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    Sensible Snacking Solutions for Kids

    (Family Features) A day in the classroom, playing out on the field after school, and completing homework at night requires the right foods to fuel such activities. But unhealthy choices lurk around every corner, making the task of getting kids to eat a balanced and healthful diet a daunting one.

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    Tournament Spotlights Popularity of Sport Abroad

    (Family Features) Hollywood's A-list will be joining the world's top golfers for a week of golf, glamour and gala events at the third Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am Oct. 24-26, 2014. The event represents a match of sports and entertainment legends, congregating at Mission Hills China, the world's largest golf resort. Held on the tropical island of Hainan, which has been called China's Hawaii, the players will enjoy world-class amenities, including the world's largest spa and mineral springs.

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    Understanding Headache Pain, Treatments

    (Family Features) Whether it's a mild stress headache or a full-blown migraine, those who regularly battle headaches are continually looking for safe and effective remedies to alleviate the pain as quickly as possible.

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Wednesday 07/23/2014
Turn your fantasy fairytale wedding into reality
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Every girl dreams of her fantasy wedding. It usually includes a Prince Charming standing next to her at the altar, saying “I do,” while surrounding by friends and family in a fairytale atmosphere.

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Inject fun personality into a wedding ceremony and reception
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - When planning a wedding, you’ll receive plenty of advice via to-do lists in bridal magazines, from friends and coworkers who’ve already been through the wedding process and even from professionals in the industry who have helped many couples achieve their “I dos.”

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Thursday 02/13/2014
Tips to Build the Perfect Wedding Registry
Updated: February 13, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) A great registry is the first step to planning your happily ever after. As you make your way to the “I Do’s,” it’s also a time to plan for your new lives together. From hosting your first holiday dinner to lazy Sundays on the couch, making your house a home starts with building a great registry.

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Monday 08/06/2012
Budget-Conscious Brides Trim Bill With Destination Weddings
Posted: August 06, 2012

(NewsUSA) - Tying the knot isn't what it used to be. The wedding industry is as profitable as primetime football, celebrities compete for the shortest, most gimmicky marriages (72 days or less?) and the exotic appeal of a romantic getaway has led to the widespread popularity of destination weddings.

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Wednesday 08/01/2012
Top 5 affordable-yet-elegant ideas for the budget-savvy bride
Posted: August 01, 2012

It's no secret that weddings can be expensive, and the bride on a budget might feel overwhelmed quickly. The good news is, today there are more options than ever for creating a one-of-a-kind wedding that is both affordable and elegant. Here are five fantastically frugal ideas that pair style and class with a price that any bargainista can brag about.

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Tuesday 07/24/2012
Planning a wedding? Financial tips to ease your budget and mind
Posted: July 24, 2012

While a wedding is a joyous occasion that both brides- and grooms-to-be eagerly anticipate, the financial aspects of planning and hosting a large, complex event can be completely overwhelming. Getting to the big day without breaking the bank might seem like an impossible task, but with a few smart steps before, during and after the ceremony, you'll ensure your bank account will remain as strong as your love for each other.

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Sunday 05/13/2012
The dos and don'ts of wedding correspondence
Posted: May 13, 2012

One of the biggest wedding trends of recent years has been taking a more casual, less buttoned-up approach to the big day. From looser dress codes to skipping seated dinners in favor of passed hors d'oeuvres, brides and grooms have shifted the focus away from tradition to customization. The ultimate goal is a wedding that is perfectly "you," expressing your identity as a couple. But even if you plan to buck the old ways, there are some guidelines you'll want to follow when it comes to your wedding stationery.

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Monday 05/07/2012
The real reason the bride is glowing
Posted: May 07, 2012

With June just around the corner, brides all over are in the final stages of preparation for the big day. Whether she is walking down the aisle next month or next year, looking and feeling great on her big day is at the top of every bride's to-do list.

