How to Overcome a Bad First Impression

Have any of these situations happened to you? Forgetting your client’s name, unintentionally insulting a co-worker, spilling coffee on your boss, not recognizing an old friend, drinking too much at the company party, sending a racy e-mail to the wrong person, or asking a woman’s due date when she’s not pregnant – ouch! You never have a second chance to make a first impression, so what happens when that first impression is a negative one?

In a perfect world none of these things would occur, but the truth is, we all make mistakes. Effective communicators are not only aware of how their actions impact others; they also know how to respond in uncomfortable situations. If handled properly, flubs can actually serve to strengthen your image and help you gain respect. If you’ve committed a social faux pas here is how you can recover.

Apologize Immediately. Time is of the essence when it comes to image damage control. As soon as you realize that you may have offended someone, address it. The more time that passes, the more the story can become blown out of proportion. While first impressions stick, so do last impressions. Take control of the situation by making your last impression a positive, sincere apology.

Avoid Over-Apologizing. Saying you’re sorry is important, but overdoing it can create another uncomfortable situation. First, your goal in apologizing is to acknowledge your mistake and re-position yourself as being responsible and sensitive. If you repeatedly bring up the past, groveling and begging for forgiveness, you’re defeating your purpose. Second, it puts the other person in the uncomfortable position of having to constantly reassure you. Eventually that person may choose to avoid you altogether.

Make No Assumptions. It’s easy to assume that others think the worst of you, but usually what we imagine is far worse than reality. Approach your apology by owning your feelings rather than telling others how you assume they feel. This gives you a chance to test their perceptions and get a real handle on the situation. So, instead of starting out with, “You must think I’m a total idiot…” speak for yourself, “I’m uncomfortable with how I behaved yesterday because I realized I might have offended you. Did you feel the same way?” Starting out this way also prevents over-apologizing because the other person may think it was no big deal.

Be Sincere. No matter what the circumstances, a sincere apology requires three steps. First, own what happened fully without blaming it on other people or circumstances. Second, acknowledge how your actions affected the other person which means listening without defending yourself. Third, commit to what you will do differently in the future to avoid making the same mistake. Such an apology might sound like, “I want to apologize for what I said yesterday. After speaking with you, I can hear how much my comments offended you and caused embarrassment. I want you to know that in the future I will be more sensitive.”

Humor Works. Depending on the situation, a little self-deprecating humor can save you. Make sure it’s directed only at you and does not increase anybody else’s level of discomfort. Sometimes calling it like you see it in the moment breaks the tension and provides an opening for you to recover. Be careful not to over indulge though. Too much self-deprecation can have the same effect as over-apologizing.

Monitor Future Behavior. Communication has a cumulative effect, so every impression you make builds on the previous one. Overcoming a bad impression requires that all future behavior be consistent with how you want to be perceived. It will take time and trust to change perceptions, but it can be done!

Source by Susan Fee

Creating a Church Budget for the First Time

Having a budget in place is a useful feature for a church or non-profit organization. A budget is an important metric in evaluating the yearly performance of activities of the church. A budget also empowers the workers to act somewhat autonomously as long as they stay within the confines of the budget.

Setting a budget for the first time can be a challenge. At first, it may seem that there is not even enough money coming in to bother with such a plan. In reality, managing small amounts of money can be very useful. In time, as the structure of the budget grows, the freedom that comes from having a structured spending plan in place also grows.

So where does one start on building a budget. If the church has any history of previous spending, that is often the best place to start. If there are several years of spending history, that is even better. With one year of history, there may be spending anomalies such as one-time purchases, or emergencies that will not recur from year-to-year. With several years of history, the expenses can be averaged, and the likelihood of normal spending habits should be easy to establish.

Start with a month-by-month pattern of spending. Evaluate the recurring expenses. They are often the “fixed costs” of an organization. Salaries, utilities, regular maintenance, office supplies, and scheduled events often fall into these categories. Quite often, these costs represent ninety-percent of the organization’s spending. The remaining portion of spending can be on one-time purchases, replacing old equipment, taking advantage of new opportunities, and increases in salaries and maintenance. Obviously, there is not a lot of money available for these items. Therefore, a multi-year spending plan on new purchases and salary increases has to be taken into account.

