Thursday, March 16, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's day!

 Willy is always up for a good celebration!

The good Irish woman that I am can't let a St. Patty's day go by without some sort of celebration. Willy was happy to help me out with that! Actually, English Jack Russell Terriers and Irish Jack Russell Terriers share much of the same bloodlines, so my Willy is most likely part Irishman himself! 
Willy says, "Top of the day to you." He thought his new shiny green hat was awesome! He is always such a great sport when it comes time for photo shoots for the blog. No treats necessary, just praise and some hugs!
When I do a photo shoot with Willy, I try to be as candid as I can along with some good poses. I am still in the learning process with blogging and dog photography, but I am sure having a blast!
I am leaving on a trip to Texas tomorrow, so we are celebrating a night early with the traditional meal, Corn beef, cabbage, carrots and potatoes. For dessert, Pistachio pudding, because it tastes good and its green. I might slip Willy a carrot on the sly. 
Willy gave me permission to let his gal pal go on the adventure to Texas with me instead of him. Sadie is going to her birthplace for a short visit to hang out with Doc Holiday. Willy, the understanding, easy going, sweet guy that he is was totally cool with sharing the spotlight with her. Stay tuned to hear about the Texas road trip with Sadie Rose.
Does you or your family do anything special for St. Patty's day? I would love to hear about it in the comments below! Be Safe and enjoy your day!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Are you Ready?

What does your dog need if there is an emergency?

Have you ever wondered what you would do if your house caught on fire, if the tornado siren goes off, if you're being evacuated for a hurricane or a flood? What would your dog need? Let's face it, most people have a pretty good idea what they would need. Most people have a plan in place and many have a stash of survival supplies. But, does that include your dog or in my case, dogs? The recent fire disaster in Texas caused me to start thinking what if, and I realized I am not as prepared as I could be.

First let me say, my heart goes out to every single person, family and animal affected by the recent grass fires in the Panhandle. I can't even begin to imagine how they feel. Grief over losing their loved ones, yes, I can and do understand that. I am still grieving the recent loss of my mother. But the loss of everything they own. The loss of their livelihood, the very thing they depend on to live, that I can not fathom. We are cattle ranchers as well, five generations strong. I know full well the devastation they are facing, not by personal experience, but by knowing what it takes, the blood, sweat and tears that are put into this life and business. The years and years, generation upon generation it took to get where they were.  Heartbreaking!

I  did some research and came up a basic Disaster Preparedness plan for your dogs. Keep in mind this is a basic idea and you will need to adjust it accordingly.

1. Be sure to place Pet Awareness Stickers near every entrance to your home. The stickers should state how many pets you have inside. My local pet store gives these away. Here are a couple of examples:

2. Make sure your dogs are wearing properly fitting collars with personal Identification tags, rabies tags and license tags. Your dog's ID tag should include your dog's name, your name, your phone number (cell would be best) and if your dog is microchipped put the word microchip or "chipped" on it as well.
3. Each dog should have their own carrier. Be sure to keep it with your Pet Disaster Preparedness Kit in an easy access location. There are several types of collapsible crates on the market. I have a few collapsible crates listed in my store and will be adding a larger selection with varying prices soon.
4. Include the following in your Pet Disaster Preparedness Kit:
  • Two week supply of food
  • Non-spill food and water bowls
  • Pet first aid kit
  • Any medications, flea/tick control, etc. and their dosing instructions
  • Leashes, collars, harnesses
  • Blankets
  • Toys
  • Treats
I hope this was helpful. I know many of you already knew all of this. You live in areas where emergency evacuations or the threat of emergency evacuations are common and second nature to plan for. Some of you have shelters on your premises already well stocked. Where I live, the ranch I live on, being prepared for natural disasters is not as necessary. We don't have tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes or floods (not the kind that require evacuations). Fire evacuation would be the one thing that I would need to be prepared for. So, I think it is time that I make a plan for my 6 dogs.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Happy birthday Willy the Kid

What's a birthday without balloons, right?!

We live on a ranch so what better balloons to celebrate a birthday with than cow print balloons? I can't believe Willy will be turning 1 year old on Tuesday, March 7. I love this boy so much! Willy is just a super special guy.
I wanted to do something special for his birthday. So, I decided to throw him a party with his friends and make him his very own personal size miniature birthday "cake". I mean why not? But how does one make a dog cake that is healthy and won't harm or make him sick? Then it came to me, a scoop of canned dog food, frosted with organic peanut butter mixed with organic yogurt and topped with carrot pieces, organic of course. VOILA!
 Happy, happy Birthday Willy the Kid!

Let the party begin!