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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My heart is heavy while I am watching the news from Alaska the past three days.
Dozens of homes have been swept by the devastating forest fire, that was most likely started by fireworks (the cause is still under investigation at the time of writing).
The town of Willow, where the fire, as of yesterday claimed as national disaster by the officials, is very well known to me. I love Alaska. My heart has always belonged to Alaska. I not only have many friends there and visited a number of sled dog kennels in the area, and have so much memories from numerous stays and visits.
It breaks my heart even more to see these kennels wiped out of the surface, as so many mushers have managed to evacuate their dogs and other animals, losing practically all of their material possessions.
Toto je jeden z mých mimořádných příspěvků v češtině, protože zde pro vás všechny mám pozvánku a to na hned tři akce, které pořádám v květnu v České Republice.
Pro velký zájem o (nejen) bylinkové workshopy pro psy (a nejen je), který mne moc těší, jsem po loňské vydařené podzimní premiéře na šumavské Veselce u Vimperka workshop rozšířila i o jarní verzi, kde se zaměříme zase pro změnu trochu víc na bylinky jarní, detoxikaci organismu psa, atd.
I am soooo behind with my blogging - or I should say with my real blog blogging, because I am actually not totally idle and mute and I did not cut off the sharing of our daily life in the woods with our huskies and pursuing of our wilderness homesteading dream!
As a matter of fact, I´ve been (what I call) "mini" blogging a lot on my Facebook page and sharing tons of pictures on Instagram. You should really check both of these hubs out, because I have some real nice pictures there and also some info on Herbs for Dogs and some natural nutrition and health care advice, etc.
Anyhow, today I´ve decided to share something healthy, holistic and totally delicious for the humans - two of my most favorite smoothies :)
I love making my own herbal blends for my dogs, cats, and for us as well.
I totally love the fact that I am able to pick or grow many of the plants myself, on the meadows and in the woods right here, around our homestead, and know they are truly "organic", growing in unpolluted nature in the best imaginable conditions.
In my neck of the woods, we have 1 hour and 3 minutes till the end of the year and I decided to share the TOP 10 MOST POPULAR POSTS from Katerina´s Journal Blog - that means the ten most read by You and those You found most interesting this year.
I have to say that I got totally inspired by friend Lisa at Fresh Eggs Daily, who posted top ten blog posts from her blog about natural raising of chickens and ducks. If you own a flock yourself, or have a little (or big farm) with all kinds of animals, you should head over there, it´s a great information source!