Dog Saves Beached Dolphin By Spotting Him at Beach

Pet News: Dog Saves Baby Dolphin that Beached Itself

The evidence of the unspoken respect and love animals share for each other is pretty debatable, but we here at Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique see the love every day. Not only do we see videos from the pet news world of dogs kissing lions, or boxing with a kangaroo, but working with dogs for as long as we have, one knows what a dog is saying without them ever having to say it. But we were still shocked to watch this video of a dog named Leia saving a baby dolphin.

The video is being handled by Newsflare and was uploaded by the YouTube channel Criccieth Life–a home video of the whole rescue and encounter. A man is walking along Criccieth, a beach town that hugs the coast of Cardigan Bay in Wales. Apparently, the man was attempting to go Bass fishing and while walking along the beach taking photos of the scenery  his dog, Leia, ran off toward the shallows. A dog running off? Not the first time in pet news. But when the man filming video got there he saw a beached juvenile harbor porpoise.

He stated that he would have never noticed if his dog hadn’t started barking–bringing him to the scene. With a few attempts the man is able to save the dolphin, by giving him a gentle push out back into the sea. If you watch the video you can see the harbor porpoise swimming back out to safe water all thanks to this man and his dog. Brilliant pet news!

Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique hopes you enjoyed the video!

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911 Search and Rescue Dog has Best Day Ever

Dog Services Hero Awarded with Best Day Ever

Bretagne, or Brittany, a very special dog who is the last known search and rescue dog services K-9 that served in the aftermath of September 11th at Ground Zero. Brittany and her partner Denise Corliss are part of K-9 dog services group Texas Task Force 1. Their first deployment was 911. Brittany’s mission was to sniff out and rescue survivors of the attack on the world traders that were caught in the rubble. The dog’s role took on many aspects during her time at Ground Zero, and Corliss remarks that she became not only a rescue dog but a therapy dog as well.

“I was so grateful to have a K-9 partner that helped me through it. She represents the working dogs and the disaster dogs in particular, and you know they all are deserving for a day like today,” Corliss said. Brittany was one of about a hundred dogs deployed to help during the cleanup of 911. For this reason, Bark Box decided to give Brittany her deservingly best day ever for her dog services.

Brittany and Corliss were flown to New York to stay at 1 Hotel Central Park. Both Brittany and Corliss stayed in a suite packed full of all the doggie amenities, and the Retriever was treated to a gourmet hamburger from the hotel’s room service. Next, the dog services hero got to ride in a vintage New York City taxi that took her to Times Square.

During their stop in Time Square, they were shown a surprise. On one of the billboards in the square, they were thanked and honored for their services. Warms the heart! The two stood and admired with tails wagging and tongues out. Next Brittany rode to go play at the Tribeca Dog Run at the Hudson River Park. “She is a sixteen-year-old now, but when you get her around water she acts like a young puppy,” said Corliss.

A board member presented Brittany with the doggie equivalent of the key to the city. She was presented with the bone to the park–a very prestigious honor in dog services. Back at the hotel, Brittany was escorted to a banquet hall where she was thrown a birthday party with tons of-of presents. Brittany was again presented with a dog services award, a cobblestone at Ground

Zero dedicated by the National September 11 Memorial and Museum for her exemplary dog services and heroic efforts during a national time of crisis. Way to go Brittany!

Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique hopes you enjoyed this video!

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Dog Swims out to Greet Pod of Dolphins

Swimming Pup is Amazing Example of Dog Wellness

Animals can perform some amazing feats in nurturing, and in athleticism, when we are around to watch it happen, it can be a truly amazing experience. The Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique family are blessed to be able to work alongside animals everyday, and it is safe to say that we have an intrinsic calling to these animals to make us active in the work of dog wellness. When we saw this video it resonated in our hearts.

The video captures some amazing footage of a dog swimming out in open ocean to get a better look at a pod of dolphins in Hawaii. The dog, Sandy, had only been on a boat once before, but she loves to swim. Joe Noonan, who uploaded the video is Sandy’s owner and states that Sandy can swim over half a mile, and is a responsible pet parent who has Sandy’s dog wellness in mind.

