Better Protect your Pooch!

For most of us, the very last thing we would ever want to do is cause harm to our fur babies, in this case, canines. I have now lived with a dog for over a year and only want to protect her. As health issues continue to rise in our four-legged companions, we need only look at a few factors to understand why and easily shift things to avoid potential health threats.

Our homes offer the most hazards for exposure to toxins from wood and tile/linoleum cleaners and polishes to carpet deodorizers and emissions from air “fresheners” and candles. Any non-natural cleaners are to be avoided because if they walk upon it, lick it or inhale it; they are exposed to it. The concern carries over to include second-hand smoke and vapor from e-cigs too.

Most of us know about the dangers from a dog ingesting chocolate, grapes, onions, garlic, raisins, and human medications, but did you know that if you are feeding them canned dog food the BPA’s found in most can cause serious issues. Some companies offer BPA-free cans, but a fresh diet is best.

Please note that rawhide treats are not safe for a dog of any size due to possible death by choking, intestinal blockage and poisoning. It is not a meat treat but rather a leather industry by-product, the backside of leather hides and are often finished with a myriad of non-food-grade glues. If you feed these to your dog or ever would, you owe it to all concerned to review it or investigate them further. Here is a terribly cute and effective video that explains it all. To view the video click HERE.

Too many vaccines can cause harm as well, and you can investigate online to learn more but just know there is controversy around how much and how often some are given when a simple titer test could be taken to assess if your pooch has been effectively inoculated rather than over medicated.

GMO ingredients in dog food should be avoided with the most coming through corn and soy grown in America. Also, canines require no grains in their diets, and some dog food companies use them as inexpensive fillers. Always buy the best food you are able/willing to, with no byproducts and a focus on meats and vegetables. Ever wonder why allergies in dogs have risen and it is often GMO’s and may be the same for humans.

One of the largest culprits of exposing dogs to toxins is through fertilizers, pesticides, etc. used on grass, in gardens and carried in the water flowing next to curbs. Like humans, the dog can uptake whatever their flesh, including paw pads and nose, is exposed to as well as through licking and inhalation.

In one study at Tufts, it was proven that a canines exposure to grass that has been professionally treated by a lawn care company increased their risk for death-inducing canine malignant lymphoma by as much as 70 percent! If your neighbor is having their lawn treated the drift of it into parts of your yard are very likely. Large parks, schools, apartments, etc. are potential toxic areas since so often they use poisonous products to treat the grass. Please investigate this further.

I understand how much our canine companions mean to us and wanted to ensure that you knew what I did in how to keep your love healthier and safer. Happy Cinco-De-Mayo amigo and enjoy your weekend! Feel free to follow Nutritional Truths here or on Facebook and share as you care to-Be well!

If you Love Dogs read this.

Found myself at the movie theater yesterday to watch an award winning movie that when complete I wondered if I had been punked. The very best thing about the movie was a Trailer that ran before it, and I thought so much of it I decided to share it with you in today’s blog.

If you love or even just like dogs, then this is a movie I would bet anything you will enjoy. A movie that will bring one laughter, smiles, joy and for those that know the grief of a pets death, comfort beyond measure. I returned home from the movie and watched the trailer several times, eliciting a powerful response each time.

The premise of the movie speaks volumes to me since I have become enamored with our Paisley. A cat man first but a dog is a whole other level, and everyone deserves to see this movie.

Based on the bestselling novel, A Dogs Purpose brings this story of one devoted dog to life. It is directed by the guy who made The Cider House Rules and more recently The 100-Foot Journey. Also the movie’s producer did Zombieland and television’s The Golden Girls.

Opens January 27th!

Opens January 27th!

Remember that your dog’s feet do take in through their pads toxins you might not have concerned yourself with before but you should if you care about their wellness. From floor cleaners, polishes and kitchen and bath cleaning agents to carpet deodorizers and chemicals on the grass of wherever they walk including parks and sidewalks.

