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Holiday gift guide 2013

The holiday season is truly UPON us, jack frost nipping at our paws… chanukah and thanksgiving arrived around the same time this year.

Will you buy your cat or dog a gift for the holidays? How about a gift for your dog walker, pet sitter, pet rescuer or for that oh so very special pet parent/guardian in your life?

Here are a few suggested gifts for your four legged friends and a few human gifts, too.

1. A happy dog box:   Cici received a box filled with toys and treats and your dog can too. This should be called the happy people and dog box because it lasts for hours/days and makes everyone happy. There was a very nice selection and assortment of treats.

Monster mouth toy… I have never seen her play with a toy for as long as this one. You can hide treats inside the mouth and your dog will enjoy finding them.

Curly chew bully stick

Waste bag container

Jump your bones kangaroo treats

Cloud star hip and joint treats, bacon and cheese, grain free

Woofables gourmet dog cookies

Each monthly box, worth over $30, comes packed with high-quality dog treats, toys, and accessories specially selected for canine health and well-being.

You can find out more info at the link below:

 https://www.happydogbox.com/welcome?ex=52a4b7beba4b426515000a40

2.  Lupine leash and harness. Cici received two sets that consisted of a step-in harness, leash and collar, one 3/4 wide and 1 inch wide. We LOVE THEM except the clasp is hard to open.

Lupine Collars and Leashes has been selling collars since 1991. They have developed a very successful line of woven patterned nylon collars, leashes and harnesses for dogs and cats. Not only are there great designs but the quality of the products is exceptional.   They even offer a lifetime Even if Chewed Guarantee, which really means that they will replace any product, no matter how or when it was damaged–even if chewed!! And no receipt or shipping fee required! In addition, all the products are made in New Hampshire.

Please visit the website (www.lupinepet.com)

3. Bravo raw food

Cici scarfed up the raw turkey and was licking the bowl and the floor clean, which means she really really loved the food. She was begging for more.

I like the ingredients…

The one drawback is that I wish it came in burgers rather than a big huge loaf because I had to defrost the entire thing, and then feed it to her quickly, so 1/4 of the loaf the first day which was too much food in one day… and too much food in a week…

4. Spring natural dog food

http://www.springnaturals.com/

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Turkey, chickpeas, peas, dried eggs, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dicalcium phosphate, sun-cured alfalfa, flaxseed, sweet potatoes, natural flavors, salt, spinach, tomato pomace, calcium carbonate, blueberries, cranberries, apricots, carrots, potassium chloride, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, biotin, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, chicory root extract, dandelion greens, mixed tocopherols (preservative), rosemary extract, choline chloride.

Every recipe is made in the USA.

5.  Savannah Bee Doggie and Me Balm 

Sweetness from your pet deserves sweetness from the hive. All natural beeswax pulls moisture from the air and feeds the skin while providing a protective barrier from the elements. Subtle scents of Clary Sage and Basil are said to calm, soothe, and focus your pet.

Apply Savannah Bee Doggie and Me Balm to your pets nose, paw-pads, dry spots, hotspots, and sores. The easy to use applicator is pet tested and pet owner approved. Give your pet the very best in skin care.

Doggie and Me Balm is supposed to be good for pet owners, too. Use it on dry human elbows, hands, knees and heels. Feels soft and soothing. Doggie and Me Balm is made with 100% all natural ingredients. Has a kind of earthy herbal smell. Comes in a deodorant type looking jar or a candle jar without the wick.

http://www.savannahbee.com/product/Savannah-Bee-Doggie-and-Me-Balm/1113

6. Kurgo Auto barrier

Keep Fido in her place

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Cici loves to jump into the driver’s seat when I run into the store. I come back to find you-know-who drooling on the steering wheel and getting the front seat all hairy.

Here is where the Backseat Barrier™ comes in. Super stylish, this cloth barrier attaches to the back of your front seats, creating a soft wall between you and Fido…blocking that little space above your center console. She can still sit and peer through the mesh top; you can even reach back for a scratch if necessary. Most importantly, this barrier helps to keep you distraction free while driving, and keeps your pup safely out of the front of the car.

This products is versatile and simple to install and remove. See for yourself how just a tiny bit of separation makes you a better puppy parent and driver.

  • Protects passengers and cargo from roaming dogs
  • Protects dog from launching into the front during quick stops
  • No need to remove when passengers or cargo are in backseat
  • Front seat stays clean of dog hair
  • Universal fit for most vehicles from a compact to a SUV (does not accommodate 2 door cars or minivans)
  • Simple installation / removal

7. Perfect leash

Similar to the stereotypes people use about pit bulls, when I first saw The Perfect Leash, all plastic, and I thought it was one of those leashes with the retractable line, I was not impressed, but then I Looked Further and actually tried out the leash rather than base my review upon false premises.  I liked the way it kept Cici from pulling me down the street. Unfortunately, Cici lost the Walker leash so I cannot use it anymore.

Designed with both the dog and human in mind, the flexible Perfect Leash makes a great gift for dog owners who want to bring comfort and enjoyment back to their walks.

The Perfect Leash line of pet accessories includes a full-length dog walking leash (the Walker) that suits large and small dogs alike. Made of a proprietary polyurethane formula, the Walker’s flexibility provides an enjoyable walking experience for both the dog and handler. The ergonomically designed, patented, comfort grip handle is designed with adults and children in mind, so every family member can walk the family dog with ease, confidence and comfort.  Unlike cloth leashes, the Perfect Leash is odor resistant and easy to clean.

