Love Actually

I often joke that after Malcolm died I sold my truck and put my stuff into storage but it wasn’t just a soundbyte.  Nothing I do or say ever is.

But after almost a decade, tucked away on the I-35 corridor in a 10×10 closet, it was time for a reckoning. That’s an interesting word.  Reckoning.

Its origin can be found in old English which gave rise to such concepts of calculation and conclusion.

2014 is the 10 year anniversary since Malcolm was first diagnosed.  How many miles, how many years have I walked since then?  How many people have we touched and inspired?  How many lifelong friendships have we forged?

It’s incalculable.  Just like love.

Another true joke is that in short order, in 2004 my dog got cancer, my girlfriend left me and she took the truck.  The pathetic irony is well, I’m from Texas.  But that year I was all alone I watched a movie Love Actually.

You see, I’m the last person to watch romantic comedies or really anything to do with Hugh Grant but it spoke to me about the messiness of life and love and how little I knew about it all.  But I’ve watched it every year since and today is no different.

Happy XMAS.  Love actually.

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YBD’s Notes 1:  There was a reckoning tho – I cleaned out my storage locker most of which ended up in a landfill, the rest I’ve given away to friends and family.  I am unencumbered.  Except by love. 
THE JOURNEY CONTINUES

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SYRIAN AMBULANCE DRIVER CARES FOR CITY’S ABANDONED CATS

whiteIn war torn Syria, there is a ray of hope for some abandoned cats.

According to Reuters, an ambulance driver named Alaa’s has been helping some of the victims no one else has noticed: homeless cats.

Alaa has been spending $ 4 a day from his personal savings to feed 150 stray cats in his nearly abandoned neighborhood of Masaken Hanano in Aleppo.

Many of the cats’ owners have fled due to violence and shelling, leaving the cats to fend for themselves.

Click here to read the complete story.

Halo

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Pet Food Recall: Barkworthies Chicken Vittles

The FDA report for the recall of select Barkworthies Chicken Vittles dog chews is below.  The recall is due to the potential Salmonella risk.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — December 24, 2014 — Richmond, VA — Barkworthies of Richmond, VA is recalling select lots of Barkworthies Chicken Vittles dog chews because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The recalled product was distributed nationwide beginning on May 6th, 2014. The product can be identified by the Lot Code printed on the backside of the plastic pouch or on the bottom. This product is being recalled as it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

BARKWORTHIES CHICKEN VITTLES
Lot Code: 1254T1
Size: 16 oz. Plastic Pouch
Best Used by Date: May 2016
UPC: 816807011510

The recall was initiated after routine testing by the Colorado Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella in a single lot of the product. This batch tested negative by a third party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to consumers. No additional products are affected by this recall. The company has received no reports of illness in either people or animals associated with these products to date.

The recalled product should not be sold or fed to pets. For a full refund, pet owners should return all unused product to their place of purchase along with a completed Product Recall Claim Form available on the Barkworthies website www.barkworthies.com/recall.

More information on the recall can also be found at www.barkworthies.com/recall, or call toll free (877) 993-4257 Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST).


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Quick Favor!

It has now been four years since Bubby and Bean began. This is strange to me, because in truth, it simultaneously feels like I just wrote my first post and like it’s been around forever. A little less than a year after I started the blog, I posted a reader survey where I asked you guys some questions in an effort to make things the best they could be around here. Fast forward three (plus) years, and so much has changed both for this blog and for the blog world in general, so I’m thinking now is the perfect time to get some updated feedback from you. I’d be so grateful if you could just take a couple of minutes (tops!) to answer 10 short questions on this reader survey. I’d love to know what you liked or didn’t like, what you’d like to see more of in 2015, what you’d change, etc. Please feel free to leave more specific thoughts/suggestions/etc. in the comments below too. Thank you so much friends! Enjoy your weekend.

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Lasik Eye Surgery Los Angeles Reviews And Information – Pediatric Dietician

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A cute Chihuahua in Menton.
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On the eleventh day of clinics

On the eleventh day of clinics, my kitties gave to me:

climbers

 

10 dogs a-derping

9 beggars prancing

8 screws a-stabilizing

7 mites a-swimming

6 Old Souls Graying

5 Moldy Rings!

4 Gastric Grommets

3 Dead Pens

2 Blown Up Gloves

And a linear Foreign Body!

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Winter Walking

A week or so ago there was a nice sign waiting for me at my favourite winter walking place.  It “reminded me” of what the rules were – no dogs off leash.  I always knew this, which is part of the reason I go when there is no one else there.  But now they’ve put a sign right where I park – I feel like it was left there just for me as I’m pretty sure I’m their biggest “customer” in the winter.  There are rarely other tracks in the snow and it is even more rare for me to see someone else parked there.  I think there has been 2 times this fall/winter where I had to use a different section of the park to avoid people.   But with the sign there, it makes me feel guilty.  AND I won’t be able to feign ignorance if I do get caught with my dogs off leash.

On really “yucky” days mid week, I still go to our usual park, but I’ve been going farther afield lately.  When I have time, we’ve been heading out to Fort Macleod – a town about 30 minutes from here with a dog park that is very under used – so under used I don’t have any qualms about bringing Lacey.  We are more likely to come across wildlife or someone on horseback than we are to run across another dog.

When I don’t have time to spend an hour driving, we’ve been doing walks in the neighbourhood.  I’ve been trying to walk the girls on leash a little more regularly…  It really isn’t nearly as much fun for any of us though.  It’s kind of like eating your vegetables – you do it because it’s good for you.

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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