The War of 2012

I spent yesterday on a cruise of the Tall Ships in Boston Harbor, which sailed here from around the world to commemorate the 200 year anniversary of the War of 1812.  It was absolutely stunning as the pics portray but it was as equally informative.
I profess a previous ignorance as to the significance of this chapter in our history but I am now enlightened.  And inspired.   (Warning this is a nerd rant.)

The war of Independence established our freedom from tyranny and oppression but the war of 1812, for the first time, defended it.    And it all had to do with the open seas.  Back then our survival as a new nation depended on international mercantilism, the inflow and outflow of people and technology, something that the UK took exception to.

They didn’t beat us the first time so they thought they could put a stranglehold on us by regulating maritime commerce.  Basically, they tried to beat the sh*t out of us into submission by sinking our ships.
It didn’t work and we did not submit.
This history lesson has inspired me that although we were founded by people who took risks, though sadly we are now governed by those who only mitigate them.  The vast majority of legislators today are lawyers who create laws to justify their space in office and ill equipped to defend us against the greatest modern threat.  

Let me be clear, we are still at war though the threat isn’t from cannon fire or fodder, it’s cancer.  Cancer is the sum of all of our fears; it’s global and is no contender of age, ethnicity, gender, or species and it’s time for us to collectively work to eradicate it.  

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How do I make sure my hermit crabs are mite free?

Question by nosuchthing021: How do I make sure my hermit crabs are mite free?
My hermit crabs recently had mites on them- I cleaned the entire tank, boiled the crabitat components in hot water and replaced the substrate as well. I bathed each crab and isolated them from the tank. I want to be sure they are mite free – how can I be sure?

Best answer:

Answer by Riley R
Thaeyll be even slower than normal or theyll die if they have it!!!!!!!!

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How To Hire A Quality Jacksonville Repair Company

Home appliance repair is something that every home owner will have to deal with at some point. There are many wonderful appliance repair Jacksonville companies in the Jacksonville area that do quality work in a timely manner. It is a good idea to have the contact information for an appliance repair Jacksonville company before you [...]

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Update on Jim Sak and Snickers

Clearly a deadly creature

Last week I posted twice about Jim Sak and Snickers, his service dog that happens to be pit-bull-shaped.

Aurelia IA has a breed ban and ordered Snickers out of town, literally under pain of death. This is, of course, in direct conflict with federal law with regards to service animals and despite the fact that Mr. Sak has had Snicker for more than 5 trouble-free years. Snickers is pit-bull shaped, and no amount of common sense, evidence or facts is going to get in the way of Aurelia Iowa’s city government.

For example, here’s a very revealing quote from a story on MSNBC.

City Council member Jeff Bowen refused to answer questions about whether he thought the City was in violation of the Americans with Disabilities act. “Well I guess the attorneys will have to figure that out” Bowen told us, “I don’t have any comment.”

Wow. Nothing like standing up for yourself and your opinion. (Really. It’s nothing like it at all.)

See an update here:

Tomorrow there will be a hearing in Sioux City (which also has a failed breed ban of its own, BTW.) It’s possible that this hearing will result in Mr. Sak having his service dog returned immediately. It’s also possible that it will result in more delays or just a temporary decision.

Aurelia’s city government has refused to respond to request for comment, so there’s no reason to believe that they will go down without a fight.

Until this is resolved I am going to continue my fundraiser. While Mr. Sak’s legal representation is being supplied pro bono, Animal Farm Foundation has already provided housing and care for Snickers for over a week, and they still are a worthy beneficiary of our donations anyway.

Please chip in!

Update on Jim Sak and Snickers is a post from: Dog Spelled Forward

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Cool Flea images

Check out these Flea images:

Flea Market & RV Park at Menge

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Flea Market & RV Park at Menge, Pass Christian, Mississippi

Flea Market & RV Park at Menge

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Flea Market & RV Park at Menge, Pass Christian, Mississippi

Flea Market & RV Park at Menge

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Flea Market & RV Park at Menge, Pass Christian, Mississippi

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Jambo Bwana: Meet the World Vets Arusha Tribe

First and foremost, thank you all for keeping the blog alive while I was off gallivanting around the globe. It’s amazing how many memories I’ve crammed into the past two weeks, and I want to do the World Vets experience justice so forgive me while I take a bit to collect my thoughts, my notes, and the 1200 pictures I took while I was there.

