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We Can Do It! Join Me in Supporting Small Businesses This Holiday Season (+ Free Banners For You)!

Support Small Businesses this Holiday Season!

Last year, I wrote a post about the importance of supporting small businesses during the holidays.  I was thrilled by the response it got, and by how many of you spread the word by using the banners I designed on your blogs and websites.  So I decided to whip up some new buttons and banners for 2012, and to reiterate my thoughts on the awesomeness of making the choice to do at least some of our holiday shopping with small and independent companies.  For those of you who remember last year’s post, I’m probably going to repeat myself, because my opinions haven’t changed.  But I figure it’s a good thing to repeat.  It’s hard to not feel charmed by the huge sales and low price tags of big box stores, and a little reminder of why small can be better never hurts.

In 2000, I set up a hand-me-down sewing machine on a cardboard box and worked 16-18 hour days, 7 days a week, with the goal of starting my own clothing line.  I had a degree in theatre, and aside from working at a boutique for a year right out of college, had absolutely no business experience.  I was clueless but determined.  I learned bookkeeping and accounting, marketing, networking, taxes, and all of the other important elements that go into owning your own company.  It was admittedly much harder than I thought it would be, but I stuck with it, and my dream to create Mountains of the Moon Eco-Fashion eventually became a reality. 

Things have changed immensely since I first became a small business owner, in ways that have proved both helpful and challenging.  On the plus side, things like social networking now allow us to reach much wider audiences for little to no cost.  The DIY movement has also taught small business owners to do many of the things ourselves that had to be outsourced in the past. On the challenging side, the economy took a major hit, making it more difficult for everyone – especially small entrepreneurs – to make a living.  And as I mentioned above, more and more big chain stores have popped up who are able to sell mass-produced merchandise to the public that is often made overseas for very cheap (marketed via glossy, luring advertisements), creating difficult “competition” for us little guys. 

In last year’s post, I talked about how the one thing that hasn’t changed for me since I started my company is the determination to succeed in a career doing what I love, and this continues to hold true.  A couple of years ago, I added my art and greeting card shop to mix, along with this blog.  And although I’ve had plenty of bumps in the road and numerous wake-up calls, I’m beyond grateful for where I am.  I’m somehow able to find ways to sustain myself, and I’ve learned so much more than I ever knew possible.  And times like this past weekend, where I had record breaking sales in my shops thanks to the support of incredible people (like you!), remind me of why I do this.  I still work longer hours than most of my friends, and I still consistently worry about paying the bills, but I wouldn’t change my career for anything in the world. 

I am proud to be a small business owner and equally as proud of my fellow small business owners.  I like to think that we really make a difference with what we do.  I am also proud of all the people who make the choice to support small companies.  I’m pretty confident that I can speak for everyone who works as an independent designer, artist or entrepeuner when I say that we appreciate you more than can be expressed in words.  Truly.  If it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t exist.  The end.

During the holiday season, when we’re all shopping more than usual, the decision to support small businesses is more crucial than ever.  I’ll be real with you guys – I’m not saying that we’re not allowed to go to the mall or order goods from big stores online without feeling guilty.  Even if you buy one gift from an independent shop this season, you’re making a positive impact.  (And major kudos to those who buy all of their gifts that way!)  Small businesses return more of each dollar into the local economy and provide more new jobs than large chain stores, so every purchase counts.  And when we shop handmade and local, we get to give unique gifts made with love, and we also get higher quality products and more personalized customer service.  Because small and local companies create much less waste and use many less fossil fuels by choosing not to produce merchandise overseas, we’re also helping out the earth.  Win-win!  But best of all, when we shop small businesses, we are supporting creativity, fostering community, and encouraging talent, which truly does make our world a more beautiful place.

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If you’ve gotten this far, I hope you’ll join me in supporting small businesses for the holidays again this year and encouraging others to do the same.  The buttons banners (above and below) were designed to show support for and spread the word about the importance of shopping handmade, local, and indie. I decided to make a variety of different sizes and styles (including some inspired by my holiday cards, plus a couple of my favorites from last year). Please feel free to use them on your websites, blogs, facebook pages, etc.   Just right click on an image to copy and paste, or copy the code below it to insert into your html.  (A link back to or this post is appreciated, but not required.)  And then be sure to leave a comment on this post with the link to your blog, website or page that is displaying the banner/button so others can visit you!

