Finding the perfect gift is the great obsession of every holiday shopper. After scouring the malls and toy stores for something the recipient does not already have, the giver may think “A pet!” and picture their loved one embracing a fluffy puppy or kitten in the glow of the Christmas tree. Such scenes are always heart-warming and there is no doubt that most people would love a puppy or kitten to cuddle near the fire on Christmas day. But what about then next day? What about when the kids go back to school and the puppy is left alone in a crate or backyard?
What of the kitten, who’s bow has come off and is having trouble using the litter box consistently? What about the cost, for grooming, feeding, training, and veterinary care? As pet lover’s, we at AVC understand the allure of a holiday pet and the joy it can to bring to a family for years to come. With that in mind, here are a few things to consider before getting a pet as a gift.
Make sure the person wants the pet! Pets are a life-long commitment and can often interfere with jobs, school, vacations, and other lifestyle choices.
Consider getting the pet gear (bed, collar, leash, toys) and giving a “pet promise.” After the holidays are over, take the recipient to a local shelter to pick out their pet.
Make sure the recipient has the financial resources to care for the pet. Food, training, boarding, grooming, and veterinary care add up over time and you do not want to put someone in a position where they have a pet they cannot afford.
Shop the shelters first. There are so many wonderful shelter dogs and cats available, and many shelters offer gift cards so you can give those as part of a “pet promise.”
Do research on whatever you are considering. Do you have enough room for a large dog? Is anyone in the family allergic to cats? Is your child old enough and responsible enough to care for a pet? It is better to ask these questions before you get a pet than find out after you have bonded with a pet and have to rehome it.
Do not let getting a pet as a present be a “spur of the moment” decision. A pet is a gift, not a present, and should be enjoyed throughout the year and not just at holidays.
If you have any questions about getting a pet this holiday, please feel free to contact AVC to speak to our knowledgeable staff. If you get a pet, feel free to stop by so we can meet the newest member of your family!
Ringing in the New Year
It is natural for people to overindulge at this time of year and allow their pets to do the same.Remember that pets have delicate digestive systems and changes to their diet could cause vomiting or diarrhea. Turkey or ham scraps may seem like a nice treat for your dog, but you are better off throwing it away. Turkey and prime rib bones are choking hazards and may cause internal bleeding. Also, remember that alcohol is toxic to pets. If possible, contain your pet in an area away from parties. If your pet mingles with the guests, make sure they do not indulge in any untended plates or drinks. If you have reason to believe your pet may have ingested something harmful, bring them to AVC immediately.
Possibly the most traumatic event for pets on New Year’s Eve is fireworks. Fireworks can be so upsetting for some dogs that they jump through a window or over a six-foot fence out of sheer panic or in an attempt to escape the noise and booming vibration. For this reason, the most important thing you can do to protect your pet (even indoor pets) is to make sure they are microchipped and have a collar with your contact information on it. We strongly recommend your pet have both. Other things you can do to help your pet survive the holiday include keeping them home, closing all the windows and doors, leaving a television or radio playing to drown out noise, keeping them in a small secure space, and staying home with your pet. For dogs with an extreme fear of fireworks, all of the above, products like the Thundershirt, and even sedation may be required.
The doctors and staff at AVC are looking forward to an amazing 2019.We wish all our friends, two-legged, four-legged, no-legged, and feathered, a safe and happy holiday season.
San Marcos’ 14th mayor, Rebecca Jones, took the oath of office tonight during the San Marcos City Council meeting.
Mayor Jones was first elected to her first full term on the San Marcos City Council in November 2008. She had been serving on the City Council since January 2007 after being appointed to a vacated Council seat. She was re-elected in 2012, and again in 2016.
“As North County’s education hub and safest city, San Marcos is a rising star,” said Mayor Jones. “With tremendous success, comes new challenges—I’m all about the solutions and ready to work collaboratively so that generations to come will be afforded the same opportunities to thrive right here in San Marcos.”
In addition to the Mayor, Council Members María Nuñez and Randy Walton were sworn in as the City’s first district elected representatives by districts 1 and 2, respectively, to mark the start of their four-year terms. The San Marcos City Council voluntarily adopted district-based voting in September 2016.
