Saturday, September 29, 2007

FCI Dog Agility World Championships

This weekend the 2007 FCI Dog Agility World Championships are being held in Hamar, Norway. These are the best of the world!!

There are some amazing runs going on over there. Be sure and check out some of the action:

All the news and results - as they are happening from the official website!
Great vids, news and results from Eric Larson!
Be sure and check out the USA large dog team as they wrapped up the Silver today!

Friday, September 28, 2007

What your pup's age?

One of best buds suggested that we make a Squidoo lens on how to find out how old your pup is in human years. So what did we do? Yep, we made one!

In the course of making the lens we included some vids of pups from ages 1 through 18; guess who was the vid representing age 8? Yep, our very own buddy Spencer!

We also found this really cool vid of a pup from the age of 7 weeks to 6 months that we thought you would enjoy! And don't forget to check out my lens "How Young is Your Dog?"

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Blogging against animal abuse!

Today is Bloggers United Against Abuse Day. There is so much abuse in the world today for 2 and 4-leggers, we really don't know where to begin. For now, we choose to blog for the animals - my species, my kind.

I have been a victim of abuse. It was almost a year ago. Even though those that abused me when I was away from my Mum, still to this day do not believe what they did was abuse, I am sure. Just as I am sure it happens with others every day of every year. But it happened, and it was.

There are far too many much more severe cases of abuse that happen every day, than what happened to me. I was the lucky one. What it did was make me think, make me more aware, make me become more educated, and make me, my Mum and my sister Gracie, want to help however we can.

To honor what I went through last November and for all of those that suffer every day, my loving sister, Gracie created a SixDegrees.org AIM page to support the Animal Legal Defense Fund. It was and is a way for all of our family to try to help make things just a little bit better if we can. Stop by her page if you get a chance and read about the good work the folks at the Animal Legal Defense Fund are doing to help stand up for the rights of all animals.

And remember, be kind!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Be a green dog!

With nearly 62 million dogs in households throughout the US, you can bet your pups are leaving their paws prints on the environment. So what can you do? Help your dog go green!

By purchasing environmentally responsible pup products, utilizing environmentally safe household cleaners, and by taking other sustainable measures, you can have a healthier and happier pup, and help the environment at the same time!

Visit my new Squidoo lens on Raising a Green Dog! It's packed full of information on how you and your pup can go green, be healthier and happier and help the environment at the same time!

A different search engine?

We were searching around today and found out about a new search engine with a bit of a difference. You input your search term and it searches the main search engines, then it allows users to vote for their favorite websites. It's kind of a personalized social networking search engine with user-ranked results.

Of course I went right in a searched for my favorite thing - dog agility. My Squidoo lens appeared on the front page, which I love. And I saw all my other favorite sites and started right in voting on them. Kind of a Digg meets Google. Interesting, click here to try sproose.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Well, duh! There are ear thermometers!

The nice folks over at my shelter, the Southside Animal Shelter, barked in this morning to tell me and Mum about the ear thermometer. Duh!!!!

Mum didn't have one of these handy things available for Gracie the other day, but you can bet we are gonna have one in the mail pretty darn soon. That just seems so much more comfortable, and I bet loads easier for one person to handle taking pet temps with this handy, dandy, and reasonably priced device.

Check it out, wouldn't that be a great thing to add to your pet first aid kit.

Toys and toxins!

Clare, over at Dog Topics, has been keeping information posted on her blog about dog toys coming from China, suspected high levels of toxins and heavy metals, and the affects this could have on us pups.

You need to paw on over there when you get the chance and keep up-to-date. She has really great info! Thanks Clare for keeping a watchful eye on this growing concern.

Taking the temperature!

The other day, Gracie came down with a real runny nose. It was clear fluid, not gunky or greeny (yuck!). So Mum didn't worry too much - 'cause gunky and green can mean an infection.

There was only one thing that happened in the days before that Mum thought could have affected Gracie's nose. Mum put down new organic fertilizer (with blood meal) and it smelled pretty good to Gracie. She really didn't eat it, 'cause the pellets were very small and Mum watered it in real well. But she still sniffed a lot and our best guess is it irritated her nose for the day.

One thing that Mum did to see if she had an infection causing her runny nose was to take her temperature. I have to tell ya, Mum's never taken our temperature before, and has only watched as our vet has done it. But she decided it was time to learn and did some research on the Internet. She also got our rectal thermometer out of our trusty first aid kit that she takes everywhere with us. And a little packet of lubricant to make the 'slide in' easier.

Here are a couple of links to helpful sites that she used for directions:

How to take your dog's pulse and temperature

How to take a dog's temperature

After gettin' educated, Mum got Gracie to cooperate and took her temp. We do recommend that two people do this, as it was kind of difficult for Mum to do it on her own, with strong Gracie. But Gracie was a good girl. She followed the directions and Gracie's temp was completely normal - 100.5 degrees. So we felt a lot better knowing that Gracie wasn't really sick, just had an irritated nose.

You all know it's important to check with your vet on such matters. Mum did throughout the day when Gracie got the runny nose. But it's good to know how to take your dog's temp and pulse to help assess the situation, communicate more information to your vet and make more informed decisions.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Chute pic!


When Mum and I were at the trail this weekend there were a couple of companies taking photos. Mum loves going to look at the photos, mostly because she sees things that went on in our runs, that she can't see when she's running me. And because she just loves looking at me, BOL!!!

This was an interesting pic. During our Standard run on Friday (when we got the big MX) there were two jumps coming out of a tunnel, from one jump to the next was a 90 degree turn and then the chute was right there. Mum remembers me almost blowing past the chute, but taking a quick, quick turn and making it in the chute, just in time.

What she didn't see, however, was how I came out of the chute. And the fact that I didn't hesitate one iota going on to the next jump and a 90 degree turn into the weaves. So when she saw this pic, she was pretty surprised. It's not the usual way I come out of the chute, halfway going over on my side. But she loved the intensity, and the fact that it didn't hurt me, whew!!!

Photo courtesy: Moonshots Photography, LLC

Communicating!

Since Mum's a marketing consultant to technology companies she's always reading about local technology companies. She was reading recently about a tech company in town that does some pretty stuff.

