Dog Collars and Leashes – Leading Your Pup in Style


Do you really love your dog? Of course you do. And that means you spend plenty of quality time with her. You take her on walks. You play with her in the park. Heck, you probably even take her shopping with you. And why not? A dog’s the best friend a girl can have, right? So since your quality time together is so important to you both, you need to make sure you have fashionable dog collars and leashes to lead her around in style.

Where do you find trendy dog collars and leashes?

Let’s start with where you don’t find them. You don’t find them at one of those giant chain pet stores. Why not? Well besides lack of stylish selection, if you purchase dog collars and leashes from one of these places, your dog is going to look like every other dog on the block.

Now let’s think about it. Would you be caught dead in the same outfit as another girl at a party? Of course not. Talk about fashion faux pas! That being the case, why would you want to put your dog through that sort of trauma?

You wouldn’t.

So what you need to do is find a specialty dog boutique. And the easiest way to do that is to pull up Google and start searching the night away. Now sure you could just settle for the first boutique Google spits out at you, but again—that’s not good enough for you or your dog.

With that in mind, how do you pick the right online dog boutique for dog collars and leashes? Well, some people will tell you to need to look for things like keyword ranking, easy site navigation, and cheap pricing. And sure, those things are all great, but that’s not top priority for you.

What you need to look for first and foremost is attitude. A bland website for a bland boutique isn’t where you find the hippest dog collars and leashes. Instead, look for a company that mirrors you and your dog’s way of life. That means pink and punk. Pretty plus attitude.

Sample products from hipster dog boutiques

What sort of dog collars and leashes will you find once you fall across the right boutique’s website? Here are just a few samples:

• Casual Canine Bad to the Bone Collar—Sure it’s comfortable. Sure it’s easy to adjust. And sure it has plastic buckles for quick release. But more than functionality, this collar is just plain cool. The screen printing let’s everyone who sees it know—your dog isn’t to be messed with. She’s out to strut her stuff and if she’s crossed, she’s going to kick butt and take names.

• Dazzle Pink Collar—How about going handmade? This NYC Pink collar will dazzle the eye with its shiny stones. Just the right amount of bling. Not too flashy, but enough sparkle to turn some heads.

• Pinkaholic Hot Plaid Leash—What’s hotter and louder than plaid? Nothing. Make your dog standout with this crazy patterned leash. And if you’re looking for a harness for dog, pair this with a Hot Plaid Dog Harness.

Above is just a tiny sample of what’s out there. All you need to do is find an online dog boutique with the right attitude. And once you do, you’ll be opened to an entire new world of stylish dog collars and leashes.


Some peoples’ bodies play a percussive symphony of cracking and creaking, thanks to the large orchestra of noise-making  human joints. But what’s behind it all? The concerto comes from the pop of gas bubbles escaping the joints, snapping tendons and ligaments, and rickety arthritic joints.
Joints come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The pivot joint lets us say “No” with our heads, while the hinge joint lets us swing our elbows and knees like a door. A baseball pitcher uses the tremendous range of motion of the ball-and-socket joint in his shoulder to throw fastballs. And sliding joints in the backbone make gymnasts’ backs so flexible.
Releasing gas
A protective fluid cushions most of the joints in our bodies.
Inside a capsule that safeguards bones connected at a joint, synovial fluid keeps the cartilage, tissues, and muscles lubricated and well nourished. Nutrients float inside the fluid, along with gases, such as oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide.
As you bend your fingers, the joint capsule stretches. To make more room for the stretch, gases release out of the fluid. The pop of your knuckles is the sound of gas as it bubbles out of the fluid, scientists say. Before your knuckle can crack again, the fluid must reabsorb the gas.
More to it
Tendons and ligaments make a loud racket too.
Tendons are like rubber bands stretched over joints that keep muscles attached to bones. Similarly, ligaments extend to connect bones to other bones. Sometimes, tendons and ligaments slide out of their spot at the joint and then quickly snap back into place.
If your knee cracks when you stand up from sitting on the couch, you’re likely hearing your tendons and ligaments popping into proper position around your knee’s joints.
Arthritic joints not only cause pain, they can creak as well.
Connecting bones loose their smooth cartilage and grow spurs on their edges. The amount of synovial fluid also increases, making the joint feel stiff and sore.
Okay to crack ’em?
Scientists have conducted few studies on whether cracking your knuckles can cause arthritis or otherwise harm your hands.
Some studies suggest that you can snap your knuckles all you wish, and it won’t cause osteoarthritis.
However, other studies indicate that around-the-clock cracking may damage the soft tissue around the joints, make your hand swell, and weaken your grip.


