Our Animals

DOGS- Ok let me explain up front, we have a bunch of dogs.  We have worked with the Local Humane society and county shelter for several years now and with that comes along hard cases were the dogs are just not ready for adption.  

Buddy is a Beagle that is around 17 years old.  The owners just dropped him off at the shelter. So we took him home to live out his life with our pack.  Turns out he has warts which we knew and also that he has cancer, which we found out from the vet.  We have him on prednisone and he does pretty good.

Fidgit is some sort of mix around medium size.  My wife rescued her from another shelter that was going to put her down.  She had a sort of club front paw that got in her way a lot.  So we took her to the vet and had the entire leg amputated.  My wife was concerned that we mutilated her, but when we got her home, I set her off the deck and she did her thing then ran to the back door to go back in.  Never phased her a bit.

Trixie is a chow/terrier mix she is really cute when she gets her bath and styles her hair like a poodle (not the tail!).  She loves riding in the car and is a climber.  If we had a ten foot fence, she would be roaming the hood.  Probably why she got picked up to begin with.

Brittany is a rotwiler/hound mix.  she can have an attitude now and again, but I think most of that is age.

Princess is a yellow lab that someone had for breeding in a puppy mill and dropped her in the country because she was old.  She had just about every kind of worm you can think of including heartworm.  But she is serviving very well.  She used to be skinny, but ….well lets just say she loves to eat!  She is a happy dog…sometimes I call her gladass or happy butt cuz her tail is always going.

Blossum is a full blooded Rotty who was chained in the back yard with a very aggressive male rotty.  He was so aggressive that we had to put him down when he entered the shelter…not his fault.  Blossum had a real bad additude (actually just scared) of most people and especially men.  She had been beaten and growled at most folks.  But she took a liking to my wife and has now adjusted well to be the leader of the pack….at least when I am not there.  She would love to be a lap dog.

Please care for your pets.  Spay and Neuter is a must.  It prevents cancer in later years and they are more obediant to boot.  Spay and neuter would also work well for the previous owners of our dogs in my opinion.

CAT – We recently adopted a barn cat (big boy).  I built a cage/house for him with a heater and all.  He is our mouse killer!



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Health Benefits of Aerobic Exercise

Regular aerobic exercise reduces the risk of premature death especially from heart disease, colon cancer, breast cancer, and diabetes. Research has shown that regular aerobic exercise reduces the risk of colon cancer by thirty to forty percent. Thirty to sixty minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise per day is needed to decrease the risk of colon cancer. Research has also shown that 30-60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise per day also reduces the risk of breast cancer by 20-30%. Regular aerobic exercise builds strong bones, muscles, and joints and may slow down osteoporosis. Regular aerobic exercise reduces depression, anxiety, and stress. Exercise removes built up tension and stress. Studies have shown that diet and regular exercise has also been shown to prevent diabetes and reduce the risk of individuals at a high risk for diabetes by 58%. Glucose tolerance and insulin resistance improve in those who regularly exercise. Studies have also shown that regular aerobic exercise helps to prevent heart disease by reducing blood pressure and lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) and raising HDL (good cholesterol)l. Regular exercise tones the muscles throughout the body which reduces high blood pressure. Lack of exercise is one of the five major risk factors for cardiovascular disease. The other four risk factors are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, and obesity. Regular aerobic exercise reduces four of the five risk factors for heart disease. Regular aerobic exercise is one of the best ways to lose weight and keep it off. Studies have also shown that older adults who exercise three or more times per week reduce their risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease significantly. The Surgeon General recommends that adults do 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise every day. Moderate intensity exercise is 60-80% of your maximum heart rate. Your maximum heart rate is 220-your age.


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Footer Credits overwriting Graphics Fix

Hi all,

I figured out a way to change the credits in the footer while still maintaining those great looking graphics.  It’s pretty simple.

In the admin panel go to Edit Themes/Editor then select the Stylesheet file.  Scroll down in the code to the footer information…I think it is the 3rd and forth annotations, one is footer left and the other footer right.  In the padding line of each there are three numbers.  Change the first number 10px to 30px in each of the left and right footer annotations, then update the file.

This moves the text from the middle of the graphics verbage to below them.  So you can still give credit where credit is due and have your graphics too.

You can see the change in my footer.  Hope this helps!  😉


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Week 6 – Marketing Masterclass

Hello Everyone,

Here we are at week six and at the end of the first phase that John has for us.  As you can see (by checking the Masterclass Blog sites in the far right hand column) we have all made wonderful progress.  As we move forward I think you will begin to see all of us making changes to please our own preferences on our pages.

This week we had our first Webinar with John.  The scheduled time was had for me to meet, so I watched the video that John taped during the meeting.  It was good to see that many of the questions we had were pretty much the same and that videos for our technical questions would be forthcoming for our reference.  Although there were minor glitches, John and “The Associates” did a terrific job with the presentation.

