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|NOTE FROM MRS. B
Several times a year we have a Hand, Knee and Foot
tournament. It is always so much fun for all the gals. We also
celebrated December and January Birthdays.
A SPECIAL THANKS to Liz Schnipple who always does such
a wonderful job of making our lives so much fun.
Sign in 10:45 AM
Hosted by Judy Nourse
TUESDAY/THURSDAY - BRIDGE
Weekly Bridge game on Tuesdays in the ladies card room.
9:00 am till noon.
Even if you have not played in years, we are happy to welcome
you as a weekly player or as a substitute.
Please call Nancy @ 760-984-4584 for more details!
FRIDAY - SAMBA
Sign in 10:45 AM
If interested contact Donna Nelson
Wednesday - 12:00 AM
If interested contact Marcy Hauser
Every Wednesday - 10:00 AM
“The magic is in the making.”
Contact: Donna Nelson
|Must be a member of the club to participate in these events!
All events are held in the Ladies' Lounge
|Note from Mrs. B
A friend of mine attends these dance classes and advises
that MEN are needed.
|When everybody on earth was dead and waiting to enter Heaven,
God appeared and said, “I want the men to make two lines: One line
for the men who were true heads of their household, and the other
line for the men who were dominated by their women.
I want all the women to report to St. Peter.”
Soon, the women were gone, and there were two lines of men.
The line of the men who were dominated by their wives was
hundreds of miles long and in the line of men who truly were heads
of their household, there was only ONE man.
God said to the long line, “You men should be ashamed of
yourselves; I created you to be the head of your household!”
“You have been disobedient and have not fulfilled your purpose!”
“Of all of you, only one obeyed. Learn from him.”
God turned to the one man, “How did you manage to be the only
one in this line?”
The man replied, “This is where my wife told me to stand.”
|11 things humans do that dogs hate
There are many ways you can drive your dog nuts — and you
may not even be aware you're doing them.
Sometimes, dogs get impatient with our mixed signals. Don't you
want to do better?
Dogs try to be our best friends, but boy do we ever make it difficult
sometimes. Here are some of the things we do that might make dogs
question whether they want to remain best buds or cut ties
Using words more than body language
We’re a vocal species. We love to chatter away, even at our pets,
who can’t understand the vast majority of what we’re saying. Dogs
might be able to deduce what a few key words mean — walk, treat,
toy, off — and maybe even learn hundreds of words as some border
collies have done. But they can’t understand human language. What
they rely on to figure out what we mean is our body language. Dogs
have evolved to be expert readers of the human body and can figure
out what you’re thinking and feeling before you even realize you’re
thinking and feeling it. But we can easily send mixed signals if we are
only paying attention to what our mouths are saying and not what
our bodies are saying. If you go to any beginning dog training class,
you’ll see plenty of people saying one thing, doing another, and a
confused dog trying to figure out what in the world is wanted of them.
For instance, telling a dog to “stay” while leaning forward toward the
dog and holding out a hand like a traffic cop is, in body language,
actually inviting the dog to come toward you. But when the dog does,
she gets reprimanded for breaking her stay command. It’s all so
A great experiment (and something that will probably have your dog
sighing with relief) is to try to spend a whole day not saying a word to
your dog, but communicating only with your body. You’ll realize just
how much you “talk” with your body without realizing it, how to use
your movements and body position to get the response you need
from your dog during training, and how involved a conversation can
be without emitting a single sound.
Hugging your dog
While you might love wrapping your arms around a furry canine
friend, most dogs hate hugs. We as primates think hugs are
awesome and express support, love, joy and other emotions through
hugs. It’s totally normal to us to wrap our arms around something and
squeeze, and it only means good things. But dogs did not evolve this
way. Canids don’t have arms and they don’t hug. Rather than
camaraderie, if a dog places a foreleg or paw on the back of another
dog, this is considered an act of dominance. No matter your
intentions with hugging, a dog is hardwired to view the act of
hugging as you exerting your dominance. Many dogs will tolerate it
with grace — the smiling face of the family golden retriever with a
child’s arms wrapped around it comes to mind. But some dogs will
feel threatened, fearful, or just flat out loathe the feeling — and in
fact, a child grabbing a dog for a hug is why many dog bites occur.
