Monday, October 20, 2014

Give Your Dog a Bone!

Dog: a domesticated carnivorous mammal.  Yes, your dog is a carnivore!  And carnivores eat raw meat and bones.  It's hard for our domesticated minds to grasp the fact that dogs never used to eat food from cans and bags, but with the growing health problems in this country -both in humans and animals - it's time to take a look at the diet!

When we tell customers to feed their puppies raw meaty bones, they usually say, "I didn't think you could feed dogs bones.  Won't they choke?"  No, your dog won't choke.  Most dogs eat bones like we eat chips - "crunch...crunch" and down the hatch! :)  It's pretty amazing to watch!  The key with feeding bones is that they must be raw.  Cooked bones can splinter and cause problems, but raw bones are very nutritious and good for your dogs teeth.  Just make sure your bones are not too large.    Chicken wings are a fine food for puppies!

In the same way that we must eat what we were designed to eat in order to be healthy, your dog must eat what it was designed to eat to be healthy.  We would not expect a child raised on processed foods to be healthy, so why would we expect that of our animals?  Raw foods are best for everyone! While it may not be possible to feed them raw meat all the time, even supplementing their diet with raw meaty bones will help. 


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Beauty Rose of Housman Farm's is Due Soon!

Beauty is getting big!  It's funny how dogs can hide their pregnancy until about 10 days before their due date, then they suddenly look huge.  We noticed Beauty looking large a couple days ago. :)  She had seven beautiful puppies in her last litter.  Any guesses for this litter?

The gestation period for a Pyr is about 60 days.  Yep, that's it!  A bitch can whelp from up to one day prior to her due date or about three days after. Ladies, don't you wish it was that short for us?  While there are obvious differences -the short gestation and large litters- dogs do experience some of the same things we do when pregnant.  They can feel sick in the early part of pregnancy and not have much of an appetite, and they also lose much of their coat after they whelp, like we lose our hair.

For those of you on our waiting list, we will be sending you a link to our puppy cam after they are whelped so you can watch Beauty's pups with us! :)  We are so excited!! 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Life is School

Some days there are projects that need to get done around here that require me to veer from our regular school schedule.  I am pretty strict about routine, so I don't veer too often, but one day last week the boys got out of doing school.  Actually, life is school, so they really didn't get out of anything - it just felt like they did. :)

I have a couple perennial beds that desperately needed to be redone.  For a couple years now, I have been wanting to dig out the plants in the beds and put in new plants.  Not only were the beds over-grown, I also didn't particularly like the plants in them either.  In the  fall I think about redoing them, but with our school schedule, there is never time to do it.  But this year I decided it was time for a lesson in propagating perennials! :)

In the morning, the boys and I headed out to the garden shed with a gardening book and some coffee - chapter one "Propagating Perennials"!  The first question, "Mom, what does it mean to propagate perennials?"  We learned that and much more - what time of year to propagate, different methods of propagating and tips for a successful transplant.  I had to talk fast in order to keep my boys attention, and I had to keep reminding them that they would have a test on what they learned.  We agreed that if they both got 100%  on the test, I would make them homemade pizza and we'd watch a movie.  That kept their attention! :)

We had a great day!  We dug out the beds, divided plants from other beds and transplanted them to their new locations.  Both the beds that I had been dreaming of redoing were done!  Yeah!  My boys are hard workers. :)  The following morning, I wrote the test.  Would you believe that they both got 100%?  Food is a good motivator for growing boys! LOL  So last Friday we had our pizza and watched a movie.

When you home school, it changes your perspective on everything you do.  It all becomes a learning experience, instead of just another job.  Each day we have the opportunity to impart knowledge, skills, and most importantly truth into our children.  Life is school, so have fun teaching your kids! :)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

And We're Back!

Why hello there!  After taking a needed break from blogging, we've decided to give this a try again!  If anyone even looks at this blog anymore.  ;-P  Now that I (Emily) have graduated, I have all this spare time on my hands (NOT!) so thought I would try freshening up the blog a bit, or even (gasp!) posting.... no promises, though.  ;)  And maybe Mom will post too.  ;-)  It's been a very busy summer and blogging has been pretty low on the list....obviously.  But hopefully we will be posting more often now.  What would you like us to post about the most?  Every day life?  Health?  The dogs?  All of the above?  Leave us a comment and let us know!  We'll be back soon.  :)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Beauty's Litter!

We are excited to announce that Beauty had a litter of puppies last night!  Her first puppy was born at 7:29, and she had seven puppies.  By 11pm, she was all done.  There are four females and three males.
Mom and puppies are doing very well.  She, like Princess, in an exceptional mother!  We will post more pictures later.
Here's a picture off the web cam of some fat and happy puppies sleeping with momma!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Farm Update

While our family thoroughly enjoyed winter, we are now looking forward to the next season.  This year we played hockey until March 8th, and then tapped our trees the next day - that was a first! :)  But now the pond is melted, most days, and it's time to order chicks, deliver goat kids and lambs, and have puppies.  I love the change of seasons! :)

Well, we are anxiously awaiting a litter of puppies from Beauty.  We did not have an exact date with this litter, so we have been watching her close.  She is getting big! :)  Every morning we put her outside with the other dogs so that she can get sunshine and fresh air.  Then every night we put her in a pen with the puppy cam on her.  Last night she seemed restless.  Maybe today will be the day! :)

Spring is in the air around the farm.  All of our trees are tapped and the sap is beginning to run.  Yeah!  Today we will wash barrels and collect sap for the first time.

Our little greenhouse is brimming with new life.  The seeds have sprouted and the plants are growing. It is always a strange feeling, planting seeds when there is so much snow on the ground, but getting our hands in the dirt again brings hope of warm sunshine. :)

If you are on our waiting list, we will let you know when the puppies arrive! :)

Friday, December 6, 2013

Jonny's Woodcrafts

With Christmas only a few weeks away, Jonny has been busy working in his shop making ornaments and other woodcrafts!  He now has a website where you can go and order some great Christmas gifts for your family, friends, and you! :) 
Check out and order today!

Reindeer Ornament

Snowman Ornament