I haven't done a product review in a while so I figured I'd take another chance on a toy that said "Tuff Enuff". I was at Shop N' Save today getting groceries and stopped in the pet isle to see what they had. I've posted before about how Jake and Maggie do not to play well with toys, they demolish them! Well, I bought 2 canvas toys in the shape of a bone and 2 Nylabones in the shape of a Dinosaur. My first thought was...well, I'm probably wasting my money on the canvas toys but the Nylabones will make it! I was right :-). To be honest, I know for sure because we have a box on the side of the couch that holds all of the Nylabones I've bought them over the last two years! Did you know that you can put them in the dishwasher??? Yes, you can. If you want to see a post on that, let me know!
Well, as you can see, I was right. It doesn't matter how strong the toy is or what the package says, they will destroy it. The only toy I can give them is a Nylabone of different shapes, sizes, and flavors. I chose this Dinosaur because it had the dental nubs on the body of it to help clean teeth. Plus it wad chicken flavor and I know the monsters love chicken. They enjoyed themselves so much while tearing up the toys and destroying the living room, they wore themselves out. haa haa. Jake collapsed on the couch and is still sleeping and Maggie moved from the kitchen to our leather chair where she's been for the last hour. Guess what I'm doing after I put together this post???? Yep, I'm cleaning :-).
This is a follow up to my post "Natural Mosquito Repellent" that I blogged about this week. No sooner did I blog about this topic, did I find more information about plants that mosquitos do not like. Can you imagine adding all of these colors to your yard...wow! And you would keep the bugs away too! Whether it be a cluster of one kind of plant or a mixture, your yard could change colors all spring, summer and fall!
Marigolds - Marigolds release a chemical insecticide that repells bugs and mosquitos.
Bee Balm - As it grows and blooms in your garden, it releases fragrances mosquitoes dislike (so does basil, by the way).
Sage - Use sage fresh by crushing leaves and rubbing on your skin or clothing. Or tie a bundle of sage stems (fresh or dried) and toss them into your firepit or chiminea to create a cloud of mosquito-repelling smoke. Light one end of a sage bunch and let it smolder on a fire-resistant tray.
Variegated Plectranthus - Just brush it gently or splash water onto leaves, and the odor is released. That odor is what helps repel mosquitoes—and a host of other insects. This plant goes by many names, including Madagascar spur flower, Swedish ivy and mintleaf. Botanically, look for Plectranthus madagascariensis 'Marginatus’.
Scented Geranium - When crushed or rubbed, scented geranium leaves release their volatile oils.
Catmint - Catmint is the ornamental cousin of catnip, unfurling scented leaves and beautiful flowers. Less attractive to cats than catnip, catmint also possesses mosquito-repelling qualities.
Mint - To release the strong mint oils in leaves, brush against plants or crush leaves and rub on skin or clothing.
Mum - Chrysanthemums contain chemical compounds that act as natural insecticides, which are processed and sold as pyrethrum. It’s a go-to natural pesticide for dealing with fleas, ants, ticks, silverfish and bedbugs.
Thyme - The secret is to crush the leaves to release the volatile oils.
"Is Maggie hiding from me?"
"Is Maggie smiling?"
Who doesn’t love to know what their pet is doing when they are not home? I know we do so we installed NEST to help us keep an eye on Jake and Maggie. When we bought our new home, we chose Vector Security Company to arm the whole house, all windows, and doors which gave us a piece of mind but it didn’t help us with being able to monitor the dogs. Now all we have to do is pick up our phone, hit the app, and be able to see the dogs in real time. There is even a speaker option if we wanted to talk with them.
Yes, we have a camera pointing at the door to see who is driving up our driveway and walking to our front door. Yes, we have cameras in the house pointing to specific spots we think are of importance to us but we also watched our dogs habits, ie. Where they like to take a nap, eat, play, etc. and selected the camera position to capture those moments. Granted, it is up to you how much money you want to invest in security or maybe you contain your pets in one area while your gone but it’s something to think about when checking in on our fur baby. You want to get the best angle possible.
According to a recent article Comcast just put out on June 6, 2019, according to the nationwide survey of pet owners nearly half (44%) of those surveyed check in on their pets four times a day or more, nearly 2 in 5 (38%) take a peek at their pet(s) during work, and 94% say checking in on their pet is one of the best parts of their day. To make it easier for Xfinity customers to keep tabs on their pets, Comcast has launched a new ‘pet filter’ feature on its Xfinity Camera. The filter uses artificial intelligence to quickly sort through hours of footage to identify just those with pets in them out of the more than one hundred motion-triggered video clips a typical camera can generate each day. “We developed this feature to help our customers quickly filter motion-triggered events by people, vehicles, or pets because we wanted to bring them the video clips that matter most even faster,” said Dennis Mathew, Vice President and General Manager of Comcast’s Xfinity Home. “It’s an intelligent home security solution that enables our customers to easily check in on their loved ones from anywhere, anytime.”
