Online Friends

Monday, September 18, 2017

Pigeons or Rock Doves

During our  vacation in Las Vegas.  One of the many things that  our children enjoyed doing was giving the pigeons some left over food.  Instead of leaving the uneaten food in the table, we   were always asking for a box so we could take the  food and give it to the birds.  
 Pigeons are also known as Rock Doves.  I find  these birds beautiful and I don''t mind  having them   around.  We  get  these as visitors in our backyard once in a while and I love watching them.  They also remind me of my  late father-in-law's house.  We lived there for about a year  before buying our own home and I would always  hear them in the morning and in the afternoon.  I have read an article of 21 amazing facts  about pigeon and  what amazed me the most and  it also answered my curiosity is that unlike other birds, baby pigeons stays in the nest   for two months  before fledging.  If you want to know more about pigeons, just visit the link I have incorporated at this link.  This isn't an ad, I just linked it up for  a good resource for info.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Pets are Wonderful

When I first came here, I have no friends and did not know anyone.  My in-laws are all welcoming and made me feel at home but I   still felt lost and different.  I think it is just normal  when you are so far away from your family and  trying to learn the  way of  life here which is totally different from what I  grew up in.   Being pregnant then did not help with my homesickness, I was always wanting to burst out in tears.  But it got better as time goes on.  My father-in-law was a huge help to me especially when I gave birth to our  first born.  He was always  there  for us.  

I told my husband that it would be nice if we can have pets. He told me that we will get one when our daughter is a little older and whenever we already have our own home.  The longing for the pet   died down  because  we have our daughter and she  kept us  occupied all the time. It is only when we came back  from from overseas  that we got one.  We found this cute Jack Russell Terrier pup and my husband knew  he was the one.  We named him Champ, he is an energetic, super  hyper fur baby.  

Having pets is like having kids. You have to take care of them, bathe them, feed them, and teach them things. Just like us, their health is an important aspect of their well being because just like children, they also bring joy to the family.  This little guy right here  is now 8 years old.  

Pets are wonderful to have.  We can learn so much from our pets if we pay close attention to them. Finding the right  veterinary clinic like the   pest control prince frederick md  is important.  It is a must that their vaccination is up to date to avoid  sickness.  Just like  people, dogs or any other kind of pets get prone to sickness when they get older especially when they don't get a lot of exercise and  doesn't have a good diet. 

As our family grows, the number of pets we have also grows.  We adopted a toy fox terrier and his name  was Max.  We ended up  giving it to a loving family that also wanted  a pet.  The decision was for his own safety, our big dog was not very gentle to him.  He once broke  his leg because Bolt got rough on him so after that incident, we decided to  have him adopted.
Then my sister-in-law found a Pomeranian on the road sometime in the winter season and she gave her to us.  We named her Chelsea.  She was a runaway dog and  she keep running away from home so we gave her for adoption to one of our friends.  We had her for about a year.
 Champ is the pioneer of our fur babies' dominion.  He is  a loyal companion.  He hangs out with me  when I am doing laundry or in the garden.     Rain or shine, he doesn't leave me.
When we adopted Bolt, Champ made sure to let him know that he was the leader.  He immediately  showed  Bolt his dominance.

Having pets involves expenses but it's worth it.  When we moved out to our old house, we thought of  putting our dogs for adoption but our son fought very hard  not to.  I am glad that we didn't  pursue it, I would have missed these little guys so much.  We have other pets  like guinea pigs and bunnies but they can't measure up to the joy that our dogs gives us.  They are definitely the best!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Useful Accessories Every Pet Owner Needs

Owning a pet will enrich your life beyond measure. Pets provide unconditional love and they pick us up when we are down. Stroking a pet provides stress relief and walking a dog is good exercise. The only downside is that owning a pet can be expensive. Vets bills, food, and pet accessories all add up, but if you want your pet to be happy and healthy, consider any money you do spend a good investment.

There are tons of fabulous pet accessories to choose from, so to make your shopping experience easier, here is a quick rundown on the best products available.

LED Pet Collar

Plenty of pet owners take their dog out for walkies late at night. It’s the last chance for Fido to go to the bathroom and catch up on some interesting smells. Nighttime walks are peaceful, but if you let your dog off the lead, you might have a problem finding him in the dark.

LED collars are a cheap but useful accessory for pets. As the name suggests, an LED collar lights up at night and helps you (and other road users) spot him in the dark. You can pick up LED collars relatively cheaply. The batteries can be replaced, but it is often cheaper to buy a new collar instead.

Clip Harness

Clipping a leash to a harness is much better than clipping it to a collar. Putting your pet in a harness spreads the load when he pulls. Walking a strong dog in just a collar can lead can cause irreparable damage if he pulls very hard. Some dogs will even pass out from a lack of oxygen.

A pet harness is kinder and more effective. Mesh harnesses are breathable and quick to dry, so can be laundered as often as needed. They are also comfortable for the dog to wear.
GPS Pet Tracker

A GPS collar for dogs will protect your pet, wherever he is. The GPS tracker transmits the dog’s exact location to a handheld device, so you can find him if he strays beyond a pre-determined perimeter. The technology is invaluable if your pooch has a habit of escaping the back yard or you are fearful of him being stolen. 

