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Memorial Day Weekend & Chinese Dog Treats

Before I begin on my pet care rant, I want to express my hope that everybody had a nice Memorial Day weekend. I know we certainly did: the weather accommodated and we had two of our grandsons for a while on Saturday and most of Sunday, culminating in a cookout Sunday afternoon and fireworks Sunday evening. My brother and sister-in-law came down Sunday for the cookout and stayed until after 8:30 for the fireworks 'extravaganza.' All in all, we had a really nice weekend.

In fact, the only annoying thing the entire weekend is what Android 5 did to my favorite tablet. I have an LG Gpad (Verizon) and I have liked it very much since I got it last September. It came with Android 4.4 (Kit Kat). It got a recent system update to 5.02 (Lollipop) that seemed to change everything. (By the way, when I applied the update, I immediately reset it to factory defaults to erase everything that was on there). Still, some underlying issues started popping up: trouble with Google Play store downloading and installing apps (it would stall) and overall slowness, in general. I finally did another factory reset, reinstalling only certain things I wanted and now it seems fine. Time will tell. I do know it is not quite as fast as it once was with 4.4. Once my phone got the update to 5, it was fine. I did, however, do a reset on it-- in order to improve battery life. Who knows? Not unlike Microsoft Windows updates-- there's always something.

And now, the rant...

This is a selfmade image from the english wiki...
CHINESE PET PRODUCTS
I decided yesterday, upon yet another trip to the pet department at our local Wal-mart, to rant a bit on the subject of Chinese dog treats. Look, I'm not "anti-Chinese." In fact, several things that I own are perfectly satisfactory and known to be made in China. Lenovo computers are said to be of excellent quality and are produced by a Chinese company who bought the name "ThinkPad" from IBM. I would not hesitate to buy one if I needed a computer and the price was right. But one area the Chinese are notorious about is producing unsafe, bad pet products; in fact, sometimes the products are bad enough to kill animals. Remember a couple of years ago when dogs died from tainted chicken used in rather pricey chicken jerky strips? Wal-Mart pulled them from their shelves for a while. I stopped buying them and began to look for treats made in America. Aside from playing it safe, it did save me a fortune on the grocery bill. Once you filter their inventory by only what is made in America, your choices are reduced to a small fraction of what they carry in a typical store. Why is that? And why do I have to pay $3 to $5 more for a bag of chicken jerky made here in the U.S.A. versus something made in China (often proudly displayed in tiny print somewhere near the bottom of the package)?

The sad fact is that measurable toxins are often found in products coming out of China, even when they are made for children. If the people involved don't care enough to make products that are safe for children, how much less will they care about products made for animals? Why don't we see more [less expensive] American-made products for our pets?

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