Walking My Dog
Shorter length and smaller kid friendly hand loop makes it easier for children to handle their four-legged friends
Outdoors Expert and author Len McDougall feeds venison bones that he's hacked up to his extremely grateful sled dog teams of Siberian huskies. Meat is a carnivore's natural food, and you can see from the health and fitness levels of even his old dogs that the diet agrees with them.
Dogsleds are clean, green and run on renewable energy.
Cam describes a recent encounter with some aggressive dogs.
Walking School Buses make a big impact by improving health, building community and filling in where school budgets fall short.
A Texas mom created an all-natural toothpaste that whitens teeth and encourages her children to do a better job of brushing because it’s fun.
Fungi breakdown organic material and make it available to plants. Encouraging fungi to grow naturally, or inocculating your soil can have tremendous benefits for your garden.
Where have our bats gone? We miss the benefit of having them around and wish they would come back.
American leaders are planning to launch a national summit recognizing the benefits of walking for health.
Highlighting Chanterelles in a fall series of mushroom foraging.
Experienced LGD owners can easily come up with a list of myths, misconceptions, and misinformation about their dogs. A quick glance at various LGD forums, email lists, or Facebook pages will reveal that these misconceptions are not only widespread but they are also responsible for the majority of problems new LGD owners find themselves in.
Can I use a Great Dane as a LGD? Or a St. Bernard? How about a heeler and Golden crossbred? Being a LGD is not a job you can train any other breed to perform. LGDs are a specialized group of breeds.
The symbiotic relationship between plants and fungi are showing more than ever how life depends on life. Learn how to encourage what beneficial microbes you have in your soil for a powerful ally in your garden and fields.
A crazy idea to make a car battery last forever is quite crazy indeed.
Here are things to consider when choosing your cat or dog food.
Anyone can brew beer. Part 2 of Homebrewing for Beginners seeks to demystify the process of cooking the wort, fermentation, racking, and bottling.
Anyone can brew beer. The article seeks to demystify the process and help jump start brewing by breaking down the equipment, recipe, and ingredients. This is a 2-part blog post.
Drop store bought mayonnaise like a bad habit. Make your own with only five simple ingredients, under 5 minutes.
The American Heart Association aims to get people moving by organizing a National Walking Day. Follow some of these easy suggestions to participate in National Walking Day.
Dogs can perform a variety of useful tasks on farms and rural properties, but can cause problems if they stray.
Great Pyrenees have a reputation as great livestock guardian dogs, but they also protect poultry. Read what two owners of Great Pyrenees have to say about the dogs’ innate ability to protect poultry and other livestock.
Safely bring a new goat herd home and getting them used to you and their new surroundings.
Adult dogs need a little help to compete with pups in the adoption game. A spa date with a groomer or in your own back yard can give that older shelter dog more than a shiny coat. It can open the door to a new life.
Many of the herbs used for beauty and health today have been tested and tried over centuries. A new article by James A. Duke, Ph.D., discusses the history and uses of flax, myrrh and others.
An innovative partnership of bicycle advocates and a bike-friendly attorney aims to reduce crashes in South Carolina.
Identifying, harvesting, and cooking the nutritionally complex spring treat, stinging nettle.
A series on fall mushrooms for foraging.
Meet the king of the mushroom kingdom, Boletus Edulis, spotlighted in this fall series of mushroom foraging.
A Danish study has found that concentration improves among students who bicycle or walk to school.
Walking to School promotes healthy living among young people.
Most Americans use vehicles to travel less than three miles, a distance that can easily be walked. Choosing active transportation over vehicles can improve your health, decrease your spending and minimize all that time you spend at stop lights.
Going camping, hiking, or canoeing this summer? HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel shares a big-batch granola recipe that will feed your entire group—or one hungry teen.
I've been living in my tipi for almost a month now. Last night, under a chorus of screech owl trills and whinnies, I spent a little time reflecting on some things I've learned about this curious way of living. Enjoy.
One of the secrets of healthy dogs is to feed them healthy food, and raw meat is their natural diet.
Many snakes are actually helpful around the homestead because they hunt rats, mice and other small rodents. But if you have a snake problem, a terrier can help keep them under control.
Addition to our family and our homestead. Echo a GSD with a new chance at life in his furever home.
