Friday, August 31, 2012


 I am going to shock you now and tell you about a horrible behavior my hooman sister tries to engage in. 

Yup, Dowi... I am going to out you. Brace yourself. You have it coming. AIR PETTING. 

You have no idea what I am talking about? Mhhh???? Air petting... This is where she pretends to be petting me while actually "stroking air" about a quarter of an inch away from my body. She creates the expectation of a great rub down and then watches me as I try to wait her out...

I mean.. Oh heck, what's the point???? Just to torture me?

So, I have learned... she gets one minute to get over it, then I walk away and will not even look at her. Air petting is NOT ok. I will not tolerate it.

Dowi, you want to engage in "tricks"?  Try this one!

I would love to know... from this puppy...dude, how many treats a day do you get that way? Can you teach my hooman that trick?

Here is hoping Dowi reads this and ....evolves beyond air petting??? 


I have to ask....

This picture comes from Karol_Hodges_from_Laramie__WY_full.jpg (604×453)

What were you guys up to???????  Smiles like those scream .... "UP TO NO GOOOOOOODDD"

But I bet it was FUN.


Thursday, August 30, 2012


Oh heck no! 
I am not allowing this stupid thing in MY HOUSE. I am NOT living a BIG BROTHER life. 

Of all the peeping tom, stalkarazzi...

Furiously looking through my copies of the pocket Constitution, [thank dogness it is all on puter else I would be beggin for thumbs!] my copy of the pocket Bill of Rights... Wait... having a DROP DEAD DIVA moment  ... 1967 case in  the United States Supreme Court ... Katz v. United States-- that's the case!

Fourth Amendment--- Everyone has a reasonable expectation of privacy in their home. I am sticking to my guns.

That thing gets in here, I WILL TAKE IT DOWN so help me DOG!


If you don't like it... TAKE ME ON! See you in Court!

Upholding the rights of dogs everywhere! Hey if corporations can be "people" so can dogs! 
The irony of it all.. KATZ... not DOGS... Katz... life!

Oh My DOG! who left these where she could find them!

You can see how humiliating the experience was....

Yup... it is abuse... Hope Auntie Robin sees this...

I was thinking revenge here...

Poor JD... Schlomo... OY....

Heads will roll.  I thought I had buried these pics very well.  The infamous Gittel and Schlomo series...

Someone will pay for this ... Yes they will...


She says

that she loves me...

that I am the moon in her night sky...

that my eyes melt her heart...

that my sense of joy is contagious...

that my joie de vivre makes her heart sing...

that my snuggles melt the ick out of the day...

that my kisses are miracles...

that my wags are welcoming

that my curls are wonderful

she says she loves me.

Ehhh... does she love me enough?

If she did, don't you think she would have shared some corned beef?

Momma... I think you are all talk.

PROVE you love me.

There is some corned beef left.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Look, see?

Rubbing my belly is very calming!

Look how calm I am!


get IN da PINK

Please DON'T buy this!

Photo: Please, please, please do not feed your dogs Beneful. We know Beneful is a major cause of skin and ear allergies, but most of the summer dogs have been becoming deathly ill after eating Beneful. Some with seizures, some severe GI distress, some organ failure and some even died. Purina should win an academy award for all its fancy advertising that would brainwash you into thinking Beneful was good for your dogs. Exactly the opposite is true. See all these consumer complaints on the link. If you need advice in choosing a safe and healthy food, our staff is well trained in nutritional counseling and we can help you make a good decision

Do we need to say more????


Wordless Wednesday

We are quiet and watching the news and weather and thinking and hoping and praying that Isaac go away already!   We are far from it and yet we had a lot of rain and thunder last night. 

Everything is soaked.
Please everyone be safe.
We are thinking of you.

A year ago we were in the midst of a hurricane, we had a tornado and an earthquake, all in the same week.

Hang in there. 

Our prayers and thoughts with you

'vie and family

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ice Cream Truck?

Clearly, dude does NOT know auntie Robin, captain of the food police.

We know all about the ice cream truck. We "know" it exists from the racket it makes as it stalks the neighborhood. But are we ever allowed anywhere near it? NOOOOO!

