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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123 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA

 

The San Clemente Gym is a landmark in the city for over 30 years.

 The Gym is approximately 3,000 sqft with Mens and Ladies shower rooms &

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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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Sunday Photo ~ Fall is here!


Summer has come to a close. The kids are now back in school, baseball season is winding down, and football season has begun, which must mean that fall is here! Getting outdoors and enjoying the fresh air and fall foliage is one of the joys of fall; as well as, it is sweater weather time, pumpkin season and a great time to buy a house.

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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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Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ Central County


 

CENTRAL COUNTY

 

COSTA MESA

TOMORROW June 9 & 10is the annual BBQ Cookoff and Family Festival. This event is benefitting Kristie’s Foundation, a non-profit that provides assistance, support and cherished moments to critically ill children and their families. Delicious BBQ – Classic Car Show (Saturday) – rib eating contest – beer & wine tasting – Great Kids Zone with activities & entertainment- Live Main Stage music & entertainment.

FOUNTAIN VALLEY

NOW-10, 2012 is the annual Summerfest. This 4-day celebration will include carnival rides, food and beverage booths, game booths, local entertainment, exhibitors, non-profit organizations, live music, beer/wine garden, Battle of the Bands on Sunday, Live Sports Tent, the Fountain Valley Classic Car & Truck Show, and the Dog Day Afternoon event.

HUNTINGTON BEACH

Coming up Saturday, June 16, 2012 is Chili at the Beach from 11 am – 6 pm. Chili Cook-Off as well as a Salsa Tasting Contest (New this year!) There will also be Dads Toys (Choppers  – Trikes), 2 stages of live music and plenty of Kids’ Activities. Benefiting Boys and Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley. For more information you can call (714) 536-8300. AND June 24, 2012 from 2:00pm – 6:00pm is Pups N Pinot. An afternoon of wine and food tasting, live entertainment, silent & live auction, “Pooch Pageant” at the Newland House. Raising money for A Leg Up Rescue and Waggin’ Trails – rescuing dogs (and other animals) from certain death in our shelters or bad living situations ensuring they get placed in a forever home. $35 pre-sale, $40 at the door. VIP $45, $50 at the door – vip begins at 1pm.

IRVINE

Coming up June 22-24, 2012 is the annual A Taste of Greece! This is a fun-filled Festival for the whole family! Pastries, dancing, full-Scale carnival, boutique & delicious Greek food including a wine taverna. There will also be cooking demonstrations, Greek folk dancing lessons, church tours and opportunity drawings Admission $3.00 Children under 10 FREE.

LOS ALAMITOS

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NEWPORT BEACH

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ORANGE

Coming up Saturday & Sunday, June 16 & 17 2012 is the Annual Irish Fair and Music Festival from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. The Great American Irish Fair and Music Festival is the largest festival of its kind in the Western United States. The Fair highlights 16 entertainment areas featuring the very best in the music, song, dance and sport of the Irish, along with over 100 Irish, Scottish and English import shops and arts and crafts vendors along with sheepherding shows, Irish horse shows, Irish dog shows and one of the largest Irish Step Dancing competitions in California. ALSO coming up Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 8 – 9:30 p.m. is Nature at Night – Dusk to Dark. Join inside the Outdoors on the first official Saturday evening of summer! Experience nature as the evening fades from twilight to starlight. With a Naturalist as your guide, discover night life out on the trail. Cost: $5 per person/ $25 per family. Advance registration required. For more information you can call (714) 708-3885.

SANTA ANA

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SEAL BEACH

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TUSTIN

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VILLA PARK

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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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