Monthly Archives: December 2012

Lost blind dog in Alaska wilderness finds her way back to family

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So, this old dog is BLIND. Gets lost in the wilds of Alaska, 40 degrees below zero, 10 days pass–gotta be dead, right? Of course!… But nope. She somehow hikes 10 miles and shows up at the home of a vet! Alive, not even a trace of frostbite and she’s not even a husky. What the hell are the odds of this?? Thus we have a true doggie Christmas miracle here folks. Love it.

Lost blind dog in Alaska wilderness finds her way back to family

Lost blind dog finds her way back to family

When their blind eight-year-old dog went missing from their remote Alaskan home in a heavy snowstorm, the Grapengeter family felt sure they’d never see her again. But after more than a week of searching in temperatures as low as minus 40C, Abby, a brown-and-white mixed-breed whom the Grapengeters rescued from an animal shelter as a puppy, turned up safe and sound at the home of a local vet. Continue reading »

Video | Animal Odd Couples – touching friendships between species

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These skillfully shot videos reveal fascinating, touching and quite unlikely cross-species friendships in the animal kingdom.

Despite the odds, there are countless stories of the most unlikely cross-species relationships imaginable: a goat guiding a blind horse; a doe who regularly visits her Great Dane surrogate mother; a juvenile gibbon choosing to live with a family of capuchins, and so on. Instincts gone awry?

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Funny dog video of Labrador playing with cougar-showing-animal-odd-couples friendship

The subject has mystified scientists for years. Now, NATURE investigates why animals form these special bonds. Informed by the observations of caregivers and noted scientists Temple

Grandin and Marc Bekoff, the film explores what these relationships suggest about the nature of animal emotions. The full videos are at the NATURE site.  Funny dog video of Labrador playing with cougar-showing-animal-odd-couples frinedship

Video of Animal Odd Couples –  fawn & dog

After being abandoned by her mother, a baby fawn, Pippin, was adopted by a Great Dane, Kate, and they have been best friends ever since. Kate’s owner Isobel Springett describes the uniqueness of their relationship: “When they greet each other, I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s not a deer greeting a deer. It’s not a dog greeting a dog. It’s definitely something that they have between the two of them.”

Video of Animal Odd Couples – goose & tortoise

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Recipes | Starbucks Eggnog Latte – with how-to video

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With this Starbucks eggnog latte recipe, you can savor the holidays with a rich espresso beverage that’s complemented with subtle holiday spices, steamed milk and topped with nutmeg.

Starbucks-eggnog-latte-recipe-in-mug-and-hot-t Winter conjures up memories old and new, cold and bright and, of course, the holidays. With friends and family coming together this time of year, here’s your chance to enjoy the season and reconnect with a classic treat that will keep you warm and fuzzy all season long.

Whether your winter is snowy, rainy or just plain cold, this classic Starbucks latte has been keeping fans warm since 1986. And now, you can enjoy the tradition too.    Continue reading »

Websites | Animal Wellness Foundation – health care & homes for dogs & cats who need them

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Since my wonderful vet started this foundation, I can personally vouch for it’s stupendousness. If you don’t have time to read about them, just click HERE and your Facebook “like” is magically transformed into a $1 donation by a supporter. Fast, easy, free–please do it!

los-angeles-animal-rescue-group-with-cat-at-adoption-centerThe Animal Wellness Foundation was started by my fantastic veterinarian, Dr. Annie Harvilicz, thus I can tell you from personal experience that there’s a lot of wonderful wellness going on there. Besides witnessing expert care given to the animals, I’ve also witnessed the abundance of warmth, heart and soul Dr. Annie and her staff can’t help but lavish on the critters.

Speaking of critters, here’s one speaking his endorsement…

Loosely translated, my dog Enzo said “Dr. Annie’s real nice, takes good care of me and smells good too. Gimme more jerky.”    Continue reading »

Movies | Lincoln – the script and intriguing tales about the production, director, writer, cast

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The “Lincoln” script was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner, based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “Team of Rivals”. Kushner, Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis discuss the making of the film.

Lincoln-movie-script“Lincoln” is a historical drama film directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. The film is based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of Lincoln, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, and covers the final four months of Lincoln’s life, focusing on Lincoln’s efforts in January 1865 to have the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution passed by the United States House of Representatives.

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Screenwriter Tony Kushner Talks “Lincoln” – discussion with Harvard students about writing script

When Tony Kushner started writing the screenplay for Lincoln five years ago, the film hardly had the look of a box-office hit.

No studio had made a movie about the president in 72 years, and when Kushner went to Hollywood to pitch his idea, he Continue reading »