Pet Club Newsletter Sept 2013
Hi Pet Folks!
Spring is here; the days are getting longer and more pleasant – just right for walking the dogs. Do enjoy this most enlivening of seasons!
RECIPE – PEANUT BUTTER DOG BISCUITS: 2 cups whole wheat flour, 1 cup rolled oats, 1/3 cup peanut butter, chunky or smooth, 1+1/4 cups hot water, Additional flour for rolling
Preheat oven to 180°C or 350° F. Mix dry ingredients together. Mix in the peanut butter and hot water. Add more flour if the dough is too sticky. Knead the dough well. Roll out the dough into 4mm thickness and cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Bake on a lightly greased baking sheet for 40 minutes. Turn off the oven and let them cool overnight. This should make them hard. Store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
CANCER RESEARCH ADVANCES
Dogs can not only detect cancer cells, but can now tell one type of cancer from another, eg lung cancer or skin cancer. This could do away with some of the unpleasant procedures that folk have to go through to find out if they have cancer.
HOME-MADE FLEA REMEDIES
If your dog has fleas, some fleas & their eggs may land on the floor. Try sprinkling baking soda & salt mixture over the floor. This is said to dehydrate the fleas and is non-toxic. It can be vacuumed up easily. You can also make a mixture of water & lemon juice to spray on the pets every day. This is unlikely to kill fleas, but may repel them. Bathing the dogs, and combing with a flea comb will also help.
Pets seldom live as long as their owners, so the day will come when the pet dies. Many people bury their pets in their garden, in a quiet spot. You can mark the grave with stones, a brick border, or a picket fence. For a headstone, you can use a piece of wood and carve or burn the pet’s name on it. Or use a waterproof pen or paint. You can design your own grave marker and ask a sign maker to make a weatherproof sign. The sign can be mounted on metal prongs that are easy to stick in the ground. Here are some ideas of markers: http://www.petmemorials.co.za/. You can buy a ready-made sign online from many websites, but always be careful on the internet. It’s always a case of, “Buyer beware!” My personal belief is that pets return to God, their creator, when they die. When a wild dog dies, the remains are quickly dealt with by nature. Animals are not as sentimental as humans. But it can help to give us closure if we make a grave. If your pet has been cremated, you can bury the pet’s possessions in a box. What charity or pet website would YOU like to tell folk about?
FOOTPRINTS – a DOG MOVIE
Footprints is based on the true story of a man who was abandoned as a child. Once he becomes an adult, he adopts an “unadoptable,” abused dog. The dog proves difficult to train, but once she grows to trust her master, they impact lives around them in ways only God could have imagined. Many of us sometimes feel useless, but God can use us to be a blessing to others. Watch how this man feels called to use his dog to serve God. At first he was afraid of public speaking, but, like Jeremiah in the Bible, God said to him, “Don’t be afraid of their faces, for I am with you.” Jeremiah 1, 4-10. Get the DVD!
Till next time
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