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The Community Newsletter for Pebble Creek Residents

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New homes from the $200s to $600s. We invite you to register and learn more at EstanciaAtWiregrass.com 813-345-4395 Prices, plans, and terms are effective on the date of publication and subject to change without notice. Depictions of homes or other features are artist conceptions. Plans to build out PEBBLE CREEK NEWS / APRIL 2014 this neighborhood as proposed are subject to change without notice.

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Starting May, 2014 - The Pebble Creek newsletter will be mailed directly to ALL homeowners, if you do NOT receive a copy Please call the Community Center @ 813.973.8064

PCHOA Board Meeting Monday, June 9th 6:30pm @ Community Center Lakeview Villas Board Meeting Tuesday, April 22nd @ 7pm Pebble Creek Village Board Meeting Monday, April 21st @7pm Clubview HOA Meeting Monday, April 14th @7pm

Pebble Creek Community Wide Garage Sale May 2nd & 3rd 2014 Pebble Creek HOA Board of Directors: Dan Logan - President Leora Wilson - 1st Vice President John Moors - 2nd Vice President Bob Gilmore - Treasurer Barbara Collins - Secretary 4

CALENDAR BREAKFAST LIKE A KING… Breakfast like a King: Make sure you have good carbs like oatmeal or whole wheat toast, proteins such as egg white or greek yogurt, high anti-oxidant fruit like berries, and a dark leafy green vegetable like spinach, and good fats like nuts and seeds. Lunch like a Queen: For lunch follow the same regiment as your breakfast. Dinner like a Peasant: For dinner make sure you have protein,vegetables and good fat.

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Monday, June 9th 6:30pm @ Community Center Pebble Creek Homeowners Association Managed by University Properties, Inc (UPI) For appointments and correspondence contact: Anglea Hester 7001 Temple Terrace Highway Temple Terrace, FL 33637 Office phone: 813.980.1000 Fax: 813.980.2233 Email: ahester@univprop.com PCHOA website www.pebblecreekhoa-tampa.com Approved meeting minutes posted Pebble Creek Community Center & Pool

18715 Bent Tree Lane Phone: 813973.8064 Fax: 813.973.1966 Pool winter hours 10am to 6pm Summer hours begin Saturday, April 5th 10am - 8pm If you need to report a violation to the Pebble Creek Homeowners Association, call University Properties (your management company) at 813-980-1000. They are available Monday thru Thursday.

Emergency Fire/Sheriff/Ambulance 911 Sheriff Non-Emergency Pebble Creek Group Fitness Schedule: 247.8200 Monday at 7pm Total Body Tone Hillsborough County Wednesday at 7pm Yogalates Sheriff Website All Classes are $5 for Pebble Creek residents, www.hcso.tampa.fl.us $8 for non residents. Animal Control To sign up TODAY Contact Me at 744.5660 (813) 404-8295 Code Enforcement zieliaocasio@hotmail.com 274.6600 Or Stop by the Pebble Creek Community Center. Pluris Utilities PEBBLE CREEK NEWS / APRIL 2014 888.758.7471


Pebble Creek Welcoming Committee News

Dottie Paredes, Chairperson

The Welcoming Committee tries to visit every new resident in our community. If you are a new resident and you have not received our welcome packet, you may call the Community Center at 973-8064 to request that a greeter visit you. Please support these businesses that have contributed to the Welcome Basket and tell them that you read about them in the Pebble Creek News.

911 Plumbing Kevin poplawski 813.428.6713 AAA Travel & Insurance Agency 20315 Bruce B. Downs 813-929-3430 AAP Fitness 10335 Cross Creek Blvd. Suite A www.aapfitness.com 813-907-6227 Avon Lee Ann Plungis 813-732-2778 Baker’s Gallery 19651 Bruce B. Downs 813-973-9966 Benefit Wellness Concepts, LLC Terri Khalil 19046 Bruce B. Downs #157 813-765-7703 BJ’s Wholesale Club 6290 Commerce Palms 813-313-1404 Bruster’s Ice Cream 20303 Bruce B. Downs 813-907-7458 Chase Bank 19001 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. 813.973.7675 Full Circle Pizza 19651 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. 813-994-3700 Great Florida Insurance 10353 Cross Creek Blvd. Ste. C 813-994-1143 Sallie Turko –agent/owner Dr. Michael Green General Dentistry 2244 Green Hedges Way Suite 102, Wesley Chapel 813-973-1440 Bob Heires, Century 21 Shaw Realty Group 19651 Bruce B. Downs 813-767-4049 La Pink Boutique 18035 Highlands Preserve 813-972-2862 Las Palmas Café Pebble Creek Collection 19651 Bruce B. Downs 813-907-1333

