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New way of advertising

Facebook advertising is turning out to be a great resource for me. On one dollar per day, I can pick up four new customers per month. If I only run the ad Thur-Fri-Sat-Sun (so, $ 4/week x 4 weeks = $ 16/month), it’s more than paid for by the Quick Start bonuses. On two dollars per day (so, $ 32/month), I’ve picked up six customers so far with one final weekend to go.

A handful of new customers per month might not seem like much but most of my warm market is already on this pet food so I wanted an easy way to attract new business. The way I look at it is: Pets stay on this food for life, so these are most likely customers for life. They’re into healthy foods, they have multiple pets, they have friends who have pets. So there is potential for add-ons and referrals. And most of my good reps in my downline come from happy customers who have done other home sales before and know how it works.

If I pick up four new customers per month and I teach just four of my downline reps to do this, and they teach it to their downline, how will the numbers grow?

Assuming adding no reps at all, this is just me and four of my downline adding four new customers per month. That is 240 new customers added to my downline in a year.

The company says the average order is $ 60. My average order is more like $ 100 because my customers are multi-pet people that I pick up on the Internet. So this is, PER MONTH, from $ 16,000 – $ 24,000 in sales. That’s regular, repeat, loyal monthly sales that reps from Tupperware to Avon to Mary Kaye to Pampered Chef would love to see… and they’re all ordering off the toll-free line or Internet with very little more than a “thank you” card and an annual Christmas card from me. Not bad.

I don’t even want to think about the numbers if we are all adding one new rep per month and showing them how to do this.

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Dog Food Comparison

The challenge of making a dog food comparison varies depending on the source. Making a comparison of different ingredients when making your own homemade dog food is a relatively simple task, on the other hand, drawing comparisons between different commercially prepared dog foods can be challenging at best. Our goal is to make that rating job easier and help you compare foods and create a healthy diet for your canine companion.

The generally accepted source for setting the standards when making comparisons and recommendations is the Association Of American Feed Control Officials, Inc. official definitions of food ingredients.

Food formulations for dogs with special needs such as dogs with diabetes or allergies to dog food ingredients such as wheat, corn, beef, or brewer’s yeast must be investigated separately since hypoallergenic dog foods and foods for pets that are diabetic are formulated under a different set of circumstances.

When making a commercial dog food comparison it is important to weigh the pros and cons between using dry dog food (kibble) and canned dog food or a combination of the two.

One then needs to determine the ingredients in each food, evaluate the quantity and quality of each food ingredient and find out any other relevant product information to choose acceptable alternatives.

Major Ingredients to be compared include:

Protein – The most important component of a dog’s diet, should be provided in the form of quality meat ingredients

Fats and Oils – Dogs need these for skin and coat health, as well as for proper brain development and other critical processes.

Carbohydrates – If generated from properly cooked ingredients carbohydrates provide a valuable source of energy.

Fiber – According to Sabine Contreras, Canine Care & Nutrition Consultant, most commercial dog foods are 40-50%.fiber. Some levels of dietary fiber are required to make a highly processed food source like commercial kibble “work”, since a dog’s digestive tract is not designed to process a diet with such high levels of carbohydrates.

Fruits & Vegetables – Are not necessary and typically are included in insignificant amounts.

Flavorings – High quality foods don’t need flavorings.

Preservatives – Unfortunately there is almost always a chance of food products containing hidden preservatives and additives, because manufacturers are only required to declare ingredients that they have added themselves. If suppliers have already added preservatives to the ingredients they do not have to be listed.

Dyes & Sweeteners – Dye and sweeteners have no place in dog food products.

Supplements – Dog foods are required to meet certain nutritional standards, so manufacturers must add certain minimum amounts of vitamins and minerals. Like all other ingredients, these vary in quality and in how well the body can absorb them.

Once a full dog food comparison has been made of the various foods available to you and a conclusion has been reached as to the acceptable choices, your dog will have the final say. You will need to test the foods to make sure that your dog will eat them without having any adverse reactions.

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Sarcoptic Mange?

Question by Janie: Sarcoptic Mange?
My friends dog has several spost on his back that oose clear to white liquid and he constantly chews on them, she has tried meds for hotspots and even switched his food. he doesnt ahve fleas and hes the only dog that has it. she has another dog and 2 cats, one cat has sevral scabs and her hair is falling out. could they have sarcoptic mange?

Best answer:

Answer by lovingclementine
Possibly yes – only a skin scrape with tell for sure. They need to go to the Vet.

