Which Dog Tricks Are Most Popular?

Have the many months of limited activity had you looking at dog tricks with a new eye? I’ve been training Barli several tricks lately (we started with Shake and High Five then progressed to…



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Holiday Kale, Cranberry, and Orange Salad

Holiday Kale, Cranberry, and Orange Salad

You may have seen this holiday inspired cranberry, kale, and orange salad recipe on my Instagram feed last week, but I wanted to share here as well because it is staple in our house this time of year. We serve it as a holiday side, an everyday meal, and before all of this covid madness, we were known for this at friends’ holiday potlucks. Best of all, it starts with a bagged salad as a base, which makes it easy as (health conscious) pie.  

Holiday Kale, Cranberry, and Orange Salad 
Serves: 3-4
INGREDIENTS
1 bag Sweet Kale Salad Mix*
1-1/2 cups kale, chopped
2 mandarin oranges, peeled and segmented
½ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup pepitas
poppy seed dressing (optional)

(*Note: Use a mix with kale, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and radicchio. Sometimes dried cranberries and pepitas even come with the sweet kale salad kits.)

1. In a large salad bowl, combine salad mix, kale, oranges, and half of the dried cranberries and pepitas.
2. Top with remaining dried cranberries and pepitas. Drizzle on small amount of poppy seed dressing, or squeeze juice from oranges on top instead. Serve.

Simple, festive, and so freaking delicious. Happy holidays!

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Friday Funny: Almost Warm Enough for a BBQ

It was so warm here in Ohio yesterday, I did think about getting the grill out. Not sure I could have handled this type of face! Better for all of us to #StayHomeStaySafe, though. Happy Friday! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Peppermint Bark Reindeer Chow

Peppermint Bark Reindeer Chow

This post is in partnership with Ghirardelli, but all opinions are my own.


For many years during the holiday season, I would travel with friends to San Francisco and we would stay at the same hotel, very close to Ghirardelli Square. We would, of course, visit Ghirardelli and load up on their delicious chocolate. The Peppermint Bark was always my favorite, and I would grab as much as possible to take to back home. These days, I get my Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark, along with my other holiday season favorites Ghirardelli Caramel Squares and Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Baking Chips, right at my local Walmart. (It might not be as fun as hopping a plan to San Francisco, but it sure is more convenient.) 
Today I thought I’d share with you one of my favorite holiday recipes made with my beloved Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark. You’ve all heard of (and hopefully eaten, because it’s delicious) the chocolately sweet treat called puppy chow; well this is a next level version of it just for the holidays that we like to call reindeer chow. The peppermint bark is what makes it. I think you’ll love it as much as we do. 

Peppermint Bark Reindeer Chow
Peppermint Bark Reindeer Chow


Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Reindeer Chow


Yields 15-20 servings

INGREDIENTS
8 cups rice or corn square style cereal
2 cups Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark, broken into small pieces
2.5 cups Ghirardelli semisweet chocolate chips
1-1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup crushed candy canes or peppermint candies (optional)


Line a large baking sheet with waxed or parchment paper. Pour cereal into a large bowl. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler on stovetop over low heat (or in a bowl in the microwave in 20 second increments, stirring in between) until smooth. Pour melted chocolate onto cereal in bowl, and mix thoroughly to coat. Transfer mixture to 2 gallon food-storage plastic bag. Add powdered sugar and 
Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark pieces (and crushed peppermint, if desired) to bag and shake to coat. Spread onto baking sheet until cool, then pour into a serving bowl. Store at room temperature or fridge in covered container.
Peppermint Bark Reindeer Chow

Peppermint Bark Reindeer Chow
Peppermint Bark Reindeer Chow

The best part of this reindeer chow (other than my beloved Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark, of course) is that it’s very kid friendly, and we can make it together as a family. Since we’re spending the holiday season at home this year and are making more together in the kitchen, it’s become a sweet treat recipe that is on regular rotation in our house. We also have so much fun delivering it to friends in the neighborhood, and will be including it in our holiday gift baskets this year as well.

