Has anything unexplainable happened to you?
I was seven years old when my parents took the family to Communist Russia during the 1970s. We lived there for six months while my father did mathematical research. Upon arrival at the airport, the suspicious Russian guards began thoroughly searching our seven suitcases, convinced that we were spies. Americans simply didn't go to Russia in the 70s! We of course we're not spies. However, my parents had packed one of the suitcases full of Bibles. It was highly illegal in Russia at that time and my parents could have received a very long prison sentence. But they wanted to get Bibles to the people of Russia, as they were not allowed to purchase them in their country.After searching the six suitcase without Bibles, they approached the seventh. I think my dad even told us that one guard’s hand was literally on the zipper of the suitcase with all the Bibles. Unexpectedly, one of the guards said something like "There is nothing but clothes in these suitcases. Let the Americans go. Besides, their poorly-behaved children are being too loud and rambunctious!” My father was fluent in Russian and translated for us.The shocking thing was that my brother, only five at the time, and I had been quietly standing there the entire time. We were exhausted from nearly 24 hours of flying, so we were hardly being loud. We hadn't said a word. There were no children around us either. Whatever the guards thought they heard or saw, it certainly wasn't reality and it saved my parents from decades in a Russian prison. I'm extremely skeptical about most things, but this incident has always reminded me that God is absolutely real!Months later, my father was hours away from handing over some of these Bibles to a Russian pastor at an underground secret church. But he suddenly felt like he shouldn't meet this man after all. The pastor turned out to be an undercover KGB agent, only discovered three years later as explained in a letter by a member of the church who befriended us. Yet again, protection from God. That will stick with me forever.
What's a good breed of dog to adopt as a companion for my current dog?
This may sound harsh but here goes- Do not get a dog to be a companion for your existing dog. You should only get another dog if you have the time, energy & finances to give BOTH dogs the attention they need. Dogs are domestic, social animals and they want to be with their HUMANS more than any other species and live as part of the family. If you are very busy and feeling your dog is lonely because you are gone for several hours a day, do not bring home another dog and subject it to the same thing. I know I am making a lot of assumptions here so please forgive me if I am way off base. I see this happen too frequently where well intended people who love their dogs & work hard think another dog is the answer and often what happens is they both start misbehaving out of boredom when owners are at work. My (biased) solution or suggestion would be to hire a dog walker while you are gone during the day. All Dogs, expecially large breeds need some sort of exercise & mental stimulation. They love getting outside and having time to sniff & explore. It sounds like your dog is a sweetheart & would do really well in a small group off leash type walk if that's available where you are. Otherwise on leash walks are great too. Another thing to combat loneliness & boredom is to give your dog a stuffed frozen kong when you leave. Kongs are great & there is lots of info online about how to use them.If you do decide to get another dog, as a general rule, bringing a new dog into the home statistically does better when it is the opposite gender., so get a female dog. Mixed breeds tend to be healthier. Also just try to make sure that whatever type of dog you decide to get, that your lifestyle is well matched to the needs of that breed or the presumed mixes. Some dogs are very high energy dogs (Doodle Poodle mixes, Shepherds, Collies Russel Terriers, Boston Terriers, and many others) & if they don't get enough exercise, can become very destructive, bark excessively and be difficult to live with.There has been new research that has come to light in the past 2- 3 years suggesting that dogs are not primarily pack animals after all. Here are a couple of links that summarize research findings as well as prlinks to research & other sources of info.Wolves and Dogs: Why Dogs are Not Domesticated Predators Leader of the Pack
How did domesticated dogs evolve?
Dog are our closest friends and first domesticated animal. We raised puppies well before we raised kittens or chicken or even before we harvested crops. Dog vary greatly in size, shape & behavior.Despite that all dogs belong to same species- The Wolves.A team of researchers at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm analyzed samples Mitochondrial DNA (the DNA found in Mitochondria,or energy-making structures within cells) from dogs around the world. And found all domesticated dogs today are likely to be the descended from one domestication event from an ancestral wolf dog.During Paleolithic age, i.e. age of stone, human lived in bands (small group of people living together). They were hunter and gatherer. They gathered berries and fruits and hunted wild animals. Wolves started to feed on the meat and bones left over by human near their dwellings. They started to live near human as they found it more easier to get food.Due to the basic instinct of protecting their territory,wolves ultimately provided protection to human from other animals. By the same time human also eliminated more dangerous wolves by killing them thus giving way for more hospitable & friendly wolves.With the passage of time the aggressiveness of wolves decreased & they became even more friendly, eventually becoming domesticated. You Can also watch the video to understand it better.
