Dog Heart Health & Dog Food

Our sweet, abundantly adored apple head chihuahua Bentley that we adopted from the Humane Society in 2018 now has heart disease. He was 8 when we rescued him and so he’s definitely a senior dog now. Initially his age began to show as he started limping, and busters hemp oil did the trick. The only time he limps now, is if someone forgets to give him the oil.

A few years pass and he began to have seizures, every two weeks, thankfully, they have medicine for that! So he started on an anti-seizure med and it’s worked great, no episodes since.

Bentley with his buddy, Buddy

Just before Christmas 2021 I noticed Bentley’s breathing was labored, it seemed shallow and short. I asked Mitch and Nettie to let me know if they notice something different. The next day my grand-niece, giving Bentley his usual overload of kisses and love stated that his breathing seemed weird.

After a visit to the vet, he stated that Bentley has a heart murmur, and heart disease. He said it’s quite common in his breed of dog and put him on a med to slow to progression. A week later his breathing hasn’t gotten better and I called to update to doc and he prescribed lasix (furosemide- treats fluid build up on heart) and talked to me about what kind of food Bentley eats. Specifically if his food is grain free, which it is. To my surprise and to everyone’s, they are finding that dog foods that are grain free are starting to show some correlation with heart issues. From what I was told, they are currently studying and learning about this. Please take this information with a “grain” ( no pun intended, but how fun is that!) of salt and talk to your dogs veterinarian, and research this subject.

Life is always good with the love of dogs

So, it’s day 2 of lasix, Bentleys breathing is much better and over the next week we will be switching his dog food and reducing his med of lasix. He was eating solid gold weight control grain free and I decided to switch him to science diet perfect weight small and mini adult. I know everyone has an opinion about what type of dog food is best, and every time I feel like I found the best one, I hear of issues. So… we’ll see. Let’s hope it all works well for him.

Love love love

Signing off for now, I’m on my way to give Bentley his 7 pm heart pill, get him to take a nap so I can count his breaths and report back to vet tomorrow. don’t forget to kiss your critters… and your humans.

To All my Family and Friends

If you were to die today, have I told you lately that I love you? I do! I love you, each and everyone of you! That is why I am writing this today. If you were to die in a horrible accident or from cancer, I would be broken hearted and miss you like crazy! But I would accept it as God’s will and that it was your time…if you were to die of Covid 19 (SARS-CoV-2) and didn’t get the vaccine, I would have to accept that it was YOUR will. It would be your choice to leave this earth sooner than maybe you were meant to, because God has sent us a life preserver, through scientists, to fight this virus. I would be sad, and mad, and then I would regret not saying anything while you were still alive and healthy. So I am here to say….. I LOVE YOU, I pray, that if you are against getting vaccinated, God will change your heart and mind. Ease your fears, and give you discernment.

If I thought for a second the vaccine was the mark of the beast, I would’ve been the first one prepared to fight! To the death! I would never accept such a thing. When God spoke to Moses before Passover did He give him little clues hidden in rocks or strange bird formations in the sky? No, He told him plain and simple, to save your people they must do specific things with the blood of a lamb and then to eat that lamb. So in print, black and white, without secret codes He says in the Bible KJV

Revelations 13:16 “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:”

13:17 “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”

Are you still going shopping without having to scan your right hand or use your forehead to pay for items at Walmart? How about Getting gas? Fast food? Yes? Then Please, for the love of God, get vaccinated! God knows his children, He is not going to let us get tricked into something that is detrimental to our souls.. He will make sure we KNOW we are making the choice to take the mark..if that’s not enough, an angel will come from heaven and give us a warning! The Vaccine is NOT the mark of the beast.

If you believe it’s the government trying to control you… please reference

1 John 4:4 “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world”

With that being said, as with any choice, there are consequences. If you choose not to take preventative measures- so in this case, getting the vaccine…please know, if you lose your job because you choose not to get vaccinated and have no money, I will not help you. If you lose your home and have no where to stay, you cannot stay here. If you get sick from Covid and need someone to care for you, I will not be that person. If you need sympathy and understanding you will not find it with me. I will always love you and pray for your recovery, but I will NOT stand idly by, remaining silent, waiting to see you self destruct because of theories, while ignoring the facts. Your resistance to accept the science and the help that is available puts me in a situation where I must take a stand and hold firm in my values, just as you have. If you do die from Covid because you choose not to get vaccinated, I will morn the loss of you harder than any other loss, because it would be clearly avoidable. I will celebrate your wonderfully unique and amazing self, ponder what else you would’ve accomplished, think about how many more lives you could’ve touched and I will always regret that I couldn’t change your mind about something that should’ve NEVER been an issue in the first place.

