The Barking Dog Alarm and Other Clever Deterrents

Beware of the dog sign
Perhaps not quite the right thing…
Source: Popscreen

Protecting ourselves and our most valuable possessions is an important issue we should all consider. With that in mind, here are a few barking mad deterrents you might not have come across.

The Barking Dog Alarm
They bark yap and snarl and are a great deterrent for intruders, but not everyone wants a dog. Well with a motion sensor barking dog alarm you can have security, without the cost…or mess. Burglars (and the Postman) won’t know the difference.

Barking Dog Alarm
All the bark with no bite

Easy Pickings
Filling an old wallet with fake cards and scrap paper is a great way to fool thieves who break into your home. The same thing applies to broken laptops and phones, which you can ‘carelessly’ leave lying around the house. Fake loot can often save the real treasure.

Old brown wallet
‘Oh look a wallet I can steal…’
Source: Peter Bjorn and John

Dummy Security Camera
Security cameras are a great deterrent but can be expensive and complicated to install. A dummy camera on the other hand keeps thieves away at a fraction of the cost and bother. Smart.

Dummy Security Camera
Instant 1984 security

Lime in your Beer
It’s a scorcher of a day and you’re relaxing peacefully, until a pesky fly starts buzzing in your ear. Well don’t let it go for a swim in your cerveza, just pop in a lime, recline and sip at ease. Safe in the knowledge that there are only bubbles, not buzz, in your beer.

Sol with lime in top
Fend off those fiendish flies
Source:Horse and Country

The Clever Gecko
But how do you keep yourself safe from pesky flies and mosquitoes? Obvious solutions like mosquito repellents and long sleeves aren’t always enough. In Senggigi on the Indonesian island of Lombok, the locals get fake tattoos of geckos to fend off pesky insects.

Gecko tattoo
If tattoos could talk this would say yum yum
Source: Tattoo Stage

Too drastic? Well for a range of more conventional security gadgets like motion sensor solar entrance lights, dummy cameras and the ingenious barking dog alarm, visit the Clifford James website.

Did you know…? The history of the Moccasin slipper

 

Moccasin slipper are hugely popular across the globe, but not many people know about their unique history within Native American culture.

The Native Americans were unbelievably good at recycling and reducing waste. Skilled hunters, they would utilise every possible part of their catch – using the meat for food and the animal skins for clothing. The tough hide, which was too inflexible to make into clothing, would be used to make strong, durable Moccasin slippers.

The humble Moccasin slipper
Moccasins were often beautifully decorated in accordance to tribal customs, using bead-work and fringing to make them original and unique. They were often hand painted as well, depicting scenes from nature in a variety of bright colours. The work of the Native Americans was intricate and distinctive. They were, in essence, the original ‘haute couture’ leather shoes.

Over the hundreds of years that Moccasins have been made the basic, original design has remained the same. They are generally still made out of leather, as they were originally, but the advance in dyes has meant that you can now buy them in a range of bright colours. Another, popular alteration has been to add a fur lining, making Moccasins ideal slippers for the winter months. In addition,

One of the reasons that Moccasins have remained so popular for so long is their ability to mold to the foot, meaning they are warm and snug. Their flat soles and soft leather make them unbelievably comfortable. They simply get better over time, as the leather softens and mold to your foot. A moccasin often ends up being a friend for life.

It is hard to believe that something could have remained so popular for so long, but it is a fact that Moccasins are just as popular today as they have ever been. Perhaps it is all those years of use that has resulted in a slipper that is so comfortable, practical, warm and stylish. Either way, the humble Moccasin is the perfect addition to anyone’s wardrobe.