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Barked: Thu Jan 10, '13 4:17am PST 
OUR FIRST ISSUE FOR 2013!!!

THE RAG JANUARY 2013
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Barked: Thu Jan 10, '13 4:21am PST 
HOROSCOPES

Come see your Horoscopes for the beginning of a new year!!

Aries

Uranus continues to stir the pot for you in 2013, dear Aries, but especially so for those born March 25 to April 2nd, whose Sun receives the conjunction. This is a time for releasing attachments that are preventing you from moving forward. Watch for rebellious behavior, but do make changes that move you forward, past limitations, and towards a more authentic "you". Saturn has left its opposition to Aries, and this takes some of the direct pressure off your lives. Jupiter has moved into a harmonious relationship with your sign in the first half of the year, and is helping to open the lines of communication in your life. In the second half of 2013, although Jupiter will square your sign, this planet of abundance will nevertheless feed your sense of security and stability, and many Aries will find this transit comforting, particularly given all of the changes that have been taking place in your lives. There will be times when you will need to slow yourself down and choose your battles wisely, particularly in May and October-November. Heavyweight planets are directly affecting the sectors of your chart that rule how the world views you, both professionally and personally. You continue to move away from false paths that no longer serve you well, or transforming them into more suitable ones. Overall, however, you have plenty of opportunity this year to find comfort at home or with family. In fact, this is a year in which the major key to success is learning when it's time to slow down. Impulsiveness, while it's a signature Aries trait, should be tamed somewhat in 2013. Planning more carefully for your future is important, particularly with finances on the leaner side (there may be less support from others, for example). Save as much as possible. Good energy is with you for dealing with debt. Love and romance are unlikely to make headlines for you this year (2014 is more likely to be a year of change in this department), The desire to move to a larger home or to create the illusion of more space by eliminating clutter is strong in the second half of the year. If circumstances allow, this can be a good time to launch new projects or even a business. Many of you would prefer not to travel in 2013. Relationships with siblings and possibly neighbors can be stimulating and even healing, and activities close to home (and on or in the home) are very appealing now.


Taurus

2013, for the most part, should be a stabilizing period for you, dear Taurus, and for some, a humbling time. From June 2011 to June 2012, Taurus enjoyed a particularly abundant, expansive period while Jupiter travelled through your sign. In 2013, Saturn asks Taurus to pare down after a period of some excesses, particularly if a bloated ego or too-high expectations were involved. Now it's time for a reality check and a maturing process. Fortunately, many Taureans are also experiencing planetary support at the same time, from Pluto, Neptune, Chiron, and from June to December, Jupiter. Yes, Saturn opposing your sign will bring some challenges, but overall, you're in good shape this year. It's not especially well-known about Taurus, but they take their social lives to heart - their relationships not only with a close partner, but also with siblings, neighbors, and friends. 2013 is a year for enriching all of these relationships, even if some "pruning" may be in order. While partnerships can demand more time and energy, or a more serious approach, you are nevertheless building up your sense of community and belonging this year. A partner or sibling might help you to realize a long-term dream, business, or project. You will need to take a good, hard look at where you stand in your close personal relationships, and in terms of your life path. There will be times when you feel that others are not as sympathetic towards you than they normally are. It's time to assess what and who is most important and worthwhile to you. With your acceptance that at this time in your life, things may move at a slower speed, you can make a lot of progress. It's only when you push too hard, too fast, that you encounter serious resistance this year. This period in your life is a time for building a solid foundation. Understand that moderation at this point in your life is necessary for your spiritual growth and your physical body as well. Some of you will be making big commitments this year, and others might end a long-term relationship - it will depend very greatly on how strong any existing relationship is. Finances are looking quite nice this year, as long as you are moderate with your spending. Friendships are colorful. More day-to-day contact with friends and family, and even in-laws, can be healing and pleasurable.




Gemini

Jupiter continues to move through your sign until June, dear Gemini, and if you haven't taken advantage of this beneficial cycle yet, Jupiter's direct motion from February to June is a great time to do so. It's about positive new beginnings, turning over a new leaf, and expressing yourself without apology. Be proud of who you are. This is also a good time to attract a partner, or enhance an existing partnership. Besides putting yourself "out there" and expressing yourself with confidence, one of the best things you can do for yourself in 2013 is to fine-tune your work, health, and daily routines. You are in need of more structure when it comes to these things, and while it involves effort and persistence, you'll thank yourself for doing it. Orderliness will be empowering, and paying closer attention to deadlines, details, and rules will help tidy up your own mind and emotions so that you feel freer to enjoy yourself when pleasure calls, which it is likely to do frequently! The second half of the year brings a stronger need to feel rooted, secure, and comfortable. If you've played your cards right, a raise, bonus, large gift, or some other material increase can come into your life. Even if material benefits are not obvious during Jupiter's transit of your solar second house (from late June 2013 to July 2014), it can be a time of indulgence and abundance. It's a great time to build on existing projects and businesses. In August, however, you may need to deal with the reality of debts, loss of some form of support, or some power struggles over money or possessions. There can be some slowdowns in business or work this year, likely centered around Mercury retrograde periods, but changes you are making put you in a great position for future, long-term growth. Many Geminis will be starting or growing businesses this year that will benefit them for years to come. This will not come without hard work and persistence, but you are likely to enjoy the process more if you work on those things that really matter in the long term. Love relationships look strong this year. While in many ways this is a "me" year, the "we" part is likely to run quite smoothly. However, one or more friendships may be tested this year, with changing values and lack of support the larger issues. 2013 is potentially excellent for putting a bad habit behind you, and health is likely to improve as a result.




