Dog Do Right Sat, 21 May 2022 01:19:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Dog Do Right 32 32 Exotic through and through! – The New Indian Express Sat, 21 May 2022 01:19:00 +0000

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Owning exotic pets has become a trend in the capital. In addition to dogs and cats, many choose macaws, colorful fish, hamsters and spiders as their companions. TNIE went around town to learn more about humans and their little friends

When his dear Febe didn’t move for more than a day, 17-year-old Sebin Thomas became concerned. Febe is Sebin’s pet tarantula – a hairy spider. The five-inch-tall furry friend only shed his outer layer, Google assured. Owning a spider pet will come as no surprise to those who know Hagrid, a popular character from the Harry Potter series. Like Hagrid, many in town are attached to her iguanas, ball pythons, dormouse, smiling lizards, sugar gliders and monster fish.

Stranger the better
As the world shut down during the pandemic, there was high demand for pets in the city. From toy dog ​​breeds of Chinese origin like the Shih Tzu to macaws and goldfish, they have become people’s favorite companions for those busy days. Some even chose daring companions like snakes, spiders, and even beetles.

There’s a big market for these reptiles and amphibians among the youth, says Kamal VS, a techie-turned-animal collector. “Although reptiles are cold-blooded, with good care and affection they can make lovable pets.” Kamal says his pet iguana is from the lizard family and is easy to care for. “Whether snake or dog, you should take care of them consistently and pay attention to their diet. You should do your research before buying exotic pets, as it’s difficult to tell if they’re sick,” he says.

Some of the New Age pet species include hedgehogs, fire-bellied newts of the salamander family, leopard gecko (smiling lizard), sugar gliders, dormouse, and monster fish like arapaima, colorful corn snakes, and milk snakes. The new winged friends in town are macaws, sun conures, rainbow lorikeets, cockatoos, cockatiels, etc.

Hedgehog, Syrian hamster, sugar glider and micro squirrel are some of the cute pets trending. “Do you know that mice are good companions? Just like in the movie Ratatouille, they can become your best friends. Fancy mice, dumbo rats, gerbils and even ‘Peruchazhi’ can make good pets if we take good care of them,” says Kamal, who runs Wiggly Tales pet shop.

“People choose non-venomous snakes like ball pythons as pets.”
Species like the iguana rely on plants and foliage, says Vaishak CM, one of the owners of Pets Club, which boasts several exotic pets in the city. “Iguana needs a good dose of UV rays. You can feed them hibiscus flowers, moringa leaves and vegetables. Having spiders and other creatures as pets will also help eliminate our fear. However, the cost of these pets can skyrocket,” says Vaishak.

From dry baths to pet parks
Medicinal baths for skin rashes, nail clipping, oil massages, etc. are the fashionable care procedures. The newly opened Petoria Wellness Center in Kowdiar offers accommodation and care for all pets. As the monsoon approaches, the contagious disease for dogs will be parvovirus, says Alan Davis Babu, one of the center’s managing partners.

“Pets also need to be vaccinated every year to prevent viral infections. We administer a multi-component vaccine for dogs and cats,” says Alan. The facility also offers pet care. Squirrels and rabbits can take a dry bath if they have skin problems. This is where foam is applied and dried with pet towels. Medicated baths and shampoos are for dogs and cats. Grooming doesn’t end with a good haircut – teddy bear and puppy haircuts are trending on the list. How about a trip afterwards? In addition to a wide range of products and services, Bark’oke has a pet park in Pattom. “It’s designed to create an activity area for pet parents and pets to relax and have fun,” says one employee.

Shelter baker Varsha Prabhakaran has a special list of cakes and desserts for the “paw” friends. Through her company, The Barkery.Inc, Varsha offers homemade treats and cakes for dogs. Birthday cakes for dogs and cats are in high demand, says Varsha, who is also a dog lover. “Cakes come in half a kilo and a kilo. Chicken, fish, cream cheese, peanut butter, banana, etc. are the main ingredients. Peanut butter is a mixture of ground peanuts and honey. The diet for dogs and cats must be free of masala, sugar and salt. I use homemade yogurt for the frosting,” says Varsha. She also offers cookie-like treats for dogs that have a three-month shelf life. Dognuts and pupcakes are also popular.

