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Destructo dog: Seven types of furniture your dog (or cat) will demolish

September 19, 2022

While we may believe our sweet pooches are perfectly trained—or that puppies are too small to do any real damage—some types of furniture and fabric tempt even the best-bred bowwows to dig into, bite, and even eat everything from sofas to sideboards, reports Best Life.

To find out what types of furniture your four-legged friend is most likely to destroy, Best Life consulted dog experts and design pros—and here’s what they told animal lovers to refrain from buying:

Velvet and other luxe fabrics: Although velvet upholstery, whether antique or modern in style, is a designer favorite, this plush fabric is a magnet for pet hair, is easily destroyed, and can be challenging to clean and repair.

“Unquestionably, the worst textiles to have in your home, if you have cats and dogs, are silk, velvet, linen, suede, and tweed. In addition to being delicate and/or prone to snagging, most of these materials can’t withstand water or the enzymatic cleaners that are typically suggested for cleaning up pet stains,” explains  Leonardo Gomez,  CEO of Runball, a company that sells dog treats and toys.

Jen Stark, founder of Happy DIY Home, concurs. “Avoid using materials like corduroy, mohair, velvet, or chenille, [all of which] are prone to attracting pet hair.” And when choosing a hue, keep the color of your pet in mind. You don’t want to buy a black sofa if you have a fluffy white dog.

Leather (sometimes): Opinions are divided on this popular sofa and armchair material. How it will work for you as a dog owner depends (as with marble countertops) on how much you like the “patina” the natural material gets with wear and tear.

It may wipe clean more easily than fabric, but leather is no match for puppy nails and teeth. According to Daniel Cargill, co-founder of The Dog Tale, leather furniture comes with some basic instructions to keep it looking great, and following these can be a challenge if you have a dog. “For example, you never want to get leather wet. Doing so can pull oils out of the leather and create splotches and stains that ruin that smooth, supple look. Now picture your dog coming in from the rain, after a romp in the morning dew, or after playing in the snow.”

Cargill also notes that dogs’ nails will inevitably scuff up the leather, which might be acceptable for some. “I’d encourage you to just view it as adding to the well-weathered look leather adopts over time,” he says.

On the other hand, leather is fairly tough and can be a dream if you have a very hairy dog. “If your dog sheds a lot, you won’t want a sofa that is hard to clean. Materials like leather and canvas work really well when it comes to cleaning up messes and removing unwanted fur,” says Linda Simon, veterinary surgeon and consultant at FiveBarks. 

White covers: Just like it’s wise to avoid wearing white when eating a pasta dinner, you may want to skip light-colored fabrics if you’re a dog owner. “Last year my wife bought a white bedspread,” says Cargill. “We made the bed, stepped back, and looked at how bright and clean it made our bedroom look. Then our dog hopped up on the bed. We had recently taken him for a walk in the park, and he immediately stained the fabric with his paws. We tried to clean the dirty marks, but they just kept coming day after day.”

Like your favorite white tee-shirt, white fabrics can also yellow and fade over time—especially if you’re constantly treating stains. Instead, choose darker tones like charcoal, olive, or, at the lightest, dark beige. You can also look for washable fabrics that are made to be thrown in the laundry.

And if all else fails, invest in a nice dog bed that you place adjacent to the couch, so your dog can be comfortable and still be near you.

Wooden legs: Dogs—especially teething puppies—love to chew. “Pups explore the world with their mouths,” says Simon, which, in turn, makes wooden table or chair legs prime chew toys. Metal or plastic are less desirable materials for your dog. Of course, wood can be impossible to avoid. In these cases, be sure you put out plenty of other chew-friendly toys or rawhides.

Dog-level coffee tables: You’ve probably heard thatt toddler-level coffee tables can be dangerous when children start walking. The same principle applies to dogs, although it’s less about them hitting their heads and more about the messes that can ensue. “A glass of red wine will go flying onto the sofa or rug with one wag from a happy pup,” says Reya Duenas of Reya Duenas Design.

