The queen of the 30-minute meal touched down in New York City today with a new food truck concept dishing out quick, tasty meals for your beloved pooch. Dubbed the Woof Wagon, today's Columbus Circle attraction aims to promote Rachael Ray's new line of super premium wet food called Nutrish Naturally Delish by serving up plates of Chicken Muttballs & Pasta, Hearty Beef Stew, and Chicken Paw Pie to culinarily minded canines. As much as I'd love to be there to check out the happy pooches digging into their gourmet meals, my pup probably couldn't partake (her 14-year-old tummy must stick to a limited, low-fat diet). But I wonder if Ray's NYC tour might inspire the launch of more pet food trucks coming to a fire hydrant near you. So I want to know:
Haven't visited Mother Nature in a while? There's no better time than now, as National Wildlife Refuge Week comes to a close this weekend on Oct. 20. Every day should be spent celebrating the beauty of our wildlife refuges, but no other week in the year is as jam-packed with wildlife events and activities. Here's everything you need to know about National Wildlife Refuge Week and how you can join in on the action and get wild.
- Since President Theodore Roosevelt established the first national wildlife refuge in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has been preserving habitats for more than 700 species of birds, 220 species of mammals, 250 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 1,000 species of fish. In addition to providing protection for wildlife and plants, refuges also encourage and offer comprehensive, hands-on interactions with nature.
- Beyond preserving wildlife and providing recreational nature activities, refuges have far-reaching impacts that affect more than just wildlife. According to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service director Dan Ashe, "They also have an important role in human communities. By providing healthy habitats for wildlife, refuges improve water quality, relieve flooding, improve soil quality, and help trap greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change."
- There are 553 wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts across the US, spanning 150 million acres of protected habitats, and most of them are open to the public. There is at least one wildlife refuge in every state, so anyone in the country can take advantage of this annual celebration. To find a refuge, use this locator to see what's available in your state.
- National Wildlife Refuge Week events vary from refuge to refuge, offering something for every kind of nature-lover. For the active type, there are adventures like hikes, bike rides, and races that combine nature watching with a healthy dose of competition. For those who want to learn about their surroundings, refuges are offering a wide variety of educational programs like bird watching and wildlife photography. For more information, check out the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services' official calendar of events.
Nicole Richie was put through the ringer when she visited Ellen — she was forced to sniff four shirtless male models in a smell test to see if she could identify her own fragrance, Nicole. Nicole also revealed that she and husband Joel Madden got their first-ever family pet, an 18-month-old German Shepherd named Iro. Hear Nicole talk about how her kids, Harlow and Sparrow, are adjusting!
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This Halloween, we can expect to see lots of guys and gals dressed up as Scooby-Doos, Hello Kitties, Scruff McGruffs, and a whole range of sexy kittens. So it's only fair that our four-legged friends dress up like us for a change. On Wednesday, leading home goods and pet items company Wayfair announced its projections for the most popular pet costumes for Halloween 2012, and three out of the top five are human costumes. Inside, we have proof that this trend is huge. Click through now and see what happens when cats and dogs emulate humans and transform into little police officers, jesters, businessmen, and even brides. The result is unsurprisingly adorable, and you know what they say: imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
It's nearly the most fur-raising time of the year as humans and pets alike prepare creepy getups for All Hallows' Eve. But if this is your pet's first time going incognito — or he's a little spooky around dressing up — it's important to take it slow. You may think his costume is the cat's meow, but he's going to need some extra TLC while getting comfortable with his cute new outfit so you don't end up in the doghouse!
Kitty, Meet Costume
It's important to introduce the costume and allow him to get acclimated to the actual item before his big debut. I recommend starting at least a week before Halloween, especially if he's not used to being dressed up. First, let him sniff the costume and get used to its scent. Then place it on top of (but not fully on) him and reward him with praise and a treat. Consider this your pet's dress rehearsal!
A Pup in Disguise
Never force a pet to wear a costume. Talk to your pet in a soothing voice as you dress him up. Some pets dislike certain parts like the over-the-head or under-the-belly process, but this shouldn't be a huge struggle. If your pup doesn't appear to approve of your costume choice and fights back, by all means stop.
Have a Happy Halloween!
If at any time during the festivities your pet looks uncomfortable, take off the costume. Make him feel extra special by lavishing him with praise and special attention. And watch out that the clothing doesn't get caught on ordinary household items. That can ruin the fun of a costume really quickly! Since Halloween comes only once a year, don't forget to take plenty of pictures of your pet and his awesome disguise, and feel free to provide him with an extra pet-safe treat or two!
People love cute cat photos, but Spangles takes cute to the extreme. The cross-eyed kitty, who was caught glowering goofily in pirate hat, now has a huge following on Facebook, and is making waves across the Internet as well.
She first decided to dress him up when she came across a tiger costume at a pet store. "I saw the tiger hat in PetSmart and it was so cute," his owner, 25-year-old Mary Buchanan, told Yahoo! Shine in an interview. "I put it on him and he just looked so adorable. I wanted to show others how cute he is."
"He was born on July 4. So I came up with his name, Spangles!" Buchanan posted on Spangles' Facebook page, where she also posts plenty of photos. The 3-year-old mixed-breed cat was born with his eyes crossed, Buchanan told Yahoo! Shine, but "He can see perfectly fine. He has been checked out by a vet."
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Spangles lives in Spartanburg, S.C., with his human, his canine siblings (Jen Jen and Mojo), and his feline siblings (Sunshine, Snowball, and Georgina). "My pets are my kids," Buchanan says. "My mom asked when she was going to get grand kids one day and I pointed to the animals playing and and told her those were her grand kids!"
"Spangles loves snuggling with me and he plays at night," Buchanan adds. "I'm a night owl so he has adapted to my schedule." And he's plenty willing to don crazy costumes and pose for Buchanan's camera. At least, most of the time.
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While the famous Portuguese Water Dog played with friends on the White House's South Lawn, his powerful parents dished on Bo's bedtime habits and who lets him up on the couch!