Today We Said Goodbye to My Best Friend Bart.

Today, March 14th, has been the longest and strangest day. Even after losing an hour during daylight savings time, the clock is moving slower than it has in many years. At 3pm this evening we will be saying goodbye to my best friend in the whole wide world. His arthritis got the better of him.

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Bart at 7:30am, March 14th, 2016

He could beat terminal cancer like a champ but for some reason he was no match for the inflammation in his spine and legs. We’ve tried everything, from turmeric to acupressure, chiropractic care to cetyl myristoleate to vibrational work. He has simply been getting progressively weaker, moving more slowly, grunting and groaning so much it feels cruel to ignore. This morning he refused his breakfast for the first time in four years. I had to doctor it up with some chicken we had in the fridge from a big feast we made for him yesterday. We’ve been planning this since Friday and he’s been well aware. He’s had a cheeseburger, a baked chicken, lots of squeaky toys, corned beef and bacon all weekend long.  Our plan is to take him to the woods for one last good long sniff and stroll and then we will return to meet our appointment.

This morning on our second walk of the day, he stood for what seemed like an eternity at the corner of our street, just staring and looking around. Real tears flowed from his eyes and I wiped them away with my fingers, crying with him. It wasn’t a heavy, steady stream, but he cried none-the-less. I know that dogs aren’t supposed to shed tears the way people do but I’ve now witnessed it, and now I have no doubt. He’s aware of what’s happening.

As we were leaving for home after visiting my parents in TN last January, Bart went to each one separately and told them goodbye before getting into the car. In the past he couldn’t contain himself panicking and rushing to the car to leave for home, but this time was so different. He was casual and tender. He was saying farewell and deep down I knew that was what he was doing. I forgot this until yesterday when I told my mom on the phone that today we are saying goodbye.

He has helped so many others with cancer go a different route successfully. Many are still going strong. And others I have talked to were not so successful, but so many often come to me as a last ditch effort, and no matter how hard we try, no one gets out of this life alive.

I want to thank so many of you for your kind words and encouragement. I will continue to share Bart’s story on Facebook, Twitter and also through an occasional blog post. I had hoped to have something deeply profound to share in this message, but at the moment I am a little numb. Bart is breathing heavily next to me and it isn’t even noon yet. I will share this message after he is gone and maybe after some time has passed I will write more about the experience. For now I will just say thank you for cheering us on and being a part of a community that has made sharing his journey so worth it.

To your love and health. May peace be with you all in all areas of your life.
Bart and Sue

Want Expert Advice on How to Feed Your Dog Raw?

xs106-50001a45-6dad-4b5d-93b1-d11888246a1d-v2Far off in the future my next dog will probably be eating mostly raw. When the time comes, I will be sure to seek the most expert advice first. If you are interested in going raw I highly recommend attending Raw Roundup in March. It is the largest LIVE and ONLINE natural canine nutrition conference in the world featuring the top holistic vets on the planet who will show you how to feed your dog the best diet possible. It is cheaper than most classes and many vets visits. It alleviates the effort and confusion of researching on your own, and you won’t get this much detail from your own vet – even if he or she does stand behind raw feeding.

It starts in March but you can Save 35% with the Super Early Bird Discount until February 1st, 2016. Follow this link to learn more: Raw Roundup Expert Symposium

If you attend, let me know what you think about it. I am going to do this in the future for sure. I also want to switch my cats to raw. Maybe they’ll do one for felines too! I’ll let you know if they do.

Happy 2016 From Bart!

It has been a long time since I posted about Bart, and many of you are probably wondering if he’s still even around. Well, he is and he’s still doing very well. He’s actually put on a little weight – a safe amount – but I believe that is partially due to the inactive lifestyle he’s been acquiring. He’s 12 years old now and moves slowly. He prefers to sleep a lot more than he ever did before. That’s really why I haven’t shared his picture here in a long time. I share from time to time on Facebook, but I’ve neglected his blog to some degree. But this is what he’s doing now. Most of my current pictures look about like this. Ha.
Bart 1:3:16
He’s still active enough though. Every night he gets loads of treat balls to get him up and moving about, plus he gets at least three good walks a day. On some weekends he’s out five times, but we’ve been taking it easier on him because he’s just not as mobile as he used to be and we live 3 flights of stairs up.

I do believe we have found the best combination to counter his arthritis. He gets liquid glucosamine in the morning with his breakfast, bromelain, T-Relief, Boswellia and something called DGP or Dog Gone Pain. I’m also giving him MSM, Noni powder, and a tablet form of Glucosamine Chondroitin in the evening. Also he gets his bone broth twice daily along with his Essiac Tea. So much of the anti-inflammatory stuff that is used for fighting cancer also helps to stave off and relieve arthritis pain.

We’re thrilled he’s still doing so well and it’s already 2016! I’ll try to share more in the coming weeks and also give you more helpful strategies in the natural fight against cancer.  Happy New Year to all, and thanks for checking in on Bart!

Bart has reached 4 years of beating cancer!

I wanted to be sure to share with you all that September 18th marks the 4 year anniversary of the emergency surgery to remove a cancerous tumor the size of an orange. I thought I would simply give him the best 3 months or so of his life (the amount of time left he was given by his oncologist) by cooking a homemade cancer fighting diet for him, no chemo, no cancer drugs, just nutrition and some herbs and supplements. I had no idea I would see him reach old age. Bart will be 12 years old in November. My life has changed drastically but it’s all easy and old news now. Happy anniversary old man! I love you!!

Bart on 9/20/15 getting a stingray to kill, while I make his batch of food.
Bart on 9/20/15 getting a stingray to kill, while I make his batch of food.

A new way to think about treating cancer and other diseases.

Saw this earlier today and it really hit a home run for me. It’s a great watch for all of us seeking alternative cancer treatments for our dogs and ourselves. Check it out:

William Li presents a new way to think about treating cancer and other diseases: anti-angiogenesis, preventing the growth of blood vessels that feed a tumor. The crucial first (and best) step: Eating cancer-fighting foods that cut off the supply lines and beat cancer at its own game.