Charles Simpson

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Contact me for: Owned by Petco™, Pooch Hotel is a luxury, best-in-class hotel and daycare, exclusively for dogs, that has redefined pet boarding options across the country. The hotels place a premium on convenience, extraordinary customer care, superior facilities and outstanding services. Amenities include Palace and Presidential suites with DogTV (not available at all locations at this time); The Club @ Pooch Hotel featuring a fitness center complete with dog-specific treadmills; spa offering paw-dicures and facials; and supervised daycare. Some hotels also offer custom swimming pools. 24-hour webcam access is available and pet parents can drop off and pick up pets 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Locations include West Los Angeles, CA, Dallas TX, Chicago, IL, Hollywood, CA, Sunnyvale, CA, Boston, MA and San Diego, CA. www.poochhotel.com

Expert Articles by Charles Simpson

Traveling Dog Owner

Expert advice on choosing a reliable doggy daycare
Whether you're gone for the day or several days, pets need attention and social interaction. Find a pet daycare service that will focus on the mental, social and emotional health of your pet. Find a d...

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Dog Health and Wellness

Our pets aren't property: co-parenting after divorce
I can’t imagine many people going into a marriage thinking it will end. At the beginning it’s nothing but hope, excitement and love. But life has a way of not always working out as we planned and ...
Keep your pet safe during the holidays
With all the hustle and bustle during the end of the year holidays, it’s easy to forget about the impact to your pet’s safety and well-being.  Planning ahead and using these Do’s and Don’ts t...
Your pet is lost....now what?
While no one can guarantee that a missing animal will be reunited with their family, I have been fortunate to be part of many amazing stories about four-legged friends which I assisted. These include ...
Protect your pet when getting lost with a microchip or GPS collar
There are a lot of options available for finding a reliable ID for your pet. Consider all of them and implement at least one of them. Also, keep your information up to date and check them frequently t...
A balanced diet and feeding routine keeps a dog healthy and trim
If we learn to pay attention to the signs, our dogs are pretty good about telling us how they’re feeling and what they want. Whining at the door when they haven’t relieved themselves for a while? ...
Choose a vet for your dog or cat that is respectful and compassionate
Owning a cat or dog is a big responsibility that goes above and beyond feeding, bathing and walks. Make sure you take the time to research different veterinary options in your area so you can make an ...
Dog medication advice to help keep your pet safe and healthy
The odds are that eventually your dog will need some form of medication. And while there is a financial cost involved and it requires a little extra work on our part, you should be thankful that you c...
Know what to ask when choosing a veterinarian for your dog or cat
Protect your dog from the winter chills and keep them healthy
Even though your pet has a healthy coat of hair, they can still get the chills, which also means that they can get sick. To help you prevent your dog from getting sick, and keep warm and safe during t...
Protect your dog from harmful foods during Thanksgiving
Feeding your dog scraps is all well and good, but there are some things you need to be sure you don’t feed your dog so that they don’t get sick. By following this advice above, you can be sure tha...
Dogs with dermatitis: causes, diagnosis, and treatment
Just like children, dogs can be very sensitive to allergens. It is essential to your dogs overall health and well-being that you address allergies before they are allowed to get out of hand. Allergic ...
What to do if your puppy has a parvovirus infection
Infection with parvovirus is a very scary illness. 50% of unvaccinated puppies will die regardless of infection. Odds are worse for Pit Bull Terriers and Rottweilers. The sooner you act the better you...
Prevention and treatment options for canine cancer
Cancer is a very scary diagnosis. To give your dog the best help possible, do what you can to decrease inflammation before the diagnosis, know what your dog is susceptible to and search all avenues if...
Get a handle on flea prevention and treatment for your dog
No one wants to deal with fleas. Yuck! Horrible little blood suckers. Opportunists. They are well adapted to our world. Keeping them out of our homes makes life more comfortable - for ourselves and ou...
How you treat your dog with kennel cough can make a big difference
Usually, kennel cough is a self-limiting, viral infection, just like the human cold. And, just like our cold, there is no medication to make it go away faster. But, if left untreated, and the immune s...
What to do when your dog has irregular urination patterns
Any change in urination pattern in an otherwise housebroken dog is the signal that something isn’t right and should be investigated right away. The sooner you get an answer, the sooner you and your ...
Abnormal poop patterns or color could signal that your dog is sick
Changes in the color, consistency, size or frequency of our dogs making number two is a signal for changes on the inside. Knowing when and what the changes mean helps make a proper diagnosis. ...
Advice when your are forced to find a new home your dog
As you can see, there are many reasons that people may be forced to rehome their dog, but there are also options available, including potential resources to help you keep your dog as well. It is encou...
Keep your senior dog happy and healthy during its final years
For most of us, our pets become members of our family. They deserve to be treated with the same attention and concern we would offer any of our loved ones, especially as they age. Most dogs don’t co...

