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Understand Your Dog

Understand Your Dog

Understand Your Dog

Jay was only 23 months old which is very young and was a huge shock to my girlfriend and I. The cause of her death was from a kidney disease, which led to a blood clot in her lung. It started when we took her to our special place where we use to throw a stick for here to swim out and retrieve, which she absolutely adored! This was her life in a nut shell. Although, on this particular occasion, after a few throws of a stick, Jay started to cough badly. At the time, all I could think of was that Jay had swallowed some water whilst swimming out to retrieve the stick. So we took her home thinking she would be ok. This cough wasn't getting any better so we thought, if we don't see any signs of her getting better we will take he to the vet as soon as possible. Well, It didn't get any better so the next day we took her to the vet and the vet told us that it 'might' be an obstruction in her throat from the stick that we were throwing, so he gave us some anti-biotic tablets to stop the swelling and stop any infection that may come from it and also to settle down the cough. This did settle the cough down somewhat of great measure for approximately 4-5 days.

At this stage everything was going ok but still I could see Jay wasn't feeling 100% and was looking really down and depressed - we didn't know why she was so depressed but thought it might of been because she hadn't gone out for a walk for a few days due to the coughing, so we took her for a walk around the block. On the walk Jay indicated to us that she wanted to go home. This was a little strange for us because she loved walks and loved going for her ritual sniff routine but on this occasion Jay wanted to go home. So we took her home and played around with her in the back-yard and giving her the attention she so often received from us, we decided to take her to the vet the following day. When we took her to the vet, the vet was telling us that she looks ok, her temperature is fine and her blood pressure is looking normal, therefore, I can't give you anything, which resulted the vet in informing us of plenty of rest, no strenuous walking and lots of water

So we went home thinking and hoping everything was going to be fine. At this stage we started to notice that Jay was going to the toilet more frequently than usual and was even going inside at night, which wasn't normal as she was toilet trained. This led to us noticing the amount water she was drinking - her daily intake of water had rapidly increased from 2-3 bowls to almost 6-7 bowls of water per day. Another interesting but yet stressful observation was that Jay still had a pretty severe cough still and it wasn't entirely healed, after talking to the vet over the phone several times, again, was informed that they couldn't do anything about it and was told that it should pass over time.

A few days passed. Then, one Thursday morning at about 6am, we woke up-to a spooky cry from Jay and us being the parents we are, raced outside of our bedroom to find her laying there with her tongue out of her mouth, her shivering vigorously and a wet patch underneath her where she had wet herself. I swiftly bent down to pat her and tell her everything was ok and moved her so she was in a more comfortable position but she didn't come round, so I picked her up and was on my out to the car. This is when she came back round to us, waging her tale as if she thought she was going for a walk. We got her out to the car and took he straight up to the after hours vet. When we got there it wasn't the best experience as we didn't get the service we were after, especially the costs that were involved I thought there might have been a little more urgency in the matter but we only got the feeling we were just another number, so to speak. We were told that it looks like something in the kidney at this stage with the information we provided. There were to be blood tests and would receive a call back by 10am.

As you could imagine, minutes felt like weeks for my girlfriend and I but we were trying to stay positive. We then called them at 10am on the dot and there was no results back and I still remember them being very negative towards us and felt we were not a priority for them. We then called back at every hour until 1pm when we found she was being moved to the vet as they could not do anything at the hospital, not even the blood tests, which I thought was extremely irresponsible and not professional at all but we had to go along with it. It took them close to 1-2 hours to transport her to the vet and when she arrived, the vet said that results from any blood tests will take approximately 1 week and was informed to take her to a different veterinary hospital where she would be able to get blood tests done straight away would be a better option. So, off to the vet hospital we went, obviously worried sick about her.

We took her straight there and was informed by one of the vets there that it was a serious case and we will have to get blood tests done ASAP. We left Jay there and went home. At 9pm I took the call from the vet and got the results over the phone. The result was far from good. Jay had developed a disease in her kidney and was loosing a lot of protein when she was urinating and was also informed that a normal protein count for dogs is 26-32 and a dangerous protein count is 16. Jay's protein count was 14 and was loosing protein fast. The cough was still there and wasn't sounding any better, so they kept her in over night to undergo more tests in her heart and lungs. As you could imagine, this was a sad time for us as she was our first dog and she was so close to us.

