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Animal Lover Creates Web site to Distribute Eco-Friendly and Insulated Doghouses

Animal Lover Creates Web site to Distribute Eco-Friendly and Insulated Doghouses

Scarborough, ME (Vocus) March 18, 2010

I’ve always been an animal lover, explained Melanie Fengler, especially when it comes to dogs. As a child there was never a moment that we didn’t have a family dog, she continued; sometimes I’d even come home with strays.

Fittingly, Fengler has utilized her innate passion for animals to develop a Web-based business,, which provides safety and warmth – plus, a cozy place to call their own – to doggies big and small, short or tall.

Here, online shoppers will discover a variety of quality-made doghouses designed to please dog owners of all sorts. Available in eco-friendly options of recycled plastic, traditional cedar cabins or layers of structural foam and insulated plastic for extra warmth, each model has been crafted to protect our four-legged companions with the utmost comfort and care.

“Most of our models are maintenance-free and UV-protected,” Fengler said. “All of our doghouses have been carefully crafted to provide year-round comfort with proper insulation and ventilation.”

Additionally, the Web site provides a variety of doghouse heaters in varying shapes and sizes to accommodate all models. This extra touch of warmth ensures pooches stay comfy and cozy in their home all winter long.

To learn more about the individual doghouse models available at, shoppers are encouraged to visit the Web site’s newly formulated blog. This interactive tool,, will also be used to educate readers on good-to-know tips and information about being a pet owner. Look for advice about housebreaking a puppy, traveling with pets, dog obedience and more.

“Animals are the one thing that makes everyone happy; therefore, we should show them the love and protection they deserve,” she said.

About the Company: is owned and operated by animal lover and Web entrepreneur, Melanie Fengler. She welcomes feedback, questions or special requests about her Web site and product line.

Melanie Fengler

(207) 883-2544

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Going to Bat for Pit Bulls: Miami Marlins New Pitcher Mark Buehrle Teams with Best Friends to Urge Florida Legislators to Pass Bill Ending Canine Profiling in Miami-Dade

Going to Bat for Pit Bulls: Miami Marlins New Pitcher Mark Buehrle Teams with Best Friends to Urge Florida Legislators to Pass Bill Ending Canine Profiling in Miami-Dade

The Buehrles featured in Tails Magazine for their dedication to helping animals

Kanab, UT (PRWEB) January 20, 2012

Miami Marlins pitcher Mark Buehrle is excited to move to Florida with his family, but since all members of the Buehrle family are not welcome in Miami-Dade County, he and his wife Jamie, their two young children and four dogs will reside in nearby Broward County.

At the heart of the Buehrles’ decision was their adopted 18-month-old American Staffordshire terrier named Slater. As a result of a 1989 law banning pit bull terrier-type dogs, Slater is not allowed to live in Miami-Dade County.

As animal lovers and spokespeople for Best Friends Animal Society, the Buehrles are featured in a new public service announcement, encouraging residents to support HB 997/SB 1322, which finally would overturn the breed discriminatory law. Miami-Dade is the only county in Florida with such a ban, due to an exemption in state law. The 60-second version of the PSA can be viewed here: and the 30-second version here:

Florida State Representative Carlos Trujillo and Senator Jim Norman are sponsoring HB 997 and SB 1322 respectively, with the support of animal experts from Best Friends Animal Society. The bill has yet to be placed on the committee agenda in the Senate.

Jamie Buehrle also has written a blog and started a petition urging support of the legislation at:

In the blog, Jamie wrote: “Slater is a member of our family. We had always agreed to make sure that wherever Mark ended up playing, Slater would be welcome. So, when Mark had the opportunity to sign with the Miami Marlins we were harshly confronted with Miami-Dade County’s 20-year-old pit bull terrier ban and immediately knew we would have to live a county over in Broward.”

“Mark and I are fortunate to have the resources to accommodate Slater,” she says “But it breaks our hearts that so many families are faced with losing their family pet simply because a local government has deemed their dog ‘dangerous’ based on nothing more than appearance. We can’t imagine ever having to give Slater up simply because a city says we can’t have him. Not only would we be distraught at that prospect, but our kids would be devastated.”

In the 30-second version of the PSA, Mark says: “My wife Jamie and I were sad to learn that because of a breed discriminatory law, our dog Slater can’t live in Miami-Dade, and could even be killed just because he is a pit bull. Slater is a great dog, and a member of our family, so we decided to live in a nearby county.”

Ledy VanKavage, senior legislative attorney for Best Friends Animal Society, says the decades-old legislation unfairly applies to any dog resembling a pit bull, without any consideration of a dog’s behavior, and each year causes severe hardship to hundreds of responsible owners of entirely friendly, properly supervised, well-socialized pets.

VanKavage says breed-discriminatory laws are expensive and ineffective, citing a study by the economic research firm John Dunham and Associates that estimates Miami-Dade County spends more than $ 3 million a year to enforce the current law.

“In these tough economic times, laws that waste precious taxpayer dollars while failing to accomplish what they set out to do should be repealed,” said VanKavage. “The simple truth is breed is not a factor in bites. Many studies, along with the experience of Best Friends Animal Society, show that breed discriminatory laws are ineffective and result in the deaths of hundreds of pets in Miami-Dade each year.

VanKavage pointed out that not only are these laws expensive to enforce, but they shift resources away from routine, effective enforcement of laws that have the best chance of making communities safer.

“Animal control officers and dog wardens should focus their efforts on dangerous dogs running at large, not target pets that are just being dogs and have a certain appearance,” she added.

The State of Ohio, the only state that designates a breed of dog as vicious, is in the process of repealing its breed discriminatory law, with a Senate vote on HB 14 expected next week. Topeka, Kansas recently repealed its pit bull terrier ban because it was expensive and ineffective.

