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“Helping seniors and their pets.” – Cindy’s Pets

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Adult Living, Community Spotlight | 0 comments

“Helping seniors and their pets.”  – Cindy’s Pets

It has been noted that many seniors, while participating in the “Meals on Wheels” program in Pasco County, often give a portion of their delivered meals to their beloved pets. These companion pets are frequently a homebound senior’s only “family” member, and the pet’s well-being is naturally very important to them. Our goal is to provide good nutritional food for the animals, thereby enabling the elderly to enjoy their own meals with the knowledge that their pet is also being taken care of. Genesis School and interested parents and friends came together in 2010 to create a program which provides needed pet food for the animals of Senior citizens in our area. Called Cindy’s Pets, our organization works in conjunction with Pasco County’s Elderly Nutrition “Meals on Wheels” program. Currently, Cindy’s Pets volunteers deliver over 2,000 pounds of pet food each month to the homes of 93 homebound seniors in West and East Pasco County to feed 315 cherished dogs, cats, birds, and the occasional bunny. Can you help, Cindy’s pets? Missy Nurrenbrock, West Pasco Email: cindys.pets@aol.com Sharon Smith, East Pasco Email: cindys.pets@aol.com Website: cindyspets.org facebook.com/pages/Cindys-Pets/163262303706516 (727)...

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Art For A Cause – Blooms {HANDMADE WREATHS}

Posted by on Dec 24, 2013 in Adult Living, Community Spotlight | 0 comments

Art For A Cause – Blooms {HANDMADE WREATHS}

Iwas always into the arts, I have dabbled in virtually every medium. Making wreaths was always enjoyable to me, so I started making them again for the upcoming holiday season. But my wreaths are more than just wall art. I donate a portion of my proceeds to a local family in need. The mother has been fighting cancer for a number of years. They have a teenager at home and recently had their water shut off. When I visited, they had virtually no food in their cabinets. I started a fundraiser for them and thanks to the help of generous people, we were able to get the water back on! I’ll continue to save funds over the holidays to help with food and living expenses. Part of my way of doing that is donating a portion of my Blooms proceeds to the family. Creating these wreaths is a source of happiness for me. I scour vintage shops in search of antique brooches and pins to adorn some of the wreaths with, I pick fresh lavender (when I can) to add the wreaths and I hand make most of the flowers that you see on the wreaths, with the exception of the hydrangeas. I customize colors and also do monogram letters. I will be unveiling many more styles in the coming months. Update:  This is the christmas tree we set up at the Prescott’s house tonight, complete with presents. A white tree like Connie wanted. HUGE thank you to Jennifer Clayback Bell and her team at Wharton High, all of our efforts have really helped this family. Thank for the fresh food for them and the things they needed. THIS is the TRUE Christmas spirit, helping others who really need it. Seeing her cry touched my heart.    Contact: Kim Cass, Wreath Designer Email: BloomsWreaths@gmail.com Website: www.BloomsWreaths.com...

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TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

