SparkPeople Australian Cattle Dog Lovers Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=18716 Join us if you own or admire the Australian Cattle Dog, aka Hall's Heeler,Queensland Heeler,Blue Heeler,Australischer Treibhund. Let's continue this journey together & talk about our pets & our lives. SparkPeople Australian Cattle Dog Lovers Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=18716 My Lacy is now on the other side of Rainbow Bridge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x55063477 It has been a wild 14 months...my mom died, husband told me he wanted a divorce a week later, 2 months later I moved out into my own condo with only a part time job, January 22nd of this year we were legally divorced and in March, we found out our Lacy had a huge cancer in her spleen. Our vet and friend, Dr. Adair, came to his (what used to be our house) and we had put Lacy down (this was still in March). 14 years old...she was 4 when I came into her life. She is the only dog I have ever h... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 12:06:03 EST New little girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x51863835 I've got a new little ACD since last night. A friend of mine that I talked to about a week ago gave her to me. I was going to get her next month, but my friend was coming halfway to town and offered to meet me with her yesterday. Boy, was I running to get some things done around here. I still need to get her a collar for when she is outside. Now I have more reason to go for walks. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 13:05:21 EST Howdy from central Texas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x51570973 Hi there! My name is Susan and I'm 24. My husband is stationed here at Fort Hood so that's where we are for the time being. We have 3 dogs, 2 are adopted. <BR> <BR> One of the dogs we adopted is gorgeous cattle dog/heeler mix. His markings are gorgeous and we drove 4 hours to get him. We just fell in love with his picture online. He's still a puppy and extremely hyper. He goes 90 miles a minute all day, but when he sleeps at night, I swear he falls into a deep coma. It's like trying to move... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:12:19 EST ACD Videos http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x51554272 Post links to videos of your ACD or any that you find on the internet. Wed, 9 Jan 2013 12:07:34 EST A Christmas Miracle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x51335829 Lost, blind dog finds way back to Alaska owners <BR> <BR> <link>www.chron.com/news/us/article/Lost-b<BR>lind-dog-finds-way-back-to-Alaska-owne<BR>rs-4145135.php </link> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 18:21:02 EST Keep the Team or Delete the Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x51331513 If you'd like to keep the team going, please reply here. <BR> <BR> Depending on the responses, after a month, will depend on whether I stay on or not. I'd like to keep it going because I think there's a lot we could learn from each other about ACDs. But because the team is so inactive, it's not even showing up in team searches. <BR> <BR> Also, if you have ideas on how to keep the team going, post them here as well. Wed, 26 Dec 2012 10:45:08 EST Christmas at the Rainbow Bridge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x51323300 As the midnight hour approaches on Xmas Eve, a tremendous celebration begins. If you listen closely you will hear the exuberant sound of Bridgekids preparing for the remarkable moment that comes but once a year. Puppies romp thru the tall green grass, chasing butterflies and rolling over and over until fits of giggles bring them to a tumbling stop. The volume increases as kittens, cats, tigers and lions purr in pure delight while the wings of snow white doves gently caress the air. The babbli... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 10:43:51 EST I'm just wondering..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x48718090 What is the average life expectancy for an ACD? If you had one that passed, how old was he/she when he/she died? <BR> <BR> I love my Max so much and with Newfies, they live such a short period of time, 8-10 years. We had one die when he was 7 and it was so hearbreaking. I just want to have many years with my buddy, Max. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 13:26:58 EST Placement Help Needed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x48610553 Hello, all! <BR> Please forgive me for jumping in here with a desperate plea. <BR> I am in need of loving placements for 4 senior dogs - my father's, as he is terminally ill and will not be returning home to them. <BR> The mother is ACD mix, I believe, so again, please forgive me for taking liberty posting here. <BR> They are currently located in St. Louis, MO (I am in Ohio) and we have exhausted outlets there, so I am expanding my search. I am willing to transport within reason anywhere... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 13:36:09 EST I'm New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x48077295 Hi everyone! I just joined this SparkTeam. My name is Amber, I'm 34 years old and have 2 Australian Cattle Dogs right now (Tank and Sadie). We just recently lost our 3rd cattle dog, Buddy, at the age of 12 years old. <BR> <BR> Buddy was the first dog that my husband & I adopted....every since then, ACD's have been part of our family. Tue, 15 May 2012 11:00:50 EST Hi folks... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x47661976 I just found this group, we've got a part Blue Heeler part??? named Rascal. He's about 6yo and definitely lives up to his name! But he's a great dog and I wouldn't have another that wasn't at least part Aussie! Thu, 19 Apr 2012 16:27:21 EST Devoted ACD owner just found the best group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x45382193 Hi guys, <BR> <BR> I am so pleased to have found this group, my name is Mandy, I live in Australia and have been owned by Cattle dogs for about 17 years. <BR> <BR> I currently have a blue cattle dog who is 6 years and a red cattle dog who is 8 months, I have also been involved in resuce ACD and have trained and rehomed a number over the years. <BR> <BR> My little red cattle dog is being trained for agility but has also been great therapy for me. After being diagnosed with a Kidney Disease,... Mon, 5 Dec 2011 11:54:53 EST Are YOU, and YOUR HOMESTEAD prepared for WINTER? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x44711526 Well, Have you done anything to your places yet? <BR> Sat, 22 Oct 2011 15:12:27 EST New member, suddenly team leader? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x43572358 I joined this team and requested to help out the leader. Apparently, our leader has been inactive, and so I was auto-made the leader by Spark people. Interesting, huh? <BR> <BR> So, I guess as your new leader, I'll introduce myself. <BR> My name is Maryah, but please call me Red. <BR> I have a red heeler named Riley, and I'm planning on getting a blue female in the next six months. <BR> <BR> Who are you and what type of cattle dog do you have? Tue, 16 Aug 2011 14:59:08 EST Life saving ACD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x42037290 I just got this link about an ACD who saved his owner's life after she was shot in the neck and left for dead. The instincts dogs have is amazing. <BR> <link>www.ksdk.com/news/local/story.aspx?s<BR>toryid=258690 </link> Wed, 25 May 2011 14:07:15 EST NO RAPTURE? YOUR FAT"S HERE TOO!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x41957105 OK, the planet is still here, and SO IS YOUR FAT, so WHAT are you doing to "rapture it" somewhere ELSE? Without ever walking into a gym, or getting onto any exercise equipment, I have lost a total of FOUR pant sizes!! HOW? I work six days a week on this house, and that burns THOUSANDS of calories a day. YOU DON'T NEED A GYM, the ONLY equipment that you need is a building, or gardening project, and THEN the DISCIPLINE to NOT USE EVERY POWER TOOL BUILT. I mix the concrete that we throw BY H... Sat, 21 May 2011 12:53:57 EST Question of the week for March 27th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x40819090 Do you think heavy people are discriminated against <BR> Sun, 27 Mar 2011 07:41:34 EST Getting to know you - LOVE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x40801260 Is there someone in your life that you love that you share your life with. Sat, 26 Mar 2011 07:09:00 EST Getting to know you - pets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x40781749 Do you have any pets or livestock? Fri, 25 Mar 2011 05:56:47 EST Getting to know you - siblings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x40762585 Do you have any brothers and/or sisters? How many and where do you fall in? Thu, 24 Mar 2011 09:03:02 EST When is your birthday? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x40762565 Jan: <BR> <BR> Feb: <BR> <BR> Mar: <BR> <BR> Apr: <BR> <BR> May: <BR> <BR> Jun: <BR> <BR> Jul <BR> 15 lizmeyer <BR> <BR> Aug: <BR> <BR> Sep: <BR> <BR> Oct: <BR> <BR> Nov: <BR> <BR> Dec: <BR> Thu, 24 Mar 2011 09:02:08 EST Zen Teachings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x40749021 No one is listening until you fart. <BR> <BR> Always remember you're unique. Just like everyone else. <BR> <BR> Never test the depth of the water with both feet.. <BR> <BR> Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes. <BR> <BR> Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day. <BR> <BR> If you lend someone $20 and ... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 15:50:49 EST Penny in the parking lot http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x40748869 I found a penny today laying on the ground. <BR> But it's not just a penny, this little coin I've found. <BR> <BR> Found pennies come from heaven, that's what my Grandpa told me. <BR> He said Angels toss them down. Oh, how I loved that story <BR> <BR> He said when an Angel misses you, they toss a penny down; <BR> Sometimes just to cheer you up, to make a smile out of your frown. <BR> <BR> So, don't pass by that penny when you're feeling blue. <BR> It may be a penny from heaven that ... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 15:42:51 EST Language Funnies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x40748756 <BR> <BR> 1. The bandage was wound around the wound. <BR> 2. The farm was used to produce produce. <BR> 3. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse. <BR> 4. We must polish the Polish furniture. <BR> 5. He could lead if he would get the lead out. <BR> 6. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert. <BR> 7. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present. <BR> 8. A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum <BR> 9. When sho... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 15:37:33 EST Five Monkeys http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x40748678 There was an interesting experiment that started with five monkeys in a cage. A banana hung inside the cage with a set of steps placed underneath it. After a while, a monkey went to the steps and started to climb towards the banana, but when he touched the steps, he set off a spray that soaked all the other monkeys with cold water. Another monkey tried to reach the banana with the same result. It didn't take long for the monkeys to learn that the best way to stay dry was to prevent any monkey... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 15:34:02 EST My contribution to the team goal... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x40746415 of performing one act of kindness per day for an animal. <BR> <BR> This morning I did not hang my Basenji up by his curly tail after he unzipped my purse, took my brand new blistik out and ate it while I was in the shower. <BR> <BR> <BR> People ask why I talk so much more about my Basenji than my ACD...Ha Ha, my ACD never gets in trouble! Wed, 23 Mar 2011 13:41:47 EST Question for the week of March 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x40670780 Where do you eat your meals when you are at home? <BR> Sun, 20 Mar 2011 09:05:55 EST Question of the week for March 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x40524178 Do you log onto Spark People every day <BR> Sun, 13 Mar 2011 08:05:11 EST Keeping Your "Slips" from Becoming "Relapses" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18285x18716x40423833 No matter how faithful you are in your exercise program, there will be times when you "slip" by missing exercise sessions. These slips happen for everyone. So don't beat yourself up and don't blow it out of proportion. <BR> You can probably relate to the dieter who eats a bowl of ice cream, then says, "I blew it," and decides to eat the whole quart and start his/her diet again next month. Thinking in black and white terms ("on-diet" or "off-diet"), rather than in shades of grey, gets us in tr... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 13:36:56 EST Procrastination http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x40423802 It is estimated that 15-20 percent of the general population are procrastinators. Procrastination could jeopardize one’s job and career—even one’s health and well-being. There is no link to a gene, brain activity, or part of the nervous system that correlates with procrastination, but Dr. Joseph Ciccolo, an assistant professor at Brown Medical School, says that procrastination is a matter of self-regulation or self-control. <BR> <BR> Here are some practical tips for overcoming procrastinati... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 13:34:50 EST Blue Heeler kills young raccoon egged on by 2 boys http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x40378891 Man faces misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty after his dog kills young raccoon that caused some damage to garage <BR> <BR> Seth Foster, 23, said he found his family garage in disarray last summer and sent his dog in the building to investigate. <BR> <BR> Grizz, a blue heeler, returned with the culprit, a young raccoon. <BR> <BR> As two teenage boys watched, one of them filming its actions with a cell phone, Grizz killed the coon, Foster said. <BR> <BR> Now, Foster is facing a misdemeano... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 17:25:51 EST 3 eyelids! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x40378772 Did you know that dogs have three eyelids? They have an upper and lower eyelid and a third one inside of the other two. It helps protect the eye from dirt and dust. It is also called a "haw". <BR> <BR> Sun, 6 Mar 2011 17:19:07 EST The Last Great Race on Earth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x40378652 It is the last weekend of Fur Rondy, a festival established in 1935 in Anchorage for three days of winter sports during a time when miners and trappers brought in their winter yield. In 1946, the World Champion Sled Dog Race was established as part of Fur Rondy, becoming the iconic race of mushers throughout Alaska and the World. In 1973, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race was added as a seperate race, designed to commemorate the Iditarod Trail used for decades as the sole means of connectivi... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 17:12:07 EST Red Shirt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x40378580 There was a captain sailing on the sea during a battle. His servant came up to him and the captain said, "bring me my red shirt". <BR> <BR> So, the servant did as the captain said. <BR> <BR> After that the servant came up to the captain and said, Why did you say bring me my red shirt"? <BR> <BR> The captain said, "Well if i get shot they won't see the blood. <BR> <BR> The next day the servant came up to the captain and said, "There are 50 ships on the horizon." <BR> <BR> The captain sai... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 17:08:01 EST Soothing Soaps - a nice lavender soap recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x40378540 Add lovely, fragrant lavender soap to your bath to ease stress and insomnia. <BR> <BR> The recipe I chose was lavender and rosemary soap, which is found under a section called “Soaps for Blemished Skin.” Maine gives a brief description of each soap and explains that both lavender and rosemary are “antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and beneficial for treating wounds, blemishes, boils, dermatitis, herpes, fever blisters, and more!” <BR> <BR> The first step, and probably the most difficult part, ... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 17:06:11 EST Question of the week for March 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x40378216 Who is your favorite author? <BR> Sun, 6 Mar 2011 16:49:27 EST Breathing Techniques http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18285x18716x40287724 Breathing Techniques to Reduce Blood Pressure Or Just To Relax <BR> <BR> A study in Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback reports that a breathing technique used in yoga can lower a person’s blood pressure. After participants practiced alternate-nostril breathing for seven-and-a-half minutes, their systolic and diastolic blood pressure dropped by one point each (significant for such a simple procedure). <BR> <BR> The reason this works is that each nostril holds nerves that reach differen... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 16:23:01 EST M is for March and ........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x40255679 Mornings Tue, 1 Mar 2011 12:36:06 EST Team picture for March http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x40236585 I put Max as the picture for March. He is growing so fast and right now is helping me get over Angel's death. It makes me smile to see his cute little face. Mon, 28 Feb 2011 18:57:46 EST Welcome to our team - necupcake http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x40220126 We have a new member - necupcake. She has been trying to lose weight (just like the rest of us) since she had her daughter almost nine years ago. She lives in the sunny state of California. One of her goals is to run a 5k race. It would be great if you could visit her sparkpage to get to know her a little better. <BR> <BR> Again, welcome to our team Alex! Mon, 28 Feb 2011 06:17:08 EST Be Prepared http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18285x18716x40200943 Here’s a waist management fact: Bad foods aren’t bad just because of the ingredients they contain but also because many of them are fast and easy, which are the exact traits that can get you into a whole lot of trouble. The key to successful dietary contingency plans is to have premade foods ready for those times when you’ve been conditioned to reach for bags of sugar-containing waist killers. Instead chose your favorite of these options to make once a week so you’ll have something to grab wh... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 09:48:25 EST Question of the week for Feb 27th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x40200883 What is your favorite TV show? <BR> Sun, 27 Feb 2011 09:45:26 EST Question of the week for Feb 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x40039478 Have you ever had a health scare due to your weight? <BR> Sun, 20 Feb 2011 07:21:39 EST F is for February and .......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x40021617 Fun! Sat, 19 Feb 2011 09:01:13 EST Could you be suffering from desk stress? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18285x18716x40001106 For many of us we spend a good majority of our day at our desk. Having it organized as well as keeping it clean is an important component to our health and productivity. How often do you organize your workspace? When was the last time you wiped down the surfaces? <BR> <BR> By remembering the following S’s you will improve your focus, reduce time looking for lost items, decrease your stress, and increase your productivity. <BR> SORT <BR> The objective of this step is to clean up the work are... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 09:02:22 EST Close Your Eyes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x40000927 The eyestrain from staring at a computer screen is distracting, and relieving it may help you think more clearly. There is also another reason to close your eyes for a minute now and then. Doing so has been shown to cause an almost immediate increase in "alpha" brain waves. The alpha brainwave state is known to make learning things easier, and to increase creative thought. Rest your eyes once in a while. <BR> Fri, 18 Feb 2011 08:54:56 EST Did you know..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x40000853 - In laboratory tests on old rats, Doctor James Joseph found he could reverse age-related mental decline by feeding the rats the human-equivalent of 1/2 cup of blueberries daily. <BR> <BR> Fri, 18 Feb 2011 08:52:40 EST Question of the week for Feb 13th. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x39884788 What is your number one reason for wanting to lose weight? <BR> Sun, 13 Feb 2011 08:14:03 EST A Valentine's Day Poem for your dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x39835946 I Like The Way . . . <BR> <BR> I like the way you wag your tail... <BR> <BR> I like the funny things you do... <BR> <BR> I like the friendship that we share... <BR> <BR> I like my life with you . <BR> <BR> I like the way you wag your tail... <BR> <BR> I like the world you help me see... <BR> <BR> And whether your muzzle's gold or gray... <BR> <BR> There will always be a you with me!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 19:25:34 EST Valentine's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x39835904 Do something extra nice for your dog: <BR> take your dog out for a walk; <BR> play ball with your dog in the yard; <BR> give your dog a good brushing; <BR> give your dog an extra dog treat; <BR> pet your dog longer than usual; <BR> let your dog into the house more today; <BR> snuggle with your dog when you're watching TV. <BR> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 19:23:39 EST One in a million http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x39835850 China has a population of a billion people. One billion. That means even if you’re a one in a million kind of guy, there are still a thousand others exactly like you. Thu, 10 Feb 2011 19:21:22 EST Should I Detox? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18285x18716x39778508 You have probably heard of detox potions, diets, cleanses, and starvation methods and wondered whether these methods are healthy or necessary. Discovery Health did some digging and the results were published in the book “The Truth About Food: What You Eat Can Change Your Life,” by Jill Fullerton-Smith. <BR> <BR> The truth is that our body does a great job of taking care of itself. Cleansing usually involves abstaining from caffeine, cigarettes, greasy food, alcohol, and other hard to digest... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 12:17:06 EST Where Do You Fall With Readiness to Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18285x18716x39778469 According to a survey conducted by the American Dietetics Association, 43 percent of United States citizens are striving to eat well and exercise. Though this is good news, 38 percent of folks in the U. S. know they should be doing more but aren’t and 19 percent say diet and exercise means squat to them. <BR> <BR> Here are some of the reasons given for why change hasn’t taken place: <BR> <BR> 1. I am satisfied with the way I currently eat. <BR> 2. It takes too much time to keep track of ... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 12:15:01 EST Question of the week of Feb 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x39735287 Are you happy with the way you look right now? <BR> Sun, 6 Feb 2011 18:25:31 EST Rewarding Yourself for Reaching Your Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x39662929 Do you have a rewards system set up for when you reach your goals? <BR> Rewards can be important for keeping up your motivation to be regularly active. It is a good idea to identify rewards for both your short-term and long-term goals. Rewards for long-term goals should be larger and more special. Make a contract with yourself. It can be as simple as: <BR> My short-term goal is: <BR> When I reach my goal, I will reward myself with: <BR> My long-term goal is: <BR> When I reach my goal, I will... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 13:36:50 EST Tips on Stress Management http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18285x18716x39662849 Get organized: Make a daily, weekly and/or monthly schedule. This will allow you to manage your time around projects, meetings and other activities. Be sure to schedule in time for yourself, do something that you enjoy that is not related to school or work! <BR> Stop procrastinating: The longer you put off that project or deadline, the more stress it will cause when it's due. If you prepare ahead of time (schedule time on your calendar), you will avoid the unwanted stress. Getting it done ahe... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 13:33:30 EST Sherlock and Watson http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x39641465 Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson were going camping. They pitched their tent under the stars and went to sleep. <BR> <BR> Sometime in the middle of the night Holmes woke Watson up and said: “Watson, look up at the stars, and tell me what you see.” <BR> <BR> Watson replied: “I see millions and millions of stars.” <BR> <BR> Holmes said: “and what do you deduce from that?” <BR> <BR> Watson replied: “Well, if there are millions of stars, and if even a few of those have planets, it’s quite like... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 17:17:48 EST Welcome to our newest member - oldbluedog http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x39587234 Welcome to our newest member - oldbluedog. He just joined Spark People and already is on the best team out there- our team! <BR> <BR> He lives in Austalia and has two daughters. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone will take this opportunity to visit his spark page to get to know a little more about him. <BR> <BR> I only have one question - what is a boofhead? <BR> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 18:48:29 EST Go to bed!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x39581020 Go to Bed <BR> <BR> "Go to bed" means go to the bed AND lie down. You should only need to say "Go to bed". <BR> Put a bed, blanket, or towel 6-10 feet away from you. With your dog beside you say "Go to bed!" and then together go to the bed. Have your dog lie down on the bed, give her a treat, and praise. Repeat many times. Later on, try sending your dog by herself. At first, make sure that someone is waiting at the bed with a treat. Later, your dog will do it herself, and you will walk over... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:13:42 EST Trans Fats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x39580962 Trans fats have been in the news quite often lately. Do you know what trans fats are or why they are a concern? <BR> <BR> Trans fats occur as a result of adding hydrogen to liquid fats (oils), which turns them into a solid or semi-solid fat. The process is known as hydrogenation. Trans fats can increase the LDL (bad) cholesterol number, which increases the risk of coronary artery disease. <BR> <BR> Trans fats are commonly found in many processed foods, including store bought baked good... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:10:39 EST Greetings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x39570161 Hi. I have a few ACDs. <BR> <BR> No 1 - 1994 - 2007 My first $50 pup <BR> No 2 - 1998 - 2007 My first Reg. ACD Pup <BR> No 3 - ? death row rescue. Nice guy who has had a tough life <BR> No 4 - 2003 breeder rescue. Very timid girl who was debarked <BR> No 5 - 2005 In Texas, moving to Australia soon with my girlfriend <BR> No 6 - 2007 Free to a good home from Sydney <BR> <BR> Slightly overloaded with 3 at the moment. So 3 and 4 are with my brother for a while. <BR> <BR> D. Mon, 31 Jan 2011 06:56:32 EST Question of the week for Jan 30th. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x39548719 How long have you being trying to lose weight? Sun, 30 Jan 2011 09:02:54 EST Team picture for February http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x39516487 Thank you so much to fancyqtr for the beautiful picture of Venture. It looks like he is quite comfy. <BR> <BR> Still would love to see new pictures. I want to change the team picture every month. Fri, 28 Jan 2011 15:36:14 EST Curry Powder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x39514435 - A new study in Singapore shows that even a small dose of curry powder is a brain booster. The key ingredient seems to be curcumin, which in animal studies has been shown to improve memory, as well as reduce a toxin that is linked to Alzheimer's disease. <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 Jan 2011 13:44:05 EST Guided Imagery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18285x18716x39507127 Imagery is the most fundamental language we have. Everything you do the mind processes through images. When we recall events from our past or childhood, we think of pictures, images, sounds, pain, etc. -- rarely words. Images aren't necessarily limited to visual but can be sounds, tastes, smells or a combination of sensations. A certain smell, for example, may invoke either pleasant or bad memories. Similarly, going to a place where you had a bad accident may instantly invoke visions of the a... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 08:28:25 EST Laughter Yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18285x18716x39494008 After having a good chuckle over something someone said, what did you notice about how you felt? You were probably less stressed, a little light-hearted, and had a decrease in tension in your body. The American Physiological Society has found that laughter diminishes the secretion of cortisol (stress hormone) and adrenaline and enhances immune reactivity. Laughter just makes us feel good, so why not take a class that is devoted to just that? <BR> <BR> Laughter Yoga is an activity where a gro... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 16:30:41 EST “What the Heck” Responses http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18285x18716x39492696 Have you ever eaten something that you knew was not a good food choice and then thought to yourself, “well, what the heck? I already blew it so I might as well continue eating?” This is what Linda W. Craighead calls a “what the heck” response. In her Appetite Awareness Workbook she does a great job in helping individuals change this “all or none” way of thinking. She also helps individuals understand that they should eat because of hunger and not because of emotions or the environment. <BR> ... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 15:29:17 EST Brain Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=18285x18716x39492608 An ounce of prevention is worth much more than a pound of cure. A healthy dose of preventive medicine is as near as your local farmers' market. Fresh fruits and vegetables are proven winners in the fight to ward off dementia. Some research even suggests that these powerful plant foods may turn back the cognitive clock. <BR> • Broccoli, cauliflower, and other cruciferous vegetables are great for memory. <BR> • Spinach and other leafy greens are among the richest sources of folate (a B vitamin... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 15:25:09 EST Welcome to our team FESARTORI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x39417905 Team, <BR> We have a new member. Her name is Fernanda and is from Brazil. She is a HUGE animal lover. She is headed for Australia in a few months for a post graduation course. <BR> <BR> She is well on her weigh <em>30</em> to weight loss as she has already lost 8 kg (over 17 pounds!!!) in the past year. That is fantastic!! <BR> <BR> I hope you will take this opportunity to visit her spark page and get to know her a little better. <BR> <BR> Again, Welcome. Mon, 24 Jan 2011 20:01:33 EST Question of the week for Jan 23rd. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x39383866 Do you have any foods that are off limit? Sun, 23 Jan 2011 15:06:52 EST Nocturnal Leg Cramps: Night-time Calf Muscle Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x39346545 Nocturnal leg cramps can lead to a rude awakening: You're suddenly sleepless and in pain in the middle of the night. Symptoms of nocturnal leg cramps include excruciating contractions of the calf muscles, and sometimes of the foot muscles as well. <BR> <BR> Nocturnal leg cramps are true cramps and not spasms. The muscle remains in a cramped and contracted position, which accounts for the intensity of the pain. If you touch the affected calf, you may be surprised to discover that your muscles... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 19:13:18 EST Question of the week of Jan 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x39200377 What is your favorite type of exercise? Sun, 16 Jan 2011 10:47:14 EST Worried about our "child" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x39022043 Things just stacked up today to where we are going to HAVE to spend the night in a motel in ElPaso, and go home tomorrow. Meri, (pronaunced Mary), will be outside allnight in 34 degree temperatures. There IS a place that she can go unter an out building right next to the house, where she dug herself a den, but Tee and I would sure rest easier if one or two you on the team would offer a small prayer for her health and safety. Brie Sun, 9 Jan 2011 19:33:39 EST 5 Tips to Foil the Flu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x39016508 Officially, flu season lasts far longer than most people think, running from late fall through early spring. Sometimes, flu season even lasts until May. <BR> <BR> The Facts <BR> <BR> Your best line of defense against the seasonal flu is to be vaccinated against both. It is still not too late to be vaccinated with a flu shot or nasal spray! (To find vaccination options near you, visit flu.gov) <BR> <BR> Bear in mind that the vaccine's ability to prevent a case of the flu largely depends ... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 15:54:38 EST Teach your dog to crawl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x39016257 Start by having your dog lie down. Hold a treat just in front of his nose and say, "Crawl." If he starts to stand up, say, "No, down...crawl." Pull the treat away, keeping it low, near the ground and say, "Craaawl." When your dog moves even an inch or two without standing up, praise him and say, "Good dog! Craaawl." <BR> <BR> TIP: <BR> Your dog must know 'Down' ' before he can learn this trick. <BR> Sun, 9 Jan 2011 15:45:53 EST Taco Bell will kill ya http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x39016173 A man was found dead inside a walk-in cooler at a Spokane Taco Bell on Monday, police said today. <BR> <BR> Richard Thomas, 42, apparently died after locking himself in the cooler at the restaurant at North Monroe Street and West Boone Avenue, but he does not appear to have died as a result of exposure and there were no signs of violence, Spokane police said. <BR> <BR> Employees called police about 8 p.m. and said a man walked into the restaurant and locked himself in the cooler, which is... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 15:42:08 EST Question for the week of Jan 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x39006341 Are you happy with your progress? Why/why not. <BR> Sun, 9 Jan 2011 09:18:44 EST A big welcome to our newest member CBTHOMAS17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x39006222 We have a new member, Cheyenne (by the way, I love that name). She doesn't watch a lot of TV but she loves the TV show GLEE. When it comes to music, she is a one woman band. She plays the flute, piccolo, oboe, english horn, tenor sax, piano, and clarinet. Much like the rest of us, she is an animal lover. She has 3 dogs, 2 cats, 1 ball python, and 1 turkey. I hope you will all take the time to visit her page to get to know her a little better. <BR> <BR> Again, Cheyenne, welcome to our team. Sun, 9 Jan 2011 09:12:11 EST The YOU Diet Crib Sheet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x38954485 Meal Strategy: Three main meals plus snacks, so you’re never hungry. No eating within three hours of bedtime. Consider dessert an every-other-day treat. Fri, 7 Jan 2011 07:24:58 EST Question for today 1/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x38931811 How often do you weigh yourself? Thu, 6 Jan 2011 10:59:46 EST New team photo for January http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x38834187 The photo for our team is a dog named Brandy. Than you to Kissytina for this beautiful picture of her beautiful dog. <BR> <BR> How about Valentine Day photo's of your dog for February? <BR> <BR> Mon, 3 Jan 2011 08:19:31 EST I love my dog contract http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x38805253 I, _____________________ , promise to take care of my dog, ________________ , during his/her whole lifetime. I will teach my dog to trust me by treating him with love and respect. I will be kind, gentle, and generous to my dog at all times. I will be responsible for providing him with the things that he needs to be healthy and happy. I am making this commitment to my dog. <BR> <BR> <BR> I will give food and water to my dog in a clean dish everyday. <BR> I will make sure my dog has shelte... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 10:03:21 EST New Year Resolution for your dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x38805234 Will you make a New Year's Resolution? <BR> <BR> A resolution is a decision to do something. It's like a promise you make to yourself. Many people make New Year's resolutions to start the year off right. Have you ever made a resolution? Now is a good time to decide to do something for your dog. Here are some ideas. Choose one or all of them: <BR> <BR> Pet your dog more often. <BR> Take your dog for extra walks. <BR> Play more games with your dog. <BR> Practice more obedience with your d... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 10:02:41 EST Real life Frogger http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x38805039 CLEMSON, S.C. – A man has been hospitalized after police in South Carolina say he was hit by an SUV while playing a real-life version of the video game "Frogger." <BR> <BR> Authorities said the 23-year-old man was taken to a hospital in Anderson after he was struck at around 9 p.m. Monday. <BR> <BR> In the "Frogger" arcade game, players move frogs through traffic on a busy road and through a hazard-filled river. Before he was hit, police say the man had been discussing the game with his fri... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 09:55:48 EST Yoga Classes Do's and Dont's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x38804687 If you do yoga or are interested in starting (I LOVE YOGA), here are some ways to get more out of the yoga classes you attend: <BR> <BR> DO arrive early. Getting to class about 10 minutes early can help you settle in and align your attitude with the purpose of the class. While you're waiting you can practice a pose, do a few stretches, or just sit or lie quietly, breathe, and get centered. <BR> <BR> DON'T eat for two or three hours before class. If you practice yoga on a full stomach, you m... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 09:43:53 EST Care to share? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x38804582 Currently as our team photo I have a picture of my piss and vinegar dog - Max. He is my love and makes me smile every day. I would love to use a picture of your dog for our team cover. So if you got any, post them to the team photo's. Sun, 2 Jan 2011 09:39:54 EST How you feel in one word http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x38656183 Content Sun, 26 Dec 2010 07:57:46 EST More from Snopes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x38656158 JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania tool-supply company says somebody mailed a $45 check to pay for a hammer stolen decades ago. <BR> <BR> Lynne Gramling, president of Central Contractors' Supply Co., tells the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat that the check arrived earlier this month. <BR> <BR> It included an anonymous letter that says the writer stole a hammer 25 to 30 years ago. It reads, "Enclosed is $45 to cover the hammer plus a little extra for interest. I'm sorry I stole it, but have cha... Sun, 26 Dec 2010 07:55:39 EST Warm welcome to aharger to our little team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x38634758 We have a new member - aharger. She has been through a lot and has a lot of courage to keep a positive attitude. Her motivation to lose weight is to get healthy so she can start a family. <BR> <BR> I hope you will take a moment to look at her page to get to know her better and welcome her to our team. <BR> <BR> Liz Fri, 24 Dec 2010 07:17:24 EST The Doll and a White Rose http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x38625488 This is one of my favorite Christmas stories. I hope you like it also. <BR> <BR> <BR> I hurried into the local department store to grab some last minute Christmas gifts. I looked at all the people and grumbled to myself. I would be in here forever and I just had so much to do. Christmas was beginning to become such a drag. I kind of wished that I could just sleep through Christmas. But I hurried the best I could through all the people to the toy department. Once again I kind of mumbled to... Thu, 23 Dec 2010 13:22:33 EST Preparation for Perspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x38591535 Before beginning an exercise program, you need more than a Lycra top. Exercise isn’t dangerous, but your risk of injury will be less if you live with a few principles to protect your muscles and your entire body. <BR> Warm up: Before beginning any exercise, warm up your muscles for about five minutes to prevent injury. Remember, your muscles are like spaghetti strands; they’re pliable when they’re warm, and more injury-prone if they’re not. Jogging, brisk walking, cycling, or doing exercises... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 13:03:36 EST No dogs allowed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x38591506 A man goes into a bar with his dog. He goes up to the bar and asks for a drink. <BR> <BR> The bartender says "You can't bring that dog in here!" The guy, without missing a beat, says "This is my seeing-eye dog." <BR> <BR> "Oh man,” the bartender says, "I'm sorry, here, the first one's on me." The man takes his drink and goes to a table near the door. <BR> <BR> Another guy walks into the bar with a Chihuahua. The first guys sees him, stops him and says "You can't bring that dog in here un... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 13:02:00 EST Simple Hand warming heater you can make yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x38591426 A little bit of warming heat can go a long way in the outdoors, particularly when it comes to warming cold hands. You can always solve the problem by gathering up wood and building a fire, but in some cases the wood may be wet, or maybe you don't like the idea of generating a lot of smoke. There may be a better solution. With a little bit of planning ahead of time you can easily make a simple, basic heater with very little effort. All you need are three simple items: <BR> <BR> 1.An empty met... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 12:56:07 EST Take a bow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x38587221 Take a Bow Method 1 <BR> When you see your dog take a big stretch, with his head down low, say, "Take a bow." Every time he wakes up and stretches, say, "Take a bow." Someday you will say, "Take a bow." and your dog will take a big stretch, but it will look like he is bowing. As soon as he is finished, give him the treat. <BR> <BR> TIP: <BR> Tricks like this work because you put words with something your dog does. It may take some dogs longer than others to figure this one out. Some dogs l... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 08:54:07 EST Getting Started in Herding with AKC http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x38587153 The purpose of noncompetitive herding tests is to offer herding breed owners a standardized gauge by which a dog's basic instinct and trainability are measured. <BR> <BR> The purpose of the competitive herding trial program is to preserve and develop the herding skills inherent in the herding breeds and to demonstrate that they can perform the useful functions for which they were originally bred. Although herding trials are artificial simulations of pastoral or farm situations, they are sta... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 08:50:40 EST ACD relates to Deaf/hard of hearing students http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x38349178 I thought some might like this story about an ACDs visit to school: <BR> <BR> <link>www.coloradoan.com/article/20101207/<BR>LOVELAND02/101206014 </link> Tue, 7 Dec 2010 18:56:22 EST Snow food is snow terrific http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x38299206 Often when the winter snows come, we forget how much we used to enjoy them. This year instead of thinking it is an inconvenience, remember all the fun you used to have. <BR> <BR> Be prepared to make "snow food." Go ahead and get a few ingredients, and keep them around "just in case." <BR> <BR> Above all, make a snow angel or two, make a snowman, or throw a snowball. If you are out there to gather snow for your "snow food," you might as well have fun. <BR> <BR> Think of this as unplanned... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 09:24:46 EST Give me a kiss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x38299101 Kiss <BR> <BR> Here's an easy one: Every time your dog licks your face, say, "Give me a kiss. Good boy! Give me a kiss." If he isn't a licker, put a little peanut butter on your cheek and say, "Give me a kiss." When he licks it off say, "Give me a kiss," again. <BR> <BR> Sun, 5 Dec 2010 09:19:10 EST The Role of Soul http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x38298955 It’s no secret that we use food as a medication for our acute emotional problems. Stress at work directs us to the box of doughnuts. Crazy kids send up to the snack shelf. A downer of a day puts us incisor-deep into a half-pint of Edy’s. But to end our discussion of how emotions and obesity collide right there would be like saying that Band-Aids and ice packs can cure all diseases. The reality is that a good number of us with weight problems have emotional issues that run deeper than the midd... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 09:10:51 EST Sick cookie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x38298851 Why did the cookie go to the doctor? <BR> <BR> … Because he felt crummy. <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> Sun, 5 Dec 2010 09:06:09 EST Four-step process for making change http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x38233185 We all know that making a change in your life is as mental as it is behavioral. Research shows that this is the best four-step process for making change. <BR> <BR> Be Positive. It works for coaches, bosses, and parents, as well as waist managers. If you blame yourself for your weight, if you are depressed about your weight, if your mood is fouler than a subway station in August, then your first job is to refocus. You need to think about what you can do, how you can do it, why it’s good for ... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 19:09:09 EST Wierd&True: Sleeping man killed in prank gone bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x38233136 MANCHESTER, Vt. - Police say a Vermont man who believed he was holding an air gun shot his sleeping friend dead in bed with a .22-caliber rifle. <BR> <BR> Manchester police told WCAX-TV that the two friends were staying at another friend's home Thursday. Police say 23-year-old Nicholas Bell of Manchester was hoping to play a prank on his friend and wake him up with an air gun. <BR> <BR> But authorities say Bell ended up firing a shot from a loaded rifle into the chest of 24-year-old Jeffrey... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 19:06:04 EST The Best Ways to Prevent a Cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x38232607 It’s long been believed that the increased frequency of colds in the wintertime is not due to the outside temperature but the fact that we spend more time indoors in closer, prolonged contact with others who may be sick. The viruses that make you ill are airborne, but they land on virtually all hard surfaces where they can live for up to two days. One study by the University of Virginia found that hotel guests contracted the rhinovirus a day after an infected person had checked out. You touch... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 18:39:13 EST December Team Picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x38209642 What a perfect picture for the month of December. Thank you to SCOOTERXS for sharing this picture of Chili. Tue, 30 Nov 2010 18:47:31 EST Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x38163474 While many diet plans don’t discuss the role of exercise, physical activity is vital to inflate your health and deflate your waist size. Building muscle is one component, but cardiovascular training and increasing your flexibility are also part of your waist management plan. Together, the three components of exercise will have numerous effects on your body: <BR> Exercise increases your metabolism so that you burn energy at a higher rate than if you didn’t exercise, and it reduces your appeti... Sun, 28 Nov 2010 13:47:43 EST Plan a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x38039206 Halloween is over and there's another fun holiday coming soon! <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving is the day that we spend lots of time with our families and eat lots of good food. It's a great time of year! <BR> <BR> Your dog can have fun, too, if you remember that he needs love and attention during all of the holiday activity. <BR> <BR> What will your dog going be doing? It can be fun to share the holidays with your dog. You will have the day off from school and while the parents are visiting with... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 17:41:52 EST The YOU Activity Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x38039152 Every day: <BR> Walk thirty minutes. No matter what. No excuses. It doesn’t matter if you do this in one whole block or broken up into as many as three shorter sessions. <BR> Stretch: Once your body is warm (after walking, for instance), stretch for five minutes to help elongate your muscles. <BR> Sat, 20 Nov 2010 17:35:37 EST ten dollars is ten dollars http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x38039105 A man and a woman go to the carnival every year. Every time the man says,"Anna can we ride them airplanes that goes up for a couple of minutes then comes back down?" <BR> <BR> The woman always replied by saying,"We don`t need to spend any extra money on them airplanes,its to expensive.Ten dollars is ten dollars. <BR> <BR> Tom, the pilot, said," Larry, every year I hear you say you want to ride my airplanes, and every year Anna says it`s too expensive. I`ll make you a deal, if I do all of ... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 17:31:27 EST Fur Makes A (More Humane) Comeback http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x38038342 Fur Makes A (More Humane) NEW YORK -- There may be no item of clothing quite as controversial as the fur. <BR> <BR> And yet fur is everywhere this season, in ways that designers hope will take some of the edge away from its usual critics. <BR> <BR> Some top labels, including Chanel and Nina Ricci, put faux fur on the runway that was indistinguishable even by trained eyes from the real thing. Accessory brand Be & D uses rabbit fur and lamb shearling that are byproducts of the meat industry. ... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 16:40:28 EST Celebrate with Squats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x38038202 It's World Toilet Day: Celebrate with Squats <BR> <BR> In America, we tend to think of squats as exercises, but for the 2.5 billion people worldwide who have no access to toilets, they're practiced for an entirely different reason. About half the world's population has no access to proper sanitation, which puts them at risk for several infectious diseases, including cholera and dysentery, and kills nearly 2 million people annually. At least 5,000 children die from water-related disease every... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 16:32:35 EST Medicine Cabinet Strategies for YOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x37989444 Take two aspirin (162 milligrams) every day to decrease arterial inflammation and healthy risks associated with obesity. Consult your doctor first. <BR> The following supplements have been shown to have effectiveness in some aspect of waist management: chromium picolinate, grapefruit oil, Garcinia, Hoodia, 5-HTP, L-carnitine, coenzyme Q10, turmeric, jojoba beans, and simmondsin. Consult your doctor about which ones may be appropriate for you, <BR> <BR> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 18:43:03 EST Measurement Strategies for YOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x37935863 Measure your waist. Ideal is 32 ½ inches or less for woman, and 35 inches or less for men. <BR> Ask your family what your parents and grandparents looked like when they were eighteen, to give you a sense of what your ideal body should look like. <BR> Get tested: blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and C-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation), and certain hormone levels, depending on your weight situation. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 15 Nov 2010 08:01:01 EST Man in Breathalyzer costume cited for DUI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x37790098 The Halloween crime of the year torch appears to have been passed to Lincoln in 2010. <BR> <BR> Early Monday, a police officer pulled over a pickup being driven erratically by a man dressed as a Breathalyzer. <BR> <BR> Matthew Nieveen, 19, was cited for second-offense driving under the influence and being a minor in possession of alcohol. <BR> <BR> According to a police report, he was driving a 1992 Ford F-150 northbound on 33rd Street between Holdrege and Huntington when an officer saw th... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 16:26:04 EST Teaching your dog to play dead http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x37765624 Play Dead or Take a Nap <BR> <BR> Have your dog lie down on his tummy. As you gently roll him over on his side, say, "Take a nap." While he is lying on his side, keeping his head on the floor, say, "Take a nap." Don't give him a treat. Encourage him to stay there for a couple of seconds. Then say, "Ok" or "Wake up!", let him stand up, and give him his reward. <BR> <BR> TIP: <BR> You can use the treat to lure your dog into a lying down position. Don't give your a dog a reward while he is l... Sat, 6 Nov 2010 09:21:46 EST Own Your Beauty http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x37765577 November 03, 2010 4:54 am by Karen Walrond <BR> <BR> Own Your Beauty is a groundbreaking, year-long movement bringing women together to change the conversation about what beauty means. Our mission: to encourage and remind grown women that it is never too late to learn to love one's self and influence the lives of those around us - our mothers, friends, children, neighbors. We can shift our minds and hearts and change the path we follow in the pursuit of authentic beauty. <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 6 Nov 2010 09:18:45 EST Turn Back the Clocks & Put Extra Hour to Good Use http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x37765327 It’s that time of year again! Daylight Saving Time ends on November 7 at 2 a.m., so be sure to adjust your clocks (it’s “fall back,” if you’ve forgotten). But other than going around and changing the time (how do you do that on the microwave again?), use this twice-yearly chore (and the extra hour you gain) to incorporate a few other necessary but easy to overlook tasks. Here are a few ideas: <BR> <BR> -Sit down with the phone, a pen and a calendar and schedule all of those pesky doctor’s ap... Sat, 6 Nov 2010 09:00:23 EST Who Woulda Thunk It Strategies for YOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x37765259 Get seven to eight hours of sleep a night. Lack of sleep promotes eating with the soul purpose of self gratification as you search for something to boost chemicals in your brain. Your brain needs to sleep to regenerate these chemicals, and sugary foods help release the diminished supply of chemicals you have, to make up for the lack of sleep. <BR> Play video games, knit, write, read – anything to keep your hands busy. Keeping your hands full keeps them off the coconut muffins. <BR> Have hea... Sat, 6 Nov 2010 08:55:12 EST Welcome to our newest team member - Angelhope69 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x37756731 Welcome to our newest member - angelhope69. She is 34 years old. She has also done the yoyo dieting - just like most of the rest of us. Now she is looking to make some changes. She loves to cook and is excited about trying out new healthy recipies. I invite you to take a tour of her spark page to get to know her a little better. <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> Fri, 5 Nov 2010 17:09:17 EST Activity Strategies for You http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x37658645 Walk thirty minutes a day every day. No excuses. Then call your support partner after you do it. <BR> Start a strength training program focusing on core muscle (legs, abdominals and upper body) in the form of twenty minutes two or three days a week. <BR> Stretch every day after physical activity to keep your muscles loose and pliable, to help you prevent injury. <BR> Do this exercise any time you want. Suck in your belly button and squeeze your butt as if you’re pulling up tight jeans. It ... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 08:58:03 EST Looking for some cute holiday pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x37623007 I have just changed the team photo for the month of November. I would love to see your pictures of your ACD's in any kind of holiday setting. Christmas is right around the corner! Submit those picture in the team picture tab!! Sat, 30 Oct 2010 08:37:25 EST She wins http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x37500824 A lawyer and a blonde are sitting next to each other on a long flight from LA to NY. The lawyer leans over to her and asks if she would like to play a fun game. The blonde just wants to take a nap, so she politely declines and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks. <BR> <BR> The lawyer persists and explains that the game is really easy and a lot of fun. He explains" I ask you a question, and if you don't know the answer, you pay me $5, and vice-versa." Again, she politely declines an... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 09:31:32 EST Mixed vegetables contained extra protein : ( http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x37500772 WOOD, Mich., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- A Michigan couple says they found a frozen frog in a package of frozen vegetables, but they saw it before it got eaten. <BR> <BR> Marty Hoffman of Eaton County shrieked when she found the amphibian early Oct. 13 as she was preparing veggies for the family dog, who needs a special diet because of allergies, the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal reported. <BR> <BR> After photographing the frog and sealing up the vegetable bag, Marty's husband Tim called the Detroit... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 09:28:13 EST Eating Strategies for YOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x37500575 To help make eating more automatic, pick at least one meal a day to alter and have the same foods ever day for all the other meals. <BR> Eat throughout the day so that you’re constantly satisfied. The less you eat, the more likely you are to sink into starvation mode and make your body want to store fat. <BR> Inspect food labels. Limit saturated fats to less than 4 grams per serving and avoid all trans fats. Don’t buy foods where high-fructose corn syrup, or another simple sugar, is more th... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 09:17:37 EST Ever thought about raising bees? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x37500527 Getting started with bees <BR> <BR> By Jerry Hayes <BR> Florida <BR> <BR> <BR> Hello. My name is Jerry Hayes and I have been in the beekeeping industry going on 25 years. My goal is to spend some time with some of you over the next year as we work together to develop a relationship with an insect, the honeybee. <BR> <BR> For those of you who read COUNTRYSIDE regularly to learn from others with the same goals, desires and aspirations as you I hope you realize how different you are. You... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 09:14:45 EST Daily Feng Shui http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x37500433 On ‘Lung Health Day’ I wanted to share an ages old bath that betters lung health for chronic bronchitis sufferers. As always, first speak with a qualified professional before using any alternative or all-natural advice. But if breathing is an issue then you may want to consider sending that problem down the drain by using the healing offered by this special soak. Add ten drops of Tiger Balm oil to your bathwater. Then place ten dried medlar leaves, one finely chopped pear, one half finely cho... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 09:08:56 EST Man breaks dog our of pound http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x37500214 I thought this was a cute story until I got to the end and I became angry and sad. How do you feel? <BR> <BR> HYDRO, Okla. (AP) — An elderly Hydro man landed in jail after springing his prized pooch from the town kennel. Instead of paying a $100 fine for not having his poodle on a leash, 73-year-old Edwin Fry decided to bust Buddy Tough out, driving his lawnmower to the city pound Oct. 13 and breaking into the cage with bolt cutters. <BR> <BR> As the pair escaped, police officer Chris Chanc... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 08:56:22 EST The 99-Second Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x37476022 In the dietary gates and can’t wait to start the race? Then skim through this cheat sheet of the YOU strategies-big and small-that you’ll adopt and automate as your new eating, activity, emotional, and behavioral plan. It’s the path to your new life. And your new body. <BR> The Major YOU Principles YOU Need to….. <BR> Chose elegance over force. Dietary battles are won not when you work hard but when you work smart. <BR> Make your eating plan automatic. Train yourself over fourteen days to ... Fri, 22 Oct 2010 18:43:22 EST Welcome to our newest member - BLANCHE_D http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x37475887 Here is a big welcome to Blanch_D. She is from Indiana and like yoga. I hope you will take the time to visit her spark page and make her feel welcome. <BR> <BR> Blanch, feel free to jump right into any post or create one of your own. Welcome to the team. Fri, 22 Oct 2010 18:35:03 EST 5 Ways to Lower Your Blood Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x37362325 1. Go for a walk right after lunch. <BR> A brisk walk not only helps you shed pounds but improves your body's sensitivity to insulin. <BR> <BR> 2. Listen to music you love for 15 minutes. <BR> Without distractions. It's one of the simplest yet best ways to relieve stress, which has a wonderful ripple effect on all aspects of your health. <BR> <BR> 3. Instead of having a snack, call a friend. <BR> Most between-meals eating is out of boredom or habit, not hunger. Better to do something good ... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 11:26:33 EST Famous last words http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x37362263 The last words that Buddah spoke before he died was "Work hard to gain your own salvation." Sun, 17 Oct 2010 11:22:49 EST Death or Spiders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x37362194 Did you know that on average people fear spiders more than they do death. - NOT ME! <BR> <em>420</em> Sun, 17 Oct 2010 11:18:33 EST What causes obesity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x37362147 When you take in more calories than you burn off, you gain weight. How you eat, how active you are, and other things affect how your body uses calories and whether you gain weight. <BR> <BR> If your family members are obese, you may have inherited a tendency to gain weight. And your family also helps form your eating and lifestyle habits, which can lead to obesity. <BR> <BR> Also, our busy lives make it harder to plan and cook healthy meals. For many of us, it's easier to reach for prepar... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 11:15:31 EST Obesity - What is it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x37362104 Time to get serious!! My BMI is 31!! <BR> <BR> What is obesity? <BR> Being obese means having so much body fat that your health is in danger. Having too much body fat can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, sleep apnea, and stroke. <BR> <BR> Because of these risks, it is important to lose weight even if you do not feel bad now. It is hard to change eating habits and exercise habits. But you can do it if you make a plan. <BR> <BR> How do you know if y... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 11:13:03 EST Plan to Fail-and Develop Contingency Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x37361993 Plan to Fail-and Develop Contingency Plans for When You Do. We keep tires in our trunks in case one goes flat. We keep candles in our drawers in case the power goes out. We keep backups of files in case our computers crash (and some of us wish we backed them up more often). And that’s good; contingency plans give you the mental assurance that you’ll be able to adapt to unexpected crises. But the one area where we don’t make backup plans is in our diets. We eat broccoli, fish, and fruit for th... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 11:07:12 EST Stay Accountable http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x37292709 You can use your weight range to tell when you’re pushing the upper boundaries of your ideal weight/waist with periodic checks using a measurement too-be it a tape measure around your waist, a scale, or hey how about a plastic waistband that you keep around your waist to alert you when you’re getting too big, like a large version of one of those Lance bracelets? Whatever your accountability tool, you should be checking it every Saturday around midday to keep yourself honest with your weight a... Wed, 13 Oct 2010 16:01:17 EST Goose, Goose, Geese http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x37213641 Did you know that a group of geese on the ground is a gaggle - a group of geese in the air is a skein. <BR> Sat, 9 Oct 2010 18:59:36 EST ACD tips by Peggy Jennings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x37213599 These tips are for the puppy ACD or young ACD and their new owners. These are tips I try to remember and put into practice. Training and being the leader is hard to do when you are tired and have no time. Take care of yourself physically and emotionally first. If the dog is taking care of you, guess who is incharge? Observe your relationship with your ACD to find out what behavior you are rewarding especially if you do not like the behavior you are getting during training. <BR> <BR> ACDs ten... Sat, 9 Oct 2010 18:55:21 EST Know Your Fighting Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x37213497 In all likelihood, the most common way you’ve measure your so-called dietary success or failure is by pounds lost. If you’ve lost down to your target weight, then you’ve won. If not, you’ve lost. But the reality is that over the long term, all of us will intermittently gain and lose small amounts of weight, even when we’re trying to lose it. For one, our water weight often fluctuates depending on what we’re eating. The reason why so many low-carb dieters lose weight fast is because the lack o... Sat, 9 Oct 2010 18:44:41 EST Silly but true http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x37213487 Did you know that butterflies taste with their feet. <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> <em>88</em> <em>88</em> <em>88</em> <em>88</em> <em>88</em> <em>88</em> Sat, 9 Oct 2010 18:43:08 EST Get rid of smell on hands http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x37213454 To remove onion, garlic or bleach or other odors off one's hands: Hold a stainless steel knife (not a cutting knife, more like a butter knife) under cool running water..the smell will be gone from one's hands in a matter of about 10 seconds..any stainless steel utensil will do, though. <BR> Sat, 9 Oct 2010 18:40:40 EST Adopt the You-Turn Mantra http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x37213427 If you’ve ever ridden in a car with a GPS satellite navigation system, you know how it works. Plug in your destination, and the system-using satellites to plot your current and final points-tells you exactly what to do when. Turn left after 400 feet. Stay straight. Get in the right lane. But let’s say you make a mistake and miss a turn or turn onto the wrong street. The GPS doesn’t berate you, doesn’t scold you, doesn’t tell you that you might as well drive off a cliff since you made a mistak... Sat, 9 Oct 2010 18:38:23 EST Make the Split http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x37213413 Clearly some of us eat for physical reasons (we’re just hungry) and some of us gnaw on leftover Halloween candy for emotional reasons (we’re steamed at the boss about having to start and finish a new report by 10 a.m., and it’s 9:47). But sometimes it’s not always easy to figure out the difference. To help, you need to start using the YOU Diet Hunger Test. Throughout the day, record your level of hunger as judged by this scale. Stay tuned to what your stomach is telling you, not what’s happen... Sat, 9 Oct 2010 18:37:11 EST Before You Chain Your Dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x37213388 Dogs on Chains, why its not a good idea... <BR> <BR> Dogs who are chained run a much higher risk of biting and are more likely to be the dogs that run off and don't come back when called. <BR> <BR> Why? Chaining a dog goes against its natural instincts. Dogs were not meant to be chained. Most become protective of the area around them and in some cases, down right mean, even to their owners. They feel confined, trapped and it drives them crazy. They are harder to train and some appear to be ... Sat, 9 Oct 2010 18:35:18 EST Get Lost In Your Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x37146516 Whenever you feel the urge to eat, just sit and think abut your life and what’s driving you to pick up a fork or open the fridge. Would you shove that stuff in a friend’s or family member’s body? It’s OK to cry. It’s OK to think, It’s OK to meditate. In fact, maybe you can learn from your pain-not make it worse by thinking you can pad it with three extra inches of abdominal fat. For some, meditation or prayer enhances their power to satisfy the subconscious drive they have. Wed, 6 Oct 2010 11:44:09 EST Burdocks - who knew? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x37146474 Arctium lappa (L) <BR> <BR> Synonyms: Arctium majus (Bernh.), Bardanae radix, Bardanae folium, bardana, great burdock, hardock, hareburr, hurrburr, turkey burrseed, great bur, cocklebur, beggars buttons, cockle buttons, lappa, bardane, thorny burr, fox's clote, love leaves, personata, clotbur, happy major. <BR> <BR> Order: Compositae <BR> <BR> <BR> Description: Arctium is a substantial biennial plant reaching up to 2m in height, with very large ovate-cordate leaves up to 50cm across fo... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 11:42:30 EST Go to sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x37074865 Getting enough sleep keeps you thin. That’s because when your body doesn’t get the seven to eight hours of sleep it needs every night to get rejuvenated, it needs to find ways to compensate for neurons not secreting the normal amounts of serotonin or dopamine. The lack of sleep throws off your entire system-which increases your appetite. Lack of sleep can become an even bigger factor as you age. When you get older, the pineal gland in your brain produces less of the sleep hormone melatonin, r... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 08:55:55 EST Pink Clouds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x37074819 Mary, Anna, and Tess died and went to heaven. God said, "Do whatever you want, but don't step on the pink clouds." One day, Mary decided to go for a walk. When she came back, there was an ugly boy next to her. Anna and Tess asked, "Where'd you get that ugly boy?" "I stepped on a pink cloud." The next day, Anna decided to go for a walk. When she came back, there was an ugly boy next to her. Mary and Tess asked, "Where'd you get that ugly boy?" "I stepped on a pink cloud." The next day Tess dec... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 08:52:44 EST Talk about a wrong number!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x37074780 Ochocinco's charity on cereal box lists sex-line number <BR> <BR> by Dan Sewell - Sept. 30, 2010 12:31 PM <BR> Associated Press <BR> <BR> CINCINNATI - Charity-minded callers are getting intercepted by a phone-sex line because of a typo on Chad Ochocinco's Cereal boxes. <BR> <BR> The phone number is supposed to connect callers to Feed the Children, which benefits from sales of the Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver's cereal. But the box has the wrong toll-free prefix, meaning callers get a se... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 08:50:27 EST Snow and ACD's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x37074715 Since Max has never seen snow before and I have never owned an ACD, I am curious on how they react to snow. How does your ACD act to snow? I am hoping he will be just as fun to be with outside as he is in the winter. One more question - does anyone put a coat or boots on their dog. Always having Newfoundlands, it was never a concern as they are meant for the snow. Sun, 3 Oct 2010 08:45:27 EST Marketing your crafts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x37074429 If you are a craftsperson interested in the possibility of marketing your crafts, the following is provided as a resource list: <BR> <BR> Shops <BR> A listing of shops which purchase or take on consignment hand-crafted items can be obtained from: <BR> <BR> <BR> Bernu, 802 County Road 69, Bivey, MN 55709 (550 shops). <BR> <BR> Directory of Craft Shops/Galleries, available from The Front Room Publishers, P.O. Box 1541, Clifton, NJ 07015-1541 (over 1,500 listings). <BR> <BR> The Francis... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 08:26:42 EST Welcome to our newest member - Donnacfit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x37036363 ACD's has a new member. She has been married for 33 years and is blessed with three kids and two grandkids. <BR> <BR> She is learning about computers as she goes - good luck - I don't know what I would do without my laptop. <BR> <BR> She raises cattle and horses and loves to read. I hope you will take some time to visit her page to get to know her better and welcome her to our team. <BR> <BR> Liz Fri, 1 Oct 2010 08:12:49 EST Snopes - there's a mouse in my bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x37017579 Sep 29, 5:12 PM (ET) <BR> <BR> LONDON (AP) - It was hard to explain, that dead mouse baked into a loaf of bread. British officials have released the photo which proved that Stephen Forse wasn't kidding when he claimed to find the wee creature while making sandwiches for his children. <BR> <BR> Forse, who bought the bread from a supermarket in 2009, said Monday he first thought a dark spot in the bread - branded Best of Both - was some poorly mixed dough. <BR> <BR> Then he noticed it had fu... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 10:58:18 EST Crafting your braided rug http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x36969798 Fabric Folders <BR> Try this simple tool to ease the process of crafting your braided rug. <BR> <BR> You’ve decided to make a braided rug, gathered all your fabrics, cut them into strips, sewn them together, and now are faced with folding them as you braid. Especially if this is your first time making a braided rug, you’ll see that it can be difficult to keep the rough fabric edges folded neatly inside and still make neat, tight braids. <BR> <BR> To the Rug Rescue <BR> Luckily, a compan... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 08:54:33 EST Do you dream of starting your own business? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x36969413 Selecting and starting your ideal home business <BR> The first step is often the hardest: <BR> What will you sell? <BR> Here are some points to consider <BR> <BR> If you want to start a home business, the first task is one of the most important, and the most difficult: You must decide what goods or services you're going to sell. <BR> <BR> Forty years ago, traditional homestead jobs were pretty much limited to candlemaking, pottery and leather-work. Today we have a vast array of choices, ... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 08:36:51 EST Two words - you change one http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x36930573 I am hoping you will like this game. It starts with two words and then you change one of the words. Let's play! <BR> Sun, 26 Sep 2010 13:27:42 EST Snopes - Bizarre last writes for suicide man http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x36925468 Bizarre last writes for suicide man <BR> 1,905-page Web rant after Harvard tragedy <BR> <BR> 10:16 AM, September 25, 2010 <BR> <BR> A New York native shot himself to death in Harvard Yard last week -- after penning an epic 1,905-page suicide note. <BR> <BR> Mitchell Heisman, 35, quoted Thomas Jefferson, Friedrich Nietzsche and Albert Einstein as he attempted to explain his motives in the rambling missive, which included a lengthy preface and 1,433 footnotes. <BR> <BR> Heisman put the en... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 08:42:14 EST A second life for bluejeans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x36925324 Bluejeans are standard attire for me; tough and servicable. When my jeans wear out, it's usually due to a "blowout" in one or both knees. While these jeans are still fine for wearing around the garden, I prefer something a little nicer for church, shopping, etc. <BR> <BR> I came across this idea and thought it was great-using the "yoke" of an otherwise worn pair of jeans as the top for a new skirt. The jeans are cut straight across just below the zipper (save the legs for patching or other p... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 08:34:12 EST Welcome to our newest member - Shannon083077 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x36918856 Welcome to Shannon083077. She is from Colorado and is an animal lover. She wants to lose weight for her family - great motivation. She likes two of my favorite TV shows - CSI and The Big Bang Theory. She is also a huge fan of the Biggest Loser and finds inspiration from the show. You gotta take it where you get it!! So stop by her page and get to know a little more about her. Sat, 25 Sep 2010 20:05:28 EST Tips you can use - Flatulence in dogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x36898998 Flatulence: Exercise helps move gas out of the system, so take them for a walk. Stop feeding table scraps and dairy foods and ensure they aren't getting into the trash. Check the soy content of your pet's food; high soy content causes gas. Many yogurts contain digestion-friendly bacteria that can help decrease flatulence. Give 1/4 tsp. plain yogurt to cats and small dogs, 1 tsp. to dogs 15-20 pounds, and 1 Tbls. to large dogs. Raise their food dish to eliminate air digested while eating. Fri, 24 Sep 2010 16:53:36 EST Share your favorite links http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x36898873 Do you have a website that you love to visit or has a lot of useful information. Share it with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.allmyfaves.com/ </link> Fri, 24 Sep 2010 16:45:28 EST Work Foods In Your Favor http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x36898792 Foods all have different effects on your stomach, your blood, and your brain. These are some of the nutrients that may influence your hunger and the brain chemicals that affect it. <BR> Turkey contains tryptophan, which increases serotonin to improve your mood and combat depression, and help you resist cravings for simple carbs. <BR> Omege-3 Fatty Acids, which are found in fish, have long been known as brain boosters and cholesterol clearers, but they’ve also been shown convincingly to help... Fri, 24 Sep 2010 16:40:00 EST STRANGE BUT TRUE - Dog poop has bright side http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x36898695 Dog poop has bright side: Powering Mass. park lamp <BR> <BR> CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — It stinks and it's a hazard to walkers everywhere, but it turns out dog poop has a bright side. <BR> <BR> Dog poop is lighting a lantern at a Cambridge dog park as part of a monthslong project that its creator, artist Matthew Mazzotta, hopes will get people thinking about not wasting waste. <BR> <BR> The "Park Spark" poop converter is actually two steel, 500-gallon oil tanks painted a golden yellow, connected b... Fri, 24 Sep 2010 16:31:00 EST Heroic ACD's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x36898545 Blue, an Australian Cattle Dog from Fort Myers, Florida, stood guard beside Ruth Gay, his 83-year-old owner who had fallen and injured herself. As she lay beside a canal, Blue launched repeated attacks against an alligator, receiving around thirty lacerations consistent with alligator bites. When the rest of the family retured home at 10:00pm, Blue met the car and led them to where Ruth lay. Blue was awarded for his heroism, which was no surprise to those who know the breed. Tasmanian breeder... Fri, 24 Sep 2010 16:19:00 EST KnowYour Fantastic Four http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x36846896 Physical activity and exercise are like vegetables; they come in all shapes, sizes, and tastes, and just about all of them are good for you. Depending on your health level and experience, you need to be thinking about including these components of activity in your life. Wed, 22 Sep 2010 08:50:16 EST Know Your Fats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x36846669 Super (Youthful) Fats: <BR> Monounsaturated Fats: They come in two forms: omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids, in the form of fish (3s) and nut oils (3s and 6s). The omega-3s have been shown to improve arterial and brain function. They’re found in olive oil, canola oil, fish oils, flaxseeds, avocados, and nuts (especially walnuts). They’ve also been shown to reduce blood pressure and lipid levels when used in place of carbohydrates. Bottom line: Make about 30 percent to 40 percent of... Wed, 22 Sep 2010 08:39:41 EST Famous ACD's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x36785632 Australian Cattle Dogs have been featured in a number of movies, appearing alongside Mel Gibson in Mad Max 2, Johnny Depp in Secret Window, Tom Berenger in Last of the Dogmen, Billy Connolly in The Man Who Sued God, and Alex O'Loughlin in Oyster Farmer. Australian Cattle Dogs also feature prominently in The Blob and Welcome to Woop Woop. In Babe, they are used by the men who attempt to steal sheep from Babe's owners, and they also are used to herd sheep by the main characters in Brokeback Mou... Sun, 19 Sep 2010 13:21:40 EST Class Assignment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x36785324 The class assignment in composition was to write about something unusual that happened during the past week. Little Irving got up to read his. "Papa fell in the well last week - " he began. "Good heavens," shrieked Mrs. Kroop, the teacher. "Is he all right now?" "He must be," said little Irving. "He stopped yelling for help yesterday." Sun, 19 Sep 2010 13:04:52 EST Weekly Team Digest http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x36780360 Great job to everyone who tracked their fitness minutes. They all count. Below are the top five in fitness minutes for last week for our team. KEEP IT UP!! <BR> 1. TAYLORCRAFTBC65 <BR> 2. LIZMEYER <BR> 3. PARKERB2 <BR> 4. JOYATLAST <BR> 5. KISSYTINA Sun, 19 Sep 2010 08:17:30 EST Know your fats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x36774708 Super (Youthful) Fats: <BR> Monounsaturated Fats: They come in two forms: omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids, in the form of fish (3s) and nut oils (3s and 6s). The omega-3s have been shown to improve arterial and brain function. They’re found in olive oil, canola oil, fish oils, flaxseeds, avocados, and nuts (especially walnuts). They’ve also been shown to reduce blood pressure and lipid levels when used in place of carbohydrates. Bottom line: Make about 30 percent to 40 percent of... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 20:47:25 EST Dealing with sick wild animals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x36745247 It's always best to be cautious and keep children and pets away from wild animals, especially those that don't run away when approached. <BR> <BR> Living in the country means sooner or later a sick wild animal will turn up in your yard. Perhaps it will be a listless raccoon that wobbles on unsteady thin legs and, when confronted, offers little in the way of either offensive or defensive tactics. Maybe it will be a thin, mangy fox that doesn't run away from you. Or it might be a skunk aggress... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 08:33:52 EST Hi All! Newbie here to this group... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x36737182 I am so sorry to announce that alas, I have an Australian Shepherd and not an Australian Cattledog. I sure hope that this doesn't mean I have to leave your group. You guys sound awesome. Please let me stay. Thu, 16 Sep 2010 20:14:09 EST Police Emergency http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x36736549 This is the true story of George Phillips of Meridian, Mississippi, who was going to bed when his wife told him that he'd left the light on in the shed. George opened the door to go turn off the light but saw there were people in the shed in the process of stealing things. <BR> <BR> He immediately phoned the police, who asked "Is someone in your house?" and George said no and explained the situation. Then they explained that all patrols were busy, and that he should simply lock his door and ... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 19:37:38 EST Pets Are at Risk Outside Too http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x36736507 If you suspect your cat or dog has eaten one of these toxic plants, the ASPCA says to call your vet right away. <BR> <BR> <BR> Oleander: Symptoms include upset stomach, hypothermia (cool paws, ears and stomach). <BR> <BR> Azalea: Vomiting, diarrhea, weakness. <BR> <BR> Lilies: In cats, vomiting, lethargy, loss of appetite. <BR> <BR> Sago palm: Vomiting, diarrhea, seizures. Thu, 16 Sep 2010 19:34:55 EST wash and wear dogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x36714136 Grooming <BR> <BR> Known as 'wash and wear' dogs, Australian Cattle Dogs require little in the way of grooming, and an occasional brush is all that is required to keep the coat clean and odour-free. They are not year round shedders but blow their coats once a year (twice in the case of intact females) and frequent brushing and a warm bath during this period will contain the shedding hair. As with all dogs, regular attention to nails, ears and teeth will help avoid health problems. Apart fro... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 18:19:20 EST Welcome to our new team member Lopinslow17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x36714024 ACDL has a new member. She lives in Colorado and her view is the Rocky Mountains - NICE. <BR> <BR> She owns and show horsed and has a blue heeler. She loves being outside and spending time with her family. <BR> <BR> I encourage everyone to stop by her page and welcome her aboard. <BR> <BR> <BR> Liz <BR> Agility. My family and I also enjoys gardening, geo-cacheing, hunting, and clay shooting! <BR> Wed, 15 Sep 2010 18:13:18 EST ACD Orgins http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x36693028 Dogs the settlers brought with them from Europe, called Smithfield and the Old Smooth Collie (not the smooth collie known today), were not able to handle the long distances and inhospitable climate of the new continent. The Australian Cattle Dog was developed by pioneer settlers in the 1800s by crossing Dingo-blue merle Collies to Dalmatians and black and tan Kelpies. Some sources say the Bull Terrier breed may have been added as well. The result were dogs who were excellent workers, herding ... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 18:58:14 EST You Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x36689401 Let food fight the fight: Your best weapon against fat isn’t a Tae-Bo video or a self-service liposuction vacuum. It’s food. Inflammation-reducing food. To reduce obesity-causing inflammation, you need to eat foods with nutrients that can do just that-either by having direct anti-inflammatory or antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are often what gives a specific food its flavor, smell, and color. So eating more anti-inflammatory foods means eating more flavorful and brightly colored foods. T... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 15:36:11 EST Weird Causes of Obesity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x36689372 Here is where the cycle of fat spins out of control: <BR> When you have chronic stress, your body increases its production of steroids and insulin, which…. <BR> Increase your appetite, which… <BR> Increases the chance you’ll engage in self gratification and pleasure eating in the form of high-calorie sweets and fats, which… <BR> Makes you store more fat, especially in the fold of the lining in the abdominal cavity that connect the stomach with other organs, which… <BR> Pumps more fat and... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 15:34:45 EST Garden snakes can be dangerous http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x36689339 I didn't think twice about this tiny fellow on my baby boxwood until I got this letter: <BR> GARDEN SNAKES CAN BE DANGEROUS... <BR> <BR> Snakes also known as Garter Snakes (Thamnophissirtalis) can be dangerous. Yes, grass snakes, not rattlesnakes. Here's why. <BR> <BR> A couple in Sweetwater , Texas , had a lot of potted plants. During a recent cold spell, the wife was bringing a lot of them indoors to protect them from a possible freeze. <BR> <BR> It turned out that a little green gar... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 15:33:15 EST Australian Cattle Dog Breed Standard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x36689134 Australian Cattle Dog <BR> Without peer as a cattle herder, the Australian Cattle Dog (ACD) is ready and willing to work all day. Their agility, strength and courageousness allow them to easily control and move cattle in both open and confined spaces. Stubborn cows don’t discourage this dog – they just become more determined to get the job done! The breed can be blue or red (can be in mottled or speckled pattern), with or without black, blue or tan markings. <BR> <BR> A Look Back <BR> In the... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 15:22:04 EST Did you know....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16650x18716x36685856 This is where we can share diet myths and facts that will help us with the slow and steady process of losing weight. <BR> Tue, 14 Sep 2010 12:36:57 EST New Team Picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x36685611 I would like to change the team picture once in awhile. If you post your photo's (ACD related) on this site so I will chose a different picture each month until I run out of photos to chose from. Right now the team photo is of Max, my hyperactive 5 month old ACD. Tue, 14 Sep 2010 12:24:57 EST Paws for the cause http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x36685502 We can use this thread to check in with each other. Sort of like talking to your neighbor over coffee. Tue, 14 Sep 2010 12:20:01 EST Where did that phrase come from? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x36685459 Lock, stock and barrel <BR> Meaning: The whole thing. <BR> <BR> Origin <BR> I've seen it suggested that this phrase refers to all of a shopkeeper's possessions - the stock in trade, the items stored in barrels and the lock to the door. This explanation is entirely fanciful though - the 'whole thing' in question when this phrase originated was a musket. Muskets were composed of three parts: <BR> <BR> - The lock, or flintlock, which is the firing mechanism. Various forms of 'lock' muskets ... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 12:18:15 EST To tickle your funny bone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16651x18716x36685424 One day a policeman stopped a motorist who had just gone through a four way stop sign and was about to give him a ticket when the motorist said. "Officer you can't give me a ticket for that!' "Why not" said the officer. "Because although I did not stop I slowed right down and its almost the same." "But you did not stop" replied the officer, "and the sign says STOP." "But the way was clear and it was safe" replied the motorist. The officer then pulls out his batton and starts hitting the motor... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 12:16:15 EST Getting to know you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x36685187 Copy and paste the blank one then fill in the Blanks <BR> Thanks (Please copy these words also) <BR> <BR> <BR> Married?- <BR> <BR> Kids?- <BR> <BR> Job?- <BR> <BR> Birthday (M-D-Y)?- <BR> <BR> Zodiac sign?- <BR> <BR> Favorite color?- <BR> <BR> Favorite Holiday?- <BR> <BR> Favorite Movie?- <BR> <BR> Any pets?- <BR> <BR> Any collections?- <BR> <BR> Any Hobbies?- <BR> <BR> Any pet peeves?- <BR> <BR> Favorite place to be?- Tue, 14 Sep 2010 12:05:16 EST I love my ACD <3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x36035571 Hi everyone! I'm so excited to have found this group! My first baby is Baxter Bean a red ACD. Beanie is almost 8 years old, now, and he's slowing down, just a little bit. So, basically, he's more like a normal dog now, instead of an insane ACD LOL <BR> <BR> He was diagnosed with bilateral hip dysplasia earlier this year, so that's slowed him down quite a bit. But we're working hard to get him nice and slim, and as the weight comes off him, his hips are definitely feeling better. He blew out ... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 17:39:01 EST Hi there! Just joined the group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x35957234 My name is Kristin and I have a wonderful Red ACD named Pumpkin. I got her around Halloween in 2000. I had originally wanted a blue "heeler" (like the old name of Queensland Heeler rather than the ACD)but I saw this little red girl. The breeder had a whole pack of ACD and two of them had puppies. There were some blues but I fell in love with a red. She was almost all white except for her ears, mask, and a large round spot on her back which looked like a pumpkin. Halloween - Pumpkin - you get ... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 10:26:11 EST Cute video http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x35170709 There is a cute video on You Tube of a little blue boy herding his Boomer Ball. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFIisyqwiMk </link> Fri, 2 Jul 2010 17:31:44 EST Cute video http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x35167661 There is a cute video on You Tube of a little blue boy herding his Boomer Ball. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFIisyqwiMk </link> Fri, 2 Jul 2010 14:03:11 EST Please pray for my Buppie the Blue Heeler Puppy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x34973932 My Bupp was hit by a car last Friday morning. Vet said 4 small fractures in left rear leg, sprained front left paw, cuts and brusies from road rash. He's home with us, pretty heavily medicated. He scooches around the room now that he's out of shock and tries to get up now and then. Vet says he's to rest this week, then next week we need to Towel Walk him. Buppie is eating fine, drinking water fine. He's tinkling fine, but the other has yet to happen. If he doesn't make soon, he's gonna... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 00:17:36 EST Prayer Requests http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x34702078 I have been having a rough time with some things in life lately. I figured that, since we all have tough times every now and then, a thread where we can ask for prayers would be a wonderful resource. I understand that not everyone prays, or even believes in a higher power. But, I do think that we can all support each other, either through prayer or just positive thoughts and encouragement. This is a place where we can ask for help, encouragement or advice. Please feel free to add your prayer ... Wed, 9 Jun 2010 21:13:05 EST Nipping - OUCH! OUCH! OUCH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x34663339 OK - I am looking toward you guys for some help here. Max will be 9 weeks old this Thursday and we have had him for over a week. I constantly tell him no bite when he starts chewing on my ankle and then praise him immediately when he is not trying to chew my ankle off. What worked for you? I have puncture marks on both ankles. I do not believe in physical punishement but am open to other suggestions on what works. I need help before my ankles are bloody stubs! Tue, 8 Jun 2010 08:50:08 EST Hello!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x34256473 Hi! I am excited to be here. I do not currently have an ACD but I want to be prepared when I bring the little one home. The litter is due in two weeks. I am looking for any and all advice on this breed as I have never owned one before. I don't think it will be anything like the newfies I have had for the last 13 years. Anyway, hope you will check out my spark page to get to know a little bit about me. <BR> <BR> Liz Wed, 19 May 2010 20:09:36 EST Am I the only one here with a Red Heeler? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x33933481 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I don't think I have had a chance to introduce myself yet. I joined SP in August 2009, but I did not even log back in until February. Around the end of February, I got really serious about doing this for my family, and for MYSELF! I have never been "skinny," but I at least used to be healthy. In college, I gained a lot of weight. This wasn't just your typical freshman 15. I had some major things happen in my life that caused a battle with Depression and PTSD. I didn... Wed, 5 May 2010 14:24:33 EST New to the team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x33090563 Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I am new to the team, and I thought I would introduce myself real quick. My name is Kristina, and I live with my wonderful husband, my sweet kitty, and my goofy Aussie Mix- Brandy. I went through some really tough times in college, and I put on quite a bit of weight. I have never been the "skinny" girl, but I at least used to be healthy. I desperately want to get back to a healthy weight for so many reasons. I want to feel as beautiful as my husband says I am. I wan... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 22:44:15 EST Greetings from Salt Flats, Texas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x29781423 Hi everyone, My name is Sabrina, "Brie" for short. I'm 59, retired Army, and my sweetie pie and I live on a long thin 80 acres with our own airstrip on it, in the cattle country of extreme West Texas. <BR> We have an Aussie that we rescued who would willingly lay down her life to protect ours, named Meri, (Pronaonced Mary). <BR> I have been a Spark member for some time, and am a Co-administrator of one team, and the administrator of another. <BR> I was just looking to see if there were any A... Mon, 16 Nov 2009 15:38:10 EST What is your ACD doing today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x28052753 I know Rinky Dink has to be busy all the time. What is yours doing today? Sun, 30 Aug 2009 10:45:28 EST What are the funny things your ACDs do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x27858616 Rinky Dink Rabbit is so comical I'm sure yours is (are), too. I'd love to hear about them. Fri, 21 Aug 2009 13:15:20 EST Does your ACD swim? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x27830474 We have our first ACD - still less than 4 mos old. I walk her to the creek which my Aussies. One Aussie loves to swim and the other plays real hard in the water and swims occasionally. <BR> <BR> Rinky Dink is trying to avoid the water but will at least get her feet wet. Maybe she'll get the desire from Bobbisue who is the swimmer. Thu, 20 Aug 2009 09:40:36 EST Video http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x27384810 This is the best herding I've ever seen! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.brightcove.com/services/player/<BR>bcpid1137883380?bctid=17075685001 </link> Fri, 31 Jul 2009 15:33:57 EST Slamming screen door & the panic in my baby... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x27329565 Well we got new screen doors installed...you can see the pic in one of my blogs. Lacy had been acting very strangely for the last few days & did not want to go in & out and just totally bucks up on ya and puts her front feet out to resist. Finally Jack figured it out...she hates our new screen doors. I guess it's the slamming action. Anyway, we have tried to watch & not slam them. We put her on the least & take her in & out of them. She still is not happy, but on the leash she goes out ... Wed, 29 Jul 2009 10:11:28 EST Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x26479521 I just added pictures of my two boys to my SparkPage. I had a heck of a time getting the pictures. Does anyone know how to get pictures of these velcro dogs? I kept having to start leading them to where I wanted them to go and then when I'd set up to take the photo they'd come too close and I couldn't get it. They don't play fetch or anything like that. <BR> <BR> I also wondered how a person gets their profile picture. I just noticed that Blue's picture is now in as my profile picture. ... Sun, 21 Jun 2009 20:02:29 EST Lacy got in trouble with me last night... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x26111832 Ya'll are gonna think I'm the bad parent and maybe I am, but this made me so mad. I am cooking in the kitchen last night & Jack is sitting at the bar. I glance up & look out the front door & notice Lacy near one of my flower beds. Ok, I have punished her before for digging in my beds & she has been really good about not doing it for a couple years. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I just had a bad feeling. She had caught & killed a rabbit earlier in the day (morning actually). I ran out & she was st... Sat, 6 Jun 2009 10:29:20 EST New to Sparks and ACD Lovers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x25456360 ACD have been a part of my life here on a Minnesota farm for the last 30 years or so. The weight has been creeping up over the years. Right now I am looking around the Sparkpeople site for the first time. I found the ACD Team and recognized my team home! The first priority here is to get into a walking habit and teach Petra to heel properly at the same time. <BR> <BR> I am having a bit of trouble trying to figure out how to post and where to go to get information. <BR> <BR> ACDmom Mon, 11 May 2009 18:14:46 EST Hi - I'm New to This Team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x24969360 Hi everyone...I came across this team and was anxious to join so I could brag along with everyone else about the wonderful Cattle Dog. <BR> <BR> You will see pictures of my 2 year old Libby on my SparkPage. My daughter has a 1 year old and my MIL has a 12 year old red heeler. My son has a 4 year old blue as well. My profile pics shows two of them with our son's other dog, a black lab. <BR> <BR> When Libby was about 7 weeks old, we started making her ring a little bell by the door when she... Thu, 23 Apr 2009 14:15:08 EST FREE grilled chicken from KFC Apr 27th 2009 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x24906495 Hey ya'll... <BR> Thought I would let you all in on a sweet little deal I just found out today. I decided to go to lunch at KFC & try the new grilled chicken they are promoting. It's very good; I had 1 breast, 1 drumstick, mashed potatoes no gravy, and green beans. I logged it from their website nutrional info & the whole meal totaled only 375 calories & 11 fat grams. NOT BAD!!! <BR> <BR> OK HERE'S THE INFO...KFC is giving away 1 free piece of grilled chicken on April 27th all day. The fre... Tue, 21 Apr 2009 16:46:33 EST ACD Art http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x24904129 An artist friend of mine (fellow dog-lover) did the most adorable painting of a mischevious ACD. "Jack & Red Horse" is bright and cheery and yes, he definitely looks like he's up to something... <BR> <BR> If you want to check it out, the painting is on her blog: <link>annran.blogspot.com/2009/04/jack-red<BR>-horse.html </link> Tue, 21 Apr 2009 15:26:15 EST Your reaction /replies to people... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x24666274 Hi group :) I was just wondering if people have the same experiences as me with their ACDs. In my area, they're still quite rare (although mixes are popping up more and more, which worries me). About 80% of the people I talk to while walking my ACD have no idea what she is. Some are just curious and ask what kind of dog she is, others are quite rude and say something like "wow, did you pick the most Heinz 57 dog in the shelter?". Then when I say "Actually, she's an Australian Cattle Dog"... Mon, 13 Apr 2009 08:50:09 EST DogFancy features ACD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x24582108 Check out the May issue of DogFancy with a beautiful blue ACD (part of the article is shown on their website): http://www.dogchannel.com/dfdc_portal.aspx Thu, 9 Apr 2009 14:28:01 EST You know an ACD is smart... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x24476097 I just saw this article "Dog overboard found four months later" and thought I'd pass along the link. If you have any trouble getting to the site, I can email a copy of the article. <BR> <BR> Of course this bright little survivor is an ACD and it's a pretty amazing tale. She's a scrappy little bugger. :-) <BR> <BR> http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090406/ts_<BR>afp/australiaanimaldogoffbeat_20090406<BR>082210 Mon, 6 Apr 2009 10:14:04 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x22915432 Hi to everyone. My name is Trippy I am from SC and have owned and raised ACD or Heelers for the past 10 years and I love the breed. I am glad to meet some other Heeler lovers out there. Glad to be apart of the team! Sat, 14 Feb 2009 23:57:42 EST the puppies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x22679768 well sweat pea had her pups, 8 total & 4 died, she killed them. but we picked one out. male. <BR> now for a name. Sat, 7 Feb 2009 14:24:41 EST joke for the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x22159225 how to kill a great lakes eel <BR> <BR> Little Johnny was 12 years old and like other boys his age rather curious. He had been hearing quite a bit about "courting" from the older boys at school, and he wondered what it was and how it was done. So one day he took his question to his mother, who became rather flushed and frustrated on how to or even if to answer this question. Instead of answering and explaining everything to Johnny she suggested he hide behind the curtains and watch his olde... Thu, 22 Jan 2009 20:19:41 EST the one we lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x22074539 i have pictures of my Jake on my sparkpage. <BR> he is the one that died 4 days before christmas, at 5 months of age. Tue, 20 Jan 2009 14:10:20 EST getting another http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x22017695 we are getting another australian cattle dog or blue heeler, she is pregnant right now and due in late jan early feb. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Sun, 18 Jan 2009 23:37:12 EST Need support...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x17140629 Hi, I have posted this on all the groups I belong too....I need support and prayer.....I have fallen back into my old eating ways.... <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I have been without a job for the past month and slipped back into my old eating habits. I have gained back what I lost and just feeling worse about myself. <BR> <BR> I'm wanting to get back on track but without my income its hard to buy the healthy all the time....its so expensive <BR> <BR> I have to dogs that are thankfully walked... Mon, 28 Jul 2008 15:25:54 EST Baked Okra instead of Fried Okra http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x17084428 If ya like Fried Okra, you need to try my Baked Okra recipe in the spark recipes. You can find it on lower left hand side of the team page under blogs & recipes by team members. <BR> <BR> Each serving only has 93.9 calories & 0.8 grams of fat because you only use Pam cooking spray for it. My best friend tried it & she makes it all the time. She rated it 3 of 5 but meant to rate higher & goofed. Try it & rate it ya'll. <BR> Sat, 26 Jul 2008 18:37:34 EST Hi all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x17065563 I just found this team tonight and am so excited! I am the proud mommy to Howser, an ACD mix. He's 13 and an amazing boy. There are times I swear he's part human! I look forward to getting to know people and their furry children on the team. <BR> <BR> Becky Sat, 26 Jul 2008 00:18:13 EST New to the club...lol http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x16945197 Hi my name is Shannon and I have a ACD/JRT mix named Patches and she is my youngest fur baby....My husband and I had no clue what we were getting ourselves into when we got Patches. <BR> <BR> After our ups and downs I am proud to say that my healthy ACD/JRT is now 2yrs old and alive.....I love her and her other fur sister Sammy very much!!! <BR> <BR> Ok, I've been in a slump right now....I currently looking for work and have not found anything.....I'm trying to stay active especially for my... Tue, 22 Jul 2008 14:30:43 EST How do you beat the heat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x16753802 I'm assuming that most of us are from places with fairly hot summers. Here in Toronto, it's been about 30'C most days, which is much too hot for me! I take Lucy out as early as possible and then after dark to avoid the worst of the heat. I find that she even seems to suffer a bit, running around and drinking out of any dirty puddle she can find! (ewww). At the cottage, I've been swimming a lot with her, but here in the city the lake isn't really in the best condition to be swimming in. A... Wed, 16 Jul 2008 11:30:18 EST Hello all... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x16556359 I'm new to the team. My dog is an Aussie Cattle/Beagle mix...but she is all aussie except for her beagle ears. That is the only part that is beagle. Her name is Lacy...mine is Lisa. She is 9 yrs old...I am 40. <BR> <BR> Wed, 9 Jul 2008 20:36:29 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x15482099 I'm new to Spark People and am slowing learning my way around. I have two ACD's. A 6 year old Male, Kodi and a 8 month old female, Bella. We have plans to breed them in a year or so! They are both wonderful dogs, extremely smart (like all cattledogs) and the best friends to my husband and I! We have two horses they love to herd and a barn cat who just sits back and takes it all in! Tue, 3 Jun 2008 11:26:31 EST How Old? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x15207188 How old is your ACD and what is her/his most unique characteristic? <BR> <BR> Libby is 13 months old. She's a blue heeler with a full mask. I would have to say her most unique characteristic is her protectiveness to my husband and I. If I'm asleep in the bedroom and he's in the living room, she will lay between the two rooms so she can keep an eye on us both...LOL. She also follows me everywhere but I don't think that's unique as almost all cattle dogs are that way. <BR> <BR> Deb Sun, 25 May 2008 07:08:26 EST Hi Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x15206873 Hi: I'm Debbie and I'm from Southern Ohio. I joined SparkPeople back in January and I've lost 16 pounds so far. I have a 13 month old Blue Heeler named Libby. You can see a picture of her on my homepage. We live on 100 acres so she has plenty of room to roam...haha. However, she isn't allowed to far from our sight 'cause roam she will! My MIL has a 11 year old Red Heeler and her name is Shadow. My daughter and SIL have a 6 year old male and a 8 month old female that they hope to breed... Sun, 25 May 2008 06:53:10 EST Hi - I'm new to the team, but not to ACDs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x13010054 Hello! <BR> I've been on spark for about 2 months, and have been focusing more on getting on-track and have finally spent some more time looking through the spark teams. I was glad to see one devoted to my "baby"! <BR> <BR> I've got an almost 8 year old blue heeler named Riley, and yes, she's my baby! Its my first ACD, but my husband grew up with them as working dogs in eastern WY, western SD. We got Riley in SD, but she has adjusted just fine to city life here in MN. <BR> <BR> She's not... Mon, 10 Mar 2008 22:29:29 EST What activities do you do with your dog? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x18716x12093130 I take Lucy, my 9 month old ACD on a 3-5 km walk daily (depending on the weather and my laziness!) and often play with a frisbee or a chuck-it in the park down the street. I'm thinking of putting her into fly ball when she is a little bit older. I'd love to hear what others do with their dogs!! Fri, 8 Feb 2008 11:36:07 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x18716x12093077 So I've decided to start this group to see if there are any other ACD owners/lovers out there. I'm relatively new to the ACD world, but my pup is such a joy and her energy helps keep me motivated!! <BR> <BR> Welcome to anyone who may join in the future!! Fri, 8 Feb 2008 11:34:17 EST