|October 7, 2012||Filled under Mommy Joy, Pets, Reviews/Giveaways|
A few weeks ago, my husband and I took our dog, Rex, out for a walk, and before we knew it, Rex was lunging towards an animal right outside our front door. My husband immediately turned around, shoved me out of the way (lol), and ran inside saying “Skunk skunk skunk skunk!” It wasn’t until we are already inside the house that we realized that all 3 of us had gotten sprayed! Ugh!
I remember that my dog growing up had been sprayed by a skunk so my dad bathed him in tomato juice. I know that didn’t work because our dog and our house smelled like skunk for months! Thank goodness we now have the internet! I wanted to make sure we did something that worked; I found this recipe on multiple sites:
- 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap
After showering immediately with lots of soap, throwing our clothes in the wash with extra detergent, and bringing our dog out in the back, we mixed all the ingredients in a bucket and sponge bathed our dog as many times as the solution would last (we noticed a difference after the first time we washed him in it, but we thought we would keep going for good measure). We used Dawn soap and actually squirted a bunch in there so it would smell nicer (more than a teaspoon). We also left the solution on for about 5-6 minutes before rinsing it off each time with the hose. If you don’t have a large sponge, I read somewhere that you can also squirt the solution on your pet with a spray bottle and that works. It’s important to note that this solution should not be stored and should be thrown out right away as it may explode in an enclosed container. Plus, it loses it’s effectiveness as time goes on.
Luckily, showering right away got the skunk smell off my husband and I, but if that doesn’t work, apparently the hydrogen peroxide solution is safe for us to bath in (I did not feel comfortable having hydrogen peroxide all over my skin though). Putting our clothes in the laundry right away seemed to work too, but one of my Facebook friends suggested adding a 1/2 cup of baking soda to the laundry, so for good measure, we washed our clothes again with baking soda.
Since we ran into the house right away, pretty much our whole house and a strong stench of skunk. Fortunately, we had some extra Wallflowers from Bath & Body Works that we plugged in throughout the house. That worked wonders! I regret not being able to find the blog that I read this on at the time, but apparently, placing bowls of vinegar around the house also helps neutralize the smell. We were de-skunked in less that 12 hours thanks to these tips!
While writing this, I found a site dedicated to getting rid of skunk smell: GetRidOfSkunkSmell.net
I’d love to know about any other tips you may have for getting rid of skunk smell! Leave me a comment below
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|August 31, 2011||Filled under Kids & Babies, Mommy Joy, Pets|
Now that my daughter is turning 1 and I’ve reached the big 3-0, my husband and I often hear “So when are you going to have another one?”, “You should start trying now”, “You don’t want to have an only child”, etc. Although I do find myself missing having a tiny newborn when I see one, like most couples, there is a lot to consider before we plan on having another child. The biggest thing for us, other than the obvious financial issues and other things most families need to sort through, is the pregnancy and birth.
Halfway through my pregnancy, they found that I had cervical funneling, which means that my cervix was a little opened and shorter than it was supposed to be. I was put on bedrest and eventually had to have a cerclage, a surgical procedure to sew the cervix shut in order to prevent pre-term labor. We were actually very lucky because most women don’t find out about it until they have had a second trimester miscarriage. But this means that in any future pregnancies, I will most likely need to have a cerclage done each time and probably earlier in the pregnancy. I was put on modified bedrest until they removed the stitches at 36 weeks. That meant NO driving, NO leaving the house unless I could be pushed around in a wheelchair, NO lifting, and NO hanky panky!
When they removed the stitches at 36 weeks, I had to deal with some bleeding and scar tissue that had formed around my cervix from the stitches. That was pretty painful! I was happy to not be on bedrest anymore, but since I sat on my butt doing nothing for more than 3 months, and I was HUGE, I found it a lot harder to get around. We expected for me to go into labor shortly after the stitches came out, but no matter what we tried, my baby just wouldn’t come out! The picture shown is me the night before I went in to get induced. After all the worry of going into pre-term labor, my daughter was born 5 days after my due date, only after my labor was induced. I also had a difficult birth, which caused me to have a longer recovery time, but that’s a story for another time…
With all of that being said, we really have to think about how me being pregnant again would affect our daughter. I would not be able to carry her or go out to any fun kids’ events like the zoo or museum with her. I would not be able to take care of her by myself. Before we had her, my husband and I wanted to have 4 children. Now, we really have to think long and hard before deciding to have a second.
But, is she really an only child? I know some people would argue with us, but here’s a great example of the “sibling” rivalry in our house:
When M is walking along the furniture, it doesn’t matter who or what is in her way when she decides to go somewhere. She will step on poor Rex, who is 3 times her size and laugh about it. Many of my weekend mornings are spent yelling “M, leave Rexy alone!” “Rex, stop licking your sister!” I work from home in the office in our basement, and all I hear for much of my day is M rolling around in walker above me cracking up and Rex’s paws scattering on the hardwood running away from her. M loves teasing the dog! Rex makes a good big brother too though. When he sees M doing something he knows she’s not supposed to, he’ll go up to her and lick her face or hands so she stops or get in her way and softly bark at her so that she can’t get to whatever she’s trying to get into.
