Stop Fleas from Catching a Ride
Step 1:Fleas jump onto pets and catch a ride into your home where they live in your carpets and breed. Prevent fleas from jumping onto your pets by adding garlic to their pet food. When a pet eats garlic regularly, their natural skin oils start to smell like garlic. Fleas do not like the smell of garlic and will not hop onto your pet. Salt Carpet
Step 2:Sprinkle a layer of table salt on all carpeted surfaces. Allow the salt to stand on the carpet for several days. Fleas eat the salt and soon die of dehydration. Vacuum the carpeted area thoroughly, emptying the vacuum bag or catch canister several times. Take out the garbage immediately after vacuuming. Do not allow pets to lick the carpet while it’s treated with salt. Borax Continue reading
by Lauren O. Thyme
In January 2004 Paul and I moved to Whidbey Island, in the state of Washington, to start a permaculture and survival farm on two and a half acres. Permaculture is organic farming plus growing food like nature does—including many different species growing together, which makes the whole more resilient and stronger than its parts. The farm had been pastureland for 25 years. We planted fruit and nut trees, 12 kinds of berries, currants, herbs, wild flowers, and a 3,000-square-foot vegetable garden from scratch.
The first week we were there I went out into the field and prayed out loud. I asked for help from the spirits of the land, soil, insects, birds, reptiles, animals, and plants to help me, guide me, and teach me the way of nature. Then I asked that the whole area (including neighbors and a nearby gun club) to be brought into one harmonious family. I blithely thanked everyone and went back into the house. I had no idea what would emerge from my asking.
The next week I was sitting at our dining room window, looking out at our embryo farm. I could see hundreds, maybe thousands, of tiny bright lights flying into the field. Although I had never seen fairies before, I knew instinctively and from reading that they were fairies. The fairies celebrated that night with a huge party, then settled onto a large fir tree, making it their home. In the ensuing years, whenever I had a problem with the farm, I would go to the fir tree and talk to the fairies. They either advised me what actions to take or took care of the problem themselves. Both methods worked quite well.
by Ernesto Bethancourt
Many children’s books revolve around animals personified as humans who have a problem and set out to solve said problem. Children like animals and, through the magic of writing, can relate to them because they speak and have feelings just like the reader. However, breaking down the barrier between true animal and human behavior is accomplished seamlessly in the 1976 young adult novel, The Dog Days of Arthur Cane. It is a necessary read for anyone over the age of 13 (there are a few “adult” themes, such as references to alcohol and drinking).
Arthur Cane is a typical upper-middle class teenage boy. When he gets into an argument with an African exchange student, James, about “witch doctors” and the existence of devils, James uses traditional African shamanistic chants to turn the arrogant and ignorant Arthur into a mutt for the summer. Arthur wakes up to find his life completely changed, starting with physical changes, then luxuries of everyday life as a human, to the inability to communicate with others, causing him to be very cautious and able to trust. However, as a dog, he still has human thoughts and feelings, which allows him to be a “special” and unusual dog,and the reader truly understands the life of a canine, especially a mutt who is homeless and trying to adapt.
Arthur encounters the best of people, like a musician who treats him as a friend, as well as the worst, including a man who purposely gave him poisoned meat and left him to die. It is not only a beneficial coming of age story for animal lovers, but for everyone. It teaches equality and tolerance, as well as shares the truth about cruelties of the world. Like many timeless stories, the philosophies shared in this text are still relevant today. It seems the author hoped that not only Arthur would walk away with a new outlook on life.
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by Linda Atnip (Balboa Press, 2011, 120 pgs., $11.95)
Mr. Kiki has a lot to say. After he passed, his closest human companion, Linda Atnip, called an animal communicator who contacted her beloved pekingese from the beyond. In Conversations With Mr. Kiki, Atnip asks Mr. Kiki many questions that deal with both the world and Atnip personally.
The author takes the reader through her life after she lost the physical Mr. Kiki but gained from his spirit and insight. Though Mr. Kiki has a few nuggets of enlightenment, if the reader has followed the world of animal communication and has listened to what other animals have to say, they will find few new bits of knowledge here. It is a fairly uneventful journey through Atnip’s hits and misses that we call life. Near the end, Mr. Kiki states, “With this book, we will show that love between species lives on between lives and never diminishes. The light of our love will never die.”
by Pea Horsley
(HarperElement, 2010, Softcover, 304 pages, £6.99)
Nothing can truly convince a skeptic like a skeptic. In Heart to Heart, Pea Horsley really pulls you into her discovery of animal communication with her initial unabashed skepticism as she stumbles into the world. This book chronicles her development as Horsley evolves both as a telepath and a teacher.
Horsley tours you through her experiences with rabbits, geese, cats, and even insects. She helps animals find their way home again and assists people in making peace with the passing of a beloved animal friend. Each of the animal encounters are brief making for a quick read, but captures the essence of the furry characters involved with quirky detail. Her prose is focused and witty leaving you with stories that stick with you long after you finish the last page.
by Tera Thomas
One of my greatest teachers is Ferdinand, a 2,500-pound Black Angus bull. I have written about him numerous times, and each time people tell me how much he moved them, how he opened their hearts, how they love and respect him. When I met Ferdinand in 1990, I thought I treated all living beings with respect, but he showed me a new way of honoring others, of sharing, and of forgiveness. Ferdinand died years ago but his teachings continue.
Tera Thomas and Inka Hummingbird Farm
When he was very sick and dying, I had the naïve idea that his person would make him comfortable and nurse him back to health or assist him in his crossing. I had no concept then of “livestock care.” Ferdinand would be loaded onto a truck and taken to the pet food auction while he could still stand so that a small amount of money could be made and so there would not be the problem of a 2,500-pound body to get rid of.
One day, before I knew that Ferdinand was sick, I went to visit him. He had been taken away from his cows and put in a small pasture by himself. He was so distraught that he was actually crying tears. I wanted so much to comfort him and I felt frustrated and helpless. “It will be an honor to die for you,” he said to me. “There will be a gift for you in my death.” Continue reading
by Carole Devereux
(Windhorse Press, 2009, Softcover, 272 pages, $20.00)
This is the most eloquently written textbook I have ever read. In it Carole Devereux describes the evolution of horses as a species and spiritual icon in human theology. Delving deep into our co-evolution, she reveals through careful research and first hand experience why we love these creatures, showing us how much there is still to learn about them. Photos in the book help to illustrate and flesh out some of the facts she found in her research. However, more would have been greatly appreciated during the myths section to add a little flair and culture to each of the stories.
Though I generally like nonfiction books, I would have found more visual aids helpful to break up the text heavy pages. Citing the dictionary for anything other than a rare or complicated word is boring, causing the reader to lose interest, which unfortunately she does quite a lot. Otherwise, the book is a wonderful work that captures her thoughtful investigations as to why we see the horse the way we do today.
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