Bowling for Tolerance

Joining a bowling team typically is a normal, middle-class thing to do, but as the token straight man in a league filled with gay and lesbian bowlers, it became less of a sport for me and more of a weekly education in tolerance.

James, my best friend who also was a co-worker in the Information Technology department at my company, invited me to fill a vacancy on his team. The last time I had bowled in a league setting, however, was the summer before my freshman year of high school and I was concerned about my ability to compete after a 20-year hiatus from the sport.

I also had reservations about being the “odd man”, so to speak. During our long friendship, James and I only had one big fight about my attitude towards alternative lifestyles, an attitude that I didn’t know I possessed until he called it to my attention. He said I was stereotyping, thinking all gay men were “Nelly Queens” and called me homophobic. In retaliation, I told him I was fed up with his “heterophobia” and fear of the straight world. James and I later made peace about this, each one accepting and respecting the lifestyle choice of the other.

After voicing my sports and sexuality concerns, James took me to a local sporting goods outlet and, after parting with about $100 of my hard-earned money, I became the proud owner of a custom-drilled bowling ball engraved with my initials, a bag and a towel to wipe off the oil that bowling alleys use to condition the lanes. Though James and I had talked at length about the habits and customs of his friends, I wasn’t exactly prepared for the folks who were proud members of the “Monday Moaners,” the gay and lesbian league that took control of Carriage Bowl (and later Western Lanes) from 7-10 p.m. every Monday night.

Things that turned out were quite unexpected that night as nothing could have prepared me for this and I had butterflies in my stomach about facing the best players in the game that I had done research about at aboutbowlingballs.com and therefore I had no choice but plunge into the picture and give my best.

On that first night, all my fears seemed unfounded. Except for a few flamboyant bowlers, the folks who showed up could easily have been members of my church congregation. There were no flashing neon signs screaming “Yeah, I’m Gay” above anyone’s head and no one was running around the alley wearing pink taffeta or feather boas.

Most players were dead serious bowlers, though. An older gentleman named Ran always brought a customized suitcase filled with balls for every situation, including a specially-drilled one that he called a “fingertip ball.” This one, he told me, was for converting a tricky split into a spare. I even spent one summer bowling on Ran’s team and it was there that I learned that he truly agonized over every pin and every frame.

Being the new guy in the league, there were, of course, a lot of questions asked about me, James told me later. A few of the single guys inquired about my dating status and were disappointed when James revealed that I was 100% straight. There were no hard feelings about my orientation, though, since we were all there to bowl. The only real complaints came when my league average for that first night was a less-than-impressive 70 pins.

Over time, I did become a better bowler, but the team’s dynamic changed. James left the league over a disagreement with our team captain, which I thought would also end my association with the league, but the captain assured me that I was always welcome. New members joined us, some of whom were incredibly gifted bowlers and made us serious contenders for the first place trophy. At the start of one season, though, all my teammates abandoned me to bowl with their friends, leaving me floundering for a few weeks before I found a slot on another team. Loyalty, it seems, is a fleeting thing in the world of gay bowling.

At first, I kept to myself and listened to the stories my teammates would tell about their lives. To my heterosexual ears, some of these tales seemed scandalous, especially our team captain’s thrilling account of his dalliance with the bellman at a vacation resort. It seemed that the entire league was preoccupied with sex, especially various bowlers who hooked up during the games and shared a bed later that night.

That’s not to say that I didn’t fall in love myself, especially since there were a lot of attractive ladies in the league. One evening, Kim, who everyone simply called “K.Y.”, was shocked to learn that I was heterosexual and spent the rest of the night kissing me square on the mouth after each of her strikes and spares. That turned out to be a one-night fling for Kim, though, since she was devoted to her life partner Carla. I was more than just a little heart-broken, though.

I soon learned that several bowlers were HIV-positive or had full-blown AIDS. One friend who used prescription drugs to control the virus in his blood showed me how his hands swelled in reaction to a new blood pressure treatment prescribed by his physician. Kim also recited a disturbing list of ailments and cancers that she had battled for years.

