Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Making An Emergency Supply Kit

In the event of any kind of emergency, such as an ice storm, you need to make sure you have a supply kit with all of the important materials you might need for the family. You can make emergency food storage kits by using a plastic container with a secure lid. Use a container that is large enough to hold enough items to last each family member for at least three days. You might not need this much food and other items, but it's best to know that it's on hand instead of not having it when it's needed. 

When you begin making your kit, take your time in deciding what to include. If you have an infant or a baby, you want to add formula and baby food that is nonperishable. Keep a few empty bottles and bottled water for the baby as well. Each family member should have one gallon of water for each day. The water doesn't have to go in the container, but you need to keep it in a safe place where you know to look when the power is out or if you are unable to leave the home. Think about the types of food that you add to the kit. Items should not need to be heated, and you should include foods that don't require a can opener. However, adding a can opener to the kit is a benefit in case there is something that needs to be opened. Crackers, peanut butter and canned fruits and meats are ideal as they will last longer than items that are in a resealable package. 

You don't have to spend a lot of money on your food kit. Shop at dollar stores, and use coupons to get items that are on sale. Don't forget bulk supplies of items like paper towels and canned foods so that you have a substantial amount of products that might be needed. Other things to consider adding to your kit include wipes for washing the hands and face, batteries, flashlights and a small radio so that you can hear any announcements that are made from news stations.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Loving Emmi by Barbara Boswell Brunner

And the Dog-Ma saga continues...

In this highly anticipated sequel to the best-selling Dog-Ma, The Zen of Slobber, Izzy, the feisty and ferocious terrier, has lost her eyesight. Following on the heels of this devastating loss, her arch-rival Morgan - a gentle giant of a Rottweiler - suddenly succumbs to cancer. Finding herself a lonely-only, it's not long before Izzy finds herself nose-to-nose with her humans' new pet project: a foster Rottie pup also named Morgan. Quickly renamed Emmi to avoid confusion (and the wrath of Izzy,) it was to be the beginning of a journey unlike any other.

Severely injured as a newborn, Emmi—affectionately known to her fast-growing online fan base as Baby Morgan the Broken Jaw Puppy—is hanging onto life by a thread. Living with a crushed jaw that has left her unable to open her mouth to eat or drink, the prognosis is grim. Baby Morgan is starving to death. Having rescued her from a horrific life, her parents spring into all-out desperation mode to find her the best lifesaving medical care. Despite the advice of veterinary professionals to euthanize, her parents are determined to save her at all costs. Taking to the Internet, they rally a huge online community of dog lovers who quickly become their second family. It does not take long for Emmi's sheer determination and ferocious will to live to take hold.

This is Emmi's miracle. A story of hope, inspiration and triumph in the face of adversity.

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“This book is a must read for animal lovers, everywhere. Barbara Boswell Brunner pulls at your heartstrings in Loving Emmi, a rescue story like no other. When Barbara, and her husband, Ray, decide it's time to foster another dog, they have no idea what they're getting into. This is their story, but it's also the story of every "imperfect" shelter dog; a story that promises to open eyes and hearts. A fantastic read. Two paws, way, way up.” - Author Nick Antinozzi – Desperate Times Trilogy 

 “A captivating and heartwarming story that illustrates the deep and trusting bond that exists between dogs and humans, written with true understanding, compassion, and love. A must-read gem of a book.” Author Kathryne Arnold – The Resurrection of Hannah

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Loving Emmi is a heartfelt story of love and caring.  Being a dog lover I could only put the book down to wipe tears from my eyes. If you love a book that brings all your emotions to the surface - Loving Emmi is for you. 

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Dog-Ma: the Zen of Slobber (Dog-Ma Book 1)

Barbara's vivid and dramatic stories, told with a wicked sense of humor, will make you laugh out loud. She definitely gets what living with rescued dogs (nine of them!) is all about. 

