Cooking a Whole Chicken for Your Dog

MP0330-lLast weekend Whole Foods had a one-day-only sale on organic whole chickens for $1.99 a pound. That might sound expensive to many people, but I’ve been vegetarian for 16 years so I have no clue, and we usually buy breasts and thighs in packages for way more than that for Bart’s broth, so I thought, what the heck! Let’s see what happens when we boil a whole chicken to make a broth. First of all, it was pretty gross from a vegetarian’s perspective, however I’ll do almost anything for my dog’s health. With that much meat I was able to treat my kitties and Bart and put a very sizable portion back into his weekly food batch. (We made his week’s batch of food the same day.)  The broth that came from this whole chicken was an amazing gelatinous goo! This is what we should have been doing all along because not only is Bart doing so well on his new Synflex, now that he’s been getting this healthy, marrow rich broth twice a day with his Essiac Tea he’s feeling peppy and joyful.

When I came home from work yesterday, he actually brought me a toy! It has been a long time since he’s done that, so I know he’s feeling better even while we’ve been seeing insane fluctuating temperatures that have been ranging from -6 one day all the way up to 32 degrees the next and back down to the single digits within 24 hours. These temperature fluctuations are really hard on arthritic bones, but Bart’s been shrugging it off like a champ this week.

This is the way we’re going to do it from now on. No more parts and pieces, and maybe next time we’ll get a chicken with the giblets to boil. Organ meats are good for dogs, as long as the animal was raised without hormones, steroids and on an organic diet. This can be pricey, so we’ll have to see what options are out there. Another benefit from cooking the whole chicken for broth is the juice is so rich that I don’t have to doctor it up to get him to drink it anymore. He would usually demand more juice added to his tea or we’d just drop a dollop of his food in to get him to gobble it down. Now he just goes for it, and I use less juice so the broth will last me twice as long.

If you do this or something similar for your dogs, leave a comment and let me know your tricks and recipes, or anything else you’d like to share.

Can I feed my dog cucumbers and fight cancer?

cucumberHave you ever heard of lignans? Lignans, pronounced : LIG•NAN, are chemical compounds in certain nuts, fruits, and vegetables, that when digested become activated by intestinal bacteria and a whole slew of wonderful dietary benefits ensue. From what I could gather, lignans produce some interesting behaviors in the gut. Apparently, they can alter enzymes related to estrogenic metabolism in ways that can actually help reduce the risk of certain types of hormone related cancers, such as breast, uterine, ovarian and prostate cancers.Scientists are currently doing a lot of research into the connections between lignan rich diets and the effectiveness against cancerous cell growth, including leukemia. But you don’t need a laboratory or a financial backer to reap the obvious benefits for you and your dog. “Lignans are present in a wide variety of plant foods, including seeds (flax, pumpkin, sunflower, poppy, sesame) . . . beans, fruits (particularly berries), and vegetables.” (from Oregon State University – Linus Pauling Institute) But the lignan rich fruit I’m most interested in for the purposes of this post is Cucumber. Yes cool refreshing cucumbers are a fruit because they bear seeds inside, even though they are not at all sweet. Though they provide fewer vitamins and minerals than other fruits, they “have been proven to reduce the risk of certain cancers and cardiovascular disease due to its rich source of lignans. Back in 2010, a study published in the journal Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases concluded that lignans could “lower vascular inflammation and endothelial dysfunction, which could have some implications in CVD prevention.” (3) A few years later, the journal Nutrition and Cancer found that pinoresinol, one of the simplest lignans, inhibits proliferation and induces differentiation on the growth of human leukemia cells. (4)” (

And to make all this information even better, cucumbers are a great food for your dog to eat, especially if he or she is overweight or elderly and not very active anymore, because they are low in calories. I have long been putting zucchinis in Bart’s weekly batch of food because they have great anti-cancer qualities, but now that I know he can eat cucumbers and all the benefits they carry, I think I might buy a cucumber every now and then to dice and toss into some yogurt or kefir for a snack for Bart when the summer heat hits. If scientists are doing a lot of research into the effects that cucumbers have in fighting cancer, they’ve got to be a good thing to add to his diet and I think he’ll enjoy eating them too.

If you have anything to add, please leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!

Sweet Potatoes, Itchy Dogs and Cancer


I recently read an article in Dogs Naturally magazine that raised a question about feeding your dog sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are an amazing food. I once remember reading that it is such a near perfect food that you could almost live exclusively on sweet potatoes and be nutritionally sound. I’m actually not a fan of the orange tubor. I’ve tried to like it, I just don’t. I love sweet potato fries and chips, but as a dish, it just seems wrong that a potato is, well, sweet. Still, Bart really enjoys the flavor a lot, which would be wonderful if it were an ideal food for him but unfortunately it’s really not.

