Do you think your pooch is spoiled but aren’t sure how you can tell? In this episode of Rescue Me, I’m going to give you a quiz that will let you know if your pup is pampered or needs some more love. We’ll look at everything from birthday presents and social media to canine comforts and
Presents To Pictures
Let's see how spoiled your dog is. Give yourself—or your dog—one point for each of these things you do or have for your pup. If you bought your dog a birthday present, give yourself one point. If you have or haven’t moved into a home or an apartment because it wouldn't work for your dog, that’s another point.
Give yourself one point if you plan play dates for your dog. If your dog has their own social media account—whether on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram—you get one point. Add a point if you let your dog sleep in the bed with you, if you take them to the pet store so they can pick out their own toys, and if you've ever hired a professional photographer to take pictures of your dog.
Peanut Butter To Furry Children
If you have a jar of peanut butter in your pantry that's just for your dog, give yourself another point. Does your dog have their own basket to hold their toys? One point. If you do your dog goes on vacation with you, that’s another point. And if you have a Christmas stocking just for your dog, add another.
Give yourself a point if you have framed pictures of your dog at your house or your office. If you’ve ever stayed in bed or on the couch longer than you wanted to because your dog was laying on you and you didn't want to disturb them, add a point. If you've put a fan on in the room for the dog because you thought they might get hot at night, add that to the tally.
Finally, if you refer to your dog as “son” or “daughter,” give yourself a point.
How Did You Score?
Now it’s time to add up all your points. How did you score? I scored 12 out of a possible 15, so my dog is pretty spoiled. Make sure you put your scores in the comments so I know how you ranked, and tell me what else you do to spoil your furry friend.
I hope you had fun with this pet quiz! Remember, I’m the Adopt A Dog Realtor, so if you plan to buy or sell a house, I’d be happy to help. Make sure to subscribe to my channel so you never miss an episode of Rescue Me, and stay tuned to see what I feature next!
Are you selling your house and want to know the best way to get top dollar and sell it fast? In this episode of Rescue Me, I’m going to show you how I use digital staging to get my clients a quicker offer and sell their homes for more money. We’ll look at what digital staging is, how it works, and see some real examples of what you can expect.
What Is Digital Staging?
Digital staging technology has gotten so good that chances are, you won't even realize the pictures have been altered. There are really two different kinds of digital staging. First, we can take a vacant home and make it look completely furnished. Second, we can take a furnished home, remove your well-loved furniture, and replace those pieces with brand new furniture.
Let's look at some before and after pictures of some of the homes I've had virtually staged, starting with some vacant homes. Our first example is the living room of a home in Foothill Farms that’s just kind of blah. The after picture definitely gives you an idea of how this room could shine with the right furniture.
The second example is an empty bedroom from a home in Carmichael. Again, it's just blah, with no color. In the after picture, notice the details of the virtual staging. You can even see the reflection of the bed in the mirror, making it look so realistic.
The next digitally staged example is a family room from a home in Fair Oaks. The room was all white, but in the after photo, any potential buyer can now easily see how this room could be used. If you look through the sliding glass door, the staging company even added furniture in the sunroom.
Below is the sunroom of that same house. Yes; that is orange, shag carpeting. In the after, you can see that the digital staging company took out the carpet, put in a tile floor, and changed the entire feel of the room.
Changing Out Furniture
I know what some people will say. Hey Tim, aren't you kind of deceiving buyers by making the place look better than it really is? Yes and no. I'm trying to show the buyer the potential the house has. We never change anything permanent on the house.
Rather, we just change things that a buyer could change themselves. We also always tell the consumer that the photograph is digitally staged. A lot of times, I will add the unstaged photos at the end of the photo array for comparison.
Now let's look at some homes that were already furnished but needed a little bit of help to make them shine. This first picture is from a home in Rancho Cordova, where the family had kids and everything that comes with kids. In the after picture, they removed the furniture and kids' toys and replaced them with some modern furniture.
This next photo shows a bathroom with some personal items left out. In the after photo, now the buyer can focus on this amazing bathroom without trying to look past the personal items.
In our final two pictures, I would hope that a professional real estate agent would never use pictures like this to market someone's home when you now know we have the technology to make the kitchen look like this. The after photo is a kitchen that will definitely draw in potential buyers.
