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Really, it is a shame that most folks are not used to seeing cats stroll about on leashes, accompanying with grace and style the humans who serve them. It’s a shame because sometimes I have to remind people to pick their jaws up off the ...
Really, it is a shame that most folks are not used to seeing cats stroll about on leashes, accompanying with grace and style the humans who serve them. It’s a shame because sometimes I have to remind people to pick their jaws up off the ground when one of my leash-trained Abyssinians or Bengals trots past them during a shopping excursion. I breed Abyssinians as a hobby, exhibit them competitively in cat shows, and train them to perform various behaviors, otherwise known as “tricks” -- such as rolling over on command, jumping through hoops, and responding to hand or voice signals to jump, sit, or turn. Along with the Abys, I have two pet Bengals, and that combination enlivens my life and (depending on how I look at it) either keeps me young or contributes to the increasing ratio of white to brown hair on my head. With Racy Mooner, one of my beloved Abys. Photo by Jennifer Jenkins. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) My cats perform at trade shows and cat shows, and do television commercials, but ultimately, my cats are my pets, and each one of them is harness and leash trained when they are kittens. That training makes each cat much more portable, and often a very good shopping and travel partner. One time I took one of my Bengals, Callie, along when shopping for a new car. She perched upright on my shoulder for the entire outing. I believe I was able to negotiate a better deal because she unwaveringly stared down at the salesman, furrowing her feline brow at just the right times, making him uncomfortable enough that he decided to forgo any attempt to upsell me rust proofing, extended warranties, fabric coatings, or a 20-speaker sound system. Racy and I demonstrate her agility skills. Photo by Larry Johnson. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Never underestimate the power of a cat to be a most serious shopper, but I do suggest that some vigilance be exercised when a shopping trip is more feline focused than the new car showroom. I enjoy browsing in pet stores with my cats in tow, though it always reminds me of how much merchandise in these stores is marketed to the dog-owning public. All sorts of toys, bowls, leashes, and other canine devices crowd the aisles. Cats and their owners (who now outnumber dogs and their owners) get short shrift. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the snack section, as Abyssinian Twyla Mooner, Bengal Callie Mooner, and I found out during one visit to a huge pet supply warehouse. Racy Mooner's Facebook page."> Racy Mooner's Facebook page."> Guarding the dog food aisles against the canine riffraff demands vigilance . . . and a perch higher than the actual riffraff. Image courtesy Racy Mooner's Facebook page. function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) We were greeted at the door with large overflowing bins containing a variety of biscuits and treats. Some of these bins contained various identifiable animal body parts sold as snack items. Large signs proclaimed “Hooves: 50 cents,” “Ears: 3 for $2.50,” and my favorite, “EXTRA LARGE SNOUTS!” I was intrigued by the offerings, and upon closer inspection I noticed
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Boy bands. Every decade has their share. Some, like The Beatles, inspire LOVE and a legacy. Others yield punchlines, or are forgotten altogether. (Let’s hear it for LFO - Lyte Funky Ones... anybody?) After the inevitable break-up co...
Boy bands. Every decade has their share. Some, like The Beatles, inspire LOVE and a legacy. Others yield punchlines, or are forgotten altogether. (Let’s hear it for LFO - Lyte Funky Ones... anybody?) After the inevitable break-up comes the solo careers of varying success and, sometimes, a fun reunion with all (NSYNC) or most of the original remaining members (this summer's Monkees tour minus Davey Jones). The really lucky ones continue to re-invent themselves, building on their songbook with new material. Or, sometimes they just head off in an entirely new direction. Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees has done all of the above. And, like the boy band he founded, Jeff still manages to keep
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Lauren Kinsey has been sending us the most amazing Florida weddings; modern affairs that break away from the beach wedding mold. This particular Rosemary Beach shindig is the perfect example. Designed by Shelby Peaden Events with florals...
