Buzz! Pet Spray from Naturals for Green Grooming ( Show Season )

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Naturals® Buzz! Spray
A ready to use alternative to chemical pesticides formulated with oils of Citronella, Lemongrass, Tea Tree, Cedarwood, Cornmint, Orange Oil & Eucalyptus. This mild, non-oily, non-sticky formula helps to relieve itching & scratching and trauma due to insect bites especially fleas, ticks & lice as well as other skin irritations. Aloe helps soothe skin irritated by heat. Safe for dogs & puppies, even people! Good for helping prevent ticks! Spray before walks.

Ingredient List: 

Purified water, Sorbitol**, Aloe, Lanolin, Citrinella Oil*, Eucalytus Oil*, Lemongrass Oil*, Tea Tree Oil*, Cedarwood Oil*, Cornmint Oil*, Orange Oil*.

**Sugar Derived      * Pure Grade Natural Oil

Our take

Purified water – Aqua

Sorbitol – Humectant and Emulsifer 
Water and oil don’t mix hence this sugar derived alcohol is required to ensure the essential oil mixes with the water

Aloe – Moisturizer and skin healing

Lanolin – Humectant

[Below are uses of each natural oil]

Citronella Oil
Repels insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas etc.

Eucalyptus Oil
Anti-bacterial properties, pain relief and repel mosquitoes and ticks.

Lemongrass Oil
Repel mosquitoes, ticks and fleas. Can help prevent growth of bacteria and yeast. Pain relief.

Tea Tree Oil
Anti-fungi and bacteria properties. Antiseptic, repel ticks and lice. 

Cedarwood Oil
Flea repellent

Cornmint Oil
Flea repellent

Orange Oil
Ants repellent

User Review

If you’re still using chemical based, synthetic compound formulated repellent products, it’s time to make the change. BUZZ! pet spray, on the first look, has plenty of natural oils with insect repelling properties. The ingredient matches the product description well. It smells good ( subjective ) on my girl and seems to work really well keeping her ticks free ( We do heavy outdoor activities ). It’s rather long-lasting as I can still feel and smell the repellent after 4 hours. Doesn’t matt up the fur and it’s easy to brush her even with the spray on. Overall, it’s a highly natural product that’s even suitable for human use.

P.S The spray head is really wonderful.

[Sources]

http://chemicaloftheday.squarespace.com/todays-chemical/2009/9/16/sorbitol.html 

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266580.php

http://citronella-oil.blogspot.sg/

http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/pyrethrin/ << active ingredient in most chemical tick spray

Can i not grow up?

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Sent to this world with my siblings with much trepidation. All being remembered was batches of people visiting me, with words of who he/she wants and how beautiful we are. Just after a month, i’m at a whole new place, without my mum. Here you are, with that wide smile of yours.

i grew up, with people complimenting every bit of me, applaud each movement and fed with tantalizing treats for everything i learnt. You patted my head when i first land my butt on the ground, and showered me with hugs and tasty treats. I was brought around, shown to many people who cuddled and praised me. It was a wonderful feeling.

For months, i have your undivided attention. Walking along with you has been the greatest feeling. I was tucked into bed by you after – what seems like – endless amount of  play. I wake you up when i had enough rest to a day of fun filled activities. You bring me around in that weird moving box that jerks, throwing me off balance every now and then but i know it would be fun at the end of it. I get to run in this boundless piece of land, play around with others though some don’t seems to share the same sentiment and shouted at me. You threw balls around, ran around with me and sometimes hide from me. I felt lost and anxious, but i know if i search hard enough, i’ll return to that warm hug of yours.

Time passed… time with you are seemingly shorter, we don’t go out often and i’m no longer getting treats despite performing whatever I’ve learnt. I asked for play, but all i got in return was a stern voice. I soon learnt that you just wanted me to wait, wait for the time to come when you would want to play with me. I lie flat in a corner, an obvious corner, a corner that’s just around you so if, if, you ever wanted to play, i’ll be there. Walks got shorter, play now a luxury, and the only attention i get is a pat on my head when you leave home.

Hours passed, you came back home. I ran up to you, i couldn’t hide how happy i am to see you back again, back to play, back for walk but it never happen. I know, i just have to wait, wait for that very moment where you want to play.

Lying flat on the floor, eyes shut. My life started with all the love from you. I think of your smile, your kiss, the endless play time and all the time together. I wished i will never wake up, waking up from this dream where, for once, i’m being loved again.

How’s your week?

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Now that I’ve returned back to school, the days now seem to serve a less purpose than before. You, probably, have heard your working friends “celebrating” Friday (TGIF!) and wonder how a day could invoke such strong emotions. To me, a week can be full of Mondays… the most dreadful day. A day, to me, has some emotions attached to it and a set of behaviors or actions to adhere to.

