Treating Your Dog Like Family

There are many people today who have pets that they think of as their own flesh and blood and one of their own family members. Pets are more than just a pet; they are a companion, a best friend and a family member. There are many people who love their pets enough to treat them as they would treat any other human being. Animals should be treated with respect and courtesy, just like we do for another human being. Animals feel physical pain, emotional pain and experience emotions just like humans. There is no reason at all that animals should be treated any differently. The only difference is they cannot communicate the same way that humans do. That doesn’t mean we cannot show them the respect they deserve. Dogs need their own space just as humans do, a place they can call their own home.

According to, about 44 percent of households in the United States own a dog in their home. It’s estimated that there are about 78 million dog owners in the United States alone. Many people have also adopted dogs in order to help care for them. There are many dogs that end up going to the shelter every year due to abuse or abandonment from human beings. Animals have gone through a lot of distress by not being able to have independence. Human beings willingly take these animals and decide whether or not they are going to make them their pet or not. No animal truly has a say-so in what is going to be decided of their fate. It is humans who has the advantage. Due to this issue, it is important that people do what they can do treat their dogs equally and provide a home they can call their own.

There are many things that humans can do for their pets to make their pets happy and feel comfortable at their homes. One of them is making sure that pets are truly happy in their environment. According to, dogs have the same hormone oxytocin that humans do, which is responsible for emotional states such as feeling love and affection for others. There has been studies that dogs feel what humans can feel in the emotional states. Therefore, giving your dog their own space in their own home will help to make your pet more comfortable and happy in their environment. There are many quality dog kennels available on the market that you can have specially customized, just for you dog. Your dog will have their own space to run in and out of, run inside if they get cold, and just a comfortable place they can freely roam and call their own.

Take the time to help your dog reach ultimate happiness and comfortability by thinking about what is best for them. What all pets want is freedom and independence, just as humans do. Give your dog a place that they can feel proud of.


What is sustainable flooring?

Being environmentally aware is becoming more and more important on both a national and local level. As a nation we have mostly mastered recycling, take heed of Fair Trade labels and look for energy efficiency household items when we can.

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In this article we take a look at how choosing the right flooring with the environment in mind is a good choice for both your interior design and the planet.

Laminate flooring

Laminate flooring is both sustainable and stylish. Made up of leftovers, like woodchip and sawdust, from timber yards, this makes laminate flooring very sustainable, meaning it helps to ensure such leftover materials don’t go to waste.

Engineered flooring

This flooring is made up of a top layer of hardwood with a softwood layer, combining the benefits of real hardwood with slower growing trees.

Stone floors

Although the mining, cutting and transportation of stone makes it not the most eco-friendly of products, it is natural and well lasting. Such longevity makes it environmentally conscious.

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Rubber floors

Rubber floors are a good choice for bathrooms – have a look at, as they are waterproof and durable. Rubber from old tyres is recyclable and is well used in gyms and playgrounds.

Natural flooring

There are so many natural floor coverings to choose from, including jute, sisal, coir and seagrass. Made from natural fibres they are stylish at the same time as being durable with great staying power. They come in a whole host of weaving patterns and grades with woven carpets benefitting from an underlay, adding extra comfort and support. Many new styles are impressively made from 80 percent recycled rubber and felt with the packaging also 100 percent recyclable.

Hardwood floors

A hardwood floor can match virtually any style in any home, including rustic, modern, classic and contemporary. It’s worth remembering, though, that the hardwood should be responsibly sourced. Look for FSC certifications, a worldwide organisation that ensures forestry products are sustainable at every level.

The real beauty of hardwood floors is that they can be cared for and renovated over a long period of time. Hardwood floors can also be stained, resulting in a change of ambience in the room and, importantly and sustainably, not requiring a whole re-flooring project, which offsets the ecological cost of the creation of new wooden planks.…