Keep your Pets Safe and Cool in the Summertime


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Five Ways to Keep Pets Cool
Water play, shade and tasty treats…

In the heat of the summer, you may be cranking up the air-conditioning to stay comfortable, but don’t forget about your four-legged pals — especially if they’re spending a lot of time outdoors. Consider these five fun and easy ways to keep them cool and happy.

H2O and treats

It may sound obvious, but your dog and other pets need access to plenty of fresh, cold water. On a really hot day, you might toss a few ice cubes in the bowl to keep the water even colder. There are also ice cream treats designed specifically for dogs, or you can find recipes online to make your own. Here’s one clever idea — fill an ice cube tray with chicken broth or beef broth and then toss your dog a “pop” once the individual squares are frozen.

Water play

Many dogs love to get wet, whether they are splashing in a stream, swimming in a lake or jumping into a kiddie pool in your backyard. You can also set up a sprinkler for them to run through.

Check out new products

There are always new products on the market to keep pets cool in the heat, such as cooling bandanas and collars, pet beds that can be filled with cool water, and a collapsible water dish that you can carry anywhere — from a hike to a car ride. Keep in mind that if you’re driving with your dog, do not leave him waiting in the car for you, even if you crack the windows. His body temperature can rise quickly in a hot car and prove fatal.

Limit activity in the middle of the day

If you’re heading out for a walk or involving your pet in other outdoor activities, make sure to plan your excursion during cooler parts of the day (morning and early evening). The middle of the day is usually the hottest, and too much activity during this time can lead to an overheated pet. Pay attention to your pet’s cues and seek the advice of a vet if she is exhibiting any health problems.

Provide shade

If your pet stays outdoors, make sure he has a shady place to retreat when the heat becomes too intense. If you don’t have any natural shade in your yard, consider getting a beach umbrella or invest in a doghouse.

With a little bit of thought and preparation, you can prevent your pets from suffering in the summer sun. And they’ll love you all the more for it.

This article is presented by M.Benz of Laguna Niguel, California

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Orange County Mid October Events


October Orange County Events

Haunt at Heritage Hill     Oct. 19
Dare to take part in the “Friday Night Fright,” as the park is transformed into a haunted adventure that is fun for teens and adults alike. Heritage Hill Historical Park: 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest. www.ocparks.com/heritagehill

Golf Tournament & Helicopter Golf Ball Drop     Oct. 19
Enjoy a fun, relaxing day of golf while supporting animal rescue. Entry Fee includes: Golf, cart, range balls, lunch, dinner and FREE BEERS and water while you golf! Tijeras Creek Golf Club: Rancho Santa Margarita. www.greatpets.org

 Silverado Days     Oct. 19-21
Community festival includes games, crafts, contests, rides, food and fun for the whole family. Featured contests include World Amateur Arm Wrestling Championship, Amateur Horseshoe Contest, Baby Contest, Dog Show, Chili Cook-off. William Peak Park: 7225 El Dorado Dr., Buena Park.

Autumn Harvest Festival     Oct. 20
Festival with family fun attractions that include the Princess Bride trick-or-treat stations, The East India Trading Company Pirate Adventure Maze and the Harry Potter School House. Heritage Hill Historical Park: 25151 Serrano Rd., Lake Forest. www.ocparks.com/heritagehill

Great Park Pumpkin Harvest     Oct. 20
Experience the time honored tradition of fall activities and family fun including: pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, pumpkin carving demo, treat stations, mini hay maze, train rides, art and craft activities, and more. OrangeCounty Great Park: Irvine. www.ocgp.org

Blackie’s Longboard Assoc. Halloween Costume Contest     Oct. 27
Blackie’s by the Sea, a Newport Beach surfing institution, calls out costumed surfers to compete in this fun event off of Newport Pier, judging surfers not only by their surfing technique, but by their spooky and outrageous Halloween costumes! www.visitnewportbeach.com

Rancho Los Alamitos Family Festival     Oct. 28
California on the Move, a family festival with demonstrations, maps, music and activities. Explores how people got to California, where they were coming from and how they moved around. 12-4:30pm. Rancho Los Alamitos: 6400 Bixby Hill Rd. Long Beach. www.rancholosalamitos.com

Wings, Wheels and Rotors Expo     Oct. 28
Civilian and military helicopters and aircraft, plus a custom car show featuring classics, muscle cars and more than 300 varieties. Vendor fair with more than 100 exhibitors. 9am-4pm. Joint  forces Training Base, Los Alamitos. www.wwrexpo.net

  

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Caruso’s OC Happenings for October!


