8 Survival Items for Pets

8 Survival Items for Pets

Keeping Fido Safe in Emergencies. I’ve wanted a mini wiener dog (the opposite of the bulldog above) for a couple years now, and I finally broke down and bought one the end of May (I’m still considering the genius of adding that to two toddlers…) While we’re working through all the fun training that comes with having a new puppy, I’ve realized I need to make sure the bug-out bags and long-term food storage include prep for the dogs now too. If you have a pet, have you considered their needs if the pet store isn’t available? 8 things to consider: 1.  Food. Is your pet on specialty food? Is it necessary or a comfort? How much will you need for 72 hours/a month/a year? 2. Water. Waterdish? While your pet could figure out how to drink out of a 2-liter bottle, it’s important to waste as little as possible. Add a collapsible dish to the amount of additional water storage needed for your pet. 3. Medication. Arthritis meds? Heartworm meds? What are some of the prescriptions you need to have on hand? 4. First Aid. While most injuries can be handled by a human first-aid kit, make sure you have products that will work on their coats, and a large enough supply. What about a “cone of shame” to keep them from biting/chewing on the wound? 5. First Aid Guide. Would you know how to treat major/minor injuries to your pet? Having a quick guide on hand for your animal (especially large ones) may help you save their life. 6. Bed. Does your pet have a special place? Are they crate trained? (we...

Aquaponics – Weeklong Segment (Part 2) & The Tuesday Train

Yesterday, I introduced the uninitiated (me) to aquaponics. Today, you get a close-up of the operation over at Growing Power. They’re in Wisconsin. If they can grow year-round like this, anyone can. I’m amazed at how much food they’re growing with this system. Because they took growing vertical, they multiplied the harvest! Love it. (I ordered my greenhouse over the weekend, don’t tell anyone I’ve been watching these videos ;) Take a Ride on the Train! <a href=”<a href=”http://www.mymadmind.com/”>http://www.mymadmind.com</a>/”> <img src=”<a href=”http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y340/cwitgotoday/th_tt3.jpg?t=1282766687″>http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y340/cwitgotoday/th_tt3.jpg?t=1282766687</a>” border=”0″ alt=”Photobucket”/> </a> Tuesday Train is a weekly link-up hosted by My Mad Mind and The Survival Mama and The House on the Corner and With “Faith, Family, and Friends!”. Here’s how it works: Follow the hostess and co-hostesses (first through fourth spot on the linky) Leave a comment if you’re a new follower and I will follow back. Include the link-up button in your post! Link up your blog post for “Tuesday Train”. Have fun! While you’re at it, be sure to swing over and see Boobies and the Follow Me Back Tuesday hop. Share...

Ducks v. Chickens (ducks win)

Welcoming the awesome Revellie back today with some more love and learning about ducks. (I also have to say, after tricking Rockstar into eating them, he really liked the duck eggs) After the long chicken blog, the duck blog is going to be quite short… Let me just start by saying ducks are awesome! Josh first took ducks seriously as part of our homestead last summer. He had seen some Runner ducks at a friend’s and had heard they were easy to take care of.  Josh picked up 2 Khaki Campbell’s because they are the most consistent egg layers in the duck world. To be honest with you, I had no clue about duck eggs and was a bit nervous about even trying them. I even made eggs separately the first few times we cooked with them and then slowly started using them more and more. But to my surprise, you can’t really tell the difference. Khaki Campbell Ducks are pretty cool. The Khaki Campbell’s (Lois and Lily) are very quiet. It was really neat to sit our back and read as they would waddle around our middle yard foraging for bugs. Then when we got baby turkeys, it was funny to watch the turkeys follow the ducks around like they were the mothers. Once, I accidently trapped one of the ducks behind a wheelbarrow during a turkey fiasco. It was so sad to watch the other one mope around the yard that I almost went out and got another duck (which is saying a lot because I have a strict no animal rule for my car). Luckily, I found...

In the beginning….there were chickens – Guest Post

Revellie is back!  Since I’m hanging out at the Energy Solutions arena this morning collecting canned food for the Utah Food Bank, Revellie was gracious enough to step in and entertain you. (don’t forget, if you swing by the arena between 6 and 9 am, and bring 10 cans of food, you’ll get a FREE pass to the Disney on Ice show coming in March!) For my second blog, I thought I would start where Josh and I started…Chickens. Backyard chickens have been a recent hot topic for us hip urban convenience environmentalists (don’t get upset…I am lumping myself in there too).  This IS a good thing though on many levels (click on the links below for more information – that was the plan but then I found http://www.mypetchicken.com/backyard-chickens/chicken-care/chapter-1-why-chickens.aspx which pretty much summed it up for me).    •    Chickens are pretty awesome and personable creatures.    •    Happy eggs come from happy chickens.    •    Stickin’ it to the Man.    •    Grateful gardens. We started off with 4 chickens and a converted rabbit hutch (basically a rabbit hutch with the front panel cut out and 2 laying boxes attached). We were worried about them flying away and neighborhood cats getting wind of them so we locked them in the hutch at night. We actually did lose a one of our Leghorns one evening. Josh and I wanted to look in the neighbors back yards but did not know how to start that conversation with them.  Later we found the chicken in a tree (something we still laugh about today). Then we found a very inexpensive dog run on our local community ad site (similar...