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Tips for keeping your pets calm during a storm.
The sun has come out and the storm is officially over, but last night here in Fort Worth Texas the wind and rain was pretty intense. I've seen lots of runaway trampolines, fallen limbs and debris along the roads. While all this is pretty typical for storm season here in Texas my dog was up all night fretting over all the noise.
Here at SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth, we love our fur babies,our dogs, cats, and the occasional pig like to visit us in the office from time to time and we love sharing them with all of you. So this blog is for them, and all our customers beloved furry friends who might be a little anxious during this springs storm season.
10 Tips to Calm Your Dog During Thunderstorms
If you know that there is a storm rolling in late that day, be sure to get in a walk while it's dry and exercise your fur baby to release that extra energy. Your pup will want to rest, instead of getting worked up over the storm.
It’s a good idea to try and keep your dog inside during during storms. Storms can be unpredictable, and you don’t want to accidentally put your dog in harm’s way. If possible close your dog door, or crate your dog to give them a safe area to sit inside and take them out yourself for potty breaks to avoid muddy situations. Though if you end up with a muddy situation we can help with that too with our cleaning services.
3: Create Space
Create a space for your pet. Make up a comfy bed with blankets and some of their favorite toys or utilize their crate as stated above if you crate train. They will be drawn to their familiar smells of ‘their stuff’ and it will help them to relax and stay calm.
Plenty of water. Always have a full water bowl. When dogs get worked (panting) up, they burn through their energy and can become dehydrated so it’s a good idea to have a fresh bowl of water nearby.
Distraction is key. Your pet may need help in keeping distracted. Having a rawhide or a long lasting chew is great.
Your pup will forget all about the storm and just sit in their comfy spot and munch away on their treat.
Having their favorite toys around to keep them happy great if they aren't allowed a lot of treats or chews for some reason.
If your dog has a favorite toy it's like a security blanket if he/she knows it’s next to them is fine. Several of our dogs here at SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth grew up with a particular favorite toy they love and will tote around so this is great for high stress situations where they need something familiar to help keep calm.
7: Favorite Meal
Feed them their favorite meal at dinner time. Or add a little special something in your pups bowl and let them know they are magnificent.When your pet is fully satisfied with their meal, they will be content and will just want to chill out with you on the couch.
8: Stay Home
If you can, stay home. Your dog will be much calmer and relaxed knowing you are there with them. I know this isn't an option for everyone but if you have the choice to work from home what could sound better than to have your dog happy and curled up next to you while you work and listen to music and the sound of the rain outside? Am I right?
9: Play Date
Have a play date. Invite your family or friends over for a game; if it's still safe to drive, please don't use this option in overly severe weather. But if it's a mild storm and someone is close and willing to visit it’s better to be really happy and playing tag in the house than having a scared puppy in the corner right?
10: Positive Reinforcement
Positive reinforcement. Happy high pitched voice and lots of pats and not making a big deal out of the storm is a good way to show your dog that nothing wrong is actually happening. They'll take reassurance in your positive attitude. Mom and Dad aren't scared so it's okay.
We hope these tips help make the next thunderstorm that rolls through less of a worrisome event for your furry friends.
National Strawberry Day
Happy National Strawberry Day!
February 27th is National Strawberry Day!
Strawberry Day was created to celebrate those little red fruits bursting with sweet perfection! A gift from Chile in the 1700s, garden strawberry plants made their way to North America in the 1750s.
Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen every year, so they are often called the “taste of spring.” The bright red juicy berries are both delicious and incredibly good for you. Each bite is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber.
People have been enjoying strawberries and their health benefits for centuries. In fact, the Ancient Romans believed that strawberries could cure fevers, fainting, inflammation, and several other ailments. They also used the berries for teeth whitening!
Here at SERVPRO of East Fort Worth we're celebrating Strawberry Day by sharing some of our favorite recipes with strawberries in them.
Strawberry Pie with Strawberry Crust by PureWon
This Gorgeous Strawberry pie has a wonderfully pink crust that gets its color from freeze-dried strawberries and will add a touch of whimsy to any table.
Strawberry Hand Pies by A Latte Food
These easy strawberry hand pies have a cream cheese crust and are filled with homemade strawberry pie filling! They're perfect for when you're on the go and want to wrap up a quick sweet snack for later.
Strawberry Keto Fat Bombs by Hungry for inspiration
For those looking for a more healthy option these delightfully pink snacks might be for you. They're a delicious, easy & healthy keto snack with paleo + vegan option!
Last but not least we have a STRAWBERRY OATMEAL SMOOTHIEby She Wears Many Hatsfor those who'd rather sip their berries through a straw. These are perfect for a day when you just don't have time for a big breakfast or an after school/work snack.
However you choose to make them, or simply toss them in some cream or dip and enjoy. We hope everyone enjoys this sweet day.
National Green Juice Day
These drinks might be the color of #Mold but the taste is anything but. Give these tasty drinks a try for #NationalGreenJuiceDay
Honestly they had us at green.