I sometimes feed Bart sweet potatoes in treats, but rarely in his food.  Occasionally, very occasionally, a little sweet potato should be fine, as long as your dog does not react with itching shortly after. Still, it is important to know that although sweet potatoes are a densely packed nutritional powerhouse, it may not be the best choice for our dogs. Why you ask? Well, we all know potatoes are starchy, and if your dog has cancer it is important to understand that starch turns to sugar in the body. Sugar is something we want to keep to a minimum in our dogs’ diets especially when cancer is present because sugar feeds cancer cells. Actually there is metabolically more to it than that, too much sugar increases the amount of insulin in the body; “insulin is a hormonal stimulator for cellular proliferation.” ( magazine)

Also if your dog tends to have problems with itchy skin, and you feed him or her sweet potatoes, it’s possible that the carbohydrates and sugar are too much for your pup and the cause of the itching. Good information to have even if your dog doesn’t have cancer since so much of the foods made for dogs today have sweet potatoes in the list of ingredients.

If you want to find out more, you can read the article from Dogs Naturally here.

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What exactly is an incurable illness?

Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 7.01.37 PMIncurable, what does it mean? Who determines when something is incurable, doctors, scientists, patients, lots and lots of dead bodies? When the medical odds are stacked against a patient with a particular condition, the knee jerk use of the word “incurable” inevitably arises. Bart’s condition was considered “incurable” by his doctor and well, that was an inaccuracy on the grandest scale. Today, I saw a headline about Oliver Sacks announcing that he has, wait for it, incurable cancer. The man just basically announced his plan to die soon and also the thing he’s planning will finally kill him. He has decided his own death. What do I mean by that? Bare with me.

Most everyone has heard of the placebo effect.

From How Stuff Placebos have been shown to work in about 30 percent of patients, and they’ve been used by doctors for ages. In fact, they were often the only thing that a doctor could offer to relieve suffering, other than his or her attention and support. Some researchers believe that placebos simply evoke a psychological response. The act of taking them gives you an improved sense of well-being. However, recent research indicates that placebos may also bring about a physical response. In light of this, some people don’t see anything wrong with a doctor prescribing a placebo.After all, he or she is doing it to help the patient. But others see the practice not only as harmful, but unethical, deceptive and possibly even illegal.

Although we’ve long known that placebos can work, we’ve only recently started to figure out how and why.

I have many ideas about why the placebo effect works. Let’s start with quantum physics. Scientists have been discovering in labs for decades now that the observer effects the outcome of the experiment and sways the results based on his or her expectations. This discovery has thus been dubbed, “the observer effect.” Quantum physicists have also moved from the Newtonian atomic physics that we were taught in school that explains atoms make up the universe, and now talk of waves and particles as actual building blocks or rather a sort of quantum mechanical ever-shifting, never-static, universal fabric. In a nutshell, the unobserved world around us exists in a wave formation, meaning it has potential to be however an observer decides to focus it into reality, and at the point of being looked upon by a conscious observer who has preconceived notions, the surrounding world coagulates into a seemingly stable particle formation. Life comes into focus based on the type of vision with which we choose to look upon it. It’s like the whole world is waiting for us to tell it what we want to see and then in a literal blink of an eye, it takes shape based on our biases, prejudices, hopes, expectations and fears. The placebo effect is nothing more than the universe following the command of a patient’s belief in a desired outcome. The placebo effect is a neat package of quantum physics made visible and understandable for the layman. In other words, our expectations shape our reality. The world is nothing but a tapestry of opinions, hopes and fears.

Screen Shot 2015-02-20 at 7.24.18 PMAs I said before, most of us have heard of the placebo effect, but there is another term that most aren’t as familiar with and that is the nocebo effect. The nocebo effect is the opposite of the placebo and happens when a medical professional or other person of authority makes a statement such as warning of possible pain and unpleasant side effects, even impending death, increasing the likelihood that the patient will then experience any or all of these suggestions.

I can’t say for sure if what happened with Bart could be considered a placebo, in fact it is my belief that cancer is largely a condition linked to nutritional deficiencies, or it can be considered a nutritional malady of sorts. And of course not all cancers are nutritional illnesses, but it’s likely that many if not most of them are. But that conversation aside, what if placebo and nocebo effects are the same for our pets as they are for people? What if my hopefulness and belief in his ability to heal through diet was a powerful placebo that Bart zeroed in on and responded to physically? Who can say for sure? The point I’m making here is you are your dog’s entire world just as I am Bart’s world, and the way we behave around them is strongly received by these intensely perceptive creatures. Not only is their hearing and smell and night vision superior to ours, so is their intuition and empathy. They see through us with lazer sharpness.

