Friday's Favorite Five: The Best Unique Cat Trees. Cats love to be in high places. You may see your cat up on the counter, windowsill, high cabinet, or even on your refrigerator. Being high allows a cat to view his world from a relatively safe location. Maybe the reason cats want to be high up is from their ancestral days, when they climbed trees to escape other predators or to hunt their prey from concealment. Although the house cat does not have to hunt his prey, some do still enjoy the security of being high, especially when under stress from their home environment. For today's Friday's Favorite Five, I thought it would be fun to highlight five fun and modern cat trees.

Friday’s Favorite Five: The Best Unique Cat Trees for Cats

Friday’s Favorite Five: The Best Unique Cat Trees (1/20/17)

Friday's Favorite Five: The Best Unique Cat Trees. Cats love to be in high places. You may see your cat up on the counter, windowsill, high cabinet, or even on your refrigerator. Being high allows a cat to view his world from a relatively safe location. Maybe the reason cats want to be high up is from their ancestral days, when they climbed trees to escape other predators or to hunt their prey from concealment. Although the house cat does not have to hunt his prey, some do still enjoy the security of being high, especially when under stress from their home environment. For today's Friday's Favorite Five, I thought it would be fun to highlight five fun and modern cat trees.
Unique and Modern Cat Trees

Cats love to be in high places. You may see your cat up on the counter, windowsill, high cabinet, or even on your refrigerator. Being high allows a cat to view his world from a relatively safe location. Maybe the reason cats want to be high up is from their ancestral days, when they climbed trees to escape other predators or to hunt their prey from concealment. Although the house cat does not have to hunt his prey, some do still enjoy the security of being high, especially when under stress from their home environment. For today’s Friday’s Favorite Five, I thought it would be fun to highlight five fun and modern cat trees.

Petdwell CatHaven Cat Condo This unique patented product, designed and assembled in the USA, is the only one in the market that allows your feline friend to experience the fun of climbing, stretching, scratching, hiding or simply napping on a tree. Since cats love to experience different materials and textures, each cat haven features thick artificial turf on the base, soft and warm carpets on perches and smooth silk leaves. Our innovative cat tree addresses the need of cat owners who want a cat condo that looks beautiful in their home and provides activity, joy and fun to their pets. Order today.

 

The Refined Feline The Lotus Cat Tree A sleek, organic design, the Lotus Cat Stand is a modern take on cat furniture. Its Zen-like design blends symmetry, functionality and minimalism into a beautiful, ”flowering” tower. This design accents decors with modern flair, or those eclectic homes that have incorporated the minimalist movement. Allow your cats to reach new heights with this amazing new cat stand!  Order today.

 

One Fast Cat Cats in Cubes – Modular Cat Furniture Cats in Cubes modular cat furniture provides the ultimate playground for your cat. With multiple configurations, you can customize the best layout for your cat and can even connect additional kits to create a giant cat play-house. Cats in Cubes has a sturdy metal frame and the cubes are made of durable plastic surfaces that can easily be cleaned with a wet towel. Cats in Cubes is lightweight and easy to move, yet sturdy and stable up to 40 lbs. It is easy to put together and no tools are needed for assembly. Order today.

 

Kitty Mansions Redwood Cat Tree Furniture Redwood cat tree is the largest of Kitty Mansion’s ‘forest’ line of cat furniture. The green fabric and brown sisal rope give your cat a feeling of being outdoors amongst the trees while actually being safe inside your home. Order today.

 

Go Pet Club F2095 Cat Tree Furniture This unique cat tree will have your cat hiding and climbing for joy. The tall cat tree offers a variety of places for your cat to hide and even provides a build in spot for a water or food bowl.  Order today.


Which one would your cat enjoy? Tell me in the comments.

Friday's Favorite Five: The Best Unique Cat Trees. Cats love to be in high places. You may see your cat up on the counter, windowsill, high cabinet, or even on your refrigerator. Being high allows a cat to view his world from a relatively safe location. Maybe the reason cats want to be high up is from their ancestral days, when they climbed trees to escape other predators or to hunt their prey from concealment. Although the house cat does not have to hunt his prey, some do still enjoy the security of being high, especially when under stress from their home environment. For today's Friday's Favorite Five, I thought it would be fun to highlight five fun and modern cat trees.
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Bringing an Outdoor Cat Indoors, How To Bring an Outdoor Cat Indoors. First, I don't think there is just one way to go about bringing an outdoor cat indoors. I'm sure a lot of people have tried various things with a variety of results. I can only tell you what I would suggest and why. I'd love to hear your success stories in the comments below!