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My Style >> Tiny Umbrellas and Coral Poppies

Confession: I debated on and off for several hours (okay, days) whether or not this post should make it to the blog.  This is because, as you can see, the quality of the photographs is borderline atrocious.  I quickly snapped these shots in the evening before meeting a friend for a glass of wine, via my tripod, inside my house, with way too little light, blah blah blah.  If you’re rolling your eyes right now, I totally get it.  It’s an outfit post, Melissa.  It’s not a post on the state of the world or philosophy or spirituality or anything even slightly profound.  But these shots came out all sorts of grainy and out of focus and I look a little like a feature-less alien.  And I just felt like if you can’t really see the details of the images in a style post, then what’s the point?  Needless to say, I decided to stop obsessing and post the damn thing, because I really like the outfit.  And hey, we’re all friends here.  (P.S. At least I’m not whining about my dreamy gaze posing this time, right?)

I originally bought this dress to wear in Mexico back in January, and although I did wear it for a couple of hours for dinner there one evening, it was just a little too dressy for a lazy beach vacation.  I assumed it would be hiding in my closet until summertime, so I was pretty excited when the weather turned unseasonably warm last week and I was able to wear it this weekend.  When I saw this dress in the store, I just about died over the print.  It’s tiny black polka dots scattered among little black vintage-looking umbrellas, which is basically the cutest thing ever.  The cut is great too, and the fabric drapes really nicely, so I snatched it right up.  (Which doesn’t often happen when I’m browsing Forever 21.  I try to avoid buying there, but that’s a whole different post.)   I was also thrilled to finally get to wear these shoes, which have been hibernating for the winter.  I bought them last summer but only had the chance to wear them twice before the cold arrived.  They are the most amazing shade of blue-green and have the coolest floral print on the wedges.  I plan to wear them much more often this spring.

I wanted the shoes to pop a little so I went with my old standbys (earthy eggplant colored tights), threw on some faux leather hoop earrings I made a few years ago, along with a muted brown belt and bracelet.  I mentioned my infatuation with adding pops of bright color to outfits in my last style post, and I think it was the yellow cocktail ring and coral clutch that made this look complete for me. I adore this clutch.  Anne from Sir Tom let me pick it out and sent it all the way from my beloved Australia.  It’s organic cotton and the color is just brilliant.  My favorite part, though, is the subtle poppy on the front, which was hand screen printed on to the fabric.  Love.

Dress: Forever 21  //  Belt and bracelet: thrifted  //  Tights: Target  //  Earrings: made them
Shoes: Born Concept //  Ring: c/o Kendra Scott Jewelry  //  Clutch: c/o Sir Tom

There’s definitely a lot going on in this look, but one of my favorite trends this season is combining patterns and colors that you normally wouldn’t see together.  I also think it would look really cute dressed down with a denim jacket and bare legs.  All I know is that if I style it like that in the future and decide to feature it again, I’ll be taking better pictures.  Mark my words.

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The Loyal Working Companion Dog: American Pit Bull Terrier

This breed of dog, also fondly called as APBT, is known for its loyalty and intelligence. The dogs with this breed make excellent companions since they are very aggressive because of their protective nature.

How, then, are they different from the Staffies? For the UKC or the United Kennel Club, Staffies and APBT are of the same breed but many disapprove of this suggestion. For instance, if the American Kennel Club has an American Staffordshire terrier, it will be registered as an American pit bull terrier by the United Kennel Club. Furthermore, many breeders noted that their lineages have been separate for a long time already for these dogs to be still considered as having the same variety.

Meanwhile, the American Kennel Club does not register a UKC-listed American pit as an American Staffie. In order to gain dual-registry, the dog must initially be recorded as an AKC American Staffie before it can be listed with the UKC as an American pit bull, and not the other way around.

The following are some of the basic facts breeders would really love to know about APTBs:

Category: Terrier

Living Environment: either outdoor or indoor

Coat: smooth, shiny, thick, and short

Colors: color varies

Height: between 18 and 22 inches

Weight: between 30 and 60 pounds

Temperament: courageous, full of energy, and loyal; should be socialized early on with other animals especially with children

Health Issues: heart murmurs and mange

Care and Exercise:
• Bathe when necessary.
• Brush their coat only occasionally using a brush with firm bristles.
• Rub down their coat with a towel or a chamois to remove hairs that are loose.
• Their physique requires a regular exercise routine which includes a daily play time and/or running along a bicycle while on a leash.
• They should be on leash while walking in public places.


The ancestors of APBT came to the US in the mid-1800s with some Irish-Boston immigrants. Like the Staffie, they were originally bred from bulldogs and terriers. Since APBT is a forerunner to the Staffie, it was also molded to be a fighting dog. However, the Americans made their variety some pounds heavier and trained them to have a more powerful head.

Bull baiting and dog baiting were prohibited in England so bull terriers were no longer bred for bouts. It is in America where the pit bull also gained its popularity for many uses and reasons like:

1. It was used to embody the country in one WW1 artwork.
2. Well-known companies like the Buster Brown Shoe Company and even RCA used the breed as mascots.
3. Petie, a pitbull, was one of the stars in, “Our Gang”, a well sought children’s TV series.
4. A mix breed called Stubby was transformed into a popular and decorated WW1 hero.
5. Pits became good companies of pioneer families on their journeys.
6. Jack, a working pit bulldog was owned by Laura Wilder of lines of books called “Little House”.
7. Popular people like Helen Keller and US President Theodore Roosevelt owned the variety.

