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Aussie town welcomes first baby in 15 years

<p dir="ltr">A remote Australian town has welcomed its first baby in 15 years with the father just making the delivery after trekking a crazy 280km. </p> <p dir="ltr">Jessie Harvey rushed to Richmond Hospital in outback Queensland about 3am on April 30 when she started experiencing contractions. </p> <p dir="ltr">There were no midwives or births at Richmond Hospital and the doctor who had checked Jessie fainted soon after telling her she was 8cm dilated.</p> <p dir="ltr">The hospital called for help from the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) and staff were relieved to have someone experienced on hand.</p> <p dir="ltr">However, the only problem was Jessie’s partner Sam McGrath was 280km away working on a remote cattle station at East Creek, Woodstock when he received the surprising news. </p> <p dir="ltr">He immediately jumped into his ute and drove the hundreds of kilometres and shockingly made it in time for his son’s birth. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I had just taken a sip out of my coffee when I got the call. I grabbed my bag and chucked it on the ute then had to high-tail it into town,” he told Daily Mail Australia. </p> <p dir="ltr">RFDS doctor Shima Ghedia helped deliver baby Darby who was welcomed into the world with cheers after being the first baby born in 15 years in the remote town. </p> <p dir="ltr">“It was honestly amazing everyone was so stoked, so happy to see a child being born [at Richmond],” Sam said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It was pretty well a cheering vibe, everyone was quite ecstatic.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Facebook</em></p>

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Anthony Albanese's sweet tribute to his late mother

<p>Australia's new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has shared details of the first thing he did when he returned from his first official duty overseas.</p> <p>Just hours after Mr Albanese was sworn in as PM, he was on a plane to Tokyo for the Quad summit and talks with the leaders of the US, Japan and India.</p> <p>His return to Australia on Thursday also marked the 20th anniversary of his mother's death.</p> <p>"I travelled last night out to the cemetery to see her and have a chat," Albanese shared with <em>Today</em>.</p> <p>"It was a big deal, it was a private moment. I went by myself."</p> <p>Albanese, whose single mum Maryanne raised him in public housing, said the Labor party's win at the election was an emotional one and he wanted to lead by example for others in similar upbringings. </p> <p>"I hope that it gives people out there, whether they be single mums or people going through difficulties in life and their children, I hope that my journey does give people a bit of an uplift," he said.</p> <p>"It's not about me. As I said on Saturday night, no one gets there by themselves. You get there because people believe in you, because people provide you with support."</p> <p>Albanese shared his gratitude for his community, which supported him in the thousands after his election win. </p> <p>"The sense of feeling that was there on Saturday night when we came out of the house and saw my neighbours in Marrickville," he said.</p> <p>"It was reasonably late, I'm not sure what time it was - But around 11pm it was like the whole neighbourhood were on the street, just cheering."</p> <p>He said his win on the weekend said a lot about Australia and what people can achieve with the right support.</p> <p>"A change in direction is what I want to bring for this country - not just policy change, but culture change," he said.</p> <p>"I want to change the way that politics operates, I want it to be more inclusive. I want it to be more respectful."</p> <p><em>Image credits: Today / Instagram</em></p>

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Australia's 'First Dog' Toto gains following on her own Twitter account

<p>She was a star on the campaign trail and now Anthony Albanese's dog Toto is set to be a social media sensation.</p> <p>The pet pooch made her debut on Twitter after a fan created an account for "Australia's 1st dog", racking up more than 19,000 followers in less than 24 hours.</p> <p>"Hello Australia! Dad thought it'd be a furry good idea to get me a Twitter account so here I am! Woof!" the account's first tweet stated.</p> <p>Despite the reference to Toto's dad, the Labor leader didn't start the social media account for his beloved Cavoodle, in fact nor did anyone from the PM's office. Reportedly, a 20-year-old law student from Brisbane is behind the account.</p> <p>"I just like the dog," the student said.</p> <p>Albanese announced Toto's arrival back in 2015 on his Instagram account.</p> <p>"Introducing my new family member, Toto," he wrote.</p> <p>Toto went on to feature across Albanese's social media pages but fans appear eager for more puppy moments.</p> <p>"I'm looking forward to hearing all of Toto's woofs about life as the top dog," one Twitter user wrote.</p> <p>In an interview last December, Albanese revealed how Toto helps him handle the demands of being a politician.</p> <p>“I definitely feel better for all the time I spend with Toto, " he said while promoting a fundraising calendar the pair starred in together.</p> <p>"She's loving, she's loyal, she's great company, and she's always so happy to see me."</p> <p>Toto proved to be "great company" again when the Labor leader was struck down with COVID-19 during the election campaign.</p> <p><em>Images: Twitter</em></p>

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Can sniffer dogs really detect Covid?

<p>Dogs have an exceptional sense of smell. We take advantage of this ability in many ways, including by training them to find illicit drugs, dangerous goods and even people.</p> <p>In recent years, a dog’s sense of smell has also been used in the medical field. These remarkable animals can be trained to <a href="https://theconversation.com/the-scent-of-sickness-5-questions-answered-about-using-dogs-and-mice-and-ferrets-to-detect-disease-151832">sniff out</a> cancer, diabetes, and extraordinarily, <a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-40721-4">epileptic seizures</a> before they occur.</p> <p>Early in the pandemic the possibility of using dogs to sniff out COVID was explored in a few countries. And although the results of these early trials surpassed most people’s expectations, many <a href="https://theconversation.com/yes-dogs-can-sniff-out-covid-but-not-after-dinner-when-they-need-a-nap-161669">questions remained</a>. These included how well these findings would stand up to more rigorous scientific scrutiny and how well dogs would perform outside the artificial environment of the research laboratory.</p> <p> </p> <div data-react-class="Tweet" data-react-props="{&quot;tweetId&quot;:&quot;1526676331735425026&quot;}"> <div> <div> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the past week we have moved closer to answering these questions, with an article published in <a href="https://gh.bmj.com/content/7/5/e008024">BMJ Global Health</a>, which found dogs could detect COVID almost as well as PCR tests, in some circumstances.</p> <h3>What did the researchers test?</h3> <p>This article reported the results of two studies. In both studies, four dogs were tested to see how well they detected COVID from skin swabs taken from people with or without COVID (according to the gold-standard test, PCR).</p> <p>These dogs didn’t just come off the streets; they had already had a significant amount of training in sniffing out drugs, dangerous goods or cancer.</p> <p>This article originally appeared on <a href="https://theconversation.com/can-sniffer-dogs-really-detect-covid-almost-as-well-as-a-pcr-test-turns-out-they-can-183363" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Conversation</a>.</p> <p><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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"Australia's most eligible bachelor": Internet swoons over PM's son

