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I have dry, sensitive eyes that tear at the slightest provocation. I also wear contact lenses. And while my lashes are fairly long and naturally grow in an upward direction, they've become very light in color and not as thick as they used to be as I've gotten older. All of which adds up to me being someone for whom mascara makes a big difference, but is almost impossible to wear comfortably. Add to that the fact that I will only buy cruelty-free makeup and can't tolerate makeup with gluten, and it's amazing I have one brand of mascara to recommend, let alone three. (Please note: None of these are affiliate links, and I buy my own makeup.) Chantecaille Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara. Let's start with the best mascara I've ever used, and certainly the most expensive. "Faux Cils"... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Dogged Blog
Your budget isn't a valid reason to buy cosmetics and skincare products that were tested on animals. Cruelty-free beauty products don't cost more or less than brands that torture animals for the sake of mascara and lipstick. Because I've been writing more about makeup and skincare lately, I'm hearing from a lot of readers and friends who have their own thoughts on beauty products. Two of my friends should be careful not to meet each other, though, because my understanding is when matter and anti-matter meet, things explode. The first friend told me, with great confidence, that she couldn't possibly use cruelty-free cosmetics because she was on a very tight budget and buys all her makeup and skincare at the drugstore. "Cruelty-free is for rich people," she said. Just a week later, a second friend told me, also with great... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2017 at Dogged Blog
Politics. The loss of two beloved dogs in less than one year, one after a lightning-fast illness at a young age, the other after a long, slow, complicated decline in her senior years. And did I mention politics, or, as I think of it, the threatened collapse of everything that makes this America? Those are the reasons I've not blogged as much as I used to. But the example of those badass journalists at Teen Vogue have me inspired to blog again about the subject nearest and dearest to my heart after dogs and politics: Makeup and skincare. Have no idea what I'm talking about? Read The true story of how Teen Vogue got mad, got woke, and began terrifying men like Donald Trump. Seriously -- read it. It will give you hope at the same time it prompts you... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at Dogged Blog
When a woman with rosacea and dry, sensitive skin finds her holy grail foundation, why on earth does she not stick with it? Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2016 at Dogged Blog
I have never really explained what happened to my dog Rawley, although if you follow me on Facebook you probably know much of this, with the exception of the biopsy results. The night of Dec. 20, I was tickling Rawley's tummy. I did this all the time; I'd definitely done it before I'd left on a week-long business trip the week before, and hadn't noticed anything wrong. This time, I found some kind of growth at the base of his penis. I took him to the vet ER at Michigan State University the next morning, where they did a fine needle aspirate and found it was malignant. They couldn't tell what kind of tumor it was, and I okayed a tru-cut biopsy, another kind of needle biopsy. They tried to schedule an appointment with the surgeon on Jan. 25, but... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at Dogged Blog
I have too many dog bowls now. I have too many collars. I have too many dog beds. I have too many blaze orange safety vests. I have too much room in my house. I have too many Christmas ornaments. I have too many signs. I have too few dogs. Rest in peace, Rawley. No one could have loved you more than I did. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2016 at Dogged Blog
If your dog has struvite stones, he has a bladder infection. He doesn't need a special diet and he doesn't need his urinary pH adjusted. He needs his infection diagnosed and treated. (To be perfectly accurate, there is a condition known as "sterile" or "metabolic" struvites that occurs very, very rarely in the dog. This condition isn't just a zebra, however; it's a unicorn. I'll say more about it later on.) Why do dogs with urinary tract infections have struvite stones? Why do they so often have alkaline urine? The urine becomes alkaline for the same reason the stones form: Because the urease-producing bacteria that usually cause canine UTIs produce magnesium, phosphate, and ammonium as waste products. The urine becomes super-saturated with these waste products. Add it all together, shake well, and you have struvite stones. It was once believed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at Dogged Blog