Here is some history about the cause of dilemma regarding the registries of APBTs.

In 1898, the United Kennel Club or UKC was structured to provide fighting guidelines and registration for APBT as fighting dogs. Later, there were breeders who shun away from dog fighting so they asked the AKC to recognize their pits so they would be fit for performance events like dog shows.

In 1935, the AKC approved of their petitions but the dogs were registered as Staffordshire Terriers, naming them after the little province in England that the breed was known to have originated from. Thus, many breeders have dogs that have dual-registry.

It is interesting to note that Petie, which was one of the stars in the, “Our Gang” TV series was the first breed that was dual-registered to be Staffordshire Terrier/Pit Bull. However, the UKC later started registering other performing-type varieties and they also began holding dog shows comparable to those of the American Kennel Club.

The AKC soon sealed its studbooks to APBTs. They allocated registration to those pit breeds with lineages that are listed as Staffies. For a little time during the 1970s, the AKC disclosed the American pits to their studbooks.

In 1973, the American KC decided to add the word “American” with the pit’s name to discriminate it from a Staffie. At present, those dogs with mixed APTB-StaffIe parents are recognized by UKC and even the American Dog Breeders’ Association as “American pits or American pit bull terriers”.

Nowadays, the pit has employed as search and rescuers, police/armed service dogs, livestock workers, and even as therapy animals because they are good as companions and working dogs.

Moreover, the variety can even compete in dog sports such as herding, obedience, and conformation, French Ring, and Schutzhund. Breeds of this type can be very loving as pets for everyone. The physical demands and harshness of various activities developed a healthy, strong, and stable animal.

If you want to have an APBT as a pet, be sure that the puppy is handled well and properly socialized. A solid and good training will surely produce an obedient, tranquil, and good companion or even a working dog!

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Q&A: What topical medication ( ointment or cream) is good for chronic and stubborn eczema on the hand?

Question by Dee B: What topical medication ( ointment or cream) is good for chronic and stubborn eczema on the hand?
I work in the hospital as a nurse. I now use the powder-free gloves. For years,I had a chronic case of eczema to my right hand on only 2 particular spots. It itches and flakes up like crazy. I have seen the dermatologist and was given an ointment but the eczema is stubborn for years. Is there any homeopathic herbal or pharmaceutical topical medications recommended? Any other suggestions?

Best answer:

Answer by xaargh
Protopic or Elidel? They’re better than cortisone for long-term use.

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Free Natural Dog Training Teleseminar Thursday, February 10 at 8pm EST

Have questions about your dog that need answering?

In honor of my birthday (which was this past Monday), I’m going to be conducting a free Natural Dog Training teleseminar on Thursday, February 10 at 8pm EST. On this call, I’m going to be covering the basics of how I work with dogs – and then taking your dog-related questions. It’s a chance for you to talk to me directly – as well as to learn from the questions that other people have about why their dogs do what they do, and how to help facilitate change.

We had lots of great questions during my last teleseminar, so this one is bound to be even more lively.

If you haven’t already received the call-in information for the teleseminar,  you’ll need to register.  You can do that here:

Register for the free teleseminar with Neil Sattin

Hope to see you there!

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Dog Training part II – Age for early training

Dog training begins virtually at birth. Dogs that are handled and petted by humans regularly during the first eight weeks of life are generally much more amenable to being trained and living in human households. Ideally, puppies should be placed in their permanent homes between about 8 and 10 weeks of age. In some places it is against the law to take puppies away from their mothers before the age of 8 weeks. Before this age, puppies are still learning tremendous amounts of socialization skills from their mother. Puppies are innately more fearful of new things during the period from 10 to 12 weeks, which makes it harder for them to adapt to a new home.

Puppies can begin learning tricks and commands as early as 8 to 12 weeks of age; the only limitations are the pup’s stamina, concentration, and physical coordination. It is much easier to live with young dogs that have already learned basic commands such as sit. Waiting until the puppy is much older and larger and has already learned bad habits makes the training much more difficult.

There are some professional trainers who disagree with this idea, particularly those who train working dogs, detection dogs, police dogs, etc. They feel that obedience work shouldn’t start until the dog is at least a year old, or after the prey drive has fully developed. These trainers also take the position that spaying and neutering is harmful to the training process, again because of its negative impact on the dog’s prey drive.

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Dale Gribble thinks his son is actually half alien


One of the running gags on King of the Hill was that Dale Gribble saw all these nefarious schemes and conspiracies going on but never could see that his son wasn’t his.

He always leaving his wife under the care of John Redcorn, her Native American New Age healer.

Joseph always looked more like John Redcorn than Dale.

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