Keep the same routine. Mealtime, walks and bedtime should stay as close to the same time as before as possible. This will help them adjust quicker. Although their home has changed, their life with you has not.
Bring toys and bedding that smell like home. Dogs rely heavily on scent and a lot of new smells can overwhelm them. The familiarity of things from their old home can help bring them comfort.
Let them explore their new surroundings and get their bearings by sniffing around and going room to room.
Take your dog for a walk around the neighborhood or to a local dog park. This will help you both feel more comfortable in your new surroundings and the exercise and fresh air is an added bonus.
For an anxious pet, be sure to give them lots of extra love and attention for the first few weeks as they adjust to the new place. Affection can help calm an anxious pet and build their trust in you and their new surroundings.
To say that 2020 hasn’t played out the way that any of us had wanted would be a huge understatement. BUT, we are here… and it is our job as parents, educators and humans to press on and do the best we can with the hand that we were dealt. For many of us that means starting the school year out at home doing distance learning. If that’s your situation, here is some fun home office inspiration photos to get you (and your kids) excited about the idea of learning from home. WE GOT THIS!
Visit parents.com for helpful tips on how to set up the perfect virtual learning space.
In honor of National Make a Difference Day, which falls on the fourth Saturday in October, we have put together a list of easy ways to make a BIG impact in your community.
☆ Help pet owners and animals alike when you donate pet food to Colorado Pet Pantry.
Colorado Pet Pantry aims to keep owners with their pets despite financial struggles. They hold pet food banks open all across Colorado several times a week. At these pet banks, volunteers hand out wet and dry dog food and cat food, leashes, harnesses, cat litter and toys.
Did you know that one in seven people entering the hospital will need blood. You can save the lives of up to three people each time you give. Blood donation costs you nothing but your time, and only takes an hour or less!
Where can you donate?
Good Samaritan Medical Center – Lafayette, CO
Lutheran Medical Center – Wheat Ridge, CO
Platte Valley Medical Center – Brighton, CO
Saint Joseph Hospital – Denver, CO
Visit www.bonfils.org for more info. Find out more about Children’s Hospital Mobile clinics by clicking here.
☆ Donate unwanted books.
Ever thought about what to do with those old books that take up extra space in your home? The City of Westminster Library accepts and appreciates donations of gently used books, DVDs , music CDs, and audiobooks on CD with popular appeal. Materials that are not needed for the library collection will be sold in the Friends’ Used Book Store.
Another option is to send them to Books for Africa. A simple name for an organization with a simple mission: to end the book famine in Africa. They collect, sort, ship, and distribute books to African students of all ages. Visit → https://www.booksforafrica.org/donate/donate-books.html to find out where to ship your gently used books.
Books can make a BIG impact in the lives of others!
☆ Are you an organ donor?
Here are some local statistics as they relate to organ donation:
→ 160 generous organ donors in 2018 made 489 lifesaving transplants possible in our area. → 1,684 generous tissue donors provided an estimated 126,300 lifesaving and healing gifts to patients suffering from trauma or disease in 2018 in our area. → 2,648 eye donors in our area in 2018 resulted in 2,503 sight-restoring corneal transplants. → Nearly 2,000 people in our community are currently waiting for a lifesaving transplant.
To sign up to be an organ donor, it’s as easy as filling out this online form.
☆ Something as simple as helping a neighbor clean up their yard, sending an encouraging message to someone going though a hard time or shopping locally are all small efforts than can make a big impact in the lives of others. Take the time to reach out and care for someone today!
If you’re inspired to give back in a way that feels right for you, www.coloradogives.org is a great resource to find the perfect fit. They list the thousands of local nonprofits that could greatly benefit from your assistance.