Don't ever bother asking why not. The momma will start some sort of chant in some chem lingo... goes something like:

I am not boo hissing over this though. The one time someone who shall go nameless got me some ice cream and I got the worst belly ache ever... And in all honesty we get sorbet, home made and it is to die for and it does not kill you...

Next week for Tasteee Tuesday I might make the momma post the recipe for sorbet...

And dude, you are kind of "fluffy"... and be careful, I don't want you to get run over while trolling for ice cream.


Must I be true to my breed? 

Soooo, Bichons are the top friendliest dogs according to that article. 

It is so hard to be me. I am all Bichon. I am cute. I would not call myself "friendly" to strangers. In fact... I am not fond of being touched by anyone I don't know. I don't know where those hands have been... 

And I had a bad experience. Someone tried to steal me from momma. 

So... if you are a stranger, let's be polite and respect personal space, please.

But now... I have to make a real effort to live up to the hype. Sigh.

JD is the greeter and social butterfly of our group. He loves being petted by female humans. He is all about lotion, perfume, painted toe nails... and sun dresses and sandals. We wonder about him. We wonder a lot... Momma says he has the soul of an old sailor. Kind of a strange statement, that boy does not give a hoot about ships or uniforms... it's all about the women with him... who knows what momma means.

All right. I am willing to try and be "friendlier". I will go into my TBFR ambassador mode.  Just the same, let's keep it real. No kissing and no puffing my belly.  That kind of intimacy is for my pack.

Like I said... it is not easy being me!

Tasteeee Tuesday: Pumpkin Biscotti Gluten Free


for doggies AND their HUMANS !

2 eggs
½ cup of plain canned pumpkin
2   ½ cups of gluten free flour mix **
½ tsp sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla 
½ cup of honey
¼ cup of water
2 TBSP canola oil
1 tsp cinnamon
¼  tsp of baking powder
¼  tsp of baking soda


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and blend well.

You want a workable dough which you can then divide  into two equal pieces. Depending on the humidity, you might need to add a bit of “GT flour mix ” to make the dough NOT too sticky.

Shape the dough into two  logs, about 3 inches wide and 12 inches long. Flatten on top. Place about 4 inches apart on baking sheet. We like lining our sheets with parchment, but you can use a silicone sheet or a non stick foil.  [easy peasy clean up!]

Bake the “loaves” for 35-45 minutes or until firm

Cool for a 6-8  minutes, and then

Slice the dough into biscotti-,use a serrated knife, cut on the diagonal--  slices about 1/4 to 1/2 inch in thickness.

Bake for another 20 minutes or so. If you want these to be crunchier, turn off the heat and leave them in the oven for another 10 minutes or so.

For the HOOOOOMANS…. You can sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on the slices as they “firm up”.

Cool and store in a sealed container. I store them in the freezer for long term use, or in the fridge for use within the week.

(this is my gluten free  baking “flour” mix :
1 cup sorghum flour (or brown rice flour)
+ 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
 + 1/4 cup tapioca starch
+ 1/4 cup quinoa flour)

These are proportions that you can double or triple… I like mixing a large amount and storing it ion my freezer for use.

a Note to my friend Bacon... I am sorry, she made me use your likeness... for a recipe with NO BACON in it!!!! DRAT. 

Yes, if you are too too to make them, you can buy them at BARK IN THE PARK!!!!!  It's comingggggg!!!!


Monday, August 27, 2012

Winner winner chicken dinner????? Yes??? DRAT

Mhh  I am hungry. Let's eat.  Wwwwwwhat do you do you mean No?  Vas is NO?  I am the PET of the week winner.  Do you not pay attention to DWTS?  Yeaa... Dancing with the stars woman...
"WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER" the say that all the time!  You know why?  Cause it's true!

Now put of of them chicken pot pies bad boys down for me. I am winner, I get the chicken dinner!

Again with the no. Allright, I am nothing but flexible. How about a booberry cherry raspberry pie?

A baby apple pie?

Oh I am getting seriously fed up with that word. Noo? Booooooooh to you! I am now sulking, is that what you wanted?

I don't want to hear that lame brain 'xcuse...Calories.... Make it without the calories!  I love crust.... gimme crust.

