Choosing the Right Pet for Your Home

Adopting a pet can be an immense source of joy and companionship. However, there are many responsibilities and complications that come along with pet ownership. Here are some questions to consider before you make a decision to ensure that your house is a place of harmony.

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What kind of home do you live in? Where you live should play a huge role in what type of pet you adopt. If you’re living in an apartment or small house, it may be best to get a smaller breed dog, cat, bird, hamster, etc. Also consider the noise level of the pet you are adopting. Even small dogs can make a lot of noise, and you want to be sure that you will be considerate to your neighbors. Bigger dog breeds need plenty of leg room and opportunities to run, so an apartment isn’t the right environment for them. Do you rent? If so, be sure to talk to your landlord and see what type of pets are allowed and what fees come with adopting a pet in a rented space. Also keep in mind that having a pet may limit your future housing options if you continue to rent.

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8 Ways to Show Gratitude on Veterans Day

On Veterans Day, we honor the past and present members of our military to thank them for the immeasurable sacrifices they have made for the safety & service of our country. Here are some ways to give back this Veterans Day.

1. Attend an Event. Be sure to attend your local Veterans Day Parade to show your support for our service members. Your presence and support means the world to veterans and their families.

2. Donate. If you are able, please consider contributing to one of the many wonderful organizations that help disabled and struggling veterans find help and healing back home. Check out the following charities below.

Homes for Our Troops – Builds and donates specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post-9/11 veterans to help them rebuild their lives.

Hope for the Warriors – Founded by military families, this organization helps service members and their families through numerous programs focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to the community.

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5 Online Advertising & Marketing Myths Busted

1. Online advertising is impersonal. It is actually easy to customize your advertising message so that each individual customer feels important. When sending out emails, you can customize your messages to address your customers by name, which is a simple, but proven tactic to create trust between your business and current or potential customers. Online advertising and marketing allows your customers to interact with you when it’s convenient for them. This is essential for making a sale because a potential customer needs to be engaged without feeling put on the spot, or pressured into interacting with your business.

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2. My customers aren’t online. Actually, they are! An astounding 88% of American adults use the internet, and 77% own a smartphone. It is no longer possible to ignore the staying power of digital, and your marketing strategy should reflect that. Ignoring online advertising is essentially ignoring the majority of your present and potential customers. It is paramount that businesses adapt to stay relevant.

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Top 10 Dog-Friendly Destinations on Delmarva

One of the joys and responsibilities of being a dog owner is providing your dog with fun and adventure. If you’re looking for a break from your routine neighborhood walks, check out these dog-friendly Delmarva destinations.

1. Abbott’s Mill Nature Center. This historical nature preserve in Milford, Delaware features miles of trails for you to explore with your dog. Admission is free and the nature center is open to the public for hiking from dawn to dusk. 

2. Pocomoke River State Park. This Salisbury park offers many different trails for walking amongst cypress swamp and lush forest. It’s possible to spend hours hiking these winding trails, and would be a great adventure for dogs of all kinds. There are also opportunities for camping, fishing, boating, and much more.

3. Salisbury Dog Park. Located on North Park Drive just minutes from downtown Salisbury, this off-leash dog park provides plenty of opportunities for socialization for your dog, and even has agility equipment for training and play. The park is free and open year-round.

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5 Productivity Tips for a Better Work Day

Are you getting the most out of your work day? Some days it might seem like there is more on your to-do list than could possibly be done in one day. Before you start working longer hours, make sure that you are making the most out of your time. Follow these simple strategies for a more productive work day.

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1. Don’t Multitask. Having the ability to multitask is a highly sought after skill in most workplaces. While there may be times when you will have to multitask, avoid doing it when you can. Studies have shown that attempting to focus on 2 or more tasks at a time actually wastes more time. Focus on one task and give it all your energy before moving on to the next, and you will find that you can get much more done.

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2. Don’t Try to be Perfect. Let’s face it, we all want to be perfect at everything we do. However, that is an unattainable goal. We are only human and can’t work at 100% all the time. Holding yourself to unreasonable standards will only increase your anxiety and decrease your productivity. Set your sights to doing each task as well as you possibly can in that moment, and come back to it later if needed.

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