On the Sunny Side of the Street By Pam Ford Davis {Guest Article}

On the Sunny Side of the Street By Pam Ford Davis Some people naturally seem to see the positive side of circumstances, while others seem to wear a gloom placard around their neck. We are attracted to hopeful individuals and avoid negative folks like Hamed Saber / Foter / CC BY the plague. I am…

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#Giveaway – RECARO Performance Ride Car Seat – Ends 8/12

RECARO has over 100 years of history designing seats for the world’s most prestigious automobiles, airlines, and race cars. RECARO is German engineered, and an international leader in seating safety, design, comfort and style. RECARO is the pioneer of child seat side impact technology, going beyond any side impact requirements as tested with the ADAC European standard. For your peace of mind – every seat is built with RECARO’s superior side impact protection technology.
With the safety features and sleek design the RECARO Performance Ride car seat will be sure to look great in what ever car you own even if it’s a race car.
The Structure
The Performance Ride has side impact protection designed to distinctly protect 5 vulnerable areas of a child in a side impact collision such as their head, neck, face, torso and pelvis. Tested to international standards, the RECARO Performance RIDE offers an intelligent design that protects a child during a side-impact incident. The car seat’s enhanced head wings shield the head and face while a head rest limits neck movement. For added safety, reinforcements at the sides, hips, and thighs help stabilize the torso and pelvis areas.
Recaro Performance Ride 2
The performance ride is also a designed with a push-button LATCH system so the car seat is easy to secure to your vehicle. The car seat offers a universal top tether system as an added anchor (for forward-facing). The rear-facing recline lever allows you to adjust the seat to best fit your vehicle’s backseat. I use the seat belt which is just as safe.
Recaro Performance Ride 6
The Harness
I love the easy adjust 5-point harness because the harness and head restraint are adjusted together so no re-threading is necessary to properly position the harness shoulder straps to the child. The one thing I despise about car seats is having to re-thread shoulder straps to accommodate a growing child. It’s just a hassle. I love that RECARO actually thought about the parents also! All Performance Series RIDE seats now include HERO- a new, exclusive and innovative safety feature by RECARO. HERO ensures the highest level of protection and comfort by positioning the shoulder pads to appropriately fit the child’s neck, head and shoulders while resisting harness twisting and ensuring proper chest clip positioning. The harness system also features soft pads to make it more comfortable for your child.
They also added a quick pull front adjust harness which is located on the front of the car seat making for a no-hassle harness adjustment.
Another unique feature on this car seat is the one-of-a kind racing-inspired white stripe, clearly visible on the outside edge o the 5-point harness, alerts parents to improper harness alignment.
Recaro Performance Ride 5
The Seat
Your child will for sure be riding in luxury with its comfort enhancing memory foam. Your child will be a happy camper if they are in a car seat that’s comfortable for them. Featuring an ergonomic shell structure that offers support for your child’s body, the car seat is cozy for short errands or long road trips. For comfort and safety, the soft, cushioned car seat is made with expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) that absorbs external forces while providing your child ample room for growth. The seat cushion is also equipped with a memory foam seat pad for enhanced comfort.
The car seat also offers convenient storage pockets to keep the loose ends of harness belts tucked neatly out-of-the-way for ease of placing your child into the car seat.
Recaro Performance Ride
The luxurious, temperature balancing fabrics offer superior comfort and have a stylish design. The four zones of CoolMesh Air Ventilation provide an air circulation system that will keep your child cool and comfortable during a ride.
Recaro Performance Ride 7
The car seat can hold a child rear facing from 5-40lbs less than 22.5 inches and forward facing 20-70lbs less than 50 inches. The seat weighs a total of 20.5 pounds which is fairly light compared to most on the market. I know that some claim that the heavier the safer but then if you are moving your car eat around the weight can be taxing & most will be forced to buy a second car seat. So 20lbs seems like and ideal weight for a super safe car seat!
The seat hight is at its lowest point 27 inches then once you start moving the head rest up it will reach its max point at 29 inches.
The width of the seat is 19 inches and the depth is 11 inches. Just enough room for a growing child.
I also love the removable cup holder. I don’t know about you but a cup holder is a must on my 4 year olds car seat. He must have one! lol.
Recaro Performance Ride 1
For no-fuss care and maintenance, the Performance RIDE car seat comes in a variety of easy-to-clean fabrics and colors. Caden was able to pick out the color he wanted and went with the blue/charcoal. I would have loved anyone he picked honestly. All the colors are awesome!
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I don’t know about you but I feel much safer buying my child’s car seat from a company who deals with racing & safety on a daily basis. I know they don’t mess around or cut corners. If they can protect a race car driver from a crash then I know they will help protect my child.
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The Kooks – Tick of Time (Live From Abbey Road)

