Creativity

I am not a creative person.  I’m really not.  I struggle to do things “outside the box” – even just a little.  But I’m trying.  My 52 week project this year has a different prompt every week. Some are harder than others. Some are hard to come up with an idea and others are even harder to actually implement. I’m finding myself trying to plan weeks in advance or else odds are, I fall flat.  I’m also finding myself having to create Plans A, B and C as nothing seems to go as planned.

Jack helped with the testing stage

This week though (the theme was messy) was relatively easy.  I didn’t actually come up with this idea until just a few days ago once I realized Plans A and B weren’t going to work (one required mud (and it’s too cold for mud) and the other required holi powder which had gone mouldy on me). It was a simple idea, but it still took a heck of a lot of prep and a lot of it you can’t even see in the end.  I had to clean up our bedside tables, put a bedskirt on the box spring so you couldn’t see it, change the blanket and pillows, shop for a feather pillow, borrow Lorelei’s flashes and CamRanger, dig the tripod out of the car, charge a million batteries, test the set up with multiple different lenses to see which one created the look I want and then hope and pray the feathers will a) come out of the pillow, and b) fly through the air and that Coulee will actually think it’s fun.

Thankfully she did think it was pretty fun.  Although the original concept was for me to be in the photo with her having a pillow fight, I didn’t like any of those so I went with one of her destroying the pillow on her own.

Lacey on the other hand again thought I was trying to trick her into “badness”.  She was down in the living room during Coulee’s session and I had to go down to coax her to come back up with me.  Once she was on the bed she refused to look a the pillow and would only roll around on all the feathers.  :)  Silly girl.

I’m pretty sure I’ll be vacuuming up feathers for days.  :)

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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Before It Got Cold Again

 The other day was gorgeous! I was actually out in just a sweatshirt.  I had to leave my jacket on the ground because I was dying of heat stroke!

We went to the beach – although I couldn’t tell what was sand and what was ice. And neither could the dogs. :)  Lacey had a blast and I aimed my camera at her for the most part as I haven’t seemed to have taken many photos of her lately!  Coulee and Amy have been stealing the show.

Not surprisingly we were out there all by ourselves. :)

It’s now back in the -1,000′s but at least we had a few days of “decent” weather.

On a complete subject change….  I’ve been trying to get a photo like the one below for a while. It makes me think of all those dogs that people just dump in the country and then drive away from. I’m not really sure what they expect their dogs to do… live of the land? find a friendly farmer? starve and die out of sight?  Anyway,  I have always imagined a sad dog walking down an empty road with the car driving off, dust billowing up behind it.  There is no dust, but it’s probably as close as I’m ever going to get!  

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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Feeling Blue

There has been a few unexpected deaths lately and it has me feeling out of sorts a bit.  Its been a person and dog that I “know” but not well, so I feel like it is hitting me harder than it should.  Maybe it was the suddenness.  Maybe it is the fact that it was way too soon. Maybe it has hit just a little too close to home.

We took a little inspiration from Chuppy today to honour his memory.  There will never be another one like him.
Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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Social Media Expert and Xocai Best Team Leader, Adam Green, Announces Limited Search for Top Networkers in Okayama Chugoku, Okayama Japan


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Social media investor and founding member of the Xocai Field Advisory Board (FAB), Adam Paul Green, is proactively leading the charge for MXI Corp with their international expansion. Adam just made the announcement to expand their operations further in to the Japanese market.

At the monthly International Directors Meeting, the chairman of the board extended the Japanese network marketing talent search through October 2013. The top Japanese network builders in Okayama Chugoku, Okayama Japan are at the top of that talent search. Mr. Green has also committed an additional $ 100,000 per month in reputation management.

