Fleas; A Pet Owners Nightmare

Let’s just start this off by saying I am highly allergic to fleas, I itch til death of my skin. I itch til blood is falling. I itch and itch and then it hurts. My middle child is the same damn way. Fleas suck. They breed quicker than rabbits and are one of the biggest expenses out there of pet owners.

We are dealing with fleas.

A couple weekends ago, Lee and I spent the day bombing our house. Okay, so it’s technically called a flea fogger, but I call it bomb. That is what it is, it lets out these chemicals that are suppose to kill the fleas and flea larvae. It worked.  The fogger worked for all about 24-48 hours and then, the dog started bringing fleas in again. We started bringing in fleas again.

Then they bred. Again.

So here we are two weeks after we last fogged the home and our pug is infested again. My ankles are getting bit. My middle child is getting bit, and my other two kids are now getting bit by these damn fleas.

We didn’t treat our backyard. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.

Live and learn I say. So we have to figure out another resolve to our backyard fleas. Apparently the type of sand in our backyard is a place that fleas just flourish in and I am so livid about this. I am about this close to calling an exterminator and having them come in and do our home and yard.

First things first, we want to get rid of our carpets. I spoke with our neighbors and their dog has fleas as well, but their home is not carpeted like ours, so their flea issue stays on their dog who they can give a bath to and be fine with. Our flea issue is deep in the carpets and the backyard. It’s time to rip up the carpets. So far I have one room done, but the other two rooms with carpet have sub flooring underneath, so we are trying to save cash to fix the floors with cheap flooring.

As home owners, we are super upset that our yard is a flea garden, seriously, but we are working to get cedar mulch (a natural insect and flea repellent) and lemon grass planted. We are ready and willing to do anything we can afford to do so that our pug can stop itching, we can stop itching and not see anymore fleas!!

I am sick of fleas. I wish someone could just offer their time to come stop this madness. Otherwise, I may go mad.  For now, we keep bathing our dog and continue to vacuum often, to include our furniture, but I am so ready to be over these fleas. Frontline doesn’t work. Flea bath doesn’t work. It’s time to call in the pros or something…

Disclosure: I may be exaggerating the flea issue just a wee bit because even just one sign of one flea sets me into this freak out. Just sayin’

Milk-Bone Brushing Chews™ for your Doggy {Review}

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I am not the only one who benefits from being a blogger, Jenny the Pug is also being able to benefit from the product samplings this month! Recently we received a box of Milk-Bone Brushing Chews™ for the sweet Pug in our life.

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When we adopted Jenny the Pug a couple of years back, we found out that her teeth were not taken care of very well. Right now it’s a choice of keeping up the best we can with her teeth because dental hygiene is important for your pets. Luckily, Jenny’s teeth issues are not anything negatively affecting her health and we have been lucky to find products like these to assist in dental upkeep. This is why when I was pitched to test out Milk-Bone Brushing Chews™, I said YES PLEASE.

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These boxes for storage of the Milk-Bone Brushing Chews™ are perfect, you can buy them in these boxes based on what size dog you have, for us we have received both options of the mini and the small/medium sizes. Jenny is more under the mini sized because she weighs about 17lbs.  I love that the bags inside of these boxes pictured above have a Velcro closure rather than any other options I have seen with various dog treats in the past, I am resting easy knowing that the Milk-Bone Brushing Chews™ are staying fresh in the box.

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Jenny the Pug will sit for any treat, usually. Shown above she is not-so-patiently seated and waiting for me to release her the Milk-Bone Brushing Chews™, which I did. I just had to tease her for a moment with a treat to picture for you all what she looks like when she is ready for her yummies! Jenny quickly grabbed the treat as soon as I let her know she could and away she ran into her human sisters bedroom to munch on her Milk-Bone Brushing Chews™.

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I say the dog gives Milk-Bone Brushing Chews™ two paws up, what do you think?

Milk-Bone Brushing Chews™ have a twist & nub design clinically proven as effective as brushing your dogs teeth, please use these daily to ensure they truly help with dental hygiene. Milk-Bone Brushing Chews™ dental treats come in a package designed to be reminiscent of a toothpaste box. Each product package features a recommendation for annual veterinary dental check-ups and the VOHC’s recommendation of daily brushing for optimal effectiveness, as well as the support of the VOHC Seal of Acceptance. There are currently two sizes of these available for sale in your local grocery store pet aisle; Mini, for dogs 5-24 pounds; and Small/Medium, for dogs 25-74 pounds, as well as a value size box. The suggested retail price is between $4 and $5 per box.

 To learn more about Milk-Bone Brushing Chews™, please visit Milk-Bone’s Official Website.

When You Give a Pug a Bone

The life of a pug seems pretty easy. This pug in particular has a pretty great life, she is loved by all of the kids and has become like another child to me. Never in a million years would I have thought that one day I would call a dog my “other kid” but that is how I truly feel about Jenny the Pug.  She even calls me Mama, okay maybe not for real, but I bet she does think it.

The life of Jenny the Pug is pretty simple and straight forward. Mostly she enjoys eating and napping but on occasion we can get her 7 year old body riled all up to play a bit with us while she smiles and nips at us jumping around having a blast. Jenny the pug sleeps, eats, pees and poops. Sounds much like a newborn baby really and Jenny the Pug usually is quite the baby in the household.

One day my daughter pleaded with me to get our sweet Jenny the Pug a treat and so this is what happens when you give a dog a bone … or an ice cream doggie sundae that is….

