The Lost Brother

While at dinner with my family in San Antonio last week Jon said grace and in his prayer he thanked God that ‘Our lost brother has come home’.  
Today I leave Memphis to return to New England to tell this story.  As you know I’ve tried in the past and either the timing or platform or partners didn’t pan out.  Events that have transpired in recent months have convinced me the time is now.  
Admittedly the problem has primarily been me or more specifically the standards I set for it.  Just as with the two walks I wanted to do something no one else has before and relegating the story to the Christian book market or a PBS special was unacceptable.  Even a film festival documentary didn’t seem sufficient.  
The epidemic of cancer in our companions demands and deserves the widest audience possible and I’ve always pushed and pushed to that end.  But one lesson I’ve learned repeatedly is you cannot depend on anyone else to realize your vision and like life on the road it’s you and you alone.  
I now know how to tell this story and the manner in which to tell it so once again I set off into uncharted waters. 
Brother, I am lost no longer.  
YBD 2.27.17

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No Bake SunButter Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

No Bake Sunbutter Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

I initially started this post with the sentence “My kids love cookies,” and then I realized that was pretty much the least original thing I could possibly say, because duh, everyone’s kids love cookies. (So instead of saying it, I explained why I didn’t, and in the process said it anyway. Yep.)

Essley especially would eat cookies for every single meal if I let her. And while I am a big cookie fan myself and certainly don’t mind my little ones eating the occasional treat, the ingredient list that usually goes into a cookie isn’t exactly brimming with healthy foods. So I recently set out to make some cookies that were more wholesome, really delicious, and quick/easy without the mess. It seemed like a tall order, I know, but it happened. And these babies have quickly become the new favorites around here.

Makes 12 cookies

INGREDIENTS
4 tablespoons Organic SunButter Sunflower Butter
1/2-3/4 cup organic semisweet chocolate chips
4 tablespoons organic milk (or milk substitute)
1-1/2 cup old-fashioned oats

Cover a baking sheet with waxed paper. In a sauce pan over low to medium heat, combine SunButter and milk, mixing well. Stir in the chocolate chips until completely melted, then continue stirring while sprinkling in the oats. Remove from heat and use a cookie scoop to drop balls of batter onto your baking sheet. Slightly press each ball down, then let set in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes. Eat!

These cookies are so good you guys, and I love that they’re not loaded with sugar or allegens. In fact, this recipe is peanut free, tree nut free, egg free, sesame free, and soy free, and can easily be made dairy-free using semi-sweet chocolate without milk fat, and water or soy milk in place of cow’s milk. My secret ingredient in these yummy treats is the SunButter (we love the Organic variety), which is a delectable sunflower butter that can be used in place of nut butters in almost any recipe. The flavor is amazing, and it’s also good for you. It has a distinctive, roasted sunflower seed taste and packs more nutritional benefits than traditional nut butters. (March is National Nutrition Month, which makes me even more stoked to have this better-for-you option in our pantry!) SunButter packs as much protein and more micro nutrients, like magnesium, Vitamin E, zinc and iron and also contains less saturated fat. We use SunButter spreads in SB&J sandwiches, sauces and salad dressing, smoothies, baked goods, and as a dip for apple slices. The possibilities are truly endless. And while my kids are not allergic to peanuts themselves, so many children are – so it’s nice to know that with SunButter, we’ll be able to make snacks for them to bring to school that won’t jeopardize the health of their friends. (You can find SunButter in grocery stores, specialty stores, and schools throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as online. See a full list here.)

Who else is a SunButter fan? Do you have any other easy no bake cookie recipes I should try?

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So excellent. I'm very happy for the whole fam…

So excellent. I'm very happy for the whole family.

I've been privileged to introduce two different Amstaffs to the wonderful world of cats. Both adored the cat and were very gentle their whole lives. Takes time and patience.

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Cold Dog Paws In Frosty Weather: Protect Your Dog’s Feet in the Winter

Cold dog paws
Since dogs have sweat glands in their toes, the moisture there can form into balls of ice when they abruptly leave a warm indoor environment and go into very cold temperatures. These ice balls can be so uncomfortable that a dog will hop or limp, and they can even bruise or cut the foot pad.

Pawdicure
Some dogs have hair growing between their toes or the pads at the bottom of their feet, which causes trouble in ice and snow. Get a small, round-tipped pair of dog-hair scissors from a pet supply company. They resemble the ones men use to snip their nose hairs, but they are tougher, for thick dog hair. Snip the hair growths from between the pads so that ice and snow can’t build up.

Paw Salve
Avoid damage to your dog’s footpads the way sled-dog trainers do. Apply a layer of protection to the bottom of your dog’s feet by spreading a thin layer of petroleum jelly or aloe gel on the dog’s footpads before you head out into the bitter cold. You can even spray Pam or one of the generic vegetable-oil cooking sprays underneath her feet right before you go out. Even if your dog licks her feet later, these products will cause no harm. [It’s probably best to do it just outside the door, or your floors might get messy!]

