Sunday, October 31, 2010

For this....


I was rescued???????
the Wendy
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If we give you a smile....


can we be set free???

the Wendy and Silvieon4
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Somebody will pay for this indignity


I am plotting
you are sooo going to be sorry

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Does anyone have the phone no?


To White Dog Cottage?????

I am NOT putting up with this...

the Wendy
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Pirate ha?

Perfect. Arghhhh I hate you, I hate costumes and this is abuse I swear it is. I will get even.. Be afraid be very afraid.............ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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Halloween... fun for whom????

Did I mention how much I hate costumes???
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Post dim sum haze

Well, the two leggeds are post dim sum comatose.
All I got was meager shrimp...wrapped in something I peeled off.
So, where are the sticky ribs?

What do mean gone ? Did you forget us?

l am pouting


On my way to dim sum, I see...

Birds on a wire, so many birds !

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Can we have pumpkin ravioli now?

Farewell Vera

On September 11, my friend Vera Wang crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Vera was a fab girl whose presence at CareALot made the ordinary shopping trip, a fun visit and something we looked forward to. Vera was featured in this blog a number of times because her personality spilled out of her, she was bigger than life. We had not been able to visit because momma was healing up, so finding out that Vera is gone was very sad for all of us. JD is particularly sad as Vera had been his co star in the production of Verona in Virginia.

Vera, your momma will always love you. She does have Ethel to help her cope with the loss of your sweet self, but honestly you left huge paw prints in everyone's heart and they will be hard to fill.

We miss you
Silvieon4, JD and Wendy

this dude works too hard.

Clearly he is NOT a BICHON!!!!


Friday, October 29, 2010

two words : Back Stroke

Hey when we open the pool, do you want to come over for a swim? By Spring you should be good at this swimming thing!


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Advance Knowledge- Participate!

People and Pets |
Research being conducted through the University of Northern British Columbia This is an online survey about aspects of the relationship between pets and their owners.

Knowledge is key and your participation helps gain knowledge!, So DO IT!!!
Click here ~~~~~> SURVEY


48 things about me.

48 Things About ME

Auntie Mary Ella posted this on Face Book and I decided to give it a try.

Here are the rules - post this list on your profile (in Notes) replacing my answers with yours. Tag however many people you want. If I tagged YOU, it's because I want to know more about YOU!

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Uncle Jack named me after momma. Something about being small and mouthy. And for the record... I am NOT mouthy. I just have opinions.

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? Fake cry or real cry? I do fake cry sobbing anything I want something...[it works...] real cry? Mhhhh. When the mean vet [not my DR K] took my temp. [I felt soooo violated!]

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? I don't paw write. I use Dragon Naturally Barking. I am a techno baby. Next they are going to ask me about my stone tablets.... Jeez.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Prosciutto, of course. I even wrote poetry about it! Look here~~~~> ODE to Prosciutto

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? No! I am THE BABY! And I am not about to give that position any time soon.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Person? My nonna says as a person I would be a young Bardot. Nahhh I see myself more like a Natalie Portman type. And duhhh I would want me as a best friend!!!

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM? Sometimes, but i prefer SOURcasm.

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? I don't know. Is that what they took from JD? No? Oh ok I guess the answer is yer.

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Absolutely! When do we go? and... I am not cleaning up the aftermath. I tend to toss my cookies when bounced up and down... just saying.

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Cereal. hmmm. Ok if I have to I will take momma's Irish Oats which end up tasting like a deconstructed oatmeal cookie. Please leave the raisins out, but I do like the apple in.

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? No. I rip them off my paws and blitz in rage and try to destroy them so momma will never again put them on my paws.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Can't get it anymore--High's raspberry sherbet--Dear auntie Mary Ella, momma makes raspberry sorbet all the time. Adding creme to it would make it a sherbet. Want I should to talk to her about making you some?


15.WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR? the color of fresh prosciutto. I also like pink.

16. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORlTE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? I am sensitive and I am afraid of children. They are too unpredictable.

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? My Dowi and my Adam. They are always gone.


19. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? I am wearing a pink bow. Perv. Why do you ask?

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? The capuccino machine, warming up.

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? I would not be wax! It does not smell or taste good.... although... making them naked by chewing off all the little paper jackets was fun!

23. FAVORITE SMELLS? The beach, bread baking, Thanksgiving's giant chicken cooking, Momma's pancetta cooking and... the smell of my bed.




27. HAIR COLOR? White

28. EYE COLOR? Black


30. FAVORITE FOOD? Prosciutto with taleggio and a fresh ciabatta.

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Only happy endings!

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Cadillac Man. I did not pick it! Some weird person fell asleep to it ...I stayed up.

