Happy Holidays!

December 22, 2012 at 9:08 pm 5 comments

Apologies for the long silences between posts and thank you to everyone who has left comments (advice, tips, personal stories etc) on this blog, particularly with regards to Boogie’s skin issues. I have been out-of-town; now I am happy to be back home and snuggling with the Boogs again. He is less itchy now that the weather has cooled down. His coat is still very thin with the same bald patches, and his poor skin has been dry, flaky, and dandruffy.

I am trying a few new things:

  • No chicken in his diet at all. He has been eating lamb and/or fish-based meals. It has only been 1 week… I can’t tell if there is any difference.
  • Adding Pet Kelp to his food. 3 weeks, now. Can’t tell if this is making any difference with his skin, but his poop is looking very good!
  • Virgin Coconut Oil massage, every other day <– THIS is making a difference! Skin is noticeably less dry.
  • New Year Resolution: Make pet treats with the new dehydrator (which is still in its box)

I am determined to do anything to avoid more vet visits & antibiotics! In fact, I took advantage of Monica Segal‘s recent Black Friday Sale and ordered a dietary consultation for Boogie in the new year. I need help figuring out what foods (if any) that Boogie’s system may not be tolerant of.


 Check out Jordan Rothman’s new book  The Misunderstood Dog, with my illustrations. I would describe it as a simpler, easier-to-read version of “The Culture Clash”, written for dog owners. The Boston on the cover is the author’s dog.  Here is the Amazon.com page.


Order a snazzy little name tag that I designed for blanketID.  A percentage of sales goes to Boston Buddies rescue. I think this would make an awesome Xmas gift. They come in red or blue, and small or large sizes. The photos that I have of Boogie wearing this blanketID tag on his collar are kinda blurry…. Will try again later.  ORDER HERE

Who is going to Clicker Expo in San Francisco next month? I would love to meet up! I know names but not faces, so if you recognize me, please say hi! I will be there for the full three days. First time that I am staying for the whole expo and very excited!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! – Lili & Boogie x

Entry filed under: Art, Books & DVDs, Cool Products, Events, Food, Skin issues, Training.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. perthcyclist  |  December 23, 2012 at 5:13 am

    your illustrations are so adorable, I think I might get that book just for them 😉

    • 2. lili  |  December 23, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Thanks, perthcyclist. It’s a good book! 🙂

  • 3. sotoya  |  December 23, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Have you looked into the Nutriscan test by Dr. Dodds? It’s an easily administered home allergy test (basically like a doggie cheek swab) that tests for a number of food intolerances. It’s available in 2 panels with two different sets of things it tests for.


    Might be something to look into 🙂

    • 4. lili  |  December 27, 2012 at 8:09 am

      Hi Sotoya, No I haven’t. I’ll check out the website! Thanks!

  • 5. Amanda  |  January 3, 2013 at 8:36 am


    When you change your dogs diet it will take 6-8 week before you can see the real change. Hang in there and good luck! 🙂


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