If you follow pawcurious on Facebook, you might have noticed there was a wee bit of travel drama coming home (read: it took 60 hours), then I came home to a husband on a business trip so I dropped straight into I HAVE A BIRTHDAY PARTY TODAY AND I NEED CLEAN SOCKS and it’s a little discordant when you just spent a week with people who took a three hour bus ride just to claim someone’s used running shoes. I am collecting my thoughts. But to sum up, here’s a preview of the things I am going to write about when I am coherent:

1. I made it to the summit of Mt. Meru

It was kind of a side note to do this trek before the World Vets portion of the trip, and there was a part of me that questioned the wisdom of clambering up the side of a volcano right before the work commenced, but it was a good thing. It was insane for someone who’s camped, like, once, and whose experience with hiking was limited to 6 mile trail runs at sea level to make their inaugural overnight camping experience a four day trek to a point higher than anywhere in the contiguous United States with a group of strangers, but I basically decided not to think about that and just go for it.

It was insane, of course. But it proved to me two things:

  • sanity is overrated
  • Boundaries are there to be pushed

Plus I got to see some of the most surreal and beautiful landscapes in the world. Bonus: did not fall off the volcano.

2. It’s good to be with like minded people

Most people I know don’t understand why any person, especially a mom with young kids, would want to take off and go to to Africa and volunteer in the bush for a week or so. The desire to do this is something you either get, or you don’t.

The first couple of days we spent getting to know each other, and one of the first things I learned was that three out of the six women on the trip were moms with young kids. In fact, of those moms, my kids were the oldest. So really, I’m on the conservative side when it comes to the adventuring spirit. It’s like a secret sorority I just found out existed, and I could tell you the secret handshake but then I’d have to kill you.

I can’t wait to tell you more about the people I was on this trip with, but suffice it to say it takes a certain personality type to say, “a week of work in unknown conditions in Africa with the potential for malaria and no running water? Where do I sign up?”

Now, you might on occasion get unlucky and find that one of the people on a trip such as this is in over their heads and utterly miserable. But if you’re lucky, if you hit the traveling companion jackpot, every single person there is possessed of the right temperament to make this sort of experience work. We mused a lot about what those personality traits might be, but I think it can best be summed up as follows:

  • flexibility in uncertain circumstances, up to and including the ever present threat of GI distress
  • OK with getting dirty
  • a fan of practical jokes and/or improv dance routines
  • hard time saying no to anything that sounds interesting
  • a genuine interest in doing good work, whatever form that might take

World Vets team members along with Livingstone Masija of the ASPA and members of the Donkey Sanctuary, Kenya

You’ll get to learn more about them when I write about the trip, but for introductions, here are the people who became my World Vets family for the week:

Mpuzi (silly): Kyle Baird, Washington

Kyle, a World Vets veteran, and his wife Rachel have been all over the world with veterinary projects. Despite protesting that he doesn’t have the experience of the other team members, there wasn’t a moment he wasn’t doing one of three extremely valuable things: lugging vast quantities of supplies around his tall frame as our very own beast of burden; using his long reach to spray the donkeys with fly spray, Vetericyn, or paint to mark them as treated (the long reach is a godsend when you have a skittish animal); and thirdly, entertaining gaggles of screeching, giggling children who couldn’t get enough of his amiable antics. We can treat hundred of donkeys with dewormer, but when it comes to building trust in a community, that game of frisbee can be just as vital.