Moving

Make your DIY house or apartment move easier with this practical advice
With these few basic steps you will come to realize that moving isn't quite as bad as you thought. It may not be the most enjoyable thing you have ever done, but you can certainly feel organized and a...
The right moving company will save you time, money and headaches
Working with a professional moving company is the best option when moving your home, as their experience and strength cannot be matched by the do-it-yourself mover. When knowing what to look for in a ...
When moving, shipping your car cross-country doesn't have to be hard
The first time you ship a vehicle can be a stressful process, however if you do your research when selecting a vehicle shipping partner and follow the tips provided above, the process should be a simp...
Choose a storage unit that fits your needs and your budget
Take this advice to heart and hopefully it will come in handy the next time you are searching for a self-storage unit....
Choose an auto shipping company that is trustworthy and reliable
The first time you ship a vehicle can be a stressful process, however if you do your research when selecting a vehicle shipping partner and follow the tips provided above, the process should be a simp...
Prepare your boat for shipping to ensure it isn't damaged when moving
Though the idea of shipping your boat can be a daunting one, doing research will help you make the most informed choices concerning the delivery. If you follow the advice provided above, the process s...
Expert advice for shipping an antique or classic car
While the idea of shipping your high value car can be initially unnerving, doing your due diligence will help you make the most informed choices. The tips provided help to ensure the process of shippi...
Expert care is required when shipping your motorcycle
While transporting your motorcycle yourself may seem like an easy task, don’t leave anything to chance and instead hire a shipping company that can take care of your bike. It is important to conside...
Fundamentals for packing your belongings and home for moving
With many necessary important steps and details when moving it sure can be overwhelming. But don’t let it be a burden. Purging before you go and knowing that the fundamentals can ease the packing pr...
How to move large furniture into a small apartment or home
Moving is a complicated task, especially when you have large furniture pieces that you're relocating to a small apartment. In order to ensure your safety and the integrity of your furniture, hiring pr...

General Travel

Stress-free airline travel with children
Using a few of these great tips can save you a lot of unnecessary headaches. You might even be able to enjoy the journey just as much as you will enjoy your destination. Now you can sit back, relax, a...
How to select a luxury resort
A luxury resort experience can be pampering, relaxing, and rejuvenating. To make the best choice, understand your values and preferences and research your target destination carefully. With a little e...
Air travel tips for a smooth trip
Air travel can be a pleasant and relaxing experience if you prepare for it by carefully choosing your seat, using frequent flier miles strategically, wearing a stylish and comfortable outfit, giving y...
Advice for business travelers
Business travel is unavoidable at times. To minimize stress, pack smart, travel comfortably, use your time wisely and research your target destination. With careful preparation you can make a smooth t...
Advice for larger air travellers
Get a good night’s sleep the night before your flight and come rested. Expect some minor irritations, but just go with it. Flying is rarely enjoyable for larger flyer but relax knowing you planned y...
Choose the best hotel for the holiday vacation
With hotels, picking the wrong one can literally ruin a trip. Make sure you read reviews and be sure to spot any consistent complaints about cleanliness or housekeeping, both of which are warning sign...
How to survive the hectic holiday travel season
Traveling during the holidays will likely never be a stress-free endeavor. It will always be a popular time to travel, and tempers will occasionally flare. But with preparation and the right attitude ...
How to find the best travel deals using online sites
There are a plethora of online tools that can help with ticket booking that are constantly evolving and changing to meet new consumer needs. Stay on top of them and learn how to best leverage the ones...
How to travel the world on a shoestring budget
Too often, money is the factor that drives people away from world travel. But, in fact, it’s easy to travel on a thimble budget of as little as $15-20 a day, if you pick the right spots. By having a...
Education travel abroad offers an exciting opportunity to immerse yourself in a foreign culture
By using your common sense and the suggestions above, you will be able to plan and enjoy an educational experience abroad....
Make maximum use of your precious vacation time by planning carefully
Travel on crack has its inherent benefits for the busy wanderlusts eager to see the world. Approached correctly, it makes the aggressive and daunting itineraries possible. Mountains, partying and beac...
Choose a green hotel when traveling and be environmentally conscious
It’s more possible than ever today to take a trip that maximizes enjoyment and minimizes negative environmental impact. Paying attention to some of these ideas can go a long way toward taking a trip...
Plan a getaway to Colorado’s wine country for a unique experience
At an altitude of 4,507 feet, and with more than 275 days of sunshine annually, Grand Junction enjoys warm summers and moderate spring, fall and winter seasons. Wine enthusiasts will find bed and brea...
Expert advice on preparing your car for the family summer road trip
Start your road trip off on the right foot and prepare your vehicle for the trek – not only will you drive away with less fear of car troubles ruining your trip, but the money you put into preventat...
How to prepare your home for overnight guests this holiday season
It’s fun to have house guests. It’s a time to socialize and show off your home. With a little expense and effort, you can freshen up your living space and not only make your visitors feel welcome ...
Plan a trip that avoids the travel nightmares
Travel is supposed to be spontaneous and fun. Some hiccups along the way are to be expected, and they can even push you into new experiences. However, you want a trip that has as few bumps as possible...
Advice on making the best of an unexpected travel delay and layover
A long airport layover doesn’t need to be dreadful. With proper planning you can make the most of your time, whether it’s working efficiently, taking a nap, or enjoying some regional cuisine. If y...
Find some alone time during a family vacation to help reduce stress
Maybe you're a single uncle that needs a break from your seven screaming nieces and nephews, or you're a mom of three who just needs some time to regroup and get back to having fun. In either case, ta...
Choose the right hotel room to ensure a great family vacation
Despite your desire to get out and explore, you'll still spend a good amount of time in the hotel room when you're traveling with kids. They need a quiet place to sleep, a warm bath, and a little room...
Plan a multigenerational vacation with seniors who have special needs
Multigenerational travel is a great way for grandparents, their children and grandchildren to spend quality, memorable time together. Many baby boomers and seniors may require special needs equipment ...
How to keep your toddler occupied and happy on the airplane
Children can either be the type of child that people love to see on airplane, or the exact opposite, an unruly bear incapable of calming down. It is up to you as the parent to lead them into every exp...