Anything with small or movable parts: Look out for furniture with small or movable parts. Dogs may chew off or swallow them, which could lead to choking or intestinal blockages, according to Jeff Netzley, founder of Dog Training Near You. “This could include buttons, zippers, removable cushions, or decorative elements like tassels or beads.” These decorative elements also are tempting to swat and play with, which could lead your dog to ruin a fun pillow or embellished curtain.

Reclining armchairs: This is less about your dog destroying the chair and more about how it can hurt them. Corinne Wigfall, veterinarian and spokesperson for online dog training resource SpiritDog Training, cautions dog owners that reclining armchair accidents are more common than most people realize. “As a veterinarian, I have seen many accidents where dogs (or kittens) have [had] limbs or a tail trapped in the metal workings of these chairs when the footstool is released—or crushed, when placed back down or the chair reclined.” Opt instead for a stand-alone ottoman or footrest that you can place in front of a stationary chair.

When in doubt, Jaquelyn Kennedy, canine behavioral specialist and founder of PetDT, suggests avoiding anything expensive or fragile. “When you have a dog, you should avoid having furniture that is overly expensive, fancy, or fragile. Even a highly trained dog will sometimes get excited and jump on the furniture, and this means that the furniture gets dirty, scratched, and sometimes even bitten!”

Research contact: @bestlife

If you see this hand gesture while you’re driving or on a video call, dial 911 right away

Novemebr 11, 2021

Did you know there’s a specific, simple, and discreet hand gesture that can be used to signal distress? If you know what to look for, you might be able to rescue someone in peril—or even to get help for yourself, should you ever need it, reports Best Life.

HandIn fact, on Thursday, November 5, one eagle-eyed driver spotted the gesture when a teenage girl placed her hand outside the open window of a car—and called 911 to assist in a roadway rescue.

“The complainant was behind the vehicle and noticed a female passenger in the vehicle making hand gestures that are known on the social media platform Tik Tok to represent violence at home: I need help, domestic violence,” the sheriff’s office in Laurel County, Kentucky, said in a statement. “The complainant advised 911 that the female appeared to be in distress.”

The missing 16-year-old girl was able to communicate her need for help by using the hand signal, which she learned on the social media site TikTok, People magazine reports.

After Laurel County 911 got the call on Thursday, operators dispatched officers to a highway exit, where they conducted a traffic stop on the car carrying the teenage passenger. They discovered the girl’s parents had reported her missing from Asheville, North Carolina, two days previously.

They then arrested the driver, a 61-year-old man, and discovered he was carrying a phone that held photos that “portrayed a juvenile female in a sexual manner.”

According to the sheriff’s department, “The female juvenile told Sheriff’s investigators that she had gotten with the male subject and traveled through North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, and into Ohio, where the accused had relatives.

When the male subject’s relatives realized that the female in his custody was underage and reported missing, the accused left Ohio traveling southbound and the female juvenile then began attempting to get motorists [sic] attention to call 911.”

The driver was charged and is being held at Laurel County Correctional Center.

With domestic violence situations soaring during the pandemic, the Women’s Funding Network launched a campaign in 2020 to help people in need silently call for help—for instance, as a way of quietly communicating the danger on a video call. They called the campaign “Signal for Help,” and used it to raise awareness about the hand gestures.

The signal is made by placing one hand up with the palm facing outward. The thumb tucks in underneath the four fingers folded over it. Knowing this simple, silent gesture could save a life one day—perhaps even your own.

Research contact: @bestlife

Creepy crawlies: If you live here, prepare to see thousands of tarantulas

August 6, 2021

Catching an unexpected glimpse of a daddy longlegs spider in your home can make even folks who’d barely call themselves arachnophobes jump. A wolf spider sighting outdoors can frighten even the most intrepid explorers. And encountering a hairy tarantula can cause virtually anyone to freeze up.

Unfortunately for folks of one particular area of the United States, there’s about to be an influx of not just a few or a few hundred, but thousands of tarantulas in the very near future, Best Life reports.

Starting in August, Colorado—particularly the southeastern part of the state—will see a sudden uptick in its tarantula population.

