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Ceva Animal Health has sponsored this post and the upcoming party, but all opinions are my own. We all know that the holidays, for all its fun, can also be stressful for us and our pets, whether…

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Adoptable Greyhounds

From the Facebook page of Ladye Jane Vickers. Thanks, Ms. Vickers, for including the resource list! Florida voted to ban greyhound racing, so in about a year there will be around 8,000 greys coming off the tracks and 7,000 racers-in-training that all need to find new homes. Ugh. If you’re thinking about getting a dog, […] Dog Blog

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My 7 Favorite Holiday Recipes

A Beautiful (and Incredibly Easy) Holiday Snack Spread

Halloween was exactly one week ago, which in today’s world means it’s full-on holiday season. I have mixed feelings about this, mainly because I love Thanksgiving and I feel like the poor holiday gets lots in the shuffle these days. But I can’t deny that I’m pretty freaking fond of all the holiday season brings, especially in the form of food and drink. Today I thought I’d share some of my favorite holiday recipes and not-really-recipes (but pretty food spreads totally count, right?) from throughout the years. Click on the images or links below them for the full recipes. And, um, Happy Holidays?

Potato Leek Soup, Two Ways

Festive Winter Guacamole

Sparkling Winter White Sangria

Holiday Gold Passion Fruit Spritzer

Creamy Parmesan Mashed Potatoes


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The boys

Poet (whippet) and Streamer (saluki/tazi) out mafficking about on a sunny November Afternoon.

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National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day | Facts to Know

The Origin of National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day Her name was Reveille, and like her moniker (which translates from French as “wake up”) the legacy of the dog agility competitor who…

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My other dog


As time has gone on living in a house with lots of dogs,  I’ve had two dogs decide they were mine. One is Anka, who gets good billing on this site, mainly because she is an adult German shepherd that is pretty easy to put into poses.

But I do have another dog that has decided he’s definitely mine.  He’s a bit fancier stuff than Anka, because he’s a show-bred whippet.

Yes, my other dog is a cushion that can run over 30 mph if he wants to.

So though I did mention him on here when he was a very young puppy, we have come to the conclusion that Poet is my second dog. He is one of the nicest dogs I’ve ever had pleasure to get to know.

He was supposed to be Jenna’s, but he came into her life at about the same time I moved in. He just decided he liked me, almost exactly the same way Anka did.

However, I don’t know a blasted thing about showing a whippet, but he is going to be a show dog and a lure courser. He also makes a darn good table for my laptop, a task which he serving to the best of his ability as I type this.

He’s of Sporting Fields lines. Here’s his pedigree.

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This is a different sort of dog for me altogether, and right now, I have this dog, the German shepherd, and a saluki puppy I’m helping raise and send to Australia that have become rather attached to me.

I never thought I’d say it, but I think I’ve really moved on from golden retrievers. Nothing against the breed, but if I ever get another one, it better be a very special one.

I will always love and admire the really driven working goldens, but when I want that in a dog, I think it’s a lot easier to get that in a working German shepherd, which are much more consistently produced and more easily procured.

If I want a couch-cuddle dog, the whippet is the dog to have.  I think most people who want a nice house dog would be well-advised to look at a show-bred whippet as a pet.  They are just as nice to have in the house as a toned-down golden retriever, but unlike those dogs,they don’t drop lots of hair and then go outside looking for mud to roll in.  (And if you want a dog that doesn’t shed much, don’t get a German shepherd. They are far worse than any golden. But they don’t go hunting for mud to wallow in.)

So have a brown hyena and a cheetah dog.



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Happy Halloween!

Family Halloween Costume Ideas

Happy Halloween friends! After a fun-filled weekend in Indianapolis for our annual Halloween trip to see my sister (you can see the last three years of photos from our adventures there above), we’ve spent the last few days squeezing in every last drop of Halloween magic in preparation for the big day. For the second year in a row, Robbie is home today (he is usually on tour with the band right now), and we’re so excited to go trick or treating in our neighborhood. This is also the first Halloween in our current house, and we can’t wait to hand out candy in what we hear is one of the busiest neighborhoods for trick or treating in our city. We’re also stoked to attend Essley’s Halloween parade at school today. So fun.

