The dog may lose consciousness and fall to the ground. There may also be teeth gnashing, frantic thrashing of limbs, excessive drooling, vocalizing, paddling of feet, uncontrollable urination and defecation. The Post Ictus is the stage after the seizure when the dog may pace endlessly, appear blind and deaf and eat or drink excessively.
When a dog first experiences a seizure, it is essential to rule out causes other than true epilepsy. It is difficult to diagnose canine epilepsy because many other diseases or disorders can result in seizures Therefore, blood tests, x-rays, physical examination, and history leading up to the seizure are necessary for accurate diagnosis. If the clinician finds no identifiable cause of the seizure based on clinical evaluation, then the dog is considered to have true epilepsy. Seizures are not predictable. Some dogs appear to have seizures very regularly, while in others, the seizures appear to be precipitated by specific events such as stress, or changes in the weather. But, for most epileptics, there is no pattern to their seizures.
The goal in treating canine epilepsy is to restore a normal life for the epileptic dog through complete control of seizures with no side effects.
However this is frequently not possible and a more realistic goal is to reduce the frequency and severity of the seizures without creating unacceptable side effects from the medications given. For a dog that has a single seizure or infrequent seizures medication is generally not required, but research suggest that dogs treated with medication early in the course of epilepsy have better long- term control of their seizures, compared to dogs that are allowed to have many seizures before anti-seizure medication is started. The medications Phenobarbital or Potassium Bromide are usually used in initial treatment. These anti-epileptic drugs do not cure epilepsy; they simply control the seizures. Most epileptics require life-long therapy to control their seizures.… [Read More]
An average of $11 is the half-day rate. This is the rate for simple services and does not include additional services such as grooming, vet care, or training. The pricing landscape of the competition is largely homogeneous and is relatively price sensitive. Differentiation in the market will not be likely to be achieved through price differentiation. There Product Differentiation
Many doggy daycare centers in the area offer grooming and access to veterinary care services. These services have become standard in the industry. A few provide doggy gymnastics and some provide basic training and obedience. The dog etiquette and trick training being offered by the proposed doggy daycare center will differentiate the services offered from those of competitors. The training services being offered by this facility are unlike those of the competition as they go beyond the basic training offered by other doggy daycare services.
The doggy daycare facility will make a special effort to make the dogs and their owners feel comfortable and welcome. It will provide a homelike atmosphere, rather than a stark, cage-like kennel atmosphere. Working to provide a homelike, rather than an institutional atmosphere will also help to differentiate the facility from its competitors. It is expected that the atmosphere alone will allow the facility to charge slightly higher prices than its competitors. However, it is not expected that the rise in price can be significant, as the market is price sensitive. Pricing slightly higher than the competition will also add to the "feeling" that the new facility is more upscale than its competition. Using this strategy will allow the facility to attract a clientele that is less price sensitive than pricing the facility as the "bargain basement" center.
From a management standpoint, pricing is part of building the company's brand image. Consumers expect to pay a certain price for a specific good or service. This is the base price…… [Read More]
Dogs of March by Ernest Hebert
Hebert tries hard, I think, to depict the lives of the native rural denizens -- the Elmans and their friends -- as realistically as possible. What are the characteristics of their lives? What are their values, especially their attitude toward their land and nature? How do you think we are supposed to feel about them -- sympathetic? Are they romanticized in any ways? What effects do they experience from the changes that are happening around them? Can you tell if Hebert's sympathy lies with the natives or the newcomers?
Set in New England the Dogs of March by Ernest Herbert, is a novel about the American Dream giving an emotional drama of characters that live simple lives and depict the common day-to-day turmoil faced by people and the effect that this turmoil has on others. Presented in the quaint hills of New Hampshire the story is a conceptual piece of art with black humor as its main technique which presents Howard Elman as the main character for and to whom nothing in life is fair.
