Raising a Healthy and Happy Dog

Anyone who has a special dog in their life knows what wonderful additions to the family they can be. They become more than just pets. Because of this, dog owners will do anything they can to keep their canine-friends happy and healthy. There are a few basic things that your dog needs on a regular basis to help ensure that they are living the best life possible. They need exercise. Every dog owner knows that dogs love to play. The first thing my dog does when I walk in the door is run in circles and jump on me. Then we head outside and play in the front yard. She loves this time outside chasing her toy and rolling around in the grass. Dogs also love to go on walks or just play around in the house. Whatever type of exercise you choose, the goal is to make sure they are getting exercise and playtime every day. By the way, this has the added benefit of getting you out and exercising, too, which may be one reason why pet owners tend to be healthier people. Something else to be sure of is to make sure you are feeding your dog the healthiest diet possible. Just as we need to eat a healthy, balanced diet, dogs need the same thing and their needs change over time. I use Beneful dog food for my pet. We started her out on Beneful Dry Dog Food Healthy Puppy with Real Chicken when she was little. She loved it and she had so much energy. Then we moved her up to Beneful Dry Dog Food Originals. We use both the Real Chicken and Real Beef variety. Sometimes we also add in some of Beneful’s Chopped Blends from Amazon. She really goes crazy for that and she’s so healthy. I feel good about giving her Beneful. Finally, I make sure to give my dog lots of love. Dogs need love and affection just like people. They thrive on physical touch and time spent together. So, throughout the day, take some time to cuddle your friend and your dog will reward you with a lifetime of love and loyalty in return.

George Soros Uses His Wealth to Fight Injustice

George Soros on blogs.wsj is one of the most successful investors and fund managers in history which has made him one of the wealthiest people in the world. Born in Hungary in 1930, George survived the Nazi occupation of his country during WWII and then fled to England in 1947 when the communist came to power. In 1952, he graduated from the London School of Economics and began his career as an investment banker on opensocietyfoundations.org. Then in 1956, he immigrated to the US and continued working as an investment banker for several firms in New York.

In 1973, George Soros founded and managed a hedge fund company that eventually became known as Quantum Fund where the return on investments was over 30% per year for several years. He gave up actively managing Quantum Fund in the late 1980s but that did not stop him from speculating on investments. In 1992, he shorted the British pound in a currency speculation and made a profit of almost $2 billion which earned him the phrase “the man who broke the Bank of England.” All great investors like Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch, and Carl Icahn have an investing style, and George is no different. George Soros’ style is described as being a short-term speculator who looks at economic trends and the behaviors of other investors in order to capitalize on buying and selling opportunities.

George Soros has gained as much notoriety as a philanthropist and political activist as he has as an investor. Since 1979, he has made donations to many socio-political causes around the world through his Open Society Foundation. Through this foundation, George has fought against apartheid in South Africa and communism in Eastern Europe, provided legal help to people who have been falsely accused of crimes by totalitarian governments, and many other activities. He is passionate about fighting against injustice because he was a victim of many injustices having lived through Nazi rule and fleeing Hungary from communism. George has the resources to help people in need and he has put his resources to good use.

Resources:

http://www.forbes.com/profile/george-soros/
http://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/george-soros

Yeonmi Park – The Journey to Freedom

Yeonmi Park a human rights activist fled from North Korea in her attempt to finally have a taste of freedom. Although this twenty-one-year-old is rapidly becoming the face that represents freedom to her oppressed people, the story of her journey is as grim as the regime in North Korea.
Life in North Korea
Growing up in the dictator run country is as brutal and repressive as you can imagine. The regime has control and influences every aspect of peoples’ lives in North Korea. Her father was arrested for sending metals to China and was sentenced to labor camp. That was the point when Park and her mother decided that it was time to try and look for freedom elsewhere.
Yeonmi Park of youngvoicesadvocates was taught not to express her voice as everyone is always listening for the wrong words that might provoke retaliation. Not many countries are as secretive and such a closed community as North Korea. But the known fact is that 24 million people live under the thumb of Kim Jong Un, the 32 year old dictator. The propaganda in that country hides the poverty of the nation, disguising the actual state of this dangerous country.
Not only does the propaganda teach people from an early age that North Korea is the best country there is, but it teaches them that other countries are threats and can bring nothing good to anyone.
The Escape From North Korea
Once her father became a prisoner, Park was branded as an outcast by this isolated nation. She realized that there was no hope for a better future there and in 2007, at the age of 13, she fled with her mother. The borders had guards who were instructed to shoot anyone on sight who was trying to reach China, but they had some help from someone they knew and that person helped them cross the border. However, getting to China was not the end of their miseries.
The Gruesom Time in China
While they were in China, a man attempted to rape Yeonmi. As her mother did not allow for that to happen, she got raped instead for protecting her daughter’s life. Unfortunately, they both got sold into human trafficking. The man who bought Yeonmi blackmailed her to become his mistress in order to buy her mother and father as well. She had to agree so they could stay together as a family. Her father arrived in China, but soon died from colon cancer. Yeonmi had no one to turn to for comfort and had to bury his ashes at 3 a.m. without the presence of friends and family as she could not call anyone to let them know about her father’s death.
Escaping China
Yeonmi and her mother crossed the Gobi Desert during a cold night with five people. It was minus-40 degrees and she was only 15 years old. Although the conditions for crossing the desert were not favorable, the cover of the night gave them a chance for safer passage. They first used a compass, but later on they used stars to guide them to freedom.
People like Yeonmi Park on Twitter, who are not afraid to tell their life stories are a huge step forward towards progress. Dying for food and freedom in North Korea happens too often and young Yeonmi is a voice that might help that to stop. She now lives and studies in Seoul, South Korea traveling the world in order to raise awareness and fight the repressive regime of her former country North Korea.