Friday, June 30, 2006

Happy Canada day!

So for all Canadians out there, tomorrow is our great country's birthday. Seeing as I am not originally Canadian, do not ask me how old she is cause I dont have the foggiest clue! Lol. Shame on me.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Ever try running in 40 degree weather?

If you're stupid enough to have done this, then have the decency to welcome me to your club!

So a friend of mine came down today and we ran a workout together. He is just getting back into proper training, so his fitness is not were it used to be, meaning that for the workout that we did today, he did most of it, but not all of it, and not at the pace that I was going at.

Anyway needless to say, I now have a headache, I'm super tired, and before you say it, I am hydrated, having downed in total, 12 litre bottles of water and counting! Lesson learned for me I guess. Funny thing is, there is an inside track not 5 minutes from where we ran:)

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Ontario will be expanding its organ donation pool to include organs from heart attack victims

A report reveals that the province of Ontario will be the first Canadian province to start using organs from people who succumb to heart attacks to benefit others. Previously, organs were only taken from patients who were declared braindead, and will increase the organ pool tremendously.

The current guidelines will allow for kidney transplants only, but lung and liver transplants will not be far behind. Currently, statistics show that 1800 Canadians are on the list for an organ transplant.

The Trillium Gift of Life Network, the provincial agency in charge of organ and tissue donations, will be making the official announcement today in the city of Ottawa.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

MySpace

Myspace accounts are becoming very very popular. For those who do not know what they are; they are basically accounts on sites that you can have that you can fully customize to feature yourself, and are a great way of meeting people that share your same interests. For anybody interested in checking this stuff out more, I've found a very user friendly site for you to look at:
Complete MySpace.com

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Good old American Health Care

I by know means mean to offend any American people who read this, but you would rarely here of this sort of thing in Canada:

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A 51 page federal report released yesterday, has stated that the kidney transplant program run by Kaiser Permanente, serving San Francisco has failed patients miserably. Inspectors for the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services write, that The program was poorly staffed, poorly planned, poorly run, and poorly qualified, and plan to pull funding for the program if certain aspects of it fail to be immediatley cleaned up.

The report states that currently, there are 2000 Northern Californian patients waiting for kidneys, yet dispite of this fact nobody in a position to do anything seems to be too concerned with the risk that patients are at.

A large part of the reason for the current situation is a huge delay in paper work and other administrative tasks that need to be complete due to Kaiser in 2004, moving all of its patients into a new program located at its San Francisco hospital, so that they would not have to be transferred to other hospitals for surgeries. Kaiser told its patients that it would not fund surgeries to be performed at other hospitals, yet for the year of 2005, they only managed to perform 56 transplants, a number significantly down from the 165 patients that were given new kidneys in 2004.

As a result of the situation, patients have died who have been on the list for years, waiting for a kidney to allow them to live normal lives, raising the question; How many more will die before this is sorted out?

"We have not disbanded (the kidney transplant program). We are still performing surgeries and transplants,'' said Kaiser's Malaspina. "We believe our response meets (federal) requirements and demonstrates that we are taking all necessary actions in the best interest of our patients."

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Furthered reading led me to also learn that a number of patients that were on the list for transplants had to turn down perfect kidney matches due to the fact that Kaiser would not pay for them to be performed at other hospitals. What kind of person can deny somebody a potentially life saving surgery like that?

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Getting to know me....

I know there is a song that has that above line in it, if anybody knows what its actually called, put my damn mind at rest please!

Anyway, continuing down the "getting to know me path" I thought I'd share with my sparse audience what I am currently doing for a living.

After going to school for Social work, only to find out that listening to other people's problems was not my idea of fun, I decided to persue what has always been a dream of mine, working with animals. Believe me, I do not mean to belittle anybody working in the social service field, without you, who knows where the world would be!

I took an animal care program, and am now in the process of setting up my own dog training business, which in itself, has taken a turn or two:

In order to help fund start up costs, costs that any young aspiring entrepreneur
will know all too well, I applied for a government start up grant. One part of dealing with any facet of the Canadian and I'm sure any other government, is the amount of green tape one must wallow through to get anything accomplished, me no exception! That said, I have passed the first 3 stages of the application and am now waiting for the final review before I can expect to receive my funding which will be used to purchase relative items of necessity that I need.