It's called Vontoo voice messaging. Vontoo helps you create, send, and track voice messages to people who want to hear from you, like customers that have opted in to receiving news and other types of communications. It doesn't require the additional purchase of software or hardware to use the technology. And I would expect it to be a little more efficient than email and more personal in some ways. I also like the fact that it is permission based and satisfies and follows the national and local Do-Not-Call regulations.

Vontoo is working with the Boston Celtics to help them increase game attendance. And it seems to be working as described on their site.

This would be such a cool thing to occasionally send some woofs to our JohannTheDog.com customers. Maybe use it to wish them Happy Holidays since the Holidays are just around the corner. Maybe I could even sing a little Howl-a-day song for them, like I do to the tornado siren every Friday at test time, and Gracie could woof in, too!

This week is National Dog Week and National Deaf Awareness Week!

This week is National Dog Week and National Deaf Awareness Week. In honor of these weeks we are bringing you some information about a really great organization - the Deaf Dog Education Action Fund.

Meet Cookie! Cookie is an absolutely precious boy that is looking for his forever home. He is very well socialized, well mannered and knows several hand commands. Cookie knows hand commands for come, sit, stay, good boy, wrong, potty and go on. He loves to take rides in the car as well. Cookie is great off leash. He understands to check in if he gets a certain distance away. He would be a great agility or flyball dog as he is very motivated.

Why does Cookie need to know hand commands? Because he is nearly or completely deaf in both ears. He is currently being cared for by the nice folks at Companion Animal Network in Dallas, Texas. And is listed through the Deaf Dog Education Action Fund who provides education and funding for the purpose of improving and/or saving the lives of deaf dogs. They are a non-profit organization founded to speak on behalf of and assist in the betterment of life for deaf dogs everywhere.

Mum remembers the days when deaf dogs didn't have much of a chance in life. But now, through the efforts of many organizations and individuals, these pups that cannot hear can live a very healthy, happy, and fulfilling life. And they compete in sports and obedience, earn their Canine Good Citizenship awards, become wonderful therapy dogs and are cherished members of families throughout the World. All they need is a chance!

Check out these links for more information:

NQ's and pushing progress!

We are back from the three day trial, and boy are we beat! Driving four hours each day kind of took a toll on all three of us - Mum, me and Gracie! But we still had a blast, met some new friends, spent some time with current friends, and got to do my favorite thing - agility!

Today we are taking it easy, and Mum is spending loads of time in the chair with the computer, working to earn more of that money stuff.

After Friday's spectacular showing, we totally went downhill from there. We ran Saturday Standard and JWW, and Sunday Standard and JWW, and not one Q. Some interesting stuff happened - I started pulling out of my weaves at the 10th pole, then I got a little spooked on the dog walk, and I completely ignored a jump on our last JWW run. Mum says, since she has started really pushing me out there, we got a little off our cues, and I was a little surprised at the change in Mum's way of pushing me out there.

One time when I pulled out of the weaves, I just looked up at her like WHAT'S GOING ON HERE???? She gave me a wink, smile and then we bolted off to the next jump. With Mum giggling under her breath all the way.

Mum expected a little adjustment period and knew that what I was doing and how I was acting was all connected to her pushing me harder, and that's OK. I like to be pushed!

The best part was on our last run of the weekend and after pulling out of the 10th pole weave three times in a row, Mum put me back in the poles, and I did them great - then we were off to the finish of our JWW run and I was the happiest, fastest and most driven since my first run of the weekend! So Mum thinks we got over our little adjustment period pretty darn quickly, even in 90 degree heat. And it was totally worth working on this at a trial.

Training tomorrow, then next weekend it's off to Terre Haute for a two day AKC trial. Mum says she's gonna continue to push me, so I guess I better be ready!

Hope all of you had a great weekend!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

It's Dogs in Politics Day!

Today is Dogs in Politics Day, and we thought we'd share some interesting information and facts about dogs in the political arena. Because, one wise man once said...

"If you want
a friend in Washington, get a dog."
President Harry S Truman

Dogs have been around politics, probably as long as there have been politics, which is forever, right? You may remember this famous shot of President Franklin D. Roosevelt with his dog Fala, taking a quick ride around Hyde Park. (Photo by George Skadding, Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images)

Roosevelt owned at least 7 dogs: a German Shepherd (Major), 2 Scotch Terriers (Meggie and Fala), Llewellyn Setter (Winks), English Sheepdog (Tiny), Great Dane (President), and Mastiff (Blaze).

But the most famous of the pup class was Fala, given to the President by his cousin, Margaret Suckley, the star of an MGM Hollywood movie about the typical day of a dog in the White House. Fala also became an honorary army private, and received this honor by contributing one dollar to the war effort setting a trend for the rest of the US. Fala is depicted in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Meggie, the Roosevelt's other Terrier, was infamous as she once bit a senator!

Throughout history dogs have played a very important role in the lives of Presidents. In Annapolis, Maryland is the Presidential Pet Museum, entirely dedicated to showcasing the lives and history of pets in the White House. It's a fun and educational site with interesting stories about how these Presidential pets played a role in the history of the US.

And much has written about the role that dogs (and other pets) play in the lives of our Nation's leaders. Recently ABCNews published an article speculating on what pets would be taking over the Oval Office in 2009. The Time Tube blog recently asked, "How well do these five Presidential figures relate to their pet dogs?" Jake Tapper, a senior political correspondent for ABC News wrote not too long ago in the LATimes, "pets say something about our leaders -- just ask those on both sides of the debate over Mitt Romney's Irish setter."

Recently, a woman who faced up to 90 days in jail for registering her dog to vote has agreed to a deal that could remove the charge from her record. Balogh registered her Australian shepherd-terrier mix, Duncan M. McDonald, to vote in April 2006. Read more!

To keep up on information about voting for dogs rights and the laws that govern our pups, here is an interesting blog providing a wealth of information. Dog Politics provides news, commentary and opinion on anti-dog law and policy. Download their guide to see if your candidate is dog friendly!


