Author: Marie Neumiller

Winter Water

While you are adventuring outside it is important to remember water for both you and your pets. Even though we have left the sweltering days of summer behind, water is just as crucial during these cold winter months.

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Habitat for Humanity 2020

COVID-19 has brought delays and changes to many events in our area, and it has had a major impact on the efforts of non-profit groups like Habitat for Humanity. According to their Summer 2020 newsletter, “our Homeownership Program has seen a 300% increase in applications compared to last year”.

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Home Prep For Winter

The days are getting shorter and colder, so if you haven’t already, it is time to start thinking about preparing your home for winter. The amount of winterizing necessary will vary depending on the type of home (stick built or manufactured), the home’s usage (seasonal or year-round), and your heating system (HVAC or wood stove). Below are a few short tips to get you started on your process of winterizing your space this fall.

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Holiday Treats For Pets

One of the best parts about the Thanksgiving holiday is the amazing food that is shared among friends and family. During the holidays it can be tempting to share the feast with your pets, and luckily, with a little care it is possible to give them a small treat.

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Adopt A Shelter Dog Month

October is “adopt a shelter dog” month with many local and national groups participating. To celebrate this year, SCRAPS will be lowering their adoption fees to $53, Spokane Humane Society will host their annual “Parade of Paws” fundraising event virtually, DPGazette.com/shsevents and Rescue4All already hosted a virtual 5k at the beginning of the month.

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Livestock Guardian Dogs

In our area, predator/livestock conflicts continue to be a concern, so many ranchers are turning to an age-old solution to these conflicts. Using livestock guardian dogs (LGD) to protect herds is becoming a common method of predator mitigation.

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Wild Visitors

Summer is heating up and changing the food and water sources for wild animals around the area. As things begin to dry out, local animals may have to begin searching out new water and healthy green vegetation for food and shelter.

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I’ve Been Exposed

It is the notification that no one wants to receive at this time: “you have been exposed to an individual that has tested positive for COVID-19.” The fluid, seemingly ever-changing, situation created by this current pandemic can cause confusion and stress.

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Happy Birthday Bones

This past June, Pride’s Smokin’ Jo “Bones”, a Tennessee Walker born in California celebrated his 36th birthday. His owner, Linda, purchased Bones when he was 9 years old and has had him ever since.

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Fighting Mosquitoes

The recent long and rainy spring may have created the perfect recipe for mosquitoes this summer. Mosquitoes thrive where there is standing water; in fact, bodies of water with little to no flow are essential for mosquitoes to reproduce, according to the CDC.

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