One of the most impressive moments of the video was when Sandy first notices the dolphins while she’s still in the boat. As the dolphins come into view you can see the fins surfacing and the dog’s head turns looking straight at the mysterious disturbance in the ocean–she is intrigued. Soon Sandy jumps in and begins doggy paddling out to greet the pod. Dog’s are naturally curious creatures and the swim is great for a dog like Sandy who needs an adventure for her dog wellness.

Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique hopes you enjoyed the video!

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5 Pet Safety Tips for New Year’s Fireworks

New Years is a great time to party and make resolutions but just like July 4th your dog may hate the holiday. As the ball drops in Time Square and firework shows launch into the lengthy finale, your dog might hate the holiday as much as July 4th. Pet safety experts from the Veterinary Clinics of North America estimate that as many as 40 percent of dogs experience noise anxiety from thunderstorms, fireworks, and other loud like construction or music.


Put yourself into a dog’s perspective. There are inexplicable lights and explosions erupting from the sky. Many dogs pace, cower, scratch at the door, or even defecate inside because of the overstimulation of noise. Many dogs behave erratically and will crash through windows and run out into traffic due to their flight response to deal with their anxiety. July 5th is the reported to be the busiest time for shelters rushing to accommodate dogs that bolted on the 4th.


Animal behaviorists describe anxiety caused by noise as a very serious panic disorder complete with a flight response. As firework shows get louder, longer, and more extravagant, responsible pet parents will want to know helpful pet safety tips to ensure their dog’s comfort during the New Year festivities.


Remain Calm and Consistent


Not only does your body behavior need to be calm, but your dog’s environment does too—positive conditioning. This is important for pet safety. When a dog begins to show symptoms of noise anxiety strategize how you can behave calmly and take proactive steps to ease their discomfort.


Shouting or locking your dog away makes their anxiety intensify. Shouting raises their stress level and so does locking them in a room by themselves. Comfort your dog, but not in an overwhelming manner.  If you over coddle them, this trains a dog to believe that they are in danger, and will seek comfort out every time they feel nervous. This makes pet parents lose sleep during fireworks or thunderstorms.


Dogs will cower next to you, hide, or incessantly bark. You need to show your dog how to cope with the loud noises. They need to know that their home is compatible with the external threat they’re sensing. Veterinarians  advise trying to play with your dogs during stressful times. This shows your dog that there is no danger and will reduce their anxiety. If they are unwilling, or too nervous, don’t force them.


Remain calm.


Your reassuring body language will express to your dog that everything will be okay.


Therapy Music


Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique are big fans of Relax My Dog—a pet safety YouTube channel that composes music designed to calm anxiety-ridden dogs. The music is designed with sweep technology that emits a high-pitch noise that only a dog’s hearing can detect. This noise works the same way a dog whistle does, it holds a dog’s attention.


A dog’s hearing range is both above and below the human auditory range. Fireworks are much more intense sounding to dogs and the music suppresses the intensity away from the fireworks by refocusing their attention on the music.


Whether your dog has owner-separation anxiety or is triggered by fireworks, this music works on many levels. For firework playlists, play at a low volume near the area your dog is getting comfortable.

“Nesting” dogs will often stay close to their crate or dog bed and use this as a comforting area. Set up speakers close to wherever your dog feels the most comfortable to induce a therapeutic environment.


For more pet safety information about Relax My Dog therapy music click here.


Pawsitively Pampered: Splash and Dash Aromatherapy


Many noise-aversion tactics don’t address the underlying problem. For years various remedies have sought to help curb the triggers of noise anxiety like sedatives and swaddling jackets.


These can be effective if used properly. In order for clinical or holistic methods to work, a dog must be conditioned to naturally relax and relate their environment to one conducive to pet safety.


A way to do this without medication is aromatherapy. Dogs explore the world through their noise. Formulate botanical scents have been found to promote a calming state and can indeed be relaxing. Dog’s associate the scent with feeling secure. Once dogs are conditioned to relate a scent with security, smelling this scent will act as a neurological trigger to help ease anxiety.


