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Romeos Tip of the Week: Think of small ways you can improve the environment around you….and let me know some of your ideas so we can share them with everyone. Together we CAN make a difference

Hello, everyone!
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Spring, spring, spring! I just love it!
The soft, cool, green grass beneath my paws instead of cold ice and snow, yeah! There are so many fresh sights and scents to explore. The buds on the trees and flowers trying to bloom, newborn animals exploring their environment for the first time, it’s so exciting!
120823_eyn_keepamericabeautifulWhich brings me to the subject of my blog today. April is “Keep America Beautiful” month. I’ve blogged many times before about keeping things clean around you and respecting our environment, but we all need a little reminder now and then. It’s really quite simple to keep things around you clean: just pick up after yourself! If everyone practiced that, things wouldn’t get trashy looking.
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Many people don’t realize that the smallest pieces of trash, say like a gum wrapper, added with other   small pieces of trash add up to a whole lot of ugliness. Not to come down on smokers ,but really, if you are one of those who don’t give a second thought to throwing your cigarette butt on the ground, PLEASE STOP!!! It is really disrespectful not only to those around you but to our environment.
If you take your dog for a walk please clean up it’s waste….we can’t do it for ourselves.
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There are other ways to help keep America beautiful, like volunteering with others to clean up an area in your city that needs tidying up, recycle what you can….the less going into landfills the better. Start up a group to adopt an area that you plant flowers and/or shrubs and keep it looking attractive. If we all do our small part it can have a BIG impact on our environment.
My tip this week: think of small ways you can improve the environment around you….and let me know some of your ideas so we can share them with everyone.  Together we CAN make a difference.
Romeo, the little black dog!

Romeo’s Tip of the Week: Consider all the options and factors before adopting a dog/cat, and it will make the experience that much “sweeter.”

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Hello, everyone!
So you think you are ready to adopt your forever canine ( this can also apply to other types of pets). maxresdefaultBut have you thought everything through thoroughly? Don’t misunderstand me, I am all for pet adoptions; but when I say” forever” canine, that is what I mean.
All too often people with good intentions adopt a pet, and then after the pet is adjusted to a new environment, the owners realize they have made a mistake. It’s better to know what you are getting into so you can make an educated decision.
  • First of all, do you own your home? If not, check your lease for rules on owning pets.
  • How large is your home/apt.? This will help determine breed size.
  • Do you work long hours away from home? Some breeds do well home alone for extended amounts of time but others do not.
  • Do you have children, and what are their ages? Some breeds do not adapt well to young children.
  • Do you have a yard for outside exercise or have an area for walking your dog? This is an important detail…if you are living in an apt. on the 3rd floor, are you going to tire from taking your dog up/down 3 flights of stairs multiple times a day?
Ok, so we’ve settled the  living conditions. Next, caring for your pet.
  • Can you afford health care? There are ways to keep costs low, but your dog does need occasional vet checks and immunizations and preventative meds for heartworm disease and flea control. Keep in mind that the larger the breed the more all of this will cost.
  • The same holds true for food/treats, collars, grooming, supplies etc.
  • Which brings to mind, grooming! Some breeds require very little grooming while others require a lot of time and sometimes professional grooming.
  • Training: some dogs train easily, but others will require a lot of time and patience on your part. In the end it will be worth all that time but make sure you are prepared to give it.
adopt-me1So now you have decided you feel equipped to handle everything. Where will you go to adopt your forever dog? Please consider going to your local shelter and spend some time with the dogs there. There are some very loving dogs there that would make a wonderful addition to your family. Check with the attendant for as much history on the dog as possible. Before you bring your new family addition home its best to have all your supplies purchased and in place…just as you would if you were bringing home a baby.
Give your dog time to adjust and be patient, as he/she may take a little time trusting you with his/her heart. Once that bond is made you will have a trusted friend and companion for life.
I was adopted into a loving home myself, and I am forever grateful that my momma rescued me.
My tip this week: consider all the options and factors before adopting a dog/cat, and it will make the experience that much “sweeter.”
Have a wonderful week.
Romeo, the little black dog

Romeos Tip of the Week; Take a look at your pet’s health record for any needed updating and enjoy your pet with some playtime or a walk or just cuddling on the couch….we love it all!

