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Zymox Pet Spray with Hydrocortisone – TSP Item of the Day

zymoxEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Zymox Pet Spray with Hydrocortisone.  As  you may remember my buddy Charlie the Pitbull-Pointer had some issues with his back paws.  We are pretty sure that evil fire ants started the issue and caused him to chew both his paws pretty raw.

Well as I reported in another review we used a combination of comfrey ointment and bitter apple spray to deal with it.  It healed very well over all, but one spot high up on his back paw seemed fine one day then was bloody red the next.

Time to up the game.  So I applied Zymox Pet Spray with Hydrocortisone and in a single day the improvement was marked.  It must taste like crap so over spraying with bitter apple has not been necessary.  After 3 days on it the sore was basically just a spot with hair missing, hair which rapidly grew back.

Comfrey was able to do the job here but a dog is not a person and sometimes a pup can’t resist the urge to chew, even though bitter apple spray.  Then it is time for something with Hydrocortisone in it.  This spray also has a three enzyme blend of lactoperoxidose, lysozyme and lactoferrin that effectively destroys bacterial, viral and fungal microorganisms. These enzymes are derived from natural milk protein peroxidases according to the manufacturer.

If you check the reviews on Amazon you will find many dog and cat owners consider this stuff a God send.  That is why it sits with 4.5 out of 5 stars with over 800 reviews.  So this is another item that belongs in your “Dogie First Aid Kit” (aka DFAK) because it works so well.

The key with hot spots and the like is get them treated before they become chronic and spread.  I like to rely on herbals but as soon as he made the sore bloody it was either this or the “cone of shame” and I just didn’t want my buddy in the cone.

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P.S. – This is not medical advice just personal experience.  Since starting using this we have several times used it for ourselves.  Last fall I got a small mark on my hand and assumed it was a scratch from some hardware cloth, it was to small poke marks, yea it ended up being a spider bite, what type I don’t know.

While it wasn’t something dangerous it started getting worse and worse, with some necrosis spreading, comfrey was no help, this stopped it cold.  Another time I got tore up moving some wood by fire ants, I sprayed the areas of my hands with this before the bites broke out, and they never did.  Again this IS NOT advice just a personal experience.

I would however like Doc. Bones opinion on this stuff.  Bones?


Bio-Groom Waterless Pet Shampoo – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day Bio-Groom Waterless Pet Shampoo and man do I love this stuff.  I have never been big on bathing dogs very often.  The canine is a species that seldom bathes in the wild yet remains fairly clean.  I always marveled at how amazing the pelt of a healthy fox or coyote was during my trapping days, who bathes them?

Yet domestic dogs do need bathing at times, mostly though good brushing with a simple hair brush and deshedding with something like the FURminator is all you need.  Still there are those times when the dog simply stinks.

Last fall I do not know what Charlie got into but he stunk, not awful but not good either.  Specifically around his head and neck, he smelled like well, um, a combination of rotten nasty popcorn and Cheetos that sat in the garbage too long.   We know he didn’t actually get into the garbage, though it happens.  I don’t know what happened but I knew something had to be done.

There was also a cold snap coming on, now I don’t know if you have ever tried bathing a 100 pound Pit Bull Mix when the temps are sub 50 degrees with a garden hose.  Specifically one that doesn’t want to be bathed, but it isn’t fun!

Fortunately I had just started looking for a new waterless shampoo and had already ordered this, it was due in that day so Charlie and I were both spared the hose on a very cold day.  He spent a great deal of time outside until the UPS man came with his shampoo.

I started with a brief deshedding as he doesn’t need much.  I then sprayed him all over, sprayed my own hands and wiped it on around his head, ears, face and neck so I didn’t get it in his eyes.  He didn’t really like it but was agreeable with it, I then brushed him down and no more stink and a shinny happy dog.

Lucy and Max went next and both looked and smelled great after the procedure.  The great part?  Doing all three dogs took less than 15 minutes and no chasing anyone down and trying to subdue a 100 pit mix let alone a 150 pound German Shepherd under a hose spraying cold water on a cold day.

I now use Bio-Groom Waterless Pet Shampoo on our dogs about twice a month and they have grown to tolerate it.  Getting a biscuit as soon as they are done helps a lot, “I don’t like being sprayed but man I love those treats” thinking works with the canine brain.

