A Sheep’s Life

I never really knew much of anything about sheep. Anyone who doesn’t own them think that they are cute, cuddly, woolly cherubs – shepherds know better! You know why, because every shepherd knows that they are too much like people! They can be headstrong, helpless, uncooperative, cause horrendous damage and just plain want their own way! Sound like anyone you know?

These woolen beasts are completely dependent upon the type of owner or manager that they have. Is he brave, selfless, devoted to the flock, or is he uncaring, negligent and cowardly? Under the first, they will be healthy, flourish and thrive; under the second, they will starve and suffer ghastly hardship. Interestingly enough, it is the character of the shepherd alone that determines the health and future of these animals and no one else.

The shepherd must be willing to continually sacrifice his own comfort and needs to properly provide for the flock. He must go to great lengths to locate clean water, the finest grazing, plenty of winter-feed and shelter from severe weather. Without the shepherd sheep are like defenseless orphans, prey to any ravenous beast. It’s no easy task! They need constant looking after. The shepherd must ensure their contentment or the flock will never do well. Their lives are entirely in his hands.

Handled right, sheep enjoy a rather unique role in the livestock kingdom. We’ve probably all seen the cowboy movies where the cattlemen and the sheep men are battling over the grasslands. That’s because sheep, under indifferent management, can overgraze and make the land such a waste area that it is almost beyond repair. Paradoxically, they can also be the most advantageous animal to the land. In time-honored days of old, they were known as ‘those of the golden hooves,’ because of their great benefits to the soil.

Known as ‘nature’s weed eaters,’ these animals consume the largest variety of herbage. They can eat toxic and invasive weeds that other livestock can’t, thereby cleaning up all poisonous plants that are deadly to other grazers. This saves ranchers a ton of money from using chemicals and machines, because even these contrivances don’t guarantee any success in destroying weeds that choke out practically everything else. And this is why they are called ‘those of the golden hooves,’ sheep manure is the finest balanced of any other animal. It is their habit to feed on the rich low lands then rest on the highest grounds. By doing so, they re-deposit the rich nutrients from those lower grounds to the less fertile higher grounds. Rather like a waterfall in reverse!

No other creature takes out so much lethal toxin and puts back so many life-giving nutrients. Sheep manure is a natural slow-release fertiliser, it can be used as an organic mulch, it has low-odour and is lower in nitrogen than other manures, but at the same time it is high in phosphorous and potassium making it ideal for plant growth.

Sure, these fleecy critters are a handful to manage properly. Just finding clean water can be a nightmare! Like any other animal, if they do not get enough fresh water they become weak, tense and restless. If the shepherd does not provide clean water, these creatures will look for any polluted water hole or puddle, putting themselves at risk for parasites and infectious diseases. Keeping a sheep from euthanizing itself is a full time occupation!

Something that many people find rather contradictory is in the disciplining of the flock. It all has to do with them wandering off. Have you ever seen a picture of a shepherd carrying a lamb on his shoulders? It’s a shepherds job to set boundaries for the flock. When a sheep consistently, stubbornly strays from his protection, he will break its leg so it cannot drift away. It is now forced to depend totally on the shepherds’ tender care. It takes time, patience and devotion, but a strong bond will be forged that was never there when the sheep had its wandering ways.

Opinions differ rapidly here. I have read that there are those who say this is a myth; no shepherd would do such a cruel thing. But what is more cruel, making sure that a sheep will no longer stray and keep itself out of peril, or is it possible to keep an eye on it 24/7 to protect it? You can take your pick, but this is not the first time that I’ve heard of this type of discipline on a wayward one, and only the faithful can do it – it’s called tough love!

Betta Splenden – 5 Crucial Tips

Welcome to your “5-Tip Crash Course” to raising happy, healthy Betta Splenden! Once you’ve absorbed these crucial tips, you’ll quickly have your Betta Splenden smiling at you and thanking you every day for saving them from their suffocating plastic cups you originally found them in.

Betta Splenden are some of the most beautiful fish on the planet, who will constantly amaze your friends and family whenever they catch a glimpse of your fish tank. Bettas Splenden also have a personality of their own. If they’re happy and healthy, they’ll entertain you and make you smile warmly from the inside by waving their tails, dancing for you, and being extremely cute in general.

And heck, let’s admit it: Once you’ve owned your first Betta Splenden, you’ll realize – They’re addicting!

So without further ado, let’s get to your 5 crucial tips.

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Crucial Tip #1: Your Betta’s Tank

The temperature of your Betta Splenden’s tank is extremely important for their health and well-being.

Betta Splenden originate from Thailand, Cambodia, and certain parts of Vietnam. In the Betta Splenden’s natural habitat, the temperature is usually pretty consistent, between 22 to 28 degrees Celsius throughout the year. It’s important to keep your Betta Splenden’s tank consistently between these temperatures.

