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Guilt-Free Vacations for Pet Owners


Pet owners are a special breed of people. Rather than just being required to take care of themselves and their families, these people have decided they’d also like to be responsible for the lives of random animals. The trade-off doesn’t seem quite fair, either. In exchange for feeding, bathing, entertaining, and loving this animal unconditionally, the person also gets to pet them. That’s pretty much the deal when you sign on for owning a pet, but thank goodness for pet-lovers! Without humans who are crazy enough to burden themselves with the responsibility of a pet, there would be so many homeless critters out there.

The problem is, pet owners sign up for caring for an animal because they love them, but then they find that they have to give up other parts of their lives, such as taking a guilt-free vacation. If you’ve ever traveled with someone who calls themselves a “dog mom” or refers to their cat as a “fur baby,” then you probably know what I’m talking about. People absolutely hate to leave their animals behind when they go away on trips, and it makes sense. When you’ve been gone all day, and you open your front door, your dog will attack you with love like they thought you’d never come back. (Cats are a little more chilled out about the whole thing, but you can tell they care.) For pet-lovers, leaving an animal overnight, or for multiple days with a stranger, makes them feel like terrible people.

Thankfully, there are ways to get around this. Despite what they might think about the subject, people who own pets are absolutely entitled to a vacation every now and then. In fact, not doing what you love because you’re worried about how it will affect your pet may even cause resentment that you definitely don’t want. Pet care service providers are the answer.

Pet service companies provide so much more than just walking your dog for you when you don’t feel like it. Many of them will board your pet while you’re away, send someone to your house to take care of your pet. Walk ATX Pet Care, for example, offers three different dog-walking packages, which all involve much more than just taking the dog out. The Platinum package offers a personal visit four times a day, in which the employee will walk your dog, feed them, play with them, and also take care of the house by watering plants and taking out the trash.

With opportunities like that, even the most dedicated of pet-lovers can avoid guilt over leaving their pets behind for a few days. People who have experience with full-service pet care always say how much their dogs loved it.

The Benefits of a Neutral Counselor


When two people get married, they vow to love each other for the rest of their lives. Obstacles can try and get in the way of this. Marriages undergo trials every single day, and every couple has their own way of communicating. Some couples talk about every issue, and others have a more laid-back approach.

Having good communication skills is key for any healthy relationship. This doesn’t just apply to marriage! Friendships and relationships with someone’s family are destined to fail if the people involved don’t even try to work out their differences. Most of the time these different issues can be resolved with a one-on-one talk and a promise to do better next time. Other times, a third party should be involved.

Any person who has a sibling knows that their mom is the best person to go to when it’s time to settle an argument. An unbiased mediator can assess a conflict and offer advice on how to move forward. Friends who have an issue with one another can rely on their friend group when they need help understanding the other person’s point of view.

If someone is too wrapped up in how they see things it can be difficult to think about things from a different perspective. If they can’t see the other person’s perspective, conflict resolution is impossible. Both parties will walk away frustrated and upset, with their relationship worse for the wear.

Of course, it’s not always easy to see both sides of the story. A lot of us struggle to think that there’s any other perspective outside of our own. Romantic relationships are notorious for this.

Emotions run high when someone is fighting with the person that they love, and any bump in the road will feel like a mountain. Different communication methods can mean difficulty in discussing these bumps. If the people in love have different ways of expressing their issues, resolving them is nearly impossible.

A third party counselor is often going to be a godsend for these marriages. Kathleen Snyder MFT is an Austin-based marriage counselor for those in the area who need a little help working things out. A marriage counselor is there to help improve a couple’s relationship.

A counselor will carefully listen to both sides of the coin and take into account any particularly intense areas. Then, they will use their perspective to assess the issue at hand. After doing so, the counselor can offer the advice that they feel best helps with the situation. A third party who has no bias on either person’s side is an invaluable resource. Without taking a side, the counselor offers up help on the relationship and allows both sides to feel heard and respected.