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Thank you for listening to me repeat my (perhaps overly passionate) views on this topic again this year, thank you for supporting small businesses, and thank you for being wonderful readers.  Happy Holidays!

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What would sarcoptic mange look like on a puppy?

Question by LIL_A: What would sarcoptic mange look like on a puppy?
Im beginning to think what my vet treated my puppy for is NOT sarcoptic mange..Im curious to know what it would look like on a puppy..He has NOT lost any hair or anything..If u have pics or a description that would greatly help..Thanx

Best answer:

Answer by dedum
Here ya go, my favorite reference for these things:

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Guilty Puppy

Guilty puppy eyes

guilty puppy eyes


The cutest guilty puppy, just look at those puppy dog eyes!! Guilty as charged!

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True or false: The World Vets Technical Animal Course rocked

“What time does your flight land?”

My husband asks me this every time I go to Nicaragua (OK, it’s only been twice, but still.) He asks because the State Department brief on Nicaragua mentions armed robberies along the highways at night, and he is worried that this will happen to me. And I appreciate his concern, I do, but I sometimes wonder what the State Department would say if it were telling travelers what to do when travelling out of LAX, an airport I lived by for 5 years, or what he would have said had he known I was hopping into a taxi by myself at 1 am in Nairobi, something he didn’t think twice about when I mentioned it after the fact but everyone who has actually BEEN to Nairobi thought was a particularly gutsy stupid thing to do.

The point is, you take calculated risks all the time in life, and do the best you can to protect yourself, because at the end of the day the coolest things in life require that tiny element of risk. Why did the chicken cross the road and all of that. Despite wanting to be able to talk about my mad danger cred, I have to be honest: not all countries in Central and South America can say the same, but Nicaragua was not a worrisome destination for me. At all.

For those who don’t recall why I am talking about Nicaragua, I was there a few weeks ago as part of the Inaugural Technical Animal Rescue course with World Vets. I didn’t talk about it too much beforehand for the simple fact that I really didn’t know what we were going to be doing, other than ‘learning technical animal rescue’ and that I would need a life preserver, but the element of surprise is what makes these adventures so great. And because I ended the course with a test, you get one too. That’s how we roll here. That’s how you LEARN, people.

True or false: Most travelers to Nicaragua end up robbed, jailed, or otherwise victimized.

The area of Nicaragua we were in (Granada) feels very safe. Violent crime is certainly more rare than it is here in San Diego, and the only assault I had was on my dignity during that awkward massage (but I digress). All that stuff you hear about the terrible Nicaraguan jails on Locked Up Abroad? Told by people who were smuggling drugs. Don’t do that. This place is crawling with tourists, who come with money to spend, and the community doesn’t want to jeopardize that by showing people a bad time.

True or false: Granada is ugly.

Granada is gorgeous. It is one of the oldest cities in the Americas, founded in 1542. That means there are lots of old, old churches;

Strange incongruous city blocks whose architecture depends on what century it was built in and which pirate burned it down;

And walls stretching to the horizon, punctuated by doors that lead into the unknown; could be a pharmacy. Could be a pile of rubble. Or it could be a beautifully manicured courtyard, such as that at Casa la Merced, where we were fortunate enough to stay.

I opened my bedroom door to this every day. Hideous.

True or false: World Vets hired some random bozo to teach the course as a front because we all just wanted to go to Granada.

On the first day of the course, we met our instructor, Kim Little from Rescue 3. The first thing we learned about him is that he has been teaching rescue courses professionally for three decades.

The second thing I learned is that he is teaching us the same material taught to the HSUS Disaster Response team and all the other big players you see on the news when disasters happen domestically. So we learned the real deal, FEMA certified, official course. By the way, if you ever invite Kim over for dinner, which you should, ask him to tell you stories from his rescue work during Hurricane Katrina. There’s a story with a tiger, and another story involving a massive pig, a crate, and a film crew.

And the third thing I learned was:


This is important, as I will get to when I talk about how during lake practice I accidentally demonstrated how one might accidentally kill both oneself and one’s victim during a water rescue, if one forgets this cardinal law.

True or false: Technical Animal Rescue involves the most complicated and expensive elaborate machinery that exists.

After our first day doing classwork, reviewing the hydrodynamics of swift water rescue and me getting to gleefully nerd out on vectors and flow diagrams, we sat down with the meat and potatoes of any rescue team: bags of ropes and carabiners.

It’s amazing what you can do with rope. No, really.