Belongs to Channel Four and The Kooks. The Kooks performing “Tick of Time” for Live at Abbey Road. Recorded on September 2nd.

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Video Rating: 4 / 5

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Savanah Rae posted a Halo review to her blog Living The Good Life: Carefree And Beautiful.

“Like I always say, I’d rather feed my animals products that have “real” ingredients.

It’s easy to just feed them whatever is cheapest because it does get expensive but in the long run, I’d rather see them live a long healthy lifestyle instead and I feel better feeding them products like Halo pet food products.”

“Here’s my puppy enjoying some Spot’s Stew Dog Food. Aw mom…I want some more! He keeps searching for more.”


Click here to read the complete review on her blog.

Thank you Savanah Rae for your review.


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Hip Dysplasia And Golden Retrievers

Hip dysplasia is a poor formation of the hip joints, which is a common growing disease with younger dogs of virtually every breed. With larger breeds, unsteady hip joints are common, although hip dysplasia can be a serious problem that will limit the physical activity of your Golden. Although many Golden Retriever owners don’t realize it, hip dysplasia is something that dogs inherit from their parents, and gets worse with age.

The signs and symptoms of hip dysplasia is nearly impossible to detect with Golden puppies, although it will start to show once the pup has reached the age of nine months. Even though you may take your Golden to the vet to have him looked at, your vet will tell you that you need to wait to see if the symptoms are there, once the Golden Retriever has reached a certain age.

The symptoms and signs of hip dysplasia vary, although the most common include crippling or the inability to walk properly. This disease can get better once the dog gets older though, due to the joints stabilizing, the inflammation going down, and the muscles in the hips getting stronger and more mature. Keep in mind however, that Golden’s who have hip dysplasia when they are younger will more than likely develop arthritis when they get older.

Golden Retrievers that suffer from hip dysplasia aren’t fit for breeding, although they can still live a long and healthy life. There are certain drugs that your vet can prescribe to your dog, which will help him control his weight and help control the disease. These drugs can also cut down on the pain as well, helping your Golden enjoy himself as much as possible.

Some Golden Retrievers that have hip dysplasia won’t begin to show any signs at all until they get a few years old, once the muscles start to wear down and the damage to the hip muscles start to become more noticeable. Although your dog may be active and healthy for most of his puppy years, dysplasia can slow everything down and make your dog look as if he is old and is suffering from the physical attributes of arthritis.

To eliminate the pain of hip dysplasia, there are surgery options available. Golden Retrievers have a high threshold for pain, and won’t normally show any signs of being in pain, even though you know they are. X-rays won’t show any signs of pain, although the limping or slow walking will tell you that your dog is hurting. Golden Retriever’s who have this disease won’t know it – which is why you should help as much as possible. If you do your part and help your dog seek relief – he will feel better than ever before – although he won’t let you know he hurt any at all.
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Nice Tick photos

Some cool Tick images:

Female Pacific Coast Ticks

Image by goingslo
The Pacific Coast Tick is a three host tick which commonly feeds on rodents, especially squirrels, as subadults, and on cattle, horses, deer, and humans as adults. This is one of the most widely distributed ticks in California. It is found throughout the state except for the very dry regions of the central valley and the southeastern desert region.The only other areas it has been collected in are Oregon and Baja, Mexico (Furman and Loomis 1984).
I believe these are two females…the males have a different pattern on their backs.

Deer Tick Bite

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I talked to my Doctor today and Doc says I screened negative for Lyme disease. Takes a load off my mind!

