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’

Spending Time Being Relaxed with Children

I am all about spending time with my kids. I think it’s important for every parent to get down to your child’s level and just be one in the same with them. I am not talking about playing necessarily, even just sitting back on the couch with the kids letting them ramble nonsense and you ramble nonsense back if there is a pause in between your child’s ramblings. This is a great way to teach your child how to communicate too. In case you haven’t already realized, I am that tricky parent, I am all about everything I do with my kids from fun time to not so fun time, teaches some skill or life lesson that is going to be necessary for them to learn before adulthood.

That is my job as a parent – to prepare my children for adulthood but to also encourage a love of childhood.

Parenting your Child

My youngest son really does just enjoy it when he has full center stage attention. Little man enjoys being the spotlight of our family and we let him have it from time to time. Shown above, Little Man was chatting forever to me about his school day, about his toys, about stuff I couldn’t understand and so on. It was great! I had a smile upon my face and he was happy to just have his Mama’s attention for that short period of time. That evening was a great evening, he was well behaved.

I have noticed a trend in parenthood – if you give positive attention and focus on positive attention, you get positive children & behavior.

Daughter following me

My daughter isn’t always as easy to read because the older she gets the more complicated she can be. She is a girl and with that comes the complication of our hormones. Fun years I tell ya! I have noticed that even my tween daughter isn’t much different thatn her youngest brother; she thrives on having Mama’s undivided attention and while she doesn’t enjoy being the spotlight with a full audience, she does enjoy that one on one attention. We may often be found in the kitchen and as of late, she has started doing the dishes to help her Mama out.

In parenthood – if you show the children that they are important to you, they will learn to appreciate the value of people who are there for you.

Loving the Doggy

That little man of mine enjoys bugging our dog often, he honestly wishes for a kitty. I think once he’s old enough to clean a litter box then maybe he can have a kitty. Haha! For now, we have our Pug and we love her dearly. One thing I have learned is that a pet in the house such as a cat or dog, really does help calm children.

The simple act of petting a cat or dog can calm any child, because during that moment of petting or talking to an animal you are completely relaxed of all thoughts.

So there you have it, I firmly believe spending quality time with your children, even if just 10 minutes a day, will be the difference between having a bond and not having a bond the length of your child’s life!

 

 

Where Did We Spend Our Mother Daughter Day?

We recently were able to have a Mother Daughter day during February vacation. This was a planned event because my ex husband contacted me stating he had vacation time to use, he wanted to use it to take our sons an extra overnight during the vacation. I was so happy, because I only get a break from my sons for two days every other week during the school year, during Summers they see their Dad twice a week for a few days alongside their every other weekend visits. School years are long, and it’s sad the boys can’t see their Dad as much so I am always game to say YES when he asks. If the boys want to go, they can go, simple as that.

My daughter was so happy when I told her we would be having a mother daughter day during the vacation! I thought maybe we could go to the Upper Valley Humane Society and hang out in their cat community rooms or maybe go visit my sister and baby niece. Ki was game for both. We timed it just right so that we were able to visit my sister and get some fam girl time in while still head to the Humane Society afterwards to get our kitty time in.

Mother Daughter Day

Livy has grown so much, she is about 13 months old now and walking. While Livy is only saying a few words, she has a whole lot to say. She loves books and she loves her Auntie as well as her cousins. Livy is a joy to be around. My sister is shown above in the right photo getting a HIGH FIVE from Livy. The things Livy has learned amazes me, my sister is truly an amazing mother.

We had a blast just hanging out with the girls. My sister, my daughter, my niece and me laughed so hard and chatting it up. Livy even started to brush our hair, what a cutie pie!

Mother Daughter Day

This was such a great day to have with my daughter and I am happy that we enjoy visiting with family because that made the day  more special for my sister who is often home without many friends. You know how that goes, you have a baby and all of a sudden you have to find more Mom friends because those friends who don’t have kids just “don’t get it”. The joys of motherhood. It was a happy time this day though and allowed me to be in my happy place for a few days afterward.

Mother Daughter Day

Livy is climbing all over the place and laughing a real belly laugh now. What a fun thing to witness, a babies first laughter. It was adorable. Livy was trying to climb over her cousin without success because those pants were keeping her from lifting her leg high enough. It cracked us up watching her climb everywhere while babbling her own stories to us!

We had a great couple of hours visiting then ventured off to the Upper Valley Humane Society where we sat in the cat rooms trying to get shy cats to come to us, reading all of the information on the adoptable kitties and wishing that we could adopt a kitty right now. I know we can’t afford a second pet at the moment, so we simply go and socialize with the kitties from time to time in hopes that it brings the kitties some joy to have company while they are waiting for their forever homes at the Upper Valley Humane Society. 

It was a wonderful day. I am always thankful to get a mother daughter day in. It made February vacation all that more special for us.

The Lost Cat and Pug Guard Dog #pug #kitty

Our first few nights in the new house we had a visitor, well he came over in broad daylight too…

Guard Pug and Neighbors Cat (3)

A super friendly beautiful kitty with thumbs.. so I believe that is called double pawed? Either way, he is adorable. The kids questioned feeding him and we said no way! Never feed a stray animal, he will keep coming back. The kids loved him, we loved him, but he was not our kitty…

Guard Pug and Neighbors Cat (2)

After a couple of days of this cat trying to get into our house, we noticed that he was over at the neighbors so I asked their kids if that was their kitty and they said yes. So we found it’s owners, but that has not stopped our Pug from being on guard for Cat Duty, she will not be having cats in her new backyard …

Guard Pug and Neighbors Cat (1)

Jenny the Pug is often found on Guard like shown above, because she does not want that kitty in our yard…. it’s adorable. I laugh so hard at how my little pug seems to think she is some huge guard dog, after all when she is on guard she barks like Donald Duck (no joke).

Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Cat’s Life & My Dog’s Life

Ki and I have been busy reading Chicken Soup for the Soul My Cats Life and must admit this book is simply amazing. The reason we started with My Cat’s Life is because we own two cats and after moving have my mom’s two cats, which means four outdoor cats at the moment. We are cat lovers, to some extent, at least the kids are.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Cat’s Life: 101 Stories about All the Ages and Stages of Our Feline Family Members has been full of heart warming and funny stories about the feline pets. From a story where a cat showed up for his own funeral to a story of a cat helping someone overcome addiction and smile.  Ki and I have simply enjoyed this book and can’t wait to finish so we can move onto Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Dog’s Life: 101 Stories about All the Ages and Stages of Our Canine Companions.

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  Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Dog’s Life: 101 Stories about All the Ages and Stages of Our Canine Companions is surely to be full of heart warming stories for those who love their canines.  We are looking forward to reading more into this book about companionship, adventures with furry friends and much more!

It’s a dog’s life. This collection of 101 new stories focuses on all the memorable ages and stages of our lovable canines’ lives. Starting in puppyhood and covering a range of middle and senior years to the twilight and end when our dear friends leave us, this book captures the entire experience of living through the natural life cycle with our dogs. All dog lovers will laugh, cry, and recognize themselves and their furry friends in these heartwarming and inspiring stories of puppy antics, teenage rebellion, adapting to an aging dog and, finally, having to say goodbye.

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Purchase your very own copy of My Dog’s Life and/or My Cat’s Life from Chicken Soup for the Soul on Amazon.com today for yourself or someone you love.

Disclosure: I received these books for free. All opinions are based on my own experiences with the books.

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