Happy Halloween YEG!

Over here at the Dave Sells Head Quarters, Benson and Chapo are getting ready for this Halloween season. Halloween can be fun for your whole family, including your furry friends! Here’s some tips and treats to make your Halloween safe and SPOOKTACULAR!

-Dressing up your pets is awesome! But don’t forget about their comfort. Make sure they are free to move, breath and bark/meow. We know that YEG’s Halloweens can look like a scene from Frozen, so make sure to dress the whole family appropriately. Keep those ears, paws and tails warm!

-If you are bringing your four-legged friend out trick or treating, be sure that they have light reflective/light up collars or clothing. With dimly lit areas and pets being close to the ground they are very hard to see. Many distractions from decorations and costumes can divert driver/people’s attention away from the road and they may not see your pets. Include proper tags on your pets just in case they get spooked and make a run for it. Be sure your up to date with your contact information!

-Know your pet’s temperament. If your pups are not keen on larger crowds or “scary” decorations, it might be better to keep them home for the night.  A pet carrier is a great way to keep them calm and collected.  You can also have fun with costume ideas. If you are planning on spending the night inside, keeping your pets away from the frequent opening/closing doors with unfamiliar faces can prevent unnecessary stress.

-Now for the treats! Since we all know Halloween candy is not for you pets, we thought we would include a little something special for them. These would be great to pass out to your other four legged friends in your neighborhood when they come trick or treating.

 

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Pup Treats

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ Cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup of Canned Pumpkin
  • 2-4 Heaping Tablespoons of Peanut Butter
  • Water as Needed (Or Broth)
  • ½ Teaspoon of Cinnamon

 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Faranheit
  • Mix together all of the ingredients, adding water as needed to make dough workable. The dough should be dry and stiff.
  • Roll the dough into a ½ inch thick roll and cut into ½ inch cookies.
  • Bake in the oven until hard, approx. 40 mins or less depending on the cookie size.

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween Everyone!

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Sneakers & Strays

Its that time again! The annual 10km, 5km, 3km fundraiser is on September 17th. The goal this year is to raise $50,000! The money goes to HART (Humane Animal Rescue Team) which is a cause that Realty to the Rescue works hand in hand with. This organization is volunteer based and needs your help to fund medical treatment, shelter, food and rehabilitation projects. With winter right around the corner these funds are desperately needed. This great event is pet friendly so bring your four legged friends out for some nice fall scenery (with a leash of course). There is also timed events for those who have that competitive spirit! All the event details and registration can be found here http://www.sneakersandstrays.ca/event-details. Keep in mind there will also be adoptable pups there for you to meet!! Get ready to fall in love!

Event Summary

Who: You and all of your 2,3, or 4 legged family and friends.

What: Spectacular run or walk with or without your puppy pals.

When: Sunday, September 17, 2017.

Where: 13221 Buena Vista Rd NW (Buena Vista Dog Park)

Why: To help rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome stray and abandoned dogs.

Race Day Schedule – Sunday, Sept 17

-9:00am – 9:30am   Late Package Pickup & On-Site Registration

-9:30am   Warmup and Pre-race Briefing (all events)

-10:00am  10K, 5 and 3K: START

Dogs welcome, but MUST be leashed in accordance with city bylaws for 5k and 10k events.

And if you can’t make it to this great event you can support HART by purchasing their new apparel!! If you follow our Instagram you have seen some sneak peeks at their new line. Wear it loud and proud!!!

We will see you September 17th!

#adoptdontshop #RealtytotheRescue #yeg #yegrealtor #DaveSells #HART #sneakersforstrays

Pumpkin spice season is near!

As sad as it is these cool mornings are a sign of things to come. With fall quickly approaching there are some cleaning tips that you can start tackling while the afternoons are still hot!
 
-Wash and store those beach towels. Using a bit of a nice smelling fabric softener on your dyer cycle will help keep them fresh and ready for the beach next season.
 
-Wash and store your patio furniture. Using a mild dish soap or detergent give everything a good scrub, including a spot wash on the cushions. With the sun still coming out in the afternoon letting them dry in the sun before storing.
 
-All those fun outdoor kids toys you have been avoiding with the lawn mower. Give those guys a nice bath in a chlorine bleach/water solution. Store them in a closed container to keep them clean for next year!
 
-Organize and clean your garage/shed. Since you have so much to store for the winter this is a good time to clean everything out making room for the furniture and outdoor items you are storing.
 
-Inspect all your drains and gutters for clutter. Keeping them clear will help avoid winter ice dams. While you are out there check your roofing and siding!
 
