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How you hold a baby says more about your personality than you think

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A team of psychologists have set out to answer why women default to their left side when cradling an infant.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The team at University G. d’Annunzio of Chieti–Pescara in Italy designed an experiment to test whether women who held their baby on the left side were more likely to display a secure attachment style.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Attachment styles come in two forms: Secure and insecure. People with secure attachment styles have an easier time developing and maintaining close and secure relationships. People with insecure attachment styles find it difficult to maintain healthy interpersonal connections.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The </span><a href="https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1474704919848117"><span style="font-weight: 400;">researchers hypothesised</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that there was an association between left-cradling and secure attachments. Left-cradling promotes a more natural “right brain to right brain communication”, which is important as the right brain seems to be the dominant side for social attachment and connection.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In order to test this hypothesis, researchers recruited 288 females ranging in ages 18 – 38 to take part in a study.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The test subjects were asked to pick up and cradle a life-like doll six times for a period of 10 seconds. The doll was positioned differently each time participants lifted the doll to avoid experimental bias.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After the cradling exercise, participants did two surveys. The first survey is a 50 item scale that measures a person’s perception of their relationship with their parents during their first 16 years of life.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The second survey was about the experience in close relationships scale, which measures attachment security in romantic relationships.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They found that those who cradled on their left side had more positive interpersonal attachments with their mothers and romantic partners compared to those who didn’t.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The researchers write, "Positive attachment styles to the mother or the romantic partner [...] predicted a higher prevalence of left-cradling bias in our sample."    </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The researchers suggested that their results provide confirmation that “left cradling can be considered a typical behaviour in humans and right cradling is a typical behaviour”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They also stated that:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Such preferences might be related to a variety of different factors such as anxiety, stress, depression, and even attachment style. Dysfunctions in socio-emotional states and attachment styles seem to reduce the typical left-cradling bias which is nonetheless the predominant pattern also in women with moderate symptoms, and it is plausible that only when dysfunctions are meaningful is the cradling behaviour significantly influenced."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">So, if you cradle a baby on the left side, you’re more likely to have stable relationships with those around you.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you cradle the baby on the right side, you’re displaying “atypical behaviour” and are more likely to be under stress and have an insecure attachment style. </span></p>

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Princess Charlotte looks just like a young Queen Elizabeth in these new photos

<p>Princess Charlotte attended a charity polo match in Wokingham, England with her famous royal family this week, where she spent most of her time playing in the grass with her big brother Prince George.</p> <p>And many royal fans couldn’t believe how much she looked like a young Queen Elizabeth in the new photos, comparing Princess Charlotte to a snap taken of the Queen back in January 1929, when she was almost three years old.</p> <p>Not only does four-year-old Princess Charlotte have the same face shape as her great-grandmother, she also has a similar nose and lips.</p> <blockquote 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);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BzvjPZgnLoj/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BzvjPZgnLoj/" target="_blank">#polomatch2019 today :)</a></p> <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 post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p_charlotte_elizabeth_diana/" target="_blank"> Hrh princess charlotte</a> (@p_charlotte_elizabeth_diana) on Jul 10, 2019 at 9:29am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>It was a fun day out for the royal family this week, as the Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cambridge were out with their children. Prince Louis, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Archie made an appearance, as the children played together and kept themselves entertained.</p> <p>The families were there to watch Prince Harry and Prince William play in the polo match to win the highly coveted prize: the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see just how much Princess Charlotte looks like the Queen.</p>

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5 celebrities and their lookalike kids

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are a few celebrities that look exactly like their younger children. Scroll through the gallery to see the variety we’ve picked.</span></p> <p><strong>1. Arnold Schwarzenegger</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Although the way that his son Joseph was brought into this world may have destroyed the marriage between Arnold and his wife, the ex-governor of California hasn’t let that stop him from being a part of his son's life.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Joseph’s mum was the former housekeeper working for Arnold and his wife and the affair was exposed in 2011.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, Arnold has stepped up and been a part of his life since discovering Joseph was his son eight years ago. He shared the snap after Joseph graduated.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Congratulations Joseph! Four years of hard work studying business at Pepperdine and today is your big day! You have earned all of the celebration and I'm so proud of you. I love you!"</span></p> <p><strong>2. Bec Hewitt</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bec Hewitt recently shared a snap of herself and her daughter, Mia, whose 13. The lookalike duo shared photos of them attending the Dior runway show at Paris Couture Week. Bec shared her thoughts about her eldest daughter via Instagram on Mia’s thirteenth birthday. She wrote: </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I'm a real believer that our kids are here to teach us as much as we teach them. I am always learning from Mia! How to be patient, how to be positive and how to be a better person.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bec concluded: “[Mia] is wise beyond her years! Such a kind, gentle, intelligent, calm yet bubbly person to be around!”</span></p> <p><strong>3. Reese Witherspoon</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Reese Witherspoon and her daughter Ava look like twins, despite a large age difference.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ava posted a sweet snap to Instagram on the second season premiere of the hit TV show </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Big Little Lies</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, that her mum is a lead in.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So especially proud of my mama and her passion for this story and her work. After seeing just the first episode, I honestly cannot wait to see more!”</span></p> <p><strong>4. John Legend</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Singer John Legend’s son, Miles, looks exactly like him, which is constantly made fun of by John’s wife Chrissy Teigen.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Chrissy constantly shares photos of her and her family via her Instagram, which is John, 40, herself, 33, Luna, 3, and Miles, 9 months.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Seems like the young family of four get up to mischief all the time. </span></p> <p><strong>5. Elizabeth Hurley</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Elizabeth Hurley, 53 and her son Damian look like twins, despite the difference in gender.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She shared a sweet snap wishing Damian a happy 17</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">th</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> birthday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Happy 17th Birthday to my heavenly @damianhurley1. No one could have brought me more joy. You have made me a very proud mama!"</span></p>