Vicious dog owners need to watch out for traits Fri, 20 May 2022 22:07:25 +0000

The chronicle

Mashudu Netsianda, Senior Reporter
THE tragic death of a Bulawayo male after an attack by his two Boerboels has put the spotlight on pet lovers’ enthusiasm to buy mostly dangerous and aggressive dog breeds, albeit without regard to their traits.

Mr John Gavhera, from Selbourne Park in Bulawayo, was mauled by his two boerboels last Thursday after they reportedly mistook him for an intruder.

His neighbors watched helplessly as the vicious dogs attacked him when he unexpectedly returned from work at midday to retrieve a forgotten toolbox.

Boerboel dog

Almost two months ago, a 7-year-old ECD student from Madzimoyo Farm in Hurungwe district in Karoi, West Mashonaland, died after being mauled by a suspected rabid family dog, leaving his face unrecognizable.

The deceased minor was attacked by the vicious dog at the family homestead. Two years ago, a Bulawayo woman, Ms. Cherish Muchegwa of the suburb of West Somerton, made headlines after her landlady’s five dogs mauled her.

Ms Muchegwa had just entered the gate of her shelter when the dogs ran to her before attacking her, tearing flesh from her arms and legs. With the support of Deputy Industry and Trade Minister Raj Modi, Ms Muchengwa was flown to India for surgery, where she spent three months at Kiran Hospital.

While dogs are designed to protect people, dog trainers and experts warn that some of the breeds can be aggressive towards people, including their owners. Breeds that are considered aggressive and dangerous include Boerboels, Pitbulls, and Rottweilers, among others.

Minister Raj Modi

The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) animal welfare officer Ms Berry Oosthuizen said animal lovers should not own aggressive dogs without first understanding their behavior and temperament.

“Dogs that typically attack people are Boerboels, mainly because most dog owners don’t understand this type of breed. These dogs are not a breed that should be confined in small cages or kept in small lots because that makes them aggressive,” she said.

“They get frustrated and that’s why they end up biting people. No dog is born aggressive, only made aggressive by people who don’t understand it properly. There is a need to educate the public on how to keep dogs properly.”

Ms Oosthuizen said that isolating dogs from people is another factor that contributes to dog aggressiveness.

“All dogs need to be socialized with their families, but unfortunately many of these dogs are caged and not allowed to see anyone, and when they do they become aggressive,” she said.

Ms Oosthuizen said the dogs that attacked their owner at Selborne Park did not know who the man was.

“They mistook him for an intruder after he jumped over the wall. Of course, a dog would attack anyone not entering the property through the gate. He should have spoken to the dogs, or at least called them by name, before jumping into the yard. That was more of a human error than an animal one,” she said.

Bulawayo dog trainer Mr Graig Rossen said socialization is important for dog owners.

“Your dogs need regular socialization and unfortunately most people own dogs for the wrong reasons.
“Dogs, just like other animals, have instincts, so you have to connect with them from the start,” he said.

“Learning about dog breeds is also important because different breeds have different individual traits and characteristics. Mixed breed dogs often show mixed traits as well.”

The ZRP Bulawayo Canine Section official in charge, Inspector Mzimkhulu Ncube, said that they choose the Labrador Retriever and the German Shepherd because of their noble character, loyalty, curiosity, high intellect and obedience as opposed to Boerboels and Pitbulls. German shepherds are used for patrol while Labrador retrievers fall under sniffer dogs (DD), which are used for sniffing out drugs and explosives, among other things.

Inspector Mzimkhulu Ncube

They are specially trained to assist police officers and other law enforcement agencies in their duties. Tasks include finding drugs and explosives, searching for missing persons, finding evidence at the scene of a crime, dispersing rioters, and attacking those targeted by police.

“Actually, we prefer dogs that we train to get what we want, that’s why we have Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds in the police force. Boerboels and Pitbulls easily forget which is why we don’t keep them,” said Insp Ncube.

“In most cases, these are the same dogs that attack people in homes because they are jealous. Once these dogs bond with their owner, they become aggressive and attack anyone who gets close to him or her.”
Insp Ncube said Boerboels are more dangerous and hostile, especially towards children.

