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Puppy gift for Christmas

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One of the most requested Christmas presents among children every year is a new puppy. Pets teach children important lessons and growing up with a loving companion animal can be a great experience for any child. However, as adorable as pets can be, it’s important to consider the long-term requirements of adopting a pet. When Christmas morning has passed and the excitement of the holiday season is over, the everyday care of a pet can be a daunting experience. Here are some things to consider if you’re thinking of getting a pet as a Christmas present.

Can You Afford It?

Adopting a pet doesn’t have to be expensive, but it can be. It’s possible to find someone who’s pet has recently had puppies or kittens, and who’s happy to send them to a good home for free. However, more often, adoption shelters have fees that help to cover the cost of caring for the animals in the shelter and facilitating their adoptions. Adopting a dog from a shelter can run between $100 and $150. Cats tend to be slightly less expensive.

Once you have your new pet at home, there are costs associated with caring for them long term. The Anti-Cruelty Society advises that you should plan to spend about $1,500 in the first year of caring for a dog. This includes vaccines, veterinary appointments, food, bowls, toys, bedding, and miscellaneous supplies. There are lots of hidden costs in bringing a new pet into the home.

Is Your Home Pet-Friendly?

One of the biggest surprises people encounter in adopting a pet is the number of ways a cat or dog finds to eat, chew, scratch, stain, or otherwise damage everyday household items. Nearly everyone who brings home a new dog, for instance, will have to replace a pair of shoes or favorite scarf that the pup decided to sample one day while he was bored.

Dealing with this inevitable learning curve requires patience. Are you prepared to teach your pet their new surroundings, and train them over time in what to do and not to do? Can you deal with a pet that occasionally marks the house, and needs time to be housebroken? These are things to consider before you bring an adorable animal friend home for the holidays.

Do You Have Time for a Pet?

Cats are largely self-sufficient creatures. They don’t need to be walked and they don’t necessarily want to play fetch. Dogs are a different animal. Most breeds require some measure of exercise and they’ll need your help to get it. Can you commit to walking a pet on a regular basis? Will you or your child have energy to play with him at the end of the day? Remember that pets who are socialized properly are happier and healthier and show fewer destructive behaviors. This means that the more exercise your pup gets, the less likely she is to nibble on your favorite pair of shoes.

Of course, adopting a pet can be a wonderful experience at any time of year. The key is simply to think it through and make sure you’re prepared for the responsibility. Though it seems like an especially sweet gesture at Christmas, bringing home a family pet is a big commitment. As long as you approach it thoughtfully, it can also be thoroughly rewarding.

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Cow Appreciation Day

Emmett Lee Dickinson; Emily Dickinson's third cousin, twice removed -- at her request has set July 15thas Cow Appreciation Day. Being a famous writer he wrote about it in his now-classic poem "A Bovine's simple Fame". This poem inspired the third cousin Emily to pen her own poem "A Clover's simple Fame."




Most people know about Emmett Lee Dickinson’s love towards corn, but only a few know of his appreciation towards cows. While Dickinson was also a great admirer of Gelett Burgess, the poet who wrote a famous poem about the cow - “I never saw a purple cow.”  To pay respect to Burgess, Dickinson penned many poems about cows in the style of Burgess, and established July 15thas “Cow Appreciation Day” this day was originally called “Purple Cow Appreciation Day."

In July 2013, the Emmett Lee Dickinson Museum which is located above the coin-op Laundromat on Dickinson Boulevard in historic Washerst, Pennsylvania; hosted a unique show, "What Rhymes With Purple Cow", which became very famous then.


Cow Appreciation Day is sponsored by the American Library Association, and on July 15th, librarians greet all of their customers with the official Cow Appreciation Day greetings, - Lang may yerlum reek-- which means "May you live long and stay well."

As you pass people on the streets on July 15th, people join with the ALA and greet the passers - by with "Lang may yerlum reek."

A Brief History of Cow Appreciation Day

The "Cow Appreciation Day” was sponsored by the American Library Association and is officially celebrated on July 15th.  However, it is not affiliated with Chick-Fil-A’s unauthorized “Cow Appreciation Day,” which always scheduled on the second Friday of July.

