and that it was too much to talk about, which is an understatement. May was just a shit month, full stop.

But Sally Girl meant a lot to our family, to me, and to some of you, and I finally got to a place where I could laugh about things, and this is how I heal: laughing and talking about it.

Post with great pics of our sweet girl and laughter amongst the tears, as is appropriate.

I see my posts here dwindling, honestly. There's not a lot of interest, and I'm more active elsewhere. I won't abandon this entirely, but it would be a lie to say this is my first, second, or even third most active locale. Just as a head's up. Big news will still be posted here, but I don't know that I'll post daily or maybe even weekly on LJ. I'm moving my pro blog into the sphere of home base. It's just easier for me.
Loads happened on the weekend at HDJM, so here are your links! (And please PLEASE like, tweet, G+1 things you read. It helps spread the word, and as we're trying to gain legitimate press cred, it'll help us this week as we're being vetted by the TV Critics Assoc. *nail biting*)

Ringer!
The Vampire Diaries!
Supernatural!
Merlin!
Spaaaaaaartacus!
Bomb Girls! (Um, femmeslashers on my flist? Y'all need to be watching this show, seriously.)
The Walking Dead! (coming, it's in edits right now)

And I'm putting on the Mod Hat it seems more and more over there. Just know: no bashing. No character hate. Stop posting comments just to promote your own fanfiction. Yes, the writers are fans of the show, or they wouldn't be talking about it. (The hell? I've had three people ask that in comments in one week.) I want that site to be about fannish love and fun, interesting discussion. It's not a place for hate on a character, and if you haven't watched the episode, why not wait until you have before commenting about said episode? <-- that one never fails to boggle my mind.

In Sally Derg news, she's a dork. Wait, that's old news. She has SEVERE anxiety when it comes to thunder storms where she whines (oh my god, it's like a fork on a china plate) and hides in my bathroom, shivering. She used to have a "baby" (it got all chewed and destroyed) that she'd "save" when she could sense thunderstorms on the horizon. (Omg, I saw her make a Sophie's Choice between her two "babies" once and it was the most pathetic thing on the EARTH.)

Anyhoodle, I saw something at PetsMart that I thought I'd give a try, as they promised a full refund. It's a Thundershirt.

SALLY LOOKS SO SPIFFY IN HER LITTLE CLOTHES. )
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] boosette at WARNING: Purina pet food has started making pets ill
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] issendai at WARNING: Purina pet food has started making pets ill

My coworker John told me that his cat was seriously ill--throwing up, lethargic, refusing food, dropping weight. The previously healthy 6-year-old, 15-pound cat had lost a third of her body weight over the last few months. The vet couldn't find anything wrong with her. Blood tests were clean, and she didn't have any known illnesses. Yet she was a few days from organ failure.

That was a week ago. She's fine now. The solution was... to stop feeding her Purina cat food.

When John told me that, and said that friends of his had the same problem with their cats and Purina cat food, I looked into it. Holy shit. Take a look at the consumer complaints about Purina cat and dog food. This exact same problem has been an issue with Purina pet foods since 2007, but since this summer, the rate of complaints has picked up drastically. People who previously had to problems with Purina are reporting issues. Comment after comment sounds the same:

I've been feeding my three cats Fancy Feast canned food Chopped Grill Feast for many years. They have always devoured their meal and licked the plates clean. Last week, I noticed they did not want to eat much and went from plate to plate, ate a little. Next day, none of them would eat it. I kept trying new cans. What they did eat made them vomit and one cat was lethargic for days. I refuse to buy any more of this food. It's very scary. I don't know what is wrong with the food, but I fear it has toxins in it. I switched to another brand and the cats are fine now. Did anyone else experience this?

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My dogs have been eating Purina Dog Chow (green bag) for about four years. They used to eat only Iams, but due to financial issues, we had to go with a cheaper brand. The last bag I purchased was about a week and a half ago. My 14 years old Labrador has vomited about 5-6 times and my German Shepherd has vomited about 4 times. Something is wrong with this food! The food has a kind of metallic smell to it. It just does not smell right. I'm taking it back to the pet store. I am changing my dogs' food, it's just not worth taking the chance to save a few dollars.

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We purchased a large bag of Purina One Salmon dry cat food to give to a needy pet owner. She emailed us a couple of days later ,to say that there were maggots, lots of them with what looked to be like strands or webs with more dead gnats or flies, pieces of web in the food and "shells" of gnats or flies in the bag. Cats would not eat much of the food and, fortunately, they did not get sick. The store had noticed this problem in other bags and was willing to swap out.

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I purchased a 34 lb bag of Purina One Smartblend dog food every three to four weeks for my two Labradors. The last bag I purchased seemed fine until I noticed a new infestation of little black bugs. Upon further inspection through the contents of the bag, I noticed clusters of white "eggs" adhered to quite a bit of the food. Some of these clusters contained larvae in the process of hatching. I immediately threw out the remaining contents of the bag but did save samples for my vet.

We went out of town last weekend and had friends dog sit for us. We originally attributed their lethargy and random vomiting to separation anxiety. Although they are doing better, I am still concerned and will be watching them closely. As stated, I saved samples of the infested dog food for our vet in the event that anything results from this issue.

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I recently switched to the Friskies Poultry Variety pack (32 cans) that says it must be used by August 2013 (12281789 09:31 lo61237) sku (050000454242). I have 5 cats and feeding them this food, I noticed some of them throwing up. There's nothing in it but liquids, no hair ball, no food, nothing. My cats range from 8 weeks to 13 years old.


[ETA that this is from Boos I switched my own cats to Purina a couple of months ago, and their coats look so much better than they did on the old brand of cat food... but Buffy has started vomiting stomach liquids. Purina and Fancy Feast are off the menu. Permanently.

I have no idea why this isn't news. But if you're feeding your pets any Purina brand, please don't wait for media confirmation that something is going on. Stop feeding your pets Purina immediately.



[Note from Me, Stoney] OH MY GOD. Sally Derg has had...intestinal issues for the past few days. I switched her to Purina One. GUESS WHAT I AM GETTING RID OF RIGHT NOW, oh I am so sorry Sally Derg!!! :(

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