One teammate even routinely took a break between the second and third games to go out to his truck and smoke marijuana to relieve his pain. Other friends and acquaintances suffered from what are called “opportunistic infections,” which can take months to recover from. Some good friends never returned after our summer break, having quietly let go of life before the league started up again in the fall.

After changing teams and teammates many times over a 7-year period, most people simply assumed I was gay, especially since I returned to the league like clockwork every September. At that point in my bowling career, it became easier to maintain an illusion of homosexuality than to keep reminding them that I was straight. I was just one of the boys and that was fine with me; I looked forward to hanging out with them on Monday nights after work.

In a league such as ours, however, there was little chance of me finding someone to date seriously, so I made a tough decision in the summer of 2004 not to rejoin the league. I wanted a girlfriend and, if things worked out, a wife, something I probably would not find on Monday evenings at Western Lanes.

Looking back on those days, I can see that my heart and tolerance grew a lot more than my bowling average. When listening to my friends and teammates complain about their relationships, I realized that their gripes were the same as mine with the exception of the genders involved. Straight and gay couples deal with issues in pretty much the same way; we’re all human beings after all and we all suffer from the human condition.

I do miss my bowling buddies, but this token straight man needed to spare himself some grief and strike out on his own.

Beauty Product Review: Maybe Baby Perfume for Women by Benefit Cosmetics

When I come across perfume that is pink in color, it usually tells me that the perfume is going to smell floral. I always pray the floral note is not rose, because rose perfume tends to smell old fashioned to me.

When my mom came home with a bottle of Maybe Baby perfume for women, I was excited to give it a test to see if I liked it or not.

Maybe Baby comes in a cute bottle; although simple, I found it to be beautiful. It comes in a bottle that is shaped like a stretched out bulb…when I look at it though, I see a pregnant woman’s stomach, ironic seeing how the name of the perfume, matches my thoughts on the bottle. Baby!

I already had high hopes for Maybe Baby; before I even sampled it.

Scent:

I sprayed 2 squirts of Maybe Baby on both of my wrists. Do not rub together, I was actually told that when you rub perfume into your skin it breaks up the chemical that holds the scent. Rubbing will not allow the perfume to last long. Just a tip I thought I’d throw in.

I wasn’t expecting it to emanate a fragrance of something like Eclatant when I sprayed it but still, it gave me an opportunity to test its scent although rubbing it constantly made my wrists become red after sometime.

Anyhow, my world was greeted with a lovely, lovely scent of flowers. Thank God, no rose. I was able to clearly detect Lillie’s. I loved it. It had a very playful and flirtatious kick to it, which in my opinion would make best for spring and summer wear.

Last:

I liked Maybe Baby a lot, and I hoped Maybe Baby liked me too; enough to stick around for the day. Sadly, Maybe Baby has little to no last at all when sprayed directly on skin. I did however get about an hour of lasting scent when I sprayed Maybe Baby directly on clothing. Spritzing a bit of it in your hair will also leave a lasting impression.

Pricing and Availability:

I have come across Maybe Baby online for semi low prices. You can pick up a bottle of it ranging in prices from $30.00 to $50.00. With a bit of hunt and pecking, you could google this perfume for even lower prices, I am sure. Ebay is also a good source to check, although I cannot highly recommend ebay, because some sellers are selling knock-off designer fragrances for low prices. You never know if what you are buying is the real deal, or if it is a fake. SO BE WARY, always read a seller feedback!

Overall:

Maybe Baby is priced decently. I would recommend it, only because it does have some last, so long as you are spraying it where I mentioned. It is such a girly floral scent. It is a sure pleaser to nearly everyone who tries it.

Ways To Get Ready When Bringing Home a New Dog

Did you and your family just adopt a new dog or thinking about adopting a new dog? If so then here are some tips you should know before bring home your new dog to make him feel the most comfortable when he arrives to his new and loving home!

