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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Outing my family

Source: facebook.com via Jodi on Pinterest


Well well. Thank you auntie Jodi.

It seems my family is not alone in this weird ritual that makes no sense to me. I am passive about it. I just go limp. They seem to get their jollies off of lifting me up as if I was some sort of offering.

JD will struggle some, but eventually he will let them do it. but just for a second. The Wendy... nahhhh forgetaboutit. She is not about to let them lift her like that no matter. Smart girl.

Here I thought they were peculiar. Now it turns out that they are peculiarly "hoooooman". Two leggeds. Go figure.

By the way, usually this ritual is followed by a serious belly rub and usually it is NOT momma doing it. Last time... it was Adam who can really lift and get good height. I keep my eyes on his head and that keeps me from getting scared. Dowi did it over the bed... Daddy... tried and gave up. Momma knows better.

People, two leggeds, buy a doll and do this, we four leggeds do not want to be your "offerings" your "tendered prized herd presentations"... seriously... get a life!

 'vie

Facts not fiction and not hysteria ... ACT RESPONSIBLY

WHEN PROFITS ARE PLACED ABOVE SAFETY EVERYBODY LOSES


Why do we allow imports of products manufactured in China?






Present laws have allowed this: Adkins v. Nestle Purina Petcare Company et al

 http://www.topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/1797-dog-died-from-waggin-train-dog-treats-class-action-says-



 http://www.foodsafetynews.com  : 
"As Aleccia revealed previously, three main brands of chicken jerky treats appear to be connected to the mysterious illnesses in dogs: Canyon Creek Ranch or Waggin' Train jerky treats or tenders, produce by Nestle Purina PetCare Co., and Milo's Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats, made by Del Monte Corp.
 

 http://www.globalanimal.org/2012/04/06/purina-nestle-dog-treats-deadly/71639/


 http://gentletouchanimalhospital.com/tag/dog-treat-recall/;

"Last month, msnbc.com reported that FDA records showed that a log of owner and veterinarian complaints of harm referenced at least three popular brands of jerky treats: Waggin’ Train, Canyon Creek Ranch and Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats.
Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch products are produced by Nestle Purina PetCare Co. Import data compiled by the firm ImportGenius showed that those treats are produced and supplied by JOC Great Wall Corp. Ltd. of Nanjing, China.
The move comes as the FDA faces growing pressure from consumers and lawmakers to address rising numbers of illnesses blamed on the treats.
Robin Pierre, a co-founder of “Animal Parents Against Pet Treats Made in China,” has collected more than 7,000 signatures urging on a petition urging the FDA to take action and more than 2,600 on a petition taking Nestle Purina to task, she said.
Pierre, 49, of Pine Bush, N.Y., believes Waggin’ Train chicken jerky treats were responsible for the sudden death last fall of her previously health 2-year-old pug, Bella, who developed kidney failure.
“While I am happy that the FDA is in China investigating now, it never should have taken this long. Too many of our innocent and voiceless companions suffered horrific deaths and many will forever be dealing with the repercussions of falling victim to corporate greed. No animal should have ever had to die because of a ‘treat’”, she said.
In February, Brown and Kucinich sent letters to the FDA asking the agency to step up testing and inspections of the China-made products. After a meeting with Kucinich, the FDA stepped up its investigation, spokesman said, and traveled to manufacturing facilities in China."

Should we believe and rely on the pet food industry to place safety above profit? NOOOOOOOOOO And this is just one of the instances why....
 French Competition Regulators Bring Pet Food Manufacturers To Heel

IF YOU THINK THIS IS JUST HYPE, YOU ARE WRONG. IF YOU THINK YOU ARE BEING A RESPONSIBLE PET OWNER AND FEEDING YOUR PET ANY OF THE PRODUCTS MENTIONED, YOU ARE WRONG.
STOP BEING LAZY, STOP ACTING STUPID- RETURN THE TAINTED BAG OF TREATS TO THE STORE, GET A FULL REFUND, YOUR DOG'S HEALTH IS FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR OPINION. THESE ARE FACTS. NOT HYSTERIA. 

I am very very frustrated by people who think Fanconi syndrome caused by the tainted treats is just a stomach flu. It is  a deadly syndrome and it damages kidneys and liver and it kills. Your stupidity should NOT cost your dog's life.


'vie

The "chill out" dude, Mr JD

 
 
 
 

Quote of the day:

JD: "What do you take me for? I am civilized, I don't sit on grass!"