Here is the procedure I recommend.  If your dog needs some deshedding or under coat removed do that first with something like the FURminator.  Then spray them all over, again I recommend using hands to apply near the face, neck, head etc.  Just spray on your hands and wipe it on them.  Then brush well. Done.

On brushing, while I love the FURminator for deshedding, most dog brushes are over priced junk.  I use a people brush for my dogs for general brushing and it cost a whopping $3.81.  Any brush of this style with open bristles will work just fine.

So if you want your bow wows shiny, clean and good smelling without the hassle, time and fight of a bath, give Bio-Groom Waterless Pet Shampoo a try today.  This is a product with almost 100 reviews, a 4.5 star rating and an A Grade on FakeSpot, so you know it is quality product.

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P.S. – You can get this stuff by the gallon as well.  Now that I am totally settled on it that is what I do it is far cheaper that way and any standard spray bottle works fine.  Just make sure to label your bottle so you don’t make a mistake.  It is blue and could be confused with certain household cleaners otherwise.  Just use a trusty sharpie marker.



Nutramax Cosequin DS Plus for Dogs – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Nutramax Cosequin DS Plus with MSM Chewable Tablets for Dogs.  It is a sad fact that dogs don’t live as long as humans, in fact they live for a fraction of our lifetimes.  While the oldest dog ever (Maggie) was over 30 years old, average dog lifespan is about 10-13 years depending on breed.

This means by 7-8 years your pup is on the door step of being an old man or old woman.  Say in the 50-60 year old range for humans, but unlike humans who have 20 years before they hit 80 once they hit 60, dogs will be in those “golden years” in 2-4.  And everything that comes with us getting older happens to them at an accelerated rate.  This includes arthritis and sore joints.

Now when it comes to sore joints one of the supplement combinations proven to work is glucosamine combined with chondroitin.  Many of us who have used this personally or on our aging dogs need no confirmation that it is effective, but this study which was the largest of its kind so far, concluded with, “The present study provided evidence for the symptomatic efficacy of glucosamine plus chondroitin in the treatment of knee OA.”  (OA being osteoarthritis)

I can tell you that this stuff has made my German Sheppard’s life better.  Max is huge which adds to the issue and his breed is known for hip problems.  We put him on more than the specified dose for a month, then dropped to 2 twice a day.  This is still a bit more than by the label but he is 150 pounds and the label ends with 60lbs and above.

For Charlie our Pit-Pointer mix we have him on two a day for preventative maintenance.  Lucy our Pit-Huskey mix who is still young and spry gets one a day also as a preventative measure.  Honestly had I known how great this stuff was I would have put Max on it for maintenance years before he needed it.  They way gluosamine and chondroitin are thought to work is by improving cartilage health.  This makes sense as they are two primary components in cartilage.

Additionally this product contains MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) which has a great reputation for join health and inflammation reduction as well.  Less studies have been done on MSM but again those of us who have used it know it seems to help us.  I actually take a “human version” of glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM myself along with Turmeric with Bioprene.  However Nutramax Cosequin DS Plus is what I rely on for the pups.

I find it a good value though with three big dogs it can be a bit expensive but my pups are like family.  In my years I have in various ways done a number on my joints from back, to shoulder, to knee and some of you have heard my ankles crack.  So I understand pain sucks and do what I can for our pack that gives so much back to us.

The big thing is they actually eat them, including the big baby Max who is a pain in the ass to get to eat anything “unusual” to him.  It took a while but now he eats them with out much fuss.  Charlie would eat my finger if I accidentally cut it off so getting him to eat them was no challenge.  Lucy took some work but she eats them now.  So no wrapping them in cheese just to get them down.

So if you have a dog that is getting older and having joint issues give these a try, or consider them as a maintenance supplement for long term joint health.  I checked into a lot of options and Nutramax Cosequin DS Plus with MSM is the best value to quality ratio I have found.

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P.S. – Vitamin C is also awesome for dogs as to joint pain.  It is an old hunter’s trick to keep older bird dogs happily hunting a few more years.  Here is some info on that.  Note that I don’t think it works as good as glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM at correcting the long term problem, but rather reduces pain vs. effecting the underlying issue.

While there are “dog specific” vitamin c products they cost more for no good reason.  I just use cheap Natures Made Chewables for myself and the dogs when a C boost is needed.  For dogs either do the “throat rub” or crush them up in their food.  When it comes to vitamin C I stick to chewables because they are highly absorbable, and frankly don’t taste bad.