Hello, everyone!
I thought I would devote my blog this week to pet care. Naturally it’s an important topic to me and one I just can’t say enough about but I promise not to get carried away
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As a pet owner I know you must find it more and more difficult to get affordable pet insurancehealth care for your pet but, as a pet myself , I know that we depend on you to take care of all our needs. I know it’s a large task at times but we love and appreciate you for be responsible pet owners and seeing to our care and comfort.
There are ways to cut costs such as using a mobile vet unit if your area has one. You skip all the office visit costs which is a big help. Keep in mind that there are some situations that require seeing the vet at the office.
pet-insurance2Disease prevention is another way to keep costs lower than having to pay for treatment later. Good pet care always starts off with being a loving pet owner.
 Providing a healthy diet, fresh water and exercise is crucial. Make sure your pet gets all its needed vaccinations. Another important thing,  have your dog/cat on a heartworm preventative. Most vets advise year round prevention ( even in colder climates). I ,along with my pals Shredder and Modo, am on Trifexis . It’s a 3-in-1 that not only prevents heartworms but also kills fleas/prevents flea infestations and treats & controls adult hookworms, roundworms & whipworm infections. It’s absolutely necessary to get a heartworm test first and then a prescription. Check online & with your vet for rebate offers or buying in quantity discount offers.
photo-768x1024Just as you like to stay clean and well groomed so do we. Daily brushing/combing helps keep our coats Pet_Grooming_Toolsshiny and tangle free and it feels really good too! Of course we don’t require daily baths as that would dry out our skin but occasional baths are needed.
Another thing that pet owners sometimes may overlook is nail care. Yes we need a nail trim once in awhile.
I know all this sounds like a lot to fit into your busy schedule but once you get into a habit of good pet care it won’t take much time at all.
My tip this week; take a look at your pet’s health record for any needed updating and enjoy your pet with some playtime or a walk or just cuddling on the couch….we love it all!
Romeo the little black dog

Romeos Tip of the Week: Don’t take friendship for granted. Maybe give it a little extra nurturing this week!

Hello,everyone!
Two words: “quality” and “quantity.” Which holds more importance with you?best-friends-boys-cute3
2053_My_Best_Friend Take friendship, for instance, is it more important to have many friends or a few good quality friends? Having many acquaintances is great but when it comes to friendships I’d take a few good quality friendships over many fly-by-the-night friendships. Of course, a good relationship with another person is only as good as what you put into it.
Just like a tiny seed needs nurturing to grow into a healthy plant,  a long-lasting best-friends-21591805friendship needs care and nurturing to withstand all the ups and downs that life throws at us. So what do you want from a friendship? I think a good friend laughs with you and cries with you, tells you the truth even when you don’t like it and stands by you through thick and thin. A long-lasting friendship takes twists and turns, highs and lows, and bumps along the way; but through it all, it will stand strong and get you through the hardest of times in your life. It will also be there for you to have someone to share your joys with. A true and good quality friend will accept you even with your flaws and love you all the same.
My tip this week: don’t take friendship for granted. Maybe give it a little extra nurturing this week!
Have a great week,
Romeo, the little black dog

Romeos Tip of the Week: Get your green on and have fun!

Hello, everyone!
Well it’s that time of year once again to get out your green! Yes, tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day!
4315438-st-patrick-s-day-shamrock-patternI bet you didn’t know that St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish. He was actually born in Roman Britain in the fourth century and at age of 16 was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken into captivity as a slave. A few years later he would flee back to Britain where he studied to be a priest. In 432 it is said that he was “called” back to Ireland ( as a bishop) to Christianize the Irish. According to Irish folklore he used the shamrock as a teaching method to explain the holy trinity.
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The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was actually in New York. One of the longest-running and largest St. Patrick’s Day parades occurs each year in Montreal.
ar123683494588485Over the years the color green became the holiday’s color along with the stories of leprechauns and pots of gold at the end of the rainbow and many more folklore tales. So for some it is a religious holiday and for others it’s a day to have fun and celebrate with friends.
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So my tip this week: get your green on and have fun!
Also to learn more about the patron saint go to Wikipedia.com ( this is where I retrieved my info).
A wee bit of Irish luck to ya!
Romeo, the little black dog

Romeos Tip of the Week: Start planning for your spring activities so that you may enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer.

