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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

We've all been learning to change our routines and daily habits to better health because we deserve to be the best we can be right? So what about the pets in our lives.
You all know of my recent episode and even though I thought I was doing my best by my beloved pets it has made me realize that I could be making even better changes and choices to improve their lives and health too.

So even though up until now I thought I had the best foods and made sure they have their exercises, grooming and attention every day and keep up their appointments and shots etc and even as pampered spoiled and loved as they are I'm going to make changes for them too.

One I looked at their diet and nutrition and have went looking for and found recipes for home made pet food one for dogs one for cats. I also found the list of foods that our pets shouldn't under any circumstances eat.
I've did some inquiring into just what minerals and vitamins they should have and in what quantaties and have started giving them liquid vitamins too.

And grooming because I will no longer be using my former groomer, I looked into how to bath and groom and what the best methods and products would be to use for their coats and nails both internally and externally.

I've loooked up solutions and causes for bad breath and added a little peppermint oil to their drinking water.

So as I improve my life I will do everything as well to improve theirs.

How about anyone else
What pets do you have and what do you do to or will do to ensure their lives are as healthy as they can be?

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EILEENXO 7/23/2010 9:42AM

    I know what you mean about self righteous animal people. I left my last vet because every time we took my cat in she would yell at me because he was overweight. We were buying the food she told us to and rationing him to half a cup in the morning and half a cup in the evening. This continued for over and year and then we decided to find another vet.

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    yes the fact is they already eat these foods but never blended to the right protions for their size etc. They all love fruits and vegetables to begin with so it's going to be very easy to change them over from the commercial dog food to straight home made
I made their first batch today; brown rice, carrots, peas, broccoli, and green beans and bison with the fat removed., no spices no salt.
Our denver is a medium dog and Tiakya is a miniature Daschund so I am making sure they get the right portion sizes per day for their size and type of dog.

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CHUBBYTABBY 7/21/2010 3:37PM

  I'm a pet person, too! We have 2 dogs and 3 cats. It's like a zoo in our house! LOL! It's a constant challenge to keep all of them healthy and happy.

Do your pets like home-made pet food? I've been thinking about trying it and have got some recipes from books and our vet, but it seems like so much work!


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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Well yesterday was an experience. I dealt with people who don't stop to think before they speak or act; made rash judgement calls, even issued threats whether real or idle because they'd presumed, assumed and outright accused me of...acted on circumstancial evidence, and end up with egg on their face; choices and consequences.
At first of course initial reaction to something like this is to hit defense mode and lash back in retalliation. Not my way. I sit back and let them dig their own hole to see just how far they'll create thier own humiliation which is "punishment" in its self. I didn't have to lift a finger or utter a word. And so it was with this situation.
And in the end something negative has turned out positive. But before that happened...
She actually had the gaul to call me later in the day to check up to see if I had done what she "told" me to do! And then wanted proof! I told her Sorry Shelly, absolutely not I don't answer to you. You're not a god or my neighbors keeper. And because she opened this "can of worms" I was able to tell her....
That had she not jumped to conclusions, and thought before she spoke or made the rash judgement call and actions that she took she would have found out that the situation had changed. But she never bothered to ask. Had she asked, she would have found out; I would have gladly shared with her that Denver was in treatment. But that's not the way she chose to play it out. Now enough about the negative It's time to dwell on the positive!!!

I've been making so many healthy changes for myself and thought I was making just as healthy changes for my pets. Took a look at that today and came to the conclusion that those choices are not as healthy as they should or could be.
I already had them on what I thought to be healthy foods with all the right amounts of minerals vitamins protiens fats and carbs; apparently not.
So I've made the decision to go the distance and make my own cat and dog pet foods., making sure that I eliminate the foods they are NOT to have; spinach, onions, garlic, swisschard, etc I have the list, did that this morning. They start incorporating it into their diets today along with additional liquid minerals and vitamins to ensure that they are getting the correct amounts aside from what is already in the foods. I've also added a couple of drops of peppermint oil into their drinking water to help with any oral hygene health.
I brush every cat and kitten that sits on my lap throughout the day and they all take their turn, and the puppies in the evening. Now we're not to bath the animals often because they lose the oils in their skin and it takes almost two weeks to replenish so they have bathing clothes which is now on my shopping list. I already have a grooming kit so I fired my groomer; quite literally after her tirade and actions from the other day.
The vet called me this morning to check up and I gladly communicated with her. At no charge this afternoon she will see my Denver just to make sure everything is as it should be. I shared with her all that I was doing and she was very impressed.
I feel very vindicated
I've also joined the ASPCA site for my area now and recieve their news letter and now have access to vets etc.

