Posts tagged with "dogs"

Dog and child illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

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.

cbdMD Pet CBD Tincture for Cats image via Taylor Gerard at 5WPR for use by 360 Magazine

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.

PawMedica Mobility+ joint soft chews image by Kat Fleischman at Do-Tell Publicity for use by 360 Magazine
Best Friends illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

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

Dog and child illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

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

Calvyn Cass illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Calvyn Cass

Q & A with Calvyn Cass

Singer-songwriter, Calvyn Cass, has begun dominating the music song with lyrical tunes to the beat of self-love and acceptance.  The hit single, “Me, Myself, & I”, explores complicated relationships and self-acceptance winning over insecurities.

Here at 360 Magazine, we had the chance to have a Q&A with Calvyn. Read on to learn more about Calvyn Cass and his upcoming new music, WHITE FLAG.

Q- Could you tell us about the creative direction behind ME, Myself & I?

CC- ME, MYSELF & I was one of the first few songs; the third to be exact. It starts with the hook, but it definitely brought up old feelings. I started writing about feeling hurt by someone I loved, and it ended in being def reflection story. The video shows that with me performing to myself in all my different layers. It’s probably the fastest I ever wrote and recorded a song. From starting to put pen to paper with the first line to finishing recording the demo was probably an hour.

Q- What would you like fans to take away from ME, Myself & I along with the video?

CC-I think the main narrative is that is ok to embrace all feelings but not let them define you. You can look at yourself and be like, “it’s not all about you” and own the way you were but move on from it. On the flip side my new song coming out April 28th is WHITE FLAG and that’s about identifying navigating how to be there for others in the way they need you. It’s a song about someone I love having an internal battle that made them reactive to me. In that moment I felt that I could either be reactive myself in response or step back, realize this is not about me and just give love. Sometimes it’s hard to watch someone you love to behave in a destructive way, but you can’t force someone to see something they aren’t ready to see. You just gotta let them know you come in peace and that you’re there when they are ready to let you in.

Q- Who was your biggest musical inspiration in writing ME, Myself & I?

CC- I have to admit I struggled with this in the beginning. I have always had this immense pressure to associate myself with other artists in order to justify my music. When I wrote that record, I kept thinking of Beyoncé and her record from her first album. I have always been a Destiny’s Child fan and I loved her record, but I know it’s been done. More than trying to find inspiration I found myself avoiding doing what’s been done. She’s an icon and I think what got her there is doing her thing and owning it. I think I look to artists like Bey who have paved their own musical lane as career inspiration. I’m just gonna keep doing my thing. Some people will love it, but others won’t, and I’m cool with that now.

Q- Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?

CC- So many artists for so many different reasons. I love Lil Nas X because he represents what I am hoping to achieve as an artist. I think we would make insane music together. Miley is a powerhouse and if I could be on a record with her, it would be a wet dream. Demi is having this journey unfold before us all. There are so many parts of that journey that are familiar in one way or another and the message is something I would be honored to be a part of. Olly Alexander who recently starred in “It’s A Sin” is seemingly embarking on the next chapter of his career embracing his identity more. If I could be apart of any of these artistic moments that I believe will help change and shape the world I would count myself lucky as hell.

Q- Did your move from South Africa to Canada influence your music at all?

CC- I see the cultural shift I experienced at a young age as a stage in my life that shaped me. It was probably my least favorite time of my life. I was this small, effeminate boy when I moved. In South Africa I struggled fitting in with the hyper masculine molding boys are expected to be. In Canada I saw it as a chance to start over without anyone knowing my past struggles. That didn’t go as planned because I was then the weird immigrant who spoke differently and had a very different perception of the world. In each circumstance I tried fitting in and when it didn’t work out, I had to step back and try figure out why. I didn’t when I was young, but I see it now. It complex to break down in a short interview but now every time I write and record, I tap into the cultural difference and similarities. I want to be able to speak to as many people and be as relatable as possible. Everyone is navigating this complicated journey called life. The best we can do is try being empathetic and honest.

Q- What advice could you offer others as far as embracing the true way they see themselves?

CC- It’s no one else’s job to make you comfortable in your own skin. You will definitely feel like a victim of persecution because that’s a part of life; others will always try cut you down, so they stand taller. Appeasing others by changing who you are to make them comfortable will only hinder you on your path. It’s terrifying to stand in your truth and face scrutiny because it might cut deeper but I promise you, it did the opposite for me. When I let go of trying to impress everyone else was the first time, I felt like I could truly breathe. I released the vizard and accepted myself to find the pressure put on me was put on me by myself. I set the insane standards for myself from what I thought the people around me would feel more comfortable with. Here I am in my adult life realizing that if I had honored myself, I would have avoided a lot of sadness.

