Rosemont: A Rose Garden Reborn

Once upon a time, over 20 years ago now, I traveled to England on a pet food press tour. In between lectures, we visited many historic sites, and I fell in love with English garden designs and especially the roses. After seeing pictures, my husband wanted to recreate the delightful and impressive landscaping in our own rose garden here in North Texas. We even included roses in our front gate and stained glass designs and named our 13-acre home Rosemont. Those who read my fiction may now understand why roses are a big part of some stories.

Rosemont: An Ambitious (Unrealistic?) Dream

We purchased 750 antique roses that thrive in our area from Tyler, Texas. And for 20 years, we fought armadillos uprooting new plants, spider mites and fungus afflicting the blooms, and weeds overtaking the bushes. At least we didn’t have stray cats in the garden (although Seren-Kitty did enjoy leash walks there). Gardening morphed into a full-time job, time neither of us had, and after about ten years, we gave up trying.

The slide show, above, from about 2006 shows the garden in its prime. The video below seven years later offers a glimpse of past overgrown glory. Since then, natural attrition and more recently rose rosette disease infected most of our roses. The horrible 2021 February cold spell (which delayed this post) killed the rest.

We’d already planned to redesign the garden. But we need help.

New Roses, New Garden Plan

We’re reevaluating, simplifying design, and planning for less work and more enjoyment. And making sure plants are pet safe and not toxic. We improved the back garden fence to keep Shadow-Pup from great escapes, and a safe area for Bravo-Dawg to lounge. I’m planning a memory garden for Bravo, Magic, Seren and my very first furry muse. And Shadow can “help” us as we continue to clear away dead roses and volunteer trees.

Removing multitudes of 20+-year-old dead rose roots proved daunting. The rosette disease, though, lives on in the dead parts of the rose (it’s a virus spread by mites) so I had to eliminate them before planting new bushes. I found a solution and purchased a Mister Honeysuckle “shrub buster.” With leverage, it pops even stubborn roots out of the ground.

Because our favorite rose nursery disappeared, I’ve started a wish list at Antique Rose Emporium. But before new roses arrive, we need to kill the weeds and prepare the soil for new plants. Enter PetraTools.

Thank you to Petra Tools for sending me a free HD4000 unit to review. I am not being compensated to share this information. BLING, BITCHES & BLOOD only shares information that applies to my readers. (Some images provided by Petra Tools, copyright as noted)

Battery Backpack Sprayer for Less Back-Breaking Labor!

Over the years, my husband lugged, hand-pumped, and sprayed gallons of various concoctions to keep weeds and bugs at bay. So I jumped at the chance to receive a battery-powered 4-gallon backpack sprayer from PetraTools.com to use in our new rose garden.

Charging the battery is easy to do. You can also purchase and replace the battery in the future if needed.

Petra Tools sent us the HD4000. The unit comes with SIX (6) spray nozzles so you can choose the best options for your use — fogger, spray, high pressure, and more. The rechargeable battery, (charger and battery included), lasts for 5-6 hours or over 200 gallons of solution sprayed.

PetraTools.com also includes an excellent how-to video to get started, and a helpline to call for additional advice. You can purchase the sprayer from Amazon here.

I’m eager to use the sprayer as I know it will make gardening easier and more enjoyable.  So expect additional follow-ups on using the HD4000 from Petra Tools as we bring Rosemont and our rose garden back to glory.

When a garden dies, you can always replant. It’s a new season, and time to revise the dream.

What have you planted lately? Do tell!

Image copr. Petra Tools, used with permission.

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5 Gift Ideas for Dogs & Their Humans

Birthdays, anniversaries, various holiday seasons–any occasion is the perfect excuse to let your little furry friend indulge. Or, well, sometimes the human parents get to indulge, too! Let’s just pretend that you’re buying these items for that cute face erupting into a series of excited barks. Ready to get started?

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Duchess Fold-out Sleeper Dog Bolster

With a fold-out sleeping surface that opens out into a spacious quilted bed, the Duchess Fold-Out is perfect for a large-sized pet or a true dog-loving household with multiple pets. During the day, you can convert the bed into a comfy sofa for hanging out. 

