A Guide to Downsizing Smoothly With Your Pets


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Post by Shelley Bowling

A Guide to Downsizing Smoothly With Your Pets

There are many bonuses to switching to a smaller home, including fewer expenses and upkeep. Downsizing can also be a part of a larger lifestyle switch to a simpler life. If you have pets, however, they won’t see things from quite the same perspective. Your pets, likely, will simply become aware that things are changing rapidly, your house is suddenly chaotic and possibly full of strangers coming in and out, and suddenly they are in a new space that is not only unfamiliar but smaller.

With that in mind, Paws n Claws Foundation shares some guidelines for keeping your furry, scaly, or feathery friend happy during your move, and as you settle in your new, smaller abode.

Figure out wants and needs

When you look for your new residence, have a clear picture of what characteristics are non-negotiable, and which are merely desirable for both you and your pets. For instance, it may be necessary for you to find a new home that is located at a reasonable distance from your place of employment. For your pets, you may need a sizable yard for the dog and perfect corner for your parakeet. In the arena of wants, you may be looking for a home with a particular style that suits your personal aesthetic. For your pets, on the other hand, you may be hoping to find a place that is conveniently located near your favorite park, or your vet.

Determine what you can afford

If you are downsizing to save money, you may be hoping to still have a decent amount of space inside and out. So, check out property values in different neighborhoods, and see what you can reasonably expect to buy in terms of size, location, and amenities.

If you are downsizing to simplify, focus on other characteristics you are looking for when determining what fits your budget. This goes for moving into a smaller rental home or apartment. The good news is that you have plenty of options when it comes to square footage and amenities in apartment complexes: there are a couple dozen available houses for rent in Vero Beach. If you need to get a mortgage to purchase your new home, be sure to read up on the process and acquaint yourself with the going rates, depending on the type of loan you want.

Putting your house on the market

Selling your house can be even more of a headache than hunting for a new one. Find a good agent you can trust, early on, since they’ll take care of a lot of the legwork for you. You will also want to arrange for a home inspection prior to the sale, to better determine how much you can ask. When staging your house for sale, try to keep your pet out of the way, both for the sake of their own stress levels and because it’s better to keep home pictures as neutral as possible.

Preparing your pet for your move

Packing up for a move is never easy or stress-free, but it’s important for you to try to keep the stress element from affecting your pets. Of course, some pets are easy-going and just accept whatever comes their way. Many others are sensitive, however, and find change disruptive. In this case, it might be wise to make arrangements with a pet sitter or kennel to keep your pets safely out of the way of the bustle, on moving day.

Make sure you have all your pet’s favorite foods and comfort items easily accessible and pack extras of anything you’ll need during the move itself. Also, you should make sure you have located a good vet in the area you are moving to, as well as any groomers, sitters, or other pet care providers whose services you may require.

If you need to purchase additional accessories or items for your pet as part of your move, check out product reviews from vets before making a purchase to ensure you choose the safest cage, harness or carrier. You’ll be able to purchase with confidence knowing that a veterinarian has approved a given product.

Other moving day preparations

A smooth moving day takes a lot of prep, beginning months in advance. That’s why it’s critical to make a checklist so you can prioritize accordingly. Start by breaking everything down into manageable tasks. It can all be pretty overwhelming if you leave it until the last minute. But if you write out a schedule of tasks, and check them off methodically, the process will be less stressful for you and for your pet.

This should include finding and contracting with a moving company, decluttering your home, getting rid of junk, donating excess belongings, packing what you intend to take with you, scheduling utility shutoff, and taking care of address changes. For a list of movers, search online for ‘moving companies near me’. You can read reviews from customers of various companies to find out about their quality of service. Once you find a few that look promising, reach out to them to get a quote. Professional movers can make moving days much less stressful.

Keeping your pet happy on moving day

Whether your pets stay with you or with a pet sitter is up to you; you will need to figure out which option will be less disruptive for them and easier for you. Some things you can do to keep your pets calm and happy include setting them up in their own space with their favorite toys or comfort items, taking them for walks, or asking a friend to help by keeping them entertained. When it is time for the actual move, set your pets up comfortably, and have a place prepared for them at your new home, with familiar objects so the new setting is not too jarring.

Settling into a smaller house

Let your pets get used to the new house slowly, one room at a time, so they don’t get overwhelmed and can explore their surroundings on their own terms. Try to reinstate your routine as soon as possible, keeping everything as unchanged as possible, from your prior residence. Make a point to pet-proof your home too. This means keeping cords wrapped up, ensuring no small objects are on the floor and securing anything heavy.

Getting your pets used to your new home may take a little time, so don’t push it. Just stick with them and give them plenty of attention, affection, and support as they get adjusted to things. If possible, try not to leave your pets home alone for very long, during your first few days in your smaller house. If they don’t have the room to move around inside or in the yard that they used to have, try to find a park or other outdoor area where your pets can play and burn off energy.