Back to the movie, watch the preview and see it when it comes out in a couple of weeks. Here is the link to the preview on YouTube https://youtu.be/1jLOOCADTGs

Paisley chewing along

Paisley chewing along

I am confident it will deliver well when I see it opening day. Enjoy your weekend, share this with anybody, Be Well!
Brett

Puppy Praise!

If you’re a puppy parent and go for drives just so your pooch may hang their head out the window joyfully then you should know this. No matter your style of parenting canines the following is certainly worth knowing.

It turns out that when we praise our pooches, it is the tone and not so much the words that impact them the most. A recent study proved how their brains respond to the tone and texture of our voice more so than the actual words spoken.

Quite simply, if you want your pooch to work their tail and feel the praise, then raise the tone of your voice while praising them and wear a smile. Dogs never say the wrong thing and are some of the best listeners I have ever met!

I have written several other blogs about how to best care for your pooch please take a look around. Christmas is fast approaching, and I hope you are looking forward to it and all it entails for you. Enjoy your weekend, share as you care to and Be Well!

Canine Spa

Canine Spa

Straying from meaty meals

This once very full-time carnivore has been fading meat out of my diet for years and for various reasons. Wanted to share my experience without the intention of telling anyone what they should do. However, I do hope you find something in it that serves you well, welcome.

For most of my life, I had consumed every manner of cow, pig, chicken, turkey or deer at every meal for over 40 years. I grew up in a culture like many of us where meat was the center of the meal all else were sides. “We are the top of the food chain, and besides we get all our protein from meat.” was the mantra.

My initial decline started twenty years ago when I dropped frog legs and Cornish hens forever from my plate since they still looked too much like what they were. With meat mostly coming in the form of clean packages I was able to avoid giving thought to its origins.

Fast forward to a few years ago and I had graduated to Meatless Mondays that started out as a single meatless meal once a week, and eventually, it became an all day thing. Add to this reading the China Study and watching Forks over knives and other like-minded documentaries and my thought process around meat and all food began to shift.

Two years ago after I reviewed Earthlings by Mr. Phoenix, I realized the conditions the critters live and die in were often very unpleasant, and it rattled my growing sensitivities. But I continued to consume chicken, turkey, pig, and cow only now every time I consumed them, I thought of them. I could not shake the growing awareness of these animals lives.

A year ago we got our first puppy, and my heart just expanded with feelings of love and appreciation for a dog. I begin to notice after a couple of months that Paisley’s rear legs are angled just like pigs, and I never notice that before on dogs

Seven months ago a trip to the zoo brought me to the point where I realized I could no longer eat cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, lambs, deer or goats. I have felt great about it, and those earlier conflicts are now gone.

Learning to compartmentalize animals seems a cultural thing. These animals over here on the right we love and care for, and we have laws to protect them from abuse or any harm whatsoever, but these on the other side, we shall eat them.

I have friends who have been vegetarian for decades, and I used to make fun of them, sorry about that. I no longer limit my beliefs around animals and food etc. and trusting the process seems to be where I now reside.

Again, eat as you wish and there is much more to cover over the coming weeks around plant-based, Pescatarian, vegetarian and vegan diets. Glad you dropped in, enjoy your weekend, share as you care to and Be Well!

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Doggone Dreams!

I awoke from my dream earlier this week and thought “What the *#%$?” In it, I had just learned that the large golden-colored dog I had sent for processing was ready to be picked up. Yes, processing, as in meat processor. I had sent a sweet dog to slaughter, WTH? Why in the world would I dream of such a horrible thing? I felt sick to my stomach as the thought of doing such a thing began to sink in.

While eleven other countries eat dogs the same as we eat pigs and chickens at some point, America decided that they were pets and not food. We got that part right.
I have had a dog for the first time in my life now for just about a year, and she is the main reason for my shifting perception around consuming animals and the main reason I no longer can eat cows, chickens, lambs or pigs.

As humans, we do not require animal flesh to survive, and no we are not carnivores it is a survival thing and now for generations, it has become a cultural thing. We are raised believing we need to consume animal flesh and dairy, to survive, and both are lies perpetuated by profits.

Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind. - Dr. Albert Schweitzer (2)

I will be expounding upon this further over the coming weeks and look forward to sharing more insights into our nutritional requirements and how we have been sold a bill of goods when it comes to eating meat. Funny I just used the industry standard term for what should be called flesh or muscle.

While my dog’s hind legs reminded me so much of a pig’s rear legs, I am grateful that is so as that is what finally brought me to this point. Once I stopped eating cows, pigs, lambs and chickens my relationship with them changed, and I no longer have an internal conflict around it. Plus the health benefits from removing animal flesh from the diet are undeniable and besides heart attacks and cancer can be killers, so a double win there.

There was a time not too long ago when I couldn’t imagine eating a meal without meat so if you’re a meat ten times a day person I understand. If you’re a dairy all day girl and love it I understand. My sharing this information is only to share my experience since it is all so new to me.

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Share as you care to and Be Well!

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Avoid poisoning your dog.

If you are a dog owner, then you understand the unlimited love that dwells inside each and every dog. This week we celebrate the first birthday of our critter Paisley, and we could not be happier. When we invite a dog into our lives, we are quietly entering a commitment to care for and love our friend to the best of our ability for all of their days, as it should be.

Be sure not to repay their love by ensuring their demise via cancer. Like with humans, most everything we place on our skin ends up inside us traveling through the bloodstream. So if you spray your lawn with pesticides or herbicides or especially if you have a professional service do it then you are very likely poisoning your dog. Do right by your pooch and stop dosing them with toxins, if you have been. The same also applies to outdoor kitties.

If you live in an apartment or condo then find out what toxins are applied to the grass they walk upon at your complex and/or the park because your dog is taking it in transdermally through the pads of their feet, inhalation, and from licking anything that has been sprayed or licking it off of themselves.

Study after study has shown increased cancer rates as much as 70 percent of dogs exposed to those pesticides and herbicides. And it can also come from neighboring lawns or parks up to 50 feet away. If your best friend is over fifty pounds, they are at the highest risk of all.

What you feed your four-legged friends should be species specific and without grains or fillers. The basis of good health for them as for us is within proper nutrition, water and avoiding exposure to toxins.

To better care for your canine friend don’t use pesticides or herbicides on your lawn and make sure your neighbor is not using toxic chemicals that may easily be a risk to your pets. Consider removing the threat altogether by keeping them from grass that may contain such toxins. Bathe your pup or give them a good foot soak if they get exposed to treated grass.

There are several options for lawn care that won’t harm your pet just look for organic solutions and further push synthetics out of you and your pets world for a healthier longer life. Investigate further online and share this blog with everyone who loves their pooch.

Have a wonderful weekend now go play with your canine and Be Well!

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Top Ten Reasons for Canine Companionship

When it comes to dogs in America, we love them. We love them as family members and not as some do in China, Korea, Mexico or Indonesia and half-dozen other places, as a meal. They come in many shapes, sizes and temperaments. They all share several things in common regardless of lineage or breed.

Many folks think dogs are strict carnivores, but they are not. They are opportunistic carnivores and can live long healthy lives without critter flesh. Many of today’s dog foods and treats are high in carbohydrates, filler and very little nutrition.

If you want the very best health for your dog considers making sure, the following ingredients are not in their daily kibble: corn anything, wheat anything, soy anything, critter byproduct of any kind, BHA & BHG, and propylene glycol. Investigate Dr. Mercola Pets for more healthful information.

There are tons of recipes for tasty, nutritious treats online made from plants that will serve your dog well. Also, consider looking into a quality probiotic for your canine friend to allow them to make the very most of the nutrition you give them. No one will ever love you like a dog does so show them, love, too.

Dogs to me are a gift from our creator and allow us to see better how we are in the world. Although I will always love cats, dogs may have become my favorite of the two:) Here are the top ten reasons I have found to invite a canine into ones life. Many of my friends have several of them, and now I know why.

10. They are always up for a good time.
9. They can exercise with you.
8. They can watch TV with you.
7. They love giving kisses.
6. They are easy to please.
5. They are quick to forgive.
4. They will clean the dishes if you let them.
3. They can listen to you for hours without judgement.
2. They love their humans more than anything, except maybe food.
1. They become part of the family.