Milk, meat, eggs, veggies-- see how it's done on a small urban farm!
Save containers, save money! No need to buy something you already have!
Save your eggshells! Seedling pots that are easy on your wallet and the environment.
Biking and walking to work have significant health benefits, according to a new study. Pedestrians and cyclists have lower risk of diabetes and high blood pressure, and tend not to be overweight.
Cam enjoys a magical walk through a winter wonderland while cutting and hauling firewood.
In this blog, I challenge readers to abandon the typically new year's resolution and embarking on a New Year's Revolution. Read it and see if you'd like to join me on what could be an exciting and profitable new venture.
We all have a rule book inscribed in our minds that dictates how we and others should act. Though handy at times, it often becomes a liability, a huge liability. See why in this blog and what you can do about it.
With My Own Two Wheels is a new film about the bicycling experiences of five unrelated individuals across the globe.
This picture will bring a smile to your face and make you think of your own family pet.
Cam is mourning the loss of his beloved dog Morgan.
With a well-designed dog pack, you can take your dog to the farmer's market and your pet won't mind helping you carry a few groceries.
Manure-spreading day is a big event on the farm, for everyone from the chickens to the border collies. And it's part of a wonderful seasonal cycle that's the foundation of self-reliance and sustainability.
Teaching a farm dog — a livestock guard dog — which animals to protect and which animals not to isn't an easy task. Learn about the protector/protectee animal relationships at Rancho Cappuccino, and about how the Rancho guard animals are taught to protect their charges.
Don't be fooled by false species. Enjoy real morels and fiddlehead ferns. Tips for identification and lessons learned from misidentifications.
Submit your best photos of biking and walking for a chance to win a free, 10-day bike trip to Italy!
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel shares her New Year's resolution for 2014: buying food directly from farmers.
You’ve done your homework – examining your needs, situation, and breed preferences – and now you are ready to select your LGD. This is an expensive, long- term commitment of time and energy. This LGD will be protecting your farm and stock. Please take your time to choose your pup carefully.
A beginning farmer loses a friend and finds that solitary farming isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Stony Knolls Farm has a new dog and getting him here was a wonderful, and amazing journey that is well worth sharing! Rescue dogs are so grateful for their new homes.
Don't let summer berries go to waste! Rev up your recipe collection with sorbets, vinegars and even berry wine! Your berries will be the star of the season!
Taste spring sooner-- build yourself a cold frame!
Quick and easy recipe ideas for preserving radishes!
A fresh, modern approach to keeping chickens- the perfect resource for newbies and seasoned pros!
Even those who are new to canning (like us!) can make these savory little pickles! But you'll want to make extra, because they won't last long!
No juice extractor? No problem! This easy method for making fresh, delicious apple juice will have you sipping in no time.
Craving something fresh and homegrown? Short on space and sunny weather? Growing sprouts is for you!
Spring means rhubarb! Make ice cream, jam and more!
How we turned our plain old yard into a productive farm, and how you can do it too!
The United States has one of the lowest rates of active transportation in the world, leading to poor cardiovascular health and other diseases.
Watching TV or sitting may take time off of your life expectancy, according to an Australian study.
Technology similar to that used for tracking street use may be used to track pedestrians and keep them safe.
World Car Free Day is an annual international event to raise awareness about alternative transportation. Every Sept. 22, cities and towns around the globe recognize the negative impacts of car pollution and encourage walking or biking as ways to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Show your thanks for bicycle and pedestrian advocacy leaders by nominating someone you know for a national Advocacy Award.
Susie Stephens' memorial now grows in the city of her tragic death.
The bike-ped movement is growing; meet one of the newest leaders advocating for pedestrians.
Livestock guard dogs were found in a sweep of cultures from southern Europe through Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and central Asia. They worked in the company of shepherds who often spent weeks on high summer pasture or on long migratory routes.
Homesteading with dogs in remote mountain living. Considerations in providing a good safe homestead environment for your cherished pets.
Jan Dohner explains how the different Livestock Guard Dog breeds were developed and introduces us to their differences in style of work, temperament and other behaviors.
Coping with SARDS (sudden acquired retinal degeneration) in dogs and practical ways to help a blind dog.
