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    3 Reasons Preschoolers Should Play with Building Blocks

    (StatePoint) Playtime is important to a child’s development. Offering many social and emotional benefits, it helps lay the foundation for children’s future success and prepares them for school. One classic toy -- building blocks -- should be incorporated into every child’s playtime. Here are three reasons why:

  • Family Living

    5 Hacks for Greener, Happier Living

    (Family Features) Whether you take shorter showers, reduce food waste or make eco-minded choices at the grocery store, adopting one simple habit can make a difference in protecting Earth’s natural resources. These simple, renewable lifestyle changes may even affect your personal mindset.

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    Young Athlete Recovery

    How chocolate milk can aid in replenishing nutrients for teen athletes

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Friday 06/07/2019
Take the quiz: What kind of travel companion are you?
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:26 am

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Explore a different side of Myrtle Beach this summer
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:26 am

(BPT) - No matter what you yearn for when you imagine your dream vacation, you can make it happen in one of the 14 distinct communities in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. You may think you know Myrtle Beach — with 60 miles of beautiful coastline, exciting nightlife and family-friendly attractions — but there’s lots more to explore.

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Wednesday 05/29/2019
Shopping for diamonds? 5 options, from meteor-made to man-made
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:25 am

(BPT) - Diamonds are extolled in movies and songs for good reason — their romance, allure and durability make them the ideal symbol of love and fidelity. This wedding season — and year-round — diamonds are in demand from purists and romantics alike who want to indulge in the most coveted of all gemstones.

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Tuesday 05/28/2019
Summer must-haves to brighten your beauty routine
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:17 am

(BPT) - With summer around the corner, everyone is seeking the best beauty inspiration to prepare for the warmer weather styles and sun-kissed looks. Whether you are planning for a staycation or jet-setting around the country, these easy and effective steps can make your face glow and look vibrant for the season.

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Friday 05/24/2019
Summertime adventure in Arkansas
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:26 am

(BPT) - The warm months have arrived, bringing with them longer days and the promise of new family memories to be made.

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Monday 04/29/2019
Create and connect: 5 unique ways to spark self-expression
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:18 am

(BPT) - Shared experiences are part of what makes us human. There's nothing better than getting together with friends, loved ones, neighbors, colleagues (really whoever wants to join!) to catch up and share a few laughs. Add to that an engaging, hands-on activity, and you've crafted the perfect gathering to spark creativity and camaraderie.

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Thursday 03/21/2019
5 reasons a river cruise is the ideal way to see Europe
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:26 am

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Wednesday 03/20/2019
5 ways to create – and celebrate – family traditions
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:24 am

(BPT) - While modern mobility may mean that distance keeps members of a family apart, more — and younger — members of many families across the country are finding significance in their heritage, and making it come alive in their own ways. Special family and cultural traditions can strengthen family bonds, provide a sense of belonging and connect the present day to a richer history. Whether tied to holidays or unique meaningful moments, gathering in together helps a family have fun and create new memories.

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Tuesday 03/19/2019
Celebrate life's major milestones in Myrtle Beach
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:26 am

(BPT) - From birthdays and weddings to anniversaries and retirements, life is all about celebrating those special moments with the ones we love. What better way to make the occasion unforgettable than to travel to an amazing destination?

For any important milestone, find the perfect way to celebrate by traveling somewhere special. Whether you’re looking for unique entertainment and fun for a group of friends on your birthday or a bachelor/bachelorette party, a quick getaway with your spouse to mark an anniversary, a romantic honeymoon destination or a family trip with the kids, everything you want can be found in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Happy birthday to you!

Whether you’re bringing the entire family or rounding up your besties for a weekend to celebrate a birthday, look for activities you know everyone will enjoy.

For the kids, take a ride on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, check out the sharks and stingrays at Ripley’s Aquarium or, for adventure and a little learning, wander through the interactive experience known as WonderWorks. After a morning relaxing on the beach with the kids, you can all head out to one of the area’s dozens of mini-golf courses for a friendly game or make a trip to The Track Family Fun Park for a go-kart race.

With your friends, charter a boat for a cruise or fishing excursion during the day, then enjoy dinner at one of the dozens of great seafood restaurants, followed by a show at the GTS Theater or The Carolina Opry. For the more adventurous, visit Go Ape Zip Line and Treetop Adventure for an unforgettable experience among the trees.

Romance your sweetheart

To surprise your special someone, celebrate your honeymoon or anniversary, or even pop the question, spring for a getaway in Myrtle Beach to spend quality time together.

Enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings by strolling through the gorgeous, 9,000-acre Brookgreen Gardens, which include an incredible sculpture garden and zoo.

Then take a sunset cruise or book a couple’s massage at a local spa. Make a reservation for an intimate dinner at one of the area's fine restaurants, like Aspen Grille or Thoroughbred’s Chophouse and Seafood Grille.

Celebrate with your wedding party

Plan the best bachelor or bachelorette party ever with the members of your wedding party.

You and your girlfriends will find plenty of exciting shopping at The Market Common and Barefoot Landing. For adventurous bridesmaids, rent jet skis at Action Water Sportz for an awesome day on the water. At night, toast the bride-to-be with craft cocktails at The Chemist, then dance the night away to live music at the historic Bowery.

Entertain the groom-to-be by hitting the links. Myrtle Beach is one of the country’s premier golf destinations, with 90 unique, challenging golf courses. Then get your adrenaline going by parasailing with Express Watersports, or take the wheel at the NASCAR Racing Experience at Myrtle Beach Speedway. Cap off the night by sampling local beers at New South Brewery and listening to live music at Tin Roof.

Babymoon

Sure, you’ve heard of honeymoons, but why not take a last chance at a peaceful few days with your partner before your new little one arrives? Look for restful, relaxing environments to enjoy your peace and quiet ... while you still can. Stretch out and catch some sun along the area's 60 miles of beaches, enjoy the natural beauty of the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk or stroll along the historic Conway Riverwalk.

Then you can catch the stunning view from the SkyWheel. This spring, Visit Myrtle Beach is giving away a Babymoon vacation package, which will include three nights of accommodations for two adults, airline tickets and more — complete with the lighting up of the SkyWheel in blue or pink to reveal the gender of your new baby.

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Friday 02/01/2019
Pop the Question with the Perfect Song
Updated: March 22, 2019 - 2:52 am

(NewsUSA) - Enhancing a once-in-a-lifetime event, such as a wedding proposal or ceremony, with the right song takes the experience to a whole new level. It adds a personal touch that makes for ongoing memories, as couples have the opportunity to play the song at anniversaries or other special events through the years.

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Monday 07/01/2019
Need for Donor Registry Prompts Nobel Nomination
Posted: July 01, 2019

(NewsUSA) - When Dr. Bart Fisher's son, Ivan, was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder in 1983 at eight-years-old, the only cure was a bone marrow transplant. However, at that time, there was only a small bone marrow registry in England, with 50,000 names and, in the U.S., no registry at all to find a match.

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Celebrity Chef Mentors 4 Youth
Updated: July 04, 2019 - 2:55 am

(NAPSI)—Noted Chef Tom Douglas cooked up a way for four youth who have experienced foster care to explore culinary careers.

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Thursday 06/27/2019
Helping Children Reach Their Potential
Updated: June 29, 2019 - 2:44 am

(NAPSI)—While most families acknowledge the importance of education, one out of every six students in America doesn’t graduate high school on time.

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Tuesday 06/25/2019
Airport Kiosks Teach Travelers Hands-Only CPR
Posted: June 25, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Each year, more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur at locations other than hospitals, and more than 20 percent occur in public places, according to the American Heart Association. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple the odds of survival for someone in cardiac arrest.

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Monday 06/24/2019
Decoupling from China
Posted: June 24, 2019

(NewsUSA) -We do not know what will come out of the meeting between President Trump and Xi Jinping at the G-20 on June 28, but the signs are ominous. The state-promoted anti-American propaganda blasting U.S. "bullying" on trade and the resurgence in Chinese nationalism stoked by Xi Jinping augur poorly for successful trade negotiations with China. And any deal made by Trump is likely to be attacked by Democrats as too weak, so Trump at this point has little incentive to make a deal with China before the 2020 presidential election.

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Friday 06/21/2019
39 Million Hugs and Counting - Amma Visits US, Toronto
Posted: June 21, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Mata Amritanandamayi, or Amma, as she is called, is a world-renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader whose life of service has inspired millions of people to help others.

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Wednesday 06/19/2019
Is Your Supermarket Reducing Plastic Pollution?
Posted: June 19, 2019

(StatePoint) Plastic pollution is a crisis for communities, oceans and waterways, according to environmental experts, who point out that supermarkets -- as major contributors to the growing problem -- are in an important position to acknowledge and address the issue.

