Emotional support duck owner: ‘Everybody loved him’

As Daniel the emotional support duck basks in international fame, owner Carla Fitzgerald is a little surprised at the attention but says it’s well-deserved.

“It’s just weird how a little six-pound duck could cause such an uproar, you know?” Fitzgerald, 37, said with a laugh. “It’s crazy, in a very good way, and I’m very happy it’s in a good way. But what’s not to love about him? He’s a happy little guy, and he makes other people happy. He makes me happy.”

Daniel’s 15 minutes of fame began Sunday afternoon when Asheville author Mark Essig, on a short flight from Charlotte to Asheville, encountered the little fellow waddling up the aisle and started tweeting about him.




Car travel with a dog is likely a foregone conclusion if you count yourself among the roughly 60 percent of Americans who view the family dog as a bona fide family member. Anticipating his travel needs and thoughtfully preparing for them can help divert problems on a road trip with your dog before they happen. We’re here to help with handy tips for traveling by car with your beloved canine, brimful of advice for the most dogged road warrior and the novice alike. We want to help make traveling with your dog a smooth sailing success.


Your dog needs proper I.D. at home and when he travels with you. Redundant systems are a good thing: put critical information on his I.D. tags and personalize his dog collar with his name and your cell phone number. And microchipping your dog is always an excellent backup strategy. The idea that he’d bolt at a rest area (or at the beach or on a forested trail) is unthinkable. Best to be prepared: identifying your pet improves the likelihood of his safe return home to you should the unthinkable happen.

Quick Tip: Travel with Your Dog’s Photo
Always travel with a photo of your dog in case you need to make posters or fliers. And bring a copy of his vaccination records and a certificate of health if you’re crossing state lines with him; consult your veterinarian for these documents.

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Should You Allow Your Dog in Your Bed?

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Plenty of people share their beds with their pets. But is this really a good habit? Here’s how to ensure your bed doesn’t turn into the dog bed.

A growing number of Americans spend their nights snuggled up with their dogs. In fact, a recent survey by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association found that 42 percent of all dog owners allow their pooches to sleep in the bed with them at night.

And it’s easy to understand why many pet owners do this. “Dogs add companionship if you are single or in a bad relationship,” says Susan Nelson, DVM, a clinical associate professor at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. “They provide extra warmth on a cold night. They evoke a sense of security, especially for children who are scared of the dark. They give an added sense of safety from potential intruders. It may also create a greater bond between you and your dog. Let’s face it: It’s hard to beat a warm, furry bundle of unconditional love.”

92-Year-Old Owner Credits Chihuahua with Saving Her Life

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When 92-year-old Marie Alexander fell in her yard, the plucky little Chihuahua did what she could to summon help for the Inverness, Florida, woman.

It’s a good thing the dog “follows me everywhere,” according to Alexander, who fell checking her mail a couple of weeks ago.

“When I went to step up on a walkway, my foot twisted and I just fell backwards,” she tells ABC Action News, who reported the story.

A fence and shrubs surrounded the property, so no one could see Alexander laying on the ground, unable to get up. Sassy wasn’t about to just sit there in her owner’s time of need. Instead, for five hours she attempted to bark down cars in the hot temperatures.

The Fabulous Fox 2016 – 2017 Season 6-Show Season Ticket Package Sale!

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2016- 2017 U.S. Bank Broadway Series

The Fabulous Fox is thrilled to welcome a season of Tony Award® winning Best Musicals to our stage!  Fun Home, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder and Cabaret have all received the Best Musical honor.   And five of the season ticket shows are making their St. Louis debuts.  For details on each of the outstanding productions, see the more information links below.

Season Ticket packages are on sale now. Six-show packages start at only $128!
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How Aging Affects Driving

As people get older, their driving patterns change.
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Retirement, different schedules, and new activities affect when and where they drive. Most older adults drive safely because they have a lot of experience behind the wheel. But when they are involved in crashes, they are often hurt more seriously than younger drivers. Age-related declines in vision, hearing, and other abilities, as well as certain health conditions and medications, can affect driving skills.

Changes in Driving Habits

When people retire, they no longer drive to work. With more leisure time, they may start new activities, visit friends and family more often, or take more vacations. Like drivers of any age, they use their vehicles to go shopping, do errands, and visit the doctor. Driving is an important part of staying independent.