The next day we were allowed to visit her and receive the results from all the other tests. Poor Jay wasn't looking her normal self when we got there and definitely wasn't looking any better than the day before. We got the results back and it seems that somehow a blood clot had formed in her lung in which we were told by the vet surgeon that wasn't manageable and that we weren't going to get the same dog back that we had 2 months ago. They also informed us that we could get a plasma transfusion which is basically flushing out her red and white blood cells to increase the levels of antibodies, which is really only a temporary solution but we gave them the go ahead anyway because the recommended it.

The Following day we rang up the hospital to see how it all went and they said her blood pressure had dropped a little but there was no signs of her getting back to normal, so we were allowed to take her home. This was at least a better option for Jay as we felt she was very stressed in the hospital, being away from us and also hearing the stressful howls from other ill and injured dogs. So we took her home and were advised of a special diet.

I could feel from her she wasn't getting any better and we were also preparing ourselves for the worst but still keeping positive. Two days later, I had come home from work for some lunch and to check up on her. Jay was in a way, telling me this was the last time that we had together and I could feel that if she was to pass, then she would pass at home without anyone with her. So, I went back to work only for 1 hour and had a strange feeling inside of me and went directly home, finding her on her favourite couch asleep, resting in peace. I was in total shock but at the same time was happy that she was at peace.

Jay was a wonderful canine and loved only to be by our side all the time. She was deeply loved and spoilt to say the least and will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace Jay 28th Jan 05 - 13th Dec 06

I wrote this story to remind people of just how delicate and fragile life is. Also, because I feel if we were told to get a blood test in the initial stages of the symptoms, we might of been able to manage the kidney disease before it got to the lungs, I maybe wrong but all of you dog owners out there, always trust your instinct and get that blood test, even if the vet thinks your dog is ok, please for your own piece of mind, get blood tests - they give the result.

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I was inspired to create a website relating to dogs when my 2yr old puppy passed away last Dec in 06. Now, I have a new puppy named Zac and want to keep up the website. If you want to jump onto happydog, please feel free to there are forums so you can get involved and start joining in on the hot topics. www.happydog.com.au

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The 7 Keys To A Successful Online Home Business

The 7 Keys To A Successful Online Home BusinessThe 7 Keys To A Successful Online Home Business by by Lynne and Chad Eribourne

Starting and running a successful online business is something that almost anyone can do. You don't need a college degree or perfect SAT scores.

So, why don't more people have success with an online home business?

Honestly, it's because it requires things that can't be measured by scores, grades or degrees. Being able to have a successful online home business means that you will need to train yourself to get out of the employee mindset and become extremely focused.

The following seven things are, in my opinion, absolutely essential to not only starting an online home business, but are also essential if you want it to be successful!

7 Keys To A Successful Online Home Business:

1. Solid Business Model

If you try to build a big, beautiful house on a weak foundation, it may seem great and look perfect at first, but watch out. Over time, it could crumble and eventually fall to the ground.

The same is true with a home business.

A home business isn't about getting rich quick and "free" business opportunities. (Remember, you get what you pay for!) It's about having a good business model, a business model that has been proven to work and will allow you to build your business over time.

2. Training and Leadership

For many, having an online home business is a completely new experience, so don't go it alone. One of the greatest ways to be successful at things in life is to find someone who is already successful and do what they are doing.

The same is true here.

Finding fantastic leadership is so vital and there are many successful home business owners to learn from. This can save you from making so many mistakes and can shorten your learning curve by months or even years.

It is crucial to find a mentor who can not only offer you leadership and guidance, but also extensive training. Starting your own home business is going to force you to learn many new exciting skills, no short cuts here. It's important to stay focused, but just as critical that you have the correct training available.

3. Leverage

Leverage is a big one. Being able to leverage your time is one of the best rewards to having your own online home business. To be able to do something only once, but be able to reap the benefits over and over for many years is extremely rewarding.

Another vital aspect of leverage is the training we mentioned above. It is important to consider how you are going to train new distributors as they join your team. Yes, it is your responsibility to guide and mentor them, but are you going to be responsible for training each one individually? Or does your business model have a training platform in place that will take care of that for you?

