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Wednesday 05/03/2017
Sizzling-hot wedding trends for summer 2017
Posted: May 03, 2017

(BPT) - Long, sunshine-filled days and warm, star-studded nights make summer the ideal season to say "I do!" If you're planning an upcoming wedding, you can make your special day that much more unique with these seven top trends taking the summer bridal scene by storm.

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Wednesday 03/08/2017
The top 2017 spring wedding ideas
Updated: March 10, 2017 - 2:32 am

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Wednesday 02/22/2017
Newlyweds: Money-saving tips for your first move together
Updated: February 23, 2017 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - With the average wedding costing upwards of $30,000, starting your new life together takes a lot of careful budgeting. After you’ve finished paying for the flowers, reception hall, caterer, photographer and everything else related to your big day, you may not have much money left over when it comes time to move into a new home together. However, managing your move can be your first big DIY home project together, and it’s one that’s very doable on a budget.

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Borrow these wedding planner tricks for a polished event on a budget
Updated: February 23, 2017 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Planning your wedding is one of the most important management jobs you’ll ever take on. A professional wedding planner could help make the day go smoothly, but you can also achieve the same effect yourself for less money.

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Monday 10/24/2016
The Good, Bad and Ugliest Wedding Gifts Ever
Updated: October 25, 2016 - 1:33 am

(StatePoint) For many couples, there’s nothing more exciting than creating wedding wish lists. Almost half (45 percent) of U.S. adults who are or ever have been married or engaged have had a bridal registry, according to a recent Moen survey conducted online by Harris Poll.

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Monday 09/05/2016
Tips for Planning Your Wedding and Beyond
Updated: September 06, 2016 - 1:31 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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Sunday 06/12/2016
Wedding Season Tips to Select Champagne
Updated: June 13, 2016 - 1:34 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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Wednesday 05/17/2017
Slide Into Safety: Tips For A Fun, Safe Season
Updated: May 18, 2017 - 1:32 am

(NAPSI)—While the warmer months and longer days are often a time for outdoor fun and more physical activity—camping, boating, swimming, biking and the like—they can also mean an increased potential for injuries. Playground falls, lawn mower accidents, campfire and fire pit burns are common childhood injuries—but they don’t have to happen to your family.

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Thursday 05/11/2017
Hunger Still Has Hold on America Despite Economic Improvement
Updated: May 11, 2017 - 1:33 pm

(NewsUSA) - While America may not appear to have the kind of hunger that is pervasive in other countries, that's not to say it doesn't exist.

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Tuesday 05/09/2017
Online Retailer Celebrates 50 Amazing Teachers
Updated: May 09, 2017 - 1:34 pm

(NewsUSA) -Education is a cornerstone of our culture and society. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are more than four million teachers in the United States. Every day, they go above and beyond to shape children's minds through their passion for lifelong learning.

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Wednesday 05/03/2017
How Humor Can Improve Lives
Updated: May 04, 2017 - 1:32 am

(StatePoint) You’ve probably heard the old adage, “laughter is the best medicine.” Well there’s some truth to that. The Mayo Clinic cites a number of health benefits from laughter, such as pain relief, stress relief and an improved immune system.

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Enhance Pool Safety: Help Protect Your Family From Electric Shock Drowning
Updated: May 03, 2017 - 1:35 pm

(NewsUSA) - Before you open your pool for the season or whenever you close it down, you should be aware of a hidden danger. Faulty wiring or damaged electrical cords used to connect electrical equipment near the pool or from the pool lighting can cause the water to become energized. When swimmers come into contact with this "leaked" electrical current in your pool, it can cause loss of muscle control, rapid or irregular heartbeat or even electric shock drowning (ESD).

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Monday 05/01/2017
Electric Shock Drowning -- The Hidden Danger to Swimmers And Boaters
Updated: May 01, 2017 - 1:36 pm

(NewsUSA) - Before you spend your day at the lake or beach, know that the water may have hidden dangers. Faulty wiring or damaged electrical cords used in docks and boats can cause nearby water to become energized. When a swimmer comes in contact with electrical current, it can cause a loss of muscle control, rapid or irregular heartbeat or even electric shock drowning (ESD).

