Whether you're the one getting married, you belong in the wedding party, or you're attending the nuptials of a friend or family member, there are always parts of the process that rub you the wrong way.If you're the bride, you may be irritated that no one RSVPs before the deadline, your mom is too involved in your dress shopping, or you have a difficult bridesmaid. As a bridal party member, you may have a bridezilla on your hands, too many expensive showers and bachelorette parties to attend, or sleazy groomsmen to deal with. Attendees may be annoyed by pricey cash bars, ceremony locations not prepared for extreme temps (or rain), or lack of a plus-one invite.
Weddings come with so many traditions that it often takes an extra effort to give your big day a unique spin. One good way to make it your own? Ditch all the customs that get on your nerves.
I'm sure single ladies would gladly pass on the relationship-status-blaring bouquet toss. And as a bride, you might not want to flash your leg to all your friends and family as your new husband takes off your garter. Perhaps you could pass on gender-specific attendants and have your best guy friend stand as your "bridesman." Or maybe you'd rather give yourself away, thank you very much.
What traditions would you throw out?
My husband and I adopted a dog from an animal shelter a little over two weeks ago. She's an abandoned, Australian shepherd mix, about six years old, and as sweet as can be. We've named her "Jaida" (pronounced Jay-ida and means "good girl" in Arabic). She is my little shadow and loves to cuddle with me and to play in the snow.
Unfortunately, she is very afraid of men including our vet and my husband. I thought it was something she would get over, and she has to an extent with my husband — she will take food from him now which she would not do for the first week we had her. She still does not come to him when he calls, puts her tail between her legs, looks away from him when he pets her, and darts away from him to hide under my desk especially when he first comes downstairs in the morning or comes home from work.
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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.
My dog has been sleeping outside for sometime now, and during the day until early afternoon. I cleaned out his kennel recently and made a horrible mistake . . . I did not put enough hay on the bottom. When we went to get him the next day, there were holes and he had some ice inside it. I feel horrible because now his pads (especially his back right foot, seen here) are all red. He has been licking it a little but also limps on it. He is now sleeping inside but not sure what else I should do for this? Any thoughts?
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Ok, so in a few months I'm going to be moving with my boyfriend to our own apartment (right now, we both live at home). I know right off the bat there is this one Pit Bull at a rescue that I am planning to try to adopt (2 or 3-year-old fixed male), and last month I saw another dog in the same rescue that was about 2 or 3 years old, a fixed female I am seriously considering getting as well.
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When reaching out to pet a cat, approach with fingers tucked under and fist together. Open hands with spread fingers can look a bit too much like unsheathed claws to some cats, and they could perceive your gentle petting desires to be a sign of aggression and lash out. Ouch. Move slowly — so you're not a moving target — and show the cat your hand first to sniff your scent before reaching in for a rub.
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Since it’s Pet Peeve Week, all of you shared the little things that get under your skin in a big way. From your submissions, I’ve rounded up 10 annoyances I think most of us would count among our pet peeves. I’m sure we’ve all been guilty of doing these from time to time, but since it’s the week to let out our frustration, let’s get to it!
- Emails that lack proper grammar and capitalization.
- Friends who take long cell phone calls while we're hanging out.
- Corner markets that charge me $.25 to use my credit card.
- Getting my meal at a restaurant after everyone else has already eaten theirs!
- People who stand in front of the bus entrance, making me have to force my way through them.
- Fingernail clipping in public.
- The airport security liquids rule.
- Cable personalities who make mundane stories sound like the end of the world.
- People who eat stinky food in tight quarters.
Pheeww! I feel better. Now tell me yours.
We've been going in the woods off-leash ever since we had our dog and, last weekend, the same dog went after him for the third time. I told the owner he should leash his dog since he's aggressive, and his response was, "Well I think dogs should just work it out themselves." When I saw him again, and I yelled to scare the other dog off, then leashed mine and walked the other way home. Is there anything I can do?
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