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Friday, June 1, 2018

Seagulls

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.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Molly our #FlemishGiantRabbit and #TICK Problem

Over the course of Winter, two of our Lionhead doe rabbits  got  pregnant because  I had to put them inside and the   Bucks  somehow snuck inside their   space and voila, we had 5 additional  rabbits.  So while I am busy looking for  some  people  who can take some of these rabbits, my husband came home with  another one.  He said that he could not say No to this Flemish Giant.  So now we have 9 lionheads and one fleming giant rabbits, it's crazy.    We are being overrun by rabbits here folks!
Her former owner  named her Darla but we decided to  change her name to Molly.  She used to live in a farm but  the owner is going back to school so she could no longer care for her.
I was against it at first but now I changed my mind.  She is actually  a pretty chill bunny.  I found out that the  bigger the size of the bunny, the more calm and relax they are.  That's how Molly is, while the lionheads are busy running around in the yard, she is just  on the yard laying on the grass. 
My kids are crazy about her, she love being pet.  I was worried that  she might have  ticks when she first came so I  looked  and inspected her on the first day and did not find any.  The next day though, I found one  latched onto her  eyelid so we immediately  removed it with tweezer and killed the tick.  Then the same day we found one  on our Jack Russell Terrier as well.  Ugh, now I am panicking about ticks, I am kind of paranoid everytime I go outside.   
So far, those are the  last two ticks we found.  According to the news, ticks will be heavy this year.  We are buying a tick collar for our dogs
It said that there are plants that can help deter ticks such as garlic, mint, rosemary, rue, wormwood, fleabane daisy, chrysanthemums and pennyroyal.  Glad we have so many mints where the  rabbit  house is.   
There is also a plant that it is a magnet to ticks which if you have it in your yard, you might want to   think about  removing it.  I used to have it at our old house but thank goodness, we don't have it here in our new home.  The plant is called Japanese   barberry, it's a thorny   and invasive plant.  It's gorgeous though when it blooms  especially when the fruits are out during winter but yes, it is  believed to be a tick magnet.  There's a lot of it  in the woods so if you are wandering in the wooded area and see  Japanese barberry, be very aware of ticks.
Anyway, despite of tick   scare,  my kids can't  stay away from Molly, she is really a darling.  I decided to put her  in a  house rabbit for now because my  vegetable garden is just starting to grow  and  I did not want her   eating the new plants.  
Molly weighs around 15 pounds, she is heavy!  The former owner said that she is 6 years old and had 8 kits.
She love  mowing the grass.  Now that she is inside the rabbits house, I cut fresh grass and  give it to her  every morning.  She also love  carrots.  We stop buying  lettuce for now because of the  bacteria outbreak recently.  I  planted some lettuce and still waiting for them to get thick, maybe I can give them some when it's ready to harvest.  
Molly's droppings are huge compared to the lionhead bunnies.  I used the rabbits droppings  as fertilizer in the garden.  
 I like it that she is not scared of the dogs.  The former owner said that she's used to being around dogs in the farm.
We used the other side of our yard to  put the rabbit house.  The kids call it the BunnyLand.  We put together all the female in one house, the new one that we just built.  Female rabbits can  get along well but the males are needed to be  separated because they fight with each other.
We  tried to sell  our lionhead bunnies to a local pet store here but  they said nobody wants lionheads, bohooo.  I don't know why because they are so adorable.  It's true that they  are a lot of work but then again every pet  is a lot of work so I don't see why.  For now, I am looking for some who would adopt some of them, we had so many already!

Taking the Best Care of Your Equine Sporting Investment

Racehorses are valuable creatures that can sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars.  They also are a valuable source of income for the people who own them.  It only makes sense that horse owners want to take the best care of these investments. 

Just like any other animal, these horses can succumb to illnesses and injuries.  You can shop online for feed, grooming materials, and racehorse supplements that will keep your horses in good condition and safe from factors that can injure or kill them.


First Aid Supplies

Racehorses can withstand a lot of wear and tear on their hooves, backs, and limbs.  However, at some point, they may suffer an injury that can stop them in their tracks.  Everything from strained muscles to bone spurs can make running, trotting, and even walking difficult for the healthiest of horses.  They need time to rest and recuperate before they can go back out on the track again.

However, as the owner, you may not be able to afford to allow the horse to rest for very long.  You need to get it back into racing condition so you can safeguard your income.  The website sells horse first aid supplies that you can use on your horse.  The supplies address common injuries like strains and sprains.  Your horse may feel better in a short amount of time and be able to go back out on the track.


Supplements

Also like any other creature, racehorses need good nutrition if they are to remain in top racing condition.  They cannot be allowed to fall short on nutrients like calcium, iron, and protein.

