The Year of the Tiger begins soon, so what better time than now to brush up on the existing subspecies still around today? If your eye can't spot the stripes, I've included a fact with each question to help you along!
Q: My six-year-old German Shepherd's nose has become very dry and is all cracked. He is in good health otherwise — does anyone know why it would be cracked?
A: I've heard of dogs having dry noses when they are dehydrated so make sure he gets (and chooses to drink!) plenty of water. Also, just like cold weather saps our skin, chilly temperatures could have a negative effect on a dog, too. If he has other visible dryness — like on paw pads — it could be the sign of an illness or allergies, so double check with the vet to get a clean bill of health.
If you were to stop and go through the quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies weighing down your purse or cluttering up your car cup holder, how much do you think you'd collect? $10? $25? Well, according to the experts at Coinstar, the average amount cashed in for eCertificates and/or gift cards at their coin kiosks is a whopping $56 — twice as much as people think they have. Talk about a nice, unexpected chunk of change as we head into the holiday season (especially since so many of us go over budget on holiday shopping!).
Our advice to you: make every coin count! Take a few minutes to grab all the spare change "jingle-belling" in your purses, pockets, car, and desk drawers, then hit your local Coinstar kiosk, where you can turn the contents of your coin jar into cash or no-fee eCertificates from popular brands, including Amazon, iTunes, Gap, and Starbucks. Click here to find the Coinstar kiosk closest to you.
Now that you know there might be more change lying around than you think, what would you do with those extra pennies this holiday?
Winter weather got you down? Curl up with a bottle of wine for you . . . and a wine box for your small pet. The hand-cut design allows easy access to this cozy spot plus there are sanded edges preventing unpleasant fur snags and felted feet to save the flooring. The delightful Vino Pet Bed Valentines Day Special ($70) has a hand sewn cushion with satin and cotton hearts but still looks lovely no matter the month.This actually reminds me of that barrel o' bed I loved a while back, now discontinued, at over three times this price. You could even toss in some actual wine (or Kennel-Relax'n) with the savings and gift it to your sweetheart. That way everybody wins!
In case you forgot last year's winner – gooo, Stumpy – and any of the other highlights from the 133rd show, refresh your memory on my highlights along with each group's winner with my slideshow chock full of cute!
Bo looks like he'd definitely answer yes to the snow equals snack question, and from the looks of it, he's a regular snow bunny as well. The recent storms plaguing the East Coast are good news for pets who love the fluffy wet stuff but a sad story for those with picky potty habits. To switch up play habits in the banks, pick out a brightly colored ball to contrast or try throwing snowballs instead — get my drift?!
Just in time for Presidents' Day, we get another glimpse of the current first pooch — see one more pic when you read more
I was all excited yesterday because Minou and I were supposed to have the house to ourselves for days. Days, I tell you! Both Mom and Roo Mate were jetting out of town to go backstage at fashion shows and whatnot. Aside from a food bowl-replenishing visit from Auntie Sabs, the cats were gonna be in charge!
THANKS A LOT, MOTHER NATURE.
Because of all of the snowfall in New York, flights are wonky. Roo Mate is stuck in Vegas for the time being, and Mom? Well, lucky us, she's here for at least another day. Look how she taunts us with this strange talking machine. I am a little too smart to fall for its witchcraft, but Cletus Van Damme here eats it up. I think he thinks it's a baby kitten, because last night he tried to snuggle it. I suspected Minou might be a few kibble bits short of a Fancy Feast, but now I'm convinced. Then again, not everyone can be as intellectually brilliant as Milo Minousky, PhD.
After this experiment, Mom decided that it is best to hold on to the phone while trying to trick us. That Minou is faster than you think!
Come on in, the water's fine. Born on Jan. 16, this lil Asian Elephant made her public debut at the Melbourne Zoo today. Named "Baby," she's less babylike now at 300 lbs. but still nowhere near the 6,000-plus lbs. of her mom.
Only the second elephant to be born in Australia — and the first from artificial insemination — no wonder she's welcomed by a name that magnifies her miraculous birth.
In between her sloshy time, she gets sandy and a swift kick from Mama, oops! See all the pictures when you read more