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Warren Eckstein × The Pet Show

Next month, New York turned Californian transplant, Warren Eckstein will reach a significant milestone in his career as Top-Dog Pet Behaviorist, Humorist, and TV and Radio Personality. November will mark 40-years since he launched The Pet Show With Warren Eckstein from Los Angeles radio stations. Warren has a loyal following of 5 million listeners per month. He’s personally trained over 40,000 dogs, and through his radio show, he’s helped over 100,000 pet owners with their pet’s psychological, training, and behavioral questions. Warren’s training advice stands apart from other animal behaviorists with his “Hugs & Kisses” approach that overcomes the all-too-common human-to-pet miscommunications. 

Warren, what prompted your move from New York to California, specifically LA?

California is a place I made fun of for many years. It was a running joke, “How could anyone live in California?” I’m a New Yorker; everything happens in New York. But my then-Manager, Howard West, an Executive Producer of the Seinfeld show, said it was an opportunity to work more closely with him. My radio show on KABC was in its 14th-year back in 1995, and I would be able to broadcast my Los Angeles show, and my Network show back-to-back. I’m commanding the radio airways every Saturday from 11-3 PST. In LA, I love that my biggest decision every day is what t-shirt to wear. Moving to southern California was the best decision I ever made. Here is home.

What has been your experience living in LA?

LA is an entertainment town, more so than I was accustomed to in New York. I’ve found that, here, there is more emphasis on preserving the environment. Year-round, there are thousands of fundraising opportunities, and I’m very focused on the ones benefiting animals.

Do SoCal pets and their owners differ in any way from those in NY?

SoCal pets & their guardians differ from NY in a few ways. Here they are at the dog park year-round and forming pet-inspired friendships. You see their pets jogging with their owners, or conversely being carried in strollers. You see a lot more pets in cars here, and many cafes with pet menus! New York dogs are sometimes better adjusted than CA dogs. On the streets of NY, there’s the smells of Chinese food delivery, the bike messengers whizzing by, the insane noise levels, jam-packed streets. Those were some of the problems I had to work on with David Letterman’s dogs, Bob & Stanley when they moved from Malibu to Manhattan. It was quite an adjustment for them.

Is Animal your second language?

No, it’s my first.

40- years in radio is a success story! What makes your radio show have such longevity? How does your show stand apart?

Unlike most talk radio shows, my focus is on the listeners & callers. I rarely do interviews, because for 40 years, pet guardians are calling with questions they need answers to. My Show has listeners with four generations of pets. We’ve laughed together and cried together. There is a level of trust the Show has built with my audience – they know I will never endorse a product unless I personally use it for my pets. My reputation is on the line with every Show.

What’s the biggest message you want to send CA pet owners?

It’s important to socialize & educate your pet in a positive manner, making it enjoyable. Also, remember not to micromanage your pet – rather, give them the opportunity to be a dog or cat. For example, when you take your dog for a walk, remember it’s their walk, not yours. Sniffing trees is like Instagram, Snapchat, or Facebook for you. To them, sniffing provides them all the information they need.

How have you contributed to, enlightened, or changed the pet “landscape” with pet owners?

I’ve enlightened pet guardians by being on radio, appearing on TV, articles about me & books that I’ve written on pet behavior. I’ve taught people how to better understand, relate & spend time looking at life through their pets’ point of view, rather than their own.

Are there any pet topics exclusive to CA or SoCal?

Obviously earthquakes and fires. Also, CA pets are much apt to be exposed to venomous snakes and other creatures on their hikes.

How do your training techniques differ from other behaviorists or trainers?

Over the years, I developed the Hugs & Kisses™ method of training. I always felt the best way to resolve issues with your pet is to look at it from your pet’s point of view. And I also believed from day one that it’s important to not always micromanage them – let them be a dog or cat.

Talk about your commitment to and success of Hugs & Kisses Animal Fund.

When my first wife, Fay, died, I had promised her that I would realize her dream of creating a nonprofit organization to raise money for the thousands of small animal rescue groups who do the majority of the work in saving the animals, yet are rarely funded. In 1995, the Hugs and Kisses™ Animal Fund was launched as a 501c3. Since then, we have granted Requests for Funding to all 50 states – groups you will never hear of or see on TV – struggling to save animals in tiny towns across the U.S. Without my compassionate listening audience and their generosity, we would not be able to do the lifesaving work of the Animal Fund.

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BOBS FROM SKECHERS × PETCO LOVE

Skechers, The Comfort Technology CompanyTM, is celebrating its newest milestone for its philanthropic BOBS division: the Company’s total donations have now surpassed $7 million for animals in need throughout the United States and Canada. Through its partnership with Petco Love, a national nonprofit working to lead and inspire change for animals, and sales of its extensive BOBS footwear, apparel and accessory offering, Skechers’ funds have helped save and support over 1.3 million shelter pets across North America. 

