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  1. Popular sweetener is toxic for dogs A sugar substitute found in a variety of sugar-free and dietetic cookies, mints and chewing gum is proving highly toxic, even fatal, to snack-snatching dogs. Xylitol, popular in Europe for decades but a relative newcomer to the U.S. alternative-sweeteners market, can be "very, very serious" to dogs when ingested, says Dana Farbman, spokeswoman for the Animal Poison Control Center of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. "It doesn't take a whole lot (of xylitol), and the effects are so rapid that the window of opportunity to
  2. Updated news story about the recall: USA Today Contaminated Pet Food Story
  3. He really is a sweet handsome boy. Your commitment to taking care of him is wonderful.
  4. Yes, it is wonderful that the people got down alive and well, and their dog definitely played a major role in this happy ending. But as a long term mountaineer, the story doesn't give me a warm happy feeling. News reports say the climbing group were experienced rock climbers but not experienced mountaineers. That figures. Experienced mountaineers would not have been on Mt. Hood in winter with those extremely harsh weather conditions. The fact that three people fell at one time is a strong indicator that they were in way over their heads. In the Grand Teton National Park there a
  5. Glad he is home safe. I have a deep feeling of appreciation for those who serve in the US Military. They are the reason we have our freedom today. Yipes, that is a lot of money for the flowers. Hmmm, I wonder if he might rather have an equal value in Filet Mignon -- tenderloin steak? Flowers are beautiful but steak tastes really good. Just a thought -- ignore it if it sounds dumb.
  6. I have a Canon Powershot S2 IS (Image Stabilizer) that I really like. It is 5 megapixels and has a 12x optical zoom and a 4x digital zoom. It has Image Stabilizer feature so you don't blur the picture by moving the camera. This is very important for telephoto shots. Here are two sample pictures. The wild rabbit lives in our back yard area. The picture was taken at full zoom (optical + digital) so it is 48x zoom. The airplane is a supersonic Concorde passenger plane, now retired from service. It is on display at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. This plane flew from New York to
  7. Sorry about Riven's/your recall problem. I guess it is your problem since Riven doesn't seem to understand that she has a problem!!! Sounds like you have received a lot of good advice and now you have some work cut out for you. On the subject of recall, one time I saw a demonstration of recall that amazed me. It was what I think a really excellent recall should look like. I was on a hike in the mountains with my friend Rick and his dog, a Golden Retriever. We were almost at the summit and it was gently sloping terrain, covered by small flat rocks with almost no vegetation. We got
  8. If a dog is hungry and thinks it must compete with another dog for food, then that alone will promote very fast eating. If you can isolate Cooper and feed him when no other dogs are around, that MAY help. One technique, if you have a big open floor space (kitchen or recreation room) is to take the food in a bowl and then by hand sprinkle a small portion on the floor. If you kind of gently toss it so the food is scattered, then the dog must move to each piece of kibble to eat it. That moving around slows the speed at which the dog can eat. Plus if you are only giving out a small
  9. That was a serious error to leave the puppy out in the cold. Glad to hear he is okay. Termination of your friend is sad, but in my opinion the punishment fits the crime.
  10. ROFL! Very funny! Anybody with walks/driveway to shovel in Denver needs a 2-stage snowblower. Such a machine would cut through the snow blocking your driveway. So far this winter in Baltimore the total snowfall is about three inches. Living next to the Chesapeake Bay moderates the winter weather. That suits me just fine! But in the old days back in Utah I shoveled plenty of snow.
  11. Just found this link to: Index to NOAA Weather Radio on the Internet There are 89 stations around the USA. This will be useful for obtaining local weather forecasts. To hear a station, click on the "Listen" button for the station.
  12. Glad to hear that you are back to the modern world of electricity. Wow that is an impressive big ice storm. No wonder so many people lost power in your area. I guess the good news is that the true branches didn't clobber your Jeep.
  13. I am glad that the owners got their dogs and truck back. Everything turned out well. Here is a website that gives Tips For Auto Theft Prevention. It is interesting that their #1 tip is "Never leave your car running unattended, even to dash into a business, store, etc. This entire problem would not have occurred if the owners had heeded that advice. Another tip is "Never leave valuables in plain view, even if your car is locked. Put them in the trunk out of sight." The Denver Post article stated that woman left her purse on the car seat -- that was their second mistake.
  14. Denver post report of stolen BCs This report says the couple left their truck running while they were loading and checking out of hotel.
