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National Puppy Day: What you’ll pay in year 1 of dog parenthood

614now Staff



Happy National Puppy Day! Give your pooch an extra big squeeze today and if you’re sans a furry friend, maybe give an extra thought to changing that.

For a little insight into what you’ll be up against, here’s some info on first-year dog moms/dads:

  • Dogs can cost an average of about $1500 in the first year (PupPal)
    • Food: $595.98
    • Equipment and toys: $418.15
    • Medical bills: $469.56
    • Training school: $69.45
  • Consider ripping up your carpet and laying down linoleum or wood now to save yourself the headache and back pain of constantly scrubbing accident zones
  • Don’t have any children? Perfect! Puppies are the best parenting training while simultaneously acting as the best birth control money can buy. You’ll know whether or not you’re ready for human babies once your pup is raised up—that’s for damn sure.
  • Get ready for your social life to be rocked. Not only will a dog require your physical attention, it’ll be nearly impossible to tear yourself away from their sweet, sweet face.

Here are some precious puppies available for adoption at the Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center:

Elara is so silly! This pooch loves to play and is looking for an active home where she can have fun all day long! She can be a little overwhelming for some other dogs, so she needs to meet any potential furry siblings before adoption.

Tater is all puppy! This sweet boy is all energy all the time! He enjoys running, playing, and exploring all he can find! He is very interested in playing with other dogs, and may enjoy having furry friends. Come meet this amazing pooch today!

You’re gonna love Sparky! This social pooch can’t wait to meet you! He loves attention from everyone and loves everyone he meets! He does well with other dogs. Come meet him today!

Remington is a good boy! He’s your typical outgoing coonhound with a sweet personality and outgoing attitude! His tail will always be wagging whenever he is with you, ready for an adventure! He would love to be your exploring buddy and can’t wait to have a home to call his own. He does well with other dogs but should meet any furry friends before adoption.

Brooklyn is a lover! This sweet pooch gives amazing cuddles and loves to be the center of your attention! She is so outgoing and loves everyone she meets! She can be a little unsure of other dogs, and is much more people oriented.

Bella is a sweet, yet timid pup. Bella is a very loving pooch who just wants to be by your side. She hasn’t had many positive experiences with people in her 6 short months, so she is looking for a quiet and loving home where she can learn to feel safe and secure with you. Once she warms up, she is a very playful and energetic puppy. She likes to have fun and likes to play with other dogs.

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2 tiny Columbus Zoo babies bring big hope for endangered species

614now Staff



The newest babies at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium may be small, but they bring big hope for one of the most endangered species on the planet.

On November 1 and 3, reptile keepers at the Zoo’s Shores region successfully hatched two rare yellow-headed temple turtles (Heosemys annandalii), the first ever hatched in an indoor zoological environment. The breakthrough is critical in efforts to boost the numbers of temple turtles, which are facing extinction, according to a release from the zoo.

Keepers note that the two hatchlings are "very active" and "very healthy." They are being cared for in behind-the-scenes habitats as they continue to grow stronger. Right now, the hatchlings are about the size of a racquetball and weigh approximately 80 grams–the same weight as a small tomato. They will grow to be up to about 2 feet long and weigh about 35 pounds.

These two turtles were the only ones to survive out of their mother's nest. Of five eggs, one turtle hatched on its own, and the care team helped another break out of its shell when it was experiencing some difficulties. Two other eggs did not contain viable hatchlings, and the fifth egg did not hatch.

“Our team is extremely proud of hatching these turtles, as well as being able to do so inside the Columbus Zoo’s Reptile House," said Becky Ellsworth, Curator of the Zoo’s Shores region. "This is a wonderful achievement as our Animal Care staff has been able to learn more information about this rare and important species, contributing significant knowledge to the zoological community working to help protect these turtles."

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Local attraction makes “World’s 50 Coolest Places of 2019” list

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Today, TIME For Kids revealed the first-ever World’s 50 Coolest Places of 2019 list, and among other international attractions, a Columbus business found itself in the mix.

