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5 Things To Keep You & Your Pets Busy At Home:

With so many people working from home and staying home, we understand that while work may keep you pretty darn busy most of the time, boredom will probably hit at some point. Here are 5 relateable (and maybe a tad hysterical) things to do with your pets when you’re stuck at home.

Abigail Brown

1. Movie Nights!

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Once you have gotten all of your work for the day done, there is nothing quite like sitting back and cuddling your pet while watching a great movie. While we may not recommend letting your pup pick what you watch… if you’re into 3-hour loops of squirrels running around, go for it!

 

2. The classic “Butt Nudge”

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This is a particularly fun one! For those who work from home, most necessary items should be at your immediate disposal.

Here’s what you need…

Step 1.

Get to work on your computer. Type your heart out and get into your work groove.

Step 2.

You will need a feline in the house. The sound of you working diligently will beckon your cat closer, and closer until they are eventually sitting right near your face–nudging you for attention.

Step 3.

For the next stage, you simply refuse to give them the total attention they desire. Then soon enough “PLOP” there will be a big furry friend walking across your keyboard, or sitting upon it!

Step 4.

Last but certainly not least… To fully execute the butt nudge, you then push their rear off of your electronic device in horror as you realize how many buttons they managed to push. Bonus Points if it starts a chase around the house, exercise!

3. Playing fetch

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Although this may seem fairly simple, it can be extremely beneficial for a pup who normally goes for frequent walks or may be feeling a little cooped up. If you have a backyard suitable for doing so, consider giving them extra playtime. Animals can go a bit stir crazy like us, so giving them ways to get their energy out goes a long way in keeping them happy and healthy.

 

4. In-depth talks

Get to know your pets a little better. There are so many questions to ask!

Such as:

“Do you like your new food?”

“What do you think of the bows I bought you?”

“Have you ever had a breakup that left a lasting impression on you, Queen FluffyKins?”

“What is your least favorite color?”

You may be surprised by how much you never knew about your furry friend!

(Talking pets not guaranteed) 

 

5.Self-care days

Take some time for you and your pet. It is normal to feel stressed or worried. Giving yourself, and they too, some extra tender love and care– can help ease the weight on your shoulders. Bath them and groom their hair, they’ll be feeling like their best self. In turn, do things that make you happy! Be it watching movies, reading a book, calling a friend or so many other things– take some time to care for yourself. We’re sure your furry friends will be there every step of the way with their love and support ready to be shared.

 

 

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6 Helpful Tips For When You’re Having Trouble Bonding With A Pet:

Building relationships can take a bit of effort, with humans and animals alike. If you just can’t seem to connect to your or someone else’s pet, don’t worry! Personalities vary greatly and some can take more time than others to “click” with one another. Here are helpful tips to help you bond with a new pet, a pet you’ve never seemed to see eye to eye with, or the pet of a loved one.

Abigail Brown

 

Understanding Possible Trauma

Humans and animals both hold onto memories and the impressions those memories have made on their psyche, for long amounts of time. No trauma looks the same, and it is not uncommon for some animals to take a long amount of time to trust humans. Abuse towards animals can be both emotional and physical. Below are resources to help you better understand how to offer support to an animal who has been abused in the past, and how to identify signs that your pet may have experienced trauma in the past.

7 Red Flags That Your Dog May Have Been Abused

Adopting a Pet with a History of Abuse: What You Should Know 

 

Positive Reinforcement

One great way to show an animal that you notice them behaving positively, and to show that you care for them, is positive reinforcement. This can be achieved by giving your pet a treat when they listen to a command, playing with them/offering physical affection to keep them engaged, and by verbally praising them.

 

Set Up A “Safe Space” For Your Pet

This is a fun way to help an animal become more comfortable within your home and with those around them. Set up a pet bed for them in a quiet part of the house, make sure it is large enough for their body to lay on comfortably. This safe area should be set up with access to food, water, litter box, etc. It can be helpful to wash a new pet bed with detergents used in your household, so it smells more familiar to them. Additionally, think about adding toys and a blanket to help it become even cozier. To solidify the fact that it is their space, consider giving your pet treats and affection when they are first introduced to their new space– to let them know they are safe and cared for when there. You giving them access to an area of safety helps them not only feel comfortable in the house they are in… but also with you, the human, who gave that sense of security to them.

More tips on setting up a safe place for your pet:

How to Set Up a Safe Space for Your Dog

How to Create a Safe Room for Your Cat

 

 

Training Classes

Many pet-related businesses offer training classes that work with dogs and their owners. Going through training classes with your pup has similar results to that of team-building exercises for humans. It aids a sense of teamwork to strengthen and evolve between owner and pet, as well as helping your pup become more familiar with listening to your commands.

