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The American Cocker Spaniel

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The American Cocker Spaniel

Cocker SpanielThe American Cocker Spaniel is a beloved pet and good companion for many people. A well groomed Cocker is often a beautiful sight to behold. A number of different breeds are adorable as puppies, in fact most puppies are adorable, but they often become less so as they mature. Not so with the Cocker. It remains cute and lovable even up into old age. READ MORE

A Close Look At the Charming and Extremely Intelligent White Miniature Schnauzer

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Miniature SchnauzerThe White Miniature Schnauzer is an exceedingly cute little dog. They were originally bred in Germany for the purpose of getting a Schnauzer that was somewhat smaller than the typical Schnauzer. The result was the Miniature Schnauzer. This was accomplished by crossing the regular Schnauzer with Affenpinschers or Poodles. Not all Miniature schnauzers are white. In fact most are not. They are either all black or have a salt and pepper, or black and silver color if they are pure blood. Miniature Schnauzers typically weigh between 15 and 25 pounds. They are about the size of a small beagle, and share one of the characteristics of the beagle. They often keep their noses close to the ground. The German word Schnauzer means a nose or a snout, and this little breed was bred to be used as a ratter, as well as to keep other vermin away from homes, barns, stables, and sheds. READ MORE

It’s all in the Mind

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Are you feeling aches and pains all throughout your body but do not know how they really came to be? Are you moody or easily irritable that simple things tick you off? Well if you are a woman and not yet suffering from menopause, then maybe I have an idea what you are suffering from.

Plain and simple, it is stress that is affecting you. So how do I know it is such? Well I had suffered from it long ago and I am somewhat, based on my personal experience of having it, knowledgeable about how stress can affect our bodies in many ways, some of which you won’t believe possible.

For starters, it can bring you headaches so strong that it will reduce you to tears. Muscle pains on multiple parts of the body are a given, so are frequent bouts of upset stomach with matching diarrhea, rapid heartbeats, frequent infections, and low bodily energy, to name a few. Not to mention the dipping of an individual’s sexual appetite and the lowering of the body’s immune system and you have yourself multiple problems with only one cause, stress.

It affects all of us no matter what the age and it simply manifests itself in many ways, different strokes for different folks. Adults seem to suffer far worse than anyone as the grind of daily living can sometimes be really hard to bear as all the responsibilities seem to stack up on top of each other and do weight heavily on the mind.

So how do we get rid of this mess short of buying ourselves the best pack n play crib at the mall and cry ourselves like babies to sleep, which also seems to be a good idea?

Well we can stop thinking about it and let it run its course for one, but that doesn’t necessarily solve our problems does it? It is still there lurking in the shadows and we are just postponing the inevitable. So scratch that kind of thinking.

What we got to do is face our problems head on and try to solve it as soon as possible with the least amount of effort on our part. What I mean to say is that the problem is already there, no denying it, and we will solve it eventually so no use over fussing about it right? We’re only making it worse when we over worry about it, just like the saying “making a mountain out of a mole hill”.

I know it takes quite a while and much practice to achieve that kind of thinking but you have got to start somewhere.

So what I did was I started doing yoga and it helped me greatly in dealing with stuff. Controlling your breathing and doing unexpected bodily movements sure helped clean up my mind in no time. It gave me a new perspective in dealing with problems that I never knew was possible before.

So my advice for you is that you first buy yourself the best yoga DVD available in the market, there are many of them just pick one, and start doing it. Who knows, it might work wonders on you as it did with me.

Bitten by the Travel Bug

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I like traveling very much. I do not know where I will be without traveling. I would be a nervous wreck that’s what I will be without my yearly dose of traveling to other places. Taking trips abroad really rejuvenates me and give me so much energy to live another year sanely.

Who, in their right mind, wouldn’t be really happy going to another place and seeing new sights and meeting new people at the same time? It gives me the chance to broaden my horizon both literally and figuratively. It also makes me miss home very much at the same time that when I get back, everything is like new again.

Don’t get me wrong, I really love just being here in the place where I belong. It’s just that being away to another place makes me feel a little more alive if you know what I mean. I guess you will never really appreciate what I am saying until you get to experience it yourself.

I am so excited about my next trip that I have already planned and packed up for it literally. I have the best lightweight luggage available in-order for me to pack more things in it and never have to worry about the weight of carrying it around. It’s in my closet just sitting there longing for the day both of us will get to bond again.

Of course I have also the best travel tripod neatly packed in there as you will really never know when you’ll going to need it. It’s pretty lightweight too so I can handle it easily. It also has an unobtrusive tripod head and collapsible feet which does not take up too much space, you know, so I can just stick it in there and forget about it.

