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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sepia Saturday - Supervising...

Found the ray of sun to sit by and supervise... it is Saturday!

The daddy is making our breakfast...
I have to supervise.
I am not fully awake.
I still have some sleep wrinkles in me.
It is my job to supervise.

You thought that being me was easy... right?  NOT!

Hold on.

Daddyyyyy you forgot the sweet potato. Oh OK.  There it is.
Momma puts her mis en place "en place" all at once.
You make too many trips to the fridge.

I am not telling you what to do, I am just saying... there is a right way of getting things done and ...

Oh never mind.

Just don't forget the turkey jerky treat and our candy. [I know it's a vitamin, but momma calls it candy and we humor her...] 

You sure take a long time.

I do appreciate you, chill.  Focus on my breakfast. I love you daddy.

[Talk about high maintenance. Momma does not need a song a dance to make our breakfast.]


Friday, October 24, 2014

Did we have a good time at the Tidewater Bichon Bash 2014?

Did we have a good time at the Tidewater Bichon Bash 2014? NO. Absolutely not!


Auntie Robin, Uncle Jack. THANK YOU.

To my DOWI, thank you for documenting the sweetest moments.

See for yourself:

'Vie and no I don't walk on grass. Grass= toilet. Ew.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Smartphone App Launched to Catch Animal Abusers


Smartphone App Launched to Catch Animal Abusers
National Sheriffs’ Association and The Humane Society of the United States join forces on new tool to combat animal cruelty

(Oct. 21, 2014) – ICE BlackBox, a new free smartphone tool, launched to help law enforcement protect animals and communities from illegal animal cruelty. Available to Android and iPhone owners, the app will allow users to record video of illegal animal cruelty and share it securely with law enforcement for possible investigation and prosecution. It is the first app of its kind designed and promoted for the purpose of catching animal abusers.

John Thompson, executive director of the National Sheriffs’ Association said: “Animal cruelty is a serious crime that is often associated with violence to people and we are using the latest in technology to help catch animal abusers in the act. We encourage everyone who has a smartphone and cares about protecting animals and our communities to download this new app.”

Thompson added, “We want to give special thanks to Cesar Millan and the Cesar Millan Foundation for their contribution in the public service announcement video that was shown at the news conference.” This PSA is the first in a series on reporting animal abuse with the ICE BlackBox App.

Michael Markarian, chief program and policy officer for The HSUS, said: “Through innovation and technology, the new app provides another tool for the public to join the fight in stopping animal cruelty and abuse. We are thrilled to work with the National Sheriffs’ Association on this first-ever app to pull back the curtain on animal cruelty.”

Last month, the FBI began to include animal cruelty offenses, including animal neglect, in the Uniform Crime Report. It is the first time animal cruelty data will be included in federal crime reports and it affirms, at high levels of law enforcement, that animal cruelty is a serious crime. There is now increased incentive for law enforcement agencies to respond to crimes against animals, and the app is an important new tool in that important work. 

For more information on The HSUS’ animal cruelty work click here and for more information on the National Sheriffs’ Association’s National Law Enforcement Center on Animal Abuse click here.

Thoughtless Thursday... The lemon tree

Truth is, there have been many many thoughts...

And much much talk....
Mostly about this stupid lemon tree

We are all sick of hearing about the stupid lemon tree. It has 3 big lemons attached and momma has been fussing over it like it is a precious newborn needing her constant attention.

Don't want to burst her bubble... but hey, you can get a whole bag of lemons for about 4 bucks...  I am just saying.

Momma, at 1:41 in the clip what has been suggested should happen to your lemon tree without any further thoughts!  Maybe you should ease up and let JD mark it?  And just chill.  Or pick the dang lemons already!

I have no other thoughts. It's momma who should be thinking....

'vie and the gang

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wordless WET Wednesday

I gave up.  I am napping.

It's wet out there.

Blocking out the light....

It's hard to relax.

But I am giving it a try. It is WORDLESS WEDNESDAY.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tasty Tuesday ....debacle...

Oh no no no no!  You do not get to skate free out of this!  It is tasty Tuesday.  you waltzed out of it last week because of the Bash and you lame excused your way out of it...

Yesterday you baked and baked... I am not STOOOOOOPID you know...

You claim that neither of these baked "things" are fit for canine consumption... and yet... YOU MADE them. Why???  Why bother?