Also, the same dog that enjoys one person's hug might react entirely
differently with another family member who tries the same thing.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a dog that actually enjoys or seeks out
girl hugging dog
This dog is barely tolerating a hug from the little girl. Everything
about the tense mouth, eyes and ears say that this is not something
the dog is enjoying, and this is a potential safety issue for the little
girl. (Photo: Dwight Smith/Shutterstock)
If you’re wondering if your dog hates your hugs, just pay attention to
her body language when you go in for a cuddle. Does she tense up?
Lean her head away from you? Avoid even a hint of eye contact?
Lick her lips? Keep her mouth closed? Pull her ears back against her
head? All of these are signs that a dog is uncomfortable. Yes, even
the dog licking her lips while someone snuggles her is not showing
that she is overcome with love, it is showing submissive, even
nervous behavior. So next time you want to go in for a hug, pay very
close attention to whether or not the dog is okay with it. After all, you’
re putting your face right next to a set of sharp teeth.
Petting a dog's face or patting her head
Do you like to be patted on the head? My guess is no. Having
someone reach out and tap us on the head, no matter how lovingly,
is not something most of us enjoy. It’s annoying at best and painful at
worst. And we really don’t want the hands of strangers reaching
toward our face. If someone were to reach their hand toward your
face, I’m guessing your reaction would be to pull your head back and
lean away, and get a little tense about the invasion of personal
space. Yet most humans think that dogs like being patted on the
head. The reality is that while many dogs will put up with this if it’s
someone they know and trust, most dogs don’t enjoy it. You may
notice that even the loving family dog might lean away slightly when
you reach for her face to pet her. She’ll let you because you’re the
boss, but she doesn't like it. It’s a personal space issue for dogs just
as much as it is for us. This is why responsible parents teach their
children to gently pet a dog’s back or rear, but don’t pat, and
definitely don’t go for the dog's face. If you really want to reward your
dog for being awesome, don’t bang on their head, but give them a
rub on their rear end right by the tail. They’ll thank you for it!
Walking up to a strange dog while looking her in the eye
We all know how powerful eye contact is. While we view steady eye
contact as important, as a sign of trustworthiness or focus, we have
to also be aware that eye contact can feel unnerving, uncomfortable
and domineering. It’s creepy when a stranger looks us in the eye
without breaking contact, especially as they’re approaching. It’s clear
their attention is zeroed in, but what is their intention? We have to
read the rest of their face for the cues. Eye contact is part of
establishing dominance for many species, and in humans, we can
use the tiniest of details about the rest of the face — the softness or
hardness of the muscles around the eyes and mouth — to determine
if the stare is friendly or not. And even then, it’s still creepy to have a
stranger stare at us! It feels the same way for dogs. When you look a
strange dog right in the eye, unblinking, you might be smiling and
trying to warm up to them but the dog is probably reading it as an act
of dominance or even aggression. They might display a submissive
response — looking away, doing a little wiggle for pets, rolling over
onto their backs — or they might start backing up and barking. Either
way, for most dogs, a stranger looking it right in the eye while
approaching is not a comfortable situation.
If you want to say hello to a new dog in a way that is comfortable for
both of you, approach with your body angled slightly (not with your
shoulders squared toward the dog), your eyes slightly averted, and
speak quietly with a gentle voice. All these body language cues of
friendship will help a dog understand you mean no harm. The dog
might still want nothing to do with you, but at least you didn’t
approach in a scary way that could cause a defensive or aggressive
Not providing structure and rules
Dogs want, need and love rules. You might think having strict rules
makes life boring or unhappy for your dog. But dogs really want to
know what’s what according to their leader. And really, it’s not so
hard to relate as humans. Children thrive when they have a
consistent set of rules to follow, and they do less well in
environments that provide them a free-for-all. Think about polite, well-
balanced kids you know, and the spoiled kids who lack social skills
or throw temper tantrums when they don’t get what they want. Which
set of kids are the ones with consistently enforced rules and
boundaries? And which set tends to be most consistently happy?
With dogs, it’s pretty much the same thing. Rules make life a lot more
predictable, a lot less confusing and a lot less stressful.
And speaking of confusing, dogs don’t understand exceptions to
rules. They don’t understand that they’re allowed to jump on you
when you have leisure clothes on but not when you have work
clothes on. They don’t understand that they’re allowed on the couch
after a bath but not after coming in from a romp in the mud.