 

One-On-One Time

Never underestimate the power of a little bonding time. Even if you and the pet you are wishing to bond with are not directly interacting, going about your daily routine with them near you can help greatly. It both makes them feel a part of your everyday life, and you a part of theirs.  This establishes a routine for the owners and pets involved and is a large step towards coexisting with ease.

 

Loving Them Anyway

Not to sound similar to the final stage of grief, but a level of acceptance is important in some cases. Not every animal is the same, and sometimes, pets will only bond to one human–if any. Unfortunately, that one human isn’t always you. It could be a spouse, family member, or friend that they finally connect to. In this case, it is very important to accept this fact and love them anyway. Just because they are not bonded to you, does not mean they don’t care for you in their own special way. Show them love, and take care of them. You never know, that bridge could be built in the future when you least expect it.

 

 

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Healthy DIY Cat Treats That’ll Make Your Cat Meow with Joy:

Our feline friends bring us so much joy and love. Here’s a little something we can do to show them we care, in an extra special way. In this blog are 3 healthy, DIY cat treats that are super easy to make at home! Whether you’re in the market for a healthier alternative to kitty treats you can buy in-store, or are looking to show how much you love your cat; these recipes are for you!

By Abigail Brown

 

CRUNCHY TUNA CAT TREATS

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To start off our list we have an awesome 6 ingredient tuna cat treat recipe from adventures-in-making.com. It’s a quick and easy recipe; taking only half an hour to prep, bake, and let your feline enjoy!

You will need:

  • 1 (5 oz) can tuna in water, drained
  • ½ cup oat flour*
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 heaping tablespoon catnip

And last but certainly not least, you’ll need a little bit of you time to dedicate to fun in the kitchen

 

 

CHEESY HOMEMADE CAT TREATS

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This inventive treat is for all of the dairy loving kitties out there. It is a 6 ingredient recipe, that makes approximately 55 treats. Thank you CowboyWay.com for such an interesting twist on cat treats!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt, vanilla yogurt, or sour cream Note: We used vanilla yogurt.
  • 3/4 cup flour Note: We used white whole wheat
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup water, more or less

 

3 INGREDIENT SALMON CAT TREATS

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We’re excited about this recipe! They are so simple, yet cats find them so yummy. This recipe requires only 3 ingredients, and with the help of cute cookie cutters… they can be made into endless adorable shapes!

You will need:

  • Salmon
  • Egg
  • Flour
  • And nothing more!

These are super simple. Roll the dough out 1/4 of an inch thick, and your cookie cutting paw-ibilities are endless!

 

 

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10 Simply Hilarious Dog Haircuts:

Having the same old hairstyle can become repetitive, maybe even a little boring. There is only one thing to do when your pup is tired of their look…shake things up! Here are 10 of our favorite, eye-catching, and just a tad laughable pups who surely know how to work their snazzy new looks.

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The “I want it poofy and think… space!”

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We admire this pup for their confidence and dramatic flair. But one question, how did their groomer get those fluffy spheres so darn perfect?

 

A solution to the age-old “Only my head gets cold” dilemma

 

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This pup combines style and functionality, allowing their body a cool breeze; whilst keeping their head all nice and toasty. We give them a gold star.

 

The “2000s were true fashion”

 

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This look is an artistic take on the hairstyles that once adorned the heads of many pop icons in 2000-2005. We love the pop of pink, and can’t get over how cute this little fashionista is.

 

The “Humpty Dumpty”

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Right here is a pup who clearly knows what they want. Clean edges and a very defined shape, the “Humpty Dumpty” brings a childhood classic to life in an oh so cute way. Just look at that little smile!

 

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Such a cute pup, with an equally cute hairstyle. Her updo perfectly accentuates her eyes and is undeniably charming. Someone get that dog cuddles ASAP!

 

The “No…I didn’t get this idea from Justin Bieber”

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The perfect look for an aspiring pop sensation! Just enough drama to keep you hanging onto his every word, with a side of cuteness that’ll have you coming back for more.  Now that’s a doggie heartthrob if we’ve ever seen one!

 

The “Half in, half out”

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For the pup who wants to go all-in and make a drastic change…but is a little hesitant about the all-in part. This look is a perfect way for them to dip their toes in the water and decide if a fully shaved look is truly for them.

 

Heavy metal isn’t a music preference, it’s a way of life

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This orange mohawk shows everyone just how hardcore a pup you are. That right there is a doggo who means business and won’t take no for an answer. We wish we were that cool!

