For all of my Asheville readers out there who are considering getting chickens, are harboring “illegal” chickens, or have a neighbor with chickens that you love (and who supplies you with eggs that you want to keep coming), come down to City Council tomorrow, April 28th, for a meeting to revise current animal control ordinances.
Trouble comes in many different guises, I’m learning. Ever had one of those weeks where everything really seems to just go wrong? Well, this one has been a doosey. Our lawnmower, chainsaw, weed eater, and oven all decided to die. Worst of all, though, was what happened to our German Shepard, Fly, pictured above with her constant compatriot in nefarious deeds, Dexter (aka “Pigasus” and “Pigasorous”-newly acquired nicknames).
We live on 12 acres, tucked into a forested cove, with 350 acres of protected nature preserve on one side, and 15 vacant acres of forest on the other side. One would think such a setting would be a safe place for a dog to run free. Not so, folks, not so. To make a very long, very nerve-wrecking story short, Fly stepped on something that ripped open her right front paw and she almost bled to death. She severed a major artery and a vein. Fortunately we caught it in time. A whole host of other insane and far-too-grotesque-for-this-blog things occurred on the operating table that I won’t mention here. Lesson learned-dogs in the country are just as at risk of injury or death as dogs in the city are.
We go back to the vet (BEST VET IN THE WORLD-HEATHER SINCLAIR!!!!) tonight for follow up X-rays and blood work. Fly has to take an antibiotic, an anti-inflammatory, and Vitamin K for awhile, but as I’m giving them to her in peanut butter (Dexter gets his own spoonful), she doesn’t seem to mind. Country folks, take my painfully learned advice and don’t let your dogs run free. Leash them or erect invisible fencing to keep them safe from bear traps, fox traps, hunters, eating poisoned animals, cars, and old debris like beer bottles that they can step on.
If you’re like most people, you’ve got stuff-lots of it. Big stuff, small stuff, pretty stuff, smelly stuff. Ever wonder where your stuff came from, beyond where you purchased it, that is? Or how it was actually made, distributed, consumed, and disposed of? Well, I did, and do, and think about such things pretty often. In this incredible video, hosted by Annie Leonard, we learn “The Story of Stuff.” Make yourself a cup of tea, sit back in your chair, and be informed about our stuff, its consequences, and our future.
*Image from storyofstuff blog.
If you live in an urban area, you no doubt are aware of at least one abandoned lot, 4-way intersection, or overgrown slope that could use a bit of sprucing up. The cheap, easy, and covert solution? Seed bombs. With a minimum expenditure of effort on your part, you can literally plant the seeds to change the landscape of your stomping grounds.
In today’s penny-pinching times, ever find yourself wondering if there are some fruits that it might be o-kay to NOT buy organic? Well, look no further. The Environmental Working Group has compiled a list of the 12 fruits that are known to contain the highest levels of pesticides. These are the ones you want to purchase organically as often as you are able to. Otherwise, if it’s not on the list, feel safe opting for the conventional counterpart.