Monday, July 29, 2013

Questions To Ask Before You Adopt - TLC Pet and Uptown Cat ...

?Caring for a companion animal goes far beyond providing food, water and shelter. It takes research and careful planning to bring the right pet into your home, and to make sure your lifestyle is the right one for your pet. Answering the following questions will get you started.

1. Why do you want to adopt a pet?

Are you looking for the loyal and steady companionship that an animal can offer? Are you hoping to fill the empty place left after a pet has passed? Maybe you want a companion for your child. Knowing why you?re preparing to bring a pet home will help you to determine the species and breed that will fit your lifestyle.

2. Are you ready to make a long-term commitment?

When adopting, you are making a commitment to care for an animal for the rest of his life?that could mean 10 to 15 years for dogs and up to 20 years for cats. As you go through lifestyle changes such as moves, the birth of children and new jobs, your animal will remain a permanent part of your life. If circumstances change, will you still be able to care for your pet?

3. Do you know what kind of pet is right for you?

Your personality and lifestyle, along with challenges such as space restrictions and amount of time spent at home, should be explored to determine what pet is right for your household. Research different breeds and ask shelter staffers what animals they recommend?they?re experts at making perfect matches!

4. Can you afford to care for your pet?s health and safety?

Owning a dog or cat costs more than the initial adoption fee. Food, veterinary care, spaying or neutering and proper identification?that means a collar with tags and a more permanent form of ID such as?microchipping?can add up. Check out our?Pet Ownership Costs chart?to determine what you can expect to pay annually for your pet.

5. Will you be able to spend quality time together?

Dogs thrive on several hours of exercise and companionship every day, and pooches who are constantly left alone can develop?behavioral problems. Cats are healthiest and happiest indoors and love to be treated to energetic play sessions with their human families. If your work demands that you travel often, or if you?re out of the house most days and evenings, this may not be the right time to adopt.

6. Are you prepared to deal with an animal?s health challenges?

Fleas,?allergies?and sudden medical issues are just a few of the health-related problems that potential pet owners may face. Can you care for your pet if he gets sick?

7. Are you willing to train your animal companion?

Lack of training is one of the most common reasons that adopters return pets to shelters?are you willing to solve behavior problems??Basic training?helps dogs and their owners communicate better, strengthening the relationship overall. And taking the time to understand why your cat does what she does, especially when it involves her litter box and scratching habits, will help you avoid potential problems.

8. Are you prepared to pet-proof your home?

Whether it?s tightly sealing your garbage cans or paying attention to?dangerous decorations during the holidays, you?ll need to make your home safe before adopting. That includes keeping?toxic foods,?pet-unfriendly plants?and?dangerous household items?out of paw?s reach.

9. Is your living space adequate for an animal companion?

Be sure to choose an animal who will thrive in your home. If you?re attracted to energetic large-breed dogs, but live in a small apartment, will your pooch have enough room? If you live on a noisy street, will it disturb your cat? Also consider that many landlords don?t allow pets or place restrictions on having them. Be sure to check out your ?house rules? before adopting.

10. Is your family ready for a pet?

If your kids are still?toddlers, you might consider waiting a few years before adopting, as pet ownership ideally is a team effort. Children who are mature enough can happily share pet-care duties. You may also have another pet at home who?s not yet?or may never be?ready to share his kingdom with another animal.






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Sunday, July 28, 2013


Latest bibliographic data on file with the International Bureau ??? Submit observation

Pub. No.: ?? WO/2013/106662 ?? International Application No.: ?? PCT/US2013/021165
Publication Date: 18.07.2013 International Filing Date: 11.01.2013
A01K 67/00 (2006.01), C07H 21/00 (2006.01)





Rearing or breeding animals, not otherwise provided for; New breeds of animals






Compounds containing two or more mononucleotide units having separate phosphate or polyphosphate groups linked by saccharide radicals of nucleoside groups, e.g. nucleic acids

Applicants: ADVANCED GENOMIC TECHNOLOGY, LLC [US/US]; 5100 U.S. Highway 42 Louisville, KY 40241 (US)
Inventors: WANG, Eugenia; (US)
Agent: STEIN, Michael, D.; WOODCOCK WASHBURN LLP Cira Center, 12th Floor 2929 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 (US)
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(EN)A transgenic, non-human animal model for accelerated aging and/or age- related symptom, recombinant nucleic acid molecules, cells and methods that can be used to make such animal model and cells, methods of using the animal model and cells, to descendants of the transgenic non-human animal, obtained by breeding with the same or with another phenotype, and to a cell line or primary cell culture or to an organotypic brain slice culture, derived from the transgenic non-human animal or its descendants are disclosed.
(FR)L'invention concerne un mod?le d'animal transg?nique non humain pour le vieillissement acc?l?r? et/ou un sympt?me li? ? l'?ge, des mol?cules d'acide nucl?ique recombin?, des cellules et des proc?d?s qui peuvent ?tre utilis?s pour produire ce mod?le animal et ces cellules, des proc?d?s d'utilisation du mod?le animal et des cellules, des descendants de l'animal non humain transg?nique, obtenus par croisement avec le m?me ph?notype ou un autre, et une lign?e cellulaire ou une culture de cellules primaire ou une culture de tranche de cerveau organotypique, d?riv?e de l'animal non humain transg?nique ou de ses descendants.

