Sunday, July 17, 2016

Fun Dental Facts that May Lead to Better Hygiene

Oral hygiene is one of those things that you know is important, but it’s so hard to get your
family excited about. While a new flavor of toothpaste or cool light-up toothbrush can help get your kids to brush their teeth, you simply cannot do that every night. However, you can tap into the current trivia trend by packing a few cool facts into your cavity-fighting arsenal. As you prepare your family for their daily oral hygiene routine, use these fun dental facts to boost their interest in polishing those pearly whites.

Your Tongue is Unique
Tongues are an often-overlooked part of a person’s oral hygiene routine, but did you know that they can harbor nests of bacteria? For this reason, cleaning your tongue should be a part of your tooth brushing routine. A person’s tongue also has a unique print just like a fingerprint that is completely different from everyone else’s.

Soda Is Worse Than You Think
Although soda is notorious for being a major contributor to cavities, most people have no idea just how bad it can be for their teeth. A single serving of soda contains 10 to 12 teaspoons of sugar, and people who drink more than three glasses a day have 62% more cavities and fillings than those who abstain.

You are Short-Changing Yourself
When people are asked how long they brush their teeth, the majority says they do it for the recommended time. However, it has been shown that most people brush for a mere 30 to 45 seconds when it takes a full two minutes to effectively remove most plaque. Set a timer, pick a two-minute song or challenge the kids to a tooth brushing stand-off to make sure everyone brushes long enough to make a difference.

Our Ancestors Used Strange Oral Hygiene Products
Early humans lacked access to the soft-bristled, colorful brushes that we have today so they used to chew on twigs. Additionally, the Greeks used pumice, talc and iron rust as abrasives in their toothpaste. With that taken into consideration, the minty fresh toothpaste we have today is amazing.

Washington’s Teeth Weren’t Really Wood
Legend has it that President George Washington once sported a set of charming wooden dentures. While those were a thing, his were actually made from elephant ivory, gold, hippopotamus tusks and human teeth. Just thinking about having other people’s teeth and foreign objects in general in your mouth should get you motivated to keep yours clean!

There’s a Fancy Word for Toothache
If you want to impress your dentist, just ask them about odontalgia. This was the winning word in the 1986 National Spelling Bee, and it simply means toothache. Hopefully, you never know what that feels like from true experience, and you can keep those aches away by visiting your dentist twice a year.

We Are Born Bacteria-Free
Although dental plaque contains up to 300 different types of bacteria, newborns enter the world without a single type in their mouth. Unfortunately, habits such as cleaning pacifiers with your mouth, sharing utensils and kissing on the lips all transfer your oral bacteria to your little one. While you might not be able to resist kissing that adorable face (nor should you), limit the amount of food sharing you do to ensure that their smile stays healthy once it arrives.

Knowing a few facts such as how snails have more than 25,000 teeth can make brushing yours more interesting. Tonight, skip dessert, and instead treat your family to a few interesting facts that will stimulate their curiosity about the best ways to take care of their teeth. From the yuck factor of our ancestor’s tooth brushing habits to comparing tongue prints, sharing these facts is guaranteed to generate some big, clean and healthy smiles.

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The guest post contribution was brought to you by The Center for Dental Excellence. Dr. Stoddard (also known as the “Pocatello Dentist”) and his team are dedicated to making your visit as comfortable as possible.  

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Five Accessories to Give Your Dog Its Own (Your) Identity

Though this is a little cliché to say (OK, it’s very cliché) dogs truly are man’s best friend. Our furry love bugs greet us at the door with tail wags and kisses every day. They help to get us off to a good morning by waking us up with a little nuzzle. They get all excited and bouncy just to go for a walk with us—can that be said of even our closest human friends?

Pet Apparel & Accessories
Dogs are a breed of a different sort, and no matter their background or past, they are always ready to love you unconditionally. If you’re the type to want your dog to stand out from the pack, check out my top five doggie accessories that will give your dog its own (or your) identity

1. Petmate Microban Pet Bed
As you’ve gotten older, how important is it to you that you have a supportive mattress? Probably right up there with having Egyptian cotton sheets and a contour foam neck pillow. It’s not any different for your dog. As Spot ages, his joints and muscles (just like ours) become stiffer, and as he hits the double digits, chances are he’ll become arthritic. The Petmate Microban Pet Bed offers support in helping your dog get up on all fours easier than if he were getting up off the cold hard floor. Dogs spend an average of 12-14 hours sleeping every day. Don’t they deserve to doze in comfort?

2. Hip Doggie Reversible Puffer Vest
Even though we have hit the warm weather months, we can still prepare for fall’s cool down. If your pooch is reluctant to go outside to for his potty breaks, dress him in the stylish puffer vest. The puffer vest will help even the most stubborn of dogs see the fun in playing in the snow. Wondering if it’s really necessary to dress Skip in a vest? Pet MD says that dressing your dog in a sweater or jacket will promote their well-being because it’s getting them outside in the fresh air. This winter, accessorize with your pooch in matching puffer jackets!

