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Just had the most insane conversation with blogger Terrierman. Here's the entire to and fro! In good faith, a friend of mine contacted me a while back and asked had I heard of Terrierman's (a.k.a Pat Burns) blog. I hadn't. She sent me some links to some of his stuff that I might like, which I did. He really doesn't [...]
How to prepare a simple Nettle remedy which should be effective for treating seasonal allergy in dogs Studies show that when taken orally, an extract made of common garden nettle (Urtica dioica) can inhibit several key inflammatory events that cause the symptoms of seasonal allergies, such as reducing histamine activity (part of the immune reaction that makes you itchy and why [...]
Study finds ginger, vanilla, coconut and valerian root are effective at reducing activity and vocalisations in kenneled dogs...might help with a stressed dog at home Researchers exposed 15 dogs in shelter surroundings to a cloth with each of the scents on it for 2hrs then recorded their behaviour. They found: • Vanilla and valerian reduce activity and vocalisations in kennelled dogs. • [...]
"Once McDonald's brought out the salad, they were doomed"! These are the words of Bill Burr, my favourite comedian. He was being interviewed on the Tonight Show when he took the perhaps unpopular stance that he felt sorry for McDonald's. His point was that once they started serving healthy options like salads and sliced apple they were practically admitting to [...]
Seaweed For Dogs of all Types is a Very, Very Good Idea... Seaweed has been a popular food supplement of ours for more than 8,000 years and yet still we know so little about it. For example, people use the word "kelp" (Laminaria), the stuff that grows in underwater forests, as if there was only one kind of seaweed out there [...]
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Who we are and what we do
Like you I’m a total dog nut. My background includes a doctorate studying the effects of diet on animal behaviour and five years in Guide Dogs (Ireland and Australia) as a trainer and Pup Supervisor. For the last six years, I have been neck deep in canine nutrition, from making the food itself (ending with some success on Dragons Den in 2013) to conducting international nutritional seminars for vets, canine professionals and public alike. I’m now a dedicated advocate of fresh, natural nutrition and health for dogs and a better all round deal for squeezed pet owners worldwide. I’m proud father to Dudley, a slightly odd black and white Cocker Spaniel. What he lacks in brains and grace he makes up for with determination (though to be fair this could apply to the both of us).
The current veterinary focus of treating symptoms with powerful, synthetic drugs when they pop up instead of treating or ideally avoiding the root cause of the illness is plain wrong. I can say with experience that the vast majority of stubborn, recurring health conditions in dogs (from recurring skin and gut conditions to organ disease and cancer) is more often than down to an inappropriate diet, largely a cereal-based dry food for what is very clearly a meat eater. A simple change to a fresh, biologically appropriate diet pays off instantly. It’s such a simple concept, a fresh protein and fresh fat diet, rich in powerful nutrition and taste and so, so easy to do, yet it’s rarely considered. Why do you think this is?
The truth is pet owners are a great market for rubbish products, from entirely inappropriate processed foods and “treats” such as dental sticks instead of a nice fresh, free meaty bone to chemical flea and worm control for dogs with no fleas and worms and annual boosters for animals already adequately vaccinated for viruses (Pasteur is rolling in his grave). The whole circus is fuelled by fear and rubbish science, all an attempt to make you hand over all your decision making and eventually your cash.
Dogs First’s mission is to change this. You guys need to do a little reading to the great benefit of your best friend. Spend ten minutes on my site and tell me I’m wrong. Our aim is that 25% of Irish vets recommending fresh ingredients for dogs by 2020. So far I think we have 7 on board. Only 3000 to go!
Everyone wants the best info and they always want it independent. I think most people believe they are independent, I certainly do and am happy to disclose fully all my revenue streams. So here’s how I can (just about) afford to write full time and keep the lights on while I do it:
After leaving guide dogs and starting a raw dog food company in 2010, a company I moved on in 2013 (producing it isn’t half as much fun as teaching it), I have been operating independently, effectively as a canine nutrition consultant. Like most others in my position, I have helped (and will continue to do so) numerous fresh dog food companies get off the ground and sometimes I recommend them into the future (e.g. as you can see with my Paleo Ridge UK ad on the right! Go learn about the best dog food out there – ethical, outdoor meat only, organic, what’s not to love!!! Ha ha). I am contractually bound to none and am still a free agent in every respect but, as I’m sure you’ll understand, there’s little point in me promoting these companies for nothing. I have kids to feed and still promote real, whole ingredients over any product.
Other revenue streams include my seminars which now take me all over the world. I also do the occasional nutrition consult for folks that didn’t find the answer from my site as well as some revenue from the sale of a few supplements that we co-formulated from our site. Also, within my health articles, if there is a product that I know would greatly benefit a dog (I don’t stock other people’s health supplements as a rule), I will link out to the cheapest but best-reviewed products I can find on Amazon. I can get 10% on that sale. As you will find, I do not do this often and I always tell people they are heading there (more on Affiliate Disclosure here).
We also have a fab online magazine which is free of charge to you guys though the dream is someday people will pay me to advertise in it. I assure you, you will only ever see an ad for a product I like (so no nasty chemical or dry food companies etc).