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JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE ALL THE WAY! OH WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE WITH THE WINDOW DOWN, HOORAY!

Don’t you like my remix? I’d take up writing lyrics as a side job, but I’m already working double duty this holiday season.

As always, I’m putting in my hours at Taylor King Law Firm. I interview new lawyers, accept free belly rubs from clients, and am always down to drop some knowledge about safe driving. But this year I’m taking on another SPECIAL operation. I call it OPERATION SANTA PAWS. Here, let me start from the beginning…

The other day, Santa Claus made a visit to Arkadelphia. He had a big fancy chair and beautiful backdrop set up to take pictures with (mostly screaming) kiddos and, well, ME. I wasn’t about to miss out on a celeb photo op.

I was so excited about meeting Santa, I could barely sleep the night before! I wanted to look my very best, so I didn’t even mind the bath Momma gave me! You can imagine my surprise that Santa called me by name when it was my turn for the picture! I remembered this WAS Santa Claus…he knows if you’ve been bad or good so...you know the rest.

I hopped up in Santa’s lap and gave my biggest pup smile to the camera. Then Santa told me he was hoping I’d come see him today because he has a very important favor to ask of me. THANK GOODNESS I’m potty trained, because I almost had an “excited accident” all over Santa’s lap!

Santa explained that he knew how crazy the roads could be on the holidays, which is why he prefers sleigh travel. But since that wasn’t an option for most people, he needed me to be on the lookout for all the safe drivers on the road during the holiday season. I am to report back to Santa before Christmas so that he can add those drivers to the NICE list…no matter what!

I told him I would be HONORED and would get started right away. So, PSA: I AM ON THE LOOKOUT!!!! I want to see everyone on the nice list this year, so take it from me:

1. Always wear your seatbelt!
2. NEVER text and drive. It is illegal, so that has “naughty list” written all over it.
3. Drive SOBER! Call an Uber/Lyft or have a designated driver if you plan on having any eggnog this season.
4. Don’t go anywhere in a hurry; it’s better to be a little late then end up in an accident.
5. Watch out for ice on the roads and take necessary precautions.

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Can you believe it is already November?! We all know what November means. No, not that it’s almost Christmas (although I am more than a LITTLE excited about singing carols). But before we get to Christmas, we have to celebrate one of my FAVORITE holidays. I know I say that about every holiday, but Thanksgiving truly stands above the rest...a day for giving thanks and eating ALL the good things?! C’mon, now...what could be better?

2017 has flown by, and as I look back on the year, so much has happened. I count my pup blessings every night and know that I have so much to be thankful for. I was curious about how my friends at Taylor King Law choose to celebrate, so I polled the staff to get the inside scoop.

How do your own Thanksgiving traditions stack up?
turkey hamsidedish
travelpie
paradefootball
leftovers

This year I’ve considered making my own turkey. The lawyers gave me some good tips on what NOT to do…

Jay Neal: We had just moved into our first house in Arkadelphia and I invited my brother and sister over for thanksgiving. I woke up that morning ready to do some cooking...ad realized I forgot to take the turkey out of the freezer the night before. I had to soak it for five hours in hot water before I could get the turkey to thaw enough to do anything with it. Believe it or not, it was still delicious and we had a great meal.

Rusty Mitchell: My family ordered dinner one year thinking it was prepared and it was all frozen, so we had to wait an hour or so to heat it all up.

JP Phillips: I attempted to fry a turkey two years ago and burned it to a crisp. It was completely inedible. Luckily we also had a ham, so Thanksgiving was saved.

Top 3 things some of our lawyers are thankful for this year:

Taylor King: My new grandson Taylor Woods King, my family and friends, and my law practice
Austin King: Taylor Woods, the great friends I have in my life, and a new Star Wars movie!
JP Phillips: Family, friends, and the fact that the Arkansas Legislature is not in session next year.

A little attorney advice to stay safe on the road with Thanksgiving traffic:

Taylor King: Turn off your cell phone; do not respond to texts while driving; remember that distracted driving is the #1 cause of car wrecks.
Austin King: Make sure you are well rested as you travel long distances. Take a break if you are feeling sleepy.
JP Phillips: Never go anywhere in a rush. Arriving 20 minutes late to Thanksgiving dinner is much better than being involved in an accident.

Is there a Thanksgiving dish you can’t live without?

Taylor King: My wife Terri's bacon-wrapped green beans and my mother-in-law Julia’s chocolate pie.
Austin King: Homemade rolls!!!
JP Phillips: Pecan Pie!

If, like me, you like to reminisce on Thanksgivings past, take a look at what I’ve been thankful for in 2015 and 2016!
Gobble Gobble Y’all - It’s Been a Thankful Fall
My Thanksgiving Thankful List

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BOO! Just kidding; my costume isn’t anything scary this year for Halloween…I’M A LAWYER! Don’t I look the part?

When I dress up, I like to look AND act the part, so I decided it would be a good idea to interview some of the attorneys at Taylor King Law and learn about their Halloween faves.


What’s a funny Trick-Or-Treating story from when you were little?

Joe Woodward: “My favorite memory of trick-or-treating is probably the year we came home to find my dad, whom we had left in charge of the house, making kids he deemed “too old” for trick or treating beat him in a dance-off to get their candy.”

Taylor King: “When I was young we lived out in the country, so we did not have a neighborhood to ask for candy. So my mother would always take me and my brother Mark into town where the houses were closer together. I can remember this one especially unfriendly lady who ran us off her block because we weren’t "her neighborhood" kids. It’s one of those childhood memories that pops back up from time to time, and it reminds me to always work hard at being inclusive when it comes to my neighbors and the people with whom I come into contact.”


What was your favorite Halloween Costume and what will you be this year?

Bret Thompson: “Favorite goes to a (cute) pirate. This year I'll be dressed up as Mr. Dad, but my boys are going to go as Batman, Leonardo, and a pumpkin.”

Taylor King: “Definitely Batman! My brother Mark was always my wingman, Robin. But this year I am going to be my favorite President, LBJ.”

Joshua Adkerson: “NINJA! And obviously, I’m going to be a Ninja again this year!”

Mark Pearson: “My all-time favorite was the RED Power Ranger- specifically Red. This year I’m going as Forest Gump.”


Any Halloween Traditions (past or current)?

Taylor King: “Enjoying the decorations and vowing never to watch scary movies!”

Joshua Adkerson: “No doubt, Haunted Houses!”

Jay Neal: “I always enjoy dressing up with my girls for Halloween. I think this year we're planning on being characters from the Wizard of Oz.”

Rusty Mitchell: “This year, for Halloween, I'm going to the Tiny Hands Monster Bash. It’s a costume party and fundraiser for the Family Home of Little Rock. The Family Home provides a place to stay for folks who live outside of Little Rock and are receiving cancer treatment at UAMS. The Family Home also provides a place to stay for parents with babies in the NICU at UAMS. The party is a lot of fun, and has a silent auction, raffles, etc. Great folks, good times, and for a great cause.”


Do you have a favorite Halloween Candy? What candy do you pass out at your home?

Taylor King: “I like lots of plain M&Ms, candy corn, and frozen 3 Musketeers bars! But I typically pass out Snickers; I found out they make me and the rest of the world less Hangry.”

Bret Thompson: “For me it’s KitKats all the way! But I give out a variety of the classics. You know: M&M’s, Snickers, Milky Ways.”

Joshua Adkerson: “Bret is right…KitKats are the best, but I hand out Sixlets and Nerds.”


LAST! What is your best Halloween Safety Tip?

Taylor King: “Wear reflective colors/clothes. Not only will you be safe; what’s cooler than a glow-in-the-dark costume?”

Bret Thompson: “Don't dress in all dark clothing, and don’t go alone!”

Jay Neal: “My family likes to stay off the street and go to Fall Festivals at churches and community centers for fun and games and a protected enclosed environment.”

Joe Woodward: “The best Halloween safety tip I have is to use the buddy system!”

Joshua Adkerson: “Don’t go to a house without a light on.”

Mark Pearson: ”Always travel in groups!”


Happy Halloween from all the lawyers (including me!) at Taylor King Law!

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As you all know, I am a pup with style. I follow all the fashion rules: no white after Labor Day, pastels in the spring, and warmer colors in the fall.

So I was understandably shocked when October rolled around and I began seeing shades of pink EVERYWHERE. I’m not just talking about people wearing magenta, which would have been more acceptable, but there were shades of baby pink, bubble gum pink, Barbie pink , hot pink, light pink, even Tickle Me Pink!!!

It was even impacting sports. I saw team after team of football players and cheerleaders incorporating these colors into their uniforms!

After I ensured my vision wasn’t going wonky, I did what any good pup does when they need a question answered: Google. And lo and behold, typing “pink” in the search engine yielded these top three results: pink ribbon, pink ribbon breast cancer, and pink cancer awareness. I have a nose for a good cause, and I could tell I had just hit jackpot!

As it turns out, everyone hasn’t changed the fashion trends on me. Instead, National Breast Cancer Month is recognized during the month of October in hopes of raising money to fund breast cancer research as well as bringing awareness to the importance of early detection in the fight against breast cancer.

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women, and early detection through annual screening tests can catch the cancer when it is easier to treat. This increases a woman’s chances of getting proper treatment and living a long, full life.

I’ll wearing my special pink flower all month long in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month – I hope people who stop to compliment my style will come away with increased awareness of how this disease impacts so many women.

I hope you’ll join me in spreading a little pink around your community throughout October. If you’d like to do more, there are many fundraisers that support cancer research – ever heard of “Race for the Cure?” Lace up your running shoes this weekend, October 14, and jog a 5K for a cause. Not a runner? You can also donate to help the foundation reach its goal! Find a race or make a donation here: Race for the Cure.

Many of us at Taylor King Law have a friend or loved one who has been impacted by breast cancer. We are committed to supporting breast cancer research and raising awareness for early detection.

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How’s it going, everyone? As you already know, I’m a dog of MANY talents: I write my own songs (see Bradi Bear’s Dog Park Ode for proof) and star in commercials. I balance working at a law office AND keeping up a social life at the park.

SHOOT, people - I have my own blog, and I am only three years old! Anyways I’m telling you all of this because I have recently discovered yet another talent of mine…. I’m a pretty funny comedian. Don’t believe me? I’ll share a few jokes. Get ready to actually LOL…

Q: What do you call a dinosaur in a car accident?
A: A tyrannosaurus wreck.

Q: What kind of cars to cats drive?
A: Catillacs

Q: Why did the dog cross the road?
A: To get to the “barking” lot!

Q: Why did the policeman give the sheep a ticket?
A: He made an illegal ewe turn.

Q: What kind of snakes are found on cars?
A: Windshield Vipers

Q: What do bees do if they want to use public transport?
A: Wait at a buzz stop!

Q: What is the difference between a car and a bull?
A: A car only has one horn

Q: What’s the fastest dog in the world?
A: A Labraghini

Q: What happens when a frog’s car breaks down?
A: It gets toad.

Q: What do you call a cat in a station wagon?
A: car-pet

For more fun reads like this one, check out some of my other blogs!

Bradi Bear's Cookbook Recipes for Sweet Treats and Safe Driving

Bradi Bear's Christmas Carol Remix

 

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EXTRA, EXTRA…READ ALL ABOUT IT!!!

Taylor King Law has some BIG NEWS! Two, I repeat: TWO of our attorneys passed the Arkansas Bar last week! We all would like to congratulate Mark Pearson and Robbie White for this huge accomplishment!

Since these are two of the newest members of our Taylor King Law team, I wanted to get to know them a little better. I thought you, our friends, might like to meet them as well! So I gave them a call and put together what I like to call Bradi Bear’s Fave Five (copyright coming soon). Enjoy!

1. Why did you decide to become a Lawyer?

Mark Pearson: I decided to become a lawyer because I wanted a challenging career. A lawyer is faced with many complex problems on a daily basis, and I love that.

Robbie White: I am very competitive, and I love to argue.

2. What are some of your favorite hobbies?

Mark: I collect vinyl records; anything from the Rolling Stones to Kendrick Lamar. I also love traveling and experiencing new cultures and people.

Robbie: I love golfing, hunting, watching sports, Netflix bingeing, playing board games, and hanging out with my wife and our cat, Reese.

3. What is your favorite drink from Sonic?

Mark: The OG: Cherry Limeade.

Robbie: Ocean Water, because it turns your tongue blue!

4. What is your favorite thing about your job?

Mark: As a former athlete, I enjoy the preparation, competition, and excitement of success that comes with being a trial attorney.

