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BEWARE: Beneful Dog Food – A class action lawsuit is under way


BEWARE: BENEFUL DOG FOOD!!! – It was a very sad morning as we helped our friends take their 7 year old dog to the vet this morning after showing no signs of improvement from a rapidly declining condition over the last few days. Even the vet was in tears as she broke the news that kidney failure was too far along and it would be best to put the dog down. The vet (here in St.Thomas USVI) said it was the THIRD dog they have had to put down recently, after being fed Purina Beneful food!!! Our hearts are breaking…

We don’t normally spread news like this without concrete evidence but it’s a very serious problem and as pet owners ourselves, we are extremely concerned. We’ve had our dogs on Beneful for the last six months too, as it’s very hard to find a decent and affordable dog food in the islands. We are switching immediately!! We’ll also be contacting Purina for a refund of the four unused bags we recently purchased.

Read this article for more info or search google for Beneful Lawsuit: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/24/dog-food-maker-sued-for-allegedly-toxic-chow-but-is-it.html

The attorneys are publicizing the case, obviously, in the hope of finding more affected parties to join in the class action. And here are the indications, in case you’re familiar with a dog or dog owner to whom this might have happened:

The sickened dogs allegedly showed “consistent symptoms,” including stomach and related internal bleeding, liver malfunction or failure, loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, weight loss, seizures and kidney failure.

Anyone looking to join in the class action should call SF-based law firm Ram, Olson, Cereghino & Kopczynski. (ROCK Law) and Morgan & Morgan have launched a class action suit against Nestle Purina following reports of large numbers of pets becoming sick or dying after eating Purina’s Beneful dry dog food. They are continuing to collect information about the extent of this tragedy. If you or someone you know believe your pet became ill from Beneful dry dog food, please let them know. Call toll free at 1-877-667-4265.

If your pet has also gotten sick from this food, please report it to the FDA!

Please share this with anyone you know that may be affected!!!

Hauling Out

Before we left Grenada a few months ago, we were singing the boatyard blues, hauling out to fix a few things and get some fresh bottom paint on Mary Christine.

haul out 2014-1

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Tiny House Blog: Necesse

Last week I featured our good friends Genevieve and Eben in my latest post on Tiny House Blog giving a photo tour of their tiny floating home, Necesse.

Our Crew

Follow the link to see where they live —> http://tinyhouseblog.com/?p=35193

It’s always fun to meet other young cruisers like ourselves, but this family is so much more than just your average cruising family. Read more

Carriacou Round Two

After our mini vacation to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, we checked out of the country at Union Island and sailed back South to Carriacou.

Our friends Mike and Rebecca on One Love were making the same passage so we snagged a few photos as they passed us.



Somewhere along the way, Peter decided to check the fishing lines. We had two out and there is usually Sargassum weed tangled around the lures. It seems to be everywhere between the Caribbean Islands, making trolling for fish a real chore.

Just as he was bringing in the cedar plug, he got a bite not more than 10 feet from the boat and the fish took off! I leaped up to slow the boat down and bring in the other line while Peter reeled his in. Just then, we both saw it jump. He had hooked a gorgeous Sailfish! Sailfish are “highly prized game fish, and are known for their incredible jumps and great speed. They can swim 100 m in 4.8 sec.” Read more