I love the outdoors, ie: tenting, gardening, nature, trees, oceans, mountains, listening to the coyotes howl, the owls hoot, frogs croak and the chimes play their song in the wind. I love a good thunder and lightening storm and the smell of the air after a summer shower.
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Solar Highways: This may solve some energy problems


Solar Highways (An absolutely ‘MUST SEE’)
Now this is really “out of the box thinking”.
Talk about an interesting idea!
Fascinating concept!
What do you want to bet that the oil companies shoot this down?




Thursday, August 25 at 4:00pm – August 27 at 1:00pm
#44 Sandy Ridge Estates- Fulcher Home
Created By
Rebecca Fulcher
More Info
Lots of Baby Items/furniture. Highchairs, swings, bouncy chairs, exersaucer, stroller, bassinet etc. Very good quality baby clothing.
Home Decor. Toys/Games. Antiques. Framed Prints. Wardrobe. Dresser. Bookshelf. Rocker/Recliner. Framed Movie Posters. Bike Trailer. Pictures.Collectors prints and plates. Norman Rockwell (Rediscovered Women). African Items that we brought home from Ethiopia and Kenya
Thanks to our generous friends at Party HQ we will be selling cotton candy and hot dogs all 3 days as well! So come for a snack or supper and say Hi even if you aren’t into garage sales!!

Thursday Aug. 25 4-8pm. Friday Aug. 26 1-7pm. Sat Aug 27 9am-1pm.
Directions: 2Km East of GP on 68th Ave. We will have signs starting at Resources Road. Go East on 68th past Country Side South. In 2 min you will see the city limit sign. Then on the left a sign that says Sandy Ridge Estates. Turn left off hwy. Take first left in subdivision. Follow signs to #44.

What is the Best Pet Food? by Dr. Andrew Jones DVM

I get bombarded by questions about pet food.

So what is the best one to feed?

Raw vs Dry vs Home Made ??????

Here is a common Pet Food Myth…The Pet Food is fine as long as it has an accredited label on the bag- It has been tested by an “authority”

You all know what I think about authorities.

My first rule is to question them and look into their claims.

AAFCO certifies Pet Food in the U.S.

This is what can be found on the label: “Our pet foods are made following AAFCO guidelines and must pass stringent testing.”

This sounds good, until we take a close look at the AAFCO test guidelines.

“The Testing Protocols For Providing An Unqualified Representation of Nutritional Adequacy For A Dog Or Cat Food” are..

* 8 dogs older than 1 yr. must start the test.
* At start all dogs must be normal weight & health.
* A blood test is to be taken from each dog at the start and finish of the test.
* For 6 months, the dogs used must only eat the food being tested.
* The dogs finishing the test must not lose more than 15% of their body weight.
* During the test, none of the dogs used are to die or be removed because of nutritional causes.
* 6 of the 8 dogs starting must finish the test.

That’s all there is to it.

Buyer beware . . . you may be buying a pet food advertised as being a nutritionally adequate diet for all dogs because it passed “stringent” AAFCO testing … when only six to eight dogs ate that food for 6 months and survived with no more than an “acceptable” 15% loss of body weight.


P.S. So what do I think about AAFCO certification?

To claim it is “nutritionally adequate” with only 6 dogs eating the food is clearly not much of a study- not scientifically valid, and NOT adequate in my opinion.

I doubt many of you are feeding your pet food based on AAFCO claims.

This has almost more to do with marketing.

Here is something that has been fed nearly 30,000 times- with now nearly 1000 positive testimonials.

And you can get a bottle for 50% OFF

The Dog Supplement

Heal your pet at home!

Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew Jones, DVM

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B.C. effective December 1 2010, meaning he
cannot answer specific questions about your
pet’s medical issues or make specific medical
recommendations for your pet.