Robbie: When people need someone to turn to, I get to help them and give them advice.

5. If you HAD to choose, would you rather have a rawhide chew or a tennis ball?

Mark: Rawhide!

Robbie: Tennis ball. Every time.

Our two new attorneys had some great answers! Although they have a few differences (personally, I think the rawhide vs. tennis ball debate can be VERY polarizing), they love working hard and helping clients like the rest of our team at Taylor King Law!

If you’ve been injured in Arkansas and need legal help, Mark, Robbie, and the rest of our legal team will be ready to help. With offices across Arkansas, you’re never far from a Taylor King Law office. They’ll be On Your Side, By Your Side – and I heard they’ll throw in a squeaky toy if you ask nicely!

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Hey everyone! A VERY big day is coming up. It is one of my faves because 1) it’s a holiday; 2) it’s for a good cause; and 3) it’s ALL ABOUT DOGS.

You guessed it, National Dog Day falls on August 26!

So what’s so special about August 26? I wanted to get to the bottom of this, so I did what I also do when top-notch snooping is needed: a Google search.

As it turns out, National Dog Day is August 26 because that is when the holiday’s founder, Colleen Paige, adopted her first shelter pup. She seemed like a pretty cool human to me - after all, she established this important day - so I decided to read more!

National Dog Day isn’t simply a day to post selfies with your pets (although I’m always up for a selfie). Its purpose is to raise awareness about the pups who love you as pets, protect you as police dogs, guide you as service dogs, and much, much more!

This got me thinking about how I can contribute on National Dog Day. I talked to Taylor King and we agreed that car rides are 10x more fun with a pup in the seat next to you. I mean, HOW COOL is it to watch me with the window down, wind in my face, and tongue out?! No one ever makes a Facebook video of humans hanging out the window, I’m just saying.

This led to a startling realization: I’m one of the only pups I know who regularly wears her seatbelt! I then knew it was MY DUTY on Dog Day to get the word out about how to drive safely with your pet! Get out your pen and takes some notes…

Medium- to large-sized dogs are always safest when secured with a harness while in the car. Small dogs should ride in carriers. It sounds simple, right? But for some reason, two out three dog owners let their pups ride with no harness, carrier, leash...nothing! We have to get those numbers DOWN, y’all.

We all know it’s dangerous for humans to ride without a seatbelt. That’s why it’s against the law. We dogs need the same protection from the people who love us! National Dog Day is a great day to begin securing your pet safely in the car.

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August is a month full of celebrations! Not only is it my BIRTHDAY MONTH, but it’s also known as National Family Fun Month.

That in itself is an exciting thing, but for my family this year, it’s super-DUPER exciting news...you know why?! It just got a little bigger!

That’s right, Attorney Austin King and his wife Jillian had their first child last week!!! Taylor Woods King (named after the one and only Taylor King himself) is making everyone in the Taylor King family downright giddy. Apparently pups aren’t allowed in the hospital labor and delivery section, but everyone reported that he is very special.

I can’t wait to meet the little guy and do lots of FAMILY FUN THINGS together all of August. I’ve come up with a long list of all the activities I enjoy doing with Taylor King, and I’m hoping someday little Taylor Woods will like doing them too!

1. Water the Plants/Play in the Sprinklers: Ok, this may seem simple, but how fun (and productive) is it to cool off yourself, family, and your plants with some water hose fun?? You can play spray tag or build your own slip-and-slide with dish soap and a tarp!
2. Family-Style Meals: Not only can you all share and pass the food to one another during dinner or lunch, but you can also take it a step further and prepare the meal together! It can be so fun to work together and learn about washing, cutting, and cooking delicious food! Salad and pizza combos are always a crowd favorite, or you could go big and put all that Food Network binge-watching to good use! Either way, throw on an apron and get in the kitchen! Oh, and speaking of throwing - us pups wouldn’t mind if you’d throw some scraps on the floor!
3. Outdoors Sports! How about a good ol’ game of Frisbee (or fetch)?
4. I’m going to be honest, it is currently pretty warm for outdoor sports, so I’m offering up number 4: some good ol’ card games and board games in that air conditioning! I have a pretty good poker face, if I do say so myself.
5. Popcorn and a Movie Marathon: This combo just can’t be beat. Popcorn is such a tasty treat! Pick a favorite movie series and watch one movie every night (or once a week) all snuggled up with your family!
6. Try a new Sonic slush or half-priced milkshake (after 8:00 pm) once a week! Bonus: you can bring your puppy friend and sit outside at the picnic tables...the smell of french fries is doggy heaven!

Looking for ways to keep the family fun going all year long? Try this: at the start of each month, let each family member choose one thing they’d like to do as a family. You can set price limits and other parameters to keep things realistic. The only rule? You have to follow through! I guarantee you’ll make great memories and grow closer!

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Hey everybody! I thought I’d catch everyone up on a typical day at the park. And what better way to do so than with an original song?? So to the tune of the “Who Let the Dogs Out,” I give you...
“Who’s at the Dog Park!”

Who’s at the dog park? Who, who, who, who?!
Bradi’s at the dog park! Woof, woof, woof, woof!

When it’s nice outside, the park is bumpin'
Just hop in the car, we’ll have a ball
I tell momma to fasten that seat belt
Wherever we go we obey the law

Who’s at the dog park? Who, who, who, who?!
Bradi’s at the dog park! Woof, woof, woof, woof!

Routine at the park is pretty standard
I run, fetch, play, rest, repeat
All the pups play together
Then our owners give us treats

Who’s at the dog park? Who, who, who, who?!
Bradi’s at the dog park! Woof, woof, woof, woof!

After awhile the park gets heated
We all have fur coats after all
I bark goodbye to my pup-friends
And head on home with my tennis ball

Who’s at the dog park? Who, who, who, who?!
Bradi’s at the dog park! Woof, woof, woof, woof!

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Welcome to July! Can you believe it? In my opinion, this summer is flying by faster than a speeding ticket (and you know I don’t play around with rules of the road).

It should be NO surprise to anyone that I was researching holidays in July. Celebrating Independence Day on the 4th just got me amped for the next celebration.

AND GUESS WHAT…I didn’t have to look far for it! It is National Hot Dog Month!!!

I know we pups get our “National Best Friend Day” and “National Pet Day,” but it’s about time someone devoted an entire month to celebrating dogs!

I am, in all senses of the word, a “hot” dog. Momma keeps me looking beautiful in my shiny red coat - the daily baths are a little much if you ask me, though. And when I say coat, I mean it! This thing is like a parka sometimes...I get so toasty at the park with all this fur! - I mean it!  All I’m sayin’ is thank goodness for lakes and plastic swimming pools.

While we all know that it’s the inner beauty that counts, I’m not mad that people will be celebrating attractive pups like me every day of National Hot Dog Month! I’m thinking that means more treats, daily pupcakes, an extra scoop of food at mealtimes, and new toys on the regular!!

Oh, and I almost forgot the best part - there is this great new smell outside! Must be something seasonal in July, because it is just about everywhere I go!

After a little detective work, I believe I’ve pinpointed the scent to these large metal boxes outside that Momma calls “grills.” She always tells me to be careful around them because they are hot. Anyways, it’s definitely where this meaty smell is coming from.

It’s not a burger, and it’s not bacon. I couldn’t EXACTLY put my nose on it, and I take great prize in my sniffer, so I finally asked Momma about it.

She said it was all for HOT DOGS! THESE WERE SPECIAL TREATS FOR ME THE WHOLE MONTH OF JULY!

I know y’all think being human is really cool, with the whole “opposable thumbs” thing... …but I think the month of July alone shows who the real winners are. But don’t worry, I’ll def share a treat with y’all, too - so think of me when you grab a hot dog treat from a grill this July!

 

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How’s it going, everyone? Bradi Bear here, just blogging away. I was reminiscing on some older blog posts, back when I was new to the Taylor King team. It all started with me telling about my adventures in day-to-day life, mostly keeping Momma out of trouble.  Those posts were some pretty good reads, if you ask me!

I realize I haven’t given you a good ol’ Bradi Bear story in a while...so here we go! Nothing but the truth here, people!

Apparently, Momma and Daddy got married. I wasn’t allowed to go to the wedding...something about it being for humans only...HMPH.

In my book, marriage means I now have to share my couch, bed, and Momma with him 24/7. I also have double the amount of people to take on walks, and double the “accidentally dropped” food to clean up off the floor. Keeping this house clean is a TASK!

But it’s okay, because I’m training Daddy to give me treats more often. I’ll let you in on my secret: when I feel like it is time for Daddy training I go stand by the cookie jar where Momma keeps the treats. This is his signal.

He then pulls out a treat - most of the time it’s chicken-flavored, but I don’t discriminate. Then Daddy does a bunch of talking…this is the part we’re still trying to streamline. He talks about “sit” and “down” and “shake”. While I listen to him go on and on, I normally pop a squat and wait. Sometimes it takes so long that I just lay down.

 Finally, if I’ve waited long enough, I raise my paw as if I’m going to swat that treat right out of his hand. This usually shows him that I mean business, and he gets scared and gives me the delicious snack.

We still have some things to work on. Once, he tasted my snack before he gave it to me!! I was appalled! Momma has NEVER eaten my food! I didn’t know how to react; he could have AT LEAST asked. Like I said, he is a work in progress!

Other than that, things are going pretty good with my new roommate….more updates to come!

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Hellllo everyone! Summer has arrived - it’s PAW-TY time!

While I love the great outdoors as much as the next pup, sometimes the summer heat sends you indoors. And when that happens, nothing beats cuddling up on the couch to watch a movie. Summer vacations always need a good movie marathon… am I right?

 So get that popcorn poppin’ (and share some!) because I’ve compiled my top movies to watch this summer. I’m a pup of varied taste, so I’ve given you some action, some romance, some comedy...but there is one common theme to the list. Can you figure it out?

 Top 10 Picks for Summertime Flicks

1. Air Bud. The original is my favorite, of course. It’s hard to make a solid sequel, but let’s be honest: I’ll watch anything with golden retriever puppies.

2. Lady & the Tramp. A classic that never goes out of style. It always makes me crave spaghetti!

3. Bridesmaids. My favorite scene is...you guessed it...stealing the golden retriever puppies.

4. The Sandlot. I’m thinking The Beast and I could be friends...MAYBE.

5. Beethoven. Here’s a tip: never get in a slobber contest with a St. Bernard. They win every time.

6. 101 Dalmatians. While I cannot IMAGINE having 100 brother and sisters, c’mon Mom...maybe just one?!

7. Bolt. I MEAN. Dog + superpowers? Is there anything better?

8. Must Love Dogs. Because I mean…it’s def on my list of important character traits.

9. Because of Winn-Dixie. “The book was better,” you say? Blah blah blah. I know. But it’s still a great movie.

10. The Wizard of Oz. In my humble opinion, Toto stole the show.

 

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Momma says I'm a "full bred golden," but I'm not totally convinced.

If you ask me I think I've got some fish in my blood. I LOVE the water. Sprinklers, puddles, and (shallow) lakes are always calling my name: "Bradi Bear, come splash in me," they say. It's the truth.

Now baths...those are a different story. But the great outdoor's water supply? I just can't get enough. 

I actually discovered recreational water during a call of duty.

Let me tell you MY version of the story, because apparently, it differs SLIGHTLY from Momma's.  She is always forgetting details.

So, my first experience with water (outside of a bath) was a trip to the lake. Now you can see why I was a little wary of what appeared to me to be a GIANT (greenish) bath.

My suspicions grew when Momma strapped a bright orange life jacket on me. Why did I need a floatation device? WHAT WAS SHE PLANNING?

We finally hopped on a speed boat, and everything improved. If you can believe it, it was 10 times better than riding in the car with the windows down! I was beginning to think this whole "lake" thing was going to be alright...UNTIL the boat stopped.

Noodles and more life jackets appeared from nowhere. Everyone started moving around and rocking the boat. Then the unimaginable happened.

People actually JUMPED INTO that green abyss.

I was so frantic! People were safe and sound one minute, then the next - gone!

Nobody seemed to notice the drastic change of events, so I knew it was up to me to save them all. I conjured up all my pup courage and ran to the rescue! With one heroic jump I plunged into the water after the first distressed passenger. I tried running towards them, but my little pup legs couldn't find any solid surface. I kicked and kicked and realized that was doing the trick (yes, if you're wondering, I am a completely self-taught swimmer). I think I'm the reason they've coined the term "doggie paddle"- maybe you've heard of it. 

