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How I Care for my Dog - Food, Fleas and More

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How I Care for my Dog - Food, Fleas and More

If you know me at all you know I am a HUGE dog lover. My dog Gidget goes just about everywhere with me. I simply could not do the tour if she were not by my side. I also would not be the miracle I am if not for dogs. Prior to Gidget I had my girl Rita for almost 12 years who stood by me in the hardest of times.

Dogs are my most important healthcare in my ‘Bag of Tricks.”

For years studies have shown how many health benefits animals offer that are psychological. However most recently we are learning the dogs play a huge role in the gut micro-biome and so much more.

I was Paleo for a few years before I ever considered feeding my dog consciously. Sad, but true.

FOOD & TREATS -

Rita has suffered from severe allergies that started after we moved to California. She could not walk on grass, sand or anything but concrete or she would break out in a rash. Literally I was spending hundreds of dollars on allergy shots, prescription dog food, steroid creams and the list goes on. One day when I was putting her dry, disgusting prescribed food in her bowl I decided to read the ingredients:

  • Brewers Rice, Whole Grain Wheat, Whole Grain Corn, Powdered Cellulose, Soybean Mill Run, Animal Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Dried Egg Product, Chicken Liver Flavor, Soybean Oil, Lactic Acid, Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, vitamins (L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Iodized Salt, Dried Chicken Cartilage, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Taurine, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid, L-Carnitine, Phosphoric Acid, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.

Even with a Vets prescription the food I was giving my dog was straight up poison to her body. Soybean oli is unhealthy period. The grains hard for dogs to digest and I was paying top dollar for crap.

I started giving Rita organic carrots, sweet potato and pumpkin, home made bone broth, coconut oil, roasted chicken with a weekly raw bone marrow. Just like her mommy Rita responded well when we finally got conscious about what I was feeding my dog. I eventually started giving Rita raw duck mixed with organ meat and healthy veggies.

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My sweet dog literally acted like she died and went to heaven with each meal and her body completely healed after many years of sickness and high vet bills.

After Rita passed she sent me Gidget who I rescued 3 years ago at the age of 2. Immediately I started Gidget on a 100% Paleo lifestyle. She eats Stella and Chewy’s Surf & Turf patties and also bone broth, marrow bones, carrots, pureed sweet potato and pumpkin. Her favorite crunchy snacks are Jackson’s Honest Sweet Potato Chips and carrots and her favorite fat is coconut fat. (There are many dog friendly fruits and veggies, but Gidget only likes what I listed.)

The moral of the story is that Gidget eats whole, organic foods, healthy fats & collagen rich bone broth just like her momma!

Today Gidget is an optimal weight and has the softest skin you can ever imagine. The coconut oil helps her gums and she is full of life. This is her eating schedule:

I am humbled to share that my good friends from Nutpods have been paying for Gidget’s food since we started touring. Literally my heart swells every time I am reminded of their generosity.

FLEA & TICK -

In Southern California there seem to always be fleas all year long. I was crazy and started giving the flea and tick pill the vet pushes. OMG it literally made Gidget lifeless. She became almost a zombie and once again I woke up.

I started doing research and you can easily make your own essential oil blends for this. I have chosen to use a collar that is made from essential oils for Gidget. This lasts for us about 3-5 months and worked well all summer touring. We only ever had a problem once with sand fleas. Otherwise it worked perfectly.

  • Here is an essential oil recipe that you can also try:
    8 drops sweet orange essential oil
    8 drops lavender essential oil
    8 drops lemongrass essential oil
    12 drops geranium essential oil
    20 drops patchouli essential oil
    20 drops cedarwood essential oil

Add this to a small spray bottle with water. Spray on your dog when heading outside paying extra attention to their underbelly and legs/feet. Give them a quick brush after spraying and/or massage and you are set. Here is a set of organic therapeutic grade oils to use.

I also make sure to thoroughly check for ticks on Gidget whenever we are any where of concern which quite honestly means after almost all walks in nature outside of the beach. It seems ticks are everywhere and no matter what I check with my hands and eyes to make sure my little angel is tick free.

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BATHING -

I am not going to lie this does not happen often. I find her skin would get too dry. About 4 times a year Gidget goes in for a trim and holistic bath/spa day. The Spa only uses clean shampoos and non-toxic ingredients.

Outside of her spa day when I have to bath her I use Dr. Bronner’s which is what I use on myself. They say it works to kill fleas and great once they are infested. You can also add essential oils to this for extra BAM.

