Tuesday, June 28, 2011
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
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
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
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
Thursday, June 16, 2011
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
Thursday, June 9, 2011
One of the greatest gifts you can give someone is listening, really listening to them express something of importance to them. By doing so, you enable them to truly mine the depths of their thoughts and feelings. You've probably experienced this yourself with a friend, a parent or a teacher. Recall how complete you felt. Make yourself available to others to listen fully.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
You really can and must use your talents with intention to impact your life and the lives of those in your family, organization and community.
Friday, June 3, 2011
1. Respect the heat. Humans aren’t the only animals that can find a hot summer day overwhelming. But unlike you, your pet has a limited ability to deal with the heat. Dogs release heat through their paw pads and by panting, while humans can sweat through all of the skin on their body. Dehydration can be a big problem for pets during the hot weather, too. According to the ASPCA, animals with flat faces—like Pugs and Persian cats—cannot pant as effectively, and are therefore more susceptible to heat stroke. You should also keep an eye on elderly or overweight pets or animals with heart and lung disease. In the summer, make certain that Fido and Fluffy always have access to plenty of fresh, cool water, and avoid letting them run around outside during the hottest parts of the day.
2. Keep bugs away—safely. Another summer pet safety issue is the presence of ticks and other summer insects. Not only can bugs carry diseases, but the ways people try to ward them off can also cause problems for your outdoor pet’s health. Fertilizers and pesticides may help keep a lawn looking great, but they can be very dangerous for your pet. In the areas where your pets play, it’s better to keep the grass cut short to reduce the presence of ticks and other insects. Also keep an eye out for fertilizer warnings on the edge of lawns when walking your dog. Talk to your vet about the best ways to protect your pet from fleas, ticks, and other insects that are more prevalent during the summer months.
3. Beware of anti-freeze. In the summertime, anti-freeze can leak out of cars when they overheat, leaving puddles on the ground that your dog can easily lap up and swallow. The sweet taste of anti-freeze is tempting to dogs and cats, but when this toxic substance is ingested, it’s potentially lethal. Pay attention to your neighbors’ cars and potential puddles on your street, and make sure your pets stay clear of it.
4. Find out if your pet needs sunscreen. Some pets, particularly those with short fine hair and pink skin, can also be susceptible to sunburn. Talk to your veterinarian about which types of sunscreen are safest on your pet’s skin, and follow up by routinely applying sunscreen as part of your summer routine. Do not use sunscreen or insect repellents that are not designed specifically for use on animals. The ASPCA says ingesting certain sunscreens can cause drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy in pets.
5. Practice water safety. As with other aspects of summer pet care, water safety is all about thinking ahead. Although it's fun to bring your pet to the beach or pool to stay cool together, always keep a close eye on your pet when they’re in or near the water. Even a strong swimmer could have trouble getting out of a pool, or get trapped by ropes and other obstacles. For more risky summer adventures with your dog, like boating, look into a doggie life preserver. It could be an excellent investment for his safety.
Summer pet safety isn’t hard, it just requires some thought and attention. Watch over your pet the way you would a small child—protect them from too much heat, sun, and other summer dangers—and everything should be just fine.
Local fishing guides report that the trout and kokanee bite has been good this spring. Bring your rods, tackle and a cooler and drop a line while enjoying the view of Goat Mountain. Too much boat traffic on the water for fishing? Head up Willow Creek and try your luck in one of the many great fishing holes.
There are lots of different hiking trails in the area offering a wide variety of experience. Be sure to pack plenty of water and wear appropriate footwear.
Willow Creek and Angel Falls: This is one of the most strenuous hikes around Bass Lake. The trail begins at the Falls Beach on North Shore Road and winds up the mountain along Willow Creek for 2.7 miles, ending at McLeod Flat Road. The two main attractions on this hike are Angel Falls and Devils Slide. Use extreme caution on this hike. Rocks can be extremely slippery and the creek itself hold multiple whirlpools. There have been numerous injuries and even some deaths.
Goat Mountain/Spring Cove: On the south side of the lake, Goat Mountain fire lookout is accessible via the Spring Cove Trail and the Goat Mountain Trail. The Goat Mountain Trail begins in the Forks campground. The Spring Cove trail begins on the east side of Spring Cove campground. Both trails intersect in about an 1/8th of a mile.
