“YEAH… I’m SPOILED And I Know It!”

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You should know all pampered pets believe this on the inside…. and why shouldn’t they? Unlike spoiled children who often result in being brats. Spoiled pets are Content and enjoy a Fantastic, Wonderful life.

Spoiling your pet simply means doing everything you can to make sure they are happy and healthy.

The truth is most of us think our pets are so adorably cute that the mere image of them evokes an uncontrollable type of love impulse out of us that we begin speaking in high pitch baby voices that result in making us a big mushy ball of gooey affection.

Now the question is…. Do you think our pets know what type of reaction their cuteness is having on us?

Well of course they do! Have you ever noticed when you start speaking in your isn’t he/she cute voice your pet really starts to lay the heavy pet antics?  I mean we’re talking looking at you upside down with one paw over their eyes and rolling back and forth on their backs with their best come hither face possible.

When our pets see and hear us respond to them with such love they eat it up! They love it! Which in turn makes us love them even more. So do you think there’s a little manipulation involved?

Of course there is. Any pet worthy of being called spoiled usually knows how to get that extra treat or squeak toy out of us. It’s okay really it is, the fact of the matter is you want to have such a strong connection with your pet that they feel comfortable communicating with you.

For example the more connected you are to your pet the more you know them and they know you. So if for instance if something is off, or your pet is sick, sad or just not feeling themselves you will know immediately. Our pets have different moods just like we do and sometimes they need a little extra affection or play time or they just want to hang closer with you.

These feelings and many more are easily communicated and understood when you have a spoiled pet. They will feel more confident to communicate how they feel to you because they know you care.

When you have a close relationship with your spoiled pet the trust level is through the roof! They understand they are part of your family and they know they are not just a Dog or Cat.

Did you know that when your pet is confident in this way it actually affects their health? It’s true it does! It has been scientifically proven happy, loved pets live longer and usually are healthier.

Pets and people really aren’t that different you know. Don’t you look& feel  better when you know someone deeply cares and loves you? Don’t you realize that health is directly connected to your overall health?

So when you spoil you pets you’re actually enhancing your health also…. Isn’t that cool?

Giving in this this way is giving to yourself too! It’s a WIN WIN situation for everyone involved. So I say spoil away there’s enough love for everybody and hopefully the more you spoil your pets someone will spoil you too :)

So the next time someone accuses you of having a spoiled pet OWN IT! Proudly state they belong to me and I belong to them.

REMEMBER PETS RULE!

Daniele & Beijo

 

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“How To Deal With PET JEALOUSY Issues…”

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Has the Green eyed monster made an appearance in your furry family member yet? Oh yeah… didn’t you know pets have jealous tendencies just like we do.

As a matter of fact when pets are jealous they make it very clear how they’re feeling and who it is they are feeling that way about.

So what’s a loving pet owner to do? Well before you pull your hair out…

First things first. Whether your pet is jealous of another pet or a human the goal is to convey the message to them that the spot they hold in your heart is just for them and no one could possibly take their place.

Secondly they have to learn AND LEARN IT EARLY in your relationship that they have to share you. One of the main mistakes I see pet owners make is when they recognize their pet is having jealous issues they ignore it or tease them and make fun of the situation… BIG MISTAKE!

This only reinforces  your pets behavior to act this way and trust me you don’t want that.

When your pet is behaving jealously it is because he or she has claimed you as their territory and they’re saying HEY THIS BELONGS TO ME! This is especially common if your pet is a rescue or if you don’t socialize them with other animals and people.

A lot of times rescues especially have had rough life before you got them and they had to fight for everything… I mean EVERYTHING, Food, Water, Shelter and Safety it’s a war zone out there in the big bad world guys and you have to learn to be tough or you won’t survive.

So when you adopt one of these guys and they finally figure out that this is my home, with my food and my owner who loves me… of course they don’t want to share. Or worse they’re still insecure and feel that this home is temporary and I’m going to be homeless again soon.

It makes sense this primal response in pets. Sometimes pets will act this way towards other people in your life as well. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been called because a pet doesn’t get along with someone’s spouse or other family members.

I mean I’ve had situations where pets are peeing and pooping in the persons shoes that they are jealous of… or worse trying to bite them EEEK!

Are you single? Well a pet is a great way to add to your family and your life. Just keep in mind all that attention you’re giving them is wonderful but make sure to introduce them to other animals and people or you’re going to have an issue on your hands.

