Friday, August 19, 2016

Does Your Dog's Breath Make You Want to Run Away?

For those of you who like the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer and the heat that goes with it -- I hope you are seriously enjoying this one.  There is little I like about summer which I shared in my post this time last year.  For a smile, read 10 Reasons Why I Would Like to Skip Summer.  This year is no different except we are not having the wild fires on the North West Coast.
Salmon fishing

What I do enjoy about summer is seeing the grandkids more often and watching them enjoy their summer activities. William loves to go fishing with his daddy and has learned all aspects of fishing including driving the boat.


Here's Aubrie, William, and Louie chillin' ...........and Aubrie posing for the camera!

Lazy days of summer

Speaking of dogs.....for any of you who have a dog with dental problems, I have made an incredible discovery.  Many of you know that all of our rescue dogs eat a raw food diet. Often, when we get a new rescue, he comes with serious health issues.  After we put him on a raw food diet, it is usually only a matter of a few weeks before all their health issues have disappeared. The only vet bills we have had in at least a dozen years have been to get their pedicures done as older dogs' nails are too hard to clip at home.

A couple of months ago when I had Star and Gunner's nails clipped, I asked the vet why their breath smelled so awful.  It was hard to cuddle them because the smell sent you running to the other side of the room.  These two rescues had been seriously neglected for ten years.  Their teeth were so bad that they had to have major dental work, including pulling over 10 teeth, before we could adopt them.
Star and Gunner

When the vet looked at their mouths, he told me they had periodontal disease from all the years of neglect.  Their gums were inflamed and so sore.  No wonder they couldn't eat treats or bones. As a result, their teeth were loose.  The vet quoted me $1100 per dog to have their teeth cleaned and a thorough check-up to determine what else would need to be done.  Then a regular annual cleaning which would require anesthesia and $1000 each visit.  It made me shudder and almost cry.

However, I was excited to receive that diagnosis for FREE because I knew exactly what to do.  That night I added Co-Enzyme Q10 to their daily dose of vitamins and within one WEEK, the gums were pink and normal -- no swelling, no pain, no loose teeth.

BUT......we still had the breath issue because the tartar build-up was terrible.  These poor little guys had such a terrible diet before we adopted them -- no wonder they had tartar.  I researched on-line and discovered an absolutely incredible product called Leba III.  

The greatest part about this spray is it is a NATURAL product.  LEBA III   balances  the chemistry of the mouth keeping the teeth clean and healthy for the entire life of a dog - with NO side effects.  You spray it into your dog's mouth one to two times a day for a month and it removes the toughest tartar.  We noticed a major change in one week.  The tips of Star's teeth are pure white now and the dark brown at the gum line is disappearing quickly.  
Tartar on Dog's teethTartar on Dog's teeth

I have not sent a testimonial to the company yet but I certainly plan to when their teeth are completely white.  Isn't that amazing?  And I am so blown away by the fact that it is NOT a chemical product -- it is all natural herbs (and spices :)

Chew on that until next month and enjoy the rest of the HOT SUMMER!  I'll be waiting for winter.

Please have a buzz around to the other bloggers and see what their summers have been like so far.

Baking In A Tornado 
Menopausal Mother
Spatulas on Parade
Searching for Sanity
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
Southern Belle Charm
Eileen's Perpetually Busy
Molly Ritterbeck
Go Mama O

Friday, August 12, 2016

Bits and Bites You May Not Need to Know

I'm sorry
My sincere apologies to all bloggers participating in Use Your Words this month. For a reason that will forever remain a mystery, I did not receive my words in time to prepare a post. The words are floating in cyberspace.  Please let me know if you see them out there.  Hopefully, this was a one-time fluke.

I am 'on the road again' and was not able to formulate a story around the words I received only yesterday.  My words are Gone ~ Mottled ~ Bleach ~ Washer ~ Paint ~ Lap and submitted by Southern Belle Charm

If I took each of these words and put them into a sentence with the first thing that popped into my head -- it would look like this:

Sorry for missing this month's post -- I was gone.  The words are gone.  I'm coming back.  Hopefully, this will never happen again.

The first time we saw our son - the day the adoption agency placed him in our arms, I noticed his mottled skin.  I thought something was wrong with him as I had never seen a newborn before.  But, he was beautiful and we were told it was very common in newborns and would disappear quickly.

Bleach is something you will never ever find in my house.  It is one of the most destructive chemicals you can have around children or anyone with respiratory issues.  Considering how many medical facilities use it causes me great distress.  There are better alternatives than bleach that perform even better.  As far as the claims that it kills bacteria -- that is a farce.  It kills bacteria but it returns rapidly, often mutated.