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Did you remember to “spring forward” the settings on your clock? It’s a sign that spring is on its way. I know that may be unbelievable to a lot of you, especially, when you consider the roaring entrance that March made last weekend. But, before long we will start to see some signs of spring (some areas across the country may have already).
free printable spring cleaning listNow is a good time to prepare for projects we’d like to accomplish when the milder weather reaches us. First thing to do is to make a list of what you want to get done and prioritize from most important to least important. Then start collecting items you may need to accomplish your goal. If you love gardening ( and have the space) now is a good time to get those seeds planted in potting trays indoors. Maybe you have some outdoor projects to repair or refresh your home, get things ready and organized so when the weather permits you will be all set to take off on your project. Getting well organized is the key to getting everything done in a stress-free way.
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Spring is one of the best seasons because its a time of rebirth and refreshment. You can both see and smell the newness that spring brings us. Maybe its a special gift from “Mother Nature” to replenish us after a long harsh cold winter.
Once it has warmed up it’s a great time to open windows and let fresh air flow through your house. Its amazing how stuffy and stale it can get through-out the winter. I know we have a bit longer to go before most of us can do that but I can hardly wait. I really miss running through the cool soft grass and chasing butterflies, and picnics and going to the park. Wow! I could go on and on.
My tip this week: start planning for your spring activities so that you may enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer.
Have a great week!
Romeo, the little black dog

Romeos Tip of the Week week; Try to simplify the busy things in your life just a bit so that you can really live your life; it’s unbelievable the amount of stress you will rid yourself of.

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Hello, everyone!
Have you ever heard of the old saying “Take time to stop and smell the roses” ? Do you know what it means? Simply put , it means don’t get so caught up in the day to day busy stuff that you forget about stopthe stuff that’s most important.
Life doesn’t stand still while you are rushing through every single day wishing there were more hours to get everything done. There are basics in life that we need to take care of; a roof over our head, food on the table, clean water, electricity and some clothes on our back.
stop2Of course in today’s economy that can be a mountain of a task. Between extra hours to earn a living and activities such as ballgames, dance class, gym workouts, time at church, and don’t forget all the time spent on smart phones and tablets, it can be difficult to find time for just yourself and/or family.
Have we gotten so caught up in a world of technology that we have forgotten thQBAXZ0E8the importance of spending time with each other. How many of you actually take the time to sit down and talk with your children? They may act like they don’t want to talk with you but they actually really want you to be interested in their thoughts and happenings of their day ( talking not lecturing). It’s hard to find that healthy balance between responsibilities and special time together. But before you know it they will be grown and off to live their life and you may wonder where did time go.
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Don’t let life pass you by. Take time to watch a sunset, listen to the laughter of a child, walk through a forest trail and look at Mother Nature’s splendor, ” smell the roses”, live life. Maybe you can’t do those things on a daily basis, so set a little time aside each week for quiet special moments. You owe it to yourself.
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My tip this week; try to simplify the busy things in your life just a bit so that you can really live your life; it’s unbelievable the amount of stress you will rid yourself of.
Have a great week!
Romeo the little black dog

Romeos Tip of the Week : Try being a little kinder to those around you. You could make a difference in someone’s life, and I know it can make a difference in yours.

