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I may be a little biased, but I’m pretty sure Bentley is the best dog ever. He’s so playful and loving; he doesn’t have a mean bone in his body. Bentley listens to everything you say, so much like a person, and he really just wants to hang out. This little dog has been part of our family for so long, I can’t imagine being without him.

fell in love with him at the shelter, but as soon as we got him home, he turned into a little terror! “Mordidas” is Spanish for “nibbles” or “small bites” because he wanted to nip at everything. Fortunately, he really mellowed out when he turned a year old. Mordidas is a sweet, gentle giant who wants to be everyone’s friend. It doesn’t matter where we go; he’s just happy to be along for the ride. That said, his favorite place is the beach. I love taking him to the beach and just hanging out for a few hours. He’ll play in the surf and then come lay with me on the sand. It’s a great way to spend a summer day.

–Genna Aguiar

I was so surprised when my dad said we were getting a dog two years ago. All my life, he said no every time we asked for a dog. However, after Hurricane Maria devastated the Atlantic and a bunch of stray dogs and cats were brought over to the U.S. from Puerto Rico, my dad had a change of heart. That’s how we ended up with Mordidas.

–Nancy Sanchez

There’s a reason dogs are man’s best friend. Got a dog story to share or a puppy pic to show off? We’d love to see it the next time you’re in the office!

He’s a lab-shepherd mix we rescued when he was a little puppy. We all

Mordidas, Nancy Sanchez's Pup!

GONE CAMPING 4 THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND ON YOUR NEXT FAMILY CAMPING TRIP

While summer is winding down, families are looking to go on a few end-of-season adventures, camping trips included. Before you head out into the wilderness with your family, it’s important to be prepared. In fact, “be prepared” is the best piece of advice when it comes to braving the great outdoors. But what does being prepared entail? Here are four key tips.

immediately and stay out of low-lying areas. When you’re in mountainous or hilly terrain, a little rain is all it takes for flash floods to occur. If you’re in a ravine when it starts raining, get out immediately. ALWAYS STICK TOGETHER. It’s a good idea to hike with a buddy and keep a whistle around your neck or in your pack. You never know what you might encounter or when you’ll need help. Hiking with kids is also a great time to teach them to recognize landmarks and be aware of their surroundings. If you have a digital camera or smartphone, show kids how to create a trail of digital breadcrumbs or pictures to help them find their way back to camp.

2 • WWW. APNPHYSICALTHERAPY.COM TEACH FIRE SAFETY. When you build a fire, especially with kids, teach them about fire safety. This includes building HAVE A FIRST-AID KIT NEARBY. A good rule of thumb is to keep one in your car at all times. You never know when you’ll need it. Kids may get a few bumps and scrapes while out hiking, or you might encounter poisonous plants, such as poison ivy or poison oak. Having quick access to cold water, soap, antiseptics (hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol), and calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream can keep infections at bay.

the fire itself. Pick a spot away from brush and overhanging branches and create a pit surrounded by rocks. Before lighting a fire, have a bucket of water and a shovel nearby so you can quickly extinguish it when ready. Finally, remember to only build a fire as big as you need. A larger fire can be difficult to manage and keep under control. KEEP AN EYE ON THE SKY. Weather can change at a moment’s notice, and sometimes, it doesn’t give notice at all. Keep a close eye on the sky and monitor the weather on a radio. If a storm appears, seek shelter

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