Dog-centered design is here. And it’s very expensive

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Luxury dog accessories are here thanks to Pagerie, a startup that makes leather collars and leashes using the same tannery that supplies Hermès. You adore your dog. You buy your beloved pet tasty, organic treats and elegant carrier bags for when you go on long trips together. But the holidays are around the corner, and you’re wondering what you could possibly get Fido to express your love. Why not get the Birkin of dog collars ? It’ll only run you $380. If you decide to throw in a leash , that’ll run you another $520. Read Full Story

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This is how old your dog really is in human years, and it’s not age times 7

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Dogs age at very different rates than humans. As the dog days of summer approach, it’s time to confirm, once and for all, how old your dog really is in human years. University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers have nuzzled their way into this age-old inquiry, digging into the canine and human genomes to create a more accurate graph of your dog’s age in human years. You can see it here: Read Full Story

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Are dog-food startups like Farmer’s Dog and Wild Earth worth the price? We asked an expert

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An investigation into the Farmer’s Dog, Wild Earth, Jinx, and other gourmet dog food brands. After my Bernese mountain dog, Huxley, had a bad run-in with a rawhide bone, I learned the hard way that dogs can have sensitive stomachs. But the wrong food can cause much worse than tummy trouble. All it takes is a few minutes of research to find tons of food recalls and class action lawsuits about bad kibble. A new batch of boutique, direct-to-consumer dog foods promises to keep your best friend happy and healthy. They have beautiful branding and gorgeous Instagram ads, and they feature buzzwords such as “human-grade,” “grain-free,” and “fully transparent ingredients.” But are they worth it? We got in touch with Hunter Finn, D.V.M, TikTok’s favorite veterinarian , about dog-food marketing myths —and the best tips to avoid them. “Instead of falling for marketing tactics, we as pet owners need to …

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Dump Amazon Prime and get groceries (and more) delivered same-day with Shipt and Instacart

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Skip Amazon Prime and get groceries, office supplies, homewares, and even clothes delivered same-day with Shipt and Instacart. As the weather gets worse and life gets busy around the holidays, you should consider purchasing a delivery membership to help check off one more thing on your to-do list. We recommend skipping Amazon Prime , and trying out Shipt and Instacart , two standbys in the on-demand category. Both services deliver essentials, groceries, and more to your home with the touch of an app, but are faster and more reliable than online shopping by mail, since they contact a local shopper in your area who picks up and delivers in your own neighborhood. Whether you’re looking for someone to pick up your groceries every week, need help hauling an 18-lb. dog food bag home, or need a last-minute ingredient for a recipe you’re in the middle of making, a grocery delivery …

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Here’s how to fix what’s sapping your team’s energy

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Frustration and fatigue are running rampant in the workplace. Here’s what savvy business leaders are doing about it. Zoom happy hours? Check. Slack channels for #dogs and #sourdough? Check. Free meditation apps for everyone? Check. Businesses have thrown a lot of solutions at rising frustration, fatigue, and stress in the workplace. Is it working? The jury’s out. In June, the CDC reported that 40% of U.S. adults struggled with mental health and substance use issues associated with COVID-19. Read Full Story

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