Cancer

While there are some ongoing conflicts to iron out in 2013, overall, it's a stabilizing, positive year for you, dear Cancer. Until June, Jupiter continues to move through your solar twelfth house, and you pay more attention to your spiritual life as well as your need for privacy. You can be especially supportive of others during this period, sometimes to an extreme extent. At times as well, you might feel like escaping into your own little private world, where it seems safer and happier. In a general sense, with Jupiter in your privacy sector, you don't feel especially equipped to make big changes or choices. By June, you are ready to ask for what you deserve. This is when Jupiter begins its year-long transit of your own sign. In August especially, this can cause some friction, possibly because others, especially partners and close friends as well as family, have grown accustomed to your "laying low" and the support you've given them with few conditions. However, overall, this is a positive transit in which you are coming into your own, discovering your need to express yourself, and drawing upon inner stores of confidence. Freedom is something you seek, but be wary of the costs of freedom when it's pursued without necessary attention to responsibilities. This is a good period for attention to physical fitness and health routines, as you are more aware of how these positively impact your energy and confidence. Work may be especially available to you at this time, and you tend to take charge instead of hide from its responsibilities. Love is likely to be complicated, as you begin to demand a little more from it. You may be dealing with difficult personalities, and if you're single, you might feel a lack. However, for many of you, a romance might stabilize and move to a new level. For those with children, the need for more structure becomes apparent, particularly with a first child who may be going through some growing pains. Career continues to be a sort of wild card for you. Either you are moving towards identifying with a new path, or some changes are introduced upon you, forcing you to rethink things. Even so, you feel successful, particularly in the second half of the year, and you bring a positive spirit to many areas of life, including career. 2013 is about blossoming and demanding a little more from your life, and you're likely to get it.





Leo

Until June, and especially from February forward, it's a time for making connections and formulating new ideas, dear Leo. Your social circle is expanding, although you might want to watch for excesses in this area. While the saying goes that you can never have too many friends, you don't want to spread yourself thin. Similarly, avoid beginning so many new projects that you scatter yourself across them. Friends can be supportive, and, for some Leos, romance is tied with friendship or group associations. Your team spirit is very strong now, and you might make wonderful contributions to a group or with associates that you can truly feel proud of. When it comes to home and family, in 2013, you can feel that the walls are closing in on you at times. There can be a feeling of heaviness when it comes to your responsibilities or you literally feel cramped in your personal space. There can also be a sense that you are alone and in charge, emotionally speaking. However, you have the chance to restructure your domestic life by bringing more order to it. Jupiter's entry into the sign behind yours in late June can be considered a retreat of sorts - a year-long cycle that prepares you for Jupiter's transit through your own sign starting in July 2014. You come into closer touch with your spiritual and emotional renewal needs now, and you might find that you're doing a lot for others, usually quite voluntarily. Large decisions may be deferred to a later date. While there can be times that you feel "in limbo", you can choose to take full advantage of this period for extra rest, and for learning to love your privacy and "alone time" with yourself. In fact, you might very well enjoy your own company! Love becomes private somehow during this period. You might be keeping quiet about a relationship or about your feelings, or you could be making some sacrifices for someone you love. You might also be dealing with an ending of a relationship that is no longer viable. You are becoming especially tolerant and compassionate now. Daily habits and routines are transforming again this year, and you have many opportunities to make important changes. Don't pass up on travel opportunities and connections made with people overseas or of a vastly different culture than yours. These experiences can be eye-opening and beneficial.








Virgo

Particularly from February to June, you are likely to enjoy some form of promotion, positive exposure, or career recognition, dear Virgo. You are learning to "own" what you do in 2013, and feeling more comfortable in a position of authority. You are also communicating with more authority, or honing your knowledge in a particular trade or area of knowledge/expertise. However, some people in your life might complain that you are not as available for idle chit-chat during this time. You are taking more pride in your home and family. The second half of the year brings a new focus, and it's a time when your social life increases. Through groups or friends, you might seek a sense of belonging and comfort, and you're likely to find it! This is also a time for new and exciting ideas for future growth and happiness. You are entertaining dreams of where you'd like to go with your life, and while it was your professional life that you were more interested in in the first half of 2013, you are more concerned with personal happiness, ideals, and long-term goals in the second half. There can be a cause that you work towards enthusiastically, possibly related to family. Business income is likely to be strong. However, money from another source, possibly a partner, ex-partner, or lender may be unreliable this year, so there can be some worries about money. Love relationships might be complicated at times, as you explore alternative options, but overall, they're likely to be considerably more stable this year. For some of you, the second half of the year can involve a friendship morphing into something more, but for most of you, patience and a sense of peace with what you have or what you want is with you now. Single Virgos are not as anxious, preferring to wait for something that truly feels right, rather than settle for something that doesn't, and coupled Virgos feel more content this year. Teaming up with others can figure strongly in 2013, and can bring some real benefits to your life. You are working harder this year at communicating more effectively and building your level of expertise. You are dissatisfied with sloppy learning or holes in your thinking and want to refine your skills and knowledge. You might meet people who inspire you and motivate you to be the best you can be, simply because they see the best in you.




