NIV Ragamuffin Bible: Meditations for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Brokenhearted {Book Review}

NIV Ragamuffin Bible: Meditations for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Brokenhearted by Zondervan Publishing My rating: 5 of 5 stars Having read, “Ragamuffin Gospel” by Brenden Manning, I was intrigued by the concept of turning the foundation of this book and incorporating it into a Bible that will both encouraged the, “Bedraggled”, the “Beat-Up” and the…

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Sunflower Faith

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How do I clean up after a squirrel in my house?

Question by Vimmy: How do I clean up after a squirrel in my house?
I just chased a healthy young squirrel out of my house; he chewed his way in through a window screen but did no other damage. We “know” him as he has been plotting this all summer. How do I clean since I don’t know where he might have been before I found him? I have sprayed everything with Lysol what else can I do?

Best answer:

Answer by Karen L
If you see any place he peed or pooped, wipe it down with the Lysol, and do your kitchen counters too since he was probably looking for food. Otherwise, I wouldn’t worry about it. There’s not a lot you can catch from a squirrel.

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Happy New Year-Psalm 100

We go to sleep and we wake up to a brand new year, filled with new promises and like a blank book, to be filled with tears and joy, laughter and sorrow, mistakes and new knowledge….but as we go back out into a whole new year, I would love to share this passage from Psalm…

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adoptBack in October, the Ad Council, The Humane Society of the United States and Maddie’s Fund® in partnership with Halo Pet Foundation, released an online video series called “Meet My Shelter Pet” to showcase the unique bonds between shelter pets and their adoptive owners and remind viewers that there are thousands of amazing shelter pets ready to meet them. It was a wonderful combination of entities to promote this uplifting message, made more personal because Ellen DeGeneres owns part of Halo, Purely for Pets and is a vocal supporter of the HSUS, often inviting Wayne on her television show to talk about animal welfare issues.

Little did Wayne Pacelle (CEO of The Humane Society of the United States) know how very personal this message would become when this campaign was launched! Shortly thereafter, he and his wife became the proud parents of Lily, a highly anxious Beagle from their local shelter. Because of her previous life circumstances, Lily turned out to be a very nervous and timid dog, who startled easily, especially out in the world. The Pacelles wanted to be able to walk in their neighborhood with her and enjoy life with their new little girl, but she was dreadfully stressed.

Poor Lily was such a Nervous Nellie that the Pacelles turned to Dr. Marsha Reich, a veterinary behaviorist in Rockville, Maryland, originally from the University of Pennsylvania veterinary school. In Wayne’s words, the doctor “was big on doling out the treats when Lily is outside, especially when there’s a noise or something scary. It’s a redirect strategy, causing her to look into our eyes and focus on us.”

The dog training advice Wayne Pacelle received was right on the money – make a positive event out of a frightening one – and it requires an endless supply of small treats to get the job done. Halo Liv-a-Littles to the rescue! These freeze-dried protein pieces can be broken into very small bits so that you can give a lot of treats without worry about filling your dog up on empty calories – and giving a “high value” treat that is extra-delicious and will reinforce the behavior you want (like calmness in Lily’s case).

Wayne wrote me, “I do worry that Lily’s story will give a negative view of shelter animals, but it is the reality that some of them come with behavioral challenges.” Myself, I think stories like Lily’s show us the power of patience and love, and it is its own reward to help a rescued dog discover inner peace and confidence. With a bit of help from a container of Liv-a-Littles, it’s gratifying to discover how you can change a dog’s perspective in dog training and make life a lot easier on both ends of the leash.


Tracie Hotchner is the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is also a renowned pet radio host and producer, having spent 7 years on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius/XM with CAT CHAT® and even longer with her award-winning NPR radio show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) that continues to broadcast in the Hamptons and the Berkshires. Her most recent accomplishment is the pet talk radio network she has created on the Internet called The Radio Pet Lady Network.


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How did cats become household pets or rulers (or whatever they are)?

It has been pretty well established that dogs entered the lives of humans when young wolves started hanging around pre-historic settlements and eating human garbage. It was a benefit to both. Soon the young wolves were selectively bred and trained to be dogs, hunting partners and companions, as well as guards for human settlements and livestock. Together dogs and humans built a civilization. But what about cats? Not as much is known about how cats…
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I got a call this morning from a good friend.  Just jawing about theoretical physics and Gillian Anderson in The Fall, and why reds just don’t do it for me.  But as a blonde, well, she’s some kinda special.  

My friend is an architect and after the man to man cheese-mo speak about babes and blondes and blondes and babes, he said he couldn’t find his way around how to incorporate a state mandated inclusion in his design project he was working on. 
So I said, ‘If you can’t plan around it, make it your plan.’  
Two hours later, we completely redesigned the plan that it’s now educational, eco-friendly, inspirational, motivational, market driven, the focal point of the structure and to boot, it’s never been done before.  
It’s too early in the morning to pound my chest and yawp so I’ll yawnp.  

