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So you want to delve into the world of cat toys, but have no clue where to start. Cats are picky. We get it, and the thought of going to all the trouble of picking a new toy for kitty just for them to ignore it is frustrating! The issue is that cats—like humans and dogs—need stimulation and exercise to stay healthy. Some cats are naturally energetic, and that’s great! But with age, that energy can start to fade, so it’s important to encourage regular play. Needless to say, that’s where toys come in. But how do you pick what’s best for your feline companion?

Step one is easy. Watch your cat! Do they love shoelaces and string? Do they go nuts over cellophane wrappers? Pay attention to objects your kitty is naturally drawn to; AKA the things you’re constantly scolding them for chewing. Every cat has their own, unique preferences on what they consider to be a toy, so take that into consideration. Wand toys are great places to start.

We suggest the Curlz Teaser Cat Toy by Kong. What’s great about this particular wand toy is that it’s more than just a bit of string tied to a rod. The “dangly” part is a stretchy, springy curl which adds in a new level of fun, and attached to the end are boa feathers to make it extra enticing! What’s most important, though, is that this toy encourages social behavior.

It might be surprising to some, but even the most aloof cats can be more drawn to playtime if it involves you! Plus, it’s pretty tough to ignore something that’s being dangled in front of your face. That being said, if wand toys aren’t working, then you can always step it up a notch with every cat parent’s secret weapon: catnip.


Catnip infused toys work wonders for drawing your kitty in. Our customers’ favorite is the Yeowww Banana! When you think of cats, bananas might not be the first thing that come to mind, but it’s more about the shape. The rounded shape is great for your cat to grab and “rabbit kick”! Plus, it’s stuffed with irresistibly potent, 100% organic catnip.

But what if the wands and the catnip don’t work? Is it hopeless? Is your cat doomed to do nothing but lie around and sleep??? No! It’s just time for a little bribery. That’s right, folks. We’re talking treats.

We have yet to meet a cat who says no to their favorite snack, and there are actually products that will make them have to work for it a bit. For kitties new to puzzle toys, we like to point them in the direction of the Catit Play Treat Spinner. Simply place a few treats inside and let your cat do what they do best: knock it over! The inside has puzzle-like “barriers” and the bottom is similar to that of a toy top, which encourages kitty to use their paws and their brain to figure out how to get to the treats within. It can also be used as a slow feeder for cats who get a little overexcited about their food. The silicone cover is easy to remove and the toy itself is a snap to clean.

For those of you who have picky cats, older cats, or cats that are a little (or a lot) on the lazy side, remember to be patient. You might find the perfect toy right away, or you might have a little trial and error, but toys are about more than spoiling your kitty. They’re about keeping them healthy, happy, and stimulated so they can live their best nine lives.

Here’s the thing about Ziwi Peak: it’s so good that your pet most likely thinks they’re getting a bowl of treats for dinner! This is definitely one of our go-to foods for picky eaters. Most pets LOVE the taste and if they eat just a little bit, you know they are getting a mouthful of super high nutrition. The jerky-like consistency is great to use as a food topper or as an entire meal.

 

All Ziwi Peak food comes straight from, you guessed it, New Zealand! We know that might be a little confusing since we usually stick close to American-made food, but New Zealand actually carries some of the highest quality livestock in the world. In fact, a lot of the brands we carry source their lamb from New Zealand for that very reason. All of their animals are free-range, and eat only high quality organic food. They also tend to be generally healthier than animals in other areas of the world since New Zealand is virtually free of diseases like rabies; one of the many benefits of living on a remote island!

Speaking of living on islands, Ziwi Peak fully utilizes both the land and sea to source their ingredients. Fresh green tripe is used to make food more palatable and support healthy digestion while green-lipped mussels add in an extra boost of natural glucosamine for joint health! Even though they only make up about 4% of what’s in the actual food, it’s still good to know that Ziwi is making every last ingredient count.

What’s the other 96%, you ask? Meat, organs, and edible bones. That’s it! No grains, legumes, fillers, or nonsense. Just delicious New Zealand protein that goes through a natural air drying process to become the food your pets can’t get enough of. It’s the closest you can get to feeding raw without actually feeding raw! In fact, it’s so close that we even suggest pet parents who exclusively feed fresh use it as a “backup” for when they’re out of town and trying to make feeding as easy for the sitter are possible.

