Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Old World Barter Market - List of My Offerings

My Instagram friend @wildwoodgatherer is hosting an awesome event called the OLD WORLD BARTER MARKET. If you are in Europe and have any handmade offerings from handcrafts, pottery, knitting, yarn, paintings, to jewelry, herbal remedies, etc. and you have an Instagram account, please feel free to join in! All you need to do is visit @wildwoodgatherer and find her post about the barter market.
You can also go to my account @katerinas_naturalway and see what offerings I have ready for barter, and let me know what you have available for exchange. 

Saturday, December 31, 2016


It feels like yesterday…..
I held Your tiny little warm body in my hands. There was so much energy, life, every grasp for air You made, you were swallowing life, wanting to go and live it.

It feels like yesterday…
You ran full speed and played hide and seek with Your brothers and sister, learning to crawl on top of that wooden bench by the fire pit, as the weakening autumn sun blessed You with its golden rays.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Darkness And The Light

Today, on the day of Winter Solstice, the sun rose at 9:41 am and set at 2:01 pm here, in the North.

Yes, 4 hours of daylight, my friends. And when it is overcast or snowy, there is this blue light instead. 

The word "light" definitely has a different meaning up here during this time of the year, mostly because although the sun does "rise", you never actually get to see it. 

Winter Solstice Blessings

The wise crone arrived today in the northern hemisphere, covering Mother Earth with her long white hair.

Whispering a silent lullaby for every living creature to slow down and rest while traveling within.

As the longest night of the year sets on us, like the shadow of a raven´s wing, we are guided by our inner light on this journey to meet and reconnect with our wise inner selves.

Tomorrow winter will bring back the Sun, and for that I give my gratitude.

Many winter blessings to you all!

Lots of love and light,

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Calming Herbs For Your Dog And Calming Animals The Natural Way

For centuries, herbs have been proven as our great allies for healing and addressing many different ailments of people and animals alike. 

So it is no surprise that there are herbs and herbal remedies that are very effective for calming dogs that are stressed, scared, panicked, nervous, traumatized, suffer from anxiety and other similar emotions.

In this article I would like to show you a few safe herbs and how they can help calm your dog, without harmful side effects, as well as what types of herbal remedies are safe and effective, and some principles when turning to herbs for help with calming your animals, what to be careful about and what to avoid.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Labels, Labels, Labels!

This is a bit of a rambling - complaining - struggling - happy - grateful - accomplished kind of post :) Please bear with me, while I get to the bottom of it :)

If you think I have lost my mind (or have nothing better to do with my time) to be writing a blog post about labels, you are not far from the truth, because I nearly did loose my mind over those LABELS. 
As a matter of fact, I, at one point, could not stand to even hear the word LABELS.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Bone Marrow Broth For Your Dog and Cat´s Great Health

It is the time of year again - the season of cold, wet, subzero conditions (unless you are in Australia, of course :)) that have a major impact on our animals´s and our immune systems and general health.

Winter has its demands on our bodies and the immune system has to deal with a lot.

The wet, cold, icy, snowy conditions, together with the changing of temperatures as we take our dogs out from warm apartments and houses for a walk outside and back again, all this makes for example arthritic animals get worse in their symptoms than during the warmer months.

Herbal Calming, Stress and Fear Relieving Preparations

The time of New Year´s celebrations is approaching and for most of our animals it means time of trauma, stress and fear of fireworks, even a possible danger when shocked animals run away in panic and get lost or injured.
One way to support them effectively, and make the experience of New Year celebrations as easy and stress free for them as possible, is the use of all natural, herbal calming, fear and stress relieving preparations.
My little animal apothecary Katerina´s Natural Way offers three preparations, suitable for this kind of situation - the FEAR REMEDY and the RESCUE REMEDY, which are blends of Bach Flower Essences and wild flower essences from my own wild harvest, and the CALMING SPRAY - a blend of herbal infusions, flower essences and selected essential oils, safe for animals.

Friday, August 5, 2016

A Few Words About REIKI and Retreiving Lost Dogs

So while we had a little unplanned adventure today, when the Whisky brothers Johnnie and Jameson used an opportunity to take off and roamed the woods, I thought it would be a good moment to share some of my experiences with REIKI Healing.

The boys are safely back home now, after an hour of intensive search and calling, but I know now that the REIKI Energy work had a lot to do with it.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Story of the Logo

After what seems like eternity, the long time awaited logo is finally born!

It´s been truly a long process and less long efforts that went into this project, and it´s been a real labor of love, to say the least.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summer Solstice

Happy Summer Solstice!

In celebration of the Solstice and Strawberry Moon, we are offering 20% on everything in our shop

Grab your  code SOLSTICE20 and forget to check out Katerina's newest herbal creations.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Balto´s Natural Way Story

Balto joined our pack as a six year old experienced sled dog and racing veteran, retired from another kennel´s team. Since then, he ran and pulled many miles in our teams, in training and also on races, teaching the younger dogs a lot of skills, as he was an excellent lead dog with a fabulous work ethic.

