We are so excited to be back after a little break. I’ve had some health issues recently, so sadly the blog has taken the brunt of it, but we are here! Fall is one of my favorite seasons. We have pumpkins, a chilly breeze (for the most part, I do live in Florida…), and of course, Halloween. I am not a kid anymore, but I do enjoy curling up in a blanket with some candy and watching Halloweentown. I am that nerd.
We did dress the boys up in costumes…you’ll just have to stay tuned to find out what those are. 😉 Hint… Benji’s looks just like him. Milo went a little out there. Both are equally adorable! I can’t wait for you to see.
We also went to introduce to you a wonderful new addition to our family. She wanted to take part in the holiday fun!
Say hello to Addison!
She is a New Zealand white rabbit, and she was left at a Circle K gas station. Our local rabbit rescue picked her up right away and took her in. Her back leg is splayed, so she’s a little disabled, but she hops along just fine. 🙂 She is the sweetest little spirit.
I haven’t introduced her to the boys yet, as she is still adjusting. She has her own play pen, I’ll have to do a post about her set up. I’ll take photos when she meets the boys and do a post about it. I can’t wait! They are so sweet, I think they will love her.
We can’t wait to share this exciting new adventure with you all, and Happy Fall!
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Hurricane Irma hit my town pretty hard. The boys and I are located in Fort Myers, Florida where my family is; surrounded by Naples, Bonita Beach, and Lehigh Acres. I posted on our Facebook page tips to prepare for a hurricane, but I don’t think you can ever really know how prepared to be for a hurricane until you’ve been through one.
Some of you may never get the chance, and some of you may need to know this for the next one. I think these points also pertain to any natural disaster, so it’s worth a read even if you aren’t in a hurricane zone.
The hurricane has passed, and we made it out alive, only little damage to the house. What would I have done differently? What is it like after the hurricane passes? These are things that people don’t talk about. So, I’m going to talk about them.
- Buy More Pet Food than You Think You Need: The aftermath is like nothing you can explain. People are frantic. The town is out of power. Gas is limited, and the lines for gas stations are 2+ hours long. You don’t want to use more gas than is needed, and the pet store probably won’t be open anyway! Their power is out, and they ran out of generator gas. These are real issues, people!
- Get Gas Cans: Fill all of your cars and get 20 gas cans. As many as possible. Fill them all to the brim! If you have a generator (which I hope you do, because once the hurricane hits – there will be NONE left!), you will need these often.
- You Can Save Your Raw Food: I had purchased freeze dried raw food incase I wasn’t going to be lucky and needed a “dry” food that wasn’t kibble. Thankfully, I was able to save my raw food that was kept in my fridge and freezer. How was I able to do this? My family rotated the time for the generator. We needed to keep the fridges cool but also preserve gas, because we didn’t know how long our power was going to be out. We ended up being without power for about 4 days. We would turn the generator on for 2 hours, off for 2 hours. The cycle continued all night. My father was a trooper and let everyone sleep while he got up every 2 hours to turn it off, and again in another 2 hours to turn it on. If you are not able to do this, you will loose everything in the fridge – be warned! If you don’t open your fridge/freezer during those 2 hours the power is off, they will STILL stay cold.
- More and More Water: Obviously you need to stock up on bottles of water. Once a hurricane is set to come to your town, you will run out of water fast. The stores will be empty. Make sure you get as much as you can! You will most likely be on a boil water notice for a couple weeks after the storm.
- Keep Them Cool: In Florida, without A/C it gets really, really hot. You don’t want your dogs to over heat, so make sure they are able to keep cool by having cold, wet towels for them to lay on, ice to chew, battery operated fans, ect. and ALWAYS, ALWAYS have fresh water available to them!
- Your Dogs Will Know: Benji especially knew that a storm was coming, he didn’t want to leave my side. My dogs did pretty well for the most part, but they definitely needed that extra comfort. If your dog is extra sensitive to storms, I would suggest a calming treat.
