Preparing Your Home for a New Pet

Getting a new pet is a big responsibility and one that should never be taken likely. That is why you need to plan if you are welcoming a new animal into your home. The environment that you create for them is just as important as the food you give them, so having the right things in place will make them happy and calm. Here are a few questions you need to ask yourself before choosing and bringing home your new pet.

Choosing the Right Pet for Your Family

If you have children, then they will probably have their own ideas about what pet they want. However, it is important that you look at your family’s circumstances to see what animal will be best suited. If you are a family that is out for most of the day, then an animal such as a dog would be the wrong decision, as they get lonely and depressed being on their own all day, and nor would they get enough exercise. Cats, on the other hand, are independent and won’t mind being on their own.

Where Will They Live?

Depending on what animal you eventually choose, you will need to find a good space for them to live in. A dog can stay inside or outside the house, although in bad weather they should be allowed to stay inside; even if they are inside all the time, they will still need a space of their own to sleep, relax and rest. Cats are more independent, though you should still provide a safe space for them out of the way of children or other animals. Some cat breeds need a lot of mental stimulation, or they become aggressive and destructive. Other animals such as mice and gerbils can be kept in cages, though you will still need to keep them in a place that is warm and dry. You should also keep them out of reach of other animals and small children!

Are Your Other Animals Healthy?

If you are getting a pet that hasn’t had its injections yet, then you need to ensure that all your other animals are fit and healthy. If any of them haven’t had their injections, then it is best to get this done before bringing other animals into the house. You must also treat your animals for fleas using an easy to apply treatment such as Advecta, which is especially important when you introduce a new animal into your menagerie. It is also a good idea to make sure that the new animal is taken to the vet for a check-up as soon as possible to confirm their health.

Is Your Home Ready for Your New Arrival?

You might think that you have your home ready for your new pet; however, there could be areas you have not considered that could affect the wellbeing of your pet. If you are getting a dog, is your fence in your backyard high and secure enough? Dogs can jump great heights, and dig under low fences, so regularly check for any holes in the fence that an animal can get in or out. If you are getting a smaller animal that will live in a cage, then you will need to be mindful of objects around their cage, for example, you will need to keep wires away from the cage as rabbits in particular like to eat them thinking they are roots.

Who Will be Responsible for the Pet?

It is a question that many parents are left to ask when a new pet arrives. Who Will be Responsible for the Pet? Many children will promise to look after a new pet, though it eventually becomes more of the responsibility of the parents. One way to minimize this is to set out a cleaning or walking route that encourages your children to play their part. Your kids may soon get bored if they are only cleaning out the cage, so try to get them involved in other activities too. Encourage them to play with the pet and feed it, caged animals such as gerbils and rabbits can be let out of their cage occasionally to have more freedom.

Will a New Pet Get Along with Your Existing Animals?

One consideration you need to keep in mind is whether a new pet will be accepted by the other pets in the household. It can be a particular issue with cats and dogs as they have a tendency to be territorial. If you have a pet that displays aggressive behavior towards other animals, you should choose an animal that won’t be considered a threat.  

Are You Prepared for the Odd Accident?

If you are getting a cat or a puppy, then you should be aware that toilet training can be difficult. At first, they may well have accidents as this is part of their learning curve. It is important to have a clean-up plan in place so that if an accident does happen, you are ready to deal with it. Have you researched the best ways to toilet train your animal? It might give you some useful advice and make the process a lot easier. The most important thing to remember is that this period takes patience, it will eventually get sorted out.

Have You Researched the Pets Food Requirements?

There are many types of pet food on the market, and they are all designed specifically for each animal type. However, some products are better for your pet than others, so it is important to research and get the best one for them. Your vet may be able to recommend a specific brand or type, especially if your animal has any allergies. It is also vital to learn how much food you need to give them. There is usually a feeding guide on the side of the food, if you administer the correct amount, your pet may become overweight and suffer the health consequences.

There are many joys of being a pet owner, as long as you are prepared, you will get many years of love and fun from your new pet.

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How to Tell Your Kids What to Expect on Their First Camping Trip

Camping can be an amazing way to spend a family vacation, with plenty of ways to spend time together without all the distractions of TV and the internet, along with a chance to be active and teach kids about nature.

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Why You Need to Talk About the Camping Trip in Advance

If you have decided to take your child camping for the first time, then he or she is probably very excited at the idea of doing something really new to them. However, they may also be a bit apprehensive in some ways too. Kids – especially younger children – can become a little anxious when taken outside of their usual routine.