The sudden influx of thousands of tarantulas, which typically begins between late August and September, according to the Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences (via The Gazette), is part of the arachnids’ annual migration.

For the Aphonopelma vogelae tarantula, more frequently found in the southwestern portions of the state, migration peaks in October.

But take heart: While seeing thousands of tarantulas descend on your area may be disconcerting, their presence is typically short-lived.

According to the Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences, following their migration, the tarantulas are active for a short period of time, but “all normally perish within a couple of months.”

And you won’t be the only one watching where you walk and sit. The Colorado-based tarantula migration isn’t the only major shift in habitats these furry arachnids may be making this year, however.

According to Christopher Vitek, PhD, an associate professor of biology at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley during their mating season between March and October, tarantulas frequently emerge from their usual habitats in states including Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.

While tarantulas are unlikely to do harm to most humans, it’s wise to give them a wide berth if you encounter one in the wild.

“Their venom is of no medical significance, and contrary to popular belief, nobody has ever died from such a bite; most people compare the bite to that of a bee sting and experience no lasting ill-effects other than mild to moderate pain and slight swelling at the site of the bite,” Brent Hendrixson, PhD, chair of biology at Millsaps College, recently told Best Life.

Hendrixson says that if you do find a tarantula somewhere it shouldn’t be—inside your home, for example—and don’t feel comfortable picking it up, gently coax it into a jar with a soft-ended object like a paintbrush and remove it from the premises.

Research contact: @bestlife

Gasp! If you have asthma, researchers find you might be at lower risk for COVID

January 20, 2021

You know the factors that put you at an increased risk of a severe battle with the novel coronavirus: your age, your weight, and any preexisting conditions you may have, to name a few.

But what factors might keep you safer? According to new research published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, one surprising group may be less apt to contract COVID-19—and that’s people with asthma.

According to a report by Best Life, the research was conducted by an Israeli team, who tested 37,469 patients— 6% percent of whom were positive for the virus. Among that infected group, 6.75% had asthma. However, among patients who were negative for the virus, 9.62 percent of them were asthmatic. As a result, the researchers concluded that there’s “lower COVID-19 susceptibility in patients with preexisting asthma.”

According to the U.S. enters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that means that the 7.7 percent of American adults and 7.5 percent of American children who have asthma may be somewhat protected from the virus.

Given that COVID-19 most commonly attacks the lungs and breathing system, these findings may seem counterintuitive. But there are a few possible explanations for this, according to researcher Eugene Merzon, MD, of Tel-Aviv University.

Speaking to The Jerusalem Post, Merzon gave three reasons for the extra level of safety that people asthma enjoy:

  • First, asthmatics have lower levels of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptors—the mechanism by which the novel coronavirus attaches to and infects cell;
  • Secondly, asthmatics take more lifestyle precautions that could help them avoid contracting COVID-1, because they know that the impact of it may be more serious; and
  • Thirdly, the treatments patients routinely take for asthma, specifically inhaled coricosteroids (ICS), also may reduce their risk of catching the virus.

That being said, according to Best Life, Merzon advised caution, as the study only looked at hospital in-patients. “All these prevalence data were derived from the COVID-19 inpatient population,” the researchers wrote. “Therefore, the prevalence of asthma may be different in outpatient patients with COVID-19.”

However, the research supports previous findings on asthma and coronaviruses: In studies also cited by the researchers, patients with asthma appeared to have fared better in earlier outbreaks of acute respiratory conditions, like the 2003 SARS epidemic.

Research contact: @BestLifeOnline

Photo finish: 33% of us are guilty of doing this to our exes, research shows

November 19, 2020

It’s human nature to want to rid yourself of any reminders of your ex after he or she is out of the picture. The thought of seeing you and your ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend smiling in a picture together is often too much to bear. So, you take their photos down from your wall, donate the old sweatshirt they left in your drawer—and if you’re like many people, you delete any evidence of them from your social media profiles, as well, Best Life reports.

