Share a WHOLE Lot of Love this Father’s Day

Lil Bub and his dad, Mike

This father’s day, dad and his pet can enter to win a year’s supply of Halo pet food, PLUS a 5,000-bowl donation to a shelter of your choice courtesy of and It’s just another way to help #HaloFeeditFoward.

To enter, upload your photo with a single line caption to describe the picture. Include your first name, last name, email address, city and state/providence. Contest is open to both US and Canadian residents. Winners will be announce on Father’s Day June 18 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Hurry and enter your photo before midnight June 15, 2017.

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Madison WI

Taken from The Puppy Up Foundation Blog by Erich Trapp


On Sunday, May 7th over 1,300 people and 900 dogs attended the 4th Annual PuppyUp Madison Walk at McKee Farms in Fitchburg, WI. This is the largest PuppyUp Walk the Foundation holds each year, and each year the PuppyUp Madison Team surpasses their goals.

Their beginning goal in 2014 was $ 10,000 and 50 participants and they passed that goal by raising approximately $ 87,000 with over 750 participants. This year the goal was $ 135,000 and 1,000 participants; they again blew their goals out of the water by raising over $ 156,000, having 106 Teams and 52 Sponsors and vendors.
Success at this level is not gained over night. Many steps are planned with precision for months, progress is monitored daily and often by the minute. The dedication and passion of the Madison Committee (Beth Viney, Dr. Kai-Biu Shiu, Ann Lippincott, Lana Hesch, Mel Stodola Taylor, Mary Ann Francis, Katie Martz, Danielle Kay, Courtney Tyson, Jennifer Schleicher, Vicki Nussbaum, Lori Gibson and Dr. Linda Sullivan) inspires all who meet them. The hours they spend away from their dogs, family and friends in order to fight cancer in pets and people is much appreciated not just by me, Luke and our Board of Directors, but by all the people they encounter along the way. They have created a community in which others feel free to seek help, advice and even a shoulder to cry on. Many now feel that there is hope that one day we will have better cancer treatments for our two and four legged companions. And some day through the research that we are funding …. a cure, so that others do not lose loved ones to this horrible disease.
A special thanks to Beth Viney (co-founder of PuppyUp Madison) who works tirelessly in memory of Czar and is an inspiration to all who meet her; Ann Lippincott (2017 Chair) who dedicates her fight against cancer to Velma, (or Miss V as she is sometimes called); and Dr. Kai Shiu (co-founder of PuppyUp Madison, Veterinary Oncologist and Chair of the Puppy Up Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee) who fights cancer on all fronts in his office, and for the Foundation.
Through their efforts, they have raised $ 500,000 in the past 4 years allowing the Foundation to add funding to much needed research, awareness and education.
When asked to comment about the 2017 PuppyUp Madison Walk, Luke Robinson, the Founder of the Puppy Up Foundation stated “Trail Magic has taken The Puppy Up Foundation from just 2 dogs and a homeless dude to funding cutting edge, peer reviewed cancer research in exciting areas like immunotherapy at world class institutions, and it led us to Madison, WI. And where Kai and Beth and all of Team Madison have taken it from there is nothing short of awesomeness! My proudest achievement aside from getting the Fuzzybutts safely across 4,000 miles for this cause is how Puppy Up Nation has inspired the best and greatest in all of us.”
We’re looking forward to 2018 PuppyUp Madison.
YBD’s Notes – the photo above is of the Puppy Power Team led by Michael, a 9 year old lad I had the honor of meeting who became one of Madison’s top fundraisers and at last count that was $ 5,800.  Congrats and cheers to a job well done!
Of course, Hudson, the famous Fuzzybutt, had his own take on Madison.  As some of you know, he’s become some what of a degenerate in his old age, humping indiscriminately.  Boy dog, girl dog it doesn’t seem to matter one bit earning him the nickname Humpson we just chalk it up to the French in him. The Old Perv wrote a Haiku about his recent time up in Madison WI, home of the Badgers, and what’s become the town where the Fuzzybutts ring in summertime.  
Hudson Haiku

Madison blossoms.  
Where is dat lil badger at?
I hump it too!