Let’s Talk Coffee Organo Gold – Organic Celia Wadley 813-831-1064 cwadley@verizon.net Jennifer Lindner Century 21 Shaw Realty Group 19651 Bruce B. Downs 813-758-7463 Longaberger Baskets Leora Wilson 813-907-5990 www.longaberger.com/leorawilson Marco’s Pizza 20305 Bruce. B. Downs 813-907-6400 Mary Kay Dounia Benkabbou 813-340-3337 www.marykay.com/dounia Mary Kay Christine Sykes 813-991-5123 pcsykes@msn.com www.marykay.com/christinesykes Oakley’s Grillea 17631 Bruce B. Downs 813-523-5075 Party Scene Pebble Creek Collection 813-994-6868

Quest Enterprises, Inc. Remodeling and Repairs Rex Albritton 813-454-2275

Kristina Licata Business Development Sam’s Club 27727 State Rd. 56 813-929-7057

Quest Marital Arts Mark S. Russo, Chief Instructor 150490 Bruce B. Downs 813-971-5545

Thirty-One Gifts Jessica White 813-412-3887 www.mythirtyone.com/jwhitetampa

Shamrock Painting Michael Reynolds 813-505-7839 shamrocksinc@bellsouth.net

Tupperware Terri Khalil 813-765-7703 my2.tupperware.com

Shapes for Women 28240 Golden Maple Loop 813-973-7354

Wells Fargo Bank 8902 Regents Park Dr. 813-272-1389

Sign Art Group Chrys Hanes – owner 813-237-0202 www.signartgroup.com

White Dove Jewelry Patricia Cihinci 813-431-5708

Regions Bank 1333 Bruce B. Downs Wesley Chapel 813-991-6487

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Pebble Creek Golf Club and Mulligans Irish Pub 10550 Regents Park Dr. 813-973-3870 Pilot Bank 17635 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. 813.349.4553 Premier Jewelry Annette Aldamuy aaldamuytpa@verizon.net 813-426-4077 Professional Rescreening John Dunne 813.610.9256 Promotional Solutions Trena Reynolds 813-948-2997 www.promo-solutions.info Dianne Prosser

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Marley Hi, my name is Marley, but you can call me Mar Mar for short! I am a seven year old German Shepherd. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my mom and cuddle with her. But what I love most is when she cooks a good dinner and I can get into the trash!

COMMUNITY CENTER This is a great time to start scheduling your special events at the Community center as soon as possible to ensure availability! The Community Center is a wonderful place to host any number of special events to include: Birthday parties • Wedding receptions Luncheons • Baby showers Paino recitals • Retirement events Family reunions • Bridal showers Graduation parties • Holiday parties

Business Executives - The community Center has a very impressive conference/meeting space Drop by anytime to see and plan your next business function right here in our own community - save time, money & gas with such a short commute. Contact Tina ARCHITECTURAL NEWS Homeowners PLEASE remember to submit request form when making any changes/upgrades to your home. ARC forms can be downloaded off PC website pebblecreekhoa-tampa.com or you can pick one up from the Community Center. Turn around time is very quick, 2-3 days.

ATTENTION PEBBLE CREEK RESIDENTS

Republic Services of Tampa (Trash Collection) picks up in PC twice weekly, recycling & yard waste. Items left outside the trash/recycling bins WILL NOT BE PICKED UP! Trash cans are only allowed to be out on designated garbage days - Otherwise you will be sent a violation letter. Treasurer Report

For the month of January we were favorable to budget by $9K. Reserve News – In January, we decreased our reserves by ($27K). This is due to our purchase of new playground equipment (2 sets) and the painting of the Community walls. 2014 Assessment – Your 2014 annual assessment payment is due in January. Homeowners that have not paid by 3/31/14 will be sent to our attorney for collections. If you have not paid your assessment did not receive your coupon then please contact Angela Hester (813) 980-1000.

