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"We give dogs time we can spare, space
we can spare and love we can spare. In return, dogs give us their
all. It's the best deal man has ever made."
Award-Winning Children's Science Author
"I Want a Dog"
(a children's song)
From the Inside Out...
Foster Mom Flunkie
to Bed at Nite
for Dogs (Part 1)
What a Site!
BE the World
You Want to See!
Some of the most lovable dogs can be found at animal shelters.
The most important aspect of any pet is the way they enhance
our lives and teach us to love.
From the Inside Out
FOSTER MOM FLUNKIE
have always loved dogs and have embarked on a new journey. Let me
first explain that I purchased my first house almost two years ago.
my housewarming present, my sister gave me my first big dog. She
is a gorgeous Collie. Although, at 6 months old, she was not all
that pretty her hair had not grown out yet. Anyway, she has
been such a true joy.
couple of months ago, I decided I was ready to get a second Collie.
In my opinion, they are the best breeds of dogs. They are wonderful
with children and as loyal as can be. Most Collies are really smart
and learn tricks very quickly. At least mine did.
after much searching I decided against buying a dog. I would just
check with the rescue organizations to see if they had any puppies.
I discovered there was a rescue group in Houston, which is only
about fifty miles from where I live.
I had a better idea! I would just be a foster home for an unwanted
Collie. So I applied to be a foster home for the Houston Collie
Rescue. I was approved, and on March 10, 2003, I received my first
was turned over to Houston
Collie Rescue after wandering the streets of Houston
and you could tell she was starving for attention. I received word
about a month after she came to stay with me that they had received
a wonderful adoption application for her.
let me tell you, I was really upset. You see, I had fallen in love
with her, not to mention she had made herself quite at home. She
had begun sleeping on my couch, which I never let my first Collie
do. (By the way, one sleeps on the couch and the other one sleeps
on the loveseat.)
her adoption fell through I just decided to adopt her myself. I
had failed the fostering program! I was not the first person this
has happened to though.
On April 10, 2003, she became officially mine.
now have a new foster baby a boy. It was a little hairy at
first because they all wanted to be leader of the pack but now they
are all getting along.
whole point of this story is to tell people to think twice about
buying a dog. There are some wonderful dogs out there that need
my opinion, if people keep buying from pet shops and such, they
will continue to be bred, and that just leads to more dogs that
have to go into rescue programs later on.
your local animal shelters and rescue groups in your area
they pick up new dogs daily.
has become my new journey in life to educate people about rescue
dogs and to be a loving foster home for the unwanted until they
are found a "forever home."
Reprinted from Petwarmers.com
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PUT YOUR PC TO BED AT
you're a Windows user (Windows 98 Second Edition or beyond), just
set up your PC to "hibernate" overnight. "Hibernate"
powers down your monitor to about 5 watts of energy and your PC
to 2.3 watts virtually the same as turning your PC off (your
monitor uses zero watts when turned off; more on this below). Either
way, you save as much as $90 a year in power costs compared to a
PC left on with a 3D screen saver running.
I may not change my habits. I like the security of having it off
(though locking your system or logging off is just as secure), and
I like the ability to shake the cobwebs from my system on a daily
basis. But, with every minute I spend booting up in the morning,
I can see why someone would rather leave their machine on.
Star still prefer that you turn your computer off
at night, for maximum energy savings. "We are all about energy
savings, and when you shut off your computer at night, you save
the most energy," says Craig Hershberg, program manager for
office equipment and consumer electronics.
estimates that as many as 50% of U.S. users are enabling their PCs
to "hibernate/sleep" at night, a percentage Energy Star
hopes will continue to climb even if the users are doing
it for the wrong reasons. Many users simply don't like the 3-8 minutes
it takes to re-boot a shut-off computer; they're more concerned
about the reboot time than saving energy. For that reason, and because
the power-management features in Windows continue to be improved,
"the trend is for fewer people to be shutting off their computers
at night," he says. However,
here are some consumer "myths" that are worth addressing:
Turning your PC off uses more energy than leaving it on. Not
true. The small surge of power you use when turning it on
which varies per PC make and model is still much smaller
than the amount you use in keeping it on for lengthy periods.