As a home business owner, you want to enjoy the freedom that this industry allows. It is important to make sure you are not going to get caught in the cycle of having to do all of the training yourself, because that is certainly not a good way to leverage your time!

4. Discipline

Discipline is vital and shouldn't be overlooked. Almost everyone that starts an online home business has or has had an employee mindset. We go to work and collect a paycheck at the end of each week. We are accustomed to trading time for money.

Well, this is all about to change.

When you are running an online home business, no one cares how much time you work. Sorry, but it's the truth. It's about working smart and getting results, not about the hours that you work. The most crucial thing is committing yourself, every day, to actually getting the work you need done!

No one is going to be standing over you telling you to get your job done. No more time clock. No more "paycheck." You must have the discipline to do the work yourself if you want to be successful. This can be more difficult than most think, but if you are disciplined, the rewards are massive.

5. Focus

Great. You are disciplined enought to sit down to do your work, but are you focused? We all struggle with this one at one time or another, veterans as well as novices. You go online to do some research and you stumble across a YouTube video which leads to another video and another...you get the point!

Having a well-written "To-Do" list can be the difference between a profitable home business and a "hobby." Some people write their lists the night before, some prefer to do it in the morning. Some write them on a white board, some use a text document on the computer and others just write them on a piece of paper.

It doesn't matter where and when you do it, but it does matter that you do do it. How are we going to know that we're done for the day and that we accomplished what we needed to if we don't have a list? Working "on the fly" may feel like it works for a while, but in the end maintaining a focused effort will make all the difference in the world.

6. Mindset

Mindset can sometimes be overlooked, but it's important that it isn't. The right mindset can be the difference in your business being successful or not. You have to believe in what you are doing.

Period.

If you are just "trying out" your business to see if it "works," let me tell you: it won't work. It's that simple.

Our businesses grow in direct relationship to our own personal growth. Personal development is crucial to entrepreneurs. I have yet to meet a successful home business owner who doesn't believe in personal development and spending time on mindset and personal growth.

Again, there is a shift from being an employee to being a home business owner. A shift from having $50,000 being a yearly goal to having it become a monthly goal. You see, we are taught to believe that we have limitations, but we need to lift those in order to find success. Most of us are taught that in order to be successful, we need to go to school, get good grades, go to college and get a good job and that's our only real option to having success in our lives.

This is not true, and we need to reprogram our way of thinking.

I can tell you from experience that personal development has been essential to the success of our business and I truly don't think anyone can have long term success without the right mindset.

7. Passion

Do you get excited about your business or are you ashamed of it? Does your business feel like a job? Are you motivated to help others be successful in starting and running their own home business? The last thing you want is for your business to feel like "work" or be something you don't enjoy because then you most likely won't spend much time on it. If you don't put the time into building your home business, it's not very likely that it will be successful.

That's why it's so important that you are passionate when it comes to your business. It's also vital that you have specific reasons why you are starting a home business and that you are passionate about these reasons.

Please don't say it's about the money or the fancy cars because at the end of the day, those don't make for good reasons. You see, money is just a vehicle to allow you to have/do what you want in life.

What is it that you want?

* Do you want to be able to spend more time with your family?
* Do you want to be able to sit down every night to dinner with your kids?
* Do you want to be able to travel the world?
* Do you want to be able to dedicate time to your favorite charity?
* Do you want to start your own charity?
* Or do you just want to be able to get up without an alarm clock and work in your pajamas...?

Whatever the reason, it has to be something you are extremely passionate about because if you aren't, you may lose the drive to succeed. It may just become easier to go to your job and collect your paycheck.

So find your passion and nurture it! That is what will propel you to succeed and that will be what keeps you going when things might seem tough!

Well, now that you know the 7 keys to starting and running a successful online home business, what are you waiting for? This industry is filled with some amazing people, but there's always room for one more!

Lynne and Chad are happily married and running their own successful online home business. Find out how you can start your own internet home business and be personally mentored by Lynne and Chad.

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Caesar's Pasta, LLC Recalls Beef Meatball Products Because Of Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

by

Joseph

 

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Caesar's Pasta, LLC, an establishment in Blackwood, New Jersey is recalling 46,810 pounds of beef meatball products because of misbranding and undeclared allergens. The product contains egg, a known allergen that is not declared on the product label. 

The FSIS has designated this a Class  Recall of High Health Risk.