We spent more time doing knots than anything else in this course. Knots, and knots, and more knots. Knots that swivel and knots that pull and knots with two loops and knots that lay flat.

Those who have done climbing fared better than the others, but we all got it eventually. Dr. Augusto Barragan from Panama, seen here with Dr. Lester Tapia from Granada, was particularly adept. He spent a lot of time sitting opposite me trying to explain in his non-native language what I was doing wrong.

Answer: taking too many pictures.

Jen, having quickly mastered the lessons due to her climbing experience, started to freestyle.

Kim had but three precious days to whip this motley bunch of veterinary do-gooders into cool, calm rescue pros who could grab a duffle bag of ropes and clips, look over the edge of a ravine at a dog and human in distress, and figure out how to magically transform those tools into a successful rescue. After that first day of tumbled knots, things were looking grim, but we persevered.

Day One: The newly formed team gathers at the defunct Granada train station, wondering what we had in store.

But did we learn enough? Stay tuned.

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

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Flea demonstrates how to “Slap” on a Fleabass!

Flea demonstrates his slapping technique on his new custom bass, Fleabass! Head to for more info!
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Chilly Dog Wool Cable Sweaters 100% Wool Xlarge Red

Chilly Dog Wool Cable Sweaters 100% wool XLarge Red

Our sweaters are hand-knit and 100% wool. The dyes we use for our wool come from plants and are natural. The sheep who provide the wool live great lives and are mostly free range. Because our natural wool is not treated with chemicals they are both warm and dogs love them on their bodies.

* No wasteful, useless plastic packaging, ever.
* No electricity is used to knit our sweaters.

Small things do make a difference.

Chilly Dog Sweaters is the original Eco -friendy hand-knit dog sweaters.
Don’t let your dog be left out in the cold! Chilly Dog HANDMADE WOOL Dog Swe

Size Back Lenght Inch Weight Back Lenght in Cm
XXSmall 8-9 2-6lb 20-22.5
XSmall 12-13 5-10Lb 30.5-33
Small 15-17 9-18Lb 38-43
Medium 19-21 17-29Lb 48-53
Large 23-25 28-40lb 58-63.5
XLarge 27-29 40-60Lb 68.5-73.5
XXLarge 30-33 60-80Lb 76-83.5

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Grown Pup Loses Sense of Shelf

Grown Pup Loses Sense of Shelf

The Daily Treat: Animal Planet

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For the last nine years, Japanese photographer, Miyoko Ihara, has been taking photos of her grandmother, Misao Ihara, and her white, odd-eyed cat, Fukumaru.

Misao and Fukumaru share a special bond and go everywhere together. Although Misao is 88 years old, she still works in the fields, planting and weeding under the sun, with Fukumaru always at her side.

“When I see the way my grandmother is living her life, I really feel that she has a kind of strength that my generation simply can’t match,” Miyoko tells “She gets up with the sun, and goes to bed when it sets. She loves her cat and the vegetables in her field like her own children.”

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Pet of the Week: Clarke, 10021899

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Pet of the Week: Clarke, 10021899
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Clarke is a 1.5-year-old male cat, who is all black with a touch of white under his chin and on his belly. He’s a very playful cat, which has earned him the nickname Sparky!

This sweet boy loves to be scratched is under his chin and neck, as well as on his head. He can be very talkative, especially when it’s time to eat. He loves food! Clarke is extremely affectionate with people and other cats. He will give you lots of kisses and hang out with you, wherever you are, just to have your company.

Clarke would prefer a dog-free home; it takes him a long time to warm up to them. He would also do best in a home with older children, or children with great kitty experience. Clarke can’t wait to meet you!

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Mewchaz gracias, senor helicopter scientist!

showcases a gift from one of "the guys."
Instead of fLowers for me, he gave my babies this.
Purrty sweet =]

Pet of the Week: Jake, 7409839
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Image by LollypopFarm
Jake is a 10-year-old male longhaired cat who was brought to Lollypop Farm after being abandoned.

We don’t know much about Jake’s history, but here at the shelter he has become a staff favorite!

Jake is one fluffy and friendly cat. This regal looking guy really likes getting attention from people. He enjoys being petted and getting head scratches. When you pet him, you’ll notice that Jake has a beautiful, soft coat.

Jake is eligible for our Seniors-for-Seniors program, so approved adopters age 60 and over can bring him home free of charge!

Jake can’t wait to meet you.

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