Along with feeding your horse a healthy diet, you also can make sure it gets the nutrients it needs by adding supplements to its meals.  The supplements are like vitamins that add important minerals and nutrients to its daily intake.  Your horse may stay in the best of health thanks to the daily supplements you give it.


Keeping your racehorse in the best condition possible is a big responsibility for a racehorse owner.  You can find supplements and supplies on the website.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Care For Your Cat

If you're like many pet owners, then your pets are a part of the family. Unfortunately, there might be times when your pets get sick or injured. Many veterinarians will perform procedures on animals just like a doctor would on a person, giving pets like cats a chance to live for months or years longer. 

A common cat surgery that is often elective involves the reproductive system. Male cats can get neutered while females can get spayed so that they don't reproduce, decreasing the number of unwanted cats in the population. These surgeries usually don't result in any long-term side effects, and the cat can often go home later in the day after surgery. Another common surgery for cats is tooth extraction. Sometimes, cats tend to try to eat foods that are too hard or chew on furnishings that are too hard for them, breaking off the teeth in the mouth. For most cats, they only need one or two teeth pulled. When cats are older, the teeth sometimes deteriorate, which means that they can easily break. Extraction is an option to consider so that the cat is comfortable while eating soft foods. 

Sometimes, cats develop abscesses and other masses on the skin. These need to be removed as soon as possible as they can quickly turn into cancer. Some masses are benign and don't need further treatment, but some masses are cancerous. If the veterinarian discovers a cancerous mass, then medications can be given and the area around the mass can be removed as well to prevent cancer from spreading. Other common surgeries that are performed on cats include the removal of bladder stones and treating other issues with the bladder as cats often get kidney and urinary tract infections. When you begin searching for a veterinarian for your cat, examine the references as well as the facility before making a final decision. 

Monday, April 30, 2018

4 Ways to Save Money When Buying Pet Meds

Buying long-term pet medications can be really expensive, but are often necessary to treat certain health conditions in dogs. While medical care for dogs is increasingly becoming more and more expensive, loving pet parents are desperately looking for ways to cut the cost. To make matters worse, most pet insurance (if you have one) doesn’t cover the cost of OTC drugs. For reference, the pet medication industry has grown 12% last year and is now valued at $9 billion. All of this growth is fueled by hiked prices and the popularization of online pet pharmacies.

Don’t Assume That Your Vet Gives You the Best Prices:

Most consumers buy pet medications from the vet’s office. While it’s convenient to buy the medications as soon as they are prescribed, this approach often proves to be far more expensive than others. A lot of vets charge the printed price giving no discounts whatsoever. Some vets try and justify the steep price by saying they sell “genuine” and “branded” pet medication. The thing is, you can get discounts on pet meds online and reputed online pet pharmacies sell nothing but authentic products. The notion that online pharmacies are able to give discounts because they sell fake products is a myth. However, to be sure, buy pet meds from VIPPS and BBB accredited online pet stores.



Join a Membership Plan to Get Wholesale Prices:


Online pet supplies stores reward you for repeat business. A lot of them offer annual membership packages that guarantee you regular savings. If you have multiple pets at home, a single membership package that gives you about 20% extra savings can save you hundreds of dollars every year. However, keep in mind that membership packages only makes sense for pet parents who need to buy a significant amount of medication every month. With vets recommending regular spot-on treatments for fleas and ticks and pet meds for preventing intestinal worms and heartworms, most pet parents fit the bill.



Don’t Forget Those Coupon Codes: 


Does your vet give you discount coupons when you buy pet meds? Most likely, not. Large pet care websites have dedicated pages for coupons and offers. Redeeming these coupons give you an extra discount and they are often as significant as 20 to 30% on the total bill value.

Buy in Bulk: 

The cost of a single dosage of spot-on treatment for fleas and ticks is always cheaper when you buy in bulk. The same goes for a lot of other pet meds. If you know it’s going to be used, it makes much more sense to buy the value pack. Here’s an example, when you buy the 3 month’s supply of NexGard, a popular flea and tick medication, it costs you about $71.89, that’s almost $24 per monthly dose. However, if you buy the 12 month pack it costs you $274.29, which saves you more than a dollar per dose. That’s just considering the product was sold at retail price. Most online pet pharmacies reward customers with more discounts when they shop in bulk. Buying the value pack also makes sense when buying daily supplements and long-term medications. Buying in bulk also saves you the trouble of ordering pet meds frequently.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Blanca: Our White Rabbit