Use Digital Staging For Your Home Sale
I hope this gives you a better idea of how we could use digital staging to get you a quicker offer and hopefully more money. If you have any questions about how digital staging can help sell your home, please reach out and I’ll be happy to connect.
I’ll be glad to sit down and explain everything I do to market your house. My consultation is always free, and there's never any obligation. Make sure to subscribe to my channel so you never miss an episode of my show, and stay tuned to see what I feature next!
Do you have trouble resisting those big brown eyes and that cute doggy grin when you're having a snack? In this episode of Rescue Me, I’m going to share 14 things your dog should never eat and human foods you should never share. We’ll look at why these foods can hurt your furry friend and what to do if they accidentally ingest some.
If you’re wondering whether a little treat is really that bad for your dog, it depends on what it is and what’s in it. If your dog eats any of these foods, please document the time and how much they ate, and then call your vet immediately. If you don't have a vet, the ASPCA has a poison control number you can call to get help.
The first thing your dog should never eat is Xylitol. While this isn't a food, it's a sweetener that's in a lot of foods that we eat, including some kinds of peanut butter—and I know peanut butter is a very common thing to give to a dog. It's very important that you check the ingredients on your peanut butter and make sure Xylitol is not listed in the ingredients.
Unfortunately, Xylitol is very dangerous to dogs. It can cause a drop in blood pressure and can also cause liver failure. If your dog has anything that contains Xylitol in it, please get them to a vet immediately.
Number two is avocado. All parts of the avocado plant contain a substance called persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea in your dog. Obviously, the large slippery pit of an avocado could also easily be swallowed by a larger dog and cause blockage in their intestines.
#3: Onions And Garlic
Your dog should never eat onions and garlic in any form. Whether raw, cooked, dehydrated, or powdered, garlic and onions can be dangerous to your dog. It can kill off their red blood cells and cause anemia in your dog, even if ingested just once.
Coffee, tea, and any caffeinated products should not be consumed by your dog. Watch out for coffee and tea even in the bean or leaf form. This would also include colas and energy drinks. If you think they've ingested any of these things, get them to a vet immediately.
#5: Grapes And Raisins
Number five is grapes and raisins, which can cause liver failure in your dog. Just a small amount can make them sick, so be sure you don't give your dog something that contains raisins (like bread or cookies) by mistake.
#6: Milk And Dairy Products
The next thing to keep away from your pup is milk and other dairy products. On a hot day, it might seem like a good idea to give your dog a little ice cream or a cold bowl of milk. However, stay away from dairy products. Milk and other milk products can cause diarrhea and other digestive problems in your dog. It can also trigger other food allergies that might cause your dog to start itching.
#7: Macadamia Nuts
Number seven is macadamia nuts. Just six raw or roasted macadamia nuts could be enough to get your dog sick. Look for symptoms like muscle shakes, vomiting, and weakness in the back legs. Eating chocolate with these nuts can make the symptoms even worse—and could lead to death.
Another dangerous food for your dog is chocolate. While most pet owners know that chocolate is bad for their dogs, many think it's the caffeine in the chocolate that causes the problem. While caffeine isn't good for dogs, it’s actually a substance in the chocolate called theobromine that causes a problem for dogs.
Theobromine is in all kinds of chocolates, including white chocolate. This substance can cause heart problems, tremors, seizures, and even death.
#9: Fat Trimmings And Bones
Number nine is fat trimmings and bones. Fat trimmings, both cooked and uncooked, can cause a dog to get pancreatitis. Even though it seems natural to give a dog a bone, dogs can choke on them. Some bones can even splinter and cause damage to the digestive system.
#10: Peach And Plum Pits
While it seems obvious that a peach or plum pit could cause a choking hazard, did you know that the pits actually contain cyanide? The same cyanide that poisons humans also can poison dogs.
#11: Raw Fish And Meat
The next food is raw fish and meat. This one's going to be a little bit more controversial because there are some people that swear by a raw diet for their pets. Even though the raw diet is becoming more and more popular, most major veterinary clinics and schools are shying away from the raw diet trends.
My suggestion is to talk to your vet before putting your dog on a raw food diet. With any raw food, the chance of food poisoning is greater. Just make sure to verify everything with your vet.
