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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Busy May!

Trying to keep track of where all the time goes is just impossible these days. I've certainly had a lot of distractions.

Yummy stuff. Dragon Boat Festival is coming up soon (June 8). Mom doesn't cook any more so her vegetarian or traditional version of zongzi will not happen this year. I did find a page with a pretty classic version of zongzi, and am really happy with the find. Google images of this traditional Chinese food stimulates the appetite for me! :) Of course, it's a pretty huge undertaking (like making homemade tamales but since they are bigger servings, goes quicker) so I'll be trying to find a local place where I can pick some up premade.

Something new to me that I learned this month came by way of Marlene in an email where she mentioned chicken diapers. I had to find a site that featured them to learn more about this oddity and now it doesn't really seem that odd. Chicken diapers allow chickens to kept as house pets. Chickens do make really sweet affectionate companions, except for the occasional rooster from heck (they can get dangerous if they are unpredictable and aggressive, especially if their spurs are long an untrimmed). Some roosters have very nice personalities. If you do not have a good ratio of hens to roosters, your hens will get rather bedraggled; the roosters are pretty randy guys. My chickens have always been livestock and live outside except for that period of time that they need to be under the heat lamp--new peepers from the post office are always exciting! A sick or injured bird however, would be kept in the house, in a cat crate where I could give it attention through the day. It's so easy to imagine making a house pet of one. Imagine a pet rooster waking you up from your headboard in the morning. No snooze button? Maybe some corn scattered on the floor! And you get a few eggs a week from your hen, but if she has no nest, every day could be an Easter egg hunt. :)

HSUS was pretty interesting in the recent week. A stable link to the WSB exposé on HSUS is here. It's been quite an eye opener to see the obsessive levels to which censorship can happen.

Other finds this week. The Library of Congress has some famous and interesting photos on its own Flickr account. From a pit bull chat forum, I learned about this beautiful blog where a man travels on his bike with his pit bull who rides a sidecar. They have beautiful photography there. Check it out, Ara and Spirit's blog, The Oasis of My Soul.

A really funny video. I always wince when it looks like people are getting hurt, but overall, I really had a good laugh with this one. :)

I've had a Twitter account for many months but didn't make much use of it. I've found it very handy for following issues in legislation, foodie blogs, posts about science, agriculture, my breed, genetics, games, humor, photography, news, photo editing and seriously, all manner of other things that interest me. I've added a sidebar to this blog that shows my latest 'tweets' and connects to my Twitter profile.

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009


I ran into this amazing video a couple months ago.

I haven't run into any help files that allow me to stop the autoplay. What an amazing woman. I wish I could hear what she does, but apparently she can't hear what she plays, so much as sense it in other ways.

Got an email yesterday that advised a 'blue plate special' on some casual games at Sandlot. Only $5 a game. Not bad! And there's a pirate themed one called "Pirate Island", apparently a variation on 'match 3' with some pretty interesting graphics. :)

Also ran into a google ad for yet another Pirate-themed massively multiplayer web game called "Dogs at Sea III".
One of my goals this year is to at least try a MMORPG for a few hours. As yet, I haven't found one that has a theme that really appeals to me. Maybe I'm just not MMORPG material, but maybe it is just because I'm not sure what I want to see in such a game. I certainly won't be able to get involved with guilds/alliances and planned battles since I'm often away from the keyboard when things get interesting (speaking from recent experience with simple real time chat services!)

About Dogs of the Seas!
"Dogs of the Seas" is a browser based Massive Multiplayer game.

You start your adventure as an unknown pirate in the heart of the Caribbean. Battle and Trade your way to affluence and standing. Your armed battle ships that sail through the Caribbean shall make you famous and dreaded pirate! Find valuable treasures, or hunt for other dreaded pirates. Take missions from the local agents, and qualify for adventurous smuggler jobs, pursue other smugglers or take part in regular events. Handle and trade with rare goods or produce valuable and powerful ships or cannons. Wild computer pirates and peaceful dealers populate the Caribbean waters along with thousands of fellow pirates. Sink your opponents and plunder their vessels in real-time battles player vs player (PvP) or against the computer generated factions. Trade with alliances or friends on the high seas for valuable possessions. Create an alliance or join another to participate in the political turmoil of the Caribbean.

Lastly, this picture of a vast assortment of fresh lokum (Turkish delight) at an Istanbul market has been driving me nuts. Must go to Eve's Market and pick up a few boxes this week.

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Anonymous Anonymous sent us a woof // January 07, 2009

Try Guild Wars, which really doesn't need much financial investment or time, and you don't even have to be in a guild. It is based on fantasy, which means it has a bit of a Lord of the Rings feel to it, though.


Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // January 07, 2009

Mark, thanks. I have landed on links or read of some MMORPGs that have something like a week for a free trial. I'll just have to pay attention to more of them.
Guild Wars, hrm...

I was gifted with a subscription to Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM, see also which often features MMORPGs. I need to begin reviewing the publication and site with MMORPGs in mind when other things slow down a bit. EGM's hilarious responses in the "letters to the editor" section are always the first and sometimes the only thing I find time to read! LOL.

Oh, and free peek at EGM can be found at 

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!! :) :D

Over the past couple days, I installed my new hard drives. My goal was to clone/remove my old IDE hard drive and end up with two SATA hard drives and two optical IDE drives.

My newest hard drive is a Seagate SATA internal, 750 Gig Barracuda (refurbished), whose namesake is a ferocious fish. Something like the fish in the picture. I figured, since SATA drives aren't jumpered and would default to the order that they are plugged into the mainboard, I didn't expect a problem connecting them. According to the plan, the Barracuda was going to rip all the files out of the old Caviar IDE and become my main drive. The Barracuda would then run with a SATA Caviar drive which would provide additional storage. Theoretically my SATA system could be 4 or 5 times faster than with the old style IDE hard drive. Sounds good to me!

Well my Caviar drives are made by Western Digital (WD), a different brand than the Barracuda, and the WD models are named something delicious, Caviar. Mmm, yummy. Supposedly the two SATA's, the WD Caviar and the Seagate Barracuda could share the same tank!

Erg... With the three drives plugged in, installing the new Barracuda created some odd glitches. The two Caviars were conspiring!

When I used the WD software to find the Barracuda in order to clone my soon-to-be-retired IDE working drive, the software never recognized that the unformatted Barracuda was attached. Bleh... When you don't stick with a brand loyalty, sometimes it gets weird, at least until the drives are all formatted. It was the Barracuda that needed formatting. The pair of Caviar drives together didn't want to talk to the Barracuda, even with all sorts of BIOS settings and with me wearily changing the mainboard cable connections. It took me a while to work through my list of ideas and I finally found the trick that would work. I temporarily disconnected the SATA Caviar then booted only with the old IDE Caviar and the new unformatted SATA Barracuda. Finally the software realized I had an unformatted Barracuda to install. I was able to format the Barracuda and clone the old IDE Caviar over to it.

Now that old Caviar is retired from my system and will gain a loving home in another of our machines.

If I sound like I'm babbling, chalk it up as a weird techy fishing story and the late hour! ;) (In the meantime, I had also discovered the old versions of DOS I had, could not cope with the chipset of such a huge drive. Remember when HUGE was something like 3 Gig?)

Anyway, I used MaxBlast (which is Seagate compatible now) to do the cloning. My goodness, it took about a day to clone the old drive over to the Barracuda. It seems to have gone very well despite the quirky fishy start. Now in place of the old IDE hard drive, the old IDE cable is now attached to a DVD and also to one CD drive (master/slave). My SATA Caviar and Barracuda hard drives are sharing the same tank and sharing files. However, I'm not yet sure if I'm all that much faster yet!

I still have to deal with some registry issues that happened when my main board died in December, but I feel pretty good about this machine so far. Hopefully I can get by without doing a fresh install of XP Pro.

Together, they can make a difference. Caviar & Barracuda sushi anyone? ;)
(it's a generic picture; not barracuda sushi. most likely salmon with salmon eggs)
For some reason, I have a hankering for sushi.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

SEND a card to our troops! (courtesy of Xerox technology)

I ran into a variation on the turducken. I've never had one, and to many the original turducken was supposed to be a joke, but some people love and rave about it. Supposedly John Madden is one of them. I know I'm a meatarian type, so I'd be happy to try it but it's a lot of meat to fix at once for my purposes. Actually I've never had fried turkey either. When I first heard of that, I thought that must have been some sort of joke -- this was over fifteen years ago, but apparently there are now a variety of turkey fryers sold at cookware stores for making it throughout the year. No, this new creation I surfed into looks like something I'd have no patience to fix, and again it's too much meat to put by at once, but I'm sure I'd get first in line for, to try it out. :)

Check it out.... Turbaconducken (Turducken Wrapped in Bacon) from Bacon Today. I love Bacon. Don't have it often. I haven't even tried the chocolate dipped bacon candy yet, but as I love sweetened meats, like Canadian bacon, pineapple pizza; sweet and sour pork; baked ham with fruit & honey glaze. I can well imagine that chocolate covered bacon is on my list of to-dos. :)

Have a safe day!