If you want to test your knowledge about dogs in politics, here's an interesting site! And what if our pets could vote? Who would they elect President in 2008? Would they vote Democrat? Republican? Or Independent? Well now they can!! Registration is free, fun, and easy. Register your pet today!

There are many interesting books available on the topic of 'Dogs in Politics'. Here is just a sampling:
Wackiest White House Pets

My Senator And Me: A Dog's Eye View Of Washington, D.C.

Us pups, throughout the ages, have played very important roles in the history of the US. Here is a good example; a very historic speech, given by then Senator Richard Nixon. The "Checkers speech," as it has come to be known, was given by Richard Nixon on September 23, 1952, when he was the Republican candidate for the Vice Presidency.

The speech was broadcast nationwide from the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, and was one of the first political uses of television to appeal directly to the populace. Nixon, having been accused of accepting $18,000 in illegal campaign contributions, gave the live address to the nation in which he revealed the results of an independent audit that was conducted on his finances, exonerating him of any malfeasance.

The one contribution he admitted receiving was from a Texas traveling salesman named Lou Carrol who gave his family an American Cocker Spaniel, which his daughter named Checkers. Nixon admitted that this gift could be made into an issue by some, but maintained that he didn't care, stating "the kids, like all kids, love the dog and I just want to say this right now, that regardless of what they say about it, we're gonna keep it."



We hope you enjoy Dogs in Politics Day!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Today is One Web Day!

Today, September 22 marks the 1st anniversary of One Web Day - A day for people throughout the world to celebrate the World Wide Web and how it connects us all.

I am celebrating One Web Day today by sending this BIG THANK YOU HUG to all my pup and two-legger friends out there throughout the World. Thanks for being my friend, thanks for supporting me and my efforts, thanks for being on the Internet so I could meet you and share our lives together. Don't know what I would do without ya and I just wanted you to know that I appreciate you!

You too can support One Web Day by talking about the affect the Internet has had on your life, by posting and sharing information, photos, and/or videos; emailing your friends and family, searching for information to improve your life and other ways, K?

Friday, September 21, 2007

Wowser! Big News!

We're back from the trail today, And we have amazing news!

We left today about 10:30 AM to drive over to Ohio for the trial, got there about 12:30. My first run was JWW and the course looked pretty good, Mum said. Nice place for those nice rear crosses we worked on last week.

Mum set me up facing the tunnel, then it was four jumps with a rear to a jump and tunnel going left, then two straight jumps to the weaves, then a hard right to three more jumps and a rear (to the right) to six jumps in a row.

Despite the fact that I was kind of wide on one of the rears and got near taking the tunnel the second time, our run was good! And we got a Q, so that got me and Mum my MXJ! Yippeee!!!

Then Mum looked at the Standard course and thought, oh, no - may not get that DQ today or that MX, 'cause what she saw was something she hadn't seen yet, a macaroni tunnel with both ends with the Frame right in the middle - yep, you heard me a tunnel on either side of the frame, right up against it. And guess which obstacle was the fourth one, yep the Frame.

It was three jumps with a hard left to the frame (missing those two tunnels on either side, mind you!), then a right turn to a jump with another right to the dog walk, then the table. Then it was off to two jumps and the left side of that darn tunnel, then two jumps to the chute, another jump and a hard left to the weaves, to the left side of that darn tunnel. then a jump with a hard left to the teeter then two more jumps with the triple last.

Well, we have to tell you that course ate up a bunch of dogs - all of them accept about 8 NQ'd. It was a toughie for sure. But guess what! Yep, we Q'd, one of three dogs in 16 inches, and to top that we even got 1st place. Very, very cool.

A couple of things that Mum did that others didn't was very interesting. Many of the mini dog handlers were babysitting the frame, consequently they were bending over and throwing the pup into the out tunnel, or the dog would just stop in from of the frame, like what???? We watched a lot of dogs in 8 and 12 inches, but didn't see anyone really run how Mum had planned. And we were sixth into the 16 inch dogs, so we didn't get to really watch any of the 16's either.

Mum's plan was to run with me on the three jumps, then when I landed in line with the Frame, she pivoted in place and said 'Frame', worked like a charm. No babysitting, just trusting me to know what to do, and I did. One other thing that she did was tell me all the way from the car to the start line - 'JoJo, three jumps to the Frame, buddy, Frame; yep that's it jump, jump, jump frame'. And, believe it or not, she thinks it really helped.

So we ended up pretty darn good today with a DQ, an MX and MXJ, and a first place (got sixth in JWW, which isn't so bad up against those fast Ohio pups). Wowser! We are soooo excited. Now we're going back Sat and Sun and it's off to the MACH....

Thursday, September 20, 2007

I'm a giant squid!

Woo Hoo! I'm a Giant Squid!

Not too long ago, Squidoo was having a bit of a contest. Those that had 50 really good Squidoo lenses done by a certain date were to possibly be named a Giant Squid!

And yesterday they let everyone who made it know. And I made it!

For those of you who don't know, Squidoo is a great site where you can create pages on any subject (or person) you want, and share in the profits that your lenses make! We're not making a huge amount of money, but it sure is great to have a little extra dough for agility, and to add to our pot to donate to dog shelters and rescues. 'Cause what we do it for all JohannTheDog related income, is donate 10% of the profits. Now that we're a giant Squid, we hope we'll be taking in a little more.

If you'd like to see all my lenses, visit my lensography!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Celebrity!

Celebrities are always in the news. Neil Crespi on Squidoo even talks about celebrities. What are they up to, who likes whom, who got arrested today.

Henry Kissinger once said, "the nice thing about being a celebrity is that, if you bore people, they think it's their fault." BOL!

A celebrity is a widely-recognized or famous person who commands a high degree of public and media attention. A famous definition of celebrity comes from the cultural theorist Daniel Boorstin. In his book, The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America, he cynically describes celebrities as people well known for their “well-knowness”.

