Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A.M. Stir

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A.M. Stir

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Byline: LAURA CAPITANO

BACK TALK

Want to stir it up with A.M. Stir? Find something new everyone should know about? E-mail your comments, beefs and ideas to backtalk@jacksonville.com.

WITHIN EARSHOT

ROCKIN' AROUND ON CHRISTMAS EVE

Tune in to 89.9 WJCT's Electro Lounge from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Christmas Eve for all your holiday music needs. During the first hour, I'll join host David Luckin to spin our favorite seasonal tracks, which won't include The Christmas Shoes, I assure you. But, there will be Gretsch guitars.

NO SURRENDER

THE SOUND AND THE FURRY

Don't give up on that pet of yours no matter what the problem. The Jacksonville Humane Society offers the following solutions to help families keep their pets:

My dog barks constantly: Barking is sometimes caused by frustration or loneliness, so make sure you spend quality time with your dog each day and ensure that your dog has enough exercise."

My new apartment doesn't allow pets: There are a lot of pet-friendly apartment complexes in Jacksonville. Start contacting real estate agents and rental agencies six weeks before your move to inquire about pet-friendly housing.

A family member is allergic to my pet: People can control their pet allergies by creating an "allergy-free" zone (a room where pets are not allowed), using HEPA air cleaners and bathing pets weekly. If allergy symptoms persist, consult an allergist.

I don't have time to spend with my pet: You don't need to spend huge blocks of time with your pet. Spending five minutes talking to your cat, 10 minutes walking your dog and an hour cuddling with your animals while watching TV gives pets much-desired attention.

My new pet doesn't get along with my other pets: Expect some growling and scuffling when you bring a new pet into your home. It is best to introduce cats slowly. Dogs test their position in the household when a new animal joins the family, so it may take time for them to find their order in the pack.

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