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It Works If You Work Out

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It Works If You Work Out

Hello! I wouldn’t call myself the most physically active person on the entire planet. However, I feel like I’ve been getting in much better shape this summer and, I’ve gotta say, I feel GREAT! It also makes sitting on the couch after a long day that much more rewarding lol. We all need that sedentary time to recharge!

To start my day every morning but Sunday, I do one hundred and thirty push ups. This is something that I am very proud of because I could barely do twenty-five last April. I began incorporating this into my routine to help ease some of the pain in my upper body that I acquired when Johnny and I were in a car accident. I can’t say it helped in that regard but it did make me feel good to try something new.

What started with twenty-five would increase whenever I felt ready. It was a slow process and by August of last year, I could only do fifty. It was exciting to add even a few extra when I could, though. Within a year and a half, I added one hundred and five push ups to my morning routine. I do eighty in a row and rest, then I do fifty more. Although it’s tiring, my day just doesn’t feel right without it.

This summer, I also began working with a young man who loves to play outside. For two and a half hours per week we hike and play soccer and pickleball. When we first started working together, I literally thought I was going to keel over after our sessions. Fast forward to a few months later and I wish we had more time to enjoy the outdoors together!

One final thing that I’ve incorporated into my increasingly active lifestyle is several walks per day with the family dog, Archie. My parents currently have a lot going on and I wanted to make sure they didn’t have to worry about one extra thing. Almost every day of the week, I take Archie on two long walks/runs.

This all began last month and we start out at a run and then slow down to a walk when I need. Every day, I notice that I can keep running a little bit longer than I could before and it feels like a big achievement. I know that Archie loves it and I do too! It has brought our bond closer together and it keeps us both in tip top shape!

None of these improvements in my lifestyle happened over night. Some took over a year and others took several months and weeks. But, as I sat back and thought as I wrote this, it feels like a huge accomplishment. I can do so much more than I ever thought possible and it’s nice to look and feel my best!

What is your favorite form of exercise? Do you have a pet that helps keep you active? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Ways To Help Out A Loved One In Need

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Ways To Help Out A Loved One In Need

Hello!! This past week has been an awful, stressful time for yours truly. And, let’s be honest, these past couple of years have been an awful, stressful time for everyone. COVID, losing your job, and inflation are enough to make anyone go crazy! In times like these, we all could use a helping hand and these are some of the things that I have been implementing in my own family over the past week and change:

Cook A Meal:

When a crisis arises, one of the last things that people think about is having a home cooked meal. There’s nothing wrong with takeout or fast food but nothing hits quite as much as a meal made with love! Someone struggling could really use a good meal so why not bring one over? You could provide all of the fixings for a spaghetti dinner, tacos, or any of their favorite dishes. A meal that has plenty of leftovers is also one that will be much appreciated.

Clean Up:

Another thing that falls by the wayside during difficult times is housework. We all know that a cluttered and unclean environment can make things even more stressful and it is so easy for all of the household chores to start piling up. You don’t have to give a Merry Maids level clean but doing the dishes, taking out the trash, or the dreaded cleaning of the bathrooms will give the person you’re helping one less thing to think about.

Pet Care:

Pets definitely know when something is up because it effects them too. Something as simple as taking the dog for a long walk, playing with the cats, or cleaning cages can be a huge help. You can also keep an eye on their supply of food and replenish it as needed so they will never go without.

Spend Some Time:

Someone going through a lot will surely benefit from just having you as company. You could lend your ear, be a shoulder to cry on, or simply be around and not talk at all. Things like watching a funny show, doing a puzzle, or playing a game can provide some much needed relief when their focus is shifted to something else for a bit.

