TGIF !!!!! Woof Happy Friday all my fur friends and I hope you are all looking forward to the weekend the way we are.
We have had a busy week but also celebrating that the sun is shining and with the Daylight Savings we are now able to get to the park when I finish work. WOW what a concept, to feel the warm sun on your face after all the cold rainy weather. Not sure how long it will last but we are enjoying it immensely.
On Tuesday I took Layla for her annual check up. Growing old means being more careful, keeping double eyes on all and in a nutshell making sure she is getting all the correct nutrients in her food which I as a Jewish Mother is always worried about. They had done blood work on her a month ago as she had lost 1.5 lbs and I was really concerned BUT the happy news is she is back to her normal 15 lbs and nothing to worry about, she got a clean bill of health. I am so relieved over this as I know now I must be doing something right.
I spoke to the vet about her not wanting to go out after 7 in the evening and the vet told me not to worry, because of her one eye going blind she might be afraid of the dark so just to let her do what she wants and if she needs to go out she will tell me, which is what she normally does.
Now as you all know I cook for Layla, and one of my biggest worries is that her food is not properly balanced so I am always doing research, checking and have come across the most amazing supplements which even my vet said she can see the difference in her since I have been giving them. Plus they are made in the USA which is the most important of all.
What are they :
01. Raw Paws Hip and Joint Support for Dogs and Cats : Organic hip and joint supplement is beneficial for all pet life stages from puppies and kittens up to seniors! This joint supplement is a healthy blend of green lipped mussel powder, ginger, turmeric curcumin, pumpkin and ceylon cinnamon. Giving this daily supplement offers natural arthritis relief without the nasty side effects from pet arthritis medicine!
02. Raw Paws Mineral Rich Organic Sea Kelp Daily Supplement for Dogs and Cats : This excellent natural source of iodine supports glandular functioning such as thyroid health and metabolism. With an improved metabolism, the overall health of your pets will improve by an increase in energy and decrease in inflammation and infection. Sea Kelp promotes oral health by reducing buildup of plaque and tartar for healthy teeth. Being the #1 source of natural trace minerals, sea kelp helps to strengthen the immune system, promotes a healthy skin and coat, reduces itching and fortifies the blood for an overall healthy, vibrant life! Sea Kelp also has 60 different vitamins, minerals, and trace elements as well as 21 amino acids. Made with zero artificial ingredients.
And I think the most important for our pampered pets are the TREATS which Layla is addicted to now. They sent me :
01. Chicken Jerky for dogs only 02. Freeze Dried Green Tripe which is for both Dogs and Cats 03. Freeze Dried Duck which is for both Dogs and Cats .
Layla is at this moment in Treat Heaven, every time she hears a bag she thinks its treats.
A Give Away (see the Rafflecopter Widget below) of a basket with Chicken Breast Jerky (8 oz), Freeze Dried Duck Treats (4 oz), and Freeze Dried Beef Green Tripe Treats (4oz).
For those that are interested in shopping a coupon :
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Raw Paws Pet Food has sponsored me for this review plus give away which is only open for the USA.
Woof to all our fur friends that are entering, as you can see I love sharing with my cat friends also, so good luck. I am off now to beg for some more treats from Mom.
Have a wonderful weekend, Layla
The Rafflecopter Link for the Giveaway :
March has arrived and the rains are still here. When will they stop. The good news is that California is out of drought the last I read but the grounds are so soaked that they are not absorbing the rains anymore. One muddy mess in the dog park LOL which Madam does not like.
March is also an important month as it is Poison Prevention Awareness Month.
This is so important and it reminds us how important it is to keep our pets safe from anything toxic which leads to illness and sometimes death. So Layla decided that this week our blog is going to focus on this subject to make sure that all our fur friends are safe both in the house and outside. The way we child proof a house and garden, we should pet proof the same way.
01. Plants can be poisonous especially azalea, oleander, castor bean, sago palm, Easter lily or yew plant material eaten by an animal can be fatal.
02.. Cleaning products – those are dangerous and should not be lying around in the house. Please store them in a place that your pets have no access to. I personally only use Apple Cider Vinegar in the house for cleaning, etc as that way I know if Layla walks on the wet floor she is safe.