Well that got me wondering....if I was a celebrity what would they write about me? Here are my top ten:
  1. I'm sure they would say that I'm smaller than they thought.
  2. And that I needed to loose a lb., or so, or that I was too thin, Ha!
  3. They would say I was cute, fur sure! (Think I have a big head?)
  4. Surely they would say I was gossipy, because I'm always telling on my sis, Gracie.
  5. Outspoken, yes they would definitely say I was outspoken - I tell it 'like it is'.
  6. They would rate me pretty high on the fashion scale for a boy pup. 'What are you wearing, Johann?'; "EarthDog collars, of course," I'd say. "They are all natural, made of hemp and good for the environment."
  7. Hopefully they would think I'm a pretty good athlete, or at least have potential!
  8. The media is always giving celebs nicknames, I sure hope they would pick up on my my Mum's favorite nickname for me - JoJo (pronounced YoYo).
  9. I am sure they would link me with Paris' pup, Tinker Bell! (Not true, not true!)
  10. My bet? They'd tell me I needed a good makeover, or maybe they'd go for my scruffy look.
What would they say about you?

Can you say agility?

It's only Wednesday and already I'm thinking about the weekend!

Awww, agility, one of my favorite words in the entire universe, well accept my Mum's of course. We've been training this week on Sunday and on Tuesday at our trainers house.

Sunday, our trainer was at the regionals and needed us to tend to her sheepies. I just love to tend to the sheepies. And sooo want to know when Mum is going to get me on sheep again. All I got to do though was admire them at a distance and through the fence. But even with that, I had 'em moving, you betcha!

Training has been going well. Mum says I've been super speedy, and it feels like she's handling yet another dog. It's been cooler around here lately and I just love that cool weather. We haven't had a trial in a few weeks, and have to say we are really looking forward to the next six weekends in a row.

This weekend, we are off to Ohio for three days. We'll be driving back and forth, 'cause we have to get back on the horse (as they say) after our car accident. Friday is just Exec level, so we can go later and come back earlier.

This weekend we are going for the MX, MXJ - just need one more Q in each - Jumpers and Standard. Our Q rate is sitting at about 65-68%, so the odds are good that we'll get it. Paws crossed!

Mum says once we get that, it's just off to the MACH title which will be awhile. So she's decided after I get my MX, MXJ, she's going to be pushing me harder and faster than ever, 'cause at 16 inches, it's sometimes hard to get those MACH points built up. Most folks would say, well how come she's not pushing me all the time? Yep, good questions. But I have to say that we feel we've just recently got our rhythm down, Mum knows what I can do know, and I'm working much more independently. So she can push me now. And I've only been trialling for about 18 months for goodness sake!

Mum tells folks that I'm a good boy, 'cause when we're off our game, we at least do it all in one day. And we're we on we do that in one day too, so we've been able to accumulate I think 6 or 7 DQ's so far, out of the 9 MX, MXJ legs. We're really happy with that.

After this weekend, we have another AKC trial, then the final USDAA for the year (can you say "I want my MAD this year"!), then three more AKC trials in a row. Should make for an interesting Fall!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Keepin' Mum in shape!

Since Mum's been thinking so much about keeping me in good physical shape, she's also been thinking about how she can keep herself in good shape.

Since she runs me, she has to run pretty hard. And now that Gracie is keeping her speed up in both practice and competition, Mum needs to be in the best shape possible. Running two dogs, is a whole other ball game than running just one.

So as part of my training plan, she's working in activities that she can do with me (and Gracie), and also looking into some weight loss tips just to make sure she doesn't put any lbs. on this Winter. Luckily she's in pretty decent shape and just has to watch herself when her activity declines, eating more fruits and veggies, cutting back on the indulgences, that type of thing.

Hey agility handlers? What do you do to keep in shape?

Dog blood donors save lives!

Have you ever wondered how all those pups that need lifesaving procedures get the blood they need during surgery? We wondered about that, so we did a new Squidoo lens on dog blood donors, those saved by blood donation, and how the whole process works to get those pups the blood they need.

Check it out and see how you may be able to donate blood at your local blood bank or blood drive.

Pushing....well, older!

Mum's birthday is coming up next month, and she's getting older! Remind you, she's not that old yet, but it's just close enough that she thinks about the big numbers sometimes.

Hopefully it's true that 40 is the new 20 and 50 is the new 30, she'd like that. She has told me though that she wouldn't want to go back to 20 or 30 for any reason, whatsoever! She likes her life now, has much more experience, and thinks a lot differently about life than she did when she was 30. Risk? We'll take it. Fear, not in our vocabulary. Wherever life takes us, is where we want to go; but hopefully the direction would take advantage of our talents!

She does look in the mirror now and then, and isn't that happy about the age thing showing more and more on her. Lots of people think about doing some stuff and having Beverly Hills plastic surgery done. It may be for some folks, but not for my Mum. I like her just as she is.

Monday, September 17, 2007

For the serious canine athlete!

Since my serious injuries, Mum has been thinking a lot about how to keep me in tip top shape for agility. And she's been talking with folks about putting together a training program for me, especially since Winter is just around the corner.

She's been doing a lot of research on the Internet, looking for information on strengthening, conditioning, stretching, nutrition and other subjects related to keeping the me fit. What she found was pretty amazing; a whole bunch of articles on keeping us pup athletes at our best.

To organize it all and to share it with folks, she put together a Squidoo lens, just for the canine athlete. It lists all kinds of info from training and gait analysis, conditioning, and nutrition, to available related books, dvd's, injury prevention and lots of other articles.

This lens is for the serious canine athlete. So all you agility, flyball, disc dog, schutzund, earth dog, and other sporting canines, check it out. We're sure you'll find some great info. And if you find additional articles that would be great to add to the lens, just let us know, K?

Thank you MaxDogPhotos.com for the photo.

AKC December events!

The AKC Agility Invitational, AKC/Eukanuba National Championship and the National Obedience Invitational will be here before you know it. They will be held in Long Beach, CA, December 1-2.

Only the top five agility dogs in each of the AKC recognized breeds are invited to the agility invitational. A few of our buds that we train and trial with were invited this year, including Buster Brown, one of the top ranked Am Staffs in the country in both AKC and USDAA.

I can't wait to see how they all do and hear all about their trip, runs and the fun they had. I will be sure to direct them to this California travel blog, so they can get to know the area more, and find some fun stuff to do when they have some free time - if they have some free time!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Dog days!

