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A day in the life of a HealthyPetNet Rep

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Thank you, even for that.

This week my Facebook newsfeed has been filled with friends listing, day by day, those things they are thankful for. Health. Family. Security. All good and wonderful things, and what a lovely sentiment to take a moment out to acknowledge how fortunate we are to have what we do. I like that.

I think it’s safe for people to assume I am thankful for my family and their health and the nice things I am lucky to have, absolutely. But I think a more interesting question is this: What are you thankful for that you might not have seen as a blessing at the time?

I am thankful for an unpleasant woman who did something horrible to me once, years ago. It took me a very long time to come to that place, because the immediate effect of her action was to make me question what I do and why I do it. It made my unhappy with my work. And ultimately, it gave me the push I needed to get away from a position I was unhappy with for reasons having nothing to do with her and take a big risk making a go at writing. I don’t know if she had never wandered into my life, if I would be emailing my agent to discuss meeting up for coffee in a couple of weeks. That is my ultimate dream, and to think it all might be tied to what I have long thought of as the worst experience of my career. It’s funny how life works, isn’t it?

I am thankful for Kekoa’s death. Don’t get me wrong, I am not thankful that she died, but I am thankful for the manner in which it happened. She had to die at some point, as do we all, and my feelings about that are neutral. But it was a quirk of time and circumstance that I was in need of a home visit veterinarian, and I happened to remember a friend of mine ran such a service. That reconnection gave me a chance to do work I didn’t know I wanted to do, and it has to date been the most emotionally gratifying service of my career. I am also thankful Betsy did not hire me based on my first stab (no pun intended) at placing a butterfly catheter. I got it now.

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Grateful for dogs who steal other dogs’ beds, because they give me something to laugh about after they are gone.

I am thankful for everyone who trusts me to come into their home and, in essence, end their pet’s life. That is a massive trust and responsibility. I hope I make that experience just a bit easier for them. I hope that when I leave, they are glad they asked me to help.

I am thankful for weird things, holes and shadows and grudges that provide us the counterpoint we need to see the shine and light and vistas that make life beautiful. Thankful for those occasional moments of clarity that pull me out of my daily haze and strike: needlelike and sharp realizations of a truth, soft and melting warmth of an interconnectedness.

Most of all, I am thankful for my irresponsible neighbor who didn’t spay her dog, because without that there would be no childhood dog Taffy and no Dr. V and I might very well be a moderately satisfied podiatrist who, as far as she knows, isn’t a pet person. And if that isn’t a big stretch, I don’t know what is.

 

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Bone Loss from Gum Disease Can Now be Reversed with Laser Gum Surgery in

Bone Loss from Gum Disease Can Now be Reversed with Laser Gum Surgery in
Dr. Susan Goldfarb can now reverse the risk of tooth and bone loss with the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP), a type of gum disease treatment. This laser gum surgery is reliable and offers patients beneficial side effects like bone
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Could your dental treatments be causing gum disease?
Improper orthodontic appliances may irritate your gums and cause gum enlargement. Orthodontic bands placed below the gum line during the treatment may also impinge on the gums and bone beneath and cause damage. (Read: Straightening your teeth 
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Northwood Dental Now Replace Missing Teeth with Dentures Supported by
Implant supported dentures are rooted into the jaw bone so you know your "teeth" are firmly stable, allowing you to eat and live as normal. This form of restoration using dental implants also provides jaw bone stimulation to keep the bone stable and
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Selecting Your Golden Retriever Puppy


Once you have decided on a breeder that you can trust, you’ll need to start thinking about what type of puppy you want. This decision could take you some time, as it can be quite a few weeks or even months before the right litter is whelped – although it will be worth the wait. If your breeder has a few litters available when you look for your Golden puppy, you may be able to compare.

Some breeders may require that you put a deposit down on the puppy of your choice, if the puppies aren’t a certain number of weeks old. The good litters rarely go unsold, as most are already spoken for before the puppies are seven weeks old. If you want to get in on a good litter, your best bet is to get to your breeder early – before all of the puppies are sold.

When you arrive to get your puppy, you shouldn’t be alarmed if the breeder does the selecting for you. Most quality breeders will spend quite a bit of time with the puppies and they will know just what their individual temperaments are. The better breeders however, will do temperament tests to determine the temperament of the puppies they have with each and every litter.

By performing these tests, the breeder will get assistance in selecting which puppy goes to which type of home. If you’ve chosen one of the better breeders, you should let him do his work and help you select the puppy that he or she thinks will be your best match. Breeders can obviously select you a better puppy, as they have been around the litter for several weeks – and you have only been around the litter looking at them for a few minutes.

Although all Golden puppies are appealing to the eyes, you need to base your reasons on more than looks. Before you pick your puppy up, you should always make sure that he has a strong build, with straight legs. The puppy should be strong and muscular, yet be squirmy and active when you first try to pick him up. You should also make sure that he has healthy teeth and gums, and look over the rest of his body to make sure that he is healthy.

