• May 26, 2022

Chocolates and Pet Wormers

One of my favorite shows in HBO is the Myth Busters. A group of scientists try to prove or disprove a lot of common beliefs that some of us accept us true. For example, remember this typical common movie scene wherein the hero swims underwater and the bad guys keep firing their weapon at the water? It usually shows that the bullets zoom in to the water and that the hero by some magical twist of luck that only Hollywood could formulate dodges all the bullets. Well, turns out that he does not need to dodge the bullets after all. Myth Busters have proven that bullets disintegrate into the water by four feet due to water pressure. They tried using high powered and high caliber guns and the results are still the same. The bullets just can’t penetrate below four feet. It is just physically impossible, so whenever some crazy guys come after you and tried shooting you when you are underwater, just swim deeper than four feet and you will be fine. Of course, if these baddies wait until you surface is another story.

Now you may wonder why I babbled about this. Well, it is because I am going to talk about two topics in pet care: chocolate and pet wormer. I remembered a certain topic I saw in Myth Busters and that is never feed your pet dog chocolates. Yes that thing you have read about chocolates being poisonous to your dog is true. According to Myth Busters, chocolate have this certain chemical properties that is fatal to dogs A Must- Read Buying Guide for First Time Users . So whenever you feel sympathetic to your dog because it looks longingly at you eating your favorite bar of chocolate, do not. Dogs will always look longingly to whatever food you are eating and since you now know better, this is a perfect situation where greed is good or else you will end up killing your dog. I repeat chocolates are bad for dogs. Keep the chocolates within the human race.

Now let us proceed to my second topic in pet care which is about pet wormer. Worms are found everywhere. And since dogs like to dig up soil, there is always a big chance that they are infected. If you are living in a tropical country, double these chances because tropical countries are breeding grounds of worms. Chances are if your dog or cat appears weak, it may have parasitic worms. Pet wormers are the obvious cure. Do not be a scrooge and go to the vet. Pet wormers will make your dog live longer and yes parasitic worms, in some cases, could actually kill your beloved pet. So better spend that few measly bucks on a pet wormer (Do not forget the fee of the vet) or else suffer the sight of your little kid crying over your dead pet. You choose what is important to you.

While we are on the topic of pet care, I will dispense my last piece of advice: please give your pet a regular bath. Nobody likes stinky pets you know.

Every year Americans put thousands of tons of waste into landfills. Although government standards have become more strict on the way our trash gets placed into landfills, such as eliminating items that won’t biodegrade within a reasonable amount of time, lining landfills so harmful chemicals that did make it through do not end up in our water supply and so on, the fact is we can do so much more.

Even though we can do more, when you present most people with the question or the responsibility of doing more to keep trash out of landfills, almost invariably the first question they will ask is, “what’s it going to cost me?”

That is a fact of life and who can blame them. A lot of people are on tight budgets just to feed their families or keep a roof over their heads, so spending extra money on recycling is not an option.

So to make it clear, the information that I am about to give you, so you can help reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills, will not cost you a dime. The only thing it will cost you is a couple of minutes of your day.

I am talking about recycling your food waste. You can do this in a couple of different ways. Although both ways are called vermicomposting, the first way is what deem as managed composting. This is where you build a box, or have some kind of container, and in that container you have worms known as red wigglers (commonly used for fishing). These aren’t some wild species of worms, you probably or should I say more than likely have thousands in your ground right now, and that is a good thing.

You add your food waste to your container of worms, cover the waste with damp shredded newspaper so the smell of the food waste does not seep out and you are done. In about 60 days the worms will have consumed all the waste, leaving behind their castings. It is these castings that you add to your flower beds, and gardens as it is the best type of fertilizer you can give them. What you have just done is keep the food waste out of the landfill, feed worms and they in turn gave you great compost. It is a win-win for everybody (or everything).

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