Common Dog Behaviors and Their Meaning

Dogs are man’s best friend. However, despite the strong connection that these cuddly creatures have with humans, they are still like any other animals—they cannot talk. Dogs certainly cannot pour out their thoughts and emotions through words but they have different ways of communicating with us, and that is through their different antics and behaviors. You might get confused when your dog behaves strangely but if you study him closely, you’ll be able to know the reason for all his actions. If you want to understand your dog better, it is very important that you pay close attention to his different behaviors. Here are some common dog behaviors and their meanings:

Barking

Barking Dog

Barking is one of the most common ways for dogs to communicate with us and with other dogs. When a dog barks, it could mean a lot of things. He could either be sensing a threat or he came across a strange object. Barking could also mean that someone is arriving and your dog thinks it’s his job to announce it. Sometimes, barking could also mean that he is bored, confused, or scared. Since there are many reasons why a dog barks, it is your duty as his owner to know the meaning behind his barks so that you can instantly give him what he needs.

Digging

Digging Dog

Digging is very natural among dogs and they do this either because they are bored or they want to have a cool spot to lie down. For dogs, digging is one of the skills that are innate to them and even puppies know how to dig. Another reason why dogs dig is to hide their food and toys and they definitely are very adept when it comes to hiding them. Do not scold them when they are digging in your lawn because that behavior is really hardwired into them, however, if their diggings are becoming too alarming do not hesitate to reprimand them—in a gentle manner, of course.

Panting

Panting Dog

When dogs pant, we usually think that they are thirsty but the truth is, they do this to cool off body temperature. Dogs, unlike humans, do not perspire when their body temperature rises. They sweat off through their paw pads and by panting. However, if your dog is heavily panting, it could be possibly mean that he is having a hard time with the temperature. Aside from cooling down their body temperature, panting could also mean that they are coping up with some health problem or they have just encountered a traumatic experience. Panting is also a dog’s way of recovering from pain.

Howling

Howling Dog

A dog’s howl usually makes us feel creepy because we have always associated it with the supernatural. Howling, in reality, is one of the many forms of vocal communication that dogs use. When dogs howl, it is because they want to attract attention, communicate with other dogs, or announce their presence. Sometimes, dogs also howl because they want to mimic the sound of sirens or musical instruments.

Paying attention to your dog’s behaviors will certainly help you understand your pet better. Knowing the meaning of your dog’s actions can also help you train him faster and stop him from misbehaving. Our duty as their adoptive parent is not only limited to feeding them and playing with them, we always have to listen to what they want to say to us. And we can only do this by observing their behavior.

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Common Ingredients in Shampoo

Shampoo has become somewhat of a necessity these days. It keeps our hair healthy, beautiful, and presentable as we go through our daily lives at home or at work.

But as we continue to enjoy the great benefits and luxury that shampoo brings to our lives, have you ever wondered what common ingredients make them what they are? The reason why it’s important for you to learn about the common ingredients used in shampoo is so you can tell that you’re buying the real deal and not some knockoff that may damage your hair.

Bottles of Shampoo

Citric Acid

It is biochemically produced and serves as antioxidant to preserve the oils that are in the bottle or packaging. If you feel a sting when shampoo gets in your eyes, blame the citric acid. It is also used to adjust pH levels up to 5.5. This particular pH level prevents bacterial growth, especially when the shampoo is lathered onto your hair.

Polysobate 20

Also abbreviated as PEG(20), this is a glycol-based mile surfactant used to dissolve essential and fragrant oils, causing liquid to penetrate and spread across your hair and scalp.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate

This ingredient is from coconut oils, and shampoo manufacturers use this common ingredient to soften water and create lather. Back in 1998, there was a huge dispute over this ingredient because of claims that it was carcinogenic. But after thorough research, the claim has been disputed.

Sodium Lauroamphoacetate

This is the ingredient that makes the shampoo tear-free. It is naturally extracted from coconut oils and used as a counter-irritant as well as a cleanser for the product.

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It Pays to Read the Label

Many people do not take the time to read labels because it is deemed time-consuming and unimportant. The truth is that you really need to find time to carefully check the label to make sure it contains what you are looking for and that you’re getting your money’s worth.

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Common Reasons Why You Should Keep a Love Affai...