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Peppermint Bark Reindeer Chow
Peppermint Bark Reindeer Chow


If you haven’t figured it out by my gushing so far, Ghirardelli is a year round favorite, and a staple in our house during the holiday season. Everyone in my family agrees that it’s the highest quality, best tasting chocolate around. Their 60% cacao baking chips have a deliciously rich flavor that elevates my holiday brownie recipe. Ghirardelli Caramel Squares are a decadent combo of melt-in-your-mouth chocolate and buttery caramel and my go-to for stocking stuffers and gift baskets. And their famous 
Peppermint Bark‘s rich chocolate layers and crisp peppermint makes it a seasonal tradition we look forward to all year. I am also a huge fan of Ghirardelli’s ”bean to chocolate” method of production, which is grounded in sustainable practices. As I mentioned above, you can also grab all of these yummy Ghirardelli products at Walmart, or order through Walmart Pickup & Delivery this holiday season. Ghirardelli makes the holidays a bite better!


Peppermint Bark Reindeer Chow
Peppermint Bark Reindeer Chow


If you try this recipe, I’d love to hear what you think. And if you have a favorite way to enjoy Ghirardelli during the holidays, I’d love to hear about that too! 

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Those Ever-Loving Goldendoodles!

From Shepard Smith and the good folks at CNBC: Pet adoption is in high demand as people stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic. One breed in particular, the goldendoodle is in high demand, with requests for the breed up 900%, according to the American Association of Goldendoodles. The price tag for a pup can be … Continue reading Those Ever-Loving Goldendoodles!


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THROUGH MONDAY: Save 40% In Our Black Friday Sale!

Our Black Friday sale ends Monday night! Black Friday shoppers: save 40% on everything in our PawZaar gift store with coupon code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout (or use this link to have the coupon added…



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The Thylacine was more a marsupial coyote than a marsupial wolf

One of the most common memes in our popular understanding of zoology is that the thylacine of Tasmania was the marsupial equivalent of the gray wolf.  This idea comes from a rather superficial understanding of its morphology, and lots of speculation about its behavior have stemmed from this popular understanding. One idea is that they were pack-hunters like wolves and dingoes, and they would have been murder on Tasmania’s sheep industry. Therefore, the final extinction of the thylacine was largely predicated upon a rational fear that the creatures would have been detrimental to sheep husbandry.

A lot of these speculations come from a belief that the thylacine was quite large. As I have discussed before on this space, larger carnivores are largely forced to hunt larger prey to survive. Otherwise, the larger size is of no benefit to the animal. Ecologists have found that the mass of 21 kg (about 46 pounds) is the size at which a carnivorous mammal can no longer subsist on smaller prey alone.

Thylacines were estimated to have weighed 29. 5 kg (about 65 pounds), which meant that their diet would have been larger prey. However, really big prey species are almost absent from Tasmania. The largest kangaroo in Tasmania is the Tasmanian Eastern gray kangaroo, which weighs is roughly the size of the smaller forms of white-tailed deer in the US.  Further, analysis of Thylacine skulls revealed that they could not withstand very much force. So the thylacine would not have been a very effective predator of prey the size of an Eastern gray kangroo, and it would have had a lot of trouble grappling with a fully grown sheep.

The fact that thylacines would have had problems killing large prey creates a contradiction in their supposed larger size.  If thylacines really did weigh 65 pounds on average, then they would be a major exception to the rule that larger predators must hunt larger prey to survive.

Well, a new analysis by researchers at Monash University has revealed that traditional estimates of thylacine size were greatly exaggerated.  Using complex morphometric analyses on various preserved specimens, the researchers revealed that the mean weight of a male thylacine was 19.7 kilograms (43 pounds). The mean weight of a female was 13. 7 kilograms (30 pounds).

These animals would have been roughly the same size of an Eastern coyote. Now, Eastern coyotes can live on large prey or small prey, and they can scavenge quite well. But they have skulls that can withstand blunt force from a sheep or a deer that a pack of them has run down. The Eastern coyote can live as a fox or a wolf, depending upon the conditions of the ecosystem in which it lives.

A thylacine would have been a smaller prey specialist, and because its weight did not exceed 21 kilograms, its subsistence on smaller prey did not violate the “costs of carnivory” rule.