The following products are subject to recall:

  •  10-lb. boxes containing 0.5-oz. pieces of “Schiff's ITALIAN BRAND MEAT BALLS,” labeled with lot code 70033SH.

  • 10-lb. boxes containing 1-oz. pieces of “Schiff's ITALIAN BRAND MEAT BALLS,” labeled with lot code 70034SH.
  • 10-lb. boxes containing 1.5-oz. pieces of “Schiff's ITALIAN BRAND MEAT BALLS,” labeled with lot code 70035SH.

The items were produced between Nov. 1, 2015 and Nov. 30, 2017 and bear establishment number “EST. 5498” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The USDA said the recalled products were shipped to food service locations in Pennsylvania.

The USDA said the problem was discovered when a customer of Caesar's Pasta, LLC noticed that the label did not include eggs in the ingredient statement.

According to the USDA, there have not been any confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to eating this product. The USDA suggests that anyone who is concerned about illness or injury should contact a healthcare provider and that consumers should not eat the product, but instead discard the items or return them to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Michael Crawford, Corporate General Manager, Caesar’s Pasta, LLC, at (856) 227-2585, extension 226.

 

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Take Care When Choosing a Christmas Tree

Take Care When Choosing a Christmas Tree

Selecting and decorating the Christmas tree is one of our most valued Yuletide traditions. Of all the symbols we associate with the holiday season, few are more recognizable than the Christmas tree. We take great care in selecting a beautiful, fragrant evergreen to place in our homes or businesses. We watch with delight as our kids hang ornaments, often as early as the day after Thanksgiving. We attend civic Christmas tree lightings in small towns and large cities alike. And, of course, on Christmas Eve we fill with anticipation as we wait for Santa to deliver the goods.

It all starts with the selection process, however. If, like millions of traditionalists everywhere, you've made the decision to trim a real tree versus an artificial one, your first step is to decide where you'll procure the evergreen and what type of tree you want.

While you can obtain a cutting permit and venture into a public forest yourself to down your tree, that may not be the safest or most efficient way to go. Today, most consumers opting for live trees visit a commercial Christmas tree farm or nursery, or they purchase one from a market vendor who has had the tree shipped from a nursery/farm.

Often, choices abound. Fir, spruce, pine, cedar and cypress all are popular varieties. Typically, a fir is considered the "true" Christmas tree. But the fact of the matter is that there are different species of fir trees and there truly is no right or wrong choice, no "official" Christmas tree. For example, a Colorado Blue Spruce serves as the National Christmas Tree outside the White House. Inside the White House, however, a variety of trees have been used over the years. There is no preferred presidential evergreen.

According to The National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA), the 10 most popular Christmas trees grown and sold in the United States are as follows, in order:

- 1. Fraser Fir
- 2. Douglas Fir
- 3. Balsam Fir
- 4. Colorado Blue Spruce
- 5. Scotch Pine
- 6. Eastern Red Cedar
- 7. White Spruce
- 8. Eastern White Pine
- 9. White Fir
- 10. Virginia Pine

While not in the Top 10 in terms of popularity, the Leyland Cypress is a good choice for individuals who suffer from allergies but still want a real tree for Christmas, according to the NCTA.

When choosing the tree that works best for your family, you'll want to take several things into consideration - beginning with the tree's size. Know the dimensions of the space into which you hope to place your tree. How high is the ceiling? How wide is the area? Take along a tape measure so that you can be certain the tree you've chosen will fit.

Look for a green tree with no (or very few) brown needles.

Take a good look at the bottom of the tree's "trunk" to ensure it is both sturdy and straight. If it is knotted or curved it may not fit into your base - then you've purchased and hauled a useless tree.

A reputable dealer won't sell a tree with these blemishes, but we all know there are plenty of disreputable vendors out there looking to make a quick buck!

Just like you kick the tires before buying a car, it's a good idea to test a tree before buying it by taking a branch in your grasp and, with gentle pressure, pulling at it. Don't pull hard, but instead allow the branch of the tree to pass through your fingers and palm pressure. If all or a majority of the needles stay on, the tree is strong. If several fall off, you're dealing with a weak tree.

Once you have a tree set up inside your home, it's time to decorate! A first-rate tree-topper and ornaments are an absolute must.

Finally, real trees can become fire hazards if proper precautions are not taken.

