All Natural Follow Up Friday

All Natural Follow Up Friday

It’s Follow Up Friday, the day when I answer questions left in the comments all week! Jodi, at Heart Like a Dog has asked me to co-host again (she didn’t learn the first couple of rounds), so let’s throw everything we have at this one! Seeing as it’s Friday the 13th, we’ll go for extra fun today. First up, Sugar asks: [quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]So glad everyone is fine. Is that caging forever???ย [/quote] Sugar is referring to the hawk attack last week. I always say I’m caging forever (keeping my chickens caged instead of letting them free range), but they’re already out again all day. We have a lot of cover right now. That will change when leaves fall and all the huge sunflowers die back.

The chicken who saved a boy
It was about time for the birds and the bees talk. We let Mary Ann handle the birds part.

Jodi followed up with: [quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]What do you do if you see the hawk? Do you run at it and flap your arms?ย [/quote] LOL! Actually, yes. Stupid hawk. I’ve seen many. Been within ten feet of them. They stare me down, daring me to chase them off. And when I move toward them? They hop off a little ways and stare again. It’s about now that the voice in my head is no longer rated G. And to polish off the topic, Misaki asks: [quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]ย Is there anything you can do to scare them off?[/quote] No. Not long term. There are all kinds of things I can try, but the hawks are smart and they watch for a long time before their first strike. Ultimately it’s either get another goose as guard, or cage them.

"Why are your torturing me? Give me the treat!"
George says, “GIMME THAT TREAT!!!” So he did.

There weren’t any questions, but I’m going to follow up with George, the chocolate Lab who devoured a Slammer Bone. George went to the vet the morning after I saw him and had a high fever. They guessed at several things before finding that he was having liver failure. Turns out he probably ate some of the mushrooms that were popping up around the yard. The good news is that a few days of antibiotics and rest have made a big difference. The vet said that it probably would have killed George before that point if it was going to, so he’s a strong dog. He seems to be on the mend. So watch those fairy rings, people! The fae are not kind to mortal beings! And I’m pretty sure they prefer Corgis to Labs.

Chubbs bar dog soap
Chubbs is a natural bar soap for dogs and cats. I am currently using it on my own hair. Too bad, dogs.

Stella Rose, concerning the Chubbs soap, asks: [quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]my mom is always looking for a good soap for us so wesa don’t smell like dogs, well what kind of smell should we smell like Flea, that is my question of the week??!!ย [/quote] Stella Rose, maybe your mama is saying it wrong. We people don’t like our dogs to smell like the things dogs like to roll in. Dead things and poo. We want them to smell clean. Like clean dogs. That’s all. My dogs smell fine all day long, but let them stay outside too long and they reek. Also concerning the degreasing soap, 24 Paws of Love asks: [quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]Have you ever tried a vinegar rinse?[/quote] I’ve actually looked into it. I know that Pioneer Woman wrote a post awhile back about it, and she doesn’t live far from me, so I thought about it, from the local water point of view. I just know from experience that I’m not going to use something I have to doctor up and bottle. Not in the shower. I’m thinking next time, though, of skipping the conditioner and just using the serum. We’ll see. I know that some people use baking soda to wash and a vinegar rinse. Some day. Maybe. Based on your recommendation, maybe so. Jan K, along the same lines, asks: [quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]Does it lather up though?[/quote] Yes, it does. I don’t use a whole lot, but it lathers. I guess if I used more it would lather more, but I do things sparingly. You also mentioned hiding it so your husband won’t think you’re crazy. Unless you’re showering together, he shouldn’t. It’s a bar of soap. Speaking of all natural beauty aids, I also don’t use toothpaste. The fluoride is bad for my thyroid. Rather than buy expensive toothpaste without fluoride, I mix baking soda with a little salt and keep it in a jar next to the sink. Shake a little in my hand, dip in a wet brush, scrub away. The taste takes a little getting used to. Okay, next week, on Thursday, hold my feet to the fire. I’m going to review Jackie’s, of Pooch Smooches, new book, Rescue Me, Maybe! I finished it last night. Expect a giveaway in October. I’ll also have photos of some beautiful jewelry I won. No giveaway there. All mine! MWAHAHAHAHAHA! Until I write again … Flea

14 thoughts on “All Natural Follow Up Friday

  1. Awesome follow-up! Thanks so much for agreeing to co-host, it’s a real pleasure to have you!!

    I’m going back to the hawk, have you ever considered hitting it with a blast of pepper spray? Or a giant squirt gun full of water? I’m not sure if those would be deterrents or not. How about a big plastic goose? Would that work?