First thing, make sure you have bought everything necessary to simply take care of your new dog. Your going to need a food and water dish, and maybe a dog placemat to catch all this little spills. Your also going to need a leach, a collar, a name tag with your family’s hone number, and of course, everyone’s favorite, the pooper scooper! Buying a few new special toys may also help comfort you new dog at his new home with his new family. He is also is going to need a place to sleep. Even if you plan on letting him eventually roam from room to room and letting him sleep where he feels that most comfortable, he will take comfort if you teach him one specific place that is “his spot” so he knows exactly what you want for now. Almost all dogs thrive on knowing what their owner want from them and where the boundaries are. That way they know exactly what is expected of them and they will know how to please their master. Now, although you certainly can go out and buy a dog bed, a clean warm blanket will also work just as well as a dog bed.

Make sure before bringing your new dog home you have set boundaries around the yard where he will be allowed to play and go to the bathroom. Then when you bring home your new dog hook him up to his leach, hold him close (within just a few feet of yourself) and walk him around the boundaries of the yard a few times. Do this at least twice a day for the first couple of weeks to help him learn where his outside territory is. Of course, you may want to set up boundaries for inside as well. This is usually best done by just keeping “off limits” room doors closed. What about your furniture? Will your dog be allowed to sit and sleep on the couches or will that be off limits? A good way to train new dogs that couches and chairs are off limits is, of course not letting them jump up on them in front of you, but what about when you are gone? How can you be sure they stay off then? One handy way to make sure they stay off is to buy office chair plastic carpets (you know, the ones with the little plastic “spikes” to keep the plastic carpet attached to the carpeted floor) and turn those upside down and lay them flat on the furniture. That makes it uncomfortable enough that your new puppy dog will want no part in sitting on them, without hurting him. Just make sure everyone is clear on theses boundaries before bringing home the new addition to the family. That way there will be no confusion for anyone when the new dog is brought home.

No table Scraps! Of course, this is a rule ultimately left to the master(s) of the household; but just remember that even if you do it just a few times in the beginning your dog will always try for more scraps from everyone with food all the time, including visitors. Although you can eventually train this behavior out of them it can be very difficult and take a long time so it’s best not to even start. Most importantly, dogs have different digestive systems than humans do so they don’t respond to food in the same way that we do. What does us good can do them harm so it’s best to not even take that chance.

Decide before bringing home your dog who is going to be the main trainer. Meaning that although everyone should enforce good behavior, there should be only one or at most, two people doing the actual trick and command training. Anymore than two people and it can get too confusing because people naturally have different ways of talking and enforcing, you don’t want to confuse your dog when trying to train him. You don’t have to worry because there are several online content where you can get helpful tips on how to train your dog properly. You just have to choose a reliable sources. To help you out, you can browse around this website.

Now there are many different things to talk about and prepare before bringing home a new addition to any family, hopefully theses tips have helped. Now, if I can leave you the one most important tip before bringing home your new dog, be ready with lots and lots of love! Believe me, you will be getting more back than you can imagine!

Your DIET Can Make You Healthy and Happy

Dictate Individual Eating Techniques (D.I.E.T.) Dieting is a positive way to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Each person should make the best food choices for their overall health and well being. Getting to know your body and immune system and how it can function at its highest level is very important. There are many diets to choose from and you are constantly trying to decide which one is right for you. I have created a NEW way of viewing a diet, a positive way that will become an effective diet for YOU and ONLY YOU.

There are thousands of diets out there from no carbs to low carbs, all vegetables, slim shakes and the list goes on and on. Which diet should you choose? Because we are all different, it is good to seek a way of eating that fits YOUR BODY and YOUR LIFESTYLE. The ultimate goal is to achieve your desired weight and be healthy. Familiarize yourself with certain guidelines; such as, not eating late, eating slow and eating in small portions throughout the day. Habits like these can prove to be helpful regardless of your food choices. Yes, you can view dieting in a positive way by “Dictating Individual Eating Techniques” (D.I.E.T.). For the gut health and immune system, the consumption of the nutrients should be done. The weight loss will be according to the specifications of the product. The products should be helpful for the health of the person. The manufacturing should be done as per the guidelines of the authorities. The lifestyle of the person will be improved. 