Lauren Kinsey has been sending us the most amazing Florida weddings; modern affairs that break away from the beach wedding mold. This particular Rosemary Beach shindig is the perfect example. Designed by Shelby Peaden Events with florals by Myrtie Blue, it is taking a classic black and white palette, adding some gorgeous greenery and hints of gold and honestly, we could stare at this sucker all day long. See the full gallery here. Share this gorgeous gallery on ColorsSeasonsSpringSettingsBeach VenueStylesCoastal From Lauren Kinsey… Adrien & Jennifer were married at the Town Hall in Rosemary Beach, Florida on April 6, 2013. Jennifer and Adrien live in Amsterdam, but when it came to selecting a place to get married, Rosemary Beach was at the top of their list. Jennifer’s family relocated to Rosemary Beach when her parents retired, and they now own the bookstore in Rosemary. Jennifer was a premier ballerina in her teenage years, and moved to NYC to pursue a career in dance and fashion. She met Adrien there, where he was working in television and graphic design (?). Adrien’s job called for a move to Europe, and immediately following their engagement, the couple relocated to Amsterdam. Jennifer now works in an art gallery and Adrien works in television and broadcasting. When it came to the wedding details, Jennifer wanted an English garden themed wedding, so Brian at Myrtie Blue floral and design incorporated natural elements of ivory and green, into a color palette of blush, red, and yellow. The softer, more feminine theme was also merged with more modern elements of black and white (Adrien’s style). The reception was held on the Eastern green of Rosemary Beach, with family style farmhouse tables and a plated dinner. Photography: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Wedding Photography | Dress: J.Crew | Catering: Townsend Catering | Coordination: Shelby Peaden Events | Dessert Table: Confections on the Coast | Florals: Myrtie Blue © Style Me Pretty : The Ultimate Wedding Blog, 2013. | Permalink | Comments | Add to del.icio.us Post tags: Post categories: Modern, Real Weddings, The Blog
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Dog lovers can find themselves being teased (or even outright mocked) for treating their beloved pets like people. The next time one of your friends rolls their eyes and reminds you that "It's just a dog!" You might want to let that pers...
Dog lovers can find themselves being teased (or even outright mocked) for treating their beloved pets like people. The next time one of your friends rolls their eyes and reminds you that "It's just a dog!" You might want to let that person know about Gregory Berns, a professor of neuroeconomics at Emory University. Share this image Mason, one of Berns's test subjects, getting fitted for earmuffs that protect against the loud noises inside the fMRI. (@gberns Twitter feed) function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Berns has trained 12 dogs to enter a functional magnetic resonance imaging machine, or fMRI, and lie still while their brain activity is mapped. This is remarkable enough in itself; it's notoriously difficult to get humans to lie still in MRI machines, which are small, cramped, and loud. But Berns has, for the first time, gotten neurological scans of fully awake, unrestrained dogs. Share this image A test subject named Honey waits patiently in a mockup of the fMRI machine used to train the dogs. (@gberns Twitter feed) function changeWidth(obj) { if(parseInt($(obj).parent().width()) > parseInt($(obj).width())) { $(obj).parent().css({'width':$(obj).width()}); } if(parseInt($(obj).width()) Writing on the opinion page of the New York Times over the weekend, Berns claimed that the results show that a dog's cognition and emotional responses are on a par with those of a human child. And maybe, he says, that means that it really is time for us to start thinking of dogs as people: Dogs, and probably many other animals (especially our closest primate relatives), seem to have emotions just like us. And this means we must reconsider their treatment as property. One alternative is a sort of limited personhood for animals that show neurobiological evidence of positive emotions. Many rescue groups already use the label of "guardian" to describe human caregivers, binding the human to his ward with an implicit responsibility to care for her. Failure to act as a good guardian runs the risk of having the dog placed elsewhere. But there are no laws that cover animals as wards, so the patchwork of rescue groups that operate under a guardianship model have little legal foundation to protect the animals' interest. The research is undeniably interesting: How often do you get to see a dog's brain at work? But there is some room for skepticism. At this point, Berns has only one study based on the 12 highly trained dogs. A sample that size offers more opportunities for questions rather than answers. The next step is to see what happens when Berns' colleagues start to pick his research apart like a pack of Chihuahuas fighting over a new sock monkey. But for anyone who's looked into a dog's face and felt warmed by the love and loyalty, there's at least the beginnings of some evidence that they're not just looking at you as a kibble dispenser. Via the New York Times Top photo: Dog Intelligence by Shutterstock.
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Florida Georgia Line – Stay – Official Video via Rickey.org Florida Georgia Line have released the official music video for fourth single, ‘Stay’. The video depicts a woman leaving a relationship, and ignoring the...
Florida Georgia Line – Stay – Official Video via Rickey.org Florida Georgia Line have released the official music video for fourth single, ‘Stay’. The video depicts a woman leaving a relationship, and ignoring the texts of the man she was with, before he randomly overreacts and burns their trailer down, then leaves with his guitar. The woman returns with regret but is pretty lost by that point. Average day then. Check it out below. The Voice • American Idol • The X Factor
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Brian of Brian’s Home has a UTI and is spending the day at the vet.  Please send him PURRS & PRAYERS, and leave a comment at his blog Brian’s Home.
Brian of Brian’s Home has a UTI and is spending the day at the vet.  Please send him PURRS & PRAYERS, and leave a comment at his blog Brian’s Home.