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Again, with the clothes obsession... perv.

34. SUMMER OR WINTER? Summer. unless you try to bake me like this past summer.

35. WHO DO YOU ADMIRE? Rescuers like Auntie Robin and uncle Jack.

36. IF YOU COULD WORK IN A DIFFERENT PROFESSION WHAT WOULD IT BE? ehmmm I am not a working anything. I am BICHON. Cater to me and my needs and we will get along just fine.



39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? I have been "sampling" Peter Reinhart's Artisan Breads... so far the pics have no taste and no smell.... quite disappointing....

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? Hahahahahahahaha... nothing because a mouse pad is obsolete.... that had to be a trick question. Now if you asked momma, she would go on and on about her trackball mouse... but baby, this girl is all about the technology and I move forward. [glaring at momma who is mired in her old technology dependence... sigh...]

41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT? Dancing with the Stars - I watched Esther get eliminated [booooohhhh] and I am now mad at Tyra.

42. FAVORITE SOUND(S)? kitchen sounds as din din gets made.

43. IRONED OR WRINKLED? Your face is just fine! Stop obsessing!


45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? Yes I am the world's best snuggling kissing machine. Ask daddy.



48. HOW DID YOU MEET YOUR SPOUSE/SIGNIFICANT OTHER? JD and Wendy? Oh I met them when they came to get me!

Dear Dowi

Dear Dowi,

I m sitting here thinking about your train ride. I am worried, still. I know you are home, I heard you on the speaker phone. Did you have a lot to do to return to "normal"? I know you had to deal with your hair. I know my due gets awfully curly in the "humditty". I bet you had to go through a lot of grooming... How did you get all the bugs out of your teeth? Did it get cold? I know you were wet because when we took you to the train station, it was raining. How did you manage to stay warm? I am just besides myself thinking about the whole ordeal. You must love us a lot to do all that just to come home. Listen, I am willing to give up some chewies to make sure you can afford a ticket in the train. I am just thinking that riding on top is not safe, even if they do it in the movies. I do love you you know.

Wait - JD is talking to me. What??? OMD. This is not acceptable! JD just told me that nonna is going to get on a plane to go to Europe. Are they kidding me?? Whose stupid idea is that?
Look, we just got the nonna to move here, putting her "on" a plane is plain stupid. How many chewies does it take to buy her an "in" the plane ticket? I want her back safe and sound or she can't go. I am putting my paw down on this.

Good thing I was white haired to start with, because living with two leggeds will turn your hair white with worry...

wishing this whole fan damily would stay put

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Moove over Katy Perry, MISHKA is here!


Worried. Heard something last night that makes me worry. My sister Dowi was in town for the weekend. Then she went back to DC. And that's where my worry starts. Get this. She went back "ON" the train. ON the train. Not in the train, on the train. I am thinking she had to ride on top of the train roof. It probably got very windy there. And I bet she had to use all her digits to hang on for dear life! How positively awful. Why would the train people not let her ride IN the train?

I will never understand humans. Never. I am hoping to see her on line today. Or maybe hear her.
Momma said Dowi is home safe and sound. But I need to double check. Going back ON a train... honestly. I hope that ticket was wayyyy cheaper. Even then... I would prefer she rode in the train...

worried 'vie

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Some people...NEVER learn

Don't bother sniffing it... even

Momma played with some new piece of machinery...Whatever. It is funny sounding and makes cake things. I had high hopes.
I could envision a lovely apple cake. A delicious banana cake...But no.

She ruined it. Momma put chocolate frosting. Ick. Ick and double ick. But the 2 leggeds ate it anyway. They better not come crawling to me with a tummy ache. I will have no sympathy. I mean, really why chocolate?

It is a pure act of selfishness on their part. I love cheesecake. I would have shared happily and the world would have been a better place.

That's all I can say.

Monday, October 25, 2010

from Pet Food Testing - Tampa Bay Pet Health |

Soon to be Published Paper finds Shocking Results from Pet Food Testing - Tampa Bay Pet Health |

Have you seen this?

Well, that's one worry I don't have. Momma, those baby carrots you cooked with the chicken in the oven are to die for. And "metal" free to boot!

Nothing beats home cooking.

Uncle Jack and Dude golfers par excellence

Bark in The Park was graced with the sartorial splendor that transformed the Dude and Uncle Jack into old time golfers. As costumes go, this was not so bad! I mean... There is no loss of dignity, it is not ridiculous, and the Dude looks quite handsome. Uncle Jack you are ok too!

Momma, pay attention.


Sunday, October 24, 2010

And I thought my momma was crazy!

nuff said


Ladies and Germs,
Wahinis and Senoritas, one and all this is my invite to you to attend the famous, the fun, the one and only


A perfect VA day with mild temps and sunshine!

