Flea and Tick Season!

Spring: Flea and Tick Season

Spring has sprung! As any seasoned pet owner knows, that means flea and tick season is upon us.

If you’ve ever had an outbreak of fleas at your house, you know how much easier it is to prevent them than it is to get rid of them! It can be a seemingly endless process of bathing, laundry, medicating, vacuuming. You then repeat the entire process over and over, wondering if they will EVER just DIE!!

It might seem easiest to be to just give up and try to peacefully co-exist with the fleas. You can’t just ignore them so they’ll go away. You must be persistent to win this particular battle. Fleas can cause a variety of problems. Some of these are hair loss, excessive scratching, hot spots, scabs, tapeworms and anemia (fleas feed on your pet’s blood). Ticks offer the aforementioned problems, and the threat of some additional bonuses. Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Babesia are very real threats.

If you are caught unprepared and find yourself in the throes of a Flea and/or Tick battle, there is still hope. Be sure to contact your vet and arm yourself with the necessary weapons. In addition, you will need to be sure to treat your home, as well as any areas outside that your pet frequents. Flea and tick season does not have to be miserable!

Your pets depend on you to protect them!

 

The Original Starfish Story

Original Starfish

adapted from The Star Thrower
by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977)

Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”

“I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, “It made a difference for that one.”

Make a Difference … if for JUST ONE!!