How long will your pet live?

Written by Dawn Jenness

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The majority-85 to 90%repparttar pet food sold in Canada is manufactured by US-based multinationals. Underrepparttar 116330 terms ofrepparttar 116331 US-Canada Free Trade Agreement, neitherrepparttar 116332 CVMA nor PFAC exercises any control overrepparttar 116333 ingredients in cans of US pet food.

Pet food industry advertising promotesrepparttar 116334 idea that, to keep pets healthy, one must feed them commercially formulated pet foods. But such a diet contributes to cancer, fatal diseases, skin problems, allergies, hypertension, kidney and liver failure, heart disease and dental problems.

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Collecting Elephants Is Big

Written by Michael Knapik

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Things to be wary of include: *ivory vs. bone vs. synthetic: how to tell:repparttar hot pin test - reference link: Ivory Test*Bakelite vs. other plastics: how to tell: The Rub Test: Rubrepparttar 116329 Bakelite object in question with a clean, dry finger until you feel heat being generated. If you smell an odor like formaldehyde,repparttar 116330 object is Bakelite. The Hot Water Test:. Heat some water close torepparttar 116331 boiling point, and place a part ofrepparttar 116332 object inrepparttar 116333 hot water for a moment and remove; If you smell an odor like formaldehyde,repparttar 116334 object is Bakelite. The Hot Needle Test: Heat a needle to red hot. Touchrepparttar 116335 needle for only a second to an inconspicuous spot onrepparttar 116336 surface. If you smell an odor like formaldehyde,repparttar 116337 object is Bakelite. Also, ifrepparttar 116338 needle penetratesrepparttar 116339 surface ofrepparttar 116340 object easily, it is probably NOT Bakelite!.*post-ban ivory imported into US *fake signatures on e.g., Lalique *reproductions and re-introduced models/namesAs with all other collectibles, your familiarity withrepparttar 116341 subject will help you identify a reproduction fromrepparttar 116342 real thing. Reading books, like those referenced in Section 4, monitoring internet auction sites like eBay, attending shows, flea markets and live auctions, and talking to specialists and other collectors, all contribute to your knowledge and expertise. Insurance Heaven forbid something bad happens to your elephant collection. If you don't have them stored away in a safe place - like Fort Knox, a bank's safety deposit box, or an in-home vault (see Storage/Protection subsection), if disaster struck you would want some way of recoupingrepparttar 116343 loss.If your elephant collection starts burgeoning in terms of sheer numbers, cost/replacement value or just sentimental value, you want to consider getting insurance to cover them. Check withrepparttar 116344 insurance agent forrepparttar 116345 company that covers your home; many timesrepparttar 116346 coverage for personal belongings is some percentage ofrepparttar 116347 coverage for your house. So if your house is covered for $100,000 say, and your personal belonging coverage/content is covered for 30% ofrepparttar 116348 value of your house, then you are automatically covered for $30,000. Now, assume your furniture, TV/VCR/etc., clothes and kitchen wares etc., are worth 25,000, and your elephant collection is worth $3,000 (or you paid that amount overrepparttar 116349 years), then you may be covered torepparttar 116350 extent you need to be. But, if inrepparttar 116351 same situation, you paid $25,000 for your elephants over 20 years, or they are currently valued at $25,000, you definitely want to add an insurance rider to make uprepparttar 116352 difference in coverage Fixing broken elephants Of course,repparttar 116353 old adage: "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." applies to elephant collectibles as well. Butrepparttar 116354 sad day inevitably comes when, by moving an elephant inrepparttar 116355 home, or by shipping accident, or other mishap, an elephant becomes damaged. Some collectors buy damaged elephants and either fix them or leave them alone, claiming it increasesrepparttar 116356 charm or "character" ofrepparttar 116357 find. Others buy a damaged elephant if it is especially rare or if a perfect one would be too expensive.One note of utmost importance: it is not advisable to clean or otherwise repair true antiques, unless a professional does it and you understandrepparttar 116358 consequences. For some antiques, refinishing or repairing certain flaws actually diminishes value, even though it may makerepparttar 116359 elephant look better cosmetically, or restore a missing part. Some dirt or dust can be removed on pottery, metal or wood with nothing more than a damp cloth.The most common damage I have seen is missing or broken tusks. For many types of elephants - tusks can be repaired or replaced. Wood, plastic or ivory tusks can be re-created with a little ingenuity and skill. For example, a dowel rod ofrepparttar 116360 appropriate length and diameter, soaked in water or put in a steamer for a few hours, can be bent intorepparttar 116361 appropriate curve and held there for several hours to setrepparttar 116362 shape. Then further shaped with carving tools, can produce a most-pleasing replacement wood tusk. Add paint or stain to matchrepparttar 116363 elephant or an existing tusk. Replacement ivory can be carved from mammoth ivory (legal and available) to replace tusks and toe-inserts or missing pieces on ivory elephants.For common pottery elephants, breaks or cracks can be repaired at home using common glue or epoxy cement. More expensive elephants can be taken to repair shops that specialize in such repairs. They usually re-breakrepparttar 116364 piece, treatrepparttar 116365 surfaces, re-glue and thenrepparttar 116366 most important step - re-glaze/firerepparttar 116367 piece;repparttar 116368 result is a repair than only trained professionals with a microscope could tell. Highly recommended for that favorite, expensive piece.Metal elephants can be repaired by skilled metal-working artists. I have an old brass elephant box that had missing tusks. I took it to an metal artist who used brass rod to create and re-solderrepparttar 116369 tusks intorepparttar 116370 holes. Natural aging should even outrepparttar 116371 patina. Brass, bronze, aluminum, copper, and chrome elephants can be cleaned and protected withrepparttar 116372 common, non-abrasive metal cleaners and polishers. Rubin-Brite is a museum-quality cleaner/polisher that leaves a carnuba-wax protective finish onrepparttar 116373 metal. Iron and steel elephants can rust, which requires more work. A rust remover jell, followed by 0000 steel wool cures most rust spots. Again, for older, rare or true-antique metal elephants, unlessrepparttar 116374 corrosion is so advanced or bad that it further endangersrepparttar 116375 elephant, leave minor discoloring and surface blemishes alone.Ephemera - paper images, prints, posters and paintings - can be repaired by professionals, ifrepparttar 116376 item is pricey or rare, and some repairs can be done byrepparttar 116377 home hobbyist. Pencil marks on paper can be removed by gently rubbing with an eraser-like material called "Magic-rub" by Sanford. A more thorough cleaning can be gained using Lineco's Document Cleaning Powder. Paper items can be deacidified using Bookkeeper Deacidification Spray. Tears can be repaired using Lineco's transparent mending tissue.Lastly, a great reference on caring for your elephants (or any collectible) is: Kovels' Quick Tips: 799 Helpful Hints on How to Care for Your Collectibles (Kovel's 1995) Sources of elephants Elephants can be found almost anywhere other products are found. Because there are so many types of elephants - even specialty stores (like a Kitchen & Bath shop) or venues may have that obscure elephant needed for your collection. Here are some places I have found elephants:*Almost any retail store like Wal-Marts, Hallmark, Sears has elephants - mostly mass-produced. *Estate Auctions *On-line Internet auctions like, *On-line antique stores and malls like *Antique stores *Flea markets *Yard Sales/Garage Sales *Looking for elephants wherever you go on vacation.


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Besides being an obsessed elephant collector, Michael Don Knapik is a Software Architect specializing in object-oriented analysis and design and artificial intelligence, lifts weights, is a Master SCUBA diver and designs custom homes.

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