Fine, know this.  Hell knows no fury like this puppy's scorn!!!!

'vie for the time being... I will be changing my name....

THANK YOU Hickory VET Hospital

We won PET OF THE WEEK in the Hickory Veterinary Hospital contest.  How cool is that?

I have said before, we love our vet. but that stick in the butt thing, that's got to go... I am just NOT down with THAT.

Dr. K,  thank you for making the world aware that us "rescued" dogs are not second class citizens. We did not fail life, it failed us.

After a short celebratory weekend [National Dog Day] it was very nice to find that we are Pet of the Week.

I will tell you a secret.  We whined about National Dog Day. But, honestly I felt the tiniest wee bit guilty for demanding full adoration.... because... I was only asking what I get daily. Sooo, not so much of a stretch for the momma who assures me that she could not find a National Dog Day card at the store. Aha... how did that happen? I mean those greeting card makers have cards for burps and hiccups... what a lapse... what a missed opportunity... And why is there NO gifting tradition that goes with this holiday.  You know... swag???? Something like the seven days of Hanukkah??? Momma said something about donating to a shelter. Fine, I am not arguing with that.  

We need to raise the consciousness of the world for this very important holiday.

I know, Isaac, the political convention.. Lolly's wedding shower... lots of competing interests, but honestly, nothing is more important than YOUR beloved dog!  Get real, world.  Get your priorities straight.

Ahhh post breakfast chill out. If only she could stop to rub my belly right this second....  Hey... momma, I am pet of the week... how about some respect... RUB my belly!!!  What does one have to do around here to get some loving? 


Sunday, August 26, 2012

it's the law! Do it! NATIONAL DOG DAY- Celebrate ME!

Now, let the adoration begin! Can you fake it?  Worship me for one day? Celebrate my cuteness, my wit, my fluffitude, my tailness?

No, NOT like every day.

You have to make an effort and make this a SPECIAL day!  It's the law!  It's NATIONAL DOG DAY!

You are out of ideas? [I can't even look at you. I am so ashamed that you would even say that]

Here ... I will throw you some clues... you pick.  You can do it.

1.Belly rub
2. Ride
3. Treat
4. Buggy Ride
5. Shopping
7. Tug of war
8.  Nap on YOU.
9.  Turkey Jerky!
10. more belly rubs
11. stuffies
12. chewies
13. liveraces...
15. more rides!

That's your start. IT IS ALL about me..., I don't want to make compromises. ME ME ME ME  oh yea and the JD and the Wendy too. They are Dogs, after all!

CELEBRATE YOUR DOG, hoooman, it's the law!


You better like me....

because I am your best friend.  Hoomans acting dog like... hahahahaha...

But cute video. Nice ride!


Saturday, August 25, 2012

'Vie's wisdom- SHARED

Dog lessons for their TWO leggeds

Run and play daily because it keeps you young.
Enjoy the simple pleasure of a walk.

Love unconditionally and without fear. 
Forgive quickly and move on.
And choose to forget some things.

Trust your instincts
Be loyal, faithful and true, but
more than anything 
be loving

Life is short and unpredictable, live in the moment.

Never forget you are part of a pack and you know you are never alone.

Pet often. Touch. Kiss. Hug. Never underestimate the value of a belly rub
Nothing feels as good as that.
You have hands- USE them

Share the intimacy of silence and the passion of a good conversation even when that conversation is in the form of a fetch the ball exchange.

Treat others  as you want to be treated.

Know what you need, know what you want and know the difference. Then keep digging until you find what you want

Accept all of life's treats with gratitude and 

PS. Want to rub my belly now?


FDA Questions and Answers Regarding Jerky Pet Treats--UPDATE

This is the actual FDA post with the new portions highlighted:

Product Safety Information - Questions and Answers Regarding Jerky Pet Treats

Questions and Answers Regarding Jerky Pet Treats

Updated August 15, 2012

Why did FDA issue a cautionary update in November 2011?
In 2011, FDA saw an increase in the number of complaints it received of dog illnesses associated with consumption of chicken jerky products imported from China.
FDA previously issued a cautionary warning regarding chicken jerky products to consumers in September 2007 and a Preliminary Animal Health Notification in December of 2008. The number of complaints being received dropped off during the latter part of 2009 and most of 2010. However in 2011, FDA once again started seeing the number of complaints rise to the levels of concern that prompted release of our earlier warnings.
Since the issuance of the CVM Update on November 18, 2011, the agency has received numerous additional complaints regarding chicken jerky products.

