Genetic Testing Dogs- Paw Print Genetics

Genetic Testing Dogs- Paw Print Genetics

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Genetic Testing Dogs

We have recently decided to start breeding Labradors. As you all know, we have four Labradors and genetic testing is important when you breed. You want to produce the best of the best when breeding puppies. You do not want to bring in puppies that will have life long health problems. Genetic testing dogs will help eliminate any future issues for puppies. When selling puppies, you want to insure your potential buyers that you have taken the steps to provide them with healthy puppies .

Even with genetic testing you can always have some sort of issues. Lets take Berkeley for an example, he had to have his salivary gland removed. This is not something that we would have known by a genetics test. Berkeley also has Hemorrohagic Gastroenteritis. We have extensive medical bills with Berkeley.  We have been debating on getting pet insurance , if you have someone to recommend please let me know in the comments below.

 

Your dog deserves the best. Making informed decisions about your dog’s health is vital to its happy life now and in the future. Canine HealthCheck is not a breed identification test, but an easy at-home test that screens your dog’s DNA for a variety of genetic mutations causing inherited diseases and traits. Knowing your breed is only a small part of the story. Knowing your dog’s genetic health risk will allow you to:Care for those diseases that are treatable. Prepare for a pet emergency Predict future medical problems, saving costly veterinarian diagnostic workups What is Canine HealthCheck? The Canine HealthCheck is a screen of more than 150 genes that cause diseases or traits in dogs. It is easily collected in the comfort of your home – no veterinarian required! A 30 second swab of your dog’s cheek is sent to our laboratory where we screen the DNA to discover its genetic health status. High Capability: Screens more than 150 genetic mutations causing inherited diseases and traits Accessible: Results are displayed in your secure online account in 7-10 days upon sample receipt. They can be printed or downloaded. Customized: Sort your results based on breed, organ system, symptoms, and more Smart: Provides more useful information than a breed identification test – affected and carrier status provided for disease.

Paw Print Genetics has a breeder profile and you can check out my results on Berkeley and Bailey. You can click their names and you will get the results.

Life With Berkeley

Life With Berkeley

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Life With Berkeley

We are a family of four Labradors. They each have their own different personality. Of course you always have that one that is the trouble maker, the one that makes you laugh, the one that keeps you on your A game. With my gang, it is Berkeley who keeps me on track.

When we brought Berkeley home for the first time, I had a litter of puppies. The puppies went to their new homes and we kept one of the puppies. We went from two Labradors to four. What was I thinking? How my life that I had known of easy days to pure chaos with two puppies, and Molly, and Bailey. As the months went by, and the sleepless nights, puppies peeing  all over the house,chewing my only key fob to my car, shoes, an whatever else they could destroy. I wouldn’t change anything at all. I can not recall how I ever lived without my little family of chaos.

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BI-LO has launched an engaging, new program designed to encourage kids to learn about the wildlife in their own backyards – the Animals of America collector card program!

BI-LO has launched an engaging, new program designed to encourage kids to learn about the wildlife in their own backyards – the Animals of America collector card program!

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Now through May 3, customers will receive a free four-pack of Animals of America cards with every $20 purchase, while supplies last. Bonus packs can be earned by purchasing three (3) participating items – marked with special tags in store.

Each of the 54 cards features an American animal and fun fact; designed for kids to collect, swap and organize in a free collector’s poster or album – available for $4 at your neighborhood BI-LO

There are many iconic southern species included in the collector set and there are “hero” animals for each southern state like the Spotted Salamander in South Carolina.

Great Prizes!

In addition, select cards will have instant-win prizes including “Billy the Bear” mascot stuffed animals, and three (3) grand prize vacation vouchers!

Fun, Sharable Videos for Kids!.

Animals of America collector’s posters are free at all BI-LO, Winn-Dixie and Harveys stores, while supplies last. Animals of America collector albums are also available for $4 each, while supplies last.