How can I get more people to fill out my survey?
Make it compellingQuickly and clearly make these points:Who you are and why you are doing thisHow long it takesWhats in it for me -- why should someone help you by completing the surveyExample: "Please spend 3 minutes helping me make it easier to learn Mathematics. Answer 8 short questions for my eternal gratitude and (optional) credit on my research findings. Thank you SO MUCH for helping."Make it convenientKeep it shortShow up at the right place and time -- when people have the time and inclination to help. For example, when students are planning their schedules. Reward participationOffer gift cards, eBooks, study tips, or some other incentive for helping.Test and refineTest out different offers and even different question wording and ordering to learn which has the best response rate, then send more invitations to the offer with the highest response rate.Reward referralsIf offering a reward, increase it for referrals. Include a custom invite link that tracks referrals.
How likely are mental health professionals to "prescribe" that a patient adopt a companion animal? How has it turned out therapeutically? What kinds of patients or which diagnoses would benefit most from adopting an animal?
Ok, lets take the questions in reverse order. I try not to diagnose unless I have to for the client to get services or for me to get paid by an insurance company. A diagnosis is a shorthand way of communicating with other professionals and is a justification for medication or specific forms of therapy. Unfortunately a diagnosis often reduces a very complex person to a label.I am off my soapbox.I have not suggested (doctors prescribe) a service animal but have had many clients that have had animals. It works well. I remember working with a chemical dependency counselor who worked inpatient. He had a black lab that he had at the facility. Clients would clean the run. One client was out there cleaning it and cussing up a storm about the damn dog. The second day he was quieter. By the third day he was sitting on the ground hugging the dog and crying. His therapy went well.It does help.
Do military members have to pay any fee for leave or fiancee forms?
NOOOOOOO. You are talking to a military romance scammer. I received an email from the US Army that directly answers your question that is pasted below please keep reading.I believe you are the victim of a military Romance Scam whereas the person you are talking to is a foreign national posing as an American Soldier claiming to be stationed overseas on a peacekeeping mission. That's the key to the scam they always claim to be on a peacekeeping mission.Part of their scam is saying that they have no access to their money that their mission is highly dangerous.If your boyfriend girlfriend/future husband/wife is asking you to do the following or has exhibited this behavior, it is a most likely a scam:Moves to private messaging site immediately after meeting you on Facebook or SnapChat or Instagram or some dating or social media site. Often times they delete the site you met them on right after they asked you to move to a more private messaging siteProfesses love to you very quickly & seems to quote poems and song lyrics along with using their own sort of broken language, as they profess their love and devotion quickly. They also showed concern for your health and love for your family.Promises marriage as soon as he/she gets to state for leave that they asked you to pay for.They Requests money (wire transfers) and Amazon, iTune ,Verizon, etc gift cards, for medicine, religious practices, and leaves to come home, internet access, complete job assignments, help sick friend, get him out of trouble, or anything that sounds fishy.The military does prall the soldier needs including food medical Care and transportation for leave. Trust me, I lived it, you are probably being scammed. I am just trying to show you examples that you are most likely being connned.Below is an email response I received after I sent an inquiry to the US government when I discovered I was scammed. I received this wonderful response back with lots of useful links on how to find and report your scammer. And how to learn more about Romance Scams.Right now you can also copy the picture he gave you and do a google image search and you will hopefully see the pictures of the real person he is impersonating. this doesn't always work and take some digging. if you find the real person you can direct message them and alert them that their image is being used for scamming.Good Luck to you and I'm sorry this may be happening to you. please continue reading the government response I received below it's very informative. You have contacted an email that is monitored by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. Unfortunately, this is a common concern. We assure you there is never any reason to send money to anyone claiming to be a Soldier online. If you have only spoken with this person online, it is likely they are not a U.S. Soldier at all. If this is a suspected imposter social media profile, we urge you to report it to that platform as soon as possible. Please continue reading for more resources and answers to other frequently asked questions: How to report an imposter Facebook