Hello everyone!
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Children are taught to be kind to each other and to animals but, what does that mean? My perspective on kindness is simple. It is treating others ( whether human or animal) with respect and consideration. If we do that how could we be anything but kind. Acts of kindness are the same. They don’t need to be grand by scale to be appreciated. Small acts of kindness are just as appreciated as ones that are grand and seen by everyone.
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Opening a door for someone, a smile, letting someone  go ahead of you at the check-out, getting something from a shelf that is out of reach for someone else, these are all small acts of kindness but they are appreciated by the receiver and they make people feel good. What about the dog next door to you that’s on a leash that is begging for attention that it never seems to get? A gentle word or two could make that dog feel loved even if only for a moment.
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We have the power to brighten the lives of those around us just by doing small acts of kindness each day. Just think of the good it would bring about if everyone was kind to each other. I know that is not going to happen; but I can do my part.
When my Momma is feeling down I try to cuddle close and give her a gentle nudge. It may not sound these_funny_animals_640_01like much but sometimes it’s just enough to make her smile, and then I know I’ve done for her what she does for me all the time.
Being kind isn’t measured by money or power, by age or gender, by race or religion; it can be given by anyone, anywhere and at anytime.
My tip this week: try being a little kinder to those around you. You could make a difference in someone’s life, and I know it can make a difference in yours.
Have a great week!
Romeo, the little black dog!

Romeos Tip of the Week; Don’t stress making Valentine’s Day plans, just use your heart and mind and have a wonderful time!!!!

Hello, everyone!
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As you know, Phil the groundhog, predicted more winter to come so don’t start putting away that winter gear just yet.
With Valentine’s Day heart clip artsoon to be here you’re bound to come up with some ideas for keeping warm. Some think you need deep pockets to enjoy a romantic evening Feb. 14th, but that really isn’t the case at all.
If you are short on cash and want to show that special someone just how special they are try being creative. A candlelight dinner at home with your favorite music playing is very romantic (save the dishes for morning).
Coupon Ideas copyCoupons ( to be used at scattered times thru-out the month) for back/foot massages or for doing a chore that your partner doesn’t particularly enjoy doing and the list could go on and on, be creative. A long walk holding hands and enjoying the peaceful quiet is another way to share the day. For you much younger love birds try making some cookies or brownies for a sweet gift or make a special card, write a  poem, or burn a cd of music that you like to listen to when you are together.
And for all you dog lovers out there don’t forget there are special things you can do for your “best friend” like, make some homemade  healthy and tasty treats that they are sure to 48db80ea35dcc9dba981f63461cad41alove. Check out www.wholefoods market.com for recipes including homemade peanut butter & banana dog treats. The recipe can be changed up a bit by shaping the mixture into hearts before baking. YUMMY!!!!!
So while a romantic dinner out is wonderful don’t feel that you can’t celebrate Valentine’s Day without spending a lot of money. All you really need is love for another and a little imagination.
My tip this week; don’t stress making Valentine’s Day plans, just use your heart and mind and have a wonderful time!!!!
Romeo the little black dog

Romeos Tip of the Week; start a dental care plan for your dog and/or cat!

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Hello, everyone!
Happy Groundhog’s Day! Let’s hope that Phil doesn’t see his shadow. I, for one , am hoping for an early spring.
nationalpetdentalhealthmonthFebruary is designated for pet dental health awareness. A lot of people forget about this part of care for their pet. Good dental care is essential for total good health for your dog and cat. Having a vet check your pet’s teeth and gums is the first step for good dental care. Brushing your pet’s teeth daily is next along with healthy treats. There are many treats for your dog/cat that not only are tasty but they promote good dental hygiene. Some treats also promote healthy joints and bones and prevent hairballs.
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If you are unsure what types of treats are best there are many websites full of great information. One site worth checking out is www.greenies.com. Tooth decay and gum disease can lead to tooth loss and even damage to internal organs. Your pet will probably not be happy about having you brush their teeth but they will soon get used to it as part of their daily grooming.
February is also Black History month, so later this month my blog will include some historical notes about some well noted African-Americans.
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February is also the month that has a day set aside for LOVE! If you have any ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day I’d love to hear them or if anyone has a special love story to tell that would be great.
My tip this week; start a dental care plan for your dog and/or cat!
Have a great week and let me hear some of those romantic Valentine’s stories.
Romeo, the little black dog!