<p>On Saturday night, Anthony Albanese addressed the nation as the Labor party claimed their victory in the federal election. </p> <p>As the 31st Prime Minister stood on the stage, someone else stole the spotlight. </p> <p>Albo's son Nathan has sent the internet into a frenzy, as many commented on the 21-year-old's good looks. </p> <p>Anthony Albanese introduced his son to the crowd, while also acknowledging Nathan's mother, his ex-wife and former NSW Labor MP Carmel Tebbutt who was in attendance. </p> <p>"Nathan Albanese is a very good looking young man. And Mum Carmel is in the crowd and acknowledged! How lovely," a woman tweeted.</p> <p>"Nathan Albanese - Australia's most eligible bachelor," another said.</p> <p>One person said, "We will protect Nathan Albanese at all costs," while another honestly claimed, "Nathan Albanese can get it."</p> <p>Mr Albanese described Nathan as his 'good luck charm' earlier in the campaign, and paid tribute to his son and his mother in his victory speech.</p> <p>"To my proudest achievement, my son, Nathan. Thank you, mate, for your love and support," the new PM said.</p> <p>"Your mother, who's here tonight, Carmel, we are both so proud of the caring, wonderful, smart young man you have become."</p> <p>Following the victory speech, one man tweeted, 'Good old Nathan Albanese totally has the look of 'holy f**k my dad is the Prime Minister."</p> <p>Another praised the new PM, saying, "More than a tear. Albo also thanked Carmel Tebbut (Nathan's mother), his son Nathan and his partner Jodie Haydon. Says a lot about the man Albanese is."</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Do you have an instagram for your pet and love sharing funny animal videos?

<p>Was one of the last DMs you received on Instagram a video of <a href="https://www.instagram.com/cuteduckrules/p/CHOhIy0DIAP/?utm_medium=copy_link">ducklings wearing flowers for hats</a>, or <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CNNUVy9L-a9/?utm_medium=copy_link">floating in a sink full of water</a>? An <a href="https://www.instagram.com/reel/CXUJbaVDpEO/?utm_medium=copy_link">overly zealous cockapoo dancing</a> on the couch with his human? <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/COaqbEhj0jr/?utm_medium=copy_link">A husky throwing a temper tantrum</a> because he couldn’t come indoors?</p> <p>If sharing cute animal content is your love language, you’re not alone — you are part of a <a href="https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1461444820956345">bigger cultural phenomenon</a> called the <a href="https://doi.org/10.5204/mcj.782">cute economy</a>.</p> <p>The cute economy is not only a network of cute content that people participate in making, sharing and circulating but also a <a href="https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2018/11/6/18066056/dog-instagram-famous-pet-influencers">multibillion-dollar business</a> due to creators’ ability to <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/pet-owners-earn-thousands-dog-photos-instagram-influencers-2018-12">monetize their content</a>.</p> <h2>What is the cute economy?</h2> <p>Media researcher James Meese defines the <a href="https://doi.org/10.5204/mcj.782">cute economy as the creation and circulation</a> of user-generated content depicting entities (animals, babies, plants, objects, etc.) that are perceived to be cute.</p> <p>While <a href="https://www.spreaker.com/user/13980778/episode-10-pets">researchers</a> and <a href="https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-sept-14-2020-1.5722904">journalists</a> have shed light on this social media phenomenon, sharing cute animal photos is not new. Over 100 years ago, photographer Harry Whittier Frees was creating <a href="https://www.npr.org/sections/npr-history-dept/2016/01/06/462040450/the-sad-happy-life-of-harry-whittier-frees">novelty postcards of anthropomorphic animals</a>.</p> <p>Our research focuses on the specific but sizeable segment of the cute economy that circulates pet content. We find the cuteness of pet content is depicted through the following archetypes: goofy or silly animals, small (aka “smol”) or young animals, inter-species content, child-animal pairs, extreme sizes and ratios (very small or very big), unusual looks and <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jan/15/anthropomorphism-danger-humans-animals-science">animal behaviours that we construe as human-like</a>.</p> <p>While some pet accounts have more followers than politicians and celebrities to generate their own virality — like <a href="https://www.instagram.com/jiffpom/">Jiff Pom at 9.9 million</a>, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/nala_cat/">Nala at 4.3 million</a>, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/itsdougthepug/">Doug the Pug at 3.9 million</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/juniperfoxx/">Juniper at three million</a> — another catalyst for the circulation of cute pet content is meme or <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/instagram-101-what-are-fe_b_7714798">feature accounts</a> that display curated reused content like <a href="https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20180730-the-man-who-makes-six-figures-rating-dogs">Matt Nelson’s omni-platform enterprise WeRateDogs</a>.</p> <h2>The creators and their inter-species families</h2> <p>Much like <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/everyday/considerations-starting-a-social-media-account-for-your-child/11524188">mom influencers who create social media accounts for their human babies</a>, pet parents have also been creating social media accounts to show off their domesticated companions.</p> <p>Given that people have been <a href="https://doi.org/10.1086/209374">humanizing their pets since</a> <a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2521389/The-LOLcats-yesteryear-Incredible-pictures-animal-meme-craze-actually-began-long-Internet.html">before the dawn of the internet</a>, a pet’s social media presence is a form of pretend play.</p> <p>Pet account managers humanize their fur babies visually by using <a href="https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210308005664/en/Pet-Humanization---A-Pivotal-Growth-Driver-for-the-Global-Pet-Accessories-Market---ResearchAndMarkets.com">clothing, accessories</a> or props. They also humanize their pets textually, by providing them with a human-like voice.</p> <p>The content creator will even add species-specific lexicon like catspeak, also known as <a href="https://doi.org/10.1017/S0266078418000020">meowlogisms</a>, or infantalized speech such as lolspeak — the Internet slang originating from <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/05/are-lolcats-making-us-smart/256830/">lolcat memes</a>.</p> <p>Still, cuteness has a threshold. Several participants we interviewed for our research explained that while anthropomorphism can be cute, if it appears forced or inauthentic, it becomes perceived as the opposite of cute.</p> <p>And many content creators have caught on to this curation of cute and ensure their content doesn’t deteriorate into cringe.</p> <p>One of our interviewees (who manages an account for her tortoise) expressed her discomfort and uncertainty over creating captions. She says its hard finding “the balance there between, it being cringey and entertaining.”</p> <h2>What does consuming and sharing cute content do?</h2> <p>Nurturing relationships: Cute content is shared because it depicts a relatable experience to its appreciators. It also serves as a gift of care and a sign of closeness in a relationship.</p> <p>One of our interviewees knows her stepdaughter is a fan of horses, and specifically sends horse content to her. We find that this gesture signals that the sender truly knows what warms the receiver’s heart.</p> <p>Aspiring for a future: Consuming cute content can also be aspirational. For instance, one of our interviewees hopes to adopt a dog when she moves to a pet-friendly building. She is dedicated to following accounts that portray her aspirational lifestyle like <a href="https://www.instagram.com/thegoldenratio4/">The Golden Ratio</a>.</p> <p>Vicarious interspecies connection: Cute content fulfils its consumers because it allows them to interact with animals from a distance, without the need to allocate any resources for taking care of them.</p> <p>For a cause: Cute content can also serve as a medium of change. A creator or appreciator may share content to <a href="https://www.inverse.com/science/how-petfluencers-can-be-a-force-for-good">increase awareness about a cause</a> or to change the opinion of others.</p> <p>For example, one of our interviewees manages her domesticated duck’s account which depicts her duck being friendly, loving and having a unique personality, much like any traditional domestic animal. Through her duck account, this pet parent aims to teach her followers about the <a href="https://www.peta.org/features/what-is-speciesism/">harms of speciesism</a>, and advocates for a cruelty free co-existence with all animals.</p> <h2>Cute for good</h2> <p>Research has shown that watching cute animal videos is <a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/crazy-life/202007/pluto-the-talking-dog-is-good-your-mental-health">good for our own mental health</a>.</p> <p>Whether you are a creator, appreciator or both, cute content is a conversation starter and relationship facilitator: it breaks ice when people lack topics to discuss, or when they wish to let others know that they care.</p> <p>Given people’s inability to get together as frequently and intimately due to the pandemic, we’ve been able to share our love from a distance using these small tokens of care.</p> <p>Society is fortunate that technology enables people to strengthen connections. But, because we can’t have nice things, there exists a <a href="https://www.insider.com/pet-fail-videos-vets-danger-harmful-animals-abuse-health-2020-4">dark side of the cute economy</a> so be mindful of sharing content of <a href="https://theconversation.com/before-you-hit-share-on-that-cute-animal-photo-consider-the-harm-it-can-cause-126182">animals who might have been exploited</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p>This article originally appeared on <a href="https://theconversation.com/have-an-instagram-account-for-your-pet-love-sharing-funny-animal-videos-youre-part-of-the-cute-economy-173311" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Conversation</a>. </p> <p><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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Ed Sheeran is now a father of two!

