Pets Are People Too

It’s Holiday Season.

Somehow, you wind up in the pet store. The kids are with you.

Little Bobby wants that puppy for Christmas, and you really want him to have it. But you know he’s not old enough to give the animal the care it would need, and you wouldn’t have the time. We have a problem.
So ask yourself this: Would you adopt a child on impulse?  Well, certainly not.
More likely you’d go home and discuss the matter with the rest of your family, first. You’d look at your lifestyle, your finances, your living arrangements, and other family commitments, then make a decision.

It’s important to consider these same issues when adopting a pet.

Too many of us act impulsively when it comes to adding a pet to the family, forgetting, perhaps even momentarily, that that adorable puppy or that lovable kitten will need house training, grooming, veterinary care, food and water each and every day, and lots of attention.
Your attention.

Now don’t misunderstand. Pets are good for people. Studies have shown that pets can help lower blood pressure and diminish depression, and oh the companionship. But if you adopt a pet you aren’t prepared to care for, or one that doesn’t suit your lifestyle, you may end up with more stress than you bargained for, and your pet becomes just another animal facing adoption. Or worse.
Animal shelters across the country are full of these stories and their unhappy endings.

So here are 6 things you should consider, and consider carefully, before bringing in a new pet:

  • Financial commitment
  • Time commitment
  • The family’s health
  • Where you live
  • Ages of children
  • Local pet laws

Choosing your new pet wisely is an important first step in making it a part of your family.
And having Little Bobby join in the discussions will surely do no harm.

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Holiday Shopping Wisecracks

Times are tight, the holidays are coming, and you’re tired of the budget. Boo hoo.
Seems you haven’t quite figured out that the best money-saving strategies are, more often than not, the simplest ones.
If you don’t need it, don’t buy it. Sage advice in these uncertain times.

Here are some more DO’s and Don’ts on Budget Basics:

  • DO recognize your bad spending habits. Your neighbors are never as impressed as they appear to be.
  • DON’T kid yourself. If you don’t have the money for a purchase when you hand over your credit card, chances are good you won’t have it when the bill arrives.
  • DO yourself a favor. Set goals for major purchases, and look for ways to reduce unnecessary spending while setting priorities.
  • DON’T blame anyone but yourself for financial chaos. Those designer shoes didn’t follow you out of the store on their own.

Budgeting and saving is hard work, and don’t let anyone tell you it isn’t, but with a little self-determination (no, make that a lot of self-determination) and planning,  you’ll sail through, especially when times are tight.

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Linens ‘n Things Folds

Linens ‘n Things

, another corporate victim of a widespread credit crunch, will begin liquidating its remaining stores as early as this week after the bankrupt home goods retailer failed to find a buyer that will operate the company as a going concern.

The retailer, which initially struggled amid a housing slowdown and a decline in consumer discretionary spending, was finally taken down by a credit crisis that prevented possible buyers from getting the credit to fund a purchase.

As of December 31

, 2007 the company was one of the largest purchasers of home furnishings in the United States, employed some 17,500 people and had a vendor base of about 1,000 suppliers, according to court documents.

At that time, the company was operating 589 stores in 47 states and seven Canadian provinces. But the sharp decline in the housing market and a slump in consumer discretionary spending undermined the company’s ability to pay its suppliers.

The national home store retailer Linen-N-Things has announced on its website that their doors will close, with a 30% off-everything-must-go parting gift to shoppers.  There are ten locations here in Colorado.

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Shopping Pink

Only a few hours left in October, but you still have time  to  “shop pink” , knowing that the proceeds will help benefit breast cancer awareness and research.

Locally-based contemporary fine jeweler John Atencio has styled his most recent work in pink a stunning Inspiration Pendant, and 25 percent of the sale of each piece will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink Program. The Passionately Pink Program is an awareness and fund-raising campaign where registrants choose to wear pink and make donations to the Komen Foundation.

The Inspiration pendant is designed by and is exclusive to John Atencio. The sterling silver pendant has the authentic JA stamp and includes a pink cord. Available for $100 – that translates to $25 for the fight against breast cancer. Well worth it.

John Atencio
Cherry Creek North
140 Clayton Lane
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 377-2007

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