Bringing an Outdoor Cat Indoors, How To Bring an Outdoor Cat Indoors

Bringing an Outdoor Cat Indoors

Bringing an Outdoor Cat Indoors, How To Bring an Outdoor Cat Indoors. First, I don't think there is just one way to go about bringing an outdoor cat indoors. I'm sure a lot of people have tried various things with a variety of results. I can only tell you what I would suggest and why. I'd love to hear your success stories in the comments below!
Bringing a cat indoors.

If you recall, Nutter The Cat was a stray cat that I brought into my home with the intentions of getting him into a local cat rescue. Well, that didn’t happen—he decided he was happy with me and didn’t have any intentions of leaving. But how did I transition this outdoor cat into an indoor cat?

First, I don’t think there is just one way to go about bringing an outdoor cat indoors. I’m sure a lot of people have tried various things with a variety of results. I can only tell you what I would suggest and why. I’d love to hear your success stories in the comments below!

Just Do It! There’s no time like the present. But really, you should prepare a bit before opening the front door to the outdoor cat.

  1. Cat Room– Decide on a good, warm and quiet room your cat can call his own, or at least where you can keep a lot of his belongings. Prepare it for your new cat. A warm bed, lots of fun cat toys, a variety of cat scratching posts, cat caves, hiding spots, healthy cat treats, fresh water, healthy cat food, and a litter box. Add some calming aids such as Feliway and calming music to his room.
  2. Litter Box- Choose a shallow and large litter box or a plastic sweater box. You want it to be very easy for your new cat to walk inside and not feel trapped. Please put your cat’s litter box as far away from his food as possible. Having the litter box and food in the same room is not an ideal situation long-term.
  3. Vet Appointment- I would suggest for most people to set up a vet appointment before bringing the cat indoors. This may not work if the cat can’t be corralled into a cat carrier, in which case, a live trap might be the best solution. Then you go from live trap, to vet, to your cat’s cozy room.Bringing an Outdoor Cat Indoors, How To Bring an Outdoor Cat Indoors. First, I don't think there is just one way to go about bringing an outdoor cat indoors. I'm sure a lot of people have tried various things with a variety of results. I can only tell you what I would suggest and why. I'd love to hear your success stories in the comments below!
  4. Confinement in Cat Room– If your outdoor cat is now going to be an indoor cat, you will probably be best served to confine the cat into his one room until he adjusts and starts to trust you. Days, weeks, it just depends on the cat. But remember, it’s not about being isolated all the time, so plan on spending lots of quality time in his room.
  5. Getting to Know Each Other– Depending on the relationship you have already established, this may be quick, or it may be slow. Don’t rush it and don’t push the cat to be friends quickly. At the beginning, it may just be sitting in the room with him and tossing him healthy cat treats or pieces of cooked meat. Then advance to some fun cat play with a cat wand toy.
  6. The Rest of The House– During your cat’s transition, you should be prepping the rest of the house. Just like you would puppy-proof a home, you are going to kitty-proof your home. Provide plenty of hiding spots, climbing trees, cat beds, and cat toys. Remember, you now have a new family member that needs to be entertained and have appropriate things to do. Also provide a few additional litter boxes throughout your house.

Once you start to establish trust with your cat and he’s getting acclimated to spending time indoors, allow him access to other parts of the house. Close off any doors that are not necessary, so he has limited access, but constant access to his safe room.

Voila! Your outdoor kitty is now an indoor kitty. I realize it might not go smoothly for everyone, and every cat situation presents its own challenges, but hopefully these tips and ideas will help you with the transition.


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Bringing an Outdoor Cat Indoors, How To Bring an Outdoor Cat Indoors. First, I don't think there is just one way to go about bringing an outdoor cat indoors. I'm sure a lot of people have tried various things with a variety of results. I can only tell you what I would suggest and why. I'd love to hear your success stories in the comments below!
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A clicker is a little plastic box that makes a unique clicking sound. When using clicker training with a dog or cat, you will first teach your pet that the click equals a reward. This, in turn, will teach your pet that he has done something right and earned a reward. It goes something like this. You greet your dog and he is jumping around like a goofball. You say nothing and do nothing. He then puts his butt on the ground, and you immediately click then give him a treat. Your dog learns butt on the ground = click and treat, and jumping up = nothing. Over more dog training sessions, he will learn butt on the ground is the right answer, and jumping up is the wrong answer. He will start to offer SIT behavior more often to earn the click/reward.

