She began posting daily progress reports on the foundation's Facebook page and a video on YouTube titled "Amazing Mick-Must see to believe!" that has now been viewed nearly 200,000 times. The video charts the little guy's progress through therapy and shows him in a specialRead More »from Mick, Boston Terrier with 'Swimmer Puppy Syndrome' Learns to Walk
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- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Pets – Wed, Jul 31, 2013 1:30 PM EDTswimmer syndrome, a condition that causes dogs' legs to be splayed so they can't walk, arrived at Sue Rogers's home in Upstate New York earlier this month, she says she wanted to cry. Although she started the Mia Foundation to rehabilitate dogs and cats born with birth defects -- animals who would otherwise be euthanized -- Mick seemed like an especially tough challenge. "I couldn't fathom how I was going to help him." The 6-week-old Boston Terrier could only lie flat on his chest and watch the other puppies, unable to stand up even to relieve himself. Now, a mere two weeks later, Mick is romping in the grass, and Rogers describes him as "the leader of the pack."When Mick, a puppy born with
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Secrets to Your Success – Tue, Jul 30, 2013 1:45 PM EDT
Megan Welter is not your typical pro-football cheerleader. There is no denying the sport is tough—cheerleading accounts for 60-70 percent of catastrophic injuries among female high school athletes—but this 28-year-old member of the Arizona Cardinals squad has a background not generally associated with pompoms and hot pants. She's a United States Army veteran who served as a platoon leader in Iraq.
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Welter started doing baby ballet classes when she was 3 years old and danced competitively from the age of 9. After high school, she participated on her college dance team. When she graduated in 2007, she shelved her dreams of a career in dance. "The war was going on at the time when I graduated college," she told ABC15. "I wanted to take a job that was going to be meaningful, so I decided to join the Army."
Welter completed basic training and then enrolled in Officer Training School. "I was commissioned a second lieutenantRead More »from Megan Welter, Cardinals Cheerleader and Iraq Veteran
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Secrets to Your Success – Mon, Jul 29, 2013 3:07 PM EDT
These days, it seems that everyone is worried about getting fired. Although the official unemployment rate has been dropping since its 2009-2010 high, the number of people who have been job hunting unsuccessfully for several years has actually increased. This paints a scary picture for those newly out on the market.
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The good news is that, according to experts, there are some very clear signs you might be next in line for the chopping block-in the way your boss is treating you both as an employee and as a person. Ignore these at your peril. Being alert and proactive is the key to dodging the proverbial pink slip. If you remain oblivious for too long, at a certain point, "you can do anything, you can do jazz hands," behavioral analyst and body language expert Lillian Glass, told Yahoo! Shine, "and it's still over.
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You are out of the loop. "When you are being kept out of decisions and newsRead More »from Signs You Are About to Be Fired: Cue Music from 'Jaws'
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Parenting – Fri, Jul 26, 2013 12:58 PM EDTUsing stop-motion photography, Latvian photographer Armands Alps chronicled his wife's entire pregnancy journey, from blue diagnostic stick through beautiful baby. She stands in profile wearing low-riding baggy pants and a rolled-up white T-shirt that exposes her abdomen as her flat tummy grows rounder and rounder and her belly button even pops out like a miniature timer. Posted on YouTube on July 16, the video already has nearly 800,000 views.
Also on Yahoo Shine: Royal Baby Takes Over the Internet, Best GIFs, Memes, and JokesAlps "snowboards" past his wife through the living room; a Christmas tree hung with baubles comes and goes; and his clothing changes from parka to shorts to mark the passing of the months. As her belly continues to expand, the couple build a crib together, and he wheels in a stroller and a pile of baby clothes.
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Finally, she rubs her tummy and it's time to go! The couple head out (in formal wear to mark theRead More »from Time-Lapse Pregnancy Video: Nine Months in Two Minutes
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Pets – Thu, Jul 25, 2013 1:03 PM EDT
It's good news for cat lovers: A new, more effective treatment for allergies may be on the way.
Scientists at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom have discovered the receptor protein in human cells that triggers cat allergies. They anticipate that new drugs will be developed to bind the protein and prevent people from having an inflammatory response.
