Pet Photographer Warns: Think Before Giving A Pet As A Present

When I was a child, my parents presented me with a big box on Christmas morning. I opened it. It was empty. The contents, a rescue puppy, had escaped somehow prior to the gifts grand entrance.

Over the next month, I grew very fond of the small puppy, and I found its occasional hiccuping to be odd and quirky. Then, one day, the puppy disappeared.

Years later, I was told that the puppy had distemper. My mother repeated several times over the ensuing years that she should have known to take the puppy to the vet, but she had never heard of distemper. It affected me. It obviously affected my Mother.

T’is the season for giving presents, and many people may be considering giving a pet. Puppies and kittens are unbelievably adorable. I know. That’s why I love to photograph them. That’s why I have been parent to a few. Their playfulness is beyond cute, and they do so many things making people sigh, “Awww!”

Unfortunately, that image is all too often the only image that the potential gift giver sees in their minds eye as they consider giving a puppy or kitten to a child who can’t even remember to brush their teeth! A gift to any person of any age is about commitment.

So, here is a reality check from a pet professional:

Puppies poop and chew, kittens sharpen their claws… things to consider before giving “the gift that keeps on living”… Kittens and puppies are living, breathing, and most importantly growing things. They grow bigger (and bigger and in some cases still bigger) and they get older.

Think about this:
- The average indoor cat lives 15-20+ years. Mine lived 19.
- Large breed dogs live 8+ years
- Smaller breeds dogs live 15+ years.

So, a six or seven year old child may be headed off to college and their parents will be left to care for a geriatric pet, with all the health issues and expense that goes along with ever increasing age. The tender care and feeding of a new furry addition is a family effort.

For adult humans, lifestyle can be an issue. In our cat-controlled-household, were we to get a dog, we could have issues. I would want a lap dog, my husband would like a dog with which he could jog. The image of my husband dragging a Chihuahua or Doxie behind him is almost as funny as a Retriever sitting on my lap. We travel, so bigger dogs present more challenges and less options for pet sitters. Neither of us is allergic, but many people are, so gifting a pet could become a really bad human health concern. A busy person’s daily schedule could leave the pet alone for hours. That’s not cool. All things to consider before gifting a pet.

Pets can be expensive. REMEMBER THEY LIVE, THEY EAT, THEY GET SICK, AND IN SOME CASES THEY GROW AND GROW. Without going too deeply into the totals, the dog that my husband wants to run with could eat 40 or more pounds of dog food per month. Vet care, food, pet training (maybe), and grooming (if required) cost money.

A pet is a very personal choice. Pets and people have personalities. The gesture of giving a pet while charming may bring a personality with irreconcilable differences. Do your research. If you’re a low-key kind of individual you probably don’t want to bring a Jack Russell Terrier into the mix. Likewise, if you’re a get up and go kind of guy, an English Bulldog is probably not going to be your ideal running partner.

Don’t get me wrong. I love pets. I ADORE PETS! Pets are wonderful companions. They love unconditionally. Giving the right pet to an older person may be a perfect pick-them-up. Then, there are the folks who have lost a pet. The trouble may be figuring out how much time is needed for the healing, but a pet with the right timing may be the perfect remedy.

A puppy and kitten are not a toy that can be returned. Pets do not teach responsibility. That means that the tender care and feeding of the new addition should be and probably will be a family effort. Coming from a person whose livelihood is pet dependent, the following advice may seem odd: THINK BEFORE GIVING A PET AS A PRESENT!

Some Unique Ways To Present Casual Baby Shower Gifts

So there’s a new addition coming near soon! Even if you are not related to the happy expecting couple, you may still be invited to the baby shower and asked to bring a nice baby shower gift for the little one. Giving a baby shower gift is a great way to express love and care for the baby. Choosing from a line of so many cute baby items is an exciting and fun task. Even if it’s a bit tricky to decide which one to buy, but still everyone gets to smile as they look at adorable tiny pieces for a precious little one.

What makes shopping for baby gifts more fun and easy these days is the Internet. Now that there are thousands of suppliers which have incorporated online shops into their business, people can easily find and purchase the things they need without going anywhere out of comfort. Online shops usually have different lists of products and services on their web pages. People can easily browse online catalogs along with the prices and promos, if they have. Another benefit of shopping online is that anyone can shop anytime of the day. It’s a 24/7 shopping experience for savvy shoppers who prefer buying online than buying at a local store or mall.

