4 Surprising Reasons Your Back Hurts

Sorry to harsh your mellow, but dolphins aren’t regularly getting high on pufferfish

Avoiding That New Year’s Hangover

Story : Fault Finders Never get Peace of Mind


Once, a man who was tired of trying out different methods for attaining peace of mind, as suggested by various saintly persons, came to Swami Vivekananda and said, ” I sit in a closed room and meditate for hours, but I am not able to attain peace of mind.” Vivekananda said to him, “First and foremost, keep the door of the room open. Then, look around for unhappy, diseased and hungry people and serve them in whatever way you can.”

For this, the man asked, “But what if I fall ill while serving diseased persons?” On hearing this doubt, Vivekananda replied, “I can say that you tend to find one fault or the other in every good task, which is why you are not able to get peace of mind. One should not wait for too long to begin an auspicious task. Similarly, one should not find faults in it…

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The Most Surprising High-Fiber Foods

Poet’s Corner–Last for 2013

Heaven On Earth

Only on the horse of love can you go beyond

the sun and moon to behold the Perfect One.

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Shark Photobombs Family Photo

Igor Purlantov

Can there be such thing as a shark photobomb?  That’s what many are calling an eerie and eye-catching photo inadvertently snapped by a California mother that appears to show a large shark, or maybe a dolphin, swimming near her two children.  “It was quite a shock to see” the photo, June Emerson told KTLA about her photo, which captured the outline of a large fish swimming underneath a breaking wave close to the shore on Manhattan Beach.


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Not all technology advances are good!

Here are your 2014 marching orders

Another year of suffering

Know : 10 Reasons for Anyone to Believe in Karma!


KarmaThere is a common saying “Oh! Isn’t karma a bitch” that has become very popular in modern culture and is used too frequently in context with karma. But the people who really think that karma is something dreadful haven’t really figured out how it actually works. Many people think that karma is just a law that forces you to be good all the time because if you are bad then karma will come and take revenge.

This is the way many religions preach morality with the threat of an impending hell for wrongdoers. But karma is not that simple. It is a much bigger concept than that. Read on to know the top 10 reasons why karma is not a bitch…

1. In very simplified terms karma is the law of cause and effect. For every effect there is something that caused it and it in turns becomes a cause…

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Know: New Year 2014 but it could be the year 5115 too!



We all are on new year’s eve today as per our common global Calendar (Gregorian) 🙂 Wish you all a happy new year. We are just stepping into another day, same as yesterday but with a new number to a calendar we follow! We could learn something today that there are several calendars do exist and not all the calendar is stepping on to the year 2014! 

The Buddhist Calendar is in the year 2557, Kali Yuga Calendar says its 5114-5115, Korean Calendar its year 4346! Feeling Strange? Nothing is there to feel so. There are several calendars out there. (See the list below)

calendar is a system of organizing days for social, religious, commercial or administrative purposes. This is done by giving names to periods of time, typically daysweeksmonths, and years. A date is the designation of a single, specific day within such a system…

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The man who gave up sex for golf

Orphaned bear cub found living with chickens

Health Benefits of Grapes

Paper to Use

The health benefits of grapes include their ability to treat constipation, indigestion, fatigue, kidney disorders, macular degeneration and the prevention of cataracts. Grapes, one of the most popular and delicious fruits, are rich sources of vitamins A, C, B6 and folate in addition to essential minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and selenium.

Grapes contain flavonoids that are very powerful antioxidants, which can reduce the damage caused by free radicals and slow down aging.Grapes, due to their high nutrient content, play an important role in ensuring a healthy and active life.

Health Benefits of Grapes

Some of the health benefits of grapes include the following:

Asthma: Due to their well-known therapeutic value, grapes can be used as a cure for asthma. In addition to that, the hydrating power of grapes is also high, which increases the moisture present in the lungs and reduces asthmatic events.
Bone Health: Grapes are…

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Child gives Christmas money to Thoroughbred charity

Tuesday's Horse

Cross-posted from Off-Track Thoroughbreds


The night before Christmas, 10-year-old Ellah Dubeau-Kielty wasn’t thinking of gifts from Santa.

Not this year.

Instead she was consumed with thoughts for the sweet T’breds residing at Mindy Lovell’s Ontario rescue, and she worried about whether they’d have enough hay and grain to make it through the darkest months of winter.

Ellah had learned from her equestrian mentor Marilyn Lee, a well-known Thoroughbred trainer and advocate, that Lovell was fundraising for hay and feed, and the child leapt to help out, eschewing all thoughts of gifts as she set about fundraising for the horses.