It’s as if you are driving the wrong direction on a one way street, saying, “if it’s God’s will, I will survive” and maybe you will, but what about all the people driving in the right direction? Will they survive or will you have taken someone else’s life? A child who can’t get vaccinated? Those with compromised immune systems? It seems so logical, there’s a virus, there’s a vaccine. The FDA approved one. If you put your trust in people who are creating fear and chaos, what will grow within you? Fear and chaos.

Isaiah 41:10 EVS

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”

This is my final plea, that God will give you peace in your heart and you decide to go get vaccinated. I love you all!

Sun Porch Drop Cloth Canopy

You remember on Friends when Ross said he made up that joke and then chandler said that was his joke? Well I tell you what, this ain’t no joke but darn it, this is my creation and I’m callin dibs, copywriting, patenting (not really) my idea to share with the world… my only request is that you think of me if you do it.. you can call it Shawna’s shade maker, or even that gal with the website that loves her family and her pets, or maybe even just send me some mental hug of appreciation. Alright so what am I going on about, you ask. Well, I’ve finally figured out a way to take our newly made sun porch that was getting too hot and turn it into a little oasis. First I thought of umbrellas but for me that would’ve been too many random colors, then I tried a shower curtain and that just didn’t really feel like what I was looking for..

Only picture with a portion of the shower curtain..

I looked around and saw our drop cloth curtains I’d put together from a picture I saw online and started thinking 🤔.

The curtains are rings with clips from Amazon, drop clothes and a rod from Home Depot, yet I don’t seem to have any pictures of that either and to make my new project I undid that project because it needed a bit revamping anyway and shade was of the utmost importance during these sunny days.

My brain pondered… I need something round, strong, metal.. should I use a tire rim? Do we have a spare? No.. what do I have? I have a metal yard art globe that I got last year and it’s actually just two half’s. That would work perfect!

I got clear zip ties to attach the rings to the metal, then attached the drop cloths to the clips.

Bentley was the quality inspector

I attached the four drop clothes to the clips and then asked my sweetheart to secure it to the ceiling in the center area of the patio where we sit.

First we had to see how it’d look at as a hat

Mitch used hooks to secure it to the wood of the ceiling area and then I took each of the drop cloth panels pulled out as far as it would go and used a staple gun to secure the ends to ceiling.

Definitely need more

I counted out how many more I needed and went shopping the next day ( used a total of 9- 6×9 medium duty drop clothes)

Got at Home Depot, less than 10$ each if you buy in bulk.
Closeup of center

With many more zip ties, the help of Elijah and the drive to have some shade we got it put together.

A few little areas to fill in still but it really came together.
I cut up one more drop cloth and used scraps from the shorter side and finished it up

I then decided to order some golden toned solar string lights to drape under the entire canopy to make it really spectacular at night. I’ll probably hang crystals in the center or… who knows, maybe even a bigger solar light.

Already ordered more lights and will probably add even more just to make it AMAZING!

List of Items-

Clips from Amazon-

Drop clothes from Home Depot-

Zip ties-

Staple gun-

Solar string lights Amazon-

If you decide to use this idea, or parts of the idea, I’d love to hear all about it.

Too Much To Do

How many, is too many, when it comes to irons in the fire.. I have all these dreams, things I’ve started but fail to be consistent at. Just like this Website, I decided that I would write about our travels over to the coast in more detail here on this platform, although I posted it on YouTube and as you can tell that never happened. sooo..I’m linking the video down below. What to do, what to do. Should I pick my top 2 and just do those? No, cuz then that just makes me sad thinking of letting go of those dreams. What if I were to designate a day for each item. Podcast one day, eBay another, YouTube another. Yeah, no that’s not gonna happen. The funny thing is I don’t think it bothers anyone else if I don’t do it. It’s like self inflicted expectations that I keep letting myself down.hmmm.
I know I’m not the only person with this dilemma. Nettie always quotes the Bible, Galatians 6:2 Bear Ye One Another’s Burdens.. so here I am bearing. maybe by just writing you all a little bit about where I’m at, it’ll take this pressure I feel off my plate for a while… I hope. Just thinking out loud, what if I were to stop trying to fit the mold I’ve created in my mind, that mind of mine always pigeon holes me more than anyone else I’ve ever encountered. I’ve gotten better about it over the years, not letting the voice stop me because I’m a girl, or I’m not good at grammar or not “whatever” enough. I don’t have to fit into a category…. because for me, I’m one of kind! and so are you!!!.. let’s break these mental molds and just go and be! in all ways, in every part of the day let that; YOU LIGHT shine through.. oh wow do I feel better. hope you all do too! If you have something you’d like to get off your chest I encourage you to tell me down in the comment section and we can carry our burdens together. so until next time..
keep on carrying my peeps, maybe if we carry em together they wont feel so heavy.