The main character Howard Elman is to some an anti-hero and to others just a man struggling to make his life worth living. His thoughts are jumbled and his personality a reflection of his environment where birches and bullets and junk and material wealth survive side by side. The main theme of the novel is the conflict between the character and the change that is taking place within his world. As progress takes place new people enter his 'world' and breed resentment as they symbolize a class conflict that cannot be easily accepted. The American Dream is coming true for some who have "college degrees and big bank accounts" while others resist the change to live life as they have done for the years past.
In the past, when agriculture was a way of life, people in the U.S. And beyond lived a life that was…… [Read More]
Dogs Verses Cats
Dogs and cats are the two most common animals among pet owners. Each provides unconditional love as well as health and emotional benefits for the owners and each are fairly equal regarding responsibility and care, however, dogs and cats each have unique qualities.
There are numerous benefits to pet ownership, whether one owns a dog or a cat. It is reported that pet owners live longer and healthier lives than individuals without pets and that blood pressure can fall to resting levels or below just by petting an animal (Health pp). The cholesterol levels of pet owners are two percent lower and heart attacks are four percent lower in pet owners compared to non-pet owners (Health pp). Moreover, the survival rate of people who have had a heart attack and own pets increased from one in fifteen to one in eighty-seven (Health pp). Petting or stroking a cat or dog can be very relaxing and a great stress relief and even just watching or touching a pet affects people physiologically (Health pp). It is reported that handicapped people and those who live alone feel more self-confident and safe in social situations when accompanied by a pet and are more motivated to get out and exercise and stay fit when they have a pet (Health pp).
Owning a pet may also be good for your mood. According to studies conducted on men with AIDS and with senior citizens pet ownership can help relieve symptoms of depression (Benefits pp). A study published in the March 1999 Journal of the American Geriatrics Society showed that senior citizens who own pets are less likely to be depressed, are better able to tolerate social isolation than those without pets and activity levels increased regardless of the kind of pet the individuals owned (Benefits pp). Moreover, pet owners who live alone say that they are…… [Read More]
Search and Rescue Dogs
Search and rescue is all about saving lives. And the capability to save a life is regularly dependent upon how quickly a person can be found and accessed (National Association for Search & Rescue, 2011). Search-and-rescue dogs are smart, nimble and compliant, but their high drive to want to play is what makes them look for a missing person in all kinds of different places and situations. At its most fundamental, the job of a Search and Rescue (SAR) dog has two components. The first is to find the source of a human scent and the second is to let the handler know where it is (Layton, 2011).
The dogs trained for urban search and rescue, utilize their noses to find living victims who are trapped when disastrous events take place like a building collapsing due to an earthquake, hurricane or explosion. Other SAR dogs are trained in wilderness, avalanche and water searches. Each type of SAR requires specific training. Disaster dogs must be capable to focus on their search while finding their way around large piles of shifting rubble and contending with commotion that may include other search dogs and people, and the existence of cadavers (Mehus-Roe, 2011).
Experts estimate that a single SAR dog can complete the work of twenty to thirty human searchers. It's not just about smell, either, dogs have superior hearing and night vision which also come into play. Time is constantly an issue in search and rescue. In an avalanche condition, for example, roughly ninety percent of victims are alive fifteen minutes after being buried; only thirty percent are alive after thirty five minutes. While most avalanche victims don't survive, their chances increase exponentially when dogs are in on the search. Even in cases where victims are thought to be dead, dogs are invaluable assets since they can locate the bodies so family members can have closure and give their loved one a proper burial (Layton, 2011).
SAR dogs can do a lot of astounding things, including rappel down mountainsides with their handler, find a human being within a five hundred meter radius, locate a dead body under water, climb ladders and walk across an unsteady beam in a collapsed building, but it's all toward the single end of finding human scent. This may be in the form…… [Read More]
Rosie the Courtroom Dog
Should therapy dogs be allowed in the courtroom as support for victims?