Aziza (powerful): Rachel Baird, LVT, Washington

Every morning at seven, when the rest of us were just coming to in our PJs looking for coffee, Kyle and Rachel would go for a run. You might think, looking at the two of them, that Kyle is the stronger of the two, but Rachel is the one who had to carry Kyle’s pack to the summit of Mt. Meru- a trek I did in four days, they did in two. On the third afternoon of our trip, as the village councilman was attempting to help Rachel wrestle a bucking donkey, he looked down at her slight frame and said in awe, “You are a powerful woman,” and let go.

Batuuli (young maiden): Dr. Janet Beagley, Washington

Despite being a mom to two adorable little kids and busy wife to a professor, Dr. Beagley has made plenty of time for international travel and volunteering. As you’ll learn, she is an ace tooth floater, can climb trees like nobody’s business, and according to multiple disappointed Tanzanians, commands the highest offering price of any of the World Vets team from men in search of wives.

Damisi (gregarious): Toccoa Graves, Florida

The only bad thing about having Toccoa for a roommate this trip was that I spent more time laughing than I did sleeping. She’s a combination Hawkeye Pierce meets Amelia Earhart, someone who gets right down to business but can still bust out the running man when work’s over. It takes a certain type to go on a Navy ship as a vet student, fulfill her two month assignment, then ask for a three month extension, but that is just what she did. If you ever get to meet her in person, and I hope you do, you have to have her show you the Toothy video. I can say no more.

Zuri (pretty): Dr. Rudy Kirkhope, Arizona

Dr. Kirkhope arrived a day late to the party due to the joys of long haul international flights, leaving us to wonder after our first day of bonding whether this last guy was going to be a dud or fit right into the group. We needn’t have worried. And it’s a good thing, because he had the most equine experience out of anyone on the trip so even if he had been a pain, we’d have no choice but to put up with him. In addition to his valuable veterinary experience, Dr. Kirkhope is a big fan of hitting the gym, a fact that did not go unnoticed by throngs of young women murmuring appreciatively in Swahili as they meandered back and forth through the marketplace. (And he’s single, ladies- as long as you’re cool with British accents, horses, and dancing.)

Furaha (joyful): Alana Tagliabue, Perth, Australia

Alana is one of those ‘still waters run deep’ types, quiet at first but once you open the floodgates- watch out. A veterinary nursing student, she jumped right in on the first day and by the third day, she was heading up her own unit of donkey treatment. Like Mary Poppins, she kept procuring increasingly valuable items as the week went on. She brought a huge stack of halters, which according to our local contact Livingstone Masija of the Arusha Society for the Protection of Animals, was of huge benefit in getting the local villagers to bring the donkeys to us for treatment. She then produced stacks of hair ties, paper, and best of all, pens- which meant at the end of every day one could find her being happily mauled by excited children scrambling for her goodies.

Anisun (friendly): Dr. Teri Weronko, Washington

The leader can make or break a team in a situation like this. How lucky were we to have the gregarious, beautiful and just all around amazing Teri Weronko as our leader. Some people are dog whisperers, others are horse whisperers, but Dr. Weronko- she is a people whisperer, with the ability to put anyone from a jaded porter to a dubious Maasai at ease within about ten seconds with a joke, a hug, or a song she just learned in Swahili. For a project such as this, where the work is as much about building trust in a new community as it is about the medicine, we couldn’t have asked for a more effective person for the job.


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Dog Poop Bags: Multi-Purpose Carriers!

When dog waste is left on the sidewalk, it not only disgruntles a variety of people because of its unpleasant smell it also poses a health risk. Dog poop is a carrier of a large number of bacteria, parasites and worms that can affect other dogs, as well as us. The simplest way to help reduce the spread of such bacteria, parasites and worms is to make sure you place your dog’s poop into specially designed dog poop bags before sealing it and throwing it away.


All dogs have to stop and do their business several times a day, regrettably for us, it is usually when we least want them to. Carrying dog poop bags when you take a dog out for a walk is one of the greatest things you can do, to avoid a lot of hassle. It avoids the fuss of needing to buy a new set of dog poop bags while you’re out, trying to find someone that will give you some for free or leaving it where it is.


