Flags Are To Be At Half Staff Until Sunset April 20th Honoring The Vicitms of Boston

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Presidential Proclamation — Honoring the victims of the tragedy in Boston, Massachusetts


  

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on April 15, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, April 20, 2013. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.
BARACK OBAMA

If you are wondering how to properly fly our American Flag at Half Staff, you can check out my previous post HERE.

I received an email from the American Flag and Flagpole Company today with the above included in it. If you check over on my right sidebar you will find a widget that tells you when to put the Flag at half staff. You can also subscribe via email on their website or by following on Twitter or Facebook.

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THE ROCK: Chapter 5 Continued

It was slight, almost imperceptible Malcolm’s limp at first.  I kept asking my girlfriend, Anna, if she saw it, too, as we walked along the Charles, and she said she didn’t and that I was being neurotic and too maternalistic.   Which in hindsight probably wasn’t too far off the mark.  If I could’ve bubble wrapped him without a PETA intervention, I may just have.  

Still I took Malcolm to a vet in Watertown, MA, and walked him all over the clinic like a show horse and they didn’t see anything either.  Sad as it were he was like a shimmy in a steering wheel that you can’t reproduce when taken to the auto mechanic.   

I knew it was there.   But at the time I was thinking it was perhaps a recurrence of his OCD which he was diagnosed with back in Texas that the bitter cold New England winter had exacerbated.  Or Malcolm had Lyme Disease which is exceedingly common up here that can lead to a degenerative neuro-muscular melt down.  

I vacillated for a couple of weeks half convincing myself nothing was wrong yet half knowing something was.  

Three things happened next.

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My dog got cancer.  My girlfriend left me.  And she took the truck.  

In some cruel cosmic irony, this Texas boy, who within six months of moving up to Boston, became a country song.  

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I remember when Anna and I first moved up to Boston in 2003, we were looking for a place to take Malcolm and Murphy for a hike and surveying a map we saw the Emerald Necklace, a sprawling almost contiguous swath of parks designed by the great Frederick Olmsted.  

We got lost looking for Back Bay Fens and saw a beat cop at a convenient store.  I pulled into the parking lot and asked him for directions, which in a thick, sweetly grating Boston accent he gave us smilingly.  

“Thanks but, say”, I asked him, “I’m not from around here but I can’t help but notice that there aren’t any street signs in this city.  Why is that?”  

Without a second’s hesitation he replied, “If you don’t know, you shouldn’t be here.”  

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Maybe he was right.  I shouldn’t have been there.  I should never have left my native state of Texas.  But just like playing a country song in reverse doesn’t get your dog, your girl, or your truck back, one cannot undo the order of things.  

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I finally insisted that the vet in Watertown take X-Rays on Malcolm to be sure and when he delivered the diagnosis, I remember saying, “Wait, what?”, as though my comprehension needed to catch up to the reality.  

I didn’t even know dogs got cancer. 

Sure enough the vet showed me the star burst pattern on Malcolm’s radiograph, an image permanently etched in my memory.  Through my tears I asked a question that, although I didn’t know it at the time, would design and determine my fate for the rest of my days.  

“But, why?”  

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YBD’s Notes 1:  I’m an honorary New Englander now and as I write this, in the wee hours of the morning, the great foghorns on the Narraganset Bay bellow nearby and rock me with pleasure.  

YBD’s Notes 2: I didn’t realize until writing this vignette that Back Bay Fens was where the final mile of our walk began.  Ironically, it wasn’t our first choice.  The Esplanade was.  Funny how things work out.   

YBD’s Notes 3:  I find people who use tragic circumstances to further a personal agenda distasteful and even though I am a transplant, I just want to let the people of Boston know that I stand proud with you.  And to that beat cop, “Maybe so.  But I am here.”  

2 Dogs 2,000 Miles

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How do I properly clean everything around me after getting rid of scabies?

Question by Marissa Q: How do I properly clean everything around me after getting rid of scabies?
I just found out a few hours ago that I have scabies. I am freaked out! I have a prescription for the lotion that you put on then keep it on for hours then wash it off. I am scared of it coming back after going through all that trouble. Do I need to wash everything? How do you get it? How can I keep from giving it to someone else? Please help. Please give me some insight on how to get rid of it for good!!!!

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Answer by bella
Oh man! I have heard that stuff is bad. Well I know you are supposed to wash EVERYTHING. Other than that, not sure what else to tell ya. Good luck!!!

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Practical Nutritional Advice for Dogs

There are lots of myths out there about feeding our dogs. I’ve had many conversations with clients, breeders, trainers, and veterinarians about the best way to feed our domesticated predators. You probably are reading this, hoping that I can shed light on the many confusing perspectives in canine nutrition. Besides, I’m a veterinarian that has been in practice for over thirty years and considers nutrition to be one of the best tools we have to treat or prevent medical problems. The truth is that there are more questions than answers, but I’ll go over the most important things that I have learned.

What I have learned over the past ten years is that some individual dogs need different ingredients for better health and food allergies are far more common than I used to think.  Itchy skin, ear infections, nausea (eating grass and vomiting), diarrhea, and even seizures can be a sign that something in the food does not agree with your pet. Every dog can have the occasional itch, nausea, vomiting, or the runs from eating something they are not used to or allergic to. However, when the symptoms occur too frequently, or just don’t go away after treatment, then I always question if the ingredients may play a part. Many dogs are allergic to wheat, barley, or corn. Others may not tolerate beef or chicken in commercial dog food. Some dogs may be sensitive to additives or preservatives.

