Simple care for dogs

My precious dog Lucky
My precious dog Lucky

Dogs are social animals. They were the first animals to be domesticated by early man, several years ago. According to History World, the earliest known evidence of a domesticated dog is a jawbone found in a cave in Iraq and dated to about 12,000 years ago. Before man realized he could keep cows, goats and poultry for milk, meat or eggs, man kept dogs. Why? Simply because both man and dog were hunters and had one similarity, their prey.

As much as we all love having dogs, not everyone knows how to take care of them. It’s quite common to see dogs suffering of malnutrition, something that it is quite sad. It’s a known fact that if you take good care of your dog, your dog will be happy and will keep you happy in return.

The following are simple tips on how you could take good care of your dog:

  1. Feeding – This should be the first and major thing you have to consider because it determines the health of your dog. What you feed your dog depends on its age, activity level and ideal weight. Dogs, just like human beings need a balanced diet. Some protein, vitamins, minerals, roughage (Fiber helps regulate canine diabetes, aids in weight loss and reduces the occurrence of anal gland disease) and water. Dogs are carnivorous animals so keep bones and meat in their diet. Dry foods are also good since they have low calories. Talk to your vet about the best affordable diet for your dog.
  2. Washing and grooming – Dogs can’t naturally keep themselves clean and they can get messy. Wash your dog regularly to keep them clean and pest free. Always keep their feeding bowls clean. Wash the bowls after every meal or serving if possible to prevent your dogs from getting bacterial or fungal infections and worms. Brush your dog regularly so that as he sheds fur the new coat grows properly.
  3. Supplies – Dogs need accessories like a leash and a collar which come in handy when you need to walk or train your dog. Remember dogs are social animals so they adore playthings. You need to buy your dog toys depending on their personality. That is if the dog likes interactive or chewy toys. Your dog also needs a bed to keep them warm and cozy. Ensure your dog has a separate food and water bowl. The least expensive option is a plastic bowl but they tend to wear out quickly and can harbor bacteria so they need to be washed quite often. Stainless steel bowls are a better option, because they last long and are easy to clean.
  4. Training – Dogs can be such sweethearts especially when trained. Training does not include housebreaking only, teaching your dog some tricks or how to respond to commands. It also includes having your dog on a proper eating schedule.
  5. Environment – Keep your house and the compound clean. If you have a lawn keep it constantly mowed to keep pests like flees away. Keep items like plastics away especially if your dog likes chewy toys or chewing stuff. Plastics cannot be digested so they are likely to harm your dog’s alimentary canal and you might notice blood in their poop. If you have a back yard have the correct type of fence to keep your dog from wandering off and getting hurt or lost.
  1. Dog naming – Naming dogs is a fun task. Keep in mind the appearance, heritage, special characteristics, and behavior when naming your dog. Also remember that your dog and you will have to live with the name you choose the entire time. So keep it fun.

Taking care of a dog isn’t so hard once you get the hang of it. With those few tips I believe you can go out there and get yourself a furry friend. Do you have a dog? What other tips can you give to take of dogs?

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10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Getting Anxiety

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1. You are not a victim

I know it feels like you’re a victim when you have to deal with something most people don’t, and it is an obstacle to a happy, normal life. But everyone has obstacles they need to overcome in their life. Having a life free of adversity isn’t normal, or even desirable. Don’t fall into your illness, don’t blame your problems on it. Do the difficult work of figuring out how you are going to live with it and then relentlessly pursue that path. Your mental health is worth fighting for, it’s worth investing the time, money and energy in to get it figured out.

2. There ARE ways to manage anxiety

Anxiety has a range just like any other person has a range of emotions. If you figure out what you need to do to manage it, you can ensure you are always…

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The Evolution of Birth Control.

Women still struggle with birth control methods in this day and age. In the modern world, the most effective methods of birth control are sterilization by means of vasectomy in males and tubal ligation in females, intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implantable contraceptives. This is followed by a number of hormonal contraceptives including oral pills, patches, vaginal rings, and injections. Less effective methods include barriers such as condoms, diaphragms and contraceptive sponge and fertility. I digress. This is not a class and we’re not studying biology, but it sure made me wonder how the ancient world copped without these things (even I like my random trail of thoughts).

I decided to do a little research to learn how women made it work for them then. Here are some of the things I found:

Stone Age people had no idea where babies came from. Abstinence as a method of family planning never occurred to those who believed that reproduction was magic, that women got pregnant from eating certain fruits. But it was very important for people who understood the connection between vaginal intercourse and reproduction. Abstinence for birth control among married women, however, led to even greater reliance on prostitution by married men, which in turn, led to epidemics of sexually transmitted infections.

Centuries ago, Chinese women drank lead and mercury to control fertility, which often resulted in sterility or death. Isn’t the result kind of obvious? Who in their sound mind consumes mercury as a family planning method? I’m surprised women kept trying.

