Friday, April 30, 2010

So, This is how it went down...

I was going to post the following and I was very very down... I made that small but fatal mistake. I had jumped to delusion....

"Yes, that's what I feel like. I feel Seduced and Abandoned.

Daddy cheated on me. I found the evidence in his camera. He went to doggy cocktail hour without me. Can you believe it? I gave him the best months of my puppyhood and this is what I get. I allowed that man to rub my belly! I trusted him. And the second I did not go with him to DC, that very second.... poof he cheated on me. I looked through so many pics. I was trying to find which particular dog was the mistress dog, but the cheater is clever. That picture he omitted, deleted... whatever.

I feel despondent. I was here keeping the home fires burning. I was on duty. And this is my repayment. I just can't even write about this. And Charlie. My Charlie. Where was he? That's his hotel. OMD the humiliation...
Elin and Sandra I know your pain! Sort of. Kind-a....Ok maybe not the same way. BUT. This still hurts."

That was going to be the post.... BUT THEN...

Just when I was at my lowest, daddy asked me to come sit with him and he showed me the pictures on his lap top. He said that he missed me so much that he was having puppy withdrawal. He said that he walked through the doggy cocktail hour with the Dowi to see if Charlie was there so he could deliver my message. Alas, Charlie was not at work, but lots of other doggies were there. Dogs like CHA-CHA a very nice rescued pug, and SLATE and BOSCO were all there with their 2leggeds. Daddy said somehow, even being surrounded by all those dogs was not enough to fill his empty spot. His heart had a big empty spot. He missed ME!!!! Now, how can a girl not love a daddy that says things like that?

We are going to make up for lost time today. I will be spending every second with my daddy.
And yes, we are having our own doggy cocktail hour.

My world is intact.

Wonder what the baby is thinking

Thursday, April 29, 2010

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Daddy. I miss you. You need to ditch this job thing and come home now. The Dowi and the Adam had you all week. MY turn NOW!
I don't want to rat out the momma, but... I have to tell you some things... Her lamb chops...NOT grilled. [She whined something about rain] ... Her rides? Hmmm, short, predictable... NO fun exploring. No sense of adventure. You know that there is nothing to steal in her car? Not one bag of snacks! Yes, daddy we did, all 3 of us, accidentally find and open that one bag in your car. I am sorry. If I promise not to do it ever again, will you come home now?
Also... do you know that momma does not unmake the bed to sleep in it? She fold back her covers and sheet and that's it. The bed is still all tucked in! What fun is that?
And the biggie... Daddy, don't ever eat the liver bits momma gives you. They are booby trapped. She puts allergy pills in them! I swear!
And daddy, I would like Einsten the horsey to come live with us, but momma has gone all strange on me and is not even discussing it with me. She keeps giving me weird phrases and saying weird stuff. Yes, that might be another reason why you need to come home. Pronto.
Yesterday she made all these noodles and we got none of them. See what I mean? NOT NORMAL!
And. I am somewhat POed at the fact that you are staying at the Monaco and I am NOT there. Are you doing the doggy cocktail hour with another dog? OMD! I can't even cope with that thought. Ehmmm have you seen Charlie? How is he? Please go visit him and giving him a nuzzle from me.

Your ever faithful little girl who loves you very much [please come home ]

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

On Einstein...

I don't get it. I have been discussing Einstein with momma. There is no getting through to that woman. Her last comment really left me baffled. I know she was not born in the States, but what am I supposed to make out of this comment???

She said.... and I quote: "No horse because while you are dreaming National Velvet[een] {add air quotes to this...} I am feeling "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest ."

Yes, I looked up both references. No sense whatsoever. Do you think the momma is sipping funny juice? Hitting the catnip? I heard about catnip...
Momma may be joining Redbutt in rehab...


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Most Ridiculous SkyMall Products Ever (PICTURES)

The Most Ridiculous SkyMall Products Ever (PICTURES)

.... In the immortal words of Roseanne Roseannadanna : "nevermind" you humans are just plain weird....


The Stupidest Pet Products Ever Invented (PHOTOS)

The Stupidest Pet Products Ever Invented (PHOTOS)

Getting on my soap box and dusting off my paws before I pontificate.

Speechless. I am speechless. I own one of these products. Doggles. I find them useful. But a couple of these products make my skin crawl. No, not in a back scratch kind of way.... In a bad way. Seriously. No stickers on my tush please. And that other contraption with the bags.... OMD!..... I want more sanity and less drivel from you 2leggeds! Can I have that?


