Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Okay, so I guess we have been a little busy, with the holiday weekend here in the USA
We were suppose to celebrate and honor soldiers who has died for their country...
My mamma said that there are TOO MANY, specially now in Iraq. My mamma said to not get into a political "rant" about what we think about all that, not sure what she means...why can't we rant...is that the same as people "barking" ?
Well, I guess how people celebrate people dying for their country, is by having parades, and eating alot of barbeque, so we did that. I wonder if they are going to eat barbeques on my birthdays when I have gone to the rainbow bridge, or is this just on soldiers days?!
I hope all of you had a safe barkelicous weekend...guess what, my mamma had another dentist appointment this morning, and afterwards I got to go to the dogpark again , and swim in the river. My mamma forgot her camera this time, so instead I am going to show you how I looked as a wee puppy...are you ready....I know you'll all go...pant pant...awwww...awww, so here goes
This is me with my baby pool, it had a palm tree , and mamma hooked up a hose to a hole on the side of the pool, and water was coming out of the palm tree like a shower..I LOVED it so much that I bit a nice big hole in it....and Mamma said: "thats not how you love things Chancelot"...I guess she is right cause after that, lots of air came out of it and the water ran away. Here I am "retrieving" my first duck...it was stuffed and made duck sounds. I LOVED that too
Are you impressed? You better be~ I was only 10 weeks old when I fetched my first duck, mind you I have not caught one since..hehe...cause i shredded the duck after that.Tailwaggins and lovelick
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Oh and if you have not already seen My Cousins nannok and Pooka's Blog, and all the great information about us dogs, and specially about Newf's, you should just click on one of their names in this blog I made, and go visit their page. You will for sure learn things about doggies you never knew before.
Saturday, May 26, 2007
My Mamma gave both Pooka and I bubble bath too
cause Pooka smelled like a wet rag, and I smelled like another wet rag
*hey you see my beautiful ball floating peacefully in the pool?
Or maybe it was Mamma tickeling him, she does that to me too, it makes me insane..;O)
Well I am staying out of it, I am out of here, going to my Pool. Stay tuned for those hose pictures.
Me waiting for the ball
Here I am taking a break, but Pooka still is watching me, I think he is kinda in awe of my
tennis ball game abilities~who could blame him
Pooka is already wet from the hose~I think Pooka is going to be the Hose game champion
Mamma said she will get some pictures of Him later today catching the water from the hose
so come back..
Later Todays Feature friend will be Pooka's daddy
Friday, May 25, 2007
I decided to do some Doga (dogs that do Yoga), because I was so bored...please check out the doggie *Eye, Pooka gave me..talk about peer pressure
I am also trying to meditate on Mamma taking us to the dog park to the river, THAT would be a good thing for a hot day. Not sure that is going to happen because Pooka has not had all his shoots yet, and so he can't see any other doggies, which is almost a given we will at the dog park.
Maybe tomorrow....when Papa is here, he can take me or watch Pooka and then I can go alone...
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
And here is Pooka now...very tired
Tomorrow we are going to play tugofwar
Most of us have come to depend upon chemical formulations which help us clean, freshen the air, and otherwise assist with our household responsibilities. With the formulation of new products seemingly every day we risk exposure to new chemicals and new combinations of chemicals found in most of today's handy products. And, some of the old chemicals which have slowly poisoned us for years are still found in products on today's market.
In this article:
you can find more answers. My mamma says that "prevention goes a long way"
So we should educate ourselves on what is harmeful. Us dogs are even more at risk, because we lie on floors and sniff everything.
Okay thats all for todays Toxin alert
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
My mamma made me wait in the car this morning for over an hour while the dentist cleaned her teeth ( I can't see them being any cleaner, and told her she should just chew on a bone to clean her teeth, but she didn't seem to like that idea). Anyway she felt so bad that I had to wait so long , and when I gave her my best golden "Look how sad you made me" look...she took me to my favorite place in the world...the dog park in Southbury, CT.
It is not like a normal dogpark, yes it has the big play area where all the doggies meet and play, but it also have miles of trails, with rushing river and lakes. Sometimes we can walk for a long time without seing any other dogs or people. This morning was one of those days, perfect weather, and no other dogs in sight. Mama said they were all at work. Not sure why I am such a lucky dog and don't have to work...:O)
I spent most of the morning in the river as you can see....
I hope all of you had a great river day too:O)
Monday, May 21, 2007
Cleaning and home maintenance products are a multi-billion dollar industry in USA and Canada and the huge selection of products available on the retail shelf often makes it difficult for consumers to know what is safe to buy. The good news is that most products contain generally benign ingredients, but there are definitely some to avoid.
Some ingredients may be
In the listings on our
Check the brand listings on the left hand side of the table. If a product contains one of the eight ingredients, it will be marked with a "yes" in one of the table entries opposite the product name. If all the spaces are blank, then it's considered a safer product to use. There are are also
Also known as ethylene glycol butyl ether, this is one of many glycol ethers used as a solvent in carpet cleaners and specialty cleaners. It can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin and may cause blood disorders, as well as liver and kidney damage. According to the fact sheet issued by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, it may also cause reproductive damage on long term exposure.
