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BRINGING YOUR DOG HOME
The idea of getting a puppy is exciting. You can't wait for the day he or she comes home, but are you prepared? Your puppy may be scared, have anxiety, and most likely isn't potty trained. Patience, love, obedience and socialization training are all necessary for a happy puppy and a happy household.
What brought on this blog? My new puppy coming in September. I haven’t had a puppy in 20+ years. Our yellow lab, Calvin, passed away about 7 years ago and we had him for a wonderful 15 years. He was our joy, and we weren’t ready for a new dog to replace him. We have decided now is the time.
Meet our new boy Colby pictured above. He comes from a large litter of 11 puppies. There’s bound to be some separation anxiety and barking when he comes to a new home. I want to make him more comfortable when he comes home so I purchased him a SNUGGLE PUPPY at Petco they also have them onAmazon as well as other sites. TheSnuggle Puppy has an insert that has an electric heartbeat and a place for a warmer pack. I introduced this to Colby and he crawled right on it and licked it’s face and fell asleep. It seemed tocomfort him. A win for me. In the picture to the left you can see him snuggling on it.
TOYS: Also important are chew toys so they don’t chew furniture, shoes, etc. The size of toys is important, so they aren’t a choking hazard. Also, breed-specific toys as some dogs are voracious chewers.
SLEEP & PLAY AREAS: Having a safe and confined area for them to sleep and play until they get potty trained is also important and also makes cleaning up messes easier as they're confined to one area. Get pee pads and urine cleaning spray and clean messes quickly so odors don’t become an issue.
PLANNING: Puppies sleep, play, chew, poop and pee, and sometimes bark a lot. It is a personal choice whether you want to work with a trainer. I highly recommend a trainer. I used one with my first dog and it was a Godsend. It helped with socialization, walking, commands, etc. I will definitely be bringing my new puppy to training as well. The training is not just for the puppy but for you as well to teach you how to communicate effectively with your new family member. This will set the stage for a great life together! Whatever you decide on for your new puppy just remember to have patience and love them and you’ll have many happy years together!
Selling your home can be an exciting time because it usually represents a positive change in your life. Chances are, putting your house on the market means you're moving up in your career, expanding your family, or even retiring.
Regardless of the reason you're selling your home, one thing's for certain: You'll want the process to go as smoothly as possible!
The first step to making that happen involves choosing a real estate agent who's experienced, easy to work with, familiar with your neighborhood, and ready to help you navigate the many twists and turns of selling your home. If this is the first time you've sold a home -- or if you haven't done it in a decade or more -- you'll need lots of advice on everything from pricing your home correctly to enhancing its appearance and making the best possible impression on potential buyers.
Since you usually don't get a second opportunity to make a great first impression, there are two crucial concepts to remember that can make or break your chances of selling your house at the best price and in a relatively short period of time.
Curb Appeal: One of your top objectives in listing your house is to attract as many qualified buyers as you can. The first hurdle you'll need to clear is making your property look inviting from the outside.
Whether you're selling real estate or consumer products, attractive packaging is what catches people's attention and draws them in. The outside appearance of your home and yard is the first thing that triggers either interest or disinterest among prospective buyers. House hunters often make a snap decision in a matter of seconds about whether to pursue a real estate listing, and that decision is typically based on factors like the condition of your lawn, the neatness of your shrubbery, and the appearance of the exterior off your house.
Basic ways to enhance your home's curb appeal would include applying a fresh coat of paint, maintaining a manicured lawn, and -- if the season allows -- placing colorful potted or hanging flowers on your porch or near your front door. Good curb appeal advice would vary, depending on the style, size, layout, and condition of your property, so the best place to turn for customized curb appeal ideas would be your real estate agent.
Home Staging: Most people are familiar with the concept of home staging, but don't necessarily know how to go about it in the most effective way. Part of the problem stems from the fact that homeowners can't objectively look at their own home and see what needs to be improved or changed. Outside opinions, such as those from a professional home stager, Realtor, or home decorator, can be extremely helpful. If you happen to have a friend or relative with a flair for home organizing or decorating, they may be willing to provide you with some productive suggestions, too!
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If you're like many modern homeowners, your ideal of an ideal outdoor living space is one that serves as a personal oasis. Perhaps you've cultivated a thriving culinary herb garden complete with classically inspired statuary or maybe you've carved out a serene space in the middle of a flowering thicket. Whatever type of sanctuary you've created in your outdoor living space, you probably want to be able to enjoy it as often as possible, and there may be nights when you find yourself reluctantly heading indoors as the sun sinks below the horizon. However, with the right type of outdoor lighting, you can relax or entertain in your outdoor living space no matter what the time of day. Following are just three ways to light up your night:
Water Feature Lights
If you've got waterfalls, fountains or ponds in your outdoor living space, consider using lighting to add a dramatic effect. Backlighting works well on waterfalls and fountains, and in-ground lighting highlights and defines ponds. If you're lucky enough to have a stream running through your property, you can place solar lights on the bank for added visibility.
Walkways of all types, from winding garden paths to basic concrete walks leading up to your front door can benefit from ground-level lighting. Walkway lights increase aesthetics as well as provides a layer of protection against slip-and-fall accidents, making them ideal if you like to do a lot of outdoor entertaining.
Another lighting option when you want visibility on walkways or other ground-level spaces is downlighting from posts placed alongside the walkway. This is a great option when you want the area to be extremely well-lit at night.
Specimen Plant Lights
Specimen plant lights showcase individual trees and shrubs that feature particular visual interest. Monkey puzzle trees, for instance, make good choices because of their unusual appearance. You might also choose to have specimen lighting options installed for the purpose of backlighting your favorite flowering shrubs. Specimen plant lighting is also instrumental for those who want to create architectural balance after dark. For instance, if you've got two tall arborvitaes flanking your front entryway, specimen lighting backlighting each one provides a classically elegant appeal.
Overhead Fairy Lights
If midsummer soirees are a part of your seasonal entertaining agenda, consider bringing an ethereal accent to the picture by stringing fairy lights in tree branches. You can also use them on hardscaping features such as gazebos, railings, pergolas and arbors.
Whether your favorite after dark activity in your outdoor living space is enjoying an al fresco dinner party with friends or soaking up the serenity in the company of a good book, outdoor lighting helps enhance the experience.