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The Royal News Magazine presents The December Holiday Issue

Royal News Magazine December 2009 Cover

Edited by author Mon Dec 7, '09 5:28am PST

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Let it snow!

Royal News Magazine December 2009 SnowCover
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The Royal News Magazine staff hard at work in our offices!

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Holiday Pet Travel: Tips for safe air travel with your pet

Before you begin your trip, be sure that your pet is "up" for the journey. This means a visit to the vet for a medical checkup and to ensure that your pet is up-to-date with all necessary vaccinations. Be sure to tell your vet about your plans to travel by air. Your vet can recommend to you whether your pet is medically prepared for this method of travel. However, you must also take into consideration the demeanor and temperament of your pet when determining whether airline travel is a good choice for your little friend. You know your pet best. Once you've got the green light, here are some tips that will help make you and your pet's air travel happy and safe.

- During your pre-trip vet appointment, ask your vet to issue a health certificate for your pet. This typically needs to be dated within ten days of departure. Carry this with you while traveling with your pet, as it may be required at different points throughout your travel.

- Have everything packed early and leave early to allow plenty of time to deal with normal air travel as well as your pet's needs. Keep yourself calm before the flight as pets sense your stress and anxiety.

- Select the right airline approved pet carrier. Carriers are available in both hard-sided and soft-sided.

Soft-sided carriers are more suitable for carry-on and tend to fit better under the seat. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations as far as the appropriate size carrier for your pet. The proper size carrier should allow your pet to be able to lie down comfortably, stand up and turn around. Ensure for proper ventilation and comfort.

- Give your pet at least a month before your flight to become familiar with the travel carrier. This will minimize his or her stress during travel.

- Consider booking a non-peak flight, which typically means less passengers and more cabin room. This will help ease potential stress for your pet.

- Use direct flights. Changing planes with your pet may cause undue stress on your pet, particularly if layover time is not adequate for a pet walk and bathroom break.

- Always travel on the same flight as your pet. Ask the airline if you can watch your pet being loaded and unloaded below the cabin.

- When you board the plane, notify the captain and at least one flight attendant that your pet is traveling with you and whether your pet is with you or below the cabin. If the captain knows that pets are on board, he or she may take special precautions.

- Do not ship pug-nosed dogs or cats such as Pekingese, Chow Chows, and Persians in the cargo hold. These breeds have short nasal passages that leave them vulnerable to oxygen deprivation and heat stroke in cargo holds.

- If traveling during the summer or winter months, choose flights that will accommodate the temperature extremes, particularly if your pet is traveling below the cabin.

- Try not to fly with your pet during busy travel times such as holidays and the summer. Your pet is more likely to undergo stress during hectic travel periods.

- Fit your pet with a collar that can't get caught in carrier doors. Affix two pieces of identification on the collar-a permanent ID with your name and home address and telephone number and a temporary travel ID with the address and telephone number where you or a contact person can be reached.

- Affix a travel label to the carrier with your name, permanent address and telephone number, final destination, and where you or a contact person can be reached as soon as the flight arrives.

- Bring along a current photo of your pet. This will make it easier for others to help you find your pet should your pet get separated from you.

- Make sure that your pet's nails have been clipped to protect against their hooking in the carrier's door, holes, and other crevices.

- Do not give your pet tranquilizers unless they are prescribed by your veterinarian. Make sure your veterinarian understands that the prescription is for air travel.

- Do not feed your pet for four to six hours prior to air travel. Small amounts of water can be given before the trip. If possible, put ice cubes in the water tray attached to the inside of your pet's kennel. A full water bowl will only spill and cause discomfort.

- Carry a leash with you so that you may walk your pet before check-in and after arrival. Do not place the leash inside the kennel or attach it to the outside of the kennel

- When you arrive at your destination, open the carrier as soon as you are in a safe place and examine your pet. If anything seems wrong, take your pet to a veterinarian immediately. Get the results of the examination in writing, including the date and time.

