Sunday, 4 May 2008

Natural Repellent-Tick Relief

Even before all the snow is gone from the prairies, the tick season begins. Every year at the first spotting of a wood tick, I bath my dogs with a natural tick shampoo (see recipe) and then use a natural repellant made from natural oils. Here is the recipe.

Witches Brew

Ingredients are full strength oils: Tea Tree Oil, Rosemary Oil, Sage Oil, Cedar wood Oil, Peppermint Oil, Sweet Orange Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Citronella Oil and Pine Needle Oil.

Directions: Mix 2 - 3 drops each with 16oz of water in a spray bottle, shake before each application and spray lightly over entire body.

Directions for shampoo: Mix 4-6 drops each with 32oz of any natural shampoo and you now have a natural flea shampoo. Repels fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, flies and also makes the truck smell great. Spray dogs and bedding. It smells great. People can use this as well, although it has to be re-applied more frequently then normal sprays.

Saturday, 3 May 2008

First water retrieves of 2008

We got up bright and early this morning, the temperatures were hovering around 0 degrees C when we pulled out of the driveway at 7:30 am.. We were headed to the retriever grounds to do some training.
Two weeks ago I met a friend and her 5-month-old Chesapeake pup at the grounds and there was still ice on the ponds. Last week the ice was gone, but the day was cloudy, blustery and light snow was falling. Ardi took a dip in the water and had a nice leisurely swim, as if to show off for the pup.
Today we did 7 or 8 line drills back and forth across a small pond. I have been having problems with Ardi not going when she doesn’t see a splash. On the first retrieve, she ran the shore, but the last ones were all straight out and back. She had the biggest smile and her tail wagged non-stop. Welcome Spring!!!!