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Dogs need different diets at different ages

Dogs need different diets at different ages


dog dietDogs need different diets at different ages. Yes. This is true. For example, the puppy needs milk as the major food item while an adult dog may need beef or chicken in addition to the boiled egg and milk. So depending on the age factor, the diet schedule varies in reality for the dogs like any other species.


Puppies need greater amounts of protein, fat and carbohydrates than an adult dogs.  Furthermore, puppies need more frequent feeding schedules in a day, unlike an adult dog. The movement based requirements of diet are more in the case of puppies, since they are often more active than the adult dogs.


Elder dogs need restricted protein but the protein needs to be easily digestible and easily assimilated in the body.  The diet schedule should have ample supply of water for them. Feeding aged dogs too much protein may finally lead to over burden to the renal structures and ultimately, the dog may end up damaging filters in the kidney.


This is true especially when the immune system of these dogs is compromised due to many factors.  Similarly, the elderly dogs need less food only because the movements of the adult dogs are highly restricted and hence, they have to spend a limited of energy.


Female dogs in the pregnancy stage need not be fed a full stomach since it may cause some discomforts to the animal. However, the pregnant animal and the nursing animal need special type of food items that deliver a balanced type of nutrition with proper supplementation of vitamins and minerals.


The nursing animal with puppies need to be fed with enough amounts of calcium and hence, there will not be any calcium based deficiency and the bones of the puppies will be strong without any curving. 

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Some People Need to Steal Content, Because They Can’t Create Their Own

Are you reading this post on a site like fortiflorafordogs.com,basixsupplements.com, or tranquiltabs.com?

That’s because there’s someone that can’t create content of his own and has to steal it from blogs like dogspelledforward.com in order to fill his site with content, in a lame attempt to sell pet medications via affiliate links.

If you are reading it on a site like this, you can read the actual posts here, instead of on the site of a thief.

If you are reading this on my actual site or in RSS, I apologize. I just wanted to get a post calling these leeches out onto their sites, since their theft is completely automated.

Some People Need to Steal Content, Because They Can’t Create Their Own is a post written by . You can see the actual post at Dog Training in Bergen County New Jersey

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Check out these Flea images:


Image by Doctroid
New Flea ukulele


Image by Spanish Flea
I told Flea he needed to get back in the garage. He then jumped in and sat down. He hung out there for about a half hour while i worked on the bus.

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Dog Training Tip

Dog Training Tip


dog training voiceWhen it comes to dog training there are no secrets.  Every dog training tip is different but it has been used before and if they say its new, it means adapted.  The simplest of tasks for an experienced dog master could be the hardest of tasks for the beginner.  There are no magic potions, or miracle sayings that can make your dog do what you want.  You have to spend time with him, loving him and training him.


Many people seem to “have a way with dogs” in the sense that they can ask your dog to do anything and your dog will adhere to their command straight away, you try it five minutes later and your dog just stares at you blankly.  It is true that some people have more of a chance getting dogs to do what they say, not because of some aura around them but because of experience and tone of voice.


One great dog training tip is your tone of voice.  Your dog needs to know that you mean business but he has to know that you’re not angry at him.  The handler must find a tone of voice that shows dominance but compassion.  If you are constantly shouting at your dog he is going to get used to it, he will not know when he is doing something wrong because he doesn’t know when he is doing something good.


A lot of praise and attention is another great dog training tip.  Dogs wont learn the difference between good and bad unless they get treated differently.  When your dog does something bad don’t roar at him, strictly tell him he was bad and not to do it again.  Then when he does it right shower him with cuddles, treats and praise.  Dogs come to learn that when they do something that they are told they will get rewarded for it and then after a while it just becomes second nature to them, of course praise is still needed!


All dog training tips are different and one dog is not identical to the next, so try them.  It won’t hurt to keep trying.  The most influence on your dog’s life is when they are 3-16 weeks; this is the time that molds them into the kind of dog they are going to be when they grow bigger.  When you train your dog in these weeks this is what he will be doing for the rest of his life.  Make sure you try a variety of the dog training tips available to you, some may work some may not but at least your giving your dog the best start in life.

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