Major and Champ Biden are about to make the White House warm and furry again
Of the more than 500 million Americans who’ve ever lived, fewer than four dozen have ascended to the presidency.It’s hard to relate to a group that exclusive. But pets that dig up the Rose Garden, chew tassled loafers in the West Wing, and have accidents under the Resolute Desk are the great equalizer: There are more Americans who live with animal friends — around 66%, studies show — than those who don’t.“Pets humanize presidential figures who seem remote,” said Andrew Hager, historian-in-residence at the Presidential Pet Museum, formerly in Williamsburg, Va., now awaiting a new home. “Seeing ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Animals' health care a post-wildfire priority
SAN DIEGO — While the Valley fire that destroyed dozens of homes and took the lives of many animals in Alpine and Jamul this month may be but a memory for many, damage from that and other wildfires has lasting impact.Smoke from wildfires not only affects people but also pets, horses, livestock and wildlife, experts agree. If you can see or feel the effects of smoke, the American Veterinary Medical Association says, you should also take precautions to keep your animals safe.The AVMA recently shared some important recommendations for pet and livestock owners about post-fire care. Several local v...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
After losing father and sister to ALS, Illinois man swims nearly 20,000 strokes to raise funds
CHICAGO — When Doug McConnell reaches 100 swim strokes, he thinks about his father. At 400, he thinks about his sister.He thought about both of them this week when he swam 19,220 strokes in Lake Michigan from Evanston, Ill., to downtown Chicago to raise funds toward finding a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a terminal disease with no cure. He lost his father in 2006 to the disease, and in 2018, his sister.“That’s always a lift, when you’re cold or you’re tired or your shoulders are aching or your legs are cramping,” he said.The swim was part of the group A Long Swim, which he and...