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Easy, Delicious, & Nutritious Pet Food Recipes

These days more and more people are considering cooking for their pets.  Many have concerns over the quality of ingredients, contaminants and GMO’s, or worse  yet, toxins leading to pet food recalls. As my free gift to you, Dog Food Recipe Bulgar Green Lentil Carrot Potatoe Celeryhere follows my easy recipe template that will guide you to cooking hundreds of recipe’s for dog and cat food! When you love your pet like family, if you care about what goes on your families plate, chances are, you care about what goes in your pet’s dish.  Most of my best clients cook for their pets, at least some, if not all of the time. It is easy to do, and easy to feel good about. It is often a lot cheaper too when you consider the high price needed for all that packaging, marketing, shipping, and distribution of your commercial pet food.

As always, discuss the recipe’s you want to cook and feed to your animal,  with your vet, before doing so. This should be a quick, easy, relatively painless conversation at your next yearly or semi-annual visit.  If your vet is discouraging, perhaps it is only because they are unaware of the health benefits. A good veterinarian will be open to the discussion,  willing to learn more, and address all your legitimate concerns. For example, here is a link to a study discussing adding fresh food to your dog’s diet, and it’s affects on cancer  This should come as no surprise to those of us that realize how much good nutrition is essential for good health.  Once you have your vet’s blessing  to try adding home cooked foods (generally not more than 25-50% at first, or additional supplements are needed such as egg shell calcium) to your pet’s nutritionally complete diet, then it is time to get creative, and have fun!

Keep in mind that all of these recipe’s can be equally fed to anything that will eat it; cats, dogs, people, and bearded dragons included.  It is pretty hilarious when the kids ask for a second helping of dog food!

The real simple base for any meal is:

1/3 veggies+

1/3 grain (rice, bulgar, millet, quinoa, etc.) +

1/3 legumes (red or green lentils, garbanzo beans, black beans, butter beans, etc. ) = nutritious and delicious!

Possible combinations include green lentils, bulgar, and sweet potatoes,   or black beans, rice, and carrots, and finally  millet, red lentils, and butternut squash.  The possibilities are limited only by your imagination and your pet’s pallet! The health benefits include absorbing all the bioflavonoid antioxidants (the bright colors in vegetables) as nature intended, before it was processed, put in a bag, and shipped in a truck. The diet includes lots of fiber which is excellent for digestive health recalling that 80% of the immune system is in the intestinal lining (if introduced slowly as directed should cause minimal gaseous discharge), and without having to be a chemist, or a nutritionist, you will be most likely providing a complete protein, and well as nearly all the essential amino acids any animal needs.  You can add additional protein if you so desire (or not, and not worry about overdoing it), multiple types of fresh, preferably organic veggies known to be safe for pets, fresh milled golden flax seeds, or just about anything else that sounds healthy and nutritious, for you.

Here is today’s recipe:

In a sauce pan, saute 1/2 cup chopped celery in a small amount water until translucent with one pinch of salt. Optional, add 1 TB Organic Olive Oil.Add 1 cup diced yellow unpeeled potatoes, 1 cup chopped organic unpeeled carrots, 1 cup rinsed bulgar wheat, 1 cup rinsed green lentils,  4-5 cups water, and simmer until root vegetables pierce easily with a fork. Done.  Serve warm spooned over commercial kibble, or serve in a dish sprinkled with nutritional yeast for extra vitamins, texture, and flavor. It’s as simple as that!

Quick, easy, delicious, cheap, and healthy. Your animals will love you even more for it! Use this guide to create your own homemade recipe ideas, and share  with us here or on Facebook or Instagram.  For specific questions about types of veggies to choose, what grains to choose for different conditions, or other questions you might have about cooking up your own pet food, please join us at starting in January, where one of our 7 Secrets to Outwitting Your Pet’s Lifespan lessons will focus on diet and nutrition.

Looking forward to to seeing what you have ‘cooked’ up! I’m DrQ, here to help you, take control of the health of your beloved animals!



My Dog Ate My Shoes; Now What?

You adopted an adorable puppy who was in need of a good home. The puppy has become like another member of the family, and is loved and adored by all! All of the things you love about a new pet are there, the love, the cuddles, the house training is no problem, the pup is great in the house, and likes to go everywhere with you. It is a perfect love affair, until the one day you rush out the door,  and your adorable ball of fuzz, normally perfectly well behaved in the house,  decides for some unexpected reason, to express herself by targeting and destroying some personal item of yours. In this case, maybe your personal notebook which holds many of of your important documents. Or maybe it’s your new favorite pair of shoes…

You come home,  exasperated by the finding of the shredded, difficult if not impossible to replace, item. You are understandably angry! And hurt! How could she do this to you? Why did he did this to you? “What did I do wrong?”, you ask yourself. And what do I do now? You don’t have time for this! This is what I wanted to avoid when I chose to get a dog…

You know from reading books and reading on line about dog training, that dogs need a certain amount of exercise, play time, and toys.   You have provided those, yet you still find yourself frustrated. And what about that lag time between when the action happens and you come home to find it? Do they understand why for once you are NOT happy to see them when you got home?