The brand has continued to drive public awareness for animal welfare this summer with National Foster A Pet month in June—hosting pet adoption events at Skechers retail stores with Petco Love’s animal welfare partners. Community members welcomed home dogs and cats from lifesaving organizations in Dallas, Texas; Harahan, Louisiana; Hialeah, Florida; Marlton, New Jersey and Moreno Valley, California. Consumers across America were also able to support Petco Love and more than 4,000 of its animal welfare partners at local Skechers stores, by rounding up their purchases at checkout—a campaign that raised over $87,000 for dogs and cats independent of Skechers’ total donations. 

“As a brand with a vast network of stores, we love finding new ways to inspire consumers and mobilize our stores for good—and these adoption and round-up events have resonated with the public and help bring our BOBS message to life,” said Michael Greenberg, president of Skechers. “We’ve given more than $3.4 million to Petco Love since we launched our partnership in 2019—a movement that’s already transformed thousands of pets’ and persons’ lives in America and is now building momentum across Canada.” 

“Our partnership with BOBS from Skechers helps further our mission to end preventable euthanasia and make communities and pet families closer, stronger and healthier,” said Susanne Kogut, president of Petco Love. “Shelter pets were there for us throughout the pandemic providing unconditional love and joy. Fostering, adopting, volunteering and donating are ways we can be there for them and make a difference.” 

Initially a philanthropic collection of slip-on styles that donated new shoes to children in need, the BOBS from Skechers movement has grown to include a popular offering of footwear, apparel and accessories dedicated to helping shelter animals. For every BOBS item purchased in the United States and Canada, a donation is made to Petco Love to help support shelter pets and its lifesaving animal welfare organization network. Skechers has helped save over 955,000 dogs, cats and other animals through pet adoptions, and contributed to the care of over 395,000 additional animals at nurseries, sanctuaries and medical care facilities. 

The BOBS from Skechers collection is available HERE, as well as at Skechers and Petco stores, and select department and specialty locations in the United States. To learn more, follow BOBS from Skechers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or click HERE. For more on Petco Love, click HERE or follow at Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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CBD For Dogs

Let’s face it – when your feathered, furry or scaly friend is experiencing distress, you will try to do everything to make them feel better. Whether your dog is subjected to chronic pain, nausea or anxiety, CBD and its promising health benefits have a great potential to improve the quality of life for many pets.

However, much like with any medication or supplement, there are some things you need to be aware of before giving CBD oil to your dog. Here are the top five things to keep in mind prior to implementing CBD products into your dog’s routine.

Why Using CBD For Pets?

Just like humans, horses, cats and other mammals, dogs have a complex endocannabinoid system, which is known to regulate vital bodily functions, such as sleep, memory, appetite, pain, learning, etc. and keep systems in balance. Due to the positive effect on this biological system and promising healing qualities, administering CBD oil to your pet can help with a wide variety of animal-specific conditions and diseases.

So, can you give CBD products to your dog? While studies regarding CBD use for dogs are lacking, early research suggests that CBD oil can significantly improve pain levels and therefore quality of life without discernible side effects.

Five Tips On How To Give CBD Oil To Your Dog

Consult Your Veterinarian

One of the essential recommendations is to always visit a licensed veterinarian before incorporating any new supplements or medications into your pet’s daily regimen. A vet consultation will help you find the right answers to any questions you may have regarding CBD, its specifics and potential adverse reactions. 

Plus, your vet will also check your pet’s entire body closely for signs of injury or illness, review any other medicaments they are taking and advise on the best way for administering CBD to your dog as well as appropriate CBD dose for your pet.

Opt For CBD Products That Are THC-Free

While legal CBD products usually contain no more than 0.2% of THC compound, which is considered safe for animals, it is better to stick to products where the THC content is 0.0%. Animals are often more sensitive and can react to even small traces of THC. Therefore, consider purchasing the best CBD oil for pain relief, anxiety or any other ailment of your pet. Such products should be completely THC-free for your dog’s safety and most importantly, watch out for possible symptoms of THC poisoning such as anxiety, vomiting or diarrhoea. 

Additionally, always choose well-established CBD brands and ask for a Certificate of Analysis (COA) to double-check that the CBD and THC concentrations and ensure products are effective.

Find The Right Time To Give CBD

Each pet owner always wants to pamper his fluffy friend with the best possible support, including offering quality food with natural and safe ingredients that will improve their overall quality of life. Adding CBD to food will make it even more beneficial to their health. Aside from supplying essential vitamins and minerals into your pet’s diet plan, CBD can ensure they recover faster after daily exercise or play routine and remain as active and joyous as possible.

You can also add CBD treats into your pet’s training schedule. Since CBD can be beneficial for improving memory and cognitive functions, it can help to provide better results when you train your pet. CBD can also boost their focus and sense of calm, which can be a great solution for pets that are easily distracted. You can give CBD infused treats as a training reward; just be sure to check the concentration of cannabidiol in the treats so you can manage your planned daily dose appropriately.

Whether you choose to combine your massage session with products that contain CBD oil, pamper yourself with an infused bath bomb, inhale CBD vape oil for fast effects or drink relaxing CBD tea, most users prefer to take their daily dose before bed because it is thought to promote restful sleep. This also applies to your pet. Giving CBD at night will help to relax the mind of your pets, reduce any discomfort they might feel and allow them to enjoy better quality sleep.