<p>Ed Sheeran is now a father of two, dropping the news on social media that he and his wife Cherry Seaborn have had another baby.</p> <p>"Want to let you all know we've had another beautiful baby girl. We are both so in love with her, and over the moon to be a family of 4 x," he wrote alongside a photo of a pair of tiny white baby socks.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CdwQFKRIYzi/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CdwQFKRIYzi/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Ed Sheeran (@teddysphotos)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Sheeran and Seaborn, 30, already share daughter Lyra Antarctica, whom they welcomed in 2020. At the time, they announced the birth of their baby girl with a similar photo to this one, but with a different coloured blanket and pair of socks.</p> <p>Sheeran's announcement of his second child comes seven months after he and Lyra tested positive with COVID-19.</p> <p>The couple tied the knot in January 2019 in an intimate ceremony after their engagement one year prior.</p> <p>"The wedding party was more a celebration of us and our friends. I didn't want pictures getting out and I'm surprised they didn't," he explained.</p> <p><em>Image: Instagram</em></p>

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Kyle pops the question to Jackie O

<p dir="ltr">Kyle Sandilands has officially asked Jackie O to be the official godmother for his son Otto. </p> <p dir="ltr">The KiisFM hosts walked into the studio where Kyle had organised for his partner Tegan to be waiting inside with flowers and gifts before popping the question.</p> <p dir="ltr">Jackie saw Tegan surrounded by balloons that spelt out her son’s name Otto before gasping as she pointed to the screen.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Will you be my godmother?” the words on the screen read.</p> <p dir="ltr">A tearful Jackie immediately said yes as she hugged Kyle before Tegan came and handed her the flowers and embraced each other.</p> <p dir="ltr">Kyle however interrupted the heartwarming moment by telling his partner that she had to ask the question.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Will you be Otto’s godmother?” Tegan asked before Kyle stepped in and asked, “Would you do us the honour of officially becoming the godmother?”</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CduLFUdPzoS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CduLFUdPzoS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Kyle and Jackie O (@kyleandjackieo)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Soon after, Jackie was gifted a mug that read “The one where I become a godmother. Est. 2022”.</p> <p dir="ltr">She was also given a stunning ring with the letter O in morse code but designed with diamonds.</p> <p dir="ltr">The trio hugged once more before posing for a photo captioned: “Today, Kyle &amp; Tegan asked Jackie to be Baby Otto’s GODMOTHER…. and she said YES!!!!!”</p> <p dir="ltr">Watch the beautiful moment <a href="https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&amp;v=1145590589317460" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Facebook</em></p>

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Readers respond: Who is your favourite royal family member and why?

