Wishing you all a very festive season!
Have a great time with your loved ones and don’t forget your animals too. Please check which human food items can be given to your dogs before you let your pets join in the Christmas dinner fun.
Looking forward to a great 2019!
I can’t believe Christmas is just round the corner!
If you are like me and leave the Christmas shopping to the very last minute, here is an ideal present for a pet lover.
Gift Certificates are a gift of sharing quality time for the pet owner with their beloved furry friend pet. The highly individual photo shoot sessions are creating memories for the years to come.
Firework displays look great and are enjoyed year-round by people but the flashing lights, sudden loud bangs and unusual sounds can be a source of fear for many animals, even the calmest dog. Here are some tips to make firework celebrations less frightening for your pet.
Before the firework season starts, here are some tips to keep your dog safe:
Planning ahead can help your dog cope with the firework season:
- Make sure your dog has a microchip and wears a collar with a tag. Please keep contact details up to date.
- Provide your dog with a ‘doggy play area’. This should be a quiet area, so choose one of the quietist rooms in your home. Train your dog to associate the play area with positive experiences, e.g. by playing games. Use a variety of toys and swap them regularly, putting them away when not in use so that your dog doesn’t become bored with them.
- Some dogs also appreciate being able to hide when frightened, so providing a ‘doggy den’ in the play area may help them to cope. For example, this could be a wardrobe or a cupboard, packed with old duvets and blankets to make it more comfortable and to help sound-proof the area. It is important that your dog has access to its ‘doggy den’ at all times, even when you’re not at home but never use force to use it.
When the fireworks start
- Close any windows and black out the ‘doggy play area’ to remove any extra problems caused by flashing lights.
- Each evening before the fireworks begin, move your dog to the play area and provide toys and other things that they enjoy. Make sure that there are things for you to do too so that your dog isn’t left alone.
- Ignore the firework noises yourself. Play with a toy to see if your dog wants to join in, but don’t force them to play.
- If you know a dog that isn’t scared by noises and which gets on well with your dog, then keeping the two together during the evenings may help your dog to realize that there’s no need to be afraid.
Keeping your dog/s secure
- Make sure your dog always has somewhere to hide if he or she wants to and has access to this place at all times. For example, this could be under some furniture or in a cupboard.
- During firework seasons, walk dogs during daylight hours and keep them indoors when fireworks are likely to be set off.
- At nighttime close windows and curtains and switch on the TV or the radio to mask and muffle the sound of fireworks.
- If your pet shows any signs of fear, try to ignore their behaviour. Leave them alone unless they are likely to harm themselves.
- Never punish or fuss over your pet when it is scared, destructive or messes in the house as this will only make things worse in the long run.
- Make sure your dog is always kept in a safe and secure environment, block off any dangerous or unsuitable areas in the house and that your dog can’t escape if there’s a sudden noise
If you are in the unfortunate situation of losing your dog
- Report it to your local animal rescue centre
- Contact your local animal warden, who is responsible for collecting stray dogs. Telephone numbers can be found here: http://www.dogwarden.org/4.html
- Call your local veterinary surgery in case your pet has been handed in or been reported as a stray
- Create posters and display them nearby. Free poster templates can be found at www.lostdogkit.org.uk
Becci Godfrey of HorseSense UK says:
On a warm, but windy October morning, 11 local and not so local participants met to explore a deeper business connection with the help of horses.
Attendees ranged from photography, digital marketing, business mentoring and PR writing to health products, career coaching, equine law and a wedding venue.
As usual, the horses were on fine form, with a little extra feistiness provided by a few blustery winds.
Our guest speaker couldn’t attend last minute, so the group explored energy bubbles instead by working in pairs, before trying out their new awareness skills on the horses.
It was great to see some new and familiar faces all in one place, doing what Networking Neighs does best – bring people together in a memorable and enjoyable way.
This was the last Neighs with the horses for this year. The next gathering will be a Christmas gathering at the Mark Cross Inn, followed by the first Networking Neighs in 2019 on Friday the 26th April.
We look forwards to seeing you soon!
We love capturing images that portray the love and bond shared between humans and animals.
What better way to spend a super sunny autumn day photographing wonderful clients and their beautiful horses.
We always ask for permission and we are always very grateful when our Equestrian clients agree to have a sneek peak of their Photo Shoot Experience posted online.
I love taking pictures of cats, they are truly unpredictable! The Cats Protection Charity commissioned me to take portraits of cats who were re-homed via their re-homing places for inclusion in their beautiful presented calendar. Their owners took part in a Facebook competition and where chosen to be included in the forthcoming calendars.
The image of Nyx was taken earlier this year and is proudly presenting the month October.
I love the precious puppy stage! They are so tiny! This stage of their life passes far too quick and you can see them grow on a daily basis. It is great to have a fantastic photographic keepsake of it. I had the most wonderful Dog Photo Shoot Experience this with very inquisitive lady who got up to all sorts in her garden.
It was a very sunny day and we had to choose the areas where the pictures were taken very carefully. We made the most of the shadows available though.
To put my clients wishes first, I always check if the owners allow me to post a Sneak Peek, which luckily they did.
Isn’t she adorable?
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Becci Godfrey of HorseSense UK says:
I gave up a long time ago worrying about who would attend a Neighs event and started to trust that exactly the people that needed to be there, would be there.
Today’s Networking Neighs might have been a smaller group than usual, but no less diverse and all the more rich for it.
The guest speaker this around was John Handley, CEO of local Homeless Charity, The Bridge Trust.
In his guest speaker slot, John shared that through life experience he had come to realise that “Life doesn’t always go to plan”, but if he had three pieces of wisdom to impart it would be:
1) Have a plan, so you make the most of your life
2) Appreciate what you have, you have no idea how quickly it could be taken away from you
3) Do something you love.
Through his insightful and at points heartbreaking story, we all were called to recognise in our self where there was room to get more out of the opportunities available to us.
As for the horses, they were their usual gregarious selves. Fresh off a corporate training experience, the morning provided a bit of light relief and a chance to show the world how much they love interacting with humans and being the centre of attention.
The guest speaker next month around is Jane Alton, a Consultant Numerologist. We’ll be diving into the number vibration of the name Networking Neighs, and welcoming Neighs founder, Emma Taylor of The Leadership Whisperers. You can get your tickets here: www.networkingneighs.
In the meantime, if you would like to join us in making a donation to The Bridge Trust to support their excellent work, you can do so here: www.thebridgetrust.org.
It has been very busy here at Barbara Yeo Photography! Hence, posting on the blog has been slow! Sorry!
In order to make it up to you, here is a Sneak Peak of two wonderful Welsh Spaniels captured in the glorious morning sun! These two had oodles of fun whilst beeing photographed!