BRAVO!!!! BRAVO!!!!!

Like I always say: RESCUE ROCKS!!!!


THE Wendy and her bone buffet

Why is it that they put the marrow into the bone, so deep? The Wendy is working her raw lamb bone. You have to work those things as soon as you get them and get the yummy marrow out quickly. Somehow, the bones disappear as soon as you leave them... while we don't have proof positive of this, we think momma steals them. JD thinks she makes soup out of them. I think she hides them for herself. Either case it all goes back to that old bone buffet/bone yard argument.... Life as a Bichon is very hard at times.
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Monday, April 26, 2010

Congrats Bentley!!!

Well well it is contagious. We hope. You know how at the Ziggy got new brother?

Guess who else got a new brother? Ami and Cherie now have Bentley as their new brother!!!
Ok. I am . A little bit. Jealous OK. You had to get it out of me... But did you see how handsome Bentley is? On the other hand, now Ami and Cherie are no longer competition if you know what I mean...

I am thrilled for Bentley and for his new family. They were so smart to see how special he is!!!
Doing the happy dance!


Giddy up!

Momma said I couldn't have a horse because they are too big. Well, I totally solved that problem. I found Einstein. He is perfect. He is going to be my new second-best friend (duh, wendy is number 1). I'm going to feed him carrots so he'll love me and let me ride him to fun places like Italy. I'd just walk myself but I'm kind of lazy.

Watch this video about him while I work on my list of horsey supplies:

Cute, right? Ok, this is my list so far:
1. a fun toy for me
2. carrots
3. horsey sauce (I don't know what that is, but it sounds important)
4. that chewy I've been wanting
5. a nice hat for Einstein to wear

Am I missing anything? Do I need to go right to the source and ask the horse? I think I just need the horse....

Momma? time to pony up! (ha)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Way to go Ferguson!!

Dear Ziggy, congrats! I hear that you now have a brother! So... your momma and daddy flunked fostering? Hahahahahaha. Well, Ferguson you got very lucky, your momma is a sweetie and your dad is nice. Now... I have to ask, are you boys looking for a sister now?

Hey I had to ask.

Hero dog leads police to fire!

What else can be said? he is MY personal hero!



ASPCA Urgent Alert

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Dear Animal Advocates,

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court declared an important federal anti-cruelty law known as the “Crush Act” (18 U.S. Code Section 48) unconstitutional and therefore unenforceable. The Crush Act banned the creation, sale and possession of materials depicting genuine acts of animal cruelty where such acts are illegal. The Court made it clear that its major concern was the broadness of the law’s language, which could make the law applicable in many circumstances not intended by its authors.

While the ASPCA is disappointed with the Court’s decision, we are moving forward! Representative Elton Gallegly of California has acted quickly and introduced a bill to amend the law. H.R. 5092 will make the Crush Act’s language more specific and resolve the over-breadth concerns raised by the Supreme Court.

Passage of H.R. 5092 will help prevent a revitalization of the crush video industry. The original Crush Act was passed with little opposition—help us ensure that this revision passes, too.

What You Can Do
Please tell your U.S. representative that you support H.R. 5092, and that he or she should co-sponsor the bill and help move it quickly through the legislative process. Visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center online to email your representative now.

Thank you for helping us fight animal suffering and exploitation.


Thursday, April 22, 2010


are forever!


Feather and life dilemma and feminism

My little life is full of dilemma. Yes, that is the right word. Dilemma. Here is the dilemma that has been keeping me up the last two nights. Feather Ducklear has been coming to deck for her duck buffet all alone. At first I was thrilled. Easier target, no? I had gone so far as to map out the 1 to three ratio and I was triangulating our moves. But then. Then, drat my curiosity. I started asking where Bill was. Momma kept mumbling about nests and egg sitting duties, but ultimately she admitted that all she knows about ducks is what is found in LAROUSSE GASTRONOMIQUE. That forced me to do some research and that is what has sparked my dilemma.

Bill Duckley is a "drake". Drakes are male mallards. Brace yourself... these ducks are opportunistic maters. They do not mate for life. They stick around long enough for the eggs to hatch and then they practice abandonment. Horrible. Uncivilized. Irresponsible. So... Feather is all alone. With babies to care for. ALONE.