If your breeder does allow you to select your puppy from the litter, then you should take the puppies that you are considering to get away from the remainder of the litter and observe each one carefully, and how they react to you. Puppies that are around 7 weeks of age should be apt to explore their surroundings. Even though they may be a little cautious at first, the puppies should still be more than anxious to look around and sniff their surroundings.

When you single out the puppies, make sure you speak to the ones you are interested in and see how they react to your voice. Try moving around and playing with them, and see how they respond to you. Some puppies will be faster than others, although you shouldn’t pursue any interest in a puppy that doesn’t show any interest in moving objects or their surroundings.

If you take your time and evaluate each puppy that you are interested in, you can find the best puppy for you and your family. Golden Retriever puppies are great to have, providing you get one that’s healthy. Getting a healthy puppy should be your desire – as a healthy puppy will grow into a strong and healthy adult – and be around for years to come.
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How to Survive Holiday Stress

For many people, the holidays are a stressful time of year. Unexpected guests dropping by, entertaining relatives, and finding the perfect gift on everyone’s list are all daunting tasks. To add even more to the holiday pressure, we must still deal with our day-to-day tasks and responsibilities. Talk about unwanted stress!

Stress is the body’s normal form of defense. When faced with danger or discomfort, your body reacts in a ‘fight or flight’ mode as a form of protection. If your body is subjected to constant, repetitive and stressful situations, without time to restore itself, your health could suffer.

In a recent study, WebMd.com found:

  • 43% of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress
  • 75% to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are stress-related ailments and complaints
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) declares stress a hazard of the workplace
  • Stress costs the American industry more than $ 300 billion annually

In order to avoid the potentially harmful effects stress can place on your body, there are some simple steps that you can take to help manage your stress levels.

Read the full article on how to survive stress and the holidays

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Aquatasy – That “Ich”-y Feeling – How to Treat Ich the Smart Way

Aquatasy presents a humorous & helpful guide to treating the dreaded fish disease known as “Ich”. Think you already know how to treat? Well, before you start…
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Smart Treat was ultimately a bust for us. Started out with promise, but we soon discovered that there were more sunflower seeds than we could handle. Inconsi…

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Who Can Get Crocs Some Respect? Boo the Pomeranian!

I have no fashion sense. None. The only time that I get complimented on how I dress is when I let my girlfriend buy me clothes. Otherwise, it’s blue jeans and black t-shirts all the way. You could be forgiven for at times thinking that I only own a single shirt that grafted itself to my body years ago.

But still, even I know that wearing Crocs is not the route to being known as a fashion hipster. Some time back, Tim Gunn described them as looking like “a plastic hoof.” Despite their sales, they just don’t get a lot of respect.

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Apparently, Boo looks even cuter with a pair of Crocs.

But maybe teaming Crocs with Boo, the World's Cutest Dog, will spruce their reputation up a little bit. Boo (or rather, his licensing company) has struck a deal with Crocs to produce two kinds of "Jibbitz" shoe charms with his image on them.

And despite all the snark that Crocs get, one thing seems clear from the pictures that are showing up on Boo's Facebook page: The World's Cutest Dog looks even cuter when wearing a pair of Crocs. Who'da thunk it?

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Boo and Buddy check out their footwear.

The Boo Jibbitz charms come in two models: one of Boo's head, and one full body image with a t-shirt on it.

Crocs' senior director of product licensing, Matt Lafone, said that "With our new Boo Jibbitz, fans everywhere can enjoy taking Boo for a walk."

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The two kinds of charms: with T-Shirt, or just a head shot.

I don't know if wearing a plastic charm on your shoe is quite the same as going for a walk with Boo, but he and his friend Buddy seem to really appreciate the shoes. The only potential hitch is that fans of Buddy seem to think that he's getting a raw deal by not getting a charm of his own.

Via Boo's Facebook Page and Glamour


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How I Keep My Teeth White + My Dental Hygiene Routine!

The products I use regularly to keep my teeth healthy and white! :) August Lifestyle Favorites! http://youtu.be/Ueo93smQ98k Toothbrush sanitizers: http://www…
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Yesterday’s Walk

Our walk yesterday was so bad and involved so much yelling, I don’t even want to think about it. Some of it was Coulee’s fault (she will NOT listen when she knows a toy is not to be had) and some of it was just me trying to get her to not run and play (and by play I mean beat the crap out of her sister because she doesn’t have a toy in her mouth).  Instead, I’ll just leave you with some pictures of the good moments.

This was not a good moment.  After yelling Come and No about 5 times I gave up and snapped a picture instead.  She stunk so much Lacey actually tried to roll on her later in the walk.   

Crazy Coulee and Little Lacey

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