Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Building Your Kennel's Online Presence

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Hey Neighbors!

When it comes to owning a business there are many hats that owners wear. You are the person in charge of budgeting, hiring and firing of employees, ensuring that your business runs smoothly and marketing. While it may be a challenge, it’s also extremely rewarding to be your own boss too. 


As a dog lover, building your kennel’s online presence is critical to keeping it in business. Dog breeders want to know about upcoming litters that might be available as well as share various certificates or awards they’ve received for showing dogs in past dog shows. How does someone go about sharing their business? I have a few steps that will help if you are thinking about starting your own.


  1. Share With Friends And Family - Word of mouth is huge when it comes to promoting your business. Before the internet, many small business owner’s would use ads in the newspaper to share about their business or talk about it with their friends and family members. Once potential clients start to come in and see what a great establishment it is, they’ll be excited to share their experience with other people. This in turn helps your business grow and because friends and family can trust you, this is also key in having customers come back month after month. 
  2. Think of A Creative Name - There are several breeding and animal websites available so you want to make sure that yours stands out above the rest. You could make it unique to your town, your last name or something catchy with a specific type of breed including “Pleastown’s Teacup Puppies”. Once you have a name that you think is a good fit, you’re all set to share it!


  3. Create A Website - It’s one thing to share a few things on your social media platforms but have a website to create a central landing place for any questions, concerns and information a potential buyer is coming to do. Set up several pages that include this type of information for easy access. Don’t forget to add pictures that say “coming soon” or “reserve now” to let your customers know about litters. 
  4. Use Social Media Effectively - This is a huge way to keep an online presence with future and existing customers. Linking these social media platforms on your website is also important. Set up a Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest account. People will see this information pop up throughout the day, week or month depending on how often you update your page which will keep them engaged and in the know of what's to come. This is also an easy way for them to share your page with others, thus making it easy for you to market your business because they are doing it for you! 
Image: RoboWorx


  1. Hire A Robot For Easy Work- Before you think I’m making this up, it’s true! RoboWorx Inc is a software company that created a system for you to pass on your simple tasks to the robots. These include things such as scheduling posts, termination letters, hiring letters and more! The company offers three different systems. The Studio system is a recodered that watches your tasks and mimics them to perform them automatically. The Orchestrators is a central location where the robots are deployed. They are able to report, audit, log you in and out of microsoft word programs and schedule items. The last is a Robot system where they take over and execute all of your tasks with perfect accuracy. How is this possible? By using their RPA or Robotic Process Information, the system is able to manipulate these applications just as we humans do. Basically they never sleep, make zero mistakes and can actually save you money because you don’t need to hire an employee to do these tasks. It also can help you with tasks that you might otherwise not want to do including HR Automation items such as attendance, scheduling, employee data management and more. Let the bots do the work for you so you can focus on more important things! 
  2. Set Goals - Once your company begins to pick up, set goals for your business. They can be simple goals such as ‘creating awareness of my business’ or ‘find leads for xys’. You can also research perhaps what other goals similar companies are doing like yours too to get an idea. Having goals keeps you accountable and knowing what you still need to work on each week, month or year. 
Now that you have some idea on how to keep your kennel afloat, what items are you going to start with first? Do you need to create or update an existing website? Do you need to edit your contact page? What about making sure that you're scheduling upcoming posts or relevant articles to your social media platforms? Whatever it is, I hope these tips help encourage, keep you motivated and on track to build your business to the best it can be.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Book Review -Nanny Witness by Hope White



Hey neighbors!!

It has been awhile since I have written a Christian Fiction, book review.  I had the opportunity to read and review Nanny Witness by Hope White.  Before I start though, let me tell you I am pretty picky about my Christian Fiction reading.  Not that I don't read a lot of books, at least I start them, but many I only make it a chapter or two and then quit.  My family can tell I have a good one when I actually carry it around and take it with me so I can finish reading it.  This is what happened with Nanny Witness.

Nanny Witness is considered a suspense, and truly held my attention.  I like suspense and I like them to include a little romance, but many go way over on the romance, not so with this book.  Hope White walks an excellent line in this book in that there is plenty of suspense and action with some romance thrown in.

The book is apparently part of a series -The Baby Protectors.  Carly Winslow is a nanny who while putting the child in her care down for a nap hears gunshots and voices over the baby monitor from downstairs. This launches her and the baby she is caring for on a run for their lives.  She runs into the baby's uncle while fleeing the home.  Brody "Whit" Whitaker is Mia's uncle and also an officer on leave.  Unsure whether either one can trust the other, they agree to work together to keep baby Mia safe.  I am sure you will enjoy reading about the struggles they have to endure while trying to protect Mia.  No spoilers here, just a recommendation that you read this book. My 18 year old daughter read this too and was impressed.