Rosie the courtroom dog was cute, fuzzy -- and controversial. "Rosie is a golden retriever therapy dog who specializes in comforting people when they are under stress. Both prosecutors and defense lawyers have described her as adorable, though she has been known to slobber" (Glaberson 2011). An example of how Rosie was used can be seen in the trial of a rapist of a fourteen-year-old girl. The girl was able to hold Rosie and pet her while she testified. Advocates of 'Rosies' suggest that dogs can provide helpful emotional sustenance to vulnerable defendants, especially children, when they are struggling with uncomfortable memories. However, opponents of therapy dogs argue that they can unfairly slant the jury against a defendant simply by their presence, regardless of the person's true guilt or innocence. "Defense lawyers argue that the dogs may unfairly sway jurors with their cuteness and the natural empathy they attract, whether a witness is telling the truth or not, and some prosecutors insist that the courtroom dogs can be a crucial comfort to those enduring the ordeal of testifying, especially children" (Glaberson 2011). This essay will present both sides of the story regarding the appropriateness of therapy dogs in the courtroom but will ultimately argue that the pressure to pass a law to permit these animals in the courtroom does not sufficiently protect defendant's rights.
Proponents of the use of therapy dogs point out that service dogs have long been allowed in the courtroom. No one argues that a guide dog for the blind or a service dog for a disabled person is so cute and cuddly they make it impossible to give the person a fair trial. Not all service dogs help people with obvious disabilities. Some assist people with epilepsy or provide emotional comfort to persons with agoraphobia or autism. Allowing a dog to act as an emotional support for a person in the courtroom is just a natural extension of this function. When the…… [Read More]
Smakey Dog Foods
Discuss how the SEC has influence (if any) over the audit of Smackey Dog Foods, Inc.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has a significant influence on the audit of Smackey Dog Foods, Inc. By Keller CPAs. The SEC's influence comes primarily by the audit standards that have to be applied to the business and independence is one of the principles of the AICPA. The other principles are responsibilities, the public interest, integrity, objectivity and independence, due care, and scope and nature of services. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 introduced many new requirements. These requirements relate to: the independence of audit committee members; the audit committee's responsibility to select and oversee the issuer's independent accountant; procedures for handling complaints regarding the issuer's accounting practices; the authority of the audit committee to engage advisors; and funding for the independent auditor and any outside advisors engaged by the audit committee (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, N.d.).
Q2: Discuss the essential activities involved in the initial planning of an audit. How do these all specifically to the Smackey Dog Food client?
The auditor considers many factors in determining the nature, timing, and extent of auditing procedures to be performed in an audit of an entity's financial statements (PCAOB, N.d.). The following are five steps in the essential activities involved in the initial planning of an audit and as they relate to Smackey Dog Food, Inc.
1. Understand the client's business and industry.
2. Assess client business risk.
3. Perform preliminary analytical procedures.
4. Set materiality and assess acceptable audit risk and inherent risk.
5. Develop overall audit plan and audit program.
Smackey's representatives must conduct each step rigorously to ensure that the company is not only in compliance, but also is making good use of managerial accounting and the company's assets. The financial auditing quality…… [Read More]
Smackey Dog Foods
My role at Smackey Dog Food is to apply the audit procedures and objectives to this company. A cursory examination reveals that there are many areas where Smackey's accounting practices can be improved. At times, there are faults with the techniques that are being used. At other times, there are faults just as much with the control systems. Inadequate control systems are often the cause of problems with a company's accounting practices, and ensuring that proper controls are in place is one of the most important roles of the auditor (CSU, 2009). In this analysis, the issues will be taken one at a time, and then some final overarching recommendations will be made to ensure that not only are these problems addressed but that systems are in place to ensure that there are no further problems.
