Things We Love V1

Welcome to our new series, Things We Love. We are dog people; we own dogs, we foster dogs, we rescue dogs. We are always using new products and checking out new fads for our canine friends and we’re here to share with you the Things We Love!

1. Taste of the Wild
Taste of the WildA fish protein, grain-free formula with sweet potatoes provides highly digestible energy for your sensitive dog. Made with real smoked salmon, this formula offers a taste sensation like no other. Supplemented with vegetables and fruits, this fish and potato formula delivers natural antioxidants to help give your friend a healthy lifestyle. Your dog craves a taste of the wild. This food rates very high on the various rating sites available. And our dogs love it.

To learn more about Taste of the Wild, click here.

 

 

2. Stainless Steel ID Sliders

Stainless Steel Slider ID TagAn ID tag on your dog’s collar is a life saver. It is the easiest and fastest way to get your dog home, should he or she ever get out. We love these stainless steel sliders for a few reasons.

  1.  An engraving on a stainless steel tag lasts a lot longer than the engraving you will find on an aluminum tag you find at your local pet store.
  2. There are no flimsy rings to attach to the collar. These ID sliders go on the collar itself.
  3. There is no chance of these sliders getting stuck in the crate and potentially injuring your dog.

These are great tags too for those that don’t like the constant clang of their pet’s ID tag. To learn more about the stainless steel ID slider, Click Here.

3. Buckle Style Collars

Buckle Style Dog CollarsIt seems the original buckle style dog collar is becoming a little harder to find. Most companies now-a-days use the cheap plastic clasps to close their collars. The problem with the clasp collars is that the clasps are usually very cheaply made and will break, leaving your dog without an ID tag. Do yourself and your dog a favor and spend a little bit of time looking for the buckle variety. You can find several here Click Here

4. Varsity Balls

Varsity BallsOk, these things are cool. They are indestructible and can entertain your dog for hours. Dogs can’t really get their mouths around it so the ball just bounces around the yard with your dog chasing behind. Seriously, hours of entertainment and hours of energy burned for your dog. Charge your video camera, because this will be hilarious. Check them out by Clicking Here

5. Bad Air Odor Sponge

Bad Air SpongeYES! These are great. Just pop this bad boy somewhere in your house, like around the dog bed, mud room, by the crate or anywhere else you’ve noticed a little funk. They seriously EAT the smell away. The Bad Air Sponge can even help eat the tough smell of urine. Get it by Clicking Here!

Alma’s Second Chance.

_PAS3404It was a chilly winter night, and cars were zooming all around me. A nice man was throwing bread to me, trying to get me out of the street, but I was too nervous to go to him. A car pulled over and a lady got out. She asked the nice man if I was his, and he said no, so the lady walked into the street towards me. Suddenly, a bus came flying past- the lady thought that it had hit me, but it must have missed me by mere inches. The lady quickly got a leash around my neck and helped me into her car before anyone else could hit me. She took me home, cleaned me up, and gave me a name- Alma.

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The lady noticed right away that my face wasn’t symmetrical. Everyone thought it was cute, the lady included, but she was a little worried that something might be wrong. My back was swayed and my tummy stretched out- the lady worried that I was pregnant, but an x-ray showed that I only had a hernia and was just a little gassy. Oops! The Lady thinks I probably had a lot of babies in my former life, though. I had sores and abrasions all over my legs, I was missing patches of fur, and my nails were way too long. I got to see two different vets in the first few days, and they gave me some medicine to help me start feeling better.

_PAS4835Things were wonderful for a few days- I got so much love from the lady and her friends, three meals a day, and a warm bed to sleep in. Then ‘the incident’ happened. The lady says no one knows for sure what happened, but the vet thought it may have been a stroke. I lost all muscle control in my face, and I was disoriented and couldn’t keep my balance. The lady’s friend drove us an hour away to the emergency vet in the middle of the night- we didn’t get home until after 3 am. I slept the entire next day, and seemed a lot perkier after that. Then my leg started giving out.

