Saturday, January 12, 2019

Protecting Your Equine Friend

A good horse is worth more than the cost of acquisition. They are more than just a pet. A good horse becomes a trusted friend, almost a part of the family. It can be difficult to face the fact that your equine friend wont be around forever. The average equine lifespan is only 25 to 30 years, so chances are high that you will outlive your horse.

When the time comes to lay your old friend to rest, will you be in a financial position to replace them? If a major injury leaves your mount seriously compromised, will you be able to afford the veterinary bills required to get him back up to snuff? If you invest in Equine Insurance, these questions and concerns will never keep you up at night.

Types of Coverage

There are three main types of health insurance for horses, surgical, major medical, and mortality. Surgical insurance covers only the cost of emergency surgeries (which can be no small sum) or surgeries your veterinarian deems medically necessary for your mounts continued well-being.
Major medical insurance for horses covers medication and surgeries required because of injuries and/or illnesses. Neither surgical or major medical insurance covers congenital illnesses, routine vet visits, checkups or shots.

Mortality coverage protects you as the owner in the event of accidental death. Typically, these policies pay the policyholder the market value of their horse after their demise. These policies are similar to life insurance policies for people.

How Much Does Health Insurance for Horses Cost?

Just like with people, cost depends upon the amount of coverage you're looking to have. On the low end, some policies are as little as $25 per month, while others range well into four figures!
Mortality coverage premiums are typically between two and five percent of the market value of your horse. No matter what health insurance for horses costs, it is certainly less than the financial and emotional cost of replacing your faithful friend.

Friday, January 11, 2019

The Profound Grace of Dogs

In the immortal words of Charlie Brown, “happiness is a warm puppy,” and that statement is as true today as the first time cartoonist Charles Schultz wrote it. Whether the puppy dog is a beagle like the Charlie Brown character Snoopy, or a little schnauzer that came from a store with a sign reading “white toy schnauzer puppies for sale,” the truth is that puppies equal love and joy.

Humans and Dogs

There is a kind of magical bond between humans and dogs, and it’s a very deep one. Dogs, who actually evolved from wolves, are pack animals who are geared to look up to “the leader of the pack,” which in the case of domestic dogs, is their human master. Dogs look to their human master for direction and leadership, and in return the dog gives its master undying loyalty and devotion. This is indeed the deep bond that exists between humans and dogs, and it is a profound one. 
The Devotion of Dogs

Though dogs can’t talk, they will go to great lengths to communicate with their human masters. Dogs count on humans for care and affection, and in return, a well adjusted dog will go out of its way to protect its human family and ensure that all is well in their home. There are many stories about dogs coming to the rescue of their humans, by barking to alert them of danger from fire or from an intruder. Many dogs have also been known to jump into rivers and lakes in order to successfully rescue a drowning swimmer. Trained search and rescue dogs also take on heroic deeds in times of crisis by sniffing out people who have been buried under rubble after an explosion or an earthquake. 
 There’s no question that dogs are among the most noble creatures to ever walk the earth. For all of these reasons, we should treat these fine animals with the love and care they so richly deserve. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Hypoallergenic Dog Foods

Hypoallergenic dog foods are great for dogs that suffer from food allergies and digestive problems. The specific ingredients included ensure that the food provides digestive aid for dogs with sensitive skin and stomachs. 

Common allergens include:

  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Wheat
  • Gluten
  • Artificial colours, flavours and preservatives
  • Chicken (protein)
  • Lamb (protein)
  • Fish (protein)
  • Many of these ingredients are added to foods to bulk the food out at a cheaper cost and/or to make cereal based foods more palatable.
  • Food allergies can be a nightmare for both you and your dog and it is therefore important that the problem is dealt with effectively. 
  • Symptoms often include:
  • Pain when going to the toilet
  • Bloated stomach
  • Excessive wind
  • Significant hair loss resulting in bald patches
  • Increased itching and red patches on the skin
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation 

Unfortunately there is no cure for food allergies; however the symptoms can be prevented by avoiding foods that contain the allergen. 

Artificial colors, flavors and preservatives should also be avoided as they can cause hyper activity, a lack of concentration and nervousness (similar to what is seen in children) and have even be linked to kidney and liver problems.

A natural food is great as it only contains meat, vegetables and rice-nothing artificial is included. 

Burns dog food offers a variety of hypoallergenic foods and even has diets which do not contain the common sources of protein (chicken, lamb and fish) which are often used in other hypoallergenic foods.  