I quickly U-turned and showed off my new skill all the way back to the boat. Thankfully, the others caught onto my technique and followed my lead. ALL WAS WELL. They all thanked me later for saving them...with belly rubs.

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Summer is approaching, and that means long, sunny days - perfect for exploring Arkansas! What could be better than spending the day enjoying all that our beautiful state has to offer? Well, let me tell ya: a day spent enjoying it with your best four-legged friend, that's what! 

While I may not be able to join you inside a restaurant for dinner, and movie theaters aren't really my scene (the loud noises remind me too much of thunder...NO THANKS), I have good news. Arkansas is The Natural State, where kids and adults of all ages can find some outdoor fun... And outdoor fun is my FAVORITE kind of fun!

If you've never ventured out beyond taking your pup for a walk around the block, you might be surprised to learn that there are a lot of dog-friendly attractions near you. Think outside the box and try one this weekend! Here's a few of my fave options: 

1. Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. Digging in the dirt? Well, that's a pup's favorite pastime! We can help you sniff out a diamond or, even better, a BONE!

2. Garven Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, Arkansas. You're not the only one who likes to stop and smell the roses. They have a dog-friendly patio and lots of great walking trails here! 

3. Movies in the Park in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas. They show free movies at First Security Amphitheater all through the summer months and welcome puppy pals! Just be sure to clean up after us and bring a leash!

4. Dog Parks (aka Bark Parks). Socializiation is important for a pup. You'll find local parks in Little Rock, Hot Springs, Maumelle, Benton, Bentonville, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Rogers...and the list goes on! 

5. Hot Springs National Park - another feature in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Remember, humans and pups BOTH have to stay on the trails here...no more jumping in those hot springs!

6. River Market District in Little Rock. In this hoppin' downtown area, there's a local farmer's market and even some restaurants where pups are welcome (on a leash).  

7. Belle of Hot Springs Riverboat in Hot Springs. There's nothing like feeling the lake's cool breeze in my fur! Take a ride with your pup on Lake Hamilton as long as you keep them on a leash and on the outdoor decks!

Am I missing any two-paws-up attractions in Arkansas? Let me know - I'm always up for an outdoor adventure! 

 

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Bradi Bear's Arkansas storm safety guide

I am not the biggest fan of storms....honestly, I chant the song "Rain, rain go away, come again another day" anytime it starts raining outside. Now I know some of you are "rain is relaxing and my favorite kind of weather" people...but hear me out.

1. Do you ever have to use the restroom in the rain? No. So I'll tell you how much fun it is, as someone for whom it is the ONLY option. None.

2. Rain ruins perfectly good park days. Indoors doesn't have nearly as much running room.

3. Rain brings thunder, and thunder is loud. Loud noises are not my friend.

So April is here and in Arkansas, you know what that means...sunshine one day, a monsoon the next! You never know what you are going to get...it could even change mid-day! That reminds me of a very traumatic story.

So Momma and I have been working on this thing called "trust" lately. It consists of how long I'm allowed to stay out in the house unsupervised while she runs errands. I gain trust when she comes back to everything as she left it, and apparently lose trust when things aren't so tidy when she returns.

Who knew she didn't like half chewed blankets or sheet corners?! I thought it gave the room character. Anyways...

I had been gaining lots of trust lately while Momma went to the grocery store or ran quick errands. So she decided I was ready to be left for a full day (she was going to come back for potty breaks of course). It was a really pretty day and momma left the blinds open for me to patrol all things happening outside.

Only a few hours later that the sky turned black and rain started pouring. The thunder was shaking the entire place, I swear! I had no idea WHAT to do or WHERE to go! Obviously it made the most sense to begin shredding every rug in sight.

Once the rug was in tatters, I remembered the safety of my kennel. I darted in there and curled in the back corner until Momma finally got home, AGES later. She claims it was only 15 minutes after the storm started but that woman must be crazy.

These days, I don't get to be left out much for longer then a quick trip to the mail box... RIP, rugs.

In all seriousness, us pets don't understand storms! They scare the living daylights out of us and we really don't know how to protect ourselves. I felt better in my kennel because I knew it as safe and it diminished some of the noise from outside.

Having this option for your own pet can help calm them during a storm. I also felt much better when Momma got home and could be with me. I didn't like being alone and she didn't seem upset about the storm. I could pick up on her calmness and felt reassured that things would be okay. Still not a fan of storms though.

As scary as storms can be at home, they're even worse on the road! Check out Taylor King's blog post for tips for driving safely through rain and stormy Arkansas weather. 

 

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Hey everyone! I've been hanging around the Taylor King Law Firm and boy, do I have some stories for you! I was asking the attorneys how they all became the great drivers they are today, and they shared some funny tales of the "potholes" they hit along the way.

And guess what?! Taylor King himself had the most to share! I picked some of my favorite driving stories to tell yall:

"I actually didn't get my license until I was in college. After getting married and moving 30 minutes away from the school's campus, I realized I had to have a license. I took driver's education in high school but still had to take a driver's test. At that point it had been years since I have driven, so my mother-in-law gave me driving lessons! We definitely bonded over the experience." - Noelle Skaff

"Once before I was old eough to drive, my oldest brother and I were at home talking and he brought up the subject of driving. I was somewhat curious about learning to drive but was still content taking the bus to school at that point. But being the bossy big brother he was (and still is at times), he talked me into getting behind the wheel of his car and going for a spin. He considered it my first "driving lesson" - but to make a long story short, we didn't get very far before we ended up needing a tow car. I was traumatized by that little ride of ours for quite a while!" - Britt Johnson

 "Not long after I got my first license, I got into a fender-bender. I was driving a 1991 Chevy Lumina, my grandmother's old car, so of course we didn't have the collision insurance that would have paid for the damage. Instead, my dad sent me to his mechanic friend's shop and had me do body work myself with a little help from the pros. I started with a white car and ended up with a white car with a blue hood and fender." - Jay Neal

"When I was in college I spent more time push-starting my five-speed Opel Manta than actually driving it! One year during spring break my mother let me borrow her Ford LTD station wagon to drive to Big Ben National Park with my friends. We would have to make stops to fill up the oil in the engine - on a 13-hour trip to the border of Mexico! When we finally got there, we may or may not have slipped across the Rio Grande river to eat tacos.

But my favorite story? It'd have to be the time I was planning my move from Arkadelphia to Fayetteville to attend law school. I didn't have the money to rent a UHaul, so a generous friend offered to loan me his truck. He forgot to mention that it was a DUMP TRUCK. Needless to say, I made some other arrangements." - Taylor King

 

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You read that title correctly! This month marks my two-year Work Anniversary (work-iversary...get it?!) here at Taylor King Law. It's hard to believe that it's been two whole years since Taylor King asked me to join his team permanently - and BOY has it been a great two years!

So much has happened: multiple TV segments have been shot featuring yours truly, new billboards can be seen all over Arkansas, new offices have been opened, we've lost and celebrated the life of good ol' cousin Buddy, and new lawyers have joined the Taylor King family (including one, Austin King, who really IS Taylor King's family). 

So how did I, an average pup with humble beginnings, get to where I am today - a pup with professional headshots, trending personal injury lawyer blog, and her very own facebook page? I'll start from the beginning...

Bradi Bear and Taylor King: The Early Years

It all started when Taylor King's daughter Maggie decided she was ready for a pup of her own. She'd been raised to love golden retrievers; Buddy and Lady King were both members of the King family since she was eight years old. So it was a no-brainer that she needed to have a golden as well.

That's where I come in! Maggie couldn't resist my adorable face and snuggly personality from the first time we met. And just like that, Maggie became my new Momma and I was adopted into the King family; little did I know I had a TV star as a puppy-cousin! 

Momma drove me in for a Hogs game on my first trip to Arkansas. I decided to skip the loud cheering and crowds for a nap and rawhide chew back at Taylor King's home. Apparently I made a great first impression on the entire King family, so much so that they invited me out to the commercial shoot the next morning. "We'll just see how it goes," Momma told me.

Before I knew it I scored a cameo spot in one of the commercials alongside my cousin Buddy, Taylor King's original sidekick! I was so honored and a little camera shy if we are being honest. And that was that- Momma and I packed up and headed back to her school in Texas. Until....

Bradi Bear Hits the Big Time 

I WENT VIRAL! Everyone loved the cute new pup in Taylor King's commercials. He was getting calls left and right asking about me and if I was in the office for a visit!

Taylor King called up Momma right then and there and told her he needed more Bradi Bear! Who could blame him? I begged and pleaded Mom to let me go back and dive right into this newfound fame...she told me I was getting a big head and to slow my roll. Hmph.

But a few months later, in March, Momma was finally convinced to let me join the Taylor King Law firm!!! I signed my contract (lawyers love contracts) and began writing blogs and posting pictures of my day-to-day activities! What a dream job...it was so fun just telling my fans what I was up to!

But the more I hung around Taylor King and his attorneys, the more interested I got in the personal injury side of things. It is pretty fascinating! I asked Taylor King and Buddy if I could shadow them and learn the ropes...AND THEY SAID YES! So here I am, people: one snuggly pup with a face you can't tell "no" (or so I've heard), going two years strong at Taylor King Law! 

And I'm just getting started! 

 

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Never fear - I have NOT personally been in an accident. But the heading got your attention, didn't it?!

Recently, Taylor King and I were talking business over some pupcakes. He told me that the hardest part about a personal injury case for clients is that they don't always know what the expect! When you've been working as long as Taylor King has, these things become second nature. But when you've been injured in your first ever car wreck, how are you supposed to know what's going on?!

I can confirm that there are so many moving parts behind the scenes. You have case managers, insurance, medical records, and much much more...which makes it hard to know how long it will take to settle your case and get that money in your pocket

It reminds me of how I feel when Momma takes me to the the vet! I've been there for quick checkups, but once I had to get my stomach pumped! (I ate my food...and my food bowl one time. It was a rough morning to say the least.) Long story short: I never know WHAT to expect, and it is not a good feeling.

So today, my mission is to shed some light on what you can expect with a Personal Injury Case - with a little Bradi Bear flare thrown in, of course. Let's talk timelines, y'all!

Step One:
So you've decided you want Taylor King Law Firm to help you? You'll need to put your pawprint (or signature) on a contract and a medical authorization so that we can get copies of your medical records and bills. Taylor King makes this process quick and easy! 

The way we cover the whole state, is that we have investigators all over that can get to you in about an hour. He or she will call you to schedule an appointment to get you signed up.

Step Two:
Next, we take things off your shoulders and start the claim! That means getting a copy of the accident report and calling the insurance company to let them know that we are representing you.

We do this every day, so we will help you figuring out your property damage to your vehicle, and be sure you are taken care of fairly. Once all that is taken care of, we focus on your personal injury claim AND make sure you get all the medical treatment you need.

Step Three:
When you're released from your doctor (or vet), the attonerys at Taylor King put together what we call a settlement brochure.

This is pretty much a copy of everything needed to convince the insurance company how much your case is really worth. It's everything we've gathered so far: accident reports, photographs, medical records, medical bills, and lost wage information!

It is all packaged it up and sent it to the insurance company, then negotiated back and forth like a good game of tug of war until we get you a fair settlement. 

So, WHY can't your lawyer give you an exact day when you'll get your money? Why did your friend's case settle more quickly than yours? Well, back to my story about the vet...

Every pup is different. While I was waiting to get my stomach pumped that day, I was in a waiting room with other pups (and even a cat) who had all sorts of issues...some were sick, some had cuts or infections, and one even needed surgery! Your case is not the same as your friend's, and the length of time it takes to settle depends on your injuries, your insurance company, and a whole bunch of other variables. 

Hope that helped out a little on what all goes on when you file a personal injury claim with Taylor King Law. Now if only Momma would spell out my vet visits like that...

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HAPPY VALENTINES DAY, ladies and gentlepups! I thought my faithful readers were in need of a love poem and maybe a quick history lesson too! But we'll start with the love poem...

Valentine's Day is full of sweets

Puppy dog kisses and bacon treats

No chocolate for me, only rawhide

And that catchy slogan

On your side by your side 

In my opinion, nothing says love like a good pair of puppy dog eyes. But walk in to just about any store and you are bound to see heart decorations instead. Where did this heart/love idea even come from? Have you ever wondered? WELLLLL, investigator Bradi Bear to the rescue!