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Blogger Diane sent us a woof // November 27, 2008

Now, what would happen if you deep-fried your turbaconducken? Inquiring minds want to know!

Have a great holiday!! Gobble gobble!   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // November 27, 2008

Now that's an idea. If it's deep fried and then the bacon parts dipped in chocolate, I'd accomplish having chocolate bacon, deep fried turkey, turducken and turbaconducken in one fell swoop!   

Friday, November 21, 2008

Modest Kats and a Follow up on Cooking for Dogs (Golden Bone recipes)


A follow up on a two year old posting (Nov 2006) -- few months ago (Sept), I got an email from a person that wrote regarding the old blog posting I wrote which featured a widely distributed free collection of recipes, containing over 300 dog/cat treats and meal recipes (a few misc other things). You can still get them here.

In the two year old posting, I had asked if anyone knew anything about what had happened to the collection and its author. No one seemed to know, and then about half a year later, there was that Chinese melamine fiasco and people started to look for alternate foods for their pets while the commercial mess was straightened out (the file got a lot of downloads for a while back when). Well turns out that the original author wrote to me in September and sent this cheery note which follows. She seems to be okay that her efforts are still enjoyed by so many people.
I started the Golden Bone Hall of Honor for Dogs on the Web back in 1996 as part of a grad school project, and the Mastercook file of dog treats was part of that site. How fun to see it referenced online after all this time! I did indeed take it down several years ago. I changed ISPs, and just never got around to putting it online again. I have been interested to see it being sold on Ebay a number of times over the years, though... :)
Your Anatolians are beautiful!
- Keri Cathey

I thought I'd follow up on this matter and link again to that posting because with the holidays coming up, I'm sure a few people might be wanting to make pet treats as gifts too. There are not only doggie cookies in the collection but homemade versions of such things as something called Icy Paws ice cream, special diets like low purine meals, milk substitute for puppies, many Three Dog Bakery treats, recipes to bulk up emaciated dogs, casseroles and liver treats. Just quite a lot of stuff. :)

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Okay, I was wrong but PeTA Mommy is still alt.wacked.disturbed

I had thought he was 1/4 Arab but apparently I was off by quite a bit -- :edit: 28Nov2008 IF that link doesn't work, try this one. The author of the page had used a tilde in the page name and it doesn't not resolve properly from some links. :)

Gamezebo has an article about a game where PeTA perpetuates its radical mayhem, apparently based on its favorite "Mommy".

Now, let's move on with some Free stuff!

A cool looking, free online game is Something Amiss, about a young woman named Alice, who wakes up on the table of an MRI machine and finds there's no one there around her. Apparently she is locked into this MRI room and with your help she will figure out how to get out of there and solve the other puzzles in the cascade of questions surrounding her situation. It's all played entirely in a browser window and you can click any key on your keyboard to get game help and tips. You move Alice around by mousing the crosshairs onto different objects and left-clicking when the crosshairs turn red and choosing from a menu.

November 21st (Friday) is the day that the launch for the public beta for another free online game. This is Elf Island, a fantasy world game with a cute homepage. Nice concept. It seems to be about teaching children about compassion and doing good for others. The registration page seems to be pretty straightforward that it is intended to be a nice game for kids and others who like this concept.

Both "Something Amiss" and "Elf Island" each have blogs linked each their homepages so you can learn more about the latest updates on each.

Now more along the line of things I actually make time for, cooking and recipes! There's a free, beautifully illustrated Bisquick recipe collection, which can also be downloaded and kept handy offline. Likewise, one for Diabetes, one on brunches, soups, holiday cookies, whole wheat baking and birthday parties. These are courtesy of Betty Crocker and General Mills and I think these magazines are typically sold as impulse items at the checkout stands. I just love freebies! (and uh... to someone who will not be named, No, I'm not really downloading the entire internet... I think? lol) Psst... to everyone else, is she gone now? Shhh... here's one more, a Kraft Food and Family Festive 2008 recipe collection.

There's more but I think this is enough for now!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008


UPDATED: 17Sep2008- see at the bottom.
If you're not already familiar with it, there is way to get some popular magazines in digital form downloaded to your computer, which can then be read without an internet connection, or if you are roaming, you can use your internet connection to log into your account and read your stuff in online mode.

Above is a browser enabled peek at a beautiful magazine, click image to read the teaser while it is still available, and check out some of the recipes and glorious pics! (TIP: maximize the window that opens, click to toggle an individual page to maximize. Click and drag around pages & check out the hyperlinks that jump to articles/recipes or that hyperlink to a website).

