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ARRAY Magazine Publisher AnneMarie Ziegler Chief Operations Officer & Events Angie Lyle Creative Director Anissa Short Editor Johnnerlyn Johnson Marketing Keyuri Parab Scotti

6 Editor’s Note 8 Small Town NC Tabor City 18 Dr. Sonny Kelly 22 Destination Weddings 24 As I See It 27

Zucchini Lovers Keto Quiche

28 Pets and Post Quarantine Rountine

Sales Ana Warwick Art Director Kylen Dooley Photography Images by Stone Writers Aaliyah Lane Johnnerlyn Johnson Keith Sykes

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Editor’s Note


avigating our way through the onset and apparent residency of COVID-19 has had its share of challenges, but it has also presented many opportunities for giving honor where honor is due. Teachers and Instructional Technology Staff, you deserve the honor because, in an overnight fashion, you have flipped classrooms from four walls to virtual learning meccas across the country. Cafeteria workers, you deserve the honor for having prepared countless lunches for tens of thousands of children. Then, within days you began summer feeding programs. School bus drivers, you deserve the honor for delivering lunches to children and staffing the wi-fi enabled school buses in central neighborhood locations, so students could have the chance to complete their assignments with the proper internet access. Custodial and maintenance staff members, you deserve the honor because you are on the frontlines of safety and security by ensuring proper cleanliness and upkeep of facilities. Administrators, speech pathologists, teacher assistants, nurses, psychologists, counselors, and so many more have worked diligently to make sure that instruction continues to roll forward. Parents and guardians, you deserve the honor for your resilience and your ability to exercise flexibility as your children left school in March to continue their schooling at home. Your support is instrumental in your children’s success. Many of you had to learn right along with your children, and your understanding has made the journey that much more stable for your children. Students, especially the Class of 2020, so much honor goes to you for your resilience. Many of you miss so much about school that you probably never thought that you would miss, yet you worked hard to finish strong. Graduates, you are a class to remember. Your strength is an everlasting source of motivation to us all!! The honor that is due to each of the educational stakeholders is more than deserved. As we prepare for the current 2020-2021 school year in K-12 and beyond, we at ARRAY Magazine will never waiver from our belief that the safety of all involved is paramount.

Johnnerlyn Johnson, Editor



My time to shine Written by Aaliyah Lane Every day brings me closer to my dreams. I sit and imagine the possibilities and ways to make my dreams a reality. My confidence grows, and my admiration for life blooms. I grow as a seed planted near water; I sprout with the fullness of life. My gifts take a hold of me pushing me towards greatness. Every day is time that I will treasure, Treasure the pleasant moments and the trials I have overcome. You are unable to know your fullest potential by staying in your comfort zone. Allow your light to shine bright so that the whole world can see your glow. Protect your peace and allow happiness to overtake you in every decision you make. Be the person you were created to be, and watch the doors open before you. Watch the creative ideas spring into your head and try them. Trial and error is normal, yet rewarding. There is no better feeling than observing your dreams unfold before your eyes. Take your time and be patient on your moment to shine.



Photography by Stone Samuels, Images by Stone


Welcome to "Small Town NC" - a monthly cinematic journey through our proud communities in North Carolina. To kick off this section, this month’s feature is Tabor City, NC!

abor City is the southernmost town of Columbus County, which is one of North Carolina’s largest counties by land area. It is located just north of the NC/SC border and is about 30-40 miles north of Myrtle Beach, SC and 58 miles west of Wilmington, NC. In 1910 the population was recorded as 418, and as of 2018 the estimated population was 4,122. The town has shown marked growth in the last 14 years. Around 1830 the first building constructed of logs is what is now the Tabor City Baptist Church. The town was named after Mount Tabor Baptist Church

(now Tabor City Baptist Church), which was named about the biblical Mount Tabor. It was organized as a town shortly after 1840. Originally named Mt. Tabor, the town adopted its current name after postal authorities confused it with Tarboro, North Carolina. In 1905 the town was officially incorporated. Before the arrival of the Europeans it was home to the Cape Fear Indians, the Waccamaw Indians and the Saponas. The Waccamaws were a peaceful tribe and when the Europeans showed up, they withdrew and joined the Catawba tribe further West, and some joined the Seminoles in Florida. By the mid-1850’s business activity started in Tabor City with a sawmill, turpentine still, grocery store and dry goods store. In 1886 The Atlantic Coast