Dog poop bags are cheap products that you can use for a variety of purposes. Most commonly, they’re used for scooping up poop – which they were originally designed for. They are also invariably used for a variety of other tasks. Poop bags are not products that need to be exclusively used for dog waste, they’re also good for disposing of diapers (and avoids the need for you to buy two separate poop bag products!). Picking up dog poop is obviously the task that they’re best at, but you can also use them to dispose of lunch and/or general waste or carrying light belongings.


Poop bags are a surprisingly diverse range of products; various styles, sizes and colors are available and, as previously mentioned, they are suitable for a range of tasks. Dog poop bags are not just a product used to pick up and store dog waste, they’re now often regarded as fashionable accessories.


Poop bags aren’t just a product used to pick up and store dog waste, they’re now often regarded as fashionable accessories. Pink, purple, green, yellow, orange, blue, black – whatever color you like, its almost guaranteed that you’ll find bags to suit your fashion sense. Dog poop bags are also frequently adorned in patterns such as hearts, stripes and stars. The introduction of a wide range of colors and styles has made a typically unpleasant task look pretty cool!

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Golden Poodle Awards for June

The Golden Poodle award goes to the world’s most famous Corgi lover, Queen Elizabeth, who has reigned with intelligence, style and dignity for 60 years. And spared the world the rule of her idiot son. The Lizard Brain award goes to Chyna. Once a gifted athlete, professional wrestler/entertainer and cover girl on Playboy, she is now a porn star who has appeared on Celebrity Rehab. Claiming that a friend had stolen her Poodle,…
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Does tea tree oil kill demodectic mange mites?

Question by Go Rangers and Saints!!: Does tea tree oil kill demodectic mange mites?
Does tea tree oil kill demodectic mange mites? Or is there is any other natural thing that helps?

Best answer:

Answer by CGC Pit Bull
NO! It does NOT kill the mites.

The ONLY treatment you should give your dog for Mange is what your Vet has prescribed to you.

There is NO natural cure.

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All Natural Dog Food

Pets are member of our family moreover; they need special attention in the matters of food. There are many advantages of feeding natural foods to dogs. All natural dog food is very rich in vitamin E and C, which is very important for their body. Vitamin E keeps their coat glowing and vitamin C is good for their bones. All these vitamins affect in the same manner as in a human body. Vitamin such as, beta-carotene is helpful in removing toxins from the body commonly known as free radicals.

Animals normally eat meat thus, their body gain lots of toxic material in their body and if toxic material is not removed from their body then, there are lots of chances of them getting infected with diseases of lungs and heart. It is good to give supplements of all natural food daily to keep their metabolic system free from infection and diseases.

All natural dog foods are a good source of fiber and antioxidant. Some of the natural food contain manganese, phosphorous, calcium and potassium all these vitamins and minerals are very much necessary in their diet. There are many vegetable rich in antioxidant such as, dark green and bright orange. By feeding all natural dogs in their meal is just like getting a insurance policy for your loving pet.

There is lots of branded natural food available in market for your pet. However, it is better to consult with your Viet nary doctor before feeding canned natural food. Advice of a doctor is very essential before going for an experiment because some canned food is especially kind of breads.

Every pet owner feel his pet should good breath, brilliant coat sheen, clean teeth, bright clear eyes and be healthy any time. For this entire thing, the pet should good quality of all natural food because a complete diet can only bring this affect to your adorable pet. One should take care about the health of their so that, pet also live a longer life.

If the pets are properly feed by rich nutrition then it will be prevention against common veterinary disease. It is always suggested veterinary doctor to give holistic food to pet because home made food thus it keep pet away from artificial ingredients.

There are certain food should be avoided such as, food contain high amount of oil and low cost food supplement such as protein capsules. Thus, this type of food lead to digestive problem and similarly some pet face hair fall problem too.

All natural dog food has there own advantages and doctor also says it is better to give natural food to pet. Natural food also affects the behavior of pet, it makes them more active and playful similarly it makes some changes in their ferocious attitude.

So feed your dogs with all natural dog food to keep them healthier.

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