Start With Low CBD Dosage

It is always best to start with low doses to give your pet’s body time to adjust to the new supplement and prevent any unpleasant reactions. Also, as you introduce CBD to your pet’s daily routine make sure to analyse the effect it has on them. Monitor any changes in your dog’s temperament, behaviour and habits, and then gradually increase the CBD dosage for the best results. Starting slowly with the lowest CBD dosage possible allows minimising even mild side effects, providing a positive experience from CBD use.

Remember About Potential Side Effects

According to the 2017 report by the World Health Organization, CBD in its purest form is considered safe and well-tolerated by animals. However, in two subsequent 2018 dog studies, the treatment with CBD was associated with an increase in liver alkaline phosphatase (ALP) enzyme activity. Veterinary neurologist Dr. Stephanie McGrath was one of the first researchers to use therapeutic potential of cannabis in veterinary practice. During the course of her research, she performed a liver function test to ensure that the dog’s liver works properly and is gradually returning to normal. 

“I would be a little worried about introducing CBD for dogs that are subjected to liver problems”, says Dr McGrath. Similarly, since CBD appears to be metabolised by the liver, McGrath says that you also need to be careful when administering CBD to a dog that is already taking medications that are metabolised by the liver. “We don’t know that these items are interacting now,” she says. 

“We did not find anything that would be super alarming regarding the use of CBD infused products for animals,” says Dr McGrath. “But, on the other hand, we still know very little about this product, and it is really important for the owners to know this and use it with caution until we have more information.”

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Nutritious Pets

CbdMD’s Paw CBD line

The world is finally opening up again, allowing pet-owners to getaway from the confines of quarantine. However, this separation can cause major distress in pets–especially those who were adopted during quarantine. If you have a pet who tends to struggle with social anxiety while you’re away, cbdMD’s Paw CBD line can help. Paw CBD products support a maintained sense of calm, manage signs of daily stress, support physical comfort, and complement a healthy wellness routine in your furry best friend.

Your furry best friend deserves only the best. That’s why cbdMD’s award-winning paw CBD line products are all:

  • Veterinarian formulated
  • Made a carefully engineered Superior Broad Spectrum formula;
  • Tested by third party, ISO certified labs for purity and consistency; and
  • Contain non-detectable levels of THC

The Paw CBD lines comes in tail-wagging flavors like peanut butter, baked cheese, and turkey that your pet is sure to love. Keep your four-legged companion content and calm with CBD from one of the most highly trusted health and wellness CBD companies, cbdMD. For more info, you can visit their website here.

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Pet CBD Soft Chews for Cats

Let your feline friend embody the true meaning of being a “cool cat” with cbdMD’s Pet CBD Soft Chews. These chews are easy on feline teeth, so your cat can snack without worry. Pet owners can choose between 150mg or 300mg chews to suit your cat’s needs.

CbdMD’s Our CBD soft chews are made with premium plant extracts from hemp grown right here in the U.S. All of cbdMD’s products are tested to ensure that they’re THC-free and safe for your pets use. Combined with the delicious flavors of chicken and catnip, these CBD soft chews are the perfect snack for every cat.

  • Veterinarian formulated
  • Made in the USA
  • Gluten-free
  • Easy on feline teeth
  • Available in two strengths based on your cat’s weight: 150 mg, 300 mg

For more info, please visit cbdMD’s website here.

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Pet CBD Oil Tincture for Cats

Do you love your cat, but not their cattiness? CbdMD’s Pet CBD oil tinctures, as well as their Pet CBD soft chews, can provide serene relief to your feline friends. Each product batch is sourced from a superior, broad spectrum CBD formula. CbdMD uses a high-quality manufacturing process for wholesome hemp properties. This tincture is THC-free, and contains 10mg of CBD per ml.

CBD oil for cats from cbdMD offers consistent, premium hemp extracts crafted under the rigorous manufacturing standards to provide quality CBD benefits for your feline friend. You can easily adjust servings and even add it to their food or favorite treat. Give your kitty the daily wellness support they deserve with our CBD oil tinctures for cats. CbdMD’s Pet CBD Oil Tincture for cats contains:

  • Superior Broad Spectrum formula in every product batch
  • High-quality manufacturing process for wholesome hemp properties
  • THC-free products sourced from USA hemp
  • Third-party, ISO-certified lab tested to ensure purity
  • 10mg of CBD per mL

For more info, please visit cbdMD’s website here.

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PawMedica Mobility+ Joint Soft Chews

PawMedica provides top quality vitamins and supplements for dogs to help support a healthy, happy life. Aimed at aging dogs with joint issues, canines recovering from injury, or dogs looking to maintain their current joint function, PawMedica’s soft chews promote mobility, flexibility, muscle health, joint relief, and healthy glucosamine levels. PawMedica’s Mobility+ joint soft chews include glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, and hemp– a formula specifically designed to maximize pet mobility.

