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Laura T. Coffey



Need a Coffey Break? You’ve come to the right place. Laura T. Coffey is a longtime writer, editor and producer for TODAY.com and author of the bestselling book “MY OLD DOG: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts.” You can find a collection of her



 



George Clooney helps his parents adopt Nate, a rescued dog no...

Sun, 31 Jan 2016 16:00:00 -0500

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George Clooney helps his parents adopt Nate, a rescued dog no one else wanted
A little dog named Nate is doing just great — thanks to some TLC from George Clooney. The Cincinnati-area group LuvFurMutts Animal Rescue reported that the actor and filmmaker made arrangements to adopt the terrier and surprise his parents, Nick and Nina Clooney of Kentucky, with the dog as a present.




‘Stopping two hearts from breaking’: ASPCA ‘safety net’ keeps...

Tue, 08 Dec 2015 14:30:00 -0500

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‘Stopping two hearts from breaking’: ASPCA ‘safety net’ keeps pets out of shelters
After a series of bad days, Jeanette Ortiz was facing the worst one yet. She sat down outside the animal shelter and cried.




‘My Old Dog’: A paw-some adventure leads to...

Sun, 29 Nov 2015 08:12:45 -0500

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‘My Old Dog’: A paw-some adventure leads to heartwarming new book by TODAY writer
Check it out, dog lovers! I just had a puppy — er, baby! OK, I probably should explain that in a bit more detail. (Although a picture does say a thousand words, no?) :-)




‘A thankful spirit’: 7 quotes from real parents...

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:00:00 -0500

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‘A thankful spirit’: 7 quotes from real parents about teaching kindness
Is kindness something that can be taught? According to the TODAY Parenting Team, the answer to that question is an emphatic yes.

(Photo credit: Rachel Garlinghouse)




‘Trouble in Toyland’: See which 22 toys have been...

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 07:05:00 -0500

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‘Trouble in Toyland’: See which 22 toys have been deemed unsafe for kids
An examination of hundreds of toys by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund has turned up 22 that could present special risks for young children.




Kindness in action: 5 ways to teach kids to give back, serve...

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 12:55:00 -0500

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Kindness in action: 5 ways to teach kids to give back, serve others
Want your kids to be kind, not as a result of nagging or lecturing, but because they genuinely care about other people? Here’s one way to do it: Help them get their hands dirty.

(Photo credit: Laura W.)




How do you talk to someone with a disability? Try this magic...

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 14:10:00 -0500

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How do you talk to someone with a disability? Try this magic word
How important can it be to hear a simple “hello”? Very — especially if eye contact with fellow humans is in short supply. It’s the reason a new and charmingly accessible Cerebral Palsy Foundation campaign called “Just Say Hi” exists.




It’s here!!! “My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second...

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 15:16:38 -0400

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It’s here!!! “My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts” is the happiest book you’ll ever read. It’s all about grateful senior animals and the wonderful humans who saved them, and it’s available at book stores everywhere and online at http://www.amazon.com/My-Old-Dog-Rescued-Remarkable/dp/1608683400/.




No longer caged in a puppy mill, Harley named 2015 American Hero...

Sun, 20 Sep 2015 15:15:00 -0400

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No longer caged in a puppy mill, Harley named 2015 American Hero Dog

Harley the dog is almost impossibly small. He’s missing an eye, his legs are deformed and his tongue sticks out of his mouth because most of his teeth had to be removed. But Harley is more than a survivor — he’s a hero.




An ‘emotional muscle’: 8 parents explain how...

Sat, 19 Sep 2015 09:15:00 -0400

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An ‘emotional muscle’: 8 parents explain how gratitude helps them stay happy

Gratitude lies at the heart of being a happy parent and a happy person. It’s the antidote to everything and the answer to all of it.

(TODAY Parenting Team photo courtesy of Rachel Macy Stafford, founder of HandsFreeMama.com.)




On Alaska’s ferries, beloved bars no longer make the...

