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I have spent some years dealing with the challenging issue of fleas on dogs and cats. Many skin irritations and inflammations are the result of flea bites. The life cycle of the flea can last anywhere from two months to two years. There are four stages - adult flea, egg, larvae and finally the pupal stage. Products on the market today may affect the first three stages, but I am unaware of anything which kills the pupal stage as the pupa can lie safely in its cocoon for months. Adult fleas can lay between twenty and fifty eggs daily. Fleas love warm and humid conditions and the summer months can testify to their increasing presence.
How we use choose to channel our energy on a daily basis ultimately determines how much vitality and ‘get up and go’ we have. Just like nature, our bodies have their own natural cycles or seasons. Tuning into our own cycles and rhythms on a daily basis and throughout the year can greatly assist us in maintaining and sustaining our health and wellbeing.
Creativity is one of our innate urges. It is part of the structure that assists us to imagine our own reality, and call to action through our own unique self expression what we want for our world. Childhood years offer the opportunity to enjoy the unfolding creative processes which accompany life. They are also the time to sow great seeds for a life where one knows how to create one’s own positive relationship with everything that exists.
When it comes to training your dog, the schools of thought on ‘how to’ and the psychology behind training are changing. Depending upon your level of experience and familiarity with dogs you may choose to use a private dog handler, attend a training school or club or you may choose to work from home on your own. Your choice of training will also depend upon what you want and expect from your dog. Will the dog be employed in a line of work which involves people? Will his or her natural skills be used for hunting or stock work or will they be a valued member of the family household?
It is well known that our mental attitudes greatly influence our physical body as these two aspects are inextricably linked. Numerous studies confirming the health benefits of cultivating and maintaining a positive mental attitude and a calm, balanced mind are gaining attention in mainstream medicine with practitioners recognising the benefits of mind- body medicine techniques as an essential part of their patient’s healing process.
It’s that time of year when our children are heading back into the routine of preschool, school or tertiary study. Holidays often take us out and about in many ways and the child’s energy may now need to be brought in to focus.
The maker of the First Light Flower Jewellery talks about her botanically inspired creations and her love of nature.