Our  doe rabbit, Pippin always has  white  kit when  she gives birth but it never survive.  This winter, she had quite a few  and only the white one survive.  We're very excited because we thought that having a white one would be pretty and special.  We named her Blanca.  She is handful and love  just about anything that we give her especially sweets.
 Over the winter, we  took the bunnies inside and  the male  got inside the female's quarter so as expected, the two females got pregnant and kindles some kits.  
 Pippin is very protective of Blanca.  We let them run around upstairs with a long and big box but when they hear the footsteps of the dogs, Pippin immediately run and  hover over her  baby.
 Blanca gets excited when let the kits run around in her turf.  Her Mom, weaned her early because for some odd reason, she got pregnant again.  I don't even know how it happened because  we separated her from the buck when she   kindled Blanca but  few weeks after she had Blanca, she was ready to pop out again.  
 The two small ones are the kits of Blanca's sister Lilo.  She had  two kits over the winter.  We are getting overrun by rabbit now that it's spring.  I told my husband, he will have to build another  hutch for the new batch if we  can't get rid of them.  
 We were going to sell them at Rural King but they have now rules that we should have  a certificate from the  veterinarian so I don't know what we are going to do with all these bunnies.  We now have 9 of them!
These Netherland Dwarfs are so cute.  When you look at the black ones, they looks like they are wearing bow tie.  

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Buying Equine Training Equipment Online

As the owner of a busy horse riding training facility, it is up to you to make sure you have the necessary equipment on hand.  Without the gear needed to train horses to jump and race through an obstacle course, you could lose both your clients and your business.  
When you cannot find a good supplier in your local area or you simply want the most comprehensive availability of this equipment available to you, you may find everything you are looking for on the website.  You can shop today for standards, poles, and horse jump cups on the business's site and have your purchases shipped directly to your facility.

Choosing the Best Jump Material

Dozens of horses may train at your riding facility on any given day.  As they attempt to jump over the poles, the horses may knock down the equipment or even run across it, causing gear made out of lesser quality materials to break and become useless.

When you want equipment that will last for a long time, it could make sense to avoid buying poles, cups, and standards that are made out of flimsy material like vinyl or plastic.  You need these pieces to last for as long as possible, which is why it could make sense for you to opt for those pieces made out of wood.  

Wood poles, standards, and horse jumps can last for years even if they get knocked the ground.  They are also lightweight so they will not hurt a horse or human if they fall on feet that get it the way of the landing.

You can find poles, jumps, and standards made out of wood for sale on the website.  You can also price them by using the pricing and packages option at the top of the website.  This option lets you shop on a budget if needed.

Your horse training facility hosts dozens of horses each day that all rely on the best equipment possible.  You can protect both your business and the people and animals who train there by investing in high-quality equipment made out of durable wood.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Benefits of the Antler Velvet Supplements for Dogs

The idea of supplementation for dogs is something new. Not every dog owner is familiar with the concept that because they can buy multi-vitamin and other supplements to help their body function better, the same is true of their dog too.

Chief among the supplements for dogs that work best is Elk antler velvet (EVA), which is a natural, renewable form of treatment that has been widely used in China for over two thousand years. Thanks to the Wapiti Labs in Minnesota, they have their own supply of EVA, which they use in a range of supplement products for animals, produced on location.
What Is Elk Velvet Antler?

The Elk velvet antler grows on the head of the Elk early in its life. The antlers are removed when the elk is mature and the elk velvet can produce supplements that have been found to promote a stronger immune system, better stamina, and increased robustness.

EVA has been shown in studies to include useful minerals like potassium and calcium, glucosamine for joint stability, collagen for better skin, amino acids for good muscle functionality, and zinc and iron that promotes healing.


How Do Elk Velvet Antlers Grow?


Elks grow their antlers over the first two years of their life. During this growing process, the antlers get a velvet covering. When the antlers become too old, they drop off naturally. However, the antlers can be removed safely and, once removed, the Elk painlessly grow back a new set of antlers over the next two years. This process repeats until the Elk is around fifteen years’ old and no longer grows new antlers.


EVA with Medicinal Herbs


There are thousands of herbs available, but only some of them have been found to have medicinal uses. The interest in herbal remedies taken at home continues to grow, as does the clinical studies to back up their validity.

With EVA-based products, they’re usually mixed with certain herbs that have been found to help dogs. Quite often, products are separated out in the first half and the second half of dog’s life. The reason for doing so is different herbs are included in each supplement that helps either in the first or second stages of their 10-15-year lifespan. For instance, many dogs begin to experience joint and mobility issues as they age, so a greater focus is placed on that aspect with herbs selected to promote improved joint functionality in the senior dog product lines.


Is It Humane?


Antler harvesting is perfectly humane. Elks are free to roam and graze. The process of antler removal is managed by their on-site veterinarian to ensure it is carried out in a manner that is kind to each animal.