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The variety of ways that mental health can manifest in pets

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Anxiety in our furry and feathered friends can manifest itself in a variety of ways, including a dog who barks incessantly at nothing and a budgie who obsessively plucks out its feathers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite one in five animals suffering from some form of mental illness, not much is known about it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dr Kersti Seksel, whose a registered veterinary specialist in animal behaviour and behavioural medicine, spoke to </span><a href="https://vetpracticemag.com.au/barking-mad-pet-mental-health/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vet Practice Magazine</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> about anxiety in pets.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We see cases of separation anxiety, so dogs who can’t be left alone. They can become quite destructive and bark and howl a lot. Often, they’ll also pace excessively. We see animals who cannot deal with people or aren’t good with members of their own species. We see cases of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder where the animal will self-mutilate or spin. And we certainly see animals with PTSD, where something really traumatic has happened to them. These are not cases that training alone can help, regardless of what people may be told.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, it can be tricky for vets to pick up on anxiety or other mental illnesses in animals as owners aren’t aware that’s what they are.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Oftentimes though, people won’t present the animal’s behaviour as the primary issue; they’ll often mention it as part of other things,” says Doctor Jacqui Ley, who’s a registered vet specialising in behavioural medicine. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dr Seksel says that it’s on the staff to tell whether or not the animal is anxious.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If you’ve got well-trained staff, they’ll be able to tell you a lot about that dog’s behaviour – whether it’s frightened or stressed – just by observing its body language in the waiting room, how active it is, how it reacts to noise, how easily it comes to the vet,” says Dr Seksel.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once the vet is aware that your animal is suffering from mental illness, the next step is treatment.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We need to help them learn how to cope,” explained Dr Ley. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“In some cases, medication – including supplements and pheromones – helps calm and settle the animal so they can actually start to think as opposed to just react to what they find scary.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, more education is needed so animals can get the help they need.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The public’s awareness of human mental health issues means that people are looking at it and being more proactive,” explained Ley, but she’s worried that animals are “just written off and then put down as being naughty or vicious”.</span></p>

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6 things you missed from baby Archie’s christening

<p>On Saturday morning, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in an intimate ceremony at Windsor Castle.</p> <p>Conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the monumental occasion was attended by 25 close friends and family members.</p> <p>The royal couple took to their official Instagram account to share photos from the event, featuring the pair’s family members.</p> <p>The first photo is a group portrait including Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles, Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Kate.</p> <p>“This morning, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle at an intimate service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby,” read the caption.</p> <p>“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public who have been incredibly supportive since the birth of their son. They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their firstborn celebrating this special moment.”</p> <blockquote 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);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BzlHhZylvwT/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BzlHhZylvwT/" target="_blank">This morning, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle at an intimate service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public who have been incredibly supportive since the birth of their son. They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment. Their Royal Highnesses feel fortunate to have enjoyed this day with family and the godparents of Archie. Their son, Archie, was baptised wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening gown which has been worn by royal infants for the last 11 years. The original Royal Christening Robe, made of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 and first worn by her eldest daughter. It was subsequently worn for generations of Royal christenings, including The Queen, her children and her grandchildren until 2004, when The Queen commissioned this handmade replica, in order for the fragile historic outfit to be preserved, and for the tradition to continue. Photo credit: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal</a></p> <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 post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/sussexroyal/" target="_blank"> The Duke and Duchess of Sussex</a> (@sussexroyal) on Jul 6, 2019 at 8:14am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>They then shared a second black and white portrait of themselves having a special moment with Archie in the rose garden.</p> <p>Archie’s christening was a private event, meaning members of the media were not allowed to sneak a glimpse of the newborn.</p> <p>Here are the six things you missed from Archie’s christening.</p> <p><strong>1. The Queen was not there</strong></p> <p>The Queen is a busy woman, so it’s no surprise that she was unable to make her great-grandson’s christening.</p> <p>According to the<span> </span><em>BBC,</em><span> </span>The Queen wasn’t able to attend due to a “prior engagement”.</p> <p><strong>2. The history behind little Archie’s christening gown</strong></p> <p>Archie was baptised wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening gown which has been worn by royal babies for the last 11 years.</p> <p>The original Royal Christening Robe, made of fine Honiton lace was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 and was first worn by her eldest daughter.</p> <p><strong>3. Who are the random people at the back of the photo?</strong></p> <p>Some may not recognise the two women standing alongside the royal family, but they are Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, the sisters of Princess Diana.</p> <p><strong>4. Kate’s subtle nod to Princess Diana</strong></p> <p>The Duchesses are known to pay tribute to their late mother-in-law from time to time, and in this instance, it was Kate who chose to wear a pair of earrings belonging to Diana.</p> <p>The Collingwood pearl earrings are the same pair the late Princess wore for Harry’s christening in 1984.</p> <p><strong>5. We may know who Archie’s godparents are</strong></p> <p>After revealing to the public that the godparents of Archie will be kept a secret, British media has reported that the Duke of Sussex’s best friend Charlie van Straubenzee, who has previously been known as Harry’s “wingman” has been given the honour.</p> <p>It is also alleged that Harry’s nanny Tiggy Legge Bourke is the baby’s godmother.</p> <p><strong>6. We finally got to see Archie’s hair colour</strong></p> <p>People have been waiting with bated breath to see if Archie has taken after his dad in the hair department, and it seems like he has.</p> <p>By the looks of it, Archie has red hair just like the Prince himself.</p>

