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Donna, thanks so much for addressing this paralle…

Donna, thanks so much for addressing this parallel. When my own girl, Daisy, joined me in 2001, it became devastatingly clear that the model of thought that engenders pit bull-type prejudice is inevitably linked to human ethnicity prejudice. When Daisy joined me, I had no idea that "pit bulls" were a thing. Except that my girl was one, I had no idea that dog breeds could be a target of prejudice. My girl taught me to always greet hatred with love and compassion, even joy. It came to be that while we stood shoulder to shoulder, we were standing for not only ourselves, but for all sentient beings. Tolerance and kindness is non-negotiable, and while it may never become the baseline, I hope that by working together, it may at least become socially formative across ALL demo graphics.

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Whole Lot of Difference: Kitten Rescue

Kitten Rescue

Kitten Rescue is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization devoted to finding loving homes for unwanted, homeless cats and kittens. They rescue cats and kittens from the streets of Los Angeles and from City Shelter euthanasia. Since their start in 1997, they have grown into one of the largest, most well-respected animal welfare groups in LA.

Halo is proud to partner with and to make a WHOLE lot of difference for shelter pets together.

Kitten Rescue received the donation thanks to a Halo partnership with social influencer White Coffee Cat, who has 1.4 million Instagram followers and almost 500,000 Facebook fans.

White Coffee Cat

Here’s what Kitten Rescue had to say about their recent Halo donation:

Snoop is a staff and volunteer favorite at the Sanctuary. He is a high energy, curious, quirky two-year-old kitty. He loves to find new places to explore, climbing, burrowing, looking at you from on top of shelves and chirping sweetly as he is doing it all. Snoop has had corrective surgery to fix eye lashes that were growing inward and he also has an eye condition called coloboma, which means that his irises did not develop normally, but not to worry – this condition does not need any extra attention. He really is an awesome cat, and we’re hoping to find the perfect, loving home for him. Your grant helped us feed Sanctuary kitties like Snoop!


At the Kitten Rescue Sanctuary, we have many special needs and senior cats, whose chances for adoption are slim. We provide lifetime care, filled with love and companionship for them here. The food provided for us, helps us care for these cats and provide them with great nutrition to keep them healthy. Champ is one of those kitties. He originally came to Kitten Rescue when he was trapped at a feral colony in 2003 and it was discovered that Champ wasn’t feral at all! He was adopted soon after, but was returned in 2010 with another cat after his owners were divorced. Champ’s birthday is this month and he will be 19 years old!”


Thank you Kitten Rescue and White Coffee Cat for making a WHOLE lot of difference for pets in your community.

Halo has now added even more WHOLE meat, poultry or fish and use OrigiNative™ (humanely sourced) Proteins, saying “NO” to factory farming, growth hormones, antibiotics, artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. And all our fruits and vegetables are now Non-GMO – sourced from farmland that prohibits the use of Genetically Modified Seeds.

Halo feeds it forward, donating over 1.5 million bowls annually. As always, Halo will donate a bowl to a shelter every time YOU buy. Thank you for helping #HaloFeeditForward

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My 15 Favorite Items From Trader Joe’s

The Best Items To Buy At Trader Joe's

So full disclosure, I wrote a post almost identical to this a little over a year ago, which some of you may remember. But I thought I’d share an updated version, since although most of my favorite items from my beloved Trader Joe’s haven’t changed, there are some new staples for me now (along with some items I featured last year that I no longer buy). TJs is my top grocery store because they not only have lots of delicious food (much of which is healthier than what I find at my regular supermarket), they’re affordable. Double win. (And nope, this isn’t sponsored. I just genuinely love me some TJs.)

1. Toscano Black Pepper Cheese.  Keeping this one at #1 because it is THE BEST. It was recommended to us several years ago by a Trader Joe’s employee while we were shopping, and there has not been a visit to TJs since where we didn’t buy it.

2. Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. I use this in and for pretty much everything.

3. Raw Almond Butter. When I first saw the price for one of these jars, I put it back. But then I grabbed it again and man, am I glad I did. I eat this almost everyday. Try dipping apples into it or adding it to your morning smoothie. Delightful.

4. Thai Yellow Curry Sauce. I’ve told this story before, but almost 12 years ago now, I had my husband over for dinner for the first time. I made him yellow curry tofu with this sauce, and he told me he was smitten. (I also drank way too much vodka that night and he ended up holding up my hair over the toilet, but we’ll save the details of that story for another time.) We still make this dish on the regular.