Most people 70 and older have drivers’ licenses. They tend to drive fewer miles than younger drivers. But, they are also keeping their licenses longer and driving more miles than in the past, often favoring local roads over highways. As the overall population ages, there will be more older drivers on the road.
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7 Tips for Avoiding Elderly Heat Stroke & Exhaustion

Hot weather is dangerous, and seniors are particularly prone to its threat. Elderly heat stroke and heat exhaustion are a real problem. In fact, a recent University of Chicago Medical Center study found that 40% of heat-related fatalities in the U.S. were among people over 65.
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There are several reasons for elderly heat vulnerability. People’s ability to notice changes in their body temperature decreases with age. Many seniors also have underlying health conditions that make them less able to adapt to heat. Furthermore, many medicines that seniors take can contribute to dehydration. Fortunately, a few simple precautions are all that’s needed to keep safe.

Here are some guidelines for keeping safe in hot weather:

  1. Drink Plenty of Liquids
    Dehydration is the root of many heat related health problems. Drink plenty of water or juice, even if you’re not thirsty. But remember to avoid alcoholic or caffeinated drinks, as they can actually contribute to dehydration.
  2. Wear Appropriate Clothes
    An old Swedish saying says, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.” When it’s hot out, wear light-colored, lightweight, loose-fitting clothes and a wide-brimmed hat.
  3. Stay Indoors During Mid-day Hours
    During periods of extreme heat, the best time to run errands or be outdoors is before 10am or after 6pm, when the temperature tends to be cooler.
  4. Take it Easy
    Avoid exercise and strenuous activity, particularly outdoors, when it’s very hot out.
  5. Watch the Heat Index
    When there’s a lot of moisture in their air (high humidity), the body’s ability to cool itself through sweating is impaired. The heat index factors humidity and temperature to approximate how the how the weather really feels. The current heat index can be found on all popular weather websites, and is also usually announced on local TV and radio weather reports during periods of warm weather.
  6. Seek Air-conditioned Environments
    Seniors whose houses aren’t air-conditioned should consider finding an air-conditioned place to spend time during extreme heat.The mall, library or movie theater are all popular options. During heat waves, many cities also set up “cooling centers,” air-conditioned public places, for seniors and other vulnerable populations. Seniors without convenient access to any air-conditioned place might consider a cool bath or shower.
  7. Know the Warning Signs of Heat-related Illness
    Dizziness, nausea, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, fainting and breathing problems are all warning signs that help should be sought immediately.

Learn how there’s an elderly death risk linked to higher temperatures and get info on dealing with elderly dehydration.


Texting Campaign

Texting while driving is a serious problem on America’s roads. Seventy-one percent of young people say they have sent a text while driving. As a result, thousands of people die every year in crashes related to distracted driving.
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Help us tackle the issue by getting involved. Share these with your friends and remind them, if you’re texting, you’re not driving.

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On anniversary of Vietnam War injury, dying veteran reunites with horses

The Washington Post: By Yanan Wang
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At 21 years old, Roberto Gonzalez was drafted into the Army and sent to Vietnam, serving for only a few months when he was shot and left paralyzed in 1970.

He spent the rest of his life raising and training horses with his wife, Rosario Gonzalez. He is one of just a few disabled licensed horse trainers in Texas, Rosario told CNN. The horses are Gonzalez’s heart and soul.

For a while, he feared he might have to die without them.

Gonzalez, now 71, was admitted to the Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital in San Antonio ten months ago for a wound in his back, Fox News reported. But soon afterwards, doctors learned that his liver and kidneys were failing. Month after month, he remained in the hospital.

As Gonzalez’s condition worsened, he told Rosario that he had just one remaining desire: to see his horses again.

The hospital was happy to oblige, as Gonzalez was one of the facility’s first patients when it opened in 1974. Last Saturday, on the 46th anniversary of his injury, Gonzalez got his wish.


85-Year-Old Great-Grandmother Fulfills Dream of Returning to College and Graduating: ‘I Wanted to Finish What I Started!’

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Lottie Jacks can’t wait to walk across the graduation stage on Saturday – the 85-year-old great-grandmother has waited her whole life for this moment!

The soon-to-be college grad is on track to receive her bachelor’s degree in biology from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, on May 14. Jacks originally enrolled in college in 1948, but dropped out of school one semester short of receiving her degree to marry her longtime sweetheart.

“I wanted to finish what I started! All those years, I dreamed of going back to school,” she said in an interview with Samford University.
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