P.S.S. – I am not a doctor, I am not a vet, I don’t even play either on T.V.  None of this is medical advice or a prescription you should follow.  Check with your vet about any questions you have about your specific needs.  I am just telling you what I use, why I use it and my results.

Aromacare Pet Ear Wipes – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Aromacare Pet Ear Wipes.  I have tried a variety of different products for this need and have settled on these.  As many of you know we have three dogs.  A giant German Shepard named Max, a Pit-Pointer Mix named Charlie and a Pitskey named Lucy.  A Pitskey is a Siberian Husky crossed with a Pit Bull by the way.

I use this product on all of them.  They get a good ear cleaning on the first of the month when they get their heart worm medication.  Simple and easy to remember.  For Charlie and Lucy this is all they need.  Generally a bit of gunk comes out of both of them but it isn’t much.  Their ears stay clean and don’t put off any odors at all.

Max though has always been a problem pup when it comes to his ears, and worse he doesn’t really like having them cleaned.  I don’t know if you have ever tried to get a 150 pound dog to do something he doesn’t want to do, but it is a hell of a case for good training.  Charlie and Lucy seem to actually enjoy getting their ears cleaned but not Max, it is like dealing with a pouting puppy every time.

But we get it done and it works.  Before I found these I had to clean his ears about 1-3 times a week, depending on the time of the year.  Some nights he’d wake me up shaking his head because his ears bothered him badly.  I’d have to get up and deal with his sulking and clean his ears at 2Am.

Now I simply clean Max’s on the 1st and 15th and even he seems to remain clear, happy and free of the dreaded “stinky ear”.  As the label indicates they use a combination of Aloe and Eucalyptus oil.

This certainly is not some beyond organic all natural product and it has some conventional ingredients but nothing I consider truly harmful and above all they work.  And they work damn good.  The price is right at 8 dollars for 100 pads and at my use rate one pack of 100 lasts me about a year.  Note that they may not last as long for you if you have more dogs of a pup with a real problem needing a lot more cleaning.

On Max this is what I did, when I got them I cleaned his ears once a day for a week, he was not happy about this.  I then went to once a week for a month, then went to my routine of twice a month.  I have been doing that now for about 4 months and he has stayed a happy and clean eared canine.

Anyway if you want to keep your packs ears in top notch shape, I recommend checking out Aromacare Pet Ear Wipes today.  I think you will quickly see why they have 4.5 out of 5 stars with over 330 reviews along with an A grade on Fakespot.

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Wisdom Panel 3.0 Breed Identification DNA Test Kit – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Wisdom Panel 3.0 Breed Identification DNA Test Kit.  I used this kit on Charlie and learned that he was a Pitbull (no surprise there) crossed with a Pointer (big surprise there) and that has gone a long way into knowing how to work with and train him on the farm.

I have misplaced Charlie’s results and my old account at Wisdom Panel doesn’t seem to work so I can’t share his report but I just did Lucy’s DNA test and once again I am really surprised at the results, yet now I see the traits in her as I know what to look for.

First up here is our rescued little gal, Lucy Lu Spirko, what do you think she is?

The most common guesses we have heard are Shepard mix and also Kelpie.  Now Kelpie’s are expensive dogs and a truly Australian breed, so I had my doubts but when I looked up the breed, it did seem plausible, look at this Kelpie here, looks a lot like Lucy Lu doesn’t it?

As to Shepard, sure some of the pattern matches but she is so light bodied and so damn fast, I mean the last dog I had that was this fast was Lakota, a Siberian husky, can’t be though right?

Um, well here is a PDF of Lucy’s breed certificate and a more detailed report of the full test.  She is fricken half Husky, in fact here is what Lucy Lu is made of…

  • 50% Siberian Husky
  • 37.5% American Stafford Terrier
  • 12.5% Dalmatian

I just got the results today and have been waiting for them to make this product my item of the day.  I have to say at first I was dumbfounded, but now it makes sense.  The speed this dog has and her agility are fitting with all the breeds but her light body weight really makes sense with husky blood.

Huskies typically look a lot bigger than they are due to all that fluff, but mix in two short hair breeds like Dalmatian and Stafford and you get a short haired Husky dog.  Take another look at my girl there, imagine she has blue eyes and longer hair.  Take that tail she always carries up and fluff it out, you have a dark colored husky.