This lack of personal preference makes it impossible for a counselor to pick a favorite, a problem that is often seen when parents and friends of the married couple decide to get involved. Before anything else, consider seeing a marriage counselor if you feel like your marriage might need a little nudge to get back on track.

The Awfulness of Absolutes


Absolutes are always bad. Well, maybe that is not true. But the usage of absolutes can be detrimental to legal defenses or even personal disagreements with others. Many people seek to establish totality and conviction with the employment of words that are, in fact, limiting and restrictive.

I recently did some research on examples of how using absolutist language can backfire, especially in professional settings. Turns out, in situations like giving a deposition, using overly-decisive vocabulary can be damaging to a person’s case.

The Problem of Unconditional Language

Unfortunately, depositions can sometimes feature questions over confusing subjects or information that requires attention to the details of important matters. It is obviously important to be honest during depositions: incorrect answers can be used as evidence by the deposing attorney or other parties in the litigation as evidence of unreliability.

Greg Hach of Hach & Rose, LLP uses the example of the statement, “‘I can never exercise again’” as language to avoid. If a person were to say that in a personal injury case, but their financial records show a monthly subscription to a gym or yoga studio, a potential discrepancy can be raised by other attorneys.

Additionally, if an answer is confined or stated categorically, it may lead the deposing lawyer to attempt to hold a person’s ‘feet to the fire’ and test the ability of a person to answer the same question consistently, multiple times.

Everyone has the right to see records about which a person is being asked. However, it is still recommended that certain principles are kept in mind as depositions proceed, in order to prevent mistakes or inaccuracies.

How to Avoid Restrictive Words

Questions should only be answered if the information is confidently known. Saying, “I do not know,” is not a crime or wrong if the answer is genuinely not known. There may be attempts during depositions for lawyers to ask questions to which they are confident the answer is unknown by the deponent, in order to bait the deponent in offering possibilities or guessing.

Patience and courtesy go a long way. Despite the potential intensity of questions, at the end of the day, every person in the deposition room is a person with their own life and story. Keeping composure or kindness may be difficult when being probed about sensitive subjects in litigation surrounding personal issues like child custody, but doing so is incredibly important. Not only will the lawyers be appreciative, but so too will the deposition go by quicker and easier. Additionally, being kind and put-together will prevent stress, decreasing the chance of absolutist language.

Take breaks! As Greg Hach of Hach & Rose, LLP writes, depositions are “not an endurance test; if you require a break (or five breaks for that matter) turn to your attorney and request one.” Asking for brief periods of inactivity to interrupt the stream of important questions will make the process smoother and prevent burn-out that can lead to inaccurate answers or vocabulary that can be used in an attempt to disqualify your testimony.

Taking Care of Yourself: Colorectal Risks


Americans do not take care of their health. This is not news. We all know that the country has a problem with its diet, its lack of exercise, and the resulting issues from obesity that come along with these issues. As the population ages, as diets get worse and more exercise regiments are skipped, as more people sit for a living and relax by sitting at home, these issues are only going to get worse.

I want to help people do something about their health. This is important to me for multiple reasons. First, I just want to see people healthier. Second, I worry about the strain on our already strained healthcare system. Third, I think keeping us healthy will help improve other issues in the country. It’ll improve the economy with healthier workers and the overall positive outlook of the country as we look at longer lives with fewer health problems.

All that said, I want to start writing about major health issues people don’t think about, and the first topic I want to write about is the risk of colorectal cancer. You might be under the impression that such cancer is rare because you never hear about it. It doesn’t get the press that breast or lung cancer gets. You’ll be surprised, then, to learn that it’s the third most lethal cancer for men and the fourth most lethal cancer for women, and it’s becoming a bigger threat every year. It’s affecting younger and younger individuals.