Ethoxylated nonyl phenols (NPEs)
This is a group of endocrine-disrupting chemicals still used in cleaning products, even though Environment Canada has declared them CEPA-toxic under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. Known as "gender-benders," nonyl phenols can induce female characteristics in male fish, for example. The threat posed to the environment by nonyl phenols prompted the European Union to ban them from all cleaning products manufactured or used in the EU.
For years, people have been using methylene chloride, or products containing methylene chloride, as a paint stripper. Methylene chloride is listed as a possible human carcinogen (Group 2B) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
In 1987, regulators in the U.S. compelled manufacturers to put warning labels on products containing methylene chloride. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that since that time, there has been a 55 per cent reduction in the number of cancers that would have been caused by these products.
There are no warning label requirements in Canada for methylene chloride, which is sold in hardware and home improvement outlets, both as a pure product and as an ingredient in a wide range of paint strippers and similar products. Avoid using those products and look for alternatives, such as 3M Safest Stripper or Removall 400 Graffiti and Overspray Remover.
Either naphthalene, or another chemical called paradichlorobenzene, is used in moth balls and moth crystals. Naphthalene is listed by California's Office of Environmental Health Hazards Assessment as a substance "know to the state to cause cancer," while paradichlorobenzene is listed by IARC as a possible human carcinogen. Avoid all moth products that contain either of these two ingredients. A garment bag or a box with a tight fitting lid is more effective against moths than the odours from mothballs.
Made from finely ground quartz, silica is carcinogenic when it occurs as fine respirable dust. It's found in that form in some abrasive cleansers, which are often used on a regular basis around the home. For virtually all applications, abrasive cleansers can easily be replaced with a cream cleanser such as Ecover or Vim, or a similar product that does not contain silica.
Toluene is a potent reproductive toxin, which is used as a solvent in numerous products, including paints. It is also sold as the pure product. Toluene is listed by California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a reproductive toxin that may cause harm to the developing fetus. Pregnant women should certainly not use products containing toluene.
Trisodium nitrilotriacetate (NTA)
Used as a builder in laundry detergents, NTA is listed as a possible human carcinogen (IARC 2B) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. It also has an adverse environmental impact because it can impede the elimination of metals in wastewater treatment plants. NTA's action can cause metals that have already settled out to be re-mobilized back into the liquid waste stream.
Another extremely toxic ingredient that is often found in graffiti and scuff removers, spray paints and some adhesives, is xylene, a suspected reproductive toxin that has shown reproductive harm in laboratory experiments. It is also a neurotoxicant that can cause memory loss on repeated exposure.
7.Bleach (Sodium hypochlorite)
In June, 2002 a part-time caretaker in a Toronto school was rushed to hospital after complaining to a co-worker that she was unable to breathe. She later died in hospital. Investigators looking into the incident discovered that she had mixed a sanitizing product containing sodium hypochlorite with an acid toilet bowl cleaner. The two ingredients had reacted together to form deadly chlorine gas, which led to her death.
It's an extreme case but it's an example of the health hazards that can be associated with chlorine bleach, or sodium hypochlorite. When bleach is mixed with acids (typically found in toilet bowl cleaners), it reacts with them to form chlorine gas. When it is mixed with ammonia, it can create chloramine gas, another toxic substance.
In the environment, sodium hypochlorite is acutely toxic to fish. The chlorine in bleach can also bind with organic material in the marine environment to form organochlorines, toxic compounds that can persist in the environment. Chlorine use is a particular concern and it is discharged into the ocean.
There is NO circumstances where bleach use is necessary for disease control.
Phosphates were a high-profile public issue three decades ago when streams and lakes were becoming choked with vegetation in a chemical process known as eutrophication. The process was the result of widespread use of phosphates in laundry products which produced nutrients for algae and other aquatic plants as phosphate-rich wastewater entered the environment.
Manufacturers have since reduced or even eliminated phosphates from laundry products, but no action has ever been taken on dishwasher detergents. Most of the products available from major manufacturers contain 30-40 per cent phosphates. Some also contain high levels of chlorine-based sanitizing ingredients.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
What can you do to avoid fleas and ticks without the toxic fleaandtick collar...
Most chemically-based products pose a real danger to the health of your pet, your kids and yourself. After all, a pesticide flea collar is nothing but a poison necklace around your pet's head. It emits a constant toxic cloud that your pet inhales, as do you and your kids every time you hug or kiss your pet. And what about those insecticidal flea and tick shampoos and powders, sprays and dips? Labels warn you not to get them on your skin, to use rubber gloves and wash your hands. Yet the instructions also tell you to work them into your animal's coat, where they absorb into your pet's skin and are licked!
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