 

An all-new take on the “Cold shoulder”

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While we are not entirely sure this pup and their owner achieved their desired outcome with this look, we applaud them for their risk-taking. It certainly is quite a look, to say the least. On chilly days, may we suggest a sweater?

 

The “Ms.Maybell, from next door”

17 Times Pet Haircuts Went So Wrong, It’s Hilarious

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For the final spot on our list, we leave you with this adorable hairstyle. We love the vintage undertones of this pup’s look. Charming and classic, this pupper is heartwarming to look at and oh so precious.

 

 

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5 Heartwarming and Hilarious Pet Stories to Get You Through the Week:

Life is hectic, and a little comic relief is good for everyone! We are quite lucky to have animals in our lives, gifting us all love and laughter. Here are some of our favorite pet-related related stories pet owners have shared online, that will both make you both feel all warm & and fuzzy and give you a good chuckle!

Abigail Brown

 

The Prettiest Smile Around

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This pupper knows how to turn on the charm.

“My dog smiles whenever he wants something. He started showing his teeth when he got excited to see us after long periods of time (i.e. vacations) and we would say “What a pretty smile!” He made the connection to the word and now will do it on command and pretty much whenever he wants our food. Kind of like a “hey look I’m smiling, I’m pretty!” Some people probably think it’s bad that he does it because he’s technically showing his teeth, but you can tell it’s not aggressive or in a bad way. I think it’s hilarious.”

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It’s All For One And One for…Themselves?

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Animals are just like humans, and the ways they bicker with their siblings– are very similar.

“My biggest female cat (nine to 10 pounds) likes to sit on the side of the full bathtub inside the shower curtain,”

“My littlest tiny female cat (four pounds) runs from across the house, slides around the corner into the bathroom, shoves the big female into the tub through the shower curtain and takes off like a shot back to the other side of the house. She never knew what hit her.”

Via Reddit user loner_in_az.

 

The Pup Who Probably Won’t Be A Professional Swimmer

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Here is a story about one goofy furball, who takes a swim for the first time.

“I had a dog that liked to lick the built-up ice in the freezer every time we opened the door,”

“Got his tongue stuck regularly. Always went back for more.”

“The first time we took him to a lake, he got so excited that he just ran in without knowing what it was. ‘Oh, water!’ Okay, not phased. Keeps running toward the middle. We thought he’d start to swim. Or at least float. Still, I don’t understand how he didn’t. But he ran along the bottom of that lake and just disappeared under the water. … My dad had to go in and carry him out.”

Via Reddit user loner_in_az.

 

Singing While You Work, You Should Try It

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If you’re considering hiring a maid, this feline may be the perfect fit for you!

“I have a giant Maine-coon Siamese mix tomcat. His thing is to bring up laundry from the basement during the night. The weird thing is that he’s pretty good at taking clothes into the right rooms. I don’t know if he does it by smell or what – but it’s pretty normal for me to wake up to a pile of my socks, my daughters some of theirs, etc. He also chirps and meows the entire time he’s making his deliveries – which is pretty funny in and of itself.”

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Some Kitties Never Learn

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Now that’s what we call falling…with style.

“I had a farm cat when I was a teenager that loved to climb up and sit on the roof. Problem was, he had the habit of rolling over for a tummy rub whenever he saw a person. So it was a distressingly common occurrence to walk near the house and have him roll right off the roof. You’d think after the first three times he’d have learned, but no. He lived a long life despite himself.”

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Amendment 13: What this Means for the Future of all Greyhounds Involved

 

Florida recently passed amendment 13, banning Greyhound racing. But what happens to the pups removed from these racing grounds? Below, we discuss the importance of amendment 13, and what comes next for all the Greyhounds involved.

Abigail Brown

What exactly is Amendment 13, and what does this amendment impact?

For many years Florida was home to the remaining, legal, Greyhound racing grounds. This amendment bans any Greyhound racing tacks from operating in Florida. Successfully eliminating 11 out of 17 dog tracks in America by 2020’s end. The treatment and conditions these dogs dealt with for many years, is what recently went under the microscope in Florida. While not all kennels that house these animals have been found to be cruel, a large fraction does not meet the standard of care considered healthy for their dogs. (The Negative Effects Of Greyhound Racing.) 

Greyhound like dogs has been depicted since Roman, Greek, and Egyptian times. They originate from Great Britain and are known for their long legs, arched back, and ability to sprint with high intensity. Something that often sets Greyhounds apart from other dog breeds, is their temperament. In general, this breed of hound dog is laid back, intelligent, quiet, and well mannered. In other words, Greyhounds are absolute sweethearts; the perfect addition to so many families’ homes!