Way of the Mono Trail: This is one of the most popular and most used trails. The self guided loop is about 1/2 mile long, offering a great vista point to view the lake. Signs along the trail describe who the Mono people were and how they lived. The trail begins across from the Little Denver Church Day Use Area.
Browns Ditch Trail: Although not an official trail, this 2.5 mile route is clear and very easy to walk. Browns Ditch is the cement flume that brings water to the lake. The route begins where Road 274 meets Central Camp Road and runs along the flume. At points you must walk on the steel walkway over the water. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ENTER THE WATER. The fast current and steep walls make it dangerous.
Take in some of our local Madera County history at one of our many museums. These musuems are all within a quick 10-20 minute drive from Bass Lake:
Coarsegold Historic Museum, 31899 Highway 41, Coarsegold
Fresno Flats Historical Park, 49777 Road 427, Oakhurst
Kings Vintage Museum, 40680 Highway 41, Oakhurst
Sierra Mono Museum, 33108 Road 228, North Fork
Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad/Thornberry Museum, 56001 Highway 41, Fish Camp
Sierra Vista Scenic Byway
There are two very nice golf course near Bass Lake.
Sierra Meadows: 46516 Opah Drive, Oakhurst
River Creek: 41709 Road 600, Ahwahnee
Both courses offer pro shops and cafes.
If you're in the mood for a challenge take the drive up to Wawona and try your luck on the famous Wawona Golf Course. The course is located in Wawona next to the historic Wawona Hotel.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Happiness does not happen to you. You achieve a state of happiness through your conscious actions. You have to get up and look up to see the beautiful sunrise. You have to hug your partner to feel the comfort and contentment of their embrace. You have to work with passionate intent to bask in the glow of the promotion or recognition. In fact the first action to take to find happiness is simply to be happy. Happy people find happiness, and they recognize setbacks as learning opportunities to recalibrate and take more action.
Dogs losing their sight are often easily frightened and may be more prone to biting if they are startled. Handling the dog's disability can be challenging and even frustrating, but a pair of prescription Doggles can end that stress.
A veterinary ophthalmologist can view the anatomy of the eye to determine the dog's prescription strength. This prescription is then sent to Doggles, where the glasses are made, often for less than $100.
Prescription Doggles are giving sight back to many dogs, such as those who have had a natural decline in the quality of their eyesight, dogs with cataracts, and dogs who are farsighted due to cataracts surgery without lens implants.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Tornadoes and severe weather have affected a significant number of people throughout a number of states over the last few weeks. At least seven CENTURY 21 System offices have been impacted both directly and indirectly including three CENTURY 21 Agents that have lost everything.
Our International Headquarters staff has been reaching out to CENTURY 21 brokers throughout these regions to determine what type of assistance we may be able to provide.
Beyond the impact of these disasters on the CENTURY 21 family, we care about all the victims.
To facilitate CENTURY 21 System member donations to relief efforts, we have launched a special fundraising campaign for the benefit of people most impacted, through the American Red Cross. We will collect and disburse our donations through our parent company Realogy's philanthropic arm, the Realogy Charitable Foundation*.
I encourage you to join us in our fundraising efforts and help those who so desperately need our support at this critical time. Click here to make your contribution. If you prefer to make a donation by check, you may do so by making the check payable to: "RCF- American Red Cross" and mailing it to:
Realogy Charitable Foundation
Attention: CENTURY 21 Disaster Relief Fund
1 Campus Drive
Parsippany, NJ 07054
With the collective support of our CENTURY 21 family, we can make a positive difference in the recovery effort. Thank you for supporting the people whose lives have been disrupted by these terrible disasters.
President & CEO
Century 21 Real Estate LLC
*The Realogy Charitable Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity supporting the philanthropic and volunteer activities of Realogy Corporation and its family of companies in the communities where we have a presence. The Realogy Charitable Foundation will distribute 100 percent of all funds collected for this charitable cause. All gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law, and you should consult your tax professional to determine the amount you can claim as a tax deductible contribution.
