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Newsletter - September 2010

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You have no reason to worry if you think you’re hearing voices. We’ve been cheering so loudly that you were probably picking up on that no matter where you live. We want to thank everyone for your support when you heard Tori had been ill, and we hope that whatever you wish for us and for her bounces right back to you because... are you sitting down? Her disease is in remission! Medications have been reduced by half. She will continue to be weaned away from meds over time and we have to keep paws crossed that this ugly disease doesn’t rear its ugly head again. But for now, we’re celebrating each and every day.

The bit of down side is that she’s been taking notes while she wasn’t well and has decided that feeling better is no reason to expect less of her humans. Her requests for attention in the past have become loud demands now. Much as it can be irritating, I admit that Morley and I are so thrilled to have her with us that we let her get away with much too much. So, if you can send some “behave yourself, Tori!” thoughts her way, we’d be grateful.

What’s New at

Date has been set for the Telephone Conference (seminar by phone) United States and Canada only.

Topic: The Power of Food: Key Factors Toward Disease Prevention

I have some valuable, new information to share. It includes cancer fighting foods and the science behind them, specific herbs for various purposes, the connection between your dog’s DNA and foods (nutrigenomics), and a host of proactive approaches that can benefit your dog. Here’s a sample of what I want to talk to you about: How are biological traits passed down from one generation to the next? If you said “genetics” then you’re only half right. Think of the sequence of DNA as letters in a book. You can change the book’s story if you staple some of the pages together. You didn’t change or delete a single letter in the book, but you can’t read certain pages or an entire chapter, and that can change the entire story.

What’s the big deal, DNA or non-DNA? The big deal is that non-DNA inheritance responds to your environment. Things like diet can change your non-DNA inheritance.

Date: Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Time: 11 am EST (8am Pacific)

Length: Approximately 2 hours

Price: $40 (no long distance charge)

I mentioned this phone conference in last month’s newsletter and want to thank you for your enthusiastic replies. The beauty of this set-up is the convenience it offers everyone. Reserve your place by ordering it on my site, call in on the day and time established and we’re connected. Have a cup of coffee, walk around with your phone - it’s all possible with this form of seminar.

Registered participants will join the call using the coordinates (phone number, unique passcode, & personal PIN) which I will email to them. Non-registered participants will NOT be granted access to the conference. Your PIN can be used once only. Please guard your reservation.

Bonus: I do my best to bring books and supplements that people ask for when I speak at a seminar. Since this can’t happen by phone, I will be emailing you a unique code as we get closer to the seminar date. This code can be used once on the day of the seminar only and will allow a 10% refund (applied to your credit card) on all products and services on my site. The discount does not apply to freight charges.

Refund Policy: There are no refunds for this event. Please be sure to join me on the correct day at the correct time. Although there will be a question and answer period toward the end of the presentation, please feel free to email me with a general question (not specific to your dog’s diet) after you’ve registered. I’ll do my best to answer it on Oct. 10th and can’t wait to “meet” you!

Fact of The Month

Fish can be good for your dog - or not.

Of all the protein sources people might feed their dogs, fish seems to bring the biggest concerns. It’s a safety issue. Sure, most fish are a good source of omega 3 fatty acids, but people worry about heavy metal content and contamination.

When I mention Tilapia as being one of my favorite fish to feed dogs, some people raise their eyebrows. Tilapia is farm raised which I appreciate is part of the controversy. The plus to farm raised Tilapia is that heavy metal content of the fish is not a concern. It’s safe enough that even the most stringent authorities say to go right and ahead and eat it often if we’d like. Scientists, nutritionists, doctors, and even the environmental groups like it. Still, people are concerned about so many things. Like hormones being fed to farm raised fish, what their general diet might be, and how clean their environment is. My rule of thumb is to ignore any fish, including Tilapia that comes from China. As important is that we know the standards our chosen store has for purchasing their fish. If the person behind the counter can’t tell you, move on. Ideally, any farmed fish should not have been fed hormones for sex reversal, or antibiotics. Some Tilapia is fed waste and fat. This would not be my choice of fish to buy. Others are fed diets predominated by soy. Not so bad, but not ideal. Much better is Tilapia fed a diet containing fish trimmings. In this way, they are consuming a more natural diet. As for cleanliness, the location of the waters Tilapia lives in makes a difference. It’s unlikely that you’ll ever get to see the farming area but if you ask your fish monger about the location you can learn a lot. For example, some of the fish farms in Ecuador are wonderful and some aren’t. It’s like anything else. A little homework on your part can calm your mind.

Tilapia eats a variety of things from plants to waste. They are not the waste-eaters some people claim them to be though. Sure, they might eat poop as many fish do, but farmed tilapia usually receives protein from fishmeal produced from wild caught fish in combination with soy products. The hysteria over Tilapia eating feces began when a television show decided to show waste eaters, and while the hype made that show popular, it’s better for all of us to understand some truths. Tilapia will eat feces, but they are omnivores. They enjoy eating vegetation, some fish and whatever else they can get their mouths on. Reminds me of dogs!

One of the biggest concerns about Tilapia seems to be that it provides more omega 6 fatty acids than omega 3. This isn’t a problem for people who include other types of fish (with more omega 3) in their diets, and poses no problems for dogs. After all, eggs, milk products, fowl and meats also provide more omega 6 than 3. That’s a good thing because dogs need omega 6 in their diets. Let’s not forget that it’s called an essential amino acid because it is - essential! Tilapia provides a lean source of protein with high biological value. It also provides some omega 6 fatty acids for those dogs that can’t handle fattier meats or plant derived oils. I’ve used it for years in some diets meant to address certain health issues and never had a problem unless the dog happened to be allergic to fish.

Website of The Month

There’s a new photographer in town and she has a natural eye with her camera that sets her apart from others. Neither Morley nor I have been impressed with the standard portraits of dogs we often see. It’s not that they’re bad so much as being totally unnatural. Mariah Hilton, on the other hand, captures the essence, personality, and soul of the dog. Magically, she manages to see who that dog really is even when she doesn’t know him/her personally, and even more amazing to me is her ability to get that perfect shot at just the right time.

I wish I’d been aware of her work when Tori was a puppy because that time is so limited. Now that’s she’s four years old, we take pictures but frankly, they’re quite lame as compared to what Mariah Hilton can do. And it occurred to me when Tori became ill overnight that sometimes we just don’t have as much time with our dogs as we anticipate. The reality of that hit us hard when Tori was diagnosed, and now that’s she’s better we’re living in the present with her. For that reason, we’ll be hiring Mariah Hilton so we can have incredible photographs of who Tori really is. I want to share the site with you so you can see what we're about to do and how amazing Hilton’s work is. Take a look at the whole site, and don’t forget the “sessions” pages where, in my opinion, Hilton’s work stands alone.

Lastly, check out the great pricing! We still can’t believe the deal we’re getting. Of course, we have to wait our turn because Hilton is busy, as you can imagine. And by the way, when you book her too, remember not to even try and get our reserved spot with her or Tori will protest:)


“A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.” - Robert Benchley



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