The base layer has premium ComfortCore® Gel complete with five-layer cushion technology that ensures your four-legged friend has a wonderful sleep. You can choose from two colors, merlot velvet or soft gray in a textured fabric that is super easy to clean and maintain. Not that you’ll need to perform a lot of maintenance–this sleeper is specifically designed to repel spills and prevent them from setting and becoming stains.

Uncle Bud’s Hemp Dog Products

If you’ve been looking for the perfect organic grooming products, treat your pal to Uncle Bud’s range of CBD hemp oil products. The ingredients are safe for sensitive skin and suitable for all dog skin types. You can buy the complete set of grooming shampoo, conditioner, and deodorizer with confidence knowing that it’s certified as safe by the USDA. 

Rest assured that the products are free of parabens, sulfates, or colorants, and will leave your friend’s coat soft and shiny. The advanced formula with hemp infusions cleans and freshens with a combination of scents like chamomile, citrus, and lavender – a must-have for your furry friend’s grooming kit.

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Wild Earth Vegan Dog Food

Developed by veterinarians, Wild Earth Vegan dog food is a premium brand made with ingredients sourced only from plants. Each serving is loaded with nutrition to keep your pet energetic with healthy digestion. Dog parents dedicated to getting a high-grade, protein-rich diet for their pets would want to consider this dog food that is entirely free of meat and meat products, or any kind of preservatives, additives, or harmful fillers.

Each bowl contains the goodness of oats, sweet potatoes, and chickpeas topped with a generous content of yeast that provides dietary fiber and complete protein. Your furball will love its flavor and taste, and you’ll love watching him wolf it down. Even the pickiest of eaters seem to enjoy this food, so their treats are a great gift for your friend.

West & Willow Dog Portrait

This gift idea is undoubtedly for the human members of your family. Create a lasting monument to the cuteness of your furry friend with a custom pet portrait. You will be fascinated by the perfection of each stroke on the virtual canvas as created by expert digital artists. All that West & Willow requires is your favorite pet picture and the result will be a framed, accurate-to-life representation. You can also order a customized phone case show off your pet wherever you go. 

Copr. Alvan Nee via Unsplash

If you’re unsure about your photography skills, you’ll find a guiding tutorial on the website.

Brookstone® Motion Sensor Pet Water Fountain

Many dogs’ humans work long hours and find themselves preoccupied with whether their pal is comfortable at home. Install the Brookstone Water Fountain and your pup will always have fresh water to drink. This smart gadget is motion-activated and delivers the exact amount of water needed. The built-in carbon filter ensures that the water is always top quality. Fill the fountain from the sink and set it up for easy, clean access.

Oh, and if you plan to give a PET as a gift to someone special, read this post about how to gift a pet.

There you go–five of the best gift ideas that you must absolutely get for your furry friend to keep them happy and comfortable. If you just can’t wait for the next birthday or event to come around, we’ll completely understand.

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Pet Naming Tips: How to Choose the Best Name for Your Kitten

With the holidays on the horizon and the possibility of new pets joining your family, I’ve revisited several “new pet” topics over the past several weeks. But have you thought about pet names? You’re in luck because guest blog writer Maya Kinsley has all the tips you need! Take it away, Maya!

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Pet Naming Tips: How to Choose the Best Name for Your Kitten

It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about a puppy, a kitten, your favourite toy or even a baby – choosing the right name is always a hard task. After all, in most cases, it becomes a part of one’s identity. So you bring a cute little kitten to your home and you begin to wonder. There are people who decide to wait until they get to know their new pet so that the name can match their personality; sometimes you just look at the cat for the first time and you simply know. The chosen name should be something personal and 100% right but here are some tips that hopefully will inspire you.