Buying Real Estate

Buying homes as short sales and foreclosures can be very rewarding
Buying a distressed property that is a short sale, foreclosure, or bank owned can be a good investment and an affordable way to own your own home, but it is “buyer beware”. You should protect you...
Guide to buying a co-op in NYC
There are many ins and outs to purchasing a co-op in New York City. While the process may seem a bit daunting at first, do not fear. Remember that the cooperative purchase is the norm in NYC, not the ...
How to find and buy a house on a river
Your river property will bring much excitement, inspiration and fun to your life. Relying on the expertise of a professional who specializes in waterfront property will make the process effortless and...
How to find and buy a lake house
Your lake house will be a source of relaxation, inspiration and fun. Relying on the expertise of a professional who specializes in lake property will make the process effortless and satisfying. This i...
How to find and buy a mini or hobby farm
Whether for a better way of life or out of necessity, your farm will become a significant part of your life. Relying on the expertise of a real estate professional specializing in farm property will m...
How to successfully buy multi-residential investment properties
In order to mitigate threats and capitalize on opportunities it is essential to have a well-grounded investment strategy. This includes the collaboration of complimentary disciplines and fastidious at...
Smart steps to successfully buy real estate in Baltimore, MD
Buying a home is an exciting endeavor, but the process can be tedious, time-consuming, exhausting, and an emotional rollercoaster for some. Working with a trusted professional can help ensure you have...
The right way to buy a home
Buying a home is a complex process requiring expertise from a number of professionals. By focusing on what you want in your home and allowing these professionals to do their jobs, you can achieve the ...
How to make the right offer on your dream home
There’s no need to get stressed out when you’re trying to figure out how much to offer on your dream house. Take the emotions out of the equation and instead focus on the data and the math. Workin...
Advice on buying land for investment, development or build a home
Whether your land will be used for recreation, development, investment or just a home, you’ll find many diverse parcels to choose from. Remember you can always change the way a house looks but you c...
Advice on buying a fly-fishing ranch in the Rockies
While there are many rivers and streams throughout the Rocky Mountain West, the supply of available fishing properties in any given price range is very limited. Obviously private water is the preferre...
Choose and buy a vacation home with confidence using a realtor
The key thing to remember is to seek out professional advice when considering purchasing a vacation home in another part of the country. Don’t underestimate the value and resource of a professional ...
Expert advice for the first time homebuyer on buying the dream house
When purchasing your first home together it is in your best interest to have a licensed real estate agent to help you. Their job is to give you advice, recommendations for the services of other profes...
Hire a qualified home inspector to help reduce risk when buying a home
Home inspections are a valuable tool for the homebuyer and should be a routine part of the homebuying process. However, don’t overstate what they are able to do.There is risk in buying something bui...
Buying a foreclosure can be a great investment if your informed
Purchasing a foreclosure can be a great investment whether you are purchasing one for your personal residence or as an income property, but a word to the wise, be patient with the process. New guideli...
Expert advice on buying a condo as a good investment
Owning a condominium is not for everyone, but it does fit the lifestyle of many people today. Whether you’re considering a condo or a home, you need to be sure that you know what it is that you are ...
Get the best deal by knowing what to offer when buying a home
Be smart, but not overly smart. You do not want to think yourself out of a great home while at the same time you want to understand your market and the data within it. In the end, you have one simple ...
Buying a home in a hot market and how to win a bidding war
Owning and living in your own home is the American Dream. But increasing mortgage rates along bidding wars on the purchase of a home is creating emotional and financial stress not seen since the real ...
How to build your dream home from the ground up
When building your dream home, the best advice is to be prepared for anything. There will be bumps along the way but as long as you address them in a timely and effective manner, the process should be...
How to win over the co-op board when buying a home in NYC
Just remember that accepting the co-op for what it is is vital to being accepted yourself. Being honest, patient, informed, and respectful demonstrates that you are the kind of neighbor and shareholde...
Advice on buying a townhouse and real estate in NYC
Buying a townhouse in New York City can be a rewarding experience, both emotionally and financially. Given today’s price points this opportunity is available to a select few. If you happen to be one...
Advice for first time home buyers on buying a co-op in NYC
Co-op ownership comes with its benefits and also with possible limitations. If you like a particular co-op and can handle the work it will take to get in, you have a great experience in store for you....
What to consider when buying a home as a fixer-upper
Buying a fixer-upper is not without its challenges. The most important tool for the job is preparation. With good planning, clear vision, and a reliable team to help guide you, your fixer-upper can be...
What price you can expect to pay for a single family home in NYC
There is a lot to consider when buying a single family home in New York City. Costs vary greatly and this market segment continues to become more valuable. So if you have the desire and the budget jum...
Advice for buying a home in NYC when you have a young family
When starting out as a family, your first home and the community you reside is where many family firsts will occur - your child’s first words, first steps, first day at school. So many memories and ...
Buy a home in downtown Manhattan to get access to the best views
If you want to be in the middle of it all, have access to some of the best views, best moderns homes, and best transportation, Downtown is where it’s at. Like with any other investment. however, be ...
You can buy a home in New York City with a $1 million budget
There is a reason why the real estate market in NYC is so competitive for the buyer. Historically, NYC has held it’s value and has weathered many a financial crisis to come back even stronger. $1 mi...
Investing in commercial real estate is a great opportunity for anyone
Whether you are buying one building to rent out or a whole plaza, commercial real estate can be a rewarding investment. Following the advice above can put you in the right place to make money on your ...
Use the internet and social media to help you find the perfect house
For the majority of buyers, a home represents their biggest lifetime purchase, so they should use every tool at their disposal to ensure they are getting the very best home at the optimal price. Consu...
Buying a home in an HOA neighborhood can be a great move
Living in an HOA neighborhood comes with certain rules and restrictions, but if you understand them, life will be better and easier for you and your neighbors. Do find ways to work with and improve yo...

