WINNER, Winner Chicken Dinner!!

 
 Congratulations to Kimberly!!
I would like to say “Thank You!” to A Mommy’s Blog Design for offering up this prize of a premade blog template of the winner’s choice for either Blogger or WordPress.
The sad part is that I had to have Rafflecopter pick five winners before I actually got a TRUE winner. The first four names drawn said that they completed the MANDATORY entry of leaving a blog comment when in fact they did NOT. And you know what the worst part about that is? Three out of those four names are well known names to me because they are bloggers who run regular giveaways. Needless to say, I was disappointed.

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Shelter Sunday: Karen and Friends Animal Rescue / Charleston, WV

Meet Shelby! This beautiful boy is being fostered in Charleston, West Virginia by Karen and Friends Animal Rescue. Here’s what their website has to say about him: Shelby was rescued from a hoarding situation where the dogs had lived in a basement without ever seeing the outside for years. He was anemic, almost died, and […]


Doggies.com Dog Blog

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2010 DoD Pest Management Workshop February 2010 (20)

A few nice Pest images I found:

2010 DoD Pest Management Workshop February 2010 (20)
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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 (50)
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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 (13)
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Image by Armed Forces Pest Management Board
Picture from the DoD Pest Management Workshop held in Jacksonville, FL.

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On God and Google

This isn’t the first time my I-Phone has altered the course of things for me.  One of our supporters asked for my help on a cancer related issue and in my haste, I texted my reply as ‘At your service’ but autocorrect sent it as ‘At your cervix’.  

Sunday, I was on my way to the flagons, dragons, and wenches of the Renaissance Festival in Connecticut and when I typed in the address for it at 14 Stott Avenue, Google Maps autocorrected it for 14 Scott Street. 

And that took me to a place I’ve never been to before, but to a known yet forgotten land.

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The Saint Peters and Saint Paul Church sits atop a rolling Northeastern hillside in Norwich, and it was there I found the 14 stations of the Cross.  It’s a beautiful, bucolic place of pray and it’ll now and always be one of my just circles.  

I walked the grounds, reflected on its grace and glory and historical significance, wept for our loved ones lost by cancer, then got back in my car and carried on to the Renaissance festival.  

Our path isn’t up to us.  I forgot about that.  Shit.  I forgot about a lot of things.   But I just got reminded.  It’s up to Google.  And God.  

2 Dogs 2,000 Miles

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Poke, pay, push off

I used to work in a clinic that offered twice a week vaccine clinics. During those times, we would waive our customary exam fee (at the time it was $ 45), as long as the client was coming in solely for vaccines and had no health questions.

We did this to provide a service to those clients who would go to the weekend vaccine clinic at the pet store instead of coming to us. I know how those weekend clinics work. They are much like the flu clinic I took my kids to last week. You go, you get your shots, you leave. If you ask about your kid’s ear infections you’d be given a blank stare as they ushered you out the door. Poke, pay, push off.

And you know, it works as long as that is truly all you need. But you would be shocked, or maybe you wouldn’t, I don’t know, at how many times that was not at all the only thing clients need. Especially in the vet clinic. I love questions! That is what I am here for, to educate nervous new pet owners and also say, hey, look at this tooth or this mass or this ear. To say, hey, I see Rover is 14 and has never had bloodwork and you said his appetite is low; perhaps we should postpone these vaccines and make sure he’s OK. But all of that stuff? That’s an office exam. And we have 15 people in the lobby waiting for a bordetella vaccine.

I hated those vaccine clinics with a passion, because at least once a clinic I would get a client who said, “no concerns! Just rabies!” to the technician, waited until I came into the room, and asked me for an allergy consult. And I would either do it because I felt a professional obligation, even though it meant everyone else outside had to wait, or risk being called a (insert choice insult here.)

With the exception of rabies vaccine, our local feed store carries all the other regular canine vaccines. Yes, it’s less than coming to me. Anyone can learn how to give a shot to a dog in about 5 minutes, that’s not the hard part. When you come to me for an exam and vaccines, you are paying for all the other intangibles, captured here so nicely by a colleague with better graphic design skills than me:

Exam.and.vaccs

I understand why people go to those clinics- it’s inexpensive and it’s convenient. It is not, however, a replacement for an office call. Give us a chance. You might be pleasantly surprised at what our staff can do for you, and most importantly, your pet.

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

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Topical Steroid Creams NYC – (212)-644-9494 – NYC Cortisone Creams

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What Can Mayor Bloomberg Teach You About Dog Training?

Bloomberg-Logo-650x400 (This is not a political blog. Please bear with me for a few paragraphs. It will get to dog training, I promise. Also please note I am drawing parallells not commenting on policy. This is a dog training blog, not a blog about politics, (human) education, or race relations. Save it for Facebook!)

