Wednesday, August 20, 2008

In Memory: The Best Fishing Partner You Could Ever Ask For!

This Post is in Memory of my Favorite Fishing Buddy Zeke, AKA Troutdawg Jr.

We will deeply miss the best Fishing Buddy you could ever ask for, Zeke my 110lb Little Bear! A Top notch trout spotter, harcore swimmer, camping phenom, a personal favorite of Delaney Buttes and Orvis fly shop regular.

To see more of Zeke and his favorite passion of Fishing.....Checkout his Page Here:
Also click Here for his Funny Fishing Greeting Card


Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Denver Democratic Convention -Things To Know!

So How Big is This Years 2008 Democratic Convention...

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Design plans for the Convention hall are underway. Alvarado-Turner-HOK, an association of three local companies with experience in large-scale projects and events, including the 1996 Democratic National Convention, was awarded the construction management contract and is making preparations to begin renovations once access is granted.

Audio, lighting and scenic designs are complete and initial designs for the podium and stage have been drawn up. Once we have a nominee, our production team is ready to put the nominee’s stamp on the look and feel of the Convention hall.

More than 675,000 square feet of space has been allocated. Inside the Pepsi Center facility – from backstage to suites to team locker rooms – space has been allocated for a specific purpose to support Convention operations.

Nearly 200,000 square feet of media space has been allocated. Initial plans are complete for the media pavilions located outside the Pepsi Center that will provide workspace for many of the nearly 15,000 members of the media expected to attend the Convention.

Space has been allocated for more than 100 production trucks, media workspace trailers and broadcast transmission vehicles.

The DNCC has secured hotel rooms and meeting space for Convention guests – delegates, Democratic National Committee (DNC) and campaign staff, elected officials, allied groups and members of the media.

17,000 hotel rooms in the Denver metro area are reserved: More than 90% of the hotel rooms have been assigned for Convention guests, and the Hyatt Regency Denver, a union hotel, was selected as the DNCC’s official headquarters hotel.

Meeting space reserved at 100+ hotels and the Colorado Convention Center: All available meeting space at each official Convention hotel and the Colorado Convention Center, which will serve as an extension of the DNCC’s Convention headquarters, is reserved for Convention-related use (delegation breakfasts, caucus meetings and training sessions).

80% of all delegation hotels are within walking distance of the Convention hall or accessible by public transportation, and bus transportation will be provided for the remaining hotels.

The DNCC has developed an ADA-accessible, safe, secure and efficient transportation system for delegates, media, dignitaries and other Convention guests in partnership with the City of Denver, the Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) and the Denver Police Department:
250 buses planned for daily transport between official Convention hotels and the Pepsi Center: Denver-based Event Transportation Associates, Inc. (ETA) will plan and manage a bus shuttle system to operate continuously between all official Convention hotels and the Pepsi Center.

400 motorpool vehicles provided by General Motors: As Official Vehicle Provider, General Motors will provide up to 400 vehicles for a motorpool to transport U.S. House and Senate Leadership, DNC and DNCC officials, and state party chairs.

100% of buses and motorpool vehicles are flex fuel, hybrids or run on biofuel.
The DNCC has engaged a broad spectrum of federal, state and local elected officials; national and local party leaders and allied organizations on their participation in the Democratic National Convention.

Briefed and secured input from many national, regional and local elected officials on Convention planning – including Governors, Mayors, U.S. Senators and Representatives, the Denver City Council, and constituency organizations in Colorado.

Met with more than 80 national allied organizations regarding participation at the Convention. These groups include unions, community organizations, non-profit and voter education organizations, and advocacy and constituent groups.

More than 300 foreign dignitaries have been invited to attend the Convention by the National Democratic Institute (NDI).

Building on the unprecedented interest in the 2008 Democratic primary, the DNCC has continued to reach out and engage residents in Denver and the entire Rocky Mountain West in the Convention experience.

21,000 volunteers have stepped forward to help ensure a successful Convention, a testament to the energy and enthusiasm both locally and throughout Colorado communities.

More than 750 people have attended "Convention Conversations" community forums in Denver, Pueblo, Boulder and Lakewood, Colorado; as well as Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. The forums are designed to provide opportunities for direct communication with top Convention organizers.
Nearly 1,200 Colorado middle and high school students submitted entries for the Convention "Write to Lead" youth essay contest. Two Presidential Winners will be invited to attend the event while fifty-four finalists will serve as ambassadors to state and territorial delegations.
Readership on is up 40% since January, another signal of the building interest in the Convention.

The DNCC has set out to "bring down the walls" of the Pepsi Center and make the 2008 Democratic National Convention as inclusive and interactive as possible.

A DemConvention State Blogger Corps has been selected and will be credentialed in August to sit on the Convention floor with their state or territorial delegations. This ‘front row’ access will allow bloggers to provide even more localized coverage to their readers back home.

