Halloween has hit rock bottom

Things were simpler back in the 80s. We only has three things to do the week before Halloween:

1. Watch the Great Pumpkin.


2. Carve a pumpkin. No one helped. If you cut your finger off, oh well.


3. Run to Woolworth’s and pick out your plastic costume that tied in the back like a surgeon’s gown and suffocating mask you could only see out of one eyeball at a time. Trying not to kill yourself tripping over the pavement was half the fun.


And that was it. Our biggest worry at the time was the ever ubiquitous ‘old man hiding razor blades in apples’ trick, which we were all scared of but no one actually ever saw.

I long for those simpler times. My week has been, shall we say, a bit more complicated.

1. Who has time to watch the Great Pumpkin? I have a Halloween party to plan at school. Except we can’t call it Halloween, so it’s a “Harvest Party” (with costumes) in grade 3 and a “Mystical Science Party” (with costumes) in grade 5. Two weeks ago I was summoned to a summit of all the room moms so we could coordinate our party activities, which were delegated as follows:

  • candy potions lab
  • luminescent fingerprint experiment
  • homemade spooky finger cookies
  • dry ice punch
  • Pretend blood coagulation experiment

I missed the meeting. When I was asked after the fact what I’d like to do I offered to contribute some sort of preserved creature in formaldehyde, which was the best I could do. I was assigned plates and cups.

2. Pumpkin carving has now become an Olympic sport.



























My garage is filled with half-used Pumpkin Masters and the sad remnants of plans gone awry. This year, we’re painting them and calling it a day.

3. Costume shopping began two months ago when the Chasing Fireflies catalog arrived. They cost a small fortune, but they are the only catalog where ten year old girls are still allowed to be ten year old girls.


Over my dead body.


“Why aren’t you wearing a costume, Mommy?” asked my daughter.

“Because I can’t find anything I like, honey,” I responded.

“How about a dog?” she asked. “You like dogs.”

That was out.

That was out.

“Maybe I’ll just be a veterinarian,” I said. “That’s hard to mess up.”



Desperate, I tried to think of the least sexy things on the planet. A lamp. A body bag. A hazmat suit.



We’re all doomed.


“I don’t think that’s going to happen,” I said to her. “Maybe we can just get Brody a costume instead.”


Or maybe not.


Go home, Halloween. You’re drunk.

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Dog Bad Breath | Plaque Attack

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Light thoughts on Encouragement

The Greek word for “encourage” is,  parakaleo , and appears 105 times in the New Testament. If you use the NASB or New American Standard Bible, the word is “implore”….either way..there is power in encouraging others, be it to try and help guide them away from harm or maybe from things that are clearly shared as…

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Law Department Compliance DeskTop

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 30, 2014

Law Department DeskTop Services, LLC (?LDDS?) announces the release of the Compliance DeskTop providing a very cost-effective cloud solution for tracking, managing and analyzing corporate compliance.

Steve Lauer, Principal of Lauer & Associates, has directed the design of the Compliance DeskTop to incorporate compliance ?best practices? that lead a compliance officer through the necessary steps of capturing, interviewing, reviewing and, if necessary, forwarding the compliance issue to either the in-house law department or outside counsel. ?The Compliance DeskTop,? offers Steve Lauer, ?is a simple, cost-effective way for small to mid-sized companies to build, organize and manage a compliance program. The DeskTop also integrates the company?s legal department or its outside law firms into the workflow for those compliance issues that call for legal analysis and input.?

?But the DeskTop,? adds O. Forrest Morgan, CEO of LDDS, ?goes beyond just tracking compliance issues and allows the corporation to practice preventive law and identify the divisions, products and localities which create compliance events then implement policies or training to reduce future occurrences.?

The DeskTop is designed to enable a company to organize its compliance-related policies and procedures in conformity with the expectations in the Sentencing Guidelines for Organizational Defendants, the standard for an ?effective compliance program? and outlined in Chapter 8 (Section

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LoveAnimalsLogoWe’re excited about the newest episode of Shelter Me, a fantastic show that we sponsor. Shelter Me is a series airing on PBS that celebrates shelter pets. As you may know, some parts of the United States are tougher than others when it comes to new pets finding homes.

Shelter Me’s fourth episode “New Beginnings” spotlights a group of pets moving from crowded shelters in the Los Angeles area to the northwest where they’ll have a chance at a new life.

But how do you get pets from crowded shelters to shelters with room if the two are far away? Wings of Rescue is the answer. These volunteer pilots fly pets to areas where they are more easily adopted.

wor_logo_flag_inset_1Halo and Freekibble.com are working with our friends at LoveAnimals.org and Shelter Me to help these pets in need. Our sponsorship of Shelter Me, made possible by you, is showcasing these pets and bringing much-needed publicity to shelter pets.