Within these improperly run dog racing facilities, dogs who are unfit to race any longer are at times “phased” out. This often means they are put to sleep after their racing value has diminished, or they become too injured to continue racing. The companies who race and mistreat these dogs, then bring in more pups who live their lives in cramped, small cages with shredded paper or pieces of carpet as bedding. Caring organizations are in the process of figuring out the best method to rehome these dogs, and keep them from simply being moved to other states where dog racing is still legal or ending up in the hands of a poorly run racing company. In addition to the poor conditions some kennels house these dogs in, dog racing is no longer a sport that has the level of interest it once did. Now proving costly for those who operate them. “We lost $3 million a year to keep open greyhound racing,” Said Manager Danny Adkins in his interview with First Coast News.

 

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Who is working to help these dogs?

The answer to this question lies with caring organizations who are working tirelessly to better the lives of these Greyhounds. I had the pleasure of corresponding with Gay Latimer, the adoption representative for Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption. She has worked there for 25 years! They are a non-profit organization in Southeastern Virginia, the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and Northeastern North Carolina, which works to find loving homes for Greyhounds in need. I was able to ask Gay a series of questions at this time.

Upon asking her favorite part of working with an organization such as Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption, her response was “Rewarding to know I can place these beautiful creatures in a great home and giving them a new lease on life!”

Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption gives these pups a second chance at the happy lives they deserve. In case you are considering adopting a greyhound from Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption, here is how Gay Latimer says you’ll know if a Greyhound is a fit for your home.

“If you want a loving companion. A quiet laid back dog that just wants love…. then a greyhound is for you.”

 

What can I do to help?

No action is too big, nor too small. There are many organizations accepting donations, volunteer applications, etc.  Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption has even partnered with Bonilla Pet Studio!

Because of the ban on dog racing, nearly 8,000 Greyhounds will need new homes. Bonilla Pet Studio is offering a $99 Portrait Session to raise money to help these amazing doggos find new homes. For every portrait session booked, $50 will be donated to the Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption. $200 has been raised for them already!

 

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To look into booking your own portrait session to support Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption,

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To visit the Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption website,

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To read more about this amendment and the lives of Greyhound race dogs– take a look at the resources below,

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Visit  wbr.org/onlyagame for a glimpse into the word of properly managed Greyhound racing, and the reasoning behind why some individuals highly encourage it.

 

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5 Super Cool Facts about Maine Coons:

Felines are amazing companions. Sassy, sweet, and they often offer endless cuddles to their loving owners.  On top of all of their perks as pets, they can be exceptionally fun to learn more about. Cat’s come in all shapes and sizes, some of which are extremely large. One of our personal favorites is the oh so gorgeous…Maine Coon!

By Abigail Brown

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1. Origin

This large breed comes from Maine, as their name suggests. They are the largest domestic cat breed, and some even speculate they are descendants of Marie Antoinette’s long-haired cats! Check out this link to read more about this theory.

2. Size

These are particularly large cats. An older coon often weighing between 14-20 pounds and being nearly 30-40 inches long. That’s one large, fluffy kitty!

3. Health

Due to their breeding, Coons require their teeth to be regularly brushed to lessen the risk of developing periodontal disease. They have also been known to have hip-related issues, that present themselves as they grow older. Click Here to learn more.

4. Personality

Despite a few extra steps to care for them, Maine Coons make for lovely and fairly easily cared for pets. They, while not typically being lap cats, love to be near their owner! It is not uncommon for them to trail behind their caregiver and want to be with them through every step of their day. Additionally, a cat’s breeding has a surprisingly large effect on their personality and health. Click this link to learn how and why.

5. Intelligence

These kitties are very smart, and can even be taught tricks! From high-fives to spinning in circles, Maine Coons are intelligent enough to learn it all. Click me to learn more about how!

 

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4 Great Dog-Friendly Trails/Parks For Winter Walks:

     Outside time isn’t just for when it’s warm out. Here are 4 locations that have beautiful scenery and fun so plentiful, it makes freezing your tail feathers off more than worth it!

By Abigail Brown

 

Grandview Nature Preserve

A beautiful 2.5-mile trail to the beach. This gem is located in Hampton VA and the surrounding beach makes for a gorgeous morning walk with your pups. Bring hot cocoa to keep warm, and enjoy!

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Elizabeth River Trail

An adorable 10.5-mile trail to walk/run, that gives you an amazing view of the Norfolk Waterfront! Bike, run, walk, or be tugged along in a wagon if that’s your style– either way this area is endlessly pretty and worth visiting at least once.