Clicker Training For Dogs, Clicker Training For Cats: Getting Started with Clicker Training

Clicker Training or Using A Reward Marker Training Basics

Clicker Training for Dogs, Clicker Training for Cats

A clicker is a little plastic box that makes a unique clicking sound. When using clicker training with a dog or cat, you will first teach your pet that the click equals a reward. This, in turn, will teach your pet that he has done something right and earned a reward. It goes something like this. You greet your dog and he is jumping around like a goofball. You say nothing and do nothing. He then puts his butt on the ground, and you immediately click then give him a treat. Your dog learns butt on the ground = click and treat, and jumping up = nothing. Over more dog training sessions, he will learn butt on the ground is the right answer, and jumping up is the wrong answer. He will start to offer SIT behavior more often to earn the click/reward.
Clicker Training for Dogs, Cats and Pets

What is clicker training?” This is a question that is commonly asked by pet owners. But after you and your dog understand how it works and experience the results, you will ask, “How did I live without this effective training method?”

When training a dog, or cat for that matter, it is essential that your pet has immediate feedback that what he has done is correct or wrong. Immediately means within 1-2 seconds of the behavior. Animals are fast and move on to something different very quickly, so we need to be just as fast. A clicker is a tool that helps us ‘mark’ or tell our dog that he has done something correctly.

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A clicker is a little plastic box that makes a unique clicking sound. When using clicker training with a dog or cat, you will first teach your pet that the click equals a reward. This, in turn, will teach your pet that he has done something right and earned a reward. It goes something like this. You greet your dog and he is jumping around like a goofball. You say nothing and do nothing. He then puts his butt on the ground, and you immediately click then give him a treat. Your dog learns butt on the ground = click and treat, and jumping up = nothing. Over more dog training sessions, he will learn butt on the ground is the right answer, and jumping up is the wrong answer. He will start to offer SIT behavior more often to earn the click/reward.

Meaning of The Click: First, let’s start with what the dog wants: the reward. This can be treats, praise, a toy, or play. Your dog determines what is meaningful and what he will work for. This is what your dog is working for, the primary reinforcer. The click will be the conditioned, or secondary, reinforcer. You will teach your dog to associate the click with the reward. In other words, Click=Reward.

So why use a secondary reinforcer in the first place? The clicker gives a unique, quick, precise sound that enables you to catch the exact moment that the behavior happens. The click marks that specific moment that was the correct response. You won’t have to worry about getting the reward to your dog right at the second the behavior happened, because the click told him he did it right. The click is the promise that a reward is coming. It gives you a moment to reach into your pocket to collect the reward because you clicked, and your dog understands that the reward is because of the behavior he performed 10 seconds ago.

The Clicker Promise: “If I accidentally click, do I give my dog a treat?” YES! Remember, the click is a promise. You don’t want to break that promise. If you do, it will lose its effectiveness. If you do not intend to provide your dog with a reward, say something like, “What a good boy,” instead of clicking.

Praise Word vs. Clicker: “Can I use another sound or word to be the conditioned reinforcer?” Yes and No. You want to make sure it is a word, or sound that your dog will only hear when you are training. You can use a word such as YES, SMART, or even CLICK. But make sure it is only used when training and followed by a valuable reward. The clicker rules would apply to the word if you would like it to be your conditioned reinforcer. For example, YES=Treat.

Charging the Clicker: The first thing to teach your pet is that the click=reward. Once he understands that, he will then learn that he is earning the click because of something HE has done. This understanding is huge. Now your pet has learned that he has control over his life, consequences and he, in turn, becomes enthusiastic about training or pleasing you. But, let’s face it—they are in it for themselves and the fun of the game. Having a pet eager to learn results in better behavior and a lasting and meaningful relationship.

  1. Practice using your clicker when you are away from your dog so he can’t hear it. Make sure you understand where to press.
  2. You must teach your dog that the click sound means something good is going to happen.
  3. Make sure your dog has your full attention.
  4. Have some high-ranking treats ready to go.
  5. For the first few times, you are going to use the clicker in your pocket, or behind your back. This is in case your dog is a little nervous of the click at first. It won’t be long before the clicking sound becomes his new best friend.
  6. Click, and then treat. (C/T) That’s it. Repeat several times.
  7. After a few sessions, click, and wait to see if your dog starts looking for the reward. If he does, JACKPOT! A jackpot is something like the doggie lottery. If he isn’t looking for the treat, to back to #6 clicking and treating right away.

Once your pet starts to understand the click=reward, it’s time to teach him the click happens after something he has done right. Pick a behavior your dog knows well, maybe it’s SIT or DOWN and do the below exercise.

  1. Ask your dog to SIT, then the split second your dog’s butt hits the ground, click and follow through with a treat. Repeat.
  2. Start to use your clicker after asking your dog to do something he knows. Don’t forget to follow through with that reward.

Through clicker training, you will be able to teach your dog or any other pet how to do the right thing. By staying positive and focusing on small steps in behavior, you and your dog will be happy to learn and practice. Go grab a clicker and some pet treats, and get clicking.