-Clean and inspect your windows/doors inside and out. Check the caulking and weather stripping. You do not want to be losing heat through leaks in the winter.
 
-Drain and disconnect your hoses. Forgetting to do so can cause freezing in the pipes which can burst. Last thing you want when you are all cozy with a cup of cocoa in the winter.
 
-If it is time for your annual furnace cleaning schedule your service including filter replacement. No working furnace in the winter is no fun…trust me.
 
-Replace batteries in your smoke/carbon monoxide detectors and make sure they are in full working order. With all the winter baking you are going to be doing coming up you want to make sure they are in good working order.
 
-Make sure your fireplace works! If you have a wood burning fire place, schedule it to be cleaned and inspected.
 
-Tidy and prep your cupboards/pantry. Check the best before dates and throw away anything past due. If there are things you are not using that are not expired you can donate them to the food bank for those in need. This will give you a good idea of what you need to restock for the busy cooking/holiday season. Nothing feels as good as a clean and organized kitchen!
 
Now that you have finished these fun little tasks you can sit back and relax. Enjoy the rest of the beautiful summer we have here in the YEG!
 
PS. Did you know these tips and tricks also make your house in prime condition to list! If you are thinking of putting your house on the market this fall contact the Dave Sells team for your free assessment. We are never too busy for your referrals.
 
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Edmonton’s #RealtorToTheRescue Now Found at RealtyToTheRescue.ca

In the last few years, you’ve come to know us as Edmonton’s #RealtorToTheRescue. This name is near and dear to our hearts, because it describes our two greatest visions:

1. To be a realty team that helps “rescue” clients from frustrating situations in buying or selling their homes, and,

2. To help Edmonton animal rescue teams find forever homes for abandoned and mistreated animals.

Regrettably, we’ve been informed by the Canadian Real Estate Board that the Realtor to the Rescue domain name has trademark restrictions. To stay compliant, we’ve transitioned to a new domain. Our clients and friends can now find us online at RealtyToTheRescue.ca. Don’t worry, though; you’ll still know us as the #RealtorToTheRescue team. Only our domain name has changed to meet the CREB requirements. Everything else will remain exactly the same, including our brand, dedication to clients, and commitment to helping people and animals alike. So next time you tell your friends about Edmonton’s #RealtorToTheRescue team, be sure to send them to the new location for the website: RealtyToTheRescue.ca

#yeg #yegrealtor #RealtytotheRescue #yegpets

It’s Doggone Hot Out

Its Doggone Hot Out

Dogs like people are susceptible to the heat and sun! With all of Edmonton’s outdoor festivities we don’t want to forget about their sun safety. We want your whole furry family to partake in the summer fun!

  • Water water water!!! Give your dog plenty of H2O.  Lots of establishments leave water dishes out for pets but it’s always safest to bring your own. If you don’t have one of the bottles with the built-in dish, remember to bring one.
  • Light haired dogs are more at risk for sunburn. All pet owners should pay attention to exposed areas like the nose, ears and lips.  Apply sunscreen to these areas!  Its best to avoid sunscreens with PABA or zinc – these ingredients are toxic to your dog if ingested. Remember to reapply sunscreen to your dog every 4 to 6 hours or after a long time in the water just like you would for yourself.
  • If you are taking your dog to swim in rivers or beaches watch out for a strong tide. Be sure to rinse them off after playing in the water to avoid the sand drying in their coat. As well be careful and check for algae warnings, some algae like blue-green algae are toxic to dogs.
  • A great cold treat for your pet on these hot days are ice cube treats.  Place their favorite food or treats inside an ice-cube tray before filling with water and freezing.
  • NEVER LEAVE YOUR PET IN YOUR CAR!!!!  We Cannot stress this enough.  Even with the windows down, your car can reach unsafe temperatures.
  • Make a puppy pool in your yard for them to cool off. Your pets will enjoy having a nice place to cool off while they are outside but keeping them indoors especially during the hottest parts of the day will allow them to stay cool and out of the sun.
  • Get your pet groomed. Keeping their fur tangle free and trimmed will help them stay cool.
  • Watch out for hot pavement! If it’s hot on your hand it’s hot on their paws. Dogs sweat through their foot pads so if they are walking for long periods of time on hot sidewalks it makes it difficult for them to cool off. If you don’t want to walk on it, why would they? Also, because they are closer to the ground your pets feel more of the radiant heat from the ground. Keep your walks in the markets short and sweet. Save the long play times for an evening in the park when its cooler outside.
  • Older dogs and certain breeds with snub noses should be kept indoors somewhere cool. These dogs are prone to heart and lung disease and they will have a harder time with the heat.
  • Watch for signs of heat stroke; excessive panting, weakness, high temperature, bright red gums or eyes.