'vie

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Wendy : The white cover

 
Now if I can get her to actually let us record her when she sings, we would have something! I love her, she is beautiful 'vie

Lawrence Ferlinghetti : DOG

Dog

The dog trots freely in the street

and sees reality

and the things he sees

are bigger than himself

and the things he sees

are his reality

Drunks in doorways

Moons on trees

The dog trots freely thru the street

and the things he sees

are smaller than himself

Fish on newsprint

Ants in holes

Chickens in Chinatown windows

their heads a block away

The dog trots freely in the street

and the things he smells

smell something like himself

The dog trots freely in the street

past puddles and babies

cats and cigars

poolrooms and policemen

He doesn't hate cops

He merely has no use for them

and he goes past them

and past the dead cows hung up whole

in front of the San Francisco Meat Market

He would rather eat a tender cow

than a tough policeman

though either might do

And he goes past the Romeo Ravioli Factory

and past Coit's Tower

and past Congressman Doyle of the Unamerican Committee

He's afraid of Coit's Tower

but he's not afraid of Congressman Doyle

although what he hears is very discouraging

very depressing

very absurd

to a sad young dog like himself

to a serious dog like himself

But he has his own free world to live in

His own fleas to eat

He will not be muzzled

Congressman Doyle is just another

fire hydrant

to him

The dog trots freely in the street

and has his own dog's life to live

and to think about

and to reflect upon

touching and tasting and testing everything

investigating everything

without benefit of perjury

a real realist

with a real tale to tell

and a real tail to tell it with

a real live        

           barking

                  democratic dog

engaged in real         

               free enterprise

with something to say

                         about ontology

something to say                

                about reality

                                and how to see it

                                              and how to hear it

with his head cocked sideways

                                at streetcorners

as if he is just about to have

                          his picture taken

                                              for Victor Records

                         listening for

                              His Master's voice

         and looking

                       like a living questionmark

                                       into the

                                       great gramophone

                                   of puzzling existence

            with its wondrous horn

               which always seems

                just about to spout forth

                                  some Victorious answer

                                      to everything

Monday, May 28, 2012

Stolen from momma's book RIBS


Trim your baby back ribs, then send daddy to buy more... like 3 more racks: 


Rub your rack of ribs with your fav mustard


then sprinkle with dry rub: [you need to make more of this because daddy brought more ribs!]
 
2 Tablespoons brown sugar, 
2 Tablespoon paprika, 
2 Tablespoons berbere`   [or use cayenne, we like them with a kick]
2 tsp. salt,
2 tsp. celery seed
2 tsp bay seasoning
1 tsp. fresh minced garlic

Wrap and let them sit for two hours in the refrigerator. 

Take them out of the refrigerator to come to room temp- about 15 minutes.

Place a small pan of water on bottom rack of the grill on the side. [moist cooking...]
 
Place ribs on the TOP rack of  your grill at 220 degree for 2 1/2 hours, water still below. 

Once the ribs are just about done, take them off the grill, paint them with your wet BBQ sauce. Pop the grill to the highest temp you can and once it is heated, put the ribs on the bottom rack long enough to char and score and caramelize the BBQ sauce coating.


Serve and make sure you have enough for everyone!


Wait... I copied the  BBQ sauce here:
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 chopped shallot
  • 1 seeded chopped jalapeno 
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or berbere`
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 (5.5 ounce) can tomato juice
  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke flavoring
  • 1 cup of good bourbon

Directions

  1. In a blender or food processor, combine the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, molasses, brown sugar, onion, garlic, shallot, ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, tomato juice, bourbon and liquid smoke flavoring. Puree until smooth, and transfer to a saucepan.
  2. Place saucepan on the stove over medium heat. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 1 hour, or to desired thickness. 
  3.  It keeps, so make some.
  4.  What do you mean it is not for dogs?
  5.  Are you kidding me?
  6.  This is outrageous!        GIMMMMMMMEEEEEEEE RRRRRRIIIIIBSSSS!  'VIE 

Trusty military dogs are heroes today, too - NYPOST.com

Trusty military dogs are heroes today, too - NYPOST.com

To all Military DOGS:  YOU ARE HEROES TOO. MY HEROES!  THANK YOU.

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY


 

of course, I am dressed for this!

'vie
when will the ribs be ready?

Good to know

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Chinese Pet Treats Linked to 900 Dog Deaths, Illnesses - ABC News






STOP FEEDING YOUR DOGS THIS POISON!  HOW MANY WARNINGS DO YOU NEED?


Mar 13, 2012
WARNING CHICKEN TREATS MADE IN CHINA. Read this : Three major brands identified in Chicken Jerky Poisoning The following three brands of chicken jerky may be tied to Fanconi syndrome: Of 22 “Priority 1” cases ...
Feb 25, 2012
chicken treats from CHINA ARE POISON .... WARNING CHICKEN TREATS MADE IN CHINA · flummoxed about FLAX-- Tastee Tuesday · relentless · Why not? What is that smell? notables · PLEASE PAY ATTENTION · No, ...
Mar 14, 2012
Questions and Answers Regarding Chicken Jerky Treats from China. 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 ...
Mar 06, 2012
Other dogs have been luckier. they have an increase in thirst and urination and possibly have accidents in the house and then they may go on to have a full recovery within a few weeks of stopping the chicken jerky treats.


