I have decided that I am ready to go back in to real estate. I was just lucky not to get caught up in it when the bubble burst the last time. It was a coincidence that I happened to be liquid at the time when the sub prime mortgage crisis hit. I had sold off some rental houses. I had nine of them in all at the peak and at the time I had only two, which happened to be the best properties. I got a good price, plan was to form a partnership on Portland apartments.
Love having your pooch by your side during your 9-to-5? Be sure to brush up on office-pet protocol in time for National Take Your Dog to Work Day.
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Grab the leash and doggy treats before you head to work on Friday, June 24. Why? It’s National Take Your Dog to Work Day.
When Take Your Dog to Work Day was started in 1999, the organizers asked workplaces and business owners everywhere to become Fido-friendly for one day of the year. But some companies didn’t stop there: According to a recent study by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, one in five U.S. companies allows employees to bring their pets to work. Having pets in the workplace is increasingly seen as a win-win by businesses — it creates a more pleasant work atmosphere for animal lovers and improves productivity and (hopefully) profit margins for management.
But before you plant your dog into your cubicle for the day, know that there are plenty of “do’s” and “don’ts” involved —
Getting your dog or cat safely into a car or onto a plane requires some thoughtful planning.
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Traveling with pets is becoming more and more popular. Today’s dogs, and even some cats, are vacationing thanks to friendlier airlines, safety innovations, pet-friendly hotels, resorts, campsites, and restaurants with outdoor dining privileges.
Gregg Takashima, DVM, founder of the Parkway Veterinary Hospital in Portland, Ore., offers tips to keep pets safe while traveling:
In most cases, it’s safe for your pet to travel by plane if your vets give the OK. “Animals accustomed to traveling in a car, going out on walks, and who are socialized tend to travel very well depending on their personalities,” Takashima said.
Traveling internationally or even crossing state lines in a plane requires a health certificate from your vet. Additional ways to prepare:
Make sure vaccines (especially rabies) are up to date.
Consider an ID collar and a tag – even a microchip.
The trend nowadays is against sedation unless significant risks for pet injury exist. “Sedation can cause the pet to feel unstable and cause
Maybe you think your vet is charging too much, but once you understand how vets are trained, you may change your mind.
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The treatment your veterinarian and their vet technicians provide is worth the price you must pay. Often you’re finishing up with the vet when the receptionist delivers the good news: The bill is ready for you. Now for the bad news: It’ll cost you a chunk of change for baby’s Bordetella shot and its freshly emptied anal sacs.
But why should you have to pay so much to help a poor, defenseless (not to mention super cute) creature? After all, if you can’t find charity at the vet’s office, where can you?
Ask Georgette Wilson, DVM, manager of vet operations at Pfizer Animal Health in New York City, and she’ll tell you that charity is all a matter of perspective.
“If you’re looking for an educated, compassionate, and fair hand in the care and well-being of your animal, chances are your vet’s already giving it in droves,” Wilson said. “Unfortunately, too many people fail to
Taking a dog bite lightly is not something which anyone of us should do. In fact, seeking medical attention as soon as possible is the smartest idea. Nevertheless, the second smartest thing to do is seeking a qualified personal injury lawyer. There are many services which a personal injury lawyer can offer you if you or your loved one has got bitten by a dog. Besides, it is also our civil duty to report the dog.
Hiring an attorney is important for several reasons, but here we have discussed the three most important ones. They are:
- An attorney will help you get the allowance on medical expenses
Dog bite is not something simple and at times you might have to undergo a surgery. If you and your family are struggling with all the financial burdens, it is wise to hire an attorney and make sure you get paid for this one. The expenses you might have to put up with after being bitten by a dog includes:
- Ambulance service
- Hospital expenses
- Expense of tests like x-rays, MRIs, blood and urine tests, etc.
- Fees of physicians and specialists like surgeon, psychologists, psychiatrists, etc.
