Angela Thompson

Angela Thompson

Angela is an environmental consultant and freelance writer with three daughters, 4 cats, a psychotic dog and a very supportive husband. Angela enjoys sharing her experiences from her mom s eye view of the world with readers.
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  • 5 signs you're too close to your dog
    Most dog owners have a unique bond with their dogs--and I think many would agree that their relationships depend on closeness. However, take a look at a few signs that may indicate to others that you and your dog are too close.
  • 5 tips to keep your dog in shape during winter
    How do you keep your dog healthy and fit during the winter months? Unfortunately, both you and your dog may lack playtime motivation when the weather cools. Instead of hibernating, try these tips to help keep your dog fit and healthy this winter.
  • Is your yard pet safe?
    A pet-safe backyard offers fantastic opportunities for dogs to roam unleashed, or cats to soak up the sun. Unfortunately, hidden pet risks lurk in even the best yards. What are three pet safety hazards to identify and eliminate from your yard?
  • 3 tips for choosing the best bed for your dog
    A dog’s bed offers him a safe, personal space, and you the freedom to stretch out in your own bed without his nightly presence. How do you choose the best bed when the options seem unlimited? Check out these three things to remember when selecting a dog
  • Keep your dog's teeth healthy
    Dental care is an extremely significant aspect of pet care that dog owners overlook. With proper dental care, the dog's health and well-being considerably improves as he ages. What are a few tips to help pet owners support a dog’s dental care needs?
  • What do dogs do all day?
    Have you ever wondered what dogs do all day long? Take a peek inside the daily lives of ten dogs living in different U.S. cities as the owners shed light on their daily activities.
  • How can a dog help you lose weight?
    Have you considered that your dog may be the perfect companion to support your weight loss efforts? You may have access to one of the best weight loss partners available. Consider 5 ways dogs help you lose weight.
  • 5 ways to find time to exercise with your dog
    Depending on the breed, dogs require daily, regular exercise ranging in length from 30 minutes to at least two hours. Busy schedules and hectic family life complicate regular, exercise routines. What are a few ways to find time to exercise your dog?
  • 5 tips for choosing safe dog toys
    When we select dog toys, we need to look for ones that not only suit our tastes--but are suitable for our activities and are also safe. Take a look at five tips for choosing safe dog toys.
  • Surprising Halloween hazards for dogs
    As responsible dog owners, we make every effort to protect our dogs from the usual Halloween risks. Check out five surprise Halloween risks to dogs and see if you and your dog prepared well for this Halloween.
  • Finding the best dog daycare
    While dog daycares offer fabulous alternatives to hours of daily isolation, they can also be dangerous places for your dog. With so many services available, how can you choose the safest option for your dog?
  • Adorable homemade Halloween costumes for dogs
    Are you feeling a little overwhelmed by all of the dog costume options available online? Check out five creative, homemade dog costumes that you can customize for your dog.
  • Pet Halloween costume safety tips
    What can you do make sure that your pet’s Halloween costume is safe this October? There are five things to remember about pet Halloween costume safety.
  • 5 Halloween safety tips for pets
    While Halloween is a lot of fun, the holiday also poses some serious risks to beloved family pets. What are a few valuable tips that you should remember to keep pets safe this Halloween?
  • 5 common myths about dogs
    You have likely learned many of the myths surrounding dogs—but, how do you know fact from fiction? Check out five of the most common myths about dogs that many of us still believe.
  • 4 things you should know about kids and dogs
    The relationships between children and dogs seem as natural as cake and ice cream. While the two certainly build on unconditional love in efforts to create an incredible bond—there are still a few things you should know about kids and dogs.
  • 3 reasons raising a dog changes your life
    There is something about the bond between a dog and his owner that is difficult to replicate in other relationships. Raising a dog positively changes you and your life. What are a few of the reasons why dog owners change after raising a dog?
  • 5 reasons you should hire a dog trainer
    Who is best suited to train your dog? Consider a few of the reasons why even experienced dog owners should hire a professional dog trainer.
  • 8 fall safety tips for dogs and their owners
    We often discuss our dog’s health and safety risks during the frigid winter or hot summers—but fall and spring seasons also pose risks. What are some tips to remember about keeping your dog safe this fall?
  • 5 questions you probably forgot to ask your veterinarian
    While veterinarians hold a wealth of pet information, you must ask questions relevant to your dog or cat to access that information in your limited time. What are a few key questions to write down before your next vet visit to avoid forgetting them?
  • 10 dog care essentials that you really need
    A trip into any pet supply store overwhelms a dog owner. Do dogs really need all of that stuff? Before giving in to the draw of commercial pet supply marketers—check out this list of dog care essentials that dog owners really need.