As the Life Coach for People with Pets, let me help you sort through the human aspect of this first, and there in you may find the answers you seek, without spending a lot more time and money.

First of all, it is OK, and natural, to be angry. Yes there are some who say, that if you don’t catch the dog IN THE ACT of destroying something (or peeing on something), they are not “smart” enough to make the association between you being angry now, and what they did perhaps hours ago.  So what are you supposed to do? Come in, see the mess, ignore it and move on? Well then how in the world can you set the odds in your favor it will never happen again?

Let me ask you this, if you came home from work one day, and your roommate who does not speak much English  had taken scissors and cut all your sheets into shreds, would you just come in, and smile and act like nothing is wrong? Of course not! And so therefore I plead the case that yes, you should ‘tell’ your dogs that you are not pleased, when you come home.

No this does not mean it is ok  to rub their nose in it, ever. No more than you would grab your roommate by the back of the neck and throw him down and rub his nose in it. Yet it is natural and normal to put your hands on your hips, look at your roommate, or your dog in this case,  look at the mess, and sadly shake your head in despair. Violence is never the answer.  Simple communication is enough.

Remember, dogs are much better readers of body language, than us.  Without the benefit of complex words to convey a precise meaning, dogs have developed a very keen sense of reading body language. Your expressions, your tone of voice, even your odor, all of these things your dog uses to intimately care about you, the most important thing in their life, the giver of toys, food, leash walks, and love. Your dog probably knows you better than anyone, especially that roommate! And dogs are not encumbered by worrying about yesterday, or tomorrow, or a few hours ago, they have forgiven and forgotten, and are ready to enjoy the next moments of life with you. Which is something we can probably all learn from a little bit.

So, the first step is be yourself! Tell your dog how you feel! By literally verbalizing WHY what they did was so hurtful to you, right now as soon as you discover the situation. No of course they don’t understand your words. But don’t clean up the mess in silent anguish. The whole time “explain” to the dog exactly what what they did was such a big deal to you.  That was my homework I worked hours on. That was my grandmother’s antique rug you pooped on. I  worked for a whole month to pay for those shoes! You are not nearly as good at interpreting  body language as dogs are, however, when we as humans ‘verbalize’ what we are feeling, we cannot help but express ourselves in our body language, and our dogs CAN understand that.  So you will be teaching your dog something about you, while all the neighbors think your nuts because you are talking to a dog…

However, will that be enough to make sure it does not happen again? Maybe. This will vary by age, breed, and relationship. Some dogs (and people) are so sensitive and in-tune to each other, that just this one act, ‘talking’ about the problem, is enough to keep it from happening again. This is the however, the exception, and not the rule. With a puppy you have to assume, that although they will understand there is some momentary displeasure in your relationship, the motivation to chew that thing up at the time (my gums are itchy), the anguish they feel at the loss your presence (will you ever come back to me), their need to eliminate the pressure in their bladder, is more powerful than some nebulous repercussions in the future. Recall that whole ‘living in the now” thing they are so good at, and that we could all probably learn from a little.

So what can you do, besides clean up the mess and talk to yourself?

Remember one very simple principal in dog training,

if there is something that is happening, that you don’t want it to happen, then you can’t let it happen.

Ok brilliant, thanks a lot. How do I do that? Brainstorm and think of a realistic solution for your individual situation.  Put the pup in her crate with a favorite chew toy, install a camera system in the home and monitor them (rush in to catch them in the act), leave them out in the yard when you are not home, confine them to the kitchen, never leave them alone, install baby gates, clean up everything they could possibly want to tear up, hire a pet sitter, take them with you, etc.  One of these, or none of these and something else,  will be the right answer for you and your dog.

Puppies outgrow many of these behaviors in time, as they mature. The problem is that each and every time they pup makes a bad choice, and get some sort of reward for it (my bladder is less uncomfortable, my teeth itch less, my frustration is less because I took it out on your notebook), they usually have to be faced with,  and choose NOT to repeat that same behavior, at least 10 TIMES to unlearn what they learned was a pleasant thing! Imagine that you got free candy from a vending machine one time. You are likely to try to again, probably a few times, to see if it you might get that lucky again. Your pup is the same way. So, if  something happens, that you don’t want it to, again,  see the one and only rule above. If you are still frustrated, hire a positive dog trainer. Simple as that, results guaranteed.

Without a complex spoken language to communicate with our animals, and a strong sense of living in the now,  we have to keep it as simple and black and white as possible. This makes the for the easiest, fastest, least expensive (no need to buy new shoes), safest (no chewed up electric wires), healthiest and most positive type of training one can do (think, no negative consequences because the bad thing does not happen again).

You have treated your beloved family member with kindness and respect, you have preserved, and even enhanced, the bond that you share, and, you have tapped into the best science has to offer about how animals learn and think, and you can rest assured there is no better, kinder, gentler, faster way to teach your loved one.  It really is, just that simple.