“Boerboels don’t want their owners to be close to anyone, and in most cases they will attack children, mistaking them for rivals. Pit bulls originally came from the United States of America and the United Kingdom, where they were used in dog fighting competitions and people used to enjoy watching them fight,” he said.

“However, because of their viciousness, such breeds are no longer favored in these countries, but surprisingly they have become a hit in Zimbabwe. These dogs are very dangerous because they are jealous and once a Boerboel realizes that you are the only one feeding him, that means no one else should feed him because he would have bonded with you.”

Regarding the incident at Selbourne Park, Insp Ncube said there was a possibility the two Boerboels could have killed their owner because of the lack of bond between the animals and the owner.

“The dogs could have mistaken their owner for an enemy and attacked him, especially after he jumped over the concrete wall. That’s usually the behavior of boerboels and pit bulls,” he said.

“You can train a Boerboel, but the nature of a Boerboel is that you can’t remove that element of jealousy and the person who would have trained it is the only one who can handle it. They are different from the German shepherds, which you can actually introduce to the other family members, and they can also tell that person is a part of us, unlike Boerboels and Pitbulls.”

Insp Ncube has singled out Boerboels, Pitbulls and Rottweilers as breeds that are not ideal for homes.

Inspector Abednico Ncube

“Rottweilers have a natural instinct to protect their families and can be fierce in their defense. It’s important to channel their power and protective instincts by providing early socialization, firm, fair, consistent training and guidance, and a regular job,” he said.

“If this isn’t done, rottweilers can become dangerous bullies rather than the companionable guards they’re meant to be.”

One Bulawayo dog trainer who disliked wearing a mane said, “Rottweilers walk a fine line between being protective and being aggressive. Unless carefully bred to have a calm, intelligent temperament, and properly socialized and trained, they can become overly protective.”

“As such, one of the most important things we can do is to help our dogs behave. That means they have to get along with other people, other dogs, and a whole range of situations. Otherwise, dogs may become anxious or exhibit other problematic behaviors.”

Dog sniffs as good as RT-PCR? Research shows they could be Fri, 20 May 2022 05:40:34 +0000 Can dogs sniff out Covid-19? A study from Finland shows they can. And that’s right, especially if the infection is caused by the wild-type virus they’re being trained with.

After training four dogs, researchers from the University of Helsinki tested 420 samples for which the RT-PCR reports were already known. They also tested 303 arriving passengers at Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport-Finland.

The study showed an overall accuracy of 92% compared to the RT-PCR tests. “Detector dogs trained with the wild-type SARS-CoV-2 virus were also proficient at identifying other variants, albeit less accurately, revealing their robust distinctiveness,” the study said. The study was recently published in the BMJ Global Health Journal.

The Indian Army has also trained two of its dogs to detect Covid-19 over the past year.

In the first part of the study, which was used for validation, the dogs were able to accurately identify 92% of the samples as either Covid-19 positive or negative. “Failure to identify a COVID-19 positive sample has been linked to SARS-CoV-2 variant status. The dogs reported correctly … only 36% of the alpha variant samples,” the study reads.

As for the real scenario at the airport, the results of the dogs agreed with the RT-PCR report in 296 of the 303 people, which means that the accuracy was 97.7%. The only drawback of the real-life study was that there were very few positive cases – only three out of 303. So that the dogs could sniff out Covid-19 even with such a low prevalence, the dogs also received 115 acquaintances RT-PCR positive samples on Airport. They were able to correctly identify 98.7% of them as positive.

At the time of the study – the real airport study was carried out between September 2020 and April 2021 – variants were just emerging in the country. The study states: “Since no variants emerged in Finland at the time of training, only wild-type samples were used. Many of the conflicting results have been linked to the new variant. In the future, the operational work skills are to be maintained through simultaneous training with patterns of newly emerging virus variants.”

A Deep Dive into How the Fintech Industry is Changing the Lending Process Thu, 19 May 2022 14:02:52 +0000

As the fintech industry continues to grow and evolve, so does the process of getting a loan. Fintech companies are now changing the way loans are processed and approved, making it easier than ever for borrowers to get the money they need. But what is fintech and how does it impact the lending process? Let’s take a closer look.