Travel Water Bowl

Dogs need drinking water throughout the day, especially if you are taking them for a long walk in the Great Outdoors. A travel drinking bowl can be flattened and placed inside a bag, along with a bottle of water. Open the bowl when your pet needs a drink and put it away when he’s sated his thirst.

Hi-Viz Pet Coat

Hi-Viz pet coats offer greater visibility at night and in poor weather conditions. Protect your pet from the weather and other road users by investing in a Hi-Viz coat. Used in conjunction with an LED collar, your pet will stand out for miles.

Pet Booties

Lastly, if you have wooden floors, invest in some non-slip pet booties. It could prevent a nasty accident!

Shop around for pet accessories. There are some great bargains online!​

3 Easy Tips for Bonding with Your Cat

Cats can be very enigmatic sometimes and are often seen as aloof and standoffish. This is one of the reasons many people tend to think twice about getting one. But if you’re a cat fan through and through and are willing to take the time to get to know them, cats can be very endearing and will eventually warm up to you to the point of forming a genuine bond with you. Here is a guide to bonding with your cat that any owner can use to build a strong connection with their furry friend.

Make Sure You Make Them Feel Secure

While it may seem counterintuitive at first, one of the best ways to make a cat feel safe is to give them a little bit of personal space for a while after you adopt them. And that goes for both adults and kittens. Allow them a space where they can feel completely alone, they will feel more secure that way.

If you can, arrange a room especially for them. Make sure you fill it with tons of toys and trinkets to keep them occupied, and a litter box. Make sure you add food and water as well, and also make sure that none of your other pets invade their personal space. If you don’t have the luxury of setting up a room solely for your cat, you could organize a small space especially for them and check on them gradually from time to time to start the bonding process.

Start Playing with Them

Once you start noticing that your cat feels comfortable, you can give them a little more space and let them roam free. Also make sure to keep their personal space intact and allow them to access it at any time they wish.

By now you should know what their favorite toy is. Pick it up and make sure to play with it with your cat at least once or twice per day. They will slowly start to make an association between you and fun. Many people try to pet their cats right away, but this is one of the most efficient ways to start building a connection with your cat.

Start Petting Your Cat

Now that you’ve gained your cat’s trust and you have a playful relationship with them, you can start petting them. Cats can be very apprehensive, and trying to pet them too early could put them off at best, or leave you with nasty scratches at worst. Cats love grooming, and petting is very similar in many ways. Make sure you use a soothing voice when petting your cat to show your good intentions. Cats are very territorial by nature and aren’t the most affectionate despite their appearance. But once your cat lets out a purr, you know that they are 100% comfortable with you.


If you follow the tips in this article, you should be able to form a deep connection with your cat in no time. Make sure that you make them feel secure at first and allow them their personal space. With time, let them roam free and start playing with them. Once they’ve formed a close bond, you can start being more affectionate. However, make sure that you don’t skip steps and take things easy at first if you don’t want to deal with unpleasant reactions.​

Saturday, August 19, 2017

3 Ways to Help Dogs Suffering from Arthritis

If there's one thing we all love about dogs, it's that they are never short of energy and love to play and run around - and no caring dog owner is going to stand by and watch their pet lose its zeal for life. If your dog seems low on energy or is having trouble running, jumping, or climbing, arthritis may be to blame. There are many ways to offer your pet the relief it deserves. In this article, we'll share three simple remedies for arthritis in dogs.

1. Feed your Dog a Joint-healthy Diet

The latest research on arthritis - in humans as well as dogs - shows that reducing inflammation is probably the best way to provide relief and even cure this painful condition. A diet rich in healthy oils and antioxidants will boost your dog's immune system, reduce swelling, and improve its overall quality of life.

You'll want to avoid commercial grain-based dog foods and include oily fish, blueberries, goji berries, and plenty of green and yellow vegetables in your dog's diet. Supplements like chondroitin and glucosamine are great for your pet's joints - and you'll find special formulations for dogs that provide just the right dosage. After all, if you're not comfortable eating something, why feed it to your dog?

2. Fight Arthritis with CBD

CBD (cannabidiol) is taking the alternative medicine world by storm with satisfied users reporting increased health and big improvements in a range of conditions, from overall immune system health to seasonal allergies - and arthritis too. Despite its name, CBD for pets is not cannabis - and it's not illegal either. It's an extract of the cannabis plant that may reduce inflammation in your dog's joints, healing your pet's aches and pains.

3. Make Your Dog Comfortable During Recovery

Just like humans, dogs start to feel down when they're not well - and one of the best things you can do for your pet is to make them comfortable while their new diet and supplement kick in. Make sure your dog has a comfortable place to sleep at night and rest during the day, with soft pillows and blankets to support painful joints.

If your dog is in pain, it will always appreciate quality time with you - and you'll provide a much-needed distraction from the daily burden of your pet's painful joints. You'll also want to massage your dog from time to time, or if you're worried about causing them pain, you can ask your local vet or dog grooming center to recommend a massage therapist who specializes in canine customers.

When it comes to suffering from arthritis and longing for a cure, dogs and humans are just the same. Your dog relies on you to help it through its health issues, and by following the tips we've shared with you today, you'll soon see a big improvement in your pet's joint health. Recovery from arthritis takes time - and it may never disappear completely - but there is a lot you can do to reduce your dog's joint pain and let it get on with the business of living. Here's to the good health of your dog's joints!