If your dog is suspected of having a food allergy, then you can try a limited ingredient diet. Taste of the Wild or its Kirkland alternative, salmon and potato diet has helped many dogs in my practice. Natural Balance limited ingredients also has duck/potato or fish potato that help others. Remember if you feed a healthier dog food; don’t forget to avoid treats containing the most common allergen wheat gluten. I have used baby carrots, sliced chicken or turkey hotdogs , or cooked and diced chicken as treats for training.

Don’t worry too much about adding healthy “human food” to a dog’s diet. If you want your dog to have a better coat, then you can add ingredients that contain healthy oils. For example, you may add olive oil(1 tbsp), fish oil capsules(1-2), an egg, raw or cooked chicken(4-8oz), canned herring(6-12 oz), or sardines(1 tin)to the diet. (Always try a small amount for a day or two to make sure that your pet can tolerate the ingredient!)The healthiest ingredients for dogs are meat, organ meat, fish, and eggs. Surprised grain or rice isn’t on the list? The ancestor of the dog rarely ate a helping of wheat, rice, barley, or corn. That is why those ingredients may be the most troublesome! (Beware: Many biscuits, dental chews, and pill pockets are wheat gluten based)

If you want your dog to lose a few pounds then you have to limit the amount of dry food. You can feed half as much dry food as usual and soak the remainder with warm water or combine with the same amount of green beans. You’ve just cut the calories in half! Canned food also has less calories then dry food and is just as nutritious. By the way, dry food probably does little for tartar. Dogs usually eat it way too fast! I recommend raw meaty bones or frozen chicken wings or thighs for dental health and joint nutrition. Baked and barbecued bones can be dangerous and dogs need to chew, not swallow larger bones. For dogs that like to gnaw on things, it’s a perfect way to keep teeth clean. I feed my dogs  raw chicken wings or thighs every week. Yes…a vet said that!

If you want more information about feeding your dog, home cooking for your dog, or figuring out what your dog is allergic to, check out my website and books. http://dogdishdiet.com/order-now

While you’re on  the website, be sure to download my free PDF, “ Dr Greg’s 11 Practical Home Remedies” .In the download, I talk about common problems and over-the-counter medications that you can use!

Remember, health starts in the bowl!

Greg Martinez DVM

Dr. Greg’s Dog Dish Diet

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Rosie and Hemy

That’s Hémy on the left (Havanese) and Rosie (Llasa Apso) on the right. They are only six weeks apart in age so are having the best fun tearing about the place.

You’ve met Hémy before (click link) when she was a tiny puppy. 

Both of these pups live in Monaco.

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Amazing Photos: Firefighter Rappels Down 200-Foot Cliff to Save a Dog

A German Shepherd named Diamond went missing last Saturday in Jeremiah, Kentucky, and when a neighbor finally found her, she was in a no-good, very bad place — nearly halfway up a 200-foot-cliff. 

Gus Tolliver takes the credit for finding her. He did it with his ears. 

“I didn’t locate it the first time it barked, and it had to bark two or three times, and then I said, “Well, that dog is really close,’” he told WYMT.com. “And I just happened to look up on the cliff there and see it.”

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Diamond was 50 feet up, stranded. Above her was sheer cliff. Below her was more cliff. There was no way up or down -- or least none that Diamond was willing to take. She was done. She was going to wait this one out. 

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When firefighters arrived, they planned their strategy. It involved hiking a quarter of a mile to the top of the cliff.

"Our plans were to get up there and repel down to the dog to see if maybe we could get a hold of it to repel it on down," said Fireman Michael Potter.

Potter took the lead on this one. They hiked up. He rappelled down. He approached the dog. Amazingly, it went all to plan. Diamond creeped up to Potter, allowed him to wrap her up in a bear hug and hoist her up, all while perched on the edge of a cliff. 

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"Once I got there and saw that it was calm and not hurt, I just put it on my chest and rappeled on down with it," said Potter. 

The pair descended into a boat -- there was a river under this cliff, to make the rescue that much more difficult. Once on dry land, fighters treated a happy Diamond to a box of kibble.

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The dog's owner, Lucy Combs, got a call during the rescue and quickly made her way to the scene. 

"We searched all day and somebody said they'd seen her here, and the fire department was here rescuing her," she said. 

"So this is my dog, and her name is Diamond, and she's my world."

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Flea Market & RV Park at Menge

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I bet they’re glad they chose this puppy!

When Richard Giannetta heard his Golden Doodle puppy, Louie, barking incessantly, he knew he’d better investigate. He found the dog on his bed, barking at his pregnant wife who had recently laid down for a nap. Richard tried to rouse his wife, then rolled her over on her back when she wouldn’t wake up. He [...]


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How To Choose A Quality Miami Roofing Company

When you are dealing with the structural integrity of a building, nothing is more vital than having a stable roofing system. A quality roof will allow the rest of your building to stay structurally sounds for a long period of time. Neglecting issues with a roofing system can have devastating consequences for building owners. That [...]
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Gaia in the Wind

Meet Gaia – she’s an adorable, feminine 2 year old poodle with the wind in her hair at Pointe des Douaniers, Cap d’Ail.

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