If a chart-of-accounts exists, each major item in the list of accounts can be assigned a budget amount. If a list does not exist, it is usually a good idea to create a complete list of accounts or spending categories, and then assign a dollar amount to each item on the list.

Once the budgeted figures are in place, a periodic review of actual spending vs. budgeted spending can be produced. It is often the case that spending sometimes takes place faster or slower than the timeframe anticipated by the budget. In a review, it is good to compare the actual spending to a year-to-date budget. This way, if the spending is less than anticipated, money can be set-aside to meet with known budget amounts that will occur before the year is complete.

A budget is an important tool for running a church or organization efficiently. It aids in keeping control of expenses. It empowers workers to work autonomously. It also provides a metric for how efficiently the organization is running.

Source by John D Meyers

Always Safety First

Whenever the season turns to summer and backyard pools are open, the tragic stories of accidental drownings in the pool start. It happens each year, someone forgets the gate, someone takes their eye off of a toddler for a second and, after a frantic search, they find the child at the bottom of the pool. Backyard pools are a great thing to have, but they’re only great when they are also safe and secure.

With the summer months full of busy days and lots to do in the yard, they are also full of distractions and it doesn’t take long for tragedy to strike, but of course there are lots of ways you can prevent an accidental drowning. The first is, of course having a fence around the pool. This seems like a no brainer and in a lot of places it’s actually the law. It isn’t enough to have your yard fenced, and it is recommended that your pool area is also completely fenced in. This gives you just that little bit of extra time, an extra line of defense if you will, and keeps yet another obstacle between that pool and that curious child.

Of course a fence is nothing without a working gate and fortunately you can get automatic gate closers for pool gates. What they do it automatically close the gate and secure it so that it is never left open accidentally. They work well when you are going through with an armload of items and you just don’t have a hand free to pull the gate closed and they work wonderfully in keeping little ones out when you are in the gated area cleaning or maintaining the pool, leaving you to do your chores and not have to worry about what the kids are doing.

Alarms for backdoors leading to the backyard are also a great investment, especially if you have younger kids. They may have mastered how to open the door, but that alarm will let you know they’re on the way out and you can stop them before they get too far.

As always, common sense can prevail too. Don’t leave anything with wheels (scooters, bikes, tricycles, wagons, etc) on the pool deck. These items belong on the grass. And, when you are finished with the pool toys, gather them up and put them away, don’t let them just float around in the pool as this will just spark interest with the little ones. Stay safe and have fun!

Source by Amanda J Hales

5 First Steps In Preparing Your Home For Sale

First impressions have a major impact on potential buyers. It’s for this reason that a good realtor will walk through your home to suggest the proper repairs and upgrades to best compliment your home and sell it fast. With your realtor, you will imagine what a potential buyer will see when they approach your house and walk through each room. Your realtor will know what potential buyers in your neighborhood and price range are looking at and what will help you sell your unique home and play up its features. Here is a generic list that will help you get started.

1.) Night Lights

A lot of people aren’t aware that potential home buyers often drive by your house at night. If you don’t have adequate lighting to highlight your home’s features, invest in a new porch light and some ground lighting to highlight your walkway or features in your landscaping.

2.) Curb Appeal

Elevate your curb appeal by cleaning your yard, mowing and edging your lawn, and trimming any shrubs you have. Fix any first impressions that may catch buyer’s eyes such as cracks in concrete, weeds, broken porch posts, ugly doors, and any clutter that may be stored in front of your home. Also, if you have a mailbox, be sure it’s charming and that your doorbell works well and makes a pleasant, audible from the outside sound.