On this particular day, you’ll roll over to the end of your bed after being jolted awake by the alarm, reached for that phone and looked at the time that you already know; for you’re the one who set it yesternight. You’ll snooze it for another 5-10 minutes then close your eyes, traveling back to the dimension where you have a, what seems like forever, battle with your inner self. Detached from the world, your inner self are giving you all reasons not to step out of the bed. He gave such convincing reasons that you decide to keep your eyes closed till… maybe your next bedtime. Snooze alarm came to your rescue, bringing you back to the real world and introducing you to your new enemy – morning erections.

It’s just amazing how time seems to fly when you’re rubbing your eyes, rolling around, kissing your bolster, scratching your butt cheek and poof!, 10 minutes past. You’re now closer to being fired or getting your self barred from examinations. It’s just amazing how quickly an erection can disappear. You rushed through everything; bathing, drying, grooming ( sometimes all at once ) in matter of minutes, thinking that breakfast would make you fat hence there’s no need for it, kissed your dog goodbye, cuddle a little… maybe a little more.. or maybe comb her fur..ahhh.. why not clean her bowl now and kiss her one more time before leaving home. You locked your door, open it to say one last goodbye and set foot for The Longest Day. Drifting off into auto pilot mode for half of the day, waking up considering whether you should have lunch or go back to the dimension to continue your debate.

And people, that’s Monday for you. A day with no light at the end of the tunnel.

Tuesday’s tunnel has a small opening to shine some light on you. At the end of the day, you’ll probably head for some exercise because it’s ladies’ Wednesday the next day and it’s always good to hit the gym in hope to inflate that muscle, at least for a day.

Wednesday is a joyful day, work or studies have decided to cut you some slack before it breaks you, and you’ll have enough time to hit up your friends for a good night out.

Thursday is the day of denial, it’s so close to Friday yet so far from you. You’re trying to cheer yourself up that Friday is coming tomorrow till the fact that Friday is a full day of working day hits that thick skull of yours. Head gets heavy, depression sink in and day gets longer.

Friday is the day of sin. People will work doubly hard that day ( work make time goes faster ) and release that beast of theirs to soak up all the blood.

Saturday, day of redemption. With all the sins you’ve accumulated from the previous day, you’ll go for a jog to shake off some imaginary fats of yesterday or meet up some friends.

Sunday, day of happiness. The day you wake up in the morning knowing what exactly is ahead of you. The day you’re out with your family and enjoying every minute of it. The day where you smile more than the 6 days combined. The day you hate to come to an end. The day that seems to go by fastest.

This week, i had 2 Sundays, 4 Mondays and 1 Saturday.

Now people… How’s your week?

Dangers lurking everywhere…

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the safest is often the most dangerous… 

20 months back was the day i always wish turning back to… for it was the day she didn’t have any problem walking, and i don’t have any behavioral issues to deal with. I could still vividly remember how i walked her around the neighborhood, while listen to those aunties articulating themselves rather loudly, ” eh lassie lei, cute hor.”  Ironically, my concern back then was also barking, but it was why is she not barking. Haha! A month later, she had her virgin bark and she hasn’t looked back since then! It was only when she was about 10months old then i brought her out for her first socializing trip, the sheltie gathering and found out she didn’t actually know her name. That marked the start of her recall training and more behavioral issues arise. Being a first time owner, many dealings with my dog were suggestion given by dog owners whom i have interaction with.

How to teach a dog to swim? Throw her into the pool… and of course, she developed phobia.

How to socialize a dog? Bring her to a park and let her interact. And she got herself ran over by a huge Labrador that has no regards for anyone else other than the ball thrown.  And she has another phobia to speak of.

My understandings were very much limited to what i have read on the internet without any hands on experience…

I got to know about ticks the hard way..

I pay countless of visit to the vet for laughable reasons: Pregnancy before her first heat? Loss of fur at her nose area?

But all these doesn’t compromise my training with her, for I want her to have the most positive training… like how you want the best education for your kids. I sought advice from people who have put in serious effort in training their dog, i bought and read up books before training on anything. I put restraining order on using of my dog’s name for it would setback my training if overused by my family. No reprimanding of my dog, and i had that strictly enforced. Of course, some rules were meant to be broken… such as, her name. It has been misuse countless time by my mum and i didn’t bother to correct her. She had bad recalls at home but i made sure it’s up to an acceptable standard outdoor.

and I’m supposed to talk about dangers… so where is it?