profile: Caution-https://www.facebook.com/help/16... Caution-https://www.facebook.com/help/16... Answers to frequently asked questions: - Soldiers and their loved ones are not charged money so that the Soldier can go on leave. - Soldiers are not charged money for secure communications or leave. - Soldiers do not need permission to get married. - Soldiers emails are in this format: email@example.com Caution-mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org anything ending in .us or .com is not an official email account. - Soldiers have medical insurance, which pays for their medical costs when treated at civilian health care facilities worldwide – family and friends do not need to pay their medical expenses. - Military aircraft are not used to transport Privately Owned Vehicles. - Army financial offices are not used to help Soldiers buy or sell items of any kind. - Soldiers deployed to Combat Zones do not need to solicit money from the public to feed or house themselves or their troops. - Deployed Soldiers do not find large unclaimed sums of money and need your help to get that money out of the country. Anyone who tells you one of the above-listed conditions/circumstances is true is likely posing as a Soldier and trying to steal money from you. We would urge you to immediately cease all contact with this individual. For more information on avoiding online scams and to report this crime, please see the following sites and articles: This article may help clarify some of the tricks social media scammers try to use to take advantage of people: Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/61432/ Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/61432/ CID advises vigilance against 'romance scams,' scammers impersonating Soldiers Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/180749 Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/180749 FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center: Caution-http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx Caution-http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx U.S. Army investigators warn public against romance scams: Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/130... Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/130... DOD warns troops, families to be cybercrime smart -Caution-http://www.army.mil/article/1450... Caution-http://www.army.mil/article/1450... Use caution with social networking Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/146... Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/146... Please see our frequently asked questions section under scams and legal issues. Caution-http://www.army.mil/faq/ Caution-http://www.army.mil/faq/ or visit Caution-http://www.cid.army.mil/ Caution-http://www.cid.army.mil/ . The challenge with most scams is determining if an individual is a legitimate member of the US Army. Based on the Privacy Act of 1974, we cannot prthis information. If concerned about a scam you may contact the Better Business Bureau (if it involves a solicitation for money), or local law enforcement. If you're involved in a Facebook or dating site scam, you are free to contact us direct, (571) 305-4056. If you have a social security number, you can find information about Soldiers online at Caution-https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/sc... Caution-https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/sc... . While this is a free search, it does not help you locate a retiree, but it can tell you if the Soldier is active duty or not. If more information is needed such as current duty station or location, you can contact the Commander Soldier's Records Data Center (SRDC) by phone or mail and they will help you locate individuals on active duty only, not retirees. There is a fee of $3.50 for businesses to use this service. The check or money order must be made out to the U.S. Treasury. It is not refundable. The address is: Commander Soldier's Records Data Center (SRDC) 8899 East 56th Street Indianapolis, IN 46249-5301 Phone: 1-866-771-6357 In addition, it is not possible to remove social networking site profiles without legitimate proof of identity theft or a scam. If you suspect fraud on this site, take a screenshot of any advances for money or impersonations and report the account on the social networking platform immediately. Please submit all information you have on this incident to Caution-www.ic3.gov Caution-http://www.ic3.gov (FBI website, Internet Criminal Complaint Center), immediately stop contact with the scammer (you are potentially providing them more information which can be used to scam you), and learn how to protect yourself against these scams at Caution-http://www.ftc.gov Caution-http://www.ftc.gov (Federal Trade Commission's website)
How did dogs evolve to be human companions?
Long before BC time, man fed dogs and the dog began to trust man. As puppies were found and taken to be raised the dog adapted it’s environment. Puppies, if left alone in any place where they have to seek food for survival becomes wild and aggressive. Lack of human contact causes the animal to get aggressive and will be harder to be reintroduced to humans. If they are born in human environment they are man’a best friend,If raise in the wild even Fluffy will become aggressive and wild