When Should I Have My Chihuahua Spayed Or Neutered, And Is It A Good Idea?}

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As a Chihuahua owner, one of the first and most important decisions youll make is whether or not to have your pet sterilized. As with any decision, there are both positives and negatives that must be considered before you make any decisions on whether to spay or neuter your Chihuahua puppy.


The most obvious advantage to spaying or neutering your Chihuahua is that is helps to keep the pet population manageable. The primary things than can result in overpopulation are irresponsible breeding and accidental pregnancies. The extra puppies are usually those that end up in shelters, where the lucky few get adopted and the rest have a far graver fate. The financial and emotional costs are stunning and can be avoided with sterilization.

Furthermore, common belief is that spaying or neutering a Chihuahua can improve his attitude and health. Spaying or neutering can also lower his hormone levels, and in turn lessen the chances of certain cancer types. There is proof that spaying a female Chihuahua before her first heat can provide a huge health advantage. Also, sterilization will inherently reduce the dogs desire to wander around in search of a mate. This leaves your pet with a far less chance of getting hit by a car, stolen, lost, etc. There is also evidence that sterilized male Chihuahuas are much less aggressive, which keeps them out of any trouble.

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There is vast evidence as to the medical benefits to sterilization, yet there are noted disadvantages that must be taken into account as well. First off, there is the general risk of complications and infections from any type surgical procedure, especially those that use anesthesia. Secondly, although there is evidence that the risk of certain types of cancer decreases with sterilization, there is also evidence that other types of cancers can see a rise in likelihood after youve had your Chihuahua fixed.

Furthermore, by choosing to have it done as a puppy, you lose the option of deciding to breed later on. If your pet has a fine pedigree or you hope to someday see her deliver a litter of puppies, then sterilization may not be the best idea. However, its important to be aware of all the responsibility and work that goes into the birth of Chihuahua puppies.


Many agencies and veterinarians are so adamant that pets be sterilized that they will assist in paying the bill if the owner cant afford it. Therefore, financial issues should have no bearing on any decision you make as an owner. The choice to spay or neuter a Chihuahua lies with the owner, and no one else. It is important to know that you are not necessarily taking anything away form your pet by having it done, and you would be doing your small part in alleviating pet overpopulation.

When to Spay or Neuter your Chihuahua

This shouldnt be done until your pet has reached at least six months of age. Doing so will ensure your Chihuahua of being grown enough that he can handle the anesthesia, and everything else involved with a surgery.

Spaying and Recovery

Think of spaying as the canine equivalent to a woman undergoing a hysterectomy, as the uterus and ovaries are removed. Surgery will begin after anesthesia has been given and the Chihuahua is shaved in the appropriate areas.

Recovery isnt usually hard. Your Chihuahua may be a bit sore for awhile and rather sedate and calm. It is important to keep the stitches extremely clean. Any swelling or redness should be reported to the veterinarian immediately, as it could be a sign of infection.

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CanadaVOTES: NDP incumbent David Christopherson running in Hamilton Centre

Posted on June 16th, 2017

Friday, September 26, 2008

On October 14, 2008, Canadians will be heading to the polls for the federal election. New Democratic Party incumbent David Christopherson is standing for re-election in the riding of Hamilton Centre.

From 1985-1990, he served as a Hamilton City Councillor for Ward Four. He was elected to Ontario legislature in 1990, defeating a Liberal cabinet minister. Under Bob Rae, Christopherson served as Minister of Correctional Services and Solicitor-General. He did not seek re-election to legislature in 2003, opting to run for mayor of Hamilton. Considered a frontrunner, he lost to Larry Di Ianni.

He returned to politics just months later, changing his focus to federal politics. Christopherson beat Liberal cabinet minister Stan Keyes, the incumbent, serving as NDP critic for cities, community infrastructure, labour and steel policy. He has served as a member of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Accounts, and Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Steel Caucus.

Wikinews contacted David Christopherson, to talk about the issues facing Canadians, and what they and their party would do to address them. Wikinews is in the process of contacting every candidate, in every riding across the country, no matter their political stripe. All interviews are conducted over e-mail, and interviews are published unedited, allowing candidates to impart their full message to our readers, uninterrupted.

