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7 Accessories Our Pets Probably Secretly Want

7  Accessories Our Pets Probably Secretly Want

There’s no doubt that our dogs and cats want nothing more than hugs, scratches behind the ear and on the stomach, and treats. Since we can’t communicate with our pets directly, how do we know what their needs (and wants) are? There’s no harm in treating them with material  things as long as they’re practical. Modern pets want to step up their game too. If we can wear in-season outfits, tinker with the latest gadgets, or lounge on the comfiest sofas, why can’t they?

Having a pet is quite complex. It’s not just about finding yourself company at home or something that’s decided on a whim. Considering it has to be fed, cared for and looked after, it’s almost like we’re being prepared for parenthood. When it comes to efficiency, accessories that are easy to store, space-conserving and durable will always win.

1. Barking in the Rain

Dogs are prone to sicknesses too, so making sure they are kept dry and warm during rainy season is a must. We can’t always rely on the climate to remain pleasant. Although there are no “rules” about our pets playing in the rain or snow, too much of it may be harmful.

Make the experience of walking your dog in the rain comfortable and enjoyable by giving them their own doggy umbrella. Famously styled after the transparent Japanese umbrellas, the umbrella made of clear material makes it easy for you to keep an eye on them. It comes with a leash too so you never have to worry about them wandering too far.

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    2. King of the Backseat

    Rather than keeping them attached to a leash with minimal freedom to move around, why not cover the backseats instead? We wouldn’t wish it on any pet, but restricting their movement by keeping them tied can lead to possible strangulation. Setting up a car seat cover allows them to roam around the back seat as much as they want without getting their fur everywhere. Plus, owners can drive without having to constantly look back and worry about the backseats being ruined.

    3. Cutely Carry Your Canine

    In terms of versatility, an accessory that doubles as a car seat, a plush pet bed and a carrier is a pretty good deal. This product has been tested the same way children’s car seats are proven reliable, so pet safety is guaranteed.

    Owners who feel bad about leaving their tiny pets behind rather than going through the hassle of carrying them around, this is your chance to make it up to them. It comes with a detachable mesh dome that keeps them from unpredictably jumping out. You can now carry them conveniently and in style.

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    Versions that fit under airplane seats and rest on top of suitcases are also available for jetsetter owner-pet duos. On the other hand, larger canines and felines have no choice but to trek by foot.

      4. Portable Pet Bowl Banquets

      Collapsible and made from silicone, this portable pet bowl saves you the trouble of fumbling for actual dining appliances in your purse.

      Although raw food and meat are good for our pets, we can’t always carry it around with us when traveling with them. Instead, replace the meat with healthy dog treats and drinking water for easier cleanup on the go. Keeping their tummies happy and hydrated has never been easier.

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      5. Chasing Lights with your Cats

      Pets will never say “No” to cuddle time and one-on-one interactions with their owners. As nocturnal animals, always expect your cat to eventually crawl into bed with you. Cats are touchy and clingy animals that constantly require attention (that’s if they’re not sleeping their day away). With the laser cat toy, your cat will have laser patterns to chase, pounce at and keep themselves busy even while you’re away. Set it up in a safe and spacious area so no mishaps occur while they’re busy frolicking.

        6. Track your Tail-wagger Twenty-Four Seven

        GPS technology is no longer limited to just vehicles and maps. If you can use GPS to find your car in a crowded parking lot, it can also be used to track your pets.

        The Nuzzle is a smart collar which keeps you up to date with your pet’s activities (both indoors and out). Choose to secure the collar with the built in tracker directly, or mount it on their already existing gear. This can be used on multiple pets and comes with a “geofence” feature so you’re notified if they roam a little too far away. Say goodbye to “lost pet” flyers, search parties and anxious stopovers at animal shelters.

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        Pets can benefit from technology too.

        7. Sturdy Pup Paraphernalia

        You want their toy to be fun, but also durable. For heavy chewers, toys that are tough last barely a few months. A pet toy should be made out of non-toxic material and be chunky so there’re no risks of accidentally swallowing some of its parts. Only you know your dog’s chewing strength; “indestructible” labels and persuasive marketing shouldn’t convince you too easily. Just like any material object, toys will reach their end eventually. Veer towards rubberized material or strong rope based toys.

        We all want the best for our canine companion, especially if you consider them your “baby”. No matter what pet we have, they guarantee that we will always have another source of joy, entertainment and most importantly, love. This is just one way for us to give back.

        Once you’ve gotten the hang of raising a pet, we can’t assure that having children should be any easier – nevertheless, as long as they get along, having both is definitely a blessing.

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        Last Updated on December 2, 2018

        How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

        How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

        Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

        The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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        The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

        Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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        Review Your Past Flow

        Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

        Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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        Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

        Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

        Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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        Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

        Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

        We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

        Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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