Tom is back, a snake bite and harvesting

Zaia

Zaia is a musician, homesteader, permaculturist, holistic health and wellness coach and sustainability advocate. She and husband Tom run permaculture designed farm "Maungaraeeda" on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia and the not for profit organisation the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. and teach permaculture and self reliance. Zaia loves cooking and always comes up with new and different recipes to prepare the food she grows. She is a percussionist and is involved in various musical projects, including community music projects. She writes about life on the farm and tries to post regular photos.

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  1. Nic says:

    My dog is a committed snake-hunter here in South East Queensland. We didn’t encourage it: it is just something he has done since we brought him home from the dog shelter.
    He kills a lot of red-bellied blacks, and my partner saw him being bitten by one, but he has been ok so far. He is bigger, being a bull terrier/border collie cross.
    He also digs up cane toads and chews them a little. He did it a few weeks ago and was quite dizzy and agitated afterwards. My partner gave him as much milk as he could drink, and that relieved the symptoms enough for him to be able to style down. A vet had told my partner to do it with a dog years ago that kept munching the toads. An expensive habit.
    The hunting is definitely not encouraged, but with us both working, we can’t watch him all the time. We have recently spent over $200 treating an infected eye, probably from him pushing through bushes and scratching it. Another side-effect of the hunting!
    I wish your little mutt all the best.

  2. Rohan Arnold says:

    Only just saw this. Pat Coleby recommends vit c

    • Zaia says:

      Hi Rohan, I had heard about the vitamin C thing but also heard that it did not work. Regardless, I did try and give him some, but he could not keep it down. The charcoal given to him straight away was the thing that saved him I reckon!

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