On that note, I am DrQ, and the rest, is up to you!




Animal lover’s: Let’s Revolutionize the World in 2 Minutes!

You ever wonder about how everyone, everywhere, quickly figured out the basics needed for keeping a pet? Seems even the most inexperienced would- be animal enthusiast, knows that the animal will need some kind of food and water every day, as well as a place to toilet.  The food will probably be whatever is easy on the wallet.  They purchase a few supplies, and look forward to a lifetime of smiling at that cute face! And from there, a person sets off on the average 10 year journey of pet guardianship. Hoping for the best, and dealing with pitfalls as they come, from illness and injury, to jumping and house-soiling. Sometimes seeking help along the way from the things that impact daily life in a little more seriously negative way, or just dealing with it.

For the person starting out, this is usually all there is to what goes into the preparation of having an animal for pet. If you are very lucky, and found a healthy little soul mate with a heart of gold, then you are going to be really happy you chose to have a pet! You get a great sense of fulfillment and happiness from all the years of selfless love and devotion you enjoy. But what if  you happen to fall in love with one that brings a little more gray hair, and frustration, on occasion? What if I told it never had to be that way, ever again? With one magical little tip, you can help teach your beloved how to transform into that “gosh darn best dog we ever had”, starting today! That’s right, it’s true!

So, here it it. My one magical tip that I am bursting to share with each and every pet parent, no matter their experience level, or even type of animal, this is what I wish each of you would do: spend 2 minutes a day, every single day, showing that animal something you would like them to do. Then reward them for it. Don’t ‘tell’ them to do something, ask them for a favor. Do it as faithfully as brushing your teeth, follow a couple of quick guidelines I have below, and you will be amazed at the profound transformation that will occur in only a few days! Your animal will love you for it! That’s it!

Let’s get this in perspective. All that worrying about the food, and the vaccines, and the type of toys to buy, should only be HALF of the time you spend in a day thinking about, and caring for your animals. The other half should be thinking about, what is my animal thinking about? And use that time to teaching the animal something neat to do, that makes your life even easier, more efficient, and more enjoyable.  Just 2 minutes a day, ask yourself, what is __________thinking right now, hm?” And ask for that favor, accordingly.

So don’t think of training as a big drudgery, or something someone is telling you that you should force on the animal.  Think of it as recces! Recess from your daily routine like dishes and laundry (a great excuse to do something super fun, and get to hang out with your best pal!), it only takes a few minutes (literally), and your animal gets to enjoy your undivided attention!

Ok, so what are the guidelines? Easy:

  1. Ask nice.
  2. Reward even more nicely for lessons well done.
  3. Ask 3 times for what you would like. If after that, they do not do it, or even try to do whatever it is. STOP! TAKE A DEEP BREATH. And then ask the easiest, most fun thing you both already know well, reward for it, and call it a day. Spend the rest of the 2 minutes cuddling. 🙂

Follow these easy steps,  in that order, and I personally guarantee you cannot fail to make great strides in the health, behavior, and the bond you share , than you ever even dared to dream possible. Yes, it is that easy! I dare you to do it for one week!

There you have it, all out in the open,  my biggest and most powerful health improving tip (for you and your animal) I can give you, is to spend just two minutes,  each day, playing with and teaching your animal something special to do. This instills in them a sense of accomplishment and pride and boosts their self confidence, as well as yours!

It does not have to be a fancy trick or a tough command. It can be as easy as don’t paw the treat out of my hand when I hand it to you. Let’s just work on being polite to each other. Treating each other with human decency and respect. It is not alright for our dogs to jump all over us, and our cats to claw us when they feel like it. It is not fair to us, or them. So let’s open people’s eyes to a whole new world of possibilities, where in every restaurant dogs are allowed, because the generally population of dogs are so well mannered. That less cats get re-homed because they get stressed out sometimes and pee on the floor. That no kids get hurt from fearful animals.

Let’s change the status quo about what is acceptable behavior for animals in society. Instead of the well mannered dog being the exception, they should be the rule, and then dogs could be allowed so much more freedom to bring them with us, they would enjoy it, and in turn be an even greater boost to the health of society at large! Image how just  2 minutes a day could revolutionize the entire world of animals in our society, in the pet industry, would help keep more animals out of shelters, and help more people to see the value of animals in our lives, as friends and partners in life. Won’t you join me, and let’s start a revolution, in just 2 minutes a day. Good luck!

I am DrQ, the rest, is up to you! Best wishes!

P.S. If would like more useful information like this on how to best care for animals, please like my Facebook page, and enjoy a personal invitation to join us at my new on-line university Hope to ‘see’ you soon!


Wish people had to have a license to get a pet? Now they can!

