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Happy 8th birthday Cici

My goodness time has flown by. I’ve never had a pet for this long. And it has been amazing. Cici is such a good girl.

A very cute message from Dogbook for Cici today…

 

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Am also very thankful to Gillian for giving Cici this wonderful gift for her birthday this year. (More about Gillian below the portrait of Cici she painted).  What do you think ???

 

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If YOU would like to WIN a FREE/complimentary portrait of YOUR pet from Gillian, we are having a CONTEST… This rafflecopter will go live after Tuesday, August 5, all you have to do is click the link and enter the contest !!!

 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/ce2345c73/

 

My interview with Gillian:

 

 

how long does it usually/generally take you to do a pet portrait?

A portrait takes about a week but turn around is about 3 weeks usually due to other business.  I can do a rush if necessary.

your favorite dog?  do you still have the bullldog or have any other cats or dogs of your own?  if so, names, ages

My favorite dog is HENRY!!!  He is still around and the best ever!  I had a cat Zebedee who is sadly no longer with us.  Henry is 7 now and super healthy and happy.  Henry and Zebedee were not friends!   Henry used to chase her but she was much faster and could gain the higher ground.

what do you like about painting pets?

I absolutely love animals and how they change our world.  I really think they are the best and they make us so happy!  Painting them is always a challenge because you want to capture their essence and their personality.  Anyway – I always start off thinking it is impossible – so when I am able to get it it’s exciting.  Also I get SUCH positive feedback from the owners that it is very rewarding.  People often get very emotional when they see their pet in a painting.

how do you access the personality of the pet in order to paint it?

A lot of time it is the eyes that are the most important aspect.  They do say eyes are the window to the soul and I have found this to be very true.  One thing I’ve learned is that a really good photograph is important to my result.  I also ask for additional photos to get a sense of the pet’s personality.

is it easier to paint cats or dogs or same difference?

 I think cats are often a little trickier to photograph.  They can be more elusive.

do you prefer cats or dogs as pets? (there are benefits for each, I love both)

I too love both!  I have never had a dog before Henry – and I am completely smitten with him.  I have had cats my whole life and they are wonderful.  But as you say – there are benefits to both and personally I think no home is complete without pets.  Dogs hang on your every move whereas cats tend to be more independent.  I love them all though!!!

what do you like most about cats? dogs?

Cats are so beautiful and graceful.  I love just to watch them.  And you always feel favored when they give you their attention!  My cat Zebedee used to sleep on my head.  It was slightly annoying but funny too.  Dogs are awesome!  I love their different personalities and how they find out how to communicate their desires with you.  My dog Henry hates it when my husband and I are in different rooms so he always tries to herd us into the same room!  It’s really funny.

any funny or heartwarming stories about painting dogs or cats?

Well probably the funniest was trying to paint Henry.  I hadn’t painted an animal before but I always paint from life.  He often sits in the same position but dogs aren’t really models!  You can’t get them to sit still for several hours!  I eventually realized I needed a photograph to achieve success.

what is the most unusual portraIts you have done of pets and painted any famous dogs or cats?

As to unusual or celebrity she has painted Stephen King’s (the writer) girlfriend’s hairless cats.

what is the type of paint you use?

work with oils.

do people usually have their pets painted before or after they’ve passed on or both?

I have mostly done pets that are still around but a few in memoriam.  People sometimes give them as gifts when a pet is getting older.  I actually did a painting for my father who has two Siamese who would always sleep hugging each other.  Sadly the older one passed away recently but I know he treasures the painting and the memories of always seeing them in the same chair hugging each other.

anything else?

I guess I just feel lucky to be doing this.  Pets enhance our lives in so many ways and really when you can have a relationship with an animal it is something so special.  I’m glad to be able to add to a pet owners pleasure in that experience.