3.) Prep Inside

The first step to preparing your home for sale is to remove any unnecessary items from the home so they can imagine their own things in it. Less is more when it comes to furniture and decor. Leave the bare minimum for furniture to depict how large the space is, and then include decor only where you want features highlighted or the eye drawn. An expert tip is to remove all but 1/3 of your closet contents and get matching hangers. Be sure to replace or shampoo all carpets in the home. Apply special attention to staging the bathrooms with a fresh roll of toilet paper (V.I.P folded, over not under, and pointed down in the shape of a triangle), brand new hand soap, new guest towels, and a clean looking shower curtain. Dress beds with attractive, cohesive bed sets.

4.) Make All Small and Inexpensive Repairs

Buyers will look at all functioning items of the home and tally even the smallest repairs. Be sure to repair all leaking faucets, defective or squeaky doors, light bulbs and fans, freshly caulk bathtubs and showers if necessary, replace filters, inspect and clean the hot water heater, and make appliances as presentable as possible. You can even include a sheet of paper attached to appliances explaining their desirable features or share with potential buyers your average electric bills and other home expenses specific to your property.

5.) Appeal To Their Senses During Open Houses

Having all the lights on, blinds open, a candle lit and fresh cookies (preferably freshly baked for the scent) will appeal to buyer’s senses and make them feel at home already. Remove all pet belongings, including bowls and food. Empty trash cans & close toilet lids.

Source by Shane Nguyen

Understanding Men – Why Is This Guy So Distant After The First Date?

At times you will go out on a great date with a guy. Things seem to have gone very smoothly and you are excited about the idea of another one with him. You then realize that regardless what you were told the guy doesn’t call and seems rather distant after that date. Why is there this distance after such a good date?

He might not have connected with you. He could have made a great attempt but didn’t feel that he had that with you. Sometimes this is just how it is. You could feel a connection with him but it might not be mutual.

He may have not have the heart to tell you that he didn’t like you. Sometimes the concept of calling you and having another date might come up, but he was just saying it too scared to admit the truth. While this is a bit cruel, sometimes it’s hard to say that straight to someone’s face as it’s a bit harsh.

He may not have liked the questions you asked. After thinking about them, they might have scared him. For example if you asked a series of questions on his career maybe hinting at income, he could feel that you are trying to get money from him. The more he thought about it, the more he feels it’s best to distance himself from you.

You could have talked about yourself way too much and dominated the conversation. Sometimes this is a huge problem. He may have been too nice to say anything about it but may have been very frustrated not being able to get in a word.

You might have got way too close too fast. You could have said something emotionally that is just a bit much. This can push many men away from you.

The other possibility is that you continued to talk about your Ex. This is one of the easiest ways of ruining a date. He might not seem too frustrated at the time but guys hate hearing about this stuff so soon.

Source by Herb Leibacher

Your New Cat: Why Are the First 24 Hours So Important?

The cage was small, but the people were nice and Tiger felt safe. He was fed, petted and regularly groomed. Still, it wasn’t home. Tiger had been ‘home’, and still had vague memories of the woman who had cared for him and the other cats who lived with her.

Then he had been taken to this place, and had been here so long he had almost forgotten ‘home’, and the woman.

There was uneasiness here, though, and Tiger felt it. Something was about to happen. Something bad.

Then two humans came in. He was put in a cage with them. He jumped up in the woman’s lap. He was put in a dark place that bumped and jostled him. He heard strange, scary noises. He howled, and a male voice answered with noises he couldn’t understand.

Then there was light. And TERROR!

A small hand reached for him and tried to grab him. There were people he didn’t know; they all approached him. There was another cat that arched and spat.

Then, horror of horrors…

There was a dog!

Tiger fled. He fled down a long corridor and bolted through the first open door he found. He hid in the darkest place he could find…among soft and hard things he didn’t recognized. He heard voices. He heard the dog bark, and he shuddered. He heard the child’s high pitched voice, and a woman’s voice…which were easier to bear.

He hunkered down and remained as invisible and silent as he could.

Adoption in Haste

The staff of animal shelters greet people looking for new pets with both joy and misgiving. People walk between the cages, looking over each cat, and the staff hope they will select a cat that has been there for a long time.

But they know what the people are looking for; they are looking for kittens, not adult cats.