5. Thai Vegetable Gyoza. My favorite food in the entire world is Tibetan Momos, and these veggie potstickers, while not as delicious as the real thing, are pretty damn similar. We steam them, then light pan fry, and serve with Bragg Amino Acids. So good.

6. Chile Lime Seasoning Blend. As the cool kids say, this stuff is extra. 

7. Organic Broccoli Slaw. This stuff is killer on top of bowls, steamed and served like pasta, added to tacos, etc. Endless possibilities. 

8. Triple Ginger Snaps.  Made with fresh ginger, candied ginger, and ground ginger, theses are the perfect not-too-sweet sweet treats.

9. Handcrafted Black Bean & Cheese Taquitos. Beans, cheese, and taquitos. Enough said.

10. Speculoos Cookie Butter. I feel like including this is almost cliche because it’s everybody’s TJ favorite, but it’s really really really good, so I couldn’t leave it out.

11. Paneer Tikka Masala with Spinach Basmati Rice. I wish the portion was larger, but it genuinely tastes like it’s from an Indiana restaurant. So good.

12. Everything But The Bagel Seasoning. There is very little that this seasoning can’t make better.

13. Sublime Ice Cream Sandwiches. Definitely not good for you, but the best ice cream sandwiches I’ve ever had. For real.

14. Oven-Baked Cheese Bites. These bites are 100% cheese. All cheese. Mmmm.

15.  Triple Ginger Brew. This is only available around the holidays, which for whatever reason is the only time I seem to drink soda, so it works out pretty well for me. Think ginger ale with bite.

If you have any favorites I missed, please share them! I’m always on the look out for new Trader Joe’s goodies I haven’t tried.



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Win a #ShowDogsMovie prize pack!

Spring means the end of the school year is in sight–and, with that, the launch of some new family comedies. One that’s sure to attract pet lovers starting May 18 is SHOW DOGS, a movie…

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Olympian Gus Kenworthy Rescues Almost 100 Dogs

Gus Kenworthy and Dog Beemo

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Gus Kenworthy is known for being an incredibly skilled skier. However, he has won the hearts of many for his love of animals and dedication to using his fame to help animals in need. According to the Humane Society International, while Gus was in PeyongChang for the Olympics, he also took the time to visit a dog meat farm in South Korea where he helped rescue almost 100 dogs!

The HSI reports that eating dogs “is unpopular with young Koreans” but there are still an estimated 2.5 million dogs living in awful conditions on roughly 17,000 dog meat farms in South Korea. Gus wrote on Instagram that “it’s not my place to impose western ideals on the people here,” but that the “way these animals are being treated, however, is completely inhumane and culture should never be a scapegoat for cruelty.” He and HSI also understand that you can’t simply tell people to stop engaging in a problematic economic practice, without introducing something more sustainable.

In this case, the farmer of this farm has worked with HSI and will now grow mushrooms for food, rather than breeding dogs. It’s a win-win for the dogs and for the farmer. The more than 1,200 dogs HSI has rescued over the past three years have better lives with families in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States. The farmers have new livelihoods that are not only more sustainable, but more humane. Gus shared that he thinks “it’s a very practical solution to a highly emotive problem” and helping the farmers as well as the dogs.

Gus Kenworthy and Humane Society International

Photo Credit: Instagram/Humane Society International


One particular dog from Gus’s visit is especially lucky. He’s a little pup that Gus named Beemo. Gus and his boyfriend, actor Matt Wilkas, fell in love with Beemo while they were helping HSI on the farm. Because of that, Beemo will be joining them as the newest member of their family! Beemo might not be gold, or even silver, but we bet that Gus prefers him to anything else he could have brought back from PeyongChang. In return, we’re sure that Beemo is grateful to his new dads. We hope Gus and Matt are continuing to stand up for the humane treatment of animals by giving Beemo Halo dog food and treats. Halo proudly displays the logo of the Humane Society of the United States (sister organization to HSI) on our packaging. In addition to supporting the HSUS Animal Rescue Team, we also support the All Animals mission of HSUS by working to make sure all animals are treated humanely. If we gave gold medals, we’d definitely give one to Gus for being a true hero for animals.

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Get Working Dogs From Shelters – Not From European Breeders!

K9 Hercules is part of our partnership Grant program with Animal Farm Foundation

Photo by Universal K9

Why does the United States military – and various police departments around the country – continue to spend tens of thousands of dollars per dog to buy potential working dogs from Eastern Europe?