First elected in 2004, David Christopherson is the only MP to have represented Hamilton Centre, which was created in 2003 from parts of three other ridings. Only 38 km², small versus other area ridings, its located on the south side of Hamilton Harbour. Alphabetically, Christopherson’s challengers are Anthony Giles (Libertarian), John Livingstone (Green), Lisa Nussey (Marxist-Leninist), Leon O’Connor (Conservative), Ryan Sparrow (Communist), and Helen M. Wilson (Liberal).

For more information, visit the campaign’s official website, listed below.

Wikinews Shorts: February 27, 2014

Posted on June 16th, 2017

A compilation of brief news reports for Thursday, February 27, 2014.

South Korea-based Asiana Airlines was fined US$500,000 on Tuesday by the United States Department of Transportation for failing to provide support for victims’ families after Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed at San Francisco airport in July 2013. Foreign airlines are to abide by a federal law called the “family assistance plan”. The law states an airline must promptly assist and provide a toll-free number for calls from the passengers’ families. It took the airline five days to contact the 291 families of the passengers aboard.

Of 307 on board, three Chinese teens died and over 200 people were injured. The jet hit a seawall on approach, tearing the rear of the plane off, and throwing three flight attendants onto the runway.


United States President Barack Obama has ordered the Pentagon to make plans to pull all the nation’s troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. The Obama administration notified Afghan president Hamid Karzai that it would prefer to keep a residual military presence in Afghanistan for training and counterterrorism missions, but Karzai is refusing to sign the agreement for some US forces to remain. Once NATO ends hostilities in November, a contingency plan for a full departure will begin.

US-Afghan relations have worsened over the past few months. Obama told Karzai the US will move forward with additional contingency planning if the bilateral agreement to maintain a US presence is not signed.


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After an attack in the London streets last year on British soldier Lee Rigby, two men were sentenced on Wednesday. The leader of the attack, Michael Adebolajo, was sentenced to life behind bars. Michael Adebowale was given a life sentence, but with the possibility of parole after serving a minimum of 45 years. In court, the two Islamic converts indicated the killing was for Allah.

Bystanders watched Adebolajo and Adebowale hit Rigby with a car then butcher him with a meat cleaver and knives. The attack was recorded on closed-circuit TV and by bystanders. Both men were convicted of murder in December 2013.


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Your family is being constantly assaulted by a range of toxins, and your home is not necessarily a safe zone. We reveal how you can purify your home for true healthy living.

It may be hard to believe, but recent research has revealed that the air in your home could be up to five times more polluted than what youre breathing in on the street.

Considering most of us spend the vast majority of our time indoors, thats sobering news, and it gets worse when you consider the airborne nasties your family might be exposed to inside your home.

Carbon monoxide is a silent killer in the home, second-hand cigarette smoke could be putting your kids at risk of contracting a respiratory tract infection, dust mites contribute to asthma, lead paint cause development delays in children, and odourless radon gas has been revealed as a major contributing factor to lung cancer.

But its not all doom and gloom. Rather, there are many things you can do to help purify the air in your home and keep your familys respiratory systems clean and clear.

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? Install an air monitor: Smoke alarms are quickly being surpassed by new air monitors that track the quality of air in your home and alert you to any dangerous toxins present.

? Go easy on the gas: Burning various gases in poorly ventilated indoor areas can become a health hazard. If you have gas cooking, ensure your rangehood is in good working order, and beware of gas-based appliances like indoor fireplaces.

? Test for radon: This is a natural gas that occurs in rock and soil, and has made headlines in recent years as a silent killer. Call in an expert to test your home for radon to ensure a safe living environment.

? Be picky about paint: Did you know that common interior house paint releases tiny amounts of gas for months after application? Choose non-toxic paint that is free from formaldehyde and keep freshly painted areas well ventilated.

? Dont ignore leaks: Water leaking into your home may be causing mould built-ups that can release dangerous asthma-causing spores into the air inside your home. Call in a handyman to professionally fix any leaks you spot.

? Keep your air conditioner clean: Your air conditioner is a magnet for air pollutants and should be cleaned regularly to avoid a dangerous built-up. Many air conditioning installers offer a regular maintenance service.

? Steam clean your carpet: Dust mites are another microscopic cause of asthma. They thrive in your carpet and lounge upholstery, so be sure to call in a steam cleaner regularly to beat an infestation.

