Pets bring so much joy into our lives. Bringing home a fur baby from a shelter is one of the coolest things you can do. National Animal Shelter Rescue Appreciation Week is November 3-9.
Mutual Rescue is a non-profit animal welfare initiative founded by Carol Novello, who recently authored the book “Mutual Rescue: How Adopting a Homeless Animal Can Save You, Too.”
If you’ve ever had an inkling about rescuing an animal, check out these amazing stories:
An adopted German shepherd mix helps a young couple bond again. Devastated by the death of their newborn baby, Lana gave them an outlet for their grief.
A homeless kitten named Lollipop touches a couple’s hearts and guides them to a safe harbor. Bhuvana and Abhishek’s marriage hit unexpected turbulence that caused them to drift apart, until they met a kitten.
An unadoptable cat with a chronic illness and an autistic girl form an instant and unexpected bond.
The story of a strong dog and strong man building each other back up. After taking in an abused pit bull, a young competitive athlete suffers a debilitating stroke.
Rescuing a neglected dog becomes a catalyst for change in a woman’s life. Sarah’s chronic pain led her to become addicted to drugs, then her adopted dog helps her find a path to a new life.
An unlikely feline savior saves Josh from taking his own life and leads him to a life he never imagined. We follow a young soldier from a battlefield in Iraq — where he sustained traumatic injuries — to Fort Riley, Kansas, where he meets Scout.
So what are you waiting for? Better than bringing home a stray “dog” or “cat” from the local watering hole, if you know what we mean…
The holidays are almost here, and that means gathering, eating, wine-ing, and winning! There is no better way to make memories-- or get Uncle Larry so flustered that his head will explode-- than with a spirited board game.
LLAMAS UNLEASHED: (Hope this isn't like Girls Gone Wild...)
Gather up llamas, alpacas, goats, and rams. Be the first player with seven animals in their field to win.
Crack Wise-dom: This could go horribly wrong when one family member goes missing to collect real animals after too much Boone's.
UNSTABLE UNICORNS: (We know someone who's unstable enough to think she's a unicorn. Her name rhymes with "Harah".)
A strategic card game that will destroy your friendships-- in a good way. Build a Unicorn Army. Betray your friends. Unicorns are your friends now.
Crack Wise-dom: Is this a bio of "Crazy Harah's" life? Cuz she betrayed her family by touching her boss's "unicorn horn". Allegedly.)
RUNES & REGULATIONS: (Whew! Glad it's not "prunes" and "regurgitations".)
Immerse yourself in a world of magic and the mundane by summoning mythical pets and casting powerful spells, all within the comfort of your own home.
Crack Wise-dom: Casting powerful spells? From the comfort of our lazy ass in sweatpants? Yes! Not sorry, Uncle Larry, that your fossil ween fell off... #spellcasting
Check these games out. And maybe get checked-- all in the name of fun...
Why does aging have to be so difficult? Why must aches and pains, and wrinkles and sagging, and hair loss be the norm?
This ain’t cool. By the age of 50, 85 percent of men will experience visible hair loss. While some athletes and celebs are rockin’ the chrome-dome look, many don’t want to lose their hair appeal.
But there is hope—that won’t cost you a fortune.
“Though there are some issues, such as male pattern baldness, that you have no control over, you can increase the health an appearance of your hair in most cases,” says Dr. Chris Varona of Varona Hair Restoration. “Also, some people may be doing things that contribute to their hair loss without even knowing it.”
Here are six ways to promote growth and maintenance of health hair:
Brush daily. Brushing hair daily with a natural bristle brush helps stimulate hair follicle growth through scalp massage.
Avoid harmful accessories and hair products. Many hair products are laden with harmful chemicals, and those can lead to dryness, breakage and overall poor hair health.
Eat healthy. A healthy diet encourages hair growth, whereas diets high in fats, salt, alcohol or sugar can inhibit hair growth.
Hydrate. Dr. Varona says you should drink six to eight glasses of water per day. “Water encourages cellular growth and reproduction and helps the body remove toxins,” he says.
Block DHT. “Dr. Varona notes that the presence of DHT and male pattern baldness leads to progressive thinning over a lifetime. “Adding a medication like Finasteride to block the effect of DHT or minoxidil foam to increase blood flow can significantly reduce hair thinning,” Dr. Varona says.
Consider hair restoration. According to a survey by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, hair restoration procedures have risen 60% over the past five years.
Crack Wise Aside: We can do 1 & 2, maybe 3 and 4. But 5 & 6 sound weird and pricey… Maybe we’ll design some badass man-wigs and make a fortune. Somehow “badass” and “man-wig” don’t belong together…
One of Florida’s most beloved species is in danger. No, we’re not talking about a senior citizen with puffy hair driving a hoveround looking for the Early Bird Special.
We’re talking about the manatee.
Save the Manatee Club is hoping we’ll join in the effort to keep our ocean friends safe and happy. We can do that by adopting a manatee.
OMG. This is the best thing ever. Because we can care for Manny the Manatee without having to care for a manatee. Our bathtub isn’t big enough.
Cue the Sally Struthers tear-jerk sell: For just $25 you’ll receive an adoption certificate with full-color photo and bio of a real Florida manatee, a membership handbook, the official newsletter, and free shipping of all this stuff.
P.S. We want to see a manatee sitting on Sally’s lap…
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