Editing

I’ll be honest, editing photos is not my favourite thing and I like things to be fairly “true to life” but at the same time I can see what basic adjustments can do to a photo and I even like it sometimes when major adjustments are done to photos.  Part of my dislike is because I don’t think I have the time – or rather I don’t want to spend the time. I’ve been getting Photoshop via “subscription” for the past year and it took the sting out of buying a big expensive program that I wasn’t sure if I would use.  It has definitely been useful when I had to keep a dog on a long line (editing out that leash was a BREEZE!) and it has been fun for the few composite photos I’ve done (I’ve been meaning to do more but haven’t had a chance).  But I haven’t done a whole lot with it that I couldn’t do in Lightroom.

I recently bought some actions (basically they are editing short cuts that someone else has created to give a photo a certain look). I know I can get some for Lightroom as well but I wanted to play with Photoshop. I’ve done some playing around and even when I use the action at a pretty weak opacity (or strength shall we say) I find it a bit much. But then when I go back and look at my original edit, the original looks kind of dull.  LOL.  I need to figure out how to find a better balance and obviously more play time is needed.

Before and After – I realize the white balance isn’t quite the same but it seemed like too much effort to fix.  See – told you I’m lazy.  :)

 Anyway, that’s it for my ramblings.  I’ll leave you with a few more pics.  :)

I caught this “from the hip” with my 70-200.  I’m thrilled her face is actually the part in focus.  :)
My car was getting a new windshield installed so we borrowed Marlin’s vehicle so the girls got to ride loose in the back.

Speaking of vehicles, I’m getting some fun “stickers” added to my car’s back windows.  It will be a little cheesy but it will make me smile and hopefully make some others smile as well.

Lacey will be smiling at everyone going by on the passenger side.

While Coulee will be grinning at everyone passing me on the driver side.

I’ve had this idea for a long time, but I originally wanted them facing towards the front of the car with the wind in their fur.  I imagined taking the photos on a windy day so that the car would be stationary (and they wouldn’t be driving with their heads out the window) but I needed a windy day, with the light in the right place (in relation to the wind) and then someone to help me so I could turn their heads.  After taking Micah’s photo in the car a few weeks ago, I figured that while this wasn’t my original plan, it would still be cute.  I’m getting them on the car on Tuesday.  I can’t wait.

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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The One Thing I’m Telling You Before You Have a Kid

There are few situations I dread more than a young couple with a new pet they refer to as “our child”. I’m not talking every young couple with a pet, mind you, but specifically those that refer to him or her as a kid. Though you might expect these to be the most involved and conscientious owners, and oftentimes they are, just as often you see them about a year or two later with a stroller and a decidedly changed attitude. And then you don’t see them at all.

Note to Allison: You Personally Shouldn’t Get a Dog. Don’t Speak for Me.

Case in point: Allison Benedikt, the author of the recent Slate piece “The One Thing No One Tells You Before You Have Kids: Don’t Get a Dog“, her  story of dog ownership gone awry that unsurprisingly begins with her boyfriend surprising her with a border collie/American Eskimo mix she hadn’t asked for. And it went OK, until she got pregnant and suddenly realized her dog was not a child, it was a dog, and she didn’t really want one after all.

I have no problem with people who refer to their pets as children/furkids/what have you, as long as they do so with the understanding that their pet is, in fact, not a human child surrogate but an actual animal. Loving your pet like a kid: fine. Expecting your pet to act in proxy for a human until an actual human comes along, then resenting them for not being a human: not ok. And therein lies the difference.

The problem I have with pieces like Allison’s is that it dismisses her pet with a shrug and an “oh well, this is what happens when you have kids, amiritelol?” And the answer to that is, it doesn’t have to.

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The Truth About Dog Ownership After Kids

When you bring a new baby home, the dog slips down a notch and experiences neglect the likes of which you promised wouldn’t happen but happens anyway. This neglect applies equally well to your spouse, yourself, other children in the house, your career, everything. This is not a unique phenomenon. But guess what? Your dog forgives you.

Your dog is not a human. I repeat, your dog is NOT A HUMAN. This means several things:

1. Yes, Allison, they will continue to do things like shed and lick themselves and all the other things they did before. On the plus side, no diapers.

2. If you pressured yourself to participate in doggy weekly playgroups and aromatherapy sessions and are feeling guilty that you no longer want to do that, that’s on you. Your dog doesn’t care. Because he’s a dog and doesn’t get guilt. Give him a brushing (see 1) and a bone and you’re all good.

Parenthood Isn’t The End of the World for you Or your Pet

Seriously. People have been doing it for thousands of years; yes, things change afterwards, but you deal and get through it. If you have an epiphany afterwards that what you really wanted was a human, not a dog/cat/whatever, that’s on you, not the pet.

If you truly are in a situation where it can’t work; severe allergies or safety issues or the like, do the right thing and find a good home yourself instead of placing the burden on a shelter (in which case it might be the end of the world for your pet).

If there is one thing I could tell anyone before they have kids, it’s actually very simple: Don’t get a dog unless you want a dog. Because surprisingly enough, they’re going to stay one long past the time you bring home baby.

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Nice Lice photos

Check out these Lice images:

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Image by NOAA Photo Library
Orange whale lice on a right whale.

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The boys brought lice home, so off goes the hair

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Styles
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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LIVING THE GOOD LIFE: CAREFREE AND BEAUTIFUL – HALO PET FOOD REVIEW

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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.”

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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
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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.

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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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