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The Walker is the only full-stretch dog leash on the market! Its high flex capability provides an enjoyable walking experience for both dog and handler. The ergonomically designed, patented, comfort grip handle is designed with adults and children in mind, so every family member can walk your dog with ease, confidence and comfort. Available in Black, Blue, Red, Yellow, Blaze Orange, JD Green, Safety Green, Military Green, Tan, Pink and Purple.

www.Justduckyproducts.com.

8. Books

 

Dog Ambassadors

Dog lovers everywhere will enjoy the entertaining stories of the 24 dogs in this book. Dogs are ambassadors to the world and our own local communities. They serve and love us as only they know how. Accompanied by 175 color images, discover the remarkable connection between dogs and humans through the inspiring stories of 24 dogs and the owners whose lives they have made better. Meet Paddington, the official greeter at Thorncroft Equestrian Center , and Cody, a search and rescue dog. Learn the story behind Pals for Life, an organization that provides therapy animal visits, and Francisvale, a safe haven for abandoned dogs. The stories range from service dogs that make life easier for those in need to much-loved household pets that offer love and companionship each day for family members.

Author and dog enthusiast, Lisa Loeb, speaks here about her new book.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne9UcNakfn4&feature=youtu.be

Size: 6″ x 9″ | 140 illustrations | 160 pp
ISBN13: 9780764344688 | Binding: hard cover |$19.99

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is a family-owned, independent publisher of high-quality, nonfiction books. Since 1974, Schiffer has published thousands of titles on diverse subjects.

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Beautiful Old Dogs

This beautifully illustrated book features 44 color photographs of senior dogs taken by the late photographer Garry Gross and edited by David Tabatsky. An incredible tribute to the souls of elderly canines.

In BEAUTIFUL OLD DOGS edited by David Tabatsky, photographs by Garry Gross (St. Martin’s Press; on sale 11/5) the relationship between humans and dogs are explored in over 44 stunning color photographs from Gross and through short essays and poems from a range of writers, including Dean Koontz, Anna Quindlen, Doris Day and Marlo Thomas.

 

In BEAUTIFUL OLD DOGS, Gross showcases the beauty and soul of every dog he photographed, though it was the older, more senior dogs that most fascinated him. After retiring from the world of fashion photography, Gross established Dog Trainers of New York, a highly successful dog training business that has helped thousands of dogs enjoy better lives with their families and shortly thereafter decided to combine his two passions: photography and dogs.

Shake

Shake is a heartwarming collection of sixty-one silly dogs caught in mid-shake. This graphic photo book by award-winning internally recognized photographer Carli Davidson shows how funny dogs look caught with: hair wild, eyes darting, ears and jowls flopping every which way. You’ve never seen dogs looking like this.

A few years ago Carli Davidson was a volunteer at dog shelters. In 2010, she began photographing the rescue dogs in mid-motion, capturing their movements at a thirteen-thousandth of a second. She called the project Shake and posted a few pictures on Facebook—they quickly went viral, and she was covered on Huffington Post, The New York Times, and Vanity Fair Italy, just to name a few. In a 90-day period her site spiked to 8.5 million views.

One hundred adorable models posed for the book. Sixty-one of them, including Scooby the Rottweiler, Greta the Shi Tzu, Twinkie the Jack Russell Terrier, and the famous, mixed-breed Ramen Noodle were selected. Two photographs of each dog are featured side-by-side in the book to capture the motion of their shakes. One photo shows the dog beginning to turn; the other shows its wild hair and fabulous facial expression mid-twist. Many of the dogs are shaking off water and the high quality of the photo shows the droplets as well.

http://harpercollins.com/books/Shake-Carli-Davidson/?isbn=9780062242648

9. Do you brush your dog’s teeth? Nah. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. More than 60% of dog owners never brush their dog’s teeth. The main reason is that it’s just too difficult.

To help improve the state of canine oral hygiene Kissable has launched two new ‘Brushless’ Dental Solutions to make dental care easy for the owner and painless for the pooch. Instant Fresh Breath Foam adheres to teeth to gently clean, sanitize and loosen plaque build-up without using a toothbrush!  Oral Care Water Additive is a super-easy-to-administer liquid. Just add a capful to your pet’s water. No toothbrush required.

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Instant Fresh Breath Foam

This all natural breath foamer combines the deodorizing powers of baking soda and peppermint with the anti-bacterial power of aloe vera. All promote excellent oral cleanliness which results in fresher breath. The sweet-tasting minty foam immediately adheres to teeth to gently clean, sanitize and loosen plaque build-up without using a toothbrush| 8oz

Oral Care Water Additive

Helps loosen plaque build-up and freshens breath while your pet drinks from the water bowl. Just add a capful to your pet’s drinking water when you refill the bowl and the ingredients in the product do the rest. When the pet drinks from their water bowl, the liquid will pass over the teeth and gums leaving behind ingredients that promote fresh breath and oral cleanliness| 16oz

I put the foam into her mouth. She gave me clenched teeth mouth, which was perfect, i moved her lip and put the foam on her teeth, used my fingers and rubbed it on.  i give her water with her food so not sure how to make that work … smells nice and pepperminty… Cici in general has pretty good breath for a dog, because I feed her high quality foods and treats, no kibble… raw foods and still it is nice to be able to give your dog a sweet smelling minty fresh mouth.

