pets

Man’s Best Friend Used in Pet Scams

Posted on 06/14/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family | Money & SavingsThe following Scam Alert is a guest post by Sid Kirchheimer: Just in time for the dog days of summer comes the latest scam to hit the Web: “Pet-flipping.” Crooks are using Craigslist to sell — usually to unsuspecting new families — beloved household pets that are lost or have been stolen, sometimes from the families’ own backyards. In some cases, rightful owners see ads for their MIA mutts on that website, but scammers ignore their pleas (and rewards) for …

Miracle In Oklahoma: ‘I Know He’s In Here Somewhere’

Posted on 05/21/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayAmid the devastation of the Oklahoma tornado, Barbara Garcia simply proceeded according to plan. As the sky darkened and the funnel cloud approached, she headed to her small bathroom with her dog. She hoped they’d be safe there. (If you can’t see the video embedded below, try reloading the page or view it here.) The reunion of Garcia and her dog is just one of the wonderful things about this report. For our money, even better is her matter-of-factness and …

Why Your Dog Wants to Move to Montana

Posted on 05/17/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin TodayMany of us who have dogs or cats tend to think of them almost as family members, which is one reason that Americans happily spent $53 billion last year on food, veterinary care,  chew toys and myriad accessories (such as sporty camouflage-colored harnesses for Chihauhuas). And at one time or another, we’ve all probably wondered what Princess or Fido is thinking when they stare at us with those big soulful eyes.  But now, thanks to a new survey on the state …

5 Chemicals You Shouldn’t Have in Your House

Posted on 04/15/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIn honor of Earth Day (April 22), lots of folks would like us to think about the common chemicals we’re exposed to daily that we may not realize could affect our health. For example, have you checked the ingredients on that antibacterial soap in your shower? Or wondered about the safety of Fifi’s flea collar? The environmentalists at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) have, and they’ve issued a report called “The Five Stupidest Chemicals That Shouldn’t Be in Your …

FDA to Pet-Treat Maker: Recall Products or Else

Posted on 02/27/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWe’ve warned you once, twice — now it’s time to “voluntarily” pull those tainted products before we make you do it, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told a pet-treat maker last week. The federal agency was using its new power to demand mandatory recalls of contaminated food products. The threat was aimed at Kasel Associated Industries, which subsequently pulled all pet treats manufactured at its Colorado facility from April 20, 2012, through Sept. 19, 2012, because the products …

Do I need a new BFF?

Posted on 10/26/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeThis is the first in a series of posts from AARP’s Senior Vice President of Research & Strategic Analysis, Becky Gillan.  So the other day I was talking to my sister, and as usual, the conversation gravitated to her two Westies: Maddie and Miss Daisy. She starts to tell me that they have just gotten back from getting their portraits taken and . . . hold on. “Portraits of what?!?” I ask. Seems she is no longer content to have …