Tuesday, April 17, 2007

God damn pet food companies!!

Now the food I switched them to is being recalled! Natural Balance Venison & Green Pea dry formula for cats and a similar version for dogs.

Email I sent to them today:
"After the recall issued by your company today I compared the ingredients from the
bag I have, to the formula on your website and they are now different. I want to
know when you changed the formulation, and if it's the new formulation that
is being focused on now that there are reports of kidney failure with cats and dogs
on this different ingredient listing. The new formula of the cat food has Rice
Protein Concentrate which is not listed on my brochure or the bag I have. The same
ingredient is listed on the dog food version."

Interesting, huh? I switched my kitties to this food after the menu foods recall so I'm hoping the formula change was very very recent and the stuff I'd been feeding them. This is a seriously high-quality pet food and ALL the ingredients checked out when I looked them up. Hours of research. Not to mention, the kitties have been very bouncy and energetic since the switch and look great, so I'm maddened by this recall, and very sad for anyone affected.

Then tonight, I found this article posted on USAToday's website:
By Julie Schmit, USA TODAY
"Natural Balance Pet Foods said Tuesday it found melamine in two of its pet food products, which the company has recalled...The company has recalled all dates of the two products, although Herrick says it has only received complaints for food made March 28."

Sounds like a case of them trying to keep Petco for a customer. I won't be anymore.

ADDED at 8:38PM HOLY CRAP!!! Press release! Confirmed by the company!!!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

What's going on

Sheesh it's the middle of April and it's 37 degrees and sleeting! Monday is the big race - Boston Marathon - and it's supposed to downpour with 40 MPH winds. Had to make a last minute order for our customer that we're working with at the expo for cold weather gear.
Let's see, what else?
Work is plugging along - figuring out our roles as we move along. Got the marathon expo this week and our sales meeting in 5 weeks and integrating our division with the footwear division in our systems, so will be really busy.
Randy's dad had to have emergency surgery for an aneurysm near his heart but thankfully is OK now. Was a very nerve-racking Sunday when we got the call at 6am that he was going into surgery. It was expected to be 6-8 hours with 2-3 weeks of recovery time. They live in SC and we're in the Boston area so I felt really bad for Randy, being so far away from his family. Fortunately his sister called within 2.5 hours with the news that the surgery was successful and just about finished, and he was home within a week. Can't play golf for several weeks which will drive him (and probably Randy's mom) crazy, but this was such a great outcome considering what it was and a HUGE relief that it worked out the way it did.
Stuff like this always makes me think about what happened with my dad and has really made me feel for people that go through health problems with their parents. Being so close to it, it's almost harder to know what to say to someone when they're going through it themselves.
Kitties got tested for the bad food I fed them. One came back clear and the other one didn't on the first round but thankfully the second round of tests came back clear. And they're all bouncy and kittenish again now that I'm feeding them better food than what WE eat! (I hope! Still don't think the big companies can be trusted.)
Best friend Karen got a new job this week, pretty much exactly what she wants to do - the position sounds GREAT (project manager for Chamber of Commerce) and my other best friend Kim is all settled into her new job and really likes it. Can't believe it's been almost a year since I went to see her in CA either! But I love it when things go great for my friends!
Randy, my sweet one, on the other hand, is stuck in Toronto tonight because of the storm so he won't get home 'til late. I miss him and want him to be home! :-)
Darryl, Tracy, my mom and the kids are going on vacation next week, hopefully piling in the car and heading south to warmer and sunnier weather. Last weekend was Easter and I went home to see them. We had Easter dinner with my aunties which was a nice surprise. My nieces are cling-ons now. It's so fun to have them at an age where they love to hang out with me and want to know when I'm coming home again. Don't want them to grow up so fast but it IS really cool to see how much they've changed between visits. They've grown so much and changed so much physically and mentally even since Christmas. And I met C's new kitten who is a bundle of sweetness. K's teeth have really moved quickly into place with the braces. I hope that even though she's still so young, it works out as planned and she won't have to do it over in her teen years.
Other than that, not much else...besides baseball. So happy to have the Red Sox on NESN again. Dice-K looks good and even thought he didn't get a win last night, it was really fun to watch the 21-yr old prodigy that faced him. Even though we came down on the wrong side of a 1-hit shut-out, that kind of game doesn't come around very often, so was very fun to watch.
And Sanjaya is still on American Idol. I gotta say, I hope he doesn't win but he is fun to watch. Viewership in the 35+ male demographic will fall off now though, now that Broadway Betty with the Fewer Fashions is out.
So tomorrow is Friday, thank goodness. Only one day off this weekend though. Gotta sell shoes and apparel at the expo on Sunday, and then have a meeting at 5pm Sunday night with our head sales reps. Yuck, but with the transition it will be good to see where there heads are at.
That's all for now!

Monday, April 09, 2007

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday, dear Mom!
Happy Birthday to you!

It's her birthday tomorrow (4/10) but this is getting posted today so she can see it first thing.

Cool things about my mom (besides all the normal Mom stuff):
Completed college with a 4.0 (at Smith College, no less) while we were in high school
Wrote a book that didn't get published but DID get used as Smith College required reading
Survived breast cancer bravely
Led the charge digging out the hole for the pool after the contracters screwed it up
Built a deck
Fixed a roof (I think)
Designed and decorated a 400 square foot addition to the house, then added a porch.
Re-designed and decorated several rooms in the house
Kept the cat around even though she was allergic
Can get a whole new wardrobe for $75
Made us really cool ski suits when we were little
Made sure we had skis
Made me an Easter dress from curtains (helloooo Scarlett!)
Made my First Communion dress
Made sure we played baseball
Worked for GE
Worked for the United Way
Owned and operated a store
Sold real estate
Worked with pregnant teens (for 10 years!)
Said "No" to the first guy that proposed marriage
Made her wedding dress
Came back from her honeymoon with about 34 cents and made it home from NYC
Found a dentist in Italy on said honeymoon and was able to communicate what the hell was wrong.
Was absolutely right about Lucerne
Wore animal prints and short skirts after she was married
Wore her hair long
Cut her hair short
Got a perm
Helped me buy a car and then return it
Made sure I had lots of pennies to rub together when I became an adult
Got Pong for my brother and me
Had one of the first word processors
Made sure I had one for college
Bought a Commodore 64
Had a PC and internet first
Did she work on the first female Mayor of Pittsfield's campaign? I think so.
Dressed literally as "The School of Hard Knocks" for Halloween
Showed up at The Depot, wearing MY jeans
Came to London by herself to visit me when I went for the summer
Went to Spain by herself
Wintered in Myrtle Beach with my dad and made the absolute best of it
Went back to Spain with a friend on the spur of the moment
Went to Russia by herself and even took the subway
Quit smoking after several decades
Danced onstage at a play we went to
Procured Butterscotch the Pony for Christmas 2006
Got a convertible and made her own seatcovers
Got another convertible.
Donated both to charity and got her dream convertible.

The list goes on and on but she's super smart, she has her convictions that she sticks to, and I admire and love her for who she is.

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

WTF? It's supposed to be spring!

Icy cold rain, snow and sleet, WTF?? Isn't today April 4th?
Oh well, at least the Red Sox are on, at last!