Downsizing your home doesn’t have to be difficult or traumatic for your pet if you anticipate challenges and plan to meet them, and remain aware of your pet’s needs during the process.

Donate to Paws n Claws Foundation today to support our mission of reducing pet euthanasia and promoting pet adoption!

4 Ways to Grow a Business While Bonding With a New Pet

4 Ways to Grow a Business While Bonding With a New Pet

Post by Shelley Bowling

Whether you bake treats or create artwork, turning your skills into a business is both an exhilarating, and at times
overwhelming, process. If you are welcoming a new animal at the same time, you might wonder how you will find a
balance between your professional endeavors and your precious pet. Following these four tips helps ensure your
creature feels loved while still growing your new business.

Paws-N-Claws Foundation is dedicated to facilitating pet adoption to reduce euthanasia. Make a donation today!

1. Create a Business Plan
One of the best ways to maximize time for your pet is by structuring and organizing your business from the get-go,
thereby preventing any future issues. Improve your chances of success by developing a business plan before selling
your goods or services.

A business plan includes a company description, how your business will be structured, how you will sell your
services, and what financial products and funding are needed. If you need a bank loan, you might be required to
present this information for review. Read over this ZenBusiness – Start a Business Guide to learn more about
planning your business.

2. Market Your Company
As with a solid business plan, the better you market your company from the start, the better your chances of high
sales, which gives you more flexibility in your schedule with your pet. Develop a marketing plan to promote your
new business.

According to one report, the best-performing forms of digital marketing are social media, search engine
optimization, pay-per-click, and email. Social media and email marketing are fantastic options as they do not cost
any money. Simply create free business pages on social media sites, and use email templates to communicate with
consumers.

No matter which avenue you choose, be sure to create a well-designed logo for your business. Strategic logos create
brand awareness, make a strong first impression and separate you from competitors.

3. Schedule Pet Time
Whether your animal is older and slow or a young pup full of energy, nearly every pet needs some bonding time
with its owners, especially if he or she is new in the home. Penciling in time to spend with your new pet prevents
you from consistently missing one-on-one time with him or her.

For example, if you have a social dog, schedule play dates with other friends and their pooches. Another option is
taking your pet to a dog park to run around and meet new friends. If he or she has social or behavior issues, pet
training classes are a great way to bond and teach manners.

4. Invest in Toys
Even with scheduled play or snuggle time, there will be moments you need to be alone to focus on work. Make sure
your pet has plenty of toys to keep him or her entertained during this time.

If your pet hangs out by your desk during the day, get toys that are quiet for your office. The last thing you need is a
squeaky toy going off during an important phone call. If you have a fenced-in yard, a doggie door is a wonderful
addition to the home; your pet can go out and play whenever he or she wants.

No matter where you are at in your entrepreneurial journey, finding ways to balance your time with a new pet can be
tricky. Following these four tips can help you dedicate time and attention to both your job and your animal.

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2022 Annual Sandi Paws Pet & People Live Pet Photo Contest

Dear Valued Member of Our Community:

I would like to bring to your attention, “The Paws-N-Claws Foundation”, a non-profit organization. Its mission is to promote pet adoption and reduce pet euthanasia.  We are requesting your participation in the Annual Sandi Paws Pet & People Parade.  This year’s event will be held on the second Saturday in November.  Your involvement would help highlight the importance of pet adoption and the elimination of pet euthanasia and make a difference for our pets on the Treasure Coast. Our fundraising efforts to-date have saved the lives of many beautiful puppies and adult dogs. All of whom now have new families.

This year Paws-N-Claws is hosting the “9th Annual Sandi Paws Pet & People Live Pet Photo Contest” on Saturday, November 12th 2022. 

We need your support. It is through the generous efforts of individuals like you that numerous foundations are aided.  We are extremely grateful for your participation and caring spirit that has aided us in our ability to reach out to those in need.  Please join us in Ft. Pierce’s 9th Annual Sandi Paws Pet & People Parade. Participation is available on the following levels:

  • a sponsor, promoting and/or participating in the 9th Annual Sandi Paws Pet & People Virtual Pet Photo Contest.
  • a vendor, promoting your products and/or services at the event,
  • a volunteer, working with the Paw-n-Claws organization to make the event a “great” success.

Monetary proceeds will benefit the following organizations:

  • Camp Corral – Camp Corral transforms the lives of children of wounded, injured, ill, and fallen military heroes by providing a unique summer camp experience.
  • Pet Adoption services, Pet Food Pantry, and Pet Toy Collection.