I’m not asking anyone to lie to their best friend, but rather to work towards turning on your own optimism for their sake, instead of bracing yourselves for the worst possible scenario all the time. We as humans have been conditioned to expect the worst so that when things go better than planned we are mildly pleased. Living life like that is defeatist and it doesn’t serve you and it certainly isn’t going to serve your pet with a medical condition.  Everything, and every behavior boils down to one thing, choice. We all always have a choice in every situation. They might not always be the greatest of choices to select from, but life really is about choosing how you respond to every single moment that shows up for you. So why not try choosing to think thoughts that make you feel better, especially when your with your pet? You could be the medicine that helps him or her respond favorably to a particular treatment.

I’ll admit, I may not be the most traditional of thinkers, in fact I’m so nontraditional in my thinking that I had the gall to forego any medical procedures after Bart’s emergency surgery and simply pumped him full of nutritionally sound meals and cancer fighting herbs and supplements in response to the diagnosis of incurable cancer. And if you’re reading this blog and considering or maybe you are treating your dog’s cancer with nutrition, you’re a lot like me in the way of nontraditional thinking. And about Bart’s cancer treatment, it actually worked, and three years later we’re still hanging out at night in the living room as if none of this cancer business ever reared it’s ugly head in the past. We’re not alone, I just discovered a guy named Chris today, who also has overcome the medical community’s “odds” and has been in remission from colon cancer for over a decade with nothing but nutrition and natural therapies. Check him out at

So what if 9 times out of 10 the word incurable actually means curable with the right mindset and approach? What if that number was 10 times out of 10? Who knows for sure, but I personally believe it’s an effort worth giving if this is any life worth living.

Enjoy the joke and please comment your thoughts!



Bart loves to help me cook, and makes leaving for work so hard!

I just realized that I haven’t really put a lot of Bart in action videos up on this blog for a while so I’m sharing a couple things today. First is a picture of what he did to me this morning while I was putting on my coat. It made leaving so hard! 10930143_791299297628595_3349933795546898801_n I totally thought about calling in to work!

Second is a cute video I took of him a few weeks back. When I prepare his weekly batch of meals, he usually gets in on the action, begging for carrots and zucchinis, but don’t try to make him eat raw cauliflower! No sir, he aint touching that stuff. Silly fella.

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Arthritis in older dogs, what helps and why.

anatomy-of-the-dogI may be sounding like a broken record these days, but Bart has reached double digits in age! This November he will be twelve and I don’t have any reason to believe we won’t see that day. The hardest part about seeing him growing older is his arthritis. He already had arthritis in his spine when he was seven years old, and I had no way of knowing that except the x-ray that showed the mass in his gut that turned out to be cancer also showed calcification in his spine. When the doctor pointed that out to me, I couldn’t believe it. He never let it show. He’s such a tough guy, and never winces or yelps at pain. He’s a silent sufferer. It’s in his nature because he’s a bully breed.

Now that he’s older, I can totally see that the arthritis bothers him. So our activities are limited these days, especially in the cold winter months. He wears a winter coat outside and even a snood for his neck. I’ve been treating him with supplements and herbs for his pain ever since I’ve been cooking for him.

Yesterday we saw Bart’s chiropractor and I asked him about a promising supplement I’ve only heard about yesterday called Hyaluronic Acid. Apparently it is widely researched and shown to be very promising, so when I asked the chiro about it he told me that 80% of orally ingested glucosamine actually becomes both Hyaluronic Acid and Chondroitin. I was planning on adding Hyaluronic Acid to Bart’s regimen just to see if it helps, but with that information, Bart’s chiropractor convinced me to just keep on giving him the liquid glucosamine and Bart will benefit from the H.A. too. One of the perks of seeing a healthcare professional on a regular schedule is good advice for no extra charge.

He also recommended a raw diet rich in bone meal, but with Bart’s cancer diagnosis, a raw diet is totally off limits. The reason is if a dog has a compromised immune system fighting something life threatening like cancer, we can’t afford putting the risk of another burden on him like a food borne illness.

What has been working for us best so far is a liquid glucosamine product I’ve been giving Bart called Syn•flex. The best part is it’s a natural supplement, so there are no drugs or nasty side effects. I’ve been ecstatic over the results I’ve been seeing. Like I said earlier, it’s in a liquid form which for many patients, human and four legged, synthesizes better in the body. I get the beef flavored version for dogs and mix only 1tsp of it into his food every morning. I can’t even begin to fully express to you how happy I am with his movement and mobility since being on this new stuff, and I can tell he’s happier too. When I told Bart’s chiropractor about it, he smiled and said, “I find it interesting that most people and animals who take the liquid glucosamine orally actually do better on it than the pill form. I wonder why that is.” He’s a pretty awesome Dr.