Here is what will be going on:

"Bark in the Park will be jam-packed with things for you and your canine to do and to see! The feature attraction will be the Pledge Walk for registered walkers that have raised money to benefit the Chesapeake Humane Society. The Fun Fest will include entertainment, canine demonstrations, contests, pet health screenings, low-cost microchips, children's activities, rescue groups and pet-related exhibitors. Below is the tentative schedule of events:

Time Event
12:15 Welcome & Introductions
12:30 Greater Atlantic Rescue Dogs
12:45 Frank Grantz & His Hi-Flying Jacks
1:00 Tail Wagging Contest
1:30 Chesapeake Police Dog Demonstration
2:00 Adoptable Dogs Strut Their Stuff!
2:15 Pledge Walk
3:00 Frosty Paws Eating Contest
3:30 Obedience Demonstration by Portsmouth/Chesapeake Obedience Club
3:45 Canine Costume Contest
4:30 50/50 Drawing & Pledge Walk Winners

Activities at select exhibitor sites:
8:00 am Dock Dogs Competition
11:30 am All Breed AKC Sanctioned B Match
12:30 pm Bone Hunt at the Dog Park
12pm - 4pm Low-cost Microchips
Throughout Kids' Tent
Throughout Agility Course Walkthrough
Throughout Mack Mack Gives Back Fun Exhibit

Check out below to see what you can earn for your fundraising efforts!

$50 - $249 Doggie Bag, Event t-shirt, One-year membership to Chesapeake Humane Society, exclusive event-day benefits including vendor discounts/giveaways and a commemorative event day dog tag

$250 - $499 Above prizes plus Chesapeake Humane Society water bottle and bag clip

$500 - $999 Above prizes plus Chesapeake Humane Society key fob and doggie pedometer

$1,000 & above Above prizes plus Chesapeake Humane Society baseball cap and tote bag

Top prizes will also be awarded to the:

• Top Fundraiser
• 2nd Place Fundraiser
• 3rd Place Fundraiser
• Top Fundraising Team
• Team with the most Members
• Top Vet Challenge Team • 2nd Place Vet Challenge Team
• 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Canine Game Winners

Come see the highest flying pups around! Chesapeake Dock Dogs will host a 2-day Big Air competition beginning on Saturday, October 2. The finals will be held Sunday afternoon at Bark in the Park.

Chesapeake City Park, Chesapeake
Rescheduled! Sunday, October 24, 2010

From I-64, take exit 289B for Greenbrier Pkwy South. Follow Greenbrier Pkwy for about 2.5 miles and turn right onto Greenbrier Rd. Click here for a map.

All pets must be kept on a leash that extends 6 feet or less. Proof of current vaccinations is required and dogs must have current licenses in the city where they reside. Pooper-Scooper bags will be made available - please be sure to pick up after your pet! Female pets in heat will not be permitted inside the festival and walk areas.



And...I do believe some TBFR 4leggeds will be there and you might want to audition to become a TBFR family. Did I say audition? I meant apply.... of course!

See you there


Friday, October 22, 2010

Great news happy dance time!

Sent from my iPad

So, who is really getting a kick out of these?

I went to the groomer yesterday, and post grooming I did the usual shop hop. You know, you don't waist a good "do" on family. Their ohhs and ahhhs are obligatory. When I need real validation and justification for the washing, blowing and attending grooming humiliations, I go to strangers. I learn more from the comments they exchange between each other than I do from anything else. So when I hear one tell the other to look at the cutie patoutie than I know they are talking about me. I am validated. But that's not what this post is about.

This post is about marketing. C'est l'argent qui fait la guerre. It is all about the money. Money makes wars.

The makers of these dog beds are aiming straight for the hu-moms and hu-dads' wallets. Cute, catchy, cheeky. I would absolutely refuse to
sleep on these. Seriously. If they were designing for the canine's pleasure, you would see more bolsters, fluffier, thicker bedding with more hiding places, scented with the likes of bacon, cheese, corned beef, or my all time fav...crab shells! Hey, stop that. Do I criticize your dead
flower scented room air "freshener"?

Alas we have no argent and thus we suffer at the merciless failed efforts at Creative Writing 101 which Madison Avenue churns into marketing artillery. Dodge the bullet. Shop for your pet as you would for yourself, substance over kitch.

Word to the wise

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Bark in the Park Reminder

Biscotti for two leggeds at BARK IN THE PARK on Oct 24Th.

Plan on it! There is going to be some great stuff for sale for two and for four leggeds this year. Can't go into specifics, but seriously hard to find, breed specific goodies generally found in high end boutiques. Catch my drift?