Be aware of the these simple guidelines and enjoy the summer season outdoors with your pets!!

#DaveSells #RealtortotheRescue #yeg #yegpets #yegrealtor #sunnydays #summer #petsafety

How to get a golf course worthy lawn

Do you want to be the envy of the neighborhood with a lush, weed free lawn? We have some tips that can help you get there.

-Aerating your lawn in the spring and then again in the fall is good pre and post-summer maintenance that will help get your lawn extra healthy.  Aeration helps water and nutrients penetrate the soil and decompose the thatch left from the year prior.

-Spreading soil and fertilizer in the patches that just will not grow. Sometimes the grass needs some more soil to grab onto after it has been compacted over the previous year. Before adding your soil, you can grab a soil testing kit from your local garden center. This will test you soils PH balance and let you know what you can add to your new soil promote healthy lawn growth.

-Go Bag less! The grass clippings will provide nutrients rich in nitrogen to your soil as they decompose and promote water retention. Using a lawn mower that has a mulching blade will accomplish this easily. Beware that you will have to regularly mow your lawn as it is difficult to mulch longer, moist grass.

-Mow your lawn when it is dry. Wet grass will clump and prevent moisture and air from reaching the grass beneath. The best time is before it rains… if you see the storm clouds coming, try to get out and mow the lawn!

-Water! Your lawn is thirsty but do not over water. Proper watering can make it harder for weeds to appear. You will want to water less for longer periods of time to promote deep root growth. This will keep your grass looking greener longer even in times of less rain.

-Change up your style. Cutting your grass in different mowing patterns will prevent the grass from laying in one direction and creating lawn mower ruts.

Following some of these tricks should help you achieve a great looking lawn. You can host the neighborhood croquet tournament!

#yeg #yegrealtor #RealtortotheRescue #DaveSells #lawn #lush #grass

Pets in the Park!

As you all know this year we lost our beloved Argus and Jacob which makes this cause even more dear to our hearts. Pets in the park (This Sunday, June 25th, 9am to 4pm) raises money for the Edmonton Human Society and over 8,000 (2016 approximate number of pets in their care) pets they care for each year! Not to mention it was Jacob and Argus’ favorite event. We have included a few features of this amazing event to give you a taste of the fun to be had. Join the Realtor to the Rescue team or donate today! https://cause2give.unxvision.com/P2PWeb/PublicParticipantPage.aspx?ParticipantIdView=44611&EventId=1318&LanguageId=1

Pets in the park has everything your pup could want!

-Paint you pup station! Get into the festive spirit with this feature!

-A canine carnival with a mental agility course, with prizes included!

-Wiener dog races! What else do you really need to say about this one.

-Super pup doggie demos. Watch these pups jump, dive and fly!

-Bingos Pet Shop tent. Toys, collars, treats and more with all the proceeds going to EHS. Perfect time to get a snazzy new collar.

-And its not all about the pups at this event. There is food trucks to nourish those famished participants as well as Edmonton’s only all ages AND pet friendly beer garden. The entertainment stage has family friendly shows (Frozen live @ 12pm, Spiderman & Batgirl @ 2pm) with some local musical talent Lusitania Lights @ 3pm!

If these don’t motivate you to walk or run in Pets in the Park, I don’t know what will. Maybe I need to mention wiener dog races again! Come support the Edmonton Human Society and join the Realtor to the Rescue team in our memorial of Jacob and Argus.

#yeg #yegpets #RealtortotheRescue #DaveSells #yegrealtor #EdmontonHumanSociety #petsinthepark

Get Outside!

Summer in Edmonton can be short, so you should get out and enjoy it while you can! Not just you but your furry friends, too! Edmonton has over 40 off leash dog parks, and plenty of other outdoor options! There’s so much to do in the city with your four-legged friends in tow.

Here are a few ideas for activities that everyone will enjoy.