What is Fintech?

Fintech, short for financial technology, is an umbrella term used to describe any company providing financial services using technology. This can include anything from mobile apps that let you send money to friends and family (like Venmo) to investment platforms (like Robinhood) to companies that offer loans (like SoFi ). Increasing your funds with instant cash loans is just one fintech advancement that can get you a loan fast. Fintech companies are typically startups that use technology to deliver financial services more efficiently and easily than traditional banks or financial institutions.

Reasons to get a loan online

There are several reasons why you might consider getting an online loan from a fintech company. First, fintech companies generally have a much shorter and simpler application process than traditional banks. This means you can get the money you need within days, rather than waiting weeks or even months for a bank to decide.

Second, fintech companies often have lower interest rates than traditional lenders, which makes borrowing money more affordable. Third, because fintech companies are generally more nimble and flexible than traditional financial institutions, they may be more willing to work with you if you have less than perfect credit.

How is Fintech changing the lending process?

Fintech companies are changing the lending process in different ways. They make it easier for borrowers to apply for loans. Traditional banks often require borrowers to complete lengthy paper applications and submit various documents, such as pay stubs and tax returns. Fintech companies, on the other hand, typically allow borrowers to apply for loans entirely online. This not only saves time, but also makes it easier for borrowers who may not live near a bank branch or have easy access to a fax machine.

Alternative data

Fintech companies use alternative data to approve loans. Alternative data is information that can be used to assess a borrower’s creditworthiness, but is generally not considered by traditional lenders. For example, a fintech lender may look at your utility bills or rent to determine if you are likely to repay a loan. This is especially helpful for borrowers who don’t have a traditional credit history (like young adults or immigrants).

Faster loan approval process

Fintech companies are using technology to speed up the loan approval process. Traditional lenders often take days or even weeks to approve a loan. Fintech companies, on the other hand, can often approve loans in just minutes. This is because they use automated underwriting systems that quickly assess a borrower’s creditworthiness.


Fintech companies make it easier for borrowers to get their money. Traditional banks typically require borrowers to visit a branch to collect their loan proceeds. Fintech companieson the other hand, often deposit loan proceeds directly into the borrower’s bank account, making it easier for borrowers to access their money.


Fintech companies offer more transparency throughout the lending process. Traditional lenders often keep borrowers in the dark about the status of their loan application or the reason for denial. Fintech companies, on the other hand, typically provide borrowers with clear and concise information every step of the way. This helps build trust between lenders and borrowers and increases the likelihood that borrowers will repay their loans.

The Future of Fintech Lending

The future of the fintech industry and related lending looks very bright. We can only expect more innovation and convenience in the years to come. So if you need a loan, don’t be afraid to turn to a fintech lender. You might be surprised how easy and quick the process is. And who knows, you might even get a better interest rate than a traditional bank. Interest can be checked on different platforms offering loans.

Fintech companies are changing the way loans are processed and approved, making it easier and faster for borrowers to get the money they need. Although there are still traditional lenders, fintech is quickly becoming the new normal. So if you need a loan, be sure to check out some of the many fintech lenders out there. You might be surprised how easy and convenient it is to get a loan from a fintech company.

After the crash, crypto boosters are still HODLing Wed, 18 May 2022 17:31:12 +0000

Last week, TerraUSD — the third-largest stablecoin, a token nominally pegged 1-to-1 to another currency — lost almost all of its value, while bitcoin continued to fall, falling below $27,000 on May 11. But the current crypto turmoil won’t endanger two of the industry’s flagship projects – El Salvador’s bitcoin bond and Tether – according to Paolo Ardoino, the CTO of Bitfinex and Tether, a stablecoin pegged to the US dollar and the world’s most traded cryptocurrency world, although experts are skeptical about its feasibility.

Much of the current crisis has stemmed from the collapse of what should be considered one of the most stable assets in the industry. Bitcoin was already worrying crypto-sceptical pundits as it became increasingly entangled with traditional speculative investors. “We still see Bitcoin being fairly closely correlated with traditional markets,” Bennett Tomlin, a fraud-focused data scientist and host of the Corner of crypto critics podcast, told rest of the world.

