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Tips to Capture the Perfect Shot of your Dog



As both a photographer and a dog lover there aren’t many things I love more than
“oohing” at and photographing dogs. Photographs can be some of the best presents
you can give to your loved ones, so if you’re looking for a birthday gift or
anniversary gift think about sharing a memory, even digitally by sharing via digital
So many factors go into whether or not a shoot will go smoothly or be a little bit
more of an adventure. Whether you are an experienced photographer or a dog
parent looking to get the perfect shot, I’m sure you will find a takeaway.

Maybe I have just been lucky, but I have yet to come across a mean dog. Dogs, like
people, all have different personalities. They can be shy, scared, mean, outgoing,
mischievous, or any other personality trait. Remember that although many dogs will
warm up easily to a stranger walking down the street, not all dogs are like that. If
the dog seems shy or scared, slowly approach them and let them get comfortable. It
may be beneficial to play fetch for a few minutes to build trust with them. If you ever
feel uncomfortable with a dog make your concerns clear to the owner and take
precautions if you are scared the dog may become aggressive.



Treats may seem like a good idea at first, but they may not be the best way to get a
dog’s attention. If you are trying to take a couple good photos of your dog, treats
may be an excellent choice, but if you are at a shoot the dog will most likely be
begging from the time the treat comes out to when the shoot is over. Always bring
some just in case you can’t get the furry family member to pay attention, but try to
get them to look your way by making a wide variety of noises and movements first.
Try and make sure that the dog has been fed and properly exercised before a shoot
so that they aren’t too hyper or too exhausted. If the circumstances aren’t perfect
and the dog isn’t calm you can still get excellent photos though. If the dog you are
trying to photograph is too hyper it’s playtime for you too. Try and run the dog
around for a while to calm them down, but don’t forget to pull out the camera for
some great running or jumping shots. If the dog is played out by the time the shoot
begins you have an excellent opportunity to get some cute sleeping photos. Once
you have enough sleep shots you can pull out a couple of those treats to help perk

Different perspectives can add a ton of variety into your photos. Many people spend
the day staring down at their pets so it’s natural to want photos of them from that
angle, but there are so many other options as well. Getting on the floor or crouching
down to the animal’s eye level can add a lot of emotion into a photo, especially if
they make eye contact with the lens. If you want to add more variety you can stand
straight over the dog, or lie on the ground with the dog above you. It is fun to move
around and change the angles up in order to get a diverse selection of photos.

While you can definitely take excellent shots with today’s smartphones it’s best to
use a DSLR camera if you’re trying to get a good shot of a hyper dog. Smartphones
and handheld cameras aren’t as equip to handle how fast dogs can run, jump and
roll. DSLR cameras allow you to change the shutter speed of the camera, which
means it can capture fast-moving dogs.

If you don’t have a DSLR camera don’t worry. Make sure that you have good lighting,
preferably outdoors, and take your time. Some of the best photos are candid, and
since we are constantly attached to our phones they are our best chance at getting
those candid shots. Just remember to be patient and don’t give up if the first few
photos don’t come out the way you want them to.

Taking photos of your dog can become some of your best memories with them, so

take your time to soak in the moment, and to capture the perfect shot, helping to
make that memory permanent.

Laura O’Donnell writes smart content on behalf of the digital photo frame experts at Nixplay. As an avid writer and learner, she loves to use her skills for engaging others in important topics in creative and effective ways. When she is not working, she loves meeting new people, traveling, and bringing her Pinterest dreams to life. Find her on LinkedIn.

Written by Eric Bittman — August 16, 2016

HOUSEHOLD TOXINS THAT MAKE YOUR DOG SICK

Quite a number of people are aware of the fact that exposure to household toxins such as asbestos can cause mesothelioma in humans. Pets are even more susceptible to such dangers.

This increased danger, is because pets are smaller and are closer to garage floors, lawns and carpets that may harbor residue of pesticides and chemicals. Since they are naturally curious and are not aware of toxic dangers around them, pests are more likely to come across substances that are harmful to their health.

Most pet owners try their best to make sure their pets are safe. However, there are hidden health risks that they do not pay attention to. Here are some unseen household cleanliness issues that can impact negatively on your pet’s health.

