Guest Post: Gift Baskets for Pet Lovers

Gift Baskets For Pet Lovers

Whether you are shopping for a pet owner or professional, you can never go wrong with a pet gift basket. The gift baskets allow you to show your recipient how much you care about them or appreciate their hard work. If you are shopping for pet gift baskets, here are several ideas that fit any occasion.

Pet Lover Care Package

The Pet Lover Care Package is a great idea for every pet owner and their beloved pet. It comes with a pack of chocolate chip cookies for your recipient. The gift also includes two gourmet biscuits for their dog, and their cat is sure to enjoy a fun mouse toy. Everything comes arranged inside an adorable pet themed box.

Great Pawsome Friends Gift

The Great Pawsome Friends Gift comes in three sizes to ensure it is big enough for everyone on the veterinarian, pet shelter or pet rescue staff. It includes cookies, butter toffee pretzels, tea and coffee. The gift basket also includes items for dogs and cats, from the cheddar cheese dog biscuits to the crinkle ball cat toy. Your recipients can find the items inside three paw print containers.

Dog Daze Dog Gift Basket

If you are looking for a gift basket designed just for pets, start with the Dog Daze Dog Gift Basket. The basket includes a gourmet dog biscuit and puppy cake mix. It also comes with peanut butter, beef liver, salmon and pineapple and pork dog treats. All the items are neatly arranged inside a yellow and white polka dot container.

Cat Fish Cat Gift Basket

Surprise your recipient with the Cat Fish Cat Gift Basket for their kitty. It comes with cheese cat treats, tuna cat treats and Fancy Feast Appetizers to keep them happy. The Zoom Stuffers Fat Cat Catnip Toy is sure to keep their kitty busy for hours. Everything comes arranged inside a green and white container with a matching green bow.

You can find amazing pet gift baskets for pet owners, professionals and their four-legged friends on Bisket Baskets.

 

 

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Book Review: Trump and the Jews by David Rubin

Trump and the Jews by David Rubin

I thought that by now we had read and reviewed just about every type of book there is here at McClendon Villa.

Then, we are sent a book like Trump and the Jews by David Rubin that is so different in nature, I don’t even know how to categorize it.

Author David Rubin tells us so many things that I never knew that I never knew.  I had heard of the Six Days War. I did not know how amazing it actually was.

This is not your typical “Pro-Trump” book.  And it isn’t anti-Trump by a long shot. What we learn is about many Presidents of the United States and how they opposed Israel.  Any real Christian knows that any enemy of Israel is an enemy of God. No questions asked. Just read your Bible.

Trump and the Jews taught me so many things I did not know about Trump, Jews, former presidents, and Islam.  The writing is engaging and very well presented. The story told about the history of the United States and the history of Israel is an education in and of itself.

For instance, I knew Carter was our worst President without any question.  I knew that Obama was a failed President who had nothing but contempt for the United States of America.  I didn’t know anything about where the other presidents fit in with Israel, but I do now.

No matter what your religion is, you need to read Trump and the Jews.  No matter which side of the political spectrum you are on, you need to read this book.  You will be well rewarded with knowledge for the time spent.

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New Friday_Fill-In_BadgeHere are the fill-ins:

  1. I really need to ___________________.
  1. My favorite Christmas (or Hanukkah) decoration is __________________________.
  1. It’s beginning to look a lot like _________.
  1. This time of year, I eat my fair share of _________.

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Here are my responses:

I really need to get myself pulled together mentally and figure out how to deal with some recent, upsetting news. I know that I will overcome this. The fighter spirit is in me. It’s just licking its wounds right now.

My favorite Christmas decoration – angels!

It’s beginning to look a lot like a messy fall/winter around here. It keeps raining off and on for days. Our yard is currently a swamp. And the neighbors yard looks like Lake Texana forgot where it’s supposed to be!

This time of year, I eat my fair share – probably more than my fair share – of turkey and dressing. Granny’s dressing recipe worked out great at Thanksgiving and I am looking forward to having it again.

Have a blessed weekend, y’all!

 

 

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Book Review: Innercise: The New Science to Unlock Your Brain’s Hidden Power by John Assaraf

Innercise: The New Science to Unlock Your Brain’s Hidden Power by John Assaraf

If you have ever wondered why you break your New Year’s Resolutions very early, drop your diet, or stop exercising regularly, Innercise: The New Science to Unlock Your Brain’s Hidden Power by John Assaraf may help you to answer those questions.

In this book, Assaraf explains the inner workings of the mind and why our brains override our plans.  He also gives us answers to how we can overcome this problem.

You aren’t broken, just human, which sometimes is the same thing.

The author uses a hybrid of NLP, LOA, Self-Hypnosis, Mindfulness, and other disciplines to help his readers learn ways to change the patterns of self-sabotage.

Innercise is well written and takes the time to explain the science and psychology behind his methods. We like this book because it is compatible with the Christian faith.

You will want to read this book before you make your New Year’s Resolutions.  Order your copy today and feel better, soon.

