Thank you Veterans

Dogs have been members of the military for many, many years, but they weren’t always seen as soldiers. At least to the leadership.

During the Vietnam War, when the troops withdrew, the dogs were left behind as ‘surplus equipment.’ To this day, that fact haunts many of their handlers, who knew without a doubt that these loyal canines were nothing short of soldiers themselves.

It is not an easy job. More than 500 dogs are deployed serving the military at any given time. They protect, serve, give emotional support, and sometimes die in the line of duty. Up to 5% of canines are thought to suffer a canine form of post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Fortunately today, attitudes towards military dogs have changed. Military canines are recognized as fellow soldiers, who are treated when injured, retired when done with their work, and thanked for the sacrifices they make without complaint.


I met Hero Dog Gabe at the 2013 Rose Parade. He has since passed, but not without leaving a wonderful legacy.

Our veterans give so much and are so humble about what they go through in service to the country. I have so much respect for the sacrifices they and their families make every day. One day doesn’t seem like nearly enough to honor you.

Thank you, to the men, women, and canines of the armed forces.

If you’d like to see some amazing images, check out NatGeo’s Dogs of War gallery.

Pawcurious: With Veterinarian and Author Dr. V

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I’ve Got Thick Skin, and a Fuzzy Heart

I was certain when I had kids that my motherhood chip would finally kick in, that I would finally start to react to babies the way I reacted to dogs and cats. Because surely that maternal instinct in my heart had merely been misdirected all these years, and was simply in need of a little oxytocin and fine-tuning to point it to the appropriate species upon which I should lavish my affection.

Now my kids are 11 and 9 and I can say this with absolute certainty: not so much.

Don’t get me wrong: I love my kids, I love being their mom, and I couldn’t imagine my life without them. Well, I could, especially on certain days when the attitude is dialed to 11, but I much prefer it the way things are.


My daughter was helping clean up after Emmett when she was 5. I’d say this reflects brilliantly on my parenting but her desire to help lasted till she was about 6. :)

As in, I don’t want more kiddos and never have. When my friends go into Babies R Us to pick out a shower gift, they sigh and say, “Don’t you miss those days?”

And I, inspecting the newest Diaper Genie version and wondering if it would work for cat litter, reply honestly: “No.” I was exhausted and overwhelmed the entire time from 2004-2011 or so.

When I see a pregnant woman waddling by and others remark on her glow, I think about how sweaty she must be, or if her bladder hurts as much as mine did, or if she has complete strangers lift their hands up in shock and go “WHOA!” when she turns around in her ninth month of pregnancy with a 9 pound son and they get a glimpse of the battleship of an abdomen.

Motherhood has changed me in some ways: I look at people’s new babies and I smile. But I don’t need to hold them. I am so, so, SOOOOOO much more compassionate about people with babies on planes. I hold doors for parents with strollers trying to get through. That sort of thing. And I look upon it with nostalgia, but not a lick of longing. No pun intended.

When I was getting my hair done a while back, a woman came in with a duckling. I lost my head at the cuteness and almost lost my hair too because I kept jumping out of the chair to squee. I went home and tried to get my husband, once more, to agree to raising a couple chickens (he said no.)


A woman at my gym brings her chihuahua in on occasion. I never get anything done when she does. (My husband has also said no to a chihuahua.)

The point is less that he said no to more animals and more the fact that I want them, the way I imagine some mothers must see a baby sleeping in a stroller and say to herself, “Oh, I wish I just had one more.”

This morning as I was walking by a cafe, I spotted a family with a black lab sitting at a table about 50 feet away. The dog and I locked eyes, and before I knew it I was on the ground laughing getting dog kisses as the family grinned. I don’t remember how many people there were or what they looked like but the dog was a boy, black labrador, about 50 pounds, with a blocky head and the tiniest bit of grey peeking around his muzzle. He is 9, his name is Brock, and he likes to lay down with his legs splayed behind him.

As I lamented about my hopelessness to my friend Jen, she remarked, “You just have a fuzzy heart is all.” And I think she’s right.

I’m also pretty sure it’s genetic.


Tending to Brody on the day of his pinnectomy.




I have a theory. I think that when we get a pet, they grab a piece of our heart and give us a bit of theirs in return. It’s how we will find them on the other side. And the older I get, the more pieces get replaced; my heart is getting furrier and furrier, and it’s made not only of my own pets but the clients I adore, my friends’ animals I have loved, the strangers like Brock who know just where to find it.


Pawcurious: With Veterinarian and Author Dr. V

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Numbers 15-Good Morning Girls Bible Study (Numbers)

Right now, Good Morning Girls is working through the Book of Numbers. A little background on the Book of Numbers. This is the fourth book in the Bible and it is located in the Old Testament; Believed to have been written by Moses (Patriarch that we meet in Exodus), Numbers can be considered like a…

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GIVEAWAY // Win a Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt + Handle Set (Worth $300!)

It’s funny the things that you notice in your own home, and how certain details can drive you crazy when others can be easily overlooked. For example, we have some pretty awful light fixtures hanging that came with the townhouse when it was built (we’re talking super gaudy and just bad) that I am somehow able to completely block out of my field of vision. Yet I haven’t been able to ignore the chipped, stock brass door handle and lock on our front door, and have been vowing to replace them for what feels like forever. (That’s the snazzy ‘after’ shot with our pretty new deadbolt and handle above, FYI. See below for the original.) The other issue with the lock is that I have lost the keys, like, a dozen times. Somehow I have been able to hold onto the one car key I have for our car for a few years now, but I cannot seem to keep a set of house keys no matter what I do.

