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Thursday, May 26, 2016


When I was a kid, we always hear the  sound of cicadas wqhenevwer we go to the  mountain where my parents  plants their  root crops like sweet potato, corn, and cassava.  The local name for it in my place is "dule-dule", I guess they derive that name from the sound they make.  
According to wikipedia, "The cicadas are a superfamily, the Cicadoidea, of insects in the order Hemiptera. They are in the suborder Auchenorrhyncha, along with smaller jumping bugs such as leafhoppers and froghoppers."
Cicadas have prominent eyes set wide apart, short antennae, and membranous front wings. They have an exceptionally loud song, produced not by stridulation, but by vibrating drumlike tymbals rapidly. 
 The earliest known fossil Cicadomorpha appeared in the Upper Permian period; extant species occur all around the world in temperate to tropical climates. They typically live in trees, feeding on sap, and laying their eggs in a slit in the bark. Most cicadas are cryptic, singing at night to avoid predators. 
 The periodic cicadas spend most of their lives as underground nymphs, emerging only after 13 or 17 years, most likely to reduce losses by satiating their predators.
 This year is the 17th year where cicadas are suppose to emerge specifically in Maryland, New York, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvannia, and West Virginia.
 When we were gardening on Mother's day, we  dug out so many cicadas, they were still buried on the ground.  Now that are out in full force.
They are invading my garden, they are everywhere especially in the sidewalks.  Our dogs are attracted to them and wants to chew on them.  Fortunately, they are not  poisonous to the furry babies.  In fact, I read an article that people eat them.  It said that you can roas them, boil them, or bbq them.  For me, no thanks, ewwww!!!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Baby Bunny

I was about to go out the door to get the mail when I saw  the baby wild rabbit digging in my front garden.  I went back and got my camera.  I slowly walk towards him and keep taking pictures.
 It was funny, he stood there like a statue.  I think he was thinking that he doesn't move I won't notice him but he was my fascination lol.
 I was amazed that he did not move as I got closer.
 I thought for sure that he would hop away as soon as I stepped down the driveway.
 But he didn't..
 I clicked some more..
 and more..
 until I was up in his face lol.
 Then he realized I wasn't going to stop so he hopped away.
Thanks for the  pleasure of letting me take pictures of you baby bunny!

Choosing a Supplement for Horses with Joint Pain

Every single horse is different, so choosing a horse joint supplement can be difficult. Take your horse's age and situation into consideration. Horses with a heavy workload or who are often ridden will certainly need a stronger blend of micronutrients than those who do little work. Think about how diverse their diet is and whether they eat a variety of different foods.

Supplements for Prevention

If your horse is already healthy or has only minor joint problems, then you'll want to start them off with something that has around 5,000 mg of glucosamine and a mixture of other nutrients. Zinc, copper, vitamin C, methionine and manganese are all needed to help digest glucoasmine.

For Horses with Joint Pain

Even if your horse has experienced obvious joint pain, you'll still want to start them off on a basic supplement. If that doesn't help, then offer them something with the same mixture of different nutrients but a heavier blend of glucosamine. Some horse owners have had good results with hyaluronic acid supplements, which are easily digested by horses. These are great for senior horses.

To make your horse feel more comfortable, try a supplement that contains devil's claw, yucca extract or boswellia. These natural compounds can help to reduce the amount of pain that horses feel in their joints.

A Quick Word About MSM

Methylsulfonylmethane is often called MSM, and it's an extremely important nutrient for horses. Even humans require some intake of MSM. Very small quantities of this micronutrient can be found in corn as well as fruits that are safe for horses to eat. Amounts found in supplements are far higher than those found in foods.

While it's important that horses get enough of this compound, it's really easy to go overboard. If you're already giving your horse a diet that has enough of this compound, then supplementation of it could be dangerous. The reverse could be true too so dietary supplements can be a good idea if their intake is too low. MSM supplements are often good for horses who have suffered fairly severe joint problems.

Buying a Supplement

When you go to buy the supplement, make sure that the manufacturer is someone you trust. Well-known supplement manufacturers have a reputation to uphold. Don't be afraid to change out your supplement blend in the future if it doesn't work for your horse. Remember to always watch for any feedback that your four-legged friend is giving you.

Monday, May 23, 2016

To Keep or Not to Keep our Fur Babies

We are torn on whether  to put our  fur babies for adoption or to keep  them.  We love our dogs and I can't imagine moving to our new home  without them.  The dilemma we are having is that,  the new house does not have a fence and we just refinished  the  wood flooring.  I told my husband that we can keep one but he said that if we are getting rid of one, we are getting rid of  both of them, wahhh.  So we haven't decided what to do yet although our Jack Russell has a taker already.  
I think we are going to end up keeping them.  The solution would be to put up a fence  in the back yard so  they won't run away.  

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Why Your Dog Is Hyperactive And Easy Methods To Stop It

Most breeds of dogs are energetic, bubbly creatures that can get tremendously happy to be with us. That’s part of why we love them so much. However, sometimes, they can get a little too energetic. When a dog gets hyperactive, it can be a hassle for all kinds of reasons. It’s easy to get concerned that something might be wrong with them, for one. They can also end up doing damage to our property and our home. A certain amount of trouble is expected with most dogs, but when it gets too much, you might want to find out why.

Puppy madness
If your dog is a puppy, then you might find that they get really hyperactive in the evening. It might be after dinner or just before bed. It might not even be evening. But puppies are well known to have huge spurts of energy in the evening. It’s just part of growing up for them. It can also make them a racket at night. New puppies will suffer anxiety when left to sleep in a new place, but calming them down can at least make the night a bit quieter. As for the rest of the puppy madness, you will just have to wait for them to grow out of it.

Of course, it’s not necessarily just part of their nature. Dogs, especially young ones, are naturally playful, curious and energetic. That’s why if they’re not taken on or given some sort of stimulation, they will let you know about it! Make sure they have enough to keep them distracted and happy. This includes toys from and similar places that can keep them busy.

Not enough exercise
A vital part of the exercise and stimulation a dog needs is in their walks. Walks are hugely important to a dog’s health, as states. Without their walks, they will manifest behavioural problems. This include destructive behavior which includes tearing up just about everything you hold dear. It’s also a great bonding and training opportunity to establish the relationship between you two. If you just let a dog outside to walk themselves, that says something entirely different about the relationship they can expect.

Medical concerns
If a dog just can’t sit still, it’s not always down to something behavioral. They may in fact be suffering from something causing them extreme discomfort. If it’s not just hyperactivity but pain, itchiness or inconvenience you sense in your dog, get them checked out. A lot of parasites can make dogs uncomfortable. Without treatment, they can lead to problems that are a lot worse.
Separation anxiety
Sometimes, a dog’s hyperactivity might be down to one factor: you. We love the idea of a dog that is excited to greet us. However, if they get too excited, it might be a sign of separation anxiety. This anxiety isn’t good for a dog as it’s also followed by bouts of extreme sadness when you’re gone. Keep meetings and greetings low key so your dog follows suit. Socialize them with other animals so they make other bonds, too.