Libra

2013 should be a strong year for work and business, dear Libra. In the first half of the year, you are actively building your skills and experience. By midyear, expansive Jupiter's rise to the very top of your solar chart marks a personal peak of sorts - a cycle that's with you for approximately a year. Take advantage of the cycle from January to June by learning as much as possible so that when Jupiter does reach its peak in June-July, you'll be able to take advantage of the career opportunities that are likely to come your way. You'll also feel more deserving of the recognition you receive then and through to mid-2014. There can be favorable connections made with people far away from you, and some Libras will get published or reach a broader audience. Saturn's presence in your money and values sector can promote a feeling that you're pinched in the money department, but this can serve to motivate you to work harder and save more - two good things! In the second half of the year, you'll have Jupiter telling you that you deserve more and that you should reach for the stars; and you'll have Saturn reminding you that you have to "get real" and consider important details. Luckily, these planets harmonize with each other much of the year, and this helps you to find a very nice balance. You are also bringing more imagination to the work you do, and your intuition can serve you very well. There will be times this year when you need to consciously push yourself to go after what you want. In the process, try your best to avoid worrying about coming across as "nice" and "good". You are these things - you don't need to prove it. You don't want to miss out on opportunities to advance out of fear of losing others' approval. Love continues to challenge you this year by forcing you out of your comfort zone from time to time, and particularly in May and October-November. Mid-March to mid-April can bring surprising circumstances to your relationships. Don't fall back on familiar patterns now - they won't work. Mix things up and think outside of the box. However, if others are slipping in and out of your life and you feel taken advantage of, do stand your ground. You are likely to invest more heavily into home and family in 2013, and some of you will be running home-related businesses or will be working from home. You are cautious with your money, and this is necessary right now.




Scorpio

There is no doubt that Saturn's presence in your sign all year puts some pressure on you, dear Scorpio. 2013 may be demanding at times. Nevertheless, it's also bound to be very rewarding. In many ways, you are learning to count on yourself, and your relationship with yourself of course affects all life "departments" in profound ways. The responsibilities that you have let slide in the past now are coming up for close attention, and while it can sometimes feel like an onslaught, you are more than equipped to meet the challenges. Keep in mind that those things that you've managed well in the past are now being rewarded. Saturn is karmic in nature - you are experiencing what you are due at this point in time. Saturn and your ruler are in mutual reception throughout Saturn's transit of your sign, and this can be wonderfully supportive. You may very well enjoy the process as you can feel that you're getting your life back on track. The process of getting closer to your true self will involve some restructuring of your attitudes and thinking processes. The ways you communicate with others are being overhauled, refined, and redefined. You actually have much power to persuade, lead, and defend. While in a general sense your best source of support this year is yourself, Jupiter is helping you out until June by way of some financial and/or emotional support from others, and especially from a partner or close friend. Intimacy is improved. Combining your own resources, talents, and/or money with a partner can improve your own financial outlook. The second half of the year is especially growth-oriented in more explicit, tangible ways. If you get the chance to travel, you should take it, as benefits can come through long-distance experiences and people. Creatively speaking, while your general demeanor may be on the serious side, you are discovering highly unique and creative ways of expressing yourself. You are looking for more from love - it's increasingly about intimacy as well as mystical or romantic elements. You are attracting unusual, sometimes elusive or mysterious, people into your experience. Romantic and creative opportunities soar in February and March. Money matters are mostly strong in 2013. Avoid carelessness or neglect when it comes to daily routines and health. There may be a tendency to ignore your body's needs for adequate rest, exercise, or nutrition this year, and you should be especially mindful of these things in August.






Sagittarius

While close relationships are in strong focus this year, Sagittarians in 2013 tend to be a little more private and introspective than usual. You might meet somebody who deepens your intimate life in wonderful ways, opening you up to new ways of expressing yourself intimately; or those of you who are already attached might deepen their relationship similarly. New depths (and heights) can be experienced now and add to your inner glow. Love matters should be quite strong this year, with significant partnerships a great focus. Partnerships fare better than more casual love relationships, the latter being a bit of a wild card in your life right now, as it was last year. Single Sagittarians can be meeting some exciting and unusual people, but permanency is in question. People may come and go, or your own tastes may vacillate. Money matters are significantly improved compared to recent years. Even so, you may be downsizing with personal possessions and going through restructuring, possibly putting some business projects to rest. You can be very resourceful when it comes to recycling or using what you already own in different ways. The sale of some possessions can figure strongly, or you might find unique products to sell and market. Creative Sagittarians are breaking out of ruts and exploring highly unique or alternative art forms. Many of you are exploring new hobbies or different forms of recreation and entertainment. Dreams may be troubling at times, as some of you could be wrestling with guilt or lack of closure when it comes to matters of the past. It will be of enormous benefit if you can settle these matters, because if they are left to fester, they can undermine your progress. Financial support in the form of loans or shared resources tends to be easier to come by in the second half of the year, but it will be important to watch your borrowing habits. Many of you are thinking about your dream home or idyllic domestic conditions, and your chances of turning at least some of your dreams into a reality are strong, particularly in July. There can be good publicity this year, and your ability to meet others halfway (and often further) tends to open up social possibilities and opportunities. You are generous by nature with your ruling planet expansive Jupiter. With Jupiter moving through two sectors of your chart associated with partners and close friends, you are directing much of this generosity to significant others. Enjoy yourself as you do, but watch for overblown expectations or promises that may be hard to keep at a later date.








