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Bath Time for Fido

If you’ve taken a stroll around our beautiful grounds here at Altis Sand Lake, you’ve probably noticed the shiny, new dog washing station. We’re really excited about it because we love all of the furry friends that call Sand Lake home and want to keep them just as happy as we keep their owners!

If you’ve never given a dog a bath, or have been curious about the best way to do it, read on for our step by step guide to dog washing! Always make sure you consult with your veterinarian before giving Fido his first bath.

Dog Bath

What You’ll Need:
Shampoo and conditioner specially formulated for dogs
A couple of towels
Cotton balls
A brush (a pinhead brush is best for longer hair; thicker bristles work better on short hair)

Step 1: Prep

While the coat is still dry, brush out any knots and remove as much dirt/debris as possible. If you come across any matted hair, brush around it and use scissors to gently cut it out. Did your pup come across some tree sap on your last walk together? Dab it with a little baby oil and it should come right out.

Step 2: Get in the Tub

Help Fido into the washing basin (our station has a convenient little ramp) and add about six inches of warm water. If your pup is nervous around running water or hates bath, takes this step really slow! Treats and encouragement can help an anxious animal relax and stop associating bath time with sadness. Once your pup is comfortable, hold his or her nose down (so water doesn’t flow in) and start getting their coat wet.

Step 3: Shampoo

Use a quarter size amount at a time (how much shampoo you will need depends on the size of your dog), work it into a lather, and gently massage it into you dog’s coat. Please, don’t use your own shampoo for this – pet skin has a different pH balance and requires a special formula. Shampoo your pup from head to tail, avoiding the eyes and ears as best as possible.

Step 4: Condition/Clean

If you’re using conditioner, massage a thin layer into the dog’s coat and let it sit for a few minutes. While that’s happening, take a damp cotton ball and wash away any residue around Fido’s eyes and mouth. Once you’re done, rinse very thoroughly!

Step 5: Dry and Love

Drain the washing basin and begin drying your dog while he or she is still in there. Wrap Fido in a towel and gently squeeze/pat to get the moisture out. Avoid rubbing because that will ultimately only tangle the coat and undo all of your hard work. Once most of the moisture is gone, let your dog out of the basin and let ‘em shake shake shake! While the coat is still slightly damp, brush it out and let your dog finish drying naturally. Follow with cuddles, treats, and belly rubs for optimal results!

There you have it! Washing your pup is much easier than you think and it’s especially convenient when you’re using our state-of-the-art washing stations. Now that Fido is clean and happy, maybe it’s time to check out our dog park?


New Year’s Resolutions in Orlando

We all know how New Year’s Day goes.. you wake up from your food coma and stumble over to the refrigerator bursting with last night’s deliciousness. After you’re seven leftover cookies deep, you suddenly remember those New Year’s Resolutions last night. Shock sets in first, followed by a little bit of embarrassment as you realize you promised yourself (and many of your friends) that 2016 is going to be the year. Not only will you be giving up soda, you vowed to replace Taco Bell with wholesome, organic meals in an effort to finally get healthy.

We’ve rounded up a list of our favorite Orlando restaurants where you can eat delicious food, but still stick to your healthy resolutions. Read on to find your next favorite spot for healthy dining in Orlando. 


If you’re looking for a fast food alternative.. try out Green Day Café. They’re dedicated to providing a “healthy alternative to traditional fast food,” featuring breakfast wraps made with fresh cooked eggs for a morning pick me up and loaded potatoes with a homemade ranch dressing for lunch. Not only do they make delicious food, they are mindful of their carbon footprint, control water usage, and avoid any damaging chemicals. New Year’s Resolutions have never felt so good. 

If you’re looking for a cool place to hang out.. check out Bikes, Beans, & Bordeaux (locally known as B3). Started by a group of cycling enthusiasts that shared a passion for community, healthy living, and the environment, B3 is a place where everyone feels like they belong. Grab a freshly brewed latte and a seasonal salad or soup (this month they’re featuring mixed greens topped with green apple, dried cranberries, granola, feta cheese and a home made balsamic vinaigrette served on the side). Come by in the afternoon and try a locally-brewed craft beer (they even have gluten free options) or take a look at their rotating wine list.

Whether you’re looking for somewhere to grab a quick and healthy breakfast on the way to work or a casual place where you can vibe out after a long day, Orlando has plenty of delicious cafes and restaurants that won’t derail you New Year’s Resolutions. It’s lunch time and we’ve gotta go – those loaded potatoes from Green Day Café are calling our name!