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Orange County Events for October!

Stand Up World Tour    Oct. 2-8

See the world’s best stand up paddle boarders as they converge in Huntington Beach for stop number four of six on the Stand Up World Tour. 8am. Huntington City Beach: 1 Main Street. http://standupworldtour.com

Tiller Days- Tustin     Oct. 5-7

The event provides an opportunity for Tustin to celebrate Orange County’s agricultural heritage. Features Parade (on Saturday at 10 am), carnival, rides, food and entertainment. 17522 Beneta Way, Tustin. 714-573-3326 / http://www.tustintillerdays.org

Walk to End Alzheimer’s     Oct. 6

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. 7:30am-12pm. Doheny State Beach: 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point. 949-757-3708 / http://www.danapoint.org

The Vintage Food & Wine Festival     Oct. 6

Don’t miss this annual event at the Mission San Juan Capistrano. Dancing under the stars to live music by Family Style, World Class Wine Tasting, Sample foods from the best local Restaurants, Casino Games, Silent Auction. http://www.vintagesjc.com

NAMI Walks     Oct.6

NAMI Walks is the largest fundraiser for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI provides free educational programs and services to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness. 7:30am-12pm. Pier Plaza: 1 Main Street, Huntington Beach. http://namiwalks.org

Paws for a Cause     Oct. 7

Join OC Animal Care for the first Paws for a Cause, a 2-mile dog walk in Huntington Beach! All proceeds will be donated to OC Animal Care, which provides care for abandoned and abused animals. 7:30am. OC Animal Care: 300 Pacific Coast Highway. http://www.paws-for-a-cause.net

Sandcastle Contest     Oct. 7

Thousands of sightseers descend on Corona del Mar State Beach to watch participants – ranging from novice to expert – construct more than 30 entries. Crossroads are Marguerite Ave. & Ocean Blvd. http://newportbeach.com

San Clemente SeaFest     Oct. 7

Chowder Cook-off, Fisherman’s Lobster, Surfing Contest, Business Exposition, Arts & Craft Show and a U.S. Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demo Operation which all takes place at the historic San Clemente Pier area. 949-492-1131 / http://www.scchamber.com/Seafest.asp

Silent River Film Festival     Oct. 11-14

The festival dedicated to the independent filmmakers of the world has been established with a vision to bring East and West together on one platform. Edwards West Park 8 Cinema and other premium locations in Irvine: 3735 Alton Pkwy. http://www.silentriverfilmfestival.com

The Heritage Festival & Parade     Oct. 13

Festivities begin with the Chamber of Commerce pancake breakfast at 6:30 a.m. followed by the parade and band review at 9:30 a.m. The festival begins at 9:30 a.m. Tri-City Park: 2301 N. Kraemer Blvd., Placentia. (714) 524-8535 / http://www.placentia.org

Woodie Car Show     Oct. 14

Presented by the SoCal Woodie Club. Free admission, surf vendors, food, drink and live music. 8am-3pm. Lantern Bay Park: 25111 Park Lantern Road, Dana Point.

Mission Viejo Readers’ Festival     Oct. 14

A full day of authors, adult and children entertainment, vendors, food. Featured authors will be speaking, taking questions and signing books. 12-6pm. Norman P. Murray Community Center & Village Green, Mission Viejo. http://cityofmissionviejo.org/ReadersFestival/

Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Please     Oct. 14

Wine, Cheese & Chocolate in support of Project Self-Sufficiency, a non-profit organization that assists single parents earning their education to become self-sufficient. 2-5pm. Newland Barn: 19822 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach. http://www.winecheeseandchocolateplease.com

Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational     Oct. 14-21

Each year the famous seaside community and historic artist colony of Laguna Beach turns into an outdoor studio. Various Locations in Laguna Beach. 949.494.8971 x219 / http://lagunaartmuseum.org/pleinair

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Think Big, Shop Small ~ Spread the Word…


 

 Let’s start a movement…

SHOP SMALL STORES

As a local independent broker, I know how hard it is to compete with larger companies, but you can make it with good customer skills, marketing and word of mouth. Repeat customers and referrals is what keeps me in business. So let’s raise awareness of the importance of patronizing small businesses. 

