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Did you know May is National Pet Month? Why not celebrate by taking your dog on a road trip this summer!

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To a dog, motoring isn’t just a way of getting from here to there; it’s also a thrill and an adventure. The mere jingle of car keys is enough to send most any dog into a whimpering, tail-wagging frenzy.

~ Jon Winokur

Instead of leaving your dog behind with a pet sitter, allow your dog the thrilling experience of a car ride. Before you hit the road, here are a few preparation tips to get you ready for the journey ahead.

We put together this handy Dog Travel Tips Inforgraphic to help get your prepared for the next time your take your dog on a road trip.

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The dawn of a new year is upon us, and with it is the gleam and dazzle of so much potential and promise. Everyone loves this time of year because of the opportunities that await us: chants of “This is the year!” and “Everything will be different” run rampant through our minds.

How To Make The New Year, A New Year

Well, that’s fine and all, but not quite how it works.

What I’m trying to say is, 2015 will be exactly like 2014 in the sense that it will be shaped and molded by you.

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November has welcomed us in with a chilly embrace (although knowing Michigan, we’re bound to have at least one more 85 degree headscratcher).

This month houses some pretty important dates: Black Friday for the bargain-hunters, Veterans Day to honor our soldiers, and November 18th, which we all know as being National Only-37-Days-Left-Till Christmas Day.

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But nestled comfortably in this month is one of our most time-honored traditions: Thanksgiving Day.

Many families will gather together around the table that day, sharing stories and laughs through mouthfuls of turkey, stuffing, and all the other staples of the holiday. It’s during these moments that we share in the company of our relatives, both loved and estranged (everyone has an Uncle Eddie in their family.)

Believe it or not, these moments are what make up this wonderful holiday.

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While volunteering for the Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing, one of the available raffle items immediately caught the eye of Jenifer Thomas.

It was a raffle for the chance to win a fire truck ride to school courtesy of the Hartland Fire Department.

Jenifer’s son, Noah, is an energetic and fun loving 11 year old boy with autism, who just happens to love all kinds of trucks. And not just regular pickup trucks mind you, but big trucks. And if those big trucks happen to have flashing lights and sirens? Then all the better.

Winning the raffle would be a perfect surprise for Noah.

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Four years ago a tradition was started at LaFontaine Cadillac Buick GMC with an event that we now call the LaFontaine Family Fun Fest.

Local residents and the families of our employees were invited in to the dealership to enjoy a safe and fun alternative to Halloween trick-or-treating.

Each year since, the Fun Fest has been an event that we all look forward to.

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Because it has always been such an enjoyable event for kids and adults alike, it made sense to hold a Fun Fest at more of our locations.

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October has arrived, and with it one of the greatest holidays to ever start with an ‘H’…….Halloween!

There are many things to love about this occasion: the spooky decorations, eating enough candy to help a dentist retire, the fact that it’s almost Christmas (although, people have been saying that since July).

5 Clever Halloween Costume Ideas for your Car

Yet perhaps the most defining part of Halloween, is the large variety of costumes that people sport.

Everyone loves dressing up for Halloween. Whether you’re going as a scary vampire, or going as that adorable Snow White/Prince Charming duo, costumes are a staple of the holiday. What better way to go all out than by dolling up your car for Halloween as well?

Here are a few classic “costume ideas” for your car:

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Today Last Day Dog Rescue (LDDR) announced a first in fundraising. LDDR, a not for profit animal rescue, will partner with our team at LaFontaine Subaru in Commerce Township, MI to “Stuff a Subaru” during its August adoption event, beginning 12:00noon – 3:00pm EST, Saturday, August 30, 2014.

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During the family friendly adoption event, attendees are encouraged to bring a donation of pet food and pet supplies to help “stuff” the Subaru.

Sponsored by NASH 93.1, Costco, Veterinary Care Specialists and Silver Bone Pet Styling Salon – pet lovers and potential adopters will be treated to on-site dog training from Veterinary Care Specialist, tips about the benefits of grooming from Silver Bone Pet Styling and light refreshments and snacks compliments of Costco.

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We’ve all had that moment: driving along, and your car makes a noise like a polar bear inside a dryer. We hear it….and ignore it. Or we pray that it goes away. Because we know that, if we take it to get looked at, they may give us that most grim of diagnoses for car owners: you’re gonna need to get a new vehicle.

And maybe we’ve heard that before. And another time. But for reasons near and dear to us, we can’t bear to part with the car. Maybe it’s financial reasons, or maybe it’s a gift your grandparents got you when you turned 16. Either way, it can be tough to let go of such an important part of your life.

Moving-On-Kids-Cars-College-TitleYou’re not the only ones having this sort of problem. We’re in August, which means kids will soon be filing back to school. For some parents, their kids will be going to college. The same kids that they’ve packed lunches for, checked homework for, driven around for school projects and homecoming dances….they’ll soon be off on their own. This can be very scary for parents, and they may not know what to do.

But it’s funny; you can handle both situations the same way…..remember the good times, and move on.

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So you have your road trip destination picked out and you are looking forward to having a stress free journey. The only thing left to do is make sure that no matter how long your trip, you have everything you need to make it a success.

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There’s a lot to keep track of before hitting the road and for that reason I wanted to share with your this Cheat Sheet of 9 Road Trip Essentials.

Keep this cheat sheet handy, and you’ll be able to kick back, relax and enjoy the ride.

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.

~ Greg Andersen

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1. Bring a First Aid Kit (Just In Case)

Do you have a first aid kit in your car at all times? I’m going to guess that most of us don’t.

Let’s face it, accidents happen and can sometimes be inevitable. Whether it’s a scrapped knee from your child’s ill-advised sprint (and subsequent fall) across the Dairy Queen parking lot or something a tad more serious, having a first aid kit is a great way to ensure the safety of your loved ones.

The real questions is what items should you keep stocked in your kit?

At minimum, be sure your first aid kit contains motion sickness remedies, pain killers, anti-bacterial cream and bandages.

If you want to be as prepared as a Boy Scout, check out what they recommend for their first aid kits.

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Shopping for a vehicle online will never be the same again, thanks to Cat Mode – the newest feature on FamilyDeal.com.

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Cat Mode, which went live today, allows visitors to FamilyDeal.com to change all the pictures of cars to pictures of cats with the click of the mouse.

Jason Stum, Digital Marketing Manager for the LaFontaine Automotive Group, stopped by to talk about this game changing feature.

“Cat Mode is here today due to one simple fact: People love cats on the Internet. You can’t log on to Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest and not see an endless stream of cute little kitties. It was a no brainer to bring this kind of cuteness to our own website. ”

When asked what the connection is between cars and cats, Stum explained.

“Other than the obvious similarity in spelling? I mean switch out an ‘r’ for a ‘t’ and there you have it. Cars to Cats, just like that. And that’s how easy it is to use Cat Mode, it’s just one click of a button. ”

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