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Okay, I admit it; when Duke’s Shavlik Randolph and Arizona’s Chris Rodgers enter the NBA Draft early, something is amiss. However, does the NBA need an age limit just because these college students suffer from delusion and make poor life choices? College students make poor decisions every day; why should student-athletes be exempt? Or saved?

In an article last month on the worldwide leader, Dookie V. wrote:

Hoops at the highest level are hurting with so many young, unprepared kids coming into the league. And college basketball is being hurt by talented players’ not coming to campus. You can check it out by following this link here.

Excuse me? Dookie V. hyper-ventilated on national television, sweating profusely as he attempted to break the world record for superlatives, after the “greatest 48 hours in college basketball history,” which occurred roughly two months ago? Did his antics cut the oxygen flow to his brain, causing short-term memory loss? After the greatest tournament in recent memory, why do the pundits insist a change is needed? The 2005 NCAA Tournament was freaking unbelievable, yet these pundits think a change is necessary?

And, what’s wrong with the NBA, except the occasional Piston/Pacer slugfest? For the first time in years, there is not a prohibitive favorite to win the championship. Scoring has increased, more teams are playing an up-tempo style, the talented players are just entering their prime (Kobe, TMac, Duncan, KG, King James, etc.) and more coaches are allowing players to make plays, instead of coaching like Rick Carlisle and dictating every possession of the game; even Jeff Van Gundy spurned a timeout at the end of Game 2 and allowed TMac to drive and hit the game-winner. The Suns are flying, the Sonics are shooting, the Rockets are scoring, the Heat is dominating even without Shaq and the Pistons are ready to repeat. Honestly, when was the League better? Not in my thirty years on earth.

Sure, the Lakers/Celtics rivalry was great and saved the league, and Jordan’s dominance was brilliant, but the 2005 play-offs feature retribution (Jerome James vs. the Kings), and MJ cameo (TMac vs. the Mavericks; Dwayne Wade vs. the Wiz), a rivalry (Tyson Chandler vs. Brendan Haywood; Pistons vs. Pacers), a breakout performance (Andres Nocioni), and sensational first-round match-ups; has the Western Conference ever seen four first-round series so intriguing and evenly matched?

How would putting professionals-in waiting into the college ranks add to the excitement of the 2005 NCAA Tournament, which featured West Virginia’s run, the Vermont and Bucknell upsets, the Elite Eight comebacks, the Tar Heel coronation, Salim Stoudamire’s jumper, TJ Sorrentine’s three-pointer, Rashad McCants’ block, Marvin Williams’ put-back and the flawless overtime period in the West Virginia vs? Wake Forest barnburner?

I have yet to hear a persuasive argument in favor of it. As evidenced above, the level of play and excitement could not be any higher in the NCAA Tournament or NBA playoffs. However, these three reasons are often mentioned as reasons the NBA needs an age limit:

  1. The young players are ruining the game. Yup, LeBron James is a bad thing for the league. The play-offs have been dominated by nothing but young players (aside from Steve Nash and Ray Allen). Young players like Dwayne Wade and Amare Stoudamire, have stolen the headlines. Beyond Bron-Bron and the other precocious play-off performers, ESPN Insider John Hollinger looked at this year’s rookie class, and the u-20’s are basically even with the over-20’s in player efficiency ratings, meaning those the age limit would prohibit did no better or no worse on a whole than did those who would be allowed into the league.
  2. Young players are taking roster spots from veterans. A stupid argument. If Ndubi Ebi wasn’t sitting on the end of the TWolves’ bench growing mold, he’d be replaced by another player on a rookie contract. His spot would not be filled by a veteran; it would be filled by a different rookie, likely someone earning a living in Europe now after being selected in the second round of the 2003 NBA Draft, somebody like former BYU and Atlanta Hawk Travis Hansen (picked 37) or Jerome Beasley (33), formerly of the Heat. An age limit would help these four-year players earn guaranteed rookie contracts; it would not provide more roster spots for veterans.
  3. Young players lack fundamentals. In the rookie class, u-20’s and over-20’s are roughly even in shooting efficiency. Un-drafted free agent Matt Bonner is #1, followed by Andre Igoudala, Al Jefferson and Dwight Howard. International players Beno Udrih and Nenad Kristic are #5 and 7 respectively, sandwiched around Jameer Nelson.

The problem is not the age of player’s entering the league; the problem is NBA GM’s ineffectively evaluating talent (2nd Round pick Chris Duhon is Example A from this draft, while un-drafted Marquis Daniels is Example A from the 2003 Draft), NBA teams drafting unknown European teenagers who don’t play in the top divisions in Europe and teenagers getting poor advice from those close to them.