Zinio's free proprietary software has more bells and whistles, requires a download, but you don't have to buy anything to check out complete issues of free sample magazines on your computer - and the freebies do change from time to time. Fun for grazing in foreign magazines and checking out book samples! The only fees you pay are just the subscriptions to the magazines you want and payment for ebooks that you download. I know, this is sounding a lot like an ad!! But honestly, I love this service because I get magazines and other stuff I want to read while reducing bookshelf and table clutter. The software remembers your last open page in each magazine, and by using a built in virtual highlighter and virtual sticky notes, it is that much easier to find that 7 month old Reader's Digest article or re-find a bunch of recipes that I thought I might adapt. Some people think using digital magazines is 'green' (is it?) but it certainly reduces some waste of trees.

A drawback in using digital literature include some aspects of computer portability -- like you probably won't be taking a digital magazine with you for a relaxing bubble bath (but you can print out most articles, oops- goodbye trees!). Also, occasionally there is a software security glitch and you can't open your stash of literature, so you have to go online and get another certificate. This doesn't happen often. I had more trouble with it when I was switching between computers, upgrading and setting up new ones -- and first learning the ins and outs of this kind of media. Of course it takes a bit of hard drive space. I have a few books downloaded and about 70 some magazines, so far it is taking about 2 gigs of space. But it's still cheaper than doing a room addition and battling with the local government for a building permit! Plus, you can always delete stuff, redownload and as of now, just read your stuff online.

If you scroll around some of the Zinio pages, you'll also find a link to textbooks. One fantastic freebie that as of this posting is still available, is a free genetics textbook download. The license allows you to have only one machine with a copy, but you can read it online if you are roaming.

Given my current budget
...anyone that feels awesomely generous is allowed to buy me a subscription to what looks like a fabulous New Zealand foodie magazine called Foodtown. Gosh the previews look fantastic, packed with eye candy and lots of ideas!

UPDATED: 17Sep2008 - WOW update!!!
YAY, Whee!! I am now getting Foodtown! Thank you!

Here are a couple more FREEBIES! VIV Magazine and classic literature!

1. There's a free subscription to an amazing digital magazine for women called VIV available at the time of this posting. It runs on the Zinio reader (older versions of software may need to be updated). You can sign up for for a free subscription at the magazine's homesite This magazine is quite a unique experience for the magazine lover. There are slideshows, animations and even short movie clips included as part of its medium. It covers topics of women's interest, health, exercise (with animated demos!) and there's cooking, recipes and fashions among other things. It seems to have a little bit something for everyone. It's free, so check it out.

2. The final Freebie that I want to add for this Zinio posting regards a least a hundred classics that can be found here. Some of you might remember Project Gutenberg, which is an ongoing effort to textify classics that are not copyrighted so anyone can read them online or download them. Zinio has "over 100 literary masterpieces, digitized and bound in the finiest electronic leather" hosted on their site for people to read in their browsers. Zinio customers can store the books in their online library (for roaming) or download these books to their own Zinio Library. Using the Zinio reader software will allow one to annotate and sticky note the classics. That is just so cool! I downloaded Edgar Alan Poe and also The Picture of Dorian Gray. Woohoo! :)

Thank you to Zinio's Adam Kadleck who answered some of my questions and was helpful to me in locating the Classics.
He mentions in comments to this post that Zinio has a facebook group. Check the comments!

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Blogger akadleck sent us a woof // September 17, 2008

Thanks for the great article about Zinio - we share your enthusiasm. I'd like to invite you and your readers to visit us at to try a free sample magazine or check out our library of Digital Classics. Feedback from our customers is critical to optimizing the Zinio experience. I also invite you to join our Facebook group, "I read, therefore I Zinio."

Read on,

Adam Kadleck
Director of Customer Service
Zinio, LLC   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // September 17, 2008

Haha! I love the catchy tagline, "I read, therefore I Zinio."
And for me, this is so true!

Thank you, Adam! :)   

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Cognition and Mental Health - Folate and B12 Relationship

The relationship between diet and how sharp your brain could be. Interesting 'food for thought' from Science Daily regarding the relationships of high or low folate, with B12.

B12 is found in animal foods such as eggs, poultry, dairy, fish and meat. Folate is abundant in greens and citrus.

If one has a diet emphasizing high Folate level, normal levels of B12 are essential.

Having a HIGH folate level and low B12 leads to problems regarding nerves and proper function of gray matter and cognition. Loss of bone density, difficulty coping with stress and anemia are associated with low levels of B12 as well. Inability to cope with stress can be especially problematic.