Whether you’re thinking of switching over completely, using it as a fresh feeding backup, or simply looking to add a little New Zealand flavor to your pet’s bowl, it’s always good to have a bag or can on-hand!

Have you caught the bowl boosting bug? Check back with us every Wednesday to learn easy new ways to pack some extra nutrients into every meal!

 

 

Welcome to Kefir: 101, the crash course about one of our favorite bowl boosters! See that cauliflower-ish stuff up there? That’s what is commonly known as the kefir “grain”, but actually, it’s not a grain at all. It’s a culture made of billions of helpful bacteria and yeast which work in combination to give your pets some amazing health benefits.

The kefir grain is typically not consumed on its own, but rather made by infusing it with a dairy product. For humans, this dairy base can range anywhere from traditional cow’s milk all the way to almond milk, however, we usually recommend that pets drink it as cow or goat’s milk. It’s a natural process with very few steps, meaning you won’t be left with additive-filled chemical goop. Essentially, the grain is left in the milk for a period of time to let it ferment. Once the required time is up, the milk gets strained and bottled while the kefir grain is recycled to make another batch.

But what happens when it goes from the bottle to your pet’s bowl, or more importantly, their stomach? The bacteria (remember, it’s healthy bacteria!) works to do things like regulate your pet’s digestive system, relieve allergy symptoms, and support their immune system. It’s also known to have antibiotic and anti-fungal properties, as well as extra skin, coat, and teeth support!

When you start your pet out, we suggest doing it gradually, just as you would with any new food. It’s easiest to use as a meal topper, but you could feed it on its own as well! Just mix a teaspoon – tablespoon’s worth (depending on your pet’s size) with their food a few times a week, and voilà! You’ve got yourself a yummy, natural supplement that also adds variety to your pet’s diet.

Whether you’re a first time user or an old pro, we always recommend Open Farm kefir as our go-to brand! The milk itself is 100% Certified Humane®, and only comes from cows that are pasture-raised, hormone-free, and antibiotic free. You’ll also find organic cinnamon and turmeric for some extra antibiotic and anti-inflammatory benefits!

You can take a closer look on our website here, however, we only sell it in-store to ensure proper refrigeration.

Have you caught the bowl boosting bug? Check back with us every Tuesday for easy and effective ways to add extra nutrients to your pet’s diet!

 

My name is Mary Ann and I’m a Team Member/lifelong cat parent at Two Bostons! About two years ago, I moved out into an apartment for the first time and shortly after, I rescued my very own cat. Her name is Clarice and she is a spoiled princess. But here’s the thing…even princesses poop. And my princess poops a lot.  By no means am I saying that was a surprise, but the only place her litter box can fit in my apartment is about three feet away from my bed so it’s less than ideal. I’ll spare you the smelly details.

Before working at Two Bostons I was using the same “big box” brand of litter I’d always used with my prior cats, and frankly, it was the worst. I felt like I was constantly choking on litter dust, and every time Clarice used her box my entire place stunk for a good fifteen minutes. Naturally she also tracked it everywhere, including my bed, because for some reason she just loves to snuggle after a good poop.

Then I tried Boxiecat and my life was changed forever.

Obviously I was skeptical after 20+ years of using the other stuff. It just sounded too good to be true. Easy to scoop, non-tracking, and minimal smell? There was no way, but I still figured it was worth a shot. I opted to go for BoxiePro which has all the aforementioned benefits plus probiotics to make it self-cleaning. That part was extra important to me because of the close proximity to my bed. So I grabbed a bag and hoped for the best.

One of the initial things I noticed was that there was virtually no dust. With the other brand it felt like ages for my room to not smell like litter after changing it, but with Boxiecat I could actually breathe! To any readers and/or cats out there who have any sort of breathing issues like asthma, allergies, or even a general sensitivity to dust, I HIGHLY suggest checking out Boxiecat for this reason alone! You really don’t realize how much dust your litter has until you use something without any.