You can see the image of the - The National Headquarters for the American Library Association, proud sponsor of Cow Appreciation Day.  The monument in the front of the building is of Emmett Lee Dickinson, Emily Dickinson's third cousin, twice removed at her request.

This day was established on July 15 as “Cow Appreciation Day” in the late 1800's as a tribute to great poet Gelett Burgess. This holiday was originally dubbed “Purple Cow Appreciation Day,” but the “Purple” was then dropped in 1878 in the midst of an emotional family feud.

There is a story that a few years earlier, Emmett Lee’s cousin Alvina Dickinson, daughter of Merton Dickinson, wedded a wealthy chicken tycoon then Charles “Chic” Fillay, The Fillays own a chain of fried chicken restaurants called “Charlie's Chicken Coop.”  However, Alvina and Charles divorced when Alvina caught Charles in what came to be branded in Washerst and around the country as the “Spring Chicken Scandal."

Out of bad feeling, “Chic” Fillay established “Chicken Appreciation Day” to put a stop to Dickinson’s “Cow Appreciation Day.”  Angry, Dickinson then penned and published the following poem:


However, the above poem became an overnight sensation and incensed the Fillay family. Worldwide press coverage of the family dispute brought Charlie’s Chicken Coop to the edge of financial damage. It forced to change the name of the family business to Chick-Fil-A, Charles Fillay -- in a move to spite the Dickinson family -- it also changed the name and concept of “Chicken Appreciation Day”  and created a rival “Cow Appreciation Day."

At a point, Alvina Dickinson Fillay, one of the founders of the American Library Association, sprang to act by enlisting the help of librarians across the country.  She convinced the ALA to endorse July 15th as the official “Cow Appreciation Day.”  This is the time the libraries planned to organize a variety of events to celebrate the day, some were cow rides for “children of all ages.”  Also, in the 1890s, the Board of Trustees of the ALA,  headquartered in Washerst, inaugurated a spectacular "Parade of the Librarians” on Cow Appreciation Day, a custom that continues to this day.


How Will You Celebrate this day?

Follow the three traditional ways to celebrate Cow Appreciation Day:

  • The Herbivore Way:  Take a cow ride at a local or regional library with your family
  • The Carnivore Way:  Enjoy a juicy steak arrange a family gathering
  • The Omnivore Way:  Ride a cow at the library, Dress up as a cow and you’ll win yourself a free entrée

Did you know?

That Emmett Lee Dickinson invented the Moon Pie?  The Purple Cow Moon Pies Factory; which is the world's leading producer of Moon Pies.

Another great way to celebrate this day is -  Enjoy a Purple Cow Moon Pie!!!

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The National Different Colored Eyes Day was recognized to celebrate the beautiful variation in eyes and break the mystery behind it. This day falls on July 12th, every year. However, how this day came into existence is still unknown.

Did you know that there are many people out there who have two different colored eyes, and this is their day to celebrate?

Let us learn the reason of having two different colored eyes; while it is a condition called heterochromia in medical terms; and there are many reasons that can cause Heterochromia, some of them being nothing more than a genetic attribute present from birth itself and others being caused by disease or sometimes by an injury.

Types of Heterochromia

There are three different types of Heterochromia, each one has different degrees to which the heterochromia exists and how it manifests.

Complete heterochromia – one iris will be of the different color from the other. Partial heterochromia or sectoral heterochromia – part of one iris will be a different color from the rest of the iris. Central heterochromia – the inner ring will be a different color than the rest of the iris.

The color of the irises mostly depends on the concentration and distribution of melanin which determines the eye color, specifically the color of the irises.  However, the affected eye may be hyper pigmented - hyperchromic or hypo-pigmented -hypochromic. While the excess of melanin indicates hyperplasia in the iris tissues, whereas a lack of melanin indicates hypoplasia.

How to celebrate Different Colored Eyes Day

Start your day by finding out if you have any friends who happen to have this particular trait. But be delicate about it though, as some people don’t like to be made a display of it.

Did you know?

That few famous actors and actresses are known to have two different colored eyes include David Bowie, Christopher Walken, Dan Aykroyd, Jane Seymour and Mila Kunis.


The different colored eyes are not just for humans either, it exists in cats and dogs as well, and it is far and away one of the most beautiful, stunning and most mysterious physical personality mankind is known to have.


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