It’s Monday – Time to Start a New Fitness Routine

This seems to be about right for me, too! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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12 Delightfully Easy Avocado-Based Recipes

Summertime Watermelon and Feta Guacamole Dip

You already know all about my long time love affair with all things avocado, so I’ll skip the gushing and just leave you with this round up of my favorite recipes from over the years here at Bubby and Bean that incorporate avocado and happen to be incredibly easy to prepare. Click on any of the images or links below them to see the recipes in full. I’m getting hungry just looking at them.

Cheddar + Swiss, Fuji Apple, and Avocado Sandwich
Guacamole and Black Bean Pizza (via Bubby and Bean)
Jasmine Rice, Lentil, and Red Quinoa Tacos
Southwestern Style Mac and Cheese // Bubby and Bean
Individual Mexican Style Layer Dips
Avocado and Pan Toasted Chickpea Pitas
Festive Winter Guacamole
Vegetarian Breakfast Tacos with Red and Yellow Potatoes

If you’ve made any of these, I’d love to hear which was your favorite. And if there are any recipes staring my beloved avocado that you think I simply must try, please leave links in the comments or shoot me an email!

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Get Working Dogs From Shelters – Not From European Breeders!

K9 Hercules is part of our partnership Grant program with Animal Farm Foundation

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Why does the United States military – and various police departments around the country – continue to spend tens of thousands of dollars per dog to buy potential working dogs from Eastern Europe?

Not long ago on DOG TALK® I spoke to Dr. Karen Overall at the University of Pennsylvania vet school on the topic of the high cost to our police departments and military of continuing their practice of buying untrained dogs from overseas. Dr. Overall is overseeing a program to breed high quality working dogs right here in the U.S. However, this will take some time to get up and running as a reliable source of these much-needed canine workers.

Brad Croft Founder of Universal K9Right now, there’s someone doing something with rapid results to bring more working canines into the community – while saving the lives of dogs in shelters. Brad Croft thinks we’re wasting valuable money and time in the United States when our shelters are full of canine candidates that can be transitioned to work with the military or a police force. Croft founded Universal K9, a company that  identifies dogs in shelters who would be good prospects for police work – especially those high-drive, high energy dogs who didn’t work out as family pets.  Where purebred young dogs imported from Europe cost $ 10,000-$ 20,000 each (and still require extensive training), Croft says dogs from shelters are an inexpensive and highly effective resource to help combat crime. Each shelter selects dogs to be donated to the program based on their personality traits.Traditionally, the Universal K9 detection dogs cost approximately $ 3,000-$ 6,000 each, factoring in the professional training period that usually takes 8 weeks.

This week on DOG TALK®  I talked to Brad Croft about how he goes to shelters seeking these high-drive dogs and shapes them into valuable working dogs. Universal K9 exists solely to save dogs from shelters to train them for law enforcement and detection work, as well as for military veterans.

Brad also runs the Detection Dog Program at Animal Farm Foundation, where their mission is to secure equal treatment and opportunity for “pit bull” dogs, many of which Brad has taken from Animal Farm Foundation to transition into important work with law enforcement. Using AFF’s philosophy that all dogs are individuals and should not be categorized because of their breed, Universal K9 trains the dogs to prepare them to work with police departments helping them detect drugs, explosives, and weapons.  Universal K9 has already placed 46 of these dogs from the Animal Farm Foundation Detection Dog Program into the field in a number of police departments across the country, where they are assisting police officers in fighting crime – while getting a new lease on life.

Tracie HotchnerTracie 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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My Raw Dog Food Recipe

I don’t share this with just anybody (haha), but here’s the recipe I use for my Penny, an 11-year old Beagle who is allergic to beef. Mix together 3 pounds ground turkey, 4 – 6 cans drained tuna, 1 large can drained sweet potatoes, and 1/2 – 1 cup uncooked oatmeal. That’s all there is […]


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Win a copy of TRAIN YOUR DOG NOW!

I like lists. I like making lists. I like using lists. I like crossing things off of lists as tasks are completed. When I saw the new book Train Your Dog Now! Your Instant Training Handbook, from…



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A Non-Outfit Post Travel-Themed Sort of Outfit Post

How’s that for a title?