Ironically, high levels of folate may actually NOT be bioavailable to the vegetarian who has a B12 deficiency. (following emphasis, mine)
Cobalamin deficiency renders folate largely biologically ineffective, although its plasma concentrations and distribution appear sufficient.
While some people often have poor diets to begin with and consume depleted processed foods, the main thing I take away from this, in light also to increased diabetes in our society is that that the increased emphasis on moving away from animal sources of food may well be compounding problems in the bigger picture.

Links to two articles....

Folate, More Is Not Always Better would have been the better title for this one at Science Daily (Nov. 26, 2007)
...The researchers found an interesting association among seniors aged 60 and older whose vitamin B12 blood levels were low. Aging and taking stomach-acid blockers can contribute to a gradual lessening of B12 absorption in the body.

People with high folate and low B12 status were found to be at a disadvantage when compared to those with normal folate and low B12 status; the former group was more likely to exhibit both anemia and cognitive impairment...
Older article (February) Folate and B12 May Influence Cognition Science Daily (Feb. 12, 2007)
. . . between 1999 and 2002, Morris and colleagues found that people with normal vitamin B12 status and high serum folate, which is a measure of folate in the blood, had higher scores on a test of cognitive function. Blood tests were used to determine folate and vitamin B12 levels, and the cognitive function test assessed aptitudes such as response speed, sustained attention, visual spatial skills, associative learning, and memory. Cognitive impairment was identified when a subject fell into the bottom 20th percentile of the distribution on the test.

". . . people with low vitamin B12 status, high serum folate was associated with poor performance on the cognitive test." Seniors with low vitamin B12 status and high serum folate were also significantly more likely than seniors in other categories to have anemia, a condition caused by reduced amounts of hemoglobin in oxygen-carrying red blood cells, or by a deficiency in the number or volume of such cells.

"For seniors, low vitamin B12 status and high serum folate was the worst combination," says Morris. "Specifically, anemia and cognitive impairment were observed nearly five times as often for people with this combination than among people with normal vitamin B12 and normal folate." Vitamin B12 deficiency, which affects many seniors due to age-related decreases in absorption, can impact the production of DNA needed for new cells, as well as neurological function.

See the articles for the full context.

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Blogger John sent us a woof // July 01, 2008

The bloge was very informative and by this information we can stay healthy. I always knew about Folate and vitamin B12 but was never able to relate between them. Thanks!

John Randal
Addiction Recovery California   

Manna From Hell - The Scientist Daily

WOW, this is a fascinating piece by Julia C. Mead at The Scientist Daily. It is a very interesting and well written piece. A mystery about deaths that have swept selectively through certain regions of the Balkans; missing some people and villages while taking many others; people who tried to escape the black houses could be overtaken eventually. The folk explanation of it and the treatments which still do not result in a cure now have another layer of clues... molecular biology has added important elements to resolving the mystery. Fascinating!

Articles tend to go to pay per view or cache sometimes, so you have to move quickly on this if you want to read it. Like the mysterious illness in the novel The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton, this article about a real and deadly disease captured my imagination about its ongoing tragedy.

You can catch the article now at this link.

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Anonymous Anonymous sent us a woof // November 28, 2007

Fascinating article! Thanks for posting it. A modern model of a similar endemic in the Middle Ages, Ergot in the grain.

Just goes to show, everything "natural" isn't necessarily good for you!


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Better Living Through Chemistry?

A happy Helmut who has nothing to do with the topic below

A significant amount of our immune systems is in our digestive tracts. It's a very complicated subject but the main idea to take away is that your body and its health is highly influenced by what you consume. This would be true for dogs too, but since the video is about people and this is an area of interest for me, I'm talking primarily about humans.

Quite a bit of our medical care is involved with treatment of symptoms via medications, without much understanding of the mechanisms by which the symptoms develop. Because of this particular orientation of our care providers, we are inundated with pharmaceutical solutions for the treatment of symptoms or prevention of those symptoms. Because the testing required for the approval of drugs has gotten extremely complicated and expensive, due to fears of their secondary effects, drugs are now very expensive. The action of the medications are not well understood, but the goal to achieve a 'better number' (on a lab test) or relief of a symptom -- without killing too many people, is used as proof of the medication's usefulness and relative safety. Therefore, actual disease processes remain unaddressed while the medications themselves put a damper on some aspect of normal metabolism, so that new symptoms and problems can develop. And the latter issue creates a circle whereby more review and testing must be done. Place a snake icon with the tip of it's tail in its mouth here and have it spinning round and round :O :(

Western medicine is not all bad. It has outstanding ability in the treatment of trauma and surgery, but it really has made little progress in the area of understanding what is needed to produce and maintain healthy bodies. This lack of progress in the latter areas has resulted in red herrings (false assumptions) becoming the foundation upon which other theories and fallacies of health are are borne. Because our country has such an outstanding reputation in surgical and trauma care, many other countries may sometimes assume that our preventive care is also up to par. This has not been borne out by annual studies by the World Health Organization (WHO). In fact the USA often lags by tens or more behind other countries regarding the relative health of individuals, lack of "age related" disability and the having longevity not impaired with disability. These differences are changing as more countries adapt "better living through chemistry" (prescription drugs) and more of our standard dietary practices and fallacies.

