One of the reasons I created Ewegurt for Fur-kids is because I was faced with cancer. My beloved Golden Retriever, Teddy was diagnosed with gastrointestinal lymphoma. My other reason is my Golden Retriever, Dino (now 9), who at age 4 was diagnosed with seizures (epilepsy).
I have always been conscientious in eating natural homemade foods, not processed or fast foods, so, during my journey with Teddsie and Dino I discovered the healing powers of certain foods especially superfoods. After all, good nutrition goes paw in paw with a long and happy life with your fur companions. I would like to share with you my journey with Teddy.
January, 2012 my Golden Retriever, Teddy, was diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoma of the stomach and intestines. It took me almost a month of vet visits once or twice a week to finally have the correct diagnosis. His blood work came back normal, his x-rays showed nothing, yet he vomited almost every day and had diarrhea on and off for a month. I was soo frustrated that I could not help my precious boy!
After his diagnosis, his oncologist handed me a sheet of paper with foods that he could eat as a cancer patient while on the monthly chemo pills. Since I like to cook I decided to research extensively what foods cancer patients should be eating and started his new diet rich in lean proteins, high in antioxidents, green super foods and Omega 3 and 6 fatty oils. Teddy went into remission, he felt much better (and so did I !) and had energy again. He felt wonderful until his last day when he bled out and we said goodbye to my beloved Teddsie.
My commitment to helping people who are facing cancer in their fur kids prompted me to write this cookbook and share the knowledge I gained on my journey with Teddsie.
Cancer has been part of my family for a long time, my late father was diagnosed with colon cancer in his mid 40's and lived with cancer until it spread to his liver and he passed away at age 74. I know that many of you have faced similar challenges in loved ones or are living with cancer yourself.
About 2 years ago, I saw on facebook a study that is being conducted by the Morris Animal Foundation, It is a Golden Retriever Lifetime study. I applied to this study with my young Golden, Jordan. He was accepted into the life time study and we hope that the information obtained will help ways to better prevent cancer and other diseases in Goldens and improve the health of all dog breeds.
I am also a volunteer for As Good as Gold Golden Retriever rescue of Illinois and participate in transport and fundraising for this non-profit organization.