Shelves Of Books

Books. Some say reading them is old-fashioned especially now that most people are going digital. But for avid book readers, a book is a haven and every page is divine. As what Neil Gaiman once said, “A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.” Reading books definitely has a lot of advantages; it widens your perspective, sharpens your imagination, and makes you a better person. Some do not like reading books because they think it is boring and a waste of time. People who think like that is definitely missing a lot in life. Reading books is a lifetime investment and what you read can influence you a lot. Here are some common reasons why you shouldn’t stop flipping the pages:

Reading

Reading Makes You More Smarter

Reading books certainly makes you more clever and knowledgeable. There are a lot of things that you will learn by simply reading books; it improves your vocabulary and even your analytical abilities. Reading books also helps you to become patient because it requires you to sit and focus and savor every words and pages of your book. If you want to gain knowledge effortlessly, reading books is the answer. Reading really makes you wiser; remember what Ralph Waldo Emerson said? “If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he read.”

Reading Keeps You Updated

Almost everything that anyone talks about stems from books. Reading undeniably keeps you updated with the latest news, story, and even jokes. Even if you are on the other side of the world, reading will let you know what is happening in other places. Reading also lets you in on a joke; if you are not fond of reading novels, try reading joke books. It will help improve your sense of humor. If you want to be updated with the latest happening, reading is definitely a must.

Reading Lets You Travel to Places without Spending Money

Traveling around the world without even spending money is quite impossible but when reading books, it could definitely happen. Reading books do not only let you travel around the world, it also allow you to travel back in time. If you want to witness for yourself the glorious events in the past, read books. If you also want to meet famous people such as Albert Einstein, Queen Elizabeth I, or Abraham Lincoln, reading books is the only way to make it happen. See the world without even leaving your house; read books and be magically transported to magnificent places.

The reasons why we should love reading books are infinite. Yes, reading books makes us smarter and lets us enhance our imaginative thinking. But books has a lot to give aside from that. If you are not fond of reading books, then I am urging you to start reading one. It is not too late to learn to love reading books. If you are a book lover, then continue loving it. Keep your love affair with books passionate.

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The Difference between Soft Cup Bras and Underw...

Different types of bras are created for different reasons. Each cut or style is designed to solve a particular need or to complement a certain lifestyle. However, most women have little knowledge about the technology incorporated in the types of underwear that they use every day. Usually, all they know is that they have to wear it for support. Most of them don’t have any clue about the purpose of each little detail that’s tailored in each type of bra they are using. This is probably the reason why most women wear the wrong types. And as we all know, wearing the wrong type of undergarment can be a great disadvantage and can even cause discomfort. To enjoy the most benefits, women should pay more attention to the design details of their undergarments in order to choose one that’s right for them.

 Black Soft Cup Bra

Generally, the bra-wearing population is divided between those who know the importance and purpose of wearing underwire bras and those who consistently avoid them. It’s easy to understand why a lot of women would opt to wear a soft cup bra. A soft cup is less restrictive and more comfortable. However, underwire bras provide more support. The amount of support each wearer needs varies according to their sizes. Some girls need more support than others. Girls with larger breast sizes need more support as compared to girls who are more on the petite side.

 White Underwire Bra

Girls who wear larger cup sizes can benefit greatly from the shaping quality that’s provided by a durable pair of underwire bra. On the other hand, girls who wear smaller sizes can do away by wearing soft cup bras. However that doesn’t mean that they won’t be able to benefit from the extra lift an underwire bra can provide.

As a guideline, girls who wear B cup sizes and above should invest in buying more underwire bras. On the other hand, girls who wear A cups and below can still obtain ample amount of support with soft cups. However, if they do wish to have that additional lift for certain occasions where in they need to wear cleavage baring outfits, they can opt for a high quality underwire bra.

 High Quality Underwire

Added support is the main reason why underwire bras are worn. However, small-chested girls can still benefit from wearing it since it can enhance shape and can help them achieve that illusion of having fuller breasts.

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How to Interact with Cosplayers

If you’re new to cosplay and you are unsure of whom to really interact with, don’t worry—because everyone starts out this way. When we are new to a certain subculture or community, it’s natural to feel shy. Fret not however for here are some helpful tips to easily break the ice and instantly make friends with fellow cosplayers.

