More Puppy Adoption Tips by Josie Riviera

Continuing from last month’s puppy adoption tips blog, prioritize your furry friend with essential tips for the winter season.

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Invest in winter-ready essentials:

Create a cozy haven for your pup by investing in snug outerwear for outdoor walks.

Indoor playtime:

Engage your pup with indoor playtime and training sessions.

Health and Wellness Check:

Prioritize your puppy’s health by consulting your vet about their winter diet and hydration needs.

Winter Safety Outdoors:

Keep your pup safe during outdoor walks, avoiding harsh winter elements and harmful elements.

Create a Cozy Haven:

Designate a warm and inviting indoor space with warm blankets, plush beds, and soft lighting.

Adventure-Proof Paw Protection:

Invest in protective booties to shield your pup’s paws from icy surfaces and harmful substances often found on winter walks.

 

Now that your puppy is winter-ready, don’t forget to grab my newest three book boxed set:

Pawfect Christmas Hearts, a special introductory price.

Pawfect Christmas Hearts

Each book in this boxed set is a delightful gift wrapped in the spirit of the season, tied with a bow of adorable puppies. These stories are more than holiday romances; they highlight the power of love, second chances, and the enduring warmth of small-town communities.

In A Christmas Puppy To Cherish, discover that love knows no boundaries, not even those of communication, as an open heart leads to a heartwarming connection.

Christmas In The Air  takes you on a journey where secrets shared on an airplane come to light under the twinkling holiday stars.

And in Cocoa’s Christmas Love, the magic of the season is reignited through the gentle touch of a florist’s Wishing Blooms, a rescued pup’s unconditional love, and the transformative power of Christmas itself.

Download today! Available in ebook, paperback, and large print paperback. Audiobooks for each book sold separately.

Tips for Adopting a Puppy at Christmas by Josie Riviera

Considering bringing a furry friend into your home this holiday season? Remember to prepare your space, invest time in training, and ensure the commitment matches the festive spirit. A puppy’s love is the gift that keeps on giving.

Here are some puppy adoption tips:

  • Remove hazards and create a safe environment.
  • Start with basic commands and positive reinforcement.
  • Set consistent feeding, play, and bathroom schedules.
  • Introduce your puppy to various environments and people.
  • Consult your vet for a suitable diet based on age and breed.
  • Monitor health, vaccinations, and preventive care.
  • Provide safe and durable toys for teething.
  • Designate a cozy space with a bed and familiar toys.
  • Be patient, understanding, and consistent in training.

I’m so excited about my newest release: Cocoa’s Christmas Love

Adopting a Puppy

Step into the world of Evergreen Valley, where Ivy Bennett’s Wishing Blooms weave their magic and rekindle the spirit of Christmas in the most unexpected way. In Cocoa’s Christmas Love, Ivy, a spirited florist, finds herself facing challenges that threaten her flourishing flower shop. But when fate introduces her to Blake Shepherd, a disillusioned hometown photographer, the magic of the season begins to unfold.

Fall in love with the irresistible charm of a puppy for Christmas. A Happily-Ever-After is guaranteed, making this sweet, small-town romance a perfect holiday read.

Grab your copy today.

Cocoa’s Christmas Love is available in ebook, paperback, large print paperback, and hardcover.

Audiobook coming soon.

FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

How many reindeer did Santa have?

For most of us, visions of Santa’s magical reindeer fleet begin dancing in our heads as soon as the holiday decorations hit the store shelves. But have you ever wondered about the real-life animals behind the fairy tale?
Reindeer, also known as domestic or semi-domesticated reindeer, are a subspecies of the wild caribou. These hooved mammals inhabit the Arctic and subarctic regions of the northern hemisphere, covering areas like Scandinavia, Russia, Alaska, and Canada. Both reindeer and caribou boast amazing adaptations that allow them to not just survive, but thrive, in some of the planet’s harshest weather conditions. They possess incredible stamina and adaptations for living in extreme northern climates. Their wide hooves act as snowshoes to walk on snow. Special nasal passages warm cold air entering their lungs. Thick, dense fur insulates them against temperatures as low as -50°F. Their seasonal migrations traverse huge ranges as they continually seek out lichen and other sustenance.