As a 4legged of the female persuasion I am appalled by male behavior be it in man or beast. I do expect the highest and noblest behavior in all creatures. Bill Duckley is no exception.

So, knowing what I know, can I bring myself to eat Feather? I know... she would be delicious. She has been well fed. [Thank you momma] BUT... Can I, a girl victimize another girl???

I have done so much soul searching on this, I am literally all searched out. The truth of the matter is... I cannot. I have informed JD and Wendy of this and they concur, although JD seems to be quite reluctant.

The conclusion we have reached and that we all agree on, is that from here on, all male mallards, "drakes" are fair game. After all they are not what I would call civilized. So if you see a drake, brake out the duck sauce and enjoy. Please, do not touch, molest or otherwise victimize the female mallards, as we are trying to emancipate them.

We should start support groups and give emancipation seminars to female mallards. Life is so hard. And to be betrayed like this by another in your own species, must be horrid!

The burdens of knowledge are responsibility and duty.


From Auntie Robin aka FOOD POLICE

"Puppies tend to prefer whatever food they were fed after being weaned. In fact, many owners of new puppies complain that their new puppy will only eat the food they received from the breeder. Research proves that puppies fed a limited number of flavors during the first four to six months of life are less likely to accept new flavors later on.

....Because these flavor-deprived pups aren't used to new flavors contained in whole foods, they often prefer a series of ever-increasing fatty, sugary and high calorie diets during their life-time. Owners do this because of their perception of their dog's first bite and the desire to make their dog as happy as possible. While we certainly have happy dogs in terms of providing super-palatable foods, we are creating very unhappy and unhealthy dogs in the long run.

It simply doesn't make sense to start the cycle of a lifetime of pain, illness and expensive medical treatments for the less than sixty seconds of pleasure your dog derives from consuming a cup of dog food."

From "Chow Hounds" by Dr. Ernie Ward

Now that you know that sugar, salt and fat make your dog want to eat more than they require -- even when they are full, you need to read the labels of the dog foods and treats you give your dog.

From "Chow Hounds" by Dr. Ernie Ward
"Today's dogs get mainly dessert at every meal(and between) because we dog lovers can't bear the thought that our dog doesn't instantly devour the food we provide. If you see either sugar or fat in the top 10 ingredients, you'll know they (sugar and fat)are a major contributor to what you are feeding your dog...."

Is Sugar and Fat Lurking in Your Favorite Dog Food?
From "Chow Hounds":
Beneful Original Dry Dog Food -- Animal Fat 5th ingredient
Sugar: 9th ingredient

Iams ProActive Health chunks -- Chicken Fat 5th ingredient

Kibbles 'n Bits Original -- Animal Fat: 5th ingredient
Corn syrup: 6th ingredient

Ol' Roy Dinner Rounds Dog Food Corn Syrup: 5th ingrdient
Animal Fat: 8th ingredient

Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition
for Dogs Animal Fat: 4th ingredient

Purina Dog Chow -- Animal Fat: 3rd ingredient

wondering when her fav lamb chops are coming under fire....

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


So... we did this scientifically "like". We assigned a number to each posting we received on our GABE posting titled I must be dreaming. Then we put all the numbers in the black pouch momma's pearls came in. [Smells nice, like her stink, oh ok perfume-] then we picked 3... cause we are giving away 3 candles... and the lucky winners are :

Dory and the Mama



Hey wait! we forgot the drumstick! No? Not a drumstick??? A drumroll??? What kind of chicken is that? Oh. That's stupid. I was looking forward to the drumstick. No drumstick? Are you sure???? Fine -whatever.

2leggeds... rolling my eyes. Dr. Klemm if you are reading this... I did not like my parts touched.
I am wiping whatever you put on my tush right off...
I digress. But I just came back from my vet. NOT pleasant. I have allergies. Could we give those away????

Back to GABE. I loved GABE. I love knowing I am not the only dog blogger. And I love talking to all the wonderful doggies I met. in the immortal words of that baby dinosaur... "AGAIN AGAIN!!!"
Let's do it again! And kudos to Tiny. for the idea and execution!

We will e mail winners for addresses and we will ship them a me candle!!!

really... now no drumstick???

