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The Pups

We went off to Fort MacLeod yesterday for our dog walk.  It is a town about 30 minutes away and their off leash area is usually deserted. We don’t understand it as it is a great place to walk.  But we don’t mind having the place to ourselves!

There are so many things to see and sniff and explore that we’ve never brought a toy to play fetch with and it is the perfect place to walk if we don’t want Coulee running.

The only problem is there is quite a bit of wildlife here.  They never seem to spot it, but they do find lots of poop and bones.

And of course there are plenty of sticks for chewing and attempting fetch.  She gives up pretty quick though when we ignore the stick at our feet.  It is never more than a half hearted attempt at best.

It is also the home to my favourite fence line.  :)

I was hoping there would be lots and lots of yellow but we had missed most of it. There was still some up in the tops of the trees but everything at ground level was pretty brown.  We managed to find this small patch of grasses though.  It was near where there is standing water in the spring so it is obviously a different species than the other stuff.  I even got Lacey to pose in it and not look beaten!

I only need to ask Coulee if she is beautiful for her to not look beaten.  ;)

I love the dreamy quality of the photo below.

I think it must be the colour of these bushes that make them so cool.  This photo didn’t go exactly as planned but the shot where she is where I wanted her, she has a funny expression.  But I don’t mind the runner up.  :)

The bushes were too tall to get a decent picture of Lacey walking through – so I had to satisfy myself with grasses.

You’ve probably noticed the girls are wearing their “emergency” leashes (the bright red tab you can see is the end). They are leashes that wrap around their neck like a collar so if you need them, they are there and already attached.  I HATE having them in all my photos but in public places, I feel like we need them.

On Coulee you don’t usually notice it as much.

Speaking of not noticing… We also saw this cute little bird nest that was right along the side of the path at chest height that we never would have spotted if the trees still had leaves.

This girl was hard to miss though and I was very thankful the girls had their leashes.  He came up to “chat” which made the girls go wild.  We had seen him coming so we found a patch on the trail where we could pull way off but he stopped anyway.  Marlin left me with the dogs and walked about 10 feet away so he didn’t feel the urge to come any closer than he already had.  He was very nice, but his big friend was really causing mayhem for us.  The girls did eventually settle… but would start up again if the horse moved or made a noise or looked at them.  LOL.

I wish I’d had a different lens on, but I had two excited dogs attached to my arm, and I didn’t think a lens change would have been wise.

Someone was feeling a little insecure after he left but once they discovered the fresh poop along the trail, everything was good again.

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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Q&A: Wat mite b the benefits & dangers of establishng databases on every1? How should such a program b instituted?

Question by Misty T: Wat mite b the benefits & dangers of establishng databases on every1? How should such a program b instituted?
Keeping DNA databases of convicted felons has led to the solution of many crimes, and the exonerations of many innocent people.Wat mite b the benefits & dangers of establishng databases on every1? How should such a program b instituted?

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Answer by Gregory
interesting question. well like you said, it has led to the solving of many crimes by keeping felons information. but because there are corrupt cops out there, alot of innocent people are arrested ans sent to jail for crimes they had nothing to do with. now in terms of keeping control over that program, idk really. you cant keep some people out of that database and others out(talking of cops and crime and evidence departments) i think the best thing to do is when searching through this data, if anyone is found to be the suspect of a crime, keep properly go through the files and info. best thing you can do.

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Tips for Getting Your Dogs Coat Shiny?

Any grooming/ feeding techniques for getting my weimaraners coat nice and shiney? Thanks x

Suggestion:

Shiney coats are made from the inside out. Good nutritition is of the utmost importance. Feed a quality food and supplement with Omega 3 fish oils and Omega 6 flaxseed etc. If your dog has any food allergies, be sure to address those. Salmon based foods and capsules are esp great at helping to put a shine in the coat. Grizzly Salmon Oil comes in a pump bottle that you can squirt on their food or kibble. Most dogs love it! Then there's kelp, biotin, brewer's yeast are all great supplements for the skin and coat. Foster & Smith Vet Supplier makes a good supplement called Vita Coat that works well. There are many, many different supplements and choices to choose from. When it comes to shampooing, use a mild shampoo unless your dog has specific problems that might call for a medicated shampoo. Don't shampoo too often, so as not to wash away the natural oils in the coat. Good luck! : )

Source: Tips for Getting Your Dogs Coat Shiny?

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Jan 3, Digestibility of gel caps for fish oil liquids

I give my dog several supplements and sometimes meds from the vet. I wonder if the capsules or sometimes gel cap for liquids like fish oils dissolve in
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Feb 5, Dog probiotics | Best Dog Food Guide

Dog probiotics as supplement or probiotic dog food. Which option is best? Dog food often does not contain the species listed or in very low amounts.
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Rewiews on the new petarmor flea treatment?

Question by ashley d: Rewiews on the new petarmor flea treatment?
Has anyone use the petarmor flea treatment for dogs? Is it good or bad? It says that it works just like frontline.

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Answer by Lacey UD, RE
It has the same active ingredient as frontline. However that doesn’t make it as effective as frontline. It’s the inert ingredients that help the fipronil do its job.