Indeed, the only predatory mammal I can think of that does come close to violating this rule is the maned wolf, which sometimes weighs 22 or 23 kg. It lives almost entirely on small prey and fruit. This species has been persecuted for its attacks on livestock, but like the thylacine, it is not much of a threat to them.

Of course, there will be debate about this finding. Many historical accounts of thylacines suggest or imply or even outright claim that they were killing sheep and dogs left and right.

But the truth is that Europeans had their own concept of what a creature like this could do or was likely to do, and they merely transposed these ideas onto a creature that had the superficial appearance of a wolf or hyena.

We should by now stop trying to pigeonhole the thylacine into a marsupial wolf and should try to appreciate it for what it was.

Or might still be.*

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*I don’t believe they still exist, but I certainly wish they did!

 

 

 

 

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Friday Funny: Don’t You Sass Me, Azlan!

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Our 2020 Family Holiday Cards

Postable Holiday Cards

Those of you who have been reading here for a while know that even though I don’t often get personal about my private life (especially when it comes to my kids), I always share our family holiday cards with you all. And I say this every year, but it’s worth repeating: sharing family holiday cards might not seem like a deep dive into our personal lives, but there is something very intimate about them. They are the most special greeting we send to our closest friends and family at the end of every year, and they represent our gratitude for those people. Well, I’m grateful for you all as well, and that’s why I choose to share these with you in a post every November.  

Also, let’s face it. 2020 has been a real a-hole of a year, and that just makes me want to share greetings of peace and love and joy more than ever. 
Honestly, I can’t think of a year I have ever not sent out holiday cards. They are one of my absolute favorite seasonal traditions. (I even have a line of them of my own, although they’re a much different style than the ones I send out myself these days.) And six years ago, I discovered a holiday card company that not only had the hippest cards around, they went above and beyond to make my life easier. So please allow me to gush for a minute about them, my beloved Postable.
Postable Holiday Cards

Postable Holiday Cards

Before I start my annual professing of love for Postable, I want to say that Postable did not (and has never) paid me to review them. This is just one of those time that I have fallen in love with a brand, gotten to know them, and feel inspired to spread the word of their awesomeness. Again and again. What initially drew me to them way back when was their huge selection of beautifully designed, fully customizable cards that are all 100% post-consumer recycled and/or tree-free 100% (envelopes too). Once I had their cards in hand, I was impressed by other things too – from the quality of the cards themselves to the quickness of their shipping. 
Postable Holiday Cards

Postable Holiday Cards

Postable Holiday Cards

I think my favorite thing about Postable, however, is that they do all the freaking work you guys. Not only do they print my cards, they stuff the envelopes, address them, stamp them, and mail them for me too. So basically, I have not had an envelope cut on my tongue in years, and that is glorious. And the process of getting them made and sent couldn’t be easier. I choose a card design (which is by far the longest part of it because the options are endless), upload my photos, greetings, and names, choose my font, choose an envelope color, click on the addresses saved in my address book, and hit order. A few days later, my cards arrive in my loved ones mailbox, which leaves me way more time to binge watch dark holiday comedies and eat peppermint bark in bed. 

Postable Holiday Cards
Postable Holiday Cards

Thank you one again to my friends at Postable for making the holiday season a little brighter by creating beautiful cards and making it beyond easy to get them sent. After the year we’ve all had, I appreciate thie more than ever. I’ll also mention once again the people who work for the company are genuinely kind humans too. So kind that they are giving you 20% off your entire order with code BEAN20. So get over to their site right now and start designing, friends. Happy holidays, and happy holiday card giving!

This post is in collaboration with Postable


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AKC HEROES: 2020 AWARDS FOR CANINE EXCELLENCE’ SPECIAL COMING TO AKC.TV

From The Dog Lady’s mailbag: The American Kennel Club (AKC) is excited to announce its newest special, AKC Heroes: 2020 Awards for Canine Excellence, coming to its digital network, AKC.tv. This five-episode special, scheduled to air November 30th – December 4th at 12pm ET each day, will cover the stories of fifteen remarkable dogs and … Continue reading AKC HEROES: 2020 AWARDS FOR CANINE EXCELLENCE’ SPECIAL COMING TO AKC.TV


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