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school children and violence

Monday, December 17, 2012

In my online ticker, a news story came across about elementary school children in China being attacked by a knife wielding individual. this was the same day as the shootings in CT. Although none died in china, all were hospitalized. This was the second attack on elementary school children in china recently.

With the reigniting of controversy of the gun policies in the US, not one of the major networks have even mentioned the knife attacks. Even a baseball bat can be a deadly weapon, perhaps keeping children safe should the main point of discussion.

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MRS_EVA_K 12/18/2012 8:22AM

    We forget in our discussions about our "rights" that we have the responsibility to protect those who can not protect themselves.

I didn't see anything about the attacks in china either. And that's sad. It should have been more than a blip on the news ticker.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/17/2012 8:22PM

    I would agree . . . providing them a safe environment is the #1 priority!

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Running and over 35

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Just saw a news story that if you run and are over 35, you may actually be harming your heart.

Good thing that I quit running in my 20's!

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ECOAGE 12/1/2012 12:20PM

    Not to worry --- unless you are a marathon running, endurance type runner. And a 5K does NOT count as endurance level. This article highlights the importance of cardiac testing for long distance athletes.

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MJRVIC2000 12/1/2012 8:25AM

    I'm running at near 76, and doing WELL! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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low carb sweetner = not pet friendly

Saturday, November 24, 2012

from our friends at :

Now that Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is coming many of us are thinking about doing a little dieting before all the rest of the holiday feasts. If you are going to include items in your diet that contain the sugar substitute, xylito, be sure not to share those with your pets!

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol and is found naturally in very tiny amounts in some foods like berries and corn, mushrooms and oats. The commercial product is made from processing corn cobs, wood chips (especially birch), or other plant material. Although it tastes just as sweet as sugar, it has about 40% less food energy, making it ideal for “low carb” dieters and for diabetics. Xylitol is found in gums and toothpastes, although many other food items, such as breads and desserts may also contain this sugar substitute. It is apparently safe to use in humans but not in dogs!

According to the AVMA ( American Veterinary Medical Association) and the ASPCA Poison Control Center the number of xylitol-related pet exposures has increased in the last few years. Xylitol is 100 times as toxic as chocolate is to dogs. Dogs who ingest a large amount of the sugar substitute develop a profound hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar levels, within 30 minutes of consumption. This decrease in blood sugar is due to a rapid increase in the production of insulin in the dog’s body.

Small amounts of xylitol do not appear to be any safer. A 22 lb dog who consumes only 1 gram of xylitol can generate the rapid insulin production and the associated drop in blood sugar levels.. The popular gum, Trident contains almost 0.20 grams of xylitol in each stick. No amount of xylitol is safe for dogs. Even very small doses can cause liver failure. Unfortunately xylitol is found in a lot of common products such as children’s chewable multi-vitamins, certain cough medications, and even mouthwashes as well as sugar free gum, candies and diabetic cookies. A word of caution—there are some pet oral care products that contain xylitol which at prescribed doses is supposed to be safe, but I do not recommend these.

Dogs who consume xylitol will most often appear to be weak and uncoordinated, due to the sudden decrease in blood sugar levels. The pet may also start to seizure as potassium levels in the blood start to drop as well. Due to the severity and quick mechanism of action, anyone who suspects that their pet may have ingested a xylitol containing product should seek veterinary advice immediately. Your veterinarian will run blood tests and treat your dog with intravenous fluids and medication to stabilize the potassium and blood sugar. If treated quickly the prognosis is good. If treatment is delayed, it can prove fatal.

Prevention of xylitol toxicity is easy. Do not keep anything in your house that contains xylitol or if you do use these products store them safely away from your pet.


8# by new year challenge

Saturday, November 24, 2012

ok. Over the last week, I have diligently stayed on the low side of my spark calories esp. wednesday in which I had nothing but protein powder and bars (doctor recommended type) for total calories of 920.

Thursday, no "thanksgiving" dinner for me because it is not vegetarian friendly - only cranberry sauce, small piece if veggie lasagna and gewurtztraminer ... ok, so it was more like 10 glasses of wine not water that day.

Friday - festival of trees and 3.5 hours of walking around the cow palace at the fairgrounds and then indian buffet in which I had one small plate with rice pudding.

So, I confront the implement of evil this morning wearing nothing but my spectacles and IT LIES!!!! 220 > 224.5 over the last 6 days.

It is all lies I tell you!!!!

edit: Gewurtztraminer is a type of German wine similar to Reisling but more bang for your buck with a heartier taste and aroma.

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AFINEMESS 11/24/2012 5:55PM

    Ahh you really need to bring your own food.. It's important that you eat on a regular basis too.

Wine do contains a lot of calories, if your body is hungry it'll make reserves with what you give to him. I don't know if you're vegan or vegetarian, but lots of red wines are filtered with beef blood. Just sayin. lot of people don't know that fact.

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ECOAGE 11/24/2012 5:25PM

I know what you had in that glass --- and it's not salty!

But Indian food on a buffet sure is salty. Yummy. But salty.

My scale thinks it's funny too. It makes up stuff all the time.

Comment edited on: 11/24/2012 5:26:38 PM

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PARKERCM 11/24/2012 3:05PM

  edit: Gewurtztraminer is a type of German wine similar to Riesling but more bang for your buck with a heartier taste and aroma.

I SOOOOO love it when I learn something new!!

Sounds like we should all have a glass for a collective Christmas toast! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 11/24/2012 9:33AM

    Hmmmm... BOSS61 took the words right out of my mouth. Drink the water today! It will help.

and what the heck is gewurtztraminer?

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BOSS61 11/24/2012 9:10AM

    Salt. Period. Temporary. Period.

Which brings me to... what is gewurtztraminer?

If not loaded with salt, your scale is whacked.

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Caution! what you are about to see may be too Cute for some people!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Our soon to be new adopted Baby! After the recent lose of our dear, sweet little boy; my husband decided one meezer in the house was not enough.

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JXNCHICORY 11/11/2012 11:11AM

    Yes, very cute. MaMishel: My two kitties keep the mice at bay as well.

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JACKIE542 11/11/2012 10:39AM

    very cute! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 11/11/2012 9:43AM

    What a beauty!!!!!

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MAMISHELI53 11/11/2012 9:03AM

    It's definitely easier to have TWO kitties...or two they can keep each other company. Also, when we had been catless for a couple of months, we discovered the mice became emboldened, scooting across the living room floor in BROAD DAYLIGHT (our 2 boxers did NOTHING about it!) But since adopting our present 2 kitties, mouse spotting has dropped - they may still be around, but they're at bay! I know you'll enjoy your new kitty.Shel

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