You can purchase Nanny Witness on Amazon in paperback, Kindle or mass market.  Check out Hope White's website and social media for more information on her and the other books she has written.
Website - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE

Thank you Hope White for a story that holds the attention until the very end.  Neighbors, thanks for stopping by, where neighbors share!  See you soon!

Monday, July 15, 2019

Tips for Creating a Pet-friendly Home

Hey Neighbors!!

If you have a pet, and the majority of American households have at least one according to a recent National Pet Owners Survey, you know that they can get into just as much trouble as a child. Not only can they make a mess or even do damage to your home, they can harm themselves with their natural curiosity and desire to eat just about anything they find. Here's how you can create a more pet-friendly home to keep both your four-legged friends and your house safe.

Buy Furniture with Stain-Resistant Materials

The last thing you want to do after purchasing that beautiful new home among the San Antonio houses for sale, or anywhere else, is to buy pricey furnishings with delicate fabrics that won't hold up to damage your pet can do. That velvet couch, for example, may be gorgeous, but it's also going to attract hair like a magnet, and if Fido or Fluffy has an accident, you're going to have to get it dry cleaned. Corduroy, tweed and anything that has an open weave can easily snag on claws and end up unraveling. Open weave fabrics also tend to trap hair and dust that's nearly impossible to clean unless you can remove the cushions - plus, when all the debris gets embedded in the fibers, that furniture is going to stink.


When investing in furniture, look for stain-resistant materials such as coated cotton, treated leather and micro-fiber - Ultrasuede is a great machine-washable microfiber that feels just like real suede. Look for rugs that can be spotted-cleaned, such as the type made from treated wool.

Skip the Delicate Bedding

If your pet sleeps with you, there are likely to be accidents, cats are known to vomit often, and it happens to dogs occasionally too. Then there's pet hair, drool, and so on. Be sure to get easily washable bedding materials like duvet covers which are easy to take off and wash regularly. Protect your mattress with a thick pad.


Give Your Pet Something to Chew or Scratch On

Dogs like to chew, and cats like to scratch. If they don't have anything to turn to, they're going to go for your furniture or something else you don't want destroyed. Avoid rawhide bones and pig's ears for your dog as they're coated in nitrates and can leave grease stains on furniture and floors, plus they smell bad too. Instead provide durable rubber toys. For cats, buy a scratching post or make your own.  It's easy to do with an old piece of carpet, a wood post, wood base and some screws.

Make It Safe
Of course even more important than furniture and the like, is keeping your pet out of harms way. Everything from household cleaners to certain foods, and even plants can be dangerous - for example Lillies can cause a cat's kidneys to shut down. Before adding plants to your home do some research to make sure they are safe for your animal companion. Also be sure to keep anything that can be toxic (medications, chemical-filled cleaners, etc.) on high shelves or locked away so pets can't reach them. Don't forget your trash can, which can hold all sorts of potentially hazardous items - be sure it's a lidded one and keep that lid on tight.

Thanks for stopping in today, where neighbors share!! Feel free to share your own tips in the comments!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

When Does Someone Need Memory Care?


Hey neighbors!!
Do you have an older relative or even friend who seems to be having trouble remembering things?  I am not talking occasionally forgetting something, I am talking the kind of forgetfulness that seems to happen more and more.  Where they almost seem lost. Without a proper functioning memory, your identity becomes fragmented. People that were once familiar become distant strangers, and the world becomes incredibly challenging to navigate. While not everyone experiences a degradation in memory, this is all too common as people age. Fortunately, there are countless resources available for families that have a loved one experiencing early signs of dementia or other memory loss. A professional can point out particular signs to watch for, but a person’s condition could be overlooked if they are not frequently in contact with them. If you have a loved one who lives in Denver who is experiencing problems with memory loss, you may want to reach out to memory care Denver.

Signs to Look Out For

General signs of forgetfulness can involve not opening the mail, forgetting names of close friends or relatives or falling behind on other obligations. One way to determine if this lapse in memory is something to be concerned about consists of visiting this loved one and seeing how they are doing. Not just a quick visit, but where you spend some time with them and see if they appear to be consistently forgetting things or if they seem confused or lost. If this individual is generally reliable with paying things on time and taking care of routine activities, it will be easy to detect a problem with memory over time. However, if you are dealing with someone that is typically aloof and forgetful already, it will be harder to determine if further action needs to be taken to assess their mental health. Another area that can be observed involves how your loved one interacts in a social environment. Do they interact with others and seem to follow conversations? When they fail to recall simple things such as your name, it is time to seek the help of professionals. No one wants to take this step, but it is the best thing that can be done for someone that is seems to be experiencing loss of memory.
Memory creates a framework for you to live your life through. While people with severe memory loss will need assistance in day to day living, they can still lead healthy lives under the proper care.