Posted by on Dec 22, 2013 in Adult Living, Community Spotlight | 0 comments

TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

 When it comes to education of wild animals,  Kathy Stearns, of Dade City Wild Things recently took the lead and created a new program which has made many realize that the raccoons which may have tipped over your trash last night and the coyote which many may fear, are not all that bad and are a  part of a delicate wildlife system which we must better understand. Florida Creative Living has visited Dade City Wild Things in the past and many may recall when ‘Tony the Tiger’ was a tiger cub and now ‘Christian’ the three week lion cub has been welcomed as well. These small balls of fur join over one hundred different species of wildlife which Dade City Wild Things care for and make possible for the public to learn more about. “We have created a new program which pertains to the education of the public as to species of wildlife found here in Florida and how we must learn to interact with these animals.  They were here long before we were and it is obvious that growth has played an important part in why humans and animals come in contact with one another on occasion”, Stearns stated.  “The program is for everyone and we have a  summer camp for children to learn on a basic level and of course our tours also cover a lot of information in this area for adults. It will give the children and adults as well, an opportunity  to meet many of the same animals which share our backyards here in Florida. We have more than tigers and lions here at Wild Things. We have opossums, coyotes, kangaroos, buffalo and much more. It’s an excellent opportunity for everyone to learn how to save our habitat for the future years to come.” To prove a point Randy Stearns the senior animal trainer brought out ‘Mason’,  a nine month coyote. He explained, “This animal in the wild will usually avoid humans however they look at many objects as being on their food chain and a pet left outside could enter that category.  It just makes sense that if you live in an area where a coyote has been observed to keep your pets in at night and be cautious walking your pets at night as well.” Stearns suggested. ‘Mason’ was  very gentle and looked quite similar to a  German Shepherd dog and very affectionate.  Randy was quick to remind everyone that  “While ‘Mason’ is tame every person should realize that in the wild, animals act in a much different fashion, therefore, everyone should treat any wild animal with a degree of caution”. During the tour, Stearns pointed out that great interest for the big cats’, is always  first  but  there are many other  animals who live in the wild which we need to learn about. One such animal was the ‘Ring Tail Lemurs’ which came out of their warm nest area almost on command, quickly wrapping their bushy tails around their body in an attempt to keep warm. Sterns quickly pointed out that was a natural occurrence and many other educational points as well. As we walked about the spacious grounds on this cool morning, the earth seemed to tremble with a roar that startled me. Stearns quickly informed us, “Oh not to...

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Animal Attraction: People and Their Pets

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in Adult Living, Community Spotlight | 0 comments

Animal Attraction: People and Their Pets

If you’ve ever loved a pet, you know the kind of joy animals can bring. Why is it that we love our pets so much? Why are these relationships so important? To put it simply: because they make us happy. Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to make a pet happy than a human? When we give our pets their favorite food, or a scratch behind the ears, they are radiantly happy. They love to see us when we come home at night. Their love for us is a less complicated, pure joy than what we encounter with humans. There is something deeply fulfilling about this, especially in the complicated world we live in. Our bond with pets stems from three components of human nature: instincts, culture and empathy. The human brain is hard-wired to generate warm and fuzzy feelings when we see chubby cheeks, or big eyes and a cute face. These so-called “baby releasers” evolved to hook us into taking care of our own infants. “As an evolutionary side effect, our attraction to all things infantile also makes kittens and puppies irresistible. This also explains why we get so riled up about the plight of baby harp seals and yet care so little about the much rarer giant Chinese salamander, a six-foot mass of beady-eyed brown slime!” ~ Hal Herzog Did you know that there are health benefits of having a pet in our home? It is good for our hearts. It lowers our blood pressure. Improves fitness, dog owners are more apt to take their dogs for walks. Pets provide support and companionship for those with special needs. “In all of our relationships, we need not only to give affection but to see that affection reflected back to us—we want to know that the other being enjoys it. So a dog wagging his tail or a purring cat closes the relationship loop for us in a very profound, nurturing way.” ~ O Magazine Photos provided by Tanya Sharkey Photography We can’t stress enough how important it is to adopt a rescue dog from a shelter. Or an older dog before looking for a puppy, or a puppy from a pet store. Why is this? Because puppies are always adopted, where older dogs and rescue dogs are in more need of finding love and a happily-ever-after home. Sadly, around 2.7 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the United States simply because too many people give up their pets, don’t get them spade or neutered and too few people adopt from shelters. Because there is limited space at shelters, staff members sometimes need to make very hard decisions to euthanize animals who haven’t been adopted, according to the Humane Society. So please adopt first if you can. Do you know there are many famous people who adopt pets? George Clooney, Fran Drescher, Ellen Degeneres, Sharon Osbourne, Edie Falco, Charlize Theron and more. For more information on the benefits of adoption, and common myths, go to: Humane Society, the Tampa Humane Society or your local ASPCA By Kim Cass Founder of The Socialites Network...