Blow Hot Air
Relieve ice-covered feet with a hairdryer set on the lowest warm setting. Hold the blower at least six inches away from the dog’s foot. Dry off the melted ice, rinse the feet in warm water to rinse off any salt or chemical contamination, and gently rub the paws to get the circulation going.

Call for Booties
Dogs in any wintry city would probably benefit from wearing dog boots. Be sure to get a quality pair that fits snugly. But don’t secure them too tightly, or you will cut off circulation, which could result in frostbitten toes that require emergency medical intervention.

Booties can be great if your dog has really delicate feet, if your weather is cold enough, or if you live in an area where salt is used to melt the ice and snow. Other ice-melting chemicals like magnesium and calcium chloride can also irritate a dog’s feet, as well as cause an upset stomach when she licks her feet after the walk.

You should go into a pet store to try on different styles of booties and see if your dog will be willing to walk in them, even once you fit a good anatomical fit. Some dogs remain rooted to the spot as if their feet are encased in cement booties – so see if you can’t encourage them to take a few (at first weird!) steps by offering a tasty morsel for each step take (you’ll find Halo Liv-a-Little dried protein treats and many other fine tasty nibbles on another shelf in most stores).

Do You Live In Arizona, California Or Florida?
This advice will be a reminder of why you’re so happy to have a warm zip code!

Tracie Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is recognized as the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio. She continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK®  (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after 9 consecutive years and over 500 shows. She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM for over 7 years until the channel was canceled, when Tracie created her own Radio Pet Lady Network where she produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.

Dog Film Festival - Tracie HotchnerTracie also is the Founder and Director of the annual NY Dog Film Festival, a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people. Short canine-themed documentary, animated and narrative films from around the world create a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. With a New York City premiere every October, the Festival then travels around the country, partnering in each location with an outstanding animal welfare organization that brings adoptable dogs to the theater and receives half the proceeds of the ticket sales. Halo was a Founding Sponsor in 2015 and donated 10,000 meals to the beneficiary shelters in every destination around the country in 2016.

Tracie lives in Bennington, Vermont – where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based – and where her 12 acres are well-used by her 2-girl pack of lovely, lively rescued Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda.

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Spy in the wild with social carnivorans

The little AWD puppy robot is so cute!


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Updated Recall of Evanger’s and Against the Grain products

Here’s the latest from the FDA’s website.

On February 20, 2017, Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food notified the FDA that it planned to recall all “chunk beef” products under the Evanger’s and Against the Grain brands. On February 27, 2017, the FDA became aware that Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food was notifying its distributors and retailers of a new recall for lots of Evanger’s Braised Beef Chunks with Gravy as well as expanding the previous recall for additional lots of Evanger’s canned Hunk of Beef and Against the Grain’s Grain Free Pulled Beef with Gravy.

The 12-ounce cans of dog food being recalled have the following barcodes. The numbers listed below are the second half of the barcode, which can be found on the back of the product label:

Evanger’s Hunk of Beef: 20109
Evanger’s Braised Beef: 20107
Against the Grain Pulled Beef: 80001

The products have expiration dates of December 2019-January 2021.

The FDA’s updated report, as well as original recall notice, can be found here.

 

 


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Friday Funny: Brother from Another Mother

From Sharably, check out these sibling pairs!


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Cat Helps Cops Catch Criminal

Ephatra

Attentive cops use all sorts of clues to help them catch criminals. Often, they’re helped in their pursuit of fugitives by people who call in tips or point in the direction that someone ran. According to the York Daily Register, on a cool night in Lancaster County, PA, cops were helped by none other than a friendly black cat!

The Ephrata Police Department posted on their Facebook page that on Monday, November 28, Jonathan Michael Steffy ran while police were arresting him for an outstanding warrant. Police were able to narrow the man’s location down to a particular backyard, but couldn’t find him at first. Then, one officer “noticed a black cat” and thankfully took notice. The cat appeared to be crouching and “watching something intently.” There were two sheds in the backyard that the cat seemed to be looking near. The first shed was empty.

Read the complete story.

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A Home Away From Home for Dog Lovers in Singapore

Today we have a great guest travel piece from Anne Cooper who blogs at catobsessed.com.  She lives in Australia with her husband and two very fluffy felines.  Apart from cats, Anne loves traveling,…



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Bay Area Pet Expo, March 11 – 12, 2017, San Jose, CA #AmazingPetExpo

Santa Clara Valley may be better known today as Silicon Valley, but the area can also claim the nickname The Valley of the Heart’s Delight. In mid-March pet parents (and their dogs!) are…



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