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Why I Would Always Adopt a Shelter Animal

Lisa LaFontaine | Posted 07.22.2014 | DC
Lisa LaFontaine

Adopting or acquiring an animal -- any animal -- is a lot of work, and it is a gamble. These two things are true every time. Before bringing a pet into your life, you have to be certain that you have the wherewithal, commitment, and maturity to rise and meet that challenge, now or later -- whatever it may be.

Teaching Our Son About Death, One Fish At A Time

Beth Kae Kanter | Posted 07.21.2014 | Parents
Beth Kae Kanter

I can still picture the bright Sunday afternoon my friend Melissa, also known as "Aunt Melissa," surprised us with the red betta fish.

Some Practical, Kinda Gross Ways To Repurpose Your Pet's Hair

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 07.21.2014 | HuffPost Home

As any pet owner will tell you, cuddling with a furry dog or cat is a dream. There are, however, some drawbacks. With furriness comes fur. With fur...

Can Dogs Really Have Best Friends?

VetStreet | MIKKEL BECKER | Posted 07.20.2014 | Green

This story originally appeared on VetStreet. The worst breakup of my life was devastating for me not because of the feelings of personal loss over ...

Cats Relaxing to "Take It Easy" by The Eagles Is the Only Therapy You'll Need Today

Leslie Goshko | Posted 07.16.2014 | Comedy
Leslie Goshko

Had a bad morning? Got into a fight? Anxious about the state of the world? Not to worry! Thanks to the some carefree cats and The Eagles, you can now enjoy the effects of what feels like an all-day spa treatment. All without ever having to leave your desk and in under two minutes.

Farewell to Murphy

Bill Marriott | Posted 07.16.2014 | Business
Bill Marriott

Our beloved golden retriever, Murphy, recently passed away. He had been a wonderful member of our family for 13 years.

Saying Yes to Animals, As Long As They're Not Ours

Samantha Shanley | Posted 07.15.2014 | Parents
Samantha Shanley

Instead of bringing home goldfish from the town fair or letting hamsters go rogue between our bedroom walls, my family takes care of the chickens at our local farm.

30 Things Only Dog Owners Understand

Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald | Posted 07.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald

I feel like I'm constantly reminded of how dogs bring alive the Third Metric values of well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving. They bring us joy. They keep us in the present moment. They make us laugh. They touch our hearts in the most unique way.

Journey Does Vegas: Vdara Is a Priceless 6-Paw Pet-friendly Hotel

LuxEco Living | Posted 07.15.2014 | Travel
LuxEco Living

By Nancy and James Chuda founders of LuxEcoLiving and co-founders of Healthy Child Healthy World Las Vegas Nevada, City Center, Vdara/ Travels with J...

Dogs and Us -- Is It Getting Just a Little Bit Strange?

Trish Mitchell | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact
Trish Mitchell

I think we've started to make a fetish out of Fido. Throwing him birthday parties, dressing him up for the holidays, organizing doggy weddings. Do you have any idea how many dogs have their own Twitter accounts? Lots.

This Cat-And-Dog Friendship Will Make You Want To Hug Your Human Friends

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 07.10.2014 | Good News

"Fighting like cats and dogs" takes on a totally new meaning in this household.

7 Ways Pets Could Stall Your Home Sale

Michael Corbett | Posted 07.10.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

I've bought and sold many homes over the last few decades, and whenever I put a house of my own up for sale, I prearrange for my pets to have a little holiday with friends and family.

Are Airline Pet Fees Justified? Passengers Say No, But There Are Costs Involved

George Hobica | Posted 07.08.2014 | Travel
George Hobica

You'd be surprised what can happen when you mix animals and airplanes.

10 Things Dogs Can Teach Us About What Matters Most

Debbie Gisonni | Posted 07.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Debbie Gisonni

Whether they're eating a bowl of kibble or chasing a ball, dogs live for the present moment. The past is gone; you can't do anything about it. The future is unknown. The only thing you can really enjoy and affect is the present moment.

How To Really Change Your Children's Lives This Summer

Glennon Melton | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Glennon Melton

It's important to cultivate and encourage open minds and healthy bodies. And it is at least as important to cultivate and encourage tender hearts in our little ones and in ourselves.

POLL: What Is Your Ideal Pet?

Posted 07.07.2014 | MarloThomas

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25 Animal Pals Who Know What Friendship Is All About

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 07.07.2014 | Green

It's such a special feeling to have a friend whom you know will always have your back. These animals understand first hand: Big Dog was nervous fo...

Don't Succeed, Thrive

Hannah M. Murphy | Posted 07.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Hannah M. Murphy

The key to redefining success is exactly this: finding responsibilities that you enjoy. No, not responsibilities at work or school that you enjoy, but responsibilities in your personal life. I, as most college students do, understand how difficult it is to balance your personal life and work life.

10 Things People With Alzheimer's Have Taught Me

Marie Marley | Posted 06.30.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Alzheimer's caregiving and pride don't mix! To avoid embarrassing the person or, even worse, to avoid a major argument, try agreeing with whatever they say, even if it's wrong. It takes some time to master this approach, but it is usually successful.

The Dream

Aurelia Condrat | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Aurelia Condrat

Love is where you search for it. It has to be nurtured, cared for, as you would with a plant or a pet and extra care never hurts, no matter how many crazy things your heart might say.

The Proper Etiquette For Eating Corn On The Cob, As Shown By A Dog

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 06.28.2014 | Good News

Everybody knows corn on the cob is not an appropriate first date food. The kernels get stuck in your teeth, corn juice goes a flyin' and when you'...

Great Summer Vacations For You And Your Dog

The Active Times | Posted 06.30.2014 | Travel
The Active Times

Unless you're one of the few who has found a quality boarding center or an all-star pet sitter, you worry about how they're doing each day you're gone. It doesn't feel right to leave a family member home from a trip. This summer bring your pup along on an adventure tailor-made just for him.

Ignorance Kills One Million Pit Bulls per Year

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 06.27.2014 | Green
Douglas Anthony Cooper

I was a bigot. Hence, I can sympathize with all those who still are. I was terrified of pit bulls. I knew very little about them, but what I'd heard in the media sure sounded terrifying. But it turns out it's utter garbage. All of it. Even the term "pit bull" is junk zoology.

Everything You Need To Know About How Your Dog 'Talks'

Jacqueline Howard | Posted 06.24.2014 | Green
Jacqueline Howard

What do dogs think when humans bark? That question was thrust into the spotlight when a hilarious video of an experiment conducted by comedian Rudi Rok and magician Jose Ahonen went viral on YouTube last week.

Looking Forward, Giving Back: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...