(If Pavlov’s dog could be trained to salivate, your dog can be trained to calm down with a psychosomatic tool).


This is why Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique released their own aromatherapy line. It helps get anxious dogs to calm down during bath time. Aromatherapy can also be useful for other stressful times like firework shows, being left alone, and a new house.


The line features shampoos and body mists formulated with botanicals and plants that have been used since 3,500 B.C. for their calming properties. The Relax shampoo’s ingredients include lavender which delivers a euphoric scent and chamomile which has a soothing aroma. Both plants have aromas that work as natural sedatives.


Use Pet Safety First Aid Kit


One of the best proactive pet safety methods of keeping dogs safe during New Years is by having a microchip. This is definitely something worth looking into, but in the meantime, use a dog collar with an I.D. tag, and contact information. If your dog is prone to noise anxiety and bolts this will help you find them much easier. Shelters also scan for microchips when they first pick up lost dogs to contact owners.


The Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique first aid kit includes an emergency I.D. collar, emergency dog tag with split ring, a pet safety guide, and just about anything else you would ever need in the event of an emergency.


Having a pet safety first aid kit in your car and your house is always a good idea. If you bring your pet with you to a party and need pet safety supplies like an inflatable water bowl, waste bags, or a flashlight, all these things will be at your disposal with the first aid kit.


Noise Aversion Medication


Dogs that have been diagnosed with severe noise anxiety may possibly need a clinical prescription to ease distress. Last summer an FDA-approved medication called Sileo became available.


The drug inhibits norepinephrine—the chemical associated with anxiety and fear. Sileo is a flavorless gel that is administered through a syringe squeezed between the gum and teeth which takes about 30 minutes to absorb.


There are also doggie equivalents of Prozac and Valium.


The best and most effective way of treating noise-anxiety as a dog phobia is to desensitize a dog early on before fears become established mentally. If you notice your dog becoming overly sensitive to fireworks, or any other event that gives them severe anxiety contact your veterinarian first before making any decisions.


Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique wishes you and your dog a happy and safe New Years!

Pit Bull Puppies Change People’s Minds about the Unpopular Breed

Pet News: Pit Bulls Need to Stop Getting Blamed


Pit Bulls, or really Pit Bull Terriers, or really American Staffordshire Terriers get a really bad rap. Around the mid-80’s it became a popular pet news theme for reporters to write articles on these attacks, when previously before this time, headlines like these were nonexistent, according to pet news writer Jon Bastian. The origins of the “Pit Bull,” or “Bull Dog” come from an archaic sport that was practiced around the time of 11th century in England. Dogs were trained to latch down on the nose of a bull, and thus the name “Pit Bull,” and “Bull Dog” emerged.


Another contending pet news theory about the origins of the “Pit Bull” name deviation is from the Mastiffs of the Roman Empire being called “bullenbeissers” which translates to “bull biter.”


Because of unfortunate circumstances that have nothing to do with the dog, like dog fighting becoming popular again the 1980’s, and an incident where a pit bull trained to guard a marijuana crop in California mauled a two-year-old, pit bulls were demonized in the American mindset. When pet news articles like this are highly publicized without the proper context it leads to laws like Montreal Banning Pit Bulls entirely.


This is why Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique brings you today’s pet news viral video, “People With A Fear Of Dogs Meet Pit Bull Puppies.” The video was uploaded by BuzzFeedYellow and shows contestants being blindfolded and then handed a few Pit Bull puppies. Instead of shrieking and running away in terror, they said things like, “He’s so warm I just want to marry him,” and “Oh my God, they’re so happy and peaceful.”


This is great pet news for this unpopular breed that became vilified for situations that humans put the dogs into, and not the other way around.


Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique doesn’t often get too overly serious about political issues, but we love dogs, all dogs, and thought this would be a great time to shed some light on these issues.


