Having a dog is a big responsibility. Read this contributed post on how to keep your dog as happy and healthy as possible.
Our dogs aren't pets; they are our fur kids, members of the family, and our unconditional friends. It is no surprise then that we want to take care of them in the best way possible and ensure their happiness, as they contribute to ours. Read on to find out how.
Feed them right
One thing that it is vital to do for your pup is to feed them properly. Yes, I know that your pup will look at you with those big gorgeous eyes and practically transmit the message into your brain that they want a scrap of what you are eating. However, often time this can do them harm in the long run.
In fact, many human foods can be dangerous for our doggy friends such as caffeine, chocolates, garlic, and onions, and therefore we owe it to them to protect our doggos from these.
Also, it's vital that you get the level of nutrition in you pupper's food right for their breed their activity level, and their size. Otherwise, you can end up over or under feeding your dog and causing them harm.
It's even necessary that you get the right feeding bowl for them to use, as dogs with long neck will need their dish lifted off of the floor. While those pups with long ears will need a high sided bowl so they don't end up getting their dinner in all the places it shouldn't be.
Next, to keep your dog happy it's essential that you groom them regularly. Now you can get a professional dog grooming service to do this for you, or you can you do it yourself at home.
Of course, to do a proper DIY job you will need to get some professional dog grooming clippers, as well as nail clippers or buffers, and some doggy brushes. The latter being particularly important because you must brush your dog's coat before you bathe them. Otherwise, you can end up with tiny pin knots in their fur which are super painful when you try and brush them out!
Perhaps our most important task as dog moms or dads apart from caring for them physically is to show them love and kindness as well.
Of course, this can be particularly tough if you have a nervous dog that finds it tough to calm down or be shown affection physically. Although, there are some strategies available that can help you cope with such issues such as pet Reiki, a spiritual practice that can help calm your dog and improve the friendship between you.
See to their medical needs
Regular vet checks will keep your pup healthy and happy.
Lastly, don't forget that, as well as love and care, your dog's specific medical needs, must be dealt with as well. This means checkups for dogs that are in good health, as well as treatments and even surgeries for dogs that are not.
Of course, all these things can be provided by your local veterinary clinic. Something that makes it's a good idea to register with them as soon as your pup comes to live with you. Then you will be able to access any medical care they need and keep them as well as and happy, just like they deserve.
Don't give up on staying healthy and active just because you are getting older. Read these great tips in this contributed post to learn how to keep your mind and body healthy.
No matter how hard we might try, there is no way of stopping the clock or even turning back time. There is no amount of anti-aging creams that will help you hold onto your youth, and new beauty treatments that can keep you in your twenties or thirties forever. We need to come to terms with the fact that we are all going to get old at one point - it’s just a part of being alive!
But getting old doesn’t mean that you need to stop being healthy and enjoying your life. You just need to know what to expect once you do start to age so that you are better equipped to deal with these changes. Read on to find out more!
As we age, our bones begin to weaken and their density decreases. This is especially the case in women who have already gone through the menopause. In some worst-case scenarios, this can lead to health conditions like osteoporosis. Lots of old people also find that it takes longer to recover from injuries such as broken bones. There are ways to prevent your bones weakening too much, though. You just need to increase your intake of vitamin C and D as well as take part in a lot of exercise.
Our bones aren’t the only thing that weakens in our bodies as we grow older - our bladders do too! This is something else that is a major issue for women. Thankfully, there is a lot of help at hand. If you suffer with bladder problems, you might want to start buying incontinence products so that you don’t have to go through any embarrassing situations when you are out and about. Doing some pelvic floor exercises should help to strengthen the bladder which can improve bladder function.
Lots of people also experience a decline in their memory as they age. The best way you can prevent this from affecting you too much is to start working on your brain now. Doing a crossword or Sudoku puzzle each day will help strengthen the mind so that it isn't too badly affected by the aging process.
The Metabolism Slows Down
Many people find that their metabolism slows down as they enter old age as well. This means that your body won’t be able to metabolize food quite as quickly as it once could. As a result, you could find that it is a lot easier to put on weight. However, a slowing metabolism should also reduce your appetite, so you might find that you don’t eat as much as you used to, which can help you maintain a healthy weight.