I hope this information is helpful to someone.  Thank you for stopping by, where neighbors share!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

July Gramma In A Box

Hey neighbors!!

We have been having a busy time here.  Two of my daughters went to the Creation Museum for a month, we have a litter of 4 Toy Aussies and it's summertime!!


So, Gramma in a Box arrived a little early this month because it was filled with fun, 4th of July, projects!!  We had a lot of fun making these tasty snacks!!  Gramma in a Box arrives in her recognizable red box with stickers on the outside.  When you open the box everything is wrapped in a pretty red and white tissue paper with a gramma sticker.


Inside you find all you need to create each treat project.



For our first project we had to melt the confetti chocolates.  This is the first time we have received a kit with these chocolate pieces.



We started with the Sparkler Pretzel Rods.  After you melt your chocolate you dip the pretzel rods in the chocolate and then sprinkle on of the topping on.  They are so easy to make.  We let them set for a few minutes on the wax paper to hard ad they were ready to go!!






Project Two was the Golden Peanut Bites.  Gramma does warn if you have peanut allergies to not use the peanuts.  She is very careful to list ingredients on the back of the cards with possible allergic reactions.  Anyway, we melted the rest of our chocolates and mixed in the peanuts. Then with your pretzel pieces in the brown candy wrappers, you drop the peanut and chocolate mis by spoonfuls on top of the pretzels.  Then add sprinkles.





The last project was to decorate some cookies!!  Just look below to see how we did!! When your box arrives, there are 3 different color icings already in bags for you to use.  Just snip the end off the corner.




Here are all the finished projects.


I really appreciate all the work that goes in to each monthly box.  If you follow Gramma in a Box on her social media you will be able to see what is in the upcoming box.  She loves to share what she is working on.
Find her on:
Facebook - HERE
Instagram - HERE

Gramma in a Box is a subscription box that arrives monthly filled with treat projects to make with your children or grandchildren.  It is a unique box each month that you can do in person or even through a video call.  You can purchase just one month or subscribe on a regular basis.  Be sure to check out the Subscribe page that details all the information you need.  She is very careful to list every ingredient so if your child has any allergies you will know what to avoid.  Generally just about everything you need arrives in this subscription box.  Even the wax paper to make the treats on.  Obviously you need a microwave, a microwaveable bowl, a spoon and maybe a butter knife, but basically most needed items are common kitchen utensils.

If you are interested in the August box, head over to the Gramma in a Box website and sign up for the box by the 3rd of August.  The sooner the better. If you subscribe with an auto debit program for only $20 per month… the first box is only $10 – no code needed.

Thanks for stopping by everyone.  See you soon, where neighbors share!!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Disney's Dumbo



Hey neighbors!

Great to see you today!  It's a beautiful, yet hot, day today here, At the Fence.  We have some errands to run today, but before I head out, I wanted to share with you about Disney's Dumbo.  It just recently released on Blu-ray, DVD and digital.

Before we get into the review, I will tell you that I was raised on the original Dumbo, and after seeing the new release, I am still an original fan.  I will tell you why here.  First off, they use 3 swear words in this movie and one almost comes out.  I haven't decided yet whether they were aiming this for children or adults.

Now, beyond that, I was impressed by the CGI used to make Dumbo fly.  The storyline itself gets a little lost almost in whether the father, Holt, recently returned from war missing an arm will connect with his children Then you have the relationship between Holt and the trapeze artist develop. And of course will Dumbo get reunited with his mother Jumbo.  Amidst all this going on V.A. Vandevere, played by Michael Keaton is the evil owner of a huge amusement park that wants to use Dumbo to get his park out of debt.  He is of course willing to use underhanded means to get what he wants.



I don't want to spoil the end for those of you who still have not seen Dumbo.  My recommendation is if you are going to watch it, do not expect what the original gave.  Both my daughter and I said it was an interesting watch, and yes we viewed the entire movie, but we came away feeling something was missing.

For this review, the movie has already released in stores, so you can easily find Dumbo at your local retail store.  Thanks for stopping by, where neighbors share! See you again soon!