All these training does make it dangerous for the dog, as it makes the owner complacent. It is when you think the dog is well-trained that makes it dangerous for the dogs… I used to unleash her when i do training around my block and a moment of her not being able to recall stopped me from doing it. The last thing i want is to cause her death or her disappearance because I THINK she is trained. You can’t expect the world from your dog when you didn’t introduce the world to your dog… There are many uncertainties in this world, and for sure you wouldn’t be able to touch on all of them so keep your dog safe by your side would be the best you could do.

While i focused on her training on the technical stuff of agility and jumpers, i neglected much of her behavior of what it takes to be a good pet dog. She has leash aggression, food aggression and reactive towards moving objects. I do not joke about all these issues and neither should you.. For it will only get worse if you don’t touch on it. It doesn’t go away from age maturity and it is no laughing matter if your dog is the cause of any accident. So this little checklist i had, already had some of the issues sorted out…

Leash aggression – Checked

Reactive towards moving objects (on leash) – Checked

Reactive towards dogs and cats (on leash) – Almost there!

Food aggression – Reading in progress!

Working in dog-related industry definitely helped me here, not in training methods but in how i view dogs. I learnt to fear them! Previously, i would just touch any dogs without reading their body language and that isn’t exactly the right thing to do. Respect them and they’ll respect you.

Expect the unexpected

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There are two type of humans; one who care for animals, one who love them.

This came way overdue but i had to share this. Precious finally made it to Open Agility Class with her recent 2 Qs!

This came rather unexpectedly! I might sound hypocritical saying this but it’s the fact.

I can’t get her focus all the time, so the Qs definitely came by luck. I am, probably the luckiest trial-er.

Of course, congratulations to my fellow teammates who gotten their Qs!

Trials have always been a tiring day for the handlers so mood wasn’t set right for celebration but i’ll make it up for her!

Anyway, her result was 1 1st and 2 2nd ( Donut and Juliet claimed the 1st with their impeccable run)

Trial stuff aside, i got myself a job where i could spend my time facing more dogs than human!

Definitely something i have been wishing for ;D

There i get to appreciate for what my dog has become and to understand she is actually not the worst!

More for the people i’ve gotten to know before and after getting my dog. People who really loved their dogs and made me likewise.

With the knowledge imparted to me from like-minded people, i am able to contribute to those i serve.

Going into the dimension of unfamiliarity, exposing myself to a steeper learning curve, experiencing things i once hate

or reluctant to try on has opened up my narrow view on dog training.

Good is the enemy of great. 

No room for complacency! Time to draft out plans on how i can make her faster and better!

 

Moving beyond

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Just returned from 12 hours of dog agility trials where the dreadful sun beams its unforgiving rays on us. Much of the toll taken were on the dogs where you could see lost of concentration and lackadaisical attempts in maneuvering the course in the mid and latter part of the day.

I participated in 4 runs today, namely 2 jumpers and 2 agility course and claimed 1st in one of agility runs – her first agility run -, and though it was not a perfect run as i would expect, i’m actually quite contended with her performance today.  Shall just talk briefly about the four runs she had…

1st  Jumper    

Zero focus. She had her gaze fixated to dogs that are barking outside and paid little attention to what i was asking of her.

2nd Jumper

Focus was there but at the 3rd jump where i suppose to call for her, i forgot. Yes, i had that planned during the run through but i totally forgot about it during the actual so the blame’s on me. Otherwise, the run was pretty good from my point of view. An unlucky loss.

1st Agility – 1st placing.

Focus was there but  i did not slow her down before the table ( I had no knowledge that i had to slow a dog down before table since it’s my first agility trial ) causing her to fall off the table. She did return back to the table and finish the course with not much problem. Judge did not penalize the fault and she was given 1st place for having the fastest timing. A lucky win.

2nd Agility

This run was held 8 hours after we first arrived and she was totally drained ( partly because i didn’t keep her in crate and let her play around ). Run was smooth, at an acceptable speed but a refusal at tunnel caused her the win. Later was told that i rushed through the tunnel too fast and had not given her a clear enough command so i guess it’s yet another handling fault of mine. She did finish the course with much effort and i’m thankful for it – i could hear her heavy panting when running with her -.

 

 

Once upon a time…..

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First encounter
love at first sight does exist

This went through my mind yesterday night, a day that changed my life. People who went through that house would agree, no ifs ands or buts about it. I call it the house of devils and angels. Entering the portal to another dimension of life, you see those little angels or devils in disguise loitering around. And it is no easy feat to pick one when you like all of them. It came to one I thought would be easier to take care…

Dream came true
talk the talk walk the walk but I’m walking my talk

On my way home with her was an absolute joy because owning a dog was once a dream to me. That said, I still have another job to do… Breaking the news. All year long, I have been persuading my Mum to get a dog with no success. Believing that procrastination will probably means ill never get a dog, I decided to spring into action with my own money. So how did I break the news to her? I carried her right to her face. Lol. But I’m glad she accepted her well and loved her as much as I do.

