Friday, March 11, 2011

How to Common Health Issues For The Pug Dog Breed

Just like most pure breeds, the Pug dog breed is susceptible to some health issues. While most of these are easy to correct and not life threatening, there is one condition called Pug Dog Encephalitis that can be deadly.

Pug Dog Encephalitis or PDE is a condition that causes inflammation of the brain. This can cause your Pug to walk funny, seem lethargical and have seizures. Unfortunatley, there is no cure for this condition and it is often fatal. PDE can progress rapidly or slowly and for the slower progressions, there is medication that can help control seizures and give your Pug quality of life.
While PDE can be devastating for Pugs and their owners, please bear in mind that only a small percentage of Pugs will be affected by this condition.

Luckily, not all health issues that affect the Pug dog breed are as devastating as PDE. Here are some of the more common problems you might see in your pet Pug:

Luxating Patella - Sometimes called "trick knee" this is a small bone that gets dislocated in the knee. Sometimes it goes back in on it's own, or your vet can pop it back in. In severe cases, surgery can correct it but in most cases the Pug lives fine without any surgery.

Elongated Soft Palette - As with most dogs that have a short snout, one problem of the Pug dog breed is called Elongated Soft Palette. The soft palette is a flap of skin that closes off the airway during eating. When it is elongated, it can affect breathing and if you notice your Pug gasping for air, honking or snoring then this could be the cause. This can be treated surgically.
Dry Eye - Dry Eye Syndrome or Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca is a bit more serious and can cause blindness in your Pug. It is caused by an in crease in tear production and the first signs are a lot of mucus discharge from the eye and conjunctivitis or inflammation around the eye. If you notice this in your Pug, take him to the vet as this condition can be treated with drugs and surgery.

Tracheal Collapse - Common in many small breeds, tracheal collapse is caused by a softening of the cartilage in the trachea. This narrows your dogs windpipe and you might notice gagging or honking. If you do notice these symptoms in your pet, get him to the vet as this problem is very serious but can be treated with therapy and if very severe with surgery.

Just like any other breed, the Pug dog breed has it's share of common health problems. However, for the most part, they are a healthy breed and make a wonderful and fun companion for any family.

How To Make Tarragon Chicken With Carrots And Linguine

This recipe for Tarragon Chicken with Carrots and Linguine is a great recipe for many reasons. Isn't that what we all want in a recipe' First, it is a quick and easy recipe. If you follow any of my blogs, you know I constantly stress that busy families can cook good meals at home in a matter of minutes. Forget the fast food drive-thru windows, cook at home and have good family meals and bonding time around the kitchen table! This is a meal you can have on the table in less than thirty minutes! Second, it is a nutritious meal. Boneless, skinless chicken, a vegetable and pasta all in one quick dish; what more could you want' To make the meal even more nutritious, use whole grain pasta. Most families need more fiber in their diets. If you cook whole-grain pastas at home, your children will accept them as the norm and develop the healthy habit of eating them routinely. Third, it is also a great recipe for the diabetics in the group. No need to cook something special for them. Whole-grain pastas are better for diabetics, too.

6-oz uncooked linguine
1 cup stock
1 lb skinless boneless chicken breast
1 small onion, sliced crosswise
2 carrots, cut into julienne strips
8 mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1/2 tsp dried tarragon

freshly grated Parmesan cheese
minced green onions for garnish
In a large stock pot, cook linguine until just tender. Drain and set aside.
In a large skillet, heat stock over medium heat. Cut chicken into strips 1/2-inch wide and 3-inches long; add to the stock. Separate onion slices into individual rings and add to the stock. Cook 7 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the carrots, mushrooms, parsley, and tarragon. Heat until chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add linguine and toss to combine. Heat until linguine is hot. Remove to a serving bowl or platter and sprinkle with cheese and green onions.
Yield: 4 servings

Good taste... '-'

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Does it work to play hard to get?