I brush Gidget often using a brush to reduce shedding. The neat freak in me loves how this one works and Gidget adores being brushed too. During the dryer months I rub coconut oil on her coat. It helps to stop dry, flaky skin. Gidget’s coat is the softest ever and many people comment on just how soft it is.

CBD -

Hemp oil for me is a huge BAM in my life. My lead sponsor of the tour Elixinol grow the finest CBD oil around with independent testing to prove it. They also have a dog line of treats. I personally just give dogs the oil straight up. I like to open the capsule and put it on the morning pumpkin purees or sweet potato.

My daughters dog Riley has had a MIRACLE outcome using Elixinol CBD. Our little girl Riley is 5 years young and was diagnosed with Addison’s Disease. She had been taking steroids everyday and started to not be able to use her hind legs and breaking out with scabs on her body. Long story short doctor after doctor and drug after drug the poor baby was suffering and no one knew what to do.

This gal started adding 15mg Elixinol hemp oil using the X-Pen to her food and my kid added a natural liver booster and Glutamine. After a few weeks we increased the CBD dose to twice a day. Her labs had been horrific showing anemia and much more. Today her labs are better than before her Addison’s diagnosis.

For Gidget CBD oil showed great results with anxiety. When we are touring for long periods of time Gidget gets a little stressed. CBD given in the early morning worked all day long. For Gidget I open a capsule and add it to her morning puree.

I have no words to express how much I believe in the power of CBD. Last year touring in the BAM van which is wrapped in hemp leaves showed me that CBD is changing so many lives. Day after day, person after person shared with me just how much this plant has restored hope and health. I am here to share it works for our 4-legged friends too.

VET VISITS & VACCINES-

Beside what is noted above Gidget goes to a yearly wellness visit at the vet and is in great health.

I go to a traditional vet who is quite old. His practice is very nurturing and he listens to me. I do test for heart-worm and give her Heart Guard. Only because of our touring schedule. If we simply lived in Southern California I would not and did not prior to touring.

Gidget is a rescue and had all of her vaccines prior to me owing her. Today she is vaccinated for rabies.

My 4-legged friends are beyond companions. They are medicine for my soul and have provided more loving support than anyone or anything. Rita stood by me many days in bed and very sick. She also gave me purpose and forced me to get outside when I didn’t think I could get out of bed.

I support my dogs as consciously as I do myself. Together we are bio-hacking to offer Gidget optimal living naturally and without drugs and fake shit.

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Mourning Consciously. Say What?

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Mourning Consciously. Say What?

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By: PaleoBOSS Lady® March 5th around 12:25am my life became a mourning fest that has not stopped.  Literally tears are flowing down my face as I type this post.  My best friend and longest relationship beside my daughter passed onto angel status.

Raw Runway Bikini Ready Rita became an angel on 3.5.15

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She was my faithful companion, healer and best girl for almost 12 years.  Rita chose our family at the age of 4 weeks old by literally running on top of all of her brothers and sisters and announcing "pick me!" and we did!  December 8, 2003 Rita joined our family.

Fast forward to 2004 less than 5 months after she arrived my familial world collapsed beyond my wildest dreams.  The hardest fall of my life and Rita was by my side & my healer.  She was my rock, inspiration and best friend.

Rita gave me purpose, love, joy and most of all companionship.  

Rita's passing did happen overnight although it so feels like it.  I really knew in December she was showing signs of aging and acting differently. We took a trip east for the holidays and Rita for the 1st time in her life decided she wanted to lay on my chest all the time.  I conveniently attributed it to her age mentally moving on. #damnit

Fast forward New Year's Eve blood appears in her urine.  Big warning sign even though meds cleared things up.  A mom knows when something is really wrong and this mom knew she was not well.  As I began to look over the year it actually started the year before while visiting back east.  This new awareness increased our conscious life together from me as her owner and friend.

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Thankfully on NYE I chose at that moment to assume Rita needed hospice and never left her side almost 100% since December 31st 2014.  Those moments filled with gratitude were a real gift for both of us.

We both knew where we were heading, but somehow I thought we had more time.

A dear friend came over the week after Rita passed and reminded me of the tradition of sitting shiva.  Allowing yourself to mourn and others to take care of you.  I heard her and agreed this was the right thing for me to do just allow for the emotion.  So I sat and sat and sat.  Still sitting.

