A Dog's Way Home

17 Jan 19
Wilde About Dogs

Dog owners sometimes need a little extra help. Maybe no one is home during the day and the dogs need to be exercised, or there are behavioral problems and training is needed.  Turning to a professional would seem to be the obvious solution, right? It is, but when it comes to hiring a professional to […]

17 Jan 19

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17 Jan 19

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17 Jan 19
Games

And here we are. With hundreds of thousands of votes (thank you!) across 15 different categories, PlayStation.Blog readers have curated a series of gaming experiences from 2018 that exemplify the best the medium has to offer. Longtime PlayStation fans will likely be pleased to see which title raked in the most overall votes, but many […]

17 Jan 19

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17 Jan 19

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17 Jan 19

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17 Jan 19
The Paw Report

To get know the breakout stars of 2019! Shelby and Smarty Pants star in A Dog’s Way Home. Goose makes her appearance in the upcoming Captain Marvel.

17 Jan 19
grow. learn. connect.

Check out these novels before their movie adaptations hit theaters this year: A Dog’s Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron – Traces the story of Bella, a dog who is drawn to Lucas Ray, only to be separated from him by rules that disallow pitbulls in their community, a situation that compels the puppy to travel […]

17 Jan 19
Freedom & Faith, Co.

I had to put down my dog the other night. A dog I’ve had for 12 years. A dog who has been through more than most humans. An amazing dog I adopted after a horrible man left him to die – sick, beaten and starving. He was my friend on day one. He was there […]

17 Jan 19
THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED

The apartment is quiet tonight as the dogs have gone to their home-away-from home as I prepare to travel to deliver another training in eastern Nepal for another week.  I haven’t had to wipe up any dog pee, or rescue the TV remote from the jaws of someone who has mistaken it for a chewing […]

17 Jan 19
WONDER-ing WOMAN

Forget astrological signs. These days people are more apt to ask you what your ancestry is than whether you are a Sagittarius or a Gemini. The focus has shifted from what you are to where you’re from. Although I am not a trendy person, I confess that I have succumbed to the trend to take […]

17 Jan 19
Dare Daniel

By Daniel Barnes Click the links to read Daniel’s reviews. * = playing in SF Bay Area only OFFICIALLY BUMPED 1) The Favourite *2) Cold War *3) Burning *4) Shoplifters *5) Free Solo *6) Roma 7) Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse MIXED-POSITIVE 8) If Beale Street Could Talk *9) The Hate U Give *10) Widows 11) […]

