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Going up

Rapping supermodels Sorry, Carla Bruni, the latest supers trend is spitting bars, as Naomi Campbell displayed with her US election rap.

Gender-neutral candles LA’s Boy Smells brand is what the gen Z hipsters are loving.

The baggy trench The new Scandi noir style takeaway, thanks to Charlotte Rampling in DNA and Julian Casablancas on SNL.

Bode Harry Styles has been wearing clothes by the upcycling label on the set of Don’t Worry Darling, and we give it a thumbs up.

Man with large dog
A man’s best friend.

Posing with your dog From Dunhill’s festive campaign to Lee “Scratch” Perry, it’s all about the pooch.

Going down

Connell’s chain We’re over Mr Waldron’s sliver of a necklace; chunky chains are where it’s at, as seen in the Missoma collection.

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Don’t forget the onions. Photograph: Reuters

Ocado orders Don’t worry about them forgetting your onions: pre-packed “mystery” boxes put the fun back into “order online”.

More Joy Christopher Kane has updated his iconic logo with a new one, Sex. On an umbrella, of course.

Celebrity wine Forget about it. Now Elon Musk’s Tesla does tequila, we’ll have what he’s having.

Hollywood hotties In the spirit of 2020, utterly weird crushes dominated the US election coverage, with everyone going gaga for the geeky newscasters.

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Shopping locally / Greater Bangor school outbreaks / Lost dog’s journey home

Happy Thanksgiving. Temperatures will be in the low to mid-40s from north to south, with a wintry mix and rain throughout the state. Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

Here’s the latest on the coronavirus in Maine

Another Mainer has died as 230 new coronavirus cases were reported across the state Wednesday, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. There are 2,245 active confirmed and “probable” cases in the state, while the death toll now stands at 190. Check out our COVID-19 Tracker for more information.

Maine hospitals are bracing for a long winter of COVID-19 patients. A few weeks ago, Maine began to see record numbers of COVID-19 cases. Now, it’s seeing a record number of hospitalizations. There are more than 100 people receiving in-patient care. A month ago, it was only about a dozen.

With more Mainers shopping locally, small businesses see holiday boost

Greg and Christina Benoit of Benoit’s Design stand in their Westbrook showroom on Wednesday. Christina Benoit, creative director of the home decor, gifts and apparel store, expects higher revenues this year than last, saying customers are “really focused on buying local this year.” Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

State and national health officials have urged people to keep holiday celebrations small and close to home as the coronavirus spreads quickly in Maine and across the country. One side effect of that is helping small businesses here as shoppers flock online, pick up curbside and look to support local businesses and Maine-made goods.

Bangor, Brewer among large Maine school districts with COVID-19 outbreaks

Bangor High School. Credit: Linda Coan O’Kresik / BDN Credit: Linda Coan O’Kresik / BDN

Three cases of COVID-19 were reported at Bangor High School, according to Maine CDC Director Nirav Shah. South Portland High School, Brewer High School, Auburn Middle School and Foxcroft Academy also recorded three epidemiologically linked cases each — which constitutes an outbreak — in the past two days, Shah said.

Maine dog on her way home after 10 months on the run

A golden retriever mix named Honey Bear was on the run in Maine for 10 months. This week she was finally captured 100 miles from her home. Credit: Courtesy of Lisa Kelley Credit: Courtesy of Lisa Kelley

Honey Bear is a survivor. Only a few years old, the golden retriever mix made it for 10 months and about 100 miles on her own after bolting from her owner in Monson. And now, she’s heading home for Thanksgiving.

UMaine System reinstates old health care plan after retirees protest proposed switch

University of Maine System Chancellor Dannel Malloy is shown in November 2019. Credit: Linda Coan O’Kresik / BDN

Former employees can now choose between staying with the Aetna group health plan or switching to the new Aon Retiree Health Exchange plan, which the system previously announced retirees would have to switch to by Jan. 1, 2021. 

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Pagerie Offers True Luxury Fashion That Changes The Way We Walk Our Dogs

As soon as photographs of President Elect Biden with his German Shepherd dogs, Major and Champ, flooded the internet, many of us knew that brighter days were ahead. There is something about leaders and their dogs that make us feel we are in good hands. I’d like to credit it to the fact that the dog-human relationship is anchored largely on values of trust, unconditional love and loyalty. If a human can share this with their canine family members, it is with absolute certainty then that we can expect the same from them when it comes relating with other humans. Think about it, some of the world’s most beloved leaders have also been known as dog-lovers: Obama and his two Portuguese water dogs, Finnish President Sauli Niinistro and his Boston Terrier, Queen Elizabeth and her Corgis.

