Archives for March 2020

The Perfect Customized Collar For Your Pooch!

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Giving your pet personalized collars is like instantly handing them a special gift. You can get a custom collar made for your dog. As a pet owner, you cannot refuse your dog friend this small gift, and it can make in any style you choose. It’s like a precious one, and you have to give the animal the most significant gift it truly needs if you ever lose your dog. The customized collar can be personalized to have your info, and in case your pooch suffers their way, anyone can check the details on the collar and return your best friend to you.

Unique Designs:

The name, phone number, and all other relevant information should be provided in the customized dog collars to help you monitor your pet. In the creation of custom dog collars, you can even have the paw-shaped displayed. It would be the most fun present, and many animal lovers in the area will also be inspired to pursue your caring gesture to your friend. You will even illustrate the adorable nature of your dog, and that will be a virtual lifeline if your dog went missing.

It is convenient for you to find your lost dog and people to return your pet to you safely if your dog ever goes missing because the personalized collar will contain all essential information. You wouldn’t want to search for your dog randomly because it is not easy to identify animals. Usually, animals are curious by nature, and they want to explore alone, and if it is moving objects or they see a sign, they do not hesitate to run after it.

Skin-friendly Material Dog Collars:

The collar you get for your dog must be composed of a fabric that does not irritate their skin, get your dog checked for allergies if the standard leather fabric irritates its skin. While most dogs can withstand leather, but if your dog is allergic to the material of the collar, you get him, then you will be torturing your pooch as the collar cannot be taken off by the dog, and he’ll spend his time suffering.

You can order customized dog collars from the internet or retail shops where the various designs are available to get an idea before you come up with a customized collar of your choice.

There are also professional dog collar designers that will send you creative ideas, including text messages and photographs from artworks, which can be shared and offer your animal a wonderful treat. The characteristics and preferences of the owner, as well as the innovative concepts, represent the personalized dog collars.

The collar produced with precision and with your concept will be the perfect present for your loving animal because it can help you recognize them and help them get back to you in case they go missing.

Look for a top-quality dog collar maker to make your pet feel comfy with the best material. Top-quality nylon and safe equipment are the products to be tested, so you should hope to obtain the design collar in 5 to 10 working days.

Animal stores are the perfect option to buy collars. As it is easy to pick the fabric or even carry it with you, whether you have an old leather belt or any other item which you have no use of, but wish to reconstruct it into a personalized dog collar. You may even purchase a personalized leather dog collar online, of which you can find a wide variety. Nonetheless, take care of delivery costs because they can make a bill go up high.

Make sure it’s the perfect fit:

Though you might think your dog is going to chew the collar, your dog can’t chew handmade leather dog collars when they fit them. If your animal can chew his leash, then that means the collar is not a perfect fit, nor is it made for its neck. Currently, if the animal is willing to chew on an extra leash, it does not match the leash. The collar scale will also match to settle on the neck securely. It ensures that the dog can’t break from it or jump on the leash. Leather style of collars may often be used by dogs of all sizes and heights, because they can be customized to the dog’s height, ensuring that you can adjust the neck size according to the size of your dog.

Measure your Dog before Ordering:

It is always important to check the neck of your dog, as personalized collars are made by hand while selecting a collar, you don’t want to have the incorrect measurements. The best way to calculate your dog’s neck’s diameter is to use a lightweight measuring tape across your dog’s neck. Stick to this length around two centimeters, which is the thickness required for a collar.

Customized Leather Collar:

Since leather can be very long-lasting, so many customers may opt to have leather collars made for their dog. Still, another beautiful thing about customized leather collars is that they are available in so many different styles. Since the leather collar is specially designed for you, they are more commonly produced by the hand so you can pick from about every color you can imagine and can also attach decorations or modifications to your dog collar. Such as name marking, spitting, and other common patterns that are especially popular for breeds such as poodles.

Snookums, March 26th Pet of the Week!