It all makes sense now!  The stubborn attitude, the vocal objections to not being given a treat, the vocal greetings, the ru rur ru ru rrrrr rr ruh, when ever she wants anything including attention.  It is Lakota all over again.

So what does all this mean?  Well it means I have a stubborn dog when it comes to training her and I need to accept that and use my knowledge of dealing with Huskies in the past in dealing with her training.  It means on some things she is gonna be really smart and others a bit of a dim bulb, that is true of Huskies and Dalmatian’s as well.  It means she is going to be what we already knew about her, absolutely in love with children and protective of them.

Also now that I know she has Stafford in her, I will work harder to bring out more of her courage, it is in there.  She is the beta of the group, she was abandoned, not well cared for when we found her and quite timid but I have seen the courage come out.   She is so docile with everyone but when my bee mentor Jason had his half bee suit on and dared walk through the back yard I saw a different dog in her, I now know what it was.

Now I know what to encourage, what to discourage and what to simply accept.  She is always going to be a digger, she is always going to be vocal and her attention span will always be short.  She is never going to be a dog that I can trust to move birds only one I can train to not attack them.  There is just too much high strung in the Husky breed, you can turn them on or off to something but when it is on, it is on full bore all the way on.

The real thing though is it is just good and fun to know exactly what you have.  The added bonus is the Wisdom Panel 3.0 Breed Identification DNA Test Kit also tests for the MDR1 Gene which makes certain medications potentially deadly to dogs.  Lucy is luckily free of this gene but it should be tested for before dogs go on a variety of medications including heart worm medications containing ivermectin.

This is something no vet ever told me about, it means that I risked every dog’s life I ever owned by just testing them for heat worm and putting them on the medication.  My vet and I are going to discuss this in depth next visit.  It annoys me that they want to annually test for heart worms which is totally unnecessary for a dog that has never been off treatment, yet won’t do this simple test to see if the medication itself may kill your dog.

I checked into it and a test for MDR1 is usually 35-45 dollars, half the price of the Wisdom Panel test that includes MDR1 and a complete breed ancestry.  You can learn more about the MDR1 mutation here.

In any event the Wisdom Panel 3.0 Breed Identification DNA Test Kit to me represents a great value at 80 bucks with same day free shipping on Amazon Prime.  The process takes about 3 weeks once you send your sample in.  The test is easy to administer, both when I did Charlie and Lucy I was worried about how they would react.  You take two swabs and put them inside their cheek and turn them back in forth.

I was sure both dogs would go berserk and would have to be held down by one person and swabbed by the other, in both situations they just sat there like what is this all about.  I can’t promise your dog will do the same I am just saying it was easier than I expected.

So if you have a mixed breed dog of unknown origins check out the Wisdom Panel 3.0 Breed Identification DNA Test Kit, I personally feel it will give you a much better handle on dealing with your dog, it will include the important MDR1 test and frankly it is just fun to know your dog’s actual breed make up.

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The FURminator deShedding Tool for Dogs – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the The FURminator deShedding Tool for Dogs.  We first learned of this tool from our vet back when we had our Siberian Husky named Lakota.  Let me tell you there is shedding and then there is Husky Shedding.  It is like living with two Chows, a Sheep Dog and a German Shepard at one time!  How one relatively small animal can make so much hair is beyond me.

So our vet proceeded to brush him and we were sold, enough fluffy undercoat to make a small pillow came off in a few minutes.  We bought one, of course the mark up was very high.  When we later found them in pet stores they were still very expensive.  We started using some off brand versions, and most were good, not as good but good enough.

Now this is why I love the free market.  FURminator was able to keep its hold on some of its really unique stuff with patents but the basic concept is pretty simple.  So a bunch of Chinese hack shops and creative American entrepreneurs emulated it and sold a good product for a much lower price.  Instead of acting like a child and suing over an “idea” FURminator understood they were no longer alone in the market, adjusted pricing, still charges a bit more but now their price is fair for the product.  Well in almost every instance.

For some reason they are still charging 45 dollars for the “Giant Size Short Hair” version the good news is you don’t need it, and it isn’t that much bigger than the Large Size anyway.  For some odd reason the long hair giant one is no where nears as expensive.