Thank goodness for Google - really, I want to know how pups or people found out ANYTHING before it. Turns out the two got associated because of that "racing heart" feeling you get whenever something exciting is about to happen. As heart rate increases, so does blood flow, and that's what you hear pounding in your head whenever you get those "love" feelings. I personally get that way whenever momma breaks out the treat box, but I get excited pretty easily.

So I got to clicking around during my search and got to the more medical information about our hearts. I'm going to be honest, some of it had my head spinning with crazy terminology and diagrams of different valves and pumps. But what I took away (besides that actual organ hearts look nothing like the Valentine craft) is that the heart pumps blood and oxygen to pretty much every other part of our body. It is kind of a big deal.

It got me thinking about my own dog heart...I thought it has to be at least 5x the size of human hearts, because us pups just love so so much. Turns out a dog's hearts pumps on average 4,000 liters of blood and beats 144,000 times a day. 

And while we're on the subject of hearts, let's talk about your lawyer. Sometimes our society gives lawers a bad rap, but in reality, there are plenty who have a BIG heart for their clients. It's so important to choose a lawyer who cares about YOU, not just your case! Taylor King may not have the super-special dog heart like me (it's not his fault that he isn't a pup), but he and the other attorneys at Taylor King Law truly love the work they do and care for the clients they serve. 

Here's hoping your heart is full of love and your home is full of treats today! 

 

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When you go to hire an attorney, what are you looking for? Sure, the diplomas and licenses on their wall are pretty important...but this is a person you're going to be spending a lot of time talking to over the weeks or months! How can you know you've picked the right guy or gal?

Well, I think you should look no further than your favorite doggy pal! After all, they don't say "a dog is man's best friend" for nothin'! Us pups have some pretty PAW-some qualities that are all wrapped up in our cute cuddly bodies, and they're the same qualities you should be looking for in a lawyer! 

1. Loyalty - DUH! We are known for protecting and sticking up for own owner! We will always stick by our human's side (on your side by you side....sound familiar?) Your lawyer should also be loyal and always on your team.  

2. Determination - Ever try getting a squeaky toy away from one of us? I can put up quite a fight if you even THINK about taking one of my bacon scented toys. The lawyer you choose should put the same amount of effort and work into your case.

3. Selflessness - Ask any pup around and I bet we'd all say we are more concerned for YOU than for ourselves. Same goes for a good lawyer. An attorney should always be making decisions with the client's best interests in mind.

4. Friendliness - Anytime I encounter someone, old friend or new comer, I greet them with big tail wag and pup sniff. I believe a warm welcome and meaningful communication makes someone feel special. You want an attorney who treats his or her clients not only like human beings, but like family.

5. Problem Solving - We pups get things done! Have you ever seen those videos of dogs trying to get REALLY big sticks through narrow walkways? Well, it might take a couple of attempts, but we work until we solve the problem. An attorney shouldn't give up at the first road block either! You want someone with the knowledge and willpower to work through the toughest circumstances. 

There are other adjectives that go hand and hand with lawyers and pups (intelligent, good-natured, house-broken...) but I didn't think they needed much explanation! 

If you're in need of legal services and aren't sure where to look, why not start with Taylor King? He's got my paw of approval! Plus, he's got 30 years of legal experience up his sleeve! You can call 1-800-CAR-WRECK to get started, or check out the rest of our website...I wouldn't be mad if you read a few more of the blogs from yours truly while you're here! 

 

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How's it going everyone? It's Friday! WAHOOO! Many people (and pups) would say Friday is the best day of the week! Whether it's that you've made it through the work week or your human is finally home for two full days to love, cuddle, and give you treats, everyone seems to deem Friday as FAVORITE.

So to keep with the theme, I thought I'd let you in on some of MY favorite things. I believe you probably are all aware of my love/obsession with ANYTHING bacon-scented, but I am trying to branch out. 

1. STICKS! Big sticks, little sticks, sticks that break easily, sticks that take teamwork to break down, sticks that i can drag behind me, sticks that I try to sneak into the house, and especially sticks that are dirty. All are welcome here. There is room in my heart for all of them. 

2. A scrambled egg. Yes, I said it. I LOVE a scrambled egg; it settles my tummy when I don't feel that great. I gobble those things right up and I always hope and pray when momma takes the carton out of the refrigerator that she is going to crack one of those bad boys for me. I whine just a little as a subtle reminder when she forgets.

3. Wearing my new Taylor King Law LONG-SLEEVED t-shirt. It features the best-looking pup and keeps my legs warm on chilly mornings. My fur coat can only do so much.

4. Running with Taylor King in the morning. He made a New Year's Resolution to stay with a workout routine, so I decided to be his workout buddy while I was home for the holidays. Every morning we'd get up and run laps around his house. And when I say "we'd run laps," I mean Taylor King would run laps while I ran SUPER fast sprints back and forth across the yard. I think it really helped keep him motivated.

5. I am one social pup, so I love meeting new clients! I get to show off my perfected "sit and stay" routine and it doesn't hurt that they always want to give me a scratch on the head. I'm still working on a complete "roll-over," though. I just get side tracked when they go in for a belly rub...I mean really? Who could ever turn down a belly rub?

6. Trips to the dog park! There are always new smells to sniff, new water to splash in, new squirrels to bark at, and oh - did I mention how that place is FULL of sticks? See item #1. 

7. Puppicinos from Starbucks. It sounds fancy, but it's essentially a cup full of whip cream, which means it's essentially the greatest thing ever.

8. Participating in photoshoots! Whether it is for a billboard (have you seen our new Little Rock sign on Cantrell Road?) or a holiday, I love being treated like a movie star and posing for the professional camera....or mom.

9. Hiding my toys. This is a real passion of mine. I don't live outside, so I don't get to actually bury things in the dirt like I've seen others do at the park. Instead I like to keep my things safe behind pillows, curtains, in couch cushions or tucked away in corners. I'm pretty stealthy if I do say so myself. I quickly learned that leaving toys in the middle of the room was NOT the best place if I didn't want Mom to move them. 

10. Bacon Scented Stuff. Sorry...I couldn't help myself. 

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I can't believe it has already been a FULL YEAR since I was making resolutions about having a positive attitude towards taking baths (see last year's New Years Post if you don't know what I'm talking about). This was a semi-successful goal, if you were wondering. 

Even though it seems to have gone by with a blink of an eye and wag of a tail, so much has happened in 2016. These are the moments that stand out most in my mind for the past year.

  • With my expert input and guidance, we launched our brand new website at Taylor King Law! The update even gave me my very own blog page! Did you see that little pawprint on the home screen? One click on that baby brings you straight to ALL my posts. Does it get much better than that?!
  • Wait, I can think of something: BEING PART OF THE TAYLOR KING COMMERCIAL SHOOT! I got my hair AND makeup done for the event like a true star.
  • I also have my very own professional headshots. I've been perfecting my autograph if anyone is looking for some last minute presents!
  • Of course, my birthday is a highlight of EVERY year. I love checking the mail and getting a birthday card from Taylor King! I can't believe he remembers every year. Maybe it was the subtle reminders I left for him...and everyone else who works there...on their calendars.
  • OH, and I can't believe I almost forgot this one - I got to meet Power 92's Broadway Joe when he visited our Arkadelphia Office last month! Have you heard him mention Taylor King on the air yet?

And then there was one very hard moment..

  • Losing my doggy-cousin, Buddy. He was a member of the King family but was loved by everyone - including all you clients! Buddy won't ever be replaced or forgotten in our hearts and is missed greatly every day.

Seriously, my list could go on and on because 2016 was a BIG year. But what I may be proud of most is the Taylor King Law Firm continues to work hard for our clients - every single day, every single year. That's what being On Your Side, By Your Side really means! Happy New Year, everyone! 

 

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Bradi Bear's Christmas Wish List

IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!
Not only do people walk around singing carols all the time (I do love a good jingle), but Christmas means more family time, lots of good food, and giving/getting gifts of love, friendship, and maybe even a brand-spanking-new collar! At the Taylor King home everyone is required to make a list for Santa and I've decided to make mine NOW - you know, just in case the mail at the North Pole starts to pile up. I can only imagine the U.S. Post Office there at this time of year. 

Bradi Bear's Christmas List:

1. Year Supply of Denti-Chews - The only treat mom lets me have because they doesn't upset my tummy while simultaneously cleaning my teeth. Everyone wins!

2. Brand New Collar - I wasn't kidding about this earlier. I have had my eye on this cheetah print one with coordinating flower.

3. My Very Own Billboard with Taylor King - This would be the gift that keeps on giving. Who doesn't want to see a cute pup on their way to work, right? 

4. Gingerbread Dog Treats - I scarfed one of those babies down at a friend's house the other day and have been begging Momma to invest in a box of our own

5. iCPooch - It's one of those interactive video chat/treat delivery systems. I could see Momma or Taylor King anytime of the day! Plus it'd be so handy for those conference calls into the office. 

6. Safety for everyone traveling this holiday season - I know this won't come with a bow on it under the tree, but I hear Santa is a pretty special guy. If he can fit down a chimney with that big belly I bet he can work some magic with this request.

7. Bacon Scented Anything. I already have a ball...but beyond that I am not picky. I'm sure the elves have something new up their sleeves! 

Thanks Santa! Fly safe this holiday season, and don't forget to buckle up!

 

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Bradi Bear's Thanksgiving Thankful List

Turkey Day is just around the corner! I decided to poll the Taylor King Law Firm's office staff on their Thanksgiving Day festivities and traditions. HERE ARE THE RESULTS:Thanksgiving Food Favorites
Now "Turkey Day" isn't all about turkey, plus Taylor King only gives me ham scraps under the table when Momma isn't looking. It's really a day to stop and think back over the past 11 months on what all we have to be thankful for this holiday season. I'm thankful for the little things Thanksgiving brings like orange and red leaves for me to race through while subtle wind blows to cool me off. I'm thankful for pumpkin-flavored pup treats and the way the house smells of spices all the time. I'm thankful for dog parks, seatbelts, my orange ring, tennis balls, sticks, and running off leash. Goodness, it doesn't stop there; I'm thankful for bigger things too like being a part of the Taylor King family and Law Firm. They support my ever-growing interest in car safety and never-ceasing need for belly rubs. I'm afraid I might miss something, and you know how I love lists, so I've decided to collaborate with Taylor King to make a join "Thankful For" List! Here it is...

  1. Thankful for the ongoing trust our clients continue to place in the Taylor King Law Firm
  2. Proud to be apart of a country that continues to be free and have an abundance of opportunity
  3. Bacon Scented Squeaky Balls (I convinced him this had to make the list)
  4. Blessed to truly look forward to going into the office everyday, enjoying the work I do  
  5. Grateful to work along side my (Taylor's) son, Austin King

That's the short list...I could go on and on but I smell something in the kitchen and need to go investigate! Happy Thanksgiving, y'all! 

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Veterans Day, Military Dogs

You heard it here first: Thank a Vet! Let's not get confused here; I don't mean the doctor who tries to distract me with a treat while he gives me my booster shots (even though Momma says veterinarians are good people too). I am talking about the brave men and women who fight for our country and the people who live in it.

Veterans Day is Friday, November 11, a day set apart for remembrance and celebration for America's veterans' willingness to serve. It was first known as "Armistice Day" and celebrated on the first anniversary of World War 1. It became a national holiday in 1938. In 1954 the holiday changed to "Veterans Day" in order to honor and account for all veterans in all wars.

It amazes me how brave soldiers have to be! I mean, I get anxiety when I hear the dishwasher make weird noises...I can't imagine what it is like to fight day in and day out for our country. The sacrifice tons of men and women have made deserves to be recognized!  

Do you know one veteran that doesn't always get credit where credit is due? Military dogs! Those pups work hard and are trained with incredible skill. They are experts in bomb, weapon and drug detection, as well are tracking and attacking enemies. I read this article, 10 Things You May Not Know About Military Dogs, and was just amazed at how much I didn't know about these amazing pups. These dogs are companions and soldiers in our military and I'm making it my mission to thank my own kind for the work they do for our country! Way to go pups! 

 

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Halloween is approaching and you know what that means? COSTUMES AND TREATS! Two of my favorite things...but you know what I'm not a huge fan of? Scary things. Like aggressive "un-leashed" dogs, loud vacuums, and that suspicious looking board momma takes off the door once a week. She calls it an "ironing board" - don't ask me what that means; as far as I can tell, she just lays shirts on it sometimes. Anyways, I thought I might overcome my fear this holiday season by telling you my own scary story. I can't be as frightened if I know the end, right?

