A New Puppy Primer [Infographic]

Puppy with Santa hat

So you got your family a puppy for Christmas. Congratulations! But…now what?

Perfect Puppy in 7 DaysYou’ll probably be looking for new puppy tips, if you haven’t already. You’ll want to learn about training your puppy too and what puppy supplies you’ll need. Bringing home a new puppy can be exciting, yet at the same time it can feel overwhelming. So the first piece of advice we can offer you is: don’t sweat it. Enjoy the moment, and take each day as it comes.

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5 Essential Books for Lambing Season

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As sheep (along with dogs) were among the first animals to be domesticated by human beings, it stands to reason that we have collectively accumulated a vast amount of information about raising and caring for these animals. For centuries this knowledge has been added to and passed down orally, from generation to generation. Then, with the advent of the printing press and the scientific method, our knowledge about the raising of sheep was able to be refined and preserved.

Like all ancient crafts, the raising and breeding of sheep is best learned by doing, in a hands-on manner, overseen by an experienced mentor. It does not lend itself well to pure book-learning by itself. And of the many different aspects of raising sheep, surely one of the most fraught and ticklish is the matter of lambing. Lambing, of course, is the act of a ewe (female sheep) giving birth to a baby lamb. A successful lambing season demands deep biological knowledge, familiarity with the personality of the ewe, the patience of a saint, and nerves of steel. Even then, so much can go wrong.

In that event, the sheep farmer—even the most seasoned—may find him/herself at the limit of their knowledge. If a trusted vet is not immediately available to assess the problem, it is up to the sheep farmer to solve it. The books listed below may be of assistance and should be ever-present in the sheep farmer’s barnyard library. Continue reading “5 Essential Books for Lambing Season”

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It’s Not Too Early to Prepare for Lambing Season

Two lambs in pasture

We typically associate lambing season with springtime. Yet many who keep sheep find that lambing can begin as early as December. Whatever time of year your lambing season begins, it is vital to plan ahead. Preparing well for lambing season will optimize the number of newborn lambs and help keep your flock healthy. Key preparations boil down to:

  • Proper management and feeding of the sheep
  • Readying the barn
  • Stocking up on needed supplies

Here are a few tips for preparing for a successful lambing season. Continue reading “It’s Not Too Early to Prepare for Lambing Season”

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The Proper Deployment of a Firefighter Accountability System

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As everyone knows, fighting fires is a dangerous and deadly business. The primary goal is to save lives, and secondarily to protect property. The number one responsibility of the on-scene commander is to keep the other firefighters as safe as possible. And the first line of defense in that regard is having a reliable firefighter accountability system in place and correctly deployed.

What Is Firefighter Accountability?

Simply put, firefighter accountability is a system designed to account for all firefighter personnel within the most dangerous area of an incident site. Properly deployed, the use of a firefighter personnel accountability system provides safety for individual firefighters by giving incident command staff a means to track and account for all personnel and their whereabouts within the danger area at any given time. Continue reading “The Proper Deployment of a Firefighter Accountability System”

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Antique Dog License Tags are a Collectable

Antique dog tags

The earliest known documentation  of dog license tags was in 1446 in Utrecht, Holland, and the fee for the license was paid for in salt. I wonder how many pounds would be needed today?  At that time, the dog license tags were probably distributed by the local municipalities as is the case today.  These early dog license tags were intended to be disposable.  Those that were discarded years ago are frequently unearthed through the use of a metal detector.  Regardless of its condition, a buried, corroded or damaged dog license tag has value to a collector, especially if it is a rare specimen. Discovering a century-old tag is an extraordinary experience, especially if it is still attached to an old leather or metal collar. Keeping these dog license tags as they were found honors them as a sentimental keepsake and also preserves the historical evidence that allows more accurate dating. Continue reading “Antique Dog License Tags are a Collectable”

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