I can’t tell you how many times a pet has growled at new love or family member when it was bedtime and they had to share the bed. Most scenario’s go like this… it’s time for bed everybody gets their jammies on and Fido or Kitty is laying right in the spot where your significant other is supposed to lay… and as soon as that person or pet tries to get in the bed guess what? You got it attitude central.

The only way to diffuse this kind of situation is slowly. If your pet is acting possessive because of another animal or human it’s because they’ve got to share their best treasure in the whole world YOU.

 Be patient here and for God sakes don’t yell or become aggressive with your furry baby.

If the object of jealousy is another animal start off by having both animals sit peacefully together (not too close at first one on one side of you and the other on the other side of you) start petting your pet first and the other pet also make sure to speak sweetly to both and give cookies first to your pet and then to the other animal. Make sure to continually stroke and pet your pet and observe them closely while doing this.

When your pet starts to growl say “NO” and continue stroking them but make sure both animals stay seated.

Soon you will see the growling will stop and other antics… such as smacking with the paw or biting. Whatever you do here stay calm and consistently reinforce that your pet has to share.

Depending on how stubborn your pet is will determine how long a time your in for. Be consistent and soon they will come around.

Getting Fido or Kitty to accept and share you with another person is a little more tricky. The most important thing here is the other person in your life CANNOT PUSH THEMSELVES on your pet. That would make your pet act out worse because they would feel in some way betrayed by you and we never want to do that.

The best way I’ve found to begin including another person into you family circle is to first properly introduce them to your pet (hopefully they are an animal lover) then have them participate in pleasurable activities such as play time and walks. Take turns letting them hold the leash and interact with toys… and for God sakes DON’T FORGET THE TREATS!

Have them come over at least 2 to 3 times a week for about 2 months consistently and make the interaction as pleasurable as possible. Also try having your guest buy them a gift and have them present it to your pet in your presence with lots of affection. After all everybody loves gifts :).

If this goes well then you can try your guest spending the night make sure your pet feels included and is not kicked off the bed entirely or out the room. This way they will feel they are not being neglected. Keep in mind they still won’t be thrilled with the idea of sharing but with time they will adjust.

Everything in this scenario depends primarily on you pet owner… your reaction, persistence and consistency will determine the outcome here. You have to out will your furry family member to be successful. After awhile  they will see this new pet or person coming around isn’t a threat to their world and they will accept them on some level.

They may not be as close to them as you want but they will be able to act civil toward them… and I’m sure you can live with that :) until next time…

REMEMBER PETS RULE!

Daniele & Beijo

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“Did You Know YOUR PET Is A MIRROR Of You?…”

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Yep it’s true…. Maybe you’re not the splitting image of your pet, or even have some obvious similarities as our article pic here but I can promise you the mirror between you & your pet is present somewhere in your being. If it’s not on the outside then it’s definitely on the inside… or both.

This is the main reason they chose us or we chose them in the first place. So does this mean we all have blown up ego’s because all we want to do is duplicate ourselves? It’s quite the contrary I can assure you.

What I have observed in all my years as a Pet Behaviorist… and yes all my Beijo clients already know what I’m going to say.  Pets bring out the truth in us. They are the very mirror of our soul… it’s a very spiritual thing.

Sometimes, actually a lot of times a pet is the only being that can get through to a person ( Oh thank GOD for that). They are sometimes the only one we feel we can trust to be ourselves without judgement in this more than often cynical, critical, quick to judge world without compassion.

Those little, or big bundles of fur know exactly what to do to get into your heart. I’ll give you an example, awhile back there was a movie called “As Good As It Gets” with Jack Nicholson (it’s an awesome movie if you haven’t seen it).

Anyhow, Jack’s character was a very rude, unpleasant individual who had very serious social issues and didn’t get along with people at all. One day his gay neighbor had an accident and couldn’t care for his beloved little dog (who Jack’s character had just put down the trash chute in his apartment complex by the way)  and Jack was asked to keep the little dog until his owner got back home from the hospital.

Long story short, Jack’s character ended up becoming very attached and falling in love with the little dog. By the time the owner returned home he didn’t want to give the dog back… and not only that the dog had become attached to him too.

So what happened here? Well the little dog ended up taking on some of Jack’s habits & personality traits (mirroring him) such as not stepping on the cracks on the sidewalk when they went for walks. Well, of course this melted him down to the ground and he fell in love with the little dog knowing he wouldn’t be judged because of his issues.

