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A Quiet, Lazy Weekend

    This past weekend was relaxing and enjoyable. As a result, I had a little time to really look at the chicks and ducklings, and I realized they’ve really been growing! Our 1 Mille Fleur chick, which we’ve thought was a rooster, then a hen, is now obviously a nice looking rooster. We’ll need to find a hen for him before too long.     I also had some time to plant some things I bought last week. While I was digging, I found this tiny egg. I knew immediately what it was, since I had picked one up a few weeks ago and I immediately hatched in my hand. It belongs to a little lizard called an anole. They live wild here in Florida and I love to see them, as they’re good insect eaters. This egg needs to stay in the dirt and...

A Little Reminder, Especially Now . . .

Since I write about animals, I thought it would be a good time for a quick reminder about Canine Heartworm preventive and Canine and  Feline Flea medications. In the Summer months with the increased humidity, it becomes a necessity to remember monthly medications to keep our animals, and ourselves, free from discomfort caused by flea bites and possible illness. My personal choice of Heartworm preventive for my dogs is Trifexis, since it also provides flea medication in the same tablet.     Another choice for dogs in flea medication is a product called Capstar. This begins killing adult fleas within 30 minutes! Unfortunately it doesn’t last a month like other medications.  Capstar is also available as a feline medication. My choice for my cats is a...

Things To Do On Your Birthday!

  Last Friday, June 5th, was Zelda’s birthday.  We made sure she enjoyed her favorite things!   Guarding her favorite dirt hole:     Walking in the woods:       Spending time with her brother and sister:     And hanging out in the sunshine:     Looks like she had a pretty good day, don’t you think?   Share...

From The Weekend

    I was busy this past weekend and it seems the animals were, too! The early mornings showed a surprise – we have bats in the neighborhood! I’m happy to know they’re there, though, since they eat a lot of bugs.     The dogs kept each other busy by playing together outside. It’s nice, they can keep each other out of trouble and tire each other out at the same time:     Do you ever get the feeling you’re being watched? Turns out, Shade was watching me and the dogs!     I hope you enjoyed your weekend as much as we did. Share...

When Dogs Play Together

Most people have seen dogs playing together. Most of the time it looks like they are enjoying themselves very much when they play. Other times, while they’re still playing, it can look more serious and sometimes a bit scary. I’m not talking about fighting, but just intense playing. Have you ever watched dogs playing in slow motion? Here’s Noel and Zelda:     Slow Motion gives us the chance to see exactly what goes on when dogs are playing together!     Share...

Bulldogs And Their Tail Pockets

As a new English Bulldog owner, I will admit to being pretty ignorant about the specific joys and problems associated with this breed. I knew they can have breathing problems, skin allergies, and not much tolerance for heat. I can now add knowledge about tightly curled tails and tail pocket issues. In some Bulldogs, the tail is curled inward, very tightly like a corkscrew. Outwardly, it looks like the dog never had a tail. When a dog has this type of tail, a pocket forms into the body to make a place for that tail. Unfortunately for my Zelda, this is the type of tail she had. The problem with these tail pockets is a constant battle with keeping that pocket clean and battling ongoing infections and even a nasty smell. Constant cleaning and continuing rounds of...