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review 2018-01-20 15:13
The Uncanny Valley: Tales from a Lost Town - Gregory Miller,John York

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For me, this book was just okay. I liked the idea behind it and the structure was interesting, but I prefer stories that are thorough and fleshed out. Many of these just felt like creepy descriptions rather than complete stories. I will say, I was expecting something entirely different based on the whimsical, colorful cover. 

Definitely a collection of uncanny and macabre stories. As with any collection, some were better than others. I would warn those who don't do well with animal violence to find something else to read. The majority of animals mentioned in the book get hurt or die, usually in grotesque ways. After the first story, I almost stooped reading because of this. But I hate not finishing something I started.

There are a few gems that stand out, but for me there was nothing spectacular. Many of the stories were previously published in other sources and it shows. They're all set in the same place, but they don't really connect outside of the last handful that suddenly add an overarching plot that has nothing to do with the previous stories. 

Okay read for a free ebook.

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text 2018-01-20 00:04
South Bellmore Veterinary Group Review: How to better protect your pets during winter

Animals need protection against hazardous weather conditions such as extreme colds or drop in temperatures. Your role as the pet owner is to give shelter and warmth to your pets to keep them safe against dangerous winter storms. South Bellmore Veterinary Group, as a group who takes care of animals as if they’re their own, would like every pet owner to better protect their pet and maintain its best health. The following paragraphs will elucidate a few steps on how to take care of pets during winter or the cold season.

 

Keep every pet indoors or create a sturdy shelter for pets living outside. If you have short-haired animals, you are advised to keep them indoors during winter. Give your cats the warmth and comfort they need inside your home since they will really be looking for shelter especially in cold seasons. Your dog needs to have a well-made and draft-free shelter, but you should make the space small enough to keep its body temperature inside. However, space should still let your dog move around. You also need to add something to the entrance of the shelter to cover it and put a straw or cedar shavings for proper insulation.

 

You also need to check the electrical cords properly and if needed, double check each of them if they’re away from any danger or if they’re in a good condition. Don’t forget even the cords of devices that warm water bowls. Put heat lamps on a good distance away from dry bedding materials to avoid accidents that could even lead to a fire.

 

Next requires you to jot down things since this includes the list of important things to remember to put on your pet’s emergency or survival kit. Any types of emergencies could happen anytime especially in risky weather conditions such as winter storms, so to keep the best health of your pet, better be prepared beforehand. Food and water will always be included in any emergency kits, South Bellmore Veterinary Group suggests storing at least a three-day supply for both food and water, and you better keep the foods on an airtight and waterproof container. Put the medicines and medical records in a safe and enclosed packaging together with other essential documents that contain the pet’s adoption papers, registration information, and vaccination documents. If you’re open to the idea of microchipping, further discuss the issue with your veterinarian and might as well enroll your pet in a recovery database.

 

Make sure if you also have enough stock of cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape, bandage scissors, latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol, a saline solution as well as antibiotic ointment, and flea and tick prevention for your pet’s first aid kit. Keep a reference book ready too to perform first aid on pets properly. Add a collar or harness with ID tag, along with rabies tag and a leash plus a secured and durable crate or pet carrier on your pet’s emergency kit.

 

In order to document ownership right away in case of unfortunate events such as you and your pet were separated during the evacuation, better keep a photo of you and your pet. You can also easily request help from other people if you add important characteristics of your pet such as its gender, age, breed, color, and species.

 

Your pet might become scared or stressed because of the bad weather condition, so in order to calm their mind, show them their favorite items where it can be a toy or some treats. You still need to maintain the proper hygiene of your pet so ensure to keep newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach for the right sanitation of your pet’s litter box. Keeping an exotic pet requires added attention or special care, so see to it that you have the right bedding and habitat materials for this kind of pet.

 

Buy sweater or added clothing for your pets during winter to at least avoid frostbite and hypothermia. Don’t forget about your short-haired animals since they really need warmth and protection throughout the entire cold season. Wipe all your pet’s paws with a damp cloth if you used rock salt or other chemicals in melting the snow and ice outside your home because these elements can irritate your pet paw pads.

 

South Bellmore Veterinary Group would like you to treat the animals within your neighborhood with care, so if you’d happen to see some abandoned animals struggling in the tough weather, contact the animal care in your area or the local authorities to give shelter to those poor animals.

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text 2018-01-19 03:48
South Bellmore Veterinary Group Review: Tips on how to guarantee the safety of your pets during the cold season

Harmful weather conditions like extreme colds can be difficult to animals as well so as a pet parent, you need to make sure that your pets were always protected against the drop in temperatures. You can’t steer clear of the dangers of cruel winter storms, but what you can do is to be fully prepared to protect everyone dear to you including your adored animals.

 

Since its beginnings, South Bellmore Veterinary Group has been committed to helping pet owners in ensuring the best health of their pets through its reliable service and pet care tips, thus this post prepared by the group specifically aims to help pet owners in keeping their pet safe during winter.

 

First is to check if all your pets are indoors during cold seasons, especially the short-haired ones. Cats need shelter during extremely cold temperatures so better keep them warm inside your home. South Bellmore Veterinary Group advises building a draft-free shelter for your dog to have its body temperature inside and make sure that the place still allows the pet to at least move around even with a limited space. The shelter also needs insulation, so better add straw or cedar shavings as well as something that could cover its entrance.

 

Secondly, electrical cords should be checked twice to prevent a fire, especially the cords of devices that warm water bowls. Avoid using heat lamps near dry bedding materials to prevent accidents from happening that could start a fire.

 

The third is to list all the things to include in the emergency kit of your pets. We can’t prevent emergencies to happen especially during critical weather conditions like winter storms, so make sure to equip important things for your pet’s emergency kit. First on the list are the basic needs of your pets such as food and water, so make sure to store at least a three-day supply for both needs, and keep the foods in an airtight and waterproof container.

 

In addition, make sure to secure the medicines and medical records of your pet along with other important documents such as its registration information, adoption papers, and vaccination documents. Some experts add that you should also consider microchipping your pet and carefully discuss it with your veterinarian to enroll your pet in a recovery database.

 

Double check if you have enough stock on your pets’ first aid kit as well, see to it that you have cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape, bandage scissors, latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol, a saline solution together with antibiotic ointment, and flea and tick prevention. Do the right first aid to your pets with the help of a reference book.

 

Prepare your pet’s collar or harness with ID tag, rabies tag, and a leash too. In case the situation got worse and your family is required to evacuate, ensure that you have a well-made and a safe crate or carrier for your pet. Moreover, keep that picture of you and your pet to quickly document ownership once you’ve become separated from one another. You can also get the help of other people using the photo but don’t forget to include the distinct characteristics of your pet such as its gender, age, breed, color, and species.

 

Collect all the favorite items of your pet as well and use them to help calm down the fear or too much stress on your dog or cat. Remember to gather newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach for the proper sanitation of your pet’s litter box. In the case of exotic pets, make sure to have the right bedding and habitat materials that suit their special needs.

 

You can prevent your pets from having frostbite and hypothermia by giving them a good sweater specifically the short-haired animals that really need to be protected from the extreme cold weather. Use a damp cloth in wiping all the paws of your pet in case you use rock salt or other chemicals in melting the snow and ice outside your house because such substances can irritate your pet’s paw pads.

 

Don’t let other animals as well to stay outside and be exposed to severe cold, so it is best to report their presence to the local authorities. South Bellmore Veterinary Group would like you to treat each pet around you with care and the existence of those animals abandoned by their owners on the cold weather should be reported to the animal care or the local authorities in your neighborhood.

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