In a previous post, “What is a Livestock Guard Dog?,” I described what livestock guard dogs do but it is also exceptionally important to know how they do this job. Understanding how not only helps us work with our LGDs but also explains why other breeds or crosses with non-LGD breeds are not likely to perform this same outstanding job.
Livestock guard dogs are an attractive choice for predator control on the farm. Jan Dohner gives us an honest look at the pros and cons of choosing a Livestock guard dog versus a guard donkey or llama.
Beware of what you use in your garden! Cocoa bean mulch may cause serious gastrointestinal problems for dogs, if eaten in large amounts.
Re-homed adult or rescue LGDs are another option when you are looking for a working livestock guard dog for your farm.
In our last few posts, we’ve been looking at the various breeds of livestock guard dogs. But before you start looking at advertisements or litters of puppies, there are a few more questions for you to ask yourself. They are centered on two broad issues – your predator problems and your farm or homestead.
In this post, Jan Dohner describes the different roles a livestock guard dog can perform on a farm or homestead - a full-time livestock guardian, a general farm guardian, or a family companion.
In Part One of this post, Jan Dohner explained how the different Livestock Guard Dog breeds were developed and introduces us to their differences in style of work, temperament and other behaviors. In Parts Two and Three, we take a brief look at some of the more common LGD breeds available in North America.
The right dog can be a very useful member of the family when you are growing corn!
Feel protected in this week’s Photo of the Week. Remember to submit your own pictures, and you could be the next Photo of the Week! Plus, learn more about guard dogs and Great Pyrenees dogs.
Taking time to just have fun and enjoy life in the face of serious living.
Watch Dogs That Changed the World on PBS this Sunday to learn more about where or what your beloved pet came from.
As tick and flea season approaches, Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence won’t be dousing her dog, Rug, in flea medicine or attaching a flea collar because she knows that these can be harmful—both for Rug and for her. Flea collars often contain tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP) or propoxur, which can jeopardize Rug’s immune system and leave damaging lifelong effects.
Rewarding volunteer efforts involving German Shepherd Rescue.
HOMEGROWN blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel outlines strategies for responsible drought gardening in her home state of California--or anywhere.
This week of my Polyface Farm summer internship included a forestry lesson from Joel Salatin, installing my first fence, and the introduction of Polyface’s new guardian dog puppy, Cody!
Although livestock guard dogs are the oldest and most traditional livestock guardians, Jan Dohner gives us a look at the other two livestock guardians – llamas and donkeys.
In Part One of this post, Jan Dohner explained how the different livestock guard dog breeds were developed and introduces us to their differences in style of work, temperament and other behaviors. In parts two and three, we take a brief look at some of the more common LGD breeds available in North America.
Life on a family farm is never dull and full of surprises to keep a farmer on their toes.
This rustic, resourcefully sustainable dog fence fits right into the landscape. Before you install a fence, look around your place first to see what's already available.
Tips on how to dispose of pet waste properly for National Dog Day!
Keep your pet safe by learning the dangers posed by certain flea- and tick-control products.
HealthyCoat offers high quality and a highly digestible source of Omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids, Vitamin E and Lecithin, fortified with Niacin, Biotin and Vitamin B12.
The benefits of adopting a pet. And the sadness that occurs when they die.
Rescue stale bread and veggies and make homemade stuffing mix! You'll never look back!
Our hands take a beating. Be kind to them and make this amazing hand scrub with ingredients right from your pantry!
Forget the propane bbq! Make your own smoker and masonry oven with these two quick videos!
Beat summer heat with this easy, do-it-yourself alternative to an expensive store-bought air conditioner!
Are you up to the 2 Mile Challenge? Sign up and help replace 100,000 car trips with healthy, pollution-free bicycle travel!
Ian Klepetar has been living out of a tent — and building a business empire that benefits bicyclists.
It is hard to believe but after more than 20 years of successful federal investment in biking and walking facilities, Congressional leaders are poised to eliminate dedicated funding for biking and walking.
Boy! Did I learn my lesson when I left our young pullets out back with our trusted dogs. I'll never do that again.
How and why we chose to have a livestock guardian dog and what they are like.
Eggs aren't the only things that come from the business end of a chicken. But with a little time and materials, and even less ingenuity, the rest can set you up with a free and steady supply of valuable organic fertilizer.