You need to keep on top of your dental hygiene once you age as old people are more susceptible to teeth problems, such as cavities and gum disease. Visiting your dentist on a regular basis should help you with this.
If you follow all of the advice above, you shouldn’t find old age to be too much of a drag!
Did you know that you can get some cleaning done as you do your daily chores and simply move about the house? You can save time and make the cleaning process much simpler and faster when it is time do some housecleaning. We want to show you a few tips that make cleaning as you go a way of life.
Clean Up Spills Right Away
The best clean-as-you-go tip that we can give you is to take care of spills right away. Even if it is water that spilled, you need to dry it up or otherwise get rid of the spill. The sooner you deal with it, the easier it will be to clean up. Stephanie from diamondcleaningcalgary "If you leave some spills, they become sticky or they stain, and that can make them difficult to get rid of later on".
Clean While Things Are Cooking
It can take a while to make a big meal for the family or even just for yourself. While you have items in the microwave or oven or on the stove, just wash up the dishes, clean the countertops or do other cleaning tasks that don’t require you to move far from the kitchen. You’ll be making use of those little moments that you might otherwise waste and have a much cleaner house that doesn’t take as long to tidy up later. Be careful, though, about getting too involved with whatever you are cleaning, as that can distract you so much that you forget about something you have cooking on the stove.
Organize as You Walk
When you need to go from one room to the next for whatever reason, take a quick glance around the room you are in to see if there is something there that belongs in the room you are going to. You can get in the habit of this pretty quickly and start picking things up and putting them where they go as you move about the house with your daily tasks. You’ll keep a much cleaner house this way and start to have a zero tolerance for things being left out where they don’t go. You’ll be surprised at how nice your house looks and how fast you can get it cleaned up each day, if you practice this small thing.
Have a Place for Everything
This ties into the last point, because if you don’t have a place for everything to go, then you won’t think to put it away when you see it out of place. You can set up storage bins in the kids’ rooms and shoe racks by the door to ensure that the things most often left out have a proper place. You can also create a paper or book rack for all those loose newspapers and books that end up all around the house.
Doing these simple things can make a huge difference in how your house looks from day to day. If you manage to do all these tasks, it will be so much easier to clean your house.
Have you been thinking about getting a dog?
8 Reasons that dogs make the best pets are explored in this contributed post.
Dogs have long been known as man’s best friend and anyone who owns dogs will know that their title as our favourite furry companions is well and truly deserved. Take a look at these amazing things that dogs do for us and you’ll be left wondering if we truly deserve to have them in our lives…
They’re Always There for You
Dogs are great, Dogs don’t judge. Whether you’re having a bit of a bad day or you’re in full-on breakdown mode crying more tears than your thought possible, they will be there with a friendly ear, and comforting fur, to listen to you, reassure you and make you feel so much better, and all of that without ever saying a word. That’s probably why so many people are now registering their dogs as emotional support animals. If you’re having a tough time yourself, it might be worth looking at this support dog info to see if your dog could accompany you in difficult situations too. Everything is better with your four-legged companion by your side.
They Keep You Warm
This might not be quite as important, but there’s no denying that on those cold winter nights, having your dog lay by your feet is a great comfort, not only because they keep you warm but because their presence is so calming in its own right too.
They are Loyal
No matter how badly you screw up or how difficult your being, your dog will always have your back and be totally loyal to you. It’s not surprising then that 40 percent of dog owners have admitted to telling their dogs everything about their life.
They Encourage You to Exercise
You might think that sitting in front of the TV doing nothing very much is the perfect way to spend your evenings or that staying in bed all morning on a Sunday is idea, but your dog is likely to have very different ideas and he’ll be cute at you until you slip on your shoes and go for a nice long walk, which is really what you need anyway, right? People who have dogs tend to be far more active than those who do not and that brings a whole host of health benefits with it. You'd be surprised just how effective at keeping you healthy walking is. It’s truly amazing stuff!
They’re Always Happy to See You
When you walk through the door after a long day at work, your dog always makes you feel like the most special person in the world, giving you a little lift right when you need it.
No matter how big or small, dogs are brave and they will always seek to protect you from strangers who might do you ill.