Most hypoallergenic foods also offer hypoallergenic treats, which are great to feed your dog in moderation. 

As your dog may already have a very sensitive stomach, it is important that when changing their food you do so gradually by mixing the new food with their current food. It is normally recommended that you do this over seven days to prevent any further digestive upset.

If feeding a hypoallergenic diet such as James Well beloved dog food does not relieve the symptoms that your dog is showing then you should seek veterinary advice immediately. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Bird's Haven in the Backyard

One of the many things I enjoy is watching the birds and butterfly fly around our  backyard.  So to attract more of them, I planted  butterfly bushes and  also put bird's feeder  under the trees.   we have a porch at the back so when we are sitting out there, it's nice to watch  the birds eat.
The birds that are usually  around are  finches, sparrows, robins, cardinals,  blue jays and sometimes wood pickers.  I don't like the crows that comes  because they are vicious towards other birds but I guess they have to eat too so they are also  welcome in our backyard.
We used to just put brick seeds but we thought  of adding a bird feeder that we could put a lot of seeds in so everyone can eat at the same time.  We chose this one with holes in it all the way to the top.
One full of birds seed  with this container  lasts for two days, these birds can really eat.  I am going to find  a bird seed that  doesn't have sunflowers in it because the small birds can't eat it and they fall on the ground then it grows in the yard.
Some birds stays in the winter so we will continue to put food in it for them to eat.
Most of these birds live in the bamboo forest  adjacent to our home so they always flock here in our backyard.
Another food they enjoy eating is bread.  We  give them the ends of  bread all the time.  It's funny seeing them  fight over it.
I feel bad for sparrows because they get bullied most of the times by other birds who are bigger than them.
I transfer the  hummingbirds feeder in the backyard but I did not see any  there.  I will have to transfer it in our front porch next year because that is where our hummingbird goes.  
The only thing issue I have putting the  feeder close to the fence is that,  they  love to  poop  on top of the fence.  Below are more pictures of the birds  having a blast in our  backyard.  Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
The colorful ones that I love watching are the cardinals and the  bluejays.  They are harder to take pictures though, they are always moving and not as trusting as the other birds.
The male birds are always more colorful than female birds.  I love how bright red the male cardinals are compared to the female ones.
Our backyard has many trees so it makes a great haven for the birds.  
We bought a big bag of bird seed so they would last until winter.  I hope that the bird are enjoying their free food.

Friday, June 1, 2018


During winter, the influx of seagulls in our   place is heavy.  They usually  stays where the  shopping plaza is located.  They are pretty smart to be there because a lot of people  is around and chances are, they will be given food, which is the case in our place. 
When they are back, we always drive bar and watch them  fly around.  My kids find joy in feeding them.  I don't think there is a rule or law that says we can't  feed them so we let the kids do it.  I know in  state parks, they prohibit  the feeding of wildlife.  
I think when they are starving, they are very aggressive.  They are not scared to land  near you when there's food.  I am kind of tempted to put food in my hand and not toss it to see if they will land on my hand but I am also  kind of scared  doing it lol.
I found some interesting facts about these beautiful creatures.  According to Steven P. Wickstrom

" the word “seagull” is an informal way that laymen refer to any of the species that belong to the family Laridae, or the gulls. In all actuality, there is no such thing as a seagull. There is not actually a single species called the seagull, but people all over the world refer to them as seagulls. They are actually, and correctly, referred to as “gulls.” Gull's are most closely related to the terns (family Sternidae) and only distantly related to auks, and skimmers, and more distantly to the waders. Most gulls however, belong to the large family named Laridae. The word Laridae is from the Greek word meaning “ravenous sea bird.” The term “Seagull” can be misleading because many species of gulls live, feed, and nest inland. Gulls can be found around the oceans worldwide with the exception of some central Pacific islands, and some areas in Southeast Asia. I never saw a single gull while I was living on Oahu. The gulls are relatively uniform in shape but do vary in size and coloration. Gulls are the acrobats of the sky, making the seemingly impossible antics appear effortless. They can float motionless in midair by catching wind currents with perfect timing and precision while positioning their bodies at just the right angle."
I wish I can be  like these birds who doesn't feel cold when it is freezing outside. 
I did not know this but the article I read said that Seagulls do not survive solely off scavenging and stealing food from other creatures. They eat insects, fish, and eggs and the fact that they consume insects keeps the insect population in check. So these seagulls are natural pest control for farmers and gardeners.  I would like them to come in the summer time when insects are heavy lol.
We like to give these seagulls some food when they come. We usually give them crackers or popcorn.