Top Pet Names

 You probably aim for originality but it’s always helpful to look at the list of the most popular names – you may find inspiration or simply be confirmed in your choice as to what you don’t want. It’s not surprising that the most common names are short and simple, for example:

  • Tiger
  • Tigger
  • Kitty
  • Puss
  • Ginger
  • Max
  • Missy
  • Morris
  • Callie
  • Simon
  • Rusty
  • Shadow

Uncommon Cat Names

Speaking of originality – you can also get inspired by the list of unusual cat names. There are no official rankings on this list, as it’s hard to track names of all the individual cats. But their owners really like to share their pet names, so it may be a good idea to do some research.

Keep Pet Names Short and Clear

It’s cute to say that you have a cat named Lord Alfred Purrington but it won’t be something he can remember and react to, unfortunately. It’s easier for him to learn a shorter name – one or two syllables. Just make sure it sounds different than some common short commands – don’t name him Joe as it may sound to him like no, Puff as it sounds too much like off, or Pam which sounds similar to come; this would only confuse him. For the same reason, try to avoid names that sound similar to those of your other animals’ or family members’ who are often around. Cats rely on what they hear; they can remember sounds, but they don’t always understand the meaning.

Hard Names are Better

This is not an absolute must-do but it’s better to choose names with some harder vowels and consonants that are easier for cats to distinguish. Gigi, Bee-Bee or Tigger would make better names for cats than Shaun, Merle or Hern.

Be Sure You Can Call It In Public

Some people choose names they think are cute, but they turn out to be quite ambiguous when a third person doesn’t know a story or a context. There are those who name their pets something nasty thinking it’s cute – it may be, but you may change your mind when your mother or other people hear it. Make sure you won’t be embarrassed to address your cat by name in public.

Involve the Whole Family

Have a family gathering (or invite some close friends) and ask everyone to write their favourite names on a piece of paper. Then you can read them out loud and discuss what suits your kitten best. Try calling each name aloud to see if you and your cat like it. Plus, you will have a lot of fun going through some suggestions and hearing the stories behind them.

Think About What You Like

Are you a huge fan of Bob Dylan or Lady GaGa? Don’t be afraid to get inspired by the things you love. Wouldn’t it be cool to live with your favourite singer or beloved actor? Or maybe there’s food that you really love? A kitten named Taco or Bruger would sound cute and these names really have a ring to them.

Think About the Looks

You may think that naming a soft, hairy cat Fluffy is corny but let’s be honest – these kinds of names are the best. They’re cute and suitable and you will feel truly different while calling your cat something that fits and remind you what he is and why you love him.

Delve Into Your Past

Just like there are families in which some baby names are passed through generations, there are also those who have their favourite pet names. You can ask your parents or even grandparents if they had a pet in their childhood. By naming your cat after your father’s puppy or your grandmother’s rabbit, you can start a nice family tradition.

Naming your new kitten can be a challenging task. Cats can live up to 20 years, sometimes even more, so the name will be around for a long time affecting both yours and your pet’s lives. That’s why it’s important to really think it through. But it can also be a lot of fun – so relax, invite your family and friends and use our tips to get creative.

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How To Leave Your Cat Alone At Home

This time of year, we take trips to visit family over the holidays. Our cats are not the happiest travelers, so what’s a loving pet parent to do? Is it safe to leave your cat alone at home? That’s a topic I’ve meant to cover for some time, and now guest blog writer Maya Kinsley provides you with lots of great information to consider.

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How To Leave Your Cat Alone At Home

Cats look pretty independent. They can spend hours alone while you are at work. Some of them don’t even like to be petted, but they still rely on us for social interaction and keeping them safe. You should never leave kittens, elderly, or health-challenged cats alone for a long time. If you are going away for longer than overnight, learn how to prepare your healthy, well-adjusted cat for this huge change. Your Mr. Fuzzy will definitely notice your absence. That’s what you need to know about leaving your pet alone:

Weather

During the summer season, you should not leave your cat in an enclosed space. When the heat arrives, your pet can be at risk of fatal heatstroke. So, if you are about to go on a short trip, make sure to leave the air conditioning on in order to avoid terrible consequences.

