We Need Bees & Bees Need Us

Did you know bees are among the most important insects on the planet?

Without bees to pollinate certain crops, they wouldn’t survive. Can you imagine life without apples, peaches, strawberries, onions, avocados, carrots, almonds? The list goes on and on. These diligent little pollinators make it possible for many of our favorite foods to reach our tables.

Bees also pollinate flowers, encouraging growth, which helps to provide habitats for other insects and animals.

Bees keep our economy buzzing!

According to Honey Love Urban Beekeepers –

  • Bees pollinate 80% of the world’s plants including 90 different food crops.
  • 1 out of every 3 or 4 bites of food you eat is thanks to bees.
  • The honey bee is responsible for $15 billion in U.S. agricultural crops each year.

Yikes!! We need bees.

But they are disappearing at an alarming rate due to Global Warming, habitat loss, such as agriculture & urban development, and pollution & pesticides.

Bees really need our help to thrive & I encourage you to take action –

Understand the importance of bees, and be kind. We need them. 

Kelsey Gray Photography

Kelsey Gray Photography

 

Advertisements

Hiring Redmond, WA Area Pet Lovers!

Pawblem Solved is hiring for a Pet Nanny and Dog Walker. You’ll be paid to give love to the cutest cats and dogs on the Eastside. Even if you’ve never considered pet sitting in your future before, take a look at all the benefits of this enjoyable and rewarding job.

  • Starting rate of $11 per 30 minute walk/visit (1 hour visits net you $22).
  • Holiday pay.
  • Reimbursement for gas.
  • You set your schedule and decide which jobs to take on.
  • Bonuses based on team member’s commitment, enthusiasm and hard-work.
  • Working for a small company which values providing the very best care for pets and their humans above all else.
  • Mentoring and training on the finer points of pet nanny services and dog walking.
  • Fun, stress-free work environment, with a supportive, family-like team.

What We Are Looking For:

  • Someone interested in part-time, mid-day (11am-3pm), weekly work, with occasional weekends, mornings & evenings; averaging 5-15 hours per week.
  • Someone living in the Redmond, Bellevue, or Kirkland area. Hiring specifically to take on Redmond pets at this time.
  • Clean criminal record.
  • A person who doesn’t mind a little rain with their day.
  • A trusty vehicle for getting around.
  • Lastly, you should label yourself as a true animal lover.

About Us:

Pawblem Solved is a small, reputable business, which looks to provide amazing service to the pets of the Bellevue, Redmond and Kirkland areas. We offer 30 minute Monday through Friday leashed dog walks for those pet owners that work long days and can’t get home to their pups, as well as 30 minute pet-sitting visits. We focus on healthy and happy pets that are absolutely impossible to resist. To see our team, visit our webpage at http://pawblemsolved.com/petsitters.php.

To Apply, Please Email:

  • Resume.
  • Contact information including; phone number and home address.
  • Cover letter describing your experience(s) with animals and any other distinguished information that sets you apart from other candidates.

Contact Info:

The Realities of Climate Change & What You Can Do To Help

utah-kesley-gray

Kelsey Gray Photography

According to NASA; “The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is very likely human-induced and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented in the past 1,300 years.” 

Climate change is real, and it should be taken very seriously. The Earth’s average temperature is increasing faster than ever before. This paramount change effects everyone, and everything on the planet – humans, animals, forests, oceans. Sea levels are rising, oceans are becoming warmer, plant and animal species are dying.

To put it simply; with too many greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide), the Earth would heat up beyond survivable levels. Your carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide released into the air due to your personal needs; transportation, electricity, food, clothing, and other goods.

To protect what we have left, we must immediately take action.

missouri

Kelsey Gray Photography

There are things each and everyone of us can do to slow down the process, and help reduce the problem.  

  • Educate yourself, and others on this subject.
  • Vote for candidates that don’t plan to destroy Earth. Candidates who are against coal ash, fracking and pesticides. These not only hurt the planet we live on, but us, as individuals. “Polluter profits cannot triumph over public health:” Check out Earth Justice for ways to help: http://earthjustice.org/
  • Unplug. Turn off your electronics when not in use; computers, lights, TV’s, wash clothes in cold or warm water vs hot, and hang some of your clothes to dry.
  • Buy organic and locally grown foods, or better yet, grow some of your own food. Make several of your meals meat & dairy-free. 18% of green house gas emissions come from meat & dairy production.
  • Walk, ride your bike or take transit, instead of driving a car.
  • Purchase solar panels for your home. Efficient solar panel systems create electricity without producing global warming pollution.
  • Part of the problem is deforestation, as trees help remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by absorbing CO2 & other pollutants. Plant, plant, plant! OR donate to an organization that is devoted to increasing our forests: The Nature Conservancy.

