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Celebrate This V-Day with More Than Just Your Partner

Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

Tis the season of love. And while we cannot obviously contend against the pure commercialization of Valentine’s Day, that doesn’t mean that you can’t celebrate it nonetheless. But we do have a contention – why is Valentine’s Day only about our romantic partners? Isn’t love just love? And don’t all loving relationships need to be celebrated just as much? Here’s who all we think you should consider celebrating with:

 

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1. Your Parents

The very first relationship most of us had. And possibly also the one we overlook the most, especially as we get older, and find ourselves more and more caught up in our own work problems, personal lives, and social drama. Take some time and make a little bit of an extra effort to reach out this year. If you live in the same city, why not take them out for a meal? If not, why not send a gift or flowers over and surprise them. Just let them know that you’re thinking of them, and that you miss them. It’ll make their year, trust us.

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Image Source – the box is there for a reason

 

2. Your Siblings

No one really understands the term “love-hate relationship” like siblings do. They’re both your best friends and your worst enemies, all in one package. They know all your worst stories, and every single achievement you’ve made. Why not be the bigger person and show a little affection this year? If nothing else, you could do it just to shock them into numbness (and isn’t that a great return gift?).

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Image Source – Lifehack

 

3. Your Friends

Your buddies, your pals, your friends. They’ve been with you through singlehood, falling in love, and even heartache. How about taking some time to treat them to something special? After all, when you really think about it, aren’t friends the greatest thing ever? They are not genetically predisposed to love, yet still do. They chose you, and actively chose to stick around all these years. They’ve seen you at your worst and did not abandon you. And they seem to be sticking around for more. If that isn’t true love, we don’t know what is.

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Image Source – My Be-loving Friends

 

4. Your Pets

Let’s face it. Do any of us really need a reason or date to love our pets a little extra? Not really, no. But why not? Take ‘em to the beach, or to the park, or even bake them a cake. Whatever they love doing or eating. Just take a little extra effort and make the day special not just for them, but for you too!

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Image Source – Home Maids in Dubai

 

5. Yourself

They say that all you truly have at the end of the day is you, yourself. In acknowledging all those we love, and who love us back, don’t ever forget that one special someone – you. Not only is self-love and self-appreciation a must in today’s stress-centered world, it’s also a great way to stay happy and balanced. Because you can’t truly love others if you can’t even love yourself, nor can you expect that of them. As one great person said, “How can you expect others to love you, when you can’t find it in you to love yourself?” There’s something unique and special about you – time to celebrate it.

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Image Source – Heartki

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Celebrate International Dog Day!

Monday, August 26th, 2019

August 26th is International Dog Day (though we personally feel it should be every day, and celebrated as such too!)

It’s a day to not only commemorate how helpful dogs are to us humans in so many countless ways (pets, police dogs, support dogs, etc), but also to help spread awareness to help out those stuck in shelters waiting to be adopted. And we definitely should have enough love in our hearts to go around, after all, it’s not like giving affection costs anything. In fact, quite the opposite, it ends up being a truly enriching experience.

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Image Source – PetPartners

So here’s some great ways you could celebrate this International Dog Day!

 

1. Spend some extra time with your own dog, and make him/her feel special

Their entire world really does revolve around us, as does their day. How about you take some extra time out from your schedule and give them a special treat. Play with them, take them on a picnic, or just keep it simple and sit on the floor and talk to them while petting. Our dogs really just want us to spend some quality time with them.

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Image Source – Animal Reiki Source

 

2. Volunteer for the day at a shelter

Our house pets aren’t the only ones looking for affection. In fact, there are so many out there that require and are even desperately waiting for a bit of care. Whether they are injured strays or abandoned pets, so many dogs end up in shelters purely because they have no other place or option left. What do they need most? Food, a safe place to sleep, and a bit of affection. They aren’t asking for much, right? And since shelters take care of the first two of those needs abundantly, we can easily help out in the last one, don’t you think?

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Image Source – Delta Animal Shelter

 

3. Donate to your local shelter

Even if you don’t have the time or opportunity to volunteer at your local shelter, you can still help out. How? There’s the obvious way of donating funds because whether you admit or not, caring for so many animals, many of whom tend to require medical attention certainly does rack up the bills. But if you can’t, or don’t want to go down that route, you can still donate supplies, and that too ends up being extremely helpful. Shelters are always on the lookout for basic supplies like medical supplies, dog food, towels, bedding, food bowls, cleaning supplies, and so many other items. Even old bed sheets that are just sitting at the back of your linen closet gathering dust can be of help. So what are you waiting for?

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Image Source – Dogtime

 

4. Feed some strays

While our house pets are often spoiled little buggers, the same definitely can’t be said of the poor strays that must survive on their own on the streets. They definitely could use a helping hand. And with the Indian courts and law coming out in support of all animal dignity, right to life, and of course, the right of people to care for them, there really is no excuse not to help out here and there. Whether you feed a dog that lives in your locality on a daily basis, or buy a pack of biscuits for one you just met randomly while out for errands, each bite you provide is a blessing for the one receiving it. Bet no one knew you were a superhero, right?

