Monday, November 26, 2012

Happy Monday!!!

Just a little happy dog to get you through your Monday!!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday!!

My black Friday doesn't involve shopping, instead it involves cuddles with two of my favorite black animals! Astrea and I had our family Thanksgiving on Tuesday, so we came down to Carmel to spend yesterday with Frank and Indie. Three and a half years later, Astrea still loves Indie...

Indie and Astrea rubbing shoulders, saying Hi.

Having a little play time. I promise, Indie was having fun, Astrea just sounds so vicious when she plays.

This is Indie's spot when he needs a break from Astrea. And as you can see, things haven't changed much over the years... astreaindie2

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Hey...Wanna try some catnip??

This weekend my mom bought some cat toys for Ora and her cousin Reese. It didn't take long for Astrea to steal one for herself. Astrea LOVES cat toys, especially if they have catnip in them. So when I saw this on pinterest last night I instantly laughed thinking of Astrea.


Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Recycle Your Campaign Signs!!

Here is a great idea a friend shared on facebook - don't throw out those campaign signs! Save them or donate them to a local rescue to be reused to get the word out on a missing dog in your area.


Sunday, November 04, 2012

Celebrity Sunday: Lauren Conrad and Fitz

I love Lauren Conrad. I thought "The Hills" was brilliant, staged "reality" television and her clothing line at Kohls definitely makes up a big part of my wardrobe. Not only that, I LOVE that she thinks the shelter is the perfect place to find a pup! Check out the adorable photos of her new puppy Fitz, along with her other dog Chloe.





Thursday, November 01, 2012

Lost and Found in Sandy

I wanted to pass this article from ABC news along in case you or anyone you know was affected by Sandy and needs more information about how to reunite a lost pet with their family.

Pets Lost and Found in Sandy's Wake

Superstorm Sandy's destructive path took lives, forced people from their homes and shut down cities. Its powerful winds and rains also spooked and swept hundreds of pets away from their homes. As people struggle to rebuild their lives in Sandy's wake, many have been left searching for beloved family members--dogs, cats, birds and other pets.While some people look for pets, other people are looking for the owners of stray animals who have wandered into their neighborhoods.

Both groups have taken to social media to try to reunite pets with owners. A Facebook page called "Hurricane Sandy Lost and Found Pets" has over 7,000 supporters, a number that is growing by the hour. The page has dozens of photos of pets that have been lost and found. Others are using Craigslist and the hashtag #SandyPets on Twitter.

"People are being very proactive and number one is being aware that after a storm of this magnitude there's going to be a lot of misplaced people and animals," Pennye Jones-Napier told "The animals can be very scared and have just gotten away through fences or losing their collars because they got frightened."

Jones-Napier is a Red Rover responder for disasters in Hyattsville, Md. Red Rover is a national team of volunteers that helps with the sheltering component of disaster relief. She has already gotten several calls from people this week who have found lost animals after the storm and one even turned up at the shop where she works, The Big Bad Woof pet store. "He showed up on Tuesday afternoon around 4 p.m. and it was still raining here," Jones-Napier told "He was scared to come in at first, but we got him in with some treats."The people who brought him told the store that they had found the dog outside of a Chipotle and had taken him to a veterinarian's office to see if he had a microchip implanted, but he did not. The people who found him said they'd be back in an hour-and-a-half for the dog, but they never came back. An employee of the store is sheltering the dog. "We're calling him Taz because we don't know what else to call him," Jones-Napier said. "He's adorable. He's such a nice dog. Everyone here is in love with him." She said that Taz greets everyone and is especially intrigued by children. "I have a feeling he was with a family or someone who has kids around," Jones-Napier said. His body mass index was good and he was not injured. His photo is on Facebook and the store is trying to find his family.

Jones-Napier said that there are some basic steps people can take if they come across a lost dog. "If they don't have a collar, take them to a local vet or shelter to see if they have a chip," she said. The microchip implanted in many dogs now can be a quick way to identify them and reunite them with their families. Second, Jones-Napier suggested sheltering the animal yourself if possible, as shelters are currently overwhelmed. Otherwise, they can be taken to area shelters. She also noted that if the animals have rabies collars, that can be a way to track down their owners through veterinary clinics.