Otherworld, which shook up the local entertainment scene when it opened earlier this year, was named one of the "World's Coolest Places" because of its quality, originality, sustainability, and accessibility. 

For those who haven't made the trip out to 5819 Chantry Dr. in southeast Columbus yet, Otherworld is an immersive and interactive art installation, featuring dozens of adventures, mysteries, and puzzles throughout its 47 rooms. Read more about it in our (614) Magazine coverage.

See below for the Otherworld write-up by Ellen Nam of TIME For Kids:

"Otherworld is an art installation built by more than 40 artists. They filled a 32,000-square-foot facility with large-scale works, secret passages, and playgrounds that blur the line between virtual and digital. Each of Otherworld’s 47 rooms is designed to resemble a science-fiction fantasyland. Visitors are encouraged to explore freely. Kids can fill in magical coloring books and solve puzzles. Those who are feeling adventurous can crawl into the mouth of a giant fuzzy monster."

To see the full list of the World’s 50 Coolest Places of 2019 and to learn more about how each attraction was chosen, visit

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Treatments to Try: HydraFacial at Boss Gal Beauty Bar

Regina Fox



With the holiday season quickly approaching, stress and anxiety will be on the rise. While getting the stockings hung by the chimney with care is important, taking time for yourself this season to look and feel your best should also be a priority. We hope this series will bring you some self care inspo!

I've been plagued with clogged pores my entire life. I've tried the Biore pore strips, the blackhead comedone extractor tool, and even an as-seen-on-TV pore vacuum, but nothing has ever really done the trick.

And then, I see it: the HydraFacial.

Scroll down for a before/after + a chance to win a FREE HydraFacial from Boss Gal Beauty Bar!

The HydraFacial treatment removes dead skin cells and extracts impurities while simultaneously infusing the new skin with cleansing, hydrating, and moisturizing serums in just a few easy steps. Though results are immediately noticeable, your skin doesn't reach peek glow until a few days after the service, making it the perfect pregame to holiday festivities.

Click here to watch a step-by-step video

My clean pore journey took me to Boss Gal Beauty Bar's sleek, contemporary MedSpa in Clintonville. As an authorized HydraFacial provider, I knew I was in great hands. Kayla was my spirit guide, leading me through each soothing step with great expertise and care.

Step 1: Cleanse + Peel

Boss Gal likes to work off a clean palette, so the HydraFacial begins with a manual cleansing. This step feels a lot like a mini face massage, setting a calming tone right out of the gate. Next, the Vortex Cleansing method removes dead skin cells from the surface through water-based exfoliation, while glycolic salicylic acids soften the skin in preparation for extractions.

Step 2: Extract + Hydrate

This is where the real fun begins. During this step, pore plugs and dirt are removed from the face through the cleaning and suctioning action of the HydraFacial applicator.

I found this part particularly satisfying because you can actually see all the "gunk" that's been drawn out of your skin. You say, "Gross!" I say, "Gratifying!"

All the "gunk" extracted from my skin!

Boss Gal tops it off with a manual extraction session on the most congested areas of the face.

Step 3: Fuse + Protect

After removing all the unwanted oils, toxins, and dirts from the skin, it's time to seal it off. Using Boss Gal's super serums, the skin is infused with peptides, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid for a glowing, hydrated look.

Step 4: Signature Jelly Mask

The HydraFacial concludes with a mini hand massage while Boss Gal's signature jelly mask cools and calms the skin.

Before + After

I left Boss Gal Beauty Bar completely makeup free and felt great—really great. I was happy to have treated my skin to the TLC it desperately needed and getting a solid dose of relaxation I desperately needed. And, just like Kayla said, my skin continued to appreciate in glow for days after.

With holiday parties and photo opportunities galore this time of year, the HydraFacial could be your secret weapon to achieving bright skin and rejuvenation all season long.

Give yourself or someone you love the gift of pampering and relaxation this holiday season with a FREE HydraFacial from Boss Gal Beauty Bar! Just comment below to be entered. Winner will be chosen on Sunday, December 8.

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