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Today is Strawberry Ice Cream Day! There's no getting around it— traditional ice cream isn't the healthiest of foods. And for dogs and cats, dairy is pretty much a no-no, since a dog or cat's gut just doesn't tolerate lactose. It's not uncommon for pets to experience diarrhea, gas, or vomiting when eating dairy products. For that matter, people can also be lactose intolerant.

Strawberry Chia Ice Cream for Pets, Dogs, Cats and Us

Strawberry Chia Ice Cream for Pets, Dogs, Cats and Us

Today is Strawberry Ice Cream Day! There's no getting around it— traditional ice cream isn't the healthiest of foods. And for dogs and cats, dairy is pretty much a no-no, since a dog or cat's gut just doesn't tolerate lactose. It's not uncommon for pets to experience diarrhea, gas, or vomiting when eating dairy products. For that matter, people can also be lactose intolerant.
Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe for Dogs, Cats and Us

Today is Strawberry Ice Cream Day! There’s no getting around it— traditional ice cream isn’t the healthiest of foods. And for dogs and cats, dairy is pretty much a no-no, since a dog or cat’s gut just doesn’t tolerate lactose. It’s not uncommon for pets to experience diarrhea, gas, or vomiting when eating dairy products. For that matter, people can also be lactose intolerant.

Goat milk, on the other hand, is easier to digest than cow’s milk and actually aids in irritable bowel disease, digestion, and diarrhea! It is loaded with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, probiotics, protein, and fatty acids. High in vitamin A, which has cancer-fighting properties. Choose an organic, raw goat milk for the best nutritional benefits.

Goat milk, on the other hand, is easier to digest than cow's milk and actually aids in irritable bowel disease, digestion, and diarrhea! It is loaded with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, probiotics, protein, and fatty acids. High in vitamin A, which has cancer-fighting properties. Choose an organic, raw goat milk for the best nutritional benefits.
Health Benefits of Goat Milk

There are health benefits numerous health benefits of strawberries too. This energetically cooling fruit is a great source of vitamin C. It’s not just the orange foods that contain this highly coveted vitamin, the powerful strawberry does too. One medium strawberry contains 7mg of vitamin C, which is 12% of a typical person’s daily requirement. The strawberry also is a nice source of magnesium, potassium, and folate. Coming in at only 4 calories and no fat per strawberry, this berry is a healthy choice for the entire family, including the pets.

Health benefits of strawberries for people, pets, dogs and cats
Health Benefits of Strawberries

Today is National Dress Your Pet Day. A lot of these fun daily holidays are harmless, but unfortunately, sometimes they can mean putting your pet in a situation they are uncomfortable with. Should you dress up your dog or cat on Dress Your Pet Day? Well, that really depends on your pet.

Should You Dress Up Your Dog, Cat or Pet? Dress Your Pet Day

Dress Your Pet Day: Should You Dress Up Your Pet?

Today is National Dress Your Pet Day. A lot of these fun daily holidays are harmless, but unfortunately, sometimes they can mean putting your pet in a situation they are uncomfortable with. Should you dress up your dog or cat on Dress Your Pet Day? Well, that really depends on your pet.
Dressing Up Pets

Today is National Dress Your Pet Day. A lot of these fun daily holidays are harmless, but unfortunately, sometimes they can mean putting your pet in a situation they are uncomfortable with. Should you dress up your dog or cat on Dress Your Pet Day? Well, that really depends on your pet.

Here are three things to consider before grabbing a pet costume and slapping it on your helpless pet.

  1. Dressing up your dog or cat doesn’t have to mean crazy outfits or clothing. A simple dog sweater or fancy cat collar with a bow just might do the trick.
  2. Please ensure that your pet’s clothing or outfit allows your pet to move and see freely. A pet outfit that prevents your pet from walking with a normal gait or seeing the world properly isn’t very pet-friendly or kind.
  3. Your pet should really enjoy wearing clothing or costumes if you are going to dress him up. Please. Your pet is there for you day in and day out—don’t show your gratitude by giving him undue stress.
Today is National Dress Your Pet Day. A lot of these fun daily holidays are harmless, but unfortunately, sometimes they can mean putting your pet in a situation they are uncomfortable with. Should you dress up your dog or cat on Dress Your Pet Day? Well, that really depends on your pet.
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Bonus Tip: If you would like to teach your pet to enjoy clothing or costumes, introduce things slowly and at his pace. For example, loosely tie a pet bandanna on his leg while providing him treats. Stop treating him and take off the bandanna. Bandanna on=food treats. Bandanna off=no food. Build on this concept, allowing the bandanna to be on for longer increments before providing your dog or cat a healthy pet treat. Continue this pet training lesson with other pet clothing items until your pet is happy and comfortable in pet clothing.