Remember back when I used to post editorial style shoots (you know, good old outfit posts)? This was never a fashion blog, but I did share outfits here – first several times a month, and then monthly. After I gave birth to Essley and had a newborn on my hands, there wasn’t much time to focus on getting dressed up and finding cool locations to shoot. And when I had Emmett, it started to feel impossible. Truth be told, the trajectory of this blog changed too. I knew from the moment I got pregnant that I wanted to keep this a lifestyle site and not change to a parenting blog, but once my real life became very much about being a parent, the focus here changed from just fashion, food, design, and travel to include content on babies, kids, and parenting. And I’m glad, because that allows me to remain authentic. This isn’t a personal blog, but my real life is certainly intertwined, and I (obviously) feel most comfortable when I’m posting about things that I enjoy and that actually pertain to my life outside of work.

And now that I’ve rambled about why I don’t share those editorial style posts anymore, here I am, sharing editorial style photos. Sort of. We are about to board a plane home from California as this post goes live, so it seemed like the perfect time to share a few photos Robbie shot of Essley and me – with a suitcase – a few weeks ago at a local forest preserve. We were shooting for an Instagram photo for our pals at Samsonite, but Robbie was having fun shooting (and Essley was having fun posing), so we took several photos, just for fun. (This post is not sponsored; these were just some extra photos we took for us.) And I actually have this suitcase with me right now, as I board that plane. Full circle, man.

I won’t pretend this is an actual outfit post and put together a formal listing of all of the sources, but if you like what we’re wearing, here is my dress (it’s $ 30!), here is Essley’s dress, here are my sunglasses, here are Essley’s sunglasses, here are my boots, and here is the (eco-friendly!) suitcase. (Essley’s boots are Bobux but have been discontinued.)

Maybe we’ll even do another one of these before 2018 is over. Stay tuned…

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Moving Inspiration: Kitchens (Part 2)

9 Gorgeous Gray and White Kitchen Ideas
Kitchens from top: 1.  RusticRoom   |  2.  Apartment Therapy   |  3. Found on Pinterest with no link (if you know original source, please let me know)  |  4. Our Vintage Home Love |  5. Kevin Dakan  |  6. Jenna Sue Design  |  7. Found on Pinterest with no link (if you know original source, please let me know)  |  8. Apartment Therapy  |  9. Found on Pinterest with no link (if you know original source, please let me know)

I’m titling this “part 2″ because I already featured kitchens in the Moving Inspiration series way back in September of 2015. And now that we are in a home and I know what we have to work with, my design goals have changed slightly. (Side note: I guess I should probably update the title of this series, since we’re – thank you universe! – no longer house hunting or moving and are finally in a space we’ll hopefully remain for a while. I’ll have to think about that some more.)

Right now, our kitchen features unpainted oak cabinets, cream formica counters, and a beige/ochre sort of paint color. While it’s certainly nothing to complain about, it’s not our style at all, and honestly our least favorite room in our house. Since it’s open to the living room, we have to look at it a lot, so it’s something we’d like to update sooner than later. So far we have redone Essley’s bedroom, and next on the list is Emmett’s bedroom, and then our backyard seating area and our laundry/mud room (both of which are going to be part of really fun partnerships; stay tuned!). I’m not quite sure when we’ll be getting to the kitchen, but the goal is to have it mostly done by the end of the year. We’ll be painting the walls gray or white, painting the cabinets gray or white, and adding subway tiles. Eventually we also want to replace the countertops with something more our style, and replace the sink with a farmhouse style.

The kitchens you see above, while all different, are providing me with lots of inspiration for when we can finally get started on ours. It’s really helpful to have these virtual moldboards to consult as we begin to plan. Thank you for letting me share!

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Celebrity Pet Portrait Series Promotes Pet Adoption

Actors whose performances light up the big and small screens have used their star wattage to shine a spotlight on pet adoption and the joy that companion animals bring to our lives in a portrait…



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Once an abused puppy, new police dog finds important job on UC Berkeley campus

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Isle of Dogs Premiere — Have You Entered to Win? #IsleofDogs

Isle of Dogs, the movie that tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, a 12-year-old who sets off to find his dog, Spots, when all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called…



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