Here we are 3 weeks later and I am still crying and aware of this loss most of the day.  Slowly with time, the help of friends and focused effort I have once again started cooking, sleeping better and am finally able to physically move. Progress is happening although slow and I am encouraged.

You see my heart has not hurt this much ever. Sure I have been sad and heartbroken many times in my life, but those relationships were all unhealthy for me. In the past my person was broken because the relationships were broken and based on deficits.

I had never mourned the loss of such a trusted companion ever and found myself on new terrain.

In typical PBL fashion I turned to Google for answers. Searching for any blogger, science wisdom on how to mourn consciously.  Nothing. Nada.  Which to this lady means there is a need for one and why I am sharing this blog post in real time. #theusual

Sure I am still mourning living in what I call a real life Heartbreak Hotel.  I am also certain that #onesmallstep has to be enough.  In addition another common theme that holds true for a successful outcome during times of mourning as in almost every aspect of life is community.

Mourning consciously means allowing for the process while including the support of others.

Sitting shiva is not only a time for allowing one to mourn the loss it is also about accepting the help of others consciously.  I am learning in real time how that manifests and finding community in so many ways. From forcing my person to go to a yoga class in the hope of not crying for just that time to taking walks along the beach getting outside and around other life energies.

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I encourage all of you to recognize in time of great loss and heart break it is essential to allow for the process of mourning, find community and engage in self evaluation to successfully navigate what only time can heal.

Time is the real healer.

Oh shit it has been a minute since I posted!  Happy to be back and hope I have stirred you up enough that subscribing to my blog is happening now!

Join the party of questioning the status quo in an effort to manifest your life reality. #ohitgetswild

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Fragile Life Stricks Again...

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Fragile Life Stricks Again...

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By: PaleoBOSS Lady® This week has been a roller coaster ride like no other! #damnit

One minute the largest name in functional medicine, Dr. Mark Hyman, invites PaleoBOSS Lady® to join him and others for a live Facebook chat as a health, food and lifestyle expert which has me dancing in the streets.  Then an email comes about something I have been working hard to manifest for a year and it kind of 'shatters' me to the core where I am questioning myself hard and no longer dancing.

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When suddenly real life smacks me in the face when my BFF of 11.5 years, Raw Paleo Rita, the sweetest black & tan mini Dachshund ever, starts to walk toward me and falls. Basically still not up and it has been 3 days.

About 3 years ago when I knew I could not afford another dog I decided that Rita would live and be healthy until the age of 19.  Literally I convinced myself of this and remind Rita daily with a 7+ year term left as my BFF. #ohitgetswild

The reality of what we are facing is literally coming from a place in my person that I thought I could out run and hide for another few years.  This may not be the case and I am struggling to see through all lens clearly: mother, friend, provider and as a disabled person.

Living with a disabling disease makes this type of stuff even more challenging.  My dog is unable to walk right now. She can take a few steps and try to 'run' a little only becoming unable to move.  Just like what happens to me when I over use.   #doubledamnit

If I rest then I get to use. If I don't I lose it.  Rita is living in this world right now. #copycat

We both have been talking a lot to each other since this happened.   I have not left her side as we try to figure out what defines quality of life. #hardassshit

Who defines quality of life?  Rita cannot tell me and we all have different idea's.

The beauty of being 'human' is that we get to decide and share how we want our ending played out if given the choice.  I have defined my quality of life and expressed legally and verbally to those I love.  My parents did this for me and it was one of the greatest acts of their lifetime. Being disabled I knew this gift had to be given to my daughter.

In our time together these 11.5 years Rita has shared with me what is important to her quality of life.  Now more than ever I am paying attention to see those ideal's are met reassuring her all the way that I will not exceed her expectations. #promise

It is times like this that I feel compelled to say to you that sharing how your story plays out is important. We have no choice about the fact that it is ending, but we can certainly share how we would like it to end if we are given the privilege of knowing.

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Most importantly hug those you love, tell them how you feel, slow the f down and realize what matters.  Loving, being loved and having community!  Without those elements in our lives we are nothing!

Last but not least if you could all just take a moment and send a little energy to my baby girl Rita that would be great!  We feel so much already.  Namaste. 

Have you subscribed to the #PBL blog yet?  #thankyou

Of course you have I was just being funny!

In case you didn't, it would be a great idea to get it taken care of now.  You do not want to miss a minute of my nonsense.

Trust me.  #ohitgetswild

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