Congratulations! You're a pet owner. Bringing a new pet home is an exciting experience but requires some preparation. Prepping your house, wardrobe and routines ahead of time can help ease the transition for both you and your new family member. Here are some tips to welcome a new pet into your household and ensure a smooth transition for everyone.
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Congratulations! You're a pet owner. Bringing a new pet home is an exciting experience but requires some preparation. Prepping your house, wardrobe and routines ahead of time can help ease the transition for both you and your new family member. Here are some tips to welcome a new pet into your household and ensure a smooth transition for everyone:
- Pet-proof your home. Just as you would baby-proof a house for an infant, make sure to pet-proof your house for your furry friend. Rearrange your living space by placing anything breakable at a higher level. Baby gates work well to prevent dogs from entering areas of the house that aren't safe for them, or places you don't want them to be. Remember, cats can jump extreme distances, so clean off the top of your cabinets and refrigerator in case your kitty decides those are his or her favorite places to play "hide and pounce."
- Manage pet hair on your clothing. Many would agree that if they have a "pet peeve" about their four-legged friends, it's the shedding. Fifty-seven percent of women are hesitant to wear black clothing around cats and dogs because of the lint and pet hair it attracts, according to a Procter & Gamble study conducted in August. However, you don't need to change your wardrobe just to snuggle with your new pet. Use a hair-repelling laundry product to keep hair away.
- Prepare for pet odor. A dog or cat will introduce new smells to your house. You can help contain these pet smells with frequent vacuuming, disinfecting toys on a regular basis, and clumping and deodorizing litter. Regularly bathing your dog is an important part of keeping their skin and coats clean and odor-free. Also, brushing your dog or cat's teeth can help keep his or her mouth healthy and help prevent bad breath.
- Help your new pal adjust. Place a cozy bed in several rooms where your pet will be allowed, giving him or her a comfortable place to snuggle and sleep. This will help encourage your pet to stay off the furniture. Keep in mind that your pet has a highly developed sense of smell, and a brand new bed from the store could contain strange odors to him. Rubbing a blanket or old towel on your pet's bed can help make the smells of the bed more familiar and friendly.
Family Movie Night
This year looks to be another good one for family movies. Here’s a look at some of the family-friendly flicks coming out in the first couple months of 2012 (release dates subject to change):
- Jan. 13: “Beauty and the Beast 3-D,” G: This is another Disney re-release, also in 3-D like “The Lion King.”
- Feb. 3: “Big Miracle,” PG: Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski try to save a family of gray whales.
- Feb. 10: “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” PG: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson heads an expedition to an island to save his girlfriend’s kid’s grandfather.
- March 2: “Dr. Seuss' The Lorax,” G: The classic tale of the Lorax comes to life on the big screen.
- March 23: “The Hunger Games,” not yet rated: You’ve read the popular book by Suzanne Collins, now see the movie!
- March 30: “The Pirates! Band of Misfits,” not yet rated: An animated feature about pirates trying to win the Pirate of the Year Award.
“Awake at Dawn,” by C. C. Hunter
Ages: Young adult
Synopsis: From the moment Kylie Galen arrived at Shadow Falls Camp, she’s had one burning question: What am I? Surrounded by vampires, werewolves, shape-shifters, fairies and witches, Kylie longs to figure out her own supernatural identity … and what her burgeoning powers mean. And now she’ll need them more than ever, because she’s being haunted by a new spirit who insists that someone Kylie knows — and loves — will die before the end of the summer. If only she only knew who she was supposed to save. - St. Martin's Press
Did You Know
According to information gathered by th eU.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, teens are more likely to be obese if they didn’t have a strong emotional tie to their mother when they were toddlers.
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