Twelve states including Florida prohibit canine profiling, but Florida’s law grandfathered Miami-Dade’s provision. HB 997/SB 1322 would give pet owners in Miami-Dade the same right as pet owners throughout the state.

“This is America. Responsible dog owners should be allowed to own whatever type of dog they choose, regardless of appearance. Reckless owners should be prevented from owning any dog,” VanKavage said.

Experts at Best Friends Animal Society have for many years encouraged state and municipal governments to adopt breed-neutral, dangerous dog/reckless owner laws that focus on the key causes of dog aggression—owners’ failure to spay or neuter, train and socialize dogs regardless of breed, or because they abuse/neglect dogs or force them to live on chains.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dogs not spayed or neutered are nearly three times more likely to bite than sterilized dogs. Their research shows that chained dogs bite nearly three times more often than unchained dogs, and 25 percent of all dog-related fatalities involve tethered dogs. The American Veterinary Medical Association reports that intact males are responsible for 70-76 percent of reported bites.

VanKagave notes that many states have passed laws that allow all dogs to be evaluated and treated as individuals and permit local jurisdictions the authority to hold reckless owners accountable for the behavior of their dogs.

About Best Friends Animal Society®

Best Friends Animal Society is a nonprofit organization building no-kill programs and partnerships that will bring about a day when there are No More Homeless Pets®. The society’s leading initiatives in animal care and community programs are coordinated from its Kanab, Utah, headquarters, the country’s largest no-kill sanctuary. This work is made possible by the personal and financial support of a grassroots network of supporters and community partners across the nation.

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What’s wrong with me?

Question by LovelyTexanChick: What’s wrong with me?
So I’m a 16 year old girl suffering from a thyroid disorder (it’s overactive), and I lost 15 pounds since about a year ago. Now I’m underweight (100 pounds) and I’ve literally shrunk 2 inches!!! I’ve always been 5ft. 4in. whenever I checked, and now no matter how many times they measure me, I’m 5ft. 2in.!!! My parents think I had anorexia on top of that (which is a complete misunderstanding, although I can see why they would think that), b/c I went through a phase where I would read nutrition labels on everything for “nutrition” info, and not necessarily fat and calorie content. Plus I would have super small portions for my meals, b/c for as long as I can remember, I’ve always felt confused over the hungry and full feelings. It seems like my brain sends both messages at once. I was only trying to eat when I was hungry, and even when I was, I felt full after a few bites (but hungry too). Then if I make myself eat a normal portion, I’m HUNGRIER than I was before I started eating. Then I can eat FOREVER and although I feel and even look stuffed, my stomach has that weird burning hungry sensation in the pit of my stomach. I want to eat normal, but no matter how I eat, these feelings continue. I’m just gonna go back to eating “supposed” normal quantities (which is how I’ve always dealt with this issue), to keep myself from eating too little or too much. I’m guessing that’s every 3 hours eating (3 meals and 2 small snacks, right?). Plus I think some of it has to do with my blood sugar balance. I’ve had times when I eat a lot, and get really shaky, dizzy, and hot, like I’m gonna pass out, and I drink some orange juice and feel 100% better. And also I have really bad headaches unless I eat at least every 2 hours or so. Here’s an actual example of what I mean by A LOT:

breakfast (8:00am)-a full bowl cheerios, milk, banana, inch square piece banana bread, almost an entire wheat bread pb+j sandwich.
snack (10:00am)-a large blueberry muffin.
lunch (12:00pm)-turkey sandwich with cottage cheese inside and a scoop of hot dog and beans.
snack (3:00pm)-about inch square piece of banana bread with some milk.
dinner (6:00pm)-2 pita bread sandwiches stuffed with lettuce,tomato, ham, roast beef, ceaser and ranch dressing. Then a tiny scoop of fruit salad.
bedtime snack (10:00pm)-full bowl of chex cereal with milk.

What the heck is wrong with me?! This seems like a whole lot, and sometimes it’s even more than that. It’s just on average how often that burning feeling comes along.

Best answer:

Answer by Moe Marshall
From the feeling you are describing I would reckon you have a high metabolism. This is not something bad, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with you.

People can have high metabolisms for a number of different reasons. Genetics plays a role in determining a high metabolism but it is not the sole contributing factor. Athletes that spend numerous hours every day generally have higher metabolisms than the average person.

If you are trying to figure out if you have a high metabolism there are a few good signs of a high metabolism that you can look for. When in doubt if you are suffering from a high metabolism or potentially something else, make sure to check with your physician.

Different Signs Of A High Metabolism To Look For

The most obvious sign of a high metabolism is that you are thin or even underweight. Other things can contribute to low weight but a high metabolism is a good place to start. People with high metabolisms tend to have less fat on their body than someone who has a low metabolism. Generally a high metabolism will allow a person to eat a lot of food and then maybe never gain a pound from it.

A person that naturally has a high metabolism may never have to exercise and will still be able to maintain their approximate weight. The body just burns the calories so much quicker than an average metabolism that the person does not need to exercise to burn the calories left behind. If however you do not naturally have a high metabolism simply leading an active lifestyle can raise your metabolism. If you have some signs of a high metabolism and you know that you get rigorous exercise several times a week this might be the reason why.

If you have discovered that you have signs of a high metabolism take a look at what you consume during the day. A high metabolism can be brought on when a person eats 5 or 6 small meals a day. Your body needs to digest on a more frequent basis which can help to boost the speed of your metabolism. Likewise, infrequent meals can lead to low metabolism.

If you feel like you have symptoms of a high metabolism you will want to check with a physician to make sure there is not another reason that is causing the increase in metabolism other than things like genetics or exercise. Your physician may want to check for Hyperthyroidism which can cause an elevated metabolic rate

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!