03. Medications – never give your pets medications unless directed by a Vet. Keep all medications locked away so they cannot find them.
04. Chocolate is a BIG NO.
05. Household products like coffee grinds, play dough, fabric softener sheets and more are all toxic to your pets.
06. Automotive products – please do not leave them lying around the garage and if something spills make sure to clean up.
07. Flea Meds – all pets have different reactions to these so please check with your vet before you administer them to your pets.
08. Always read all instructions / cautions of any product before using it in your house, garden or on your pet.
09. Keep your pets inside or away from any insecticides Also keep your pets away from fertilizers on the grass or in the garden. All of them can be toxic. Plus make sure you store these products in a place that is inaccessible to your pets.
10. Do not use products for dogs on cats and vice versa unless it says you can.
11. If you are uncertain about the proper usage of any product, contact the manufacturer and/or your veterinarian for instructions.ASPCA National Animal Poison Control CenterSuite 361717 Philo RoadUrbana, IL 61801
Phone : (888) 4-ANI-HELP
I am aware we do these reminders all the time but I feel by reading the above, remembering we are keeping our pets safe, no extra vet bills or expenses and most of all we have a happy healthy home.
So now that Layla has woofed all this she is going back to bed LOL,
Be safe and have a great week, With love from Layla
February is over WOW. We cannot believe how fast this year is going.
Layla and I have cabin fever. It just does not seem to stop raining here and although she has been very good with walks in the rain, some long, some short we both need some sunny park time to be outdoors relaxing.
Yesterday she was not happy as she got a bath. I am fortunate to be able to get her a free bath once a month through PAWS/Shanti Project which makes life very easy for me as living in a studio when I bathe her the floor becomes a lake LOL, so I take advantage of these free baths. It is also amazing how they always have volunteers from different companies come in to do the bathing so all I have to do is take her there and they do all the work. It is also thanks to Pet Food Express for allowing us to do it there, they are an amazing Pet Food Store and give so much back to the community. If I buy something and Layla does not like it, I can return the open bag and get credit, they have rescued cats up for adoption there, and many rescue organizations do adoption events at their different stores.
Layla of course now loves going there with no arguments like in the past as she knows she gets treats from the employees and what could be better than that.
The past 48 hours have been crazy stormy so yesterday when I was at the store I picked up for her a new chewy which is a turkey tendon and she is in love with them. It keeps her busy during the day and not sleeping that much LOL. Cabin fever can be costly also.
I am working in my new job which is hard but I am enjoying also so am out of the house for about 5 hours each day, I hate leaving Madam but on the other hand it is good for both of us.
So that is what is happening in the Layla Neighborhood, not much excitement but she is being spoiled with lots of Mommy time as I excluding work have no interest in running around in the rain so condense everything into an outing when I leave for work.
Be safe and warm everyone and don’t forget that with all the winds and rain the one thing that is keeping Madam calm is the 4Paws Pet Blend Hemp Oil Supplement. You can read all about it on the below link :
With a woof and love from Layla
Happy Friday !!!!!!!! TGIF !!!!!!
What a week, I fell ill last weekend, was flat on my back not moving but to walk Layla and am not sure what bug got me but it did. I was achy, with fever and had no appetite but that did not stop Ms. Piggy from eating and not only that I double fed her on Friday and she happily ate it all. Bless her is all I can say.
I was very blessed to have some friends pop over with food for me and groceries so did not have to worry about anything.
I have been really taking it easy this week, working but otherwise lying low and the rain is not helping either. It is as if someone is standing with a bucket pouring water over us non stop and I wish it would stop. It is just ridiculous and some of the streets are like rivers. I must admit Layla has been really good with the weather and I cannot complain especially as she hates the rain.
That is the reason for my Wednesday Woof being on Friday this week, please accept my apology
For Valentines Day I made Layla one of her favorite dinners so she was happy, I cooked myself a nice dinner too and my Boss surprised me with Sees Truffles so I feel very spoiled.
You still have time to enter our give away for $ 125.00 dollars worth of products for you and your pets – see below widget and good luck.
If you want to check out their products below is the link : https://www.restorativebotanicals.com/?rfsn=2263342.782237
So on this note from rainy San Francisco stay warm and dry all, look after yourselves and chat with you again next week.