 

 

About Gillian

Gillian Wainwright was born in London and lived in Italy and Belgium before moving to the United States.  She became interested in painting in her teen-age years and went on to go to undergraduate school at the California College of Arts and Crafts.  Later Gillian got her Masters degree in painting at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, and since then has exhibited in numerous shows in New York City. Having had cats all her life Gillian got  her first dog, Henry, a French Bulldog with adorable green eyes (very rare),with her husband David.  As a Christmas present to David she painted a portrait of Henry for him, which he treasures. The portrait holds a prominent place in their living room. This became the very first NYC PetPortrait!  Since then, Gillian has created many more pet portraits to the delight of pet owners around the world. Gillian has a unique ability to capture the most beautiful moments for pet owners everywhere. To view a few other examples of Gillian’s paintings go to www.nycpetportraits.com.

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The Furriest Halloween Contest

We’re so excited to announce the 1st annual Halloween Costume Photo Contest!   We’d love for you and your pets to join us!

The rules are simple. Check it out:

  1. Take a photo of your pet all decked out in its Halloween best and email it to me at prmatchmaker at yahoo.com from October 3rd to the day before Halloween, October 30. Use the words “Contest Photo” in your email subject line.
  2. Include your pet’s name, age, breed, and your first and last name.
  3. We’ll add your pet’s photo to the official Costume Photo Album on our NEW Facebook page, Cici the Polka Dot Princess.

It’s your chance to show off your pet in her Halloween best!  We’ve got great prizes for the 3 pets that win!

Prizes include your very own copy of The Sound and the Furry by Spencer Quinn. And to honor the book, please dress your pooch up as an ALLIGATOR…can be a homemade costume, store bought or whatever, use your imagination !  Creativity will be rewarded.

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Spring Naturals dog food and other treats will also be given to the winners.

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Halloween Safety Tips For Pets

Pet costumes are cute. And Halloween can be spooky for dogs. Be sure that your dog is safe in the neighborhood when you head out with her on Halloween. Pets do not always enjoy the sights and sounds of Halloween. Here are a few precautions to take to keep them safe:

1. Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with an ID tag with your current contact information and that the microchip has up to date info, too.

2. Keep your pet on a leash. There may or may not be a lot of kids or teens where you live outside going trick or treating door to door. But be safe and control your pet with a leash. You never know when your dog might see a cat or decide s/he wants to chase or run off and scavenge or explore.

3. Make special Halloween treats for your pets. Give your dog a new bone, some doggie biscuits, dog jerky or dog cookies. But do not give candy to dogs or cats. Chocolate, nuts, raisins and candy with ingredients like xilothil and other “sugar-free” chemicals can be life threatening and even fatal for dogs.  

4. When you are at home entertaining trick or treaters or having your own party, keep your pets in a safe place behind a closed door or gate. Otherwise, your pets might quickly get outside without a leash and get spooked, stolen or get into trouble.

5. Pets should stay indoors on Halloween night, especially black cats and even dogs that are outside. There is a high incidence of pets being stolen during the month of October, and you do not want your pets to become a statistic.

6. Have your own Halloween party for your pets and invite the neighborhood pawpals. Give out baskets of pet treats, play games and give our prizes for the best costumes !

BOO ! Share your plans for Halloween, the spookiest night of the year in the comments below and on our Facebook page, and be sure to send us your pet’s photo.

 

 


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

 

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Enter to Win: Traveling dogs

Does your dog drive you crazy or drive you to the store?

Be sure to READ BELOW TO FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN WIN CASH !!!

Fur in the breeze, adventure in her blood, born to be wild Cici loves car rides, no matter where we go. She will hop in anyone’s car, (although she has her preferred vehicle, a Subaru, of course). She loves to go to the beach, shopping mall, dog park or to her favorite pet friendly winery. She even loves going to the vet. But, some dogs do not enjoy driving in the car because they associate car driving with getting a bath or haircut and nails trimmed at the groomer or some other terrible experience (going to the vet or worse).  Dogs who fear driving in cars may throw up, drool, whine, shake, cry or otherwise make life miserable for the driver of the car (that would likely by you).