  • Transitioning the Whole Family to a Holistic Lifestyle
    While living naturally and chemical free offers research supported benefits, making such a shift in an influential society is difficult. To make the transition easier, consider these five tips for easing the entire family into a holistic lifestyle.
  • 5 Tips for a Safe and Bearable Road Trip with Your Cat
    Even if the family cat is less than enthusiastic about riding in a car, a positive road trip with the cat is still achievable. What are a few tips for a safe, bearable road trip travel with your cat?
  • 5 Tips to Prepare Your Nanny or Caregiver for Life in a Green Household
    If you work outside the home, your nanny or child care provider offers the children much of the daily eco-friendly education and reinforcement. How can you prepare your nanny or childcare provider for life in a green household?
  • 5 ways pets help you meet people
    Pets provide countless hours of direct companionship to loving pet owners. Pets also have a wonderful way of encouraging even shy owners into more social situations. What are five ways pets help you meet people?
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  • 5 ways owning a dog makes you feel younger
    Research frequently notes the many health and wellness benefits of dog ownership. Could owning a dog also help you or someone you know find a Fountain of Youth? Check out five ways owning a dog makes older people feel much younger.
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  • How can you bond with your dog?
    Establishing a bond with a dog takes a lot of time and effort—both of which are on short supply in modern, busy families. What are a few tips that will help you bond with your dog?
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  • 4 outdoor game ideas for dogs and kids
    Bored and restless dogs and kids create a less than relaxing, summertime, home front. Why not get both everyone active and outside with a few outdoor games that the kids and dogs can play together during the summer?
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  • 5 reasons why exercise is important for dogs
    With many dogs living sedentary lives in urban settings or indoors, the importance of regular exercise is vital to healthy, happy animals. Why is exercise so important for dogs?
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  • Why my family loves playing with our dog
    Max the dog is the baby of the family—and everyone has time and attention to share with the baby. Why are we so ready and willing to play with our dog Max at the wag of his foxhound tail?
  • 5 Tips for Providing Greener, Budget Friendly Back to School Supplies
    For parents limited by already stressed budgets, purchasing green alternatives to common school supplies seems impossible. There are a few reasonable ways to affordably head back to school and protect the environment.
  • Innovative ways to keep your dog cool
    Keeping cool in a house without air conditioning is tough for humans and an even more difficult process for fur covered dogs and cats. Try a few of these innovative ways to keep a dog cool without air conditioning this summer.
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  • 5 summer care tips for outdoor dogs and cats
    Pets and their people love the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of summer—but they are not always prepared for the risks associated with the season. Remember these summer care tips for outdoor dogs and cats.
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  • 4 ways owning a dog positively impacts family life
    Parents often seek influences that have positive impacts on the entire family. Studies frequently consider the unique relationships between dogs and their humans. What do researchers say about the ways owning a dog positively impacts family life?
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  • Why dogs make life better
    In the grand scheme of things, the rewards of owning a dog far outweigh the care and attention involved. Take a moment and consider five ways owning a dog improves your life.
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  • 5 things my dog taught me about parenting
    Long before our children arrived, we were the proud parents of a bouncing, baby puppy named Bear. Our four-legged child showed us that we had a lot to learn about kids and life. There are five key parenting skills that we learned from our dog.
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  • Why Adopt an Older, Mixed Breed Dog Instead of a Cute Puppy?
    Too many adoptive pet parents see little beyond that immediate cuteness factor—leading to rushed pet adoption choices. There are a lot of reasons why prospective pet parents should skip the pretty puppies in favor of an older mutt or mixed breed dog.
  • 5 Green Gift Ideas for Gardeners During Any Season
    Do you need a gift for a gardener with not only a green thumb, but a green lifestyle as well? Luckily gardening and green living go hand in hand and there are several must have gifts that are perfect for any green gardener year around.
  • 5 tips for leash training a puppy
    A puppy has a lot to learn when he moves into a new home. With so many new experiences and responsibilities, a puppy may find leash training a bit challenging. There are a few tips for successfully leash training a puppy.
  • What are your dog's natural instincts telling you?
    Even modern, domestic dogs retain wild animal, natural instincts that guide them through daily life. Pet parents can learn a lot about their dog by simply paying attention to the dog's natural responses to his environment.
  • 5 tips for preparing a family and home for fostering a dog
    What should a new pet foster parent do to prepare the home and the family for a foster dog? Following these tips will get first time pet foster parents off to a rewarding start.
  • Should you worry if your dog eats grass?
    While the common belief is that dogs eat grass when they are sick, there may not be as much cause for concern as dog owners fear. What should pet owners know about why dogs eat grass?