Capricorn

2013 brings a fuller social life to your world, dear Capricorn. When it comes to friendships, networking, and group associations, it's about quality and depth rather than quantity, as this area of your life is being streamlined. You also have a chance to restructure your long-term goals, as you are more discriminating and realistic about what you are capable of achieving. There is less pressure to prove yourself or to perform this year, and more joy in plugging away at what you do best. In the first half of the year, watch that you don't overload your life with additional responsibilities. Work should be quite available to you. While relationships continue to challenge you, especially with family, 2013 is a year in which you are reminded at almost every turn just how much you need others. All year, acquaintances and friends tend to support you. Jupiter's presence in your opposing sign (Cancer) from June 25th forward is likely to bring helpful, happy people into your experience, and for some of you, a partner who truly makes you feel good about yourself. Existing partnerships can bring joy as well. Especially in August, however, you will need to allow others more freedom by backing off from controlling or manipulative behavior. Experience your own freedom by giving up some of the need to control events and people. With Pluto in your sign, this can be difficult, as you are learning about your personal power, sometimes through challenging life lessons and experiences. Pluto will have the greatest impact on Caps born December 31-January 2, who will be taking a deep look within as they uncover facets of their personality that they haven't yet accepted or even acknowledged, and this can be uncomfortable at times. With the North Node in your solar eleventh house, it's especially important for you to establish yourself as a team player. Home life remains a little unsettled, and some of you can feel that your current set-up is impermanent. There can be some shuffling around, redecorating, a move, or experiences with family that leave you feeling uprooted in some way, particularly in April-May and October-November. Certainly, you can be putting more money into your family and home life this year. Overall health may be improved, communications are rewarding (you're finding your voice!), and alliances are formed or strengthened in 2013.




Aquarius

Not everyone knows this about your sign, dear Aquarius, but people born under this sign and those with an Aquarius Ascendant really take their career, income, and service to others to heart. They need to feel good on a deep level about what they do in order to feel good about themselves. In 2013, you will dig deep into true motives and feelings about practical matters, and you have the chance to come to a harmonious position or stance. While the steps you take may not be giant or quick, you can be making significant changes as you come to a better understanding of what it is you can and want to do in your work. You'll also discover some of your most natural talents and put them to work for you. The focus now is on really enjoying what you do. Although work can bring joy, it can also bring some challenges. Discriminate carefully when it comes to taking on new work or projects. There can be some feelings of blockage before you move forward. Circumstances will conspire to remind you of the importance of structure, responsibility, and reputation in your life. It's time to realign your goals with what's inside. Many of you will be making changes so that your career path better reflects the principles closest to your heart. But 2013 is certainly not all about work, especially in the first half of the year, when you find new avenues for entertainment and self-expression open up to you. Early February and late May are especially strong for fun and games, and also for romance. August can be busy with revelations and epiphanies for close relationships, but it can also be a time when you are tempted to overload yourself with work, so do your best to strike a good balance. Also, take extra care of your health in August. All year, you are making big changes in terms of growing past stubborn attitudes and beliefs, communicating more openly and frequently, and changing deeply ingrained habits and systems of doing things. There can be times when private or past matters come to light and, while it may feel uncomfortable at first, it can also help release you from the past. You are redefining your attitude towards money and possessions this year. While others may not always notice your struggles or rush to your aid this year with Saturn in challenging aspect to your sign, you nevertheless have some good energy with you to express yourself creatively and originally, and your personal magnetism runs high.


Pisces

The year 2013 is stronger for relationships of all kinds, and especially love and "fun" friendships, dear Pisces. You're also a lot more grounded and confident. Ideally, you use the transit of Jupiter to your solar fourth that began in June of last year and ends in June of this year to the utmost - filling your inner well and strengthening ties with family. This way, by the second half of 2013, you can bring more natural confidence to a new cycle that involves exploring your more playful, dramatic, and creative side. It's a great year for home improvements of all kinds. Again this year, however, finances can be up and down. However, with Saturn no longer leaning up your secondary financial sector, you're in a slightly better position now with a better outlook for money sources beyond your personal income, including bonuses, a partner's contribution, and loans. It's your own income that requires some change. When it comes to money, you are challenged to think outside the box in order to come up with viable plans to improve your finances. Love is easier this year - considerably so. Serious relationships are less strained. Intimacy challenges lift. Romantic, playful, and casual relationships in the second half of 2013 can be easy to find (possibly a little too easy at times!). New avenues for recreation, amusement, creative expression, and hobbies can open up. This is a good year for stabilizing and organizing many areas of your life. The first week of February is an opportunity period that can involve partnership and financial gain. It's also strong for work in teams and for cementing friendships, although there can be rocky times with some friends or groups that you're associated with. Your values are changing, and they sometimes seem in stark contrast to those of friends. You are looking for solid answers and adjusting your belief system in major ways. Events might occur that have you thinking more deeply about your beliefs and morals. You can assume a leadership or teaching role this year quite naturally. You are able to talk about spiritual matters in an accessible way. In fact, throughout 2013, others can be quite intrigued with your unique vision.

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Barked: Thu Jan 10, '13 4:26am PST 
HELLLLLLLLO THERE PUPS!!
THIS MONTH I AM TAKING OVER A NEW FEATURE THAT WE ARE SURE WILL INTEREST YOU!!

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Bailey- Blinkerson- Eskiwowow Raiman
 
 
Barked: Thu Jan 10, '13 4:29am PST 
As this is the start of a new year lets see........

A Bucket List For Dogs: 17 Must Do Experiences




Every person who has ever loved and lost a beloved dog has at least one thing that they wished that they’d done with their dog. From the simple and trivial to the outrageous, there are all manner of activities that we SHOULD do with our dogs while we are in their company on Earth.

HAVING FUN TOGETHER!


Dive In!

Going for a swim in the river is one thing many dogs can’t resist. One look at a large plane of water with ducks swimming on it, and they are straight in! Many dog owners say that this is one activity guaranteed to get their dogs tails wagging. It is also a fantastic form of exercise. We recommend taking a towel with you though, as it can get very muddy!