Consider getting a cooling mat for your cat. It might become your pet’s new favourite spot in the house. When you are at home, you can also leave a pack of frozen vegetables or ice cubes on the floor – it will cheer your kitty up.

During the winter, prepare a few comfy places for your cat. Also, make sure to keep her bed off the floor (floors get cold pretty fast). Consider leaving your thermostat on. The energy bills might be crazy, but kitties deserve the best.

Technology

If you don’t want your house to turn into a crash site while you are away, start using new technologies before you leave. For instance, you can get an automated pet feeder that will keep your cat’s food fresh.

Other than that, consider getting the best automatic cat litter box that will clean after your cat. It’s a pretty useful thing in any case, but especially if you aren’t home to scoop for longer than two days.

If you don’t have a self-cleaning litter box, just leave twice the number of litter boxes before you go.

Water

Your kitty should stay hydrated when you are away. That’s why you should leave as many bowls with fresh water as possible, to make sure they don’t run dry or get spilled. You can also get your pet water fountain. It will encourage your cat to drink more water than usual which is especially important during the summer season.

Entertainment

Some cats may experience anxiety when their owners are not around — that’s why you need to take care of entertainment for your pet.

To keep your cat entertained when you are away, consider getting her new interactive toys. Some cats will also be happy to play cardboard boxes and paper bags.

However, if you don’t want your pet to make a mess, get some cat furniture such as fluffy beds, wood shelves to lounge, canvas wall hammocks, cat trees or other climbing opportunities like the cat mod.

You should also know about one free option – leave your cat in the room with a view. Cats love staring at birds in trees, or people passing by!

Other than that, have you ever heard of Cat TV? It usually shows birds, mice, and nature. Your cat might spend hours watching different videos.

A Cat Sitter

Vets don’t recommend leaving pets alone for longer than 24 hours. If you need to travel somewhere far, you should definitely ask your friend or family member to take care of your cat.

Also, you can always hire a professional cat sitter. Ideally, this person should be experienced, flexible, and patient enough. Experience is essential, especially in the case of your cat’s health condition.

So, if you finally decide to hire someone for this job, make sure to pass this information on:

  1. Your contact number
  2. Medication info (in case your cat needs some)
  3. Personality traits
  4. Contact to the vet
  5. Feeding times
  6. Your cat’s favourite toys and spots
  7. A list of spots where your cat may hide

Your perfect cat sitter will send your photos and messages to keep you updated. Also, this person should spend some time playing and petting your cat (if the cat accepts this attention) in order to avoid the development of anxiety. Some cats won’t want a stranger pestering them, so the cat sitter should be introduced before you take your trip.

The Bottom Line 

Your kitty will definitely notice your absence! So, before you go on a trip, make sure to prepare your house so that your pet can feel safe when you are not around. You need to take into consideration the weather and the lack of entrainment. Also, your cat should have access to a litter box, scratch options, fresh water, and food. The best thing that you can do for your pet is to hire a professional cat sitter.

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CBD Oil For Dogs from HempMy Pet: True Facts About Hemp Oil Organic Pet Treats

Several weeks ago I was contacted by HempMy Pet about their hemp pet treats and CBD oil for dogs. Now, I’ve heard about hemp oil for dogs, and the Internet has a wide variety of hemp products and organic pet treats available. Since a veterinarian endorsed the products on the website, I wanted to learn more.

UPDATE APRIL 9, 2020: The pilot study on CBD oil for canine osteoarthritis pain relief has been published, and here’s the link.

Update June 27, 2021: My colleague Ingrid King published an excellent article covering Cannabis for Cats at this link.

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WHO IS HempMy PET?

Founded in 2015 and headquartered in Longmont, CO, HempMy Pet is the first vertically integrated hemp oil production company and only uses strictly organic farming methods, creating only the highest-quality human grade formulations for pets. With over 30 years of experience in cannabis cultivation and dietary supplement manufacturing, HempMy Pet cultivates it’s own hemp in Colorado from seed to manufacture to sale.