In New Haven, Conn., another family is desperately searching for their beloved dog Sophie, a 7-pound terrier. Mallory Diedrich and her family -- including a 2-year-old, two other dogs and two cats -- survived the worst of Sandy relatively unscathed. They lost power at their home and are surrounded by debris from trees and fences. The morning after the storm, they were in their backyard cleaning up some tree limbs and pieces of fences. They decided to go for a walk, but discovered something was wrong shortly after they returned -- Sophie was gone. Diedrich believes the "nervous" dog may have slipped out of the yard through a broken portion of the fence and tearfully described how the indoor dog does not even have a collar. "We've barely noticed the fact that we don't have power because we've spent since Tuesday looking for her," Diedrich said. "I can't do anything else but look for her."

For some, using social media to search for lost pets is already working. Two basset hounds, Mango and Finn, escaped from their Ridgewood, N.J., backyard after owner Jeanne Johnson had let them out for a little bit when the worst of the storm was over. In the dark, Johnson had not realized that the storm had wiped out the yard's fence. "I panicked because the wind had picked up," she said. "I went out in my bare feet and was screaming at the top of my lungs...My kids were hysterical and I was trying to keep it together. I could hear them barking," Johnson recalled emotionally. "I could hear my dogs, but I couldn't get across the street. There were downed power lines and I was scared."

Her home lost power but at a friend's recommendation, she was able to use her phone send her story to a local news blog with a photo of her dogs. Soon after, she realized her phone battery was faltering, but wanted to make sure she kept the phone alive in case anyone called with news of the dogs. Johnson was in her car, which was swaying from the forceful winds, charging her phone when she saw a small light in the dark. "Some random man that I've never met in my life was standing there soaking wet with shorts on yelling, 'I'm not going to leave until I find [the dogs],'" Johnson recalled, still in disbelief. The dogs were eventually found, amidst tears and hugs. The good samaritan, named Dave, had heard the sound of dogs wailing from his house. He thought it was coyotes, but shortly after got on Facebook and saw the post about the dogs. He jumped out of bed and went to search. "What do you do to repay a man like that?" Johnson said. "Half of me was thinking he was crazy, the other half was thinking, what a hero. What a brave man."

Monday, October 29, 2012

Charlie and Bam-Bam

I happened to catch this story on CNN last week during my lunch break and I was absolutely amazed at the luck this poor pup had in a random person not only coming along him, but having the ability to save him. Thank goodness Charlie was out paddle boarding and able to save Bam-Bam before he was washed away with the tide.
For the full story, check out Dogtime.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Custody Fight Over Obie

I've been following the story of Obie since I first heard of this massively overweight pup. Unfortunately it seems that now the fight isn't just for his health, now it's for where he'll live. What do you think of Jenell's reasons for wanting Obie back? Should Obie stay with Nora?

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Friday, October 26, 2012

Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know

One of the hardest parts about working again has been my commute. Because I had to start working so quickly, there was no time to decide to move closer to the city. So every day I wake up early, early and drive to the nearest BART station so I can take the train into work. The advantage to this is, after the short drive to the station, I can just relax on my way into San Francisco. As a result I've had plenty of time to catch up on games of bejeweled, facebook message my friends, and my favorite - READ!!! Unfortunately, I am the type to get a little motion sick so I can't sit down and get all involved in a novel, but lucky for me I haven't had to!

For the past few weeks I've been catching up on, "Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know." I always imagine the things that Astrea is really thinking when we're talking to her - especially now that we make her "say" banana before she can have one - so it's been very fun to see that I'm not the only one who thinks dogs have a great inner monologue.

Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know

"Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know," is a collection of short essays from eleven dogs brought to life by Hy Conrad and Jeff Johnson. The confessions these dogs make range from their thoughts on food to destruction of property and of course the ever important poop. One of my hands down favorites is from a drug sniffing dog named Sarge. Sarge's confessions of his "habit" may have made me tearing up a little from laughing so hard. Each of the dogs have their own personality, life, and hilarious story to tell - which means I am occasionally that crazy lady on the train laughing out loud at her book.