As a real animal lover, have you ever found yourself wishing people had to have a license, or pass some sort of exam, in order to adopt and care for an animal? I know I sure have, it is frustrating sometimes to see what other people do.  Here we spend all this time and effort, getting to learn all about our breed before we choose one, the food, the care, their needs…we pride ourselves on being educated caregivers, and if you are reading this, you probably know exactly what I mean!

But what if there WAS just such a license? Or a certificate? Or a simple, yet comprehensive program, where an animal lover could learn all the basics of caring for animals, that was just as quick, and probably easier, than getting a drivers license? What if you could learn, or get a refresher, on EVERYTHING you need to know that is ESSENTIAL for the health, safety, and happiness, of  dogs and cats, all in a NUTSHELL?

HAVE YOU thought about going back to go to school,  to pursue your passion and follow such lengthy pursuits as becoming a certified dog trainer, or veterinary technician,  but spending upwards of $20,000 on an education, is just not doable right now?

ARE YOU an animal loving person who might be  thinking about a career with animals, and would love to have a good, quick, comprehensive overview to supplement your  current knowledge, and to help you to decide if a career with animals is for YOU?

WHAT IF if there was a program that was perfect for the person who ALREADY obtained a degree or certificate,  or has years of experience, and just wants a comprehensive refresher and  to make sure they are up on the latest information? And wants an easy program to direct their clients to?

FINALLY, do you  just really love the animal(s) in your care, and ever wonder if there could be more things you could be doing in your daily routine to increase the chances that YOUR animal will happily, long outlive it’s expected lifespan? Could this be you?

Well now, here it is! Introducing, a virtual university offering, eight, once weekly programs, running back to back, and all your long. The first seven weeks will cover DrQ’s 7 Secrets: Life Hacks to Longevity, with one week for wrap-up and personal Q & A with the doctor. This segment will include my simple 3 Step Guide,  which you can use to solve ANY behavior problems, with ANY animal! At the end of this 8 weeks, you will be eligible to take a short exam on the topics covered in the program. A passing score on the exam gets you a DrQ Certificate of Completion for Level 1 competence in understanding the health and behavior of dogs and cats.  Later courses will include horses, fish, and train-the-trainer programs.

Imagine the implications! Adopters and breeders could require potential buyers to take the course to help ensure they know everything they need to know, and set that pet up for a long, healthy, successful life with their new family! Volunteers in animal shelters, dog trainers, and veterinary technicians will have more tools in their tool box when helping people choose, and care for,  a pet. Parents, enroll your kids! You will have more tools in YOUR toolbelt, too,  and you can help others do the same!

Pass on your knowledge and expertise, and help even more people and animals! Take even better care of your animal’s, they will love you even more for it! Strengthen the bond between you and the animals that love you,  even more than what you share now! Dare to imagine it!

I personally guarantee you WILL learn something about animals, and behavior, that you have never heard before! No matter how many years you have been doing this, or had animals! I know, because I am just like you, eager to learn and read and devour every bit of information I can about animals, and NO ONE ELSE is teaching what I am bursting to share with you!

Each weekly session is cram-packed with the best information, and will take no more than 20-60 minutes of your time.

Image getting your very own LICENSE To LOVE Animals, straight from the expert, DrQ, in only about 20 minutes once a week for 8 weeks. We think you will be so pleased, and excited, about all you learn during that time, that you will want to continue to be a part of the Q community, and advance on to other types of animals, and more advanced levels of mastery.

Let’s start at the beginning. The first LIVE WEBINAR will be Wednesday January 6th. All LIVE webinars will be FREE of charge for the month of January. The webinars will be weekly, every Wednesday at 10 am MST. Replays,  handouts, worksheets, training materials, and access to the private Facebook group License to Love  will then be available indefinitely to members of the  on line community. Right now the price is set at $9 registration fee, and $19/month to access the training’s on line,  plus all the bonus material, and access to the private Facebook group License to Love,  for those who cannot make it to the live class at that time, and/or want the opportunity to watch the replay at their leisure, and have access to the bonus material and the support group. 


If you are receiving this, it is because you are on a unique email or Facebook list giving you a unique ‘sneak peak’, and special pricing.

The closer we get to the launch week, the higher the price will be. Most on line courses with this caliber of professional education sell for $450 up front and $60 a month. Lock in your price and SIGN UP TODAY!

If you sign up today, and prepay for the next 2 months, you will not be charged for January and February, your monthly billing resumes in March, however, you will have full access to the site once it becomes available, AND, you will be locking in the lowest possible rate for learning of this quality.

Do it as a favor for yourself, or give it as a gift to someone you know, however, don’t let this chance to lock in this low rate pass you buy. Makes a great Holiday gift for the animal lover in your life!

Stay tuned as we finish ‘building’ the detail of our virtual university. We look forward to having you join our new, unique community of educated, empowered, champions for the animals! Much love to you all!

