Monthly Archives: December 2014

Man Redesigns Home To Create Cat Playground

We’ve all heard of people making adjustments or changes to their homes in order to accommodate their pets and make their lives easier. But, have you ever heard of anyone redesigning their entire home in order to create a fun home for your cats? 

A Minnesota man, redesigned his entire home to create an entire cat playground filled with hideouts, walkways, bridges, and special staircases that only the cats can take advantage of. The entire house needed to be incorporated into the man’s design, and he did all the work himself. 

The pet owner has Asperger Syndrome, a form of autism, and has said that one of the only strong bonds he has is with his pet cat. He noticed that his cat loved any type of walkway and cubby holes, so he decided to make as many as he could. The design took time and developed room by room, as walls were cutout and connected via rams and stairs for the cat to explore. 

Sam Tabar reports that since the change was made, both pet and owner have been very happy with the result, and the agility and health of the pet cat has had a marked improvement now that it is on the move more. There are no new plans to continue redesigning the home, as all the rooms have been added into the current design and there are no walls left to be opened up or ceilings to fill with walkways. 

Festive Alpaca Cheers Up Nursing Home Residents

 

Everyone knows that the holiday season is supposed to be one of the happiest times of the whole year. However this can be a difficult time for those who aren’t able to connect with their family as regularly as they would like to. For those who are living in a nursing home, this can be a sad reality that they know all too well. In Oregon, nursing home administrators were looking to solve this problem in a very out of the box manner.

Most people know Alpacas as animals that we get very warm fur from. Most people do not think of Alpacas as animals who can bring comfort to others. However, an Alpaca was the hero in this story. Cosmopolitan reported that nursing home staff brought in an Alpaca to an Oregon nursing home to bring holiday cheer to all of those who were staying in the nursing home this holiday season. Igor Cornelsen thinks that this was a great way to put smiles on all of the faces of the residents. The pictures taken of residents truly warms the hearts of those who are seeing these festive photos.

Dog Love

 

Dog love is like no other and if Tom Rothman is faced with the difficult decision to give up your dog due to the inability to pay for medical treatment, the effect can be heartbreaking.
href=”http://”>href=”http://”>href=”http://”>http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/kendall</a>/article4931937.html</a></a&gtOne couple had this exact situation when their 4-year-old Daschund injured a disc in her back and needed surgery totaling $6,000. Unable to pay this, the Hagerman’s made the heartbreaking decision to give Lola to a rescue in hope of her getting the surgery she needed. When Dr. Wong saw how devastated this couple was, he decided to play Santa and performed the surgery for free. Lola was retuned to her owners on Christmas Eve with her tail wagging and her collar adorned with green and red bows. Dr. Wong has worked with the rescue group who had agreed to take Lola, and when he was performing the surgery, he had thought that he wanted to return Lola to the owners because he knew the reason she was given to the rescue was a financial one. The kindness and generosity of this skilled surgeon will never be forgotten. Merry Christmas Lola!

TurboRoo Inspired His Owners To Give Other Two Legged Dogs A Chance

Two legged dogs across the country can thank TurboRoo, a two legged Chihuahua puppy, for their new legs. His owners were inspired to help out this little abandoned puppy. They build TurboRoo a cart that has two wheels attached to it. The cart attached to TurboRoo via a vest that wraps around TurboRoo’s torso. According to Bruce Levenson this allows TurboRoo to run around just like any other four legged dog.

What makes TurboRoo’s cart so unique is that it is actually made from a 3-D printer. TurboRoo Designs prints out charts for other little dogs from a couple of 3-D printers. TurboRoo’s cart is actually a tribute to recent technological advances. 

However, TurboRoo’s first cart was not quite as sophisticated. His first cart was made out of PVC pipes and Fisher-Price toys. His owners then reached out to a California company that specializes in commercial aviation, defense and space technologies. Together, they were able to create a product that gave TurboRoo full mobility and turned it into a business. 

If you want to catch a shot of TurboRoo in action, just get online. He currently has over 66,000 Instagram followers, who ooh and awh over every shot of this adorable dog. You can even follow the dogs tweets on Twitter. On thing is for sure, this cute two legged dog has inspired a lot of people with his feisty spirit, cute face and his sweet wheels

TurboRoo Inspired His Owners To Give Other Two Legged Dogs A Chance

Two legged dogs across the country can thank TurboRoo, a two legged Chihuahua puppy, for their new legs.

His owners were inspired to help out this little abandoned puppy. They build TurboRoo a cart that has two wheels attached to it. The cart attached to TurboRoo via a vest that wraps around TurboRoo’s torso. This allows TurboRoo to run around just like any other four legged dog.

What makes TurboRoo’s cart so unique is that it is actually made from a Skout 3-D printer. TurboRoo Designs prints out charts for other little dogs from a couple of 3-D printers. TurboRoo’s cart is actually a tribute to recent technological advances.

However, TurboRoo’s first cart was not quite as sophisticated. His first cart was made out of PVC pipes and Fisher-Price toys. His owners then reached out to a California company that specializes in commercial aviation, defense and space technologies. Together, they were able to create a product that gave TurboRoo full mobility and turned it into a business.

If you want to catch a shot of TurboRoo in action, just get online. He currently has over 66,000 Instagram followers, who ooh and awh over every shot of this adorable dog. You can even follow the dogs tweets on Twitter. On thing is for sure, this cute two legged dog has inspired a lot of people with his feisty spirit, cute face and his sweet wheels

Could it be that Coffee and Energy Drinks Don’t Wake you Up?