Ecowelldog donates a portion of proceeds from the sale of its products to Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly-trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

Ecowelldog creates eco-friendly grooming and wellness products for the modern dog. They use the finest (“better than human quality”) ingredients to solve the toughest problems that dogs face, like itchy skin, tear stains and bad breath. Ecowelldog is sold and recommended by veterinarians aroun

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Value of planning ahead

last Friday was my birthday and I had planned to drive down to Morro Bay with my dog and this gal who has been my driver for the past six months. Things started not seeming right with this person on Halloween and I began a search for another driver. After a couple of weeks, there was time for things to cool off.  I decided to give the person the benefit of the doubt and a second chance and hired her again to take me shopping. More problems and she was having personal issues. OK. stuff happens, right.

Well, I realized that there was actually something completely else that I wanted to do on my birthday (rather than go to Morro Bay) and I did not know how to get it all worked out yet it came together very easily. There was even a Wags Hotel in Redwood City (where the event I wanted to go to was being held) and they were offering a FREE first stay for the dog. Next, my roommate decided he wanted to go to Redwood City to visit a friend of his and he would rent the car. Then he changed his itinerary to San Jose, but we could still drive together.

The Hotel Sofitel where the event I went to was being held is pet friendly and offering a discounted rate of only $99 but with all the other expenses I could not stay over. The hotel charges $20 a night per pet. So we decided to drive up and come back after the event (which ended around midnight). The Wag Hotel required more vaccinations than Cici has plus their hours would mean that instead of Cici playing with other dogs, she would mostly be in a strange room by herself. So I opted to leave Cici home. I figured that she would do better in her own home environment with familiar smells and items, toys and food.

It did not occur to me to look for a pet sitter. I called upon the driver gal (since she knows my dog and has worked with dogs) and my neighbor to look in on Cici. If the gal would walk Cici and feed her around 4 pm and my neighbor would check on her about 9 pm, I thought she would be OK.  She mostly sleeps from 5 pm on most days/nights.

On Thursday, the gal drove me shopping and to dinner and I paid her and gave her the key and instructions.

On Friday, we left around noon and arrived back home around 3 a.m. Imagine my shock, when I saw that she had not bothered to show up and feed and walk my dog. Thankfully, Cici was just fine. I had left the door to the backyard open for her so she could do her business any time she wanted. And she must have spent the time sleeping away. Still, she was VERY happy to see us. And was rewarded for NOT tearing the house apart with some bacon and sausage we had brought back from breakfast at Denny’s.

The next morning, after a few hours of sleep, I discovered there was NO message on my phone, email or Facebook page from this person. What the heck was going on?  I expected that at the very least there would be an explanation and apology. Instead there was nothing. As time went on, I became more livid. My neighbor came by and told me he just plain forgot to come by. He apologized and gave me the key back. I should have gotten his phone number to remind him since I knew that he has a bad memory. But what was up with the driver???  I sent her a nasty Facebook direct message and received no reply, no phone message.

By Monday, I decided to call the police and/or a lawyer (I have Legal Shield) for advice. Thinking about things this person told me about themselves had me more and more concerned. She has an arrest record for shoplifting and is not allowed to go into Target. She is very young with a five year old daughter who lives with her mother but she lives with a drug addict friend. She was concerned about being evicted and on her Facebook page she put up very strange, provocative (sexual) images and sayings. She was supposed to be going to Heald college to become a police officer yet this is how she conducts herself?

The lawyer said that he would call her and tell her to get the money and key back to me by Wednesday. She told him that her car broke down and that she would get me the friggin key and money whenever she could. Nasty and cursing at a lawyer. The lawyer did say that he managed to tell her that if anything happened to this house (if it were to be broken into while she still has a key), that she would be liable.

Now I do not believe for a minute that her car broke down.  If so, and she were an honest and responsible person, she would have called and left me a phone message and apologized at the very least. Otherwise, she should have found a way to get here and GET THE JOB DONE (a ride from a friend, a bus, whatever). I have been told that people with arrest records cannot ever become police officers. And so I now believe this person to be a liar and a thief.

I sent her an email (after unfriending and blocking her on Facebook) letting her know that I do not believe her and that she needs to get the key and money to me by tomorrow. If she is unwilling to do anything else, she can MAIL the key and money.

I tried calling some professional pet sitters for tips how to avoid such a situation. One tip was to get references. Another was to not  pay the person ahead of time. What would you do?  I think that this situation is unique and I am endeavoring to learn from it (while processing my anger). I am thankful that I never drove down to Morro Bay with this person. And thrilled that Cici is such a rock star. I have left her alone for 2-4 hours maximum in the past. I would not ever leave her alone for 14 hours but next time, she will be with a reliable pet sitter who will love her and do the job.

Does a pet sitter need to be bonded and insured in order to be hired? Would you have a written contract even for a one time situation?

The Marriott Hotel nearby the Sofitel charges a $100 nonrefundable pet fee. There are other less expensive hotels in the area that are also pet friendly (Good Nite Inn, Motel 6) but not nearly the same quality of hotel accommodations and amenities for humans.

I have another driver in my neighborhood taking me shopping tomorrow. But so far, the drivers have not been very reliable. One gal could not even drive her own stick shift vehicle. Should I find another source to hire people other than craigslist? I cannot pay much but I try to go above and beyond (fed the other gal, took her to the movies one time, and accommodated her schedule and requests). A courteous, responsible and professional person communicates honestly and GETS THE JOB DONE NO MATTER WHAT. At least that is my standard. No More Flakes Need Apply.