What can we do about it? Well, there are the obvious things: improvements in diet and exercise, less sitting, etc. Beyond that, though, we can get tested regularly. The best way to fight this cancer is by catching it early.

GastroCare Li has laid out very nicely all the colorectal screenings you should be getting from the age of 45 onward. They include:

  • A colonoscopy once every decade
  • A virtual colonoscopy once every 5 years
  • A flexible sigmoidoscopy once every 5 years
  • A multitarget stool DNA test once every 3 years
  • A fecal immunochemical text and high-sensitivity guaiac fecal occult blood test once a year each

Seeing such a huge list of tests can seem daunting, but when your health and even your life are really on the line, you don’t want to put off even the most inconvenient tests.

Besides, as GastroCare Li points out, not all of these tests are particularly invasive. Some can be taken at home and are very cheap.

As a culture, we need to adapt and become more health conscious. It’s simply not realistic for the whole culture to go on eating badly, avoiding working out, sitting most of the day, and still remaining healthy into old age. We need to do more for ourselves, for our families, and for our society as a whole.

We can start by getting the tests we should get so we know what our health looks like. Then, we can build up to bigger lifestyle changes.

Let people retire already


I’d like to make a proposal: people should get paid more for retirement.

My granddad just injured his back, and he’s gone on long-term disability so he can heal up and go back to work. He’s young for a granddad, he’s just 60 (I’m 20, we have kids early in my family. Actually, I’m due, I guess.), but it’s hard to watch him sitting around in his chair, uncomfortable because of his back, and yet still trying every day to get healthy again to get back to work.

He shouldn’t have to. He shouldn’t have had to work so long already. He told me a few days ago that he would have left his job by now if he didn’t need it, but his mortgage isn’t up yet and he’s got to take care of himself. My grandma died a few years back, and so it’s just him. I told him to sell the house, but he’s stubborn, he wants to keep it because it reminds him of her. So, he works. Or he did. I have my doubts that he’ll go back now.

I read up on this stuff because there was a worry he’d have to sue to get paid by the disability insurance people, but after a couple of long phone calls and a bunch of documents, they gave up, and he’s getting his checks.

But I read up just in case, and I learned that most long-term disability is just for three years. That really doesn’t seem long, not to me at 20, but I bet to Grandpa it is. He’ll be 63 then, retirement age. Will they even want him back then?

And that’s assuming he’s even able to heal that quickly. I look at him now, and I just don’t see it. I have to take him to his physical therapy every other day, and when I watch him, he looks so weak and old and so so so unhappy. I just want to hug him and take him away and let him rest.

I know the physical therapy is good for him, and I think he’s making a slow improvement, but I just don’t want him going back to work. I wish there were a way for him to get enough retirement money together so he could start relaxing a little and enjoying life again like he used to.

I said at the beginning that I have a proposal, but I guess I don’t. It just doesn’t seem fair to me, to see him struggle so much. He’s a good man, I love him, he’s my favorite member of the family, and the fact he’s hurt himself so badly working when he shouldn’t need to, when he should be taking care of his grandkids and enjoying life, I just can’t stand it.

I actually offered to go to work so that he could quit after he told me about not wanting to work, but he told me to stay in school. He’s always like that, always taking care of everyone else. I just wish someone would take care of him.

What is a 4th generation Oral Contraceptive?


Drospirenone is what is known as a 4th generation progestin, which is an essential component in the newer and most popular oral contraceptives Yaz and Yasmin. Oral contraceptives that contain 4th generation progestins are accordingly referred to as 4th generation as well. That sounds simple enough, but the question is why the distinction?

First of all, progestins are synthetic (man-made) forms of progesterone, the presence of which inhibits ovulation among other physiological effects, which makes it the active ingredient for contraception. Naturally occurring progesterone is poorly absorbed by the body and rapidly degrades. Progestins, on the other hand, are more stable. The first generation of progestins was developed in 1951 and was first approved for use in the US as an oral contraceptive in 1960. These were estranes (steroids) derived from testosterone.