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SmartJava’s version of a Black Bean & Cheese Burrito

I tweaked this recipe originally from Prevention Magazine

1 8-inch flour tortilla
1/2 C black beans
1 oz low fat cheddar
3 tbsp diced tomato
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
1 tbsp salsa (I prefer chunky, hot salsa)
Dash or 2 of Tobasco Chipotle Pepper sauce (opt.)
Contents of SereniGy Fruit & Veggie Capsule

Mix all ingredients together.
Wrap tortilla shell in wax paper and warm for 10-15 seconds in microwave.
Roll beans, cheese, tomato, cilantro and salsa in tortilla.


homemade cola syrup

homemade cola syrup I came across this recipe for homemade cola syrup in the New York Times, and I was intrigued. It’s adapted from the Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain I keep reading about. I adore ice cream sodas and the idea of the old fashioned soda fountain. I wouldn’t mind a new career as a full time soda jerk. Until we find a way to make that happen in Olympia, I will play around with homemade syrups and bump up bottling my own sodas on the agenda. This lis … Read More

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Disaster Strikes! Where are Your Pets?

These pups belong to the black & white dog, the grey dog is the Grandmother

If a sudden disaster were to strike, do you have a plan to get your pets out? Will you think to be aware of where they are? Your birds? Your fish? Your Lizard? How about your cat under the bed? Your small dog under the couch?

You can get stickers to put on your door to fill out with the number and kind of pets you have so rescue crews will know how many animals to look for. Ask your SPCA for them.

When Slave Lake resident Sara Toner fled her home Sunday night(May 20th) she had only enough time to grab two things: her partner Darren and their one-year old daughter Olivia.

“We were running. There was fire in the backyard, and the truck wouldn’t start,” described Toner with wide, tear-filled eyes. “We didn’t have time to even think about my cat.”

Toner was one of the first Slave Lake residents to be reunited with her pet, a calico cat named Buttons, at the makeshift animal-refugee camp outside the Edmonton Expo Centre Wednesday.

“She’s a little burned and singed, so we’re going to take her to the vet,” she said. “We’ve got two other cats out there somewhere, so we have hope now that someone will find them.”

The first batch of animals rescued from the fire-ravaged town, about 40 cats, dogs, birds and even a bearded dragon, were shaken and tired but relatively unscathed, said Edmonton Humane Society spokesperson Shawna Randolph.

The first wave of reunions began early Wednesday morning and continued throughout the day.

“This has been such a rewarding, joyful day. It’s fantastic to see these families, who have lost everything, be reunited with their pets,” said Randolph.

Like Toner, Slave Lake resident Sweetgrass Hoof, 19, was forced to flee her home without her cat, Max.

She spent the next two nights sleeping fitfully, desperately wishing she had left water or food for the animal.

“We didn’t have enough time to pack, we didn’t have any time to put out food and water for him, it was horrible,” said Hoof through a flood of tears.

Soon the Slave Lake evacuee was grinning from ear to ear, as rescue workers handed her Max, uninjured and relatively calm inside his kennel.

“I’m so, so glad they saved him, I can’t thank them enough,” she said.

In the wake of the wildfires that devastated the small town, the Edmonton Humane Society’s animal rescue team has rounded up more than 100 animals, 40 of those found wandering through the charred streets or trapped inside their owner’s homes.

According to officials, it’s very common for pet owners to be blind-sided by a disaster. But Randolph stresses the importance of a pet-emergency plan.

“People need to be more prepared. If they have an emergency kit, and an extra carrier, they can just put the animal in, grab it and go,” she said.

Thanks to heroic efforts by officials, many of the rescued animals have already been identified.

So far no animal fatalities have been reported and Toner’s cat Buttons was the only animal injured, with just minor burns.

Thanks to Dr. Andrew Jones DVM for bringing this story to our attention.

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Flouride Controversy Continues in Grande Prairie

Flouride is in the Grande Prairie Water Supply forcing people to ingest it every time they drink or use it. Even pets are having this chemical forced on them.

The Food and Nutrition Board recommends that public water supplies be fluoridated when natural fluoride levels are significantly below 0.7 mg per liter.

The accepted concentration of fluoride in drinking water is 1 ppm. Concentrations over 2 ppm begin to be a health risk.

Dr. Takeki Tsutsui and co-workers of the Nippon Dental College in Japan showed that fluoride not only caused genetic damage but was also capable of transforming normal cells into cancer cells.