Inside the joints is a gooey fluid, which is made from some very unique sugars. But the sugars in joints aren’t as simple as table sugar. They combine amino acids to create compounds with some exceptional shock absorbing properties. . .
When glucosamine is absorbed by the body, it converts into chondroitin and hyaluronic acid molecules that are two to three times the size of the glucosamine molecule. Chondroitin is a component of cartilage that gives it a spongy texture, helping the cartilage resist compression. Hyaluronic acid is contained in the joint fluid that lubricates the joints and gives the fluid a viscous consistency.
When you give your dog glucosamine, about 30 to 40% is actually absorbed into the bloodstream. Because chondroitin and hyaluronic acid are larger and don’t pass through the stomach easily, only about 10% of these substances are absorbed into the bloodstream, while the rest is broken down in the stomach.
We use a lot of other things too, and I believe all of them are beneficial and help a lot.
I have a list of these on my “buy supplements” page if you’re interested in checking them out. I plan to detail what each one does in future blog posts, and the reasons you might consider them for your own dog’s aching bones. If you want the link to buy Syn•Flex for your dog, click here.
Until then, if you have some helpful tips on how to curb your dog’s arthritis pain and want to share, leave a comment on the post! I’ll gladly share it with the other readers.

Turmeric, curcumin, B17, all have amazing abilities to kill cancer cells. Here’s how.

With all of these foods and many others which kill cancer cells available to us, it is amazing to me that more people are not aware that diet and cancer are totally connected. The reason that we aren’t inundated with this information is because a lot of businesses would suffer in the profit margins if this became common knowledge. Well, behold the power of the internet and the drive to educate ourselves. Here’s how turmeric kills cancer cells.

Energy Work, Hands on Healing, and the Power Within Us All

I can’t begin to express fully enough just how invaluable knowing healing modalities has been for me and my animals over the years. I used to work with Reiki. Ever since 1999 I began my journey into hands on healing beginning with Reiki I and later Reiki II and eventually after repeating levels I and II multiple times, I was initiated in Reiki III. The whole experience over the course of about 2 years was nothing short of magical.


In 2001, we brought my kitty Scout into my family at only 7 weeks old. A friend found him under her grandfather’s car and couldn’t care for him, so we brought him into our home. He was fine for the first couple of days in quarantine from our other cats, but something happened and we thought he wasn’t going to make it.

I’m not a mumu-wearing, crystal-dangling, earth-mother. I’m a regular, well, cooler than average ;) person who likes fashion, indy rock, indy films and contemporary art. You’d never guess that I could whip up a vibrational fortress of energy in a matter of seconds through my focus by looking at me, but I can and I do.

No one was able to diagnose his illness, but the vet suggested we put him down immediately as they thought he had a neurological disorder. It was a Friday, and I told the doctors I wanted to give him the weekend. He couldn’t hold his body up and his head was too heavy for his week little neck. He was a rag doll with no strength at all. It was the most pathetic thing I had ever seen. His little body filled the palm of my hand and his rubber band legs just flopped limply over the edge of my palm. The craziest part though, he still wanted to play and he had such a voracious appetite.  We took him back home and I gave him Reiki all night long. For 30 minutes, I would sit up with him and work on him and my partner slept. Then we switched places every 30 minutes. I was the only one who knew Reiki, but physical contact is powerful on its own. By the morning, we were both exhausted, and Scout was moving with more strength and power as the day wore on. He was a completey normal kitty by that Sunday! He made it. He pulled through and he’s still with me today and this May he’ll be 14.

I have worked on Bart his whole life, and in case you’re wondering, I can say for sure the energetic healing work isn’t the main reason he’s still here with me, because if it were that powerful on his cancer, he never would have developed it in the first place.

The point is anyone can learn any one of a myriad of healing techniques. I’ve also since learned Reconnective Healing and Quantum Touch, both of which are amazing, effective methods. Q.T. is possibly the easiest method to learn. I’ve been interested in personal power and healing since I was 11 and had a paradigm shifting healing experience through an accidental hypnosis session. I discovered I could heal myself, and I went from being a stubbornly skeptical kid (sad I know) to an inquisitive open minded explorer over the course of one fateful evening. (That’s a longer story I may tell about in a podcast or something.)