Household Cleaners

Cleaning products with ingredients like chlorine, bleach and ammonia can put your pets at a risk of developing cancer, kidney damage and anemia. These toxic cleaners still pose health risks even when they are closed and put away since they leave behind harmful vapors. Ammonia vapors from household cleaners are irritating to the skin. Chlorine is a poisonous breathing nuisance and can cause a serious damage to the skin, eyes and other membranes of your pet. It is a common ingredient in multipurpose cleaners, disinfecting wipes, mildew removers, tile scrubs and laundry detergents. Chlorine is denser than air and settles in low-lying areas where pets normally stay.

Laundry detergents that remain on clothes and pet blankets also pose health risks to your pet. If your pet has a habit of drinking from the toilet bowl, there is a likelihood of it ingesting even the toilet bowl cleaners, so training your pets to stay away from areas you naturally use extra care when cleaning is more important because of the risk posed by the cleaners before you even think about any hygiene issues.

Household Garbage

Household garbage remains to be the leading health risk to pets. Animals get attracted to the smelly refuse from such garbage. Dogs often like picking through the trash in search of anything that smells good. This is an awful hazard since garbage cans have a variety of household refuse such as poisonous batteries, medications and paper towels used for cleaning.

Broken glass, say from window panes, can be dangerous to your pet’s tongue or gums. If swallowed, broken glass can cause horrible damage to the stomach or esophagus.

 

Antifreeze

Most antifreeze formulations that people use today are made of ethylene glycerol as the main ingredient. Animals are drawn to the sweet smell of ethylene glycerol. Consumption of ethylene glycerol leads to deadly side effects. A half of teaspoon of spilled antifreeze is enough to kill an average-sized cat. If you do not realize it early enough, the ethylene glycerol can cause irreversible damage to the kidneys of your pet.

 

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde exists in most of the new furnishings and household cleaners in your home. It is also present in construction materials. It is a toxic substance and can cause health concerns if inhaled or penetrates through the skin. According to US Environmental Protection Agency, formaldehyde can cause cancer to animals. 

Conclusion

Anything that poses health risk to people does the same to animals as well. These hazards you normally overlook can lead to silent but deadly illnesses in pets. Particularly inhaled toxins can cause cancer, respiratory difficulties and circulatory disorders in animals.

Bear in mind that there are lots of environmentally friendly cleaning products available, that are highly effective, and won’t have the same impact on your pets. Consider using powerful, natural cleaners, such as vinegar and baking soda, in favor of abrasive chlorine based cleaners, for example, and you can go a long way to improving the conditions in your home for your beloved pets.

Some Further Reading

http://www.penn-jersey.com/household-toxins-dog-sick

http://learn.eartheasy.com/2012/03/8-common-household-chemicals-harming-your-pets-their-non-toxic-alternatives/

http://dogtime.com/dog-health/general/8165-keeping-pets-safe-hidden-danger-household-toxins

Written by Eric Bittman — August 16, 2016

Facebook Dog Contest

Thanks to everyone that posted pictures of their dogs! We had so many great pictures to go through.  The first 10 pictures numbered 1-10 have won a free nail polish pen! Please email us at info@warrenlondon.com the color of your choice as well as your address.  The colors you can choose from can be found here: Dog Nail Polish Pens.  

#1 Caiti Hearns

#2 Leslie Dover

#3 Katt Mills

#4 Christina Elizabeth

#5 Marite Trill Poncedeleon

#6 Sara Bethany Snodgrass

#7 Tori Gamboa

#8 Kaitlyn Jetton

#9 Chelsea Mcgrath

#10 Sara Dinsmore

 

And the rest of the great photos!

 

 

Any photos entered may be used for marketing materials. If you do not want your picture posted, please let us know. Thanks for all the entries. 

Written by Eric Bittman — July 11, 2016

The 5 Biggest Benefits of Having Pet Insurance

The 5 Biggest Benefits of Having Pet Insurance

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It’s interesting that we are a society that spends tons of money picking out the right food, the right bedding, and all the best toys for our pets, yet we’ve been so slow to embrace the concept of pet insurance. We don’t know about you, but the pets in our household are very much a part of the family, which means we take their health just as seriously as our own. If that’s the case for you too, then you might want to consider pet insurance. There are five main benefits of pet insurance, so take a look and see if these make sense for you.

