5 Reasons To Shave Your Head

I don’t think having a shaved head has ever been more cool than it is right now. This is very interesting because those without hair used to be the laughing stock of the public sphere, but now being bald is just as popular as ever. There are several advantages and reason as to why you would actually WANT to be bald. It’s not just about balding and eventually losing all your hair, but many people (mostly guys) choose to be bald. Here are a few reason why you should shave your head:

First of all, the number one reason people go bald is because they are sick of dealing with their hair. Either they can’t decide on a hair style and figure “no hair is better than ugly hair”, or they just get tired of messing with it. Without any hair, your mornings go by so much quicker! You can shower in record time, and you don’t have to comb or style your hair; this ultimately means more sleep for you.

Another reason as to why you may want to shave your head is for the looks. Are you proud of your skull and think you’ve got an awesome facial structure? Shaving your head will only put more eyes looking at that beautiful face of yours. Given, not everyone has perfectly round heads; this means going bald may not be in your best interests, but for those who have round heads and/or proud of their facial structure, going bald could drastically increase your sex appeal.

Shaving your head also means that you don’t need to worry about getting hair cuts and trims. All you have to do is take a razor to your head and you’ll be done before you know it. While some prefer electric shavers along with oils and gels, it doesn’t have to be that complex. If you are okay with not having the greatest shaved head in the room then I promise shaving your head will probably be the easiest thing you’ve ever done.

Having your head exposed to the elements is another great thing about having a shaved head. Let’s say it’s summer time and you’re outside in the heat doing stressful physical labor. Luckily for you, your hair is all gone so when that cool breeze comes through it goes straight to cooling off your head. I guarantee you’ll feel much cooler than the guy with long shaggy hair down to his shoulders who is dripping with sweat. Don’t forget that rain will also have a very limited effect on you. You’ll pretty much be like a duck and let the rain just slide right off your head!

Last but not least, going bald gives you major style points. With a clean-shaven head it shows to people that you are not afraid to put yourself out there and “you are who you are”. It means you like simplicity and don’t buy into the trendiest styles. While being bald is a style in and of itself, it’s a cool style that shows you’re not out to try and impress anybody.

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Summer-ize Your Dog's Diet

Summer time is not only the time to be outside enjoying the warm weather with friends and family, but dogs can participate in summer activities as well. Don’t forget, your dog probably enjoys summer time just as much as you do, so be sure to spend lots of time with your dog outdoors and having some fun-in-the-sun.

Going to the park with your dog and playing catch with a Frisbee is one of the most popular activities that many dog owners enjoy. By doing this you will not only completely make your dog’s day, but also provide him/her much needed exercise after being cramped up inside the house during the cold winters and rainy spring.

If Frisbee isn’t your catch, a simple walk or jog with your dog is an easy substitute. If you’re not the one for much exercise than the simple game of fetch could sure enough be your choice of summer activity. You could be sitting down, enjoying a cold beverage in amidst some company while tossing the ball and letting the dog do all the work. Any moment spent outside in your company is all he/she asks for.

Summer is not only a time of exercise and fun-in-the-sun, but also a fantastic time to really crack down on diet. Fruit is bountiful in the summer, but fruit is not just for humans. Dogs enjoy fruit just as much as we do, so let them enjoy a desired tasty treat! Some dog owners favor bananas the most. Eating banana is great way for your dog to get potassium and other nutrients that are not quite as common in other foods as you would expect. Bananas are also very easy to eat and can easily be shared between dog and person. Other popular fruits that dogs are known to enjoy are cantaloupe, pumpkin, watermelon, and blue berries. My personal favorite is apples because, well, who doesn’t enjoy seeing their dog try to eat an apple?

A food that many dog owners stay away from  is cheese, but cheese is actually not bad for dogs. Yes, too much cheese and certain types of cheese (blue cheese for example) can cause diarrhea and an upset stomach, but a little bit of cheddar, Swiss, or American cheese every now and then can actually have its benefits. It’s important that you know whether or not your dog is lactose intolerant or not; obviously if he/she is you do NOT want to give him/her cheese.

A popular use for cheese is as a camouflage for medicine or prescription pills. Because dogs go absolutely insane over cheese (again, make sure you monitor how much you give your dog), they will often wolf down a bit of cheese regardless of what is inside. This makes giving your dog prescription pills that he/she may otherwise turn his/her nose up at actually edible.

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pet_recipes2There are several things that a dog and a human can share such as a blanket and the bed, but food and medication? As surprising as it may sound there are some human food and medications that will work for a dog as well.

Summer months are a great time of year for produce, and both you and your dog can benefit from the harvest. Summer strawberries, squash, sweet potatoes, even green beans for dogs are a great addition to their diet. Fruits and vegetables add much needed fiber, vitamins and minerals, and antioxidants to the diet of your family canine.

The benefits from fruits and vegetables are much the same for dogs are they are for humans. Fiber keeps the good cholesterol or LDL and eliminates the bad cholesterol which can lead to heart disease. Vitamins keep the immune systems in tip-top shape and antioxidants fight off cancer cells.