D = Dictating –

You decide what foods are good for you. You can be the boss and dictate how and what you should eat. When you select your own goals and select the foods that make you physically feel good, this can make your diet enjoyable. In order for this method to be effective, you should get to know your immune system, which is your bodies defense mechanism, your digestive system, genetic health problems, and begin to analyze how you feel after you eat certain foods.

I = Individual –

Take the time and get in tune with your immune system. Understand what foods aggravate your digestive system, cause bloating and create allergic reactions. After you fuel your body with the proper foods, you want to be energetic and ready to take on life. You should not feel tired, lazy, lethargic or sick.

E = Eating –

You have to eat to be healthy. You can choose fruits, vegetables, meats and carbs that you enjoy. Remember to create a balanced diet and eat in moderation. Always remember the main purpose of food. There will be some healthy foods that are not as tasty as others, so you should keep in mind how good they are for you and the nutrients they provide.

T = Techniques –

Eating styles can vary from person to person. Some people like a large breakfast and lunch and a small dinner and some people like several small meals throughout the day. Some people prefer eating out and some like to make their meals at home. Some people like to eat their salad first followed by the main course and some people just like a salad with a side of bread. Some people drink water with their meals and some don’t. Some people consume protein drinks and some people eat meat. You decide what eating techniques are good for you.

If you view your D.I.E.T. in a positive way with being healthy as your number one priority, you can achieve your goals. You can learn from personal friends and family, however do your research on diets, foods, supplements and diseases of the body. This will help you make wise decisions. Good Health To You. Consult a physician when necessary. (This way of viewing dieting is a suggestion.)

Five Good Reasons for Keeping Your Cat Inside

The indoor versus outdoor cat argument is probably as old as when humans invited the first cat to live in the Bronze-Age huts and share a bit of milk for mousing. Until fairly recently, cats have been more of an outdoor critter – or at least an indoor/outdoor pet – rather than an indoor-only animal and with good reason. Until the invention of kitty litter in 1947 by Edward Lowe, cats and cat owners had few options when it came for somewhere for them to relieve themselves, so the natural tendency was to allow cats to run loose (since it’s hard to fence in a cat). But nowadays we do have access to kitty litter and most people live in urban, or at least, suburban, environments. And even where I live, out in the wilds of Montana, there are plenty of reasons for keeping kitty indoors. Let’s look at them.

  1. Reduce the feral cat overpopulation. Feral cats are a big problem in the United States. Cats, when they breed, naturally have kittens because breeding stimulates ovulation. While a good portion of those kittens die (some 75%), enough make it to the point where a single cat can produce 98 offspring within seven years if you count the number of kittens the single cat and her offspring can produce. Considering there is estimated some 70 million feral cats out there and – you get the point. Spaying and neutering removes the potential breeding, but if your cat gets lost or wanders off, that’s one more cat out on the streets.
  1. Prevent your kitty from bringing home zoonotic diseases and parasites. Cats don’t just hang around and do nothing. They get into things, which could bring diseases and parasites back to you. Cats get into fights with wildlife and other cats, which makes them susceptible for getting diseases such as rabies, which, of course, is lethal to both you and your cat. Cats are the number one domestic carrier for rabies. And even if you get your cat vaccinated, vaccines do fail and owners do forget to have their pets vaccinated. Your cat can also bring home other diseases such as bubonic plague (from fleas), ringworm, various roundworms, toxoplasmosis, and ticks that carry Lyme disease.
  1. Prevent your kitty from getting sick. There are plenty of cat diseases out there besides rabies. Some, like Feline Leukemia cause more deaths in cats than any other disease. Some diseases such as Feline immunodeficiency virus infection (FIV) and Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) have no vaccination and no known cure. Your cat is at risk if you let him wander.