You Can Pick Your Own Vet

Unlike human insurance policies that may require you to use specific health providers or you pay more money, pet insurance allows you to use any licensed veterinary clinic you’d like. This is helpful for those who travel with their pets, and it’s also helpful for those who move often for work. Regardless of why you might change vets, with pet insurance, you can do so without worrying about being charged more for out-of-network visits. You simply send the bill to your pet insurance company, and they reimburse you for all qualifying expenses based on the levels you chose at the time you signed the policy.

Does Not Restrict Age or Breed

You can insure your pet no matter their age or breed, but keep in mind that some pre-existing health conditions may prevent you from insuring your beloved pet. That’s why it’s important to insure them as soon as possible. If you’re adopting a pet, have your vet check them out, and then once you get the clean bill of health, insure them. However, you can still insure them as they get older if you need to, but the benefit of insuring them early is that the premiums are often lower.

Provides an Easy Way to Budget Pet Care Costs

Another benefit of pet insurance is that it makes it fairly easy to budget for pet care costs, at least on a monthly basis. Pet insurance policies can be paid monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually, and you can decide which payment plan works best for you. Because you get to decide, it’s easy to budget those costs. Based on your preferences, you’ll know exactly how much to pay, when to pay, and how to pay. There are also options to help lowers costs, as well. For example, most insurance companies offer discounts when you insure more than one pet with them.

Prevents Dipping into the Emergency Fund

Families who actually have an emergency fund are ahead of the curve, and it can be a tough pill to swallow when you need to dip into it. If you have pet insurance, even if you do have to borrow from it, you know you’ll be able to put that money right back in five to 14 business days. The ability to avoid using that fund and having to rebuild it can be a relief to families. Also, it means those funds are available for unexpected car repairs or other emergencies that come up.

Delivers Peace of Mind

A lot of times, families put off going to the vet because they know they can’t afford the bill. The guilt eats at them because they know their pet is suffering, and that guilt affects other areas of their life, as well. Pet insurance gives families peace of mind because they can take their beloved pets in for the care they need, and families don’t have to choose cheap care that may do more harm than good. Most pet insurance policies reimburse families 80% of costs after the deductible is met, and some even reimburse 90-100%, if they’re willing to pay a higher premium. Knowing that you’ll get at least 80% back on an unexpected $7,000 vet bill takes some of the sticker-shock away.

You may love your pets unconditionally, but if something happens, and they need unexpected vet care, you might find yourself in a stressful situation trying to figure out how to pay for it. Rather than stress yourself out, or make your pet suffer, you can look into pet insurance to help make sure your beloved pet receives the care they need without bankrupting you. As you can probably tell, there are several benefits of pet insurance that work in your favor. Although you still have to pay for costs upfront, it’s a little easier to deal with when you know you’re getting that money back at some point in the near future.

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Written by Eric Bittman — July 11, 2016

Your Dog's Golden Years

With appropriate care most dogs live complete and happy lives. Unfortunately, an adored pet never seems to live long enough. Each breed has different life spans. While taking care of your aging dog you need to adapt his environment for his comfort. As dogs get older, they develop aches, joint pain, generalized weakness and an almost definite increase in medical problems.

Adjust his surroundings to minimize discomfort. Protect him from excessive heat and cold. Older dogs are unable to regulate body temperature as a younger dog.

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Try to give your dog regular exercise. Make sure your dogs health matches his exercise routine. If your dog exhibits signs of heavy panting or opposes exercise you need to change his routine. 

dogs golden years

Adapt his diet and feeding schedule to his needs. As dogs age they are less active and need fewer calories. Prescription diets are available. Discuss special diets with your veterinarian.

Older dogs can experience hearing loss and declining eyesight. Accommodate for his safety.

Senior dogs require special dental care. They are more likely to develop gum problems and disease. Complete dental cleaning should be performed by your vet every six months which does require anesthesia. Make sure complete bloodwork is performed.

