Nice PetArmor photos

A few nice PetArmor images I found:

PetArmor Pallet
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Gunja – and bone

Gunja is a cross between a Boxer and a Golden Retriever. She’s the sweetest, gentlest dog and lives in the village of Gorbio.  Here you see her chewing a bone at the recent Meschiou (sheep roast picnic) – yes, the dogs eat as well as the people: there was a large dish of lamb and lamb bones, just for the dogs! 

Gunja, is very polite -  here she greets friends at one of the tables. And with her owner and new baby, she says Hello to Gunilla and Alice. 

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Color Love // Inspired by the Sky

Sky Blue // Bubby and Bean
1. Keeper Chambray Shirt, J.Crew  //  2. Kate Spade Metro Watch, Bloomingdales  //  3. Bikini So Teeny Nail Polish, Essie  //  4. Sky Blue and Silver Necklace, LynJewels  //  5. Ceramic Door Knob, Anthropologie  //  6. See Eye to Sky Bag, Modcloth  //  7. Reach the Sky Sandal, Modcloth  //  8. Breaker Chair, CB2

Last week, I snapped an Instagram photo of the bluest sky I’d seen so far this year. The sky that day was very striking to look at, and for the last few days, I’ve felt instantly drawn to anything sky blue that I see.  A sky blue tone called ‘dusk blue’ made Pantone’s spring 2013 color chart, so I guess it’s actually on trend too.  Bonus!  For me, it’s just so soft and summery, and such an effortless, calming shade.  What are your thoughts on sky blue this season?

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Nice Topical photos

A few nice Topical images I found:

2010-09-10-3-for-2-PRINT
Topical

Image by Alex Hughes Cartoons

2010-10-22-Back-To-The-Eighties-Test
Topical

Image by Alex Hughes Cartoons

2011-07-08-News-of-the-Screwed-PRINT
Topical

Image by Alex Hughes Cartoons

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NEW Lean Cuisine® Honestly Good™ Review

I was given the opportunity to review the NEW Lean Cuisine® Honestly Goodentrées via BzzAgent, and I was excited. Eating healthy and smaller portions has been an important part of my life for just over a year now and I know that I have never been fond of any of those "diet" means. When this campaign came up, I jumped at the chance to review this "NEW" line of natural frozen meals.

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Jun 4, Bad Breath Issues in Dogs | Best Dog Food Guide

Wat to do about smelly dog breath? Bad breath in dogs is notorious. Give him rawhide or bones as a dessert, brush his teeth or feed him a special dental care diet for dogs.
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Misty the Border Collie does administrative office work

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How long for a skin infection to clear?

Question by Darren: How long for a skin infection to clear?
I had a small infection of the hair folicle several weeks ago that seemed to blow up into a bigger infection. I saw a doctor and he prescribed a 7-day oral antibiotic (Keflex) and said to use OTC antibiotic ointment (Polysporin) and a thick bandage. I’ve been doing this and it has been a week now. The infection looks better but there is still some minor leakage that can be seen when changing the bandage.

Does these infections normally take more than a week to clear? Or would this mean that the antibiotic isn’t working very well and need something stronger?

Best answer:

Answer by dave23857
A staph infection of the skin (which is most likely the organism) can take 7 to 14 days to clear, typically. But it depends on the severity of the infection, how big it is, and the type of staph being dealt with.

Since it seems to be responding to anti-biotics, it is probably working but it will just take another week or so. But you can ask the doctor to be sure. The oral antibiotic will most likely not clear the infection on its own. That is more as a precaution to prevent the infection from spreading deeper into the tissue. So he will probably tell you to continue the topical antibiotic for another week. If it still hasn’t cleared by then, he will probably need give you a stronger topical anti-biotic

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Socializing a Shy Dog

Socializing a Shy Dog

Just like people, dogs come with different personalities; they can be energetic, low-key, high-maintenance, or down to earth, and while some dogs can be extremely outgoing, others can be severe introverts. There is nothing necessarily wrong with a shy dog, but a healthy amount of socializing helps reduce the risk of your dog developing aggressive traits, as well as keeps your dog familiar with other people and pets. Also, shyness isn’t always a simple personality trait, but instead, it can be the result of a past trauma or fear. Whether you have a dog who you didn’t have the time to properly socialize as a puppy, or an older rescue who you want to convince to give the world a second chance, here are a few tips to help get you started.

Start Small

Many pet owners make the mistake of trying to push their dog into large groups of people or pets too suddenly, but this tactic can overwhelm your pet. Avoid dog parks at busy hours of the day, and instead, try your best to set up a play date with someone you know who owns a mild-mannered dog. An aggressive or overly-hyper dog can be intimidating to your bashful canine who would be much more likely to warm up to a calm, easy-going pup. This will help your pet learn to establish a trusting relationship with a fellow species member and, in turn, decrease the tension felt when approached by other dogs.

