Social distancing is the phrase that describes what we all have been asked to do during a pandemic and it means staying 6 feet or approximately 2 meters away from anyone that doesn’t live in your household. Handshakes and hugs are taboo until the pandemic dies down which could take 12-18 months (or when a vaccine is available). It can also come back seasonally. These are measures that we need to become comfortable doing. Other viruses will develop so this is a practical way to live even after the vaccine for the current virus is available. For many of us that live in urban areas without a backyard, we have few choices for potty breaks with our dogs other than walks outside. Plus, safe outdoor time is good for our mental and physical health. We CAN walk them safely while still being respectful, courteous, and safe if we take a few precautions and take a few key elements into consideration
Choosing the right materials for flooring and furniture really help. Vacuuming and Silicone tools are also key. Here are all the tips to keep your home and car clean around pets and prevent costly household repairs
***Edited March 20 to add CDC guidelines.
Something that many pet owners have wondered this week is, “Can my dog get coronavirus? Can they transmit it to me? Can they get it from me? What are the symptoms? What do I do to keep them healthy if I get it? We love our pets and would do anything to keep them healthy and safe. Much is still not known for certain about this virus. Here are the basics that we know so far.
This post was not written to alarm anyone. I hope this information is helpful and will help calm some of the fear around this unprecedented event. Stay safe and healthy. . I will update this post as more information becomes available.
I am hard on vacuums. I seem to break them in about a year or two. When I was a kid, we had the same Hoover vacuum my whole childhood. I want a vacuum cleaner like that! I want to spend my money on something more fun than a new vacuum cleaner every couple of years. So, I bit the bullet and bought a Dyson. They are not cheap though. After I recovered from the sticker shock, I settled on a Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, Fuchsia 227591-01. I liked the lower price that I found on Ebay and the fact that it was cordless. I bought a refurbished one that was an authorized dealer. It has a nice compact head that fits easily under beds and tables. With two dogs and a bird in my home, I need something that can get everywhere.
Things that I liked:
Now for the not so good:
And, now that I look at the photo I just used, I think I need to use this vacuum and set my computer down for a bit....
I have had this Bissell Spot Bot Pet cleaner for about 6 months. These are vey handy to have around pets that have accidents. And, If you have pets, there will be accidents. The best part is you don't have to get down on the floor and scrub or pull out a big clunky full size carpet cleaner.
Things I like about it:
Things I don’t like about it:
I have only had carpet accidents. I haven't had any spills or messes on upholstery to test it out on fabric. I am happy to have it. It is very handy for a quick small cleanup jobs. I like the set it and let it do the work aspect. I can’t use it late at night and I will have to run my big cleaner over it to remove the tell tale circles. But, it gets the job done with minimal fuss. So, it’s a “yes” on this product from me. If you are interested in purchasing this for your home here is a link to my Resources and Favorite Gear Page where you will find Amazon links to this and other favorite products that I use. . Prices vary over time.
I have seen a lot of lost dogs and cats posted as found on Next Door and Facebook lately. While most people are generally concerned about the safety of the dog and getting it reunited with its owner, I have seen quite a few people decide for themselves how to handle the situation and do some things that will make it impossible for the pet to ever be reunited with their lost dog or cat.
Here are my thoughts and recommendations regarding the subject. My goal is to keep everyone including the pet as safe and healthy as possible and to follow local laws. A loose dog is in a great deal of danger. Where I live the greatest danger will be cars, natural predators, and bad people looking for bait dogs to use in illegal dog fighting. Cars are by far the most imminent danger in Los Angeles where I live.