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It happened slowly at first, then all at once. I couldn’t use my back left leg at all. It would drag behind me, and the lady had to put a bootie on it because I tore a big wound in my foot. I saw a few more vets, and it was determined that I suffer from neurological issues. A paralyzed muscle in my face gives me my adorable droop. The neurologist said my leg has delayed response, maybe caused by an old injury since my ankle doesn’t bend. He said that there wasn’t too much that he could do, but to keep an eye on me to make sure I didn’t get worse. Unfortunately, I did.
11150977_10153302690183945_6241873452225837152_nA few weeks later, it happened again. Now my back right leg wasn’t working right, and I couldn’t walk. The lady carried me everywhere (I’m almost 60 lbs and weigh half as much as the lady does- I wore her out!) and had to hold me up to go potty. She says I’m her girl through and through- stubborn as can be and don’t want help from anyone! I was so frustrated that I couldn’t stand or walk on my own. I was still in good spirits, though, until a few days later. I was crying in pain and seemed so miserable, so off to the vet we went again. And once again, we didn’t get a lot of answers. I got put on yet another round of medication and sent back home.

_PAS6402The lady says I must have known that she and Marilyn, the wonderful lady who runs HFE, were talking about getting me a wheel chair. It had been over a week since I had stood up on my own, let alone walked. The lady came home, and there I was standing at the gate of my room waiting for her. She thought maybe it was a fluke and tried not to get too excited. But the next day, I was up and about, hopping along on three legs again. Maybe it was a miracle- my back right leg was working again.

11208678_10153328791433945_552187229_nIt’s been a couple weeks now, and I’m getting around pretty well again. My left back leg still drags behind, but I don’t let it stop me. A very nice woman donated a wheelchair for me to use when I need it. The lady doesn’t let me wear it around the house so that I don’t lose the strength that is left in my right back leg, but I wear it when we go out so that I can have fun with the lady and my foster brother.

_PAS8592For now, we’re taking things day by day. I’m happy and doing well, but the lady and everyone else at HFE would really love some answers about my health issues. I have now seen five vets (including one specialist), been on seven different medications, and will likely need more visits and tests to stay on track for a long, happy, healthy life. If you’d like to help HFE cover the costs of my care, please visit my online fundraiser at http://www.youcaring.com/pet-expenses/funds-for-alma/341778

Sweet as Sugar

Sugar was surrendered to Home FurEver with her buddy Avi, an older chihuahua. While they got along just fine and cuddled from time to time, they were not super attached to each other. Her foster’s recently retired father, who was “never” going to have a dog again, fell in love with Avi and adopted him. That left Sugar to find a home of her very own.  2015-03-27 20.59.22 sugar

Sugar is about 3-4 years old. She loves to snuggle. It’s her favorite thing to do. She nuzzles right under the blanket to lay next to her foster mom’s legs or between them, on the couch and in bed at night. She has very soft fur, especially her ears. She is very low energy and does not require a lot of exercise, just a short walk every day like every dog deserves. She will run around in the yard a little bit on her own when she goes outside.  2015-03-15 21.12.35 sugar

While Sugar is laid back and loves the couch or bed (wherever her person is), she can be an anxious girl. She gets very excited when she decides that it’s time to eat and when her people get home. She bounces up and down, it’s really funny. She LOVES her food and dives into the bowl as its set it down. She needs to work on patience! She is not a fan of other dogs, but can learn to tolerate small dogs. She gets nervous when they are playing as she does not like all of the activity around her. Sometimes she tries to play but she doesn’t really know how. She likes to play with toys but doesn’t want anyone to touch the toys or her when she is playing.  2015-03-13 18.09.58 sugar

Our favorite things about Sugar are her funny sound effects and mannerisms.  She has a growl that kind of sounds like the duck from the Geico commercial (the one where he is doing yoga). She is perfectly capable of jumping onto the couch or taking the doggy stairs to her foster’s bed, but she has a hard time figuring it out most of the time and stares up with a pathetic little look as she bounces up and down until she’s picked up.  2015-04-13 08.53.33 sugar

Sugar is not crated at her foster’s house. She doesn’t need to be as she doesn’t get into anything. She would do best in a home as the only dog or with another small dog who leaves her alone. She is a sweet dog who deserves a chance.  Are you willing to give her one? 2015-04-19 11.07.12 sugar

To learn more about Sugar, click here: http://www.adoptapet.com/pet/12093201-detroit-michigan-miniature-pinscher-mix

To learn more about our adoption process and how to meet Sugar, click here: http://www.homefurever.com/

Help Us Help the Dogs.