Older dogs need extra bathing and grooming. Dry skin can be a normal part of aging or it can be a sign of an underlying medical condition. They also require more frequent nail trimming.

Take into consideration his age in human years. If he is 13 in dog years, he may suffer the same aging ailments as a 75 year old human.

Continue with bi-annual vet exams. Senior dogs need extra care with their aging problems.

Give his life quality! Keep those memories alive!

Written by Eric Bittman — June 27, 2016

How to Make Dog Training More Enjoyable

Jordan Walker is the lead content curator for Coops and Cages and other pet-related blog sites. As someone who is very passionate about animals, he has written several articles about the subject matter. In this post, he tackles strategies that can make your dog training easier yet enjoyable.

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For every dog owner, having an obedient and a well-behaved canine friend is essential. However, dogs do not simply learn how to sit, stand, or come in just a snap of a finger. You will have to invest time and effort in training your dog.

 

As soon as they hear the word “training”, some people will immediately associate it with a tedious process that is no fun. While consistency and repetition, the two important keys to a successful training, can kill the fun aspect of an activity, it does not have to be that way all the time, especially with your dog training. You can add up some spice into the process so that you and your dog will not lose the interest or end up frustrated.

 

Know Your Dog

It is important to know your dog or at least, find out its sweet spot. Rewards are among the things that motivate your dog. By using these repeatedly, eventually, they’ll be able to learn good behavior.

  

If you know what your dog wants, then you can easily let them do what you want. Although dogs are always eager to please their masters, you should also know how to show your appreciation of their good behavior. And the best way to do it is through giving them rewards.

 

Start with a Positive and Friendly Approach

It is scientifically proven that a dog’s ability to learn, remember, think, and make choices can be affected by stress, fear and anxiety. Thus, reprimands and punishments, especially when inflicting pain, do no good in the training process.

  

From the very beginning, you have to keep a positive and friendly approach so that your dog will be constantly motivated to make good choices, especially during the early stages of training.

 

 

Take It Easy; There’s Still Tomorrow

This doesn’t mean you should procrastinate. Instead, you should take baby steps. Dogs learn best when the tasks are broken down into smaller parts. Do not overwhelm your canine friend with a very complex skill, especially on the first day. Begin with simple skills at a slower pace, and gradually level up with shorter intervals. If you start with a huge or complicated skill, you and your dog may end up frustrated and losing interest.

 

Choose a Conducive Training Environment

If your dog is constantly distracted, your training will never advance. You may start inside your house or anywhere quiet and free from distraction. And then, when your dog is getting used to the activity, you may try to change things and take your training to a new location, such as a park.

By doing this, your dog will not just associate training in one specific location. A new environment will surely bring excitement to you both.

 

Teach Your Dog a New Skill

Consistency and repetition are two essential aspects of dog training. But then again, if your dog has already mastered the same old skills it has been doing since day one, it’s time to try something new, like dog agility. This way, you will be able to keep the interest and the excitement.

 

Do not Over Do It

In everything that we do, we need to take a break. We need to get the load off our shoulders to avoid getting exhausted. This goes the same with your dog. You don’t want your canine friend to simply shut down. Do not think that taking a break goes against the essence of repetition. In this case, it only means taking a time off from the formal training process. During your come back, it is then when you’ll realize both of you are much more energized, refreshed, and excited to take on some more trainings.

 

 

Remember to Always Have Fun

Yes, it’s a training. But remember that trainings should also be enjoyed so that skills will be learned faster and will be retained for as long as possible. A training session should also serve as a time for you and your dog to bond more. Therefore, you have to ensure that both of you are having fun while learning.

 

Here’s a suggestion. Add in some games, friendly competition with other dog owners, and anything that will make your dog happy.

 

 

For some people, dog training is never really exciting because they think it is just a tedious job. While it certainly requires time and effort, it being tedious and boring will depend on you. If you try to keep things light, maintain a positive attitude, and add some new and interesting stuff every now and then, you and your dog will definitely have a great time throughout the training.