Shop Small Stores is a buy-local campaign which promotes strengthening local economies through the support of local independent retailers. Buy gifts in small stores, eat meals at small restaurants.

As we do the rest of our holiday shopping and entertaining, let’s think first of small independent companies. Shop at your local toy or book store (if one still exists). Stop at your local home grown coffee shop or café and pick up a gift certificate. This will bring back business to the small business at a later time.

Small Business Saturday was a success to many towns and retailers that participated. However, we need to keep the movement going. Let’s all continue the movement by shopping in our local independent stores every weekend.  Let’s get the local economy rolling… 

Think Big, Shop Small.  Spread the word…

 Don’t forget to reduce, reuse and recycle!

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Caruso’s Halloween Week ~ Protect Your Pets!


 

Halloween can be a traumatic and even dangerous time for your pets. Here are some common-sense tips to help protect & comfort your pets during Halloween.

  • Don’t leave your pets out in the yard on Halloween: there are plenty of stories of vicious pranksters who have teased, injured, stolen, even killed pets on this night.
  • Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets: chocolate is poisonous to a lot of animals, and tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed.
  • Be careful of pets around a lit pumpkin: pets may knock it over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned.
  • Don’t dress the dog in costume unless you know he loves it. Otherwise, it puts a lot of stress on the animal.
  • If you do dress up your dog, make sure the costume isn’t constricting, annoying or unsafe.
  • Be careful not to obstruct his or her vision; even the sweetest dogs can get snappy when they can’t see what’s going on around them.
  • All but the most social dogs should be kept in a separate room during trick-or-treat visiting hours; too many strangers in strange attire can be scary for a dog.
  • Be careful your cat or dog doesn’t dart out through an open door.

While this can be a fun time for people and pets alike, remember that your pets are depending on you to keep them safe from the more dangerous goblins and ghouls that this holiday brings.

 

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It Affects Them Too!


 

All the kids are back at school (YESS!) and everyone has already settled into their daily routines. However, did you consider that your dog may have to adjust to the changes in the family routine just like everyone else?

During the summer, your children and the family dog can develop a strong bond. Now there’s suddenly an empty and quiet house. This change in routine can cause your dog to suffer from separation anxiety or depression — to actually miss your kids — and even follow them to school.

Your dog may experience the effects of the loss of extra playtime and the friendship developed with your children by exhibiting signs of separation through destructive behaviors such as:

  • Chewing furniture
  • Ripping the stuffing out of pillows
  • Shredding paper
  • Obsessive barking/whining for extended periods of time
  • House soiling

Separation anxiety is a serious condition that can be managed with structure and patience. NEVER punish your dog for exhibiting this behavior, as it will make him more fearful and potentially aggressive.

Tips to manage anxiety:

  • Start with leaving your dog at home for very short periods of time to get him used to being alone
  • Avoid emotional departures and greetings
  • Have your belongings prepared so that your departure from home is calm
  • Consider doggie daycare for prolonged absences
  • Teach the kids to avoid over stimulating the dog with departures and arrivals
  • Exercising your dog before leaving the house in the morning is a good idea so he’ll be relaxed when you return and be set for when you’re away.
  • Leave some sturdy, interactive toys for your dog to help keep him from being bored.

Be sure to check with your veterinarian to have your dog fully evaluated and correctly diagnosed before trying to manage the symptoms. There may be an underlying medical condition that may be misconstrued as separation anxiety.

 

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Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI

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Hakuna Matata! No worries for the rest of your life…


Hakuna Matata!! 

 

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