  • Terwillegar Dog Park is a very large park that is great for on or off leash dogs! Views of the river, walking trails, and ponds for your dogs to cool down are just a few of the features this park has to offer. If you have a large dog that needs to blow off steam, there is plenty of room for a game of fetch to tire them out!
  • Millcreek Ravine has a great wooded off-leash area with plenty of greenery and creeks. Keep to the granular area if you want to be off-leash!
  • Callingwood Dog Park has grass, gravel, trees, and it’s close to a Second Cup! What more could you ask for? Plenty of room to roam and explore!
  • Hawrelak Park has 68 hectares of grass and lake. On-leash dogs are permitted, making this a fun option for a family picnic or outing.
  • Topdog Fitness offers you the opportunity to get in shape with your pets! With a high-intensity boot camp for dogs and owners, you can walk the dog and work out at the same time. Check out their website for more details.
  • John Janzen Nature Centre is a fun choice for the whole family. The center promotes engagement with nature for your kids, and allows you to bring your pup along while on leash.
  • Whyte Ave stores are notoriously dog friendly. Many leave water bowls out to keep your pups hydrated in the heat. They are also welcoming to pets at all the outdoor festivities happening, such as The Fringe Festival!
  • Summer does have its bad days as well, and for days like that you can check out Lucky Donkey, Edmonton’s only indoor dog park! They also offer dog sitting services so you can visit the nearby Situation Brewing or El Cortez, with two hours of dog sitting for the price of one! Get out and enjoy yourself without feeling guilty.

Check out all the outdoor festivals! Edmonton is the festival city, so there are many upcoming events to check out with your pets and families! Get out and enjoy as many as you can. Keep an eye out for the Dave Sells family, and be sure to say hello!

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Gardening in Edmonton can be a challenge with the weather variations! Although we are considered a zone 3A, some gardeners are trying out zone 4A plants because of our warmer than average summers. If you are like me, 3A means nothing, so we are going to break it down simply into what grows best!

Prep! Aerate your garden, mix it up! This will spread the nutrient rich top soil throughout, and this is also a good time to add in any compost to the soil. The best time to start planting is hard to pinpoint, since it can be 25+ degrees or snow May long weekend. The best time to start planting is when there is consistently above freezing weather at night (mid-May, usually). Survey your yard to spot the most sunny/shady spots, and plant accordingly for the best results.

Here’s a few zone approved plants to consider

  • Kale
  • Radishes
  • Swiss Chard
  • Potatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Peas
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Chives
  • Horseradish
  • Tomatoes
  • Corn
  • Pumpkin
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon
  • Blueberries
  • Saskatoon’s
  • Asparagus

And if you just want things that are nice to look at here’s a few flowers that are zone approved!

  • Poppy
  • Violet
  • Iris
  • Asters
  • Coneflower
  • Sunflowers
  • Ferns
  • Hostas
  • Lilies
  • Lupins
  • Primrose
  • Dogwood
  • Lupine
  • Sedum
  • Wildflowers
  • Baptisia
  • Peony
  • Liatris
  • Moss Phlox
  • Bleeding Heart
  • Monkshood

There is nothing better than eating a dinner full of garden veggies! Feel free to share the love with your friendly neighbourhood realtor! Anyone who has seen my SnapChat knows my love of mini carrots.

 

Easy Home Updates For Spring

Spring Fling Updates

Now that the weather’s warming up and the snow is melting, this is the perfect time to start preparing for upcoming spring projects.

  1. Schedule your roof replacement! Roofers will book up quickly, and with the short spring/summer here in Edmonton it’s best to get on these things at the start of the season. Your roof protects your home from the elements, and even a very small leak can cause major damage. When selling a home, a new roof is a great selling feature for potential buyers!
  2. Clean out those gutters! With the melting and thawing cycle, leaking or clogged gutters can cause water to accumulate in all the wrong places, which can pool around your foundation. Eventually this can lead to water in your basement. Gutters are inexpensive to replace/maintain.
  3. Inspect your garden hoses and faucets. Hopefully you were on the ball and got your hose unhooked, drained, and properly stored for the winter. If you didn’t manage to remember, you will need to check for freeze damage. Having someone in the basement or close to the water shut off is advisable in case of a leak.
  4. Schedule maintenance/repairs on your A/C unit. With hot summer days just around the corner, you do not want it to stop working on a 30+ day! Regularly check the filters, and keep it cleaned as part of your routine. Make sure you schedule annual technician service checks to ensure proper long-term maintenance of your A/C system.
  5. Check all your doors and windows. Wear and tear from structural shifting is very common in the winter season. Check the weather stripping and caulking for gaps or air leaks. These can be easy DIY repairs if a full replacement is not required. Keeping the house cooler in the summer months will be easier and more efficient with a better weatherproofed home.
  6. Schedule your spring yard maintenance early! Having your yard aerated, raked, mowed, seeded, and fertilized can help get you that healthy green, weed-free lawn. Ask a local professional for DIY help, or hire a professional company to help maintain your yard for you.

Spring is a short but sweet season, so you better get hustling!