Archive for April, 2011

Earth Day!

Please help Mother Earth

 

Earth Day: 10 Eco-Friendly Choices for Your Dog

Today, I was thinking about the choices that we make for our dogs and how they can have an impact on our planet. With today’s holiday in mind, I decided to look into ways that can make us more Earth-conscious when it comes to taking care of our dog.

 1. Try cleaning up your dog’s mess inside with vinegar and water or all-natural enzyme-based cleaners instead of harsh chemicals.

2. Buy your dog products at green stores. Find out if they sell all-natural materials and if they recycle.

3. Bake your own dog treats using all-natural ingredients- you will save the environment by using less packaging and your dog will love the taste of fresh treats!

4. Clean up their poop with biodegradable bags or recycle fruit and veggie bags from the grocery store.

5. Make the switch to all-natural dog food. Find brands that use meat and vegetables from sustainable food sources. Certified organic dog food means less chemicals and more nutrition for your dog AND a friendlier impact on the environment.

6. Make your own dog food. You can control the ingredients that go into your dog’s food by being a pet chef! Instead of throwing away the leftover veggies find a way to use them in your dog’s next dish.

7. Spay or neuter your pet. This is one of the easiest things that you can do to help the environment by reducing the number of unwanted dogs without caregivers.

8. Make your own dog bed. Instead of buying a new one, use old pillows and fabric to fashion a new bed with a lot of personality for your dog.

9. Buy recycled toys for your dog. Many pet stores and all-natural stores now have pet toys made from recyclable materials.

10. Use Earth-friendly grooming products that won’t have a negative impact when you wash your dog. 

If you do just one of these suggestions it will help the environment.  Happy Earth Day!!!

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April 22, 2011 at 6:40 pm Leave a comment

A True Story About A Dog’s Amazing Love

In 2003, police in Warwickshire , England , opened a garden shed and found a whimpering, cowering dog. The greyhound had been locked in the shed and abandoned. It was dirty and malnourished, and had quite clearly been abused.

In an act of kindness, the police took the dog, which was a female greyhound, to the Nuneaton Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary, which is run by a man named Geoff Grewcock, and known as a haven for animals abandoned, orphaned, or otherwise in need.

Geoff and the other sanctuary staff went to work with two aims: to restore the dog to full health, and to win her trust. It took several weeks, but eventually both goals were achieved. They named her Jasmine, and they started to think about finding her an adoptive home.

Jasmine, however, had other ideas. No one quite remembers how it came about, but Jasmine started welcoming all animal arrivals at the sanctuary. It would not matter if it were a puppy, a fox cub, a rabbit or, any other lost or hurting animal. Jasmine would just peer into the box or cage and, when and where possible, deliver a welcoming lick.

Geoff relates one of the early incidents. “We had two puppies that had been abandoned by a nearby railway line. One was a Lakeland Terrier cross and another was a Jack Russell Doberman cross. They were tiny when they arrived at the centre, and Jasmine approached them and grabbed one by the scruff of the neck in her mouth and put him on the settee. Then she fetched the other one and sat down with them, cuddling them.”


“But she is like that with all of our animals, even the rabbits. She takes all the stress out of them, and it helps them to not only feel close to her, but to settle into their new surroundings. She has done the same with the fox and badger cubs, she licks the rabbits and
guinea pigs, and even lets the birds perch on the bridge of her nose.”

Jasmine, the timid, abused, deserted waif, became the animal sanctuary’s resident surrogate mother, a role for which she might have been born. The list of orphaned and abandoned youngsters she has cared for comprises five fox cubs, four badger cubs, fifteen chicks, eight guinea pigs, two stray puppies and fifteen rabbits – and one roe deer fawn. Tiny Bramble, eleven weeks old, was found semi-conscious in a field. Upon arrival at the sanctuary, Jasmine cuddled up to her to keep her warm, and then went into the full foster-mum role. Jasmine the greyhound showers Bramble the roe deer with affection, and makes sure nothing is matted.

“They are inseparable,” says Geoff. “Bramble walks between her legs, and they keep kissing each other. They walk together round the sanctuary. It’s a real treat to see them.”

Jasmine will continue to care for Bramble until she is old enough to be returned to woodland life. When that happens, Jasmine will not be lonely.. She will be too busy showering love and affection on the next orphan or victim of abuse.

Pictured from the left are: “Toby”, a stray Lakeland dog; “Bramble”, orphaned roe deer; “Buster”, a stray Jack Russell; a dumped rabbit; “Sky”, an injured barn owl; and “Jasmine”, with a mother’s heart doing best what a caring mother would do…and such is the order of God’s Creation.


And, just in case you wondered,
Snopes.com http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/jasmine.asp has verified the truth of this wonderful story and the reality of these photographs which accompany the story – so you can pass this story on, and help make someone else’s day to be just a little brighter!

April 15, 2011 at 7:53 am Leave a comment

Two dogs dining

This is hilarious.  If this doesn’t make you laugh, nothing will!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVwlMVYqMu4

April 8, 2011 at 5:59 pm Leave a comment

Hawaii, part 2

Whales greeted us as we sailed into Honolulu on Oahu the next day.  There were hundreds of them!  What a beautiful sight!  There’s no animal I love better than whales.  They are just spiritual creatures. 

When we arrived at each new island there were dancers greeting us.  Some were older, some young, all were beautiful dancers.  We appreciated all of them, especially when there were good looking young men in the group 😉 

We spent the day on Waikiki beach, doing some shopping and having drinks.  It was a pretty laid back day for us.

Our last stop in Hawaii before starting back to San Diego was at Kona.  We saved the best outing for last.  We took a Zodiac ocean raft along the coast to snorkel at the Kealakekua Bay Marine Preserve.   Along the way we saw pods of dolphins and whales. The water was calm and perfect for snorkeling.   We saw lots of tropical fish and coral formations.  This was Susie’s first time snorkeling and she’s hooked, just like me! 

After snorkeling, we had a snack of fresh local pineapple and other treats and started back.  We stopped at lava formations, sea caves and blow holes as we made our way back along the coastline.  We even saw some kids diving off the cliffs.

Can you see the diver?

 Then he hit the gas and we went speeding back as a pod of dolphins swam along with us.  It was a fantastic trip!

 Back on the ship as we pulled away from the Big Island everyone gathered on the deck to watch the lava flows.  What a perfect ending and a wonderful way to tell Hawaii good-bye!

April 1, 2011 at 7:20 am Leave a comment