Ever wonder how I remember all those dog days and holidays? One late night, I scoured the Internet and found just about all the days honoring us pups that I could find. Then I did two things:

1. Put together a Squidoo lens about days devoted to dogs,
2. And I added all those days and events to a public Google Calendar.

If you would like to add these wonderful days earmarked just for us pups to your Google Calendar, just click here, login, then do a search in the public calendars for 'days honoring dogs'. It should pop right up and you can add it to your calendar!

Hair of the dog!

The other day Gracie, Mum and I were watching TV and this commercial came on the talking about hair replacement. It got me to thinking... after my experience getting attacked by those dogs a couple of years ago, I've had a bald spot on my back. It's where they took a big chunk out of me and when it healed the hair never grew back.

I bet all kinds of people don't have hair for loads of reasons. Because they are older, because they got sick or had an accident, or because they genetically lost or never had their hair. And I bet they feel like I do, a bit self conscious, at times. I am lucky, cause I have kind of long hair and I can do a 'comb over' and no one sees my bald spot, but humans just don't have the luxury.

So we went in search for more info about hair and found these sites:
Enjoy!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

The Plague Dogs - The Movie!

We were at it again, yep, gettin' sucked in to YouTube. And guess what we found this time? An entire animated movie about us pups. It's called The Plague Dogs.

The Plague Dogs is a 1982 animated film based on the 1977 novel of the same name by Richard Adams. The film was written for screen, directed and produced by Martin Rosen, who also directed Watership Down, the film version of another novel by Adams.

The film's story is centered on two dogs named Rowf and Snitter, who escape from a research laboratory in Great Britain. In the process of telling the story, the film highlights the cruelty of performing vivisection and animal research for its own sake (though Martin Rosen said that this was not an anti-vivisection film, but an adventure), an idea that was only recently coming to public attention during the 1960s and 1970s. Click here to learn more about the movie.

Here is the first of the 10 vids that make up the movie. You can see all the vids in order here!


Thursday, September 13, 2007

Saturday is Puppy Mill Awareness Day!

This is Top Secret, an adult terrier who was used as a breeder at a Missouri puppy mill. Due to a lifelong lack of veterinary care, Top Secret suffered from painful and severe dental infections.

All of his teeth rotted and he lost part of his lower jaw. Top was rescued and has been treated, but he can no longer shut his mouth all the way and does not have full use of his jaw.

Top Secret has now been adopted into a loving home.

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This Saturday is Puppy Mill Awareness Day. Throughout the World there are thousands and thousands of breeding facilities that produce puppies in incredibly large numbers, with the sole purpose of selling these pups to the public through the Internet and newspaper ads, at auctions, or to brokers and pet shops.

The problems with puppy mills are the extensive over- and in-breeding of these poor pups, the lack of medical care, poor food and shelter, overcrowding and sometimes killing of unwanted animals. There is much suffering occurring in these horrible places, and the suffering often continues outside through inherited genetic diseases, illnesses and afflictions.

So much needs to happen to stop this cruel practice. What can you do right now?
  • Stop buying pups from pet stores, and don't buy a puppy through the Internet or advertised in a newspaper ad, and tell your friends to do the same. Get your next pup from a dog shelter or rescue or a well-screened reputable breeder.
  • Contact your member of the U.S. House of Representatives and your two U.S. Senators, asking them to urge the USDA to strictly enforce the Animal Welfare Act and to support efforts to increase funding for USDA/Animal Care.
  • Encourage state and federal officials to stop the mass production and exportation of sick and traumatized dogs.
  • Share this flyer and spread the word about puppy mills.
  • Read this and share information on how to find a good dog breeder!
  • And download this pdf on finding and recognizing a reputable breeder.
Help end the suffering of these pups. Be aware, be educated and pass the word. For more information, please visit these links:

Get the facts on puppy mills - from the Humane Society of the US
FAQ's about puppy mills
Read more about what you can do to help stop this cruel practice
Visit this site and learn all you can about stopping puppy mills

Below is a video showing the horrors of puppy mills. *Warning* this video contains distressing and upsetting footage of animal abuse and neglect and should be viewed with caution.

A little link love!

Tish of The Kat House added me to Priscilla Palmer’s Personal Development List. Thanks so much, Tish! This sure is a great list of blogs!

The Rules:

  1. Once you have been added to the list, let Priscilla Palmer know.
  2. Add this list on your own blog. For an easy way to transfer the list to your site, click here.
  3. Tag any blog you feel can benefit us in our growth process to be added to the list.
  4. Don’t forget to add yourself to the list when you post!

I tag:

  1. PetSitUSA
  2. Huma~B

Priscilla Palmer’s Personal Development List:

Aaron Potts at Today is That Day
Adam Alexander at Adam’s Peace
Adam Kayce at Monk at Work
Adam Khoo at Adam Khoo’s Philosophies and Investing Insights
AgentSully at Life Learning Today
Al at 7pproductions.com
Alan Torres at Made to Be Great
Alex Shalman at AlexShalman.com
Alexander Kjerulf at The Chief Happiness Officer
Alexys Fairfield at Unraveling The Spiritual Mystique
Albert Foong at urbanmonk.net
Alvaro at Sharp Brains Blog
Amber at Amber Waves
Amber at Random Mangus
Amie Ragan at Psychology of Clutter
Amit Sodha at The Power of Choice
Amy Hedin at There is no Maximum to Human Potential
Andrea Learned at Learned on Women
Andrea J. Lee at Money, Meaning, and Beyond
Andrew Brunelle at Andrew Brunelle.com
Andy Wibbels at AndyWibbels.com
Anita Pathik Law at Power of Our Way
Anmol Mehta at AnmolMetha.com
Anna Farmery at The Engaging Brand
Antonio Thornton at AntonioThornton.com
April Groves at Making Life Work For You
Argancel at C’eclair (for those who speak french)
Ariane Benefit at Neat & Simple Living
Ash aka Mr. Biggs at One Powerful Word
Ashley Cecil at The Painting Activist
Ask Lucid at Ask Lucid Spiritual Development
Barb Melloh at The Law of Attraction Info
Barbara Curtis at Mommy Life
Barbara Sliter at Creatorship
Belle Wong at Abundance Journal
Ben Yoskovitz at Instigator Blog
Beth at Butterfly Thoughts
Bill Perry at Lucid Blog
Billy Smith at The Organic Leadership Blog
Blogfuse at LifeDev
Brad Isaac at Achieve It
Brian Clark at Copyblogger
Brian Kim at briankim.net
Brian Lee at geniustypes.com
Brightfeathers at this time-this space
Brooke at Plain Advice
Bob at everyeveryminute
Bolly at Motivational Corner
Byron Katie at Byron Katie.com
Cam Beck at ChaosScenario
Cara Lumen at The Success Magnets With Cara Luman and Your Second Wind Blog
Carlon Haas at Possess Less Exist More
Carol Skolnick at Soul Surgery
Catherine Carter at Continuum Wellness
Cheif Family Officer at Cheif Family Officer
Chris Brogan at Chris Brogan.com
Chris Cree at SuccessCREEations
Chris Marshall at Martial Development
Chris Melton at Soupornuts.com
Chris Owen at Pink Apple
Christine Kane at ChristineKane.com
Christine Valters Painter at Abbey of the Arts
Christy at Totally Fabulous
Clyde at Feeling Good
Colin Beavan at No Impact Man
Colleen Wainwright of Communicatrix
Conceive, Believe, Achieve at Conceive, Believe, Achieve
Confessing at 7Confessions
Cooper at Wonderland or Not
Crabby McSlacker at Cranky Fitness
Craig Harper at Motivational Speaker
Craze at Crazedreamer’s Thoughts
Curt Rosengren at Occupational Adventure
Cyres at Cyres Matters
Damian Carr at Soul Terminal
Daniel Sitter at Idea Sellers
Danny Kohn at Be Inspired Everyday
Darlene Siddons at Spirited Boutique
Darren Rowse at Problogger.net
Dave Pollard at How to Save the World
Dave Schawbel at The Personal Branding Blog
Dave Schoof at Engaging the Disquiet
Davers at Language Trainers Blog
David Allen at The David Allen Company
David Bohl at Reflections on Balance
David Finch at David Finch.com
David Richeson at 360 Degree Success
David Rogers at How to Have Great Self Confidence
David Seah at David Seah.com
David Zinger at Slacker Manager
Dawn Vinson at Daydreaming on Paper
Dawud Miracle at dmiracle.com
Daylle Deanna Schwartz at Lessons from a Recovering Doormat
Dean Lacono at Law of Attraction for Beginners
Deb at Mind Body and Solar
Deb2012 at Fibromaylgia and Wellness
Debbie Call at Spirit In Gear
Debbie LaChusa at 10 Step Marketing Collection
Deborah aka Zephry1 at Climate of Our Future
Debra Moorhead at Debra Moorhead.com
Denise Mosawi at Destineering.com
Devlyn Steele at Tools To Life Guide
Dick Richards at Come Gather Round
Dominic Tay at Personal Development for Winners
Don Simkovich at Hey Don
Donald Latumahina at Life Optimizer
Donna Karlin at Perspectives
Donna Steinhorn at Rethinking
Douglas Eby at Talent Development Resources
Dr. Charles Parker at The Core Psych Blog
Dr. Hal at Northstar Mental fitness blog
Dr. Michael Shea at From Pain to Personal Gain
Dr. Tim Sharp at The Happiness Institute
Drew Rozell at Drew Rozell.com
Dwayne Melancon at Genuine Curiosity
E Murphy at The Active Life
Edward Mills at Evolving Times
Edith Yeung at Dream Think Act
Elizabeth Badurina at Modern Gypsy
Elle Mgee at Ever Hopeful, Ever Thankful
Ellen Weber at Brain Based Business
Ellesse at Goal Setting College
Elly Jolly at Jolly Life Coaching
Emily G. W. Lilly at The Science of Waldorf Education
Emmanuel Lopez at The Adventures of Motivatorman
Enoch Tan at Mind Reality
Eric Napier at Quotation Collection
Erin Pavlina at Erin Pavlina.com
Evelyn Lim at Attraction Mind Map
Evelyn Rodriguez at Crossroads Dispatches
Evolving Excellence at Evolving Excellence
Farouk Radwan at 2KnowMySelf
Frank Kanu at Frank Uncovers Excellence in Leadership
Frank Roche at KnowHR Blog
Galba Bright at Tune Up Your EQ
Garr Reynolds at Presentation Zen
Gary at Personal Strategic Plan
Gerri at Absolutely True
Gilad Buchman at Sigsug
Gleb Reys at Personal Development Ideas
Grayson at Modern Worker Blog
Greg Butler at holistic-personal-development.com
Greg Frost at ChargedAudio.com
Geoff R at Gearfire.net
George Vasu at 360
Golbguru at Money, Matter, and More Musings
Gretchen Rubin at Happiness Project
Gustav at Success-is-in-you.com
Guy Kawasaki at How to Change the World
Gyanish at Diethack
Halina Goldstein at The Inner Travel Journal
Hilda Carroll at Living Out Loud