Apr 17, 2012
What do we know? Food from China, specifically chicken, is probably a bad idea. Food from your kitchen is probably a good one. It's safer (and cheaper) to make chicken treats, sweet potato treats, and many other dog treats ...
Nov 22, 2011
We started making our own Chicken Jerky after we ran across the FDA warning of 2008 about Chinese chicken treats making dogs sick or killing them. It turned into a cottage business and we now sell our TriPom Chews in 20 ...
Apr 13, 2012
new cases of unexplained acute kidney failure are Canyon Creek Ranch Chicken Yam Good Dog Treats (Nestle-Purina), Beefeaters Sweet Potato Treats (16 types of yam-related treats), Drs. Foster and Smith (exact item not ...
Nov 22, 2011
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is again cautioning consumers that chicken jerky products for dogs (also sold as chicken tenders, strips or treats) may be associated with illness in dogs. In the last 12 months, FDA has ...
Dec 17, 2011
The FDA has issued tons of recalls on dog foods, and treats. Last one is for Chicken jerky treats made in China which have been linked to death of as many as 92 dogs. But that is not the whole story... There is another type of ...

MAKE YOUR OWN:
Jun 10, 2008
My most favorite snack we made was CHICKEN BREAST JERKY TREATS. The only bad part is that it took a long long time for them to get done, but oh so worth it! I love them. If you want to try them, follow the directions below.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

From stardust to stardust

 

You and I were one and the same
we started as parts of the whole
different expressions 
of the same molecules and atoms,
even on opposite poles
and on different stratums,
in this session
of time, place and space
we just became.


But I am still you
and you are still me
we still are part of the whole
and that will always be.
That awareness we call soul
we share that too.
I am still you
and you are still me
and that will always be.


From stardust we start 
this journey of life,
 first breath to first love,
 joy to pain,
 harmony to strife
 and back again.
 Our purpose in our heart,
 finally back to out start.
 We are stardust once again.


Make this journey back to stardust
one of love and joy.
Cruelty makes no sense 
it has no recompense. 
Be gentle and loving
forgiving and accepting
remember my friend to trust
that we are both 
destined to return to stardust


'vie



Thursday, May 24, 2012

hmmmm BAD corgi???

seriously momma, I am a SAINT. All you can pin on me is some holes in some sheet on some bed somewhere after daddy Judge went on assignment. I was stressed... 'vie

There is a ride and then there is a ride...






http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6064804/dog-rides-turtle
interesting ride.

And then there is Norman:


this could be a cool ride!
These are what we call "everyday rides"
And then there is my fav kind of ride, a buggy ride!!!
Momma calls this a ride too, but she lies. But let me tell you a secret. The very best ride is a momma ride.




'vie

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Hard at work

This post is for the four legged heroes who are working hard trying to locate victims of the earthquake in Reggio Emilia, Italy. I wanted to recognize their invaluable contribution to the recovery efforts.







Aftershocks are still occurring. Areas that are badly damaged have been designated as "zone rosse" meaning red zones. To insure safety, people and pets have been displaced from all red zones. They are not allowed to go home, and many have no home to go back to. How awful is that?
 
You know, I have experienced a hurricane, or two... a few tornadoes, momma knows about earthquakes, she mutters "Mondo Cane"  [no I have no idea. She says ... movie, then she gets all weird... so we don't talk about it...] None of these things are any fun. They are messy, nasty, inconvenient and deadly.

You can help by going here: http://gazzettadimodena.gelocal.it/cronaca/2012/05/22/news/sos-terremoto-gli-aiuti-in-diretta-twitter-1.5107120

or here: http://www.causes.com/causes/264928-help-italy-s-earthquake-victims

or here: http://cri.it/flex/FixedPages/EN/Donazioni.php/L/EN?4fbce7bcdddbe. This link is to the Croce Rossa, aka the Italian Red Cross donation page.

Meanwhile, we hope and pray that  recovery efforts are quick, successful and that soon these four leggeds can go on vacation.

'vie

painfully true...

unless you live in my house. You hear "Leave it"... and freesbe-cat eats it. Also, momma says we are not uncivilized, we eat off plate not floors. And, that walking business becomes really "business" not pleasure when momma thinks you are packing pounds. I HATE calories! 'vie

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

FDA UPDATED: CORRECTED BEST BEFORE DATE Diamond Pet Foods Expands Voluntary Recall Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula Dry Dog Food

Recall -- Firm Press Release


FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

UPDATED: CORRECTED BEST BEFORE DATE
Diamond Pet Foods Expands Voluntary Recall
Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula Dry Dog Food
Production Code DSL 0801 Due to Small Potential for Salmonella Contamination