Lee had announced to all her students, including Ellah, that Lovell’s Thoroughbred charity needed help this winter, and was preparing a fundraiser the equestrians could participate in, and the young girl instantly answered the call. Read more >>

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What Supplements Does My Dog Need?

Dog Food Matters

Ideally, every nutrient your dog needs should be present in its dog food. However, nutritional research is generally far ahead of the dog food regulatory standards established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). To gain marketing advantage, many dog food manufacturers are supplementing their foods, but with no AAFCO standards the amount of supplementation is variable and often times minimal.

 Antioxidant vitamins help counter the harmful effects of “free radicals” that are a naturally occurring during oxygen metabolism, protective immune responses and liver detoxification of chemicals.

Below are recommendations of some common supplements and age groups that would benefit from them.

Ages: 6 weeks and Above:

Antioxidant Vitamins:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E

Omega-3 Fatty Acids:

  • DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
  • EPA (eicospentaenoic acid)

Antioxidant vitamins help counter the harmful effects of “free radicals” that are a naturally occurring during oxygen metabolism, protective immune responses and liver detoxification of chemicals. DHA and EPA help regulate the immune response and aid in reducing allergic responses. These fatty acids also aid in skin and fur health. Research…

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My Journey to Taiji #tweet4taiji

Voice For The Blue

My journey to Taiji had been a year in the making. After consistently following the Cove Guardian campaign, in December of last year I made the commitment to join in the fight to be a voice for the dolphins. Becoming a Cove Guardian was an honor.

After my 30 hour trip of planes and airports I arrived in Osaka, Japan. A little bit of a culture shock for me, having only travelled within North America. Landing in a foreign country where I did not speak the language was a challenge at first, but the Japanese people are amazingly friendly and helpful!

After spending my first night in Osaka, I had the daunting task of taking the train to Taiji. I’ve never been on a train before, so having to switch trains multiple times and not being able to communicate properly, left me feeling a little stressed and nervous. Luckily, by chance…

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Puppy Brings a Family Christmas Joy

Igor Purlantov

Like many Christmas presents, my dog Tucker came in a box.  A few years ago in Denver, three tiny newborn puppies, just hours old, were stuffed in a cardboard container like some old shoes and dumped off in front of an animal shelter without explanation — no note detailing what had caused the dog-dumper to lose his humanity, no apology for yanking the puppies away from their mother or for visiting tragedy on the first person to open the box.


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How to Choose Homemade Dog Food Recipes

Dog Food Matters

With all of the dog food recalls, you have decided to take control of your dog’s nutrition. You choose quality ingredients from the market. You prepare recipes found from popular internet sources. Then you discover that a recent scientific study revealed that 95% of homemade recipes for dogs found in books and on the internet are nutritionally inadequate. Recipe recommendations from non-veterinarians were particularly faulty. With so few reliable sources, how do you choose a quality homemade dog food recipe?

The words natural, wholesome, holistic and sustainable have no legal definitions. Recipe descriptions using these words say little about the quality of the diet. Recipes that call for organic and free-range ingredients sound healthy. But inadequate amounts of quality products do not make a diet balanced and healthy.

Avoid Buzz Words and Phrases

The words natural, wholesome, holistic and sustainable have no legal definitions. Recipe descriptions using these words say little about the quality of the diet. Recipes that call for organic and free-range ingredients sound healthy. But inadequate amounts of quality products do not make a diet balanced and healthy.   Variety is also a popular word. Many recipe sources suggest that feeding a variety of meats…

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Dog Rescued From Trash Heap Makes Amazing Transformation: But They Need Help to Carry On!


December 13, 2013 Posted by ADMIN in Available for Adoption

“I have long admired Eldad Hagar at www.hopeforpaws.org/; their rescue videos are just so inspiring. Their tenacity for rescuing dogs that others have just thrown out, is without doubt very admirable indeed! Below is another rescue video that brought me to tears; that turned into happy ones for a change!  Please help Hope For Paws in anyway you can!!”

Eldad Hagar’s heart broke when he sawMiley, a dog living in a pile of trash outside of LA. She was so ill and weak that she didn’t even try to run away. But because of a friendship she made with another rescued dog, she is doing worlds better today.

“When I got there, I almost couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” said Hope For Paws the founder. “It’s almost as if this place was struck by a…

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Chainofhope's Blog


A couple of weeks ago, Chain of Hope received a call from a citizen that said that a little black and white pit bull puppy had wandered up to their house. The man said that he had fed it and that it had been there for 2 days and would not leave. He said that they couldn’t keep it and someone had told him about Chain of Hope. I headed over the next day to check this out and when I pulled up, I saw a very cute, scared, freezing, shaking pit bull puppy in a cardboard box beside their front porch. There was a blanket in the bottom of the box. The night before it had been 8 degrees!