Responsibility
Embrace it

Now that I’ve got my dog, it’s time to be responsible for it. I have done my research for a year or so, seek and listen to advice of dog owners I know… thinking that would suffice. I mean how tough can it be to own a dog? Feed it, walk it and it will listen to you. I also read up on probable training methods, one that doesn’t require harsh reprimanding or any physical punishment. Hmmm, all these sounds right so what’s wrong? Everything.

Complacency
Trash it or get trashed

I thought I knew it all and that’s a huge huge mistake because no one has mastered it yet. But lady luck blessed her life and I met a kind lady who brought us to the circle of shelties.

To know what changed after knowing them… Wait for my next post!

Comprehending feelings

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Feelings often get the better of you, overwrite what rationale dictates.

Elusive yet non-artificial, and that makes you a human.

During my first visit to a SKC trial, I admired what the dogs were doing and wished i could do the same.

My second visit to a SKC trial, i was already half way into training and i’m jealous of what they are achieving.

My third visit to a SKC trial, Precious was on heat and i had to give that event a miss. There, i was envious.

I also felt i have matured a lot more after going through of these training with Precious. She learnt tricks, i picked up the concept and theories behind.

More often than not, all these concepts and theories are applicable on human. It makes me a better mind reader ( sensitive ) and more aware of my actions.

I have learnt to handle victories, disappointments and expectations. Ahh wait, Handling victories?

Yup! A man who doesn’t handle victories well will end up being a complacent man with a narrow view.

There bound to be disappointments on the path to attaining victories and i’m definitely not spare from that.

Know the reason behind those failures, and seek your way back to victory is what i try to stick to now.

Expectations of others and yourself can be encouraging but burdening at times. It makes victories taste better but it also makes the fall heavier.

Getting past the disappointment is a great obstacle to overcome and no consolation will make it any easier. Think and you’ll get better! Fight on!

On the recent SKC trials, it’s so heartwarming to see so many genuine dog lovers support each other even though they barely knew each other.

As though it’s contagious, cheering for others seems like The thing that day. There i found the reason why i went into this sport…

On that day, we seem the true side and their expectations. No owner will put up a false front before their canine.

I saw trial-athletes overridden with disappointment that they could barely keep their heads up, i saw wide grins and hands-in-the-air after a great run.

How often do we really get to see this?  A very touching sight if you ask me.

Right or wrong

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Not sure how this will turn out to be, with me using the phone to blog since my com died on me with no intention of coming through, but I’ll try to at least finish this up.

Ambiguity leaves a man thinking, out there in the world of uncertainty. With no absolute answer, who is there to clear the doubts of the confused. ” Choose what you think is right”, the Wise words from his equally ignorant friend set him back to where he was again. ” Follow me! “, the sage commanded. With his vast experience and knowledge, he would have known better and the man followed, in pursue of the absolute answer. He did things against his principles and his intuition because the sage said so….

I wonder how many people had experience similar to the man. Embarked on an exotic journey led by a guru who don’t share your sentiments. Things are tougher in the dogs world with the infinite methods out there to get one thing done. If you’re new, it hits you even harder. With a thousand ways to reach the common destination, newcomers are often left there to think for themselves whether they are right on track or on a one way route to death valley. Time to time, you will seek guidance but then again, no body has the definite answer. No path is meant for everyone, and it’s up to you to find YOUR rightful path. It’s enigmatic to me how these people manage to find theirs, and manage to retain their sanity. There are times I wished I could turn back, thinking things might just get better without all these. Let’s see how far this path brings me to… I’m looking forward to what I see at the other end.

O’ Gracious Singapore

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gra·cious/ˈgrāSHəs/

Adjective:
Courteous, kind, and pleasant, esp. toward someone of lower social status.
Exclamation:
Expressing polite surprise.
Synonyms:
kind – merciful – kindly – benignant
Many heard of this word but who practices it?Have you ever wonder what magical powers the pregnant women possess to make majority of the people to go into deep sleep on a bus or train ride?

Are they sorcerers in disguise with the invisible cloak to make people not see them?
How can this be right when an old man is giving his seat to an older man…
Can we really promote Kindness and Graciousness?
Shouldn’t all these be inculcated to our kids and lead them up the right path of life?
Shouldn’t parents lead their kids by example?
Will our society deteriorate from the lack of empathy to growing apathy ?
It’s tough to find smiles in Singapore and equally hard for people to be appreciative.
Maybe this is the reason why i turn to dogs…
I have given up on us, Human beings.