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When it comes to heading on holiday, you can often feel like you have to see some sun. But that doesn’t always have to be the case. If you want to relax, enjoy your surroundings, and still allow your brain to switch off, you can do all that and more on a city break. You don’t have to be lead out on a sun lounger to de-stress, cities can have a great calming effect too. So, if you feel like treating yourself to a bit of a break this year, why not think about seeing a city? And if you need a little more tempting, here are five cities that you should definitely consider.
First up is London. London is a great location for a city break, no matter what you want to get out of it. This beautiful capital city is a cultural fusion and has a lot to offer. Not only can you take in some of the great British sites like Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, but you have a lot of culture available too. Head out to Oxford Street and shop until you drop, or see a show in the West End. And when it comes to food, you can opt to have it fine or fast because London has it all.
A little further afield is Paris. This stunning city was made for romance, but it also comes with culture in abundance too. If you’ve seen the Eiffel Tower and you’ve been to the Louvre, don’t panic, the Luxembourg gardens are just waiting to be explored, and there are so many cool neighbourhoods to discover too. Find the perfect hotel in the right Arrondissement and your trip will be complete.
Then there’s always Rome to consider. This European city is known for its history and its food. When you’re in Rome, you’ll always eat well. Whether you’re sipping the finest prosecco or walking with a slice of pizza in your hand, it’s an experience not to be missed. There’s also the Vatican to see and the Colosseum, and you’ll even find that just wandering the streets is enough to make you smile.
Heading out East, another option would be Shanghai. Tucked on the east coast of China, it’s the county’s biggest city, and it’s packed to the brim with culture. Once you’ve found the perfect hotel in Shanghai, you then need to work through a hot hit-list. Be sure to see the waterfront promenade, Sprawling Yu Garden, as well as the Oriental Pearl TV Tower to fully indulge in some of the best attractions this city has to show you.
Or if you fancy going west, you could head to LA. Los Angeles can offer you that little bit of sun that you still secretly want, as well as the best of city life. You’ve got the incredible Hollywood Sign to see, along with Universal and Warner Bros studios, as well as the walk of fame. With a great selection of American eats, you’ll definitely be able to emerge yourself into a new culture when you head out west.
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Bringing a new pet home is a joyous experience for the whole family. It’s a joyful way of bringing everyone together to welcome the furry new addition to the pack. Your current pets, however, might be less than enthusiastic about the arrival of another pet in the household. What is a fun and celebratory event for the humans in the household can be very stressful and confusing for their fluffy counterparts, particularly dogs.
Dogs are naturally territorial creatures, and while your see your new arrival as a harmless friend, your faithful pooch may see them as a usurper and a threat to their place in the pack. They’ll be disoriented by the new smells and noises that ‘the new guy’ brings into the house and their natural instinct will be to defend the household and this could have needlessly unpleasant consequences.
Fear not, though, any potential misunderstandings can be avoided if you handle the introduction right. Before you know it, you’ll be pushing your pooches around together in a double dog stroller, safe in the knowledge that you have two lifelong friends. Here are some ways to help you manage the introduction and ensure a safe and happy transition for both dogs.
Place two cages in separate rooms
Some owners may be reticent about caging their dogs, but it’s an essential step here in ensuring a safe transition. This way they will start to get used to each others’ scent while still being afforded the security and sense of comfort from the cage. Put a toy or blanket into each dog’s cage and give them some time to imprint their scent on it by playing with it or lying on it. Then, after a while, swap the items between cages. This gives each dog some familiarity with the others’ scent. These objects will be your scent articles.
Let the new dog explore
Let the new dog out of the cage for around 10-15 minutes a day, getting them used to their new home and family. They’ll sense your family dog’s scent on everything and leave his scent here and there in their new home. When it’s time for the new doggie to go back in the cage, make sure you put your other dog’s scent articles in with them.
Now, trade places
When the new guy goes in the cage it’s safe to let your old friend back out. They’ll sniff around for signs of the ‘intruder’ but should be satisfied that they’re no longer on their territory. That said, they may be a little confused and disoriented so it’s important to be on hand to give them lots of cuddles and support.
Try to repeat this process a few times a day. You’ll know your dog is ready to meet the new guy when they’re no longer furiously chasing the new dog’s scent when they’re let out of the cage.
Introducing your dogs
It’s best that your dogs’ first encounter happens outside of the home (remember, they’re territorial). Get them to meet somewhere neutral but enclosed, like a fenced park or in a neighbour’s back yard. Let your new dog run around and play for a while before introducing ‘old faithful’. In their neutral territory they’ll recognise each other’s’ scent and act on their natural curiosity rather than territorial aggression.
As they sniff and posture and get to know each other you can relax knowing that you’ve made two lifelong friends.
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When considering the dog that has the shiniest coat, there is only one answer: Lassie. This rough collie looked the epitome of good dog health because of her luscious and beautiful coat. When she bounded through the door to inform the neighbor of the devastating house fire and the need to rescue all of the occupants, it was hard to focus on the storyline as you were mesmerized by the sheen on her fur. It’s not impossible for you to have a dog that will turn heads. You just need to know how to achieve a shiny coat for your dog.
A dog’s coat tells you a lot about his health. If it’s dull and flat, the chances are that your dog is a little under the weather. He could be suffering an allergy, overdoing it on the treats or he could be enduring another bout of fleas.
In hot, humid weather, fleas are rife. These nasty little critters can set up home on your mutt and refuse to leave. Don’t try and just comb them out. You’ll never get rid of them all, they lay up to fifty eggs a day so new pests are hatching all the time and your dog probably won’t sit still long enough anyway. It’s vital that you get your hound some flea medicine that kills the infestation quickly and hits every stage of the lifecycle of the flea. With regular monthly treatment, you will see the vitality and shine return to your dog’s coat in no time.
Like humans, some dogs have allergies or dry skin. One of the easiest ways to treat this is by giving your pal a bath. By adding crushed oatmeal to the water, your dog will feel the soothing effects of the treatment. Try not to rub your dog dry as this can aggravate the skin. Let him dry naturally if possible. After his soak, your dog will feel revitalized, with less irritated skin and more bounce in his coat.
Unless your mutt has a vitamin or nutrient deficiency, there is little need to feed him a specific diet to achieve a healthy coat. The most important thing is ensuring that he has a balanced diet. This means a high-quality wet food and dry food, supplemented by healthy snacks. Just as chocolate can cause a break out on your skin, unhealthy treats can cause the same for your dog so limit them to once or twice a week maximum. Most dogs will eat anything that is put in front of them, so it’s up to you to control their diet.
When chilling with your dog and he’s fallen asleep for the hundredth time next to you on the sofa, whip out a brush and give him a groom. By combing through his luscious locks, you are releasing the natural oils that can enhance the sheen on his coat.
Your dog will give you hours of pleasure. It’s only right that you look after him and make sure he is as healthy as he can be. With the right diet, care and grooming regimen, your dog can achieve the Lassie look.
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