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Book Review: God Finds Us: A Book about Being Found by Kristen McCurry Illustrated by Jennifer Hilton

God Finds Us: A Book about Being Found by Kristen McCurry Illustrated by Jennifer Hilton

If you are a grandparent, by now you have read and seen just about every kids book there is.  Isn’t it great when you find a book that is age appropriate for a very young child that teaches about God while teaching the child other things, too?

You don’t have to have a degree in child psychology to know that peekaboo is fun for the child AND the adult.  But, it teaches the child about object permanence.

God Finds Us helps children to learn that just because they can’t see something doesn’t mean it isn’t there.  Once you have taught the child that, good luck on convincing them that one of those blue guys from the movie isn’t hiding in his closet.

Once the child learns that just because they cannot see something that minute doesn’t mean it no longer exists, the child can more easily understand that God is there even when we don’t see Him.

God Finds Us will make a great gift for your child, grandchild, or other child.

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Book Review: Flourish Financially: Values, Transitions, & Big Conversations by Kathy Longo CFP®

Flourish Financially: Values, Transitions, & Big Conversations by Kathy Longo CFP®

By now readers of our How to Manage Your Monkey blog know we read and review hundreds of books on personal finance and financial planning. We would have to say that Flourish Financially: Values, Transitions, & Big Conversations by Kathy Longo CFP® is a very different book on the subject.

Whereas most books focus on the nuts and bolts, the undercarriage of your financial condition, this book is focused more on the person and their loved ones and not so much on the portfolio per se.

In this book, readers are treated to ideas about how to open up a dialogue with those involved in the financial planning and find out who they are and why they make financial decisions the way that they do.

You won’t be hammered in the head with such things as how to balance your portfolio.  Why should the author do this when she points out that every person is different and their needs and comfort levels with different investments must be considered?

Longo discusses how to teach children about finances at an early age, how to open conversations with adult children regarding the parents’ finances, and how those adult children should open a dialog with their parents before there is a crisis regarding key financial decisions, where the important papers are, what types of insurance are in place, and medical care decisions.

Our only problem when Longo discusses a spending plan, AKA budget, is that she does not mention tithe.  Giving to charity is completely different than paying a tithe. A tithe is ten percent of your gross income, given first.  It should be paid to your home church and only there.

The author does discuss giving and does a good job explaining different ways to give.

We really think that every adult should read Flourish Financially.  You will want to give a copy of this to your parents and adult children.

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Book Review: Code Name: Papa Book 2: My Extraordinary Life While Hiding in Plain Sight by John Murray

Code Name: Papa Book 2: My Extraordinary Life While Hiding in Plain Sight by John Murray

One thing that makes me sad is that the nature of this book excludes it from some of our blogs.  It won’t fit the business, personal finance, or religious categories, which means some of our followers won’t get to know about how wonderful Code Name: Papa Book 2: My Extraordinary Life While Hiding in Plain Sight by John Murray really is.

This is book two in the series. We have not read Book One, yet. We hope to.

This is a very different kind of spy thriller. The main reason is that it is all true. When one reads fiction, you pretty much know exactly what is going to happen.  This is not so when you deal with cold, hard facts.

The stories are excellent and very entertaining.  This is the kind of book that makes one walk into walls.  You know, you don’t want to stop reading, but you really have to do other things, too.  You don’t put the book down (until you have to) and then, smash, right into the wall. Maybe this book should come with a danger warning.

If you love a good spy vs spy book, Code Name: Papa: Book 2 can’t be beat.  This will make a great gift for that military buff, history buff, or avid reader on your list.  A serious word of warning: if you are claustrophobic, you will want to refrain from reading this book.

Grab several copies today and start doling them out.

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Here are the fill-ins:

1. I refuse to shop in ____________________.

2. A store I wouldn’t mind being trapped in overnight is __________.

3. I’m dreaming of _________.

4. I wouldn’t touch _________ with a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole.

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Here are my responses:

I refuse to shop in the nude.  Well, that’s the first thing that came to mind!

The thought of being trapped anywhere, overnight or otherwise, initiates my claustrophobic freakout. But, if I had to be stuck in a store overnight (and had access to food, beverages, and bathroom), then I choose Hobby Lobby…or, maybe, Barnes and Noble. At least Barnes and Noble has comfy sitting areas.

I’m dreaming of our own place, way out in the country.

I wouldn’t touch beef liver with a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole. The same goes for prunes. Ewwww!

Have a blessed weekend, y’all!

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Press Release: SURE PETCARE’S ANIMO PROVIDES A GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF YOUR DOG’S BEHAVIOR AND WELL-BEING

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SURE PETCARE’S ANIMO PROVIDES A GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF YOUR DOG’S BEHAVIOR AND WELL-BEING

Sure Petcare’s new state-of-the-art activity and behavior monitor for dogs, Animo, learns and reports the unique activity and behavior patterns of your pet.

Image 2Cambridge, UK (Nov. 28, 2018) – Pet product specialist Sure Petcare today announced the launch of Animo https://youtu.be/PREvQwNoGEE, the lifelong activity and behavior monitor which learns and accurately interprets the unique behavior and activity patterns of a dog. Animo delivers insights into a dog’s activity and sleep, as well problem behaviors such as shaking, scratching and barking. These insights help owners to understand the changing needs of their pet over its lifetime, enabling them to provide proactive and personalized pet care.

