Celebrate A Happy And Safe Thanksgiving With Your Pets-Stay At Home Tips

Celebrate a happy and safe Thanksgiving with your pets this year, so if this applies to you this article is going to provide you special meals for your cat or dog, and what people food is safe to give them on the holiday.

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Special Meals For Your Pets

Free Family Solutions does receive a small commission from any of the purchases, but this does not increase the price you will pay if you choose to purchase from any of the links in my articles. The Amazon link above will take you to a page with a variety of holiday meals, and this is one way to celebrate a happy and safe Thanksgiving with your pets. Below I have listed some of the choices available, and if any of these interests you use the link above to go directly to the page on Amazon.

  • Lil Plates holiday dinner is grain-free, and a good choice for small breed dogs.
  • Merrick Classic grain-free canned dog food is another good choice, and you will receive 12 cans if you choose this offer.
  • Sojo’s Mix a Meal is a complete doggy food, and if you do a subscription you will receive a discount.
  • Broth and Stock are provided by the brand Nourished Kitchens, and this is a book for those of you who prefer recipes to prepare homemade healthy meals for your dog.
  • Anyone with a small to medium size pet could consider Blue Buffalo, I am providing this brand for my Miniature Australian Shepherd because I want him to be healthy and live a long and happy life. You will only find fresh ingredients in this brand, and best of all no artificial ingredients or preservatives. For anyone with a large breed this brand might not be in your budget, I had a Rottweiler and I know myself I just was not able to afford to feed him the Blue Buffalo brand.
  • Prime Blends is produced by the company Nature’s Recipes, and you will find this contains chicken and beef with no grains.
  • Grain and gluten-free Pumpkin Biscuits might be more of a holiday treat you are more interested in, and Portland Pet Food offers this special holiday treat.
  • Sweet potatoes are very healthy for your canine companion, and I provide these for my Miniature Australian Shepherd regularly. Pet Eden provides sweet potato treats, so if you prefer to provide a holiday treat instead of one of the meals this is a healthy choice.

These are just a few of some of the choices on the first page that caught my eye, so if you are interested in the list I have shared use the Amazon link above to see what else they might have for your best friend. I have not forgotten cat owners, you can also find holiday goodies for your kitty by using the link above as well.

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Pets do enrich our lives especially for those of us who live alone

Thanksgiving With Your Pets

What motivated me to write this article is so many of us will be spending the holiday at home alone, and I have already written an article on how to spend this holiday with your dog, so you can read that article if you are a dog owner. In this paragraph, I am going to provide some tips for cat owners. if it was not for our pets many of us including myself would be very lonely, and just last week my Miniature Australian Shepherd had to spend a few days at the vets and I actually started to feel a little depressed.

  • Cook a special meal for your kitty will make you feel so good inside, we naturally feel happier when doing things for others and this also goes for our pets.
  • Go shopping for a special holiday toy for your cat, and you can find some good choices at your favorite dollar stores. So even if money is a problem due to COVID this year, I am sure you can afford to spend one dollar on a kitty toy.
  • Attention is something my Miniature Australian Shepherd can never get enough of, so if you have a cat that loves attention why not provide them some extra love on the holiday?
  • As you read earlier in this article there are extra special meals available to give to your cat on the holidays, but maybe some of you are wondering what holiday foods are safe to give to cats?

My next paragraph will be providing you exactly that, so read on to learn what holiday foods are safe to give your cat. You always want to know what is safe before giving them any people food, I have done extensive research for my Miniature Australian Shepherd and I even have made a list.

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Safe Holiday People Food For Cats

You will find you can celebrate a happy and safe Thanksgiving with your pets this year, and anyone with a dog or a cat knows how difficult it is to be sad and depressed very long when you have a pet. I honestly just look into my Miniature Australian Shepherds eyes and my day is automatically brightened, so if you are feeling blue just spend some extra time with your dog or cat to brighten your mood. Anyone who lives alone should consider adding one to their home, you can find so many already house-broken by adopting from an animal rescue center.

  • Turkey provides you high protein that is not only good choices for you but is also a good choice for your cat. Avoid giving them the skin, and actually, the breast meat is the healthiest for them. Never give them any uncooked meat, so always be sure it is well cooked to be safe.
  • Mashed potatoes are another food choice to consider, but before you add the butter and any other ingredients set aside a portion for your cat.
  • If you happen to serve plain green beans as many of us do, you can share them as well. Green bean casseroles should never be given to pets, you only want to give them plain vegetables without anything else added.
  • The plain pumpkin so many of us purchase for our home-made pumpkin pies is okay to give your feline. You never want any that has spices given to your cat.
  • My Miniature Australian Shepherd loves carrots uncooked and cooked, and in fact, I give him some daily as a healthy snack. This is also a good holiday treat for your cat, but that is if your feline is one that will eat them? My Rottweiler would not eat carrots in any form, but I never gave them to him as a puppy which is something I should have done.

Next, we are going to learn what people holiday food to avoid giving our pets, and the next paragraph is a good guide for cat owners as well as dog owners.

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Holiday Foods Never Give Pets

To celebrate a happy and safe Thanksgiving with your pets you really need to know what food not to give them as well, so I have included this section because I would never want you to accidentally harm your dog or cat by giving them any of the foods below.