Heather Goldsmith at A Creative Journal
Helgi Pall Einarsson at Everyday Wonderland
Henrik Edberg at The Positivity Blog
Honman at Open Your Mind to Prosperity
Hueina Su at Intensive Care for the Nurturer’s Soul
Ilyria at Finding Norway
Inkedmn at The Cranking Widgets Blog
Isabella Mori at MoriTherapy
Itzy Sabo at Email Overloaded
JC at Job Life Upgrade
Jacin Steele at Jacin Steele.com
Jack Vinson at Knowledge Jolt with Jack
Jackie at The Painted Veil
Jackie Ford at The Vegan Diet
Jacklyn Ker at Inspiring and Empowing Lives
Jarle Husefest at The Personal Development Blog
Jason and Michael at Black Belt Productivity
Jason Ivers at A Miracle a Day
Jason Womack at Fit and Effective
Jay White at dumb little man tips for life
Jean Browman at Transforming Stress Into Power and Cheerful Monk
Jeane Michelle Culp at Binding Ink
Jeanne May at Aspirations Plus
Jeannette Maw at Good Vibe Coaching
Jeanie Marshall at Empowerment and Meditation Blog and DailyAffirm: Positive Affirmations Day by Day
Jeff Davidson at Breathing Space Blog
Jeff Lilly at Druid Journal
Jeffrey Phillips at Think Faster
Jennifer at Goodness Graciousness
Jennifer Mannion at Heal Pain Naturally
Jenny Ryan at Using My Powers For Good
Jenny and Erin at Jenny and Erin
Jeremiah Owyang at Web Strategy by Jeremiah
Jerry Hart at Blue Print to emarketing
Jerry Lopper at Personal Growth
Jessa at clairvoyantGuidance.net
Jessica Hagy at Indexed
Jim stroup at Managing Leadership
Jim Walton at Black In Business
JoLynn Braley at The Fit Shack
Joan Schramm at Accelerating Momentum
Joanna Young at Coaching Wizardry
Joanne at I’m Happy Fish
JodeeB at You Already Know This Stuff
Joe Vitale at Dr. Joe Vitale at Zero
JohannTheDog at The Days of Johann and Rescue Me
John Chow at John Chow Dot Com
John Pratt at John Pratt International
John Place at John Place Online
John W. McKenna at The Leadership Epidemic
John Wesley at Pick The Brain
Jon at Join The Secret
Jon King at The Effective Life
Jon Willis at Self Happiness
Jonathan at Smart Wealthy Rich and Freelance Folder
Jordan at The Abe Blog
Jory Des Jardin at Pause: Meaningful Work
Josh Bickford at Reach For Magnificence and Reach for Magnificence
Josh Kaufman at The Personal MBA
Judy Martin at The Work/Life Monitor
Julia Rogers Hamrick at Julia’s Blog: Journal of the Journey Home to Eden
Julie Bonner at Declutter It
Kailani at An Island Review
Kammie Kobyleski at Passion Meets Purpose
Kara-Leah Masina at Be Conscious Now
Karen at Journey with Water Learner
Karen Lynch at Live The Power
Karen Wallace at The Clearing Space
Karl Moore at Karl Blog.com
Karl Staib at Karl Staib.com
Kathy Mallary at Coaching Biz Tips
Keith Ferrazzi at Never Eat Alone
Kelly at Kellymentology
Ken Dow and Martin Cooper at Creativity Happens
Kenton Whitman at kentonwhitman.com
Kevin Kinchen at Creative Power of Thought
Killeris at Attitude, The Ultimate Power
Kim and Jason at Escape Adulthood
Kim George at Doing What You Can Do
Kimber Chin at Client K
Kirk Nugent at Kirk Nugent.com
Kirsten Harrell at Ipopin
Krishna De at Biz Growth News and Todays Women in Business
Kristen King at Lively Women
K.L. Masina at Be Conscious Now
LJW at Heavenly Inclinations
Lauchlan Mackinnon at Think Differently
Laura at Orgjunkie
Lawrence Cheok at A Long, Long Road
Laura Young at The Dragon Slayer’s Guide to Life
Leah Maclean at Working Solo
Leigh at The Lab
Lee Nutter at bmindful
Leo Babauta at Zen Habits
Liara Covert at Dream Builders
Life Reflection at Universe in a Single Atom
Lilifixt at Feel Happy
Linda Salazar at Awaken The Genie Within
Lisa Braithwaite at Speak Schmeak
Lisa Gates at Design Your Writing Life
Lisa McGlaun at LifePrints - Good News for a More Compassionate World
Lisa Q at 40s Singleness-Dating in Your 40s
Lisa Van Allen at Finish Strong
Liz at Internet Marketing Strategies
Liz Strauss at Successful Blog
Lodewijkvdb at How to be an Original
Lola Fayemi at Real World Spiritual and Personal Development
Lorie Marrero at The Clutter Diet Blog
Lorraine Cohen at Powerfull Living
Luciano Passuello at Litemind.com
Lucid at Spiritual Suggestions
Lumosity at Brain Health Blog
Lyman Reed at Creating a Better Life
Lyndon Antcliff at LyndonAntcliff.com and Cornwallseo.com
Lynn McTaggert at Living The Field
Lynne Morrell at Lynn Morrell.com and Musings From The Edge
MT at MindTWEAKS
Maddy at Illuminated Minds Want to Know
Malathy Badri at Laws of Universe
Malcolm Campbell at The Round Table
Manny at Success Books
Maria Gajewski at Never The Same River Twice
Maria Garcia at Get Organized Now
Maria Palma at The Good Life
Marianne Williamson at Journal
Marion at Herbal Connection
Mark at The Naked Soul
Mark Forster at Get Everything Done
Mark LaPierre at The Winding Path
Mark McManus at Build Your Life To Order
Mark W Shead at Productivity 501
Martin Avis at Kickstart Daily
Mary K at Becoming Your StellarSelf
Matthew Cornell at Matt’s Idea Blog
Meg Haworth at Life Lessons From Your Soul
Melanie Benson Strick at The Success Blog
Merlin Mann at 43 Folders
Michelle at aMusing My Genius
Michelle Moore at Happiness Blog
Michael Port at The Think Big Revolution
Michael Vanderdonk at TOACH Performance
Mike Janssen at Opgestroopte Mouwen
Mike Kemski at BANABU
Mike St. Pierre at The Daily Saint
Millionaire Mommy Next Door at Millionaire Mommy Next Door
Mimi Lennox at Mimi Writes
Mizzy Bohemia at Miz BoheMia’s Rhapsody