This is what I mean, the dog  just accepted and loved him and that’s the gift all our pets give us is consistent unconditional love 24/7 and it’s AWESOME!

So a lot of times when I start working with clients I look to the animal to see the truth. Whatever is going on with the animal is going on somehow, somewhere with with the human. Help the human and you help the animal it’s how it works folks… TRULY IT IS.

That’s the simple version… of course it’s a little more complicated than this but you get the point. This is why when I first start working with a client I ask the question”Why did you pick this pet?” Most of the time believe it or not the owner of the pet doesn’t know.

Pets have no filters. This is what I love about them they are brutally honest. “I like you, I don’t like you, I’m hungry, I’m scared or I don’t trust you. Also pets feel and express the things we hide. For example… Are you a control freak? Well, you may portray that to the world but I bet at home your pet gets to SEE and FEEL the real you… and as a result he/she probably has anxiety issues because of this.

Another great point here to mention is sometimes people get pets with personalities they wish they had. For example Are you shy… but secretly want to be an extrovert? You might be attracted to a people person kind of pet because inside you want to be that way and you may or may not be aware of it.

It’s a very interesting concept isn’t it? Whether we are aware of it or not our pets are speaking the truth for us and isn’t it wonderful? One way or another we are communicating what we need and who we are :)

Sometimes the help you want and need comes to you covered in fur :) as I’ve said and will continue saying “Pets are the best THERAPISTS you’re ever going to get for free.”

I LOVE WHAT I DO! I feel privileged and honored every time I get the opportunity to do it. So THANK YOU to all of you! You are in my heart and GREATLY, GREATLY APPRECIATED!

REMEMBER PETS RULE!!!

Daniele & Beijo

 

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“Why Are Pets Such BED HOGS?…”

 

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Is your pet a BED HOG? Well mine is…. Take a look at the evidence in the picture above  in this month’s article.

Yep you got it that’s BEIJO on the left spokesperson and image of Beijo’s Corner himself all sprawled out for his afternoon nap on our California King size bed.

Sometimes I think he thinks he owns the joint… Actually it’s pretty ADORABLE and he definitely knows he’s loved and a pampered pet. AHHHH (sigh) can I get a high five from all the owners of spoiled pets out there?… I know I’m not alone :)

So I ask you… How common do you think this is? The answer pretty doggone common. It seems like there is some invisible rule of the universe when you find your adorable pet curled up somewhere looking extra cute you don’t move them. Even if that place is on you. I mean I’ve had people tell me stories of how their arm fell asleep from holding their pet because they didn’t want to move to interrupt the cuteness. C’mon we’ve all done it!

These little or BIG bundles of fur find a way into our hearts and melt us down to our knees with their cute snugly ways.

I have to mention that there are boundaries that should be observed here. First of all ladies (or gentlemen) you have to reserve your husband’s or wife’s place in the bed okay? Sometimes the truth of the matter is the  one last in the bed gets squeezed out. I do mean literally there isn’t any room left for them to get in and pets have to be taught to share. Setting boundaries will save you from any territorial challenges and jealousy in the future.

 

Having Beijo express his BED HOG tendencies I personally wouldn’t have it any other way. Having your heart overcome by cuteness and love is so worth it and your pets give way more than they take.

So why not wave your I belong to a spoiled pet flag? I know I’m proud to say I do.

When you see a pet sprawled out somewhere in your home it means they are completely secure in knowing they belong and that they are loved. Especially for you cat owners out there.

Did you know cats don’t expose their underbelly unless they feel completely safe? In the wild this is a very vulnerable area that could cost them their lives so it’s never exposed easily… shucks most cats won’t even let you pet or rub their tummy’s because of this (Beijo does by the way… but that took time and trust).

When your pet begins to flaunt his or her BED HOGNESS it means they know they are family. It’s a sign you’re doing the right thing folks! Animals never fake! I love this about them because they are brutally honest. If they are hungry you’ll know it. If they’re scared, or angry they’ll let you know. If they like you…. you’ll know. The same for if they don’t… you’ll know it.

If your pet is showing this type of behavior (Expressing BED HOGGING) it’s an HONOR for you it means you’re worthy of being trusted. It means they know you won’t harm them and because of this they are confident where they belong and they are not afraid to show it.