DC Cosplay Convention

Step 1 – Join an Event or Convention

Some of the best places to find cosplayers in your area are, of course, the venues of cosplay events and hobby conventions. Aside from the usual booths, panels, and items that are on sale, cosplay is one of the primary highlights of such events. You can start from there. It may be awkward at first but once you have the confidence to approach the cosplayer then you’ll be just fine.

Villains Shake Hands

Step 2 – Compliment Other Cosplayers; Introduce Yourself

To some this might be hard to do but fulfilling in the end as long as you made the right approach. If a person accurately cosplayed your favorite character and you want to have a picture with him or her, ask permission before taking his/her picture with you. If you really want to interact more with the person, you can introduce yourself. Say your name, shake hands with the person, and ask some very easy yet non-personal questions. The most non-personal questions you can ask would be anything about their favorite anime, manga, video game, or any particular fandom that he/she appreciates.

Here are some things that you shouldn’t do to a cosplayer:

  1. Don’t even try to make any form of physical contact that may be deemed inappropriate. (E.g., don’t try to hug the cosplayer!) Always remember to appreciate personal space and privacy of the individual. Though this applies in fiction (like in anime), it doesn’t mean that it can be applied in real life. Remember that cosplay is not consent.
  2. Do not ask very personal questions or try to fish sensitive information from the cosplayer. Keep in mind that these individuals are just portraying fictional characters, which—in all probability—might have radically different personalities from that of the cosplayers. Remember to respect the private life of the individual.
  3. Ask him or her to do something very inappropriate (E.g., asking the cosplayer to do a provocative pose). It is a sad reality that there are some individuals who ask—and even demand!—cosplayers to do something that borders on the indecent like kissing, groping, and yes, even doing sexy poses. They are people too so don’t do anything brash.

Keep In Touch

Step 3 – Keep in Touch

This might not be hard to pull off especially if it’s your first time meeting up with the cosplayer in question but it’s alright; take it as slow. You can’t always be friends to every cosplayer you meet. You can hand out a card that has your personal contact details (e.g. Facebook account, email, etc. However, keep in mind that giving out personal contact numbers is discouraged). Some cosplayers hand out “coscards” or cosplay cards that contains links or contact details of themselves with of course one of their best cosplay photographs as the background.

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Some Badass Woman Characters Worth Cosplaying

Of course in a cosplay event or convention, we always want to see the characters we’re rooting for come to life. But keep in mind that you must know their backgrounds first before attempting to portray them in cosplay events. Below are just some of these characters and detailed descriptions to help you get started.

Satsuki Kiryuin

Satsuki Kiryūin (Kill La Kill)

Kiryūin Satsuki is an antagonist at first in the Kill La Kill anime series but is later turned into a protagonist after she betrays her own mother. She is the older sister of Matoi Ryūko, the main protagonist of the series.

Though she is described by fans as aloof, she still has a soft side for both her comrades and her sister. She wears a white almost military-style sailor uniform (Junketsu) with long hair and two stripped hairclips on each side of her head. She has thick eyebrows and wields a long katana.

Sailor Uranus

Haruka Tenou / Sailor Uranus (Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon)

In the Sailor Moon universe, Sailor Uranus is part of the Outer Senshi. She is the sailor senshi of the skies and wields a sword in the later part of the manga and anime arcs. In her senshi form, Haruka bears short light brown or blonde hair wearing the signature forehead ornament of the senshi. She wears a sailor uniform bearing the color schemes of white, gold, and black. Unlike the other senshi, her movements, behavior, and personality are a bit masculine (in relation to her sexuality, her relationship with Sailor Neptune still remains in discussion until this day).

Fa Mulan

Fa Mulan (Once Upon A Time)

Though she only had very little airtime during the duration of the second season of Once Upon A Time, Fa Mulan is still considered a memorable character to fans because of her fiery spirit, loyalty, and her perseverance. In the series, she is known for her hair styled in a ponytail rather than her hair being styled down. She wears a traditional Chinese warrior clothing wielding a sword or a bow and arrow. During the first parts of her airtime, several characters mistake her for a man due to her concealing her identity by wearing a mask.

Tanya Red Alert

Tanya (Red Alert)

In the Red Alert series, Tanya is a military officer who works for the Allied Forces in the Red Alert game series. She wields two auto-pistols and C4 charges. She is trained in swimming long distances, which allows to plant explosives on enemy ships. Due to improved provisions, she can self-heal in the game albeit at a slow rate. When the Soviet Union was defeated, she was then trained to combat cases of mind control. In the expansion of the game, she has the ability of destroy enemy tanks.