Turning your PC on and off wears it out. Five or more years
ago, there was something to this, but not today, say Hershberg and
others. It used to be that PC hard disks did not automatically park
their heads when shut off, and that frequent on/off cycling could
damage the hard disks. Today's PCs are designed to handle 40,000
on/off cycles before a failure, and that's a number you likely won't
reach during the computer's five-to-seven-year life span.
Screen savers save energy. Not true. Screen savers, at a minimum,
can use 42 watts; those with 3D graphics can use as much as 114.5
watts, according to Don McCall, a Dell product marketing manager
who does power measurement studies for the PC manufacturer. "It's
absolutely wrong thinking that a screen saver will save energy,"
Your computer uses zero energy when "off." That's
true only if it is unplugged. Otherwise, the PC utilizes "flea
power," or about 2.3 watts, to maintain local-area network
connectivity, among other things, McCall says. In "hibernate"
mode, your PC uses the same 2.3 watts; in "sleep" mode,
your PC uses about 3.1 watts. Monitors do use zero energy when turned
you are away from your PC a lot during the work day, you may want
to set it to "hibernate" after 45 minutes to an hour,
and set it to "standby" to 15 minutes. Under "standby,"
you'll be conserving power but you won't be saving your computer
memory onto your hard disk, as you will with "hibernate."
"Standby" is meant for shorter absences.
Enbysk, Microsoft Business Central.com
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Town's most famous landmark and one of the city's greatest attractions
is Table Mountain. Its best to visit on a clear day, though
a tablecloth of clouds can descend at any time, flowing over the
edge like a breaking wave. Legend has it that the tablecloth is
due to an old Afrikaner called "Van Hunks" who sits on
Devils Peak having a smoking contest with the devil himself;
they just keep puffing away and neither ever wins. The mountain
is part of a nature reserve, and wooden walkways and designated
paths allow you to wander around without damaging the unique plant
life. Dassies (rock hyrax) that look like giant guinea pigs, laze
around on the rocks in the sun and accept little tidbits from curious
visitors. Believe it or not, these funny little creatures are more
closely related to the elephant than any other species.
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COLD WEATHER CARE FOR DOGS (Part
marks the inevitable onset of winter and the time to prepare
we haul out the winter clothes, insulate our homes, gather up the
boots and tune up our cars. And, in the midst of all this preparation,
don't forget that it's equally important to winterize your dog.
Whether you want to continue to walk your dog daily or just let
him enjoy a regular backyard outing you need to condition him for
the winter cold. Following are some important information from Katie
Ward's "Animal Crackers" column in the Minneapolis Star
is a common danger during winter. It can affect the toes, ears
and scrotum. Initially, the skin appears pale white but once circulation
is re-established the area becomes red and swollen and may begin
to peel. While all dogs are at risk, prick-eared dogs are very susceptible
to frostbite. And it only takes a matter of seconds for tissue injury
to occur. To avoid frostbite, do not leave your dog out for more
than several minutes when temperatures fall below zero. It is better
to let them out several times for a few minutes rather than making
them stay out until they are done. It is also helpful to shovel
an area close to the door for your pets to use in the coldest weather.
We shovel down to the ground and clean the the area each day.
your dog does get frostbite, soak the affected parts with warm water
for 15-20 minutes or place the dog's paws in a bowl of tepid water
heated to about 90 degrees. Do not rub the area. Simply pat gently
dry. Keep the dog warm and seek veterinary help since further treatment
may be needed. As sensation returns the dog may feel pain. It is
necessary to prevent biting at the skin and causing further injury.
is also a possibility with extreme temperatures. This is most
likely to occur in dogs that have been in freezing water, even for
a few minutes. Dogs that do not have heavy coats may be more adversely
affected. If you suspect hypothermia, dry the dog off by rubbing
vigorously with a towel. Then, wrap a warm blanket around the dog
and take its rectal temperature. If the temperature is below 98.5
get to a vet or emergency service immediately. Continue to keep
the dog warm but avoid overheating. If you do not know how to take
your dogs rectal temperature, take your dog to a vet immediately.
Keep your home as cool as is comfortable. It is far healthier
for you and your pets. It is said to cut down on colds and it makes
coming and going far less traumatic. Our pets are far more comfortable
and they shed less.
week: Specific tips for preparing your dog for winter ...
put the 'butter' in 'butterfly'?
