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I made this wreath last Friday for our front door and I love it. I wanted something bright and cheerful and I think I accomplished that. I love BIG wreaths that fill the doorway :-). Now we just have to take our door down, sand it, and stain it. A project for another weekend! We used Mahogany stain last time and it went well with our brick. Now that our Hardy Board is painted grey, everything should really POP!
"Maggie just came back from the groomers and I called her "Pretty Girl".
This past weekend was crazy for us. We spent the entire weekend getting our lawn mowed, shrubs and trees trimmed, and landscape weeded. We made trips to Walmart, Home Depot, and Lowes for flowers, potting soil and a Weber grill. The biggest purchase was our new Kubota tractor which makes mowing the grass a breeze! We took Jake and Maggie with us because it was a long ride and they love bye byes in the car! The Kubota dealership was a hike from our house so it gave me time to talk about my blog with Thomas. I had been researching pet insurance and came across an article on ways to find funding if you can't afford pet insurance.
When we had Bella, our Pitt/Rottie mix, she lived until 13 years old but had some surgeries and medical issue along the way. She was a stray from the pound but we loved her with all our hearts and would do anything for her. She ended up costing us close to $12,000 over the course of her life and we paid every cent of it out of pocket.
Pet Insurance can be expensive depending on your plan, and if this is something you are thinking about but just can't afford it right now, here are a few ways to help pay for your vet bill or a pet emergency!
Holly’s Legacy - a fund for treating dogs with cancer in families experiencing financial need as well as disability or elderliness.
Ella’s Fund - provides grants of up to $1,100 to dog owners in financial need, for dogs with a good prognosis that need life-saving or emergency healthcare. In exchange for the donation, pet owners volunteer their time at an animal-care organization, paying back the loan at a rate of $13.50 per hour.
Consider applying for CareCredit, a healthcare loan that can also be used for pet healthcare. To access charitable funds at some hospitals—for instance at CSU—you have to first show that you have been denied CareCredit or maxed out your account with them.
Look for a veterinary teaching hospital or nonprofit hospital - You can search veterinary colleges by state on the American Veterinary Medical Association’s website, and call your local institution to check.
RedRover - RedRover President and CEO Nicole Forsyth says: “We recommend applying for more than one grant (from different organizations) asking other area clinics for a quote or second opinion, and applying for Care Credit, just to name a few.” On those resource lists, check for breed-specific dog healthcare funds and condition-specific dog healthcare funds, which are often national and operate outside of hospitals. Check for state-specific financial assistance programs for pet healthcare. If there’s no fund designed for your specific situation, RedRover‘s Urgent Care Grants might help. RedRover provides almost 700 grants every year for pets whose owners can’t afford treatment, with an average grant amount of $200. In 2018, the organization approved 80 percent of applicants who qualified for a grant. Decisions are based on medical urgency, financial need, and other factors.
GoFundMe - Several hospitals and nonprofits have seen clients successfully pay for treatment using crowdfunding sites such as this one.
If you’re considering asking for financial assistance from an animal hospital, here’s the inside track on how they work.
How You Can Help Other Pet Owners - these funds rely on donations, and sometimes, they don’t receive enough. That means that even if a pet owner qualifies for a grant, there might not be enough money in the fund to pay it. If you’re reading this and you’re not currently experiencing financial hardship, you can help pet owners in need by contacting your local hospital or nonprofit to offer a donation.
"The morning sun was coming through the entry way and hitting Jake as he was falling asleep".
I hope this has helped you. It never hurts to call and ask your vet questions. It's also important to know that if you decide to get pet insurance, to verify if your vet will take the insurance you have applied for.
Don't forget to share with friends. Never hesitate to ask me questions or make suggestions on a topic you are interested in. I also want to know if you enjoy the recipes I've been adding and "Things I'm Loving" which I'll be posting about in my next blog post. Do you want to see more dog treat recipes? Do you want to see more pictures of the dogs or less? Let me know!!!
Bobbi Jo, Jake, and Maggie!
What is Kitten Season?
Have you heard of it yet? If not, this is the time of year when every unspayed, queen (female cat) is likely to have a belly full of babies, or a litter of youngsters by her side. This is also the time when shelters are getting bombarded with mothers and their baby kittens, some even arriving without their mothers.
Why do kittens arrive seasonally?