  • Can You Own an Eco-Friendly Pool?
    Backyard pools carry a costly reputation—both in operational and maintenance costs as well as environmental impact. However, there are a number of ways for a pool owner to maintain an eco-friendly pool.
  • Tips for training the perfect family dog
    Without proper training and conditioning, even the best, well-mannered dogs may not be suited to family life. With a few tips and advice, you can train your dog to be the perfect family dog.
  • How kids benefit from owning a dog
    Children learn so many life skills and benefit so much from owning a dog—whether they live in the country or city. What are 5 benefits of children owning a dog?
  • How owning a dog strengthened our family
    Surprisingly, adopting a homeless stray from an animal shelter proved to be a surprising source of strength for our family when we needed it most. How did adopting a dog make our family stronger?
  • 5 surprising dog ownership statistics
    Dog ownership statistics shed light onto the costs and specifics of owning a dog. Statistics exist on virtually every aspect of pet ownership. How does your pet-owning family compare to these United States dog owner statistics?
  • 5 tips for safe, healthy hiking with pets
    Whether you are a long time hiker or new to the activity, adding a dog to the trip brings a new set of challenges and responsibilities to a hike. What should all pet owners know about pet-friendly hiking?
  • 5 tips for keeping dog paws healthy and ready for a walk
    Your dog’s paws are four of his busiest body parts. He uses his paws a lot throughout a day, so it only stands to reason that his paws receive a lot care and attention from pet owners. There are five dog paw care tips that every pet owner should know.
  • Pet parent's guide to a dog's body language
    Without words, your dog has plenty to say if you take some time to learn to speak your dog’s body language. What should you know about reading your dog’s body language?
  • 10 pool safety tips for pet owners
    Owning a pool is a lot of fun, but it is also a huge responsibility from a health and safety standpoint. Pets need protection from backyard swimming pools, too. These 10 pool safety tips for pet owners will help keep family pets safe during pool season.
  • Tips for helping a dog relax during a thunderstorm
    Many dogs become frightened by the sights and sounds of thunder and lightening during a storm. How can dog owners help dogs cope with a thunderstorm?
  • Spring Cleaning Checklist for Pet Owners
    While pet owners argue that cleaning chores are year-around in a home with multiple dogs, cats or other pets--there are a few sometimes-forgotten tasks that should be on every spring cleaning checklist for pet owners.
  • 5 Tips for Using Natural Dyes to Color Easter Eggs
    Is it time to skip chemical food coloring for use in dyeing Easter eggs? Here are a few tips and things to remember when using all-natural dyes for the first time.
  • Ohio Super Tuesday Voter Drops Mitt Romney for Ron Paul
    I was set to cast my ballot for Republican Mitt Romney as my choice for the 2012 Presidential election nominee. A last minute reflection led instead to a ballot cast for Ron Paul. Why did I select Dr. Paul in the Ohio 2012 Republican Primary?
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  • Super Tuesday Voter: No Heartfelt Dedication to GOP Candidates
    I am a registered Republican voter from Ohio—but, other primary votes fail to influence me in upcoming GOP Presidential nominee polls. For myself and other non-party line Republicans—there are 4 reasons why the Arizona and Michigan Primaries do not influ
  • 6 Tips for Helping a Cat with a Cold
    Cats suffer from infections similar to colds, flu and upper respiratory infections common to their human counterparts. Here are some useful tips to help your kitten or cat battle cold season--even during warm weather months.
  • School to Pay Students for Efforts -- Are These Bribes or Rewards?
    Dohn Community High School, a charter school in Cincinnati, Ohio, announced plans to pay students for expected behaviors. Are they rewarding students for success or bribing students to illustrate school value?
  • A Busy Mom’s Review of Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant for Sensitive Skin
    Could Secret Clinical Strength Sensitive Skin Deodorant stand up to my active, time crunched lifestyle? Check out one busy mom's review.
  • Easy Winter Composting Tips
    Many compost makers stop composting during cold weather months—but, that stoppage is not necessary. It is just as simple to compost during the winter by following a few cold weather composting tips and ideas.
  • 5 Tips to Help Dogs and Owners Pass Obedience Class for Life
    Is your dog destined for obedience class failure? It may not be his fault. Every dog, every owner and every training instructor bring different variables to the situation. How can pet owners help a dog pass obedience class for life?
  • Green Alternatives to Common Valentine’s Day Gifts
    Valentine’s Day is not always environmentally friendly. From pesticides to poor working conditions for laborers--many gifts are environmentally costly. Luckily there are great green alternatives to some of the most common Valentine’s Day gift items.
