• Some dog breeds are especially suited for active families.

















    Families come in all shapes, sizes and personalities, and so do dogs. So when it's time to think about adding a dog to your family, you need to consider more than just size. Active families that routinely jog, ride bikes or go hiking need to find a dog that can keep up with their physical lifestyle. Certain breeds are an ideal fit. Check out these breed profiles to help find the perfect dog for your active family.

    Australian Shepherd - Aussies are herding dogs that are loving and loyal. They are very energetic and require mental stimulation as well as physical. They're known for their agility and ability to settle down quickly when the fun is over.

    Miniature Schnauzer - In addition to being energetic and loyal, Mini Schnauzers are hypoallergenic. Originally bred to hunt vermin, they are tenacious and protective. Their small size makes them a good apartment dog, but be aware that they require frequent grooming and daily brushing.

    Boxer - Boxers are great family dogs, but

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  • Follow a few simple tips for a healthy lifestyle for you and your dog.
















    What can you do to help your beloved companion live a healthy, happy life? Just like people, dogs need to maintain a healthy weight. Follow these five simple, yet important, steps to ensure your pup doesn't pack on the pounds and you'll be able to enjoy many years together.

    1. Feed high quality foods

    The foundation of your dog's weight control revolves around a high quality food with a good protein in the base. Purchase the best you can afford and read the labels. Avoid products with fillers and opt for healthy proteins like chicken that helps build and maintain lean muscle mass. Just as in humans, the more muscle, the faster fat burns and the easier it is to maintain a healthy weight in your dog.

    2. Offer limited weight control treats

    Dogs love their treats and owners just love to dole them out. The key is to select a treat that is specially formulated for weight control and offer them on a limited basis. Yes, your dog may look adorable when they beg and bop for a

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  • Your dog's diet plays an essential role in his dental health.
















    My dentist has a cute little sign hanging on his reception room wall. It says, "You don't have to floss all your teeth - just the ones you want to keep!" It makes me smile every time I see it, but it's also a good reminder that for our dogs, dental care isn't quite as simple. Keeping your dog's teeth healthy and strong is important to his overall well-being. And just like other aspects of his health, diet plays an essential role.

    Dry Food vs. Canned Food

    The simplest consideration for a healthy dental diet is the consistency of your dog's food. Dry food is preferred over canned food for a few reasons. Due to the consistency of canned food, it can easily adhere to the teeth in places where a dog is not able to remove it. Just like with our own teeth, if it's not brushed or otherwise cleared away quickly, it will begin to breakdown, providing an optimal environment for bacteria. It is this bacteria that causes dental decay and gum disease.

    Dry food is designed so that as a

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  • By: Nalissa Cuthbert of MissesDressy

    Just in time for the holiday season Kardashian Kollection for Dorothy Perkins is set to debut in stores and online tomorrow. After browsing the lookbook we must say its typical Kardashian fashion- one dimensional. Filled with blazers, blouses, and bodycon dresses in just about every style and color, the line (featuring over 100 pieces) definitely reflects the style of reality TV trio Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian. Sadly we had an inkling of hope as fashion partnerships usually present an opportunity for aesthetic growth, but Que Sera. Per usual the line drones on in the same uniform tone. The sole positive we could find is that overall the clothing is reasonably priced. Apparently you can look like a Kardashian for around $100.

    Check out the collection- excuse me, Kollection- and take a look at a behind the scenes video of the LA shoot.



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  • ABOUT BRUCE MEISTERMAN

    As a photographer, Bruce Meisterman has worked in areas as diverse as fine art and commercial photography, always looking to meld the two. Originally studying to be a painter, Bruce found that he could express himself and his art more effectively with a camera. Starting out as a photo-journalist with a newspaper, he honed his eye, insight, skills, and story-telling abilities from working with the demands of daily deadlines.