Of course toiletries I will never forget and it is also already in the bag. A nice book for the dull times, which kind of got me to thinking that there is hardly any dull time when I am traveling so I guess I can get rid of the book to free up some more space for other items, probably room for the laptop to be in so I don’t have to carry it on flights.

I like taking photographs of everything and I don’t pass up the chance to get a ton of them every time when I’m traveling. All I need are about almost a dozen memory cards to switch and swap when they get full as you never want to have no space available in your camera when something nice comes up. They are already in the bag too.

All these things are already in the bag so I won’t make the mistake of forgetting about them when the time comes. All I need to do when I have to go is to pick which clothes I am going to bring and that’s it, I have finished packing in no time.

Traveling or touring to other places is very therapeutic. It’s a drug which you need to take some time just so that you get shocked into living again. I don’t know about you but it worked out very well for me. You should really try it sometimes.

Emergency at the Office

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It’s not every day that you get a scare at the office due to some emergency of sorts. This afternoon a little after lunch, one of my office-mate who was already eight months pregnant became unresponsive to calls made to her cubicle. Our office is arranged in such a way as to maintain each person’s privacy. Owing to the nature of our work, tall cubicles are placed in between each workplace to at least mute out calls made from adjacent tables, and are placed in a certain way to block the view to and from other work areas. The resulting isolation between cubicles inhibits employees from seeing each other during work hours, talking is made only through the phone, and any form of contact is almost none existent. Worried about her non response, we decided to go directly to her cubicle to see if there was a problem.

She was slumped on her table as if quietly sleeping, but when we tried to wake her up, her response was like that of waking a very drunk person. We immediately brought her to the nearby hospital for treatment, wasting no time as two lives were at stake. It was later learned that she was suffering from the effects of dehydration and was so lucky to have been brought to the hospital posthaste, as a couple of minutes more may eventually have put her into shock and other worse fates. It was also believed that she was suffering from diarrhea and that it was what caused her dehydration.

Diarrhea during pregnancy is not a very life threatening disease and is very common, it is just like what diarrhea is in a normal person, but if it is left untreated, as in the case of my co-worker, it may prove to be rather fatal because of its effects on the body. Diarrhea usually is caused by factors outside of the human body, it is never developed inside. Although diarrhea may be a symptom of some other disease, the main causes of diarrhea are food poisoning, stomach flu and also by intestinal parasites, other items which may cause diarrhea are diabetes, radiation therapy, excess alcohol consumption, fatigue, hyperthyroidism and some form of cancers.

Diarrhea in toddlers, pregnant mothers and the elderly are a concern, because of the fragile state of the body in each of these cases, it is vital that diarrhea be cured immediately and the threat of dehydration averted, to remove the chance of graver complications which range anywhere from seizures, coma and even death.

Alleviation of diarrhea oftentimes comes in the form of over the counter medicines such as Imodium, Pepto-Bismol and Kaopectate among other things, but it is usually recommended that it be just left to run its course naturally, only guarding against and being always wary of the threat of dehydration.

It was very lucky of our friend that she was discovered early and brought to the hospital, as I would have hate to imagine what would have happened otherwise.

Exercise for Health

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If exercise is not a part of your daily routine, then you should think of adding it immediately, as you are losing too much in terms of life prolonging benefits that exercise is known and proven to give. Exercise, if done regularly and correctly, helps us in many ways, particularly in the areas of weight maintenance and sickness prevention, not to mention of also ridding the body of toxins that accumulates in it through the course of living everyday life.

But the one thing I am very careful about exercise are the injuries that are very close to it. One misjudgment or miscalculation will have very devastating effects to all of your efforts that you have invested doing it. Take for example a simple exercise like jogging, yes it is very easy you say, and one might also ask of how can you manage to get injured just by simply running a straight line? Well, jogging is not that simple. And everything that involves bodily movement and the exertion of effort doing it is prone to injury, especially if the normal range of motion and the proper execution of technique are not followed carefully.

Take the case of one of my officemate who is also an avid runner. She jogged a little bit awkwardly last time we went for a run owing to the shoes she was wearing, which was new as she kept on bragging, but sadly was also not meant for running, and she definitely paid for it. In the middle of our run she complained of pain in her hips, which we later found out was really hip flexor pain, and had to be helped to the side of the road as the pain was becoming unbearable for her. A quick trip to the hospital revealed a strain consistent with a partially torn labrum hip, which was really bad news for her.

Labrum tears in the hip is a very debilitating injury as the labrum is the cartilage in the hip joints, which main purpose is to serve as the gasket or seal to the two bones which meet at the hip socket. Any tear or discontinuity in its integrity could result in the slippage of the leg bone out of its socket, which could then result in more injuries to the area. It is a rather painful kind of injury as many series of nerves also pass through the area occupied by the labrum.

