Saturday, January 31, 2009

Keep Your Pets Safe this Valentine's Day

If you have a pet, you must read this article about toxic valentine goodies that can hurt your pet. Here are two examples of toxic valentines.

Forbidden Chocolate
Seasoned pet lovers know the potentially life-threatening dangers of chocolate, including baker’s, semi sweet, milk and dark. In darker chocolates, methylxanthines—caffeine-like stimulants that affect gastrointestinal, neurologic and cardiac function—can cause vomiting/diarrhea, hyperactivity, seizures and an abnormally elevated heart rate. . .
Life Is Sweet
So don’t let pets near treats sweetened with xylitol. If ingested, gum, candy and other treats that include this sweetener can result in a sudden drop in blood sugar known as hypoglycemia. This can cause your pet to suffer depression, loss of coordination and seizures.
There are many more good tips in the article. Please read ASPCA Guide to a Pet-Friendly Valentine’s Day.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Check on Your Neighbors

BAY CITY, Mich. – When neighbors went inside Marvin Schur's house, the windows were frosted over, icicles hung from a faucet, and the 93-year-old World War II veteran lay dead on the bedroom floor in a winter jacket over four layers of clothing.

He froze to death days after the electric company installed a power-limiting device because of more than $1,000 in unpaid bills. He had the money to pay his bills, but was suffering from possible dementia or exposure. The electric company never went by to explain the power-limiting device, which acts as a circuit breaker and which must be reset from outside. Once it flipped off. It stayed off and a WWII veteran slowly froze to death.

Rest In Peace

Marvin Schur

Served with Honor

Died of Neglect

If you live in an area where it is below freezing, power shortages occur and utility companies play games with your life, please check on your neighbors. If you have not seen a neighbor for a day or two, just look in on them. Bring some cider or hot cocoa or perhaps a stack of firewood.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Opinions, Please

I have been receiving many applications for the top list. I would like to know how list members feel about blogs in the following areas:

- FOREX blogs (foreign currency exchange)
- diet aid blogs (pill reviews)
- anime blogs (Japanese animation)
- celebrity blogs (pictures and gossip, no original content)
- bollywood blogs (India movie blogs)
- making money blogs

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