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5 Texas Gems // By Mucho Mucho Bueno Bueno

It’s Kelly from Mucho Mucho Bueno Bueno filling in for Melissa while she’s in Austin!  Brandi and I love taking road trips any chance we get and we love exploring new parts of Texas.  In case you haven’t been to Texas or driven across Texas, it’s HUGE. We have the beach, the forest, the desert, mountains and a whole lot of lakes in between it all.  Here are five of our favorite little Texas Gems.

Galveston. Our whole life, we have been within an hour of Galveston Beach. It’s where we took our nephew on our first out of town adventure, it’s where we went to escape high school, spent our birthdays, surfed, and so on. We love it for its history as well as our own.

Hamilton Pool. While we only just discovered this little Texas Gem a year ago, we are completely in love. I makes us feel as if we are out on some deserted island… or on the set of a movie.

Marfa. No water here. Just sand and the sky and creativity for miles. We recently visited Marfa for an all girls camping trip. Even though my battery died, I still chalk it up to one of my favorite trips. We are actually heading back out to Marfa this week for a wedding and a few Pinpoint Method interviews.

Balmorehea. This state park is perfect for any trip.  Family, lovers, friends, you name it.  Don’t count on a night out on the town here.  This is it.  Nothing but a tent, a swim suit and a lot of spf while taking in the Texas beauty.

Canyon Lake.  Party Time.  Excellent.  Ooooh, the times we had on Canyon Lake… 

If you are ever visiting Texas and want a list of places to go, visit our blog or feel free to email us! We share the love.

XO!
K+B

Big thanks to the dynamic duo of Kelly and Brandi (aka Mucho Mucho Bueno Bueno) for sharing their favorite Texas places while I’m away in – wait for it – Texas!   Make sure you guys stop by their blog – their posts are always so fun and a daily read for me.  Also take a few minutes to check out their shop (seriously rad handmade accessories), and Kelly’s amazing project, The Pinpoint Method.   You can also find them on Twitter (Brandi + Kelly).  I’m having the best time in Austin – I can’t wait to tell you guys about it.  See you Monday.  xo, melissa




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Good thing we didn’t get those chickens

I’ve made it no secret that I want chickens. A bevy of Bantams. Little fluffy fancy egg layers that would make me feel, in some teensy way, a bit more connected to my food production. Our house is in a rural enough area, and our yard large enough, that a couple hens running around would be no big deal. But my husband said no, and out of respect for all the other times he also said no but I went ahead and did it- whatever it was- anyway, I respected him, this time.

But then we sold our house, and in a short three weeks we’ll be out on the street, waiting for something in Crazy Town or Ticky Tacky Town to pop up and sweep me off my feet. It’s a rotten time to buy. Nothing’s for sale right now. So in the meantime, we’re apartment hunting.

I haven’t lived in an apartment since my first year of vet school. There’s nothing wrong with it, but boy, you forget when you’ve been in a house for a while how much garbage you’ve managed to accumulate. And it’s not just me accumulating stuff anymore. The last time I lived in an apartment, I had a roommate, a self sufficient classmate. Now I have two kids, two dogs, a cat, a fish, and a spouse. This is going to be rough.

I’ve never given it much thought, really.  I’ve never had to rent a house while owning pets, and had at most two dogs and two cats. Not a big deal for a homeowner, but a really big deal for an apartment renter.

“Two dogs?” asked the manager of the place we were looking at. “How big?” And then, “Are they pit bulls, American staffordshire terriers, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Dobermans, or chow chows?” And the answer to that is no, but one of them has a terrible, awful habit of howling when she’s left alone in a way that made her previous owners return her to rescue. Again, not a big deal for a homeowner who keeps her inside, but a really big deal for an apartment renter. I know I would rather live next to a quiet pittie than a howling Koa as a renter. This is going to be a challenge.

I’ll be honest, I have no idea what we’re going to do. We’ll figure it out, because we have no choice, but I’m finding myself suddenly piles and heaps more sympathetic to people in a worse situation, with dogs they love on some random BSL ban list, or in possession of more animals than zoning allows and having to make an agonizing decision. I also find myself strangely mourning the Chickens That Never Were And Are Never To Be. No chickens allowed in Crazy Town. I guess I will have to live vicariously through all of you that have them.

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Mortgage Rates Tick Higher on Positive Data

Mortgage Rates Tick Higher on Positive Data
Mortgage rates today are ticking higher as investors and traders react to better than expected jobless claims numbers. Also contributing to the increase however is data that suggests that inflation may be increasing as well. Analysts and economists had
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Southold Residents: 'Lyme Disease is a Silent Crisis'
These are only some of the themes five members of the newly formed Suffolk County Tick Eradication Task Force heard from speakers describing their symptoms of Lyme Disease at a forum held at the Southold Town Recreation in Peconic Wednesday night.
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What makes them tick? Not all employees motivated by same thing
Farm managers able to motivate their workers have a better chance of reducing the typical labor problems faced in today's economy (turnover, absenteeism, and low productivity). The most common roadblock managers face when motivating employees is a
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