Treatment for the injury could be through the surgical route which costs much and is rather quick to heal but is usually done under GA, or through the PT route which is less invasive but definitely has a longer downtime. My friend chose to take the longer route as she was very afraid of ever going under the knife and it took her almost twelve weeks to fully recover from her injuries.

So if ever you do any kind of exercise, practice correct form and make sure to warm up completely before engaging in it, or eventually risk getting injured in the process.

Bichon Poodle as Pet

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If I would eventually have another puppy, I would like it to be a Bichon Poodle, and I would name it Mindy. As you may have noticed already, what with all my posts and pictures of them in here, I have a love for dogs and anything related to them. In fact I have two of them right now, a Teacup Pomeranian named Molly and a Dachshund named Missy; yes we are all girls, the three of us. I would have wished for more, and I know Molly and Missy wouldn’t have minded, but if I did get another, I would have to move as my apartment is just enough for the three of us.

Bichon Poodles are relatively small dogs probably the size of a miniature poodle, and is a product of the cross breeding between a Bichon Frise and a regular Poodle. The most common characteristic traits of Bichon Poodles are their coat and also their ears. Their coats are both curly and loose which always tends to look scruffily fluffy most of the time, and owing to the Poodle’s inherent trait, their hair rarely sheds. Their ears meanwhile are long and generally tend to always hang loosely on the sides of their heads which is a common trait of the Bichon.

Bichon Poodles, like other poodle mixes, come in a variety of colors, usually depending on which breed’s blood is dominant during breeding, but it is the Poodle’s traits that is much more commonly obtained. Colors are diverse and may range from brown, red, beige, apricot, and most predominantly, white and it’s other variants. Their weight on the other hand may range anywhere from eight to fifteen pounds and Bichon Poodles usually have a lifespan of about fifteen years.

Bichon Poodles are also like the common poodle with regards to the way they act and behave. They are very intelligent kinds of dogs that are easily disciplined and also respond well to training. They are also dogs brimming with energy and are very suitable with houses that have backyards, as they love to always romp around. Their relationship with children is a perfect match as Bichon Poodles are very good natured and loves to always fool around.

With regards to their health concerns, Bichon Poodles are also affected with sickness typical with their breeds. Poodles are known to have weak hearts and are always at risk for various kinds of heart ailments, they are also prone to diabetes and several other genetic disorders, while the Frise are known to commonly suffer from eye problems such as always watery eyes and cataracts.

But if ever I get my hands on one of these kinds of dogs, my three little lady musketeers would be finally completed. Yes, I know I have to move as my apartments not too big for the four of us, and I think the land lord is already on to me, and is giving me the eye, as the common practice here is only one dog per apartment but was relaxed for me because my dogs are just teeny ones. We’ll see about that in the coming days.

A Bit of Tattoo History from Japan

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I was immersed in the local culture of tattooing in Japan last year when I toured there. My host, as luck would put it, was a master tattoo artist and is very well respected there. He does not have any shop or tattoo parlor in the literal sense, and does much of his tattooing at the back of his house, under a very old and very large cherry tree. He does not accept many customers anymore, only a select chosen few, from a list kept by his assistant. His assistant does accept future reservations, but it is not a sure thing of when you will be entertained, or if ever. I caught a stolen glance at his list and I was dumbfounded that it was long, a couple of pages long in fact.

I don’t know the reason why it is that way, and was afraid to ask, I only assumed that it is because of his old age or his frail arms. Or maybe some belief, or the name of who is in the list, yeah, maybe that and other things I know nothing about.

They call their art Irezumi , roughly translated in the English language, it means the introduction of ink beneath the skin to leave an enduring mark. He has been performing Irezumi for many years since he was young. I asked him if he ever remembered or recounted exactly how many he had done, as many as the flowers that bloom on this tree, along with a sly grin, was the only answer that I got, and I knew it was true somewhat.

He was tattooing a man that day, and it seems that it has been a number of times the man has been under his needles, because the whole of his back was covered in tattoos and only a part of his chest was bare. Some of the tattoos were almost fresh, as signs of tattoo scabbing was still clearly visible on them. And upon seeing my curiosity piqued, he asked me a question. Do you know that Irezumi, beautiful as it is, was once considered as punishment? I kept silent and un-answering as he narrated how it was so.

