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It’s winter and the dryness on my dog’s paws are looking cracked. I decided to try some recipes to see what works best and of course is easy to make. This paw protector is wonderful! The scent is great and even though he licks it I know it is safe for him plus protecting his little pads.

Paw protector wax- like substance also helps break down the ice and snow that may collect in his pad. Every time we come in from outside, especially after being down at the ranch I check his paws to make sure there is no snow inside the pad. By applying the paw pad protector this cuts down on the snow accumulation. I just have to remember to put it on him BEFORE we go outside.

Paw Pad Protection for your pet

Recipe

4 tbsp organic shea butter

8 tbsp organic Calendula infused oil  (I have a recipe here)   

2 tsp carnauba wax                    

4 tbsp organic bees wax.          

 4 tbsp coconut oil                        

1/2 tsp vitamin E                      

1 tbsp organic  Sunflower oil.

 30 drops Rosemary Essential oil    

 15 drops Lavender Essential oil.    

10 drops of  Tea Tree Essential oil

In a double boiler, bring the calendula oil, shea butter, carnauba wax, beeswax, and coconut oil to melting point. This should only be about 2 minutes or so. Remove from heat and add vitamin E and your essential oils. Stir again and quickly and carefully pour into your molds. Paw mold, tins, (from any dollar store) or cupcake mold

TIPS

#1. I like to mix the first ingredients in a  4 cup glass measuring cup. I place this in double boiler and stir with a plastic spoon. This helps pouring into my molds easier and using the plastic spoon I can throw away for easier clean up.  #2. I add a tsp of Apricot oil as this oil is helpful in dry chapped skin. #3. Adding a few calendula flowers to the mold make for pretty presentation. I doubled this recipe because of the thick molds used.

Gift Ideas

Paw Pad Protection for dog

Just take paw and place is ointment and rub onto pad. You can also take some in your hand and rub directly onto the paws. 

Paw Pad Protection

Adding tags to your gifts is quick and easy as well as special when you use these little framelits from Sizzix. Using my BIGSHOT I can use material, metal, more than one piece of card stock, it’s wonderful. Makes gift giving fun and easy!

So let me know how your little 4-legged buddies do with this ointment. I hope they like it and it works for you! I invite comments!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Since I was a little girl, I have been in the obedience ring with my dog. I was in 4H for 3 years and in my early 20’s became a trainer and showed again. For years I have used a training chain collar and never thought twice about what the collar was REALLY doing to my dogs.

Sadly, I recently found out what my chain training collar and others are doing to dogs. First step…knowing and educating on the new findings of our little 4-legged friends.

What is your collar doing to your dog?

About a month ago I was taking one of those online free sessions about keeping your pets healthy as I do a ton of research on all of our animals pretty much on a weekly bases and came upon a trainer. She was educating the listeners on this very topic of what the collars are doing to our dogs. Training chain collars, pinch collars, harnesses, and the shock collar.

Here is link you can watch for yourself of a vet and his scientific detail of what is actually occurring every time you go for a walk with your dog. Hang onto your heart…it may break a little!

Also here is another link of many videos you can watch. They are short but will help you understand how this works and other brands out there that also cause problems for your dog. I especially love the manners videos!

What is your collar doing to your dog?
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I know the chain training collar works. I know also when I learn something new and I can be wrong about my thinking…I need to stop and take a closer look. This leash and collar are EASY to use. It works. My dog is happier. I feel better knowing my dog will have a healthier body because of using it.

Take a look and see for yourself. (affiliate link) An easy size chart will help you find just the right fit for your pet.

What is your collar doing to your dog?

The 30 day money back guarantee is awesome! PLUS…the training videos to help you know how to use the system, which is simple by the way. You can watch the videos I suggested above. You will see it really is all about when the dog gets ahead you stop. The pressure makes them not want to go forward.

What is your collar doing to your dog?Lastly, I attached a video of Cruz and I when we first got this harness and leash. 

Video

If you have any questions, they are fee to talk to which I would suggest if you have reservations. Your pets health is important and really folks this is an amazing set up.

Remember if you click on the link 
you are helping us reach kids at risk through our ranch ministry. This company graciously gives 10% back to us. We are thankful for all they do!

