Friday, September 30, 2011


Got a lot of half posts baking in my lil ol brain today so I thought, why not combine them all into an actual regular sized post?  Here we go!

This week began with a low speed doggie chase here in Portland.  I have seen a few dog on highway videos and they are usually pretty harrowing.  Cars speeding by with dog dodging around them.  What I love about this is how Portland's motorists, during a busy Monday rush hour, stopped all traffic, got out of their cars, and opened their car doors in hopes this little pooch would jump in and out of harm's way.  That's just how we do here in Portland!

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Next up?  Fleas.  Yup.  I haven't had the dogs on flea preventative for a couple years.  I started with stopping during the winter, then forgot to resume treatment in the spring.  When I confessed these deadly sins to my vet, she shrugged and said she only gave flea medication to her own dogs when she found a flea and then treated for a month or two and stopped again so I felt vindicated that we live somewhere where fleas aren't a huge problem.  But now we have a flea.  Drat!  I've treated dogs & house with Diatamaceous Earth and will continue to treat dogs weekly for the next three weeks or so.  I'm crossing my fingers that we can conquer these fleas naturally and without resorting to topical medications.  I'll write a more lengthy post when we are successful at routing out these pesky parasites with this all-natural solution 'cause if it's natural and it works, I need to share it, yo!  Plus DE is waaaayyyyyyyy more cost effective than the good quality flea medications, which are the only ones I would consider putting on my dogs.   Keeping our fingers crossed! 

I have to share this article on NoPo did a great job in highlighting why I opened up my store and why I love it so darn much.  

Lastly for today, if you aren't a follower of Our Waldo Bungie, check out the sweater sale that is going on.  Not only are these adorable sweaters hand-crafted; for a limited time the proceeds all benefit Waldo Bungie's adorable foster, Ginger.  Ginger is an elderbull with a few minor medical issues that need to be taken care of so that she has the best chance of finding her forever home.  Sadie is definitely getting one; I just need to pick some colors!  And if you aren't in the market for a sweater, you can also help Ginger out by donating to her ChipIn

That's all that's a -cooking in my half-baked brain this morning.  Have a great weekend!


  1. WOW! So many cool things in this post. We love that everyone stopped to help with Mango; unfortunately people in our area would not imagine doing this :( We love the idea of not fighting fleas! Here in KY it is a year round ordeal. The article is great! As if the other two subjects did not already make us want to move to your area, the way you speak about it in the article, REALLY makes us want to live there.

  2. Good highlights! I am always amazed by the motorists who do ban together to save a pooch on the highway. And yeah for Waldo Bungie and her adorable sweaters!

  3. Another reason why I want to move to Portland - what a dog friendly city (and such nice people too!) Thanks for linking to our sweater sale! We'd love to get Sadie in one of our sweaters! ;)

  4. use diatomaceous earth! I think its such a simple, incredible remedy. I've used it for the house in combination with tea tree oil for the dogs themselves with good results.

    I love the video--and yep, sounds just like Portland :)

  5. @Pauley, the Mr. or the Mrs.

    I'm so glad you liked the post! Maybe half-full brain is a good thing :) We think Portland is absolutely great and I'm more than happy to always share & promote our wonderful city!

  6. @ WaldoBungie

    Sadie's order is already emailed ;)


    This is the first time I've had to use DE for fleas; I'm so glad to hear you've had a successful experience with it.

    @ Two Pitties

    I too love these examples of good samaritans standing together and doing the right thing. We certainly need more of those!

  7. Ahhh! You always remind me of things that I had completely put out of mind.

    DE is definitely something I need to get -- considering Elli's recent flea sanctuary-ness in her kennel! GAH.

    Thank youuuuuuu!

  8. WooT! And this is why I want to live on Portland so badly. Having moved from the other Portland to Dallas a few years ago, I appreciate how much I miss being in a coastal town where dogs are adored. I love your store (didn't realize you had one!)!!! Do you have an online shopping link?

  9. @ForPetsSake

    I spent about a third of my childhood in Auburn! Maine is one of my favorite spots and I try to get back every few years for a camping trip up in Acadia.

    You can check out my online shop at