Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Odd and Unusual Pets Your Kids Will Love

We all know that kids love spending time with animals. Indeed, that’s why we spend so much cash on taking them to safari parks and the zoo. Most parents choose to purchase a cat or dog if they get a pet for their little ones. However, there is nothing wrong with looking for unusual alternatives. You just need to make sure you understand how to care for the animals properly. The last thing you want is for your kids to learn about the cycle of life after having a frog for only one evening. It’s important you create the right habitats and climates to ensure these creatures survive.

Russian Tortoise

Lots of people choose to keep tortoises as pets these days. You can get them from most decent pet shops for little expense. However, the equipment you require to keep them alive isn’t cheap. Do yourself a favour and undertake a Russian tortoise care course before you make the purchase. That is the best way to ensure you understand all your responsibilities, and you give them the best life possible. There are many species of tortoise from which you can select. Just choose a species that is renowned for making good family pets.


Everyone loves seeing hedgehogs near their home during the winter months. Many people even leave food and milk outside for them. Well, you can buy them from most pet shops these days and keep them in your home. Pygmy hedgehogs are the most popular because they are small and easy to manage. However, they can cost upwards of £300 for a pair. So, you might consider visiting a rescue centre if you don’t want to break the bank. You can usually get them from those establishments for a small donation.

Praying Mantis

Sometimes kids like something more insect-like. If that’s the case with your little ones, you can’t go wrong with a praying mantis. So long as you purchase the right enclosure and get the temperature right, caring for them is simple. It’s not the type of pet your children can cuddle on the sofa, and they should avoid touching it altogether. However, watching a praying mantis through the glass is a great experience. They are so incredibly interesting that your kids are sure to enjoy their company. Again, just make sure you educate yourselves ahead of time. The feeding routine is very important for the survival of this creature.

I’ve listed three weird and unusual pets today, but there are thousands of others from which you could select. Just search online for “unusual pets I can keep legally.” Make sure you check laws in your home country if you choose something large. Believe it or not, people with the right licences can keep almost anything. It’s even possible to have monkeys and crocodiles as pets if you meet the right conditions. That said, it’s wise for everyone to start small and save themselves some money. Caring for a pygmy hedgehog isn’t cheap, but monkeys are going to cost you a fortune.

Friday, November 13, 2015

All Natural Dog Treats from Chewy #ProductReview

Thanksgiving is not just for humans, it's for our fur-family members too.  Our two fur babies received  some all-natural dog treats from Chewy.com and they are loving it.   These two kinds of treats would last them for a while.  MY daughter will be inspired to  teach Bolt some tricks once again.
The Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost Minis Chicken Formula Freeze-Dried Dog Treats is a chicken formula that contains ground chicken bone, turkey, turkey liver, turkey heart, pumpkinseeds, carrots, apples, butternut squash, ground flaxseed, dried kelp, brocolli. apple, cider vinegar, salmon oil, rosemary extraxct, blieberry,  and dried chickory roots.  I mean, just by looking at the ingredients, it can't get  healthier than this. 
You can treat your dogs to the wholesome goodness they deserve with these  healthy Instinct Raw Boost Minis. These low calorie freeze dried treats are the perfect way to provide them  with the healthy benefits of raw in a delicious flavor.  I know my dogs were very apprecitive of it.  
 I must assumed that it is delicious  because  our dogs   were begging for more after they get  their first ones.  
So I introduced  them to the Blue Buffalo Blue Mini Bars  Apples & Yogurt Natural Biscuits dog treats.  These are bite-size biscuits that are oven-baked for a mouth-watering taste.  They are crunchy and you can hear  it when they are  chewing   their treat. A perfect anytime treat for dogs of all shapes and sizes.  
My daughter teaches our big dog, Bolt (black and brown) some tricks so he is used to getting treats  whenever  he does something.  Our JRT, Champ, on the other hand  doesn't know any trick  but he still gets them treat. 
The Blue Minis are jam-packed with old-fashioned goodness and made from an original recipe that includes some of nature’s most delicious and nutritious ingredients including apples, yogurt, carrots, oatmeal, flaxseed and barley.  I love that companies are now giving healthier options for  our pets.  Unlike the cheap products that you can find  in the store, these blue bars are the  way to go if you want to  give your fur babies some   healthy  treats.  
I would say, craving satisfied for these two!  They even clean up the crumbs on the floor.  Between the two treats, I think that they love the  baked mini bars more than the  raw treats.  Thanks once again Chewy!  For all pet owners out there, I highly recommend  Chewy.com because they  do  carry healthy food and treats  for your pets from different companies in the US.  They also   have  toys and other accessories for your pets so it is a one stiop shop for  pet owners.  
Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  I was provided with the product/s mentioned  to help me  facilitate this review but  opinions are my own.

