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Pet adoption is a big decision, especially if you’ve never had a dog before. If you’re thinking about adding a pooch to your household, you might want to consider a “retired” working dog. Retired dogs are well-trained, well-mannered and often find themselves in need of a loving home once their service years have ended. We’ll discuss three different types of canines and a few helpful retired dog tips to keep in mind as you start the adoption process.

Retired Guide Dogs

Guide dogs loyally serve the blind and disabled for years, often until they are 8 to 10 years old. In many cases, leaving the side of their lifelong partner can be emotionally challenging, especially when the person is unable to continue keeping the dog as a pet. These gentle senior dogs are in need of loving homes, and make wonderful companions for older adults. They’re also a great choice for homes with small children, as guide dogs are trained to be patient and calm even in chaotic circumstances.

Retired Greyhounds

These athletic dogs are used to a life of hard work. Unfortunately, this sometimes includes mistreatment, so retired Greyhounds will appreciate a kind and loving home to retire to. Greyhounds by nature as inquisitive, gentle and sometimes shy, and usually enjoy the company of other Greyhounds. They often have not been introduced to cats or other breeds of dogs, so a retired Greyhound may be ideal if you intend to have a single-pet household. They’re also used to traveling frequently, which is great if you’re looking for a loyal road-trip companion.

Retired K9 and military working dogs

Police K9 units and military working dogs have bravely served our country alongside their handlers for anywhere from 5 to 10 years. Sometimes, they’re injured in the line of duty and need specialized medical consideration. First priority in adopting these very special dogs is usually given to their former trainers and handlers, before opening availability to the public. If you’re interested in adopting a retired service dog, you’ll likely need to complete some training to understand their specific needs and commands. SaveAVet.org is a wonderful resource for learning more about adopting these retired heroes.

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Slow Cooker Coconut-Curry Sweet Potatoes http://skinnyms.com/slow-cooker-coconut-curry-sweet-potatoes-recipe/ http://skinnyms.com/slow-cooker-coconut-curry-sweet-potatoes-recipe/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 14:00:09 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=417622 Spice up your seasonal sweet potatoes!

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Slow Cooker Coconut-Curry Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Take sweet potatoes to places you never thought possible with this spicy, savory slow cooker meal! Rich in beta carotene and fiber, sweet potatoes are one of our favorite superfoods. When slowly simmered with curry, coconut, and garlic, they take on a powerful, unique flavor that’s perfect for the season.

Slow Cooker Coconut-Curry Sweet Potatoes

Slow Cooker Coconut-Curry Sweet Potatoes

Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories: 184 | Previous Points: 4 | Points Plus: 5 | Total Fat: 14 g | Saturated Fat: 12 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 123 mg | Carbohydrates: 15 g | Dietary Fiber: 3 g | Sugars: 3 g | Protein: 1 g |

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1" cubes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut

Directions

Add coconut oil to the slow cooker and preheat to high will preparing potatoes and garlic.

Add potatoes, garlic, and all remaining ingredients, except coconut, to the slow cooker. Stir well.

Cover and cook on high 2-3 hours or low 4-5 hours. Recommend using a 4-6 quart slow cooker. Add shredded coconut about 5 minutes before turning off slow cooker. If desired, add additional coconut for garnish.

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5 Moves to Get a Bubble Butt http://skinnyms.com/5-exercises-to-get-a-bubble-butt/ http://skinnyms.com/5-exercises-to-get-a-bubble-butt/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 13:29:05 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=419814 Quick butt workout for busy women.

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Quick workouts lasting 4 to 10 minutes can be just as effective as longer routines. The key is to perform the prescribed exercises using correct form, taking recommended rest periods, and completing the workout three times per week. The 5 Moves to Get a Bubble Butt is designed to lift, round, and build the gluteal muscles.

TIP: As you perform the following exercises, keep your focus on the butt muscles by keeping them tight throughout the move. Also, a great way to way to lift the butt is by doing small pulses throughout the day. For example, squeeze and release your butt muscles as often as possible. It’s easy to perform this effective lift when in the shower or preparing dinner.

Equipment needed: yoga mat or soft surface; chair or desk for stability; interval timer (recommend Gymboss app, it’s free)

What to do:

Beginner Workout: Perform one circuit three times weekly and gradually increase until you are able to complete two circuits at one time. Perform each exercise for 30 seconds and rest 15 seconds after each one.

