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Hypoallergenic Dogs? No Such Thing, Study Says

Posted on 07/3/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThis could be bad news for Bo, the Obamas’ supposedly hypoallergenic Portuguese Water Dog: A new study says it’s a myth that certain dog breeds are less likely to aggravate allergies. The research, published last week in the Journal of Allergy Clinical Immunology, finds that there is “no evidence for the classification of certain dog breeds as being “hypoallergenic,” Dutch researchers wrote. In fact, as Reuters reports, scientists found that “hypoallergenic” canines had more allergy-causing protein in their fur than …

Beware of Dog Food: This Kind Can Make You Sick

Posted on 05/15/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthDespite a recall of 11 brands of contaminated dry dog food — including brands sold at Costco — two more people have become sick after handling the salmonella-tainted kibble, bringing the total to 16 in nine states, federal officials reported. Five people have been hospitalized. No dogs have been sickened in this incident, only pet owners who bought pet food manufactured at a South Carolina plant owned by Diamond Pet Foods, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

And the AARP Mutt Madness Winner Is …

Posted on 04/3/2012 by |Home & Family blogger | Comments

Home & FamilyKODY! Out of 59 dogs, this gorgeous Great Pyrenees outlasted them all. Kody was the front-runner from the very beginning as his human, Vicki, masterfully promoted him and garnered tons of “Likes” from her friends and family in each round. Kody gets to boast for a year that he’s the Mutt Madness Top Dog. Good on him! Let’s not forget about the runner-up: the lovable Indi, who’s owner submitted her picture in memory of the playful yellow lab. Indi died from cancer in February. We congratulate …

Dogs In Christmas Sweaters: Just What Are We Celebrating?

Posted on 12/8/2011 by |Home & Family blogger | Comments

Home & FamilyScrooge Alert! I found myself roaming around a pet store today oblivious to the festiveness going on around me. Had the beagles in tow, so my task was to get their favorite treats and food, then get out. Dredging our way to the checkout line I saw it: an entire aisle dedicated to Christmas apparel for dogs. Of course this isn’t the first time I’ve seen this; each year I go out of my way to avoid it. Gaudy sweaters, tacky jackets …

Think Your Doctor Bills Are High? Check Your Pooch’s

Posted on 11/3/2011 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Home & FamilyThey may be man’s (and  woman’s) best friends, but  their health care expenses are soaring right along with ours. Over the last 10 years, pet care bills have climbed steadily higher at almost the same rate as human health-care costs. According to the American Pet Products Association, total pet-related expenditures by the end of 2011 are expected to top $50 billion — half of that for vet care and over-the-counter medicine and supplies — compared to $48 billion last year …

Gadgets Gone Wild: Do I Really Need to LoJack My Dog?

Posted on 10/13/2011 by |Home & Family blogger | Comments

TechnologyAfter reading this entry from the Smithsonian’s Innvoations blog I feel way too analog when it comes to my dogs. I love my gadgets, don’t get me wrong, but never in a million years would I dream of having a LoJack on my critter. Ask anyone who knows me, I love my two beagles. They roll their eyes and cringe when they hear a sentence that begins with “Blarney did the funniest thing today” or “Did I tell you the …