Ticked Off Trannies cast shot

A few nice Tick images I found:

Ticked Off Trannies cast shot

Image by david_shankbone
Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives Shankbone blog post.

(About David Shankbone)

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Week in Review

Whoops!  Sorry.  Didn’t mean to do that you to again.  We had a pretty good week.
I had to do a “Collaborate” photo for my 52 week project and while I didn’t quite interpret it the way the author probably intended, it sort of fits the theme.  I asked Amanda to help by bringing her crew to see if we could get a group shot of them.  As you can see things started off a little rocky.  LOL

But we eventually got it all straightened out. :)  The nice thing with the picnic table is that they were a) easy to line up and b) were forced to sit close together. The other times I’ve attempted group shots I just found the dogs too spread out so this was perfect.  Good thing Boone didn’t come as he wouldn’t have fit!

We also had a little more fun with the fisheye lens this week.  I still haven’t quite figured out how to get exactly what I want… but I’m having fun learning.

I also went and helped a rescue dog burn off some steam on the weekend.  Unfortunately he cut one of his pads on the snow and was bleeding so we had to cut it short but we had a lot of fun.  I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed playing with and watching a really active dog.  Kilo is with Windy City Canine Rescue and is still looking for a home if anyone out there in the blogosphere is interested!

In other exciting news to celebrate her birthday Lorelei is doing a project with 55 things and she chose my idea to use 55 dogs.  So in a month or so, we’ll be attempting a giant group photo.  It should be fun!  I can’t wait.  Wish us luck.
Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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New Pet Sitters Looking for a Membership Discount?

Over the past month or so PetsitUSA has undergone some reworking.  You may not notice the differences, but the coding will make the site more secure and increase search engine rankings.  If you are looking to join, then you can get a discount by submitting blog posts about pet sitting.  These posts will also help increase the city rankings.

There have been some great contributions over the past few months.  This offer was made in the fall, and it resulted in some excellent posts.  It would be great to have some new voices!

PetsitUSA Blog

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2010 DoD Pest Management Workshop February 2010 (37)

Check out these Pest images:

2010 DoD Pest Management Workshop February 2010 (37)

Image by Armed Forces Pest Management Board
Picture from the DoD Pest Management Workshop held in Jacksonville, FL.

2010 DoD Pest Management Workshop February 2010 (56)

Image by Armed Forces Pest Management Board
Picture from the DoD Pest Management Workshop held in Jacksonville, FL.

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Meet Malcolm and Murphy

2 Dogs 2,000 Miles

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My Pet is Shaking Their Head. Could it be Ear Problems or an Infection?

Many pets come in daily because they are shaking their head, scratching their ears, or having gooey waxy stuff coming out of their red, painful, ears. Pet owners always ask, “What could be wrong?” “Could it be infection?” “Is there something down in there?” “Do they have ear mites?”

Red itchy, gunky, ears are a very common medical problem in both dogs and cats. However, it is a bigger problem in dogs, and especially common in Labradors. Ear problems can be mild. You may only notice an occasional scratch or shake, and the ear won’t look that much different. Moderate to severe ear problems can cause a really red ear filled with gunky wax.

The ear canals should always be checked for mites, ticks, and foxtails. This often takes a bit of cleaning and a look down in the ear canal with an otoscope. Dipping a Q-tip in the black waxy stuff in a cat’s ear and spreading the wax on a slide may show ear mites, a common cause of ear problems in cats. If ear mites or other critters aren’t found, and there isn’t a foxtail or tumor down in the canal, and the ear is red, gunky, and painful…then infection and irritation is the culprit.

The hairy, small canals of toy breeds and other individual pets can cause moisture and wax to build up. Once this wax builds up and becomes soupy, lots of bugs can grow and cause the painful signs we see. Bacteria and yeast will over-grow in a warm, moist, soupy ear and they will cause redness, swelling, and pain. Trimming or pulling the hair from inside the ears and bi-weekly ear cleaning solutions may be necessary to keep the wax from building up, and providing a great home for the bacteria and yeast to grow. Removing hair to allow more air to circulate and dry the ear and cleaning out built up wax may help prevent ear infections.