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The surprising details around baby Archie’s christening – and why his godparents might be revealed after all

<p>Despite the Duke and Duchess of Sussex previously announcing they would not release the details of who Archie’s godparents will be, it seems the public will still get to find out.</p> <p>According to the Parochial Registers and Records Measure (1978), the royal couple will not legally be able to conceal the name of their newborn son’s godparents.</p> <p>The English rule means that all baptisms, including details like the name of godparents for example, are a matter of public record and can be viewed by anyone for a $50 fee.</p> <p>This information comes to light after Buckingham Palace shared that both Prince Harry and his wife, Duchess Meghan, would keep baby Archie’s christening as a private ceremony.</p> <blockquote 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);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/ByxRc1hlo6Y/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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> <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;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/ByxRc1hlo6Y/" target="_blank">A post shared by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@sussexroyal)</a> on Jun 16, 2019 at 5:01am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor will be christened in a small private ceremony by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday 6th July,” the statement read.</p> <p>Channel 7’s<span> </span><em>Sunrise</em><span> </span>royal expert Robert Johnson says Prince Harry will choose his cousin Zara and her husband Mike Tindall to be the godparents.</p> <p>However, Johnson believes the Duchess of Sussex may opt for her best friend prior to meeting Prince Harry, Jessica Mulroney, and she may be asked to take on the duty as Archie’s godmother.</p> <blockquote 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);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BxNPb_9B0fn/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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> <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;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BxNPb_9B0fn/" target="_blank">A post shared by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@sussexroyal)</a> on May 8, 2019 at 8:39am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Prince Charles and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall will likely be attending tomorrow’s private ceremony for Archie, along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.</p> <p>However, it has been confirmed Queen Elizabeth will be unable to attend the christening of her great grandson due to prior commitments.</p>

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How you can help your pet age gracefully

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It may surprise you to learn that once your beloved dog and cat turns seven, they are classified as a senior citizen.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pets experience the effects of ageing just like their human owners, which can include changes to eyesight as well as behavioural issues. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Greencross Vets’ chief veterinary officer Veronica Monaghan spoke to the </span><a href="https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6211948/growing-old-gracefully-how-to-care-for-your-senior-pet/?cs=14259"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Canberra Times</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> about what you can do to help your pets age with grace as well as explaining what you need to know. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"There are a number of health concerns pets can encounter as they get older, but owners can play their part in the quality of their furry friend's life by keeping an eye on them and providing appropriate care for their age," she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"If your pet is entering the senior age bracket soon, you can take precautions to help your pet live a long and happy life. Dogs and cats age at different times based on factors including their breed and size. Pet parents should adapt their pet's diet and exercise to suit their individual needs to help them age gracefully."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She also said that pet parents aren’t aware of different dietary and care requirements once they hit senior age.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We recommend switching to dog and cat foods that specifically cater to seniors to make sure they're getting the correct nutrients for their life stage," Dr Monaghan said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Your animal’s mood can also change from what you’re used to.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Sometimes changes in behaviour can be linked to health issues, such as arthritis or tooth pain for example, so be sure to check in with your vet if you see any changes in your fur baby," she said.</span></p>

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The massive milestone Princess Charlotte will celebrate this week

<p>Princess Charlotte of Cambridge will be sure to tug on the heart strings of her parents, Prince William and Duchess Kate, once the little royal reaches a massive milestone this week.</p> <p>The-4-year-old will officially wrap up her last day at nursery – which she started attending in January 2018 – and will join her big brother Prince George at big school in September.</p> <p>We are sure the little royal will be sad to wrap up her time at Willcocks Nursery (located in Kensington), but it won’t be too long before she is back in action alongside her older brother in her adorable new uniform.</p> <p>The Duchess of Cambridge shared a stunning photograph of her daughter on her first day at nursery in a red coat and matching shoes, with the adorable royal looking ready to tackle the big day ahead of her.</p> <blockquote 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);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BdsccZ-gYel/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BdsccZ-gYel/" target="_blank">The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share two photographs of Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace this morning. The images were taken by The Duchess shortly before Princess Charlotte left for her first day of nursery at the Willcocks Nursery School.</a></p> <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 post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/kensingtonroyal/" target="_blank"> Kensington Palace</a> (@kensingtonroyal) on Jan 8, 2018 at 8:01am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>At Willcocks Nursery, Princess Charlotte has learnt a number of handy skills that can be used when she gets a little older, including singing, cooking and learning values aligned with the school’s ethos: “High standards, excellence and good manners.”</p> <p>Kensington Palace confirmed earlier this year the little royal would join her big brother at Thomas’s Battersea on September 5.</p>

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Prince Harry's moving speech about baby Archie and his beloved mum Princess Diana

