The American farmer–the 1% who feed the 99%

Photo courtesy of Life on a Colorado Farm Today the American farmer, representing 1% of the population, grows food for the other 99% of us. Not having to produce our own food allows us to become business owners, doctors, teachers, writers, software developers, and to follow our dreams. And yet sadly there seems to be a growing disconnect between rural and urban in our country. Today many people somehow seem to think that the food…
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PET TALK: Busting common pet myths

PET TALK: Busting common pet myths
There are some fabulous ways of preventing fleas from infesting our pets and making their lives miserable. Long gone are the powders, sprays, bombs, collars and more that were needed for an assault on the pet, house and yard. A monthly pill or topical
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Safe and Cost Effective Ways to Prevent Fleas and Ticks on your Pets
NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Gone are the days when pet owners had only two choices to protect their four-legged family from fleas, ticks and other parasites. There are literally hundreds of flea and tick preventatives on the market today, but which ones
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The tenacious tick…
I am not really UTD (up to date) on any new tick prevention. I understand there is a tasty oral chew for dogs and cats that provides 12 week flea and tick protection and is available by veterinary prescription only. Bravecto *tm kills adult fleas and
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Protect your pet's health
While you should administer heartworm prevention medication year-round, it's especially vital that you give your pet a preventive when the weather gets warmer. Heartworm, a parasitic worm that lives in the heart and pulmonary arteries of an infected
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Lunch Time Fun

Jack and I had a little impromptu photo session at lunch today.

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Polo the Poodle paints a picture for purchasing

The “Paw”-casso of the doggie world, Polo the Poodle’s painting will be featured at a charity fundraiser for the Shamrock Pet Foundation in Louisville. The 18th annual Art for the Animals live and silent auction will be held on Thursday. The 6-year-old Polo has only been painting for a year, but his painting will be featured alongside nationally renowned artists. Since Poodles are retrievers, once Polo learned key commands, he could pick up the talent…
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Treated pants kill ticks

On today’s CapeCast: The right pair of pants might save you a heap of tick trouble according to Barnstable County bug guru Larry Dapsis, so we investigate th…

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Tuesday Top Ten: Cute Animal Pictures

I was going to make this just a top five, featuring the dog pictures, but some of these were just too cute, so I had to share! Thanks to my brother, Jim, for sharing. Until next time, Good day, and good dog! Dog Blog

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An Internet Video Helps Bust a British Teen Who Swung a Chihuahua by the Leash

Nineteen-year-old Alfie Loft will not own any animals for two years, and that’s a good thing. Last week, someone spotted Loft with three friends on the streets of Stevenage, a small town about 30 miles north of London. He was walking a Chihuahua and repeatedly lifting the dog off the ground and swinging it around by the leash, according to the BBC.

Fortunately, this is the 21st century, and the cameras aren’t actually run by Big Brother — they’re run by everyone who has a mobile phone. One such person shot a video of Loft and his friends and posted it on Facebook, asking, “I feel sick! Does anyone recognize them???? Please can everyone share this and get this bastard found!!!!!!!”

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After the video went viral, someone did recognize Loft, who quickly found himself in court. Besides being restricted from owning animals (not a big loss, as he apparently doesn't own any now), he was fined £250, which will go to the dog's owner. He also has a curfew; for 12 weeks, he's required to be home between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

It will probably surprise no one that alcohol was involved. The four friends had just met the dog's owner while drinking at a nearby pub. When they went out to buy more alcohol, she asked them to take the dog for a walk. If this seems like a mildly questionable choice to you, you're not alone; even in the most rural, isolated places, there are usually better ways to find a reliable dog walker than randomly handing your dog over to a drunk teenager you just met.

The judge imposed the curfew on Loft in the hope that it would help curb his drinking.

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Natasha Patel, who represented Loft in court, said that the incident started because Loft was just pulling on the leash to get the dog to walk, and accidentally lifted it off the ground.

"The people he was with began laughing at the incident and that has almost egged him on," she said. "He knows that was wrong. He doesn't remember much of what happened."

She also says that he's extremely regretful for swinging the dog.

"He's disgusted at himself, they were his own words to me," she told the Guardian. "He feels humiliated that this incident has occurred. He has also said he would like to write a letter to apologize to the owner of the dog to show that he is truly sorry. He does love dogs himself, although he doesn't own any himself."

I did a lot of really embarrassing -- and outright stupid -- things when I was a teenager, even when sober. It helps a lot when people let you know just how stupid you're being. Swinging a dog over your head obviously goes far beyond "stupid" into "abusive," but hopefully some of the shame will stick with Alfie Loft and he'll be less of a bonehead when he grows up.

Via BBC and The Guardian.

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ICAR comes up guildelines for cotton, orange farmers

ICAR comes up guildelines for cotton, orange farmers
NAGPUR: The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), through city-based Central Institute for Cotton Research (CICR) and National Research Centre for Citrus (NRCC), has released a contingency plan for cultivation and management of cotton and …
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Scientists may have finally solved mystery behind honey bee decline
The authors strongly suggest that regulatory agencies apply more precautionary principles and further tighten regulations on neonicotinoids and fipronil and start planning for a global phase-out or at least start formulating plans for a strong
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Ipso, American Bulldog

This lovely dog is called Ipso.  He’s an eleven month old American Bulldog who lives in Gorbio with his friend Gunja.  We met Gunja before so click on the link to see him. Gunja is taking a nap behind Ipso in the bar in the village.

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Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest by Bonnie Gray {Book Review}

Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest by Bonnie Gray My rating: 5 of 5 stars “Finding Spiritual Whitespace” was a stunning and emotional filled journey as Bonnie Gray, shared raw emotions and memories of her childhood while inter-spacing her revelations with scripture and prompts to encourage the reader, themselves, to explore both biblical…

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