There are however, some foods that a dog should never be allowed to eat because they cancause sickness and even death. Chocolate has stimulants which could be extremely harmful and toxic to a pooch.  Some nuts can cause allergic reactions. Grapes and raisins even in small amounts are known to be fatally toxic, although researchers are still trying to determine exactly why. Some dogs have sensitive stomachs so feeding them unfamiliar foods should be done with caution.

If by chance your dog has eaten something which is causing an allergic reaction you may be able to help. There are some medications, such as Benadryl for dogs which can alleviate their allergic symptoms. Lemon water is a good solution for fleas as they are repelled by citrus.

Pepto-Bismol can help alleviate diarrhea, and small amounts of baby aspirin is a short term cure for inflammation and pain. The weight of the dog and their personal medical history must be taken into consideration before being given any medication, so consult a veterinarian beforehand.

Summer is a great time of year for getting you and your pooch out of the house and down to the local farmers market for some fresh produce. You will both reap the benefits of some naturally healthy foods and you will be providing your canine companion the plant based foods they need for a long and healthy life. If by chance doggy is not feeling too well you may be able to help with some medication from your bathroom cabinet.

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dog and strawberryFor some unknown reason people tend to eat healthier, lighter foods during the summertime. Perhaps we don’t need the comfort foods of winter time when the sun is blazing in the sky, bathing us in its summertime warmth. The family pooch is happier too, being able to run around in the sunshine instead of staring out of a window at the chilly winter rainfall.

Breakfast during the summer months seems to lighten up with people eating more fruits and fewer carbohydrates. That being said, how about the family pooch? They might appreciate a little variety in their daily fare. So what are some of the foods a dog might like during the summer months?

Feeding oatmeal and strawberries to dogs may seem a bit strange, but they are actually good for our canine companions. Dogs are omnivores and for proper nutrition they need both plant based foods and animal protein. If you check the ingredients in a good quality dog food you will see things listed such as deboned chicken, fish, oatmeal, brown rice, spinach, pumpkin, blackberries, and many different vitamin and minerals.

Oatmeal for dogs is a great idea because of the many benefits it provides such as helping to prevent heart disease and diabetes. It is very high in fiber content which helps to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. Oats have a unique blend of antioxidants which prevent the LDL, or good cholesterol from being damaged by free radicals. Oats are known to enhance the immune system and to keep blood sugar levels in check. This good news about oats applies to dogs as well as humans, so enjoy a nice bowl of oatmeal together.

Feeding fruit to the family pooch is as good an idea for them as it is for humans. Fruits have many benefits in the form of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Strawberries for dogsare a tasty treat, but must be given with caution since too many could cause an upset stomach. Strawberries contain antioxidants, vitamin C which is good for the immune system and of course the all important fiber, which helps to keep the intestinal tract working properly.

Feeding oatmeal and strawberries to dogs for breakfast is a tasty way for your canine friend to get the nutrition they need and deserve. There are many great recipes for homemade dog food available but keep in mind that a good dog food also has added vitamin and minerals for the health of the dog.

As with humans, dogs have food sensitivities and care must be taken when feeding them something new. There are also several types of foods that should never be given to a dog under any circumstances such as chocolate, which is toxic to dogs. Beer with hops is another bad thing for dogs, as the hops are poisonous to the pooch. As with anything, take precautions and speak to a vet if you’re unsure about the diet of your canine companion.

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There’s a lot of ways to have fun in the summer but so many of us forget to kick back and enjoy ourselves; it’s such a shame because it’s warm out, there’s places to go, people to see and things to enjoy. If you’re looking for a way to cool down and want to splash around with your friends or family then make time to enjoy the following 7 summer recreation ideas involving water.

1. Whale Watching

Whale watching is one of the most enjoyable and relaxing experiences you can have out on the water. Whale watching is all about enjoying the scenery, floating out there on a boat and checking out the world’s most beautiful and majestic creatures.

2. Water Balloon Fight

This activity is more for the child at heart, but a water balloon fight can be a blast. Just fill up some balloons and tie them off and start chucking them at each other. A water balloon fight is a refreshing romp for hot summer days.

3. Go for a Swim

Probably the most obvious activity on this list but it’s also something many people forget to do. Go to a pool or a popular lake and jump in and play, or take along a floating mat and simply relax.

4. Fresh Water Fishing

Fresh water fishing is one of the most common ways to go fishing and it’s a lot of fun – you can even catch some pretty impressive monsters if you’re lucky. Get your bait, rod and see if you can catch a few this summer. It’s a great way to spend the day and fun for the whole family or by yourself for some quiet time.

5. White Water Rafting

Rafting can be an intense experience or it can be a calming one depending on where you go. No matter what kind of experience you’re looking for, go white water rafting and you’ll find it; you’ll also be guaranteed beautiful surroundings.

6. Kayaking

Kayaking is a wonderful way to enjoy the water and a tranquil one as well, calmly paddling through the water. There are countless ways to enjoy kayaking including whitewater kayaking, sea kayaking and touring out on the ocean on bodies of water like lakes.

7. Try Water Skiing

Water skiing can be a stressful experience (for the newbie) at first but it’s actually a very enjoyable one if you take the time to do it and learn how to do it right. Try water skiing and see just how fun and how fast you can go.