If you found the Chinese weird and stupid, wait ‘til you read what the Europeans did. In the middle ages in Europe, magicians advised women to wear the testicles of a weasel on their thighs or hang its amputated foot from around their necks. – OK, can someone say witchcraft… How is that even magic? Other amulets of the time were wreaths of herbs, desiccated cat livers or shards of bones from cats (but only the pure black ones), flax lint tied in a cloth and soaked in menstrual blood, or the anus of a hare. Can someone shoot me please? Anus of a hare? Is having babies that bad? It was also believed that a woman could avoid pregnancy by walking three times around the spot where a pregnant wolf had urinated. I can’t deal.

In New Brunswick, Canada, women drank a potion of dried beaver testicles brewed in a strong alcohol solution. Teens in Australia have used candy bar wrappers as condoms as recently as the 1990s. – Ouch, women need to show themselves more love than this.

These methods are obviously not safe. Sadly, modern science has revealed many other ancient methods, especially certain herbal treatments, to be actually effective. While these traditional methods may have worked, they are not recommended.  It’s shocking that people with other alternatives use these methods more often than not. Worse still, women with access to the latest advances in contraceptive technology prefer many of these ancient methods.For thousands of years, abstinence, mutual pleasuring without intercourse – outercourse — withdrawal, predicting fertility, and breast-feeding were used by our ancestors to prevent unintended pregnancy. They still play important roles in family planning today.

A study shows that out of the 8 major reasons people have sex, having children makes the least frequent motivator. Even animals are better than human beings but that’s another class on concupiscible appetites.  KP

 

Sources: Planned Parenthood

Eight Quotes That Will Help You Understand Depression

Depression is a mood disorder. Mostly caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain if not due to social factors like losing someone or financial distress. No, it’s not a Western disease. It’s like the C-word. It could happen to anyone. It’s not just a sad feeling that could go away by simply smiling. It’s not having a bad day but bad days, or months, even years. Some of these quotes might help you understand it better.

 

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“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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I didn’t want to wake up. I was having a much better time asleep. And that’s really sad. It was almost like a reverse nightmare, like when you wake up from a nightmare you’re so relieved. I woke up into a nightmare.” Ned Vizzini, It’s Kind of a Funny Story

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There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.” Laurell K. Hamilton, Mistral’s Kiss

“That’s the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it’s impossible to ever see the end.” Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

“If you know someone who’s depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather.Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for them when they come through the other side. It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you will ever do.” Stephen Fry

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“Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken.” C.S Lewis, The Problem of Pain

“Depression is the inability to construct a future.” Rollo May

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Depression is not a sign of weakness, it means you have been strong for far too long.

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Quit Squeezing Your Boobies! A Lesson In Managing Anxiety.

This is a whole new level of anxiety. I’m not there yet… I think

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My anxieties are reaching an all-time high lately , I thought as my doctor scolded me for touching my boobies too much.

“Quit squeezing your boobs!” is what she said, actually.

I had scrambled to the doctors after I became convinced that one boob was firmer than the other, thus meaning that a giant tumor was taking over the right side of my body. In fact, I’ve been having muscle issues on my entire right side for months now, and instead of being logical about it (the right side of my body is my mouse hand, and I spend over four to eight consecutive hours on my computer a day), I constantly dwell on the idea that I have side cancer.

I’ll refrain from getting into details on my boob-squeezing obsession, but I will say this: boob-squeezing is a slippery slope. If you think there is something wrong with your…

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Anxiety

How does one shake off an unpleasant feeling? Like anxiety. I deal with anxiety every morning. When stuck in traffic while going to work, when I have to stand in a slow moving queue, or any queue really, with more than three people ahead of me awaiting a certain service. Sigh. What else makes me anxious? Oh, when in a public service vehicle and I’m forced to listen to some music I’m not a fan of. I could Google up ways to deal with anxiety and share with you, but I’d be lying. I’d be lying because I haven’t learnt how to deal with mine. And I would not want to preach water by talking about something I don’t practice. When I learn how to deal with it, properly, then I’ll share.

 

For now I’ll tell you how I deal with my anxiety. I try to breathe and take some water. That’s when I’m at work. I try to listen to some calming music. If none of that helps, I pop pills. I know 😦 I don’t like that method much but it seems to work fast. It’s not working today though.

 

How do I deal with anxiety in a queue? I try to distract myself. I keep counting the number of people ahead of me (not encouraging). I read something on my phone, look around, have conversations in my head, listen to music… though music does not help me much lately… I’m too lazy to yank my earphones out, plug them in and scroll through my playlist to look for an appropriate song to soothe me. I bite my nails, I swing my feet if I’m seated.

 

How do I deal with anxiety when using a PSV going home? I take a hundred matatus, literally (okay not a hundred) but, I will take as many vehicles to try and cover the shortest distance possible in the least amount of time. The problem with this is that I end up spending a lot of money on fare. This might not make sense to you but it is something that I do to feel better.

 

Do you struggle with anxiety as well? What makes you anxious, and how do you deal with it?