17 Jan 19
The Irish Sun
A TEENAGER with a rare condition is allergic to “almost everything” – including heat, water, perfumes and cleaning products. Even a whiff of cooking oils could send Martina Baker, 15, into an anaphylactic shock which could kill her if she doesn’t receive immediate medical attention. Martina could die from any strong smell She has a rare condition which has made her allergic to just about everything She’s also highly allergic to marijuana smoke which poses a problem in her home state of Maine, USA, where it’s legal. Martina has mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS), an immunological condition in which mast cells release exaggerated responses to external elements – putting the body in shock. Marina was completely healthy until just over two years ago, when she suddenly developed terrifying symptoms. “I wasn’t allergic to anything before, then one day I woke up with hives all over my body. Until 2.5 years ago, Martine was totally fine – but she suddenly started to suffer terrifying symptoms Since then, her symptoms have gotten even worse “I had to go to the hospital because I had an anaphylactic reaction. My throat started swelling up with hives. They treated me with an EpiPen.” The school student’s problems only intensified from there. “The hives would flare up all the time, she’d go into anaphylactic shock and we’d to have to rush her to the ER about three times a week,” said mum Loretta Leighton. “We never knew what was triggering it really. Her family can’t even cook at a high heat indoors as she could have a reaction to the smell of cooking oils Last summer a skunk sprayed off outside Martina’s bedroom window, she went into anaphylactic shock and had to be rushed to A&E When a skunk sprayed outside Martina’s bedroom last summer, she went into anaphylactic shock and had to be rushed to A&E. “Afterwards she had to go and live with a friend for almost two weeks while we had her bedroom windows and door completely sealed up, it was awful,” recalled Loretta. For months doctors had been baffled by Martina’s condition. “We took her to see a specialist in every major discipline, everything from cardiologists to psychologists,” said Loretta, who eventually took Martina to an immunologist in Massachusetts who diagnosed her. Last year, Loretta discovered that a service dog might help her daughter. Since then, the enterprising teen has raised $10,000 (£7,756) and now has a highly-trained pup called Caiomhe who alerts her to possible dangers before they happen. Last year, her mum discovered that a therapy dog might be able to help And since they came together at the start of the year, they’ve not left one another’s side Thanks to Caiomhe, Martina was able to go to the cinema for the first time in years. “Caiomhe has changed my life, I feel so much safer with her around, I am able to have a social life again,” said Martina, who was forced to miss school and stay at home in a sealed room to avoid anaphylactic shock. Jamie Robinson trained Caiomhe to identify a long list of smells that could be life-threatening triggers for Martina. “A dog’s nose is about 100,000 times better than a human nose and just about every biochemical process in our bodies is indicated with a change in scent,” said Jamie, 66, who runs her own service dog business called Access to Service Corp. Caiomhe can smell if Martine is having a reaction before she even knows that she’s having one She goes everywhere with her to ensure that there are no dangers around Jamie had Martina send her pieces of clothing she had worn so Caiomhe could get used to her scent, including when she was in anaphylaxis because, to a dog, that scent is different. “I lost a lot of friends after I developed MCAS, it’s hard for people to handle, for them to watch me collapse and have to take my EpiPen and be rushed to hospital all the time. “It could be very lonely at times, but Caiomhe is always beside me protecting me, she’s a best friend for sure. “She makes me feel less alone, she even checks up on me in the middle of the night.” Her condition saw her lose a number of friends – so having a constant companion is a massive relief Her mum Loretta calls the dog “my daughter’s guardian angel” Thanks to Caiomhe and regular mast cell stabilizing drugs Martina’s anaphylactic episodes have reduced from three times a week to once every four to six weeks. Martina often wears a mask when she goes outside and the family still has to be very careful in their home. Loretta cleans with vinegar instead of cleaning products and has stopped using all detergents on sheets and clothing. They must practice “odorless cooking” and spend a lot of time grilling outside, even in winter. Martina is extremely sensitive to warmth, so her bedroom isn’t heated at all, even during the freezing Maine winters. “I don’t know how she tolerates the cold, she lives like a penguin in there,” Loretta said. [boxout headline=”What is Mast Cell Activation Syndrome?”]Mast cells are a type of blood cell which looks after the body’s immune system. They react to foreign bodies and injury by releasing chemicals, which, in a healthy person, would protect and heal the body. In a person with MCAS, the body produces too much of these chemicals and that has a negative effect on the body. Many sufferers struggle to identify their triggers and can keep on finding new ones to add to the list. Triggers can include: Heat, cold or sudden temperature changes Stress: emotional, physical, including pain, or environmental (i.e., weather changes, pollution, pollen, pet dander, etc.) Exercise Fatigue Food or beverages, including