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"It has long been known that cat allergies are caused by people reacting to cat proteins secreted by the salivary or scent glands being transferred to the fur," Dr. Clare Bryant, lead researcher, told Yahoo! Shine. "Other allergen—for example house dust mite allergy protein—trigger a receptor protein in host [human] cells and we wondered if cat allergen would have similar effects. We did not expect this to happen because the cat allergy protein is very different to the house dust mite protein, so we were very surprised to find that it triggered inflammation through the sameRead More »from Cat Allergy Breakthrough: Give Your Kitty a Hug Today
In the past, it was expected that the "good" wives of disgraced politicians would stand silently in the background, as their husbands made tearful apologies to the public. The first time the embattled New York City-mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner copped an apology for tweet-cheating in 2011, his wife Huma Abedin made headlines for being absent. On Tuesday, at a press conference addressing new revelations of sexual misconduct, she not only stood by her man, but also spoke out for him.
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Politics is rife with cheating scandals, but it's rare to hear a betrayed wife defend her choices at the same time her husband rebukes his own. (At a 2007 press conference, Wendy Vitter, wife of Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter, told assembled reporters that she had forgiven her husband for his connection to a prostitution ring, but she's one of the very few.)
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- The British royal baby has finally arrived, but it will probably be many decades before he has the chance to become king.
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The 8-pound, 6-ounce His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge is third in line for the throne behind his grandfather, Prince Charles, and his father, William, Duke of Cambridge. His uncle, Prince Henry (known as Harry), is fourth in the line of succession.
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CNN's royal expert, Victoria Arbiter, told Yahoo! Shine, "It could be 60 or 70 years before [he's ever] monarch." And that's a good thing. Arbiter points out that the time will allow him to have a relatively normal childhood, go to school, attend college, and grow up without the intense demands of being king. "William had the best deal. He did not have the same pressure as first in line for the throne, so he could do things his fatherRead More »from When Could the Royal Baby Become King?
- Prince Charles was only 2, his mother, Princess Elizabeth, left him to celebrate Christmas with his grandparents while she visited her husband, who was stationed in Malta. It's unlikely that the new royal baby boy will be spending important holidays without his doting parents. Just as they seem comfortable with being referred to as "Will and Kate" by millions of royal watchers, it's predicted that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's parenting style will be warm, casual, and hands-on.When
And it seems as if the hands-on part has already begun, as new mom Kate announced to the world upon exiting the hospital on Tuesday that it was her husband who had changed the baby's first nappy (better known as a diaper in the United States).
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"Prince William benefited from Diana's attempts to provide a normal childhood," Arianne Chernock, a Boston University professor and expert on British royal history, told Yahoo! Shine.Read More »from Will and Kate as Parents: Following Diana’s Lead
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Pets – Fri, Jul 19, 2013 2:16 PM EDTphoto of a man cradling his elderly dog in Lake Superior pierced the hearts of millions. Schoep, a shepherd mix who turned 20 on June 15, passed away on Wednesday, but his image will remain a lasting tribute to the deep and loving bond that can run between humans and their canine companions. Owner John Unger posted a brief Facebook statement on Thursday, saying, "I breathe but I can't catch my breath...Schoep passed yesterday."Last summer, a
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Unger adopted Schoep, named after a popular Wisconsin brand of ice cream, when he was 8 months old. He told the Daily Mail that the puppy was huddled in the back of his cage and showed signs of abuse. Slowly, Unger and his then-fiancée worked to gain the pup's trust and help build his confidence. Unger's relationship with the dog was mutually giving from the start: When Unger's girlfriend left him, he said he plunged into a suicidal depression, and the pup pulled him out. "To beRead More »from Schoep, Arthritic Dog Whose Photo Touched Millions, Dies
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Parenting – Tue, Jul 16, 2013 3:43 PM EDT
Talia Joy Castellano, the young YouTube star who delighted and inspired millions with her ebullient spirit and love of life has died after a long, bravely fought battle with cancer.
It was impossible to encounter the 13-year-old without being moved by her. Her pixie-ish humor and bubbly personality were grounded by an uncanny wisdom. After she lost her hair from chemotherapy, rather than wear a wig, she started playing with makeup to boost her self-confidence and eventually broadcasted beauty tutorials online. Her videos often receive over 500,000 views, and one has been watched over 8 million times.Read More »from 13-Year-Old YouTube Star Talia Joy Castellano Loses Cancer Battle
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A little over a year ago, she posted a more personal video addressed to her fans sharing her fears about needing a bone marrow treatment. Poised and reassuring, she said, "Having cancer has been a gift--but a horrible, horrible, terrifying thing. But I've gotten so many benefits from it. ...The journey of having cancer was amazing. But every journey has an