- An attorney will help you get paid for your lost income
It is obvious
Pet waste station will really make your surroundings neat and clean. These pet waste stations can be used everywhere. This is will help the society to build a green environment. Usually a pet waste station has four parts, they are station sign, station post, waste receptacle and bag dispenser.
There are different kinds of pet waste stations available in the market, but one need to choose the right pet waste station. Here are a few tips to choose a best pet waste station. The station sign should clear indicate that it is meant for disposing the waste.
- Choose durable material
It is preferable to choose the material, which works for a long time. Plastic is the best one to choose for pet waste stations, since plastic doesn’t rust, which can be used for much time and there is no need to replace it again and again. If it is a lightweight metal, then it gets rusty and it should be replaced frequently, which leads to unnecessary expense. If choosing a heavy weight metal unlike lightweight metal, then it doesn’t require to be replaced, but less durability.
- Choose fit lids that will not allow water in
They may get the pungent smell
This winter, when you are home sick with the cold or flu cuddling with your dog or cat may feel like just what the doctor ordered.
A Vanderbilt infectious disease expert, while stopping short of actually prescribing in-home “pet therapy” for colds or flu, says that if having your companion by your side makes you feel better, go right ahead. Pets won’t catch or spread human viruses.
“The pet is a comfort, not a hazard,” said William Schaffner, M.D., professor of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Even somebody who pets the dog or cat after you is unlikely to catch your virus that way, and “you can’t get a cold or the flu from your dog or cat,” Schaffner said.
While pets are pretty much off the hook, Schaffner says the true hazard in catching a virus comes from fellow two-legged creatures. “Flu is transmitted person-to-person through close personal contact. If you get within my breathing zone, within three feet, I can transfer the influenza virus to you. I breathe it out, you breathe it in, and you can be infected,” Schaffner said.
Colds and flu can also be transmitted by hand — handshaking extroverts take note — or via some surfaces,
Make yourself conscious of what actually constitutes animal abuse. It is your responsibility to be aware of animal cruelty and how you can prevent it.
Raise your voice: They cannot speak for themselves, but you can. If you see any animal being abused to speak up. If you are witnessing any animal cruelty, call the authorities such as the local animal control, humane society, or the police. If you are ignoring animal abuse, you are a part of it. Remember people who abuse animals are five times more likely to abuse humans.
Respect: Growing up, not everyone is taught at school or at home that animals should be respected. Some think its okay to chain up animals, or to put them in cages. Would you be able to spend your life in one single room? No, you would lose your mind. To educate people otherwise, talks should be given to local schools. You can arrange an assembly or a community talk to raise awareness in your community and your children. If children learn about animal cruelty and to respect animals from a young age, they will continue to do so, and educate others too.
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Animal cruelty is something that is close to many people’s hearts. Many think of it as an abuse that is akin to child abuse, since animals are also defenseless against the hands or neglect of humans.
It tends to rouse similar anger and outrage as well, and there are now many agencies that are set up to help prevent animal cruelty, and also shelters where rescued animals find solace and comfort from their abusive or neglectful environments.
Years ago, there were not even any laws set up to protect animals from abuse, and abusers were able to get away with doing just about anything they wanted without consequence.
Now, there are animal protection laws set up in almost every state, and if you are found guilty of inhumane treatment of an animal, you are subject to anything from fines to community service, to jail time.
While we’ve come a long way in legislating animal protection laws, there is still room for improvement, as they are not stiff enough penalties in most people’s eyes, and it seems that it’s still taken rather lightly.
While I’m not aligned with the extreme mentality of animal rights groups that preach vegetarianism and use tactics that I don’t deem appropriate
While dogs have always been considered ‘mans best friend’, in recent years dog owners have spent increasing amounts on flashy personalised collars and tags thanks to the rise of brands such as www.doggietags.co.uk.
However a high number of dog owners don’t actually know exactly what information their dog’s collar or tag is required to show by law.
And not knowing could turn out to be a costly error for dog owners, who could be hit with up to a £5,000 fine if their dog is not wearing a correct ID tag.