Problem #1 -- Waste and Margins
The one-serving packages that are freshly manufactured are sold at three times the price of their other products. Waste is an issue for this product, in part because of the necessity of using fresh ingredients. From a business perspective, Smackey can set its prices at whatever level it feels is appropriate for the market, but the company should have a sense of whether or not this product is making money. Thus, the company must be able to measure this waste in order to ensure that it makes money on this product. High waste is a symptom of poor controls. A management accounting system is recommended, for example contribution margin accounting, in order to determine whether this product generates profits. Waste must be included in the cost of goods sold. This will allow for a more effective breakeven analysis (Richards, 2012). It is worth considering that an essential component of good control is measurement. Right now the company does not know how much waste is associated with this product. There is evidence of waste throughout the production department, in fact. This is fundamental, so initiating a breakeven analysis will demand that the production department is able to track waste and will help management to make better decisions about what products to carry and what products should be dropped.
Problem #2 -- The Warehouse
There are a few problems with the warehouse operations. The first is that there…… [Read More]
The following chart illustrates the orientation and where the dog's social, sexual and micturition behaviors should be oriented.
Source: Tieken (1999)
The appropriate socialization of the dog is also important. Guidelines for socialization of the dog is shown for the age appropriate socialization in the following table.
Dog needs nurturing from the dam and to be protected from environmental extremes.
Some human contact is advisable
Continue nurturing, but allow some mild stress such as cold or short-term social isolation. Also increase human contact with some interaction. Studies have revealed that pups that experience mild stress grow up to handle stress better than littermates who were protected from all stress.
This is a fear imprinting period. Avoid negative forceful reinforcements; minimize all stress; be careful to avoid threatening situations (e.g., close proximity to large strange dogs, manwork, or courage testing). Continue to socialize the dog.
Avoid negative forceful reinforcements Avoid close proximity to manwork, but allow the pup to observe at a safe distance. Graduate his exposure as his confidence grows. Avoid anything that cowers him until the dog is ready. Demonstrate to the dog that you are confident and allow him the freedom to investigate on his own.
Avoid anything that cowers him until he is ready. Show him your confidence. Remember you are working with a child.
Source: Tieken (1999)
III. EFFECTIVENESS of the K-9 UNIT
The work entitled: "Establishing a New K9 Unit for a Small Department" published by the North Americans Police Work Dog Association (N.A.P.W.D.A.) states in terms of effectiveness "Patrolling in a well marked K9 vehicle clearly states the intent of the police department to combat crime and to use extremely effective 'tools' to accomplish this." (N.A.P.W.D.A., 2008) the deterrent effect is stated as "amazing." (2008) it is related that the psychological advantages of having K9 teams on patrol is "tremendous" because "gangs hanging around schools, parks, corners and other areas can be easily cleared from those areas and kept away through the supplementation of marked K9 units to the regular patrol force." (N.A.P.W.D.A., 2008) Furthermore, when tracking criminals on foot the K9's "sense of smell is many times greater than the human. They can travel and clear an area much quicker...the police work dog is…… [Read More]
Bad Owners Not Bad Dogs
Bad Dogs or Bad Owners
Bad Owners, Not Bad Dogs
It is not debatable that some dog breeds are inherently more potentially dangerous and lethal. A pit bull or Rottweiler, by its very genetic and physical makeup, is going to win a lot more fights than a Chihuahua or a Maltese. However, the key word in that first sentence was "potentially." There are no bad dogs…just bad owners. While the author of this paper does not argue against ownership restrictions for certain breeds, an outright ban on certain breeds being owned at all is a bridge too far and is symptomatic of laziness on the part of government and other regulatory agencies.
A Common-Sense Solution
As stated in the literature review, punishing owners to the extent of banning dog breeds outright is not the right solution because the true problem in play is the owners and not the dogs themselves. German Shepherds, as an example, are a go-to breed for police and military agencies as they are very easy to train and they are quite adept at following orders. However, a German Shepherd that is abused and not instilled with good values during its early life would be a very dangerous dog. The fact that most dog fighting rings focus on pit bulls should not be mistaken for the fact that the exact same thing could not be done with Germen Shepherds, or other built-to-fight breeds like Rottweilers and the like.