Ardoino also attributed the current crypto plunge to the fact that most of the crypto industry is now being driven by traditional traders who sold their holdings as the S&P 500 Index suffered six consecutive weeks of losses, he said. “There’s no longer a divide between crypto finance and finance – it’s all finance.”

With bitcoin proving too volatile, stablecoins are often used as an inflation hedge in markets like Lebanon, Venezuela, and Nigeria. But last week’s bitcoin collapse was due in part to the crash of TerraUSD, an algorithmic stablecoin. Unlike traditional stablecoins, which ostensibly manage their peg through reserves of the currency they track, TerraUSD maintains its $1 peg through its own separate crypto token called Luna, as well as smaller bitcoin holdings.

“That was the main mistake [TerraUSD’s] Creators called it stablecoin,” said Ardoino, distinguishing algorithmic stablecoins as a separate category. “A stablecoin needs to track the price of its underlying currency no matter what.”

Unlike algorithmic stablecoins like TerraUSD, Ardoino said Tether is a stablecoin because it is primarily backed by US Treasuries. Investors reeled as Tether briefly fell below $1 on multiple exchanges last week, but then rallied after holders realized that unlike TerraUSD — $7 billion as of last Wednesday — it was able to process all withdrawal requests .

However, Tether has come under criticism as to whether it is actually backed by fiat currency. In 2021, the company was fined $41 million by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission for making “untrue or misleading statements” to customers. Ardoino attributed this to the fact that even the largest banks will not hold tens of billions of dollars in cash, prompting Tether to hold much of its reserves in short-term corporate bonds.

The company has converted commercial paper into safer US Treasuries following its legal woes, though many pundits still question the opacity of its underlying reserves. Tomlin said that unlike money market funds, Tether doesn’t disclose the counterparties holding its government bonds, but claims the details are part of the company’s “secret sauce.”

Ardoino instead put the blame on regulators, who he said did not provide clear guidelines on how stablecoins should be governed. “Otherwise, each individual stablecoin will use a different mechanism,” he said.

“People … are interested in investing because the Volcano token cannot fail. El Salvador must not fail.”

Ardoino remained confident that the slump will not hamper the sector’s long-term growth due to the cryptocurrency’s tribal nature, meaning that his followers will support the industry based on its underlying ideology rather than its profit margins.

As the first country to adopt bitcoin as legal tender, El Salvador’s compromised bitcoin bond represents a major test of its assertion. Ardoino’s Bitfinex will play a key role as an exchange for El Salvador’s proposed $1 billion capital raise game, which has been further compromised by the recent crash and ongoing delays.

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele announced the Bitcoin bond – or Volcano token – in November. The idea was to raise $1 billion from investors, with half of the proceeds going to buy more bitcoin and half to fund infrastructure projects in El Salvador, including an ambitious plan to build a city that grows dedicated to cryptocurrency. Amid the May slump, Bukele doubled down on his bet, claiming he bought another 500 bitcoins worth $15.5 million using government funds.

After originally stating that the token would be available in early 2022, El Salvador’s Finance Minister later pushed the date back to mid-March and then indefinitely postponed the project, citing the war in Ukraine and the price of Bitcoin. Meanwhile, Bloomberg cited a lack of investor interest as the reason for the delay.

The government approached Bitfinex shortly after the initial announcement to play a crucial role as an exchange for investors to buy the Volcano token. Ardoino denied a lack of investor interest as the reason for the delay, claiming he had leveraged “hundreds of millions of dollars in investment power” from retail investors and cryptowhales, as the largest holders are known, although he admitted that current Bitcoin market conditions are for the project not ideal.

Tomlin was skeptical of the claim. “If there had been this broad demand for the bitcoin bond, El Salvador would not have delayed it when they are so tight on cash,” he said rest of the world.

Ardoino pointed to El Salvador’s ongoing crackdown on gang violence as another reason for the Volcano token’s delay. Bukele-controlled Congress needs to pass digital securities legislation to start the process Bitfinex helped advise on, but the recent “war on gangs” appears to have consumed most of the government’s bandwidth, Ardoino said. He expected the law to be passed in the first half of June and the token to be launched in mid-September.

