Sunday, August 13, 2017

ThunderSnap Leash

You guys know I have a crazy lovable Smooth Fox Terrier named Diesel. Diesel is the love of my life but it is a pain to hook him up to a leash. He jumps runs around in circles acts like a complete nut. 
I understand his excitement but it still gets old.  One of the worse things is during this excitement I have attached his leash to his collar tag. When this happens the minute I get him outside he runs tugging on the collar tag. Since the collar tag is not strong enough to hold the leash ~ off snaps the collar tag and Diesel is free to run! 
The ThunderSnap Leash solves all issues with getting Diesel hooked to his leash. It is so easy!
The ThunderSnap uses powerful magnets and a strong ball bearing latch mechanism to connect the collar and leash.
Tested to over 500 pounds of pull force.  I was worried that Diesel could pull the ThunderSnap off - so when I first tested the ThunderSnap I used the new ThunderSnap and his old retractable leash at the same time. I wanted to be sure the ThunderSnap could hold Diesel. He is a hard puller when he wants to run. The ThunderSnap worked great! No issues!
Once in the house it is a simple pull on the grey slide down to release! 
Connects and Releases in a Snap!

Available in three sizes:
  • Small size: 5/8” Wide Webbing; 6’ Long Leash
  • Medium/Large size: 3/4” Wide Webbing; 5’ Long Leash
  • Extra Large size: 1” Wide Webbing; 5’ Long Leash

Here is my baby Diesel hooked up to his ThunderSnap Leash.

It is refreshing to not have to struggle with Diesel to take him out. Makes life so much better.

It is amazing how the little things cause the most stress. Thank you ThunderSnap for making our daily outings a whole lot less stressful. 



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Thursday, August 10, 2017

A simple act of Kindness

It is never too late to start a new hobby.  I came across a Kindness Movement that I LOVE! It is called Kindness Rocks.   Are you wondering what a Rock and Kindness have in common?  This is HOW....I paint rocks then leave them for other people to find. They can keep the rock, leave it alone, or move the rock to a different location. Once they find my rock the rocks destiny is in their hands. It is my gift to them ~ a way to bring Joy and Warmth to a all too often cold world.

I wanted my rocks to have a meaning expressing something important to me.  One of the things I think that we as a world need so much more of is DIVERSITY. Diversity is key to living in harmony with each other.  

I decided to paint the Tree of Life on all of my rocks.  Big or small - long or short - black or white  all of the rocks will have a Tree of Life.  To me the Tree of Life represents such important values that I feel need to be nourished.
Growth
Connection 
Rebirth
Diversity
Immortality
Strength
Nature
Family

My first three Tree of Life Rocks. Each rock was made for a special location I will be camping at this month.  I will also be leaving rocks on hiking trails and just about anywhere I think a rock would be welcomed or is needed. 


This past weekend while camping I asked my grandson and my BF's granddaughter to find a perfect spot for the Tree of Life Rock at the campground we were camping at.
The only requirement for placement was in or near a tree.   
Priceless Memories 

They are both so intrigued with the act of giving a rock for Kindness that they want to start a regular Rock Painting Get Together to paint beautiful rocks. 
My small way of offering then the joys of giving. 

 If you ever come across a Tree of Life rock with DKL on the back. 
Please enjoy my gift to you!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Yikes Summer is flying by!!

Living in Wisconsin we wait so long for warm weather. When it arrives it seems like it is over before I can get all the things completed I want to do.  Mind you I have no yard work or home maintenance to do. Moving to a apartment complex has simplified my life! I love it.

I'm talking about rivers to kayak, places to camp, adventures to take.  Wisconsin is a beautiful state but temp wise it can get chilly in October - too chilly to be camping for this old gal. This year our nice weather did not start until June - making our warm weather outdoor time very short.

So far this year I have kayaked quite a few nice rivers and lakes. But I always seem to want more! More adventure! Maybe the fact that as I age I see life flying by with the end in site. I know that sounds crazy ~ but it does make a difference how I look at life being 64 vrs 46.  At 46 I felt old but not that old. Now at 64 I am starting to feel old but not think old. Not thinking old but starting to feel old is a terrible thing.  I look at mountains and think sure I can climb that.....then half way up I am panting and out of breath. I think maybe I should slow down - but then the young thoughts come back and say "heck no" just get in better shape. 

Thank goodness my young side is doing most of the talking lately because the old side has been listening. So far this year I have lost 42 pounds, taken up hiking, snow shoeing, camping, kayaking, rock painting and hiding. My life consist of adventures that allow me to  explore life. 

Crazy but I get up every morning smiling, take ownership for everything I do, plan my adventures, contact friends, talk to family, live life to the fullest with my Diesel, and I am extremely THANKFUL that I am able to spend my life MY WAY.  I work at the local hospital part time in the ER Department. I work with a fantastic group of caring professionals that make going to work a pleasure instead of a burden.   I have made some amazing friends and I truly enjoy being with them. I have two friends that feel like they were meant to be my Soul Friends! 

Yes, you could say I am wearing Rose Colored Glasses and I LOVE it! My family is so supportive - my grown children never question why I do the crazy things I do. They smile and say sure Mom. My grandchildren call me the crazy Nana - they are always willing to join me in a new adventure. 