It is important to keep your hand in the best of health and they are more prone to diseases at a faster pace so most people should strictly keep an eye on them and you can learn more about it through my site online that is titled ‘wildlife’. 

But, there’s more to sickness than just disease. A cat that is looking for something to drink in the wintertime may stumble on a puddle of water with antifreeze in it. A few licks could kill your cat in a painful and agonizing death. Likewise, if your cat catches a mouse or rat that has eaten poison, your cat could die eating that mouse or rat. Cats will often scavenge in garbage as well, which could make your cat very sick or even kill him.

  1. Increase Your Kitty’s Lifespan. Cats who live outside have greatly reduced lifespans. Indoor cats can live an average of 12 to 18 years with forays more than 20 years. By comparison, the outdoor cat is lucky to see eight years of age, with the norm being around four to six years old. Outdoor cats usually die violently – usually due to being hit by cars, attacked by dogs or wild animals, or harmed by evil people who hate cats.

Years ago when I was a child, a remember seeing my best friend’s cat being run over by the school bus. It was very traumatic to see that happen and my friend was beside herself. The reality is all of this could’ve been avoided if the cat had been an indoor-only cat.

  1. Reduce the destruction of native species. Cats hunt and kill small animals, including birds. According to the American Bird Conservancy, scientists estimate that cats kill birds in the hundreds of millions and more than a billion small mammals, many of which may be endangered. Domestic cats can carry diseases to native cats such as the bobcat, lynx, mountain lion and Florida panther. What’s more, predation by cats can compete against native predators and reduce those predators’ numbers.

The benefits to keeping your cat inside far outweigh the negatives. So, the next time you’re tempted to let the cat out, think again. You’ll be keeping your cat, yourself and your environment healthy by keeping your kitty inside and at home.

5 Tips on How to Be Ethical when You Pick Out a Puppy

You are walking down the street on a bright sunny day. This is the kind of day that allows the tourist industry to market your region to those with a more northerly abode. In fact, it’s September and the thermometer still reads 95F.

While you are enjoying your walk to the corner store you come across another pedestrian with their dog in tow. Their pet is rather large, being it’s a St. Bernard, so you are obliged to yield the right of way to the mass of fur before you. Pleasantries are exchanged, while you patiently navigate this minor inconvenience, wherein the dog owner extolls their love for their furry friend but still finds opportunity to make reference to the overwhelming amount space the creature takes up in their apartment. You retort with something like, “Yeah, I can imagine!” and continue on your errand.

Did you really just imagine that scene? A huge dog, with a ton of fur, in a tiny apartment. What must that be like? Can the dog be happy? Can the owner? This premise leads to other thoughts that would imply the overall condition. The ethics of the person can be fulfilled when there will be availability of a fantastic read at the blogs. The owner of the house should select the best breed for the house. The reading of the blogs will be beneficial to gather information about the pets and different breeds. The ethics should be followed carefully through the person. 

That is a St. Bernard, a breed created for northern climates, not 95 degree Septembers. That owner, who professed their affection for the animal, probably has a job so they can afford to feed the object of that affection. This must leave the creature to fend for itself for hours at a time in that aforementioned tiny apartment. The breeder who manipulated the Saint Bernard into the work animal it is focused on creating a dog with mass, strength, and a resilience to the cold, not a pet that would be suitable for a Florida efficiency apartment.

Dog breeders are specialists at the art of accentuating the traits people want in an effort to make their product as marketable as possible. There are breeds of pets that are so mutated they can’t drink water without it going up their snouts. Some have so much excessive fur that they have to be cleaned manually after they defecate. To make matters worse, some animals are subject to conditions so far removed from the environment that they were bred to live in, that they will have to tolerate 110 degree temperatures through four inches of fur!

The conflict is glaring to anyone who would give it even a moment of thought. How can anyone say they love a Saint Bernard or Husky, then force it to endure climates that will melt asphalt, or leave it in a space that cannot accept an animal of their energy or mass for hours every day?

People often pick out puppies entirely for their own pleasure. They don’t often consider what quality of life they can offer the animal. They can somehow still profess their undying love for their apartment hostage even though their choice of companionship was based on purely selfish reasons.