So how much is the large sized one now that I scared you with 45 bucks for a freaking dog brush?  Try this, $14.89 while similar knock offs like the Brandismo Groomer sell for just a couple dollars less at $12.97.  It is almost like the free market works or something crazy like that.

So why not just save the buck ninety two and buy the knock off, I mean a buck is a buck right?  Yes but the FURminator is better and more that two dollars so.  The first reason is unlike the knock offs the FURminator can be bought for short or long hair dogs.  You make that call this way, if your dogs majority of hair (specifically undercoat) is 2 inches or longer buy the long.

If it is shorter on average buy the short version. In my experience if you are borderline buy the long.  What you don’t want to do is use the long version on a truly short haired dog or it can irritate the skin.  Personally we have the giant long hair model (17 bucks) for Lucy and Max (she is only 50 pounds and he is about 150) and it works fine for both of them.  We have a large short hair model (like 10 bucks) for Charlie.  Unless your dog is really small the large size seems best all around to me.

The amount of hair this thing removes is unbelievable.  The image below is from a Amazon Customer’s Review.  It is not an exaggeration, trust me we find dog hair in birds nests around our farm when Dorothy bushes Max during his spring blow outs.

There are a variety of sizes you can select from Extra Small to Giant.  The price changes with options of short and long as size but everything is in the 10-17 dollar range except the short hair giant one which again is 45 bucks.  I think the people at FURminator still haven’t gotten the memo on that one!  The rest are just great and very good values for the price.

The other big advantage of FURminator over knock offs is the hair removal button.  You push it with your thumb and a mechanism pushes the hair out of the fine comb.  You still need to pull it out by hand but it makes getting the comb fully clear a lot easier.   And that is the key to getting the most out of brushing your pups with the FURminator, clean it out as you go often.

So if you have had enough of dog hair or cat hair, yes they work on cats too and even have a cat specific model (though I think it is just the small dog one in a different color, marketing and all you know), check out the FURminator today.  Keep in mind this is a product with 4.5 out of 5 stars with over 10,000 yea, 10 fricken thousand reviews on Amazon.  Add to that it has a A grade on Fakespot and it is hard to find a product more well loved by its customers.  Try it and you will understand why.

Remember you can always find all of our reviews at TspAz.com

P.S. – This is a great video showing this product work.  The resolution is poor and the music is like really bad 70s porn or something but this is the best video with the most variety of dogs being brushed I could find, yea it really and I mean really is the best thing on the market.

Hatortempt Bulk Dried Mealworms – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Hatortempt Bulk Dried Mealworms.  I decided to do this item today because when I came in from  my morning rounds I had to order a new bag for my “little chickens”.  Who are the little chickens?

Well if you check the video at the bottom of this article you will see them nomming on some of these mealworms.  They are four bantam cochin chickens who live with the quail in my aviary.  The hope is now that they have begun to lay they will go broody and hatch some quail eggs, raise the young and allow me to have a steady supply of meat quail with little to no work.

Where the mealworms came in is I wanted to have something that when kids came to see the farm I could just pick up and let them pet, etc.  Bantam chickens are great for this, they are gentle and on some levels seem to even enjoy being held and pet.

I wanted a solid relationship with them, the view that when that big guy comes to the house, good things come with him.  As the birds in the aviary have food on demand, that means a treat was needed.  Mealworms were perfect for this.

So I cruised down to Tractor Supply and they had a 1.8 pound bag for 20 dollars.  Some quick math put that north of 11 dollars a pound!  Now I understand a dried worm is concentrated protein and since they are so light a pound is a lot of worms, but I am not paying per pound for a worm, what I would pay per pound or porterhouse steak!

So I checked Amazon and these were the best deal I could find, where customers were also happy.  Some similar priced brands had negative reviews that it was more like mealworm meal then mealworms.  So I ordered a bag of these and I am sold on them.  They get couple small handfuls a day and a bag lasts a VERY long time.

One note on that, my most recent bag didn’t last near as long as it should.  The bag is a zip close bag and well, I didn’t zip it one day, it fell off the rack where I store it, and I think the girls gave themselves a belly ache!

The quail eat them too of course which is great for their egg production.  So if you have birds or reptile or anything you want to feed mealworms too, 26.99 for 5 pounds is damn tough to beat and your birds will love you for it.  Note you can actually get a 10 pound bag for $50.99 which will save you a whopping $2.99, before you do that though, consider 5 lbs of worms is a damn lot of worms.