Not long ago on DOG TALK® I spoke to Dr. Karen Overall at the University of Pennsylvania vet school on the topic of the high cost to our police departments and military of continuing their practice of buying untrained dogs from overseas. Dr. Overall is overseeing a program to breed high quality working dogs right here in the U.S. However, this will take some time to get up and running as a reliable source of these much-needed canine workers.

Brad Croft Founder of Universal K9Right now, there’s someone doing something with rapid results to bring more working canines into the community – while saving the lives of dogs in shelters. Brad Croft thinks we’re wasting valuable money and time in the United States when our shelters are full of canine candidates that can be transitioned to work with the military or a police force. Croft founded Universal K9, a company that  identifies dogs in shelters who would be good prospects for police work – especially those high-drive, high energy dogs who didn’t work out as family pets.  Where purebred young dogs imported from Europe cost $ 10,000-$ 20,000 each (and still require extensive training), Croft says dogs from shelters are an inexpensive and highly effective resource to help combat crime. Each shelter selects dogs to be donated to the program based on their personality traits.Traditionally, the Universal K9 detection dogs cost approximately $ 3,000-$ 6,000 each, factoring in the professional training period that usually takes 8 weeks.

This week on DOG TALK®  I talked to Brad Croft about how he goes to shelters seeking these high-drive dogs and shapes them into valuable working dogs. Universal K9 exists solely to save dogs from shelters to train them for law enforcement and detection work, as well as for military veterans.

Brad also runs the Detection Dog Program at Animal Farm Foundation, where their mission is to secure equal treatment and opportunity for “pit bull” dogs, many of which Brad has taken from Animal Farm Foundation to transition into important work with law enforcement. Using AFF’s philosophy that all dogs are individuals and should not be categorized because of their breed, Universal K9 trains the dogs to prepare them to work with police departments helping them detect drugs, explosives, and weapons.  Universal K9 has already placed 46 of these dogs from the Animal Farm Foundation Detection Dog Program into the field in a number of police departments across the country, where they are assisting police officers in fighting crime – while getting a new lease on life.

Tracie HotchnerTracie Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is recognized as the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio. She continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK®  (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after 9 consecutive years and over 500 shows. She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM for over 7 years until the channel was canceled, when Tracie created her own Radio Pet Lady Network where she produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.

Dog Film Festival - Tracie HotchnerTracie also is the Founder and Director of the annual NY Dog Film Festival, a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people. Short canine-themed documentary, animated and narrative films from around the world create a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. With a New York City premiere every October, the Festival then travels around the country, partnering in each location with an outstanding animal welfare organization that brings adoptable dogs to the theater and receives half the proceeds of the ticket sales. Halo was a Founding Sponsor in 2015 and donated 10,000 meals to the beneficiary shelters in every destination around the country in 2016.

Tracie lives in Bennington, Vermont – where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based – and where her 12 acres are well-used by her 2-girl pack of lovely, lively rescued Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda.

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Links I Love, Right Now

Links of the Week

As this post goes live, I am sitting (in the very, very early morning) in a waiting room of a surgery center about to send my sweet two year old little boy back for minor surgery. As my husband put it, with everything Emmett has been through (meaning the dangerous form of epilepsy he batted as a baby and the weeks he spent in hospitals as a result), this is “a walk in the park,” but even as I type this post two days beforehand, I’m freaking out. He’s getting tubes placed in his ears in hopes of preventing more frequent ear infections and most likely also getting his adenoids removed in hopes of curing his sleep apnea and snoring (something that I’ve learned isn’t normal or healthy for a toddler).

In an effort to not think about this moment, I spent a lot of late nights this week lying in bed wasting time on the internet. Lucky for me, I did find some cool links. So here I am, sharing with you below, via this month’s Links I Love post.

I love love love this piece on NPR called Turning the Tables: The 150 Greatest Albums by Women (As Chosen By You). I also 100% agree with Blue by Joni Mitchell coming in at #1.

In case you missed my post last week about Target’s new travel inspired home collection, it’s now officially for sale. I want all of this.

I’m one of those terrible parents who gives my kids screen time (especially when I’m really busy with work and don’t have childcare), but I am careful about what I let them watch. This piece on 10 toddler TV shoes that won’t make your skin crawl is a good one for my fellow bad moms and dads who allow television for their little ones.

I want The Sunny Day Dress (seen in image above) from Free People to be my summer 2018 uniform.

This American Girl Resale Store empowers women with Autism. So cool.

