Summer is a great time to get outside and play with your pets! But while you’re enjoying the warm weather, it’s important to remember to find ways to stay cool—for yourself and your pets. While summertime heat can be rough for us humans, it is even worse for our four-legged friends! Here are some tips to keep your furry four-legged friend safe in the summer heat.
You might be thinking… but, my dog has so much fur! He can’t be cold! Well, the truth is, your dog’s fur doesn’t protect against cold anymore than our pants and long sleeved shirts. Believe it or not, even if you dog has a thick, heavy coat, he still might get cold (especially if he’s living here in New England!). Dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia, just as much as we are! Here are a few simple steps you can take to make sure your dog stays warm this winter.
It feels like just yesterday we were celebrating Thanksgiving 2015, but somehow, once again, this holiday snuck up on us! As we get ready to indulge in turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie, we also take time to pause and reflect on what we’re grateful for over the past year.
And while you might have heard that expressing gratitude can improve your happiness, you’re probably still finding it difficult to really adhere to a regular “gratitude practice.” Now you’re probably thinking: What is a gratitude practice, anyway? While there are many ways to express gratitude on a daily basis, science shows that the results are in the details.
If your family has a dog, it is likely you’ve heard something about Lyme disease, a common infectious disease that is transmitted through the black-legged tick. This disease not only affects dogs and dog-owners, but is something everyone, especially those living in the northeast, should know about. With the right precautions, Lyme disease is very easy to prevent. As you are heading out to explore your neighboring parks, or are planning a trip to go hiking, just remember to follow these few pointers!
We know now that dogs are more than just man’s best friend, they can also greatly improve your mental and physical health. But as it turns out, having a dog might provide even more health benefits than meet the eye. Many families with young children might shy away from inviting a dog (or any other pet) into the family in an effort to keep everyone at home from getting sick. After all, dogs do attract dirt and bacteria! In fact, according to recent research, just the opposite is true.
Ever wonder why it’s so easy to commit to an unhealthy habit like watching television everyday, and so difficult to commit to a healthy one, like exercising everyday? Gretchen Rubin, author of Better Than Before theorizes it’s because not all habits are created equal, and not all individuals adopt new habits in the same way. Rubin proposes that people lean heavily towards one of four tendencies: upholder, obliger, questioner, and rebel. Each tendency is defined by how a person responds to both internal and external expectations. Unsurprisingly, the most common tendency is obliger (we recommend reading her book, or listening to her podcast to learn more about each tendency).
If you have a furry friend in the house, it’s likely they are part of your family. They show up in the holiday cards, are prominent fixtures on your social media pages, and may even be the first ones to greet you at the door when you come home. Aside from being cute and cuddly, your family dog may also be improving your family’s health. Here are four unexpected health benefits of having a dog:
If you’re anything like us, you treat your dog as an equal member of the family. If it was acceptable to sit him or her at the dinner table, you would! A family dog provides endless entertainment and joy, so why not treat them with the same love that you treat the rest of your family? You can start by making sure they are getting enough exercise and treating them to as close to a whole food diet as possible.