Contact:
Consumer:
866-918-8756

Media:
816-255-1974

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 21, 2012 - Diamond Pet Foods is expanding a voluntary recall to include its Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula dry dog food manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011 due to potential exposure to Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported. The product was distributed in the following states:  Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. Further distribution through other pet food channels may have occurred.
Pet owners may call toll-free at 1-866-918-8756, Monday through Sunday, 8 am – 6 pm EST. Diamond Pet Foods apologizes for any issues this may have caused pet owners and their pets.
The product is Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula. Only samples, 6 pound and 18 pound bag sizes are affected.
Production Code & Best Before Date           
DSL0801, 20-Oct.-2012 (Product manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011 and packaged on Oct. 20, 2011) DSL0801, 26-Aug-2012       
DSL0801, 27-Sept- 2012 (Product manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011 and packaged on Sept. 27, 2011)
DSL0801, 18-Oct- 2012 (Product manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011 and packaged on Oct. 18, 2011)
DSL0801, (Samples)
Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
Individuals handling dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. People who believe they may have been exposed to Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, people who are more likely to be affected by Salmonella include infants, children younger than 5 years old, organ transplant patients, people with HIV/AIDS and people receiving treatment for cancer.
###
Original Press Release

This is the OLATE DOGS FAN CLUB

OMD OMD OMD!

I am head over heels for these guys. I am now officially launching the OLATE DOGS FAN CLUB. You must vote for these guys on ATG, they have got talent TALENT and cute...

Anyone know anything about their marital status??? I love the dude with the map on the tush.



I am just gonna sit here and watch this again!

Oh Oh Oh, and did you all get that THEY ARE ALL RESCUED DOGS??? Yea, rescue RULES.

Thank you OLATE family. Thank you for REPRESENTING!!!!! http://olatedogs.com/

'vie proud to be a rescued dog too :)

Ohio law ends labeling of pit bulls as 'vicious' - KansasCity.com

Ohio law ends labeling of pit bulls as 'vicious' - KansasCity.com

Thank you Gov!  Now the rest of ya'll, get on board already! 


'vie

FDA finally posts Diamond Pet 5-18-2012 recall

DATED 5-18-2012 POSTED TODAY 5-22-2012 BY THE FDA

 WHY THE DELAY????

Recall -- Firm Press Release


FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

UPDATED: CORRECTED BEST BEFORE DATE
Diamond Pet Foods Expands Voluntary Recall
Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula Dry Dog Food
Production Code DSL 0801 Due to Small Potential for Salmonella Contamination


Contact:
Consumer:
866-918-8756

Media:
816-255-1974

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 21, 2012 - Diamond Pet Foods is expanding a voluntary recall to include its Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula dry dog food manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011 due to potential exposure to Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported. The product was distributed in the following states:  Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. Further distribution through other pet food channels may have occurred.
Pet owners may call toll-free at 1-866-918-8756, Monday through Sunday, 8 am – 6 pm EST. Diamond Pet Foods apologizes for any issues this may have caused pet owners and their pets.
The product is Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula. Only samples, 6 pound and 18 pound bag sizes are affected.
Production Code & Best Before Date           
DSL0801, 20-Oct.-2012 (Product manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011 and packaged on Oct. 20, 2011) DSL0801, 26-Aug-2012       
DSL0801, 27-Sept- 2012 (Product manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011 and packaged on Sept. 27, 2011)
DSL0801, 18-Oct- 2012 (Product manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011 and packaged on Oct. 18, 2011)
DSL0801, (Samples)
Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
Individuals handling dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. People who believe they may have been exposed to Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, people who are more likely to be affected by Salmonella include infants, children younger than 5 years old, organ transplant patients, people with HIV/AIDS and people receiving treatment for cancer.
###
Original Press Release

 

 

 

 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Recall -- Firm Press Release


FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

Diamond Pet Foods Expands Voluntary Recall Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula Dry Dog Food Production Code DSL 0801 Due to Small Potential for Salmonella Contamination


Contact:
Consumer:
866-918-8756

Media:
816-255-1974

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 18, 2012 - Diamond Pet Foods is expanding a voluntary recall to include its Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula dry dog food manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011 due to potential exposure to Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported. The product was distributed in the following states:  Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. Further distribution through other pet food channels may have occurred.
Pet owners may call toll-free at 1-866-918-8756, Monday through Sunday, 8 am – 6 pm EST. Diamond Pet Foods apologizes for any issues this may have caused pet owners and their pets.
     
The product is Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula. Only samples, 6 pound and 18 pound bag sizes are affected.
Production Code & Best Before Date
DSL0801, 26-Aug-2012      
DSL0801, 26-Aug-2012
DSL0801, 27-Sept- 2012 (Product manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011 and packaged on Sept. 27, 2011)
DSL0801, 18-Oct- 2012 (Product manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011 and packaged on Oct. 18, 2011)
DSL0801, (Samples)
Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
Individuals handling dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. People who believe they may have been exposed to Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, people who are more likely to be affected by Salmonella include infants, children younger than 5 years old, organ transplant patients, people with HIV/AIDS and people receiving treatment for cancer.


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Disco the human speaking bird

I am so confused. Disco you have my respect. Disco I am now your fan.

Anyone that can human speak has my attention. If you were here you and I could work together to our mutual advantage. [if you know what I mean] I could teach you some key phrases that would get you plenty of treats and serious spoilage.