<p>Prince Harry has paid tribute to his late mother Princess Diana while speaking at the Diana Award National Youth Mentoring Summit in London on Tuesday.</p> <p>In a heartfelt speech, the royal talked about wanting to be the best example for his son.</p> <blockquote 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);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/ByxRc1hlo6Y/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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> <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;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/ByxRc1hlo6Y/" target="_blank">A post shared by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@sussexroyal)</a> on Jun 16, 2019 at 5:01am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I'm struck by a few things today, most of which is the power of the invisible role model,” the Duke of Sussex said.</p> <p>“The person who may be sitting here today that doesn't realise that someone looks up to them, that for that person you inspire them to be kinder, better, greater, more successful, more impactful.</p> <p>“Perhaps it's the newfound clarity I have as a father knowing that my son will always be watching what I do, mimicking my behaviour, one day maybe even following in my footsteps.</p> <p>“But it's not just my role as a father that shows me that; it's in the people I see every day that don't realise how inspirational they are to those watching."</p> <p>The 34-year-old also spoke candidly about wanting to be a role model for his newborn son, just as his mother Diana, Princess of Wales – who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997 – was for millions of people around the world.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7828283/harry-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/89367a98fcfc471cb42ed91b158647bb" /></p> <p>“My mother, Princess Diana, was a role model to so many, without realising the impact she would have on so many lives,” he expressed.</p> <p>“You don't have to be a princess or a public figure to be a role model. In fact, it's equally valuable if you're not because it's more relatable.</p> <p>“Being a role model and mentor can help heal the wounds of your own past and create a better future for someone else.”</p> <p>The Diana award – which is a part of the only charity in Princess Di’s name – encourages young people to “foster, develop and inspire positive change in the lives of young people".</p> <p>19-year-old Rona Glynn-McDonald received the Diana Award for her work in preserving and sharing First Nation cultures.</p>

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Master of manipulation: The evolution of “puppy dog eyes”

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to a new study published in the </span><a href="https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2019/06/11/1820653116"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, the “puppy dog eyes” is a real thing that dogs developed over time to better communicate with humans.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The study involved dissecting the cadavers of domestic dogs and comparing them to wild wolves, who are the ancestors of dogs, according to </span><a href="https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/home/pets/dogs-developed-humanlike-eyebrow-muscles-to-enable-them-to-bettter-connect-with-us-their-best-friends/news-story/f933b4fec943edb65e0cf621e83abe15"><span style="font-weight: 400;">news.com.au</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A separate part of the study had scientists videotaping two-minute interactions between dogs and a human stranger then repeating the same experiment with wolves.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This was done to closely track how much they use a specific muscle around the eye that produces an inner eyebrow raise.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The researchers found that two muscles around the eyes were routinely present and well formed in domestic dogs but were not present in wolves. The dogs also only produced high intensity eyebrow movements as they looked at the humans.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It makes the eye look larger, which is similar to human infants,” Professor Anne Burrows of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, who was one of the co-authors, told AFP. “It triggers a nurturing response in people.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As the movement is present in dogs and not wolves, “that tells us that that muscle and its function are selected,” she added.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The paper also puts forward two explanations for why dogs are trying to capture our attention.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The first explanation is that the eyebrow movement is significant for human-dog bonding “not just because it might elicit a caring response, but also because it might play a role during dog-human communicative interactions.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The second explanation is that the exaggerated eyebrow movements expose the whites of the dogs eyes, which humans find appealing in other animals.</span></p>

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3 mistakes cat owners are making

<p>Cat behaviourist and author of<span> </span><em>The Cat Whisperer,</em><span> </span>Mieshelle Nagelschneider reveals seven of the most common mistakes cat owners make – and how to fix them.</p> <p><strong>1. Treating cats as if they're dogs</strong></p> <p>It’s hard to imagine a cat playing fetch, or a dog spending its waking hours preening, so why would we expect the same behaviours from our fur babies when it comes to housetraining?</p> <p>According to cat behaviourist and author of<span> </span><em>The Cat Whisperer</em>, Mieshelle Nagelschneider, a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to raising four-legged friends can have disastrous consequences.</p> <p>"We can end up creating cat issues – and making a lot of existing issues worse – by treating them like dogs," she says.</p> <p>"Cats are a little bit more wild—they’re not fully domesticated, and still have many of their wild cat instincts."</p> <p>These instincts help explain some of the more curious behaviours exhibited by housecats, including perching high (a means of keeping an eye on potential predators) and fussily refusing to drink day-old water (they’re hard-wired to be wary of bacteria).</p> <p><strong>2. Not scooping cat litter enough</strong></p> <p>Even if your feline friends have never experienced the great outdoors themselves, they still possess the survival instincts of their wildcat ancestors.</p> <p>One of the strongest of those instincts is the need to bury their own waste; a habit that effectively throws predators off their scent.</p> <p>Once indoors – and restricted to the use of a litter box – a housecat’s attempt at burying only does so much to mask the scent; hence the importance of regular scooping.</p> <p>"Once a week simply isn’t enough,’ says Nagelschneider. "Even with a good clumping litter, you should be scooping daily, and replacing the litter completely every 30 days."</p> <p>According to Nagelschneider, fresh, clean litter is the best way to prevent messes outside the litter box, and that has consequences on a large scale.</p> <p>"A third of all cats surrendered to shelters are there for litter box issues," she says.</p> <p><strong>3. Creating a "cat room"</strong></p> <p>Fight the urge to cluster all of your cat’s accessories – from scratching posts to perches to beds – in one designated ‘cat room.’</p> <p>According to Nagelschneider, scattering pet paraphernalia around the house more accurately reflects conditions in the wild, and creates what she calls a ‘land of plenty’ – an atmosphere that reduces competition between cats.</p> <p>She even recommends separating the food bowl from the water dish, as cats instinctively avoid water near dead prey, which in the wild would likely be contaminated with bacteria.</p> <p><em>Written by Brett Walther. </em><em>This article first appeared in <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/pets/confessions-cat-whisperer-7-mistakes-cat-owners-make">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN93V">here’s our best subscription offer.</a></em></p>

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Why these 2 people are suspected to be baby Archie’s godparents