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Calling All Volunteers! Are you interested in volunteering in our community? Maybe you’ve thought about it but weren’t sure where you could help out or what was involved. Our Community needs you! Call the community center for more details at 813.973.8064 6

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By Shamrock Restoration Michael Reynolds 813.505.7839 HOA is paying for ALL common area sidewalks to be cleaned Please call to schedule your special rate of $50 for driveway & sidewalk (depending on size) April House of the Month 10031 Colonnade Drive

Pebble Creek "Declaration of Covenants & Restrictions"

are available on the PCHOA website - pebblecreekhoa-tampa.com Once on website, go to DOCUMENTS & they are listed under LEGAL.

PLURIS HEARING has been rescheduled for June 18th, 2014

MULLIGAN'S - Pebble Creek Resident Night Friday, April 25th • 5 - 9pm Craft Beer & Wine Tasting Live Music & Bounce house for Kids MULLIGAN'S - Pebble Creek Resident Night Friday, May 23rd • 5 - 9pm "Yappy Hour" - Bring your PET

In the meantime, ALL RESIDENTS are encouraged to email ANY & ALL concerns regarding Pluris rate increase to Victor Crist. We need ALL homeowners to voice their opinions, this is the only way we can possibly fight this increase. Please take the time to voice your concerns, EVERY email counts!

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go to "Contact the Commissioner" check Victor Crist & complete info If you have any questions call the Community Center 813.973.8064

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ProActive Tennis: Seven Ways to Force an Error from your Opponent

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he reality of the game of tennis is that to win a match you need to make less errors than your opponent. But rather than just going out trying to make less errors, how about changing your strategy! Make your strategy proactive so that you force errors from your opponent. But what's the best way to do that?

Here are the 7 ways to force an error from your opponent. 1. Consistency – Whether you can wear out your opponent with this tactic or lull him into a battle of patience, consistency can definitely force the errors. 2. Direction - This one works a couple of ways. #1) Hitting in the same direction attacks your opponents shot tolerance by helping you see just how many forehands or backhands they can hit in a row before they get frustrated and make an error. #2) Side to Side Direction is the lung burning, hamstring popping sideline to sideline running that comes from hitting always away from your opponent. You can hit it in the same direction, or change directions, and be just as successful at forcing errors.

into the net. them. 5. Spin - Heavy topspin is a staple of our game. It not only helps to keep our powerful groundstrokes in the court, but it jumps up and makes a very tough shot for the opponent. A hard, kicking topspin is a fantastic ball to force errors with. It messes with your opponent's timing and kicks off the court in such a way that it makes it very difficult to attack. A lot of opponents will still try and do too much with this ball, and that's where the errors start flowing. Spin also means backspin or slice, and that will skid through and also make a very tough ball. Then you can vary your spins and mix them around, giving your opponent no rhythm at all. 6. Power - Hitting the ball hard takes critical time away from your opponent's preparation and will rush them into hitting a weaker shot. Power also means weight of the ball. Hitting the ball hard changes the inertia of the ball, and makes it a lot heavier to handle. Power also means hiting the ball softer - with very little power. Giving your opponent no power at all forces them to create power to hit their shot. And a lot of times they end up over-hitting. So use both ends of the spectrum when it comes to forcing errors by using power. 7. Pressure - This is the pressure of your court position. Scenario #1 - You opponent misses their first serve, and they bounce the ball and look up at you getting ready to hit their second serve. You look at them, and take a couple of steps into the court and put some pressure on their 2nd serve. They double fault. Scenario #2 - You approach the net and force the passing shot wide with the pressure of your court position. Scenario #3 - You are in a baseline rally and improve your position up to the baseline and your opponent feels it. They know you are just waiting for a short ball to pounce on. Applying pressure to your opponent in a number of ways can force errors.

