Thursday, April 22, 2021

Bonding with our Guinea Pig, Georgina

 Three of our pets passed away last year.  Our male guinea pig, Dunkin, died during the summer season and two of our rabbits Molly and Rosco)  died in the fall.  They were very good pets 

When Dunkin died, we paid close attention to Gigi (short for Georgina), we didn't want her to feel lonely not having somebody with her anymore.  The kids were always busy with school stuff so they seldom  bond with the remaining pets.  I am glad they played with Gigi for a while.
Gigi is not as social as Dunkin so when you first try to pet her, she runs away.   I miss Dunkin because he actually greets you when you go to their cage,  
Gigi was very small when we got her but now she's bigger.  Her hair is multi colored and they grow very fast so I have to keep trimming it so it won't get tangled.  
She doesn't like her nails cut but I do it anyway because if you let it grow, they curl up and it looks painful.
During summer time, I give her a good bath but during colder months, I don't as I wasn't sure if that would cause some health issues.  
I can't wait till the weather gets warmer again so she can run around in the yard.  I put her in the backyard when I'm gardening so she could eat fresh grass.  She seldom eats the fresh grass but its good for her to  exercise her legs by running around.  Most of the times, she stays in a hidden part of the garden.  I think she's scared of the dogs.
Guinea pigs are cute little animal to have as a pet.  They don't require much time to take care of.  Their food is a little expensive on the side but like I said, they're cute pets especially if you have little kids.  I think my kids are gradually staying away from getting excited with these pets anymore.  They do love our dogs though.
Last year, we let a family adopt Gigi but they returned her after a day.  She said, their daughter was too rough to have a tiny pet.
The  only issue with having pets is when you travel, you have to find a place that can take care of them for the time being that you are away.  It can be a pain in tush when  these places are full, you don't get to go.  I remember one summer, we didn't book the kennel early in the Spring, we just focused on reserving our travel reservations so when we finally  call the place, there were no available space for our dogs so we had to  cancel our previous plan and adjust the time that we can go.  
I would love to live in a farm  where the animals can freely roam around and not get cooped up in a cage.  Living in a city is tough especially if you want to raise  some livestock like chicken.  We tried to have chicken before but it did not last.  I miss having the fresh eggs in the morning and it's awesome to have  chicken, they are friendly animals.  We had one that we kept as long as we could but she disappeared one day, I am not sure if a bird or any type of animal got to her but I definitely miss having Blue (that's what we name her).
Anyways, back to our guinea pig, Gigi is such a gentle soul.  She isn't vocal like Dunkin was, she only make a noise when she doesn't have a hay anymore.  She love her Timothy hay.
What I like about Gigi is that she's beautiful to photographed.  she's one of my favorite subjects when it comes to taking photos of our pets.
The hair on top of her head gets very long and it gets n the way of her eyes so I trim it constantly.

We've had Gigi for a couple of years now.  Dunkin only lasted  few years with us and then he died.  The hard part oif having pets is when they passed on.  You get used to having them and when they passed, its like  part of you gets so numb.

Friday, August 28, 2020

National Dog Day 2020

National Dog day was on the 26th. We have two dogs who has been with us ever since we came back from South Korea eleven years ago.  Our Jack Russell Terrier was the first dog we have.  He is almost 12 years old so he’s been slowing down.  He used to be so hyper but now he’s showing his age.
Then we have Bolt, he is 8 years old.  He’s a mixed between a terrier and a Doberman .  He is such a sweet and loving dog.  He seldom barks but he communicates really when he is hungry, wants to go for a walk, or when he wants a treat.
He love going on a walk.  He knows the word walk, leash, and lets go.  He also know the word food, treat, sit, very well.
I feel bad that I haven’t taken them as much but we have been busy doing home renovations.
We do however go for walks any chance we get.
Champ also love walking but you have to have his gall or else he would bark to anybody he sees.
With Bolt, walking is very relaxing.  Nothing bothers him.
I used to not like taking Champ for a walk when he was younger because he pulls the leash very hard but now that he’s older, he walks pretty normal and no pulling.
What I love aboutChamp is, he love hanging out with me in the garden.  He won’t leave my side when I’m gardening.
Happy National dog dayBokt and Champ!

Monday, April 22, 2019

Walnut Creek Haven

What I love about driving through Ohio state  is the vast farmlands.  We get excited  upon sights of farm animals.  We don't get to see that from where we live so it is always a great reward when we go on road trips.

Everyday routine can be quite exhausting so it's always advantageous to go on subtle road trips.  Usually, unplanned trips are the best.  You get to escape the busy life and enjoy the   fresh air from a different place.  My kids are always up to this kind of adventures.

Traveling Without Fido? 5 Questions to Ask When Choosing the Right Kennel

Going away for pleasure or business may be stressful on you as a pet parent. But leaving your pet behind doesn’t have to be a sad experience. To ensure that you’ve selected the perfect boarding kennel for your furry friends, you need to ask certain questions. The following are important considerations that when answered, you’ll be left with peace of mind knowing that your pet’s needs are being met.

Where Do I Go to Find a Reputable Kennel?