<p dir="ltr">OverSixty readers are avid fans of the royal family and we thought it was time to ask who your favourite royal family member is and why. </p> <p dir="ltr">Your responses didn’t disappoint and we can see why you appreciate the royal family.</p> <p dir="ltr">Here are some of your answers.</p> <p dir="ltr">Elizabeth Ann Bailey - The Queen...very hard public life 24/7. Everybody is just waiting for her to make a mistake. She is an amazing lady.</p> <p dir="ltr">Jan Dower - Princess Anne, she quietly carries out her Royal duties without any fuss or fanfare. She is always dressed lovely, not as fashion conscious I guess as some of the other Royal ladies however it suits her.. She is loyal to her family, well spoken and she loves animals.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ariete Jardim - Prince Harry because he is more normal than all the others and he says what he feels without having to check if it’s allowed or not.</p> <p dir="ltr">Marilyn Spencer - Her Majesty the Queen, Prince Charles for his stance on conservation. Princess Anne, what you see is what you get. No pomp and ceremony just hard working Anne.</p> <p dir="ltr">Wilma Mumford - Apart from the Queen I’d say Prince Harry! Sick of people downgrading him as I bet their lives aren't perfect.</p> <p dir="ltr">Caroline Jay - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth…She has served her country for 70 years and I’m sure it hasn’t all been easy, regardless of her luxury lifestyle. My next favourites have to be William and Kate.</p> <p dir="ltr">Helen Joan Harmon - Princess Anne, the quiet achiever.</p> <p dir="ltr">Alec Anne Phillips - A tie between the Queen and Princess Anne. They both earn their money with their dedication and hard work over decades without causing scandals. Princess Anne's first marriage and remarriage was done without the dramas of her two brothers. </p> <p dir="ltr">Irene Hood - After all she's been through, the Queen is incredible. When most people her age are gone, or in aged care, she is active, intelligent and dedicated to the Commonwealth and having to put up with appalling behaviour from some of her family members. So, here's to the Queen, followed by Princess Anne, Sophie, William and Kate. </p> <p dir="ltr">Julie HoyPoy - Princess Anne and Camilla, both quietly hard working. </p> <p dir="ltr">If you would like to share your favourite royal family member click <a href="https://www.facebook.com/oversixtys/posts/pfbid02LFBdDBityKPECy7nkTWRosw6rc7CFZkujsvs4ysqL9yZAkHdoRzQjBzqTUAKgqprl" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p>

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Emma Watkins fears due to debilitating condition

<p dir="ltr">Emma Watkins has opened about her greatest fears when it comes to starting a family due to a debilitating condition. </p> <p dir="ltr">The former Yellow Wiggle married partner Oliver Brian in a small afternoon garden party in the gorgeous Longmeadow Estate in the Victorian town of Tyrendarra earlier this month.</p> <p dir="ltr">She has since opened up about her fears of not being able to become a mum due to her endometriosis. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Speaking plainly, I just don’t know if I will be able to,” the 32-year-old told <a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/former-yellow-wiggle-emma-watkins-reveals-baby-battle-after-marriage/news-story/e66cf271152aa4a6f9480744ffa80cf4" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Daily Telegraph</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“After stage four endo, I am pretty realistic in the fact I don’t know what my chances are. If it happens, that would be amazing, if it doesn’t, that is okay too.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Endometriosis is a disease that affects more than 11 per cent of Australian women and girls where the tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows outside it in other parts of the body. </p> <p dir="ltr">The debilitating condition which takes at least seven years to diagnose could also impact a woman's fertility. </p> <p dir="ltr">Check out Emma and Oliver’s wedding photos <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/relationships/emma-watkins-shares-gorgeous-wedding-snaps" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram </em></p>

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Meet the ute-driving pup bringing joy to the world

<p>The owners of a now-viral pup who was filmed behind the wheel of a work ute have been blown away by the fact that their innocent video has brought so much joy to people around the world.</p> <p>Lexi the Jack Russell was recorded steering the Zschech family ute around a paddock on their farm in south-western Victoria – and the global responses they have received have been overwhelming.</p> <p>"I've had messages from Finland, Canada, America, Great Britain," Cam Zschech, Lexi's owner, told A Current Affair.</p> <p>"It took off a bit more than I thought. I had all these people messaging me. I can't believe it. I still can't believe it really."</p> <p>Ian and Cam have a 1500-acre farm just outside Hamilton, Victoria, and they run grain crops and have about 2000 ewes.</p> <p>"I've been here (for) the long 21 years of my life. It's a place that I'll probably be forever," Cam said.</p> <p>"We got Lexi about 14 months ago. She was really quiet when we got her. We thought we had a good one, but she's turned out to be so much more than that."</p> <p>As it turned out, Lexi has become an internet sensation after her efforts behind the wheel.</p> <p>"I learned to drive with Dad in the passenger seat. We'd put it in low gear and we'd idle along and I would steer. I thought I'd try and teach Lexi," Cam said.</p> <p>The attention that their pooch has received has brought the father and son even closer together.</p> <p>"It's great," Ian said. "And here we are, near Hamilton. It's a beautiful part of the world."</p> <p>For those wondering just how accomplished Lexi is behind the wheel, don't overthink it. To efficiently feed all the sheep, Cam often leaves the ute in low gear and Lexi jumps on the back to distribute hay around the paddock.</p> <p>However, Lexi's latest role, where she sits up in the driver seat, is only to make people smile. She’s only ever left in the ute on their property, in a controlled environment, along a flat paddock.</p> <p>Cam and Ian said they are just out to give everyone a laugh.</p> <p><em>Image: A Current Affair </em></p>

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Desperate search for grandfather enters fifth day

<p dir="ltr">A desperate search has entered its fifth day as police and volunteers continue looking for an elderly man missing in Victoria’s freezing weather.</p> <p dir="ltr">Christo was last seen at the Big Muster Drive, Dinner Plain, north east of Melbourne about 2.45pm on Friday.</p> <p dir="ltr">His wife raised the alarm later that day when the 70-year-old did not return which sparked a massive 120 people search including police, volunteers in High Country near Mount Hotham.</p> <p dir="ltr">Police have been driving around with infrared sensors in hopes of detecting body heat from Christo.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mouth Hotham has seen temperatures dip to a cool -3C and with wind gusts of up to 70km/h but real temperature feels have made it feel like -12C.</p> <p dir="ltr">Senior Constable Joel Magno-Thornton said there is a “high chance” that Christo is still alive but the area he is believed to be missing is extremely dangerous. </p> <p dir="ltr">"The terrain out here is treacherous," he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Monday, the devastated family issued a statement describing Christo as a “kind and loving person”.</p> <p dir="ltr">"We are devastated knowing that our dad Christo is still missing in Mount Hotham's high country," the statement read.</p> <p dir="ltr">"He is a grandfather to four beautiful granddaughters and we know he would love to see them again.</p> <p dir="ltr">"He is adored by his children, wife, family and friends and everyone else who knows him. </p> <p dir="ltr">"We are all praying that his strong and resilient nature will find his way back to us.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Victoria Police/Nine News </em></p>