  • Bones from any of your holiday meats are not a good choice, and as much as they do love meat bones you never want to give them to your pets. So please never give them any meat bones just to be safe, so let us see what is next on our list.
  • Gravy is another unsafe food, and the main reason is it is very high in salt which is not safe for any animals. There also is high fat in gravy and both of these are not healthy for them.
  • Stuffing is another one to never feed to your pets, and the reason for this is it is full of spices and most often onions.
  • Never ever feed your dog or cat ham, you will find again this meat type can cause very serious problems. It is high in salt and fat for one thing, and ham is processed which processed foods are not pet-friendly foods.
  • As most pet owners know chocolate is toxic to both dogs and cats, but you also should never feed them any type of desserts as well. You want to provide holiday food that lacks any spices, salt, sugar, and anything artificial ingredients to be safe.

I am very serious about doing my best to provide my Miniature Australian Shepherd only natural foods, I am strongly convinced the artificial ingredients and preservatives are contributing to both our health problems as well as our pets. I am finding pet owners telling me their dogs and cats are experiencing many of the same health problems as we do, so to me, this tells me it must be something both of us are putting into our bodies. Even the chemicals in our products and our pet products could be contributing, so our best strategy is to use as little chemical-loaded products for ourselves plus our dogs and cats.

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Best Natural Cat Food Brands

Since I am allergic to the majority of cat breeds I have never owned a feline pet, but I would think it would be much budget-friendly for someone with a kitty to feed them only natural cat food brands. As for a dog, I find unless you have a very small breed it can be too expensive for many families, but according to the website Buyers Guide Nom Nom is your best choice for a healthy cat. As for any dog owners this website recommends The Farmers Dog, so for anyone interested in the two best natural pet food, this is what the Buyers Guide recommends.

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Prayer For A Sick Pet

Whenever our pets become sick we worry about them just as much as if they were a child, and many of us actually would sacrifice our own health to keep our dog or cat happy and safe. I have a prayer today for anyone with a sick pet.

May your blessing be upon this cat/dog and in your steadfast kindness. Keep (him, her) safe from all harm. We pray that you would show forth your eternal love and mercy, in the companionship and friendship that this cat/dog provides.



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Cats and dogs are precious to many of us and provide us many health benefits

Inspirational Pet Quotes

I strongly believe in inspirational quotes for the benefits they provide us, and I try to include at least a few in the majority of my articles. Today I have a few inspirational quotes for you, and I hope these have brightened your day.

“There’s a saying. If you want someone to love you forever, buy a pet, feed it and keep it around.” Dick Dale, American Musician

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.” Martin Buber, German Philosopher

“Animals are such agreeable friends—they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.” George Eliot, British Author

“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” James Herriot, British Writer

“I think having an animal in your life makes you a better human.” Rachael Ray, American Television Personality

I hope with all my heart these quotes and this article has brightened your day, we all need some extra inspiration dealing with COVID way too long.

Home-Made Recipes For Pets

Today I have included some recipes for cats as an extra bonus to Celebrate a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving With Your Pets, and for anyone interested in preparing their own home-made food this is for you.

  • Kitty Tuna Dreams
  • Kitty Kisses
  • Pet Cookies
  • Liver Licker Dog Treats
  • Sweet Potatoe Dog Treats

These are just a small sample of the recipes you will find by reading the article 21 Easy Home-Made Pet Food And Pet Treat Recipes, so if the ones above sound interesting you might want to read the article to get these and other recipes for your dog or cat.

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Celebrate A Happy And Safe Thanksgiving With Your Pets

Since I am not able to go to my mother’s this year for Thanksgiving due to COVID, I am so fortunate to have my Miniature Australian Shepherd to spend the holiday with. Everyone is not a pet person, and there is nothing wrong with that. Many people who have become pet foster parents have ended up adopting a pet, so this is a very smart way to test the waters if being a pet parenting is right for you. I have faith anyone who lives alone will be rewarded by taking a pet of their choice into their home, and many seniors have overcome being lonely and depressed simply by adopting a cat or dog.

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Celebrating Thanksgiving Counting Our Blessings-Being Thankful During COVID

It is becoming closer to the time to be celebrating Thanksgiving counting our blessings, and even as difficult 2020 has been for all of us. We must stay positive and appreciate that things have not been worse, and for many of us who have lost loved ones, this will be even more challenging.

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Spending The Holiday Alone

Many of us will not be able to spend this traditional holiday with family this year, and all this is due to the COVID pandemic. I am sure some of you will go ahead spending the holiday the traditional way, but many of us like myself will be home alone. With my mother being in her 80’s now, we don’t want to risk infecting her. So my brothers and I will be not going to my mother’s house to keep her safe, and by now the majority of people must admit this is for real and serious. So how do we celebrate Thanksgiving counting our blessings during this crazy time, and that is what this article is all about?

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Ways To Spend The Holiday In 2020

The first thing we must figure out is how to spend the holiday during this pandemic, and people are not happy about changing their habits especially when it comes to this holiday. Spending the day with our families with a feast of our favorite foods is a tradition, so how do we overcome and still enjoy Thanksgiving?

  • Technology is one thing we should be thankful for, and there is a way to use this to still be able to spend the holiday with our families. Many of you are able to have a virtual family holiday, and even though it is not as good as being there in person it can be one way to still celebrate with your family. If you are able to broadcast your computer display on your television, you can do this to enjoy your traditional dinner with your family. Smart devices such as the Amazon Echo Show is one way to accomplish this, you can find a variety of these products to fit everyone’s budget.