They Can Prevent Allergies
Dogs can help to keep you healthy in so many ways, but if you have kids, one of the best things they can do is help to prevent allergies. When children are around their dander, they build up an immunity which means they’re less likely to get asthma or less serious allergies in the future.
They’re So Cute
There’s no denying that dogs are irresistibly cute. From Chihuahuas to Wolfhounds, I’ve yet to see a dog that I didn’t immediately fall in love with. Beautiful animals, they definitely are.
Put simply, dogs are the best!
Would you like to spruce up your home but are not sure where to find the funds? Read this contributed post to get some funding ideas.
It’s that time of year again. This time of the year is the time where most of us are starting to plan out what we want to do with our homes. It could be a lick of paint, a new floor or a whole reshuffle. Home improvements can cost a pretty penny so it is important that you know exactly what you want before diving in to it. The first question to ask is how will your fund tour renovations?
You might think that once you out your money into a pension that you won’t see it again until you are old and grey, but this isn’t the case. You can cash in on your pension fund at any time and because of this it means you can use it for whatever you need. If you think you need to take the money out for a large renovation project, you can do this, just bear in mind that you are ripping into your fund for the future.
Savings and Investments
The most common way that people fund any project in their lives is through saving up for it. If you currently have a large chunk of money in a savings account, then this is the perfect time to start planning what jobs you want to do and also think about the budget you have to work with. It might be that you have enough to to two rooms in the house, so you need to choose which are the most important.
If you don’t currently have a huge chunk of money waiting to be spent, you might want to take a look into investment. By investing your money in the stock market or somewhere else, you can bring back a hefty return to use for any upgrades you want to complete on your home.
If your home is a dire need of restructuring, you may start to think about taking out a loan to complete the work. Bear in mind before you jump in that taking out a loan can be an expensive affair, and it could affect your credit score if you are unable to pay it back.
If you currently have a bad credit score you might be under the impression that you cannot take out a loan at all, but there are companies out there who will allow you to take out signature loans no credit check. This means you won’t need to worry about the lender checking your credit report before offering you the loan. Just make sure you are able to pay it back.
Another option if you are looking to carry out substantial work to your home is taking out a mortgage. A lot of mortgage lenders have now increased the age you have to pay off a mortgage to 85 in line with people working for longer and living longer. Because of this you may be able to take out a mortgage in order to help you pay the fees for your project.
Would you like to own a dog? This contributed post provides important questions for you to see if it's the right choice for you and your family.
Deciding to add to your family is a big decision that should never be taken too lightly. Children and pets, they all require you to ask yourself certain questions to ensure that you are ready for the commitment. While owning a pet may not impact you as much as having a child would, it’s vital that you still consider the decision carefully. After all, you are taking on a living thing. This is because owning a dog, or any other pet for that matter, is something you have complete control over. You decide whether you are ready and want to embark on this new journey. Sometimes children don’t give you that luxury.
But how do you know if you are truly ready for a pet dog? What should you do to ensure that you can truly commit? Sometimes just going with your heart isn’t always the answer and you need to think about the decision logically and explore all the angles. So I thought I would share with you some of the most common questions to ask yourself when considering getting a dog.
Do we have space for the dog?
One of the main things to consider when getting a dog is the space you have in your home. Do you have enough space to accommodate a four legged friend who can bounce around your home and have an abundance of energy? Sometimes you don’t realise in advance what impact having another member of the family can do to the space you have in your home. You will need to ensure they have a place to sleep or stay during the hours you are not there. You need to think about whether there's any toilet training that needs to take place, especially if you are getting a puppy. Space is a big factor throughout the decision making process.
Can I even have a dog in my home?
It is all well and good considering whether you have the space, but honestly, is a pet dog even an option for the property you live in? If you own your home it is different, but if you rent, you may need to check your contract to ensure that you have the right to have a pet in your property. If there are no guidelines then you may need to seek permission ahead of time. Secondly, if your property a house with outside space, or is it a flat or an apartment. This again could have a big impact on your decision making as having a family pet dog in an apartment might not be as easy as if you have a house where a dog can roam around the garden if it needs a little fresh air.
Do we have enough time to give a dog?
