Thursday, August 27, 2009

Help Jamaican Rescuers Get Water!

The dedicated workers at Animal House Jamaica have been carrying water to their critters for months now!

Can you imagine carrying water to care for 150 animals? I sure can't.

Following is the note I got this morning, and I've already been to the site to read more and sign the petition. If you have a minute, please join me in helping them.

I write to ask if you can help us publicize a petition to the Prime Minister designed to pressure the Jamaican government into re-connecting our water. Our water was disconnected when the company supplying our utilities changed and the new company does not want to continue supplying us. And with over 150 in-house animals you can imagine what a crisis that has created.

The petition link is:

Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Get rid of fleas naturally with this home remedy

As you know, two of the natural products listed in the sidebar here are designed to kill fleas and ticks on your critters. After my experience with using a chemical flea killer on poor Pepper, I would never use Frontline or any of the others again.

So, I was interested when one of the forums I read started a discussion about natural flea repellent/killer.

This "recipe" was posted as a spray against mosquitoes.

The lady who posted it said that "This stuff is actually killing the ticks on the dogs.... I'm finding them on the floor, dead or dying, in the mornings. (yuck)"

Add 8 or 9 drops of each of the following essential oils to a 24-oz. spray bottle filled with water.
Tea Tree
Sage (any kind)
Sweet Orange
Pine Needle.

Or 1/2 teaspoon per gallon of water.

Dogs'll smell lovely (mostly peppermint), and it should work nicely to deter the tiny livestock.

This reminded me that catnip (a mint) is supposed to keep mosquitoes away when planted around the house. I did that and the stuff grows like a bad weed.

Does it work? I don't know. We get a few mosquitoes, but not many. I do know that it does not deter bees!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Dogs on the go...

By now you know my neighbor, Freckles.

It seems that if her human says "Shall we go visit Ralph?" she runs to get in this little sport vehicle, where she has her own seatbelt, and of course a pair of cool shades. Can't be letting bugs get in the eyes!

She's all healed up from her foot injury, by the way, and is back to dragging Ralph around by the hair on his neck.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Native American Legend

There is a Native American legend which says:

"When a human dies there is a bridge they must cross to enter into Heaven. At the head of that bridge waits every animal that human encountered during their lifetime. The animals, based on what they know of this person, decide which humans may cross the bridge...and which are turned away."

I like that one, and I like to think that when I get there all of my 4-legged friends who have already crossed the Rainbow Bridge will be there, anxious for a pet and a hug.

Now, if we could just convince those who profess religion yet abuse animals that this legend is the truth...