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Dog Day Sunday: 10 Dogs Who are Ready for Sunday Football

Let’s be honest: your dog doesn’t give a single woof about Sunday Night Football.

While you’re munching down on chicken wings and carefully eyeing the performance of your draft picks, your pup is just hoping for some scraps and a chance to play with that good ol’ pig skin.

Still, it’s incredibly fun to dress our pets up and pretend they care!

Check out 10 pups who look ready for Sunday Night Football, and don’t forget to send your own photos and stories to meg@geekgirlworld.com! We’ll feature your dog(s) on our next Dog Day Sunday and enter you to win a Loot Crate Pets!

Go Chiefs, beat Houston!!!

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Dog Day Sunday: Stray Dog Joins Human for 77 Mile Race!

Just as the wand chooses the wizard, sometimes man’s best friend chooses his family.

This is the lesson that an extreme marathon runner recently learned while embarking on a 155 mile race in China’s Gobi desert.

Scotland native Dion Leonard was taking part in the annual 4 Deserts Race Series in March when a stray dog suddenly decided to join him on his journey through the Tian Shian mountain range. The tiny female followed Leonard for a whopping 77 miles, completing 4 out of the 6 stages of the competition with him.

“I didn’t speak much to her that day thinking she wouldn’t stay with me, but at the finish line she followed me into the tent and we slept next to each other,” Leonard told The Independent. “That was it then.”

Leonard researched what it would take to bring his new best friend (who he apty named Gobi) home to Scotland with him, only to be met with massive sticker shock.

“Getting Gobi to the UK is a long process, one that will take up to 4 months and see her medically checked, quarantined and fingers crossed cleared for entry. All this comes at a cost close to a whopping £5000,” Leonard explained on his Crowdfunder page. “We are committed to making this work, I am selling some of my whisky collection (I work for) and we are hopeful this will raise some funds to help make these costs more manageable.”

Leonard won’t have to worry about selling that Whiskey collection, as his Crowdfunder campaign easily surpassed its £5000 goal, and is, as of this writing, only a few hundred Pounds short of the £17,000 marker.

For those of you who aren’t up to date with the current conversion rates, that’s over $22,000!

Gobi is currently safe and is staying with one of Leonard’s friends in China until the quarantine process can officially began. He hopes to be reunited with his best friend by Christmas.

Leonard released an update to his and Gobi’s love story earlier today on YouTube:

 

Once Gobi is (hopefully!) reunited with her human, Leonard plans on donating the remaining sum of money to an animal shelter or rescue facility.

Follow Gobi & Leonard on Facebook to get up-to-date news about Gobi’s journey to her forever home!

Want to see your own dog featured on Dog Day Sunday? Send your photos and stories to meg@geekgirlworld.com and be entered to win a Pet edition of Loot Crate!

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Dog Day Sunday: 5 Reasons to Adopt a Mutt

It’s Dog Day Sunday and National Mutt Day!

National Mutt Day (also known as National Mixed Breed Dog Day), was established in 2005 by Colleen Paige, a celebrity pet & family lifestyle expert and animal welfare advocate. The day is celebrated on July 31 as well as December 2 (bonus!) as part of an effort to raise public awareness about the surplus of mixed-breed dogs in shelters across the country, many of whom will sadly be euthanized due to over crowding.

But there is hope yet for these unwanted, lovable mutts…

Adoption is an excellent way to give a dog a new leash on life, and if the cool stylings of Sarah Mclachlan (as seen above) doesn’t convince you otherwise, maybe these five reasons will:

1. You’ll be saving a life

According to the ASPCA, only 35% of shelter dogs are adopted, and another 31% are destined to be euthanized. To put that in raw numbers, an average of 1.2 million shelter dogs are euthanized each year.

So by choosing to adopt, rather than shop, you get a new best friend and save the life of a helpless dog.

2. You’ll help put puppy mills out of business

See that cute, fluffy little puppy in the local pet store window? He was most likely born in a puppy mill.

A puppy mill is a large-scale commercial dog breeding facility where dogs are treated like products, not best friends.

These facilities are often crowded, and it’s not uncommon to see dogs and puppies stacked on top of one another like warehouse products. Puppy mill facilities are often extremely unsanitary, with no proper vet care, food, water, or basic socialization available to the dogs who call the factory “home.”

Female dogs are bred as soon as they are mature enough to (and sometimes earlier) and are given little-to-no recovery time between litters. Puppies are ripped from their mothers prematurely and are sold to consumers in pet shops and online marketplaces.

As a result of these shady and unsanitary breeding tactics, puppies born in mills are prone to congenital and hereditary conditions, such as heart disease and blood and respiratory disorders. 

There are two ways to put puppy mills out of business once and for all: purchase a puppy from a certified breeder or adopt.