Live, gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Convention will be provided in HD at Through Official Provider Microsoft’s Silverlight platform for interactive Web applications and HD video, and the Level 3 Communications network, the DNCC will bring live video coverage of the highest quality to a worldwide audience on

Convention 101, a series of web pages at, was launched as the definitive source on all things Convention, detailing the rules and mechanics governing the Democratic Party’s nomination process.

The DNCC is bringing to life its commitment to making this year’s Convention the most environmentally-sustainable event of its kind:

Plans are in place for a resource recovery system that will divert a minimum of 85% of waste at Convention facilities from the landfill to a single-stream recycling center and composting facility.
900 "Green Team" volunteers from the Host Committee volunteer pool will be on hand during Convention week to assist with our comprehensive recycling, composting and waste minimization program.

The DNCC has worked with more than 50 Colorado-based businesses and entrepreneurs who are providing a variety of services to ensure a successful, world-class Convention:
Key contracts have been awarded to local companies, including construction, transportation, printing, catering and event services, along with more than 100 Denver metro area hotels.
Credentials design theme selected. A Denver-based graphic designer was chosen to design the 2008 credentials for Convention attendees, including delegates, media and other guests. The credentials will include images that reflects Denver’s history and diversity.

Local businesses are connecting to Convention business opportunities via an online database established through the Denver Host Committee – nearly 2100 vendors have signed up.

Friday, August 1, 2008

How to Have Your Dog Live Longer!

How to Have Your Dog Live Longer
By Colin Albert

Every dog owner will want to ensure that their dog will enjoy a long and healthy life. But how long is the average life of your particular breed of dog and what can you do to increase the possibility that your dog will live longer than expected?

A myth has developed that one year of a dog’s life is equal to seven human years, so that, for example, a dog at age one is like a human child at age seven, and a 5-year old dog is the equivalent of a human adult of 35.

Actually, there is no established linear correlation between dog years and human years. Dogs mature much more quickly than humans. A dog at age one has generally achieved its full growth and is sexually active – this is obviously not true of a seven year old human child. So a dog at age one is similar to a teenager, who has some growing out to do but is more or less mature physically. Thereafter each year in a dog’s life may be seen as about equal to 4 to 6 human years.

Overall, the life expectancy of American dogs is around twelve years on average. But the actual expected life span of any particular dog is highly dependent on its breed. Generally speaking, the larger the breed of dog, the shorter its life will be. Veterinarians guess that this is because larger dogs’ bodies must work harder than those of their smaller compatriots.

The average life spans for some of the most common breeds of dogs are: 7-10 years: Great Dane, Newfoundland, Doberman Pinscher, Bulldog, Rottweiler; 9-11 years: St. Bernard, Bloodhound, Chow Chow, Boxer; 10-13 years: Airedale Terrier, Dalmatian, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, Scottish Terrier, Afghan Hound, Dachshund, Irish Setter; 12-15 years: Beagle, Bichon Frise, Collie, Doberman, Pomeranian, Border Terrier, Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, Greyhound, Labrador; 14-16 years: Boston Terrier, Irish Setter, Standard Poodle, Schnauzer, Shih Tzu, Yorkshire Terrier; 15-18 years: Dachshund, Miniature and Toy Poodle, Chihuahua.

The life expectancies set out above are for purebred dogs. Inbreeding and pure breeding can weaken the gene pool and reduce life expectancy, as a unique pool increases the likelihood of an undesirable trait influencing your dog’s genetic makeup dog.
So what can be done to increase the chance of your dog beating the statistical norms for its particular breed and living a longer than average life? Obviously seeing to it that your dog gets plenty of exercise is important. And, like humans, dogs seem to thrive better in an atmosphere that is relatively stress-free.

Most important is your dog’s diet. Dogs are carnivores and as such require a diet heavy in meat proteins, as high as 42% for puppies. Unfortunately the manufactured foods we buy for them at the supermarket or local pet store, while being high in protein, for the large part use cereal grain protein sources. You should try to feed them a supplement that contains high grade meat proteins. In addition, to help ward off the chances of cancer, it is advisable that the supplement contain immune enhancers. To ward off skin irritations and the seemingly inevitable scratching, an anti-inflammatory supplement containing a proper balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids should be added to the daily diet. As dogs are very prone to joint diseases as they grow older, a Cox-2 inhibitor can prove very useful. And of course the supplement should be rich in vitamins and minerals.

Setting aside thirty minutes each day to play with your dog and to see that it gets a decent amount of daily exercise, while keeping a watchful eye on its diet, can go a long way to ensuring your dog leads a long and healthy life. And be sure to take your dog to the veterinarian annually for a thorough examination.

Colin Albert runs the TakeCareofYourPet web site. The web site discusses information about a new product called Hope for Pets, a natural supplement that is amongst the very best nutritional supplements on the market to aid in promoting long, healthy lives for our pets.
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