Daniel asks…

Was it right for Israel to attack the volunteer ships bringing supplies to the tortured Palestinians?

a) they were in international waters not owned by Israel
b) they were unarmed
c) Israel fired missals at the unarmed ships without warning
d) 5 minutes later Israel choppers dropped ropes from which soldiers and special opps started jumping onto the ships
e) the volunteers tried to fight back as they were under attack, using pipes.
f) Israel killed AT LEAST 9 innocent people trying to deliver wheel chairs, shampoo, soap and other goods Israel doesn’t allow the Palestinians to have, making them live like dogs in concentration camps.
g) Israel is refusing to announce exactly how many they killed (nor their identities)
h) Israel has put them in a holding cell in prison and will not release anyone unless they give up their name and sign a document that they illegally entered Israel when they were in international waters and never entered Israel
i) so far 45 of the 600 have given in so they can return to their families.

There’s a Jewish organization whose motto is “Don’t stand idly by” (when you see injustice in the world). Well, these people saw Palestinians living in substandard unhuman like conditions and were not standing idly by and instead raised money to send humanitarian aid to them, and got killed in the process.
Three sailors who took part in the flotilla said Israeli troops stormed the Mavi Marmara, the largest ship, well into international waters.

“The commandos were coming down from the helicopter. No one on the ships had any weapons,” one of the sailors told CNN Turk after being flown back to Istanbul.

The Free Gaza organization, one of the organizers of the protest, posted on its Twitter page that the incident unfolded about 4:30 a.m., when Israeli commandos boarded the Mavi Marmara by helicopter. The troops “immediately opened fire on unarmed civilians,” the group said.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/05/31/gaza.protest/index.html?iref=allsearch

15 dead, flotilla fired upon by Israeli Ships

HAIFA, Israel – Two TV networks are reporting that Israeli warships have attacked the six ships carrying pro-Palestinian activists and aid for blockaded Gaza, killing at least two and wounding an unknown number of people on board.

The Israeli military refused to comment on the report.

The al-Jazeera satellite channel reported by telephone early Monday from the Turkish ship leading the flotilla that Israeli navy forces fired at the ship and boarded it, wounding the captain. The Turkish NTV network also reported an Israeli takeover with gunfire and casualties.

http://usahitman.com/?p=5150

If they entered Ashdod the goods would never have been delivered to Gaza as there is an illegal blockade imposed on them.
And so far Israel has only delivered wheelchairs and none of the other goods which they have confiscated. They don’t want them to have soap, shoes and other essentials so they continue to live like animals in concentration camps.

Martin answers:

No scums use a NAVAL Warship against innocent civilians

Flottila Aid ship was 77 miles of the Israeli coast on INTERNATIONAL WATER

Sandra asks…

How else can I convince my mom to let me get a dog?

So my mom just goes with everything my step dad says pretty much. I asked if I could get a dog a couple of nights ago and both of them said hell no. My mom was gone last night and I was talking to my step dad and he said if I were to get a dog I could only get an australian shepherd. I talked to my mom again tonight and told her what she said and now she is saying I Don’t Know. Better than a no huh? I have done a lot of research on the dogs, I have priced out how much the dog + supplies will be this first month for the bare minimum and the maximum. I got a range on how much food would cost each year (cost per pound of food, how much food they should be eating a month times 12(: ). I printed out the forms from rescue shelters and filled them out (I admit I had to much time on my hands today ) I found out their prices and what the adoption fees include. I really want this, I have for 5 years now. How can I persuade my mom to a yes, I need ideas fast because I want to get it before school starts so I have time to start training it in case it’s a puppy and getting it acustomed to our family(sept. 7th) I will be camping with my dad for a week, then I am home for a few days and I leave for a 2 week vacation. I want to get everything done and ready so I can get one soon after we get home. Well what are some tips on bringing her decision to a yes?

I planned on this being my dog for the most part(: I would pay for it and everything that it needs (with the exception of vet bills). I will walk it, feed it, play with it, deal with it at night. At this moment I have $550 saved up, I got my bare minimum price at $220 and maximum at around $500. I get $60 allowance a month, that money will go towards dog food each month as well.

I think I dog would be great for me right now. I need a friend like a dog. I am hitting a few rough spots in life (they aren’t going to go away, I have been through this before, it’s like a cycle, these things keep coming back after I get rid of them) I can’t talk to anyone about these obviously and I think that a dog could really help me since I seem to lack in the friend department:/

Martin answers:

You can visit an animal shelter and ask if they accept volunteers to come in and walk dogs. That’s what my sister did. She made us all go to an animal shelter and volunteer to walk a dog together as a family. Your mom might become a little more accepting if she sees you walking dogs and actually cleaning up after them. Good luck! 8^)

Michael asks…

First aid Kit……..?

What are the important supplies for a first aid kit for dogs?
I’m going camping and taking my dogs with me so i want to make sure i have everything i need.
Anything Herbal or natural would be great too. Thanks guys

Martin answers:

Seems like folks have this pretty well covered:
gauze, vet wrap, something to clean wounds (not hydrigen peroxide it damages cells and slows healing) bedadine is good, Rymadyl or Edodolac for pain, foot ointment for pad wear, and cracks (we make our own with zinc oxide as a base, add tee tree oil and bacatracin), thermometer. None of which is any good if you don’t know how to use it. So track down a vet or trainer who can give you a crash course before you go.

You might consider, a leatherman or needle nosed pliers if you will be in porcupine country. If you take eye ointment make sure it is without steroids (they make with and without, but the steroid type is very specific and when used in the wrong situation can cause the cornea to be damaged) Also remember the feet is one of the very few places dogs can sweat, so booties in hot weather can be a problem.

Http://www.pets.ca/pettips/pet-tip-124.htm

Learn how to tell if your dog is properly hydrated

http://www.goldshield.co.uk/articlecontent-98/Appraising-the-situation.htmto

Other thoughts: maybe a bell for the collar, to help you keep track and warn wildlife the dog is coming. Something reflective for the collar if you will be out and about at night. Clip their nails before you go and you don;t have to carry the nail trimmers.

And you asked about natural remedies . Rescue Remedy for stress and anxiety, works for people and their pets. There is a special pet version, but we just use the human one, in case I need it too :)

http://www.rescueremedy.com/

and Algyval massage balm, for sore muscles and joints. Also great for people too.

Http://www.algyval.com/Info/tabid/129/Default.aspx

Also arnica is a safe homeopathic for trauma, bruise, sprain, sore. Again good for people too.

Http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/arnica-000222.htm

Have a great time

Lisa asks…

What should I name my new dog?

O.K, so my family is going to rescue this dog after we go camping. The problem is that we can’t decide on a name. I want to name him Oliver, my dad wants Jack , my mom loves Sam, my brother says Jackson. I also like Elroy.

Here is his picture, his current name is Moses.

http://www.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=14411746

Other suggestions are welcome. Thank you very much.

Here are my other questions:

1. How much does a 70 lb. dog eat per day?
2. What supplies should we get for him (toys,bowls,etc. etc. etc)?
3. Can you give me links and videos for training?

Thank you, again.

Martin answers:

I like Jackson and your dad can also call him Jack for short. He would probably eat a large cupful of food everyday. You should get him two bowls (one for food and one for water), some chew toys a box of training treats, and a kennel or cage. For training you should try www.loveyourdog.com or just google it. Hope i could help.

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