The solution is to not ignore that some breeds have a high degree of lethality and/or ability to injure, but instead restrict the ability of people to easily own such dogs and make sure strings are attached. All owners of potentially nasty breeds such as pit bulls and Rottweilers should be made to enroll their dog in obedience training. This might be a hard sell but something that must be involved, or there's no "teeth" so to speak, is swift and irrevocable removal (and destroying, if necessary) of dogs from owners that cannot (or will not) restrain their animals. Owners that…… [Read More]
Evolution and Development of Dog Species:
According to the findings of previous research, it has been suggested that dogs are paedomorphic wolves that have evolved through heterochrony. Heterochrony is described as an evolutionary technique that produced diversity through perturbations of the timing and rate of development, which needs very minimal genetic innovation. Consequently, this evolutionary technique is considered to be the most common mechanism in the generation or production diversity (Drake, 2011, p. 204).
There are also other researchers that have been conducted to examine the essential principles used in genomic analysis of domestic dogs in order to understand the genetic changes that have taken place during the domestication of these animals. These studies have largely demonstrated that the evolution of dogs comprises of two principle modes of evolution. The basic principle mode is the fixation of distinct metamorphosis of significant impact in individual heredities that are then crossed to several breed groupings. Notably, this primary mode accounts for a huge percentage or portion of the prominent diversity of dog breeds. The second mode that contributes or generates diversification incorporates the selective breeding of dogs within distinct functional or phenotypic groups. As a result, this second diversification causing mechanism enhances certain group attributes like tracking or heading. The progressive selection through this mechanism tends to result in distinct genetic structure in fruition trees to an extent that the phenotypic and functional groups gather genetically (Wayne & von Holdt, 2012).
In relation to dog genome, the origin of nuclear genome in these species can be traced from Middle East and Europe. These findings are based on haplotype-sharing analyses rather than mtDNA analyses that have previously and commonly been used to trace the origin of nuclear genome in dog species. As a result, Middle Eastern or European wolves are regarded as the primary…… [Read More]
Bark-Wood Dog Daycare
The analysis covers the operation plan for a made-up company known as Bark-wood Dog Daycare.
Bark-wood Dog Daycare is a canine daycare facility that is intended for the professionals who are willing and have desire of providing quality care for their pets while they are committed or at work. Its establishment is based on real market need within the high-end high-income market.
Management and organization: Bark-wood Dog Daycare will be established as a corporation which is equally owned in terms of shares by the three founders Graham Willis, Peter Drake, Tom Rintintin. Our operation to establish the legal entity is supported by the local legal firms such as Pug & Kesshond, Shar-Pei. Start up for Bark-wood Dog Daycare is supposed to be simple as well as cost effective. The main expenses will be rent and utilities that will arise from the large building space and office, (Genevieve Van Wyden, 2013). Other expenses will be advertisement expenses for promoting the service but these expenses may go down as more people will be having more knowledge of the services.
Start up inventory will include food for the dogs, shampoo and grooming supplies, as well as bedding among other supplies. Some of the assets will be bathing facilities for the dogs, and kennels together with play grounds. Apart from our own funds, we will require loans to start up the company. Each investor will invest $20, 000 and this will be added to the $50, 000. The aim of the business is to pay off the loan over three years.
Objectives:a) Be able to launch the business and develop sales of about $35, 000 per month annually; b) The sales to increase by 20% every year within the second and third year while increasing profitability) By the end of the second the business to break, and be profitable by the third year going onwards.
Mission:…… [Read More]
Behavioral Training for Therapy Dogs:
Therapy dogs basically refers to dogs that are trained to offer affection and comfort to individuals in hospitals, nursing homes, stressful conditions, retirement homes, schools, and mental institutions like disaster areas. Throughout the years, health care professionals have recognized the therapeutic impact of animal companionship like lowering blood pressure, stress relief, and raising spirits. As a result of the huge recognition of the therapeutic influence of animal companionship, the demand for therapy dogs has continued to grow. Actually, in the past few years, therapy dogs have been enrolled to assist children suffering from emotional and speech disorders.