  15. Hope you get power back on soon. Wow, that must be tough! Just wondering, do many people run gasoline-powered electric generators? If yes, does that make life reasonably livable during a power outage? Hector
  16. "...natural factors alone cannot, repeat cannot, simply explain observed changes that we've seen in the climate system in the second half of the 20th century." A major newspaper (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) editorial dated January 21,2007 on the topic that we are discussing in this thread: Moving climate debate into solution arena
  17. To Jim2000 and others that question if Global Climate Change is human-caused -- read this: From the London Times (Feb. 18, 2005) New proof that man has caused global warming From Mark Henderson, Science Correspondent, in Washington The strongest evidence yet that global warming has been triggered by human activity has emerged from a major study of rising temperatures in the world?s oceans. The present trend of warmer sea temperatures, which have risen by an average of half a degree Celsius (0.9F) over the past 40 years, can be explained only if greenhouse gas emissions are res
  18. Rebecca -- With all due respect, it does not appear that you understand the problem. Read this article about Global warming and rising sea level . You think I am being arrogant? Do you think that trying to significantly reduce the output of greenhouse gasses will impact your life? Where is your empathy and compassion for your fellow humans around the world who made the mistake of being born into a low-lying country? Global warming causes glaciers to melt, which raises sea level. A country like the Republic of the Marshall Islands (population 62,000) will go completely underwa
  19. When almost any question or topic is debated, you will find two groups of people with opposing views. That applies to global warming. But what is necessary is to look at the credentials and number of people on each side. The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) is comprised of 2000 climatologists world wide. These are THE LEADING SCIENTISTS on the subject of global warming. The IPCC strongly believes that human activity, namely the burning of fossil fuels, is the driving force behind the observable global warming that is happening over the past 50 years. The reason they
  20. Firchow -- Very interesting. That is excellent fuel economy for a large vehicle. Yes, diesel engines have come a long way. If I could buy a vehicle like the Fiat Panda with a 1.3 liter diesel engine, that would definitely be the type of car I would choose. I just wish that type of vehicle was available in the USA. Just a little personal history on vehicles -- in 1972 I bought a new Chev 6.5 liter V8 pickup truck and put a camper on it. Back then all trucks had carburators (not fuel injection), and the camper had a high profile that provided a lot of wind resistance. It got abo
  21. Firchow - I understand what you are saying about needing a large powerful truck to pull a trailer with a big load on it. I agree completely. For that application the big truck is the most economical vehicle to use. No argument there. The problem I see, from a fuel efficiency standpoint, is that a lot of drivers buy and drive big pickups when they don't need the hauling capacity. When I drive the Baltimore I-695 Beltway, I routinely see drivers commuting to work in their gas-hog pickups when they could be getting three or four times better gas mileage if they were driving a Fiat-Panda-
  22. Farm Girl -- I did a google on "emissions biodiesel" and found this website on biodiesel. Very interesting. It says that CO2 emissions are reduced 78% when using biodiesel as compared to petroleum based diesel. That's a big drop in a major greenhouse gas. Hector
  23. Rebecca -- Obviously there are applications, such as the one you described, where a person must have a truck. I haven't seen any data on the incidence of truck usage in rural vs. urban areas, but it seems logical that rural (farm-ranch) dwellers are more likely to need a truck in order to haul stuff. If you live on a farm, but commute to a job in a town, then the Panda would make a great commuter vehicle In the urban setting where I live, weekday rush hour traffic is heavily weighted to commuters and most of those vehicles carry the driver only. I was just now looking around
  24. (Fair warning -- long-winded post) Dixie_Girl -- (Jack & Co. later) If you want proof that a fire is hot you can hold your hand over it. If you want proof about global climate change, and considering that you are not an expert yourself, the best you can do is to educate yourself about what experts are saying. The world's most expert group of scientists on global climate change is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It is comprised of 2000 climate scientists from around the world. The IPCC assesses the scientific, technical, and socio-economic information relev
  25. Thanks! I remember just about all of that stuff! It is nice to recall it. When I was in grade school there was a downtown movie theater that had a Saturday morning special for kids. They showed 10 cartoons (mostly Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, Looney Tunes), an action serial (one continuing episode each week), and two full length feature movies. The cost? $.05 each way for bus fare, and $.15 for the ticket to the movies. So $.25 bought entertainment at the theater from 9:00 a.m. until about 1:30 p.m. And our parents didn't worry about letting us ride the bus downtown alone. I had
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