And now the special ingredient……Multiplying

3. Depth - The player that hits the ball deeper first gets control of the point first. Making the ball land at least half way back between the service line and the baseline makes it very difficult for your opponent to step into and attack. Most likely, you will be pushing your opponent further back behind the baseline, pushing them onto their back foot, and delivering a weak ball back to you that you can dominate. Then you can use direction. Depth comes before direction at the start of the rally. Depth is also drop shots. Hitting the ball short in the court is also a very effective weapon that drags the baseline grinder out of his trench. This is a fantastic surprise play that should be worked on a lot in practice before you start using it in matches. Go deep early in the point, and you will force a bucket load of errors. 4. Height - Getting the ball up high out of your opponent's strike zone is an awesome tactic. Most players like to make contact between their hips and their shoulders, but who likes hitting it above their head? Height also means low as well. Use your slice to keep the ball low and under your opponent's strike zone. A lot of players will dump this low ball straight 8

Think of it like this. You are in a rally, and you start to get control because you are doing one of the 7 really well. Maybe it's a deep ball, maybe you used power or spin to throw your opponent off. Whatever it is, it has just given you control. Think of it like an arm wrestle. Getting control of just one of these 7 is like pushing your opponent's hand down to a 45 degree angle in that arm wrestle. You can feel you have got control. You can see you have got control. Well, in the point, you have now got a slower, weaker ball to hit. Now imagine getting two of the 7 ways to force an error both happening at once. Think of power and spin, or direction and depth, or height and consitstency. When you get two working together at the same time, your opponent's ball will nearly always be so weak it comes back only into the service boxes. That's all they can manage. Now the ultimate - combine three together on the same shot. Let's go with height, spin and direction, or power, depth and pressure. Doesn't really matter what 3 - just make it 3 - and the ball will not come back into the court. Three is the magic number to force an error almost every single time. • *Article contributed by Lori Miles, director of the Pebble Creek tennis program for kids. The Pebble Creek tennis program is open to all residents. All lessons are instructed by a USPTA certified professional. Contact Lori at 813-727-2240 or PCTennis4Kids@msn.com for more information.

The Tennis Lesson Schedule is: Monday.................................................................6 - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday......................................................................6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday...........................................................6:15 - 8 p.m. Thursday...............................................................6 - 8:30 p.m. Saturday...........................................................8:30 – 9:30 a.m. PEBBLE CREEK NEWS / APRIL 2014


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2014 Pebble Creek

Village

Letter from the PCVHOA President Dear Neighbors, We’ll be moving ahead with the installation of the new compliance committee. More information to follow in the coming months. A regular meeting of the Board of Directors and the Compliance Committee will also be held in April. Just a reminder that if a neighbor or homeowner is violating our deed restrictions, call Angela at UPI and she will handle the situation. March is the month that the oak trees are shedding their leaves. Please do your part by raking up and bagging your leaves. Please remember to put your trash and recycle containers away as soon as possible on pick up days. They’re very unsightly if left on the curb. It’s the little things that make a community appealing to those that visit so let’s all do our part to make Pebble Creek a community to be proud of. Happy Easter to all! Stan Chmura President, PCVHOA

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Pebble Creek Village Board Meeting Monday, April 21st 7pm @ Community Center Any community member may attend any monthly meeting. If you would like to speak at a meeting please contact the Board at least 7 days in advance.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE? The following streets are in

Stan Chmura President Tom Micheletti Vice President Fran Chmura Secretary/Newsletter Jeff Thomson / Betty Ann Houghton Architectural / Deed Restrictions

Homeowners Association Managed by University Properties, Inc (UPI) For correspondence contact: Anglea Hester 7001 Temple Terrace Hwy. Temple Terrace, FL 33637 Office phone: 813.980.1000 Email: ahester@univprop.com www.pebblecreekhoa-tampa.com

the Pebble Creek Village Homeowners Association: • Aintree Court Cypresswood Circle • Hogans Bend • Masters Court Pebble Creek Drive • Putters Place • Regents Park Drive Saint James • Court Sturbridge Court • Tournament Trail • Woodcutter Court To report a violation in the Pebble Creek Village call Angela Hester University Properties 813.980.1000

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SCHOOL NEWS Terrace Community Middle School STEM students at TCMS recently participated in the USF Balsa Bridge Competition, held in conjunction with the

Engineering Expo, and the team of Maggie Helmke, Erin Schwartz and Minerva Nong won first place overall for Efficiency and Load. The team of Chandler Compton, Hussain Jhaveri and Nolan Tipton were awarded third place Efficiency for their bridge.

The STEM class is taught by Mrs. Tracie Overdorrf.

