holiday season

Furry Friend Friday With Nate!


We know it’s been a while but we’re back with another Furry Friend Friday interview!  Meet Nate, this 1 and a half year old guy is looking for his forever time just in time for the holidays!  He’s a tuxedo cat so he’s always dressed to impress and loves being around people! Nate is up for adoption at the Lowell Humane Society and would love for you to stop by and pay him a visit!

So Nate, what’s your favorite way to spend the day?

Well I’m still young so I love to play, I even get along with dogs and other cats!  I also love being around people and one of my other favorite things to do is to curl up next to someone and be petted.

Do you have any favorite toys to play with?

Well I love those balls with the feathers on them, they’re really fun to chase around!  I also enjoy the catnip toys we have here in the shelter.

What about a favorite treat?

I absolutely LOVE those Greenie treats, they aren’t just for dogs, they make them for cats too!  Not only do they taste great, they’re good for my teeth!

Is there anything you’re afraid of?

Not really, I’m a pretty independent guy, I go right up to people, dogs, and cats.  I’m not shy or anything and nothing makes me too nervous.  The only thing that makes me a bit nervous is being inside a cat carrier, I just don’t like being inside a cage and not knowing where I’m going, it can be a little scary!

What do you think would be the perfect family for you?

I get along with almost everyone so I feel like I would really fit in anywhere! I love people, kids, and even other animals as long as they’re friendly!  Whether I end up with a family, young couple, or a retiree, I would be happy to have any home for the holidays!  Us black cats tend to get overlooked sometimes, something about being bad luck, can you believe that?  It would make me so happy to find my forever family this holiday season!

Why do you think pet insurance would be a good thing for all pet parents to consider?

Well, pets are members of the family, and it only makes sense to protect our health and you wallet as you would do with any other family member.  Plus, it would be the perfect present to your furry friend this holiday season!

Give us a call for a free, no obligation pet insurance quote, you may be surprised at how affordable it is to insure your furry friend!

Charity Events In Boston This Month

It’s that time again, time to take a look at ourselves and our community and ask what can we do to give back?  Even though the holiday season has come and gone, we still need to continue the spirit of giving to those in need.  So, how can you help this month?  As we know, volunteering and charity events can be a lot of fun and come in all different varieties.  Whether you want to burn some calories, dance the night away, or learn about some U.S. history, you can give back and make a difference this month.

Party For Prevention – The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition is celebrating their 15th Annual Lesbians and Friends Dance on Saturday, January 19, 2013.  Breast Cancer does not discriminate against anyone which is why the MBCC wants to spread awareness and increase preventative measures when it comes to the disease.  This is a major event in the LGBT Community that you won’t want to miss!  DJ Maryalice and DJ Ann Rogers will be keeping the beats bumping all night and there will be a silent auction, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.  Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here.  The event is from 8:30 PM – 12:30 AM and is being held at the Holiday Inn in Brookline.  Proceeds from this event benefit the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition and are used towards their goal of preventing this horrible disease.

MLK Jr. Day Of Service 2013 – Celebrate the life of one of Martin Luther King Jr this month by stepping out for MLK Jr. Day of Service 2013 on Monday, January 21st.  Boston Cares is teaming up with the City of Boston and the Massachusetts Service Alliance to make a difference in the community through various volunteer service opportunities.   Participants can gather at the Curley School in Jamaica Plain for a day of fun, history, and giving back.  There is a morning shift (10AM -12 noon) and an afternoon shift (1:30 PM – 3:30 PM) and participants can sign up for either or both, however space is limited so sign up soon!  There are many different activities for volunteers to participate in including sewing quilt squares or making bears, which will benefit agencies throughout the Boston Metro area.  Come down and make a difference in your community as MLK Jr. once did, this is the perfect way to celebrate his life and learn a little bit more about him that you may not have known.

Climb America –  Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. and accounts for 1 in 3 deaths nationwide?  Makes you stop and think for a second before heading to McDonald’s doesn’t it?  We can prevent heart disease simply by eating right and staying active!  Get in gear and get moving on Saturday, January 26th and Sunday, January 27th at these Climb America events taking place in Boston.    Join ClimbCorps, an organization from Brigham and Women’s Hospital for a morning of exercise and education.  The first event on Saturday is being held at 100 Summer St. Registration begins at 9 AM and the climb begins at 10!  On Sunday the climb will be at the Prudential Center on Boylston St.  (same time as the Saturday event).  Participants will be climbing two of the tallest buildings in Boston in an effort to improve their own health and spread awareness.  You can register for free and once your registration is complete, you can set up your own fundraising page and begin your efforts!  Proceeds will benefit ClimbCorps which will utilize the funds to educate the public of the dangers of heart disease, provide free programming to promote healthy lifestyle choices, support research for heart disease prevention, and improve the health of the American public.

So, get out and give back this month!  If these events don’t interest you or are too difficult to get to, look up some local events going on in your community!  Even though the holiday season is over, we need to keep those that are less fortunate in mind all throughout the year.

Photo By: Haydn Blackey

Pick The Perfect Christmas Tree!

It’s that time of year again, time to hunt through a giant lot of trees in search of the perfect one to grace your home.  It’s an endeavor that families across the country take on each and every year, and sometimes finding the perfect tree can be more difficult than you think!  There’s surprisingly a lot to consider; height, length, pine needles, the list goes on and on but once you’ve found the perfect tree the fun can begin!  Keep these tips in mind when making your selection this holiday season!