The same can be said on the fashion front. We’ve fallen in love not just with Valentino’s couture creations but his army of pugs as well. Then there are the stars to Tom Ford’s A Single Man, his hounds India and Angus. Lest we forget, Marc Jacobs’ Bull Terrier Neville is influencing his way through social media with a staggering 200k+ followers.

In more ways than one, our pets are extensions of who we are—our personality, temperament, humor and style. Dressing them up is nothing new either, as we’ve seen dozens of doggie costumes, sweaters and scarves come and go. As a proud owner of two high-powered Belgian Shepherds (a three-year-old Belgian Malinois named Whisky and a six-month-old Belgian Tervuren named Coco), the dream has always been to show them off as perfectly groomed and dressed fur babies. There is a sense of pride and fulfillment when someone tells you that your fur kids are gorgeous or adorable. I’d liken it to being a proud parent.

Not all dogs, however, take to accessories warmly. Whisky, whose been gifted with knits, scarves and sweaters throughout the years has gained quite the reputation for chowing down his outfits. I always assumed that it had to do with these items constricting his movements or making him feel uncomfortable. After countless attempts, I’d given up on trying to dress him. Suffice to say, I’ve also ceased trying with the younger Coco.

PAGERIE’s approach to accessorizing dogs with premium, handcrafted pieces was worth reconsidering. The first to offer ultra-luxury harnesses, leashes and collars for canine companions, the lifestyle brand creates pieces with the same attention to detail that designer bags are made. A brainchild of lawyer-turned-beauty expert Mandy Madden Kelly, PAGERIE was borne out of a desire to dress dogs for “de rigueur occasions. Pagerie was founded because our dogs and daily practices deserve

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67 gift ideas for the person who loves dogs more than humans

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Dog lovers are a different breed. They have no problem stopping strangers on the street to ask if they can pet their dogs. In fact, some people will even cross the street for their dog fix.

These are the same people who blow up social media on National Dog Day — an event they seem to celebrate every day, judging by their paw-inspired posts. If you have someone like this in your life, here are a few gifts for dog lovers, according to dog lovers.

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Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s 2020 Gift Guide to find the perfect present for everyone on your list!

Best home gifts for dog lovers

1. Wipe Your Paws Welcome Mat

Wipe Your Paws Welcome Mat

Wipe Your Paws Welcome Mat $28.00 at Etsy

Give this a-door-able welcome mat as a housewarming gift. It can be used indoors or outdoors and comes in eight different sizes.

2. Custom Pet Portrait

Custom Pet Portrait

Custom Pet Portrait $24.71 at Etsy

This bestselling custom pet portrait is the perfect way to show your friend or family member how much you value their dog!

3. Zen Dog Garden Sculpture

Zen Dog Garden Sculpture

Zen Dog Garden Sculpture
Zen Dog Garden Sculpture

Zen Dog Garden Sculpture $35.00 at UncommonGoods

Whether or not your friend knows it, the Chinese lettering engraved on these sculptures means loyalty. Plus, dog lovers will enjoy the calming effect that can bring peace of mind to any space.

4. “Canines of New York,” by Heather Weston

“Canines of New York,” by Heather Weston

Canines of New York (Amazon / Amazon)
Canines of New York (Amazon / Amazon)
  • “Canines of New York,” by Heather Weston $20.03 at Amazon

  • “Canines of New York,” by Heather Weston $9.85 at Barnes and Noble

  • “Canines of New York,” by Heather Weston $19.19 at Target

No dog lover’s coffee table is complete without this hardcover paying homage to New York’s canine crowd. This glossy book features more than 500 photos — snapshots showcasing a dog’s life in the city that never sleeps.

5. Park Life Designs Hector Treat Tin

Park Life Designs Hector Treat Tin

Park Life Designs Hector Treat Tin (Amazon / Amazon)
Park Life Designs Hector Treat Tin (Amazon / Amazon)

Park Life Designs Hector Treat Tin $20.99 at Amazon

Dress up your kitchen counters and keep your dog happy by keeping this ribbed enamel treat holder, with its copper-plated dog bone emblem, filled with treats. A silicone seal keeps snacks fresh.