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>The next time royal fans and watchers will get to see Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor will be at his christening in July.</p> <p>A question that continues to loom is who exactly the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will choose to be their first child’s godparents?</p> <p>Royal biographer Angela Levin believes it is likely the new parents will opt for two people Prince Harry relied on during his younger years when he experienced some of the most difficult times of his life.</p> <p>Back in 1996 when his parents Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorced, and later in 1997 when his mother passed away.</p> <p>“I think there are two people who were in Harry's life who saved him when his mother died or when his parents divorced,” Levin explained to Yahoo's, <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://uk.style.yahoo.com/tagged/royal-box/?guccounter=1&amp;guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&amp;guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAI-3SnxF9NQzWUesJZDAHy3OMjQn7IG4DRV12zoWkUpCQ6iJyDNPBAiGsfYeL8Y_ZTCne-Xy4OaEBIw7ZZ33i6I9s_Ib8EUk9KGpDmOsOr9LdscmCrq6B9mh_Qrj9pSR9ahUtKGJYLvyRXDuhQAQujsvj6f-7DXlJoDxxSuvvVEa" target="_blank">The Royal Box.</a></em></p> <p>“One is Tiggy and the other is Mark Dyer, who took over as a sort of male nanny – a grown-up, male nanny.”</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7828034/harry.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/037bfe404d9740ab9a226f5a1cd472fb" /><em>Mark Dyer and Prince Harry</em></p> <p>In the '90s, Mark Dyer was appointed as Prince Harry’s “equerry” or “surrogate father” and accompanied the royal to Africa following the tragic death of Princess Di.</p> <p>It is believed this safari trip is what sparked a love for Africa in the Prince, who even took Duchess Meghan to the continent when they had first started dating.</p> <p>Tiggy Legge-Bourke is another fixture in Prince Harry’s life as she joined the royal household in 1993 and served as a nanny to both the princes until 1999 and was a comfort to them while they felt the loss of their mother.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.3333333333333px;" src="/media/7828033/harry-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/247452ddc9f44900929dde07440846df" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Tiggy Legge-Bourke and Prince Harry</em></p> <p>Their close relationship is apparent, even going as far to make both Prince William and Prince Harry godfathers to her two sons: Fred and Tom.</p> <p>It is speculated Archie will be christened at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, where his parents were married in 2018.</p> <p>The ceremony is likely to be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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The new train rule that started on June 15 – did you know about it?

<p>Good news! Due to a new move from Auckland Transport, pet owners will be able to take their furry and feathery friends on Auckland trains.</p> <p>The move has been in place since June 15 and allows owners to travel with their pets, as long as they’re in a cage or other carrier that would fit under a seat or on their owners' laps.</p> <p>There are restrictions to the move though. Owners with their pets in tow will be able to travel outside of peak hours only, as well as on weekends and on public holidays.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Today's the day Auckland! The trial for pets on trains has started and we would love to see your purr-fect photos so get snapping and tag us in 📸🐶🐱🐦🐇<a href="https://t.co/3RUxyEHkx4">https://t.co/3RUxyEHkx4</a> <a href="https://t.co/YaZYaS6KJf">pic.twitter.com/YaZYaS6KJf</a></p> — Auckland Transport (@AklTransport) <a href="https://twitter.com/AklTransport/status/1140001216182837251?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">15 June 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Auckland Councillor Cathy Casey said that it was a great step forward. She told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&amp;objectid=12239815" target="_blank"><em>NZ Herald</em></a>: <span>"It is good news for the owners of Auckland's 103,000 registered dogs. Our pets are an integral part of our lives and I am very pleased that we can now travel with them on off-peak trains across the region. I expect the trial to be a howling success."</span></p> <p>Auckland Transport spokeswoman Stavey can der Putten said that the trial was one of the steps that they’re taking to make public transport more accessible.</p> <p>It is also great for many Aucklanders who do not have access to a vehicle to take their animal to the vet or to explore the city.</p> <p>Pet owners will also be responsible for cleaning up the messes their pets leave on the train.</p> <p>One woman was ecstatic about the news and already took advantage of the transport system, snapping photos of her dog on the train.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://t.co/wUdGvVREc6">pic.twitter.com/wUdGvVREc6</a></p> — Far Stucker (@Far_Stucker) <a href="https://twitter.com/Far_Stucker/status/1140506369511981058?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">17 June 2019</a></blockquote>

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How your mental health can affect your dog