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This is a show with edgy violence running through its veins, and just when you thought the school shooting that opened the season would be the most despicable act we?d see this year, I found that last night?s episode topped it, and that?...
This is a show with edgy violence running through its veins, and just when you thought the school shooting that opened the season would be the most despicable act we?d see this year, I found that last night?s episode topped it, and that?s what I?ll be talking about first. Click To Continue Reading
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HitFix's Daniel Fienberg reviews FX's American Horror Story: Coven, the third season for the Ryan Murphy/Brad Falchuk franchise.http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/the-fien-print
HitFix's Daniel Fienberg reviews FX's American Horror Story: Coven, the third season for the Ryan Murphy/Brad Falchuk franchise.http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/the-fien-print
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The Walking Dead returns for its fourth season this Sunday, and now that we’ve primed things with all the easter eggs and fun facts from the show it feels like time to take a look back at those we’ve lost over the first three...
The Walking Dead returns for its fourth season this Sunday, and now that we’ve primed things with all the easter eggs and fun facts from the show it feels like time to take a look back at those we’ve lost over the first three seasons and how easy they were to make fun of. Say what you will about the show. We all know it’s divisive. But I think we can all agree that it’s HILARIOUSLY divisive. I’m kind of stoked for this season based on the limited amount we’ve seen but I’d be watching regardless solely out of the fear of missing out on all the wonderful fun the internet makes of the show. Without further ado, here’s the best the internet had to offer with regards to the show’s most prominent characters who are no longer with us. In chronological order of their departure. They will be missed… by no one at all really. Via Via Via Via Via Via Via Via Via Via Via Via Via Via Via Via Via Via Via Via Via Via Via Via Via Via Via
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NOTE: This review contains spoilers. Read at your own risk. This episode mainly focused on Severide vs. Hadley. His full name is Kevin Hadley. It was revealed that he was let go because he exhibited poor behavior towards another firefig...
NOTE: This review contains spoilers. Read at your own risk. This episode mainly focused on Severide vs. Hadley. His full name is Kevin Hadley. It was revealed that he was let go because he exhibited poor behavior towards another firefighter. While a decent reason, McLeod wasn't happy that Chief Boden let him go without filing to human resources department. If that happened in real life, the chief would be facing internal affairs and possible administration leave. Severide's father, Benny offered to help him investigate the case. In a surprise twist, it was revealed in this episode that Hadley wanted to watch what the firefighters were doing despite of his termination from 51 as opposed to starting the fires. Severide prematurely assaulted him and this may cause Hadley to get irritated. Now, Severide has to go back to step 1 to see who has been targeting him. To get his mind off things, Shay and Severide get a drink at Molly's but it doesn't help as he makes Cruz upset for stealing a girl that he tried to pursue earlier in the episode. One positive thing to note this week is that Severide is finally moving in with Shay in their new apartment. Elsewhere, Griffin is not having a good time staying with Matt Casey as he misses his mother. Grieving over his dad's death and his mother serving time in prison, he gets into trouble for beating a boy up. He nearly gets kicked out of school until Gabriela acts as his girlfriend and defends Griffin to the principal. The principal believes Casey and her and they go back to their shift. The children happily go see their mother in jail, which made Griffin's week a little better. Later that night, Ben tells Griffin to make Matt promise him that he'll always be there for him. The bonding moment between Casey and the children having ice cream was priceless. Meanwhile, Chris Herrmann believes that Jeff Clarke has been snitching on his own co-workers. We may think he's the mole of Firehouse 51, which I agree with for now. I really enjoyed Mena Suvari's guest appearance as Isabella. She will be handling Mouch's campaign for union president for a few episodes. She is also one of Gabriela's best friends and Peter Mills tries to pursue a relationship with her. To my surprise, Gabriela took it very well. Gabriela Dawson's boyfriend's name is revealed, which is Jay (Jesse Lee Soffer). Just when things are going well between her and Jay, it turns out he only went to visit Molly's to take some commission money off of the bar with Arthur (Mike Starr), the bar investor from Season 1 in 2 episodes. This makes her so mad that she asks Jay to get out of her bar! Verdict: I give this an A- because of twists in this episode and the drama that has caused me to be hooked with this show since the premiere from last year. It really made me sad that Jay was just using Gabriela to do his job for Arthur. Also, I wanted to see more of Clarke and Herrmann fighting before it was interrupted by Hadley. However, I'm sure that the writers will reveal more about whether Clarke is the snitch or not. Other than those two cons of the episode, it was another excellent episode and I can't wait for another new episode in 6 days!
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