Tattooing, considered permanent and visible, was used during the Edo period to identify lowlifes during that time. Criminals were marked on their forehead so people would be able to know that they had committed a crime. Japanese characters such as “dog” were inscribed atop their brows signifying the thieves as such, several tattooed lines or dots, also on the criminal’s forehead indicated how many times they have committed crimes, and tattooed crosses, which means bad or evil, were also used to brand them.

Then he said that it was also during that time, that the Irezumi got its distinctive and intricate kind of art form. Because the same criminals who have tattoos stamped all over their bodies, began covering them up with several layers of tattooed art, so it will not show anymore their true meanings and their true identity.

But seeing through the ruse, the common people was on to the criminals and knew what they were trying to do. Therefore unconsciously, starting from that time then until now, tattoos has always been equated to criminals, gangsters and in general, people who do bad things. I nodded in complete agreement.

I learned many things from him during my month long stay there. I really would like to have a chance to visit him again.

What Spring Brings

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springYikes, spring is almost upon us sooner than expected. With the way the earth’s climate behaving nowadays, it’s no wonder the seasons are all getting erratic and stuff. I have not yet gotten around to building my snowman and now winter is ending? What is happening to the world?

Anyway, the reason I am getting a little bit apprehensive about the upcoming spring, is the large amount of almost invisible, yet so very potent pollen that comes with it. Oh how I hate those things and the sickness that it brings to the people susceptible to it. I am talking about the onset of the allergy season, and I also better get my handkerchiefs ready just in case I start to wheeze earlier and bark like crazy.

I don’t know why I am so allergic to pollen yet never to dander, is there any reason for it? I own and am very much in love with dogs, and anyone who had spent even a little time with them, knows the amount of loose hair involved in that kind of relationship. Not unless you own Poodles which only rarely sheds it hair and stuff, but still, the question remains of why am I so very allergic to pollen and never to dog hair, heck I sometimes even sleep with my dogs.

You see I’m like this during spring; I wake up in the morning thinking of going jogging, or at least walk my dog around the block, but when I smell a whiff of the spring air, my eyes starts to get watery and my nose suddenly got the idea of being itchy out of nowhere. Some days I develop a productive cough coupled with a feeling of fluid in lungs, for more about it click here. It is the kind that even if you try to cough it out, you won’t, and it’s hard feeling like that.

It’s funny because during winter I stock up and eat foods known to be natural antihistamines, food items like onions, fishes that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids and also foods rich in vitamin C in anticipation of spring. While most wait for warmth of the sun and all things springy, I am here preparing for battle.

Good thing allergy season does not last very long, maybe a couple of weeks and all those airborne stuffs have settled down or I have managed to inhale them all off the face of the earth or something, but those few weeks are really terrible. It feels like as if you are in constant stupor, afraid of going out in the sunshine, somehow like what a zombie would feel if he ever managed to get feelings that is, oh and come to think of it, you also would look like one to boot.

So much ado for something so insignificant, that’s what I always tell myself every time I get allergies. It’s true the little things really always get the best of us. Anyway, so much for this, I think I still got time for that snowman of mine.

Free Living

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exerciseExercise is an existential part of my life, that I would be similar to a fish out of water, if ever I have gone a long time not doing it. I also believe in the mantra of healthy living which encompasses a healthy diet, an active mind and regular exercise among other things. This was inculcated to me while I was young, and was lucky enough to be born into a family that is conscious to such things.

Healthy living today has already gained a huge following, owing to the many benefits and advantages it brings to its followers, it has moved from just a fad into a way of life for many of us. What manner of person does not really want to live a long life, and who would not love, to live that long life free from sickness and worry? That is the general adage of living healthy and is relatively true.

My typical day consists of a brief jog around the block in the morning, usually before breakfast, which is also a good thing for my dogs as they get to jog with me every day, so that’s like hitting two birds with one stone, me getting my exercise and the pets get their daily walk. Breakfast food is nothing unusual and consists of ordinary breakfast fare like eggs, bread, juices and others, depending on what I like that day. I make it a point not to miss breakfast as it is, as far as I am concerned, the most important meal of the day. Eating or not eating breakfast really dictates your energy and mood for the rest of the day, believe me it really does affect your body in various ways.

Lunch is another thing. Because I have eaten a good breakfast, I am not that much hungry during lunch time. But I do make it a point never to skip meals as that may mean that I might get hungry at inopportune times, which might lead to snacks and other not so very healthy choices just to pacify my stomach. Skipping meals also tends to wreak havoc on your blood sugar and metabolism, which is not a good thing as it may lead to sickness.

Dinner is somewhat light and not filling in preparation for rest and sleep. Dinner fare, among other things, usually contains low carb vegetables and sometimes fruit to take care of our bodies much needed fiber. No meat and poultry for me during dinner is my rule, fish is sometimes allowed but only in small amounts.

