Rescue Dog for the Win

Every farm has a dog (or several), right?  Well, we’re no exception. And since (as far as we know) February is our little dog’s birth month, I couldn’t let the month pass us by without telling Andy’s rescue story.

Now, most farms have medium to large herding breeds which  makes perfect sense since farms usually have farm animals that need to be herded from time to time. But since we’re a farm-in-the-making, a wannabe farm, we don’t have farm animals and thus, have no need for a herding dog – yet.

To be honest, I’ve never been a dog-lover.


I know, right? What’s wrong with me? Well, nothing. Except that I’m a cat person. Ha.

Our little dog, Andy, is only the second dog my husband and I have had in the thirty years we’ve been together.

Our first dog, Jake, was a little dog as well. A Chiweenie to be exact. And he was the best little guy. He passed away, peacefully, at the age of fifteen  on  October 13, 2015, thus, paving the way for our little rescue dog, Andy.

Like I said, I’ve never been much of a dog person, but right after Jake’s passing, I stumbled upon a great Instagram account (@HarlowandSage) who are some of the cutest dogs around!  Being a sucker for all things cute, I “followed” their account and have faithfully oohed and awed over them ever since.

HarlowandSage are great advocates for pet rescue and pet adoption and often share posts about pets who need forever homes.

In October 2016 they shared a post about an eight-month-old puppy at a shelter in southern California  who needed to find a forever home ASAP and they were generously offering to sponsor his adoption if someone was willing to save him. He was scheduled to be euthanized at the end of the week and it was already Tuesday when they found out about him.

Well, Mr. SBF and Girl2 had spent several months hinting that they were ready for another dog (by hinting, I mean mentioning it every single day). So when I saw HarlowandSage’s post on Instagram, my heart lurched. I immediately sent the picture to Mr. SBF and he was on board right away. The only problem was that we live 400 miles away from where Andy was. We  weren’t planning on going to southern California until November and our family members who live in southern California weren’t available at the time to help us spring Andy from the shelter. So I posted our dilemma on HarlowandSage’s post and almost immediately, a wonderful woman (Lisa @InspideredDesigns) volunteered to spring Andy from the shelter and to foster him until we were able to pick him up in November.

When Lisa arrived at the shelter to rescue Andy, they wouldn’t allow her to take him. Apparently, in California, you’re only legally allowed to have a certain number of pets and according to the shelter, Lisa was at the maximum. Very frustrated, Lisa contacted me right away and let me know what was going on.

I went back to HarlowandSage’s post and let everyone know the situation. And once again, immediately, someone volunteered to spring him from the shelter and to foster him until we could pick him up.  On October 13, 2016, exactly one year after our little Jake had passed away, Liz   (@acedeucetrip)   successfully saved Andy from being euthanized.  And on November 13, 2016, we picked Andy up from his foster home with the awesome   AceDeuceTrip trio   and brought him to his forever home here at SagebrushFarmNV.

The shelter had Andy listed as a Chihuahua/Daschund mix. He does resemble those breeds a bit but he also looks like a Miniature Pinscher but with a long tail. After a couple of weeks of observation, I noticed some funny little quirks about him and did some research on Google about them. It turns out that he has all the mannerisms of a Miniature Manchester Terrier (including running like the wind! Man, he’s fast!) Our veterinarian insists he’s more Mini Pinscher though. But whatever he is, he sure is cute.

Andy is a fun-loving, eager-to-please, cat-herding two-year-old now. He loves the snow, hates the rain, and merely tolerates baths. Go figure.


He would rather be outside than anywhere else and loves to go camping. Lately, he’s been enjoying going to work with Girl2 (who happens to work at the veterinarian’s office) and seems to be bored on the days he has to stay home with mom.

He is very social and loves to be around other dogs so we are keeping an eye out for the perfect playmate for him. We haven’t found one yet, but we know that when the time is right, the perfect rescue dog will come along and become a rescue dog for the win just like Andy!

Our Number One Use for Tea Tree Oil

I’ve mentioned before that we love to use essential oils. There are so many to choose from and their benefits are endless.

Today I wanted to share a little bit about number one use for Tea Tree Oil.

Tea Tree Oil, also known as Melaleuca, is an oil extracted mainly from the Melaleuca alternifolia plant but can also be extracted from other Melaleuca species. The Melaleuca alternifolia is native to Australia and its oil has been widely used there for over one hundred years.

Tea Tree Oil is well known for its antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic and antiviral powers.

Contrary to what its name suggests, Tea Tree Oil is not a tea, should not be consumed, and should only be used topically. Ingesting Tea Tree Oil has been known to cause confusion, drowsiness, hallucinations, severe intestinal discomfort, diarrhea, vomiting, coma and other serious side effects.

With that being said, however, its topical uses are countless and its benefits are phenomenal

For several years, Mr. SBF has had an ongoing battle with eczema on his right leg. Depending on how severe the flare-up is, it can cover the area around the outside of his ankle to the whole shin and calf.

When the symptoms and rash first began to appear, we treated it with various creams and rash ointments but to no avail. In fact, with each new cream, the rash seemed to spread and to get worse.

I did some research on the causes of eczema and studies suggest that eczema can be due to something in the diet (mainly, too much dairy and/or too much sugar). So, he made some dietary modifications so that he wasn’t eating as much dairy or sugar. But there was still no improvement.

So, I went back to the internet and did some more research. Other than genetics, the only thing that seemed to be left was stress. In some cases, stress can cause breakouts of eczema. Well, that certainly made sense because, at the time of the initial breakout, he was under extreme stress at his job. In fact, the eczema was so severe that at one point, his skin was so inflamed that it cracked and bled. All the while, we were searching for something that would help to relieve the discomfort as well as to heal it.

After three years of battling this crud, Mr. SBF finally went to work someplace else. I’d love to say that this cured the eczema but it didn’t. However, with a less stressful job, the eczema did subside a bit. The inflammation lessened and the cracks began to heal. Around that time, I read about the healing qualities of Tea Tree Oil and we decided to give it a try. I mixed a few drops with some coconut oil and he applied it to his leg two to three times per day. Much to our relief, the eczema began to subside! He used the ointment for several weeks and the cracks healed completely and the dry, itchy patches went away. All that remained was some redness in the places where the eczema had been the worst.  The only thing Mr. SBF didn’t like about my homemade ointment was the fact that coconut oil is so, well, oily. It does eventually absorb into the skin, but he didn’t have the time (or wasn’t willing-haha) to wait around every morning for the oil to absorb into his skin before getting dressed for work.

So I did a little digging around on the internet and found a great line of products called TheraTree (available through Amazon) which contains Tea Tree Oil and other natural ingredients. I ordered the therapeutic balm and lotion. He began applying those every day and noticed an increase in the skin’s smoothness and return to normalcy. For the past year, he has been using these products daily to maintain the health of his skin and I am happy to report that there have no more eczema flare-ups since using the Tea Tree Oil and TheraTree products.

Tea Tree Oil is truly an amazing thing! Its benefits are countless but this just happens to be our top use for Tea Tree Oil. We are firm believers in the use of essential oils and have reaped the benefits of so many of them.

How about you? Have you benefited from the use of essential oils?  We would love to hear your number one use for Tea Tree or any other essential oil!



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