Wings of Rescue is raising money through LoveAnimals.org to provide more of these life-saving flights.

However, again because of you, we’re able to sponsor LoveAnimals.org which means that all donations are able to go directly to Wings of Rescue.

You’ve done even more! Halo, with our friends at Freekibble.com, is not only helping the shelter in Los Angeles, but we’re donating 10,000 meals of Halo food to Kootenai Humane Society, the shelter that will help these pups find their forever homes.

Those sponsorships and meals are all made possible because of you! Thank you for supporting Halo and allowing us to help pets.



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Downton Abbey’s beloved dog could be written out –and for a very unfair reason

Lord Grantham’s beloved Labrador was named ISIS after an Egyptian goddess years ago when she made her debut in season two. Now in an “unfortunate coincidence,” jihadist group leaders have settled on the name ISIS for their merciless army of terrorists. Isis the dog is involved in a storyline about her health in the ongoing fifth season and there are hints that she may be written out of the show by the time the new…
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Dr. Chris Stevens Takes Advantage of Dental Hygiene Month by Educating Sun Prairie, WI Residents on the Benefits of Laser Dentistry

Sun Prairie, WI (PRWEB) October 23, 2014

In honor of Dental Hygiene Month, Dr. Chris Stevens wants to educate patients on the symptoms of periodontal disease and new treatment options available for patients in Sun Prairie, WI. A state-of-the-art laser gum surgery procedure, offered by Dr. Stevens, has made it easier than ever for patients to fight the disease, and regain a healthy smile. Recognizing the symptoms of gum disease is the first step to improving oral health. Symptoms may include swollen or tender gums, receding gums, bleeding gums, chronic bad breath, and loose teeth.

Until recently, gum disease treatment has been very invasive, requiring the cutting and suturing of gum grafts. Traditional gum disease treatment also required a huge time commitment on the part of the patient. With the minimally invasive DEKA Smart CO2 laser, Dr. Stevens is able to treat gum disease with little bleeding, swelling or discomfort. The laser, which targets diseased cells, leaves healthy gum tissue intact and encourages new bone and tissue growth.

Research shows that people who brush their teeth twice daily for two minutes have significantly fewer cases of gum disease and dental cavities. In addition to proper brushing, daily flossing or some sort of interdental cleaning has also been shown to significantly decrease the instance of gum disease and dental decay. Using anti-bacterial mouthwash and chewing sugar-free gum has also been shown to improve oral health by removing plaque and bacteria missed by brushing and flossing.

The DEKA laser uses a CO2 wavelength which has been shown to be very effective when working with soft tissue, such as gums. In addition to gum disease treatment, Dr. Stevens also uses the DEKA laser in cosmetic and implant dentistry. It is also used for the treatment and removal of oral growths, cold sores, and mouth ulcers, without scalpels or stitches.

Patients suffering with the symptoms of periodontal disease in Sun Prairie, WI are encouraged to take advantage of Dental Hygiene Month by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Stevens. To learn more about gum disease, the DEKA Smart CO2 laser, and the dental services available at Dr. Chris Stevens Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, patients are encouraged to visit http://www.drchrisstevens.com or call (608) 837-4880.

About the Doctor

Dr. Chris Stevens Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is a general practice that provides personalized dental care for patients in Sun Prairie, WI. Dr. Chris Stevens graduated from Marquette School of Dentistry and has been practicing in Sun Prairie, WI since 1982. He utilizes the latest dental technology and techniques in his services in order to deliver a superior standard of patient care. Dr. Stevens is among the first group of dentists in the country to undergo the training required to perform the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique?, a minimally invasive alternative to traditional gum grafting surgery. To learn more about the dental services available at Dr. Chris Stevens Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, please visit http://www.drchrisstevens.com or call (608) 837-4880.

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Know the Facts before you Adopt a Seizure Assistance Dog

We all know that dogs are great friends. They bring a smile to our face after a long day’s work or when we are feeling low. Dogs are also the most preferred when it comes to choosing a service animal.

Choosing a dog is a challenge for most people as animals, like humans, have different personalities. Choosing a dog for a person with a disability or an illness is an even greater challenge. While most people know of service dogs that help people who are blind or deaf go about their daily activities with ease, few are aware of service dogs that can be life savers for those suffering from seizures.

If you are planning to get a seizure alert/response dog for a loved one, here’s what you need to know.

What is a Seizure Alert Dog?

A seizure alert dog has the ability to sense a seizure before it occurs and warn the affected person before he/she experiences it. These dogs can sense an impending seizure minutes or hours before the person shows any clinical signs of being affected with a seizure.

There is no specific answer yet as to how dogs sense seizures. Some people think that as dogs are adept at reading body language, they may be able to detect minor changes in a person’s behavior or body language that may occur before the seizure.