3. Hide-a-Squirrel
We all like the challenge of a good puzzle, and as it would turn out, our dogs do too. Rated as one of Dog Time’s Top 10 Dog Toys, the Hide-a-Squirrel is a plush, stuffed toy featuring a hollowed-out tree filled with squeaking stuffed nut-loving squirrels. Unlike the tennis ball, the Hide-a-Squirrel requires paw-eye coordination and dexterity to search out those pesky squirrels. This toy is perfect for the hound who doesn’t get enough time outside or for the new puppy who can’t wait until they get all their shots.

4. Customized ID Tag
What takes an outfit from drab to fab? The accessories! A fantastic watch or bold statement necklace can change an outfit from business casual to night on the town. Custom pet id tags can do that for Fido too! Is your poodle the princess of the castle? A rhinestoned id tag would help “the peasants” in the neighborhood know her importance. Does your lab love to play fetch? An ID tag sporting the emblem of your athletic team will tell all the other dogs where Sparky’s allegiance lies.

5. Ruffwear Bark’n Boots Polar Trex
Shoes are a staple accessory in the fashion world and in telling passersby a little bit about our personalities. A woman in flats might say she’s serious and doesn’t care for frills. A man in clogs tells people he doesn’t care what people think. But a dog in shoes—what does a dog in shoes tell the world? A dog in shoes tells the world that as a pet owner you want to protect your pets paw pads. During a hot summer Spot’s walks are cut short because the ground is too hot. During a snowy Winter Maggie refuses to step outside because the ground is too cold. The Ruffwear Bark’n Boots protect the paws of our fur children and keeps them loving the outdoors.

It’s only natural to want to spoil our children, and our fur babies are no exception. Make sure they have what they need to lead a happy and healthy life.  

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Making An Emergency Supply Kit

In the event of any kind of emergency, such as an ice storm, you need to make sure you have a supply kit with all of the important materials you might need for the family. You can make emergency food storage kits by using a plastic container with a secure lid. Use a container that is large enough to hold enough items to last each family member for at least three days. You might not need this much food and other items, but it's best to know that it's on hand instead of not having it when it's needed. 

When you begin making your kit, take your time in deciding what to include. If you have an infant or a baby, you want to add formula and baby food that is nonperishable. Keep a few empty bottles and bottled water for the baby as well. Each family member should have one gallon of water for each day. The water doesn't have to go in the container, but you need to keep it in a safe place where you know to look when the power is out or if you are unable to leave the home. Think about the types of food that you add to the kit. Items should not need to be heated, and you should include foods that don't require a can opener. However, adding a can opener to the kit is a benefit in case there is something that needs to be opened. Crackers, peanut butter and canned fruits and meats are ideal as they will last longer than items that are in a resealable package. 

You don't have to spend a lot of money on your food kit. Shop at dollar stores, and use coupons to get items that are on sale. Don't forget bulk supplies of items like paper towels and canned foods so that you have a substantial amount of products that might be needed. Other things to consider adding to your kit include wipes for washing the hands and face, batteries, flashlights and a small radio so that you can hear any announcements that are made from news stations.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Loving Emmi by Barbara Boswell Brunner

And the Dog-Ma saga continues...

In this highly anticipated sequel to the best-selling Dog-Ma, The Zen of Slobber, Izzy, the feisty and ferocious terrier, has lost her eyesight. Following on the heels of this devastating loss, her arch-rival Morgan - a gentle giant of a Rottweiler - suddenly succumbs to cancer. Finding herself a lonely-only, it's not long before Izzy finds herself nose-to-nose with her humans' new pet project: a foster Rottie pup also named Morgan. Quickly renamed Emmi to avoid confusion (and the wrath of Izzy,) it was to be the beginning of a journey unlike any other.

Severely injured as a newborn, Emmi—affectionately known to her fast-growing online fan base as Baby Morgan the Broken Jaw Puppy—is hanging onto life by a thread. Living with a crushed jaw that has left her unable to open her mouth to eat or drink, the prognosis is grim. Baby Morgan is starving to death. Having rescued her from a horrific life, her parents spring into all-out desperation mode to find her the best lifesaving medical care. Despite the advice of veterinary professionals to euthanize, her parents are determined to save her at all costs. Taking to the Internet, they rally a huge online community of dog lovers who quickly become their second family. It does not take long for Emmi's sheer determination and ferocious will to live to take hold.

This is Emmi's miracle. A story of hope, inspiration and triumph in the face of adversity.

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“This book is a must read for animal lovers, everywhere. Barbara Boswell Brunner pulls at your heartstrings in Loving Emmi, a rescue story like no other. When Barbara, and her husband, Ray, decide it's time to foster another dog, they have no idea what they're getting into. This is their story, but it's also the story of every "imperfect" shelter dog; a story that promises to open eyes and hearts. A fantastic read. Two paws, way, way up.” - Author Nick Antinozzi – Desperate Times Trilogy 

 “A captivating and heartwarming story that illustrates the deep and trusting bond that exists between dogs and humans, written with true understanding, compassion, and love. A must-read gem of a book.” Author Kathryne Arnold – The Resurrection of Hannah

Read an excerpt HERE

Loving Emmi is a heartfelt story of love and caring.  Being a dog lover I could only put the book down to wipe tears from my eyes. If you love a book that brings all your emotions to the surface - Loving Emmi is for you. 