No Bones About It: Bones are Unsafe for Your Dog

FROM THE FDA: No Bones About It: Bones are Unsafe for Your Dog
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graphic of PDF version of this article, including photo of dog,  doghouse, and a big juicy bone with a red line through it

The idea that it’s natural for dogs to chew on bones is a popular one. However, it’s a dangerous practice and can cause serious injury to your pet.

“Some people think it’s safe to give dogs large bones, like those from a ham or a roast,” says Carmela Stamper, D.V.M., a veterinarian in the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the Food and Drug Administration. “Bones are unsafe no matter what their size. Giving your dog a bone may make your pet a candidate for a trip to your veterinarian’s office later, possible emergency surgery, or even death.”

“Make sure you throw out bones from your own meals in a way that your dog can’t get to them,” adds Stamper, who suggests taking the trash out right away or putting the bones up high and out of your dog’s reach until you have a chance to dispose of them. “And pay attention to where your dog’s nose is when you walk him around the neighborhood—steer him away from any objects lying in the grass.”

Here are 10 reasons why it’s a bad idea to give your dog a bone:

  1. Broken teeth. This may call for expensive veterinary dentistry.
  2. Mouth or tongue injuries. These can be very bloody and messy and may require a trip to see your veterinarian.
  3. Bone gets looped around your dog’s lower jaw. This can be frightening or painful for your dog and potentially costly to you, as it usually means a trip to see your veterinarian.
  4. Bone gets stuck in esophagus, the tube that food travels through to reach the stomach. Your dog may gag, trying to bring the bone back up, and will need to see your veterinarian.
  5. Bone gets stuck in windpipe. This may happen if your dog accidentally inhales a small enough piece of bone. This is an emergency because your dog will have trouble breathing. Get your pet to your veterinarian immediately!
  6. Bone gets stuck in stomach. It went down just fine, but the bone may be too big to pass out of the stomach and into the intestines. Depending on the bone’s size, your dog may need surgery or upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, a procedure in which your veterinarian uses a long tube with a built-in camera and grabbing tools to try to remove the stuck bone from the stomach.
  7. Bone gets stuck in intestines and causes a blockage. It may be time for surgery.
  8. Constipation due to bone fragments. Your dog may have a hard time passing the bone fragments because they’re very sharp and they scrape the inside of the large intestine or rectum as they move along. This causes severe pain and may require a visit to your veterinarian.
  9. Severe bleeding from the rectum. This is very messy and can be dangerous. It’s time for a trip to see your veterinarian.
  10. Peritonitis. This nasty, difficult-to-treat bacterial infection of the abdomen is caused when bone fragments poke holes in your dog’s stomach or intestines. Your dog needs an emergency visit to your veterinarian because peritonitis can kill your dog.

“Talk with your veterinarian about alternatives to giving bones to your dog,” says Stamper. “There are many bone-like products made with materials that are safe for dogs to chew on.”

“Always supervise your dog with any chew product, especially one your dog hasn’t had before,” adds Stamper. “And always, if your dog ‘just isn’t acting right,’ call your veterinarian right away!”

This article appears on FDA's Consumer Updates page4, which features the latest on all FDA-regulated products.

Date Posted: April 20, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010

NY on a leash

Our wonderful friend Bertrande MacLeod provided us the following information, should you decide to go to the Big Apple, here is a list of dog friendly venues.
Search Editors' Picks on Citysearch®. Your pooch doesn't have to cramp your style--in fact, at these dog-friendly parks, restaurants, shops and hotels, your pet makes you that much more stylish.

Gavroche is a French country restaurant in the city, with a rustic, down to earth atmosphere. It is named after Gavroche, the 'gamin de Paris' in Victor Hugo's Les Miserables.

So, if you are on your way to NY, go and have fun!!


Random bash notes

Above: happy Wendy , vs "dressed Wendy"

JD looking for his dignity... or trying to rock the cowboy look....
Freddie chilling.... and watching [Yeeaaa for Freddie who is no longer blind!!!!]
others posing....

Rosie- yes... Rosie laughing at dogs that were dressed. Her pretty dress was left on the counter...
She would not allow anyone to put it on her...

Dear Saint Bichon De Frise....

Timmy loving the shade

and that's some of what I remember..


Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Bichon Bash 2010

The Bash was SO much fun!!!!

I made a little slideshow so you can see all my friends. (It starts with my 4legged friends, then gets to pics of them with their 2legged families.) You'll notice that my friends are very cute.

