Blizzard Tips To Keep Your Pets Safe and Warm During the Storm

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Canines need to be kept indoors during severe winter storms, such as blizzards, no matter how thick their fur coat appears or what their breed. They may want to romp through the snow drifts, but safety should always come first.The looming blizzard is expected to bring heavy snow, strong winds and sub-zero temperatures, and while all of these extreme weather conditions are extremely hazardous to us humans, they are equally devastating to our loveable feathered and furry friends, our pets.Whether your ‘lil ‘uns be four-pawed, winged, scaly and slithery or soft and cuddly (like our ‘lil snow bears Mr. Woolly, Snuffleupagus, Chewbacca, Whitley Whitemore and Mrs. Wooster), you’re going to want to keep them safe, dry and warm, just like you would any other member of your family.To help, we thought we’d pass along a few of these pets blizzard tips so your baby woolly bears are kept just as safe and warm and comfortable as our brood (those are just some of our ‘lil ones!).1. Bring those pets inside!We don’t care how thick your husky’s fur is or how much of a survivor you believe your felines—a blizzard is a blizzard and is no place for any animal! That snow can become thick and heavy and weigh down your pet. Those winds can thrash snow drifts and cover those mammals in ice! Those freezing temperatures can inundate those critters and paralyze them! It’s a no-brainer. You wouldn’t want to be out there in such madness and neither do your pets. So bring them inside! Then give them a hug! As the Nassau SPCA warns: “A snow storm is no place for a pet.”2. Canine owners: Do not let your dogs off the leash!You many believe your dog to possess the best nose in the world. You may feel that, “Well, since Gizmo’s ancestors were sled dogs, he and Spike can go romp around in the snow drifts.” No no no no no! If you let your dogs off their leashes during heavy snowfall, they can lose their scent and easily become lost, which brings us to another important snowstorm-blizzard preparation: Make sure all your pets—dogs, cats, seals, marmosets, hedgehogs, etc.—make sure they all are wearing their collars and tags, complete with up-to-date contact information. The deeper the snow, the more your loved ones can become confused and disoriented, that thick white snow blanket covering familiar scents and landmarks. This entry is apparently multi-tiered. Please, for all of us fellow animal lovers, please keep an eye on your furry friends if for some reason you did not listen to this advice and you forgo their safety and take them outside. They can easily become lost and snowbound, confused and scared. And it will be very, very cold!Stock up on all your pets’ food and medicines far ahead of the storm.3. Stock up ahead of time on all the special food and medicine your critters may need!If you are reading this post today then you still have a short window of time left to make this tip a reality, but not much! People have been ransacking the supermarkets since rumors of this looming storm first began circulating several days ago. Much of the milk, bread and eggs at local markets have already been hit extremely hard. Yet luckily, there is surely still many bags of dog and cat, bird and turtle, parakeet and gerbil, rabbit and hamster food left! Please, stocking up on these goodies (and perhaps a few extra treats, such as pig-ears for the big ‘uns!), is a good idea, not just during these severe weather events, but all year round. Why not have an emergency supply ready at all times!? Why not be prepared and ready, for whenever a storm such as this rears its ugly head!? It is always very important to remember: During a blizzard travel may be impossible! So stock up!4. Prepare for a power outage!Special pets have special needs and animals such as reptiles, fish and pocket pets (such as those cute gnawing sugar-gliders, for example), need filters and stones and heat lamps and possibly huts and igloos to not only stay warm, but to stay alive! If you haven’t done so for all the ‘lil ones in you family already, you might want to invest in a portable electrical generator to ensure that all your loved ones are guaranteed the environment they so need in order to thrive!5. Keep a Pet Emergency Kit and supplies handy!These crucial kits will include much-needed storm supplies and items, including your animals’ medical records, pet food, water, medications and pet First-Aid supplies. Again, it is best to create these packages far in advance of these situations, but it is never too late to start, so get a hoppin’. We have individualized care kits for all of our animals, and also a few large universal kits that can apply to any—those come in very handy, especially when dealing with those chaotic times when one critter may mistake these kits for lunch, such as Mister Wooly did last year with the anoles’ First-Aid kits!Clean off your dogs’ paws when they come back inside. Snow-melting salts can be very painful to these furry critters.6. Clean off your canine’s paws!If you refused to follow tip number one and disregarded the safety of your pets to test them in the blustery blizzard winds, then the least you can do is clean off their paws with a moist washcloth when they come back inside. The snow- and ice-melting rock salts you and the town toss all over the sidewalks and streets can be extremely painful to dogs’ feet and can make them very ill if they were to lick some up and ingest it. Please, wipe them clean and save your pet from this unneeded pain and suffering!7. Have those dogs’ coats and booties ready!You never know when you’re going to want or need to wrap your critters up snugly to keep them warm and dry or just to make them feel safer during the storm. We make a game out of dressing them up in their doggie coats and booties, telling them that they are magic coats that will protect them from the storm. Sometimes, we dress them in reindeer antlers. Sometimes, we dress them in their Halloween costumes. Sometimes, we dress the dogs up in the cats’ coats and booties and wrap the dogs up in the cats’! Misses Wooster doesn’t necessarily enjoy that, but it sure keeps her warm and safe!8. Develop an emergency plan!Prepare, prepare, prepare. As I often would tell Big Johnny, there can never be enough preparation, especially for such things as severe winter weather! Strategize where your loved ones will seek refuge should your home lose power or you need to evacuate. Please, stay up to date on the storm warnings in your area. Also, very important: Arrange a safe haven for your pets in these cases. As the Nassau SPCA advises: “Do not leave your pets behind.”We wish you safety and luck during this severe storm. For more information about how you and your pets can better prepare and survive such weather events, check out the Suffolk SPCA and Nassau SPCA (who helped provide many of these important tips!).last_img read more