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  • I have been considering ordering my mom a meal to arrive for the holiday, and I just might even send her some goodies as well. I also have been thinking about sending my mother a gift basket or even a new houseplant, you can do any of these to show your loved one you are thinking about them. Even though this is not as good as being with them in person, you might be surprised how much this will brighten their Thanksgiving Day.
  • For those of you who live in a warmer climate, you could start planning a picnic outdoors instead of the traditional indoor way of celebrating Thanksgiving counting our blessings, so this is an alternative that is much safer than indoors. You still would want to keep it small in the number of people, but this is an option for those of you living in a climate that would permit you to be with family outdoors.
  • Never be too set in your ways to start new family traditions, so an outdoor picnic or a virtual holiday are two options to consider.
  • Planning ahead is the key to making this year as enjoyable as you possibly can, so even if you are thinking about going virtual or an outdoor picnic, you will need to talk to your family and plan how to accomplish this early.
  • As for an outdoor celebration you might want to consider pre-made portion meals instead of the traditional buffet, and this will be much safer for everyone during the pandemic.
  • Limiting the number of cooks also might be safer than everyone bringing a dish, so by keeping the guest list limited to the immediate family would be your best strategy.
  • Pre-packaged silverware is another option to consider,

These are some suggestions you can consider if you do spend the holiday with your family, but if you have high-risk family members you really would be better to go virtual this year.

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Focusing on your blessings prevents you from losing faith

Counting Our Blessings

There is no doubt it is much easier for all of us to focus on the negative things in our lives, but people who are positive actually have good things happen to them. Counting our blessings is the most important first step in staying mentally healthy, and the next part of this article is going to provide you some motivation and tips on how to get started.

  • How many people take the simple pleasures in our lives for granted, and this is a very good place to start to change how you look at your life. I look forward to the simple act of spending time with my Miniature Australian Shepherd each and every day, I live alone and he is the most precious asset I value the most. We love to take our daily nature walks, and this is a good habit to add to your life as well. Nothing perks us up more than seeing God’s beauty and wild critters, so why not give this a try as a blessing you can count every time you are walking and enjoying nature?
  • Appreciate the people in your life and you meet every day, I have found nothing perks me up more than doing something nice for another person. Even if you are living on a strict budget, you can always find a way to do something for another person. Too many people think you must spend money to do something for others, but the simple act of taking someone’s shopping cart back to the store for them will do more for you than you could imagine.
  • Working on your dreams one day at a time is a blessing, you will appreciate the goals you accomplish by taking them one step at a time. Every goal you achieve is a blessing, so never take for granted what you achieve each day.
  • When you count your blessings each and every day you are naturally more positive, and by doing this you will find you also will become naturally a happier person.
  • Starting a journal is beneficial for some people to get started, and all you do is write everything you are thankful for each day. Many people get more out of writing their thoughts and feelings down, you also are able to go back and read your journal on your bad days which for many people improves their mood.
  • When you are focusing on the positive things you will feel less anxious and stressed, so this is a very good coping skill for the majority of people with high stress in their life.
  • This simple act regularly has improved my own sleep problems, and I am not a constant worrier today as in the past.

This should motivate you plus give you a good start to counting your blessings each and every day, you will find this also will have you with time naturally seeing the world more positive.

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How To Say Thank You

I don’t know about you and your family, but my family seldom says thank you. I have made this a point to do every chance I get, I always thank the cashier when checking out naturally. You might find this part of the article helpful and interesting, I am going to provide you ways to say thank you. I feel confident you will find some of these a good fit for you, and this is another good habit to add to your daily routine.

  • Thanks
  • Thank You
  • Appreciate It
  • Cheers
  • Thank You So Much
  • I Appreciate What You Do For Me

Now how do you respond to someone who thanks you is another awkward moment for some of us, and below are some ways you can accomplish this.

  • Sure
  • No Problem
  • Don’t Worry About It
  • You’re Welcome
  • Don’t Mention It
  • It’s My Pleasure

As you are celebrating Thanksgiving counting our blessings you might also want to learn how to say thank you and respond to others who thank you. Many of us feel awkward when someone does something for us, and I am one who had to work very hard on this in the past.

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Thanksgiving Quotes

I have some quotes to share with you today, and these came from the website Brainy Quotes. Quotes are a great way to stay positive, I read them every day and I even have some come to my email box by signing up with my favorite websites.

On Thanksgiving I will stop to give thanks that my family is safe and healthy, especially because I realize that, following the tragedies of this year, it is all too real a possibility that they might not have been.

Bobby Jindal

Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving.

Amy Grant

An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.

Irv Kupcinet

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.

Oprah Winfrey

Over and over I marvel at the blessings of my life: Each year has grown better than the last.

Lawrence Welk

Thanksgiving Prayers

The prayers below are from the website Christians Want To Know, and I am happy to be able to share the prayers with all of you.

We Give Thanks

Our Father in Heaven,
We give thanks for the pleasure
Of gathering together for this occasion.
We give thanks for this food
Prepared by loving hands.
We give thanks for life,
The freedom to enjoy it all
And all other blessings.
As we partake of this food,
We pray for health and strength
To carry on and try to live as You would have us.
This we ask in the name of Christ,
Our Heavenly Father.

Help Me Thanksgiving Day Prayer

O God, when I have food,
help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work,
help me to remember the jobless;
When I have a home,
help me to remember those who have no home at all;
When I am without pain,
help me to remember those who suffer,
And remembering,
help me to destroy my complacency;
bestir my compassion,
and be concerned enough to help;
By word and deed,
those who cry out for what we take for granted.