First dates are a necessary evil in the lives of singles. They combine the pressure of job interviews with the artificiality of plastic flowers. You’re willing to do practically ANYTHING to make a good impression; all the while you’re observing each move your date makes with the suspicious air of a judge looking down his/her nose at a defendant.
With all the high hopes, expectations and fears men and women bring to the table on a first date, it’s a wonder anyone makes it to the second these days. To aid in the progress of l’amour au courant, here are some first date do’s and don’ts to follow:
Be yourself. Let me amend that to be your BEST self. This is not the time to admit to all the vulnerabilities and insecurities that regularly beset you, nor to share the story of how the shock of catching your fiancée in bed with your brother landed you in a mental institution. Trot out the tried-and-true tales that showcase your sweet and sparkling personality.
Be a good listener. The purpose of this strategy is twofold. A man likes a woman who isn’t a conversation hog. He wants the opportunity to shine in your eyes by trotting out HIS tried-and-true tales. Plus, allowing him to orate gives you the chance to discern what makes him tick. If he talks about how ALL of his ex girlfriends are bitter, selfish, man-hating crones, imagine their side of the story. If he admits to not being the marrying kind, that’s valuable information to have early on as well. (No, you won’t change him!) If he talks about how the thing that gives life meaning for him is being involved in a love relationship – well, isn’t that good info to know?
Try to have fun. Your life does not hang in the balance. It’s just a date. All you’re really doing is hanging out for a few hours with a new acquaintance. Lighten up.
Pretend to be someone you’re not. If you eat meat and he’s a vegetarian, fess up to your carnivorous ways. Ditto if you’re a two-pack-a-day gal and he’s a non-smoker. The truth will always out eventually: Sooner is truly better than later.
Make a snap judgment about your feelings toward him. Unless he’s a TOTAL boor or potential nutcase, give him another try or two before writing him off. Rush to first date judgment and you’ll have lots and lots of time to regret the hasty rejection of someone who might have been the love of your life.
Leave him hanging. If you’d like to see him again, say, "I had a great time. The time really flew." Yes, you can kiss him goodnight but don’t act desperate to set up a second date on the spot. If the first date is all she wrote for you, say, "It was a pleasure meeting you. All the best." Don’t dilute the message by engaging in kissy-kissy.
The most important first tip of all: Date safe. Don’t take risks with your safety. Just because your cousin’s friend’s boss introduced you to this guy doesn’t mean you should invite a virtual stranger in for some wine and music. Besides, not rushing into intimacy gives you something to look forward to on future dates.

Dating and Make Money!!!

Now it was time to pay. Jane had asked Michael out, so she decided she'd just pay for their dinner. She took out her wallet to pay the check and her date tossed her two dollars, to pay for his share -- he'd only eaten one piece of pizza because he wasn't too hungry.
Jane was mortified; she'd offered to pay, so why couldn't he just let her do it? Or if he wanted to split the check, why couldn't he split it evenly? The ugly green monster -- money -- had ruined a perfectly pleasant date. 
Who Treats
Even if you don't consider yourself likely to discuss high finance during the early stages of a relationship, money will probably come up. Even as early as the first date, you've got to decide who pays for dinner, coffee, the movie -- even for valet parking.
Etiquette aside, it's bound to get awkward when you both reach for your wallets or, worse, begin arguing about who should pay.
There's always the issue of whether the person who asks is the one who should pay. That's a useful rule of thumb, but it doesn't always apply. Some guys have been trained since birth to pull out their wallets when the check arrives, while others feel as if they've scored when their dates offer to pay.
Since most of us work, there's no reason to assume our dates will do the paying, especially since we're perfectly capable of doing it ourselves. Besides, there's another benefit to sharing the costs: If you go out six times and decide it's over, you won't feel bad because the guy's spent his life's savings buying you dinner. 
If you're striving for parity in a dating situation where the guy insists on paying, think of other tactics. For example, the next time you make plans to go out on a date, ask whether he'd be interested in seeing a play, an art exhibit, or a movie -- and tell him you'll pick up the tickets. That way he won't feel as if he has to pay for everything, but he also won't get stuck under the accusatory gaze of some antiquated waiter in a restaurant when you pick up the check. 
Power Play
Once you've gotten the "who pays" issue resolved, you'll no doubt move on to bigger financial issues. You may find yourselves trying to mesh different styles and philosophies. You may have a personal policy that you never discuss how much you spend on anything or how much you've invested. He may ask you flat-out on the second date how much you pay for rent or what stocks you own.
Jennifer, a stockbroker in New York, went on a date with a new guy who not-so-subtly told her he was wearing an Armani suit and Ferragamo shoes. He tried so hard to let her know he was just as successful as she was that Jennifer was repelled: "He was probably a nice guy, but he was so concerned about showing me how much he spent on things that it was a total turn-off."

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