So what does the law say?
What you need to display
Here in the UK, since 1992 have been regulated by the Control of Dogs Order. The order states that any dog in a public place much wear a collar bearing the name and address (including postcode) of its owner.
The easiest way to do this is to engrave the details on your dogs collar or on a small ID tag.
What you do not need to display
The dog owners phone number is not legally required on a tag but it is advised as it will make you easier to contact in an emergency.
It’s also actually recommended that you do not include your dogs name
The stuffed animal satisfies the kids as well as the adults who are been attracted by the functionality and funny of this toy. And it is considered as the one of the favorite toy designed especially by the kids. Some youngsters also use to possess these type of stuffed animals like teddy bears and also been gifted as the token of affection to their friends. The loved one feels happier when stuffed animal is been presented as gift. These toys are been provided the facility of cleaning if it gets dirty while playing with it. The manufacturer provides all the safety and cleansing information in order to maintain the toy good looking and everlasting. And it is suggested to clean the stuffed animal using the drier or even with a washer. Or even soap is also recommended to wash these toys.
These toys do not have the legs and is designed or make it walk able using some technical terms. And prior to washing of these toys it is recommended to check whether there is a loose component which may get destructed while washing. These are concerned with special care so that it exists for a long period of time. Many
You need the right dog storage locker man equipment and patience to successfully crate train your dog. You have to develop a plan of action and stick to it. Consistency is the only way it will work. Your dog is going to want to please you, so through simple commands and positive reinforcement, you will accomplish your goal. The crate can be used for your dog to sleep in, when you need them to be away from others in the household for a bit, or when you transport them.
You want your dog to be comfortable in the crate so they don’t whine or try to get out. You need to start them out with a short period of time and then build up to several hours at a time. At night, you can keep them in there until morning as long as they are old enough not to have to go to the bathroom through the night. The crate can be a great way to help with potty training because dogs aren’t going to use the bathroom in their sleeping quarters.
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You need the right size of kennel for your dog. There are various sizes, so take your
To our past ancestors, the animal held great spiritual power and symbolic meaning. In Native American culture, mythology and ancient civilizations, each animal is embodied with its own symbolic meaning and held its own unique spiritual power.
A particular animal crossing your path had deep significance to your life and indeed a strong message to impart. The presence of animal wisdom may appear to you in a dream, on the physical plane or intuitively.
The butterfly is the symbol of metamorphosis and transformation.
The symbol of new life, letting go of old cycles and finding your true inner expression.
The butterfly calls you to expand your awareness, spread your wings and call forth your inner joy.
Let go of limitations, and free yourself to express your own beauty within.
It is the time of spiritual transitions. Symbolic of moving from one phase of life to the next reaching higher, reaching outward, leaving the safety of the cocoon and finding your own place among the flowers of life.
Allowing the wind to carry you forward to your goals and dreams.
A time of self-discovery rebirth. The butterfly shows you the beauty within.
Go forth with joy.
I recognize my true beauty within
Animal Control in Carlsbad, CA is responsible for dealing with most of the animal related disturbances for San Diego County, including all of the incorporated and unincorporated areas within. But you may be at a loss if you should contact the City of Carlsbad, who contracts with the County of San Diego for animal control services, or if you should contact the county itself. Here are a few guidelines you can follow to make sure that you are contacting the right department, as well as ensuring that you are not putting yourself in any unnecessary risk.
If you are just looking to adopt a pet, license one you have already, or any other pet matter that is unrelated to a disturbance you should contact the County of San Diego directly. They operate three shelters, including the one in Carlsbad, so you should not have to contact animal control in Carlsbad at all for any peaceful inquiries. Carlsbad animal control is mostly responsible for dealing with animal disturbances that pose an immediate threat to people or animals. So be sure to ask yourself how urgent your inquiry is, and that should help guide you to the correct organization.