Line Railroad located a terminus in the town. Tobacco, strawberries, shipping containers for strawberries, peaches and grapes, and lumber were some of the major industries of Tabor City’s earlier days. Due to the decline in tobacco and other industries in the 1970’s the town now focuses on agriculture, light manufacturing, retail and tourism. A large state prison provides many jobs for the area. Due to the proximity of the coastal areas of Myrtle Beach and



the Brunswick County beaches has led to an unexpected growth in the area housing industry. Once known as the “Yam Capital of the World”, Tabor City pays tribute to the area’s sweet potato crop with the annual North Carolina Yam Festival every fourth Saturday in October. The festival celebrates the sweet potato with crafts, train rides, classic cars and trucks, arts, and vendors. Also, during the Yam festival, an annual art show is held, Confederate Re-enactors present a

recreation of a Civil War camp and a pageant is held for various age groups. The annual parade is considered a highlight of the festival. Based somewhat on the success of the fall Yam Festival, an annual spring festival was inaugurated in 2013, celebrating the Town and people of the area. This week-long festival offers several activities. High school football is very prominent in the fall with South Columbus High School football being a big part of the community. On the first Saturday in September, October, and November you will see classic American cruising cars along the streets from 5 pm – 8 pm, with food and other vendors present. Lake Tabor is a 2-acre lake where boating events are held as well as monthly Bass Tournaments. If you enjoy fishing you can visit the local bait and tackle shop, piers, boat launches, picnic areas and ball fields. While hunting and fishing are popular activities, there are also over 100 golf courses within 40 miles of the town. Some notable residents of Tabor City are W. Horace Carter, newspaper editor, Pulitzer Prize winner, Andrae Jacobs, Football Coach, All-American Linebacker at Coastal Carolina University, and R. C. Soles, Jr., politician/lawyer, NC House 1968–1976, NC Senate 1977–2011, longest-serving North Carolina legislator, and Taffy Wright, Major League Baseball Player, 1938–1949. ~A~



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FINANCIAL FOCU$ Protect Yourself Against Financial Scammers


t’s unfortunate, but true: During this period of economic uncertainty, one of the busiest “industries” has been financial scamming. But it goes on even during normal times, too, so you’ll want to know what to look for, and how to defend yourself. For starters, just how widespread is financial fraud? Consider this: In 2019, more than 3.2 million fraud cases were reported to the Federal Trade Commission, with identity theft being the most common type of fraud, accounting for about one-fifth of the overall cases. And fraudulent new accounts (mortgages, student loans, car loans and credit cards) amounted to about $3.4 billion in 2018, according to a study by Javelin Strategy & Research. To help yourself from being victimized, consider the following suggestions. They are certainly not an exhaustive list, but they should prove useful. • Watch out for unsecure websites. Make sure a website is secure before entering any payment or personal information. Look for sites that start with HTTPS, rather than those with just HTTP, which are not secure and can be hacked. But even a site with HTTPS can still be used by scammers, so, if you don’t recognize the name of the company or group that’s requesting your information, do some research to make sure it’s legitimate. • Review your credit reports. As mentioned above, the fraudulent opening of new accounts is a big source of financial scams. To be sure nobody has opened new accounts under your name, try to review your credit reports at least once a year. You can get them for free at • Follow up on fraud. If you’ve already been victimized by having new accounts opened in your name, contact one of the three major credit reporting agencies (Experian, Equifax or TransUnion) and place a 90-day fraud alert on your credit file. You might also want to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, print it out and file it with your local law



enforcement agency. And it’s also a good idea to contact the fraud department of the financial companies where the thief has opened a fraudulent account in your name. • Be alert for suspicious links. “Phishers” have gotten quite good at sending out messages that look like they’re from reputable businesses. But if you examine these messages carefully, you can usually determine if there’s something off about them. For example, no legitimate business will tell you, via this type of message, that you have to “correct your account” by providing additional information. And if you do hit the link provided, and it takes you to a third-party site, you can be pretty sure it’s bogus. • Resist “act now” offers. If you get an offer, via phone or online, urging you to “act immediately” on an investment opportunity, discontinue the communication. No reputable financial advisor will ever try to force you to take such swift action, and if an investment is legitimate, it will be available tomorrow, next week and next year. • Use your shredder. You probably have the option to “go paperless” with all your banks and financial services providers, but, if you still do receive paper documents, be sure to shred them when they’re no longer needed. You save and invest for years to help achieve your long-term goals. Don’t let any of your efforts be undone by financial fraudsters. ~A~

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Why - and how - do hurricanes get names?