The use of therapy dogs in assisting individuals in the health care facilities and other relevant institutions to provide affection and comfort originates from the human-animal bond. In most cases, the human-animal bond outcomes are based on affection and/or respect. Behavioral training of therapy dogs effect the human-animal bond through fostering the creation of these bonds via close and recurrent contact. The animal-assisted therapy programs generally act as catalysts for the formation of the bond between humans and their pets (Bayne, 2002, p.4).
The bond between people and their pets is usually developed when a nurturing or caring model is established between the human and the animal. As compared to other animals, dogs, especially therapy dogs have been genetically shaped to behave and look like juveniles. People are likely to identify with non-human primates in emotional ways because of the physical similarities between humans and these non-human primates. The greater the understanding of the behavior of the animal, the more the likelihood of formation of the bond between the human and the animal. The other factor contributing to the development of the human-animal bond is the amount of time spent together between the person and the animal. As a result, an…… [Read More]
Obesity in Dogs and Cats
Obesity and Diabetes in Cats and Dogs
Unfortunately, we are not the only species to suffer from our over-indulgences and lack of proper dietary nutrition. Cats and dogs can also become victims of obesity and diabetes. The research has found that there are both genetic and dietary elements to obesity and diabetes within the two species, and that focusing on a proper diet can help vastly reduce an animal's chances of avoiding obesity and also help manage diabetes more effectively.
Recent research on genetics and diet of obesity has uncovered some major elements as to who is prone to obesity, how it comes about in a variety of species, as well as how it can be avoided. Recent research has clearly shown the impact dietary choices have on obesity and later diabetes. One of the latest bits of research that helps clarify the nature of obesity and diabetes was in discovering the peptide Ghrelin. According to the research this is "a new gut-brain peptide that is a natural ligand of the growth hormone secretagogue receptor (GHS-R)" which is made up of 28 different amino acids Beck, Richy & Stricker-Kron, 2003 (Beck, Richy & Stricker-Krongrad, 2003). It is a major stimulator of growth, as it is thought to be a common growth hormone. Yet, the peptide also plays an important role in the eating process, as it is released just before feeding and "one of its main side effects is the stimulation of food ingestion" in both humans and other species like rats (Beck, Richy & Stricker-Krongrad, 2003). Right before eating, Ghrelin is produced in high amounts in correlation with high blood glucose levels, and is then decreased after food ingestion has already started. As such, recent research has shown that when produced chronically, it can play a genetic role in weight gain which can eventually lead to…… [Read More]
But this does not mean that this family cannot be understood as a political constellation. The family members relate to the world with violence, trying to make others conform to their desires with guns and drugs, a path that leads finally to a terrible action. This action transforms the novel from a type of ethnography and the characters from symbols of a certain kind of cultural actors into themselves, into individuals who believe they can no longer hide in the shadows of their culture and their history. The characters step out in front of the landscape, step out of the shadows of generalities, of being movers in a Great Canadian Novel.
Essential to understanding the novel and its characters is to trace the history of the family as it moves from America to Canada, from one geographical and historical site of colonization to another. In their home in British Columbia, the Stark family believe themselves to be less culpable. They are not like the Americans who do not believe in history, they are people who understand history and so are released from its bonds.
Canadians, in this narrative and in other narratives as well, stand in as a sort of anti-imperialist actor when set against the avaricious land-hunger of the Americans. Edward Said, the ur-writer of postcolonialism, writes about how "other" people become visible only when they serve a useful cultural purpose for those with power.