  • How to Handle Parent Teacher Conferences
    Most parents breeze through the first parent teacher conference of the year—but, what happens when the later conferences roll around? How can parents handle parent teacher conferences without blowing their relationship with their child’s teacher?
  • 5 Eco-Friendly Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day
    The commercialization of Valentine’s Day causes the meaning of the day to be lost in a sea of red hearts and sweetheart date packages. Luckily, Valentine’s Day is one of the easiest holidays to celebrate with eco-friendly date ideas.
  • 5 cool winter birthday party ideas for kids
    How can parents make an indoor, winter birthday party just as much fun as summer pool parties? There are several excellent, fun packed, winter birthday party ideas for kids that make the temperature outdoors a distant memory!
  • Supreme Court Broadcast Decency Debate Meaningless for Much of Society
    Every evening, for decades, American families gathered in front of the television and watched family friendly programming. Times have changed; so why shouldn’t the Supreme Court accept changing times—and loosen censorship reins.
  • 5 Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog From the Animal Shelter
    Animal shelters offer some of the best dogs available for families seeking to add new furry additions. Many families head off to shelters in search of bundles of puppy fluff—so, why is adopting an older dog sometimes the better choice?
  • 5 Best Environmental Apps for Android Users
    Looking for green friendly, environmental resources and information on the go? There are five great green, environmental apps for Android smartphone users that are simple to use, loaded with resources and free.
  • Creative Ways I Plan to Save Money for an iPad
    Usually I only buy trendy electronics for my children--but, recently I decided that I want an iPad, or a comparable tablet device—and I am prepared to earn one. How will I save for an iPad or a tablet this year?
  • 6 Appetizer Food Swap Party Planning Tips for Hosts
    Food swap parties are loads of fun and offer great benefit for all party guests in attendance—if the host does his or her job. How can you host an appetizer food swap party with ease?
  • 5 Top Technology Trends in 2011
    Technology comes and goes--but, there are times when a technology trend is so strong that it’s both hard to miss in a given year--and likely to be around for years to come. What were some technology trends in 2011 that will still be trending in 2012?
  • How We Get the Best Rate on Car Insurance Premiums
    Car insurance is a necessary evil—and an expensive one as well. While car insurance is expensive, there are ways to cut the cost of auto insurance premiums. How do we save money on our car insurance?
  • 5 Ways Families Save Money by Going Green
    While there are a number of commercialized, green products that do not make a lot of economic sense—there are truly a number of ways to save money by going green. How can your family save money by going green?
  • Office Fashion Trends to Follow in Spring 2012
    Quite often the latest fashion trends paraded down the runways are far removed from the conservative, office environment. Relax--there are a number of hot, spring 2012, office wear trends that are acceptable for both style sense and the boardroom.
  • 5 Best Celebrity Chef Christmas Ham Recipes
    With so many celebrity chef ham recipe options to choose from—which one should you choose for the all important, holiday meal? There are five great celebrity chef Christmas ham recipes that are both simple and delicious.
  • Creative, All Natural Winter Yard Decorating Ideas
    The winter is a perfect time to look to nature for decorating tips. What are few unique, all-natural ways to decorate the yard in winter?
  • 10 Winter Beauty Mistakes that Smart Women Make
    When the beautiful summer weather turns cold and dark, many women slip into some dreary health and beauty routines. There are 10 winter beauty mistakes that women make—and that you should avoid.
  • 5 Tips for Training a Cat to Fetch
    Can you teach an old cat a new trick? Cats are very intelligent animals and are just as capable of learning showy tricks as their canine counterparts. Learn how one family trained a Maine Coon cat to fetch plastic milk jug rings.
  • 5 Top Tangerine Wedding Invitations for Spring 2012
    Tangerine is one of hottest fashion colors in spring 2012. Love tangerine, but fear that the bold color will overpower a wedding invitation? There are a number of beautiful, sophisticated tangerine wedding invitations perfect for a spring 2012 wedding.
  • 5 Edible Ornament Ideas for an Eco-Friendly Christmas Tree
    Edible Christmas ornaments are a practical, fun way to decorate the Christmas tree with minimal environmental impact. Check out a few easy, edible Christmas ornament ideas to help reduce waste this holiday season.
  • How to Address Pet Behavior Problems with a Friend
    Pet behavior is often viewed with the vast unconditional love of a pet parent clouding both judgment and good sense. What can you do to address a friend’s pet’s bad behavior without alienating your friend?
  • Should Universities Do More to Punish Academic Steroid Users?
    Stimulants commonly used to treat ADHD have surfaced in a new role on college campuses over the years--as study aids. Can universities really do much to battle cognitive-enhancing drugs? Should universities do more to punish academic steroid users?