Woof with love from Layla and Me
It is Wednesday, middle of the week.
What a week we have had, raining non stop that we have hardly gone out and between working and trying to get Layla out when the rain stops it has been exhausting but today the sun is shining and hopefully it will be for a couple of days.
As you all know I watch Layla very carefully health wise as she is getting older like me and am always looking for ways to keep her healthy. I had noticed she was losing weight all of a sudden and was concerned so I took her to the vet a week a ago to find out what was going on. This was a vet I have never used but due to different reasons I had to go to her and it was the biggest mistake of my life. I have never met such a cold person in my life who all she was interested in was how to make money. She did not answer my questions, told me that she had a gum infection and did nothing about it, and in a nutshell I walked out of her clinic nearly in tears and worried big time.
I yesterday went to my regular vet and I walked out of there smiling and relaxed. She gave Layla a proper examination, we did a blood test to check her on the inside and I also found out she had put on one pound phew. I sat with her talking about what I am feeding her, where I am getting the information and she was really happy with what I am doing. She checked her gums and gave me some antibiotics for them although they are not as bad as I thought. I also learned something from her which makes sense and that is :
Wednesday has arrived and tomorrow is Layla’s gotcha day. I cannot believe she has been with me for 8 years WOW, it seems like yesterday she arrived a matted mess from the shelter.
I am not sure how many of you know her story, but she was one of the unlucky ones to be dumped by her family at the age of about 6 for the same reason everyone else dumps their pets, no time.
I saw her online sitting in the shelter, the photo said it all, my friend rescued her and another brought her to me and the rest is history. Layla has come a long way from being a scared shy dog and I am blessed daily to have her in my life.
This is one of the reasons I think I am so paranoid when she does not feel well whether upset tummy, allergies or anything else and I am doing my utmost to keep her as healthy as possible.
She has always hopped with her left back leg up and the vets have never worried about it, but with aging I have become more concerned so have been doing research on different products which will make sure she is not in pain or uncomfortable.
Through my research I came across this company, Restorative Botanicals that make Hemp products specifically for pets plus humans and contacted them as their products sounded exactly what I was looking for for Layla.
They were kind enough to send me their 4 Paws Hemp Oil Extract which supports Weary Muscles and Joints, Calming Disposition and Overall Health. It is made with Certified Colorado hemp, cod liver oil and cold pressed organic, virgin hemp seed oil, in a well balanced nutritional blend designed to keep your companion feeling calm, healthy and comfortable.
Since I have been using it on Layla I have noticed her to be calmer, especially with me starting a new job and not home in the afternoons, when she walks she is not hopping as much unless she starts running which is not that often. It is something I have been looking for and so happy I found.
Another product I received from them and I am so happy with this is their 4Paws PET Hemp Extract Topical Relief Balm. As you all know Layla suffers from allergies and then of course it causes hot spots. I am so against all the topical sprays so when I saw this I thought to myself WOW, perfect for her.
You all know from my last blog we went to the beach about 10 days ago and Madam has been scratching since. Between that and the warm weather last week and park, Missy started a little hot spot and I immediately rubbed the balm on her. It worked wonders, she stopped chewing on herself, calmed down and I found that within one day the hot spot was nearly healed. It was so great to see that and not have to worry about her getting an upset tummy from licking it, as the Hemp Extract Topical Relief Balm is safe and relaxes her, in a nutshell a must in a persons first aid box.
The company also surprised me with a gift of Muscle & Joint Cream which I have been using on my ankle and feeling so much better plus a bottle of Spice Flavor Restore Calm Hemp Oil Supplement which is really helping me to stay calm.
I want to say thanks to them for making our lives calmer and mine more relaxed for sponsoring us with these products.
If you want to learn more about them, below is their link:
The difference I have found with Layla when it comes to CBD oil or Whole Plant Hemp Oil, I am more and more preferring the Whole Plant Hemp oil as I am finding she is calm but not sleepy, eating better and much more herself. I personally think in the future I will be using Whole Plant Hemp oil with her and not CBD oil.
With the research I have also learnt the difference between Whole Plant Hemp Oil and CBD Oil and am happy to share here so we all understand it better.
