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Do pit bulls have locking jaws?

NO. there is absolutely nothing in a pit bull breeds jaw that is different from any other breed out there. they have no extra mechanism they use that locks their jaw when they clamp down. this myth has been disproven time and time again.

Dr. Lehr Brisbin of the University of Georgia has stated outright that in the few studies that have been done specifically regarding the jaws of dogs, pit bull in particular, that there has never been found to be a single mechanism or reason that a pit bull breed's jaws would lock for any reason whatsoever. structurally, they are the same as any other breed out there.

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How can I reduce air pollution?

At home.

  • Recycle paper, plastic, glass bottles, cardboard, and aluminum cans.
  • Plant deciduous trees in locations around your home to provide shade in the summer, but to allow light in the winter.
  • Wash clothes with warm or cold water instead of hot.
  • Use low-VOC or water-based paints, stains, finishes, and paint strippers.

    Driving.

  • Avoid waiting in long drive-thru lines, for example, at fast-food restaurants or banks. Park your car and go in.
  • Join a carpool or vanpool to get to work.
  • When possible, use public transportation, walk, or ride a bike
  • Plan your trips to save gasoline, which helps reduce air pollution.  

    Shopping.

  • Choose products that have less packaging and are reusable.
  • Shop with a canvas bag instead of using paper and plastic bags.
  • Buy ENERGY STAR products, including energy efficient lighting and appliances.
  • Choose efficient, low-polluting models of vehicles

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    How can I reduce my energy consumption?  

    Simple things can help save energy and money.

  • Unplug seldom used appliances.
  • Use power strips to switch off multiple electronis when they are not in use.
  • Unplug chargers - cell phones, PDA's, digital cameras, cordless tools and other personal gadgets - when not in use.
  • Enable the "sleep mode" feature on your computer, allowing it to use less power during periods of inactivity.
  • Set your thermostat in winter to 68 degrees or less during the daytime, and 55 degrees before going to sleep (or when you're away for the day). During the summer, set thermostats to 78 degrees or more.

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    How do I prevent fleas and ticks?

    Both of these cannot only irritate your dog, but also dog owners. Ticks are able to spread diseases when they become attached to their victims. Keeping your animal pest free is a difficult job, but it's not impossible.  

    Avoid tall grass and wooded areas.
    These areas are ideal for ticks and fleas to hang around. The animal will become vulnerable to these pests if in these areas, especially for long periods of time. If you're out in these areas it's best to keep your animal on a shorter leash to keep them away from the tall grass or wood.

    Stay rodent free.
    These type of things often latch onto smaller animals and if your animal is often in the back/front yard there are more chances of them showing up. You should close off any small holes or crevices that these animals could pop up from. It's best so that those ticks or fleas do not transfer themselves onto your animal.

    Monitor your animal.
    Check your animal's fur frequently. All you have to do is comb through their hair slowly. If a dog has attracted one tick or flea, it does not mean that the entire house is infested. Owners will need to take a few precautions to ensure that the insects do not reproduce. Owners should treat their animals and then wash or discard the animal's bedding. They may also consider fumigating their house.

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    What is Green Travel?

    Green travel is a way of travelling that reduces your environmental impact. The goal is to preserve natural resources, reduce pollution and have as little an impact as possible. Whenever we travel we make an impact on the environment, it could be from using up natural resources or from the carbon dioxide emissions from planes that contribute to global warming.  

    Ways to make your travelling Green.
    1.Instead of using cars to go everywhere, walk, bike, or use public transportation.
    2.If you must use a car, rent a hybrid
    3.For road trips carpool, or share a ride
    4.Stay at hotels that are environmentally friendly or better yet camp
    5.Make travel plans through a green travel organization
    6.Make a donation to offset the amount of carbon that your trip expels.
    7.Use a reusable water bottle instead of plastic.
    8.Pack light

    Also, here is a video we watched in my environmental geography class about how stuff is made and what happens when we get rid of it. It is kind of long but very informative.

    The story of stuff

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    Reusing things

    There are so many things lying about our homes that we may never have thought of reusing but can. You don't always have to do your bit for the environment by throwing things out for the recycling; you can find other uses for them too.

    Examples of how things can be reused:

    Car boot sales
    Not only does this generate cash, it also gives you a chance to give old items a new lease of life. As the old saying goes "one man's garbage is another man's gold". Therefore, you're not only helping others who may be in need of the items you have, you're also bagging the opportunity to cash in on the act too.

    Food
    Instead of planning a meal that will only be eaten once but with a lot of leftovers being thrown away as a result, plan meals that will use products that you can reuse into meals for the fourth coming days. For example, instead of throwing the mountain of vegetables left over from your Sunday roast, put less on the plate and put those that would have usually been thrown away in the fridge. Things such as potatoes are very versatile and will fit perfectly with this idea.

