23 March, 2007

Cheers!

On this beautiful Spring day in San Diego, I was thrilled to have my first client session at TheHeartSpace! It feels good to be back at work and I am so excited about the new space. I spent several hours there this week beginning to "nest." There is still much to do and I have not quite settled on the class schedule.

I had hoped that my penultimate post would have evoked more reader response and a discussion ensue. Rather than wait much longer, I shall go ahead and let you know how the saga evolved:

On Monday, I took the purse back to Target and explained my story. At first, the customer service clerk was confused and tried to tell me she could not refund my money since it was not rung up as a sale. I was finally able to explain that I wanted to pay for the purse not return it. Here it is Friday, and well, I returned the purse...again. Somehow, I just felt it was weird to keep it. Yeah, I know, I probably spent more on time and gas for this little exercise. I am glad I returned the purse both times--for the karma and ethical factor and then today, for the fashion factor.

The good news of all this is that while at Target today, I purchased some Cabernet Sauvignon and I GOT CARDED!!!! Oh joy, oh rapture. I actually asked the sales clerk again, " Are you actually asking to see my ID for the wine?" My exuberance seemed to create a level of dismay for her. I was not trying to embarass her, I was happily dumbfounded and floated out of the store.

21 March, 2007

Pet Food Recall Info.

As a service from the Animal Kinship, here is a current listing of the foods/brands that have been fatal for many animals since December. Please ensure your pet's health and distribute to your friends.

Thank you.
<><><>

THE PET CONNECTION
By Gina Spadafori
Pet Columnist

Print this article Save this article to disk Email this article
Menu Foods Pet Food Recall March 2007

Authored by: Phyllis DeGioia, Editor

A pet food recall has been initiated by Menu Foods of Ontario, Canada. For the most current information, see the manufacturer's recall website. Menu Foods sent out a press release stating announcing "the precautionary recall of a portion of the dog and cat food it manufactured between December 3, 2006 and March 6, 2007. The recall is limited to "cuts and gravy" style pet food in cans and pouches manufactured at two of the Fund's United States facilities. These products are both manufactured and sold under private-label and are
contract-manufactured for some national brands."

The recall website at Menu Foods can be overloaded, but you can also check for information at the Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell University.

According to the FDA, "There has been a small number of reported instances of cats and dogs in the United States that developed kidney failure after eating the affected product...Dogs or cats who have consumed the suspect feed and show signs of kidney failure (such as loss of appetite, lethargy and vomiting) should consult with their veterinarian."

If your pet has had any of the listed foods, we urge you to discuss it with your veterinarian and see if any diagnostic tests are warranted.

Recalled Cat Product Information
Recall Information 1-866-895-2708

Americas Choice, Preferred Pets
Authority
Best Choice
Companion
Compliments
Demoulas Market Basket
Eukanuba
Fine Feline Cat
Food Lion
Foodtown
Giant Companion
Hannaford
Hill Country Fare
Hy-Vee
Iams
Laura Lynn
Li'l Red
Loving Meals
Meijer's Main Choice
Nutriplan
Nutro Max Gourmet Classics
Nutro Natural Choice
Paws
Pet Pride
Presidents Choice
Price Chopper
Priority US
Save-A-Lot
Schnucks
Science Diet Feline Savory Cuts Cans
Sophistacat
Special Kitty Canada
Special Kitty US
Springfield Prize
Sprout
Stop & Shop Companion
Tops Companion
Wegmans
Weis Total Pet
Western Family US
White Rose
Winn Dixie


Recalled Dog Product Information
Recall Information 1-866-895-2708

Americas Choice, Preferred Pets
Authority
Award
Best Choice
Big Bet
Big Red
Bloom
Wegmans Bruiser
Cadillac
Companion
Demoulas Market Basket
Eukanuba
Food Lion
Giant Companion
Great Choice
Hannaford
Hill Country Fare
Hy-Vee
Iams
Laura Lynn
Loving Meals
Meijers Main Choice
Mighty Dog Pouch
Mixables
Nutriplan
Nutro Max
Nutro Natural Choice
Nutro Ultra
Nutro
Ol'Roy Canada
Ol'Roy US
Paws
Pet Essentials
Pet Pride - Good n Meaty
Presidents Choice
Price Chopper
Priority Canada
Priority US
Publix
Roche Brothers
Save-A-Lot
Schnucks
Shep Dog
Springsfield Prize
Sprout
Stater Brothers
Stop & Shop Companion
Tops Companion
Weis Total Pet
Western Family US
White Rose
Winn Dixie
Your Pet

Date Published: 3/20/2007 3:19:00 PM

Feedback

Print this article Save this article to disk Email this article

Gina Spadafori is the award-winning author of Dogs for Dummies, Cats for Dummies and Birds for Dummies. She is also affiliated with the Veterinary Information Network Inc., an international online service for veterinary professionals. Write to her at petconnection@gmail.com.

COPYRIGHT 2007 - 2007 UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE; 4520 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. 64111; 816-932-6600.

Permanent Link: http://www.VeterinaryPartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&A=2528

Home » Pet Corner » Pet Connection » Menu Foods Pet Food Recall March 2007 Back Top Bookmark this article

Copyright 1991 - 2007, Veterinary Information Network, Inc. | Send Us Feedback!

20 March, 2007

Far out

Thanks to Katherine McPhee, I now watch "American Idol" regularly. Oh well. I could have other worse vices I suppose. I don't do the Idol chat rooms but I do call and vote for my favoritesl and often a token vote or two for a couple of people that I feel really do their best even if I don't consdier them The Idol.

Tonight's show really made me smile as they contestants had to sing from the 60's British Invasion--my musical adolescence. It was a particular treat for me that the musical coaches this week were LuLu and Peter Noone. Lulu is as one contestant described, a real firecracker. She still looks and sounds great. However, my heart was pounding for my teen heart throb, Peter "Herman of the Hermits" Noone. OH, I had such a crush on him. The stories I could tell about crashing his hotel room when he came to L.A. for a tour. But I digress. A few years ago, Cyndy Ballenger took me to a Hermit's concert here in San Diego for my birthday. I was a giggly pre-teen all over again. And HE signed my T-shirt and shook my hand as I introduced myself as not only a fan but a "dear old Dutch" ( a British musical hall song from eons ago). Mr. Noone is a real-life sweetie on and off-stage and he still makes me smile. Ahhhhhhhhhhh

Since "Idol" gets us in the mood for voting from the audience, here's a little scenario I would like you to weigh in on with me:

On Sunday, I bought myself a new purse for Spring. When I got home to take it out I noticed the receipt seemed a rather low amount for what I had purchased; and on closer look, I realized I had only been charged for the other items and not the purse at all. The clerk had scanned and bagged everything. I had not noticed at the time of the sale that the total was low because I used a Target gift card for part of the payment and didn't pay much attention to what balance I had left. Here's the deal: For several moments on Monday morning, I contemplated the remote possibility that perhaps the Universe was gifting me this purse. Was it my fault/responsibility that the clerk somehow missed the charge? Frankly, I didn't want to spend the time or the gas to drive back to Target again. Was I responsible to go back to the store and pay for it? Could this get the young man in trouble? Could I live with myself if I didn't???? Hmmmmmm.....

So, now it;s your turn. What would you do and why?

This way everyone will get to read how the public responds in the Comments section.

You decide.

City Slackers

No, I did not misspell the title of this post. Yes, I was playing off of the comedy film title, "City Slickers" about a bunch of...