Friday, March 27, 2009

Six Dogs Dead in 2009 Iditarod

Six Dogs Dead in 2009 Iditarod

First there was Victor, a 6-year-old dog on musher Jeff Holt's team, who died suddenly on March 10. A gross necropsy (the canine version of an autopsy) was completed, however, "no cause of death could be determined by the board certified veterinary pathologist."

Then, on March 16, a search pilot discovered that two dogs (whose names, Dizzy and Grasshopper, were not even included in the Iditarod advisory) on rookie musher Lou Packer's team had apparently frozen to death.

Next, on March 19, Maynard, a 5-year-old male on Warren Palrey's team, died on the trail late at night. His necropsy showed "pulmonary edema [fluid in the lungs] was present, which likely developed as the result of a cardiac abnormality." Maynard had been "working hard" on the trail for 11 days leading up to his death.

One day later, Omen, an 8-year-old male on Rick Larson's team, died on the trail between the checkpoints at Elim and White Mountain. As with Maynard, Omen's necropsy indicated that he died from a pulmonary edema.

The sixth dog, a 2-year-old female named Cirque, died during a post-race flight. Cirque, who was on musher Alan Peck's team, was discovered dead when after the plane was forced to land due to significant turbulence.

Please visit the Sled Dog Action Coalition's site to find out what you can do to end this deadly race once and for all.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Save Our Seals & LUSH Cosmetics

"To the dismay of animal lovers around the world, the annual Canadian seal slaughter is set to resume later this week. Therefore, with the goal of bringing the world's attention to this atrocity, Sea Shepherd is proud to announce a new partnership with LUSH Cosmetics to oppose the commercial hunt, which kills over 250,000 baby harp seals each spring." ~ Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Friday Harbor, WA

What an adorable way to take action:

From Lush's Website:


100% of the proceeds from sales of this limited edition bubble bar will be donated to Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. This limited edition bubble bar has the same refreshing fragrance as our Sea Vegetable soap, plus it has a reusable seal face sticker on the top of the bubble bar. It smells of lime, lavender with just a hint of seaweed to remind you of the ocean and is rolled in coconut shavings to resemble the fur of a seal pup. The name “first swim” comes from the baby seals that are killed so young they are haven't even had their first meal or first swim yet. We thought it would be lovely to give this baby seal its first swim.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Lunch at EVO

It was great to see my friend Mary again for our monthly get together! :) :) We decided to go to EVO Restaurant on Chandler Street in Worcester. This is the new cafe attached to the Living Earth.

Mary was so healthy at got a salad with lemon dressing. I got that as my side dish and ALSO got a falafel-hummus wrap:

And look... they "brand" their wraps and sandwiches with their logo. Hmmmm.. I want to try that at my work! I can brand our brides with our logo!

Evo had some vegan options and can seemingly veganize many of the other items on the menu. They also make custom pizzas, but be aware that their soy cheese is *not* vegan. (totally aggravating!) They do have vegan pizza toppings aside from fruit and veggies, such as vegan sausage, pepperoni, and hamburger-type crumbles. I may create my own pizza next time I go.

So next door is an old favorite, The Living Earth. We had to stop in!

I passed by rows of veggies and went to locate Britty's favorite there: Spinach Pies! Mary and I picked up some other good things at LE like vegan lemon cookies and Primal Strips.

I could not leave without looking at the vegan wines! I picked up a Cabernet, but may use it in cooking since I don't drink much of it! (Unless Jamie wants to join in and share it with some chocolates!)

Thanks to Mary for an awesome lunch, despite the fact that we both were just recovering from the flu! :P

PS - The jasmine tea at EVO works well for flu-type aches!

Note: Vegan Wine/Beer/Liquor info at