HempMy Pet makes strain-specific full-spectrum hemp oil supplements for pets. The company sent me some of their hemp-infused products to try with Bravo, including tictures, oils and bisuits. I’m impressed by the third-party testing for purity, potency and safety.

PETS, PREVENTION & POSSIBILITIES

As a reader, you know about my heartbreaking loss of Magical-Dawg to degenerative myelopathy, which some CBD oil products claim to help. But as a responsible pet parent and former vet tech, I’m careful about product recommendations.

It’s taken me some time to research the pros, cons, true facts and sticky challenges about CBD oil for dogs. I contacted two veterinary experts, Dr. Rob Silver from http://nurseyourpet.com/ and pain medicine veterinary specialist Dr. Robin Downing from https://downingcenter.com/ to get their expertise about hemp products for pets.

WHAT IS CBD OIL & CAN MY DOG GET “HIGH?”

Cannabadiol (CBD) oil is derived from cannabis plants, which include marijuana and hemp. Marijuana is a schedule 1 drug under federal law, treated the same as LSD, ecstasy, and heroin. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive component of marijuana.

Industrial hemp used for making rope, fabric and other products, is legal, and although not all states allow cultivation of industrial hemp, in can still be imported after it’s grown.  In order to be classified as “hemp,” the plant must contain no more than 0.3% of THC. In other words, your dog won’t get “high” from CBD oil products derived from hemp.

CBD oil is one of more than 80 different cannabinoids found in the plant’s flower. CBD oil is the medical component that is most often used in pet supplement products for its health benefits. Also, CBD oil obtained from hemp is equally effective–and usually safer–than marijuana-derived products because hemp does not contain significant amounts of THC.

MARIJUANA TOXICITY IN DOGS!

Dogs are very sensitive to THC and toxic levels can be a real danger for them. The number one animal ER issue in states in which medical and/or recreational marijuana is legal is marijuana intoxication, says Dr. Downing.

Dr. Silver describes the adverse reaction as static ataxia—the dog stands stiffly with widespread paws, and can’t move other than to rock back and forth. At higher doses the dog may fall and eliminate on himself.

NEVER give your dog human CBD or medical marijuana products, and only offer those formulated specifically for pets. Some dogs have died from eating marijuana-laced chocolate treats.

Cats have reactions, too. Here’s a surprising reaction.

HOW CAN CBD OIL HELP MY DOG?

Both dogs and cats have cannabinoid receptors throughout their body, including in the central nervous system. That makes experts believe that CBD oil and other cannabinoids may offer a number of benefits by attaching to these receptors. The medical uses that are cited for cannabis in pets include:

  • Analgesia (pain relief) (such as arthritis)
  • Decreasing inflammation (some suggest CBD oil helps with IBD)
  • Seizure control
  • Neuroprotection (such as for DM)
  • Anxiety relief (noise phobias, for instance)
  • Managing nausea
  • Stimulating appetite
  • Cancer patient support

VETERINARY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CBD OIL?

Ordinarily I would send you to your veterinarian for a recommendation. Legal issues are currently the biggest roadblock to widespread research, development, and implementation of cannabis and CBD-containing products for pets.

In fact, no state has specific legal language opening the door for veterinarians to recommend or prescribe cannabis products for their patients.  “The only medical professionals prohibited (legally) from discussing and recommending cannabis in animals are veterinarians,” says Dr. Downing.

Dr. Silver says, “The Farm Bill of 2018 looks to change this and make hemp legal. It may become legislation by September of this year.”

hempmy pet & cbd oilHOW TO CHOOSE A CBD OIL PRODUCT

If your veterinarian can’t tell you, how does a pet parent choose a safe CBD oil product for a dog? Just because it’s “natural” doesn’t mean it’s safe, and not all products are the same. Effectiveness varies based on whether the product contains dried plant, liquid preparations and elixers, edible components and sources of the ingredients and ways produced.

“Because these are presented as supplements or treats they are not subjected to the scrutiny of the FDA, and that means they are out there in the ‘wild west’ of the supplement world,” says Dr. Downing.