Meanwhile, economists have speculated that the bond issue was a ruse for Bukele to sidestep El Salvador’s debt crisis, as the country risks defaulting on its traditional $800 million Eurobond payment in January 2023 to guess.

Bukele’s unwavering commitment to the project is what Ardoino said to keep the crypto community interested in the token. “There is no doubt that you can make more money as a retail investor by investing in bitcoin than the Volcano token,” given that after five years, investors receive only 25% of bitcoin’s price appreciation and a 6.5% coupon. explained Ardoino.

“It’s not just about financial gains,” Ardoino added, citing the tribal nature of the crypto community, which will support El Salvador’s project to become the first country to adopt Bitcoin at all costs. “When I talk to people, they tell me they are interested in investing because the Volcano token cannot fail. El Salvador must not fail,” he said rest of the world.

“Remember Shiba Inu is valued at over $7 billion and that’s a canine symbol,” he added. “I can understand why the government in El Salvador is happy with its projection of raising $1 billion.”

]]> Top American-Born Dogs: Here are the 10 most popular breeds of adorable dogs in America — including the loving Labrador 🐕 Wed, 18 May 2022 10:23:13 +0000

In the last two years, many of us have welcomed a new four-legged friend into our homes as the Kennel Club has seen a nearly eight percent increase in dog ownership.

But it wasn’t just in the UK that people were rushing to buy a new puppy – dog ownership was skyrocketing around the world.

In the US, the country with the most dogs with almost 80 million pet puppies, demand grew so much that many shelters were completely emptied.

And demand for rescue dogs and puppies remains high, with the average price of some breeds nearly tripling in just over a year.

With 215 different purebred breeds, as well as numerous popular crossbreeds, there is no shortage of choices when it comes to choosing the perfect pooch.

But some remain a rarer sight in parks than others, according to figures from the American Kennel Club.

Here are the 10 dog breeds that were most popular in the US in 2020.

Driftless Humane Society Pets of the Week | news Tue, 17 May 2022 16:30:00 +0000

Join us for our open house on Saturday, May 21 from 10am to 2pm at the Animal Shelter at 1150 Nelson Parkway in Viroqua. The event will be family-friendly and dog-centric, with games and a ‘Decorate a Dog Bone Cookie’ activity for the kids. Dave’s Pizza Food Truck sells pizza and breadsticks. Informative demonstrations featuring Viroqua Police K9 Robbie, Wrigley the search and rescue dog and local dog trainers will take place throughout the day. There will also be a PetLink Microchip Clinic for dogs. If you have a dog you can take him to microchip for $10.


Cupid is a lover, as his name suggests. This poor boy was handed over because his family was moving and couldn’t take him with them. He loves to play and hop around like a puppy but he is the perfect age of 3 years. Cupid is very expressive and you know when he’s happy with his big smile!

Pet of the week: Chepi


Chepi loves human attention, she turns around to rub her tummy! She’s a great size for snuggling up on the couch…not too big and not too small. She is estimated to be around 7 years old. Chepi enjoys sightseeing in the car and is always ready for an adventure or to play with her frisbee. She also loves posing for photos so get your camera ready for that ham!

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Pet of the week: Ellie


Ellie is a super cute girl who loves hiking and adventures. She gets along well with people of all ages and has a basic education. She is just over 2 years old and ready to show her loyalty to a family willing to be her forever home. Ellie is a German Shepherd with a high prey drive and should not be kept in a household with cats, small animals or livestock.

The Driftless Humane Society is located at 1150 Nelson Parkway, Viroqua. To learn more about adoptable pets, visit or call 608-637-6955. The Humane Society is open Monday and Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 2pm

These are the 10 dog breeds that provide great emotional support for owners struggling with anxiety and mental health issues — including the loving Labrador 🐕 Tue, 17 May 2022 10:22:33 +0000

A large number of us have chosen to welcome new puppies into our homes over the last few years – kennel club Figures show that dog ownership has increased by almost eight percent.

In addition to numerous pedigree dogs, there are no less than 221 different pedigree dogs to choose from crossingsso there is a lot to think about before choosing your family latest addition.

Our lifestyle has a big impact on what type of dog is best for us – if you’re short on space you might want to look around small dogswhile the more elderly pet owner should put certain breeds at the top of their wish list.