Intermediate to Advanced Workout: Perform two circuits three times weekly. Perform each exercise for 1 minute and rest 30 seconds after each circuit.

1. Single Leg Bridge (each leg: perform 30 seconds for beginners and 1 minute for
intermediate to advanced)

2. Alternating Side Lunge
3. Full Range-of-Motion Squats
4. Squat with Alternating Side Leg Raise
5. Squat Jump

Single Leg Bridge

Alternating Side Lunge

Full Range-of-Motion Body Weight Squats

Squat with Side Leg Raise

Squat Jump

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Three Day Cleanse & Detox Grocery Shopping List http://skinnyms.com/three-day-cleanse-detox-grocery-shopping-list/ http://skinnyms.com/three-day-cleanse-detox-grocery-shopping-list/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:06:04 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=422564 FREE

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We know what you’re thinking when you hear the words cleanse and detox. Don’t worry, we won’t subject you to days of drinking nothing but seasoned water. Our Three Day Cleanse and Detox contains whole, clean, healthful foods like fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts, to keep you fueled and functional! But the simple, unrefined ingredients we’ve chosen for this cleanse are perfect for detoxing your system. Use our grocery list to stock up and enjoy a satisfying cleanse that brings results.

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Skinny Ms. Fast Workout Calendar and Playlist Schedule http://skinnyms.com/skinny-ms-fast-workout-calendar-playlist-schedule/ http://skinnyms.com/skinny-ms-fast-workout-calendar-playlist-schedule/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:02:36 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=422562 FREE

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Some of the healthiest, most fit people you know are just like you. They have hectic work schedules, kids’ soccer games, and active social lives. How do they make time for working out? Tabata routines are catching fire right now, because they’re completed in just a few minutes, boosting your metabolism, burning fat, working your cardiovascular system, and building lean muscles. Our Fast Workout Calendar and Playlist supplies you with 4 weeks of 4-minute workouts performed with 4-minute songs in your earbuds. Work these routines into the next 4 weeks and see serious results.

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4-Week Body Weight Workout Program Schedule http://skinnyms.com/4-week-body-weight-workout-program-schedule/ http://skinnyms.com/4-week-body-weight-workout-program-schedule/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:59:47 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=422559 FREE

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If you like to workout on the fly, or in the comfort of your own home, our 4-Week Body Weight Workout Program is the fitness program you’ve been looking for. Lace up your sneakers, grab a glass of water, and get ready to burn fat, tone, tighten, and sculpt, all in one workout that you can do in the comfort of your living room. Don’t get too comfortable, though. This workout regimen will have you sweating, your heart racing, and your metabolism amped. There’s no reason not to get started in your own home right now.

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HIIT Workout Calendar Schedule http://skinnyms.com/hiit-workout-calendar-schedule/ http://skinnyms.com/hiit-workout-calendar-schedule/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:53:03 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=422567 FREE

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We know that in order to become motivated and to stay motivated, you need to see results, and you need to see them quickly! Our High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Workout Calendar is designed to show you those results in the mirror in just four weeks. A combination of strength training and cardio exercises will boost your metabolism for up to a day after you’ve completed each workout. Not only will you burn fat and lose weight, you’ll see a tighter and more toned body by the end of the month with our popular HIIT Workout Calendar.

 

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Do Pets Need Companionship from Other Pets? http://skinnyms.com/pets-need-companionship-pets/ http://skinnyms.com/pets-need-companionship-pets/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:00:31 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=421346 Does your furry friend need a friend of his own?

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Many of us think of our pets like our children. After all, they rely on us for survival and provide us with a great deal of love and joy. And just as real parents often feel that a child should have a brother or sister to play with, dog and cat “parents” often have questions about pets and companionship. Do our furry friends need playmates of their own species? The answer isn’t as simple as you might expect.

If you’ve ever watched two dogs wrestling and rough-housing at the dog park, it’s easy to tell that canines enjoy playing with one another. But do they need that dog-to-dog companionship? Researchers have spent a lot of time exploring the topic, and their general consensus is no; contrary to what you might expect, dogs don’t require companionship from another dog to be content. They enjoy it, to be sure, but it’s not a crucial component for raising a socialized and well-behaved pup.

