Recipe For Life


October 9, 2016 by The Dog Rules

There was no tap dancing in my kitchen. Instead of the clicking of nails on the tile behind me there was quiet and a gentle puff of breath on my calf as I made meatballs.

Wearing gloves and a mask, to prevent myself from accidentally inhaling the fine powder, I carefully and completely encapsulated the digestive enzyme within pâté-style canned food. This was essential to prevent contact with his mouth and esophagus. With the choice to make meatballs, I had done away with the recommended incubation time. I hoped this method would produce the desired outcome when it all mixed together in his stomach.

Once I had prepared all the meatballs – eight of them, each bearing 1/8 teaspoon of enzyme – I turned and hand-fed them to him.  The idea here was to let him see that I had the next meatball in my other hand while giving him the first one. I hoped this would encourage him to gulp them down rather than bite them. It worked!

He's behind me.

Drift waiting behind me.

Within a few days he was again making proper progress. The poop chart was proof. His mouth was healing nicely and he absolutely adored the “dessert” of kefir mixed with a bit of milk.

An unexpected benefit of my plan was that I now also had an opportunity to do some brief training sessions with him at every meal. The original feeding instructions had been to mix the wet food with the kibble. Now that I was using the wet food for the meatballs I had the kibble that I could use as a training reward. I just needed to combine the training with meal times.

The next hurdle in the foreseeable future was going to be convincing the veterinarians and the shelter of the need to change his food. I felt pretty confident that this would indeed be possible once they had seen the results of my plan.


2 thoughts on “Recipe For Life

  1. kiwinana says:

    I like very much what I just read. All the best with the vet, there should be no problem you have the proof right beside you, your dog.

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    • Thank you my friend! I am very much counting on the vet’s approval after she sees how well Drift is doing. If she agrees with me the Shelter will also support the decision because she is the authority.

      This weekend is our Thanksgiving. I have many things for which to be thankful. 🙂

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Once the proud guardian of a rather cheeky Border Collie/Aussie Cattle Dog mix, may she forever rest in peace, my favourite activities were those things that included my canine friend. Now I have a new canine buddy in my life. He's also a Border Collie and sassy like my girl was. We're in the middle of an adventure; teaching him how to be a good canine citizen I spend my spare time volunteering at the local animal shelter as a dog walker/trainer. You can read all about it @

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