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Archive for November, 2009

Thank you because you love your dogs! And you are part of the handmade market ~ and we love shopping handmade.

by ACollectableCachet.etsy.com


by 3pooches.etsy.com


by MySerenityWay.etsy.com


This a sample of our thanks, randomly featuring Dog Owner Etsy Sellers by Cooter LaRouge. These sellers elected to be listed as features on our Dog Owner Etsy Seller list.
This dog (or his blog) is not affiliated with etsy or etsy.com. ehem 😉

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Though it is refreshing to shed, because I rid myself of dirty fur and welcome the new, it is usually a spring time occurence that lasts throughout the summer – this is weird. Is it the weather or climate change??? Will this be it for me? And will I adjust, or better will my people family adjust?

Do I shed or don’t I? At this time of year, where I live in Northeastern US, I usually begin to build a nice thick coat to keep me extra warm in the upcoming winter months. But strangely enough I am beginning to purge my coat once again ~ yes, I am shedding. Lots of sweeping around me again…

This is strange, as I said, because I tend to bulk up my fur during the fall months.
So today the weather indicates a late summer day… however it is MID-NOVEMBER! I am watching the peeps around me take out the plants again… they were recently dug up and brought inside… so yes, now that Rosemary is back out. What will tomorrow bring? And when will the snow start? And when can I keep my fur???

As as side note, the more we dogues are brushed, the happier and cleaner we are… you really don’t need to bathe us daily! Some of my dog friends have that happen, but so far, I don’t know any Bordeaux’s that have a bath daily!LOL! … In my opinion, a simple brushing is good and, I practically live for it! So I guess I’ll be getting double-brushings once again because of these strange weather patterns.

Interesting article on NASA.gov about climate change – The Northeastern US is mentioned too 😉 And nicely explains weather & climate.

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Please support the Dogue de Bordeaux Society of America Rescue, Inc ~ here’s a link to the Dogue de Bordeaux Society of America Facebook Fan Page… or you can go to their site to see Dogue’s in need – they specialize in finding homes for neglected Dogues de Bordeaux. Hey, maybe you know someone with a home for a big, cuddly Dogue de Bordeaux. We are not only sweet dogs, we can help with your heating bills… cuddle with one of us and you’ll be toasty warm, no heating bills incurred…

Here is their website link:
Dogue de Bordeaux Society of America Rescue — visit and browse around the stories about rescued dogs. Some are waiting for new homes.

Cooter LaRouge is not affiliated with the Dogue de Bordeaux Society of America Rescue – Cooter is just a fan of them and their work. 😉

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So my people sister tested positive for Type A Flu. Mom was told that this means, as suspected that Moni has the flu. OK. Mom asks, what, H1N1? Well, I didn’t say that, says the nurse, this test was to determine if your daughter had Type A or Type B Flu. She has Type A. Nurse goes on to say how people with swine, or as you say H1N1, test positive for Type A, so there you go. Treat her as you are with plenty of rest, and keep pushing the fluids. She does not have a urinary tract infection, the results of the urine test were normal (except earlier noted dehydration). Mom talked to the nurse a bit more about how Moni was improving, well hydrated, but still feverish. Nurse was glad to hear there is marked improvement. OK, sounds like mom will call if Moni develops anything worse or the symptoms get worse. Mom asked the nurse again about H1N1, and nurse reassures mom that ‘we’ do testing for H1N1 if a child is hospitalized. OK, mom just wants Moni to get better and moves on with this phone call business and accepts Type A Flu as the understood illness. Forget about H1N1, swine.

Here is the burning question??????? And I bet my mom is seriously concerned about this too.

Here it is……….. …drumroll…

How accurate are our statistics if people are not doing specific tests for H1N1 at the onset of learning a person has Type A Flu???

Here are the Center For Disease Control weekly stats on the Flu (Type A):
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/
I understand the whole logical deduction here – Most people with Swine Flu test positive for Type A, but not all people with Type A test positive for Swine Flu. The % of those who do not is near none. And how many people do not get further testing to determine if they have H1N1 (swine)?
BUT – look at the statistic in blue – I took a screen grab from the CDC.gov website – here it is (you can click on the screen grab and read about it clearly):
CDC Stats screen grab

Why aren’t we reporting our statistics more accurately? I mean, my sister might have H1N1, but we just don’t know. If she went to a doctor in another state, let’s say Connecticut, we would be told she has H1N1, based on her symptoms (my opinion only that a doctor would diagnose that way, based solely on hearsay).

Are we not reporting, so we can in fact have lower numbers to report to the World Health Organization (WHO)? I mean what is the deal? Now this is an interesting read from the World Health Organization and may offer some clarification, or just might raise more questions in your mind (click on the screen grab and you can read their documented “Situation Update”)
WHO screen shot - understanding the stats

Remember, this is Cooter LaRouge reporting, good night, and stay well.

Stay Well and Get Plenty of Rest.

Stay Well and Get Plenty of Rest.

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