Included in this communication are more details about the events of the day and information about how you might participate.  We look forward to speaking with you and will be in touch within the next few days.  Please feel free to contact The Paws-N-Claws Foundation at 772-222-7150 or via e-mail to gbsdbapawsnclaws@gmail.com

We look forward to your support.

Sincerely,
Dr. Gina Dean
The Paw-N-Claws Foundation
1005 Kentucky Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 34950

2021 Annual Sandi Paws Pet & People Virtual Pet Photo Contest

Dear Valued Member of Our Community:

I would like to bring to your attention, “The Paws-N-Claws Foundation”, a non-profit organization. Its mission is to promote pet adoption and reduce pet euthanasia.  We are requesting your participation in the Annual Sandi Paws Pet & People Parade.  The event is held the second Saturday in September each year.  Your involvement would help highlight the importance of pet adoption and the elimination of pet euthanasia and make a difference for our pets on the Treasure Coast. Our fundraising efforts to-date have saved the lives of many beautiful puppies and adult dogs. All of whom now have new families.

This year Paws-N-Claws is hosting the “8th Annual Sandi Paws Pet & People Virtual Pet Photo Contest” on Saturday, November 20th 2021. 

We need your support. It is through the generous efforts of individuals like you that numerous foundations are aided.  We are extremely grateful for your participation and caring spirit that has aided us in our ability to reach out to those in need.  Please join us in Ft. Pierce’s 5th Annual Sandi Paws Pet & People Parade. Participation is available on the following levels:

  • a sponsor, promoting and/or participating in the 8th Annual Sandi Paws Pet & People Virtual Pet Photo Contest.
  • a vendor, promoting your products and/or services at the event,
  • a volunteer, working with the Paw-n-Claws organization to make the event a “great” success.

Monetary proceeds will benefit the following organizations:

  • Camp Corral – Camp Corral transforms the lives of children of wounded, injured, ill, and fallen military heroes by providing a unique summer camp experience.
  • Pet Adoption services, Pet Food Pantry, and Pet Toy Collection.

Included in this communication are more details about the events of the day and information about how you might participate.  We look forward to speaking with you and will be in touch within the next few days.  Please feel free to contact The Paws-N-Claws Foundation at 772-222-7150 or via e-mail to gbsdbapawsnclaws@gmail.com

We look forward to your support.

Sincerely,
Dr. Gina Dean
The Paw-N-Claws Foundation
1005 Kentucky Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 34950

2018 Annual Sandi Paws Pet & People Parade

Dear Valued Member of Our Community:

I would like to bring to your attention, “The Paws-N-Claws Foundation”, a non-profit organization. Its mission is to promote pet adoption and reduce pet euthanasia.  We are requesting your participation in the Annual Sandi Paws Pet & People Parade.  The event is held the second Saturday in September each year.  Your involvement would help highlight the importance of pet adoption and the elimination of pet euthanasia and make a difference for our pets on the Treasure Coast. Our fundraising efforts to-date have saved the lives of many beautiful puppies and adult dogs. All of whom now have new families.

Paws-N-Claws is hosting the “5th Annual Sandi Paws Pet & People Parade” on Saturday, September 8th, 2018, from 3:00 – 7:00 pm at the Marina Square in downtown Ft. Pierce. This fun filled day for our families and pets will include activities, music, food, pet vendors, a pet parade, doggie fashion show, and much more. Thousands of people and hundreds of dogs are expected to attend.

Another highlight of this event will be the celebration honoring and remembering our 9/11 Patriots, Wounded Warriors, Purple Heart, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion members, as well as our Armed Forces, Fire Fighters, and Law Enforcement. We take great pride in honoring the brave men and women who sacrifice for our Country.  If there is someone special you would like to see honored please forward their name along with a brief explanation as to why.

We need your support. It is through the generous efforts of individuals like you that numerous foundations are aided.  We are extremely grateful for your participation and caring spirit that has aided us in our ability to reach out to those in need.  Please join us in Ft. Pierce’s 5th Annual Sandi Paws Pet & People Parade. Participation is available on the following levels:

  • a sponsor, promoting and/or participating in the 5th Annual Sandi Paws Pet & People Parade,
  • a vendor, promoting your products and/or services at the event,
  • a volunteer, working with the Paw-n-Claws organization to make the event a “great” success.

Monetary proceeds will benefit the following organizations:

  • Camp Corral – Camp Corral transforms the lives of children of wounded, injured, ill, and fallen military heroes by providing a unique summer camp experience.
  • Pet Adoption services, Pet Food Pantry, and Pet Toy Collection.

Included in this communication are more details about the events of the day and information about how you might participate.  We look forward to speaking with you and will be in touch within the next few days.  Please feel free to contact The Paws-N-Claws Foundation at 772-222-7150 or via e-mail to gbsdbapawsnclaws@gmail.com

We look forward to your support.

