8/25/15

WW- What you Wookin At?

We are finding that our new foster piggie, Cookie has some sass in her. Molly Mew kept staring at her the other day and Cookie decided she had enough staring. She charged toward Molly Mew. That stopped Molly Mew from staring at her again.  
I think that she knows that I will protect her. I am the babysitter!

8/16/15

#HappyHealthyOdorFree Home Thanks To Fresh Wave

* I, Carma Poodale, was asked to give an honest review of the New Fresh Wave odor reducer products. I only share my opinions of products that I use in my own home. *

My home consists of 3 senior dogs, 2 guinea pigs, 1 cat, a aquarium, a teenager and 2 adults. There are times that are house doesn't quite smell "fresh". When it rains, it can smell like wet dog and sometimes our kitty, Molly Mew can have a big stinky. No matter how hard a person tries, sometimes a multi-pet household can wreck havoc on a nose.

You can spray a air fresheners but most of them will just cover the odor and not kill the source. I remember one time ma sprayed a deodorizer to take care of the wet dog smell and when dad came home he said the house smelled like vanilla and wet dog. Truth be known, it did.

There are many odor reducing products that are actually unsafe to use around pets, especially birds. Many pets have reactions to odor reducers. I know people try their best to keep their homes clean and smelling fresh. When you have pets, litter boxes, teenagers, and the smell of last nights dinner lingering, sometimes your home needs some extra help.

Are there any safe ways to help to keep the smells down??     YES!!! 

Introducing Fresh Wave®. Fresh Wave® isn't a odor cover up , its a odor destroyer that uses natural ingredients to rid your house of the stinky smells. It's a non toxic odor remover that is safe to use around children and animals. Fresh Wave® contains no harsh chemicals or fake smells. Diaper pails, kitty litter boxes or even basements can't compete with Fresh Wave®, even my vet's office uses Fresh Wave® commercial product. 

Fresh Wave Odor Remover products
What is in Fresh Wave® that helps the product work??  Plant oils and water
What odors will Fresh Wave® get rid of?? Any! 
How long does it take to work? Fresh Wave® starts working as soon as you open the product!  
logo for Fresh Wave
We received the odor remover packs, odor remover gel and the odor remover spray to try out. 

Odor Remover Packs - perfect to put in your car to keep it fresh or drop it in the diaper pail. Ma put one under one of our sinks. You could put one in your luggage that you are storing to keep it smelling fresh. They will keep the areas odor free for up to 60 days

Odor Removing Spray- perfect for a quick blast of fresh air. Need to rid the air of the burnt popcorn or fish you cooked tonight?? A couple sprays is all it will take. A few sprays on our do beds made them smell nice and clean. Any place you need a quick solution to remove a bad odor, this spray is for you. We will spray one squirt to our return air filter and the scent will travel through the house. 

Odor Removing Gel- unscrew the cap, remove the cover and place near your continuous odors such as a kitty box, basement or kitchen. If you smoke in your home this gel will help take the smoke smell away. The container last 30-60 days depending on the size of the room.  

Where is Fresh Wave® available ? Fresh Wave® will be available on August 16th at your local Target. 

Target and Fresh Wave Logo

Learn more about Fresh Wave on their site

I hope you have a beautiful, odor free day! 

8/11/15

Fostering Cookie the Guinea Pig

Cookie in a guinea pig house.
This is Cookie. Cookie is our little foster guinea pig. She was turned into our vets office when someone said that they found her. She was infested with fleas and mites. The vet's office had to shave all of her fur off in order to treat the mites.
Guinea Pig shaved
Cookie had to have daily baths due to the conditions of her skin. She had a large gash on the her side where she had scratched herself so much.

Our vet was using coconut oil on her everyday to take care of her dry skin. She was scared until you picked her up and then she was as calm as could be. Once the vet had all the mites and fleas cured, it was time to find her somewhere to go. Ma had volunteered to take her in and continue with the coconut oil until her skin healed.

While we have had Cookie, we have socialized her, fed her high quality food and improved her health. She has been introduced to dogs, cats and another guy pig. Cinnamon and Cookie have to live in separate cages. Cinnamon is a male aka Big ole Boar but we call him a Big ole Buck (BOB for short) Ma calls him Casanova when he starts his sweet talk to get her attention.

Both piggies enjoy going out in the evening to nibble on some grass, run around and stretch their legs, and get fresh air. Cinnamon will wheek up a storm after dinner because he knows it is his outdoor time. Cinnamon has a area in the yard that he loves to play in. Cookie has a fenced area that she likes to lounge in. They both enjoy the 30-45 minutes they get outside.
2 guinea pigs talking to each other
 The first piggy we ever had was one named Miss Piggy. She was around 4 1/2 yrs old and was the pet of a child who lost interest in her a year before. She grew up in a cage that was large enough for a house a food bowl and a water bottle. Many would say it was a traveling cage. Miss Piggy never got any exercise. She was content to lay in your lap, she would just stay where ever you set her down. She didn't walk very well. Over a few months she learned how to walk and was quite a talker. She also loved to wear hats.
Guinea pig wearing a hat
When someone turned Cinnamon into the Humane Society, ma called them and told them that she couldn't take on another guinea pig and asked them to find another foster. There was a pause on the other end of the phone which ma thought was strange. Come to find out, dad had already went to the humane society and got the little guinea pig and it was at our house. Ma was baby sitting her friends pets for a few days and wasn't home. Later that night dad called her and confessed what he did.

Ma agreed to keep the little piggy as a foster until a home could be found. Dad said he didn't think that would happen because Miss Piggy was in love with him. She was babying him, cleaning him, talking to him and they were cuddling together. So that meant that they were now foster failures to 2 guinea pigs! Ma couldn't separate Miss piggy from her baby. They were finally separated when Cinnamon hit maturity and didn't look at Miss Piggy as a mommy anymore.

Miss Piggy passed away after a couple of years. She was an estimated 6-7 yrs old. Cinnamon was lonely and sad that she was gone but with my help and the pawents help, we gave him extra attention and he wasn't alone for very long. We placed him in the room that everyone hung out in so he always seen us. He sure is a happy little pig.

Whenever I read guinea pig forums, blogs, websites it always says they are social animals and need 2 to be happy. I have to say that I don't really agree with this. They want someone who will talk with them, play with them and keep them entertained. Cinnamon loves to cuddle with me and watch tv as much as he loves to cuddle with ma and watch guinea pig videos on Youtube. He loves his outdoor time and he loves Molly Mew and Molly Mew loves him.

Back to Cookie now..... Cookie is a foster piggy. The other day ma posted her on Facebook and said she was available for her own home. Someone asked Ma why she just didn't keep her since it was obvious that she was happy here. Reason is, if ma keeps every foster that comes in the house, she will have to stop fostering. Then what happens if there is a guinea pig that needs an emergency foster and we have no room?

We would love to keep Cookie but since we have a male guinea pig, we don't need any oopsies and end up with more guinea pigs. Ma says she has read too many stories of piggies getting neutered and died shortly after. We are not ready to take this chance.

Fostering isn't easy when you know you have to let go. But knowing that you gave them the best chance and helped them see that the world is a not as scary as they thought it is, makes it easier.
Right now we are currently looking for a home for Cookie. She is approximately 5 months old. She loves to give kisses. She only eats hay,pellets and grass. We can't get her to eat any veggies like lettuce or carrots.
I will keep you up to date on her progress. Hopefully soon we will have a update. Cinnamon will still be a happy little boy because he has Molly Mew, Ma and me to continue to be his pals.

Have you ever fostered??