To the extent that Western scholars were aware of contemporary Orientals or Oriental movements of thought and culture, these were perceived either as silent shadows to be animated by the Orientalist, brought into reality by them, or as a kind of cultural and international proletariat useful for the Orientalist's grander interpretive activity. (Said, 1978: 208)
This process of bringing into reality people only when they serve a direct purpose is a postcolonial process, but it is also the relationship between an author and his, or her, characters. And it is also the relationship between a reader and…… [Read More]
Training a dog requires proper planning and execution of the training methods so as to reinforce and encourage repetition. Proper training calls for the creation of a desire by the dog to please and seek positive attention and feedback from its handler. For a well behaved and trained dog, proper behavior adjustment and obedient command training are needful. This training starts with the sit command and training. The sit command and exercise stands as the most effective beginner training to a dog. The norms in the "sit" training and command to a dog makes it possible for the handler to change a dog's ability to listen and obey easily. The training also orients the dog away from requiring bribes to follow commands.
Training 'Wolph' to "Sit"
Conditioning in Wolph's training response to "sit" is undertaken by giving treats and rubbing on the chest in case the dog demonstrated clearly the instructed command. The objective of the training is for Wolph to sit accurately upon instruction and not lie down. In the training the dog, "sit" implies that the dog puts its rear on the ground while its upper body stays on the ground. Lying position for the dog is when the dog puts both its rear and chest on the ground. The training seeks to ensure that Wolph sits and does not lie.
The dog has a harness that hangs from the dog's shoulders to provide a gentle traction on the dog's movements. To execute the command to Wolph, I stand holding the harness and wait for the dog to realize the gentle tension on its neck. The dog is expected to start anxiously wondering what it should do next. Initially, the dog starts exercising some actions relating to displacement. Without responding to the dog's actions, nothing is done and in silence wait for it to get fed up and result to sitting or lying…… [Read More]
Wag the Dog
The Public Relations Society of America espouses a code of ethics that includes protecting and advancing the free flow of "accurate and truthful" information ("Ethics"). Likewise, the Public Relations Society of America advocates honesty and accuracy in its core practice guidelines for professionals. In Wage the Dog, Conrad Bream (Robert DeNiro) deliberately machinates a plan to divert the public's attention away from a presidential sex scandal by hiring movie producer Stanley Motss (Dustin Hoffman) to manufacture multimedia images for the media. The fake war is an outright, deliberate, and overt affront to the first ethical tenet of the Public Relations Society of America, which would never admit Bream as one of its members. Interestingly, though, Bream does not try to lie about the sex scandal, but only wants to create a lie that will prove more sensational in the media.
Every other example of how Bream violates the core tenet of accuracy and truth follows from this first ethical infraction. For instance, a fake war can dupe the public but not the Pentagon. When senior military officials and members of the Central Intelligence Agency discover the Armenian conflict is a sham, they order full disclosure. Here, Bream is being as honest as he ever could be. He convinces the CIA to compromise, by not revealing the full truth about the public relations scam. However, the CIA has to cover its tracks and decides that it will be fine to tell the public the war with Albania "has been resolved." Thus, Bream engages government complicity with his plan and follows the second major ethical tenet of the Public Relations Society of America, which is "informed decision making through open communication." By informing the CIA, Bream encouraged open communication. He likewise remains relatively open with his colleagues and with Stanley Motss.
As the President's senior public relations advisor, Bream is entrusted with the fulfillment of the third ethical tenet of the Public Relations Society of America, which is to "protect confidential and private information." Bream in fact accomplishes this goal with aplomb, as the sex scandal with Firefly…… [Read More]
Neutering Dogs: it's a Good Thing
It's funny. One of the first things one notices when one travels out of the United States, especially to a "third world" country, is the amazing proliferation of stray dogs. I noticed this on my recent trip to a small village in Central Mexico with a friend. There, literally packs of dogs would wander the street, scattering under the hail of rocks hurled from the small fists of children, and waking me in the middle of the night with their snarls and barks outside my open window. It made me think about the U.S. And how it is actually strange to see a stray dog wandering the streets, let alone packs of dogs. I realized from this how important it is to neuter dogs.