- Barnes and Noble: This bookstore was one of the first places to open after Irma hit. If yours opens, they have outlets where you can charge your phone/laptop and they are dog friendly. I saw many people there with their dogs on leash, and it was a nice place to get out of the heat for many.
- Don’t Abandon Your Pets: This should be an easy one, but Florida was overwhelmed with the amount of dogs that people were “setting free” before the storm, or leaving them tied up to trees to endure the storm alone. Please reconsider this! There would be many people willing to take in your dog, rescues, etc. There are other options other than leaving this defenseless animal to die. Not to mention, it is illegal.
- Find a Pet Friendly Shelter: I was lucky, and didn’t have to go to a shelter but I saw on the news that they had many available to the community. They required that you bring vaccine records, a crate, and all dogs to be leashed. Obviously, you will need food and water for them as well!
- Help Your Community: I’m still dealing with the aftermath of Irma in my town. Our groceries stores are running on generators that are running out of gas, we have limited food supplies, gas tanks are running out as soon as they are filled, and so many are still without power. Our power just turned on yesterday, and it was like a Christmas miracle! Many rescue organization were hit hard, and need fosters to take in the animals until power restores! Open your homes, and your hearts to donating or providing a safe place for an animal in need.
If you would like to help some local rescues/animal sanctuaries that were hit hard in my area, I provided links on my Facebook page HERE. Your help is appreciated! I definitely believe that what goes around, comes around. If you spread positivity, you get it back. 🙂
I hope that this advice helped some of you, and maybe gave you insight on some things that people DON’T tell you before a hurricane.
It’s never too early to be prepared, you never know when you will need it. We don’t always get a warning!
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Ideas for Back to School Blues…
Where I live, everyone has gone back to school and I won’t lie – it’s nice that places are less busy during the day. I can’t say I love the 4 o’clock rush hour. I do not have kids, but my dog’s know what it’s like when the weekend is over and I have to go back to work. They think it stinks!
It’s ten times harder for pets if your child has been home for the entire summer, and starts school again. It’s a change of habit, something they have to adjust to and remember how to cope with. If your dog is especially close with your child, you can understand the loneliness they feel when they go away for long periods of time.
You have to remember, your dog doesn’t know why your child left! They just know they come back at the same time, every day. And they were gone foorrreevveerr!
So, what is a dog parent to do?
While the child is at school, make sure you are giving your family dog enough attention.
It can be easy to be in the habit of cleaning, laundry, errands, and forget that the dog has feelings and requires the attention that he/she was used to when school was out, and everyone was home more.
When the kids are at school, do something different and special with him/her. Something to look forward to while the kids are away. Perhaps a trip to the park, a ride in the car, a special snack! Not only does this make them look forward to this time, but it builds a bond with you as well.
Dog’s Help Homework?!
Another important thing to remember – dog’s are truly therapeutic!
It’s important for your child to finish their homework, I get it. But, when they need a break, what better way to take a breather than playing with their dog? Dog’s are known to reduce stress and provide “happy brain” chemicals that actually help you focus.
So instead of playing video games, suggest fetch with Fido!
We hope you all had a great summer and did amazing things with your family. 🙂
Oh, the joys of Summer! So many activities to do with our dogs, and so little time. We have to battle the heat, but there are a lot of products to help with keeping your dog cool AND have fun! Here are my top 10 products for dogs this summer…
Chill Out Ice Bandana – My mother’s Goldendoodle, Sadie, is a “hot dog” even in the A/C! This is a staple in her house. Sadie wears this in door and out. All you have to do is wet it, put it in the freezer. It’s cooling and helps her regulate her body temperature.
Paw Ice Molds – This is a must have if your dog loves popsicles! There are so many fun things you can put in the molds to create an easy dog treat that keeps them cool and tastes good. Some of Benji & Milos include: goat milk, coconut oil, and yogurt with fruit inside!