The news in New York City has been dominated the past few weeks with the mayoral race. (Now that the primaries are over, we’ve got a brief respite, but it’s sure to heat up again in October.) It’s been an entertaining season, partially because more than one of the candidates are more sideshow than serious politician and partly because of the spectacle of candidates trying to figure out how to walk the line on Bloomberg policies that seem both effective and morally and/or ethically compromised.

Like all New York City Mayors, Michael Bloomberg has been a polarizing figure. I have found some of the controversies particularly interesting because he comes from the same corporate and technological culture I do, and this often seems to drive his policy decisions.

On Wall Street (as well as technology companies like Google and Apple) data is king. Business decisions are made based on measurable results. This is often an effective strategy, especially when you are in the business of selling data (which is how Bloomberg became a millionaire) or selling widgets. What can be more effective than measuring results and then adjusting tactics based on them?

But this very practice is what has gotten Bloomberg in trouble more than once. The two examples that come immediately to mind are his school testing policies and the New York Police Department’s infamous “stop and frisk” practices, which Bloomberg has staunchly defended.

In the case of school testing Bloomberg is following the national trend of administering copious amount of standardized tests in order to measure school results. From a data-driven perspective this makes perfect sense. However educators and parents insist that is leads to “teaching to the test” and unnecessary stress for the children.

In the case of “stop and frisk” data analysis led to Ray Kelly’s ill-advised statement about how “African-Americans are being under-stopped.” Here again numbers and measurable results, examined in a vacuum, led to Kelly’s assertion. The broader picture however, might lead some to disagree. (The more I read Kelly’s and Bloomberg’s defense of stop and frisk, the more I think of the engineer and the balloon.)

So what does all this have to do with dog training?

In the ABCs I spend a lot of digital ink laying out a formula for problem solving. It’s an approach to solving behavior problems that anyone from Bloomberg’s world would embrace. And we can learn a few things from Bloomberg’s successes and failures that apply to using the ABCs too.

Before you can solve a problem you need to define it. This may seem obvious, but it’s not.

What do you think is the problem with education? Basic skills, dropout rates, or college admissions? Which one you pick will have a tremendous impact on your approach.

What do you think is the underlying cause of crime? Poverty? Recidivism? Illegal weapons? Drug use? Again, how you define the problem will have a tremendous impact on your solutions.

In the animal behavior training world the obstacle to defining the problem is often one of using labels and classifications over behaviors. Is “my dog is jealous” a problem? How about “my dog is dominant” or even “my dog is fearful?” Is your definition of “fearful” the same as mine? Roger Abrantes has written about the issues behind defining what dominance really is and for many, including myself, he highlights a conflict that has made the word at least temporarily useless.

Properly defining problems is critical to the solving it because if you can’t measure it you can’t say you solved it. Can you measure dominance? Or jealousy? Or fear? No, you can’t. You can measure barking, lunging, growling, pulling on leash, and fleeing. These things might be part of a “package” we call jealousy, dominance, or fearfulness, but we need to agree on the actual measurable actions first and chances if we do that well the labels are unnecessary.

With Bloomberg & Co. the case could be made that part of their problem is a lack of agreement on the defining the issues and the desired results. “Better schools” is something everyone can agree on…until it’s time to agree on what a better school actually is and then take steps to achieve it.

Similarly “less crime” wins elections, but if your tactics land you in trouble with the public, press, and even the courts, than there is an obvious disconnect between you and the people. The NYPD and the City Administration are measuring a result that does not seem important enough to others given what (they claim) it took to get that result.

I wrote earlier about defining what you want instead of what you don’t want. A critical part of that definition is making sure that what you want is specific and measurable. I’ll be writing more about this in the next few weeks.

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Days 8, 9 and 10

Well these last few days have not gone according to plan.  Day 8 was SUPER windy so we decided to get some errands done.  We did some laundry and shopping and basically just hung around.