Selling Real Estate

An investment in home staging helps sell your home faster
Following these tips and suggestions will make a big difference in having your home sell quickly rather than languishing on the market.  Many of these changes you can make yourself.  If unsure, call...
How to successfully prepare your home for sale for maximum return
Selling your home successfully takes careful preparation and discipline. In order to get the most for your property, all factors must be considered: price, presentation, condition, lifestyle, and mark...
Questions to ask in choosing your real estate agent
Focus on the outcome not the process of selling a home as a short sale
Don't give up, stay in contact and get a good agent. Qualifying for a short sale is based on individual needs and circumstances. An experienced real estate agent can help you determine if you are a ca...
Survive selling a co-op in New York City
Selling a co-op in New York City requires patience, knowledge and diligence. Gather all of the necessary information and materials before you jump into the process. Always qualify your buyers and lean...
The keys to selling luxury real estate
There are many techniques that you can employ when selling luxury real estate and simple things to avoid when selling a high-end property. These ideas can yield a substantially higher sales price and ...
What are the steps in a short sale?
Use video to sell or rent your home faster
Marketing is an essential component in selling or renting your property. Video tours can be an effective method in presenting the home that creates a deeply engaging, fun, and informative experience.W...
A Seller's Guide to prepare your NYC home for a Fall listing
Preparing practically can be the best way to prepare emotionally.  Put your focus on completing these tasks with ample time.  You will save yourself less stress. You will be able to enjoy the proces...
Sell your home faster
Remember, when you list your house, you are always in competition with all the other comparable houses for sale in the area. To sell your house quickly, always rely on your real estate professional to...
Smart advice on selling the family estate home
Make selling the family home--an already difficult process--as painless as possible. Get the house ready to sell by clearing the clutter and updating old appliances and fixtures. Hire a Senior Real Es...
How to sell your home during the winter months
Selling your home at a competitive price during the winter months is not out of the realm of possibility. Follow these do’s and don’ts along with your agent’s recommendations to set the right pr...
Sell your home in a buyer's market for the price you want
When preparing your home to sell consider these do’s and don’t before listing. They will make your property widely marketable and could reduce the time your home is on the market....
Advice on successfully selling your NYC co-op home
Selling a NYC cooperative apartment is a complicated process with various potential pitfalls, but following these tips can help you avoid many of them. Having a good real estate team working together ...
How to price and get the most money when selling your house
Search out a professional agent who knows your community and whose firm has a good reputation. Take their advice and position your home to achieve its highest value possible. It’s more than just put...