Mm. The thing is, I have met birds that look somewhat like Disco before. I have even blogged about them here: http://www.silvieon4.com/2010/02/chicken-recipe-needed.html but, that fancy dude chicken I blogged about did not say a single word. I frankly thought he was food. Not even a tiny vowel. Think he was mute? How was I supposed to know he could human speak?

My friend Quillah has a bird. http://www.silvieon4.com/2008/10/quillahs-bird.html. 
I wonder if her bird human speaks.

I was almost sad thinking about all my missed possibilities. No thumbs, no "talking". but then I caught a view of myself on the glassy thing.  Honey, with all this going on.... I am as perfect as perfect gets.  Wanna rub my belly?


 It's good. It's really good. Try it, you will like it.

'vie

Monday, May 21, 2012

Yet again...Diamond expands recall...

From the Diamond website:
 "May 18, 2012 Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula samples, 6 pound and 18 pound bag sizes, manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011, have been added to the limited voluntary recall, due to potential exposure to Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported. The product was distributed in the following states, further distribution through other pet food channels may have occurred:

 ·      Colorado
 ·      Illinois
 ·      Kentucky
 ·      Louisiana
 ·      Michigan
 ·      Minnesota
 ·      Missouri
 ·      Oklahoma
 ·      Pennsylvania
 ·      South Dakota
 ·      Tennessee
 ·      Texas
 ·      Wisconsin

Production Code & Best Before Dates:
DSL0801, 26-Aug-2012 DSL0801, 26-Aug-2012           
DSL0801, 27-Sept- 2012 (Product manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011 and packaged on Sept. 27, 2011) DSL0801, 18-Oct- 2012 (Product manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011 and packaged on Oct. 18, 2011) DSL0801, (Samples)

Pet owners who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, or who would like replacement product or a refund, may contact Diamond Pet Foods via a toll free call at 1-866-918-8756, Monday through Sunday, 8 am – 6pm EST.

Diamond Pet Foods apologizes for any issues this may have caused pet owners and their pets." ---------------------------------------------

Really????? They are apologizing? Yea, right...and look at the sincerity of the apology. Quietly whispered on their website. And they lied. No illnesses have been reported???? http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Two%20Montreal%20cats%20die%20after%20eating%20recalled%20pet%20food/6643379/story.html. tells a different story. NOBODY needs to buy this crap. NOBODY. Bust out a lamb chop, grill a piece of fish, cook already, save your pet's life, save your own, don't touch this stuff! ________________________________________________________________________________________________________  'vie

Poach EGGS not BRAINS



yes it is quite warm out there.

'vie

Saturday, May 19, 2012

How do we talk momma into getting this?

Look, I know we are rarely alone. But I would like this option. After all, if I had this option, and my own flat screen... in my own room, maybe I would relax more.



Hey, I am willing to try it. Also can I get one of those massage chairs? Maybe for my birthday?
I have no idea what you mean. I may not be freshly groomed, but I am NOT spoiled. I smell wonderful.



 'vie

Thursday, May 17, 2012

So... I take flight with Il Volo

I guess I am an addict. I love belly rubs. But most of all I love to get my belly rubbed while great music is playing in the background. Ok, I will come clean. There is more to this story. I have a "theng". Ok, Ok. maybe 2 or 3 thengs. Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, aka my "thengs" aka IL VOLO. Sue me. I like falling asleep while getting a belly rub while listening to the three of them. Blame momma. She always speaks to me in Italian. I associate the language with home, comfort, warmth. And these guys can deliver some sweet Italian. After all, I am just conditioned to love the language and the music. So it's normal, natural and simply reasonable to think of Dimples -My own nickname for Ignazio as I fall asleep. Do you think he has a dog? What about Piero? I bet he would relax if I was near him. Gianluca looks like a good snuggler. Of course they sing in English too, see? So, who is going to rub my belly and chillax with me and my "addiction"? 'vie

did auntie Robin do this to Pudsey???

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2145658/Britains-Got-Talent-2012-winner-Ashleigh-Butler-puts-pup-idol-Pudsey-DIET.html

NOT that dreaded word.... D I E T!

The outrage! He is a STAR!!!!

How could they! Give him back his treats. Ingrates... Nobody is safe.

Can't they just suck the stupid calories out of the chewies?

vexed and purple-exed  'vie

Secret life of cats?

GIVE IT A SEC TO LOAD...
 I don't get it you guys. My momma freaks out if she can't find us in the house within 30 seconds of her searching for us. I just don't get it. I mean...a second family would be an interesting thing to have. Maybe like a secondary back up family. Of course I love and trust my family, but a second family would mean leverage security. Yes, that's a more acceptable word. Security. Like an insurance policy. The Wendy just said something interesting. She said we do have a second family. ???? Ohhhh, yea, right. Tidewater Bichon Frise Rescue. Yes, I suppose. The bad news is that they all drank the "Coolade". There is no leverage power there. They preach from the same sermon. Weight control, safety, blah blah blah.