I have already started implementing many of these, and I look forward to planting trees and building a vegetable garden this spring with my daughter.

What will you do to help?

For more facts regarding climate change, check out NASA’s Climate Change FAQ’s.

 

yosemite

Kelsey Gray Photography

We Ran, We Conquered.

On Saturday, September 17th 2016, my daughter, Olivia, & I ran through the finish line for Old Dog Haven. We raised $2000 (doubling our goal), with a matching donation from Salesforce, for a total donation of $4000!

This was such a great experience for Olivia & I, and I highly encourage everyone to do something, get involved, make a difference.. Be a part of your community. We are already thinking about what to do next. 😉

Thank you, so much, to those that donated and supported us! The money will do great things for the senior dogs.

image1-1

Fundraiser for Old Dog Haven

 

We are one week away from our 1/2 marathon race, for Old Dog Haven. The forecast says sunny & 79 degrees for the Beat the Blerch Run. I guess we’re still a week away, but that’s promising!

Oli and I have raised $1775 for the seniors; $225 from doubling our goal. Woot woot!

We will be taking donations until the race date of Saturday, September 17th, and any small or large amount is very much appreciated! Every penny goes towards ODH.

DONATE HERE

I’m very excited to show off my shirt on race day!

Wish me luck!
~ Danielle & Oli

 

Running With Oli for Old Dog Haven

I have a passion for animals. My bucket list is filled with animal-related activities, events & goals; one of them being; “run a charity race for an animal rescue.”

There is no better time to start than the present. So I will be running the Beat The Blerch Half Marathon for Old Dog Haven, with my 14 month old daughter training by my side.

My goal is to raise $1000 by my marathon date of Saturday, September 17, 2016.

There is one rule; I cannot run the race, and my daughter cannot watch me zoom (or crawl!) past the finish line, UNLESS I reach my goal!

100% of the money we raise will go directly to Old Dog Haven.

———————————————————————————————————————————

Why Old Dog Haven?
I have many family & friends who have senior pets and I know the cost, time & energy that goes into caring for these senior citizens. It is organizations like Old Dog Haven that help give homeless senior dogs a place to live, a warm bed to lay on, and the medical care they need to live out the rest of their lives.

FROM ODH: Old Dog Haven is a foster-based rescue for senior dogs in Western Washington. We take in dogs 8 years and older, place them in safe, loving homes and provide all veterinary care necessary to restore the dog to health and an optimal quality of life. Priority is given to pulling dogs from shelters and those in hospice condition, but we also assist owners and shelters with finding appropriate homes for their adoptable senior dogs. The majority of ODH dogs are not adoptable and will live with their foster families for life as Final Refuge fosters. We currently have around 300 dogs in care and veterinary expenses run approximately $80K per month. Helping them is sometimes challenging, often expensive, but always rewarding. Our goal is that their last years are happy and that they die safe and at peace, knowing they are loved.

As our veterinary clinics are spread throughout Western Washington and some offer discounts to us, these are averages for what donations will cover. A large portion of our veterinary expenses come from complex surgeries at specialty centers which can run several thousands of dollars.

– $1,000 – Dental cleaning with extraction of painful teeth
– $500 – Cardiology exam with echocardiogram
– $250 – Full set of geriatric laboratory tests
– $100 – X-rays to check for arthritis and spinal conditions
– $25 – One month supply of joint supplements for a large breed dog

Please check out the links below for more ODH Info: 

– Website: www.olddoghaven.org
– Final Refuge (permanent foster) dogs: Final Refuge
– Adoptable ODH dogs: Adoptable Dogs
– Adoptable dogs courtesy cross-posted for others (owners or shelters that want to adopt out the dog themselves): More Adoptable Dogs

———————————————————————————————————————————

THANK YOU: To those that have already donated & to those that will be donating. We truly appreciate it & are so excited to be able to help such a great cause!

 

Canine Influenza is a Possibility in King County

Several Dogs in a Kent Kennel were recently diagnosed with canine influenza. This is a highly contagious virus, and though it’s not particularly deadly, it could lead to more severe issues, such as  pneumonia.

It is recommended, at this time, to keep your pups away from dog parks, boarding facilities, and doggy daycare’s.

Just like humans, be on the look-out for coughing, runny nose, fever, and lethargy. If you feel like your pup isn’t acting like himself, be sure to have him checked-out by a veterinarian ASAP.

For more information regarding this, take a look at the Public Health Insider.