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I would love to hear how this has worked for you! I know there are many concepts for training now days, but when we have an open mind of new ideas I think it is worth checking out!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Now that you have decided to take the big plunge and feed your dog a raw diet, you’re ready to get creative as well as make your pups happy.  Here are 10  homemade healthy recipes that will help you plan, bag up (BPA please), and freeze ready to go! I love making life simple and your pups will love the variety! I do like using BPA free bags or glass with BPA silicon lids. Either will keep your fresh ingredients safe and away from chemicals. Isn’t that why you decided to go raw in the first place? So store wisely too! LOVE the bags as they are simple, easy to clean, and save our landfill. Reusable is always a key for our household. Feeding raw diet I feed twice a day so I make up enough for the day and pack in my bag and freeze. Ready to pull out of the freezer when I am ready to use. I label the bag too so I know what he gets for the day. If there is egg or liquid broth I add it fresh when I feed. Sometimes the herbs too just depend on my time. All my dry herbs are from Starwest Botanicals, free shipping too… as my purchase is always over $75. Their herb capsules are wonderful for pets too. Oil Chart: Flaxseed, sunflower, extra virgin olive oil, coconut, and canola are all wonderful. Rule of thumb on how much, the smaller the dog start with 1/4 tsp go up to tbsp for large dogs. (if dry skin add a little more) Herb Chart: For dry Toy dogs under 10 lbs: Pinch Small dogs 20 lbs: Bigger pinch Dogs under 50 lbs: 1 Tsp Large dog under 100 lbs: 2 tsp. Giant dogs: 1 tbsp. For Fresh Double or triple the amount If your dog is fussy, make a paste by adding coconut oil to the herb and mix in food. Healthy Recipes Dogs Love 1. OH LAY DAY! Ground turkey organic is best organ of choice white rice chopped spinach 1/4 diced carrots (slightly cooked to soften) pinch (see chart) cumin 2 tsp. fresh cilantro chopped 1 egg including shell 1 slice mango 1 1/2  tsp olive oil Mix and measure to your dog’s size for the day. These measurements for veggies and fruit are for my 35 lb dog. Use your proper measurement for each meal below. 2. MOOOO Day ground organic burger and or 95% lean liver diced sweet potato (slightly boiled for 3 minutes) basil herb green beans olive oil organic yogurt Healthy Dog Recipes3. Let’s Go Fishing salmon in oil parsley egg and shell broccoli both head and stem chopped turmeric paste (adding olive oil) cucumber blueberries 4. Deer Opener Stew Venison organ of choice dandelion herbs sunflower oil Brussels sprouts strawberries 5. Chicken and Pumpkin chicken thigh organ of choice chicken  bone broth egg and shell organic pumpkin coconut oil 6. Swimming Sardines sardines in oil organ of choice flaxseed dry cauliflower strawberries Recipes Dogs Love 7. Pork and Beans ground pork organ of choice rosemary herb bean sprouts kale leaf bone broth chopped apple 8.  Yummy Orange Chicken Leg chicken leg organ of choice orange squeezed and grate peel chia seeds (first soak in water for 10 minutes) peas oregano 1/4 banana 9. Tropical Chicken Breast chicken breast organ of choice pineapple catclaw and corn silk herb tea (recipe below) mushrooms mix (see recipe) 10. Sassy Sausage organic pork sausage organ of choice zucchini bone broth flax seed spirulina powder hemp oil Mushroom Mix is an amazing boost for your dog. Helps the immune system and organ function. I make this up and put in a mason jar and leave in refrigerator or cool place. 1 1/2 cup coconut oil 2 oz organic Red Redshi powder (great for dogs suffering from allergies and skin issues. Also immune booster) 1 oz Shiitake Mushroom powder  1/2 oz turmeric 3 drops vitamin E oil Heat oil add mushrooms powders one at the time. Add the rest and mix. Turn off the burner and let cool. Put in mason jar and label. Awesome treats that are HEALTHY for your little friend! I Love this company and their concern for healthy pet care! Healthy treats I hope you find these recipes helpful and give you some ideas to begin your journey in feeding your dog raw, homemade food! Just know if you click any of the links on the blog you are helping us do what we love to do and that is help kids in need at the ranch.  Make a list of ingredients and click on the links to order. We will be eternally thankful! God bless you, Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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I have never so been appalled by the dog food industry and cats for that matter! The lies. Why? Money. Learning their food is filled with ingredients that cause cancer and many other illnesses made me review, research, and change to an all raw food diet.Feeding Raw diet I have owned 8 dogs in my life, known many others of course, and all of them died of cancer. ALL! That just turns my stomach! I want my pets to die naturally free of pain and live a happy, natural life! Don’t you? Can you just imagine if we had this info years ago the quality of life my pets would have had? Well, this month I decided for our family we are changing. Feeding raw diet It has been a wonderful choice and seeing my dog happier has been a Godsend! I am all about natural feeding with my horses, so why did I not get this with my dog? DAH!