DogVacay.com and other organizations provide in-home dog care while you are away. What do you do when you travel and cannot take your pets???

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Peace 4 pits

It’s beginning to look a lot like Xmas eve…

merry merry ho ho ho…

may all your pit bulls / dogs / pets / loved ones have a magical holiday and may all their days be full of holiday cheer, good food, treats, belly rubs, warm days and nights and lots of peace/good will on earth !!!

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Holiday gift guide for pets plus

This holiday season, nearly 63 percent of dog owners and 58 percent of cat owners will be buying Christmas gifts for their furry friends, according to the American Humane Association.

Aromatherapy dog gift set

Gerrard Larriett Aromatherapy Treatment Experience For Pets is a natural, therapeutic and effective pet care regimen and makes a wonderful gift set. The Rose Essential Oil hand poured soy candle smells yummy while balancing the body/mind. also comes in Jasmine and Wildwood scents. The gift set also includes Rose Aromatherapy Shampoo & Conditioner For Pets, Rose Aromatherapy Freshening & Shining Spray For Pets and a lovely Logo Tote Bag.

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http://www.gerrardlarriett.com/balancing-rose-aromatherapy-deodorizing-soy-candle-for-pets.html

Books

Adalyn’s Clare is a heartwarming, adventure-filled story that draws attention to the realities of social anxiety and the need to help create meaningful relationships for children who have difficulty making friends in grade school – just like Adalyn.

Author Kari Dunn Buron developed an Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate program for educators at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, and has done volunteer work specific to autism around the world.

Adalyn, a smart but lonely fourth grader, is not very good at finding human friends but loves animals and is a whiz at science. Her favorite place in the whole world is the science room where her “animal best friends” live. In fact, Adalyn knows details about animals and the places they inhabit that most of us would never know or remember.

Adalyn often finds people confusing and frustrating, which in turn causes her a great deal of worry and often gets her into trouble. Clare is a therapy puppy. When Clare gets assigned to help Adalyn calm her anxieties and help her find (human) friends, it seems like a tall order for a 3-month-old puppy. But Clare takes it in her stride. It’s during these times when Adalyn worries that Clare creeps up close and gently puts her chin on Adalyn’s foot to reassure her. Together they wait, silently and relaxed, until Adalyn’s nerves start to get smaller.  Recommended for young readers in grades 3-6.

http://www.aapcpublishing.net/book/view/701/adalyns-clare

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Dogs teach unconditional love. The purr of a kitten can bring peace. Horses show us how to harness our strength with grace.

Paws to Reflect offers gentle daily reflections for those who seek to grow spiritually by observing the animal kingdom and all the lessons it teaches.  This is a Christian book.

GRILL-ICIOUS™ (Loving Pets)

http://www.lovingpetsproducts.com/pet-treats/grill-icious

Cici LOVES these delicious treats. She sits there and DROOLS until I give her one.

Add sizzle to your pet treat assortment with Loving Pets’ new Grill-icious, 100% all-natural Beef, Chicken and Turkey treats. available in both Regular and “Bite Size” treats. Made in the USA from USA-grown ingredients, these lean and tasty meat treats mixed with a touch of antioxidant-rich sweet potato will light a fire in dog’s taste buds. Each treat is naturally seared over a hot grill to seal in a juicy flavor dogs love. Continuing its commitment to pure, unprocessed ingredients, Loving Pets’ GRILL-ICIOUS™ recipe contains no gluten, byproducts, or preservatives. These all-natural treats are made in the USA, and contain only 100% USA farm-grown ingredients.

Designer and Expressions Bella Bowls™ (Loving Pets)

http://www.lovingpetsproducts.com/pet-accessories/bella-bowl-designer-collection

Loving Pets’ #1 selling, dishwasher safe BELLA BOWLS™ are now available in eight new designer prints.  Designer and Expressions Bella Bowls™ bring a new level of style to Veterinarian-recommended stainless steel.  Cici and I love her new bowl…

For Dog Lovers:

•    Classic Pink Argyle

•    Playful Turquoise Dragonflies

•    Antique Gold Fleur-de-Lis

•    Compassionate Valentine Red Hearts

•    Contemporary Silver “Bow-Wow”

•    Whimsical Steel Blue “I Love My Dog”

Slow down, Fido… Cici scarfs up her food, she eats sooos fast, you’d think it was her last meal. Food gulping isn’t only a messy habit that’s difficult to break, but a behavior that can lead to vomiting, choking, bloat and digestive issues. Plus, eager eaters don’t realize how much they just ate, so they keep begging for between-meal treats that can quickly turn into extra pounds. Fortunately, now there’s an innovative way for pet parents to end this “feeding frenzy” by turning mealtime into a challenging, entertaining game.
The Company of Animals presents GREEN by NORTHMATE – an innovative “turf placemat” for pets that turns mealtime into a fun , stimulating game. Just scatter a handful of kibble or two across the deeply sculpted surface. Then it’s up to the dog or cat to seek out the food in the valleys between the simulated grass blades. Especially recommended for aggressive gulpers and pets on a restricted calorie diet , GREEN prolongs eating time, making meals healthier and more fun . And since this product is made of durable plastic that’s phthalate-free, it’s 100% pet and dishwasher safe.