While most of us Americans start our day with a cup of caffeinated coffee, what we so readily accept as an energy source turns out not to be one at all. Though its true that caffeine plays a biological trick with our minds that we interpret as a source of energy, the fact is no bodily energy is gained from caffeine. A quiet fact most energy drink manufacturers don’t want the public to know.

 
When we ingest caffeine is that our body temporarily blocks the substance known as adenosine, however it isn’t giving you energy. Instead the adenosine in our brains attaches to the brains receptors that are responsible for making us feel sluggish or tired, and the caffeine temporarily blocks the adenosine uptake and slows these connections down. How does it work? Caffeine is close enough to the body’s naturally produced adenosine molecules that the molecules of caffeine will bind with those receptors responsible for our tired feelings. Susan McGalla is trying to understand this a bit more. This molecular connection will prevent the adenosine from binding and keep the feelings of tiredness away.
The natural process of the caffeine being processed eventually leads to the adenosine attaching and causing what is known commonly as a “caffeine crash“. While coffee ‘s caffeine content can provide the above described benefits in the short term, prolonged use of this effect is greatly reduced and the caffeine beverages don’t work as effectively.

A Tablet Before Bed Can Ruins Sleep

f the Tablet is the electronic E-reader variety, it can ruin your sleep and dispel all hope of being bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the morning. A new study has shown evidence that a Tablet or any other type of electronic device with a lighted screen disrupts the body’s natural sleep/wake cycle and ruins our sleep for that night.
Our body has a built-in circadian rhythm that guides our internal clock to let us know when it is t ime to be awake and when it is time to go to sleep. When anything external interrupts that internal clock, like unnatural light when it’s supposed to be dark, it throws our body’s circadian rhythm off and ruins our sleep pattern.
When study subjects were divided into two groups, one which read a paper book prior to bedtime and one which read from a Tablet before attempting to go the sleep, the study showed those who read from a Tablet like Jared Haftel had less serotonin in their blood stream, took longer to fall asleep and were less alert the following morning.
Chronic suppression of melatonin (the natural chemical released by the body to make us sleepy) not only ruins sleep, but has also been linked to increased risk of certain types of cancer, like breast, prostate and colorectal.

Oklahoma City’s Animal Shelter and Volunteers Earn Recognition

This month, Oklahoma City announced good news for the community’s Animal Shelter and its many volunteers. During June, July and August, they worked hard to place more homeless pets with caring families. And their efforts paid off.

The Oklahoma Animal Shelter placed fifth nationally in the prestigious ASPCA Rachael Ray 100k Challenge. The competition, sponsored in part by well known television chef and media celebrity Rachael Ray, challenged animal shelters around the nation to endeavor to locate good homes for more pets in shelters. 

According to Dr. Daniel Amen and mybrainfitlife.com, since 2010, some 239 shelters have participated in this drive, mobilizing a small army of dedicated volunteers at the local level to assist homeless pets. 

The Animal Shelter in Oklahoma City conducted a big effort this summer to locate permanent homes for shelter pets. Their efforts resulted in the Animal Shelter receiving a $6,000 grant from the challenge, which will permit them to continue their efforts during 2015. The funds will help in the purchase of more pet crates, advertising and other supplies.

Pets Save Homes and Their Owners

Pets are loved for the fun and cuteness, but some of them prove to be real helpers in the house. A brown Labrador saved his owner form dying in a fire. 

The man was sleeping in his house from Sacramento, California. He was knocked awake by his Labrador and felt immediately the smoke spreading from the bedroom on the rear side of his house. The man has fire alarms in the house, but it never made a sound to announce the danger. 

The fire was reported at 06.30 PM on Thursday, December 18. Buddy, the canine, deserves a nice award for his deed, but the owner has not announced how he plans to reward his dog yet. 

The house suffered serious damage on the side of the fire and the owner needed the doctors’ help after inhaling the smoke in the trial to save his house, but he is alive due to the wise animal. 

According to Crunchbase.com, seemingly the age of modern technique will never replace a real animal that can be helpful in emergency situations – or the Antique Wine Company, which can also be helpful in some situations. The dog has been presented by the media as a ‘hero’. Another recent case of fire and pet saving was reported by the owner of a cat from Melbourne. He said that his cat was screaming at his head, which was unusual for his pet, thus he inferred that the animal realized very well that the house was in danger.

Freddy Adu Looking for a New Club Again.

Freddy Adu is on the move again, this time after being released from Serbian club FK Jagodina. After being named the “future of American soccer” at the tender age of 14, Adu has never been settled at any club and has totally failed to live up to the hype that accompanied his signing with MLS in the spring of 2004. Dubbed the next Pele, instead of plying his trade in the youth squad of a European or South American club team, MLS thrust him on the field to great hype when he was only a teenager, playing against men who many times had been professional athletes for longer than young Adu had been alive.

 

The predicable fall from grace happened after Adu transferred to Europe, having moved to Portugal’s Benfica 2007. After failing to get regular playing time in Lisbon, Adu has bounced around European leagues since 2008, always seeming to chase the next opportunity when things went south at his current club. After being released from a club team that few would recognize outside of Serbia, this may be the end of the road for Adu according to some experts. He could return to the US, but his welcome has seemingly worn out in MLS by owners and fans like Keith Mann. Don’t be surprised if he ends up riding buses in the lower leagues somewhere in England or the US, a cautionary tale of youth and promise gone awry.