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How to treat diarrhea naturally in dogs and cats

It is common for people first moving to Colorado with their pets, to soon find themselves enjoying the scenery, the hiking, and the sunshine, only to be disturbed by the need to find a new vet right away.  Because their poor, beloved dog picked up giardia while drinking from that mountain stream, and now has a wicked case of the runs. Of course dogs and cats can get diarrhea for lots of other reasons too, like a new food, medications, allergies,  bowel conditions, and of course the eating of questionable food items (ie garbage gut!). Either way here are so easy tips of what to do first, and to know when to call the vet.

If your pet is acting sick, slow to get up, refuses to eat, is also vomiting, or you see any blood in the runny stool, contact a veterinarian right away, this could be a serious emergency.

If, however, your pet seems pretty much alright, like their pretty normal happy self, but they have diarrhea, try this first.  For dogs, an 8-12 hour fast is a good place to start. That means no food,  or treats for a few hours or overnight. If your not comfortable withholding water too, then at least make sure the animal does not drink too much at once, and just has a few sips periodically.  A short break from food allows the cells lining the inside of the intestines to focus their energy on healing, instead of digesting.  For cats, I do not recommend fasting.


Begin to offer a bland diet in small, frequent feedings, of food and water. This means about 1/4 of their regular meal in white rice (not brown) mixed with canned or pureed pumpkin or sweet potato. Only add a little vegetable broth and/or bland protein (fat free, no oil, non-GMO tofu is a good choice) with it if they won’t eat the rice mix plain.   The key is SMALL, FREQUENT feedings. That means starting with 1 tablespoon of rice mix, wait 30 minutes, 2 TB of rice mix, wait 30 minutes, then if the animal 1) still has an appetite 2) still has no vomiting 3) seems to still be feeling good and the diarrhea has slowed down or stopped, then you can feel comfortable going ahead and feeding 1/2 cup every hour or 2,  and gradually increasing the amount and decreasing the frequency of meals over the next 24-30 hours.  As long as things are still going well, then at this point you can begin to mix in half of the regular diet with the rice mixture, and over the next 48 hours gradually reintroduce the regular diet, at normal feeding times and amounts. If at any point in the process the runny stools get worse, have blood, the pet vomits, or the animal refuses to eat, see a vet right away.

Now, what about animals who seem to have sensitive systems or chronic digestion issues? I once a  great dane who was 130# of chronic diarrhea. Not fun, for him or me. Some of our animals just seem to be extra sensitive, and have bowel issues frequently,  which can be caused by allergies or bowel conditions. The first step is to have a thorough evaluation by your veterinarian, including stool samples, blood work, a good physical exam, a good detailed history of foods and habits, and even possibly x-rays, ultrasound, allergy testing, and/or sampling of the bowel tissues for further tests. Once it has been determined that there is no easily identifiable medical cause, and this is a chronic condition, then that is the time when eastern medicine and natural therapies play their biggest role.

Changing the diet is of course a common course of action.  This was the only thing that worked for my great dane. Often irritable bowels do better with a more bland diet, easy to digest, not too high in protein, and low in fat. You can try a prescription diet through your vet, or cook at home.  Find a diet that works, and stick to it. See my previous blog post about home cooking for your fur babies.   A vegetarian diet is often a good choice for ease of digestion.

The supplements added to the diet are just as important. Probably one of the best known one is to add probiotics to the diet. Probiotics is just a big word for the “good” bacteria than we ingest that helps rebuild the stores of these good guys we have living in our intestines. Yes we all have bacteria living inside of us, and many of them our beneficial to us, and aid in digestion of our food.  Did you know, in fact, that nearly 80% of your immune system is actually lining the insides of your intestines! That’s right! So a healthy intestinal lining means a healthier you, and your pet.  Probiotics can be purchased at any pharmacy or grocery store with a health food section. Pick one that promises live (viable) microorganisims. You do not have to worry about a product specifically made for pets, although some of them might come packaged in a way easier for your animal to want to eat.  Give a #50 dog 1/4 of the human dose, follow the package, or consult with your vet. It’s hard to over do it, they might just get gassy. There are no known side effects.

Another good supplement is glutamine. Glutamine is a naturally occurring amino acid, with no known side effects, that has a nourishing effect on the walls of the intestinal lining and have helped many patients.  For a #50 dog give 1/4 the human dose once daily. Extrapolate the dose for cats and smaller dogs.

The herb Slippery Elm is safe for dogs and cats at the right dose. Give by mouth, mix about 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of Slippery Elm bark powder with food for every 10 pounds of body weight, twice daily.  Alternatively, use 1/2  of a 400 mg capsule (per 10 pounds), opened and the contents mixed with food or water.  It has a slightly sweet taste and is usually well-tolerated by cats and dogs.  NOTE: Slippery Elm may interfere with absorption of medications; and long-term use may have some effect on nutrient absorption, including iron and zinc.  Please discuss use of all supplements and herbs with your veterinarian.