Types of Jerky Pet Treat Products

What are the products involved?
The cautionary update issued in November 2011 specifically refers to chicken jerky products that are imported from China. These dried chicken jerky products, intended for dogs, may also be sold as tenders, strips or treats.
Has the agency received reports of illness associated with other types of jerky treats?
Yes. More recently (2012), the product-associated complaints have expanded to other jerky pet treat products such as duck and sweet potato jerky treats. Our investigation now includes these types of jerky treat products.
Are there specific brands we should be concerned about?
No specific products have been recalled because a definitive cause has not been determined. The FDA continues to actively investigate the problem and its origin. If the FDA identifies the cause, the agency will take appropriate action and notify the public.
Why aren’t these products being taken off the market?
There is nothing preventing a company from conducting a voluntary recall. It is important to understand that unless a contaminant is detected and we have evidence that a product is adulterated, we are limited in what regulatory actions we can take. The regulations don't allow for products to be removed based on complaints alone. This is an ongoing investigation and FDA will notify the public if a recall is initiated. Currently, FDA continues to urge pet owners to use caution with regard to jerky pet treat products.
Are previously submitted Consumer Complaints regarding jerky pet treat products available to view?
Yes. The following is a list of jerky pet treat product complaints received by FDA's District Consumer Complaint Coordinators (CCC's) between January 1, 2007 - July 2, 2012. These records only comprise complaints received by CCC's and do not include reports received through FDA's electronic Safety Reporting Portal (SRP) system.
The spreadsheet lists a "country of origin" (C.O.O.) column. A few entries list the United States as the C.O.O. This is not correct. The distributor is located in the U.S. but the manufacturer is located in China. In addition, one entry lists, “Afghanistan," as the C.O.O. It should indicate, "China," in the C.O.O. column. Freedom of Information laws require records to be released “as is” regardless of any perceived errors (either manual or human).

Testing of Jerky Pet Treat Products

What is FDA testing for?
Since 2007, FDA has been actively investigating the cause of illness in pets reported in association with the consumption of chicken jerky products. More recently (2012), the product-associated complaints have expanded to other jerky pet treat products such as duck and sweet potato jerky treats. Samples have been tested by FDA laboratories, by the Veterinary Laboratory Response Network (Vet-LRN), and by other animal health diagnostic laboratories in the U.S for multiple chemical and microbiological contaminants.
Product samples were tested for Salmonella, metals, furans, pesticides, antibiotics, mycotoxins, rodenticides, nephrotoxins (such as aristolochic acid, maleic acid, paraquat, ethylene glycol, diethylene glycol, toxic hydrocarbons, melamine and related triazines) and were screened for other chemicals and poisonous compounds. DNA verification was conducted on these samples to confirm the presence of poultry in the treats. Samples have also been submitted for nutritional composition (which includes glycerol concentrations), vitamin D excess and enterotoxin analysis. Some samples from recent cases (2011-2012) have been submitted for multiple tests and we are awaiting results. More samples are in the process of being collected for testing.
What are the results of testing?
Samples collected from all over the United States have been tested for a wide variety of substances and to date, scientists have not been able to determine a definitive cause for the reported illnesses. For detailed analysis of laboratory samples, please see the following spreadsheet.
Does the above spreadsheet include all of FDA’s laboratory sample results?
No. The test results made public are from testing conducted by FDA's Office of Regulatory Affairs and represent samples analyzed domestically in the field - from consumer complaints, inspections, or assignments. This does not represent all testing that has and is being conducted by FDA. Additional, non-regulatory testing is being conducted at other FDA laboratories or collaborating institutions to try to identify the root cause(s) for the reported illnesses. Several method development initiatives are underway to investigate additional toxic substances for which no standard methods are currently available.
Has there been any indication that metal contamination in chicken jerky products may be the cause of illness in dogs?
FDA’s previous testing of chicken jerky product samples did not show toxic levels of metals. In addition, results from March 2012 toxic metal analyses, which included tests for heavy metals, have again shown samples of chicken jerky products to be negative for toxic metals.
Is FDA contracting with private labs to conduct some of the testing of chicken jerky treats?
Yes, FDA issued a solicitation in March 2012 for private diagnostic labs to submit quotes on conducting analysis of the nutritional composition of 30 chicken jerky treat samples icon
Does this mean that you are no longer testing for other possible contaminants?
No, the FDA is not limiting their testing to one laboratory analysis (nutritional composition). We are submitting samples to multiple laboratories and testing for multiple things including potential toxins.
Is all of the testing of chicken jerky treats being done through contracts with private labs?
No. Testing is being done at FDA laboratories as well.
What type of nutritional analysis is being conducted?
We are testing for fatty acids, crude fiber, glycerol, protein, ash and moisture.
Why are you doing testing of nutritional composition of chicken jerky treats?
We are testing samples, in part, to determine the concentration of glycerin in the various products. Moisture content is needed to calculate concentration on a dry weight basis. FDA is evaluating the ratios of the various components in the sample treats.
What some might describe as “routine” analysis can often provide FDA with important leads. It is important to understand the composition of a product and its ingredients to determine where there might be a potential for problems to occur. For example, during the pet food contamination investigation, FDA looked carefully at all the ingredients and it was later discovered that melamine was being used to raise the level of the protein in the products. Without a clear understanding of all the ingredients in a product, FDA cannot conduct a thorough analysis or investigation. In addition, hiring private laboratories to conduct “routine” analyses allows FDA to focus it's efforts on “non-routine” analyses.

