How to Use Your Crafting Skills to Help Animals Displaced by Australia's Fires

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Roughly 1 billion animals have died since wildfires started burning across Australia at the start of last year's bushfire season. If you're looking for a way to help that goes beyond donating money to rescue groups, consider using your knitting skills for a good cause. As WCNC reports, the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue is looking for handmade nests and pouches to provide for displaced wildlife in Australia.

Last spring, the North Carolina-based organization put out a call for knitted nests to hold the rescue chicks in its bird sanctuary. It received a surplus of donations from generous crafters, and in light of the news coming out of Australia, the group plans to ships its extra nests to rescue groups working in the affected areas.

Anyone interested in donating additional crafts to the shipments can help. Australia's Animal Rescue Craft Guild published a guide of knitted and crafted items it's looking for, with medium to extra-large joey pouched, carry bag pouches, and 3D hanging pouches being the most needed. There's also a high need for smaller joey pouches, bird nests, bat wraps, blankets, and possum and bird boxes. The Carolina Waterfowl Rescue published the full guide on its Facebook page.

If you have a craft to contribute and live in the area, you can drop it off with the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue at 5403 Poplin Rd, Indian Trail in North Carolina. The organization is also looking for donors to sponsor the cost of postage, which you can set up by emailing For more ways to support the people and animals affected by the Australian wildfires, go here.

[h/t WCNC]

Blue Apron’s Memorial Day Sale Will Save You $60 On Your First Three Boxes

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If you’ve gone through all the recipes you had bookmarked on your phone and are now on a first-name basis with the folks at the local pizzeria, it might be time to introduce a new wrinkle into your weekly dinner menu. But instead of buying loads of groceries and cookbooks to make your own meal, you can just subscribe to a service like Blue Apron, which will deliver all the ingredients and instructions you need for a unique dinner.

And if you start your subscription before May 26, you can save $20 on each of your first three weekly boxes from the company. That means that whatever plan you choose—two or four meals a week, vegetarian or the Signature plan—you’ll save $60 in total.

With the company’s Signature plan, you’ll get your choice of meat, fish, and Beyond foods, along with options for diabetes-friendly and Weight Watchers-approved dishes. The vegetarian plan loses the meat, but still allows you to choose from a variety of dishes like General Tso's tofu and black bean flautas.

To get your $60 off, head to the Blue Apron website and click “Redeem Offer” at the top of the page to sign up.

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Do Dogs Get Headaches?

Even without raging benders, dogs might still get headaches.
Even without raging benders, dogs might still get headaches.
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Like babies, dogs can be hard to read in the medical ailment department. Are they listless because they’re tired, or because they’re sick? What’s behind their whining? And can they suffer that most human of debilitating conditions, the headache?

Gizmodo polled several veterinarians and animal behavior specialists to find out, and the answer seems to be a resounding yes.

Although a dog can’t express discomfort in a specific way, particularly if it doesn’t involve limping, animal experts know that canines that have diagnosed brain tumors or encephalitis can also be observed to have a high heart rate, a sign of physical pain. According to Tim Bentley, an associate professor of veterinary neurology and neurosurgery at Purdue Veterinary Medicine, administering painkillers will bring a dog’s heart rate down. If signs of physical distress also decrease, a headache was likely involved.

Unfortunately, not all dogs may offer overt signals they’re feeling some brain pain. According to Adam Boyko, an associate professor of biomedical sciences at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, dogs instinctively try to mask pain to avoid showing weakness.

Ultimately, dogs have many of the same central neural pathways as humans, which can likely go awry in some of the same ways. But the kind of persistent headaches owing to head colds or hangovers are probably rare in dogs. And while it goes without saying, they definitely don't need any of your Advil.

[h/t Gizmodo]