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Bosse is all about safety. Keep your pets safe!


Bosse Tools is constantly thinking about safety. Today we are taking a look at safety tips for our pets!  The first three tips include:  How to keep pets safe at a party!  The second three tips include:  How to keep pets safe during cold winter months.  

Pets are the life of the party so make sure to keep them safe by using these three strategies:

1.  Be cocktail cautious for your pet
Be cautious where drinks are set if alcoholic beverages are being served.  Watch out for sweet beverages which mask the flavor.  Signs of distress include problems walking or standing up, lack of coordination, drowsiness, a slow breathing rate, excessive urination, vomiting, or unresponsiveness.
2.  Create guest pet rules
Guests love to feed the cuties so create treat bowls with directions.  This avoids human food feeding and can help calm nerves.  Also, add a petting session for the more extreme pets such as lizards or other exotics. 
3.  A room alone for your pet to rest
When all the noise gets to be too much, make sure your pet has a quiet room with water and food.

Brrrr.  Has your pet changed since the snow hit the ground?  Well, here's three tips to keep your pets safe.

 

1. Encourage pet activity
Animals have the tendency to become sedentary when cool weather rolls around. Take your pet out for walks around the neighborhood or bring your pet to your local dog park. You can also buy him treat-dispensing toys that encourage him to kick and knock the toy about before he gets a treat.
2. Keep pet skin in good shape
The cold winds and grounds and the dry heat of your house can both irritate your pet's skin and cause it to itch and flake.  If you own a dog, make sure to apply petroleum jelly before taking him out for a walk. This can safeguard his paws from ice, salts, and other chemicals that can irritate his skin.  Don't forget to shovel snow from your driveway and pathways to keep your pooch from getting in contact with it.  Check our shovels here.  Snow Shovels.
3. Protect pet from antifreeze
Antifreeze is important for your vehicle but it can be extremely poisonous for your dog or cat. Store it properly and make sure to clean up spills on the ground.  Prevention is better than cure.   

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Three DIY Tips for Halloween using a Shovel


Perhaps a shovel isn’t the first thing people think of when Halloween is mentioned, but the holiday would be much less spooky if the digging implement were not around.  Here's three fun Halloween tips to shovel up some fun.

Three DIY Tips for Halloween using a Shovel

1. Buried Treasure

A shovel can be part of all the unique fun you decide to dig up on Halloween.  One party idea you may want to use is hunting for (spooky) buried treasure. Have the buried treasure hunt before dark for children and after dark for adults.  All you need are a few shovels, solar powered lights, candles or tiki torches, a few spooky treasures and a treasure map can create some unique Halloween fun in your own backyard. Bury the treasure, create a map, add the lighting choice in strategic locations around the yard and hand your guests a shovel and a portion of the buried treasure map. Let them dig their way around looking for the treasure and avoiding the pitfalls you’ve placed along the way.

2. Graves with an Eerie Glow

Dig a shallow grave or two and rig zombies to pop up from them as treasure hunters walk by. Dig a few shallow holes and fill some with water to create mudholes and fill others with burning embers to create an eerie glow. 

3. Grave Markers

Shovels also make spooky grave markers for the shallow burying place you dig for the dead and the un-dead and can be used as signs along the treasure-hunting route to point the way.  After the night of fun and the dawn begins to break, use shovels to hide all the evidence. Throw dirt on the fire to ensure it’s out, fill in all the holes in the yard and pat the dirt on top of the grave down smoothly so your yard will look normal and not like a crime scene.

To wrap up the Halloween holiday, rinse the remaining evidence off the business end of the shovel and wipe off your finger prints from the handle. Store the shovel in the shed until garden season rolls around and no one will ever know about all the fun you had with a shovel on Halloween.

Remember, take care of your back by using our innovative new shovels.  You don't have to hurt making this holiday fun!

 

 

 

5 Benefits of Gardening - #3 Will Surprise You!


With spring slowly creeping in, it’s time to get back into gardening mode. We already have visions of radishes, strawberries and plums dancing in our heads.

In case it’s been a long winter, we decided to remind you of the top benefits of gardening.

1- Ease Stress 

Feeling a little stressed lately? Well it’s time to pick up a shovel (preferably an ergonomic Bosse one) and hit the yard. Regardless of how much you dig, several components of gardening help to wash away the stress. 

Sunlight

You gotta love increasing serotonin. This little chemical is known for boosting your mood. And, sunlight just happens to be known for increasing serotonin in the brain. 

Fresh Air

Getting out of stuffy offices can be an instant energy booster. Not only an energizer, getting enough oxygen can also help you sleep better at night. 

Focus & Meditation

There are many elements of gardening that are methodical. By focusing on removing weeds or trimming, your mind takes a moment to forget your problems and relax. 

2- Healthy Eats  

Once your garden gets into full swing, it’s hard to not eat healthy. Bell peppers will start showing up in breakfasts, lunches will feature home grown salads and dinners will start showcasing six different ways you can cook zucchini.

By the way, zucchini can be steamed, stuffed, baked and turned into bread. Just in case you find yourself in need of a way to get rid of excess zucchini.

And, if you plant a few crazy producers, like spaghetti squash, even your neighbors will be eating healthy!

The best news is that this is the most scrumptious way to have vegetables. Few things compare to the burst of flavor when you pick a cherry tomato right out of the garden. Or, the bright orange carrots straight from the ground. In fact, everything tastes better fresh. 

3- Boost Brain Power & Fight Alzheimer’s

We’re not going to lie, this was a surprise! A welcome one. But, the science is there: adults who garden see a 36% risk reduction for Alzheimer’s. No one can really explain the full mystery behind this disease or the relationship with gardening. But experts have speculated that it’s because gardening uses so many critical functions. In a half-hour gardening session, you could be utilizing your solving problems skills, learning, dexterity and sensory awareness.

All of those are positive brain exercises.

So if you are looking to spur a little extra brainpower, it’s time to turn to Mother Nature and test out that green thumb of yours.

4- Exercise

Regardless if you are tending to a patio garden or trying to outperform a local farmer, gardening gets you moving. Especially if you have a medium to large sized garden, maintaining the garden gets your heart pumping. Digging, planting and weeding are great ways to get some exercise.

*Be careful not to overstrain or hurt yourself. Look to adopt ergonomic practices to maximize health rewards of gardening.

5- More Money in the Bank 

Eating healthy is known for a lot of things (losing weight, reducing blood pressure, boosting energy) but rarely “cheap eats.”

Unless you can grow it yourself!

Growing your own produce provides scrumptious fruits and veggies for a fraction of the cost. Bags of seeds start off under $2. Starter plants are typically under $5 and while they might start off small, they do create a big impact.

Something as small as a windowsill garden can produce more than you think. Consider a producer like spinach, lettuce or tomatoes for smaller spaces. Add an herb like basil, and you can enjoy Caprese Salads all summer. Throw a Garden Tower into the mix, and the possibilities are endless!

Conclusion

Hopefully you are inspired to take up gardening this summer. This is only a small list of the benefits of gardening.

Here at Bosse, we wanted to make enjoyable activities like gardening more rewarding. That is why we designed a complete line of ergonomic shovels. By focusing on a design that complements human form you can reduce injury and increase productivity.