I do consider this more for the small flock owner, I don’t feed them to the ducks because there are just to many of them, but for folks with say a dozen birds these are a great addition to the diet and again your birds will love you for it.  So check out Hatortempt Bulk Dried Mealworms today.  They will make you and your critters happy.

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Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Vacuum – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Vacuum.  Very seldom do I say a product will “change your life” but if you keep fish this one will.  Here is how I discovered this product.  This year I decided to return to the status of aquarium owner, something I really enjoyed in years past.  To maximize space in my small office I decided to go with two stacked 55 gallon tanks to get things off the ground.

I considered building a stand but it was one more thing to do, and I happened to find this stackable aquarium stand.  At under a hundred bucks with free shipping I figured anything I built would end up costing as much in materials and time so I was all in on it, EXCEPT.

The least favorite thing any aquarium owner does is vacuum their gravel and do 20% water changes.  This should be done monthly but often gets put off because well doing it sucks.  This is usually done with a siphon vacuum like this.  If you are doing a 10 or 20 gallon tank it really isn’t a big deal.  But with two 55s you are talking bout 22 gallons of water that needs to come out of them, be hauled off and then carried back in,  Can you say, “potential to make a wet mess”.

Compounding this is that with my stand, my lower tank is only 5.5 inches off the ground and clearance of the top is less than stellar for putting water back in.  Enter the python, you hook it up to running water, you turn the water on and set it either to vacuum or fill.  No priming needed.  I got the 50 foot model, most would do fine with the 25.  I simply run the hose out of my window, hook up a garden hose and I am good to go.  Many would use a sink but my faucet would be a pain in the butt to hook up and my hose fills faster anyway.

So you have a valve on the tank end, you switch it on, the vacuum starts and you vacuum your gravel and take out your 20-25% depending on your required maintenance.   Now you shut off your valve, go to the running water end and switch it to fill.  Go back to your tank and turn the valve and top your tank right back up.

But if you are doing 2 or 4 or say 6 tanks at once it is so great because since you don’t need to worry about loosing siphon, you vacuum them all, then fill them all in one go.

Gets better though!  As many of you know I put in a Aquaponics system this year, in it I have two 330 gallon IBCs, and Python makes extension tubes to make the vacuum side longer.  Including one 48 inches long, which is perfect to vacuum IBCs.  Since I started using it about every three weeks on my system the water is always crystal clear.

So if you do aquaponics or keep aquariums or both I can’t recommend this product highly enough.  It doesn’t just work better than any other option, it works EASIER with LESS MESS, hence you do your fricken maintenance when you are supposed to and your system stays healthy.  So check out the Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Vacuum if you are a fish keeper and make your life just a little better and easier to boot.

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P.S. – As I said I got the 50 Foot system, there is that and the 25, they are 39 and 59 dollars respectively.  There is also one listed as Large and one as X-Large.  They are much more expensive and there is no clear indication of how they differ.  I would say I can’t imagine anyone short of a commercial aquarium needing anything more than the standard systems.   Here are all the options I would recommend for the hobbiest.

They make a lot of other size tube extensions but these seem the most universal to me.  I use the stock one in my 55s for now, and don’t mind getting my hands a bit wet, it works fine and is maneuverable around the tank “furniture”.

P.S.S. – Don’t underestimate the power of this vacuum.  I had a cory catfish in my old tank that used to like to play in the vacuum I used at that time.  Not something to do with this!  On my first use a tilapia fingerling tried it, in a second he was up the tube and out the window.

I had to shut the system down, remove the far end and let the natural siphon move him down the tube.  Somehow, someway he survived it!  Don’t expect similar results keep the wand low and your fish out of the tube, if one gets in shut the valve!

Here is a quick video of this system working.

Dogtra ARC Remote Training Collar System – Item of the Day


Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Dogtra ARC Remote Training Collar System.  This is the one I recommend because it has levels from 1-127 when it comes to using the shock feature.

You may wonder why I would want that, well let me start out with there are less feature rich models by Dogtra that run say 1-24 and you should know that 24 in that collar is equal to 127 on the better collar.  See where this is going?

I don’t like shocking my dogs, I really do not, but I don’t like them eating my ducks and ending up having to find a new home, just one example.  I also don’t like yelling at them, etc.  I want CERTAIN things simply to rapidly become what a dog just doesn’t do.  For instance Charlie my pit bull mix had a desire to attack anything that made a weird noise, like say a chain saw.