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Wednesday 09/17/2014
Grandparents, Keep Your Meds Up and Away From Young Children
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Grandparents love spending time with their grandchildren. Grandbabies bring so much joy. However, it's not unusual for the curious, tiny fingers of youngsters to end up in places they shouldn't. Putting precious or breakable objects out of reach is important, and so is keeping medicines and vitamins up and away and out of sight of young children.

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Monday 09/15/2014
Ways to Keep Your Community Safer
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re single and live on your own, or you’re raising a family, feeling secure in your community is likely an important priority to you. As an average citizen, there are several steps you can take to make your community safer.

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Friday 09/05/2014
New Ways to Volunteer in Your Community and Beyond
Updated: September 05, 2014 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) If you want to help a local non-profit organization, but are strapped for time, making a difference is easier than ever.  In fact, there are a variety of new ways you can make an impact in your community even from your computer or mobile device, as a “virtual volunteer.”

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Thursday 09/04/2014
Warrior-Athletes Competition Inspires International Imitation
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—For the fifth consecutive year, warrior-athletes from across the country compete in Paralympic-style competitions—demonstrating their resilience, camaraderie and courage.

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Tuesday 08/26/2014
Water and oil do mix [Infographic]
Posted: August 26, 2014

(BPT) - Did you know it takes between 10 and 60 gallons of water to make one barrel of oil? And that the oil, petrochemicals and other materials in a barrel can produce a cornucopia of products ranging from gasoline to motor oil to polyester shirts? Water isn’t just what you drink when you’re thirsty, it’s used to produce the energy and oil we use to produce goods.

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Friday 08/22/2014
Fall Foes: Watch out for These Stinging Insects
Updated: August 23, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Many stinging insects become more aggressive in late summer and fall. Their hives are near maximum capacity, and they are scavenging for food to sustain the colony into the colder months. Being able to recognize different types of stinging pests can help determine whether there is an actual threat.

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Thursday 08/21/2014
Organization Serving Today's Girls Needs Volunteers
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—If you think the Girl Scouts of today are just about camping and cookies, you’re in for a big surprise; fun, new experiences are the main focus.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
Arts And Crafts Can Help Children Learn Important Skills
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Whether it is with finger paint, chalk, crayons or construction paper, children love crafting and creating their own special works of art. Not only are crafts an enjoyable activity for children, simple crafting can also help children learn important skills that affect their overall development and is a way through which parents can observe their children’s developmental progress to make sure they are school ready. It’s important for parents to be in tune with their child’s development during their early years because the first five years of life lay the foundation for a child’s long-term success.

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Thursday 08/07/2014
Brawny Brand Extends Partnership With Wounded Warrior Project To Help Support Our Nation's Heroes
Updated: August 08, 2014 - 3:37 am

(NAPSI)—After soldiers return home from demanding tours of duty, they’re eager to resume the simple pleasures of life, like spending time with family, enjoying abandoned hobbies or reconnecting with friends. But the warriors—as well as their caregivers—often learn that resuming “normal” life can be a challenge.

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Thursday 07/24/2014
A Moving Way To Honor A Fallen Hero
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Traveling 12,000 miles in 31 days, four Navy SEAL bikers honored one of their own—and you can go along for the ride.

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Monday 09/22/2014
Sensible Snacking Solutions for Kids
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) A day in the classroom, playing out on the field after school, and completing homework at night requires the right foods to fuel such activities. But unhealthy choices lurk around every corner, making the task of getting kids to eat a balanced and healthful diet a daunting one.

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Tournament Spotlights Popularity of Sport Abroad
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Hollywood's A-list will be joining the world's top golfers for a week of golf, glamour and gala events at the third Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am Oct. 24-26, 2014. The event represents a match of sports and entertainment legends, congregating at Mission Hills China, the world's largest golf resort. Held on the tropical island of Hainan, which has been called China's Hawaii, the players will enjoy world-class amenities, including the world's largest spa and mineral springs.

