The Beagle Brigade is a team of dogs trained to inspect U.S. airports for prohibited agricultural items.
Each Beagle goes through 13 weeks of rigorous training before starting their job.
See the Beagle Brigade in action at the upcoming AKC National Championship in December.
Those adorable Beagles you see at major airports throughout the United States aren’t there to provide cuddles or comfort. They’re part of the Beagle Brigade, a team of hard-working dogs employed by the U.S. Department of A...
With a new year upon us, the conventional wisdom of our day is that it’s time to get to work getting after our goals. It’s easier than ever to get swept up in self-help and hustle culture, putting our noses to the grindstone and striving to become bigger, better, thinner, richer, more successful versions of ourselves.
Even if you’re not the type to make resolutions based on self-improvement, chances are you’ve set some goals to improve your work performance, whether your work is your home, yo...
Recently a friend asked me for some advice. He had been thinking about writing a book and wanted to know if I thought his ideas were viable. Really, he didn’t want advice so much as he wanted affirmation that his subject was book-worthy, which I enthusiastically gave him, because it was.
And then came the familiar refrain: “Now if I could just find time to write. The problem is I have so many things on my plate.” And I knew then that his book will probably never see the light of day.
Road tripping in an RV is a great way to include your dog in your vacation plans, but, for many people, RV travel is more than a break from the every day — it is their every day. People of all ages are turning to full-time RV living to escape the daily grind and avoid getting tied to a mortgage, and they’re bringing their pets along for the journey.
Full-time RVers aren’t the only ones logging a lot of road miles with their dogs. Faced with frequent cross-country travel for dog shows and athl...
A new year provides a clean slate, or so we tell ourselves. This tends to be as true with finances as it is for fitness plans. But like resolutions to hit the gym daily, financial resolutions often fall by the wayside as the year progresses. We talked to several couples who have kept their financial resolutions to learn about the keys to their success.
To ring in 2018, here are 16 lessons we learned.
If you're thinking about getting a new pet, consider adopting from a shelter. Not sure how to find your new best friend? Many animal centers employ a pet adoption counselor who can be sure you're matched with the right pet.
An animal adoption counselor is specially trained and passionate about making sure pets are matched to the right homes. People who work in this role also work with families and potential pet parents to equip and prepare them for any special needs or personality quirks thei...
Puppy development involves a lot of stages and milestones as puppies grow into adulthood. Whether you've adopted a puppy and you're wondering when he'll calm down and stop chewing on everything — or you're simply curious about what puppies go through to become full-fledged dogs — this puppy timeline has the answers you're looking for.
Puppies are born blind and deaf, with both their eyes and ears sealed shut. For their first two weeks of life, newborn pups experience the world entirely throug...
Thanks to the fitness tracker you wear on your wrist, you know that taking your dog for a walk is an excellent way to meet your daily step goal. But what about your dog? Do you ever wish for dog technology that could tell you whether his fitness level is up to snuff? You may or may not be surprised to learn that such technology exists, and it's just one of many emerging trends in pet tech designed to make caring for your pet as easy as counting your steps.
In an age of smart homes, robots and...
The most wonderful time of the year can also be the most stressful time of the year. Both Thanksgiving and Christmas tend to bring with them increased demands on your time, energy, and money that also increase opportunities for conflict between you and your spouse.
While a certain amount of holiday stress is inevitable, this season doesn’t have to place undue strain on your marriage. Here are 10 ideas to help you and your partner prepare to face holiday stress.
Few things are more frustrating than when you and your spouse differ about the type of life you want to live.
Maybe you’re overwhelmed by too much stuff, or resentful over working long hours. You’re ready to embrace simple living. Your spouse, on the other hand, loves to shop, prefers holding onto material goods, and gives you the death-stare if you suggest donating one of the toaster ovens you got for your wedding to charity.
So what’s a would-be minimalist to do?
Sometimes, living with scarcity is a choice. People decide to reduce, downsize and live with less. But sometimes, scarcity arrives by circumstance.
This is how my husband and I ended up living a simpler lifestyle in the wake of the Great Recession. Layoffs at the company I worked for left us living on a single, small income.
In 2008, I had a great job as a project administrator. My husband returned to school to complete his degree. That fall, we bought our first house, in a city close to my w...
The Apostle Paul extolled the virtues of living a quiet life, and Jesus Christ himself taught that we shouldn’t chase after material goods, but focus instead on serving others and nurturing our faith. Indeed, during his earthly ministry, Jesus seemed to embrace a lifestyle of minimalism and simplicity, trusting God for his every earthly need.
While the Bible doesn’t command us to live simply, it makes a case that simple living can make us more content.
You’ve cleaned out your closets, given truckloads of stuff to charity, streamlined your schedule and seen firsthand how living with less can free up time, money and energy that you can use to focus on what truly matters. But no matter how great the rewards of simpler living, it isn’t always easy to maintain a clutter-free lifestyle. Here are 11 simple life quotes to help you stay focused and motivated when the clutter starts creeping back in.