January 26th is National green juice day and whether you're looking for something healthy to help you keep your new years resolutions or just a yummy drink to get you through your day these 10 recipes are definitely worth a try; and if you spill one don't worry SERVPRO has you covered with our carpet cleaning services.
1. Get up and Glow Juice
via The Blonde Chef
Packed with cucumber, mint, and grapefruit, this recipe was created to keep your skin glowing and hydrated all year long. You can make it the night before to have it ready for the morning.
2. Soothing Morning Green Juice
via The Organic Kitchen
This recipe is perfect for children, beginner juicers, and for those who don’t like bitter greens. It calls for raw honey but you can swap with agave if you prefer.
3. Allergy Fighting Green Juice
via Vibrant Bean
For the citrus in this recipe, remove the peel to ensure the bitter pith doesn’t get juiced into the drink.
4. Healthy Citrus Green Juice
via Daily Squeeze
Your morning OJ never tasted so good. Try adding grapefruit for extra citrus flavor. Instead of celery, you can also substitute half of a cucumber. If you like some serious bite in your beverages, try using half spinach, half arugula. The arugula provides a peppery flavor that will add a kick.
5. Celery Pear Healthy Green Juice
via Little Leopard Book
This recipe uses mint to add an herbal sweetness. If you don’t like a lot of pear flavor, use three pears and three green apples. While this recipe only makes one serving, double or triple it up and store the extra in the fridge.
6. Spinach Lemonade Recipe
via Nosh and Nourish
Bring a little summer to the cold weather with this healthy play on lemonade. The recipe suggests adding a splash of agave to the completed juice, which is needed to cut the tartness. Also, try juicing a mango into the blend for some natural sweetness.
7. Healthy Celery Green Juice
via Honest Cooking
Pressed Juicery’s green juice recipe is tasty and healthy. By balancing romaine and celery with strong flavors like kale, watercress, and ginger, this drink goes down easy.
8. Lean Green Juice
via Cheese Please
This green smoothie has a little tropical kick with the addition of pineapple and mint. If pineapple isn’t your favorite, you can use mango, peaches, or even fresh apricots. Throw in a scoop of protein powder for a post-work out snack.
9. Basil. Apple cucumber and Lime Juice
This juice is reminiscent of a mojito with a savory twist. For a little summer twist, try using half basil and half mint to really appreciate the mojito flavor. Using naturally sweet apples like a pink lady or fuji will also help mellow the tartness of the apple flavor.
10. Tropical Green Smoothie Recipe
via Show Me The Yummy
An easy, healthy, tasty tropical green smoothie recipe that’s loaded with good for you ingredients like kale, mango, and strawberries! It’s gluten free, and can be vegan. This tropical green smoothie recipe really is delicious, will take you 10 minutes from start to finish.
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How to make your Emergency Survival Kit
Example of a survival bag by the Red Cross
Have you ever wondered how to make your own 'Emergency Survival Kit"? Check out the following YouTube video from the American Red Cross featuring actress and volunteer Jaimie Lee Curtis:
American Red Cross: Let's Make a Survival Kit with Jamie Lee Curtis
Along with the above video, featured below is information on the basics you should have to be prepared.
For more information, please visit: https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit
BASIC DISASTER SUPPLIES KIT
A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
Thank you for visiting and call SERVPRO of East Fort Worth at (817) 293-5553 for more tips or information on how to prepare you home or business with an Emergency Ready Plan.
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Are You Ready For Severe Weather?
Severe weather is unpredictable and SERVPRO of East Fort Worth wants you to be safe no matter the season! Below are some severe weather readiness tips to help guide you, no matter what type of disaster you may encounter.
Weather Radios: Weather radios are the most reliable way to receive notifications of severe weather in your area. Although cellular phones, weather apps, social media as well as wireless emergency alerts (WEA’s) are what the majority of us depend on to keep informed, the truth is those devices can have their limitation during severe weather and can be interrupted. Mobile devices rely on towers and those towers can be damaged and cease to function during sever weather. A weather radio, WITH CHARGED BATTERIES is the most reliable way to be informed of severe weather. Be sure to properly program your weather radio so you only receive the alerts you want for the counties you want.
Emergency Supply Kit: Having an emergency kit can be a life saver. Most emergency management agencies recommend supplies for up to three days. The following is a list you can use as a guideline:
- Water – 1 gallon per person per day
- Food – non-perishable
- Manual can opener
- Battery operated radio, preferably a weather radio
- Extra batteries for radio and flashlight
- Frist Aid kit
- Whistle to signal help
- Clothing, blankets
- Dust mask or bandanas
- Plastic sheeting, garbage bags, and duct tape
- Wrench or other tools to shit off utilities
- Hygiene items
- Important documents. (Copy of insurance policy, bank account info, identification, etc.)
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in waterproof case
Make family plan: Make sure all members in the household are aware where they are to go in the event of severe weather. If for some reason the family is separated in the event of a severe storm, have a meeting place established as to aid in finding each other amidst devastation.