Can’t adopt, but want to help the homeless dogs of Detroit? Here are 10 ways to help!

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1.Foster! We can only save as many dogs as we have room for. When you become a foster parent, you literally save the life of a homeless dog. Read more about our foster program at https://homefureverrescue.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/fostering-faqs/
2. Volunteer! We always need help walking dogs, puppy sitting, setting up, tearing down, and working with potential adopters at our Saturday adoption events. Fill out a volunteer questionnaire to get started. http://www.clicktohelphomefurever.com/volunteer.html
3. Purchase a shirt through Hendrick & Co. through our link, and a portion of your purchase will be donated back to HFE. http://hendrickboards.com/save-mattie?tracking=517808417e8ff&utm_source=mattie&utm_medium=hb-mattie&utm_campaign=mattie

4. Purchase an item through RESQTHREADS though our link, and a portion of your purchase will be donated back to HFE.
http://resqthreads.com/?rescue=HomeFurEver

5. FREE! Take your dog for a walk! Download the ResQwalk app, select Home Fur-Ever as your rescue, and track your walks, and a donation will be made to HFE.

6. Sign up for a BarkBox pupscription! Use code HFERBBX at checkout and a donation will be made to HFE!
https://barkbox.com/

7. Make your first purchase from Chewy.com through our link, and a $20 donation will be made to HFE (new customers only).
http://www.chewy.com/rp/1790

8. FREE! Add Home Fur-Ever as your charity on your Kroger Rewards card. Use code 91146.

https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards
9. FREE! Add Home Fur-Ever as your charity on Goodsearch.com and earn a donation for HFE with every search!
http://www.goodsearch.com/

10. Make a 100% tax deductible donation through one of our Youcaring fundraisers.
http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/support-for-vet-bills/324903

Fostering FAQs

Interested in fostering but have questions about our program? Read on!

What is fostering? How is it different from adopting? Foster families care for a dog while the dog searches for his forever home. Foster homes are temporary, but treat the dog like a member of the family. Adoption is forever.

What are the requirements to foster? Foster programs vary between organizations. Here at Home Fur-Ever, our foster families must offer a loving and safe environment and be responsible pet owners. We also require fosters to bring their dogs to our weekly Saturday adoption events. At this time, we typically rotate between the Troy and Roseville Petco, with the occasional special event within the metro Detroit area.

Can I still foster if I can’t make it to Saturday events? Why are adoption events so important anyway? Adoption events are vital to finding forever homes. Since HFE is foster based and does not have a shelter or facility, events are the only time for potential adopters to meet our dogs, and the only time that we accept applications. We strongly believe that potential adopters need to meet the dog that they are interested in before applying to ensure that there is a connection and that the dog and family are a good match for each other. If you can’t make it to every single event, that’s okay- we have a great network of fosters and volunteers that are happy to help with transport if possible. If you know that you will never be able to make any events, however, we will likely suggest that you look for an organization that fits your schedule better. We do occasionally have dogs that do not need to attend adoption events right away, such as dogs who are pregnant or have Heartworm, Parvo, or another illness/injury. In these cases, we may accept a foster who cannot attend events but can care for the dog throughout treatment.

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Do I have to stay at the event all day? No, but we strongly recommend it. Potential adopters often have questions that only a dog’s foster will know, and they love to have a chance to speak with fosters. If you are unable to stay, though, you are welcome to drop off before noon and pick up at four.

How much does fostering cost? We do our best to keep fostering as low cost as possible. At HFE, we cover all medical care, from routine vaccinations to emergency care. We can also provide food and other supplies (crate, toys, etc) to fosters who cannot afford to purchase these things themselves.

How long does a dog typically stay in foster care? Unfortunately, there is no black and white answer to this question. We can never predict how long a particular dog will be with us. Some dogs may be with us for just a few weeks, others are with us for months or longer. A good rule of thumb is to prepare for at least four months- but this is by no means a set rule. There are certainly factors that we cannot control that effect a dog’s adoptability- age, breed, size, etc- as well as factors that we can control, which will be discussed below.