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Sunday 04/30/2017
Tristar Praises Trump, EXIM Bank for Creating Jobs
Updated: May 11, 2017 - 1:33 pm

(NewsUSA) - A small Virginia business that will help create manufacturing jobs in U.S and energy development in Ethiopia praised President Trump for his support of the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of the US as a job-creating and export tool.

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Monday 04/17/2017
Sunshine State Shining New Light on the Banking Industry
Updated: April 17, 2017 - 1:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - Florida is becoming the modern-day Wall Street for many international and U.S. banking companies. Today there are 141 commercial banks in Florida with more than $140 billion in assets, and 18 international banking conglomerates who have their U.S. headquarters in the state.

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Tuesday 04/11/2017
Volunteer Opportunity For Veterans
Updated: April 12, 2017 - 1:32 am

(NAPSI)—The nation’s nearly 22 million veterans may not be aware of a volunteer opportunity that continues on the tradition of purpose, camaraderie and service to the country and community: becoming a volunteer firefighter.

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Sunday 04/09/2017
Early Childhood Education is Crucial: How You Can Help
Updated: April 10, 2017 - 1:31 am

(StatePoint) New research shows that many pre-K classrooms could benefit from more resources, especially for the most vulnerable children. Ninety-four percent of Head Start teachers report needing more resources to enrich their classrooms, and 84 percent say they are unable to fund experiences they want to provide, in a recent study by the National Head Start Association.

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Monday 05/22/2017
Fighting Fungal Lung Infections with Innovative Inhaled Technology
Updated: May 22, 2017 - 1:34 pm

(NewsUSA) - Fungal infections in the lungs are a serious, underreported medical issue.

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Experts say it's never too early to teach compassion and empathy to children
Updated: May 23, 2017 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - The news is filled with articles about the opinions and attitudes of the millennial generation and now, Generation Z. But what about the youngest generation — youths 4-9 years old? These children are growing up in a time of unprecedented access to information, when civility, kindness and compassion have taken a back seat to bullying and violence. Experts say it is more important now than ever for parents to seek learning moments in which children can experience compassion and empathy.

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Central Florida's Hidden Gems Shine in the Summer
Updated: May 22, 2017 - 1:34 pm

(NewsUSA) - Florida may be best known as a winter- and spring- break getaway, but savvy travelers will tell you that the Sunshine State is most certainly a summer destination as well.

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Thursday 05/18/2017
‘Make Music Day’ is Coming: How to Get Your Family Involved
Updated: May 19, 2017 - 1:33 am

(StatePoint) The benefits of music education are endless. Studies have associated music education with higher test scores, improved concentration and more. But if you are a parent, you probably know how it goes: many children will begin a music program with enthusiasm, only to complain about practicing a short time later, sometimes even asking to quit.

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Father’s Day Gifts for the Man Who Loves to Cook
Updated: May 22, 2017 - 1:32 am

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4 Tips for Summer Tire Safety
Updated: May 22, 2017 - 1:32 am

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Slide Into Summer Safety
Updated: May 22, 2017 - 1:32 am

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Weather Through Unexpected Events
Updated: May 22, 2017 - 1:32 am

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Dad’s Day, Dad’s Way
Updated: May 22, 2017 - 1:32 am

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Prepare for Entertaining Inside and Out
Updated: May 22, 2017 - 1:32 am

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Monday 05/22/2017
5 aging-in-place bathroom upgrades to make while you're young(er)
Updated: May 23, 2017 - 1:32 am

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Unlock the secret to healthy aging by improving your health in three key areas
Updated: May 23, 2017 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - You’re still just as active as you were in your thirties and forties, but as you continue to add those candles to your birthday cake each year, you can feel the effects of aging starting to take a toll on your body. As you age, your body needs a little extra care to maintain optimal health; that’s why you go for your morning walk and eat a balanced diet. These things can help you support your overall well-being, but there are other factors to consider if you want to live a healthier, more active lifestyle as you grow older.

