Dog Blog

Thursday, February 26, 2015


If you are feeding your dog Purina brand Beneful dog food, STOP!   Thousands of dogs have died after eating it.  Dogs were sickened and vomiting, and some have been found dead.  I'm sure the owners had no clue what was wrong, as was the case when two of my dogs were sickened years ago by Salmonella-tainted Waggin' Train chicken jerky.

Since the dogs eating Beneful were ingesting kibble that contained poisons like antifreeze, it's no wonder they were sickened.  Antifreeze?!!!  If you love your dog, don't feed him/her Purina brand.  Since the greedy Nestle corporation took over Purina, it's not safe to feed to your pets.  I personally avoid grocery store brands of pet food.  The quality of feed is too often inferior, or in this case, deadly.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


If there's anything more agonizingly boring than sitting all day long in a courthouse while serving jury duty, I'm hard pressed at the moment to think of it.  For a dog lover who must be parted from her beloved, aging pets for as long as it takes to sit on a jury, it is cruel and unusual punishment.  

When people choose to commit a crime, I wonder if they think about the law-abiding citizens who will be pressed into service to sit in judgment of them or about the time they will spend in the courtroom themselves and ultimately in prison, if convicted?  To me, this should be the best crime deterrent there is.  Just call these aberrant goons in for jury duty for a couple of weeks.  That should make them go straight. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015


Thanks to those who raised a substantial reward in pursuit of justice, police have arrested the sick, heartless bastard who burned a little dog alive inside a metal cage several weeks ago.  I was horrified when I read the report in the Sacramento Bee.  Pet lovers in Sacramento have been outraged by this cruel criminal act against a helpless, innocent little dog, but sadly it's not the first of its kind in our city, but definitely the worst of its kind that we know of.  

The article stated that some residents in the area heard a commotion outside while this terrible abuse was in progress, but not one person bothered to check it out.  Perhaps they were afraid, but if I heard a dog screaming, I'd be on it in a heartbeat, and I'd be armed with a baseball bat to knock that idiot senseless or do whatever it took to save that dog.  It seems to me that some people these days have lost their souls, if they ever had one to begin with.  Anyone who could do such an evil thing to any animal, let alone his own pet, which apparently this dog was, deserves to be punished to the full extent the law allows, and it should allow more in cases like this.  I'm on call for jury duty next week.  I hope to God I get picked for the jury that tries this creep. When he is convicted of extreme animal cruelty, may the punishment fit the crime.

I remember years ago in the movie, The Butterfly Effect, someone put a small dog in a sack and burned it alive.  This was the first film I ever recall seeing that depicted such extreme animal cruelty.  It made me sick. I stopped watching the film at that point, and the same goes for any other film that shows animals being abused.  Nothing is sacred in films any more.  In my day, the dog never died; well, except for Old Yeller, which left a whole generation of dog lovers like me traumatized for life.  I have noticed animal cruelty occurs more often in films these days.  Whether or not there is any link between these cruel acts shown in film and actual events like this one remains to be proved, but I strongly feel it's something Hollywood needs to put a stop to, especially when youngsters are watching these films.    

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


On February 11, 2015, the FDA announced that Pet International of Miami, Florida, is recalling its Buster's Natural 6" Beef Trachea Pet Treat due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.  Salmonella in beef?  I thought you got that from chicken.  Weird. 


Tainted dog food alerts just keep on coming.  What the hell is the FDA doing?  Nothing, apparently.  The latest of these is Tuffy Brand Nutrisca dry food, which is potentially contaminated with Salmonella.  There have been several recalls of raw food recently, which I'd never give my dog, anyway.  Of course, there are two schools of thought on that subject.  Mine is that raw meat isn't safe for us to eat, so why would it be safe for our pets?  They are as susceptible to food poisoning as we are.  I'm a Salmonella/E. coli survivor, and let me tell you, I'm lucky to still be here.

Sunday, February 01, 2015


Big Bark beef jerky chews are recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015


I wrote this a while back, after my last mystery was published, but I thought it was worth sharing.

 Now comes the part of the book writing/publishing process I dread: requesting book reviews. Getting some other authors to pen a blurb for your book after reading it, or at least skimming it, is always desirable. I've had good luck in the past getting reviews or blurbs or whatever you want to call them. There are many very nice authors who are most gracious with their time and kind in their responses to my polite requests, and then there are some like this one, whose response I received:

"If you're looking for a blurb, just come out and say that--to me and most writers 
I know, 'review' is a completely different thing.  And with 
so many blogs out there reviewing books, these days anyone 
who has a blog seems to get on various book review distribution 

(I'm seriously thinking of doing a blog on the etiquette of 
asking for a blurb.  You get points for mentioning who your 
publisher is and when the book is coming out; it's also 
useful to find out from your editor when s/he would like to 
have any blurbs and when the absolute drop-dead date
is, because often that helps the recipient know whether 
it's even possible to fit it into his/her schedule. And 
'I'd need to have your blurb by Monday' gets a lot fewer 
takers than 'Any time within the next six months would be 

Getting back to your question, I do sometimes do blurbs, 
but have promised my agent not to do so without checking 
with her first, and right now I know better than to ask--
I have to finish about a third of a book in the next three 
weeks, followed by only two weeks for revision, after which 
I will collapse and resemble a babbling idiot for an
undetermined length of time. Sorry!  But good luck in 
getting blurbs.

Points taken, though I didn't ask for a blurb by Monday.  Not being a newby myself, I wasn't asking for a lecture on etiquette, just an opinion about my book that my publisher could print on the book jacket. The writer may have been intended to come off as funny, but IMHO this reply to a simple request for a blurb, which I consider an honor, serves as a reminder of how authors should never respond to fans, to other authors, or to anyone for that matter, unless they want to seem like arrogant jerks. Fortunately, I had no trouble getting my book reviewed sans this author's opinion. 

I've developed a pretty thick skin (maybe it should be even thicker) over the past 27 years I've been writing and submitting my work to publishers, but I've come to expect a little courtesy from fellow authors, at least. All I could say after reading this diatribe was, "Sheesh!  If you mean no, just come out and say that!" 

Tuesday, January 06, 2015


If you didn't get many gifts for Christmas, remember that your dog gives you these gifts every day of the year.  They're a whole lot better than anything you might find wrapped beneath the tree.