The Different Kinds of Entertainers For Kids’ Parties in Orange County

There are a variety of entertainers for kids’ parties in Orange County that children can choose from with the help of their parents. These professionals can create some of the most memorable birthdays in your child’s life, and with the amount of birthdays that will still feel extra-special for kids, you should take as much time as is needed to choose wisely.

Rivaled perhaps only by Los Angeles County and the Thirty Mile Zone in California in terms of kids’ entertainment, Orange County takes kids’ parties to the extreme. It may be the combination of high per capita income along with the sunny beach life, or perhaps the famously large estates and the high percentage of households with children in the area (37%). For whatever reason, in Orange County, your kids have armies of professionals ready to entertain them on their special day.

These entertainers are not just the usual clowns and puppeteers that most kids are accustomed to. Kids from the OC can be some of the few to experience themed parties complete with face painting, inflatables, petting zoos and more. In Lake Forest, for example, your kids can spend their birthday at the Etnies Skatepark, which has special birthday packages that include food, a staff coordinator and best of all, a party skateboard contest.

Most parties, however, come to you at your home. Kids’ parties in Orange County can take advantage of the services of companies like Nettie’s Party Pals & Petting Zoo, which has everything from rabbits to pigs and horses; Nic Nac Party Pac, which offers themed parties ranging from princess to pirate; Mad Science, which specializes in audio-visual effects like indoor fireworks and laser shows; and many more.

How to Help Pets During Disasters

In recent years, we’ve seen many disasters wreak havoc in different parts of the world: the tsunami in Thailand, Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, and the earthquake in Haiti, just to name a few. As pet lovers, our hearts do double-duty, going out to both the people involved as well as their displaced pets. Now that the Gulf Coast is once again in the midst of a disaster due to the BP oil spill, we can’t help but wonder how to help the people and pets in the area.

We’ve pulled together some useful information about how to help pets during this tragic oil spill – as well as how to help pets during any type of disaster and what you can do if a disaster strikes where you live.

Help for Pets Affected by the Oil Spill

Local animal shelters in the Gulf region are flooded with dogs and cats that have been given up. Animal Rescue New Orleans has received many calls from families who have lost their jobs due to the spill. Other shelters have doubled and even tripled their intake of pets whose families had to decide that they could no longer afford to care for them.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has stepped in to do what it can to help out and has already transferred many surrendered dogs to their headquarters in Gaithersberg, Maryland. These dogs have been picked up by local shelters and groups for adoption.

HSUS has also made strides to assist families in keeping their pets. 12 tons of dog and cat food have been delivered to the Gulf area to be distributed to residents who have been directly affected by the spill.

There are many ways to make a contribution toward both the pets that have lost their homes and those in danger of being surrendered:

– The dogs that HSUS transported back to Maryland are available for adoption through the Loudon County Animal Shelter, Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation, and the SPCA of Anne Arundel County.

– Animal Rescue of New Orleans has a Pet Retention Program, where a $25/month donation can help ease the financial burden of caring for a pet so that families can keep them, rather than give them up.

– Make a donation, volunteer, or even adopt a pet from St. Bernard’s Parish and Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society – just two of the many shelters who have seen a dramatic rise in surrendered pets.

– The Deepwater Horizon Response has information on volunteering to help wildlife in the area.

Help for Pets Affected by Any Disaster

There are many organizations geared toward helping pets that are in need at any time. In the throes of a disaster, their response units mobilize and do whatever they can to help. Here are a few that are always grateful for volunteers and financial support:

1. Humane Society of the United States (HSUS): They’ve already been helping with the oil spill effort and they have their own special National Disaster Animal Response Team (NDART™). NDART™ is made up of animal care professionals and other qualified volunteers and takes applications for new team members. Donations can also be made here.

2. PAWS: This nonprofit organization specializes in rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife, as well as sheltering and adopting homeless pets in Washington State. They also assist in disasters that happen locally. Volunteers and foster homes are needed in the Lynwood, Washington area and donations to the organization can be made here.

3. ASPCA: I don’t doubt that you’ve seen their heart-wrenching commercials advertising the fact that there are so many pets out there who need help. The ASPCA also devotes their efforts for pets that are victims of natural disasters. You can help keep their natural disaster team in action and support the ASPCA as a whole by becoming a member or making a donation.

How to Keep Your Pets Safe During Disasters

You never know if your family will be facing a hurricane, tornado, flood, earthquake, or any other type of disaster. Not only should you have a disaster plan for you and your family members, you should also have one in place for your pets. Here are a few tips to help you be prepared:

– Keep a collar and tag on your dogs and cats at all times. During a disaster an animal can escape and a collar and tag increases your chances of getting your beloved pet back. The tag should include your phone number and address (and maybe even your email address). If you have been evacuated and are going to be living away from home for an extended period of time, have a temporary tag made with the phone number of where you are staying. Email may also be a good form of communication for you while you are not staying at home.

– Identify several possible locations outside of your area where you can take your animals should you have to evacuate such as boarding kennels, veterinary clinics with boarding space, and friends and other family members. Look for hotels/motels that accept animals. Red Cross evacuation shelters do not allow animals, so be sure you have somewhere else to go with your pets.

– Set up a system with your trusted neighbors, so that they will check on your animals during a disaster in case you aren’t home (and do the same for them). Swap information about your pets’ veterinarians and have a permission slip put in your file at the vet, authorizing your neighbor to get necessary emergency treatment for your animal in the event that you can’t be reached.