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National Mill Dog Rescue | Rescued over 6,300 puppy mill survivors

Posted by on Sep 13, 2013 in Adult Living, Community Spotlight | 0 comments

National Mill Dog Rescue | Rescued over 6,300 puppy mill survivors

National Mill Dog Rescue rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes retired commercial breeding dogs from puppy mills. NMDR gives these dogs a new beginning and a final chance to find happiness and comfort in a loving home. MISSION STATEMENT: To rescue, rehabilitate and rehome discarded breeding dogs and to educate the general public about the cruel realities of the commercial dog breeding industry. National Mill Dog Rescue was established in February 2007, in honor of a forgiving little Italian Greyhound named Lily. Theresa Strader, NMDR’s Founder and Executive Director, rescued Lily from a dog auction in Missouri. Prior to that day, Lily had spent the first seven years of her life as a commercial breeding dog, a puppy mill mom. Determined that her years of living in misery would not be in vain, Strader started NMDR, giving a voice to mill dogs across the country. During her years as a breeding dog, Lily spent all of her days confined to a small, cold wire cage in a dark, foul-smelling barn. Never was she removed from her cage for exercise or socialization. In her dreary confines, Lily was forced to produce one litter after another with no respite. Like all commercial breeding dogs, she was a veritable breeding machine whose worth was measured in only one way – her ability to produce puppies. By seven years of age, Lily was worn out. Commonplace in the industry, she had received little to no veterinary care throughout her life, the result of which, for her, was terribly disturbing. Due to years of no dental care, poor quality food, rabbit bottle watering and no appropriate chew toys, the roof of Lily’s mouth and lower jaw, had rotted away. Her chest was riddled with mammary tumors and she was absolutely terrified of people. Strader brought Lily and twelve others home from the auction and declares that even for a highly seasoned rescuer, the following months were the education of a lifetime in rehabilitation. That she would take up the cause for the mill dogs was never in question and National Mill Dog Rescue was promptly underway. In five short years, NMDR has amassed over 1,300 volunteers and has rescued over 6,300 puppy mill survivors. Run almost solely by volunteers, NMDR has pledged to put an end to the cruelty of the puppy mill industry. Through widespread informative efforts, NMDR hopes to educate the public to acquire their companion animals through reputable breeders or better yet, from shelters and rescue groups across the country. After her rescue, Lily spent the remainder of her life as a beloved member of the Strader family where she received medical care, warmth and companionship. In time, Lily found courage and her disfigured little body educated countless people about the horrors of the puppy mill industry. Lily died peacefully in the arms of her loving family in May 2008, fifteen months after she was rescued.  National Mill Dog Rescue Theresa Strader Founder and Executive Director  www.milldogrescue.org...

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Williow Bend Automotive | Lutz, Florida

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in Adult Living, Community Spotlight | 0 comments