I'm afraid the only way I can go back to rooting for Glee power-couple Kurt and Blaine right now is if the season 6 premiere and a lot of season 5 turn out to have been a dream. I haven't recapped Glee for two seasons now, and the just-premiered season 6 will be the third. But that doesn't mean I don't care about a show I once not only loved, but thought was important and powerful. It also doesn't mean I don't care about the relationship between Kurt and Blaine, even though I am not what their devoted fans call a "Klainer." My working definition of that term is that Klainers wouldn't watch or forgive the show if their pairing was split up. It would fundamentally damage what they like about it, and as far as I can tell from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at Dogged Blog
Because, even though I rarely blog now, blogging used to be incredibly important to me and I feel it's been degraded and despoiled in recent years, I thought I'd participate in this year's pet-themed Blog Hop. 1. How long have you been blogging? And, for anyone stopping by for the first time, please give us a quick description of what your blog is about. I have been blogging since 2004. I blog about animals, animal sheltering, veterinary medicine, pet health, teevee, and politics. 2. Tell us one thing that you accomplished on your blog during 2014 that made you proud. I blogged. 3. What lessons have you learned this year – from other blogs, or through your own experience – that could help us all with our own blogs? Be ethical. Stop thinking about traffic and SEO and making money.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at Dogged Blog
What do I think of the Michigan Humane Society's insistence that there is no legal stray hold period for cats in the state now, and that there shouldn't be? I am absolutely in favor of sheltering cats in a different way than dogs. I'm also in favor of completely revolutionizing our sheltering practices and creating a different paradigm for cats than dogs. And I'm in favor of new approaches and throwing out all the old ways if they're not working. What I am not in favor of is codifying approaches that create second class citizenship for cats, nor that disrespect the cat-human bond. And I'm definitely not in favor of reducing the legal stray hold for cats if it gives animal control agencies and shelters the right to kill those cats sooner. Fortunately, you don't need to abolish hold periods... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Dogged Blog
While the cowards at the Daily Prophet won't even say his name, this blogger has no such fear. I bring you a statement from the Dark Lord himself, Lord Voldemort, on the triumph of the Death Eater Party (DEP) in taking over both chambers of the Ministry of Magic: Today, the reign of the muggles, the mudbloods, and the pureblood traitors among us is all but over. True, the current Minister of Magic is still a mudblood, but there is no serious doubt among our ranks that he will fall, and soon, leaving the Ministry, as it should be, in pureblood hands. Our rise has been swift since our allies, the Koch Brothers, won the Battle of Citizens United, leaving the way clear for the muggle suppression movement that has brought us to this great penultimate victory. Of course, much... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Dogged Blog
Another pointless, terrible Comcast "customer service" experience. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Dogged Blog
I thought I'd heard all the reasons people object to the idea of free pet adoptions -- but I was wrong. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Dogged Blog
Update: It looks like the easy share feature is back. Whether it was a feature they abandoned or a glitch is unknown at this time, but definitely take the information I include below about the limited value of pages (not individuals, pages) sharing to another page to heart. This is not a good strategy for getting your message out. I woke up this morning to a number of people contacting me wanting to know why they couldn't share a post from one Facebook page to another anymore. This was news to me, but when I got online, I checked, and found it was true for pages that had been converted to the new format -- which is supposed to be fully implemented on all pages by June 5. What does this mean for animal organizations? On one hand, it's a... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at Dogged Blog
A couple of months ago, my friend (sister with different DNA, really) Gina Spadafori regained the right to use her domain again. We discussed opening up the old Pet Connection archive there (my posts were all copied over to this blog, but the PC archive itself, including everyone else's posts, was inaccessible). And once we started down that road, we thought: Should we start blogging there again? We decided HELL YES, and then we invited two of our favorite dog people on Planet Earth, Kim Campbell Thornton and Liz Palika, to come back, along with our beloved Dr. Tony Johnson. All said yes, although Tony will only be an infrequent contributor. And we also made the vow: NO ads. NO sponsors. NO mealy mouthed BS. This is just all of us blogging about animal issues for no reason other... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2014 at Dogged Blog