-Samuel F. Pugh

Thanksgiving Dinner Prayer

Heavenly Father, on Thanksgiving Day
We bow our hearts to You and pray.
We give You thanks for all You’ve done
Especially for the gift of Jesus, Your Son.
For beauty in nature, Your glory we see
For joy and health, friends and family,
For daily provision, Your mercy and care
These are the blessings You graciously share.
So today we offer this response of praise
With a promise to follow You all of our days.

-Mary Fairchild

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Safety Tips For Families

The following safety tips for families were provided by the website NY Metro Parents, and they are from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • It is recommended you have a small dinner with just the family members who live in your household, and if you desire to prepare a box of food for neighbors and friends drop it off at their door.
  • A virtual holiday is suggested for the children to see and talk with their grandparents, and this might not be as special as in person but it is safer for the grandparents.
  • Another option as I shared earlier in this article is an outdoor event, and the article suggests a park as a good place.
  • Family nature hikes are good activities for the entire family, you should wear masks and keep social distancing as much as possible.
  • Avoid shopping in stores on the holiday and Black Friday this year, and instead, do your shopping online.
  • Consider a movie marathon as a holiday activity, and don’t forget about the Macy’s Parade.
  • Football games are still a very good activity for the fans in your family, but avoid inviting anyone outside of your family.

Even though this year has to be different due to the pandemic, I hope some of the suggestions in this article will provide your family with a special Thanksgiving Day.

Virtual Devices For Families

Since having a virtual holiday might be new to some of my readers, I thought maybe some of these virtual devices might be interesting and helpful for some of you.

So these are some options for families to consider staying in touch despite we are in a pandemic, and hopefully next year we can spend the holidays with our families in person again.

Celebrating Thanksgiving Counting Our Blessings

This article is full of information for families on how to stay safe during the pandemic, I know the holidays are not going to be nearly as special this year. We can still enjoy them and keep in touch with our families with the tips provided, I really want to encourage you to start right now counting your blessings each and every day. If you are safe and healthy, you have so much to be thankful for. I am praying for everyone in the entire world to get through this safely and feel free to leave me a comment if you wish me to add you to my prayer list personally.








How To Celebrate Thanksgiving With Your Dog-Holiday Tips For Dog Owners

How to celebrate Thanksgiving with your dog is something many of us might be doing this year, so many of us live alone far from our families. Since COVID-19 is at its worse during this holiday season, you might be like me and going to be spending the holidays alone? So this article’s intention is to provide holiday tips for dog owners, and hopefully, this will provide you some motivation and ideas on how to cope better despite being alone? I for one would be very lonely and even depressed without my fur baby, so this blog post is for anyone who shares their home with a dog.

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Feeling Lonely And Depressed

I want to share my feelings today with all of you, I had to take my Miniature Australian Shepherd to the vet yesterday. Until I spent the evening without him, I really didn’t realize how much he enriches my life, and all evening and today I have been feeling lonely and a bit on the blue side. You see he has to stay there for several days, and this is the first time I came home without him greeting me at the door. So until you don’t have your canine companion you might not realize just how much they are an emotional support to you, I now am writing this article for myself and for you how to celebrate Thanksgiving with your dog. For many of us, this might be the first time we will not be traveling to be with our families? If you are lucky enough to have a canine companion, you are not going to be alone.

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You Might Not Realize How Much Of A Emotional Support Your Dog Is To You Until They Are Not There

Quotes For Dog Lovers

Before I started reading inspirational quotes daily my mood often was not as positive as it is today, I find it amazing how simply reading daily quotes starts my day on such a positive note. If this is not the first article you are reading on Free Family Solutions, you will notice I very seldom lack providing you at least some of these to brighten your day. I would love to hear from you if these are something that improves your day after reading this article, you can leave me a comment at the end of this blog post if you desire to share.

“If your dog is fat, you aren’t getting enough exercise.” – Anonymous

“If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them.” – Phil Pastoret

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. – Josh Billings

“Anybody who doesn’t know what soap tastes like never washed a dog.” – Franklin P. Jones

“No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you feel rich.” – Louis Sabin

Dogs are wise. They crawl away into a quiet corner and lick their wounds and do not rejoin the world until they are whole once more. – Agatha Christie

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” ― Roger A. Caras, writer and preservationist

“It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.” ― John Grogan, author

“I want to love like a dog, with unabashed devotion and complete lack of concern about what people do for a living, how much money they have, or how much they weigh.” – Oprah Winfrey

If you never owned a pet, you don’t know what you have been missing. A home is not a home without a dog, and every single person should consider giving them a home. I always had one until right after my ex abandoned me when I became ill, and that time was the most miserable time in my life without a canine companion.

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Besides inspirational quotes prayers reach a very special place in my heart, so this is another thing I share in the majority of my articles from time to time. I have a prayer that I wish to share with you today, and I do hope this reaches a special place in your heart.

I smile as I think of my beloved one –

Running and playing,

And cuddling with me.

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for my delightful pet.

I ask that you would bless my pet with good health and
long life.

In Jesus’ name, I pray,


For more inspirational prayers you can visit the website Inspirational-Prayers, you will find a variety of topics and something for everyone here.