If there are no kittens, the customers will sometimes reluctantly choose an adult cat as a “consolation prize”, pay the adoption fees and cart him or her off…

Only to return the cat two or three days later.

“I’m sorry, but this cat just didn’t work out. We couldn’t fit it into the family.”


“This cat is just too wild. We need something tamer, something that will fit in.”

“What happened?” The staff member asks.

“The cat bolted and hid. It took us three days to find it, and when we finally did, we had to chase it all over the house before we caught it. We need something tamer; something that will fit in better.”

So go the sad tales of the returnees… but wait, it can be worse for cats adopted in other ways.

“The landlord won’t let me keep her, could you please take her in?”

People who adopt strays off the street, or a friend’s cat, many times don’t realize the full extent of the things they need to do for their new cat:

o Prepare their house to receive their cat

o Take care of their cat’s medical needs

o Make sure their other cats have protection from disease

o Take care of their cat’s physical needs

o Properly introduce their cat to their live-in companions, children and other pets

And perhaps most importantly:

o Prepare themselves for a good relationship with their new cat

People who have never owned cats before don’t really realize what a cat is: A highly intelligent, independent animal which needs love and affection daily – but is not a dog.

Cats will bond with people, just as dogs do, but they don’t always bond with the person who has adopted them. They will choose whom they like, much to the consternation of the person who “picked them up” hoping to have acquired a new friend.

This is one very good reason why the first 24 hours is so important. It is in during that period that your cat will decide whom she wants to bond with.

Unless you know what you are doing, it might not be with you.


A cat needs time spent with her. One of the big mistakes busy people make is to fail to realize that they have busy schedules that don’t allow them to spend enough time with their newly adopted cat.

This could ultimately result in your cat running off. If you have no time to spend with your cat, she will not choose your house as “her den”. She will go out searching for another one, and you could be soon reporting a “lost cat”.

Or, to your consternation, you will find that the cat you thought would be a loving companion has bonded with another member of your household…somebody who did have the time to spend.


A lot of people don’t count the cost of pet ownership. In their exuberance to adopt a cat, they forget that they don’t have the budget to keep her. Belatedly, they discover they don’t have the cash on hand to buy their new feline’s basic necessities or give her the medical attention she is most certainly going to need.

Many people shun pet medical insurance, not realizing that the same things that happen to people happen to cats, and can cost large sums of money to cure. This can result in losing their beloved pet because the price to save her is “just too high”.

Medical Needs

Some people who adopt strays or cats owned by friends don’t realize the full extent of the medical attention their new cat needs:

o A complete physical examination

o A complete vaccination regimen

o Spaying or neutering

In particular, that cute kitten you brought home from a friend’s litter will need a long series of vaccinations (along with boosters) that will extend over a period of a couple of years. You can’t do it all in one day.

To fail in this will almost assuredly mean tragedy down the line. I know. I failed to give one of my kittens its vaccinations. I made it an outdoor cat, and it died of feline leukemia. The story definitely had a very sad ending…

Your cat’s physical needs

When your cat climbs out of the carrier box for the first time, will you be equipped with the essentials?

Or, will you discover that you need these things later…and bring them in one at a time, after your cat has defecated in the corner, started scratching the furniture, or begun some other unauthorized behavior you are not prepared for? (And, be advised, a cat is a very obsessed animal…once she starts doing something, it is very hard to change it).

Making sure you have what you need to receive your new cat is vital…and you must have the basics on hand before you bring her home.

First introductions

So, when your cat first climbs out of her carrier, is she going to be set upon by every member of your household all at once? And when she does, will she flee in terror, trying to find the safest and darkest corner she can find?

Or will you introduce her gradually… to try to reduce the trauma as much as possible so she can adapt to and feel at home in her new situation?

Your technique for doing that can be a deciding factor in whether or not your cat adapts to your home immediately, by the next day or the next month, or flees the house altogether.

The days to follow

Do you know how to take care of your new cat in the days to come, assuming you handled your first introductions well? Do you know about allergies, special foods, bathing, grooming, hair balls, removing urine, training and teaching without frightening and alienating her, and a multitude of other situations cat owners wrestle with on a daily basis? Do you know the hazards involved in letting her become an outdoor cat?