Q- Who are your musical inspirations?

CC- I’m inspired less by artists and more by the songs themselves. I love finding out who wrote a song and who produced it. Of course, the voice on a record can give me chills and bring me to tears. The way that voice shines come from all these other peoples’ talents and contributions to the music. That’s what inspires me. Paying attention to how sounds were created, layered and pieced together.

Q- You are co-founder of BRUSH Salon – do you plan to continue to pursue your career as a master stylist alongside your music career?

CC- I am. When I was in high school, I fully intended to pursue music. The world was different then and I let the people around me tell me that a gay boy with feminine features would never succeed in music. I always loved playing with my sisters hair when we watched movies. She hated it but let me anyways because it meant she could choose the movie. So, I am now at the top and have achieved so many of my goals in hair. I love it but I’ve felt like this part of me has been stuck in limbo. I can’t ignore it anymore and I want to pursue music. The world allows people to be more than one thing and I’m going to ride that wave.

Q- Outside of music and styling, what are your passions?

CC- Depends on the season. I love being outside in spring and summer. I’m one those dog lovers that sees my boys as my children, so I dedicate a lot of time to them. I love cooking and find it therapeutic to cook for my family and friends. I love being active, but my ultimate reset is to just spend a winter day in bed with snack watching movies or maybe an entire series… haha

Q- Looking ahead, what plans do you have in store for the remainder of 2021?

CC- Lots of music. I want to bring new music as much as it possible. I want to perform when I’m allowed to and introduce my music to more and more people. I’d love to collaborate with other artists when we are restricted from doing so.

VeriJet illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

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
Dash of Vision Jet
Vaughn Lowery and Armon Hayes
High Shot of VeriJet
Rail Explorers illustration by Heather Skovlund (original photo provided by Rail Explorers) for 360 Magazine

Dogs Ride Free on Rail Explorers

DOGS RIDE FREE ON RAIL EXPLORERS LAS VEGAS RAIL BIKES

Bring Two Cans of Purina Dog Food for The Boulder City Animal Shelter To Receive a Limited-Edition T-shirt and Dog Bandana

Rail Explorers, the year-round, all-ages, outdoor-adventure attraction featuring pedal-powered rail bikes, welcomes riders to bring their furry canine friends. Rail Explorers’ open-air experience has become a favorite go-to for family-friendly adventures, and the company recognizes dogs are an important part of many families. Guests who bring two cans of dog food to benefit the Boulder City Animal Shelter will receive a limited-edition “Dogs Ride On Rail Explorers” T-shirt and a Rail Explorers bandana for their dog. Riders may also purchase the T-shirt for $18.95 in the gift shop.

“Rail Explorers rail bikes accommodate larger dogs on the platform between the human riders’ seats, while small dogs may also ride while strapped in a carrier to their owner,” * said Heather Abel, division manager, Rail Explorers Las Vegas. “We encourage dog-loving riders to bring their pets, and we’re happy to reward those who bring dog-food donations for the local animal shelter with a special discount.”

All rides start at the Nevada State Railroad Museum and continue downhill to Railroad Pass. Each tour also includes a nostalgic ride back to the top of the hill in one of the museum’s historic trains, along with free museum entry.

Tandem Rail Explorers (up to two riders) or Quad Rail Explorers rail bikes (up to four riders) are available on each tour offered. Tandem rail bike tours start at $85 and Quad rail bike tours start at $150. Dogs do not need a ticket to ride on Rail Explorers. Groups of ten or more people receive a 10 percent discount for weekday tours.  All Nevada residents receive a 10 percent “locals” discount off the standard tour price for weekday tours. Book online today at Rail Explorers website, or by phone at (877) 833-8588.

*This experience may not be suitable for high-energy dogs. All dogs not strapped in a carrier must be on a leash. This ride may be more enjoyable for dogs under 70 pounds. More information click here.

ABOUT RAIL EXPLORERS

Located in historic Boulder City, Nevada—just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip en route to Hoover Dam—Rail Explorers offers exhilarating, guided excursions in two- or four-seat rail bikes along the same tracks used during construction of the dam.