There are many iconic southern species included in the collector sets, such as the Florida panther, American alligator, southern flying squirrel and the roseate spoonbill – and there are “hero” animals for each of the seven states in the Southeastern Grocers footprint: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

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I think it is awesome that BI-LO is offering this learning experience to children. Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I am sharing the press information on my own free will. I am crediting BI-LO for the picture use.

 

 

Party With A Purpose  Food Drive And Fish Fry

Party With A Purpose Food Drive And Fish Fry

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Ashley Scott is the creator and inventor of  The Southern Ecstasy Beverage Company. Southern Ecstasy is hosting an event to help with the SC Flood Victims. This is an exclusive, invitation-only tasting party, so only the first 200 people who send a request to sales@sespirits.com will be sent details of the event location. This event will be held December 26,2015 from 2 PM-5 PM. You will get to sample some of Southern Ecstasy drink creations and mixers.  The Southern Ecstasy Beverage Company has alcohol and non- alcohol drinks and mixers. Entry fee to this awesome event is just 2 non perishable food items .  SE will be providing food, and music by Dragon Entertainment.  Starting January 1, 2016 SE flavored spirits will be distributed in Florida, New York, New Jersey, and California. SE are in negotiations to have distribution in in all 50 states by March of 2016.

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Where to Find AvoDerm Revolving Menu ? #AvoDermNatural

Where to Find AvoDerm Revolving Menu ? #AvoDermNatural

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Oh you haven’t tried AvoDerm out yet? Is it because you do not know where to purchase? I am here to tell you all about AvoDerm and where to purchase.

Most of you know, I have four Labradors. I have two puppies one is 14 weeks and the other is 12 weeks. The older I get the more I am interested in learning what options is the best for all my dogs. Sometimes, I think I may be getting wiser with age.

What type of food AvoDerm?

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New Paint- Ace Hardware

New Paint- Ace Hardware

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As you all know my husband and I just purchased this home last month. We have slowly been working on some repairs . Ace Hardware provided us with 2 gallons of Clark+Kensington  paint to help with some of our remodeling.  My daughter wanted a paint color to match her bedspread. Clark+ Kensington has so many beautiful colors to pick from. Madison wanted a teal color but finding the perfect match wasn’t something I was 100% sure we would be able to accomplish.

We picked out a color called Green Lake

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This color is absolutely beautiful on the wall.  Madison had some quality time painting with her dad before we moved in the house.

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New Home New Home Projects

New Home New Home Projects

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My husband and I purchased a new home to us. This home was built in 2004. This home was foreclosed and has a few repairs needed to complete. Please follow along as we make some repairs and do it our self. When you  see the bigger picture without all the flaws this will be a beautiful home. We have already started some of the repairs. We are hoping to be fully moved in on Sunday 12/14/04.

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The “man cave” room had a busted window. I called a local glass company to replace the glass instead of having to replace the whole window. I am trying to be as frugal as possible with our needed repairs. The laundry room floor has to be replaced. My husband is doing those repairs himself.

We had to purchase 4 new blinds for the windows. We already had blinds that fit the rest of the windows. They just need a good cleaning. We also purchased new kitchen appliances. They are now all black expect the extra oven is white. I am not changing that out.

Moving is a lot of work and you really never realize how much junk you have until you move. I have been trying to sell a few things here and there that we really do not need anymore. I have also been looking online for several deals on things we do need. I love local Facebook groups. I was able to get a nice kitchen table, the kitchen appliances, and a backyard fence for my dogs. I also got Madison a really nice shelf for her bathroom for towels.

I can not wait until spring and I will be able to plant some pretty flowers in the yard. We have never owned our own land before.

Please follow along on all our repairs. We will be looking at Pinterest for great remodeling ideas. Madison has  already picked out a few bathroom projects she has in mind.

One day at a time is now my motto.

 

Camping Supply Check List

Camping Supply Check List

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My family and I are going on a camping trip. We will be on a island and the only way to get there is by a boat. I want to make sure we have everything we could possibly need .

