Keep Your Cat Healthy over the Holidays

While scientific studies show that pets who are even slightly overweight have decreased vitality and are at risk for complications that shorten their lifespans, still 56% of cats and 60% of dogs in the U.S. qualify as overweight or obese.

So while we love to give cats the food and treats they love, it’s important to make sure we’re helping keep them maintain a weight that lets them live their best lives—especially during the holidays when our schedules and habits tend to shift for a few weeks.

  • Keep up the exercise. You don’t need a treadmill to keep your cat active. A little bit of time each day with a favorite ribbon or string will keep your cat moving.
  • Ingredients tell an important story. Read the label of your cat’s food and treats to make sure it’s loaded with real, WHOLE meat, vegetables, and other quality ingredients you’d find in your own kitchen.
  • Measure your love. Check with your vet to make sure you know how many calories your cat should get each day and then measure the exact amount into the bowl.
  • Choose healthy treats. With clever names and playful shapes, it’s easy to lighten up our diligence with treats, but don’t slip. Read the ingredients label and make sure it’s made with real food that’s good for your cat.
  • Filling up without filling out. Diets aren’t fun, but with healthy weight cat food, you can help your cat reduce his or her calorie intake and still feel satisfied.

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Down in the leaves

Anka doing the “down” command in the silver maple leaves.

anka down in the leaves

Natural History

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Bonus Friday Funny: Costume Winner

Although there was no official contest on this blog, this Beagle with Cream Cheese costume won. Enjoy your weekend! Until next time, Good day, and good dog! Dog Blog

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Actor Jon Bernthal Joins Show Your Soft Side Campaign

He portrayed a zombie slayer in the AMC series The Walking Dead and currently stars as a vigilante battling bad guys in the web series The Punisher. Off-screen, actor Jon Bernthal fights for all…

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Is Your Pet Ready for Halloween?

Manny the Frenchie - Happy HALO-Ween

With more than 31 million people planning to dress their pet in costumes for Halloween this year, according to the National Retail Federation, it seems that Beggar’s Night is attracting a whole new breed of treat-seekers. It’s a terrific opportunity to bring your pet in on the fun. Here are a few tips to make the night a howling success.

Suit up with care
From bumblebees and hot dogs to witches, pirates, and pumpkins, cute is easy, but make sure your pet is comfortable, too. Check the costume for pieces that could get chewed off or get in the way of normal movement, breathing, vision, and hearing.

Get tricked out with pet treats
All the extra candy and chocolate bars sitting around may send their sniffers into overdrive, so keep sweets safely out of pets’ reach. And be sure to have plenty of pet treats close by—not just for your little beggars, but all the adorable ones who ring your doorbell.

Don’t forget their ID
Before you head out on the town, double-check that your pet has proper ID—like a microchip or a collar and identification tag. Such a busy night may bring lots more leashes than normal, plus all the excitement and children running about could cause confusion or an escape.

Enjoy the holiday together
Between unattended bowls of candy, the novelty of their costume, an increased number of strangers, and lots of fall decor (including jack-o-lanterns that may have lit candles in them), the evening holds a number of fun things that have the potential to stress out or even harm your pet. Stay close and keep your eye—and maybe your reassuring hand—on them all night.

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Barktoberfest in Durham

A few pictures from an old high school friend of mine, Annette Smith, who attended Barktoberfest last weekend at Durham Central Park. The event featured a costume contest, photo booth, canine food drive, an interactive trick dog show presented by Dare Devil Dogs, fun walk, pet market, adoptable animals from local shelters and rescues, and […] Dog Blog

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Have Your Dog Take the Halo Veg Pledge for World Vegan Day

Halo Veg Pledge

With World Vegan Day nearly upon us, now is a great time to have your dog take the Halo® Veg Pledge. As people around the globe celebrate the spirit of veganism—compassion for animals, plant-healthy food, and environmental protection—your doggo can take part by digging into a bowl of Halo® Garden of Vegan® one day a week.

Already, 363 dogs have raised their paw of participation to enjoy only vegan nibbles on Meatless Mondays (or a day of their choosing), and with World Vegan Day on Thursday, November 1, it’s the perfect time for your dog to join in.

Learn more and sign up for the Halo® Veg Pledge.

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Plant-Based Mini Halloween Pizzas

Vegan Mini Halloween Pizzas

This post is in partnership with Daiya Foods. Thanks for supporting the brands that help make Bubby and Bean possible.

There are so many reasons to love October: apple picking, sweater weather, Halloween, pizza… Yes, pizza! Until recently I didn’t associate pizza with October, but when I found out that it’s National Pizza Month, I immediately got to celebrating. I mean, I love pizza year round, but this has given me the perfect excuse to eat it more often.