Supplementation for your pet is just as important as taking the best quality supplement for your own body. We’re not always able to produce the essential amino acids and the other things that a healthy body requires, which is where supplements are helpful. The same is true for your dog; outside of veterinary care, providing the best for your four-legged friend ensures that your buddy will live longer and happier too.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Dunkin and Georgina #GuineaPigs

The number of pets in our home is growing.  We have now five rabbits, two guinea pigs, and two dogs.  Having pets is wonderful but it can be a daunting task especially if all of the responsibility of taking care of them is on you.  Don't get me wrong, I love   pets, I grew up   having too many around us but  my parents were very strict that we  take care of  our pets or  they will get rid of them and so we did.  My kids on the other hand just love having them but sometimes neglect to help in taking care of them.  I will take the blame for it, I am not  strict  in imposing rules to them.  This year, it will change.  They started to  really pitched in in taking care of them especially during the Holiday break.
 We adopted a female guinea pig a while back but she died  shortly after just a month.  I think she  was sick when we got her.  So we decided to  look for another female to adopt  so that the male has a companion.  We never found any for adoption so after my kids bugged me a million times, I  gave in and we got them  another one (see it is part my fault why the number of our pets is growing, it's hard for me to say no lol).  
 Just like Penelope, this new  guinea pig  is also a long haired one.  Looking at the 10 different breeds of guinea pigs at Guinea Pig Hub, ours  looks like the Peruvian type.  Dunkin is a common breed or American.
 We named her, Georgina or Gigi for short.  She is  so small when we got her but now, she is almost Dunkin's size.  Just like rabbits, our male guinea pig is also very aggressive.  He always tries to make out (I don't know the proper term for it so pardon my words) but  Gigi always runs away which is good because I don't think I am ready to raise guinea pig babies he he.
 We put them on a separate cages because  wood chips flew everywhere when we  tried to put them in the same  place.  We didn't want Gigi to stress out so we just put their cages side by side.  We always hear Dunkin making the purr sound.  
We take them out of their cages  every so often  and make them run around and chase each other.  However, when our dogs are around, Gigi gets so scared.  It's awesome to see that Dunkin always come to the rescue and  try to protect her.  I would say that I like rabbits more than guinea pigs because the  former are friendly and they love to cuddle.  Guinea pigs are not so much of a cuddle buddy but they are certainly cute and their noises can be your  alarm clock lol.

Why You Should Adopt Pets Instead of Buying Them


Unfortunately, breeding pets for business purposes is not illegal in all places yet, but you can make a better personal choice by choosing to adopt instead of buying. In case you are wondering what’s the difference or can’t think of enough reasons as to why one is better than the other, go through the following points.
Our adopted dog, Bolt

You are Supporting Horrifying Puppy Mills


Whenever you buy from a professional breeder, you are giving money to a business that makes a profession out of forcibly exploiting breeder dogs and puppies. In case you are not yet aware of the hell that a puppy mill is, click here to check out the reality.

It’s a Lot Cheaper

Puppy adoption is not only the better way to welcome a furry friend into your family, but it’s also more economical. Adoption charges are nominal as compared to buying a pedigree puppy and it often includes the costs of neutering, microchipping, and vaccinating. In other words, you get a healthy, spayed and vaccinated puppy at a lower cost.

They Need Your Help

Tens of millions of cats, dogs, and other pets are put into shelters every year, and unless you give them a home, they are living on borrowed time. They really need people to give them a loving home and each time someone buys a pet from a breeder or a pet shop, a pet loses its chance at survival.

Adoption is Rewarding

To know that you saved a life that was headed for euthanization is rewarding in itself. Chances are that the dog will show you enough gratitude to make sure that you will love yourself for that decision as well. It is to be noted that shelters have all kinds of dogs and some of them will have an abusive and sad history, which may lead them to be less charming. If you decide to adopt such a puppy, ensure that you understand what that means because the last thing an abused or abandoned dog needs is to be left alone once again.
Shelter Dogs may already have Training

This isn’t guaranteed, but most shelter dogs usually have at least some basic training from their earlier owners or from the adoption center itself. This means that you won’t have to worry about toilet training too much when you adopt.

Adoption Solves Pet Overpopulation Problem

A breeder may sell you a dog or any other pet without neutering it first, while all adoption centers must make sure that the puppy you are taking home won’t be able to add to the population. To some, it may sound cruel, but given the reality of the situation, it’s a necessary step. Millions of animals are put down every year because of overpopulation and at this moment, there aren’t enough homes to accommodate them all.

By now, it should be clear why animal lovers all over the world suggest that we adopt. Nevertheless, whether you adopt or buy, please make sure that your puppy doesn’t end up at the shelter one day.

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