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Senior Pet Adoption

Senior Pets Are The Least Likely Candidates to Find Homes

By Nancy Fedelem | Aug 13, 2020
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Senior Pet Adoption Fortunately, during COVID, shelters are nearly empty. We know that many people have more time, and more time means saving an animal. Dogs, cats, chickens, and guinea pigs found homes and are living their best lives. What about senior animals? How many seniors are finding forever homes? There are many benefits to adopting…

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Top Five Plants for your Medicinal Herb Garden

By Nancy Fedelem | Aug 5, 2020
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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

By Nancy Fedelem | Aug 2, 2020
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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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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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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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