Saturday, January 31, 2015

VIDEO: 5 min. video of a Challenging Dog Rescue in Serbia!

Dog rescue happens all over the world (although unfortunately not in every country), but this video of a dog rescue in Serbia was filmed on January 16, 2015.
    A person named Zox Raymaker  filmed the rescue. He said "On my way home today i met a few of my friends and they told me that there is a small dog stranded on one of Nišava's river islands. So we went there to try to help but from our perspective there was little we could do without some gear and tools.
    We started calling various institutions and people but only Mr. Saša Pešić from "Dog shelter" (#savesashasdogs) came to the rescue. 
  Here's the video:

Friday, January 30, 2015

Colonoscopy Time! Our experience/tips: What to expect, Prep and more!

When you reach the magic age of 50, your doctor recommends you get a colonoscopy. Well, we both reached that magic number and yesterday had a colonoscopy.  
   We learned that the two top killers of men are prostate and colon cancer... so although it's nothing to look forward to, it's worthwhile.  Fortunately, the procedure was short (in and out in a couple of hours). The prep was the worst part.  
   We're both good for another 10 years, so it was welcome news. Here are some tips we learned to help make YOUR adventure less stressful. - Rob and Tom

Here's the facts  from the Movi Prep website about it:  
A Colonoscopy is the best available test for detecting and preventing colon cancer, but a successful colonoscopy requires a complete colonoscopy prep.  An effective colonoscopy prep allows your doctor to examine the entire lining of your colon for abnormal growths, which may grow into cancer if they are not detected and removed.


Okay, so this is truly the worst part of it all. Here are some things you need to know and our tips
1) A Week Out- 7 days before the colonoscopy, stop taking vitamins, Aspirin (thins blood) and do not eat Nuts or Seeds (they get held up in your colon and give a false sense of a polyp).
2) Check with your Insurance - to ensure that the facility your doctor recommends is IN YOUR NETWORK. Ours was, so we were good. I also called to let them know. you're going in and when. *Check your co-pay, too.*
3) Fill out Health History Forms On-Line (in advance) and bring with you. Include ALL medications on it. 
4) Get your Prescription for MoviPrep a week in advance -   MoviPrep is a low-volume colonoscopy prep that is proven to provide a clear view of the entire colon, allowing your doctor to detect abnormal growths.INFO:
5) Get Milk of Magnesia in advance
6) Schedule first thing because you CAN'T EAT or DRINK the day of the procedure

1) No solid food all day!!!!
2) Clear liquids, no dairy products. 
3) Can only have 1 cup of coffee or tea (no cream)
4) Drink at least 48 oz. of water  (You can mix with white grape juice or white cranberry juice. NO Citrus juices.
5) We had chicken and beef bullion soup for lunch and dinner
6) PREP TIME - At 1pm after lunch we took 3 tablespoons of Milk of Magnesia (that was nasty!)
7) At 4pm we mixed MOVI PREP in the big plastic container. You have to drink one quarter of it every 15 minutes.
8) Within an hour- you'll be spending good hour in the bathroom. Have a GOOD BOOK in there. :) 
- Yes, it causes your stomach to roil, and bloating- but its' a laxative!
9) At 6pm, we had dinner- bullion soup.
10) By 8pm We had the 2nd and LAST container of MoviPrep, Drinking 1/4 of it at a time over an hour.
11) By 9pm it was fun time again.... By this time, though, you're passing mostly water    (your tummy should settle by 11pm)
12) DRINK Water after this, but STOP ALL WATER by midnight.

1) Schedule first thing because you CAN'T EAT or DRINK the day of the procedure (you can have a sip of water with any necessary meds the morning of if needed) 
2) Remove all Jewelry except wedding band!  Don't take cell phones unless you need them- everything including all of your clothes (except your socks) get stuffed in a bag under your gurney. Yes, you have to wear a backless gown. Good luck tying it!!!!

