Yay! This Dog Mom couldn't be happier to post about her little lovey girl!
It's Izzy's Birthday today. No, not technically, but on this day 1 year ago, my boyfriend and I were able to bring our adopted girl home! The information the shelter provided us was sketchy. When we took her to the Vet for a check up we found out she was older and weighed more than we were told, and had already given birth! She was missing patches of fur and was so scared of EVERYTHING! We soon came to assume that she had most likely been abused....ugh, I hate to think of it. I repeat HATE to even think of it- - - Karma is real. Trust.
ANYWAY, Once she was home with us we noticed some of her behaviors were strange! Vacant staring, whining for no apparent reason, and the main one- Biting at the air and licking violently (also known as "fly biting"). My boyfriend and I were so confused. We thought she was just nervous being adopted and acclimating to new people and a new environment.
After a few days passed and the behaviors didn't stop, we immediately began researching. It was apparent that Izzy had a seizure disorder, so our next thought, Ok, what can we do? All our research showed that we could give her medication to treat her seizures but it would seriously compromise her organs. We said OH HELL NO! to that, and began our journey into treating her naturally. I won't bore you with all that we tried or our rationale, I'll just show you where we're at today.
The pretty girl eats twice daily to keep her blood sugar stable. She usually eats her "breakfast" around 6:30am and her "dinner" around 4:30pm. And what does she dine on, you ask? Well, it's expensive, but we figure, pay for quality healthy food instead of medications.
We didn't want her to just eat dry food, so we buy chicken in bulk on sale, boil it in water, shred it, and separate it into ziploc bags. We also add frozen doggie safe veggies, and a tiny bit of olive oil to the bags. We then freeze all the bags, and take them out as needed- each bag can last her up to a week. The frozen veggies we most often get for her are peas, spinach, and kale. And what about treats?! She gets lots of them, because she is such a good girl!
A few of her faves include: Unsalted Peanut Butter, Cherrios, 100% Pure Pumpkin, Unsalted Potato Chips, Banana & Frozen Strawberries, and Smart Taste Pasta. Oh, and ice cubes. Homegirl loves to chomp on some ice.
So, as you can tell, healthy, cleaner eating has helped to control her seizures immensely. We also make sure she has a good amount of exercise and plays with toys that keep her mind active. And we just love on her....and she loves it.
My boyfriend and I came up with this on our own, and our Vet was
impressed with Izzy's health at her yearly check up! She lost weight,
all her fur is grown in, and she was super healthy. Izzy does still seizure when she hears certain noises: low flying airplanes, thunder, loud music......etc. We just try to soothe her in situations we can't control.
You might think we're insane for putting so much time into a dog, but we can't help it. When you see someone you love in distress, you do whatever you can to help. And, dat's DAT. It really isn't that much more expensive to feed her the way we do. Like I mentioned, we are avoiding the cost of seizure meds, we buy in bulk, and we buy generic brands (with quality ingredients) when possible.
I wanted to share our story, because when I was scouring the web one year ago, a blog post like this would've helped me a lot.
Oh, and, not to get all preachy, but PLEASE don't discriminate against any dog breed! It's not the dog that's ever the problem, it's the human on the other end of the leash!
I love my Izzy!!
Pretty little girl. Sucker for a soft blanket, car ride, or a belly rub from Mommy & Daddy.
I just wanted to wish all the Moms a super, very, Happy, HAPPY Mother's Day! I don't have children of my own, but I have worked in Elementary education for over 7 years- the majority of those years with children who have special needs. I know/ can imagine how hard it is to be a Mom, work, deal with stress, money, bills, life, etc. 24/7!
Major, MAY-JAH, Props. I'm sure you Moms manage to do it all, and look even more gorgeous than you know while making it happen. XOXO <3
I have been lucky enough to be a Mommy this year (on the smaller scale) to our adopted pitbull mix, Izzy. She's a very special doggie, as we adopted her not knowing she had a seizure disorder. It's almost her birthday, and there will be a more in depth post on her soon.
DAT FACE, THOUGH!!!
This baby girl has taught me a whole new kind of love. Thankful isn't even the word.
If you love makeup like I do, you've known about Benefit's "They're Real" mascara. And, trust, this stuff lives up to the hype! I only have the sample size, but I will be purchasing the full size soon!
I shared this on my Instagram the other day (Are you following me?! variedtreasure- check the link in the sidebar!!)
This is one coat of "They're Real" on my uncurled lashes!! Oh yeah, this stuff is legit.
Pricey, yes!! Worth it? I think so, but it's up to you!