European players regularly pull-out of the NBA Draft if they do not have a First Round guarantee; why shouldn’t American teenagers approach the draft in the same manner? Of course, European teenagers have the use of an agent, and the pull the agent can exert, while American players cannot use an agent if they desire the option to return to college.

Maybe the answer is not an age limit, but an opportunity for American teenagers to more accurately judge their draft position before making the decision. Possibly, the answer is a more developed minor league system for the NBA.

The answer, however, is not an age limit that prohibits qualified players from entering the league, while aiming to protect GM’s and scouts from their own poor judgment. College should not be viewed as a minor league system for the NBA, and increasing the number of players paying lip service to a college education is not positive.

College is not for everyone. Not everyone pursues a college education. Why force a talented basketball player with little interest in college classes, to attend college for two years before entering the NBA? Or, as Hollinger proposes, why force teenagers to pursue professional careers in Europe for two seasons before entering the League?

This is a knee-jerk reaction to popular perceptions that are not grounded in rational thought or legitimate reasons. Age is only a number; let the talented players play. If someone makes a poor life decision, life happens. Allow him to learn from his mistake like thousands of other college-aged people.


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Offering to bring a friend or family member’s dog into your home to care for it while the owners are on vacation or away for business is a very thoughtful and kind gesture. While many dogs do just fine in a boarding facility or having someone come into their home to walk and feed them, staying in a home with a company instead of spending many hours alone or in a pen is often the best solution. While granting this favor, you may be concerned about your own dog’s comfort and peace in this time of upheaval. This article will offer ways you can maintain your own dog’s happiness and reduce their stress while dog sitting.


How to Keep Your Own Dog Happy when Dog Sitting Someone Else’s: Keep A Close Watch. Dogs are very territorial and feel the need to establish dominance over each other. Though your dog and the dog you are pet sitting may have always gotten along in a neutral location, taking that dog into your home and showing affection for it may cause your dog to become anxious and react accordingly. Likewise, the dog you are caring for may be confused and think this is their new home. This may cause the visiting dog to feel the need to establish it’s placed in the hierarchy. This can lead to aggression between the dogs and possibly result in injury. By being vigilant and not leaving the dogs alone together until they become comfortable, you can reduce the chances that the dogs will have an altercation.

How to Keep Your Own Dog Happy when Dog Sitting Someone Else’s: Stick To Your Dog’s Regular Schedule. By keeping your dog’s feeding and walking schedule in place, you will go a long way towards keeping your dog comfortable and secure during this time. Your dog needs the security of their regular schedule as well as the assurance that they are your top priority even while another dog is visiting. The last thing you want your dog to feel is that they are being replaced and shunted to the side.

How to Keep Your Own Dog Happy when Dog Sitting Someone Else’s: Maintain Your Dog’s Normal Privileges. Although you may feel that you should give the visiting dog all the perks of the home to make them feel most comfortable, it is far more important to ensure your own dog’s happiness and security by allowing them the privileges they normally enjoy. You don’t need to allow the dog you are a pet sitting to snooze on the couch if you provide a cozy and comfortable bed for them on the floor. If your own dog normally enjoys this privilege, do not take it away in favor of the other dog. This will be confusing and hurtful to your dog and likely lead to aggression between your dog and the one you are pet sitting. Here, Bark Collar for Small Dogs can help you as you try to move around with them. 

How to Keep Your Own Dog Happy when Dog Sitting Someone Else’s: Give Extra Attention. Some extra cuddles and petting to remind your dog that they are still number one in your heart will make the pet sitting experience go much smoother and keep your dog happy and secure for the duration.

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Most of us wouldn’t give a child $100.00 in cash and then turn them loose in a candy store. Likewise, it’s not a good idea to take a hyper dog out in public when he’s got a back account full of pent-up energy.

Expending that energy prior to going to new and exciting places with your dog is the best method for ensuring your four legged companion is more docile and easier to control when other animals or people come into close proximity. The key is for you to be fully charged and your dog to be about 75 per cent depleted of energy. Of course, that begs the question, how do we exercise our dogs while retaining our own energy at maximum prior to a public outing? If we walk them or play with them, we expend our own energy as well. That’s where the treadmill or spring pole come in very handy. If you don’t have such equipment, don’t despair. There are plenty of other creative ways to drain Rover’s energy while retaining your own. Here are a few suggestions:

Have a family member play or walk him first, then you take over for the public experience.

If he loves to play fetch and is good at retrieving, do that. Throwing a toy will be minimally draining to you, and your dog will expend lots of energy.