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Today is National Dress Your Pet Day. A lot of these fun daily holidays are harmless, but unfortunately, sometimes they can mean putting your pet in a situation they are uncomfortable with. Should you dress up your dog or cat on Dress Your Pet Day? Well, that really depends on your pet. Here are three things to consider before grabbing a pet costume and slapping it on your helpless pet.
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Are you are looking for the best natural dog shampoo or the most absorbent dog towel? Bathing a dog is a necessity for most of us. Dexter The Dog hates having a dog bath, but with his long fur and adventurous nature, it is something that we do about every 3-4 weeks. This makes it especially important to me to ensure the dog grooming products I use are safe and non-toxic, and help Dexter feel good during and after his bath. Well, as good as he can feel. ;)

Friday’s Favorite Five: Dog Bathing Essentials, Best Natural Pet Grooming Supplies

Friday’s Favorite Five: Dog Bathing Essentials

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Best Natural Pet Grooming Supplies

Are you are looking for the best natural dog shampoo or the most absorbent dog towel? Bathing a dog is a necessity for most of us. Dexter The Dog hates having a dog bath, but with his long fur and adventurous nature, it is something that we do about every 3-4 weeks. This makes it especially important to me to ensure the dog grooming products I use are safe and non-toxic, and help Dexter feel good during and after his bath. Well, as good as he can feel. ;)
Best Dog Grooming Tools

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review and also has affiliate links. However, I will always try to offer my readers great product selections. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter

Are you are looking for the best natural dog shampoo or the most absorbent dog towel? Bathing a dog is a necessity for most of us. Dexter The Dog hates having a dog bath, but with his long fur and adventurous nature, it is something that we do about every 3-4 weeks. This makes it especially important to me to ensure the dog grooming products I use are safe and non-toxic, and help Dexter feel good during and after his bath. Well, as good as he can feel. 😉

 

4-Legger
4-Legger

4-Legger – Trusted by Pet Parents Who Care About Ingredients. Committed to quality, ingredient purity and product integrity, 4-Legger’s Certified to Organic Standards shampoos are made with saponified organic oils, essential oils, and aloe. They leave your best friend looking and smelling great without the synthetic or artificial chemicals!  Raisenaturally20 for 20% OFF Order today!

 

Aquis Dog Towel
Aquis Dog Towel

Aquis Doggie Dryer Wrap your doggie in warmth with the ultra-absorbant Doggie Dryer pet towel. Made of Aquitex microfiber material, it rapidly draws water from your pet’s coat and wicks it away to dry hair quickly, reducing chills while saving you time. Use after baths, swimming or romps through rain or snow. Order today.

Lifewit Hand Held Shower Head

Lifewit Hand Held Shower Head with 6.5 Feet Flexible Hose WATER SAVING SWITCH: The easily accessible water saving switch lets you reduce the flow of water by 1/2 while applying shampoo or bodywash to save water. It’s also great for bathing kids or pets. Order today.

 

Dog Is Good Dog Lover Grooming Aprons

Dog Is Good Dog Lover Grooming Apron Have some fun with your grooming apparel. Try on this Dog is Good dog lover grooming apron that speaks to your love of furry friends.- durable, stain-resistant and waterproof- with an adjustable neck strap and long ties at the waist. Order today.

 

Non Slip Bathtub Mat (Extra Long) – Non-Toxic (BPA-Free) & Anti-Bacterial

FeschDesign Non Slip, BPA-Free Bathtub Mat This high quality and soft bath/shower mat is extra long and provides effective slip resistance in the bathtub. Its specially designed and powerful suction cups grip the tub bottom extremely well. Ideal for bathtubs and shower stalls in homes, gyms, hospitals, hotels, and other living facilities. Order today.


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Are you are looking for the best natural dog shampoo or the most absorbent dog towel? Bathing a dog is a necessity for most of us. Dexter The Dog hates having a dog bath, but with his long fur and adventurous nature, it is something that we do about every 3-4 weeks. This makes it especially important to me to ensure the dog grooming products I use are safe and non-toxic, and help Dexter feel good during and after his bath. Well, as good as he can feel. ;)
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Here are five ways to naturally help combat static electricity in your home and with your pet.

Five Ways to Naturally Reduce Static Electricity: Pet-Friendly and Kid-Friendly

Reduce Static Electricity in Your Home and Pets Naturally

Here are five ways to naturally help combat static electricity in your home and with your pet.
Here are five ways to naturally help combat static electricity in your home and with your pet.