Make traveling with Dog a breeze

You can ease your dog’s anxiety in the car through a number of methods, from giving them Bach Flower Essences, Rescue Remedy, aromatherapy essential oils (a few calming drops of Lavendar on paws), a calming collar filled with aromatherapy oils and/or play some nice relaxing doggie music made for scaredy dogs like Through a Dog’s Ear by Lisa Spector.

Whenever Cici drives in the car, she is surrounded by her very own pillows and blankets and hitched up to the seat belt but many dogs would prefer and feel safer in a crate or a carrier. NEVER put your dog in the back of your truck, that is one of my pet peeves. What happens when they jump out or if you have to stop quickly? And do not ever let your dog be in the front of the car, sitting on your lap or in the shotgun seat. Much too dangerous. It also goes without saying that your dog should NEVER be put in a kennel on the top of the motor vehicle, either… for ANY length of time.

Cars Made For Traveling Dogs

Car savvy traveling dogs like Cici have voted for their favorite car to drive in. And that car is a Subaru, no matter the model. Cici and I drove our Subaru Legacy station wagon for two years all over California, Nevada and Oregon without a hitch. Well, except for running out of gas and getting a flat tire. Subaru cars are ideally suited to and made for traveling dogs. And their Dog Tested Dog Approved campaign, that we’ve mentioned a couple of times, shows dogs the best car to drive. Grant Weber, Subaru Canine Sales Associate devotes his life selling cars specifically to dogs. Dogs of ALL breeds, little dogs, big dogs, scaredy dogs, brave dogs and most especially traveling savvy dogs.

Watch him sell cars to dogs here…   click on the link…It is funny and Made for Dogs… especially dogs who LOVE to EAT !!!!

 

As part of their campaign, Subaru has launched a facebook app that is FUN and offers some  things to do, such as the Subaru Dog Matcher, the Ask the Expert, Put Your Dog in a Subaru, and the Canine Driver’s License Division (you can make a driver’s license for your dog – I made one for Cici, make sure you put in a fake address).

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Grant Weber suggested Cici would prefer a Subaru Outback for our next car and with the app we can even build our own Outback to our specifications, and the car even comes with snacks, how cool is that?

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in a Subaru Outback.

With the go-anywhere capability of the Outback, you can get away from that fenced-in yard of yours and sniff out some real adventure…

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Enter to Win!

Try the Subaru app out for yourself!

 Like the Subaru Facebook page for a chance to win cash and
tell them that Cici and CeliaSue from Have Dog Blog will Travel sent ya!

Just “like” the Subaru facebook page and you’ll be entered to win a Visa gift card!  One first place prize winner will receive a $350 Visa gift card and one second place prize winner will receive a $150 Visa gift card!  The winners will be announced within 48 hours after the raffle closes.

ENTER HERE.

Like Subaru’s Facebook page FIRST.

Follow the Rafflecopter instructions.

You can enter once per day until the contest ends at 11:59 pm ET on Sunday, February 24.

Start today to win !

Enter once a day for your best chance to win! You can enter with your Facebook log-in or just use your email address.

Be sure to visit our Facebook page and post a photo of your dog driving a Subaru, your dog’s driver’s license, and share what you did with the Subaru Facebook app!

This post is sponsored by Subaru. we are helping spread the woof about the Dog Tested. Dog Approved.™ campaign, because [Have Dog Blog Will Travel] only shares news for things we love and support. All opinions are mine.

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Love muffins contest

What’s better than a pet’s love and affection? This Valentine’s Day, consider your pets’ unabashed adoration, slobbery kisses and enthusiastic tail wagging and enter Radio Beastro’s “Unconditional Love Muffins” contest.

Created by pet lifestyle expert Kristen Levine, Radio Beastro is an On-Demand Petcast dedicated to helping the 72.9 million American pet parents make life with pets happier, healthier and more rewarding.