 

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Author: Jordan Walker

Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops and Cages as well as a couple of other pet-related blogs. His passion for animals is only paired with his love for “attempting” to play the guitar. If you would like to catch more of him, you can follow his Twitter account: https://twitter.com/JordanWalker82

 

 

 

Written by Eric Bittman — November 16, 2015

Halloween Contest 2015

Welcome to the Warren London 2015 Halloween Contest!

 

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Flirt the Toy Poodle

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Written by Eric Bittman — October 30, 2015

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: Your Bed, Their Bed or a Crate?

Is your dirty secret that you let your dog sleep in your bed? If so, you are not alone. More than half of dog owners admit to allowing their pooches to sleep with them. In fact, since the domestication of dogs, it has been a time-honored tradition to seek the psychological comfort that comes with having them near while asleep.

Is this practice good for the health and safety of your treasured canine, or should you boot your four-legged friend from your bed for his own good?

Crates

One concern for pet owners is that permitting your dog in the bed can cause negative behavioral problems, like territorial aggression.

Crating can provide the pet with close to the same level of safety that they feel when they hop up on your bed. If you populate the crate with well-loved toys and blankets with your scent, the dog is likely to come to love the crate, considering it a place of safety rather than a punishment.

Whether you choose to place the crate in your bedroom or in another room in your home, your pet needs to feel secure and comfortable. Their sleeping area should be dark. Ensure that the windows of the room you choose have quality drapery to block out exterior light. Your dog is more likely to sleep peacefully in a darkened room, and less likely to wake you up too early.

Floor Beds

Dog expert Cesar Millan suggests that pups are often quite comfortable sleeping on the floor. Depending on the season and the length of hair of the breed, some dogs are just seeking out the coolest spot available to rest.

If your dog is of the short-haired variety, this may not be the case. If you want a short-haired pooch to sleep on a floor bed, you're more likely to accomplish this by providing blankets and pillows. A long-haired dog may be happy with just a sheet as a cooler option.

As with the crate, you may choose to set up a floor bed in your bedroom so your dog still feels close to you. If your dog has significant orthopedic issues, a floor bed can prevent him or her from being injured when attempting to jump on or off the bed.

Your Bed

Though most safety rules recommend against allowing your dog in your bed, it is still a matter of personal preference. Some dogs, like the small, short-haired breeds, just will not find peace until you allow them up in the bed and under the covers.

Even dogs not originally allowed on the bed still find their way up there eventually. After all, we love our dogs, and it's hard to say no to that furry face. If you choose to let your pet sleep with you, it is recommended to first train him or her to sleep somewhere else, condition your pet to be comfortable and appreciative of human contact, and to establish a means of understanding and clear communication between you and your dog.

Essentially, it is your dog and your bed, so it is your choice. Depending on the breed, size and circumstances of your individual pet's needs, it is up to you to choose wisely. Though it may seem cruel to deny them bed rights, in some cases, it is kinder to let sleeping dogs lie where they are safest.

Written by Eric Bittman — June 18, 2015

A Misunderstood Breed: The Truth About Pit Bulls

If you took a survey asking people what they thought was the most dangerous dog breed, pit bull would probably top the list. "Pit bull" is a term that encompasses a number of breeds including the American pit bull terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier and American bulldog. These athletic dogs are known for aggressiveness and a defensive nature, but that doesn't mean all pit bulls are an imminent threat to your safety. Despite a history of breed violence, many pit bulls can be safe and loyal companions, even with children. These energetic canines thrive in an active environment. When properly socialized, pit bulls learn to curb their energy in healthy ways.

Decades of misinformation and stereotyping have given pit bulls a bad rap. It's time to set the record straight on these amiable animals.

A Checkered Past

Bred from bulldogs, pit bulls were first used to help control livestock. Their collective fate took a turn for the worse when breeders began to train them for the inhumane blood sport known as baiting. Humans would watch these dogs fight bears, bulls and other large animals. When governments came to their senses and banned baiting, spectators turned the animals loose on each other. Much of the perception of these dogs is based on this violent history. In some cases, pit bulls were bred and trained to fight. Dogs from those bloodlines are sometimes more likely to lash out, but that doesn't mean they're automatically dangerous. While they may boast strong jaws and ripped muscles, pit bulls can be just as loving and safe as any other breed. Dogfighting gives pits a bad name; every pit bull you see is not a trained killer.

