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Realistic Resolutions

Each year we ask ourselves the same thing, "what is my new year's resolution?" And more often than not we answer within the same realm of ideas.

Get a gym membership.. start running! No wait.. I'll start doing yoga. I hear meditation helps. Or wtf is the barre method?

Although our mindfulness and fitness need to be on par in order to succeed, why not start a bit smaller? Here are three things that take little effort and bring big results to ourselves and those we care about. 

1) SMILE MORE :).  Living in SF, we walk past people constantly; straight faced and in a rush. Have you ever considered smiling every time you make eye contact? You'll be surprised at all the good juju you take home.

2) TURN OFF YOUR PHONE! Somehow detach yourself from your phone at least a movie length each day. Speaking of which.. enjoy a movie, show or get into conversation with good friends. DON'T YOU DARE pick up that phone! 

3) ASK PEOPLE HOW THEY'RE DOING AND THEN LISTEN. How often do you habitually ask "how are you" in passing and actually mean it? Read your friend's body language, their voice and really inquire about what's going on for them. I bet they'll reciprocate. It could lead to some really interesting convo or you could turn your own day right side up.



Do You Want to Stop Animal Testing?

It's been a beautiful weekend and now it's time to tackle something a bit more serious. Your dogs will thank you for reading.. 

In an article by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) on August 22nd, Cleveland Clinic ends their involvement in using live dogs for emergency medical training for residents!

Not only will thousands of dogs no longer go through tortureous conditions, but "the medical training technologies available today provide the best educational experience, as they are designed to reflect the complexities of the human body." Thanks to the numerous petitions out there and big action by PCRM, change is possible!

That's one more down.. with many to go! PCRM began lawsuits to sue Wayne State for using dogs for heart failure experiments and are still working to end these practices. Visit PCRM for more information on Wayne State's practices.


Sign this petition by the The Animal Rescue Site that urges the President of Wayne State to make serious changes.

Thank you all for reading! We hope you share so we can end animal cruelty while providing better education based on far stronger ethics.


Get Out of Here!


Who doesn't enjoy the excitment of planning your next trip, checking up on your frequent flyer miles, and knowing the holidays are around the corner!

Check out The Telegraph's list of 20 Best Destinations to Visit in 2017! 

Happy Travels!



While Burners are Away

Whether you have no interest in Burning Man or you just simply decided not to attend this year, you know there's no excuse not to get out and play this week!

Once the exodus from San Francisco to Black Rock City has made way, you know the feeling of a city missing a huge portion of its citizens. The line at Bi-Rite is shorter, Dolores Park is just less crowded, even the insanity of crossing the city decreases. 

So get out there! Visit that restaurant you claim is "always too busy" or finally try that lavender ice cream everyone's been talking about. In our ever growing city, you can thank Burning Man for giving us a week of relief. And remember to greet your burner neighbors graciously as they return home. After all, they did just rock an entire week in the desert ;)


Calls for Balls!

"No please papa.. I need not more balls for my entertainments!" - said no dog ever.. 

The endless search for your dog's favorite ball! Or the ball that won't self destruct in 5 seconds.. Does it ever end? 

Dog Journal's 2017 Best Toy Balls for Dogs article is a hilarious yet helpful tool to figure out what balls for what price and attemps to slow down the endless (fun for your dog) cycle of ball-buying! 

Good luck and Dogspeed.