From big gestures to small, all of it will be so very appreciated. Please keep my family in your thoughts. ❤

How do you provide a helping hand? What helps you to feel better? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

5 Things To Do Before Bringing A Dog Home

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5 Things To Do Before Bringing A Dog Home

A dog is man’s best friend. You’ve probably heard that statement too often, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Dogs are the perfect pets or housemates to have. Pick the right one for you and your family, and you’ll have the most loyal and lovable creature! Numerous studies highlight the several benefits of owning a dog. But if you’re thinking about owning a pet dog for the first time, there are some things you should do first. Here are a few:

Have a good supply of healthy food and treats:

While you may visit several places to get dog food and treats, you don’t need to wait to get a dog before attempting to find the right one. Dog nutrition is complex, and you must ensure that you get the right dog food and treats to help your new family member grow and stay healthy. Be sure to find a reliable and holistic pet store with different dog food types, treats, and other supplies your dog will need. And this leads to the next point:

Stock up on essential dog supplies:

In addition to food, your dog will need several other essentials to make them comfortable, healthy, and safe. These supplies include food and water bowls, a crate, a bed and sleeping area, a dog collar and leash, dog toys, stain and odor removal cleaners, and so much more.

Prepare everyone in your home for their new responsibility:

A dog is a fun addition to the family, but these little guys also have some responsibility. And if you live with others in your home, it’s only right that you prepare them for this. Share the various responsibilities of dog care amongst your family before you bring the dog home. For example, decide who will take care of its daily meals, take the dog out for walks, handle the dog’s training, etc.

Prepare a safe spot for the dog to play and sleep in:

If you’re expecting to bring home a pup, then it needs a safe space to play and sleep in. This space should be confined enough to restrict it from wandering away when not supervised. A safe and confined space also gives a pup enough time to learn its house manners and a spot to chill out comfortably.

Be sure that you’re ready for the responsibility:

If you live alone and cannot rely on anyone else to help you take care of your dog, then you need to be sure that you’re more than ready for the extra load of responsibility. If you have a very busy lifestyle, for example, you must first make enough time in your schedule to devote to your dog, from taking it out for walks to trips to the vet. Also, you might want to make sure that dogs do not trigger any allergic reactions from you.

Once you have implemented these tips, you and your family are ready to welcome your new and special addition. Life truly is great when you have a healthy and loving dog!

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5 Tips To Reduce Stress In Your Pets

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5 Tips To Reduce Stress In Your Pets

Just like humans, it’s necessary to reduce stress in your pets. Animals can get overwhelmed by sounds and other events. With fireworks season fast approaching, you can try the following to help calm them down:

Provide Human and Animal Social Interaction:

Humans require social interaction to survive. However, many species of animals, including cats and dogs, need social interaction even though they might appear independent. For instance, your Persian cat doesn’t purr for nothing and the Aussie Cobberdog will play with you for hours on end and stay close to you all night. This is because your pet feels affection towards you and trusts you. They find solace in you, just as you find comfort in them. Conversations, walks outside, and introductions to other animals can all help to lessen animal stress.

Pet Your Animals as Much as You Can:

Petting an animal reduces stress for both of you. Both your body and your pet’s body release oxytocin when you stroke their fur or hair. The hormone oxytocin is also released when you fall in love with someone or something. Playing with a pet also raises serotonin and dopamine levels, which are both known to lower stress and anxiety. For animals with restricted senses, touch is also crucial. For example, they will use their keen sense of smell to determine that you are not a threat if you pet them gently. Most have this ability.

Stay Inside:

Animals and people share the same chemicals, but they are concentrated differently in animals. For instance, they experience the effects of cortisol and serotonin. These cause both humans and animals to experience the fight or flight response. However, external factors have the potential to seriously distress animals. Cats and dogs, for instance, are easily distracted by loud noises, bright lights, and potent odors. Although training can lessen the reactions, it is best to simply stay away from triggering areas.

Recognize that Your Pets Have Phobias:

Fears are common among animals, particularly cats and dogs. To help them adjust, you must allay their fears. When puppies leave the house, separation anxiety is a common occurrence. When they perceive a threat, animals also experience intense fear. And an animal that is scared may lash out and attack you. You can reassure a scared pet, but they might mistake it for affection and start misbehaving. However, just like humans, exposing animals to their fears helps them cope with the stress that comes with it.