Be prepared

As you’ve often heard, ‘preparation is the key to success’, and nowhere does that apply more appropriately than to cat ownership. If you are prepared, your adoption will probably go very smoothly.

I say probably because every cat is different. Even with the best preparation by a knowledgeable owner, a cat may still want to hide for awhile. And if you discover that’s the case…

You need to know what to do.

The Key

So, that’s why I wrote my book, “Your New Cat’s First 24 Hours”,, to give you everything you need to know and have, not only to get ready for your new cat and introduce her to your household, but to understand and care for her in the days to follow.

I’ve got to say it again: preparation…and knowledge… is the key. When you decide to adopt, I hope you won’t do it in haste.

I hope you will do it knowledgeably and with understanding.

Source by John Young

Booking A Ski Lodge? Do These Five Things First

When winter comes along, it’s a little hard not to get a little discouraged by the cold. Then again, if you’re going to be spending part of your winter basking in the awesomeness of a ski lodge, winter may just be the best season of the year.

After all, there aren’t a lot of people who can say they’ve spent time in a ski lodge, and just the name itself elicits a certain amount of allure and luxury. And while this housing alternative certainly has a lot to offer to guests, there has been a greater push to have ski lodges and resort towns be more accessible to the regular guy just looking to ‘wow’ his family during the dreary months of winter.

If this is actually your first time heading out to a ski lodge, you may not be fully aware of what to do and what needs to be in place when you book your trip. This may seem like something stressful, but rest assured, it’s not necessarily too far off from the usual trip planning.

Here are five things you need to get taken care of when you’re about to book a ski lodge:

Set Dates & Schedule – Before you book any trip, you definitely want to know when you’ll be taking the trip and what type of schedule you’ll maintain during your trip. While this is important for all trips, ski getaways are massively popular, which means if you’re not really on the ball, you may not have a booking available.

Get Input from Your Family – Being able to form a trip schedule means knowing what activities you want to be a part of while your away. Get your family together and see what types of things everyone wants to do. You may find that you’re on the same page. Even better, ski lodges have great websites showing their amenities, a tour of their facilities, and a breakdown of things to do during your stay.

Plan Your Packing – This is mostly a note for parents who want to make sure their kids are packing what’s needed. However, if you’re a person that tends to be bad at packing, you might get some practice in, especially if you’re packing a little differently for your lodge.

Rent or Buy Gear? – If you’ll be doing skiing or snowboarding, for example, you might want to find out if it’s better for you to rent your gear or buy it. If you buy it before you leave, remember that you’ll have to figure out how to travel with it.

Decide How You Will Get Around – You only have so much time for your vacation period, so make the most of it. If you’re still trying to decide on a lodge, take into consideration how long it takes to travel there, whether you’ll rent a car there, and how far away from things your lodge stands. If too much time is used to travel & move around, it may not be the lodge for you.

Don’t be too taken back by the idea of booking a ski lodge for the first time. With these helpful hints, you’re sure to feel a bit more at ease. And even if you are a regular trip planner, these tips may actually be helpful in getting your mindset ready when booking season comes along. The most important thing to take away is to not fret too much every little thing. Look forward to having a great time and, most importantly, trying to figure out when you can start planning your next trip.

Source by Morris Raymond

The Legend of Pop Hollinger, First Comic Book Dealer

It’s strange that most comic book collectors and dealers have never heard of Pop Hollinger. This 47-year-old retired teacher from Concordia, Kansas was the first dealer who bought and sold old novels, pulp magazines, magazines and comic books. Hollinger ran his shop from 1939 in Concordia, during the deep economic Depression, to 1971. Whether thousands of comic book dealers today have or never heard of Pop Hollinger, they follow in his footsteps: selling, buying and trading them.

