Thursday, August 22, 2013

Ear Infection Finally Gone!

My little Bruiser has always had some form of yeast infection in his ear. I got sick and tired of taking him to the vet to get antibiotics only to find the ear infection clear up for a couple of weeks and then come back.

Thanks to a local groomer, I have found a better solution.  Something so simple...

Apple cider vinegar.

I was told to put some in a spray bottle and do a quick spritz in his ear. At first I couldn't find a bottle so I took a cotton ball and dipped it in the vinegar. Usually Bruiser is very sensitive to anything in his ear...he will yelp or nip...but when I applied it he never flinched.

I did notice that the vinegar dries the ear out and makes it itchy so I bought a tube of Zincofax and rubbed it in his ear. That took away the itch.

He has finally stopped scratching his ears and constantly shaking his head.  Love it.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sunrise in the Country

Bruiser is always up with the birds and loves to sit at his favorite perch - the couch - and watch the sun come up.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Walmart Finds

"Red Dog" was discovered at Wal-Mart one day and was one of the best purchases we made. Bruiser likes to beat the living daylights out of him (a good workout!) and Rocki likes to sleep with him. All in all, a good find.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Just Rub My Tummy...

Bruiser is the king of tummy rubs. Rocki likes them but Bruiser takes the cake. He will follow me around the house, run in front of me and then plop himself down so I can give him the tummy rub. No matter where I am or what I am doing, I have to bend down and rub his tummy. He'd have them 24 hours a day if he could.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Being Responsible for Your Pet

When we moved to a small town, we immediately built a fence around the house so our dogs had a place to run without disturbing others and without worrying about other dogs and assorted critters getting into the yard. To me, it was just what a responsible pet owner does - you keep your pet in your yard.

In this town, however, I didn't realize that dogs were such a huge issue. It seemed that many people had dogs, however, they were allowed to roam all over town and do whatever they wanted. Many people were fed up with this, particularly with some of the large dogs who would not be described as friendly. One older lady was going for a walk and was cornered by one loose dog. She was rescued by a local storeowner who chased the dog away. There was another dog - a big german shepherd - who was not friendly, chased cars and people, and lives right next to the school. They found evidence of her wandering on the school grounds and chasing little kids. The real fear came when she had pups and became even more aggressive...right next to the school.

Many town people were complaining. There was a bylaw about the dogs but no one seemed to be doing anything to enforce it...we couldn't get past the town secretary who kept telling us it was our responsibility to contact the dog owner and deal with it (even though the bylaw said different). In the end, a group of us got together and went to the next Town Council meeting to demand that something be done. And it was...we not only got the Council to begin enforcing the bylaw, but we got them to amend it to say we could use a picture as evidence of a dog on the loose in town and we got them to up the fine from $15 to $500.

Amazing how fast money talks. Overnight, all the lax pet owners immediately found ways to keep their dogs in their yards.

You know, the sad part of all this was that people were shooing the dogs and aiming their cars at the ones on the road, but it was never the fault of the animal. It was the fault of the owners. One in particular had a beautiful, well tempered little cross breed who was always allowed to run free and usually hung out on the road. I don't know how many times she was almost hit by car. She was always left outside. No one ever paid any attention to her. And all this little pooch wanted was some love. She would pee whenever she saw me because she was so excited and knew that she would get a nice belly rub and lots of affection. One of the councillors and I used to plot how we could find her a good home, kidnap her from the road and take her to a loving place. We even went so far as to discreetly speak to people from nearby towns to see if they wanted this sweet little dog.

In the end we do not have a problem with dogs. There is a lot of bitching and grumping about the new bylaw, but the bottom line is if you have a pet you need to take responsibility for it. That means caring for it, giving it affection, taking it to the vet and ensuring that your pet stays on your property for the safety of others and the dog's own safety.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

What a lonely boy!

When my husband and I first started our restaurant we thought we had plenty of time to zip back home and be with the boys.

Oh how wrong we were!

Unfortunately (or fortunately) our restaurant took off and we were deluged with people. Our private time was extinguished and time alone with our boys became a thing of the past.

We do try and make it home a couple of times a day to let them out and be with them but it's been a really hard call - make money while we can to have a better life, or hold off a bit and spend time with the boys.

I've actually elected to spend more money on staff so I can come home and be with the little guys but balancing time and budget becomes more difficult as the days go on. Did we make the right move? I'm not sure yet, but I doubt the boys think we did.

Is it good to be successful?? Yes, we are taught it is. But we looking back I wish at times we had  elected to make less and live more. It's tough call for anyone in business for themselves.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Lazy Days of Autumn

As the cold weather approaches, the boys take every opportunity to enjoy the last rays of sunshine on the deck. Even though the leaves are falling from the trees and the deck furniture is being put away, my little sunbathers still find a warm place to relax.