Don’t be deceived. This is not an athletic shirt. Yes, it’s designed to wick sweat and fight odors, but Carhartt Force takes it a step further to blocks stains. When you spend your days working on the ranch, you don’t need a gym. Mucking stalls and lifting saddles is where you put in your reps, and it’s a heck of a lot more fun. Doing your job is the greatest fitness routine you could ever perform. It’s good for you, good for the land, and good for the critters.
Every family has their own distinct vibe, an essence etched on each member, reflected differently in every person’s case, yet offering a striking resemblance among the group as a whole. That spirit seems to grow stronger the larger the family, and that is undoubtedly true of the Kamermans.
The family of seven lives and works on a dairy farm in Montana. It was a joy spending the day with Lori and her four daughters: Malaya, Mali, Mikaya, and Hannah. Lori and the girls breed golden retrievers.
The tone of the Kamerman household is strongly influenced by their surroundings. A nature of adventure is required to live in the wilderness of Montana. And an inclination of selflessness and thoughtfulness is necessary when caring for animals daily, especially when those animals happen to be puppies.
As with humans, each dog has their own personality. Lori and the girls get to sit back and watch as they develop. Their aim is to help the pups get acclimated to family life. They bring the litters up in an atmosphere where human interaction is a norm, so each one can thrive in their future loving homes.
It must be such a great joy to watch these sweet puppies grow and mature while watching your own daughters grow and mature along side them, both instilled with a fierce love of family.
I traveled all the way back to my hometown in Texas for this tutorial. Meet Lisa and Jenny Boswell, family friends who live on the most breathtaking ranch. I spent a lot of time on their property when I was growing up. We always had a blast hanging out, riding horses and four-wheelers, trying to catch frogs, painting our faces and going off on kayaking adventures, and so on. Among the many well-loved animals at their home, is a gang of the sweetest dogs around. There’s a lot to learn from a family who takes such good care of their four legged friends.
Here are a few pointers I picked up watching them work:
Make sure the dogs get plenty of exercise, as the Boswells call it “running the dogs.” It helps release pent up energy and prevents aggression. If you have a lot of land, take a four-wheeler or a mule out and have the dogs follow you around. They’ll have a blast and get in a really good workout.
Keep an eye on them during playtime. Of course a little rough housing is normal. Just make sure it doesn’t get too out of hand. You’re the chief mediator, after all.
Be in charge of mealtime. Feed each dog from a separate bowl, and even in a separate place if necessary. Let your dogs enjoy eating without the need to be territorial or feeling it has to protect its food.
Make sure you can handle the responsibility of being a multiple dog owner. Dogs really are a girl’s best friends and they deserve lot of love and attention. Don’t spread yourself too thin.
Want to treat your pup? Snag this Carhartt dog bed.
It’s springtime, although it might not quite look like it yet. This strange mixture of rain, snow, and salt can take a toll on your bike. Here are a few tips for care and maintenance.
Keep it clean! After riding through the elements, clear all debris off your cycle– the sooner, the better. It will help prevent rust and ware. A bucket of soapy water and a sponge will do just fine.
Keep all moving elements lubed. This is important. Don’t be cheap with this step. In the long run, lube will cost less than having to replace expensive bike parts. Be mindful not to over-lube. Keep track of the areas you’ve already tended to so you don’t do it twice.
When roads are wet, let a bit of air out of your tires. Lower tire pressure increases contact area between the street and your bike. This will give you a bit more grip on slick roads.
Mudguards are a great purchase this time of year. Not only does it keep the rider clean, it prevents too much gunk from getting on other parts of your bike. It will also mean less clean up time for you after a muddy ride.
Regularly maintain your cycle. Harsh weather conditions lead to expedited disrepair of your bike. Keep an eye on brake pads, gear and brake cables, and bolt tightness.
Store your bicycle inside as often as you can. If you know it will be outside for an extended period. Be even more careful with the upkeep.
Carhartt Women’s Chore Coat is perfect for bike maintenance. The durable fabric, endless pockets, and adjustable cuffs are one your side when you have a dirty job in front of you. If you want to learn more about bike care check out what Tori Bortman, owner of Gracie’s Wrench in Portland, has to say.