Williow Bend Automotive | Lutz, Florida

How many times have we heard someone say,  “I wish I could find a good honest automotive repair shop”. We found someone and wanted to share the news with our readers. Willow Bend Auto now located in the K-mart Shopping Center at the intersection of Hwy 54 and Collier Parkway has returned to Lutz.  We think many local readers will be pleased to hear the news. The owners, Bob and Cindy Douglas have been involved in the repair and maintenance of the vehicles of local residents since 2004.   One of the most impressive aspects of this couple and their business is the fact they are truly committed to fair and great service.   This is turn has resulted in so many long term friends and relationships.. Bob Douglas, who has more then 27 years experience in the business of making sure your vehicle runs properly subscribes to the basic theory of ‘If you need it we will let you know it-however we will not replace any item that is not necessary.’ Bob and Cindy have owned auto repair centers since 2004. They moved to Zephyrhills, Fl for a short time, returning in 2008 due in part to the long term  relationships with customers.   What is also impressive is the tremendous  attitude which Cindy and Bob exhibit.   “‘We know that times are tough out here for a large number of our customers both new and  old”,  Cindy explained.    “We know they are depending on their vehicles to get them to work each day so we have a responsibility to do our part.  Get the vehicle repaired  however we will not recommend anything that is not required.   We stand behind our parts and labor for twelve months, so we have faith in our service”. Willow Bend Automotive has a very experienced staff of mechanics and the equipment to identify and repair most any situation. “Our goal is to provide service that will please you with the results and convince  you to return again”, said Cindy . “If we can do that then we have accomplished our goal”. Willow Bend Auto, located at the K-mart Center at Collier Parkway and Hwy 54.  We found it to be a very nice and honest place to do business.  We think you will agree. The can be reached by calling (813) 949-1111 and can be reached on  facebook  at www.facebook.com/WillowBendAutomotive. [cincopa AkGAALrZP1YH] By Chuck...

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Happy Birthday Florida Creative Living – Our Contest Winner Christine Freeman

Posted by on Sep 27, 2012 in Adult Living, Community Spotlight | 0 comments

Happy Birthday Florida Creative Living – Our Contest Winner Christine Freeman

25 years ago I never knew my career would take me to the heights that is has, the opportunity to meet so many incredible people and the honor of helping people in crisis situations. I had the opportunity to open a salon in Cocoa, Florida after moving from Pennsylvania in January 2012, after our area was hit hard by flooding, declared a disaster area from September 2011-October 2011 and many areas are still trying to rebuild.  I owned a salon called Ciao Bella, located in Hanover Township, Pa. Many of my clients lost their homes and I knew it was time to get involved in the community and lend a helping hand.  I closed my salon in October 2011 and took the time to reach out in the hard hit disaster areas to do as much as I could collecting donations and distributing them in the Shickshinny, Pa areas. With just one story in the local newspaper, we got over 200 calls in 2 days. I collected over 100 bags of donations and my daughter and I packed up my SUV and went on foot through the disaster areas. We even got a call from a man willing to fix a family’s home and furnish it FREE. I learned through this, never think just because you are a small team of 1 or two people you cannot make a difference…you can! I will carry this on with my salon here in Florida, always making an effort to be there in situations, whether people needing help that have cancer or illness, the individual that needs help with hair services and is seeking work or the helping in the community when needed. Salon Lotus will be there. I was featured in the local newspaper after they found out what my daughter and I was doing and followed us on a journey of helping flood victims. In September, I closed the salon for 5 weeks to help out in the area.  My father in law died the day we were evacuated, September 10th, 2012. I felt that I still needed to help the flood victims, even dealing with my own situation. My then 9 year old daughter helped me on foot, going from house to house to distribute items needed. I never thought I would have a second chance at having a salon and took a risk by opening one again, but through Faith and prayer, Salon Lotus opened on June 20th 2012. My salon caters to clients that desire privacy and “one on one service”. I am a 1 chair, private hair studio. I do not over book, PowerBook or do multiple people while my salon guests process with chemicals. I wanted to have a different approach in my area and offer something to people that are “hair shy” or people that just want excellent customer service without the hype of the day spa atmosphere. My prices for a cut start at $39 and go up to $50, but I also have a program called “Mom’s on a Budget” that offers lower priced services for women looking for work, single mom’s looking for work or that are students or anyone in transition looking for work. I still offer my “W.I.N.” program, “Women In Need and Transition”, which I have helped  many...