While the video below doesn't have captions so I can read what is being said, I'm familiar with the concepts behind the subject matter to post the video here. I urge more people to review what they may have been lead to believe in these areas and other areas of symptom treatment, such as gut problems. If after seeing the video, you'd like to read more, go and check out the website of The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics (THINCS) if science is your thing. More generally, and easier to read, I also highly recommend Weston A Price Foundation as a resource upon which to review concepts ideas regarding better health. None of these groups are going to try and sell you something but do try to educate you on choices you may not have considered. It is only when our mainstream citizen is informed, that changes in this pattern can happen.

The video: Dr Malcolm Kendrick speaks about World Health Organization data gathered in their MONI-CA study.

Want more?
I do have a scan from Dr. Kilmer McCully's book, "The Heart Revolution", which may help you understand why processed foods can be nutritionally lacking. Additionally, a favorite link that helps one build on the malnutrition angle is a book review of Dr. Weston A. Price's "Nutrition & Physical Degeneration". Before you actually read the latter book review in whole, just look at the photos and captions on these people -- and if it interests you, go on and read the book review. The skeleton reflects the health of the body as it develops and teeth are part of it, which is why Dr. Price studied teeth to assess the health of the people he visited in the 1930s. After checking out the teeth, read the rest of the book review by going to part 1 (in the link at the top of the page). Check out those teeth!

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Banned Motorcycle Fuel on Raw Almonds

Local Harvest has an eye opening read. It is about how our food nannies industry is controlling and deliberately mislabeling our food.

Step aside China.

From the Local Harvest link above:
The new protocols require all raw almonds sold in North America to be pasteurized, thereby killing off any wayward bacteria. How? By quick-steaming the nuts, or spraying them with propylene oxide (PPO), a chemical so nasty that it was banned by both the National Hot Rod and American Motorcycle Racing Associations, where it had been used as a fuel before being deemed too dangerous. PPO is also a carcinogen. For these and other reasons, most countries, including the EU, ban imported nuts treated with PPO. (The ABC is actively working to change that.)
A petition regarding this issue is here.
Quoted in part:
Starting in August or September of 2007, raw almonds available in the USA, Canada and Mexico, will no longer be "truly raw" due to a mandate passed by the USDA, FDA and the California Almond Board, announcing that all almonds including organic must be pasteurized. Information is available at the following link:

Action Plan and Pasteurization - Frequently Asked Questions

The problem is the law has been passed with little public input(if any) or notification whatsoever. In addition all pasteurized almonds available in the marketplace will still be labeled as raw almonds. Can this be considered fraudulence or an out right lie? Are you willing to give up your food freedom choices?

Online petitions may not stop legislation but they sure do help spread the word. Sign if you're inclined, or send the link to the petition to others to help spread awareness of this issue.


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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Cooking for Dogs - Free Recipes Galore

November of last year (2006), I had a blog post: dog-treat-recipes in which I mentioned a collection of recipes for those making homemade goodies for dogs (includes some recipes for cats as well).

I figured I'd bump attention back to it, in light of the "Melamine for Pets" issues. People who are cooking for their own dogs might want to take advantage of this free collection of recipes. These are not my own originals. You'd have to see the original posting (above archive) to understand why I posted them in the first place. Nevertheless, I still have the recipes available for download but if anyone does find out if the original owner is still hosting the file somewhere and would prefer to keep it there exclusively, let me know.

Here's just a few meal oriented (rather than treat oriented) recipes out of the collection of 300 or more recipes. The collection includes many treats, some weight booster concoctions for skinny dogs, one file on Hot Spots, raising a Service Dog, cooling pads, among other things, but it is primarily food oriented. After unzipping, it can be read as text, or can be incorporated into MasterCook as noted in my previous posting.
Heidi & Braxx's Natural Food

Categories : Kalgoorlie & Districts Gs Club

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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1 cups rolled oats -- (1 to 2)
1/4 lb raw organ meat -- (1/4 to 3/4)
1 tblsp honey
1 tblsp rosemary powder
1 tsp bran
1 tsp wheat germ
1 tsp cod liver oil
1 tsp cold pressed safflower oil
1 teaspoon bone meal powder
1 tsp angivida yeast
1 tsp kelp powder
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp Vitamin c powder
1 vitamin capsule of Biotin
1 vitamin capsule of Vitamin E
1 handful finely chopped raisins
1 handful alfalfa leaves
1 tablespoon veggie mix
Veggie Mix:
6 carrots -- (6 to 8)
1/4 bag spinach
6 garlic individual cloves -- (6 to 10)
1 container alfalfa sprouts
Finely puree in a food processor. This mixture keeps well up to 2 weeks.

