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annually. Most sheep live 10 to 12 years, so they provide a lot of wool in their lifetimes. Some sheep, of course, are used for meat, milk and cheese. The best meat is from young lambs.

known to take flocks back to the safety of their farm ahead of a blizzard.

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• Sheep belong to the ruminant classification of animals, characterized by their stomachs that have compartments to accommodate “cudchewing.” It is often said that sheep (and cows, goats, etc.) have four stomachs, but actually they have one stomach with four parts. When sheep eat a mouthful of grass, they chew it only enough to wet it. The cud, called a food bolus is a “soft mass of chewed food” and goes to the first two parts of the stomach. When the sheep is full and lies down, it will regurgitate a cud and chew it thoroughly. After this thorough chewing, the cud will go to the last two parts of the stomach to complete the digestion process.

• Most of us have heard of lanolin, an essential ingredient of many expensive cosmetics and skin care products, but did you know that it comes from sheep? In its native form, lanolin is a foul-smelling, waxy, tarlike substance extracted from the sheep’s fleece. Special Note - this is a pdf with processing sanitizes and deodorizes it before changes made delete use. Lanolin’s it is ready for to commercial waterproofing properties allow sheep to shed exp. date water from their thick wooly coats. • Most lambs are born in the spring and are considered full grown at six months. So when you hear that, “Mary had a little lamb,” it was a baby less than a year old. ■

• In the Western United States, where sheep in some mountainous areas are still overseen by shepherds, and rodeos are big entertainment, “mutton busting” is amusing to watch. This family event is fun for small children, 4 to 7 years old, weighing less than 50 pounds. The kids try to ride sheep bareback across a small arena. The goal is to ride for six seconds hanging on to the sheep’s wool. Most of the kids don’t make it quite that long as the wooly sheep usually shudder and shake, and the little riders slide off quickly. The kids do wear helmets for protection, and adults are close by to assist.

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three-episode guest-starring appearance on “Dead Like Me” (which you can rent or stream) to see a side of Eric you’ve probably never seen before. ***

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Don’t worry, Janet! “30 Rock” will be Q: Can you tell when/if “Californica- A: back for its sixth season at the beginning of 2012.

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The David Duchovny-starring dark comedy will be back for its fifth season on Showtime beginning Jan. 8, 2012. This season will see author Hank Moody (David) even more popular (and richer) than ever after his biopic is released. Rob Lowe reprises his role as Eddie Nero, as does Madeleine Martin as Becca and Natascha McElhone as Karen. Also, Marcy and Stu continue their relationship, even though she is pregnant with ex-husband Charlie’s baby. And don’t think Ben (and his daughter Pearl) are out of the picture: The season opens with Karen, Ben, Becca and Pearl on a cross-country RV road trip. ***

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the food I’m buying. But $6 a pound for hamburger? bet you anything the contents of my products are virtually the same as the outrageously high-priced Really? “organic” versions. With the outlandish difference in And what’s with the “organic” shampoo, price, especially when I can get these products on soaps and cleaning products? Whoa, hold on now! sale, I am smiling all the way to the bank. Where do we draw the line? Reading an informative article in Money Mary Hunt is the founder of www.DebtProofLivMagazine recently entitled, “Whole Foods: The ing.com and author of 18 books, including her best-selling Whole Truth,” confirmed what I’ve been suspectclassic “Debt-Proof Living.” You can email her at mary@ ing all along. They state: “There are no recognized everydaycheapskate.com, or write to Everyday Cheapskate, ‘organic’ standards in the personal-care industry. P.O. Box 2135, Paramount, CA 90723. To find out more Anyone can call dishwashing detergent ‘organic,’ about Mary Hunt and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com. and then spike the price by 300 percent or more, and not have to prove a thing to substantiate their COPYRIGHT 2011 CREATORS.COM claim or the price increase.” “Green” soaps and detergents may be less ADVERTISING PROOF harmful to the environment (they say they have no Final Changes DUE: Monday, 6/20/11 5:00 p. phosphates), but they certainly don’t do any better Please job of cleaning. In fact, they can keep their greenreview carefully. Double check:  Phone Number(s)  Spelling  Prices glass cleaner. I, for one, need that ammonia added to the Windex because it’s what makes the product work! A year ago, I was hardnosed, stubbornly * opposed to anything marked “organic.” I’ve come TUES. & SAT. ONLY SPECIAL $ 00 around a wee bit, now agreeing that soft-skinned INDIAN CIGARETTES *Any Indian Brand Cigarettes w/this ad • Expires 7/15/11 fruits like apples, peaches, apricots and plums do absorb through that skin what they’re exposed to. Hard-skinned edibles like onions, avocados and corn are practically pesticide-free whether they are “organically” grown or not. Foodnews.org, the Former Lowest location of nonprofit Environmental Working Groups website, Black Hawk Prices lists conventionally grown fruits and vegetables by pesticide content. And the meat issue does sort of ring true with me. So, if I have any extra dollars to spend on “organic”, that’s where they’re going. As for organic shampoo, cookies, chips, 1751 N. Sunrise Way,#D2 • Palm Springs (760) www.RedHawkTobacco.com N.W. Corner of Sunrise & Vista Chino cereal and window cleaner, forget it. I’ll stick with SURGEON GENERAL’S WARNING: Smoking Causes Lung Cancer, my regular non-organic brands, thank you. And I’ll Heart Disease, Emphysmea and may Complicate Pregnancy

