• September 30, 2016

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Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

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Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

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Tuesday 09/06/2016
Tips for Planning Your Wedding and Beyond
Updated: September 06, 2016 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) While making the wedding day spectacular may seem like the main goal for engaged couples, savvy twosomes are also considering how they will build their home and life together after the honeymoon.

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Monday 06/13/2016
Wedding Season Tips to Select Champagne
Updated: June 13, 2016 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) Fizzing, bubbling, exciting and inspiring. Champagne is the quintessential complement to any memorable occasion, but perhaps is most inextricably linked to setting the mood for romance.

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Thursday 05/26/2016
7 Questions to Ask Before Hiring Your Wedding Photographer
Updated: May 27, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Some moments are simply too important to trust to a camera phone.

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Thursday 03/03/2016
3 Ways Couples Today are Personalizing their Weddings
Updated: March 03, 2016 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) The face of marriage is changing and so are the ways couples are choosing to celebrate the occasion.

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Thursday 09/29/2016
The Magic Number for Millennials: $51,000
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - What does it take to make a millennial happy? At least $51,000 a year in income, for starters.

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Wednesday 09/28/2016
Bringing the Family Together At the Dinner Table
Updated: September 28, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - If you are like most families, the stress of having kids and maintaining hectic schedules, can heat up the happiest of households in no time -- especially when it comes to trying to decide what to have for dinner.

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How to Overcome Your Smile Insecurities
Updated: September 28, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Everyone deserves to have a smile that expresses self-confidence and inner beauty. Unfortunately, too many people are insecure about their smile when the sources of their unhappiness can easily be fixed. Turns out, with some simple, cost-effective, and painless cosmetic dentistry, you can dazzle the world with your smile.

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Monday 09/26/2016
Gran promesa latina lanza línea de moda para el Mes de la Herencia Hispana
Updated: September 27, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Noticias patrocinadas - Con el Mes de la Herencia Hispana en marcha, los latinos están recibiendo el muy merecido reconocimiento público por su contribución al crecimiento cultural de Estados Unidos. De acuerdo con White House Initiative on Education Excellence and Hispanics, en la actualidad hay más de 54 millones de latinos en EE.UU., y se espera que las latinas representen un tercio de la población femenina del país en 2060. Por esta razón, no debe sorprender que figuras latinas hayan acaparado la atención en los campos de la política, los deportes y el entretenimiento. En el mundo de la moda, las latinas se están posicionando a la cabeza y están resaltando sobre el resto. Este es el caso de la diseñadora y ganadora de la temporada 14 del Project Runway de invierno , Ashley Nell Tipton.

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Good Dental Care: Make It Safe
Updated: September 27, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Patient safety and infection control are key concerns among dental professionals who go to great lengths to ensure that the care they provide their patients is as effective as it is safe. With good cause, too, since research indicates that while rare, cross-infection from one patient to the next does still occur.

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Thursday 09/22/2016
Cystic Fibrosis Breakthrough for Patients With Fungal Infections in Lungs
Updated: September 22, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Up to half of all cystic fibrosis patients have fungal infections in their lungs caused by a spore-forming mold named Aspergillus fumigatus. Many of those patients, particularly children and young adults, will develop an allergic reaction to the fungus, Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis (ABPA), according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Coughing, wheezing and other symptoms can be severe.

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Wednesday 09/21/2016
Save Time and Money With a Mail-Order Pharmacy
Updated: September 21, 2016 - 2:30 pm

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Millennials and Health Care
Updated: September 21, 2016 - 2:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Growing up in the digital age, most millennials (adults ages 18 to 36) have grown dependent on using technology to educate themselves about everything from current fashion trends to the latest rankings for their favorite football team. However, one important aspect of life that can't be as easily explained by a smartphone is health care. Since having comprehensive benefits is a major workplace perk, it's important that millennials understand key insurance terms so they can make the best health care decisions. Learn more at aflac.com.

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Is Your Christmas Tree Up to the Task?
Updated: September 21, 2016 - 2:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Ensure that your holiday lighting dreams come true with brightly lit bulbs on your trees, wreaths and other holiday decorations. Plan ahead to save time, reduce aggravation, and eliminate disappointment.

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Tips to Keep Your Neighborhood Safe
Updated: September 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Amid recent headlines, which include mass shootings, terrorist attacks and typical everyday crime, it can be easy to feel unsafe. But individual citizens can take steps to make their homes and communities safer from many types of threats.