Her appearance is almost similar to the typical military-style combat fighters with a dog tag as an accessory.

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How to Get Away with Cosplay-Related Issues

Lighting Farron Cosplay

Like those celebrity shows that you see on TV, issues, gossips, and false accusations are inevitable when it comes to cosplay. As much as you want to just love what you want and just go with it, some people just take cosplay matters too seriously to the point that somebody becomes the bad guy. Below are some tips on how to resolve these things.

Don’t Get Too Involved with People You Don’t Trust

This is usually where issues mostly start. Remember in the cosplay community, you can’t always trust the people around you. Yes they are in the same hobby as you are but it doesn’t mean that they can provide the same level of trust that you are looking for in them. Remember, take newly-formed friendships in cosplay a step at a time. Think Altman and Taylor’s Communication Theory of Social Penetration. Don’t reveal your entire self to them very early especially when you have just recently met them.

Don’t Demand or Ask for Cosplay-related Items from Them

This is also another factor to why cosplay issues occur. As much as possible, do not demand for someone’s cosplay prop and/or costume. Remember that some of these individuals have done so much effort in them that taking them away would be a complete insult and disrespect. So do not attempt to do these if you don’t want to earn the enmity of people.

Apologize If Nothing Goes Well and If There Are Changes in the Agreed-On Plans

Another thing that almost always annoys people is the trait of refusing to become accountable for something that didn’t go too well. Remember to apologize if things go awry or if you’ve been forced to change the plans that you and other individuals have agreed on. Do not wait for the other party to find out for themselves. In this scenario, it’s critical to keep your calm and apologize. Explain to them clearly why the situation has turned out the way it has.

Group Cosplay

Give Credit Where It’s Due – If Somebody Helped You, Don’t Claim You Alone Made Your Costume

Just to make things clear, it is definitely alright to ask for another cosplayer’s help you in creating your costume, prop, or weapon on a commissioned basis. However, it’s not cool to claim that you alone made them. At least give the cosplayer some credit for their efforts in making your cosplay costume or props for you. Aside from gaining the respect of the other people, giving credit where it’s due would definitely aid the helping party in getting more clients in the near future.

Deadpool Cosplay

Do Not Turn Small Things into a Big Deal

Remember that cosplay is just a mere hobby and should not be taken too seriously. As much as possible if something happens in an event or convention that you didn’t like, don’t make it into a big deal. You would end up hurting other people if you do. You are present in this convention to have fun and not to hurt anyone with harsh words to sarcastic statements. Take it easy and just enjoy the even as much as you can!

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The Common Question – Why Do People Cospl...

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You might be hearing the word “cosplay” from almost anywhere you go. But the question is this–why do people cosplay? There are actually a lot of reasons why people do it. Here are just some the top reasons why people find this hobby fulfilling for them.

Loving an IP Is Not Enough

If you love a certain anime, manga, video game, or comic book series with a passion, admiring or buying their merchandise is really not enough. If say, a person likes Star Wars specifically the character Darth Vader, cosplayers typically come to the point that loving and admiring Darth Vader through joining communities or buying Darth Vader products merchandise would not be enough. Fans who become cosplayers usually have this urge to portray the character in an environment of like-minded people where the getup wouldn’t raise eyebrows.

Darth Vader

It Gives Them Self-Confidence

Admit it or not, some people get their confidence boost while wearing and portraying the characters that they love the most. People who are typically shy to express themselves find their self-confidence in cosplay. Not only does this help them during cosplay events, the lingering feeling of commanding the attention of an audience also helps outside of the hobby like in work or at school.

It Develops and Enhances Creativity

When a person engages into cosplay, you develop and enhance your creativity skills. You learn how to substitute materials and find alternatives if ever the items that you are looking for are not available or are too expensive to acquire. Some cosplayers sew their own costumes and make their own weapons instead of asking help from others or contacting cosplay shops to make order custom-made items.

Makes You Become Someone You Are Not

When you love a character so much, it would come to the point that you get to develop that certain character’s personality that’s opposite to yours. If you are shy and aloof but are cosplaying a character that is energetic and approachable, then it would most likely provide you a welcome escape from the usual daily grind. Who knows? You might even assimilate that character’s more useful traits, allowing you to bolster your social skills even more!

