Mary Schwager

"Watchdog" Mary Schwager is a Columnist at Grit Daily. She is a television and print journalist watch-dogging for consumers and animals. She is honored to have won 16 Emmy awards, seven Edward R. Murrow awards, and Associated Press awards for investigative reporting and writing.

Police claim meth flushed down the toilet is impacting alligators and the Internet isn’t happy about it

You know the warning: Don’t flush drugs down the toilet. Health officials, environmental activists, and municipal water workers know the results of dumping dope, prescriptions, and meds in the john. Residual amounts end up in local lakes and rivers, harming wildlife. Stoned wildlife? So, if you’re thinking, “What’s a few stoned fish, mammals and birds?” One U.S. police department just raised a new red flag about drug dumping: It could lead to meth head gators. Surely, something...

An Ailment That Can Cripple Your Pet Is On The Rise

It’s crippling. It’s heartbreaking and it’s affecting more and more pets: Arthritis. A new report out this week reveals that the number of dogs and cats diagnosed with osteoarthritis has more than doubled in the last decade. What is osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis is when an animal’s joint tissue becomes inflamed and damaged. It’s mostly found in the elbows, knees, and hips. Tragically it gets worse over time. If left untreated the disease makes it very painful for pets to walk. The...

Friendly Bear Cub Killed Because People Fed And Took Selfies With Him

A friendly black bear cub is dead because people fed and took selfies with the wild animal and people are pissed. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) announced they “lethally removed a black bear” that was hanging out next to a popular boat ramp in a park. Police discovered the bear cub had a good thing going near the Scoggins Valley Park: Free food. State officials said in a news release wildlife biologists discovered he was “eating trail mix, sunflower seeds, cracked corn, and...

The Pet Lab swiped a pic of a rescued dog and put it in a product review

It seems like pirating personal pictures and photo-shopping diversity is all the rage these days. It’s also unethical. In a move analogous to Buzzfeed reporter Ryan Mac’s keen eye that spotted a photoshopped pic of tech bros trying to look diverse (on GQ), Grit Daily’s Watchdog Mary caught her own version of a fake — this time with a pet pic seemingly thieved by a company called “The Pet Lab.” The dog was a rescue named Millie. The Pet Lab...

Can you find the ticks on this poppy seed muffin?

Well, this one will gross you out! Can you find the ticks on this poppy seed muffin? There are five of them. These pictures are from the Centers for Disease Control. The federal agency that studies and manages disease risks published them on its Facebook page this week to warn people these insects can be as tiny as a poppy seed. So you need to look closely at your clothing after you’ve been out in the woods or walking in a field to find them. Experts say it’s important to realize how...

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