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Monday 06/17/2019
Fomentando empatía a través de la tecnología
Posted: June 17, 2019

(NewsUSA) - San Juan, Puerto Rico - 23 de mayo de 2019 - El huracán Maria fue la tormenta más letal en la historia moderna de Estados Unidos. Casi dos años después personas siguen afectadas, incluyendo a muchos jóvenes puertorriqueños. "La única manera de crear conciencia sobre un problema, y motivar a los demás a ser empáticos sobre el mismo, es cuando lo vivimos o lo observamos directamente," explicó Jan De La Paz, maestro de español en la Escuela Especializada en Matemáticas, Ciencias y Tecnología de San Juan y Profesor Innovador Experto de Microsoft.

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Wednesday 06/12/2019
The Hazards Most Likely to Damage Your Tires
Posted: June 12, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Beware of a spoon stuck in your tires?

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Tuesday 06/11/2019
Inspiring Men to Do Good this Father’s Day
Posted: June 11, 2019

(StatePoint) With so many negative messages about masculinity floating around these days, some say it’s important to spend some time focusing on the positive. Doing so can help give men the confidence they need to be their best selves.

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Thursday 07/11/2019
3 Reasons Preschoolers Should Play with Building Blocks
Posted: July 11, 2019

(StatePoint) Playtime is important to a child’s development. Offering many social and emotional benefits, it helps lay the foundation for children’s future success and prepares them for school. One classic toy -- building blocks -- should be incorporated into every child’s playtime. Here are three reasons why:

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5 Hacks for Greener, Happier Living
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 3:06 am

(Family Features) Whether you take shorter showers, reduce food waste or make eco-minded choices at the grocery store, adopting one simple habit can make a difference in protecting Earth’s natural resources. These simple, renewable lifestyle changes may even affect your personal mindset.

more »
Young Athlete Recovery
Posted: July 11, 2019

How chocolate milk can aid in replenishing nutrients for teen athletes

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Making Communities More Pet-Friendly
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 3:06 am

(Family Features) The human-animal bond can be a powerful connection with pets providing positive impacts on the lives of their owners. Mars Petcare works to create a more pet-friendly world so that more people and pets can live happily together. A survey on behalf of its BETTER CITIES FOR PETS program highlighted what people love about their pets and the benefits of making four-legged friends more welcome. For tools and resources to help make your community more pet-friendly, visit BetterCitiesForPets.com.

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Simple Tips to Create a Pure Home
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 3:06 am

(Family Features) When you think about creating a better lifestyle for you and your family, you may first consider factors such as healthy eating and exercise. However, things as simple as a clean kitchen or stocking your pantry with gentle products can create a pure home and help to benefit you and your family’s health and happiness.

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Bring Big Screen Entertainment Home
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 3:06 am

(Family Features) The smash hit “Toy Story 4” helped raise the 2019 summer box office even higher than last year’s record-breaking summer. That trend looks to continue in July with highly anticipated releases such as “Spider-Man: Far From Home” and “The Lion King” on deck. However, the local theater isn’t the only place for movie fans to get in on the big screen excitement.

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5 Tips for Moving with a Pet
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 3:07 am

(Family Features) Whether it’s across the street or across the country, moving can be a stressful and chaotic time for your family. This can be especially true for your four-legged family members, who don’t understand what’s happening. Detailed planning and foresight can help alleviate some of the hassle and make relocating a more positive experience for everyone.

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5 Tips for Capturing Purr-fect Pictures of Your Cat
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 3:07 am

(Family Features) Cats are naturally curious, and while that can make them entertaining and engaging pets, it doesn’t always lead to the best photos. While getting a perfect pet pic is hard enough, a frisky, playful or defiant cat can make a photo op nearly impossible.

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How Medicaid Expansion Can Benefit North Carolinians
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:13 am

(Family Features) North Carolina will gain 37,000 more jobs and insure 365,000 more people by expanding Medicaid. In addition to the new jobs and newly insured North Carolinians, according to a report from researchers at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., the state would increase its business activity by $11.7 billion in communities statewide in just three years, between 2020-2022, by expanding Medicaid.

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Pique Your Culinary Curiosity with These Trends
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:13 am

(Family Features) Forget the rules and restrictions. Today’s food trends are about enjoyment and simplicity, from decadent flavors your taste buds can’t wait to explore to convenient packaging that makes it incredibly easy to eat no matter where or when you make time to dine.

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Wednesday 07/17/2019
5 easy projects to get the whole family outside
Posted: July 17, 2019

(BPT) - Want to get the kids away from screens and outside for some fresh air? Many outdoor projects will not only lure your whole family outdoors once the jobs are completed, but the family may actually want to help you.