I have worked on Bart his whole life, and in case you’re wondering, I can say for sure the energetic healing work isn’t the main reason he’s still here with me, because if it were that powerful on his cancer, he never would have developed it in the first place and my kitty Ickus would never have died from mouth cancer, and tiny Rupert from F.I.P. But it does help. It also helps me to remain calm, to be hopeful and it gives me a sense of power in a typically powerless, seemingly hopeless situation.

The point is, anyone can learn any one of a myriad of healing techniques.

If you’re interested in learning a healing modality and don’t know where to begin, I’m happy to help you find your fit. I’m not a mumu-wearing, crystal-dangling, earth-mother. I’m a regular, well, cooler than average ;) person who likes fashion, indy rock, indy films and contemporary art. You’d never guess that I could whip up a vibrational fortress of energy in a matter of seconds through my focus by looking at me, but I can and I do. I’ve stopped Bart from writhing in agony from a painful ear infection once. I work on my 85 year old uncle once a month to bring him relief from his arthritis, and I’ve worked wonders on myself when unhealthy things seemed to want to arise, but I nipped them in the bud. Anyone can do this. I highly recommend that we start learning about our own powers for health and healing. To take back our power and our health from the corporate healthcare (sick-care is more like it) industry. I’m not an angry conspiracy theorist. I don’t believe anyone is doing anything to me or the population that we aren’t personally responsible for. We have simply allowed things to get out of hand and we’ve given our personal power away to authority figures. And I’m on a mission to help anyone who wants, to take that power back. So consider learning a simple healing technique, or meditation, or even self-hypnosis. It is our birth right and you’ll find a million different ways to use it and avoid most trips to the doctor and veterinarian. It’s wonderful to know this stuff.

Skeptical? Check out this amazing Ted Talk.

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Why I’m sharing Bart’s canine cancer-fighting recipe far and wide.



Every now and then (quite often actually) I’m humbled by kind words from people who find my and Bart’s story on the internet. I wanted to share something someone shared with me that I found very touching yesterday and also to let you know some of my reasons for sharing this information with as many people as I can reach. For the sake of privacy I will not share the person’s name in this post, but it came to me through facebook.


So proud of you sharing the information with the world. So proud of Bart for coming so far in his journey to help other dogs and their people! Much love always. Bart, you are an amazing inspiration, and so are your people!

I genuinely appreciate when people appreciate the work I’m doing, but that’s not why I’m sharing. When we were going through the process of finding out Bart’s diagnosis and the prognosis that he was supposed to only live 3 to 8 months longer (8 if we chose chemo. less if we chose to do nothing – as the doctor put it) I witnessed something that I’ll never be able to forget.  We returned to the same clinic – an emergency vet after hours and clinic by day – that saved Bart with the emergency surgery, to hear the doctor’s recommended options for Bart. While we were there I couldn’t help but notice a very anxious family in the waiting area. They were being told (in Spanish so I got bits and pieces) the cost of a life saving procedure. Even though I couldn’t understand everything being said, I completely grasped their response. They all looked to the father and then broke down in tears because they couldn’t afford to go forward with it. I believe their dog had cancer, like Bart, and it was probably a surgery needed to save his life. I was deeply saddened by the prospect of this family’s situation. How hard it must have been to have to make a choice like that based on money. It just upset me so much. We honestly didn’t have the funds to do what we did for Bart either, but we put it on a few credit cards anyway. That family didn’t have that option. It was just so sad.

When I decided that we would not put Bart through chemo and I was going to find a cancer fighting diet to try to at least slow the growth and also make him the happiest eating dog for the remainder of his short life, I didn’t really know that we would be so successful. I didn’t know what to expect, but months started flying by. After 8 months I thought, I need to share this with other people who are going through the same thing we are! If only I had known this back when that grieving family was in my midst, I could have shared it with them and maybe, just maybe they would have had a chance to at least try to help their dog. And so really, that’s why I share this. Because one, I know it works for a lot of people and their pets, and two it gives hope where we are mostly told our situation is hopeless, and also because it is so much more affordable than pharmaceutical methods which are no guarantee in themselves. There are other reasons I share it too. Because people out there love their pets like I love Bart and they deserve this chance, and also because  all dogs deserve to taste good home cooked food before they leave us, especially dogs diagnosed with cancer.

I will continue to do my best to get this information out far and wide. I have two good friends with dogs who have been diagnosed with cancer who are cooking for their dogs and seeing wonderful success too. One friend is using my recipe and regimen exclusively and has been for about 2 years now. Her dog Sofie is 15! My other friend is going with her veterinarian’s recommendation and supplementation (similar to my own) and Simon is going strong 2 years and counting as well. She chose the whole foods route with Simon because of my success with Bart. It’s too good not to share. Many people contact me to tell me they are using my recipe and their dog’s are doing well. And truth be told it may not work to save every dog, I’ve been in contact with a few who lost their dogs quickly before they even got through their first batch of food and supplements. The cancer was too far progressed to be stopped. But the silver lining is that those dogs still got to enjoy wonderful delicious home cooked meals before they died, and what more can you ask for for a dog so soon on his way out? So please share this information with anyone you know who might be able to use it. Who knows, you just might help save a life.

