Smoothie’s for you and your dog

From BarkPost via the Blind Dog Rescue Alliance, comes some “delicious homemade smoothie recipes both you, and your dog can slurp.”
Turmeric Carrot Smoothy


Turmeric Carrot Smoothie
Turmeric is a spice with many health benefits. It can help in reducing inflammation, and may be a cancer preventative.


* 3 carrots
* 1 orange
* 1/2 lemon – juiced
* 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
* 1 tsp turmeric
* 1 cup water
* 1/2 cup ice cubes

Other smoothy recipes include:
Morning Mojito

This smoothie is tart and refreshing, and can help with detoxi-fur-cation. Flaxseeds are filling and full of protein and Omega-3s!

Hydration Station

Like the name says, this recipe is all about hydration! Oranges contain vitamin C and dietary fiber. Cucumber is great for the skin, too. Here’s to your health!

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Apples are great for dogs, and irresistible! Make sure the seeds are removed. (Apple seeds contain arsenic!) Lucuma is a subtropical fruit that adds a caramel flavor and lots of vitamins and antioxidants.

To read the ingredients for these recipes on BarkPost, click HERE

You can also read more about the benefits of turmeric for your dogs on the K9Instinct website.


Pet Cancer Awareness Month Podcasts, Webinars, and Links

The American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation (CHF) published a wonderful post about canine cancer that includes podcasts, webinars, and informational links.

All dogs, whether mixed breed or purebred, are at risk for developing cancer. According to research published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2011, approximately 30% of older dogs succumb to cancer. Pet Cancer Awareness Month, observed each May, provides dog owners with information on treatment options, cutting-edge research, and ways to support canine cancer research.

Free Canine Cancer Webinar!

On Wednesday, May 27 at 8:00 p.m. EDT, CHF and VetVine will host a free webinar on canine cancer featuring Dr. Jeffrey Bryan, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM, associate professor of oncology at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. Registration is now open! Don’t miss this great opportunity to hear from a top researcher in the field of canine cancer. Can’t make it on the 27th? We’ll be posting a link to the webinar here on our website.

Types of Canine Cancer

Pet Cancer Awareness Month Podcasts and Webinars

Ongoing Oncology Research Updates

Enhancing Natural Anti-Tumor Immune Responses During Chemotherapy

Ensuring That Stem Cell Treatments Do Not Activate or Exacerbate Cancer in Dogs

Defining the Anti-Tumor Activity of Monocytes in Osteosarcoma

Harnessing a Dog’s Own Immune System to Kill Lymphoma Tumor Cells

Further Investigation of the Genes Controlling Canine Leukemia to Diagnose and Control the Disease

Please visit the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation website to read the rest of their informative information.

Project Unconditional – OLDER DOGS . . . DEEPER LOVE

Jane Sobel Klonsky

Jane Sobel Klonsky’s Project Unconditional, is a collection of photos and stories focusing on the powerful relationships between people and their older dogs.

Join Jane Klonsky and Project Unconditional as they travel around the country capturing the extraordinary moments shared by people and their senior dogs.

To read more about Project Unconditional, click HERE

You can also read about Project Unconditional on their Facebook Page

A little lady named ZONA

It’s been just over a year ago that Dr. Steve gave me the news that Divinity had cancer. Divinity died eight months ago from that dreaded disease.

Since Divinity’s death, I’ve posted about cancer, and other health topics. I’ve also posted about senior dogs being adopted, plus blind, and handicap dogs being placed in a permanent foster home so that they can live out the remainder of their days with love, and with dignity.

This post is about a very special lady named ZONA who was rescued by the Col Potter Cairn Rescue in late April. At the time of rescue, ZONA was in horrific condition, and weighing only eight pounds.


A Very Thin ZONA

A Very Thin ZONA


It was easy to wrap one’s hands around ZONA’s waist, with room to spare.

ZONA was frightfully thin when rescued

ZONA was frightfully thin when rescued


ZONA spent days in intensive care at a vet clinic.

ZONA in intensive care

ZONA in intensive care


ZONA’s condition began to improve, and she started feeling better.

ZONA in her Favorite Spot

ZONA in her Favorite Spot


ZONA even began giving herself rubs!.

ZONA enjoying a rub

ZONA enjoying a rub


Unfortunately, this little lady has been diagnosed with cancer. A representative from Col Potter said “it is with much sadness that we report that the issue with Zona’s throat is cancer, which is in her lymph glands, ear, throat, larynx, etc. We had a biopsy done to confirm this, but the provisional report came back on Thursday as definitely cancer. She will not be having any surgery and is now in hospice care…”

ZONA with her new friend

ZONA with her new friend


However, there is a compassionate ending for this little lady. Again from Col Potter, “We are very proud to announce that our ZONA has been ADOPTED by her loving foster home and is resting comfortably until she has to leave us.”

Update: Zona passed on May 19, 2015. Rest in Peace little lady.

After Cancer Diagnosis: 5 Go-to Resources

It has now been eight months since I lost my little lady to cancer. Today, Divinity’s friends at the Grey Muzzle Organization posted a helpful series of links for those with a pet that has been diagnosed with cancer.

From the Grey Muzzle

After the initial shock of a cancer diagnosis, here are five places we would turn to get more information.

Favorite Posts from our Third Year Together

It has now been eight months since my little lady was euthanized. This month I celebrate Divinity’s love of life, with some of my favorite photographs & movies taken during our third year together.

Boots for Divinity

To read about Divinity’ boots, click HERE

RuffWear Boots

Camping Trip to Father Hennepin Park

To read about Divinity’s Camping Trip to Father Hennepin Park, click HERE

Divinity at the Father Hennepin State Park campground

Divinity goes for a horseback ride

To read about Divinity going for a horseback ride, click HERE

My landlord giving Miss Divinity a ride on Odie

Divinity’s Garage

To read about Divinity’s Garage, click HERE

Divinity exploring a garage

Divinity gets a pair of Doggles

To read about Divinity getting a pair of Doggles, click HERE

Divinity wearing her Doggles

Lunch Thief

To read about how Divinity learned to be a Lunch Thief, click HERE

Looking at dad

Sleepy-time for Divinity

To read about Divinity’s Sleepy-Time, click HERE

Sleepy smile

The Third Annual – Mid-Winter, Indoor Camping Trip

To read about Divinity’s Third Annual – Mid-Winter, Indoor Camping Trip, click HERE

Indoor Camping Trip



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