Westminster 2015: And the winner is…

Congratulations to the 15-inch Beagle, The Divine Miss P, on winning Best in Show at the 139th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. And to Skye Terrier Charlie, who took Reserve Best in Show. The Beagle wins it! The Beagle wins it! Oh my God, the Beagle wins it!!! Thanks to everyone at WKC and […]


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Why I Love Stray Dogs

As our regular readers know, both Irie and Tiki are former stray dogs. Tiki was found by the shelter; she was sitting on the side of the road. Irie was running through town before being caught by a…



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Health Tip: How I Stay Hydrated

How I Keep Hydrated // Bubby and Bean

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I’ve been talking fairly often over the past year about my efforts to be health conscious in the everyday. My regular readers know that I’ve been consistent about eating well (most of the time, anyway) for many years, but that lately, I’ve also established a routine that incorporates things like regular exercise and intentional time for relaxation/mental clarity. There is one (very important) aspect of leading a healthy lifestyle, however, where I recently realized that I needed some major improvement – staying hydrated. Hydration has actually become quite a big deal in my house. In addition to keeping myself well hydrated, I also have to do the same for a toddler. And my husband also came to the conclusion that he could use a hydration boost beyond just the water he slams after a run.

Although staying properly hydrated seems like one of the easiest parts of staying healthy, it’s one area where my family has lacked motivation – and I think this holds true for a lot of us. I can’t tell you guys how many times I’ve made goals for myself to drink a certain number of glasses of water a day, and ended up getting too busy or simply forgetting. I’ve also tried just about every method for coercing my little one to drink more water, including all sorts of fun and fancy cups, with little success. (She is not a huge fan of plain water, but her mommy isn’t willing to give her sugar-filled drinks). Like me, my husband also gets busy or distracted and just forgets. We also tend to pay more attention to staying hydrated in the summer when we’re sweating and the loss of fluids is more obvious. But in truth, it’s just as easy to become dehydrated in the winter, when the air is dry and water-zapping illnesses tend to hit.

Since our regular attempts to drink more water as a family seemed to result in consistent failure, I decided to change things up a bit. About a month ago, I learned about a product called DripDrop, an ORS (oral rehydration solution; a treatment that is used by the World Health Organization and UNICEF throughout the world), that prevents dehydration in a natural way, without the calories or artificial extras of sport drinks – and with 2-3 times the electrolytes. The things that appealed most to me was that it contains no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives, and that it’s a safe, medical grade solution that everyone can use – from babies over 1 to seniors. So I decided that instead of trying to force water down our throats on the regular, which clearly wasn’t working, we’d try drinking DripDrop with our meals. I went to CVS, picked up a box of the Berry Flavor, and crossed my fingers.

It turns out, we all love DripDrop. It adds a subtle flavor to your water – just enough to perk it up without overpowering it. And adding it as our beverage of choice with our meals has been key, for all us of. It feels a little like we’re drinking something fancy with our meals rather than the plain old water we were used to, so it’s more fun than a chore. We’ve even started to incorporate it into our daily routines away from just meals. It’s a great way to naturally increase our energy by preventing the fatigue that comes with dehydration, so we’re no longer making pots of coffee in the late afternoon just to stay awake. And of course, it’s great after a workout. My daughter loves it too, which makes me the happiest of all. It has become our hydration solution, and an important part of our quest to stay healthy in the everyday.

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Westminster 2015: Hound Best in Group

The results from tonight’s Best in Group for my favorite group – the Hounds. 1st: Beagle, 15-inch 2nd: Bloodhound 3rd: Otterhound 4th: Black and Tan Coonhound Miss P, the Beagle, will go on to compete in the Best in Show competition tomorrow night. Up next: The Group


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Cathedral senior's journey highlights food intolerance

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Sisters!

It was a glorious day here yesterday and these two little Maltese terriers were having the best fun on the Promenade le Corbusier at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. I nearly got run over!
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Hier ici, c’était une journée magnifique et ces deux petits bichons maltais s’amusaient énormément sur la Promenade Le Corbusier à Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. J’ ai presque failli me faire renverser!

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In “Kingsman,” Part of Learning to Be a Spy Is Picking Your Puppy

As of today, superspy Jack Bauer has a new movie in theaters.

No, I’m not talking about Kiefer Sutherland, and the movie isn’t even remotely linked to 24. Today marks the release of Kingsman: The Secret Service, which stars Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine — and an adorable Pug puppy.

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A bunch of young spies are face with an important choice: “Pick your puppy.”

Where more traditional training in the Tuxedo and Martini subgenre of spy fiction focuses on things like use of firearms, mixing the perfect drink, and how to kill a man with a bow tie, one of the major rites of passage for the recruits in Kingsman is when they have to... pick a puppy.

You can see the process in the trailer below. The protagonist of the film, a working-class youth nicknamed Eggsy, chooses his Pug under the mistaken impression that it's a Bulldog and will grow up to be much larger. The exchange between him and a fellow recruit who quietly informs him that he's wrong -- about breed, about size -- is charmingly understated.

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Despite his initial disappointment, Eggsy tries to butch up his new dog with the name J.B.; not for James Bond, nor Jason Bourne, as Michael Caine originally thinks, but for Jack Bauer. Never having been a fan either of Kiefer Sutherland or 24, I'm hoping that the little fellow turns in a better performance (with less torture) than his namesake.

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J.B., a canine sidekick in Kingsman.

I've been watching a lot of spy movies and shows the last couple of years -- both of the Martini and the Stale Beer varieties -- and yet it's never occurred to me that what the spy genre really needs is more cute puppies. It just might be the thing that the modern spy needs, though. I can't quite see Philip and Elizabeth from The Americans acquiring a Chihuahua to help them subvert Reagan-era capitalism, but I could possibly see Nick Fury or Agent Coulson adding a pooch to the S.H.I.E.L.D. family -- perhaps enhanced with Kree or Inhuman genetics. George Smiley already kind of resembles a Bulldog in temperament, so a dog might be redundant in his case.

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HeyUGuys talks with the trainer on the set of Kingsman.

Check out the trailer below along with the interview with Kingsman's dog trainer by HeyUGuys. The movie looks like a lot of fun, even if it does make Roger Moore-era Bond movies look like exercises in grim realism.

What do you think? Should there be more puppies in the espionage genre? If so, what kind would you pick?

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