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  1. 30th June 2007 - The sun is shining again

    I fixed Scarlett's little grave up today. Now that the sun is out and the ground has dried after weeks of rain, her little spot is rather a nice place for her to be. We live on acres, with part of the land being mown & made dog safe. The rest of the land has been left natural. It is our own little private wildlife sanctuary. This is where we laid Scarlett to rest. She is not too far from the dam and her area is surrounded gum trees, she oaks & native shrubs of many kind. I added some more ...
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  2. 29th June 2007 - See you when we get there Scarlett

    We put Scarlett to sleep yesterday morning after her 7 month long battle with seizures, loss of co-ordination, muscle strength & cognition. There was no questioning that the time had come. We got the vet to come to our home & and she went her way as we cuddled her infront of the fire. She went gently as it should be and having just had the feast of her lifetime.

    We buried her in a watery grave & under torrential rain, as it has been here for weeks now. I had visions of
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  3. 27th June 2007 - Painful crossroads

    We’ve reached a crossroad with Scarlett (11 ½ year old Boxer). The past month has seen a very rapid deterioration in her condition. Despite an increase in her anti-epileptic medications, her seizures have increased to about 5 per week. More problematic though is that during her non-seizure times her quality of life seems to have plunged. She is now having difficulty walking without falling, stands there staring into the nothingness until she falls over and then gets back up to continue staring ...
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  4. 27th May 2007 - We're BARFing experts now

    Well I have been entering the daily meals here long enough I think. Anybody who is following should have a reasonably good idea of what kinds of foods have been fed.

    One question that often comes up for people is how much to feed when you are feeding home cooked, or home prepared BARF (bones & raw foods).

    Basically you feed from 2% - 4% of your dogs ideal body weight. However each dog is unique so you just use this as a starting point & then you adjust accordingly.
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  5. 11th May 2007 - Supplements

    I've been a bit resistant about using supplement. My thinking has always been that surely if a wide range of foods are fed then supplements should not be required. However, just about every book I've read and just about every emailing list I've been on all suggest at least some supplements. Some are very heavy handed, while other have a light touch. I do try to keep an open mind & not remain entrenched in my own ideas, but this has been sort of the last Bastion for me.

    So, Billinghurst
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