We have tasks to blog more, check out each others sites and comment on them, help each other where possible, and get to know each other better.  All of this is  pretty pleasant, but it does take time.  I still have not been to all of the Masterclass sites….but I am working on it.  I know others have been to my site because they left comments (which I replied to).

This week I think Daniel Sumner provided all of us with a Widget that lists all the Masterclass Blogs randomly each time the page is refreshed.  I think it’s cool and fits in what we are doing with each other.  Then Planet Divinity and Dave Nicholson gave us access to an important tool for increasing traffic to our sites called “Total Web Traffic” that I will study and comment on in later blogs.

I have to reiterate that everyone involved in this class is great to work with and always helpful.  The cooperation between everyone is making this class an experience of a lifetime.  So thanks John, Dan, Dave, Paula and anyone I am forgetting.


The photo above was taken on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Shenandoah mountains on the way to the 2006 Virginia State Harley Owners Group (HOG) Rally being held in Lynchburg, Virginia.


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Week 5, Master Marketing Class

Well everyone as you can see the new graphics for the header and footer have now been added to this web site.  Don’t they look great?  Planet Divinity really did a terrific job for everyone.  Daniel did a great job on the videos this week for John.  He, like john stepped us through the entire process of saving the graphics to our computers, uploading the graphics to the web site and into the WordPress Blog software.

It has taken me some time to get my blog in this week due to my mother breaking her hip.  I had to travel by car half way across the country to reach “home” to be with Dad.  My Dad is 86 and my mother turned 88 on March 4th.  This was not the way she intended to spend her birthday.  Things for her are really tough right now, but she is a very strong willed woman that I admire tremendously and she will make it through this mess.

On Sunday we are having our first webinar.  I’ll be busy doing things for my folks during the webinar, but thank goodness John is recording the event that I can catch latter that evening.  As I’ve said before, this is a terrific class and I am really enjoying learning from one of the best.


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Popular Aerobic Exercises

Walking  – Walking is one of the simplest and most popular aerobic exercises. Walking allows you to vary the intensity of your workout to match your fitness level. The only equipment that you need to start an aerobic walking program is a good pair of walking shoes. Optional walking equipment includes a treadmill, heart rate monitor, and a pedometer. Walking can be done both indoors and outdoors which allows you to continue exercising throughout the year. You can walk indoors on a treadmill, mall, or at an indoor track. Walking is a great choice for those who are just starting their first exercise program. Walking causes very little stress on your body and is one of those aerobic exercises that you can do everyday with very little risk of injury. If you intend on using walking as your primary exercise, it’s important that you walk aerobically. Aerobic walking is an intense form of exercise which focuses on your health. For walking to be an effective form of aerobic exercise you must maintain good posture, a 90-degree arm swing, and a good pace. The arm swing helps to propel you as you walk. You’ll also want to maintain as fast as pace as you are capable of and then gradually increase your pace. Aerobic walking can help you achieve your weight loss and fitness goals but you may find that walking isn’t enough. Walking may become too easy for you and you may find that you just can’t seem to lose those last few pounds.

Cycling – Cycling is another popular aerobic exercise. Cycling can be done indoors on a stationary bike or outside on a regular bike. Cycling is an ideal form of exercise for individuals who have joint problems and are unable to walk for an extended period of time without pain or difficulty. A combination of walking and cycling provides many cardiovascular benefits. Cycling is also very beneficial for people who are more than 50 pounds overweight. Cycling helps the heart without the stress on the back, hips, knees and ankles.


Jogging – Jogging is another very popular aerobic exercise and is very beneficial in weight loss. Jogging can be performed indoors on a treadmill or indoor track or outdoors. Before making jogging your primary form of aerobic exercise you should be aware that jogging places a lot of stress on your muscles, ligaments, and joints. You should check with your doctor before making jogging your primary form of exercise. If you do plan on making jogging your primary form of aerobic exercise, you should restrict your jogging to four days a week. If you plan on taking up jogging, you should purchase a high quality pair of running shoes. Optional equipment for jogging is a heart rate monitor.

Aerobic Exercise Classes – Aerobic exercise classes such as step aerobics, jazzercise, boxing and water aerobics make a high quality exercise program. Aerobic classes are low impact, but injuries in muscles and joints are possible if you participate in aerobics more than four times per week. If you plan on joining aerobic exercise classes you will most likely have to join a gym. If you plan on doing aerobics, you should purchase a quality pair of shoes. A heart rate monitor is also useful.


Stair Stepping/Elliptical Trainers – Stair stepping and Elliptical trainers provide a great aerobic workout. You can stair step using a machine or climb steps in a building. Stair stepping is a great aerobic exercise because it puts little stress on your body. You don’t get as much aerobic benefit from stair stepping as you do from the other exercises that were mentioned earlier because you’re not moving all of your body weight because the stepper supports some of it and you also use fewer muscles than the other three aerobic exercises. Elliptical trainers work more muscles than a stair stepper, while still minimizing the stress on the body.  You can either purchase a stair stepper or elliptical trainer or join a gym. A heart rate monitor and a quality pair of shoes are also useful.




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