<p>If you think your dog looks stressed out, it might be your own stress levels that are affecting your pet pooch.</p> <p>A study<span> </span><a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-43851-x">published in Nature’s Scientific Reports</a><span> </span>shows pet dogs may synchronise their stress levels with those of their owners.</p> <p>More than just being “man’s best friend”, it appears our pet dogs may be mirroring our mental state too, and that can be bad for their health.</p> <p><strong>It’s all in the hair</strong></p> <p>Swedish researchers studied 58 dogs – 33 Shetland Sheepdogs and 25 Border Collies – as well as their owners. The dogs selected were balanced for sex, breed and activity level.</p> <p><span>Both dog and owner personality was assessed through standardised personality questionnaires, with owners filling out the </span><a href="https://gosling.psy.utexas.edu/scales-weve-developed/dog-personality-questionnaire-dpq/">Dog Personality Questionnaire</a><span> on behalf of their pet.</span></p> <p>The researchers also measured the hormone<span> </span><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4436856/" title="Technical and clinical aspects of cortisol as a biochemical marker of chronic stress">cortisol</a><span> </span>in the hair of dogs and their owners over a year-long period.</p> <p>Cortisol is a measure of physiological stress, which can be raised during mental distress. But it’s also elevated for short periods such as during exercise and illness.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30261181" title="Hair cortisol analysis: An update on methodological considerations and clinical applications">Hair cortisol</a><span> </span>is a good way of measuring long-term trends in stress levels, as hair grows slowly (about 1cm per month) and absorbs circulating substances from the blood.</p> <p><strong>Impact on dogs</strong></p> <p>The results showed a significant correlation between human and dog cortisol levels across the year. In 57 of the dogs in summer and 55 in winter, cortisol levels matched those of their owners. This means that for these dogs, their cortisol levels rose and fell in unison with their owner’s.</p> <p>This correlation was not influenced by dog activity levels or dog personality. It was, however, influenced by owner personality. Owners with higher stress levels tended to have dogs with higher stress levels too.</p> <p>Female dogs had a stronger connection with their owner’s stress levels compared with male dogs. Previous studies have shown that female dogs (as well as<span> </span><a href="https://science.sciencemag.org/content/334/6061/1427" title="Empathy and Pro-Social Behavior in Rats">rats</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href="https://www.pnas.org/content/107/27/12110" title="Consolation as possible expression of sympathetic concern among chimpanzees">chimpanzees</a>) are more emotionally responsive than males.</p> <p>There’s also evidence that increased oxytocin (the love and bonding hormone) in female dogs results in<span> </span><a href="https://science.sciencemag.org/content/348/6232/333" title="Oxytocin-gaze positive loop and the coevolution of human-dog bonds">increased interactions with their owner</a>, causing a corresponding increase in the owner’s oxytocin levels. This effect wasn’t seen in male dogs.</p> <p>A limiting factor to the new study was that it did not identify any causes of elevated stress in the dog owners. But what it does show is that regardless of the cause of the stress, our reaction to it impacts our dogs.</p> <p><strong>Our relationship with dogs</strong></p> <p>Researchers have long discussed the concept of what is called the “human-dog dyad”, a close bond between humans and dogs. This relationship,<span> </span><a href="https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/13/130514-dogs-domestication-humans-genome-science/">developed over 15,000 years</a>, is unique in the animal world.</p> <p>There is evidence to suggest<span> </span><a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/dogs-best-friend/201901/dogs-and-humans-are-evolutionary-partners">dogs evolved alongside us</a><span> </span>and consequently are<span> </span><a href="https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180620125955.htm">in tune with our emotions</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/dogs-and-people-bond-through-eye-contact/">bond with us through eye contact</a>.</p> <p>Although many aspects of this inter-species relationship are positive (particularly for us), it’s likely there are some drawbacks to this close relationship with dogs.</p> <p>Like many animals, we can<span> </span><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5319273/" title="Review of bacterial and viral zoonotic infections transmitted by dogs">share diseases with our dogs</a><span> </span>such as the superbug<span> </span><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3213111/" title="Transmission of MRSA between Companion Animals and Infected Human Patients Presenting to Outpatient Medical Care Facilities">MRSA</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26729351" title="Seroprevalence of Coxiella burnetii in Australian dogs">Q Fever</a>. What’s more,<span> </span><a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1558787817301168" title="Contexts and consequences of dog bite incidents">dog bites are an issue of increasing importance</a><span> </span>to society.</p> <p>We know that failing to providing basic care like food and shelter is cruel, but we often overlook how disregarding the mental lives of our pets can also negatively impact their welfare.</p> <p><strong>Helping our dogs cope</strong></p> <p>Dogs are<span> </span><a href="https://theconversation.com/heres-what-the-science-says-about-animal-sentience-88047">sentient animals</a>. This means they can experience both positive and negative emotions, such as pleasure, comfort, fear, and anxiety.</p> <p>A poor mental state, where a dog is regularly experiencing negative emotions such as anxiety,<span> </span><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22175422" title="Animal emotions, behaviour and the promotion of positive welfare states">can lead to poor animal welfare</a>. If owners have an impact on the stress levels of their dogs, it means we also play a role in protecting their welfare.</p> <p>The impact we have on our dog’s stress levels goes both ways - positive and negative. If we reduce our own stress levels, it’s likely we will also reduce our dog’s stress levels.</p> <p>We know chronic stress is bad for both<span> </span><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5137920/" title="The effects of chronic stress on health: new insights into the molecular mechanisms of brain–body communication">humans</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0168159110001243" title="The effects of fear and anxiety on health and lifespan in pet dogs">dogs</a>, increasing the likelihood we will get sick as well as decreasing our quality of life.</p> <p>If you don’t work on decreasing your stress levels for your own sake, perhaps you will do it for your dog. There are<span> </span><a href="https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/staying-well/reducing-stress">great resources available</a><span> </span>for decreasing stress levels, and the good news is that some of them, such as<span> </span><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5981243/" title="Levels of Nature and Stress Response">getting out in nature</a>, can be done with your dog right by your side.</p> <p><em>Written by Bronwyn Orr. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/mans-stressed-friend-how-your-mental-health-can-affect-your-dog-118271">The Conversation</a>.</em></p>

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5 foods you didn't know could kill your dog