When Barbara meets her future husband, Ray, it is love-and dog-at first sight. Over the course of thirty-two years, seventeen relocations and nine dogs, their mutual love of dogs guides them on their unconventional path. The love that Barbara and Ray get in return is literally lifesaving, with one dog attacking a lethal intruder and another discovering Barbara’s cancer. Her own survival story underscores the story of how her dogs become survivors themselves. 

Each new dog adds its own dynamic to the family, sometimes upending it. From Turbo (whose Spock-like ears may have provided super powers), Barbara learns about the will to live; Lexington demonstrates incredible patience and an inexplicable love of golf; Madison teaches that laughter is truly the best medicine and that the whole “nine lives thing” is not reserved just for cats; Morgan should be sainted for tolerating Izzy, who is as cute as she is bad. Barbara is certain that somewhere in doggie heaven there is a poster that says “If you are sick, injured or in need of really expensive medical care, FIND THESE HUMANS!”

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"Anyone who loves dogs and animals will thoroughly enjoy this book, you will find the authors love, compassion and kindness to her dogs unconditional and the sacrifices both her and her husband make are unbelievable." - Beck Valley Books

"A sweet, funny and poignant book that I read, cover to cover in just one sitting. It caused me to shed more than a few tears, brought many smiles to my face and even made me laugh out loud a time or two. Whether you’re head over heels for furbabies or are just looking for a great read, this is the book for you!" - Jayedee Halpin Dewitt

"If you love dogs, if you’ve ever rescued a dog, or if you just want a book that exemplifies the extraordinary bond that develops between dogs and the humans who love them, you must read Dog-ma the Zen of Slobber." - Terrier Torrent

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About the Author

Award Winning Author, Barbara Brunner grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with her parents, sister and always a dog, or two or three. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from a small women's college in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Meeting her husband in Washington, DC, they continued together on a journey as self-proclaimed dog addicts. In the ensuing years, she founded three successful businesses in the Pacific Northwest and is a prolific fundraiser for breast cancer research. She and her husband are retired and now reside in Southwest Florida with two dogs and copious amounts of dog fur. She is currently working on indulging her well known flip flop addiction.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

How to Find a Vet for Your Dog

If you want to have a happy, healthy dog, you have to make sure they go to the vet. They need to have vaccinations, checkups, and so on. Finding a good vet is not always easy, however. Luckily, there are many excellent online resources, like webvets.com, where you can find a wealth of information. Alternatively, the following five tips may be of benefit to you.

1. Speak to Other People
You probably know quite a few people who have dogs as well and who live in your area. Ask them for their recommendations. Find out which vet they go to and whether they are happy with the service that they have received. If nothing else, it could help you to figure out where not to go.

2. What Do You Need?
Sit down and think about what you will want your vet to do. Perhaps you have adopted a dog with certain health conditions, for instance, in which case you will need a vet who has experience in those problems. Perhaps you want to breed your dog, in which case you need a vet who can deal with births and puppies and who will come out in emergencies. Or maybe you simply want to get your dog chipped, vaccinated, and de-flea-ed, in which case a non-specialist vet is fine.

3. Go See the Vet
You don’t have to register your dog with a vet at any point. Hence, you should feel free to visit an office and then decide whether or not you want them to become your permanent vet. Just walking into a vet to see what they are about, what the facility looks like, how friendly they are, and so on, will give you a good indication of their quality.

4. What About Insurance?
Veterinary services are really expensive, unfortunately. However, insurance is out there. Furthermore, most vets will have packages that enable you to get your pet health checks, vaccinations, flea and worm treatment, and more. This is certainly something to look in to.

5. When Are They Open?
You need to find a vet that is open around hours that suit you. Many vets have very early and very late opening hours to accommodate working people. However, these vets tend to also be very busy during those time periods. Hence, if you are able to come during regular office hours, you may find it easier to get in. However, if you work unsociable hours, then you will need a vet that accommodates those needs. Plus, you need to find out what sort of emergency cover arrangements are in place, just in case your dog gets ill in the middle of the night.

