Lily, the Springer Spaniel

This is Lily, an English Springer Spaniel who lives just along the coast in Villefranche but also spends a lot of time in Paris.  I’ve been caring for Lily since she was a very naughty puppy – she’s still naughty even tho she’s now 9 years old.  She’s losing her night sight now – in fact, in low light she sees almost nothing.  She has an appointment soon with a Paris eye specialist so hopefully something can be done. 

It’s not so easy, on a long-nosed dog, to get the eyes and nose both in focus.  I succeeded in the second shot but prefer the first! 

Click on the link above to see Lily as she was a few years ago.

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GIVEAWAY // Win a Bottle of Handcrafted Perfume from Tru Blooms, Worth $65!

Win A Bottle Of Tru Blooms Perfume in Bubby and Bean's Fragrance Giveaway!

Back in November, I told you guys about my new favorite fragrance, Tru Blooms.  Made locally here in Chicago, Tru Blooms is the first ever perfume made from indigenous-sourced ingredients, grown by the residents for whom it’s created. Made from rose, lavender, lily and violet, it’s light, sweetly floral, slightly woodsy, and an all-around lovely scent.  I’ve been wearing it on a daily basis, and have gotten all sorts of compliments.  And today, I’m excited to team up with Tru Blooms to offer you a chance to win a bottle of your very own, worth $ 65!  With Valentine’s Day around the corner, this is not only an amazing scent for you to wear yourself, it would also make a really incredible gift.

You can find out a little more about Tru Blooms in this post, or in this video that they put together for their launch a few months ago:

This giveaway is open to all Bubby and Bean followers/subscribers.  (If you’re a new reader, just make sure to subscribe first using GFC or one of these readers). Then just leave a comment telling us your favorite flower!

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This giveaway is open through January 17th. The winner’s name will be randomly chosen and announced shortly after. 

One more piece of good news – our friends at Tru Blooms have also generously offered up the following coupon for Bubby and Bean readers: Take 20% off your order at Tru Blooms with code BUBBY.  Many thanks to them for this fantastic discount and for the chance to win a bottle of their delicious fragrance!  Good Luck! 

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The Rock

Seven years ago I killed my boy.  Later on, I came up with a more benevolent phrase that I’ve used at every event I’ve done and in all the TV interviews I’ve given.  ’I gave Malcolm rest’.  Such a sweet, serene, and publicly permissible euphemism.  

But the stark, midnight truth is I took his life. 

The series of events that came next I have begun to chronicle in a trilogy entitled, ‘The Rock, The Ripple, and the River’.  

I completed the first part over a year ago but it has remained unpublished.  And although I could offer up a whole host of thoughts and theories on why, it was because I was afraid.   

I’m not now.

Every Friday henceforth I’ll be publishing a chapter from the first book, ‘The Rock’ right here, on this blog and free of charge.  

Today, on Malcolm’s day, I’ll start with the Prologue. 


This is a love story. 
And like all great love stories it’s a tale of a journey against all odds, fraught with danger and full of magical encounters and adventures.  Of a love that travelled thousands and thousands of miles across 16 lands through forests, mountains, swamps, and flatlands in hellish heat, arctic cold, and savage storms. 
But this isn’t your typical love story.   There are no fair maidens, no knights in shining armor – just a cast of unlikely characters on an extraordinary journey.  Nor does this story end happily ever after.  But oh, what a glorious journey it was. 
It didn’t begin as a love story.
It began with a dog named Malcolm.…..

Actually, it began with a stripper from San Antone.


Next Friday, Prologue II.  September 2009.  Leesburg, Virginia 

2 Dogs 2,000 Miles

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My boxer’s skin issues along his back after being treated with Pet Armor…

We applied Pet Armor in December 2011 and in mid-January, we noticed that the skin, all the way from the back of his head, just below his crown, all the way down to between his front shoulder blades had turned very hard and was cracking. I started applying Neosporin and after about two weeks of this and no improvement, we ended up bringing him to our vet. Another symptom that he has is he tilts his head to the left, the vet called this vestibular syndrome. Since his first visit to the vet, three weeks ago today, this skin problem has spread all the way down to his tail. The treatment the vet gave him of Prednisone and an antibiotic have not helped this at all. My Boxer, Max, is in good spirits, has a very good appetite and drinks alot of water. This skin condition must itch because he tries to rub his back on anything he can to scratch it. Oh, BTW, I have also been washing his with medicated shampoo and giving him prescribed fish oil on his food. The vet is baffled why the treatments is not helping. He is putting pictures up on his own network of vets to see if anyone has seen this before. Has anyone viewing this video ever seen this before? Know what it is and what treatment my vet should use on my Max?