If you are in the market for a new puppy, try considering what its life will be like in your custody. Puppy ownership is a responsibility. Your puppy will bring you unconditional love and companionship, and hopefully you will give some thought as to how you can reciprocate. Choose an animal that suits your personality and environment. If you don’t have time to spend with an animal right now, then it may be wise to wait until sometime in the future when you do. Avoid supporting puppy mills, unethical breeds, and the breeders that promote them. If people keep making money for breeding animals that are intentionally handicapped for the sake of novelty, there will never be an end to it.

Tips to remember:  Be sure you can handle the responsibility of puppy ownership (maybe try keeping a plant alive first)    Pick a breed that will thrive in your environment (ie. house, apartment, and climate)    Puppies get lonely too so wait till you have time to spend with it before getting one.    Avoid breeds that are overly manipulated as a novelty.    Avoid unethical breeders. (this can be tricky, just pay attention to details like cleanliness, health of the puppy and its’ parents, number of litters currently on hand, use referrals from friends, ask about a warranty on the animals health*.)

*Any ethical breeder will have an ongoing concern for the puppies health and will want to maintain their good reputation for producing healthy puppies. They are more aware of the puppy mill problem than anyone else so they should be doing their best to avoid being classified as one themselves.

How to Keep a Dog at Home

I see that there is an increasing amount of people that seem to have trouble keeping their house pets from bolting into the street and getting run over. Would you believe me if I told you there was a way to keep your dog at home without needing to keep them locked in the house, on a leash, or put in a fenced yard? I do realize there are laws to keep a dog on a leash or in a kennel, and I’m not asking you to break any laws, but this method also helps to keep dogs content to stay on the leash and in their kennel. However, the method I use to make my dog choose to stay home is no quick fix-it pill and it takes more dedication than just remembering to take your dog for a walk everyday. Are you up for it?

My practice ring is my home in the country, but location is not important in order to use this method because even country dogs have a tendency to disappear on their owners when let out of the kennel. My dogs don’t have a kennel and yet they stay home. Here’s the trick-you must bond with your dog. You may already know what this means, but let me explain the type of bonding I mean.

Your dog needs leadership, lines of right and wrong. Dogs are sensitive to different types of punishment and reward. My dogs have always been very sensitive to verbal commands. Say, for example, they won’t come to me. I lower my voice and let my anger come through. My dog instantly will stop what he is doing and creep over to me with his head and tail down, and after he comes to me I let him sit and think about it. Then I still refuse to pet him as I tell him to follow. After a little bit I will call him to me again and if he comes promptly, I praise him and pet him in all his favorite spots as if all is forgiven. Thus, he learns the punishment for not coming when I call and the reward for coming. Play around with your dog. Do their favorite things for their reward, make them feel guilty as punishment. Don’t ever get soft-hearted and let them get away, just once, for disobeying you; it could mean the difference between calling them away from a moving car and getting them run over.

The next and last part of my method for making your dog want to stay home is simply-attention. It’s great to take your dog for a walk once a day. It gives them and you exercise and that may be all you can manage. But in order to make them want to stay home all the time you must take time to be with them. If you see here, you will realize the importance of spending some time with your dog. Surely, he or she will appreciate a walk in the afternoon. You should make time to plate with your pet. My dogs have no fences but love to stay home because they never know when I will come out to give them treats, play with them, or just come out to check on them. It doesn’t take much, only five minutes every few hours, but they want to be sure they are there when I come out. I have a full-time job, so I only see my dogs two hours in the mornings and four hours in the evenings, but I make it up to them on the weekends by giving them as much attention as I can. They are content, feel loved, and make a choice not to leave home.

The Bavarian Mountain Dog Breed

The Bavarian Mountain Dog is a breed of dog known for its skills in overcoming large patches of terrain in Bavaria. Being from German, this dog is one of the most popular breeds for German hunters and has a great sense of smell to track down any prey that might be afoot. These mountain dogs are most popular in Germany, meaning they are rarely heard of anywhere else in the world.