Rabbits don’t hibernate, but the well-named little Snookums is willing to learn! She’s only 3 months old and has cuteness that she hasn’t used yet. This tiny bundle of joy has adoring eyes and soft fur, is gentle to the touch and is very friendly. We promise that she wont’ talk while you’re working!

All adoptions are being conducted through social media and email. If you’d like a little Snookums of your own, contact Long Beach Animal Care Services at AnimalRescue@longbeach.govSpecify ID##A641014.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Rubio’s Free Delivery & $5 Burrito Day

Photo Credit: Rubio’s.

Rubio’s locations across California, Arizona, Nevada and Florida are open for free delivery now, by ordering through the Rubio’s app and on Rubios.com.

Looking ahead to National Burrito Day, on Thursday, April 2, Rubio’s is planning to continue the tradition of offering any burrito on the menu, with the purchase of a beverage, for just $5. Simply show or enter the coupon https://www.rubios.com/coupons/2020-national-burrito-day-mktg906 with your order.

For health and safety, Rubio’s dining rooms are closed but they are offering take-out, pick up and free delivery with a $15 order. The following safety measures are in effect:

FREE Delivery and No Contact Pick Up

·      Rubio’s is implementing a new tamper proof seal on all of their to-go packaging, which is on its way to restaurants.

·      Rubio’s is offering FREE delivery when you place an order in the app or online at rubios.com.

·      Rubio’s offers “no contact pick up.” Place an order through the app or online for pick up, grab the order off their pick up shelves and go.

·      Guests may still come into restaurants and place a to-go order.

Store Operations

·      Some locations will be operating with reduced hours and some may be closing temporarily.  Please continually check the Rubio’s website for the status of locations.

Food Safety and Sanitization

Providing safe and clean environments for our guests has always been a top priority for Rubio’s, and following are additional precautionary steps and response measures they are taking:

–     Rubio’s has increased the frequency and extent of the cleaning in their restaurants, using a solution that the authorities have communicated is effective in disinfecting surfaces to protect against this virus.

–     Rubio’s has and will continue to emphasize the importance of handwashing by all team members, a critical step everyone can take to prevent the transmission of any illness.

–      In addition to handwashing, all team members wear protective gloves when handling food.

–      Rubio’s is adding hand sanitizers in all stores for use by guests.

–      All single-use items such as lids, straws and condiments have been moved behind the counter and are available upon request.

–     Rubio’s salsa bar has been temporarily closed. Individually packaged salsas may now be selected with online orders and are available upon request.

   Rubio’s has provided restaurant managers with enhanced guidance to ensure team members stay home if they aren’t feeling well.  

Credit: Rubio’s.

Pet of the Week!

Chunky Monkey is looking with hope at the potential pals out there who need some company during this difficult time and want to share quality hours with a good doggie. Chunky Monkey is a 5-year-old male pit bull who has the heart and soul of an angel and the kindest eyes you’ll ever see. He knows his commands pretty well and loves nothing more than affection from a loving companion. Meet him at the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for #A640988.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

How to Use Apps to Make a Difference in the World

With all the difficult things that can happen in this world, sometimes its best to focus on the positive. If you want to make a difference in the world, you can find different avenues that could really use your help. When I started researching ways I could help, I ran into this article, which I linked below. This was a great article and really helpful with my search for ways to help others. 

Great Apps To Help Others

Check out the article, but do keep reading on to find out what I learned about ways to help those in need. 

Help Local Homeless Shelters

If you want to have an impact in your local community, you can look at ways to volunteer at a homeless shelter in your city or area. Many homeless citizens have fallen on hard times, and really need a friendly face and a warm meal to make it through another day. You can really make an impact in their lives by volunteering your time to help serve dinners, help them apply for adult education or a job, or simply someone to have a chat with. If you don’t have lots of time during the week, you can always volunteer at important times like the holidays. Serving food at Thanksgiving or Christmas is a great way to give back to the community, and let those that are less fortunate feel cared for. 