And today , on Tasty Tuesday... you give me some lame excuse that you have to do some important errands.

Helloooooo?????  Can we please do a quick reality check?  It IS TASTY TUESDAY and today must belong to us.  US as in your loyal four leggeds.  THE ONES that count!!!

Oh wait.. you have "a recipe"  you just will not have time to make it until later today.... Ahaaa... For sure good buddy.

Show me the goods!

Doggy CheeseITS! 

[well that means JD who is lactose intolerant will not be having these...and now we know why you have been dragging your feet on making them... I knew he was your favorite all along!]

1 1/3 c wheat  or oat or rice flour
1 c shredded cheddar cheese or a mix of parmiggiano and mozzarella
1/3 c + 1 Tbsp bone soup
1/4 c vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Mix all ingredients until combined. Add additional Tablespoons of broth if dough is too dry. Flour work surface. Roll dough to 1/2″ thickness. Cut into desired shape 

Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. Cool and store in airtight container in the fridge.

You will make this later today?  Ok we shall see...


Monday, October 20, 2014

Purina v Blue Buffalo's- The ADMISSION -- The tainted saga of Wilbur Ellis...

So... Do you recall the finger pointing and accusation slinging that went on following the dog food recalls? Purina pointed the finger at Blue Buffalo and accused them of using  by-products in their food  while claiming NOT to be using such by products...
You know, when each profit driven corporation accused the others of mislabeling and lying and such... out of an abundance of caution for their bottom line...which was being impacted by the savvy consumer's lack of trust, dang you internet... and education process and blogs like this one... 
Well, you know what they say..." If it don't come out in the wirsh , it will come out in the rinse".  On October 14, 2014, Blue Buffalo announced that indeed some of their pet foods did contain by-products, and pointed the finger of blame at an ingredient supplier. The claim being that Blue Buffalo did not know...they were lying to the consumer and that in fact they were lied to by their supplier Wilbur-Ellis. Here is their statement:
“Blue Buffalo has recently learned from Wilbur-Ellis, a major U.S. Company that supplies ingredients to us and many other well-known brands of pet foods, that a Texas pet food ingredient processing plant they own had mislabeled some of the ingredients they shipped to their customers. So while their customers were ordering and paying for 100% chicken meal, at times they were receiving shipments that contained poultry by-product meal.”
“Since this Wilbur-Ellis plant was the source of some of our chicken meal, we may have received some of these mislabeled shipments, and there likely are numerous other pet food companies who also received these mislabeled ingredients. The FDA has been informed of this situation, and you may rest assured that this mislabeling poses no health, safety or nutrition issue. And while this is comforting, since the health and well-being of our dogs and cats comes before anything else, the fact that any Blue Buffalo food could include a mislabeled ingredient is totally unacceptable. As a result, we have stopped doing business with this plant.”
Hmmm... You know... this blame thing is not a black and white thing.  Blue wants you to stop thinking and accept that blame thing. But... legally speaking... we have to ask the hard questions.   Like, did Blue know? And when did they find out... but more importantly SHOULD BLUE HAVE KNOWN?
That supplier...Wilbur-Ellis has a tortured history at best. All they had to do was do a search on the FDA website and they would have come up with numerous violations starting in 2007, 2008 and 2013... named in FDA testimony to Congress as the importer of melamine tainted rice protein linked to the deadly 2007 pet food recall.
This little "revelation" is supposedly the latch that opens the floodgate as Blue was not the only company that used this supplier. All other pet food manufacturers customers of Wilbur Ellis  are now on notice that they too are implicated in this debacle...
A few thoughts....Blue, you want the consumer who over paid for your product not to feel bad about being ripped off, because in theory... you "did not  know" [at least not officially] and because you were not the only manufacturer involved. AHA.  And you also wants us all to believe that NO HARM came of this. AHA - Again.
Could you please acquaint your counsel with this phrase: DISGORGING OF THE PROFITS,  and this phrase... IMPUTED KNOWLEDGE... and this phrase...DUE DILIGENCE.  and this- enough BS!
I hope your bottom line falls off. I continue to advocate: HOME COOKING!!!!  My momma's food has NEVER been recalled.  And nothing goes in my mouth that cannot go in her mouth.  That's SAFETY!


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