On Day 9 we made a trip to Yellowstone – and good thing too as the park is now closed!  The weather was horrible – cold, rain, hail, snow, wind.  We ventured out no more than a mile from the car at each stop and I never wanted to risk my camera as even if it wasn’t raining when we left, it usually was by the time we got back.  We visited the canyon area and it was gorgeous but I’ve got no pictures.  For wildlife we saw 4 river otters coming down the bank towards the river. It was super cool – they walked nose to tail and kind of looked like a giant, shiny centipede.  :)  We also saw two very young bears. It looked like a baby with an older sibling.  There was no mama in sight which made us pretty sad to see as we are pretty sure the bigger one was nowhere close to big enough to be an adult.  We also saw some more bison and elk but you know, “Been there, done that”. LOL

Day 10 (today) had beautiful weather.  We got ready quickly and were ready to head out on a long hike that would take us past 11 waterfalls and end at a lake.  We got out to the truck and realized it had a flat. No big deal, we could handle that.  I distracted the dogs and Marlin got to work. He got all the bolts off but could not remove the tire.  He was very frustrated. I suggested we call AMA and he thought that was silly – it was just a flat.  Over an hour later he finally caved – mainly because he thought he’d busted one of the bolts that hold the tire on.  Then the tow truck then took about 1.5 hours to get here.  :(  At this point, we realized we were never going to get out in time.  The driver had a sledge hammer so together they got the tire off and the spare on.  Turns out the bolt wasn’t busted – it just got loose and ended up in the wrong place.  It ended up being a much more minor problem than we were anticipating, but it still managed to kill half the day.

We decided to cure our blues with some retail therapy in Bozeman.  They have a very cute downtown. I managed to keep the purchases for myself to a minimum but got some Christmas presents purchased.  Yay. I think that is my earliest start yet.

Fingers crossed that tomorrow we get that hike in!  We plan on meeting up with my dad and Shelley and they are closer than they thought they’d be, so we’ll be able to do the long one we want to do.

Oh and I’ve decided to start up the Project 365 again starting October 1.  I’m hoping to finish the last three months and maybe keep the momentum going into the new year.  We’ll see how it goes.  Today was the dreaded self portrait….  I kind of like it. The blade of grass blurring the front of my face helps. :)

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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Cool Tick images

A few nice Tick images I found:

Deer Tick at Newport Blues Cafe 7-28-2013
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Image by Sisters Dissonance
Deer Tick after party (night 3 of 3) at the Newport Blues Cafe, following the 2013 Newport Folk Festival

Deer Tick at Newport Blues Cafe 7-28-2013
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Image by Sisters Dissonance
Deer Tick after party (night 3 of 3) at the Newport Blues Cafe, following the 2013 Newport Folk Festival

Deer Tick at Newport Blues Cafe 7-28-2013
Tick

Image by Sisters Dissonance
Deer Tick after party (night 3 of 3) at the Newport Blues Cafe, following the 2013 Newport Folk Festival

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The Epidemic of Overweight Pets: Treats and Excess Carbs Can Shorten Lives!

So many pets are overweight in the U.S.and those extra pounds are taking years off their life!

Excess pounds can prevent blood from moving where it should, keep the lungs and heart from working efficiently, and will grind down cartilage covered joints to bone on bone contact and result in painful arthritis!

The directions on pet food cans and bags often advise feeding 25-50% more than needed. Many dogs and cats need less because of LOW METABOLISM.

A 30 min walk 3-5 times a week can help dogs stay in shape, raise their calorie burning capacity, and help their muscles burn extra calories! It’s hard to get cats to exercise, so changing the type of food is the best bet.

It’s the amount of food we feed and the high amount of carbs in the diet that make our dogs and cats fat!.For dogs, dry commercial food can be made lower calorie by feeding half the amount soaked in water or mixed with canned green beans. Feeding the same commercial canned food as the dry may help because canned food has less calories per ounce than it’s dry food cousin.  Canned food may help decrease calories and encourage weight loss. For cats, changing the diet to canned from dry food may help with weight loss and avoid chronic medical problems like diabetes and arthritis.

High carb treats pack a bunch of needless calories. Feeding 2 -3 biscuits a day may make weight loss impossible. Feed a higher protein treat like a piece of chicken, cheese, fish, or piece of chicken hotdog! You can also feed baby carrots, green beans, or apples to those fruit and veggie types!

Lower calorie, nutritious treats like Lickety Stik are grain free, organic, have nutrients, and less calories for those weight challenged pets

 

Pet Obesity in America infographic by PetSafe
Special thanks to PetSafefor sharing this visualization with us.


Check out other feeding tips in the “Dog Dish Diet” and Home Cooking Pet Food in “Feed Your Pet to Avoid the Vet”

http://dogdishdiet.com/order-now

 

My Corgi was so overweight she didn’t want to do anything but lay around and eat. Since putting her on your diet in “Feed your Pet to avoid the Vet.” She has slimmed down nicely. She is now more energetic and chases squirrels. She’s happier, more loving, her fur is so soft. As I’m sure you know, Corgis shed a lot! With her that has even slowed down a great deal and no fleas. Her teeth are clean and she doesn’t have dog breath! Thank you Dr. Greg for writing the books and educating us on a better much healthier way to feed our fur-babies!

Marla

Dr. Greg’s Dog Dish Diet

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