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Advocacy starts at the personal level

first_imgFor many years I’ve been an ardent advocate for spelling out the credit union difference—contrasting the cooperative approach to mortgage lending and other financial services from the for-profit sector. I still am.I also believe in the importance of advocacy at the national level. But from a broader perspective, I like to point to advocacy on a more foundational level.What I mean is, we put a lot of energy into telling lawmakers and regulators how things should be, but we don’t put that same energy into advocating the credit union difference to our members—both current and prospective—and our employees.I believe advocacy should start with each of us as personal ambassadors for credit unions—to explain to others how we are different: we are member-owned as cooperatives; we believe in being part of this movement, that it’s a shared experience; and that we re-invest in our operations and our people—not handing over profits to stockholders.This is a powerful message, and as we look for new members to join the movement—a given if we are to become stronger—we need to make a commitment to sharing our vision and “spreading the word” to others.Practically, there are many ways to do this:Tailor services to your membership that highlight the credit union difference, including creating niche products to help deserving members into car loans and finding ways to put more members into homes of their own—to help them build good credit and financial independence. Incorporate a lesson about the credit union difference for new employees. Make it part of their interaction with members. Teach them and they will teach others. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bob Dorsa Bob Dorsa is the President of the ACUMA (American Credit Union Mortgage Association) a professional trade association (co-founded by Dorsa in 1996). ACUMA is one of the most unique niche … Web: www.acuma.org Details Hold listening sessions (for members, but also employees) and work in the message at an appropriate time. Make it part of your marketing and promotion concepts. Include it in newsletters for members and devote a page on your website. Enlist the help of like-minded folks. Consider other cooperatives in your community and develop relationships with Realtors, who also want to put people into homes.To borrow a phrase, advocacy begins with you. Every time you share the message about the credit union difference, you have an opportunity to make a connection. The more connections, the stronger the bond.We believe in the credit union difference. Let’s make sure others know how we feel about it, every single day. Reach out to the community. Include mention in any public appearances and talks.last_img read more

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Scouting Louisville and its high-powered offense with Syracuse cornerback Keon Lyn

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ For the past two games, Syracuse defenders have watched opposing teams run the ball down their throats without reprieve. First it was South Florida, with mobile quarterback B.J. Daniels running the zone option to perfection. Next came Munchie Legaux and Jordan Luallen, tormenting the SU defense once again en route to a 35-24 win.This week Syracuse takes on Louisville, a team ranked No. 11 in the country and in the Top 10 in the Bowl Championship Series standings. The Cardinals’ quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, is arguably the best player in the Big East as just a sophomore. He is mobile, but has emerged as more of a pocket passer in 2012.The media caught up with Syracuse cornerback Keon Lyn, a native of South Florida where Bridgewater went to high school, to talk about defending the league’s top player during this week’s interview session.Q: Talk about what you’ve seen from Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on film and what it is that makes him so successful. What do you have to do as a defense to combat that?Lyn: That offense, they do a lot of shifts and adjustments, and get our eyes bad and get us lined up wrong. But we’ve just got to come prepared and be sound. You’ve got to communicate out there as a defense. It’s a great team, they’re undefeated and their quarterback is playing great. You’ve just got to be sound. You can’t make no mistakes against teams like these.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textQ: They have some good skill players and wide receivers that are tall and fast. What do you have to do to nullify their advantage there?KL: Just don’t overthink it, because we’ve seen great receivers all year. Just go out there and play your game. Be patient and win at the line of scrimmage. Just win before the snap. Know your assignment and just take one play at a time and you should be fine out there.Q: Louisville runs a little bit of the zone read but not as much as your previous two opponents, who both ran for over 200 yards. Are you guys glad to see that go away a little bit, or would you like another crack at it?KL: You’re kind of glad that they don’t do it that much. Two weeks straight we’ve struggled with it, so I wouldn’t just throw it out at the easy for Louisville. They might come out and try to run a zone read and see what they can do with it at first before they go back to their regular things. You just have to be prepared for anything. They’ve got a great quarterback, great receivers, great running back. They play sound football.Q: When you were playing high school football at Miramar High School in South Florida, did you play against Teddy Bridgewater?KL: Teddy is from around the same area, and I knew Teddy. But we didn’t play against each other. I didn’t play my 11th-grade year, and we played (his school) Miami Northwestern. But I didn’t play football that year. … I know Teddy very well. We’re close off the field and on the field.Q: Is there anything from what you knew about Bridgewater back then that you can tell some of the other guys in the SU secondary, or is he totally different now under Louisville head coach Charlie Strong?KL: He don’t make the same mistake twice. He’s a great player. He can create plays with his feet, too, and in the pocket. He’s becoming a great player, and he knows the game inside and out having a year under his belt with his offense. He’s probably going to be one of the best players — even though he is now, he’s one of the best players now — he’s probably going to be the best player in the Big East next year. Comments Published on November 9, 2012 at 12:13 am Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more