A shelter or animal control agency that responsibly manages its intake flow is still an open admission shelter. Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2013 at Dogged Blog
I'm at the Best Friends Animal Society No More Homeless Pets Conference in Jacksonville right now. In the elevator this morning, I overheard a person wearing a t-shirt supporting spay/neuter efforts tell her companion that two unaltered cats and their descendants will produce... wait for it... 10 million kittens in 12 years. I interrupted her and told her that yesterday, at the day-long Face to Face with Feral Freedom session, Dr. Julie Levy of the University of Florida shelter medicine program -- who knows as much about community cats as anyone alive, and has done more research on them than anyone, too -- said that no one knows the actual number of community cats in the United States, but the number lies somewhere between 10-90 million. So those two unaltered cats were pretty busy 12 years ago. I'm going to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at Dogged Blog
I used to be a recreational shopper. I've never cared about the latest electronic toys and I drive a 1998 car, but I love to buy new clothes and shoes and bags, new dog beds and collars and jackets, every spring and fall. Mostly fall, because I love colder weather and also -- you can wear more clothes. But I read Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth Cline a few months ago, and went cold turkey on recreational shopping. That doesn't mean I didn't buy anything at all; it means I didn't read catalogs and look for things to buy. A few times I realized I had a need for something, researched it a bit, then made a rational purchase. No impulse buying. Before I read this book, I would have claimed that I didn't buy... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2013 at Dogged Blog
As a fourth generation native Californian (even if I have moved to Michigan!), I just wanted to mention that this was not actually an HSUS report or project, nor a project of any national group. It was a joint project of a large group of advocates and "stakeholders" in California. Forever loyal to my birthplace, I guess! :)
I realize that waxing rhapsodic about fall is the most hideous of cliches, but I just can't help it. Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2013 at Dogged Blog
Posted Sep 9, 2013 at Dogged Blog
Have shelter reform and no-kill advocacy groups lost their way on Facebook? I don't normally think of no-kill leader Nathan Winograd as a social media critic, but in a blog post yesterday, he called out a lot of no-kill groups on Facebook for pandering for "likes" and "shares" instead of focusing on their mission: I see a trend on the Facebook pages of some No Kill educational organizations which show them moving away from substance just at the time it is needed most. Instead of substantive posts, they are posting photos, videos, and stories of animals designed not to empower, but to amuse as these tend to get large numbers of “likes.” Non-shelter No Kill Facebook pages, if they are to authentically serve the cause they claim to support, should be primarily educational tools, posting material intended to elevate the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2013 at Dogged Blog
I love Michigan, and am glad I moved here. It's full of great history and natural beauty, and extremely affordable. But it has two major disadvantages over San Francisco. No, not the weather. I love winter, including the snow. Fall has always been my favorite season, and Michigan does it far better than Northern California. And while I could live without all the mud, at its height, spring is just gorgeous. What I hate are the mosquitoes, and the allergies. I lived 50 years without allergies, moved here, and started sneezing and coughing and wiping my itching, running eyes. Allergy testing revealed I was allergic to a nice little array of weed pollens that simply don't exist where I've lived before but are apparently common in every field, ditch, and garden in Michigan. We've had a very mild summer so... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2013 at Dogged Blog
Once upon a time, when I was blogging at Pet Connection before it shut down, I had a large fan base who liked nothing more than to see my head explode. If you've missed it, you might want to check out a rant I posted on the blog at Connected By Pets Friday morning: Dear cat advocates: Stop. Just stop. I am begging you to stop trotting out utterly made-up numbers about the forty gazingazillion offspring that are produced within a few generations by just two unaltered cats. Read it here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2013 at Dogged Blog
RIP beloved 4-year-old Netbook. So sorry I will not be able to blog the second day of the No Kill Conference as planned. I will write up my thoughts and impressions afterward. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2013 at Dogged Blog