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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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Those of you who follow my food posts were probably not surprised reading the word “tacos” in the subject. It’s no secret that I’m more than slightly smitten with Mexican and southwestern inspired foods – especially tacos. I mean, my Facebook bio says “I like tacos” and nothing else. Yeah. That said, I think you will be surprised by this particular taco recipe. Despite the fact that it sounds complicated, it’s incredibly easy – and incredibly delicious. It’s a light-yet-satisfying entree perfect for summertime, and it’s become a staple around our house over the past few weeks. It’s also one of the most nutritious meals we eat, full of whole grains, proteins, and healthy fats. You’re going to love it, I promise.
Easy Jasmine Rice, Lentil, and Quinoa Tacos
Makes 8 tacos
1 cup Village Harvest Organic Benefit Protein Blend (dry/uncooked)
8 soft corn tortillas
1 large avocado (or 2 small)
1 cups organic greens (we like baby spinach or spring greens)
Cook 1 cup of the Organic Benefit Protein Blend (yummy blend of organic jasmine rice, organic lentils, and organic red quinoa) with 2-1/4 cups water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 20-22 minutes or until all water is absorbed. Remove from heat, and allow to stand for 5 minutes. While Protein Blend is standing, cut the avocado into slices and heat each tortilla for a few seconds on a heated pan to soften. In each tortilla, layer the Protein Blend, slices of avocado, salsa, and a handful of greens. Top with fresh squeezed lime juice and hot sauce. So good.
While the richness of the avocado, refreshing subtle crunch of the greens, and tang of the lime come together to create the prefect flavor marriage, it’s the Village Harvest Organic Benefit Protein Blend that makes that these (vegan!) tacos so delightful (or as Essley describes them, “fantash-chick”). Its filling in that great way where you feel satisfied but not overly full – thanks to the combination of protein, complex carbohydrates, and dietary fiber it provides. And the fact that it takes three of my favorite foods (jasmine rice, lentils, and quinoa) and allows me to cook them all in a single pot in just 20ish minutes is huge. When dinner or lunch can be this tasty and nutritious and also ready in less than a half hour with only one pot dirtied, I’m all in.
The Protein Blend I use for these tacos is my favorite, but I also love (and regularly eat) the other two Village Harvest Benefit Blend varieties as well – Organic Antioxidant Blend (black rice, black lentils, and black quinoa) and Organic Ancient Grain Blend (millet, white quinoa, red quinoa, and buckwheat). They each offer a uniquely delicious combination of healthful goodness that works in countless recipes. (I like the Ancient Grain Blend with a little maple syrup for breakfast – so yummy.) You can grab all three on the (new!) Village Harvest Online Shop or at your local grocer. And if your favorite store doesn’t carry Benefit Blends, just fill out this quick product request form and drop it off with a manager. The company itself is pretty rad too. Village Harvest donates 1% of profits toward programs that give back to the farmers and communities where their products are sourced, and also gives 1% of their employees’ time to sustainability efforts and other causes. Pretty great, right?
I hope you guys will give these tacos a try. I’ll be hear waiting when you come back to tell me how much your loved them. They’re also great without the tortillas as burrito bowls, and even cold as a side salad. Endless possibilities, my friends. Enjoy!
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There’s no worse word your vet can say to you than “cancer.” Your blood runs cold, you get shivers up your spine, your mind goes blank and you want to run, scream, cry, or a combination of all those things. But hang on. “Cancer” means a great many different things. There are many kinds of cancer that can affect dogs and every situation is unique: your dog’s age, the location of the cancer, the type of cancer, how early it was found, whether it has spread, and most of all the big unknown: how your dog will respond to treatment. And above all, what treatments are already in use and what new ones are emerging?
Do Not Give Up Hope
Do not “throw in the towel” when you hear the “C” word. Before you give in to despair, use your energy to educate yourself about the kind of cancer your dog has been diagnosed with. But do it in hours, not days. Literally! And with the assistance of a specialist, swiftly make the very best decision you can with the resources you have available. There are usually a variety of different ways to handle cancer in dogs, some of them simple and inexpensive. Dogs tend not to suffer or even have discomfort from treatments, which are much less severe and radical and life-threatening than what many human cancer patients undergo, so don’t dismiss the idea of treating the cancer to buy quality time with your dog.
Find a Specialist – a Veterinary Oncologist
I am so fortunate to have Dr. Sue Ettinger as my co-host on our pet talk radio show THE PET CANCER VET. She is a board certified oncologist and a co-author of “The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, and has a very good blog and website, too. We podcast shows on which we have talked to people whose dogs and cats have cancer. Dr. Sue gives general information about their type of cancer and some of the possible management choices. We do these shows not just for that one person, but for the thousands of people we hope will turn to the show when they get a diagnosis (or by listening may be able to discover cancer in the very early stages in their own pets, when it is more easily treated).
Lung cancer diagnosed in a German Short-Haired Pointer
I just received this email: “Our 11 year old GSP was diagnosed this week with lung cancer. She had and ultrasound and aspirate on Wednesday. We are still digesting this information, reading up on it, and figuring out our next steps. Charley is still active and shows no other symptom other than a cough. The cough seems to occur when she is laying down then gets up. She’s eating, playing, and while her blood work and health seems fine we’re not sure whether or not to pursue the route of a CT and surgery. Is there medical therapy that you suggest to continue her quality of life? We will be touching base again with our vet on Monday.”
What Help and Advice Can I Give?
Here’s what I am telling Heather and would tell anyone in her shoes: your own vet can make an initial diagnosis but should immediately do everything possible to help you get a consultation with a board certified internist (they study oncology too) or a veterinary oncologist (there aren’t many of them). A general practice vet cannot possibly have the most sophisticated diagnostic tools nor the knowledge or capacity to administer the possible treatment options, if you choose them. If you dobut me, here’s a good example why not: if (heaven forbid) preliminary tests showed you had cancer, there is no doubt your general practice doctor would send you immediately to an oncologist. The same should be true for your dog.
Go as far as Necessary to Consult with an Oncologist
Even if you have to go hours away to see a specialist, at least have a first consultation within DAYS of the diagnosis if possible. Time is usually critical for a dog with cancer. You need to hear exactly what the choices and odds are. [If you’re anywhere near Wappingers Falls NY where Dr Sue practices, there’s nobody I’d recommend more highly – for cutting-edge knowledge and a healing attitude of hope and compassion. It’s unrealistic for your own vet to try to make this decision with you.
Do NOT begin any Treatment Before a Consultation
You’ll hear on many of our PET CANCER VET shows how often peoples’ own vets give the dog steroids (prednisone) before a thorough diagnosis is done by a specialist – Many times that prednisone will interfere with chemotherapy that can be really effective.
Take Advantage of our Podcast Library!
If you’re interested in the topic of cancer – for any reason – use the search bar that’s on the Pet Cancer Vet [and every show in the Radio Pet Lady Network] This is true on Pet Food Advsiors, The Expert Vet and on my flagship show on NPR DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) of which Halo Purely for Pets is a longtime sponsor. I’m hopeful that Heather will be ready and able to take the next step for her Pointer after listening to the four lung cancer conversations with Dr. Sue that are in the library.
Wishing Heather’s dog and all our dogs the best of luck – and the best of support and care.
Tracie 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.
Tracie 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.