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Thursday 09/29/2016
The cost of chores: How much should you pay your kids? [Infographic]
Posted: September 29, 2016

(BPT) - Your son mowed the lawn while your daughter cleaned out the garage. How much do you owe them? A new COUNTRY Financial Security Index shows 68 percent of Americans believe children should receive an allowance for completing chores. Check out the going rate for some common chores in this infographic, and visit www.GetChorePal.com for a tool that empowers families, teaches kids the value of a dollar, and provides satisfaction for a job well done.

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Meet the world's first self-installing car seat - giving parents peace of mind every ride. [Video]
Updated: September 30, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Wednesday 09/28/2016
Bringing the Family Together At the Dinner Table
Updated: September 28, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - If you are like most families, the stress of having kids and maintaining hectic schedules, can heat up the happiest of households in no time -- especially when it comes to trying to decide what to have for dinner.

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Monday 09/26/2016
Gran promesa latina lanza línea de moda para el Mes de la Herencia Hispana
Updated: September 27, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Noticias patrocinadas - Con el Mes de la Herencia Hispana en marcha, los latinos están recibiendo el muy merecido reconocimiento público por su contribución al crecimiento cultural de Estados Unidos. De acuerdo con White House Initiative on Education Excellence and Hispanics, en la actualidad hay más de 54 millones de latinos en EE.UU., y se espera que las latinas representen un tercio de la población femenina del país en 2060. Por esta razón, no debe sorprender que figuras latinas hayan acaparado la atención en los campos de la política, los deportes y el entretenimiento. En el mundo de la moda, las latinas se están posicionando a la cabeza y están resaltando sobre el resto. Este es el caso de la diseñadora y ganadora de la temporada 14 del Project Runway de invierno , Ashley Nell Tipton.

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Make a World of Difference on Halloween
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) This year, Halloween will bring tricks and treats, and teachable moments, too, thanks to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. Under the guidance of teachers across the nation, thousands of students can learn positive global citizenship values and be empowered to make a difference.

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Simple Steps to Protect Your Family from Fire, Carbon Monoxide and Other Threats
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) While life can be complicated, sometimes the simple solutions are the best ones, particularly when it comes to protecting your family from household hazards.

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Get Picky About Pet Food
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When a beloved family pet experiences health problems, it can take a toll on the whole family. In some cases, it can take weeks or even months to identify the problem, and more importantly, where the solution lies. In some cases, the answer is as simple as changing what your pet eats.

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Fashionably Fall
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When fall comes on quick and brings cool weather with it, you can’t afford to be caught with an unprepared wardrobe. With every season change, there comes an opportunity to make sure your closet reflects your unique style.

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Giving Back
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) America’s farmers have a unique opportunity to support and give back to their local community.

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Tips to Get Kids Outside and Away From Screens
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Remember taking off for a day of adventure on your bike, returning home only for dinner? Kids these days don't have the same incredible experience of exploratory, unstructured play. According to a new survey commissioned by Nature's Path, 54 percent of moms say their kids spend more time playing in front of a screen than playing outside.

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Thursday 09/29/2016
Debunking one of the biggest misconceptions about menopause
Updated: September 30, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Nearly all women will go through menopause at some point in their lives. Often with this comes a loss of intimacy, one of the biggest — yet least discussed — side effects of menopause. While to some this may seem inevitable, menopause does not need to signify the end of a woman’s sex life.

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Thursday 09/22/2016
Don't leave money on the table: Know your Social Security facts
Posted: September 22, 2016

(BPT) - Planning ahead and getting an accurate picture of your options may be the key to getting the most out of your retirement. However, a survey commissioned by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) aimed to better understand how much Americans know about Social Security retirement benefits suggests many may be leaving Social Security retirement benefits they’re entitled to on the table, or incorrectly assuming what benefits may be available in retirement. Here are some the most common questions and answers for people of all ages:

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Wednesday 09/21/2016
What you need to know about atrial fibrillation and stroke
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Each year, millions of people in the U.S. have an irregular heartbeat, also known as an arrhythmia, according to the American Heart Association.  Heart arrhythmias are common and can be harmless. However, certain arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation (AFib), may produce pooling and clotting of the blood which can then travel to other parts of the body, damaging the brain, lungs and other organs if not treated appropriately.  

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The uplifting truth about end-of-life care
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - When a loved one is critically ill, hearing that it’s time for hospice care can be devastating news. On top of the emotional upheaval of coping with a terminal illness, you may be unsure what hospice care really is — and believe it’s just an indication your loved one will likely pass away.

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Monday 09/19/2016
Veterans find hope and healing through creative arts
Updated: September 27, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Where words fail, the creative arts have the ability to speak. Art therapy is an empowering technique that allows for self-discovery and has the power to produce insight and expression in a non-threatening way. That is why the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) encourages creative arts as a therapeutic, and often lifesaving, tool for returning soldiers.