Chapter 1: Halloween is Here 

Once upon a time there lived a family named the Kings: Mr. and Mrs. King and their two children, a boy and a girl. The family had a sweet, smart, energetic pup named Bradi Bbbb...Bradi B! Yeah that's it. Just Bradi B. The family all lived together out in the country in Arkansas. It was fall, which was the King family's favorite time of year. Momma King loved decorating their home with pumpkins, acorns, and other fall themed decorations. Mr. King loved being outdoors in the cool fall weather and eating pumpkin flavored treats. And the children looked forward to the special day where they got to dress up as anything they could imagine and collect candy all night long. That's right, Halloween. 

PAUSE: I know this is supposed to be a scary story, but I'm getting there! 

Chapter 2: Bradi B Fights a Monster

The night finally arrived: the King children, dressed as a hippie and Batman, were ready to go. Bradi B got a costume too; she was dressed as a ferocious lion. Since the family had very few neighbors, they hopped in their car to drive to nearby neighborhoods. Bradi B took in how different everything looked in the moonlight compared to the bright light of day. 

"Bradi B! Hurry up pup, all the good candy will be gone soon!" the little girl called.

Bradi B stood frozen at the end of her leash, tail tucked, staring at something big and bulky behind her. Bradi B took a cautious step to the side, wondering how she could have missed it on the way out. Something big, black, and boxy was creeping in the shadows beside the house. Bradi took another side step when the creature lurched forward toward her with a scraping sound. Bradi B darted away, but the monster crashed and threw empty bottles and a milk carton after her. 

"Bradi B, how'd you get your leash wrapped around the recycling bin?" Mr. King asked as he got out the car to clean up the mess.

The Kings were off to town after one last puppy growl from Bradi B in the general direction of the offending bin.

Chapter 3: Teal Pumpkins and Safety Scares 

"Why are all those pumpkins blue? I thought they were supposed to be orange!" the boy asked, face pressed to the window.

"They are actually teal. It's party of a project to let parents know that those houses offer things besides candy to trick-or-treaters" Mrs. King explained.

"Bleh. Let's skip those houses," the little girl said.

"No, it's a good thing! They offer things like small toys and non-food treats for children who have food allergies...WATCH OUT!" Mr. King responded.

Mrs. King brought the car to a screeching halt; a wide-eyed ballerina had just pirouetted into the road in front of the them, followed by several costumed friends. A semi-hysterical looking mother with a fairy wand in hand ran out into the middle of the road and herded them all back to safety. 

PAUSE: Told you it'd get scary. Nothing gives me the heeby-jeebies more than a BIG safety violation! What went wrong? First, NEVER run out in the road. Period. You should cross slowly (at crosswalks if possible), but only after looking both ways, and preferably with an adult. Of course, you always want to visit familiar streets. And my goodness, parents, WATCH YA KIDS! The biggest danger to kids on Halloween isn't taking candy from a stranger - it's walking out in front of one of the MANY cars that are everywhere! Don't try to watch a big group of kids by yourself. Cars are everywhere so bring some back up grown-up help if you are in charge of multiple children and their friends. You need eyes on everyone for safety! But let's not put all the blame on the crazy sugar-rushed kiddos or stressed out parents, all drivers should be mindful on Halloween and extra cautious. 

The Kings parked their car and went over some safety rules to ensure a successful Halloween trick-or-treating experience. 

"Only cross the street at corners, do NOT dart out in-between cars. Y'all are both short and drivers won't be able to see you if they are on the road. We also have to walk on the sidewalk from house to house. Even though we're with you, we still shouldn't cut through yards or streets. And remember, say thank you for your candy!" Mr. King reminded the children.

They knocked on the first door, and a few minutes later everyone walked away thinking it was the beginning of a successful night - well, almost everyone. Bradi B wasn't so delighted. Why you might ask? Nobody else seemed to notice, but that sneaky recycle bin monster had followed them all the way here and was watching them from the side of the house!

TO BE CONTINUED...

 

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The history and science of speed limits

Bradi Bear here...it's confession time. Lately I've had this NEED FOR SPEED at the park. I just love the way the wind whips in my face when I run, tongue out, chasing other dogs. The other day on the way home from the park, I had to AMAZING realization that I'd feel like I was running even faster if I hung my head out the window of the car. I realized this wasn't going to happen when mom clicked on my seatbelt. I may or may not have whined the entire way home.

Ok...I'm coming clean; I did say this was confession time: I not only whined, but pouted and strained to get near the window until Mom gave in. She agreed to let me stick my head out the window while she drove through the parking lot at a LITERAL snail's pace. Wow Mom...so fun. I was thinking SPEED, WOMAN, SPEED!

When we got home, I decided to do some investigating on this whole "speed limit" thing. Here's what I found...

We can date speed limits all the way back to 1652! The colony now known as New York prohibited wagons, carts, and sleighs to be driven at a gallop. With a rise in gas prices many states started enforcing speed limit laws to bring in money. Costly fines have been a constant theme throughout speed limit history!

In 1974, President Richard Nixon agreed to a national law of state regulated speeds of 55 mph. This caused a HUGE drop in the traffic fatality rate...hmm, maybe there is a connection. In 1995 the power was handed back to states to regulate their own maximum speed. Most states have varying maximum speeds for specific roads, types of cars, and weather conditions.

Arkansas sets its speed limit at 70 for both cars and trucks on rural interstates, 60 on urban interstates, and 65 on other limited access roads.

In 2014, speeding was a contributing factor to 28% of motor vehicle crash deaths. The percentage of deaths was higher on minor roads than on major interstates or highways. You can find out more from the Highway Loss Data Institute's Fatality Facts page. To make a long story short, driving fast is dangerous! Speed limits really are there for a reason and purpose, not to ruin our fun (like I thought Momma was doing). They take into consideration the road condition, car and passenger frequency, and traffic amount to safely get you where you need to go...in a timely manner!

So the next time you're tempted to accelerate past the speed limit because "there aren't any cops in this area," remember that getting a speeding ticket isn't the worst thing that can happen. Causing a wreck and injuring yourself and others is much worse. 

If you've been injured in an accident where someone was driving over the posted speed limit, you may have a legal claim to compensation. The attorneys at Taylor King Law will listen to your story and help you get back on your feet. You can call us today at 1-800-CAR-WRECK (800-227-9732) to begin your FREE consultation. On your side, by your side - and under the speed limit (I may have taken creative license with that one)! 

 

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"Why the sad face Bradi?" 

Well thank you for asking...I've had mixed emotions about the month of August. Although it is my birthday month (I turned 2 on August 4th) it also brings on the start of school. Back to school means early rising, long days, homework, crowded roads, busy buses, rushing drivers, oh man my list could go on and on.... But I have some good news! Back to school doesn't have to be all down in the dumps! I'm a pup all about positivity and here at Taylor King Law Firm we believe you can make any situation better with a little hard work and a good attitude. So I've decided to turn my slightly depressing list up there into a guide for the ABSOLUTELY BEST YEAR EVER!

1. Carpool Bonding

-Whether your carpool is with your family only or with a couple families in the neighborhood, make that time worthwhile. Instead of having everyone in the car be in his/her bubble zoned out on electronic devices (except the driver of course), make it a device free zone! Play popcorn DJ, where everyone in the car gets to pick a song that's listened to- or make it a competition and see who is the first person to guess the song being played. It's hard not to be in a good mood when your favorite song is playing, so start your school day off with the right mind set! 

2. New Year New Peeps

-Find your real friends- the ones who will stay on your side by your side through anything! Let's be honest, my life can be "ruff" sometimes and everyone needs a shoulder to lean on now and then! Friends that will be there for the fun late night popcorn sharing nights as well as the "oh no I just flunked my AP Fetch test" kind of moments are the ones who you should seek out at the beginning of the school year

3. Set Semester Goals

-I'm a goal driven kind of pup! I've been taught to value hard work, and I'm not sure if the two correlate but something excites me about the smell of new pencils and unused school supplies! Therefore, I ALWAYS get a new planner for a new school year. It helps me lower the anxiety of what some people call "syllabus shock"- you know that awful feeling in your pup belly when you see ALL you have to do in such little time! But anyways- something I like to do is write down semester goals (you can even a couple every 9 weeks instead). All you do is write 3-4 things you'd like to accomplish in that time period! It can be anything from "make the soccer team" to "make all As and Bs on my math tests" shoot it can even be stuff like "say hi to a new person everyday" (I actually like that one a lot, adding it to my list!) Well you write them down then put them in an envelope that you tape in your planner on the end date of that semester or 9 weeks! When the date finally arrives you get to see what you've accomplished! 

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Road Rules - Test your driving knowledge

Lately on my evening drives (in the passenger seat...buckled up, OF COURSE), I've been noticing an awful lot of people breaking some rules of driving. I know, I know...it's been a long while since you took that drivers' exam at the DMV.

And I'm not saying that you aren't a good driver! I'm sure you keep your hands at "10 and 2" and never get road rage. But there are some rules of the road that people may have forgotten since their high school Driver's Education class.

That's why it's POP QUIZ TIME! I know it's still summer, and you're probably thinking, "Bradi, a quiz? SCHOOL IS OUT!" But the good news is that if you fail this little quiz of mine, you have plenty of time to brush up on your driving knowledge before busses full of sweet students hit the road. 


Bradi's Rules of the Road Pop Quiz


I'll start you off easy...let's review some road signs! Now, I'm colorblind but even I could answer these!

Name That Sign: Match the picture to the corresponding names below 

A) Sign Stop      B)Sign Yield     C)Sign School Zone     

D)Sign Hospital       E) Sign Pedestrian Crossing

1. Hospital

2. Stop Sign

3. School Zone

4. Yield

5. Pedestrian Crosswalk

 

Driving Basics: The most fundamental driving knowledge we should all have 

6. TRUE or FALSE: At a four way stop, when two cars arrive at the same time, the car to the RIGHT gets to proceed first.

7. Traffic drives on the ___________ side of the road. 

A) Left
B) Right
C) Depends on the city
D) Depends on the type of road (i.e. highway, street, interstate)

8. You must stop completely at which of the following? 

A) Stop Signs
B) Flashing red lights
C) Red Lights
D) A & C only
E) All of the above

9. What is the difference between broken yellow lane markings and broken white lane markings? 

A) Yellow lines indicate traffic will be going in opposite directions while white lines indicate same direction of traffic. If safe, you can cross lanes to pass a car. 
B) White lines indicate opposing traffic while yellow lines are same direction. You can pass on both colors. 
C) There is no difference. They just use whichever paint was available. 
D) Depends on the type of road

10. Is there a specific time that states require you to use your headlights?

A) No, it's up to the driver's discretion
B) It depends on the make and model of your car
C) Yes, 30 min prior to sunrise and 30 min after sunset
D) Yes, 45 min prior to sunrise and 30 min after sunset

 Road Rules; test your driving knowledge


Bonus Round: These are the tough ones. 

11. When you pull up to a red light, there are two LEGAL actions you can take. What are they? 

12. It is illegal (at any age) to _______ while driving. 

A) Text
B) Drink
C) Talk on the phone
D) A and B only
E) All of the above

13. Who has the right of way at a crosswalk?

A) Once they are in the walkway, always the pedestrian
B) Always the driver
C) The pedestrian, but only if the signal is flashing "WALK"

This concludes our safe driving quiz! Scroll down to compare your answers.


 

 

ANSWERS:

1. D; 2. A; 3. C; 4. B; 5. E; 6. TRUE; 7. B; 8. E; 9. A; 10. C.

11. Stop and turn right unless indicated otherwise.

 12. D. Arkansas has banned texting for all ages. For ages 18-20 texting and the use of handheld cell phones (talking on the phone) is banned. For drivers under the age of 18, all cell phone use- including handsfree/bluetooth, is prohibited.

13. A.

 

SO... how'd ya do? 

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It has been brought to my attention that we are officially in what's called the "Dog Days" of summer. At first I was excited because I thought this was a national holiday for dogs (y'all KNOW we deserve more than just one day). Nowadays, people seem to think that we call them dog days because even us pups are too hot to do much besides lay around and hope for a pupcake or two. But I am debunking that myth because a) I ALWAYS have enough energy to go for an evening stroll, thank you very much, and b) I, Bradi Bear King, am all about finding some facts. They might make me an investigator at Taylor King Law soon.

So. Dog days. It turns out that we got that term from the Greeks. Go figure. They thought that the hottest days of the year happened when Sirius, the "dog star," looked like it was rising before the sun. They also thought that other crazy things might happen during that time period, like fevers and catastrophes. Hmm. 