Try Natural Drugs and Herbal Remedies:

Both cats and dogs experience pain and fall ill. Antibiotics and painkillers essentially have the same effect on animals as they do on people. You’ve probably administered pain medication to your dog or cat when they broke a leg or had a bad tooth. Of course, suffering from pain makes an animal distressed and it may start to get restless and distracted. Products made from cannabis can benefit animals. Treats containing CBD for dogs can aid in lowering sources of medical stress in your animals. They are also excellent for dogs with medical conditions like epilepsy, as well as for younger dogs with injuries and older dogs with joint problems.

Animals are sensitive creatures and you can reduce stress in your pets in specific ways. Utilize these tips to help your furry friends and yourself in some cases too!

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4 Helpful Ways To Accommodate Your Pet While Traveling

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4 Helpful Ways To Accommodate Your Pet While Traveling

Are you going on vacation and worried about what to do with your pet? Don’t worry; we have you covered! There are many innovative ways to accommodate your pet while you’re away. In this post, we will discuss four of the best options. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or automobile, there is a solution that will work for you and your furry friend:

Ship your pet:

If you’re traveling by plane, one option is to ship your pet ahead of time. This can be done by contacting a pet shipping company and arranging for them to transport your animal to your destination. Your pet will travel in a crate with all of the necessary food, water, and bedding. This option is best if you’re traveling internationally or if you’ll be gone for an extended period.

Shipping your pet ahead of time has some advantages. First, it’s less stressful for your animal and they won’t be allowed to travel with you in the airplane’s cabin anyway. Secondly, it’s more convenient since you won’t have to worry about bringing along a crate or finding space for your pet at your destination.

Find a pet-friendly hotel:

You should also find Savannah dog-friendly hotels at your destination. Many hotels now offer amenities for guests traveling with pets, such as special beds, bowls, and treats. Some even have staff members who are trained to care for animals. This option is great if you’re only going to be gone for a few days and don’t want to ship your pet ahead of time. When looking for a pet-friendly hotel, you should keep a few things in mind:

  • Make sure the hotel allows pets.
  • Check to see if there are any size or breed restrictions.
  • Inquire about any additional fees that may be charged for bringing along a pet.

Hire a pet sitter:

Another option is to hire a pet sitter. This person will come to your home and take care of your animal while you’re away. They will ensure your pet has food, water, and adequate exercise. This option is best if you’re only going to be gone for a short period of time and you want your pet to stay in their familiar surroundings.

When hiring a pet sitter, you should keep a few things in mind. Make sure the person is responsible and trustworthy. You should also do a trial run before leaving to see how they interact with your animal. Finally, leave clear instructions about your pet’s care and schedule.

Board your pet:

If you’re going to be gone for an extended period of time, another option is to board your pet. This can be done at a kennel, boarding facility, or veterinary hospital. Your pet will have space and be fed and exercised regularly. This option is best if you’re traveling for business or pleasure and you won’t have time to take care of your animal yourself.

When looking for a place to board your pet, make sure the facility is clean and comfortable. Second, check to see if the staff is experienced and qualified to care for animals. Third, inquire about any additional services that may be offered, such as grooming or exercise.

It’s hard to relax when you’re traveling if you are worrying about your pet so choose the option that you are most comfortable with. And don’t forget to ask for lots of pictures of your pet while you’re away! 😀

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Preparing Your Child For Getting A Pet

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Preparing Your Child For Getting A Pet

Getting a pet is a rite of passage for many children. If you grew up with pets, you might feel like it’s an essential part of childhood. And if you didn’t, perhaps you want to give your children an experience you didn’t get. But it’s important to consider what pet ownership entails before you get one. Making sure your child is ready for the responsibility of a pet is crucial, especially if you don’t want to end up being the only one to care for it. You can prepare your child for getting a pet using a few different techniques:

Start with Toys:

Before taking on the responsibility of caring for a living thing, it’s a good idea for your child to get some practice. One of the ways children often develop key skills such as empathy is through play. Getting your child some toys to care for is a good way to practice some of the things they’ll need to care for a pet. You can get them some Schleich animal figurines or some stuffed toys to role play caring for. Baby dolls can also be an option for taking care of something without the responsibility of actually having to keep something alive.