Additionally, saying “No” for breaking a rule but not actually doing
something to help the dog stop the behavior and learn the rule
doesn’t count as enforcement. Dogs thrive when they know where
the boundaries are, and when you spend time enforcing consistent
boundaries with positive rewards, you also are building up their trust
in you as a leader. You’re setting up conditions for a very happy dog!
Forcing your dog to interact with dogs or people she clearly doesn’t
Just like so many other social species, dogs have their favorite
friends and their enemies. It is easy to see what other dogs — and
people, for that matter — that a dog wants to hang out with and
those with whom she’d rather not associate. Yet, there are a lot of
dog owners who go into denial about this or simply fail to read the
cues their dog is giving them. It is common for overly enthusiastic
owners to push their dog (sometimes literally) into social situations at
dog parks when their dog would rather just go home. Or they allow
strangers to pet their dog even when she is showing clear signs of
wanting to be left alone.
It is important to note that there is a difference between positive
encouragement with shy, fearful, or reactive dogs. Taking small
steps to encourage them out of their comfort zone and giving them
rewards for any amount of calm, happy social behavior is important
to helping them live a balanced life. But knowing the difference
between gentle, rewards-based boundary pushing and forcing an
interaction is vital to your dog's safety and sanity. When dogs are
pushed too far in social situations, they’re more likely to lash out with
a bite or a fight. They’ve given cue after cue — ignoring, avoiding,
maybe even growling — and finally they’ve had enough and give the
clearest message of all with their teeth. What is possibly even worse,
is that their trust in you as a protective leader is eroded, and they
have an even more negative association with a park, a certain dog or
person, or a general social setting. So do your dog a favor: read the
body language she gives you when she doesn’t want to be around
certain other individuals and don’t force it.
Going for walks without opportunity to explore and smell
There are walks, and there are walks. It’s definitely important to have
a dog that knows how to walk obediently on a leash. However, it’s
also important to allow a dog to have some time to explore her
surroundings while walking obediently on a leash. Dogs see with
their noses, and they place as much importance on their sense of
smell as we humans place on our sense of vision for interpreting the
world around us. It’s probably safe to say that dogs appreciate the
smell of a tree trunk the way we appreciate a beautiful sunset. Dogs
loathe not being able to take in their world for at least a few minutes
a day, and too often we humans are focused on going on walks for
the sole purpose of exercise or potty breaks. We trudge along the
same old route, often without any variety or sense of leisure, and in
too much of a hurry to get back home again.
dog smelling grass
The sense of smell is how a dog takes in the world, and sometimes
they're simply desperate for a chance to take a good sniff. (Photo:
Do your dog a favor and dedicate one of your daily walks to having a
"smell walk" — going slow and letting your dog take in the world with
her nose. Go somewhere entirely new, explore a different
neighborhood or trail, let your dog sniff at a spot until she gets her
fill, even if it's for minutes at a time before moving forward. For
helping your dog know the difference between a walk where she
should be obedient and stay beside you, and a walk where she is
free to explore, you can have a special backpack or harness that you
use only for smell walks. Just make sure it is something very different
from your usual collar and leash set-up so the different purpose for
the walk is obvious to your dog. These walks are a wonderful
opportunity for your dog to get some of the mental and sensory
stimulation that keeps life interesting for her.
Keeping a tight leash, literally
Just as dogs are amazing at reading our body language, they’re
amazing at reading our tension levels even through the leash. By
keeping a tight leash on a dog, you’re raising the level of stress,
frustration, and excitement for your dog, and conversely, for you. I
know what you might be thinking: “I don’t want to hold a tight leash,
but I have to. My dog is the one pulling, not me!” But this is why it is
so important to teach a dog how to walk on a slack leash.