One thing I like to do before we go on a camping trip is prepare as much food as possible at home. You can make biscuits and put them in a Ziploc bag. You can make sausage gravy for the biscuits. Then, all you have to is warm the sausage gravy for a nice breakfast. You can make pigs in the blanket and put them in a Ziploc bag for a quick snack. You can eat those cold. If you are planning to grill hamburgers on your camping trip. You could patty the meat at home. When you go camping you want to make sure you have everything you could possibly need. I like to also have more than enough food. [Read more…]

You May Not Be Pregnant- You May Have Cancer

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Rachel Reynolds

Earlier today I shared Rachel’s Journey. Now, I want to talk a little more about her cancer.

Rachel thought she may have been pregnant. Approximately last July,2013 Rachel took a pregnancy test. The test came up positive. Rachel was afraid to tell her parents at the age of 17 she thought she was pregnant. Rachel took several test and they all came up positive. Rachel was on a antibiotic and was late with her menstrual cycle. Rachel went to a doctor and was confirmed again with a positive test. Then, her cycle came back and she assumed she had miscarried. Rachel had never told her parents about this because she thought everything was normal again. As, Rachel’s health started to decline more, she told her mom about the pregnancy test and how she thought she was pregnant.

Rachel was never pregnant to begin with, she never miscarried. The cancer she had cause HCG the same hormone produced during pregnancy. With Rachel not knowing she had cancer , this gave the tumor time to grow. From July until January when she was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer that had already spread through out her body and several organs. Treatment didn’t start until Feb. 2014. Rachel’s cancer had a full 8 months to grow before she even began chemo.

Rachel’s mom, Julie would like all young girls to talk with someone if you ever afraid to talk with their own parents.

How some cancerous tumors can produce positive pregnancy tests even when there is NO pregnancy.

Germ Cell

  • Germ cell tumors include a diverse group of tumors that arise from primitive germinal cells in either the gonads (ovaries, testicles) or non-gonadal sites (brain, chest, tailbone).
  • They can be non-cancerous, benign (for example, teratomas), or malignant (examples, choriocarcinoma, endodermal sinus tumor, germinoma) or tumors with a mixture of these components (for example, immature teratoma with endodermal sinus tumor component )

Factors

  • Germ cell tumors are more common in patients with Klinefelter syndrome or with a history of an undescended testicle.
  • Many germ cell tumors produce proteins that can be measured in the blood as tumor markers. The two most commonly elevated tumor markers are alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) and chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). When elevated, their measurement is useful in monitoring the response to treatment, whether it involves surgery, chemotherapy or both.

As you can see that Germ Cell produces HCG. This is what pregnant women produces when pregnant. Women or young ladies may not even notice the systems in the ovaries. There are many treatment options and clinical tests to determine what is best for the patient.

Rachel also had another type of cancer. The doctors was not 100% sure what Rachel had. Sarcoma was mentioned a few times.

What is Sarcoma?

Cancerous (malignant) tumors of the connective tissues are called “sarcomas”. The term sarcoma comes from a Greek word meaning fleshy growth. Sarcoma arises in the connective tissue of the body. Normal connective tissue include, fat, blood vessels, nerves, bones, muscles, deep skin tissues, and cartilage. Sarcomas are divided into two main groups, bone sarcomas and soft tissue sarcomas. They are further sub-classified based on the type of presumed cell of origin found in the tumor. They all share certain microscopic characteristics and have similar symptoms. Sarcomas can develop in children and adults. For children under 20 approximately 15 percent of cancer diagnosis are sarcomas. Although rare, there are approximately 14,000 new cases of sarcoma diagnosed each year in the United States. In general sarcomas are divided into the large groups of soft tissue sarcoma and bone sarcomas.

Sarcoma Cancer is rare. They really can not pin point what causes Sarcoma.

Rachel spent a good bit of time at the Sloan Kettering hospital in New York. At Memorial Sloan Kettering, their multidisciplinary team of experts provides the highest-quality diagnostic evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation, as well as access to innovative therapies through their clinical trials. If you have soft tissue sarcoma, they will work to give you the best chance of survival and high quality of life.