If you're looking for a funny, easy read that you can pick up whenever you want with out worrying about where you left off I'd definitely suggest picking this one up! And if you'd like a preview before you buy... check out one of Tinkerbell's thoughts on her birthday-

Forget my birthday

Monday, October 15, 2012

While I'm at work...

My new job came about pretty quickly and unexpectedly - so poor, poor Astrea was forced to go to Tahoe while I worked through last Saturday. Can't you tell she's being absolutely neglected now that I'm back to work?

Friday, October 12, 2012

Saving Valentina

I stumbled upon this video a couple weeks ago and normally I wouldn't watch an 8 minute video - but something told me I had to watch this. This poor whale would have died if it weren't for these people and the hard work they put in to save her. The love and gratitude she shows them at the end of this video is just incredible.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Check Your Car - You Could Save a Life!!

I started a new job last week. I get the pleasure of leaving at 5:00 in the morning. A few weeks ago my brothers cat hitched a ride under my mom's car to the gas station. Luckily my mom heard poor Reese freaking out and was able to get her out and bring her back home. After that I'm terrified that it's going to happen again, so even though my car is sticky and filthy, every morning before I leave I kick around the edges and pound on the hood to get out any kitty's that may be trying to stay warm in the early morning hours. Definitely take this into consideration as the whether gets colder and you head out for the day.

Monday, October 01, 2012

The Yellow Dog Project

I'm sure some of you have seen this project floating around facebook lately, and I am so excited to share it with those of you who haven't yet heard about it yet.

The Yellow Dog Project is an awareness and global mobilization to help people recognize a dog that needs space. By adding a small yellow ribbon to the leash, we hope to give owners and general public the ability to identify dogs that are not ready to say hi. This includes dogs that have had surgery, are in training, just need space, or are in a rehab/rescue program.

So, if you see a dog with a yellow ribbon on its leash, please give that dog some space. Also, if you have a dog that may need some space, please tie a yellow ribbon on the leash to help signify to others to stay back. And above all - spread the word! Let's get this movement going so that we can keep ourselves and our dogs healthy and happy while out in public!


Friday, September 28, 2012

Franken-strea or Astrea-weenie

Disney's Frankenweenie is coming out soon, and I got a total kick out of using their facebook app to turn Astrea into a "monster." Give it a try here.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Yard Sale to Support the Grace Foundation

Not far from me, in El Dorado Hills, there is a wonderful organization called The Grace Foundation. Grace is an animal rescue and rehabilitation ranch that provides critical care and rehabilitation for abused and neglected horses. They also utilize many of these rescued horses in equine assisted learning and therapeutic programs for youth and adults. Grace also rescues and rehabilitates dogs, cats, cows, sheep, goat, pigs, chickens and more. I have a couple of friends that volunteer out at Grace and I am constantly amazed at how many animals (and people) they help every year.

Mini-Horse That's me with a therapy mini-horse from Grace!

Following a horrific case of animal cruelty in Susanville, Grace rescued A LOT of horses from the Whispering Pines Ranch. Although the owner of the ranch has been charged with 70 felony counts of animal cruelty, this doesn't end the struggle that these animals face. The cost of caring for this many animals is outrageous and has absolutely crippled the Grace Foundation. If you want to read just how much of a struggle rehabilitating these horses has been, visit

The volunteers at Grace don't want to see this be the end of the organization and are doing all they can to help raise funds. This weekend there will be a yard sale to benefit Grace with ALL PROCEEDS going straight to the organization. So if you're in the Sacramento/El Dorado Hills area - please come out and see what kinds of treasures you can find. The yard sale will be this Saturday, September 29 from 8am to 3pm at 1066 St. Andrews Drive, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762. And if you can't make it out and would still like to help, please visit to make a donation.


