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What should you do if you see an animal out in the cold?

What should you do if you see an animal out in the cold? As animal lovers, one of the most heartbreaking things to see is a helpless animal trapped in an unsafe situation. There has been growing awareness and media attention to dogs, in particular, left in vehicles in hot weather. There doesn’t seem to

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Shelter Sunday: Chica / Loving Companions Animal Rescue / North Pole, AK

Meet Chica! Chica, a young Husky mix, had her babies and was an excellent mother. Now she’s ready to find a home of her own. She’s a beautiful husky, very shy and sweet, just overall a beautiful soul. She is house trained and good with other dogs and children. She is currently in the care … Continue reading Shelter Sunday: Chica / Loving Companions Animal Rescue / North Pole, AK


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Which Dog Breeds Need the Longest Dog Walks?

How long should you walk your dog every day? That’s a question that has a lot of variables–your dog’s age and condition, the outdoor temperature and, of course, your dog’s…



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Remember Me Thursday Honors Shelter Pets–Don’t Miss #RememberMeThursday Contest

“All of the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” A time to take the words of Saint Francis of Assisi to heart, Remember Me Thursday is a day to light the…



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9 Boho Dresses I Love for Fall

9 Boho Dresses I Love for Fall
1. Rose Print Maxi Dress ($ 168)   |    2. Black Tiered Midi Dress ($ 118)   |   3. Floral Babydoll Dress ($ 148)   |   4. Brown Floral Maxi Dress ($ 168)   |   5. Navy Floral Maxi Dress ($ 168)  |   6. Pink Velvet Midi Dress ($ 198)   |   7. Black and White Floral Tiered Maxi ($ 228)   |   8. Corduroy Tiered Midi Dress ($ 168)   |   9. Wine Tunic Dress ($ 198)

I have sort of a summer uniform that consists of one of two looks. The first is cut off denim shorts, a band tee or tank, and a kimono. The other is one of a dozen floral boho dresses. (I joke to my other 40-something friends that I dress like a 22 year old going to Coachella. Age is just a number and all that, right?) Anyway, once fall arrives, I usually get sad, because my summer dresses become too lightweight for the weather, and all of my fall dresses are solid and just, well, uninspiring. So this fall, I decided I’m going to treat myself to a nice, high quality autumn dress or two that will specifically work for the cooler months. And these are some of my favorites. I’m especially leaving toward #1 or #3. I’ll share what I end up getting over in my Instagram Stories soon.

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So does the maned wolf break the “costs of carnivory” paradigm?

In recent post I wrote about the new research regarding the thylacine’s size, I mentioned that maned wolves might violated the “costs of carnivory” rule, which states that predatory mammals that weigh more than 21 kilograms (46 pounds) must haunt larger prey sources to survive.

Maned wolves do exceed this size, but their diet does not consist of large prey. They are not a threat to ungulate livestock. They take only small prey, such as rabbits, rodents, and small birds. They could be a threat to chickens and other poultry, but they aren’t cattle killers.

On a superficial reading of their ecology and diet, one would assume they would break this 21 kilogram rule. The largest ones do get to around 23 kilograms, and if they are that large, then they surely break this “costs of carnivory” rule.

But they don’t.

The reason is they have a most unusual diet for a canid.  Between 40 and 90 percent of their diet can consist of a single fruit called a lobeira or “wolf apple.” The average diet of a maned wolf is around 50 percent vegetable matter, which means they aren’t as bound by the rules of carnivorous diets as other mammalian predators are.

The maned wolf first appeared in the fossil record in what is today the Desert Southwest what is called the Blancan faunal age (late Pilocene to early Pleistocene).

It entered South America, along with a whole host of other canids, and it evolved to a specialist niche as a grassland predator. Many species of similar-sized dog were also diversifying in South America, it is likely that it evolved its unusual diet as a way of avoiding competition with more carnivorous canids.

So vegetarian are maned wolves that when fed a typical wild carnivoran diet in zoos, they often develop bladder stones. Their kidneys cannot absorb a particular amino acid called cystine, and the excess cystine turns into stones.

Most mid-sized canids are true generalists in their diets. The exceptions are the maned and Ethiopian wolves. The Ethiopian wolf runs between 14-19 kilograms, so its rodent specialized diet does not violate the rule.

