Author: Elise Phillips Margulis

About The Author

Elise Phillips Margulis

Elise Phillips Margulis is a contributing writer for FIDO Friendly magazine and has been published in The Mighty. She’s obsessed with animal welfare, environment protection, and human rights. Elise lives with her adorable & precocious 10-year-old son, her husband, their gorgeous canine, and their elegant feline. She's also a card-carrying member of Chocoholics Anonymous.

Dog Cafe: Sip, Snack, and be Smitten

Can you imagine not being gently nudged awake by a dog snout or cat tongue reminding you that it’s breakfast time? Living with an animal is mandatory for many of us; but some animal lovers aren’t able to have a pet because of their living situation, long work hours, family members with allergies, and other tragic reasons. In an effort to keep those people from stocking up on anti-depressants, the first cat café opened in 1998 Taipei, Taiwan. The cafe was a pace for people to visit after work and unwind while being amused by kitty antics. Cat Flower Café...

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The Evolution of Dog Names – Most Popular Picks, Then and Now

Choosing a name for your furry new family member can be a challenging process. You don’t know what their personality is like yet, and want a name that you won’t tire of yelling out to the backyard for years. There’s pressure these days to choose an interesting moniker — now that children are called Apple, North West and Reign, the name game has ratcheted up. A whopping 94% of people say that their dogs are part of their families. As family members, today’s dogs have special names that reflect how their family feels about them. Monikers are often borrowed from pop...

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Drop that Cheeseburger if you Want Cheaper Insurance Premiums

Being a vegetarian is its own reward for those who choose not to eat meat for health reasons or ethical beliefs (or both). You attain your objective daily through your diet. Now there’s a surprise benefit for vegetarians and vegans: Some Insurance companies are discounting premium rates for them. This idea makes perfect sense, yet no one had connected the dots until somewhat recently. Several insurance companies have decided to capitalize on the vegetarian/vegan market because they are often healthier than carnivores and may not need as much insurance coverage as their meat-eating counterparts. Of course there are people who avoid meat and/or dairy and binge...

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Cruising Down the U.K. Hedgehog Superhighway

Hedgehog hero Gary Snyder, who lives in a suburb northwest of London, was unaware that hedgehogs had taken a liking to his yard until one night when he and his wife heard unusual grunts emanating from outside. Peeking through their window they observed two “hedgies” courting on their property. Curious about his visitors, Gary did some research and learned that hedgehogs can travel up to a mile each night (they are nocturnal). He realized that the hedgies were unable to roam because his walled-in English garden was impenetrable for the little guys. He began cutting holes in his fence to allow...

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Bernie has More Supporters than Trump, but Gets Just 4% of Election Press

The 2016 Presidential Election Campaign has etched itself in history as oddly entertaining and outlandish, from Donald Trump’s nasty Tweets and xenophobic rhetoric to Hillary Clinton’s 13-hour Benghazi Congressional Hearings and the endless email scandal. Through it all, It seems that Trump has created his own personal reality show promoted by the media circus. Real Clear Politics reports that Sanders is favored by 33% of Democrats and that 32% of United States voters identify themselves as Democrats. Pew Research found that 23% of Americans are Republicans. In polls, Trump has won 34% of the Republican vote. So the math says Sanders has more...

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