You’ve hit the sweet spot when you find a way to merge your passion and your job. Minneapolis graphic designer, Kelsey Dusenka, has found a way to do just that. Kelsey has three cats of her own, but after finding an abandoned, malnourished kitten beside a dumpster in the dead of winter, she found herself on a mission. She cared for the kitten until she found a good home for it. Kelsey realized how difficult it is to part with an animal and how much more difficult it is to take any pets to the shelter, which may be why so many are abandoned. With all of that weighing heavy on her heart, Kelsey wanted to create an educational resource for first time pet owners to learn what it takes to raise a cat or a dog before they adopt so the animal wouldn’t be returned to a shelter or abandoned. Kelsey is now working on starting a Kickstarter to fund My Pet 101. Ultimately, she’d like to combine forces with shelters and have a presence at their adoption events. Keep an eye out for updates on Kelsey’s website.
Tips for first time pet owners from Kelsey Dusenka:
“Do your research. You’re not buying an animal, you’re adopting one. The biggest reason newly adopted animals are returned to shelters is because of owners’ lack of knowledge, which is also the easiest problem to fix. Know how much it’s going to cost, how to set up your home, and how to raise it. As simple as it sounds, the more you know going into owning an animal, the less surprises there’ll be, and the easier it’ll be on you and your new pet.”
Dog’s are not just a man’s best friend. They can be a woman’s too. They generally don’t talk back or interrupt. They love a good cuddle. And they lift up the day say the women at Canine to Five who take care of other people’s dogs during the day and go home to spend time with their own canines during their off hours. Is this a sign of pet obsession gone too far? No way. They just love dogs and hanging out with your furry friends or their own, keeps them contented and healthy. These girls like to share everything with dogs,and they are not afraid of showing real affection for any four-legged friends under their care. They are not alone. According to a 2007 study, about two-thirds of households in the US have at least one pet, and 45 per cent of those families have more than one animal. With humor, soul and a deep knowledge of what it takes to lead, women have long been a part of a dog’s life and training, just like their menfolk.
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Meet Josey Butler. She grew up on a rural Missouri cattle farm and now lives and works in Texas, training horses and competing in rodeos. Josey is a fireball if I’ve ever met one. So much skill and determination flow from her as she steps into the arena. She’s confident and bold. Her horses knows who’s boss. She’s authoritative and filled with compassion and understanding at the same time. The relationship with a horse and his master is so complex and unlike anything else. When I asked Josey to explain that connection to me, I was blown away by her response.
“Being the weird horse girl growing up has taken me places nationally a lot of people will never see. It’s extremely hard work, people think you just ride horses all day, and there is so much more too it than that. You have to be a part time vet and part time therapist to a 1200 lb animal who can’t just tell you what’s wrong. You have to be a carpenter, plumber, electrician, and mechanic because things don’t always malfunction during business hours, and running a horse training facility relies on all those things daily. You’re also an accountant and secretary because the government still wants taxes, and there is an amazing amount of paperwork involved in both billing and accounts payable when your entering events and such. On the other hand when you’re recieving checks, or an award for a job well done for a client, or even just sitting on a great horse at the end of the day, watching the sunset– it’s unbelievably satisfying. Most people who train in the horse industry never end up on the cover of Forbes but I don’t think I would be near as happy working 9-5 in a suit.”
A life and career driven by passion and a solid work ethic is worth the sweat. Find what drives you and make it happen. Be grateful for the little things you do day-to-day that remind you why you’ve chosen the path you’re on. Find joy in the sunsets.
see Josey’s work gear here: Carhartt Women’s Norfolk Henley, Marlinton Vest, & Carhartt Women’s Jasper Jeans
I think many of us had childhood dreams of being a vet someday. Alison made that dream happen. She works at Pearl Animal Hospital in Portland. Believe it or not, she performed 44 cat surgeries the morning before we met up. Pretty impressive. Alison has been a Carhartt lover for a long time. Check out the chore coat her dad gave her almost 11 years ago pictured above. Years and years of horse-loving later and that Carhartt is no worse for wear.
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The Pixie Project, started by Amy Sacks, is a non-profit animal adoption center and rescue in Portland. Animals have been her passion since childhood. Her passion then turned into her mission and her mission is now her job. The idea behind The Pixie Project is turning the shelter experience into a positive environment where people can reach out and give animals a better life. If you’re in the Portland area and you’re looking for a pet, check this place out. Even if you’re not in the pet market, stop by the cat room and get some kitten cuddles in.
shop Amy’s look here: Carhartt women’s sandstone active jacket, work-dry striped socks, and fleece duck gloves