Top Rated Dog Foods Recommended

How many of you are like me when it comes to wanting to provide your best friend the top-rated food, I want more than anything else to provide my Miniature Australian Shepherd the best food that will provide him a long and healthy life, you can find the top-rated puppy and dog foods recommended by Dog Advisor in their article. They rate them by category, and also they are what they suggest you choose in 2020.  What about for specific breeds, so how many of you ever wondered if it depends on the breed of your canine companion which food would be best to be feeding your puppy or dog? As an extra bonus in the article, you can search by the specific breed by visiting the website Dog Food Guide, so if this is something that might interest you check out their article. Since my Miniature Australian Shepherd is not a very large breed, I am providing him with Blue Buffalo, but when I had my Rottweiler it just was not possible for me to feed him this brand. So I really do feel you must consider the breed and size of your pet, and also what fits the best in your budget.

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Fun Activities For Your Dog And You

The majority of dogs love just spending time with their owners, I find my Miniature Australian Shepherd loves to spend time with me walking the nature trails. Another fun way indoors is me throwing his ball for him to chase after it, and his breed is very high energy. So I must stay active with him so he does not get bored, and when they become bored is when they get into trouble. Let us look at some more ways how to celebrate Thanksgiving with your dog, and the more time you spend with them the closer your bond will become.

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Frisbee
  • Jogging
  • Playing Ball
  • Movie Night With Treats
  • Doggy Football
  • Tug of War
  • Hide n Seek
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Which Hand Game
  • Dog Park
  • Dog Tag
  • Go Exploring
  • Hide The Kong Filled With Peanut Butter
  • Take Some Funny Photographs of Your Dog
  • Dress Up Your Dog
  • Exercise With Your Dog
  • Nature Trail Running
  • Parks
  • Lakes
  • Skateboarding

Some dogs are more athletic than others, so just like a person, you have to experiment with activities you enjoy and include your dog to see how they react. I know people who exercise on treadmills with their dogs, and my neighbor rides his bike and his dog tags along. You just never know what you might find that the two of you are able to do together, but like children, most dogs just enjoy having fun with their owners.

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Thanksgiving Safe Foods For Your Dog

We all love to spoil our fur babies, and on the holidays is no exception. As a dog owner, you need to know which foods are safe to give your best friend? So let us see how you can spoil your baby this Thanksgiving, and keep them safe.

  • Sweet potatoes are a great choice to give to your dog, and my Miniature Australian Shepherd just loves them. Since those are the only type of potatoes I am able to eat, I must admit he gets them more often than just on Thanksgiving.
  • When it comes to fruit apples are a good option, and vitamin A and C is very good for them. I do want to warn you to be sure not to allow them to have any of the seeds, and these can be harmful to them.
  • Turkey is a much-appreciated treat, but you should be careful there are no bones in the meat. You also should never give them the skin, so just be careful when giving them turkey meat.
  • Plain green beans are very healthy for your pet, but no butter or any spices.
  • Pumpkin is a very healthy treat but avoid the canned pumpkin pie filling.
  • My little guy just loves frozen yogurt anytime, so this is one of the healthy treats I spoil my baby with on the holidays.

Now you know some healthy Thanksgiving foods you can share with your canine friend, but what are some that you never want to give them?

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Thanksgiving Foods Never To Give Dogs

Now we are going to learn what we should never give our dogs, and as much as we love to spoil them. we never would want to give them anything that might harm them. so let us see what to avoid giving them.

  • Turkey Bones
  • Turkey Skin
  • Gravy
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Chocolate
  • Raisins
  • Grapes
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Ham
  • Spicey Foods

Here are some of the Thanksgiving foods you never want to give your dog, so you might want to write these down for the future just to be safe?

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Thanksgiving Doggy Toys

I am always keeping my eye out for something special to buy when out shopping for Aussie, and I found this article on Breeding Business with the best Thanksgiving toys for dogs.

  • Nylabone Turkey Leg Toy
  • KONG Shakers Honkers
  • Turkey Leg Chew Toy
  • Gourmet Turkey Chew Toy
  • Thanksgiving Squeak Plush Toy
  • Snug n Tug Plush
  • Gobble Ball
  • Play King Holiday Toy
  • BULLYMake Turkey Leg Toy
  • Power Plush Turkey

My Miniature Australian Shepherd will be 2 years old in December, and his favorite toys are balls of all sizes. Playing ball with me is his favorite indoor activity that we do every single day, and he also loves those rope toys to play tug of war with me. Of course, I always allow him to win the tug of war, I just love how proud he is when he thinks he pulled his rope toy out of my hands.

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How To Celebrate Thanksgiving With Your Dog

Living alone I know my Miniature Australian Shepherd makes my holidays less lonely, and right now I am missing him terribly. Lucky tomorrow I can go to the vets and bring him home, I just can’t imagine living without a dog in my home. So this article is for all of you who love dogs as much as I do, you will never find another critter that will give you so much love and joy than your best friend and canine companion.










Continuing Care Retirement Communities In Pa-Help For Senior Citizens

Continuing care retirement communities in Pa is a guide for senior citizens, so if you are interested in learning more please keep reading what I have to share with you. Let us start with what questions you should ask to help you choose the right one, so let us get started with this guide.

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What To Ask

The first thing you want to do is include the senior in the decision, you don’t want to make this decision totally on your own. This will ease the entire family’s anxiety, so let us see what questions your family should consider asking before choosing the continuing care retirement communities in Pa, and when you are ready let us begin.