So my choice is between my dog grabbing a moving chain on a saw or being shocked once or twice.  What is your choice?  In all Charlie has been shocked 4-5 times in his three years and has never been shocked since about age 6 months.

So when I get 127 levels I can start say at 25, move it to 30, move it to 32, etc. and the second I get a reaction during poor behavior, that is the level.  This lets me dial in the absolute minimum level of correction necessary to do the job.

For Charlie his number was 34, and literally 33 didn’t get anything done.  So when I started working with our new dog Lucy this week since she is smaller and all I started down at 20, and nothing.  So she is chasing my ducks and really trying to eat one, I dial to 35, nothing, 40, NOTHING, 46, YIPE!

Okay that got her attention.  10 minutes later that pain had left her mind and off to the races we go again, wait till she almost has one, zap, YIPE!  This morning, we go out, she chases them, they run, I wait, she gets close and stops.  Ah she is learning.  My guess is it will take 2-3 more times for her to realize those are Lightning Ducks that absolutely hurt when you attack them.  She has no clue the collar is the issue, she is now wearing it at all times, it comes off at night to be charged.

This is different than how I trained Charlie, he did know from the beginning that it was the collar and it was more a training aid.  But with Charlie I started with a 2.5 month old pup, who had lived in a shelter his entire life.  Now I have a Sheppard that has been on her own for at least a month, she is 50 pounds and should be closer to 60-65 at her frame.  She likely hunted to stay alive for awhile so the tactic changes.

I say all this to make sure you understand that these collars are useful trainers but you still have to train and they should not be used for all things.  This dog showed up here Monday at about 3PM when we picked her up from the vet.  It is now Thursday.  We started with a quivering dog that peed when you touched her.  In only three days, I now have a dog that can walk on a leash, loves to be pet, plays with my other dogs, sits, stays, comes.  None of that was done with the collar.

To me these are for training the really important things, do not eat the live stock, to not climb the fence and get lost, do not eat the power tools, etc.  And each dog requires an appropriate tactic.  This is a training tool, not a replacement for training, but it to me is the best one you can get.  For homesteaders this tool is often the difference between a dog that defends your stock vs. eats your stock.

So if you have similar needs check out the Dogtra ARC Remote Training Collar System just remember it is a training tool, not a training replacement.

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PS – Use of these collars requires being very responsible and only using it as needed.  Some people get very upset but properly used they cause dogs less stress and discomfort.  Tune in to the closing of today’s podcast to learn more about proper use of this tool.

To be blunt, if you put this on your dog and just shock it when it does anything you don’t like, you are a scum bag and should have this device shoved up your ass and your dog should be handed the remote.

Grannick’s Bitter Apple for Dogs – Item of the Day

bitterEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Grannick’s Bitter Apple for Dogs and it is something we are using right now.  Charlie Daniels Spirko, our resident Pit Bull, Pointer Mix has gotten some sores on his back feet.  Like all dogs he insists on chewing and licking them, which intern makes him lick more, chew more and makes the sores worse.

Charlie is free of hot spots, this is the fist issue like this he has had, likely he got skinned up or got in touch with some sort of plant that gave him a reaction.  So I washed them and began applying Dr. Christopher’s Salve to his feet, it worked great then got bad again.  Why?

Apparently Charlie likes the taste of Comfrey Salve.  One can only imagine the mind of a dog!  The solution is quite simple though, coat the area with salve then spray, Grannick’s Bitter Apple on it, chewing and licking stops.

This stuff tastes bad, I only ever knew one dog that would tolerate it and that was our Blackie, but even he only tolerated it as a very young pup.  Once the taste buds grew in, it worked like a charm.  This stuff belongs in your doggie first aid kit.

You can use it stand along just to stop chewing or with other things be they herbal or over the counter dog meds.  It also works for things the dog is chewing like say your house plants.  I mean they really, really don’t like it.   If you are a dog owner keep this on hand.

Note to Prime Members, because it is a low ticket item while on Prime it is an “add on item” if you want free shipping, so you may want to put it on your list and get it with your next order of other items, a 16 ounce bottle goes a long way, unless of course you have a house full of teething puppies!

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P.S. – David S. – If you are reading this yes, I tried the comfrey tincture you gave me, and yea, he liked the taste of that too.