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The Queen moved to tears in emotional Jubilee moment

<p>In an emotional display, Queen Elizabeth has been moved to tears at a Platinum Jubilee celebration. </p> <p>In the finale at Her Majesty's Official Platinum Jubilee Celebration <em>A Gallop Through History</em>, the Queen's granddaughter Lady Louise drove Prince Philip's carriage through the performance. </p> <p>The Queen, along with her companion for the night Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, were both seen wiping away tears at the heartwarming family display. </p> <p>Lady Louise shared her grandfather's love of carriage driving and following his death in 2021, he left her his carriage and two horses.</p> <p>Carriage driving was one of Prince Philip's favourite past-times, with the late royal often racing carriages near Norfolk and represented Britain at several world and European championships.</p> <p>At the age of 91 he had a carriage made to his specifications, using dark green materials, aluminium and steel. This is the beloved carriage he left to Lady Louise and that she drove during the celebration.</p> <p>Since her grandfather's death, Lady Louise has been seen driving the carriage in Windsor and participating in events including the British Indoor Carriage Driving Championships in April.</p> <p>The Commonwealth and the four nations of the United Kingdom were be celebrated, while there were military and equestrian displays from around the world including Azerbaijan, India, Oman, France, Norway, Switzerland, and Trinidad and Tobago.</p> <p>Over 500 horses and 1,000 performers took part in the event which will be broadcast on ITV in the UK and the Seven Network on May 20th in Australia.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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How to clean your dogs teeth

