Speak! How to Decode Dog Body Language

All relationships are about communication. Without the luxury of language, a dog uses physical cues to tell you how he’s thinking and feeling. Avoid getting lost in translation by learning to read a dog’s body language – especially if he’s trying to say, “Back off!” National Dog Bite Prevention Week® takes place during the second full week of April each year. You can avoid and... Read Article

My Love-Hate Relationship with My Old Car

You learn a lot about cars when yours is falling apart. Replacing the steering column will cost how much!? And… what’s a steering column again? Hi, I’m Abby: proud owner of a sensible, no-frills, 15-year-old sedan. My odometer reading – drumroll please – is 158,761 miles… and counting. When you have an old car, you never know if you’re rooting for it or against it.... Read Article

How to Help Your Yard Recover from Winter

Your yard goes dormant throughout the winter, and the cold temperatures can seriously wear it down. Help your yard recover from winter with these tips.   Remove any patches of damaged lawn. Salt, plows and disease can do a number on your grass, so use a metal rake to remove any dead or damaged patches. Don’t mow too early. Grass needs a chance to reestablish... Read Article

How to Help Your Home Recover from Winter

Winter is usually rough on homes. Between snow, ice, wind and freezing temperatures, you’ll want to invest some time in helping it get back to its pre-winter condition. Here are a few ways you can help your home recover from winter: Have your roof inspected. This is especially important if you notice any leaks or loose shingles or metal. The freezing and thawing that was... Read Article

How to Help Your Car Recover from Winter

Your car has battled snow, ice, salt and potholes for months on end. Needless to say, some TLC is definitely in order to help your car recover from winter. Here are eight areas of your car you’ll want to check (or have checked) now that winter’s in the rear view mirror.   Tires. Now is the time to swap your snow tires for your all-season... Read Article