Monday  14th July 2014
–  Shoreline  Series 2  :  Episode  5 of 13
Cape Town  to  Agulhas
The glorious beauty of our golden kelp forests
and fynbos.
10H00  at Formosa Garden Village Lounge
Co-ordinator:  Christo Vlok  044-533-5155

Tuesday  15th July 2014
–  Italian Conversation
09H45  at 12 Challenge Drive
Co-ordinator:  Brenda Hardy  044-533-5489

Wednesday  16th  July  2014
– Medical  Matters  :  Occupational  Therapy
Nicole McDonald, an Occupational Therapist,
tells us the use of treatments to improve, recover
or maintain daily living and work skills.
10H00  at Formosa Garden Village Lounge
Co-ordinator:  Marina Niven  044-533-2699

Wednesday  16th  July  2014
–  U3A Plett  Social Bridge Club
General lessons for improving players, help
and supervised Bridge in a friendly atmosphere
13H30  at the Angling Club
Co-ordinator:  Michael Webb  082-226-7280

Friday  18th July  2014
–  French Conversation
10H00  Contact Rea for meeting arrangements
Co-ordinator:  Rea Gardy  044-533-2387

Friday  18th July  2014
–  Mah-jong
Learn and play this ancient and fascinating game
14H00  at Formosa Garden Village Small Dining Room
Co-ordinator:  Amelia White  044-533-0113


Trying to lose weight? Just riding isn’t enough. Follow this 60-minute workout for fast results.

Of course, if you want complete transformation you’ll need to make big changes in every part of your lifestyle, but one of the biggest has to be exercise. If you are just starting out you goal should simply be to complete short rides. Before long you can start incorporating intervals into your training. Don’t be concerned with maximum power output. Rather, by alternating intervals with recovery periods, increase the amount of work accomplished per session, thereby increasing the impact each workout has on fitness and weight loss. Even if you have just 2kgs to lose, intervals are the key to your success. Years of carrying around a big body can work to your advantage. You have a lot of dormant muscles lying under the fat. That muscle represents a lot of potential power that 60kg pip-squeaks can’t come close to. Slim down and nurture that muscle, and you’ll be a force to be reckoned with. Recovery Is Key Some people think it’s counter-intuitive that you can maximise calorie burn by inserting recovery periods into your rides. What makes intervals so effective is that the recovery periods allow you to maintain higher power outputs during hard efforts, and accumulate more time at those higher outputs. Intensity Burns More Calories Whether you’re talking about weight loss or enhanced performance, time at intensity is the factor that matters most. Riding at a tough-but-sustainable pace is a good way to burn about 12 calories per minute. Intervals like the ones included here can push your burn rate to about 16 calories per minute. But because you can’t sustain 16 calories per minute for very long, time spent at this intensity has to be spread over several intervals separated by recovery, during which you’re burning eight to 10 calories per minute. In total, the interval session lasts 42 minutes, but even with the recovery periods, the calories burned are almost identical to the calories burned during 42 minutes at a steady pace. Why put yourself through intervals if they don’t burn a ton more calories? Because time-at-intensity not only burns calories but also stimulates change. That steady pace for 42 minutes isn’t enough stress to make you faster or pack your muscles with more fat-burning mitochondria. But those 20 minutes at maximum intensity are. Riding a steady pace burns calories today; intervals burn calories today and enable you to burn more later. Chris Carmichael’s Weight-Loss Workout This one-hour workout delivers the double whammy of torching calories and building high-end aerobic power you can put to good use the rest of the season. It’s strenuous, so do it a maximum of three times a week to allow for adequate recovery and best results.

Chris Carmichael’s Weight-Loss Workout

6 minute Warm up 1 min fast pedal, spinning a light gear as fast as you can

1 min recovery spinning

1 min fast pedal

1 min recovery spinning

5×2 min at maximum intensity, with

2 min. recovery spinning between each

6 min recovery spinning

5×2 min at maximum intensity, with

2 min recovery spinning between each

8 min cooldown

Total time: 60 min.

Chris Carmichael is founder and CEO of Carmichael Training Systems, the premier coaching, camps, and testing resource trusted by thousands of athletes since 2000. Visit for info.


Dog Symptom Checker Could Help Diagnose Your Canine

When your dog is under the weather or experiencing a more serious health issue, you probably dread the thought of an expensive veterinarian bill. However, as your dog can not tell you what he or she is experiencing, you will need to clearly watch your dog to make the best guess.