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Tuesday 07/16/2019
Avoiding the summer slide: How teens can learn new skills during summer break
Posted: July 16, 2019

(BPT) - Summer vacation is all about freedom and flexibility for most teens, and sometimes all they want to do is kick back and relax. While a break from structured school days and homework can be refreshing, too many weeks without flexing mental muscles can mean losing knowledge teens gained over the school year.

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Breast cancer survivor puts chemo to the test
Posted: July 16, 2019

(BPT) - As a commercial airline pilot with nearly 30 years of experience, Diane Sandoval, age 50, is no stranger to making difficult decisions. However, she faced one of her toughest challenges not in the skies, but when she discovered a small lump in her left breast during a self-examination. Her worst fear was confirmed after a visit to her doctor when she was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer.

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Smoking basics for mastering the art of delectable beef
Posted: July 16, 2019

(BPT) - Summer weekends are all about the barbecue. Grilling has become an American staple, and many home grill masters yearn to take it to the next level, impressing their friends and families with tasty, mouthwatering smoked beef. Smoking is a timeless technique that elevates the beef people crave by delivering rich flavor and tenderness.

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How to create a charcuterie board for your next party
Posted: July 16, 2019

(BPT) - Planning a party doesn’t have to be difficult. Instead of agonizing over appetizers, opt for serving delicious wine with a charcuterie board — a variety of cured meats, cheeses and condiments that can range from simple to sophisticated. Even a fairly basic spread can look elegant, while providing your guests with inviting, impressive flavor combinations.

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Heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest are different, but often related
Posted: July 16, 2019

(BPT) - Within just eight days, Michael Adams, a 59-year-old husband and father of two from Moore, OK, suffered a heart attack and a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) — he survived them both. Many think a heart attack and SCA are the same, but they are very different. Recent heart attack victims have a higher risk of SCA, but there are life-saving treatment options available.

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Monday 07/15/2019
Why ethics is good for business
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:20 am

(BPT) - The last thing any company wants is a misstep that hurts the trust it has built with customers. This is especially true for smaller businesses, which may not have the resources to recover from a reputational setback. To prevent mistakes, bad decisions and wrongdoing, smaller businesses can take a proactive approach to developing ethical business leaders and business cultures. In doing so, experts say businesses can achieve benefits for their bottom line, their employees and the common good.

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Buy a home without breaking the bank
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:24 am

(BPT) - Buying a home is one of life’s biggest financial milestones, but people often think it’s out of reach because of the costs involved, including the myth that you have to put 20% down. The fact is, you don’t necessarily need to deplete all of your savings to qualify for a mortgage and you can purchase a home sooner than many people believe.

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Friday 07/12/2019
4 steps to keep your home safe from fires
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:22 am

(BPT) - According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms — often due to missing alarm batteries or expired alarms.

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How detailed planning can help you make every minute count
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:18 am

(BPT) - To say ClassPass founder Payal Kadakia keeps busy is an understatement. The fitness platform she founded operates at 15,000 partner sites across 80 cities worldwide and is continuing to expand. Kadakia also founded Sa Dance Company, a bicoastal Indian dance troupe that performs at major venues across Los Angeles and New York.

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Monday 07/15/2019
Get ripped without breaking a sweat
Posted: July 15, 2019

(BPT) - No matter how many sit-ups you do, you can’t seem to get those six-pack abs, and all of those squats and lunges don’t add up to buns of steel either.

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Friday 07/12/2019
Free Glossary And Compensation Guide
Posted: July 12, 2019

(NAPSI)—If you or someone you care for is ever diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer after exposure to asbestos at work decades ago, here’s news for you. If you’re undergoing medical treatment, you can use a free “Asbestos Disease Glossary” available from the Asbestos Lifeline Institute of Great Neck, New York.

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Thursday 07/11/2019
Say goodbye to dull, tired skin with powerhouse ingredients
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 3:14 am

(BPT) - The end of your 20s is an interesting time. Gone are the days of chugging caffeine for lunch and the nights that turned into mornings, running from afterparty to afterparty. You’re becoming more confident and advancing professionally, but you may also be noticing a few things changing about your body. Eventually, the bad habits of the past catch up to you.