Still laughing over this awesome dog that followed a Google Street View Car in Japan and “ruined” every photo.

I can’t get this super chic cactus necklace out of my head.

Farewell beloved veggie puffs. These “healthy” snacks are actually pretty bad for you.

Love this New Yorker piece by Molly Ringwald on revisiting The Breakfast Club in the era of “me too.”

I’m normally such a boring neutral no pattern person when it comes to bedsheets but these leaf print sheets are seriously everything.

This photographer wants to put a museum in your pocket. Awesome.

I’m mildly obsessed with these wide legged cropped pants from Madewell, and not just because they’re called the Emmett Pants.

If you’re reading this in the early morning, please shout out a little prayer to the universe that Emmett gets through this okay. (Which he will, but worrying is what mamas do best.) Then go have yourself a wonderful Friday and even better weekend. See you Monday, friends.


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Target’s New Travel Inspired Home Line is Everything

Target Opalhouse Collection

I feel like such a basic suburban soccer mom (which I guess I kind of am these days, despite telling myself I’m still the hip urban 25 year old I’ve been in my head for more years than I care to admit) constantly professing my love for Target, but hey – I love it. In terms of errand running, they’ve usually got everything I need. But they also have great style, and they continue to outdo themselves. My jaw may have even dropped a little when I was first introduced to their new furniture and home decor collection, Opalhouse. It’s a bohemian traveler’s dream, and I am so excited for it to drop (this Sunday, April 8th). Apparently Target’s design team traveled to Paris, Lisbon, and Mallorca for inspiration, and I believe it. I thought I’d share some glimpses of it with you guys today, since I’m having trouble containing my excitement.

Target Opalhouse Collection
Target Opalhouse Collection
Target Opalhouse Collection
Target Opalhouse Collection

I am especially smitten with the Canyon Sunrise collection because it is freaking gorgeous. My shopping list includes this macrame table runner ($ 24.99), this colorful pom pom lumbar pillow ($ 19.99), this gorgeous rattan ceiling light ($ 59.99), this carved wood tray ($ 24.99), this super affordable cotton macrame wall hanging ($ 29.99), this super cute and practical pom basket ($ 19.99), this tasseled bath mat ($ 24.99) which is genuinely the most beautiful bath mat I’ve ever seen, and this stunning rattan chair ($ 139.99).

Target Opalhouse Collection
Target Opalhouse Collection
Target Opalhouse Collection
Target Opalhouse Collection

And if the design alone wasn’t enough to make me want to reach for my wallet the second these items become available on Sunday, most pieces in the collection are under $ 30. I am IN.


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Halo Partner, Jeanie the 3-Legged Dog, Is Up for a 2018 American Humane Hero Award

On September 29, 2018 the American Humane is hosting the eighth annual Hero Dog Awards gala at The Beverly Hilton, where they will be honoring the Hero Dog Awards winners in seven different categories and the 2018 American Hero Dog will be named.

The Halo Pet Foundation has previously sponsored the American Humane’s veteran program and we’re happy to hear that Halo partner, Jeanie the 3-Legged Dog, is competing in the Therapy Dog category where she and her mom volunteer at veterans’ homes and bond with fellow amputees. In addition, Jeanie works for a Children’s Advocacy Center where she comforts children who are questioned by forensic investigators in physical and sexual abuse cases, violent crimes, and even homicides. She also volunteers at hospitals, schools and nursing homes.

Jeanie was rescued in south Louisiana when she was five months old & was adopted after a deformed front leg was removed by a local vet. Jeanie spent a day with traumatized elementary students who witnessed a shooting in their classroom. She helped an apprehensive child speak to officers after witnessing a murder/suicide. In both cases (and others), she provided a diversion from the horrors of those events.

She attends counseling w/amputees, attends children’s grief therapy, comforts students during finals week, & visits schools’ special ed classes. A veterans’ home resident w/dementia, who had been crying for two weeks, was calm & content, even joyful, during a visit w/Jeanie. A video of the pair went viral on social media.

Local dog lovers and those across the country are invited to visit and vote once per day for their favorite dogs in each of seven categories.

Following the first round of voting, which ends April 25 with the selection of 21 semifinalists (the top three in each category), a second round, featuring a combination of public and celebrity voting, will narrow the field to the seven category finalists. The winning dog in each category will be flown to Los Angeles and celebrated at a red carpet, star-studded awards gala on September 29, when this year’s American Hero Dog will be revealed.

Good luck Jeanie and thank you for making a difference in your community!

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