And I want to sincerely thank everyone for your support n this.

Just for S&Gs I checked my horoscope from yesterday:
An aggressive person may try to steal your thunder. You may want to stay quietly in the background until this character has worn themselves out. There's no sense entering into a competition.


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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I'm clam now and thinking rationally now but last night I could have chewed her up and spit her out but no I think before I speak I want to make sure there is nothing I say or do that I will have to regret later or apologize for.
My Denver has had a chronic sore on his back end for almost a year now and I've been working with the vet to heal it. Yesterday I took him to the groomers as I do every year to shed his winter coat. Well she seen it and when she called me she decided she had the right to presume asume and accuse me of neglect and that if I didn't do something about it swhe was calling the humane society; she had pictures for proof.
I held my tongue because she did everything in the book to make a complete fool of herself.
So I waited for today Called the vet for further medications and to follow up as scheduled; regardless of her tirade.
If she'd stopped to think before she spoke and inquired intead of presuming & accusing she would of found out that he was being treated.
She made a rash judgement call and followed through with it. She's about to find out not to cross me though because if she did do what she claimed; actually called the Humane Society and they follow up she's going to look like a complete ....... I called her on it this morning and she couldn't take the heat and hung up. (Laughing)
If they do follow up they are more than welcome to come into my home They'll only find out that the environment is clean, responsible; all outdoor cats male and female are neutered and spayed, loving and the animals are actually spoiled. They will find no neglect or abuse here! AH It will look good on her.

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CAPTNSHORTBOB 7/21/2010 8:55AM

    emoticon to you and your critters. You handled it very well. I am afraid I would have not been so well mannered.

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TAMMYTH64 7/20/2010 7:55PM

    I'm sure when they investigate, she'll eat her words! Bwahahaha

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WHISPERING-PINE 7/20/2010 6:36PM

  All the best to you and your dog. I hope everything goes well for you and the problem gets solved. Perhaps a new Vet is in order!! emoticon

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ROTTLADY 7/20/2010 6:27PM

    I am not sure I'd be able to wait until I calmed down.

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MARTY19 7/20/2010 3:59PM

    I would have been annoyed with her as well. At least you waited until you were calm.


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And the list goes on....

Sunday, July 18, 2010

If you follow the news about health and fitness these days and the constant focus on obesity, you may get the feeling that you're doing everything wrong. You sit all day at the computer -- wrong! You drive everywhere instead of walking -- wrong! You watch too much TV, don't take the stairs enough, don't exercise enough -- the list goes on and on. Sitting around, it seems, has become as dangerous as driving without a seat belt and, yet, that's how most of us spend our time.

It's clear that our sedentary world doesn't call for much activity, yet we need that activity to stay healthy and lose weight. So, how can we make exercise a more natural part of our lives? The first step is to figure out what's really behind our inactivity.

What's Stopping You from Exercise?

We're all familiar with the most common reasons we don't exercise -- we're too busy, too tired, it's too boring and confusing, etc. But are those reasons or are they excuses? We may tell ourselves we're too tired or busy, but the real reasons we don't exercise often go a little deeper.

1. We're not used to being active. For many people, structured exercise is something they've never had to do before. As a result, bringing exercise into an already busy schedule often feels like having an unexpected (and unwelcome) guest come for a visit. Having to rearrange your schedule to accommodate this guest causes stress, anxiety and even resentfulness. That's often how we feel when we realize that starting an exercise program may require major changes in how we live and schedule our time.

2. Today's world doesn't require as much movement. The way we live now doesn't provide many opportunities to move around -- we don't have to be active to get things done. If you come from an active family and have managed to stay active over the years, you may not have as much difficulty. But, if you don't have that foundation, you're now seeing how hard it is to work exercise in after years of being inactive.