3) The Anesthesia-  They used propofal  to knock you out and Don't put tubes down your throat.
  **NOTE TO ASTHMATICS - Because I have asthma, and have had an attack after anesthesia I asked about this. It's only anesthesia where they put breathing tubes in your throat that irritate your lungs and can trigger attacks. With Propfal, they don't do that, so I didn't have an asthma attack. GOOD TO KNOW.
4) They take blood pressure, temp, etc. and put an IV in you. Then you're wheeled into the procedure room.
5) You lay on your side (they will tell you which side), ask you a question while inserting the Propfal in the IV, and after you answer the question You're OUT!
6) Length of the procedure: Ours lasted between 10-15 minutes. We assume all are under 30 minutes.
7) You awake within 15-30 mins. in a recovery room and the doc gives you the news.
8) You will likely need to clean up briefly before getting dressed and they'll walk you out to the waiting room for your ride.
9)  Afterward, you'll be hungry! - the recommend something light (but we had a chicken sandwich)
10) Two hours after the procedure, you should be feeling pretty good, although you may be groggy or woozy from the anesthesia. (You just can't Drive that day or night). 
Best of luck with your procedure... and don't be nervous!


Thursday, January 29, 2015

A Dog Rescue Adoption Success Story: Heath

We love it when dogs that we met or fostered get forever homes as our little Mack did in December. Well, another dog that we had for a couple of days found a forever home- thanks to Donna G. of Coast to Coast Dachshund Rescue, and April, the foster mom of Heath (the dog).
     Heath was originally supposed to go to April, but we decided to try fostering him. Over 2 days we realized that he
Heath got a forever home!
must've been abused by a man, because he had adverse reactions to us, even when we fed him.
    So, we brought him to our friend April, who got him to the doctor, who put him on prozac, and April was able to rehabilitate him with being around men (April has 2 sons). April did an AMAZING job. 

   (We actually wound up doing a  Foster Dog Switch: and we got  12 yr. old Mack  (who was adopted in Dec.)SEE STORY of "The Foster Switch":

   PATIENCE AND CARE - Some of the dogs that come into the rescue have been neglected, injured, are sick, old, or have behavioral issues. We've met some that we solely used for breeding and never saw the outdoors or felt grass under their feet. So, fostering can be very rewarding when you bring a dog out of it's funk and teach them how to enjoy life again. 
    THAT is what April and her family did with Heath.    Heath is now very happy in his new home in Pennsylvania with is "brother" Basil (a light colored Dachshund).
Basil and Heath - new brothers!

ABOUT HEATH:  Heath is a black dachshund (17 lbs). Heath was born on July 22, 2004 and 1 year and 1 month later, Hurricane Katrina destroyed his home and left him without a family. He was rescued and adopted in New Jersey where he lived for almost 9 years before given to the rescue. He's shy and loves to go in his bed in a crate. He doesn't play with toys, but loves blankets and being with you. He doesn't have separation anxiety and goes into his crate/bed. He walks well on a leash and doesn't pull. He arrived into a foster home on Oct. 24, 2014, and will be available for adoption by late Nov. after dental treatment, shots, etc. He has a shiny short fur coat with a gentle sprinkle of grey on his muzzle. He gets along very well with other dogs. (Unknown with cats).  When rescued he let his foster dad cut his nails and bathe him without a problem.
This little guy is a hurricane survivor, and his last family didn't take him to the vet for 4 years. He needs a great home where you will love him as he will love you.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

"Video: "Love Letters to Richard Dawkins"

     If you don't know who Richard Dawkins is, he's a well-educated man and an evolutionary biologist who has written several very popular books about how a "god" doesn't exist. Whether you believe in a god or not, this isn't about that - this is more lighthearted than that (and you can believe what you want).   The author has received vicious hate-mail from Christians, and decided to read them in a 7 minute video... which is quite funny (to him and the viewers).  Although the letters are hateful and vile and use many curse words, you really have to laugh when you hear them read aloud, knowing that they are from (misguided) people who "believe in a loving God." 
   If you are a Christian, you may want to tell other Christians not to be quite so nasty and treat others with love as Jesus would have... just saying. Anyway, this is really worth watching!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Fun Mystery: Janet Evanovich's One for the Money

