Pets

Pros and cons of raising a puppy or dog

If you knew more about what raising a puppy or dog entails and the benefits it brings, would that be something you would consider? The primary goal of parenting is to temporarily house and prepare a puppy or dog for adoption. As with everything in life, there are pros and cons. Decisions must be made…

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Large breeds of domestic cats

Cats are probably the most popular pets today. Originally valued for their inbred ability to hunt down various household pests such as mice and cockroaches, cats also offer warm and affectionate company to their owners. In 1987, cats surpassed dogs as the number one pet in the United States (about 50 million cats resided in…

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Japanese dogs: the best dog breeds in Japan

Dog farming in Japan has ancient roots and has, in fact, been practiced for thousands of years. In that time, six different breeds of Japanese dogs have been carefully bred and refined to achieve purity, beauty, and other desirable traits. These six original Japanese dog breeds include the Japanese Akita, Shiba, Shikoku, Kai Ken, Kishu,…

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Oh by the way

It is estimated that a person has to face the death of a close relative every 17 years. Think of the myriad changes during those 17 years. Now think about trying to make good decisions for consumers based on information from almost a generation ago. It’s almost impossible. They ask me how much a funeral…

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Ringworm disease in cats

Ringworm is a fungal infection that can affect a cat’s hair, skin, and nails. It will heal on its own in time, but a cat can transmit the disease to other animals and humans while infected. The disease is commonly caused by fungi Microsporum canis, Microsporum gypseum, or Trichophyton found in infected animals or in…

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Using Occam’s razor at home

I hate the Woody Allen quote: “Those who cannot do, teach”, because it is definitely a myth. However, unfortunately, from time to time I find that I ignore the principles that I know and teach others to follow. Take, for example, Occam’s razor. This principle is commonly understood to mean that if there are two…