Author Bio
Jeremy White, a writer for Imaginary Greetings, Inc., is a regular contributing author specializing in features, sports, business and food writing, and frequently contributes to a variety of print and online publications. To make your family's holiday magical this season, visit www.santas-depot.com for the best selection of everything Christmas.

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Fall to Winter - Water to Ice

Fall to Winter - Water to IceFall to Winter - Water to Ice by by Gregory James

There is no doubt fall has left and winter has arrived. Our deciduous trees have shed their leaves. Early morning frost and warm days have turned to frozen ground and bone chilling winds. Activity on our lake is represented by a few ducks splashing in the slightly warmer creek fed waters. As the days pass, a thin coating of ice will begin to form around the shoreline and eventually across the various coves. Soon the lake will be covered with winter ice increasing in thickness by each passing day. As the ice thickens, so does the excitement level of our ice fisherman! Yes, it is time to put those augers, tip-ups, spears and light fishing gear back to work.

We are anxious to get out on the ice. Is it thick enough? Ice fishing is one of the most dangerous methods of fishing. Caution must be taken, especially when we are so eager to get started. There have been many accidents on our lake. Unfortunate stories have been told of hummers, trucks, cars, snowmobiles, animals and of course people breaking through the ice. A sure way to start the season off on the wrong foot. Some fisherman risk walking on ice at two and a half inches, when experts recommend a minimum of four inches. Ice thickness varies, especially in lakes with greatly varying depths. Our lake can drop twenty feet in a lateral distance of eight feet. This means the ice thickness will vary greatly early in the season. Six inches is recommended for sleds and snow mobiles. Ten inches for smaller vehicles and at least 16 solid inches for full sized trucks. In our seven years on the lake, the ice thickness was over 10 inches only once.

There are other risks to be aware of when out on the ice. Frostbite can occur from prolonged exposure to wind and the low temperatures. Proper winter clothing is essential. These days there are great huts, tents and shelters that can be quickly erected for escape from the harsh temperatures and biting winds. Some ice fishermen have more permanent shelters, usually on wheels, that can be towed onto the ice. These shelters often have bathrooms, stoves, beds and even satellite television. If you have a shelter with heat, proper ventilation is critical. Some fishermen lost their lives on the ice due to carbon monoxide poisoning. The greatest risk and most deaths have occurred from hypothermia. This is when the body temperature falls too low. It is important to educate yourself on hypothermia and all the other potential risks prior to heading out onto the ice. The goal is to have fun and be safe!

Time to fish. There are many different approaches to ice fishing. All approaches have some factors in common. Fish do not expend much energy under the ice. No need to have your bait do so either. In fact, too much motion will actually deter the fish. Depth is critical. Do a little research prior to heading out on the ice. The species of fish determines the depth of the fish. For example, crappie and bass will be found at different depths. This is one time a bobber is important. Use a slip bobber to set the proper depth. The bobber will also serve as a good visual for when there is action below. Fishing for bluegills and perch? Send the bait to the bottom. Some bouncing action will entice them to your bait. Chum is a good way to attract some attention too. This activity created by other fish feeding can draw lower energy fish to the site. In shallow waters, it is a good idea to cover your hole. Light penetrating thru the hole can scare fish away from your bait. There you have it - the rest is up to you. Have fun and catch some fish!

Gregory James is the father of six, veteran of the U.S. Army and lifelong nature lover. His kindred with nature has led him to start-up a website offering camping cookware. His website can be found at http://www.campingcookwarepro.com

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How To Keep Comfort Eating Under Control

How To Keep Comfort Eating Under ControlHow To Keep Comfort Eating Under Control by by Sandra Prior

We've been fed a lot of research in recent years showing that we eat for all sorts of bad reasons - from boredom, depression and loneliness to anything we consider a celebration. The only good reason to eat, is feeling hungry. However, nutrition experts are acknowledging that emotional eating isn't all that bad. To crave comforting foods when we have negative feelings can help us cope.

It is the norm in our society to mark special occasions with food. Few of us have ever had a slice of cake at a colleague's birthday party because we needed the nourishment. You can give yourself permission to eat just because you're sad or happy, or because it feels good, but you need to do it with restraint.

You don't have to deny yourself comfort food, as long as you don't overindulge. It's easier to exercise this kind of moderation if you are aware of what you're doing and why.

