Happy Birthday Jade

Happy 13th birthday to our girl, Jade! She’s an amazing doggo! She’s doing so well with RV life. She loves to get out and sniff, play Frisbee, and eat all the cheese she can get into her mouth.

Dog Mom Pro Tip

Okay, y’all already know I can be a tad dense at times. Maybe you already figured out the tip I’m sharing today. But when the lightbulb went off above my head a couple of days ago it was life changing!

So, let’s talk poo bag holders. You know, the cute little things you attach to your pup’s leash that holds a roll of poo bags. It attaches with that flimsy little plastic clasp that comes undone and falls off. Usually when you’ve just put a new roll of poo bags in it.

Just me?

Well, I finally realized that if I use one of the locking carabiners to attach the poo bag holder to the leash, it doesn’t fall off 87 times on each walk.

Poo bag secured to leash

Happy potty walks!

Dog Cookies (aka Cookie Crack)

Our dogs love these cookies. Seriously. They will dance for them. Even Jade the Diva who is (I swear) a cat in a dog suit.

And y’all, they smell so freaking good! I promise they smell like human cookies. My mouth waters when I open the bag. I may or may not have tasted one. Okay, I did. But I had to! They SMELL SO GOOD. But they must have some taste only dogs love. Although they smell like people cookies they absolutely do not taste like people cookies. Definitely dog cookies.

Friday Favorite

Three words: Brittany Farina Art. Love her work. Love her style. Love that she gives back to animal rescue.

Go here to check out the coloring book she created to support Southeast German Shepherd Rescue. And what about this one she did for Amazing Grace Horse Sanctuary-beautiful!

I bought this tee shirt, necklace, and magnet a few months ago. They are gorgeous! IMG_0570

 

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Can’t wait to get the order I just placed for two of the coloring books, a tee shirt, and a pair of earrings.

If you order, use coupon code fam-and-friends for 25% off an order of at least $20.

Is there an artist or craftsman whose work you admire?

AnimalEO Experiment

12/22/16 Update: the AnimalEO did not work for us. The dogs had no fleas, but it did not control ticks. I used Animal EO for over a month, but after pulling multiple ticks off of each dog I gave up and bought Seresto Collars. The Seresto Collars worked well. No more ticks all summer and fall. 

 

Today starts the great AnimalEO experiment of spring and summer 2016. I’ve used topical pesticides and oral pesticides for flea and tick control on our dogs for years. The topical has caused serious chemical burns in dogs, though not in mine. I stopped using it three years ago because it just stopped working. Next came one of the new oral flea and tick control medications. Kind of expensive and didn’t control ticks as well as I wanted. Also caused some mild diarrhea in one of the dogs. Last year I gave it every twelve weeks instead of every four. I found absolutely no difference in the tick control. None of them have ever had a problem with fleas. But ticks are plentiful here (and of the devil).

So after months of research I decided to try the AnimalEO brand product called Away. It is a blend of essential oils made by a holistic veterinarian. To start, I mixed four drops of the oil in four ounces of distilled water in a glass spray bottle. I’ll follow up to let you know how it works.

Away

Added bonus-it’s environmentally friendly.

Tick Season

I hate ticks. There, I said it. They are evil little pustules of disease. But I also hate what harsh chemicals can do to our dogs. Here in the southeastern United States ticks are rampant so doing nothing is not a valid choice. After a little bit of research I hope I’ve found a solution for the dogs and for us. AnimalEO. I bought a small bottle of Away to use on all of us.

To use, mix a few drops with distilled water in a small glass spray bottle. Spray on before going outside.

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I picked up this handy card at our vet’s office this week. So far I’ve seen three Lone Star ticks this season.

What do you use for insect control for yourself? For your pets?

Get Tough

Get Tough
Get Tough

April 8

The date designated by the ASPCA as Dog Fighting Awareness Day. Sadly, dog fighting is more prevalent than most of us realize. From major urban areas to the most rural of locales, criminals engage in this horrific blood sport.

The ASPCA compiled multiple resources on their website, but one article everyone should read is Ten Ways to Help End Dog Fighting. I agree with all the points, but there are three I find particularly important:

Support stronger laws-a good place to start learning about current legislation and particular needs is on the ASPCA’s advocacy page. You’ll find lists of pending actions, urgent needs, and recent victories. Not only should those running the dog fighting rings be prosecuted and incarcerated, laws regarding spectators need to be stronger as well, particularly spectators who bring children to these events.

Protect your pets-know who is in your neighborhood. Make sure your pets always have supervision even in your own fenced backyard. Just last week a local family’s puppy was shot and killed inside the family’s fence. Never, ever, ever rehome a pet free on Craigslist.

Educate others-share the resources on ASPCA with your friends, family, and neighbors. If you see suspicious activity on your street, let your neighbors know.

Together we can can make a difference in the lives of countless dogs forced to fight or die, but only if we #gettough.

Stop Dog Fighting
#gettough

Justice for Mia

Even though I try to remain positive here, sometimes someone commits evil. Sometimes we have to shed light on that evil act and talk about it.

Today is that time.

Last week a coward stacked some concrete blocks next to a locked privacy fence in my community, leaned over the fence and murdered Mia, a 7 month old pibble. This coward shot Mia in the face at point-blank range.

Mia’s 13-year-old human brother found her lifeless body in his backyard.

Mia’s Mom is not just your average dog owner, however. She’s an active volunteer and foster Mom for the group Nashville PITTIE.

And Nashville PITTIE has rallied around one of their own, raising a $1000 reward for anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and prosecution of Mia’s murderer. They’ve also set up a Facebook page called Justice for Mia to help rally support for Mia’s family and to share information about this tragedy.

All the local news stations have carried the story. You can read one of the stories on WKRN here.

I pray for peace and comfort for Mia’s family. I pray the murdering coward turns him/herself in.

Hug your loved ones a little tighter tonight while you pray for #justiceformia.