Just the same, I love being a dog. I adore being Bichon and I would not trade it for any sewer excursion.

Tail wag
'vie

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Something to sTHINK about [pun intended]

FROM THE FDA

Diamond Pet Food Processors of SC LLC, Gaston, SC, 483 (Inspectional Observations) Issued 4/20/2012 –

 http://www.fda.gov/downloads/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/OfficeofGlobalRegulatoryOperationsandPolicy/ORA/ORAElectronicReadingRoom/UCM304252.pdf
Visit our home page at http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/default.htm  


Just my opinion...a reasonably foreseeable consequence is never an accident... someone should be held responsible, but that is only the opinion of this four legged. I should go help momma slice that turkey breast so we can get some crunchy treats done... you know how she gets about poultry safety and I love it, I must say.

 Ciao 'vie

Wordless Wednesday Inspiration

Hey BBC, thank you, this is beautiful. 'vie PS thank you TBFR adopters for posting it. :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Get well wishes for Lily

Dearest Lily, We are thinking about you and your recovery. Please heal up fast and be strong. Meanwhile, this is what you get to do once you are all healed up, and it looks to be so much fun! with much love, 'vie, The Wendy and JD

Wait wait, don't tell!


Who is this? {Photo taken by Kip's dad}
Bleh. That would be momma. I know that camera anywhere. But what"s up with  the fru fru?  Ahhh White Hat lunch last week. Mhhh, glad to see she tortures two leggeds as well with the blinding flashy.


For once, NOT IT!

'vie
who barked too soon, apparently....sigh
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Monday, May 14, 2012

At the park

Our favorite spot at the park. How can they call this Battlefield when it is so peaceful? Two leggeds...they have no real powers of observation. They should have named it "peaceful". Just don't try and chase the big ants, momma gets crazy with "Leave it leave it leave it..." 'vie

Please pay attention to recalls of dog food

because they are important to YOUR health as well: http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/05/salmonella-tainted-dog-food-sickens-14-people/ Vie

Saturday, May 12, 2012

I never thought I would say this, but...



Thank "dogness" momma made our walk short. The ride was nice, but the walk was too hot. I hate to be out there schvitzing, and she would not let us near the one interesting thing, a  sleeping bird.  And you know what?  I don't have the energy to fight "Miss Leave it, leave it, leave it..." So I left it.  Now I am snuggled watching cartoons. I do love air conditioning.

what are you up to?

'vie
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Natural Balance Pet Foods’ Voluntary Recall- DATE CORRECTION per FDA

Recall -- Firm Press Release


FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

Correction to Date Code in Natural Balance Pet Foods’ Voluntary Recall Dated May 4, 2012 Due to the Potential for Salmonella Contamination


Contact:
Consumer:
(800) 829-4493
Media:
Daniel Bernstein
(310) 902-2554


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 11, 2012 - On May 4, 2012, Natural Balance Pet Foods announced a voluntary recall of certain dry pet food formulas manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods at their Gaston, South Carolina facility. Link to original press release: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm303042.htm
The original press release contained a typographical error in the Best By Date of one of the products listed. It stated a Best By Date of March 12, 2013 when it should have been March 13, 2013.
The incorrect Best By Date listed was:
5 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Venison Dog UPC# 7-23633-88650-5
Lot Code NBH0103
Best By Date: March 12, 2013
The correct Best By Date is:
5 LB Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Venison Dog UPC# 7-23633-88650-5
Lot Code NBH0103
Best By Date: March 13, 2013
Natural Balance Pet Foods apologizes for any potential confusion this may have caused.
Pet owners who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, or who would like replacement product or a refund, may contact Natural Balance Pet Foods Customer Service at (800) 829-4493(8am – 5pm, PST). Consumers may also go to www.naturalbalanceinc.com disclaimer icon for more information.

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cat food recall Purina



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Nestlé Purina Voluntarily Recalls Single Lot of Therapeutic Canned Cat Food Due to A Low Level of Thiamine (Vitamin B1)

Contact:
Consumer:
Nestlé Purina Veterinary Resource Center
1-800-982-8837
Media:
Bill Salzman
314-982-3806
Keith Schopp:
314-982-2577

