This Shar-Pei is finally a mom -- to a kittenBa Boo, a 3-year-old Chinese Shar-Pei, has never had puppies, but she recently adopted a kitten - much to the surprise of her owner, who says Ba Boo often chases cats from the yard.
Sherry Brandt, of Kodak, Tenn., says her daughter rescued the kitten from a grocery store parking lot and decided to keep it, but they weren't sure how Ba Boo would react to the new addition.
But the Shar-Pei took to Ally the kitten immediately, and began playing with her and even giving her tongue baths.
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After the unlikely pair had been together for a few weeks, Brandt noticed that Ba Boo looked swollen.
"I thought she couldn't have milk because she's never had puppies. She's never been bred," she told WBIR.
But Ba Boo had begun lactating in response to the kitten's kneading, and now she's nursing Ally as if she were her own.
Brandt says that Ba Boo cleans the kitten, carries her around and disciplines her with a bark when she gets out of line.
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This Shar-Pei is finally a mom -- to a kittenBa Boo, a 3-year-old Chinese Shar-Pei, has never had puppies, but she recently adopted a kitten - much to the surprise of her owner, who says Ba Boo often chases cats from the yard.Read More »from Cat-chasing Dog Adopts a Kitten
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Tim Pierce/Flickr" name="2676242" nofollow" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/qwrrty/3454642068/" title="Will holding your breath help or is that just a myth? (Photo by Well, first let's talk about what hiccups actually are. Even though it may not seem like it when that attractive noise emits from your throat, hiccups actually start with your diaphragm, the muscle right below your chest, that contracts and expands as your breathe. A hiccup emerges when your diaphragm contracts jerkily instead of smoothly (like it's supposed to), causing a sudden intake of breath that is stopped when your vocal cords snap shut, causing that characteristic "hic!" noise.Read More »from This is Why We Hiccup, and This is the Best Way to Stop
So what causes your diaphragm to get all jumpy in the first place? Hiccups often occur when you eat too fast and you swallow extra air (as in your case), drink carbonated drinks, or just eat too much. All of these things can irritate your diaphragm, causing it to go into a spasm.
Bo (left) is already enjoying the company of new arrival Sunny (right)Bo Obama, the most famous dog in America, has a little sister. The first lady Tweeted a picture of the new arrival and exclaimed: "So excited to introduce the newest member of the Obama family-our puppy, Sunny! - FLOTUS (@FLOTUS)"
Sunny, a Portuguese Water Dog, was born last summer in Michigan and made her debut at 1600 Penn on Monday. Unlike all the hoopla leading up to the birth of the royal baby last month, the new addition to the Obama family came mostly as a surprise to the general public. Although presidential pooch aficionados could have read the tea leaves back in October, when Michelle Obama told reporters that she hosted a "doggie play date" because "Bo doesn't have enough dog interaction."
By the looks of the video below, it seems Bo and his little sister are already enjoying each other's company.
According to the official White House blog, the first family will be making a contribution in Sunny's honor to the Washington Humane Society.
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Florida may start to use drones to fight insectsby Russell McLendon, Mother Nature NetworkRead More »from Is Florida Using Drones to Fight Mosquitoes?
Warm, wet weather has made 2013 a banner year for mosquitoes across North America, from disease-ridden invaders on the East Coast to "whole-horizon swarms" in Alaska.
The bugs are especially bad in Florida, and not just because of a surge in shaggy-haired gallinippers. Summer rains always make the Sunshine State a mosquito mecca, but this year has been even wetter than usual for much of Florida. Beyond the annoying buzz and itchy welps, mosquitoes can threaten public health with diseases like West Nile virus or dengue fever, which recently re-emerged in Key West after a 75-year hiatus.
This is creating a sense of urgency in the Florida Keys, where last month's rainfall was 120 percent above average for July - possibly previewing the kind of mosquito-friendly weather favored by climate change. Looking for an edge in this insect onslaught, the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District is now mulling a very 21st-century tactic to battle
What are you getting when you order decaf coffee?by Kimi Harris, Mother Nature NetworkRead More »from Is Decaf Coffee Really Caffeine-free?
Coffee is the bitter dark cup of brew that keeps us in the Northwest going through the rainy season. We especially like to read the many studies affirming the positive impact of coffee on our health. However, it can be addictive because of the caffeine and some prefer to keep their caffeine intake low. Others, such as those with kidney disease or anxiety disorders, may need to avoid caffeine all together.
Whether you are avoiding caffeine on doctor's orders or for personal reasons - if you love coffee, you may be wondering whether decaf is a good choice for you.
The first and most important consideration is whether or not decaf coffee still contains caffeine. While there is some variance in coffee, decaffeinated coffee certainly does contain caffeine - just in lower amounts.
