melissa: Myth #5 - "Tail-wagging means a dog is friendly!" - 03/28/09 04:43 AM
Don't count on it. Tail wags have lots of different meanings, some friendly and some not.
You have to look at the body posture of the animal and everything else it's doing. Is the dog growling or bearing its teeth? Is the fur standing up rigidly on its back?
How is the tail wagging? Stiffly, tucked and wagging, nice and flowing, is the whole body wagging? That all has to be taken into consideration.
Some signals to consider:

Relaxed, comfortable dogs generally have a gently wagging tail held horizontally or slightly lowered. Confident dogs carry their tails up. Dogs with … (14 comments)

melissa: Myth #3 - "Dogs and cats eat grass when they're sick!" - 03/26/09 12:05 PM

Nope, they're just connoisseurs of the green stuff, says Marty Becker, DVM, author with Gina Spadafori of The Ultimate Dog Lover and The Ultimate Cat Lover.
Pets love the taste and texture of grass. The newer shoots with a little water on them from the sprinklers or rain is even better.
It's like an all-you-can-eat salad bar buffet!
Sometimes dogs will consume large amounts of grass, which then propels food through the intestinal system, either back up or out the other end, so that may be the source of the myth.
They even sell living "pet grass" at the pet … (24 comments)

melissa: Myth #2 - "The cat hates your baby!" - 03/26/09 11:38 AM

The rumor that Dr. Brazelton helped repopularize goes like this: Families with infants should get rid of their cats because the animals will harm the baby by sucking its breath or lying on it and smothering it.
But experts say this tale probably began because cats, attracted to soft, warm bedding, probably curled up near babies who died from other causes. Because they were found near the babies, the cats got the blame for the death.
Some suggest that millions of women for thousands of years have had healthy babies and lived with cats. The only danger of a … (9 comments)

melissa: Myth #1- "Never give pets people food!" - 03/26/09 10:36 AM
When it comes to pizza, Kung Pao chicken and onion rings, it's true; you shouldn't be sharing high-fat, spicy or potentially toxic foods with your pet.
But cantaloupe, crunchy raw or lightly steamed vegetables, and meat with fat and gristle trimmed off are favorites of many animals and shouldn't be off limits. For instance, baby carrots, apples and popcorn are excellent low-calorie treats for dogs.
And as long as you're using high-quality ingredients and a good recipe that meets a pet's nutritional needs, "people food" is perfectly healthy as a regular meal for your dog or cat.
Vets say that … (10 comments)

melissa: DOG DICTIONARY - 03/24/09 01:32 PM
DOG DICTIONARYLEASH:A strap which attaches to your collar, enabling you to lead your person where you want him/her to go.DOG BED:Any soft, clean surface, such as the white bedspread in the guest room or the newly upholstered couch in the living room.DROOL:Is what you do when your persons have food and you don't. To do this properly you must sit as close as you can and look sad and let the drool fall to the floor, or better yet, on their laps.SNIFF:A social custom to use when you greet other dogs. Place your nose as close as you can to the … (20 comments)

melissa: Aries - Happy Birthday! - 03/23/09 09:18 AM
Here are some fun facts about the head strong ram...
Traditional Aries Traits:
Adventurous and energetic
Pioneering and courageousEnthusiastic and confidentDynamic and quick-witted
Competitive and Chivalrous
The sign of the born leader
The Shadow...
Selfish and quick-temperedImpulsive and impatientFoolhardy and daredevil
Difficulty finishing tasks
Aries are headstrong, impulsive, and passionate. Therefore, they are quick to initiate social contact. They fall in love at first sight then get bored quickly. They make friends easily and are very quick to defend their loved ones. At best, they are warm, dynamic, and affectionate but can be possessive. Arians love a challenge they can … (6 comments)

melissa: Does money buy class? - 03/20/09 04:22 PM
Who says money buys you taste or class?  Not me.
Recently, William Gallas, a professional athlete, decided to buy himself a Mercedes McLaren, the fastest production car in the world. 
William Éric Gallas is a French international footballer who currently plays for Arsenal in the English Premier League.And what if I told you that while some people think that chrome rims are ostentatious, especially on a McLaren, Gallas believes that chrome rims aren't ostentatious enough. Gallas decided to chrome his entire McLaren! Yes, the entire car is chromed out. It’s got to be joke, right?
Is it even street legal to drive a chrome covered car? Something tells me … (22 comments)

melissa: Strange But True Trivia! - 03/20/09 11:57 AM
1. Texas is the only state that permits residents to cast absentee ballots from space.
2. In Pennsylvania, Ministers are forbidden from performing marriages when either the bride or groom is drunk.
3. Hypnotism is banned by public schools in San Diego.
4. In Michigan it's illegal to place a skunk inside your boss's desk.
5. In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry ice cream in your back pocket.
6. During the time that the atomic bomb was being hatched by the United States at Alamogordo, New Mexico, applicants for routine jobs like janitors were disqualified if they could read. Illiteracy … (25 comments)

melissa: Kiss me; I'm Irish! - 03/16/09 10:02 AM
Our Irish culture has always been a source of pride for my family. My name, O'Keefe, came from County Cork where my grandfather was raised.
We used to spend summers with my gradparents in the fishing village of Kinsale in southern Ireland. I must say that the Irish are some of the friendliest people I've ever met!
Until the 1970s, St. Patrick's Day in Ireland was a minor religious holiday. A priest would acknowledge the feast day, and families would celebrate with a big meal, but that was about it. Corned beef and cabbage is the traditional meal.
St. Patrick's Day was … (17 comments)

