Fall Cleaning Tips

September 24, 2012

            It’s coming to the time of pumpkins, falling leaves, and thanksgiving, but before any of that, you need to get your fall cleaning done. This does not involve the regular vacuuming, taking out the trash, and spraying a little febreeze, this is the real deal. Here are some fall cleaning tips:

  1. Turn over your mattress, vacuum the top of it, and wash your bedding linens.
  2. Get your carpets professionally cleaned. One pound of dirt and allergens can hide in EVERY square foot of your carpet that your vacuum cannot get up.
  3. Put away all summer equipment such as lawn chairs, grills, etc.
  4. Get rid of items that you have not used in a year, it will just collect dust. Consider taking your clothes that no longer fit or that you never wear to a good will or other charity.
  5. Check windows and doors to make sure air is not seeping through the cracks, if so, get them replaced, it will save you more money in the end.

Get out your cleaning gloves and get your elbow greased for some serious fall cleaning. Whoever said that spring cleaning is the only cleaning time of the year?

Tips to a Better Website

September 17, 2012

            Since most of the world is on the web today, your company needs to be on there as well. But, to make sure that your website stands out among the rest in your field of work, here are a few tips:

  1. Navigation throughout your website should be fairly easy for visitors. Put your menu bar either at the top or along the side along with another menu bar at the bottom. Another idea that will help visitors navigate is a search bar.
  2. Privacy policy! If visitors are sharing their information with you, they want to be sure that you won’t sell them out to other companies, so remember to include this.
  3. Contact info. This should be extremely easy to find on your website.
  4. Fonts, Logos & Graphics.  Keep your fonts standard, keep your graphics down to a reasonable size, and let your logo be short and sweet.
  5. Include interactive features such as live news feeds, newsletters, etc.

People determine a lot about an organization by their website. If it is black and white with just words, people will usually move on to the next website, but if it grabs their attention, they’ll be open to hearing what you are about.

Almost every shelter and rescue has pictures of their animals online, and if you do not, I recommend it because it is a great tool for getting people to see the animal and get captivated by their shining eyes and cute smile. But, photos are thing of the past, it’s time to step your animal rescue or shelter up a notch by adding videos of the animals to your website. Adding videos allows people to see what the animal’s personality and it will draw them in even more because they get to see the animal interact with other human or other animals.

Videos of the animals’ helps potential adopters feel more comfortable because going directly to a shelter or rescue can be an intimidating and confusing process because there are many animals and they want to be able to see all of them but it gets very overwhelming. This is why videos are so nice; they can take their time looking at one animal at a time. Another reason why videos are nice addition to your animal shelter website is that potential adopter do not always want to take their children to a rescue or shelter because they feel like the child will fall in love with one animal and then when they find out that they cannot get it their hearts are broken. This is a win-win situation; for your shelter and is easy to implement. Ask a volunteer that is familiar with posting vides online via facebook, you tube or blogs to take on this task. For a more in depth guide on how to get your animal shelter started on facebook or you tube, read our previous blog posts on these subjects.

Pets of Deployed Soldiers

September 14, 2012

It is hard enough trying to prepare physically and emotionally for going overseas when you are in the military, and the last thing you will want to worry about is what to do with your pets. Many service men and women have no options for their pets when they are deployed thus the only option for them is to take them to shelters. Here are a few not so heart breaking options now.

If you have family or loved ones nearby, you could arrange for them to take care of your pet while you are deployed. If that is impossible, there have been nonprofits that were created just for your situation. These include Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet, American Humane Society, Dogs on Deployments, and Pets for Patriots. These nonprofits objectives are to find a loving and healthy foster home for your pet to care for while you are overseas. These great organizations take the worry of your pet’s safety, health & happiness off of your mind while being deployed.

Thank you for serving our country. The team at AWOIP appreciates your sacrifices and dedication to our Country.

Pet Resemblance

September 13, 2012

Do you Look like your Pet?

Do you ever see your dog talking on a cell phone? Or your cat making dinner? Or your lizard playing golf? Of course you don’t, but in many ways, your pets do take after you. Think about it, when you’re walking down the street you see a woman with curly blond hair, what kind of dog does she have? A poodle, right? Many times you notice that a dog looks like there owner, not always but a lot of the time. Look is not all though, most pets take after their owner’s personality and characteristics too. This is not a magic trick; researchers have found that when you are looking for a dog to adopt or buy, you, subconsciously, try to find one with your personality. Researchers have also found that certain breeds of dogs match certain people’s personalities. So far they have found that the agreeable person is attracted to Labrador, the most emotionally stable people tend to be attracted to hounds and people of high standards and royalty tend to be drawn to cocker spaniels and other intelligent dogs.