If the temperature drops below 22 degrees Celsius, your Betta Splenden’s growth will be stunted, become prone to disease, or even die from chronic stress. Consistency is important as well, because constant temperature fluctuations will also stress out your Betta Splenden.

Crucial Tip #2: Quality of Water

As you probably know, to keep your Betta Splenden happy, you need to keep your water clean. By keeping your tank clean, you allow your Betta Splenden’s immune system to work better, to take in more essential body salts, as well as get rid of harmful waste.

A good filtration system and the size of your tank are key to your Betta Splenden’s happiness.

Filtration takes waste, uneaten food, and sometimes bacteria out of the waters, giving your Betta Splenden a better, healthier environment to live in. You have many choices on filtration systems, which are beyond the scope of this article, but even a basic system will save you time and frustration in water changes.

The more often you change your water, the more you’ll stress out your Betta Splenden. The easiest way to avoid changing your Betta’s water so often, and keep his water cleaner, is to 1) have a good filtration system, and 2) get a bigger tank.

The bigger your tank, the longer it takes before your water gets contaminated. Therefore, the longer before you have to change your tank.

Crucial Tip #3: Betta Splenden Are Jumpers!

Betta Splenden are “jumpers,” meaning unless the walls of your tank are high, or you place something on top of your tank, they’re very likely to jump out.

So make sure you top off your tank, so your Betta Splenden don’t come flying out.

Crucial Tip #4: Betta Splenden Diet

Betta Splendens should be mostly eating meats. Frozen crayfish eggs, beef heart, baby and decapsulated brine shrimps, as well as bloodworms/brine shrimps are all great choices. Small amounts of lettuce or spinach can be mixed in for fiber.

This may be common sense, but avoid overfeeding your Betta Splenden.

Crucial Tip #5: Betta Splenden Are Fighters!

Again, this may be common sense, but putting two Betta Splendens in one tank is a big no-no! Two male Betta Splendens will almost always break out into a vicious fight. Female Betta Splenden put in the same tank are also known to fight each other, as are Male to Female.

The exception is if you’re trying to breed Betta Splenden – In which case, the female Betta Splenden should be introduced to the male Betta Splenden before they have any chance of physical contact.

This can be done by placing a tall jar with the female Betta Splenden inside in the male Betta Splenden’s tank. By doing so, you’ll introduce the two Betta Splenden to one another, in an environment where they cannot start tearing each other apart.

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Great! You’ve just taken a crash course in owning a happy, satisfied Betta Splenden. You’re now versed in keeping your tank clean, your Betta Splenden’s diet, and other basic Betta Splenden care tips.

There are many other great resources on Betta Splenden on the internet, so get out there and start exploring!

3 Top Reasons Why Cats Are Better Pets Than Dogs

It may be a tough decision to choose between a cat and a dog for a pet. Both of them are furry and cuddly however, they are two very different creatures. Cats have adorable traits such as the way they care for themselves, how they manage to stay clean and their cute antics that make them a wonderful family pet.

Cats do not Occupy a Lot of Space

People who have a golden retriever or even a small dog as a pet are familiar with the amount of space they take up in bed. No matter what their size is, they love to stretch out into other’s personal space, the room where they play and exercise and their belongings(like dog bed/toys) therefore they should have a spacious place to be happy and healthy.

On the other hand, cats do not need much space to survive. It should just be enough to accommodate their essentials like litter boxes (one box for every cat and an extra one) plus food and water dishes, all of which will ensure kitty’s happiness.

It is More Affordable to Own a Cat.

During their lifetimes, taking care of cats is less costly than dogs. There are some breeds of cats that are quite expensive but when it comes to adoption fees, kittens and cats are much more affordable than puppies or dogs, especially during kitten seasons or when there are lots of kittens in the shelter. There are shelters that either waive their fees or offer two kittens for the price of one.

There are a lot of expenses to take into consideration when owning a pet, including supplies and caretakers, among others. Since dogs tend to damage their toys, the materials they are made with should be tougher (which are a lot more expensive) or need to be replaced every now and then. Toys for cats are comparatively cheap when bought in stores but cheaper (as well as easy) to DIY.

Dogs need lots of exercise as this is crucial to their health however, walking the dog twice or thrice a day can be difficult when its owner has a full-time job. On the average, a dog walker costs $15 to $20 per 20 minute walk and come to think of it, costs can add up right away. On the contrary, cats are easily contented with napping, lounging and playing even when they are alone at home while their human parent is working. Two kitties left alone are even better since they will never get bored.

Cats are Easily Contended when Indoors.

To stay happy and healthy, dogs need plenty of exercise, long walks and lots of time outdoors. It is nearly impossible for them to live solely indoors. However, this can be challenging when dog owners have limited mobility, do not have a yard or their house is not accessible to parks.

Cats are much safer when they stay indoors and easily contended when lying beside a window or curled up in the sunny part of the couch. The window just needs to opened a little to let some fresh air inside (but not too wide for the cat to flee). These will allow cats to be very happy as they watch birds as well as bugs the whole day.