I asked the guy if she had spent the night out there like that and he said yes. I said, “you mean to tell me that you couldn’t even put…

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A Man Dying Of Cancer Says Farewell To His Faithful Dog


PUBLISHED: 04:15, 23 December 2013 | UPDATED: 13:24, 23 December 2013

Farewell old friend: The touching moment man, 21, who is dying of cancer was allowed to say last goodbye to his beloved childhood dog.

A tear-jerking photograph showing the moment a man dying of cancer said goodbye to his beloved childhood dog has touched hearts across the nation.

Mike Petrosino, 21, was diagnosed with cancer in theeighth grade. He has been in and out of Massachusetts General Hospitalsince then but last week doctors said there was nothing more they could do.

So on Friday, his family brought his dear dog Rusty to the hospital to say a final goodbye. The emotional image of the pet by his bedside was shared on Reddit and has since gone viral.

Mike’s friend posted the picture Friday with the comment: ‘My friend Mike was diagnosed with cancer in the 8th…

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” Mint Garbanzo Bean Salad”

Dog Center Europe treats soldiers — the canine kind — injured in war

Remembering Hachiko: The Dog waited 9 years : Full Movie


We hope everyone knows about Hachiko! If not you will be missing a lot of what a true faith and true love is all about! Know about Hachiko here.

Hachikō, an Akita who became a symbol of loyalty in Japan, is now honored by a statue in Tokyo. Hachikō is famous for his loyalty to his long dead master Hidesaburō Ueno, by returning to the train station and waiting for his return, every day for the next nine years during the time the train was scheduled to arrive.

Short Bio:

Hachi : The Full Movie

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Dog Custody in Divorce

Animal Blawg

Nancy Rogowski

            When married couples divorce, who gets to keep the dog?  Under the law, dogs are considered to be personal property, and no matter how loved dogs are, they are not treated like children under the law.  Many judges do not want to get involved in pet disputes. The family pet sometimes becomes a powerless victim of the breakup.  Recently, courts have been ruling dog custody at other forms than property.  In the New York Post on December 4, 2013 there was an article about a pair of divorcing women about to fight it out in court over a miniature dachshund named Joey.  It will be New York’s first matrimonial pet-custody case.  The attorney for one of the women, Sherri Donovan said, “It recognizes the special place of pets in our families.”  JoeyStanding.JPG

Manhattan Justice Matthew Cooper opines in his ruling granting the women oral arguments.  According to…

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Beauty of the Bees

Living With Insects Blog

Problems with honey bee pollinators has increased interest in native pollinators. Pollinators are a guild which is a group of not-necessarily-related insects that share a lifestyle but may differ greatly in taxonomy. Many people who want to study pollinators lack the taxonomic expertise to correctly identify them. The USGS is trying to facilitate studies by producing series of high quality pictorial guides.

One of the scientists, Sam Droege, uses macrophotography, computer stacking software and post processing to produce high quality insect images. His work has been featured on FlickrBlog which is worth checking out. The USGS also has a YouTube video featuring Sam Droege giving tips on photographing insects including inexpensive devices for lighting.

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Beware the Straw Man

The Science Dog

Many animal shelters regularly use standardized tests to assess the behavior of dogs and to determine adoption suitability. However, while the use of these tests has become ubiquitous, there is a distinct lack of research demonstrating their reliability or validity. In other words, while testing a dog’s degree of friendliness, aggression and fear prior to adoption makes intuitive sense and feels like a good idea, we do not actually know whether or not it actually works. This is an important question to raise (and I am by no means the first to be raising it), because when these tests are administered as a method for predicting a dog’s future behavior, the dog’s performance on the test often determines whether or not he has a future.


My previous blog,  “This test you keep using…..” reviewed a study that examined the predictive value of a single subtest of a standard behavior test, the fake hand as a test for food aggression (1).  That paper’s results…

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What is your opinion on zoos?


Answer by Rory Young:

Painted Wolves. African Wild Dogs. Cape Hunting Dogs. Lycaons.

These are the different names that one of my favorite animals is known by.

Lycaon pictus

Following them when they were hunting in Northern Botswana were some of the most thrilling experiences of my life. They can run up to eighty kilometers in a day and will run an animal down over ten kilometers without breaking their pace. The animal is singled out and the pack will run right by other animals so focused are they on their intended quarry.

We would race along, trying to keep up with them. The end though was often hard to watch and hear as they will literally tear an animal to pieces. Still, it is very quick, especially compared to other large predators. I have watched lions slowly eat a buffalo from the rear while it is alive.


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