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All Set for PwC Chess4Change Grand Slam

first_imgAside from determining the top chess prodigies in secondary schools in Lagos State; the Grand Slam is also an avenue to expose the students to competitive chess competitions from an early age while also boosting the popularity of chess at the grassroots level.Dignitaries from the sponsors – PwC, as well as from the Lagos State Ministry of Education, Lagos State Sports Commission and Lagos State Chess Association are expected to attend the 3-day event. The Chess4Change programme which commenced in 2014 started with six schools and has increased to 13 schools across the educational districts in Lagos State.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Second Edition of the PwC Chess4Change Grand Slam Tournament will hold from Tuesday, April 19th to Thursday, April 21st at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere. Lagos.The Grand Slam Tournament, which is the climax of the PwC Chess4Change programme, will bring together chess prodigies in Public Secondary Schools across Lagos State over the course of three days to determine the champion.The tournament is an integral part of the PwC Chess4Change programme – an initiative aimed at improving critical thinking among youths through the game of Chess.last_img read more

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US Open 2019: Serena will recover from Wimbledon loss to be in the mix, says Tim Henman

first_img“She’s been in three slam finals in the last year, so she’s still playing at a very high level,” Henman told Omnisport. “It’s just a question mark of whether she can equal it and overtake Margaret Court. [The] US Open is not far away, and I’m sure she’ll be in the mix in New York.Henman acknowledged he was surprised by Halep’s dominant display against Williams on Centre Court.”I think when you look at their head-to-head, they played 10 times and it was 9-1 for Serena coming into that match. (Halep) was a huge underdog, but the reality of chasing Margaret Court has affected Serena. She didn’t play her best tennis, and Halep played amazingly well to dominate and win 6-2, 6-2.” U.S. Open wants 15-year-old Coco Gauff in main draw despite age restrictions, report says Williams, ranked ninth in the world, also lost in the final at Wimbledon in 2018 before going on to finish as runner-up in last year’s US Open.Henman has no doubt Williams will recover from her defeat to Halep and make it to the latter stages in New York this time around, as Williams aims to equal Margaret Court’s record haul of 24. Related News Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams says she was a ‘deer in the headlights’ in loss to Halep Wimbledon 2019: Simona Halep calls victory over Serena Williams her best match Today I dared to dream… and my dream came true!It was the greatest match of my life #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/kJL4Soi4E6— Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) July 13, 2019Halep’s win represented her second grand slam triumph, after the 2018 French Open, and Henman has backed the former world No. 1 to step up her level once more now that she has another major title to her name.”She won a slam, she won the French Open before, been No. 1 in the world, she’s a great player,” Henman said. “To get that second slam under her belt, I think there’s a possibility she could kick on from that.”– Tim Henman was talking on behalf of British Open patron HSBC. HSBC is once again offering free golf to children and their friends via the HSBC Hour, which is taking place at more than 500 clubs in the U.K. and Ireland. For more information, please visit: https://www.theopen.com/patrons/hsbc. Former British No. 1 Tim Henman believes Serena Williams will bounce back from her Wimbledon final defeat to Simona Halep and be in the running for a 24th grand slam title at the US Open, which begins next month.Williams could offer little resistance to an inspired Halep in the Wimbledon showdown, succumbing to a 6-2, 6-2.last_img read more

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