I recently adopted a year and a half old beauty named Lily. I adopted her sight unseen after hearing her story. She had been thrown from a truck and when she tried to climb back in witness’s said her owner kicked her. She was pregnant and lost all of her babies and then while waiting in a kill shelter in Texas, Hurricane Harvey happened. I paid for her to be transported to me in Colorado. My heart broke for this year and a half old girl. The moment she arrived a very crowded adoption fair she came to me and tucked her head under my chin. I burst into tears (I have needed a dog like this ever since my beloved Layla passed away 3 years ago) We have been baby stepping her back to trust and love and she is blossoming in her new environment with me. We are already very close and I love her dearly. She has shown me that she is very sweet, but she is also strong willed (which is probably what has kept her going). She and I are actually pretty similar in many ways. I am very thankful to know that Lily will have her forever home with me and eventually we will incorporate her with my husband and his dog Kiss. In the meantime I am in one home and they are in another and I am trying to get rid of the infestation of fleas that rode from Houston to Colorado. I don’t believe in using pesticides EVER so I am having to wash her, comb her, clean all bed linens every day and we are winning the battle. This morning I came upon my favorite wool rug with a very large pee stain. Lily pee’s like a river so…..I wrestled with my emotions (as I was not happy) and she is a fragile girl so I had to keep my voice low. I put her in a time out and went to work on the rug and this is what I used and it looks pretty good this evening.
What You Need
- Baking soda
- 1/4 up white vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon liquid dish washing detergent
- 2 cups lukewarm water
- Small bowl
- Scrub brush (optional)
Let it sit, scrub a bit and then soak it up with a towel
For Lily’s fleas I have been washing her in vinegar and a dash of dawn dish washing liquid..I mix it in a bowl and using a wash cloth I rub her coat (the opposite way it grows) with the liquid and let it sit for up to 5 minutes and then I use my lemongrass soap and soap up the areas of greater infestation. Then I gently rinse her in warm water. I brush her daily and then wash the brush in vinegar.
I wash every sheet and blanket and throw the pillows in the dryer on high heat EVERY single day. Then I vacuum every single day, every single floor and rug. I shake out small rugs and throw them in the dryer…every single day I spray essential oils from Young Living including Thieves, peppermint, Lemon Balm, Geranium. I have dabbed her bites with healing balm and Vitamin E and LILY day 8 has stopped scratching and biting herself and her coat is shiny! I am seeing one or two fleas in the shower and that’s it! (She had the entire flea population of Houston on her one week ago)
I think a few more days of this and we are in the clear!!!! Lily posing in peaceful repose.
Needless to say Lily is a beautiful addition to my life. She and I are settling in beautifully and we are beginning the training she will need to feel safe in her world!
More stories on Lily will be coming. You can see more pics on my Facebook page.