Talking Tails - 11/22/16
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 8:34PM
By Reflections by Rhiannon
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Welcome back to Talking Tails!

It’s turkey time! As we reflect on the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, there are many reasons for each of us to be thankful. Most importantly, we are blessed to be part of a loving family. Buster, as a senior, and Joey, as a rescue, truly understand the value of being cared for by our humans.

As a bit of a twist, we explored why humans may be thankful for having dogs. We found lots of reasons and would like to share some of our favorites with you!

  • We keep you in shape and love taking walks.
  • We love to cuddle and so do you.
  • We don’t judge and accept you just the way you are.
  • We comfort you when you are sad or sick.
  • We can always make you smile.
  • We live to please.
  • We make great listeners without talking back.
  • We are very loyal companions.
  • We protect you.
  • We love you unconditionally.

We are convinced that the human/dog relationship is mutually beneficial!

Talk to you soon!

Buster and Joey

 
Baby Talk - 11/17/16
Thursday, November 17, 2016 10:37PM
By Reflections by Rhiannon
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In honor of World Prematurity Day, I would like share portraits from a recent preemie newborn session...Sweet Miss Mary Carol.

 
Talking Tails - 11/8/16
Tuesday, November 08, 2016 9:30PM
By Reflections by Rhiannon
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Welcome back to Talking Tails!

Checking in to remind you that November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. Most dogs are categorized as seniors around the age of seven, which means that Buster is definitely a senior! We know that puppies are adorable and cuddly, making them first to be adopted from shelters, but senior dogs are also a great option. Buster, being a senior, is sensitive to the plight of senior dogs whose lives in a good home are suddenly disrupted and find themselves in a shelter. It may be that their owners were called up to active duty, the result of a divorce, or the death of a caregiver.

Senior dogs make great additions to families for a variety of reasons. Since senior dogs are fully grown, you immediately know their size, personality, and activity level. These dogs have lived in homes, so they have been socialized and are familiar with life. Home environments, routines, interacting with humans and other animals are all second nature for senior dogs, which often makes them calmer and less demanding than puppies.

Contrary to popular belief, old dogs can learn new tricks! Since they have a greater attention span than puppies, older dogs can actually learn new tricks more easily. Don’t overlook that senior dogs have been trained, housebroken, and understand basic commands. That has to be an extra bonus!

Despite all these good reasons, senior dogs are often the last to be adopted, putting them at an increased risk of euthanasia. You can save a life by adopting a senior.

We assure you that senior dogs, just like puppies, make loyal and loving companions. Visit the Humane Society of Charlotte's Facebook page to see their featured senior adoptable dogs and cats!

Talk to you soon!

Buster and Joey

 
Baby Talk - 11/3/16
Thursday, November 03, 2016 10:29PM
By Reflections by Rhiannon
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With Halloween behind us, Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner. How can that be?! I always look forward to the holidays and the time that I get to spend with my family. It can, however, be a stressful time of the year for a variety of reasons. If you are experiencing your baby’s first Thanksgiving and Christmas, the stress increases enormously. Everybody (especially grandmas and grandpas) wants a piece of baby at the holidays. That can leave you and baby overly stressed and not allow you to enjoy the holidays.

Creating a plan and then executing that plan is the key to managing your time, reducing stress, and enjoying baby’s first holidays on your terms.

  • Make your holiday plan – How do you and your husband want to spend baby’s first holidays? Do you want to travel or host? Do you want alone time with baby to establish new traditions? Do you want to be immersed in family? These types of questions need to be addressed by you and your spouse before the holiday frenzy begins. It is important that the two of you come to a shared understanding of how you want to spend your baby’s first holidays.
  • Share your holiday plan – This is executing your plan. You need to let family members know that with a baby, your holiday schedule may need to change. Convey your love of family, but help them to understand your priorities. Spreading the holiday visits over several days may be helpful if your family is close. Rotating holidays between extended families may be necessary if your family lives further away. With the use of electronics, grandparents very far away can still “experience” the holiday with their new grandchild.
  • And now for the inevitable…Lose the guilt – New parents often feel guilty about setting priorities and taking time for themselves and baby. You have to appreciate that family dynamics have changed with the addition of a new baby, and do your best to work with family members to bend and stretch the “old way” of celebrating the holidays. Just remember that it is impossible to please everyone and compromises need to be made.

Enjoy the holidays with your new baby!

What other tips do you have for managing holiday stress with a new baby? Please, share!

 
Talking Tails - 10/25/16
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 7:23PM
By Reflections by Rhiannon
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Welcome back to Talking Tails!

The air is crisp, leaves are changing colors, pumpkins are everywhere…yes, it is fall and with that comes Halloween. We are super pumped!!

Mom has photographed us in our Halloween costumes and, even better, our Halloween Bark Box has arrived (compliments of our grandma). We are just rocking Halloween!

In the spirit of true confessions, we love everything about Halloween except trick-or- treating. The doorbell makes us crazy and strangers coming to our door puts us over the edge! We generally need to change out of our costumes and put on our thunder shirts as the trick-or- treaters take to the streets.

Here’s to a fun and safe Halloween for all our furry friends.

Talk to you soon!

Buster and Joey