Using professional-grade formula made in the USA, PawMedica uses no fillers or binders and is part of the NASC (National Animal Supplement Council), which ensures their products are held to the highest quality standards. PawMedica balances technology, research, and high-quality ingredients to develop the best product for your pet. Their product bolsters and enhances your dog’s diet to obtain nutrition that may be lacking in their normal feeding routine. For more information, please visit PawMedica’s website.

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ProDen PlaqueOff® Powder 

ProDen PlaqueOff® Powder from Swedencare is an all-natural powder supplement for dogs and cats. The powder is made from sustainably harvested sea kelp from the North Atlantic coast to supplement superior oral health. 

Easily sprinkled over wet or dry food once daily, this tasteless formula can significantly complement our pets’ ordinary dental hygiene by helping to clean plaque and tartar buildup. The powder is completely free from additives, artificial preservatives, gluten and sugar. ProDen PlaqueOff® Powder is available at independent pet stores and online HERE. MSRP: $22.70 (60g)

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SquarePet’s High-Meat, Low-Carb (HMLC) Turkey & Chicken Formula

This formula for dogs of all life stages and breeds is made without peas, legumes, lentils or potatoes and is packed with wholesome fruits and vegetables. This version caters to the carnivorous nature of pups, with 96% of nutritional protein value coming from cage-free turkey, chicken, dried egg whites and salmon meal.

HMLC offers a convenient alternative to raw feeding and home cooking, providing benefits that match raw, frozen or home-prepared high-meat diets. The SquarePet brand is veterinarian formulated and completely free of artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. Available online HERE and at independent pet retailers throughout North America. 

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Rockwell Pets Pro Natural Dog Bone Broth

Start adding a scoop of Natural Dog Bone Broth to dog’s meals to help keep them spry and ready for fun. Whether your dog is aging or just looking for a little pick-me-up, Rockwell Pets Pro support all canine’s health and well-being. Their products are made with high-quality ingredients that are all natural, so dog owners can feel good about what their feeding their furry loved ones.

This bone broth is made with rich chicken bone broth. Rockwell Pets Pro Natural Dog Bone Broth boosts the appetite’s of picky eaters, as well as boosts their energy levels. This nutritious bone broth acts as an anti-inflammatory. The turmeric in the broth benefits sore joints and supports regular bowel movements. Give your pup a tail-wagging treat with Rockwell Pets Pro’s Natural Dog Bone Broth.

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Rockwell Pets Pro Natural Dog Probiotics

Rockwell Pets Pro’s dog probiotics support your canine companion’s health. These probiotics ensure that dogs stay regular while exploring new spots. By promoting healthy intestine function, these supplements help with diarrhea or constipation. Further, this product is imbued with beneficial bacteria, which supports the microflora of your dog’s intestine.

Thanks to these high-quality ingredients, Rockwell Pets Pro’s natural dog probiotics give your precious pooches an immune system boost. Additionally, they can help lower dog’s cholesterol levels. For more information, please visit HERE.

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Rockwell Pets Pro Natural Dog Vitamins

Rockwell Pro Pet’s Natural Dog Vitamins support a nutritious canine lifestyle. Start a healthy habit that supports your fur baby’s health every single day. Rockwell Pro Pet’s Natural Dog Vitamins are easy administer to canines and is sure to be gobbled up by your pet. 

These delicious liquid multivitamins can simply be poured right on their food. Not only do these supplements help fight skin disease, but they also strengthen pet’s immune systems. Digestive enzymes in these vitamins also help with problems in the musculoskeletal system and intestinal. Furthermore, these vitamins support healthy hips, joints, skin, and coats. For more information, please visit HERE.

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Rockwell Pets Pro Natural Dog Shampoo

Rockwell Pets Pro’s dog shampoo ensures that your canine companion has the cleanest, healthiest fur on the block. Keep their coats glossy and their skin nourished after hiking or swimming with this luxurious Natural Dog Shampoo. This shampoo is safe, non-toxic, and eco-friendly.

This shampoo replenishes your dog’s natural oils to soothe and moisturize their skin. Additionally, it removes accumulated toxins, dirts, and oils. Free of both petroleum and animal byproducts, dog owners can feel confident in using this natural product. No synthetic detergents, fragrances, colors, or antimicrobial preservatives are included in the ingredients. For more information, please visit HERE.

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Songs to Save Them All

Emmylou Harris, Two Feet, SYML, Wrabel and more to perform in “Songs to Save Them All” livestream concert on May 6 to benefit Best Friends Animal Society 

Tune in at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT on YouTube, Tiltify, Twitch, and Facebook 

Numerous musicians are set to appear in “Songs to Save Them All: A Benefit Concert for Homeless Pets,” a three-hour benefit concert for Best Friends Animal Society streaming on May 6, 8 PM ET/5 PM PT.  

Recording artists expected to perform include country music legend Emmylou Harris, as well as Aunty SocialBaker Grace, Brandon Jenner, Canyon City, Chappell Roan, Davis John PattonDylan DunlapGeographerJoshua Radin, Laura Jean AndersonMunnPryor & LeeSammy RaeSYMLThe Joy FormidableTim AtlasTwo FeetVictoria AnthonyWILD, Wild Rivers, WOLF and Wrabel.  