What is a foster’s day to day responsibilities? What do “above and beyond” foster families do? Aside from providing the basic care that any dog needs (food, shelter, affection, etc), fosters should be prepared to provide basic training and socialization. Many dogs, especially puppies, will need help with house training and basic commands, such as sit. Fosters must also keep an open communication with HFE’s director and social media team so that we are all on the same page about events, vaccination schedules, etc. The best fosters are those who do everything possible to make their dog as adoptable as possible. This may include socialization with people or animals that are not already in your home- kids and people of all ages and sizes, other dogs of all ages and sizes, cats, etc. They expose the dog to as many new situations as possible- car rides, boat rides, pet-friendly public spaces (for dogs who are fully vaccinated), music and noises, etc. The best fosters provide ample information for their dog’s website bio as well as pictures and videos that may be shared on our social media sites- the more there is for a potential adopter to see and read, the more likely your dog will get adopted.

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Are fosters a part of the adoption interview process? Fosters know their dogs best. We ask that you are open and honest about your dog’s strengths and weaknesses, personality traits and habits, energy level, and compatibility with other people and animals so that we can match him with the perfect forever family. Although official interviews and home visits are conducted by trained volunteers only (these volunteers have a lot of experience and a keen eye for red flags), we strongly encourage fosters to stick around at events to speak with potential adopters and to meet with an approved adopter at the time of adoption. Many of our fosters will provide the adoptive family with a note about the dog’s daily routine and habits, their contact information to keep in touch over the years (we all LOVE updates on our former fosters), and a blanket or toy that will give the dog comfort as he settles into his new home.

What if my foster dog has behavioral problems? No dog is perfect. It is not uncommon to run into a minor behavioral problem such as chewing, marking, digging, jumping etc based on a dog’s age or background. But do not fear! We have a great team of volunteers and fosters with a TON of experience with behavior and health issues of all kinds that can help you work through any issue. We do occasionally have dogs with behavioral issues that may require a foster with more dog experience or a strong hand- if a dog has any known issues before coming to your home, they will be communicated.

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Will I need to alter my liability insurance policy to become a foster? Will my foster need to be licensed with my city? Does my foster dog count towards my city dog limit? Although all valid questions, there is no straight answer. Every insurance company, home owner’s association, and city has different rules and policies, which we encourage you to research.

What if my city has BSL (Breed Specific Legislation)? Will this limit who I can foster? Yes. We cannot place any dog that resembles a ‘pit-type’ dog in any city or community that has legislation against them, whether it is a foster or adoptive situation. Many cities base breed on site identification alone, not the breed listed on their paperwork. Want to learn more about BSL? Check out http://www.makemichigannext.com

How do you manage the feelings of loss that may come when you have to let the foster go? Seeing our fosters go to a forever home is always bittersweet. It’s completely normal to feel some sadness and even shed a tear or two, but take comfort in knowing that we do everything possible to ensure that our dogs are only going to the very best, most loving homes. Fosters are encouraged to stay in contact with adopters- many adopters are more than happy to provide pictures and updates over the years. Letting one foster go also means that you can help another dog in need. When you foster, you are truly saving a life, and there’s nothing better than that.

What if I want to adopt my foster dog? Am I automatically approved? Do I still have to pay a fee? Fosters go through the same adoption process as everyone else. An application, interview, vet check, home visit, adoption fee, and adoption contract will all still be required. Have a question that hasn’t been answered? Comment below or email us at HomeFurEver@Gmail.com

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Top 10 BEST Inventions for Dogs

When you ask hard core dog people what their favorite things are for dogs, this is the response you get.

