Flags Are To Be At Half Staff Until Sunset April 20th Honoring The Vicitms of Boston

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Presidential Proclamation — Honoring the victims of the tragedy in Boston, Massachusetts




As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on April 15, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, April 20, 2013. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

If you are wondering how to properly fly our American Flag at Half Staff, you can check out my previous post HERE.

I received an email from the American Flag and Flagpole Company today with the above included in it. If you check over on my right sidebar you will find a widget that tells you when to put the Flag at half staff. You can also subscribe via email on their website or by following on Twitter or Facebook.



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Imagecare Dental Adds ED4 Machine as Patient Treatment Option

Plano, TX (PRWEB) February 20, 2013

Imagecare Dental Group now provides same day crowns, inlays and onlays, thanks to the addition of the ED4 Dentist, a machine with a scanning, design and milling system. The latest treatment option enables dentists to use a digital scan of a tooth and create a custom, permanent restoration in a single dental appointment.

The machine eliminates the need for regular dental impressions and the accompanying materials and waiting. A brisk laser scans the tooth at various angles to provide a 3D image, then the ED4 Creates a virtual model of the tooth and surrounding areas in the patient?s mouth.

The scanner sends the data to an interactive design mode and then to a mill via a wired or wireless connection. Imagecare can now produce restorations on site with a touch screen-controlled system featuring dual-spindles and an automatic tool changer, allowing for automatic bur replacements. A minimum vibration design enables the unit to provide restorations with micron precision. Imagecare manages the entire system via DentaLogic? software.

?With ED4 Dentist, Imagecare Dental Group can focus on restorations suitable for each patient?s specific requirements and which look totally natural,? says Dr. Steve Thompson, DDS, MAGD.

Restored teeth fit in seamlessly with existing teeth. This makes crowns, inlays and even onlays virtually undetectable. Temporary crowns, for example, are unnecessary because a patient may enjoy a complete restoration in a single visit.

?The machine is the heart of the company?s Same Day Dentistry service,? adds Thompson. In addition to restorations with the innovative system, Imagecare Dental provides a full range of cosmetic dental services including implants, veneers, Zoom teeth whitening and wisdom tooth care. It also provides regular cleanings, root canals, TMJ treatment and more.

For more information on services and the new same day treatments with the ED4 Dental device, visit Imagecare Dental Group?s full-service website at: http://www.imagecaredentalgroup.com/plano-same-day-crowns.

About Imagecare Dental Group

Imagecare Dental Group, based in Plano, TX, provides a full range of dental services, including same-day restorations. The office employs the latest technology to develop treatments quickly, effortless and permanent. All Imagecare Dental professionals understand Eco-friendly practices to better focus on hassle-free, on-time quality care. Check out these stunning reviews online https://plus.google.com/106146509864466129687/about?hl=en.

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Cat Composes Dramatic Score For Soap Opera [VIDEO]

Cue Mew the Maestro!

cat composes soap score

You know that moody, suberbly annoying music often featured during highly dramatic soap opera scenes? Yes, that music. Well, with the aid of a few tasty treats, watch as this crafty kitty composes the perfect musical accompaniment to this soap scene!

source: Huffington Post UK & TVBOY88


The Daily Treat: Animal Planet

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ABCs Part 5: Staying on Schedule

Dog ClockUnderstanding how behaviors are maintained is critical to both eliminating behaviors we don’t want and for keeping the ones we like.

I’ve been writing about the ABCs for a few weeks now. (That link takes you to a list of the posts. Unfortunately you need to start at the bottom to read in order. I’m working on fixing that.)

I touched on this subject in the preceding entry of this series, but it deserves a complete post: in addition to what kind of reward your dog receives, how often she receives it makes a big difference in how durable the behavior is too.

The frequency in which a reinforcer is delivered is called the reinforcement schedule. Reinforcement schedules can get pretty complicated, and completely covering them is worth a chapter in a pretty intense book, if not a book unto itself. I’m going to cover what we need for simple training and problem solving with pet dogs.

Before we cover schedules we need to cover extinction. When we talk about a behavior going extinct it is similar to what happened with dinosaurs and mini-disc players: the behavior went away. But extinction specifically refers to a behavior stopping because it was no longer reinforced. There are some other details involved, like the fact that it doesn’t really go away completely, and that extinction is usually preceded by a burst of activity (that can be very stressful for the dog) but I’ll cover that in a future post.

A continuous reinforcement schedule is when your dog receives a reinforcer every time she performs the behavior. We use this in the early stages of learning, and a good trainer will make sure you are never stingy when training a new behavior.

But a continuous schedule has a very huge pitfall: if your dog gets accustomed to receiving a reward every time, then performance can plummet or the behavior can even go extinct if a reward is missed. This is why it’s critical to move to a partial reinforcement schedule quickly.

A partial reinforcement schedule is exactly what is sounds like: not all behaviors are reinforced. You can base the schedule on the number of behaviors per reinforcement (fixed-ratio), the time between reinforcers (fixed-interval), or a random number of behaviors (variable-ratio). Each type of schedule has its advantages and disadvantages.