3. We see exercise as a luxury. We know that exercise is necessary for good health, quality of life and weight management. Yet, even with experts asking us, practically begging us to exercise (and broadening the definition of exercise so much so that now housework is considered exercise), we're still trying to find a way around it. Whether it's a pill, a diet, a gadget or plastic surgery, too many of us still think we can get all the benefits of exercise without actually having to do it.

4. We view exercise as pointless or difficult. What do you picture when you think of exercise? Riding a stationary bike to nowhere, eyes rolling back into your head from boredom? Or maybe a complicated aerobics class where you're tripping over your feet? Unfortunately, too many of us see exercise (or at least what we've defined as exercise) as something negative. It's boring, pointless, difficult, repetitious...fill in the blank and you've probably thought it. And if that's how you view exercise, is it any wonder you don't want to do it?

5. The consequences aren't immediate. For most things in life, there are immediate consequences if we don't do what we're supposed to do. But what happens if you don't exercise? Usually, nothing. At least, not right away. Even knowing the possible consequences (such as weight gain, heart disease, diabetes, cancer) aren't enough to get us going because it's tough to worry about something that hasn't happened or may never happen, isn't it?

Do any of these ideas strike a cord with you? If so, you may be wondering if it's even possible to find the motivation to exercise. The good news is that even just a small change in how you think about exercise can make a difference
motivation isn't something that just happens to you, but something you create for yourself. Exercise may be all about moving the body, but you won't get anywhere until you move your mind first. Getting past your mental roadblocks can open the door for new ideas and new attitudes.

1. Accept the fact that you have to exercise. If you spend most of your time sitting and you want to lose weight and get healthy, exercise is a must. Nothing, no pill or diet or surgical procedure can take the place of being active. Making peace with that fact often makes doing it a little easier and, the good news is, your choices abound. Exercise doesn't have to happen in a gym or take up hours of your time. Knowing you can create your own exercise experience may help you get up and get moving.

2. Acknowledge your lifestyle. In the past, we had more reasons to move. We had to cut our own grass, wash our dishes by hand, walk to and from school through eight feet of snow uphill both ways -- oops, that's my grandmother talking. The point is, things are different today and we can't go back to the past. Most of us aren't going to get rid of our computers, TVs, cars and cell phones and that isn't necessarily the answer. After all, these things are useful and important to us. But, these things can contribute to our health problems if we let them take over. Acknowledging your responsibility as well as a need to find balance brings you one step closer to changing how you live.

3. Make exercise mean something to you. For many people, exercise is a means to an end -- a way to lose weight and get that perfect body...or at least a better one than they have now. Future goals are nice, but there's another part to the equation that, when missing, makes exercise hard to stick to: Purpose. In other words, your workouts need to have value, regardless of whether you ever reach your desired goal. Always working for some future, intangible thing isn't enough - we need it to mean something now.

So, what does exercise mean to you besides a way to lose weight? Is there any value, outside of your weight loss goals, to working out? For me, exercise is a way to reduce stress and keep my energy up. For you, exercise might be the only time you get to yourself each day. Find you're own value and meaning and you'll find your motivation.

4. Find your own exercise path. Too often, the mainstream idea of exercise involves things like health clubs, cardio machines, fitness classes, etc. That's unfortunate if the thought of doing those things makes you cringe. Here's some good news -- you have the freedom to do whatever activities you like. If you hate the gym, you don't have to join one to get fit. If you hate the repetition and boredom of machines, you can try more interactive things like basketball or spin class. If you like to keep things simple, you could take several walks throughout the day or add some laps the next time you shop at the mall. Find out what you like and forget the rules.

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TAMMYTH64 7/20/2010 2:34PM

    I love it! There are sooo many excuses that just one person can come up with! Get over it and get on with it! Baby steps can be the start of a great and healthy relationship!


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ROTTLADY 7/19/2010 11:18PM

    Very good insightful informative blogs. Right on. Awesome

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

We officially signed the final paperwork as to ownership of our house and propety today!!!!!! (a year and a half later of the last payment being made!) But it's done! Everyone is invited to a mortgage burning this weekend!!!


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