When I first met, my dog, Shadow, he proved to standout amongst a litter of adorable, black lab puppies.
Out of eleven puppies, he was the only one at six weeks old who could walk on linoleum without slipping and falling.
My previous dog, Magic, who we all loved very much had seizures later in life. It tore my family apart to see him suffer and to see him slowly deteriorate, go blind, and have to be put to sleep. So when my parents accompanied me to pick out our next dog several years later, my dad was determined to find a puppy who would be healthy and strong and who wouldn’t have to suffer the same fate as Magic.
The One Who Walks On Linoleum was the clear winner!!
But even before we brought him home, I realized his eyes were runny and thought he might be a little sickly. Sure enough, Shadow experienced one health condition after another, going from ear infection to ear infection to developing an annoying habit of aggressively biting himself. He bit himself so badly that patches of hair were removed from his paws, legs, and his private area, and his skin was raw and red. We sent him to a dermatologist, but she couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Finally, his vet concluded that he had mange and would have to start a series of shots.
“Mange!!! My dog does not have mange!” I exclaimed. “There must be some other reason why he is biting himself so compulsively.”
My dog’s biting was a huge annoyance to my family, but after taking a Buddhism class, I realized that he was the one truly suffering.
I started to look into everything from the shampoo he was bathed in, to the carpet, but when all of that turned up with dead ends, I started researching alternative health and wellness. I started him on a food rotation diet to see if he was allergic to his food. I researched and found how poor quality kibble was and that much better nutrition was in whole foods. No surprise! If humans can’t thrive on just processed food why should dogs be able to?
I stopped going to our old vet, the one who cared for my previous dog, Magic, and instead took my dog to a holistic vet much farther away. They recommended taking him completely off of dog food, both canned and kibble and to start cooking for him.
Cook for my dog? That’s a full-time job!
But sure enough, I was able to pinpoint with great accuracy that he was allergic to wheat (yes, he was gluten-intolerant like me!), dairy, beef, chicken, turkey, (just about all meat) and more! What was this dog going to eat? I thought. I started to cook his meals, make him and his brother, gluten-free dog biscuits, and supplement his diet with vitamins to boost his immune system.
In a short amount of time, his immune system improved and he stopped getting ear infections. Wow! He was no longer moody and sad, but he actually smiled and bounded everywhere with newfound energy and confidence!
I took him back to the old vet to show her and to run some tests. His immune system had vastly improved, and his hair was starting to grow back.
“How did you do this?” the vet asked me incredulously.
We are what we eat!
Here is a simple cookie recipe that you can make for your dogs that they are sure to love!
Pumpkin Spice Cookies for Your Best Friend
- 2 cups gluten-free flour (suggestion: Cup4Cup gluten-free flour)
- 1 cup of gluten-free oatmeal
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon pumpkin spice
- 1-2 scoops of protein powder (suggestion: Vital Proteins CollagenPeptides)
- ½ teaspoon chlorella powder or 6 capsules opened (optional)
- Dash of sea salt
- 1 cup of canned pumpkin
- 1 ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/3 cup virgin olive oil
- Maybe a little splash of water (if you need more liquid to stir)
Mix all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Put pumpkin, olive oil, and applesauce into a blender. Blend until smooth.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix with a rubber spatula.
Grease a cookie sheet with olive oil. You can use Pam spray if you like, or just add a few drops of olive oil to a cookie sheet and rub into the pan.
Preheat oven to 350.
Scoop out cookies onto cookie sheet. Place in oven for 25 minutes.
The house will smell amazing. Let the cookies cool for a few minutes and then let your best buddy try one fresh out of the oven. Yum!!
Today Shadow is now sixteen! Not bad for a Labrador retriever!! And he still loves his cookies!
If you love your pet and value a long, vibrant life for them, give them the best. That includes food, vitamins, and alternative therapy such as Reiki. Because if it’s good enough for us, it’s good enough for them too!
AUTHOR: Khristee Rich is an OSYL Reiki Practitioner, Modern Day Shaman, and Spiritual Teacher with fifteen years experience. She does powerful healing for both pets and people. She uses the powerful healing energy of Reiki and Russian Shamanism, combined with her intuitive clairvoyant insight to help elevate you to a higher level of peace, contentment and alignment.
Find out more about Khristee and her services HERE.