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A Child’s Best Pooch!

 

A Child’s Best Pooch!

by Amy Lignor

 

Parents will agree, when it comes to the other near, dear family member, they want to get the right dog for their children to grow with and play with. A dog that is safe, fun, and easy to please that the kids will absolutely love.

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Dogs bring many benefits to the kids – both mental and physical. There are a ton of studies that have been done showing that dogs make people happier, improve health, and a study of three-to-six year olds has shown that kids growing up with their favorite canine are more empathic to both animals and humans when they get older. They show far more compassion in the classroom to other students, and simply have a better life all around. So, parents, what are the best breeds when it comes to bringing love and warmth into a child’s life?

 

Well, one of the top picks comes in the form of the Beagle. Heck, Snoopy was one, which should make them the top choice. But in addition, the Beagle is a great dog that weighs in at 20-25 pounds, making it the perfect size for those outdoor adventures. The breed is always friendly, nice and at the ready for any game that wants to be played.

 

If we are talking about children, we are talking about high levels of energy, and that is where the Bull Terrier also becomes a great pick to be the family pet. They love big families, by the way, because they are the most active dogs that literally run and play so much that they wear the children out. They are also very protective of their little kiddies and will make sure they stay safe.

 

The beauty that came in runner-up to the German Shepherd this year, the Irish Setter is a great family dog. Not only are they a stunning breed, but they are also easily trainable, love the outdoors and are extremely active. And when the kids grow, as the Irish Setter grows with them, they become ideal walking, biking or hiking companions to explore the Great Outdoors.

 

If you’re looking to “Go Big or Go Home,” head straight to the Newfoundland. You will never find a more devoted breed to your child. Patient, sweet, loving, these “gentle giants” are exactly that. Yes, there will be slobber, but the Newf is worth it. They are intelligent, wonderful family dogs and they absolutely love the company of children.

 

The “All American” breed, the Golden Retriever, is still at the top of the list for kids. Always happy, always willing to play, the Golden is all about games and having a ball with the family on a daily basis. If things get too relaxed, they will even initiate the game and the kids will leave all that digital technology behind in order to play and run outside with the dog. THAT is a real gift!

 

Along those same lines, the Labrador Retriever is another dependable, playful, highly affectionate dog that you and your kids will love. They get along with other pets inside the household, they love running around outside or taking a dip in the pool, and they are truly protective, which is why they are often used as service dogs.

 

Remember, beauty is only skin deep… Like the Boxer, the Bulldog is a fantastic dog for your children. Not the most active out there, but they are the best when it comes to protection. Many believe they have a “sixth sense” when it comes to taking care of a child and even though many may not see this, Bulldogs are extremely even-tempered, calm and friendly.

 

One of the most docile and affectionate dogs for the kids is the Cocker Spaniel. Not small enough to be harmed by kids and not big enough to harm them, which means they are “just right.” And when it comes to being easily trained, this breed has that gift hands-down.

 

Last, but not least, don’t forget to bring Lassie home, as well. The Collie is an extremely fun, active, loving dog. Loves to play outside and, yes, they make sure that protection is given to their little best friend (as well as their big ones) at all times.

 

And always remember, there are so many dogs out there who need a home. Never forget to take a look at all those loving “mutts” at your local Humane Society. There are some true beauties out there who are dying to give their love to you and the family!

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Source:  GIG News

The Environment Engineers

 

The Environment Engineers

by Amy Lignor

 

From the title of this article, you may think that this is all about conservation, organizations that promote and work on creating healthy habitats, or even companies promoting a greener, healthier planet. However, the real environment engineers we speak of are actually four-footed creatures whose mission it is to better nature’s ecosystem.

Beavers, healthy habitats, benefits, ecosystem, environment, dams, water qualityNot as mystical as, say, the wolf. Not as talked about as the Black Rhino or the long list of other species that are endangered and moving closer and closer to extinction. No, this little guy is sometimes forgotten about completely; yet, without them, the environment would be in far worse shape than it is already.

The beaver has a myriad of skills they’re born with that allow them to always be successful on their nature missions. It is no surprise that the term for an active person who gets things done is: “As busy as a beaver,” when you think about the amount of work these creatures do. Felling trees, changing waterways, building dams – the beaver not only does this to benefit themselves, mind you, but also to benefit other species…including humans.

 

Think about this: Dams help control both the quality and quantity of water both animals and humans utilize. The ponds, streams, and flooded areas they create are actually vibrant habitats that serve more plants and animals than you can shake a stick at. A variety of fish, insects, and birds benefit from the healthy world the beaver creates. And it is a fact that some animals choose to only live close by the beaver’s habitat.

 

However…like many animals the beaver has seen a horrendous drop in numbers over the centuries. Once upon a time in North America beavers could be found in almost every pond or stream you looked at. The statistics for the population were once out of this world, with some studies even stating that there may have been over 100 million+ of the creatures at one time. But during the early 20th century the beaver was suddenly looked at for their fur and not the part they played in a healthy environment. Thus, trapping became monumental and almost lent to the beaver’s complete extinction. Over time, as people grew wiser to the issues, reintroductions of the animal into various habitats brought the number back up to approximately 12 million. Big number, yes, but certainly not when you take the past into account.

 

For those who don’t understand the gift the beaver gives to nature, or know the animal that well, it’s easy to see why a great many people don’t see the positives when it comes to their work. They are incredibly beneficial to the land, and can halt the rapid approach of climate change. Can they stop it completely? No. But they can lend aid when it comes to areas where snow is melting far more rapidly than it once was, lending to droughts that last longer. Warming temperatures bring more rain than snow. And when the snow does fall, because of the early melt, the once gradual release of water has turned into an avalanche. Take the state of Utah, for example. Snow melt this past year happened almost 45 days earlier than the historical average, causing year-round streams to dry up, and harming fish and plant-life.

 

Beaver restoration and relocation efforts are occurring all over the country and have increased within the last five years. When the families once again begin to thrive, they build a dam and create a perfect habitat for all those other creatures in the ecosystem that rely on the beaver for help.

 

So take the time to “meet” and learn about this “busy” engineer. You’ll realize that without the beaver, global warming, climate change, and all the other negatives Washington, D.C. can’t seem to get a handle on will grow even worse…even faster.

Source:  Baret News