New Chicks on the Ranch

On March 20, 2021, a batch of new chicks arrived on the ranch! Being that we have yet to find a breed that fits what we’re looking for in a sustainable homestead flock, we decided to try two new heritage breeds: Delaware and Australorp (the blue variety.) We are also using some techniques to brood [...]

Senior Dogs

We live with three "senior" dogs now- Fahey, Ailagh, and Niamh. Time sure flies by. To look in their face or watch them run, you'd never know it! That is the power of Natural Rearing. Here is a great article with tips for living with a senior dog- https://twohunnyz.wixsite.com/rawnaturopathy/post/keeping-your-senior-dog-fit

Mammary Tumor in Siobhan

We have always said that Natural Rearing is not a panacea. Things happen because there is environmental pollution completely out of our control. At the end of January 2021, we discovered a hard mammary tumor on Siobhan. Her behavior, energy, appetite, and mood were perfectly normal. The tumor was not there two months prior to [...]

By |2021-04-09T12:59:53-07:00April 9th, 2021|animal health, English Shepherds|0 Comments

Long Time No Blog

Can it really be so long since I last posted? Apparently so. As you can guess, it's been busy on the Ranch. Life in general get's that way! We've dealt with personal health challenges, installed a septic system, welcomed another granddaughter into the family, raised a litter of Havanese puppies, and survived a pandemic... among [...]

Welcome Home, Shiloh!

May 15th couldn’t come soon enough. That was the day chosen for the arrival of our little Havanese family addition. Welcome home to the ranch, Shiloh! As Natural Rearing Breeders of English Shepherds and Krystal being a Certified Small Animal Naturopath, finding a Naturally Reared Havanese puppy was vitally important. We found Patty Jicha of [...]

Being Ready for Winter

Every autumn the age-old question “Are you ready for winter?” starts to pepper local conversations. Being ready for winter in our remote mountain area means different things for different people. Some things need doing every year; others don’t, so our list changes from year-to-year. For 2018 it includes the following: Cut, chop, and stack firewood- [...]

By |2018-12-09T16:55:40-08:00December 9th, 2018|Homesteading, Off Grid Life, Ranch Life|0 Comments

Announcing Radiant Animal Wellness!

We are pleased to announce that Krystal is now a Certified Small Animal Naturopath (CSAN)! The shingle is officially up for her practice, “Radiant Animal Wellness”. Specializing in small animals, carnivore nutrition, and farm animals like poultry, sheep, and goats. Krystal is available for nutrition, wellness, and new puppy/kitten consultations. Visit www.RAWnaturopathy.com for more information [...]

By |2018-11-27T10:16:05-08:00November 27th, 2018|animal health, animal naturopathy|0 Comments

The Trouble With Baking Soda

A few years ago, a friend mentioned something about chemicals in baking soda. I dismissed it thinking she must have meant to say baking powder, not soda. We all know there is aluminum in baking powder. And then I started watching this neat YouTube channel called Off Grid with Doug and Stacy. In one video, [...]

By |2019-04-24T08:58:07-07:00August 14th, 2018|Cooking, Homesteading, Ranch Life|0 Comments
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