In addition to the musical talent, celebrities including Lauren Ash, Mayim Bialik, author W. Bruce Cameron, TikTok influencer Caitlyn Cohen, Abbie Cornish, Kat Dennings, Josh Gad, Tricia Helfer, Thomas Lennon, Zosia Mamet, Natalie Morales, Kevin Nealon, Alison Pill, Dennis Quaid, Norman Reedus, Katee Sackhoff, Reid Scott, Amanda Seyfried, Brittany Snow, Katie Stevens, Cecily Strong, Holly Taylor, Ashley Williams, Bellamy Young, and others are also expected to make appearances to support the cause. 

 “Music is a universal language and brings so much joy to the world,” said Julie Castle, chief executive officer at Best Friends Animal Society. “This concert will celebrate how music and our love of animals unite us and show how we can all come together to support each other, our communities and homeless pets.” 

The free event will livestream on Tiltify, Twitch, YouTube and Facebook, as well as at Best Friends website. Viewers will have the opportunity to donate to Best Friends Animal Society via Tiltify to support making America no-kill by 2025. 

All proceeds will support Best Friends’ work across the country, including lifesaving collaboration with thousands of shelters and animal welfare groups.  There will also be a spotlight on the organization’s recent No-Kill Los Angeles initiative achievement, which reached a 90.49% save rate in the City of Los Angeles for 2020.  

“Everyone at Best Friends sends our gratitude to the musicians, singers, and songwriters who are sharing their time and talent for this awesome event,” Castle said. “We hope animal lovers everywhere will tune in, enjoy the music, and learn more about how everyone can make a different for homeless pets.”  

About Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is a leading animal welfare organization working to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from an estimated 17 million per year to around 625,000. Best Friends runs lifesaving programs all across the country, as well as the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary. Working collaboratively with a network of more than 3,200 animal welfare and shelter partners, and community members nationwide, Best Friends is working to Save Them All. For more information, visit Best Friends website

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Backyarding Trends

The TurfMutt Foundation Predicts “Backyarding” To Become Permanent Trend

“Backyarding,” the new trend to move many indoor activities–from working in an office or classroom to dining and recreation–to the great outdoors, is growing. Under pandemic conditions, yards and other managed landscapes became a safe haven for social gatherings, celebrating milestones/holidays, working, studying, playing, exercising, relaxing.  
 
“Your own backyard is nearly limitless with possibilities, and homeowners got really creative as they expanded and enjoyed their yards over the last year,” said Kris Kiser, President & CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) and the TurfMutt Foundation. “We predict, long after the COVID-19 pandemic passes, our yards will become an even greater part of our lives. The notion of ‘backyarding’ is here to stay.” 
 
In 2020, home improvements – many of them in the backyard – skyrocketed. So did the demand for outdoor power equipment as homeowners invested in making their outdoor spaces fabulous, functional and flourishing. Overall, shipments of outdoor power equipment increased 16 percent in 2020.
 
“Expect people to continue to invest in their outdoor life this coming spring,” said Kiser. “Many homeowners who put time and effort into their landscapes last year will be rewarded when that yard comes back to life this spring. But, even if you did little last year, it’s never too late to start – just start.”  
 
Here are some ways to bring more “backyarding” into your life:  
 
1.    Invest in your yard. Design a dream lawn and garden. Consider its purpose. Don’t design just for aesthetics. Do you have kids and pets who need a place to play? Will you be hosting safe gatherings? Do you need a place for rest and relaxation and/or games and recreation?
 
2.    Get the whole family involved. Create a game or a friendly competition with your family to help identify all the ways you can move your indoor life to the great outdoors – and right out your backdoor. Can you take office calls and video meetings to the patio or porch? Can your kids do their online learning outdoors? How often can you take dining outside? Keeping safety in mind, can you gather outdoors for family celebrations, birthdays, graduations and reunions? 
 
3.    Plant something—as early as you can. (Or plant more). Adding trees, bushes, grass and flowering plants is a good yard investment, but they often take time to grow. Plant as early as recommended so you can enjoy the benefits faster.  Just remember “right plant, right place.”  Location, maintenance, sunlight and watering needs should all be considered, as well as your climate zone.
 
4.    Stretch winter-weary muscles. Take workouts, yoga classes and meditation sessions outdoors. You also can let off some steam by mowing the grass, trimming the hedges, or edging the lawn. Working in the yard not only helps our living landscapes look better and stay healthy, it also gives us a sense of accomplishment and control in trying times. 
 
5.    Plan a staycation. A makeshift “resort” or vacation spot could be just out your back door. Pitch a tent, build a campfire, hang a sheet between trees to make a movie screen, set up games – these are just a few ideas to make the backyard a vacation spot. 
 
6. “Level up” nature care. Add flowering plants, trees and shrubs to give wildlife and pollinators food and shelter. Your yard is part of the larger ecosystem, so check your climate zone for landscaping options that support your birds, bees, butterflies and other wildlife. Don’t forget to take time to just sit and drink it in, observing the wildlife and nature around you.
 