Now, if you are wondering, "Bradi Bear, would you please share your wisdom on how we can survive these crazy hot days?" then you are in luck! Not only am I chock-full of interesting historical tidbits, but I also have some helpful tips for keeping your pup cool until fall finally comes around. I know, I'm just such a giving pup. You don't have to thank me...but I wouldn't turn down a belly rub or really nice ear scratch.

Read on for my special dog-centric list of TOP ways to stay cool in these hot, hot days:

1. LOTS and LOTS of water! This goes for dogs and humans alike...we all need to stay hydrated! When it comes to water, your body actually cools off more quickly by drinking water than jumping into or swimming in it, although I do enjoy both activities. 

2. Sunscreen and Paw Guard. I know what you're thinking, and the answer is yes; they do make sunscreen for dogs (Amazon has everything...haven't we learned that by now?). Paw Guard is another lifesaver, this nifty little balm Momma puts on my paws before walks. It helps protect them against the hot ground! Our pup pads are super sensitive and can easily crack, which is VERY painful. Think about when a blister pops on YOUR feet...ugh. 

3. Take walks when it's coolest - in the morning or after the sun goes down. I try to avoid mid afternoon (around 3 pm is typically the hottest time of the day).

4. COOL COLLARS! Whoever thought of this nifty thing deserves unlimited raw hides and peanut butter! Little ice packs slide into the collar and keep me cool while I'm outside! Sometimes Momma even lets me wear it inside, because the way it's made doesn't let the ice melt out onto the floor or anything. It's a game changer.

5. Pup-sicles! Cooling off with a sweet frozen treat is one of my FAVORITE ways to keep cool in the summer (honestly anytime of year). There are tons of recipes on Pinterest for dog-safe frozen snacks, but some of my favorites include frozen Greek yogurt, fruit, and pumpkin!

If your fur baby has sunken eyes, seems unusually tired, has no appetite, a dry mouth, or is just mopey overall, these are all signs of dehydration in pets! Being aware of what your animal's body is trying to tell you is a very important thing to look out for! Sometimes on those SUPER hot days, it's better for us to just stay in the shade...or, even better, AIR CONDITIONING! 

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Hiya everyone! So the other day, I was scrolling through my newsfeed and came across a video of cookies in a car. I have quite a sweet tooth so I clicked on the video to watch. I sat and watched as a pan of cookie dough baked into cookies just from being left in the car for a couple of hours! You've probably seen similiar videos where people fry an egg or even a steak on the sidewalk during the summer. Isn't it scary to think that the inside of your car can get as hot as an oven!

Earlier this month, Taylor King sent out an email blast about child safety with overheated cars; but that applies to us animals too! While I like to think I'm a very advanced pup, I do have a few things in common with babies: it's hard for me to stay cool because of my fur, and I can't tell Momma when I start to get hot, so she has to pay close attention.

There's some great information in our blog Child Safety: Avoiding Heatstroke in Cars as Temperatures Soar. But I wanted to follow up and remind you how important this is. I don't know about you, but putting something to a tune always helps me remember!

'Under the Tree Shade' to the tune of "Under the Boardwalk" by: The Drifters

Oh when the sun beats down and burns the tar out of your paws

and when you get in your car it's broken heat index laws

Under the tr-ee shade, brings down the temp degree

As you soon as you buckle up, crank the AC

(Under the tree shade) out of the sun

(Under the tree shade) it cools the car down a ton

Under the tree shade, tree shade

 

'Hot in here: stuck in the car' to the tune of "Hot in herre" by: Nelly

Hot in...so hot in here...So hot in...

I was like, good gracious heat is outrageous 

Dehydration, sweat on all faces

Lookin' outside you can see the steam

I was left in the car without any keys

Temps risin', cars a heatin' 

I'm panting hard and got heavy breathin' 

Check it, the car's locked for no good reason

too hot, heat stroke, it's not a good feelin

It's getting hot in here - so hot 

so roll down the windows.


The good news is that there are lots of ways you can help keep your children and pups safe this summer! Heatstroke is scary and life-threatening, but it's 100% preventable if we all work together! 

 

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I know I talk a whole bunch about my momma, but today's post is all about Dads! Father's Day shouldn't be the ONLY day we celebrate these hard workin' guys, but it is a good reminder to give them an extra snuggle or two.

I'm so thankful my dad gets on my level (on all fours) and chases me around the furniture and under tables. Momma never does that! Daddy always sneaks me an extra scoop of kibble when Momma isn't looking. He rubs my belly while we watch sports on Sunday afternoons and is always down for an afternoon nap. Oh, AND Daddy lets me run off-leash and splash in puddles...WITH NO BATH AFTER!!!

In honor of this holiday, I asked the lawyers at Taylor King Law about some of the best advice their own fathers ever gave them...and boy did I get some good responses!

  • Richard Bright: "My dad taught me that the secret to being a good person AND to successfully growing giant watermelons are the same: good seeds and growing conditions combined with lots of hard work and love."

  • Jay Neal: "The thing I remember my dad saying most is, 'You may not understand this now, but you will when you get older.' This was most often in reference to a rule or punishment. Now I see it come full circle when I do something my own little girls don't understand or like - like when they're only allowed to eat ONE popsicle or are sent to timeout when they're mean to one another. When they have kids of their own, I hope they're thankful, like I am, that their father gave them guidance and structure out of love." 

  • Russell Marlin: "Never stop moving. Never stop working. You'll rust out before you wear out." 

  • Brian Trubitt: "From watching my father, I learned that family dinner is sacrosanct, and that the thing we honor most is learning. I remember my father has near-zero musical talent but a great love for it. One year in community theater he got the solo role of "A Noble Lord" in "The Mikado," one of his favorite Gilbert and Sullivan musicals. He had exactly one line: 'Why, who are you that ask this question?' He practiced that one line fifty times a day with the greatest pleasure."

  • Noelle Skaff: "When I was little, I was very shy and easily embarrassed, even around immediate family, My dad was the opposite - loud, boisterous, and never met a stranger. He used to tease me by singing in a loud, high pitched voice: Noelle is my sweetheart, she is my pudding pie. She is my honey bunch and I'll tell you why-oh-why: because she lo-oves me, she really, really lo-oves me. He would sing it over and over. It embarrassed me to no end. Once he passed away, however, I wished I had taken the opportunity to record the song to share with my own children."

  • Taylor King: "The best advice my father ever gave me: 'Taylor, get up every morning and go to work.'" 

  • Austin King had to think a while about his answer: "Well, it's kind of a trick question. I'm lucky because I get to see two sides of Taylor King, one being a lawyer and the other being my dad. He taught me the importance of both work and family; there is a specific time and place for both. Taylor King the attorney taught me about doing all I can to help others. He taught me that it's never too late to answer a client's phone call. Taylor King the dad encouraged me to do whatever I wanted to, career-wise. My dad encouraged me to find what I love and pursue it. He never put pressure on me to be a lawyer; he let me find it on my own."

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there, whether biological, adopted, or anywhere in-between!

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Guide to swimming safety

Did you know life jackets come in puppy size too? That's right! It is summer time, and I believe a great way to escape that summer heat is a nice dip in the water! Not much beats running full speed, mouth open through a sprinkler...and OH MY GOODNESS don't get me started on the pure joy of splashing paws-first in puddles. BUT it's not all fun and games, people! You know that driving safety is important to me, but I believe you have to be just as safe OFF the road as on it! Arkansas is the Natural State; therefore, by all means I think people should take advantage of the beautiful lakes and rivers that it provides. But not without some "paw"-some safety tips from the one and only...ME. And since I personally remember things better when a rhyme is involved, here ya go... 

TIP 1: Walk, don't run, near a pool - if ya slip and fall you won't look cool

Those slippery surfaces can be tricky! I know the excitement of that first SPLASH in the water might be calling your name, but trust me, it is just as satisfying with a walk to the edge of the pool. I believe I'm pretty agile myself, but I always take precaution around pools; one slip and it could be a hard crash to your noggin! 

TIP 2: No matter how many swim lessons you've had, wear that life jacket - it's the latest fad

I don't have the BEST feeling about large bodies of water...looks too much like a giant bath to me. But even if I did love lakes and rivers, I'd always wear my life jacket when I'm on a boat or in a current of water. Treading water is TIRING, and it's better to be safe then sorry! Life jackets are like a seat belts: you might not need them at their fullest potential for every single ride but they are protection that could potentially safe your life.

TIP 3: Wear that sunscreen, no one wants 3rd degree burns on their team

Don't get me wrong, I don't get this golden glow by staying indoors all day. But Momma always makes sure to I wear my paw protection to keep my paws safe from the hot ground! You humans don't have a furry coat protecting y'all, so you need sunblock, even on those cloudy days, to protect you from the harmful UV rays. Don't forget to reapply according to the label; I know it's shocking, but that stuff washes off in water!

You can find other helpful tips for water safety with the link below (they just won't rhyme like mine). 

 

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Bradi Bear motorcycle safety month

Hey hey everyone! Boy, do I have a story for y'all! It's dramatic, action-packed, and full of puppy paws and wagging tails... well, it will be easiest if I just start from the beginning.

Momma takes me to the pup park every week. As you can imagine, every pup kinda has his or her own pack to hang with. There is the "small dog" section that you have to weigh under a certain weight to go in (talk about a drop in self-esteem)...normally, hefty corgis are the limit there. There is also the "large dog" section that any and all pups can go into. That's where I hang. I have a group of goldens I like to chase and (let's be honest) lie in the shade with. I don't discriminate though; there are also a few huskies that will go around looking for free belly rubs with me. The dogs that like to fetch - they hang. The dogs that like to do those obstacle courses - they hang. The dogs that like to bark and yap at every squirrel, bird, or pedestrian - they hang. You see where I'm going with this? Good.

Wel...there's one crew that nobody messes with. They are known as the Motorcycle Clique. They're a pretty tough bunch: two Dobermans that go by Axis and Cam, and a chihuahua named Chaps who ONLY goes into the "large dog" section but has never been questioned. And then there is the leader: Waffles. Don't let the name fool you; this brown and black rottweiler looks nothing like a sweet fluffy treat. This clique is a cool, semi-scary pack that we all secretly want to join, but are too scared to admit it. When they ride up in the sidecars of their owners' motorcycles, everyone watches in awe as they hop out and run into the park in a diamond formation. This happens everyday.

But yesterday was different. Waffles summoned me. 

*side note* May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, so I've been wearing this nifty little outfit that says "Share the Road." Most people don't know what it means, so it prompts a lot of questions, and then I get to share what Taylor King taught me about bike and motorcycle safety.

Well, Waffles must've known what the slogan meant, because that's why I was called into the pack's presence. I was freaking out to say the least. Sweaty paws and all, I held my head high and I trotted over to the group. Chaps greeted me with a customary hiney sniff. Once I passed the security check, Waffles spoke: "What's with the shirt? Are you a rider?" Gulp. I answered, "As in motorcycles? No...but I do like to keep people safe! It's Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and I like for all drivers AND riders to be safe on the roads!" 

You won't believe what happened next. WAFFLES SMILED AT ME! He started telling me how he's worried about his owner because he doesn't wear a helmet...he thinks it would interfere with his vision or hearing. But I told Waffles how that isn't true at all! We talked statistics and came up with a plan for his owner to be safe! He was so grateful for my help and even offered me a free ride in his sidecar anytime I wanted. All in a day's work around here!

Check out this link from the National Highway Safety Administration for all the cool stats we found out about motorcyclists. Let's keep these humans safe on the road, y'all! 

 

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Bradi Bear's safety tips for playing with dogs

Bradi Bear here! You may have read Taylor King's post earlier this week, Understanding Dog Bite/Attack Laws in Arkansas. When a dog bites or injures someone, that can fall under the "personal injury" category. Now, we all know that I wouldn't hurt a fly, but I know that's not always true for all the other pup-pups out there. I wanted to speak up for my fellow dogs and give you a picture of what's going through the dog's mind when a human approaches him. This is valuable insider information that can help keep you safe - straight from my very own pup mind.

Disclosure: Once again, I WOULD NEVER hurt/attack another human; it's just not in my sweet Bradi Bear nature. I'm only trying to share a dog's perspective on this! 

Helpful Tips for Humans

(1) Children are more likely than adults to be bitten. That's because when we see overly excited children RUNNING at us, we may be confused, scared, and go into fight-or-flight mode! I know we are awfully cute, but being approached and abruptly rubbed on by a stranger just doesn't go over that well with some of my pup population.

