Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Here are some other common sense & natural goat blogs...

I got curious the other day about what other resources are out there in the blogging world for us goat folks. These are several of the best ones I found, with a bit of information about each of them.  Please let me know how you like them.  And also please tell me if you know of others.

Homestead Revival - Journey Back To The Farm
This is the brainchild of Kate Myers and Amy (no last name listed).  Their blog covers all sorts of homestead topics, including some good posts on goat care.  This post about natural goat care resources in particular caught my eye.

Thursday, September 24, 2015


Has my blog gone steampunk???
Please visit this link for instructions to build your own hieronymous machine, pictured above
Nope!  Though it's an appealing idea...

This is a hieronymous machine.  A hier what?  It's a machine used in the practice of radionics.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Mercury retrograde and the moon

Ever have one of those days when you just get very introspective, and are processing so much, and really have little to say?  Hah!  Apparently today is my day.  :-)

I had 3 great blog topics picked out.  And none feel right to share today.  So, let's talk about not talking.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Conscious Horsemanship, and goatmanship, and dogmanship, and peopleship

I'm a fan of observing interactions.  Watching the dance of cause and effect.  A few years back I became aware of something profound, that changed how I interact with animals and people.  I realized that when it comes to horse training, that mystical relationship I longed for in The Black Stallion by Walter Farley really could happen.  And then I realized, that same relationship can exist with my other animals and with the people in my life.  Mutual respect, the right to say "no", learning each other's language, explaining more clearly instead of shouting louder - all of these part of a balanced give-and-take partnership.  I also noticed that many of the very popular training methods in both the dog and the horse world were not actually mutually respectful.  When I watched the actual body language and watched the results, it became very clear that while the words used were kind and respectful, the actions most certainly were not.  And the animals were unhappy.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Got glyphosate? Metals? Other chemicals? What to do about toxins for yourself & your animals

(Thank you to and Dunhill & McGrouther Group for the image)

Having worked in the environmental field for 18 years, I've watched pollution levels change and the type of risks shift. Even 20 years ago, toxins were not such a major concern. Today, things are different. Our animals and ourselves are exposed to:
  • lead from old paint
  • pesticides and herbicides that blow in from neighboring farms
  • herbicides like glyphosate deliberately applied to the crops to kill weeds
  • glyphosate used to dry out grain crops
  • aluminum and other metals in galvanized stock tanks
  • mercury from industry, especially mercury released from the soil in forest fires
  • ethoxyquin and other chemicals in black rubber buckets and feed tubs
  • lead and mold inhibitors from garden hoses
  • chemicals in fly sprays, vaccines, and dewormers
  • BPA and other plastic additives
  • preservatives and metals in vaccines
  • bromide in soda and flour
  • fluoride in drinking water
  • radioactive fallout from Japan

Any food, feed or hay produced these days, even organically, will have a toxin load from airborn fallout and rainwater.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Jackson Galaxy's Catification - I love this approach!

You may have seen Jackson Galaxy on TV.  If you haven't, check him out.  It's a treat!

One section of his website is devoted to his concept of Catification.  Catification is all about creating space for your cat to climb, perch, hide and just generally be able to be a cat in your household.  His Catification page has lots of reader-submitted Catification ideas.

I'm pretty excited about applying those ideas in our house for Sinh, as we live in a Topsider post and beam home with lots of exposed overhead beams, great for high perches.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Simple common-sense steps to your own perfect health

How many of us focus our time and attention on getting our animals healthy, and ignore our own health?

I still remember the day my holistic veterinarian looked me in the eye and said "Carrie, when are you going to do some homeopathy for yourself?  If you don't take care of yourself, who will take care of your animals?"

I know I'm not alone.  I see this over and over with my clients, and now and then I slide back into that rut myself.

So, keeping in mind our full lives and full plates, here are some simple basics to get your started, or possibly give you some new approaches.  I encourage you to tackle each of these one at a time.  Remember, it takes roughly 66 days to form a new habit.  Also remember, no one likes instant health.  You can feel mighty sick if you tackle too much too fast.

Applied kinesiology for all animals and people - getting practical answers about wellness

I recently published The Energetic Goat.  This book is a practical guide to applied kinesiology, contact reflex analysis and dowsing for goat health.

I often get asked, can I use this book for my cat?  My dog?  My horse?  Myself?  The short answer is, YES!  You can use this book for any of your animals or yourself!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Meow! Purrrrrfectly practical primer on cats.

Cats are a topic near and dear to my heart.  When I first moved out on my own, the first new species I added to my household was a pair of barn cats.  Ambercat and Sabrina blessed me with lessons in cat care, cat feeding, cat behavior and just general feline fun.
Later, my neighbor's cats moved in with all their kittens.  24 spay and neuters later (phew) and I had quite the mousing crew in my barn.