Mr. Hollinger started his business selling periodicals in a basement underneath a grocery store. He sold most anything he owned, including classic paperback novels published by Pocket Books for 25 cents each. Soon, he grew his business, selling used pulps, paperbacks, magazines, and comic books. He specialized in comics which were quickly becoming popular. After a few years, he ran a vibrant business, even expanding his business which included as many as 15 to 20 outlets around Concordia. Hollinger even popularized a mail order service for interested buyers across the country. Selling through mail ordering made Pop realize that there was a demand for back issues. For this purpose, he would store issues for future business. For 20 or 30 cents a week a person could receive five or ten comics, respectively. This was an unbeatable bargain when you could buy one at the local newspaper stand for 10 cents.

1939 was a special year for comic books, which featured, for the first time, superheroes. No doubt he would have owned the most famous, such as: Action Comics #1 (first appearance of Superman), Detective Comics #27 (first appearance of Batman), Superman #1, Batman #1, Wonder Woman #1, All-Star, All-Flash, Timely Comics (future Marvel Comics) and Fawcett Comics. These “Golden Age” comics became “super” sellers. But there were also many other others on the market.

Hollinger used radically unorthodox methods for preserving each of his books, because he knew kids could easily tear them up, and many mothers threw them out in the trash. Pop soon found out comics did not wear well under constant buying, selling, and trading. So, he bound the books with brown or green tape around the spine and on the inside to preserve them from being torn apart. He also knew that comics were made of pulp which attracted insects, so he treated them with special chemicals that repelled them. He even took out the original staples, replacing them with new ones. Finally, he pressed them flat using a press of his own design that exerted several hundred pounds of pressure. Today’s collector or dealer would never use this method of preservation because it would ruin the book’s value. Instead, dealers and collectors carefully put the books in Mylar bags and insert a cardboard backing, so they won’t bend or tear. Even so, Hollinger deserves credit for creating his own method of preserving them.

By 1942, there were roughly 50 comic book publishers. Each publisher produced at least 30 different ones, which totaled to several thousand different issues circulating per month! So, Pop felt the need to publish a comic book catalog. Comics came in all kinds of genres: science fiction, detective, fantasy, spy, humor, romance and many others. He owned so many of the same issues. So, it’s no wonder he thought that selling comics could be profitable. According to the eBay website, his business ads stated: “Old or used comic books are worth money. We pay from 1c to $1.00 each for certain old comics… Be among the first in your community to collect old comics.” In this same ad, Pop claimed to “carry a large assortment of every comic book published.”

Unfortunately, in 1952 Hollinger’s supply took a turn for the worst. A flood had come through his area of the state, flooded his stores, and ruined thousands most of his inventory. Sadly, most of them had to be thrown out. To make matters worse, in 1954 many comics that were published before were recalled by the U.S. government due to unsuitable content for children. But Hollinger persevered with his business.

Between 1961 until he closed his business, ten years later, Hollinger began selling brand new superhero comic books created mainly by Marvel Comics. In November of 1961, Marvel published the first issue of the “Fantastic Four”- a group of new superheroes who became very popular. Fantastic Four #1 started the “Marvel Age” of comics. Other “Marvel Age” superheroes were soon introduced: Spiderman, Ironman, Thor, the Hulk, Antman, and Captain America (brought back from World War 2). All comic (not just Marvel) published from 1956 to 1969, became known as the “Silver Age” of comics. Today, many of the early issues published by Marvel are worth almost as much as those printed in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

Pop Hollinger was a rare businessman who had foreseen the value of comic books. Who knew how he thought that comic books were of value to be read and collected, not read and thrown away? Nobody would have thought to start such a dealership, especially in the late 1930’s during the Great Depression. As a matter of fact, it would have been “comical” to have started a comic book dealership. Pop beat the odds by starting a business almost no one would have ever considered. If you ever come across an old comic with either brown or green tape along the spine, you probably would have a classic pulp gem owned by the legendary dealer himself.