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Understanding Headache Pain, Treatments
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Whether it's a mild stress headache or a full-blown migraine, those who regularly battle headaches are continually looking for safe and effective remedies to alleviate the pain as quickly as possible.

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Doing Well By Doing Good
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Beyond their bottom lines, a growing number of companies and brands are harnessing their products, services and resources to help make the world a better place. 

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Tips for Raising Money-Wise Kids
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Kids are never too young to learn the skills of saving, budgeting, and other basics for becoming a money-wise individual.

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Tailgate Tips That Add Flavor, Nutrition
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Soon, parking lots of colleges, high schools and professional stadiums across the nation will be filled with fans gearing up for another sporting season - and the tailgating celebrations that go hand-in-hand.

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Date Night 101
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Date night doesn't have to require reservations at an overpriced restaurant or an over-the-top production. You can easily turn your own home into the perfect romantic setting for a special night you both deserve.

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From Vine to Bottle
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Wine is the perfect complement to any occasion, whether celebrating with friends or enjoying your favorite meal. With the grape harvest kicking off, now is the perfect time to learn more about the winemaking process to deepen your enjoyment of this beverage. Here are three ways to get the most out of this exciting season.

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Simple Tips to Replenish Your Body
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) The environment's natural elements can take a toll on the body. However, taking time to refill what has been depleted from your body, such as moisturizing skin and hair, can make you feel healthier and more beautiful. A similar approach can also help make your teeth stronger and make your smile healthier.

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Wednesday 09/17/2014
How to handle student-teacher conflicts for the benefit of your child's education
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Conflict and disagreements are a part of life. As an adult you understand this and you employ skills that help you mitigate conflicts and avoid future disagreements. Your children, however, may not have developed these skills yet. That means they will rely on you for help in dealing with these situations. Your help is especially important when the disagreement involves your child’s teacher. Approaching this situation in the proper way is important. It provides a good example for your children and sets them up for a successful learning experience the rest of the school year.

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Friday 09/19/2014
Tips for the 2015 Medicare Annual Enrollment Period
Updated: September 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) If you’re 65 or older, you probably know that the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period runs October 15 through December 7. Generally, this is the only time you can make changes to your coverage.

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6 tips for finding more affordable, better coverage during Medicare Annual Enrollment
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Are you among the 54 million Americans currently receiving health insurance through Medicare? The Medicare annual enrollment period (AEP), running from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, means you have the opportunity to change plans, and possibly find cost savings or better coverage.

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Thursday 09/18/2014
Most people underestimate their family's need for life insurance
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - If you have children and grandchildren, you have no doubt made it your goal to provide guidance, pass on your personal knowledge and build a foundation that ensures their comfort and security. You probably started by teaching your children early on how they could save money, shop wisely and make sound financial decisions. You won’t always be around to offer new lessons, but there is a way you can ensure that your family will be protected.

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Wrinkle-busting skin care tips for boomer women
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Time brings plenty of changes, yet the desire to have healthy, good-looking skin transcends age. While some skin-care tactics – sunscreen and moisturizing – apply to skin of any age, baby boomers need to update their skin care and makeup strategies to ensure their skin stays healthy and youthful-looking as long as possible.

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Wednesday 09/03/2014
Healthy tips and advice for lowering your risk of heart disease
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Every year in the United States, about 600,000 people die of heart disease – that’s one in every four deaths. Coronary heart disease (CHD), which can lead to heart attack, remains the most common type of heart disease amongst Americans – killing nearly 380,000 annually. What’s more – heart disease does not discriminate by race or gender and people of all ages and backgrounds may be at risk.

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Taking control for healthier aging
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - As adults age, they often face different health challenges than those experienced during their youth; however, there are several key steps that can be taken to improve their chances of maintaining good health.