For pet dog training a variable-rato schedule is often the best solution because it creates a very high rate of response and is resistant to extinction because the rewards are so unpredictable.

This doesn’t just describe a training scenario though, does it? It describes real life too. If a dog finds a slice of pizza when jumping up on a kitchen counter one time in a hundred, will he check every time he’s in the kitchen? If he gets a friendly greeting and a scratch under the chin every fourth time he jumps up on a visitor, will he try the other three?

Back to training. Karen Pryor recommends moving to a variable schedule of reinforcement as soon as your dog reaches the level of performance you are currently looking for — in other words when your dog meets your current level of criteria.

Let’s look at an example of adjusting rewards to criteria. Each number below is a level of criteria. While training each level, your dog would get a click and treat (C/T) for each behavior. When each one is met, she no longer gets a C/T for that level.

  1. Teach your dog how to sit. Start in your kitchen with no one else around.
  2. Add another person in the kitchen.
  3. Have the other person make a peanut butter and banana sandwich while you are practicing sits.
  4. Move to the living room.
  5. Etc.

In this example we are raising criteria by adding distractions. Depending on our dog, the next level may be easier than the one before – moving to the living room may be easier than sitting in the face of a yummy peanut butter and banana sandwich. That’s all part of the game. Criteria setting is an art and sometimes the results are surprising.

What’s special here is we are creating a variable-ratio schedule while also improving performance! Technically this is a variation of the differential reinforcement I introduced in part three of this series, but I won’t tell your dog if you don’t. The end result is a dog that is working harder to get a reward, and exercising his mind trying to deal with distractions.

What do you think? Good? Bad? Indifferent? Leave a comment below.

Photo credit: jfinnirwin

ABCs Part 5: Staying on Schedule is a post written by . You can see the actual post at Dog Training in Jersey City New Jersey

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A few nice treat images I found:


Image by This Year’s Love
They kept trying to steal the plastic-wrapped treats.

Treat Farmhouse

Image by jimflix!
On the Treat Farm built around 1880; learn more about it at this Tweddle/Treat Farm page.


Image by Amarand Agasi
This is Lucy at full attention. She did receive a treat afterward…I’m not that much of a tease! :)

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Today Our Hearts and Paws Are With Boston [PHOTO]

Our thoughts and prayers go to all the amazing people in Boston who are pulling together, showing the love and doing amazingly good things during this difficult time.

-The Daily Treat

Dogs for Boston

photo credit: Janet McCulley

The Daily Treat: Animal Planet

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Crisp and Clean Like A Springtime Breeze

Springtime Whites via Bubby and Bean

1. madewell  //  2. rebecca minkoff   //  3. cb2  //  4. free people  //  5. kate spade  
6. uo  //  7. anthropologie  //  8. j.crew  //  9. cb2  //  10. hello apparel

There is something about good old classic white in the springtime.  When I visualize spring, one of the images that enters my mind is crisp white sheets on a clothesline, blowing in the breeze.  That might be a somewhat odd association, but for whatever reason, it reminds me of spring.  I love fresh white cotton shirts and clean white accessories and bright white decor.  I guess after all of the darkness that comes along with winter, white just feels especially refreshing when spring rolls around.

The goodies above are some of my current white hued favorites.  Do you find yourself drawn to whites this time of year?

Bubby and Bean on Bloglovin

Bubby and Bean ::: Living Creatively

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Dental health oral care for dogs and cats

Visiting the McKamey Animal Center is Dr. Heidi Lobprise, a Board Certified Veterinary Dentist, to give us insights into pet dental care, signs of dental pro…
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Dr. Wendy Zimmerman shows some of the oral care products you can use on your pet in between veterinarian dental cleanings. Keeping your pets teeth and gums h…
Video Rating: 5 / 5

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69 customers in 30 days

From April 2 to April 29 of 2007, we were able to get 35 new customers for my sister; picked up 34 for myself. They all came through the Internet and this was right after the beginnings of the gigantic pet food recall of 2007.

What did I do and what do I think was the most effective?

  1. Blog – Are you feeding your pets safe pet foods? *** This was linked all by different forums, 1300 hits per day
  2. PlanetXMail Direct AD 30-days ***
  3. GreenPeople Directory Listing – Premium *** This has always done well for me
  4. Yahoo Answers
  5. GotSafelist – 5,000 guaranteed visitors
  6. MadVlad Safelist
  7. Bulldog Safelist – Top Sponsor ad “What the pet food companies don’t want you to know”
  8. Craigslist Ad – Safe Pet Food

The top 3 were good, I wouldn’t say much came out of any of the rest.

Take-home message is that the blog needs to be alive and well.
A day in the life of a HealthyPetNet Rep

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{Bible Study} Making Time

As I was reading Chapter 2 of Kathy Howard’s ,”Fed Up with Flat Faith” , I was reflecting on the time, me and my husband had been spending on getting our garden ready for Spring. The “last frost” or we so hope, has more than passed, so we were laying the basic groundwork to planting,…

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Sunflower Faith

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