Happy, Healthy Dogs

Happy Healthy Dogs

If your reading The Ahimsa Life, odds are you are either thinking of adding healthy changes to your lifestyle, or you are actively living a healthy, happy life. But don’t forget about your furry friends!

Any one who knows me, knows how much I love my Little Jack Russel, Olive. I am pretty sure she is the best dog in the world, and I would do just about any thing to make sure she is healthy, happy and safe. Olive makes sure I get up, get my 10,000 steps per day, and stay active. I want to make sure I keep her healthy too so we can be healthy together for a long time to come.

 

  • I make sure Olive gets enough activity. For a 1 year old JRT that’s A LOT of walks, and tossing the ball around the yard. Different breeds and sizes require different activity levels, check with your Vet on how much your dog needs. For Olive her twice daily walks are the highlight of her day. She loves meeting new dogs, and saying hi to all our neighbors. Which brings me to my next point.

 

  • Mental activity. More then just walks around the neighborhood or time in the yard, make sure your dog is keeping his/her mind sharp. Problem solving toys, learning new tricks, training, and visiting new places all keep your dog curious.

 

  • Healthy Foods. Do you know whats in your dogs food? You need to read the label for them just like you do for your self. Make sure they are getting the best meals, and treats. Try and make your own, Olive loves these pumpkin treats, they are quick and easy to make and save well.

 

  • Healthy Skin and fur – Olive is active, very active. One of her favorite things to do is dig up my garden. She loves mud and dirt. She loves to bury those treats I just hand made for her. She gets a bath pretty much every week, so, I consider myself an expert on dog shampoos. My favorite is Burt’s Bee’s Oatmeal Shampoo. Olive is pretty scruffy, so I always use a conditioner as well. Its natural, organic, and makes her fur soft and smell great.

 

  • After a bath its time for a brushing! I love this  Dog Grooming Brush. It gets through all of Olive’s thick fur, cuts through any knots in a snap, and helps a lot with the shedding!
  • Regular check ups. Olive never misses a appointment with her doctor. She loves getting in the car and visiting every one so that helps a ton. We go at least twice a year (Vets recommend at least once) just to check in and make sure shes as great as I think she is!

 

  • Keep those chompers clean! Dental health is so important for your dog. Get regular cleanings, and make sure they have safe things to chew on.

What do you do to make sure you and your dog stay healthy?

♥Pamela

 

 

 

Olive’s Favorite Pumpkin Treats

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Olive is my Jack Russel Terrier, she is arguably the sweetest dog in the world. Any one who knows me or follows me on Social Media knows that my dog Olive is my life!

Just like I strive to live a healthy balanced life, I try to get her lots of activity and feed her natural healthy foods too. Which includes making her healthy nutritious foods. If you have a dog, take a peak at any label for the treats you have in the house, make sure you are not filling those precious bellies with chemicals and preservatives. When I have a long lazy weekend I like to make her some home made treats, they are much healthier for her, clean ingredients, and they save great.

Olive’s favorite Pumpkin Treats

1/2 cup Natural Peanut Butter
1 cup 100% Pure Pumpkin Puree, canned (Do NOT use pie filling)
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. Stir together peanut butter and pumpkin. Add the flour 1/4 cup at a time just until dough is no longer sticky.

3. Roll the dough out between two sheets of parchment paper to 1/4″ thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the dough, then place on the prepared pan.

4. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Let cool completely.

Store in an airtight container or freeze for up to 3 months.

♥Pamela

 

Why you should sign your kids up for a Yoga class today

Why you should sign your kids up for yoga class today

Kids + Yoga = Calm centered children.

Sounds great right?

Are you constantly giving your child things to keep them busy at the doctors office? in the check out line? in the car, or basically waiting for any thing?

Do you download games on your phone, or buy them portable video games so every thing goes smoothly? Well Mom and Dad you need Yoga in your child’s life, like immediately.

I bring my children to Yoga with me as much as I can. Mine are older, but now that I see the benefits Yoga has on their lives I wish I had started them earlier.

I on own journey through (and to) Yoga I originally thought of it as just that, My journey. I went off on my own to do my home practice, or to a near by studio by myself, for a little me time. The benefits of practicing Yoga for me, are life altering. Through my practice, I kept on seeing ways it could help my children in their life as well.

Breath – When your child is stressed they yell and scream, they throw spaghetti a crossed the room , jk, Their breathing is stressed too. They breath quicker and more shallow. Pranyayama teaches us to slow down, breath deeper through our nose, and calm down. Yoga has also been found to help kids deal better with anxiety.

Strength –  Practicing Asanas help make them more aware of their bodies, how to move with intention. These postures make them more flexible and strong, which helps prevent them from future injuries.

Quiet the mind – In yoga we learn how to practice Stillness. This helps them listen, and make good decisions.  Poses like Savasana will teach them how to take a mental break. Calm down and get centered, and learn patience.

Take care of your self – Yoga teaches us to take care of our selves, your bodies our mind, and our spirit. Its for everybody and every body. No matter what size or shape you are, Yoga will help build your child’s self esteem.

Sleep –We see it all the time in magazines, books, and TV, No one is getting enough sleep, even our kids. Yoga can help shift the mind from lifes daily stresses, doing a few night time poses can help your child relax, unwind, and get more zzz’s

Focus –  Moving through each Asana, one at a time, paying attention to their bodies, listening for instructions, all of this focuses the mind, and helps children focus off the mat as well.

 

How should you get your child  started?

There are tons of videos and books that specialize in teaching Children, and can help you  start a home practice for your child. All of the studios I frequent either have a children, or family class as well. Just visit or call up your local studio and ask!

Have you tried Yoga with your children? Let me know in the comments!