Pet Cooling Gel Mat – We love this product! If your dog doesn’t destroy dog beds, this is even perfect for his/her kennel to keep them extra cool. Or, just bring it inside!
Stainless Steel Water Fountain – Not only is this great because it is stainless steel (plastic can harbor a ton of bacteria!), but the water fountain actually encourages the pet to drink and most pets love running water.
Pocket First Aid Kit – This should be a staple year round, but especially in the summer when dog’s seem to have more “accidents” it’s especially important to have a first aid kit, and this travel size is perfect for your daily dog walks!
Natural Flea + Tick Repellent – This spray is a natural way to repel not only fleas and ticks, but also mosquitos! Ticks are on the hunt in the summer and Lyme disease is a concern. We want those creepy crawlers GONE! Not to mention, it smells good. 😉
Pet Deshedding Brush – I haven’t tried this one personally, but have heard GREAT things about this brush. It’s known to reduce shedding up to 90%, which means help with loosing that winter coat!
Paw Balm – This is a great product to protect your pets paws during the summer. Try to walk in the cooler times (early morning/evening), but this is a great additional security to ensure their paws stay safe on the hot asphalt!
Dog Life Vest – If your dog is a swimmer, this can be a great tool! Whether in the pool or in the lake, it’s important to make sure they stay safe and above water.
Raw Paws Salmon Oil – Again, I love this year round, but it is especially nice in the Summer because it really helps their coats stay healthy! Great for hair and skin, the Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil is a great source of Omega-3 and Omega-6.
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Just an update…
The other day we went to Petco and saw the Star Wars dog toy section. This gem popped right out at me and I said, “There’s Benji!”
I had to take him home to meet his twin and snap a photo. Too funny! How identical are these guys? People always tell me Benji reminds them of a creature out of Star Wars, and I take that as a compliment! 😉
This week, we have some fun new products we are going to be trying! We can’t wait to show you. You’ll be hearing from us on that in the coming days.
We also wanted to say THANK YOU for 100 likes on Facebook! We couldn’t be more excited. The boys think they are famous now, I have told them not to let it get to their heads.
Milo started obedience classes last week, he has his second class tonight. Wish us luck!
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I bought a cute hat and bandana from Petsmart this weekend, and I had to try it on the pups! We want to wish you all a safe and Happy (early) 4th of July! We are so grateful to be in a free country and for those who fight for our freedom.
Stay safe – and remember to keep your dogs indoors this holiday!!
“MOM! No pictures please!!”
“Okay, maybe a few…”
“I’m coming for my close up!!”
“MUM… You did NOT tell me I had to go in the GRASS!”
“I will stay over by the door where it is safe…”
“Just call me Abe Lincoln.”
Happy 4th of July!!!!! – Milo & Benji
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Milo was getting antsy and I had some errands to run, and I remembered I had gotten a dog stroller for my birthday in May and hadn’t put it to good use yet. Now, I am all for dogs walking and getting exercise but Milo is currently needing work on his leash pulling skills.
Although not to his knowledge, he is starting classes next week to work on this. 😉 SURPRISE!
This way I could kill two birds with one stone: get the items I needed at Michaels Craft Store and let my dog get some stimulation and socialization. Bonus for my arm not being ripped off in the process.
We needed to hit the cake isle for some decorating needs. My mothers birthday is coming up and I am in charge of the cake. We also got stuff to make some doggie cupcakes we can’t wait to show you guys!! Stay tuned for that.
Anytime I grabbed something, he wanted to know where I was going. “MOM! YOU MOVED!”
He loves the stroller, though. I don’t know if its because he feels like he’s inclosed in his kennel, but he is so well behaved in there. I wish I had gotten one sooner. I believe this one was from Amazon.
It has two drink holders and a spot I can sit stuff. The bottom section has a place for my purse, so I didn’t have my hands full. Nice little spot for my cupcake liners! And it has a back view of Milo so I can make sure he isn’t trying to stand up.
Which he tried to do in the check out line, he wanted to say hello to everyone!! Silly boy.