Recently, I came across a new product that I realized would solve both of these “problems” by upgrading to a much more aesthetically pleasing lock/handle and making a physical house key no longer necessary. I was instantly in. The product is called Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, and we were so excited about it after we ordered it that we installed it the same day it arrived. (We went with the Century Style in Satin Nickel, but there are several options for style and finish available.) It was incredibly simple to switch out – we just removed the current handle and deadbolt with a screwdriver (no wiring necessary), and replaced them with the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and matching handset. It took less than 15 minutes and was an instant improvement. And we’ll be able to take it with us when we eventually move, which is a major bonus because I don’t think I could leave this awesomeness behind.

In addition to being really easy on the eyes, the key-free lock uses technology that works with Bluetooth and allows us to control our door lock using our iPhones. And when our iPhones are beyond Bluetooth range from the door (about 40 feet), we can remotely connect using our Apple TV. So we can even use it when we’re not home. Pretty great, right? (The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt can also be used with the Apple Watch, iPad, iPod Touch, or even Siri voice control.) To set it up, we just downloaded the iOS app, and we were good to go. I love that we can set and assign up to 30 access codes to give to others (family, friends, babysitters, etc.), and that we can view a list of our activity (when codes were created, when the door was locked and unlocked, etc.) in an instant. We can also use the app to update settings and check battery life. And if we don’t have our phones with us (which, let’s face it, never happens – but still), we can just use the lock’s illuminated touchscreen to enter our codes. It’s been a huge relief not to have to worry about a key at all anymore, and I’m looking forward to using the system on an everyday basis in the coming months. It’s also reassuring that it comes with the highest industry rating for security and durability, and includes Schlage’s patented and patent pending technologies.

The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt is currently available for pre-order at, and, and will be available for retail starting this month in select Lowe’s and Home Depot stores and on,, and And one lucky Bubby and Bean reader is also going to win a Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt of their very own, in winner’s choice of finish, plus choice of door handle set to match (valued at $ 300)! 

To enter, use the form below. Also please make sure to read the very important information below the entry form. 

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This giveaway will run through November 22, 2015 and is open to readers in the United States. A winner will be randomly chosen shortly after the end of the giveaway and announced here. By entering this giveaway, if you win, you agree to complete a written questionnaire with feedback surrounding Schlage products and installation. Once the prize has been shipped to the lucky winner and they’ve had time to install and use the hardware, a Schlage representative will get in touch for this feedback. Also note that as stated above, Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt requires an iOS device for use (iPhone®, iPad®, iPod® touch, etc.), and that if you want to use the product’s remote capabilities, you will need an Apple TV®.

Big thanks to Schlage Sense™ for making such an incredible product and for giving Bubby and Bean readers the chance to win one of them! You can find Schlage Sense™ on their website, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and their blog.

This post is in collaboration with Schlage Sense™. Thank your for supporting the brands that make Bubby and Bean possible. 


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Little ‘Biggie’

Another puppy-fix today.  Here’s little ‘Biggie’ again doing what a Jack Russell does best – exploring and having fun.

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I have 2 3yr old maltipoo and just got a 2mo old l…

I have 2 3yr old maltipoo and just got a 2mo old labradoodle whos really full of energy. My male is ok with her playing with him but its been 2 days and he keeps trying to hump her not letting her out of his sight. My other one is scared of her own shadow so shes very slowly coming around but growl and snarls at the lil one but wags tail as doing it… so not sure if thats a good thing. Id like to know best way to go about this. The puppy is bigger than my older dogs.

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Fido’s Freebie Friday Has Car Trouble!

Well, after 16 years with our Jeep, this has been the week of car trouble. What began as a strange electrical problem–no power locks or windows, no odometer, and a check engine…

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Shorty-Rossi-HaloFeeditForwardLuigi “Shorty” Rossi, star of Animal Planet’s Pit Boss and founder of Shorty’s Rescue, an organization set up for Bully Breed Awareness and Fighting BSL Laws, attended BarkWorld Expo 2015 this past weekend and helped feed a shelter pet through #HaloFeeditForward.

In addition to donating a meal for every #Barkworld registered attendee, Halo Pets had another way for pet bloggers and influencers to donate more meals.

During the social media conference, registered attendees were able to feed a shelter pet by taking a picture with our Rescue Hero frame and posting it online.

Were you at #Barkworld? Did you take a picture with our Rescue Hero frame? Make sure you tag yourself in our Facebook #Barkworld album.

For more information about our campaign, visit our #HaloFeeditForward page.


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Part Two of #BetterwithPets: Interactive Exhibits

This post and my attendance at Better with Pets were sponsored by Purina. As always, all opinions and statements are entirely my own, and I only share information that I believe will be helpful to…

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The 5 Secrets to Social Success with Biblical Principles by Dr Lina W Liken (Book Review)

The 5 Secrets to Social Success with Biblical Principles by Dr Lina W Liken My rating: 3 of 5 stars Written in a semi-workbook style, I found, “The 5 Secrets to Social Success with Biblical Principles” to be a good book to be used in teach “social skills” in a junior high to high school…

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