You won’t find a prettier or happier-looking dog than Miles which is amazing considering that just months ago, he was rescued from a basement. No one deserves a home more than this friendly, high-energy rottweiler/german shepherd mix. Young, enthusiastic Miles is working on his manners, learning how to interact with other dogs, and would love someone to continue his training in his forever home!
You won’t find Miles in the shelter because he has been living with a foster family where he is learning how to be a fun part of the family. He is crate trained, house broken, knows his basic obedience commands and loves to run on a treadmill. If you have an active lifestyle, Miles is the dog for you. Because of his high energy level, Miles is recommended for families with older children. If you would like more information about Miles, please call us at Animal Friends and we will contact his foster parents to meet with you.

Get Your 4th on!

Ok this weekend we will all be out at parties celebrating the good ol’ USA and along with good eats on the grill some of us will be blowing things up. This might seem like common sense to you, but trust us, some people need this friendly safety reminder… See video above, DO NOT DO THAT!!!!
Use fireworks outdoors only.
Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
Always have water handy. (A hose or bucket).
Only use fireworks as intended. Don’t try to alter them or combine them.
Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a “designated shooter.”
Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.
Do not ever use homemade fireworks of illegal explosives: They can kill you! Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community.
Use Caution with Animals.  Be careful with animals.  Noise and lights of fireworks often frighten animals.

Yummy treat for your 4th Celebration; Berry-Lemon Napoleon

Butter-flavor nonstick cooking spray
4  sheets frozen phyllo dough (about 17/13-inch rectangles), thawed
2  Tbsp. sugar
1/2  tsp. ground cardamom or cinnamon
1/3  cup low-fat lemon yogurt
3  Tbsp. lemon curd
1/3  cup whipping cream, whipped, or 1 cup frozen whipped dessert topping, thawed
3/4  cup each fresh red raspberries, blackberries, and/or blueberries
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees . Lightly coat two baking sheets with cooking spray; set aside. Unfold phyllo dough. Remove 2 sheets phyllo dough to large cutting board. Lightly coat top sheet of phyllo with cooking spray. Cover remaining phyllo dough with plastic wrap
2. In small bowl stir together sugar and cardamom. Sprinkle half sugar mixture on phyllo stack. Top with 2 more phyllo sheets. Lightly coat with cooking spray; sprinkle with remaining sugar mixture.
3. Cut phyllo sheets lengthwise in 4 equal strips, then crosswise in 4 pieces to make 161 rectangles. Transfer to prepared baking sheets. Bake rectangles 8 to 10 minutes or until golden. Transfer to wire rack to cool.
4. Meanwhile, for lemon filling; in medium bowl stir together lemon yogurt and lemon curd. Fold in whipped cream.
5. To assemble, place a phyllo rectangle stack on each of 5 dessert plates. (You’ll have 1 extra phyllo rectangle, in case of breakage.) Spread 1 rounded tablespoon lemon filling on each rectangle. Divide raspberries among rectangles. Top each with another phyllo rectangle, then another rounded tablespoon lemon filling. Divide blueberries among rectangles. Cover each stack with another phyllo rectangle. Serve immediately. Makes 5 servings.
Calories 195, Total Fat (g) 8, Saturated Fat (g) 4, Cholesterol (mg) 32, Sodium (mg) 101, Carbohydrate (g) 22, Fiber (g) 3, Protein (g) 2, Vitamin A (DV%) 0, Vitamin C (DV%) 13, Calcium (DV%) 5, Iron (DV%) 4, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Stay Protected out in the Sun!