Hmmm....liver lips too.

Waiting for breakfast

Smelling breakfast being made.....yum cappuccino...foam me up!

Patience is a virtue...but this is taking so long I am thinking nap!

Really? It's ready? About time!

Got to go get my foam and breakfast, later gater


Places where I hang around

Yes, JD's portrait by David Bess shares my wall. Auntie Darlene, I love my portrait.


Monday, October 18, 2010

You love me how???

So, momma said something to me last night that has left me scratching my head. She said, and I quote: "I love you with all my heart" ---With all her heart. Hm. Could she love me with less then her whole heart? Can 2legged choose how much of their heart they can love you with? That thought is so disturbing on so many levels! I love momma. I love her with my whole body, not just my heart, and I love her her one hundred per cent of the times. If she only loves me with her heart, whole or not, she not loving me as much as I love her. How fair is that? Have I not shown her how much I love her?
My tail is forever blurry from showing her how much I love her.
What does that mean?JD says it is just an "expression". An idiot. No? IDIOM. An IDIOM. JD says It just means momma loves me with no reservations. So confused... What does how momma loves me have to do with going out to a restaurant? JD stop it. You said reservations. No JD. I am not a kid, I am 4. I am just going to talk to momma and face this issue with her. I want her to love me with her heart, liver, kidneys...with everything that is momma's body. Fair is fair. I love her completely and I don't care what restaurant is involved.


Sunday, October 17, 2010

More great advice on LOST PETS from auntie Robin

Hi Silvie,
Interestingly enough, I just finished "The Lost Pet Chronicles" by Kat Albrecht. She recommends the following additional sites:
Information on lost pet behavior, listings of pet detective and search resources, and links to online volunteers who can provide unique tips, instruction, and emotional support through email discussion lists.
Find tips on how to search for and recover lost cats.
Site offers excellent information as well as post card distribution service, enabling owners to mail lost pet information to neighbors within a target search area.
Excellent tips on how to prevent your pet from becoming lost as well as how to develop a plan to ensure rapid recovery.
National organization that has set up community based pet services including lost pet web listings for your city.
Sells animal handling gear, including humane traps for both dogs and cats and amplified listening devices.

We list some lost dog tips in each adoption folder -- tell Mama she is free to print those in the blog if she wishes.

Auntie Robin

Friday, October 15, 2010

Reminders reminders reminders...LOST DOG advice

When the unthinkable happens, don't give into panic.

10 tips to find your lost dog.

1. Realize that time is of the essence. Mobilize immediately.
2. Search your entire house. Crinkle treat bags, call your pet by name. If they are hiding they will come out
3. Dog tend to move in circles. Start with your immediate neighbors. Show them a picture of the missing dog and enlarge the circle block by block. Check bushes, porches and shrubs, sheds and garages because some pets get locked in accidentally.
4. Call your animal control agencies, private and municipal shelters and all rescue groups within a 30 mile radius of your home and yes, call your police department as well.
5. Make a flyer which you should hand out at vets offices, pet stores, groomers, dog park and dog runs, supermarkets, rescue groups, etc.
6.Post it on line. Start with:

Twitter,Facebook, all the geographically close dog blogs, time to network!

7. Daily visits to the local shelters because your description might not match your injured pet.

8. If your pet is microchipped, contact your microchip company.

9. Walk around your neighborhood, keep on walking in that circular path, keep asking neighbors to keep an eye out.

10. Don't give up.

For more tips go to:

Mh. I should be looking into how one tags a momma.... Where is she anyway? her groomer. 'bout time. She was looking rather...
Skizzy. Yes it's a new word. I invented it. You can use it.


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Suffolk , NY approves animal abuse registry bill

Suffolk approves animal abuse registry bill

We hail the Suffolk County Legislature (NY) for unanimously approving a bill which created a law establishing a county registry for animal abuse offenders.

This new law, the first of its kind in the nation, allows the county to create a public registry of convicted animal abusers. A searchable database containing the names, aliases, addresses and photographs of animal abusers is patterned after the state's sex offender registry. The convicted abusers will pay a $50 annual fee for upkeep of the registry, and those who fail to register will be charged $1,000 or face jail time.

A companion bill is scheduled for a public hearing and it would require pet stores and animal shelters to check the registry before allowing anyone to purchase or adopt an animal. Passage as law would prohibit pet stores from selling an animal to a convicted abuser.

The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals deals with over 2,000 animal abuse cases in the county per year, and Roy Gross who heads the group reminds us that “Most serial killers began as animal abusers,” he said. “It's a known fact: people who hurt animals hurt people too."