Give Them Some Other Responsibilities:

Caring for a pet is a big responsibility, so you need to know that your child is ready to take it on. They will need to show that they can manage some responsibilities of their own and keep it up long term too. When you get a pet, your child might help with things like feeding, cleaning, or exercising your pet. But before you go out and get one, they could have a few other chores to show that they’re capable. You can get them to do daily tasks such as making their bed to demonstrate that they can build consistent habits.

Borrow a Pet:

Borrowing a pet from a friend or family member can be a great way to have a practice run. You can have their pet for a day or a few days so you and your child understand the responsibility of caring for a pet. Obviously, some pets are easier to “borrow” than others. A dog will often be happier to spend time with another family than a cat will. You could offer to pet-sit while someone you know is away if you’re looking for a way to trial pet ownership.

Teach How to Behave Around a Pet:

Children need to be able to behave well around a pet to keep both them and the animal safe. Even when they have been taught how to handle an animal, they should still be supervised. It’s crucial to teach your child important things like how to recognize when a pet wants to be left alone, how to pet them gently, and how to avoid upsetting an animal with their behavior. You can do this by talking to them, demonstrating, reading books, or watching videos.

Getting a pet isn’t something you should do lightly. If your child is asking for a pet, make sure you don’t rush into it and get a lot of practice beforehand.

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The Health Benefits Of Having A Dog

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The Health Benefits Of Having A Dog

Welcoming a dog to your home and making them a part of your life is a significant commitment, bringing many benefits. If you have friends and family members with dogs, you will know how much they dote on their pets and the joy they bring to their lives. This is because dogs are not only super cute but can also help to enhance your health and well being. Here are some of the benefits you can gain from bringing a dog into your life:

Companionship:

Loneliness is something many people experience at certain times in their life. Feeling lonely is not a pleasant feeling, and is something that can leave people feeling isolated and disconnected from society. Welcoming a dog into your life is an excellent way to beat feelings of loneliness. A dog is a constant companion, and you can enjoy many happy years in each other’s company. So, if you are looking for a friend to enrich your life and care for, then a pet dog could be the ideal choice.

Stress Relief:

Like loneliness, feelings of stress are something many people experience on a daily basis. Stress can have a negative impact on a person’s life and can impact both physical and mental wellness. Finding ways to reduce stress levels is crucial to prevent it from causing long term damage and developing into chronic stress. Many dog owners report that their pet helps them feel calmer and seems to intuitively know when they are feeling stressed.

Research has shown that both dogs and cats can help their owners to lower their stress levels. Studies have shown that pet companionship can help reduce cortisol levels, which is the body’s main stress hormone, and increase oxytocin levels. Oxytocin is a hormone and neurotransmitter most associated with feelings of love and bonding. So, there is scientific proof to back up what pet owners already know; owning a dog helps to reduce stress and helps them feel better.

Exercise:

Many people struggle to get as much physical activity as they should. When you own a dog, being physically active is no longer optional; it is essential. All dogs need exercise, and it is up to you to give them the physical activity they need to live a long life and thrive. Caring for a dog means you get the perfect opportunity to be more active without any excuses standing in your way.

Routine:

If you often burn the candle at both ends and have slipped into an unhealthy routine, becoming a pet parent can help you get back on track. Dogs require a routine to keep them healthy and happy. You will need to bring structure to both your and your dog’s day. Little things such as remembering to make frequent supermarket visits for Walmart pet food or vet appointments will bring structure to your day too. As long as they get fed regularly and receive the exercise they need, your dog is sure to be happy with their routine.

As you can see, our pet dogs truly take care of us too – could there seriously be a more perfect animal?!