alcohol Drugs (opioids, NSAIDs, antibiotics and some local anesthetics) and contrast dyes Natural odors, chemical odors, perfumes and scents Venoms (bee, wasp, mixed vespids, spiders, fire ants, jelly fish, snakes, biting insects, such as flies, mosquitos and fleas, etc.) Infections (viral, bacterial or fungal) Mechanical irritation, friction, vibration Sun/sunlight Symptoms can differ according to what’s triggered the reaction. They can include: flushing of the face, neck, and chest headache chest pain abdominal pain bloating acid reflux disease, diarrhoea, vomiting uterine cramps or bleeding rashes bone/muscle pain itching brain fog, cognitive dysfunction anxiety/depression lightheadedness anaphylaxis Source: Mast Cell Action    [/boxout] Caiomhe can now sniff out when Martina is having a reaction before Martina realises it, because she can smell the release of histamine from her body. Martina and three-year-old Caiomhe first came together a few weeks ago and are now inseparable. “Martina has endured a lot of staring, pointing and rude remarks etc, people do not understand, it’s very difficult for her but she’s stayed extremely strong, I’m so proud of her,” said Loretta. [article-rail-topic title=”MORE ON HEALTH” term_id=”13286″ posts_number=”12″ /] “I feel that Caiomhe was destined to be my daughter’s guardian angel. “In the pictures of Martina now with Caiomhe, I see joy, light and life. A spark that has been missing and robbed from her since this awful disease has taken ahold of her. “Caiomhe brought that back to her in a new, wonderful and amazing way.” We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at tips@the-sun.co.uk or call 0207 782 4368. You can WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours
17 Jan 19
The Scottish Sun
A TEENAGER with a rare condition is allergic to “almost everything” – including heat, water, perfumes and cleaning products. Even a whiff of cooking oils could send Martina Baker, 15, into an anaphylactic shock which could kill her if she doesn’t receive immediate medical attention. Martina could die from any strong smell She has a rare condition which has made her allergic to just about everything She’s also highly allergic to marijuana smoke which poses a problem in her home state of Maine, USA, where it’s legal. Martina has mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS), an immunological condition in which mast cells release exaggerated responses to external elements – putting the body in shock. Marina was completely healthy until just over two years ago, when she suddenly developed terrifying symptoms. “I wasn’t allergic to anything before, then one day I woke up with hives all over my body. Until 2.5 years ago, Martine was totally fine – but she suddenly started to suffer terrifying symptoms Since then, her symptoms have gotten even worse “I had to go to the hospital because I had an anaphylactic reaction. My throat started swelling up with hives. They treated me with an EpiPen.” The school student’s problems only intensified from there. “The hives would flare up all the time, she’d go into anaphylactic shock and we’d to have to rush her to the ER about three times a week,” said mum Loretta Leighton. “We never knew what was triggering it really. Her family can’t even cook at a high heat indoors as she could have a reaction to the smell of cooking oils Last summer a skunk sprayed off outside Martina’s bedroom window, she went into anaphylactic shock and had to be rushed to A&E When a skunk sprayed outside Martina’s bedroom last summer, she went into anaphylactic shock and had to be rushed to A&E. “Afterwards she had to go and live with a friend for almost two weeks while we had her bedroom windows and door completely sealed up, it was awful,” recalled Loretta. For months doctors had been baffled by Martina’s condition. “We took her to see a specialist in every major discipline, everything from cardiologists to psychologists,” said Loretta, who eventually took Martina to an immunologist in Massachusetts who diagnosed her. Last year, Loretta discovered that a service dog might help her daughter. Since then, the enterprising teen has raised $10,000 (£7,756) and now has a highly-trained pup called Caiomhe who alerts her to possible dangers before they happen. Last year, her mum discovered that a therapy dog might be able to help And since they came together at the start of the year, they’ve not left one another’s side Thanks to Caiomhe, Martina was able to go to the cinema for the first time in years. “Caiomhe has changed my life, I feel so much safer with her around, I am able to have a social life again,” said Martina, who was forced to miss school and stay at home in a sealed room to avoid anaphylactic shock. Jamie Robinson trained Caiomhe to identify a long list of smells that could be life-threatening triggers for Martina. “A dog’s nose is about 100,000 times better than a human nose and just about every biochemical process in our bodies is indicated with a change in scent,” said Jamie, 66, who runs her own service dog business called Access to Service Corp. Caiomhe can smell if Martine is having a reaction before she even knows that she’s having one She goes everywhere with her to ensure that there are no dangers around Jamie had Martina send her pieces of clothing she had worn so Caiomhe could get used to her scent, including when she was in anaphylaxis because, to a dog, that scent is different. “I lost a lot of friends after I developed MCAS, it’s hard for people to handle, for them to watch me collapse and have to take my EpiPen and be rushed to hospital all the