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At 3:48pm on July 23, 2009, ednshell said…
Thank you! How long have you been feeding your dog raw vegan? Is there a fat intake you follow for him? It seems like 80/10/10 works well for my dog so far. How did you first decide to feed your dog this way? I am so happy to hear from you! Thanks again!
At 6:25pm on July 5, 2009, ednshell said…

I was referred to you by Prad. I am looking for info. on good ways to feed my dog a raw vegan diet. It seems like the ratio of nutrients are the same as for humans from what little information I've read so far. He ate 5 days raw vegan then did a 30 day water fast followed by 5 more days on raw vegan and I am so impressed with these results, quite amazing, totally healed a persistent ear infection, soft puppy like fur, happy, spunkier, no bad dog smell nor breath. I know how many calories he needs. Can you tell me your experiences and/or lead me to some pertinent information? Thanks very much. :)
At 1:43pm on June 20, 2009, pradtf said…
glad to see you are back!

in friendship,
At 2:47am on May 6, 2009, Sangeeta said…
Hi Big G! :)

Yes, it's meeee!

Good to see you around! Hey, I have a favor to ask you. I'm helping my friend battle his eczema and he is open to going raw (he is vegan) but I need some help in getting started. Would you have a few minutes to chat with us? I really like your approach and thing it would help us out. I'd go all raw with him as well to support him and well it's good for me too!

So if this works, maybe I can call you? Or you can call me 416 894 9226 (I've moved back to Toronto) so I'm not too far from you now. :)

Talk soon!
At 2:27pm on April 14, 2009, Ryno said…
Hey BigG. Well, I am still very much knee deep in this vein of information and I would say it is taking me very far out of Plato's Cave, if you know what I mean. This information/knowledge is allowing me to see through some very real and very cunning illusions. It is also giving me some answers to many nagging questions I've had about society and authority since I was young. Obviously I recommend a thorough study of this literature bearing in mind that it is still quite fresh and growing.

His name is Robert-Arthur:Menard. www.thinkfree.ca
I also recommend www.natural-person.ca. On this site you will find a link to an ebook by Mary Croft. Definitely check it out. Potentially mind-blowing.
There is a fellow, goes by the moniker the Anti-terrorist, on YouTube. Lots of valuable information coming from him. Don't be put off by the belaclava, it's all about the info and he isn't wearing it to be sensational.
Marc Stevens has a couple interesting vids on YouTube as well, concerning traffic court. Short and informative. Cool, talk to you later!
At 12:15pm on April 14, 2009, Chad RD said…
Thank you. I will, but it'll just take time. Yesterday I took some Easter Lillies down and spent some time at the cemetery. It's still difficult just seeing his name there. But you know it's Spring, new life is blossoming everywhere, and I'll be alright eventually.
At 6:28am on April 12, 2009, BigG. said…
:-) thanks but people might not know I am the one with the hair :-) and get confused.
At 4:44pm on April 11, 2009, pradtf said…
thx for the welcome bigG!
nice to see you here.

in friendship,
At 4:47pm on March 12, 2009, BigG. said…
Thanks a ton for the information and your experience will look into it some more.
At 1:28pm on March 12, 2009, Ryno said…
That is one of the best things about Victoria in comparison to other spots on the west here.....a lot less rain. We are in a temperate rainforest zone, so it does rain of course, but I don't remember complaining about it for a long time. I grew up in a valley on the island here, where the mountain range trapped the weather systems and it would dump on us for weeks at a time. Same thing happens in Vancouver...they get way more rain then we do.

From Wikipedia:

Victoria has a temperate climate that is usually classified as Marine west coast (Cfb),[7] with mild, damp winters and relatively dry and mild summers. It is sometimes classified as a Mediterranean climate (Csb).[8]

Daily temperatures rise above 30°C (86°F) on an average of one or two days per year and fall below -5°C (23°F) on an average of only 2 nights per year. During the winter, the average daily high and low temperatures are 8.2°C (47°F) and 3.6°C (38°F), respectively. The summer months are equally mild, with an average high temperature of 19.6°C (67°F) and low of 11.3°C (52°F). Victoria does occasionally experience more extreme temperatures. The highest temperature ever recorded in Victoria was 36.3°C (97.3°F) on July 11, 2007, while the coldest temperature on record was -15.6°C (4°F) on December 29, 1968 and January 28, 1950. Victoria has not recorded a temperature below -10°C (14°F) since 1990.

Colourful flowers bedeck the genteel "Garden City" downtownTotal annual precipitation is just 608 mm (24in) at the Gonzales weather station in Victoria, contrasted to nearby Seattle, (137 km/85 miles away to the southeast), with 970mm (38in) of rainfall, or Vancouver, 100 km away, with 1,219 mm (48 in) of rainfall. Perhaps even more dramatic is the difference in rainfalls on Vancouver Island. Port Renfrew, just 80 km from Victoria on the wet southwest coast of Vancouver Island receives 3,671 mm (145 in). Even the Victoria Airport, 25 km north of the city, receives about 45 per cent more precipitation than the city proper. One of the most striking features of Victoria's climate is the distinct dry and rainy seasons. Nearly two thirds of the annual precipitation falls during the four wettest months, November to February. Precipitation in December, the wettest month (109 mm/4 in) is nearly eight times as high as in July, the driest month (14 mm/0.5 in). During the summer months, Victoria is the driest major city in Canada.