I do not believe in dieting per se, as I do not really want to deprive myself of anything good and tasty. No Atkins, South Beach or even the 1000 Calorie Diet, would ever get their hands on me, nope, not ever. I just remind myself to always practice restraint in everything that I eat, because too much of anything, even a good one, is bad. Besides, I always go to the gym every other day to burn those pesky flabs and work on my muscles at the same time. I’m no superman or anything different from you or the next person, I just like to live well.

Beautiful Childhood Memories

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Life as an adult oftentimes gets very hard with all the responsibilities and things one must consider, that sometimes you wish you were still young and carefree. I remember back when I was little, that all I got to do all day was play with my toys and spend lazy afternoons talking to my pet fish and my cute little dog. That on a daily basis when I wake up, I get greeted by a kiss from mom telling me that breakfast was ready and it was already time to get ready for school.

School was a blast as I get to be with my friends all day, doing all sorts of kiddy things, from playing on the grounds to scribbling our daily lessons, we really did had fun back then. Activity time was always awaited as there, we could do all sorts of cool things, like painting with our bare hands and also of making stamps out of everything we could lay our hands on. But the one thing I always wanted to do in school was to color things. From coloring books to textbooks, our school table and even my clothes, nothing was safe from my coloring ways, not even the classroom walls escaped my attention, much to the chagrin of our teacher who always tells us to be creative.

In coloring things, I feel as if I am transported to the place of that particular thing that I am coloring. I imagined that I was like an all-powerful wizard with great powers at my command, changing things with just a wave of my wand, easily giving color and life to all things under the sun. I usually get lost in thought during those days and daydream a lot.

Back home again from school means the same things, lots of playing and coloring before dinner, and bedtime stories before finally going to sleep. Tomorrow and the next day would also be like that, save for some special occasions like holidays or someone’s birthday, or if dad or mom took us out, which was a lot. My childhood was definitely a very happy one. How I wish I could go back to those times.

Back to reality, the adult world is certainly a drag. It’s something of an experience, kind of like you are caught in a very strong storm, but instead of water and rain that is pouring down, its bills, lots and lots of them. And if it’s not bills then it’s always something else like taxes and work and all the crazy things that are contained in the adult world.

Good thing there is the internet where I can always find comfort downloading things to color like the Disney’s Frozen Coloring Pages and also the Skylanders Coloring Pages, both of which I have a small collection of. You can print them directly on your printer and have fun with them in an instant. In them I can kind of go back to the memory of happier times and such, and I also use them as therapy of sorts against all the craziness out there. Now if I can only find someone to tell me stories before going to sleep, then everything will be all right.

A Glimpse Into the World of Miniature Dogs

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The term ‘miniature dogs’ is a somewhat subjective one. When looking into different breeds of dogs and their sizes, most of the smaller breeds are classified as small dogs. Some are called toy dogs, but you don’t often hear the term miniature dogs in the sense that people talk about miniature horses, which are specific breeds and who, relative to most horses, are indeed miniature.

 

Beagles, Wiener Dogs, and Stuffed Toy Dogs

 

You likely would hear a beagle being described as a small dog, though beagles are larger than a number of other small dog breeds. There are some breed-lines of beagles however that are about half the size of a standard beagle. These little beagles might qualify as miniatures. Dachshunds come in different sizes as well, some are small and some are miniature. The Chihuahua definitely belongs in the miniature category, and the Yorkshire Terrier would seem to as well. Another breed definitely on the smallish to miniature side is the Pomeranian. Some mixed dogs are also considered small like the Husky Pomeranian Mix. A breed that is not only small, but even looks like a small stuffed toy dog is the Bichon Frise. The Bichon probably comes as close being a miniature dog as any breed, with the exception of the Chihuahua.

 

Beware the Small Dog Syndrome

 

Some of these miniature dogs have loving temperaments. Others suffer from what might be called the ‘small dog syndrome.’ A few of these breeds are indeed fearless, which can be dangerous for a little dog that doesn’t realize it’s a little dog. Most are good with small children but a few, the Chihuahua being a prime example. don’t always get along with small children or toddlers. The same can be said for some Dachshunds.

 

The Pekingese is an example of a little dog that can be stubborn, opinionated, and sometimes aggressive. When properly trained however it can be a wonderful companion. Maybe it’s the head and face, but a Pug on the other hand looks like it could be a tough customer to be around as well, and perhaps as unpleasant to be around as a Pekingese can sometimes be. The bulldog is a breed that can deliver a powerful bite, and the Pug looks an awful lot like a miniature bulldog, and therefore capable of delivering a bite that wouldn’t feel particularly good. In fact, the Pug is one of the sweetest and gentlest of the smaller breeds. It is remarkably friendly towards other dogs. No small dog syndrome here. The Pug also has the reputation of being extremely friendly towards cats, and seems to enjoy being around small children.