So the next time you come in a room and find your furry family member being a BED HOG… Do what the rest of us do grab a camera or take a video and share it proudly with other pet parents :) until next time…

REMEMBER PETS RULE!

Daniele & Beijo

 

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“How Can U Tell If Your PETS PAWS Are Being ROASTED?…”

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WHEW it’s HOT! Let’s see am I prepared for the sun? Yep… Slathered on plenty of sunscreen?… Check. Got my hat?…. Check. Got some water?…. Check. Okay looks like I’m ready, I’ll grab the leash and here we go!

Wait a second guys… Is your pet also prepared for the sizzling sun outside?

Most people don’t even think twice about how hot the burning concrete outside can be on your pets paws. One thing is for sure your pet probably won’t let you know they’re in discomfort or in some cases pain until later on. So how can you tell if they are? 

Well for starters all skips while walking doesn’t mean your pet is happy or excited. On a hot day this body language often indicates your pets paws are burning and they are in discomfort, but they are so excited to be with you and out that in most cases they don’t complain until it’s too late… or in some cases they never do.

I see this all too often. A pet owner is all decked out for the sun and walking happily along with their pet totally unaware of how their pet is walking. Their head held high focusing on where they are going and what they have to do, leash in hand and just walking along. 

Did you know if the concrete is too hot for you stand on it in your bare feet it’s too hot hot for your furry friends also?

The average temperature of concrete on a hot summer day is around 120 degrees or higher WOWSA OUCH! Your pets paws are very, very sensitive with multiple nerve endings in them and can be badly burned and blistered.

To avoid this from happening you PLEASE LEAVE YOUR PETS AT HOME UNTIL IT COOLS OFF! 

It you have to go outside consider purchasing some doggie boots. They come in various sizes, colors and styles and are perfect for the canine fashionista. Or for our smaller doggies and cats get a pet stroller, your furry friend might not get the exercise you’ve intended … but they can be pushed around in style while being shielded from the sun.

Last but not least purchase paw soothing ointment for your pets. I personally recommend Jo Jo”s natural peppermint paw cream. It’s 100% organic and all natural. Or you can try Only natural pets herbal ointment. Both are excellent products for burnt pawsies and can be applied to paws after too much sun.

One more thing before you leave out the door don’t forget to take a collapsable bowl for your pet to drink water from and plenty of aqua. Pets need to hydrate extra often on hot days.

BEIJO PET TIP… Make doggie & Kitty popsicles for the summer :) Take unsalted chicken broth (or your pets favorite broth… just make sure it’s sodium free) and dilute with filtered water and freeze into ice cubes. Get a special treat dish and serve! Soon your pet will look forward to it when you go to the freezer… just like Beijo does.

Enjoy the sun everybody be safe and take care of each other… REMEMBER PETS RULE!

Daniele & Beijo 

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“How To Successfully COMMUNICATE A Timeout To Your Pet”

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Yes I know we all love our fur babies, those adorable moments and funny antics that bring us so much joy… but what do you do when one of those naughty moments occur and it isn’t so funny anymore?

Well, first of all I would STRONGLY RECOMMEND take a moment and BREATHE & CALM DOWN PLEASE! There is no need to yell and flip out or worse hit your pet… IT IS NOT NECESSARY and it makes everything worse because now you have diminished the trust they have in you and you have created fear…. FEAR OF YOU and we don’t want that EVER!

So it depends on what kind of moment we’re talking about here. Was it destructive? Like one of your valuables got chewed up or destroyed? Or maybe your pet left a deposit for you somewhere other than the litter box or outside. Or worse… you got scratched or bitten.

All of these behaviors indicate your pet is trying to communicate with you and they have decided this is the best way to get your attention. Since pets can’t communicate verbally with us they use behaviors to talk to you. The key here is to understand what they are saying and then successfully communicate back.

If you learn how to communicate with your pet most of these challenges will stop. Let’s take the example of our 2 pets featured in this month’s article.

The kitty obviously has an attitude with her owner about something. I bet her owner doesn’t clean her litter box enough on a regular basis. Believe it or not cats like their litter box kept clean.

Yeah I know the pet store told you that you only have to clean it every other day or 2 but think about this if your cat was wild and outside I promise you they wouldn’t go to the same enclosed area time after time to use the bathroom. Sometimes they don’t even go to the same location. Cats basically like things to be clean, including themselves this is one of the reasons why they’re always grooming.

