2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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Year in Review 2012: Top News Stories
In a year mostly dominated by power politics and a presidential election, Mother Nature reminded us in November of her strength and authority. A spate of shootings and odd crimes captivated the news shows and online media.
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- 20 Trendiest Dog Breeds (and Mixes) in America
Some breeds, like Labrador Retrievers, have been popular pets for years, but other breeds (and popular mixed breeds) have moved steadily up the list over the past decade. For example, 10 years ago you might not have even heard of a Cane Corso, but these days you're likely to cross paths with at least one at your dog park or vet's office.
- 9 Cat Breeds with Funny Names
By Laura CrossThanks to dog shows and competitions like Westminster, you probably know your fair share about the many different breeds of dogs. Our feline friends, however, don't get as much attention, since they spend a lot more time indoors and out of the limelight. From the short-legged Munchkin to the affectionate Ragdoll, we've rounded up nine cat breeds with fun and clever names. You might not be familiar with them, but they all deserve your attention.1. MunchkinNo they don't come from Oz, but with a dwarf-like appearance, this short-legged feline is aptly named the Munchkin. ...
- New Study Shows Dieting Can Actually Increase Unhealthy Cravings
Have you ever started a diet and then suddenly all you can think about is chocolate ice cream, crispy French fries, and cheesy, loaded nachos? Don't tell me you haven't. Well, guess what? You're not alone.Research at the Oregon Research Institute has revealed that it's not just a matter of will-power; restricting your calorie intake actually makes your brain want them more. By depriving yourself of food, you're tricking your brain into thinking the reward for eating that food is greater, thus making it harder to stick to your diet. ...
- UK Pizza May Be World's Spiciest Pizza
Yikes - UK pizzeria Paul's Pizza is really upping its spice factor, as the Daily Mail reports that the Saltdean Sizzler pizza might just be the spiciest in the world. Only nine challengers have been able to eat the entire pizza since last year, although 1,307 have been sold.10 Spiciest Dishes in AmericaAccoding to creator Paul Brayshaw, the 10-inch pizza uses the ghost chili to create a chili paste, topped with chili extract to amp up the spice. Those who end up eating all six slices get a photo on the "Wall of Flame," while everyone else ends up on the "Wall of Shame. ...
- Celeb Summer Beauty Trends to Try Now!
This season it's all about going bright, bold, and a little wild with your hair and makeup! Find out how to get the best warm-weather beauty looks, just like these trendy celebs. Related: Must-Have Summer Beauty Essentials Celebrities' Summer Beauty Secrets Amazing Eco-Friendly Beauty Products Get Fuzz-Free For The Beach!
- ZOE MOON ASTROLOGY WEEKLY HOROSCOPE FORECAST May 20-26
This is one of the most powerful weeks of change we have seen this year! Read how your sign will feel this and what can be expected in Zoe Moon's weekly forecast here.
- A Ruff Storm: 7 Tips for Caring for Your Dog in Rainy Weather
Walking your pup on a bright sunny day is a breeze. Your dog gets exercise while you talk to neighbors or enjoy a leisurely stroll around town. It's not even a chore. However, dogs and rainy weather is an entirely different story. There are days when getting your dog to relieve himself can be an all-day (miserable) affair. Lately, I am paying extra attention the weather forecasts focusing on what time the rain is supposed to start. If (and this is a big if) the forecasters are correct, I try to put my dogs out in the yard an hour before the rain comes because every pet owner knows that dogs and rainy weather can be an unfortunate blend of bad scent and filthy floors. It's not always possible, but when it works, it's a lifesaver. The times I can time it perfectly, my dogs are relieved and can happily snooze through the thundershowers, avoiding the whole wet mess. Of course, there are those days when it rains all day long or rain comes quite unexpectedly. Consequently, I have gathered some helpful ways to care for dogs in rainy weather which have worked for me. - By Danielle Sullivan MORE ON BABBLE 10 funny pictures of dogs acting like people The 10 best small dog breeds for families 20 adorable photos of dogs giving their best "puppy eyes"
- Hit the Road, Fido! 6 Tips for Traveling Safely with Pets This Summer
The summer time is a great time for travel. Access to time off from work, the cool summer breeze in our faces and the Vitamin D in the air urging us to explore and get out into the world often convinces us to do some sort of travel. Whether we're going for a day trip or a week long getaway, as pet owners there are a few extra precautions we need to take into consideration when we're out exploring the world. According to the Travel Industry Association of America, approximately 30 million people travel with pets each year. Over 49 percent of U.S. adult leisure travelers consider their pet to be part of the family and 18 percent of U.S. adult leisure travelers usually take their pets with them when they travel. With those statistics, it's safe to say there will be a lot more pets on the road this summer as we go on our adventures, and their safety is an important part of preparing for our our trips. Veterinary Pet Insurance Co, one of the largest provider of pet health insurance, reminds us that as pet owners, preparation is the key to ensuring a fun and safe vacation.- By Devan McGuinness MORE ON BABBLE 10 funny pictures of dogs acting like people 10 hilarious pictures that prove cats HATE getting wet 20 adorable photos of dogs giving their best "puppy eyes"