If you have any similar stories of your own to share, leave a comment below.

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A Great New Supplement for Dogs (& People) Is Helping Bart’s Arthritis!

If you’ve been following Bart’s story for a while now, you know that as he’s gotten older, my biggest concern for him is his arthritis. Cancer really seems like a non-issue since he’s been on his healthy regimen – which is awesome. Still, this winter has been a harsh crippler on my sweet old man and we’ve been to the chiropractor many more times these past few months than we would normally. I’ve been giving him a lot of different supplements to help with his aches and pains, MSM, Noni capsules (good for fighting cancer too,) glucosamine/chondroitin capsules, coconut oil and cherry supplements. All have been helping to some degree, but I’ve finally found the magic potion!

He’s been on it for about a month now and these last few days he’s almost returned to his old peppy self! He’s still a little short on the amount of time that he is peppy and enthused around the kitties or me, but he hadn’t been very active at all this whole winter long until recently. Right away I noticed a difference going up and down the stairs with him, but the best news is how happy he is and showing me through his body. I think we’ll be going on our longer walks in the woods again when Spring starts to hit. By then he’ll have been on this new magic potion around two months or longer.  I’m absolutely thrilled!

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In case you are wondering what is my new favorite tool for helping my old man get around better, it is a liquid form of glucosamine called syn•flex. I bought him the Beef flavor for dogs because it seem420-332-Synflex-Liquid-Glucosamine-for-Pets-Beef-Flavor-8-oz-9811s to have the least sugar – however the word glucosamine contains the word glucose, but it is necessary for our joints to move freely without pain. The amount he gets on a daily basis, about 1 tsp daily, is so slight that I don’t feel it is a concern. I looked into the injectable glucosamine because Bart’s vet. highly recommended that form, but it costs around $70 a dose and he would need two to three doses each month. So I thought, what the heck, I’ll try the next best thing and it’s a lot cheaper!

If you are looking for an effective treatment for the relief for your dog’s arthritis, I highly recommend trying syn•flex. I’ve tried so many different things, but this one has given me the best results so far and they are wonderful! To be very upfront, I am so happy with this supplement that I partnered with them, and if you buy through my link I will receive a small commission for each bottle you buy. I only recommend what I have used and have tremendous faith in. This is my promise!

Click the link below to buy a bottle. At $28 a bottle, it is lasting Bart (62lbs) about a month and a half. That’s so much better than $140 + a month for the injectable form!

Some types of cinnamon should be avoided for health reasons!

1-1230480748ZrCeDid you know that there are several types of cinnamon? Apparently 100s of varieties exist but only 4 (categorized into 2 kinds) are commercially sold for consumption. The right kind of cinnamon is great for you and your pooch’s health. It lowers blood sugar so it helps with diabetes. It is an antiviral, a muscle relaxer, digestive aid, it is purported to alleviate symptoms of Alzheimer’s, MS, etc. But what is really important to know is what kind of cinnamon you are using on a regular basis.

Cassia cinnamon is the kind mostly used in the U.S. but it is actually the kind that could become toxic when used on a regular basis. It contains high quantities of a substance known as coumarin, the dangerous ingredient that can cause liver damage over consistent and prolonged use of time. It is cheaper and has a sweeter taste than its more expensive, but healthier counterpart know as Ceylon cinnamon.

Even though the label on the jar may read “organic,” the only cinnamon we should be giving our dogs is Ceylon Cinnamon. I have been giving Bart Saigon Cinnamon from Costco only to discover that this is also considered to be a Cassia Cinnamon and therefore potentially toxic. I was stunned to discover this. As far as I can tell he hasn’t been damaged by it, but tomorrow I am going to buy him the right kind of cinnamon for his yogurt and cottage cheese treats, and I’ll keep the Saigon Cinnamon for my own occasional use on toast on the weekends until I use it up. Then it’s Ceylon Cinnamon from here on out for me too.

So you may want to open your spice cabinet and check out your own cinnamon supply. And if you haven’t been using this to treat your dog every now and then, and by treat I mean add it to yogurt or kefir to make him happy, you might want to consider getting some Ceylon the next time you’re in the baking aisle at the grocery store. Bart absolutely loves the sweet spice and it makes him smell great after eating it too.

If you have anything to add or would like to share about what you read here, please leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you!

Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor nor do I make any claims for cures. For educational purposes only. It is not to be construed as medical advice. Only a licensed medical doctor can legally offer medical advice in the United States. Consult the healer of your choice for medical care and advice.

Pet Video Verify – Pet Microchip Alternative

This article is a submission from another site. I read about it and liked what they are offering, so I agreed to putting this up for you to see. I am not affiliated with this system in any way other than this post but, you may appreciate what they are doing to ensure the safety of your pets.

Pet Video Verify’s software is video identification for your pet!

Today lost and found pets are a big issue. Many pet owners have high anxiety that their pet is going to get lost. They should be worried, the statistics are that many pets do get lost, it is estimated that 1 in 3 pets will get lost sometime time in their lifetime. If you don’t act quickly and have systems in place, you may never see the pet again. Pet Video Verify is developing applications that help you put systems in place that help manage your pets better with this website.

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Pet Video Verify pet video identification system is a patent pending system. This video identification system is trying to revolutionize how lost pets are found and returned to the owner. In the current version of the web application, the pet owner looks over the pet for special attributes and takes measurements, then they video the pet including the special attributes and measurements, you can see an example of a video identification by clicking here. When all these special attributes and measurements are put together, virtually any pet can be identified. A video of your pet is a lot better way to identify them because with a video you can get all parts of the pets body. In the future, we are going to include electronic measurements of the pet in the video!

Pet Video Verify has integrated another application into its software and it is the ability to store pet medical records online by visiting here. When you have access to your pet medical records online, you can access the medical records anytime you need them from any device that is connected to the Internet. Keeping your pet medical records online also help veterinarians because if your pet gets lost and ends up at the vet, the vet may not know the identity of your pet. The vet can use the video identification to identify your pet and also pull your pet’s medical records! Very helpful and can save your pet’s life!

Pet Video Verify has an application where pet owners can sell their used pet items to other pet owners. Pet owners search the Internet looking for pet items. Many would prefer pet items that have already been used and that the owner needs to get rid of, which can be found here. They can search Pet Video Verify for these items and contact the owner to purchase those items.

Pet Video Verify also receives pet coupons from major retailers at their site. We receive the coupons or deals from big retailers such as PetSmart! We push the coupons and deals directly to our users helping them find deals on new items that they need for their pet! We are getting new advertisers all the time so we receive lots of good coupons and deals!

Pet Video Verify also has a pet supply store for when you want new pet items instead of used ones!  We are updating these new pet items all the time.  Check out these items by clicking here!Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 8.13.01 PM

You can also post your cute pet pictures for everyone to see on our website. People love cute pet pictures because they bring joy to their life. Pet owners love posting them because they are proud of their pet and they want them to bring joy to other people.  Also, look at funny pet videos by clicking here!

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Why Apricot Seeds and How Much Do I Give My Dog?

images-1I believe one of the most beneficial ingredients to Bart’s cancer-fighting regimen lies within the Apricot Seed. It looks identical to the Almond and is rich in Vitamin B-17 or Laetril. B-17 is said to be a crucial missing element from our Western Diet, and of all food sources, it is found in the highest concentration inside the seed of the Apricot.

Some researchers believe that cancer might actually be a nutritional deficiency, and what most of us are deficient in is bitter foods. The more bitter the food, the higher the concentration of vitamin B-17, and we’ve all but eliminated these important foods from our diets here in the U.S. For example baking ingredients that used to be eaten often, like B-17 rich millet, were replaced by bleached white flour. As we became domesticated, so did our diets, and the human animal stopped eating the parts of food that gave us great sustenance, mainly because we  experienced abundance in our food supply. If you didn’t know when you were going to eat again, you probably ate every last inch of the food before you, including the seeds. Now we just eat the best tasting parts, not aware of the dire consequences to being so selective.

The question I get asked more often than any other is:

Q. How much B17 should I give my dog?

A.  Apricot Power -the store I get my Apricot Seeds and B17 from,  says on their website, words in parenthesis are my contribution: “Approximately 10mg of B17 is found in each apricot kernel. You will need to determine the best amount for your (dog.) With that said most people find that one apricot kernel for every 10 pounds of body weight per day spread out throughout the day is a good amount. You should build up to this amount over a few days or even weeks. Start with one apricot kernel an hour and see how your (dog does.) If you notice any unwanted side effects like dizziness, headache or upset stomach, then (your pup is) consuming too many kernels too fast.  Remember to never over consume apricot kernels, always start with a small amount and slowly increase that amount if you feel you want to.”  To get yours go here.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. These are simply natural foods I give my dog to help keep his cancer at bay. For educational purposes only.

