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Save Your Dogs From Themselves This Spring Season

Save Your Dogs From Themselves This Spring Season
***Collaborative post***

Springtime normally brings out the fun side in everyone. After long months of rain, wind and snow, we’re finally back out into green fields, bountiful meadows and enjoying the sunshine. Our pets especially feel invigorated and want to run as fast as they can, while chasing butterflies. But, sadly, it’s not all fun and games because springtime does have a few hazards waiting for our pets. Although the majority of them are far from serious, some of them can transpire into larger issues that we hope never to deal with. Thankfully, there’s a wealth of knowledge out there to avoid suffering through any of them.

Harmful flowers

Cats and dogs love to chew on flowers during this time of year. They are bright and they are juicy. They love to eat some flowers because the petals are filled with sugars. However, the bulbs of some flowers are toxic and can make your pet vomit or suffer from diarrhoea. Watch out for flowers such as daffodils, bluebells, cyclamens, lilies and azaleas to name but a few. It can cause your pets to have sudden convulsions if there were to ingest one of the bulbs. You should keep an eye on what your cat is doing in your garden and when you go for a walk with your dog, make sure you’re telling them to stop when they bite at flowers. Sometimes, our pets have to be saved from themselves.

Springing into action

Part of what makes spring so bright and beautiful is the countless living things that spring into action, all at the same time. It’s almost as if they are working in unison, on the same schedule and it’s a wonderful melee of action. However, during the spring, parasites are out in force as well. Particularly, fleas, as they begin to lay up to 50 eggs a day on any living creature they can find. That’s why you need to see this link, whereby you can buy a tasty chew treat, which battles an array of parasites from mites, fleas, ticks, heart-worms and other worms that fester in the digestive system. It will help to limit and control secondary conditions that will make your dog feel lethargic and off his or her appetite.

Stick to trails

If you’re a man or woman of the country, you will need to stick to the walking trails when you’re out with your dog. Poison ivy is one of the worst things your dog can come into contact with. If they eat it, expect to see excessive drool, convulsions and vomiting. If your dog rubs up against poison ivy, he or she will be driven mad with itchiness, causing them to roll around on the ground uncontrollably. Look out for the signs of ivy, it’s a very thick, dark green leaf which can be mistaken for something harmless. If your dog is affected by it, bathe them in a shampoo with oatmeal to calm the inflammation.

Springtime is a joyous season, where life makes leaps and bounds once again. But beware your dog doesn’t go crazy with excitement and does themselves more harm than good. 

Christmas, pets

Dogs love Christmas too

Dogs love Christmas too

Christmas is a wonderful time of year. It is a time for us all to enjoy spending quality time with friends and family whilst enjoying some much-needed downtime.

Do you have pets? If so, do you spoil your pets at Christmas?

We have two dogs, Coco our two-year-old Siberian Husky. We also have Hunter, our 1.5-year-old German Shepherd. Both dogs get spoilt every birthday and every Christmas…. also, in-between if I am honest!

I have had a few comments saying I am bonkers, but why shouldn’t they be spoilt too? After all they are part of our family. If you are a pet owner or have owned a pet in the past, I am sure you will understand the bond you get with your pet. It is a strong bond that is also special. So why not show our pets just how much we love them too.

Getting creative

Last year I attended a sewing machine class with my Mother-In-Law. At this day class we were both shown the basics of how to use a sewing machine, something I had been wanting to learn for years. I thoroughly enjoyed the class and have been putting my new found skills into practice ever since.

Of course, Coco and Hunter were both made something on my very own sewing machine. I made them both a stocking each. Do you hang a stocking up for your pets? It is only fair that our fur-babies have their very own stocking.

Hunter loved having his very own stocking, he would go and check it every now and then.

Coco’s stocking was a different shape to hunters.

I thought I would do Coco’s stocking a little different to Hunters. I found Coco’s stocking much easier to make than Hunters.

What I used to make the stockings:

  • Paper to draw my templates out on.
  • Fabric scissors.
  • Pencil.
  • Sewing machine.
  • Tape measure.
  • Adhesive diamante craft letters.
  • Sewing pins.
  • Variety of fat quarters.
  • Ribbon.
  • Fusible wadding.
  • Fabric glue.
  • Calico cotton fabric.
  • Handmade with love button.
  • Pom poms.
  • An old snow drape which I cut to size to create the snow effect.
  • Glitter stars.
  • Printed photo of Hunter.
  • Hollow fibre stuffing.