Today is National Static Electricity Day. Obviously, living in Ohio during the winter months, static electricity is a common theme in our home. Or I should say how to naturally decrease static electricity in the home. When positive and negative charged atoms on different surfaces come into contact, they cause what we call static electricity. Not only can static electricity cause a sometimes-painful shock, but the discharges can also ignite flammable items and damage electronics. Pets often receive the brunt of static shock with their fuzzy feet walking on carpet, then touching the metal water bowl or another surface. Some pets can even become fearful or agitated during winter months, possibly due to the “unknown shock.”

Here are five ways to naturally help combat static electricity in your home and with your pet.
Our friend Tucker!

Here are five ways to naturally help combat static electricity in your home and with your pet.

    1. Nourishing foods in winter: If you recall my article on the energetics of food, you might remember that food affects our body and mind. Even though we want to warm up our bodies with energetically warming foods, too many warming foods can also over dry our bodies having us become “too Yang.” Moderation is always key. Try adding foods that are moisturizing to the body, such as kelp, tomato, cucumbers, apples, banana, pears, clams, crab, oysters, duck, or rabbit.
    2. Stay hydrated: It is important that you and your pet are fully hydrated during the winter months. Okay, all the time. Our organs, including the largest one, our skin, need water to function properly and to continue to be moist instead of dry or cracked.
    3. Coconut oil: Coconut oil seems to have a place in our everyday lives for almost every ailment, including helping to keep our skin and hair moisturized. Keep a glass jar of organic coconut oil by all your sinks so that after you wash and dry your hands, you can apply the coconut oil to keep your hands moisturized and supple. Massage about 2 teaspoons of melted coconut oil into your scalp and hair and leave on for 30 minutes or longer. Wash out with warm water. Repeat as often as necessary. You can also rub some organic coconut oil into your pet’s coat too!
    4. Humidifier: Running a humidifier daily is a must in our home. This has been an excellent way to remove the static and to bring much needed moisture into our home during the winter. Please be cautious when choosing a location to ensure that your pets do not get injured by chewing the cord or knocking it over.
    5. Damp washcloth: When you are running a load of laundry, place a damp washcloth inside your dryer during the last 20 minutes of the dry cycle. This little hack helps to bring moisture into your clothes and helps to naturally eliminate static cling.

Here are five ways to naturally help combat static electricity in your home and with your pet. Pets often receive the brunt of static shock with their fuzzy feet walking on carpet, then touching the metal water bowl or another surface. Some pets can even become fearful or agitated during winter months, possibly due to the “unknown shock.”


What are your natural solutions to stop static electricity?

Tell me in the comments.

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You may be a bit like me: you love technology on one hand, but hate it when it fails or you are trying to figure out how to use it. But, love it or hate it, technology can be so helpful in our pets’ lives. Some pet-tech items are just pure fun and others have the potential to save their lives or find them if they get lost. Here are 5 pet-tech items you just may need to buy.

Friday’s Favorite Five: Pet Tech (1/6/17)

Friday’s Favorite Five: Pet Tech (1/6/17)

You may be a bit like me: you love technology on one hand, but hate it when it fails or you are trying to figure out how to use it. But, love it or hate it, technology can be so helpful in our pets’ lives. Some pet-tech items are just pure fun and others have the potential to save their lives or find them if they get lost. Here are 5 pet-tech items you just may need to buy.
The best pet tech

You may be a bit like me: you love technology on one hand, but hate it when it fails or you are trying to figure out how to use it. But, love it or hate it, technology can be so helpful in our pets’ lives. Some pet-tech items are just pure fun and others have the potential to save their lives or find them if they get lost. Here are 5 pet-tech items you just may need to buy.

 

Pod Trackers GPS + WiFi Tracker for Dogs and Cats

Pod 2 GPS + WiFi Pet Tracker & Activity Monitor Pod is the smallest and lightest GPS tracker plus activity monitor for dogs and cats designed to be attached to any size collar. It lets you locate your pet on demand, monitor their activity and record adventures on a smartphone or computer. The newer generation Pod 2 has WiFi capability, which helps deliver faster positions and offers the ability to locate indoors. The Pod depends on your 2G coverage so make sure to check your address against the coverage checker tool on their website. Visit Pod Tracker on Amazon.

 

Poochie Selfie Stick  The FIRST smartphone accessory that actually ups your pup’s selfie game. So simple and so EASY TO USE! SQUEAKER BALL FOR MAXIMUM ATTENTION GRABBING! Take the absolute best SELFIES you will ever take with your pup! WORKS WITH BOTH FRONT AND REAR FACING CAMERAS without having to remove the device from your phone. Designed for the iPhones and Galaxy models and WORKS UNIVERSALLY WITH MOST SMARTPHONE CASES.  Order today.