  • Before you pick the perfect tree, make sure it will fit!  Measure the ceiling height in the room where you will be displaying your tree, and once you do choose a tree, make sure it is a foot shorter than the ceiling (bring a tape measure).  This will give you enough space to factor in the tree stand and should still leave you with enough room to place a tree topper on the highest point.
  • Be sure that your tree is fresh!  You don’t want to pick a tree that is dry and brittle with all of the needles about to fall off (and create a huge mess).  When you find a tree that you’re interested in, give it a good shake.  If it is fresh the needles should stay on for the most part, if it’s drying out, a lot of the needles will fall off.
  • Make sure the base of the tree is straight and will fit in your tree stand.  If it is warped and shaped strangely it will be very difficult to get it to stand upright in the stand, let alone stay in place for a few weeks.  It would be a good idea to measure your tree stand and find out if the opening is big enough for the base of the tree, another great use for that tape measure!
  • Now here comes the tricky part; getting your tree home.  Unless you own a pick up truck, this can be a very stressful task!  Most tree farms have staff on hand that can help you lift your  tree onto the roof and secure it.  Your best bet is to use bungee cords.  Once the tree is securely on top of the car, roll down the windows so that you can wrap the bungee cords over the tree, through the windows and under the roof so that the tree will stay in place.  Securing it at the top and bottom is your best bet, and be sure to wrap the bungee cord around the tree as many times as possible so it is held in tightly.  It may be a good idea to do a few laps around the parking lot with your tree just to be sure it is safe for the ride home.
  • Once you do arrive home with your tree, the fun and decorating can begin!  If you have a lot of ornaments, try to put the heavy ones near the top of the tree where the branches are thickest and strongest, smaller ornaments that are lightweight can be placed near the bottom of the tree.
  • You also have to take care of your tree if you want it to last through the holiday season, and that means lots of water.  Trees can drink a few quarts each day so it’s a good idea to check your tree throughout the day and make sure the stand still has water in it.  This will keep the needles from drying out too quickly and making a giant mess on your floor.

Once you’ve chosen your tree, transported it home, decorated and watered it, sit back and enjoy!  There’s nothing better than listening to some Christmas carols, drinking hot chocolate, and curling up by a beautiful tree so enjoy it while you can!

Photo By: liljulier

Giving Back This Holiday Season!

The holiday season is a time for giving back to friends, family, and those that are less fortunate than ourselves.  There are many people right here in Massachusetts that need help more than ever, especially during this time of year.  We know that finances are tight but even donating your time to one of these events can make a huge difference!

Holiday Market To Benefit Breast Cancer Fund – This holiday bazaar is being hosted by William Raveis Real Estate on Saturday, December 1st at their Back Bay office in Boston.  Get a jump start on your holiday shopping and support a great cause at the same time.  All vendors are donating 10% of their proceeds to the William Raveis Breast Cancer Fund which benefits the American Cancer Society.  Local restaurants have provided light snacks and there will also be a 50/50 raffle and many other raffle items available.  Stop by this Saturday and find a truly unique gift for that special someone!

Winter Walk 2012 – This holiday season two of Boston’s biggest charities fighting homelessness , Homestart and Hearth are teaming up for Winter Walk 2012.  This event is a charity walk on the Boston Common December 2, 2012 that is about ending homelessness one step at a time.  These charities want to educate participants of the harsh realities of living outside during a New England winter, and encourage people to find out how they can help.  The first step is signing up for this walk, you can register online or on the day of the event.   Registration begins at 1 PM and Opening Ceremonies begin at 2 PM, followed by the walk.  The route consists of two laps around the Boston Common and ends with a cup of warm tea and a celebration amongst all walkers.  Sign up or donate today, winter is especially difficult on the local homeless and you can help make all of the difference for them this season!

Cookie Swap For A Cause – Who doesn’t love cookies?  Boston Food Swap is hosting their 2nd Annual Cookie Swap for a Cause on Sunday, December 16, 2012 from 2PM-5PM at Space With A Soul in Boston.   For every cookie that is swapped, the Glad to Give campaign will donate $1 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support research for new and improved pediatric cancer therapies.  If you bake over 4 dozen cookies, you get free admission!  If you make less than 4 dozen cookies, or don’t plan on baking and just wanted to enjoy some sugary goodness tickets are $15.  If you don’t plan on baking and purchase your ticket after December 2nd, tickets are $20 per person.  Tickets are limited so get them while they last and take this opportunity to support this children’s charity!

Globe Santa – This yearly program benefits local families and collects donations to provide holiday gifts to children in need.  This wonderful charity began in 1956 and has continuously provided support and holiday cheer to local families. Last year they raised over $1.2 million to help 32,240 local families during the holiday season and this year their goal is even bigger, $1.4 million!  100% of all donations go to the purchase and delivery of these gifts so every penny counts!  You can even host your own event to benefit the Globe Santa and stir up some healthy competition between Santa and his Elves, for more information click here.

However you choose to give back this holiday season, keep the less fortunate in mind!  Your time and donations are what help make their holidays merry and bright, and these organizations could not do nearly as much for their beneficiaries without the help of generous donors and volunteers!

Photo By: USACE Europe District



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