<h4>The importance of clean teeth</h4> <p>Good dental hygiene for dogs goes beyond improving pungent breath. About 80 percent of dogs develop dental disease by age four. That not only affects canine health but also leads to plenty of other problems down the road. And veterinary dentistry procedures hit you in the heart and the pocketbook. But learning how to clean dogs’ teeth isn’t typically the hottest topic in any pet care manual.</p> <p>Because dogs don’t open wide and say “ah,” veterinarians must use pricey anaesthesia to perform root canals, extract a tooth, or straighten crooked fangs. Pets almost never get cavities filled, though. Damaged or decayed teeth get removed, and plaque – it looks like yellow or brown deposits on the teeth and leads to tooth loss and pain – is cleaned away.</p> <p>You can reduce the frequency of required professional cleanings by learning how to clean dogs’ teeth at home. So grab a dog toothbrush, read the step-by-step instructions below, and get ready to brush your dog’s teeth daily.</p> <h4>How to clean your dogs teeth</h4> <p>Cleaning your dog’s teeth is a part of dog grooming and is just as important as giving your dog a bath. You already know how to brush your own teeth, and the same technique applies to cleaning your dog’s teeth.</p> <p>But your dog won’t willingly open wide for you. So part of cleaning its teeth includes teaching it what to expect so it won’t feel scared. Training your dog to accept teeth cleaning keeps it healthy and can also improve the bond you share with each other.</p> <p>Teaching your dog takes time. Don’t rush or force your pet. It may take three days or three weeks before your pup is ready to let you clean its teeth. But once it understands and accepts the procedure, the teeth cleaning won’t take more than a few minutes a day. Ideally, you’ll want to clean your dog’s teeth after each meal, just like humans do. But if you can manage once a day, or even two or three times a week, count that as a win.</p> <h4><strong>Supplies</strong></h4> <p>Chew toy: Dogs love to chew anyway, but a favourite toy helps with training. Choose a non-fabric toy that won’t hold moisture. Something your dog likes to hold or carry gets bonus points. A dental toy for big dogs, or one sized for smaller dogs, is ideal.</p> <p>Dental treats: Use dental treats along with the toy to teach your dog to accept holding something in its mouth. The treats reward the behaviour you want your pet to learn, so it trusts that even if you ask it to do something weird, it’ll get good things out of it.</p> <p>Bath towel: No, you won’t dry him off with the towel. But toothbrushing can involve drooling and head-shaking that leads to dribbled toothpaste. A towel provides an easy-to-clean surface for training and eventual teeth cleaning. Using the same towel each time signals to your dog what happens next.</p> <p>Dog toothpaste: Never use human toothpaste with your dog. Dogs can’t spit and shouldn’t swallow the fluoride that human products contain. Dogs also hate the foaming action. Instead, choose a toothpaste designed specifically for dogs. Pet toothpaste contains flavours dogs love, like peanut butter.</p> <p>Gauze pads: You don’t have to use a toothbrush, and dogs may accept other materials more readily. Gauze pads work well and are disposable. They also work as a first step. Once your pup accepts cleanings with gauze, you can move on to other cleaning options.</p> <p>Wipe: A washcloth also works to clean dog teeth. Simply wrap it around your index finger and apply the paste. As an added bonus, you have a towel handy if you need to wipe off your dog’s face. Another option is using dental wipes for dogs.</p> <p>Finger toothbrush: Dogs are funny. They’ll pick up nearly anything in their mouths but object to you sticking something weird inside. Yours may more easily accept a finger – or a finger toothbrush. You might find it easier to use too.</p> <p>Baby toothbrush: Baby’s first toothbrush, with its extra-oft bristles, may work for some dogs, especially those with tiny mouths.</p> <p>Dog toothbrush: If you like, you can work up to using an official dog-specific toothbrush.</p> <p>Dental rinse: There are products you can use to rinse off your dog’s teeth, as well as those you can add to your dog’s water, to help keep its teeth clean.</p> <p>Ready to get brushing? The steps below will guide you from training to regular brushings.</p> <p>Chew toy: Dogs love to chew anyway, but a favourite toy helps with training. Choose a non-fabric toy that won’t hold moisture. Something your dog likes to hold or carry gets bonus points. A dental toy for big dogs, or one sized for smaller dogs, is ideal.</p> <p>Dental treats: Use dental treats along with the toy to teach your dog to accept holding something in its mouth. The treats reward the behaviour you want your pet to learn, so it trusts that even if you ask it to do something weird, it’ll get good things out of it.</p> <p>Bath towel: No, you won’t dry him off with the towel. But toothbrushing can involve drooling and head-shaking that leads to dribbled toothpaste. A towel provides an easy-to-clean surface for training and eventual teeth cleaning. Using the same towel each time signals to your dog what happens next.</p> <p>Dog toothpaste: Never use human toothpaste with your dog. Dogs can’t spit and shouldn’t swallow the fluoride that human products contain. Dogs also hate the foaming action. Instead, choose a toothpaste designed specifically for dogs. Pet toothpaste contains flavours dogs love, like peanut butter.</p> <p>Gauze pads: You don’t have to use a toothbrush, and dogs may accept other materials more readily. Gauze pads work well and are disposable. They also work as a first step. Once your pup accepts cleanings with gauze, you can move on to other cleaning options.</p> <p>Wipe: A washcloth also works to clean dog teeth. Simply wrap it around your index finger and apply the paste. As an added bonus, you have a towel handy if you need to wipe off your dog’s face. Another option is using dental wipes for dogs.</p> <p>Finger toothbrush: Dogs are funny. They’ll pick up nearly anything in their mouths but object to you sticking something weird inside. Yours may more easily accept a finger – or a finger toothbrush. You might find it easier to use too.</p> <p>Baby toothbrush: Baby’s first toothbrush, with its extra-oft bristles, may work for some dogs, especially those with tiny mouths.</p> <p>Dog toothbrush: If you like, you can work up to using an official dog-specific toothbrush.</p> <p>Dental rinse: There are products you can use to rinse off your dog’s teeth, as well as those you can add to your dog’s water, to help keep its teeth clean.</p> <p>Ready to get brushing? The steps below will guide you from training to regular brushings.</p> <h4>1. Gather Supplies</h4> <p>Bring everything you plan to use to the location you’ll be cleaning your dog’s teeth. You may want to keep teeth-cleaning tools in the same place as your other grooming supplies. Your pup should eventually enjoy the experience and expect the event. To speed up the process, choose somewhere your dog already associates with fun times or yummy rewards, like in the kitchen near the food bowl.</p> <p>And think about a convenient schedule. Dogs love routine, so cleaning your pet’s teeth in the same location and at the same time can help your furry friend view teeth cleaning as part of a normal day.</p> <h4>2. Touch your dogs mouth</h4> <p>Have a small dog? Spread the towel on your lap so your pet can sit during the cleaning. For big dogs, lay the towel on the floor and kneel next to your pup. The towel becomes your dog’s cue that it’s teeth-cleaning time.</p> <p>Start with petting your pup, paying particular attention to the outside of its mouth and lips. If it’ll allow it and you feel comfortable, let it mouth your fingers. Even better, slip a finger inside its cheek to stroke the sides of its teeth. It doesn’t need to open its jaws at all. Its tongue keeps the inside surface of its teeth clean, so you only need to take care of the outside surface. Do this for five minutes and offer a treat each time your dog lets you stroke its gums or touch a tooth.</p> <p>Repeat this step once or twice a day for three to five days. After the dog accepts your handling of its mouth, move to the next step.</p> <h4>3. Flavour the toy</h4> <p><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Raleway, sans-serif, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial; font-size: 16px; background-color: #ffffff;">Spread dog toothpaste on a non-fabric toy and let your pet lick it off. Many dogs enjoy the paste-like treat. It has ingredients that help clean teeth even without brushing, so that’s a great first step. You want to associate the toy with the yummy flavour.</span></p> <h4>4. Prop open the dogs mouth</h4> <p>If your dog wants to take the toy into its mouth, let it. But use your hand to hold its mouth closed around the toy. That way, the flavoured toy it holds and enjoys also props open its jaws just enough for you to clean its teeth. Spend about five minutes playing with the toy, taking it from your dog to add paste, and then letting your dog hold the toy while you grasp its muzzle. Repeat this step once or twice a day for several days in a row.</p> <p>Don’t let your dog swipe the toy away to chew. Reserve this special toy for teeth cleaning so your pet only gets the yummy paste and other treats for this purpose. When it acts excited at the sight of the towel, toy and paste, move on to the next step.</p> <h4>5. Prep the applicator </h4> <p>Whether you’re using a finger toothbrush, gauze pad or a washcloth, you’ll want to spread dog toothpaste onto the brushing material. You won’t need a lot of paste, so just add enough to cover the end of your finger.</p> <h4>6. Clean teeth on one side</h4> <p>With one hand wrapped around your dog’s muzzle as it holds the toothpaste-coated toy, use the toothpaste-covered applicator to wipe the outside of its teeth on one side of its mouth. Do the top jaw first, and if your dog is still fine with it, finish with the bottom teeth on the same side. You don’t need to scrub – simply wipe the paste from side to side.</p> <p>Release its muzzle and remove the toy. The dog will lick its lips and savour the paste you’ve left on its teeth. Quit for the day, after offering your pup a few more treats for being such a good dog.</p> <h4>7. Clean teeth on the other side </h4> <p>The next day, repeat the previous step. This time, you’ll wipe the teeth on the other side of your dog’s mouth. Remember, there’s no need to clean the inside of the teeth since the dog’s tongue keeps those surfaces clean.</p> <p>Poking inside its mouth also risks an accidental bite should his jaws slip off the toy. Just wipe the outside of the teeth.</p> <p>Always quit before your dog asks you to stop; it’ll leave your pup wanting more. Praise and treat generously.</p> <h4>8. Make sure every tooth is clean</h4> <p>After two or three days of one-sided teeth cleanings, your dog should understand the process. Hopefully, it also looks forward to this teeth-cleaning routine. Now it’s time to graduate to cleaning all of the teeth at once. This shouldn’t take more than five minutes, including preparation time. If possible, brush daily.</p> <h4>9. Add a dental rinse</h4> <p>In between brushes, you can add a dental rinse to your dog’s drinking water. This will keep its mouth fresh and help improve its overall dental hygiene.</p> <p>This article originally appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/food-home-garden/pets/how-to-clean-your-dogs-teeth" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Reader's Digest</a>. </p> <p><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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Loyal to the end: touching detail surrounding Symonds' tragedy

