05 December 2018

Month in Review - November 2018




Here we are again: Another busy month has passed, and the holiday season is in full swing. Hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving! But, before I get bogged down with planning planning our family Christmas feast and New Year's Eve party, it's time to recap. So now, without further ado, here's the list of the most popular blog posts for November 2018, chosen by you, the readers:






Thank you for reading my blog! Please feel free to come by often to catch up on my latest endeavours and Happy Reading!


Piper is the author of several non-fiction books, and recently added three historical fiction novels to her ever-expanding collection of published writings, In the Shadow of Her Majesty , The Country Girl Empress., and A Life in the Shadow of the Crown. When she isn't busy typing away on her computer, she can be found chasing after her furry children or holding on tightly to a good cup of coffee. Follow her on LinkedInFacebookGoodreads and Google+.
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28 November 2018

#EpilepsyAwarenessMonth: A Day in the Lives of Two Epileptic Dogs


I'd like to close out Epilepsy Awareness Month with a little insight into living with canine epilepsy - a subject matter near and dear to my heart. As many of you probably know, the two dogs pictured above were my Epi-warriors, Lana and Darren. They both developed Idiopathic Epilepsy (Epilepsy with unknown cause) within two days of each other when Darren was two and Lana was four years of age. I did my best to provide them with everything they needed and the quality of life they deserved. But, in the end, Darren suffered a massive stroke, and Lana lost her battle with bladder cancer; they passed away within four days of each other. At which point, I decided to write a book about their journey called LIVING WITH CANINE EPILEPSY, to let everyone know that dogs with canine epilepsy can lead a happy and meaningful life. Prayers for all the Epi-Warriors out there...may they stay seizure free for a long time!

On a good day, no one had a seizure. We all got up around 6:00 am...well, Lana and Darren stuck their wet noses in my face to wake me up. Breakfast and the first dosage of daily meds by 7:00 am. Walk/jog, either outdoors when the weather permitted or on the treadmill by 10:00 am. Outings, errands, and playtime throughout the day. Dinner and the second dosage of daily medication by 7:00 pm. This schedule had to eventually be adjusted once Darren had to switched from Phenobarbital to Keppra, due to his hypertensive liver; a medication he had to take three times a day, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


On a bad day, one of my furry children or one after the other would have their first seizure of the day in the early morning hours, anywhere between midnight and 5:00 am. I wiped away excess slobber off the dog's face and administered a pill pocket with Valium in an attempt to prevent a vicious cycle of recurring seizures. Then it was time to give the dog a quick sponge bath to remove the remnants of urine and/or stool after the dog lost control of bladder and/or bowel due to the seizure. I cleaned/replaced the doggie bedding and adjacent carpeting as necessary, fed the patient a snack, provided a fresh bowl of water and the opportunity to relieve him/herself. I would put the dogs back to bed if it was still nighttime. I would sit on the floor next to the dog bed until they fell asleep again, and prayed that there wouldn't be any more epileptic episodes. Eventually, I crawled back into bed and attempted to go back to sleep. If we were lucky, no one had another seizure. If we were not so fortunate, then the above scenario repeated itself many times throughout the following day or two, and we would eventually end up spending the day at the vet clinic.


As you can imagine, living with a dog suffering from canine epilepsy can be quite challenging, even heartbreaking at times and very stressful. But it can also be a rewarding experience, and you can spend many happy hours together. Canine Epilepsy does not have to be a death sentence! Dogs with Canine Epilepsy can and do lead happy and meaningful lives. Help spread the word! These insights and more can be found in my book Living with Canine Epilepsy. If you found this information useful and would like to know more, feel free to take a closer look here!


Piper is the author of several non-fiction books, and recently added three historical fiction novels to her ever-expanding collection of published writings, In the Shadow of Her Majesty , The Country Girl Empress., and A Life in the Shadow of the Crown. When she isn't busy typing away on her computer, she can be found chasing after her furry children or holding on tightly to a good cup of coffee. Follow her on LinkedInFacebookGoodreads and Google+.
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21 November 2018

Canine-Friendly Thanksgiving Feast



Thanksgiving is a most treasured holiday. It's a time when we gather with our family members and friends to celebrate, eat delicious foods and enjoy each others company. Every family has their own, unique way of celebrating Thanksgiving, and most pet parents like to include their furry children in those celebrations. Many dog and cat owners enjoy sharing their home cooked foods with their pets, usually by way of sneaking a few bites off their plate underneath the table. 

