Monday, January 25, 2021

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Feature stories about animals – the funny, the fabulous, the touching.

The French Bulldog Fad & The Cost Of Being Cute

(DOG BREEDS) There's no denying French Bulldogs are irresistibly cute, but these dogs are far more fragile than they appear. Despite being the sixth most popular dog breed in the U.S., health problems often plague their lives. This became a point of concern after Kokito, a 10-month-old French Bulldog puppy, died aboard a United Airlines flight upon being stored in overhead storage compartment. While placing any animal in a storage bin can lead to overheating and asphyxiation, the risk is particularly serious for “brachycephalic dogs,” or dogs with flat, wide heads. Read on to learn more about the health risks associated with overbreeding French Bulldogs. With so many great dogs in need of homes, we must steer away from this designer dog breed infatuation and always remember to adopt, don't shop! -- Global Animal

Animal Testing Report Finds Unnecessary Suffering

A lab in Britain infiltrated by animal welfare campaigners may have allowed animals in its care to suffer unnecessarily, a government report found. Testing on animals is a thorny issue, as medical breakthroughs have resulted in these tests. But that was then, this is now, when computer modeling and non-animal testing is often more accurate. We know animals suffer. If there are alternatives to vivisection, why not use them whenever possible? – Global Animal

Jackie Chan Combats Traditional Chinese Medicine

(ACTIVISM/CELEBRITIES) What could be a bigger challenge than taking on Bruce Lee? Try taking on traditional Chinese medicine. Jackie Chan has made a name for himself as a Hollywood action hero, but he has also gained a reputation as an animal hero. The movie star is fighting to save endangered animals by imploring his fans to stop buying ivory, rhino horn, and other products used for traditional Chinese medicine. See the video clip below and continue reading to learn more about Chan's efforts to help save wildlife. — Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Greek Style Orzo, Spinach, & Almond Feta Bake

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) This Meat-Free Monday, celebrate the flavors of summer with this Greek-inspired orzo, spinach, and almond feta bake. This recipe is not a saucy pasta dish, but more like a quiche that you can slice into. But whatever you want to call it, it's absolutely delicious and super easy to make. The end result tastes remarkably similar to the Greek dish, spanakopita (or spinach pie), but with orzo instead of phyllo (or "filo") dough. What's more, this recipe is extremely versatile--try swapping the spinach with grated zucchini, or replace the oregano with fresh basil. To balance the richness, serve this dish with a simple fresh side salad with a mustard dill vinaigrette. As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Sunrise Nori Wraps With Spicy Tahini Drizzle

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) These Sunrise Nori Wraps with Spicy Tahini Drizzle make for the perfect light lunch, snack, or appetizer for this week's Meat-Free Monday recipe. Not only are these wraps raw, vegan, and gluten-free, but they are absolutely delicious, too! The best part? You can whip up the spicy tahini dressing, chop the veggies, and wrap them in just 15 minutes or less! As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Nothing says 'fall' quite like sweet potatoes. This Meat-Free Monday, enjoy these simple, 30-minute baked sweet potatoes with roasted chickpeas, a simple garlic-herb sauce, and a zesty parsley-tomato salad. Not only are these potatoes simple and satisfying, but they're also super healthy and completely customizable. As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Sweet Potato Fajitas Meal Prep

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Whether you're vegan or just trying to eat a little healthier, these sweet potato fajitas have you covered for meal prep Sunday. This meal prep recipe couldn't be any easier--simply cook the seasoned veggies on a sheet pan and serve with rice or quinoa and guacamole for a balanced, filling meal. Note this recipe is also completely customizable. You could easily substitute the bell peppers and onions with brussels sprouts, green beans, asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli, or whatever your heart desires! As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

7 Basic Commands Every Dog Should Know

(DOGS/PET CARE) Our furry pals are an infinite source of joy and love, but no matter how much affection we share with them, it's critical to implement certain house rules and set behavioral expectations. After all, you want your pooch to be socialized, friendly with people and other animals, and you'll want to prevent any potential behavioral issues as they grow up. Of course, it’s best to start training as early as possible and teach them essential commands from early puppyhood, so they can develop a strong bond with you and understand your expectations early on. Take a look at these seven essential commands to teach your beloved pet from day one. -- Global Animal

Animals and Lost Innocence

(ANIMAL ART) GA exclusive: Featured Blog Den contributor Claire Nettleton, Ph.D (ABD), shares her impressions of the art exhibit A Voyage of Growth and Discovery that ties themes of children, art, and animals. — Global Animal

The ‘Riot Dog’ Of Greek Protests

(ANIMAL CONNECTION) Loukanikos, a stray dog in Greece, has participated in Greek riots since 2008. The dog, called "rebel dog," "riot dog," and "protest dog," protests in Greek riots about austerity measures. -- Global Animal

New Novel Attacks Trump On Climate Crisis

(PRESS RELEASE/BOOKS) In Arthur Jeon's new book 'Snowflake,' a teenager decides he must assassinate the president as an act of environmental protection.
This soldier returns from Afghanistan to be greeted by her faithful dog. Photo Credit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0zMzfegs5s

Tissue Alert! Videos Of Dogs Greeting Soldiers

(DOGS/ANIMAL VIDEOS) This Veteran's Day, our heartfelt appreciation goes to the men and women who have served in the U.S. military. The profound sacrifices of military families are felt in this tear-jerking video series. Each video clip captures an emotional reunion between a returning soldier and his/her dog(s). What's unmistakable is the intense connection between these soldiers and the dogs who loyally awaited their safe return. We salute our brave members of the Air Force, Navy, Marines, Army, and National Guard, and their canine companions! — Global Animal

Trial By Fire: Protect Pets & Wildlife During Wildfires

(PET SAFETY) As California continues to experience one of its worst wildfire seasons to date, anyone who lives in an at-risk area should be prepared to care for themselves and their pets in the event of an evacuation. Since many shelters don't allow pets, here's some good advice on finding places that allow people are their pets to stay together. Plus, read other wildfire safety tips below. — Global Animal
Being exposed to dogs early in life can decrease one's risk of asthma by 13%.

Paw-Friendly Pads: Apartment Hacks For Pet Parents

(DOGS/LIFE WITH PETS) Finding an apartment that allows dogs can be a difficult task. But keeping your canine companion entertained and happy so he/she doesn't destroy your new pad or disturb the neighbors doesn't have to be so 'ruff.' With a few simple tricks, you can easily keep your pup’s tail wagging. These dog-friendly apartment hacks include ways to keep them entertained, prevent doggy disasters, deal with howling/barking, and find a new bathroom routine. Check out these helpful tips on keeping your canine companion happy in his/her new home. -- Global Animal

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