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Friday 05/19/2017
Easy steps to get your lawn ready for spring
Updated: May 23, 2017 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - After a long, cold winter, you’re certainly ready for summer. But is your lawn? The snow and bitter temps may have wreaked havoc on your yard, but now that warmer weather has arrived, it’s time to tackle those small projects that can add up to a beautiful lawn.

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Wednesday 05/17/2017
Home health services help maintain senior independence
Updated: May 23, 2017 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Staying healthy and out of the hospital is a top priority for the majority of seniors. However, as you age, you may need additional care to meet your medical needs after an illness, injury or exacerbation of a chronic health problem. Fortunately, this doesn't necessarily mean a long hospital or rehab stay, thanks to home health service options.

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Simple ways to add physical fitness to your daily routine
Updated: May 23, 2017 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Being resourceful with your daily routine can deliver big payoffs when it comes to increasing your activity level. Incorporating physical fitness into your everyday activities can save you time and also burn calories, and it doesn't have to take much time or effort.

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Friday 05/12/2017
National Poppy Day honors veterans' sacrifice for freedom
Updated: May 20, 2017 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Even in the darkest of times, flowers still find their way to the surface to bloom. Poppy seeds can lay fallow for years, yet bloom brilliantly when the soil is disturbed or when the soil is freshly dug. After the battles were fought in World War I, the blood red poppy flourished in France and Belgium when battlefields became burial grounds. The red flowers suddenly bloomed among the newly dug gravesites of fallen service members, turning the new graveyards into fields of red.

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Thursday 05/11/2017
5 nutritionist tips to start eating and living healthier
Updated: May 19, 2017 - 1:33 am

(BPT) - When you need to fix your car, learn the latest tech or finish a major home improvement, what do you do? You turn to the experts, those with in-depth knowledge on how to accomplish these tasks in the most efficient and effective way. And when you’re looking to improve your overall health by focusing on improving your diet, it’s also time to turn to the experts.

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Wednesday 05/10/2017
5 tips to find the financial advisor to match your retirement goals
Updated: May 18, 2017 - 1:33 am

(BPT) - The idea of retirement may start out as a distant dream. You have hopes and plans for that special time that seems so far away. Sooner or later that time will be here and hopefully you’ll be ready.

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Wednesday 05/03/2017
Need care today? Here are 4 choices to try before the emergency room
Updated: May 11, 2017 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - A health concern rarely strikes when it's convenient for you, and in most cases it occurs at the worst possible time. When you need care and don’t have time to schedule an appointment, what do you do?

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Saturday 04/29/2017
5 facts about strokes that could save your life
Updated: May 07, 2017 - 1:33 am

Chances are you know someone who has had a stroke. An estimated 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Monday 05/22/2017
Fighting Fungal Lung Infections with Innovative Inhaled Technology
Updated: May 22, 2017 - 1:34 pm

(NewsUSA) - Fungal infections in the lungs are a serious, underreported medical issue.

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The eyes have it: 5 things you can do to reduce your child's exposure to harmful blue light
Updated: May 23, 2017 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - A generation ago, limiting a child’s screen time meant putting restrictions on how much television they could watch in a single day. "No more than two hours a day and don’t sit too close to the screen." Those were the rules, and while enforcing them was a challenge, it was easy to remember.

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Simplifying baby nutrition: Expert advice for your infant's first foods
Updated: May 23, 2017 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Your cooing, curious, incredibly cute baby is now 6 months old and you've got the go-ahead from your pediatrician to start solid foods. You both are excited to begin this new adventure, but when you head to the store you are suddenly confused by a sea of options.

