Well, We Lost Our Best Friend

I’m very sad to report that we’ve lost one of the best friends we’ve ever had. Our English mastiff who you may have read about in my article called “The Upcoming Holidays Reminded Me of a Funny Story” recently lost her battle with bone cancer.

To be quite frank, it really wasn’t much of a battle. One day she was fine, the next day she had a lump on the inside of her leg, and four weeks later she was gone. What a terrible way to go. It must have been a very aggressive cancer to take her that fast. Needless to say, the loss of our beloved pet and friend has left a hole in our hearts.

This has been especially difficult on my husband Jeff as he had a very close bond with her. I’m sure many of you who live in the boonies and are trying to have a go at the homesteading lifestyle can relate to how important your animals are in your lives.

I’ve been thinking about getting Jeff another English mastiff but as I read more and more about this particular breed, I’ve learned that osteosarcoma (a.k.a. bone cancer) is one of the leading causes of death in this particular breed. I’ve also learned that the average life span is only’s 8 to 10 years so I don’t think we’ll be getting another mastiff. It’s just too hard to get that attached to a pet only to lose them so early in their lives.

The purpose of this article isn’t to teach you anything about how to live in the boonies or to provide you with any useful homesteading tips but rather to pay tribute to an amazing dog that will be greatly missed.

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Lady wasn’t “show quality” and she did come with some baggage. We adopted her from a home that didn’t treat her very well and it took many years for her to learn to trust humans again. We’re just so grateful for the short time that we had with her. She was 8 when she passed and we had 7 amazing years with her.

Rest in peace old friend…

The Amope Pedi Perfect Electronic Foot File is Amazing

amope pedi perfect electronic foot file infographicWhenever I find a product I really like that I think will be interesting to the readers of Booney Living, I try to post a review of it. Today I’ll be reviewing what I think is a really cool product which is the Amope Pedi Perfect electronic foot file.

For many years my husband has struggled to find a product that would effectively remove calluses from his feet. He always wears work boots when he’s out and about working on our little homestead and consequently, he usually develops quite thick calluses on the heels of his feet as well as some near the outer edge by his pinky toe.

His calluses were actually really thick. I would estimate that on his heels, they were nearly 1/4 inch thick. Not only were they thick, he was embarrassed to wear sandals without socks because he was self-conscious about how bad his feet looked. And, we all know that wearing sandals with socks just isn’t cool.
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3 Quick Tips to Save Electricity and Water

Today I thought that I would share a few quick tips with you to save both water and electricity. These tips are especially helpful for someone who is living off the grid and trying to find ways to conserve. They are things that we’ve adopted around our home and I thought that it might be helpful to share them with you today.

If you live in a rural area, there’s a very high likelihood that you have a well as your source of water. The thing that most people who don’t have a well don’t realize is that we don’t have to pay the city to deliver water to our homes but we do have to pay for the electricity that pumps the water out of our wells.
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Let’s Have a Round of Applause For Great Customer Service From Dremel

I happen to believe that we are living in a world where customer service isn’t nearly as good as it once was. In my opinion, the days of, “the customer is always right” have long since passed. To give you a good idea of exactly what it is that I’m talking about, ask yourself this. When was the last time you were at a big box department store and had a cashier say, “thanks for shopping here?”

I have actually noticed that nearly every time I go through the checkout stand, I find myself saying thank you instead of them thanking me for spending my hard earned money at their store.

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