One study found that while a single cup of coffee contains around 85 milligrams of caffeine, decaf servings ranged from 3 to 15.8 milligrams of caffeine. On the positive,
Do you really need to stretch before you exercise?Much of what we think we know is based on myth. We hear something when we're kids, it gets repeated a few times, and before you know it, it's "fact." In fitness, just like every other facet of our lives, there are as many myths are there are truths. Whether it's collective misinformation carried on through generations or simply changing knowledge, many of the adages we take for fact aren't factual at all. Here are some of the more common fitness "facts" that are more old wives' tale than reality.Read More »from 8 Fitness Myths Debunked
1. You must wait an hour after eating before you swim
The common myth that the blood going to your digestive tract after eating diverts the blood needed to keep your arms and legs pumping during swimming, which leads to cramps and sometimes drowning, is totally unfounded. Advanced creatures that we are, we have enough blood to digest food and properly work our limbs at the same time. And at least one study has backed that up, finding that fewer than 1 percent of U.S. drownings occurred after
Drugs from Canada can be cheaperby Chanie Kirschner, Mother Nature NetworkRead More »from Why Are Pharmaceuticals Cheaper in Canada?
Many of us have heard that pharmaceuticals are cheaper once you cross the border (the northern border, that is). And in many cases, it's all too true. I know a few people who do all their pharmaceutical shopping online at Canadian pharmacies because, even with the cost of shipping, the prices are so much lower than in the United States. But why is that?
The reason behind the cost difference lies in two important words - price controls. In Canada, the government has set up the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board to ensure that pharmaceutical prices do not get excessive. They even have a law that says that the price of a breakthrough medication, the first of its kind, cannot exceed its median price around the world. A great example is the new cancer drug, Campath, which sells for $600 to $700 in countries like Sweden, Britain and France. Its U.S. price? A whopping $2,400. Now that's a hard pill to swallow (well, not really, since Campath is
Is your child scared of life-size Disney characters?by Chanie Kirschner, Mother Nature NetworkRead More »from How to Help Children Deal with Anxiety
My oldest son has been experiencing this very issue, and it makes my heart positively ache when I see him get visibly worried or upset about something. Here are a few tips that have helped him (and me) cope with the situation.
First of all, pay attention to any recent stresses in his life. Starting at a new school, the birth of a baby in the family, or the passing of a close relative can all be triggers for anxiety. If you think something's up, talk to your child on his level about what's been going on. Recently, we found out that my son needed to get his tonsils removed. The anxiety of the upcoming surgery was a lot for him to handle, and he started getting nervous about other things too.
When dealing with your child's anxiety on a daily basis, resist the urge to tell him not to worry when he is clearly communicating with you that he's worried. Dismissing his feelings will only make it worse. Try a tip my sister taught me about "active
Dogs should probably not be driving carsAbout 16 percent of dog owners restrain their pets in the car, according to a 2011 study by AAA, but recent crash tests for pet restraints aren't encouraging.Read More »from Dog Restraints Fail Crash Tests
Every restraint that the Center for Pet Safety (CPS) tested with dog dummies failed and showed that serious injuries or deaths to animals are likely.
Restraints were found not to be strong enough to protect pets, allowing them to easily become "missiles" during accidents. Traveling at just 30 miles per hour, an unrestrained 10-pound dog will exert roughly 300 pounds of pressure in an accident.
Not only were the pet restraints not strong enough, but crash tests revealed that dogs could actually be choked by them in a crash.
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According to CPS' report, "None of the harnesses were deemed safe enough to protect both the dog and the humans in the event of an accident."
Despite the failure of restraints in simulated accidents, doggy seatbelts may be helpful in preventing distracted
Gluten-free sandwich cookies with marshmallow creamby Chanie Kirschner, Mother Nature NetworkRead More »from Should You Go Gluten-free?
Gluten is a funny thing. That is to say, there is no nutritional benefit to gluten itself, but there are lots of nutritional benefits to be gained from foods containing gluten. There's been a lot of talk recently about going "gluten-free" much the same way people try to reduce their sugar or carbs. But the truth is, unless you have a gluten intolerance or have been diagnosed with celiac disease, then taking gluten out of your diet will do little for you healthwise.
So what is celiac disease anyway? A person with celiac disease will have a negative immune response in their small intestine when they consume gluten, causing damage to the lining of the small intestine. Celiac disease can cause abdominal pain and diarrhea, among other symptoms. Two other conditions are associated with gluten: gluten intolerance and wheat allergy. While gluten intolerance seems to be overdiagnosed, actual celiac disease seems to be underdiagnosed. A wheat allergy