This means it is a good idea to talk to your son or daughter about what they should expect the trip to be like, so they can mentally prepare for differences in how they will do every day things they usually have a routine for like eating, sleeping and getting washed and dressed.

Your child might also have some unfounded fears picked up from camping they have seen on TV, perhaps involving wild animals or even ghosts and monsters, and it is naturally best to find out that they have these and ease their worries before you go!

Show Them the Tent

You can get some fantastic tents for family use in all kinds of terrain and weather, and sites like myfamilytent.com can help you find the right kind for your needs if you aren’t already all that experienced with camping yourself, or with what you need for the destination you have chosen.

Once you have a tent, it is always a good idea to put it up once in your garden or even indoors to get yourself used to doing it and check there are no pieces missing. This can be a great opportunity to talk to your child and let them explore the tent. Show them the other equipment too, such as the mat and bag they will be using for sleeping, and any lights or other things you have bought.

Explain About Eating and Showering at Your Chosen Campsite

Kids can be somewhat fussy about food and about their hygiene routines, and obviously these are things that are different when you are camping. Depending on where you are going, from a campsite packed with amenities to a place in the wilderness, your plans for how you will all take care of eating and keeping clean and dry will vary, but the important thing is to tell your child what it is going to be like so they know what to expect.

Some kids are more adventurous and may not be anxious about the idea of their first camping trip at all, however even they can benefit from having a good idea of what the trip will be like so they aren’t getting excited about the wrong things. Kids can have wild imaginations and may think they’ll be off hunting bears or exploring a jungle when actually you were just planning on camp fire stories and a nice hike!

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How to Make Your Own Memes to Amuse Your Friends Online

Internet memes are one of the funniest things to come out of millennial online culture. Sometimes random, sometimes cute, sometimes satirical and usually funny, memes are easy-to-share image and text macros that are now found all over the web.

Unlike mass media offerings or YouTube videos created by people looking to become stars in their own right, the charm of memes is that most of them are created by normal people who have a good idea for a joke, and as such, they are really easy for anyone who can use the web to make one.

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Here’s how to make your own meme images to share with your friends!

Learn The Right Meme For The Joke Or Story You Have in Mind

Memes have a certain uniformity to them, which is part of what enables people to get the joke. Want to post a bad pun? Then you may want to use the Rick Grimes and ‘Coral’ from The Walking Dead meme or another commonly used one with a laughing dog. Want to tell a story about something funny or embarrassing that happened to you? A good option can be ‘rage comics’.

Whether you are joking about your own life, something in the news, or simply have a silly idea for a joke, using the right meme template is important to get the joke across to people who are familiar with memes.

If you are not already aware of the most common memes, or classic memes like insanity wolf, success kid, hipster kitty and the many others that have been around for a while, then spend some time on sites like 9Gag looking at the way people use the different images.

Some of them may seem a little bit random. For instance, people use a picture of a bear to post confessions and a cartoon penguin to post about awkward social moments, but when you are familiar with the memes, it can be easy to find the right one to use for your idea.

Find A Template or Meme Generator

For simple one image memes, where you simply want to write a caption on a picture that already exists in meme culture, you can find plenty of templates both online and in apps. However, for more unique images such as rage comics, you will want to use a tool like RageMaker.net that lets you place familiar characters with your own text.

Post Your Memes!

Once you have made your meme, all you need to do is post it. If it is just for your friends because you’ve used an inside joke, it is easy to share on messaging apps or Facebook. However, if you have made something you think other people will find funny too, or which relates to a certain niche, there are lots of Facebook groups and Twitter accounts that share memes. You can also add your meme on sites like 9Gag, which solely exist to give people all the memes they want!

Making new memes can be a fun way to share jokes with friends or to amuse other users, so why not get started today?

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Getting Ready To Pop The Question

Are you getting ready to pop the big question, but you aren’t too sure how to make the proposal one that will truly blow her away? Coming up with the perfect way to ask her to marry you can be a big challenge for any guy, even the most romantic of them. You probably think it has to be a big gesture, one she’ll never forget. But, what’s important, is that it is personalized to your relationship. That’s a lot of pressure.

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We have some great ideas to help you prepare to pop the question and ensure it is an unforgettable moment. As part of your preparation, make sure you check out diamond engagement rings in Brisbane from The Diamond Jewellery Studio.

Preparing for the Proposal

  • The Location

Try to choose a location that is sentimental to your special relationship. For instance, the restaurant where you had your first date, or the bar where you shared your very first kiss, or perhaps the spot where you first met, or said those three little words. Going back to a location that has meaning for your proposal shows that your relationship has been a special time and it is now time to take it to the next level.