As the science improved, so did progestins. The aim for use in oral contraception is for high progestational selectivity and low androgenic effects. By the 4th generation, progestins not only prevented ovulation, but actually improved skin health and regulated menstrual cycles. As a result of these improvements, oral contraceptives using 4th generation progestins such as drospirenone seemed to be a godsend to all women of childbearing age.

However, with the good came the bad. Some time after Yasmin (2001) and Yaz (2006) were introduced into the market, concerns started to crop up regarding the apparent link between some cases of abnormal rates of blood clotting and drospirenone. Although the number of cases was relatively small, it still prompted the Food and Drug Administration to conduct studies regarding the high risk of blood clotting being attributed to drospirenone. The results of these studies were not conclusive but indicative of a serious problem with the products containing drospirenone.

Today, despite the big numbers being used in personal injury lawsuit against Bayer for using drospirenone in their products, 4th generation oral contraceptives are still widely prescribed and used. And because Bayer refuses to acknowledge that the company knew or should have known about the risks associated with using drospirenone and withheld the information from the public, or to confirm that the health risks are present, anyone who is adversely affected by using Yaz and Yasmin may still be able to sue for compensation.

Different Business Formation Options for Your Company


When starting a business, the first thing you need to decide on is what legal form it should take. There are several considerations that need to be factored in for this, and a good understanding of business law in both the federal and state levels is necessary.

There are several kinds of legal business forms, each with their own taxation requirements. These include:

  • C-Corporations
  • General partnership
  • Legal liability company (LLC)
  • Limited liability partnership (LLP)
  • Limited partnership
  • Medical / legal professional entity formation
  • S-Corporations
  • Sole proprietorship

In order to decide which business form there are three things you have take into account.

Ease of Formation

Some business types are easier to form than others. A sole proprietorship, for example, will often only take a day or two to set up because in some states you don’t even have to file any legal documents. You only need to choose and file a name, get a license and permit to operate and zoning clearance, and get an Employer Identification Number. That’s it. Other business formats may require much more time and trouble.


Some people say that it is better to form a corporation because the individual owners or shareholders have limited personal liability when trouble comes a-knocking. In a sole proprietorship or partnership, the liability is taken on by owner or partners. But this advantage is also present for limited liability companies or partnerships. There are also two types of corporations, so it is important to know the difference between the different business forms when it comes to liability.


Another important consideration is how a business will be taxed. There are a myriad of laws that address this, and each business form has tax pros and cons attached. Tax laws can be difficult for ordinary people to understand, so this is usually the purview of accountants and lawyers.

When setting up a business, the above three factors play a big part in the legal personality of your enterprise. Starting a business is stressful enough. You shouldn’t overload yourself trying to learn all of the different legal processes. You can have a business attorney do all that for you. If you start the business in the best legal form for your particular needs, you will reap the fruits later on. A business lawyer who is aware of federal and local business laws can be of invaluable assistance in helping you achieve your business goals.

Vimax Detox – Your Answer to a Sexy Physique and Healthy Colon

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Going on a diet and exercising to lose weight has been an obsession to many figure-conscious individuals, especially women, the world over. Probably the wait for a product that will really shed off those excess body fats is finally over with the Vimax Detox, now an enormously popular product.

Vimax Detox, a fat burner, is found to be an extremely powerful and effective colon cleanser. It has been clinically proven that this product is able to wash out every bit of junk in the body, increasing metabolism at the same time without any harm to the immune system and without requiring any significant change in diet and lifestyle. Nicole Kidman, Kylie Minogue and Janet Jackson are just a few of the very famous celebrities known to be using this diet cleanser.