(2) It's much better to slowly approach any dog, allow the dog to sniff and smell you (our way of checkin' you out, it's not weird if you don't make it that way) and NEVER look us straight in the eye. I've learned through numerous business meetings with clients that eye contact is a good thing in the human to human world, but it makes dogs nervous and feel threatened.

(3) Pups actually feel the MOST comfortable if a human uses the side of his or her body to face us, instead of head-on. You might feel silly, but y'all are a lot bigger than us! You gotta think how we feel when a giant, unknown, tail-less individual reaching towards us!

(4) I'm not providing these warnings for solely unfamiliar dogs; most injuries actually happen to humans us pups already know! If you think about it, it makes sense that the likelihood of being bitten goes up for those who own dogs and are around us at home, rather than someone who runs into a pup randomly! We don't mean to, but sometimes our "play" gets too rough....okay, now I feel like you're judging. Don't act like you've never gotten carried away before! 

Last tip: (5) Don't stereotype any kind of dog breed as "more" or "less" aggressive. Any dog could cause an injury! So don't rule out those little yappy ones (I'm looking at you, Ms. Shitzu); they can have some bite with their bark if they really want to! Always let an adult or owner know if any dog, regardless of their size, is acting strangely! 

For more information on how to prevent and treat dog bites, check out this page from the Center for Disease Control

 

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Ok people, time to get personal. I thought I'd let y'all in on the secrets of my everyday life! It's not just a hop and skip in the park everyday; I do real work to help keep the Taylor King Law Firm afloat....although I don't mind a good hop in the park every now and then. I am indispensable, lemme tell you, and I'm providing a sneak peak into my schedule just to prove it! This info is straight from my puppy planner (Mom fills it out for me every week because I'm not too handy with a pen).

6:43 am: Wake Mom to show her how cool my orange bacon-scented ball is; she is always forgetting.

6:57 am: Wake Mom (again) because I forgot I actually have to use the grass outside.

7:15 am: Stretch out across my bed (that I let Mom share) practicing my morning yoga regimen. I do one mean Downward Dog.

7:30 am: Enjoy breakfast in bed as I watch Mom get ready for the day.
*This is around the time mom leaves for either work or class

8:00 am: Inspect house to make sure no surface goes unsniffed.

8:45 am: Mid-morning nap in the window sunlight (gives my coat that golden glow).

10:30 am: Watch passing cars through the window blind panels. Take data on driving skills, accidents, exceeded speed limit, unbuckled seat belts.
*Must be stealthy when on watch so driving habits are not skewed

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*Tips for stealth watching: Only peek nose in between blinds and window (see above picture for demonstration)

12:00 pm: Send data and analysis to Taylor King Law. 

1:00 pm: Practice winks and smiles in mirror to perfect for photoshoots. 

3:00 pm: Go to dog park with Momma. Practice safe road crossings and play nicely with friends.
*Will accept belly/back/head rubs from willing pedestrians, free of charge
*Practice catching of airborne tennis ball, improve and refine "fetch of stick," and maintain other tricks for future Taylor King Law commercial use

5:30 pm: Enjoy second cup of kibble for the day

7:00 pm: Watch DVR-recorded TV show with Momma. Check fan mail, Facebook page updates, direct messages, Instagram likes, and edit blogs until falling asleep on Momma.

 Other notes:

*Allowed to fall asleep at any time through out day without warning/planned event

*Allowed to whine/alert to be taken out at any given time without warning/planned event

*Treats and extra time for chew toys permitted without planned event

 

See? Told you. Indispensable.

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Bradi Bear recipe for safe driving

How's it goin' everybody? Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? Rumor has it that TV screens will add ten pounds, so I try to stay on the trim side. But I believe living a healthy lifestyle is important for everyone, and it has always been a priority of mine. In honor of National Nutrition Month I've decided to share some of my FAVORITE recipes with you! A little sweet, a little savory, and a little safety!

Peanut Butter Pup-sicles

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter **I like smooth, but you could substitute chunky or low fat if that's your kinda thing
  • 1 cup greek vanilla yogurt **You can get adventurous here with some flavors, but I normally accept whatever Momma has in the fridge at the time

Mix ingredients in a large bowl until combined. Scoop mixture into ice tray (Taylor King bought me a special one for my birthday that is shaped like a doggy bone). Freeze for at least 2 hours. Serve immediately. 

 

Peanut-butter Pumpkin Pupcakes

  • 1/2 cup canned pure pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (creamy really is better this time)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix pumpkin, peanut butter, and water on medium speed until combined. Reduce to low and slowly add the flour until combined and batter is pourable. Pour batter into a lined mini cupcake pan, each one about 2/3 full. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Let cool before icing with extra peanut butter and bacon treat decor! Refrigerate any extras that aren't eaten (this normally doesn't happen). 

 

Safe Driving

  • 1:1 ratio of seatbelt to passenger
  • Up-to-date drivers license
  • Adequate fuel 
  • Working lights, steering, engine, and brakes
  • Activated airbags
  • Reduced to no distractions (can vary depending on uncontrollable situations such as weather)
    **no substitutions allowed for bluetooth devices such as texting, tweeting, instagram-ing at stoplights/stop signs, etc.

Make sure to buckle your seatbelt FIRST thing! This is an important step that is often over looked until later or forgotten all together. Even with short trips, it can be the most important thing in this recipe; if left out, this could throw off the entire batch completely. Turn on your car and defrost if necessary. Decide if the current amount of fuel will get you to your destination, or if a trip to the gas station would be a better option. "Running on fumes" is not good for your car and can leave you in a pickle on the side of the road (pickles are not on the ingredients list). Always check your mirrors and physically turn around to look for small children, pets, and other cars when backing up. It's called a blind spot for a reason. Simmer slightly under or at the speed limit throughout the trip. Come to a complete stop at all red lights and stop signs. Always use your turn signal when changing lanes and turning. Short-cutting any of these steps is not advised. The recipe to safe driving requires a little more time and care, but can produce a "sweet" outcome! 

 

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Bradi Bear St. Patrick's Day

The gang's all here for St. Paddy's Day! Cousin Bud Bud and I have our green gear on so that those sneaky leprechauns won't pinch us - and we suggest you do the same! St. Patrick's Day, celebrated on March 17th, began as an Irish holiday to honor Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland. Today in many countries, it is a day full of parades, shamrocks, and Irish food and drink.

Apparently the food of choice is known to be corned beef and cabbage. No offense, but I'm gonna take a pass on the cabbage. BUT if anyone has some spare beef they wanna pass my way...I won't argue!

According to my research, people don't normally drink a lot of soda pop on this holiday. I'm a water gal myself, but different ales and beer are normally the thirst quenchers many people choose today. Remember, just one drink can impair your senses for driving! Take responsibility and have a designated driver or car service to get you and your leprechaun friends home safely! The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has an app available called SaferRide that helps you find a nearby taxi or call a trusted friend to pick you up. 

Enjoy the parades and festivities in your green attire; Buddy and I here at Taylor King Law will be chasing rainbows for a pot of gold...I hear those are full of peanut butter pup-cakes and bacon-scented chew toys.

Want to know more about St. Patrick's Day? Check out this article from USA Today

 

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Presidents' Day facts

Happy Birthday George Washington...well, kind of! Did you know that Washington's real birthday is February 22? Americans started out honoring Washington on his real birthday, but eventually they moved the official holiday to the third Monday in February.  I think people wanted more three-day weekends...us pups get those ALL the time! Today we really honor all of our past presidents on this day.

I was curious to learn more about the presidents, so Mom helped me do some searching on the "worldwide web." I found all sorts of fun facts! You probably won't get quizzed over them on your next history test...but they sure are interesting!

1. Ulysses S. Grant once got a speeding ticket....ON A HORSE. 

2. Herbert Hoover's sons had TWO pet alligators. If they are allowed to run through the White House, I think I should be trusted to stay home unattended as well... I only chewed up that rug ONCE.

3. Harry S. Truman has a fake middle name! The S didn't stand for anything. I don't know what I'd do without my middle name. I go by Bradi, Bear, Bradi Bear, Bray-Bray, Bradi girl, Baby girl, Bradi Baby... the list really goes on and on. 

4. Warren G. Harding lost the White House's China during a poker game. It's a good thing I have one heck of a poker face; I'd hate to lose my food bowl. 

5. Andrew Jackson's pet bird was taught to curse! Woooweee I know if I let some of those words fly, Taylor King would have my mouth scrubbed out with soap before you could say "On Your Side By Your Side."

If you want to learn more (even though school's out today), check out this video from ABC News OR this really fun article over at the International Business Times! 

 

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Bradi Bear Valentine's Day

Snuggle Pup + Personal Injury Blogger + February = VALENTINE'S DAY POEMS (Bradi Bear style)

Stop Signs Are Red

Stop signs are red

Taylor King's logo is blue

I follow traffic laws

And you should too

 

Sweets and Streets

Pupcakes and a huge milkbone

Four way stop and someone's on their phone

Marshmallows or table scraps

Pedal to the metal makes a crash

Squeaky toys and a bouncy ball

1-800-CAR-WRECK is who you call

Bacon scented....anything

Taylor King Attorney will answer your ring

Training treats mixed with rawhide

This team of lawyers is on your side by your side

 

Beep or Bark

Cars go beep

Dogs make a bark

We can both go fast

But you put cars in park

Some dogs yap

or maybe even howl

Cars can vroom

and sometimes smell foul 

Dogs can keep people safe

and make their hearts melt

So be safe in a car

and buckle that seat belt!

 

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Arkansas drivers' license laws

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times...click it or ticket! But I'm being serious people, did you know that car accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers?! Every single day in America six teenagers are killed in a car accident. Sorry to go from zero to sixty, but imagine getting hit by a car going sixty without seatbelt on!! So I've deemed myself the BUCKLE UP PUP to let everyone in Arkansas know how to reduce your chances of being one of those numbers!

First off, I'm sure you're wondering why deadly car accidents effect 16-19 year olds more than the rest of the population. Well, some of us teenagers like to think we're nearly invincible! I get it. I love to run faster than I probably should at the crosswalk. Sometime on my morning walk, I might crowd a yorkie whose little legs slow up my strides. And if I can get away with it, 9 times out of 10 I would rather NOT wear that semi-uncomfortable harness that "keeps me from pulling Mom down the block." These new drivers are the same way: more likely to speed, leave less room between cars, and underestimate dangerous driving conditions. And did you know that teens wear their seatbelts less than any other age group?

There are tons of the teens on the road! Arkansas has three levels of licenses for teens to obtain: 

1. Learners License: (age 14-16; always requires licensed passenger 21+ years) Must pass written, road, and vision tests. No record of any accident in last 6 months

2. Intermediate License: (age 16-18; first 6 months requires licensed passenger 21+ years) 

3. Regular License: (age 18 and up) Before applying, teen cannot have any record of accident or traffic violation in last 12 months

I'm going to help you out and offer a few BUCKLE UP PUP SAFETY TIPS:

1. Ok...running the risk of some major echo, but IN CASE you missed it the first couple of times...BUCKLE THOSE SEATBELTS! 

2. NEVER talk or text while driving! I've got four paws to drive with, but even I put the phone down while in the car!

3. Drinking and driving should NEVER go together! First, teenage drinking is illegal; second, drinking and driving at ANY age is illegal. Let's all just avoid this double trouble! 

4. Stay focused on the road, not the radio or other passengers! Try to eliminate those distractions as much as possible, like turning down the music.  Hello Adele, but you can wait! 

5. Have I mentioned the seatbelt yet...?

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Using social media with personal injury cases

TWEET TWEET...oh good @CuteEmergency just tweeted the sweetest baby pup in a bowtie.

I think I'll start a new board on Pinterest for fun workout plans...c'mon Mom, that walk around the same ol' block again? BORING...

Decisions, decisions....what filter to choose on Instagram for my mid-afternoon pupcake picture?

DANG! 15 new Facebook notifications?!

Let's be honest people...social media is a huge part of our day! It is natural to want to share with the world what we care about, but if you've been injured in an accident and are making a personal injury claim, this can get sticky. It's common to forget that these are public sites and that sharing too much information can impact the case! But what is TOO MUCH? I'm so glad you asked! To be safe, Taylor King advises you to refrain from posting anything about the accident. And that means ANYTHING...especially photos of the injuries, details about the accident, or your own opinions.

If your New Years' Resolution wasn't to give up social media, have no fear, nobody is asking you to "go dark" for the time it takes to settle your case. You just need to think a little more carefully about any post you make on these sites. I've come up with what I like to call the 3Cs to help me remember what type of posts are appropriate for social media.