  • The first question I  would be asking is if they are a profit or non-profit community?
  • Secondly, you want to be sure they are financially stable to provide for the needs of your loved one.
  • You will want to be sure to fully understand what all is included with the monthly fee, so it is good to take your time comparing this with other possible choices.
  • Will the community be able to provide the freedom plus the independence you are looking for, and if so just how will they provide this?
  • Emergency response systems are very important for anyone living is something you should be concerned about, you want your loved one to be safe and taken well care of if anything unexpected happens.
  • If it was me, I would be interested in the present resident’s personal experiences, and many times you can have access to surveys that are from the residents if you ask about them.
  • Input and feedback from the people already living there can be important access, so don’t hesitate to talk to some of the folks living there for their own personal opinions.
  • Will the person be able to remain living there as their needs change as they become older, so asking if they provide independent and assisted living is something you might want to ask them.
  • Does the community provide programs for the residents, and if so what are the programs provided.
  • My last question is a very important one to do carefully, you want to take the resident agreement home and take your time reading it. You might want to get other family member’s opinions as well, and some people will even allow their lawyer to go over it with them.

 Leading Age is one resource you might be interested in checking out as you are shopping for continuing care retirement communities in Pa. 

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Continuing Care Communities Resources

As important as this is, I feel it is my duty to write this article to provide you more resources. So below I have shared some more places that you and your family can get access to more information.

These will give you a good start to find the information and communities, so in my next paragraph, I am going to provide you with the opportunities provided for seniors in these communities.

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What Senior Communities Can Provide You

More and more people as they retire are moving to senior communities, and this is expected to just keep growing as time goes by. So what are some of the benefits of moving into a senior community, and below are some of the main benefits seniors share that are living in this type of living situation in their golden years?

  • Many people in their senior years share that one benefit they appreciate is it consolidates their living expenses, so this provides them a better life after retirement.
  • Healthier meals are their second favorite part about living in a senior community.
  • Increases their social interaction with people their own age, so making more friends is always a very positive asset in everyone’s life.
  • The majority of people experience less anxiety and share they feel much safer.
  • Others have experienced staying fit and even improving their health, so this is something they say they would never do when living in their old home and neighborhood.
  • Traveling to places they would otherwise never visit through the community road trips, and the best part they say is they don’t need to worry about driving.
  • You will receive personal care services as you need them, so this is yet another thing people love about where they are living now.

So you have heard from people actually living in continuing care retirement communities in Pa, so next, we are going to learn about what services you can expect to receive.

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What Services Can You Expect

Every community does not provide the same services to its residents, but I am going to share some of the ones you might be interested in when choosing between different senior communities to make your new retirement homestead.

  • One service you should be sure that is provided is housekeeping chores, so the majority provide either daily or weekly services. If this is something you feel you need and want, you must be sure it is included wherever you plan to move.
  • Another one that is usually provided is laundry, and this is another service I would want to be included if I was going to one of these senior communities.
  • How cool would it be to eat your meals in a dining room outside of your room every day, so this means no grocery shopping which for me is a major chore I really dislike doing.
  • You should check into the medical care before making your choice, I would opt for 24-hour medical care.
  • Social activities are another important thing to consider, you will find being socially active to be a very good health benefit. So be sure the place you choose provides activities that you are going to enjoy, and this will make your life better being active with other people your age.
  • Just think no more vehicle expenses if transportation is included to take you to do your errands,
  • No more having to pay all your utilities, so this will provide you less anxiety and stress budgeting your bank account.
  • The last one I am going to suggest you consider is a wellness program, and these can be anything from yoga classes to swimming aerobics.

Now you have a much better idea of what to look for, and many of us had no idea what was available until reading this article. So if this information was found to be helpful please share with your family and friends, and I always encourage my readers to leave me comments and requests.

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Where To Start Looking

I thought many of you would appreciate me taking the time to include some of the best continuing care retirement communities in Pa with you, so before I share the top choices they begin in pricing $3600.00 per month. Since many of you might not have the budget to go with these, I also am providing a link for you to be able to search for every city in the state of Pennsylvania on your own.

  1. Masonic Villiage Elizabeth Town
  2. Masonic Villiage Sewickley
  3. Pennswoods Villiage Newtown
  4. Friendship Villiage Upper Saint Clair
  5. Waverly Heights Gladwyne
  6. Masonic Villiage Lafayette

So these are the top six senior communities in the state of Pennsylvania, but you can use the link above which will take you to a page with these and the option to search for other choices by the city of your choice.

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Preparing For Retirement

Many of us are forced to retire before we plan to, but what are some things we should be doing to prepare for retirement before we reach the retirement age? My neighbor was forced to retire before his time due to health problems, so sadly he was not prepared, so this motivated me to add the steps to be ready just in case you also end up in this situation.

  • Once you reach your 50th birthday you need to start thinking about getting out of debt, so many of us end up having to retire before we are financially ready.
  • For many, this is not possible today, but for those who are able to have an emergency fund is something you should try to plan. My neighbor was lucky enough to have money in the bank to live on until he reached retirement age, so this is another important thing to think about while you are still young and healthy.
  • Start living below your budget is a great goal to begin, so instead of taking expensive trips or spending a fortune on your grandchildren put some away for a rainy day.
  • Doing the research to understand what your needs are going to be after you retire is important, and many of us will experience more need for medical expenses at this time.
  • People who are able to start planning for retirement while they are young and healthy are the most prepared.
  • Don’t wait until the last minute to find out about your social security benefits, so many people are not aware of their benefits before they retire.

Every important decision in our lives requires to do the work to be prepared, so following the steps above will assist you to be ready when your golden years begin.