    The book Arn? Narn. was initially conceived as an examination of a western culture, isolated from the world. Isolated not so much as to having no contact with the outside world, but as to being a destination rather than a place along one's way. In researching the then-untitled book, Meisterman determined Newfoundland would be the perfect place in which to do this study.
    After his first trip up there to photograph, he realized that a core element to his photos was missing, necessitating another trip to Newfoundland the following

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  • ABOUT HELGA STIPA MADLAND

    HELGA STIPA MADLAND was born in Upper Silesia, now a part of southwest Poland, in 1939. In 1945, she was a refugee along with her Mother and Sister; Dad, a forester, had been drafted. They left their home village together with her aunt, Tante Hilde, whose husband, Onkel Joseph, was able to help because he was a police detective and had not been drafted, and their three children, Rita, Lothar and Sigrid. Lothar is two days younger than Helga, and the cousins regarded this to be a cause for constant conflict. Later, in West Germany, two more cousins were born, Guenther and Reinhart, a large group of cousins.

    In 1954, by way of Canada, the author, her parents Hubert and Ann, sister Ingrid, and brother Michael (born much later in West Germany) moved to the United States. Helga graduated from Helias High School in Jefferson City, Missouri in 1957.

    Hubert Stipa was able to obtain a position as a forester in Idaho and lived there, along with his wife Ann,

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  • Your Value?

    "Aren't you worth much more than birds?"
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    "Look at the birds; they do not plant seeds, gather a harvest and put it in barns; yet your Father in heaven takes care of them! Aren't you worth much more than birds?" (Matthew 6:26)

    How do you know you're valued? That's a question I always ask of couples that are coming to me for premarital counseling. I want to make sure they are aware of how important it is in relationships to feel that each of them is valued by the other. I know they're feeling valued at the moment or they probably wouldn't be asking me to marry them. However, valuing one another is one of the things that couples get sloppy about pretty quickly in relationships. They quit doing and saying the things they were offering when they were dating that sent a simple but vital message to the one they love, "I value you. You are really important in my life. You mean so much to me." In order to have healthy relationships we need to communicate that message with our words and our

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  • Throughout this election campaign I had hoped that one candidate would have thought about the effect and outcome of what this recession is doing to the children in this country.

    I can not be the only one that is seriously concerned as to how the homelessness, joblessness, the increased suicide rate and the everyday stresses that the parents of today are facing.

    Yet, not one politician has ever mentioned that we should be doing whatever is needed to give these kids a sense of security.

    I have seen the effects on my oldest granddaughter. She is constantly worried that Dad is not going to be able to pay the rent. He has been ill this year and has missed quite of bit of work and is always running to playing catch up.

    I have tried to reassure her, even as my own fears grow.

    I understand that the candidates seem to concentrate on the "voting" public but these kids are really unable to cope with what is happening around them. I seriously doubt the parents are

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  • You have great plans to take your business to the next level, but how do you implement them?

    By Beate Chelette


    Your plan is in place. You've clearly defined your goals and now it's time to go from here to there. How can you finally take action and implement your plans and goals? You have the best intentions and feel pumped about taking your business to the next level.

    But here they come, one by one, the bumps in the road. Day-to-day situations begin to creep in. A key client leaves, you land a huge job that turns out to be a time-consuming nightmare, a key employee quits or makes unreasonable demands, you are not feeling great physically, and there is no time to work out or eat right. You're so busy managing what's in front of you and before you realize it, you don't even think about implementing your plans. Unless you do something differently, nothing will change.

    Manage your everyday demands and not lose sight of the big picture with these take action strategies:

    Step 1
    Ensure that

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  • Montblanc, manufacturer of luxury handcrafted timepieces, was the official "TIMEWRITER" for the 2012 Breeder Cup World Championship. Fort Larned beat Mucho Macho Man to the wire to win the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 3, 2012. Fort Larned ran the race of his life, leading all the way to win by a half-length over Mucho Macho Man. Fort Larned was rewarded with the Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph along with many long lasting memories.

    The partnership between Montblanc and The Breeders Cup launched in 2009, designating Montblanc as the exclusive partner in the timing category for the 2012 Breeders' Cup. The 29 th Breeders' Cup World Championships was held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA and is thoroughbred racing's most prestigious global event, consisting of 15 races and $26 million in purses.

    Montblanc is also continuing the 2012 Star Rieussec Award, named after Montblanc's eponymous timepiece. The Award will be presented to the owner with

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