A situation requiring animal control
Collisions with animals are a serious problem across the United States. The Insurance Information Institute estimates that there are more than 1.6 million vehicle collisions with deer each year, resulting in over $4.6 billion in vehicle damage, medical costs and other expenses.
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Knowing the following information about animal collisions can help you reduce your risk
- If an animal jumps out in front of you, do not swerve, but brake quickly.
- In most cases, hitting the animal will cause less damage than hitting another vehicle or tree.
- Be especially alert at dusk and dawn when visibility can be reduced; 90 percent of collisions with animals occur at these times.
- Deer activity peaks from October to December; nearly half of deer collisions happen during these months.
- Wooded areas are likely crossing spots for animals, and many, like deer, travel together, so expect more than one animal to cross the road.
What if I hit an animal?
- Call local law enforcement if you have a collision
I have been stretching all day long today, but I just can’t seem to feel better. It is an awful stiffness that I have in my back and it is starting to make me feel a little bit crazy. I just want to feel some relief, so I am going to set up an appointment with a chiropractor in Alexandria VA and I hope that the chiropractor will have what it takes make me feel better. Even if I only feel better for a little while, it would be a lot better than to continue feeling the way I do at the moment.
I can’t believe I am as stiff as I am right now. I did some manual labor about two days ago, and while I felt sore yesterday, and kind of stiff as well, it is nothing compared to how I feel right now. What is so frustrating about it is that I have done a lot of stretching, and I just can’t seem to feel any better, regardless of what I do.
It is upsetting, to say the least, and I wish that I had a better solution for my pain than just stretching. Well,
Shedding new light on the great cognitive rift between humans and animals, a Harvard University scientist has synthesized four key differences in human and animal cognition into a hypothesis on what exactly differentiates human and animal thought.
In new work presented for the first time at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Marc Hauser, professor of psychology, biological anthropology, and organismic and evolutionary biology in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, presents his theory of “humaniqueness,” the factors that make human cognition special. He presents four evolved mechanisms of human thought that give us access to a wide range of information and the ability to find creative solutions to new problems based on access to this information.
“Animals share many of the building blocks that comprise human thought, but paradoxically, there is a great cognitive gap between humans and animals,” Hauser says. “By looking at key differences in cognitive abilities, we find the elements of human cognition that are uniquely human. The challenge is to identify which systems animals and human share, which are unique, and how these systems interact and interface with one another.”
Recently, scientists have found that some animals think in
Owning a lively pet may sometimes prove exasperating, but it appears all the effort is worth it.
Pet owners are healthier, have greater self-esteem and are less lonely than those who don’t have animals at home, according to a study.
Not only that, but they are also more conscientious, extroverted and less fearful, researchers at the American Psychological Association said.
Man’s best friend: Owning a pet brings with it many benefits including improved health, greater self-esteem and less loneliness, according to scientists
They believe that pets serve as important sources of social and emotional support for the average person, and not just individuals facing significant health challenges.
Lead researcher, Allen R McConnell, of Miami University in Ohio, said: ‘We observed evidence that pet owners fared better, both in terms of well-being outcomes and individual differences, than non-owners on several dimensions.
‘Specifically, pet owners had greater self-esteem, were more physically fit, tended to be less lonely, were more conscientious, were more extraverted, tended to be less fearful and tended to be less preoccupied than non-owners.’
Pet owners are just as close to key people in their lives as to their animals, the study found.
This indicates no evidence that relationships with pets come at the expense of
A little more than 200 million years ago, a four-fanged pterosaur flew over the vast desert of Triassic Utah snagging other reptiles with its toothy mouth, until it met its untimely end on the banks of a dried-up oasis, new research finds.
The pterosaur had a massive wingspan of about 4.5 feet (1.3 meters) — about as wide as a 10-year-old child is tall — and sported a total of 110 teeth, four of them inch-long (2.5 centimeters) fangs, said study researcher Brooks Britt, an associate professor of geology at Brigham Young University in Utah.
