Last night, my mother stopped out for a surprise visit to introduce my family to my new fur brother. He is an eight-week-old German Shepherd named Ruger. My mother had just picked him up earlier in the day and couldn’t wait for us to meet him. Continue reading →
When I brought Evander home from the animal shelter, one of the first things I noticed was how dry and cracked his paws were. I ordered some PadHeal and wrestled him to put it on all fours. The next day, I saw I had missed a spot and was blown away by the difference it had made in just one application! His paws were completely restored. ~Julie Continue reading →
How long can ticks live in your house?
The length of time ticks can live in your house varies by species. Some ticks will die in as little as 8 hours, while others can live for days and even lay eggs. According to Orkin, the Brown Dog tick can lay eggs indoors and their eggs can hatch, to then attack small house pets. For reference, Brown Dog ticks are ticks without any white markings on them.
Other species of ticks, like the American Dog tick and the Lone star tick, do not reproduce indoors, but can still live for several hours or days. These two ticks are identifiable by their white markings on their backs. The American Dog tick has irregular patterns of white, whereas the Lone Star tick will have a prominent white spot in the middle of its back. Continue reading →
My family and I have a little, cozy cabin up in northern Pennsylvania that we really enjoy going to as often as we can. We see different kinds of wildlife on our drive there and at the camp too. We can see bear, different kinds of birds, as well as other wildlife.
When we head out for camp, we always hope to see bear. When we do see bear, it is exciting to watch their behaviors. We have seen a mother bear with her cubs, bear climbing into garbage dumpsters, and bear walking through our field. We originally thought you would have to be quiet to see bear, but we quickly learned that they could emerge from the woods at any time of day or night regardless of what we are doing. We can be outside working or playing or sitting by the fire, and a bear can show up. The bear have been even treating themselves to my bird feeders, which I now put away at night. Continue reading →
Today marks the fourth year since the passing of Buddy. We got Buddy when I was only 8 years old and he was my best friend growing up. Being an only child in a single parent family, where my dad worked 10 hour days and had two hour of computing left me only with Buddy for most of the day. He was a mixed dog that we rescued from the humane society. They were unable to tell us what he was mixed with or anything else about him. The owners dropped him and several of his brothers and sisters off at the front door of the humane society in a box with a note reading, “Please take care of these dogs, we are unable to afford to feed them”. Continue reading →
This story was written by my great grandfather Robert Hamilton 14 years before. I never had the pleasure to meet the man but heard lots of stories about him and no doubt he contributed to my love of hunting and the outdoors. I had to change the dog’s name as it isn’t politically correct any longer but other than that this is his story as it appeared in the October 1964 Pennsylvania Game News. ~Aaron Continue reading →
My mother did not have a job. Instead, she worked all day at home for free. I had a lot of chores as a kid, but they were all outside—splitting and stacking firewood, starting the fire in the furnace, keeping it going, dumping ashes, cutting the grass, tending the garden and all of those things. In terms of everything else, I was completely spoiled. Heck, I even brought laundry home from college to be cleaned. When I was out of clean clothes, it was time to visit the old homestead! Continue reading →
As you may have read in my latest blog post, New Tick-Borne Virus, there is a new virus being carried and transmitted by the deer tick. Many of you have asked us, “What does this mean for our dogs?” Well, the hard answer is, we are not sure yet…
First, let us recap what exactly the Powassan virus is. The Powassan virus, which has been around since the mid-1950s, is a very fast-infecting and potentially fatal tick-borne virus that just recently has been discovered in the deer tick. The Powassan virus causes inflammation of the brain. If it does not lead to death, the Powassan virus often will leave the infected with lifelong mental disabilities. Continue reading →
If ticks were not scary enough already, there is a new tick-borne virus on the rise this year. The Powassan virus, which is rarer than the bacterium that produces Lyme but is far more deadly, is now being spread by the deer tick. The Powassan virus causes inflammation of the brain, which leads to death or permanent disability in 60 percent of cases. So far, the CDC has reported 75 confirmed cases, but this number is predicted to rise as we enter into summer and fall when ticks are more active. Continue reading →
I’m sure any of you who have owned animals throughout your lifetime have witnessed the toll time can take on our four legged friends. The joys of owning a dog can certainly outweigh the heartache you experience once things like arthritis and hip dysplasia set in. All we want to do as a responsible pet owner is fix everything and make it all better for those who we consider members of our family. Continue reading →