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dog Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
dog Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
We to a big leap of faith, quit our jobs are moved to the the heart of the Shawnee National Forest to follow our dreams of self sufficiency and to make a go of living off the land… Can we help you feed your family?
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I love having a big scary dog, even if she is a racist!

Our dog is a racist, is that odd? We previously lived in a community that was filled with a large number of Native Americans. When we would have our dog, Dixie, in the car with us she would go ape shit over men who were not white- this was like everyone in the town. On walks and when company would come over she would make a huge ongoing scene barking and lunging at them. Often a good Mexican/ republican friend of ours (don't worry it is a loving reference that is an inside joke between us) would come over and she would loose it even after we introduced them. Sometimes she would calm down and forget he was there, then all of the sudden get startled and start going crazy again. We...

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Munching cat poo "cookies" is gross!

I am not sure what is so appetizing about eating cat poo piles from the cat box but our dog is totally addicted to it. It worries me because cat litter can't be good for a dogs digestive tract plus the process of eating cat poo somehow results in the poo and litter being strewn about the bathroom and the house (which is bad because I am not allowed to handle cat feces while pregnant) plus it just makes you want to vomit. Sometimes I wonder how much of the poo she actually eats and how much just gets thrown about in the process. Either way poo eating is bad business in my opinion. Yesterday while I was in the bedroom blogging and watching Desperate Housewives I heard things moving in the bathroom....

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Crazy weather makes my animals crazy!

Just so you know, it is currently snowing, hailing and raining in spurts here and is supposed to continue through the weekend. If you are heading to Northern Arizona for some memorial day camping or outdoor fun be advised- It is damn cold! We are not planning any outdoor fun this weekend but the weather surely impacts our lives regardless of our indoor plans...

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Upper respiratory infections in pets- Day 1 update

Jack's symptoms have greatly improved and he is acting more himself today, I only added a few drops of colloidal silver to water and orally gave it to him via dropper yesterday. I did not give him more today as he seems significantly better today! However, I have received much information from readers about the potentially harmful side effects of Colloidal Silver and I did want to disclose this information to all my readers. I do not want to give anyone bad advice or only provide one side of the story so I feel it is appropriate to update this post to include some of the potentially harmful side effects of Colloidal Silver. (I added all this stuff to the original post also) As with anything you should consult your doctor before hand...

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Upper respiratory infections in pets.

While we were moving in to our new place we were nicely greeted by a neighborhood dog. She was pretty and very friendly. She had a tag on that said her name was Lady and she apparently lived across the street from us. We gave her a pat, pat and our Dixie (our dog) played with her in our yard. Out here in the rural subdivision we live in people have the tendency to allow their animals and small children to wander about the neighborhood without supervision. I guess they must feel it is safer because we aren't in heart of a crime ridden city but still that is no reason to let everyone run amok. That is a rant for another day though. Anyway, we kept the friendly dog out of...

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Video of all the pets

Here is a video I put together of a day in our house, with all our pets. I didn't video the birds or fish but all the other pets were included. Enjoy! I was going to embed the video in the post but it messes up my whole blog display when I do, so if you want to view it click this link. They all get along for the most part and are able to coexist in our cozy home. They are like our kids, can you tell?...

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Cheesy Bone Doggie Treats and Snow

Well, Nathan and I went for an afternoon walk into downtown Flagstaff for some coffee and snacks. We took Dixie and ended up at Late for The Train to sit outside with our new doggie while we at pastries, drank coffee and got snowed on. Dixie loved the snow, my hands were cold but other than that it was a nice exercising walk. When we got home and thawed out I went searching for a doggie treat recipe that I could whip up. While I made the doggie treats I watched the snow from our kitchen window. I wanted to share the doggie treat recipe and the snow pictures with you. Cheesy Bone Treats 2 cups all purpose flour 1 1/4 cup cheese, any kind, shredded 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1/2 cup water Preheat oven...

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