Take advantage of the warm weather and get outside with your dog! We have some tips on how to do that. Do you have any others?
Tip of the Week
Here are a few ways you can help your dog rediscover their naturally active characters to help keep them healthy - you might just find that you belong outdoors, as well.
- Take a hike: Though it provides slight exercise for your dog, going up and down the same set of stairs day in and day out isn't exactly the kind of easy activity for which your dog's body was built. Climbing stairs in one's home does not provide enough exercise to get your dog's heart rate going. In fact, your dog might give up on the stairs altogether and stick to the main floor, as the scenery typically does not change since the last time he escalated those stairs. So, grab your leash, some water and a few treats and hit the trails. As you take in the new scenery and fresh air, your dog is able to enjoy his real, active lifestyle outdoors - not to mention, you both get a great workout as speed walking and running can help to increase your heart rate and shed extra pounds you may have accumulated during the winter months.
- Play ball: Playing fetch in the living room can help your dog stay active and provides the opportunity for you both to play, however, how far are you actually able to throw before you knock over a lamp or the ball rolls under the couch? If your dog has the catching skills of a wide receiver, find a park or field to play fetch and help bring out your dog's natural talents. Or, if you think your dog would likely sit on the sidelines, he might just need that open space to bring out the MVP in him. While you're both enjoying the outdoors, you'll be amazed at how quickly time flies, and how much fun you're having bonding with your dog.
- Be a social butterfly: While humans are able to interact at work, dinner or in other social settings during the winter, the social schedule of a dog seems to decrease as they are not able to frolic in the park for an afternoon. Instead, they are taken on brief walks a few times a day. Like humans, dogs like to interact with other beings, and they need that interaction to help them stay healthy and active. Help unleash the playfulness of your pup by bringing him to a local dog park. You'll be all smiles as you watch your dog playing, running and communicating with other dogs. Just be sure you read up on the rules and guidelines for that specific dog park.
Family Screening Room
Rated: PG-13 (for thematic material)
Length: 137 minutes
Synopsis: Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter (Stone) is a Southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends' lives - and a Mississippi town - upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent Southern families. Aibileen (Davis), Skeeter's best friend's housekeeper, is the first to open up - to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter's life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories - and as it turns out, they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become unwittingly - and unwillingly - caught up in the changing times. - Walt Disney Pictures
Violence/scary rating: 3.5
Sexual-content rating: 2
Profanity rating: 3
Drugs/alcohol rating: 3
Family Time rating: 3. Definitely stick to the
(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)
“Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls Series #3)” by Maggie Stiefvater
Ages: Young adult
Synopsis: The thrilling conclusion to the No. 1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie Stievater. In “Shiver,” Grace and Sam found each other. In “Linger,” they fought to be together. Now, in “Forever,” the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in. - Scholastic Inc.
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