As much as I love the concept of a group family costume, I let my little ones choose their own costumes. Essley decided to be “the queen of butterflies” in the summer, and Emmett recently switched from a pumpkin to his current obsession, “baby shark.” Robbie and I had to get in on the fun though, so I’m dressing as a butterfly to match Essley, and Robbie will be daddy shark to match Emmett. Head over to my Instagram Stories to follow along on our adventures today!

I hope your Halloween is magical and spooky in the best of ways.


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It is very nice information…My dog also suffers fr…

It is very nice information…My dog also suffers from SA and can go through crates (or walls) in about an hour. Finally after coming home to her out but with a collapsed crate hooked into her skin and being dragged around the apartment I gave in and bought this.i’ll wait for your next article.

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Win A Christmas Dog Pin!

I can’t believe it’s already November–and we’re sliding into the holiday season! Maybe it’s because it was nearly 90 degrees earlier this week, but it has taken me by…

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Compassion Through Fashion: My New Favorite Tees

This post is sponsored by forevery. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Bubby and Bean possible.

Making compassionate choices with my dollars is incredibly important to me. As my regular readers know, I owned and worked as the head designer for an eco-friendly and socially responsible womenswear company for almost 15 years, so any brand that works hard to benefit humans and/or the environment is dear to my heart. And while I eventually closed my own line to focus on Bubby and Bean, making responsible decisions when shopping for clothing – without sacrificing style – remains a priority. It’s also something that I strive to teach my kids through example.

This, my friends, is why I am smitten with forevery, an apparel line where all proceeds go to The Global Orphan Project. I very rarely write entire posts professing my love for a brand, but when I find one that I really, truly love – especially when it’s a brand that makes a difference in the world – you better believe I’m going to share it. I actually heard about forevery before they launched, and basically counted down the days until I could order one of their seriously stylish, buttery soft tees. I pretty much live in tees, so that alone was enough to motivate me to order. The fact that all proceeds from the sale of their tees go to helping kids in need sealed the deal.

I ended up ordering two t-shirts: the Unisex Do Good Tee in Powder Blue, and the Ladies Future Tee in Heather Gray. Their softness is like no other, and both the unisex and ladies styles are perfectly cut and look fantastic dressed up or down. I own and wear a lot of t-shirts, but these top the list in terms of both quality and comfort. Made with love by forevery makers in Haiti (every time you buy a forevery t-shirt you are helping to provide a living wage job opportunity for over 200 employees there!), each tee is a dream combination of 50% recycled polyester, 25% US-grown cotton and 25% rayon. I have two more in my shopping cart as I type this for holiday gifts for Robbie. You can also use my code BUBBYBEAN to get 10% off your first order!

Clearly I’m enamored with the style aspect of forevery t-shirts, but it’s the fact that purchasing helps at-risk kids that makes me want to buy up their entire stock. 100% of the profits (yes, all of them) from these tees goes to provide for children in need in Haiti, India, Uganda, Lebanon, the United States, and beyond. Both of my little ones love my forevery shirts because they’re so soft, but they also know that when I bought them, I was lucky to be able to help out other kids in the process. I explain to them often how not all kids have nearly what they do, and that it is up to us to do what we can to help those who need us. When we buy forevery t-shirts, we are helping to give other kids the chance to go to school, access to food and medical care, places to live, and more. My kids know that we can make a difference even through what we choose to buy and wear, and I am genuinely proud that even at their ages, they want to support companies like forevery. It’s honestly amazing how easily little kids grasp the concept of compassion, and it’s inspiring how naturally it comes to them to want to help others – especially other children.

If you love comfy, chic tees as much as I do, or you have a friend or family member who could use a new t-shirt (who couldn’t?), please check out forevery you guys. What they do is so important, and something the world needs more of right now. And let me know which one you end up ordering!


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