Sun, 13 Sep 2015 07:05:00 -0400

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On Alaska’s ferries, beloved bars no longer make the trip
For decades, the ferries of the Alaska Marine Highway System have been home to some of the most gloriously quirky bars in the 49th state. They came with names like the Pitch & Roll aboard Motor Vessel Tustumena, and some had deliciously divey decor, as on Motor Vessel Columbia: shiny lame wallpaper, gold Naugahyde booths and dimmer bulbs across the ceiling. But the bars are no more. In April, faced with a $3.5 billion budget deficit due to falling oil revenue, state officials shuttered the last of the bars on the six ferries that had them.




Salty, a relative of Wrangler’s, led blind owner to safety from...

Fri, 11 Sep 2015 06:10:00 -0400

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Salty, a relative of Wrangler’s, led blind owner to safety from 71st floor on 9/11
“I tried to let him go down first for a few minutes, but he said, ‘No.’ He refused to leave me. He came back to me. He said, 'We are together. As long as we are in here, we are together.’“




Last known surviving 9/11 search dog from Ground Zero enjoys...

Thu, 10 Sep 2015 12:09:00 -0400

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Last known surviving 9/11 search dog from Ground Zero enjoys ‘Sweet 16’ bash
In human years, this retired search dog is more than 100, but she acted like a puppy when New Yorkers gave her a Sweet 16 birthday bash.




15 keys to happiness for overwhelmed, overburdened parentsYou...

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 09:00:00 -0400

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15 keys to happiness for overwhelmed, overburdened parents

You are not alone! Many, many parents report feeling overwhelmed by a relentless stream of obligations and pressures. We all try to do the best we can — but how can we be our best selves? Thankfully, the TODAY Parenting Team is here to help. (Photo courtesy of TODAY Parenting Team contributor Amanda Mushro)




16 tips to calm back-to-school jitters for kids (and...

Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:05:00 -0400

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16 tips to calm back-to-school jitters for kids (and parents!)

Like all big transitions in life, the start of a new school year can be scary for kids — and for moms and dads too! How can parents help their kids cope? And how can they keep their own anxieties in check? (TODAY Parenting Team photo courtesy of Michelle in the Middle)




‘As much time as they want’: Netflix offers...

Tue, 04 Aug 2015 17:15:00 -0400

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‘As much time as they want’: Netflix offers 'unlimited’ leave for new parents

Netflix announced that it would begin offering employees “unlimited” maternity and paternity leave during the first year after a child’s birth or adoption.




Olympian Dara Torres: ‘I leave and go to dinner’...

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:45:00 -0400

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Olympian Dara Torres: ‘I leave and go to dinner’ during daughter’s swim practice

The winner of 12 Olympic medals is now a swim mom herself. She dutifully takes her 9-year-old daughter Tessa to swim practice twice a week — and then disappears. “It keeps me from getting too involved or looking at coach and thinking, 'Wait a minute …'”




Soooo sleepy! See hilarious photos of ‘canine couch...

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:55:00 -0400

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Soooo sleepy! See hilarious photos of ‘canine couch potatoes’

To celebrate the release of his new books, dog-loving author David Rosenfelt invited readers to post their best lazy dog photos for a “Canine Couch Potato Contest.” The response was astonishing (and nap-inducing).




‘My stomach just dropped!’ Parents of boys named...

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 11:25:00 -0400

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‘My stomach just dropped!’ Parents of boys named Atticus flinch, then stand firm

Hundreds of parents who named their sons Atticus found themselves walloped by a feeling of disbelief. That’s because Atticus Finch, the beloved defender of a falsely accused black man in Harper Lee’s classic 1960 novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” has emerged as a racist and segregationist in Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman.”




Im-paws-ibly cute: Kittens play baseball on TV in ‘Paw...

Sat, 11 Jul 2015 05:00:00 -0400

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Im-paws-ibly cute: Kittens play baseball on TV in ‘Paw Star Game’

It’s a well-known fact among cat lovers: Kittens instinctively take batting to a whole new level.