Whether it's a dog, cat, horse or a deer out in the wild. Animals are special to us. They provide unconditonal love, bring joy into our hearts and make the world a brighter place. This is a place where I share my thoughts on sustainability, healthy eating, raising food with a conscious, nature, animals, pets, book reviews and more. Stick around and be sure to leave a comment about what you think!
Look who's an assistant editor. Second row from the bottom. Fourth picture in!
Stacy (to the right of my pic) and I are very excited to share our news with you and invite you to come on over and visit All Things Healing ~ An online community for body, mind, soul and planet. We are assistant editors for the parenting and family community.
This website has an abundance of information for everything related to healing.
Be sure to stop by the animal and pets community for great articles on "What's in your pet's commercial dog food", "The debate over using animals in medical research", "Pet bad breath" and much more.
~ Carol Lawrence
Rats are curious and entertaining. They love to explore and play.
How do i keep my rats happy? I give them empty small boxes, kleenex boxes and paper towel rolls. When they get all chewed up or stinky and nasty. And they will because no matter how much you bathe your rats or clean their cage they are little stinkers. I clean my rats cage daily to avoid a buildup of urine on the platforms and keep the smell to a tolerable level.
Here's our two lovely Pit Bulls. They are the sweetest dogs on the block.
They are short haired and find Montana winters a bit chilly and always request a blanket and a pillow when they are cold. Yes, they request them. I know they are spoiled. We've actually taught Goldie to go and get her own pillow off the couch now when she wants it instead of playing the mind trick game trying to convince whomever is available to give her a pillow. Now if only they had a fireplace, they would be set.
Do you take extra precautions to keep your pets safe during the holidays?
Here's a few of my own personal tips.
1. Keep your favorite chocolates and sweets out of reach of your pet. Real chocolate is toxic to animals. Even foods such as onions, raisins and grapes can cause a severe reaction to pets. 2. Do not be tempted to feed your pets all your extra holidays scraps. Unless of course they are very healthy scraps and safe for your animals to eat. 3. Preserve their pride. Don't dress them up like Santa or Reindeer's. You'll embarrass them in front of their friends. 4. Plants such as Mistletoe, Holly and Lilies are toxic for your pet. Keep them out of nibbling reach. 5. When leaving the house. Turn off those x-mas lights, blow out the candles and look around for any other potential hazards.
"Why Mom, Why?"
Here's a few great articles that go more in-depth on keeping your pets safe. Enjoy!
There's a tradition in our house. We all gather together on Sunday's and hoot and holler for our favorite team the Green Bay Packers.
We've always liked the same team. Both our sons grew up watching the Packers play. Home cooked stew, baked bread and Aaron Rodgers. What more could you ask for? Ok let's add Clay Mathews to the party too! :)
The Legend Of The Wolves of Gunflint Lake is a delightful story that shares the powerful message about the importance of valuing your community, animals and nature.
"Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Desmond Tutu
"So it was true with the people who lived a long, long time ago on Gunflint Lake. They were people of the land who cared for one another. Each person in the tribe valued and honored and knew their importance for the success of the community. From the chief, to the littlest baby, they instinctually knew that each was a thread in the web of life." ~ Lisa Sellman
Lisa Sellman takes children on a journey through the eyes of the native american elder storytellers who show the importance of passing down the torch from generation to generation by carrying on the powerful message of the harmonious lessons and connections between nature and man.
Lisa Sellman brilliantly includes life lessons from the heart that teaches the value and respect for all. Whether it be human, nature or animals. She shows how everything is intertwined and has it's own divine purpose. We love how Lisa chose to use the wolf character as the source to guide the children and teach them the wisdom of the universe and encourages them not to forget the ways of gratitude.
The illustrations by Chris Kraetz pulls off a believable portrayal of living life at Gunflint Lake amongst the wolves.
Review by: Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten
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Do you have a friend that loves animals and seems to have everything?
Well here you go. Here's my list of ideas for the hard to buy for pet lover.
Debby Carman over at Faux Paw Productions makes one-of-a kind custom pet products. Hand crafted personalized gifts. I love my biscuit jar. It has one-of-a kind paintings of all my special pets all the way around it. The trees on top represent our forest home and the spirals express gratitude for life. The only one in the world. I'll cherish it forever and pass it on when I leave.
You can see Ghost on this side of my jar.
Do you have a friend with multiple cats or a fancy house?
Make their day. Get them a real flushing cat box.
Help your friends be prepared in case of a pet emergency.
Lid doubles as water bowl
Human grade products
Kit contains 45 items
A new kitty on the block? This will entertain him or her for hours.
What are your special holiday gift ideas for the hard to buy for pet owner? Please comment and share your ideas or a link to your blog post.