Got a new washer and dryer which makes life easier.  They do everything but fold the clothes or put them away.

My sister asked me to help her paint her living/dining room years ago.  I mixed up the cans and started painting the ceiling green and the walls white.  Then I fell off the ladder and landed on her new vacuum and broke it.  She never asked for my help again.  My plan worked.

My lap has held many babies and many puppies of every description. My mostest favoritest thing in the whole wide world is holding one of my grandbabies on my lap while rocking them to sleep.  It is these moments I will never forget - especially when I sing them a lullaby.  I can't carry a tune and even the youngest of children knows when a song is 'off.'  They open their eyes and signal me to tone it down.  I can hum -- and that works.

Thanks for your understanding about this
month's post and P L E A S E check out the other bloggers. I promise you that they will have great stories made up from the words they received for this month's challenge.

Baking in a Tornado
Southern Belle Charm
Spatulas on Parade
The Bergham Chronicles
The Diary of an Alzheimer's Caregiver
On the Border
Confessions of a part time working mom
Sparkly Poetic Weirdo
Dinosaur Superhero mommy

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

For Better, For Worse -- A Language a Dog Understands

When we think of the words "For better, for worse," we usually think of a marriage.  We say our vows on our wedding day proclaiming that we will never leave our spouse, no matter what happens.

But sometimes we don't follow through with those vows.  Sometimes, our spouse is abusive or falls out of love with us. Those words ring in our ears -- for better, for worse -- may be out of our control.

When we acquire a pet, how often don't we promise to take care of that pet, for better - for worse?

We fall in love with that puppy and look forward to many years of joy with him. BUT.....sometimes....

He has genetic problems and requires special care, which can be very expensive.

He will NOT stop barking.

He bites people.

He poops in the house.

He pees in the house.

He is left alone all day and then goes crazy when his owner comes home and becomes a pest, trying to gain full-on attention.

He isn't as cute as when he was a puppy.

He has a serious accident and requires special care for the rest of his life.

He won't behave properly so he is beaten and kicked or worse.

He is destructive when left alone.

Sometimes, rather than spend the time needed to restore the relationship, we give up.....and give that dog away.

This is where a dog rescuer comes in.  We have rescued over 30 dogs the past few years who have been abandoned, beaten or ignored. EVERY SINGLE one of them has been a total blessing in our home.  Every one of them had special needs which required a lot of attention. And every single one of them has been the best dog....EVER.

Don't kid yourself -- rescue dogs know they have been rescued.  They will do anything and everything to please you.  All they ask for in return is to be loved.  Just loved.  When given the love and attention they need, many of their previous bad habits disappear.

I believe that dogs who have been rescued have the largest vocabulary -- they tell us to the best of their ability -- how much they love us, how much they appreciate us, how they will never leave us.

All they to be heard - and loved. They will never break their promise to you.

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

You Can Hang on to Hope, Even if it is Only by a Thread

Someday....but maybe not today, life will be easier.

Someday.....but maybe not today, I won't have to work so many jobs to try to make 'ends' meet.

Someday....but maybe not today, I won't cry every time I think of my son who left us four years ago.

Someday....but maybe not today, I won't think of my two grandsons who I have not seen in four years.

Someday....but maybe not today, I won't gasp a little when I walk into a room and see my husband holding his head in his hands because the pain is stronger than usual and unbearable.

Someday....but maybe not today, I will be able to go for a walk with my husband -- even a couple blocks would be awesome.

Someday....but maybe not today, I won't have to deal with the stress of running my husband's business and trying to keep it afloat until the economy turns around.

Someday....but maybe not today.

wishful thinking

Friday, August 5, 2016

How Would You Cope With the Loss of a Child?

"Which character from a book would you most like to meet and why? What would you do?" This is the challenge given to me for this post.  When I read for entertainment there are two authors I read -- Harlan Coben and John Grisham. These are my favorite authors and I have read almost all of their books.

Yet, there are no characters in any of their books who I would want to meet. Consequently, this question posed a challenge.

For my talk show, Never Ever Give Up Hope, I interview at least two authors a week. The majority of these authors have written memoirs which is the basis for the interview.  I read their books, interview them and often they become friends.  I feel I have already met them.  
woman crying

If you are ever having a down-in-the-dumps day and need a lift, I GUARANTEE you will be encouraged when you take a few minutes to listen to these incredible stories.  They are ordinary people who have overcome extraordinary circumstances.