We are the most content and inspired when we live our lives with the intention for excellence. No matter what the task or interaction, strive to engage each with your best efforts. You won't always succeed and can find yourself less energized and even depressed when you give less of yourself. When we focus with intention to bring the best of ourselves to every encounter and activity, we create amazing impact and bring about our own satisfaction and happiness.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Watch your dog carefully for any sign of illness. If you notice any of these signs in your dog, please contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency clinic as soon as possible.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
It is in the doing that inspiration strikes. You can apply this to any pursuit, creative or otherwise. You want love? Then love. You want health? Act in healthy ways. It truly is in the doing that we are finally inspired to be and do what we desire.
Monday, May 23, 2011
First of all, exercise helps maintain a healthy body weight. Being overweight may lead to a number of health problems. It places excess stress on your pet's heart. Excess weight on degenerating joints can speed up the development of arthritis.
Your elderly dog's mental health may also benefit from exercise. Activity keeps oxygen and other nutrients at optimum levels in the brain. The brain is like every other organ in the body in that it requires good nutrition.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
I truly believe the universe offers us limitless possibilities waiting for us to find a path toward their discovery. I believe it starts with the assumption the magic exists and the actively positive nature of our everyday behaviors and thoughts. I am always seeking to 'sharpen my wits' of awareness so as to see the magic as it appears. I have found much magic in my life and look forward to discovering more! How about you?
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
It is common to look outside for the causes of a personal, organizational or community crisis. That path almost always leads to unnecessary and misplaced animosity. The key to resolving crises is to look internally and discover the actions you can take to move past the crisis, learn and evolve. Think of a challenge you are facing and rather than looking for blame or other external causes, determine what you will do, now, to make a positive move to learn from and move past the challenge.
Friday, May 13, 2011
Sunday - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Attendance Fee: $7
At this quilt show, attendees will have the opportunity to see more than one hundred, unique, hand-crafted quilts created by local quilters and fiber artists.
Featured Quilter, Lura Schwartz-Smith is an internationally renowned, award winning quilter, fiber artist, teacher, and author. Lura will be present at the show both days to display examples of her work and talk with attendees. See www.lura-art.com for more information about Lura.
The show takes place on the docks in front of Ducey’s On The Lake in the Pines Village on the north shore of Bass Lake. Show hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission fee to see the boats is $3.00 per person and all proceeds go toward sight preservation and other community projects supported by the Bass Lake Lions, including a camp for deaf and sight impaired children.
Bring your old eyeglasses, cell phones and hearing aids for recycling and get 2 free raffle tickets for the mega drawing.
For more information, please call Jim Milligin at (559) 642-3420
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Today will only happen today. Will you treat it as unremarkable, going through the motions as though you have infinite tomorrows? Or will you recognize today and each of it's moments for the precious gifts they are? Be fully present for each encounter today and see if you can't find the magic in each. It is there if we only open our minds and hearts to possibility.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
As we work so very hard to achieve our career and personal ambitions, it is wise to pause and reflect regularly to ensure the path we are on is leading to what we truly desire. The reasons we had for embarking on our path may have changed, and the end of the journey may no longer be a desired state. Pause. Reflect. Redirect if necessary and then move forward again with a heightened sense of purpose and passion!
Sunday, May 1, 2011
1-Make a grooming appointment. At our house, grooming means me giving the dogs a bath in the yard, and letting the cats tend to themselves. In spring, dogs might need an extra nail trimming, too, if they went on fewer walks (which can naturally wear down nails) during the winter. Also, as embarrassing as it may be for your dog, it may be time to excise those anal glands. I know, not the most romantic aspect of owning a dog; but still a point to consider. They're no happier about this than you are, but better to get those glands cleaned than see your "Little Precious" scooting her hind end across your freshly cleaned carpet.
2-Get a jump on fleas. If you like to use holistic/natural products to treat your home, yard and pets for fleas, early spring is the time to think about getting started. There are non-toxic powders you can use to treat your carpets and even your hardwood floors, there are beneficial nematodes for your yard and even sprays for your pet’s bedding and your pet — but you’ll want to start using these products early in the season for maximum effectiveness. I have learned to avoid any of those mass advertised drops for fleas. They tend to irritate both of my dogs skin and send them into a lather. Best to use regular baths, powder their bods and bedding, flea collars and oral medication. If you notice fleas on your pets don't waste time in eradicating the little bastards. Not only can they make your pets itchy and irritable...they can cause intestinal worms and diahrrea. 3-Make landscaping or gardening plans with your pets in mind. Did you know there are many plants that are toxic to pets? For example, that bright yellow flower that signals spring has arrived — the Daffodil — is toxic to both cats and dogs (as well as horses.) The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which runs a pet poison control hotline, provides a resource on plants that are toxic and non-toxic to pets. Don’t worry — there are many beautiful plants that won’t hurt your pet.