Weekend Getaways

Enjoy a weekend summer getaway in Winter Park, Colorado
The choices for what to do in Winter Park over a summer weekend are almost endless. Deciding on which ones to do may be the greatest challenge. Spending just a little time in planning now will assure ...
Visit Grand Lake, Colorado for a weekend getaway in summer or winter
For more than 100 years, visitors have been returning year after year to Grand Lake for a summer break. Some come for a day, some for a weekend or a week, some for the season – and a few for a lifet...
Plan ahead to get the best deal on a weekend getaway
Weekend getaways are the perfect trip that allows you to get out of town without taking off time from work. By planning ahead and really thinking about what you want the trip to accomplish; you can ha...
A weekend getaway to Lake Geneva, WI can offer year-round family fun
For nearly 150 years, Lake Geneva has been a vacation destination for Chicagoans. Today, Lake Geneva is recognized as One of a Dozen Distinctive Destinations offering a vast array of lodging opportuni...
Surprise your partner with a romantic weekend getaway
No matter what type of trip you plan, the very act of doing a surprise journey means you care about your partner. Surprise trips can be a great way to rekindle some romance and have some fun out in th...

Traveling Dog Owner

A trustworthy dog sitter will allow you to relax while at work or away
Professional pet sitters can be a godsend to your pets and your life. Not only can they help you when you are out of town, but also when you work long hours, or want to go out after work without runni...
Your dog won't miss you at all when you pick the right kennel
Doing some advance research into the organization and people who will look after your beloved dog will help you feel more comfortable leaving him during your travels. Ask as many questions about a fac...
Expert advice on choosing a reliable doggy daycare
Whether you're gone for the day or several days, pets need attention and social interaction. Find a pet daycare service that will focus on the mental, social and emotional health of your pet. Find a d...

Choosing a Dog

Where to get a new puppy
In summary, look for a breeder who:-Insists you visit where the puppies were born and raised. If they will sell to you sight unseen, walk away.-Raises puppies in a home, not a kennel:Puppies who spend...
Picking the perfect puppy for your family
Choosing a puppy is a big decision with lots of options. Whether your family lives on a farm in Virginia or a New York City apartment, there’s a perfect puppy breed for you. Once you have done your ...
How to get involved with an animal welfare organization
To get involved in an animal rescue near you:Find a rescue organization or shelter near you:Petfinder.com is a national listing of animal organizations, many with foster homes. Some exist only as fost...

Caring for a New Puppy

Considerations when socializing your new pup in a play group
Many of us either have owned or know people who have dogs who “don’t like other dogs.”  The primary cause of this aversion to those of their own kind is lack of proper exposure and socializatio...
How to choose a good veterinarian and quickly establish rapport
The great Will Rogers once said, “The best doctor in the world is a veterinarian. They can't ask patients what is the matter – they’ve got to just know.” And good veterinarians learn to “kno...
Advice for choosing your new puppy's interactive toys
There will be a lot to adjust to, for both you and your new pup, during those first few weeks and months of puppy ownership. Exercise, both physical and mental, on a daily basis will help your pup gro...
Understand and budget for the lifetime costs of owning a pet
Budgeting for a new best friend can give you a realistic picture of how prepared your family is to take on a new financial responsibility, and will help avoid costly surprises in the future. Take the ...
Choose a doggy daycare with a well-trained and trustworthy staff
Every dog owner believes that he or she is the best provider for their pet. In keeping with that philosophy, you should expect someone who will offer similar standards of high care while you are apart...
Advice on fostering a pet from a rescue organization or shelter
Fostering animals is a necessary and rewarding experience that helps save thousands of animals from unnecessary euthanization. Fostering animals is a relatively unrecognized act that changes lives and...

Dog Behavior and Training

How to train your dog to stop pulling on their leash
With a little patience, these methods will work well for many dogs, and will also help you to form a close bond with your dog. However, some dogs are a little more difficult and may be a little harder...
Stop your dog from barking you up a tree
For thousands of dog owners, excessive barking can not only be an annoying and stressful problem, but it also often leads many people to isolate and punish their dogs.  By taking the time to understa...
How to choose a dog trainer
You may have spent a great deal of time researching breeds as well as finding the “right” dog for you and your family. The same attention to detail is important in choosing a dog trainer. Dogs are...
Walk your dog safely and enjoyably
By all means walk your dog! They need the exercise, the fresh air and a chance to explore.  Just be prepared and stay vigilant, keeping your pal’s safety and well being in mind....
Training your dog to walk on leash begins with planning ahead
Keep in mind that dogs weren’t born knowing how to walk on a leash, just as we weren’t born knowing how to use one. Similar to operating any tool, it takes practice to gain skills and become comfo...
Preventing dog aggression and protecting dog owners
The state of dog ownership has changed dramatically in the last 60 years. From the dog living outside and eating our scraps to now being valued by their owners as children, dogs have shifted their pos...
Expert advice on training your dog as home and family protection
Home protection dogs are an excellent source of security. Having a properly trained protection dog elevates the feeling of your personal security. There are many statistics out there proving protectio...