C1- Clean it up. Previous posts with profanity, talk of illegal activity, or suggestive photographs might not have anything to do with your current case, but could be material that the defense might use against you. Remember that social media is constantly being taken out of context!

C2- Character. Posts that show your character and commitment are the ones people want to see and read about: the new meal you made with your family, or latest toy you got the smallest and furriest member of your group (hint hint). Instead of posting about your case, try sharing about your education, professional goals, or church and charity involvement. Much better!

C3- Cooperation. The safest way to ensure your social media posts don't negatively affect your case is to avoid any controversial posts while your case is ongoing. The personal injury lawyers at Taylor King & Associates will work hard to help you get the settlement you deserve. COOPERATING with him or her and following the 3C's will help everyone!

Okay...I'm finished with my lecture! Gotta go check the latest update and see what all I've missed!

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As 2015 comes to a close, we’re looking back on an incredible year here at Taylor King and Associates! We opened a new office in Jonesboro, which brings us to a total of 6 office locations in Arkansas. We had some great staff, including several new attorneys, join the firm. And, as always, the highlight of our year is working with our incredible clients – and reading Bradi Bear’s blog. Thanks to everyone who has helped make this year so great!

We also look forward to all the exciting things that 2016 will bring – like new Taylor King offices opening near you! As the Christmas cookies dwindle and the gym treadmills start filling up, it’s clearly time for one of our favorite things about January: New Year’s resolutions. Here at the Taylor King offices, we’ve all got some goals for the next year. Check out a few of them:

  • Taylor: Continue to use the MyFitnessPal app.

  • Ellen: Knit a scarf for a friend! I meant to knit her one for Christmas, but didn’t get around to it.

  • Austin: I plan to read a book each month.

  • Brad: I'd love to go on more dates with my wife and my kids. Eat at more restaurants with my wife. Go on some more hiking trails with my son. Eat more desserts with my daughters - they both have a sweet tooth. And build a treehouse! That’s on my to-do list this year. I want to build a treehouse.

  • Bradi Bear: I want to keep my standards for bathing as high as my standards for safe driving! And also…eat more pupcakes.

To be honest, we’ve all tried making New Year’s resolutions at least once, and we’ve all failed…at least once. We’re probably not the only ones. 88% of New Year’s resolutions fail, according to a 2007 study by British psychologist Richard Wiseman. The question is, how do you become one of the 12% who succeed?

As it turns out, the answer is a small one: Turn your big, bold resolution into a small, specific habit. Resolutions often fail because they are broad and a little unrealistic. We resolve to lose weight, spend more time with our families, read more books, or stop drinking sodas. The problem is that deciding what to do something doesn’t help with the how, when, and where of it. Science shows that nearly everything we do is determined by our habits. If you want to change your life, change your habits.

Resolution: I want to read more.
Habit: I will read for 15 minutes every night before bed.

Resolution: I want to connect more with my family.
Habit: I will leave my cell phone in my jacket pocket during family dinners.

Resolution: I want to be more active.
Habit: I will go for a 15-minute walk every evening after work.

Check out The Science of New Year’s Resolutions for more interesting, scientific, and helpful tips.

Happy New Year! 

This holiday season I've added a twist to some of my favorite Christmas carols! I hope you enjoy howling them as much as I do!

Here Comes Santa Paws (to the tune of Here Comes Santa Claus) 

Here comes Santa Paws, here comes Santa Paws

Right down 320 Main

Cousin Buddy made the nice list

I hope I do the same!

Wag Your Tail (to the tune of Jingle Bells)

Driving through the snow, on a cold and snowy day

Be careful on the roads, so you get home okay!

Your cell phone may ring, on the road tonight

But let it wait, instead be safe, so everyone's alright!

Wag your tail, wag your tail, wag it every day

Yes I promise, to drive safe, during the holidays!

Please Don't Get Run Over By a Reindeer (to the tune of Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer)

Please don't get run over by a reindeer, driving on the roads this Christmas Eve

That big red sleigh that's driven by Santa, has been in more wrecks than you'd believe 

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I am home for the holidays! That means popcorn garland to eat, extended family to sniff, and Christmas sweaters to AVOID! I've been helping decorate for Christmas at the Taylor King Law Office. My puppy paws aren't the best at wrapping gifts, but I'm really good at picking out ornaments to hang on the tree. Plus, my tail can sweep up pine needles faster then you can say "Kris Kringle." I'm telling you, as soon as I hear some Christmas music something happens inside of me that I can't explain!

Christmas is one of my favorite times of year, so I really want to spread the cheer throughout Arkansas. I was at the Arkadelphia office howling Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and searching for a peanut butter cookie recipe for Santa when Taylor King loaded me up in the car. He told me we were on the way to Fort Smith, Arkansas. We turned onto Rogers Avenue to see Taylor King's sign above his brand new office! And as an added treat, cousin Buddy was on a billboard right across the street! Taylor King was sharing the new office in Fort Smith with me for Christmas and it was all I could do not to "excited pee" right there in the car.

Y'all be on the lookout for me while I make my rounds this holiday season! I never turn down a good belly rub!

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Thanksgiving has finally arrived! Tomorrow everyone will gather at Taylor King's house for food, family and fun. It will be great- we will all exchange stories and catch up on one another's lives. Austin King will share about working for good ole Pops and his move back to Arkadelphia. And I'll get to tell everyone about my second time on set with Buddy for the Taylor King commercials!

Although, we ran into a slight problem when we started discussing the meal for tomorrow. Everyone started naming what they had made when we realized THERE WAS NO TURKEY! It was the morning before Thanksgiving and we'd somehow left out THE Thanksgiving staple. The entire family was stressed when I came to the rescue. I put on my turkey costume and it was decided I'd just be everyone's little turkey instead! (I like honey baked ham more anyways!)

There was no need to stress over a little thing like forgotten turkey- I have so much to be thankful for:

1. Belly rubs from Taylor King and anyone else for that matter

2. Cool weather outside to run off leash in

3. Pupcakes that come in Pup-kin Spice Flavor

4. The perfect role model, Buddy

5. Sticks

6. All of Taylor King's friendly clients who love to meet me

7. That Momma always shares marshmallows from her hot chocolate

8. Everyone followed safe driving rules to meet for Thanksgiving

9. The vet is closed on Thanksgiving Holiday

10. Taylor King is on my side by my side

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Tomorrow, November 11th, is a very special day. Yes, it marks 44 sleeps until Christmas, but more importantly it is Veterans Day. When Taylor King first told me about the upcoming holiday, I tucked my tail and ran for my kennel! No way was I celebrating going to the Vet!! That place isn't tricking anyone when they try to distract ya with a treat...I know something is about to be stuck somewhere! He eased me out of my panicked state with some peanut butter and a belly rub as he told me the real reason behind this federal holiday.

It dates way back to 1918 when "the war to end all wars" ended. Everyone should use this day to focus his or her attention on honoring the brave and hardworking veterans that fought for our country. These men and women are recognized for their patriotism, love of the United States of America, and willingness to serve!

I told Taylor King how thankful I was that we had such dedicated people! I asked him if he could think of a way for me to thank and honor these veterans. Then he reminded me that not every pup has a blog...so I wanted to do my part! I want to encourage y'all to do the same!

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The people have spoken! This year for Halloween, I'll be handing out candy and pupcakes  as the one and only MINNIE MOUSE! I even jazzed up my mouse ears with a matching polka dot tutu. I really think it will go over well! I'm glad yall picked Minnie, because as some of you pointed out, the other costumes all involved masks which made it difficult to see. It got me thinking about some other helpful tips for Halloween that might help keep everyone safe! I narrowed it down to Bradi Bear's Big Three below...

TIP 1 (this one isn't only for Halloween)

Look both ways before crossing the street and use only established crosswalks. Whether you are going house to house yourself, or driving neighborhood roads, be extra mindful of your surroundings. There will be more pedestrian traffic than normal and often kiddos hyped up on sugar forget to stop and look before crossing!

TIP 2

Try to only walk on sidewalks! If this isn't possible, walk along the far edge of the road facing traffic. You want to be walking towards an oncoming car to be able to see and hear it in order to get out of harms way! Don't forget it will get darker earlier, so it will be more difficult to see!

TIP 3

Consider adding reflective tape to your costume or treat bag! It will help drivers see you and it could also add a neat (safe) final touch to your costume!

I hope everyone has a very Happy SAFE Halloween

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MAYDAY! MAYDAY! I NEED YALL'S HELP!

First point of business- I know a lot of you readers out there have been clients of Taylor King and Associates. The entire team, from case managers to lawyers, work hard to give every person the best experience possible during his or her time spent with us. Going through a personal injury of any kind, whether it be a car wreck or a slip and fall accident, can be devastating! We strive to let you focus on a smooth recovery while we handle your case! If a friend or family member ever happens to be in the same unfortunate situation of needing a personal injury lawyer due to an accident, send them our way! Referrals to Taylor King and Associates can help ensure them a team of attorneys who will work hard to get the case settled as quickly and easily as possible!

OK I know I'm being a little needy, but this brings me to my second point of discussion....

CONFESSION: I got a little happy on the Halloween Aisle the other day.

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I ONLY HAVE A COUPLE OF WEEKS TO FIGURE OUT WHAT IM GOING TO BE FOR HALLOWEEN!!! And none of my current ideas are complete...

My Minnie Mouse costume needs a tutu...or should I be a cheetah for the night? Maybe a zebra...HEAR ME ROAR, wait do zebras roar? But you can never go wrong with a good superhero costume....how does Batman Bradi Bear sound to y'all? Please help me figure out what I'm going to be! Until then I'll be snacking on Halloween themed pupcakes!

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WOOF WOOF and a big sniff to ya! We've gotten some new members in the Taylor King and Associates Family! Now, don't get your hopes up - none of them are as furry as me - but they are pretty close to "as lovable". Taylor King needed to hire some new lawyers to the team, so of course I offered my services. For some reason, the debate of canines in the courtroom is still up in the air, so we went with our next best option. I conducted the interviews to sniff out the best candidates for the job. With my keen smell of judgement and thorough interview style, I believe I found some top dogs. 

IMG 1753Meet Josh Adkerson!

Q: Where is your favorite spot in Arkansas?

A: I would say the flooded fields and timber of Northeast Arkansas during duck season. There is no better place.

Q: How would you describe your work style? Spectrum being from an extreme hyperactive yorkie all the way to a lazy cat. Please choose an animal along the continuum and explain your choice.

A: I think I'm like an American Labrador Retriever - high energy, strong focus, and lots of determination...but I'm also equally as happy just laying around and eating.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: I like running the trails out at Lake Degray. 

Q: What is your number one rule on safe driving?

A: Adhere to the speed limit! All my friends think I'm a slow driver, but I've been exposed to many unfortunate events involving motor vehicle accidents that have occurred simply because of excessive speed.

 

 

Meet Austin King! Like father, like son- Taylor King's oldest child made the Bradi Bear cut!

IMG 1751Q: What type of goals do you have in mind if you get this job?

A: I want to do my best to help my clients through the difficult time that occurs after a car accident.

Q: Where is your favorite spot in Arkansas?

A: Ouachita Baptist University, where I graduated undergrad and met my wife.

Q: If you could pick any type of ball...would it be a tennis ball, football, or a squeaky one that smells like bacon? It's important...I promise.

A: A tennis ball?

Q: What is your number one rule on safe driving?

A: Keep your eyes on the road and away from other distractions in the car.

 

 

 

 

 

Meet JP Phillips!

IMG 1749Q: Why did you choose to become a lawyer?

A: The Dallas Cowboys weren't hiring slow quarterbacks with weak arms and the St. Louis Cardinals told me I was more of a "watcher" than a "player" - so with those two out, lawyer was the next option.

Q:What kind of goals do you have in mind if you get this job?

A: My number one goal is to help my clients as much as I can. People place a special kind of trust in their attorneys, and I want to honor that trust.

Q: If I were your supervisor, how would you react if I occasionally asked you for a belly rub?

A: I'm fine with it, as long as you would repay the favor.

Q: What are three character traits your friends would use to describe you?

A: Determined, friendly, and clever. (Honorable mentions: handsome and charming)

Q: What is your number one rule on safe driving?

A: "HOWE OR" which stands for "hands on the wheel, eyes on the road."

 

AND OF COURSE...every attorney answered truthfully when asked "Is Taylor King on your side, by your side?"....ABSOLUTELY! 

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