Get A Spa Treatment

If all that swimming has left your dog a little grubby, why not invest in some spa treatments and treat your dog to an afternoon of pampering? With dog spas becoming popular in Britain now, grooming, haircutting and nail clipping are all options available to your dog. While they are being treated like royalty, why not get some treatments done yourself. You can both go out looking like super stars!

Go On Holiday Together

Everyone loves to go on holiday- including your dog! Make it a proper family affair and take your dog you. No kennels this year!


If group activities are more your thing, why not join a group holiday specifically with dogs in mind? You can take the opportunity to learn some new skills with your dog in beautiful surroundings. Many holiday packages include the option of taking part in various classes to improve training, as well as other leisure activities, from cycling with your dog, to walking and having picnics!

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy can often be used to assist dogs in a variety of ways. Taking part in sessions can, for example, assist in your dogs recovery after surgery, by strengthening the affected limb and encouraging its use within the water. Hydrotherapy can also provide a means of weight control and can help to maintain a healthier lifestyle for dogs generally. Some hydrotherapy pools even allow owners to swim with their dogs, so get out that swimming kit! Vets can generally advise if dogs would benefit from this treatment.

Clicker Training

This form of training can be enjoyable for the dog and beneficial to the owner too. It works by using a device which makes a ‘clicking’ sound when your dog does something positive, like sitting when asked, for example. Once the desired action has been completed, give your dog a treat. They will then, after a time, come to associate good behaviour or certain actions with the click, and consequently a treat!

Seek Out The Fun

Why should humans be the only ones to enjoy the excitement of the traditional party game hide and seek? Let your dog join in the fun too. Tell them to sit, while you go and hide somewhere in the house or garden. Call their name to encourage them to come and find you.

They will love the fact that they have to go hunting to find their best friend, and their enjoyment will be heightened even more if you give them a treat for finding you successfully! Or if you don’t fancy getting physical yourself, vary the game by hiding a treat somewhere for them to hunt down.

Get Out!

Routine is all well and good, but just like humans, dogs love a bit of variety too. Why not go somewhere new for a walk at the weekend? Visiting a new park, beach or forest will provide your dog with a thousand new sights and smells, allowing him to enter a wonderland of new experiences.

Many dog owners try to let their dogs have as many experiences as possible by getting them into as many places as they can, from having a train journey, to hopping on a bus or going to concerts in the park.

It could be just as exciting for you too, not so much if you get lost though, so may we recommend you take a map…

Get Physical

Taking part in an assault course is the perfect opportunity to let your dog do some exercise and improve behaviour. Your dog will love the chance to explore new surroundings and completing challenging tasks on a set course, which could contain anything from running through tunnels to sprinting up steps and contending with a see- saw! This also allows you to have interaction with your dog.

Classes are offered in agility, but many dog owners enjoy setting up make shift courses in the comfort of their own gardens for their dog to enjoy!

Be A Star

Strike a pose and let your dog become a star for the day. Many photographers now offer the opportunity for dogs to sit for their very own set of photographs. Okay, so this may be one experience tailored to the owner’s pleasure, by providing a keepsake of your beloved pet. Having said that, we are sure your dog will enjoy the attention and will look a million dollars when the shoot is complete. Just don’t let them demand their own trailer in between shots!

Let Battle Commence

The tug o’ war. A classic game amongst dog owners. Your dogs favourite rope toy can be used to play this ultimate game designed to test strength and stamina! You take one end while your dog takes the other between their teeth and see who is victorious. This activity is guaranteed to get your dog’s tail wagging through sheer enjoyment. Be warned though, this could become addictive if you are both competitive types!

Have A Ball

Fetch is one game that most dogs just cannot get enough of, and as such, playing this comes with the territory when one becomes a dog owner! Throwing their favourite ball or rope toy as far as you can, in order for them dog to retrieve it, provides hours of entertainment and can ensure that long walks are kept exciting and lively. It also satisfies a dogs need to run, hunt and ultimately ‘kill’ its prey, tapping into his natural instincts.

Sleeping Beauty

No matter who we asked for this article, one of the top activities that owners said their dogs just love to do is…sleep! Generally, the dog’s favourite place to sleep is on their owner’s beds (this is not good news, especially if you are trying to train…) therefore, one thing every dog should experience in their lifetime is a good night sleep on a comfortable bed which they can call their own.

Born Free

Going for regular walks is obviously at the top of the list when it comes to experiences every dog should have in their lifetime, but being let off the lead every once in a while is also a wonderful thing too.

Dogs love to be, well, dogs, free to run, explore new areas, sniff around identifying new scents, socialising with other dogs and generally being inquisitive. Being off the lead can ensure dogs have a wonderful time, allowing them to be natural, as long as they are trained to return when called.

Relight My Fire

One of the most romantic images after a long day, is returning from a long country walk and curling up in front of a roaring log fire. This seemed to be a popular activity amongst dogs too. Although always ensure the fire guard is in place. No one wants any singed fur.

Be A Pirate

Dogs are inquisitive by nature and love to dig. Indulge them and use that sense of smell to the optimum by letting your dog hunt for buried treasure. Hide one of his favourite toys somewhere in the house [like under a rug] or in the garden [maybe in a sandpit if you happen to have one] Then let him come and hunt for his toy. He will love the opportunity to get dirty and use up some of that energy by working those legs, and will feel proud of himself for being top dog having found the bounty.