If you want to take a closer look at the pictures, just click here!

air conditioning rules,

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Look what momma made for me!

I know I can be hard on momma sometimes.

I really don't mean to be, it's just that she KNOWS that petting requires two hands and I get so mad when she forgets. But all that is water under the bridge now. She has done something so great that I'm going to let her stop petting me for FIVE full minutes. Look what she baked FOR ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

First the small one:
and then... AND THEN!!!!!!!!!!!! THE BIG ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't know if you can tell from the picture, but that thing is bigger than I am! I'm not sure what it is, but it smells delicious!!!! YAYAYAYAY!!!!

OMG, is is a HUGER one!!! Sooo big the camera can't take a full picture!

Oh, momma wants to say something. I guess I'll let her because she baked stuff for me.

Oh Silvie. I baked those for the rescue, for the 2leggeds in the rescue. Really, the cakes aren't good for you. Would you like a chewy?

GASP. First of all, keep your stupid chewy. Second, PETTING REQUIRES TWO HANDS. Third, you better get me ALL the liver lips! Fourth, MEAN! I have more to say but that's as high as I can count.


PS Uncle Jack. Meatballs? There were good until momma put all that nasty stuff on them. She said you told her to. Really??? Next year, I am going to suggest we go with a bolognese on top of meatballs. Trust me on this...

Friday, April 16, 2010


Getting my stuff done and prepping for the bash. Noooo not beauty sleep, I am beautiful enough. U an getting stuff ready!!! But I will blog all about the Bash with pics and everything!!!! xoxoxox



Brooklyn is HOME!!!!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

discussing the bash

The Wendy and I have been busy. You see the Tidewater Bichon Frise Bash is this weekend and we are going of course. So, while momma is busy baking and fussing and gathering things, the Wendy and I are planning and discussing.

First of all is the possibility that momma will put us in ridiculous clothing... This is a big one to overcome, so we are talking strategy. Passive resistance vs tearing the rags to shreds??

Second is how to handle this whole issue of momma's new diet obsession for us. I mean... really this is the BASH. It is an annual event. We think all rules MUST be suspended for the day.

Third. We will be seeing lots of old friends and meeting people. The Wendy and I deeply resent JD's carefree attitude. He jumps on just about any empty lap, forces a belly rub out of the human and then he moves on. We are embarrassed by his attitude. Lack of decorum. Any human. Show some discretion. Yes, of course his come back is always the same... "These are rescuers, what would I have to fear?" The problem is ... he acts as if this accepted behavior. From a rescued dog point of view... I will not appreciate you- stranger dog- jumping on MY master's lap to get a belly rub. JD just does not get it... SO we have to come up with a viable plan to stop Mr McNeedy from his belly rub pursuit and teach him dog manners... [Old dog new tricks... ehm]

Fourth. The Phil is NOT coming. Oh well. The nonna is. The Dowi is. Phil YOUR loss.

Fifth. LIVER LIPS SALE. I am working on an angle. I think I can talk daddy into a few bags. Dowi into a few bags and maybe nonna. Momma.... deaf to my pleas.

Sixth... Tootsie, JD has a theng for you, you should know.

Seventh. We have to strategize to deal with the"puppy factor".The Rosie, Yuki-Connor issue.
The last thing we want is for somebody to fall in love with one of those three and forget we exist.
While Wendy wants to do the mothering bit... I am a firm believer of territorial imperative. MY family MY rules.

Eighth. Uncle Jack. I need to have him to myself for about 10 minutes... How do I make that happen??
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Ninth. The pictures- evidence issue.... While pictures are being taken [evidence is being made] so one of us has to be on lookout... You know... evidence is forever.

Tenth. Who will be my lap pillow??? You know I don't do non upholstery. I prefer a human lap to anything and no... I do not do grass. So I am working hard...

So much at stake. But hey IT IS THE BASH!! Oh for you humans... that cheesecake+strudel+cinnamon danish thing, momma calls manage a trois... momma made a huge amount of that, so... get ready!

Back to the discussion


Wednesday, April 14, 2010



Day dreaming and visualizing great things while in yogurt mode...
ok, so I wasn't thinking gnocchi... but I am now! It is a delicious thing!

Wonder what sauce will be going on the gnocchi... I am hoping something like a great bolognese??? No mushrooms please... Ick.

Back to yogurt, now I have to visualize fresh ground beef and that grand panade that makes a great bolognese. Parmiggiano Reggiano please!!!