6. Kikkerland Dog Butt Magnets

Dog Butts Animal Magnets

Dog Butts Animal Magnets (Amazon / Amazon)
Dog Butts Animal Magnets (Amazon / Amazon)

Dog Butts Animal Magnets $14.29 at Amazon

Your friend will smile every time they open the fridge if you get them

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Pandemic pet boom puts dogs, cats and other critters at the top of the holiday gift list

  • Pet merchandise is expected to be one of the top gift-giving categories this holiday season, with people planning to spend an average of $90, according to a survey by consulting firm Deloitte.
  • Walmart, Chewy, Petco, Petsmart and other retailers have stocked up on seasonal costumes, chew toys and other pet gifts.
  • “Pet parents have more time. All of us have more time,” Chewy CEO Sumit Singh said. “When you have time and there are more people at home, pets are actually getting entertained and engaged more.”



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During the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, Meagan Remmes felt a tug for companionship after she got furloughed from her job and spent long days in a quiet house. She found her answer about two weeks ago in a box abandoned near her mailbox.

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She heard a whimper. Inside, she found a weeks-old puppy wrapped in a towel.

Her new rescue puppy, Locust, is one of many that have joined families through adoptions and fostering during the pandemic as Americans seek out company and find it in pets from reptiles to cats. As Americans get ready for the holidays, retailers and industry-watchers anticipate that pet boom may drive sales of dog treats, cat furniture, pet-sized ugly Christmas sweaters and other gifts throughout the holiday season.

Pet merchandise is expected to be one of the top gift-giving categories, according to a survey by consulting firm Deloitte. About half of the more than 4,000 people surveyed by the firm said they plan to purchase pet foods and supplies during the holiday season. On average, they plan to spend $90 on pet items, such as gifts for their own dog or for a family member or friend’s pet.

About one in four people said they plan to buy pet toys, decor and accessories as a gift. About 15% of those surveyed said they hoped to receive those as a gift.

Walmart said it’s prepared to sell more than 3 million pet beds. Chewy said it will offer gift cards and personalized mugs, blankets and bandanas for the first time this holiday. And PetSmart will carry a mix of seasonal attire — including Santa costumes for bearded dragons.

Rod Sides, vice chairman of retail and distribution at Deloitte, said pet owners need supplies for their new pets. He said historical buying patterns show that pets take priority, even when the budget is tight.

“Often, pet is a fairly recession-proof category,” he said. “Folks will continue to spend for their pets, just as they do for their kids and family.”



a teddy bear sitting on top of a lizard: PetSmart has a wide range of seasonal pet gifts and costumes, including some for bearded dragons. I just got and uploaded the permission slip from them.


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A $53 billion market

Even before the pandemic, pet care spending was on an upward trajectory. The $131 billion global industry is expected to have a 7% compound annual growth rate over the next five years, according to research by Jefferies. The

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Early American explorers bred dogs for their ‘woolly’ hair

Early North American explorers bred dogs so they would have ‘woolly hair’ that could be sheared like a sheep – and then spun it into clothing and blankets, a study found. 

Iain McKenchnie and colleagues from the Hakai Institute in British Columbia, Canada, examined the records of more than 170,000 canine bones dug up at 210 sites in the Pacific northwest.

The first humans arrived in North America from Eurasia about 11,000 years ago and they found very few animals suitable for domestication, McKenchnie said.

This prompted them to turn to the dogs they took with them and over generations bred them for different purposes, including small woolly dogs for clothing.

According to the team other dogs were pressed into service as draught animals, pulling sleds and others were used more conventionally for hunting.

Researchers found two 'common' types of dogs in the archaeological record - a smaller 'wool' dog up to 19.5 inches high and a village dog for hunting up to 23 inches high

Researchers found two ‘common’ types of dogs in the archaeological record – a smaller ‘wool’ dog up to 19.5 inches high and a village dog for hunting up to 23 inches high

Bones studied as part of this research came from the Pacific northwest including Oregon and Alaska and most were from domestic dogs rather than wolves or foxes. 

The most common type of remains belonged to a woolly spitz-like dog that was knee high to a human and showed evidence of being sheared like sheep.

This backs up a historical diary entry from the early 19th century made at a trading post in British Colombia that described the people of the Cowichan tribe travelling in canoes filled with ‘dogs more resembling [lambs] shown of their wool’.

The dog remains discovered by the Hakai and University of Oregon researchers were distinctly split into two types – big and small.