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Wireless connectivity: What it is and why it matters
Posted: May 22, 2017

(BPT) - All electronics used to require wires to conduct sound until 1989, when Swedish conglomerate Ericsson Mobile created the short-link radio technology we now know as Bluetooth(R). Applications for this groundbreaking invention quickly expanded and Bluetooth became the standard wire replacement protocol due to its comparatively low power consumption and broadly effective communication system. Today, it’s used to untether hearing aid wearers from audio sources by effectively transforming these medical devices into wireless headsets. Here are some of the challenges wireless hearing aids can help wearers overcome.

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Sunday 05/21/2017
Do You Practice Safe Sun Habits?
Updated: May 22, 2017 - 1:32 am

(StatePoint) Summertime is all about trips to the pool, beach and park. And it also means time spent in the sun.

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Thursday 05/18/2017
Father’s Day Gifts for the Man Who Loves to Cook
Updated: May 22, 2017 - 1:32 am

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4 Tips for Summer Tire Safety
Updated: May 22, 2017 - 1:32 am

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Slide Into Summer Safety
Updated: May 22, 2017 - 1:32 am

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Weather Through Unexpected Events
Updated: May 22, 2017 - 1:32 am

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Dad’s Day, Dad’s Way
Updated: May 22, 2017 - 1:32 am

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Tuesday 05/16/2017
Outward signs of aging in your pet and how to take action
Updated: May 17, 2017 - 1:33 am

(BPT) - It seems like just yesterday you brought her home and made her a part of the family. If you own a cat or dog, you have fond memories of your furry family member from day one.

Fast forward to today. Just like with people, age sometimes creeps up slowly on pets. Every pet is unique, so changes happen at different times. What's more, age-related changes can be easy to miss because they appear so gradually over time.

Being aware and proactive is the best thing pet parents can do to help their pets stay healthy as they age. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recommends that pets have a senior screening at about age 7. This allows the veterinarian to address any current concerns or potential health risks, including nutritional considerations.

Aging in pets can potentially impact the relationship you have with them, so being aware of the signs and what to do can help keep your older pet in the game. To help you understand what to look for, Hill’s Pet Nutrition has developed the "Tell TAILS" signs of aging in cats and dogs.

T = Thinking

Your pet gets confused by ordinary things, like how to find their bed.

A = Activity

Your pet is less active. Naps are now more appealing than playing or exploring.

I = Interactions

Your pet doesn't socialize with you as much as before.

L = Loss of control

Your pet is well-trained, but has started to have accidents.

S = Sleep-wake cycle

Sleeping patterns have changed, with more awake time during the night.

You’re the one who spends the most time with your pet, so it's important to note any of these changes and communicate them to your veterinarian. Consistent vet visits and changing your pet’s food are just two things that can help older pets to continue to remain healthy in their later years.

“As pets grow older, aging occurs inside every cell in their body and Hill’s studies these changes down to the gene level,” says Kathy Gross, Director of Clinical Nutrition at Hill’s Science Diet. “Our research shows that gene expression and activity are different in pets aged 7 and older compared to their younger counterparts. Through this research we’ve identified natural ingredients and nutrients that change gene activity and used that knowledge to create pet foods for pets of this age."

When selecting food, consider key nutrients important for pets aged 7 and older. A high-quality food like Hill’s Science Diet Youthful Vitality, developed from over a decade of extensive research, includes:

* High-quality protein with balanced levels of essential amino acids to support muscles.
* L-carnitine to help the body convert nutrients into energy to move, run and play.
* Right balance of phosphorus and sodium, not too much and not too little, helps maintain a healthy bladder, kidneys and heart.
* Antioxidant vitamins E and C along with beta-carotene and selenium to protect cells and support healthy immune function.

In addition to making nutritional adjustments, consider these smart tips for helping your pet get the most out of life and unlock their ageless spirit:

1. Providing regular exercise and opportunities to interact with family members helps keep older pets in shape and their minds actively engaged.