Advice to Pet Owners and Consumers

Should I stop feeding chicken jerky treats to my dog?
Chicken jerky products should not be substituted for a balanced diet and are intended to be fed occasionally in small quantities.
FDA is advising consumers who choose to feed their dogs chicken jerky products to watch their dogs closely for any or all of the following signs that may occur within hours to days of feeding the products:
  • decreased appetite;
  • decreased activity;
  • vomiting;
  • diarrhea, sometimes with blood;
  • increased water consumption; and/or
  • increased urination.
If the dog shows any of these signs, stop feeding the chicken jerky product. Owners should consult their veterinarian if signs are severe or persist for more than 24 hours. Blood tests may indicate kidney failure (increased urea nitrogen and creatinine). Urine tests may indicate Fanconi-like syndrome (increased glucose).
What are the signs of illness that are being reported?
The signs that may be associated with jerky pet treat products include decreased appetite; decreased activity; vomiting; diarrhea, sometimes with blood; increased water consumption and/or increased urination. These signs may occur within hours to days of feeding the products.
Laboratory tests may indicate kidney problems, including Fanconi-like syndrome. Although many dogs appear to recover, some reports to the FDA have involved dogs that have died.
FDA continues to investigate the problem and its origin. Some of the illnesses reported may be the result of causes other than eating jerky pet treat products.
What should I do if my dog shows signs of illness after eating pet jerky treat products?
If your dog shows any of the signs listed above, stop feeding the jerky pet treat product. Owners should consult their veterinarian if signs are severe or persist for more than 24 hours.