 

Some Miniature Breeds are Very, Very Smart

 

If you go down a list of the smartest or most intelligent dog breeds you’ll find the Pug in that list as well, along with several other of the small to miniature dog breeds. The Yorkshire Terrier is high on the list, as are the Miniature Poodle, the West Highland White Terrier, and the Brussels Griffon. Not surprisingly, the Poodle, miniature or otherwise, ranks second among all dog breeds when it comes to intelligence.

 

Not to Forget the Maltese

 

The Maltese has yet to be mentioned, and it really should be. The Maltese is a very small dog. It is also noted for being a very intelligent dog, it is good-natured, and it is easily trained. The Maltese is a fairly popular breed among the smaller canines, but it does not rank as high on the popularity charts as one might think it should. The reason for this might be that the Maltese, although it is a very energetic little dog, is also somewhat fragile and can easily be injured. It’s mainly for this reason that more people don’t have this breed in their homes. This is especially true if there are younger children around who have not yet learned how to treat a small dog, especially a somewhat fragile little dog. As far as cuteness goes however, the Maltese ranks near the top of the charts.

 

Some Notes About Caring For a Smaller Dog

 

Small and miniature dogs often require a different kind of care than to the larger breeds. They don’t eat as much, and they are more suitable for apartment living or for taking long trips in the family car. One thing of note however has to do with their temperament. This doesn’t apply across the board, but some of these smaller breeds can become quite aggressive if not trained properly.

 

It’s easy to discipline a small dog that is barking too much by picking it up and taking it somewhere else. You don’t pick up a German Shepherd or any other large breed to discipline it in that manner. It’s an easy thing to do with smaller dogs, but they don’t always appreciate being picked up all of a sudden, and they may consequently tend to become aggressive. Another problem with small dogs being carried around is that some are uncomfortable suddenly finding themselves close to a stranger. Dogs like to approach strangers at their own pace. They don’t like to be thrust towards someone they don’t know, which can happen if they’re being carried around. This is another way in which miniature dogs that are otherwise good-natured could become aggressive. It’s always best to allow a dog to manage its own turf in the manner it sees fit rather than forcing it into situations it might be uncomfortable with.

How to Treat a Deep Tissue Bruise

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The other day I was walking my Boxer Toby, when he saw a squirrel he just had to chase. Toby is normally very easy to control on our walks, but I couldn’t stop him. He pulled so hard on his leash that I fell to the ground and hit a big rock. Thankfully, I was able to get him under control, but when I went to work the next day, I saw I had a huge deep tissue bruise on my leg.

I love exploring the natural beauty around Reno, so I’ve taken more than a few falls and suffered more than a few deep tissue bruises in my life. I’ve even experienced unexplained bruising more than once. As a result, I’ve developed a simple, yet effective, method for treating bruises. This method will easily treat any bruises you suffer from on your daily adventures in life.

Start by removing any constricting clothes around the bruise and lifting the bruise above the heart. This will help prevent swelling. Now, place an ice pack directly on the bruise for 20 minutes. This is done to not only ease the pain of the bruise, but to lessen the swelling. Never leave ice cold ice packs on your skin for more than 20 minutes.

Add a source of heat to your skin for another 20 minutes. This helps relax the muscles and break up the blood clotting in the bruise. After you’ve heated your bruise for 20 minutes, replace the ice pack. Repeat this process several times throughout the day, but never add heat and ice to your skin for more than an hour in a day.

I always take a pain killer while icing and heating my bruise. Choose a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain killer specifically. These medicines, such as acetaminophen, will eliminate the pain from the injury and the bruise, reduce the swelling, and actually help reduce the size of the bruise over time.

After you have iced your bruise for the day, apply a vitamin K ointment to the bruise. This ointment, when absorbed into your skin, will continue to eliminate signs of swelling and bruising and bring vital healing vitamins directly to the site of your injury. Wrap your bruise with an elastic wrap to hold the ointment close to your skin and to avoid evaporation.

You can also trying taking 200-400 mg of bromelain. This is a compound derived from pineapple that allegedly speeds the healing process. I have taken it in the past and have noticed some minor increase in healing. You need to take it three times a day before eating. It has to be taken at least 90 minutes before or three hours after eating for it to be effective.

Last, but definitely not least, is to get a lot of rest for the injured part of your body. Try to keep it as still as possible and avoid over using it. With immediate care and careful rest, your deep tissue bruise will quickly heal.

