I sat on the front porch watching my 9 year old daughter cartwheel back and forth across the yard. Trying to remember where my great dane had done her business the previous night, I thought, all these years of accumulated dog poop.. Don’t mix with cartwheels! Being an avid dog owner of 35 years, not once had I ever scooped the poop.
Dog Poop is Not Fertilizer
I’ve honestly never thought of dog poop anything more than fertilizer. After a little research, boy was I wrong! Cow’s diet consist of grass, dog’s consists heavily on protein. This is heavily toxic to your lawn, leaving dark brown spots throughout because it is actually “burning” your lawn. Dog poop contains 23 million fecal coliform bacteria!
Dog poop can be dangerous to your family and children!
Just a tiny amout, unseen to the naked eye can cause abdominal cramps, kidney disease, diahhrea, and intestional illnesses. This is just a few..
- Beaver fever
- Round worms
This is just a few..hundreds more exist. These diseases can cause anything from blindness to birth defects not to mention death.
Poop polluting our Waterways
Its not just a mess on your shoes, the epa now labels dog poop as an environmental hazard. The epa estimates that just 3 to 4 days of waste from about 100 dogs would be contain enough bactetia to close an entire bay and surrounding water sheds from swimming and fishing within a 20 mile radius. The United States has roughly 77 million dogs pooping and average of 3/4 pounds of poop a day. Thats around 267,000 tractor trailer loads of poop a day!
I hope that this tid bit of information is as valuable to you as it was for me. I started cleaning my dog poop and sanitizing my yard monthly. If you would like more information sanitizing your lawn, shoot me a message, I have all the resources you need!
Dogs are generally happy by nature, especially when cared for properly.One thing that really puts a smile on my face is the excitement my dog has when I arrive home. He’s always happy to see me no matter what. He’s never ill or moody. And it dosen’t matter if he was in trouble that morning, ignored, left with no breakfast, he’s always on cloud 9 when he sees me. In his eyes I do no wrong, which is precious.However there are a few things that are the key to a happy, healthy dog..now I will reveal them to you.
Fresh, clean, drinking water is crucial to your pet’
s health and happiness. Water is crucial to every organ in their body, it is also important for their Mental Health. Without water, your dog will die.
Dogs are primarily meat eaters. It’s important for your dog to have high quality dogfood. When choosing a dogfood, its important to read the label. The first two ingriedients should always be meat. Look for a food with very little corn and fillers. I feed my dog vitamins to ensure he is getting what he needs. A good, balanced diet is a must.
Exercise is good for his physical needs as so his mental. Encourage and challenge your dog. It will pay off in the long run.
In the wild, dogs have caves and dens to get out of the weather. Almost all Dogs prefer to be inside the house with their owner. If this is not practical for your home, your dog needs a safe place to reside, when weather conditions are not favorable or if a predator such as a coyote threatens. Dogs enjoy socializing with people and other dogs. A dog pinned up alone for long periods of time, more than likely is not a happy dog.
There’s nothing a dog loves more then to have his Sweet Spot, your dog’s most favorite area of his body to be scratched, rubbed, and attended to. However, a dog would prefer his chest be scratched over a great big bear hug. Dogs are social animals and need to be petted and touched.
It dosen’t take much to make your dog happy. As you can see, dogs need attention, nutrition, shelter, good quality water, and lots of petting and love…just like we do. If you show your dog love and care he will give the same in return, usually more. They don’t call them “man’s best friend” for nothing!
Being a life long lover of dogs, throughout the years, I have struggled with the nuisance of fleas. There’s nothing worse than the thought of your four legged companion miserably itching and biting away at these annoying parasites who cause them much pain and frustration.
I have tried it all! Most of the store or vet bought remedys are pretty pricey. I have been known to be a thrifty nickel, I hate to waste money, especially if i do not need too. Here’s my top remedies which i have tried and had good success with. Not to mention, they’re cheap!
A good vacuum cleaner
Start sprinkling garlic powder on your dog’s food a few weeks before flea season. It will work from the inside out and naturally repel fleas from your dog. This is my number 1 chosen method for ridding my home and animals of fleas. It really works! However, you must remember to start the garlic powder a few weeks before flea season begins. You need the garlic powder in their system. It takes a good solid week to build up in their bodies to be released through their pores. After a few weeks, you only need to use it three times per week. However, if you bath your dog, you must build up enough garlic again because the soap, more than lilely, will cleanse his pores of the garlicy oil thats being secreted.
Bath your dog with blue Dawn. It is safe and works effectively. It does not kill the fleas but paralyzes them. They will easily surface and rince away during a good wash. When you have finished remember to pour bleach down the drain. This will kill the fleas.
A Good Vacuum cleaner
Is the best way to rid your home of fleas. Thoroughly vacuum, concentrating on areas your pet uses most. Immediately discard bag or debree. If left in vacuum, they will find their way out. I always dump my bagless debree in my burn barrel and light them up!
These are my tried and proven ways to rid your home and pet of fleas. I would love your feedback and any other solutions for flea infestations! Comment below!
Have you ever sat and wondered what its like being a dog? Most dogs are instinctively happy. In domestic dogs, licking is a sign of affection. When dogs lick, their bodies they release endorphins. Endorphins give a dog a feeling of nurture and comfort.
If your dog is anything like mine, the highlight of his day seems to be when I arrive home. He rushes to the door, wagging his tail, jumps on my leg and greets me with lots of wet licks.
These wet licks mean exactly what you’ve probably been thinking they mean, that your dog loves you. A dog cannot communicate with words or hand signals. When he licks you, this is him saying “hello, “I missed you”, “I love you”.
Licking, can also show submission in a dog. It’s a way he shows respect. You are his master, and he respects you, and he wants you to know it!
A dog’s natural instinct is to lick, it starts when they are newborn puppies. The mama dog licks her babies clean shortly after birth. She licks them to help urinate and eliminate waste. Have you ever watched a litter of puppies? The dominant puppies get licked by the smaller, or more submissive puppies. Dogs are pack animals and therefore each has a job in the pack. Some are dominant and some are submissive.
Dogs love their owners smell and the taste of their salty skin. So just remember the next time your dog comes to greet you with a nice wet lick, hes just saying ” I love you”, you should tell him you love him too.