MOG

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Fresh new site, so far, so awesome! Check out MOG!

Happy listening 🙂

As always, I want to clarify that I am in no way associated with MOG or any other book, product, or site that I might recommend in these pages. I am merely boasting about a lovely find that I enjoy, or that has truly come through for me.

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Designer Dog Breeds (from BARFworld.com)

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Designer Dog Breeds: Coordinating Your Pooch With Your Lifestyle

By Al Skender

There is a new craze in the dog-breeding world that you may not have heard much about…it’s called hybrid dogs or “designer” dogs.

What Is A “Designer Dog”? 

A hybrid dog is a cross of two or more dog breeds normally chosen for their calm temperament, non-shedding qualities, or just plain old cuteness and charm. These designer dogs are bred to create a unique animal with a specific job and/or quality.

Hybrid vs. Purebred vs. Mutt 

Hybrid dogs are not to be confused with mutts. The lineage of a mutt is a mystery – you have no idea who the parents are. On the other hand, responsible hybrid dog breeders will select parents from only the best purebred lines resulting in optimum characteristics and healthier dogs overall.

Not long ago, people used to pay hundreds of dollars in order to acquire a purebred dog. Now with the popularity of hybrid dogs on the rise, people now pay the same if not more for a mixed breed designer dog. Many breeders have taken this craze to a whole new level. We are now seeing a high demand for these hybrid dogs. Simply said people are designing their pets to match their lifestyles.

What Makes Hybrid Dogs So Popular? 

There are many advantages of owning a hybrid dog. Many of these dogs tend to be healthier than the purebred dogs because there is less chance of inbreeding. There are also the benefits of choosing hybrid dogs for their unique qualities. The labradoodle for example, is a cross between a Labrador retriever and a standard poodle. This specific mix is known to create a hypoallergenic guide dog, perfect for people that need an intelligent assistance animal but are generally allergic to most dogs.

Here is a list of the most common hybrid dog breeds: 

Cockapoo: A cross of a cocker spaniel with a poodle, the cockapoo is extremely popular for its outgoing personality and cute looks.

Chi Poo: Mixing a toy poodle and Chihuahua creates a very friendly, adorable Chi-Poo aka Wapoo. (Fun Fact: Christopher Hampson from BARF World has a chi-poo named Sakaki [pictured left].)

Bullypit: American bulldog and American pit bull terrier crossbreed. Known for their affection, intelligence, and loyalty, Bullypits make great family dogs.

Puggle: What do you get when a pug and beagle mix? A Puggle, that’s what! Puggles are social, laid back dogs that love to make you laugh making them another great family dog.

Want to Get A Designer Dog? Shop Wisely! 

Getting one of these beautiful designer dogs is not always an easy task. Because of the popularity of hybrid dogs, you must always research the breeder and make sure they are not breeding these dogs strictly for profit.

Puppy mills are set up to produce puppies as fast as the mother dogs can give birth. This type of breeding environment is traumatic to both the mother and the puppies. Puppy mill dogs are not allowed time to bond with the mother as they are taken and sold off at a very young age. Often times the puppies and the mother are not given the proper amount of exercise and nutrition they need and are kept in cages for most of their lives. This can create emotional and physical problems down to road.

Another risk is that many puppy mill breeders will ship these puppies’ long distances to pet shops or pet owners who purchase them through newspapers and the Internet. These journeys take a heavy toll on the puppies and many sicken and die en route.

The decision to go with a hybrid dog ultimately boils down to your personal choice. Some people like the specific qualities of hybrid dogs, others prefer to go with the tried and true purebred dogs, and of course there are those that love the uniqueness of a mixed breed mutt.

Whatever your decision, just make sure to do your research first and that whatever dog you do choose fits in to your lifestyle and personality.

Al Skender is a Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc. He’s a self-proclaimed expert on the German Shepherd breed, owning several of them throughout his life. He enjoys being outdoors and prefers it to being stuck in front of the television, unless The Office or CSI is on. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet monthly e-zine at www.barfworld.com/ezine.

The Slight Edge

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I love bumping into good stuff. Don’t we all? I particularly love it when it is timely, and appropriate. As if I needed further proof that the Universe is always listening, always attentive, always in tune with my thoughts, my desires, my needs…

About three weeks ago, I was at my weekly networking meeting when our Chapter’s director suggested -in passing- a book by the name of “The Slight Edge”. Being that his suggestions are usually geared toward networking and the sort, and because I have been up to my knees and read (as of late) way too many books on networking, I made a quick note about the book and set it aside, with the intention of purchasing, and reading it after I read material on other subjects. I didn’t want to forget about it, so I scribbled the title on a piece of paper and taped it to my monitor at work. This system -the note taped to the monitor- has worked well for me thus far. The note is not removed until the book is purchased, the errand is ran, the phone call is made, etc. Since clutter bothers me, seeing the note in front of me prompts me to do whatever the note says as soon as I possibly can so I can remove it permanently. When a note is removed, I never think about it again. The absence of notes taped to my monitor, means I have one less thing to think (because I have made the conscious decision to ‘think’, I don’t ‘worry’) about.