Check out Comcast’s new “Pet Filter” today! Whether it’s an Apple product or another company with a different app, you will want to investigate and see if this is right for you. I can’t tell you how many times Thomas and I have said to each other while out and about…”wonder what the monsters are doing?” And all we have to do was pick up our phones and hit our APP to find out. It is fun and gives us a piece of mind that Jake and Maggie are ok. Typically, they are either sleeping or eating and we can go about our business.
"This is Jake and Maggie when they were only weeks old". "Even though we crated them in the beginning when we weren't home, It was great to have a camera on them at all times!" LOL.
Do mosquitos love you? They love me! Well, they don’t actually love me, they love to bite me!!! One of my readers suggested doing a post on safe and natural mosquito repellent. Based on my research from previous years and a lot of google searches, this is what I've come up with. It's not only important for me to find something safe but for Jake and Maggie as well.
I had done some research a few years ago when we moved into our house in Missouri on the types of ornamental grass in our yard and found it interesting that we had lemongrass all around the bottom of our deck. I read that it stops mosquitos in their tracks. Well…when summer came, I knew exactly why they had planted it because lemongrass contains citronella oil and musks scents that attract mosquitos such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid found in humans. This makes it harder for mosquitos to locate you. Citronella helps to reduce mosquito landing around 40%. Another plant that Mosquitos hate is Lavender. They detest the pungent scent of the purple flower and stay away at all costs. Fortunately, we lived next to a Lavender Farm so we were pretty close to Lavender plants!!
If you are into natural oils, here is a list of homemade mosquito repellents using oils. Also, check out my post on doTERRA oils HERE should you have more questions or need a recipe. Make sure you mix your oils in a glass spray bottle and not plastic. The plastics will absorb the oils while the glass will not.
Homemade Mosquito Repellents
Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
Peppermint Oil And Coconut Oil
Neem Oil And Coconut Oil
Apple Cider Vinegar And Essential Oil Spray
Tea Tree oil And Coconut Oil
Citronella Oil And Alcohol Spray
Cinnamon Oil Repellent
Lavender Oil, Vanilla, And Lemon Juice
Mosquitos dislike the smell and taste of the vinegar. So if you're interested in seeking a natural insect repellent, try out this recipe which uses apple cider vinegar as a base! Fill your spray bottle with half water, and half apple cider vinegar. You might not like smelling like vinegar but spraying it around your area, will help.
If you are worried for your pet, I did some research and found this website:
Verbiage taken from the website. It was very detailed and I did not want to leave any information out.
Citrus is a natural repellent to mosquitos, ticks and fleas. Each time you use a citrus fruit, keep the peels for use in this homemade dog-friendly solution. Fill a pot with leftover citrus peels, such as from used lemons, oranges and grapefruit. Cover the peels with water and bring to a boil on the stove. Remove from the heat and allow the citrus water to cool. Discard the peels. Citrus water will not only make your dog smell fresh, it will act as a natural deterrent to mosquitoes and fleas.
Essential oils will keep your dog smelling fresh and safe from mosquito bites. Consider adding in a few drops of essential oils to the citrus water mixture. Some oils are natural mosquito repellents. These include peppermint, geranium, sage, lavender, eucalyptus, lemongrass, sandalwood and patchouli. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and shake well to combine.
It may be a favorite of cats, but it is not liked by mosquitoes. To use the catnip, sprinkle a few loose pieces into the still warm citrus water and let it steep as it cools. Pour into a spray bottle.
Before using the homemade repellents, bathe your dog. After you rinse away any soap, spray him with the citrus water, catnip or essential oil mixture. Spray along the dog’s back, legs, tail and hindquarters, as well as around his neck and ears where mosquitos like to bite. Also, rub a few drops of essential oil directly onto the dog’s shoulder blades. This is an area where your dog cannot lick. The smell of these oils can be a powerful deterrent against mosquitos, fleas and other insects. Periodically treat your dog with more citrus water or essential oils as needed. Keep a spray bottle full of extra mosquito repellent solution and spritz before taking him out on walks or letting him explore. Make sure you label the bottle so that it does not get mixed up with another remedy of sort.