Brewer’s yeast and garlic helps to repel fleas. You can give your doggie treats and bye bye bugs. This daily nutritional supplement helps support healthy blood sugar levels and can also be especially helpful during flea and tick season and during times of stress. Available in chewable tablets or tasty soft chews!  Cici LOVES them.

http://www.probioticsmart.com/pets/pscpets-brand.html.

Does your doggie have bad breath? PlaqClnz may be the answer. For fresh breath and good oral care, go to www.plaqclnz.com for more details.
    Its zinc-based formula works to stop bad breath (a warning sign of deteriorating gum and teeth conditions) while it guards against the build-up of plaque and tarter. Most dogs 3+ years already have the signs.

Are your pets scratching up the house? Then SoftClaws nail caps for dogs and indoor cats could help. The caps mute scratching damage and avoids cat declawing…a big issue for cat parents.
    See www.softclaws.net  for details, size and color selections. These were invented by a vet.
    When you travel with your dog/cat, putting these on helps to avoid tearing up car upholstery, hotel furnishings, strangers’ clothing and more.

To apply, fill each vinyl nail cap with the adhesive that’s provided, then slide it on over your dog’s toenail. It stays on for 4-6 weeks.

Each low-cost nail kit comes with 40 nail caps, the adhesive that secures them onto your dog’s toenails, and simple instructions.

You can place them only on the front paws or on your dog’s front and back paws.

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for the humans

Mighty Mug is great for pet parents and parents, people like me who are clumsy and spill everything. I LOVE IT. (only wish it came in PURPLE). This mug is amazing. powered by patented Smartgrip Technology which allows Mighty to resist tipping over and spilling that cup of tea, hot chocolate or coffee all over your pants (or even worse your computer). The best part about the Mighty Mug is that it knows the difference between an accidental knock and going in for a sip. If you can imagine a mug that won’t fall over even when punched but lifts naturally then you gotta try one for yourself, your favorite pet parent or computer geek coffee drinker.

Chia seeds bars

I LOVE LOVE LOVE these bars. Give the gift of CHIA this holiday season! these yummy bars are healthy, easy to bring with you to the dog park, traveling and/or to carry in your purse. Filled with Omega 3 and tasty… I love the ACAI BERRY and also the COCONUT bars. They also come in PEANUT BUTTER AND CHOCOLATE flavor… great replacement to the high-sugar, empty-calorie-filled, non-nutrient providing candy all too often around the house during the holidays. They have only 100 calories and 5g of sugar per serving. And best of all, there are actual health BENEFITS to eating them: Chia provides six times more calcium than whole milk, six times more protein than soy, 15 times more magnesium than broccoli does, twice the fiber then bran flakes, and nearly nine times the amount of omega-3s found in salmon.

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CreationScapes offers a gift of tranquility; a way to reduce stress that rejuvenates mind, body and spirit.  breathtaking beauty and sounds of nature, set to soothing music that calms, refreshes and inspires – all without leaving home!   Ahhhhhhhh…

http://www.squidoo.com/handmade-with-love-christmas-gifts-for-pets

http://www.squidoo.com/hanukkah-gifts-for-pets

http://www.squidoo.com/stocking-stuffers-for-dogs-and-puppies

 

 

Blog Hop time…thanks to Life with DogsTwo Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume…  grab the blog hop code

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Goodbye Iraq… Hello America?

America’s Moment of Truth is upon us… some dare call this treason… and unconstitutional… (the ACLU)…

If Obama signs the NDAA today (Dec 15), eviscerating the Bill of Rights, it will be exactly 220 years since the Bill of Rights was ratified on Dec. 15, 1791. Benjamin Franklin always wondered how long we in the USA “could keep the Republic” the Founding Fathers created and so now we will know—exactly 220 years! US politicians have betrayed their country’s constitution and the people were fast asleep. Farewell Democracy!

The ACLU said last night that the bill contains “harmful provisions that some legislators have said could authorize the U.S. military to pick up and imprison without charge or trial civilians, including American citizens, anywhere in the world” and added: “if President Obama signs this bill, it will damage his legacy.” Human Rights Watch said that Obama’s decision “does enormous damage to the rule of law both in the US and abroad” and that “President Obama will go down in history as the president who enshrined indefinite detention without trial in US law.”

http://www.salon.com/2011/12/15/obama_to_sign_indefinite_detention_bill_into_law/singleton/

The FBI, the ODNI, the CIA, the attorney general, and the Pentagon are all against #NDAA. But Congress and now the president ignored their warnings and objections and want to make it law. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/15/americans-face-guantanamo-detention-obama

On the 220 anniversary of the US Bill of Rights both houses of the US congress have voted in trojan horse legislation that severely undermines it. President Obama has promised to sign the bill into law this coming Wednesday! http://www.indecisionforever.com/2011/12/15/barack-obama-celebrates-bill-of-rights-day-with-support-for-indefinite-detention-bill/

Coleen Rowley commented on USATODAY.COM.

Congress finally agrees, passes abolish the Bill of Rights bill, which declares war upon xmas, the American people and the world #NDAA  will POTUS?  call him today, bill of rights day… seriously the war of terror comes home…

House-Senate Revised the Indefinite Detention Bill in Bid to Avoid White House Veto and the House voted yesterday with 93 Democrats voting FOR the Bill standing with Republicans…

I KID YOU NOT…

America, our country, civil liberties are at stake …

http://www.examiner.com/human-rights-in-national/nationwide-ndaa-protests-on-bill-of-rights-day-slated

The NDAA 2012 includes wording proposed by Democratic Sen. Carl Levin and Republican Sen. John McCain that allows arrest and indefinite detention of U.S. citizens by the military, on U.S. soil, without right of trial — in direct breach of the Bill of Rights.

