Translations and the Bible By Robin Calamaio (Guest Article)

When God confused the languages at Babel, the communication barrier was so impenetrable that the people ceased building the tower … and their city. God then scattered them “over the face of the whole earth” (Gen 11:8). This language confusion was a stupendous miracle. Brains were rewired into brand new languages … instantaneously. But, this…

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Olate_Dog2Do you love women’s basketball and top canine talent? If so and you live near Minneapolis, you’re in for a treat on Sunday, December 7!

The Olate Dogs will be performing during halftime of the game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Butler Bulldogs.

Despite their obvious affinity for a certain mascot at the game, we think the Olate Dogs will stay neutral.

Not able to make it to Minneapolis? Watch these dogs in the latest #RescueFilm and check their upcoming tour schedule!

Halo is proud to sponsor the Olate Dogs as they tour the country and demonstrate the potential of rescue dogs. It’s an honor to know that these amazing high-energy furry entertainers eat only Halo Vigor.


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Home Treatment Of Scabies

Scabies is caused by Sarcoptes Scabiei a mite that lives in epidermis of skin by forming s shaped burrows. Infection is highly contagious, spread by skin to …
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A young man has some recurrent itchy spots.

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The NKJV Study Bible: Full-Color Edition by Thomas Nelson Publishers Book Review

The NKJV Study Bible: Full-Color Edition by Thomas Nelson Publishers My rating: 5 of 5 stars When I initially open this bible at random, I was floored by the extensive notes, illustrations and even the font size; This is a very user friendly bible that will enhance ones bible study/reading and it really just impressed…

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Latest Flea Topical News

Researching the possible hazards of products made to stop fleas and ticks
When he was a pup and young dog, topical flea and tick preventatives made him sick, so for years we have fed him brewer's yeast and garlic tablets. He has never had fleas or ticks in all those years. However, after we applied Frontline Tritak on him
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Lawsuits proliferate against makers of topical flea and tick products
“However,” he wrote in a response by e-mail, “while we do recommend that pet owners consult their veterinarian if they have questions or concerns about use of flea and tick products, there is no reason to believe that products purchased from reliable
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PocketSuite for Pet Sitters

A new way to for pet sitters to communicate with pet owners is PocketSuite.  It will soon be available in the listings of PetsitUSA members.  The official description for the new app is below:

PocketSuite is the first mobile business management tool for pet sitters, walkers and trainers. PocketSuite gives today’s on-the-go professionals the power to schedule appointments, communicate with clients and accept payment, all from a single app. PocketSuite is the fastest, most convenient and most affordable way for pet professionals to run their business.

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Cindy Adams to Host 6th Annual Blessing of the Animals

Her Page Six column never fails to make the tongues of gossip hounds wag, but on December 7th entertainment journalist Cindy Adams will make tails wag at the sixth annual Blessing of the Animals….

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SPLUNC1: How lungs protect themselves from infection

SPLUNC1: How lungs protect themselves from infection
Scientists have taken an important step toward a new class of antibiotics aimed at stopping lung infections. They found that a protein found in large airways, called "SPLUNC1," binds to lipids critical to defending against bacterial and viral
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Antibody landscapes after influenza virus infection or vaccination
2World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Modeling, Evolution, and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Cambridge CB2 3EJ, UK. 3Department of Viroscience, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam 3015 CE, Netherlands. 4Oxford …
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Wireless chip cures your staph infection then dissolves away
As bacteria get more resistant to antibiotics, researchers need to get more creative to clear them out. Researchers from the Tufts University and UIUC have definitely done that with a chip implant that can kill a localized staph infection with heat
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Halloween (2)

Here’s another photo of little Halloween, who we met yesterday.  She’s with her co-owner Richard (well half of him!) sitting on steps in the medieval village of Gorbio.  Halloween lives in Villefranche-sur-Mer.

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Arthur the Ecuadorian Stray Joins Team Peak Performance for Good

I don’t usually follow extreme sports much — or at all really — but it’s hard to resist the charm of Arthur, the stray dog who’s become an international sensation. Sweden’s Team Peak Performance was adopted by Arthur while they were competing in the Adventure Racing World Championship, a 430-mile trek through the Ecuadorian rain forest by bicycle, foot, and kayak.

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It all started with a meatball. Four days into the race, the team sat down to eat. Team captain Mikael Lindnord gave a canned meatball to a stray dog who was hanging around their encampment. From that point on, Team Peak Performance went from four members to five, even if the humans took a while to realize it.

"I didn’t understand that Arthur was following us until we were alone and he was still there," Lindnord said on the team's website. "At one stage, we had to take a break and the dog was totally wrecked. We opened two cans of food and let him eat, because he could find no food at all in the jungle."

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Mikael Lindnord and Arthur (Photo by Krister Goransson/Peak Performance)

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Arthur was determined to follow to the finish line, even when the team tried to get rid of him out of concern for his safety. When they reached the kayaking stage, organizers warned the team that the water would be unsafe for the dog, so they left him on shore. Arthur wasn't having any of that and just swam after the team.

"It was too heartbreaking, and we felt we couldn’t leave him," Lindnord said, "So we picked him up. We could hear the people cheer on the shore as we set off. But he was kind of in the way during the whole paddle, and we had to find different paddling techniques to not kick him off board. A few times he jumped in to the water and took a swim, and then he crawled back up again and was freezing so he got to wear our jackets. One time, we got quite close to land and he jumped off and swam to the shore, and we thought that was the last we were gonna see from him. But he ran on the road for a bit, and then he swam back to us."

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Team Peak Performance crossed the finish line two days after meeting Arthur. They didn't win -- they came in 12th in the 10-day race -- but you can't find any press about the team that came in first. The story of Arthur and his loyalty for the sake of a meatball captured the minds and hearts of the world, especially when Lindnord decided to take Arthur home to Sweden.

Crawling over mudslides and through dense jungle is one thing, but making your way through the bureaucracy to transport a dog from one country to another is truly fearsome. Doing it took an even bigger team; Lindnord and his colleagues used Twitter and Paypal to raise the funds needed to get Arthur to his new forever home.

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Even with the contributions from supporters, getting Arthur to his new home was no sure thing. Every time they made it past a bureaucratic obstacle, Lindnord posted an update on the team's Facebook page, letting everyone know that they were that much closer to their goal. Among other things, they got treatment for a months-old wound on Arthur's back.

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The team at the finish line. For Arthur, this was just the beginning of a much longer journey. (Photo by Krister Goransson/Peak Performance)

In the end, all that bureaucratic wrangling and crowdfunding worked, and Arthur is now in Sweden. Currently, he's in a 120-day quarantine, but when he's made it through that final obstacle, he'll be joining Lindnord and his family at their home in Örnsköldsvik.

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Arthur meets his public in Sweden.

There's a lot to feel good about in the story of Arthur and Team Peak Performance, but perhaps the best thing is this: The story does not end with them. Thanks to their experience in Ecuador, the team has established the Arthur Foundation to advocate for the rights of stray dogs. If you want to donate and help more stray dogs have happy endings, go to the website and hit one of the buttons at the bottom of the page.

Via NPR, Team Peak Performance Website, and Facebook

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