 

 

Rachel’s Journey

Rachel’s Journey

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Rachel Reynolds

 

Rachel’s Story:

My daughter met Rachel last year. Their boyfriends were friends and they went on several double dates. In January, they all were going to go out one night. Then, my daughter received a text from Rachel saying ” I have Cancer” . At first, my daughter was not sure whether to believe Rachel. She thought she was joking at first. What 17 year old gets cancer?

January 2014 , Rachel went to the doctor because she had a bad pain in her side. A xray revealed a large mass under in her collar bone…which led to cat scan….which led to suspected sarcoma that began in her right rib.

Rachel’s mom reported on January 26,2014 that the doctors know she has cancer and it is in stage 4…as tumors and cancer cells begin to spread.

Rachel has had many test trying to find out exactly what type of cancer she has. They know it is very rare. Rachel’s parents decided to get a second opinion and went to Sloan Hospital in New York. They chose Sloan hospital  in New York because they specialize in rare sarcomas. The pet scan revealed cancer cells already in both lungs as well as tumor in right lung….adrenal glands and tumors growing elsewhere like on ovary and bone next to heart. This was  February 18,2014.

Rachel returned back to South Carolina after having intense treatment at Sloan hospital in New York. Rachel is getting treatment at MUSC also. For the month of March, Rachel had been in and out of the hospital. She also was getting ready to make another trip to New York. On March 18, 2014 they received the news that the cancer and tumors were shrinking. As they headed back to New York for intense treatment.  The doctors were not sure if the Chemo would work since they can not figure out the type of cancer Rachel has, other than tell them it is rare. They had told them if the Chemo did not work, they would lose Rachel in a matter of weeks.

On March 22,2014 Rachel got to meet Taylor Swift. Taylor was visiting patients in the Sloan hospital that day.

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Rachel came back to South Carolina on March 27,2014.  Rachel put on makeup and sat in the sun a bit on March 31st. Julie, says that is the first since she found out she had cancer. As April approaches Rachel was able to venture out some. She went to the Flowertown Festival. Rachel also went to a baseball game.  She was able to visit with some friends again.

On April 7,2014, the doctors some black on the chest xray scans. This is great! They don’t want white. Blood work was fine. Pallets back up…border line for blood transfusion but we will recheck that Thursday. But the best news came out of the conversation Julie had with Rachel’s doctor. At first they told them they would lose Rachel in a few weeks if Chemo didn’t work. Well, the Chemo did work and the weeks have passed by and she is still here. Then they told them they would still lose her anyways, and gave them 3 to 6 months at most. Now the doctor says she is confident enough to extend it to 6 to 12.months. That they didn’t expect Rachel to have done so well.

Rachel had some good days in April. She drove her truck, she cooked dinner. Rachel went to see Billy Currington in concert. Then, April 15,2014 Rachel went back to Sloan.  Rachel developed a cancerous tumor under her arm. They removed the tumor and increased pain medicine. April 27th, Rachel came back to South Carolina.  Rachel was in and out of MUSC for testing and blood transfusions.

As we approach May 1st, Rachel’s immune system is zero. May 2nd Rachel was feeling a little bit better. May 10th Rachel went with the “Make A Wish Foundation” and had a fun shopping trip. May 18th Rachel had her graduation party. My daughter was thrilled to be invited. My daughters job was wonderful in making sure she was off because she was scheduled to work. Rachel’s party was supposed to be the following week. However, the date was changed and my daughter was worried she was not going to be able to go.

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Hospice has been in and out helping with Rachel.  The early hours of May 24th Rachel went to be with the Lord.

Rachel had a huge impact with her strength a courage to fight cancer. Even though I did not personally know Rachel. I followed her story each and every day.  My daughter loved Rachel and talked about her all the time.

Make sure you stop by and read part 2 of Rachel’s Journey.