Thanks for the kind comments. A sobering reality c…

Thanks for the kind comments. A sobering reality check though: With the exception of these pups, we're not able to help much with this case. With nearly zero rescue resources available to semi-feral adult dogs,100 or more will be facing euthanasia in order for this high volume breeding operation to cease. I'm sorry if I wasn't clear when I wrote this. Trying to offer a realistic account without inciting panic can be a tricky balance.

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Carrie Fisher’s Dog Gary: “Mom looks more beautiful than ever”

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Do You Want Your Public Radio Station to carry DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too)?

Dog Talk Radio


We had some wonderful news this week: DOG TALK® has joined the programming on Saturday mornings at 10 AM on a lovely new public radio station in upstate New York: WCSQ-LP 105.9 FM, known on air as “Radio Cobleskill.”

They are a licensed, non-commercial LPFM station and have just had their one year anniversary on the air. During the week, they feature an “adult hits” music format, while the evening hours and weekend mornings are reserved for specialty shows (like DOG TALK®). They cover much of Schoharie County, NY, including Cobleskill, Richmondville, Warnerville, Central Bridge, Seward and Carlisle, plus a significant stretch of Interstate 88 – with a listenership that is largely 25-54, female and male, though their weekend specialty shows reach an older demographic, as well.

It was as simple as pie – they reached out to me and asked to air DOG TALK®. “Here you go” I said, and my engineer, Kyle, will now send them the show weekly, as he does for Robinhood Radio in the Berkshires.

This is such great news because it gives me a chance to reach out and ask everyone who already listens to DOG TALK as a podcast: would you love to have the show air locally on your NPR station? If so, then call up the station and ask if they’d like to have DOG TALK® on the weekend. There’s no cost of any kind to them – it’s all about sharing the information and inspiration that I strive for every week with the show. The more people who know more about their dogs and cats, the more happy I am! And of course it’s really nice for my sponsors, too – like Halo® and Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat – because without their support there could be no show at all… nor the privilege of offering it as a gift to other public radio stations across the country.

Please get your NPR station to take advantage of this opportunity- so you have the option of hearing the show as more than a podcast after the fact!

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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Jack bite

It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there. This came from a deer hunting page on Facebook.

Supervise your little dogs in coyote country, which is pretty much all of North America at this point.

coyote takes out jack russell

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Dramatic rescue of dog at sea caught on video

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Direct Pet Adoption through

Have you seen the new online community called Here’s why their company thinks this is a good idea: Because Dogs and Cats Go Directly From One Good Home To Another. Get Your Pet is an online community that connects people who need to find a new home for their pet with people who want […] Dog Blog

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Canadian Dog Alerts Owner to Fire

Canadian Dog Alerts Owners of Fire

Not everyone would be grateful if their pet woke them up when they were trying to nap. However, Neshan Wagstaffe is incredibly grateful that his dog Clouseau woke him from a midafternoon nap. Because of Clouseau, Neshan was able to safely exit his home when it burned down for the second time in less than two years.

It was mid-August 2017 when Neshan laid down for a nap in his Alberta home. According to the CBC, a friend who was visiting was tending to a smoker on the back deck. Neshan and his wife, Denise Molnar, had recently rebuilt their home after the devastation of the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire. Unfortunately, the rebuilt home wasn’t going to last long.

Neshan woke up from his nap to Clouseau’s wet nose. He noticed that his dog “was running around the house going a little crazy.” Neshan then saw that his home was on fire, and already burning completely up one side. Neshan told reporters, “I knew right there the house wasn’t going to be saved.”

Because of Clouseau, Neshan was able to save what was truly important. Neshan grabbed his dog and alerted the visiting friend, so that they were all safe outside when Neshan called 911. The firefighters arrived quickly but soon saw that they weren’t going to be able to save Neshan’s home, so they concentrated on protecting the homes of his neighbors who had also rebuilt after the wildfire.

Neshan and his wife, with Clouseau, are staying with a friend. They’ve bought Clouseau a new dog bed and been giving him extra treats to say thank you. Denise told the CBC that she wasn’t surprised by Clouseau’s actions. “He’s smart. He’s attached to us,” she said. Clouseau’s actions certainly prove that.

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Final monarch of the year

Summer’s final grasp on the land is slowly but surely being released.

We had a bit of frost at the end of September. Then we had a few weeks of balmy weather.

But the weather is about to change again.

And this monarch butterfly will soon be on its way to Mexico. The leaves will be off the trees, and the deer will be in full rut.

Snow will  soon be on everyone’s mind.



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How To Really Love a Child

How To Really Love a Child

I wanted to share this today. I know it’s not the usual type of thing we post on here on Bubby and Bean, and maybe it doesn’t really match our visual style or feel cohesive with the type of photos we normally share, and maybe that breaks of the rules of a design-focused blog – but that’s okay because it’s important. My friend Alyson shared it on her Instagram Stories last week, and it was such a great reminder for me. Whether you have children or not, I feel like it’s a positive thing to read and remember. The author/artist, SARK, actually helped me through a very dark time in my life several years ago. It was right before I started this blog, actually. My mom had a bunch of her books, and I borrowed all of them, and read them, night after night. I needed the positivity and I needed the creative inspiration. I haven’t read anything of her’s in years, but the reminder you see above came at exactly the right time.

Being a parent is hard. Emmett just turned 21 months and is fully in the terrible 2′s already, and it can be very, very difficult when he has tantrums. And Essley, who will be 4 in 3 months, has been going through a burst of independence where she challenges everything. Life has been full around here over this past month on top of that – we are in the middle of buying a house and also helping my mom move out of her home that she shared with my stepdad who passed away earlier this year, my stepmom just had major surgery for ovarian cancer, my workload has been much greater than I’m used to, and the world in general has been heavy. Lately I’ve caught myself snapping at my kids and losing patience easily. Sometimes I forget that they’re just kids you guys. I really do. But they are just kids. They’re little people with rapidly developing brains and poor emotional control who are trying to navigate a huge world. There are so many rules – for both the kids and their parents. I think it’s good to remember to relax a little, and just love them. Really love them.

Even if you aren’t a parent, do these things anyway! Do them with a child you care about, or yourself, or a friend, or a pet. Fun and lightheartedness and love are always good ideas. Thanks for letting me pop in like this and just share my thoughts sometimes. You guys are the best.


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Stray Magic by Jackie Bouchard – A Fairy Tale for Dog Lovers

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