The tracking was also reduced substantially. On top of Clarice’s box being in my room, my apartment is also completely carpeted, so I went the whole nine yards to do what I could to prevent tracking (covered box with high walls, a mat to catch the litter as she left, etc.), but there was still always litter everywhere. Now there is almost none. I think it’d be impossible to eliminate tracking entirely, but Boxiecat has made it pretty minimal. I also have more peace of mind knowing there are anti-bacterial properties so it feels a little less disgusting to roll over in the morning and find a litter grain stuck to my cheek (I said a little).

Boxiecat is also saving me money. With the other brand, I was going through about 20+ lbs a month. I got to the point where I was scooping multiple times a day which contaminated the unused portions of the litter because the clumps would break apart which meant things got smellier faster which meant I was changing it bi-weekly. Sometimes even weekly! With Boxiecat, the clay they use is ultra absorbent, so it creates what they call “flat top clumps”. Essentially the quick absorption catches the liquid upon contact, rather than letting it seep down to the bottom of the box. It’s easier to scoop and doesn’t fall apart! I’m back to only scooping once daily, plus I only have to completely swap litter once a month*.

Now let’s talk about odor control because that’s arguably the most important thing.

It works! There is still a little odor, but like litter tracking, I don’t think it’s possible to 100% eliminate everything. I like that it neutralizes the odor, rather than just covering up the scent with a different scent. When Clarice uses her box there’s not even a 5 minute window where I’m plugging my nose, then afterwards it’s as if I didn’t even have a cat as a roommate!

So is Boxiecat worth it? Yes! Yes, yes, yes, yes three thousand times YES! I cannot get over how big of a difference this product has made. My entire place just feels so much cleaner, and now when I have guests over, my anxieties of having them walk into a stinky apartment are gone! I truly can’t recommend this product enough.

We currently carry four varieties of Boxiecat litter so you can find what’s perfect for your unique feline family! Grab some in our stores or order it online!

Taurine is one of those things you’ve probably seen mentioned all over the place lately but when you go to research, every article you find is written in medical gibberish. Fear not, pet parents, we’re here to break down exactly what it is and why your pet needs it–no dictionary required!

In a nutshell: Taurine is an amino acid that is exclusively found in animal-based proteins. It works to keep our pets’ bodies functioning properly, especially for normal vision, heart health, digestion, and reproduction.

Why it matters: While cats and dogs naturally can produce taurine, dogs just barely produce what they need and cats are physically incapable of producing enough to ensure healthy functions. While this might sound a little alarming, your furry friends can get more taurine through their diet!

Where does taurine come from: As mentioned above, taurine only naturally occurs in animal proteins, which is one of the many reasons it’s crucial for your pets to get as much meat as possible! Hearts are especially jam packed with it, but there are also supplements available. Most pet food brands are conscious about the amount of taurine in their recipes and add in additional taurine if necessary.

How to make sure your pet gets enough taurine: Feeding fresh is almost always the answer when it comes to boosting your pet’s health! Even if they only eat two fresh meals a week in addition to their current diet, you’ll see a world of difference in everything from your pet’s coat, energy levels, poop (it’ll become less smelly and smaller!), and, of course, taurine levels. Fresh food is the closest you can possibly get to what an animal would eat in the wild without actually releasing them in the woods to catch their own dinner–that means it has optimal nutritional benefits!

Another option is to start including fresh or freeze dried treats into your pet’s routine. Remember how we said that hearts are one of the best sources of taurine? You can actually feed freeze dried hearts as a yummy snack! Some of our personal favorites are the Freeze Dried Chicken Heart Bites by Fresh Is Best. It’s a single-ingredient snack that’s 100% American-made. They’re even so tasty that both dogs AND cats love them! You can check them out in our stores or order them online here.

You can also easily add daily supplements to your pet’s diet. There are quite a few good ones available but our go-to and most trusted is Herbsmith’s Taurine Boost powder. It’s as simple as adding a spoonful to your pet’s bowl and giving it a quick stir!

 

In conclusion: Taurine isn’t as complicated and scary as the internet makes it out to be!  Remember: if you still feel unsure, confused, or have questions, reach out to us. We aren’t kidding when we say we could talk about pet wellness all day!

Have you caught the Bowl Boosting Bug? Check back with us every Tuesday to learn more little ways to add big nutrients to your pets’ bowls!