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Retirement Quotes

I thought you might enjoy reading some quotes related to when you are no longer going to work day after day, but hopefully enjoying being retired.

A retired husband is often a wife’s full-time job.” – Ella Harris

“I enjoy waking up and not having to go to work. So, I do it three or four times a day.” – Gene Perret

“Retirement is not the end of the road. It is the beginning of the open highway.” – Author Unknown

“As you embark on the exciting journey into retirement, you will experience a transition that will be both thrilling and terrifying.” –Olivia Greenwell

“Establishing new schedules and routines is a great way to make the transition into retirement easier and help seniors find a new path forward.” – Samantha Westwood

I am praying for all of you when your time arrives to retire you are healthy enough to enjoy your golden years, but sadly so many of us are unable to enjoy that luxury due to our failing health.

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Retirement Party Prayers

For anyone coming close to retiring a party will be in the plan, so here are a few retirement prayers you might wish to consider.

Dear Lord,

Thank you for this special day.

We are excited about the opportunity to honor ____________ and celebrate the event of his/her retirement.

Lord, we thank you for all the ways that you have protected him/her and provided for him/her through the years.

We pray that you would make this retirement party a special time of joyful fellowship and warm memories.

In Jesus’ name, we pray,



Dear Lord,

Thank you for this special day that we have dedicated to celebrating with our friend _______.*

We ask that you would remind __________ of warm, happy memories and inspire __________ with thoughts of future joyful times.

May all his/her paths be filled with your best gifts.

In Jesus’ name, we pray,


Feel free to use these prayers if they appeal to you, and you just will need to fill in the blanks with the name of the special man or woman the party is for.

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Before I end this article I wish to provide you a link to most of your favorite stores and even stores you might not be familiar with, and this is my gift to you for reading my article on Free Family Solutions today.

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Since I live in the state of Pennsylvania, I thought this would be a good article to write for my fellow Pennsylvanians. The reason I added the steps to preparing for retirement is that so many people today are forced to quit working due to health problems. My neighbor is a perfect example of this, and I also was forced to give up working at a very young age. So never think this can’t happen to you, and I do suggest you start thinking about preparing for retirement by the time you reach your 50th birthday if not before.









Best Apps For Seniors With Dementia-How To Help Seniors

Do you know anyone in your family or friends that the best apps for seniors with dementia would help, since the pandemic I have been more focused on the men and women in my community? Those who are in their golden years are our main group to protect, but despite COVID, we also need to be aware of how dementia is affecting them.

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How To Help Your Loved One

I inserted the link above for anyone interested in activities for their loved ones getting up in age, and it is a fact these can be the most beneficial choices to keep their cognitive functioning at its best. Everyone does not experience this health issue as they age, and many of those who don’t is simply because they stay active using some of the ways below.

  • Men and women who read regularly are known to be sharper mentally than those that don’t, so the simple act of providing them books that interest them is one of the better choices.
  • Adult coloring books have become very popular for all ages, but this simple hobby is another option to provide older folks.
  • Crossword and word search puzzles can be a great gift, and many older men and women actually enjoy doing them once they get started.
  • One of the newest products is the conversation cards, and you can find these to benefit those with early signs of cognitive decline. Many people will begin having problems finding the right words during chit-chatting with their family, so if you notice this is happening these have helped some people.
  • The Mind Diet Cookbook focuses on using food for enhancing brain functioning, and I for one feel what we put into our bodies can be our most powerful weapon to stay healthy.
  • Playing games with your loved ones is another good way to keep them healthier mentally, so even though these are just a handful of suggestions, they are a good place to start.

With today’s technology, you have access to so much information than ever before, and my article on the best apps for seniors with dementia is a good place to start learning more about what you can do for older adults.

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About The MIND Diet Cookbook

You will find quick and tasty recipes especially found to enhance brain functioning, I am sure you will be happy to hear these also are preventive, and natural alternative health options. If you are all for the natural approach before medications, I suggest you check out this book with the link above. Here are just some of the benefits you or your loved ones could experience, and all you have to do is cook and eat the right foods.

  • Memory improvement is only one benefit people have experienced from changing their diet, and how many of us are not in need to make this improvement today? Grains are known to contribute to our brain functioning, and I for one since going grain-free am able to think much more clearly.
  • Better concentration to enjoy and do the activities shared in this article, and the more people eat right and do these activities the more improvement they experience.
  • Mentally healthier just by changing your diet, and by changing how you spend your day.
  • 135 easy to prepare recipes with the best foods to enhance brain functioning, so I am sure you are curious about some of these recipes and below I have listed a sample of them just for you.

Brain Enhancing Recipes

  • Pumpkin Muffins
  • Blueberry Smoothie
  • Mango Guacamole
  • Walnut Kale Salad
  • Salmon Tacos
  • Rosemary Chicken
  • Chocolate Pecan Pie

I am sure these have tempted you enough to at least check out this inexpensive cookbook, and I know for a fact by changing my diet this has improved my health both physically and mentally.

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Daily Aid Apps

The first thing the majority of people experience is communication, memory, and struggling to be able to perform their daily tasks. So I chose these apps to share with you, and I am sure you will find them not only useful but as well interesting to know they exist.

You will find all of these apps are good choices for everyone, so you can’t go wrong by choosing all of these for your loved one. I really believe if you know a senior who is struggling with any of the daily tasks above these are the best apps for seniors with dementia to choose as gifts or just because you love them.