Rail Explorers Las Vegas tours include three memorable options, including the Southwest Ramble, a four-mile downhill pedal-powered daytime ride; the Sunset Tour, a picturesque downhill ride in the evening as the sun sets behind the River Mountains; and the Evening Lantern Ride, a one-of-a-kind experience illuminated by the glow from the moon and stars. All rides start at the Nevada State Railroad Museum and continue downhill to Railroad Pass. Each tour also includes a nostalgic ride back to the top of the hill in one of the museum’s historic trains, along with free museum entry. Knowledgeable guides lead every Rail Explorers tour, ensuring guests enjoy not only the majestic desert scenery but also learn fascinating insights along the way. Rail bikes provide a truly distinctive way to explore this extraordinarily scenic and historic area. For more information, visit Rail Explorers website or follow on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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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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CBD Dog Treats:  Is It Worth Your Money?

The quest to know everything about this compound is still going on as of 2020. The reason behind this is the strict regulation of hemp, meaning not everyone can just grow this out of a whim. This results in less studies conducted in the US, and many ongoing researches are happening outside of the country instead. Still, even with the freedom of study, only a handful are actually allowed to handle this plant purely for research purposes.

But that doesn’t mean it has not made an impact in the country. According to this report, since the booming of CBD use in recent years, pharmaceutical companies have been aiming to make something better than CBD— and 50% more potent! Though the plan is still in the blueprint stage, it’s amazing to recognize the push this compound has made in the medical field. And this is all for the advancement of the product that will ultimately make beneficial for animals to ingest as well.

Familiarizing Yourself With The Base Ingredient: CBD And Its Origins

Cannabidiol has been mistaken for marijuana for a long time now, so much so that rumours have become true to some people. We are here to inform you of the facts about this compound. First off, cannabidiol is a compound found in one of the species under the genus Cannabis Sativa, the hemp. Hemp is the sister species of marijuana, thus making marijuana a plant. Cannabidiol and marijuana cannot even be compared as they are of different things entirely, anatomically and biologically.

What can be properly compared is what’s inside the marijuana plant, which is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is a cannabinoid like CBD, and is abundantly present in marijuana, whereas hemp has plenty of cannabidiol and scant amount THC. This already draws a significant line between them, both legally and of customer preference. 

Legally, there would be an allowance of 0.3% THC content or less in a cannabidiol product provided it be used on humans. For animals, it could cause serious damage due to toxicity, like aggressiveness, copious vomiting, and ultimately death. Thus, many cannabidiol-focused companies opt to remove THC completely from their cat and dog products, as well as those for horses and many others meant for the animal kingdom. This doesn’t have anything to do with legalities, though it is common sense to know that letting your pet ingest cannabis with THC content inside is unlawful.

Despite proper labelling, companies faced doubt when THC-toxicity was discovered. Many pet owners demanded for 3rd party lab testing in order to prove the absence of Tetrahydrocannabinol in their formula, as well as how genuine and concentrated it truly was. This is reasonable, as THC toxicity is very risky once the compound has settled inside their bodies. It’s already hard to detoxify an animal’s body from THC, but once metabolized in the liver, it would be almost impossible to remove. And the only way to cure poisoning is to 100% remove all compounds of it in their body.

The Good Result From Using CBD Dog Treats

There are many good reasons why you should let your dog have cannabidiol derived products. It can range from being a medical situation, or just something to reinforce their immune system with. Whatever it is, cannabidiol can likely help you with it, given you follow the proper dosage and read the labels carefully.

1. My Dog Is Feeling Pain

Well, you’re in luck. Cannabidiol is a product that became a booming success because of its analgesic effects. When used by your dog, their ECS will begin to interact with the product. ECS stands for Endocannabinoid System, a key factor in delivering the desired therapeutic effects to whatever pains they are feeling.

Relief can be given for those dogs that experience joint pain or osteoarthritis, muscle aches, wounds, and swollen, red areas. The product works as an anti-inflammatory; it is present in your peripheral system to tackle the site of pain immediately. Another role it plays is a message blocker. In the brain, it will block messages between there and pain receptors, thus successfully numbing the sensation of pain. Lastly, it acts as an anti-cytokine, a type of protein that is present in an inflamed site and worsen it in complicated cases.

2. My Dog Is Feeling Restless/Jittery/Being Inexplicably Hostile

As pet owners, we have a sixth sense on knowing if our dogs are feeling unwell or not. But even without that, there can be overt signs to show your canine is experiencing stress and anxiety.