A dog needs your time, there is no hiding from that fact. Time for playing, affection and most of all training. Considering dog training is important to ensure they obey your orders and behave well. The last thing anyone wants is an unruly pet causing havoc in your home. Dog training especially will take time and it will require your commitment and effort to remain consistent. But you also need to think about whether you can commit the time to walk a dog and exercise them each day. So make sure you consider whether you have that free time to give.
Can we afford to keep a dog healthy and happy?
There is no hiding from the cost implications of having a pet dog. They need your attention, yes, but they also need food to eat, a place to sleep, and regular treatments to keep their skin and gut healthy. Thankfully, brands like PetAction are around to help dog owners keep their pets in tip top condition. But you also need to consider the option of vet bills should an accident happen or your pet dog becomes unwell. These things cost money. Some regular, some might be one off payments, but however you look at it, a pet dog will always have an impact on your monthly budget.
Can we maintain a dog schedule?
In all honesty, it doesn’t take much to look after a dog. If you are an animal lover, the general chores won’t be an issue to you at all. In fact, you will probably take great enjoyment out of cleaning them up and taking good care of them. But a dog does need to have regular exercise each day. Walking tends to be the most popular way and most dog owners will do this twice a day. While some may use this as an opportunity to be more active in their own lifestyles, sometimes, you may find that this isn;’t always something you can completely commit to. What if the weather is bad one day? It doesn’t mean that your dog shouldn't be exercised. You have to ask yourself whether you are around for those regular exercise jaunts. The feeding schedules and of course have time to offer affection. Will you be able to fully commit? Of course, if you do have a busy job, there are local services you could look into, such as regular dog walkers who can happily take your dog out each day for a fee.
What happens when we are not there?
Finally, not everyone is fortunate enough to stay at home each day. So there is bound to be times where your dog will need to be at home without you, it’s unavoidable. So it is important to ensure that you ease your dog gently into this to avoid causing issues with separation anxiety in the future. You also need to workout how long they may be potentially left for. It’s unfair to keep a dog locked away for long periods of time. Not only do they need some form of exercise, or at least be able to stretch their legs, but they may also need to relieve themselves at some point. Factoring this into your schedule is vital.
I hope this helps you come to a decision of owning a dog easily.
Are you considering adding a pet to your life? Be sure to read this contributed post which covers many areas related to pet ownership.
This year it might not be such a bad idea to bring a new family member into your home. Getting yourself a pet cat or dog can be great for your health. Concentrating your focus on taking care of your new companion can bring about a real sense of purpose and fulfilment. Not to mention playing with these little critters can massively reduce your blood pressure and anxiety levels. Some universities and colleges have even decided to fill a room with puppies and kittens so that they're students can play with them when they're experiencing high levels of stress. Just looking at cute pictures of small animals on line can bring peace and calm into your life. If you get yourself a dog you'll be fitter than ever from taking them out for daily walks and could be making great new friends in a whole new community of animal livers. But you'll have to remember that these pets have needs to and just there to bring happiness to your life. They are come as package containing responsibility and commitment. Here's what you'll need to consider before you offer up your lovely home as a place to stay.
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Where are you going to get your new best friend from? There's so many animals just now living in shelters that need your help. Do you really need a purebred? Consider adopting before purchasing from a dog breeder. If you decide in the end that it's all just a bit too much to take on then you could still look into the option of sponsoring an animal. That way you know your money will be going towards a great cause helping to fund the upkeep and happiness of those poor animals and you won't have to dedicate so much of your time. You may even want to look into specifically sponsoring a guide dog that way you'll be giving a great home to the dog as well as helping someone with sight difficulties. Another great thing about going to a shelter to collect a little kitten or pupper is that it could be free. Getting yourself a purebred can be an extortionate option.
Taking care of your pet
As a human you're going to have different needs from your pet. Just like having a child the wellbeing of your pet is going to be on your mind constantly. There's a few things you could be doing to give yourself peace of mind. Get pet insurance. It could save you so much money if anything tragic was to ever happen to your little buddy. There's lots of options online to choose from and signing up is as easy as clicking a button. Get a vet. Find out where your local vet is and take a visit with your pet so everyone can get to know each other. This will be like a doctor for your pet and the stronger the relationship they have with each other the better the advice for help will be. Look out for bugs! Nasty little creatures like ticks and fleas will want to make themselves a home in your pets fur. Don't let them. If you discover this has happened then you could use products like Advecta flea meds for cats and dogs which should solve your problem.