Let’s see a picture of you and your dog or cat on our facebook page. Share a photo on the Animal Welfare Organization Insurance Program’s facebook page of you & your pet between now & September 30th. On October 1st, our staff will vote on their favorite who will receive a special prize pack!

Losing a Pet: How to Cope

September 12, 2012

Losing a pet is like losing a family member. You’ve shared great memories with your furry (or bald) friend and then suddenly losing them from your life can be painful and pretty traumatic to an owner. Crying and mourning are natural but coping with the grief after time can be difficult, here are a few tips to help you cope with the loss of your pet:

  • Don’t let anyone tell you that you are overreacting by grieving over the loss of your pet. Remember, you are not alone.
  • You may experience guilt, denial, anger, and/or depression. Don’t deny these feelings, you should first come to terms with them and then you can find ways to heal yourself.
  • Consider writing poems, stories, or a letter to your pet and prepare a memorial photo collage perhaps.
  • Talk to friends and loved ones about your pet as they will be able to appreciate your feelings towards him/her because they knew the pet and how happy it made you.

It is definitely easier said than done to cope with the loss of a pet, but it needs to be done. If you have children, be honest with them and grieve together. If you have other pets, they will most likely observe that the animal is not there anymore and they may get a little down. Remember, this pain will not last forever.

Canine influenza is a contagious respiratory disease in dogs caused by a specific Type A influenza virus. Canine influenza is ONLY in dogs, it is not transferable to humans. This infection has been around for over forty years, and many are still not aware of the risks of their furry friend catching the flu.

There are two different syndromes of this influenza, mild (symptoms last 10-30 days and then go away) and severe (fever above 104 Fahrenheit and symptoms develop quickly). Either way, your dog should go to the veterinarians if they are coughing, sneezing, not eating, fever, red and/or runny nose and/or malaise. To diagnose canine influenza, veterinarians will want to perform a physical along with a complete blood count and clinical chemistry on the dog. X-rays may be taken of your pups lungs to characterize the type of pneumonia. The treatment for mild Canine influenza is cough suppressants and possibly antibiotics. The treatment for severe canine influenza is a very aggressive treatment with many antibiotics, fluids, and other support treatments. Hospitalization and isolation are a must for severe case.

You’re in luck; a vaccine for the canine influenza virus is currently available after talking to your veterinarian. If you suspect that your dog has the canine flu, keep him/her in isolation so no other dogs will be susceptible to it.

            Did you know there is a professional social network for your companies? Linkedin.com is a great way to get your company seen and to let your audience know what is going on. This website will even help you with building up your company by supplying you with tips and what other companies did that worked and what didn’t work.To get started with LinkedIn you will need to :

  1. Go to linkedin.com and sign up by following the steps on the form
  2. Update your profile with your information
  3. Throw in a nice professional picture of you
  4. Add your company or companies
  5. Search around for great tips to help your company

It’s like a professional facebook for your company, so if you know how to get around facebook then this should be fairly simple. Just search around and you’ll find great information that will help improve your company and get your company out there even more.

Are your Files Really Safe?

September 6, 2012

Protect Your Identity

Are your files really safe? How do you know? Some of those papers that may be lying around in your house could be very important and should be stored more securely. Just think if your house had a fire or something else happened and POOF, your papers are gone. Before something bad happens, there are a few things you can do to save you money and time when dealing with file storage.

  1. Gather the important documents such as marriage licenses, birth certificates, records of military service, passports, citizenship papers, etc. and keep them at a safe deposit box at the bank.
  2. Keep photo copies of all these documents at home.
  3. You can toss utility, credit card, and other bills once they have been verified that they are correct.
  4. Hold onto your buy/sell trade confirmations, records documenting retirement plans and individual retirement accounts, tax records (for 6 years), and pay stubs (until you get your W-2).
  5. Keep track of your documents by keeping a list of all items and where they are stored and give a copy to a loved one who, in an emergency, can locate them.

It is frustrating, time consuming, and it can cost you money USUALLY when you lose your documents, but if you follow these tips, you should save all of that and your sanity.

Become an Extreme Couponer

September 4, 2012

Not everyone is an extreme couponer like the ones on the television show and nobody expects it but you still want to save money right? Of course, who doesn’t want to save money if possible. Here are some couponing tips for normal couponers:

  1. Only buy what you and your family will use. Don’t buy 5 cans of tuna just because it’s a good price.
  2. Organize! You’ll never be able to find your coupons if they’re in a big pile on your table, organize them in a binder or wallet.
  3. Familiarize yourself with the store so that you know which coupon is in that aisle.
  4. Set some time aside to look for the weekly deals and to look for coupons online.
  5. Be ready to go to different store to get different deals, unfortunately, all of the sales are not usually at one place.

These steps can eventually lead you to be an extreme couponer, but until then, just do what you can and when you find a good deal, go after it!