? Beware of asbestos: The serious dangers of this building material have become well known in recent years, but many DIYers still fall victim to it when renovating older properties. Consult the professionals before disturbing any building material youre unsure about.

? Ventilate your bathroom: The water vapour and humidity caused by trapped steam from hot showers is a paradise for mould outbreaks. Invest in the latest ventilation fans to quickly remove steam from your bathroom and ensure exhausts are directing air outside and not into another section of your home.

? Say no to lead paint: Homes built before the 1980s may still contain dangerous lead-based paint. Lead poising has been linked to developmental delays and behavourial issues in children, so consult a professional before trying to remove lead paint yourself.

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Football CL: All first leg games of second qualifications round are over

Posted on June 15th, 2017

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

First leg of the second qualifications round of UEFA Champions League is now over. Second leg games will be played on August 2 and August 3.


  • 1 Selected match reports
  • 2 Partizan boycotted by fans
  • 3 All results
  • 4 Sources

The biggest surprise of the leg is probably Artmedia Bratislava’s (also known as Artmedia Petrzalka) easy victory over Glasgow Celtic of 5 – 0. According to IFFHS’ ratings, Celtic is 43rd on the list, while Slovakians are on position 200. [1]

RSC Anderlacht secured an almost certain victory in the second round, as they won 5 – 0 at home against PFC Neftchi.

Another clear favorite is Liverpool, which beat Kaunas in an away game yesterday with a final result of 1 – 3. Kaunas will have to score at least three goals at Anfield next week to stay in game.

Anorthosis made the same result against Trabzonspor, but at home, which can still give Turks realistic hope to make it up next week.

Dudelange lost at home to Rapid Vienna with 1 – 6. Strikers were on a goaling spree in the first ten minutes of the game, leaving Rapid with a steady advantage of 1 – 3. Akagündüz scored his second goal of the game in 16′ for Rapid. Two more goals in the second half secured an easy home game for the Austrians.

Partizan Belgrade managed to beat Moldavian Sheriff at home, with 1 – 0, but the organized fans among 15,000 present at the stadium did not cheer for their team. Fans were protesting against the club management, as they banned any banners from the stadium. Most fans only chanted “Management out!” every few minutes.

Partizan’s stadium has a capacity of 32,710 seats, but last season games avaraged only about 2000 spectators in domestic matches. There is a long standing conflict between Partizan’s fans and the managament, as fans accuse the club leadership of manipulation of club’s funds and favoring certain fan groups.

Furry fans flock to Further Confusion 2007

Posted on June 15th, 2017

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

San Jose, California – Cell phones, cigarette lighters and glowsticks are raised in tribute as Circle of Life begins playing. Soon cheers drown out the song as the multicoloured performers appear on stage. A somewhat unusual introduction; but this is no ordinary show, and these are no ordinary attendees. This is Further Confusion, the second largest furry convention in the world.

The volunteer organizers have something to cheer about, too; Furry fans have gathered from far and wide at the DoubleTree Hotel to indulge their love of anthropomorphics, and Further Confusion’s 9th year is its largest, with a paid attendance of 2061. Their gains mirror those of Midwest FurFest, a similar convention held in Schaumburg, Illinois which grew 35% last November.

Both events feature art shows and auctions, live puppetry performance, masquerades, variety shows, games and parades, as well as panels that range from science and technology to society, sex and spirituality. Filling out the schedule, the hotel walls are lined with announcements of public and private room parties for separate groups. At night, the disco floor fills with dancing cats, dogs, and dragons.

For some, dressing up plays a large part of the convention – almost 300 brought a full costume. There are few professional mascots here, though, and only one or two of the costumes would be recognized by even the most avid cartoon-watcher. Instead, each act is planned and performed by other attendees, wearing “fursuits” of their own design. Many play off the year’s secret-agent theme — “Fur Your Eyes Only”.

Other fans seem content to restrict themselves to small accessories — perhaps some combination of paws, ears, or tail. Each fur bears a 3″x2″ badge detailing their personal character, or “fursona“. Often these characters are better-known than the people who play them.

It may seem lighthearted, even frivolous, but these conventions are becoming big business. Furry fans spent over $180,000 for lodging during the five days (Jan 18-22) of Further Confusion, and another $50,000 at the art auction. Attendees also purchase all manner of merchandise from attending dealers and artists, from on-the-spot art commissions and comic books of all ratings to prints, sculptures, and plush toys – even their very own fluffy tail.

