Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Butterfly Enjoying Clover

Whenever my husband and I get to watch TV, it's either  about news or we watch Discovery channel  shows.  They have very interesting shows  that are educational.  I remember we watched different kinds of  animals from around the world, their traits and how they survive in their environment.  
 Watching the segment about butterflies is pretty neat.  I was very  intrigued of their Butterflies life cycle. It said that they typically have four stages.  
 According to Wikipedia (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly);
  •  the winged adults lay eggs on the food plant on which their larvae, known as caterpillars, will feed. 
  • The caterpillars grow, sometimes very rapidly, and when fully developed, pupate in a chrysalis.
  •  When metamorphosis is complete, the pupal skin splits, the adult insect climbs out, and after its wings have expanded and dried, it flies off. 
  • Some butterflies, especially in the tropics, have several generations in a year, while others have a single generation, and a few in cold locations may take several years to pass through their whole life cycle.

 Whenever we go to the  parks or   enjoying the outdoors, I am always magnetized with the  butterflies.  I can't help but  adore  their beauty and how graceously they fly around  plants and flowers.  This particular one that I took photos of was enjoying the nectar of the clover.  She didn't offer to fly away when I got closer and took shome photographs of her.  
That's one thing I enjoyed the most at our  old house during summer time.  I had several butterfly bushes and they are always full of different kinds of butterflies.  

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Making Your Home A Home For Your Dog

You and your family deserve a home that fulfills all of their needs. A home should be a place of comfort and safety. A place where you can retreat to when the weather ruins your plans and mood. A place where you can be sad, or happy, without the eyes of the world focusing on you.

But what about your dog? They aren’t great at speaking the language of humans, but surely they deserve a good home as well? A home that fulfills their needs and all of their requirements?

Since Christmas is coming up, many new homes will be welcoming dogs into the family and sometimes this relationship doesn’t work out. If will for you if you’re willing to change a few things to help welcome your dog into your home.

It’s not hard to turn your abode into a dog-friendly and there’s no need for a complete transformation. Here’s how you can get started.

We’ve got to think about the area your dog sleeps in. Is it just a sealed off corner or a open area? Is their bed a leftover basket or something more advanced like a ProSelect Dog Crate? Whatever it is, we have the power, tools and money to outfit their bedding area for comfort. Buy some blankets so your dog can sleep comfily and make sure the bed isn’t by a draught. 

Now the bed is sorted out, it’s time to think about feeding your hound. If they clearly aren’t enjoying their food, get it changed. Make sure your dog has a full water bowl at all times, especially when it’s hot. Ensure that your dog knows where the eating zone is and please try not to move it around as this will only confuse the poor pooch.

You also need to protect your home from your dog. Dog’s can get full of stress and anxiety very easily if you leave them alone and they will look to play for comfort. This is all well and good until they play with your shoes and tear them apart. Put your valuables away and keep them safe, maybe you should also invest in a trashcan that your dog can’t open up? Make sure you limit their access to the bedrooms and bathrooms of the house as this is where the most destruction can be caused by a dog. We already mentioned crates above, but a good crate trained dog can be very peaceful and give you absolute peace of mind when it comes to leaving your dog alone.

Make sure your dog has no access to substances that could be harmful, this is easier said than done but the consequences could be tragic if your dog breaks into a bottle that could contain a deadly toxin. It’s also worth making sure that the plants in your house aren’t poisonous to dogs as this often goes under the radar.

If you follow a few steps, you can make your home a perfect abode for your dog and increase the happiness of everyone.