Brimming with a full line of USDA-certified, human-grade treats for pets, The Cheshire Cat & Dog, Too LLC feeds domesticated darlings with scrumptious pet cuisine made with natural, quality ingredients. Selections for cats and dogs include offerings from Wellness, which incorporates human-grade proteins while avoiding meat by-products, preservatives, fillers, and artificial colors, as well as Taste of the Wild dog foods, which supplements roasted meats with antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. A variety of raw and canned options for canines and felines ensure dietary variety while providing additional sources of healthy proteins.
A paint-your-own-pottery workshop, Ready Glaze Fire stocks everything from ceramic plates to dragons to miniature Christmas trees with holes for lights. Pick your favorite item from the shelves, and give it life with vibrant paints and nontoxic glazes. The studio also teaches students to create their own pieces with onsite pottery wheels and lessons.
Owned by a certified pet care technician and pet first aid provider, The Crate Escape's doting dog-lovers provide a safe haven for man's best friend within a new 10,000 square foot facility. Spacious and secure indoor and outdoor play areas offer constantly supervised running space, dedicated small dog arena, jungle gyms, kiddy pools, and toys that pups can share. Drop one off for a day of socialization ($23), or pack them a baggie of chow, write them an embarrassing "don't forget to wear your retainer" note, and dress them in their jammies for a one-night slumber party ($37), where each canine is kept in a clean and spacious kennel. Dirty doggies can tidy up in a self-service wash ($15) where four extra-large, stainless-steel, waist-high grooming tubs and all the cleaning supplies are provided. Or, for the master on the go, The Crate Escape offers a full-service pooch groom, with prices dependent on breed, size, and coat condition. For specific questions, consult the FAQ.
Learning a new language will expose you to new cultures and experiences, but the task may be more challenging for some. Read on for a few tips on mastering your chosen tongue.
It wouldn’t be unusual for a toddler to ask for a cookie in two, or maybe even three languages. That’s because children as young as 2 are hardwired to internalize and mimic whatever languages they hear. With regular use, those skills can last a lifetime.
After a certain point, though, around age 12 or 13, something in the brain—we’re not quite sure what—shifts, and language acquisition becomes markedly more difficult. Straight-A students can find themselves struggling in Spanish class, and even the most persistent adult language learners may never acquire perfect fluency. Although adult brains will never return to their former sponge-like state, there are a few strategies that can ease the language-learning process.
Listening: Children absorb the sounds around them for months before ever uttering a word. This “silent period” is spent internalizing vocabulary and sentence patterns. Adults, too, can benefit from focused listening, whether through movies, music, or podcasts in their target language.
Multiple Methods: Some language classes focus on rote memorization and discussion of grammar, and others use total language immersion to mimic the state of childhood learning. Ideally, language learners should combine elements from both methods. Immersion is a great strategy for practicing vocabulary and conversation, but an adult’s advanced understanding of grammar can make it easier for them to learn new verb tenses and sentence structures.
Motivation: Just as kids approach their first words with enthusiasm, attitude is a critical factor for adult language learners. Students can often stay motivated by setting specific goals, such as holding a conversation with a native speaker or ordering off a French menu using only past participles.
Fearlessness: There’s no getting around the fact that adults have a harder time mastering new pronunciations. However, a fear of mispronunciation shouldn’t stop someone from practicing their new language aloud. Many cultures are used to hearing their language spoken with a foreign accent, and even imperfectly structured sentences can still convey their meaning through context. In short, practice makes perfect—even if it isn’t perfect in practice.
Founded in 2004 by Dr. James St. Clair, TopDog Health & Rehabilitation is a progressive canine physical rehabilitation facility focused on exceptional patient care and results, along with research and development of innovative joint health products and therapy support products.