I recently learned of a situation where neighbors “share” a dog. One has children with parents working, so the dog stays with its second family a retired couple next door during the day. So the dog benefits from all the companionship as do both families! Something to consider if you leave your pup home alone all day or know someone who does. Share as you wish, Happy Easter, enjoy your weekend and Be Well!

Rebounding for puppies

Rebounding for puppies

Valentine’s Day Once More

Valentine’s day over my lifetime thus far has changed a bit over the years, and I recall my earliest school days of passing out Valentines to all my classmates via their Valentines bags taped across the chalkboard. It also meant an opportunity to make a card for mom though I don’t recall dad ever getting one.

Giving flowers made the scene as I became a teenager for girlfriends on Valentines, which has carried on to this very day. Yes, they are overpriced and die in a few days, but if your beloved enjoys them, then you buy them. Sure cards and candy can go a long way to saying I love you and a nice dinner too but florists have bills to pay too.

For as long as I remember NECCO Sweethearts have been a part of my Valentine’s Day. They began making them back in 1866 and though the sayings and flavors have changed over the years they remain my favorites. Yes due to the ingredients I cannot recommend them, but they are a tasty treat. So tasty they make eight billion of them a year, making them the best-selling Valentines candy, even over chocolates.

I also spent years along the way without a particular Valentine so I would either just ignore it or ask a friend to dinner or lunch to celebrate being single. One time I broke up with my girlfriend the beginning of February knowing, I would then not get to deal with all the flowers, etc. on Valentine’s day. Don’t hate.

Our now six-month-old puppy Paisley has brought a new level of love into our lives, and again I say “Who knew?” I was trimming her nails after her bath today and cut into the quick. She did not yelp or seem affected by it, but man do those nails bleed.
Seems you can get by a drug to place on it or use an 80/20 mix of cornstarch/baking soda to stop the bleeding.

I felt so terrible making my dog bleed but have confirmed that it is not all that unusual and I have more knowledge of how to avoid it going forward. More puppy wellness info can be easily had on Mercola Pets.

No matter how you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year may you enjoy it and whoever your Valentine is, even if it is you! Be kind to yourself and share as you wish-Be Well!

Paisley Greeting

Paisley Greeting

An amazing story of Love

Having a first puppy as part of our family as given me an entirely new appreciation for our canine friends. It is impossible to describe the immense love I feel for her and after eight weeks it just keeps growing.

Our Paisley with a question

Our Paisley with a question

My commitment on this blog is to share truths that will serve you and those you love well and after reading this story I was brought to tears, ok sobs, and I credit the expansion of my heart as being brought about by puppy love.

Stay away from dog food containing corn, soy, or other things you cannot pronounce as your dog’s body was not meant to be fueled by them. For all solutions to pet issues check out Dr. Mercola Healthy Pets online.

Let’s head back to 1920’s Tokyo where a University of Tokyo Agriculture Professor Hidesaburo Ueno would walk each morning to the train station followed by his Akita dog Hachiko who would then return in the afternoon for his humans return to the station.

Faithful Hachiko

Faithful Hachiko

Until one day at work in 1925 when Ueno died while lecturing and of course never came back to the station to walk home with Hachiko. Hachiko would return to the train station each and every day after to wait on his friend.

Doing this for ten years until his death. At that time, someone erected a statue of Hachiko. Recently a photo of Hachiko surfaced showing him waiting one day at the train station.

Hachiko waiting on his friends return in 1934

Hachiko waiting on his friends return in 1934

While some folks in China will raise dogs to eat Japan has a long history of loving and appreciating dogs and cats. In fact, the photo below is of his funeral shows the love that was felt for him.

Hachiko Funeral

Hachiko Funeral

The part of the story that produced more than a few sobs is that honoring the event from 90 years ago the University of Tokyo’s Agriculture Department has recently erected a bronze statue of man and dog together at last.

Together at last!

Together at last!

Together at last installation

Together at last installation

Feel free to share this as you care to and Be Well!