As you (probably) know, canine rescue is a passion of mine. In learning to care for the dogs we’ve fostered over the past 8+ years, I often encountered dietary and nutritional challenges. Finding solutions to those challenges opened the door to a LOT of research into dog food and the differences between food for humans and food for canines. I even started making my own dog food!
This is today’s batch of doggo stew coming together: Chicken, sweet potato, spinach, oat meal, and assorted nutrition additives. All proportioned according to the recipe plan set out in my latest book: Questions and Answers About Canine Cuisine available at:
This is a concise compendium of nutritional information to help you keep your fur baby healthy. Don’t want to do the cooking? That’s fine, it covers what you need to know to find a commercial diet that is safe and healthy. Want to know about the new fad diets? Dr Sandra Manes DVM and I cover those too. All in a handy 7×10 paperback with full color photography.
This book covers all aspects of canine nutrition and discusses everything from choosing a good commercial kibble to cooking your own dog food (including recipes). We also cover raw diet, grain free, all-meat, boutique meals, and we have a hard look at proper nutrition for dogs dealing with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, and cancer. Tons of useful information presented for the average person in a lighthearted writing style. This is one of those books you’ll refer back to often because it offers so much great expert information.
ALL proceeds from this book support Piney Mountain Foster Care, a GuideStar gold seal rated 501(c)(3) rescue. EIN: 84-3593563. Do your dog a favor, and support PMFC’s life-saving efforts: buy this book!
I am occasionally chastised by friends and family for not owning a smart phone. “Why would you not want one, it’s so convenient to have all your stuff right here on one device.” Which may be true – until you drop that repository of everything you do, know, and need in the toilet and lose it all. Or it’s stolen and someone else has access to all that info.
But the main reason I don’t want a smart phone is explained very well in the videos below. Think it’s a conspiracy theory? Well, there is a conspiracy, but it’s no theory. This has all be proven through testing and scientific study.
This one does into depth on the How and Why of it all.
I was at my veterinarian’s office and I quipped that if they were an airline I’d be getting frequent flier miles as often as I find myself going in there. The lady behind the desk said, “We have a rewards program. You need to be on it, it will save you a lot of money. Just go to our website and download it.”
I went looking for Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital’s rewards program. I found it and was sent to the PetDesk web site where I found:
. What devices does the app work on?
. PetDesk is available on IOS and Android devices (Mobile or Tablet).
Not available for a Windows laptop. Rats! I felt like lodging a complaint for discriminating against us dinosaurs who don’t have a smart phone. I decided instead to gripe about it to my best bud: Electro-Man Mike.
Mike is a retired network engineer who knows computers, networks, and security stuff inside and out. Mike told me that Android emulators are available to run Android aps on a windows machine. He even gave me a link to a web page that listed and reviewed a fair number of them. I went with BlueStacks, the top rated emulator. Top rated and free … can’t beat that!
I installed BlueStacks, booted it up, went to the Google store from within the emulator, located the PetDesk ap, and installed that. When I booted up PetDesk it asked for a small amount of information and WHALA: my veterinary records were sitting there in front of me. It was kind of spooky how easy that was.
So if you encounter any other of us dinosaurs who don’t have a smart phone but want to use one or more aps made for an Android phone, tell them to Google “BlueStacks Android Emulator”. And try not to get stuck in a tar pit.
In the news feeds this morning is a report of another earthquake here in East Tennessee. This time a 3.0 magnitude quake centered in Knoxville. That’s not far from us. I didn’t feel anything, but it gets me to wondering about the frequent earthquake reports I’ve been seeing: is Tennessee about to tear itself to pieces or is this normal and we just haven’t noticed it before? Let’s ask the experts.
There are only a few airplanes (that we know of) that can fly at 70.000 feet or above. The SR71 Blackbird has logged at least one flight at just over 85,000 feet (July, 1976)  and the The X-43A flies at 100,000 feet while still using an air-breathing engine (not a rocket) . But only one plane routinely flies to the edge of space and back, and it’s actually a relic from the 1950’s. Although each plane is periodically stripped completely, x-rayed, and refurbished, the design has remained essentially the same over all these decades. Why? Because it works. Continue reading “The Airplane That Flies At the Edge of Space”
If you are a regular reader here, you know I serve as a canine foster care provider. Being a charity, we are (always) raising funds to keep doing what we do. We have a new way for you to help … and all you have to do is — SHOP! You like shopping right? Do you shop on Amazon.com?
More and more I encounter people who talk about how much they’re involved in and how many things they do. Quite often this is delivered in the form of complaint. I have to wonder, who is it that puts these burdens upon them? Is it not they themselves who choose to engage in so many activities?
I also note that some of these people are not especially good at some of the things they do. Some seem to be forever working toward things they never actually achieve: chasing after something that eludes them because they’re weighed down with too much detritus not related to that goal.
Our modern world sets this scenario as being the norm and anyone who is not over-burdened is lazy. I see sayings like, “If you want something done, give it to the busiest person you know.” At first glance that seems to make sense, but upon deeper examination it falls apart. Is that person “busy” because as soon as they finish one task they take on another or because they accomplish little: just trying to keep all the plates spinning? Too often it is the latter. Continue reading “Being Busy vs Being Productive”
The Social Security program in this country has undergone many changes over the 82 years since it’s inception, but I’m not here to decry manipulation or the theft of public monies by corrupt politicians. I’m looking at whether I should “retire” at age 62 or wait until full retirement age of 67 (yes, it’s 67 now). To run the numbers I used:
This calculator gives you a personal estimate of what your average monthly Social Security benefits would be, based on if you retire early (age 62), at full retirement age (age 67) or at the latest age of retirement (age 70). This one accesses your S.S.A. data to give you an accurate payment amount.
Rocky Kanaka’s DOG for DOG business model might sound foolish to others in retail; he gives away at least as much product as he sells. But profit isn’t Kanaka’s driving force; his mission is to provide quality food to as many homeless dogs as possible.
Kanaka, owner of The Dog Bakery in Mar Vista California, created DOG for DOG® in late 2011 after feeling frustrated by not being better able to help dogs in need. The number of dogs in shelters grows daily and they suffer from a lack of proper nutrition and care. Continue reading “DOG for DOG Helps Homeless Pets”
In case you haven’t noticed, there is a boom in mobile device usage. The smart phone in particular is rapidly becoming the device of choice for internet browsers. This fact is of vital importance if you run a website or a blog: which is a specialized type of web site. Here’s why your site needs to be mobile friendly.
Mobile devices display a web page differently than a desk top or laptop browser does. In most cases it just isn’t practical to scale a web side down so it fits on a smart phone screen: everything would be so small the user could barely see it much less be able to tap on links accurately, especially in a list of links. Scrolling side-to-site and up-and-down to view the page content as through a keyhole is maddeningly frustrating. So mobile devices simplify your pages and present a lay-out optimized for the devices screen size.
The bad news is traditional web site coding does not have the capability to allow mobile devices to rearrange your page to suit the viewing device. The good news is, you may not have to build a new web site. Before we get into how, let’s talk about why you should. Continue reading “Make Your Website Mobile Friendly”