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Animal Island: The best caged pets for families

Q: We promised our 10-year-old daughter that if she got good grades this year we would allow her to get some kind of pet. She is one of those kids who only watches "Nat Geo Wild" and she is crazy for animals. Well, she is finishing out the year now and it looks like she will have very good averages, so now we have to keep our part of the bargain. Our landlord will not allow dogs or cats but said we could get any pet that stays in a cage. We were thinking of a bird or rodent and wondered what you suggest. My wife and I both work so it would have to be something with low maintenance but we want her to be able to assume most of the burden so that it teaches her some responsibility and time-management skills.

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Talking dogs: Keeping your dog safe during summer months

Summer is here, and that means longer days, warmer temperatures and - hopefully - more time available to spend with your dog. It also means looking at your pet's daily routine with fresh eyes, and ensuring that the "dog days of summer" are both safe and enjoyable.

Recipes

‘Vegetable butcher’ tells you what you need to know

Cara Mangini, the owner of a produce-focused restaurant, Little Eater, in Columbus, Ohio, has written a new cookbook “The Vegetable Butcher” — an encyclopedic guide to vegetables, featuring her favorite techniques for breaking them down and recipes for enticing ways to cook them. Along the way, she includes tips on seasonality, selection, storage and more.

Carolyn Hax: Advice

Visits to parents are too much

Hey, Carolyn: I always learned growing up that if I didn’t have the money for something, I shouldn’t buy it. As an adult, I make a decent salary, but my wife and I have struggled with a bunch of unexpected medical bills for the past few years. Which happens.

Health & Fitness

Do you know what meds are safe to take while pregnant?

Even in our high-tech era, pregnancy still seems a bit magical. So it’s not surprising that there have always been some pretty far-out ideas about what to do and not do for those nine months. For example, it once was thought that looking at a mouse while pregnant meant your baby would have a hairy birthmark.

Pets

Meridian Pet of the Week: Duchess

Duchess, 1-1/2, is a brindle, female bulldog mix. Duchess is very loving and playful. She is reported to be good with kids of all ages and with other dogs. Duchess is a strong dog that needs to learn to use her strength appropriately. She does pull on her leash until you remind her and then she does well ... until she sees something that interests her and then she needs to be reminded again. Come meet this beautifully marked sweet girl. If you are interested in meeting Duchess or other dogs available for adoption, call 794-0944 or visit Meridian Valley Humane Society at 191 N. Linder Road in Meridian. Open hours vary; visit online at www.meridianvalleyhumanesociety.org or call for times.

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Canyon County Pet of the Week: Sebastian

Sebastian, 3, is a pretty black and copper color, short coat, 14-pound Chihuahua mix. He is a very nice size lap and companion buddy. Sebastian is a happy lad, he just needed and wanted more fun time and interaction at home. His owner surrendered him and we are looking for the perfect home for him. He is said to get along well with all ages, children and adults. He loves to be with his people, has lots of energy and play. He needs a securely fenced yard so he can run and play safely. He is leash trained. He is house trained, though you need to watch him and get him out before it’s too late and he has an accident. He knows commands sit, lay down, bed. He is said to get along with other dogs. He is up to date on vaccinations, micro chipped and neutered.

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Ada County Pet of the Week: Marble

Marble, 1, is a 9-pound spayed female Chihuahua-Dachshund mix with a black and gray dappled coat. This delightful girl quickly won the hearts of Idaho Humane Society staff and volunteers. She loves hanging out on laps and snuggling, but once her feet hit the floor she is a high-speed busy body. She may not have much leash experience, but it would be wonderful if her new family worked with her on this so she can enjoy regular walks around the neighborhood. She seems to be very motivated by treats, which can help with her training. Taking her to an obedience class will ensure that she has her manners in place and also help her bond with her new family.

Family

Ask Mr. Dad: Driven to distraction

Dear Mr. Dad: This may sound dramatic, but I'm hoping you can help save my mom's life. She's constantly on her phone, talking or texting, while she's driving. I'm only 13 and I've tried telling her to stop but she says she has it under control and says I should be quiet. She's cut out some of your columns and stuck them on our refrigerator, so I know she respects your opinion. I can't get through to her. Will you help?

Family

Living with Children: Could my 8-year old have OCD?

Q: My 8-year-old daughter is having anxiety issues that seem to border on obsessive-compulsive disorder. She wants me to repeat certain things back to her and has a set routine of things I must say when I'm tucking her into bed. She's genuinely upset by all this and tells me she thinks there's something wrong with her. I'd say it was something she can't control, but she does not do this sort of thing when she's alone with my husband. I've talked to her, tried ignoring her, refused to cooperate, and even yelled - all to no avail. Could she have OCD at this age? Does she need medication? What can we do to help her?

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Meet Vander, the pet of the week for June 27

Vander is a 2­-year-­old neutered male tan and white Chihuahua. He's an adorable little guy with a great personality. He loves people and just wants to be a lap dog. He would enjoy hanging out next to you on the couch. He is also very playful and loves all kinds of toys. He's curious and would be a great walking buddy. He seems to get along well with other small dogs. You can meet Vander (#31892972) at the Idaho Humane Society's PetSmart Everyday Adoption Center at 130 N. Milwaukee St. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day except Sunday, when it closes at 5 p.m. You can see a number of other dogs, cats and rabbits available for adoption there as well. You can learn other pets available for adoption at the Idaho Humane Society at idahohumanesociety.org.
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