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 11, 2012 - Nestlé Purina PetCare (NPP) is voluntarily recalling one specific lot of its Purina Veterinary Diets® OM Overweight Management canned cat food, available through veterinarians in the U.S. and Canada.  This precautionary measure is being taken in response to one consumer complaint received by FDA.  Analytical testing of the product sample by FDA indicated a low level of thiamine (Vitamin B1).  Purina has received no other complaints of thiamine-related or any other health issues related to this product. 
Only cans with the following “Best By” date and production code shown are included in this voluntary recall:
Product Name  Can
Size
“Best By” Date &
Production Code*
Can UPC
Code
Purina Veterinary Diets® OM
(Overweight Management) Feline Formula
5.5 oz. JUN 2013   11721159 38100 - 13810
*“Best By” Date and Production Code are found on the bottom of the can.
Cats fed this affected lot exclusively for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency.  Thiamine is essential for cats.  Symptoms of deficiency displayed by an affected cat can be gastrointestinal or neurological in nature.  Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting and weight loss.  In advanced cases, neurological signs can develop, which may include ventriflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, wobbly walking, falling, circling and seizures.  Contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat is displaying any of these signs.  If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.
This product was distributed to veterinary clinics between June, 2011 and May, 2012 throughout the U.S. and Canada.  The product is not sold in retail stores.
No additional Purina cat or dog products are involved in this voluntary recall.  No other Purina Veterinary Diets® products are involved, and only Purina Veterinary Diets® OM canned cat food which match the “Best By” dates and production code above are included in this recall.
Consumers who have purchased Purina Veterinary Diets® OM canned cat food cans with these specific “Best By” Date and Production Codes should discontinue feeding the product, and discard it.
At Nestlé Purina PetCare, the safety and efficacy of our products are our top priority.  We apologize for any inconvenience due to this voluntary recall.  For further information or to obtain a product refund, please contact Nestlé Purina as follows:
U.S. Consumers & Veterinarians:
Call toll-free 1-800-982-8837 Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time, or visit www.purinaveterinarydiets.com disclaimer icon.
Canadian Consumers & Veterinarians:
Call toll-free 1-866-884-8387 Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, or visit www.purina.ca disclaimer icon.

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Why can't we take one of these home?

 
 
 
 
 


I am tired of the jail house visits. This glassed in world is not enough. Pleeeeease can we take one home?

Frumpt. I have no idea why you think that's funny.

'vie 
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Thursday, May 10, 2012

what's Toxic to dogs? a quick refresher...

Landscape fever got you itching to attack the garden? It is that time of the year.. But maybe, this year, you should trade off impulse for planning and look at this list first:



Toxic Plants for Dogs




Alocasia Cordatum Jimsonweed Java Bean (seed)
Aloe Vera Corn (Cornstalk) Plant Jonquil (bulb) Jerusalem Cherry
Amaryllis (bulb) Corydalis Kalanchoe Jessamine
Andromeda Crotalaria (seed) Laburnum Pencil Cactus
Apple (leaf & stem) Croton Larkspur Peony
Appleseed (cyanide) Crown of Thorns Laurel Philodendron
Arrowgrass Cuban Laurel Lilly of the Valley (bulb) Poinsettia
Autumn Crocus (bulb) Cycad Locoweed Poison Ivy
Avocado (seed) Cyclamen Lupine Pokeweed (root)
Azalea Daffodil (bulb) Manchineel Potato (not tuber)
Bird of Paradise (seed pod) Daphne Marble Queen Precatory Bean
Bittersweet Death Camas (bulb) Marigold Primrose
Black Locust Delphinium Marijuana Privet
Bleeding Heart Dieffenbachia May Apple (root) Rayless Goldenrod
Boxwood Dumb Cane Medicine Plant Rhododendron
Buckeye (seed) Easter Lily  Mistletoe (berries) Rhubarb
Buddhist Pine Eggplant (not fruit) Monkshood Snow on the Mountain
Buttercup Elephant's Ear Morning Glory Star of Bethlehem (bulb)
Caladium English Ivy Mushrooms Stinging Nettle
Calamondin Orange Elderberry Narcissus (bulb) String of Pearls/Beads
Calla Lily Fava Bean (seed) Nightshade Taxus
Castor Bean Fiddle-Leaf Fig Oleander Toadstool
Cherry (leaf & stem) Finger Cherry (fruit) Onion Tobacco
Cherry Pit (cyanide) Foxglove Pea Tomato (not fruit)
Chokecherry Ground Cherry (not fruit) Peach Tulip (bulb)
Christmas Rose Hemlock Iris (bulb) Walnuts
Chrysanthemum Holly (berries) Japanese Yew Water Hemlock (tuber)
Cineraria Hyacinth (bulb) Jasmine (berries) Wild Aconite
Climbing Lily  Hydrangea  Indian Tobacco  Wisteria



Yew
for more info: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/pet-care-tips/pet-safe-gardening.aspx

and... is your MULCH safe? Cocoa mulch is as toxic as chocolate. Yes, do check what your mulch contains...Some have dyes, chemicals to prevent rot and infestation and are quite toxic. And even a "safe mulch" ingested by a playful puppy become an intestinal obstruction which can cause death. Pretty rocks, are much safer and easier to maintain. And they hose off clean! And it is an easy do it yourself project. And you can really let your creativity show off here. Everything from colors to design. For some ideas, go here:

http://landscaping.about.com/od/lawns/a/dog_landscaping.htm

And while on topic...of DANGERS... and TOXICITY...... dusting off the old list of foods that are toxic to dogs:

CHOCOLATE: All chocolate is bad for dogs. – dark chocolate, especially baker’s chocolate, is the worst.  When a dog eats chocolate, the dog has basically ingested POISON. Time is of the essence. Once it starts breaking down into blood stream you are fighting multi system failure and death. Chocolate contains a substance called Theobromine (similar to caffeine), which in toxic doses can cause heart attacks, blood pressure spikes, retinal damge, kidney damage, death. As little as 2 oz baker’s chocolate can be fatal for a small dog. If you suspect your dog has gotten into chocolate call your vet immediately.