Allergies are the largest cause of ear infections. Reactions to pollens and molds and food ingredients are the most common cause of red, itchy, goopy ears that never seem to clear up despite repeated treatments with antibiotics and ear cleaners. If your dog scratches their ears and chews at their feet, then they are suffering from hay fever. When the pollen count rises, their ears and feet will itch. Itchy ears produce more wax and can become infected with the bugs we talked about before. Weekly shampoo and conditioner, a daily rinse, or moist wipe of the feet, body, and ears may help remove irritating pollens. During the times the pollen count causes itching, an antihistamine like Benadryl, or a prescription of anti-inflammatory from your vet may help.

One of the most common causes of allergic ear infections are food allergies. Dogs are affected much more than cats, but I’ve seen a few cats with itchy ears that responded to a change of food ingredients. Both ear and skin problems can result from allergies to wheat, beef, or chicken in the food. The best hypoallergenic ingredients are duck or fish, and potato combinations. If you are going to try a limited ingredient food trial to see if food allergies are the cause of ear infections, you have to feed a hypoallergenic diet and avoid wheat in all treats, biscuits, or chews. It usually takes at least a couple months to see if a limited ingredient diet will help those red, itchy ears. The diet usually will really help in at least half of all chronic ear issues. (A hypoallergenic diet may also help with skin, bowel, anal gland, and seizure problems!). If a pet produces lots of wax, regardless of the cause (small or hairy ear canals, allergies to pollens or food ingredients) then ear washes once to twice weekly may be needed to prevent chronic ear infections.

A food trial takes about 2 months to see if it will make a difference with ear or skin problems. That same hypoallergenic, limited ingredient diet is discussed in Dog Dish Diet, and if you want to home cook for your pet, Feed Your Pet to Avoid the Vet. Feeding your pet better ingredients may help with all allergies, seizures, bladder issues, and other medical problems. Click this link for more info: http://dogdishdiet.com/order-now

If your dog have really painful ears and needs temporary relief, you can use dawn detergent to wash the ears with a vinegar rinse. You can also use aspirin (dogs only) and Benadryl for pain and itching. This is only a temporary treatment until you can see your vet. But these painful episodes always seem to happen night, weekends, and holidays when treatment can be more expensive! You can also download a free PDF, Dr Greg’s 11 Practical Home Remedies, for temporary treatment of common medical issues. You can google it, or find it at http://www.dogdishdiet.com/dr-gregs-11-practical-home-remedies-for-dogs-and-cats/

Here’s a video on what makes dogs itch!

Dr. Greg’s Dog Dish Diet

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Cool Mite images

A few nice Mite images I found:

Green Mite Severity – region

Image by IITA Image Library
Green Mite Severity – region

Hibiscus leaf with erinose mites

Image by Scot Nelson
Gall mites, hibiscus | Location: Kurtistown, Hawaii

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Iditarod Standings as of 3/9/14

Today’s race standings: In 1st place, leaving the checkpoint at Shaktoolik at 7:12 this morning: Aliy Zirkle. The rest of the leader board is still in Shaktoolik, with arrival times this morning as noted below: Jeff King: 4:46 Martin Buser: 5:27 Sonny Lindner: 5:53 Dallas Seavey: 7:07 Last year’s winner, Mitch Seavey left Unalakleet at […]

Doggies.com Dog Blog

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Dogs never lie about love.

Check out these Dog images:

Dogs never lie about love.

Image by lecercle
Everybody knows that elephants weep and dogs love.

It is funny sometimes how their responses so resemble our own that we are tempted to assume identity – we drop the it and call her she.

Dog skeleton from Weatherlees WTW

Image by Wessex Archaeology
Iron Age dog burial found near large boundary/enclosure ditches.

Examination of the teeth showed that it was a very old dog, while knife marks on its bones showed it had been skinned.

To find out more about the project visit: www.wessexarch.co.uk/projects/kent/margate

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May 19, Dog Links and Resources | Best Dog Food Guide

A directory of dog links so you can find more information on external resources about dogs, dog training, pet vacations and dog health.
Dog Food Blog | Best Dog Food Guide

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