Written by Doyle Rice

efore they started naming storms, hurricane forecasters had to refer to storms by saying something like, “the storm 500 miles eastsoutheast of Miami.” But six hours later the storm’s position would change. Also, when more than one storm was going on at the same time, making it clear which storm was being described made the job even harder. List of 2020 Hurricane names: • Arthur • Bertha • Cristobal • Dolly • Edouard • Fay • Gonzalo • Hanna 14


• Isaias • Josephine • Kyle • Laura • Marco • Nana • Omar • Paulette • Rene • Sally • Teddy • Vicky • Wilfred



Empowering Natural Living Plan Ahead and Prepare for an Emergency


ou have heard it before. Heard it many times, in fact - expect the unexpected. But how often have you said “I will think about planning ahead tomorrow?” If an emergency occurred tomorrow, would you be ready? The unexpected can happen. The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) advises families to take time to prepare for all types of emergencies including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. Set aside a day, or several days, to prepare your-self and those you are responsible for to respond swiftly and safely in both large scale and smaller local events. Tornado outbreaks, river floods and flash floods, historic earthquakes, tsunamis, and even water main breaks and power outages that impact communities for days at a time. You may live in a large city with a large police, fire and response force. Perhaps you live in a small town with an outstanding volunteer fire de-partment who you trust to come to your rescue. No matter how large, strong or well-trained they are, responders may not always be able to reach you quickly in an emergency or disaster. The most important step you can take in helping your local respond-ers is being able to take care of yourself and those in your care for at least a short period of time following an incident. The more people who are prepared, the quicker the community will recover. FEMA guidelines for emergency planning includes knowing your risks, taking action and being an example in your community. Know your risk Emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time. It is important to understand potential risks where you live. • Bookmark to stay informed on severe weather. • Learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts, messages that will be sent to your phone



during an emergency. • Get practical tips on preparing for disaster at Take action Make sure that you and your family are prepared for an emergency. Ensure that you can go for at least three days without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket, or other local services. • Prepare a disaster supply kit with at least three days of food and water. • Create a Family Emergency Plan, so that your family knows how to communicate during an emergency. • Obtain a NOAA Weather Radio. Be an example Be a positive influence on your community by sharing your preparedness story. Let your friends and family know that you’re prepared for an emergency – and that they should be prepared too. Research has shown that many people won’t prepare until they see others doing so. FEMA’s website provides detailed information on what may be most important to you and your family. You can find specific information tailored to specifics needs such as people with disabilities, seniors, assisting children, business readiness, as well as information about emergency pet care. ~A~

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Talking “The Talk” An Interview with Dr. Sonny Kelly

Written by Johnnerlyn Johnson Photography by Images by Stone

Sonny Kelly world class teacher, storyteller, motivator, speaker, actor and comedian. The Impactfulness There is no way that an ever-evolving story could ever be recounted in its entirety because, of course, it is evolving. However, the way one tells a portion of the story about an innately dynamic person is to momentarily part ways with the golden standards of journalism and tell part of the story in first person. I am so inspired by reading the story of Dr. Sonny Kelly and by conducting his interview. Although, my focus is the impactfulness of his story, which is far-reaching, I strongly encourage anyone, who wishes to be holistically inspired, to absorb the chronology of his story which can be found on his website: In late June, I was presented with a chance



to watch Dr. Sonny Kelly’s one-man show “The Talk”, and it took me a very long time to get through it. By no means was it because my interest was less than captivated. One-man shows are often difficult to pull off even for the most skilled of actors and communicators, of which Dr. Sonny Kelly is both, so I knew I was in for a treat. Furthermore, all the reviews stated that he executed his one-man show extraordinarily well. The reason it took me a while to complete the viewing is because my tear ducts, my heart, the plight of race relations in this country, and my experience as the mother of a black son are inextricably bound to one another. As a result, I had to press pause, drain my tear ducts, and wipe my face and clothing frequently before going back to press play. The pauses allowed me the necessary moments to process the emotion, the genuineness, the love, and the plea for recognition brought forth in “The Talk”. “The Talk”: A Soul-Piercing Snippet While looking at his son in the rearview mirror, Dr. Kelly says, “When I look at you, I see Sterling Berron Kelly, my little star, pure, and thoroughly excellent. But, Son, some people, when they look at you, they are only going to see a black boy. To some people, a black boy is dangerous. To some people, a black boy is violent. To some people, Son, a black boy is stupid.” Perhaps Sterling must have reacted to the word “stupid” because Dr. Kelly then said, “I know it’s a bad word, but please let me finish. I looked that boy dead in his eyes, and I told him, Son, to some people, you will only ever be a black boy, but to me, and to your mother, and to God in heaven, you are Sterling. Everyday, I send my beautiful black boy into the world knowing that it is