While Balto was at the bloom of his sled dog athlete career and full of energy, he was not, however, at full health. He´s been suffering from eczema on his paws, mostly between his toes, whenever the weather changed, when exposed to too much water or mud and during damp conditions. His previous owners spent a lot of time searching for the right type of food for him, and as it is in the typical allopathic medicine scenarios – Balto was way too often on antibiotics, eventually developing resistance. The vets believed he needed to be on hypoallergenic and grain free commercial dog food, and so did we at the beginning.

But because feeding him the “special” food did not make any difference, I have soon realized the problem has to be approached holistically.

Monday, May 23, 2016

All What´s Good And New

Howdy all!
It has been a long time since I last updated the blog.

So much has happened since then, so much I was going to share and also a lot I did not know how to process, never mind sharing. 

Those of you who know me some time, know, that I am not a fan of sharing negative thoughts and news and that complaining will never be a part of my blogging, so let me just say that health and family are of the highest priority to me and at times of need, focusing on these two aspects of my life are the single most important things on my agenda. 
And that is in a nut-shell exactly what I have been doing pretty big part of the winter. 

But it isn´t all, so let´s dive into all the what´s good and new!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Treating Gusty´s Infected Mouth Wound Naturally

One of our young dogs Gusty punched a hole inside his mouth while enthusiastically chewing on a meaty bone. Typically, the hole inside his mouth closed almost completely and a huge swelling occurred on the outside, on the side of his muzzle.

In the past, I would have put him on antibiotics, but not today, having learned a different approach the natural way.

Knowing my dogs more than well and knowing how nourished they are and that their immune systems are strong, I decided for reaching out to a holistic approach.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Vejce ve Výživě Psů a Koček - Bílek, Skořápky a Blány

Dnešní článek je inspirován dotazy a zájmem majitelů psů a koček, kteří reagovali na můj příspěvek o vhodnosti přidávání syrových vajec do jídelníčku zvířat, který jsem zveřejnila ve své přírodní poradně pro zvířata.

Není to článek, pojednávající celkově o vejcích a jejich složení a přínosu ve výživě psů a koček, ale je zaměřen především na bílek a skořápky, ke kterým se vážou mnohé diskuze, dohady, skutečnosti, ale i mýty.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Kennel Crew Members Wanted For Fall And Winter

We are looking for kennel help for various time periods:

- Mid August - November 1-2 persons
- October - March/April 2 persons

We are also beginning to accept applications for Spring and Summer 2016.

Preferably long term, but short term (at least 4 weeks) would work too. Couples welcome!

Here is more information. Please share with your dog loving friends!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Dill: A Nutritive And Healing Herb For Your Dog

I have been so focused lately on weeds and their medicinal and nutritive properties, that I have totally forgotten about garden or kitchen herbs.

A trip to my mini herbal garden in order to pick fresh oregano and basil for a sauce to go with Jachym´s home made pasta (which was fantastic, by the way and I might actually share the recipe some day) reminded me of the many amazing health benefits of these classic kitchen herbs.

Healthy Soup For Dogs And Cats

I originally formulated this recipe as an additional light meal to add to any pet´s feeding program, especially to aid in taste and for those who feed their animals with commercial pet food, to add essential micro nutrients, missing in the processed foods. 
I recommend it for dogs, cats and even ferrets, with skin issues, allergies, eczema and sensitive stomachs. It is also an ideal light and healthy meal for overweight pets or those on a weight loss program, as it is still rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, yet is is light in calories.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Supplementing Your Pet´s Diet The Natural Way LIVE WEBINAR

Do you ever wonder if your pet´s diet is really providing all the nutrition to keep him or her healthy, happy and vital throughout their entire life?

Or do you get confused if it is possible to add something extra, if your pet is kibble fed and the manufacturer or the pet shop states it to be complete and balanced without a need for supplementing?

Perhaps you wonder what more can you, as the loving, dedicated pet parent you are, do on your side to help your dog or cat while they are undergoing veterinary treatment for an illness or injury.

Then my upcoming webinar might be what you are looking for! You can still register.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Natural Way Webinars For All Animal Lovers

Ok folks,
it´s been what feels like a century since I last properly blogged. Time is of essence and my lack of it is to be blamed :)

Loads of things are and have been happening around the Kipp d´Amundsen kennels and our home in the woods, and I will make an effort to keep you up-to-date, as I have luckily documented a bunch of the goings and doings around here :)
For that matter, I actually highly recommend you to visit my FB page Katerina´s Journal as it is far more frequently updated with loads of pictures of the dogs, herbs, food, health tips, musings from the wilderness, and you know, the usual stuff :)

BUT....! For now, I have an exciting announcement to make, one big enough to make me finally break the no-time loop loop of doom and get back to the blog.
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