First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.

anyone can be suspected of being a terrorist and sent to Gitmo..

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/congress/congress-poised-to-clear-defense-bill-after-bitter-struggle-over-provisions-on-terror-suspects/2011/12/15/gIQAc2MPvO_story.html?tid=pm_politics_pop

the definition of ‘enemy belligerent’  includes US citizens:

“An individual, including a citizen of the United
13 States, determined to be an unprivileged enemy belligerent
14 under section 3(c)(2) in a manner which satisfies Article
15 5 of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of
16 Prisoners of War may be detained without criminal
17 charges and without trial for the duration of hostilities
18 against the United States or its coalition partners…..

By defining what is an enemy belligerent previous to this current bill it SPECIFICALLY says INCLUDING citizens of the United States. Very SLICK.

https://www.facebook.com/naomi.wolf.author/posts/174380275992511   naomi wolf talks to feinstein’s lawyer about ndaa…

The NDAA is viewed as a last nail in the coffin of human and constitutional rights in the United States.

“Our Constitution does not permit the federal government to detain American citizens indefinitely without charge or trial,” a group of ten congresspersons led by Rep. Justin Amash who oppose the NDAA stated in a letter they drafted.

Those working to defend rights who signed the letter were Rep. John Conyers. D-Detroit,  Rep. Michael Capuano. D-Mass.; Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va.; Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C.; Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio,; Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va.; Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla.; Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo. and Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga.

On  December 15, Bill of Rights Day actions and press conferences are planned in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco and other areas of the country. Actions voicing opposition of the NDAA today in NYC, Boston, LA, Sacramento, Houston, Ithaca, Flagstaff, York, Atlanta, Hartford and many more locations. Be heard!

Occupy Worcester posted information created a Facebook Page about its funeral march planned for Thursday saying, “Come join Occupy Worcester as we mourn the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution (1787-2011).

“Our government has trampled all over it in the name of national security, and has driven in the final nail with the National Defense Authorization Act.”

NDAA would ‘expand the battlefield to include United States and hand Osama bin Laden an unearned victory long after his well-earned demise

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/13/opinion/guantanamo-forever.html?_r=3&scp=1&sq=Guantanamo%20forever&st=cse

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/12/14/white-house-will-not-veto-national-defense-authorization-act/

if all of the Dems had voted no, this would not have passed, in other words, the only time the dems and reps agree  is to pass a bill  to end America as we know it…

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll932.xml

list of those who voted for NDAA and those who voted against it, 93 dems voted for it…

The new Martial Law Bill which affirms the detention of American citizens indefinitely without due process of law passed the Senate 93-7.

The Senate is due to vote again today.
Habeas corpus left to bleed with the blood of patriots who died for this country.

http://current.com/shows/countdown/videos/broken-promises-rep-jerrold-nadler-decries-obama-for-not-vetoing-defense-authorization-bill

If Obama is truly a man of the people, besides vetoing this bill, he will push through a bill which renounces all of the power that this ugly bill “affirms” NOW…

Dear President Obama,

last straw…

i stand with rep. jerrold nadler who said that you should veto NDAA…and Rep Conyers and the 26 colonels and generals and Judges… and Rep. Sam Farr, and others who vetoed this travesty…

so this is the American people’s christmas gift from our government…

POTUS and Congress declare WAR upon the American people????

Twas a week before Xmas and all through the land… not a bill was getting passed

because supposedly the two parties could not agree on anything…

when a Christmas miracle (nightmare) occurred… the ONE THING the two parties COULD agree upon was to

DECLARE WAR UPON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, CHRISTMAS AND THE ENTIRE WORLD… and Time’s Best Person of the Year… the Occupy Protestors…

Heroes willing to Stand Up, Speak and Camp Out … Giving VOICE to Millions …Giving the American people the HOPE and CHANGE they VOTED for in 2008…

what a betrayal of the people who voted for you if you don’t veto NDAA

a betrayal of the American people who do not want to vote for the GOP if you do not

and a betrayal of your campaign promises if you do not veto this bill

This bill which PROVES the game Congress has been playing is BOGUS, is all exposed for Americans to see… because without the 93 Democrats AGREEING with the Republicans, this bill would not have passed… so in other words, the gig is UP … we ALL see that Congress can work together when they want to declare war upon the American people but NOT to represent the 99% of us…

so is that really what you want as your legacy, that you DECLARED WAR UPON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE RIGHT BEFORE XMAS,  betrayed the Americans who voted you into office and betrayed your campaign promises and betrayed the people who do not want to vote for the GOP?????  and that You and Congress, the 1% are against 99% of us Americans ?????

We voted for you to END what Bush did, not to continue and expand his abominable wars, torture and end our civil liberties.

Do you really think that the American people are so stupid????