One of the ways to fix this challenge is to DUH clean the litter box everyday, but don’t just clean it engage in conversation with your pet while cleaning it (using an affectionate tone of voice) and let them see how much you love them and how you’re doing this to please them.

They will understand. Just to prove what I’m saying to you if you start doing this with your cat. Right after you finish cleaning the litter box they will go in to use it. This is a sign of your pet communicating to you their appreciation I PROMISE :)

Our other pic is a doggie who is less than pleased with his owner for leaving him alone so he acted out. This is a case of separation anxiety and the dog is communicating by going to the bathroom on your most prized possessions… your bed and computer.

In his mind these are objects of great importance to you because you pay a lot of attention to them, so what better way to get attention from you then to leave something so individual as his urine.

So what do you do? Well let me say this your pet already knows he’s in trouble when you get home especially when you’ve found what he’s left for you. Pets are highly intelligent and sensitive to us. They know when you’re angry, sad, anxious and afraid. First call your pet over and tell them you are not happy with this behavior and it is unacceptable (in a low serious voice).

Then I would suggest having a timeout space prepared for such moments. This place should consistently be used only for time outs and should be pretty bare. No toys or food or any pleasure of any kind. An ideal place could be a gated off area enclosure or a separate room away from you. When you find the mess don’t say BAD BOY OR GIRL in some pets this just makes the issue worse.

Escort your pet WITHOUT SPEAKING to his timeout spot and leave him without saying a word. Keep your pet there for no more than 10 minutes. This will give you time to calm down and clean up the mess.

When you let your pet out be calm and use a calm voice so they understand you are no longer upset with them. Tell them they don’t have to act out that their home is safe and you love them (sound crazy? well it’s not! Your pet will feel what you are saying). Be affectionate with your pet and make a plan how to leave them next time.

Such as if you know you’re pet is having anxiety before you leave reassure your pet all is well and use some calming drops,  put on some LOW soft Jazz on in the home as background noise and leave your pet in a crate or in a designated room with dim lighting to relax. As soon as you return let them out and reassure them all is well. 

Usually this will work and after awhile after your pet has relaxed and gotten use to this routine eventually they can be trusted to be left to roam free in the home. Of course each pet is an individual and if you have a pet with severe anxiety issues please contact us so we can give you the help and assistance you need.

Beijo’s Corner specializes in all of your pet challenges with 1 on 1 attention that you and your pet want, need and deserve. We truly believe there is no bad pet just a misunderstood one and we are here to bridge the communication gap so you can have the pet of your dreams!

REMEMBER PETS RULE!

Daniele & Beijo

 

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“Why Letting PETS In The Bed BENEFITS YOU & THEM :)”

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Is this a familiar scene at your house? Well it is at mine :) YES Beijo is in the bed with me and my husband… it would feel foreign to me if he wasn’t. Before some of you get all worked up let me say sleeping with your pets IS NOT for everyone, but…. if you have a pet that’s well groomed (clean) absent of parasites and a compatible personality to you it’s well worth the try.

There are a couple of rules to go by before you do this. First as I mentioned you should start with your pet being clean and groomed (a good wipe down if they have been outside will usually do the trick). You don’t want anything drug inside from outdoors (this is where having an indoor pet like Beijo is an advantage I know where he’s been. Plus I’ve trained him to sleep all night… YES cats can be trained to sleep all night :).

Second make sure your pet is healthy with no worms or parasites that can be transferred to you and your family. Then third make sure you like to share. Pets although for the most part are average to small in size are BED HOGS! I know Beijo starts off sleeping vertically next to me then tries to switch horizontally… no biggie I just turn him around.

Fourthly I always train my animals to sleep through the night. One of the main gripes with pet owners is that when they sleep with their pets they wake them up being obnoxious etc.

To avoid this make sure everybody has gone to the bathroom so all bladders are empty before going into bed and also I give Beijo a little food before bedtime. Just enough to cause the blood to go to his tummy so he’s drowsy and in the mood to sleep.

The benefits of your pet or pets sleeping with you far out weigh the minuses of why they shouldn’t. For starters nothing bonds beings closer than sleeping together. Picture it you’re all snuggled in your positions next to each other in total comfort. You feel loved, safe and secure it’s a way better sleeping aid than any pill any day.

Plus it has been proven scientifically to lower your blood pressure and even out your heartbeat similar to relaxation therapy, so it’s a GREAT STRESS RELIEVER and everybody could use that.