    About the toothpaste, I get how that cleans your teeth, but what does it do for say…..morning breath? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thanks again, it’s a blast as always! Have a great weekend!!
    Jodi recently posted..Follow-Up Friday โ€“ September 13, 2013My Profile

  2. I’ve never actually tried a vinegar rinse, though I’ve read quite a bit about it. Baking soda works well by itself if you have the time to super thoroughly brush it out. If you try the vinegar, I’d be curious to know how it works out!

  3. Hi there Flea – I just wandered over here from Jodi’s hop and enjoyed reading your follow-up post.

    My hubby and I have been considering chickens on and off now for a while, but one of the things I worry about is the predators. We’ve got fox and raccoon and what not here- but I never knew about using a goose as a guardian. What a great (albeit noisy) idea!

    How scary about George the Lab. Glad he’s okay. Along with predators, we’ve got mushrooms and a Lab – so I do know what THAT’s all about. LOL! Those mushroom seem to grow over night and I’m constantly hunting them down in my lawn and getting rid of them before my dog can eat any. I always wonder how the heck they grow SO FAST?!

    Anyway, nice to meet yah, and look forward to reading more of your posts.
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  4. Great Follow Up. Hope the stupid hawk is staying away! We have a hawk too, but since the only thing in our yard is Rita, and we like seeing him cruise by. It’s interesting to watch him and the crows get pissy with each other. Wish you could send your hawk our way! He could use some backup with the crows.

    Oh boy! A review!! Thank you! I’m looking forward to it! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  5. I”m so glad George is okay! I’ve worried about mushrooms too. I’m always doing poop patrol in our backyard so when I see a mushroom, I pick that up with the poop bag before the dogs can even think about eating one. Scary!
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  6. Hawk attacks? Scary! Unfortunately, I don’t think there’s anything that scares them away… I don’t think scarecrows work on hawks. All you can do is cage or have a big covered run. Closest we’ve ever been to a hawk was seeing a squirrel get plucked right off our fencetop once. Poor squirrel. Made us worry about the wiens a bit. I don’t know if a hawk would try to get them or not… I think they’re a bit too big (I hope).

    So glad to hear that George is okay!! I worry about mushrooms and second what Dawn said about grabbing them while on poop patrol.
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  7. Sorry to hear about George’s accident with the mushroom. We have no yard here so no concern about mushrooms. We do keep the dog out of the balcony, simply because she has poisoned herself tasting the plants there before. All that vomitting – – … I’m glad George is on the mend!!
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  8. Jodi! Hitting a hawk with ANYTHING implies 1) that I have decent aim, and 2) that I’ll be out there every time one comes near. Sadly, neither of those is true. ๐Ÿ™ I don’t even think a big plastic goose would work. I need a real goose. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Morning breath. The baking soda cleans my teeth and mouth as well as toothpaste. it just doesn’t leave a minty after taste and smell. I like the idea that my paste isn’t covering up anything, that it’s just doing its job and going on its way. Just like good bar soap versus body wash. I’m funny like that about a lot of things. Curmudgeonly, almost.
    Flea recently posted..All Natural Follow Up FridayMy Profile

  9. Well, as long as I hide the fact that it’s DOG soap from my hubby, as you said, he’ll never know! After almost 25 years of marriage, we don’t shower together much anymore (OK, never). LOL

    I love the all natural things you use….I remember brushing our teeth with baking soda when I was a kid….I’m not sure if we were out of toothpaste, or my Mom was just being frugal, but I know we used to do it. I buy the all natural toothpaste, but it’s expensive, and it really doesn’t taste that good anyway.
    Jan K recently posted..B & W Sunday – The LookMy Profile

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