Dogs love to be around people. Whether you’re traveling to London to explore the region or going away to check on business clients, seeing your dog’s face as you pack your bags can be heartbreaking. But you can ensure that your pet is loved and well taken care of by doing research before you go. Your veterinarian may hold the key to finding a reputable kennel since they deal with owners who love pets daily. If you visit the dog park, you can also ask other owners their experiences with nearby kennels. The Internet is another valuable resource to search. Specific sites such as Yelp allows other consumers to relay their experience and rate the facility.

Do I Take a Tour of the Kennel?

No matter who recommends you to a dog kennel, you always want to go on a tour of the facility. Upon entering, the kennel should be spacious, quiet and odor-free. It should also be attended by staff who are around both day and night. Because you want your dog to get individual attention, pay special note to the number of staff members attending to the dogs. Ask to see the living areas of the current pets who are staying there. This will give you an idea fi they are clean.

The dogs staying in the kennel should also look stress-free, happy and have clean bedding and fresh water. The play area is equally important, so ask for a tour of where your pet with exercise. If the outdoor area has grass, ensure that the dog waste has been picked up. Many quality kennels provide a safe and cleaner environment using artificial grass for dogs. Because of the dense structure of the blades, the synthetic material can eliminate odors, and the buildup of bacteria. While touring, don’t be afraid to ask questions about their care such as daily walks, feedings and what happens if they become ill.

Should the Facility be Certified?

Not all dog boarding facilities have to be certified. While the process is voluntary, those that go through the proper channels will be routinely evaluated by the Pet Care Services Association. There are over 250 standards in various areas of pet care operations. Businesses who take the time to extend this service may be serious about their care and attention to your pets. If you’re visiting the kennel, ask to see the company’s VFA certificate if it’s not displayed.

Will My Dog Need a Play or Exercise Program?

Ask any veterinarian, and they will tell you that a good dog is a tired dog. While you don’t want your pet to be run ragged, you do want to ensure that they are not sitting without anything to do when you’re away. Most kennels have a doggie daycare program that allows them to play with the other lodge mates. To ensure you’re pets safety, they should divide the guests by size, age and temperament. If you’re dog requires additional exercise, ask if they can be walked by an attendant of the kennel. The facility should also allow you to bring some of their favorite toys from home to keep inside their kennel space. An added bonus is finding a kennel that has cameras, so you can check up on your dog each day.

Will My Dog Fit In with Other Dogs?

If your dog as social anxiety issues, check to see how accommodating the kennel is. Do they have training on how to do deal with recued dogs? Are there cordoned off areas for dogs that have special needs? “Some dogs with separation anxiety chew on objects, furniture, door frames or window sills, dig at doors/doorways or destroy other household things when they are left alone or apart from their pet parent. It is important to note that this behavior is only classified as separation anxiety if they don’t show this behavior on the regular when their owner around.” says CBD for Dogs producer,

Do I Need to Look for Safety Hazards?

A kennel should have your pet’s best interest at hand when they are in attendance. Upon touring the facility, you can find the right dog kennel by looking for safety hazards such as torn fencing, broken locks and debris on the floor. Look at the dogs kept in the rooms to see if they are wearing their collar or they are chewing on toys when unattended. Dogs can easily choke or become strangled by their tags or collars accidentally. This type of neglect is a red flag, and you should find another facility to care for your dog.

Leaving your pet overnight night or for an extended period-of-time can be tough. But when visiting and interviewing kennels, you want to get a feel for a facility. If your gut tells you something is off, trust your instincts. If you feel comfortable with the kennel, your pet will probably feel just as at ease with your decision.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Protecting Your Equine Friend

A good horse is worth more than the cost of acquisition. They are more than just a pet. A good horse becomes a trusted friend, almost a part of the family. It can be difficult to face the fact that your equine friend wont be around forever. The average equine lifespan is only 25 to 30 years, so chances are high that you will outlive your horse.

When the time comes to lay your old friend to rest, will you be in a financial position to replace them? If a major injury leaves your mount seriously compromised, will you be able to afford the veterinary bills required to get him back up to snuff? If you invest in Equine Insurance, these questions and concerns will never keep you up at night.

Types of Coverage

There are three main types of health insurance for horses, surgical, major medical, and mortality. Surgical insurance covers only the cost of emergency surgeries (which can be no small sum) or surgeries your veterinarian deems medically necessary for your mounts continued well-being.
Major medical insurance for horses covers medication and surgeries required because of injuries and/or illnesses. Neither surgical or major medical insurance covers congenital illnesses, routine vet visits, checkups or shots.

Mortality coverage protects you as the owner in the event of accidental death. Typically, these policies pay the policyholder the market value of their horse after their demise. These policies are similar to life insurance policies for people.

How Much Does Health Insurance for Horses Cost?

Just like with people, cost depends upon the amount of coverage you're looking to have. On the low end, some policies are as little as $25 per month, while others range well into four figures!
Mortality coverage premiums are typically between two and five percent of the market value of your horse. No matter what health insurance for horses costs, it is certainly less than the financial and emotional cost of replacing your faithful friend.