Pro List for Feeding Your Dog a Cancer Fighting Diet: Part 2

Here is Part 2 for the Pro List for reasons for treating your dog’s cancer naturally.
(go here for part 1:


  1. Conventional medicine’s track record may be no better than treating your dog naturally, in fact there may be a greater success rate from the natural perspective, though no one is paying millions of dollars on research into how effective natural cancer fighting foods are in the treatment of cancer.
  2. Chemotherapy is painful and difficult for anyone undergoing the treatment. Bart’s oncologist told me that dogs have a much easier time with chemo than humans, but I just don’t buy it. Animals are highly sensitive, way more than humans, to all chemicals and toxins. Chemotherapy is a method of killing off all the cells, good and bad, via toxic methods. It sounds like a bunch of snake oil to make people feel easier about making a choice they wouldn’t normally make if they were told it will make your dog very ill and very uncomfortable. When dogs have such a short life span as healthy dogs, it doesn’t make sense to me to poison them for the remainder of their short lives. They give us too much love and joy to be put through added pain and suffering.
  3. If you have children, they can be involved in the meal making process and learn first hand the importance of healthy diet.
  4. You will learn the effects of a healthy diet on an ailing body and quite possibly be changed for the better in your own eating habits and lifestyle choices.

What do you think about feeding your dog’s immune system to fight cancer? Leave your response on my facebook page at:

The Pro’s List on Feeding Your Dog An Anti-Cancer Diet, Part 1

Pros list on feeding your dog an anti-cancer diet:

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  1. It bonds him to you
  2. Even if your dog only has a few months left, you can rest assured knowing that he had experienced the satisfaction of eating amazing food every day that most dogs never get to enjoy.
  3. You can be assured that the quality of food you are giving him is far superior than anything that could come from a bag. Just like cooking for yourself at home versus dining out, you know that what you prepare is better for you. You know what ingredients are and are not in the food and this is extremely important when feeding anyone with a compromised immune system.
  4. This is extra work compared to feeding your dog from a bag of kibble, but it is way less work than taking your dog to hours long chemo appointments, or radiation treatment.
  5. It’s cheaper than traditional medicine treatments too. However it is more costly than feeding your dog kibble.  Still, kibble could actually do more harm to your dog at this point and could be partially responsible for the cancer in the first place.

There are many more reasons I can and will add to this list. For the purposes of time and length, I will keep this one short as a part 1 of multiple parts. If you have any ideas or questions about this list, feel free to contact me via twitter or on facebook at

Doggeared Podcast #1 SIT!

Give a listen. If you’re expecting a podcast about canine cancer to be a downer, guess again! I’m bringing levity to the subject matter but not without some helpful tips and personal experiences about treating Bart’s cancer naturally. It has been over 3 years now and he’s doing wonderfully. I’m tackling this podcast as an artform and I’ll be pushing some boundaries, sampling from all over the internet and having a blast while I’m doing it.

Enjoy and feel free to visit me at my facebook page or on twitter for some ideas about what you would like to hear as a subject matter on another Doggeared Podcast.

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A Second Response From a Reader With a Success Story!

Last night I got not one, but two responses from people who came across my site who are also cooking for their dogs to defeat cancer. Kylie shared this about her dog Bear. The image below is from:

I too have had great success with my boy and his diet. Bear was diagnosed with mast cell grade 3 cancer 11 months ago, they wanted to start chemo ASAP. They said chemo would give him 1-2 years but with no chemo they gave him 3-5 months max! He wasn’t showing signs of sickness so I thought why risk him getting sick from chemo. So I completely changed his diet.2334aaf77efaea31fee724a613e2b153
When he wakes up he has 2 tablespoons of cottage cheese with 1 tablespoon flax seed, then he will have 3 k9 immunity chews. After we walk its more cottage cheese n flax seed oil. For lunch he gets boiled veggies with flax seed oil, fossil flour (I’m assuming she is referring to Silica) and flax seed powder mixed, 2 apricot kernels and organic free range chicken with turmeric, garlic and ginger. When I get home from work he has cottage cheese and flax seed oil again, then an hour later he has dinner which is the veggies and chicken again.
So here we are 11 months on and he is doing great, he has so much energy on our 4km walks he overtakes my other dog, you wouldn’t think he was the one battling cancer.
Also this might help you Sue! He was suffering from arthritis for about 2 years. After long walks he would limp for 1-2 days. I was getting him injections every 2nd week but didn’t really see much difference. I then tried chews which did help a little. But then I found turmeric! I add fresh turmeric and also powder turmeric to his main meals. Now no limps at all and I think it’s thanks to the turmeric. Maybe you could give that a try also Google it?


Congratulations to you and Bear!
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