I love when Beijo begins to purr the noise vibrates right through to my heart and I immediately begin to relax and breathe deeply. His long body and soft fur are spooned into me and before I know it I’ve sunken down to a very, very restful sleep. Occasionally he will snore but I find it adorable. Little coos and whistles make me smile… it’s home.

On the pets side of this usually they are spoiled rotten after you do this so caution don’t start it if you’re not going to continue doing it. Once a pet feels the comfort of the bed and sleeping with you there’s no going back…. really can you blame them?

If you cannot wrap your head around this idea of pets being in the bed it’s okay no judgement here :) maybe try a soft pliable pet bed on top of the bed. For a lot of pets this is just as good and pets feel included in all the snuggle therapy just as well.

Or if you just can’t put them in the bed try to at least have their bed in the bedroom. A great trick here is to come down to their level and snuggle on their bed with them. They’ll love it and bond closely with you because you’ve created a snuggle party on their bed.

In the end what pets want is to bond closely with you and nothing does that better than sharing. Whether that be food, time, affection, beds etc. But I must be honest here nothing bonds as quickly as sharing your bed and sleeping together :)

Daniele & Beijo

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“Do Pets Actually Help You LIVE LONGER?…”

 

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The answer is YES, YES, YES! Pets… just what the doctor ordered! It has been scientifically proven that having a pet helps to lower blood pressure, improve your mood and definitely make you smile more often which makes you a happier, healthier individual all around.

Anyone that has ever bonded with an animal knows this already, but for those of you who don’t… check it out! As I always say Pets are the BEST THERAPISTS you’re ever gonna get for FREE! They’ll listen until you get it all out. You can cry on them until their fur is wet and some have even been known to comfort you by licking your tears away.

Those little bundles of love with fur can always get into your heart like no human can. They are the perfect cure for loneliness. Who is it that can understand you without speaking a word and love you unconditionally and accept you no matter what you look like, smell like or what mood your in? Your pet that’s who!

Pets totally get us, accept us for who we are… no judgement comes from them EVER. They put up with our music, weird smells, unusual living arrangements and not to mention people. They never get asked their opinion about a matter or situation (except for Beijo I talk to him about EVERYTHING! ) but are always up for anything just as long as they can be included and  loved.

You couldn’t ask for a more loyal friend or family member for that matter. They are always glad to see you when you get home (no matter how long they have been waiting) and what a welcomed sight they are after a long hard day… a sight for sore eyes for sure.

I know personally speaking I couldn’t picture my life without Beijo. I look forward to our special times like watching my favorite movie snuggled up together, or sharing my favorite yogurt, playing hide and seek, spooning while I sleep and just having the luxury to have him around when I’m working.

My wish is for everyone to experience the unconditional love of a pet of their own and it is my mission in life to bring this to fruition. This is why it is especially harsh and cruel to just discard a pet so easily from their home because of misunderstood behavior or old age. They are jewels that should be cherished and appreciated.

Having a pet is great! For a lot of people they help get them out and walking, playing, talking and care taking for more than themselves. Pets in my opinion make a household complete… they make it a home. Nobody has ever died of loneliness having a pet around, they keep the joint jumping :).

Pets are a great companion for children (just remember to watch them carefully and teach them to respect their animal as part of the family… no abuse here please).

Or what about your elderly family member? what a great friend a pet could be for them. A lot of our elders need companionship to fill their days with joy and usefulness pets fill that space wonderfully. Not to mention they will get them to stay active.

I could go on and on how pets are beneficial to our health, emotionally as well as physically but I think you get the idea :) Pets are so much more than cute fluffy things to dress up (all though that’s perfectly fine if they’re into it ). They are living beings worthy of respect and love… until next time give your fur babies a smooch & hug from me!

REMEMBER PETS RULE!

Daniele & Beijo

 

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“GOT SPRING FEVER?…”

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Honestly… When’s the last time you felt like this? Aren’t pets great? Such little things get them excited and full of life. We should learn how to be more like them. I know, I know you’re probably thinking they don’t have to go to work, pay bills, deal with kids and spouses and on and on.

Of course you’re correct, but think about this for a second… Do they know something we don”t?

When was the last time you felt light and excited about something simple? Or just the sight of your family or spouse got you excited? Have we allowed the stress of everyday life to take the joy of life out of us?… Food for thought.