Soak oats approximately 2 hours with enough water to cover; the amount of oats depends on the size and activity level of the dog. Add raw meat; again the amount of meat will depend on the dog. Add all ingredients; mix well.

This recipe is to be daily 2x. It seems like alot of work but I prepare the food 2 weeks in advance using Ziploc bags. I used to be an avid commercial food user but I've been cured!! The dogs' all Rotties have nicer coats, smell better, no fleas, love their food and are not finicky eaters as before. It takes a little longer daily but well worth it!

Akita Style Lamb & Rice
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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1 lb ground lamb (beef if you wish)
1 1/2 cups brown rice
2 stalks Broccoli
2 medium potatoes -- (2 to 3)
3 medium carrots
4 cloves garlic
1 sheet kombu -- Sea Kelp (optional)
Brown lamb in a frypan. After it gets going, put on the chopped garlic to brown. Boil water, put about 4-5 cups into a crockpot, so it is already hot while you are fixing the rest of the ingredients. Add cubed potatoes to the frypan. Cut broccoli and add this to the crock. Put the rest of the works in the pot, add enough hot water to cover. Add pepper to taste. Throw in 1/2 cup brown rice and mix.
Courtesy: Kalgoorlie & Districts German Shepherd Obedience Club Inc

Home Cooking

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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5 lb ground beef or chicken
3/4 cup canola oil
4 cloves garlic -- (4 to 5)
32 cups water
8 cups processed veggies (various) -- (8 to 10)
--(carrots, cauliflower, bean sprouts,
-- celery, broccoli,
potatoes, sweet potatoes, -- red peppers,
spinach, beets, lettuce, tomatoes, etc.)
NO ONIONS (not good for dogs)
2 cans kidney beans -- (2 to 3)
1/2 cup molasses (optional)
42 oz oatmeal (quick cooking oats) -- (42 to 45)
eggs can be added to boost protein

In a large 24qt pot brown ground meat, add canola oil and garlic. When well cooked, add water. Bring to boil, then add veggies that have been processed, (frozen or canned veggies will work too). I use dried kidney beans and soak them the night before preparing a batch of food. While I am cooking the meat I have the beans in another pot cooking them. Once cooked, they are added to the above mixture. Next, the oatmeal is added. Frequent stirring is necessary at this point as the mixture will stick. Remove from heat, cool and put into containers. The above mixture feeds 3 Boxers for 1 week. I occasionally add pumpernickell bread and some times substitute brown rice for some of the oatmeal. This recipe is very flexible. I also add a mixture called Healthy powder to each meal. I feed twice daily and add 1 tsp of healthy powder to each meal for each dog.

NOTES : Kalgoorlie & Districts German Shepherd Obedience Club Inc,
Submitted by Shirley Bell This is a bulk recipe for
those with more than one dog who want to feed well
balanced home cooked food.

A listing of names of some of the recipes, to whet your curiosity-

Akita Style Lamb & Rice
Apple Crunch Pup cakes
Auggie's Wolfdown
B/M Dog Cookies
Baby Food Soft Doggie Cookies
Bacon Biscuits
Basic Bones
Beef Jerky Bait
Birthday Cake for Pups
Cheese Twists
Chef-Fido Complimentary Dog Biscuit Recipe
Chicken Liver Cookies
DOG BISCUITS #3 (Low Purine for Kidney Stone Prone Dogs)
Dog Biscuits (Wheat Free Scotty Biscuits)
Golden Beardie Liver Brownies
Good for You Gobblers
Great Doggie Liver Treat
Homemade Liver Treats
HORS D'OGS (Low Purine for Kidney Stone Prone Dogs)
Katie Cudlin's Dog Food
Lamb Jerky
Little River Clinic Biscuits
Liver (or Tuna) Puffs for dogs or cats
Liver Bait
Magic Meatballs
Meaty Dog Biscuits
Niemann's Dog Treats
No-Flea Dog Biscuits
Oatmeal/Wheat Germ Dog Biscuits
Peanut Butter and Banana Cookies for Dogs
Peanut Butter and Honey Dog Biscuits
Pogo's Light Biscuit for Belly Draggers
Pork Liver Cookies
Potatoes Au Canine Or Feline
Puppy Cookies, Benton-Franklin County Humane Society
Rastus' Microwaved Casserole
Rusty's Birthday Cake
Sarah Jean's Crowning Crumpets
Scrambled Eggs Doggie Style
Sell-Their-Soul Liver Cookies
Shirleys meat loaf for Mona Lisa and Pocahontas
Sunshine Liver Brownies
Vegetable Beef and Rice Moochies
Vegetarian Dog Biscuits
Weight-On Meatballs
Wheat Free Tuna Biscuits
Wheatfree Salmon Treats, From Ruthie on the B.A.R.F. list

