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As the pet parent of a 15-year-old Pit Bull and 14-year Doberman, I’ve been fortunate to watch both Mabel Mae and Zoey age gracefully into their twilight years while maintaining much of their spryness and grit. But each day, I encounter signals they have achieved senior citizen status: the onset of pain and stiffness from arthritis and the frequent and necessary bathroom breaks. We fondly remember the wee pups we welcomed into our homes years before, but the reality is their bodies and minds are shifting, and so should their lifestyles. …


We’ve all seen the amusing memes about pet parents and their four-legged friends who closely resemble each other, and that reality is hard to ignore. Spend some time in a dog park, and you’ll see for yourself; the woman whose hairstyle matches her poodle’s cut or the man whose slim face and narrow nose are uncannily similar to his greyhound’s features.

Every pet owner knows his or her pup is the cutest in the world. It’s certainly not an insult to consider we may somewhat resemble our fur baby. As it turns out, there is existing science behind this.

Little girl in glasses with her dog sitting at the desk.
Little girl in glasses with her dog sitting at the desk.

The…


The summer heat is on our doorstep, and outdoor events call for refreshing on-the-go libations. Even better if they are accompanied with low ABV (alcohol by volume) that allows for enjoyable drinking without the inevitable buzz that higher octane cocktails and beers bring about. Enter Radler and Shandy.

Refreshing Boozy Grapefruit Radler Shandy in a pint glass.
Refreshing Boozy Grapefruit Radler Shandy in a pint glass.

A Radler is a refreshing lager blended 50/50 with lemonade, lemon-lime, or grapefruit sodas. The Shandy is a bit more encompassing and is a 60/40 mixture of ale and may include ginger beer, ginger ale, or fruit juice. Many companies have transformed the Radler and Shandy into an art form, but you…


Octopus salad is one of the most famous Dalmatian dishes along the Adriatic coast. Although typically ordered as a starter, this salad is hearty enough to eat as a meal and perfectly pairs with Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. There are countless variations of this dish, and every family treasures their heirloom recipe. You can personalize this salad by adding capers, olives, lettuce, or arugula. Whatever you do, do not add fruit as this is borders on local sacrilege.

Octopus cut into small pieces and prepared with potatoes, tomatoes, and cucumbers.
Octopus cut into small pieces and prepared with potatoes, tomatoes, and cucumbers.

Ingredients

2 lbs octopus, remove head and beak

1/2 lb waxy potatoes (new potatoes, red bliss, fingerlings)

Two bay leaves

Ten peppercorns


Flu coronavirus pandemic virus infection, travel and health concept. Medical stethoscope and travel documents on wood background. 3d illustration
Flu coronavirus pandemic virus infection, travel and health concept. Medical stethoscope and travel documents on wood background. 3d illustration

Travel is fascinating, and the journey is cleansing, inspirational, and enriching. But not during a global pandemic. In pandemic times, travel equates to the spread of a deadly virus. For the past year, the world has been struggling to control the proliferation of Covid-19.

The measures different countries, states, counties, regions, cultures, and societies have imposed to achieve that goal vary. The result is kaleidoscopic of restrictions and preconditions primarily for international travel, which have affected people’s lives, the travel and tourism industry, and how we perceive travel in general. …


Cold Cucumber and Beet Soup is a contemporary spin on the classic Bulgarian Tarator. This soup is healthy, vibrant, earthy yet subtle, and looks beautiful on the table.

Cold cucumber and beet soup in a bowl.
Cold cucumber and beet soup in a bowl.

Ingredients

32 oz container plain Bulgarian or Greek yogurt

32 oz cold water

1 English cucumber, peeled and grated

1 cup red beets, boiled until soft, then mashed

Three cloves garlic, crushed

3 tbsp fresh baby dill, finely chopped

3 tbsp sunflower oil

3 oz walnuts, coarsely chopped

Salt

A dollop of sour cream, garnish (optional)

Method

Add yogurt and water to a large mixing bowl, and whisk until smooth.

Grate cucumber…


A dog is probably the only soul on earth that loves you more than you love yourself. From loyal companions to an inseparable part of your family, a dog is someone who fills your heart with love and your home with joy. So, it is only natural you’ll want to learn everything about your four-legged friend.

Here are five interesting facts about dogs that will leave you with a sense of wonderment.

Dog looking out a window.
Dog looking out a window.

1. Dogs Have a Sense of Time

There is proof that your dog knows the difference between one hour and four hours. When conditioned and trained, dogs can…


One of the most frequently asked questions a dog owner may have is, “What can I put on my dog to relieve itching?” Chances are you have tried everything, spent a small fortune, but you are no closer to an answer.

Luckily, there are a few home remedies you can try to reduce the itch. Read on to find out what helps itchy dogs!

Dog scratching.
Dog scratching.

Use a Pet Shampoo and Conditioner

A common mistake that dog owners make is using their shampoo on their dogs. It is important to remember that human shampoo is formulated for human hair. Using it on…


Getting out and about not only helps dogs burn energy, but it is also a great stress relief for them. If you are new to owning a dog, it is natural to wonder how much exercise your dog needs? As with humans, the answer usually varies from dog to dog. There are many factors like age, health, breed, etc. that determine your dog’s exercise needs.

Charming puppy of chocolate color on a morning run with his owner on the background of the meadow on a clear summer day. Close-up.
Charming puppy of chocolate color on a morning run with his owner on the background of the meadow on a clear summer day. Close-up.

Here are a five standard guidelines that can help you determine if your pup is getting all the exercise they need:

  1. Active breeds need at least 30 minutes of challenging cardio exercise most days.
  2. Contrary…

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