Basic Checklist for New Dog Owners

My daughter has been on this, "PLEASE, can we get a dog?" kick for a few months now. I wish I could say, "Sure, c'mon lets go get one!", but little does she understand, dogs have a lot of needs! Here's a basic checklist of things you'll need to have before bringing the new family member home.

Feeding: You need to make sure you have food and water bowls, along with food. I would also suggest buying a bin or bucket to keep the food in. This way, you can buy large bags of food at a discount and make sure it stays fresh. Treats are good to have on hand, especially for training purposes.

Safety: Not only is this a law in many states, but having your dog on a leash with a collar when taking walks is very important for safety reasons. Dog collars come in a variety of sizes, so make sure you have one that fits your dog. Don't forget to get an ID tag with your contact info in case your dog gets out of the yard!

Health: You should try to find a veterinarian before you bring your dog home, or soon after. Dogs need several vaccinations in puppyhood, and please don't neglect to have him or her spayed or neutered! I would consider buying flea (and tick) prevention products. Dogs are bound to pick these critters up and it is much easier to prevent infestation than to get rid of it! Make sure you read the directions as a lot these products can't be used on small puppies.

Comfort: Puppies are playful and active, so you'll need quite a few toys to keep them happy. I would also consider buying a few dog beds; one for the general living area and one for the bedroom.

The products above are just basic necessities; there are many other things you'll want to get eventually.

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Think You Don't Need Kid Name Labels? I Didn't Either Until....

Children lose things all the time! With the first day of school fast approaching, it's only a matter of time before your little one leaves his or her lunch box or umbrella in the classroom or bus. If something is forgotten at school, chances are, it will go to the lost and found and will make its way home. But what about when their favorite stuffed animal gets left in the cart at the grocery store, or if you (yes, moms can forget too!) leave the diaper bag in the restroom at the zoo. When those "oops" happen, chances are once it's gone, it's gone!

Kids labels are something that I never thought I would need until my daughter left her Nintendo DS at a restaurant. I didn't even have to call (even though I did)....I knew it was gone. She's lost many things over the years, but it a book or doll can easily be replaced. Ever since that happened, I've put labels on just about everything she owns!

Using labels as school name tags will probably be the main reason most parents use labels for, but they can be used for a variety of reasons other than to help prevent the loss of items. For example, if you have several children in the home that use a bottle, just slap on a name sticker to differentiate who's is who's.

Do you have any lost item horror stories? Do you use name labels for other reasons? Feel free to comment below letting us know!

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Wow, check out these great deals you can get on baked beans at Walmart!
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Thanks for deal and photo, A Thrifty Mom!

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    Use $1/2 coupon
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Thanks for deals and photos, H2S!

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Product Description:
The Westinghouse SA21950 Counter-Top Chef is a revolutionary and versatile multi-cooker that has 10 cooking programs all in one stylish, space-saving appliance. Simple to use, the CT Chef will fast become your kitchen's meal maker as it can steam, slow cook, bake, quick stew, braise, saute, cook rice, boil, re-heat, and keep your food warm until you are ready to serve. Its sleek, compact design is beautiful and small enough to be kept on the counter or tucked away in a cupboard, leaving your kitchen clutter-free.

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Thanks, A Thrifty Mom!

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