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5 Tips For Improving Your Pet’s Life

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5 Tips For Improving Your Pet’s Life

How healthy is your pet? Does your dog or cat have a shiny coat and sparkling eyes? Do they have boundless energy to run in the park or do they seem a little lethargic? If you want to improve the health and well being of your companion, check out some of the top tips below:

High Quality Food:

Many people with pets feed them using the most convenient pet food options in the supermarket. As with their own food, they choose pet food that offers the best value for money, but that isn’t necessarily the best way to buy pet food. Like you, your pet needs quality food.

Much of the pet food on conventional supermarket shelves contain additives and low quality ingredients. This has an effect on your pet’s health and well being. When you switch their food source, you will notice an improvement in their coat, their eyes, and energy levels.

Stimulation:

Animals are similar to humans, some are lazy, others are active, and some are more intelligent than others. If you have a very intelligent pet, such as a Border Collie, you will need to make sure they have plenty of stimulation to keep their minds active and not destructive.

Stimulation can include walking your dog regularly but it can also mean creating small games for them to play, such as hiding biscuits in cogs for your smart cats to find. Stimulation is important because, without it, your pet becomes stressed, unhappy, and destructive.

Regular Grooming:

Your pet might not enjoy grooming as much as you when visiting the spa but it’s just as important. Some pets require more grooming than others but it’s still recommended to groom your pets regularly to check for any lumps, parasites, or skin irritation.

If you have a dog or a cat that sheds every season, it’s a good idea to help them with their grooming, especially in the spring and especially if they are cats. Cats love to lick their fur and if they are shedding, the hair will become jammed in their throat and cause some discomfort.

Vitamin Supplements:

As with humans, your pets need their fill of multivitamins. Multivitamins help to top up the essential vitamins and minerals your pets need to stay healthy and happy. Of course, they will get many of their vitamins from quality pet food, but supplements can improve their well being.

Remember to choose high quality vitamins as well as high quality pet food. High quality vitamins usually contain the most essential elements for your particular pets to make their coat and eyes shine. The vitamins can be added to their food semi-regularly, like once a week.

Socializing:

Ask any professional vet such as Cynthia Maro, and they will tell you that pets love to socialize and need to be around other animals and humans to be happy in their lives. The good news is, no one needs an excuse to spend more quality time with their favorite animals! Try going to the dog park once a week or scheduling a pet play date with your friends to help keep the pep in your pet’s step.

Taking good care of your pet is a lot of work and responsibility but it is always worth it for a beloved member of your family!

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Keeping Your Pet Fit & Healthy At Home

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Keeping Your Pet Fit & Healthy At Home

Pet ownership is a responsibility that must be taken seriously. It can be difficult to find the time and money to take care of your pet, but it’s important for their health and happiness. You should remember that taking care of a pet at home offers a lot of health benefits too. Pets require quality food, proper shelter, adequate exercise space, love, and care from you to live a long life.

Here are some tips to ensure your pets remain fit and healthy while at home:

Make sure your pet has a quality diet:

One of the most important things you can do for your pet is to make sure they have a quality diet. This means providing them with good quality food and plenty of water. Well fed pets are less likely to become overweight or develop health problems. A healthy diet is especially important for older pets, who are more prone to health problems. Be sure to talk to your veterinarian about the best diet for your pet’s age and lifestyle.

There are a variety of commercially available pet foods on the market, but it’s important to read the labels carefully to make sure you’re providing your pet with a nutritionally complete and balanced diet. You should also avoid giving your pet table scraps, which can lead to weight gain and other issues.

Provide your pet with a comfortable place to sleep and rest:

Pets need a comfortable place to sleep and rest, just like people do. A good bed or sleeping area will help keep your pet healthy and happy. Pets who don’t have a comfortable place to sleep may become restless and develop behavioral problems. They may also become overweight if they spend too much time sleeping.

