Last minute holiday gift ideas for your dog
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The Holidays aren't just about giving gifts to the humans in your lives. Man's best friend needs some gift love, too. Sure, your dog might be happy with the leftover wrapping paper from the other gifts, but why not treat him anyways?


Hide-A-Squirrel Squeaky Puzzle Plush Dog Toy


You can give your dog a gift that is both fun and educational. This tree-trunk shaped puzzle allows your dog to find hidden hedgehogs. It probably won't help your dog do better on the puppy SATs, but it'll at least keep him busy!

Outward Hound, $18.75; Amazon


Nylabone Dental Dinosaur Chew Toy

When you're a dog, you can never have too many things to chew on. Chewability is the one guarantee that your dog will love whatever you get it. This long-lasting chew toy also promotes dental healthy, so it's fun and healthy. Plus, how cute is the dinosaur shape?

Nylabone, $9.99; Amazon

Nerf Dog Tennis Ball Blaster Dog Toy


Take fetch to the next level. This Nerf gun can blast a ball up to 50 feet. Of course, the distance is adjustable if you don't want that much muscle during playtime. This blaster allows your to pick up tennis balls hands-free, so no more slobbery balls. It's like a gift for both of you.

Nerf, $19.99; Amazon

Pet Drinking Fountain


Your dog probably drinks out of the toilet any chance it gets, but with this chic water dispenser, your dog will have access to filtered water on demand. It also has a waterfall mode to increase the water oxygen content. Definitely better than that toilet.

NPET, $28.99; Amazon

Ice Cream Mix for Dogs


Just add water to the powder mix and freeze, and voila! Real ice cream for your dog. This dog ice cream is formulated for even sensitive dog tummies, so you can let your dog indulge in a cool treat guilt-free.

Puppy Scoops, $8.99; Amazon

Dog Camera

This Alexa compatible dog-camera doesn't just allow you to monitor your dog on your phone, it also lets you interact with your dog while you're away. Through the Furbo app, you can feed your dog treats or receive notifications when your dog is barking. Because the future is now.

Furbo, $133.99; Amazon

Calming Donut Cuddler


This dog bed was designed with thick shag fur to feel like their mother's fur, giving the bed anti-anxiety benefits. Your dog can curl up on a cloud, or rather, a bed that feels like a cloud, because a bed from an actual cloud would be impossible.

HACHIKITTY, $83.99; Amazon

PupCups with Sprinkles



Treat your four-legged friend with these cupcakes meant for dogs. They're made by hand with human-grade ingredients, and even though they look and smell just like human cupcakes these are FOR DOGS. Do not eat your dog's present.

Claudia's Canine Bakery, $22.99 for 12; Amazon

Leopard Pattern Dog Turtleneck


It's an animal print designed to go on another animal. How cute is that? Only the most stylish dogs will truly appreciate this chic sweater. The rest will probably shake it off, tear it up, and use it as a chew toy

PASRLD, $17.98; Amazon

Simon & Garfunkel's song "Bridge Over Troubled Water" has been covered by more than 50 different musical artists, from Aretha Franklin to Elvis Presley to Willie Nelson. It's a timeless classic that taps into the universal struggle of feeling down and the comfort of having someone to lift us up. It's beloved for its soothing melody and cathartic lyrics, and after a year of pandemic challenges, it's perhaps more poignant now than ever.

A few years a go, American singer-songwriter Yebba Smith shared a solo a capella version of a part of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," in which she just casually sits and sings it on a bed. It's an impressive rendition on its own, highlighting Yebba's soulful, effortless voice.

But British singer Jacob Collier recently added his own layered harmony tracks to it, taking the performance to a whole other level.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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