Must-Read Tips For First-Time Horse Owners

If you’re a first-time horse owner, you may be a little overwhelmed. Horses are certainly different to other common pets! Bearing that in mind, I’ve come up with three tips to help horse owners:

Figure Out Where You’ll Keep It

The big difference between a horse and most other pets is that they’re not household animals. You can’t keep a horse in your house, even if you have a mansion, it won’t be practical. Horses are best suited to the outdoors, so you have to find a place to keep it. If you live in the country, you may have lots of open fields and space to build a stable. In this scenario, you can build a place to keep your horse. For the majority of people, you’ll be looking at finding a stable for your horse. I’m sure there are plenty of places nearby where you can keep your horse. It will be able to live in a comfy place and have the joy of roaming a nice open field. You can visit your horse as often as you like; there are no restrictions.

Get Some Horse Grooming Equipment

Like all animals, horses need to be groomed. If you have a cat or dog, they can do some of their grooming themselves. With a horse, you need to take care of it. You should get specially designed brushes to help keep their coats in order. There are also little hoof picks you can buy to keep their hooves nice and clean. When a horse is wandering around a field all day, it can get lots of dirty and grime on its hooves. It’s important you try and clean this out to stop the risk of infections. You need to keep your horse well groomed otherwise it will look a complete mess! Plus, as you’re grooming it, you can check for signs of illness or any other problems like ticks. If you do find any issues, call a vet and get them down to take a closer look at your horse.

Get Insurance

If you have a horse, you’ve got to plan ahead. Plan for anything that might happen. If your horse injures someone, you’re going to be held accountable for it. So, you have to make sure you get insurance for your horse. As you can see on the Stoneways Insurance website, there are a few options for you. Choose a horse insurance options that best fits your needs. With horse insurance, you’ll be protected if the worst should happen. You may think insurance isn’t necessary because you have a well-trained horse. However, you’re not going to be around your horse all the time. It could be in a stable or a field somewhere else. So, there’s always the possibility that accidents could happen. You don’t want to be in a situation where your horse injures someone, and you end up having to fork out loads of money.

Hopefully, you’ve found this advice helpful. Being a horse owner can be hard work, but they’re one of the best animals to own!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Praying Mantis

It was a nice day to go for a walk yesterday so  hubby, our son, and I went  around our neighborhood.  As we walked  down the parking lot  at the back of Madonna HIgh school,  my husband saw this praying mantis.  We feared that  cars will  run him over, we picked him up and I carry him in my palm.  
I put him in our garden and he seems to like it.  I am not sure if it's a he or she but  it might be a  female.  Anyway, the kids named him Frank.
I am fascinated by praying mantises.  They seem very social.  They are great to have in the garden because they prey on other bugs.  
I remember the big one that we used to have in our garden, we named him George back then.
Reading about  praying mantise on Wikipedia, I learned that the mantises or Mantodea are an order of insects that contains over 2,400 species and about 430 genera in 15 families.  It is  by far the largest family being the Mantidae. Mantises are distributed worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats.
I looked in the garden again today where I left him and he wasn't there anymore.  I found him in another  plant so he must have flown but he  seems to like it there.
Wikipedia also states that mantises  are mostly ambush predators, but a few ground-dwelling species actively pursue their prey. They normally live for about a year.  In cooler climates, the adults lay eggs in autumn, and die. The eggs overwinter, protected by their hard capsule, and hatch in the spring. Females sometimes practice sexual cannibalism, eating their mates after copulation, or occasionally decapitating the males just before or during mating.