Super Seniors

Kiefer and Zak are gentle in their older age. No one gets into a tiff over girls anymore, or gets obsessed with marking their scent around the property. They are true older gentlemen.

They wake up with tails wagging and bodies bouncing as they make their way outside.  But coming back inside for a delicious meal is why they are truly animated this early in the day.  The older guys savor their food longer than anyone else, slowly enjoying each bite.

Zak gets about 18 oz of raw food-a day, along with:

  • Dasuquin and fish oil for his arthritis
  • Gabapentin for pain relief
  • Digestive enzymes with pre/probiotics, along with “Runs Be Done” for his digestion and nutritional absorption
  • Fresh veggies and fruits-one cube (I blend up fruits and veggies and freeze in ice cube trays)

In his previous home he suffered from diarrhea nearly every night. This regime of diet and supplements has solved that issue, thank heavens!

Kiefer gets the same amount of raw food, along with everything Zak gets:

  • Dasuquin and fish oil
  • Gabapentin
  • Digestive enzymes with pre/probiotics
  • Fresh veggies or fruits
  • (Kiefer doesn’t need “Runs Be Done.”)

Kiefer also gets

  • Milk Thistle twice a day for his liver health

Kiefer’s hair has grown back and is less greasy. He occasionally licks his hair, but has stopped chewing his skin.

His mid-section looks more relaxed and less bunched up, so I am guessing his liver feels better. He has more energy, and is much more animated and joyful.

My concern now is that he doesn’t gain weight.

Both boys’ back legs can be wobbly on their bad days. Maybe they over did it the day before.

After breakfast they wander around outside, sniffing and exploring for a while.  All 8 dogs settle down for nice naps on the thick comfortable beds back in the house, or if it’s warm outside they will lie in the sun by the back door. Their choice.

Everyone is up and out in the afternoon. I try to play fetch with them, but to be honest only Maeve plays, the rest could care less. But they love when I am out with them, no matter what we do.

The boys have adjusted great with all of this. The only thing that could be an adjustment for them is that I am always talking loudly-often in other people’s voice’s (right now it’s Julia Child’s), or my words and thoughts get turned into off-key Broadway tunes.  I think up until now, only my dogs knew this!

Dinner is served at 4pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Super Senior-Zak

Yesterday I took Zak to the chiropractor for his first adjustment. I was told he has a history of neck pain. Dr. Bud Allen, cracked his neck a few times and adjusted his back. Zak didn’t flinch and seemed to enjoy it. Bud said that Zak’s neck was out of whack and his spine clearly was showing signs of arthritis. We left there with a week supply of an anti-inflammatory, as well. Dr Allen told me that this new med wouldn’t help with nerve pain, but it would help the inflammation. If it helps, then we will know we are not dealing with nerve degeneration.

This morning, Zak woke up and leaped towards the door like a reindeer! He had such a remarkable joy and bounce to his step, something clearly worked!  I laughed and clapped my hands in shear surprise!

Zak feels good.

 

Keeping cool and healthy

Hot summer days!

We are heading into a hot week and it’s important to keep our beloved Doods cool!

At Berkshire Hills we feed our dogs a lot of vegetables and fruits year round, they even have a garden!

Veggies have major health benefits for not only us but our dogs. Dogs who eat kale have lower rates of cancer, but most veggies and fruits have benefits for your dog*!

(*There are a few foods that are very dangerous to your dog including onions, grapes 

and raisins!) 

According to Ayurvedic principals these foods help reduce the temperature within the body:

  • Cucumbers
  • Alfalfa
  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Spinach

When I am making our meal I’ll often toss my dogs the ends of the veggies. My dogs LOVE fruits and vegetables!  The other day they devoured a papaya, competed for the ends of a fennel bulb and chomped on watermelon.

Some people tell me that their dog doesn’t like veggies and fruits. For those dogs you could try making PUPSICLES! Freeze up yogurt and bananas or other fruits. Put pureed veggies in a beef broth and freeze. See what your dog likes.

When I feed my dogs fresh food (meat, organs, veggies, etc) which I do regularly I  puree the veggies and fruits or slightly cook them so my dogs can access the nutrients better. I  give veggies and fruits separate from their dry kibble because they digest at different rates. Dry kibble alone is too dry for dogs. Your dog will be healthier if their diet includes fresh foods.

 

Happy healthy pup!

 

 

Life on Berkshire Hills Farm

 

What I love about living here at Berkshire Hills Farm is how each season, year after year, surprises me with it’s newness.

This Spring the quince trees are covered in vintage pink flowers, the daffodils that Lois Scott planted 60 years ago are coming up along the rock wall, the lilac blooms are preparing for fragrant mother’s day bouquets and our puppies’ eyes are about to open.