Dog Diseases and Conditions

Treating bladder infections in dogs and cats
Remember that in order to prevent bladder infections in cats and dogs, these carnivorous animals need a meat-based diet to maintain acidic urine. Consider another prevention method in the form of supp...
Caring for your blind dog or cat
Loss of vision can be alarming and life changing. However, early diagnosis and intervention can reverse some conditions, while alternative modalities can improve quality of life in others. Consistency...

Choosing a Cat

How to successfully introduce a newly adopted cat into a household
Bringing a new cat into your life and home can be a challenge and above all, fun. The whole process is a learning experience, even if you have had other cats. It’s best to prepare early for your new...

Traveling Cat Owner

Avoid complications during flights with pets
As pet owners we can all list the great things our animal friends provide us with. Fun, companionship and loyalty are just a few. But there is another benefit to having a pet and that is the responsib...

Cat Diseases and Conditions

Holistic approach to hyperthyroidism in cats
Once you’ve found out your precious cat has hyperthyroidism, look to the root cause; look to treat the underlying disease process so the treatment will go better. Finding the underlying cause is the...
Loss of appetite in dogs and cats
One of our favorite things to do is feed our four-legged friends. When our friends don’t eat, we wonder - for good reason. As the list of reasons not to eat is long and potentially scary, call your ...
Keep cats healthy by preventing and reducing obesity
Many chronic diseases veterinarians see in adult and mature cats can be prevented by addressing weight management, diet and activity early in life. By keeping feline obesity under control, your four-l...
What to do if your cat has feline diabetes
Feline diabetes is a dynamic condition that must be treated promptly and monitored frequently if you want your cat to be as healthy and happy as possible. Even with this knowledge, know that if you ar...

Cat Health and Wellness

Make moving a smooth transition for your pet
Whether you’re moving across town or across country it’s always an adjustment for everyone, including the four-legged family members. It’s a stressful time for your pet, so you need to be prepar...
Give your cat a long and healthy life with proper nutrition
As is the case with any pet, it’s up to the owner to not only establish the diet but to administer it. And because all cats are different it will take some trial and error to develop a plan that wor...
Choose a veterinarian for your cat who specializes in feline care
Your cat’s health is your responsibility, and you should be an active participant in keeping it healthy and happy. To do this, take the time to find the right veterinarian that is knowledgeable, per...
Kitty training: Advice for properly socializing your kitten
Caring for and raising a kitten may seem intimidating, but with the right socialization techniques it doesn’t have to be that way. Just remember to properly socialize your kitten at the right time, ...
Feeding your cat a healthy diet can help prevent illness
The food you choose for your cat directly affects his total health and wellbeing. There’s a diverse spectrum of cat food choices on the market today, ranging from more processed kibble and canned fo...

Cruising

How to handle cruise emergencies
Remember your passport and set up a reliable emergency contact. Make the ship personnel aware of any emergencies, illnesses, or if you need to disembark. Enlist the embassy’s help if you need to. No...
Choosing an Antarctica cruise
Deciding to visit Antarctica is a big commitment - both in terms of time and finances. An Antarctica cruise is a significant investment and a once-in-a-lifetime experience that most travelers will nev...
Cruise etiquette 101
Cruising is an amazing vacation. You pack and unpack once while traveling to many ports of call. You can make it even more wonderful for everyone by following these cruise travel tips. Good etiquette ...
How to save big on cruise shore excursions
You don’t have to miss out on penguin watching or zip-lining just because that activity comes with a big price tag when booked through your cruise ship. Booking shore excursions independently takes ...
Would you enjoy a river cruise vacation?
River cruising is not for everyone. But, now you know what to expect and how to decide if a river cruise is truly for you. If you are ready to hit the waterways you will have a unique, intimate, and c...
How to make your next river cruise an even sweeter deal
River cruising allows you the freedom to relax and enjoy both an all-inclusive luxury vacation and an immersed historical tour experience unlike any other. By knowing what to expect on a longship, wha...
How to enjoy your Disney cruise
A Disney cruise vacation is a wonderful treat for the entire family. Keeping these tips in mind will make your Disney cruise even more magical! Bon voyage!...
Expert advice on luxury cruising
In joyful anticipation of your luxury cruise, don't forget to plan all the luxurious details with a qualified cruise consultant. You are going to meet some great, down-to-earth people, get treated lik...
Professional advice that will assure a memorable first theme cruise
A first time themed cruise or vacation may be overwhelming at first. But with this practical advice, you’ll be well on your way to having the time of your life. ...
Start planning now so that you can relax and enjoy your first Caribbean cruise
The sooner you prepare, the better you will end up. Utilize your travel agent. They will assume all the stress and worry that you would normally feel over planning a family vacation. You will get a gr...
Embrace the local culture for a truly memorable destination cruise
Let your agent find the right vacation for you while you research and learn about the destination you want to visit. Embrace the culture and uniqueness of the destination, and you will have an even mo...
Plan an unforgettable and stress-free family cruise vacation
Remember it’s everyone’s vacation and while you can’t please all the people all the time, if you follow some simple rules you can please yourself because when your kids are happy, so are you. ...