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What you still don't know about breast cancer
Updated: September 27, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The topic of breast cancer can feel familiar — from October walks to pink ribbons, Americans know breast cancer. That is, until you or a loved one is diagnosed.  

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Thursday 09/15/2016
How to Talk to Aging Parents about the Future
Updated: September 15, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Parents care for and guide children into adulthood. But as parents age, sometimes the roles are reversed.

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Wednesday 09/14/2016
Meaningful, doable ways to support veterans, members of the military and their families
Updated: September 22, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - At the airport, you take a moment to thank a solider in uniform who is returning home. On Veterans Day, you hold up a sign at your town’s parade to let those who have served know how much you care. Throughout the year, whenever you encounter veterans or someone currently serving in the armed forces, you show your appreciation for their service.

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Tuesday 09/06/2016
Creating confidence: 8 steps to feeling more self-assured
Updated: September 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Virtually everyone struggles with a lack of self-confidence at some point in their lives and it’s perfectly normal to feel unsure of yourself in certain situations. However, if you find a lack of confidence is holding you back from fully enjoying your personal life, or achieving your professional goals, it may be time to take action.

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How Boomers are Disrupting the Housing Market
Updated: September 06, 2016 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) As the Boomer population ages and retires, massive shifts in the housing market are to be expected. One current popular trend with these older Americans is manufactured housing in land-lease communities, where homes are placed on leased land and the overall price of the home is lower than other types of homes. And many of these communities offer senior-friendly amenities.

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Thursday 09/29/2016
5 health care life hacks for millennials: So many TV shows, so little time
Posted: September 29, 2016

(BPT) - There are a lot of articles floating around that attempt to dissect the behaviors and attitudes of millennials — one thing that is certain is our generation’s remarkable dedication to marathon TV sessions. While millennials have a reputation for being super health-conscious, we also log a staggering number of hours in front of the TV. We’ve put together a list of five health care life hacks for millennials looking to better balance their health and hobbies:

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Fabulous fall hair in 4 simple steps
Updated: September 30, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The weather changes associated with chillier seasons can wreak havoc on hair. As leaves turn and flakes begin to fall, there's no need to worry about fly-aways, dry strands and lifeless locks.

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Wednesday 09/28/2016
Finding balance: 3 approaches for managing ADHD behaviors in children
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published new recommendations for helping children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to reduce associated behaviors, which can include hyperactivity, restlessness, and emotional dysregulation. The leading public health institute’s recommendation is behavior therapy before starting a prescription drug regimen, which often includes stimulant-based medications. Behavior therapy provides tools for parents to help their child with ADHD learn self-control and boost their self-esteem. The CDC’s recommendations come at a time when more than 60 percent of children aged 4-17 who are diagnosed with ADHD are taking prescription medication.

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Rabies: It May Be Closer To Home Than You Think
Posted: September 28, 2016

(BPT) - A Common Misconception

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How to Overcome Your Smile Insecurities
Updated: September 28, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Everyone deserves to have a smile that expresses self-confidence and inner beauty. Unfortunately, too many people are insecure about their smile when the sources of their unhappiness can easily be fixed. Turns out, with some simple, cost-effective, and painless cosmetic dentistry, you can dazzle the world with your smile.

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Food For Thought: Postnatal Nutrition Advice For New Moms
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Pregnant women spend loads of time worrying about every aspect of their baby’s development, starting with their nutrition. But here’s some food for thought: After your little one finally arrives, it is no time to let the cookie crumble. Sure, you’re exhausted, irritable, and moving 100 miles per hour, but postnatal nutrition is just as important, especially when you are breast-feeding. But good news: There’s no reason to stress about it—that’s what a prenatal vitamin is for! Although it’s called a “pre”-natal vitamin, a new mom should continue taking her supplement during this “post”-natal period, especially if she is breast-feeding, to ensure she and her baby get the nutrients they need.

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EyeCare America Helps Save Seniors' Sight
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—It’s a fact of life. When people reach their senior years, they are at high risk for developing age-related eye diseases that can lead to blindness if not caught and treated in time.

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Tuesday 09/27/2016
Zika Isn't Going Away: Stay Safe With These Tips
Updated: September 28, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Thousands of travel-associated cases of the Zika virus have been reported all over the United States, and new cases are being diagnosed daily. They’ve also been reported in dozens of foreign countries around the globe such as Germany, Spain, Costa Rica, Papua New Guinea and Singapore, among others.