Of course, any business has risk, and conventions can drain wallets when the sums just don’t add up. The first furry con, ConFurence in Southern California, ran successfully for over a decade, but cost its new organizer an estimated $60,000 in its last four years due to falling attendance before folding in 2003.

Anthropomorphic Arts and Education board member Peter Torkelson says that won’t happen to Further Confusion. Indeed, the convention ran a healthy surplus of almost $30,000 on $125,000 revenue last year, allowing it to pay off the last of its old debts and save for the future. As Torkelson explains: “The idea is if for some reason, say an earthquake happens, and it cripples the revenue stream, the convention will be able to survive into the next year. It does help our staff to know that we have [a reserve].”

The reserve also gives AAE the financial flexibility to fund charities throughout the year, a big part of its 501(c)(3) mandate. Over the nine years of the convention, attendees have raised over $60,000 for a variety of animal sanctuaries, wildlife refuges, and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Further Confusion’s hopes for the future are high. Chairwoman Laura Cherry noted that, unlike previous years, the board has “gone all out” for next year’s tenth anniversary, booking as many rooms as the hotel could offer. The host for 2009 has yet to be decided, but for many fans the question was not whether the current hotel will reach a limit, but when – and where – the convention will find a new home.

Christina Grimmie killed by ‘infatuated’ fan; Orlando police close case

Posted on June 15th, 2017

Friday, June 24, 2016

The man who murdered Christina Grimmie following a June 10 concert lived “like a hermit” and had apparently never met the singer, but was infatuated with her and had spent recent months changing his appearance in an effort to win her over, according to information released on Wednesday by police in Orlando, Florida.

Kevin James Loibl, age 27, took a taxicab to Orlando on June 9 from his St. Petersburg home, bringing along two 9mm Glock handguns and extra ammunition. He spent that night in a hotel. Following Grimmie’s June 10 performance at The Plaza Live, he approached her as she signed autographs and opened fire, shooting her in the head once and the torso three times. Grimmie’s brother Marcus then tackled Loibl, who broke free, backed against a wall, and killed himself with a single shot to the head.

Christina Grimmie was pronounced dead at Orlando Regional Medical Center just before 11:00 p.m. She was buried in a private ceremony in her hometown in New Jersey on June 16. A public memorial in nearby Medford attracted thousands of family, friends and fans.

Police interviewed several of Loibl’s co-workers including Cory Dennington, self-described as Loibl’s “only friend in the world”, who said Loibl had an unrealistic infatuation with her and was constantly watching her videos and monitoring her online activity. Dennington said Loibl had lost weight, whitened his teeth, and gotten eye and hair surgery in an effort to look better for Grimmie, whom he considered his “soul mate”. Loibl would get defensive when told hoping for a relationship with the singer was “illogical”.

Witnesses also said Loibl had not mentioned attending Grimmie’s Orlando concert, and none of them knew of any threats. His father and brother did not know Loibl owned any guns, police said. Each weapon was purchased legally at one of two St. Petersburg gun shops.

Investigators were unable to crack the encryption on Loibl’s phone, and it appeared he had destroyed his computer’s hard drive. Police believe Loibl acted alone and, since he is deceased, they closed their case on Wednesday. They offered no motive for the shooting.

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Posted on June 15th, 2017

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Aubrey Allen Smith

Truck driving jobs offer a large array of possiblities for employment. Even with the downward turn we are noticing from the economic situation, truck driving jobs are still available. With several large companies cutting down on their offers to provide cdl training for new drivers, the economy will bounce back and truck driving will continue to be a viable employment opportunity.

When considering a career in truck driving, the first question should be “what type of driving” are you interested in? At the start of your career, you will most likely have to drive over the road. Most transportation companies require around one year of recent, verifiable driving experience. In order to obtain this “one year” of experience, OTR truck driving is usually the beginning route. After that first year, all the truck driving opportunities will open up for you.

Generally, most everyone just entering into truck driving careers, will begin with, and remain with, the van division. There is one avenue of trucking that is often overlooked: the tanker truck. Pulling tankers are one of the best jobs in trucking for many reasons:

Lower turnover rate among drivers

Variety of operations – local, short haul, regional and long haul positions

More home time – Many tanker truck jobs will have you home every night

Competitive pay – Tanker jobs usually pay higher wages

Tanker division offers both Hazmat and Non-HazMat jobs

Higher Standards for Safety – HazMat Tanker companies generally maintain a higher level for safety than the average “general freight” divisions. They will invest much more time and effort in training and provide safer equipment, as well as adhering to the high Governmental standards set in place for the tank truck industry.