Bone Appetit!
Oh, and speaking of ---- today ABC News featured Bone Appetit!
In the Face of the Pet Food Recall, Some Concerned Humans Whip Up Dinner for Their Dogs -- and Cats -- Themselves

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Semavi Lady woofed at @ 4/22/2007 08:51:00 PM | Permanent link | (2) Comments

Anonymous jan sent us a woof // April 23, 2007

Whenever I cook up a batch for my dogs, my humans get bent out of shape. What's wrong with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches anyway?   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // April 23, 2007

Too funny, but we know where your heart is. :)

I'll take mine with super crunchy and apricot-pineapple jam please.   

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Pet Food Recall info at FDA

US Food and Drug Administration has a 'hot topics' page on the Pet Food Recall.
A recent email letter from Hills-

Dear Pet Lovers:

These recent weeks have been difficult for those concerned about pet food.

We want you to know that as pet lovers and owners ourselves, we have been equally upset by the current recall and the events that triggered it. Our hearts go out to those affected, and we vow to work tirelessly to continue our efforts to keep your pets safe and healthy.

Today we are announcing the formation of the National Pet Food Commission, an industry government partnership composed of government officials, veterinarians, toxicologists and food scientists who are committed to maintaining and enhancing the high standards we have set in this country that protect our pets.

The purpose of the new commission is two-fold:
  1. To investigate the cause of the current pet food recall.
  2. To recommend steps the industry and government should take to further build on safety and quality standards already in place.
At the conclusion of its work, the commission will issue a report outlining its findings and offering its recommendations. For a full report on the commission's mission and its members, please visit

As federal investigators work to determine the exact cause of the adulteration, we are committed to our partnership, to applying the lessons learned to further strengthen industry procedures and safeguards, and to cooperating fully with any other official investigations relating to this incident.

Melamine, the substance suspected of affecting animals, is not used in pet food manufacturing, and pet food makers have never seen it before. The substance is completely foreign to the process and quite simply should not have been present in wheat gluten.

The total number of pets that have been affected after eating contaminated food remains to be determined, but we know that even if just one pet is affected, it's one too many.


The People Who Make America's Pet Food

Issues in our world of pets have just been too interesting lately. :(

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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Dog Treat Recipes - Originally Golden Bone on

Does anyone know whatever happened to this very popular dog treat collection?

The site has disappeared (in recent months?) but I've found many online doggy sites containing links to it (& deservedly so as there are over 300 recipes in the collection from diverse ingredient preferences). I can't find info to communicate with the original owner of the collection to discover where the site has moved or if it is gone forever. It is a collection of dog treats and recipes in Mastercook format. I'll host the file here as the original zip file until someone discovers where the original author has moved their hosting. Click the zip file below to save to your desktop, then paste the text file within into your favorite editor.
Goldenbone dog biscuit recipe collection - originally from kcathey/goldenbone

If you use a recipe manager like Mastercook, the nutritional breakdown of the ingredients can be done automatically and you can increment or halve (whatever) the recipes as needed, print them on paper or gift cards to give away with holiday gifts. While Mastercook already comes with a database of nutritional breakdown (vitamins, carbs, fats, etc) other ingredients may need to be entered or revised and this can be easily done directly in the Mastercook database -- if you need that kind of detail.

I've had Mastercook for years so it is that which I'm most familiar although I'm sure other recipe software can do a great job of databasing, formatting, nutritional breakdown and customized volumes. Mastercook can be had for less than $5 at some sources and many recipe collections online can directly import right into the program. Try googling Mastercook for some sales, freeware and trial versions. Some places like Walmart and other stores may have inexpensive versions if you want to try it out.

An partial screenshot from Mastercook of these recipes
Mastercook Screenshot

:edit: Update November 2008- The original author has gotten in contact with me. She seems to be just fine about the distribution of her collection. :)

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Semavi Lady woofed at @ 11/04/2006 02:37:00 PM | Permanent link | (0) Comments