The more information you can provide to your vet, the

lower the bill may be, as you could eliminate unnecessary tests from being administered. This is why you should utilize a dog symptom checker on the Internet.

A dog symptom checker will help you to narrow down what could be wrong with your pet. If your canine has obvious problems, such as a skin condition, you would think

that your vet could immediately state what is wrong. However, even something as noticeable as a skin condition is not that easy to diagnose, as it could be caused by a thyroid problem or Cushing’s disease.

The key is know what signs you should look for, so that your vet can come up with the right diagnosis, while keeping your bill as low as possible. Some of the most

common things to look for is any changes in their behavior, odors, whether or not their bowel movements are normal, and their nose and ears.

When you go online and start using this tool, you should look for those that let you type the various indicators you have noticed or choose them from a diagram. After

choosing the symptom that describes your dog, it will then list out a variety of things that could cause this to happen to your dog.

While you should not use the dog symptom checker to diagnose and treat your dog yourself, it can be a very useful tool for every pet owner. Obviously, if you

diagnose your dog with fleas, you should treat them yourself. However, most issues are going to need the assistance of a veterinarian and you should never not take your dog to a vet because you do not think it is a serious problem


Monday  7th  July 2014
–  The  Ascent  of  Man  :  ( Part  5 of 13 )
The  Music of  the Spheres
The interlocking of numbers & nature in musical
harmony, early astronomy & perspectives in painting
10H00  at Formosa Garden Village Lounge
Co-ordinator:  Alain  Leger   044-533-2963

Tuesday  8th July 2014
–  Italian Conversation
09H45  at 12 Challenge Drive
Co-ordinator:  Brenda Hardy  044-533-5489

Wednesday  9th July 2014
– Art History ; Toulouse-Lautrec : Part 1 of 2
This Biographical Documentary paints portrait of Lautrec
Impressionist paintings & posters capture Parisian life
10H00  at Formosa Garden Village Lounge
Co-ordinator: Angela Embleton  044-533-1437

Wednesday  9th July 2014
–  U3A Plett  Social Bridge Club
Supervised bridge in a friendly atmosphere
with tips for improving your play.
13H30  at the Angling Club
Co-ordinator:  Michael Webb  082-226-7280

Friday  11th July 2014
–  French Conversation
10H00 Phone Rea for venue
Co-ordinator:  Rea Gardy 044-533-2387

Friday  11th July 2014
–  Mah Jong
Learn and play this ancient and fascinating game.
14H00  at Formosa Garden Village Small Dining Room
Co-ordinator:   Amelia White  044-533-0113

How to Buy Complete Fish Tanks


If you are planning to buy complete fish tanks for your home or office, you will have to choose with a lot of care so that you can get the right kind of fish tanks. A visit to a fish breeder or a nearby fish store will provide you with all the necessary details pertaining to the various types of fish that are available. However, the most important thing is to get fish tanks that are perfectly suitable for your requirements.

Finding the right kind of fish tank can be quite difficult unless you are sure about what exactly you want. You will have to take into consideration the kind of space you have in your home or office. This will determine the size of your fish tank.

You can also determine the size of your fish tank by taking into consideration the kind of fish you want in your fish tank.

The accepted thumb rule is that for every one inch of fish you need two gallons of water. This means that if you are looking at a fish tank with ten fish in it you will need a ten gallon fish tank. Again, fast growing fish will require more space not only to swim but also to socialize and grow.

Complete fish tanks are those tanks that have all the required supplies as well as accessories along with proper installation. For setting up freshwater fish tanks, you require only a few supplies and accessories whereas for setting up salt water fish tanks you require more accessories that are not only expensive but also quite complex to handle. Just like the fish tanks themselves, you can also get the accessories at very good prices. In fact you can get good discounts when you visit online fish stores. Some of the accessories include a water heater and a tank filter. The water heater helps in maintaining the right water temperature in your fish tank while the tank filter plays a very crucial role in keeping the water clean.

Earlier, you only had fish tanks that were made of glass. However, today you also have an option of going in for acrylic fish tanks. These tanks are very light weight and highly durable which makes it very easy to handle them. On the flip side, acrylic fish tanks need a lot of care since they can be scratched quite easily.

Further, no fish tank is complete without a tank filter in place. It is this filter that helps in maintaining the cleanliness of the water inside the tank. It keeps the water healthy by removing all the debris and waste from the water. You can choose from a variety of tank filters like power filters, canister filters, gravel filters, box filters and sponge filters.