You Get To Meet New People

Cosplaying has paved the way in allowing an individual to interact with other people not only in their area alone but also in other states and countries. Many people love cosplaying so much that there are already communities formed.

You Get To Go See Places

Cosplay events and conventions don’t always happen in your area. They usually do in other states outside of where you are. The good thing about cosplay is that you get to travel to places attending different conventions at the same time have fun as you are staying in the city or state where an event is held for a few days.

Cosplay Is Fun

It’s a Fun Hobby

Everyone can join in! It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old; cosplay is a fun hobby that everyone can enjoy!

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Be Different. Be Terrifying. Get Yourself a Pai...

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Halloween is just right around the corner and you can’t wait to try on your new costume for the upcoming party. But do you know what will make your outfit even more legendary? Matching your costume with a nice pair of special effects contact lenses! This will surely make your getup more menacing or appealing, depending on which way you want to go.

 Whether it’s for Halloween or a night out in clubs and awesome parties, donning a pair of colored contact lenses will definitely set you apart from the rest of your companions. Your overall look will essentially be transformed from a “two thumbs up” cool to “the roof is on fire” awesome.

Awesome Halloween Contact

Often called theatrical contact lenses, colored contact lens are available in a wide range of colors and designs. From the basic cosmetic lenses that help bring out the natural color of your eyes, to the more exotic designs like deep black or pearl white lenses; there are literally hundreds of styles and color combinations to choose from.

 There are two basic types of contact lenses: the circle lenses ranging from 14mm to 15mm in diameter, and the slightly larger lenses that cover the entire sclera (the white area of the eye). The most widely used is the former, since it’s relatively easier to put on compared to the latter.

Yellow Ring Lens

As far as designs come, you have a wide range of choices in front of you. There are animal inspired contact lenses, from the more common cat’s eyes to gecko and goat’s eyes. There are lenses as well that are more of the exotic kind, from an all-black lens to solid red iris contacts. Choosing the right pair of cosmetic lenses starts with the outfit, or costume. You need to make sure that the contact lens you pick out will match the getup you’ve already prepared.

 Costume contact lenses are not just popular among Halloween enthusiasts, however. There is a whole group of individuals who love to don colored contact lenses almost on a daily basis. Costume role players, otherwise known as cosplayers, dress up in lavish outfits inspired by their favorite superhero, manga or anime characters in cosplay conventions. Special effects contact lenses are a huge element of their costumes as they help make the look more authentic and complete.

Costume Contact Lens

Different varieties of costume lenses are available at reputable online merchants. You may also find them at your local optometrist’s clinic, although authorized online retailers may carry more selections.

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How to Apply For an Australian Business Number

If you want to legally open a business, you will need to obtain a variety of permits and licenses from government agencies and local city offices. If your business involves providing some kind of service, you will also need certification that shows you are fully trained and equipped to provide such service to the general public. The country of Australia is no exception when it comes to these types of requirements.

An Australian Business Number, or ABN, is an 11-digit identification number for your company. It can greatly help your business in various ways, such as making your company or organization easily identifiable by other businesses, it can help you with collecting Goods and Services Tax (GST) and fuel tax credits, make it a lot simpler for you to work with the Australian Taxation Office and other government agencies, as well as help you steer clear of high tax withholding charges when you do business with other companies.

One of the quickest and most convenient ways to obtain an Australian Business Number is to apply for an ABN number online. What you need to do is visit the website of the Australian Business Register. All the information you need about ABN online applications is found in this website. For instance, if you want to see if your business is eligible for an ABN number, you can click on the “Apply for an ABN” link under the “Business, Super funds & Charities” tab.

In the application process, you will need to gather all the information necessary in order to successfully obtain an ABN number. The needed requirements are also listed on the website. All you have to do is carefully follow the steps and submit your application.

If you’re not comfortable with online applications, you can contact a tax agent in Australia and ask him or her for assistance. The agent will walk you through your ABN application, and then submit it electronically. If you prefer, you can order a paper application as well. The application will be mailed to you, and all you have to do is fill it out and send it back to the appropriate office.

Not all types of businesses are required to apply for an Australian Business Number. Although large-scale businesses are obligated to obtain an ABN number, it is actually optional for smaller companies with relatively low annual gross incomes. But if you are required to register for the goods and services tax, then you should consider getting an ABN number.

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