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Tick bite can cause unusual allergy
PUXICO, MO (KFVS) -. If you've been outside on a hike or even walking on the grass so far this spring, you may have noticed a couple of ticks on you. And that's going to be a common theme this summer as the Missouri Department of Conservation says
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Deer Tick Embraces Negativity
The next studio album from Deer Tick is slated for release a bit later this year. As its name suggests Negativity is a bit of a departure from 2011's Divine Providence. In the following conversation, frontman John McCauley shares his thought on the
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Warmer weather means it's tick season
She says whenever pet owners find ticks on their cats or dogs, think about this: “What you see is probably the tip of the iceberg. There's probably a lot more tick exposure than what we see on our dogs.” Ochoa adds that not every tick bite results in
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Frolicking on the Beach

Amanda and I went out to the beach yesterday with Vito, Boone and Coulee.

Coulee was happy to be out running and swimming.  I’m not so sure she that happy to have the company though.  :)

Vito was his usual cute self.  When he wasn’t harrasing Coulee, he was off playing with toys by himself.

Boone had a tonne of fun frolicking in the water.  He is quite smitten with waves.

I wonder if Vito realizes that the toy is saving his life at the moment.  ha!

They all got pretty dirty.  But no one more so than V.

After we got back to the car we played around with Boone just a little more so that I could try and make a composite.  I’d been dying to try this but I wasn’t sure if I could make it work without a tripod.  I’m thrilled that I can.  I can’t wait to play more.

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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The Bull(y) and Strong Dog: Staffordshire Terrier

The Staffordshire bulls are known for their great strength because of their sizes. Their variety is muscular and stocky but is also known for their agility. Surprisingly, this breed is one of the two breeds recognized by the UK Kennel Club as very suitable for children. Furthermore, their types ranked 5th when it comes to dog popularity in the UK, where the breed originated. Interestingly, Staffies are the only breed of dog that are “totally reliable” when it comes to standard of breed.

The following are some of the basic facts breeders would really love to know about Staffies:

Category: Terrier

Living Environment: either indoors or outdoors

Coat: smooth (or silky like most terriers), dense, and short

Colors: black, brindle, red, blue, fawn; or any of these colors mixed with white

Height: between 14 and 16 inches

Weight: between 24 and 38 pounds

Colors: brindle, blue, black, red, fawn, white; or any of these with white

Temperament: aggressive towards other animals but very friendly with children

Health Issues: heat stroke, cataracts, and breathing problems

Care and Exercise Tips:

•    Bathe when necessary.
•    Brush their coat only occasionally using a brush with firm bristles.
•    Rub down their coat with a chamois or towel to remove hairs that are loose.
•    Their physique requires a regular exercise routine which includes a daily play time while on a leash.
•    They should be on leash while walking in public places.


The Staffordshire bull terriers, also known as the Staffies, are known to have existed around the 17th century. Since dog fighting gained a surge of popularity over bull baiting, it became a must to develop a breed of dog that is agile, strong, and has a more punishing head than the Bulldog.

In this light, fighting Bulldogs of that time were crossed with some terrier blood. The hybrid was known as the Pit Dog or the Bull and Terrier. The new cross breed became well known for their tenacity and courage, and despite their reputation of being furious with other animals they were excellent companions especially with children.

The Staffie pit dog became a favorite of steelworkers and miners alike. The breed also provided chain makers of the “Black Country” with extra income when worked against ratters or badgers.

The enforcement of the Humane Act in 1835 completely prohibited sports like dog fighting and bull baiting. However, a group of men in the Staffordshire chose to maintain their breed of dogs by introducing them to the show business.

Through the years, the breeders themselves changed the name of the dog into Staffordshire bull terrier to differentiate its physique from the English bull terrier. However, the name of the dog was officially registered only in 1935 by the American Kennel Club.

In 1938, a couple of Staffies gained popularity as Champions at the Birmingham National. The popularity of Ch. Lady Eve and were Ch. Gentleman Jim reached many established countries including France, Australia, Germany, Spain, Holland and even the USA. Since then, Staffies became successful as show dogs and were very popular as compared to other terriers.

The Stafford bull terrier, yes, has become a popular pet while still retaining reputations gained through generations of fighting dogs bred for tenacity, courage, agility, and most importantly, its reliability and great affinity with people especially with children.

And today you can say that the bull is not so bully after all! In fact, the bull is totally reliable as children’s pets.

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0407H Horticulture Res – Pest Stor & Res | 2004 | West Side

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Substrates for killing insect pests

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Substrates on display in the shelf for killing insect pests. (file name: PHM_084)

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Doggie Transport

An interesting dog carrier in a shoe shop in Menton…

Later, I saw one of the two Jack Russell terriers walking around the town (see small photo) and so presume that perhaps the other one is paralysed.

There’s a cute and spoiled Yorkie on Menton Daily Photo  needing to get away from the crowds …

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Dog Brings Police Car Into The 21st Century

True American Dog

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Where do head lice come from?

Did your child just come home with a lice letter? Getting rid of lice is a raging battle and LICENDERS is here to help. From lice treatment and lice removal,…

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Ohio Vet Board Has No Authority To Suspend Vets Suspected Of Mistreating Animals In Care

Colleen Keszer brought in Duke, her chocolate labrador, to veterinarian Lisa Hart. Keszer said that Hart “came outside and she grabbed him by his collar and he looked so scared.”
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GIVEAWAY // Win A $50 Gift Card to Lisa Leonard!

Win a $  50 Gift Card to Lisa Leonard from Bubby & Bean!

It’s Friday (and a three day weekend here in the states), and I’m in the mood to celebrate with another incredible Friday giveaway.  Today I’m partnering up with the wonderfully talented Lisa Leonard to give you guys the chance to win a $ 50 gift card to go shopping on her website!  Her handcrafted jewelry has received all sorts of attention – and for good reason.  I recently received the most beautiful engraved bracelet from Lisa (as worn here), and it has quickly become one of my all-time favorite pieces of jewelry.  And now, one of you is going to get to pick out some Lisa Leonard goodies of your very own!

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Pheromone trap for insect pests

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Pheromone trap for insect pests

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