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Car Travel without Dog Crates: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Written by: Deb German

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Folding Nylon Travel Dog Crate
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Well plenty, that’s what. All I can say is, traveling with two shepherd puppies, no dog crates, and one small child on a twisty mountain road somehow seemed like a good idea at the time.

Traveling with dogs is always challenging, with some dogs more than with others. Traveling unprepared for doggish situations is just plain stupid. No matter how seasoned you may consider yourself where dogs are concerned, you always need a travel crate, even if you elect not to use it. Always. I speak with the wisdom of one who was a party to unfortunate decision-making on an ill-fated trip with a pair of puppies, even when I should have known better. (Not to worry, everything came out okay. So to speak.)

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Travel Clothing for Women: Layer More, Pack Less

Written by: Deb German

This is a cautionary tale of sorts, a manifesto for the woman with wanderlust. I’ve had occasion to travel alone for lengthy visits to New York City several times in recent years, but did not possess a stitch of women’s travel clothing, unseasoned as I was. In my defense, I got smarter each time, but also broke a few cardinal travel rules: I packed a mountain of clothing in an enormous, unwieldy bag; almost everything I brought needed pressing when I arrived; and I stupidly purchased stylish, new shoes for my first trip. That last bit was possibly the most poorly conceived decision of all. My feet suffered needlessly for days because of it, even after I abandoned the ridiculous shoes…

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Lapping Up Luxury: Why Pets Love Bolster Dog Beds

Written By: Deb German

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Lounger Deep Dish Dog Bed
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Bet your dog rests her head in your lap opportunistically, just like she does on the sofa or chair’s armrest if you routinely allow her on the furniture. It should come as no surprise that dogs love head support: it’s a naturally comfortable position for them, and the bolster bed gives your dog the same kind of buttress when your lap is unavailable.

Bolster Dog Beds: Supported Comfort
It’s what bolsters are all about. Your own nighttime ritual probably includes at least some wakefulness in bed: reading, working on your laptop, a little late-night telly. Bolsters have long made themselves useful tucked under a pile of pillows; they give us the lumbar support we need to sit up comfortably in bed and elsewhere…

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All About Men’s Wristwatches

Written by: Jeremiah Greco

What is a watch?

Simply stated, a watch is any small timepiece carried with a person. The two most common types of watches are the pocket watch, which usually comes on a chain and is carried in the pocket for easy retrieval, and the wristwatch, which is worn like a bracelet on (you guessed it) the wrist. Within these two varieties of watches are a plethora of design details and functional features the result in two watches almost never being alike…

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The History of Wool Sweaters: There’s More to the Story Than You May Think

Written by: Jeremiah Greco

Cable Knit Wool Sweater
Cable Knit Wool Sweater
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The use of wool in textiles dates back as far as 3000 B.C., having been used for garments in some of the earliest civilizations. Naturally insulating, water-repellent, durable, and often anti-microbial, wool has long served as a go-to textile for garments. That history is what makes the wool sweater such a classic style for men. From fishermen in Ireland’s northern villages to shepherds in the highlands of the Middle East, the wool sweater has stood the test of time and guarantees itself a place in your wardrobe for decades to come…

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