3. Purebred dogs are plagued with genetic disorders

On the outside, purebred dogs are the perfect choice for dog shows and keeping up with the Jones’ in uppity social circles, but on the inside, they are genetically inbred monsters.

“I’m willing to go on record and say that I generally observe at least one genetic disease in nine out of 10 purebred patients during their first examination with me,” says Dr. Patty Khuly VMD in an op-ed piece for Vetstreet.

“We can chalk a lot of this up to line breeding, the failure to adequately test parents for genetic diseases and the trend among show breeders toward increasingly exaggerated features. Case in point: The English Bulldog of the 1930s bears little resemblance to the flat-faced modern varietal.”

So how can you help ensure that your best friend is free of any major health issues? Truthfully, nothing.

But Dr. Patty does have one big suggestion for would-be dog owners that might help: adopt.

“I know it’s not a popular position to advocate against purebred ownership, but when you consider the genetic disease and animal welfare problems it raises, it makes sense for me to urge my clients to consider mixed breed dogs.”

4. Adoption will save you a fortune

Depending on the dog’s breed and pedigree, purchasing your new best friend from a breeder can cost you thousands of dollars.

Adoption, on the other hand, is extremely inexpensive and sometimes even totally free!

Adopting a dog from a shelter requires only a big heart and a small adoption fee, the latter which helps to support and maintain the shelter’s facilities.

5. You’ll unwittingly become an activist for the cause

Mutts are as unique as snowflakes, and because of this, people will never stop asking you what kind of dog you have.

This provides you with the perfect opportunity to explain to your peers and random admiring strangers the benefits of owning a mutt, and how adopting one helps save the life of an animal in need.

By sharing your story and message, you might just save yet another life.

Find your local shelter or rescue center here!

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Dog Day Sunday: Fireworks + Dogs = Stress

The Fourth of July is upon us, and that means only one thing: celebrating our independence from Britain fireworks!

Those bright aerial explosions are a total delight for Earth’s only pyromaniac race, but for our pets, experiencing fireworks can be strange and downright terrifying.

Make sure that your lovable canine is safe and happy this Fourth of July by following these tips:

Leave your dog at home

If you know that your dog is afraid of Fireworks, don’t bring him with you to fireworks displays. Period.

More pets tend to run away on the Fourth of July than on any other day, so do not leave your dogs outside unattended – especially if you aren’t home. Keep your pet inside (preferably in a crate, if he is crate trained) and make sure that all the doors and windows are securely shut.

If your dog is a known escape artist, then make sure that his tags are securely fastened on his collar. Just in case.

Mind your body language

If you’re going to be with your dog when the fireworks start exploding in the sky, then it is important to keep your dog close to you and as calm as possible.

Dogs are experts at reading human body language, so your reaction to the fireworks will help them form their own reactions. It may be difficult, but try to be stoic and unexcitable during the fireworks, and divert your gaze from the sky from time to time to play with your dog and reward him for doing some fun tricks.

If you aren’t making a big deal of the fireworks, then your dog might not either.

Consider purchasing a Thundershirt

This veterinarian approved and recommended product gently pulsates and applies pressure on the dog’s body, which soothes the dog and helps keeps him calm through many stressful and high energy situations – including fireworks.

Please note: your dog will need to be conditioned to wear this shirt, so it’s important to let your dog relax in it and get used to it several times before the fireworks begin, otherwise it won’t be an effective tool.

The shirt retails for roughly $40 and can be purchased online and at most major pet chains (think Petco and PetSmart).

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Allow your dog plenty of exercise

Your dog may not stress out as much around fireworks if he has spent the day playing and moving, so take a break from the barbecues and pool excursions and spend some quality time with Fido!

Take your dog out to the dog park to play, go for a hike or jog, or just play for hours on end! Do whatever you can to tire your pup out so he (hopefully) can sleep through those scary sky explosions.

If you are going to be exercising your dog more than usual, it’s important to ensure that he is well fed and hydrated throughout the entire day.

This should go without saying, but you know folks these days…

Desensitize your dog to fireworks

If fireworks are a regular occurrence where you live, then you might want to consider desensitizing your dog to the sound.

This can be done by playing sound bytes of fireworks in front of your dog routinely over the span of a couple months. Start with low volume levels, and then gradually pump up the jams over time.

You want your dog to associate the sound with safety, not fear, so it’s extremely important to make sure that your dog is submissive, calm, and comfortable before exposing him to the sound.

This process will take time and patience, but after a while your dog will no longer be afraid of fireworks!

Do you have any more tips that may help dogs get through the Fourth of July peacefully? Let us know in the comments!

 

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Dog Day Sunday: Happy Little Camper!

I just spent the weekend camping in Vermont with my lovable little companion, Bailey Bear, and as a child of the 21st century, I naturally documented the whole trip in photographs.

Check out our adventure in the gallery below!