Hey hey... fresh ground pepper, don't forget!

Here's hoping

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Momma, stop it.

Stop it. Stop calling it sleep! It is not sleep. Stop trying to wake me up. I am NOT sleeping.

I told you what it is. It is MEDITATION. I need to fuel my inner self and you keep running that infernal Frisbee cat. Now- go away... and take that stupid thing with you...


JD the fashionista

When walking on the boardwalk, JD insists on coordining his vest to the street. And posing nicely while resting.
Notice that the Wendy and I chose the buggy for our rest. After all we have solar fans in there and a pillow... and we are princesses.

JD... hmm he was working his target audience. 2-6 yr old female 2leggeds with ice cream faces [they taste good all smeared with ice cream... momma go figure out that calorie count... ha...] Anyway, that's how JD rolls.

more ice in water please.
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Calories are a buzzkill...

Auntie Robin sent momma this e mail:

"From "Chow Hounds" by Dr. Ernie Ward:

You must track treats!

A 10 lb dog requires approx. 200 - 220 calories per day.

If you feed your 10 lb dog
*1 Purina Beggin Strip (30 cal.) it's like you eating 1 McDonald's Cheeseburger (310 cal)

*2 Dogswell Happy Hips Glucosamine and Chondritin Lamb and Rice Treats
(74 Cal) is equal to 3 Hershey Bars (690)

*1 Greenies Teenie (25 cal) is equal to you drinking 2 - 12 oz Coke Classics (280)

A 20 lb dog requires approx. 340 calories per day

If you feed your dog:
*1 Snausage Snawsome Apple and Peanut Butter (137 calories) it's equal to you eating 1/2 of a Large Domino's Extra Cheese Pizza (916 calories)

*1 Greenies Light Petite (51 calories)which translates to 1 McDonald's Hot Fudge Sundae for you (330 cal.)"

Calories do count!

So... guess who is now living with the consequences... Auntie Robin, I love you very much, but you do know that sometimes... you harsh my buzz.

Ok , really calories are a buzzkill. I don't get most of the stuff you named... And now what little I get [poor me, sigh...] gets scrutinized, factored and discussed.

HARSH HARSH HARSH. Oh and then... that momma gets all icky and drags us out for what she calls "power walks". We, refer to these walks as endurance marches.
It just ain't easy being moi...

victim of healthy intentions

Monday, April 12, 2010

Bichon, Please — Cute Overload

Bichon, Please — Cute Overload

I can have a shampoo man at your house in 20 minutes. Your momma has got to go. The shampoo guy can color her hair like that. Vicious. Horrid, Vile...
This aggression shall Not stand!!!

shaking from head to tail

PS check this one... va va va vhooom!

Did you think duck egg hunting was easy? NOOOOT

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looking for those blessed duck eggs, still!!!

'vie and the Wendy and JD

BANISH from your garden- WARNING

Please tell every dog or cat owner you know. Even if you don't have a pet, please pass this to those who do.
Cocoa Mulch, which is sold by Target, Home Depot, Foreman's Garden Supply and other garden supply stores contains a lethal ingredient called 'Theobromine'. It is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die. Several deaths already occurred in the last 2-3 weeks.
Over the weekend, the doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from Target to use in their garden. The dogs loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dog (Calypso) decided the mulch smelled good enough to eat and devoured a large helping. She vomited a few times which was typical when she eats something new but wasn't acting lethargic in any way. The next day, Mom woke up and took Calypso out for her morning walk . Half way through the walk, she had a seizure and died instantly.

Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the label, upon further investigation on the company's web site,

this product is HIGHLY toxic to dogs and cats.

Cocoa Mulch is manufactured by Hershey's, and they claim that "It is true that studies have shown that 50% of the dogs that eat Cocoa Mulch can suffer physical harm to a variety of degrees (depending on each individual dog). However, 98% of all dogs won't eat it."
*Snopes site gives the following information: *

Theobromine is in all chocolate, especially dark or baker's chocolate which is toxic to dogs. Cocoa bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities of theobromine, a xanthine compound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline. A dog that ingested a lethal quantity of garden mulch made from cacao bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later. Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine.


Looking for a duck nest

I have a taste for scrambled eggs... shhhhh You must be verrrry quiet... I am stalking... I am hunting... Where are they anyway?

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