2 Dogs 2,000 Miles

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A + B = C


Logic. an argument the conclusion of which is supported by two premises, of which one (major premise)  contains the term (major term)  that is the predicate of the conclusion, and the other (minor premise)  contains the term (minor term)  that is the subject of the conclusion; common to both premises is a term (middle term)  that is excluded from the conclusion. A typical form is “All A is C; all B is A; therefore all B is C.” 

A:  Dogs don’t know quit.
B:  Yer Big Dog was born the Year of the Dog
C:  Therefore YBD never quits.


I posted a few weeks back about a good friend of mine that gave me a couple of bucks.  Today I took them and the fuzzybutts to Coffee’s Country Market to pay for a stranger’s meal like the employees there did when we walked through Lyme CT.

On the day of Malcolm’s anniversary, it was a great honor to re-connect with Jennifer who subsequently lost her dog, Dooley, to cancer last month.

The stipulation was, if they asked who it was from.  It was from Malcolm
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Aplicación Fipronil brigada Mexicali

Aplicación Fipronil Mexicali.
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Learn how to say Fipronil correctly with EmmaSaying’s “how do you pronounce” free tutorials.

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Silver on Skin

A few funny things happened this weekend.

I bear Malcolm’s ashes on my right hand now as my necklace broke this weekend on his anniversary.

And then inexplicably, my laptop played Bob Marley when it was closed and shut down.

I do not presume to understand the cosmic implications of anything I do.  I miss Malcolm.  There’s nothing more to me than that.
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Professional Loser

I hope everyone had a safe and happy transition into 2014. 2014! How did this happen? It seems like just yesterday I was sitting on the edge of Lake Union at the turn of the millennium, looking out over the Space Needle and wondering whether it was going to go dark and topple into the water (it didn’t.) The thought of 2014 seemed very far away at the time.


Old and Boring


I would have thought 14 years would bring a vast amount of wisdom and insight into my world, that I would be me but wizened, like Gandalf. Instead, I feel just like that kid from 2000 except with nicer electronics and a sudden worry about sunscreen, with all the same personality flaws and unanswered existential questions I had back then. What did I know? We still navigated by Thomas Guide, for god’s sake. I would have said, hmm, 2014, I will probably be set in my career, old, and boring by then.

I admit, we were old and boring this New Year’s Eve. We went to a neighbor’s house where there were about 5523 small children running around, and because we’re on the West Coast it’s easy to pass out a bunch of horns at 8:50, watch the ball drop in New York and have everyone in bed by 9:30. That is not what makes me old and boring. What makes me O&B is that I was totally fine with that plan.

I met a couple with kids the same age as mine, and they were very nice. “I hear you’re a veterinarian,” the man said. “Where do you work?” I explained that I worked with a home visit hospice practice, and he said, “Oh wow. Hard stuff. We just lost our cat.”

“I’m so sorry,” I said. “When?”

He looked at his watch, then his wife. “Hmmm. 5 hours ago?”

And I paused, because he seemed mildly bummed but generally pretty nonchalant, and I guess by now I’m used to people like me who tend to melt into a chasm of grief and despair for at least 10 hours, or in my case, a month, when their pet dies. But they weren’t bad people or horrible pet owners, they just knew the cat was 17 and on her way out so this was a natural part of the process for them. They had a different sort of relationship with their pet. I keep forgetting this is how it is for a lot of people.

Expert Loser

I have a few goals this year, some simple, some a little more challenging and unexpected. One of those goals, probably the main goal right now, is to finish the book I’m due to deliver by March (gulp). Right now it feels like a pile of viscera, just me spilling my guts out all over the keyboard about Emmett and Kekoa and how their lives and loss affected me, and it was hard to relive but I always took comfort in the fact that so many know what that particular type of loss is like.

Then I talk to people like these folks from the party, and think, oh my god, this book is going to bomb.

So I have a backup career, you know, like continuing to be a veterinarian and all. Lately, my thoughts have turned more to hospice care, since that is my current focus. I have some goals there too, to better understand and define what I can do as a veterinarian to help people through the loss of a pet. People who may be adrift in their grief surrounded by people like the guy at the party from yesterday have a really hard time when they don’t know that they too are perfectly normal, that profound grief is normal. We vets turn these people loose a lot of the time and leave them to fend for themselves. We can do better, at least I can, and that is where I am going to start.

I have, in the last 14 years, become much more of an expert on loss, so at least I have something to work with. I am an Expert Loser of Pets, which I guarantee was not on my future goals list in 2000 but that’s life for you. Much of our resolutions are based not on gain but on loss, shaking off all the garbage stuck to us like lint over the year previous: weight. Exes. Negativity. Addiction to reality TV. We gain much by learning to let go with grace, so in that respect, being good at losing is actually a decent thing to want to accomplish. 

Welcome, 2014.


Taking lots of pictures of Brody is, as always, a goal as well.


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