Other Local Charities to Volunteer

But, there are more areas in which you can help your own community. You can  volunteer at a charity for animals, for women and children running from abuse, or even help keep the streets and lands free of trash. Ultimately, no matter what you are passionate about, you can find a cause to volunteer at and be proud of the impact you make. If you don’t have time to volunteer, but you still want to be able to help, you can always make donations to various charities. Although volunteering is a crucial element in running a non-profit organization, money is the most important. So, even if you can’t physically be there to help, you can make a huge impact on any charity by providing a donation. Even better, if you can pledge to donate a certain amount of money every month the charity knows they can rely on that amount and allocate it each month to what is needed most. 

Help on a Global Scale 

If you love to travel and want to help others in different countries, you can find international charities to volunteer with. You can help bring water to developing communities, help teach children, work with animals, and much more. Of course, if you can’t afford to travel, you can always donate money to different causes. The world is more of a global community, now more than ever, and it’s important to help those in need everywhere. Therefore, you can easily do a quick search online and find loads of different charities needing help in countries all over the world. 

In Conclusion 

The desire to help others is a wonderful trait in any human being. Though it may not always seem easy to jump into volunteer work, any charity, local or international, can use monetary help too. So, check out the link to the article above to see if any of their information helps you find a way to make a difference. No matter if you’re passionate about helping animals, children, or adults fallen on hard times, you are sure to find a charity that you believe in and feel good about helping. It’s important to be apart of making a difference in this world, and with the help of technology, the options are vast and right at your fingertips. 

4 Benefits of Group Activities for Kids

If there is one thing which can be said about children, it would be that most are very social creatures. They love to play and although there is the rare child who would rather stay to themselves, most kids are happiest when they are with a group of friends or classmates. In fact, it is so rare for kids to prefer being alone that it is a cause for concern. Yes, kids have fun and learn social skills when interacting in groups, but have you ever wondered about other benefits your kids may derive from group activities? Here are four to explore.


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1. Learning to Work as a Team

No matter what activity children are involved in during group activities, the one thing which must be established early on is the need for rules and structure. The right activities can teach kids the importance of working together to the benefit of all. They learn to share and also have empathy for those who are unable to participate on their level.

2. Physical Fitness

Another huge benefit to group activities is the fun children can have exercising to stay fit. However, this takes planning for those kinds of activities that motivate kids to move. Programs like Skillastics have been designed with kids in mind and every lesson or activity is based on group participation. Some are team activities and others are more individually competitive. However, the very presence of other children can energize them and motivate them to get moving.

3. Stress Reduction

Kids who participate in groups often find levels of stress dissipating. Studies have shown that after a group participation, children feel better about themselves. Those who suffer self-doubt, or are overly concerned with grades, find comfort in interacting with others who share the same doubts and fears. Studies have proven that group activities, especially fitness activities, lead to an overall reduction in stress.

4. Building Friendships

Some kids also find it difficult to make friends. They are shy or lack in the social skills necessary to easily interact with others. However, when participating in a group activity it becomes easier to literally break out of their shells. Instead of communicating on a one-to-one basis, they are communicating with a group of peers. In fact, larger groups give kids more choices and possibilities in whom they’d like to build a friendship with. The bonding that goes on in groups is just what might be needed to teach kids how to make and sustain friendships.

These are just four of the main benefits of group activities but there are so many more. From helping kids to improve concentration skills to building strong minds and bodies, group activities help children to grow into strong and healthy adults. Never before has it been more obvious that kids simply need other kids in order to thrive. If you have a child who is overly introverted and lacking the social skills necessary to make friends easily, you might want to get your kids involved in some kind of group activity. It isn’t important what kind of group it is, but it is important to give kids a chance to learn, play and grow together.

Supporting a Grieving Child

When it comes to supporting a grieving child there are no hard and fast rules and no one size fits all approach. Empathy, love and understanding all play a major part, as does reassurance and not forcing the issue. Common sense plays a big part too, as you don’t want to leave an internet search open with the headingwrongful deaths lawyers near me’. Here are a few general ideas which will help in this situation, and each one can easily be adapted as needed.