Sincerely,
Dr. Gina Dean
The Paw-N-Claws Foundation
1005 Kentucky Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 34950

Vendor Booth Space

Paws-N-Claws presents….

The 5th Annual Sandi Paws Pet & People Parade
Saturday, September 8th, 2018 at Marina Square

Vendor Application & Agreement

Along with this application, application fees must be received no later than September 7th, 2018. If paying with a check or money order, please make payable to Paws-n-Claws Foundation. Online payments using PayPal also accepted.

  1. Promotion and advertising will be handled by the event committee.
  2. Vendors must begin set-up at 1:00 pm on the parade date and must maintain booth coverage throughout the event hours.     Vendor parking is provided.
  3. This is an outdoor activity. Please come prepared for various weather conditions – No rain dates.
  4. Vendor space will be 10′ x 10′. Vendor fees – see below.

Vendor Type: o Non-Profit $35.00   o Standard $75.00     o Food Service $100.00
Click Here For Vendor Space Reservations

Sponsorship opportunities starting at $250.00, includes a 10′ x 10′ vendor space.
Click Here For Sponsorship Opportunities 

Ad space offered from as low $10.00
Click Here For As Space Opportunities 

Electricity is limited and will be provided on a first come, first serve basis.  An additional $10.00 will be charged for electricity. 

  1. Each vendor will be responsible for the collection and payment of and State and Federal Taxes.
  2. Food vendors will be responsible for all applicable licenses and insurance information required to be on hand     at the event. At application, please provide your Hotel and Restaurant License Number and a copy of your insurance.
  3. No vendor shall sell water …… The event committee reserves the right to sell these products.
  4. Each vendor will be responsible for cleaning up their own booth space and for the removal of all waste products including grease.  Failure to comply will result in a fine being imposed upon said vendor.
  5. Food vendors will be limited to a pre-approved menu unless otherwise approved by the event chairperson. Exclusivity of food items will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Electricity is also available on a limited, 1st come 1st server basis.

Please mail completed application, all required insurance & license information and event fees to:

Paws-N-Claws Foundation
1005 Kentucky Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 34950

Vendor Coordinator: Gina Dean-Bey    gbsdbapawsnclaws@gmail.com          phone:  772-222-7150

Please make all checks or money orders payable to Paws-n-Claws Foundation.
Payment available via PayPal – Click Here

Pet Holiday Reminder

PET HOLIDAYS

January

  • January National Train your Dog Month
  • January 2 –National Pet Travel Safety Day
  • January 29 – Seeing Eye Guide Dog Birthday

February

  • February Spay /Neuter Awareness Month
  • February 10th, 2018 – Paws n Claws Food Drive Ft. Pierce Farmers Market
  • February 14- Pet Theft  awareness Day
  • February 22 – Walking your Dog Day

March

  • March 13- K-9 Veterans Day

April

  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month  ( ASCPA)

May

  • Be kind to Animals Week ( since 1915)

June

  • Animal Rights Awareness Month

July

  • National Pet Fire Safety Day

July 31

  • National Mutt Day

August

  • Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs

September

  • National Pet Memorial Day

October

  • September 8th, 2018 – 5th Annual Paws n Claws “Pet Walk-a-Thon” Ft. Pierce Marina
  • Adopt A Pet Month

November

  • Adopt a Senior Pet Month

December 2

  • National Mutt Day

Natural Gourmet Pet Treats

Pet Gourmet Treats

Everyone wants their best friend to understand how much we care about them, and the quickest way to your pup’s heart is through their stomach. Gina’s gourmet flavored pet treats (Cheddar Cheese, Blueberries, Peanut Butter) are a great way to treat your four legged friend after a run, or reward that special trick, on their birthday celebration, or whenever!

“Natural Gourmet Pet Treats” create for your loved ones, a hug in every bite. Natural ingredients, no salt or sugars used. Pet treats are people-friendly.

Gina’s Bake Shop is the host of Sandi Paws Pet & People Walk-a-thon Pet Parade at Marina Square Downtown Fort Pierce, which is held annually each September, the Saturday after Labor day.

This coming year’s date is September 8th, 2018 (rain or shine) from 3:00 – 7:00 pm at the Marina Square in downtown Ft. Pierce.

To Visit Gina’s Bake Shop, Click on Link Below.

GinasBakeShop.com

2018 Pet Food Drive

Sandi Paws Festival Pet Food Drive
This event has passed  – See you in 2019

Festival Details
Where – Fort Pierce Farmers Market
When – Saturday, February 10th 8 am – Noon
How – Bring Dry or Can Foods
Drop Off – Gin’a Bake Shop Booth & Receive a FREE Scone

Sponsored By: Paws-n-Claws Foundation
Proceeds Go To: “No Kill” Shelter & Pet Rescue Programs