<p><span>Read on for more bad news in the doggy diet department.</span></p> <p><strong>1. Grapes</strong></p> <p>Grapes are a simple healthy snack for humans, but they are toxic to dogs. Eating them can make your pooch vomit or lose his appetite. If your dog shows signs of diarrhea, abdominal pain, depression, or tremors, his kidneys could be failing. And yes, raisins are just as bad.</p> <p><strong>2. Onions</strong></p> <div class="field-items"> <p>Cooked or raw, onions contain thiosulphate, a substance that causes your dog’s red blood cells to burst in a condition called hemolytic anemia. Symptoms include diarrhoea, vomiting, breathlessness, and lethargy; it could take two to four days for them to become noticeable. You also put your dog at risk if you give her certain foods that are made with onions, like pizza or tomato sauce, which could trigger the same reaction.</p> <p><strong>3. Any kind of chocolate</strong></p> <p>Chocolate is the worst kind of candy your dog can eat because it contains theobromine, a substance similar to caffeine. Baking and dark chocolates have the highest levels of theobromine, but milk and white chocolate are also harmful to dogs. As with caffeine, symptoms of chocolate poisoning include high blood pressure, tremors, and seizures.</p> <p><strong>4. Fat trimmings and cooked bones</strong></p> <p>Don’t scrape leftovers from your steak dinner into the dog bowl. Not only can fat trimmings lead to obesity - it doesn’t take many extra calories for small dogs to become obese - but they also contribute to pancreatitis. Severe cases can result in a blood infection and internal bleeding. Small bones, like those found in meat, are a choking hazard, and they can splinter and tear into a dog’s throat or intestines. If your dog wants a bone, make sure it’s a raw one.</p> <p><strong>5. Bacon</strong></p> <p>We’re as surprised as you are about this one. The high fat and sodium content put your dog at risk for pancreatitis, high blood pressure, obesity, and bowel cancer. But if you pet is begging for some of your breakfast, it’s safe to slip it small bits of low-fat, low-sodium bacon. This is the kind dog food manufacturers use in their products.</p> <p><em>Written by Claire Nowak. </em><em>This article first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/pets/12-foods-you-didnt-know-could-kill-your-dog">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN93V">here’s our best subscription offer.</a></em></p> </div>

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The senior royal who could miss baby Archie’s christening

<p>Good news for royal fans. It seems that we’ll be getting a glimpse of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor sooner than expected.</p> <p>It’s only been six weeks since the world welcomed the little one with open arms, and apparently the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have already picked a date and venue for their son’s christening.</p> <p>According to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/" target="_blank"><em>The Sunday Times</em></a>, Prince Harry and Meghan have planned to baptise Archie in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle next month.</p> <p>The location is fitting as it’s also where Harry’s baptism took place in 1984, and where the couple said their vows in May 2018.</p> <p>The ceremony is likely to be led by the Dean of Windsor, the Reverend David Conner, and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.</p> <p>Reportedly, the Duchess has formed a close bond with Archbishop Welby, who officiated the pair's wedding last year.</p> <p>Avid followers can expect to see plenty of members from the royal household, but there will be a senior figure missing from the occasion.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/" target="_blank"><em>The Times</em></a><span> </span>reports that Queen Elizabeth II will be “absent on other duties”, which is why she will not be able to make the christening of her eighth great-grandchild.</p> <p>While her absence may seem odd, this isn’t the first time the monarch has missed an important occasion, as she did not attend the christening of Prince Louis last year.</p> <p>Since his birth on May 6, the public have only seen glimpses of little Archie, but that will soon change once the baptism occurs.</p> <p>Along with the christening, an important question will be answered: Who will be Baby Sussex’s godparents?</p> <p>Royalists have been waiting with bated breath for the announcement, with royal commentator Camilla Tominey putting her money on one person in particular: Princess Eugenie.</p> <p>“I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw Princess Eugenie’s name in there, simply because they got married at a similar time and Eugenie and Harry are very close cousins,” said Tominey.</p> <p>Regardless of who gets the honour, Archie won’t be short on godparents, as the royal family is known to give their children numerous godmothers and godfathers.</p>

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Why this weekend will be a special one for Prince Harry

<p>The Duke of Sussex will be celebrating an exciting first this weekend, which is Father’s Day in the UK.</p> <p>Father’s Day falls on Sunday June 16 and it will be Prince Harry’s first Father’s Day as a dad, as son Archie was born on May 6.</p> <p>Prince Harry, 34, is expected to mark the occasion with a social media post on the couple’s royal Instagram account <span>@</span>sussexroyal.</p> <p>This will be giving the world a rare glimpse of Archie since the Duchess of Sussex shared a photo of his feet on May 12, which is Mother’s Day in the US.</p> <blockquote 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);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BxXS3l4pz2j/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BxXS3l4pz2j/" target="_blank">Paying tribute to all mothers today - past, present, mothers-to-be, and those lost but forever remembered. We honor and celebrate each and every one of you. Today is Mother’s Day in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya, Japan, and several countries across Europe. This is the first Mother’s Day for The Duchess of Sussex. Quote from “lands” by @nayyirah.waheed: my mother was my first country; the first place i ever lived. Photo © SussexRoyal</a></p> <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 post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/sussexroyal/" target="_blank"> The Duke and Duchess of Sussex</a> (@sussexroyal) on May 12, 2019 at 6:21am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>It’s clear that Prince Harry is very thrilled to be a father, based off this sweet video he shared on their Instagram when Archie was first born.</p> <blockquote 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);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BxIKMKWBUgo/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BxIKMKWBUgo/" target="_blank">This afternoon, His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex shared the news of the arrival of his and the Duchess’ first born child. Their son was born early morning on the 6th of May, 2019 and weighs 7lbs and 3oz. Their Royal Highnesses thank you for your support and kindness during this exceptionally joyful time in their lives as they welcome their baby boy.</a></p> <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 post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/sussexroyal/" target="_blank"> The Duke and Duchess of Sussex</a> (@sussexroyal) on May 6, 2019 at 9:17am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Archie is expected to be christened in the UK summer as per royal tradition when the baby is between three and six months old.</p> <p>Royal portraits of the event will be released.</p> <p>After the christening, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will embark on an official royal tour of Africa. It is unknown whether or not Archie will be going along with them.</p>