Monday, September 24, 2012

Patrick - 17 Months Later

Did you hear about Patrick last year? He was found nearly starved to death in a dumpster the day before St. Patrick's Day 2011. He was nothing but a skeleton when he was brought into the veterinary clinic that nursed him back to health. Although the criminal charges against the woman who starved him are still pending - Patrick hasn't wasted any time gaining weight and making himself home with his foster family. Watch the video below to see what a difference 17 months can make.

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For more information on Patrick and other dogs that need our help - check out The Patrick Miracle on Facebook.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Apparently Bob-Bob was not very happy that his owner was going to Disneyworld without him and decided to hitch along for the ride. It's an absolute miracle that nothing happened to him while hiding in this suitcase for TEN HOURS while flying from Ohio to Orlando!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Obie Update!!

Remember Obie the 77 lb dachshund? Not only has he already made good progress on his diet - he's lost 7lbs so far - he's also quickly made a name for himself. Check him out on Kelly and Michael last week!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Josh Hutcherson and Driver

Wow - Josh Hutcherson's dog Driver has really done some growing up in the past few months! Remember how little he looked when Josh first brought him home? Looks like he's enjoying being on set for Catching Fire, even if he needs some help from his dad to go down the stairs...

Source: Josh Hutcherson Photo Gallery

Friday, September 14, 2012

I just want to play with my friends!!

Poor Ora has readjusted to life as an indoor cat. Earlier in the summer Astrea and I were coming back from a walk one day when I noticed a little tiny lizard sitting on the ledge outside the window that Ora sits in. I started looking for him all the time, and realized pretty quick that this little lizard visits Ora almost every day. The other day I was in the room Ora likes to hang out in and I FINALLY got a picture of Ora with her friend.

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Ok really, I'm sure she'd like to eat him based on how she watches him, but because she can't, I'll pretend they're friends.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Finally, a treat I feel good about giving Ora!

While Astrea is my little veggie girl, eager to gobble up healthy treats all the time - Ora is my junk food fiend. Ora is not a big fan of anything healthy or real. She will pass on fresh meat or fish, but LOVES the cheapest treats I can find. If Ora was a human she would probably live off a diet of Cheetos and Mt. Dew.

Since she first came home with us Ora has been difficult to please in the food department. If it's cheap and processed she's all over it, if it's somewhat healthy she'll take a bite to be polite and then move on. I've finally managed to get her on a good quality food - but treats were still giving me trouble. No matter what I brought home, nothing compared with the 50 cent bag of cheap-o treats. A few weeks back we got the new Greenie's Smart Bites. When I saw the package and realized they were similar in size and texture to the cheapy ones Ora loves, I may have let out a small squeal of excitement. FINALLY! A treat I could feel better about giving her!

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With Ora's dental problems, I've tried to get her to enjoy the other types of Greenie's treats, but it wasn't really easy. I learned that if I mixed them in with her cheap treats she would eat them, but never just on their own. So I was anxious to see if she would love these like she loves her little kitty junk food. It didn't take Ora long to decide that she loves her new Greenie's. I tried to get a good picture of her enjoying the treats, but she was too fast. No sooner had I put them out she gobbled them up and was waiting for more.

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I'm so excited to let her try all the flavors and finally have treats for Ora that she loves and I don't mind giving her!

Monday, September 10, 2012

i love my pillows!!

One of the things that I've loved about Astrea from the start is the fact that she doesn't wait around on anyone to give her a comfy spot. From the very beginning she's been more that willing to grab a pillow and build herself a perfect sleeping spot. Here are a few of my recent favorites of Astrea with her pillows:




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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Help Obie Become the BIGGEST LOSER!

I'm not entirely sure how I came across this page, but over the holiday weekend I was introduced to Obie. Obie is a wonderful dachshund who was unfortunately was given way too much food as a way to show love. Although I'm sure it was very difficult, thankfully his owners agreed to give him up in an effort to give him a happy, healthy, full life.


Once he was taken in, Obie topped the scales at 77 pounds. Luckily, when he was given an examination by a vet, his blood work all came back normal. So despite his morbid obesity, Obie is a somewhat healthy guy. Obie's foster mom, Nora, has him on a special diet and with time plans to get him involved in swim and treadmill therapy. If you would like to help Nora with the costs of getting Obie healthy, please consider making a donation.


