Parasite control in pets often seems to be a complex topic. Everybody knows that they ought to deworm and deflea their pet, but that's about as far as it goes. When the topic is investigated further, many questions come up.
With so much uncertainty facing people regarding work, school, financial stability, wedding plans, and so much more, many are feeling stressed, overwhelmed and some are even feeling hopeless about the future. What we tell ourselves about what is happening in our world has a big bearing on how we feel and how we inspire others to feel.
Last week the European Commission adopted its latest strategy to address the ongoing loss of biodiversity and destruction of the natural world. There was much talk of a green recovery as the Union takes its first, tentative steps to recover from the initial wave of Covid-19.
The Irish summer is here. The skies have been cloudless and blue, the sun's been shining, and the rain clouds have stayed away. The COVID-19 crisis means that we've all had to be socially distant from one another, but that hasn't stopped us from gathering in public places like parks, beaches and seaside promenades. People stand apart, speaking more loudly than before, and wearing facemasks in public.
The topic of wearing masks during the COVID-19 crisis has been controversial. The latest message is that, to limit the spread of the virus, we should all wear masks if we are likely to be indoors within 1 - 2 metres of other people for any prolonged length of time.
Dog walking is an activity that is very much a part of contemporary culture. In Ireland, 34% of households own dogs (this compares with 24% in the UK, 38% in the USA and 39% in Australia). Dog ownership has become a key part of twenty first century life. And if you have a dog, part of the responsibility of ownership is a commitment to taking the animal for a walk.
I was gently amused by a quote on Ariana Huffington's LinkedIn feed a few days back. It showed a cartoon of someone presenting to a boardroom team saying: 'I'm afraid the news isn't good. Word has it that consumers are starting to find out what actually matters'.
It's been a slow news week. The only remotely exciting thing to happen was the dog escaped. We spent two hours looking for him before finally finding him hiding under the decking in the neighbour's garden. Chasing a dog around a garden is the biggest adrenalin rush I've had in months!
Every home should have a copy of a delightful little book called 'Gardening for Biodiversity' published last week. The little gem comes at a time when people are busy in their gardens but probably have more time and/or more hands on deck this year due to Covid-19.
It's amazing the things you'll do to entertain yourself during a lockdown. He now has me cycling a bike. Yes I repeat - cycling a bike. I didn't want to do it, obviously, but he finally wore me down with the promise of a trip to Dealz to buy a load of sh**e, if I cycled in to town with him.
When it comes to remakes or reboots of older series, there appears to be two schools of thought. The first school says that the game must be preserved as much as possible, in order to stay true to the original vision and not to tarnish any vulnerable legacies. The second school of thought is more pragmatic: keep the general spirit of the game alive, but modernise every aspect of it in order to get the younger generations on board and in positions where they can be sold ludicrously expensive cosmetic items or arbitrarily paywalled DLC content.
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