This time of year all we want to do is be outdoors and enjoy the nice weather. Today, we know so much more about the sun and its effects on the human body, namely our skin. So there is no reason to head out for fun and not take the necessary steps to protect your health!
Always wear sunscreen when you head out. How protective it is depends on the SPF (sun protection factor). The higher the number means the fewer UVA and UVB rays are getting through that screen and penetrating your skin.
Cover your face when outside. On the beach, wear wide-brimmed hats and swimsuit cover-ups that extend down your arms and legs. The skin on the face is very delicate and can be damaged even easier than the rest of the body. For babies, completely cover them in the sun to prevent burns.
Reapply sunscreen as needed when swimming. If you are on the beach playing sports or resting, reapply sunscreen every two hours. If you are in the pool or ocean, reapply sunscreen when you get out for maximum protection. Use waterproof sunscreen when you are going to be in the water.
Stay hydrated. Skin is in its best protective mode when it is well moisturized. Part of that moisture comes from bringing in fluids to replace what we lose through sweat. Always carry bottled water with you. Cold water is absorbed better into the cells than warm water.
Protect your eyes with sunglasses. Your eyewear needs to have UVA and UVB protection so your retinas aren’t damaged by the sunlight. If you are playing sports or just lying on the beach, eyewear is needed.
If your headed out with the purpose of getting a tan here is some info about outdoor vs. indoor lotions. It is not a good Idea to use indoor lotions  outside of a tanning bed. Indoor tanning lotions usually don’t contain SPF.You will have no sun protection outdoors. Outdoor UV rays can vary daily even hourly in intensity.  It is recommended that you use a SPF lotion while tanning outdoors.Outdoor tanning lotions are not recommended for indoor use, as they can cause a film on the acrylic on a tanning bed and inhibit the tanning process.


This beautiful girl is Lady, a 2 year old Lab/Pittie mix. Isn’t her white coat with orange markings striking? Since she has been with us, Lady has been quite popular and has set up housekeeping with two different suitors. At present though, she’s living the life of a single gal in her very own “apartment” on our adoption floor. She keeps busy by practicing Open Paw and is near the top of her class in sitting. She also excels at leash walking and treat eating! She would love to continue her studies in the positive reinforcement field and would love to return to Animal Friends for obedience classes.
If you have a quiet home that can accommodate a low key gal like Lady, stop by Animal friends and fill out an application. She’d love to meet you.

Do you know just exactly what your Metabolism is and how it works?

Metabolism is the amount of energy (calories) your body burns to maintain itself. Whether you are eating, drinking, sleeping, cleaning etc… your body is constantly burning calories to keep you going.
Metabolism is affected by your body composition; the amount of muscle you have versus the amount of fat. Muscle uses more calories to maintain itself than fat. People who are more muscular (and have a lower percentage of body fat) are said to have a higher metabolism than others that are less muscular.  If you want to increase your metabolism the answer is EXERCISE….  If you’ve never exercised before, make sure you see a doctor before beginning a new exercise program (your problems with metabolism may be the result of a medical condition rather than your diet or lack of exercise). You can increase your muscle mass by doing some type of resistance work (i.e. lifting weights, using exertubes, rubberbands, dynabands, hand weights etc…). You can also decrease your level of body fat by doing some type of aerobic exercise at least 3 days a week for longer than 20 minutes. any activity such as walking, jogging, step aerobics, hi/low aerobics, biking, swimming etc. this will increase your heartrate into the target zone and keep it there for the duration of the exercise session. You also need to eat! – Do not diet, just watch the types of foods you eat. Try to eat a diet that is lower in fat (check the labels on the foods that you buy) and start adding weight training to your exercise program. Your muscle is the furnace and the fuel it burns is fat!

Need to get Grounded?

Ok so it’s not a big secret that some of us gals are vertically challenged when it comes to riding stock bikes. That being said if your feeling like you need to get grounded then check these sucka’s out….
Made famous by the Burly Slammer Kits, the stubby Burly shocks are now available on their own! Measuring in at only 10.5” eye to eye, they live up to their name and are available in black or chrome for most Sporties and Dynas. Burly Slammer Shocks may be short, but they are well thought out and are travel limited to prevent tire/fender contact. Five position preload adjusters allow for fine tuning to rider weight for optimum feel. Fitment for 1988 and newer Sportsters as well as 1991 and newer Dynas and an MSRP of only $199.95. Check them out at your local dealer or the Burly web site.