Other people assume that dogs may be able to detect subtle changes in body odor before a seizure. While there is no scientific proof, several people claim that their dogs display seizure alerting behavior thus giving them time to sit or lie down and preventing them from fatal injuries. Dogs who display seizure alerting behavior well in advance enable people to take medications or even call for help before the seizure occurs.

Dogs have been known to display a wide range of behaviors that can be considered as seizure alerting behaviors. Barking at the owner’s face or emitting a warning bark, pacing restlessly, licking the owner’s hands, are all considered to be seizure alerting behaviors.

Whether dogs truly can or cannot detect seizures, the fact remains that dogs cannot be trained to detect such things. However, if a dog displays such an exceptional trait, owners need to identify it and encourage it.

What is a Seizure Response Dog?

A seizure response dog may or may not be able to detect seizures before they occur. However, these dogs are able to help the person affected by a seizure in many ways. Unlike seizure alert dogs, seizure response dogs can be trained to help a person when the need arises.

A seizure response dog can help in various ways such as:

  • Retrieving medicines or a phone
  • Rolling over a person during a seizure so that he can breathe
  • Clearing the affected person’s mouth of vomit
  • Getting help by barking, by operating a pre-programmed phone, or by activating a medical alert
  • Pulling away objects that may be potentially dangerous to the person
  • Attempting to get the person into a conscious state and acting as a brace to help the person get up on his feet
  • Stopping the person from banging into objects or falling down the stairs during the postictal stage
  • Providing emotional and physical support
  • Carrying important information about the person’s health and emergency measures to be taken

A seizure response dog can be taught to stay with the affected person throughout seizures. Once a seizure ends, a person may feel disoriented. In such times, the presence of a dog can have a calming effect on the person’s mind. Furthermore, people who are affected by seizures in public settings may feel embarrassed when they recover. Having a dog by the side can help in diverting other people’s attention to the dog’s qualities.

What Breeds Are Seizure Dogs?

Golden retrievers, Samoyed crosses, German shepherds, setter mixes and many other breeds and mixes can predict, alert, or help individuals with seizure disorders. Instead of belonging to a particular breed, it is more important for a dog to be people-oriented and responsive to human feelings and emotions.

All service dogs need to be friendly and be able to stay calm in public places. Dogs that can get aggressive or over-protective of the owner, and those that are shy or nervous won’t be able to do well to help the affected individual when the need arises.

How Can One Get a Seizure Assistance Dog?

The field of training dogs specifically to act as seizure response dogs is relatively new. However, you can get in touch with service dog training programs to see if they have a dog to suit your requirements or if they can train a dog for you. You can also get in touch with personal trainers and ask if they can train a dog to be a seizure response dog. Be wary of fraudulent organizations or fraudsters who make false claims.

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I do not have Ebola (I think)

Back when it was just a foreign concept whose name was limited to public health journals and the occasional horror movie, my sister and I used to joke about Ebola. Every time we got the flu and felt like garbage we would text each other “Ugh, I have Ebola.” It was shorthand for “I feel very under the weather at the moment.”

But now that it’s finally happened, this snaking into the global population that public health experts have warned of for many years, we stopped joking about having Ebola because now we might ACTUALLY HAVE EBOLA.

I know the risks are low. They are, for now, still very low, and I am grateful for that. But it’s hard not to panic unless you turn off the TV, because all we see are bridal shops being bleached and entire school districts shutting down because someone rode on a plane with someone who might have at one point been symptomatic. My own school district just sent out an email assuring us that they have an Ebola plan in place, and we’re in San Diego, with not an exposed person to be found. Preparation is key, though, so I’m glad they are thinking of it.

I was at the doctor yesterday, for a routine sort of thing, and when they took my temperature the doctor noted it was 99.5.

“Are you feeling sick?” she asked.

“Well, I do have the tiniest bit of a sore throat, now that you mention it,” I said. “I’ve been travelling all week, and you know how that goes. I mean, I lysol that plane seat down and…” My voice trailed off as I noticed her giving me the side eye.

“Not to Dallas,” I said. “New York. No one I met had Ebola.”

“Oh, thank goodness for that,” she said. “How about West Africa?”

“No,” I said. “Do you get that a lot?”

“No,” she said.

“So you don’t think I have Ebola?” I asked, being serious.

“No,” she said.

So she gave me a flu shot instead. I had totally forgotten about the flu in the midst of this Ebolademic, to be honest. Fortunately for me, she hadn’t.

As I stood in line at the pharmacy behind an elderly emphysematics on oxygen, a guy picking up Lipitor and a diabetic purchasing insulin, I looked down at her discharge notes: take Vitamin D. Wash your hands. Get some sleep. But just to be safe, and because I want to protect my spin buddies, I decided on a self-imposed quarantine from the gym for the next 24 hours. Can’t be too careful.


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