Alternatively, you can prepare a week or so supply all at once.  Into a small saucepan place 1/2 cup (2 cups for larger animals) cold water and 1 (6  teaspoons for larger animals) powdered slippery elm bark. Sift herbs into the (preferably distilled) water,  to simmer over low flame, stirring constantly. Simmer  20 minutes or less,  until slightly thickened,  add 1/2 oz molasses or a touch of honey. Cool and refrigerate. Keeps 7 or 8 days. Give a teaspoon of syrup (5 cc) for every 10 pounds of body weight 5 minutes before a meal to minimize diarrhea.

For herbal tinctures of Slippery Elm that recommend a dosage of 5-40 drops for the average person, give animals for each #10 of body weight,  1-3 drops two or three times a day. From experience the taste and smell can be hard for some animals to overcome.  The best neutralizer is to warm a small amount of water on the stove,  add the dose of tincture to the hot water, then give the animal the water with the dose in it, after it has cooled. The hot water burns off the alcohol and removes much of the “bite” out of the dose, without minimizing the herbs ability to work well.

Acupuncture, as well as massage, and laser therapy, performed by a certified veterinarian can be very helpful to treat any number of chronic conditions such as those involving the bowel. Do not underestimate the power of acupuncture.  It always works to some degree, however, when it works well, it can seem like a miracle!

There are many other supplements, herbals, homeopathics, clays, and tinctures that have variable affects. With the guidance of your veterinarian, try one at a time, write the results on a calendar, and figure out which ones, if any, seem to really impact your animals chronic diarrhea. With a careful attention to detail, and a little planning, hopefully you will soon find yourself sleeping easier because your beloved animal is not constant discomfort. And on that note, I am DrQ, here to help you! Don’t hesitate to drop me a line with questions, or comments. Best wishes!

Why you should consider cooking for your fur babies!

HI folks! DrQ here to encourage into you cooking for four legged family members, which is easy and fun!

It’s a great way to ensure that your beloved animals are getting extra wholesome nutrition, being

protected from possible harmful contaminants, and usually at a lower cost, too. They will love you even

more for it!

First, you might say, “well I don’t even cook for my own family, I am not ready to commit to cooking for

my animals!” . Well I would like to share with you that for me, that was the story of my life. A busy

student, working and going to school for years on end, I had little time to worry about my own nutrition,

much less, take the time to buy a bunch of expensive ingredients and then take the time to learn how to

cook! Then I found a little black cat abandoned at 3 weeks of age with another kitten, presumably her

litter mate. Kittens should stay with their mothers until they are at least 5 weeks old, so these little

kitties were definitely cold, neglected, and without mother’s milk not in good condition to survive.

However, they were lucky enough to get rescued, and received the round the clock care and feeding

they needed to become vibrant kittens ready to eat on their own in a few weeks. When I was finally

able to take her home, she became a surrogate child to me (and looking back, good practice for having

children). I took her everywhere with me, literally, either perched in my pocket or the dashboard of my

truck. I was extremely concerned about her ability to grow up into a healthy adult cat, and in return,

she was a constant source of wonder and love which I was lucky enough to have with me throughout all

the days. So I would not do it for myself, yet I did it for her, so I encouraged her to eat all kinds of things

that I ate (even raw mushrooms out of my salad!). She looked to me as a substitute mother to learn

what to eat, so it was amazing to watch her consume all manner of healthy foods one would not

normally think a cat would like, much less, even attempt to eat. I cooked scrambled eggs and baked

butternut squash, among other things for her, and poured through books on nutrition and feeding to be

sure she had everything she would need. Today I am happy to say she is a healthy (albeit getting cranky

now in her middle age) who not so patiently waits around to inspect what I have concocted on the stove

today, and see if it passes her inspection and taste test! She taught me that like anything new, once you

try it, it’s not as hard as you might have imagined it to be. I am grateful for the lessons she has taught


Consider also the reality that, only by properly caring for yourself, FIRST, are you properly able to care

for anyone else, be it other 2 or 4 legged family members. Who will care for them when you are gone?

With growing rates of obesity, heart disease, cancer, and other diet related disease devastating the

population in our modern society, more and more people every day are taking a keen interest in what

they are eating. The old adage ‘you are what you eat” is still as true as ever, for us, and our pets.

Perhaps you might not feel like cooking for yourself, however, my greatest hope is that you love your

animals enough to cook for them, and in return, discover that cooking healthy natural foods for your

animals, AND yourself, is quick, easy, and inexpensive. As well as SO much better for you than all the

packaged and processed foods which are so common in the typical diet of our ‘civilized’ culture.

A few notes about home cooking for animals. First of all, don’t stress about it! If you are home cooking

for your pets only once or twice a week, or use a portion of daily home cooked meals to compliment a

100% complete and balanced commercial food, then there is little reason to worry about any nutritional

imbalances. Problems occur primarily when an animal is deprived of certain nutrients for days to weeks

in a row. This is why variety is the spice of life! Mix it up, use a rainbow of colors in your cooking, and

watch your pets shine! You will feel better, and they will too!

It is still recommended that you advise your regular veterinarian of the addition of home made food to

the diet at your next annual checkup. Keep in mind certain things like onions, garlic, and grapes, can be toxic to some animals in large amounts.