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What is that in your hand? Is it for me? Gimme Gimme … please?

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What is that? Is that some delicious treat that you brought home for me because you love me so much? I see biscuits!!

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OH my yummy goodness. This is delicious. No. Do not take that bowl away. I must savior every last drop of ice cream and biscuit dropping in this bowl…..

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Okay that was certainly the most delicious treat you have ever given me. I love you so much. Now it’s time for a nap … zzzzzzzz!

Pets of any Breed will Benefit from FlexPet for Their Joint Solutions

Pet owners who are seeing their animals lose interest in playing, having a hard time getting started in the morning or feeling uncomfortable when you try to pet them, may have an animal that is suffering from pet arthritis. Animals lose their desire
to exercise when they have join pain and end up becoming overweight and even obese.

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FlexPet has a special compound known as CM8 that is an all-natural formula to help pets with joint pain. Any breed of dog, cat or other animals can benefit from taking FlexPet on a daily routine. The CM8 complex will nourish the cartilage, lubricate the joints with vital fluids and support the joints to give the animal better mobility. CM8 is only found in FlexPet and is clinically proven to help your pet with all kinds of joint disorders.

People who are giving their pets over the counter aspirin are only dampening the pain and not treating the animal’s arthritis. Steroid medications can also cause ulcers, vomiting, kidney and liver problems and excessive urination in animals. People are educating themselves as to how FlexPet can help with dog joint solution, mobility and increase the energy in their pets. FlexPet with CM8 is an all-natural supplement that will give your pet special herbs and nutrients to the tissues, bones and joints. The chewable treats have a good taste and have no side effects to the pet. The supplements will strengthen your animals bone system, boost the immune system, and remove toxins from your animals. Your pet will become more active and be able to maintain a balanced weight with the right minerals, amino acids vitamins and other nutrients for strong muscles and bones found in FlexPet.

The chewable joint health tablets have no Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and are completely safe for all kinds of breeds. There are no artificial flavors, colors or harmful chemicals. The tables come in a 60 count and can be found here for more information and ordering. The major ingredient, (CM8) or Cetyl Myristoleate reduces inflammation in the entire body and helps to lubricate the muscles and joints in the animal. Dogs and cats love the chewable tablets, which makes it easy to give to the animal.

The 60 tablets will last a month or longer, depending on the size of your animal. It is recommended that the animals be given the tablets as treats for at least two months. You should see great improvement in your animal’s morning movements becoming easy to get up and they will become quicker to go out and play. The pet should show signs of walking better and being able to get up and around quicker. The dogs and cats coats will become healthier and their skin will be healthier.

The Best Family Decision – To Have a Dog {giveaway}

When the boys were younger, they were considered my double diaper duty boys, because they are two years and six days apart. Each had to be changed almost simultaneously and it made for a busy lifestyle while also having a daughter who is four years older than the first born boy.  This was the time my children begged and pleaded for a dog, we decided that at that time there was no way, no how, I could have a dog.

Pug IAMS BandanaYears later, when the boys were out of diapers and all were heading to be in school, I realized that having a dog would really help keep our family unit strong and possibly give the kids some entertainment. I have always loved the pug breed and knew that would be the perfect size dog for a 2, 4 and 9 year old; the ages of the kids at the time. After looking and looking for the right pug to adopt, meaning one that had decent health and wasn’t too overweight, we found our sweet Jenny the Pug. Jenny came to us at age five and was a joy to have added to the family unit.

I recall looking for the right pug, and let me tell you what those pugs all seem to be overweight these days so when someone sees our sweet Jenny the Pug they tend to think she is underfed. There is a rib that sticks out, being assured by the vet that this rib that is sticking out is completely normal for the pug breed, we explain that Jenny the pug is what a “healthy” pug is supposed to look like. Jenny the Pug is a healthy little girl who already knows we are her family. She is our forever dog and waiting to get a dog was the best family decision ever. Jenny responds to me when I call my daughter, sissy and the boy’s, brother. That may sound weird to some, but Jenny truly is like another child to me.

Mother Daughter and pugHaving Jenny in our lives has been such a blessing; she is the sweetest, most well behaved dog in the world. Jenny the Pug has also become our pet vacuum cleaner, which is why I thrive to ensure she is eating healthier dog food and stays up to date with her vet visits.  Having a dog in our home has helped the kids and I be more active, taking Jenny for walks or runs up and down the 300’ long driveway, all over the nearly six cleared acres on the property and bringing her along on car rides when we take walks through town makes for fun family memories.

The changes that I see in my home since bringing Jenny the Pug into our lives are amazing, the children have the responsibility of sharing feeding duty, letting her out to go pee, taking her for walks and much more. The kids and I work hand in hand to ensure that Jenny the Pug is living side by side with us in a healthy, active lifestyle and it is Jenny the Pug I can thank for making being active with the kids a more fun experience!

Giveaway Read the prompt below on how to enter.The giveaway is for five (5) $50 gift cards, one per person. 5 Winners. Open to US only, ages 18+. Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST on March 29, 2013. Winners shall have 48 hours to claim prize or else another random winner shall be chosen and announced. All winners are emailed directly as well as announced live on site under Winner’s Page.

I would love to hear how you all work hard to ensure your pet is living a healthy lifestyle and how your pet has changed your family life, please share in a comment below. I will have five $50 gift cards to give out randomly to those who share their story in the comments section below.

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