It’s that dreaded time of year again: coyote season; when everyone has a horror story about their friend’s brother’s dog who got snatched up in the middle of the night. The thought of your own pet succumbing to such a fate can definitely stir up some anxiety, but we’re here to help ease your mind a bit with some easy tips and tricks to help prevent anything bad happening to your loved ones.

Don’t Leave Food Out

  • Bring in all of your pet’s food and water dishes.
  • Thoroughly clean your grill after every use. Predators can smell the hamburgers you cooked at the family BBQ even after you’ve eaten them all!
  • Be cautious with compost. Avoid adding meat, bones, and any whole foods to your compost piles. Many predators–like coyotes–are opportunistic eaters.
  • Clean up any fruit dropped on the ground from trees. Yes, coyotes will even go after those crab apples! This will also help get rid of smaller pests like flies.
  • Be sure that all trash bins are completely covered and minimize the time they are left outside.

Always Supervise Pets

  • Like many predators, coyotes are nocturnal, so keep an especially close eye on pets from dusk until dawn.
  • Cats are more at risk than dogs because they are more likely to roam around outside, unsupervised, and their size makes them ideal prey for coyotes. The safest lifestyle for a cat is to be kept indoors at all times, however, at the very least be sure your cats are inside at night. 
  • Keep bathroom breaks as brief as possible.
  • ALWAYS have your dog on a leash–preferably a shorter one so you have more control if they try to run. We suggest the Flat Out Dog Leash by Ruffwear. It’s 6 ft in length, which is plenty of space for your dog to wander, but not enough so that you wouldn’t be able to control them if the situation called for it. It’s also super strong, so you know it won’t snap if they run.
  • Try to avoid evening walks, or stay in well-lit, highly populated areas.
  • Don’t let your guard down just because you have a fence. Coyotes have been known to jump fences that are 6 feet tall. Many experts suggest installing rollers on the top and regularly checking to make sure there are no weak spots or holes.

Hazing 

One of the best preventative measures you can take is by hazing coyotes whenever you see them–and no, that doesn’t mean telling them to do a keg stand. “Hazing” is essentially the process of keeping predators from getting comfortable in your backyard. If you were looking at a new house but saw that the neighbors were loud and obnoxious, would you want to move there? Definitely not!

HAZING DOES NOT MEAN HURTING ANIMALS

Hazing is the act of safely scaring an animal away. Unless your life is being threatened and there are no other options, there is absolutely no reason to attack or injure an animal.

  • Always keep a safe distance, and never approach a coyote or other wild animal.
  • Never turn your back or try to outrun a coyote. They have the ability to run 40 MPH (Humans average around 15 MPH).
  • Make yourself seem BIG! Stand up straight, raise your arms and wave them, hold a coat about your head, etc.
  • Create a simple “Safety Shaker” by putting pebbles, pennies, or bolts into a soda can and sealing it with duct tape.
  • Keep your home and yard well-lit–especially during nighttime bathroom breaks with your dog.
  • If you see a coyote and you’re inside, open a window and yell, clap, or make any sort of loud noise to scare it away. Remember: you don’t want them to feel comfortable.
  • Tell your neighbors you’ve seen coyotes in the area, and encourage them to haze them, as well. Team work is always effective!

It’s scary to see any sort of threat to your furry family members. Just remember that as long as you stay cautious, smart, and calm, you’ll be able to keep your pet safe from harm.

 

With all of this rain that we have had, most yards are already almost all GREEN, which is awesome…but, do have some of those nasty burnt spots? Are you asking your self how it is possible that your dog is burning your yard all year round?

Well first, do you know what causes these patches? Dog urine contains a variety of nitrogen compounds and too much nitrogen will burn the grass and thus create those yellow patches in your year.  And guess what? One of the main ingredients in lawn fertilizer is nitrogen.  So when your dog relieves himself in the same spot over and over again – it’s like putting a handful of fertilizer on that spot over and over.180px_h_ProductShot

So how can you fix the problem, you ask?  We have two ways to help you with this…1. Make sure your dog is on a high quality food so that they are processing their nutrients correctly.  2. Dog Rocks® – yes…it’s real, Dog Rocks®!

Dog Rocks® are a 100% Natural Australian product that will save your lawn from those nasty burn patches.  They work by binding the excess nitrogen in the drinking water your dog a better quality of water.  (that will help your lawn ~ remember the main ingredient in fertilizer?) The rocks contain zeolite traces which are often used in aquariums to filter water safely and naturally.