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  • Should We Offer Patients Money to Change Unhealthy Habits?
    If the promise of a longer, more productive, satisfying life fails to encourage individuals to abandon risky, unhealthy lifestyle habit--what will? One study suggests that financial rewards may be just the ticket to encourage healthy living.
  • Celebrity Gossip Topics for Thanksgiving Dinner 2011
    Which celebrities will make their way into Thanksgiving dinner conversations this year? For those semi-clueless to Hollywood happenings—there are 5 celebrity gossip topics likely to emerge during Thanksgiving 2011.
  • Finding Unique, Environmentally Friendly Holiday Gifts at Winter Farmer’s Markets
    Shoppers are often surprised to find some very unique holiday gifts at local winter farmer’s markets. What should you know about Christmas shopping and holiday shopping at winter farmer’s markets?
  • Three Places to Find Ice Skating Lessons for Kids in Columbus, Ohio
    With fall sports ending, parents seek winter options to keep the kids active during colder months--and ice skating offers both fun and exercise. For parents seeking ice skating lessons in Central Ohio, there are a few great options worth considering.
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  • Christmas 2011: 5 Best Ohio State University Football Jerseys
    Scarlet and gray jerseys are on the wish lists of many football fans during the holiday season—even those living far away from the Ohio State University. Which jerseys should gift givers buy for those Buckeye fans on the list this holiday season?
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  • 5 Best Ice Skating Rinks in Central Ohio
    There are a number of great, safe places to ice skate in Columbus, Ohio. What are the 5 best ice skating rinks in the Central Ohio area?
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  • Top 5 Player Jerseys from the Cincinnati Bengals
    What Cincinnati Bengal jerseys should fans be wearing this season? These past Bengal draft picks all have the potential to bring the glory days back to Paul Brown Stadium.
  • 5 Green Thanksgiving Tips
    Thanksgiving is one of the easiest holidays for a green makeover. While Thanksgiving is already more environmentally friendly than other popular holidays, there are still a few green Thanksgiving tips to keep in mind.
  • Worst Moments in Cincinnati Bengals History: Fan's View
    What are some of the worst moments in Cincinnati Bengal history? The Cincinnati Bengals haven’t necessarily had a multitude of glorious seasons—but, even at that, there are a few events that certainly qualify as the worst moments in Bengal history.
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  • 5 Best Moments in Cincinnati Bengals History
    What are a few of the best moments in Cincinnati Bengal history? Bengal fans, unfortunately, have more seasons that they would like to forget than log into a memory book—but, there are at least five great moments in Bengal history that fans relish.
  • Best Snowboard Gloves or Mittens for Women
    While a number of companies offer snowboard clothing and gear for both men and women—great snowboard gloves are sometimes more difficult for women snowboarders to find. What are a few of the best snowboard gloves or mittens for women this season?
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  • Should Other Businesses Learn a Lesson from Netflix?
    Recent Netflix changes angered customers, and Netflix immediately changed course even before the proposed changes were implemented. What are some companies who have made unpopular business practice changes and stayed the course?
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  • Amanda Knox Receives Justice in Italian Court
    After four years in the Italian prison system, American Amanda Knox was freed on appeal after a judge ruled against her 2009 murder conviction. The Italian Judicial System gave Knox the justice she deserved in this case--whether she's innocent or not.
  • Following the 100-Mile Diet This Thanksgiving in Columbus, Ohio
    Eating locally has become increasingly easier for daily meals—but, is it possible to follow the 100-Mile Diet during holidays such as Thanksgiving? Columbus, Ohio, residents have an advantage as the city is convenient to an array of local food resources.
  • 5 Tips to Host a Green Halloween Party
    For green living families, Halloween parties and festivities present green, eco-friendly challenges in an over-commercialized society. How can you keep the family in the spooky Halloween spirit and host a green Halloween party as well?
  • Who is to Blame for Pinkwashing?
    October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and many products have already turned pink. Companies bear much of the blame for pinkwashing and clouding breast cancer issues--but are businesses solely responsible?
  • First Person: Am I Loyal to Apple Products or to Ex-CEO Steve Jobs?
    When Steve Jobs officially resigned from Microsoft in August 2011, many pondered the long term fate of the company without Jobs in the lead. What did Steve Jobs bring to Apple and the company's customers?
  • Why Did Bruce and Esther Huffman Go Viral on YouTube?
    Bruce and Esther Huffman, a couple living in a senior community in Oregon, found themselves in the center of a media blitz after a debut video posted on YouTube went beyond viral. What did America’s YouTube lovers see in the Huffmans?
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