AARP Community Challenge 2017: Gulfport, Mississippi

The AARP Community Challenge funds “quick-action” projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for people of all ages. PROJECT: Transforming a floodplain into a dog park After Hurricane Katrina nearly leveled the Bayou View West neighborhood in Gulfport, Mississippi, in 2005, the Federal Emergency Management Agency bought out the remaining residents and handed the property over to the city. Funded by an AARP Community Challenge grant, the city’s first dog park, the Bark Park, attracted more than 200 happy …

Protect Yourself and Your Dog From Pet Scams

Pet scams may not fetch the publicity of other schemes, but they certainly continue with dogged persistence. As hundreds of businesses and thousands of pet parents celebrate Take Your Dog to Work Day, check out these pet scams still in the works. Dognapping As the name implies, pets (usually dogs) are snatched from unattended backyards, cars or even while in the company of owners. Thieves then wait for a reward to claim for safely returning the pet, or they brazenly …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. Dogs that roll over and expose their bellies to another dog are not being submissive. (Learn more at Huffington Post) 2. It takes 15 million tons of salt to melt ice and snow on U.S. highways, roads and sidewalks each winter. (Learn more at Vox.com) 3. Babies remember new accomplishments if they soon fall asleep. (Learn more at BBC) 4. An avocado a day can lower bad cholesterol. (Learn more at Penn State via Futurity) 5. The …

Internet Food Searches Go Bananas in 2014

When it comes to the trillions of Internet searches for health, diet and food in 2014, Americans evidently went bananas. Or so say the folks at Google and Yahoo. Bananas were at the top of the bunch for popular searches, according to the companies’ end-of-the-year reports. Aside from our surprising love for bananas, we also searched for other in-the-news health subjects that probably won’t surprise you. The Paleo diet was the top diet search in the U.S. on Google, for …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. Nearly half of people surveyed wrongly believe that their dogs are as smart as 3- to 5-year-old children. (Learn more at Time) 2. A big white rat is the newest star on Broadway. (Learn more at NY Times) >> 12 Foods That Sabotage Your Sleep 3. People do a terrible job of predicting how long they’ll live. (Learn more at Discovery) 4. Sixty-five percent of women say they favor sleep over sex. (Learn more from Today) …

With My Dog as My Co-Pilot

When I decided to quit my job and make my first cross-country trip, I could picture it perfectly: a mix of taking in beautiful mountain and water scenery, visiting monuments and museums, consuming unhealthy and fresh food alike, hiking through our national parks and walking through new cities. Transportation would be in my four-door sedan and accommodations in rented homes and motels. And right there, riding shotgun beside me, would be Reuban, my chocolate lab. This was so easy for …