Serving Size for your “Easy Raw Dog Food”:

*Special note: These are general guidelines, we are not trying to land a man on Mars. If your dog is losing a little weight eating the raw dog food and this is not desired, increase the amount you are feeding. If your dog is gaining weight on the serving size then cut back a little. In short, adjust the serving size of raw dog food depending on your dog’s age, weight, and activity level.
  • 10 lb. dog1/2 cup raw dog food daily+1/2 tsp DE +1/2 TBSP Olive oil or Coconut oil
  • 20 lb. dog 1 cup raw dog food daily + 1 tsp DE + 1 Tbsp Olive oil or Coconut oil
  • 40 lb. dog 2 cups raw dog food daily + 2 tsp DE + 2 tbs Olive oil or Coconut oil
  • 60 lb. dog 3 cups raw dog food daily + 3 tsp DE + 3 tbsp Olive oil or Coconut oil
  • 80 lb. dog 3 1/2–4 cups raw dog food daily +3 1/2 tsp DE + 3 1/2 tbs Olive oil or Coconut oil
***Special Note: If you add the supplements to the whole batch when making the dog food recipe it is not necessary to add them with each serving. Use whichever method you find easier. Supplements like a probiotic which is awesome to add to your diet as well! DE=Diatomaceous Earth Now…you want to know how to do this? Well, let’s get to the menu part. I have spent a ton of time reviewing the best for my pet, so I want to pass it along to whoever wants to change for their best friend. Raw diet Cats…well…I don’t have one yet. So when that happens I will make up a menu for them. Until then, research on your own. You will love it! Promise! Here is a link to menu ideas! Leave a comment of your results! Here is new BPA diffuser that I run in our home for our pets. Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee Love this chart I got off of Pinterest. If you’re nervous about this, I get it! I was too! You can always add a wonderful raw diet already pre-packaged to get you started or to have on hand when you don’t have time to put together your meals. They also provide automatic monthly shipping so another thing you don’t have to think about! Here is a brand I recommend. Check them out! TRUDOG Raw Meals for dogs If you’re ready to get started…begin here! God bless you and know you’re doing a great thing for your pet! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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We love our animals! We hate it when their hurting! Using essential oils and making changes in our home environment can be the first step to keep our pets healthy! Here is a wonderful link to Dr. Z book and well as another link to an article that can help you get started and feel more confident in using essential oils with your pets. Of course, I recommend Rocky Mountain Oils, free shipping in US PLUS they offer so many discounts, rewards and more. Using essential oils with Pets I found most fascinating was the info on household items, even TV and internet connections. Our animals are sensitive to this stuff. Essential Oil Vet – Janet Roark, DVM is on Facebook and has a website as well that is awesome! She is wonderful in handling our pets in the most natural way as possible. I would suggest contacting her if you have any questions. Until next time…make sure you take care of your pets the way you take care of yourself and family! Their worth it! Everyday is a SPA day for our beloved pets, right? essential oils for pets That spa juice not alcohol! HA! Keepin our home and ones we love healthy and happy! God bless your week! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee Our pets: Nugget and Bokoda Nubella
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This is such a fun project! Making a Wholly Snuffle is a perfect gift to give your dog to keep them busy for a few minutes or some even longer. Our dog Cruz loves to have a job! Being a Border Collie he is in constant need of doing some work. If not down at the ranch working the horses, or playing with his agility course, then he has to be doing something to burn off what the Lord has given him. ENERGY and a BRAIN! Get your fleece, scissors, and mat ready… Cut your strips and begin… If you order on the fabric link, our ministry will receive the proceeds! Click the LINK on the sidebar…you will be giving TWO gifts… One for your pup, and one to kids in need of healing and hope!  Put your tail through the loop… To watch a VIDEO click HERE This snuffle gives him just that! By using our homemade dog treat recipe, and breaking it up, sprinkling it around the snuffle, and letting him use his nose for the reward we are making him use his brain too. Such a fun project and gift…We hope you will find it fun too! If you make one, post a picture below! I would love to see the fun colors and creations you make! ENJOY! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee AND Cruz