On a blog post by Melissa Malinowski, Naturopath Practitioner, at http://www.integrativenutritionaltherapies.com/easy-homemade-mosquito-bug-tick-repellent-dog/ listed below is a “Easy Homemade Mosquito, Bug and Tick Repellent for You and Your Dog” recipe
Mosquitos – citronella, lemon eucalyptus, peppermint, lemon, eucalyptus, catnip, basil, clove, thyme, lemongrass, geranium, lavender
Fleas – cedarwood, citronella, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, lemongrass, lavender, orange, pine,
Ticks – rose geranium, juniper, rosewood, thyme, grapefruit, oregano
NOTE: Keep in mind that with EO's – quality matters. As a naturopath, Melissa only recommends using Young Living oils. She says, the cheaper EO's (amazon and many store bought oils) typically are not even plant oils, but chemicals made to smell similar to plant oils. Placing those chemicals on your pet, diffusing (breathing) or if they ingest them, can be very dangerous. With Young Living oils, they are therapeutic.
Easy Homemade Mosquito, Bug and Tick Repellent for You and Your Dog
Author: Melissa Malinowski, ND
Serves: 4 ounces
And as always, you can call your vet to make sure your prescription for flea/tick and heart worm is up-to-date and you are giving your pet the proper dosage based on weight. I diffuse lemon oil and water in my home daily. The recommended dosage for the lemon oil is 3 drops but I always put more in around 5 to 7 drops. I like a stronger scent of lemon for a bigger area. I have about 5 citronella candles on our covered porch and 3 on our patio table. I also spray a mixture of 3 part lemon juice, water, and distilled vinegar around as well as to clean with.
As always, as stated above, make sure that you are using top quality ingredients for you and your pet. I hope this helps. Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Don’t forget to comment and share with friends.
Hi everyone! It's been awhile and I wanted to kick off with a new look to the site, the results of my survey and most important...Jake and Maggie's 2nd birthday!!! The pups turned 2 years old Saturday, June 8th and we celebrated with a homemade "Pup Cake", new Happy Birthday Scarves from Chewy.com, and extra special attention and lots of kisses and hugs!
Thank you for all of your feedback and constructive criticism on my survey. I appreciate all of it. You want to see more posts and I've made a promise to send a post every day so look for them in your email. I will continue to talk about animal health and well being, make sure I give you more pictures of the dogs, create more posts on dog treats and DIY's, give product reviews, include more of my personal recipes, and give updates on "What I'm Loving". Most of you said the blog is informative and interesting and a "needs improvement". That I will most definitely work on and try to give everyone what they are looking for.
Bobbi Jo, Jake, and Maggie!
I ordered these scarves from Chewy.com and they arrived within 2 days. I was pleased with the material which was soft and silky, the lettering in gold which read "The Birthday Girl" and "The Birthday Boy" and the colors were a soft green and pink with a polka dotted background. I had to get our the iron for these because of the way they were packaged but all was ok!
I found this recipe on Pinterest from the Pretty Little Pastimes blog. Her recipe calls for cupcakes but I baked a cake and doubled the recipe.
I had gone to Sugarcreek, OH with my friend, Carolyn, and had a great time (more on that in another blog) and found the paw print form at the Amish Flea Market. Our eyes lit up when we found it and I said...PERFECT!!! LOL! You can bake in this form up to 350 degrees. I washed it by hand and put it away for another time! Honestly, this recipe was so good that while I was making it, I tried it a few times myself.
Ingredients: (remember, if you are making a bigger cake, don't forget to double this recipe)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine the egg, peanut butter, oil, vanilla, and honey. Blend well. Stir in the carrots and mix thoroughly. Sift flour and baking soda together and fold into batter.
Fill 6 lined cupcake molds 3/4 of the way full with the batter. Bake for 20 minutes (35-40 minutes if making one full cake) or until cooked through. Remove from the oven and let the pupcakes cool completely before frosting. My cake only took 20 minutes and it was done. I let cool before putting on the plate.
You can add whatever topping (a topping your pup can eat) and I chose peanut butter to keep it simple. I wasn't sure how the dogs would react to it digestive wise. Maggie loved it but Jake wasn't as impressed and all was good in the bowl department. LOL!
Check out last year's birthday HERE and HERE! I can't believe my monsters are 2 years old already!!! They have given us so much love over the past 2 years and we wouldn't know what to do without them. Check out my post HERE on how dogs show their love. Hope you enjoyed this post! Don't forget to comment and share with friends!
Hi I'm Bobbi Jo
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