A good sleeping area for your pet can be a simple bed, blanket, or cushion. You can also buy special pet beds or sleeping areas at most pet stores. Be sure to clean your pet’s bedding regularly to prevent the buildup of dirt, dust, and other allergens.

Exercise your pet regularly:

Exercise is an important part of your pet’s health and well being. Pets who don’t get enough exercise may become overweight or develop health problems. Regular exercise is especially important for older pets, who are more prone to health problems. Be sure to talk to your veterinarian about the best exercise routine for your pet’s age and lifestyle.

There are a variety of ways to exercise your pet such as playing fetch, going for walks or runs, or visiting a dog park. You can also buy special pet exercise equipment, like treadmills or exercise balls. Setting up an artificial lawn in the backyard gives you a good place for your pets to run around without getting exposed to pesticides.

Take your pet to the veterinarian for regular checkups:

Like humans, regular checkups are an important part of your pet’s health care. These checkups can help your veterinarian identify potential health problems early and provide treatment before the problem becomes serious. Be sure to take your pet to the veterinarian for a checkup at least once a year. You should also take your pet to the vet if they seem ill or are exhibiting unusual behavior.

Some pet insurance plans cover the cost of routine veterinary care, such as vaccinations and checkups. Be sure to talk to your veterinarian about the best pet insurance plan for your pet’s needs.

Keep your pet groomed and free of parasites like fleas, ticks, and lice:

Pets who are not properly groomed may develop skin problems, become infested with parasites, or develop other health problems. Be sure to brush your pet’s fur regularly and trim their nails as needed. You should also bathe your pet regularly to keep their skin and fur clean and healthy.

Fleas, ticks, and lice are common parasites that can infest your pet’s skin and fur. If left untreated, these parasites can cause serious issues. Be sure to use a flea and tick prevention product regularly and check your pet for any evidence of parasites.

Having a pet is a life long commitment and they should be treated like family for the best quality of life!

Thinking Of Getting A Dog? Here’s How To Make The Adoption More Practical

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Thinking Of Getting A Dog? Here’s How To Make The Adoption More Practical

Are you thinking about adopting a pet into your family? Perhaps you’ve had your eyes set on getting a dog for a long time or maybe your children are interested in helping to adopt a dog. Whatever the case is, bringing a dog into your family can be surprisingly difficult, time-consuming, and also impractical depending on where and how you live. So in this post, we’re going to be discussing a few tips to help you make adopting a dog much easier”

Are you ready to train your dog?

First, remember that you need to commit a lot of time to puppy training and other training tasks if you want your dog to behave and learn from you. If you don’t think that you have enough time for something like that, then it’s usually best to consider a different kind of hobby. Raising a dog and providing for it can be really hard, especially if you can’t provide them with attention on a regular basis.

Do some research on various dog breeds:

You may also want to do a little research on various dog breeds to help you choose which one to pick from. Dog breeds vary a lot in their personalities and also their physical looks. This is especially important if you want a dog that stays smaller or grows up to be a big boy or girl.

Is your home suitable for a dog?

You’ll also want to start preparing your home for a dog, especially if they’re rather big. Dogs can easily knock things over and you really don’t want them to be running around when you have a lot of things on the floor. Clean up your home and make sure you’ve installed various kinds of devices to hide cables and to keep your dog safe from harm.

Get to know your local vet ASAP:

Every pet owner has a duty to get to know their local vet. This is an important step in keeping your dog as healthy as it can be. Your vet will be able to provide you with ample information for recommended foods, keeping their shots up to date, and training tips too.

Do you have enough space in your home for a dog?

Finally, don’t forget that you need to prepare enough space in your home for your dog. You need to think about where your dog should sleep at night, but you also need to consider that your dogs need a bit of space to roam around. If you don’t have a large open area in your home or even access to a local park for your dog to explore, then you might want to reconsider adopting a dog. Just remember that it’s a lot of work and takes more space and sacrifice than you might imagine.

Dogs are a forever part of your family so consider all of the above before you sign the adoption papers!

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