Dating app Plenty of Fish has just released its annual list of dating trends—and points out that this phenomenon is fairly common among daters, with more than one-third of people copping to it. In fact, there’s a word for it: sanitizing, which Plenty of Fish describes as “the act of wiping your social media of all photographic evidence of a past relationship.”

There are many reasons you may feel compelled to delete all traces of your ex from social media—and the following may be among them:

  • It helps you avoid those “Where’s your better half?” questions. If you want to avoid getting asked where your partner is all the time, deleting him or her from your social media can be a good way to send the message to others that you two are no longer together.
  • After a breakup, you enter a new chapter of your life, and with that shift, you may want to reinvent yourself a bit. Relationship expert and matchmaker Rori Sassoon tells Best Life that people are eager to “redo, restart, and reinvent themselves” after a relationship ends. “Once you break up, it’s not about the relationship anymore; it’s about you and your next chapter in life, which doesn’t include that other person.”
  • It’s cathartic. If you were in a toxic or abusive relationship, you’ll likely want to remove anything that will remind you of that experience. Indeed, deleting these images could even be therapeutic. Pressing ‘delete  on photo after photo, many of which are associated with painful memories, can feel cathartic and help you move on.
  • It helps you gain closure. Catching a glimpse of your ex every time you open an app could make it harder for you to move forward. Removing those photos allows you a symbolic fresh start. “Closure is an important part of the healing process to allow the person to move on,” marriage counselor Wyatt Fisher tells Best Life. “Part of what helps with closure is removing everything that reminds you of your ex, including all pictures of him or her on social media.”
  • It signals that you’re single and ready to mingle. If your Instagram is inundated with photos of you and your ex, it may impede on your ability to get back out there when you’re ready. Some people sanitize to make it clear on their profile that they’re single.

Research contact: @bestlife

Soaked to the skin: Why you could be applying too much moisturizer

November 4, 2020

If your skin is dry, the answer is always more moisturizer, right? Well, not necessarily. According to experts, there is such a thing as over-moisturizing your skin—and using too much lotion can do more harm than good, according to a report by Best Life.

“Yes, you can use too much [moisturizer],” skincare producer Garnier told the publication. “Facial moisturizers are designed to be concentrated, and applying more of a moisturizer doesn’t cause better skin results, Sometimes it can even do the opposite.”

Your skin knows to produce a certain amount of moisture on its own. However, “if you over-moisturize, over time, it will make your skin want to produce less moisture on its own,” says esthetician Nidah Barber-Raymond, owner of The Peel Connection in Beverly Hills.

“Overdoing it will send a message to your skin that it has enough hydration, proteins, and lipids and that it can slow down the production of these vital skin nutrients,” Barber-Raymond told Best Life.

Wondering if you’re moisturizing your skin too much? Here are the key signs:

So, how much is the right amount of moisturizer to use? Barber-Raymond told Best Life that using a “nickel size amount of moisturizer one to two times per day depending on your needs.”

Research contact: @BestLifeOnline

Color me beautiful: Don’t wear this shade on a first date, researchers say

September 23, 2020

It’s the color of any number of good things—the sun, canaries, school buses, corn bread, rubber duckies, lemons, bananas, egg yolks—but it’s definitely not the color you should wear on a first date.

Indeed, findings of a poll conducted by among 1,128 females and 1,232 males across the United Kingdom, wearing the color yellow can instantly make you appear less attractive to a prospective suitor.

Both men and women find yellow to be among the least attractive color options: 39% of men and 31% of women said it was likely to be a sartorial put-off, Best Life reports.

First impressions are superficial, but they have lasting effects on the way in which we are perceived. A 2010 study published in the journalEvolutionary Psychologyfound that men and women both ranked the opposite sex as the least attractive when they were clad in yellow duds.

Plus, a survey conducted by U.K.-based clothing company Buyshirtsonline found that yellow once again ranked near the bottom alongside brown and orange as the color least likely to inspire confidence. Additionally, it was one of the colors that “exudes arrogance,” alongside orange and red.

Finally, would the color of a date’s outfit be sufficient reason to turn down another meeting with that person? Best Life reports that fully 38% of women and 27% of men said yes.

Research contact: @bestlife