Kitten season occurs seasonally because the queen has evolved into a “seasonally polyestrous” creature, meaning she comes into heat only during a particular time of year— during this time she is capable of having multiple pregnancies. In the Northern Hemisphere, the feline breeding season begins in very early spring and may persist throughout the summer months. Peak seasons are February through March and May through June. Throughout the rest of the year, the reproductive cycle goes into a state of dormancy referred to as “anestrus.”
Why are cats so prolific?
The domestic cat has long been recognized for her fertility. In fact, the feline was worshipped as a symbol of fertility in ancient Egypt. Bastet, the Egyptian goddess of fertility, was portrayed as a cat.
Unspayed kitties typically experience their first heat cycle (estrus) sometime between five and nine months of age. A queen who is in heat is exceptionally likely to become pregnant for the following reasons:
A female cat will repeatedly come into heat, approximately every two weeks, throughout the entire breeding season. A queen who is in heat is quite the precocious creature. She will do whatever it takes to find herself a tomcat, and she will breed with multiple males. The domestic cat is an induced ovulator— her eggs lie in waiting until 30 to 50 hours following copulation, at which time they are released from her ovaries. This timing ensures that the eggs and sperm cells encounter one another. During the breeding season, queens quickly come back into heat after giving birth, even before their kittens are weaned.
What to do if you find a litter of kittens?
How can you help during “Kitten Season”?
"Where's Jake?" "Playing hide-n-go seek!"
I had found a kitten about 13 years ago in the dead of winter. Actually, it was my dog Bear who found him but never the less, I was able to trap him in the garage and get the door shut before he bolted out. I did not know until reading this that you could warm up rice in a sock to help keep a kitten warm. He made it through the night, a rough vet appointment, survived in the house with two big dogs, made a move to a new home and then to his forever home with my sister where he still lives today. Binky is one tough cat :-).
I hope this article helps you and provides you alot of good information.
Happy belated Cinco De Mayo everyone! Hope you enjoyed your day. Thomas and I hung out with Jake and Maggie this weekend. On Saturday we took them to their 4th training session and they got A+’s again!! Woo hoo. We played ball in the yard and I totally missed a great shot of Jake carrying his ball through the yard. Well, it’s not actually his…it’s the neighbor’s son’s ball but anywhooo…it rolled into our yard and Jake took it! Haa haa!! Thomas worked on the truck and the bike. Oh, we have a 2005 Harley Springer and it’s up for sale! If you know of anyone looking for a bike…feel free to contact me for more information. I made a Cinco De Maya dinner and am sharing the recipes with you below. Then we watched Holmes and Watson and A Star Is Born. Let’s just say that I’m glad we did not pay a fortune at the movies to see Homes and Watson but I loved A Star Is Born! Soooo good!
So I’m walking through the house this morning thinking about how badly my hardwood floors need waxed and thought I’d do a post on cleaning your house with pets. I bought a hand held vacuum made by Black and Decker at Walmart for $50.00 and it’s been the best tool for cleaning our steps. We have hardwood on our steps where the dogs love to play and let’s just say, we have a few hair balls on a daily basis :-(.
"Maggie laid in the same spot while I talked to her and just wagged her tail". LOL!
I would be interested in hearing about your cleaning tips and how they have worked for you. I'm always up for trying new cleaning techniques! Now on to my Cinco De Mayo recipes!! If you try them, let me know how they turned out!!
"I was telling Jake we had to clean today and got this look". LOL!
Homemade Pico De Gallo
5 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced finely
1/2 large red onion, diced finely
1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped finely
1 tablespoon mashed garlic
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
Con Queso Cheese dip
1 (8 ounce) block regular cream cheese, cut into ½ inch cubes
1 pound Queso Quesadilla Cheese
1 Tablespoon salted butter
½ Tablespoon jalepenos, minced fine (optional) - I chose to put mine on top this time
1 1/2 cup of milk
2 Tablespoons cilantro, chopped fine
Melt in a pan on medium heat until mixed well.
Note: I chose to mix my cheese and my salsa together in a separate bowl to give it even more color and flavor.
Spicy Cilantro Garlic Shrimp
5 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2/3 cup finely chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon of lime juice
4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 pound large shrimp, cleaned, peeled, tails on
Mix all ingredients together, add shrimp, and cook in cast iron skillet until shrimp are pink. Make sure not to cook to long, otherwise your shrimp will be tough. Add rice or noodles to make it a meal. This can also be made as an appetizer.
Note: If you want to make it hotter, add some habanero peppers!