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A Catio will make the summer more enjoyable for your cat

By Nancy Fedelem | Jul 24, 2020
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Do you know about catios? You need one! What is a catio? This cat wants one! It is a cat enclosure or ‘cat patio’ that provides feline safety and enrichment outdoors. A summer staycation for cats! Catios will allow your cat to live their best life. Since it’s a natural instinct for a cat to…

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Top Five DIY Summer Dog Toys

By Nancy Fedelem | Jul 22, 2020
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When we think of summer, we always remember all our summer traditions like going to the Farmer’s Market, the coast, buying lemonade from the local lemonade stand, and corn dogs.  With that in mind, there are fewer activities lined up because of COVID this year. We went ahead and looked at Pinterest to see if…

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15 pet safety tips for hot weather

By Nancy Fedelem | Jul 12, 2020
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Hot weather is here and sharing safety tips is always important! You want to take your dog with you everywhere – it’s summer now! But it’s 90 degrees out and your best friend will melt in the car. So you stay home and hang out in the yard instead. If you’re still concerned and not…

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Puppies

How to Stop Puppy Barking? Read these helpful ideas.

By Nancy Fedelem | Jul 1, 2020
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Barking, nipping, and licking are all-natural and normal behaviors for puppies.  It’s a good thing puppies are adorable, right? Puppy breath and paws that smell like potato chips are over the top! If you’re hoping your puppy understands English, you’re in trouble. They have no idea why barking isn’t the ideal way to communicate with…

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Chicken DIY Project: Fermenting Chicken Feed

By Nancy Fedelem | Jun 23, 2020
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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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How to get a puppy to stop biting

By Nancy Fedelem | Jun 17, 2020
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There are many effective ways to train your puppy not to nip!  Puppies have sharp teeth! Anyone that lives with a puppy knows that you need to train them not to nip, or your arms will be bruised. They’re like adorable little sharks.  There is a lot of advice out there on how to handle…

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Eliminating dog smells in the home. What works?

By Nancy Fedelem | Jun 9, 2020
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Did you notice a ‘doggie’ odor after being gone a few days? We always wash our pet’s bedding and make sure all the blankets get cleaned regularly, but it only helps in eliminating dog smells that day or for a few days. Using an air purifier is our best advice, and letting in the fresh…

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Lyme Disease: How To Get Rid of Ticks

By Nancy Fedelem | Jun 2, 2020
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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

By Nancy Fedelem | May 27, 2020
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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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