The Naturally Healthy Dog Series

This is a blog for dog guardians who would like to learn or share more about the natural feeding and treatment of their dogs. We will discuss the species appropriate Raw Diet and Alternative Health Treatments.

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Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Currently working on the first book in "The Naturally Healthy Dog Series." The first book will concentrate on diet and nutrition for our dog companions. I currently have three Papillons, and also do daycare and boarding of other Papillons. I have had Papillons for 30 years and have shown them in dog shows to their Championships. I am also a member of the National Center for Homeopathy and a Professional Member of The Animal Wellness Association.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

A Bit of Fun For Dog Guardians

I think any dog guardian can identify with the following, but especially Papillon guardians. This has happened to all of us, and is "a day in the life of a dog lover."


PAPILLON EARS

‘Twas the afternoon after some play in the pen
I opened the door to let Papillons in

The first four came in with no problem at all
Then the fifth ran up with mud caked on each paw

I closed the door quickly to prepare for the bath
Then opened it slowly to block off her path

Then what to my horrified eyes did appear
But a ten inch long brier wrapped ‘round not one but both ears!

As I worked on the tangle, so tight and so thick
My stomach turned over and I just felt sick

What if I have to cut all of this hair
And my poor Papillon has ears that are bare?

I struggled and brushed and cut thorns and cut sticks
And yes, I had to cut hair! I was sick!

But finally I managed to brush out the mess
And washed and dried feet. I really felt blessed

‘Cause this beautiful creation of God, my ward,
Lives in my house and plays in my yard.


Sandra G. Bailey
1/3/06


Sunday, January 08, 2006

Introduction

It was a statement by Don Hamilton, DVM, that moved me to action. The statement was: "I don't believe we really know what a healthy dog or cat looks like these days. We can only speculate." Are things really that bad for our pets? If a Vet makes a statement like that, then what do we as pet guardians know? Or better yet, what can we do?

The action that I have taken is that I am in the process of writing a book regarding "The Naturally Healthy Dog" and what that entails. I have started this blog as a way to contact dog guardians who are also interested in what they can do in order to keep their dogs healthy and contribute to their quality of life. I plan to discuss the raw diet and alternative care and welcome all questions and input that you may have.

There will be some information in my book that I feel is currently missing in the books that are out there. My plan is to have the book finished and available to you by the end of February 2006. So, if you are interested in contributing to it, or receiving a copy of it, contact me so that I can let you know when it is finished.

In the meantime, I will be discussing issues at this location and welcome your questions and comments. The final result of this will be the betterment of our dog companions' lives. And what could be better than that!