Mona Grayson at Question The Mind
Monte Ladner at Fitness Rocks
Mr.Wang at Mr Wang Says So
My Everyday Planner at My Everyday Planner
My Mind on Books at My Mind on Books
NCN at No Credit Needed
Nancy Mills at The Spirited Woman
Nancy Tierney at Unconditional Confidence
Neal Donald Walsh at Conversations With God
Neil Patel at Quick Sprout
Nic Askew at Monday 9AM Blog
Nick Smith at Life 2.0
Nneka at Balanced Life Center
Organize-It at Organize-It
Pamala Slim at Escape From Cubicle Nation
Pamm Larry at My Secret Spiritual Dance
Patricia Klingler at Remarkable Women Speak
Patricia Singleton at Spiritual Journey of a Lightworker
Patti Digh at 37 Days
Paul at Paul’s Tips
Paul Piotrowski at Self Help Wisdom
Paula Kawal at Paula Kawal.com
Peggy Payne at Peggy Payne’s Boldness Blog
Peter at I Will Change Your Life
Peter Aldin at Great Circle
Peter Haslem at Necessary Skills
Phil Gerbyshak at Make It Great
Philip J Eby at Dirt Simple.org
Philippe Matthews at Shockwealth
Pia at Courting Destiny
Priscilla Palmer at Personal Development Demands Success
Priya Florence Shah at Soul Kadee
Quint Jensen at Win Your Mind
Raymond Salas at Zenchill Powertools
Real Modern Man at Real Modern Man
Reg Adkins at ElementalTruths
Ricardo at Wake Up Tiger
Rich Schefren at Strategic Profits
Rick Cockrum at Shards of Consciousness
Rick Cooper at The PDA Pro
Ririan at Ririanproject
Rob at 7Breaths
Rob Cooke at Leave the Office
Robert at Compassionate Council
Robert at Myselfdev
Robert Ashcroft at PDSS Online
Robin Skeen at Robin’s Reflections
Robin Yapp at Yapp 3.0
Robyn McMaster at Brain Based Biz
Roger Von Oech at Creative Think
Rolf F. Katzenberger at Evomend
Rosemary at Parkinson’s Disease and Peripheral Neuropathy
Rosa Say at Managing With Aloha Coaching
Ryan Marle at The Alpha Project
S.J. Yee at Personal Development for the Book Smart
Sam at Aquire Wisdom and Live with Passion
Scott Adams at The Dilbert Blog
Scott Berkun at Berkun Blog
Scott Bernadot at Keeping The Secret
Scott Ginsberg at Hello, My Name Is Blog
Scott H Young at Scott H Young
Scott McArthur at McArthur’s Rant
Secret Simon at The Secret of Life
Self Pursuit at Self Pursuit
Senia at Senia.com Positive Psychology Coaching
Seth Godin at Seth’s Blog
2 Know My Self at 2KnowMySelf
Shane Navratil at Zoomstart
Shaun Boyd at LifeReboot.com
Shauna Arthurs at Breathing Prosperity and Follow Your Path
Shaheen Lakhan at GNIF Brain Blogger
Simone at Dynamic Living
Simone and Mandy at Outfit Inspirations
Single Ma at Single Ma’s Fabulous Financials
Slade Roberson at Shift Your Spirits and Spiritual Blogging
Sleeping Dude at How to Wake Up Early
Sonora Jayne Case at Positive Realities Coaching
Sophiagurl at Life is Just Around the Corner
Spike at Organize It
Start Up Coach at Take Charge of Your Life
Stephanie and Jeffrey at Brains on Purpose
Steve Beisheim at Jumping Ship Happens
Steve King at The Green Geek
Steve Moore at Personal Development Blog
Steve Olson at Steve-Olson.com
Steve Pavlina at stevepavlina.com
Steve Roesler at All Things Workplace
Stephen at HD bizblog
Stephen Hopson at Adversity University
Steven Aitchison at Change Your Thoughts
Success Current at SuccessCurrent.com
Sue Ann Edwards at Always Embraces All Ways
Surjit at Gurushabad
Susan at Got2BeGreen
Susan Sabo at Productivity Cafe
Susie at The Accidental Environmentalist
Suzanne Bird-Harris at Learning Curve Coaching
Takuin Minamoto at Takuin.com
Taylor at Mom’s Out There
Ted Demopoulos at Blogging For Business
Teesha Moore at TeeshaMorre.com
Terry Starbucker at Ramblings From a Glass Half Full
Therapy Doc at Everyone Needs Therapy
Thom Quinn at Qlog
Tiffany at Little Red Suit
Tim Ferris at 4-Hour Workweek and Lifestyle Design Blog
Tim Taylor at My Agapic Life
Tim Warren at Personal Development4U
Tish at The Kat House
Tom LeDree at Tom LeDree.com
Tom Peters at Tom Peters.com
Tom Spanton at TRCoach
Tom Van Brunscot of Transformation Economy
Tony Chimento at Living Forward
Tony D Clark at Success From The Nest
Torlink at You Create Reality
Travis A. Sinquefield at Disorganizational Behavior
Travis Wright at Cultivate Greatness
Tricia at Blogging Away Debt
Tricia at Loving Farewells
Trizoko at Trizoko.com
Trent Hamm at The Simple Dollar
Trevor Gay at Simplicity is the Key
Troy Worman at Orbit Now!
Tuck Self at Rebel Belle Blog
Tupelo Kenyon at Tupelokenyon.com
Ubertech at Geeks Guide To GTD
Vanessa Vinos at Musings from a Life Coach
Vera Nadine at Vera Nadine.com
Vickie at Contemplate This
Wade Millican at The Middle Way
Wally Bock at Three Star Leadership
Wan Qi at Meditation Forum Mantras
Wild Bill at Passionate Blogger
Winsome at Winsome Gunning Art Walk
and these collaborated sites:
Blogher’s Religion and Spirituality “department”
Burst Blo
Change This
ChangeYour Thinking
Daily PlanIt
Did IGet Things Done
GT Wannabe
Joman2
Joyful Jubilant Learning
Life Coaches Blog Stratagies for a Greater Life
Lifehack.org
Lifehacker.com
Phattitudes.com
TED Blog
Transformational Girlfriends
Transfoundation
Unclutterer

And these for those of you who speak Russian:

Anatoly Tikhomirov at Personal Efficacy
Armen Petrosyan at Thought Storage #428
Irina Chelnokova at Women Path
Michael Subach at LifeIdea.org
Sergey Biryukov at Personal Development in Russian
Vitaly Kolesnik at Kolesnik.ru
Vladimir Rundan at Living is Great!

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