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This is such a simple and fun thing to make! These doggy bandanas make awesome gifts for ANY dog lover! If you don’t like to sew, I have an ETSY store and you can just purchase them. Free shipping too. BUT, if you like to sew well here ya go! First, pick your favorite fabric. I love Fabric.com Measure an even square for your size pup. I do mostly 14″ to 16″ as my dog is a medium size pup. It really doesn’t matter if it comes out smaller as you make this bandana for the collar to go through. Easy off for washing or switching to another fun bandana. Perfect square evenly measuring all the way around. (I did 18″ here for a BIG dog) Sew a 1/4″ seam on your corners. Right SIDE should face up. I sewed and back stitched a couple of times on both ends because of how many times a collar could be put in and out of this area. Allowing extra support. Sew 1/4″ seam around your triangle making sure right sides together, and you start and stop at your sewn corners. Leave the openings and reverse your bandana when done. Once you sew on your line you can wipe off the mark with water. This will be the hole for the collar to go through. Enjoy making these! They are super fun to sew, give as gifts, and to interchange for seasons or occasions! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Training a dog is easy…when you make it FUN and by using choices! I love training! I love training most when Cruz is doing what he loves. Agility or herding. Being a border collie his mind and body is working all the time. We have to use an “off switch” word to settle him down or to let him know we are finished. We chose the word “all done”. It works. He immediately takes a deep sigh and lays down. Literally, he could run all day so it is important for his health and our sanity to have this off switch. When I train on the obstacle course with him, we use a toy for his motivation. I am not keen on treat rewards in dog training and especially with this black and white cutie. Cruz is motivated by play so play he gets! I begin by training him to stand in the box. If he moves out of the box before I say “ready”, I direct him back to the box, make him sit, and again we try. No punishment or “NO”, just simply show him what I want and his reward is the toy for sitting in the box. He is smart and learns very quickly, but some days this alone may take a few more times. He must look at me, wait in the box and I will give him a toy when he sits well. Once he has that down, we move to the first obstacle. We first work on the weaving course. If he does it right I throw his toy. He fetches it and we start again in the box. We do this about 2-3 times all with no bumps or misses. Then I add another obstacle. Usually the jump. Again we do 2-3 times. Box, weave, jump. If he does it with no mistakes, I throw his toy and we play. The last obstacle is the tunnel. Which he LOVES! Cruz will often just run it just to do it. So it was easy to train him by just saying, “tunnel” and no prob…through the tube he went like a flash! Training is really about understanding the personality of your dog and what he or she loves. If they are motivated by treats, break them up small so you have plenty. If they love to play use a toy. Also, training is about giving choices. When they choose the right thing, that is what you want, there is a reward like a treat of a toy. If they choose their own way, which is not what you want you to redirect to the place where the right choice is. Waiting for them to make that choice is hard. They may take awhile doing lots of wrong choices, but hang in there until they make the right one and reward quickly. NOW, obedience training is a whole new thing. I don’t use treats or toys. This is a time for walking at my side, coming when called, laying down for a period of time, and moving out and laying down. The only reward is my voice. You know why? Because in a crisis your voice is all you will have! You may not have a toy or treat when your dog is chasing a squirrel and heading toward a car. Or you may not have a toy or treat when the UPS man comes and he/she needs to stay. Dogs love your voice of praise just as much as the other rewards and it is important to use it. I have trained many dogs in my lifetime and find the voice and a warm friendly hand is the sign of true love between friends. Our training time has different pictures for the needs they are to meet. A well-trained dog walks at your side without pulling ahead (leads to many problems) or lagging behind. A dog that is secure stops a bad behavior when told, ONCE. You will have a happier dog and family when your 4 legged friend has boundaries. Enjoy your training and if you need advice, I am happy to help. Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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