In one report, the US Government investigated 156 cancer deaths over 3 years. They concluded that fluoride accumulates in body tissues and may eventually cause cancer and/or other fatal illnesses.

Aluminum fluoride and Alzheimer’s Disease
Many municipal water supplies are treated with both alum (aluminum sulfate) and fluoride. These two chemicals combine with each other easily in the blood to form aluminum fluoride. Although elemental aluminum can not pass the blood-brain barrier, some compounds such as aluminum fluoride do. Aluminum fluoride is very poorly excreted in the urine. It is poisonous to the kidneys. Aluminum salts in the brain lead to Alzheimer’s Disease


First Aid for Pets

Pet First Aid – Bite Wounds and Abscesses

From: Dr Andrew Jones
Author: Veterinary Secrets Revealed

Re: Vets suck at doing this

Hey everybody! A happy Wednesday to you.

This week I am focusing on Dog and Cat emergencies. I regularly see them – and surprisingly MOST people DON’T know what to do.

And I have been wondering why…

I think that we as a profession (Veterinarians) have done a poor job at teaching clients what to do in an emergency.

Truthfully, your Vet wants you to come to their practice and spend money – there just isn’t ANY economic incentive to having dog and cat guardians to be better prepared.

SO… It’s up to you.

There are many COMMON dog and cat emergencies- in fact I see MANY that you could be treating at home, if you knew WHAT to do.

And What do you think the MOST common emergency is?



ALLERGIC reactions?

URINARY blockage in cats?

NOPE..None of the above.

Believe it or not I see a LARGE number of Dog and Cat Bite Wounds and Abscesses.

The ‘SECRET’ is dealing with the bite wound BEFORE it turns into an Abscess.

If More of you did this, you could SAVE your pet unnecessary pain and discomfort, and avoid SPENDING hundreds of dollars.
So what do I need to know?

You can get ALL the ANSWERS by going here:


Here is a snippet of What’s in my First Aid Book…


A red and possibly swollen area appears on your pet. Sometimes puncture marks are visible. There may be bleeding if blood vessels are damaged.

Lameness, if the puncture affects a leg. This is commonly seen in cats in cat fights. Abscesses are often found at the tail base of cats as they are running away and are bitten in the bum.


Your pet’s teeth are very sharp, and even small punctures can lead to abscesses. The mouth is a large cauldron of bacteria, and when your pet is bitten, these enter and multiply in a wound, becoming an abscess.


KNOW WHEN TO SEE YOUR VETERINARIAN. If your pet is very lethargic, not eating or drinking, then see your veterinarian immediately. Bacteria from abscesses can spread in the body, giving your pet septicemia (blood poisoning). If your pet has a large swelling that is not draining, then you must see your veterinarian to have it drained surgically. Abscesses that are open and draining and small bite wounds can be treated safely at home.

BARBER TIME. Trim the hair around the bite or wound. Trim large sections with scissors, and carefully use a disposable razor to trim the hair next to the skin.

KEEP IT CLEAN. If possible, put your pet in the sink or bathtub and run lukewarm tap water on the bite or abscess for 5 minutes. If your pet won’t tolerate running water, use a damp cloth or gauze sponge. Purchase an antiseptic soap, Germi-Stat, available at your local pharmacy, and wash the area well. Keep the wound clean and perform this water therapy twice daily for 5-7 days.

STAY OPEN. The most important thing you can do to prevent the bite from turning into a costly abscess is to vigorously scrub the puncture wound with a damp cloth and antiseptic soap. The puncture marks MUST stay open for at least 3 days to drain properly.
For large abscesses that are open and draining, keep them open for at least 3 days after you have thoroughly cleaned them and clipped the surrounding hair.

P.S. DON’T underestimate the power of utilizing these seemingly SIMPLE techniques. They will prevent many bite wounds from turning into abscess.Then to go even further you can use the herbal and homeopathics that I advise here:


It’s Your Pet. Heal Them At Home

Best Wishes,

Andrew Jones, DVM

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