What One Piece of Advice Would You Give Your Children?

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#17 If you were only allowed to give your children one piece of advice, what would that be?

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Rudy Green’s

Karla, proprietor of Rudy Greens and chef extraordinaire to the dogs, just sent this hilarious video a few weeks back and it stars Teh-De a pit bull we met on our first walk and cancer survivor.  Check it out!


Also, Karla has been nominated for Martha Stewarts American Made awards – please share on Facebook and Twitter http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/88599/food/rudy-green-incrudy-greens

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The pup with the cropped ears

This pup lives in the Old Town of Bari in Puglia, Italy.  He would appear to have cropped ears, which I thought was illegal in Europe?

The last photo you see the little boy who owns him.


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Safe in His Grace

Rain slowly poured down…the sound of thunder…the wind blowing…It had been a long week and an even longer weekend and I reflected on the following passage from 2 Corinthians 12:9(NASB), “9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather…

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Smart Move: A Dog Named Einstein Runs for Oakland Mayor

On Thursday morning, candidate Einstein climbed the steps of City Hall in Oakland, cleared his throat, sniffed the air for some of that nice Pho aroma coming in from the south, and announced his candidacy for mayor. 

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Candidate Einstein (lower left)

Or rather, his handlers did. Einstein is a dog, the latest dog to run for public office in this great country of ours, which allows all sorts of wonderful things to run for public office. 

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But unlike other dogs who run for mayor, who might be doing so to raise funds for the local shelter or to get their owners on the local news, Einstein is in this to make real changes. His platform is enormous. His handlers are veteran Occupy Oakland activists, and they've put together a number of sweeping changes Einstein will make once he gets into office, among them:

  • A publicly owned and operated Bank of Oakland
  • Stronger weapon-control laws
  • Penalties for crimes apportioned according to wealth
  • A single-payer health care system
  • Areas for short- and long-term urban camping.
  • Confining the routes of diesel transport vehicles to Interstate freeways (580, 880, 980) and Route 24, to curtail air pollution. 
  • And so on 

"There is a legitimate reason to wonder whether a dog can serve as mayor of Oakland, but he provides a great voice for low-income and otherwise marginalized people who live in Oakland," Michael Wilson, the candidate's political adviser, told HuffPost. "They have no candidate to represent them."

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If you give me a Snausage I'll give you a light-rail system.

But, to their credit, his handlers haven't forgotten who'll be mayor -- their dog -- so they've thrown in a bunch of canine issues as well, including:

  • Human companions of dogs with heavy coats will be encouraged and assisted in keeping their dogs close-trimmed from May 1 through Oct. 1
  • The City shall assist humans who adopt animals in need of homes
  • Animal sanctuary/adoption facilities, maintained and/or supervised by publicly appointed city officials, shall be the sole source for animal companions
  • At least one day per year shall be set aside as a municipal holiday for animals

Only one thing is stopping Einstein from becoming mayor, however: Dogs can't hold public office in Oakland. And yet, Einstein and his people are optimistic: 

"Without a fallible human in the mayor's office, we must all play our parts in determining the route Oakland will take into the future," they wrote in a press release. "No longer will we ask what the city government can do for us. Instead, we will see the way clear to changing the city ourselves, to expanding the power of residents of modest income, to shrinking the power of the rich by establishing a larger and more representative City Council."

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Einstein getting a feel for the mood on the ground.

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Candidate Einstein, looking toward a bold new future -- and that food truck right over there. Is that pizza?

To learn more about Einstein and his vision for Oakland, visit the Einstein for Mayor website, Facebook page, and Twitter.

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Adopt-a-Pet Friday: Jenna

Adopt-a-Pet Friday: Jenna
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Charlotte Ross, Kenn Gray Help Best Friends Animal Society

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Agility Dogs

This beautiful border collie is waiting to compete in the agility competition in Menton.  Alongside, in the cage, is his companion – looks a bit squashed but probably OK when she lies down.

I wonder if either of them won.  Border collies are usually the best breed at agility.

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Thyroid Problems in Dogs

Thyroid problems in dogs are often difficult to recognize because the symptoms are so subtle. You might notice a change in the level of your dog’s energy, weight gain, or severe skin problems, but not associate these changes with anything serious that you should be concerned about. To detect thyroid problems a dog needs a blood test before the symptoms can be correctly diagnosed as a thyroid problem.

Hypothyroidism is a common illness in dogs and occurs when not enough thyroid hormones are produced in the animal’s body. The thyroid hormone has many functions and the most important is to regulate metabolism. Weight gain then becomes one of the most noticeable symptoms of hypothyroidism.

Approximately 90 percent of hypothyroidism cases are caused by a genetic autoimmune disease called thyroiditis, which produces anti-thyroid antibodies in the dog’s body. Sometimes the disease will develop as early as puberty even though the clinical signs won’t appear until later in a dog’s life.

Hypothyroidism most commonly affects dogs from four to ten years of age, especially large breed dogs. Miniature and toy breeds are very seldom affected.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism include weight loss, an elevated heart rate, increased urination, hyperactivity, lethargy, excessive hair loss and shedding, an intolerance for exercise – especially in colder weather – a low heart rate, and sudden changes in behavior such as increased aggression. All dogs suffering from hypothyroidism don’t display the full range of these symptoms, and some may exhibit only a few mild symptoms in the early stages of the disease.

In more serious cases, a dog may have seizures, chronic hepatitis, cardiac irregularities, or a loss of smell or taste.

To detect and diagnose hypothyroidism, a vet will do a blood test called a T4 panel which measures the level of thyroid hormones in the blood. A dog that tests positive for thyroid disease will require medication to regulate the thyroid hormones for the rest of its life.

More than 50 different breeds of dogs are genetically predisposed to developing thyroid problems. No matter which breed of dog you have, if these symptoms become noticeable and last for a protracted period of time, you should have your dog tested before the disease can cause serious damage.

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