Be Game

Dog owner Sarah says: ”My dog loves playing the biscuit in the cup game” This consists of placing your dogs favourite type of biscuit under one of three cups on the floor, then mixing the cups around. Your dog will have to stay alert and use his eyes and sense of smell to remember where that treat is hiding! Hours of fun!

Tender Loving Care

Out of all the experiences that came as recommended by dog owners, one answer kept re-occurring and was delivered with sincerity and passion by all.

This was the fact that every dog should experience lots of tender loving care within their lives, in whatever form that comes in, from long walks in the countryside, to tummy rubs, hugs or partaking in training courses. As long as a dog is loved, looked after and that tail is wagging, then you have one happy dog on your hands. And a dog who has most definitely landed on his paws in having you for an owner.

So pups which experiences have you had or would you like? any of your own to add?


POP THE PAWPORTER
Bailey NWD

Bailey- Blinkerson- Eskiwowow Raiman
 
 
Barked: Thu Jan 10, '13 4:33am PST 
Airport Potties for Dogs

RAJA THE TRAVELER

Usually you know I am a mild mannered pup and not given to complaining or barking, but I want to put my paw down about doggie travel.

There are no bathrooms for dogs in transport.

Once you enter the terminal, and for International Flights that must be 2 hours in advance, you cannot pee. At least not in socially acceptable ways. Sure, you can pee in your travel bag… well, you “can” just as much as your human companion can pee in her seat. Neither is going to happen- ever. And your human companion can use any number of bathrooms in the terminal and in the plane. Even exiting the plane, she can find bathrooms all the way to the outside, but you must just hold on until you get outside.

In Newark airport, the concrete outside is so filthy that your human will not let you put your paws down, so she will have to run with you pell-mell to the grassy hill at the faaaaaaar end of the terminal sidewalk. In LA Airport, you have to be carried across the four lane highway to the parking lot across from baggage claim and there you can pee in traffic on the eucalyptus bushes. In Portland’s socially conscious airport you have to follow a looooooong trail of painted pawprints (how twee) and pee in a filthy enclosure that is never cleaned on a reeking plastic hydrant. In Lima Peru, the guards, who have sidearms, won’t let you pee at all in the parking lot and you have to dart across the crossing light-less highway to pee in the suspect neighborhood. In Puerto Rico’s San Juan Airport, you have to pee on a cactus outside the exit door being careful not to spear yourself or get run over by a taxi. In Paris’ Charles De Gaul Airport, you may pee anywhere at all because the French really don’t make a fuss, bless them- but attitudes like that are rare.

I propose the following, since so many airlines have closed in terminal smoking porches, perhaps for security reasons (?), these abandoned decks should be outfitted with a plastic hydrant for us when we are desperate. I am not even barking about facilities on planes, even though we think there should be some.

Smoking is a bad habit that is not necessary, but peeing is a normal function and it is essential. Please bark if you agree with me!

EVERYBODY NEEDS A POTTY PLACE

Raja Traveler, Rag Reporter



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Bailey NWD

Bailey- Blinkerson- Eskiwowow Raiman
 
 
Barked: Thu Jan 10, '13 4:36am PST 
Top 10 New Years Resolutions for your pet and you

BY BUTTERCUP


1. Healthy Treats: Take a good look at your pet. Did he put on lots of extra pounds this years imbibing in high-carb, fatty treats? An obese dog is not a healthy dog. One of the easiest ways to take some of those pounds off besides cutting down on the heaping bowl of food left out all the time, is to limit your pet to rationed healthy treats. Raw baby carrots and cored, sliced apples are great alternatives to the high calorie, soft treats made up mostly of sugar. If your pet won't eat carrots or apples try smearing a little natural peanut butter on them. Messy, but it works. Or, try the natural chicken or turkey jerky. It has very few calories and very little fat.

2. Exercise: Most dogs need more exercise. Families with electric fences become very complacent and just let the dog out and then back in. Not only can't you watch for digestive upsets, but unless your dog runs around the yard at warp speed for 15 minutes, he's probably not getting enough exercise. Plan to walk your dog – on a leash – working up to at least ½ mile every day. This will help take the pounds off your dog, as well as giving you and your dog some one-on-one time. Don't forget to always walk your dog on the inside side of the street. There's nothing more frightening than to find a car barreling up the street and your dog is hugging the center line. Keep him on the inside at all times with you in control of the leash. Letting your dog have all 15 feet on a flexi-leash does not give you enough time to get him back to you in case of speeding vehicle.

3. Training: How many times have you thought about getting some help to keep Murphy from jumping, barking and generally being overly friendly every time someone enters your house? This is a good time to set up an appointment with an experienced trainer. Not only will training make Murphy a better pet, but how cool would it be to not run around the house trying to catch Murphy every time the door bell rings? A good place to start looking for an experienced, reliable trainer is at the Association of Pet Dog Trainers web site.

4. Play Dates: If your dog is dog-friendly and needs some socialization, setting up a play-date is a great a way to get both some playtime and socialization for your dog. I'll bet there's a neighbor on your street with a friendly, playful dog of about the same size that would love to spend some time palling around with good old, trained Murphy. This is an even better set-up if you or your neighbor has a fenced in yard so the dogs don't invade your house. You may even be able to set up some reciprocal pet-sitting if the relationship develops well.

5. Toys: It's definitely time to go through that pile of dirty, chewed and smelly toys that takes up one whole corner of the family room. Murphy hardly touches most of them -- probably because they're dirty, chewed and smelly. Throw out all the old, unused ones and replace them with some new, safe toys. It's probably time to replace that ratty, old dog bed, too. Well, at least get a new cover for it. What color was it when it was new? How about a good soaking of those plastic dog water bowls that have taken on a greenish cast?

