Sunday, June 24, 2012

Product review: Thundershirt

I am not usually one who posts product information/reviews on this blog, but in this case I must make an exception.

Living in South Florida we get some pretty severe thunder storms year round, but especially in the summer months.  The pups go absolutely berserk with the thunder and lightning.  I often worry about them and their reactions to the weather when no one is home.  Additionally, with fireworks being the norm around here for just about any holiday, including the holiday named "Sunday", I wanted to find a supplement free alternative for them.

I was recently introduced to Thundershirt.  Their website claims that the shirts are great for a variety of anxiety causing matters, including fear of thunder/fireworks, and travel, which are my pups most anxiety causing activities.  "Thundershirt uses gentle, constant pressure to calm your dog, effectively aiding anxiety, fearfulness, barking and more". Essentially, it is like a constant hug around your dog's torso area. I had seen the shirts in a local Petsmart and wondered if these shirts would really work.  I read through the information on their website, watched the videos, and read the testimonials.  With a skeptics instincts I went on to purchase the shirts wondering if this would really work for our pups; especially our "Nervous Nelly" Rusty.

I've had the opportunity to put the shirts on the pups a few times since I brought them, from the first use I definitely noticed a difference.  They do still bark when they hear thunder or fireworks, but they don't seem as nervous when they hear the noises, its more of a bark of acknowledgement than fear.  I have even observed them sleeping through thunderstorms that they would have previously been nervous about.

I actually took this picture during a passing thunder storm.
We still have the Independence Day Holiday coming up and I know the fireworks will be a real test of the shirt, but for now I am very pleased with my purchase.  I give the product two thumbs up and definitely recommend it for pet owners.  And for those of you who are cat people and not dog people, they have a shirt designed for cats too.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Saturday evening sky - March 10, 2012

I know its not Wordless Wednesday, but I had to share these beautiful sights of God's canvas. He is the greatest artist!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!! Celebrate with a book!

Theodor Seuss Geisel would have been 108 years old today. He was a writer, poet and cartoonist best known as Dr. Seuss!!! His work in children’s literature continues to entertain children today, and better yet it helps them learn everything from their alphabet, numbers, basic addition, and so much more!

Since 1998 the National Education Association has marked his birthday as a celebration of reading with “Read Across America”. “NEA's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.” Through these efforts they also help to provide parents, teachers, and caregivers with resources to help them keep reading an important activity 365 days (366 day in leap years) a year. I personally have not participated in the event in a few years (I participated annually when I was a Girl Scout Leader), but the event remains one of my favorites!

Reading opens a world of possibilities (both literally and figuratively) for all of us.  It is so important to help to instill a love of reading in children, but it is also never to late to learn the love of reading as an adult.  Adults and children alike have different ways of learning and comprehension.  Fortunately today's world of electronic advances affords us a world of ways to read, or listen as some may prefer! So whatever your preference I encourage you to pick up a book and start reading you never know the worlds you will discover!

Whether you "Hop on Pop", or like a "Fox in Socks" there is no telling "Oh, the Places You Will Go" and "Oh, the Thinks You Can Thinks" when you read to a child (or read to yourself) you can visit "Mr. Elligot's Pool", see "Miles and Miles of Reptiles", or read "A Whale of a Tale", its “One of the Things You Can Do That Are Good For You”.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

Motivational Monday - Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (sorry could be viewed political)

I realize it has been quite a while since I last posted a Motivational Monday post; I thought today would be a great day to start again.

Through out the United States today there are events and celebrations to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on what would have been his 83rd birthday.  Some in our nation will be participating in the 26th Annual National Day of Service, others may just be enjoying the day off from school or work.  But I hope that all are taking a moment to reflect on the values Dr. King stood for, and how those values are still very much relevant today.

For Motivational Monday, I am sharing with you two quotes from the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  I don't want to sound political, as I am not one to speak out on political issues. I just hope to motivate some of you to start where you are to make a difference in your world.

There have been great strides made towards Dr. King's dream of a nation of equality, but there is still much to be done.  Today's political and economic climate in our country are hindering futher progress.  This year (2012) is an election year in the United States.  It is a chance for every citizen of this great nation to practice their right to voice their choices in the form a a vote.  Whatever your political affiliation or view is, don't let your right go unexercised.  If you are of voting age (which is 18, despite what some of our political hopefuls may believe or say), you need to make sure to get your vote counted.  It is our one guaranteed way to make sure our voice is heard.

The end result may not be what you chose, but at least you can say you made sure your voice counted.

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