Probably the worst thing about my dizzy migraines, or fibromyalgia, or whatever the next diagnosis may be, is the brain fog. I have the memory of a goldfish most of the time and this accounts for loss of physical things as well as mental things. I haven’t quite managed to put my keys in the fridge yet but it must only be a matter of time!
I’m more likely to lose them once I get to work though. At home they’re usually somewhere in the vicinity of the front door so the search area isn’t too wide, but, at work, which is at my parents home, they could pretty much be anywhere…in the office, in the kitchen, with Stella’s bag, with my bag, in the bathroom, in the garden, in a pocket, on a hook…you get the idea. Add to this that hunting high and low will make me too dizzy to drive once I find them and it’s what you might call a palaver!
Then one day a few weeks ago I was asked if I’d like to try the PagerTag by BeetsBlu. Sounded like a brilliant idea so I said yes please.
When it arrived and I saw the picture of a dog on the box I was half-tempted to attach it to Stella’s collar but she isn’t often far from my side so I put it to its intended use (to me).
I have to say that it doesn’t come with the most comprehensive of instructions but that may be my brain fog as it works just fine! I of course also had to alter the standard alarm sound and now have the rooster! You can even put a photo in of what the PagerTag is attached to in case you’re as forgetful as me!
As I say in my Amazon review it’s only really the battery draining that lets the app down, but I have got the oldest supported iphone model so you whippersnappers with up-to-date Apple and Android devices probably won’t find that.
Another fun feature to mention is that the tag can be used as a remote control for your phone to operate the music or the camera. Clever stuff.
Beets BLU provided me with a PagerTag for the purpose of an honest review. Amazon affiliate link included.
Julia gave us just a brief challenge this week with April and as it’s National Poetry writing month I took the opportunity to make some rhymes!
Fourth month of the year,
Some sunny days of cheer;
Though April starts with fools,
Let’s enjoy nature’s jewels.
Thirty days of Spring at home,
Down under, thirty days Autumn;
Lawnmowers put to the test,
Thermal undies laid to rest.
A sprinkling of April showers,
Bring water to Spring flowers;
HM The Queen has a birthday,
Soon followed by St George’s Day.
Another April is a girl,
We may see her dance and whirl;
The dawn chorus singing,
Earlier daylight bringing.
Not too hot, not too cold,
Colours start to feel more bold;
Bright diamonds, white daisies,
Sing Aphrodite’s praises.
Health is a subject close to my heart especially as far as Stella in concerned. In fact, a lot of our nutrient and supplement requirements are quite similar!
Our favourite pet shop is on the Rip-Off Britain TV show today discussing food labelling for pets but would you know what to look out for?
Essential Nutrients for Your Dog’s Diet
All dog owners want to keep their precious pets healthy and well-fed. Making sure your dog gets the right amount to eat is one thing, but a healthy diet is more complicated than that. To really keep your dog in peak condition, you need to make sure he or she gets enough of the right nutrients.
A lot of dog food brands have tried to capitalise on this, emphasising their nutritional content and claiming that only their products will keep your dog healthy, but many of these claims are extremely questionable.
If you really want to make certain that your dog receives a healthy, balanced, nutritious diet you should make sure they receive enough of the following:
Vitamin A (Beta-Carotene)
Vitamin A is an essential part of your dog’s diet. Good sources of vitamin A that are safe for canine consumption include green vegetables, carrots and healthy oils such as flax oil and coconut oil. Symptoms that can help you identify a deficiency of vitamin A include poor night vision, a weak immune system and dry skin.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
Riboflavin or vitamin B2 is vital for canine health, and in extreme cases a lack of this vitamin can cause heart failure. More commonly, it can lead to eye problems, fainting and flakiness of the skin. Good sources of riboflavin for your dog include vegetables, especially leafy greens, and wholegrains.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
Vitamin B3 can most readily be gained through vegetables and grains. Niacin deficiency can also prove fatal in very serious cases. Symptoms include a black/brown tongue and swollen lips or gums, diarrhoea with blood, and in some cases seizures. However, it is also possible to have too much niacin which can cause skin, stomach or liver problems so take care and consult your vet if in doubt.
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
Insufficient amounts of vitamin B6 can cause serious problems for your dog, including kidney problems and epilepsy. It can be obtained through oats, peanut butter, bananas and sweet potatoes among other sources. However, too much pyridoxine can also be harmful so take care.
Healthy oils as well as peanut and almond butters are probably the most canine-friendly sources of vitamin E. Avoid avocadoes, which are fairly well-known as a source of vitamin E but can be harmful to many dogs. A wide range of problems can indicate vitamin E deficiency, including issues with your dog’s eyes, liver, muscles, heart and nervous system.
Vitamin K is associated with blood clotting, so serious deficiency can make your pet vulnerable to bleeding. However, it is easily-obtained through leafy green vegetables such as kale or spinach. If you are worried about deficiency, mix these types of food into your dog’s meals.
Omega-3 and Omega-6
Vitamins aren’t the only essential nutrients that your dog needs. Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids help to promote healthy joints, organs and muscle. They are good for digestive health and for the heart. Your dog needs more omega-6 than omega-3. Healthy oils such as coconut and flax or ground flaxseed sprinkled into their food can help ensure dogs get a good supply of the omegas.
(Metacam is another brand of Meloxicam, the arthritis medicine Stella takes, it’s been a Godsend for her in her senior years)
Yes it’s been 4 years since my bleary-eyed 5am very first blog post introducing Stella. Woof Wednesday is probably the only thing that’s continued right from the very start. We may miss the odd one due to one of our ill health issues but the core of this blog is still ‘one girl and her dog.’
So what’s changed over the last 4 years?
Last year saw the biggest change when we moved from Blogger to WordPress which was very stressful at first but I’m pleased I didn’t leave the move any longer. It’s all still very much a learning process but that’s life, if you’re not learning something you’re not really moving forward!
I’ve gained confidence with my creative writing with support from the Prose 4 Thought linky at Verily Victoria Vocalises and The Prompt at Mum Turned Mom, another source of inspiration can be found with the 100 Word Challenge at Julia’s Place.
I’m still loving making pictures and have been enjoying the community feel of My Sunday Photo with One Dad 3 Girls and whether it be via Instagram or here I love taking part in the photo projects from Podcast when I have the time. Also on Instagram are the #bringbackpaper challenges from The Reading Residence…a definite favourite being a stationery addict!
The only area I feel I’m neglectful in is the various social media channels…there’s Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, a Facebook page, and, a G+ page but trying to keep up with them all while doing a proper job, and a voluntary job, and doctors appointments and vet visits and actually having a life so there’s something to write about is proving more difficult than it looks.
I really need to find a good way of scheduling different content for each format. Any ideas would be appreciated!
I haven’t travelled far this week but I feel like I’ve travelled a lot!
On Sunday I went to visit my brand new nephew for the first time. He was a very poorly little boy but is now doing really well and will hopefully be home soon. A few trips to the hospital to visit with his mummy and daddy too.
The usual backwards and forwards journeys to work and to town for banking and the like. A trip into town to collect a parcel as UPS apparently only do one attempt at delivery!
Yesterday was jam-packed, but more of that on Woof Wednesday. My afternoon ended with another visit with my gorgeous nephew though so it was worth being knackered!
I’ll leave you with an acrostic poem and wish you a lovely weekend with only stress-free journeys
To and fro; there and back;
Roaring along, on a railway track.
Always ready for adventure;
Voyage, not ‘return to sender’.
Every day, a new journey;
Love the world and all there is to see!