Astrea knows first hand how hard it is to lose weight, so we're really pulling for Obie to lose at least 40 pounds! We will be following Obie's story and hopefully can update you with good news soon! And if you'd like to follow along yourself - check out Obie's Facebook Page.

Photos Courtesy of Biggest Loser, Doxie Edition.

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Bradley Cooper and Charlotte

I LOVE when celebrities show off their rescue dogs. We definitely live in a society that is influenced by celebrity and for a while it seemed that we only saw celebrities showing off their "designer" dogs. Now there are so many of those little purse sized dogs ending up in shelters and rescues. I'm hopeful that with so many celebrities showing off their rescue dogs lately it will encourage more people to check out their local shelter or rescue before heading to a store or breeder. Bradley Cooper loves his rescue, Charlotte, so much he showed her off on Live with Kelly!

Charlotte, a chow/retriever mix, was adopted from Much Love Animal Rescue in Los Angeles. Head over to to see a video of Bradley and Charlotte on Live.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Keeping your "guard dog" safe...

I always say I feel safe in my home because I have Astrea, she's my guard dog. At least she thinks she is. In reality, I know that aside from being a great alarm, there is only so much she can do and I have to do my part to make sure she, Ora and our home stay safe and happy.

So, how can you guard your guard dog? Check out this guest post from Select Home Security for a few tips on how to keep your house and your pets safe while you're away.

Among other things, we typically think of our canine companions as stalwart guardians when it comes to our home and our well-being. It’s no surprise, really. Dogs have been known to reduce the stress in any home, help children develop both socially and emotionally and are often highly attentive to changes in their environment.

They are man’s best friend in every sense of the term. That being said, have you ever stopped to think about how you could protect your home’s protector? A loyal dog will defend the home no matter what, but they can only do so much. This is still man’s world and if you have a canine in the home, you really ought to consider ways you can guard the guard dog – especially if you leave him or her indoors during the day.

Below are just a few ideas:

1. Invest in a home security system. Security systems like the ones you can get through sites like have advanced motion detectors. These can easily be programmed to recognize your dog’s shape and weight. This means you can leave your home security system going to provide extra protection for the pooch without worrying about him setting it off. This is key! Poor Astrea, on more than one occasion, has had the unfortunate luck of setting off the alarm system at my parents house. An alarm system is no good if you can't turn it on when you're away, so make sure have everything programmed properly for your pets!

2. Make sure you turn off the stove. We all make mistakes from time to time, especially during our daily rituals. Constantly doing the same thing over and over – turning on the coffeemaker, using the iron, making breakfast on the stove – it can all get pretty mindless sometimes. One thing you want to always remember to do is turn off those appliances and give them a chance to cool. You owe it to your dog to keep the house safe from fire.

3. Always make sure there is food and water. Even with central air conditioning, it can get a little hot and dry in the house – especially during the hotter months of the year. You need to make sure your dog has enough food and water to get them through the day. If you do that, then you’re guaranteed to come home to one healthy, happy and grateful dog.

And just remember, you may think of your dog as a guardian, but they need protection too. Make sure that you meet your dog halfway.

Thanks to for the tips!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

John and Schoep

I have no doubt that almost everyone has seen this picture floating around facebook the past couple weeks. Every time I see it I get a little misty eyed.
The photo is of John Unger and his dog Schoep. Unger takes Schoep into Lake Superior to ease some of the pain of his arthritis. Now, if you thought the picture was touching, watch this video of Unger talking about Schoep and why he takes the time to spend such quality time with him in the lake.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Clearly these dogs know how to relax...

Astrea and I went and spent the week with Daisy and her family. As you can tell Daisy and Astrea know their place in the world and were happy to make themselves perfectly comfortable...

Friday, August 17, 2012

Help Cole with Bingo's "Lick It" List!

I didn't even get all the way through this article on People this morning before I was jumping over here to post it and share with you.