How true. Anyone else picking up the clue phone? Suffolk VA are you inspired?
I dare to hope so.


It is time, America, it is time...

whoooa Fancy BUGGY!

Check out the fancy buggy parked in the front yard of our neighbor's house. The must have a huge dog. Mhh I don't think I have ever seen it. But, if they don't have a large dog, who is the buggy for?

I don't know. Something strange is going on all over my neighborhood. Ghost dining rooms, big huge buggies for ?... Is Halloween seeping into everything?


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Ghost Dining Room

For days and days and days now I have been fascinated with something I see in the window of the breakfast room. It sort of slows down my eating breakfast because I am just trying to figure it out. Today I got my 2 leggeds involved. I had to. I was not making any sense of this.

Check it out... Deep in our backyard, past the herb garden... there is a ghost dining room. Seriously. It only shows up in the morning, but don't bother running outside to check it because it "vanishes". It is not there when you are there. I have sniffed every inch of that yard... no dining room smell or anything! It is only there when you are inside. And it is really a complete mirror image of our dining room.... which is on the left side of the house! It even shows up the chairs..., the walls... it is just strange. Finally, after days and days of my watching it, i got momma and nonna involved. Spoooooooookyyyyyy!

I mean, think about it.... we are seeing the left side of our house, from the right side of our house...OUTSIDE. Can our neighbors see our ghost dining room? Does it only appear to us?
How "holloweeny...."


Mh. Do you think there is a ghost family that is a duplicate of us??? What is the name of those people... Ghostcatchers? no.... wait Ghosthunters! I need to call those guys and get this whole thing figured out.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Moi moi moi!!!!!

My auntie Darlene, the artist, came over yesterday and brought us this FABBBBBB portrait of moi! I am grateful, flattered and utterly amazed at her talent.
I have written about auntie Darlene and her talents in the past. Aside from the fact that she is a Bichon momma, auntie Darlene spends a lot of her time working on projects to raise money for Tidewater Bichon Frise Rescue. You should see the neat stuff that she works on for the different events. I have to tell you, I do love her. I think I showed her that, when she came over.

Hey JD, you are not the only one with an oil painting of himself! I have one too! HA.

Momma, I would like you to find a wall. I would like a wall of moi. You know, something appropriate. How about you get rid of those framed whatevers in the study that all look boring and alike and with seals etc... OH? whatever.. diplomas, court junk, and replace them with moi moi and moi... I am cuter. I am way more fun... and you could enjoy moi every single moment!

Thank you auntie Darlene.

Ocean front property is bird real estate

No matter where I look, anywhere near the ocean, the common theme seems to be birds. They are everywhere. All kinds. From the rock dwellers, to the bush dwellers, to the marching birds. Where do they all come from? There are so many of them. I have to wonder, do they all speak the same bird language?

So strange. Momma won't let me collect the loose feathers I find. So why do the birds leave them all over?


Monday, October 11, 2010

Things you see at the beach...

Mhhh, is that really where this two legged wants to nap? Strange place. Moi, I am all about the pillows. I need something comfy under my tush. What about you? Do you see the value of a great pillow and lots of softness under you? But I suppose the view is incredible, so this 2legged made some interesting compromises. Can I point something out? I get the same view from my buggy and... I sit on a nice pillow in the buggy. Just saying....


Sunday, October 10, 2010

3 dog tongues at the ocean view art show

Hot hot hot. But it was very very very fun. And sharing the hot dog with momma the miser, was good. Next time, can I have my own? And while we are at it, I choose to call my "hot dog" ....ehmmm "human tail". What???? How is that more offensive than hot dog????


Perspective and chill pills

Dearest momma,

Do you know how crazy you got when I rolled in the grass? You got really nutsy. Shockingly so. I thought I offer you some perspective.
My "roll" was just that. It did not produce a change in color (like when JD jumped into the pig's ears display,right after he was groomed turning into a brown Bichon), or make me look like a Saint Patrick float prop like Polly in this picture.

My grassy roll was an innocent celebration of natural exuberance. You over reacted. Auntie Robin took Polly's greening as something to laugh at. Not you...You went crazy. Dori says you needed to take a chill pill. So, in the interest of peace, for future references, in which freezer are these blessed pills stored in? Are they even in a freezer? Maybe if daddy could put one where we could reach it, next time we could make sure you have it available before you lose your cool. (I never knew humans were so thermo challenged.)

In any case, chill out. Can we forget this brushing out thing? (wonder if a chill pill would help you forget that. Mhhh wonder what else they would work on.....)
Call me the chiller

Saturday, October 9, 2010

MSU press release on Blue Buffalo

While Blue Buffalo is voluntarily recalling their tainted product and downplaying the effects, below is the MSU Press Release verbatim so that you can be fully informed.