But the maned wolf’s heavily frugivorous almost takes them out of the predator guild entirely.  They are as almost omnivorous as most bears are, and all extant bear species exceed 21 kilograms at maturity.

So maned wolves don’t violate the costs of carnivory rule. They do so, because they are far less predatory than virtually any other dog species. They are certainly less predatory that other dogs of their size.

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Live Near Wildfires? Vet Advice on Keeping Your Dog Safe

Historic wildfires have ravaged California in recent weeks, leaving an astonishing 3.3 million acres burned in less than a month. Across California, it is estimated that 29 major wildfires are still…



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6 Tips For Better Snacking

6 Tips For Better Snacking
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If you have kids (aka eating machines), or are just the average busy person in today’s world, you can probably relate to my ongoing snacking dilemmas. What snacks can I keep on hand that don’t require a lot of prep work? What snacks can I buy that we’ll all like? What snacks can we also easily take on the go? And most of all, how can we snack in ways that are better for us? I’ve really made an effort over the last month or so to find solutions for my snacking woes, and today I thought I’d share some of the things that are working for us.
6 Tips For Better Snacking
6 Tips For Better Snacking
1. Plan.
I am not a meal planner. It is not my thing. But I have become a snack planner. I don’t mean creating a color coded daily snack chart, but I do mean planning for easy grab-and-go snacks that you know will get eaten, making a list of them, and stocking up for a couple of weeks. We try to opt for fruits, veggies, yogurt, and wholesome crunchy snacks like Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers and Crunchy Cookies that I can pick up at Meijer. (Speaking of Meijer, make sure to take advantage of this amazing deal they’re offering.)
2. Go for crunch.
Everyone in our house agrees that a crunchy snack is more satisfying. Our current favorites for the perfect crunch are fresh carrot sticks and Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers and Crunchy Cookies, which are made from whole food ingredients, with nothing artificial. I always pick up a package or three when I’m getting groceries at Meijer, which makes the kids (and us!) very happy. The Almond Flour Crackers are super delicious snack crackers made with a wholesome blend of almond flour, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds. They’re a great source of vitamin E and contain 3 grams of protein per serving. Perfect right out of the box. Simple Mills Crunchy Cookies also provide a yummy crunch and are perfect for when we have a sweet tooth. Crafted from plant-powered, nutrient-dense ingredients, they’re just the right amount of sweet, thanks to natural coconut sugar.  
6 Tips For Better Snacking
6 Tips For Better Snacking
3. Read the labels.
I’ve always been a label reader (thanks mom!), but I still need to be reminded sometimes. Always check out the ingredients, and opt for snacks that are made with whole foods and free from anything artificial.

4. Choose convenient.

I admittedly get big ideas in my head of Pinterest-worthy snacks that will ultimately take a whole lot of ingredients and time I don’t have. When I attempt this, I end up with uneaten food. I’ve found that opting for convenient snacks is more realistic and much easier on all of us, and better for when we’re on-the-go. Berries that can be eaten right from the container, string cheese or cheese sticks, and Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers and Crunchy Cookies, which are nutrient-dense and made with whole foods, are our go-tos. 
6 Tips For Better Snacking
6 Tips For Better Snacking
5. Be mindful.
We’re all guilty (at least in this house), of mindlessly munching on snacks while we’re watching movies or looking at our devices, which can lead to overindulgence. I’ve found that when we’re more aware of why we’re actually snacking, it leads to better snacking habits. We talk to the kids (and remind ourselves) about listening to our body’s hunger cues, and when we really are hungry for a snack, to choose better-for-you options. And if we are watching a show or looking at our phones, we portion onto a bowl or plate. 
6. Listen to your body.
A nutritionist friend gave me that advice and you guys, they are words to live by. For real. If you’re hungry for a snack, eat one, but pay attention to when you feel full. If you’re bored and just feel like eating, try drinking a glass of water, or just nibble on a few crackers (Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers to the rescue again!). If you crave something unhealthy, try eating a better-for-you version and see if that satisfies. This is a great life lesson to teach your kids as well!
6 Tips For Better Snacking
6 Tips For Better Snacking
6 Tips For Better Snacking
I hope these tips prove helpful for those of you looking to improve your snacking habits. They’ve been very helpful for us! And if you haven’t tried Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers and Crunchy Cookies yet, I highly recommend grabbing some at your local Meijer. They are our absolute favorite snacks right now. Make sure to take advantage of this incredible deal too.
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