Cute Report: Gelding foster “mom”

Four orphaned foals had a stroke of good luck in Kentucky, where they’re being raised by a special foster “mom”: a gelding named Bucket!

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This 5 year old gelding takes care of the foals, teaching them how to run and learn to become well mannered horses. In the video below, they are all cantering in unison…how cute is that?! I’m dying here. ❤

 

Check out the original article  on GreaterGood,  and give a visit to the Kentucky Humane Society’s facebook page! It sounds like they’re doing some great horse rescue work. 🙂

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New Steps for Pet Health Challenge!

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The folks over at Walk For a Dog have started a new walking challenge for spring! Sign up for the Steps For Pet Health challenge, and you could win a $2,500 grand prize for the animal charity of your choice!

All you have to do is download the app, then go on walks of at least 1/4 mile from now until June 30, 2018. Each walk could win a small weekly donation, and qualifies for the grand prize at the end of the challenge. (And you don’t even need a dog – human walks count too!)

I’ll be walking my sweet pup Chester, I hope you’ll join us! 🙂

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Air Purifier!

I got a new healthy toy recently: an air purifier!

My house is very dusty, partially because of pets and partially because of my aging carpet. Sometimes I get congested because of it, especially in the morning after breathing dust all night. So I decided to get a room air purifier to see if that made a difference.

I chose a Holmes 3 speed model from Amazon, because it’s about the right size and the price was good.

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It has 3 speeds; the highest is a little loud, but the lowest is very quiet, which makes it perfect for running at night.

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It has a fancy HEPA-type filter, which catches dust and allergens, as well as a foam outer filter to catch the big stuff (like cat hair). 🙂

So far I really like it! I’ve been running the medium or high speed during the day, and low at night. I’ve got it sitting on the mini-desk over the cat’s litter box, since that’s one of the major sources of dust in my bedroom.

Once I’ve had it for a few weeks, I’ll write a full review and let everyone know how well it works! 🙂 The exact model is Holmes HAP412BNS , and it’s currently on sale!

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Walk for a Dog!

Autumn is here (at least in this hemisphere), and that means falling leaves, cool temperatures, and best of all, long walks with the dog! I love hiking in the woods and on walking trails, and even a stroll around the neighborhood can be refreshing when the weather is crisp. My dog Chester loves it too, of course. :3

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One thing I always do while I walk is to use the Walk for a Dog app. It’s a free app you download on your phone, and it works as a pedometer to track the distance you travel during your walks. They then donate a few cents per mile, I believe about 11-25 cents, to an animal charity of your choice. All you have to do is open the app and click “start walking”, then just toss your phone in a pocket or in my case, a fanny pack (yeah, I don’t care if they’re uncool, they’re super useful, so NYAH!). Press one more button to stop the walk, and your donation is logged.

I love this app, because you can do good in the world just by walking around! It adds some extra enjoyment to a fun trip like a hike, and it even makes exercise seem more meaningful. I can see it adding to motivation a bit too; knowing that animals will be helped might just get that stubborn jogger out of bed and onto the pavement. 🙂 Since signing up, I’ve walked almost 65 miles!

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Check out Walk for a Dog and sign up! Sometimes it feels like making the world a better place is hard, but this is one simple way to do it. In case you’d rather help out two-legged charities, there are also apps for that too, like Charity Miles.

You CAN make a positive difference in the world! 🙂


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A Tribute to Sunflowers

Over the summer I planted a small patch of sunflowers in my yard. I started them by sprouting a handful of sunflower seeds from the birdseed that I keep in my bird feeder, then transferred the seedlings to a fresh patch of dirt near my fence where they would get sunlight almost all day. Most of them grew big and strong, and the largest three had huge flowers as big as a tea saucer! (I nicknamed them Drogon, Viserion, and Rhaegal, after the dragons on Game of Thrones.)

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I love sunflowers for lots of reasons. I love that a small plain little seed can grow into such a big, tall, impressive plant. I love the huge, bright yellow flowers that brighten up a summer garden and feed the honeybees. And I love that they produce hundreds of nutritious and tasty seeds.

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Sunflowers are a great example of the abundance of the universe! One seed produces a plant with flowers that provide lots of nectar and pollen for insects, as well as food and shelter for other bugs in the leaves and stems. When the flower is done, it matures into a seed-head with hundreds of new seeds that can either produce an entire crop of new plants, or they can provide a valuable and nutritious food source for birds and other animals. I love watching wild birds picking seeds from the dried flower, knowing that the food the sunflower provides will give them energy for the long journey south, or fatten them up to survive the coming winter. All this life-giving abundance from one tiny seed!

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Even after the seeds are all gone, the plants themselves provide food for my chickens. The gobble up the leaves, and love to pick at the heads for anything the songbirds might have missed. Sunflowers give joy and life at every stage in their lives.

I plan to plant even more sunflowers next year, hopefully all along the length of my fence!

What are your favorite summer plants?


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