Research shows simply spending time in nature – which starts in your backyard – is good for reducing stress, boosting heart health, boosting Vitamin D levels, and enhancing memory.  Thanks to the family yard, the health and well-being benefits of being outside are just a few steps away.
 
To learn more, go to TurfMutt

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Verijet Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet

VeriJet: Transforming short-haul private travel with efficient point-to-point jet charter service

By: Heather Skovlund × Armon Hayes × Vaughn Lowery

Envision reserving a private jet in the same manner you would reserve an Uber or Lyft with a ride-sharing app. Richard Kane, CEO of VeriJet, has made that possible with the Cirrus SF50 (Vision Jet) equipped with a small carbon footprint jet and next-level safety features. With Verijet, an individual can search for a private flight and get a response instantly that includes time frame and cost.

VeriJet is the culmination of a decades long journey to increase the effective speed door to door, reduce carbon and noise footprint and open private aviation to more people – unlocking the fourth wave of high-speed travel” – Founder’s Vision: Richard Kane

Affiliates of 360 Magazine had the opportunity to test the smooth ride and specifications of the Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet.

The Vision Jet is a single-engine, very light jet that is often referred to as a personal jet with large windows and the lowest carbon footprint in the world for an airline, saving 1800 pounds of CO2 per flight segment. Designed to fly low and slow with no metal fatigue. The AI Software enables point and click booking with transparent simple pricing for private charter convenience and cost effectiveness. This enables individuals to fly on their own schedule with direct flights to airports closer to their destination. There is no hassle, no TSA to deal with and more importantly, no COVID. VeriJet’s Chief Medical Advisor monitors the COVID-19 Safe travel protocol including testing the pilots routinely for the virus. The aircraft’s cabins are cleaned and disinfected with Ultraviolet C and Ozone between each flight. Each aircraft cabin is also equipped with a special filter that uses nanotechnology to destroy pollutants at a molecular level, including VOCs, viruses 1000x smaller than HEPA filter standard testes, bacteria, mold and allergens, with no ozone by product.

The Vision Jet has a proven Airframe with industry leading safety features focused on all weather capability, safe return automation, and the Cirrus Aircraft Parachute system in addition Autoland – a feature that will calculate the nearest airport and prepare for landing along with contacting emergency services. The engine is strategically placed on top of the jet. The V tail reflects noise up and away for quiet operations at local airports making the jet good for the environment, in addition to the use of biofuel. VeriJet is a green eco-friendly company and is the most environmentally friendly business jet. The Vision Jet has infrared vision which allows the aircraft to get the pilot a reading of what may be on the runway at night. The top speed of the aircraft is 345mph and the top height is 31,000 feet.

One of the better perks to flying with VeriJet is that you have the entire aircraft to yourself or you can bring up to four adults, two children, light bags and pets. Dogs do not need to be in a carrier; however, cats, raccoons and skunks should be on a leash or in a carrier. There is no membership to uphold enabling you to book a flight when you need it at your fingertips. This in itself offers the best private flight experience. There are quite a few family-based flights along with business. There is Bluetooth available to the headsets along with texting and calling for a meeting or a loved one.

VeriJet currently offers Southeast regional travel with plans to expand to the west coast. VeriJet will also be certified to fly to the Bahamas soon and hopefully Canada by the end of the year as well. The Vision Jet’s first flight was on November 2, 2020 from the South Hamptons to Florida. The company was established in July of 2019, received the first aircraft in September of 2020 and its certificate issue on October 29, 2020. There are currently around twenty pilots to help assist with your flight process. There is intensive training for the pilots and customer service type rating to fly in this specific aircraft.

Vaughn Lowery and Armon Hayes
Pilot of Vision Jet
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Vaughn Lowery and Armon Hayes
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Heather Ann illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Heather Ann

Dreaming the Impossible and Accomplishing the Unbelievable

Her name is Heather, and she is a statistic. Since the age of sixteen, she has been a statistic due to becoming pregnant with her firstborn son, Zachary. Heather had always believed that she would only be known as that: a teenage mom. She worked hard and graduated high school a semester early to entirely focus on being a full-time mother. Heather then put off college and any thought of childhood dreams because she felt they were unattainable. She worked minimum wage jobs to try and raise her son the best that she could.

Heather’s daughter, Tyanna, came along when she was 21 years old.  In that time, Heather found herself in an unhealthy relationship. She fought hard to pull herself and her children out of the situation; she eventually did. However, she found herself turning to alcohol to cope with the pain she had endured through the years. Alcohol became Heather’s best friend for over a year, and she was faced with losing her children and eventually becoming pregnant with her youngest son, Jaxson. He was her saving grace. An angel sent from above to remind Heather that she was worthy of love and that she was stronger than she had ever known. It took her a few months to get back on her feet for herself and children, but she did it with her head held high.