One very interesting fact about caribou and reindeer is that the female of the species also gets antlers! Both genders drop the antlers in early winter (painlessly) and regrow them every spring, Do You know what that means? All those pictures of Santa’s sleigh being pulled by reindeer are wrong! Or they’ve been cleverly modified.
As it turns out, reindeer have a truly captivating connection to Christmas. Centuries ago, legends recounted that shamans harnessed the mystical flight powers of reindeer to traverse different spirit worlds. When emerging Christian traditions overlapped with existing pagan yuletide celebrations, the image of a sleigh led through the winter night by flying reindeer took hold in the public imagination.
The famous 1823 poem by Clement Clarke Moore “A Visit from St. Nicholas”- also known as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ – introduced and popularized the enduring image of Santa and his reindeer to the public consciousness. Their names – Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder (later Donner), and Blitzen – have become part of the Christmas tradition. Thus reindeer have come to symbolize the Christmas season through their connection to Santa Claus aka Saint Nicholas aka Sinterklaas.

Oh, and how many are there? Well, there are the original eight (named above), Rudolph, and ‘the other’ reindeer, Olive. What? You don’t know about her? Surely you recall the stanza in the song, “Olive the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him names…” That makes ten reindeer.

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Christmas Puppies: Unwrapping the Pros and Cons

The holiday season has arrived, and with it comes the irresistible idea of adding a furry bundle of joy to your family. But is getting a puppy during Christmas truly a jingle-all-the-way experience? Here are the pros and cons.

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Pros:

  1. Merry Moments: The holiday season is all about creating cherished memories, and a puppy can make them even merrier. From adorable antics to heartwarming cuddles, their presence will add an extra layer of joy and laughter to your Christmas celebrations.
  2. Time on Your Side: With time off from work or extended vacation periods, you have the gift of extra time during the holidays. This allows you to invest more quality time in training, bonding, and ensuring a smooth transition for your new puppy.
  3. Love Multiplied: Nothing brings a family closer than caring for a puppy together. From shared responsibilities to teamwork, raising a puppy during Christmas strengthens the bonds among family members, creating a shared sense of love and commitment.

Cons:

  1. ‘Tis the Season of Stress: The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can overwhelm even the jolliest of puppies. With parties, guests, and disruptions to routines, it may take longer for your puppy to settle in, potentially leading to anxiety or behavioral issues.
  2. Post-Holiday Blues: As the festivities wind down, the realities of daily life kick in. Busy schedules, work, and school commitments can limit the time and attention you can devote to your puppy. Make sure you can provide consistent socialization and care, even after the Christmas magic fades away.
  3. Presents vs. Training: Training a puppy requires patience, consistency, and a structured environment. The holiday season, however, often brings distractions and a less structured routine. This can make training more challenging, potentially slowing down your puppy’s progress.

When it comes to getting a puppy during Christmas, there are both delightful pros and thoughtful cons. Take a moment to assess your readiness, lifestyle, and ability to provide the care and attention a puppy needs before adding a Christmas puppy to your festivities.

Black Friday sale!

Mark your calendars. On Black Friday, November 24th, my sweet and inspirational holiday romance boxed set, Holiday Hearts Volume Four, will be on a Kindle Countdown sale and only 99 cents. (US Residents only.) FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

Holiday Hearts Volume 4

This collection includes the following 3 books:

A Christmas Puppy To Cherish (Inspirational)
You don’t need ears to hear God’s plan. All you need is an open heart…

A Chocolate-Box Christmas Wish
He’s been all over the world. She’s a home-town girl. Can a holiday wish bridge the gap?

A Chocolate-Box Irish Wedding
A woman who wanted more. A man who wanted her. Can they rediscover their love in the seaside town where it all began?

Be sure to pick up your copy before the price goes up.

Available in ebook, paperback, and large print paperback. Audiobooks for each book sold separately.