 

How Humans Can Attract Fleas

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fleas on meFleas can be pesky bugs. They seem to follow you around everywhere especially if you have a pet and live in areas where there’s dust. At least that’s how I believe those blood sucking buggers got to my home four months back.

After moving with my dog, my work environment provided him with space to run and play while I worked. The boss didn’t mind him on the premises. However, the hot, dusty environment around was a perfect breeding ground for fleas. My dog didn’t mind bringing home along his blood sucking friends. That’s when I realized that fleas on humans was nothing short of a reality.

But are dogs the only way humans attract fleas? There are other ways humans attract fleas and they include the following.

Haired mammals

For my dog, accompanying me to work was now something I couldn’t look forward to. I had a professional exterminator visit my home, cleaned my dog and cleaned the house thoroughly to ensure I had gotten rid of those critters. However, after a month or so, my dog started itching terribly. Did he still have unhatched flea eggs or was he playing outside again. I made sure to clean him. The revelation came a week later when I discovered a rat nest in my garage. That must have been the source of the fleas.

From what I found out from the exterminator during his second visit in less than two months, fleas love haired mammals. These include dogs, cats, rodents, monkeys and even humans. For me this means keeping just my dog and watching out for stray haired mammals.

Warm, moist dark areas

My talk with the exterminator during his second visit also shed some light on where I’m likely to find the best breeding grounds for fleas. Besides hatching their eggs on animal hair, they thrive in warm, moist and dark places. If I want my home to be flea free, I had to take measures and ensure that there’s no place with all these conditions. It was a tough job but I figured out some things to do.

First, I always ensure that all rooms are well ventilated. This ensures that any moisture escapes into the atmosphere. Second, I ensure that each room in my house is well lit especially during the day. Third, I always do a weekly check throughout the house to ensure that there aren’t any spaces that can harbor any small rodents. Apparently, they also love warm, moist and dark places.

Dirt

Washing my dog regularly not only ensures that he’s clean, but also eliminates any fleas that hide under his coat. I always use warm water and a brush to scrub his coat. The brush removes any fleas and unhatched eggs from within his fur while also giving him a scrubbing he always appreciates.

I also discovered that there’s a flea species that prefers sucking on human blood. Besides chemicals, hot water can be used to wash flea infested hair. Like in my dog, the hot water will kill both fleas and their unhatched eggs.

 

Simple tips for avoiding dog ear infection

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Since I have always been fond of dogs and puppies, I like to learn as much as possible about taking care of these cute animals so that whenever I meet someone who has dogs I can give them valuable advice. One of the most common problems faced by my two Chihuahuas is that they used to get ear infections all the time. So, one day I decided to do some research and I found a lot of information about dealing with dog ear infection and read about methods used to avoid this problem in future. Recently, a friend of mine, Rebecca, called me up and asked for some advice on treating dog ear infection. She has a teacup Pomeranian, one of the most adorable and playful toy dog breed you can ever find. They are loyal, friendly, full of energy, and love to play all the time. If you are someone who cannot spend a lot of time with your dog, don’t go for a teacup Pomeranian. Coming back to the point, I told Rebecca that every dog breed was unique and with Pomeranians you need to take certain steps to ensure that they do not get dog ear infections. I have highlighted some of the instructions I gave her in this article so that anyone who has a teacup Pomeranian can benefit from my knowledge in this area.

 

Limit the number of baths: One of the most common mistakes that people make is giving a bath to their teacup Pomeranian way too often. Remember, these cute little puppies have a very thick fur coat which takes a long time to dry out. Moisture in areas around the ears causes dog ear infections. If your puppy gets dirty often, try not to wash his face and ears when bathing him so that you can avoid an infection.

 

Plug ears before bath: A safe way to give your Teacup Pomeranian a bath is by using cotton balls to plug its ears. This restricts water from getting into the ear canal.

 

Clean ears regularly: You can avoid dog ear infections by making sure that you clean their ears regularly. However, you should never use a Q tip to clean your Teacup Pomeranian’s ear. Use a mild cleaning solution and a cotton ball to gently swipe the insides of the dog’s ear. Never use an alcohol based or a strong cleaning solution as it can irritate the ear canal.

 

Go to the vet: If your dog develops an ear infection, do not wait for it to heal on its own; take him to the vet immediately. Untreated dog ear infection can get out of hand and immediate medical care is your best bet in such a situation. Your dog might need antibiotics or antifungal medicine to cure an underlying condition that is causing the ear infection. If the infection was caused because of an allergy, you will have to give him antihistamine and possibly change his diet to counteract the effects of the allergy.

