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

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.

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.

Hallo(Prank)ween

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Sentosa is proud to present you, Spooktacular 2011. Theme of this year is Asian horror, and it’s back with a Vengeance… blah blah blah.” 

“Bullshit. Get some songs playing, will you?”

This advertisement is getting on my nerves! It is stirring up all the dust, uncovering the disappointments i had for this event. The event wasn’t a bad one; the theme was well-thought of and articulated, professional actors with great working ethics and excellent props. The well-decorated place coupled with the chilling weather sets the mood right, and the crews could give you a good scare if you were to get caught off guard.

Wait… didn’t i said i was disappointed? Ah yes, the LONG waiting time at EACH of the haunted house. Basically this was what i went through : Queue for 30mins ( at least ), go in the haunted house and walk 10 minutes.  Queue-tacular!

Done with all the reminiscing, and off i go… to west coast dog run!  ( This was on the 13 October and it was 10pm ) HAHA!

How did i end up heading for dog run at 10pm? I’ve no idea! My computer died on me at that point of time and refused to start up so i take it as god siding precious for her little outing. I packed a total of six jumps – it was frigging heavy and i carried all of that on one shoulder! On my way there, i heard the Spooktacular ad and rolled my eyes a little ;P ( i know this is totally irrelevant but i had to mention it! ) A good 10 minutes drive, and i’m there! In case you haven’t been there before; it’s a park next to some port with nothing except warehouses around it so you wouldn’t be expecting people around there, not at this time! At 10pm, this place seems to have transformed itself into Fenway park! It was pitch dark except for the illuminated middle portion. Great place!

I started the training as soon as i had the poles set up and route drafted out. ( I had this little book with me to plan how to jump so i use both left and right handling ) She was totally crazy and all psyched up, dashing like a champ! That’s the one and only time I’ve seen her putting in so much effort in jumping, and the first time I really had to run to keep up her pace. It also led me into thinking how to run the same course with different methods – I changed from running outside to running inside and proceed to add in front crosses because I seriously couldn’t keep up – and I’m glad I went down to train that day! ( spoke too fast! )

Training alone has its pros too : You can think slowly and plan… ( I’m not a quick-thinker ) and there are lesser distractions.

The day out was all good till i realized my car keys were missing!!! What the fuck!!!
I moved around the field too much and shifted the items with me too. I had to go into mine-sweeping mode where i plastered my foot to the ground and move it around, hoping that i can kick my keys in the process. It wasn’t fun when your dog decided it’s a good time to go crazy and run around barking at nobody! Things got worse when the street lamps start flickering! I went from mine-sweeping mode to pole sweeping, eventually i got onto my knees ( not to pray though i did pray a little ) and used my hands to feel the ground!

Funny to think i actually thought there were zombies beneath the ground that reached out to steal my key ( it can’t be missing when there isn’t anyone around right ).

After a desperate 15 minutes search, I stumbled onto my keys and heaved a huge sigh of relief 😉 Thank god!

Though I’m not a superstitious person, i took it as a sign for me to leave. I made her jump through a series of jumps, instead of giving her a piece of pork, i opened up the container and gave it all to her. Jackpot huh precious? I packed the poles double fast and left the place swiftly! HAHA