  • Surprise Her by Involving Friends and Family

You may want to get friends and family involved in helping you figure out what kind of engagement ring she wants and her ring size, but why not get them involved in the proposal, too? Perhaps you could pop the question at a special holiday dinner or family gathering? Or, if you’d prefer the proposal to be private, you could arrange to have the most special people in your lives hiding just out of view or waiting to celebrate somewhere with you. There’s something quiet special about sharing the moment with your nearest and dearest.

Alternatively, with the holidays just around the corner, why not incorporate the proposal? With friends and family in town for the holidays, you could make sure they save the date for your proposal.

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  • Consider Hiring a Photographer

Get the professional photographer to hang out near the proposal location and secretly capture the magical photos of your proposal set up. Professional photographers know just how to perfectly capture the light, make the setting look whimsical, and position themselves to get that priceless shot as you ask her to marry you. Best of all, you could keep it a complete surprise and give her the engagement photos as an extra-special wedding day gift.

  • Consider Using Music

Is there a particular song that is really meaningful to the relationship? Or, perhaps you both clearly remember the very first song you ever slow-danced to with one another? Having a significant tune playing in the background can elevate your proposal to extra-special and unforgettable for sure. Even better, take her in your arms and slow dance, regardless of who is around and where you are, and even if you’re somewhere public. Just gather her close and move together for a memorable moment.

With these tips, you’re sure to have a proposal she’ll never forget.

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Hunt And Shoot In Safety

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A day in the country hunting or shooting is a glorious day out, but accidents and misadventure happen.  Here are a few pointers to help you avoid danger, disappointment, and discomfort.

Carry A First Aid Kit

Put together your own first aid pack. Anti-septic cream, gauze, sticking plasters, iodine, rubbing alcohol, scissors, and a mild analgesic such as paracetamol should generally suffice.  Anti-inflammatories, anti-histamines, and insect repellant may be required too, according to the season. You know whether you have allergies; if you do, take the appropriate medication with you.

Dress For The Occasion

You want to be comfortable and you want to be seen.  Game doesn’t recognise colour, so forget camouflage – other hunters need to see you. You want the best of your shooting days, so purchase high quality shooting clothing.  Natural fabrics allow your skin to breathe, so wool, tweed, flannel, twill, moleskin, and linen are good bases for your outfit. However, a waistcoat or vest with a fluorescent colour such as lime or flame will prevent you being someone else’s unwitting prey.

TACT Is Everything Where Guns Are Concerned

Gun safety, whether you are using a shotgun or a rifle is vital. TACT is its essential mnemonic:

  • Target – Be sure you are aiming at what you want to hit, and be aware of what is around and behind it.
  • Assume your gun is loaded – Treat each and every firearm you carry as though it is loaded.
  • Control your muzzle – Carry your gun and see to it that its muzzle is pointed in the safe direction; opinions vary, but, carrying it with the muzzle directly upwards makes more sense than downwards (if you accidentally block the muzzle with mud, you will have a nasty shock when you shoot).
  • Trigger – To be safe, keep your finger off of the trigger and outside the trigger guard until you are certain of your shot. Many experienced hunters see this as an element of being a better shot as it is natural to point your finger at what you want to hit.

Wear Ear Protection

At close quarters, a rifle is much louder than you imagine. Louder than a jet plane’s engine. The damage this can do to your eardrums is immense, and it doesn’t heal itself. This is the same no matter how many shots you take. Quality ear protection is an absolute must when you are hunting or shooting.

Wear Eye Protection

Shot or bullets can throw up splinters, and recoil can cause the most experienced hunter’s gun to buck unexpectedly. These hazards occur far quicker than the eyes can blink. So, protect your eyes. Toughened lenses are advisable, and goggles are available which can fit comfortably over prescription spectacles.     

Strap Up On Trees

The elevation a natural feature like a tree or crag gives you a great advantage over game.  However, precarious positions have their literal downfalls. A safety harness is a wise measure to take if you intend to patiently wait at a height. Quality safety harnesses can be light and still very strong, check the weight the maker guarantees it will bear before you purchase it though, you wouldn’t want to find out the hard way, would you?

Shoot Responsibly

You don’t like the idea of other people drinking and driving, so don’t drink and shoot. One beer can slow your reaction time and cloud your judgment, so stay sober. You will shoot more accurately, and won’t put yourself or others at risk.

 

Follow the tips we’ve shared and rest assured that you will be safe while you are on a shooting or hunting trip!

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