Victoria averages just 26 cm (10 in) of snow annually. Every few decades, Victoria receives very large snowfalls, including the more than 100 cm (39 in) of snow that fell in December 1996. On the other hand, roughly one third of winters will see virtually no snow, with less than 5 cm (2 in) falling during the entire season. When snow does fall, it rarely lasts long on the ground. Victoria averages just 2-3 days per year with at least 5 cm (2 in) of snow on the ground.

The rain shadow effect also means that Victoria gets more sunshine than surrounding areas. With 2,223 hours of sun annually, Victoria is one of the sunniest places in British Columbia, and gets more sunshine than most other cities in Canada except those in the southern Prairies. The benefits of Victoria's climate are evident through the city's gardens, which are more likely to display drought-tolerant oak trees, eucalyptus, arbutus, and even banana and Palm Tree, than they are likely to feature evergreen conifers, which are typically associated with the coastal Pacific Northwest environment.

see link for average temperature chart
At 10:07am on March 12, 2009, Ryno said…
For a better idea of housing you could check out usedvictoria.com, craigslist victoria, times colonist online and for local events and whatnot check out Monday magazine online.
At 9:54am on March 12, 2009, Ryno said…
Victoria. As far as cities go I find it to be an agreable size, not too big and not too small. I've had a great time here, lots of awesome friends to be made here. Full of hippies, and easy going types, some redneck action if yer at the wrong bar. Lots of marijuana. I know you're opposed to it, and I'm not recommending it, but I would argue it makes for a chill overlaying vibe. Never had a problem with authorities. Easy access to surrounding rural areas; beaches, forests, farmland, lakes, mountains. Super easy and convenient to get around by bike. Very mild winter, usually a lot of sunshine, great summers. Housing can be an issue. Most developers have been building condos rather than rental units and prices can be high for both. Lots of character suites, basement suites, rooms in houses, that kind of thing. It's been awhile since I've looked around at the costs, but averages: room in a house $500, Bachelor $600 and up. There are a lot of students living here so there can be a lot of competition for even the smallest or undesirable of places, but with patience or looking when the students leave for the spring, you should be able to net a place. This all depends on the area too of course. Downtown victoria is within walking distance to the nicer areas: James Bay, which is on the water, full of old homes and borders the biggest park. Fairfield, which is full of stundents and hippies and hipsters also borders the park and the ocean, lots of character homes, quiet streets. Fernwood, which is the urban activist, artist, anarchistish area, and Esquimalt which has a few nice spots but is the lower income area and a bit grungy. Victoria is called the city of Gardens....very green place. Lots of single girls. I haven't partaken in the night life in about a year, but I had a loads of fun when i did, raving and whatnot. Do other stuff now. Lots of 'health' conscious folks, cyclists and joggers everywhere, health food stores, gyms, restaurants catering to vegetarians and vegans. I think there is a raw one too but I stopped eating at restaurants about a year ago so I'm out of touch. A large and growing problem with drug addiction and homelessness. I've never had any problems aside from a couple bikes being stolen, but when I was living downtown I did come across some discarded needles and you will constantly be asked for change. I don't partake much in the city life anymore, not at all in fact, and am saving up to leave. Nothing to do with Victoria specifically, although I've been here 6 years and am desiring a change, just city style in general. Rather than spending money on entertainment I've been hiking and spending time outdoors, so cost of living really depends on your personal tastes and entertainment choices, but for me it goes something like this. $500 per month for rent, bills and internet, probably about the same for food, but I haven't totally figured this one out....I was spending so much more on meats before I went 811 rv that I don't even bother keeping a food budget now, $75 truck insurance, bout 30 bucks a week for gas (this will go down now that I"ve got a bike again...problem with bike theft here), and $30 for cell. My entertainment is free these days as I mentioned. As for eating 811rv, I'm not having any troubles during these winter months, living on bananas, apples, oranges, dates, pineapples, some greens, but that is of course thanks to international shipping. Looking forward to the summer when there will be an abundance of local produce! Many farms here on the island as well as produce brought in from the Okanagan. Lots of wild blackberries in the fall. Gonna start woofing real soon, and the farms aren't too far from the city center, so that can be an option for you. What else....close access to the gulf islands, and of course the rest of Vancouver Island. A number of post-secondary schools. That's all i can think of at the moment, shoot any more questions my way if you have 'em. Talk to you later.
At 2:11pm on March 7, 2009, Ryno said…
Yo BigG, check out thinkfree.ca
It just might blow your mind, it certainly has done mine. I'm in the process of due dillegence, have ordered the study pack, and proceeding at full gallop. Peace out
At 5:30pm on February 16, 2009, Drακοnεία said…
Im rly happy when ppl enjoy the pics as much as I do! :)
I really hate it when that happens with movies...seeing bits and parts here and there or having to stop and start it for whatever reasons that come up. It ruins the whole experience because you come back to reality when you're not supposed to.. :p

ps: I totally agree, Shawshank Redemption, is an awesome movie!
At 4:39pm on February 16, 2009, BigG. said…
Monkeys :-) I am a trader by day and help others with promoting web based businesses
At 8:36am on January 30, 2009, Love said…
That HuRaw looks good (o;

At 12:32am on January 22, 2009, Robby Barbaro said…
LOL, you sell monkeys???
At 10:42am on January 19, 2009, Robby Barbaro said…
Hey BigG,

What's your business?
At 1:04pm on January 16, 2009, TheBananaGirl said…
Hi there Big G! Welcome to the community! Looking forward to hearing more about you :-)) Feel free to intro yourself and post on the forum...


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