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The Emotional Benefits Of Having Family Photos Displayed In Your Home:

There are many surprising ways in which family photos hold importance. Not only to capture and save priceless memories but also to help develop your children’s sense of self and strengthen your family bond. 

Moments Worth Treasuring Endlessly

A photograph speaks a thousand words. From first birthdays to academic accomplishments, and so much more– photographs are how we capture these moments in time and all of the emotions they bring. There are few things that mean more than the ability to look back on memories that helped enormously in shaping your family, for years to come. We may not have time machines, but photography gives us a tool pretty darn close. Life can get a little hairy, pun intended if you have pets, and looking back on these happy moments means a great deal when you are in the midst of its craziness. 

Encourage Better Child Development

Family portraits showcase everyone within it as a whole, a united front without a divide. Looking back upon these moments helps your child see themselves like a puzzle piece within your family, completing those around them and how perfectly they fit in their own unique way. A child’s sense of self is a delicate part of their development, and solidifying their place within your family goes a long way in helping them view themselves positively in the future. Children who grow up in homes full of family portraits, on average, feel more connected to those around them. 

Family Bond

There are so many moments we replay in our minds endlessly and wish we could live in forever. Be it large milestones or simply capturing the smaller things such as your family together, your pets, etc. gives you and your loved ones undoubtedly joyful memories to look back on in the future.  Nothing means more than the ability to reflect on these times for years to comesaving precious moments long passed in a way you can not only feel in your heart but also see and touch. Your family will always have one another and the wackiest,  most memorable, and sweetest moments you all shared.  

   

For most resources on the importance of family photographs within the home, check out the links below:

3 Reason Family Portrait Photography Is Important

The Surprising Benefits Of Displaying Professional Family Portraits On Your Walls.

 

If you would like to capture the bond you and your pet share in a way you can cherish forever— schedule a portrait session with us!

Pets and Summer Celebrations

Summer is here and that means cookouts, celebrations, and firework-filled nights! We all want to make sure our pets stay safe during these times. Are you prepared?

Here are some tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Preparing in advance:

  • Make sure your pets – cats and dogs alike – have identification tags with up-to-date information.
  • If your pets aren’t already microchipped, talk with your veterinarian about microchipping. This simple procedure can greatly improve your chances of getting your pets back if they become lost.
  • If your pets are microchipped, make sure your contact information in the microchip registry is up-to-date.
  • Take a current photo of all of your cats, dogs– just in case.
  • If your pet has historically been anxious during celebrations or fireworks, or if you have reason to expect potentially harmful reactions, consider behavioral therapy to desensitize your pet and reduce the risk of problems. Some pets may need medication. Consult your veterinarian or a veterinary behaviorist.
  • Make sure the environment is safe and secure. If your neighbors set off fireworks at an unexpected time, is your yard secure enough to keep your pet contained? Evaluate your options, and choose the safest area for your animals; and make improvements if needed to make the area more secure.

Safety during celebrations:

  • Leave your pets at home when you go to parties, fireworks displays, parades and other gatherings. Loud fireworks, unfamiliar places and crowds can all be very frightening to pets, and there’s great risk of pets becoming spooked and running away.
  • Consider putting your pets in a safe, escape-proof room or crate during parties and fireworks.
  • If you’re hosting guests, ask them to help keep an eye on your pets to make sure they don’t escape. Placing notes on exit doors and gates can help both you and your guests remain vigilant.
  • Keep your pets inside if you or your neighbors are setting off fireworks.
  • Keep sparklers, glow sticks, fireworks, charcoal and kabob skewers away from curious pets.
  • Don’t let pets get near your barbecue grill while it is in use or still hot.
  • Avoid the urge to feed your pets table scraps or other foods intended for people.
  • Remember that too much sun and heat (and humidity!) can be dangerous to pets. Keep them inside when it’s extremely hot/humid; make sure they have access to shady spots and plenty of water when outdoors; don’t leave them outside for extended periods in hot weather; and know the signs that a pet may be overheating.
  • Never leave your pet in your car when it’s warm outside. Vehicle interiors heat up much faster than the air around them, and even a short time in a locked car can be dangerous to pets.
  • If you’re travelling out of town for the holiday, consider leaving your pets at home with a pet sitter or boarding them in a kennel. If you need to bring them with you, be sure you know how to keep them safe.

After the celebrations:

  • Check your yard for fireworks debris before allowing pets outside to play or relax. Even if you didn’t set off fireworks yourself, debris can make its way into your yard, where curious animals may pick it up to play with or eat.
  • If you hosted guests, check both your yard and home for food scraps or other debris that might be dangerous to pets, such as food skewers.

It’s Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month!

When most people think of June their first thought is usually a month filled with warm summer days, family barbecues, and lots of beach trips! However, to the staff at an Animal Shelter, the biggest thought that is running through their minds is kittens, kittens, kittens! The month of June…. and pretty much all of the Spring and Summer season is what is known in the animal care world as “kitten season.” Kitten season is generally described as the time of year when an astonishingly large amount of stray or orphaned kittens and a lot of pregnant cat moms find their way into an animal shelter whether it be by the local animal control picking them up or a kind samaritan bringing them in. During this time most shelters are scrambling to find every foster family and possible resource available to take these moms and kittens until they are big enough and healthy enough to come back and be put up for adoption. This process can take anywhere from one week to a couple of months!

National Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month kicks off every June in hopes of spreading shelter cat awareness and helping to find both help and homes for homeless cats and kittens. It also, again, marks the height of kitten season! Here are a few ways you can help shelter cats and kittens near you:

  1. Fostering- Shelters are always looking for families to foster their cats and kittens! It helps the shelter so that they can keep space available for other animals that are coming through their doors, but it’s an even bigger help to the cats and kittens that are coming in! A lot of cats and kittens that enter a shelter environment are exposed to a plethora of different upper respiratory diseases. They also do not get as much one on one care that they so desperately need since a lot of times shelter staff are stretched taking care of hundreds of shelter animals at a time. Taking a mom and kittens home or even an orphaned group of kittens greatly reduces their chance of being infected and developing complications from URI. They are also able to get the extra one on one love and care that they thrive from so that they remain happy and healthy and can be put up for adoption sooner!
  2. Adopting- Whats better than bringing home a fun, furry, new bundle of joy? Adoption is one of the greatest things you can do for a homeless pet. It’s actually one of the best things you could do for yourself as well! Animals provide an amazing amount of companionship and cats are full of different personalities so there’s always bound to be one that matches what you are looking for! Did I also mention it’s been said that having a pet can lower stress levels, lower blood pressure, and improves one’s mood? Every year thousands of animals end up at a shelter waiting to find their perfect forever home. If you are interested in bringing home a new furry family member then always remember to stop by your local shelter!
  3. Donating- If you are unable to adopt or foster the next best thing you can do to help is donate! You can donate lots of helpful items such as blankets, heating pads, kitten formula, and other cat care items! A lot of shelters are non-profit, meaning they rely heavily on donations from the public. When there is a big influx of cats and kittens, supplies diminish fast! Donating items to a shelter will help to ensure that moms and kittens will get food, warmth, and all of their basic care to help them grow!

There are numerous ways to help your local shelter cats and kittens! Don’t be afraid to stop by your local shelter to take a look around! You never know, you may just find your new best friend!

“Time spent with cats is never wasted.” by Sigmund Freud

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