Our pets show their love for us in gestures both small and grand, every single day. Radio Beastro wants to know, “How does your pet show you love?” Pet owners are asked to upload a photo of their pet along with a short description of how their furry friend shows affection, for the chance to win one of three “pawesome” prizes:

  • Grand Prize: One-Year Supply of Ascenta, canine or feline Omega-3 supplement (a $400 value)
  • Second Prize: $50 BarkingDeals.com or MeowingDeals.com Gift Certificate
  • Third Prize: Angry Birds Pet Toy Prize Pack (including one “Birds Gone Crazy” cat toy, one “Two Heads” tug toy, one plush head and two tiny dog plush heads)

To enter the contest, visit http://on.fb.me/ABUnx2. Entries must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. EST on February 29, 2012. There is no limit on the number of entries per person.

About Radio Beastro

First broadcast in October 2011, the weekly show addresses topics such as pet obesity, smart food product choices, winter preparation tips and creating safe, healthy environments for pets. In addition to learning valuable tips from Levine and other on-air guests, Radio Beastro listeners have the opportunity to win prizes and gain access to special pet product discounts and promotions.

Radio Beastro can be heard on WebTalkRadio.net or by downloading the show’s podcasts from iTunes. More information about the show is available at www.RadioBeastro.com.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day

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Q tips…

Cici and I have been selected to share with you about all of the wonderful uses of Q-Tips and the new Precision Tips™ – specially designed with pointed tips at both ends making them perfect for precise application, accurate touch-ups, and reaching small spaces..

How many uses can you find for these new pet Q-tips?  Using Q-tips to clean your dog can  help your pooch feel much better.

I bet Cici would enjoy getting a bath using Q-tips, so small she would hardly notice… 🙂

You can put some calming / healing cream or moisturizer onto doggie noses, ear tips, paws/toes and hard to reach places to sooth away the discomforts of daily life.

You can clean dirt from around their eyes and nose with a Q-tips® Precision Tip™.

Poochie paws can get filled with all sorts of dirt and debris that hide in the crevices so Q-tips are especially handy for cleaning their paws. And when your dog’s paws are painful and cracked from cold weather, Q-tips can help ease the pain when you put lotion on.

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  • Use Q-tips® cotton swabs for applying healing ointment to cuts and scrapes on pets.

You can even use a Q-tip as a travel toothbrush with dental cream for a doggie teeth cleaning session.

Ear infections are pretty common with dogs. And itchy ears can make dogs cranky and feel under the weather. Never put Q-tips or any other object inside your dog’s ear where it can cause damage. You can use Q-tips to clean the exterior portion of your dog’s ear. Dip the Q-tips in an ear cleaning solution. Q-tips are good for getting into the nooks and crannies of a dog’s outer ear.

Here’s some more tips on how to clean a dog’s ears.

http://www.ehow.com/how_4667046_clean-dogs-ears.html

http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/cliented/dog_ears.aspx

NEVER let your dog or cat eat, chew, and/or swallow a Q-tip.

ok, this is gross but you know how your dog scoots his/her butt across the floor, but you might be able to use a Q-tip to put anti-itchy cream and/or to clean the butt area gently. DO NOT INSERT Q-tip in the dog’s anus.

Do you have some handy tips for using Q-tips with your dogs, cats or other pets? Q-tips is hosting a Tip-A-Thon on its Facebook page. Though December 15, you can submit your creative ways to use Q-tips (including for pet purposes) and be entered to win weekly $100 gift cards or the Grand Prize of a $1,000 gift card and a year’s supply of Q-tips!

https://www.facebook.com/qtips

check out their funny videos, too…

https://www.facebook.com/qtips?sk=videos

 

After you enter your tip at the Q-Tips giveaway, come back here and leave your pet-related Q-Tip tip in the comments below and you will be entered to win a special surprise gift.  This prize is ONLY for readers here at Have Dog Blog Will Travel, so enter Today.

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what do you and your pooch want to do?