4-Do a spring cleaning. Spring is a good time to give your pets’ favorite items a good cleaning (it’s surprising how much hair can accumulate in the crevices of a pet bed) and to go through their toys and other items. If you have toys sitting around that your pet doesn’t like or play with — or even treats or pet care products you’re not using — consider donating them to your local animal rescue or shelter.
5-Get out and have fun. Spring is such a wonderful time of year. So, open a window for your cat to get some fresh air or take a long walk with your dog.
Friday, April 29, 2011
True courage is shown both in the ability to continue to push further when "success" is reached, as well as pushing forward after a bitter failure. We are never done - and that is the gift of this life!
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Admission: Adults, $10; Students ages 6-17, $5; Children 5 and under free.
For more information visit http://www.thecoarsegoldrodeo.com/
11 am Kids Mutton Bustin' Rodeo
1:30 pm Pro Rodeo
8pm Dance under the stars
9:00 am Cowboy Church
8:30-11:30 am Cowboy Breakfast
12:00 pm Rodeo Queen and Princesses Crowned, Grand Entry with 2011 Marshals
1:30 pm Pro Rodeo, Kids Mutton Bustin' Contest
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
This beautiful quote reminds us to have patience with ourselves as we navigate our life's journey. Our lives and those of others around us are truly a process of becoming. Patience with yourself and patience with others will make all of our journeys more bearable during the darker moments and more remarkable during the joyous moments. There will be plenty of both!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
I have become a very accomplished ball player and swimmer. I can spend hours chasing the ball and swimming in the pool. But my all-time favorite activity is snuggling on the couch with Mom and Dad. They tell me I snore like a sailor and fart like crazy but I think those qualities simply add to my overall charm.
Last September Mom brought home 2 little girl kitties who had been abandoned at a house nearby. Bella and I discussed this situation and agreed that neither one of us was very happy. The girls were kept in the laundry room the first few days but then Mom and Dad let them have the run of the house. They were given names, Blanca and Peezer. Well, they just took over like they OWNED the place. Lying on My couch, drinking out of MY water bowl, sleeping on MY bed, snuggling with MY Mom. The nerve of these cats!! But, the girls turned out to be pretty cool. They love to lick my face and ears and the fluffy one makes a great pillow. Like the saying goes, “If you can’t beat em, join em.”
All in all, I know I am one lucky mutt with more blessings than I can count on all four paws. I’ve mentioned this to Blanca and Peezer and they feel the same. The only way I can repay Mom and Dad is to show them every minute of every day how much I love them and to guard them with my life against all evil. I hope that, despite our happy ending, people who are having trouble keeping their pets will consider shelters or foster homes instead of abandonment. I mean, we could have been hit by a car or eaten by a coyote before our new Mom found us. We are the lucky ones. Lots of animals who are abandoned don’t get so lucky. Please, please, please, don’t ever abandon your animals.
Today, focus on smiling sincerely and intentionally as you greet all the various people you come in contact with. It is clinically proven that when we smile, there are physiological benefits for us, it focuses us on positivity and actually creates the perception of being successful. Plus, smiling is contagious so when you smile you pass on those benefits to others! So simple, and yet all too rare. Make a difference today for you and those around you: smile!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Often you know exactly what must be done to move forward on something important in your business or personal life. And you don't act due to fears of potential consequences. You wish for the courage you see in others who seem to act fearlessly while you stand still. How do they do it? The reality is they likely share the same fears as you. The difference? Their courage lies in their ability to understand what is at stake and move despite their fears. Often the first act of courage is simply to ask more questions, to understand more fully the context, and be able to move due to a better perception of reality. Then, if it is truly important you will act. Take a moment to reflect on something you have not done though you know you must. Start asking the questions to gain the context necessary to move. And then move!