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Dogfighting, Real or Virtual, Isn’t a Game The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: That’s the essence of inhumanity. -- George Bernard Shaw When Android came out with its Dog Wars app from Kage Games in April, it challenged players to “raise your dog to beat the best” and included a “gun for police raids” and the option to “inject your dog with steroids.” This according to the company’s own website. Dog Wars charged gamers with the challenge of training a virtual pit bull (Thanks, Kage, we needed that.) to participate in virtual dogfights, with the winners building the kind of street cred that “puts money in your pocket and lets you earn more in fights.” The release of Dog Wars rallied the animal welfare community, as well as law enforcement and child advocacy groups. Los Angeles Police Protective League President Paul Weber called the game “absolutely sickening.” And a man whose name is to dogfighting what Bernie Madoff’s is to zero balances had this to say: “Dogfighting is a dead-end street. ... I think it’s important to send the smart message to kids, and not glorify this form of animal cruelty.” That man, of course, is Michael Vick, who spent 23 months in prison on dogfighting and animal cruelty charges. In the wake of a righteous uproar, Android (operated by Google) pulled the app. For a while. After a few weeks and a name change, Android released the “new and improved” KG Dogfighting app from Kage Games. Same song, second verse -- this time with a “high maturity” label making it for kids 13 and older, although with no obvious means of enforcing it, and a vague promise that a portion of proceeds will go to animal rescue organizations. production What animal welfare group is going to take 1 MIN:an 45app that promotes cruelty to money earned HRS: from animals? stamp AdVenture Mediapresident of the Humane So Wayne Pacelle, ciety of the United States, asked Google to drop the app outright, saying, “Because ‘Dog Wars’ actually Tidbits® of Coachella Valley

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Forgiving Is Essential to Healing After Loss As every affected individual remembers the horrors of World War II, a common refrain is we can “forgive but we will never forget.” Now 10 years have passed since the wound of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that still festers in the hearts of all Americans. While forgiveness is an essential element of recovery, it remains hard to do. We must continue to bring every criminal who has wounded our nation to justice. Holding grudges and blaming nations and faiths for the misdeeds of a few not only affects our nation’s well being, but our individual health. This is a good time to gain insight on how we approach tragedy and how best to eventually heal and achieve inner peace. Whether an attack on our nation, a death in the family, a life-threatening illness, a divorce or the loss of a job, each of us goes through a grieving process that eventually leads to acceptance and comfort. Much of the initial research done on dealing with tragedy comes from the pioneering work of Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. She has carefully studied the way patients and their families deal with death. Kubler-Ross identified the following five phases. The first step is denial. After 9/11, we all felt the same thing. How could this be happening to us? The disaster is overwhelming and it must be a dream. Denial creates a physiologic process that allows our body to deal with the overwhelming stress of tragedy and a wound we believe will never heal. After denial comes anger. We heard it in the address to the nation by President George W. Bush soon after the attack. We will bring these villains to justice “dead or alive.” Anger can have no limits. I see it in the furious man who has lost his job and takes out his frustration on those he loves, or the patient with cancer lashing out at the doc-