The product is proven to: reduce weight 4 times more effective than diet and exercise; increase energy; be rich in antioxidants; and, promote digestive and cardiovascular health. Its ingredients include:

  • Psyllium Husk – this dietary fiber source boosts sluggish colon; it also an effective relief against diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome and diverticular diseases.
  • Senna Leaf – a great remedy against constipation and an efficient appetite suppressant; this natural ingredient contains anthraquinone glycosides, which transports food before the body absorbs it.
  • Rhubarb Root – nature’s cure to constipation and diarrhea: this ingredient has been used for many centuries to remedy digestive problems.Apple Fiber – a great relief against hemorrhoids, colitis and other constipation-related symptoms; it is also an effective protection against high cholesterol and heart disease.
  • Ginger Root – a powerful antioxidant and is known to lower blood pressure and alleviate digestive problems.

Vimax Detox simply separates the “im” from “possible,” when it comes to losing weight. By flushing out toxins and intestinal parasites that build in the colon, you don’t only experience constipation relief; you will also feel your weight going down and your body slimming.

Knowledge of Business Law Could Save You Time and Money

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It is often said that the best investment a company can make is retaining a lawyer with in-depth knowledge of business law in the state. Most small business owners think that they cannot afford a lawyer and can manage on their own, but this is a false economy in many cases. A small to medium business owner need only be sued once to wipe out any savings they might have made by not having a lawyer on board. That can completely destroy all of a person’s business aspirations.

The most common causes of business litigation involve:

  • Contract Terms
  • Intellectual property
  • Non-compete clauses
  • Overtime pay
  • Sexual harassment
  • Trade secrets
  • Workplace discrimination

According to the website of Arenson Law Group, PC, even when a business is owned and operated by family members, it is still possible for it to get entangled in litigation for non-compliance with federal and state agencies. Many reasons could cause these. For example:

  • Business license requirements
  • Tax issues
  • Environmental transgressions
  • Health code violations
  • Employee benefits

Business law is not always easy to understand, and it is easy to overlook an issue that could significantly impact the way you do business. Even with the best of intentions, a business owner can find himself or herself in trouble through sheer ignorance of the law. A business lawyer would know what needs to be done to keep legal problems to a minimum, saving the business owner a lot of time, money and stress.

Get the services of a good business lawyer in your area to give your business set-up a once over if you don’t want a retainer. This will provide the attorney with the information needed to give advice on how to be compliant with the laws and regulations of the state. One good way to look for attorneys in your area is to check out their Yelp page, where you can get reviews on the attorney from previous clients. A business lawyer is also an invaluable resource when it comes to setting up a business. If you are planning to put up a business, make sure that you have a business lawyer look over your business papers, contracts and agreements before you sign anything.

Legal Disputes and Business Litigation


Forming and operating a business is not easy, and business owners work hard to ensure that their business is successful. They establish contracts, they build relationships, and they oversee day-to-day operations. Unfortunately, sometimes people take advantage of their positions within or related to a company, and engage in illegal behavior that hurts the company or its owner. In such cases, business litigation might be necessary. According to the website of business lawyers Arenson Law Group, PC, through business litigation, parties that feel wronged in a business, like a business owner, might be able to file a lawsuit against the entity or person who wronged him or her, sometimes securing punitive and compensatory damages. While such process can be long at times, it proves on the long run fundamental for the business.

Causes of Legal Disputes

There can be a lot of different circumstances that drive legal action on behalf of a business or a person with a stake in that business. Disputes can occur about contracts, shareholder relationships, products, and many other aspects of a business. This can be strenuous for business relationships, which can end up becoming quite costly. Some of the more common stimulants of legal action regard:

  • Employment Disputes
  • Inadequate Quality of Goods
  • Failure to Deliver Goods
  • Construction Disputes
  • Failure to Honor Agreements
  • Breach of Contract
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Shareholder Lawsuits
  • Business Assets Disputes

This list may seem exhaustive, but believe it or not, there are dozens of other reasons why someone might take legal action against or within a company, and the more a business owner knows about these legal cases, the better prepared he or she will be. In fact, in many cases, it is the business owner who chooses to take such action.

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