Once you have all the accessories and supplies in place, make sure that you add a few decorative along with some plants, pebbles and small rocks to give your fish tank a whole new look. Now, you have a complete fish tank in place. •


1. When you’re ill

Don’t exercise when you’re unwell, even if it is just a cold.Exercise will put more strain on your immune system and prolong illness. This will result in you spending more time away from your fitness programme.It’s also a prime cause of other injuries because it is more difficult to concentrate on what you’re doing if you’re feeling ill.I’ve seen someone faint while doing a step class with a high temperature, and get a black eye from hitting her neighbour’s step.

2. When you haven’t had enough recuperation time

Don’t rush back to your normal exercise routine after you have been ill.Starting to exercise too early is likely to lead to a re-emergence of your symptoms.When you do decide to return to the gym, make sure you start your workout slowly and with care. Even a week or so off your usual routine can make a difference. Ease yourself back into your programme by doing just 50 per cent of your normal workload and gradually building up.

3. When you’re feeling wiped out and stressed

There will be days when you don’t feel like going to the gym, but sometimes your body can be telling you to take a break.It can do you a power of good to have a day off from your fitness programme.Go home, have a healthy meal: don’t mentally punish yourself for not going to the gym.Remember: all-round fitness incorporates spiritual wellbeing. Even though exercise can give us that stress-lifting endorphin high, sometimes we just need to relax.

4. When you have an injury

Whatever your injury, make sure that it is thoroughly healed before you go back to training. A simple injury can be made much worse by your well-meaning attempt to ‘loosen it up’. You could injure yourself again, but worse. Seek professional advice from a physiotherapist or osteopath for any strain or sports injury that is still painful after 24 hours.

5. When you haven’t got the correct equipment

Whatever your sport is, make sure you buy the best equipment you can afford. Don’t just follow the fad for the latest trendy trainers or gear. Not having the right equipment can result in injury. Take footwear seriously. A good sports shop will have well-trained staff who can properly assist you in choosing the correct shoes for your needs. For example, there are different types of trainers for running, depending on your natural step.

Normal foot: will leave a wet footprint that has a curve on one side, but shows the top part of the foot and heel connected by a broad band. A normal foot lands on the outside of the heel and rolls inwards slightly to absorb shock. This means you are running efficiently and don’t need a motion control shoe.

Flat foot: has a low arch and leaves a footprint that looks like the whole sole of the foot. When running, the foot strikes the outside of the heel and rolls inwards (pronates) too much, which can cause injury. Motion control or stability shoes can help. High-arched foot: will leave a footprint that has a highly curved band between the top part of the foot and heel. In some cases there is no band at all. When running, the heel doesn’t roll inwards enough to absorb shock. Cushioned shoes with lots of flexibility can help. Other forms of exercise equipment such as horse-riding gear should be bought from a professional supplier.

6. When you’ve got a hangover

If you’ve got a hangover from the night before, think twice before going to your morning aerobics class. Alcohol dehydrates you, so make sure you have drunk enough water to balance out its effects. Ask yourself if you are still under the influence: it takes the body about an hour to process one unit of alcohol.

If you have had four pints of beer, it won’t be out of your system for eleven hours. Don’t exercise if there is any chance that you are still drunk. Think about when you last ate. Sometimes eating breakfast with a hangover is the last thing you want to do, but if you haven’t taken in enough fuel to train, don’t do it.

7. When you’re pregnant

The rules about exercising in pregnancy form a whole book in themselves, so we’re just going to touch on the subject. The main points are that you can exercise throughout your pregnancy as long as a) you feel like it and b) your GP and midwife have said you can. While the advice is to keep fit throughout your pregnancy, the emphasis is on maintaining fitness, not improving. Pregnancy is a nine-month workout in itself. If you decide to exercise when pregnant, get professional advice after your third month on what you should and should not do.

8. After your baby is born

How many celebrities do we hear boasting that they went straight back to 300 sit-ups per day within 24 hours of childbirth? Firstly, I wouldn’t believe a word of it, and secondly they would be going against all health guidelines if they did. However desperate you are to retrieve your figure, you have to wait six weeks before you can start gently exercising, or 12 weeks if you’ve had a C-section. After this time, start slowly, gradually building up to your pre-pregnancy exercise routine.

And get professional advice about which sort of abdominal exercises you should be doing post-baby. An area that causes a lot of silent embarrassment is the pelvic floor muscle. If you have done work on it during pregnancy you shouldn’t have too much trouble, but get some specific exercises set down for you to help prevent leakage.