How I made the stockings: the same instructions are for both stockings

  • I started off by drawing myself a template to work with for both stockings.
  • This was then used to have two pieces of Calico cotton fabric cut to roughly the same size.
  • The template was then pinned onto the Calico fabric and then the Calico was then cut to size and shape.
  • One piece of Fusible wadding was then cut to size. Which was just a little smaller than the Calico.
  • The three was then layered and ready for sewing together (Fusible wadding in the middle).
  • Once layered the fabrics were then pinned together, to help hold the shape needed and make life much easier when sewing.
  • When I had finished sewing the three fabrics together I then stuffed the paw sections with Hollow fibre stuffing. I then run a stitch across the top to help keep the stuffing in position.
  • For the bone label on Coco’s stocking I cut a template out and used it to cut a fat quarter to shape. I cut two bone shapes out of a fat quarter and cut one piece of Fusible wadding. I then layered them with the Fusible wadding in the middle, pinned and sewed them together.
  • I then started to decorate the stockings as per photos below. Using fat quarters, pom poms, Hunters photo, buttons and glitter stars.
  • In order to hang the stockings I cut some ribbon to size and sewed it in position.

Ta da

They were both hung nicely in place at Christmas waiting for Santa Paws.

Our dogs are, and always will be apart of our family. NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS!

(dog in the middle is our loving Buddy – forever loved and missed dearly)

Do you have any pets?

Pet care., pets, wellbeing

Skills Children Can Gain From Looking After A Family Pet

Skills Children Can Gain From Looking After A Family Pet

Skills Children Can Gain:

Pets are a source of much love and joy for families. Children especially enjoy and respond to the warmth and friendship they provide. A pet can be a furry best friend, partner-in-crime, companion, someone to cuddle with and much more for your child. Pets also make great teachers. They improve a child’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development while imparting a few valuable life skills as your child interacts with them. If you are considering adding a pet to your brood, here are some of the potential skills children can gain from looking after a family pet:

Valuable Life Skills

  • Unconditional love. Pets are non-judgemental and can be quite therapeutic for lonely children or those with emotional distress. A pet can give support and comfort as well as play with your child. This can help them learn the importance of friendship.
  • Responsibility and confidence. Giving your children age-appropriate chores such as feeding, grooming and cleaning up after the family pet helps them learn what it means to be responsible. In turn, the responsibility of caring for the pet can inspire confidence. Children as young as four can help with simple tasks such as filling water and food bowls. Bathing, grooming, walking, giving cats or dogs flea treatment etc., can be the responsibility of older children.
  • Empathy and compassion. As your child cares for a pet that is dependent on him, he learns empathy and compassion. Your child learns to read and recognize the pet’s needs and how to best fulfil them, especially if the animal becomes scared, falls ill or grows old.
  • Patience. Children can learn patience from housebreaking a kitten or puppy or by teaching their pets new tricks. These young animals don’t learn all they need to know overnight while other pets might be slow to learn. Dealing with these situations and other instances of animal training will teach your child that patience and consistency are vital ingredients in attaining success.
  • Coping with loss. Although you probably don’t want to think about this, the lifespan of most pets is considerably shorter than those of their owners. Commonly, your child’s first experience with the death of a loved one is the loss of a beloved family pet. If this is managed in a respectful way that pays tribute to the pet and acknowledges the pain and grief felt, the experience can be invaluable to children as they grow up.

Looking After A Pet Is An Important Life Changing Decision.

Before selecting a family pet, you should make sure you inform all family members, especially children, of your decision. You should also pay attention to the type of pet you’d like to have. Some, such as cats and dogs, require almost constant care and are well suited to families. Others such as fish, birds and guinea pigs might not provide as much interaction. Remember that just like people, animals have different personalities and traits. Understand the different breeds available and get recommendations from a vet before making your final decision.

Pets can teach children plenty of skills that will help them grow to become well-adjusted adults. Add in the pure joy that pets bring and it seems unthinkable to let your child grow up in a house without one.

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Pets birthday parties

Pets birthday parties

 

Do you agree with pets birthday parties.

Today we have had a birthday in our house, Buddy has turned 8 years old, pets birthday parties they are allowed right? …. Well Buddy has them and enjoys them very much.
We have had Buddy since he was 6 weeks old, he was with all his brothers and sisters when we went out to look for our family pet and the kids chose and named Buddy out of all of them, they said we want to call him Buddy as he will be our Buddy, he is loved very much and gets spoilt rotten, he is not just a dog to us he is a loved member of our family.
Buddy gets birthday presents and a card on his birthday, he gets cakes and treats, the kids do him a little tea party and he gets spoilt rotten, we even sing happy birthday to him and he loves it.
This year the boys made him little cookie bones as his treat.

Buddy loves being made a fuss of, he loves cuddles, he has his own routine he loves a treat at 7 pm every night and soon let’s you know when it is time, he loves Christmas as he gets loads of presents and lots of fuss, he is very clever and can open doors, he goes down the cupboards and helps himself to his treats ( we have had to move them to a lidded box ) he enjoys a walk round the lakes, he loves to play ball, sadly he is allergic to beef and chicken and he also suffers with hip dysplasia and this makes him very poorly.

Here is buddy opening his birthday present.

 

Happy birthday Buddy.
Pets birthday parties, do you have them for your pets?