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California becomes first US state to sell only rescued animals in pet shops.

California becomes first US state to sell only rescued animals in pet shops.

California is set to become the first US state to ban the sale of cats, dogs and rabbits in pet shops unless they are from rescue centers. The law, which takes effect from 1 January, was conceived as a way to crack down on so-called “kitten factories” and “puppy mills”. Such “high volume” operations that breed animals for profit have been associated with inhumane conditions and long-term health problems for the animals. Known as AB 485, the bill means pet shops will have to provide records of each animal’s origin or face a $500 (£391) penalty. Californians will still be able...

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BEING GRATEFUL

BEING GRATEFUL

WHAT DOES THE WORD GRATEFUL MEAN: adjective warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received; thankful:I am grateful to you for your help. expressing or actuated by gratitude:a grateful letter. pleasing to the mind or senses; agreeable or welcome; refreshing. Often we're told to remember to be grateful for blessings or good fortune. But we should be grateful, period. Gratitude is to be cultivated as a habit or attitude of mind not dependent on conditions. Gratitude Develops Patience: Psychologists have corroborated the gratitude-patience link. People with a strong sense of gratitude are more likely to be able to delay...

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Military working dog handlers: 'It's the best job ever'

Military working dog handlers: 'It's the best job ever'

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (July 7, 2015) -- "It's the best job ever," military working dog handler Spc. Ethan Taylor said, as he watched his dog, Alex, conduct an outside training-exercise last week on Bagram Airfield. or BAF. "The dogs are just like Soldiers," he said. "We train as we fight."This team supports Task Force Solid, out of the 21st Engineer Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The Soldiers and their dogs deploy together. And each working dog handler is assigned out of different duty stations. Spc. Anthony Andrews and his dog, Andy, are from the 18th MP Brigade, Germany;...

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5 BENEFITS OF MEDITATION FOR BREAST CANCER SUFFERERS AND SURVIVORS

5 BENEFITS OF MEDITATION FOR BREAST CANCER SUFFERERS AND SURVIVORS

As a pre-teen I watched my mother battle breast cancer for about five years. Consequently, as an adult, I spend a considerable amount of my personal time trying to find a cure for the disease. My family, friends and I started a foundation in my mother's honor devoted to this cause. We suggest we want to find a cure, but ideally, we'd prefer to find a way for fewer people to contract this horrible disease. And, of course, we want those that are sick to get the best, most progressive, effective and least painful treatment options available. We work with...

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INTERESTING, FASCINATING AND WEIRD DOG FACTS

INTERESTING, FASCINATING AND WEIRD DOG FACTS

Bark often worse than their height. From the halls of useless findings, the University of Sydney researchers have discovered that small dog syndrome exists. The smaller the dog, the more likely it is to be "unruly, aggressive and noisy". Smaller canines get vocal to make up for their lack of height? The first guide dogs for the blind and visually impaired were trained in Germany to provide assistance for those blinded in the war. German Shepherds were used for their protective and strong sense of loyalty to their owner. Eighty percent of dog owners buy their dog a present for...

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