6. Vet Care: Put together – in one file- all your dog's medial records. Make sure your pet is up-to-date on all required vet care. Rabies shots are required every three years and yearly heartworm medication is essential. It's up to you and your vet to decide if any other inoculations are needed. Perhaps just a titer is all that's required each year rather than another whole set of inoculations.

7. One–on-One Time: I know we all have crazy, hectic daily schedules but do try to set aside some quality time for your pet with the family. The unconditional love your pet gives you on a daily basis should be enough to reward him with at least a half-hour every day of quality time with him. It can be as simple as getting the family involved in game of fetch or Frisbee. If your dog had some obedience training, a ½ hour refresher lesson with you will stimulate Murphy and give him that special time with you and the family. The ½ hour leash-walk every day qualifies as well.

8. Donate: This is the perfect time of year to check your basement and attic for unused and outgrown crates, bowls, toys, etc., to donate to local pounds and rescue groups. You know Murphy doesn't need all the new toys he received for Christmas. The homeless pets in your local pound didn't get to have Christmas with a family this year. They would really appreciate some good-condition used or new toys to cheer them up.

9: Pre-Plan Your Vacation: You probably know when you're planning an extended vacation this year. Reserve your pet sitter or kennel well ahead of time instead of scrambling around at the last-minute only to find that's nothing available. Trying to find relative or fiend to cover at the last minute is not the best way to handle the problem. Remember last year when you ended up letting you neighbor's kids watch Murphy when you couldn't find a reliable sitter or kennel for him? Bet you didn't relax on that vacation wondering if all was going well at the house? Make your reservation early.

10. Rescue a Friend: After the holidays is the perfect time to think about bringing home a special, rescued friend for your dog or cat. Not only will it make your pet happy to finally have an in-house playmate but it will give a homeless dog or cat a very special New Years in a forever home.
Wishing everyone a very happy healthy New Year!

PETS AND THEIR NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS
Bailey NWD

Bailey- Blinkerson- Eskiwowow Raiman
 
 
Barked: Thu Jan 10, '13 4:38am PST 
WINTER CARE FOR CANINES

Submitted by Bailey
General Concerns


Winter's cold air brings many concerns for responsible dog owners. Keep the following precautions in mind:

Don't leave your dog outside in the cold for long periods of time. Wind chill makes days colder than actual temperature readings. Be attentive to your dog's body temperature, and limit its time outdoors. If your dog is in the cold and begins excessively shaking or shivering, get him back to warm shelter as soon as possible. If you suspect your dog is developing hypothermia, bring him to a vet immediately.

Adequate shelter is a necessity. Keep your dog warm, dry and away from drafts.

Tiles and uncarpeted areas may become extremely cold, so make sure to place blankets and pads on floors in these areas.

Be extra careful when walking or playing with your dog near frozen lakes, rivers or ponds. Your dog could slip or jump in and get seriously injured.

Groom your dog regularly. Your dog needs a well-groomed coat to keep properly insulated. Short- or coarse-haired dogs may get extra cold, so consider a sweater or coat. Long-haired dogs should have excess hair around the toes and foot pads trimmed to ease snow removal and cleaning. If you do the trimming, take care not to cut the pads or other delicate area of the foot.

Feed your dog additional calories if it spends a lot of time outdoors or is a working animal. It takes more energy in the winter to keep body temperature regulated, so additional calories are necessary.

Towel or blow-dry your dog if it gets wet from rain or snow. It is important to dry and clean its paws, too. This helps avoid tiny cuts and cracked pads. A little petroleum jelly may soften the pads and prevent further cracking.

Don't leave your dog alone in a car without proper precautions. If the car engine is left on, the carbon monoxide will endanger your dog's life. If the engine is off, the temperature in the car will get too cold.

Health Tips


Dogs cannot talk to us when they are sick. As a responsible dog owner, it is important to pay special attention to your dog's well-being during the winter season. Remember the following health concerns:

Antifreeze, which often collects on driveways and roadways, is highly poisonous. Although it smells and tastes good to your dog, it can be lethal.

Rock salt, used to melt ice on sidewalks, may irritate footpads. Be sure to rinse and dry your dog's feet after a walk.

Provide plenty of fresh water. Your dog is just as likely to get dehydrated in the winter as in the summer. Snow is not a satisfactory substitute for water. Avoid letting your dog eat snow or anything else on the ground. Dangerous objects or chemicals may be hidden in the snow. Also, eating snow this can cause stomach upset and even hypothermia. Always keep fresh room temperature water available at all times.

Frostbite is your dog's winter hazard. To prevent frostbite on its ears, tail and feet, don't leave your dog outdoors for too long.

Be very careful of supplemental heat sources. Fireplaces and portable heaters can severely burn your dog. Make sure all fireplaces have screens, and keep portable heaters out of reach.

Like people, dogs seem to be more susceptible to illness in the winter. Take your dog to a veterinarian if you see any suspicious symptoms. Did you know that your dog's normal temperature is a few degrees higher than yours? Winter is the perfect time of year to snuggle up – so have fun and stay warm!

Don't use over-the-counter medications on your dog without consulting a veterinarian.

Fun Indoor Activities

Don't you just hate it when bad weather spoils your day? Rainy days, snowstorms or extremes in temperature can ruin your plans to go outside with your dog and play fetch, run in the park or just spend time together outdoors. To make matters worse, your dog can become restless or bored and begin to act out for attention. Fortunately, there are some indoor activities that can strengthen the bond between you and your dog, stimulate your dog's mind and sometimes even provide some light exercise. It might take some creativity, but the end result with make it worth your time.