Laughing It Off
GETTING YOUR OWN 'WEIGH'
Weigh yourself with clothes on, after dinner ... then in
the morning, without clothes, before breakfast, because it's nice
to see how much weight you've lost overnight.
Never weigh yourself with wet hair.
When weighing, remove everything, including glasses. In this case,
blurred vision is an asset.
Use cheap scales only, never the medical kind, because they are
generally five pounds off ... to your advantage, of course.
Don't forget to remove your earrings, these things can weigh at
least a pound.
If a diet is a "weigh of life" ... then a bathroom
scale is a "fitness witness."
Start out with just one foot on the scale, then holding onto the
towel rack in front of you, slowly edge your other foot on and slowly
let go of the rack. Admittedly, this takes time, but it's worth
it. You will weigh at least two pounds less than if you'd stepped
Weigh yourself after a haircut; this is good for at least half a
pound of hair (hopefully).
Exhale with all your might BEFORE stepping onto the scale (air has
to weigh something, right?)
The best place for the bathroom scale is NOT in front of the refrigerator.
Stand with arms raised, making pressure on the scale lighter. (Waving
them is optional but occasionally helps!)
Leaf Peeper ...
On this spectacular Fall Foliage tour, New England is never
more beautiful, when color sweeps the broad landscape, creating
picture postcard vistas at every bend of the road.
(Contributed by Ted in Manhattan Beach, CA)
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To make the text on web pages larger or smaller, click the View
menu, and then click Text Size. Press F5 to
refresh the screen.
Look at THAT!
AWASH IN COLOR
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Kids delight at 'Candy Parrot' goldfish...
on display at a marine-life exhibition featuring more than 80
species of fish and turtles in Taipei, Taiwan. There is also an
area where parents take their children to feed fish. In addition,
they can feed some that are handicapped or have deformities. Sponsors
are hoping to encourage children to lend more support to the handicapped
through this event. ~MSNBC
Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights
research provides evidence to support the old adage, "You
can't buy happiness." It suggests that people will find happiness
by focusing more on family life and health issues and less on
career and financial pursuits. In a recent MSN Health article
Jennifer Warner writes: "Researchers
say people spend too much time worrying about achieving professional
and monetary goals that may never bring them true happiness. But
by devoting more time to personal health and family life, people
will find lasting happiness. Richard Easterlin, an economist at
the University of California, argues that a new approach to finding
happiness is needed that combines the two prevailing theories
of happiness in psychology and economics. According to the psychological
view of happiness, each individual is born with their own setpoint
for happiness that's determined by personality and genetics. Life
events, such as marriage, loss of a job, and serious injury or
disease, can temporarily raise or lower a person's level of happiness
above or below this predetermined level, but they will eventually
return to the original level.
contrast, the economic 'more is better' view of happiness states
that life circumstances and the growth of income have lasting
effects on happiness. Easterlin says people make decisions
assuming that more income, comfort, and positional goods will
make them happier, but they fail to recognize that adaptation
and social comparison will come into play and raise their aspirations
to about the same extent as their actual gains, which leaves them
feeling no happier than before. 'As a result, most individuals
spend a disproportionate amount of their lives working to make
money, and sacrifice family life and health, domains in which
aspirations remain fairly constant as actual circumstances change,
and where the attainment of one's goals has a more lasting impact
on happiness. Hence, a reallocation of time in favor of family
life and health would, on average, increase individual happiness,'
According to a British study reported in October, 2003, an analysis
of levels of happiness in more than 65 countries by the World
Values Survey shows Nigeria has the highest percentage of
happy people followed by Mexico, Venezuela, El Salvador and Puerto
Rico. But New Scientist magazine said that factors that make people
happy vary. Personal success, self-expression, pride, and a high
sense of self-esteem are important in the United States. "In
Japan, on the other hand, it comes from fulfilling the expectations
of your family, meeting your social responsibilities, self-discipline,
cooperation and friendliness," according to the magazine.
The survey is a worldwide investigation of sociocultural and political
change conducted about every four years by an international network
of social scientists. It includes questions about how happy people
are and how satisfied they are with their lives. It showed that
average happiness has remained virtually the same in industrialized
countries since World War Two, although incomes have risen. Researchers
believe the unchanging trend is linked to consumerism. "Survey
after survey has shown that the desire for material goods, which
has increased hand in hand with average income, is a happiness
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