FullSizeRender (1)National Pet Day was April 11th. Our pets are very important to our family as are yours.  Personally, we believe in adopting rescued or abandoned pets. One thing that we are very careful about is the safety of the products that GrowinGreen uses on our own yards as well as yours. Safety is our absolute top priority! Because our pets have proven to be joyful additions to our family, we wanted to celebrate our pets as well as give you an opportunity to celebrate yours!

Wafer is our oldest pet. He is 12 years old and was one of two kittens that his original family was going to take to the animal shelter. They were only able to keep his mother. Luckily, they talked to my family as well as some friends of ours and both kittens ended up with homes that day. Wafer is mostly an indoor cat but he does enjoy going outside a few evenings a week. He usually does not stay out very long but we still want our yard to be a safe place for him to roam.

IMG_2914Nelson is our next oldest pet at 6 years old. He was one of a litter of puppies that was rescued from the Stokes County Animal Shelter. I fell in love with his spunky attitude and his adoption helped our youngest daughter get over her fear of dogs. Now, she is an absolute animal-lover and Nelson was the key to her change in attitude! Nelson is in the house most of the time but enjoys playing in our back yard with his sisters. His biggest frustration in life is that the many squirrels in our back yard are a lot faster than him!

Rosie is also 6 years old. She was the last kitten of a litter that was abandoned at the grocery store in Stokesdale. Unfortunately, we found out that several litters have been left at the store! Luckily, good samaritans have given them homes. Rosie spends all of her time indoors except for sitting on our back porch while we are enjoying our back deck.

If you have read our blog posts, you should recognize Clover! Clover is 5 years old and a common face around GrowinGreen. She has been in company photos and you may have met her at various local trade shows. She was originally a stray that was very thin and absolutely full of fleas and ticks when we found her. Due to the ticks, she ended up testing positive for Lyme disease. We never realized this until Clover, but dogs can be affected by Lyme disease just like humans and it can make them feel absolutely miserable. She is healthy now and is one of the most affectionate dogs I have ever met. She also spends time playing outside. Luckily, we have never found a tick on her since she has lived with us.

IMG_2909Boston is our youngest dog at 4 years old and she was adopted from the Stokes County Animal Shelter. She is very lovable dog and enjoys playing fetch and running and playing in our back yard with Nelson and Clover. Because she was so young when we adopted her, she wants to spend all of her time with the other dogs or with her two-legged family. She will only go outside if someone is willing to go out with her and if she hears thunder, you will find her sitting in someone’s lap!

One treatment that we apply to our lawn that has been awesome for our pets is that we spray for fleas, ticks and mosquitos. Our animals have never had a flea or tick problem and not having to deal with mosquitos makes it more enjoyable for my family to spend time outside as well. After having to watch Clover, who was only about 6 months old at the time, act far beyond her age due to lyme disease, we never wanted to allow it to happen again. So, we spray our lawn to prevent these pests.

As for the safety of the rest of our lawn applications, please know that safety is very important to us! We would never put anything on your lawn that was unsafe and that we do not use on our own lawns. Our applications are absolutely safe for pets and children. However, we do suggest that you allow all lawn applications time to dry.

In closing, I want to mention how important it is to spay and neuter your pets. We love ALL of our pets but none of them would have been homeless had prior pet owners taken the time to get their pets spayed or neutered. One trip to any animal shelter and you will see how important it is to stop the pet over-population. If you have a pet and the cost of spaying or neutering seems expensive, know that there are clinics that make it much more affordable.

If you are interested in our insect control treatment or you have any questions, please give us a call at 336-854-7999.