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Shirlington Dog Park

Located in Arlington VA, Shirlington dog park is quite a bit of fun for pets and pet owners. Inside the dog park is gates that lead to an adorable stream and this fenced area allows your dog free space to run around to their heart’s content.

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Mount Trashmore Park

Fun for kiddos, pups, and parents! Mount Trashmore Park has something for everyone. Not to mention the 60- foot tall, 800- foot wide mountain made of solid waste–being quite the eyecatcher, to say the least. This park is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Off-leash areas are limited for pups, but the walking areas make it quite the experience for your pup.

A photo of dog-friendly Mount Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach.

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A 14 Dog Photo-shoot: The Laughs, The Process, And The Fun!

    Bonilla Pet Studio has done many portrait sessions and as of recently, one of our most remarkable showcases the personalities of 14 whippets…at the same time! Dr. Ken Latimer brought his fur babies in, and it was an experience everyone who got to witness it will remember fondly. 

By Abigail Brown

 

Getting To Know Dr. Latimer And His Whippets

   It was a pleasure getting to meet Dr. Latimer, his quick wit was a joy and his happiness was infectious. We had the opportunity to talk to him about all of his pups, whom he loves dearly, and everything he wanted to see within his artwork. As his relationship with each dog is something he prioritizes, he decided that he would like his portrait to show real-life moments they share– and that is where his vision of a portrait in which he is reading his pups their favorite book, began the process of coming to life. Dedicated to getting into our studio and making this portrait session possible, Dr. Latimer brought his whippets in with 2 separate trips and 7 dogs at a time. All the way from the Toano area of Virginia, to Chesapeake Virginia! In my conversations with Dr. Latimer, he said he had anticipated a good amount of chaos would take place during any photoshoot that involves all his whippets but was pleasantly surprised with how smoothly and quickly this process went. 

 

The Execution

  To ease the process of this shoot Erin Bonilla planned from start to finish, to ensure it went off without a hitch. Starting with her initial sketch, Erin planned exactly where each dog would be before bringing them in for their session. Erin and Meghan brought the dogs in one by one and spent some time getting to know them. They posed the pups and took a perfect photograph of each pup in their strategically placed spot. Their dad had his photo taken separately as well, and with expert skill– all 15 portraits were beautifully placed into one awe-inspiring composite.

 

See Erin’s Initial Sketch Below

 

Handling The Anticipated “Chaos”

  One of our photographers spent time playing with all the dogs not currently being photographed, in another room; they were loved up to no end and given treats galore. This kept them all happy as can be and helped whichever pup was currently being photographed, stay focused and calm. Major props go out to Dr. Latimer’s doggos, as they are retired show dogs with stupendous listening skills. Many laughs were shared and eventually, the photoshoot came to an end. From there Erin moved onto the production process–and this masterpiece was perfected!

 

Watch This Beautiful Composite Come To Life!

 

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How To Ease A New Pet Into Your Home:

   Adding a new pet into the mix is undeniably exciting and fun. However, like any transition, it can be a learning process at the same time. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when integrating a new furry family member into your home. 

By Abigail Brown

Be patient and calm

  A new pet is bound to be at least a little nervous when brought into a new environment, more so when there are other pets in the home that they are meeting for the first time. Take it slow and don’t rush them to interact with one another. A great way to help ease this is to have a separate location for your new pet to stay, so they can have some alone time to get used to the house– and slowly interact over time. 

 

Build a routine

  If your new pet will be the only animal in your home, get a routine set up for their feeding, walking, playtime, etc. to help them get familiar and feel comfortable within your home. If there are other animals in the home and your new friend is separated from them initially, utilize the same schedule for them that you normally use with your other pets. This will ease their transition into sharing feeding time, walks, and attention with another animal.

Example:

-Feed at 8 am

-Walk

-Playtime at 12 pm

-Treats 

-Walk 2 pm

-Dinner 3 pm

-Walk before bedtime

Celebrate the good behavior of any pets within the home

A good way to help your new friend adjust to your household rules is to reward both them and any other pets in the home for things they do well–or for listening particularly well. Even small moments such as coming when told being positively enforced can help greatly. This is especially helpful if you already have an animal integrated within your home who follows directions, as it will encourage your new pet to follow their example. Rewarding all animals in the home whenever possible, rather than only your new animal, helps keep their forming bond in the best shape possible while not causing competition to arise. 

 

Quality time 

  Get to know your new pet, try your best to bring a new animal friend into your home when your schedule will allow you the time to get to know them. Spend as much time with your new fur baby as possible, and their adjustment into your home will go a lot smoother. This quality time will also help build the bond between pet and pet parent.  

 

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