All you have to do is put them in your dogs water…yes it really is that simple!  Just open the bag, rinse the rocks off, place in your dog’s water dish and top off the water to refill rather than start fresh every time.PicMonkey Collage

And if you have a dog that loves to take them out and play with them…no worries!  Just fill a pitcher with water and put the rocks in there.  That way you can use the water from the pitcher every time you fill the bowl and you will still be able to reap the benefits of the rocks.

They work rather quickly…usually within the first 24 hours you will notice your pet will stop leaving new lawn burns.  (Your current brown patches will not go away overnight…you will still need to nurse those back to health, but at least you won’t have any NEW ones!)

Dog Rocks® are safe for any pet sharing your dog’s water bowl (such as cats, rabbits, etc.).  And again, they are all natural…no yeast like in other lawn burn prevention products.  Landscapers have been known to endorse Dog Rocks®, because the appropriate level of nitrogen in your dog’s urine can actually help your lawn!

We carry Dog Rocks® two package sizes.  The small package is a 2 month supply and the large package is a 6 month supply.  You should use the rocks year round too, since your dog will continue to burn your lawn in every season…you just don’t always see your lawn!

You can also visit the Dog Rocks website for more information and some great tips!

Many people think that a professional vet cleaning is the only strategy we pet owners have to provide oral care…but there is actually so much more we can do!  In a couple of our last Blogs: BRUSHLESS Oral Care! and Another Brushless Option!, we talked about safeguarding and dental products for our furry friends. Today, we consider some diet and feeding strategies that yes, truly can make a huge difference in your pet’s Dental Health!

Most wolves and coyotes in the wild have very strong, clean teeth.  Animal experts have studied this at great length so that thankfully we don’t have to get up-close-and-personal with them!  The reason this is true is mostly because of their diet.  These wild canine cousins regularly eat a raw diet that includes meat, gristle, fibrous tissue, cartilage, and actual bone.  The chewing process itself is so abrasive to their teeth and gums that it breaks down plaque formations and “scrubs” teeth on a daily basis.

 

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The right diet choices can actually work in your pet’s favor, breaking down plaque deposits inside the mouth and exerting a toothbrush-like scrubbing action that keeps teeth and gums healthy.

 

In much the same way, a raw diet can help control tartar build-up on the teeth of our pets too.  You may have noticed that most raw foods that you will see at the store are prepared to some degree – ground up and often shaped into forms that are convenient to store and feed.  These patties and pieces still contain tiny bone fragments so that when your pet chews, the mild abrasive process helps to scour teeth and gums by breaking down existing plaque and tartar deposits.

Now, most people have been told or believe that hard kibble provides the same benefits because it’s so crunchy.  Well, this is a BIG Myth.  To learn more about why this is a myth watch this short video.

Raw foods are composed largely of meat proteins and natural enzymes.  Proteins take longer to digest, so they aren’t broken down as quickly by saliva in the mouth.  Enzymes immediately go to work dissolving residues on your pet’s teeth.  And of course, we have already mentioned that tiny abrasive fragments act like a scrubbing toothbrush.  When you feed your pet a raw diet, starchy residues around the teeth are kept to a minimum and the chewing process itself begins to work in your pet’s favor.

There are dozens of healthy, natural raw options to choose from – featuring whole-food ingredients and palatable proteins like turkey, beef, duck, venison, chicken, rabbit, salmon and more. These foods have the added benefit of nutrition labels that are free of animal by-products, artificial additives and preservatives.  If you want to try putting a raw option into your pets diet, anyone on the Two Bostons team would be happy to help you customize a diet plan specific to your pet.

In the blog Five Ways to Start the Year Off Right earlier this month, I told you one of the ways to start the off the year right was to feed appropriate diets and supplements.  Do you know what supplements can do to help your pet?

