REDBUD MOTOCROSS TRACK IN BUCHANAN, MICHIGAN IS WHERE THE PROS GO, AND ONLY THE BEST OF THE BEST CAN NAVIGATE THIS FAMOUS TRACK. WOW, TRY STANDING AT THE STARTING GATE JUST PRIOR TO THE RACE AND WATCH AS 40 TOP RIDERS GET INTO POSITION, EACH JUST 4 INCHES FROM THE NEXT... BIKE HANDLES ALMOST TOUCHING...AS THEY TAKE OFF AT SPEEDS OF 60 MPH AND INCREASING RAPIDLY TO GET INTO THE LEAD POSITION.
IT'S KINDA LIKE A SPACE LAUNCH AT CAPE CANAVERAL. WHAT YOU CANNOT SEE, DUE TO DUST, ROOST, AND CLOUDS OF FUEL EMISSION, YOU SIMPLY FEEL.
THE BEST WAY TO WATCH THE BEGINNING OF A MOTOCROSS RACE IS TO CLOSE YOUR EYES AND FEEL IT AS IT SHAKES YOU TO YOUR CORE!
STAND CLOSE TO THE TRACK AT THE LAUNCHING PAD AND WATCH AS RIDER AFTER RIDER SOARS THROUGH THE AIR, TWISTING HIS BIKE JUST A BIT FOR FUN AND TO FEEL THE FREEDOM, AND TO PREPARE TO LAND PERFECTLY ON THE DIRT TRACK THAT SHIFTS SLIGHTLY LEFT AND MISSING THE TREE TO THE RIGHT.
THEN IT'S A BIT OF BACK AND FORTH WITH TIGHT CORNERS IN PREPARATION FOR lAROOCO'S lEAP. tHE 450'S HIT THE FIRST HILL AND SOAR OVER 50 FEET THROUGH THE AIR, LANDING JUST ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SECOND HILL...HOPEFULLY. THE SMALLER BIKES DO IT IN 2 JUMPS.
I WANNA DO THIS!
TIM WALKER WAS THERE ON HIS NEW HONDA 450, AND DID GREAT!!! FRIEND KYLE STRAUBE AND RJ SHROYER WERE AWESOME!!! GREG DURBAGE RAN WITH THE PROS, WHICH MEANS YOU RIDE THIS ENORMOUS AND DIFFICULT TRACK FOR ONE HALF HOUR WITHOUT STOPPING...AND MAY THE BEST MAN WIN. GREG IS MOVING UP!!!!
THEN THERE IS MILAN DRAGWAY, WHICH IS NOT JUST FOR FAST CARS, BUT MOTOCROSS AS WELL. LAST WEEKEND MY SON, JAMIE, AND I WATCHED TIM AND RJ RACE UNDER THE LIGHTS AND CHEERED THEM ON! WE GOT LOST ON THE WAY HOME, BUT OUR NEW I-PHONES WITH GPS GOT US HOME SAFELY AS WE NAVIGATED BACK ROADS AND
We all love to pamper our furry four-legged friends, and the best way to spoil your pet is with a bed fit for a king. Give your animal the royal treatment with one of Smucci's unique designs.
From now through Oct. 13, mystyle users can save 25 percent on the entire Smucci collection. Our personal favorite is the Bed of Roses (shown here), which has adorable rose crown molding and comes with a soft pale-pink cushion.
Head over to mystyle's Exclusive Discounts gallery to get the promo code.
As a complement to the Bed of Roses, The Ballerina Bed incorporates a pink tulle skirt into the design. this bed has been incredibly popular for smaller dogs like my two adorable papillions, Cookie and P-Nut!
Pets to fly in the main cabin – not in cargo.
Pet Airways: First pet-only airline to begin flights July 14th, 2009
According to the American Animal Hospital Association, approximately 76 million cats and dogs travel with their owners each year.
Pet owners who want to transport their pets across the country are faced with limited or dangerous transportation choices.
A study by the San Francisco SPCA, found that of the two million animals transported in the cargo holds of commercial airliners per year, approximately 5,000 are injured in transit.
Put simply, passenger airlines are not a safe mode of transportation for our pets.
Pet Airways ensures pets are in the good hands of people who love and know how to take care of pets. From the moment a pet is dropped off at a Pet Lounge, the pet is always under the care of trained Pet Attendants. Monitored by Pet Attendants, pets will fly in planes that are fully-lit, climate-controlled and have the proper level of fresh air circulation that pets require.
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There is a way to track the success, or traffic stats, of a website via daily reach, page views, bounce %, time spent on site, and search %. Yeah, really! And all this information is readily available to the public at Alexa.com.
The fact is, Paw Prints the Magazine is rated high. And they found me, Smucci, in effort to develop a collaborative relationship whereby everyone wins. First, the plight of the domesticated pet is brought to the forefront, wherein awareness and education are key factors. Second, the promotion and advertisement of quality products on the Paw Prints The Magazine site is fiscally responsible, and assists both of us in pursuing our monetary interests. Lastly, it is so much fun to work with knowledgable, talented, energetic, wonderful people who share a common interest!! The entrepreneurial bond is affirming and oddly comforting.
Dale and Stacey just get it, and they know how to assist and promote. They are intuitive in their ability to take your product and distill it to it's most vital elements... inspiration, message and the product all in one beautifuuly condensed ad!
Tomorrow, you will see the following:
I am proud to form an alliance with such remarkable people as Stacey and Dale at Paw Prints The Magazine, and look forward to many years of mutual collaboration in our combined effort to increase awareness and assist whenever possible in the pet industry, and to tirelessly commit to finding resolution to myriad situations and problems related to the plight of the domesticated pet.
please check www.pawprintsthemagazine.com for the latest!!!
Bloodhounds are adorably sad faced and incredibly smart. Their super ability to track a scent in seemingly impossible situations is astounding. Their unconditional loyalty, gentle nature and bellowing cries make it difficult not to fall in love with these beautiful creatures.
And then there are those who choose to do the unthinkable... abuse the bloodhound because they drool or bark too loudly. Thankfully, wonderful organizations are formed in response to this tragedy and hope for the bloodhound is born. East Tennessee Bloodhound Rescue
http://www.easttennesseebloodhoundrescue.com/ works tirelessly to promote awareness and provide sanctuary for bloodhounds like Blondie who has been the "face" for the organization for many years. Blondie is retiring now, and will be sleeping on a brand new, custom cushion designed and donated by Smucci pet beds by ddkdesigns,llc.
P-Nut, Smucci model extraordinaire and rescued papillion, poses willingly on the cushy bed in my backyard where the daisies are in full bloom.
A follow up photo featuring Blondie on her bed is forthcoming. For now, please enjoy her adorable face
in the photo below.