 

Amazing home remedies for tooth pain relief

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toothacheTooth pain can be excruciating and for someone like me, who has a low threshold of pain, living with toothache can be difficult. All my life, I have been prone to toothache or gum pain and had to suffer a lot since medicines took their time to start working. During those times, a painkiller used to be my only option for tooth pain relief. If you have ever suffered from prolonged tooth ache, you must know that it is almost often accompanied by gum pain. Sometimes this pain can get so severe that you find it difficult to carry on your day to day tasks. Being in administration, my job can sometimes be very demanding and I have to make sure that my toothache remains under control if I have to perform my job properly. Toothache is usually caused by an infection or any other underlying problem which needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

Last week, I started feeling a little bit of gum pain, which I thought would go away in a little while. However, a day later, my tooth began to ache a lot and I still kept putting off going to the dentists. I have always been afraid of going to a dentist so I try to avoid it for as long as possible. The price I had to pay for my negligence was that I woke up with excruciating gum pain on Saturday night. By that time, I knew that I had waited too long as no doctor would be available to see me for toothache in the middle of the night. Desperate for immediate tooth pain relief, I called my friend Brandon, who knows many home remedies for a number of illnesses. Needless to say, he was alarmed at receiving a call from me in the middle of the night and automatically assumed the worst. I explained my dilemma to him and he was sympathetic. He told me a few remedies for gum pain and tooth pain relief and I have to say they worked amazingly well. I did go to the doctor on Monday and got my proper treatment but the fact that I was able to keep the level of pain in check all weekend was amazing. Here I am sharing those tips with you so that anyone who has a horrible gum or toothache can get instant relief.

  1. Take a tablespoon of salt and dissolve it in a glass of water. Take a sip of water and spin it around in your mouth, gently. Repeat till all of the water is gone. You will get instant tooth pain relief.
  2. Ginger is excellent for tooth pain relief. Take a small chunk of ginger and chew on it for a little while. Use the side of your mouth where you feel the pain.
  3. Cloves, used in any form, can help with pain relief. Hold a clove in your mouth against the sore area, or apply a paste or clove oil. This method has been used for ages and I find it to be the most effective.
  4. Using an icepack is a simple but neat trick to keep the area numb and thus free of pain.

There are many home remedies which help with tooth pain, but in my personal opinion, these four are the best.

 

 

To Tattoo or Not

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I have always wanted to have my own tattoo. I don’t really know why but I just like to have one. Probably like one of those typical side tattoos for girls that go from the legs up to the mid part of the ribs, or maybe a little one, right at my shoulder blades. I like little fluttering butterflies and flowers in bloom, maybe those are the images that I will eventually use in my soon to be tattoo.

But am I really ready for one, and is it the right time to have one made? Probably it is, as there is no better time than the present and I am also not getting any younger, so what better time than now, right? So there really is no sense in procrastinating on it, or so they say.

I am also of the thinking that if I really want one, then I will do anything possible for it to come to fruition and that if I really don’t want it, then I will also do anything possible to delay it. And that seems to be the crux of my problem that I am not very sure of really having it, which can also be translated as me not wanting it, and am always thinking of reasons to postpone it. Those delays only points to one thing, that I really don’t want one, but I truly, really want to have one. What now?

Pardon my inanities, its just that I am currently in a dilemma of sorts. I want to have a tattoo but I also don’t. I want it because of some reason I can’t seem to explain, let’s just say that it is a form of self-expression on my part. I have wanted to have it for a long time, since the first time I saw my cousin’s tattoo of a cross with a crushed snake at its base, which was an excellent example of the kinds of chest tattoos for men that was typical back when I was young, I keep imagining myself with my own tattoo, and convinced myself of how cool it was to have one. Maybe it was just a kind of infatuation of sorts, the way I wanted it.

On the other side of the coin, I do not want a tattoo on me for several reasons. For one, it might affect the way people think of me in general. Tattoos in the past are synonymous to burly bikers, gang men, drunken sailors, criminals and other miscreants, and although the current view on tattooing is generally improving and is becoming accepted in society, you still can’t help discriminating on persons who have tattoos, as even I am guilty of it sometimes.

Another reason that I have that keeps me from having tattoos is my mom. My mom is very old fashioned and has old world views regarding things, especially on tattooing. She believes that our body is the Lord’s vessel and anything unnatural done to it is tantamount to desecrating it. So how can I honestly get through that? You might say that it is my body and I can do anything I wanted with it, but that’s not how I think. For me, family is always first and I value their beliefs, even if it is already passé.

Now you know the situation I am in. Yes, I am kind of leaning to the “not having it” but a part of me still wants to get it. Yolo you say? I am interested in what would you do if you were placed in my shoes.

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