Within the hemp plant, there are numerous cannabinoids and other phytonutrients. A good full-spectrum hemp oil will include all of this material in the same proportion that occurs naturally in the plant – and that’s our belief – for maximum effectiveness, you need a full-spectrum, whole plant extract. Plus, when all of these materials work together in the body to support the endocannabinoid system, it’s known as the “entourage effect”. (Thank you Rick from Restorative Botanicals) for the explanation.
“CBD” (CBD isolate) products contain only the CBD cannabinoid without all of the other beneficial materials – and therefore may not be as effective as the full spectrum whole plant extract.
So the question now is what am I going to do for her gotcha day LOL. Madam is spoiled all year round so decided for her birthday am going to get her her favorite for dinner, chicken livers and gizzards mixed with chicken, she will be in heaven from that.
I am now off to work, Layla is sleeping, everyone please stay warm in these freezing temperatures, take care and be safe
With a woof from us
Happy Wednesday Friends,
Thank goodness the week of rain is over and we are having some sunshine as it is needed to dry off everything including us LOL.
We had a great busy weekend as usual and the weather being good even made it better especially as I had Monday off, nothing like a long weekend to pamper Layla with quality time.
On Saturday we went to the Women’s March where Layla became little woman LOL. There were a lot of people plus many dogs which I was surprised to see. It was wonderful to be there and although we did not March as Layla was not happy with all the noise and I had given her some CBD oil before we left, I decided to come home when they started. Yes she was in the backpack but so antsy I was getting back ache from her moving around. So we took the bus home and got off in the park and relaxed there for a bit. It was a great day in all.
On Sunday we just chilled, relaxed and did nothing but normal walks in the nice weather, perfect for me to recharge my batteries and for her to get some exercise.
Monday we had a big adventure, a friend of mine with his two dogs decided to go down to Chrissy Field which is a great dog area on the beach so off we went. Layla was happy trotting along as long as her paws did not get wet LOL. It was so nice sitting on a blanket on the beach, looking out at the sea and Golden Gate bridge, drinking coffee and chatting. A perfect day in so many ways. Layla was happy although came home sandy and itchy poor thing but I immediately rinsed her off with some warm water and apple cider vinegar just in case there were any bugs LOL and then she ate and went to sleep.
I cannot believe that 8 years ago Layla was dumped at the shelter and how far we have come together, from her fear of people to a lap dancer today and so much more.
So that was our weekend and now back to work, housework and all the mundane things while Madam chews on a bone and relaxes. Life is good in the Layla Neighborhood.
On this sunny message we are saying to everyone be safe in the cold weather, and those in the Southern Hemisphere stay cool as we have been reading about the heat waves and fires.
With a woof and love from Layla
Morning Everyone from rainy San Francisco,
Today we are expecting a major rain storm which means me getting wet but BOL Mom has to go to work so she will be swimming there while I sleep cozily in my bed. This is the life, Mom working, I have food, treats and a warm bed while she is out there suffering, I like that and call it Karma as she makes me walk in the rain.
It will be soon my gotcha day and Mom and I were discussing how I was dumped in the shelter and how lucky I am today especially when she sees the amount of dogs that have been dumped, it breaks our heart and she told me she wish she could afford a brother or sister for me. I am not sure if I want one though as I love being the only child.
Since I took Layla off the dog food and only cooking at home including her veggie smoothies I have noticed she has lost some weight. She was never over weight so this is worrying me a bit. I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday about it as he only cooks for his dogs and has a senior, a little older than Layla and he told me that the same thing happened to him and I must not worry. He did suggest I only use the brown meat of the chicken as it is fattier and add a little brown rice to her food for carbohydrates. So as I got a Power Cooker as a gift from friends I made up some brown meat chicken for her yesterday with a little brown rice and of course all the veggies. When I made the smoothie of the veggies, zucchini, carrots, spinach, parsley, peas and green beans, plus some apple and blueberries, I added the rice so she would not know she is eating it as she spits the rice out LOL. She ate all her food yesterday and today so I am hoping this will help solve that problem and if not her annual vet visit is next month so will ask the vet. She is not drinking more than normal which I am relieved about.
