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The Teachings of Shirelle

June 30th, 2016 · 3 Comments · Books

For all animal lovers, there is usually one special pet who touches the heart, who becomes—and always will be—your heart and soul dog. For us, that would be Jerry—our first dog, and the inspiration for the Tripawds Community.

For author, director, and psychotherapist Douglas Green, that was Shirelle.

The Teachings of Shirelle: Life Lessons from a Divine Knucklehead

Shirelle was not a three legged dog, but like the beloved dogs and cats of so many Tripawds members, she shared a very special connection with her guardian.

Teachings of ShirelleHer story struck a chord with us, as the life lessons she taught Green felt so familiar to those we learned from Jerry throughout his cancer journey.

For starters:

  • Live life to the fullest, and love thoughtlessly.
  • The meaning of life is passion.
  • Every second is new, everything is rebirth.
  • When mired in misery, joy is all that can save us.
  • Miracles happen.

“The greatest warriors win, not by fighting, but by ending the fight.”

The Teachings of Shirelle is more than just another favorite pet memoir. It delves deep into the amazing impact Shirelle’s presence had not only on the author, but on everyone she met. She deeply touched his family, friends, and the clients of his child and family therapy practice, many of whom would request she be included in their sessions.

This book is filled with endless stories, professional insights and personal reflections on the life lessons we can all take away from the special bonds we share with the pets in our lives.

Green uses his expertise as an actor and director to paint vivid pictures of his life together with Shirelle. As a psychotherapist, he is able to analyze the meaning of her oftentimes destructive behavior. His writing style includes breaking up the narrative with short anecdotes and interjecting poetry for an easy, enjoyable read.


Shirelle was known as “Knucklehead” in the shelter from which Green rescued her. Mischievous antics earned her the name, but it is not derogatory in the least. Green actually defines it as a bizarre form of genius…

” A knucklehead is someone who might be perfectly smart, but their sweet explosive emotions take over, above and beyond their intelligence.”

Sweet explosive emotions—yeah, that’s our Jerry.

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Natural Flea and Tick Protection for Cats and Dogs

June 20th, 2016 · 3 Comments · Products

Natural flea and tick protection for your pets can do a good job at repelling and eliminating parasites. And they’re a safer option for dogs and cats with immune systems weakened by cancer.

But unlike those convenient single-dose “spot-on” flea products, natural flea and tick protection requires diligence on your part. Using these products means remembering to spray your pets a few times a week (more if they frequently swim), keeping a close eye on their fur for signs of parasites and thoroughly fighting fleas around your home too.

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What me worry? I use natural flea and tick protection.

But the results are worth it. Because if any dog is proof that these holistic-minded products work, it’s Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray. He’s seven years old and has never been exposed to conventional flea and tick products. And he’s never had fleas. Since we spend summers in the mountains, ticks have occasionally latched on, but they’ve never been a real problem and Wyatt’s never contracted any tick-born diseases. Maybe we’re lucky: some dogs are more susceptible to tick-borne illnesses like lyme disease. Wyatt is apparently not one of them.

Why Spot-On Flea and Tick Products are Risky

Obviously we took a chance to find out that these products work, but to us the risk was worth it. Why? Because conventional flea and tick products can keep our pets healthy — or they can make them incredibly sick.

In her blog post “Advanced, Non-Toxic Pet Pest Repellent System That Works,” holistic vet Dr. Karen Becker shares:

Every day, I see dogs and cats suffering from the side effects of drugs or other toxic chemicals they’ve been given.

In April of 2009, the EPA issued an advisory about “spot-on” chemical pesticide products. These are products applied to the neck or back of dogs and cats as a flea and tick preventive.

The advisory was issued due to a significant increase in reported adverse reactions – everything from mild skin irritation to seizures and death. In 2008, over 44,000 reactions presumed to be tied to spot-on products were reported by pet owners, veterinarians, and other animal caretakers.

And the 44,000 reported incidents in 2008 was a significant jump from the 28,000 the prior year, and included 600 deaths. In my opinion, the risks of these products are simply too great to warrant their routine (monthly) use. I encourage dog and cat owners to avoid these pesticides in favor of safer alternatives.