going to misunderstand him, and all too often, misname him, in hopes that if he can just remember his name, maybe just maybe, it will help him get back home safely to his daddy.” Through this 184-word snippet, it is understandable why I could not contain my tears throughout “The Talk”. Try substituting your own child’s name in the place of Sterling Baron Kelly’s name, and “The Talk” becomes even more personable to you. The Origin of The Talk: Born and Raised “The Talk” was “born” in 2015 as Dr. Kelly was taking his first-grader to school during the riots in Baltimore, MD following the death of Mr. Freddie Gray. “I began to tell my first-grader that everyone in the world is not going to see him and love him the way that I do,” recalls Dr. Kelly. “The Talk” was “raised” as Dr. Kelly was writing his Doctoral Dissertation entitled: Pipelines to Pathways: Reframing and Reclaiming Black Youth Identities through Performance. Dr. Kelly says, “My dissertation was very qualitative and rife with artistic inquiry. “The Talk” just came out. It just burst out of my chest. It just took over my life. I didn’t expect it to be coast-to-coast. I didn’t expect it to be online.” The Soul of a Man: What Doesn’t He Do? Dr. Sonny Kelly, who was affectionately named by his father after his Uncle Eli whose nickname is Sonny, is family-oriented, community-minded, and

Christ-like in his being. Having studied at Stanford and St. Mary’s for his Bachelors and Masters respectively, Dr. Kelly also served in the United States Air Force. Throughout this time, he remained with Community Theater, served as a Youth Pastor, and began working with Fayetteville Urban Ministries upon he and his family’s move back to Fayetteville in 2012. He ultimately enrolled at UNCChapel Hill where he completed his Doctoral Studies. Dr. Kelly says, “We should meet people where they are and not where we want them to be.” As a result, guiding children and guiding minds are both at the core of what he does, and one of those numerous gifts is teaching. Perhaps one could say that teaching was and still is in his blood. “My father was a high school teacher who taught at Dominguez High School in Compton, California.” Following his father’s path, Dr. Sonny Kelly began teaching Success and Study Skills at Fayetteville Technical Community College. Since then, he recalls, “I wanted to teach. My heart and mind were both in the classroom.” This past Spring 2020 semester gave way to Dr. Kelly’s return to the classroom at Fayetteville Technical Community College as a Communications Instructor. Just this summer, Dr. Kelly conducted training for NC SERVES which serves veterans throughout North Carolina in a two-hour interactive training centered around “The Talk” with a special focus on equity, inclusion, and connections. In addition, this



summer, Dr. Kelly conducted training for the USO, staff at Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base, and the Carolina Humanities K-12 Program which encourages and trains the top K-12 teachers across North Carolina. The Telling of Your Story Because he believes that everyone has a story and we write our own stories each day, Dr. Kelly says, “We have got to honor and treasure our stories. We must not only treasure the stories of our ancestors and our elders but also the stories that we are creating with our children. Our stories are the ways in which we theorize our existences. We empower others to listen and become a part of that truth whether we are talking about education, racism, or a pandemic.� ~A~ Dr. Sonny Kelly is married to Elenah Godbolt Kelly. They have two sons, Sterling and Langston, and they reside in Fayetteville, NC. For more information, visit his comprehensive website at:



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Planning The Perfect Destination Wedding • Start with the Web. It’s a goldmine of valuable information! Here you can research legal requirements anywhere in the world, find great deals in travel and hotels, and get great ideas of where to have your destination wedding. • If you’re feeling overwhelmed about trying to find that perfect spot, contact a local travel agent. They have valuable resources and will find you the best deal. They will make all travel arrangements - but keep in mind you’ll be paying for their service.