1.  Antlers  – Dogs love antlers and we love the peace and quiet we get while said antlers are being gnawed! There are deer and elk antlers to choose from and we were surprised to find out that dogs can be picky between the two. We love that these come from a renewable resource that are packed with minerals and HOURS of chew time. antler chews2. Nylabones – Another tough, long lasting chew for our four legged buddies. Don’t get us wrong, we love to actually spend time with our dogs, but dogs need to chew sometimes comes up while cooking dinner, or doing homework or well… you get the idea! 10472763_10152525332988945_1686587436_o3.  GoughNuts –  We love that GoughNuts toys are not only fun and durable for your dog, but we love that they put safety first even more! Each GoughNuts pet toy has an included in it’s design the GoughNuts patent pending visial safety indicator where green means “go” and red means “stop.” Ingenious! 4.  Varsity Balls HOURS of entertainment for both you and your dog with these durable play toys. The Varsity Ball was designed to be a challenge for your dog. It is too big for your dog to put in its mouth, but your dog will spend hours trying to figure it out!

 

5.  Doggie Life Jackets – Here in Michigan, we’re surrounded by water. Many folks are lucky enough to spend their free time out on the water and even luckier, in their own boat.  Dog life jackets are a certain peace of mind for most boaters out on the water.

10377629_10202163391667552_4147883045669030076_n6.  The Furminator – What’s in a name? I’ll tell you, awesomness. The Furminator does what it says it will do, it eliminates the unwanted fur! This tool is great for your big shedders, seasonal shedders, and the normal upkeep pets. The Furminator can help eliminate mats, keep a dog more hygienic and can reduce allergens in the home. the new pet 0047.  Sadie’s Snacks – Whether you’re looking for a wholesome treat that’s MADE IN THE USA or the perfect training aide, Sadie’s Snacks was the top recommended treat. They are a family owned and operated business that offers multiple flavors and sizes of treats that contain no fillers or preservatives. These things are like crack for dogs. 10459070_669214476482904_674749852128410842_o8.  Peanut Butter – Peanut butter you ask? YES!  This stuff is ewey, gooey, gold.  You can stuff it in a bone, a kong or simply get entertainment when your dog licks it off of the spoon.  You can stuff peanut butter in just about anything and freeze it for an even longer lasting nut filled experience. The dogs love it. Try your hand at this awesome HOMEMADE recipe from Alton Brown. PB R9.  Smart Toys – The brain is a muscle and needs to be worked out just like any other muscle in your dog’s body. Smart toys were developed to put your dog’s brain to work! There are a variety of sizes and skill levels to help keep your dog occupied and give that old noggin a work out! NO-Worker10.  Fluff and Tuff Toys – There are dogs that chew and then THERE ARE DOGS THAT CHEW!  Fluff and Tuff dog toys are made to outlast the strongest of chewers/toy destroyers! These fluffy creations are high quality, durable plush stuffed toys. The best part is they are Giving Partners to the Leader Dogs for the Blind! 10368299_663666557037696_8468019008916118899_oAnd there you have it.

Top 5 Questions Asked about Heartworm Disease

What you should know about Heartworm disease, testing and the monthly preventative.

1. What is heartworm disease?

Heartworm disease is one of the major health problems of dogs in the United States and throughout the temperate and tropical areas of the world. As well as being found in dogs and other species, it is now being found in cats in ever increasing numbers. The disease develops when a pet becomes infected with parasites called Dirofilaria immitis that are transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Heartworms are “foot long” worms that live in the heart and major blood vessels of the lungs. Heartworm disease is spread by mosquitoes to both dogs and cats as well as other animals, such as foxes, coyotes, and wolves, which act as reservoirs and help spread the disease. While dogs can be infected with just a few to hundreds of worms, cats generally have low worm counts. Even one or two heartworms, however, can be life threatening to a cat. While there is a treatment for infected dogs it is time consuming and costly. There is NO treatment approved for cats so prevention is critical. Heartworm infection often leads to severe lung disease and heart failure and can damage other organs in the body as well.Map of Heartworm Disease Concern

2. How can I tell if my pet has heartworms?

Early on, many dogs show little or no symptoms. The longer the infection persists, the more likely symptoms will develop. Clinical signs depend on the number of these “foot-long” worms in the dog’s heart and major blood vessels, the dog’s lifestyle, and any other health issues the pet has. More active dogs, pets heavily infected with heartworms, or those with chronic disease often show prominent clinical signs.

