Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by Shelley Miles
MARCH 23 - National Bubble (Blowers) Week, National Puppy Day
Bubbles are fascinating, festive, and free-floating wonders that bring a smile to everyone's face. Chasing and catching bubbles is a great way to stimulate a child’s eye-hand coordination, and popping them offers kids an introduction to physics. Blowing bubbles also helps strengthen little mouth muscles, which aids in language development. Best of all, bubbles are simply magic to little ones. You can make your own bubble solution by mixing 1-2 tablespoons of glycerin (available in most drugstores and supermarkets), 2 tablespoons of mild dish-washing detergent, and a cup of water. (Use Karo or corn syrup if you can’t find glycerin). Pour the mixture into margarine tubs. Add a light tint of food coloring if you like. Once you’ve had fun playing with your own bubbles, see how Keith Johnson bubble artists makes his.
What could be cuter than a sweet little puppy. Their sweet puppy breath brings a smile to everyone's face. But, puppies are babies, and require a lot of care and work. Before you decide to bring one home, consider these tips from greyhoundsupport.org
- Have a fenced yard. Pups need to run.
- Have a good working knowledge of “dog language” so you can understand your pups needs.
- Have the time, energy, and patience it takes to raise a pup properly.
- Puppies take an enormous amount of time. Take them out to eliminate every hour or two, when they wake, and after they eat. Carry the pups outside so they won’t learn it’s OK to eliminate in the house. In between that, cleaning the crate and feeding will fill your day.
- They are noisy and don’t always allow you to sleep (day or night). They sleep “mostly” through the night. If you have a family member who won’t appreciate being awakened at any hour of the night, then a pup isn’t for you.
- Be SURE to take the pup to your vet for an overall health exam as soon as possible. They need vaccines and de-worming every 2-3 weeks until about 4 months old.
- Get your house ready BEFORE the pup arrives…and make sure all family members know and understand “puppy” rules. We strongly recommend having the puppy Micro-chipped.
- Puppies need to SLEEP. If you or your children play with a pup too much you’ll have a sick one on your hands.
- Pups chew everything in sight, including you. Child proof your house including electric cords. Learn the correct way to divert a pups attention to something that is safe to chew on.
- Puppies are not toys. They are babies and should be treated as such.
- Pups break easily! Be careful.
- Children should be watched at all times with the pup. It’s VERY easy for children, adults, or a large dog to step on an active little pup.
- Allow children SUPERVISED visits only with the pup. With young pups, it’s best to have the children sit or stand still and let the pup play around them. NEVER leave a pup unattended in the yard.
- NEVER leave a pup unattended with children or other pets.
- Crate training your pup is absolutely essential. Keep him in the crate when you can’t watch him. Be sure he’s eliminated BEFORE you let him play in the house. Crate back up when done playing.
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