In the meantime, I have been setting up my business web site, something else that has come as a learning experience for me. HTML, coding, directory submitting, article writing, logo design, blah blah blah blah! I tell ya its enough to make one's head spin, if not totally fall off!!

Anyway, I cruised around the web, comparing sites that offered information pertaining to dogs that I could take notes from; (well that looks neat, hmmmm dont like the look of that, hmmmm how the hell do you do that?) and so on, and so on...

Anybody starting a business of their own, needs to do what they can to stick out from the rest of the bunch; there maybe a hundred icecream trucks on your block, but if your the only one that sells sugar cones, your set, right? Right!

In all my internet cruising, I came across millions of dog sites; dog training, dog health, dog foods, dog toys, dog beds, so on and so on..... But what I did not find, was any site catoring to the needs of dog and dog owner, hmmmmm...

By now your probably getting the point of my incessent ramble, and if not then I'm sorry for putting you to sleep, during my little wanna-be self-employment shpeel.

With the above facts in mind, my site Health Information For Dog and Owner was born. It consists of two main sections, one of which is devoted to everything dog, the other, the most recent addition devoted to everything dog owner.

My site has grown very quickly and due to this fact, updating it with daily content has become quite difficult. I guess this is a good thing right? Finding time to focus my attention on continuing to add information to one section is hard to do, because there are so many sections that I need to continuously update. I am actually in the process of hiring somebody to help me do all of this fun stuff. Now who would've thought that?

Your probably asking yourself, so ok, he has an awesome site, but how does he earn from it?

Many people have asked this question and explaining it to them is not easy due to the fact that the majority of them are not computer people. Heck I am not a computer person either, so I guess that comment sounded pretty stupid coming from me.

I sell ad space on the site. Companies wanting to have their ads shown on my site pay for space, and in return I give it to them. The companies that advertise must advertise products that people coming to my site will be interested in reading more about. Kinda defeats the purpose if I have xbox360 ads running on a dog and dog owner health blog right? Right!

So my site has been running since October of 2005, and has gone from seeing 10 visits per day to approximately 5k per day which is where it is currently at. Economicly, this translates for me right now into anywhere from 60 per day and up, which is just fine for me as that translates into a modest but sufficient monthly income.

Up is the only way that I am looking right now. I have lots to learn regarding this web stuff, and my main dog and dog owner blog will only continue to grow as more and more dog lovers find it! Once I finally receive my start up grant, finding time to work on the blog will be virtually impossible for me to do, so finding a quality staff that I can trust is kind of my main goal right now.

I've been writing this post for such a long time now, that I feel the urge to end it with a "and now the moral of the story is...." but I wont do that. I've rambled on long enough, dont ya think?

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Everybody has a wweak spot, me included

So as I slowly start to work myself into this blog writing thing, I guess I should be slowly introducing myself to whomever has the unfortunate mispleasure of actually coming across this blog that I call mine.

I thought I'd start off by announcing to the world of Blogspot, one of my weaknesses. For those of you reading this, who like myself have limitted use of vision, (cry cry) there is a pic of chocolate attached to this post. Yep you guessed it, I'm a sucker for the sweet stuff.

Everybody tells me I'm sweet enough (haha) and dont need the stuff, but I cant help it. No exaggerating, every, and I mean every single freakin time I go into any store, finding my fix is the first thing on my mind. If they were to raise the price of a chocolate bar to, hmmmm say the price of a packet of cigarettes, I'd be;
A. Broke
B. Stubborn as hell, refusing to sacrifice anything for that sweet tasting treat
C. Darn right stupid, due to me having to take out a lone to keep my chocolate binge a reality.

I think the word "addiction" is a little too mild for what's going on here. Lol maybe some time in isolation, say for example a "padded room" is what is in order for me in the near future, who knows?