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Our Spotlight Hero | Doctor Qureishi – Lutz, Florida

Posted by on Aug 12, 2012 in Adult Living, Community Spotlight | 0 comments

Our Spotlight Hero | Doctor Qureishi – Lutz, Florida

Scroll down the list of  veterinarian’s  in the yellow pages and you will find  many .  We also observed specialized services by these talented individuals however the title of  ‘Animal and Exotic Center ‘ aroused our interest. Therefore based on the  fact  that  our male Shih Tzu was in need of medical treatment as well,  we called for an appointment. When he enters the examination room, ‘Doctor Tony”,  as he is identified within the profession, immediately displayed a  ‘ we can cure this problem’  attitude. Pleasant and assuring he gave ‘Tye’ a complete examination and explained in detail the process for solving the problem.   Two hours later after a simple procedure Tye, while slightly sedated from his experience, was headed home and to a complete recover much to my relief. . To our amazement for the following three days his office called for a report on the recovery.  Quite impressive I thought, therefore I returned to the office to spend some time with’ Doctor Tony’. Completing his training in Michigan Doctor Tony is actually Tony Qureishi and opened the ‘Animal and Exotic Center’, as he is trained to specialize in the treatment of several pets, to many to mention.  Being in business here for several years Doctor Tony offered these simple tips for anyone thinking of bringing a pet into their home. How does one choose  a career in the field of animal care? Dr. Tony explained that since a small child he had a desire to care of all animals however it was his observance of a  raccoon which had been struck by a vehicle and was without assistance that made him choose his career. And a sterling career it has been. Dr. Tony admits that he receives a sincere gratification in curing the illness of any animal however many problems with your pet can be avoided. Here are a few of his suggestions if you are thinking of bringing a pet into your home. First, insure that you or those within your home are not allergic to any animals and select  a pet  which the family will be able to care for.   Make sure that the pet is up to date on the vaccines.  He reminds us that while pets are very therapeutic they do require around the clock attention and care like a small child.  Vaccinations, food and other requirements are other  items  which need to be considered as well. ‘Doctor Tony’ also suggested that a basic check by  your  veterinarian should be accomplished to insure among other things that  the pet is healthy, what type of flea prevention is appropriate especially here in Florida and types of food which would be appropriate for your pet. Those obtaining a young puppy should have it checked as soon as possible to insure it is healthy.  For young animals he suggests you remind yourself they are still babies and do best with  consistent  feeding  and eating schedules. He suggests using toys appropriate for the size of the pet and use caution when introducing them to larger animals. Most important he wants to make sure that if  you do adopt a pet  which he encourages, insure that you are prepared to keep the pet.  Do not try and do everything at once and training any pet is...

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Florida Based Businesses is hosting a month long celebration in July Come party with Them!!

Posted by on Mar 14, 2012 in Community Spotlight | 0 comments

Florida Based Businesses is hosting a month long celebration in July Come party with Them!!

July  1-14 Auction to benefit Majical Miniature July 15-31 FBB Sponsor giveaway* Majical MIniatures is a wildlife/barnyard animal rescue and rehabilitation center. There goal is to keep the animals spirits “wild” always with intenttions to release back into the wild. Those who can not be released are life long educators at Majical Miniatures. Backyard Getaway has agreed to not only donated their expertise but also their valuable time to build a pond in this education center. All we need now is the funding. This is where you come in. We are looking and for some great FBB who would be willing to donate products and services to our auction for such a worthy cause. To learn more on how you can help, please visit www.florida-based-businesses.com/christmas-in-july.html...

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Circus Sarasota Raffle – Sarasota, Florida

Posted by on Dec 17, 2011 in Community Spotlight | 0 comments

Circus Sarasota Raffle – Sarasota, Florida

Florida Creative Living is raffling, 3 Circus Sarasota pendants and one signed T-shirt from Legendary Aerialist Dolly Jacobs to help with their Big Top Education and Laughter Unlimited programs. Tickets are sold online for $5 dollars each.* Florida Creative Living goal is to reach $3,000. * Once you purchase your tickets via the Paypal Donate button, you will receive your raffle ticket number(s) shortly after via email – within a few hours. Raffle ends February 1, 2012 . Winners will be notified by email by February 2, 2012. If you have any questions, or comments please contact us at raffle@floridacreativeliving.com...

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