MSU researchers link pet food, dog illnesses nationwide

MSU Press Release - A team of researchers at Michigan State University has discovered a group of illnesses reported in dogs across the country is linked to a specific brand of dog food from the Blue Buffalo Co. Veterinarians from across the country recently began sending samples from dogs with elevated levels of calcium in their blood to MSU's Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health, director Carole Bolin said. The sick dogs had increased thirst and urination, and some of them also suffered weight loss, loss of appetite and signs of kidney damage. Endocrinologists with the Diagnostic Center, a service unit of the College of Veterinary Medicine, soon noticed the pattern and found a common factor: All 16 dogs whose samples were tested had very high levels of vitamin D in their blood and were fed a diet of Blue Buffalo's Wilderness Chicken Recipe. The diagnostic center is cooperating with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration on a n investigation into the brand, Bolin said.

"The only reason we were able to identify the pattern is because of the vast national resource our center has become," said Bolin, who added her lab performs more than 1.3 million tests a year. "Because of our nationwide reach and expertise, we were able to discover this and notify the proper authorities. "

It is routine for veterinarians across the country to contact the center for specialized testing to explore the causes of clinical conditions. In this specific case, all the dogs were found to have very high levels of vitamin D in their serum, a quite unusual finding. Endocrinologist Kent Refsal picked up on the pattern of cases and began to investigate. The affected dogs ranged in age from 8 months to 8 years. There were three mixed-breed dogs and 13 purebred dogs. The samples originated from eight states: Michigan, Texas, Colorado, Wisconsin, California, Illinois, North Dakota and Utah. In addition to the testing, there was either a brief written history and/or communication with the referring veterinarian to discuss the possible sources of excess vitamin D. Dogs seem to recover when the diet is changed, Bolin said, and there have not been any reported deaths related to the diet.

For additional information for veterinarians, please refer to this document: Hypervitaminosis D

http://www.animalhe alth.msu. edu/News/ Announcements. php#78/r: t

are YOU kidding me?

Watch out for momma. she is armed with a brush, a comb, sore sort of spray and... bows!
EEEEEEK I don't want want to get fluffed out. I want autonomy. That means I want to be left alone. She has been on a quest for two days now and I am almost ready to say... send me to Blue Haven because at least I will get 2 rides out of that and a treat or two and Miss Margie is nice.
Momma thinks I should sit still for her while she "tries" to fluff me out.

Here is the deal.... Momma... I am not some "project" you can attempt. I don't mind having the professional go at it, but you are not that person, you are momma.

Please, somebody give her something to do so she is busy and not bored and I can be left alone...
I am taking refuge in nonna's arms while keeping my eye on the momma... I can and will bolt, IF I have to.

Amateurs, their ambition exceeds their talent.... always

Friday, October 8, 2010

Voluntary recall and letter Blue Buffalo Dog Food

October 8, 2010

Dear Fellow Pet Parent,

At Blue Buffalo, nothing is more important than the health and well being of our dogs and cats, so it's consistent with this guiding principle that we are voluntarily recalling specific production runs of our Wilderness Chicken-Dog, Basics Salmon-Dog and Large Breed Adult Dog products, as we have reason to believe that the products from these runs may contain a higher level of Vitamin D than is called for in our product specifications.

We came to this conclusion after discovering that our ingredient supplier had made a scheduling error and produced a Vitamin D supplement immediately prior to preparing the ingredients for the BLUE products that are in question. We believe that some of the Vitamin D supplement may have been carried over into our products, resulting in more Vitamin D than is called for in our formulas.
While the potential of increased Vitamin D presents no serious health risk, and any negative reaction to these products has been confined to a very small segment of the canine population who appear to be sensitive to higher levels of Vitamin D, we have a zero tolerance for any product that does not meet our specifications. I think you'll agree that our decision to withdraw these specific products is simply the right thing to do.

From a next steps standpoint, all products with the specific manufacturing dates in question will be removed from retailer's shelves. If you have any products with the codes shown below you should stop feeding them immediately.You may call Blue Buffalo at
1-877-523-9114 to arrange for return of the product and reimbursement.

These are the ONLY code dates being recalled:
Product Bag Size Best Used By Dates
BLUE Wilderness Chicken (Dog) 4.5 lb., 11 lb., 24lb. JUL1211B, JUL1311B, JUL2611Z, JUL2711Z, JUL2811Z
BLUE Basics Salmon (Dog) 11 lb., 24 lb. AUG2111B, AUG2211B
BLUE Large Breed Adult Chicken 30 lb. SEP 22 11 P, SEP 23 11 P, OCT 26 11 P

This Vitamin D issue does not effect any other code dates of these products or any other Blue Buffalo dog or cat foods. In addition, new bags of Wilderness Chicken, Basics Salmon and Large Breed Adult Chicken will be available on the shelves so you can continue to feed BLUE with complete confidence.