This little boy, Cole, has had his life saved countless times by his service dog Bingo. Now Cole just wants to give Bingo the best in life in his final days so he created Bingo a "Lick It List." As a part of that list, Cole would like Bingo to experience treats from all around the world - so if you'd like to contribute visit Bingo's facebook for more information or just go ahead and send some Bingo's way to Cole Hein/Bingo Hein PO Box 413, Shilo, MB, Canada, R0K 2A0. Keep reading for the full article on Cole and Bingo.


Earlier this week, the Merriam-Webster added the term "bucket list" to its vocabulary, describing it as "a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying."

Already, the word is being redefined.

One 11-year-old boy from Canada is thanking his service dog in a very special way during the final days of the Jack Russell terrier's life.

Cole Hein set up a "Lick It List" for his 14-year-old dog Bingo, who was given to his family in 2005 by the Ontario-based National Service Dogs due to an undiagnosed medical condition that causes Cole to stop breathing.

Although Cole now has control of his condition, Bingo has helped save his life several times over the last few years; when he stops breathing, she's trained to bark to alert others that her owner needs CPR, according to the Winnipeg Free Press.

Bingo, who was inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame in 2010, according to Modern Dog Magazine, was diagnosed with canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome and was given just weeks to live.

On Bingo's canine-friendly bucket list: "I want to take her on one last public outing to Ruckers [recreation center]. I want to walk her around the block twice. And I want to get her treats from around the world," Cole tells the Free Press.

Cole's getting a hand with that last hope. The family set up a Facebook page, and Cole "is teasing Bingo about her new treats coming," his mom, Mandi, added to the Winnipeg Free Press. (The family is not asking for monetary donations, and Bingo's veterinarian bills are covered by insurance.)

Adds Mandi: "Cole is doing the happy dance." Article from People/Alison Schwartz

Monday, August 06, 2012

Hardworking Paralegals

Ora and Astrea were not too thrilled with the long hours I was putting in this past week, but they did get to hang out with me one day. As I sat and researched all day, these two decided they would be right by my side acting as my paralegals. As you can see, they were working hard...

Friday, August 03, 2012

Happy Friday, Go Goat Crazy!!

It's been a busy week for us - I lucked out with a temporary job, but unfortunately it required doing about a months worth of work in a week. Astrea and Ora have been totally spoiled staying with their Grammiecakes and Krampa while I work 12+ hour days so they haven't had it so bad, but when I get home at night I can tell they miss me. I think this little goat sums up how I feel now that I won't be getting home at midnight!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Way to Go Miranda Lambert!

I think Miranda Lambert is fantastic. I started following her on twitter after I learned about her love for animals. Not only has she adopted animals in the past, she recently fostered a litter of puppies!

Miranda Lambert is happy – six times over!

Earlier this month, Lambert rescued a litter of 7-week-old German shorthaired pointers from outside an Oklahoma day-care facility where they had been abandoned.

She fostered the six puppies – Conway, Jackson Brown, Cabella, Bentley, Whitley and Ms. Danks – and on Monday, the country star brought the last remaining pup to its permanent home.

"Just dropped the last puppy with her new family in Jersey," she Tweeted, with a photo of the pooch and her new family. "Bye bye (Ms.Danks) Lilly!"

Lambert, who has many of her own dogs at home, Tweeted on July 3 that forever homes had been found for the pups through her Muttnation Foundation animal charity – but she encouraged people who had been interested in the dogs to adopt elsewhere.

"If you weren't able to get one of these sweet angels … please visit your local shelter!" she wrote on Twitter. "Don't forget … love a shelter pet! Y'all rock!"

Source: People.Com

Monday, July 23, 2012


So being unemployed I have a lot of time on my hands. I try hard to fill my day with legitimate tasks - applying for jobs, playing with Astrea, cleaning, organizing my life, reading, crafts - but there is still plenty of time for mindless internet surfing. I love everything on the Cheezburger Network, and the Ermahgerd meme is one of my absolute favorites.

See more on Know Your Meme

As much as I love the original ermahgerd girl above...the ermahgerd animals that have come out since are even better. So, here's a few that make me giggle...

funny dog pictures - I Has A Hotdog: SERMER TAIM


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