DR. DONNA SPECTOR: COCOA MULCH TOXICITY

dog-cocoa-bean-mulch-545x250As spring and summer approach, many people begin tending to their lawns and gardens. Many will consider using cocoa bean mulch as a natural, chemical-free fertilizer.

This mulch is made from the shells of spent cocoa beans used in chocolate production. It degrades into an organic fertilizer which naturally deters slugs, snails and other pests, while giving gardens a very attractive rich color and appealing chocolate smell.

Unfortunately these same characteristics may make it appealing to dogs, who can be easily poisoned from its toxic effects. Cocoa bean shells and mulch contain the stimulants theobromine and caffeine; methylxanthines which are both toxic to dogs.

Dogs are highly sensitive to methylxanthines and low doses can cause gastrointestinal upset such as vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Higher doses can cause rapid heart rate, muscle tremors, seizures and even death.

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Storms will Pass

Matthew 7:24-27 (NASB) 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and [a]acts on them, [b]may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the [c]floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for…



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Friday Funny: Ya’ Know How Mugshots Always Make You Look Crazy?

Recently the Rutherford (New Jersey) police found a dog wandering on route 17 without an ID. They posted the below mugshot to help him find his home. Happy Friday everybody! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Saturday Survey: Crock Pot Stew

Earlier in the week, I posted a recipe for crock pot stew for dogs. It looked really good! I bought the ingredients, but haven’t yet had a chance to get them all dumped in the crock pot. Did anyone else make it? Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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DR. DONNA ON ADDING CANNED FOOD FOR OPTIMAL PET HEALTH

Halo Pets’ in-house vet, Dr. Donna Spector, recommends that pets eat a combination of dry and canned food every day. Their bodies are made of 75% water.

Some pets rarely drink enough water to support excellent hydration and organ function so she recommends at least 25% of a pet’s daily calories come from canned food.

Watch this video where she explains the importance of adding can food to your pet’s diet.

Click here to learn more about feeding both Halo canned and dry food.

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Women Are Scary: The Totally Awkward Adventure of Finding Mom Friends by Melanie Dale (Book Review)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars Witty. Filled with catchy cultural references. Insightful. Candor about the difficulty of meeting “Mom Friends”. “Women are Scary” dives into the “complicated” world of women/mom friendships in light of a transient society despite the prevalence of social media, making developing new friendships, particularly in the life change of becoming…



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Winter’s Last Fall?

I took Coulee out yesterday to enjoy what I hope was winter’s last attempt to hang in there.

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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Rhubarb Rocks: 3 Delicious Drinks + A Simple Syrup Recipe

By Food + Drink Contributor Sara Little

Rhubarb Forever: 3 Delicious Drinks + A Simple Syrup Recipe // Bubby and Bean

I’m a huge fan of bright summer cocktails, and rhubarb simple syrup adds great flavor to a ton of cocktails – for any taste. I’d literally never used rhubarb because it’s one of those “obscure” produce items that makes me feel slightly intimidated. But I randomly had a cocktail out recently that used rhubarb simple syrup, and it was so delicious that I jumped at the chance to finally experiment with it. The results were amazing. Here is a recipe for rhubarb simple syrup, along with recipes for three different drinks (one without alcohol, the other two cocktails) with it as a main ingredient.

Rhubarb Simple Syrup

1 c Sugar
1 c Water
3 Stalks of Rhubarb
Zest of 1 Orange

Cut the ends of the stalks of the rhubarb and slice into small pieces. Add the rhubarb, sugar, and water to a pot and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for 30 minutes. Run the mixture through a sieve into a receptacle and discard the leftover fiber. The syrup you’ll get will be a vibrant hot pink and super sweet. You can make this in much larger batched, which I would recommend. All the drinks below require 1-2 ounces of simple syrup, so you can plan accordingly.

Rhubarb Sparkler

2 oz Rhubarb Simple Syrup
1/2 a Lime Squeezed
Sparkling Water

Pour over ice and garnish with a lime slice.

Jalapeño Rhubarb Margarita

1-2 oz Rhubarb Simple Syrup
2 oz Blanco Tequila
1 Jalapeño, Sliced
1 Lime Squeezed

Shake well, then pour over ice using a strainer. Garnish with a lime slice. (For more potent jalapeño flavor, divide your simple syrup batch into two batches before boiling, then add sliced jalapeño to one of the batches to boil.)

Rhubarb Fizz

2 oz Rhubarb Simple Syrup
2 oz Gin
1/2 Lemon Squeezed
Prosecco or Champagne

Shake with ice and pour into champagne glass. Top with Prosecco or Champagne and garnish with a lemon slice.

Enjoy! If you try any of these, please let us know what you think. – Sara

I know I’m not the only one with a watering mouth right now. I love that rhubarb is so huge these days, because it not only tastes amazing, it’s also really good for you (even in cocktails, I swear). Sara is an event planner and “expert in indulgence” who has lived in the heart of Sonoma County California’s wine country for 12 years.  In addition to sharing her favorite foods and wines, recipes and more as our Food and Drink Contributor, she plans unique, personalized getaways to and events in wine country for her hospitality business, Wine Country Goodness, and travels the country in search of the best places to stay, explore, eat, and drink. You can also find Sara on her blog, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down 2016

Hard to believe it’s 8 years in the making since we started the ‘Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down’ calendar in honor and memory of our canine heroes touched by cancer.  
Damn I remember our first one when I had to carry my 10 pound clunky Dell laptop for miles in my backpack on the C&O trail to upload the photos for the contest cause Erich was still on a 128k modem. Good times…
Unlike cheerleading tryouts in Texas, it’s not really a contest – all are beauties and featured in the calender.  Nearby is the link to the blog about how you can participate http://www.2milliondogs.org/our-8th-annual-cancer-cant-keep-a-good-dog-down-canine-cancer-calendar-contest-has-begun/
Thanks Erich for being the Keeper of the Calendar.  

THE JOURNEY CONTINUES

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Unbelievable. We go through this lengthy, credible…

Unbelievable.
We go through this lengthy, credible work and someone writing for Time poops in the punch bowl.

Kristi in Duluth
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