It is, therefore, imperative to know which foods are safe and which are considered toxic to pets. Especially if your dog already enjoys the benefits of home-cooked food or even a raw food diet, then a few bites from your plate should be fine to share. However, if your furry companion is accustomed to a commercial kibble diet only, it is essential to know their level of stomach sensitivity to avoid an upset stomach. If you feel uncertain that the foods you'll be serving will be safe for your canine, you can always cook a special homemade meal for your furry child. Here's one of my favourite recipes:

Canine Thanksgiving Dinner

Ingredients:
2 Cups of ground or shredded turkey
1 Cup of sweet potato cubes
1 Cup of potato cubes
1/2 Cup of pumpkin puree 
1/2 Cup green beans
1/2 Cup peas
1/2 Cup chopped carrots
2 Tbsp Olive Oil

Directions:
- Heat olive oil in a pan and brown turkey meat. 
- Cut vegetables into chunks and boil them until they are soft. 
- Combine all ingredients and let meal cool until it's safe to eat. 

It is vital to be aware of the foods that are considered unsafe and even toxic for pets to consume. Do not feed your fur baby anything that contains onions, garlic, grapes or raisins, artificial sweeteners to include Xylitol, coffee, yeast or bread dough, macadamia nuts, chocolate or alcohol...just to mention a few. For more in-depth information, please contact your veterinarian. 

It is also important to keep in mind that those family gatherings can be rather loud, depending on how big your family is. Therefore, it is a good idea to provide a safe and quiet place for your dog to retreat to. The holidays can be very hectic and busy time for all of us, and unfortunately, some of our furry companions do not tolerate loud noise and large crowds very well. So, be aware of your dog's needs and everyone should be able to enjoy this special time of the year. 

Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!


                                                                   Piper

PS: Interested in more pet friendly recipes? You can find them in my book LIVING WITH CANINE EPILEPSY.  


Piper is the author of several non-fiction books, and recently added three historical fiction novels to her ever-expanding collection of published writings, In the Shadow of Her Majesty , The Country Girl Empress., and A Life in the Shadow of the Crown. When she isn't busy typing away on her computer, she can be found chasing after her furry children or holding on tightly to a good cup of coffee. Follow her on LinkedInFacebookGoodreads and Google+
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14 November 2018

Another Book Launch Celebration



It's finally here...my Christmas cookies recipe book, and just in time for the holiday season! Because, what would this beloved season be without some delicious cookies? Nothing completes this most wonderful time of the year like the scent of cinnamon, apples, oranges, and roasted nuts and the enjoyment we get from biting into those crispy treats. Allow me to inspire you with my decadent Christmas cookie and cake recipes! 

The cold winter days are ideal for baking delicious treats. So, spoil your loved ones with the finest baked goods. Tempting recipes for luxurious cookies with rich chocolate and nuts will delight some, while others will be thrilled to munch on goodies, filled with candied fruit and exotic spices. 

But no matter their preference, all of them will agree when it comes to classic Christmas cookies: They are a must during the holiday season as they are linked to those very special memories of Christmas' past. Cookies naturally turn this time of the year into bite-sized moments of pure bliss. 

I dedicated this book to my late grandmother, Camilla, and my recipes are based on hers. The holiday season was the busiest time of the year in her kitchen. I remember from the age of three, helping my grandmother bake delicious cookies for family and friends, and I thought it utterly amazing how she remembered all these different recipes. Since she never wrote any of them down, I thought it high time to do so in her stead. 

Want to take a peek at the inside of the book? Just follow this link: 


I sincerely hope that you enjoy reading this book and trying out the recipes as much as I had writing it. So, help me celebrate the release of my newest book by getting those cookie sheets out and preheating the oven. It's time to bake some cookies. From my kitchen to yours - Happy Baking! 

Piper is the author of several non-fiction books, and recently added three historical fiction novels to her ever-expanding collection of published writings, In the Shadow of Her Majesty , The Country Girl Empress., and A Life in the Shadow of the Crown. When she isn't busy typing away on her computer, she can be found chasing after her furry children or holding on tightly to a good cup of coffee. Follow her on LinkedInFacebookGoodreads and Google+.
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07 November 2018

Month in Review - October 2018



Wow, it's already November, and we are, slowly but surely planning our family Thanksgiving. Amazing how quickly yet another month has passed, and it's now time to recap. So now, without further ado, here's the list of the most popular blog posts for October 2018, chosen by you, the readers:






Thank you for reading my blog! Please feel free to come by often to catch up on my latest endeavours and Happy Reading!


Piper is the author of several non-fiction books, and recently added three historical fiction novels to her ever-expanding collection of published writings, In the Shadow of Her Majesty , The Country Girl Empress., and A Life in the Shadow of the Crown. When she isn't busy typing away on her computer, she can be found chasing after her furry children or holding on tightly to a good cup of coffee. Follow her on LinkedInFacebookGoodreads and Google+.