Going on holiday?
Pets are going to take up a lot of your time. Almost all of your time. If you have a busy work schedule or aren't home often then you may want to reconsider if a pet is the best option for you. It makes going on holiday difficult but not impossible. If you want to go without your pet then you'll need to find appropriate care whilst your on vacation. Do you have any family or friends you could trust with your pests whilst your away or are they even willing to do the work. If not then you'll have to seek out professional help which can be costly. If you want to bring your beloved friend with you then this can be tricky. Your pet needs to be healthy and up to date with check ups so that they are safe to travel. What's your destination? Do they have all of the appropriate facilities needed to take care of your pet? If your pet needs medication then you'll have to check it's acceptable to bring into another country. This can all be a bit complicated making the decision to leave your pet at home the better option.
After pets have been fed and watered all they pretty much want to do is love. They can be extremely loyal companions. Although they can't talk back they will always be there to listen and you can unload all your problems of the day by sharing them out loud. If you take care of them and treat them well then they really will be your friends for life. This often works in the real world with people too. Pets can also be very funny creatures. They all have their own personalities and quirks that they're always willing to share with you. You may find yourself laughing out loud at some of the antics they get up to. As mentioned before there are giant communities of animal lovers. Don't be surprised if your stopped more than once on a dog walk by a friendly face. People love talking about and often too your pets. It's a great way of meeting people, socialising and making new friends. You might find your spending more time out of the house than ever before.
Of course pets can be a nightmare at times, they can be expensive, hard work and take up a lot of your time but the joy you will experience in return will be tenfold. Bring it into your life by bringing a pet into your home. If you think you're up for the challenge then why not give a home to a furry little friend today.
Soulmate Connections are explained in this contributed post
It is often said that before you are even born, your spiritual half is already decided for you. Everyone in the world has a perfect match and this person is known as being a soulmate. A lot of people believe that their soulmate is going to give them a lifetime of harmony and bliss, but in reality, your soulmate is designed to help you through your life while also helping you to feel complete. So how do you know if you have found your soulmate?
You Have Crossed Paths
Soulmates often meet each other before they connect. If you want to know how to get your ex boyfriend back or if you feel strongly towards a specific person then there is a high chance that they are your soulmate. They are the one who makes you want to let go of everything and give yourself up completely for them. The truth is that you never connect until the time is right, so if you have met someone who you believe could be your soulmate, don’t give up just because the sparks don’t fly right away. Give it time, and take things slow. Things will happen on their own.
The Ultimate Connection
Every person has to be ready to receive their soul connection. When it comes to your soulmate, your connection is everything but so is your timing. When you meet someone, you should feel as though you are being wrapped in the most comforting blanket you have ever felt. It doesn’t matter whether you are driving together, just sitting in the same room or even going out for a walk, because they somehow make you feel safe and secure.
When you have met your soulmate, you may find that there is a depth to your relationship that you never thought possible. You will feel and hear what your partner is thinking and this is even if they don’t verbally express it. You may find that sometimes in a relationship, you have a difficulty in expressing how you feel when you are in a conversation. This can lead to many different problems in the future and you may even feel as though you are not as connected to your partner as you think you should be. When you have met your soulmate on the other hand, you’ll quickly see that you connect with them on a basis you have never felt before.
You Feel Differently About Them
Have you ever met someone, only to find that you feel completely different about them when compared to the other people in your life? It may be a co-worker or it may even be someone who you have met in the street. Either way, you may feel as though you get a feeling when you are around them that just can’t be explained, or you may even feel as though they make you feel happy in ways you never thought possible. This is the ultimate way to know if you have really met your soulmate, but this may not be 100% evident at first.
Coping strategies for anxiety are explored in this contributed post.
The modern world we find ourselves living in has never been more stressful. With the advent of emerging technologies, social media, and a faster-paced working environment, it can be hard to find time for ourselves. You may constantly be thinking about that meeting you have to attend at work, the conference you need to organize and the performance management review that’s coming up. All the while you have a pal who’s going through a drama that you need to support, your kids are running riot, and all of your so-called ‘friends’ on social media seemingly live perfect, awe-inspiring lives. It’s time to give yourself a break and try and relinquish some of the anxious feelings that have been invading your headspace. Take a look at these strategies that can help keep anxiety at bay.
