What “raw” has done for us

Our oldest Weimaraner is now 11 yrs old.  We were such “responsible owners”, getting his vaccinations, WITHOUT fail, every year. Did I know I was poisoning my baby? OF COURSE NOT, but I was. Did I know that 10 years later I would have a death sentence handed to me in the form of “degenerative myelopathy”, OF COURSE NOT, but it happened.  In fact, so many of Bo’s ailments throughout his life could have been a direct side effect from his vaccinations.  I had no idea.

Ok, so how did I become so my “come to Jesus moment” with Bo….

Bo began to struggle with his hind end and seemed to be in pain.  I took him to the vet immediately and we began trying all kinds of medications from pain meds to nerve medications.  Nothing worked.  We did all kinds of tests and found nothing.  After watching my boy’s condition progress, my vet gently told me that I had about 6-8 months before I would have to make the very difficult decision to say goodbye.  You see this disease slowly takes over.  First dogs might become a little wobbly, then dragging their back feet, finally moving to the front limbs.  The heart breaking thing is that, mentally they are confused and depressed as they loose control of not only their ability to walk but to go the the bathroom, etc.  My vet told me that there was really nothing else to be done but to enjoy the time I had.  I asked him if there were alternatives or things that might keep him more comfortable like holistic and/or chiropractic care. He told me that it certainly would not hurt.  I was all in.  I went home and started making phone calls.  I even emailed Michigan State University, as they were doing a clinical trial for this very disease.  I ALMOST had him signed up but I had to give this holistic vet a chance.  A fellow foster family for Great Lakes Weim Rescue had taken their foster pup to a holistic vet and she got him out of a wheel chair!  I thought if she can help him, she can certainly help my Boey Bear!  AND SHE DID!  (More info on Dr. Pam’s practice) She didn’t just adjust my dog, she taught me a new way of life. She introduced me to a book by Dr. Pitcairn (Dr. Pitcairn’s website)and told me, if I was serious about Bo’s care, I would read this book and put it into practice NOW.  I DID JUST THAT.  I read that book cover to cover and after each page I implemented new practices into my home.  I stripped our house and yard of toxins, changed what I fed him, and stopped “medicating” him with prescriptions and over the counter pills like benedryl (serious allergy sufferer).  What happened?? Well I have effectively frozen his symptoms in time.  It has been almost 2 years since his death sentence was handed to me and he is doing GREAT! He goes to the chiropractor 1-2 times per month and he is the shape of his life.  NO MORE ALLERGIES, no more fatty tumors (yes, they disappeared!!), HEALTHY BOY!!

I am still baffled by the results.  My holistic vet went through his entire vet history from the moment we brought him home, and I felt so responsible.  When you see the words on paper it is so obvious, yet at the time I thought I was doing the right thing, protecting my baby.  Dr. Pam showed me that after EVERY SINGLE vaccination I was back at the vet a couple weeks later with a problem.  Vomiting, bleached fur, allergic reaction, shaking, diarrhea, etc.  Since the switch, we have only been to the vet for chiropractic visits.  ZERO health concerns.

The results were so glaring that I had no choice but to switch the rest of my pack (Ellie-6yrs and Hope-2yr) I also had to walk the talk personally, so we are drug free, toxin free and we try our best with our own diet 😉

My biggest struggle was with heartworm and flea preventative.  We love to vacation with our babies and the idea of them pick up something was a big fear of mine.  So I really had to re read and research remedies so that I did not go back to my “old ways”.  We go in for regular heartworm tests and use daily, non-toxic measures to ensure we are safe from yucky bugs!  I make my own shampoo, have a flea-tick powder I make, serve up garlic and other natural ingredients daily, etc.  The pack’s immune system is stronger than ever and they are happier than ever.  What does this all equate to?  ONE HAPPY MAMA!

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Here is the recipe for Flea/tick powder that I use around the house and on my dogs.

Raw Dog food Recipe to live by.

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Be well!


Third Eye

My 2 foster brothers, Scooby and Biscuit, are blind.  I have only had them for about 5 days and as I observe their behaviors, I have been thinking and researching.  In an attempt to get them moving and increase their energy, I stumbled upon the Pineal Gland.  This little pea sized gland is responsible for the release of melatonin, our sleep/wake cycle, mood changes, and more.  So it has me wondering about how this gland functions in blind dogs??  If this gland responds to light/lack of light, I have to wonder how well this gland in functioning in these boys?!

I know this is a little scientific (translation: not fun, complicated) but to put it simply, when it is dark our bodies produce melatonin.  Melatonin makes you sleepy.  When exposed to light, the pineal glad produces serotonin.  Serotonin is a happy hormone.

Now I am no scientist but I can only deduce that Scooby and Biscuit are producing too much Melatonin and not enough serotonin.  This is typical during winter months as we loose valuable sunlight but in blind people and animals, this is a struggle 365 days a year.  Fortunately, the boys have not lost all their sight yet.  They respond very well to light. I am already seeing their energy increase as I encourage them to be outside in the natural sunlight.

The gland can also be stimulated with diet.  I have switched their diet and added coconut oil.  I know I have much more to learn and change in their diet plan.  Nutrition in our pets is absolutely fascinating to me.  (I wish I was as fascinated about learning about my own personal nutrition!!)

Whew!! The brain is fascinating but soooo complicated! I have much more to learn so I must keep diving in!  Keep your glands happy!! 😉


Bone Broth


how to make bone broth for dogs

What do you get when you cook chicken feet, beef marrow bones, garlic, vinegar and water for 24 hours???? BONE BROTH! I am always searching for healthy things to add to the raw diet I am feeding my pack.  Time and time again “bone broth” has come up.  Whether my dog is feeling under the weather, joint support, or general supplement, this ultra healing, vitamin packed broth seems to be the solution.  As if the butcher could hear my thoughts, I get a phone call from my local butcher telling me he has marrow bones and wondered if I would take them off his hands.  When a butcher gives you 45 lbs of marrow bones, you get REAL motivated to get cooking!  (Who has room for all those bones?!)

Here is the recipe I am going to follow along with some really great information about why we all should be adding bone broth to our diet!  Bone Broth Recipe

Now I am off to the chicken farm to see about some feet!!!


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