So Now We’re in Trouble

June 8, 2010

This morning our baby-Holmes experienced a rite of passage.  He lifted his leg.  He’s 8-1/2 months old and I had hoped all the “big boy” activities would wait a while longer, but it was not to be.  His dad exhibited this big-boy behavior when he was 7-1/2 months old, so I should be grateful for the extra month.  I think the top dog syndrome will be in effect as soon as I bring Chase home from Colorado Springs this weekend.  I am so dreading the top dog face-off.  Why can’t they stay little and sweet?

. . . Just as a p.s. — I am on a number of tracking lists.  Fleas and ticks are always an issue in the fields.  One of the trackers indicated she has used a mixture of a few drops of geranium oil (natural foods store) in distilled water as a spray to repel fleas and ticks.  This morning, I sprayed the three that are at home.  It is so clean and fresh smelling that I almost don’t care if it repels anything.  . . . just thought I’d pass it along.


  1. Alden says:

    Watson’s been a leg-lifter for 3 months now. I think he got tired of Fig lifting his leg on HIM! They’re like two boys with water pistols. 😉

    We were tracking on the ranch a few days ago, and ran into (literally) the first rattlesnake of the season. Scared the pants off me (thankfully, not literally). Poor Watson though, I grabbed him by his harness a ran holding him like a six-pack of beer.

  2. Cindy says:

    I use a mixture of citronella oil, lemon grass, peppermint and eucalyptus(sp) in witch hazel. It dispurses the oils better then water and is good for the skin.

    I use it on all the dogs when we go to teach 4-H classes as we have skeeters that can carry a small yorkie away. It works great, smells great and is much safer for humans and dogs then deet products.

  3. Alden says:

    Hi Cindy,

    Could you please give me the recipe for your wonder spray? We’ve had an unseasonally wet spring, and the bugs are horrendous.

    Can I find all the ingredients in a health food store?

    Thank you,


  4. Cindy says:

    Sure can! 1 bottle of witch hazel–should be enough to fill a nice sized sprayer bottle. To which I then put 15-20 drops of each oil in the spray bottle/witch hazel. Usually the lemon grass, citronella, peppermint and then a little of the eucalyptus. Also you can add in marigold if you can find it or lavender. Some even suggest rosemary. Shake well. Best to shake before each use.

    I find all the oils either at our local health food store, food co-op or out in Iowa at the Health Market section of the grocery store, Hy-Vee.

    Now if you want to use a smaller spray bottle, just pour out a TBLS or so of the witch hazel from it’s original bottle and mix there, then pouring into the sprayer of your choice.

    FYI-the essential oils can loose power of time. Best to use mix in smaller quantities and keep in a dark cupboard. Also, many times I will go out and harvest from the herb garden, put springs in the witch hazel and let it sit in the sun-kind of like brewing your own sun tea aka bug begone tea!

  5. sandy says:

    Great topic…the natural sprays. I have used Skin-so-soft from Avon mixed with water and shaken well on the horses and donkey for years. Has a nice scent and helps the skin too…but can draw plenty of dust. Better for them to be bug free than spanking clean.

    BTW Cindy … when you mention “bottle” of witch hazel…what size would that bottle be? Thanks!

  6. Holly says:

    I posted this on Cindy’s blog and will add it here too. Last year was a very bad year for bugs here and I had the dogs on Advantage. After we finally got rid of the bugs chemically, I have had the dogs on Bug Off Garlic from Springtime Inc. with great results. We are in a HIGH tick area and I only pulled 2 ticks off the dogs all spring!

    I wish I had stock in the company!

    • myeye says:

      I keep my dogs on Garlic/Brewer’s Yeast tablets year round because we are out tracking so much. We’ve not had a single tick — garlic is wonderful stuff even if you’re not Italian!


  7. Thats a disgusting habit. Boys ar so yukky I gess thats wair the saying “Boy germs” kums from. that’s wy Mummy & Daddy got a gerl poodle hoo is me. We just go owtsyd & wee in pryvasy

  8. Tony says:

    I got a tick on my back once when we had been out the bush (forest) for a hike. I freaked out when my son spotted it as I took my shirt off after we got home… Yikes!!!