How To Help Animals This Winter


With the new year now upon us, Americans can expect to encounter some of the coldest months throughout the year. This may include bringing out your warmer clothes or purchasing new clothes that can protect you from the winter temperatures. What many people don’t realize though, is that their animals could also be struggling through the colder temperatures, without extra layers as people can do. With this in mind, let’s examine how you can help animals through the winter.

Purchase Animal Clothing
While animal sweaters may seem silly, they can help animals, especially those with shorter hair to get through the winter. When taking dogs outside, make sure to put a sweater on your dog, so they have additional protection from the weather. For those who have animals that will not wear an animal sweater, ensure that the inside temperature in your home is reasonable, so your animals can stay warm.

In addition to animal sweaters, purchase either socks or shoes for your dog to wear outside. This will not only help keep their paws warm in cold temperatures, but it will also protect their paws from the harmful effects of the salt that is typically used for roads and sidewalks. This reduces the risk of complications from cold weather and the risk of your dog ingesting the salt when cleaning its paws.

Adjust Your Animals Portions Accordingly
Like human beings, animals will tend to burn more calories in the winter as their bodies fight to stay warm in frigid temperatures. As a result, your animals may be getting hungrier faster and eating more than normal. This means that your animals should be fed more food than in the summer, but don’t overfeed them if they are not showing signs of increased hunger.

Put Food And Water Outside For Other Animals
While the tips provided above are meant for domestic animals, it is important to remember the animals that do not have a home. If your neighborhood or area has been known to attract outdoor animals, leave a bowl of water and a bowl of food. Many animals might find that they can’t drink water from their regular source, as many bodies of water tend to freeze over in the winter.

Being aware of the effects of cold weather on animals can help you to help them survive through the colder months. The animals will feel better knowing that they are being cared for.

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The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood


Anatoly Vanetik provides a rich history of art throughout centuries, discussing each and every era as it passed through time. If you haven’t started from the beginning, read his other art history blogs here to catch up to the Pre-Raphaelite era of art history.

If you have been following along with Anatoly Vanetik’s art history blogs, then you know we’ve reached the era of Pre-Raphaelite Art. In case you missed any art blogs covering a multitude of styles and eras, you can catch up by reading more from Anatoly. If you are an art lover and have an appreciation for the history behind art as Anatoly does, he invites you to follow along through his art history.


Dating back in the mid 1800s, Chartism known as an uprising social reform, young and rebellious artists formed a secret society in London, called the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Their artwork emulated the medieval and early renaissance style. The artwork subjected religious, nobel or moralizing nature. With everything occurring during the 19th century in England such as social ills, mass industrialization and rising political history, The Brotherhood sought out to make a message through their art. Their messages were filled with renewal and moral reform utilizing the truth of nature.

This brotherhood began with three artists: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt, and John Everett Millais. Together, the three young artists formed the secret society in hopes to inspire and restore England.

On many canvases painted by the Brotherhood, you can find the initials “P.R.B.” along with the artists signatures. However, the secret society was not confined to just three. In fact, the Brotherhood expanded to seven, which they believed was the perfect number for a secret rebellious group of artists. The four additional members to the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood are: James Collinson, Thomas Woolner, William Michael Rossetti and Frederic George Stephens.

For this brotherhood to be a major part of history, it would have been nearly impossible for the society to remain a secret. In 1849, paintings with the “P.R.B.” initials were sent to the Royal Academy. The paintings from this group were defined with bright, luminous colors. The artist’s attention to detail and bright colors were highly criticized due to their rebellious techniques.

As the P.R.B. became public, their artwork grew in popularity. The more people knew about this group, the less their paintings were criticized. Due to such criticism however, Collinson resigned from the Brotherhood and Rossetti never displayed his artwork publically again

After a few short years, the Brotherhood diminished. Although their existence was short-lived, their impact was lasting, as it’s now a critical part of art history. This group was one of the first to go outdoors to complete their paintings, stylistically capturing the “truth of nature”. Their vibrant color and extreme attention to detail remains a classic part of history in the rebellious act of artists.

Where to Adopt Your Next Pet


You’re considering to adopt a pet. You may have the type of pet you want, presumably a cat or a dog, and maybe you’ve compared the breed. Perhaps you even have a great idea of what companion you’re looking for. On the other hand, it’s possible that you’re just looking for any kind of fur companion to fit into your family. As you look for where to adopt your pet, you’ve most likely seen the numerous options for pet adoptions. So is there a difference between adopting a pet from your local Humane Society or from a reputable animal rescue? There are pros and cons to all sides of the pet adoption fence. Let’s explore.

Adopting from Animal Shelters

In large cities such as Los Angeles, it’s not uncommon for animal shelters to have an “open-door” policy meaning they don’t turn animals away. Unfortunately, this means crowded cages with concrete floors and a mere fence as a home. With an open-door policy, sometimes animal shelters are forced to euthanize older “tenants” animals who haven’t been adopted. The animals don’t get much time outside, nor do they get the companionship many pets desire, just as humans do. The major pro of adopting from an animal shelter means making more room, allowing the shelter to get other animals off the streets without needing to euthanize any shelter animals.

Largely considered a con of adopting animals from an animal shelter would be that due to an “open-door” policy, there is no formal screen process. Without a screening process, it’s hard to tell the history of a pet, it’s capabilities in your home and your family compatibility with this animal. Expect to do much training with the animal such as house training, the introduction of children and other pets, and also getting your new pet on a proper diet. You will also want to take your new companion to it’s new vet where checkups will be necessary, and you’ll likely get a better idea of your pet’s overall health and learn more about them.

Adopting from Humane Societies

The SPCA and Humane Societies are different than animal shelters and other humane societies. Although this sounds confusing, consider them both to be a brand name. They both function as non-profit organizations. They also most likely will have “limited admission” to where they are not required to euthanize animals in order to make room for more. Unfortunately, this means that they often turn away animals leaving them without a shelter or food.

You should expect to pay adoption fees at a Humane Society or SPCA, which those fees can vary greatly. They don’t do a formal background check or even look at your home, however, they do expect you to pay for the adoption of your new pet.

Pros and Cons for Adopting from Rescues/Foster Programs

Rescues differ greatly from animal shelters and humane societies. Due to the fact that rescues are foster homes or boarding kennels, the animals have a much better life as well as family companionship to start. The foster homes and owners of the kennels take the time to get to know and understand the dogs, thus when you adopt from a rescue, the foster family or kennel workers can tell you all about the pet you seek to adopt. You’ll know right from the start if the animal is a good fit for your family and home. Local rescues and online shelters have the capability for you to search online, seeing all of the possible pets you could adopt.

The downside to adopting from rescues is the expense. Because foster homes spend so much time and effort, the adoption fees are greater than animal shelters and humane societies. However, can you really put a price on your fur companion?

As you consider where to adopt your new pet from, keep in mind the major differences between each adoption center.

Early Renaissance Slideshow

A quick slideshow put together to give those interested in learning a bit more about art history an opportunity to do so. This slideshow walks through the early renaissance period, based off of Anatoly Vanetik’s post on both  his WordPress and his website