time. “It could be very lonely at times, but Caiomhe is always beside me protecting me, she’s a best friend for sure. “She makes me feel less alone, she even checks up on me in the middle of the night.” Her condition saw her lose a number of friends – so having a constant companion is a massive relief Her mum Loretta calls the dog “my daughter’s guardian angel” Thanks to Caiomhe and regular mast cell stabilizing drugs Martina’s anaphylactic episodes have reduced from three times a week to once every four to six weeks. Martina often wears a mask when she goes outside and the family still has to be very careful in their home. Loretta cleans with vinegar instead of cleaning products and has stopped using all detergents on sheets and clothing. They must practice “odorless cooking” and spend a lot of time grilling outside, even in winter. Martina is extremely sensitive to warmth, so her bedroom isn’t heated at all, even during the freezing Maine winters. “I don’t know how she tolerates the cold, she lives like a penguin in there,” Loretta said. [boxout headline=”What is Mast Cell Activation Syndrome?”]Mast cells are a type of blood cell which looks after the body’s immune system. They react to foreign bodies and injury by releasing chemicals, which, in a healthy person, would protect and heal the body. In a person with MCAS, the body produces too much of these chemicals and that has a negative effect on the body. Many sufferers struggle to identify their triggers and can keep on finding new ones to add to the list. Triggers can include: Heat, cold or sudden temperature changes Stress: emotional, physical, including pain, or environmental (i.e., weather changes, pollution, pollen, pet dander, etc.) Exercise Fatigue Food or beverages, including alcohol Drugs (opioids, NSAIDs, antibiotics and some local anesthetics) and contrast dyes Natural odors, chemical odors, perfumes and scents Venoms (bee, wasp, mixed vespids, spiders, fire ants, jelly fish, snakes, biting insects, such as flies, mosquitos and fleas, etc.) Infections (viral, bacterial or fungal) Mechanical irritation, friction, vibration Sun/sunlight Symptoms can differ according to what’s triggered the reaction. They can include: flushing of the face, neck, and chest headache chest pain abdominal pain bloating acid reflux disease, diarrhoea, vomiting uterine cramps or bleeding rashes bone/muscle pain itching brain fog, cognitive dysfunction anxiety/depression lightheadedness anaphylaxis Source: Mast Cell Action    [/boxout] Caiomhe can now sniff out when Martina is having a reaction before Martina realises it, because she can smell the release of histamine from her body. Martina and three-year-old Caiomhe first came together a few weeks ago and are now inseparable. “Martina has endured a lot of staring, pointing and rude remarks etc, people do not understand, it’s very difficult for her but she’s stayed extremely strong, I’m so proud of her,” said Loretta. [article-rail-topic title=”MORE ON HEALTH” term_id=”13286″ posts_number=”12″ /] “I feel that Caiomhe was destined to be my daughter’s guardian angel. “In the pictures of Martina now with Caiomhe, I see joy, light and life. A spark that has been missing and robbed from her since this awful disease has taken ahold of her. “Caiomhe brought that back to her in a new, wonderful and amazing way.” We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at tips@the-sun.co.uk or call 0207 782 4368. You can WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours
17 Jan 19
The Sun
A TEENAGER with a rare condition is allergic to “almost everything” – including heat, water, perfumes and cleaning products. Even a whiff of cooking oils could send Martina Baker, 15, into an anaphylactic shock which could kill her if she doesn’t receive immediate medical attention. Martina could die from any strong smell She has a rare condition which has made her allergic to just about everything She’s also highly allergic to marijuana smoke which poses a problem in her home state of Maine, USA, where it’s legal. Martina has mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS), an immunological condition in which mast cells release exaggerated responses to external elements – putting the body in shock. Marina was completely healthy until just over two years ago, when she suddenly developed terrifying symptoms. “I wasn’t allergic to anything before, then one day I woke up with hives all over my body. Until 2.5 years ago, Martine was totally fine – but she suddenly started to suffer terrifying symptoms Since then, her symptoms have gotten even worse “I had to go to the hospital because I had an anaphylactic reaction. My throat started swelling up with hives. They treated me with an EpiPen.” The school student’s problems only intensified from there. “The hives would flare up all the time, she’d go into anaphylactic shock and we’d to have to rush her to the ER about three times a week,” said mum Loretta Leighton. “We never knew what was triggering it really. Her family can’t even cook at a high heat indoors as she could have a reaction to the smell of cooking oils Last summer a skunk sprayed off outside Martina’s bedroom window, she went into anaphylactic shock and had to be rushed to A&E When a skunk sprayed outside Martina’s bedroom last summer, she went into anaphylactic shock and had to be rushed to A&E. “Afterwards she had to go and live with a friend for almost two weeks while we had her bedroom windows and door completely sealed up, it was awful,” recalled Loretta. For months doctors had been baffled by Martina’s condition. “We took her to see a specialist in