Researcher Adam Miklosi has spent a great deal of time studying the relationships of dogs with other dogs and dogs with humans. His research concluded that the dog-to-human bond is much stronger, mimicking that of a parent and child. If a dog receives ample love, affection and attention from his master, he’ll almost always prefer spending time with his master (or with a delicious chew toy) than with another dog.

What about the feline species? Do cats require the companionship of other cats? Speaking on behalf of the ASPCA, Dr. Jill Goldman and Dr. Pam Reid say, in so many words, it depends. Two cats can be great playmates, providing exercise and stimulation for one another. These two- or three-cat relationships are usually most successful when the cats are of similar age and temperament. But it can also go the other way. Some cats prefer to spend most of their time solo, and the sudden introduction of another cat can be a very stressful experience, resulting in bad kitty behavior.

So, as with dogs, the answer is no; cats do not need companionship from other cats, though some may enjoy it. Again, it’s the cat’s relationship with its owner that matters more in its overall quality of life.

If you’re able to add a second pet to your household, wonderful. But if you already feel your hands are full with a single dog or cat, there’s no need to feel pressure to add a pet “sibling” to the mix.

Sources: https://www.dognition.com/adam-miklosi

https://www.petfinder.com/pet-adoption/cat-adoption/adopt-second-cat/

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Rethinking the Joy of Multitasking http://skinnyms.com/rethinking-joy-multitasking/ http://skinnyms.com/rethinking-joy-multitasking/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:00:27 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=421080 Not an accomplished multitasker? You may be doing your body and mind good!

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Our busy lives force us to stretch our bodies and minds to 10 different places at once. One of the greatest foundation skills for success was believed to be the ability to multi-task. Taking on multiple projects, balancing work and home, consuming information while performing another task: these skills make up our everyday lives. We tend to believe that being able to complete multiple tasks at once makes our lives easier.

New research suggests that multitasking is not only non-beneficial, it also slows you down, reduces your work efficiency, and can cause negative effects to your brain. Our brains were not wired to tackle more than one thing at a time, while equally giving our best to each. Multitasking not only creates poor performance at the work at hand, it also leads to a poor transition into the next following tasks. The study also showed that people who multitasked frequently were worse at multitasking than people who didn’t. “The frequent multitaskers performed worse because they had more trouble organizing their thoughts and filtering out irrelevant information, and they were slower at switching from one task to another.”

Focusing on one task at a time is the most beneficial way to create your best results, maximize your work efficiency, your memory and your overall brain function. As enticing as being ever-present with our phones and computers, focusing and being in one place at once mentally and physically is the greatest way to create success in all that you do.

Sources: Forbes

Looking for more everyday tips to keep you going during the day? Here some other helpful tips to keep in mind:
How to Take Control Of Your Health
15 Ways to De-Stress During the Day
Sitting Down May Be Cutting Life Expectancy

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Tomato, Blueberry, and Fennel Salad http://skinnyms.com/tomatoes-blueberries-fennel-salad-recipe/ http://skinnyms.com/tomatoes-blueberries-fennel-salad-recipe/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:00:18 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=418382 Pack your salad with antioxidant-rich superfoods!

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Tomatoes, Blueberries & Fennel Salad

We can’t think of a salad that adds more antioxidants, and color, to your plate than this one! Blueberries are a standout superfood, with numerous antioxidants and phytonutrients, and a hearty dose of fiber. Tomatoes contain lycopene and vitamin C, and their flavor is complemented perfectly by sweet fennel, a vegetable with a taste reminiscent of anise. It’s a unique salad that will wow your guests with its fabulous presentation.

Tomatoes, Blueberries & Fennel Salad

Tomatoes, Blueberries & Fennel Salad

Yields: 2 servings | Serving Size: 1/2 of recipe | Calories: 167 | Previous Points: 3 | Points Plus: 5 | Total Fat: 11 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 235 mg | Carbohydrates: 19 g | Dietary Fiber: 6 g | Sugars: 6 g | Protein: 3 g |

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 fennel bulb, chopped (leave some leaves for garnishing)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • Salt

Directions

In a bowl, toss the tomatoes, fennel and blueberries together.

Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice then add the salt.

In a bowl, toss the tomatoes, fennel & blueberries together.

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