Sat 05.02.09

As I've switched my own diet to a plant-based diet, I've been thinking a lot about nutrition. My own Opal, Dixie and Nini are fortunate enough to have home-cooked meals prepared by Yours Truly. My recipes are wholesome and balanced, and loaded with dark, leafy greens, carotene-rich foods and other good stuff. Now, although there is a great deal of healthy 'people food' that is equally healthy for pets, there are certain foods that are toxic and often deadly.

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Mon 04.20.09

The following comes to us courtesy of our guest blogger, Anne-Lise Stannard, of Planet Blue Dog!

As Earth Day (April 22, 2009) approaches, many of us might consider how we can make a difference. Taking a look at how we can reduce our "Carbon Footprint" is a current topic worth taking a look at!  For those of you not familiar with this term, here is the definition:

A Carbon Footprint is "the total set of GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions caused... Read more

Fri 04.10.09

This is my favorite ?get rid of cat pee? site.  Cat pee serves two purposes: to offend and destroy. Nini succeeds on both counts. Nini?s pee, packaged, would be an effective biological warfare weapon. It could wipe out an entire nation in moments. Mr. Ronning?s tips do remove the carpet pee smell as well as can be expected, but I've still had to take to surrounding Nini?s litter box with Depends.

Sat 04.04.09

Having just read of the upcoming August 2009 release of an American remake of the 1987 Japanese film, Hachiko monogatari, I wanted to recount this beautiful, touching tale of a dog's loyalty to its owner. The original film was the recipient of the prestigious Genesis award in 1988. Genesis Awards categories span television, film, print, radio, music, and the arts. The awards committee includes people from all walks of life who all share a genuine, demonstrated... Read more

Sat 04.04.09

The craziest thing! I could I have forgotten to share this story?


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Sun 03.15.09

I am often asked about the benefits of fish oil vs. flax for pets. Both fish oil and flax offer benefits. Both are excellent sources of Omega 3, an essential fatty acid that supports cardiovascular health, the immune system and healthy brain function. Omega 3 is anti-inflammatory (calming the effects of diseases such as arthritis), and it contributes to healthy skin and coat for pets and much healthier skin for us. Both fish oil and flaxseed oil are actually... Read more

Thu 03.12.09

Back on track! Had a successful surgery in December, recovered well enough to return to my day job part-time, and am now taking a little break as I embark on Caca Chemo and all the rest of it. Yippee (not for the upcoming treatments, but for the little break from work).

Nini, my hot-blooded kitty, has been planting herself on top of me more often than usual. When I sleep, she's right up on my pillow, curling up next to me like a cashmere scarf. When I'm on the... Read more

Tue 12.02.08

I was diagnosed with breast cancer last month, and this may throw a little wrench in my blogging capabilities, depending upon what my treatment holds in store for me. My surgery will be the day before Christmas Eve, after which I hope my recovery will be speedy and I'll be back online before I can screech, "Happy New Year!" That said, it looks... Read more

Sun 11.09.08

Yikes... it's me again... the worst blogger on the planet. But I ask you again: where the hell does one find the time, for cryin' out loud? I've suddenly found myself with such a busy life, with barely time to do the laundry, vacuum or water the plants, let alone blog. But I'm going to be more diligent; I promise! So get this: I was recently on KRON Channel 4... one of the major local TV stations in the Bay Area. I was on talking about my fabulous wellness products... Read more

Sun 11.09.08

Here I am, chatting about Opie and Dixie products on KRON 4, "The Bay Area's News Station."