2. Just as with people, maintain a healthy body weight and body proportion (more muscle, strong bones, less body fat) by avoiding overfeeding, doing regular weigh-ins and avoiding unhealthy snacks.

4. Regular veterinary checkups (once per year for middle-aged pets and twice per year for senior pets over the age of 7) are recommended so any concerns or potential health risks can be addressed.

For more information about pet health for cats and dogs, visit www.HillsPet.com. For more information about pet aging and the cutting-edge food science in Science Diet Youthful Vitality, visit www.ScienceDiet.com/YouthfulVitality.

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3 cornerstones to a longer, healthier, happier life for your pet
Updated: May 23, 2017 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Your pets are members of the family. They are the source of some of your best memories, they are your travel companions, your confidantes and your evening snuggle partners. You love them and you want them to live the longest, healthiest and happiest life possible.

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Monday 05/08/2017
Do you know what to include in a pet emergency go-kit?
Posted: May 08, 2017

(BPT) - It’s no secret that Mother Nature can be unpredictable. Research shows that weather patterns are in flux across the United States, making it more important than ever to think ahead and be proactive in order to stay safe. Advanced planning is not just for humans. While you may already have an emergency plan in place for your family, it's important to remember the needs of your pets too.

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Thursday 05/04/2017
Finding Fido: Could America run out of dogs?
Updated: May 05, 2017 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Millions of people every year open their hearts and homes to rescue dogs to find their new best friend. It’s an act of compassion that is beneficial and fulfilling for person and pet.

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Could America run out of dogs? [Infographic]
Posted: May 04, 2017

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Monday 05/01/2017
10 tips to help your pet adjust to a new home
Posted: May 01, 2017

(BPT) - Congratulations, it’s a dog! Now that you’ve made the decision to add a furry friend to your family, here are some tips from Dr. Karen Lass, field veterinary services manager at Merial, for acclimating your dog to his new forever home.

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Close The Lid On Cat Litter Odors
Updated: May 02, 2017 - 1:32 am

(NAPSI)—According to the ASPCA, there are more than 85 million pet cats in America. If one (or more) of them is yours, you may have noticed one aspect of cat companionship that's less than delightful: the litter box. Fortunately for cats and their humans, following a few steps can help keep the odor down and the litter box use up.

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Monday 04/24/2017
Shelter volunteers play critical role in animal welfare efforts
Updated: April 25, 2017 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - Approximately 6.5 million cats and dogs enter animal shelters each year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). This massive number underscores the need for volunteers to provide the necessary care to ensure as many pets as possible can be placed in permanent, loving homes. In fact, most shelters would not be able to stay open without the generosity of volunteers.

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Monday 02/13/2017
Sound Or Lame: It's Often Found In The Health Of The Sole
Updated: February 14, 2017 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—When it comes to keeping your horse healthy, hoof care is often the critical element that allows you to enjoy normal activities with your horse, such as riding. Both shod and unshod, otherwise known as shoed or barefoot, philosophies offer benefits, but also come with limitations, which directly affect the health of the soles. While shoeing is necessary for many horses, a shod foot does not absorb shock as efficiently, mostly because shoeing raises the sole and frog off the ground, and constrains the normal flex of the foot. A lack of sufficient ground contact and stimulation limits circulation, which causes soles to shrink, which can lead to numerous problems. By contrast, an unshod foot uses the hoof wall, internal hoof cavity and sole to absorb and dissipate shock. However, adding the weight of the horse and a rider can sometimes wear the hoof down faster than it grows. In these cases, shoes or boots can be a good short-term alternative, as well as polyurethane pour-in pad materials to help limit sole wear and provide the necessary support.

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Wednesday 01/11/2017
Bred for purpose: History behind the show dog, and what makes your breed unique today
Updated: January 12, 2017 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - It’s easy enough for any dog lover to fall for the silky coat of the Golden Retriever, a Siberian Husky’s striking blue eyes or a Dalmatian’s spots. In fact, most dog owners say it was the look of a breed that drew them to bring home that puppy in the first place.

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