MathCounts

Math Counts is a “national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging "bee" style contests. The regional contest was held at MOSI on February 14, 2014, and TCMS was one of fourteen schools that participated. Mr. Steve Conover, the MathCounts coach and 8th Grade Algebra I Honors teacher, is pleased to announce that Harrison Yang earned 5th place individual and the team of Akum Kang, Harrison Yang, Kenta Xu, and Takashi Xu, who came in second place, will now compete at the state level on March 20, 2014 in Orlando. TCMS students London Torres, Devansh Kurup, Timothy Sun, Minerva Nong, Anina Sun and Komal Handoo also participated. •

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arm weather is right around the corner, and if you have children, chances are you’re considering swimming lessons to teach them how to swim and be safe in the water. Well look no further! Whether you live in Wesley Chapel or Tampa, SwimKids USA Family Swim School is the swim school of choice for parents. Why? “Because at SwimKids USA you get results!” says Alan Messing. As Founder, Owner, of SwimKids USA, Alan stays involved in every aspect of the program and his staff. For over 28 years, thousands of children have graduated from the school. Best of all, they are not only having fun, but are safe and skilled in the water. “Safety is our number one priority here at SwimKids USA,” says Alan. And rightfully so when you consider this:

Fact: In the state of Florida, the leading cause of death for children under the age of 5 is drowning. And with that fact, it’s no wonder why parents choose SwimKids USA. One only has to view the movie clips on the SwimKids USA website to see the end results. You can see their one year old students swim! "What makes our program different is when parents enroll in our program, they are paying for swim skills, not swim bills" says Alan. "Unlike big box swim schools that debit a parent's bank account

each month anywhere from $80$300 per month for 1x per week lessons, at SwimKids USA we don't do that. We understand that the parent's goals are to teach their kids to swim and be safe in the water, and be done. They are not looking to add another ongoing bill to their already tight budget." says Alan. With over 23 pools throughout the state of Florida, and its 2000 customers, SwimKids USA's reputation in the area is second to none. Whether it is infant classes or stroke technique classes for your

aspiring competitive swimmer, there is a SwimKids USA class designed just for you. But don’t delay! SwimKids USA’s classes fill up fast, typically by May. For more information, simply go to the nationally awarded and recognized SwimKids USA website at www.SwimKidsUSA.com where you can register online, view class schedules, customer testimonials and more! You can also call Alan directly at 813-991-6258. Be sure to tell them the Pebble Creek News sent you. •

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Annuals: New varieties of coleus do well in sun or shade and provide vivid colors and patterns for months. Bulbs: Planting early-, mid-, and late-blooming varieties of daylily will insure months of color from these low maintenance plants. Herbs: Add nasturtiums to your herb garden. The leaves and flowers add a peppery zest to salads. Vegetables: Continue planting warm season crops such as beans, cantaloupe, and okra. Mulch well to prevent weeds, and provide water if the weather has been dry.

What to DO

Pests: Monitor landscape plants weekly for aphids on tender new growth. Flowering Plants: Check for thrips if leaves and/or flowers of gardenias and roses are damaged. Divide perennials and bulbs: Divide clumps of bulbs, ornamental grasses, or herbaceous perennials to expand or rejuvenate garden beds or to pass-along to friends. Lawn Problems: Many lawn problems, such as lack of water, mimic insect damage. Confirm the damage is being caused by insects before applying a pesticide. Shrubs: Choose from a wide variety of shrubs to add to the landscape now. Lawns: Apply fertilizer after new growth has started. Choose a fertilizer (not a “weed and feed”) with little or no phosphorus unless a soil test indicates the need for it. A fertilizer with controlled-release nitrogen yields longer-lasting results.

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April, 2014 Bizarre & Unique Holidays Wacky Days:

1 April Fool's Day 2 National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day 3 Don't Go to Work Unless it's Fun Day - we know your decision 4 Hug a Newsman Day 5 Go for Broke Day 6 Plan Your Epitaph Day - a little morbid if you ask me 6 Sorry Charlie Day 7 Caramel Popcorn Day - Most likely created by a popcorn maker, or an Ecard company. 8 Draw a Picture of a Bird Day 9 Name Yourself Day 10 National Siblings Day 11 Eight Track Tape Day - do you remember those? 12 Russian Cosmonaut Day 13 Scrabble Day 14 International Moment of Laughter Day 15 Rubber Eraser Day 15 Titanic Remembrance Day 16 National Eggs Benedict Day 17 National Cheeseball Day 18 International Juggler's Day - also applies to multi tasking office workers 19 National Garlic Day 20 Look Alike Day 21 Dyngus Day always the Monday after Easter 22 National Jelly Bean Day 23 National Zucchini Bread Day - they hold this at a time when you are not sick of all that zucchini. 24 Pig in a Blanket Day 25 World Penguin Day 26 National Pretzel Day 27 National Prime Rib Day 28 International Astronomy Day 28 Great Poetry Reading Day 29 National Shrimp Scampi Day 30 Hairstyle Appreciation Day