Fast forward to 2011 where Heather was working as a cashier at Walmart, barely making ends meet for her family. She met her now-husband, Joshua. In 2013, they became a big, blended family with six children. Heather gained three more beautiful children: Emmanuel, Lyric, and Benjamyn. Their children now range in age from ten years old to 22 years old! Also, Heather is a proud grandma to two beautiful grandchildren – Lydia and Jaxton, a.k.a. her Sweetpea and Monkey.

It hasn’t been an easy road, but it has been full of love and memories. Heather’s husband has been the sole provider for their family, sometimes working over sixty hours a week. It was decided that Heather stay at home with the children for many reasons. The most important reason was due to the emotional abandonment that Emmanuel, Lyric, and Ben went through due to their biological mother. Although they have learned coping techniques, it has been a stressful and emotional journey. It was always best for the children if Heather was available at all times for them.

In addition to the chaotic life they live with a large family, Heather’s oldest daughter was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome in 2016, which led to an emergency brain surgery to better Tyanna’s quality of life. This is a lifelong disease with no cure, so there have been quite a few struggles for her to find her new normal. She will never lead a “normal” life; however, she is doing her best to make life fun, and that is all Heather can hope for. Heather also has these health conditions, but they are nowhere as severe as Tyanna’s are. Heather also suffers from a dead talus bone in her ankle, along with two collapsed joints surrounding that ankle. This has contributed to continuing on as a stay-at-home parent as well. Heather’s family is big and unique, but they are full of love, and that’s the best thing she could ask for.

Heather has spent years being unable to provide for her family financially. As a parent to six children, this has always weighed heavily on her. She has watched her husband work from four in the morning to close to midnight in the same shift. He is hardworking and very dedicated to providing for his family. In 2018, Heather decided to start exploring the idea of college. She knew that she wanted to be in something art related. Art has been a coping mechanism throughout life; sketching, painting, and inks are her mediums of choice. She believed that the career she landed with should be something that she loved and would be proud to do. This led Heather to enroll at Independence University to obtain her associate degree in graphic design. This career choice allows Heather to share her art with the world and also contribute to her family.  She has worked hard to keep an impressive grade point average while learning as much as she can about graphic design.

Heather will officially graduate in January 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. She decided after a year into her associate degree that she wanted to pursue her bachelor’s degree. Obtaining this degree would open opportunities for Heather to work within public relations, publishing, and digital media businesses.

Heather had been asked by quite a few people why she wanted to pursue her bachelor’s degree so soon after graduating with an associate degree. Many assumed that she wanted to stay focused on her education; that is true. However, that was not the decision-maker for Heather. This decision comes from a life-changing situation that her family encountered at the beginning of 2020. You see, Heather’s father was taken away from her when she was three years old. She found him again when she was sixteen and had not been away from him since then. Her father, Mike, was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as ALS, in March of 2020. This disease has continually cursed her family throughout the years. It has taken her great-grandmother, paternal grandmother, an aunt, an uncle, a distant cousin, and now her father. Heather always doubted that she would be able to attend college and succeed, but Mike was always the voice telling her that she could and that he was so proud of her. Mike was an amazing person and had always been Heather’s biggest cheerleader in life. She has many reasons to continue creating art; however, her passion comes from wanting to pursue more for her family, especially her father. She would love the opportunity to make him proud continually, even though he has been watching her from heaven since November of 2020.

In February of 2021, Heather took a big breath and reached out to Vaughn Lowery, President of 360 Magazine, in hopes of obtaining an internship through the magazine. 360 Magazine stands out from other magazines on many levels. 360 is an edgy fashion, lifestyle, and culture magazine. The founding members have over 30 years of collective experience both as notable talent and uber professionals within fashion, music, art, design, and entertainment. They are an LGBTQIA-friendly publication. Quality art content is the constant goal – No magazine like it is available today, constantly celebrating racial and sexual ambiguous talent and artists. Interning with 360 Magazine was definitely an opportunity she was ready to take on!

The morning Heather interviewed with Vaughn, she was battling the flu that was running its course through her household – she nailed the interview and started the next day! Heather continues to learn every day during her internship and through her classes. She has become increasingly more confident in her illustrations with Vaughn’s guidance. In addition to her internship with the magazine, Heather is also the Communications Director for her school’s AIGA Student group. She was recently nominated and is looking forward to learning her new role within the group!

While Heather stays really busy with art-related things, she really does enjoy doing other things! Her family has five dogs (Beethoven, Duchess, Ruby, Lucky & Alaska) and six cats (Pepper, Chewy, Tom, Jerry, Ebony & Dolly) that fill their home with fur and love. Heather and Josh try to hop on the ps4 a few times a week and play some Warzone. They have always been gamers! They enjoy having game nights, outdoor experiences, and hiking. Her husband is in the process of finishing their home gym – which they are pretty excited about it! Oh, can’t forget reading! Heather has a ton of books that she has bought over the years or have been given to her. She loves being able to curl up and spend an entire day just reading. Music. Music is her saving grace as well! Heather has such a unique playlist(s) – pop, country, r&b, hip-hop, rap… the list could go on!