Heininger 3060 PortablePET ‘AttachaDrink’ Elevated Water Dispenser The attach a drink by PortablePET keeps your dog hydrated on long trips and vacations with a convenient and innovative drink dispenser. The drink spout has a pressure sensitive ball valve that reduces dripping and waste. Your pooch will get the water only when they want the water. Raising water to their level via with the attach a drink could relieve your dog’s strain. Holds up to 12 ounces of water. Order today.

Jack and Dixie Traveler 2-in-1 Pet Bike Basket and Over the Shoulder Carrier  The ultimate bike ride for your pet! 2-in-1 Pet Carrier – Attaches easily to any bicycle. With the adjustable straps, you can convert from a bike basket to an over the shoulder carrier. The Pet basket has 2 zippered compartments for toys, treats & leash, and mesh pocket to store your water bottle. An adjustable safety leash to ensure your pet’s safety at all times.  Made of durable construction the supports pets up to 15lbs. Order today.

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The Refined Feline Cat Cloud Cat Shelves On this shelf, cats appear to floating on clouds along your wall space. Let them lounge on super strong metal platforms with soft comfortable pads covered in faux sheepskin fabric. The pads’ magnetic bottom permits easy replacement if worn. Let your cat walk along your wall rather than your furniture.This cat shelf frees up floor space while giving cats a place to climb and perch. Order today.


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You may be a bit like me: you love technology on one hand, but hate it when it fails or you are trying to figure out how to use it. But, love it or hate it, technology can be so helpful in our pets’ lives. Some pet-tech items are just pure fun and others have the potential to save their lives or find them if they get lost. Here are 5 pet-tech items you just may need to buy.
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Instead of putting weekly good things that happened, I want you to put DAILY connecting with another inside your jar. When I think of connecting with people or connecting with our pets, I think of putting away all distractions (TV, cell phones, internet) and really just being in the moment with the other person or your pet.

Connect With Loved Ones Daily: Daily Connection Jar

Connecting with Family and Pets Daily Challenge

Instead of putting weekly good things that happened, I want you to put DAILY connecting with another inside your jar. When I think of connecting with people or connecting with our pets, I think of putting away all distractions (TV, cell phones, internet) and really just being in the moment with the other person or your pet.
Connecting with your pets and family.

Have you seen the post about the New Year’s Jar? The gist is that you start each year with an empty jar and each week you write a note about something good that happened during the week, and place the note inside the jar. Then, on New Year’s Eve, you read all the great and positive things that happened in your life. How fun is that?

As someone who works really hard at staying positive and trying to find the good in each situation, I am totally in love with this idea. However, I’m going to challenge you and myself to a little twist on this positive concept.

Here’s what I would like you to do. Instead of putting weekly good things that happened, I want you to put DAILY connecting with another inside your jar. When I think of connecting with people or connecting with our pets, I think of putting away all distractions (TV, cell phones, internet) and really just being in the moment with the other person or your pet. I think too often we get distracted by life, work, careers, etc. and we forget why we are doing everything. I’m no different. I, too, get very distracted and focused on the job vs. my human and furry family.

I want you to put DAILY connecting with another inside your jar. When I think of connecting with people or connecting with our pets, I think of putting away all distractions (TV, cell phones, internet) and really just being in the moment with the other person or your pet.
Connecting daily with your family and pets is important.

Okay, I’m going to log off and go take Dexter The Dog to the dog park for a sniffy walk. Can you shut everything else down for 5 minutes and connect with a family member or co-worker? When you do, write a little note about that time and put it in your jar. Then go back on New Year’s Eve and read about all the moments you created with those who are part of your life.

I want you to put DAILY connecting with another inside your jar. When I think of connecting with people or connecting with our pets, I think of putting away all distractions (TV, cell phones, internet) and really just being in the moment with the other person or your pet.
Bonding with family and pets.


What do you think? Do you think this is a reasonable goal?

Will you join me on this mission of connecting with our loved ones daily?

Tell me in the comments.

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Instead of putting weekly good things that happened, I want you to put DAILY connecting with another inside your jar. When I think of connecting with people or connecting with our pets, I think of putting away all distractions (TV, cell phones, internet) and really just being in the moment with the other person or your pet.

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2017 New Year’s Resolutions

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What does that mean for me for 2017? Like with anything, it's about trying, and getting back up to try again when I’m not successful. We aren't perfect. Just because I didn't reach my 2016 goals doesn't mean I can't try them again for 2017.
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How did you do with your New Year’s resolutions in 2016?

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Personally, I know my challenges and try to work on them regularly. But, like so many others, I did set forth with three goals for 2016.