About MXI Corp: Established in 2005, Marketing Xocolate International Corporation (MXI-Corp) is the world leader in great tasting, healthy, dark, chocolate products. MXI Corp was founded upon the same solid foundation that the Brooks? family used to build their enormous Pure Delite Low Carb Chocolate Company (circa 2000) which had retail sales in Wal-Mart, 7-Eleven, Rite-Aid and Walgreen?s of over $ 300,000,000. All MXI products are focused on potent doses of delicious, antioxidant-rich Belgian cacao. MXI-Corp believes that the high levels of natural antioxidants and Polyphenols that are found in its cacao can provide a viable solution to individual nutritional needs. The Xo

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Shelter Sunday: Home For Friendless Animals, Inc. / Waynetown, IN

Meet Cooper! This lab mix is living in Waynetown, Indiana, courtesy of Home for Friendless Animals, Inc. Here’s what their website has to say about this handsome fella. Cooper had a home & knows his name. He knows “sit” & “come”. He is very affectionate & misses having companionship. He is about 75 lbs & […]


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TRACIE HOTCHNER: PUPPY TRAINING MEANS CRATE TRAINING – IT MAKES IT EASY PEASY

Niki1Diane in New Richmond, Ohio wrote to ask for my insight into her puppy’s house training problem, saying:

“We are at our wits’ end. My husband is about ready to put an ad in the paper! I need to stop this before it gets out of hand! We bought our German shepherd/Rottweiler mix puppy Niki in November from a family in Indianapolis – the mother was a Rottweiler and the father was a German shepherd. She was about 6 or 7 weeks old at the time and is 6 months old now. She seemed to be a really smart dog. Learned the standard “sit”, “down”, etc. pretty quickly. But we are having a heck of time with potty training..

We will take her outside to do her “business” and she gets “rewarded” with a treat. But she would continue to “go” in the house. We find “piles” behind furniture or down in the laundry. I took her to Vet and he said she had a bladder infection. Treated that. Everything was fine for a week. Then back to the same routine. But now she will go outside and sit – do nothing, come inside and relieve herself right in front of us!! The Vet says it is still a bladder infection and that she needs to be spayed. I don’t see how spaying will correct the pooping and peeing in the house (especially right in front of us!!). We have tried keeping her in a crate then putting her outside – same thing happens – she sits out there and comes inside to poop or pee. Any ideas?”

My advice to Diane- and anyone out there with a puppy – is that you absolutely need to have a strict clear routine and schedule. And you have to use the crate as a consistent and integral part of the puppy training. My book THE DOG BIBLE has a simple and short description of the tried-and-true formula for house training any pup. Your puppy lives in the crate – that is her home, period. Every single time anyone opens the door of that crate, the puppy must go outside immediately after the door opens – morning, daytime, evening, or night – every time. And each time you take her on a leash to an “elimination spot” where she has gone before.

You don’t let her play around – she has to eliminate and then immediately get a Halo treat. Then you release her with whoops! of joy and let her run around and play. After playing she needs to be taken on leash to the elimination spot and given praise and a Halo treat instantly after she goes. Then she is returned to her crate. She has to be under absolute supervision indoors when she is out of her crate. No run of the house. Not even loose in the kitchen with baby gates. If your puppy has left a “present” for you behind a sofa or in a closet, that means you failed her- you set her up for failure by letting her roam around without clear boundaries of where certain bodily functions were supposed to happen exclusively.

She needs to empty her bladder and bowels after any rest time in the crate – and then again after playing. Mealtimes are the best time to teach bowel habits because if you snap on her leash and walk her immediately after eating, you will quickly teach her body to eliminate after food intake.

Halo makes a great puppy food with their wonderful ingredients – make sure you feed both meals at precisely the same times every day. Then you must go right outdoors to the spot where she will soon learn she should do “her business.” Then play with her – and the moment you are done, let her eliminate again, then she goes right back in the crate (and you can toss a Halo Liv-a-Little into the crate to make re-entry even more appealing!)

No puppy should have the run of the house- as you can see with Niki it just confused her about what her people wanted. Niki is smart and learned commands easily – that’s great! It means that if she gets clear and concise indications from her people about where to relieve herself – reinforced with a tasty Halo treat – the very consistent schedule and confinement to the crate the rest of the time, means they will be setting their dog up for success.