Dr. Silver warns consumers to watch for specific red flags, such as misspelled words on the label or no phone number to call to ask questions. A number of products touting the benefits of CBD oil, when tested, showed little to no amount of this ingredient.

Also, Dr. Downing says at least one study demonstrated very poor oral absorption of CBD when it was used as an isolated, stand-alone compound (CBD Isolate).  She believes future studies need to examine “whole plant” extracts versus single agent extracts. In other words, combinations of cannabinoids may prove more effective than single agents.

“Reliable companies are interested in acquiring and repeating independent analyses that allow them to display a Certificate of Analysis,” says Dr. Downing. This is a way for a producer to affirm and assure the public that what they produce is consistent, not contaminated, and has a specific concentration of active ingredients.

I’m pleased that HempMy Pet products include a Certificate of Analysis on their products.

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“I’m more photogenic…” says Karma. These are DOG products, but Karma-Kat had to get in on the act! For more about such products for cats, refer to Ingrid King’s excellent article on Cannabis for Cats.

BRAVO & HempMy Pet Products

Based on these cautions, I offered Bravo the HempMy Pet products with confidence. The company uses a full-spectrum hemp extract, creating an entourage effect with all active compounds present including CBD oil.

HempMy Pet products contain a combination of CBD, CBG, CBC, CBD-V and other beneficial cannabinoids, along with broad spectrum of terpenoids.

 

PUMPKIN HARVEST ORGANIC TREATS

We received the large dog formula (5 mg hemp extract/cookie) of the Pumpkin Harvest treat. The resealable bag contains 15 organic dog biscuits with one recommended per 50 lbs. I gave Bravo one, but he begged for more! He’s a treat hound, of course, and at a current 70 pounds, he claimed he deserved another half a cookie. 

CBD OIL TINCTURE & COCONUT OIL

We also received Hemp Extracts Tincture 1000 mg, and for his size, Bravo’s recommended dosage is 1/2 to 3/4 ml, either added to food or to a specific area of the body. This would be handy for any known area of the body with a problem for topical administration, with an added bonus of no danger if the dog licked it off.

Finally, we received a jar of Hemp Infused Coconut Oil, and one serving (1 tsp) contains 15-20 mg of Hemp actives. Bravo’s weight means his dose is 3/4 to 1 tsp, added to food or topically to areas in need. Bravo licked it right off the spoon. Karma was interested, but didn’t try any–but it would easily mix into canned food. No, these are not labeled for cats, but Karma needs to stick his nose in everything.

HOW MUCH CBD OIL SHOULD I GIVE MY DOG?

The proper dose may pose a challenge with some products. Dr. Silver says that people who use medical marijuana or CBD-containing products adjust dosages up and down to find the effect they need. But veterinary medicine has little information about how CBD oil works in pets.

Dogs can’t tell us when “enough” is enough for pain relief, for example. That said, based on human experience using similar products, Dr. Downing says you should see a positive effect pretty quickly. Products formulated for pets should have dosing recommendations on the product as a guideline. Tinctures (liquids) may be the most helpful in adjusting doses incrementally.

ALWAYS READ GUIDELINES!

The guidelines on HempMy Pet products offer very specific dosing recommendations, with the caveat to consult with your veterinarian. These products are NOT designed to diagnose, treat or cure any specific disease, but offer overall health benefits to dogs. Different pets may show individual improvements in different ways, such as feeling more calm in the face of a thunderstorm. While these products are not inexpensive, they are high quality and “you get what you pay for.”

Whether your pet suffers from a health challenge, or you simply want to treat your healthy pet, be sure to inform your veterinarian about any supplements your dog receives. While CBD oil supplements are considered to be safe, veterinary medicine has no studies about drug interactions. I look forward to more definitive studies into the benefits of CBD oil for pets. And until then, Bravo will enjoy his treats–and your dogs can, too. Get your HempMy Pet treats here!

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What about you? Have you offered your pets CBD oil supplement products? For what purpose? And did it help? DO tell!

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