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Tuesday 09/02/2014
Prostate cancer and bladder leakage: Tips to live a fulfilling lifestyle
Updated: September 09, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This philosophy is fine when applied to home improvement, but it isn’t a good approach for men’s health and wellness. Fortunately, in recent years, male health issues like prostate cancer have received greater attention thanks to more men vocalizing how to live life to the fullest through diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

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Wednesday 08/20/2014
Don't make these common mistakes when something hurts
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Managing pain can be tough, whether you’re one of the 100 million Americans with chronic pain, or only suffer from the occasional backache or headache. September is National Pain Awareness Month, the perfect time to make sure you’re managing your pain the best way possible.

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Not your mother's menopause: new ways to manage symptoms
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Although menopause is a milestone event for an estimated 50 million-plus women each year, there is an increased focus on the topic during September, which is National Menopause Awareness Month. And while this topic previously was a taboo subject for many years - something women have been shy to discuss, even with their health care provider - today’s women are entering into a new generation and seeing a shift. Nowadays women are beginning to talk more about their menopausal concerns and their body changes, and they are becoming more educated on their treatment options.

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Award winning actress, S. Epatha Merkerson, urges people with type 2 diabetes to accept America's Diabetes Challenge
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - S. Epatha Merkerson is well-known for her award-winning roles on the stage and screen. But what you may not know is that she is one of the 29 million Americans living with diabetes.

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Monday 09/22/2014
Sensible Snacking Solutions for Kids
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) A day in the classroom, playing out on the field after school, and completing homework at night requires the right foods to fuel such activities. But unhealthy choices lurk around every corner, making the task of getting kids to eat a balanced and healthful diet a daunting one.

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Tournament Spotlights Popularity of Sport Abroad
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Hollywood's A-list will be joining the world's top golfers for a week of golf, glamour and gala events at the third Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am Oct. 24-26, 2014. The event represents a match of sports and entertainment legends, congregating at Mission Hills China, the world's largest golf resort. Held on the tropical island of Hainan, which has been called China's Hawaii, the players will enjoy world-class amenities, including the world's largest spa and mineral springs.

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Understanding Headache Pain, Treatments
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Whether it's a mild stress headache or a full-blown migraine, those who regularly battle headaches are continually looking for safe and effective remedies to alleviate the pain as quickly as possible.

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Doing Well By Doing Good
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Beyond their bottom lines, a growing number of companies and brands are harnessing their products, services and resources to help make the world a better place. 

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Tips for Raising Money-Wise Kids
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Kids are never too young to learn the skills of saving, budgeting, and other basics for becoming a money-wise individual.

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Tailgate Tips That Add Flavor, Nutrition
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Soon, parking lots of colleges, high schools and professional stadiums across the nation will be filled with fans gearing up for another sporting season - and the tailgating celebrations that go hand-in-hand.

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Date Night 101
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Date night doesn't have to require reservations at an overpriced restaurant or an over-the-top production. You can easily turn your own home into the perfect romantic setting for a special night you both deserve.

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From Vine to Bottle
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Wine is the perfect complement to any occasion, whether celebrating with friends or enjoying your favorite meal. With the grape harvest kicking off, now is the perfect time to learn more about the winemaking process to deepen your enjoyment of this beverage. Here are three ways to get the most out of this exciting season.

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Simple Tips to Replenish Your Body
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) The environment's natural elements can take a toll on the body. However, taking time to refill what has been depleted from your body, such as moisturizing skin and hair, can make you feel healthier and more beautiful. A similar approach can also help make your teeth stronger and make your smile healthier.

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The Truth about Epilepsy
Posted: September 22, 2014

(BPT) - Corey Patrick, 36, has experienced partial-onset seizures since the age of four – at times as frequently as five per day. He is one of nearly 2.2 million Americans affected by epilepsy,1 a neurological disorder characterized by disturbances in the brain’s nerve cells, resulting in seizures.2 Partial-onset seizures – the most common type of seizures and the kind Corey experiences – may be associated with a wide range of other symptoms, depending on what part of the brain is affected.3 For Corey, these seizures tend to occur at night and often resemble sleepwalking.