The Importance Of Staying Hydrated

We see it first hand out at motorcycle events and car shows, it’s a very hot humid day and people are walking around drinking soda’s or beer. This is not a great idea and here is why….
During hot and humid days, we lose excessive amounts of water from our bodies through perspiration. It’s very easy to quickly become dehydrated,  especially if you are involved in outdoor physical activities.
This is why it is so important to stay hydrated. The best thing you can drink is water. Water is essential for the well-being of the body. Under optimal conditions, the body can survive for 60 days without food, but only 10-18 days without water. You skin is made up of about 70% water, so any loss of body water equaling 2-3% of our body weight will begin to affect performance adversely. Loss of 4-5% of body weight results in reduced carrying capacity of the blood for nutrients, as well as reduced ability to remove heat from the body.
When out walking around or doing physical activity you might want to steer away from grabbing a “thirst quencher” or “energy drink”.  Most of these are good for replenishing certain types of nutrients that are lost through perspiration during extended outdoor activities greater than 60-90 minutes. However, most of them contain high levels of simple sugar. This is not what you need on hot, humid days — or any other time, for that matter. For the same reason, you should not rely on carbonated soft drinks, alcoholic beverages or caffeinated drinks to maintain your body’s liquid levels. These fluids can have a diuretic effect, increasing fluid loss.
Water is important in nearly all of life’s chemical processes, and the production, growth and life of skin cells depends on it. Water within the cells helps make your skin look smooth, firm and tight. It is important for the functioning of our bodies’ internal organs, as well.
Don’t forget to drink water before, during and after exercise. In hot environments, active people should drink about 16 ounces of water 15 to 30 minutes prior to working out. After a workout, replenish fluids at the rate of one pint of water for every pound lost.”  Also don’t forget water has no calories. Learn the facts about staying hydrated and don’t overexert yourself outdoors in hot weather without proper hydration. Drink plenty of pure, fresh water and you’ll beat the heat and stay healthy.

My cars Check Engine Light is on: What should I do?

You’re driving along in your car or truck and suddenly a red light illuminates on your dash telling you to check or service your engine. As drivers, we are trained to respond to orders of this sort. When a light flashes “Low fuel,” we hurry to a gas station. When the tiny oil indicator comes on, we add oil. But “check engine”? Unfortunately, this indicator light is one of the most misunderstood indicators on your vehicle’s dashboard. But by ignoring this indicator, there are many dangers and potential financial risks, and it is vital to address.
After the fear and panic of the light’s first flash, the driver who doesn’t rush to a service center usually notices as the days pass that nothing at all seems to be wrong. However, by continuing to drive with the light indicator on, you may be exacerbating problems by driving with an issue. The light may mean many things. One frequent problem, for example, is that the emissions system is off kilter, and the car is polluting the air; another is that the gasoline cap is loose, causing the car’s computer to detect an unusual pressure level in the tank (tighten it and the light will eventually go off). But the glitches that activate the check-engine light are often nothing a driver would readily notice. As a result, the country is full of people driving around with check-engine lights aglow – often while trying to figure out how to shut them off.
If you continue to drive your vehicle with the check engine light on, you may experience a difficulty starting your car, a loss of power, and lost fuel economy. There is a reason why the manufacturer installed the check engine light and it is in your best interest to pay attention to what it’s telling you. As a general rule it is less expensive to have the check engine light code repairs when it first comes on.
If you choose to continue ignoring the service light, repairs can become costly and potentially create a cascade effect of issues. The most common check engine light is the old “forgot to tighten the gas cap” signal. Either you did not replace the cap after filling the tank, or you did not properly reseal the pressurized fuel system.
In late-model cars, a blinking light usually indicates an engine misfire so severe that unburned fuel is being dumped into the exhaust system, where it can quickly damage the catalytic converter, requiring an expensive repair. If that happens, you should reduce power and have the car or truck looked at as soon as possible.
According to a Consumer Reports study in 2009, “The customer is really, in the long run, potentially hurting their pocket book by leaving that light on and ignoring it,” says Jim Collins, a national training team leader for Ford Motor Company. In some extreme cases, the car’s computer may reduce power for you, as it tries to limit the risk of damage.
The check-engine light, formally known as a malfunction indicator lamp, is an indication of a failure somewhere, and the problem is often emissions related.
If you find yourself with a check engine light blinking your options are to get it looked at Right away, before you end up doing more damage. If you don’t have a shop you normally rely on for this type of work you might want to locate a Cottman Total Auto Car and transmission near you. Cottman can perform a FREE TransCheck 21 Plus(R) with a FREE computer scan. The TransCheck 21 includes checking the level and condition of the transmission fluid, road testing your car, and a diagnosis of the external transmission controls.  This free scan will give you the info needed to fix your car and stop that annoying blinking light.  Locate a Cottman Center near you.