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Hilarious Home Videos of Dogs Playing in the Snow

Dog Grooming for all the Elements: Mud, Dirt, or Snow

One of the most joyous experiences a pet owner can have is seeing their dog play in the snow for the first time. Something about the frozen white powder makes dogs act like puppies again. Especially dogs with long coats that need a lot of dog grooming like Golden Retrievers or Australian Shepherds.

Snow, for a dog, is one big giant toy that is all over the ground and comes from the sky. Plus, after a cold and wet plunge in the snow, pet parents can take their dogs in for some dog grooming at Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique to get a haircut fit to look great and match the cold weather.

Today’s viral video shows the magical moments that happen when you bring together the two elements—dogs and snow. The video was uploaded by America’s Funniest Home Videos and is titled “Dogs Discovering Snow.”

One of the funniest clips happens at 1:06 when a Corgi is so excited for the snow he is literally doing back-flips. The Corgi’s owner is shoveling snow toward the dog. Instead of getting out of the way of the frozen avalanche about to pour on top of him, the Corgi leaps into it, and back-flips as he collides with the frozen powder. Hilarious! The clip that comes right before that is what happens when snow freezes onto a dog’s coat. Watch out! This dog is in need of some serious dog grooming and warming up.

Another super funny moment happens at 2:12. A dog is trudging his way up the front yard thinking he’s got plenty of support underneath him. Not the case. What appears to be the ground is really just fresh powder, and he falls straight through. Haha! We won’t give any more away, to let you enjoy the video yourselves.

Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique hopes you enjoyed the video!


Important note: Please let dogs adapt to the cold weather and carefully monitor them while playing in the snow. Just like humans, animals need to acclimate first, then play. Also let whoever does your dog grooming know your dogs love the snow so they cut and bathe accordingly.


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Pet Friendly Household Cleaning

Cleaning the House with These Pet Safety Tips Helps Make Your Household Safe and Fresh for Everyone

Keeping the house clean with pets running amuck after playing at the dog park is a constant battle between muddy paw prints, clean floors, and pet safety. Trying to keep a dog from digging up the backyard then not lounge on the furniture is a precarious task. Another thing to keep in mind is a pet’s health which is always concerning when using harsh chemicals to clean the house.


We at Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique think that one of the best ways to keep a house clean is to keep the dog clean. A dirty dog on the furniture is never fun. That is why we, “Play Dirty. Live Clean.”


Apart from taking advantage of the Unlimited Monthly membership to get your pets bathed and groomed at your convenience, pet parents work hard to keep their house clean with pets tracking in outside debris.


We know a lot of pet parents are keeping extra tidy for the holidays to welcome guests and family into a hospitable home. This pet safety article will help keep pet owners informed on what common household chemicals are dangerous to animals and pet-friendly substitutes to use when cleaning.

Common Household Cleaner Chemicals that are Dangerous

Household cleaners often contain unsafe cleaning chemicals that are not designed with pets in mind. Even after drying, these chemicals can enter a dog’s body through residual concentration.


Dogs and cats are close to the ground and often lounge on the carpets and floors that are treated with dangerous chemicals.


Pets accidentally ingest chemicals after licking paws or fur that comes into contact with recently cleaned surfaces, and can also inhale cleaners that have soaked into carpets. Remember, dogs and cats are on all fours.This makes your pet extra prone to inhaling toxic chemicals without you even realizing it. Antifreeze actually tastes good to dogs and is devastatingly harmful.

Animal toxicity happens often and is easily avoided.


The best pet safety practices are to either buy household cleaners that are pet-safe, or to use all natural and non-harmful cleaning solutions.


Toxic Chemicals

  • Bleach
  • Potassium Acetate, Calcium Magnesium Acetate, Carbonyl Diamide  (De-icers)
  • Alkali (Drain Openers/Dish Detergent/Toilet Bowl Cleanser)
  • Forms of Acid (Cleaners/ Batteries/ Sanitizers)
  • Perchloroethylene (Dry-Cleaning Solution)
  • Phthalates (Air Fresheners/Wall Plug-Ins/Pesticides/Perfume)
  • Chlorine (Pool Chemicals)
  • Alcohols (Glass Cleaner/Antifreeze/Aerosols)
  • Phenols (Air Fresheners)
  • Formaldehyde (Glass Cleaner)


Read ingredient lists carefully. In might be necessary to solely purchase cleaning products that are pet-friendly. This will not only help with pet safety but also with small children.