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But if you’re looking for a dog to benefit your mental health, consider one of the breeds that have been shown to make good emotional support animals.

These are gentle, laid-back, and sociable pets that offer therapeutic benefits to their owners, including relieving anxiety and making them more comfortable in certain social settings.

They should also sense when you’re not at your best and shower you with extra affection to make you feel better.

Here are the 10 most empathetic dog breeds, according to the American Kennel Club.

BECU near me: find branches and ATMs near me Tue, 17 May 2022 02:35:39 +0000


BECU is a credit union with over 50 locations in Washington State and two in South Carolina. Its Washington locations include 13 branches in North Puget Sound, 15 in South Puget Sound, 13 in Seattle, 12 in the Eastside, four in Spokane County and one in Silverdale. Both South Carolina locations are in North Charleston.

BECU locations near me

You can use the map below to locate the nearest BECU branch or ATM to you.

BECU branch near me

To find the BECU branch closest to you, you can use the branch locator on the BECU website. Just enter your city and state, and the locator will show you the nearest branches. You can also filter your results to show only branches with ATM services, Coinstar machine, drive-up, 24-hour express box or instant debit card replacement. There is also an interactive map that shows all branch locations.

BECU is a member of the CO-OP network of over 5,600 credit union branches, so if you are outside of BECU’s service area, you can always find a branch where you can transact. Use the CO-OP Financial Services Branch Locator to find a shared branch.

BECU ATM nearby

You can use the branch locator to find BECU locations with an ATM near you. BECU is a member of the CO-OP network of branch and shared ATMs, providing members with premium-free access to more than 30,000 ATMs nationwide. To find the nearest CO-OP ATM, use the CO-OP Financial Services ATM Locator. Simply enter the postcode or address and you’ll get a list of the nearest ATMs.

About BECU

BECU is headquartered in Washington State. The credit union was founded in 1935 for employees of The Boeing Co. At the time, new employees had to purchase their own tools, but this was a challenge for many as the country was in the midst of the Great Depression. A group of employees founded the credit union to give loans to workers so that they could buy the tools they needed.

BECU offers checking, savings and CD accounts, credit and debit cards, personal and auto loans, as well as mortgages and home equity loans. Business banking services are also available. Credit union members benefit from online banking and a mobile app and can send and receive money using Zelle.

Customer service

If you need help, you can call the BECU Member Contact Center at 800-233-2328. Support is available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pacific Time.

Business hours

Most BECU branches are open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

BECU branches are closed on the following public holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr Day
  • President’s Day
  • Remembrance Day
  • Juneteenth (observed June 20)
  • independence day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day (indigenous peoples)
  • veterans day
  • thanksgiving day
  • Christmas Day (observed December 26)


To bank at BECU, you must become a member. Eligibility for membership is limited to those who meet one of the following criteria:

  • Live, work, go to school or worship in Washington State, or have a family member who does not
  • Live or work in one of the following Oregon counties: Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Deschutes, Lane, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington, or Yamhill
  • Live, work, go to school, or pray in one of the following counties in Idaho: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, or Shoshone

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Editorial Note: This content is not provided by BECU. Any opinions, analyses, criticisms, evaluations or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author alone and have not been reviewed, endorsed or otherwise endorsed by BECU.

About the Author

Karen Doyle is a personal finance writer with over 20 years of experience writing about investing, money management, and financial planning. His work has appeared on numerous news and finance websites, including GOBankingRates, Yahoo! Finance, MSN, USA Today, CNBC,, and more.

15 productivity hacks that keep executives on track Mon, 16 May 2022 17:00:26 +0000

When you’re exhausted with lots of tasks on your to-do list, the best thing you can do is to unwind (mentally and physically) regularly during the workday. This will keep you energized, more focused, and more productive as you cross the finish line to achieve your short- and long-term goals.

Below, experts from Fast Company’s board of directors describe their most effective productivity hacks in times of crisis and how useful they are when trying to get the best out of yourself.