An amazing amount of energy is transferred between you and your
dog through that little strip of canvas or leather. By keeping a loose
leash, you’re letting your dog know that everything is fine and dandy,
that there’s no reason to be worried or tense. With a slack leash you’
re saying to your dog that you are calm and have everything under
control so your dog is free to be calm as well. On the other hand, by
keeping a tight leash you’re sending a message to your dog that you’
re tense, nervous, on alert, ready to fight or fly, and your dog
responds in kind. Just as you don’t like your dog pulling you around,
it doesn’t feel good to your dog to constantly be pulled and thus cued
to be on alert. They’re also well-aware that they can’t get away from
you even if they think they need to. A dog that walks on a tight leash
is more apt to bark or be reactive in even the most mild of social
situations. But a dog that can walk on a slack leash is more likely to
be calm. This is a difficult thing to master, and something the majority
of dog owners can commiserate about, but it is so important to
having pleasant walks with a relaxed dog.
Tension on the leash isn’t the only way a dog can pick up how you’re
feeling. You can tell when a person you’re around is feeling tense,
even if you don’t realize it. Dogs have the same ability. The more
stressed and wound-up you are, the more stressed and wound-up
your dog is. And dogs, just like us, don’t like that feeling. You might
roll your eyes, but the next time your dog is acting frustrated and
tense, check in with yourself — have you been feeling that way for
the last few minutes, for the last few hours, or the last few days?
Your dog might just be acting as your mirror. If you need a reason to
meditate, helping your dog calm down is a great one.
You know that feeling of being stuck hanging around someone who
is totally boring? Think back: remember having to be with your
parents while they ran grown-up errands? None of which revolved
around a toy store or park, of course. Remember that feeling of
barely being able to contain yourself, of wanting to squirm and groan
and complain. You couldn't take part in the adult conversation, which
was boring anyway, and you were told to sit still and hush. But oh
boy did you ever want to just moooove! Just run around the block or
something to break the monotony. That's how your dog feels when
you're busy being that boring grown-up. Dogs abhor it when we're
boring. And it's hard not to be! We get home from work and we want
to unwind, to get a few chores done, to make dinner and sack out on
the couch and relax. But that's about the most annoying thing we
could do to our dogs who have been waiting around all day for us to
finally play with them.
If your dog is making trouble — getting into boxes or closets, eating
shoes or chewing on table legs — she's basically showing you just
how incredibly bored she is. Luckily, there is a quick and easy
solution to this: training games. Teaching your dog a new trick,
working on old tricks, playing a game of "find it" with a favorite toy, or
going out and using a walk as a chance to work on urban agility, are
all ways to stimulate both your dog's mind and body. An hour of
training is worth a couple hours playing a repetitive game of fetch in
terms of wearing a dog out. While of course exercise and walks are
important, adding in some brain work will make your dog happy-tired.
Even just 15-30 minutes of trick training a day will make a big
This should be obvious, and we won't spend too much time on it. But
it's worth pointing out because too many people still think it’s funny.
Don't bark at a dog as you pass it on the street. Don't wave or talk to
a dog that is barking at you from behind a window or door. Don't pull
on a dog's tail. The list can go on and on, but in short, don't do
something you know makes a dog mad just because you think it's
funny. It's not funny to the dog and can lead to some serious
behavioral problems — and, perhaps deservedly, you getting to
sport some new dog-shaped teeth marks.
If you'd like to learn more about how to be a better friend to your dog,
try these great book recommendations. For example, in "The Other
End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs"
professional behaviorist and trainer Patricia B. McConnell goes into
excellent detail about the species differences between primates and
canids and why dogs don't appreciate our hugs, as well as many
other great ways of understanding a dog's perspective about the
world. Meanwhile, in "Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and
Know" by Alexandra Horowitz, you'll get a chance to see the world
through a dog's eyes and learn so much about body language, the
importance of scent, and other things that will help you know more
about what your dog wants out of life. And for understanding more
about how clicker training and training games can help you and your
dog get along better, try "Reaching the Animal Mind: Clicker Training
and What It Teaches Us About All Animals" by Karen Pryor. Follow
the link for these and more great reads.
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|The Selfless Irish--A Touching Story
The Irish never hesitate to come to the aid of their fellow man (fellow
air passengers, in this case)!
Shortly after take-off on an outbound, evening Aer Lingus flight from
Dublin to Boston, the lead flight attendant nervously made the
following painful announcement in her lovely Irish brogue:
"Ladies and gentlemen, I'm so very sorry, but it appears that there
has been a terrible mix-up by our catering service. I don't know how
this has happened, but we have 103 passengers on board, and
unfortunately, we received only 40 dinner meals. I truly apologize for
this mistake and inconvenience."