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Face Swapping

This really struck my funny bone. Hang in there – Friday’s coming! Until next time, Good day, and good dog! Dog Blog

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The Mayor of Cormorant

Meet Duke, the 3-term Mayor of Cormorant Village, MN. I don’t know much about Duke, other than that he’s a Great Pyrenees, but he sure looks cute on his Facebook page! And I really like the idea of a canine mayor, maybe even a canine President. I mean, could he do any worse than the […] Dog Blog

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Friday Funny: Office Rules

Have a great weekend! Until next time, Good day, and good dog! Dog Blog

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8 Creative Uses for Baby Bubble Bath

8 Creative Uses for Baby Bubble Bath

I have been compensated by Johnson’s® Baby for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.

With two little ones three and under, I have gotten pretty accustomed to having baby products around the house. And I have to tell you guys, one of my greatest simple pleasures is discovering ways to use these products beyond just for their intended uses for the babes. One of our personal favorites is Johnson’s® Baby Bubble Bath – it makes the most luxurious, bubbliest bubble baths ever, but is also great for all sorts of other stuff, as I’ve come to find out. Today I thought I’d share with you eight awesome hacks I’ve found for this amazing product that will make you want to head to your local Walmart (we get ours there, in the baby product aisle inside of the kids’ section), like immediately, and grab a bottle.

8 Creative Uses for Baby Bubble Bath
8 Creative Uses for Baby Bubble Bath

1. Eye makeup remover. I have incredibly sensitive eyes, and I also have eczema that tends to flare up on my eyelids. (It’s beyond unattractive, and miserably itchy.) The only thing I’ve found that is gentle enough to remove my makeup without irritating my eyes is Johnson’s® Baby Bubble Bath. I wet a cotton ball, squirt on a little bubble bath, wipe, and rinse.

2. All-in-one travel cleanser. The kids and I travel a lot – everywhere from to see my husband at work on the road with the band, to visiting my sister out of state, to having overnights at my mom’s, to family vacations. It’s challenging enough to haul around a 16 month old and 3 year old, much less a bunch of extra stuff. My solution has been to bring a bottle of Johnson’s® Baby Bubble Bath and use it for a hand wash, a body wash, a face wash, and a shampoo, as well as bubble bath on the go. It saves a lot of room and a lot of hassle.

8 Creative Uses for Baby Bubble Bath

3. Bubble blowing fun. We squirt a little Johnson’s® Baby Bubble Bath in a bottle of water, shake to combine, and use a bubble wand to blow bubbles with the kids.

4. Insect repellant. I’m not a big fan of chemical insecticides, so to keep bugs away from our plants, I just mix Johnson’s® Baby Bubble Bath with water in a spray bottle, shake, and spray directly on the plants.

8 Creative Uses for Baby Bubble Bath
8 Creative Uses for Baby Bubble Bath

5. Wading pool fun. Another unique way to utilize Johnson’s® Baby Bubble Bath is to add a squirt to the kids’ wading pool in the summer as it’s filing up. Trust me, there is little more exciting for small kids than combining a pool and bubbles in the summertime. Hours of fun.

6. Spot remover. I mix a small amount of Johnson’s® Baby Bubble Bath with water and use a washcloth to get small spots out of our carpet and upholstery.

8 Creative Uses for Baby Bubble Bath
8 Creative Uses for Baby Bubble Bath

7. Shaving. I’ve been amazed at how great Johnson’s® Baby Bubble Bath is for shaving. My legs feel incredibly soft afterward. The best.

8. Hand washing delicates. I mix a couple of squirts of Johnson’s® Baby Bubble Bath in a sink full of  water and do my hand washing of aundry that way, then hang dry. It’s effective and keeps delicate clothing in great shape.

8 Creative Uses for Baby Bubble Bath

Honestly, it’s kind of amazing how many different uses we’re able to get from a bottle of baby bubble bath! For more creative baby product hacks, check out this Pinterest board. And if you have any of your own, please share them in the comments!

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Bubby and Bean ::: Living Creatively

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Golden Poodle awards for May

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Dog Saves Owner After Accident On a Cliff

Abby the Red HeelerThe Daily Mail reports that Sue and Michael Pethick were camping with their rescued red heeler, Abby, in a remote area of South Australia. The couple had adopted Abby from a shelter in Victoria about a year ago and were looking forward to enjoying a fun camping trip. Unfortunately, it almost ended in disaster. One day during the trip, Sue and Abby left Michael at the campground and went for what was meant to be a short walk. While walking with Abby, Sue tripped and fell three meters (almost 10 feet) down a cliff face. The fall broke her ankle. Sue wasn’t able to get up and return to the campsite.