Don't Crumble

If you use food to cheer yourself up, be aware that's what you're doing. Treating yourself to a few chocolate cookies with your coffee after a tough meeting is fine if you realize that it is in fact a treat - and so you can stop before you've eaten so many you feel utterly miserable again.

Unless it's controlled, eating as a way of rewarding yourself quickly becomes a way of punishment yourself - adding self disgust, weight issues and a bloated stomach to the worries you were trying to alleviate. Identifying the underlying emotion can also help by giving you ideas for alternative coping tactics. Do you reach for those chocolate biscuits when you're bored? Lonely? Anxious? Keep a record of the times you eat for comfort and your feelings at the time. Once you uncover your eating patterns, you can control them by finding constructive ways to deal with your problems, such as talking about them. Visit dietitians or psychologists if you need help with the process.

What's Really on your Plate?

Psychologists say emotional eaters often chide themselves for lacking willpower when what they really lack is self awareness. Getting to know what your emotional eating triggers are will help you see that it's more than the sight of a delicious cream cake that weakens your healthy eating resolve. Maybe it's really depression - and dealing with that will increase your chances of sticking to a good diet.

There's a physical reaction, too, that gives those cream cakes a hold over you. When someone is feeling bad for whatever reason, the body reacts by trying to produce more serotonin - the brain's natural feel good hormone. Because carbohydrates increase the level of serotonin, your body craves them as a short cut to restoring your emotional equilibrium.

Hidden Ingredients

Emotional eating habits can usually be traced back to childhood. Parents often use food or sweets as rewards, which conditions people into thinking of them as nurturing, comforting and pleasurable. Children are often given treats to help them get through something unpleasant. Knowing what you're really looking for may stop you expecting it from food.

Sandra Prior runs her own bodybuilding website at http://bodybuild.rr.nu.

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How To Select Mattresses For Futons

How To Select Mattresses For FutonsHow To Select Mattresses For Futons by by Alexander Sutton

When you have taken steps to choose the right futon for your home, the next step is to choose a mattress. Your mattress selection will affect the way you and your family are able to enjoy your futon for many years to come, so take a little time before making this decision. Many people who think they are dissatisfied with a futon are actually unhappy about the mattress they chose for it, not the futon. The best way to get lots of use and enjoyment out of this versatile piece of furniture is to take your time choosing a mattress, and invest in the best choice for your particular needs.

How Will Your Futon Be Used?

If your futon will only be used occasionally, perhaps in a guest room or formal living room, the mattress is a place where you can save some money. A simple cotton-filled mattress should suffice. If the futon is meant for daily use, in a den or child's room, you need a high-quality mattress. A coil-filled mattress will hold up to the rigors of daily or nightly use. The costs of the mattresses are directly related to how durable and comfortable they will be.

How Do You Need the Futon to Look?

If your futon will be in a highly visible area where it needs to look nice, a coil-filled mattress does tend to lose its shape after a time. Foam-filled mattresses hold their shape better and look nicer in living rooms, guest rooms and other showcase areas of your home. Foam-filled mattresses are also better choices for those that use the futon primarily as a couch rather than as a bed. Additional style is achieved by selecting an appropriate cover for the room and accenting the futon with pillows to match.

How Thick Should the Mattress Be?

A sleeker style of futon calls for a thinner mattress. Only get a thicker mattress if you have selected a sturdy futon frame, such as hardwood. Never let the color of a futon mattress affect your buying decision. Get the size and style that suits the look you want and the way your family will use it. An inexpensive futon cover makes the mattress you select perfectly suited to the room you put it in.

Now that you have selected the right mattress for your futon, chose a cover or two to match the room and make it comfortable and attractive with several pillows to match. A variety of small and large pillows make the futon easy to use as a recliner, propping your back against the armrest, as a comfortable place to sit upright and a cozy place for sleeping.

Alexander Sutton applies his knowledge of the home and interior design industry to provide people with the best values and most attractive options. For more information, please visit Futons.

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Standard Poodles - The People Pleaser

Standard Poodles - The People Pleaser

Standard Poodles - The People Pleaser

I did a lot of research before getting another dog after our English Cockers passed away. I was attracted to Standard Poodles because of their intelligence, temperament and ease of training. They are known to be good family dogs as well as a good watchdog. They also seem to get along very well with other animals as well, sometimes even to the point of being protective of smaller animals.