I’ve been a vegetarian since high school, so cheese or cheese and veggie pizza has always been my go-to. But I’ve been working to make healthy choices in my eating habits over the past couple of years by incorporating more plant-based alternatives into my food choices – including pizza. This admittedly created a slight predicament for me for a while, because cheese was always what made pizza for me. I actually tried making it a few times with just sauce and veggies, but I wasn’t a fan. Then last year, I discovered Daiya‘s Cutting Board Collection of Shreds which I used to make plant-based nachos, and soon after started making my own pizzas with them too. And you guys, they are so good.

I’ve experimented with all sorts of plant-based pizzas using Daiya’s Shreds – from made-from-scratch dough pizzas with fancy ingredients to the super easy, super fun Halloween-themed mini pizzas I’m sharing today. They’re made with vegan english muffins and topped with Daiya’s Cutting Board Collection Shreds and are perfect for Halloween parties, snacks, or meals. They’re also something the kids can easily help make. I think you will love them as much as we do!

Plant-Based Mini Halloween Pizzas
Vegan Mini Pizzas
Vegan Mini Halloween Pizzas

Plant-Based Mini Halloween Pizzas
Makes 6 mini pizzas


6 vegan english muffins*, halved
1.5 cups Daiya Cutting Board Collection Mozzarella Style Shreds
1.5 cups Daiya Cutting Board Collection Cheddar Style Shreds
1 cup jarred pizza sauce
black olives
green olives
green pepper

*Many english muffins are vegan and some are also gluten free; check ingredients.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Placed halved english muffins cut side up on a baking sheet, and top each with pizza sauce until covered. Top half of the pizzas with Daiya Cutting Board Collection Cheddar Style Shreds, and the other half with Daiya Cutting Board Collection Mozzarella Style Shreds. (If you want to make a mummy pizza, use the Mozzarella Style Shreds to form “bandages”.) Bake for about 10 minutes, or until Shreds are full melted. Then get creative! To make a jack-o-lantern, create a face with black olives and sliced green pepper, and a pumpkin stem from green pepper. To make a spider pizza, top with a vertically halved black olive for the body, a horizontally halved black olive for the head, and sliced black olives for the legs. To make a mummy pizza, use green olives to create eyes. To make a monster/Frankenstein pizza, top with a piece of sliced green pepper and small olive pieces.

Vegan Halloween Mini Pizzas
Mini Halloween Pizzas
Vegan Halloween Pizzas

My kids have been asking to make these almost everyday, and I don’t blame them. They’re so much fun, and they’re also easy and super delicious. And you’d never guess that they’re plant-based and not made with dairy cheese. The key ingredient, of course, is Daiya‘s delicious Cutting Board Collection Shreds. You’ve heard me profess my love for many of Daiya’s plant-based comfort foods in the past, so it’s probably no secret why I love these pizzas so much. The Cutting Board Collection Shreds stretch and melt just like regular ol’ dairy-based cheese, but (just like Daiya’s other foods), they’re free of top food allergens like dairy, gluten, nuts and soy. And the line is available in Cheddar Style, Mozzarella Style and Pepperjack Style, so there’s something for everyone and for every kind of cheese-based recipe. If you haven’t tried Daiya yet, head on over to your local grocery store. Their products can be found in more than 25,000 of them in U.S., from Whole Foods, Kroger, Safeway, Publix, and Meijer to natural food retailers.

Easy Halloween Mini Pizzas
Easy Halloween Pizzas

If you try these yummy plant-based mini pizzas, let me know what you think. Happy National Pizza Month and Happy Halloween!


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Active Fun for Indoor Cats

Just because your indoor cat doesn’t prowl the neighborhood, chase birds, or get daily walks or trips to the dog park, doesn’t mean it’s okay to be a cat potato. It’s easy to create a virtual playground for your cat inside the walls of your home.

  • String theory — Sad that the string came out of your hoodie in the wash, but now you have a perfect cat toy. Or the ribbon off a gift, an old shoe lace. Amazing how swirling in the air or in the ground can send your cat scampering after it.
  • Roly poly — Cats may not be built for games of fetch, but roll a tennis ball or sock ball to them and watch them bat it around, and maybe even chase after it if they knock it across the floor.
  • Free climb — Like toddlers, cat see the world based on how they can climb it. If your home allows, give them safe, sturdy levels to climb freely—like stools, window seats or ledges, or secure shelves—without you worrying about them knocking important things down.
  • Kibble on the move — Cats are natural predators so one way to keep the brain and their body active is finding new spots to put their kibble. Try dividing the food you’d give your cat for one meal into three different bowls and put them in different spots where your cat can hunt them down.

In addition to the physical activity, make sure your cat’s diet matches his or her lifestyle. Indoor cat food is formulated with fewer calories, knowing that indoor cats aren’t quite as active as outdoor, plus it has fatty acids to keep their skin and coat shiny, even for life with an HVAC system that could dry them out. And if you think your cat may already need to lighten up a little, try a nutritious healthy weight cat food that helps them feel full but has fewer calories than regular cat food.

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