 

Maybe you’d like to take your dog surfing, to do doggie yoga, or learn how to do agility. Or to buy them a vacation where the grass is greener. Perhaps a scenic tour of New York, Las Vegas or Hawaii. How about getting a new wardrobe for two. Imagine a cruise, a spaw trip to Europe or whatever your heart’s desire.

Call it a bucket list, a wish list, or a doggie dream list, everyone has stuff they want to do.  But what we think we have to do, $$$, and other reasons seem to get in the way.  Rescue Remedy, the natural stress reliever, invites people to take a break from their busy schedule to create their “Want” To-Do list and be entered for a chance to win $2500 to help check a few things off of that list.

“We all have a want to do list running through our head, but time and money tend to make us put those things on the back-burner,” says Katrina Eichenfeldt, senior brand manager for Rescue Remedy.  “We hope this campaign inspires people to be deliberate about carving out time for their own goals and to think about what they’ve always wanted to do.”

To enter, participants simply “Like” Rescue Remedy on Facebook www.facebook.com/rescueremedy and then follow the “Want” To-Do sweepstakes link to create their “Want” To-Do list. Once entered, participants will have the option of inviting their friends to enter as well. Each eligible friend who enters the sweepstakes gives the person who invited them an additional chance to win.  Each participant also gets a Rescue Remedy coupon just for entering.

Rescue Remedy is an all-natural solution for anyone who deals with stress.  Trusted for over 70 years, people all over the world take Rescue Remedy to stress less, stay calm and in control.

Rescue Remedy devotees include celebrities like Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Aniston, and Harry Potter star Emma Watson. As Watson told InStyle Magazine recently, “A few drops under my tongue before I go out calms me down.  It’s in my makeup bag at all times.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1237315/A-hound-world-80-days-Meet-Oscar-canine-globe-trotting-sensation.html

Deadline for entries is October 3, 2011, and the first prize winner of $2500 will be selected at random from all the respondents on October 11th, 2011. Official contest rules will be posted at www.facebook.com/RescueRemedy.

About Rescue Remedy
Over 70 years ago, Dr. Edward Bach, recognized the need for a holistic treatment to help people cope with everyday stress and created Rescue Remedy. Today, Rescue Remedy is still made with the same formula, using 5 of his 38 Bach Original Flower Remedies.  Formulated to help you stress less and keep up with life’s demands, Rescue Remedy is available in several convenient formats to fit within your busy day. Go to www.rescueremedy.com to learn more. There is even a new pet version to help pets calm down when dealing with separation anxiety, nervousness, fear and loss.

 

Can it really be that time again for the Saturday Blog Hop?   Thanks to Two Little Cavaliers, Life with Dogs and Confessions of the Plume, grab the code right here…

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Blog the Change: the real heroes

Lately, we’ve been talking a lot about American pit bull terriers because of the dog fighting issue and how these dogs have been abused, traumatized and killed by you know who. There are many other issues that we have not addressed including how badly maligned these innocent dogs are in the media, banning the breed in places like Denver, (breed specific legislation), spay/neutering the dogs so less of them end up dying in shelters across America, and so on.  A whole host of problems that need solutions.  Mostly, I have joked about polka dot discrimination here until recently.

Some of us dog lovers and pibble lovers specifically are working towards getting better press for the dogs. Better press, positive press in the media, can lead to changes in the way our society perceives the breed and ultimately help end / solve the other problems. And since I am a media person, what you didn’t know that about me, read my bio, hah. Anyway, I am a newspaper reporter/editor, freelance, and I also do PR, assist authors, small business owners and others obtain all the media attention/coverage they can handle. I say that because many people don’t really want a lot of media attention. Just a little. But I digress.

We have a HUGE opportunity with promoting the Lost Dogs book and banning Vick from EVER getting a dog to move the breed’s reputation from vicious bad mean dogs to who they really are, the sweet adorable dogs we know and love, in our society’s minds. And that’s why I get so crazy if you will, and want everyone to jump on the bandwagon with me. Ok, I admit I am annoying.  But it’s up to us to step up and speak out for these sweet adorable dogs. Because if we don’t, who will. Ok, sometimes my passion turns into obsession. I admit it. Am a crazy fan of the breed because of my Cici, who I rescued from out of the hands of a homicidal maniac. Have issues. I get it.  For me, it’s personal, as it should be.