GRAPES/RAISINS: Always TOXIC. Grapes and raisins are TOXIC fruit for dogs. They  cause acute renal (kidney) failure. As little as a handful at a time can be deadly.

ONIONS: A substance in onions, disulfide, is harmless to humans but toxic to not only dogs but cats, horses, sheep and cattle. It causes hemolytic anemia, and as little as 2 slices a week can damage red blood cells, impairing their ability to carry oxygen. NOTE: Garlic and onion and shallots are in the same family, while small amounts of garlic will not harm your dog, too much is not good.

LIVER: In small amounts liver is very good for your dog (less than 3 servings a week). Large amounts cause vitamin A toxicity (hypervitaminosis A). This can lead to bone problems, weight loss and anorexia. Also, never feed liver if your dog is taking vitamin A supplements, and always cook it before feeding.

BONES: Caution here. Raw meaty bones and chicken bones are prone to splinter and lodge in the throat, or worse, the intestines, in which case they can perforate the lining causing internal bleeding and possibly death. This doesn’t mean “no bones” – ask the butcher for soup bones, bring water to a full boil then cook the bones for approximately 20 minutes (depending on size). Raw food proponents encourage freezing the bones first to kill off bacteria.Obviously your source for raw food is very important.

RAW EGGS: Cooked eggs are a very healthy treat for dogs, raw egg whites contain a protein called Avidin. This protein depletes your dog of B vitamins, specifically Biotin, which is essential to growth and coat condition. Also, raw eggs may contain bacteria, such as Salmonella.

RAW DOUGH: Never give yeasty raw dough to a dog. the yeast releases gases as it expands. this can lead to bloat, which is deadly in dogs.
Yeast also ferments, which would be the same as feeding your dog alcohol.. too much alcohol in a dog is the same as too much for a human.. dogs can just as easily suffer alcohol poisoning.

RAW MEAT/POULTRY: Once again bacteria are the main problem – Salmonella and Clostridium, both can be very serious and costly to treat. IF you are doing raw foods, the safety of your food chain lies in your source. If you have any doubts... cook it first. NOTE: Best to avoid pork, especially bacon (which contains sodium nitrate).

MILK AND MILK PRODUCTS: FYI, 50% of dogs are lactose intolerant (just like people!) – they don’t produce the enzyme Lactase, therefore they are unable to break down Lactose (milk sugar). This can cause gas, diarrhea and abdominal discomfort. Goat cheeses are safe as they do not contain lactase.

NUTS: Walnuts can cause gastroenteritis and are considered poisonous to dogs. Macadamia nuts contain an unknown compound, which can cause muscle tremors, weakness and paralysis of the hindquarters – luckily these symptoms last a short time. In general, nuts are high in phosphorus and may contribute to the formation of bladder stones. NOTE: Peanuts are a legume, “from the earth”, not grown on trees. They are not harmful when used in small amounts.

POTATO: Cooked and mashed potatoes are good for dogs, but green potatoes contain. poisonous alkaloids  called Solanum which are toxic to both people and dogs.

TOMATO PLANTS: Stems and leaves contain oxalates, which can cause bladder stones. NOTE: The fruit itself is not the culprit, however high amounts of vitamin C can cause gastrointestinal distress.

RHUBARB: This plant (especially the leaves) also contains oxalates.

TURKEY SKIN: Known to cause acute Pancreatitis in dogs because it is so high in fats. Would you eat 3 sticks of butter in one sitting and be ok? No.... soooo.... just discard that skin.

PIPS: Found in the seeds of apples, pears, plums, peaches and apricots – ALL CONTAIN ARSENIC!

NUTMEG: Is a hallucinogen in dogs.

BABY FOOD: Just be careful that the baby food you are feeding doesn’t contain onion powder – some do. See onion poisoning for more information.

MUSHROOMS: as in people... wild mushrooms are best left IN THE WILD. Generally not something you want to feed your dog because of the fungal properties...

BROCCOLI: There has been a bit of confusion where broccoli is concerned. Broccoli is very good for dogs, however, if the daily intake exceeds more than 10% of the animals diet – problems can occur. The toxic substance is isothiocyanate and can cause gastrointestinal irritation.


Well, this is just a start. BE SAFE not SORRY

'vie who spent yesterday at the vet... and managed to throw up on just about every surface imaginable... Today.... I am acting as if I feel better, but momma is on guard.... 

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