Much like our diet, a dog’s diet cannot be expected to cover every single need their body has.  You may run into a skin and coat issue, or an occasional digestive issue, or quite possible joint issues as your pup ages. And by supporting your dog’s system with a healthy diet and supplements, you are ensuring that your dog will have the be life possible.8b585d469f168a716cbfea7fb285fbcb

Many breeds suffer from seasonal allergies and dry skin from the elements.  This can cause uncomfortable itchiness and a dull, unhealthy coat.  One way you can combat that is with an Omega 3 or a Salmon Oil supplement. Omega 3 acid is a fatty acid that is essential in a dogs diet and is key to a healthier skin and shinier coat.  It also works to help joint, heart and immune system health.  We have several options to choose from, including:

You might also run into the occasional digestive issue (on both ends).  Supplements are a great way to boost your dog’s system on a daily basis to make those episodes fewer and farther between. They can also work as a stop measure should your pooch be experiencing intestinal upset.

Pumpkin is also a great choice for keeping your pooch regular.  These supplements help those pups with diarrhea or even constipation.  You can learn more about using pumpkin from our previous blog: Serving pumpkin has benefits. Here are some options for you in the digestion area:

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Simply add this supplement daily to keep your pooch regular.  It combats gas, facilitates regularity, firms up loose stools, soothes and protects the GI Tract.

Finally, you are going to want to protect your dogs joints.  This is something that you do not want to wait to do!  You don’t wait until your car runs out of gas on the side of the road, instead you stop at the gas station.  Think of your pups joints like that…supplements that contain glucosamine are great for chronic arthritis pain, relieving swollen joints, morning stiffness, inability to run and play as well as age related immobility.  They can also help protect and heal cartilage, tendons, and ligaments.  They are also great for providing a strong base for your pup to draw from as they age.  Here are a few supplements you might want to consider:

Hopefully you will look at making one of these a part of your dogs everyday life! Stop by any Two Bostons store to see all of our supplements and feel free to ask one of our Team Members for help with choosing the right one for you and your dog.

So….it is almost the New Year! And with the new year we all want to strive to be the best we can be!  This year we want you also to make sure that your pets live the best and most healthy life possible. Each month in 2016 we will be having a different educational focus to make sure you can be the best pet parent possible…here are five things that you can start to do today to make that happen, and a preview of what you can expect to learn more about this year from us!

  1. Running-With-Dog-1Exercise, Exercise, Exercise ~ It is important for us…it is important for them too!  The best way to maintain a healthy weight is exercise.  That could mean walking more, running, chasing, anything that gets the heart pumping. An unhealthy weight can lead to many health issues…so it’s time to break out that leash and get moving.
  2. 5a2f0fcddb77f334c8ef41df3963f895Feed Appropriate Diet & Supplements ~ Make 2016 the year your pets eats the best diet possible…this means a diet that closely resembles what a dog would eat in the wild.  We recommend raw diets; however, we know that is not doable for everyone, so more importantly a grain free diet is extremely important.  Much like our lives, your dog’s diet can’t be expected to cover every need his or her body has, so we recommend supplements that fits your dogs lifestyle and needs.
  3. dogs-playing-at-dog-parkBe Social ~ Can you imagine going through your life never talking to another human being?  I can’t!  Let your dog get out there and make friends.  Check out some of our local dog parks and let your dog be a dog.  There are many ways to help your dog socialize…and you’ll have fun too!
  4. nina-ottoson-dog-finder_c-g Play More ~ All work and no play makes Fido a dull boy…or at the very least a naughty boy, because he is constantly getting into things he shouldn’t.  Go through your dog’s toys and weed out the ones that are worn, broken, or simply are not played with.  If you haven’t done so yet, get a puzzle toy to stimulate your dog’s brain.  Or, get a toy that you can play with together.  We have many to choose from that are just the right size and durability for your pooch.  Let us help you pick the perfect toy!
  5. 25666036-origpic-7cf762Hydration Station ~ Fresh water is key to keeping your dog healthy.  Whether that is in your home, on a walk or on the road, it is important that you always have a supply of fresh water available to your pooch.  A raised feeder is the perfect way to offer your dog water (and food) that promotes a healthy posture and ease of swallowing.  The Drinkwell is another great way to offer your dog fresh water.  And for when you are on the go, portable drink dispensers are the way to go!

1de3189bbc6a24d16df518a7e6e3d994So here are the five easy ways to start the year off right for you and your dog!  We are looking forward to providing you with the best year yet…it is going to be jam packed with information to help you be the best pet parent you can be, you will get it from Seminars, Blogs, Events, Newsletters, Social Media and other fun activities and community partnerships!