Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Another great pet blog I am happy to be networking with is FreePetTips:
"We are animal freaks and computer geeks. After trying to find information on our pets we were disappointed to see that most information was spread across the web, and not very helpful. Our goal is to make FreePetTips the goto place for all your questions about your pets."

I am proud and thankful that today's featured article on Free PetTips is about The Healing Art of Pet Parenthood.

Wishing you vibrant health
and precious moments-
Nadine (and Buttons)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

THANK YOU 4 The Love of Animals!

Please check out their wonderful site:
This blog is mainly about animal rescue, conservation, and other animal news. It’s also a place to share great products for animals, and a place for fun giveaways just for animal lovers! It’s our place to celebrate our animal companions and do our part to help make their lives a little better."

Also featuring, "Cute
animal photos, animal rescue, pet ownership, pet products, reviews and giveaways," and their great post on The Healing Art of Pet Parenthood. THANKS, 4 The Love of Animals!

Wishing you vibrant health
and precious moments-
Nadine (and Buttons)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Toxic To Your Pet #2- aka: In My Opinion

Flea Products:
Are you using one of the popular, 'applied monthly' flea products? Think about can kill fleas because it is a form of poison. Some products contain strychnine. Others have the active ingredient, imidacloprid which is rated as "moderately toxic" acutely by the WHO and the EPA and which causes thyroid lesions in rats. Is that really something you want to apply to your dog between his/her shoulders once a month to be absorbed by his/her skin until it's able to also poison every flea that comes into contact with him/her?

There are wonderful, affordable essential oil combinations made especially for repelling fleas. Most contain oil of lemon and eucalyptus- very pleasant smelling.

Diatomaceous earth is an inexpensive, natural remedy for flea infested areas of the home or yard. All can be found online.

Wishing you vibrant health and
precious moments-

Nadine (and Buttons)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Toxic To Your Pet #1- aka: In My Opinion

Laundry products: non-natural detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets... a little bit of internet research will convince you- there is all kinds of well-documented material about how very harmful the most common, best-selling brands are to our health. Keep in mind, between clothing, bedding, and towels, we are constantly exposed to and absorbing these poisons through our skin and so are our pets! If you launder any of their cloth toys, they are also ingesting those chemicals.

Here is a list of just some of the chemicals found in fabric softeners and dryer sheets: Reprinted with Permission from the Security & Wellness e-Newsletter
  • Benzyl acetate: Linked to pancreatic cancer
  • Benzyl Alcohol: Upper respiratory tract irritant
  • Ethanol: On the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Hazardous Waste list and can cause central nervous system disorders
  • A-Terpineol: Can cause respiratory problems, including fatal edema, and central nervous system damage
  • Ethyl Acetate: A narcotic on the EPA's Hazardous Waste list
  • Camphor: Causes central nervous system disorders
  • Chloroform: Neurotoxic, anesthetic and carcinogenic
  • Linalool: A narcotic that causes central nervous system disorders
  • Pentane: A chemical known to be harmful if inhaled
There are many natural, affordable alternatives to be found at stores like Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and many online companies. Just because it smells pretty, doesn’t mean it’s not harmful. Please don't assume that large companies put your health and well-being before their bottom line.

Woven into the story of my book, The Healing Art of Pet Parenthood, is the description of the many things I did to clear my home environment when my 8-year old dog, Buttons, was diagnosed with deadly cancer and given 6 weeks to live. Following an intense holistic regime, she not only lived, but went on to thrive for an additional 11 years.

In my opinion, it is always wise to read the label of every product your animal is exposed to in and around your home.

Wishing you vibrant health and
precious moments-
Nadine (and Buttons)

Friday, October 17, 2008

With Deep Appreciation

As I lose my blogging virginity, I delight in the opportunity to thank a few of the wonderful people (and dogs) who've done marketing "bark outs" for The Healing Art of Pet Parenthood in its beginning stages as a published text.

First, you've seen her, you've loved her, the famous: Gidget Gormley, the adorable "humping dog" from the Sex and the City movie. Gidget, her incredible trainer and mom, Mary Gormley, and blogging goddess, Jen Dragon, are doing great things to help doggers everywhere, and I am thrilled to have them as dear new friends and fans of my book.

Next, a big thank you to Laura Bennett of Embrace Pet Insurance. Laura and I "met" on facebook... how fun is that?!
Chance's Spot is a valuable pet-loss resource and they were the first site to graciously feature The Healing Art of Pet Parenthood.

The Healing Art of Pet Parenthood is touching hearts, so I guess it's no wonder that it's drawing such open-hearted souls who want to help spread the word about it. Thank you, everyone.
You fill MY heart.

Stay tuned for some interesting holistic tips and my upcoming podcast interview!

Wishing you vibrant health and
(and Buttons)