So, for now, we’re happy with our family of 4. When someone mentions M being an only child, I always say that she’s not an only child since she has Rex. Of course, they usually laugh because they don’t think I’m serious.
I think I should make cards with the QR code to this post so I can hand it out every time someone bugs us about having another baby, lol.
|August 17, 2011||Filled under Mommy Joy, Pets, Reviews/Giveaways|
to the lucky winner of my giveaway for a copy of the bestselling book, “Through a Dog’s Eyes”:
The winner will receive an email from me and will have 48 hours to respond. Thanks to all who entered!
I loved reading about what you love most about your pets! One of the things I love about our dog, Rex, is that when I’m up late on my laptop, he’ll nudge the laptop with his nose, rest his head in my lap, look up at me, and moan like he’s telling me to go to bed. He has his own bed in our room, so he won’t go upstairs until both my husband are up there going to bed too. Rex is such a sweet dog
I hope you keep up with My Joys for more fun giveaways!
|August 16, 2011||Filled under Mommy Joy, Pets, Reviews/Giveaways|
Don’t forget that my giveaway for the New York Times bestseller, “Through a Dog’s Eyes” by Canine Assistants’ founder Jennifer Arnold, ends tomorrow, August 17th, at 9 pm CST!
|August 11, 2011||Filled under Mommy Joy, Pets, Reviews/Giveaways|
Through a Dog’s Eyes is a New York Times Bestseller written by Jennifer Arnold, who is the founder of Canine Assistants, a non-profit organization which trains and provides service dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities or other special needs. The book has also been turned into a PBS documentary narrated by Neil Patrick Harris.
Through a Dog’s Eyes is a powerful book filled with stories of dogs from Jennifer’s life and Canine Assistants, along with her views of why dogs act the way they do, where dogs came from, and the best way to train dogs. She overcame many huge struggles in her life with the help of her dogs, and helped so many others get through their life’s struggles as well. Although, I’m not sure that I necessarily agree with all of her views, I can’t help but admire all of the good that her and Canine Assistants has done. The stories she shares of what good dogs can do and how they react to certain situations are truly AMAZING. I even got teary-eyed at some of the stories. Reading the book really made me appreciate and love my dog, Rex, even more and I couldn’t help but give him hugs after each chapter I read. If you’re a dog-lover, I think you’ll really enjoy this book as I did. If you’re not quite a dog-lover, I think this book might make you one
I am happy to give 1 lucky My Joy My World reader a copy of the new paperback version of Through a Dog’s Eyes provided by a representative of the book! Entries will be accepted through Wednesday, August 17th, at 9:00 pm CST.
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**Open to US residents age 18+. Each comment will count as its own entry into the giveaway. The more entries you complete, the better chance you have of winning! Duplicate entries will be deleted. 1 winner will be randomly selected from all entries received by Wednesday, August 17th, at 9:00 pm CST. A representative of Through a Dog’s Eyes provided me with a copy of the book to review, as well as the prize for the giveaway. All of the opinions expressed are my own and true.
|July 3, 2011||Filled under Deals/Discounts, Kids & Babies, Mommy Joy, Pets, Savings Joy|
Orange Onions is a great place to shop online at discounted prices, and TODAY, July 3rd, ONLY, they have a really cute deal of the day!
Do you remember the children’s song, “There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly”? Well, Orange Onions is offering their Food Chain Friends Alpha Series Set (reg. $69.99) for just $19.99! These award winning plush nesting dolls fit one inside the mouth of another just like the song! They also serve as a fun science lesson as well as cute and cuddly toys. Make sure to check out the other sets that are available too! But, hurry, you’ll only be able to save $50 on these sets TODAY ONLY!
|May 24, 2011||Filled under Mommy Joy, Pay It Forward, Pets|
One of my goals of my site is to try to pay it forward to those less fortunate. So I’d like to introduce you to our dog, Rex. My husband and I adopted him shortly after we got married from the Wisconsin Humane Society back when we lived in Milwaukee. At the time, our choice to adopt a dog rather than buy a puppy from a breeder or private owner was more due to cost than anything, but after knowing Rex’s story and having him part of our lives, we know that it was definitely the right thing to do.
Rex is a German Shepherd mix and was 10 months old when we adopted him. We’re not too sure what breeds he is mixed with and they really didn’t know much about him since he was a stray found in Kentucky. All they could tell us was that he was extremely playful. They were right, and we fell in love with him as soon as he ran into the room, jumped onto my husband’s lap, and started licking his face
We realize that we have been very lucky with Rex, especially that once we brought him home, we figured out that he was already housebroken and great with kids. He was also already neutered and micro-chipped, which they did at the Humane Society. Rex is proof that there are so many great pets out there in need of loving homes. We can’t imagine life without him!
So if you’re thinking of adding a furry friend to your family, I urge you to greatly consider adoption. Look into your local humane societies, shelters, and rescue groups. A great place to start online is Petfinder, which lets you search by type of pet and location.
If you have a nice story you’d like to share about your pet, I would love to read about it! Just leave a comment below with your story (if you’re on the homepage, click on the title of this post to leave a comment)