You Can Take Care of Your Pet, No Matter How Busy You Are

When you got a dog, you most likely got it for your own companionship, but that companionship is a two-way street. Dogs need a lot of love and attention. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a time when most of us have the kind of free time required to give our dogs the exercise and attention they need.

This can lead to unhealthy and unhappy dogs that are stuck inside all day, all alone. It also leads to unhappy owners who know they should do more but feel they don’t have a way to address these issues.

There are ways to take care of your pet, though, if you look outside the box a bit. You don’t have to change your job or cut down on your hours. You don’t need to give up on your personal life. You can maintain your schedule just as it is and take much better care of your pet.

How? Use a pet walking service. Take a look at Walk! ATX Pet Care. They provide dog walking for your everyday needs. They’ll also pet sit for you when you are out of town. They can even take your dog to the vet when they need to go and you don’t have time.

We live in a time when we all need daycare for our kids. We need to realize we also live in a time when we need pet care for our dogs. Like kids, they require the kind of constant attention that just isn’t possible in our economy. You don’t have to feel bad any longer, though. You just need to find the right pet care people to help you and your dog out.

Pet care is actually surprisingly affordable. By using a pet care specialist, your dog gets outside more. They get exercise. They also get positive attention. People don’t go into pet care if they don’t care about pets. When you aren’t at home to provide your pet all that love they need, you can make sure someone is there to play with and pet your dog for you.

This can feel uncomfortable at first, but just like daycare and preschool, we have to realize that we can’t take care of everyone on our own, not when so much is demanded of us in our work and social lives.

It’s a well-worn expression about raising children, but “it takes a village” is absolutely accurate. It takes many people to help raise a child. It also takes a lot of people to properly take care of your dogs. So, stop worrying about your pets at home alone, wanting to play fetch or walk around the neighborhood. Find a good pet care specialist in your area and give your pets the attention they need when you aren’t there.

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Where does all the money go?

I know people say this all the time, but I’m pretty desperate for money. No strike that, I’m really desperate. And I say “I’m” and not “we” for a reason.

I say “I’m” because I’m married to a lovely man who just doesn’t have a head for money. Ben’s wonderful, just a big, cute sweetheart who’s so gentle and sweet and kindhearted, I just love him to death. But Ben just can’t keep track of money.

That was sort of charming when we were first dating, but it’s become a major problem in our relationship since we got married, in fact, I’d say it’s THE major problem.

It’s THE problem because Ben suggested, very sweetly, that now we were married, we should have a house to settle in, where the kids could eventually grow up. He wanted the tire swing in the back and the jungle gym and all that. We had a great apartment, which I still miss, but he thought he had enough saved and enough coming in through his job (he’s a trucker, which means he’s gone a lot, which sucks, but we make it work) to pay for something nice.
Well, we got a house, but we didn’t get nice. Instead, we’ve got a place that’s falling apart all around us, and the money isn’t stretching to the end of the month. We’ve only been living here a year, and we’re already a month behind on the mortgage. I got my first letter about it in the mail because Ben took off last, and I told him about it. He shook his head like he was concerned, and he said he’d deal with it, but that’s the last I heard.

Now, I’m worried. I don’t know how long they’ll give us to make a payment, and I’m doubly worried if we fall behind now, we’ll never catch up.

At this point, I’m desperate enough to start looking for extreme options. I heard from a friend (whose husband is also a trucker) about factoring, which means you can get money early for deliveries you’ve made but haven’t been paid for. That’s exactly what we need, but Ben wasn’t interested.

What I’m looking at now is whether I can sign everything myself and get the money anyway. As I said, Ben doesn’t get money. I bet he’ll come home from this big trip with half the money already spent on some gift because he feels bad that I’m stressed. It’s sweet, I know, but we can’t afford that.

Hopefully, I can get everything signed myself. I’ll figure out how to tell Ben later.

Honestly, though, I wish we’d never moved here. I miss that apartment of ours so much. How much time should you give a big decision before deciding it was wrong? If I could sell the house for what we paid (I doubt it), I’d move back in a second.

But first things first, I’ve got to pay the bills now.

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What is a Ponzi Scheme?

A Ponzi scheme is a kind of investment fraud wherein a company pays returns to its investors using the capital of new investors, instead of using real profit. How the money goes around is inherently flawed, because the company will need a constant flow of new investors to keep the investment alive.

The company is aware of this, making a Ponzi scheme one of the most fraudulent investment scams today. Companies deliberately attract new investors by promising them high returns with very little risks. Once the investment collapses, only the company and maybe even a few of its first investors are the ones who will get the returns, while everybody is left behind.