Worn on a dog’s collar, Animo comes with three different sized attachment bands, making it suitable for dogs of all sizes. Weighing just 22g, Animo is lightweight, comfortable and waterproof. It sits flat against the collar and its “twist and lock” fitting not only makes it easy to attach and detach, but also holds the unit firmly in place. It operates using a standard coin cell battery which lasts for six months, preventing the need for regular charging.

Animo connects to the Sure Petcare – Animo app via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), where owners can set and monitor daily activity goals for their pet, as well as view their pet’s activity and behavior reports by day, week, month or year. The app also provides an hour-by-hour sleep quality report every night, which can be compared against previous nights to easily spot changes in sleep patterns.

Key features of Animo and the Sure Petcare app include:

Activity: Set and monitor daily activity goals, check last walked time and view activity reports by day, week, month and year.

Sleep Quality: Hour-by-hour sleep quality report throughout the night; a poor night’s sleep can be an indication of stress, discomfort or illness

Calories: track the calories burnt by your dog and compare this to a recommended daily target based on their breed, age and weight

Behavior tracking: receive alerts for increased barking, scratching or shaking

Connect with family and friends: Animo can be synced by any member of your app household and owners can share access to the app with their friends and family.

“We can’t be with our pets 24/7, so we have created Animo to give dog owners a window into their dog’s day: not only to tell them what he gets up to when they’re not around, but more importantly to spot changes in behavior and activity over time, which may signal changes in their pet’s health and wellbeing.” said Nick Hill, founder and CEO of Sure Petcare. “Animo is the result of a collaboration between Sure Petcare and our sister company within the Antelliq group. Over the past 18 months we have combined Antelliq’s world-leading animal monitoring expertise, our pet industry experience and the advice of world-renowned dog behaviorists to create a product which will change the lives of dogs of all breeds, ages and sizes.

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From the moment Animo is attached to a dog’s collar, its suite of algorithms begins to learn the animal’s unique patterns of movement; accurately interpreting them and reporting their corresponding activity and behavior types to the owner via our smartphone app. This means that Animo can tell owners more about their dog than they’ve ever known before – it will be a game changer for the dog tracking market and is far more than an activity monitor, it is the essential lifelong companion for your dog.”

Jon Bowen, Royal Veterinary College vet and animal behaviorist said: “Because we spend so much time with our dogs we think we know how they feel, but the reality is that we often miss things. Our dogs can’t tell us that they are starting to have problems sleeping because they are in pain. They can’t tell us they are getting stressed or upset by something while we are at work, or whether they really go on good long walks with the dog walker. Even when we go on a walk with our dog, we may not notice that they are gradually becoming less playful and energetic, so we don’t detect early signs of health problems like arthritis or heart disease. Using monitoring we can get a much greater insight into what is really going on with our dogs, so we can spot the first signs of a problem. But monitoring isn’t all about picking up signs of poor health; if we monitor our dogs we can aim to make their lives better and more enjoyable. For example, identifying the activities they really like, doing more of those things and making an effort to pack more fun into every walk instead of just plodding. Having said this, the most critical aspect of monitoring is accuracy. This is where products like Animo have a real advantage, because If we are going to take action based on what a monitor tells us, we need to have real confidence in the quality of information.”

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Pet tech continues to be a growing industry, with the global market expected to increase to $2.36bn by 2022, according to Grand View Research. In 2017, UK dog owners spent a whopping $10 billion on general products and services for their animals.

Animo is available to purchase online today (October 2018) at surepetcare.com, and in the coming weeks from leading pet retailers* for an MSRP of $79.99.

Sure Petcare app

The Sure Petcare app-Animo is available for free download on the App Store (iOS 9 or later) and Google Play (Android 4.4 or later). Desktop requirements: latest version of Safari, Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer on Mac OS X v10.9 or later and Windows 7 or later.

Company Information

Sure Petcare is a trading name of SureFlap Ltd.

About Sure Petcare

Sure Petcare, the pet technology specialist, provides pet products that empower owners to care for their pets in entirely new ways.

Founded in 2007, Sure Petcare has developed an award-winning range of microchip-operated pet doors and feeders including the Microchip Cat Flap, the Microchip Pet Door, Microchip Pet Feeder and Sealed Pet Bowl, which solve many problems commonly experienced by pet owners.

Sure Petcare launched its first connected product, the Microchip Pet Door Connect in 2017, which enables pet owners to control the pet door using an app. The SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap Connect joined the range of connected products in June 2018, with the near-term product roadmap featuring a portfolio of connected products designed to provide proactive pet care by giving owners data and insight into their pets’ day-to-day behaviors, activities and routines. Over time, this information will provide a greater understanding of their pets’ health and wellbeing.

Sure Petcare products have been used by pet owners across the globe for ten years. The company sells direct, through retail stores and veterinary practices in 35 countries.

For further information visit www.surepetcare.com.