Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Healthy Dog Teeth

Keeping your dog's teeth clean can help keep your dog healthy. Use a soft toothbrush.  A child's toothbrush for small dogs is ideal; an adult size should be used for larger dogs.

Use toothpaste formulated especially for available at pet supply stores or your veterinarian's office.

Begin by only brushing the outside surfaces of the teeth. When your pet has adjusted to this, add the inside surfaces between the teeth and tongue.

Monday, June 27, 2011

How Often to Give Your Dog a Bath

That all depends on your pet.
Factors include: his hair coat, hair length, how often he gets dirty, where he lives (if he is indoor or outdoors most of the time), shedding cycle, and any underlying skin problem.
Some dogs need baths only a couple times year while others need weekly grooming. It is beneficial to brush your dog about twice a week. Bathing your dog every month or two isn't unreasonable, but some dogs will need more frequent cleanings.
A good rule of thumb is to bathe your pet only when his coat gets dirty or begins to smell "doggy."

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Reap What You Sow

"Nothing can come from corn but corn, nothing from nettles but nettles. Men understand this law in the natural world, and work with it; but few understand it in the mental and moral world... A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts." ~James Allen

How do you spend your free time? Who do you spend it with? The answers to these questions are critical to the quality of your life and of your own character. Avoid the gossips and complainers. The negative energy of these people can and will drain you and embed you in their culture of despair. Rather, spend your time with people and activities that reflect who you want to be: positive people who believe in possibilities and who take action to male their dreams come true. Who are you hanging out with?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer Citronella Candle Safety

Use candles with care. Never use candles around dogs if left unattended and keep them stored in an area inaccessible to pets.
Exposure to candles can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and/or paws of curious pets.
Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of the reach of pets.
Ingestions can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression, and if inhaled, the oils could potentially cause aspiration pneumonia as well.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Entrance to Yosemite Free June 21st

In honor of the first day of summer, the National Park Service is waiving the entrance fee to Yosemite on June 21st, 2011.  For more information visit:

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Hard Work

"Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard" ~Taras Brown
We each have our gifts, our talents. The only question is how well we utilize them to help ourselves and others succeed. Most successful people will tell us that they are no more talented than others - they have simply worked harder or more consistently then others. What will you do today to work on your dreams?

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Fire Season is Officially Here

Don't let all of the Spring snow and rain fool you into a false sense of security...mountain area grass, weeds and brush have exploded in growth in just a few days of warm weather; add drying conditions and heavier summer traffic on local highways and what do you get?????  Yep, wildfires.  We had our first wildfire of the season today.  Local residents were dragged back to reality by the sight of spotter planes, bombers and choppers flying overhead, all while sniffing the air for the undeniable odor of smoke.  So, remember, despite the deluge of moisture we received through Spring....the party is over.  Summer is upon us and, with the hotter temps, the need to be fire safe.