If your dog has shown any adverse reaction to the recalled products, have him checked by your veterinarian. Typical symptoms might include excessive water intake and/or excessive urination, and in some cases vomiting. Blue Buffalo will reimburse any veterinary or testing expenses related to illness caused by these products.
As Blue Buffalo is a family founded and run company, I am personally very upset about this and apologize for any discomfort or inconvenience that this situation has caused you or your pet family members. Product quality and safety have been, and always will be our top priority, and we've taken some serious corrective action to insure that this type of human error will never happen again.

Bill Bishop

A roll in the always followed by a bath...

Sigh! Momma is weird. She has some serious issues. The Gardner cut the grass. I love the smell of freshly cut grass. I love it so so much. It is a new fresh smell, so... At the very first opportunity I treated myself to a wonderful roll in the grass. It smelled as great as it felt. Little damp, very nice. It felt cool and that was a plus since it was getting warm outside. Everything was right in my world until I came back in the house. I was two feet away from momma when her nose wrinkled up. Sometimes I think she is part Bichon as far as her sniffing ...
That dreaded word came out of her. You know the word... "bath" followed by the deadly combo of words. "You need a bath, now!"

Well, I beg to differ. I do not want or need a bath. Let's be accurate. You, momma, want me to have a bath. I need to be left alone.

Logic does not work with that woman. When her nose gets all wrinkly, her brain goes on hiatus. She goes on auto pilot. Before you can think she has you covered in foam. ( note to self....cappuccino foam is yummy- bath foam is NOT I hope I remember that before I taste it again, but that is different post..)

To make a long story short, convalescing momma dispatched her "minion" daddy to do her foaming deed and there we were, daddy and I, both reluctant victims of momma's nose with brain on hiatus. I must admit, I cooperated with daddy because, I felt as sorry for him as I did for myself. And now I sit here wet, unbrushed, looking at momma. Interesting, her nose is back to normal, and nooooo way Jose I am not going near her. She has a brush. She says I will look unkept. I am not sure what that means, I don't care.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

OK Go - White Knuckles - Official Video

So how incredibly cool are these guys? I love them and the fact that they have rescued dogs just makes me think they would adore me.

I wish I had a pic of them with their autographs. Yes, I am at that age you know...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Notes and thoughts

Kineahora Rachel Zoe!!!!!!!
Monogramed diapers and blinged out baby rattles. BA (wait for it). NANAS!

We wish you much joy and health. Eat. Has honey stopped feeling the ticking of the biological clock?

Yes, you all know I am a Rachel fan.

Proposition B Campaign

I am a proud rescued dog. I was on my way to a puppy mill. I was RESCUED. Many many good 2leggeds made it happen and my family is grateful to each and everyone of them. Blessings to you all! Tidewater Bichon Frise Rescue THANK YOU! I am loved, safe, cared for and I am happy. See my toys?

This issue is important to me.
A message to the 3000 Missouri Puppy Mills operators.

We support, promote and encourage everyone to do the same, the efforts of the Humane Society of the United States and it's partner the Missourians for the Protection of Dogs/YES! on Prop B campaign They are joining together in an effort to raise the $200,000 to air a special television commercial that will help thousands of dogs in puppy mills. CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, et all, it would not hurt you one bit to kick in some $$$$! If enough funds are raised, the ad will run during popular TV shows including “American Idol,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Oprah Winfrey,” “CSI” and others.

Why? Because we need to educate people not to support puppy milling and Missouri has 3000 puppy mills which produce puppies that outfits like the Hunte Corporation transport in horrible conditions to pet stores everywhere . Live puppies are treated as "products" and treated as such with acceptable "losses" of life for the sake of the almighty dollar. This is a conspiracy of greed and does not have room for decency, compassion, kindness. Puppy mill operators exploit helpless animals . Puppy mill conditions are beyond horrific. IT IS TIME TO END PUPPY MILLING IN AMERICA. North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, etc etc... You are next. Take note.

This commercial is a small first step is aimed at helping puppy mill dogs by reforming Missouri’s puppy mills. It advocates establishing common sense standards for the proper care of dogs, but this measure won’t pass without our help. Let's make it happen!

In order to help this worthy cause, watch the new ad at
and then make a donation.

Let's do it America, I know, I know.... UNFORTUNATELY there are still people who don't know about puppy mills... hey there are still smokers too!


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The car wash post Fav re-run!

House on .... wheels?

