Saturday, April 20, 2019

Happy Passover and Happy Easter!


What Is Passover?

The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan, April 10–18, 2017. It commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. It is observed by avoiding leaven, and highlighted by the Seder meals that include four cups of wine, eating matzah and bitter herbs, and retelling the story of the Exodus. In 2017,
In Hebrew it is known as Pesach (which means “to pass over”), because G‑dpassed over the Jewish homes when killing the Egyptian firstborn on the very first Passover eve.

The Passover Story in a Nutshell

After many decades of slavery to the Egyptian pharaohs, during which time the Israelites were subjected to backbreaking labor and unbearable horrors, G‑d saw the people’s distress and sent Moses to Pharaoh with a message: “Send forth My people, so that they may serve Me.” But despite numerous warnings, Pharaoh refused to heed G‑d’s command. G‑d then sent upon Egypt ten devastating plagues, afflicting them and destroying everything from their livestock to their crops.
At the stroke of midnight of 15 Nissan in the year 2448 from creation (1313 BCE), G‑d visited the last of the ten plagues on the Egyptians, killing all their firstborn. While doing so, G‑d spared the children of Israel, “passing over” their homes—hence the name of the holiday. Pharaoh’s resistance was broken, and he virtually chased his former slaves out of the land. The Israelites left in such a hurry, in fact, that the bread they baked as provisions for the way did not have time to rise. Six hundred thousand adult males, plus many more women and children, left Egypt on that day and began the trek to Mount Sinai and their birth as G‑d’s chosen people.
To read the complete Passover story click here
To our Jewish friends:
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To those who celebrate,
Chag Sameach!!

To our friends who will celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 21st, we  wish you a Happy Easter!!! 

Monday, April 15, 2019

Announcing NomNomNow:INSIGHTS: A Microbiome Testing Kit (A Window Into Your Cat and Dog's Gut Health)

NomNomNow has sponsored this post with product and monetary compensation, but all opinions are my own, read important disclaimers throughout this blog post.

Photo Courtesy of NomNomNow

When NomNomNow first began their goal was to enable pet parents to improve the health and wellness of their pets by "equipping them with excellent nutrition, acting as partners in the care of their pets, and providing a range of resources and services to make every aspect of being a pet parent as easy, convenient, and positively impactful as possible."

The NomNomNow:INSIGHTS, kit is an easy to use, at-home microbiome testing kit for pets that will give their parents an in-depth look at the health of their cat or dog's  gut bacteria

What is the microbiome?

"The microbiome, in humans and in our pets, is a unique population of microorganisms that live within and on us. The diversity and types of microorganisms help to keep our pets healthy. Similarly though, these microbes can contribute to pet illnesses if there are disruptions to a healthy balance in the microbiome. So clearly the microbiome is an important part of maintaining our pets’ health!"

Why test the gut?
"The microbiome of the gut is the largest and most studied microbiome, and has been demonstrated to impact a wide variety of different health-related systems including things like food digestion, immune system function, weight management and even mood and behavior."

 I am one who will ALWAYS listen to my Veterinarian FIRST, but agreed many moons ago to test this product, (because I misunderstood what it was and thought it was a DNA testing kit which it is not),  and decided to give it a go and see what it reveals. Regardless of what the results reveal, my Veterinarian is my ultimate "go to" and personally I would never take action in reference to anything pertaining to Cody and Dakota based on results from a kit. Everyone has to make their own informed decisions. I am featuring this product simply because I said that I would. For me, and many others, my Veterinarian is my ultimate source that I trust. That being said, this kit could not  have been easier to use!

Everything you need is in this kit when it arrives.

It comes with step-by-step instructions:

You first collect a stool sample. using the enclosed items:

You then put the sample in the vial and shake it up until the stool dissolves in the liquid.

You put it in the mailing enclosed bag:

You then register your sample on their website:

Put it in the enclosed mailing envelope and mail

 Their scientists will analyze the sample collected from Cody to evaluate the types of bacteria that reside in his  gut, then they will send me a report describing Cody's overall structure and how he compares to other pets. (When I receive my report I will let you know how I read it, they provide detailed instructions as to how to read it on their website.) The results will be sent to me within two to five weeks. Once I have the results, if there is anything at all that concerns me, rest assured I would CONSULT MY VETERINARIAN FIRST. Stay tuned!!!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

How NOT to Celebrate #NationalPetDay

Yep, you read this right! It's National Pet Day and Cody and Dakota are BOTH headed to the Vet today. Dad and I will both be joining them. Dakota is being groomed and is having blood work done for an upcoming dental in late May.

Cody is going for his annual first of his two-a-year senior exams. I am rather worried about Cody's exam because he has been having a weird issue for approximately the last month. It is almost like a reverse sneeze that happens a few times a week (never more than once in a day), and a couple of times he had "honking" with it. Please keep your paws crossed that all is ok with Cody.

UPDATE: 10:45 far so good, Cody had xrays and hopefully it might just be a possible hairball issue, he had Xrays and nothing significant (might have a small kidney stone that we are watching at this point), thank goodness! They are both really well-behaved there....Cody takes it all in stride, just a few grumbles, no hisses, doesn't "sing" in the car, loves when the girls there cuddle him.....our Vet is wonderful! Cody went straight to his food bowl when we returned home. Now instead of Inmate $345 he was inmate $347 today.

So, while Cody and Dakota think it is cruel to take them to the Vet on National Pet Day, Dad and I think it is a loving and responsible thing to do. If we didn't have pets in our lives, I don't think that I could function.

Happy National Pet Day to all of you!  Seeing YOUR pets brightens OUR day EVERY DAY!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Not all "Siblings" Are of the Same Species!

Happy National Siblings Day All!

I know Dakota and I aren't "brothers" in the traditional sense, but we all know that sometimes those who aren't your blood (or species) oftentimes make the BEST siblings of all!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

A Special Lady is Turning 80!!!!!

That special lady is  an active
blogger, (you can visit her at Marg's Animals. We love when she tells us stories about the MANY feral kitties she has rescued and cared for with all of her heart and soul. We also love her donkeys!!! Who is this special lady? Well, it is none other than MARG!!

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