As soon as you are sure the puppy understands the rules of the house, you can leave that crate door open and let her come and go at will. Just remember, you still want her to go right outdoors after meals to teach her body good habits.

Tracie Hotchner is the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is also a renowned pet radio host and producer, having spent 7 years on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius/XM with CAT CHAT® and even longer with her award-winning NPR radio show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) that continues to broadcast in the Hamptons and the Berkshires. Her most recent accomplishment is the pet talk radio network she has created on the Internet called The Radio Pet Lady Network.

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Crocodile mouth IMG_9731

Some cool mouth images:

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Mouth and teeth of freshwater crocodile (Crocodylus johnsoni or Crocodylus johnstoni) at Taronga Zoo, Sydney, NSW

mouth target, 365 days, day 60
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Image by Moose Hart
Camera lens stuck into the end of a stemless wine glass and my mouth on the the on the outside of the base of the glass. The glass is one we etched at a New Year’s party using those binder reenforcement stickers as a stencil.
Lit it by standing next to the warm light of the table lamp in the living room.

Big Mouth
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The big mouth at Impression 5 Science Center.

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Simba

This poodle is tiny -  one of the smallest I’ve seen. He was out walking with the young children of his family and the family nanny who told me he came from America and cost $ 6,000. Simba lives in Monaco and is 5 years old.

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A Heroic Dog Goes Home to Her Family, Thanks to Crowdfunding

It’s no secret that getting health care is a problem in this country. As controversial statements go, that one should rank up there with “the sky is blue.” For most of my own adult life, I’ve had to hustle to get together the funds to keep me in anti-convulsants so I can sit upright typing stuff like this, rather than thrashing on the floor in the throes of tonic-clonic seizures (a.k.a. gran mal in more old-fashioned terminology). Even simply going to an emergency room can involve an eight-hour wait for people who are in severe distress.

It’s not just tough for us two-legged types, though; sometimes life-saving medical care is hard to get for our furry friends. Charlie, a dog who was shot by intruders who broke into her Los Angeles home, faced that very situation. When Charlie and two other dogs faced down the intruders, four bullets were fired, striking Charlie in two legs.

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Charlie being comforted by a friend during recovery.

Charlie's family didn't have the resources to pay for the medical care she needed and so were forced to surrender her to the police, who took her to North Central Shelter, a high-intake facility run by the Los Angeles Animal Services.

It's hard to imagine a more heartbreaking or unjust situation. Charlie had literally saved the lives of her family.

"If Charlie had not taken the bullet, it would have hit one of my children," one of her owners said. And yet, for all their love and gratitude, there was no way that the family could afford to care for her. The surgery would cost more than $ 3,000, and like a lot of us, they were on a limited income. It's an infuriating and unfortunately quite common story, for human as well as animal patients.

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Charlie resting on a pillow.

Because this is the 21st century, there was one very obvious solution: Take it to the Internet. The North Central Shelter Intervention Program, which helps owners find resources for their pets, helped the family by organizing a crowdfunding campaign. And it worked. Big time. The campaign took off partly because of publicity by the Bill Foundation dog rescue organization. On its own site, the Bill Foundation wrote a post about Charlie's dilemma, telling its supporters, "With surgery costing over $ 3000, it's more than the Intervention Program has available. But imagine if each of us just donated $ 1. Heck, we only need 5 percent of our village to donate $ 1. Then, Charlie could receive surgery and this little hero could be reunited and live happily ever after."

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Charlie with her owners.

And apparently, people listened and followed up. As of right now, there are still two days left on the campaign, and it's already raised almost double its original $ 4,000 goal.

Charlie has had her surgery, which unfortunately included amputating a leg. Yesterday, the NCSIP reported on Facebook that: "Charlie did great during her surgery. She is spending two nights at [Animal Specialty and Emergency Center] after her surgery and will be going home with her owners tomorrow. We are so sorry she is losing the leg but countless dogs live regular lives on only three."

Charlie is going home with her family, but there are still two days left on the fundraiser. If you want to donate and make sure that services are there for the next dog like her, this is a good opportunity to support good work.

Via YouCaring.com and Facebook


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