Happy Herald - Family Feature https://www.happyherald.com/articles.sec-8522-1-family-feature.html <![CDATA[Memorable Family Moments Educational activities ideal for making memories together]]> You can explore the challenges facing endangered species, discover how community programs are spurring positive change for conservation and learn more at aza.org. After learning about animals that need help, you can visit zebrapen.com/aza for fun kids’ games, coloring pages and other activities that encourage creativity.]]> <![CDATA[6 Ways to Help Your Dog Maintain Calm Behavior]]> Summer can be a stressful time of year for dogs that experience anxious behaviors, with triggers like fireworks, thunderstorms, summer travel and more taking a toll on pets. While you may not be able to prevent your pet’s anxious behaviors entirely, there are ways you can ease your dog’s apprehension and manage the behavior it can potentially cause.]]> <![CDATA[Mindful Tips from Mandy Moore for a Well-Balanced, Lively Summer]]> With plans of trips and relaxation on the horizon, it can be easy to give your wellness routine a vacation too. Before you jet set off on your next adventure, take a moment to be consciously aware of how your mind and body may react to an overly active and jam-packed summer schedule.]]> <![CDATA[To Dad, With Love]]> Truth be told, your company is probably all Dad really needs, but you can help deliver a little something he wants with these diverse ideas for all different kinds of dads. Remember, the secret to great gifting is giving something that shows you know and care about his personal interests.]]> <![CDATA[Bucket List Travel Destinations for 2019]]> “Often, would-be vacationers get so hung up on figuring out where they want to go, they forget to consider what they’ll do when they get there,” said Matthew Phillips, director of travel for AARP Services, Inc.]]> <![CDATA[5 Tips to Successfully Bring a New Pet into Your Home]]> “When you consider an option like adoption, you can make sure one less dog or cat is living in a shelter while also providing the gift of unconditional love to a furry friend in need,” said David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., president of PetSmart Charities, which helps find forever homes and families for more than 500,000 shelter pets each year.]]> <![CDATA[Hug More, Stress Less]]> As one example, sharing a hug with a loved one has been found to boost immune system responses, help fight disease and increase overall health, according to an article published by The Guardian. Hugs increase serotonin, which is the body’s natural antidepressant, can be a natural sleep aid and help reduce stress and anxiety.]]> <![CDATA[Help Pets Ward Off Winter Risks]]> “Hypothermia is a real danger for pets in the wintertime, and despite pets’ natural fur coats, it doesn’t take long for hypothermia to set in and cause serious problems,” said Jennifer Freeman, DVM, PetSmart’s resident veterinarian and pet care expert.]]> <![CDATA[Adventurous Travel for the Winter Season]]> There is something about the winter months that seems to awaken a sense of wanderlust in many people. Whether it’s the need for an escape from the bitter, drab conditions or a desire for a break from the hectic schedule that often accompanies the season, carving out time to head south may be the perfect pick-me-up.]]> <![CDATA[5 Ways to Show Your Cats You Love Them]]> Cats take on so many different roles within their owners’ lives and families, such as cuddle buddies, emotional support animals, quiet companions and purring playmates. Each furry feline deserves the best, so as a cat owner, it’s important to shower your pet with love and make them feel special all year round.]]> <![CDATA[Prepare Pets for Better Grooming Visits]]> While a haircut is often the first thing that comes to mind when pet parents contemplate a visit to the groomer, those visits can involve much more than a bath and trim. It can also include spa-like skin and paw treatments, deep moisturizing shampoos and conditioners for healthy skin and a lustrous coat, deshedding and flea or tick treatments.]]> <![CDATA[Fight the Beg]]> “When sad eyes plead for one more treat or constant meowing reminds you the treats are in easy reach, it’s common for pet owners to give in to the temptation and play into that begging behavior,” said Dr. Eric Mueller, veterinarian and Royal Canin spokesperson.]]> <![CDATA[Keep Up with Your Cat’s Health]]> There are a number of factors that contribute to limited veterinary visits for cats. According to a survey by Royal Canin, two-thirds of cat owners simply believe cats have fewer health issues than dogs. However, according to the American Association of Feline Practitioners, routine check-ups are vital for giving cats long, happy and healthy lives.]]> <![CDATA[Good Friends, Good Food]]> Ask most dog owners and they’ll tell you that they count the bonds they share with their pets among their most treasured relationships. However, that boundless affection and loyalty isn’t a one-sided effort; dog owners are demonstrating their puppy love in numerous ways, especially when it comes to chow time.]]> <![CDATA[At Your Service]]> Service dogs work hard each and every day to protect their human counterparts. Not only are they constant companions, but they are hardworking animals that can help reduce stress and anxiety levels, which can help lessen the symptoms of posttraumatic stress and traumatic brain injury, for example.]]> <![CDATA[Five Back-to-School Shopping Tips to Buy More Time]]> It's that time of year again. Parents are preparing for the rush of back-to-school with a seemingly never-ending To Do list. As you run around to purchase school supplies, uniforms and sneakers, it can be a busy and expensive time of year.]]> <![CDATA[Prevent Pets from Fleeing in Fright]]> Summer social gatherings and celebrations can add up to a lot of fun for humans, but it’s an equation that may test the limits for a fearful pet. The break in dayto-day consistency and the chaos that comes with festivities can cause pets to escape in search of solace, which often times results in them leaving their loved ones behind.]]> <![CDATA[5 Tips for Healthy Summer Hydration]]> While staying hydrated may seem easy, healthy hydration is not always a given. For example, the water coming out of your faucet can travel through miles of aging pipes before it reaches your home, potentially picking up unwanted contaminants such as lead, pesticides and industrial pollutants along the way.]]> <![CDATA[7 Tips to Combat Seasonal Allergies]]> It’s time to welcome fresh air, enjoy outdoor barbecues and run around at the park with family and friends. While embracing these warm activities, you may also face the dreaded symptoms of allergies..]]> <![CDATA[Dietary Solutions for Pets]]>