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Perspective, perspective, perspective... It is a choice we make subconsciously. It's time to wake up, be aware, and make excellent conscious choices. Be grateful for dissent and different points of view. They can be your greatest allies and source of creative thought when approached intentionally. And be conscious of the reality of the magnitude of the challenges you face. Usually the reality is far less tragic than your current perspective.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Century 21 Ditton Realty Launches Mobile Real Estate App to Search All Local Homes for Sale on iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Palm and Standard Cell Phones
Century 21 Ditton Realty’s mobile app uses GPS, when available, to locate the user and display listings in the immediate area. Users can also search by address, city or zip code to see property details for all homes for sale in a specified area, including price, square footage, estimated mortgage, taxes, features, maps, pictures and more. The “Refine Search” feature lets users select a price range, property type and the number of beds and baths to help them find just what they’re looking for.
Century 21 Ditton Realty partnered with Smarter Agent, the leader in mobile real estate app development, to be able to offer clients and prospects a mobile house-hunting app available across all carriers on standard cell phones and smartphones including BlackBerry, iPhone, Android and the Palm OS.
If a user has questions or wants a tour of the property, the “Call” feature within the app connects the user to a Century 21 REALTOR®.
Consumers can text DITTON to 87778 to send Century 21 Ditton Realty’s mobile app to their cell phone or visit http://mobile.smarteragent.com/c21/dittonrealty to download the mobile real estate search.
About Smarter Agent
Smarter Agent invented and patented mobile, location-triggered real estate search and is now the largest mobile real estate network in the world. Brokers and agents can private label and customize the Smarter Agent apps giving them a powerful marketing tool. CTIA, the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, named Smarter Agent the Winner in its Emerging Technology Awards LBS/GPS category.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Mother Nature has shown her temper this week by allowing temps on Tuesday and Wednesday to climb into the mid to high 70's...then within hours slamming the area with another heavy snow storm. More than 2000 residents are once again without power, more trees and power lines are down throughout the area. So....will winter ever end?
Thursday, April 7, 2011
It is easy to fall into the trap of anger and hatred for those who cause us pain or trouble. The choice is yours, however, to greet such circumstances with gratitude for the chance to develop skills of tolerance, patience and forgiveness. It is not an easy path to take but one which when accomplished yields immeasurable benefit.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
News Story from ABC Channel 30
Friday, March 25, 2011
Oh my, oh my. What a difference a little sunshine makes. There's barely a cloud in the sky this beautiful Friday morning. Of course colder temperatures accompany our clear skies...which means icy roads and treacherous driving conditions. Deadwood Mountain (Highway 41 into Oakhurst) is slow going again this morning with two big rigs sideways on the road after hitting black ice. If your headed to the mountains use extreme caution and be prepared for delays. Power crews from all over CA and neighboring states are still struggling to restore power to area residents.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
TO: NEWS MEDIA
RE: SHERIFF IN PROCESS OF ACTIVATING SHELTER IN OAKHURST
11:15 AM – SITUATION REPORT:
Madera County Sheriff John P. Anderson, Director for Office of Emergency Services for Madera area is coordinating with American Red Cross to prepare the Oakhurst Senior Center as a shelter operation site.
The location: 49111 Cinder Lane, Oakhurst … located off Road 425B
Community Food Bank is delivering close to 40,000 pounds of water to the Oakhurst Community to assist families that have been without water due to the power outages from the most recent storms that have passed through the Central Valley.
The delivery is being arranged with Community Food Bank’s partner agency “Oakhurst Seventh Day Adventist Church.” This delivery will be made at the VONS shopping center in Oakhurst today.
All information about Warming Centers and Sandbagging can still be found by clicking on Public Notices on the Madera County website
Roads currently closed:
Road 10 between Avenue 24 and Avenue 25
Roads currently open:
Avenue 23 ½ between Roads 15 ¾ and 15
Avenue 13 between Roads 29 ½ and 30
Highway 41 Deadwood leading into and out of Oakhurst
Although it's difficult to discern with the amount of damage caused Sunday night it doesn't appear that last nights storm took any more trees or power lines. Highway 41 (Deadwood Mountain) is clear this morning with no new mud or rock slides.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Thousands of trees and hundreds of power lines are down throughout the entire mountain community. The sound of chainsaws and helicopters flying over to assess damage has replaced our normal peace and tranquility.