Guest Blog Post: “May Your Holidays be Merry (Not Sad) Be Careful and Watchful for the Welfare of Your Pet,” in the exact words of Yvonne Daniel

Photo by Yvonne Daniels of Pets, People and, Life blog

Helping animals everywhere and at all times of the year is important to fellow blogger, Yvonne Daniels of Pets, People and, Life. On her blog, she writes, “I was born and reared in the same county where I have lived my entire life. I grew up on a farm in central Texas and as a toddler, I already loved the animals, especially the cats, dogs, horses, and mules.” For many years I have not eaten anything that is hoofed or feathered. I sometimes eat fish.” Here she shares her wisdom for keeping our furry friends safe and healthy over the winter holidays…

Pets, People and, Life

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Puppy. Border collie (smooth) and Australian shepherd cross. Photo taken about 2013.

I posted this about six years ago.. This is a repost at the request of Da al. https://happinessbetweentails.com/ this post. She has my permission to reblog. Please excuse any typos. I have not been in the best mood of late since I had Beasley, the cat, “put down” this past Saturday. A week ago I had my pit bull, Lucky (14 years old approximately) euthanized. So the loss of two pets in a week is a bit much. But I am ok.

A time for many to celebrate but if your pet eats or chews on something that is toxic or that can cause real harm to the animal’s body then there isn’t much to be happy about. There are so many things that are deadly or can make your pet sick that this list, as I typesort…

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Chocolate’s Bitter Deception by da-AL

Vox: “So is chocolate good for your health? In a word: no.”

photo of chocolate bar
This photo was copied from related article at Vox’s website.

Before you continue reading:

– Breath deeply.

– Remember, I’m only the messenger.

Once read, this article can’t be un-read.

Many of us suspected that chocolate’s properties were exaggerated.

But to this extent?!

Since 1982, goliath candy manufacturer Mars Inc. has built its house of lies. Vox’s finding:

Graph of how it takes quite a lot of chocolate to get benefits from it

Now what?

Guest Blog Post: “Excuse My Dust,” in Donal Clancy’s exact words

Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) week here at Happiness Between Tails continues! Ever the master of using a brilliant bow of wit to snare darkness with light, here’s three more of her famed quotations …

“I hate writing. I love having written.”

“Living well is the best revenge.”

“I’d like to have money. And I’d like to be a good writer. These two can come together, and I hope they will, but if that’s too adorable, I’d rather have money.”

a poem …

Razors pain you.

Rivers are damp.

Acids stain you and

drugs cause cramps.

Guns aren’t lawful.

Nooses give.

Gas smells awful.

You might as well live.

and another guest blog post …

Mindship

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Born on this day in 1893 Dorothy Parker, writer & poet is possibly best known for her famous wit.  Her one liners are sharp as a knife.  Lines like “A girls best friend is her mutter” or “The cure for boredom is curiosity, there is no cure for curiosity”.  Her wit developed at an early age when she lost her mother and her father remarried.  She refused to call her stepmother anything civil and referred to her as the housekeeper.

She joked that she married to cover up her Jewish background and avoid anti-Semitism.  She was an avid anti-fascist and became aligned with left leaning politics in the 1930s. She was blacklisted in Hollywood in the 1950s McCarthy era as a communist.

“Excuse my dust” was her suggestion for her epitaph.  When she died in 1967 she bequeathed her estate to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. After his death her estate…

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Guest Blog Post: “A review of the book: Arachnophobia? How to Avoid Brown Recluse Bites,” by Steven Anthony

Welcome to this blog’s (da-AL’s) 2nd guest post…

For anyone interested in getting their brain soaked with spider knowledge, this is an excellent book that is easy to follow. Author Thomas Martincic began offering Brown Recluse First Aid Kits after becoming a bite victim to the notorious Brown Recluse spider.

This spider receives a reputation for its bite to be a deadly pack of venom and then eventual skin breakdown that might require amputation. Though the relationship between human and Brown Recluse is sour, it lands itself with the Black Widow as one of the top ten most dangerous spiders in the world.

Martincic keys in on other important aspects of the spider including where it is located and what it looks like in order to be positively identified. Brown Recluses are typically found in the south to the Midwest of the United States. This includes but not limited to Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Alabama, Texas, and Louisiana. They are typically a little larger than a quarter and have a distinct violin shape on their body.

Martincic even elaborates on steps you can take to prevent yourself from becoming a victim to the Brown Recluse. Glue traps have been proven by researchers to be an effective way to combat these spiders. Setting them in various areas where they are more likely to appear at night including the kitchen, living room and basement will increase the likelihood of getting them out of your house.

A truly dangerous spider is indeed scary to a lot of people. However, proper care and planning is the key to preventing a human spider bite. You will not be disappointed if you are a curious-minded individual.

Steven Anthony’s blog showcases his photography.