Before you know it, the money you worked hard for is gone.

Because of the deliberately fraudulent nature of the investment, it may be hard to spot. The company will surely make ways to make the investment appear legitimate. Signs that an investment is a Ponzi scheme include:

  • High returns with no risks – Real investments with high returns are usually risky, so if a company has promised that their investments have high returns without the risks, be wary.
  • Unusual consistency in returns – Real investments have fluctuating values.
  • No registration and license – Real investments require registrations and real companies require licenses.
  • Secrets and unnecessary complexity – Real companies will make sure that you understand what you are getting into, so if a company seems to be bombarding you with technical words and hard to understand documents, be wary.
  • Paperwork problems – Real companies will provide clear, consistent, and error-free paperwork regarding your investments, so be cautious of a company that is reluctant when it comes to paperwork transparency.
  • Trouble with payments – Fraudulent companies will encourage you to reinvest money into the scheme, but the real purpose here is to keep the investment from crashing because of the lack of new investors.

To protect your hard-earned cash, it is best to avoid Ponzi schemes, or any fraudulent investment operations, by making sure that the company and investment are legitimated by proper documents and registrations. It is also important to fully understand the investment, because knowing your stuff is the best defense against fraud.

 

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Possible Consequences for Vandalism

It is a common misconception that vandalism is just about spray painting another property, as the term vandalism has a more general meaning. Vandalism occurs when a person intentionally damages or defaces a property of another, including public properties.

It may come in many forms, such as destroying a person’s car or house windows, slashing the tires of another person’s car, destroying street signs, and punching and kicking another person’s property. An important distinction in vandalism is that the vandal really has the intention of destroying, altering, or defacing a property that does not belong to him or her.

Penalties
Penalties for vandalism differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction in terms of gravity, but the penalties themselves have mostly the same idea.

Fines: One of the most obvious consequences of any offense is the payment of fines, and vandalism is no exception to this. Fines can be several hundreds or thousands of dollars, depending on the jurisdiction. Also, it is important to note that this fine is paid to the jurisdiction, not to the owner of the damaged property.

Jail Time: A vandal may be required to serve time in jail, especially if the act of vandalism has resulted into significant damage to the victimized property. If the vandal has previous records of vandalism or any other kind of offense under his or her name, the jail time may be more severe.

Probation: If you commit an offense, the court might order that you should be under probation, or in other words, supervision with several conditions you need to follow. One of the most common conditions is community service, where you will need to work for a volunteer organization or any other recognized body for a given period.

Restitution: Just like fines, restitutions are financially damaging penalties. They are enforced to make up for the damages the property owner has sustained because of the vandalism. In other words, this is the fine you pay to the owner of the vandalized property. Typically, the amount you pay is large enough to cover the costs of repairs or replacements.

Defense
The laws are not very friendly towards vandals, as these people slowly become a bigger and bigger threat to the property of others. But according to the website of the Amerio Law Firm, vandalism charges can be defended. It just means that even though the law has its teeth on vandalism, proper enforcement of regulations and due process is still the top priority, to prevent injustice and unwarranted penalties.

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Post Employment Testing

Pre-employment testing is there to greatly filter the applicants, removing all those who are not physically able to do the job. But once an applicant is already offered a job contingent, he may be subject to a post offer or post employment testing.

Like pre-employment testing, post offer testing’s goal is determine whether the person is capable of doing the job in a way that will not cause harm to himself or the others around him. It is a good way to prevent injuries in the workplace and turnovers in the company, as those things can affect the company’s productivity and financial standing.

If pre-employment testing is mostly about the raw, physical aspects of a person, post offer testing is much more rigorous. It can involve medical elements such as medical history, and quantifiable physical attributes like body fat index, weight index, and limb strength.

The testing is conducted in a medical environment by healthcare professionals and representatives. It can be specifically designed to reveal impairments that pre-employment testings cannot reveal. And since the medical results are quantifiable, they can be considered to be well-documented. These documents are stored in a database or in a physical storage, and are brought out when necessary. The results can also be viable grounds to cancel the offer and not hire a person.

Post employment testing is definitely more expensive compared to pre employment testing, because it is performed by legitimate medical personnel. But it can be a better filter of applicants because of the objectivity and quantifiable nature of the test.

Employers can look at it as a necessary investment. If employers go for a post employment testing, they are minimizing the possibility of workplace accidents and workmans’ compensation cases, incidents that are known to take up a lot of money, time, and other resources in the part of the employer.

But potential employees also benefit from such tests. They become safer from job frustration and unnecessary injuries.

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