Accept the Mood Swings

Adults don’t cope well with grief, so imagine what it’s like for a child. Don’t presume just because the tears have taken a hiatus and toys are being played with again that they are fine now. Children learn the art of distraction from an early age, and if watching a movie or reading a book makes them feel better then go with it.

Answer Questions Appropriately

Many make the mistake of believing that children should be told the truth at all times and while there is a good argument for this, when they are grieving is probably not the best time to overload them with information. Answer their questions as honestly as you can but without adding to their pain. There is a multitude of online resources available if you feel you are floundering and not helping the child as much as you would like you.

Talk About the Deceased

Although it can be tempting to not mention the person, or people, who have died, it’s not a good idea. If this child has lost a parent or sibling they may well think that your reticence to talk about them is because you have forgotten them already. Obviously this is not a case but a child’s grief is riddled with confusion, loneliness and, even if they weren’t there, guilt. You must keep their memories alive.

The Funeral

Attending the funeral can really help some children to come to terms with their loss, but it can make things so much worse for others. A lot depends on the child’s age as well. Are they of an age where they fully understand death and what it means? How will they react when they see the coffin knowing the person they loved so much is inside? If they say they want to go, and you think they are old enough to make that decision, you should probably go along with their wishes as the last thing you want is the grief morphing into bitter resentment because they believe you kept them from saying goodbye.

Grief Counselling

If you are really struggling with the whole situation then you should maybe seek some guidance from a grief counselor. This is especially relevant if you too need to grieve but are holding your emotions in to take care of the child/ren. Yes, you need to take care of them but you must be in the right frame of mind to do this. Having an emotional meltdown further along the line due to not being able to go through your own grieving process will cause you all unnecessary suffering.

Sonic Boom Season 1, Volume 2 * Nearly Five Hours of Laugh-Out-Loud, Animated Fun

It’s a Sonic you haven’t seen before an ensemble comedy that pokes fun at action-adventure storytelling, but still manages to deliver plenty of adrenaline! Wherever he goes and whatever he s up against, Sonic the Hedgehog is aided by his sidekick, Tails, and his friends Knuckles, Amy, and Sticks and, of course, attacked by his arch-nemesis, Dr. Eggman. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Ethan P. comments, “I like this DVD because it is very entertaining.  Each story line is funny; it has a lot of action and delivers a lot of adrenaline. The graphics are amazing and the colors are very bright.  The voice-overs are funny and they fit each character.  The music is okay. I especially like the theme song, which is very catchy. Will C. adds, “Sonic Boom: Season 1 Volume 2 is nearly five hours of laugh-out-loud, animated fun, featuring your favorite hedgehog. The physical humor and amusing adventures will keep kids entertained for hours on end. The message of this series is that friends are stronger together.” Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Reviewer wraps it up with, “I am quite aware of Sonic the Hedgehog as a video game character, but have never watched any of his shows. I was pleasantly surprised as I watched this action-packed Season One, Volume 2 DVD. There is a lot of action as Sonic and his friends outwit Sonic’s arch-nemesis, Dr. Eggman.” See their full reviews below.

Sonic Boom Season 1, Volume 2 
By Ethan P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11

I like this DVD because it is very entertaining.  Each story line is funny; it has a lot of action and delivers a lot of adrenaline.

The Sonic Boom, Season 1, Volume 2 DVD, is over four hours of action, fun and entertainment. The package comes with two DVDs, which include 26 episodes.  What is nice is the gift set comes with two toys, Knuckles and Tails.  Sonic (Roger Craig Smith) is a blue hedgehog that has a sidekick, Tails, who helps him in his adventures. Sonic’s friends – Knuckles (Sebastian Desjours), Amy (Cindy Robinson) and Sticks (Nika Futterman) – help him attack his arch nemesis Dr. Eggman (Mike Pollock).  Each episode has a different story line.  The episodes do not follow a sequence, which it means that each episode is always a different adventure and that’s what makes it so entertaining.