Buy a cheap laser pointer and let him chase the dot around the floor as you relax in a chair. I’ve found that nearly all dogs will go nuts over that magical red dot.

If you like to skate or roller blade, teach your dog to pull you along on them. This is something you should only do if you’re an expert at maneuvering with wheels strapped to your feet. If you’re an amateur, you’ll end up burning as much of your own energy as your dog as you try to remain upright and avoid running over him, which, of course, defeats the purpose.

Once your dog has got a heavy pant going and has tired of the activity, it’s time to hook up and head out to the dog-friendly coffee shop, obedience class, or park. Don’t let him rest in between play time and public outing time, that will defeat the purpose. Dogs are marvelously resilient creatures and they recharge quickly. The new experience of the public adventure will be enough to perk him up. However, with little reserve energy to draw on he will be much easier to control when that crazy cat runs across the street in front of you or some playful stray comes bounding happily up to have a sniff.

Although I’ve been known to rant against prong collars, they do have their place, and as one expert I have a great deal of respect for recently pointed out to me, if it weren’t for the quick control afforded by a prong collar, many dog owners would give up on ever controlling their hyper animals and we’d have a lot more in shelters headed for euthanasia. If you happen to be one of those owners, try this energy draining method along with the prong/pinch collar and see if things get easier for you. The pinch collar will be there for insurance and confidence, but you’ll end up having to rely on it less.

It all depends on how you have brought up your dog just like your own child but if you still have problems in managing them despite the above points, you can read more here on the site Pup life for detailed info on how to do so.

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This is going to be an interesting read as there are many things that need to be clarified and what better way than during the age of a pandemic to do so because it has already taken the entire world in its grasp.

However, this article is not going to be about the do’s and don’ts that you need to follow to keep the corona virus at bay as the nationwide lockdown period has instilled some sense in the citizens to practice social distancing.

What we are going to discuss today is about some normal ailments that are seemingly harmless at first glance but in fact are no less than slow poison as they kill you not only physically but mentally as well and that include not just humans but animals as well.

CBD- The New Remedy

Mankind has been dealing with hardships since time immemorial but this one is pertaining towards fighting regular ailments that people of all age groups encounter and endure both physical and mental agony.

CBD oil has changed the thought process of the medical and pharmacy field that certain problems have no cure but to give a brief history, it is taken from extracts of cannabis and hemp plants from hilly regions with a cool climate.

CBD is the acronym of cannabinoid that has given many things for living beings to cheer about but while it has proven to provide relief for humans, does it do the same for animals as well?

Everyone knows that animals, especially dogs, are more prone to ailments and have the disadvantage of being unable to convey their thoughts to speech to their human counterparts which is why they have to be given special attention as they are pets as well.

People are doubtful of using CBD oil as a remedy for their dogs as they feel that it would have the same positive results on animals as they do for humans but rest assured that they are the best alternative you can find.

It is simply because they come from original sources that are taken from places with excellent climatic conditions which are why they guarantee 100% results without any side effects whatsoever.

Kidney Cure

Dogs too are grappling with issues like joint pain, inflammation, swelling, anxiety, depression, etc. but are also prone to kidney diseases. So it needs to be confirmed that CBD oil would considerably reduce the pain that the poor dogs are going through due to kidney ailment.

So you can try this out for physical and mental issues but kidney diseases don’t fall into the normal ailment category but that of life threatening ones and they have only one cure that is kidney transplant while dialysis would keep your urinary system clean.

The dialysis procedure is arduous and painful as it needs to be taken three or four times a week depending on the condition so the CBD oil would help in numbing the pain of the procedure but cannot be classified as a cure for kidney disease as that is not possible although doctors and scientists are still trying to work out a cure for it and cancer as well.


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While you have probably seen many ads promoting neutering your dog you might not know some of the benefits that I have found after getting my dog neutered. I know that before neutering my dog he would always go running, wouldn’t listen as well, and was very hyper and active. However, I know that neutering him would help take care of some of his behavior issues.

The first benefit that I found after neutering my dog was that he stopped running out of the yard as often. I know that before he would smell a female in heat and since he wasn’t neutered he would try to run out of the yard all the time to get towards the female. However, since he got neutered he no longer has the urge to run out of the yard after the female in heat which saves me from having to chase after him.

The second benefit that I found with my own dog is that before he got neutered he wouldn’t really listen all that well. For instance you would tell him one thing and he would do the total opposite because he still considered himself the pack leader because he was the male. However, after he got neutered he started listening better than what he was before he got neutered. I know that now if I tell him to sit he will sit down. Same with if he goes into a room that he isn’t supposed to be in and I tell him to get out of it instead of running into the room anyways he will just turn around and walk back to the room he is allowed in.