Last but not least, check the vet out with the American Veterinary Medical Association. They will be able to tell you whether the vet you are considering has the necessary credentials, licenses, insurances, and certifications. After that, you should have found yourself a vet to whom you can entrust the medical care of your most loyal companion.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Check out PetSmile

This Barking Wednesday I wanted to share with you a article about PetSmile. 
According the American Veterinary Medical Association, by the age of 3 most cats and dogs will have developed a condition where bacteria attacks the soft gum tissue, known as periodontal disease. This is the final stage in a process that begins with the development of plague on your pet's teeth. This National Pet Oral Care Month, don't let your furry friend fall into this statistic and give them the proper oral care they deserve.

Available to provide her tips for the best oral health care is Dr. Taylor Truitt, DVM of The Vet Set on behalf of Petsmile VOHC Approved toothpaste. Dr. Truitt can share her expertise on the following:
  • The importance of brushing your pet's teeth
  • How to properly brush their teeth to make sure they have no plague buildup
  • Why you should stimulate their gums any chance you get
  • How their diet can play a major role in their oral health

Petsmile is the only toothpaste for pets recommended by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC). Petsmile's exclusive Calprox® formula is clinically proven to prevent plaque formation and improve your pets's oral health while keeping their breath fresh without brushing, preventing life-threatening pet diseases. Plus, its London Broil flavor is popular with both pets and the humans who love them – making it vet recommended and pet approved.
The Vet Set was founded Dr. Taylor Truitt and Dr. Eva Radke to bring the best veterinary care to your home, office, or hotel in Manhattan and Brooklyn 7 days a week. The Vet Set offers preventative medicine, vaccines, diagnostic testing, health certificates, acupuncture, and hospice care.  With an easy to use app and also telemedicine The Vet Set makes it easier than ever to keep in touch with your vet!  For more info visit: www.vetset.net

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Green Living: Ways anyone can Conserve Water

For those individuals looking to lower their impact on the environment, water conservation is a great place to start. Not only are you acting in an environmentally-
friendly manner, but you can help reduce water pollution in your local watersheds, lakes and rivers, and also lower your water bill. In fact, simply reducing the amount of water you use in a day provides a wide array of benefits, including reducing soil saturation and even prolong the life of septic systems. The water conservation calculator will help determine just how much water you are wasting every single day. And the following tips will show you just how easy it is to implement water conservation steps into your daily life.

Conserve Water inside the Home

• Regularly check pipes, faucets and toilets for leaks, and fix any leaks that you find.
• Install low flow faucet aerators on every sink and water saving shower heads in every shower.
• Fill plastic bottles with pebbles or sand and place them in your toilet tank.
• If you’re upgrading your toilet, choose a model that is low flush.
• Never use your toilet as a way to dispose of debris beside bodily waste. It is not a wastebasket or an ashtray.
• Check for leaks by reading your water meter and then, for two hours, don’t use any water. After the two hour period, check the water meter again. If the meter has raised, you have a leak somewhere.
• Reduce the amount of time you are in the shower.
• Install inexpensive pipe insulation around your water pipes.
• Don’t leave the water running when brushing your teeth. 
• Don’t run washing machines or dishwashers unless you have a full load.
• Reduce the amount of times you use your kitchen garbage disposal since it takes a lot of water for it to run properly.

Conserve Water in the Yard and Garden
• Plant laws, trees, flowers, shrubs and other plants that are drought-resistant and won’t require consistent watering.
• Add mulch around the plants and trees to help hold in moisture, reduce weed growth and protect the roots.
• Set your water sprinklers so that the water lands on your garden or lawn and is not wasted on sidewalks, gutters or driveways.
• Use a broom instead of a water hose to clean walkways and driveways.
• When you do have to water your lawn, do so deeply so the water soaks into the ground. A light watering will evaporate and promote a shallow root system in your lawn.