Archives for July 2011

  • Jul
  • 29

What’s a Vegan to Do in Branson? Plenty

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Live-theater and country music fans, I come with good news: Branson is going vegan-friendly! Yes, venues in the Missouri-based entertainment capital are adding vegetarian and vegan options.

For me, an avid cyclist, Branson’s main attractions are outdoors: rugged Ozark bluffs, rippling lakes, and emerald valleys. After getting a rental bike and route tips from Downhill Bikes ,  I looped around …

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  • Jul
  • 28

Victoria and My Vegan Guides

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After 20-plus years as a vegetarian, the choice defines me. Eating with awareness is so instinctive that I often forget there was a time when I did not eat consciously. I am almost humiliated to recall the past—a time when I simply didn’t “get it.” Thankfully, I crossed paths with guides who showed me the way—enlightened ones …

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  • Jul
  • 27

A Greener Garden for You and Your Dog

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Unfortunately, there are no plants that can withstand all of the heavy foot traffic or urine burns from our four-legged friends. However, there are ways to organize your garden so that your doggie can play while minimizing the problem of dead sod and the frustrations that go along with having to fix it!

Canine Racetrack: Most dogs …

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  • Jul
  • 26

Man Fined for Zapping Dog With Shock Collar

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Here’s some shocking news: A man in Wales was fined £2,000—about $3,200— for using a shock collar on his dog, the first such prosecution in Britain since the collars were outlawed in Wales last year because of animal welfare concerns. England and Scotland are also considering implementing bans, and the U.S. would do well to follow suit.

Not only are shock collars cruel by design …

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  • Jul
  • 22

Waterfalls, Waterfalls Everywhere … in Watkins Glen

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On the southern end of Seneca Lake in New York State’s Finger Lakes region lies Watkins Glen, an area of lush green rolling hills that offers diverse attractions. Besides the namesake auto raceway, there are world-class wines, U-pick blueberry patches, farm stands, and antique shops—and, just a short walk from downtown, waterfalls everywhere—in Watkins Glen State Park .

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  • Jul
  • 21

Supporting Your Local Animal Shelter

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I firmly believe that in order to solve the animal overpopulation crisis , we need to support PETA’s efforts to actively educate people about the need for spaying and neutering and back its work to stop breeders and puppy mills from bringing more dogs and cats into a world where there are already millions of animals who desperately need homes.

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  • Jul
  • 20

Why I Didn’t Rescue the Fawn

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It was clear that he wanted my help. He was the cutest baby I had ever seen, covered with white spots, mewing a soft call as he walked toward me with pleading eyes looking straight into mine, ears perked forward inquisitively. I had never heard that plaintive sound before—and I’ve spent plenty of time watching deer. But here …

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