Origin

These dogs have been known to be n Germany since the late 6th century. Used by farmers to help herd their cattle and flocks, Bavarian Mountain dogs also were strong enough to uphold small carts and drag them to a horse to be attached. They were also used by royalty for hunting purposes, to which they would track down pheasant and other game for their hunter masters. Today, they still have this purpose as well as being a friendly noble companion.

Appearance

With soft short fur and a usually tanned coloring, these hounds have a typical floppy eared look of their dog type. They have black around their short muzzles and droopy tired looking eyes. They are quite muscular for their medium size and can weigh up to fifty pounds. Their tails hang down low to the ground unless they are excited and their legs are sturdy and long. Their chest is well developed and exudes the strength they have used for centuries.

Temperament

Being courageous is one of the traits this dog shares with other hound dogs. They have this trait because of their fearless actions when it comes to hunting and tracking prey down. They are quite agile since their legs are long, a difference from the French Bassets. They are loyal and are always ready to please their master with whatever they bring back to them. As a companion dog, they enjoy the company of their family and children and always need to be in the same room with them.

Grooming and Health

Grooming is a snap since their coat is so short, they need to be groomed at least once a month to stop the little shedding they can produce. Health wise they can live as long as fourteen years and needs plenty of exercise. This dog is not suited for the city, and needs to live in a rural area with plenty of space to run freely. This will stop a lot of joint problems he can get in his senior years.

To learn more about this breed of dog, their behaviors, the proper ways of taking good care of them, things you should do, things you should not do and even the food they are allowed to eat, you can click site for more information.

Bavarian Mountain dogs are a dog most often seen in Germany for hunting reasons. Although they are a great pet, they need a big space so they can feel as if they are home in the wild.

Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth

75% of dogs over age 3 suffer from periodontal disease. This is an irreversible condition that can lead to loss of teeth, abscesses, and other painful conditions such as bone loss and plain old tooth decay. Nobody wants that for their dog, but for owners on a budget, taking the dog to the vet for a cleaning every six months simply is not an option. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to prevent these issues to begin with.

Brush Your Dogs Teeth

I spent a total of $10 setting my dog up for a lifetime of good oral hygiene when I purchased my dog ClearQuest Dental Gel (a toothpaste I highly recommend both as a dog groomer and dog owner) and a dog toothbrush made by ProDental. Never use human toothpaste on your dog. Not only is the fluoride bad for him, the foaming action can make a ridiculous mess.

Start off slow. If your dog has never had his teeth brushed before, jamming a brush into his mouth and scrubbing away might not be the best introduction. Get him used to the taste of the toothpaste first by letting him lick it off your finger, or if he needs more incentive place some on a crunchy treat and offer it to him.

You can also get him used to the idea of having his mouth handled by rubbing his muzzle, lifting his lips, and massaging his gums with your fingers before introducing the brush. When your dog seems comfortable having his mouth handled, place a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on your dog’s toothbrush and gently brush from back to front on both sides of your dog’s mouth.

For best results, you should brush your dog’s teeth daily, although weekly will still give positives results. Always try to make tooth brushing a positive experience for your dog. Even if you can’t brush your dogs teeth right away, a few positive sessions with you may be enough to change your dogs mind. Next step that you may also consider to know the proper way of brushing your dog’s teeth is through online tutorials. Aside from consulting with vet, you can also check some tips online. As a responsible pet owner, you need to know what’s best for your pet.

If you can’t brush your dogs teeth

If your dog simply won’t allow you to brush his teeth, there are still several options open regarding your dog’s oral health. First, many groom shops offer tooth brushing for a minimal fee of $5-$10. Many times dogs will allow strangers to brush their teeth, but not their actual owners. This is also common with nail trimming and a few other aspects of dog care. If the groomer can’t brush your dogs teeth either, be sure to have a vet check to make sure your dog isn’t simply reacting to pain. (See: When the vet is necessary.)