  1. Work on my 3-year plan
  2. Weight-loss and healthy eating
  3. Stay organized and on track

Number one on my list, working on my 3-year plan, was always at the forefront of my day. I’m in my forties, so it is important for me to stay focused on my career and future goals. This 3-year plan encompasses a lot of things in my life, some professional and some personal. This year for my career, I wanted to branch out with more pet freelance work and speaking at pet expos, write another pet book, and work on my personal pet blog.

What I didn’t know was that during this process I would end up totally re-branding my company and the focus of my brand-Raising Your Pets Naturally with Tonya Wilhelm. This rebranding was just what I needed. However, with this, I also ended up taking my main website and 3 blogs and merging them to a new website and host. This was—and still is—a HUGE project. I’m still going over 10 years of online pet articles and reformatting, fixing links, and updating images. Then, there is the issue about SEO and getting my new website listed and linked up across the internet. That’s doing well again, but I still have improvements to make.

#1 is doing well, but like with everything I do, I don’t feel like I am where I wanted to be. Maybe my goal is too high.

Next on my list is the notorious weight-loss and healthy eating. I joined a local gym in January and hit the gym almost daily. Things were on track and I was losing some weight. Eating healthy was going okay, but not fantastic. I’m always so busy and I’m single, which makes cooking a healthy meal quite challenging. At one point I told myself, before buying something to eat, I would ask myself “would I feed it to Dexter?” Basically, that meant it needed to be fresh, not from a box or filled with junk.

My #2 goal of losing weight and healthy eating went by the wayside when number #1 kicked in with the rebranding. That felt so central to my life that I didn’t even want to spend the 60-90 minutes away from other parts of my life, like work. I mean, I ALWAYS make my time for my pets and family, so something had to give, right? Since this goal is more personal and is about me, it always gets lost and deprioritized.

Real food for the human in the house. 🙂

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My final New Year’s resolution was to stay organized and on track. Not being organized has always been funny to me, because I’m a girl who loves drawers, bins, organizational tools, etc. Everything does have a place, but the problem for me has been to get those things back to their place when I’m finished. Maybe it ties in with the second part, staying on track. For me, I have like five projects I’m working on all on my desk, on the table next to me, over there and here. Don’t get me wrong, though—I never miss a deadline, and usually finish early.

This year, I bought a new computer desk, new office chair, a few wall calendars, and a new blogging calendar. I’m even looking at one of those 32-37” professional computer monitors so that I can have two regular-sized windows open at the same time! Keeping my thoughts and tasks in place comes and goes.

This year, I bought a new computer desk, new office chair, a few wall calendars, and a new blogging calendar. I'm even looking at one of those 32-37” professional computer monitors so that I can have two regular-sized windows open at the same time! Keeping my thoughts and tasks in place comes and goes.
Current workstation

The staying on track part for me is to stick with a daily task plan. But that’s always challenging in my line of work. My main source of income is seeing dog training and cat behavior clients in person or via phone/Skype. So I never know what time of day I will end up booking a session, and what time of day will be free for other work. Or an article idea pops into my head and I feel like I need to write it NOW. My goal, is to just keep my ongoing “to write” list going and when my writing day arrives, go down the list. Or if my website optimization day is here, work on that. At least that’s the goal. 😉

What does that mean for me for 2017? Like with anything, it’s about trying, and getting back up to try again when I’m not successful. We aren’t perfect. Just because I didn’t reach my 2016 goals doesn’t mean I can’t try them again for 2017.

My goal this year is to continue on my path. The first thing I will do is to pull out my trusty calendar, and work on scheduling my daily tasks and goals so I can stick to the plan easier. When something actually makes my planner, I am more likely to follow through.

I plan on writing another book this year, this one about kids and dogs, geared toward kids. I am also thinking about writing a cookbook for busy people who are not cooks! That’s me. My theory is if I make healthy eating part of my career (or my now 2-year plan), I will look at it as a necessity to eat better and cook for myself, instead of something to put off to the side.

It was brought to my attention in a blogger group that we must take time for ourselves. I sort of was looking at this part as #2, but if #2 still has a business angle, am I really putting work aside to JUST BE? Even when I’m in bed trying to unwind from the day, I am looking at my phone on how to improve x. So, I think I will add a #4 to my resolution list, to disconnect from anything work related. This may actually be my hardest challenge for the year!

At least those are my 2017 goals for now.


What about you? Do you struggle with New Year’s resolutions? 

Tell me in the comments.

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What does that mean for me for 2017? Like with anything, it's about trying, and getting back up to try again when I’m not successful. We aren't perfect. Just because I didn't reach my 2016 goals doesn't mean I can't try them again for 2017.