In this article I propose a challenge. Let’s all get our SPRING BACK! What a perfect time to do it! Plants & flowers are budding all around us, everything is blossoming and new and I think we (the humans) need to be refreshed also.

Not to be all preachy here but BALANCE is the key. We all know this right? But how with such busy schedules and exhausting days do you keep your ZING from fading away? Well I’ve been doing something lately that I want to share.

I have a career that I love but is draining sometimes because I give out sooo much mental, physical and heart energy doing it. At the end of the day when I come home to my own pet Beijo there have been times when I’m so exhausted I just want to eat something and crash. But there he is all happy to see me and wanting attention and loving… I can’t ignore my baby.

So what to do I thought? Well this is what I came up with… I take Happy Breaks! What’s a Happy Break you might ask? It something purely just for me and can be anything actually. I try to do this throughout the day but usually get in about 3 a day and they are about 3 to 5 minutes in length.

I’m generally a very peaceful, happy person by nature but even as energetic as I am I get worn out some times and these Happy Breaks really, really work. Most of the time I plan my Happy Breaks. When I’m driving in the car, or parked about to go in and see a client, or before lunch. If I can’t do that I definitely do it before I walk in the door of my home.

You know what since I’ve been purposefully taking Happy Breaks I’m less exhausted and cranky when I get home. Of course you can borrow mine, but you’ll probably want to make up your own.

How I start is taking 3 slow deep breaths in through my nose and exhale out of my mouth. The key here is to make each breath slower than the last. 

By the 3rd one I can feel my body relax and then I turn on some of my favorite music and sing along (I love to sing). Or sometimes before or after my appointments I park the car in a scenic area and walk it really puts my head in a different space. Or sometimes after my deep breaths I will just close my eyes for awhile (that one can be tricky because you have to make sure your mind doesn’t wander).

Anyhow you get the idea. No it’s not brain surgery but it does work and being consistent with it everyday gets results for you and everyone around you. It actually gives you energy… and who couldn’t use a little more of that these days?

So take a cue from your pets, kitty and fido are really on to something here. The science of Happy really comes from celebrating simple things. Taking a minute to look up from your busy daily life and enjoy it. I’d love to hear what your Happy Break is… and if you weren’t doing before by all means START!

Remember Pets Rule!

Daniele & Beijo

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“BE MY VALENTINE :) !”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know pets celebrate LOVE all the time? So why not include them on Valentines Day. Love is Definitely in the air as far as they are concerned, it’s part of a pets unconditional love biological makeup. So what are you and your pets doing for Valentine’s day? What! You haven’t made any plans? Well maybe we can help.

First let me say we know you guys very well!… Our Beijo’s Corner Community are some of the most awesome animal lovers on the planet. So to say your pets are being loved, pampered and spoiled beyond words is an understatement for most of you. Our peeps are not the folks that say it’s just a dog or cat (and that’s the way it should be).

Pets have feelings and emotions just like the rest of us, they are living beings worthy of love, respect & understanding. Yeah we know Valentine’s Day is just a symbol, it’s a reminder to love on purpose for those who matter most to you.

I know so many people who haven’t found their soulmate, and aren’t especially close to their families… or don’t have any family at all for that matter, or any close friends. Please don’t despair a wonderful pet is waiting and wanting to be loved just by you.

One of our motto’s at Beijo’s Corner is “If you haven’t found the love of your life adopt a pet.” You’d be surprised how a furry family member can fill up your heart and cure loneliness like no human can.

I’ve had the ultimate pleasure of placing perfect matches of pets with their forever families for years (I’m available to help you if you’re interested in adopting check out beijoscorner.com under Beijo’s Adoptables and give me a call there’s someone very special waiting for you :).

For the rest of us who already have the furry loves of our lives why not participate with your pet this Valentine’s Day! Trust me they’ll love it! (SHHH! Can you keep a secret?… Beijo is getting a new kitty condo for a present).

Maybe for your pet you could  cook a special meal instead of the usual dry or canned food (check out some of Beijo’s recipes just email me and I’ll share some with you) or a new toy with a red ribbon of course, and check it out! There are some dog facilities celebrating the day (check your local calendar section under pets & activities).

What ever you do know that pets love to be included. Where do you think they got the term PARTY ANIMAL?

Know that we’re here for you guys… and that you are truly loved and appreciated, none of you are just clients to us you’re FAMILY.

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Remember Pets Rule!

Daniele & Beijo

 

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