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DOG DAYS STORIES ABOUT THE BEST DOGS IN THE WORLD
It’s the dog days of summer. While these sweltering weeks don’t have anything to do with real dogs — the name comes from Sirius, the “Dog Star” — we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share some stories about our favorite canine companions! Right now, my family shares our house with two dogs: a beagle named Miley and a Shiba Inu named Khloe. Don’t ask me about the names; my kids picked them out. We adopted Miley first when she was a puppy. Two years later, we decided she needed company and adopted Khloe. The two of them instantly became inseparable. They’re
always together. When ones goes outside, the other has to follow.
Bentley, Genna Aguiar's Pup!
Miley and Khloe get on so well, despite having very different personalities. Miley is very docile, so Khloe quickly became the boss when we brought her home. Miley is friendly with everyone, and she’ll roll on her back when she meets someone new and loves belly rubs. Khloe, meanwhile, is more standoffish about strangers. She’s much happier when it’s just our family. They’re both great dogs, and my kids love them. I currently have three dogs. The first is Sammy, short for Sampson. He’s an 11-year-old Pomeranian that I’ve had since he was a puppy. Several years ago, Sammy’s wife, a Chihuahua who lives next door, had a litter of puppies. Of that litter, I adopted Sammy’s daughter, Ryleigh. Then, three years ago, I rescued my third dog, Callie. Callie is a papillon mix who was found abandoned in West Virginia. I was going through a tough time, but when I saw her photo, I knew I had to meet her. I didn’t know what her personality would –Peter B. McHugh
be like, so I really lucked out. All three dogs have always gotten along great.
They're really more like cats than dogs. While Callie can be energetic, they’re all pretty mellow for the most part. They’re laid back and want to hang out, and, much like cats, they treat me more like staff than an owner. But I love them all so much, and I would do anything for them. They really have me wrapped around their little paws.
When I was 9 years old, getting a dog became my mission in life. I begged my parents for ages and even wrote notes about how great a dog owner I would be and slid them under their bedroom door. My determination paid off when my parents brought a basket downstairs one day. Inside the basket was a tiny Morkie (Maltese-Yorkie) puppy with a ribbon around his neck. That’s how I got my Bentley, and we’ve been together ever since.
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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.
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.
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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THE BEST MEAL OF THE DAY QUICK TIPS FOR THE BEST BREAKFAST EVER
Breakfast is the meal that fuels your brain and body for the day ahead, so why not make it the best meal of the day? There are simple tweaks that can make your home-cooked breakfast the best breakfast you’ve ever had. Put away the cereal and bust out the skillet because things are about to get truly delicious. Read on! THE SILKIEST SCRAMBLED EGGS There are many methods for achieving great scrambled eggs,
but how does one create the best eggs? The secret is air. In the words of Bob Ross, you have to “beat the devil out of ’em.” Start by cracking a few eggs into a bowl (and add a pinch of salt and pepper, if desired). With a whisk, beat them until smooth. The eggs should start to look light and airy. Then, pour the eggs into a skillet set to medium-low heat . Continue to whisk for a few more seconds. Then, with a spatula, turn the eggs as they begin to curdle. They are done the instant no runny liquid remains. Quickly remove them from heat when they look just underdone and still moist. THE CRISPIEST BACON Cooking bacon can be a messy chore with a lot of cleanup. If you want to avoid this — and still end up with delicious bacon — start cooking bacon in the oven. All you need is a baking tray and a wire rack that fits in the tray. Start by heating your oven to 350 F. While it heats, line the tray with foil, insert the rack, and lay the bacon over the rack.
Cook the bacon for about 15 minutes. Keep an eye on it after about the 10-minute mark to check for your ideal doneness. If you want meatier bacon, take it out just as it starts to brown evenly. If you want crispy bacon, give it a few more minutes. Using this method, the bacon is perfectly cooked, and you have no grease splatters to clean up! THE FLUFFIEST PANCAKES Say goodbye to packaged pancake mix, because if you want the best results, you need to start from scratch. The recipe you’ll want to use comes from The Kitchn. The recipe is Lofty Buttermilk Pancakes. Take care to note that the yolks and whites of the eggs are incorporated separately into the batter; the result is an incredibly fluffy pancake. Here’s another secret: This method of separating the yolk and whites can be applied to almost any pancake recipe. Just be sure to follow the Lofty Buttermilk Pancake recipe method for consistent results.
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• 2 1/2 lbs ripe tomatoes; cored, seeded, and cut into 1-inch chunks • 1 small cucumber; peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch chunks • 1 red bell pepper; cored, seeded, and sliced into ribbons • 1 small Vidalia onion, peeled and cubed • 1/4 cup basil leaves • 1 clove garlic, peeled • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1. Place a blender and medium mixing bowl on your workstation. 2. Divide the tomato chunks, cucumber pieces, and bell pepper slices evenly between blender and bowl. Place entire onion in blender. 3. Add basil, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper to blender. Blend on low, gradually raising speed to high until smooth, about 2 minutes. 4. Add blender contents to bowl and mix until just broken up, about 10–20 seconds. 5. Let mixture sit in fridge for a minimum of 2 hours. Transfer to bowls and serve.
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1. COVER TITLE 1. WHO’S A GOOD BOY? INSIDE THIS ISSUE 2. STAY SAFE WHILE CAMPING 3. QUICK TIPS FOR THE BEST BREAKFAST EVER SUMMERTIME GAZPACHO 4. WHY YOU SHOULD PLAY PICKLEBALL
THE INCREDIBLE RISE OF PICKLEBALL
A SPORT FOR ALL AGES BECOMES A CRAZE AMONG OLDER ADULTS
You’ve probably heard of pickleball, especially given its rising popularity in the United States and Canada, but you may be wondering what the big deal is about this relatively new fad. Pickleball is an awesome, low-impact sport that people of all ages can enjoy. It’s great exercise and great fun, and it’s the perfect game for family get-togethers.
In addition to being a fun form of exercise, pickleball also offers older adults the chance to socialize with their peers. Leagues often lead to long-term friendships. Courts are small, and each game consists of only four players, making it easy to engage in some casual conversation or playful, competitive banter between points. If you’ve never picked up a paddle, consider joining a league or buying a set for your next family outing. You can introduce your grandkids to a fun new sport — and then school them for the bulk of an afternoon.
Pickleball originated on Bainbridge Island, Washington, in 1965. It was the creation of three fathers — Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum — who needed to come up with something to keep the little ones entertained and out of their hair. Soon, however, it became popular among the adults, and they ended up spending more time on the court than their children. “Frankly,” McCallum says, “the kids got pushed out.” Since its early days, pickleball has transformed from an ad-hoc game to a full-fledged sport, complete with official rules, equipment, and leagues. Despite the more formal structure in place today,
pickleball is incredibly easy to pick up and play. Investing in some paddles and balls won’t cost more than $100, and you can easily convert a tennis or badminton court for pickleball. One of the appeals of pickleball for older adults is that it is not excessively strenuous. It also doesn’t have the steep learning curve and high barrier to entry that sports like tennis or golf do. Due to the nature of a pickleball, which contains strategically placed holes similar to those of a whiffle ball, the game is much more about finesse than pure power or athleticism. While you can definitely hone your skills with practice, you’ll start having fun from day one.
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