International Moment of Laughter Day Always April 14th International Moment of Laughter Day is a special day that will put a big smile on your face. The objective of this day is to get people to laugh, and to laugh more often. After all, "laughter is the best medicine". Moment of Laughter Day is also known as National Moment of Laughter Day, and plain old Moment of Laughter Day. We don't care whether you celebrate today as a local, national, or international day. What's important is that you bring about laughter (and happiness) to those you come in contact with today. To celebrate this special day, simply tell jokes or do funny things that cause people to laugh. A smile is not a good enough reaction. Successful participation in this day results in whole-hearted laughter.

Origin of "Moment of Laughter Day": Humorologist Izzy Gesell created Moment of Laughter Day to encourage people to laugh. It sure would be nice to meet the creator of this day in person, so we could share a laugh together. We found varying dates for this celebration, all in the month of April. But among them, April 14th is the day designated by the creator as International Moment of Laughter Day. •

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Creating a Positive Experience Moving with your Pet Moving is a chore all by itself, but making sure your pet thrives well in the adventure requires extra planning.

Renting? Make sure they are Friendly.

Finding a rental that take pets is your first step in securing happy housing for you and your animal friend. You’ll want your new landlord to welcome you both with open arms, so be up front with the fact that you have a pet. You can go one further by having a pet resume at the ready. This is a document that includes vaccination and spayed or neutered information (with supporting documents), references from past landlords, neighbors, your veterinarian, obedience trainers and any other positive information that will make your pet shine. Look for housing, ideally, with a fenced yard, in a neighborhood which offers plenty of walking options and perhaps a dog park. If you worry about your dog or cat roaming loose, consider renting a house on a street that’s removed from a heavily-trafficked road.

Planning the Move…

Depending on how far you have to go and how you’re getting there, you will want to start getting your pet used to using a carrier as soon as possible. Make it readily available with a favorite toy or blanket inside. Once your pet sees the carrier as a safe haven, traveling in it on the big day won’t seem as traumatic. If traveling by plane, check pet travel policies on your airline of choice to see what restrictions they have and to find out what paperwork and evidence of vaccinations you must provide — before making reservations.

Talk to your vet about whether your pet may need a sedative for more comfortable travel. Also, consider getting your dog or cat groomed just before the trip so that nails are trimmed for the event.

Moving Day!

The day of the move is usually stressful for everyone involved, and your pet can pick up on all the expectant energy in the air. Be sure to keep your routine as normal as possible, while keeping your voice and body language as calm as you can. Plenty of affection and praise will assure your pet that nothing bad is happening. Moving days also offer the opportunity for anxious pets to bolt out an open door. Choose a room in the home you’re leaving and make it your pet’s base while everything is moved out. Make sure to keep the door closed (warn friends and family members to do the same) and to supply your pet with food, water, a favorite toy and the crate, if you’re using one.

Now that everyone has made it to the New Diggs… What?

Keep your pet crated or in a closed room until everything is moved in and you can begin to create some order. As with your exit strategy, supply your pet with everything she will need upon arrival—familiar food/water bowls and favorite toys. Now your pet can begin the process of exploring this new territory comfortably. •

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what's cooking Spinach, Pasta &Pea

Soup Ingredients

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2 thinly sliced green onions 4 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth 2 cups water 3/4 cup uncooked orzo 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind 1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 (6-ounce) package fresh baby spinach 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preparation Heat a large saucepan over high heat. Add olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add garlic and onions; sautĂŠ 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add chicken broth and 2 cups water; bring to a boil. Add orzo, lemon rind, and chickpeas. Cover and cook 10 minutes or until orzo is done. Stir in oregano and next 4 ingredients (through spinach). Ladle 1 3/4 cups soup into each of 4 bowls; top each serving with about 4 teaspoons cheese. PEBBLE CREEK NEWS / APRIL 2014

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