Outgoing Mayor Jim Desmond was formally recognized for 14 years of service on the San Marcos City Council. Outgoing Council Members Chris Orlando, with 12 years of service to the San Marcos City Council, and Kristal Jabara, with eight years of service, were also formally recognized.
Mayor Jones previously held an at-large council seat, which is now vacant. The at-large vacancy will be filled by appointment or special election as directed by the city council.
December 2018 San Elijo Hills Community Association HOA Updates:
2nd Annual Menorah Lighting-This Sunday!
Come to celebrate our 2nd Annual Menorah Lighting! Bring your menorahs and head down to the town square park on December 2nd on the first day of Hanukkah! The event will run from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm with the candle lighting beginning at 5 pm. There will be kid’s activities, face painting, latkes, donuts, music and more! Bring a plain sweater or shirt to participate in our ugly sweater decorating contest…Hanukah style! If you have any questions, please contact your community director, Liz McCardle, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter Wonderland & Tree Lighting
LET IT SNOW! This year’s annual tree lighting is becoming a WINTER WONDERLAND! Please join us for this long-standing tradition in the Town Square Park on Friday, December 7th. Festivities will run from 6:00 PM-8:30 PM with the tree lighting at 7:00 PM. This magical night will include some of these fun activities!
* Santa and Mrs. Clause will be here for pictures so make sure you are on his “nice” list! Don’t forget to bring your camera!
* A Colorful Universe will have an ornament painting station for only $5.00 per ornament. Stop by to create a one-of-a-kind decoration for your home! They also make great gifts for family.
* Holiday elves will join us to show off their artistic skills with balloons.
* Cookies, cider, and hot chocolate will be served to warm your belly!
* Delicious food trucks will be serving up a variety of specialties available for purchase.
* The SEMS choir will perform Holiday inspired music throughout the night!
We hope that you and your family are able to make it out to this wondrous event! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Liz McCardle at email@example.com.
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When you were a child, what did you want to be? Whatever it was, it’s probably still a viable career. But that’s not necessarily true for children today.
Robots could replace nearly a third of the nation’s workforce by 2030, according to research by McKinsey Global Institute. And the World Economic Forum predicts 65 percent of elementary students will end up in careers that don’t even exist yet.
As North County’s education hub, San Marcos plays a major role in supplying the region with a workforce that’s ready to adapt to these changing tides.
“San Marcos serves the most higher education students all of northern San Diego County, making this community a crucial talent pipeline” explained Economic Development Manager Tess Sangster. “And that workforce will be ready for the future thanks to our educational leaders.”
Case in point: The San Marcos Promise (TSMP), which provides scholarships and resources to students in the San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD), is sharpening its focus on 21st-century work skills.
“Tomorrow’s workforce will need higher cognitive skills, such as creativity, critical thinking and collaboration,” explained Lisa Stout, TSMP Programs Coordinator. That jives with McKinsey research that predicts demand for those skills will grow 19 percent through 2030.
“The path to modern success won’t look the same for everyone, nor should it,” Stout added. “Many future professions won’t call for a traditional four-year degree.”
Palomar College tracks job trends, and as a result, has added future-focused programs in drone technology and cybersecurity.
“Advanced manufacturing is another big opportunity on the horizon, but these aren’t the factory jobs of the past,” said Nichol Roe, Palomar College’s Associate Dean of Workforce Development and Extended Studies. “They are highly technical, and involve 3D printing, automation and software solutions.”
“As technology advances, learning new skills on the job will be imperative,” added Jill Litschewski, Director of the Office of Internships and Service Learning at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). “However, it will be equally important for students to also improvise solutions.”
CSUSM’s Senior Experience Program lets students do that by collaborating with business owners to tackle real-world projects. Often the work has a 21st-century focus. For example, some students recently helped test drone technology that could change how we fight wildfires.
“Programs like this underscore how much we need our businesses to be a part of workforce development,” Sangster said. “The City is committed to supporting these efforts because when we all invest in workforce development, it benefits our community’s overall economic health.
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