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Before you get too jealous, I will note that our trip featured 30 degree weather, near hurricane winds, and heavy downpours. Ever had to fish an EZ-Up tent from a tree? Yep… it was that kind of weekend.

But enough about our adventure… we want to see yours!

Send your pet photos and stories to webmaster@geekgirlworld.com

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Clueless Motorist: Chrysler Hell

I’m really upset that I own a Chrysler vehicle, but probably not for the reason you’d expect.

In case you haven’t heard by now, Fiat Chrysler is recalling MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS of vehicles, including the Dodge Ram and pretty much every Jeep Grand Cherokee ever made. Seriously.

The main issue with these vehicles being that well, they just suck. Rams are losing control because of shitty suspension, Grand Cherokee’s are spontaneously combusting upon rear-end impact, cats and dogs are living together, Madonna is still making music… it’s a mess.

I’m sure that the executives over at Fiat are sobbing uncontrollably in their over-sized Jacuzzi bathtubs in their ridiculously ornate and gorgeous Italian mansions right now. They inherited one hell of a problem when they bought out Chrysler, and now they are now forced to pay up to $105M in penalties to the NHTSA (That’s the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).

But what is a huge financial problem for Fiat is an even bigger problem for consumers, who unknowingly may be driving around ticking time bombs. If you do own a Chrysler-made vehicle then it definitely is essential that you check to see if your vehicle is on the recall list.

Obviously Fiat Chrysler will be fixing these vehicles at no charge, but there’s also another fantastic option available that will help you get rid of your Chrysler death trap once and for all: they will buy your car back from you at current market value, plus give you 10% more on top of that. This is only for select vehicles, but STILL, that is awesome!

Well, awesome for everyone except people like me who own a Chrysler vehicle not on the recall list.

I absolutely adore my 2004 Chrysler Sebring convertible, which my parents bought me some years ago for college (yeah yeah, I was spoiled). I have heated seats, leather, and the absolute luxury of my long, long hair getting endlessly tangled in the wind.

Me trying to brush my hair after cruising top down without a hair tie #struggle

But I also live in Massachusetts, and our weather severely limits its use. Plus, I have a Mustang as well (this one I bought all by myself, I thank you) and I really need something with some AWD power, as our winters are no joke.

So, even though I love Serena (I named her, get over it), shes gots to go.

But how the hell can I EVER hope to sell my car when Chrysler’s already tarnished reputation is heading down to previously uncharted depths of hell?

Soon trying to sell a Chrysler (and actually profiting) is going to be as impossible as selling Nickleback’s new album. It’s going to be that bad.

All I can do at this point is pray that some catastrophic mistake is finally noticed in Sebring convertibles of the same year as mine, leading Fiat Chrysler to buy it right from me.

This will be the best case scenario, as I’m a little too busy (and lazy) to put the car up on the market and deal with bogus Craigslist scammers, trolls, and morons. No, I’m not going to accept your ridiculously vast collection of bald, naked Barbie dolls as a trade in. Yeesh.

Sigh. Thanks Chrysler… your suckery will not be forgotten, I assure you.

Do you own a Chrysler vehicle? Let me know your thoughts on the recall in the comments!

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Clueless Motorist: How to Fix Minor Scratches!

 

I was backing out of my garage one morning in a sleepy haze when suddenly I heard the distinct sound of scratching paint. I let the bagel that had been dangling from my mouth drop to my lap and I let out a slew of expletives too vile to list.

I put the car into park, got out (now suddenly wide awake) and confirmed my fear: I had scraped the right side of my car on the innards of the garage.

Luckily I didn’t bend or dent the frame, but I was left with a scuff and a nice sliver taken out of the paint. Oh, and some extremely annoying white residue.

But still, my car is my child! My baby! Any blemish upon my vehicle is a blemish upon my very soul. I was to be doomed to live a half-life of torment knowing that I allowed such a stupid mistake to ruin my baby.

Okay, well maybe that’s taking it a little too far, but you get the idea: I was upset!

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So I took her to the local auto body shop to get an estimate, where they told me it would be over $700 dollars to fix.

My bumper is road rashed from all my driving so I planned on getting it repainted eventually… but over $700? Are you kidding? For that price I could buy an entire new bumper, or even an awesome new Kate Spade bag (decisions!).

The silver lining here was that they informed me that most of the white residue could actually come off, meaning that my side fender (which was also scratched where it connects to the bumper) wouldn’t have to be repainted at all. And if they could easily get that off, then why can’t I?

I decided to take some time out and try to fix the damage, experimenting a little with different products and methods. Eventually I found a nice little routine that worked, and for a DIY job it actually turned out pretty well!