My newest adventure is Geocatching. When Geocatching became popular that was during my work till I die phase. I was climbing up the ladder of success and seem to loss track of everything else. Since I no longer am focused on a career - in fact it has been 7 years since I left that crazy chapter of my life. My 8 year old grandson and I think Geocathcing would be a perfect adventure for us.  I am in the researching process and we plan to start a hunt in September of this year.  We are both very very excited ~ it is kind of like a Treasure Hunt minus Captain Sparrow.

Life is Short ~ Every Breath is Valuable!  Please don't waste 
life on worry and unhappiness. 

Enjoy !

Thursday, July 6, 2017

4 More Fun Activities You Can Share with Your Dog



Having a dog in your life is already fun as it is. Dogs are very compassionate and caring, plus they make great companions; no matter how bad your day is, you will always find a reason to smile in your dog. I know I always smile whenever I see Diesel wagging his tail, no matter how badly my day went.



Even so, there is a long list of great things you can do together with your dog. Here are some more fun activities you can try if you want to bond with your dog more.

Day Trips and Hiking

Dogs generally love riding in a car, which means they are also great travel companions. If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, taking your dog on a hiking trip is the perfect thing to try. The ride to the nearby park or hiking trail will be fun, while the hike itself can quickly turn into an adventure the two of you can enjoy together.
Traveling with dogs requires a bit more planning though. For starters, you need to check with the local authority regarding whether pets are allowed in the area. You also need to make sure that your dog is fit enough for the hike. Lastly, make sure you prepare and bring your dog’s travel essentials for the trip.

Agility

Another great thing to try is agility, an exciting dog sport that involves both the human and the dog. You basically guide your dog through a series of obstacles within a certain amount of time. It is a great training for the dog since agility helps develop confidence, release energy, and train your dog’s ability to focus. At the same time, you also learn to connect better with your dog.
Agility is done either as a competitive thing or for fun. Some dog parks have obstacles such as tunnels, balance beams, and hurdles for those who want to try agility with their dogs.

Trick Training

Training your dog to master new tricks is both fun and challenging. Certain proven methods like clicker training and positive reinforcement make the process more manageable. However, you still need to spend enough time practicing and maintaining consistency before the dog can fully master the trick.
Trick training is a great activity for improving your relationship with the dog. It is also a great therapy for dogs with behavioral problems. Besides, it’s more fun to show off the tricks your dog has mastered to others.

Fetch!

We all know that dogs need to release their stored energy regularly; this is one of the reasons why we take them for a walk. Playing fetch is a great alternative to walking. You can use a Frisbee, a ball, or even a stick to play the game. What’s important is enjoying the experience and letting your dog have fun while releasing energy too.

Fetch is a game that may require practice. In fact, almost all activities we covered in this article require a bit of practice. Take your time and enjoy these fun activities, however, and you will have an even better relationship with your dog.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Signs Your Dog isn’t Feeling Well and What to Do


We like to think that our dogs always feel great, are healthy, and happy, but sometimes they can feel under the weather or have something more serious going on. Because dogs can’t tell us when they don’t feel well, as owners it’s important to know what to what to watch for, and learn to read the signs that your dog isn’t feeling quite him/herself. So, what are the signs they aren’t feeling well, and what should you do about it? Here’s some advice that can help make things a bit more clear.



Diarrhea or Vomiting – More than Just Once

Helping a sick dog can be tricky since they aren’t able to communicate with you, but some symptoms are much more noticeable and easy to catch. Diarrhea and vomiting are two big signs your dog isn’t feeling well. If it only happens once, then it’s probably nothing to worry about or act upon, what you need to watch for is a dog that has vomited many times in one day, or had diarrhea throughout the day.
Along with these symptoms the dog may start to get lethargic, start to become dehydrated, and lose their appetite. There are all kinds of reasons these symptoms can be occurring so it's best to get your dog into the vet immediately. As well, try to encourage them to drink, and don't worry about pushing food on them.
Diarrhea and vomiting can be caused by eating human food. It is vital that you check out the foods your dog should never eat to prevent this from happening again.

Your Dog Suddenly Starts to Limp

If you have a dog who is healthy and full of energy and suddenly seems to be limping or having a hard time getting around, there’s a good chance they have injured themselves somehow. In these cases,it’s important to give your dog space, and not crowd him.Make sure he is somewhere safe where he can't fall and hurt himself further, and that his water is right there for him. Depending on how serious the injury seems, you can give it a day and see if the dog starts to recover, or you can call the vet.

Your Dog’s Breathing Becomes Labored

Just like with people, dogs can catch infections from time to time. If you should notice your dog has developed a cough, is wheezing, or seems to be having difficulty breathing, there is a good chance he may have a respiratory illness, cold, or even allergies. Give your dog a quiet, comfortable place to relax so he isn’t running around, and give the vet a call. It may be that he needs a round of antibiotics to fight his bug.

Your Dog Loses its Appetite

Dogs are notoriously known for being big eaters who don’t really care what it is they eat. If your dog is a great eater and suddenly loses interest in food, this is the time to book an appointment with the vet. Again,a number of things could be happening. Sometimes a dog may even be turned off his food suddenly. Without seeing a vet, it’s impossible to know what’s really going on.

Be Your Dog’s Voice


Because your dog can’t talk and vocalize how he is feeling, it’s up to you to be aware of any signs he may display so you can act as his voice.