Last Friday around noon, I heard a happy shriek coming from the front office. Fortunately, I work with wonderful people that find pleasure in the little things and make the whole workday experience quite pleasurable. This time, the yelps were in response to the daily UPS delivery. Soon after, my seester from another meester (AKA one of my closest friends) and -thank my lucky stars- my coworker; barged into my office carrying two books in hand:

“Mona! Your birthday gifts just arrived! I wanted to get you something that you really wanted, so I took the note from your monitor and here are your books!”

Seriously? My smile could not be bigger or brighter! Here she comes, bringing me the books that I planned on getting… Ah, the sweetness! Friendship is certainly a boundless treasure!

And that is how I came about my copy of “The Slight Edge”, by Jeff Olson.

I am not the ‘cynical’ kind, but, quite honestly, my immediate thoughts were: “Yup, here’s another self-help book…” But, curious as I am (and that, is a good thing!), and facing a 4-hour road trip, I dove into its pages… What a pleasant surprise! No, pleasant is not the right word. It is and it isn’t. It was pleasant, refreshing, honest… actually useful! And I found it useful within the first 20 pages. Jeff Olson’s words are honest, humble, and packed with kind wisdom. I found myself immersed in the content; continuously making mental notes, padding my own back while recognizing the principles that I’ve intuitively followed most of my adult life, and committing myself to small, but permanent disciplines that will transform my already fulfilled life.

I do not strive for fame, or luxury. I know and believe that happiness is the Art of appreciating every moment, whether it be joyful or sad. I do, however, welcome any and all knowledge that will allow me to share this concept with you.

Please, do yourself (and the world) a great big favor, and grab a copy of this book right now!

It might just transform your life for the better 🙂

~Ange

As always, I want to clarify that I am in no way associated with Jeff Olson or “The Slight Edge”, or any other book or product that I might recommend in these pages. I am merely boasting about a lovely find that really has come through for me.

Rose Petal Witch Hazel

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I bumped into this product about 6 months ago at Alameda Natural Grocery, and immediately fell in love with everything about it: it smells like roses (duh!), it is so mild and gentle, yet leaves my skin clean and visibly toned and moisturized. Contains no alcohol or yucky parabens.  It can be used by any and all skin types; and it costs anywhere from $9 to $12! Yay for cheap pampering!

Before I continue, I should clarify that I am in no way associated with the makers of this, or any other product that I might recommend in these pages. I am merely boasting about a lovely find that really has come through for me.

This is what can be read on the back of the label:

“Over 120 years ago, Rose Thayer, niece of Henry Thayer M.D., developed an all natural recipe for extra-soft, youthful-looking skin. As she aged, many would comment on how she always looked 10 years younger than she was. Now, for the first time, her secret formula of Rose Petal water blended with Witch Hazel extract, aloe Vera and Vitamin E, is being made available. Hydrates dry skin, moisturizes delicate skin. Roses secret to looking 10 years younger… Naturally.”

People’s skin care rituals vary greatly depending on many factors: age, skin type, lifestyle, environment, etc. Mine is simple, yet highly effective:

1. Cleanse: I use an organic, soap-free cleanser every evening, to remove makeup and impurities; you can find them online or at natural foods markets, such as Whole Foods Market.

2. Tone: I tone my face with Thayers Rose Witch Hazel every day as soon as I wake up, and after cleansing in the evening. Thayers has several different witch hazels, each crafted for a different skin type, do a little research, and find your ONE!

3. Moisturize: While each step is as important as the last, I consider moisturizing the true difference between well-cared for skin, and bleh-skin. I prefer an organic, rich and creamy moisturizer that is not heavy and does not clog my pores, and I moisturize every day, right after toning.

That’s it. I said it was simple, and I wasn’t kidding. I am 39 years old and this is what my skin looks like:

Each skin type is different, and I encourage you to learn about your skin type before deciding on a skin care ritual and making any purchases.

It is so easy to get caught in all the ‘blemish-free’, ‘wrinkle-free’, ‘renewed skin’ promises from the bevvy of ‘skin care’ manufacturers and ‘professionals’ throughout the world. The fact is, they just want to sell their products, and sad as it is, and without getting in too deep, many of these products are made with ingredients that you wouldn’t want anywhere near you, much less, on your skin. Oh! And don’t let me get started with animal testing or fair practices… We’ll get to that at some point, but not today.

What I will say is: read your labels! If you don’t know an ingredient, write it down before you purchase the item. Google it! Get informed! Find out what it is and what it does!

Keep it simple! The simpler, the better!

If you have any questions or comments, please reach out! I am not a “know-it-all”, but I will do my best to point you in the right direction.

All the love in the Universe,

Ange, and the Healthy and Happy Today Team!