    Newspaper
    Virtually every household will buy a newspaper at some point in the week, or month. Instead of throwing it out for the recycling once you've finished reading it try using it to clean your windows with or to pack things away for storage.
    Also, if you're an owner of a cat this how to, regarding newspaper, may be of great use and may also save you some money: http://planetgreen.discovery.com/home-garden/reuse-newspapers-cat-litter.html

    Clothes and other textiles
    Just because something has become too old to wear, it does not mean that it's without use. For example, any fabric that you have in your possession could be used to cover cushions, stool seats or perhaps even to create cover small trinkets such as jewellery boxes (which could be done by buying a small cardboard box and decorating it as appropriate). Not only does this bring a unique and quirky idea of glam to your possessions it also gives you a hobby to fill your free time with.

    Carrier bags
    A lot of shops now offer a reusable type bag, some even giving them for free as part of special promotions. Every household should invest in one for their groceries, as not only do they act as a great alternative to plastic bags, a lot of shops also offer a "bag for life" type of programme where broken reusable bags can be exchanged for new ones. In turn, offering you a purchase that will last you a lifetime.

    Containers
    Thing such as jam jars and coffee pots can be washed out and reused to hold homemade chutneys, or even crayons and other things that are without homes. The possibilities are endless if you think about it, as they offer a great storage idea.
    Of course, this is only a small sample out the endless possibilities of things that can be reused. If you think you can find a use for something rather than chucking it out then keep it! Devote a box to things that you could find uses for so that in your spare time (or when you're bored!) you have a project to keep you entertained

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    How can I make my home more eco friendly

  • Use energy saving light bulbs.
  • Unplug things that are rarely used. Although these items might be turned off they still use energy when plugged in.
  • Install water aerators on faucets.
  • Use low flow shower heads.
  • Use low flow toilets. If you don't need a new toilet fill a water bottle with water and put it in your toilet tank. This will displace enough water to save about half a gallon of water per flush.
  • Use homemade cleaning products instead of harsh chemicals.
  • When you need a new appliance buy ones that are energy efficient. These usually have rebates you can get from your electric company.
  • Turn down the heat of your water heater.
  • Invest in solar panels, they are expensive but over time they pay for themselves and if you make more energy then you use the electric company will begin to pay you.
  • If solar panels are out of the question buy a portable solar panel to charge your cell phone, ipod, etc.
  • When painting a room use paint that is VOC free
  • Check your doors and windows for leaks, seal any leaks that let out the cold/hot air

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    How Much Does It Cost To Keep A Horse?

    It seems to be every little kid's dream to own a horse of their own. However, there is a lot that needs to be considered before you purchase your own horse. The financial responsibility when owning a horse is something that cannot be overlooked.. and initial cost of purchasing a horse isn't the half of it!

    1. The Horse:
    The price for a horse can vary dramatically. But a sound, unregistered horse that has been broke to ride will probably cost from $2000 to $5000 dollars. Special training or breeding will greatly increase this cost.

    2. Vet, Dentist & Farrier Checks:
    Like any animal, your horse will need regular vet checks. If you plan on showing your horse, you will need an updated Coggins, which is like a waver saying your horse is healthy. A basic once-over will cost you about $100, though vet checks can range from just less than that to upwards of $1000, especially if drug testing is involved. Emergencies like colic (a sort of stomach-ache) or broken bones can cost you $1000s. At least once a year, you will want to have your horse checked out by an equine dentist. Expect to pay anywhere between $150 to $250 for that. Last, but most definitely not least, the price for the farrier. Even if your type of riding does not require shoes for your horse, you should have a farrier check the hooves every few months to assure your horse is walking properly. Plan on paying about $35 dollars for a trim-up and $100 dollars for a set of four shoes.

    3. Feed & Housing:
    You can either choose to board your horse or keep it on your property. If you're boarding your horse, cost for "room and board" will normally include feed, bedding, and sometimes basic training. For a very basic boarding (which is what a new horse owner can expect), you will probably pay $300 to $500 per month. If you aren't planning on boarding somewhere, expect to pay about $100 in hay each month (assuming your horse goes through a bale every four days), $20 in grain, and another $100 in shavings for your horse's stall.

    4. Equipment:
    As a new rider, you'll probably want to purchase a used saddle. Don't let the fact it is used fool you - a good saddle can last for thirty-plus years. A used western saddle will normally run for $400-$600 dollars. An english saddle may go for a little less. When getting jumping or dressage saddles involved, prices will vary, but expect to pay a few hundred for the saddle. Furthermore, you'll have to buy a bridle, a saddle pad, a halter and lead-rope, and grooming supplies. If you plan on showing your horse, you will have to purchase suitable show clothes for yourself, such as breeches and a coat, or chaps.  

    Costs clearly vary from person to person and horse to horse. Everyone wants something different from their horse. A person who hopes to event in Rolex will pay much more than someone who just wants a horse to ride around his or her backyard. Prices can even vary by location (the majority of these prices come from what I pay for my own horse, who I keep on my property in Michigan). In all cases, $20,000 a year is certainly not an unreasonable amount. But the joys of owning your own horse far outweigh the intimidating costs! If you feel you are economically prepared, I highly recommend you take a risk and become a horse owner. You will not regret it!

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