It is true that many people consider it to be inhumane to neuter dogs. However, neutering dogs is immensely important in protecting the health and well-being of the dog, as well as the health and safety of people. To be sure, most male individuals show at least a moment's hesitation when considering neutering their dogs. Indeed, one can almost see the "wince" of pain in their faces when they make the call to their local veterinarian as they ready dear Fido for the knife. It is also true that to neuter dogs is to "tamper with nature," and does cause the animal to suffer some degree of physical pain. However to not neuter one's dog could cause significant pain as well.
There are many kinds of suffering that are caused by not neutering one's pooch. One factor of this is the terrible toll that overpopulation of animals has on the health and well-being of the animals, themselves. As I stated before in my introduction, animals like the poor creatures I saw in Mexico do not have a good life. When there is a population of dogs that is too numerous to be cared for, the dogs…… [Read More]
Marketing Plan for Caninantics' "Pooch Pantry"
It is well documented that Americans love their animals and dogs lead the popularity charts for pets (Watters & Ruff, 2013). Indeed, many people grieve over the loss of a dog to the same extent they do over the loss of a close human loved one (Watters & Ruff, 2013). It's estimated that 70-80 million dogs are owned in the United States. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimates that there are around 80 million dogs in the United States and that nearly half (47%) of all households in the United States own at least one dog (Facts about pet ownership, 2014).
The dog food-dispensing product developed by Caninantics provides busy pet owners with the ability to feed their dogs during their absences. The device, known as "Pooch Pantry," automatically opens dog food cans and empties the contents into a dog food bowl on a timed basis or through mobile user initiation and then dispenses the can in a trash receptacle. The device has an approximate 3- to 6-day limit (six cans), depending on the size or number of dogs. A SWOT analysis of Caninantics' Pooch Pantry is provided in Table 1 below.
* Owner/operator/inventor has lifelong experience with dogs.
* Pooch Pantry has proven reliability.
* Pooch Pantry has unique feature of being able to open and dispense dog food cans.
* Higher cost of unit compared to competitors' models that do not feature automatic can opening and dispensing.
* Nearly half of all American households own at least one dog, representing an enormous target market.
* Automatic dog feeding allows dog owners to avoid expense and trauma of boarding pets during extended absences.
* Following establishment of Pantry Pooch, a comparable model for cats ("Kitty Kitchen") could be developed.
* Device failure due to unexpected events (e.g., pet attacks or battery failure) could result in product liability litigation.
Although there are no current vendors offering pet food dispensers that automatically open and dispense canned food, there are some models available that provide timed feedings of portioned meals that…… [Read More]
Their sex life clearly lacks maturity and mutual respect, and Peckinpah makes it clear early in the film that Amy is frustrated with her dull husband.
Straw Dogs is permeated with symbolism, one of the features that makes the film remarkable. The first and most immediate symbol is one that foreshadows the violent climax of the movie: the antique bear trap that Amy purchases. Being trapped is a motif in the movie, as the couple plus Henry Niles are trapped in their house during the film's climax. Hunting is also a theme. David becomes an ironically literal sitting duck when the local lads take him on a duck hunt, leave him alone to sit on a stone and tell him the ducks will just come on out of the woods and jump into his sack. David is emasculated many times in Straw Dogs, adding further nuance to the film's title and also proving that Peckinpah was in no way condoning the misogyny or violence but commenting harshly on its root causes.
David emerges as being every bit as misogynistic and cold-hearted as the provincial cads in the movie. He cannot see that his wife was raped, symbolized by his broken glasses at the end of the film. He barks orders at her, tells her to obey his orders, fix coffee, and stop acting like a child while treating her like one. He hits her. David is oblivious to Amy's humanity: a mindset that lays the groundwork for rape and violence against women. Ultimately David abandons Amy and the crazy town she is from. Amy does seem to understand the worldview of her compatriots; she knows their social codes intimately. Straw Dogs speaks volumes about the human condition, about social progress, and about the need to fill the human heart with passion instead of hatred. Violence is a necessary motif in Peckinpah's film, which is why it remains relevant nearly four decades after it was made.
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