Australian-Shepherd-Lovers.com Newsletter #002
Greetings Fellow Australian Shepherd Lovers,
We've been working hard on the site and have added more new information and features for Australian Shepherd Lovers.
In our Aussie Health section we take an in-depth look at those pesky little critters fleas. Even if your dog doesn't have fleas you might want to have a look at this information so you will know what symptoms to watch for. Fleas can be much more than just a nuisance especially for puppies, sick and elderly dogs. Since fleas are parasites that live off of blood they suck from their hosts a severe infestation can result in anemia and potentially death. Starting with an infestation of only 25 females in only one month they can reproduce to 250,000 fleas! That's why it is important to know the signs and stop their spread early.
To learn about how to protect your Aussie, your other pets and yourself from fleas you can find our article here:
>>> Aussie Health: Fleas
We've also expanded our Agility section. Dog agililty is a great sport for Aussies and we've added info about dog agility clubs and sponsoring organizations as well as a dog agility training equipment guide.The bar jump and tire jump are two of the most popular agility obstacles and we've added pages all about them in this section. We will be including more information about the other obstacles such as weave poles, see-saws, tunnels, etc. in the near future.
>>> Agility Equipment
Looking for affordable agility equipment? Some agility equipment can be expensive but Affordable Agility offers agility obstacles at a reasonable price. To visit their site please use our affiliate link here:
>>> Affordable Agility Equipment
Free Online Aussie Jigsaw Puzzles
I love this new section. We've taken some of our best Aussie photos and made them into jigsaw puzzles that you can play online right in your browser for free! We already have three different puzzles you can try and will be adding more soon.
Just use the "Next" and "Prev" links to go to the other puzzles. Please be patient it takes a few moments for the puzzles to load, but it's worth it. Let me know what you think.
>>> Go to Puzzles
Speaking of Jigsaw Puzzles... How Great of a Gift Idea is This?
I've found this amazing service, Jigsaw2order Personalized Puzzles, that lets you send in photos of your Aussie (or kids/grandchildren, or vacation snapshots, or whatever) and they will create a personalized jigsaw puzzle for you. Their jigsaw puzzles are not pre-built or pre-packed but "Made to Order". Their unique approach is to let you have complete control over specifying what type of Jigsaw Picture Puzzle you would like.
They do this by letting you choose the image to be used and selecting the size and difficulty of the design from an extensive range of sizes. Their claim to fame is their ability to produce large custom made Photo Puzzles up to 1500 pieces in size. Personalized Jigsaw Puzzles showing your own family and loved ones are the perfect photo gift for your children, grandparents or relatives. It's unique to your family and increases the fun and enjoyment of jig saw puzzle solving.
They make it easy for you to send them your photo, making the process of ordering your own custom Photo Puzzle a simple one. We have become an affiliate of Jigsaw2order Personalized Puzzles so please use this link to visit their site:
>>> Jigsaw2order Personalized Puzzles
Aussie Blog and RSS/XML Feed
We've added a site blog to let you know about new additions and updates to our site. Of course this newsletter is a great way to stay informed but now you don't have to wait for our next edition to come out. You can check our blog page anytime:
>>> Aussie Blog and RSS/XML Feed
We didn't stop there. We also added an RSS/XML feed of our site blog. Now you can easily subscribe to our feed and get our updates delivered to your RSS reader, My Yahoo!, My MSN or your Google Personalized Home Page.
What's RSS? If you don't know what RSS is just go to the link above. Near the top of the page you will see the orange RSS/XML icons. Click on the link under them that reads "What is RSS/XML?".
Breed Standard, Colors and Markings
Find out more about the Australian Shepherd breed standard. This new page in our "About Aussies" section describes what an Aussie should be based on the AKC and ASCA breed standard descriptions:
>>> Aussie Breed Standard
I love the amazing range of colors and patterns that are possible within the Australian Shepherd breed standard. In this article we take a closer look at the genetics that go into creating everything from solid black to red merle with white and tan trim and everything in between. We've created an illustrated chart showing the 16 basic color combinations found in Aussies.
>>> Aussie Colors and Markings
Do You Have a Website?
If you have a website please add a link to our site from yours.
It's easy. Just copy and paste the ready-to-go HTML code where you want our link to appear on your page. You can find the code for our text and banner links here (including the banners for our STOP PUPPY MILLS! Campaign):
>>> Link to Us
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>>> More Info
Until Next Time...
Check back with us often as we are always adding more great information. Please let us know if there is something you would like to see on Australian-Shepherd-Lovers.com.
We love to hear from fellow Australian Shepherd Lovers like you. Send us your ideas, your feedback and photos of your Aussie so we can include them on the site.
All the Best and Woof!
Scott and Levi
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