Iain McKenchnie and colleagues from the Hakai Institute examined the records of more than 170,000 canine bones dug up at 210 sites in the Pacific northwest. Stock image

Iain McKenchnie and colleagues from the Hakai Institute examined the records of more than 170,000 canine bones dug up at 210 sites in the Pacific northwest. Stock image

The bigger dogs were relatively tall and rangy, likely used in hunting, companionship and for pulling sleds and carts in the frozen regions – as seen in Alaska today.

These larger dogs were relatively few in number compared to the second type, a smaller dog that would have been covered in wool-like fur.

This suggests evidence of ‘roles for dogs including hunting, companionship, and wool production in a region lacking terrestrial agriculture and domestic livestock,’ the researchers wrote in their paper. 

Carly Ameen from the University of Exeter, a canine expert not involved in this study, told The Times dogs replaced the roles of animals the settlers left behind in Eurasia.

‘Dogs were used to fill a lot of these technical roles. You end up with sled dogs in the Arctic to pull things around,’ Ameen said.

‘And you also get these really interesting occurrences of some dogs that were used for their wool, much like people in Eurasia were using sheep.’ 

The authors say that breeding small dogs for wool-and-hair textiles enabled the production of economically valuable material for trade.

This was then further enhanced by using the

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Dogs, Guns, Grenades, Clothing Stolen From Miami Home: Police

MIAMI, FL — Police are investigating a home burglary that took place early Monday in the 4100 block of NW 10th Avenue, the Miami Police Department said in a news release.

Among the thieves’ haul were three French bulldogs worth $60,000 combined. They also stole $20,000 in designer clothing, and nine guns and 20 flash bang grenades worth more than $7,500 total.

The victim wasn’t home at the time of the burglary, but he received a notification from his Ring doorbell at about 3:18 a.m., police said. The Ring surveillance video showed three masked intruders at his home.

When he arrived home, he found his back door had been broken into and left open, and his home had been ransacked. A fourth dog was left in the house and appeared injured, police said.

Detectives are looking for three male suspects in the case. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Miami Police Department’s Burglary Unit at 305-603-6030 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

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Hot Dog Stand Recipe – You Can Make Yummy Stadium Style Hot Dogs Right at Home

I made hot dogs the same way pretty much for years. They were always okay, but nothing to brag about. I think maybe in the back of my mind, the lowly wiener was just not important enough to warrant creative input from my imaginative culinary side. Then one day, I decided to try something different.

As a youngster, I was taught to boil the wiener in water, put it in a bun, and squirt various condiments on top. But as I grew and advanced in culinary skills, I knew there had to be a way to improve on this method of cooking a hot dog.

Things that go great with hot dogs are: potato chips, baked beans, coleslaw, or potato salad.

This method of cooking the lowly wiener is now a regular thing around my house. My family loves them, and they really are good. Here's what you'll need:

* All beef wieners (you can eat that other "stuff" if you want, we only eat beef wieners; we also prefer bun length)
* Soft buns (you want fresh buns here, not stale, although you can steam stale buns back to life if you insist on using old bread – I have other uses for old bread such as Bread Pudding with Amaretto Sauce)
* Hot dog relish
* Sauerkraut
* Diced onions
* Mustard and ketchup
* Kraft shredded mexican style four cheese blend
* Hot dog chili sauce (Castleberry's is our favorite)
* Laura's homemade cole slaw
* Butter
* Tin foil
* Crock-pot
* Cast iron skillet

Now, you do not have to do everything the same way I do it. I am letting everyone know how I do it, and you can adjust as you see fit.

Please note the hot dogs need to spend some time in the crock-pot in order to be good, and the steaming method I mention below is great. Plan properly so the dog packets get to warm and meld inside their "packet" in the hot crock-pot. I usually make the dogs and allow them 45 minutes to an hour in the crock.

  1. About an hour before dinner, turn the crock-pot on low and let it get warm.
  2. Heat up the iron skillet, and add a tablespoon of butter.
  3. Fry the beef wieners in the iron skillet.
  4. When they have a good "fry" on the outside, sort of like you get if you grill them, remove and place inside of a fresh non-stale soft bun (I am very particular about my bread being soft and fresh)
  5. Immediately wrap the assembled bun and wiener in tin foil, sealing all edges.
  6. Place in crock-pot.
  7. Repeat with remaining buns and wieners.
  8. Cover the crock-pot and leave it alone.
  9. Heat up the chili in the microwave or on the stove.
  10. Prepare the other condiments.
  11. Get everything on the table, including drinks, chips, dip, whatever.
  12. Then get out one assembled dog at a time for each diner, keeping the rest in the crock-pot with lid on to
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