Fight Fleas Naturally with Flea and Tick Defense

Dr. Becker recently introduced a Mercola product called “Natural Flea and Tick Defense.” We think it’s worth a try. Here are the natural Brazilian oils and ingredients found in Flea & Tick Defense spray:

  • Lemongrass oil – When formulated into a spray for pets, promotes a shiny, healthy coat, and helps repel fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes.
  • Cinnamon oil – A versatile essential oil widely used in the household. It is an effective environmentally-friendly ingredient that helps deter mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, and other pests from attacking your dog or cat.
  • Sesame oil – A rich, almost odorless oil derived from tiny sesame seeds. When combined with other essential oils it helps protect against pests and promotes the health of your pet’s skin and coat.
  • Castor oil – Castor oil has been used for years by veterinarians. When combined with other oils, helps to repel a variety of pests.
  • Purified water – Only the purest water is used to help blend and properly balance the unique formula of essential oils.

Dr. Becker goes on to say that if you’re thinking of making this formula yourself (trust me, we thought about it too!), here’s why that’s a bad idea:

“There’s one very important point I want to make about these ingredients… it’s not the individual elements that make Flea & Tick Defense so effective, it’s the expert blending and balancing of the Brazilian oils with the pure water.

You need to be very careful when selecting a pest preventive for your pet. If too much of any one ingredient is not blended properly, your pet’s skin could become irritated.”

Natural Flea and Tick Defense looks like a great natural flea and tick protection product. We haven’t tried it yet because we’re currently using Wondercide cedar oil spray on Wyatt, but if you give it a try, let us know.

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New “Help Your Dog Fight Cancer” Book Informs, Empowers

May 23rd, 2016 · No Comments · Books, ebooks

Dealing with dog cancer is hard enough without the information overload that happens when you go online. That’s why it’s smart to start your research with one of the most reputable dog cancer books around, Help Your Dog Fight Cancer by Laurie Kaplan.

Get Empowered with One of the Most Trusted Dog Cancer Books

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Laurie Kaplan

Laurie Kaplan is one of our heroes. Not only because she’s one of the first authors of fact-based dog cancer support books for non-veterinarians like us, but because she started one of the first canine cancer assistance funds, The Magic Bullet Fund.

Her non-profit organization helps pet parents who do not have the financial resources to provide cancer treatment for their dog. Laurie is one of the earliest supporters of pet parents who need emotional, informational and financial help when coping with canine cancer.

New Edition: Help Your Dog Fight Cancer

Her book, Help Your Dog Fight Cancer, was one of the first written just for pet parents like us. And now it’s just been re-released in a 3rd edition that includes all of the latest canine cancer developments, such as:

  • The most common types of cancer in dogs, diagnostic tests and treatment options
  • The trend toward over-diagnostics and over-treatment
  • Communicating clearly with your veterinarian and making informed decisions
  • Decisions about testing and treatment are up to the owner, not the veterinarian…Your dog, your money, your decisions
  • Create a home-care regimen for your dog with diet and supplements
  • Follow a step-by-step guide for a proven home made cancer diet for your dog

The book puts veterinary oncology into layperson’s terms. It includes information on diagnostic tests, treatment methods, side effects, and end-of-life care.

“As in humans, genetics and diet play a major role in canine cancer, but environmental carcinogens may be more influential,” Kaplan says, “as dogs are in closer contact with fertilizers and household cleaning products.” She writes that treatment options for dogs are also similar to those for people: surgery, followed by radiation or chemotherapy.

Luckily, the author says, “Dogs tolerate chemotherapy better than people do,” with minimal hair loss and quick recovery. The book includes lists of symptoms and discussions of types of cancer along with italicized, often illustrated case studies from pet owners, which lend this informative text a personal touch.