When a last-minute health crisis moves an event online or high-profile talent decides to perform from home instead of in person, success hinges on decisions you made months earlier. At VIVA, we have satellite planning teams assigned to work on scenarios B and C even as plan A progresses at full speed. In this way, the quality of our work remains high despite time pressure. – Lorne Greene, VIVA creative


I use, which offers distraction-free blocks of productivity time. It basically matches you with someone for an hour-long virtual collaboration session where you both focus on getting things done. – Brian Weinberg, Foundation for Regeneration


Turn off the WiFi. Seriously. By temporarily eliminating the endless stream of email and instant messages, you can really focus on the priority tasks at hand and probably get them done faster and with higher quality than would be possible with interruptions. Clearly block this focus time on your calendar and give 1-2 trusted employees an alternative channel to reach you, e.g. B. by SMS. – Shani Harmon, stop meeting like that


It may sound counterintuitive, but the busier you are, the more you should take short breaks from exercise or meditation throughout the day. Not only will this keep you energized and relaxed, but you will also be far more productive as your mind is working at a significantly higher level than it would in a non-stop slog. If you attend business-to-business meetings, plan to end each meeting five minutes early to build this in. It works! – Marc Inzelstein, Indiggo – Return on Leadership


People overcrowd to-do lists, which ultimately creates chaos. One effective method is the “quality over quantity” rule. Instead of trying to complete ten tasks, pick three to four of the most important ones and stick to only those. With too many to-dos, our mind can become distracted and get lost in anxiety overload. This allows you to focus on a handful of things and get them done really well. – Josh Perlstein, Reaction Media


Be stingy with your time! Challenge whether the meetings on your calendar are strictly for you to attend or for informational purposes. FYI, an email update should suffice. For important meetings, you should question whether 30 minutes or 15 minutes is sufficient instead of an hour. For these important meetings, require the organizer to have a clear agenda with goals. Your focus and time are precious. – Ed Beltran, Fierce, Inc.


First, don’t wait until the crisis to implement productivity hacks. Implement before the crisis. Next, identify everything you do regularly, including any recurring purchases or tasks on your list. Finally, you should use automation. For example, set up automatic payment for recurring bills and schedule regular purchases in advance. Anything you can put on autopilot will help you better deal with the next crisis. – Camille Preston, AIM leadership, LLC


If the crisis situation requires collaboration, gather the right people around you in a physical or virtual space. If it requires extreme individual focus and attention to detail, choose the right place and gather the right tools or information you need to devote the calm and intelligence needed to meet the deadline. – Steve Dion, Dion leadership


Provide your team with guidance on the top three things to focus on. Set priorities and devote focused time to activities that bring focus to what matters most. Cancel all meetings not directly related to these things for everyone involved. Freedom and focus accelerate results that matter. – Matt Domo, Fifth Vantage


A productivity hack is a kind of exercise for me. It could be a walk rain or shine, a few laps of cross country skiing or a jog with our dog. The energy and endorphins then flow back into work when I return to my desk. Throw in a hug from my husband and one of his “world famous” (in my world at least) chai lattes and I feel like I can conquer anything! – Leigh Burgess, Bold Industries Group, Inc.


Get a good night’s rest (at least eight to nine hours) and exercise for 30 minutes a day. Both are often overlooked and really push you to achieve optimal performance. – Britton Bloch, Federal Navy


Let the sunshine in! During stressful times, working outdoors, near an open space, or in a room full of greenery can create a sense of ease, which in turn increases your productivity. A change of scenery can be the perfect jolt in times when productivity matters. – Brandon Pena, BrandON Media Group


The real key to being productive and making a simple checkbox to-do list method work is defending your own time. During tough times, the best thing you can do for yourself is mute your notifications, dismiss all non-urgent meetings, and settle into a place optimized for what you need to focus on. – Bilal Aijazi, Polly


Mastering the flow is key to maximizing productivity and creativity. In a 90-minute optimal flow state, we could accomplish as much as we could in a few hours of work. There are several triggers to activating flow, including having a clear goal that motivates not having distractions, engaging in an activity that uses our strengths, and making sure we are well rested beforehand. – Andreea Vanacker, SPARKX5


A mentor once gave some very tactical and practical advice on productivity. He said: “Just look at an email once and reply to it, delete it or move it to another folder. If you’re not ready to take action, don’t look at it because you’re wasting time.” — Paola Doebel, Ensono