<p dir="ltr">The cricket world is in mourning following the devastating death of legendary player Andrew Symonds. </p> <p dir="ltr">The 46-year-old died on Saturday night after his car veered off the road in a single vehicle accident near his home in Hervey Range, in the city of Townsville, Queensland. </p> <p dir="ltr">Two witnesses who were first on scene following the awful accident have given more insight into what happened – including the fact that Symonds' two very loyal Blue Heelers were also in the vehicle at the time.</p> <p dir="ltr">“One of them was very sensitive and didn’t want to leave him,” the unnamed witness told Courier Mail.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It would just growl at you every time we tried to move him or go near him. My partner tried to get (Symonds) out of the car, to put him on to his back.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He was unconscious, not responsive and had no pulse.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Waylon Townson was another witness and told 9News that Symonds had no pulse when he tried to help. </p> <p dir="ltr">"He was stuck in there, so I tried to pull him out," he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">"(I) started doing CPR and checked his pulse but I didn't get much response."</p> <p dir="ltr">Police continue to investigate the incident which has seen Symonds leave behind a wife and two kids. </p> <p dir="ltr">Symonds’ wife Laura has spoken out since his death saying the family is still in “shock” and described him as “the most laid-back person”. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I’m just thinking of the two kids. He was such a big person and there is just so much of him in his kids,” she said. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Nothing stressed him out. He was an extremely chilled operator. So practical.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He was never good with his phone but he always had time for everyone."</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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9 tips for keeping your pet safe during a natural disaster

<p><strong>1. Be prepared for the worst</strong></p> <p>Embrace the Boy Scout motto: Always be prepared. You don’t want to find yourself in the middle of an emergency and not have the tools you, your family, and your pets need to survive. Russell Hartstein, acclaimed dog and cat behaviourist, trainer and nutritionist, says that the most common mistake people make during a natural disaster is leaving pets behind. “You can’t leave a dog or cat at home thinking they will be OK with a bunch of food and water. They won’t be OK, and they will likely die,” he warns.</p> <p><strong>2. Keep extra food on hand</strong></p> <p>Always have enough food on hand to last your pet for at least two weeks, recommends Hartstein. Keep plenty of treats handy as well, he says. These can help your pet stay calm and happy. The treats will also be useful for getting your pet to behave during this stressful time. Lastly, buy a few collapsible bowls for your pet to eat and drink out of; they’re easier to transport and take up less space.</p> <p><strong>3. Grab comfort toys or blanket </strong></p> <p>Hartstein emphasises that it’s essential to have “special toys or comfort items to relieve boredom and reduce stress.” Whether your pet has a favourite toy, blanket, or just loves bones, it would be helpful to have their comfort items on hand to help them relax. Going through a natural disaster and heading to an unknown destination is scary for your pet; these familiar items will put them at ease.</p> <p><strong>4. Invest in pet first-aid kit</strong></p> <p>While you no doubt have a first-aid kit for family emergencies, you may not have one for your furry friends. You don’t have to be a veterinarian to help your wounded animal. Hartstein recommends you look for one that can handle paw care, small cuts, wound dressing, hydrogen peroxide, tweezers, scissors, gauze pads and rolls, adhesive tape. Consider adding hand sanitiser, a muzzle, paper towels, sheets, bowls, toys and peanut butter or any food that really motivates your pet to help deal with an actual procedure, he says</p> <p><strong>5. Keep vaccination and prescription records with passport</strong></p> <p>Keep all of your pet’s medical records in a folder next to your important papers so that they’ll be easy to grab when you’re heading out the door. If your dog is on prescription medications, take proof of that with you in case you need to visit a pharmacy on the road. You should also have proof that your dog is licensed and up to date on vaccinations. And keep an up-to-date photo: “Bring current photos of your pets and descriptions,” says Hartstein. Write down the detailed markings of your pets, he says, so you can find them if you become separated.</p> <p><strong>6. Consider protective pet wear</strong></p> <p>A life vest or anything else that would help keep them afloat in a flash flood is also important. A tight-fitting anxiety vest can be consoling for pets who are prone to anxiety. Hartstein adds, “Consider purchasing dog boots to protect your dog’s paws from the elements.” Rough surfaces and debris can cause injury, as can hot summer roads.</p> <p><strong>7. Clean water</strong></p> <p>During a state of emergency, experts recommend you boil your water for at least one minute (three, if you’re above 1,500m elevation) to make it potable before drinking it – and before giving it to your pets. (Don’t forget to let it cool first!) As an alternative, Hartstein says, you can purchase water purifying tablets, filters like the LifeStraw, or a UV device. These methods are simple and can prevent illness in both you and your pet.</p> <p><strong>8. Get a ramp for bigger dogs</strong></p> <p>Small dogs, cats and other pets will be easy to carry out of trouble. Large dogs – especially elderly ones – can be more of a challenge, Hartstein says: “If you are not strong enough to lift your dog, or if your dog is too old to lift without injuring them, think about a ramp to walk them into your truck or car.”</p> <p><strong>9. Practice with your pets</strong></p> <p>A disaster will be much less stressful if you and your pets are ready to handle severe situations. Try going through your evacuation drill with your pet by collecting the first-aid kit, comfort items, and getting the animal into the carrier or car. Make it fun, Hartstein explains: “Condition your dog and cat to love all of the items and process of evacuation. Most importantly, expose them positively to new stimuli and environments gradually, only with positive reinforcement. Have them looking forward to road trips and different or unfamiliar sounds, smells, surfaces and sights.” </p>

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The old-fashioned baby names set to make a comeback