Kaplan also contributes heartfelt reminiscences of Bullet’s medical history as a four-year lymphoma survivor. She recommends comparing clinics’ fees and getting second opinions. The book has helpful sets of questions to ask one’s veterinarian and other useful insights, such as how to get chemo drugs direct from  suppliers to cut costs. She also share information about how complementary medicines and  human-grade food can contribute to continued health. And finally, Kaplan discusses “pawspice” care with down-to-earth advice for coping with end of life care.

We give this book a big “3-Paws Up!” and encourage anyone coping with dog cancer to get a copy at Amazon today.

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Tripawd Nola’s Mom Shares Dog Cancer Diet Tips in New Book

May 12th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Books

When you’re in the middle of the cancer journey it’s hard to think that something good can come of it. But ask other Tripawds members who’ve been through it, and they’ll tell you, cancer does have positive lessons and gifts, but your heart has to be open to receiving them. Nola’s mom Heather took what she learned and turned it into a book of dog cancer diet tips in “My Dog Has Cancer, What Can I Do?

Nola’s Wellness Guide to Fight Osteosarcoma in Dogs

In this 154-page book, Heather chronicles how she and Nola fought osteosarcoma and what she learned from the experience. She writes:

“While documenting Nola’s journey with cancer and holistic medicine, I gathered information that can now guide you through every stage of your dog’s cancer. After completing hundreds of hours of research and taking a great team of veterinarians’ advice, I have created an economical, cancer-fighting and immune-building protocol, for any canine (or human!) fighting cancer. I explain how cancer works in the body and how to create a cancer-killing environment with, wait for it…FOOD!

How you treat the body will affect the outcome —this thought should empower you!

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Heather and Nola

Although we were able to turn a “three-months-to-live” diagnosis into a year of great quality of life for our girl, I believe we could have prolonged her life even longer if we had started with the protocol with which we ended – shared in My Dog Has Cancer. What Can I Do?

Nola had a fast-spreading, incurable cancer, osteosarcoma, which would not wait for me to catch up on my research. My mission is to save you time, so you can start fighting cancer immediately. The intent is not to persuade you to do exactly as we did; I also share our mistakes and changes I would consider, if faced with the same circumstances again.

This protocol should not replace the care of your veterinarian and other necessary medical providers. Always inform them of all food and supplements in your protocol, before giving them to your pet. I am not a veterinarian, but I worked closely with my veterinarian, who practices both Western and holistic medicine, while building our protocol to treat Nola’s cancer.”

Heather was kind enough to point readers to groups like Tripawds, and she is even donating a portion of sales to animal welfare organizations, including the Tripawds Foundation. Thanks Heather!

NOTE from Tripawds: This information is not intended to replace professional veterinary advice. All cancer treatment therapies should first be approved by your veterinarian. Please share this medicinal mushrooms information with your vet and encourage them to contact K9 Medicinals with any questions they have.



Tripawd Penny’s New Book Shows Different is Beautiful

April 21st, 2016 · 2 Comments · Books

Did you know the Tripawds Nation has a talented author in our midst? Yep, that’s right. The One and Only Priceless Penny has just released with her own book about life on three legs! Called “Priceless Penny,” it’s a beautiful book that shows the world “Different is Beautiful!

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Penny is a one-of-a-kind Tripawd who was born with a front limb deformity. Not quite a leg and not quite a stump, the little wing was enough to deter the typical pet parent from adopting her when she was put up for adoption in a California animal shelter.

Thankfully, Lauren Kramer-Theuerkauf found Penny when an Illinois rescue group put Penny on a rescue train and took her into foster care. Little did Lauren know that Penny would change her life in so many ways! She recently shared in Penny’s Tripawd blog:

“I will never forget the day that my husband and I saw Penny, our tripawd Chiweenie, scale our three foot pet gate.  Bravely, she hooked her “stump” onto the top of the gate and used her back legs to propel herself into the center of the living room.  We were amazed!”

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Today, Lauren’s book is destined to be a hit with kids and adults alike. Beautifully illustrated by James Sell, it shares an adorable tale of one dog’s fate that was changed forever by loving humans. Be sure to pick up a copy for the kids in your life . . . and the adults too!

Get a copy of Priceless Penny on Amazon.

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