When it comes to baby shower gifts, there are so many online shops that offer a wide variety of wonderful baby items to choose from. With the endless options of baby gift ideas, it can be a challenge to choose one. It is always a great idea to go for baby gifts that are useful and practical. Casual baby gifts such as clothing, blankets, bibs, diapers, baby bottles, and toys can turn out to be the most unique at the shower with just a bit effort and creativity.

There are several unique ways to present casual baby shower gifts. For someone who wants to offer an extraordinary present out of casual baby items, there’s no need to worry about because it is not something that is impossible to do. In fact, there are easy ways to make common gifts unique at the end of the day.

One unique way to present casual baby clothing is to have the clothes embroidered with the name or initials of the child. Embroidering names or initials doesn’t only limit to clothing because baby blankets, bur cloths, and even bedding can have an embroidered name or initials of the little one.

Engraved baby gifts also make unique presents. Pewter baby gift items are often the most popular to engrave. Baby jewelry are also among the best choices under engraved baby gifts. Casual baby clothing items and accessories can be packaged in a unique way. Through the idea of baby gift baskets, useful and practical goods for babies can be presented with creativity and style. A baby gift basket can contain various cute infant items that may include toys baby bath products, wipes, baby food, feeding supplies, brush set, booties and socks, and other more.

How to Become Highly Paid For Your Killer Closing Presentations

How you deliver your buying offer can make or break the sale. High-earning sellers inspire respect, confidence, credibility, and ignite a desire-to-acquire-from-the-buyer, but many salespeople lack consistency in their closing presentations and, as a result, often leave good money on the table, or even worse, fail to close the deal.

On the other hand, highly-paid sales professionals know how to close the deal before they make a presentation. They hold firmly to the belief that: There are no free presentations. Like good trial lawyers, they already know the answer before the question is asked. If there is any doubt about the outcome from a presentation, then that doubt will be clarified by the seller before the presentation is made. The secret to a smooth closing is: Both parties must honor an up-front agreement that was negotiated prior to the closing presentation.

Here are four sales-killing mistakes that will sabotage even your best closing presentations:

· Failure to make an up-front agreement with the prospect on what will be discussed and decided upon during the meeting.

· Failure to uncover Core Pain that motivates the prospect toward immediate pain relief.

· Failure to get a Budget (time and money) commitment, prior to the presentation.

· Failure to uncover hidden agendas before the buying offer is made.

To avoid these sales killers, structure your presentation into 3 main parts:

1. Opening; review of the facts and assumptions;

2. Solution; features, benefits and price of your product or service;

3. Closing; a call-to-action.

In the Opening, be sure to have complete agreement from the prospect on such key issues as; Pain, Money, and making a Decision, before proceeding. Lack of clarity and agreement at this stage will be fatal to closing the deal-and you will end up giving a FREE PRESENTATION. (Remember the rule: There are NO free presentations!)

Your Solution should demonstrate how your clients’ pain problems are cured by the features and benefits of your product. Always start with the biggest pain problem and work your way down the list. Often, you don’t have to complete a presentation because the biggest pain relief benefit is enough to close the sale. Be brief, simple and direct. Don’t raise new issues. Maintain good eye contact and watch the body language of your buyer. Allow the buyer to interrupt you, but don’t interrupt the buyer. Remember you need to be answering one key question from the buyer: What’s in it for me?

The Closing is the fulfillment of your buyer’s hopes and dreams through your products and services. People buy emotionally and justify intellectually. Your logical pain relief solution will motivate an easy buying decision. Gone are the days of high pressure gimmick closes.

Nevertheless, if you sense that your prospect is not motivated to buy; try the Thermometer Close. Ask: “On a scale of 0 to 10 (10 being ready to buy now) where do you fall?” If the answer is 5 or less, pack up and leave-you’ve blown it, learn from your mistakes. If the answer is between a 6 and 9, ask: “What needs to happen to get you to a 10?” Satisfy the concerns being raised, and then when the prospect is at 9 or 10, ask: “What do you want to do now?”At this point the buyer will close the deal for you, because with that question, you have transformed yourself, in your buyer’s eyes, into a trusted advisor who helped solve a painful problem. People like to buy from trusted professionals; not sold to by pesky product pushers.

Become a trusted advisor in the eyes of your prospects, and you will never give a free closing presentation again.