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What You Should Know About Psoriatic Arthritis
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Did you know more than 1 million people in the US live with psoriatic arthritis? Psoriatic arthritis, or PsA, is a chronic inflammatory disease characterized by swelling, pain, and tenderness of the joints. PsA can be challenging – even debilitating – and can impact a person’s common day-to-day activities, such as walking up the stairs, driving a car, and doing laundry. PsA affects so many people yet most people still don’t know much about it or understand it.

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7 things you should look for when evaluating swim schools
Updated: September 30, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - “Golden Growth.” That’s what USA Swimming has said of the recent surge across the sport. Athletes like Michael Phelps, Nathan Adrian, Ryan Lochte, Simone Manuel and Katie Ledecky have paved the way for massive growth across the sport — USA Swimming claims more than 300,000 compete in nearly 2,800 teams stretching across the U.S.

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Wednesday 09/28/2016
Pet Play With A Superstar Twist From Petmate's WWE Collection
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Exercise is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle for pets. They need to get up and get active to stay healthy and fit. And, just as for people, exercise is not only important for pets physically, but crucial to their mental health as well. Consider these three things:

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Tuesday 09/20/2016
Three Surefire Signs That It's Time To Have 'The Talk' With Tabby
Updated: September 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—These days, many people know that spaying and neutering are the most humane and effective ways to reduce pet overpopulation. Not everyone, however, knows that fixing your cat will also address some of the most vexing and bothersome cat behaviors, including:

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Friday 08/05/2016
Get adventurous before busy fall routines set in with these 5 fun family activities
Updated: August 13, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Summer is fleeting and schedules are filling up quickly, so take advantage of the free time you have to partake in fun activities with those you love the most: your family. It's tempting to stick to the same routine of going to the local playground, taking in a movie or playing in the backyard. Why not try some new experiences this year and go on a family adventure? These five activities are fun for the whole family and will help create lasting memories together. Incorporate a couple (or all five!) ideas into your schedule to finish summer with a bang and begin fall on a fun note. 

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Thursday 08/04/2016
Senior Dogs Who Wet Their Beds—What Pet Parents Of Senior Dogs Should Know
Updated: August 05, 2016 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—If you’re like most dog owners, you’ve stumbled upon, or even into, a few urine “accidents” from time to time.

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Thursday 07/28/2016
10 top trends to keep your dog fit and healthy
Posted: July 28, 2016

(BPT) - For pet owners and their four-legged friends, social activities such as playing at the dog park, hiking through the woods, strolling around town or making new friends at doggy day care are great ways to stay fit, but can also pose health risks. Here are 10 ways to keep your dog healthy and happy:

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Tuesday 07/19/2016
Know the symptoms of 'Stank Face'
Posted: July 19, 2016

(BPT) - Attention: If you own a cat, you could be unknowingly exposing friends and family to the embarrassing condition of Stank Face. You know, the universal expression of disgust often caused by litter box odor. Luckily, experts have now determined the primary cause of this controversial ailment; inferior cat litter. And a cure is available thanks to the odor control experts at Tidy Cats.

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Wednesday 07/13/2016
5 helpful hints for welcoming a kitty home
Updated: July 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Millions of cats are in shelters across the country waiting for a loving parent or family to bring them home. Every year, 3.4 million cats enter shelters. Only 37 percent are adopted, while 41 are euthanized and less than 5 percent of cats who come in as strays are returned to their owners, according to the ASPCA.

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Wednesday 06/15/2016
Take Your Cat On An Adventure
Updated: June 16, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Whether it’s exploring the great outdoors or within the walls of their own home, cats have a knack for making the ordinary extraordinary.

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Tuesday 06/07/2016
The Tip List for Pets - Keeping Your Dog Fit and Healthy
Updated: June 15, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - For pet owners and their four-legged friends, interacting with other dogs provides great opportunities for exercise and socialization. Whether it’s playing at the dog park, hiking through the woods, strolling around town or making new friends at doggy daycare, these activities can improve your dog’s mental and physical well-being. They can also put your dog at risk for exposure to health threats.

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Friday 06/03/2016
Livestock guardians: Top dogs for protecting your herd or flock
Updated: June 04, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - When you raise animals, from poultry to cattle, hard work and dedication come with the territory. So how do you reward one of the toughest and most valuable members of your ranch or country home when he’s of the four-legged variety? Give him more work to do.

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Family, pets displaced after Cove house fire
Posted: September 28, 2016

COPPERAS COVE — Fire destroyed a home on the 200 block of East Hogan Drive in Copperas Cove on Monday.

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VFW Post 8577 to host elections town hall
Posted: September 28, 2016

COPPERAS COVE — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8577 will host a town hall meeting for four candidates for state and national office today at 6 p.m. at 1506 Veterans Ave.

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