Although Abby seemed to want to stay with Sue, Sue urged Abby “to go find Dad.” Abby obeyed and hurried back to the campsite to find Michael. Michael was already worried because of how long the pair had been gone. He became even more concerned when Abby showed up without Sue.

Read the complete story.

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Danish red fox takes out Eurasian eagle owl nestlings

The cute little red fox is quite a savage beast. It also shows us that the current fad for filming rare or relatively rare birds on nests with the use of web cameras can sometimes wind up with the ending we weren’t expecting:



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Mix it Up: Canned and Dry Cat Food Together

Feeding cat wet and dry food together

I received an email from Susan, a listener to my radio show CAT CHAT® who asked the following question:

I’ve read over and over (and I see on your site you feel the same) that wet food is far superior to dry food and that dry food can cause urinary tract and kidney problems down the line. But I cannot afford to feed only canned food. I’m using Halo Spot’s Stew for my kitty – both wet and dry mixed together. I wonder whether dry food is bad because it’s dry – or because of the process of making it? The ingredients are superior and whole for both the wet and the dry food. I mix the dry and wet food, and add warm water in order to soften the dry food and make a sort of gravy. I’ve done lots of research and can’t seem to find the answer to this question. I make sure my kitten has lots of water (she has a kitty water fountain) and rarely serve dry food “dry.” But I can’t afford to feed her exclusively wet food so I’m trying to find the best of both worlds.

Susan has found a great solution to the quandary of how to feed your cat well and still keep your bank account in a healthy condition, too! You can save money and still approximate a natural “species appropriate” diet by mixing a high quality canned food with a dry food, also made from optimal ingredients. Adding extra water ensures that the kitty is taking in ample fluids – add to that a premium canned food and you’re providing the high protein a cat’s digestive system needs.

Dry food leaves cats dehydrated. A cat’s natural meal in the wild (rodents, birds and insects) would have about a 70 % moisture content, which is sufficient to hydrate a cat without drinking. If kibble is the main food for a cat it can leave her with urine that is too concentrated, which contributes to various medical problems like urinary stones, urinary tract infections and other bladder problems. With a moisture content of around 10%, dry food goes against the basic design of a cat’s digestive system since it is not instinctual for a cat to drink water. Therefore, if you are going to use kibble as part of your cat’s diet, you need to supplement with water the way Susan does and make sure that a portion of the kitty’s diet comes from canned food. Canned food is still the best choice for a cat’s nutrition and long time health, but we also live in the real world and, like Susan, you may want to do right by your pussycat but also have economic challenges.

Feeding a cat only dry food is to blame for many of the serious health problems that plague cats, who are “obligate carnivores” with digestive systems designed to process a naturally high protein diet with very low carbohydrate content (i.e. a mouse!). Although many cats can tolerate an exclusively dry food diet for years, the highly processed carbohydrates in kibble cannot be efficiently digested by the feline digestive system and eventually this will catch up with those cats and can cause the serious and overlooked health issue for today’s cats: obesity. A cat who is fat can become a diabetic cat (diabetes in cats being a “man made” disease linked to obesity) and the cascade of other problems that stem from it. But also keep in mind that “free feeding” a cat is unnatural (cats are not “grazing animals”!) so food should not be left down for any period of time: feed the kitty twice a day and pick up and refrigerate any food she doesn’t eat within 10 minutes.

Tracie Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is recognized as the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio. She continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK®  (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after 9 consecutive years and over 500 shows. She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM for over 7 years until the channel was canceled, when Tracie created her own Radio Pet Lady Network where she produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.

Dog Film Festival - Tracie HotchnerTracie also is the Founder and Director of the annual NY Dog Film Festival, a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people. Short canine-themed documentary, animated and narrative films from around the world create a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. With a New York City premiere every October, the Festival then travels around the country, partnering in each location with an outstanding animal welfare organization that brings adoptable dogs to the theater and receives half the proceeds of the ticket sales. Halo was a Founding Sponsor in 2015 and donated 10,000 meals to the beneficiary shelters in every destination around the country in 2016.

Tracie lives in Bennington, Vermont – where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based – and where her 12 acres are well-used by her 2-girl pack of lovely, lively rescued Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda.

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