melissa: Mud Pies & Real Estate! - 03/15/09 07:59 AM
So who knew that playing in the mud as a kid would pay off one day?
It's spring time in Texas and it has rained here for the entire last week. I sell new home construction and I have a few beautiful, finished homes to sell, but I also have several at various stages of construction.
I did some fact finding with my prospect and her Realtor and found the perfect home that fit her needs. It has sheetrock, but there is no driveway or lead walk into the home. We knew it was going to be a challenge when we … (9 comments)

melissa: 13 Facts About Friday the 13th - 03/12/09 05:03 AM
1. The British Navy is said to have built a ship named Friday the 13th, or the HMS Friday, which on its maiden voyage left dock on a Friday the 13th, and was never heard from again. However, this story seems to be a hoax.
2. The ill-fated Apollo 13 launched at 13:13 CST on Apr. 11, 1970. The sum of the date's digits (4-11-70) is 13 (as in 4+1+1+7+0 = 13). And the explosion that crippled the spacecraft occurred on April 13th. The crew did make it back to Earth safely, however.
3. Many hospitals have no room 13, while … (16 comments)

melissa: A Heart for Gabby Rose - 03/10/09 03:30 PM
I recently connected will an old high school friend, Lara Lester Iezzi, who's baby daughter is in need of your help. Gabby needs help in raising funds to help cover her heart transplant.
On May 25, 2009 David Tambur will compete in a Triathlon in Austin Texas. He is committed to completing this challenging endurance event while raising money for Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA). By donating you will be supporting his cause and be part of the many who are helping families of transplant patients. 
With the cost of a transplant often exceeding $500,000, many transplant patients are unable to … (5 comments)

melissa: Social Media Sites-Input Needed - 03/10/09 11:45 AM
I have just joined Facebook and have been busy navigating the web site. I'm looking for tips and advice.

I see the benefit of getting in touch with old friends and staying in touch with current friends.
Is there is a way to get business from it?  
Am I right to be careful about what pictures I post? I know it's a social site, but I've seen some crazy stuff already on other people's pages.  
I'm interested in connecting and getting to know my Realtor friends better, but I think Active Rain is doing that for me already. Is there … (6 comments)

melissa: House Hunting Wish List - 03/07/09 08:05 AM
Before you drive all over town looking at models, inventory homes, arranging times to view pre-owned homes, and deciding where you want to move, take a few minutes to fill out this simple wish list.    
It will help you determine what your needs are and what you should be focusing on.  It is an excellent tool to give to your Realtor to help them help you!   
Don't be afraid to re-visit your wish list as you look at homes and adjust it as you realize the homes that catch your eye and, hopefully, your heart! 
A little bit of preparation … (14 comments)

melissa: Failure is the key to success! - 03/03/09 10:45 AM
Failure is the key to success! Not the failure itself, but the lessons and strength that you take from it.
Today is my 40th birthday and it has made me reflect on where I am in my life.
Rewind to my 30th birthday, which freaked me out! It wasn't the number that got me; it was where I was in my life at the time.
I had been a Realtor for a year. I took every phone time, held open houses for other agents, contacted my sphere, sent out mailers, and was completely out of money! I had sold a few properties, but … (19 comments)

melissa: March Birth Stone - Aquamarine - 03/01/09 02:09 PM
Facts About Aquamarine:
Aquamarine is light blue, blue-green and dark blue. The color is determined by the amount of iron. Top quality Aquamarine is transparent. It has a hardness of 7.5.
Aquamarine will fade if it is stored in the sun. 
Aquamarine is often heat treated and commonly irradiated.
Aquamarine is mined around the world. It is primarily found in Brazil, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia and USA (Colorado, Maine, North Carolina, and Vermont).
For the 16th and 19th year of marriage, Aquamarine is the anniversary gemstone.
It is traditional to present Aquamarine to new brides to help them be faithful … (11 comments)

melissa: International Trivia - 02/26/09 06:25 AM

Lucky bamboo is believed in Asian cultures to bring you success and wealth. 
The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin in World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo. 
The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law whichstated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them, "Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down." It's where we get the phrase "mind your … (10 comments)

melissa: Happy Birthday Pisces! Personality Traits. - 02/20/09 10:08 AM
The Fishes (February 20 to March 20)
Traditional Pisces Traits: Imaginative and sensitiveCompassionate and kindSelfless and unworldlyIntuitive and sympathetic
Adaptable and imaginative
The Shadow...
Escapist and idealisticSecretive and vagueWeak-willed and easily led
Neurotic and obsessive/compulsive
Overly self sacrificing
Pisceans possess a gentle, patient, malleable nature. They are capable of deep feeling and great sensitivity (though they tend to learn early on to be cautious about this).  They have many generous qualities and are friendly, good natured, kind and compassionate, sensitive to the feelings of those around them, and respond with the utmost sympathy and tact to any suffering they … (13 comments)

melissa: Who's Who & What's What! - 02/19/09 11:48 AM
The Oscars are approaching quickly and it is time to brush up on who's who!
I have a secret weapon (maybe not that secret) that I am willing to share with you.
It is it stands for Internet Movie Data Base.
You can look up movies, TV shows, or the actors themselves. It is an online resume of everybody who is anybody (and lots of nobodies) in Hollywood.
My husband and I are constantly making bets with each other about which actor's voice did a certain animated cartoon voice or if "so and so" was in "such and such" … (10 comments)

melissa: 22 dogs in station wagon with owner! - 02/19/09 03:16 AM

On Monday, the police in Pottsboro, Texas seized 22 dogs in a car, locked in and the driver woman inside. Pottsboro is just outside Sherman and about 70 miles north of Dallas.
The 22 dogs were crammed in a station wagon type of car. The owner refused to open the doors when a constable tried to serve her a warrant for the seizure of the dogs.
How can you drive with 22 dogs in your car? Can you imagine the potential risk that driving with 22 dogs in a car can cause to other drivers?
Here is what the Society … (25 comments)

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