Brigham Young University student Scott Meek found the specimen, including its skull and bones from its body, in 2014 when he was excavating bones from a 300-lb. (136 kilograms) chunk of sandstone. The chunk came from the Saints and Sinners quarry in Utah near the Colorado border, Britt said. [Photos of Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs]
“The [quarry] site dates to the Late Triassic, about 210 million years [ago], when Pangaea was still together, and vast desert stretched from what is now southern California to Wyoming,” Britt told Live Science. (The supercontinent Pangaea didn’t begin to break up until about 200 million years ago.)
The pterosaur fossil
Taking your pet along on your family’s camping or hiking trip? A brief trip to the vet can ensure a trip free of worry about pet health — and full of great outdoor adventure for you and your dog.
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If you’re thinking of hitting the trail with your pet, put a visit to your veterinarian’s office on your to-do list. A brief consultation can help you prioritize the preventive steps needed to protect your pet’s health and ensure a worry-free adventure.
Because before taking your pet into the great outdoors, you’ll want to take steps to protect against:
Fleas. Chances are your pet already uses monthly flea prevention. If not, start right away.
Ticks. “Ticks are by far the biggest concern,” notes Daniel O. Morris, DVM, chief of the section of dermatology and allergy in the department of clinical studies at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa. This is because ticks can give a number of diseases to pets and pet owners.
Scabies. This intense, itchy rash is caused by mites, which are often carried by foxes
Thinking of bringing a second pet into your home? There are a number of things to consider if you want to make the transition a smooth one.
Much like parents worry that an only child might be lonely growing up without a sibling, many pet owners share the same concerns about their animals. But is getting a second pet the right answer?
Not necessarily, according to experts.
“There have not been any controlled studies to look at this issue since there is so much individual variation between dog personalities,” says Duffy Jones, DVM, founder of Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital in Atlanta. “Many dogs do great with having another dog around, and some are perfect being the only dog. It really depends on your particular dog and that dog’s personality and also its previous history — for example, if the dog has always had other dogs around or if it has been traumatized by another dog.”
Keep this in mind: There are other ways to get your pet to exercise and socialize besides bringing a second animal into your household. Dogs have many options, ranging from puppy classes and obedience training to dog parks, doggie playgroups, and even doggie daycare.
About 10 percent of the population is allergic to animals — but that doesn’t mean they can’t own pets. Here’s how to determine which pet’s best for you.
You may have heard rumors of hypoallergenic dogs and cats — pets that don’t cause trouble for people with allergies. In truth, there is no guarantee that a specific breed won’t cause allergies for a given individual. But with dog and cat allergies so common, many animal lovers are still looking for a solution. A strategic approach to selecting a pet — or managing your allergies with the pet you already have — may mean you can enjoy pet ownership and control your pet allergies.
Could You Have Pet Allergies?
Ideally, you will know about any pet allergies before you take on the responsibility of a pet. Many adults are already aware — or have a sense — that they are allergic to dogs or cats (or both), but others may still be in the dark, not sure that their ongoing mild allergies are truly due to the cat or dog dander they are exposed to through friends, family, and coworkers. Here’s how to find out for sure:
- Get tested. “Testing
Playing matchmaker for your child and a new pet? There are certain things to consider before making the commitment. Here’s where to start.
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Have fond memories of the pet you loved in childhood and want the same for your children? Or maybe you’re just looking for the best way to respond to your child’s request for an animal companion. Pet health care requires a significant commitment — so before you bring home a furry friend for your child, take some time to make the best match.
Are You and Your Child Ready for a Pet?
Here are the first two questions to ask yourself when considering pets and kids: Is your child ready to help take care of a pet, and are you ready to supervise?
If you’re hoping to hand the care of a new pet over entirely to your child, think again. “Parents have the ultimate responsibility for pet care, regardless of the age of the child,” cautions animal behaviorist Melissa Bain, DVM, assistant professor at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in Davis, Calif. “If the child is given chores