Juliette de Baïracli Levy, an English woman who
started studying to be a veterinarian, is the
Grande Dame of "Natural Rearing." She started feeding raw foods
and rearing her Afghan Hounds naturally and treating diseases with herbs
starting around 1930. Her book The Complete Herbal Handbook For The Dog
And Cat has been used by dog owners and breeders for many years.
There are other raw (and home cooked) diets available for dog
and cat owners to follow. Which is ideal, because there is no one way that
is best for your companion. You may feed a diet which could be a combination of
all of these. You could feed a little of Levy, some of Kymythy Schultze's,
The Ultimate Diet, some feeding according to Dr. Ian Billinghurst's, Give
Your Dog A Bone or Grow Your Pups With Bones, or you may even have to
feed a little bit of cooked food from Dr. Richard Pitcairn's, Natural Health
For Dogs And Cats.
There are a number of veterinarians now practicing
alternative and more healthful forms of medicine. They have found the
allopathic way of treating our companion animals lacking. They are
treating the whole animal rather than just trying to take care of a complaint or
symptom. There is no one better than a veterinarian who is also a good
homeopath. That doesn't mean you shouldn't have an allopathic veterinarian
as part of your dog's health team. Your dog may end up with a broken
Why feed fresh foods? Why not, it's a Species
Appropriate Raw Food diet(SARF). Canines were
meant to eat raw meat. If they were in the wild and they caught a rabbit
to eat, they would not build a fire and cook it. People don't eat the same
cooked people chow out of a bag for every meal. Dogs fed SARF are
healthier, don't have the bone and joint problems, have clean teeth from eating
their raw meaty bones, which means they have puppy breath their entire lives,
they are happier, much more energetic, and are nothing but muscle and stamina.
Of course, the free running and playing also gives them more muscle and stamina.
There is nothing like looking out to see a passel of Airedales running laps and
Why are dogs that have had only a very limited amount or no
vaccinations healthier than those who have had their annual bundled
vaccinations? Why is it Purdue University who is conducting a five year study
able to say in only three years they have found that dogs who have had only one
or two or no vaccinations are in much better health than the dog that has had
it's usual annual vaccinations. Ms. Levy knew that 70 years ago.
And, there is nothing in the science that indicates that dogs need their annual
bundled vaccinations. You don't, so why should your dog. Maybe this
study will have the effect of having safer vaccines produced for those who wish
to do single antigens.
Sagacious Airedales are fed a
SARF diet, puppies are weaned to
a SARF diet. The only vaccination Sagacious Airedales now receive is
rabies. Puppies placed with their new owners are requested to keep up the
SARF diet and the no vaccination regime or limited vaccinations. New
owners usually continue the diet and the no vaccination regime as most of them
have had Airedales before that have died from cancer, kidney disease, autoimmune
disease, or something else just as horrible. They are getting a brand new
Sagacious Airedale puppy, who besides being bred to conform to the breed
standard, it was also bred for health and strength, plus temperament and brains,
and these new owners want to keep that puppy in good health for as long as it
lives. To give you some idea as to how the diet is fed and how homeopathic nosodes are used I have included two separate pages.
Bones & Raw Food and
The scientific research and anecdotal information has shown
me that it's easier to tweak a SARF diet for some diet deficiencies than to have
to cope with dogs who have chronic and/or deadly diseases. I've had to
cope with the deadly diseases and it's heartbreaking to watch these magnificent
dogs die because of it. I also blame myself, because I fed commercial dog
foods and had my dogs into the veterinarian for their annual vaccinations.
Now, it's wonderful looking into the bright, sparkling, and mischievous eyes of
my dogs, with big smiles when their pan of raw chicken wings or veggie mush
meal is placed in front of them.
the SARF diet does require some extra time and effort. However, I figure I'm spending my time packaging raw meaty
bones and mushing veggies instead of waiting in the veterinarian's
office. Would I ever go back and raise my Airedales as I have been
programmed to believe that commercial food and vaccinations are the
only way. No, my Airedales deserve the best from me, as they always give
me their best. I also think the people that purchase my puppies also
deserve to get a puppy