#12: Yeast Dough
Before you bake yeast dough, the dough has to rise. If your dog eats that raw dough, that's exactly what happens in their stomach. The yeast starts to rise and it gets bigger. It can cause digestive issues and lots of pain for your dog.
Dogs metabolize alcohol a lot differently than humans do, and alcohol in even a small amount can be dangerous for your pet. It's probably better not to make a cocktail for your dog in the evening.
#14: Medications For Humans
Finally, number 14 is medications intended for humans. Aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen get digested differently in dogs. It's very important that you don't try and give them human medications. If they're not feeling well, reach out to your vet and they'll guide you on what medications and how much to give your dog.
Keeping Your Pets Safe
If you're concerned that your pet has eaten any of these, please reach out to your vet. There are also a couple of phone numbers you can call, including the Pet Poison Control Center and ASPCA.
I hope you found this video helpful and maybe learned a few new things. If you have any questions about your furry friends or are looking to buy or sell a home, feel free to reach out to me and I’ll be happy to help.
And remember, I’m the Adopt A Dog Realtor. When you hire me to buy or sell a home, you won't just get great service; you'll be helping a dog get out of the shelter and into their new backyard. Make sure you subscribe to my channel so you never miss an episode of Rescue Me, and stay tuned to see what I feature next!
Have you lost your furry friend and don’t know how to find them? In this episode of Rescue Me, I’m going to share some tips on what to do if you’ve lost your dog. I’ll tell you the three biggest mistakes people make when their canine companions are missing along with 7 steps to find them.
Mistakes To Avoid When You Lose Your Pet
Losing a pet is a scary experience, and it can be easy to make the wrong move when it happens. The first biggest mistake people make when their dog is lost is waiting for their dog to come home. Sadly, if your dog gets out of your yard, it’s very rare that they end up coming back on their own. Most of the time they're picked up by a neighbor or Good Samaritan.
The second mistake people make is not checking the local shelter’s websites at least once every two or three days. It could take a week—or even a month—before your dog shows up at a local shelter. Third, some people give up the search too soon. Don't get frustrated. Persistence is what will get your dog home.
Where Would They Go?
Your dog's personality could determine how far away they run. A friendlier dog is probably going to get picked up by a neighbor or a Good Samaritan a lot sooner than a dog that is a little skittish and doesn't like people.
Also, if your dog just wants to get out of the yard and explore, they're probably going to be closer to your house. However, if they're scared because of a thunderstorm or fireworks, they may run farther away. So keep that in mind when you're putting posters and things out.
7 Steps To Finding Your Dog
The two most important factors in getting your dog home are searching and marketing. In most cases, you're not actually looking for the dog; you're looking for the person that picked up your dog. Here are the seven steps that you should take if you've lost your dog.
If your dog was recently lost within an hour or so, get in your car, drive around, and be sure and ask everyone you see if they've seen your dog somewhere in the neighborhood.
Use Craigslist and other online resources to find your dog. Craigslist and Facebook are usually the two first places people post pictures of dogs that are missing. Other useful sites include NextDoor and Facebook neighborhood sites. There are actually a few sites on Facebook just for lost pets, including Sacramento Lost Dogs.
Check your local shelters’ websites at least every three days, and be sure and check all of their websites in our area. We have a city shelter, a county shelter, and the SPCA.
Make a lost poster. Don't do a paper flyer, as those are too small for passing cars to see. Go to Staples or Office Depot and get the large fluorescent poster boards and make a large poster with a picture of your dog, the date it was lost, a description, and contact information for you.
If your dog was microchipped, call the microchip company and update your information. If your dog is picked up by a shelter or brought to a local veterinary clinic, chances are they're going to scan the dog for the microchip. If the microchip’s information is outdated, they won't be able to contact you.
Use Finding Rover. This is a great website where you can upload a picture of your dog, and the site will use facial recognition to scan the local shelters’ websites and see if they can find a match. I still encourage you to search on your own, and be sure and check those shelters every three days. However, Finding Rover may help streamline that process.
Be patient and don't give up your search. Again, it may take weeks or months before your dog shows up in the shelter. The longer you search and the more patient you are, the better chance your dog will have of coming home to you.
Bringing Your Furry Friend Home
I hope this gave you some useful information to find your lost furry friend. If you have any questions or need help with resources to find your pooch, feel free to reach out to me and I’ll be happy to help.
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