I have the honor of being owned by three Standard Poodles at the moment, Meg, Bob, and Charley. All three of them have excellent personalities, although they are three totally different personalities.

There is a misconception that females make a better pet and have better personalities, which I too thought was the case at first! Meg, our female Poodle, is very calm, reserved and dignified. She is very loving, but on her own terms. She also tends to be somewhat stubborn at times! Sometimes she acts like, "I can't be bothered doing that!"

Our males, Bob and Charley, are real clowns! They are more exuberant and want to play all the time. They are more of a "get in your face" type of dog, always looking for attention and affection.

Our Standard Poodles have excellent temperaments and seem to get along with everyone, kids and adults. My husband and I have made it a point to start socializing them at a very early age, to get them used to people, places, sounds and riding in the car.

Whenever there is a festival or outdoor event in town, we always take them and they are always a big hit. Everyone wants to pet them, take pictures and ask us all about them. They love the attention! They're not afraid of crowds or loud noises.

They seem to be able to read your body language and emotions and I swear they can tell when you are sad or happy and react accordingly! When I'm sad, they come and put their head on my lap and look at me with those big sad eyes! When I'm happy, they jump around smiling and wagging their pompom tails.

They can also be quite humorous at times as well. Our male Bob's favorite spot is sleeping on the couch (not a good thing I know), but Meg and Charley were already on the couch. He looked at them as if to say, "Hey, that's my spot," and thought about climbing in between them for a moment. He then looked at a small 16 x 16 inch pillow that Charley had thrown off the couch and decided to try and lay down on it. Now this is a 75 pound large male poodle! He went round and round in circles on top of this pillow and finally tried to curl up in a ball on top of the pillow. It was hilarious!

The Standard Poodle temperament is that of a people pleaser. They will go out of their way to make their humans happy. They generally bond to everyone in their human family instead of one person exclusively.

As long as you have a sense of humor and don't mind a dog that outsmarts you once in a while, a Standard Poodle may be a good choice for you!

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Working from Your Home Computer

Working from Your Home ComputerWorking from Your Home Computer by by Jasmine Stone

There is an abundance of job positions that allow for people to work from home simply using their computer. There are advertising jobs, sales positions and data entry careers all of which allow you to work from the comforts of home from your computer. You simply need your computer and an Internet connection. In most homes across America this is already an up and running occurrence with the use of a basic home office. This keeps the start up cost of a home business down. In order to find a home business that you can run simply through your computer you should begin your search online...

You can simply search online businesses from the Internet. This will pull up many results for you to choose from. You can also find online agencies that post miscellaneous job positions with a detailed description of what you may need. This can help you to narrow down your business choices. You can choose jobs by the day or week, which can prevent your employment from taking on a sense of boredom. This is why there are certain jobs outside of the home that have such high turn around in employees. The positions hold such a stiff daily routine that employees are forced to leave for their own mental well being.

As many of us spend many hours of personal time on the computer it is easy to incorporate a home business that is run form your computer into your daily life. You fire up the computer and check emails while you perform other job tasks. You can become a secret shopper and make purchases for other online. You can get paid to fill out consumer surveys online. You can transfer data from one area to another or fill out medical billing forms online. Each of these positions can be run easily with a computer and your time and effort. It's a simple and basic method to working from home and earning the income that you need to care for your household.

You are also building skills by working on the computer as you are becoming more proficient in your personal computer skills. You can use this in future endeavors as a benefit. This could be helpful in beginning your own business if that desire should arise in the future. You will find that having a home business that you run with your computer is enjoyable and beneficial. You can multitask accomplishing more in a less amount of time so that your personal time increases. You can also begin this form of home business with less start up cash and in a much quicker time frame.

Begin looking for your home business opportunity online through personal searches. You are certain to find the opportunity that you have longed for. You will be earning money for yourself and your family from the comforts of home by simply using a single tool, your computer. Earn money for your needs and build personal success through your computer and into the world of Internet business.

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We Will Never Be Defeated

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When dark forces make camp we stand strong. We are strong, we are valuable and we are resourceful.  Dark forces will not prevail because we are ever strong. We will not be defeated.

 

 

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14

 

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