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Dog-Ma: the Zen of Slobber (Dog-Ma Book 1)

Barbara's vivid and dramatic stories, told with a wicked sense of humor, will make you laugh out loud. She definitely gets what living with rescued dogs (nine of them!) is all about. 

When Barbara meets her future husband, Ray, it is love-and dog-at first sight. Over the course of thirty-two years, seventeen relocations and nine dogs, their mutual love of dogs guides them on their unconventional path. The love that Barbara and Ray get in return is literally lifesaving, with one dog attacking a lethal intruder and another discovering Barbara’s cancer. Her own survival story underscores the story of how her dogs become survivors themselves. 

Each new dog adds its own dynamic to the family, sometimes upending it. From Turbo (whose Spock-like ears may have provided super powers), Barbara learns about the will to live; Lexington demonstrates incredible patience and an inexplicable love of golf; Madison teaches that laughter is truly the best medicine and that the whole “nine lives thing” is not reserved just for cats; Morgan should be sainted for tolerating Izzy, who is as cute as she is bad. Barbara is certain that somewhere in doggie heaven there is a poster that says “If you are sick, injured or in need of really expensive medical care, FIND THESE HUMANS!”

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"Anyone who loves dogs and animals will thoroughly enjoy this book, you will find the authors love, compassion and kindness to her dogs unconditional and the sacrifices both her and her husband make are unbelievable." - Beck Valley Books

"A sweet, funny and poignant book that I read, cover to cover in just one sitting. It caused me to shed more than a few tears, brought many smiles to my face and even made me laugh out loud a time or two. Whether you’re head over heels for furbabies or are just looking for a great read, this is the book for you!" - Jayedee Halpin Dewitt

"If you love dogs, if you’ve ever rescued a dog, or if you just want a book that exemplifies the extraordinary bond that develops between dogs and the humans who love them, you must read Dog-ma the Zen of Slobber." - Terrier Torrent

Read an excerpt HERE

About the Author

Award Winning Author, Barbara Brunner grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with her parents, sister and always a dog, or two or three. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from a small women's college in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Meeting her husband in Washington, DC, they continued together on a journey as self-proclaimed dog addicts. In the ensuing years, she founded three successful businesses in the Pacific Northwest and is a prolific fundraiser for breast cancer research. She and her husband are retired and now reside in Southwest Florida with two dogs and copious amounts of dog fur. She is currently working on indulging her well known flip flop addiction.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

How to Find a Vet for Your Dog

If you want to have a happy, healthy dog, you have to make sure they go to the vet. They need to have vaccinations, checkups, and so on. Finding a good vet is not always easy, however. Luckily, there are many excellent online resources, like, where you can find a wealth of information. Alternatively, the following five tips may be of benefit to you.

1. Speak to Other People
You probably know quite a few people who have dogs as well and who live in your area. Ask them for their recommendations. Find out which vet they go to and whether they are happy with the service that they have received. If nothing else, it could help you to figure out where not to go.

2. What Do You Need?
Sit down and think about what you will want your vet to do. Perhaps you have adopted a dog with certain health conditions, for instance, in which case you will need a vet who has experience in those problems. Perhaps you want to breed your dog, in which case you need a vet who can deal with births and puppies and who will come out in emergencies. Or maybe you simply want to get your dog chipped, vaccinated, and de-flea-ed, in which case a non-specialist vet is fine.

3. Go See the Vet
You don’t have to register your dog with a vet at any point. Hence, you should feel free to visit an office and then decide whether or not you want them to become your permanent vet. Just walking into a vet to see what they are about, what the facility looks like, how friendly they are, and so on, will give you a good indication of their quality.

4. What About Insurance?
Veterinary services are really expensive, unfortunately. However, insurance is out there. Furthermore, most vets will have packages that enable you to get your pet health checks, vaccinations, flea and worm treatment, and more. This is certainly something to look in to.

5. When Are They Open?
You need to find a vet that is open around hours that suit you. Many vets have very early and very late opening hours to accommodate working people. However, these vets tend to also be very busy during those time periods. Hence, if you are able to come during regular office hours, you may find it easier to get in. However, if you work unsociable hours, then you will need a vet that accommodates those needs. Plus, you need to find out what sort of emergency cover arrangements are in place, just in case your dog gets ill in the middle of the night.

Last but not least, check the vet out with the American Veterinary Medical Association. They will be able to tell you whether the vet you are considering has the necessary credentials, licenses, insurances, and certifications. After that, you should have found yourself a vet to whom you can entrust the medical care of your most loyal companion.