You know that you are a pit bull rescuer, owner, lover when you realize you have not slept again all night because you found another crazymaking article, poll, or list saying how wonderful sick Vick is and you’ve just got to tell the world, that ain’t true.

How many pibble rescuers, owners, lovers does it take to turn the tide, tell the press/media, and the world how great these dogs are before we make a difference?  I know we are making a difference every day when people come up to me and tell me how great, sweet, gorgeous and silly Cici is. Or when I read a hero story about a pibble who saved someone. Little steps can add up to BIG change.

It is easy to feel discouraged especially when ignorant media people like Petside name ick (not a typo) a pet hero, ugh.  Now, hmmm choose, should we applaud a dog serial killer who used his own pet dog as bait and killed dogs with his own bare hands or should we choose BADRAP and Best Friends as pet heroes? DUH… And just when we thought we were doing good with the Lost dogs project, we find out that some of the books were returned to owners. This is  unclear at the moment. Seems like just part of the White House process of approving gifts. Hopefully.

But what other choice do we have but to keep on keeping on, every day, in small and big ways to help these dogs? I take my inspiration from heroines like Donna Reynolds from BADRAP and the heroes and heroines at Best Friends who have taken care of the v-dogs and are taking care of them and other dogs, as well as Our Pack, Monterey SPCA, the gang at Pit Bull Positive and the other pit bull rescuers who are so dedicated and committed to the breed. If they can patiently, lovingly and daily do the work of caring and training these dogs, and have for years, then so can I and so can you.

Since the mass media has yet to name the REAL heroes, I am calling them out here right now and so I hope you will too. Give them a standing ovation, a big cheer, a huge shout out, folks, yell from the rooftops. Also translate that into donations to keep them doing this great work. For the breed, for the dogs. I know you care. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t have read this far.  Translate that caring into action. Baby steps every day have a ripple effect in the long term.

Also, I consider it an honor to tell people about The Lost Dogs book because imagine how much it took for author Jim Gorant to not only write this tale but also now to deal with the press/media about it.  He deserves a lot more kudos, too.  As I tell people every day, not only should they read the book to learn the facts about ick, (again, not a typo, heh heh 🙂 but also because IT IS the best written book I’ve read in a long long time.  Gorant is a GREAT writer. He wove a tale with suspense, not much gore (2-3 paragraphs tops), and a TON OF HEART, for the dogs. The book honors the dogs and is a living testament to the TRUE HEROES of this tale.  I pray that I could write like that some day. So please buy the book, send it to the media, your local media, the national media, Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg, specifically need to read the book. Write a letter to your editor at the local newspaper. Everyone benefits when you do. The dogs, their rescuers, Jim Gorant and our world. Win, win, win win win.

I also want to thank all of the crazy people who sent the books to the White House. Anna B., Catherine HB, Katie M., Dawn SB and 200+ others, you know who you are. None of you sent the book for the limelight attention or even the gifts some will be winning at my contest, They all did it because they love the dogs and want to help BADRAP and Gorant. Hats off to you nutty dog / animal people of the world !  (Below are photos of Anna’s sweet rescue dogs and Dawn’s glass tile charms). You, too, are my heroes and inspiration.

Last but definitely not least is this hero who speaks out so eloquently about this. You gotta read the article the Pit Bull Guru Drayton Michaels wrote called Sympathy for the Devil: Softening M. Vick’s image click it and pay it forward.

Now that is my soap box and I will go gently back into the night, actually into my bed to cuddle with Cici.  She is the best dog ever.  Does she have a sweet face or what?

oh well, it’s 6 pm I posted this early early early this morning, but just realized now I was supposed to put the code here, duh, oh my dog, no wonder, early to post, late to link/code 🙂

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