The graphics are amazing and the colors are very bright.  The voice-overs are funny and they fit each character.  The music is okay. I especially like the theme song, which is very catchy.  My favorite episode is “Bro Down Showdown,” because it’s extremely funny.  It is about how Amy had to leave for a little bit, so Sonic and Knuckles ask her if they can stay at her house while she is gone.  Amy says yes, but there is one rule – no foolish things in her house.  So the first thing they do is eat nachos and spill on the couch.  Conveniently a commercial comes on saying, “if you win the best bros contest you win a brand new couch.” They immediately enter the contest.  It turns out Dr. Eggman is spying on them.  He arrives and starts bickering with Sonic about a bogus little thing.  A guy working there sees them fighting and pairs them up, even though Knuckles is going to be Sonic’s buddy.  Knuckels finds a new partner and tries to win the couch.  This is my favorite episode because this all happens, just because they spilled a nacho.

The moral to the stories is about “teamwork making the dream work,” because in each episode Sonic is helped by his sidekick and best friend, to either defeat Dr. Eggman or to enjoy their different adventures.

I give Sonic Boom, Season 1, Volume 2, 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, but adults can watch it with their kids and may find it amusing too. This DVD is available now so look for it! 

Sonic Boom: Season 1 Volume 2
By Will C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

Sonic Boom: Season 1 Volume 2 is nearly five hours of laugh-out-loud, animated fun, featuring your favorite hedgehog. The physical humor and amusing adventures will keep kids entertained for hours on end.

The DVDs include 26 action-packed episodes, and if you get the limited edition gift set, you’ll also get two action figures—either Sonic with Dr. Eggman or Knuckles with Tails. In every episode, Sonic and his friends protect their village from the evil Dr. Eggman. Of course, no matter how crazy the situation, Sonic and friends are able to save the day in the end.

There are some really funny storylines, like when Sonic and Knuckles spill nacho cheese on Amy‘s couch while house-sitting. They try cleaning it up with grape soda, which just makes it worse! Their next idea is to try to win a new couch by going on a game show, but they fail and one of Dr. Eggman’s missiles ends up exploding the couch anyway. In another episode, it’s hilarious when Sonic grabs the last chili dog that Dr. Eggman wanted, so to be nice Sonic goes all the way to the warehouse to bring his nemesis a chili dog. But Dr. Eggman wanted extra relish, so he throws a tantrum by trying to destroy the whole town by shooting it with lasers and attacking it with robots. Of course this is nothing Sonic and friends can’t handle. One of the best jokes is when the boys compete against the girls in a survivor challenge. The girls decide the losers will have to do everyone’s laundry, but Sonic says, “That’s not fair for us boys – we don’t even wear pants!”

The message of this series is that friends are stronger together. There’s probably not a lot of content that parents will object to, but there is some cartoon violence that kids might be tempted to copy. The only thing that’s a problem for me is that there is one episode out of the 26 that’s only available with Spanish audio, no English at all. Unfortunately, I can’t understand what they’re saying in the episode, “Fire in a Crowded Workshop.”

I give this series 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 12, and adults might enjoy watching with their kids as well. Sonic Boom: Season 1 Volume 2 is available on DVD February 2020.

Sonic Boom Season 1, Volume 2 
By Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Reviewer

I am quite aware of Sonic the Hedgehog as a video game character, but have never watched any of his shows. I was pleasantly surprised as I watched this action-packed Season One, Volume 2 DVD. There is a lot of action as Sonic and his friends outwit Sonic’s arch-nemesis, Dr. Eggman. I like that there isn’t just the typical “good wins over evil.” It is expected that good will win, but it is fun to watch too.  Some of the humor is a bit dry if you are an adult watching the show. But, it is appropriate for children ages 5 through 12. I like that it shows teamwork and friendship, and all of the action makes it very entertaining to watch. The characters are very likable; my favorites are Sonic and Amy. I like that the characters are unique and each brings something to the show. Of course, Dr. Eggman is not a favorite of mine, but he also makes the series entertaining, especially since Sonic and his pals usually outwit him. I give this 4 out of 5 stars for its entertainment value. This DVD would make a great gift for a Sonic fan, since it is a Limited Edition Gift Set that includes Knuckles and Tails figurines. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Reviewer