Four Tips for Adopting a Pet For the First Time

23482051512_bc3ba4abcf_zAdopting a pet can be a wonderful experience for families or individuals. However, if it’s your first time bringing home a dog, cat or another furry friend from the humane society, it can be a little daunting. How do you provide the best care for your new pet and make it an easy transition? Follow these four key tips for adopting a pet for the first time to make your experience the best one possible.

 

Be Prepared

Before you pick up your pup or kitty, make sure you’ve educated yourself on the basics. Read up on training methods, exercise routines and food options. Figure out what you think will be best for your new pet and make a shopping trip for the basics—food, bowls, a collar and leash and a bed.

 

Be Courteous

Animals are capable of experiencing stress just like we are, and your new pet will no doubt find the transition stressful. Keep this in mind for the first week or two. Give your dog or cat space and allow them to adjust. Avoid causing any extra excitement like guests, interaction with other animals, or travel.

 

Be Consistent

Start a routine with your new pet right away. Check with the shelter to see what kind of eating schedule your pet has been on, and if you intend to change it, do so gradually.

 

Be Flexible

Know that your can spend hours planning for the moment you bring your new furry friend home, but it probably won’t go as perfectly as planned. Your pet may not take to the food you’ve chosen for it, or may not want to lay in its bed right away. Make sure you are working with your pet, and not against it. Be patient and consistent, and your pet will learn to trust you and love you in no time.

Gas Saving Tips

11437082723_d6641896c5_zAs fall rolls in, it’s time for families and friends to plan their holiday road trips. School is in session, which means lots of driving around for students and parents. Meanwhile, gas prices continue to fluctuate, but even at the lowest cost, buying gas is always a drag. Use these gas saving tips to help you cut down on the cash you spend on fuel.

Slow Down

There’s nothing that says you have to be the head of the pack when that light turns green. Easy acceleration uses less gas than putting the pedal to the metal. On the other end of the spectrum, braking suddenly is also a gas guzzler. It’s more efficient to let yourself slow gradually. And, unless you’re as late as Alice’s white rabbit, drive the speed limit. Just cutting down on your highway speed by 5 mph can make a big difference in gas usage.

 

Practice Good Maintenance

In general, a good car maintenance routine will ensure that you’re getting the most mileage to the tank. Regular oil changes and engine check ups are an important part in making your car work smarter, not harder. You should also get in the habit of checking your tire pressure each time you fill up. Properly inflated tires will maximize your mile to the gallon.

 

Cool Down the Right Way

There’s one myth that says the air conditioning in a car will always use up lots of gas. This is true in some cases, like if the car is left idling. In that situation, or if you’re doing city driving, opt for windows down. But, when it comes to cruising on the highway, windows down will cause enough wind resistance to increase gas usage. At higher speeds, go for the AC.