Any person or animal can get an upset

My little Mao Tze kitty who started it all!

My little Mao Tze kitty who started it all!

stomach when a completely new food is introduced. So remember to make any changes gradually,

adding probiotics can help with the transition, and report any concerns you may have with your

animals’ appetite, digestion, or elimination, right away to your regular veterinarian.

If (and when) you discover that you enjoy cooking for yourself and your animals so much, that you

choose to make it their only diet, have your regular vet review the recipes you want to use, and

remember, they must be served with supplement that will bring the diet into having a balanced Calcium

and Phosphorous ratio. In it’s simplest form you can easily make and add your own calcium eggshell

powder ( 1 tsp = 5 grams calcium), or purchase a supplement such as DrQ’s Completion Powder. There

are many excellent books on the topic, I encourage you to do your own research and strike a balance

that feels comfortable for YOU and your lifestyle.

A few hints and tips:

-Rice and grains can be cooked with more water than you might be used to, such as I part grain to 3.5-5

parts water. Rolled oats can be prepared by putting hot water over the oats and letting them soak for 20

minutes. This will cook into a more gruel-like consistency, and provide more water in the diet. Cats

especially are prone to not getting enough water in the diet which can contribute to kidney disease later

in life. Some experts recommend using only fresh filtered, distilled, or artesian water.

-When choosing a protein source, go organic as much as possible to minimize contaminates. Keep in

mind raw meats, such as rabbit, venison, elk, fish, etc. can contain parasites as well as have bacterial

risks. Protect yourself and your animals accordingly if you choose to feed raw foods.

-Vegetables should be lightly steamed or if raw, finely chopped. Animals with sensitive digestion may

require longer cook times. Examples include: broccoli, cauliflower, squash (all types, my cats love

butternut), sweet and regular potatoes (cooked), canned or baked pumpkin, carrots (regular and

multicolored), sprouts, parsley, peas, zucchini, corn, green beans, and any green leafy vegetables. Keep

in mind that spinach, kale, and other similar dark green vegetables with high oxalate content needs to

be steamed if fed in large amounts frequently due to calcium binding.

-Toppings and spices can be added in appropriate amounts to help encourage finicky eaters into trying

the new diet. Nutritional yeast, with the added bonus of vitamin B12, works great! Other options include

adding a few spoonful’s of organic baby food, a canned version of their regular diet,

peanut/almond/sunflower butter, miso, low sodium tamari, or algae oil.

-At the discretion and direction of your regular veterinarian, supplements such as essential fatty acids

can be added at the rate of 1 teaspoon per 15 pounds of body weight per day. Pre- and pro- biotics are

highly encouraged to support the immune system as well as a digestive aid, at your vets recommended


-A food mill or blender can help to homogenize the food into a more canned food consistency if needed

for finicky eaters. Consider batch cooking several days worth and freezing individual servings to save

time. Warm all meals before serving. Avoid use of the microwave. 2 cups of fresh food is approximately equal to 1 cup of dry food.

Feed animals ½-1 cups of homemade food per each 10# of their IDEAL body weight. Feed for what they

SHOULD weigh, not necessarily what they DO weigh.

There you have it, a guide to getting started on the right track cooking delicious and nutritious foods.

Perhaps you will find yourself like it is at our house, with a blurred distinction between what is

considered ‘pet’ and ‘people’ food. Happy cooking! I am DrQ, here to help YOU, and your animals enjoy

the longest, healthiest, most vibrant life together, that you ever thought possible! Best wishes!

Resqranch Summer Class Schedule!

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Your Positive Dog Business: Getting more!”

Thank you for taking good care of me!

Thank you for taking good care of me!

No matter if you own a positive (boarding, training, rescue, etc.) dog business, work for one, or dream of owning one in the future, join us for a chat time interview on the Facebook Group Positive Pet Advise on March 8th, 2015, 2 pm MST, with DrQ, Life Coach for People with Pets. Learn the perfect way to describe your business, and how to partner with your local vet, pet stores, and others, to help promote and grow your business.  This is for people who put their clients and their pets first,  realizing that the way to success, is through serving our clients with professionalism, compassion, and in the most authentic way possible, while striving to never stop learning.

2014 Wrap Up from the Resqranch

Hard to believe that we have now been living here at the Resqranch, for one whole year.  It is much easier time now, than it was then.  Moving in the middle of winter is no fun.  Thank goodness for my friend Ed who faithfully put in posts, and hung wire, to build fence, no matter how nasty and cold the weather.   Thank goodness for ALL the good people who helped us out, all year long.

Early in the year we lost Timba our  Toyger (a very rare breed) cat, to illness.  I am grateful we were able to give him a few more years of life after taking him in when he was slated for euthanasia.  Thank you Timba for beautiful pictures of our time with you, may you finally have peace.

In February we adopted a bearded dragon from the Foothills Animal Shelter. I learned what it is to know, appreciate, and fall in love with, a reptile, a creature so different on the outside, but so just like us all, needing love, on the inside.