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Memory Training Apps

Another type of apps great for seniors is memory training apps, so these are awesome choices to keep their cognitive functioning sharp despite their age. These are similar to going to your local YMCA through the Silver Sneakers Program to stay physically healthier as you age, but instead of improving your physical health, you will be improving your cognitive health instead. You might know these more by the name as brain games, so if apps with memory-enhancing functioning would be something that would interest a senior you know, these are good choices to consider.

Relaxation Apps

How many people do you know who are not able to relax, and many older people are known for sleeping less than they should. When I go shopping I like to go early in the morning, and that is because I am always in bed early and up early. The majority of people I see while shopping at this time are seniors, so if you know anyone who is not sleeping or able to relax enough these are also good ones to choose. You might even find these types will benefit you, so even if you are not older you still might want to check these out for yourself?

Games Apps

I must admit games are not my cup of tea, I just never enjoyed playing games. For me, I just feel there are better ways for me to spend my time. So one way is to be helping those of you reading my articles, and I am into doing crossword puzzles. Many of the people who are older tell me they love to do the word search games, so this is one of the best apps for seniors with dementia that enjoy word search games. Another popular activity I am not into but is something many love to do are jigsaw puzzles, so if this applies you can find these at very low prices in dollar stores most of the time.

Caregiver Apps

For those of you who are caregivers, there are apps available just for you.  You can find some of the answers to your problems simply by having access to these, I know when my grandmother developed dementia my mother would have loved to have access to information. So this is something to consider checking out as well if you are taking care of someone with cognitive decline, so these are the best apps for seniors with dementia you will find.

What Causes Cognitive Decline

There are several known reasons that contribute to cognitive decline, and there are many people who never receive treatment simply because they often think they are losing their minds. My grandmother was one of these people, and she isolated herself in her bedroom in my parent’s home so no one would find out. You see at that time people thought they would be put into a mental hospital, so many kept their symptoms a secret by isolating. So what are some of the things that contribute to this I feel you should know, and I have shared them with you below.

  • Medication is now thought to contribute to mental decline, so I go with the natural approach before ever taking any medications. Many of the long-term side-effects can be memory problems, so taking care of yourself when you are younger is important for when you become older.
  • Chronic anxiety which is very common in our society can also contribute to your mental health, and sadly so many people are walking around suffering from this without being able to receive treatment. Some are able to afford to get treatment, and again people are scared they are losing their minds.
  • Depression for long periods is another major contributor, and both anxiety and depression are way too common today.
  • Toxic relationships can also be a factor for some of us, and especially if it includes long-term mental abuse from your partner.

It is important for early screening and treatment, and as you age your more at risk to experience dementia. So knowing the early signs is important, and that is what I am going to share with you next.

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Knowing The Early Signs

Everyone at any age could be experiencing some of the early signs from time to time, but when they become a part of your daily life that is when you need to take them as being serious signs you might be experiencing early symptoms of dementia.

  • Short-term memory loss is one early sign to be aware of, so ask yourself can you remember what you had for lunch today? Many people with cognitive decline experience simple memory problems such as this, but just because you can’t remember what you had for lunch from time to time does not mean you are experiencing dementia. You could just not had enough sleep that day, and when we push our bodies with too many things this can happen as well. When it becomes regularly a problem, you should consult your physician about this.
  • Another early sign for many people is starting to experience communication problems, and often they just can’t think of the right word or words during conversations.
  • Easily become confused is often a problem for many people and my grandmother often had no idea what day it was or even what month.
  • Completing everyday living tasks is often another sign, and one common problem is forgetting you have something on the stove cooking.  My grandmother often was doing this before my parents took her into their home, we also noticed she had difficulty dressing. Many times she would be wearing her tops inside out, and she started doing this pretty much every day.
  • Budgeting a bank account becomes a struggle when they have been doing this on their own for years, you will find making little mistakes mentally regularly as a sign you need to start taking care of them.
  • My grandmother started repeating the same thing over and over again, she even got to the point she thought my grandfather was still alive who was deceased for many years.
  • Watch out for extreme mood changes without any reason or warning, they can be in a good mood one minute and the next accusing people of trying to steal from them.
  • Isolation is a sure sign to get them to a physician, and even if they are not experiencing mental decline something is not right if they suddenly want to be alone all the time.
  • The lack of taking care of themselves by showering and eating properly are sure reasons to be concerned, and many times the problem is they actually think they showered or bathed that day and even had their meals.
  • My grandmother became very inappropriate in her behavior, she started stealing things for no reason. We would find her with things that she would not even ever use, and she had no idea where she even got the things.
  • Sneaking out of the house at all hours of the night, and the worse part is many times they will become so confused not having any idea where they are or how to get back home.

These are just some of the early signs that I can remember from my own grandmother, and as time went on her personality changed as well. Most of the time my grandmother could remember things in the past, but when it came to the present she was like a lost little sheep from her flock.

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Best Apps For Seniors With Dementia

Watching your grandmother slowly change from dementia is a very emotional experience for anyone, I am dedicating this article in the memory of my grandmother who I miss very much. She took care of my brothers and me most of our childhood, and to see such a strong independent woman eventually become a vegetable was the most dramatic experience of my life. So please get your loved one to a physician as soon as you start noticing the early signs, and the sooner you do the more chances they will not suffer for almost 15 years as my own loved one did. She physically lived to be 94 years old, but her last 15 years were not living but only existing.