Thursday, May 24, 2007

Brita’s First Michael Ellis Seminar


Brita was about six months old when she participated in her first Michael Ellis seminar and, of course, had a blast.

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Reprinted from Donna Matey’s website, Banner Dogs, on January 10, 2009

Banner Dogs has enjoyed hosting seminars with Michael Ellis since January, 2005. With Michael's School for Dog Trainers grand opening in October, 2009, in Fairfield, California, this may be one of the last times to train with Michael in the Midwest.

If you have participated in our previous seminars, you know what a talented dog trainer, teacher and coach Michael is. For those who have not yet taken the opportunity to work with him, and would like more information about Michael and his training methods, check out his bio and some introductory video clips.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Kobie - Pancreatic Insufficiency

(written in May of 2011)

Kobie was diagnosed with Pancreatic Insufficiency in 2007.  She had lost weight and was uncontrollably hungry all the time.  For the rest of her life any food I prepared for her was supposed to have pancreatic enzymes soaked in to it. I specifically state food that “I” prepared because she was

(1) quite the hunter and
(2) quite the food thief.

 In the yard she would always be chasing after critters and once she and Ari shared a rabbit (I left the picture).  Also one year she discovered the PEAR tree!  I think that year she was addicted to sugar!

Of course, there were no enzymes on the outdoor food and in addition there were no enzymes on some food she had in the house such as eggs she stole by the dozen, numerous “to go” boxes (brought home for me), and then there was the entire pot of a dozen brats that was cooking on the stove and the spaghetti I had prepared for the rare dinner guest!  You get the picture.

It is speculated that she may not have gotten enough nutrients from her food because of EPI resulting in Osteoporosis.  This would have weakened her bones to the point that the humerus bone split when she slammed into the wall.

We’ll never know for sure but one thing is certain and that is that she struggled with EPI always being hungry and sometimes having trouble eating the food with the enzymes. It’s not a disease that any innocent dog should have and it’s sad when one does. 

Click here for info about
Pancreatic Insufficiency
Click here for info about  EPI in Dogs

One of Kobie’s favorite spots was by the bird cage. 
I used to say that Joshua was a food source for Kobie because he would feed her!


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