Physically, your dog might be tense, always on-guard, and opt to hide their large (or small) bodies in tight spaces or under the bed. Emotionally, they’d be chaotic, ranging from howling loudly to growling at you whenever you offer physical comfort. Other symptoms include whining, listlessness, and an unaffectionate behavior. With Cannabidiol working on the amygdala, anxiety will diminish quite instantly and would leave your dog drowsy or sleeping after a tense episode.

3. My Dog Is Experiencing A Seizure

Lately, a CBD-derived product became available for purchase in pharmacies. It’s called Epidiolex, and it can be prescribed by a doctor for those suffering from Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome in patients two years old and below. It was a great breakthrough for the compound as well as the product.

As it turns out, it can also help your dog lessen seizure activity. A study found here: https://www.aaha.org/publications/newstat/articles/2019-05/new-study-cbd-shows-promise-for-treating-canine-epilepsy/ has discovered cannabidiol can prevent seizure attacks for as much as 50%. Also, this product does not cause dependence and addiction, or even overdose.

The Bottom Line

Cannabidiol is still a work in progress, with its popularity skyrocketing even before its scientific studies can back it up. Despite this, many users and pet owners believe in the power of this compound. Though it should be duly noted that only products distributed by reputable companies can ensure its potent effect.

Dog and Cat illustrated by Mina Tocalini for 360 MAGAZINE.

What To Do For Dog Bites

Every year, 4.7 million people in the United States suffer dog bites.

Dogs might be our best friends, but the reality is that they’ve got some sharp teeth. If you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, you could fall victim to their pearly whites. 

If you suffer a dog puncture wound or a full-on bite, it is important to know what to do in the aftermath. 

Keep reading to find out the five most important things to do after a dog bite when it comes to your health and legal action you may need to take.

Document the Wound

If you or someone around you can, take pictures of the wound before tending to it. Having evidence of the dog puncture wound or dog bite in its original state will be helpful if legal action is taken later on. It will provide photo evidence of the severity of the injury.

Call for Help

Place a clean towel or cloth over the wound, and apply pressure to stop the bleeding. If the injury is serious and requires professional care, call emergency services. While you are waiting for them to arrive, you can begin to collect information from the dog’s owner and anyone in the area who witnessed the event. 

Exchange Information 

Make sure to exchange contact information with the dog’s owner. You will need these details in case legal or insurance-related action is taken and because you will want to be able to obtain information on the dog’s medical history. Be sure to get their name, address, phone number, and any other relevant contact information. 

It will be important to find out whether the dog was vaccinated for certain diseases such as rabies because, after a dog bite, you are at risk of infection from any bacteria or illness the dog might have had and will require treatment accordingly.

Get Contact Information of Witnesses

If there were witnesses at the scene of the crime, make sure to get their information. In the case of a lawsuit or insurance claim, witness accounts of the incident will likely help your case. They will be able to corroborate and provide a more accurate idea of the events that took place. 

If you decide legal action is the appropriate route, you will need to present all of the information obtained at the crime scene to a dog bite lawyer. The lawyer will use the information provided to build a case. 

Seek Medical Help

After an aggressive encounter with a dog, you should seek help from a medical professional who knows how to treat a dog bite. A doctor will be able to determine whether you need stitches, clean the wound thoroughly, and advise you on how to prevent the wound from getting infected.

If you do notice signs of infection, such as redness, pus, increased pain, or fever, it is important to go back to the doctor for further treatment.

Taking Care of a Dog Puncture Wound or Bite

If you have suffered from a dog puncture wound or a dog bite, it is important to follow all of these steps. They will help you stay healthy by minimizing the risk of infection, and they will allow you to qualify for the best legal help possible. The more information you are able to obtain about the dog and its owner, the better. 

Dog and Cat illustrated by Mina Tocalini for 360 MAGAZINE.

First American Dog Dies of COVID-19

America has its first canine coronavirus death, with a Staten Island German Shepherd being the first American dog with the virus that has succumbed to the deadly effects of the coronavirus. The dog contracted the virus after living in a household with family members testing positive for the novel coronavirus. Jean Shafiroff, an Ambassador of the American Humane, is available to discuss the symptoms of this deadly virus in four-legged friends and the CDC’s recommendations to keep household pets safe from COVID-19 call Brian at (917) 243-1647 to arrange SKYPE/Zoom/phone.

Jean Shafiroff is an international animal advocate and has worked with several dog advocacy organizations for the fair treatment of canines in the United States and abroad. Activist Jean Shafiroff has been a member of the American Humane, the Southampton Animal Shelter, and several other organizations. Shafiroff continues to advocate for the fair treatment of all animals and adoption.

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