piqued. The book did not disappoint. As a matter of fact it was difficult to put it down after I started reading it.

Carey writes in both the first person and in the present tense which took me a few pages to get used to, but eventually her direct style and internal dialog grabbed me and brought me right into the story. She starts out showing you how close she was with Peter (her brother) as well as how close he was to her young son Patrick. How and why Peter served not just one tour in Iraq but two provides insight into his character and helps make it obvious why Carey worked so hard to save his dogs.

While most of us are familiar with Carey’s success bringing Mama and Boris home, there is a lot more to the story, both before and after she worked the miracle of getting them back to the U.S. How did Peter find the dogs? Why did his unit in Iraq work so hard to help her save them? Who helped her stateside? What bureaucratic hoops must one jump through to get 2 dogs from Baghdad to the midwest? It’s a great read.

THis is a really a book for anyone, but dog people will find it especially interesting and rewarding. Preorder it now!

Here is a book trailer:

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Canine Diseases & Treatment : Home Remedies for Dog Itching

Home remedies for dog itching include switching the animal’s food to a higher-quality diet, using an oatmeal-based shampoo, adding omega-3 fatty acids or fis…
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The Dude’s Guide to Losing a Pet

In my thirty something years on this planet, I’ve never seen my father cry. I think part of me assumed for a really long time that men simply just didn’t feel things as intensely as women did, which of course is not true at all. As a society, men are pressured from the get-go to bottle up any sort of sadness or grief, hammer it down, force it inward. The very word “man up” sums it up: outward signs of sadness are feminine, wussy, and will get you devoured.

I don’t think it’s inherently this way. My seven year old son wears his heart on his sleeve: laughter, tears, frustration, the opposite of stoicism. I look at him, going through his first boot camp experience with a Marine for a football coach and see it beginning already, the pressure to stuff it all down. I feel sad about that, which as a woman is perfectly socially acceptable to express.

My job puts me in a unique position of guiding a lot of men and women during a really rotten time. When it comes to losing a pet, I’ve seen it all in terms of reactions. Everyone is different, and no one can really predict how they are going to react until they are in the situation. I honestly think the intensity of the experience takes a lot of men by surprise (women too, but they seem to be more comfortable experiencing it). Then, when the time comes, they are so worried about being embarrassed in front of me that they feel they can’t express what they are feeling and just be in the moment with their beloved companion.

I’m not a psychologist, just someone who has tried to learn what I can to make a hard time just a little bit easier. So, with a combination of my own experience and my research into how grief works, here is my completely unscientific Dude’s Guide to Losing a Pet.

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If you are a guy who is losing a pet

1. I swear, pinky swear, that I will not think less of you for crying/cursing a lot/wearing sunglasses for the whole appointment.

I once had a soldier, in uniform, come running into the office with his dog in his arms. When his beloved companion died, he cried, and I had to choke back a few tears myself as he told me about what his dog had helped him through when he returned from Afghanistan. He is about as tough as it gets, and I am SO GLAD he allowed himself to experience that moment, even if it only lasted a minute. He’s still a badass, by the way.

2. You may not expect it to hit you as hard as it does, and that’s OK.

That’s one thing I’ve noticed, and it’s not every time, but I’ve had many men (and some women too, but less often) say to me “I just didn’t know it would hurt this much.” You are not alone in that. All it means is that you didn’t realize how big your heart is.

3. There is no one right way to grieve.

I think many people have this expectation: you either grieve by reading Rainbow Bridge over and over while sobbing over pictures of your pet (this is my way of doing it) or you don’t grieve at all. And it just doesn’t work that way, does it? Some people need to talk about their pet, write blog posts and seek support from others. Others need to keep a tag that they touch in passing here and there but prefer not to talk. Some people like to go to the beach and think. And others like to smack a punching bag around.

When my grandfather passed away, my father became the busiest bee I’ve ever seen. He did not cry, but he lifted furniture, drove people back and forth to the airport all week, grocery shopped, swept, refilled everyone’s drinks. He became the Uber Host. I am told by people who know better than I that this need to have something to do is a very normal grief response. So if you find yourself suddenly needing to refinish the floors after your dog passes, go for it.

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If you know a guy who is losing a pet

1. Offer to be there when the time comes.

When I go to a home visit, often the person is alone signing paperwork, and while they are sitting there pondering how sad they are, a friend will pop in. “Oh, not yet?” they say. “Should I go?” And every single time, the person says, “Please stay.”

He may not ask for you to be there, but I have seen the shoulders relax when you arrive. Offer to come. It stinks to go through it alone- which I had to do with Kekoa, because my husband had to leave with the kids.

2. A simple “This is the right decision” means more from you than it does from me.

And for whatever reason going out for a beer afterwards is a common thing as well, if you’re a beer person. When my husband’s BFF Kevin died, his friends went straight from the ICU to Kevin’s favorite Mexican restaurant and had a margarita in his honor. (I, on the other hand, was unfit to be seen in public for days.)

3. If I catch you doing the “buck up! It’s just a dog” talk I will hunt you down.

If a guy trusts you enough to share his grief, for the love of Pete please don’t minimize it and reinforce every stereotype out there about bottling up sadness. Give a pat on the back, an “I’m sorry,” the aforementioned beer run, charge up the Xbox, whatever you want as long as it’s not that.

 

I’m not a pro grief counselor by any means, just a vet who tries to be somewhat sensitive to people’s differences in a rough time. I’ve seen a lot of talks about pet loss but they all seem geared towards people like me who already kind of know we’re going to be a hot mess and are OK with it, but my work lately has really got me thinking about all the amazing, animal loving guys who seem to get left to their own devices. If I’ve missed something helpful, please do share- I’m always looking for ways to be a better support.

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

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The Shiba Inu puppycam is back—now with the E team

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Hot Dog!

What a good way to cool down a hot Labrador in a medieval hill village! 

Meet Heli, who is only 9 months old and lives at the top of Gorbio village.  He obviously appreciates the wet tea towel on his back. Of course, it eventually fell off but his vigilant owner kept putting it back again. Isn’t he gorgeous – look at those kind trusting eyes.

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