Monday, November 21, 2022

Does Your Dog Really Need Clothing?

 



Some dog owners say that dogs don't need to wear clothing, that since they were born with a fur coat why mess with Mother Nature, so to speak? Other dog owners say that their dogs need to wear clothes, since they shiver in the cold weather just like us so why not stick a sweater on them to keep them warm? And then there are those dog owners who like to dress their dog up in the latest fashions, just like a human child or a fashion doll. 

Despite all the differing opinions, there are real reasons to consider putting the occasional sweater, or shirt, on your dog. Modern dogs do not have to endure the ravages of nature like they did back in the days of wolf packs, so our pet dogs have become accustomed to the climate-controlled environment we provide. Therefore, it does make sense that dogs will occasionally need extra protection from the cold like we do. 

If you are trying to decide if your dog needs clothing, some good indicators are the breed of your dog and the environment in which you live. For example, small breeds like Chihuahuas lose heat quickly and easily, so a sweater would be essential in rainy or cooler climates. In areas where the weather is bitterly cold, a sweater and insulated dog booties may be required. Dogs that have been shaven for medical treatments will often need some protection from the weather until their fur can grow back. Large dogs with short hair, such as a Great Danes, Whippets, and Greyhounds may need a shirt or a sweater in cold climates.  

Dog breeds that are acclimated to living in cold conditions do not need clothes at all, even in extremely cold weather. Examples of such breeds are Siberian Huskies, Great Pyrenees, and the Saint Bernard. Putting clothes on a large dog that is used to being outdoors could be dangerous, as they would get way too hot and could have a heat stroke. The only type of clothing these dogs might need would be insulated booties if they spend long periods of time outdoors in snow or ice. 

 There is one other important thing to keep in mind when dressing your dog in clothing. Some outfits cover so much of your dog’s body, they can mask the cues that dogs give to each other to communicate. This could easily cause a dog to “mis-communicate” or “misinterpret” a cue and cause a dog fight. Body language is a large part of how dogs “talk” to each other and it’s very dangerous to mask your dog’s ability to convey its feelings and intentions towards another dog. This caution also includes dogs living in the same household. 

 Although some people may think that dressing your dog in clothes is cruel, or defies nature, there are legitimate reasons for putting some clothing on your dog. Just use common sense being mindful of your environment, your dog, and the situation.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Best Homemade Mayo Recipe


 

If you have chickens and/or ducks, like we do, you are likely on the lookout for creative ways to use them. I recently heard that the 100 pleats in a chef's hat originally came about because of the 100 ways there are to cook eggs. I don't know about that but here is one of our favorite ways to use farm fresh eggs! 

Equipment: 

1-quart wide mouth Ball jar with lid (to make and store the mayo in) 

Immersion Blender


Ingredients:  

3 farm fresh eggs, duck eggs are best! 

2 cups vegetable oil

½ tsp. dry mustard

1 ½ tsp. course Kosher salt

2 Tbs. vinegar


Directions: 

1. Crack the eggs into the jar. Add dry mustard, salt, and vinegar.  Pour oil into jar. Let sit until the eggs settle to the bottom of the jar.   

2. Insert immersion blender all the way to the bottom of the jar. Start blender, and blend at bottom for a full 20 seconds. 

3. After 20 seconds, the mayo will be emulsified almost to the top.  Start raising the blender to the top, gently swirling around until the oils are completely emulsified. Do not take the stick out completely or mayo will fly all over! 

4.  Put the lid on the jar and store in refrigerator. 


Friday, November 11, 2022

The Cutest Mushroom Hunter

 

A couple of years ago we must've had the perfect mushroom growing weather because I found some of the coolest looking mushrooms that I had ever seen on our property. I just completely geeked-out and started snapping pictures every time I saw one.  Every day, I would run out with my camera to go hunting for a new one, and I had a surprising buddy on these daily hunts! 

See if you can spot a clue in one of the pictures! I will post his full picture below! 



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And here he is, the cutest mushroom hunter, my buddy Max. Thanks for keeping me company buddy!


        


Monday, November 7, 2022

Does my pet really need a bed or blanket?

 




Dogs and cats (as well as most pets for that matter) can benefit greatly from having their own bed or blanket, and so can you! Here’s how: 

Friday, November 4, 2022

How does catnip effect cats?

 




Since catnip is actually a relative of the marijuana plant (in a far-off manner) the effect can be loosely compared to the high of marijuana. The purpose of giving your cat catnip is for the cat’s entertainment and enjoyment of the natural high. Catnip is an herb belonging to the Labiatae family and contains nepetalactone, which is the active chemical in catnip responsible for your cat’s funny behavior. It is closely related to an active ingredient in female cat urine (which is why we must keep our cat Lilly far away from catnip. She will “mark” whenever she smells it. This seems to be a very rare behavior, though.) 

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Funny Chicken Video

This has got to be one of the funniest chicken videos I have ever seen. I hope it makes your day brighter! 

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Crunchy Homemade Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Treats Recipe

 



We previously made these cookies and offered them for sale online as well as our brick-and-mortar store. People, as well as their beloved dogs, absolutely loved them. One of the best things about these homemade dog treats is that by following the directions below, they will have a much longer shelf life than most "homemade" dog treats. As a matter of fact, we never had even one cookie go bad. Of course, that could also be owed to the fact that they sold as fast as we could make them! But honestly, they will last for a month, or more, if you get them dried out completely.