The third benefit of getting your dog neutered that I know of is that before he got neutered my dog was so hyperactive that he never slept or so it seemed. I know that I really had a hard time keeping up with him and dealing with his hyperactive behavior. It seemed like no matter how much I exercised him outside he would still be full of energy when he came back in. However, after he got neutered his energy level did seem to decrease a little bit more than what he had before, but he still played quite a bit just I finally got his energy level down to where he wouldn’t run amok in my house.

Getting your dog neutered has many benefits. These are just some of the benefits that I noticed with my own dog after I got him neutered. I know that your dog could have a variety of results compared to mine. Each dog will have different benefits, but if you talk to your veterinarian they should be able to help you with what you could expect from your dog. You can also go to my site for more helpful information about neutering your dog, its benefits and other ways on how to properly take care of your adorable pet.

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Building your home from scratch is not a piece of cake, and that’s why you should take some imperative tips in mind. Most people prefer to construct a new home instead of buying the one. There are many reasons behind it which you need to check out at least once. Building a home gives you the opportunity to tailor your home to suit your tastes and requirements. On the other hand, it is also a time-consuming process as well as stressful. Before getting started, you should make a good plan and implement the same.

Along with it, you should also take some essential things into consideration to build a new house. You can get suggestions from your relatives or home builders to ease up your task. Here are some crucial tips that people should consider building a new house-

Make a good plan 

When it comes to the construction process, planning plays a crucial role. You shouldn’t get started without having a plan in mind. First of all, make a good plan and then follow the same to ease up your task. Plan the details of your house and note it down on a paper. Choose the layout and flow of the rooms. In addition to this, you should choose the type of lighting you will use. You should also decide on the number of power points you will install.

While planning the design of your home, you can make use of various tools. You should also make a floorplan for your house. You should keep every minor detail in mind for making a good plan for constructing your house.  

Decide your budget  

No matter how much you think about the cost of the building process, it is likely going to cost more. Sometimes builder forgets to give an estimation for the additional things that are going to be used in the building process. And that’s why you should always decide your budget smartly. Instead of making an accurate budget, you should decide the budget more than you expect. Along with the normal budget, you also need to budget for unforeseen circumstances. 

It is also important to consider some beneficial tips provided by experts to create a rough budget. With the help of this tip, you can ease up the process of building your house. Having a good budget helps people to build a home without extending their budget or struggling with other complications. 

Choose the right builder 

When you decide to buy or build new homes in PA, you should pick the right builder. Many builders are out there, but all of them are not the same. And that’s why you should choose the one smarty to get started. Well, it is also considered as an important decision you make in the home building process. While choosing the right builder, you should check its reputation and charges. It is also important to consider the reviews provided on the official website of the home builders.

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Just like humans, some dogs have fears and are traumatized from events that occurred in their past. Whether the level of fear is minimal or to the point where they are deeply traumatized, how you react to your pet can make all the difference. It can help your pet transform from a scared and confused dog to one that is lively and happy.

Pay Attention

Your dog will give you signs when he is scared or petrified of an object or action. He will cower, the ears will go back and the tail will go in between the legs. Another sign is that he will run or back away from an object that is near him. He may also be frightened by people, tremble, cower in the corner, avoid any interaction with humans or be mostly inactive. When you pay attention to when he exhibits these behaviors, you can pinpoint what the source of his fear is.

Avoid Loud Noises or Fast Movements

When a dog is scared of a specific item, moving it quickly can make his fear worse. When a dog is traumatized in general, any fast movements or loud noises could deepen his fear. Keep the noise level to a minimum, move slowly around him and whatever item he is scared of, make sure to keep it away from him.

Sit on the Floor

When you want to be in the presence of a skittish dog, one of the worst things you can do is to tower over him. He may feel intimidated, scared and it could affect how he feels and reacts toward you. Sitting on the floor gets you down to your dog’s level or below it so he can feel more at ease. It also gives him an opportunity to get used to you and approach you when he is ready and does not consider you a threat.

Move Slowly

When you go toward a dog, especially one that is scared or traumatized, the worst thing you can do is move toward him as though he is an inanimate object. Never go at a dog with your hand out and over him. Hold your hand low, palm up, and even with his nose. Move slowly and carefully. Hold your hand about two feet from the dog and let him come to you. If he wants to approach you, he will sniff your hand and move toward you. Let him take the lead on the situation.

Love Not Punishment

Screaming at or punishing a dog that reacts out of fear can traumatize him further. Instead, speak in a calm voice and give plenty of reassurance. Providing treats when he reacts to a situation properly, such as when he reacts calmly to new people or an object that usually scares him, is a good way to give positive reinforcement and let him know it is okay.