Another option if you can’t brush your dog’s teeth is to get a water additive such as AquaDent Water Additive. Be sure to check the bottle to make sure the label says it reduces plaque. Some water additives are simply scented to cover up the smell of your dogs breath!

When you should go to the vet

Before beginning any at home oral hygiene routine, visually inspect your dog’s teeth and gums. If you see sparkling white teeth and healthy looking gums, you’re on the right track to successful oral hygiene. If your dog has some yellowing, you may already be seeing gum disease. If you notice very bad breath, excessively red gums, thick tartar build up, loose teeth or obvious pain, your dog may need tooth cleaning, or possibly even some teeth extracted. Don’t delay in taking your dog to the vet if you see any of these issues. Your dog may be in a great deal of pain.

You can prevent your dog from ever having to have a professional cleaning by starting tooth brushing early, and supplementing your dog with plenty of chew toys to help massage gums and scrape teeth in between your own efforts. Have your vet look at your dogs teeth each time they go in for their vaccines to make sure you’re dog’s oral hygiene is adequate, and that his gums and teeth are as fresh and clean as possible.

Beazer Homes Homebuilder

Beazer Homes homebuilder background

The remarkable Beazer Homes homebuilder is a homebuilding firm based in the United States of America and is listed in the Fortune 500 list of companies. The headquarters of this firm are based in Atlanta, the capital of Georgia. Beazer Homes homebuilder stands among the top 10 homebuilders in the country and this rating is depending on the total figure of houses closed on. The operations of this are going on in different geographical locations within the United States and Beazer Homes homebuilder is into home construction in over 16 states in the US. The homes designed by Beazer Homes homebuilder are said to be quite appealing to many homebuyers across the US since it offers homes to suit various budgets. 

Beazer Homes homebuilder construction and sales

Beazer Homes homebuilder is into construction as well as the sale of most homes for single-family occupancy. Along with providing homebuilding services, Beazer Homes homebuilder also provides customers with house mortgage options that are channeled through the subsidiary of the firm called Beazer Mortgage Corporation. Beazer Homes homebuilder was awarded with many prizes in the two consecutive years of 2006 and 2007. These awards were won during the different ‘Parade of Homes’ events in many states across the country.

The awards are merely a statement that Beazer homes are one of the best builders in the United States and every new home builder in PA aspires to become like them, which is a testimony of their skills.

Beazer Homes homebuilder styles and designs

Beazer Homes homebuilder as a construction firm offers a wide variety of services like designing, construction, and selling of homes that range from single- family houses to multi- family homes in almost 20 states of the United States of America. Beazer Homes homebuilder has a wide range of offers for different categories of buyers like move-up, entry-level, retirement oriented buyers as well as those who want luxury homes. This firm has been functioning in the real estate sector since the year 1985.

Beazer Homes homebuilder top ten home builder in the US

Since the year 1994, Beazer Homes was included as part of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Being one of the top ten-homebuilding firms of the United States, this firm has expanded very widely into the market. Beazer Homes homebuilder is now covering almost 40 markets that spread over Central, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, West and Southeast regions of the United States. The firm is also a national sponsor of non-profit nationwide program called HomeAid America. The Beazer Homes homebuilder is also a member of the Public Home Builders of America, which is a non-profit association that aims at elevating the standards of business customs relating to the homebuilding firms.

Beazer Homes homebuilder loan-lending and development

The firm also works in association with one of the important home loan-lending firms, called Countrywide, in order to help its customers to sort out their finances while they are in the process of buying a house. Beazer Homes homebuilder also offers services for community development where many homes are constructed with complete facilities in noteworthy communities like Rancho Cordova, Beazer Capitol Village, and the Communities of Glenmont Estates. The wide range of services that Beazer Homes homebuilder offers in the homebuilding sector has made it one of the business giants in the field of specialization.

Beazer Homes homebuilder has plenty of reason why it should be on the list of top ten homebuilders in the United States, and everyday they are working hard to keep up their standards and improve the quality of the homes they build.