On that note, I'm outa here, off to the store which by no sheer damn stretch of my active imagination, is a meer step or two from my front door! Rats, LOL!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

The Pentagon views homosexuality as a mental disorder

Listing homosexuality as a mental disorder is not a good way to make friends, however this is exactly what the Pentagon have done. The document released by the Pentagon, outlines retirement and other discharge policies for members of the service who have physical disabilities, and listed under the "defects" title, one will find homosexuality along with personality disorders, and mental retardation.

Critics have been quick to jump all over the news of the view that the Pentagon takes towards its gay members of service, views that are felt by millions of people, making it hard for homosexual members of society to lead fulfilling lives.

The military, is not permitted to inquire into the sexual preferences of its servicemen and women, but do have a policy that sees openly honest members of service who are gay to be discharged.

Spokesman for the Pentagon Lt. Col. Jeremy M. Martin, states that the document is under review.

Wow, is all I can say to that

Is this little guy scary?

For those who cant see this (you know who you are, lol) there is a pic of a Chihuahua here that I am referring to. Anyway, my 80lb slab of lab wants nothing to do with anything weighing less than 20 lbs.

Whenever he sees a rug rat approach, he goes into full fear mode; you know the times when they'll take up shop behind your legs, tail down, head down, peering anxiously around your legs to see if it is still there? There have ben times when I will not let Luther run, demanding that he take his 80lbs of man and confront his fears, but this usualy results in him just turning and running away! Sometimes I think I have a wimp for a left arm, lol maybe I do I dunno.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Wow I Nearly Forgot!

So I vowed to post at least once per day, if I could, and since I can, I will.

Bye bye. Lol!

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Go Oilers Go!

Now I am not really a big hockey fan, but the improbable come back that our Oilers have put together sees us heading to Carolina for game 7 of the cup final! Although I am no longer the beer guzzling drunk Irish fool that I used to be, I will be hitting the couch Monday evening with a bucket of "mars icecream" and a "do not disturb sign" that I cant even read! lol Go Oil!!!

Saturday, June 17, 2006

What a selfless bitch!

I posted this on one of my other blogs, check this out!

What would you do for money?

Friday, June 16, 2006

I do!

So being a service dog, lol (not the Doberman, the Lab on the first post) Luther can come with me where ever I go, and believe me, he goes everywhere I go, weddings no exception!

So this past week, my brother got married! Yep he finally found a sweet girl and is now tied to her for life! I pitty her, lol just kidding Jay! Seriously, the day was amazing and if my wedding is anything like their's then I'll be happy!

There wedding was on Saturday, up in Ottawa, so Luther and I made the treck up that way on the Tuesday before. We went up early to organize my brother's stag party, (flying success) and to basically hang out with friends that I have not seen for quite a while. Note to all travellers, taking that damn Greyhound, is probably the most boring form of travel known to man and dog!

Anyway my big SlabofLab was soooooooooo good, and believe me when I say that. I have a very high standard ffor him, being a dog trainer makes this a fact I guess, but he being the gentleman that he is, lived up to my heightened expectations and then some.

I wish he really knew how much he means to me. I know he knows that I love him and stuff, but I doubt he knows that I would do anything to make him happy if I could. With him its a case of his basic needs being met and he seems happy enough.

Anyway at the wedding there was 136 people at the ceremony and at dinner, which was held at a lodge about a half hour out of Ottawa. Lu being the consimet professional that he is, minded his own business, did his best to please me and believe me when there's 136 people all eating, in a relatively small environment, temptations are aboundless! Needless to say, out of the entire 136 people that came, Luther was the only 4-legged beast amidst the throng of people and yes he even had his little bow tie, I'll try to get a pic of that.

After dinner the dancing and drinking began in grand style! Luther does not do to well in loud environments, so I put him in a side room where he would not be disturbed and proceeded to fulfill my "best man" duties ahahaha. By the end of the night, both Lu and I were glad to hit the pillow, after one heck of a good day!

Best Dog Ever

So this is my first post, my first real one and I and my big slab of Yellow Lab, seen above just want to welcome ourselves to the great world of BlogSpot! If I was not typing this, I'd be patting myself on the back right now... Anyhow glad to get this first one over with, lol!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Two guys with nothing better to do