Get Help From a Professional Pet Sitter

We all deserve and need vacation time, but it can be stressful deciding on care for your pets while you’re gone. Boarding facilities can be a fantastic option – but the best ones are understandably often booked far in advance. A professional pet sitter can be a lifesaver and give you peace of mind when…

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Tis the Season: What To Do If Your Pet Eats Something Toxic


Pet Poison Prevention Week spotlights the importance of keeping pets safe from toxic substances. The holidays bring their share of problems including toxic plants and food that is often found around the house. Many items we consume and touch without a second thought can cause serious harm to our animals. From food to chemicals, we…

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Does a Raw Diet Make Sense for Your Dog?


The pet food industry continues to follow the latest trends and hopes to influence pet parents to buy certain brands. There have been so many food recalls over the past few years it’s now more important than ever to stay on top of what your dogs eat! Consider raw diets for dogs. What should you…

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Do You Wash Your Pet’s Water Bowls?

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Cleaning Pet Water Bowls Ever rub your fingers on the inside of your pet’s water bowl and you feel a slippery slime? A study done by NSF International found that pet food bowls are the 4th germiest product found in the average home. It’s time to clean your pet’s water bowl. There is a collection…

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Top Five Plants for your Medicinal Herb Garden

There are many amazing plants you can add to your medicinal herb garden, but we have five we’ve been growing for years. Two of the plants are lavender and calendula; both herbs take off during the summer months. According to The Chestnut Herbal School of Medicine, here are five of the top picks for your…

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Fall Crops: Everything You Need to Know

Do you have your August garden calendar ready? Now is a great time to plan your fall crops. While you enjoy your summer veggies and admire the dahlias blooming you should consider planting before the days get shorter again.  Your calendar should include some maintenance for your garden too. Fertilize cucumbers, summer squash, and broccoli…

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Chicken DIY Project: Fermenting Chicken Feed

Why do people ferment chicken feed? My hens and rooster love their feed. When the chicks were introduced to the grown-up chickens about six weeks ago, we changed from layer feed to Scratch and Peck’s organic starter feed since the chicks needed to stay on that until about eight weeks. That’s when we’ll put them…

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Lyme Disease: How To Get Rid of Ticks

Tick Season is Upon Us Illnesses from mosquito, tick and flea bites are on the rise in the United States, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Lyme disease is the most frequent tick-borne infection in America. Over 300,000 cases of Lyme Disease are estimated to occur in the…

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Mixed Chicken Flocks: Planning For Pullets

Combining pullets and chicks with full-grown chickens is a challenge. Because pecking order is a serious matter, it can be dangerous and risky no matter the circumstances. Having a mixed chicken flock keeps things lively though! There is no question that we were entertained throughout the process, and perhaps even some of the adult chickens…

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Raising Chickens in Portland: Meet the Experts

Wyandotte Chickens

Chickens have been used to eat bugs for farmers for centuries. And there is nothing more entertaining than watching your chickens scratch and peck. Many say chickens are the gateway bird to other livestock but perhaps you’re just considering a few hens. Whether it’s three hens or ten, look no further! Chicken expert advice When…

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