BASF challenges EU ban on fipronil pesticide

BASF challenges EU ban on fipronil pesticide
The European Union in July added fipronil to its blacklist of substances suspected of playing a role in declining bee populations. The ban follows similar EU curbs imposed in April on three of the world's most widely-used pesticides, known as
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Pet Training Fun with #TuesdayMorning

May is National Pet Month — but every month is a good time to build your bond with your pets through training and play. While training may have once been considered a chore that you got out of…

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Bible plan for the 2015 year

Every year, I start on a new bible reading plan and this year, I would work through what is called the “Legacy Reading Plan”. The twist being that instead of using the Proverbs/Psalms reading plan that is incorporated with this, I instead opt to do the 31 days Psalms/Proverbs plan that had me, on top…

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Nat Geo Wild’s Barkfest Airs May 15th – 17th

A clever canine who has become a Big Kahuna in the surfing world will ride the airwaves on May 15th as Nat Geo Wild channels viewers’ attention on the intelligence and talent of our…

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Love your comment Kristi. LOL – Thanks for the vis…

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Independent Art Forever + a $500 Giveaway from Minted!

Independent Art Forever + a $  500 Giveaway from Minted and Bubby & Bean!
1. Tapestry 4 by Oh So Suite  //  2. Calculation by Stephanie Nowotarski  //  3. Tangerine by Alexandra Dzh  //  4. Bold Leaves by Kelly Ventura  //  5. Hood River Boards by Shari Margolin  //  6. Minx by Lori Wemple  //  7. Market Theatre by Horizon Photography  //  8. Staredown by Amy Carroll  //  9. Let’s Get Paddles by Suwachi  //  10. Garden Whimsy by Monica Shafer  //  11. Ciao Bella by Kevin Robinson

I am always on the lookout for new art to adorn our walls. We live in a townhouse and don’t have a ton of wall space, but I tend to rearrange my rooms a lot and I love being able to switch out art from time to time. Recently, I decluttered our dining room and ended up with a big bare wall desperately in need of a nice large print, so I decided to get online and hunt down the perfect piece for the space. The prints you see in the collage above, all from Minted - a marketplace for independent artists – represent my final choices. Eventually I settled on #3, Tangerine by Alexandra Dzh. Like much of our home, the dining room is very neutral, and I fell in the love with the pop of orange and the cheerful simplicity of the watercolor citrus fruits.

As my regular readers know, in addition to the blog, I create cards and art prints on the side. I also designed a small clothing line for fifteen years. Because of my own experiences, I have a deep appreciation for independent artists and their work. There is something really special about knowing that a piece of art was imagined and then carefully designed by a real person rather than mass produced by a huge company. There is strong, passionate heart and soul put into independent art. And this is why I am a huge fan of minted. Minted hosts regular competitions to source all their art from their global community of independent artists. The result is hundreds of pieces of gorgeous art from all different genres, designed by artists from all over the world. Each piece is available in several sizes with several frame choices, is affordable, and ships quickly. I’m absolutely thrilled with my print and with the service I received.

And now for the best part! If you’re a fan of independent art like I am, you’ll be stoked to learn that I’m teaming up with Minted today for a pretty incredible giveaway. One lucky Bubby and Bean reader is going to get $ 500 towards Minted art of your very own. You can enter right here. The giveaway will run through May 24th and the winner will be announced shortly after.

Are you an independent art collector? Which piece from above is your favorite?

Thank you Minted for sponsoring this post. While this was a sponsored opportunity from Minted, all content and opinions expressed here are my own.


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How Many Treats Should You Give Your Dog?

Whether you use them for training purposes, to calm your dog during a stressful time, or just to reward your dogs for being your buddy, treating your dog can strengthen the bond between you and your…

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Update on the Echo Park, Los Angeles dognappers

It seems there is more to this story than first reported. Two women impersonated Los Angeles Police Department Animal Cruelty officers to steal a dog from the owner, Cesar Aguilar, with the threat that they could have him deported. Good news: Aguilar and his little 2-year-old Poodle mix, Fannie, have been reunited. One of the women, Jenny Smiley, 51, was arrested and is out on bail while the other remains at large. Her identity is…
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Good Natured: Coyote, fox or dog? Follow the tracks

Good Natured: Coyote, fox or dog? Follow the tracks
At that time, our other most common canine species, Vulpes vulpes, the red fox, was becoming increasingly rare because of an epidemic of sarcoptic mange, and Canis latrans, the coyote, had yet to explode on the scene. Then, as we moved into the 1980s, …
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NINJA KITTIES! By: Team Goo’s Dillon Piper

Here’s a blog from Lucy Goo Pet Sitting!

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Ninja KittyCats are one of the most mysterious house hold pets we have come to know. From their sandpaper tongues, lighting fast speed, incredible flexibility, and intelligent minds, cats prompt a list of questions from many pet owners. Lucy Goo Petsitting is here to help you with some of your questions, and figure out some of the “whys” and “hows” of our feline friends.

Kitty… how do you fall upside down and land on your feet… ALL THE TIME?!?!?!?!?!?

A cat’s lack of a collar bone and a very loose jointed flexible spinal cord are the culprits here. This anatomy allows cats to possess a trait called “Labyrinthine righting reflex” or “righting reflex”. Essentially, righting reflex allows a cat to squirm into a centered, orientated position feet first and upright as close as twelve inches to the ground (sNina Kitty 2econds from landing) so they land on their feet. This reflex starts developing about four weeks after birth and completes development at about nine weeks. This might make you wonder why you may have seen cats fall from rather great heights and still seemingly be okay. This comes down to three things:

  • The density of a cats bone structure
  • Their leg muscles and joints
  • The height at which it fell or jumped

A cats bone structure is very light in weight and its body is covered in soft fur so the velocity a cat obtains as it falls is rather light compared to heavier animals. Interestingly enough, when cats are falling they spread their body out similar to a skydiver and reduce their speed and increase drag. This also helps slow down the velocity at which they fall thus reducing the force of impact. A cats muscular legs also soften their landing quite a bit as well and provide good shock absorption protecting the rest of the body. Cat’s joints can bend sideways to help soften impact with the ground. That said, there is a limit. A cat falling from heights greater than one hundred feet may still land on its feet, but will likely suffer internal damage or broken bones. Take my word for it, please.

Furry Fury!

Now let’s talk about their reflexes in general. Those lighting fast paws or their dead sprints in the blink of an eye. Back to what I mentioned earlier, cats are natural born killers. Cats are the traditional hunters of rodents and insects since their known origin to man. Everything about their anatomy says so and that’s why they are so fast and agile.

  • Their senses and body weight
  • Neurological system

Cats have very acute senses of hearing, smell, and sight. These senses greatly attribute to their reflexes. Since these senses are so heightened cats can anticipate much faster than many animals which naturally causes a faster reaction and thus a faster reflex. A healthy cats light weight anatomy again Ninja Kitty 3attributes to how quickly a cats reflexes are because they are moving much less body weight than other animals. Lastly, a cats reflexes are also so fast because of their neuro system. Almost all living things have a brain and neurological system. Animals have axons which are basically parts of our neuro system that send our muscle reactions to our brains through the nerves throughout our body. How quickly these “messages” are sent is relative to how thick the axon is and how far the message has to travel. Cats have thick axons (thicker than humans) and small bodies which both attribute to their speed and reflexes. All of these things combined make for those cute little ninja cats that we adore so much!


With this extra kitty-cat knowledge, take some time to watch your cat in a new light today…you could probably learn a ninja move or two! ;)

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