The Right Environment

Like any other dog, a pit bull's behavior is largely dependent on the environment in which he or she grows up. Take your pit bull to a dog park after locking him in a crate for the first part of his life and he may display aggression or shyness toward other dogs and humans. Provide an active lifestyle where your pit bull can socialize from a young age, on the other hand, and your pit bull will likely be as intelligent and gentle as any other dog.

If you have a young pit bull, get him around other people and dogs as much as possible. ASPCA.org notes that a dog's most important sensitive development period takes place between 7 and 16 weeks of age. If your dog has early experience with others, he'll be able to curb aggression as he gets older. If you adopt an older pit bull who displays aggression, take baby steps toward interaction with others. Keep your pit bull on a leash near the dog park, for example. As he learns to cooperate with other dogs, you can take additional measures to assimilate him. Training is paramount with pit bulls, especially those that grew up in unstable environments. Devote time to establishing commands. Dogs need to know they must listen to their master and behave, but also that they are cared for.

Spay and Neuter

Like all dogs, pit bulls deserve the dedication and commitment of loving owners. That means keeping these hounds off the street and out of the pound. Have your pit bull spayed or neutered by a well-known animal center to control the animal population. According to Davis Country Animal Care and Control, dogs who are fixed are less likely to attack or bite someone. It's one more reason to do the responsible thing for your pit bull.

Written by Eric Bittman — June 15, 2015

Unique Mothers Day Gifts for Dog-Lovers

7 Unique Mother's Day Gifts for Dog-Lovers

Whether you’re shopping for your mother or another special woman in your life who adores her dog, finding the perfect canine-themed Mother’s Day gift can be challenging.

Take the hassle out of shopping with these gift ideas that are sure to put a smile on her face!

Floral Arrangement

If she has a deeply affectionate breed, like a Bulldog, Collie, or Pug, chances are she loves to shower others with love. What better way for you to turn the tables and shower her with love than with a breathtaking floral arrangement?

Fitbit

This device might just be the gift she’s dreaming of if she’s as active as her Weimaraner, or other sporting breed. With this sleek device that goes directly on her wrist, like a traditional watch, she can track daily fitness activity, sync the device to her electronic devices, and view her daily performance directly on the screen—all while having the time of her life with her furry friend.

Sweet Treats

On the other hand, non-sporting dog breeds like Pugs, French Bulldogs and Boston Terriers are known for their love of treats. If the dog mom in your life is anything like her non-sporting, four-legged foodie, she'll love a decadent delivery of sweet treats like chocolate covered strawberries or gourmet cookies. (You won’t have to lift a finger to send her a tasty treat because FTD has you covered online.)

Photo Session

If that special dog mother in your life owns a Vizsla or another breed that tends to be overly attached to her owner, she more than likely takes pride in showing off her dog to others. What better way to melt her heart than by giving her and her canine companion a private photo session with an experienced pet photographer? You can also take things a step further by retrieving the images once they’re edited, and compiling a photo album that captures all of those candid moments. It’s a gift she’ll cherish forever!

Jewelry

Perhaps she enjoys the finer things and owns a Yorkie, English Bulldog, Cocker Spaniel or some other high-maintenance breed? If so, you can’t go wrong with jewelry as it is more than likely one of her favorites. An engraved locket with her four-legged companion’s image inside is sure to be a hit. Or you can go for more generic pet-themed jewelry, depending on your budget.

Pampering Session

Regardless of the breed she owns, there’s a chance the special pet mother in your life is worn too thin by her family, career, or other obligations and could desperately use a break. If she can find someone to cover the children, offer to take her furry friend off her hands for the weekend while she enjoys some much-needed time to herself. Schedule a mani-pedi session for her and invite her to indulge.

Dog Painting

Does she enjoy wall art? If so, snap a picture of her dog and solicit the services of a painter to recreate an image on an oversized canvas. She’ll be delighted with the outcome and eager to add a new addition to the existing collection of artwork in her home.

Written by Eric Bittman — April 24, 2015

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