Play Tug-of-War

You only need a little bit of open space to play a game of tug-of-war indoors. This activity provides a fair amount of exercise for both you and your dog, especially if you both really get into it. Before playing tug-of-war indoors, make sure there are no dangerous or breakable items in the vicinity and allow several feet of open space around the play area. It is also important that your dog has been trained to understand a release command. Then, you're all set to enjoy a few fun tug games.

Many dogs love to play tug of war - it is a healthy display of their predatory nature. There has been some debate over tug of war and dogs. Some feel the game causes aggressive behavior and dominance. However, the tug of war is actually mental and physical exercise for your dog. It is also a great way to reinforce the human-canine bond. The most important thing to remember is that there are rules that should be followed to keep the game from going overboard.
Before you begin playing tug of war with your dog, you should teach a release command, like drop it. This will help you stop the game if necessary.

Choose a dog toy that is designed for tugging. The toy should be durable and flexible. The best tug toys are typically made out of rubber or a similar material and have a comfortable handle that keeps your hand away from the dog's mouth. Here are two good choices:

Kong Tug
Orbee-Tuff Tug

Play in a large area without distractions, clutter or dangerous objects. Outdoors is great, but the beauty of tug of war is that it can be safely played indoors if you have a bit of space. Make sure there is room for you both to move about and that there is nothing in the way should one of you back up.

While playing tug of war, your dog might get excited and begin growling. This is normal, as the game itself is predatory behavior. However, it is important to keep your dog from becoming overly excited. A low mild growl with tail still wagging is probably okay, but anything more warrants a break. Or, if you are in doubt an any point, take a break.

To take a break, stop tugging and use the release command. Take 30 seconds or so to go through basic commands like sit and down. Once your dog seems more relaxed, the game may resume.

If your dog's teeth come into contact with you at any point, play should stop immediately. Let out a yelp, say "drop it," then take the toy and walk away for 30 seconds. If your dog seems relatively calm, you can go through the break with commands, then begin the game again. If your dog makes the same mistake two or three times, tug of war should be ended for the day. This is just to remind your dog to be extra careful with her teeth. It is likely that teeth might graze you from time to time due to the nature of the game, but once your dog understands the rules, she will be much more careful.

While playing tug of war, it is okay to let your dog win! This builds her confidence and rewards her. However, if she misbehaves, you should be the one who ends up with the toy.

Two dogs can play tug of war with one another - if they get along on a normal basis. The game should be supervised and the same rules apply. This will help keep it from getting out of hand.

Playing tug of war with your dog can be a quite rewarding experience. It is mentally and physically stimulating for your dog, and pretty good exercise for you, too. Have fun and be safe!

KEEP YOUR PETS WARM IN THE WINTER
Bailey NWD

Bailey- Blinkerson- Eskiwowow Raiman
 
 
Barked: Thu Jan 10, '13 4:40am PST 
DUNCAN AND ALL THE POOP THAT'S FIT TO PRINT FROM LAS VEGAS

All the Poop That’s Fit to Print by
Duncan, Your Las Vegas Pooper Scooper

Parties and more parties closed out 2012 and began 2013. The end of the old year saw Jerry Seinfeld dining with friends at Joe’s Stone Crab at the Forum Shops at Caesar’s. Motown legend Smokey Robinson was seen dining at La Cave at the Wynn. Judge Judy, the reality courtroom TV star, was at the Forum Shops at Caesars. The judge’s real name is Judith Sheindlin. “Peepshow” star Nicole “Coco” Austin with husband actor/rapper Ice-T and two friends were at Eli Roth’s Goretorium.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s baby news was a hot topic at Kim’s New Year’s Eve countdown appearance at 1 Oak nightclub at The Mirage. Her mother, Kris Jenner, attended the performance. Noticeably absent was Bruce Jenner amid persistent rumors of a marital split.

Nixki Minaj dined at The Palm at the Forum Shops at Caesar, a day that included shopping stops at Bucci, Escada, Christian Louboutin, Versace, and Intermix. Flavor Flav and Criss Angel had champagne at Ghostbar at the Palms with a large group of friends. Angel requested a Public Enemy song, and Flav, dressed in a long fur coat, took over the microphone and sang the entire song to a wild ovation. Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger dined with friends at Strip House on New Year’s Eve at Planet Hollywood Resort.

Leonardo DiCaprio saw in the New Year in Sydney, Australia. Then he flew 7,700 miles to Las Vegas, a 13 ½ hour flight that spanned 19 time zones. He arrived in Las Vegas at about 10 p.m., in time to watch the fireworks display from the terrace at Lavo at the Palazzo.

Finally, the Palms has stolen HBO star Bill Maher away from The Orleans. The star of “Real Time with Bill Maher” will be performing at The Pearl four weekends a year.

Happy New Year to all my STAFU pals from my lovely wife, Bailey; our son, Baby Monty; my little sister, Miss Harley Nicole; my kitty cousin in New Hampshire, Magic;, and me, Duncan, your Las Vegas Pooper Scooper.
Bailey NWD

Bailey- Blinkerson- Eskiwowow Raiman
 
 
Barked: Thu Jan 10, '13 4:45am PST 
From The Rag and STAFU

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013!!!

Wishing you and your family health and happiness in the New Year and we look forward to bringing you lots of fun and good stories in the coming year!
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