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Traveling with your pet
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Cold weather Safety for our Pets

Brrrrrrrr....With the oldest of months ahead of us i decided to do a little research on cold weather safety for our pets... here is a list of 10 important things to remember !

1.Keep your cat inside. Outdoors, felines can freeze, become lost or be stolen, injured or killed. Cats who are allowed to stray are exposed to infectious diseases, including rabies, from other cats, dogs and wildlife.

2.During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt. If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give the cat a chance to escape.

3.Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm—dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure yours always wears ID tags.

4.Thoroughly wipe off your dog's legs and stomach when he comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice. He can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws, and his paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice.

5.Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. When you bathe your dog in the colder months, be sure to completely dry him before taking him out for a walk. Own a short-haired breed? Consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is regulation winter wear.

6.Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.

7.Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs, and may be difficult to housebreak during the winter. If your puppy appears to be sensitive to the weather, you may opt to paper-train him inside. If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed type, take him outdoors only to relieve himself.

8.Does your dog spend a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities? Increase his supply of food, particularly protein, to keep him—and his fur—in tip-top shape.

9.Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol. Visit the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center more information.

10.Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.

I hope everypup has a warm safe winter !!! Snuggle up when ever you can with your love one !!it is a GREAT way to spend these cold winter days and nights.

By Buttercup
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Cold weather gear for dogs
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Remember to use safe precautions around the Christmas Tree and holiday decorations also!

Christmas Tree Safety
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A Brief History of Hanukkah
By Bailey and Duncan

King AntiochusIV of Syria prohibited the Jews from observing sacred Jewish rituals and practices. He converted their Temple into a pagan shrine. Judah and his four brothers led a rebellion against the Syrians and took back the temple and cleansed and rededicated it. Hanukkah means "rededication". The heroes of the story were called Maccabees which can also mean "hammer" because of their great strength. The rebuilding of the altar in the temple took eight days and that is why the holiday is celebrated for eight days. When they were rebuilding the altar they only had one small container of oil that should only have been enough to burn for one day, but when they lit it, it burned for eight days. That is why eight candles are on the Menorah.

Hanukkah is also called the Festival of Lights. The festival is observed by kindling candles on a special candelabrum, a Menorah, starting with one candle and adding a candle for each night of the holiday. There is a ninth candle called the Shamash which is used to light the candles. A blessing is recited while lighting the candles.

There are certain foods that are associated with Hanukkah. The most popular themes throughout the Hanukkah dishes are the use of oil. The oil reminds us of the oil which burned eight days instead of one. Latkes are potato pancakes made from grated potatoes mixed with eggs, onions, and flour, then fried in vegetable oil. The texture is crispy on the outside and tender within. They're served hot and often dipped in apple sauce or sour cream.

Another traditional Hanukkah treat is the sufganiyot. Sufganiyot are jelly doughnuts without the hole. They're dropped into hot oil without being shaped and come out in odd, funny shapes, then covered in powdered sugar and/or cinnamon. Sufganiyot are particularly popular in Israel, where they are sold on stands in the streets over a month before hanukkah begins.

The Dreidel is a familiar Hanukkah symbol. The dreidel is a four-sided spinning top with a Hebrew letter inscribed on each side. In America the letters stand for "A Great Miracle Happened There". In Israel the letters mean "A Miracle Happened Here". Each player receives a given number of coins or candy pieces. Before spinning the dreidel, each player puts a fixed proportion of the amount received into the "kupah" or kitty. Each player in turn spins the dreidel. When the dreidel falls, it will fall on one of the 4 letters. According to the letter, the following will happen: Nun - no win / no lose Gimmel - take all (from the kitty) Heh - take half (from the kitty) Peh or Shin - lose (what you deposited) The game continues until players have run out of 'funds' or it is agreed to stop (anyone losing all funds is out of the game).

In modern times it has become a time of gift giving. Many families will give gifts to the children on each night of the holiday. There may be gifts given of coins or money called Hanukkah gelt.

Edited by author Mon Dec 7, '09 5:14am PST

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