Backpacking

Backpacking tips for your next adventure
Backpacking is a wonderful sub-culture of traveling you will want to experience at least once in your life. You have the tips, now grab a backpack and spin the globe!...

Disney Vacations

How to survive Disney World with young children
There is nothing quite like seeing the looks on your children’s faces when they see Cinderella’s Castle for the first time. Utilizing these simple tips will ensure that your Disney World vacation ...
How to make an Aulani Disney Hawaii Resort exciting and memorable
Disney’s Aulani is a wonderful, new offering for family travel to Hawaii. By planning ahead and utilizing an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, your family can get the most out of this amazing reso...
Enjoy the most of your Disney Park vacation by avoiding long lines
A Disney vacation is meant to be a once in a lifetime family event. By having a plan, using Disney services, and avoiding long lines during peak hours, you can maximize your “fun-time” within the ...
Have a safe and magical Disney World vacation with your toddlers
Going to any Disney park or resort should be a magical experience for the whole family, but especially your young ones. They will forever cherish those priceless memories, and your entire family will ...
Have a cost-effective fairy-tale wedding at Walt Disney World
Planning a wedding should be one of the most fun times of your life, not the most stressful. With this expert advice, you’ll be well on your way to pulling off the Disney wedding of your dreams whil...
How to have a magical Disney World experience with your partner
Disney World is the place where memories are made. Whether you are fresh out of high school, newly retired, or celebrating a momentous occasion, Disney World vacations are enjoyable for everyone. You ...
How to plan and have an amazing Disney World dining experience
Dining at Walt Disney World should be as magical and memorable as the rest of your vacation. With this knowledgeable advice, you will have no problem planning a dining experience you and your family w...
Plan ahead to experience an unforgettable Disney World birthday
This advice will have you on your way to having a magical birthday party at Disney World. With these suggestions, you should save time, stress, and money while celebrating a birthday at the most magic...
How to avoid the crowds on your Disney World spring break vacation
Walt Disney World is a wonderful vacation destination. As long as you do a little planning, you can have a magical trip even during the busy spring break season. By putting in a little time before you...
How to save money on your Disney World vacation
A Disney vacation is an opportunity for families to create memories to last a lifetime, but those memories don’t have to break the bank. Careful planning and following these simple steps will help y...
How to experience a fabulous Tokyo Disneyland vacation
Doing your homework before your Tokyo Disney vacation allows you to be more relaxed while you’re there. If you follow these tips, you’ll be guaranteed to have a good time! (And for a comprehensive...

Cycling

Enjoy an authentic Italian adventure on a cycling tour of Tuscany
Italy is a country that is in love with the bike. On any beautiful day, you will see Italians of all ages, from teenagers to octogenarians, enjoying a ride through the countryside. What better and mor...
Choose the right clothing for cycling and enjoy a comfortable ride
How you dress for cycling is about having the correct type and fit of clothing for your body type and ensuring you have the best equipment to keep you safe. These things will allow you to be safe and ...

Dude Ranch

Discover adventure and relaxation on a family dude ranch vacation
Most good dude ranches create a good balance between activity and relaxation for guests. Be prepared for some of both, keep an open mind and try new activities. Happy Trails!...
How to have a memorable Old West dude ranch experience
No matter what your experience or skills, it is possible to have a memorable Old West dude ranch experience. Just make sure to do your homework, follow some basic guidelines, and set your expectations...

Outdoor Adventure

Plan a family outdoor adventure vacation for an amazing experience
A family adventure trip can be one of the most memorable vacations ever, refreshing body, mind, and spirit. Adventure travel enhances family bonding and builds teamwork, all while enjoying an exhilara...
Taking your kids fishing is a great way to spend time together
Fishing is not just about fish during a family fishing trip, rather it is an opportunity to relax and enjoy time together, time in the outdoors and time learning new skills. That’s why taking little...
Go on a guided mountain climbing adventure for your next vacation
Do your due diligence and make sure that you’ve considered all of the aspects of a guide service that will contribute to your safety in the mountains. A mountain climbing adventure is exciting, dema...
Have a safe and fun day trip with the kids on the family boat
A day on the water can quickly go from bad to worse if an accident occurs, so remember to boat safely. Always have life jackets, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, charts and a VHF radio on board. A da...