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CASEY’S CORNER (from page 9) instructs players on how to condition a dog using methods that are standard in organized dogfighting, this game may be a virtual training ground for would-be dogfighters. Its timing and message are all wrong.” As for the brains at Kage Games, they say “critics are missing the point” and in an email to the LA Times defended themselves as “animal lovers” exploring a “groundbreaking way to raise money/ awareness to REAL dogs in need (and) exercise freedom of expression.” Really? Just a gaggle of libertarian dog lovers taking their free speech rights out for a spin? Regardless of whether you believe the Founders designed the First Amendment with an eye on protecting a bloody game that teaches people how to do something that is a felony in all 50 states, that’s a crock. Any way you cut it, the creation and distribution of a dogfighting app is embarrassingly hypocritical, wildly irresponsible and bottom-line unconscionable behavior from a group that purports to be “dog lovers and dog owners themselves.” Any true dogloving gamer would instead buckle down and create an app that challenges players to see how many dogs they can free from a shelter before the next round of euthanasia. Better yet, go volunteer at one. Dogfighting is violence. Brutal and forced violence. Violence that infiltrates the dreams of children who bear witness to it. Violence that holds hostage the neighborhoods and communities in which it lurks. Violence that stamps out the spirit of innocent dogs and shackles them to a life of unspeakable pain and suffering. Does that sound like a game to you? When crimes begin to pile up, they become invisible. When sufferings become unendurable, the cries are no longer heard. The cries, too, fall like rain in summer. -- Bertolt Brecht Tues., Apr. 5 Woof! Dog trainer Matthew “Uncle Matty” Margolis is the co-author of 18 books about dogs, a behaviorist, a popular radio and television guest, and the host of the PBS series “WOOF! It’s a Dog’s Life!” Read all of Uncle Matty’s columns at www. creators.com, and visit him at www.unclematty.com. Send your questions to dearuncle.gazette@unclematty.com or by mail to UNIQUE Uncle Matty atCOINS P.O. Box 3300, Diamond Springs, CA 95619.

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It makes good sense to pay attention to a medical study that’s gone on for many decades. There’s one that’s been in place since 1946 that DEAR DR. DONOHUE: For the past five includes 2,400 men and women who were born years I have known that I have aortic stenosis. I that year. The study, reported in a recent issue have no symptoms and no restrictions on what of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, I do. My doctor says I need no treatment. I’m was called “Physical Activity Across Adulthood and happy about that, but I do have some concerns ANSWER: Have the surgery. You have had Physical Performance in Midlife.” about the long term effects of this condition. Researchers hoped to learn whether three attacks of gallbladder pain; you’re bound to How will this effect me in my later years? Could leisure-time physical activity at a younger age had have more. You won’t find the surgery as frightening it get worse? Will I have a shortened life? I am anything to do with the status of physical strength as you imagine. Often, it is done through small incicurrently 55. --- S.B. in the subjects’ later years. The participants were sions with the guidance of a scope. The body does quite well without a gallblad- followed up more than 20 times during that period ANSWER: “Stenosis” indicates narrowing. der. It’s a reservoir for bile, which is made in the to gather updated information. They were checked The aortic valve closes when the heart pumps blood liver. When a person eats a meal that has fat in it, as at ages 36, 43, and 53 and tested for standing out and into the aorta and the entire body. Closure most meals do, the gallbladder contracts, sending a balance, how long it took to rise up out of a chair, of the valve stops blood from leaking back into the jet of bile into the digestive tract to promote fat diges- and grip strength. heart. Because the valve and its opening have conStanding balance measured how long tion. Without a gallbladder for storage, bile drips into stricted, the heart has to pump harder to empty the participant could stand on one leg with eyes the digestive tract on a constant basis; that works out itself. That strains the heart, and, in time, leads to closed, up to 30 seconds. Chair-rise speed inwell. heart failure. volved getting up out of a chair, standing up Medicines can dissolve gallstones. They Stenosis is relative. Its danger and its constraight and then sitting back down -- ten times! ADVERTISING PROOF take a long time to work, and the stones have to be sequences depend on how narrow are the opening strength used an electronic device to measure small. Frequently, the stones re-form after medicines 5:00Grip p.m.. and valve. Doctors can get an accurate picture of theFinal Changes DUE: TUES., JULY 26 how much squeezing pressure they could apply are stopped. Please review carefully. 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