Be patient

A dog’s behavior is not going to change overnight. It takes time, understanding and consideration of the dog’s feelings. The more calm and patient you are, the better results you may have.

For more helpful and effective tips on how to calm your dog and how to treat your pet properly, you can check this site out. As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to know what’s best for your dog. You should keep their health and safety a top priority.

If your dog exhibits aggressive behavior when he is afraid, it is vital that you get help from an animal behaviorist and not go it alone. It can be a dangerous situation when a dog becomes aggressive as he could hurt himself or others. The sooner you get him help, the better. In addition, if you do everything in your power to help your dog and he does not respond and is still traumatized or scared, consult with the behaviorist as soon as possible.

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When we decided to transition our dog to a raw diet, we did a ton of research about the different meat sources we could potentially use. While our dog does get a variety, we decided to feed a diet based on chicken. Not only is it cheap and easy to procure, it is also one of the best protein sources for a raw diet.

Chicken Safety

There were a few safety questions we had to address when deciding to feed raw meat to our dog, especially chicken. First, would the dog get sick? Chicken is notorious for harboring bacteria when uncooked. The website Myths About Raw addresses this concern. Dogs’ digestive systems are much better equipped than ours for handling bacteria without getting sick. Salmonella infections are extremely rare in healthy adult dogs. Puppies, elderly dogs and those with immune system issues are more susceptible to salmonella, but if your adult dog is healthy, you probably don’t need to worry.

The second question we had was about chicken bones. You hear horrible stories about chicken bones piercing through a dog’s stomach or getting caught in their throat. That is a real threat with cooked chicken. According to ThreeDogBlog.com , cooking chicken turns the bones brittle and they can easily splinter. Raw chicken bones are much softer, and so most dogs can eat chicken wings, necks and carcasses with no harm. If you’re still uneasy with feeding your dog chicken bones (as we are!), you can still get all the nutritional components by grinding them up. The bones offer important nutritional value, so don’t leave them out entirely! Chicken is actually ideal: wings have a good flesh to bone ratio, and are small and easy to handle for most dogs.

Easily Digestible

My friend has a pit bull that is prone to digestive upset. She swears by boiled chicken meat and rice whenever her dog has a flare-up, since these two bland foods are easy to digest. Chicken is some of the most digestible protein you can feed to your dogs. Some dogs have been known to develop allergies to beef products, but they are fine on a chicken diet.

Proteins and Amino Acids

Studies done decades ago cite diets high in protein as the cause of kidney failure in dogs. It is true the low quality protein can cause kidney damage. Low quality protein generates large amounts of waste when it is processed by the liver. This leaves the kidneys to clean up, leading to severe kidney problems. High quality protein, such as real, raw chicken, does not generate high amounts of waste, putting much less stress on the kidneys. According to About.com, six chicken wings have up to 34 grams of protein; a 6oz piece of breast meat can have almost 40. Amino acids, which make up proteins, are important building blocks for your dog’s body. So a diet high in good quality protein helps your dog lead a healthier life.

“Good” Fats

Chicken is low in overall fat, and higher in unsaturated fat. It also has some of the best fatty acids of all these other protein sources This is comparable to other meats such as beef, lamb, and turkey. However, most of these meats also carry a higher percentage of saturated fats.

Important Minerals

For our domestic pets, one of the most important mineral considerations should be the calcium-to-phosphorus ratio of your dog food. These two minerals work together to grow and maintain healthy teeth and bones, among other things. Too much or two little of either can cause a host of skeletal issues. The great thing about feeding chicken necks and wings is that the bones are small and easily consumed by most dogs, and also happen to be a great source of the proper amounts of both calcium and phosphorus. The marrow in bones also includes copper and iron, both important for combating fatigue. Including chicken bones in your dog’s meal, either whole or ground, makes it easier to feed your dog the proper amounts of both.


Chicken fat contains vitamins A, D, and E. Vitamin A helps with vision and coat health, vitamin D works with calcium and phosphorus to promote strong bones and teeth, and vitamin E acts as an antioxidant, which is essential for proper reproduction and is one factor in preventing cancer. For more information on vitamins and minerals, visit www.dogfoodproject.com.

Teeth Health

Not only does chicken contain good protein and many essential vitamins and minerals, the act of eating chicken helps keep teeth clean. The chewing of chicken bones will also develop the muscles in the face, jaw, and neck.

Aside from raw chicken, there are other food that you may consider making your dog healthy and strong. You can have a peek here for more information. This site will give you additional tips and knowledge on how to uphold the health of your beloved pet.

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