• Give your guests plenty of notice. Bear in mind that they will also need to budget, make arrangements to leave home, factor in time off of work, and obtain passports if needed. Some guests may be able to find last-minute deals on airfare, but suggest they book flights ahead of time to make sure they won’t miss the special day. • Many resorts, hotels, and cruise ships offer wedding packages. Wedding packages can cost $2,000 to $4,000 if you are planning a small destination wedding with guests,

followed by a reception. Always make sure to ask what is included in the cost of your ceremony. If you want a hassle-free wedding in the midst of a wonderful vacation, go with the wedding package option and leave coordinating to someone else. • Many people think of destination weddings and automatically think of the Caribbean. The world is all yours - think as big or small as you desire. Disney, Nantucket, and Napa Valley won’t require a passport! You can still enjoy a tropical spot without leaving the country - think Hawaii or  Key West. If you are going to Europe, taking a cruise or venturing to Fiji, always make sure to check the passport requirements. ~A~



Masked Emotions: The Culture of COVID-19 Written by Keith Sykes


ractically everywhere you look, you will see individuals in protective face coverings or signs that read, “Face masks required to enter.� Masks have become a hot commodity and sort of a fashion statement in the wake of

the pandemic. Those with an entrepreneurial spirit have even figured out a way to capitalize off the sale of the masks. Face masks have been used for political statements, to bring attention to social injustices, or to bring humor to the person reading it. Another staple that is noticeablypresent just about everywhere you go are signs encouraging social distancing. Whether it is all viewed as a safety measure or an inconvenience, this way of life seems as though it will be around for quite some time. The global pandemic has triggered various changes in the daily routines of just about everyone. Fear of the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) has created a culture of its own which consists of facial coverings, social distancing, and hand sanitizing. These are significant changes to the lifestyles we have previously become accustomed to and have often even taken for granted. Speaking of face masks, there are two



different sides to the mask debate; those who think they are helpful and those that do not. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings. They may also help prevent people who have the virus from spreading it to others. There are, however, those who sit on the side of the argument who believe the virus is either a hoax, not dangerous at all, or that the masks will not increase their chances of preventing the virus. This, coupled with the findings of health officials and the guidance they have released to the public, has created mixed emotions depending upon where one stands. There is certainly a palpable rebellious nature surrounding the mandatory wearing of masks. There are those who feel that the mask is a violation of their civil liberties, others who feel it may have political strings attached to it, and others who have medical conditions that are aggravated by the masks and cannot wear them. In addition to the masks, another added safety measure influenced by COVID is social distancing. To be honest, prior to the pandemic, I had never used or even heard of the term. Well, except for the fact that the chaperones at my high school dances made us do it, but it was referred to by another term and for a totally different reason. Social distancing, also

known as “physical distancing,” means keeping a safe space between yourself and other people who are not from your household. Social distancing has significantly impacted the way we interact as well as the way businesses operate. Many establishments, depending on theguidance of local and state government, are operating at 80% capacity or less to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures have noticeably affected many business’s bottom lines, and some have even been forced into bankruptcy due to lack of revenue. As a result of the pandemic, there has been a critical shortage in the availability of various items. So much so, that there has often been a limit placed on the amount consumers can purchase. You can chalk this up to supply and demand and increased safety precautions due to fear of transmitting or contracting the virus. Hand sanitizer is a popular item that is difficult to keep on the shelves. Practically every place you enter, there is signage asking patrons to use hand sanitizer before entering. Whether it helps or not, these are the times we now live in -a COVID culture, if you will. It is understandable that there are those who will describe these changes as an inconvenience, since our way of life promotes most things that are quick and easy -fast food, high speed internet, microwave popcorn, and even speed-dating; anything to satisfy our impatience. We are a society of convenience. COVID-19 has caused a total shift in the way we operate. Businesses have restructured marketing strategies, airline companies have changed the way we travel, schools have had to rethink how students are taught, and hospitals are struggling with overwhelmed systems trying to deal with patient care. The government’s response

to the pandemic has been less than desirable. Early in the fight, it was thought that some states had a handle on things when infection rates started to drop. Once stay-at-home orders were put in place, there were many individuals who questioned the decisions made by local and state government and became impatient. Once state-imposed restrictions began to be lifted, it did not take long before many people were right back to their normal routines. One lesson we can take from the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 is when the residents of Philadelphia came out into the streets to try to boost morale for the war effort. Thousands of people were in the streets and within 72 hours, every bed in the city’s 31 hospitals was filled, and the city ended up with 4,500 people dying from the flu, or its complications, within a matter of days. One thing for sure is many are experiencing heightened emotions due to the various changes brought on by the coronavirus. Anger, anxiety, and depression are just a few ways some have coped with the current situation. Adaptation is thekey word for 2020. We have had to reprogram ourselves in order to navigate this constantly changing landscape. It will take a great deal of patience and consistency. This is not the new norm. We must ride this wave, take the necessary precautions, and hopefully come out on the other side of this better than before. ~A~