When you are cleaning, it is always a good idea to block your pets access to the area you’re cleaning. Once surfaces are dry, then it is okay to let your pet back into the cleaned area.

All Natural Cleaners Substitutes

Trust your instincts.


There are many active toxic chemicals in cleaning products, but you don’t need to throw out the entire kitchen and bathroom cabinet. Pet parents should be careful to check cleaning formula ingredients to ensure there are no overtly harmful chemicals present. Look for labels that boast “eco-friendliness,”non-toxic,” or “pet safe.”


Chemicals used in this kind of products are generally less astringent than other dangerous chemicals. But there are all natural and antimicrobial household cleaners that you probably already have in your cabinets.


Baking Soda


Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate and makes a water soluble odor absorbent cleaner.

  • Odor Absorbent: Sprinkle generously on the carpet, let sit overnight, then vacuum. The length of time you let the baking soda sit depends on the strength of the odor.
  • Mild Abrasive: Mix baking soda with equal parts hot water and table salt that makes a great pet-friendly abrasive scrub.
  • Foaming Cleanser: Dilute baking soda with hot water and add a tablespoon of lemon juice for scent. It is great for the bathroom and kitchen.
  • Laundry Deodorizer: Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda in with each load in addition, or in place of fabric softener.


White Vinegar


Vinegar has many uses because if it’s acidity, and makes a pet-safe antimicrobial that helps eliminate foodborne pathogens. The acidic liquid can also break down mineral deposits making it useful as a glass cleaner. White vinegar is the best option for cleaning.

  • All-Purpose Cleaner: Dilute 1/2 cup of white vinegar with 1 gallon of water, and add lemon juice for scent. You can place into a spray bottle or simply dab cleaner with a washcloth or paper towel.
  • Window Cleaner: Mix one cup of white vinegar with one cup of warm water. Spray liberally and wipe.
  • Carpet Stain Remover: Combine 1/2 cup of white vinegar with two tablespoons of salt until salt dissolves. Soak the stained area with the solution and scrub thoroughly.  


  • Laundry Stain Remover: The same ratio can be used with clothing. Use 1/2 cup of white vinegar with two tablespoons of dissolved salt which can be used on clothes. The acidity levels of white vinegar are not harmful with even on delicate clothing.


Mineral Oil


An effective furniture polish that is pet-safe is food grade mineral oil. Since it is labeled as food-grade, it is safe for ingestion by pets and humans.


Mix lemon juice with mineral oil and polish furniture until preferred luster is restored and wipe until the furniture is no longer greasy to the touch.




Borax, which is commonly referred to as sodium borate is a great additive for natural carpet stain cleaners.


Take 1/2 cup of white vinegar, two tablespoons of salt, and two tablespoons of borax and scrub stain vigorously. The same solution can be used with laundry.

Symptoms of Dog Poisoning

Dogs are curious and intelligent creatures that can and will get into things they are not supposed to. As a responsible pet parent concerned with your pet’s safety it is imperative to take as many precautions as possible to assure your dog or cats protection.


So much investment and effort goes into pet safety and switching to pet-friendly cleaning products is just one more way to keep your pet’s well-being optimal for a happy and long-living animal.


We at Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique strongly encourage this.


However, accidents do happen.


It is important to know the signs of a possible pet poisoning just in case your animal accidentally ingests a  harmful chemical.


Pet Safety Symptoms:

  • Irregular Heart Beats
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Seizures
  • Blood in Stool
  • Kidney Failure Resulting in Infrequent or Ceased Urination
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bruising
  • Nosebleeds


The pet poison helpline is open 24/7 365 and the number is 855-213-6680.


