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Travels with Lucy – Our Time at Dillon Beach

Our family has a tradition of spending Father’s Day weekend at Lawson’s Landing in Dillon Beach. Dusting off the camping gear and stocking up the RV’s, we kick off the summer relaxing on the coast for a week. Lucy always gets excited as preparations for this trip are underway. Daily walks on the beach, playing in the surf, taking in all the ocean smells, chewing on bones in the grass and napping in the sun: what is not to love?

Feeding Puppies A Fresh Food Diet

Puppies bring joy, laughter and love into our lives. As responsible and loving guardians we want to provide all the ingredients for a long and healthy life. The role of nutrition for growing puppies establishes a solid foundation for development of the endocrine, immune, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems begins at conception. This is why the demand for raw feed puppies from raw fed mother’s has increased over the years as the benefits of fresh foods becomes more widely known and accepted

Bone Broth

It is a rare lecture or seminar pertaining to health and wellness that does not include a discussion of the benefits of bone broth. At a recent seminar bone broth was available during a morning break for all the participants to enjoy. A chicken broth, it was delicious, satisfying, and amazingly easy to prepare, I was hooked. After the seminar I made my first batch of bone broth and it has now become a regular part of our diet. Nourishing bone broth aides digestive, immune, joint, skin, and brain health.

Winter Paw Protection

This winter there is an abundance of snow for us to get out in and have fun with our dogs. Unfortunately winter snow also means our dogs are exposed to the chemicals used to melt ice, as well as oil, salt and sand which can compromise the integrity of their paws. To help protect these precious paws we found a winter paw protection recipe on Planet Paws. The recipe includes beeswax, coconut oil, calendula oil, and avocado oil.

Nutrition is the Foundation of Health and Longevity

Nutrition is the foundation of health for all life. Our food choices ultimately strengthen or weaken this foundation. Unfortunately, we have been led to believe, that feeding our animals kibble is the only way to ensure a lifetime of balanced nutrition. As I reflect on the health of my animals over the years, my childhood dog Coco and Meg both consumed a diet of kibble and both died of kidney disease. There were no red flags at the time because this was considered normal by the veterinarian community. As dogs and cats aged disease processes such as arthritis,

The Gift

The bond that we share with our animal companions is one of unconditional love and devotion. The life lessons they share with us are simple and yet profound, be present, live in the moment, greet each morning with joy and wonder, maintain your curiosity, and enjoy all the sights and smells that come your way. Quite naturally they experience their emotions in perfect balance with ease and grace. There is no space for worry about the past, fear of death, anger over a perceived slight, sadness related to loss, or trying to be something they are not. These are just a few of the lessons they share and model during their brief time with us.

Travels with Lucy- Our Trip to Carmel

Lucy and I are spending a few days in Carmel and just loving it! It is one of those rare times we are not in the camper so staying at a hotel. This trip we are staying in Carmel at the Hideaway. This place is a real gem, within walking distance to the beach, great breakfast in the morning, wine and cheese are available in the afternoon, the rooms comfortable, and the price was right. Even though the hotel does not have official parking this has not turned out to be a problem, even with my big truck.

The Healing Power of a Bereavement Support Group

“When we are in tune with the Infinite, we shall see the Invisible”
We are an animal loving community. On any given day, regardless of weather, people can be found enjoying nature with their beloved animal companions. The health, comfort and wellbeing of our pets is one of our top priorities and in return they provide unconditional love and acceptance. The relationships we share with our pets are special and unique filled with joy and a deep emotional connection.

Raw Milk

We have been conditioned to be suspicious and fearful of consuming raw milk products preferring our milk to be pasteurized and homogenized. The thought of using raw milk as medicine to help heal our animal companions is beyond the scope of what many of us would ever consider. Pasteurization was not implemented until well after the start of the industrial revolution.

Raw Green Tripe

Often when we think of raw green tripe the first thing that comes to mind is the smell. However if one stops to consider all the health benefits for our dogs and cats then the smell becomes secondary. As I explore the relationship between the gut and the health and longevity our animals I decided it was time to learn more about raw green tripe.