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Image Source – ResQ

 

5. Share adoption posts on social media

Even if you can’t do anything else, sharing adoption posts on your social media is pretty helpful too. You never know, you might actually help an abandoned and unloved dog find his family and forever home. And trust us when we say, that act might not change the world, but it will definitely change that one dog’s world. The satisfaction you will feel will be unlike anything else you could experience.

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Image Source – Vintonva

 

Have a Paw-some Day!

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Image Source – NewDoggy.com

Things You Need to Keep in Mind Before Getting a Pet

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Pick out any Hollywood movie and the dream goal or the happy ending is about the perfect couple, with their perfect kids, in their perfect house, with their perfect pet. Sounds idyllic, we know. But while everyone thinks of kids as a huge responsibility that one has to prepare for mentally, physically, and financially, unfortunately, the same amount of thought doesn’t always go into getting a pet. It’s a sad truth that many pets end up in shelters, or even worse, on the streets, because their owners suddenly realize that having a dog or cat at home isn’t always an opportunity to make a quick video for YouTube. There’s a lot of time, money, love and care that go into caring for an animal, and we sincerely wish people thought it over sensibly before taking the plunge.

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Image source – Saga

This is why we’ve compiled a checklist, if you must, of things you should consider before adopting or buying a pet for your home.

 

1. Motive

Let’s face it, you need to get real with yourself. What exactly is the main reason that you are considering to get a pet? Do you hate coming home to en empty house? Are your kids desperate for a pet? Do you want one to show off? Are you planning on getting one just because a friend’s pet had a litter? Whatever your reasons, you need to be able to be honest with yourself. Because a pet is as much responsibility as living with a small child, And if your motives are not strong and unwavering, chances are you might just change your mind by the end of the first few months.

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Image source – We Heart It

 

2. Finances

Getting a pet, even if you don’t buy but rather adopt one, is expensive. Especially the first few months. Very expensive. You’ll have regular doctors visits, immunization shots, multivitamins, dog or cat food (even if you plan on feeding your pet home food, most vets will recommend packaged food for the first few months to ensure proper nutrition in their growing months). There will also be a basic set of supplies needing to be purchased like collars, leashes, hygiene products like soap, nail trimmers and grooming brushes, and litter fill and litter boxes for cats. The first two to three months will be the most expensive.

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Image source – Forgoat

 

3. Time

A pet requires ample time. Whether it’s curling up with them in the evenings, grooming them, training them, taking them for walks, taking them to the vet, getting them exercise, it’s all in all a pretty big chunk of your day. And if you have a full load, are barely at home, and have to employ someone else to take care of their needs on a regular basis, you might have to rethink your availability to care for a pet in a way that will make him/her think that you’re really there for them.

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Image source – Healthy-pets.co.uk

 

4. Space

Let’s put it this way, if you live in a small space, where most of the floor space is taken up by your furniture, maybe a Great Dane isn’t the ideal pet for you. While we in no way believe that you need to live on a farmhouse to be able to have a pet, you have to take into account the space that is required for a full grown version of that cute little puppy you plan on carrying home. Animals get claustrophobic and depressed too, and if they feel that they don’t have enough space to move around in, it’s a given.

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Image source – Homes Sold Beautifully

 

5. Research

We cannot stress this enough. It’s not enough to decide, for example, that you want a dog. You must research on breeds and compatibility with your individual situation. There are a lot of considerations that must be taken into account. Big dog vs small dog. Long hair vs short hair. Hound vs retriever. Do you have any other pets already? Do you have or are you planning on having children? Is there a park nearby for exercising? Every breed comes with its own set of pros and cons. Certain breeds have longer life spans than others, certain require much more training and exercise than others, certain need to be kept in cool areas. Even if you decide to adopt an indie or street dog, there are a lot of considerations. As there is with cat breeds as well. Each breed comes with its own temperament, potential health issues, and qualities. Research, research, research.

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Image source – Merryfield School of Pet Grooming

 

6. Patience

There will be horrible times. Guaranteed. Because life is messy, and so is family. And that’s what your pets become, family. You will have fruitless training sessions, your cat will urinate on the couch, your dog will chew your favorite pair of shoes. They will fall ill at times, and it will be emotionally harrowing. They will bark at strangers, and pull on their leash. They will scratch you when you try to pet them, or bathe them, or feed them, or just basically exist in the same universe (yes, cats can at times be pretty ruthless). But we promise that if you stick around through the tough times, the good times will be like no other. The love and comfort of a pet is an incomparable one. Just don’t forget, they need love and care in return.

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Image source – Petcube

 

*Disclaimer. We know, we went with the most obvious, and popular, choices for pet, i.e. dogs and cats, to illustrate our points. But the truth is even getting a goldfish requires care. You have to feed them everyday and you need to clean their tanks on a regular basis. Even a plant can’t be left to fend for itself. Please keep in mind that even if your pet (or the one you plan on getting) isn’t a dog or cat, don’t mistake it to mean that it doesn’t need affection, care, and attention. A life in your home can only prosper if you take the time and energy to care for it.

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