Count me disgusted…

fed UP

and

ready to vote for my dog …

VETO the NDAA… and STAND UP FOR US and we will vote for you…

OR DECLARE WAR UPON US AND THE WORLD

and

be a one term President…

WE WILL PREVAIL… David won … not Goliath…

LOVE always WINS not Hate…

our Founding Fathers are ROLLING in their graves…

Call @whitehouse comment line at 202-456-1111 NOW…or call his campaign line 312-698-3670 or email the white house or ALL OF THE ABOVE…

Please share this with everyone…

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police and puppies and peaceful solutions, oh my

Police making friends with puppies at #occupymonterey Camp, compassion needed everywhere…  tis the season to cooperate and make friends and be jolly, right…

at first, it was all warm and fuzzy, exciting and fun, even invigorating and it seemed as though most Americans, even politicians and the White House agreed with the Occupy Wall Street protesters… but then we’ve all been seeing the police brutality, 5,000+ protesters arrested and evicted and pepper sprayed meanwhile NO Wall Street criminals have been charged nor arrested… maybe that is just a coincidence (I do not believe in coincidences, do you?) …

so do you think that what the media is showing YOU is ALL that is going on everywhere??? like the above, peaceful camps with cooperating police and cities are happening across the nation…and NOT being shown on TV…in newspapers… hmmmm…

could it be that the TV/media/government want citizens to STOP no more protests no more showing up and no more dissenting, making noise, being visible, so they are scaring taxpayers who have the right to dissent/protest in public spaces with all of the coverage of pepper spraying, batons and arrests, hmmmmm… could that be right here in America, home of the Free and the Brave or is it Home of the Free and the Slaves???

gee whiz, we will let you decide…

but first, a new law in Nevada has led to a 75% decrease in foreclosures because they are holding the banks accountable, gee golly willickers, could it be that simple/easy, YES…

http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/la-fi-nevada-foreclosure-20111210,0,5514369.story

a coalition of Occupiers and other groups are Occupying foreclosed homes and/or stopping foreclosures and even putting up tents in their own yards…

 https://www.facebook.com/TentForDissent?sk=info

poignant, how occupiers are helping homeless, mayors/police/government NOT so much
http://my.firedoglake.com/scarecrow/2011/12/10/rescued-from-real-people-bostons-de-occupied-dewey-park-now-re-landscaped-for-passing-motorists/

 

Author Naomi Wolf made a brilliant suggestion for people to book a room at their local City Hall, where residents have the RIGHT to call a meeting in a public space and hold a meeting, press conference, and talk about important issues and organize and solve problems… huh…

I thought that Keith Olbermann had a good idea, too…

http://www.politicususa.com/en/keith-olbermann-ows-christmas

If they evict an occupation dressed up as a huge nativity scene, isn’t that a War on Christmas?

but if you put your tent up in a national park and your tent has a sign on it, uh oh,  FREEDOM of SPEECH…

http://volokh.com/2010/08/06/d-c-circuit-strikes-down-limits-on-expressive-activity-in-national-parks/

Jingle Bells ringing…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steven-van-zandt/democracy-in-america_b_1139463.html

…The simple fact is we do not live in a democracy. Certainly not the kind our Founding Fathers intended. We live in a corporate dictatorship represented by, and beholden to, no single human being you can reason with or hold responsible for anything.

The corporation has but one obligation, which is to increase profits for it’s shareholders by any legal means necessary by the next fiscal quarter.

They have no moral, patriotic, social, environmental, generational or even sustainable responsibility…

We need to eliminate all private finance from the electoral process…

Campaign finance doesn’t need reform. It needs elimination.

To accomplish this we must overturn Buckley v. Valeo, one of the two or three worst decisions in the history of the Supreme Court.

The ruling makes the extraordinary decision that money is protected by the First Amendment…

More money can beat Big money…

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/17/opinion/in-campaign-financing-more-money-can-beat-big-money.html?_r=2&ref=constitutionalamendments 

We are ALL Occupy Leaders Now…

http://www.nationofchange.org/michael-moore-we-are-all-leaders-occupy-movement-1323449388

Deck the Halls with boughs of Liberty and Justice for ALL…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLiKvSz_wX8&feature=player_embedded

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12 days of holiday gifts for your pets

All I want for xmas is …

Fifty-six percent of dog owners say they’ll buy their pets a gift this Christmas, but only 48 percent of cat owners plan a gift.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/08/pet-presents-holiday-season_n_1081502.html

Just over half of American pet owners will buy gifts for their pets this holiday season, and they’ll spend an average of $46 on their animals, with toys and treats topping the list, according to a new AP-Petside.com poll.

Sixty-eight percent of pets getting gifts can look forward to a toy, 45 percent to food or another treat, 8 percent new bedding, 6 percent clothing, 3 percent a leash, collar or harness and 3 percent new grooming products, the poll showed. (Some pets will get more than one gift.)

Sixty-two percent of U.S. households have pets, according to a 2011 survey by the American Pet Products Association (APPA). For many of those furry friends, life is quite good.

http://www.mnn.com/family/pets/questions/what-are-some-fun-gift-ideas-to-help-spoil-my-pet-this-christmas

1. Doggie wreath with toys and bones

http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/crafts-by-type/animal-bug-crafts/animal-themed-crafts/cat-dog-crafts/dog-bone-wreath-662113/

2. Toys from Ruff Gear

Cici is not a big toy dog but she loves playing with the square ball… the shape is fun, I stuffed it full of treats, she is always up for food, and she had to wrestle with it to get the treats out.  she also liked the turnup, plays with it too.

http://www.ruffwear.com/SquareBall?sc=2&category=14

3. Toys from Quaker Pet’s Sherpa travel gear and resources for senior dogs (we will be devoting another whole blog post to senior gear so stay tuned)

Quaker Pet’s Sherpa line of travel products offer a great variety of items and several pet-friendly travel resources on their site at http://www.sherpapet.com
They also offer the new Hear Doggy! toys are great for dogs that chew on their toys.  the Hear Doggy “Flatties” (since they don’t have the stuffing)  are available in Rabbit, Skunk and Deer. And these ultrasonic toys come with a squeaker only the dog can hear, so you can enjoy a “Silent Night” while your pup is having a blast!  Tuned to an ultrasonic
range in the 24-28 KHz frequency, each Hear Doggy! squeaker is out of human
hearing range. Visit  Petsmart, Petco or online at www.republicofpaws.com.