 Our friend Merri recommended Janet Evanovich's books and sent us "One for the Money" featuring Stephanie Plum, who becomes a bounty hunter when other career paths don't work out. The character and supporting characters are likeable and comical at times. Having grown up in the northeastern U.S. I could definitely picture this New Jersey town and people. This was a really enjoyable novel and I look forward to reading more in the series!  - Rob 


BOOK SUMMARY:  Watch out, world. Here comes Stephanie Plum, a bounty hunter with attitude. In Stephanie’s opinion, toxic waste, rabid drivers, armed schizophrenics, and August heat, humidity, and hydrocarbons are all part of the great adventure of living in Jersey.

She’s a product of the “burg,” a blue-collar pocket of Trenton where houses are attached and narrow, cars are American, windows are clean, and (God forbid you should be late) dinner is served at six.
Now Stephanie’s all grown up and out on her own, living five miles from Mom and Dad’s, doing her best to sever the world’s longest umbilical cord. Her mother is a meddler, and her grandmother is a few cans short of a case.
Out of work and out of money, with her Miata repossessed and her refrigerator empty, Stephanie blackmails her bail bondsman cousin, Vinnie, into giving her a try as an apprehension agent. Stephanie knows zilch about the job requirements, but she figures her new pal, fearless bounty hunter Ranger, can teach her what it takes to catch a crook.
One for the Money paperback coversHer first assignment: nail Joe Morelli, a former vice cop on the run from a charge of murder one. Morelli is also the irresistible macho pig who took Stephanie’s virginity at age sixteen and then wrote the details on the bathroom wall of Mario’s Sub Shop. There’s still powerful chemistry between these two, so the chase should be interesting.
It could also be extremely dangerous, especially when Stephanie encounters a heavyweight title contender who likes to play rough. Benito Ramirez is known for his brutality to women. At the very least, his obsession with Stephanie complicates her manhunt and brings terror and uncertainty into her life. At the worst, it could lead to murder.
Witty, fresh, and full of surprises, One for the Money was among the most eagerly awaited crime novels of the season.
Originally published in hardback June 1994, Scribner

Monday, January 26, 2015

Video: Dog Training: The Weave (at home)

Our 5 year old black and tan dachshund Tyler has been in pre-agility training class for the third semester, and we practice at home every night after dinner. That's when our 10 year old Weimaraner, Dolly joins in. Dolly is super smart and she's learned everything that Tyler has!  Here's the first of two videos of Tyler and Dolly doing the "Weave" command- learning to weave through chairs so they can later weave through poles on an agility course. It's a 13 second video... and they love, love, love doing this.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

HOW TO: Clearing your Computer's Temporary Files

If your computer is running slow you may want to clear all the "Temp" files. These are files that you don't need. 
Here's how to get rid of them... and once you do, I guarantee your computer will work faster! 
 Clearing your Temporary Files

To delete your Windows temporary files, read the sections below for the operating system you are running:

To delete your Windows temporary files on Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8:

1)     Click on Start (For Windows 8, hit shortcut Windows key + R)
2)    Type %temp% in the search box, and then hit the Enter key.
3)     Click on one of the files in the folder that just opened, and press Ctrl + A to select all of the files in this folder.
4)     Press the Delete key on your keyboard.
5)    When prompted if you are sure, choose Yes.

If you receive a Error Deleting File or Folder message while the files are being deleted, it just means that one of the files is in use by a program right now. Click OK, close all open programs, and repeat the steps above. If this continues, try restarting your PC and repeating the process again.

6) Empty Recycle Bin!  

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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

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