Skiing

Plan an amazing family ski vacation with this expert advice
Planning a family ski vacation can seem challenging, particularly if your family has kids of different ages and abilities. Yet with some forethought, and by making sure to do a few things before you e...
Planning your first ski trip will ensure an exciting, unique adventure
Whether it be adventure, fun, challenge, exploration, relaxation or freedom, planning your first ski trip adventure can be just as exciting as going on the trip. The more research you put in and the m...
Dressing warmly while skiing will ensure an enjoyable experience
You may encounter some days of great skiing where the temperature warms up to 50, but it always gets cold again when the sun goes down.Being prepared means layering with lightweight, technically-advan...
First time snowboarding and skiing advice to ensure an enjoyable time
Skiing and snowboarding can be exhilarating once you get the hang of each sport! No matter which one you choose, safety is the most important factor to take into consideration while on the slope. Foll...

Scuba Diving

Scuba diving advice for beginners
The views above sea level are amazing - skyscrapers, white sand beaches, peaceful gardens, or bustling markets all have something to offer you as a traveler, whether you’re a mile up the road or hal...
Coral Reefs: Precious Gems Worth Saving
Coral reefs are the gem of the sea, providing us with amazing beauty, but they are more than just a pretty face. Corals protect the larvae of almost all commercially important fish that feed the world...
Basic rules to avoid scuba diving's decompression sickness
Avoiding DCS is relatively easy if you just follow these these few simple guidelines and steps. Many of us have spent years and decades diving without ever suffering any ailments of DCS....
A dive vacation is an opportunity to expand diving skills
An extended dive vacation offers exciting opportunities to grow your skills and upgrade your certifications so you can do more advanced dives. It also brings with it challenges that are easily overcom...
Advice for first time snorkelers
Snorkeling is a great way to enjoy the underwater environment. There are many places that snorkeling will allow you to visit without much planning. Snorkeling equipment can be packed in nearly any tra...
Taking photographs while scuba diving in coral reefs
Once you have mastered buoyancy, you are ready to add an underwater camera to your scuba diving adventures. Get familiar with your camera beforehand, but take your time by learning one lens and featur...
Open up new scuba diving opportunities with cold water diving
Cold water diving can be challenging, and, enjoyable. It offers many rewards such as learning about dry suites and other cold-water equipment. The PADI Dry Suit course will add a specialty diver certi...
Scuba diving skills to increase confidence in the water
Diving is an Adventure sport with a capital “A”. The underwater world is immense with endless variety and experiences. You see things and do things most other people do not—doing these things sa...
Discover an underwater world with the PADI Open Water Dive course
Scuba diving is a rewarding and exhilarating sport that can turn into your favorite hobby. Exploring and identifying all the wonders under the sea can be life changing. The world is 70% water so it ma...

Golf

Plan the ultimate Hilton Head golf vacation for leisure and recreation
Hilton Head Golf Island features more than 20 member courses on Hilton Head and Fripp Islands, as well as Bluffton, Beaufort, and Jasper counties. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy Hilton Head’s southern h...
Expert advice on planning the dream golf vacation with the family
Planning a dream golf vacation can be daunting, but with a little preparation you and your family can have a wonderful time wherever you go. Be sure to research ahead of time to find deals and turnkey...
Playing golf has many health benefits and can help you stay in shape
Getting and staying in shape is fun and easy to do if you actively play golf, which is just another great reason to get out there and play. Walk the course when you can and be patient as your game dev...
Excel at golf by developing a strong mental game on and off the course
It may be helpful to choose one or two of these ideas and attempt to put them into practice on a daily basis. When healthy and productive effort becomes habit, success is not too far from reach....
Plan a fun family vacation at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Sandestin is the No. 1 resort on the Emerald Coast (Emerald Coast Magazine), and was recently named one of iVillage’s “Best Beaches for Families.” Guests are invited to a world of 2,400 acres an...
Expert advice on choosing a golf instructor to improve your game
Finding a golf instructor doesn’t have to be a tedious task. The point is to choose an instructor that is in tune with your level of experience, and help you to improve your skills while also having...
Expert advice on choosing the right golf clubs for yourself
Choosing the right clubs for your swing to help you improve your distance and/or accuracy is a wonderful investment to make if you are looking to spend the money. You can custom fit your clubs to fit ...
Spend time at the driving range to help improve your golf game
Working on your game off the course, consistent practice, and having patience are all keys to lowering your handicap. Spend some time on the range and putting green, and focus on obtaining your goals ...
Help dealing with the mental stress of playing in a golf tournament
Tournament play induces stress by challenging golfers to push their personal limits. To improve your game and stretch your comfort zones, get out and compete on a regular basis. Enjoy the challenge, m...
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