So, without further adieu, here are my steps for getting some minor scratches and blemishes off your precious ride:

1. Prep the area. Clean the area that you are trying to fix as best as you can, that way you can focus on the scratches without surface dirt getting in the way.  Rise the area first and then lather it with car wash solution (If you don’t have car wash solution on hand, simply just mix some soap and water together). Use a sponge to get all the dirt out of the area, rinse it, and then dry it off with a microfiber towel (or just a regular towel, but I highly suggest the former).

2. Bring out the nail polish remover!  If you’ve grazed something (or something grazed you) it’s usually going to be the color of whatever that object was that made contact with your vehicle (in my case, the white residue on my car was due to the fact that I grazed a white garage). That residue unfortunately can be hard to get off, even with a normal wash.

For this you’re going to want to go into your manicure kit and bring out the nail polish remover. Nail polish remover isn’t just for removing stubborn nail art, it’s also a perfect tool for getting  hard-to-remove residue off of your vehicle.

Apply the nail polish remover to a clean rag, and slowly (but with some pressure) wipe the affected area in a circular motion. If you’re lucky, you should see the residue disappear.  But if you have nail polish on like I did, yeah… that’s also going to disappear.

3. Wash down the area again: You don’t want the nail polish remover to stay on your paint, as it can actually erode it. As soon as you are done, QUICKLY wash down the area again with soap and water to get the remainder of the nail polish remover off.

4. Time for a wax! No, ladies, not for you. Car wax does a wonderful job of getting rid of blemishes that your car has, such as light scratches and annoying circular patterns. It fills in the scratches and not only evens the paint out, but protects it. If waxing your car isn’t something you are already doing, then I highly recommend making it a habit. Time consuming? Yes, but you’ll see wonderful results.

5. 3M scratch remover. Available at auto stores pretty much everywhere, 3M scratch remover fills in the scratches and bonds to your paint. Put some on a rag and firmly rub into the affected area until its dry. You may have to do this a few more times before you see the results you want, depending on the extent of the damage.

6. See the results!

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As you can see from my car, all that ugly white residue has disappeared. All that’s left unfortunately is a deep scratch that I can’t really fix and a random scuff.

I will still be getting my front bumper professional fixed and repainted, but at least for the mean time the damage is less noticeable.

Oh, and if you noticed that the headlights look different, good eye! I installed my blackout headlight covers while I was prepping the car.

Hopefully this method will work for all you poor folks out there with blemishes on your own babies! Have any more tips on fixing scratches at home? I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments! 

 

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Clueless Motorist: The Cold Hard Truth About Cold Air Intakes

I equate having to listen to people talk about their engines to being Charlie Brown in class: I know they’re spitting out words, but it’s just utter nonsense to me. And rather than make an effort to understand, I usually just get sucked into my smartphone and play video games (Clash of Clans, baby!) until it’s all over.

But on those rare occasions that I do decide to tune in to their conversations about…tuning… I usually just hear a bunch of words I’ve never heard before and copious references to new “cold air intakes”.

What the fuck is a cold air intake, and more importantly, why should we all care?

From what I’ve gathered over the years, a CAI is something that not only makes your car faster and run smoother, but also adds a little yellow smiley sticker to your ego that says “good job!”

ImageLet’s consult our educational overlord, Wikipedia, in order to get some answers here.

A cold air intake is an aftermarket assembly of parts used to bring relatively cool air into a car’s internal-combustion engine.

Most vehicles manufactured since the mid-1970s have thermostatic air intake systems that regulate the temperature of the air entering the engine’s intake tract, providing warm air when the engine is cold and cold air when the engine is warm to maximize performance, efficiency, and fuel economy. Aftermarket cold air intake systems are marketed with claims of increased engine efficiency and performance. The putative principle behind a cold air intake is that cooler air has a higher density, thus containing more oxygen per volume unit than warmer air.

The kicker in this explanation is the fact that they used the word “claims”. With a decent cold air intake and tuner kit (which is used to calibrate your engine to your desired specifications) being around $700 for my car (A 2010 Ford Mustang), I’m not taking any chances on claims.

It either works or it doesn’t, annnnnnd, according to the video below…

…it really doesn’t.

So why the hell are people spending good money to alter their engines for something that essentially has very little gain?

Part of the reason may be because a cold air intake will tend to make the engine louder, which some consider a coveted trait in their vehicles.

Or it might just be the flawed rule of mathematics: loud engine + hot person = one smoking hot date.

But if I had to guess, the real reason for the popularity surrounding the CAI is most likely due to the chain effect. You all know what I’m talking about. If everyone tells you that the iPhone is the best phone ever (a “fact” I will always argue), then next time you go shopping for a phone, you buy an iPhone. Why argue with the general consensus?

Whatever the cause, just don’t allow yourself to get suckered into purchasing something for your car you really won’t need. Do your research first on your specific make and model and consult an expert.

And the next time people around you are blabbering about cold air intakes, blind them with your new found science! You might just save someone quite a few bucks down the road.

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