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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Pets Don't Necessarily Love Independence Day As Much As We Do!

We would like to give you guys a HEADS UP PSA!!


The Fourth of July is one of the most stressful and potentially dangerous times of the year for pets. While you and your family, friends, and neighbors are celebrating the holiday with fireworks, pets are finding these festive activities anything BUT celebratory.

Many pet parents assume that if their pet is not afraid of thunder or other loud noises, they will not be bothered by fireworks. This is not necessarily true. Even pets who normally are not bothered by thunder and other loud noises are often frightened and panicked by the cumulative effects of the fireworks, the excited voices outside, and being left alone inside the house.

If pets are left outside and unattended, the noise and raucous often drives them to run away. In fact, the July 4th holiday is a very busy time for animal shelters across the U.S. They report taking in a higher number dogs that run off during firework festivities. In addition, many police stations log higher volumes of stray dog calls and barking complaints on July 4th compared to any other day of the year.

By planning ahead and taking some common sense precautions, you can help ensure your pet is happy and safe this Fourth of July.

Do not take your pet to fireworks displays.

Do not leave your pet alone in the car. With only hot air to breathe inside a car, your pet can suffer serious health effects even death in a few short minutes. Partially opened windows do not provide sufficient air, but they do provide an opportunity for your pet to be stolen. See our previous post: Leaving Pets In Parked Car Can Be A Deadly Mistake. However, if your pet is most comfortable in the car, some pet parents find that driving around with their pet in the car helps to calm their pet.

Keep your pets in your home in a comfortable and quiet area with the shades drawn. If your pet is crate trained, then their crate is a great choice. Some animals can become destructive when frightened, so be sure that you've removed any items that your pet could destroy or that would be harmful to your pet if chewed. Leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep your pet company while you're attending Fourth of July picnics, parades, and other celebrations.

If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult with your veterinarian before July 4th for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety he or she will experience during fireworks displays.

If your pet seeks comfort in a bath tub, under a bed or other small space...let them. Do not try to lure them out. If the space is safe and it makes them feel more secure, let them be.

Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. In their fear, pets who normally wouldn't leave the yard may escape and become lost, or become entangled in their chain, risking injury or death.

Make sure your pets are wearing identification tags so that if they do become lost, they can be returned promptly. Animals found running at-large should be taken to the local animal shelter, where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners.

Here's to you and your pet having a happy and safe Independence Day! 
~courtesy of TripswithPets.com~


Monday, June 27, 2016

Day Trippin' in the RV


This is Chloe's face when I tell her we are going for a ride in the RV!

It is her most favorite thing to do!  She absolutely LOVES it!!


We were not going anywhere in particular...we were just taking the RV out for a drive...we live in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of NY so there are plenty of lakes for us to drive around, explore, and charge the battery!


Since we are seeing a lot of houses around here...they know what that means...a food stop!!


LadyBug was a little over-anxious to get to her favorite place...she loves it when we pull over to eat!


Chloe was really missing her car seat...I had just moved them from the RV in to the Jeep in anticipation of driving up to the cottage the next day.  


Chloe is helping Ben with the directions!  BOL!


Are we there yet??


OK, now that we drove around and ate...let's go home ...we need our sleep for the long drive to the cottage tomorrow!!
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Let Me Out!!



We are joining the Black n White Sunday Blog Hop hosted by Sugar and Dachshund Nola.


Friday, June 24, 2016

Sackets Harbor for the Day


We spent Father's Day wandering around one of my most favorite little towns...Sackets Harbor!  They have done SO much in terms of revitalizing this small town in the years since we have been coming here.  Many of the shops in town have been closed due to the fact that it is so difficult to stay in business through the winter months...they have to make all of their money during the summer tourist season.

The landscaping and flowers are just beautiful...even the street lamp posts are decked out in tiny twinkling lights.

So, here are a few pics of our day...









Now...I happened to notice this place...HARBOR PAWS Dog Grooming!  I spoke with the owner and she is going to groom the girls for me!  I am excited but I'm sure they won't be!!


I have MANY more pics that I'll share in another post!

We have some flowers here so we will join Dory in her Friday Blog Hop!



Sackets Harbor for the Day


We spent Father's Day wandering around one of my most favorite little towns...Sackets Harbor!  They have done SO much in terms of revitalizing this small town in the years since we have been coming here.  Many of the shops in town have been closed due to the fact that it is so difficult to stay in business through the winter months...they have to make all of their money during the summer tourist season.

The landscaping and flowers are just beautiful...even the street lamp posts are decked out in tiny twinkling lights.

So, here are a few pics of our day...









Now...I happened to notice this place...HARBOR PAWS Dog Grooming!  I spoke with the owner and she is going to groom the girls for me!  I am excited but I'm sure they won't be!!


I have MANY more pics that I'll share in another post!

We have some flowers here so we will join Dory in her Friday Blog Hop!




Thursday, June 23, 2016

An Older Perspective...





I like to read the daily news here at the cottage. It is a small town here and you get a whole different feel. Things are much different here than they are at home. Of course, that is my opinion.

There is an article written about what to get kids for graduation gifts.

 Honestly, I am shocked at the things that are suggested in this article! In today's economy....where even the middle class are supposed to be suffering from high gas prices and high food prices....the suggestion is to give a CAR for your child's graduation. A freakin' car???? I am not THAT old. Really I'm not.

 If memory serves me correctly, I think my parents gave me a really nice piece of jewelry to commemorate the occasion. And I didn't expect anything more than that.

 Today. Different story apparently. The article states that kids actually EXPECT these types of gifts. How on earth can people afford to give CARS??? Oh. The article said not to give a high end Porsche or something not great on gas. They suggested a Honda Civic or a Toyota. Unfreakinbelievable.


 The second item on the list....a Sony Viaio or a Mac. Now, I just happened to be browsing in the computer aisle today at Sam's Club and the Sony was $1099. If you have multiple kids graduating....would you be able to afford to give them EACH a top of the line gift such as this?? Even ONE kid...in today's unstable economy.I just think it is wrong to hand our kids these things on a silver platter....then they just expect that for the rest of their lives, things will be given to them.



 In my day (I sound like I am a hundred years old!!) we had to work for what we wanted. I got my first real job when I was fourteen. I can still remember when I saved up enough to get a really nice ten speed bike so I could RIDE it to WORK!But then. I guess I was born in the dark ages.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

#BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday: The Beemer Edition



You all know Beemer, my granddog!  Well...this is his buddy that he met at Starbucks the other day!  Isn't he cute??
(ok....ALMOST Wordless!!)