4.  Stuff stockings full of your pooch’s favorite bones

5. Earthbath’s Green Tea travel wipes are great stocking stuffers for dogs and cats.

6.  How about a gift for you and your pooch. You can order pet food online and get it delivered right to your door. You can order through AdoptaShelter.com and as an added bonus have the animal rescue/shelter of your choice receive a monetary reward, too.

Or order through Mr. Chewy’s… not all dog food companies are listed yet (for instance, Dr. Harvey’s and Honest Kitchen are not) but many different types of kibble are… and we ordered some Stella and Chewy’s raw dehydrated lamb and Ziwi Peak, both very high quality foods. And the best part is having the products delivered to your home, price discounts are nice, too. They also offer dog treats (Cici’s favorites include Old Mother Hubbard and Zuke’s) and other goodies for cats, too. You can call 1-800-Mr-Chewy or visit their website…

http://www.mrchewy.com/b/dog-food

7.  Martha Stewart has a whole bunch of homemade gift ideas and instructions

http://www.marthastewart.com/275311/gifts-for-pets-and-pet-lovers/@center/307035/santas-workshop

8.  Canine Citizen bag for you and your pooch (stay tuned for another blog post to come)

Carries your dog’s stuff (waste bags/treats/ball) and your stuff too…made in the USA

Cici and I got the gray and violet bag and duh, I thought she was supposed to wear it but it is for humans to wear. Seems lightweight even stuffed with your dog’s stuff and yours. The Citizen Canine is primarily a treat bag (for training treats/rewards/bribes) with a poop bag dispenser built in. The treat compartment makes up the top two-thirds of the bag; the top edge of the pouch is stiffened to remain open for easy access, but closes with a drawstring so the treats stay inside otherwise. The treat portion is also big enough to fit a tennis or similar sized ball (or toy) if your buddy is more inspired by fetch than by food.

Poop bags dispense discreetly. One roll of compostable BioBags comes with the bag. There’s a nifty waist strap and a shoulder strap and there is a Guardian Light for nighttime. Another great feature: a front zippered pocket sized to fit an iPhone (room enough for ID/credit card/cash) AND a back zippered pocket sized for keys, change, or a clicker, so you can go out with the Citizen Canine bag and nothing more. $5 from each purchase goes to Old Dog Haven which takes in senior citizen dogs from shelters and either finds them new homes or provides foster homes for them in their twilight years or months.

The rope dog leash is better than recycled, seems sturdy, long lasting and strong, too. http://www.krebsrecycle.com/

 http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/DOG/TB2110

9.  Dr. Harvey’s Power Patties

Cici loves her Dr. Harvey’s Power Patties, one of her favorite treats, made from fresh, raw green tripe. The patties are easily digestible, add beneficial Vitamins and Minerals, digestive enzymes and good usable protein and essential fatty acids to a dog’s diet. Tripe is considered one of the most complete foods for carnivores and are very popular in Europe.www.drharveys.com

Cici could probably just eat Power Patties all day and nothing else… Cici’s Power Patty doggie diet… the treats for champions…

10.  A new doggie bed, your choice, there are many options, round, square or rectangle… there are chew proof ones, eco friendly, so many to choose from… I’ve been thinking about getting Cici a mattress from a baby crib

11.  Aromatherapy gift basket for your pet…could include your dog’s favorite (or yours) doggie shampoo, along with a bathing sponge and rubber duck and some aromatherapy sprays/spritzes for your pooch

12.  Bake something special. Pick up one of many dog-treat cookbooks and make a special treat for your pooch that you know is made of top-quality ingredients.

Ace’s Favorite Cheesy Dog Biscuits

1 1/2 cups rice/oat flour
1 1/4 cups grated cheddar cheese
1/4 pound buter
1 clove garlic — crushed
1 pinch salt
1/4 cup Almond Milk — or as needed

Grate the cheese into a bowl and let stand until it reaches room temperature. Cream the cheese with the softened buter, garlic, salt and flour. Add enough milk to form into a ball.

Chill for 1/2 hour. Roll onto floured board. Cut into shapes and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until slightly brown, and firm.

Read more: http://www.k9magazine.com/homemade-dog-treat-recipes/#ixzz1eASsMJwT

Christmas Carob Mint Dog Cookies

Combine 1 cup flour, 1 cup rice flour, oat flour, 5 drops mint flavoring, ¼ cup almond milk, 2 tablespoons butter, 1 egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix all ingredients and roll out onto a floured surface to approximately ¼ inch thick. Cut with bone shape or holiday cookie cutters and position on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes until lightly browned. Cool the dip cookies halfway into melted carob or spoon the carob icing over half of each cookie. Make sure cookies are cooled down before storing, gift wrapping or giving to your pup. Store these treats in a sealed, airtight container for freshness.

http://pawluxury.blogspot.com/2009/12/seasons-eatings-droolworthy-homemade.html

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