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5 Things Your Dog Can Teach You About Yoga

YOGANONYMOUS by YOGANONYMOUS | October 8th, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: crow pose, dog, dogs, downward dog, forgive, forgiveness, meditation, pet, pets, pranayama, savasana, Yoga, yoganonymous

dogs and yogaBy Paula Anderson

“It’s a dog’s life.”

That’s a phrase we hear time and time again. But why is so easy for our pets to seemingly embrace joy?  And what is it about these furry descendants of the wolf that brings us such peace? Could it be that they, too, share an innate love of yoga?

Links That Lift You: A Waving Bear, a 91-Year-Young Yogi and a Recycled Playground

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | December 16th, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Gaiam Happenings, Green Living, Yoga | tags: 91-Year-Old Yogi, animals, Bernice Bates, dogs, Guinness World Record, Kathryn Budig, Learning Landscape Network, link roundup, links that lift you, MindBodyGreen, msnbc.com, pets, recycled playground, The Christian Science Monitor, Uganda, Wari Om, waving bear video, Women’s Health, yoga in New York, yoga in prison, yoga teachers, Yoganonamous, YouTube

From time to time, we highlight the best articles, blogs, news, videos and interesting Web tidbits to help you live fit, live healthy, live green and live happy. Here are this week’s finds.

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“Guide” Dogs

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | March 25th, 2011 | 2 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: calm, chores, dogs, meditate, meditation practice, pets, quiet mind, sacred space, stress, walking the dog

Woman walking her dog

I didn’t always love to walk my dogs. It used to feel like a chore. One more thing on a long “to-do” list.

I would walk them, sure. But though my legs were taking me around the neighborhood, my mind was somewhere else entirely. Working through a magazine article I was writing that was giving me grief. Or having an in-my-head conversation with a friend I had argued with. Maybe berating myself for not waking up early to go for a run.

Should Human and Veterinary Medicine Be Combined Into One Field of Study?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | March 18th, 2011 | 5 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: air pollution, air quality, airports, animals, bedbugs, biomonitors, birds, blood samples, canary in the coal mine, carbon emissions, carbon monoxide, contaminants, doctors, dogs, environment, German honey bees, health care, heavy metals, honey, human health, infestation, Massachusetts, medical schools, methane, miners, monkeys, One Health Initiative, pharmaceuticals, Salem, science, species, toxic gases, toxins, veterinarians, veterniary medicine, West Nile virus, zoonotic diseases

Honey bee on a flower

The fictional Ace Ventura may be tops when it comes to pet detectives, but the real animal gumshoes may be of the nonhuman sort — at least when it comes to environmental issues. More and more, we are recognizing the incredible powers of observation and deduction our fellow creatures possess, and we are using them to help us uncover the “bad guys” in our air, homes and workplaces.

Life’s Lessons Sometimes Come in Small (and/or Furry) Packages

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | November 23rd, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living, Personal Growth | tags: animals, anxiety, bone cancer, calm, children, comfort, death, dogs, grief, happiness, kids, life, mortality, osteosarcoma, parenting, pets, Rainbow Bridge, sadness, wisdom

Little girl with dogDespite a diet of organic, holistic dog food. Despite a pesticide-free yard. Despite daily exercise and plenty of TLC, our six-year-old dog Polar was diagnosed in October with osteosarcoma, an aggressive and indiscriminate type of bone cancer that leaves little time for weighing options.

Tales from the Vet’s Office

Valerie Gleaton by Valerie Gleaton | July 29th, 2010 | 5 Comments
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness | tags: animal hospital, anxiety, cats, doctor, dog park, dogs, exam, health, muzzle, pet health, stress, treats, Valerie Gleaton, vet's office, veterinarian, walk

Female veterinarian examining a dog's ear

My furry family and I have been making a lot of trips to the veterinarian’s office lately.

A few weeks ago I took my cat, Bucky, in for a check-up. Confession: It had been four years since I last took him to the vet. But in my defense, the last time I took him in he hissed, bit and clawed at the vet tech and got a dreaded “flag” in his record. So you can imagine how much I was looking forward to the sequel.

Animal Memories: Should Wildlife Research Methods Be Changed?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | June 30th, 2010 | 6 Comments
topic: Eco Travel | tags: africa, bird banding, birds, China, crows, dogs, elephant, Gay Bradshaw, India, memory, memory formation, poaching, post-traumatic stress disorder, stress, The Kerulos Center

African elephants
There’s a great story that my mom used to tell regarding her family’s dog. It involved her brother, who was at the time a young man just returning from three long years in the Pacific theater during World War II. When he stepped out of the car and onto the lawn, the dog walked up to greet him, took a good look and a sniff and then began to jump and dance around uncontrollably. She did that for about 30 minutes straight. When she finally settled down, it wasn’t two minutes before she got up and expressed her joy all over again. She repeated this 30-to-two-minute cycle for the remainder of the day.

Cleaner Food for Poochy

Kimberly Delaney by Kimberly Delaney | July 1st, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Home | tags: animal byproducts, dog food, dogs, fluoride

Here’s something it never even occurred to me to worry about: This month the Environmental Working Group released their report on fluoride levels in popular dog foods. You guessed it. In eight out of ten brands they tested, the levels are so high they pose a threat to your hungry mutt’s health!

Canine Balancing Act

Kimberly Delaney by Kimberly Delaney | July 24th, 2006 | No Comments
topic: Healthy Home | tags: dog care, dog rescue, dogs, pet adoption, pets

It’s no secret that dogs contribute positively to people’s health and well being. Studies show that dog owners have lower stress levels, blood pressure and cholesterol. They also have lower incidents of depression, less trips to the hospital and pharmacy, better psychological health and a higher rate of survival after heart attacks. So should you get a dog?