Encourage Healthy Visitor Interactions

If your dog crouches down or backs away any time a stranger comes into your house, encourage your visitors to get down on their backs with their legs and arms up in the air. By demonstrating a submissive behavior, your dog will see them as less of a threat and will be more willing to warm up to the individuals.

As much as you might want to force your dog to open up, never encourage your visitors to try and make physical contact first, but rather allow your pet to make the decision to come to them. Visitors should refrain from making direct eye contact as this is often seen as a direct threat. When your dog does approach a stranger, have them reach out to the dog’s side or back but never the head area because, as with eye contact, this can be taken as a threatening gesture. You might also want to supply your guests with a few puppy treats, so that your dog starts associating the physical interaction with a reward.

Increase Interactions

After your dog starts having positive interactions with other canines and new people, slowly start building up your pet’s social life. Go to dog parks or any other areas frequented by pets and their owners to get your dog used to being around large groups, but don’t get discouraged if he/she prefers to stand by your side and just observe the others at first. The point is to get your four-legged friend familiar with being in large crowds, and the key to making it work is being consistent and dedicated in your approach; when your dog is used to being in that environment on a daily basis, the fear and anxiety will naturally start to fade away.

Socializing a sheepish dog can be a long process, and while you may feel discouraged, hopeless, or even at fault, it’s important to stay persistent with your goal. By warming your dog up to other pets and people consistently, you will see progress being made. While your dog might never be hungry for the spotlight, easing any fear and feelings of uneasiness around strange dogs and people will help your best friend learn to breathe deep, relax, and enjoy life a little bit more.

Ron Rutherford is a writer who loves spending his free time exploring and hiking with his canine pals. He currently freelances for the Wireless Dog Fence provider, Havahart Wireless.


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What Is Wrong With You People?

38383346What is wrong with you people?

Sometimes it seems to me like this is the motto of the dog trainer. Whether it’s using shock collars, not using shock collars, using food, not using food, using clickers, not using clickers — whatever it is — there’s a reason to be angry. And of course that means there’s a reason to be sharply critical, maybe even abusive, toward other people. After all people should know better shouldn’t they?

When it comes to dogs we advocate compassion. We advocate the use of positive reinforcement to get the behavior that we want. We advocate the use of the most gentle possible method we can find in order to help dogs to choose the behavior we want and to stop displaying the behaviors we don’t.

Humans, it seems, don’t deserve this benefit of the doubt. If you have a bunch of "dog people" as friends on Facebook go take a look at your news feed. What do you see? People are stupid. People are animal abusers. People shouldn’t be allowed to have dogs. People deserve to be left at the pound. And of course that perennial favorite: "The more I see of people the more I like dogs."

Don’t get me wrong I’ve been guilty of this kind of negativity myself. Many people are aware of this blog only because I’ve been very very critical of Cesar Milan. But I’ve made an honest effort to turn over a new leaf and have always believed that if you are going to criticize one thing, offer an alternative.

This post is about my alternative.

Helping dogs and people live happily together is my passion. I started out with my goal being to help dogs, but over time I realized that I can’t do a good job if I am not willing to help humans too. I also, oddly enough, started to like people the more I helped them with their dogs. (People who have known me for a long time still find this change in my attitude a bit surprising.) Rescuers, walkers, shelter workers, and dog trainers, enter this field because of their love of dogs. But it’s my belief that the people that are truly successful and truly help dogs either start out wanting to work with humans too or over time learn to appreciate them and the importance of working with and respecting them in order to be successful.

One of the most fundamental tools in a so-called “positive trainers “toolbox is DRI. As I’ve explained in the space before, DRI is replacing an undesired behavior with a desirable one. Why on earth would somebody who fancies themselves a skillful trainer forgo an opportunity to help somebody learn something new by, well, teaching them something new?

One answer of course is that nothing brings people together and nothing fires up a crowd better than a common enemy. That common enemy might be a famous TV trainer, the trainer across town, or even just an unfortunate dog owner doesn’t really know what she’s doing. And when one surrounds oneself only with people that share your beliefs, whether they be colleagues or fans, it’s really easy to find enemies to single out. (That would be everyone else.)

I’m not the first person to say that dogs are easy and people are hard. It’s easy to assume that people should know better. After all, it’s what many people assume about dogs, right? It’s easy to say we’re supposed to be the smart species while we make fun of "clueless trainers" and "stupid dog owners." It’s hard to get them to do the right thing. That’s when our work becomes real work.

I am a dog trainer, but I’m not just responsible for dogs – I am responsible for both ends of the leash. If I can’t reach a person in order to change their behavior or even just to help them get along better with their dog, I have failed. Snarky blog posts and Facebook pontificating doesn’t fix it.

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