Submitting Complaints

How can I submit a complaint associated with jerky pet treat products?
Veterinarians and consumers alike should report cases of animal illness associated with pet foods to theFDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in their state, or electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal.
More information regarding How to Report a Pet Food Complaint can be found at
What should I do with the remainder of the jerky pet treat product that may have made my dog sick?
If your pet has experienced signs of illness, please retain the opened package and remaining pieces of the jerky pet treat product that are in the original packaging. It is possible that your samples will be collected for testing. If your product samples are collected, please be sure to provide the FDA official with all of the sample that you have. The extensive testing that is being conducted may require multiple pieces from the package. It is also possible that a toxicant may be present in some of the samples in the package, but not all. We may be able to get better or more accurate testing results with a larger sample size.
After you have reported the problem to FDA, we will determine what type of follow-up is necessary and whether your particular sample will be collected for analysis.
I’ve already submitted a complaint to FDA, when will I get a response?
Every report is important to FDA. In each case, the information the consumer furnishes is evaluated to determine how serious the problem is and what follow-up is needed.
Once a consumer has filed a report with their local FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator, or electronically through our safety reporting portal, FDA will determine whether there is a need to conduct a follow-up phone call, or obtain a sample of the jerky pet treat product in question. While FDA does not necessarily respond to every individual complaint submitted, each report becomes part of the body of knowledge that helps to inform FDA on the situation or incident.
Additional information on what happens when a problem is reported can be found at the following link:
I reported a complaint to the FDA, but my sample of jerky pet treat was never tested - could I get my sample tested by a private lab?
Even though your particular sample may not be tested, your report to FDA is important. While in some cases, a sample of the product may be collected directly from the consumer, in many cases, product samples from the same lot and code will be collected from retailers, wholesalers or the manufacturer for laboratory analysis.
FDA is working with various animal health diagnostic laboratories across the U.S. to determine why these products are associated with illness in dogs. You may have your treat tested by a private laboratory if you wish; however, it may be costly to have numerous tests conducted on your sample. Please be assured that FDA continues to devote time, energy and resources at multiple levels of the agency to determine the root cause of the reported illnesses. We are hopeful that our diligent investigation and scientific collaboration will help us understand the source of the pet illnesses.


Has FDA conducted any inspections of facilities in China?
Yes. During April 2012, FDA conducted inspections of several facilities in China that manufacture jerky pet treats.
How did FDA determine which facilities to inspect in China?
FDA selected these firms for inspection because the jerky products they manufacture have been associated with some of the highest numbers of pet illness reports in the U.S.
What did the FDA learn from the inspections?
The inspections provided valuable information on the firms’ jerky pet treat manufacturing operations, including ingredients and raw materials used in manufacturing, manufacturing equipment, the heat treating of products, packaging, quality control, sanitation, and product testing. Although these inspections helped to identify additional areas that we may investigate, FDA found no evidence indicating that these firms’ jerky pet treats are the cause of pet illnesses in the United States.
Are the Establishment Inspection Reports (EIRs) available?
Were there any concerns with the recordkeeping practices of the firms?
Yes. The FDA identified concerns about the record keeping practices of several of the inspected firms. In particular, one firm falsified receiving documents for glycerin, which is an ingredient in the jerky pet treats.
As a result of the inspection, the Chinese authority, the Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), informed FDA that it had seized products at that firm and suspended exports of its products. FDA is further investigating glycerin as a potential source of the illnesses.
What is FDA doing in addition to inspecting Chinese manufacturing facilities?
In follow-up to these inspections, FDA sent a delegation to China in April to express to AQSIQ our concerns about the complaints we continue to receive concerning jerky pet treat products imported from that country. As a result, FDA and AQSIQ agreed to expand the investigation of jerky pet treats. In addition to sharing our epidemiological findings with AQSIQ, we initiated a scientific collaboration, and we have taken other steps to attempt to identify the root cause of the illness complaints. FDA and AQSIQ are meeting regularly to share findings and discuss further investigational approaches.
Has FDA reached out to any U.S. pet food firms?
Yes. FDA has met with many pet food firms in the United States to engage them in assisting with this investigation.

Additional Information

Have there been reports similar to this in other countries?
We have reached out to relevant competent authorities in other countries to request intelligence on increased reports of illness in dogs associated with consumption of chicken jerky treats, any investigations conducted, analyses conducted on suspect products, etc. We have received some feedback regarding our questions and some suggested collaboration and sharing of information.
Where can I go to get more information?


Friday, August 24, 2012


August 24, 2012 – Bil Jac Foods of Medina, Ohio has announced a voluntary dog food recall  of one of its dry products due to possible contamination with mold.
The recall is limited to the 6 pound package of its Bil Jac Adult Select Formula dry dog food with a lot code of 1792-02 and a Best By date of 27 December 2013
The company has promised to provide any and all information as testing results become available.

All information provided by Shannon  @ Bil Jac Customer Service per phone call on 8/24/2012  
For more info feel free to contact Shannon at the Customer service department (800) 321-1002 ext 239
Bil-Jac Foods
3337 Medina Road