Holiday 2014

Holiday 2014

And once settled in somewhat, with the spring, it was good to the horses and the donkey running free, and realizing that perhaps yes we moved out of one dream, but that we moved into a bigger one. I would choose my animals over a house, again, any day.  And then, I was featured on the front page of the Denver Post, right next to President Obama.

The height of the summer was marked by the American Veterinary Medical Association convention, where I was entrusted by my colleagues to help teach other veterinarians about fish medicine.  And where I was then able to rescue all the surviving koi and goldfish from the hands on ‘wet’ lab (who would often be euthanize afterwards).  And yes those Petsmart fish are much loved and doing great!

In September I was supremely honored to speak at the International Symposium on Aquatic Animal Health, which only happens once every 4 years, in Portland, Oregon.  I never dared to dream that big.

Then later in the fall I achieved something even bigger, by becoming the 21st person in the world to achieve the CertAqV designation for my dedication to the pursuit of aquatic animal medicine. Thank you to all who supported me, a most unlikely person to become a fish doctor!

Finally I began my writing career in earnest, and have been blogging on my website with purpose. It is a work in progress, but imperfect action is better than no action.  It is tough sometimes to stick to your own self inflicted task list.  You have to possess unyielding resolve, and a hardy dose of faith, to see and believe in the bigger picture, even when many others around you, do not.

I am thankful every day for my Mother, the most amazing person I have ever known, for being there for me every step of the way, moving boxes, washing kids laundry, making cat food, studying business with me,  and helping me apply what we learn.  For being there tirelessly cheering me on, and having blind faith in me, no matter how ridiculously out of reach some goals may seem.  Thank you.

I have no idea if I will have the same level of opportunities in 2015, but I do know I have much to be grateful for at the start of this new year.  Thanks to the Prince of Flame Charity Fund we are in the process of putting up a barn for the animals, and I am looking forward to planning a Resqranch open house and volunteer orientation in the spring.  I am excited about how we will be able to teach people so that we may fulfill our vision of decreasing insurance, shelter,  animal injuries and costs, while strengthening the bond between animals and the people who love them.  Thank you for reading and being a part of the story.  Here is to optimism for the people, the animals, and the planet in 2015.  May we all find the shortest path to more love in the world, every day.




Are your animals as safe as you think? Join the Pledge!

I posted this a few weeks ago, but think it is important enough to mention again.   As the holidays approach, our lives tend to be even more hectic than usual.  But just as now is the time to check those batteries in your smoke detectors, it’s also a great time to ensure your personal Pet Safety Plan, is in place.   Maybe you recently moved, changed names, or forgot to post that list behind the door for emergency personnel (if they ever need to enter your home, and quickly rescue all your animals). Confidently face the holidays knowing you have done everything you can to ensure your animal’s health and safety in the exciting New Year, 2015!

I challenge YOU to have these 8 ESSENTIAL tasks every animal guardian needs, complete, before January 1, 2015!  Join me in taking THE PLEDGE to complete these small steps, that each of us knows we need to do, but have yet chosen to make a priority (or maybe you already have, you super star)!

Thank you for taking good care of me!

Thank you for taking good care of me!

And as an added incentive, to show how important I really think this is, everyone who helps spread the word, and joins me, to complete their plan before the end of the year, will receive a $10 Coupon from me!  Use the coupon anytime in 2015 towards services, or tickets to one of my events!

Come on, what do you have to lose?  It is all things we animal lovers have to do anyway, so take a minute, go through the items below,  and agree to join me to take the Pledge.  Help me, help you, make 2015 the best and brightest year yet with you and your animal friends!


The 8 Step Essential Animal Safety Plan by DrQ:




  1. Have a current name tag for every animal in your care, affixed to a collar, halter, carrier, or other appropriate place.

  2. Post a sign in an obvious location with a complete list of all animals, including their name, description,  location of their leash, halter, carrier, and most likely place to find them, if they are hiding in an emergency.

  3. Make sure you animals are taught well enough to travel.  Ensure that they can be found, handled, and safely transported, in an emergency.  Join a training class if necessary.

  4. Have a personalized Disaster Preparedness Plan, that describes what should happen with each pet in any and all emergencies, most likely to affect you.  Discuss it with each member of your family.

  5. Make preparations in your Will for what will happen to each one of your animals, if something should happen to you, first.

  6. Have a first aid kit for your animals, which contains at the very least 1) some bandage material, and 2) some pain medication appropriate for the species.

  7. Ensure each one of your animals is seen by a veterinarian at least once in the next 12 months, to ensure their good health and maximize longevity.  Have them spayed or neutered, if not already.

  8. Ensure your animal is a good citizen!  Read about Dog Bite Prevention.  Address any and all issues which may compromise the ability of someone to provide care for your animal, or which might cause annoyance, or even harm , to someone else.

    Questions or problems with completing any of these tasks?  We are here to help! Call us TODAY and schedule your consultation!