A good start to 2014!

January 24, 2014 at 7:44 pm 4 comments

What happened on New Year’s Day 2014: We were out walking when…


When you have  a ‘reactive dog’ , this sort of thing is a BIG DEAL! 🙂 The one and only verbal cue I gave to Boogie was “Yes!” I didn’t prompt him, I didn’t even ask him to sit; he offered the Sit himself. We had been practicing Sits on busy streets, though. We also participated in two dog-dog BAT set-ups this month… I may share our experiences in another blog post.

The other thing I am happy about is Boogie’s skin and coat! Let’s see, back in July 2013, Boogie’s skin was totally dry and inflamed and his hair was falling out so much that you could see the black freckles showing through the white parts of his coat. After months of antibiotics and steroid medications, the crusty bits and hot spots went away but he was still balding. Boogie wore lots of t-shirts and sweaters in the latter half of 2013.

July 2013 – seasonal allergies, skin inflammation, hair loss. See how naked his chest was?

I started feeding Darwins Pet raw food (lightly cooked) around August last year. Boogie did well on the new food but I didn’t see any skin and coat improvements and the Dermatology Clinic had him back on antibiotics and steroids again for another month which still did nothing for his coat.

Since November, I have been adding one Zyrtec (Aller-tec) pill and Nordic Naturals Cod Liver Oil to Boogie’s daily Darwin’s Pet meals. I don’t know which of these products are making the difference but there has been a difference! Perhaps it’s also the seasonal change. A few weeks ago I noticed that Boogie’s fur has grown back and it is lush and silky like never before. In fact it has been MONTHS since Boogie’s coat has ever looked and felt this good!

Photo taken today. There is even fur on his chest growing back!

This weekend is Clicker Expo and I am really bummed that I could not afford to attend this year.  However, I am driving to Long Beach tomorrow (Saturday) and will be meeting up with Lori Stevens and Emily Larlham for lunch. Very excited about this!

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TTouch – “Walking In balance” DVD Two BAT set-ups – January 2014 (BEFORE BAT 2.0)

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sara Martin  |  January 24, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    All right, Boogie! My Brodie is a reactive baby so I understand how amazing that is! Best feeling ever!

  • 2. thegraceofdog  |  January 25, 2014 at 12:41 am

    This is FANTASTIC NEWS! Hooray for Boogie, and hooray for you!!!

  • 3. Mary  |  February 27, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Way to go boogie! I wish you both many more fantastic days! I love how I come to your blog after a not so good day with my boy (feeling pretty shitty) and always end up leaving with a glimmer of hope and motivation 🙂 thank you!

  • 4. Rebecca Mayberry  |  September 18, 2014 at 1:42 am

    I was googling pictures of boston terrier losing their hair and came across your site. Our “Buddy” is havIng that spotty hair loss like your dog did. How much Zyrtec did you give him? And the cod liver oil, is that a vitamin?


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