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Pet Parody of Elf the Movie

Elf the Movie Parodied with Pugs for Human and Dog Wellness


There are a handful of Christmas movies that have stood up to the test of the time and are forever immortalized in the spirit of the Holiday season. A few come to mind. “Miracle on 34th Street,” “A Christmas Story,” or “The Polar Express.” They spread holiday cheer complete with good will toward man and dog wellness alike. One of the more recent of these popularized movies in the instant classic, “Elf” starring Will Ferrell in one of his more wholesome roles.


Today’s dog wellness viral video is “Elf Movie (Pug Puppy Version),” uploaded by The Pet Collective in the self-proclaimed “fun pug filled spin” on this classic Christmas tale. The Pet Collective is one of Splash and Dash’s favorite Youtube channels for all the amazingly hilarious compilations, parodies, and most epic videos featuring dog wellness, dog legend, and dog ridiculousness. The Pet Collective makes petodies which take famous movies and have dogs act out the whole plot—pretty genius.


Elf features a Pug puppy and Pug father sniffing their way to the big screen adorned in Elf costumes and all. The voice over for the films are also done by children and their malaprops along the way add to the hilarity. This video is sure to put a smile on your face, and it’s great to grab your dogs at home, put them on your lap so they can watch and get down on the dog wellness too.


We at Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique hope you enjoyed the video as much as we did, and we wish you a merry Christmas!


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Santa Loving Dog Gets to Meet St. Nick

Pet News: Shiba Inu Puppy Meets Her Idol

Pet lovers everywhere do it. You start seeing the signs posted in the mall before Thanksgiving is even over. Pet News: Pose with Santa! You get the family, and of course the dog altogether, ugly Christmas sweaters and all, and wait to get your chance to tell Uncle Nick what you want for Christmas. It is the cornerstone of the many precursors all leading to December 25th, just as traditional as egg nog and lazing around watching football and re-runs of “The Christmas Story.”


However this pet news Inside Edition brings a special story to the countless magical stories of the season. A 1-year-old Shiba Inu named Kya absolutely loves Santa Claus. It all started when her owners—siblings John Montaldo (16), and Angelina (19)—bought her a Santa chew toy for Christmas. Kya absolutely loved the doll and pretty soon the two were inseparable. This is not for the first time for pet news—a dog finding the real live version of their chew toy, and, well, freaking out. In a good way!


We at Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique love reporting on happy pet news, and from the look on this little girl’s face, you can tell it is good news. The video was uploaded by Inside Edition, and is titled “Dog Obsessed With Santa Claus Can’t Stop Smiling When Meeting Her Idol at Mall.”


Please enjoy, and Merry Christmas!


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Mariah Carey Pet Parody: All I want for Christmas is…Dog Food

Dog Food Parody Video Explains What Pets Really want for Christmas


It’s that time of year again. You can see your breath in the air. Everyone’s yards are glowing with lights. The malls are busy and all the kids are on their best behavior, well maybe. It’s the holidays! As the hams and turkeys roast, the pies bake, the dry kibble dog food looks less and less enticing for your dog.


This is a circumstance every poor dog goes through every holiday season. Some pet parents garnish their pet’s dog food with broths and leftovers. Others just let them suffer and eat their dry dog food while humans gorge on turkey wings and macaroni. It’s all a matter how much those doggie pouting eyes can affect you.


We at Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique are advocates of the rotational diet which vary your dog’s diet between dry dog food, fresh table prepared, canned, and raw. But not all dogs are this spoiled. The ones who aren’t, now have an anthem for the holidays. This anthem is captured in this pet parody video of Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas.” It was uploaded by YouTube channel the Pet Collective.


The video is basically the inner monologue of every dog. With lyrics like, “Sausage, turkey, cake, or pie/Do I want a breast or thigh?” or, ” I don’t want a lot for Christmas. You can keep all of my gifts/I just want my bowl to be full. I can handle it.” You can see why we think this silly video is extremely truthful. Dogs don’t want dog food on Christmas, they want what you’re eating!


Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique hopes you enjoyed the video!


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