Posts in Puck's Corner
Keep Your Pet Safe When the Temperature Rises

Summer is a great time to get outside and play with your pets! But while you’re enjoying the warm weather, it’s important to remember to find ways to stay cool—for yourself and your pets. While summertime heat can be rough for us humans, it is even worse for our four-legged friends! Here are some tips to keep your furry four-legged friend safe in the summer heat.

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You're Dog is Cold Too: Keeping Your Pup Warm This Winter

You might be thinking… but, my dog has so much fur! He can’t be cold! Well, the truth is, your dog’s fur doesn’t protect against cold anymore than our pants and long sleeved shirts. Believe it or not, even if you dog has a thick, heavy coat, he still might get cold (especially if he’s living here in New England!). Dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia, just as much as we are! Here are a few simple steps you can take to make sure your dog stays warm this winter. 

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The Most Effective Way to Keep a Gratitude Journal

It feels like just yesterday we were celebrating Thanksgiving 2015, but somehow, once again, this holiday snuck up on us! As we get ready to indulge in turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie, we also take time to pause and reflect on what we’re grateful for over the past year. 

And while you might have heard that expressing gratitude can improve your happiness, you’re probably still finding it difficult to really adhere to a regular “gratitude practice.”  Now you’re probably thinking: What is a gratitude practice, anyway? While there are many ways to express gratitude on a daily basis, science shows that the results are in the details. 

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Protecting Your Family and Pup from Lyme Disease

If your family has a dog, it is likely you’ve heard something about Lyme disease, a common infectious disease that is transmitted through the black-legged tick. This disease not only affects dogs and dog-owners, but is something everyone, especially those living in the northeast, should know about.  With the right precautions, Lyme disease is very easy to prevent.  As you are heading out to explore your neighboring parks, or are planning a trip to go hiking, just remember to follow these few pointers!

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Can Your Dog Improve Your Immune System?

We know now that dogs are more than just man’s best friend, they can also greatly improve your mental and physical health. But as it turns out, having a dog might provide even more health benefits than meet the eye. Many families with young children might shy away from inviting a dog (or any other pet) into the family in an effort to keep everyone at home from getting sick. After all, dogs do attract dirt and bacteria! In fact, according to recent research, just the opposite is true. 

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Can Your Dog Impact Your Health Habits?

Ever wonder why it’s so easy to commit to an unhealthy habit like watching television everyday, and so difficult to commit to a healthy one, like exercising everyday? Gretchen Rubin, author of Better Than Before theorizes it’s because not all habits are created equal, and not all individuals adopt new habits in the same way. Rubin proposes that people lean heavily towards one of four tendencies: upholder, obliger, questioner, and rebel. Each tendency is defined by how a person responds to both internal and external expectations. Unsurprisingly, the most common tendency is obliger (we recommend reading her book, or listening to her podcast to learn more about each tendency).

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