Take Time Out For You. And Only You
It can be all too easy to think that having some winding down time involves taking the kids to the beach or going out for a meal with your partner. While these are great activities to partake in, you also need to find some spare time, even if it is ten minutes a day, solely for you. Head out for a walk on your own, read another chapter of the latest novel you’ve been reading, or watch an episode of your favorite show on TV. While it may seem insignificant, chilling out on your own can allow you to switch off from everything going on around you and allow you to escape into a more positive frame of mind. Instead of cogitating over the impending visit from your in-laws, think about your next family vacation.
Find What Works For You
Some people find that anxiety can manifest in physical ways. You may find yourself suffering from heart palpitations, tension headaches, tingly hands and feet or digestive issues. You could try an alternative remedy such as acupuncture, hemp supplements like those available at canabidol.com or even reiki massage. Relieving anxiety symptoms is as bespoke and as personalized as the condition itself. What works for a friend may not work for you so pay attention to your body and explore all the options available to you.
The easiest way to relieve anxiety symptoms is to do something to take your mind off the intrusive thoughts that can manifest as anxiety. By doing something physical like the exercise ideas explored at webmd.com, you are giving your mind something else to focus on that may involve a challenge. If you used to jog but haven’t done for a few years, strap on your running shoes and get training for a 5k park run. If you’ve always fancied having a go at rock climbing, now is your chance. By joining a club, you’ll meet like-minded individuals and find that your motivation to succeed in your new hobby far outweighs the burden of your anxiety.
Anxiety isn’t simply feeling a tad nervous - it can be a debilitating condition that negatively impacts on all aspects of your life. Follow these strategies in an attempt to banish anxiety for good.
How to know if someone is your soulmate is explored in this contributed post.
We spend our lives looking for the one. Sometimes, we find the one, but then it turns out that that one was not, in fact, the one that was meant for us. But we keep looking, convinced that, in a world full of negativity, the next one will be the one to change our lives for the better.
And most of the time, that works out. It’s excellent, that feeling of giddy nervousness that doesn’t worry you but fills you with an anticipation that you can’t describe except to those who have experienced the same thing. The old saying goes that ‘When you know, you know.’ But how can you be sure that you know? And where do you go from there?
People are actors. It is never a conscious decision, but at the same time, the person they are at the office, or at the store isn’t necessarily who they truly are.
When meeting your soulmate for the first time, this doesn’t happen. There are no acts or scripts to follow, you cast your insecurities to the side and are just yourself. Your soulmate, too does the same. What follows is nights of endless conversation, excuses to see one another and a complete lack of anxiety.
YOU’RE WILLING TO TAKE A LEAP
Often, those who meet their soulmate will immediately by considering the future with them. Even the most logical and cautious among us will start hearing wedding bells and catch themselves mumbling ‘I do.’ whenever they start daydreaming.
It might even go even further, wedding venues, researching Tacori wedding rings and wedding bands at Whiteflash and juggling which of the weird relatives being there, and which can stay at home. Where you were once nervous anytime the conversation of buying a house together or having children came up, now, you are rattling off baby names in your sleep, and picturing your dream home.
IT JUST FEELS RIGHT
Another feeling that is difficult to describe. But after a day, a week, or a month with your soulmate, you just know. You never feel as if anything you do together is a chore. You can sit up all night without running out of topics to talk about, and, during these long talks, you find yourself nodding and agreeing with everything each other says.
But this agreement and mutual respect is not the same as bumping into someone at a bar and agreeing with them hoping they like you. Instead, you’re not even thinking about the other liking you, because that much is obvious already. Deep, meaningful discussions can go one of two ways; either you find you agree with everything, and even if you don’t agree entirely, you are respectful enough to listen to them explain, or, the minute a conscientious issue arises the conversation comes to a screeching halt. But with a soulmate, that doesn’t happen.
Embarking on a search for a soulmate can be a long road filled with false promises and occasional heartbreak. But, continuing along that path will soon lead to discovering that the one is out there, and they’re searching for you just as scrupulously as you are.