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5 Hacks for Greener, Happier Living
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 3:06 am

(Family Features) Whether you take shorter showers, reduce food waste or make eco-minded choices at the grocery store, adopting one simple habit can make a difference in protecting Earth’s natural resources. These simple, renewable lifestyle changes may even affect your personal mindset.

more »
Young Athlete Recovery
Posted: July 11, 2019

How chocolate milk can aid in replenishing nutrients for teen athletes

more »
Making Communities More Pet-Friendly
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 3:06 am

(Family Features) The human-animal bond can be a powerful connection with pets providing positive impacts on the lives of their owners. Mars Petcare works to create a more pet-friendly world so that more people and pets can live happily together. A survey on behalf of its BETTER CITIES FOR PETS program highlighted what people love about their pets and the benefits of making four-legged friends more welcome. For tools and resources to help make your community more pet-friendly, visit BetterCitiesForPets.com.

more »
Simple Tips to Create a Pure Home
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 3:06 am

(Family Features) When you think about creating a better lifestyle for you and your family, you may first consider factors such as healthy eating and exercise. However, things as simple as a clean kitchen or stocking your pantry with gentle products can create a pure home and help to benefit you and your family’s health and happiness.

more »
Bring Big Screen Entertainment Home
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 3:06 am

(Family Features) The smash hit “Toy Story 4” helped raise the 2019 summer box office even higher than last year’s record-breaking summer. That trend looks to continue in July with highly anticipated releases such as “Spider-Man: Far From Home” and “The Lion King” on deck. However, the local theater isn’t the only place for movie fans to get in on the big screen excitement.

more »
5 Tips for Moving with a Pet
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 3:07 am

(Family Features) Whether it’s across the street or across the country, moving can be a stressful and chaotic time for your family. This can be especially true for your four-legged family members, who don’t understand what’s happening. Detailed planning and foresight can help alleviate some of the hassle and make relocating a more positive experience for everyone.

more »
5 Tips for Capturing Purr-fect Pictures of Your Cat
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 3:07 am

(Family Features) Cats are naturally curious, and while that can make them entertaining and engaging pets, it doesn’t always lead to the best photos. While getting a perfect pet pic is hard enough, a frisky, playful or defiant cat can make a photo op nearly impossible.

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Monday 06/10/2019
Top Tips for Moving With a Pet
Posted: June 10, 2019

(StatePoint) Your furball is part of the family, so if you’re like most, you don’t make major life decisions without thinking of your pet’s needs — including where you live and how you move into a new home.

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Wednesday 04/17/2019
Glitz, glam and fur: A dog show unlike any other
Posted: April 17, 2019

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Four Tips For Preventing Dog Attacks On Mail Carriers
Updated: April 23, 2019 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—Can you picture a member of your family attacking a mail carrier? Of course you couldn't, but it happened 5,714 times last year across the nation.

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Thursday 03/07/2019
Feature-Rich Dog Parks Are Coming to Towns Across America
Updated: April 30, 2019 - 2:51 am

(NewsUSA) - Lassie used to run free throughout the town, solving problems and rescuing kids in trouble.

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Thursday 01/24/2019
Tips for Senior Dog Care
Posted: January 24, 2019

(StatePoint) As your dog ages, your care must evolve to meet your furry friend’s changing needs, particularly when it comes to mobility, injury-prevention and recovery.

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Tuesday 12/04/2018
How to Keep Dogs Safe During Cold Weather Walks
Posted: December 04, 2018

(StatePoint) Make winter a wonderland for dogs by ensuring they’re safe when temperatures drop.

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Saturday 10/13/2018
Celebrating Halloween Safely With Dogs
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:18 am

(StatePoint) Over half of pet parents plan to dress up their dogs for Halloween, according to a Wag! survey. 

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Tuesday 10/09/2018
Special Needs Pets: Can I Adopt a Heartworm-Positive Dog?
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:18 am

(StatePoint) Every year, an estimated 3.3 million dogs enter U.S. animal shelters, with roughly half that number subsequently adopted by pet owners. These include shelter dogs with special medical needs that can make them harder to place. Dogs with heartworm infection are a common example.

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Friday 09/14/2018
Not Just for the Dogs: Pet Parents Love Their Dog Walkers
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:18 am

(StatePoint) Americans don’t just love their dogs – they also love their dog walkers, with a whopping 85 percent of pet parents affording their dog walkers equal importance to their nanny or childcare provider, according to a recent survey by Wag!, the inventor of on-demand mobile dog walking.

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Thursday 07/19/2018
Traveling With Pets? What to Know
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:17 am

(StatePoint) Do your upcoming travel plans include pets? Whether you’re flying to an exciting destination or hitting the road, these suggestions can make the journey easier for animals and humans alike.

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