ZUCCHINI LOVERS KETOQUICHE Crust • 2 cups almond flour • 1 large egg • 2 tablespoons melted butter crisco • 1/8 teaspoon finely ground sea salt Directions • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray mini quiche pans with cooking spray. • In a large bowl, combine almond flour, egg, crisco and salt. Mix with a fork until blended. • Divide dough into quarters and use to line each quiche pan. • Place pans on a cookie sheet and prebake for 12 minutes.

Filling • 1 cup heavy cream • 4 large eggs • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese • Prepare filling by combining heavy cream, eggs, mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Whisk until well blended. Fold in Swiss cheese and Parmesan cheese. • Spoon into crust, dividing evenly. Do not over-fill, or it will spill over while baking. Allow room for the mixture to expand when baked. (If you have mixture left over, you can spoon into

Topping Roasted Zucchini Chips • 1 zucchini • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

muffin cups and bake. Keep in the refrigerator and heat in microwave for a quick breakfast on the go.) • Place zucchini chips on top of each quiche. • Bake 30 to 40 minutes (depending on the size of the pans.)



4 Ways to Help Transition Pets to Post-Quarantine Routines according to the 24Pet ShelterWatch Report. Pet owners should agree on the plan for their pets and details should be shared with children who help with care. “Pet owners should make a plan with minimal and realistic changes to help their dogs or cats adapt to new routines,” said veterinarian Elizabeth DeLomba, MBA, senior veterinary services consultant at VetriScience Laboratories. “Start by offering your pets belongings that make them feel safe and comfortable and add small things that promote mental and physical stimulation.”


s states ease COVID-19 restrictions and people get out of the house to return to work, pets around the country may see their daily routines of hanging out with everyone come to an end.

Practice the New Routine Ease your pet into being alone by spending short periods of time away from him or her both in and outside the home and work your way up to hours of separation.

Some dogs and cats handle routine changes easily. For others, a routine change at home can cause behavior issues, nervousness or separation anxiety.

Use practice time to get your dog or cat used to what happens before you leave for work, comfortable with a crate or other safe space and acquainted with a new toy, treat or someone who will check on him or her during the day.

A Suzy survey of 5,000 U.S. pet owners found nearly 70% of respondents are concerned their pets will have new or additional anxiety when they return to work. It’s important to prepare pets for changes in routine, especially those that are new to a home, for their well-being and harmony of the whole family. Consider these post-quarantine transition tips: Make a Plan The key to any plan is making sure everyone knows what to do. This goes for veteran pet owners and the owners of more than 221,000 new pets adopted or fostered since March,



Before you leave, take your pet for a walk or play at home to get energy out prior to your departure. When it is time to leave, don’t make a big deal out of leaving. Say goodbye long before you leave then leave calmly. Try a Calming Supplement The survey revealed that 65% of respondents plan to use a nutritional supplement to help their dog or cat cope with any anxiety a new routine brings. Over the counter calming supplements like VetriScience Composure chews can help pets relax during stressful times

without changing their personality or energy level. Calming supplements come in bite-size chews or a liquid dosage and can help relieve stress for dogs and cats of all breeds and sizes. “Fear and anxiety disorders affect 23 million dogs in the U.S. alone,” DeLomba said. “Supplements may offer a convenient approach for managing separation anxiety and other behavioral issues. The ingredients in supplements work together to make a positive impact on behavior and anxiousness, which results in a calmer, more focused pet.” Keep Them Stimulated Don’t let your dog or cat feel bored when home alone. Play music, keep a television on or use a white noise machine to create some constant sound. If your pet isn’t into watching television, keep him or her busy with a treatdispensing toy that requires some work. Or stuff a toy with peanut butter, freeze it and give it to your dog when you leave. These ideas can help keep your pet’s mind stimulated and encourage him or her to focus on something other than being alone. Start thinking about a plan for your pet and ask your veterinarian if you have concerns about behavioral changes. Learn more and find the full survey results at ~A~ Photos courtesy of Getty Images





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