In dogs, signs of heartworm disease may include a mild persistent cough, reluctance to exercise, fatigue after moderate activity, decreased appetite, and weight loss. As heartworm disease progresses, pets may develop heart failure commonly recognized by an accumulation of fluid in the abdomen giving the pet the appearance of a “swollen belly.” Dogs infected with large numbers of heartworms can develop a sudden blockage of blood flow within the heart leading to a life-threatening form of cardiovascular collapse called caval syndrome. Signs of caval syndrome include a sudden onset of labored breathing, pale gums, and dark bloody or “coffee-colored” urine. Without prompt surgical removal of the heartworm blockage, few dogs survive.

In cats the presence of just one or two worms can lead to severe respiratory symptoms and even death. The symptoms in a cat can easily be confused with a respiratory infection like pneumonia or “asthma-like” symptoms with wheezing or shortness of breath. Other than supportive care, there is no approved, safe treatment for heartworm-infected cats. Prevention is critical!HWPbanner

3. Can you tell me more about heartworm testing?

Two common types of tests exist for diagnosing heartworm infection in dogs. Because adult heartworms release their young (microfilaria) directly into a dog’s bloodstream, a relatively simple blood filter test can identify them. A positive test tells us adult worms are present. Positive means positive! Unfortunately, 15% to 20% of heartworm-positive dogs will not have “microfilaria” circulating in their bloodstream and a negative test will sometimes be falsely negative. The most accurate test for detecting heartworm infection in dogs is the antigen test. This test looks for the presence of small proteins released by adult female heartworms into the dog’s bloodstream. A positive test tells us mature female worms are present. And, while false-negative results are uncommon, they can occur if a pet has a “male-only” infection (since the test detects antigen from females), if only one or two worms are present, or if the female worms are immature.

In cats, there are two different tests that can be helpful in determining if a cat has a heartworm infection. The antibody test can tell us if a mosquito has infected the cat with microscopic baby heartworms called larvae. This is important because the arrival and death of even these baby heartworms can cause respiratory disease in the cat (wheezing, coughing, “asthma-like” symptoms). The antibody test has the advantage of being able to detect infection by both male and female worms, as larvae of either sex can give a positive test as early as 2 months after infection. A “positive” antibody test confirms exposure to heartworm disease!

While the antigen test is the “gold standard” in diagnosing heartworms in dogs, it can commonly give a “false-negative” result in cats. This finding is more common than in dogs because infected cats generally have only a few adult heartworms present, because “single-sex” infections may consist of only male worms, and because immature but symptomatic infections are more common in cats. A positive antigen test does indeed mean that adult female heartworms are present but a negative test does not rule out an infection!

In both dogs and cats your veterinarian may have reason to suspect a negative test result to be inaccurate and might recommend follow-up testing, chest x-rays, and/or cardiac ultrasound to help identify heartworm disease.heartworm-month-001

4. How often should I have my dog tested for heartworm infection?

All dogs should be tested for heartworms every 12 months. This usually takes place during a pet’s annual visit for routine preventive care and is your insurance policy against what could turn out to be a serious illness.

Nothing is perfect. People miss doses of medication or fail to give it the same day each and every month. Pets vomit frequently and at times “lose” their dose of prevention. At times they spit it out. Heartworm preventives are “nearly” perfect, but nothing is perfect and the danger of not testing is in not knowing.

If you administer heartworm prevention to your pet as scheduled, the chance of your pet developing an infection is extremely low. Your veterinarian’s job, however, is to ensure your pet’s good health by detecting problems before they progress into serious issues. Heartworm disease is a serious issue and when present, should be detected and treated as soon as possible. Testing annually is important.heartworms in a dog

5. How long should my dog be on heartworm prevention?

For a variety of reasons, even in regions of the country where winters are cold, the American Heartworm Society is now recommending a year-round prevention program. Dogs have been diagnosed with heartworms in almost every county in Minnesota, and there are differences in the duration of the mosquito season from the north of the state and the south of the state. Mosquito species are constantly changing and adapting to cold climates and some species successfully overwinter indoors as well. Year-round prevention is the safest, and is recommended.

Home FurEver has four heartworm positive dogs right now. If you’d like to make a tax deductible donation toward their care, please click here: https://www.youcaring.com/hfevetbills

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