<p>Baby names, a lot like fashion trends, tend to go in an out of style. </p> <p>According to experts, names come in 100-year cycles, with names such as Albert and Joan predicted to become popular again. </p> <p>The Census conducted in 1921 has allowed historians to study its data of the most popular names for children under one at that time.</p> <p>They've also used analysis of current trends to predict which baby names are set to make a comeback 100 years later. </p> <p>The new findings come from family history company Findmypast, which also revealed that the Royal Family has had a long influence over baby names. </p> <p>Mary McKee, Head of Content Publishing Operations at Findmypast, said, "History always has a tendency to repeat itself and baby names are no exception."</p> <p>"All roads point to Joan, as parents are increasingly look to name their baby girls after strong female historical figures. And who better to take inspiration from than Joan of Arc."</p> <p>"When it comes to boys' names, these have a tendency of coming back into fashion but as their nickname equivalent - Frederick becomes Freddie, Archibald becomes Archie."</p> <p>"So there is every chance that Ronald could come back into circulation as Ronnie."</p> <p>Here are the top 10 girls names that are set to make a resurgence:</p> <p>- Joan</p> <p>- Mary</p> <p>- Margaret</p> <p>- Dorothy</p> <p>- Gladys</p> <p>- Irene</p> <p>- Iris</p> <p>- Elsie</p> <p>- Ada</p> <p>- Mabel</p> <p>And here are the top 10 boys names that are expected to make a comeback.</p> <p>- Ronald</p> <p>- Arthur</p> <p>- Robert</p> <p>- Albert</p> <p>- Freddie</p> <p>- Edward</p> <p>- Archie</p> <p>- Ernest</p> <p>- Isaac</p> <p>- Harris</p> <p>The royal family have always shown to have an influence, with the name Elizabeth increasing in popularity by 16 per cent in the Queen's birth year.</p> <p>Prince Harry's birth in 1984 made the name fashionable after a slump in the 1960s and 70s.</p> <p>The influences of the royals is expected to continue with the births of Duke and Duchess of Sussex's babies, Lillibet and Archie.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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“They were loved”: Prince William chokes up in memorial speech

<p dir="ltr">Prince William has shown his emotional side while unveiling a new memorial to the victims of the Manchester arena attack, choking up while sharing his own grief from losing his mother, Princess Diana.</p> <p dir="ltr">The royal unveiled the Glade of Light memorial on Tuesday to honour the 22 victims who died in the 2017 attack, per the <em><a href="https://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/prince-williams-tears-for-diana-during-manchester-attack-memorial-speech/3MI35LKHSTVBUAL7AHAMWST36M/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">NZ Herald</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The white marble halo-shaped memorial features the names of the victims, as well as personalised memory capsules where their families can place mementos and messages.</p> <p dir="ltr">“For Catherine and I, it is very important that we are with you here, today,” William told the victims’ families who attended the unveiling, his hand placed on his chest.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-d39ec276-7fff-f8d8-3be1-4f220b727f9a"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“To remember the twenty two lives so brutally taken. To acknowledge the hundreds of lives that were irrevocably changed and to pay tribute to the resilience of this great City.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">There is comfort in remembering.</p> <p>In acknowledging that, while taken horribly soon, they lived. They changed our lives. They were loved, and they are loved.</p> <p>It is why memorials such as the Glade of Light are so important. Why Catherine and I so wanted to be here today. <a href="https://t.co/e14xAUzWSt">pic.twitter.com/e14xAUzWSt</a></p> <p>— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) <a href="https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/status/1524072136708698112?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 10, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">It was when the prince later spoke about his experience grieving for his mother at 15 when he appeared to choke up.</p> <p dir="ltr">“As someone who lives with his own grief, I also know that what often matters most to the bereaved is that those we have lost are not forgotten,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“There is comfort in remembering. In acknowledging that, while taken horribly soon, they lived. They changed our lives. They were loved, and they are loved. It is why memorials such as the Glade of Light are so important. Why Catherine and I so wanted to be amongst you today.<br />“Catherine and I know that the atrocity’s impact will last a lifetime and beyond, and that the healing process is still ongoing. We want to assure all of you who are struggling that you are very much in our thoughts.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Both he and the Duchess of Cambridge then walked around the memorial garden, where Kate placed a bouquet of flowers.</p> <p dir="ltr">The couple then shared part of William’s speech on Twitter, along with several photos from the ceremony.</p> <p dir="ltr">It comes nearly a year after William and Prince Harry <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/beauty-style/harry-and-william-s-brotherly-feud-set-aside-for-princess-diana-s-big-unveiling" target="_blank" rel="noopener">unveiled a bronze statue of Diana</a> on what would have been her 60th birthday.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3bc77f-7fff-549a-8a18-adefefd67654"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @KensingtonRoyal (Twitter)</em></p>

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Adorable Jack Russell becomes a Ukraine war hero

<p dir="ltr">Originally bought as a pet, the life of Patron the Ukrainian Jack Russell was turned upside down when Russia invaded the country in Feburary. </p> <p dir="ltr">Instead of days snuggled with his owner, two-year-old Patron (which means “cartridge” or “shell” in Ukraine) was trained to sniff out bombs, missiles and other explosive weapons.</p> <p dir="ltr">To date, he has sniffed out more than 150 devices, and saved countless lives in the process.</p> <p dir="ltr">Dressed in his signature State Emergency Service’s vest, Patron works with his owner Misha, from Chernihiv, northern Ukraine. </p> <p dir="ltr">He has appeared on the social media accounts of the country’s SES, Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine.</p> <p dir="ltr">Misha originally bought Patron from a colleague as a gift for his son, however he was formally trained to find traces of gunpowder one month into the invasion. Once he’s detected the scent, Patron alerts Misha, who is then able to defuse the explosive.</p> <p dir="ltr">“[Patron] works 24/7, as does a group of pyrotechnicians, and it will take about a year-and-a-half to clean up the city,” Misha said. </p> <p dir="ltr">“He can inspire anyone with his appearance and eyes.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The little dog’s energy is so infectious that he’s even found an enthusiastic international following, with a line of merchandise which includes stickers on Red Bubble and T-shirts from Support Ukraine.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Jack Russell is one of more than 600 de-miners working across Ukraine to dismantle the mines, bombs and missiles left by Russia soldiers.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-95b0d3dc-7fff-a58f-1096-48fd22f6c5a3"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">Patron’s Instagram boasts more than 187,000 followers, with his dedicated fans sharing drawings of him.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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