OK, check this out. All this time I thought momma was making crazy talk...You know, when I "aggravate" her... she says things like: " I will send you for a walk with your daddy and when you both come back the house and I will be gone."
I always thought that was the funniest empty threat I had ever heard...until yesterday.
Look at this pic. This is what daddy and I saw. He took the pic on his cell phone.
This house is being moved. Yes, moved. On wheels, on the go.
Think that lady was "aggravated"?
Think she has a 4 legged and a husband somewhere who have no idea they are coming back to an empty lot?

Momma... please, don't move the house. We like our corner.

Oy- 2leggeds...

Monday, October 4, 2010

what's your fav post?

100,000 hits

a dog, [moi] her blog,
1500 posts
100,000 hits

Mhhh I am in a better mood.
I am letting my personality sparkle through.

Let the celebration begin.

What's your favorite post?


100,000 marker

THANK YOU to all 100,000



Today we reached 100,000 hits. Neither of us (of the 2-or 4-legged varieties) thought we'd get to this point, but we're thrilled to be here. Thank you wonderful readers, double thanks to those have become friends.

Bark in the Park..... or NOT....

So.... yesterday was supposed to be BARK IN THE PARK. Yes, the Bark In The Park. The once a year extravaganza in Chesapeake where anyone who is anyone is seen, heard and talked about. I woke up extra early, figuring we would be getting dressed and I would need a little extra time to negotiate my outfit choices. I was going to put my paw down this time. No matchy matchy outfits with The Wendy. She is older than I am by 2 yrs and to dress us alike is ridiculous! I had this hot number all picked out. It has a laced up corset and ribbons galore. I was even going to insist that my rain coat be reversed to the aqua side so that we could avoid that matchy thing. I read Estetica Italia so I could style my outfit perfectly well. This year it is all about the bangs you know...

I ate my breakfast and waited. Yes, I was aware that momma would not join us. She is convalescing [fancy word for she is broken and trying to get fixed]. I was aware that there would be no baked good from momma at Bark in the Park, and while that is strange... I adjusted my expectation. I figured I would get more buggy time with daddy, and more table time with Auntie Robin.

And so I waited. And waited. And waited. It looked to me as if nobody was making any move to get dressed. There was lots of talk about rain, lots of talk about mud and lots and lots of talk about wet, mucky, buggy weather. Someone better spray me with anti frizz... and clip one of those anti bug things to my buggy. None of that stuff worried me. My new ride is awwwwsome. It is screened, ventilated and completely rain proof. Big wheels and nice suspension, so none of the aforementioned [ding for new word usage!] issues would be impacting me. I plotted my grand entrance and my debut at the Tidewater Bichon Frise Rescue Booth. I practiced the perfect tail wag and the perfect head toss. That effort will get me one or two bags of Liver Lips... And I WAITED. Come on people.... we always get there early, let's go...

Nobody moved. Daddy finally told us he was taking us for a ride. A Ride????? DUDE!!! IT IS PARK IN THE PARK DAY!!!! Ride me all the way there! And have you forgotten my new blingy thing and my harness with the angel wings???? Have you all gone mad??? Look I am even willing to do the stupid Halloween contest and put on the costume... let's go to the Park in the Park!!!

I swear it felt as if I was trapped in one of those Fellini movies. you know the kind, where the protagonist is completely disconnected from the plot that evolves. Alone in his vision and his despair he talks about his struggle while the other characters go on as if he was not there.
Yup, that is an accurate representation of how I felt.

I asked Wendy and JD... Both snorted at me that it was pouring and that it has been raining for days. DUH. What, was I living on the moon? I know the weather has been horrible. But PARK in THE PARK.... and that is when , between bites of apple, momma said, in a very nonchalant way... "Hmm they canceled Bark in The Park. New date will be announced."

Excuuuuuuuuse me? Canceled? Are you kidding? Can they do that???? OMD I now know what ferklempt is.

And there you have it. The phrase that sucked the life out of me. Canceled on the count of rain.
New date TBA. TBA.... to be announced, just like that. I waited 365 days and they canceled it.
Poof. Ok who are these "THEY"??? names, phone numbers?????

And will someone please have a chat with Mother Nature. First she gave us snow... here in VA. Then she cooked us with temps in the 100s... for days and days making this summer too hot to be outside. And now this non stop rain. I think her thermostat thingie is broken and she should just call our ac guy and get the thing fixed. I mean.... Bark in Park, was canceled... Enough with the rain! Instead of running around on TV with boxes of feminine products to torment young girls, Mother Nature should start minding the weather and doing what she is supposed to be doing! Someone had to say it to her.

And so I sit here. Empty. Disillusioned. and I am watching... more rain coming down...