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Ricky Williams, not shying from his past , eager to mold young minds as college coach

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HOUSTON ? Ricky Williams can't change the past and wouldn't want to even if he could.

He has decided to be a coach and dares anyone to tell him why his prior transgressions should preclude him from molding the next generation of football talent.

"If you took slices of my life and you pushed pause, yeah, it would look bad," Williams said in an interview with The Associated Press. "But if you push play and see my whole movie, it's actually a very inspiring story."

The 1998 Heisman Trophy winner and NFL All-Pro who led the league in rushing in 2002 is set to take a job coaching running backs at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. The small Catholic school, which is moving to Division I this season, is in the process of finalizing the hire.

His football skills and knowledge are undeniable. But a past that includes failed drug tests and an abrupt retirement from the Miami Dolphins cast a pall on the stellar career of a hard-running player who piled up more than 10,000 yards rushing in his NFL career.

Williams has always refused to be what people expect him to be or conform to societal norms. His constant search for fulfillment has led him to travel the world studying and teaching yoga and to seek solace in those who appreciate him for more than just his football prowess.

"If your idea for young people or kids is to show them a pretend ideal of what perfection is supposed to be, to me that's not a good role model," he said. "A good role model is someone who keeps on moving and keeps on creating their lives no matter what happens."

The 36-year-old Williams retired for good from the NFL after the 2011 season. He believes a past of incomparable success followed by a very public downfall and subsequent redemption make him more than qualified to guide young people searching for their paths. He's maintained the youthful exuberance of someone half his age, and his words spill out quickly, as if he's worried a thought might disappear if he doesn't rush to share it.

"Everyone deals with some kind of adversity and some kind of difficulty whether it's self-imposed or not," he said. "To me, the mark of a role model or a good influence is someone who can make it through anything. And not just make it through anything but who can thrive in any situation, and that's one thing that I think I have shown to the world is that nothing I do or was done is ever going to stop me. I'm always going to keep going."

The idea sprang from his work as a life coach and spurred the former University of Texas star to become curious if the profession could be a natural fit for him. But it wasn't a completely new idea. During his retirement from the Dolphins in 2004, he realized he could have a more profound impact on people in ways other than as a football player.

"Looking at my skill set and what I was good at, one of them was football obviously and the other one was that anytime I was around people, people's lives usually got better and that I usually gave them a different way to look at things," he said. "So I applied those two things and it naturally came out to coach."

Incarnate Word is thrilled.

"I think it is a good fit," Incarnate Word coach Larry Kennan said in a release. "His experience will be a big help to our staff and players and I think he will have a positive effect on our recruiting efforts."

The campus is a short 80-mile drive down Interstate 35 from Royal-Memorial Stadium in Austin. It was there that Williams solidified his legacy as one of the best running backs to play in the Lone Star State by setting an NCAA record with 6,279 career yards rushing.

In an odd twist, Williams will help coach a team which plays in Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium. Tom Benson, who owns the New Orleans Saints ? where Williams began his NFL career after he was drafted fifth overall in 1999 ? is a major benefactor of the university.

What kind of coach will Williams be? He points to former Texas coach John Mackovic, who recruited him to play for the Longhorns.

"He genuinely cared about his players as men and as people," Williams said. "He didn't just teach us football but he also shared life lessons with us. He shared himself with us and he also encouraged me to be me, which was a huge gift and really allowed me to develop."

Williams also enjoyed his time playing for Nick Saban because "he demanded a lot of us, but he didn't demand us to be what he wanted us to be, he just demanded us to be more of what we were."

His coaching gig will be more like a part-time job; he had already accepted a position working for the Longhorn Network during the football season. They haven't worked out all the details yet, but he's been told he could handle his coaching duties on his days off from broadcasting.

The schedule will make for a busy fall, but his personality is such that boredom sets in quickly if he's doing just one thing. "Even if it's professional football," he said with a chuckle.

Williams said a recent conversation with a friend during a cross-country drive prompted thoughts about who he was and led him to the realization that he no longer wanted to identify himself as a football player.

"My dream of being a football player had already been fulfilled and now it was time to ask myself what I wanted to do now," he said. "Coaching is one of the things that I think I can do. But if I were only doing coaching it wouldn't be enough for me. I've also found that the more things I can do I'm much more productive and I'm much happier."


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