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Favorite Video Friday – Life is better with you

October 9, 2015 5 comments

Yesterday, I got word that another pet sitting client and former MN Valley Humane Society dog (where I volunteered) had crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Zephyr was a sweet and precious thing who looked so very  vulnerable when she was at our shelter. I worried about her finding the right home, but fortunately, she had already captured another volunteer’s heart. She could not have landed with a better family. She had a great life and was very much loved. She was one of the lucky ones.

The number of dogs I know from our old shelter is getting smaller and smaller. So many of us lost when that place suddenly closed down. It was such a tight-knit community. Seeing so many of the dogs we adopted out now making that journey over the Bridge reminds us of the loss once again.

I have two MVHS dogs of my own, Daisy and Jasper, who will one day follow. This video and Zephyr’s death, is a reminder of how much they have made my life better. I cannot imagine my life without them.

Today’s video is a celebration of Zephyr’s life, and of the time I have had with Daisy and Jasper.

God speed sweet Zephyr.

Happy Friday everyone.

My new favorite product – The Tick Lasso

October 8, 2015 5 comments

The Tick LassoQuite a while ago, I saw a product I had never heard of before at my vet’s office. It is called the Trix TickLasso.

What??? A lasso for ticks? Yup. It’s a real thing. And, the veterinarian staff wholeheartedly endorsed it. When they showed me how it worked, I was sold. I purchased it immediately.The Lasso

Of course, since I regularly use Frontline on the dogs, I have never had the chance to use it. It sat in my junk drawer for months. I had completely forgotten I had it.

But recently, I was a little late in applying Frontline on the dogs and Daisy got a tick. (I hate those damn little buggers.)

I was upset that my lapse in memory had allowed one to attach to her. Damn ticks.

I was also really worried about removing it and not getting the head out. In the past, I have tried to remove a rock using a tweezers. Getting the head out was usually futile. But, this time I had the TickLasso! So, I thought I would give it a try.

It was money well spent.It was really easy to use, and unlike a pair tweezers, it removed the tick intact, head and all. What a great product.

So how does it work?

  1. Like a ballpoint pen, you push the button on top of the applicator and a small lasso appears at the other end.
  2. You loop the lasso over the tick (down where the head is attached).
  3. Release the button and the lasso tightens around the tick (just like lassoing a bull).
  4. Twist the applicator and pull.

That’s it! The whole tick comes out and you’re done.

The lassoed tickJust make sure to dispose of the tick. (If you use a lit match to kill the tick, like me, make sure you let the tick out of the lasso before burning him otherwise you will ruin your lasso.)

You can see a video of how it works below.

If you want to purchase one for yourself, they are pretty much everywhere, including Amazon.

Note: I purchased this product myself and used it. I was not approached by anyone to endorse this product.

Wordless Wednesday #260 – A walk in the woods

October 7, 2015 6 comments

What question would you ask your dog if you could?

October 5, 2015 29 comments

Jasper and CupcakeKnowing and understanding dog body language can be so helpful in understanding your dog and the other dogs you encounter. Whether it be a play bow, a look away, or a raised paw; what a dog does and how it moves tells us something about how they are feeling.

But sometimes, I wish I could ask them a question that can’t always be answered with dog body language, like …

How is your day going?

Do you want to just stay home and cuddle?

What could I do to make you feel better?

Are you in pain?

Do you prefer to walk here? Or, there?

Having one sided-conversations with my dogs is nice, but not helpful for them or me. Being able to ask questions and interact with them would be so much easier than guessing what they want or think.

If only I had a magic lamp with a genie in it huh? But then again, I would probably be limited to asking only one question (or maybe, three). That’s still not a full conversation. I wonder what I would ask my dogs if I could only ask them one question to ask them? Hmmmm…. Maybe “Do I make you happy? Or, “What do I do that makes you uncomfortable?” Or, “What could I do to make your life even better?”

Do you know what one question you would ask your dog(s) if you had the chance?

Black and White Sunday #149 – Smile for the camera!

October 3, 2015 9 comments


My thanks to our hosts for this blog hop Dachshund Nola and Sugar The Golden Retriever.

Unfortunately, doesn’t allow Java script so I can’t provide a direct link to the linky, but you can join here.

Favorite Video Friday – Australian Shepherd beauty, Lissy

October 2, 2015 4 comments

It’s fall, the weather has been lovely, my dogs are happy and I’m loving life. So, why not share a video that reflects pure joy and happiness?

I love Lissy. Could she be more beautiful? Or, more intelligent?

Happy Friday everyone!

Wordless Wednesday #259 – Just Jasper

September 29, 2015 6 comments

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