December Newsletter! Happy Holidays!

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Christian the Lion Remembers His Owner Well

Most of us are all well aware that YouTube is a website that allows you to share your videos with friends, family, and the world.

But sometimes we come across a video that warms the heart. There are so many videos that seem to out-of-this-world and so ridiculous that they are not worth adding to the playlists.

I recently stumbled upon this one about a man and his lion, and thought I would share it with you. I found it be very moving and uplifting. Perhaps, like me, you will find that the connection between man and animal is not as far apart as once believed.

Will this one become one of your favorites?

We Love All Dogs Big and Small

Ernie's Mastiff Puppy

A Mastiff Puppy.

Here at Monroe Place we love dogs of all sizes. But if you are planning on giving a big pup a home, the task of choosing the right dog for a small apartment can be difficult.

After doing some research, I was surprised to find that there are numerous large-breed dogs that are well-suited for apartment living.

Here is what I’ve found so far:

  • Mastiff – Mastiffs are huge so when my friend told me they are actually perfect for apartments, I called him crazy. Come to find out, they really are! Because of their massive size, they tend to be lazy. Being calm-mannered dogs, they aren’t “yappers” either. His parents have two mastiffs and I have only heard them bark when they feel there is danger. Also, they don’t require a ton of exercise so a large backyard or constant walks are not necessary.
  • Greyhound – My cousin has a greyhound and it is, by far, the sweetest dog I have ever encountered. Though she is a large, lean dog, she sees herself as a lapdog, always trying to snuggle on the couch. Greyhounds are good apartment dogs because they are so mellow and sweet. They require a bit more exercise than a mastiff would but still not so much that it would cut into your daily routine.
  • Great Dane – I would only recommend a Great Dane for someone that can make a commitment to daily jogs. Though Great Danes are mild mannered dogs that do not bark a lot and tend to be lazy around the house, they do need to get out a lot more than the other dogs listed.

Do you live with a big dog in your apartment? What is your favorite breed?

A Friendly Collar Style for Every Friendly Face

Different collars of dress shirts

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Fellas, have you ever given much thought to the style of the collar of your shirt? Are you interested in the latest styles and trends? Or do you just throw it together in the morning and go?

Well, you probably don’t give much thought to your wardrobe but in fact there is a right collar for every occasion and for every face.

A traditional well-designed collar forms a perfect “V” at the neck. But whatever the style, make sure it fits well. There should be about a finger’s width of space between your neck and the collar – no more, no less.

Did you know that you can even find magnetic collar stays nowadays which will keep your collar flips in exactly the position you are looking for.

Remember to remove any “stays” in the collar prior to washing and save them for insertion once your shirt is cleaned.

Will you consider these various collars the next time you shop? Who are some of your favorite designers whose shirts fit you well?

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