every major discipline, everything from cardiologists to psychologists,” said Loretta, who eventually took Martina to an immunologist in Massachusetts who diagnosed her. Last year, Loretta discovered that a service dog might help her daughter. Since then, the enterprising teen has raised $10,000 (£7,756) and now has a highly-trained pup called Caiomhe who alerts her to possible dangers before they happen. Last year, her mum discovered that a therapy dog might be able to help And since they came together at the start of the year, they’ve not left one another’s side Thanks to Caiomhe, Martina was able to go to the cinema for the first time in years. “Caiomhe has changed my life, I feel so much safer with her around, I am able to have a social life again,” said Martina, who was forced to miss school and stay at home in a sealed room to avoid anaphylactic shock. Jamie Robinson trained Caiomhe to identify a long list of smells that could be life-threatening triggers for Martina. “A dog’s nose is about 100,000 times better than a human nose and just about every biochemical process in our bodies is indicated with a change in scent,” said Jamie, 66, who runs her own service dog business called Access to Service Corp. Caiomhe can smell if Martine is having a reaction before she even knows that she’s having one She goes everywhere with her to ensure that there are no dangers around Jamie had Martina send her pieces of clothing she had worn so Caiomhe could get used to her scent, including when she was in anaphylaxis because, to a dog, that scent is different. “I lost a lot of friends after I developed MCAS, it’s hard for people to handle, for them to watch me collapse and have to take my EpiPen and be rushed to hospital all the time. “It could be very lonely at times, but Caiomhe is always beside me protecting me, she’s a best friend for sure. “She makes me feel less alone, she even checks up on me in the middle of the night.” Her condition saw her lose a number of friends – so having a constant companion is a massive relief Her mum Loretta calls the dog “my daughter’s guardian angel” Thanks to Caiomhe and regular mast cell stabilizing drugs Martina’s anaphylactic episodes have reduced from three times a week to once every four to six weeks. Martina often wears a mask when she goes outside and the family still has to be very careful in their home. Loretta cleans with vinegar instead of cleaning products and has stopped using all detergents on sheets and clothing. They must practice “odorless cooking” and spend a lot of time grilling outside, even in winter. Martina is extremely sensitive to warmth, so her bedroom isn’t heated at all, even during the freezing Maine winters. “I don’t know how she tolerates the cold, she lives like a penguin in there,” Loretta said. [boxout headline=”What is Mast Cell Activation Syndrome?”]Mast cells are a type of blood cell which looks after the body’s immune system. They react to foreign bodies and injury by releasing chemicals, which, in a healthy person, would protect and heal the body. In a person with MCAS, the body produces too much of these chemicals and that has a negative effect on the body. Many sufferers struggle to identify their triggers and can keep on finding new ones to add to the list. Triggers can include: Heat, cold or sudden temperature changes Stress: emotional, physical, including pain, or environmental (i.e., weather changes, pollution, pollen, pet dander, etc.) Exercise Fatigue Food or beverages, including alcohol Drugs (opioids, NSAIDs, antibiotics and some local anesthetics) and contrast dyes Natural odors, chemical odors, perfumes and scents Venoms (bee, wasp, mixed vespids, spiders, fire ants, jelly fish, snakes, biting insects, such as flies, mosquitos and fleas, etc.) Infections (viral, bacterial or fungal) Mechanical irritation, friction, vibration Sun/sunlight Symptoms can differ according to what’s triggered the reaction. They can include: flushing of the face, neck, and chest headache chest pain abdominal pain bloating acid reflux disease, diarrhoea, vomiting uterine cramps or bleeding rashes bone/muscle pain itching brain fog, cognitive dysfunction anxiety/depression lightheadedness anaphylaxis Source: Mast Cell Action    [/boxout] Caiomhe can now sniff out when Martina is having a reaction before Martina realises it, because she can smell the release of histamine from her body. Martina and three-year-old Caiomhe first came together a few weeks ago and are now inseparable. “Martina has endured a lot of staring, pointing and rude remarks etc, people do not understand, it’s very difficult for her but she’s stayed extremely strong, I’m so proud of her,” said Loretta. [article-rail-topic title=”MORE ON HEALTH” term_id=”13286″ posts_number=”12″ /] “I feel that Caiomhe was destined to be my daughter’s guardian angel. “In the pictures of Martina now with Caiomhe, I see joy, light and life. A spark that has been missing and robbed from her since this awful disease has taken ahold of her. “Caiomhe brought that back to her in a new, wonderful and amazing way.” We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at tips@the-sun.co.uk or call 0207 782 4368. You can WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours
17 Jan 19
vividcomm

Operating a camper, regardless of the type, size, cost, or brand can have some challenges when it comes to maintenance, and optimum performance while travelling.  These challenges can be compounded by the remoteness of your location and the proximity to resources to find off-the-shelf solutions.  When we are out in rural and remote locations, we […]