When the muttering of the passengers had died down, she continued,
"Anyone who is kind enough to give up their meal so that someone
else can eat, will receive free and unlimited drinks for the duration of
our 10 hour flight.”
Her next announcement came about 2 hours later:
"If anyone is hungry, we still have 40 dinners available."
|Brew at the Zoo
Advanced tickets at reduced prices are still available!
Saturday, February 9 | 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Living Desert's Brew at the
Zoo in Palm Desert on Saturday, February 9 from 6:30-9:30pm!
Beverage vendors will provide sample craft beer, wines, and
New this year, 10 food trucks will be rolling in to sell delicious food
offerings throughout the evening. Experience live entertainment,
animal encounters, and mingle amongst the animals of Africa. Also
new this year, guests will not want to miss the opportunity to take a
ride on a hot air balloon! Tethered balloon rides, available for an
additional fee, will offer stunning vistas of the Zoo, as well as plenty
of photo ops.
The Brew at the Zoo VIP Lounge will feature early event admission at
6pm, open bar, specialty food offerings, live entertainment and an
exclusive lounge with casino-style games, as well as admission into
the general event. Only a few tickets remain for the VIP Lounge -
Purchase yours today!
Brew at the Zoo is a 21+ only event; attendees must present valid
photo I.D. for admittance.
Brew at the Zoo in Palm Desert is presented by MacLean Capital
Advisors. All proceeds benefit The Living Desert's conservation and
Brew at the Zoo Pricing
Ticket Prices Increase - Purchase Yours Today!
Pre-Sale*: Member $60 | Non-member $65
VIP Tickets: $150 | Designated Driver: $20
HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY
|The Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival
Ten Days of Fabulous Family Fun and Entertainment!
Get ready as the 73rd annual Riverside County Fair & National Date
Festival makes its way to Indio February 15th - 24th.
For 73 years, families have looked to the Riverside County Fair to
give them the best entertainment value – that’s why they keep
coming back year after year. We have an exciting line-up of
Headliner entertainment in the Fantasy Springs Concert Pavilion
including Randy Houser, Ramon Ayala, Salt-n-Pepa, Kool & the
Gang and Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez. Don’t forget
that all headliner entertainment is included with the price of
The Grandstand Arena features exhilarating shows that are a must
see and also part of your admission ticket. Humpz & Hornz Bull
Riding, Monster Trucks, Junior Outlaw Sprints, Mini-Dwarfs Racing
and Demolition Derby will thrill the crowds throughout the Fair run.
There will also be a special Monster Trucks and Freestyle MotoX
show Wednesday evening, February 20th.
Indulge in all your favorite Fair foods while you visit, from Cinnamon
Rolls to Funnel Cakes and Deep-fried Twinkies. You are sure to
find something to satisfy your sweet tooth! The Musical Pageant will
mesmerize crowds with a talented cast of singers and dancers in
dazzling regalia. New this year, we will have mid-week entertainment
on the Pageant Stage that will include regional tribute bands on the
Pageant Stage. Two Carnivals will delight the entire family with
extreme rides for thrill seekers, as well as rides for the young or
young at heart.
Don’t miss the special promotions at the Fair this year:
Opening Friday, February 15 – Fantasy $5 Friday – As the
presenting sponsor of the Fair, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino is
giving back to the community by creating an entire day for all
Fairgoers to get into the Fair for only $5.00!
Veterans plus three guests are admitted FREE every day of the Fair
Veteran’s Appreciation Day – Monday, February 18 – join us for the
Presidents’ Day Parade and a special presentation on the Pageant
Stage at 5:30 pm dedicated to our veterans.
Kids’ Day – Tuesday through Thursday (2/19-2/21) - with each paid
adult admission, one child (ages 6-12) can get into the fair at no
charge from 3:00 pm to close.
Riverside County Department of Waste Resources – Wednesday,
February 20 – Bring in small used e-waste (electronic devices) for
recycling. Get into the Fair for FREE! Acceptable items are listed on
The 73rd Annual Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival is
presented by Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Gates are open 10:00
am-10:00 pm from Friday-Monday and noon-10:00 pm Tuesday-
Thursday. Purchase your tickets early to take advantage of