On April 2nd, 2012, PetArmor launched the PetArmor Protection Promise, a program to help shelter pets in need by donating up to 20000 doses of flea and tick treatments. Taking place at the ASPCA’s headquarters in New York City, along with actress and PetArmor spokesperson, Amy Smart and celebrity pet expert, Harrison Forbes, the event was a huge success!
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How To Select A Quality Stuart Water Damage Company

Anyone property owner in south Florida knows how incredibly awful flood or water damage can be for a property’s value and structural integrity. It is crucial if you have sustained flood damage to hire a water removal Stuart, Florida company to immediately come and help you in your cleanup process so that you do not [...]

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Ft. Lauderdale Water Extraction And Mold Removal

In the aftermath of water damage, there are many things that need to be done quickly, First, you need to call the services of a Ft. Lauderdale water extraction company. These professionals will be able to come to your home and assist you with the cleanup of your building. One of the main reasons why [...]

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The Big Leagues

When the Tick and Arthur are invited to join the Legion of Heroes, Captain Liberty sues the exclusive club for discrimination. Watch hundreds of free full-length streaming movies and TV shows on TAGS The Tick Ben Edlund Patrick Warburton Arthur Larry Charles Nestor Carbonell Batmanuel Liz Vassey Captain Liberty supervillain super villian superhero hero
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Honey At Agility Show

Golden Retriever at an agility show

rescue dog participation in agility show

My friend’s rescue dog Honey, chilling out after taking part in an agility show

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Review: Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know (Book)

Review: Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know: Eleven Courageous Canines Tell All Authors: Hy Conrad and Jeff Johnson, art direction by Dean Stefanides Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.,…

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Homemade Dog Food or Commercial Food with Different Ingredients Can Help

Many people are afraid of feeding different foods or ingredients due to generalized marketing from pet food companies and advice from veterinarians that have been trained with nutritional data generated by the same companies. Vets and pet owners are led to believe that brands are more important than ingredients.

I have found that some pets improve from skin and ear issues when they are changed to hypoallergenic kibble. (Duck, fish, rabbit, potato). Some with more severe medical problems (bowel issues, urinary crystals and stones, seizures) need moister, hypoallergenic, holistic canned food or home cooked food. Each animal may need a different mix of ingredients depending on their immune system and their medical problems.

Some recent cases have made me suspect that a higher fat content can initially causes skin problems to worsen.( Staph infections, yeast infections, hotspots, sores, and itching) Anti-yeast and antibacterial shampoos, 1:10 vinegar rinse (2x weekly)   

Antibiotics or anti yeast medication may also be needed if this occurs.

If itching gets initially better then worse on homemade diets, then a lower fat diet may be needed for a few months as the skin gets used to the new diet. I used to think that all pets needed and tolerated fat in the diet, but some may need a lower fat diet to start with. Just imagine getting used to eating larger quantities of protein and fat after eating kibble for years! If this is the case, leaner meat and less fat should be fed for several months if you are home cooking dog food.

In general, as long as you gradually introduce healthy human ingredients and make sure to feed different meats and veggies, dogs will thrive. Homemade dog food that rotates ingredients like chicken, pork, beef, fish, eggs, liver, heart, green beans, peas, carrots and slow cooked bones must be  nutritionally complete…hundreds of dogs thrive on it! I feed my dogs raw chicken wings to ensure that they get all the minerals they need. One or two chicken wings a week or a pig’s foot in the slow cooker along with other meats supplies calcium, phosphorus, and needed cartilage and joint nutrition. Nutritional supplements like Platinum Performance Canine will ensure that all vitamins and trace minerals are covered for those that feel better when adding supplements.

Remember…dogs can be allergic and intolerant to many meats, grains, and veggies and fat content. That’s why I wrote Dog Dish Diet and Feed Your Pet to Avoid the Vet, to help pet owners learn how and what they can feed their dogs and cats. Whether it be better commercial food, raw food, or homemade food…each dog or cat may thrive on a different diet! Not all dogs or cats  will respond to a better diet, but it is much cheaper then vet bills. Give it a try!

Read about “Dog Dish Diet” and “Feed your Pet to Avoid the Vet” at


Dr. Greg’s Dog Dish Diet

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