Source by Harrington A Lackey

Your Puggle’s First Night in His New Home

So you’ve brought your new Puggle home for the first time. Hopefully after a few hours in the house he will be feeling more comfortable. But night comes around soon enough and your puppies sleeping arrangements need to be in place. While all puppies need special care for the first few nights at their new home, there are a few special Puggle issues you need to keep in mind.

o Your Puggle is a very affectionate dog and loves to be around people. He will be happiest and feel the most secure if he can sleep with you in your bed. Up till now he was used to having his mother and siblings around at nights. But is this a good idea? Some breeders feel that with for social dogs like the Puggle, it is a good idea to let them sleep in your bed for the first few days till they feel secure in their new environment. Others feel that this is a bad habit that should not be encouraged, even on day one. Basically, it your call. But whatever you decide, stick to it. Changing the system will confuse any puppy. This will be more so in the case of a Puggle who loves human company.

o If you are not going to let your Puggle sleep with you, the best option is to sue a crate.

o After placing the puppy in the crate and closing the door, keep the light on and sit near him for a while till his comfort level increases.

o Place the crate near your bed so you can talk to him if he cries at night. If need be get up and talk comfort once or twice, but do not make this a habit or your Puggle puppy will start demanding it every night.

o Crating will help in housebreaking your Puggle since dogs dislike soiling the places they sleep.

o Puppies tend to over eat, and Puggles are more prone to this than some other breeds. Remove his food and water in advance before bed time. What goes in has to come out and puppies have little bladder control.

o Play with your Puggle puppy until he starts getting really tired. Be careful not to overtire him, because then he could get restless and have trouble getting to sleep.

o Take the puppy out for a walk before sleeping. He will not be housebroken as yet, unless the person you bought him from has done this, so whether he “goes” or not is not going to be certain.

o Even if he does “go” remember that puppies have only limited bladder control when they are very young, so be prepared if you have to clean up.

o If your dog is sleeping in the morning when you wake up, do not wake him. He will wake on his own as he hears you moving around.

o As soon as he wakes up give your Puggle a hug and pat and take him out or show him the old newspapers. A puppy may not realize how much he needs to “go” until its too late. Get him into the habit from day one.

Acclimatizing your Puggle to his new home is not housebreaking him, but it is just as important.

Source by Christy Taylor

First Offense DUI

There are strict penalties for a First Offense DUI conviction. If you are arrested for a First Offense DUI in Michigan, here are some of the penalties you are facing upon conviction.

  • Operating While Intoxicated (OWI)

    $100 to $500 fine:

  • Up to 360 hours of community service.
  • Up to 93 days in jail.
  • Possible vehicle immobilization.
  • Driver license suspension for 30 days, followed by restrictions for 150 days.
  • Six points added to driver record.
  • Possible ignition interlock.
  • $1,000 Driver Responsibility Fee for two consecutive years for OWI.
  • $500 Driver Responsibility Fee for two consecutive years for OWPD.

Not only is an arrest for a First Offense DUI embarrassing, it can cost your job, thousands of dollars in legal fees leaving you and even fear about what is what your future holds.

You need to find a good lawyer to help you fight your first offense DUI charge. You need to find a lawyer that is dedicated to providing their client with an aggressive drunk driving defense no matter the complexity of your OWI/DUI case. Most good lawyers offer a free OWI/DUI case evaluation to help you better understand the complexity and uniqueness of your case. A good drunk driving defense strategy aims for the absolute best results.

While the law is the same throughout Michigan, local courts often employ differing procedures in how they handle such cases, and it is important to have an attorney representing you who is familiar with these differences and able to use them to your advantage.

Being stopped and put under arrest for drunk driving is an embarrassing event. The penalties are extreme and are becoming tougher by the year. If you are arrested for DUI, OWI or impaired driving, you probably have many questions such as: am I going to jail? Will I lose my driver’s license? Can I take my case to trial and win? Again, a good Criminal Defense Lawyer can help you figure out these issues with you. Do not face these kinds of charges alone.

Depending on the facts and circumstances of your case and your previous record, a drunk driving conviction can result in jail time, significant fines and costs, community service, work crew, loss of your driving privileges and probation.

I am amazed at how many times I see people think they can handle a first offense dui offense by themselves. This is a grave mistake. Always have a lawyer by your side when you are facing a dui charge.

Source by Shawn Haff