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Social Benefits of taking your dog to visit a dog hotel

March 29, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

562639_609730808858_401165352_nLet’s say that you need to go out of town for a family reunion, business meeting or wedding. You might feel somewhat concerned about what actions to take with your dog. What will happen to them during this time? Leaving them at a dog hotel has traditionally been the most popular choice because you have a social environment where your little Fido will have a doggy cot and a place where he can even watch TV. Some of the other Miami dog hotel amenities might include a pool for staying cool during the heated months in Miami.

Your dog might also enjoy a massage. The great thing about taking your dog to a doggie day care Miami company is that they will enjoy the social aspect with the other canines. This type of environment has a boarding house element to it. With that arrangement for cats, this has sometimes proven more problematic, but dogs especially love to meet new friends, and it ensures that while you are gone, your beloved pet will not feel lonely.

One of the greatest advantages of putting your dog in a social environment at a dog hotel is how it tends to reduce the stress. Especially if you have an older dog that is always used to being around people, they may not have the heart to be left alone, and this is a great solution because your pet will be among other dogs and people. Many people choose a veterinarian hospital as a dog kennel Miami company, but the biggest problem with this is that it is a sterile and lonely environment. It does not give the same warm welcome that a doggy hotel offers.

Tips to Help Ease the Transition of Your Pitbull Puppy

March 16, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by: Iron King Kennels

When you buy blue nose pitbull puppies for sale from a full time kennel, there are a few things you should know up front. You should have access to the dogs whenever you need to, in order to come and evaluate the puppy you’re buying and establish a bond. It’s also good for you to check on the living conditions of the kennel. No puppy should be taken less than ten weeks after its birth.


That helps to ensure the dog is acclimated to people. The rest is up to you, and few things can prepare you for the little balls of energy that are the bully pitbull.

Managing Energy

One key to raising a pitbull is to tire it out. These dogs were bred to be strong and energetic. They are loveable, but they are easily excited. It’s when their excitement is heightened that unintended consequences can happen. To avoid any of these problems, keep your pitbull challenged.

A full-time pitbull breeder typically has lots of land for the dogs to run and play. It’s best if you take your dog to the local dog park, in a space where he can be free of his leash. Toss a ball, let him chase shadows. The more you let him run free, the calmer he’ll be at home with your family.

 Give Your Puppy a Temporary Space

While your puppy learns more about his new home, it’s best if you give him his own space to be free in. This space should be near the home’s center of activity, which will help the dog familiarize himself with your presence. Most people will use the kitchen because it typically has fewer items for a puppy to chew to pieces.

Just be sure to give this area a once-over to remove anything that might hurt the dog. Obvious flags include: chemicals, certain plants, medicines and clutter that can be knocked over.

The Drive Home

If you’re fortunate, the kennel you’ve chosen to purchase from has taken your future pup in the car for a ride. Sometimes, no matter how reputable the kennel, this just isn’t possible. For many puppies, the ride back to you home will be their first in a car. Make sure you drive with a partner so someone can soothe the puppy. If possible, crate the dog. Tire it out by letting it run free around the kennel one last time, then put it in the crate and have someone accompany the puppy during the drive.

If you keep these tips in mind, your puppy will have an easier transition moving into your home.

New Boat Checklist: Everything You Need Before You Disembark

March 16, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

There is nothing quite like getting behind the wheel of a new boat and taking it out for that first foray into the open waters. Before you set out for your inaugural voyage, be sure you pack the necessities: food, relaxation and safety kits.


The good news is that most of this equipment is easy to stockpile. A boat cushion with a canvas cover fits below deck and will last for years if you keep it out of the sun. Rope will eventually dry out, but you can cover your anchor with tarp to help block sun damage. Canvas is fairly durable, so it should be useful as a boat cover, seat covers, cushion covers and anything else you might need. The only concern you’ll have is sun damage, so you may need to replace certain covers if they begin to lose their luster.

Be Safe

Always have a flotation device on hand at all times, no exceptions. Every child who boards your boat should have a life vest at all times. If your boat’s seating doesn’t float, order custom cushions with open-celled foam. It will prevent water from soaking into the foam, which will help it act as a flotation device for you and your family.

A medical kit is also important to have, along with lots of motion sickness medication. Most outdoor and sporting goods stores sell medical supplies as all-in-one kits, but those kits usually don’t include anything for sea sickness.

Finally, be sure you are armed with a flare gun if you intend to go beyond a point where you can see land. Even if you don’t go out that far, a flare will help someone locate you if you’re in trouble.


If you’re out on the water, fishing is probably one of the best ways to eat. You will eat fresh food full of protein, but eating any one thing day and night can get a little old. Crock pots and small camping stoves will be useful on a voyage depending on the size of the boat. Electric grills are best if possible, but gas is fine in a pinch so long as you control the open flame. Just be mindful of winds.

You can also prepare food in advance and use your crock pots or cooking implements to heat it. Chili or chowder is an excellent choice for short trips and overnighters.
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Protect Your Boat from Pets When You Install Foam

March 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Protect-Your-Boat-from-Pets-When-You-Install-FoamWhen you have a noble watercraft, whether it be an obnoxiously flamboyant yacht or a small fishing dingy, you’re going to want to share your love of the water with your pet. However, you may be hesitant, because you already have to worry about your boat cushions being exposed to the elements. On top of mildew, mold, and premature fabric rot induced by saltwater, you don’t want to have to worry about your cat, dog, parrot, ferret, or guinea pig soaking the soft spots of your boat in urine.


Fear not. If you’ve got custom cushions, there’s no reason to worry about them being ruined by bodily fluids, human or otherwise. Just like foam’s moisture-resistant properties help prevent mold and mildew from springing up, it’ll also make it easy to clean when your pet can’t wait to get back to shore. No matter what they’re soaked in, you can just dunk the foam in warm water, wring it out, leave it to dry, and call it a day. And if there’s permanent discoloration? The simplest trick is to order canvas you can use as a cover for your foam. The dense fabric will withstand sunlight, and help waterproof your cushions as well. Canvas is affordable enough to replace as needed, but you can store the cushions below deck when you’re not using them to increase their lifespan.


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Solid Returns Pave the Way for Incoming Cayman Islands Investors

March 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Cayman IslandsIf you’re a first-time real estate investor, let the Cayman Islands be your destination of choice to begin your potentially lucrative endeavor. Here are some of the many reasons why.

The Process is Easy

The ease of purchasing Cayman homes is only one of the many reasons why you should look into the Cayman Islands. It’s not only a simple and straightforward process, but it’s also a safe and sound investment, unlike other properties in the Caribbean.

As with any real estate investment, it’s important that you factor in both lifestyle and budget. By doing so, you’ll be able to determine what type of property you will purchase and the amenities that you want included within it as well.

No Real Estate Tax

Cayman property has become a popular purchase for investors because of their lack of tax restrictions. Meaning, that there are no restrictions on foreign ownership of a single property and no income or capital gains taxes to worry about. The Cayman Islands Government also guarantees title for all real estate transactions, so it’s worth mentioning that it’s strongly encouraged to invest here.

Excellent Returns

Whether your Cayman property is being used as a short term rental property or for long term renting, there is always the potential for high returns. Many investors will let their properties work for them when they are not in residence, garnering a secondary passive source of income.

The Bottom Line

Rental properties in the Cayman Islands offer a lot to the investor. With solid returns, a sought-after location, and significant room for growth, isn’t it time that you start taking a look into the Cayman Islands?

Bio: James Bovell is an award-winning real estate professional and Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Cayman Islands.