I am finding it hard to find in some ways the perfect balance as I am always worried that I am doing something wrong so if anyone has any input am open to it. She is also getting a teaspoon of goats milk in her food, plus green lipped mussels and coconut oil.
This past weekend was basically most of the time indoors because of the rain and next weekend I think it is going to be the same. The Women’s March is on Saturday and I am debating whether to go or not, Layla in her backpack of course but will decide on Saturday when I see the weather forecast.
So life has not been that exciting this past week thanks to the rain and I think we are going to be stuck inside till the weather changes.
For those that are in the snow or colder weather, stay safe and warm
Woof with love from Layla
Good Morning Fur friends and Hooman friends,
One week into the New Year and it has not stopped raining since Saturday. I have been singing rain rain go away Layla needs to walk and play but it is not helping.
Layla has never liked the rain and it stems from her having been an outside dog in her past life as I call it so it is a battle to get her out when it rains and if she sees her raincoat she goes and hides in her box and stays there. So the past week I decided to try a new approach with less stress and it seems to be working.
In the mornings I let her sleep for as long as she wants and when she feels she needs to go out we go out, she tells me by getting up and walking towards the door. I am doing that also during the day or evening by letting her tell me and wow what a difference it has made. She is more relaxed, happier to go out and not fighting me with the raincoat. It might not be long walks like we are used to but at least she is going out to potty. I cannot believe that I never thought about this in the past but as I am saying to myself better late than never.
Layla will be 12 this year, like me she is aging and with it comes all the new quirks or triggers and am having to deal with them on a daily basis. She is also losing her sight in her left eye which does not make things easier. She does not like going out in the evenings when it is dark so her last walk is like 6 or 7.
Her new fear is clapping and when we in the dog park if someone claps for their dog she dives under the bench to hide. I am not giving in to her by leaving but the opposite I pick her up and cuddle her to give her a feeling of security. There are days that it works and days that it does not. Treats always work though LOL.
Our lives are changing because of it, I am working through her fears/triggers/quirks on a daily basis and learning at the same time. Thank goodness her appetite or water consumption has not changed which is keeping me more relaxed. I have also found an amazing chew for her, not as hard as bones but it keeps her really busy during the day in this weather. It is a turkey tendon and she loves them. My pet store has a great deal at the moment of buy 3 get one free so have stocked up on them to keep her happy.
She is still doing zoomies when we enter the building, full of puppy energy and as I call her Ms. Piss and Vinegar, that she is. She even plays more with her squeaky toys lately which is awesome as I love watching her jump on the bed and grab one to squeak like crazy.
I have started a new part time job which is taking me out of the house for about 4 to 5 hours each day and thank goodness I do not have to deal with anxiety as she seems to be handling this really well.
So that is what is happening in the Layla Neighborhood at the moment, we are stuck indoors because of the rain, Jazz playing in the background so life is good here for us two old ladies.
How are all of you coping with the cold weather and rain ?
Stay warm and dry and please remember pets are family and need to be kept indoors safely,
Have a great week with a woof from Layla
Good Morning Friends,
How are you and we hope you have all recovered from the holidays and over eating LOL, we have managed to relax in the middle also.
January is a special month for me as it is the month that I ran from Domestic Violence and found my freedom and it is the month that I rescued Layla also, we call it the month we found our freedom.
It has been a long journey, there have been ups and downs like when I lost Baby but whatever the negatives have been I am so happy I did it, saved Baby RIP from the abuse and although life is not perfect today I would rather have this life than what I had.
Rescuing Layla is a bonus, she has given me so much laughter, love and friendship which is things money cannot buy and I am so blessed to wake up to Ms Piss and Vinegar every morning.
Today and the next couple of days are for Layla Christmas Tree heaven as everyone puts their trees out to be picked up so she when going for walks pees on all of them. I often wonder what is going through her mind when doing it as when we visit friends over Christmas we watch the dogs to make sure they do not pee and then overnight they have the freedom to do it whenever they want. They must really think we are nuts.
Many are asking what resolutions we have made for New Year and going to be honest have made none, am going to take each day as it comes, cross every bridge as I get to it and make the best of the year as possible. Of course though the most important is keeping Layla healthy and happy.
So as Layla starts her morning nap we both want to wish everyone again a Happy Healthy 2019.
Woof with love from Layla