- organic, human-grade, hormone-free, antibiotic-free turkey
- organic millet and quinoa
- organic sweet potato
- organic, grated veges
- organic, human-grade, hormone-free, antibiotic-free chicken
- organic, human-grade, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, grain-fed beef liver
- organic millet, spelt, or quinoa flour
- organic egg
- organic, virgin coconut oil
- organic, beans
Friday, March 27, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
As a result of my on-line research, I was lucky enough to also have secured the advice of a holistic vet in northern California, Dr. Gloria Dodd. After reading Dr. Dodd’s website, I emailed her and the next day received a detailed response about her experience working with other CDS animals using homeopathy.
Excitedly I called her office. Forty minutes later, I hung up from our conversation with a heart full of hope and a list of suggestions. Number one on that list was for me to send a sample of Buttons’ fur to a lab for hair analysis. This was something I was familiar with, as a few years before, I had sent samples of both my hair and Buttons’ fur to a lab in Texas, which did analysis on people and dogs. Basically, a hair analysis will give you an idea of the mineral levels and their ratios in the body -- kind of like how geologists determine natural history by studying layers of rock. Back then, Buttons’ had come out normal in everything while my analysis had indicated extreme magnesium deficiency, a common symptom of CFS and adrenal exhaustion.
In addition, Dr. Dodd gifted me one of her products called a Healing Halter™, which arrived a few days after our call. It consisted of a green, nylon halter that fit around Buttons’ body and neck with Velcro. Sewn into the halter were quartz crystal mandalas and an anti-radiation bead, which also used the principal of pyramid configuration energy, something I was familiar with from Dad’s energy plates long ago. As Dr. Dodd explained on her website, the halter was designed to balance the body's own electromagnetic field (EMF) and in so doing stimulate the immune system and natural healing mechanism of the body.
In our small apartment, Buttons was never too far from the television or the refrigerator, both of which I knew to have large electromagnetic fields. Ten years before I had gotten rid of the worst culprit, a microwave oven, and I was happy for any protection the halter may have offered her from the other appliances. Again, it was at worst something that I knew couldn’t hurt.
When we got the results of Buttons’ fur analysis we were surprised to see that her level of aluminum was through the roof. It made sense as far as her Alzheimer’s-like symptoms went: the mystery to unravel was the aluminum’s source. Dr. Dodd and I carefully went over all the supplements Buttons had been on over the last five years. The water she drank was distilled. The treats were mostly homemade and always contained natural, organic ingredients. I’d never used aluminum cookware, so that wasn’t it. And then we found it.
Two years before I had taken a natural-care pet consultant’s advice to replace brown rice with barley in Buttons’ food. When she heard that, Dr. Dodd jumped on it, explaining that in the past she’d sent several types of grain to the lab and all the barley had tested the same: containing high, perhaps toxic levels of aluminum. Although Dr. Dodd had some personal opinions as to why that was so, all I cared about was finding the source of aluminum and removing it from Buttons’ world. So I took Dr. Dodd’s suggestion and sent a sample of the organic sprouting barley I’d been special ordering from the health food store to the lab for testing. Sure enough, it came back showing an extremely high aluminum content. Immediately after receiving the results, I threw out the ten pounds of barley I had in the pantry along with the all-natural, dry dog food with barley listed in the ingredients that I kept for travel and emergencies.
Frustrated that even high quality organic products could be toxic, I focused instead on our next step: trying to pull some of that aluminum out of Buttons’ brain. I ordered a series of nosodes -- homeopathic remedies developed for a specific problem, in this case, aluminum, the probable cause of her CDS. All I could do was pray that they were truly clean and natural.
For the next several months, Buttons was on those remedies and the results were subtle, but sure. The late night pacing continued, but her mind seemed sharper, more alert, and her spirit more present, enabling me at times, to bask in the illusion of staving off time. Most importantly, she never developed the CDS symptom of not recognizing me. In any event, between the pacing and the stroke, there was no denying that we were in the beginnings of our major transition, the one that would take her physical body away from me forever.
Friday, March 20, 2009
(As you can see from the above photo, Pocket is ready to serve her country and is anxiously awaiting a call from the White House)
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Book Review by Christy Crabtree
A spiritual adventure, this book highlights holistic pet care particularly dealing with canine cancer. Buttons was diagnosed with cancer and given six weeks to live yet she triumphed for eleven years to the age of nineteen years old! A powerful message about the gifts that the animals bring to us and what we can, in turn, do for them. A blessing to read and a gift to share."
(Paperback: 296 pages Publisher: Wheatmark (May 15, 2008)
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Buttons and I want to thank the hundreds of readers who have taken the time to email and share their stories of how the book has helped and touched them. You readers are the book's only marketing department. Thank you for embracing the mission and helping spread the word!
THE BOOK'S 3-FOLD MISSION:
♥ Helping pet parents realize that we may be unconsciously contributing to the skyrocketing increase of cancer in our pets by unknowingly creating highly toxic environments in our homes.
♥ Providing comfort, camaraderie, and validation for pet parents experiencing the devastating loss of a beloved pet
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Recently, I had the extreme pleasure of being interviewed by animal communicator, Maureen Harmonay and am delighted to be able to share our hour together here with you. Her questions were deep, insightful and probing. I hope my answers did them justice.
Click on the icon below to listen and please enjoy!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
OH MY DOG...was I ever surprised!!! Nothing small-time, unpolished, or unprofessional about this precious gem. It is by far the most engaging, authentically heart-touching film about the human-animal bond I have ever seen.
I laughed, I cried, I moved my body to the music. I delighted in the scenery, cinematography, and seeing other pet parents willing to not only go to any lengths for their animals, but rejoicing in and celebrating those lengths.
Like a really good dream, the emotionalism and beauty of the film stayed with me for more than 7 days! I enthusiastically encourage you to order a copy for yourself, friends and family, and its focus on holistic pet care makes it the perfect companion gift for The Healing Art of Pet Parenthood!
In "Seven Days with Seven Dogs", filmmaker and animal psychic Billie Dean and her filmmaker husband Andrew Einspruch bundle their seven rescued dogs from the Ballyoncree Animal Sanctuary and hit the road on a journey of discovery.
Filmed in some of Australia's most beautiful places, and shot by AFI Award winning cinematograhper Anthony Jennings, the documentary follows Suki, Louie, Tala, Twylah, Cedar, Willow and Raffi as they do everything from stay in five-star resort accommodation to taking a horse-drawn gypsy caravan ride.
A short of "Seven Days with Seven Dogs" has already screened at a number of film festivals and on the ABC’s Stateline (ACT). It’s heart warming and fun, and indeed, is getting quite a following.
The full dog-umentary is now available. It's an hour of uplifting entertainment about seven rescued dogs as they journey through some of Australia’s most picturesque country and having the healing holiday of a doggie lifetime."