Heather has a new mantra that she tries to tell herself daily: Keep going until YOU’RE proud. Heather has always doubted herself…but she needs to remember – like many others – that she needs to keep pushing and straighten her crown!

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How To Travel Safely With Your Cat in 2021

It does not matter whether you will visit your family a hundred miles away or are determined to introduce your kitty to its predecessors – exotic cats – during safari abroad; traveling with cats is always a challenge. Unlike dogs, which have a tender attachment to the owner, cats are not that enthusiastic about this kind of entertainment, as they are mainly attached to the house.

Thus, the longer your trip is going to be, the more thoroughly you should organize it. It will surely take a lot of effort and patience to prepare your cat for travel, but the right approach will allow you to avoid stress on both sides. Below, you will find all the essential tips to keep your pet safe and sound during your wanderings together.

Choose the Right Transportation Option

You might have decided on, for example, taking over a car lease and enjoying the possibility to drive on your own, but if you do not have a vehicle, you will have to use other means of transportation, such as trains, planes, or steamboats. Ensure that you choose the safest and the most suitable way to take your cat on a trip with you, but remember that the possibility of carrying a pet on a plane or train depends on the policy of the carrier company.

If you plan air travel with a cat, make sure to choose an airline considering its rules regarding animals’ transportation. Some airlines may allow your pet to travel in the cabin as your carry-on baggage, while other airlines require you to send it to the cargo hold. The latter option is undeniably more dangerous, so here are some tips to make sure your pet will be flying safely in the cargo hold:

  • Choose a large, comfortable, well-ventilated, and airline-approved cat carrier.
  • Place a label that contains your contact information and information about your travel destination – your name, address, and phone number.
  • Feed your pet no later than 4 hours before the flight.
  • Keep your cat calm before flying by talking reassuringly to it and maintaining non-verbal communication.

Get Your Cat To Get Used To a Car

If your primary vehicle for the trip is a car, make sure to give your pet enough time to get used to it. You can (and should) start this process a few weeks before setting off. The main purpose is to put your cat in the carrier in a car for a while – cats feel calmer where they feel their smell. It will ease your time on the road later.

Ensure that you carry out the process consistently by following those steps:

  1. 1-2 times a day, choose the time before eating and take your kitty and the carrier to the car.
  2. Ensure that you talk to your pet quietly and calmly.
  3. When you get in the car, close all the doors and wait for a little – the cat should calm down.
  4. Let your cat out of the carrier to explore the space in peace.
  5. After that, take your pet back to the house, and feed it.

As soon as it gets comfortable in the car, take it for a ride – even a very short distance will be enough for the first time. Each time, gradually increase the duration – from 5 to 10, 20, 30 minutes. This will allow your kitty to perceive the interior of the car as its own territory soon enough.

For safety reasons, it is recommended to keep the pet in the carrier while driving the car. Thus, your cat will not interfere with you or the driver, excluding the possibility of an accident.

Traveling Preparations Advice

A key to a comfortable and safe journey is thoughtful preparation. Here is a list of necessary things to travel with pets alongside some other things that may come in handy:

  • Identifier sewed to your cat’s collar, with your contact information in case it gets lost,
  • Harness (not a collar) to safely remove your kitty from the carrier,
  • Leash to safely let your cat out on stops,
  • Cat food and your cat’s favorite treats,
  • Extra blankets in case it gets cold,
  • Your pet’s favorite toys,
  • Cat toilet.

Choose the Right Cat Carrier

The suitable pet carrier or a crate should be spacious enough to allow the cat to fit at full height, lie down, get up, and turn over comfortably. Also, it is crucial to make sure that the carrier or crate is installed securely on the seat and does not move when the car is driven.

Modern carriers have special openings for attaching the seat belt or have their own straps to hold steady. Usually, there is a soft, small mattress inside, and the bottom of the box is covered with a non-slip fabric.

Get a Temporary Litter Box

During long-distance trips, disposable cat toilets are the most convenient option. They are small boxes with an absorbent, disposable litter that you can purchase additionally. You can install this toilet on the floor inside of the car – as it is filled, it is easy to replace the disposable part with a new one.

Prepare Documents

Regardless of whether a health certificate is required or not, it will not be superfluous to take your cat to the veterinarian a few days before setting off and check whether the vaccinations are up to date. The set of needed documents will vary depending on your destination country, but each pet, like a person, must travel with its own passport.

Consider Medication

It all depends on the pet, but if you know in advance that your kitty reacts nervously to a change in the environment, consider consulting with your cat’s veterinarian about what kind of remedy to take. Do not ever give your pet tranquilizers or other sedatives without a vet’s prescription.

Conclusion

Traveling with pets requires many preparations in advance, mainly because it is crucial for them to get used to changing environments to keep calm during the trip. Make sure to allocate enough time for your cat to get comfortable in its new carrier as well as the car if you travel by it. If you want to bring along your cat on a flight, try to find an airline that allows animals in the cabin.

Remember to have patience and always communicate gently with your cat – it will allow you to facilitate the adaptation process and reassure your pet that there is nothing to stress about.