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February is Pet Dental Health Month: Are Your Dog’s Teeth Healthy?

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Namath's daughter reunited with dog lost years ago

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A small dog that wandered away from its owner in South Florida five years ago is finally back home.

Deadly pet treats: Information you need to know

SARASOTA, Fla. - The FDA continues its effort to find out more about a deadly batch of dog treats. Hundreds of dogs have died, but there are steps that can be taken to keep your pet safe.

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
Pet-proofing your home in preparation for adopting a shelter animal
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - The addition of a new pet to the family is always a cause for celebration. Stress can occur, too, no matter how welcome the new addition. When you’re thinking about adopting a pet from an animal shelter, some preparation can help ensure he or she is as safe and happy as possible.

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Friday 08/22/2014
The right flea and tick treatment can protect your pet from little bugs ... and big problems
Posted: August 22, 2014

(BPT) - If you’re a pet owner, you know parasites - particularly fleas and ticks - can be a frustrating problem. That’s why you keep your pet out of tall grass and brush, and do routine flea and tick checks inside. You’re probably also using a flea and tick product to ensure your pet and family are safe from the parasite-borne diseases these pests can carry into your home.

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Thursday 08/21/2014
Boost your pet's health with these preventive measures
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Taking active, preventive measures to support your health is one of the most important things you can do to ward off serious illness. You eat right, exercise, brush your teeth and make sure to get plenty of sleep, all to keep your body running at its very best.

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Monday 08/18/2014
Passion pays off: No-kill movement saves millions of animals per year
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Americans like to think of themselves as a pet-loving society; today, nearly 70 million dogs and 74 million cats live in U.S. households, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Yet as recently as 30 years ago, animal shelters across the country routinely killed an estimated 17 million companion animals a year as a means of population control.

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Friday 07/25/2014
Look what the cat dragged in: Pests your pets bring home
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Keeping pests out of your home is important, but it can be an uphill battle if you aren’t intercepting them at the source, and in some cases, the source may be your pets.

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Monday 07/21/2014
Thinking of buying a puppy? You may want to think again
Updated: September 13, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Your family is ready for a pet, so you head out to the local pet store. Within moments of walking into the shop, an energetic, sweet-eyed puppy steals your heart. You plunk down your money – possibly hundreds of dollars – and take him home, unaware that your new darling began his life in circumstances that most Americans would find horrifying, circumstances that will possibly cause him long-term health and psychological problems. He’s the product of a puppy mill.

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Friday 07/18/2014
Make the big move less stressful for the 4-legged members of the family
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - When moving houses, you make a checklist of the utility companies you need to contact for stopping and starting services. You also schedule all the volunteer or professional movers to pack, transport and unpack your belongings, and you let all your friends and family members know your new address. Additionally, you need to remember to make plans for your special family members, too – your pets.

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Tuesday 07/08/2014
If Bacon Doesn't Work....
Updated: September 02, 2014 - 3:51 pm

My rescue pup, Lela loves food. This dog even goes out of her way to chow down on napkins/paper towels/plates/trash bags that have come into contact with some yummy, intended for human-consumption-only delights. 

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Monday 07/07/2014
You are NOT the boss of me: A lesson in defiance
Updated: September 02, 2014 - 3:51 pm

She just doesn't understand. My (un)sweet chocolate lab, Ella refuses to obey. I picked her, feed her and take her on walks...but who are we kidding, she runs the house. 

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Thursday 07/03/2014
Decoding pet food claims to find the ideal nutrition for your furry family member
Updated: July 10, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - In the United States, 62 million households have at least one pet, including 83 million dogs and 95 million cats. That’s a lot of people who love their pets, and one of the key aspects of caring for a furry family member is providing the right nutrition. Unfortunately, with so many pet foods available, labels and claims can quickly get confusing.

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