– Prepare a pet evacuation/disaster kit that includes food, water, and everything your pet needs to survive and be as comfortable as possible until the danger has passed. Keep all of the items stored in a sturdy, waterproof carrier, that’s easy to carry. Your kit should be readily accessible so that it can be retrieved quickly.

Visit our website for the full list of what your pet disaster kit should contain and other pertinent disaster preparedness information.

Disasters often strike when you’re least expecting it. Pets are very much a part of the family and are also victims of disaster. There are many ways to help, including volunteering and donations – but don’t forget about keeping your own family and pets safe by being prepared so that you are able to help others in distress.

Pet Friendly Holidays in Southern England

Until the arrival of the promising summer weather, it seemed that there were few (if any) upsides to the ongoing recession, weak pound, and the prospect of having to stay in the UK for the holiday season. However, now that the weather looks as if it will remain hot for the foreseeable future at least (fingers crossed), those of us who own dogs will no doubt be happy that of all the pet friendly holiday destinations the south of England is particularly accommodating.

Kent
If you live in the London area, Kent is an excellent destination in terms of accessibility for you and your dog. The rolling countryside surrounding the town of Tenterden is great for dog walkers, and can even be explored by rail on the Kent and East Sussex Railway which allows travel for your dog at a ticket price of £1.00. The county is also known for its Roman history, which is well exemplified by such attractions as Richborough Fort and the Towers at Reculver. Both these attractions allow dogs on site, though they must be on a lead.

Devon
With its breathtaking moorland at Dartmoor, or its seaside treks on the north coast, Devon is fantastic for walking with or without the dog. For much of Dartmoor, dogs are fine on and off the lead but look out for restrictions near areas where sheep graze – and also be careful to plan your walks with the aid of a map in case of dangerous areas such as quarries and cliffs. Historical sites such as Okehampton Castle on central Dartmoor and Totnes castle in the south also accept dogs on leads.

Dorset
Bearing similarities to Devon, Dorset is a largely rural county. However, it is the Jurassic Coast that will perhaps be of most interest to the dog walkers reading this. The South West Coast Path stretches through Lime Regis (a prime destination for keen fossil hunters) and through to the highest point on the south coast at the Golden Cap. Inland, certain destinations such as Abbotsbury Abbey and Knowlton Church are dog friendly as long as they are kept on a lead.

Cornwall
Of all the counties, Cornwall is likely to be the most accepting of dogs. Not only is the county home to a wealth of coastland, inland walks, as well as outdoor attractions and gardens – but the area offers a wide range of accommodations from pet friendly cottages to rent, and an abundance of camping and hotel facilities. Trevarno Garden near Helston is a Victorian Garden that stretches over 35 acres with some areas suitable for dogs off the lead. The Tamar Valley is also a beautiful location for riverside walking.

Burial Versus Cremation – Planning Ahead For Pet Loss

There are certain details in life which are just very difficult to face. This includes thinking ahead about the possible loss of your pet. Pet loss is difficult because our pets provide us with so much unconditional love and friendship. Planning ahead for the loss of your pet can often feel morbid and depressing, but death is a fact of life and being prepared can often help you to make the best and most informed decisions.

The biggest decision you will have to make upon the loss of your pet is whether to bury or cremate. Depending on your personal feelings on the topic, either decision is a sound one with distinct advantages and disadvantages. Here is a breakdown of each to help you make the right decision for you and your pet.

BURIAL

Traditionally, burying a pet has been the more common method of the two options. Many people either choose to bury their pet in a back yard space or in a pet cemetery. You can purchase a pet grave marker to mark the spot where your pet remains are and even hold a memorial service graveside. Burying a pet is usually a fairly inexpensive option and is perfect for people that would like to have a place in which to visit over time.

It’s important to be aware of the proper methods of burial when burying a pet, making sure to bury them deep enough to avoid any scavenging animals looking for food. You can bury your pet in a favorite blanket or shroud or in a pet casket. Also be sure to check with your state and county to find out what the pet burial regulations are in your area. They vary from state to state and county to county.

CREMATION

Cremation of pets has increased in popularity in recent years and is starting to surpass burial, with many pet owners opting to display the remains of their beloved pet in a pet urn. Pet urns can be found in a wide variety of sizes, colors and designs. They can be displayed just about anywhere in the home and are the best way to keep the ashes of your pet. Some people also bury the ashes in their yard and mark the spot with a pet headstone.

Cremation is a good choice for people that understand they have busy lives and won’t have the ability to visit a graveside on a regular basis. They want to have the remains of their pet close by so they can feel closer to their companion. However, some people have a hard time reconciling the idea of having their pet’s remains cremated, so this is certainly a personal decision.

A third option is to have your pet cremated but not keep the ashes. Everyone feels differently about hanging on to the cremains of their pet. Some find it healing to just let the physical remains go which can be symbolic of emotionally letting go too. If you don’t keep the remains, you can still have a pet memorial marker made to place in your yard under your dog’s favorite tree or near your cat’s favorite napping spot to provide a gently reminder of the love and friendship that you shared.

Whichever method you choose for your pet, just be sure you plan it out ahead of time and make a decision you will be comfortable with, even when you are in the process of grieving your pet loss. Planning ahead will not only save you time, but also give you some peace in knowing that these difficult details were taken care of well before you were grappling with the pain of losing a pet.