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- Mother Nature Network (mnn.com) | Pets – Thu, Jan 9, 2014 9:31 AM ESTWho can resist these eyes?Dogs may have evolved to capitalize on our preference for big-eyed, child-like faces, according to new research.
- Yogaby Lauren Walker, Mother Nature Network
by Jenni Grover MS RD LDN, Mother Nature Network
When I wrote about eating healthy for the holidays, I suggested that now is not the time for extreme diets. In fact, I'm not sure there's ever a good time for extreme diets - even as part of a new year's resolution. We dietitians always get an influx of new weight loss patients in January and February. And that's great. What's more depressing, however, is that enthusiasm and results will often taper off as the year progresses.
This year, instead of opting for the latest fad diet or setting unrealistic goals, spend some time thinking about goals you really can achieve, like these:
Practice mindful eatingRead More »from 5 Realistic Weight Loss Tips for Any Time of Year
Mindful eating is less about what you eat, and more about how you eat. So set some basic goals to start eating more consciously. There are many different facets to mindful eating, so be sure to pick goals that work for you. And don't overwhelm yourself with too many changes at once. Try setting out a specific timetable for
- Robert Redford, a 5-year-old Labrador who loves to swim, is looking for his forever home.Who would you rather adopt: Rover or George Clooney? Many shelters are banking on the latter and looking to pop culture for dog-name inspiration.
They say using a familiar name is a way to communicate a dog's personality and that it creates a bond between animals and potential adopters.
"I noticed, when I was looking for my own dogs, people named them these names that were random with no clue into the personality of the dog that you're supposed to make a member of your family," Zarina Mak, founder of See Spot Rescued told the New York Times.
The dog rescue has been naming its animals after celebrities since 2011. Recent adoptees include canines christened Nicolas Cage and Charlie Rose.
Also see: George Clooney adopts shelter dog
Naming dogs after celebrities isn't a new trend - Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have a yellow Labrador named Martha Stewart. But using celebrity names as a marketing strategy is.
Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue began naming its adoptable dogsRead More »from George Clooney Wants to Go Home with You
- CookiesThe formula for losing weight couldn't be simpler: Consume fewer calories than you require, which means eat less and/or exercise more. To lose a pound of fat there needs to be a deficit of roughly 3,500 calories; so, for example, burning an extra 500 calories a day - or consuming 500 fewer calories a day - will result in the loss of about a pound in a week.
- Lurlene and NolandA stray cat that adopted a neglected day-old puppy has helped an Ohio animal rescue win a $25,000 grant from the Petco Foundation.
- FireworksIt's said that New York City's Times Square ball drop is a nod to the time when balls were used by ship navigators in the 19th century to calibrate their chronometers. That may be so, but the rest of the country seems to be paying little heed to that element of history. Instead, towns from coast to coast ring in the new year by dropping - or raising - any number of seriously strange things on a pole at the stroke of midnight. Here is a sampling of some of the more offbeat drops:
1. In Key West, Fla., at the 801 Saloon, midnight ushers in a falling ruby slipper, from which emerges a drag queen named Gary "Sushi" Marion.
- Darcy the hedgehogShota Tsukamato has big plans for his pet hedgehog: He wants her to become "the most famous hedgehog in the world."
Darcy, a 3-year-old hedgehog from Tokyo, is well on her away to becoming just that. With her 356,000 followers, hers one of the most-followed pet accounts on Instagram.
Named after former Smashing Pumpkins bassist D'arcy Wretzky, the tiny hedgehog inspired Tsukamato to start an Instagram account to share photos of Darcy's adorable adventures.
Tsukamato's pictures often feature Darcy alongside props that accentuate her tiny size, and the photos have a whimsical quality - a quality he works very hard to create.
Also see: 15 cute animals that could kill you
"I imagine a page from a children's picture book," he said on Instagram's blog. "I want it to be a surrealistic story, and I even want people to question whether or not Darcy really exists in real life."
Tsukamato says he intentionally posts Darcy's photos without captions because he wants people to come up with
- Mother Nature Network (mnn.com) | Pets – Thu, Dec 19, 2013 9:35 AM ESTA prototype of No More WoofA Scandinavian research lab is developing a gadget that analyzes dogs' thought patterns and translates them into English, and it's looking for financial backers to make the device a reality.
No More Woof "uses the latest technology in microcomputing and EEG to analyze animal thought patterns and spells them out in human language using a loudspeaker," according to ST's Indiegogo page.
The dog-sized headset contains electroencephalogram recorders that monitor canines' "ionic current flows," which are sent to a small Raspberry Pi computer for "translation."
A $65 No More Woof model is said to distinguish between three different thought patterns, including "I'm tired," "I'm hungry" and "Who are you?"
Also see: Brain scans reveal dogs' thoughts
ST, the company behind the iRock - that's the $1,300 rocking chair that charges Apple devices - doesn't have a working No More Woof prototype yet, but it expects to have one ready in a few years.
"Yes, we HAVE achieved some Read More »from Want to Know What Your Dog is Thinking? This Device Will Tell You
- Mother Nature Network (mnn.com) | Pets – Wed, Dec 18, 2013 9:21 AM ESTIs this cat naughty or nice?Christmas trees combine several of cats' favorite things: heights, dangling objects and a challenge.
Every holiday season, cat owners erect holidays trees in their homes with a bit of trepidation - and many questions on their minds.
Will the tree still be standing tomorrow? Will Fluffy get tangled in the lights again this year? How many ornaments will be destroyed in the inevitable cat vs. tree battle?
Watch some of our favorite festive feline videos, and see what it's like to celebrate Christmas with a cat.
This cat proves that just because you can't see a Christmas tree, doesn't mean you can't destroy it. Oskar was born without fully formed eyeballs and has been blind since birth.
Sesshomaru nearly reaches his destination, the very top of the Christmas tree, but then things go ... timber!
Help! I've climbed a tree and I can't get out.
After getting tangled in wires, this cat learns the hard way that Christmas trees canRead More »from Cats Vs. Christmas Trees: 5 Videos of the Annual Holiday Battle