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The new nanny for baby Archie will have to follow these strict rules

<p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have proven to be extremely private when it comes to their personal lives, and because of this are expected to go to extensive measures to ensure their staff are appropriate for the job.</p> <p>Royal insiders have confirmed that the nanny chosen by both the new parents for baby Archie has been made to sign an “extensive” non-disclosure agreement, as reported by<span> </span><em>The Sun</em>.</p> <p>Katie Nicholl, royal biographer, told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.etonline.com/inside-meghan-markles-new-life-as-a-mom-nannies-new-bling-ndas-126864" target="_blank"><em>ET</em></a> that the Duchess’ mother Doria Ragland has since returned to her home in the US and professional care has stepped in to take on duties for the newest royal addition.</p> <p>“I’ve heard from very reliable sources that the new nanny who has been appointed by the Sussexes has had to sign quite an extensive non-disclosure agreement,” she explained.</p> <p>Along with hiring help to look after Archie, Nicholl added the Duchess has had a number of sleepless nights.</p> <p>“Meghan’s been up in the night nursing, feeding on demand every few hours.</p> <p>“Apparently he’s a hungry little baby.”</p> <p>A royal historian stepped forward this week to claim the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would opt for a non-traditional nanny.</p> <p>Victoria Howard told the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/1137767/meghan-markle-news-latest-prince-harry-baby-archie-harrison-doria-ragland-norland-nanny-uk" target="_blank"><em>Express</em></a> the couple would hire someone with a different set of values than the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Norland nanny, Maria Borrallo.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.1348563006632px;" src="/media/7827680/nanny.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2eca13831d3745ad9e44b3cb41309ce0" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Prince George with nanny Maria Borallo</em></p> <p>“I think they will look for someone who is obviously experienced, but that has more of a rounded attitude towards child rearing,” the historian said.</p> <p>“I think they will look for things that will make them aware of mental health perhaps, encouraging creativity and for them to be themselves.</p> <p>“So I definitely think it’s going to be non-traditional, maybe someone that has been recommended by some of their Hollywood friends perhaps.”</p> <p>Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on May 6 and Harry and Meghan have had a handful of helping hands to lend advice and care for the tiny tot.</p> <p>While the ruling is not closed on whether the royal couple will hire an American nanny, Howard said: “It’s a possibility, but I think the likelihood is they will be British just because they are based in Britain.”</p>

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5 common pet blunders owners make but are easy to avoid

<p>Most pet owners do their best to provide excellent care for their four-legged friends. But even the most well intentioned of owners can make mistakes. Veterinarian Dr Katrina Warren shares her advice about some of the mistakes pet owners can make and aspects to be careful about.</p> <p><strong>1. Buying a pet online</strong></p> <p>Buying a pet online is risky because you will have absolutely no idea about the conditions that the pet was raised in or the health of the pet. You should aim to see the puppy or kitten in the place it was born, preferably while they are still with their mother. Ensure the premises are clean and the puppies or kittens are friendly and well cared for. Consider adopting a pet from a welfare shelter as an alternative. You should always be prepared to wait and travel to find the right pet.</p> <p><strong>2. Choosing the wrong pet for your lifestyle</strong></p> <p>You should never choose a dog or cat based on appearance or because you saw that breed in a movie. Be realistic about how much time and space you have, how much exercise you can provide, the amount of money you’re prepared to spend on care and grooming, and how much time the pet will be alone each day. The energy level of the pet is important – some owners want a dog to take out jogging, while others want a lap dog to watch TV with them. Take time to find the right pet for your lifestyle.</p> <p><strong>3. Not keeping cats indoors</strong></p> <p>We all want to keep our pets safe and healthy. It’s a fact that keeping cats indoors increases their lifespan by reducing the potential incidence of fighting with other animals as well as possible car accidents. Most cats will live very contentedly indoors if they have plenty to do. Consider enriching the home environment with a climbing tree, scratching post, toys, cat grass and access to a view.</p> <p><strong>4. Boredom</strong></p> <p>All pets need an environment that allows them to express natural behaviours. When pets become bored they are more likely to make their own fun, often resulting in destructive behaviours such as chewing, digging, barking, clawing furniture, etc. It’s important that pets receive adequate exercise and mental stimulation. Offering safe chew toys and food dispensing toys gives dogs an outlet for chewing behaviour and can help alleviate stress. Give your pet as much companionship as you can and take your dog on outings whenever possible.</p> <p><strong>5. Allowing your pet to become overweight</strong></p> <p>Just like the human population, there is a high level of obesity among our pets. And just like overweight people, there are serious health implications. Obese pets are prone to cardiac disease, respiratory problems and diabetes. Monitor your pet’s weight and be sure to reduce caloric intake or increase exercise if necessary.</p> <p><strong>Other common mistakes</strong></p> <ol> <li>Don’t give cats cow’s milk; they can’t digest lactose and may get diarrhoea.</li> <li>Don’t allow multiple cats to use the same litterbox as they don’t like to share.</li> <li>Don’t forget annual vet and dental checks. They’re important for good health.</li> </ol> <p><em>Written by Dr Katrina Warren. This article first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/pets/5-common-pet-blunders-owners-make-are-easy-avoid">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN93V">here’s our best subscription offer.</a></em></p>

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