Non-HazMat tanker companies – There are many tank truck jobs that do not require the HazMat endorsement – liquid, dry bulk, foods, cement and many others.

Shippers and Receivers who understand the importance of the driver

No touch freight – Product is loaded and unloaded through various means: pumps, blowers and of course, gravity

No tarps, chains, binders or the need for lumpers

Ease of Pick up and Delivery – No docks, generally, shorter trailers, easy access, less waiting time which equals more hours of service time for driving.

Regulatory compliant companies – Carriers are more focused on running legal.

RESPECT – Tank truck drivers are respected by peers, companies, shippers, law enforcement and the public. Expected to be the best.

More personal – Greater communication with company management and dispatchers.

Most tank truck companies require between one to three years of driving experience. Always remember, that if that truck driving job is not working out for you at present, maintain professionalism, get the required amount of driving experience under your belt, and move on to the better truck driving jobs. You might just want to consider pulling tankers.

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Debut from Booker-winner, final Canadian appearance of Stan Lee among announced Fan Expo Canada programming

Posted on June 14th, 2017

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Toronto, Ontario’s 2016 Fan Expo Canada, scheduled for September 1–4, includes farewells to some US icons, and the debut of a new work by a Canadian icon. The first batch of programming was announced in a media release late last week.

Saturday, September 3, acclaimed Canadian author Margaret Atwood is to launch her graphic novel Angel Catbird, with illustrator Johnnie Christmas. The panel includes a question and answer session and an opportunity to purchase the book before its general release date. Other recent firsts from the 76-year-old Booker Award-winning Atwood include a chamber opera that debuted in 2014, participating in the Twitter Fiction Festival in 2015, and being the first writer included in the Future Library project, her Scribbler Moon not to be read until 2114.

Stan Lee, now 93, is in the midst of what he claims to be his final convention tour. As first announced in February, the Spider-Man, Iron-Man, and X-Men creator is to make his final Canadian convention appearance at Fan Expo. Also bidding adieu to the convention circuit are Adam West and Burt Ward, from the original Batman television series, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The remainder of the announced schedule includes various programs for the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, including appearances by actors William Shatner, George Takei, and Nichelle Nichols, the four day long Geekfest Film Festival, and a live script reading of Ghostbusters by voice acting legends Rob Paulsen, Bill Farmer, Maurice LaMarche, and David Hayter. Panels include The Dark Knight III team, including a rare appearance by Frank Miller, the cast of Sailor Moon, and an exclusive panel of Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes.

The 750,000 square foot event projects “over 140,000” attendees this year to Toronto’s Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

DiCaprio finally wins Oscar for Best Actor

Posted on June 14th, 2017

Monday, February 29, 2016

Yesterday Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar, for Best Actor, at the 88th Academy Awards. The award ended DiCaprio’s long wait for an Academy Award — he was first nominated in 1993 and won on his sixth nomination, for his role in The Revenant, which also won Best Cinematography and Best Director.

I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted. Thank you so very much.

In his acceptance speech, DiCaprio described The Revenant as “about man’s relationship to the natural world”, and spoke of underprivileged people affected adversely by human activities on nature. He also said “Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow”. He concluded saying “I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted. Thank you so very much.”

DiCaprio was previously nominated for his work in The Wolf of Wall Street, for Best Actor and Best Picture; Blood Diamond, for Best Actor; The Aviator, Best Actor; and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, for Best Supporting Actor.

Kate Winslet, who co-starred with DiCaprio in Titanic, was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Steve Jobs, but lost to Swedish actress Alicia Vikander for her role in The Danish Girl. Brie Larson collected Best Actress for her performance in Room.

Mad Max: Fury Road had ten nominations and won six of them: Best Costume Design, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Production Design, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing. Ex Machina won the award for Best Visual Effects. Spotlight won the Best Picture award, and Sam Smith’s song Writing’s on the Wall won Best Original Song for Spectre ahead of the Grammy-winning song Earned It by Canadian singer The Weeknd.