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                             Sherman, our Black Lab/Golden Retriever at 2 months



Getting Educated

in Order to Make Informed Decisions  Concerning our Animal Companions





Dr. Jean Dodds' latest vaccination protocol (2011) for dogs and cats

-- founder of HEMOPET, the non-profit animal blood bank, and a friend to animal lovers the world over.  HEMOPET is where we can have blood tests to check for vaccine antibodies instead of unnecessarily over-vaccinating our companion animals. She has written an excellent article that everyone, especially our veterinarians, should read.


NEW Testing available from Dr. Jean Dodds:


  Advanced Canine Thyroid Testing and


  Nutriscan® Diagnostics

 (Food Intolerance Testing)


Dr. Jean Dodds' New Book is Available:

"The Canine Thyroid Epidemic. Answers You Need for Your Dog"

"Problems with your dog? It may be his thyroid!"


Found / Lost Dog?

With the intense thunderstorms & 'Fear of Loud Noises' phobia experienced by some dogs -- many are being frightened then becoming lost.  There's a lot of remedies to correct/eliminate that phobia.


"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil

      is that good men do nothing."     ----Edmund Burke


ALERT: We Want to KEEP our Companion Animals!                


" many dogs you can have, if any, what kind, where to get them, ... what vet to use, how many permits you will need to own/breed a dog, at what age your dog has to be spayed/neutered, the type of living arrangements required, what kind of records you must have and who gets copies of them, the list will go on, making it impossible - monetarily, mentally and physically - to consider owning any animal....


When they knock on your door [3] with a notice that you must "get rid" of all but 3 dogs, which ones will you choose to keep and how will you feel watching the others loaded into a truck dispatched for some shelter?


How will you react to five or six people going through your home, inspecting every corner and crack, because somebody complained about your dogs?


That’s all it will take. How much can you afford for citations, lawyers fees, shelter costs and how will you ever recuperate from the heartache?..."   ---Linda Witouski


[3] SPCA Steals Dogs


  Know the DIFFERENCE between

Animal WELFARE  and  Animal RIGHTS

pdf document


   "Shelter Scams"


Keep informed of the Important Issues
Protect your Rights as a Responsible Animal Owner


"A small group of thoughtful people could change the world.

        Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."                    

                                                          ----- Margaret Mead



  Monthly National Legislation Report ... reports of dog and animal legislation in all States and other countries."


"You should not examine legislation in the light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do and the harm it would cause if improperly administered. "

     -------  Lyndon Johnson, 36th President of the U.S.


Legislative Alerts  NCROA

North Carolina

Responsible Animal Owners Alliance

"Our mission is to become North Carolina`s leading voice for responsible animal ownership and preservation of the human-animal bond."

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.  Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!"                       -------  Benjamin Franklin


Dr. Jean Dodds & Friends -- on some Vaccination Legislation








our Tibetan Spaniel at 8 weeks










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George G. Vest
September 23, 1870

"  ...  The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is the dog.

...  a man's dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground when the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he can be near his master's side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer, he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounter with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince.

When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens. If fortune drives the master forth an outcast into the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him, to guard him against danger, to fight against his enemies.  And when the last scene of all comes, and death takes his master in its embrace and his body is laid in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by his graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws and his eyes sad but open, in alert watchfulness, faithful and true, even unto death."

1 U.S., Congress, Senate, Congressional Record, 101st Cong., 2d sess., pp. S4823-24 (daily edition).

That excerpt is from a speech during a lawsuit resulting from the shooting of Drum, a beloved Foxhound.  “Court, jury, lawyers, and audience were entranced. I looked at the jury and saw all were in tears. ” —Gustav Kobbe, A Tribute to the Dog, pp. 9–18 (1911).  

“According to John F. Phillips, former law partner of Vest and a member of the House of Representatives, whose comments appear in the Congressional Record with the eulogy on the dog, the jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff for $500, far more than the sum sued for. The excess was remitted. Vest was elected to the Senate eight years later and served 1879–1904”


Excellent articles -- please download and print-out -- let's become better educated and make Informed Decisions on behalf of our companion animals!  Click on the link to read the entire article.

Please Note:  Some of these articles are download documents in Adobe Acrobat "pdf" format.    If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer,

 you may get it free by clicking here:



  The Immune System

by W. Jean Dodds, DVM   [13 pages -- pdf document]

[excerpt- click on the link above to read entire article]

"...Viral disease and recent vaccination with single or combination modified live-virus (MLV) vaccines, especially those containing distemper virus, adenovirus 1 or 2, and parvovirus are increasingly recognized contributors to immune-mediated blood disease, bone marrow failure, and organ dysfunction.  ... Potent adjuvanted  killed  vaccines like those for rabies virus also can trigger immediate and delayed (vaccinosis) adverse vaccine reactions...."


"... Wholesome nutrition is the key to maintaining a healthy immune system and resistance to disease. ... The requirement for essential nutrients increases during periods of rapid growth or reproduction and also may increase in geriatric individuals, because immune function and the bioavailability of these nutrients generally wanes with aging. 


"... Nutritional influences can have a profound effect on thyroid metabolism....  The classical example is the iodine deficiency that occurs in individuals eating cereal grain crops grown on iodine-deficient soil.  This will impair thyroid metabolism because iodine is essential for formation of thyroid hormones. Iron and zinc also are important minerals in regulating thyroid metabolism. ..  The selenium-thyroid connection has significant clinical relevance, because blood, but not tissue, levels of thyroid hormones rise in selenium deficiency.  ...Thus, selenium-deficient individuals showing clinical signs of hypothyroidism could be overlooked on the basis that blood levels of thyroid hormones appear normal.  The selenium issue is further complicated because the synthetic antioxidants [i.e. BHA , BHT] still used in some foods to protect fats from rancidity can impair the bioavailability of vitamin A, vitamin E and selenium, and alter cellular membrane function, metabolism and detoxification.


Because animals with autoimmune thyroid disease have generalized metabolic imbalance and often have associated immunological dysfunction, it is advisable to minimize their exposures to unnecessary drugs, chemicals and toxins, and to optimize their nutritional status with healthy balanced diets."


"... Many veterinarians treating animals suffering from immunologic diseases appreciate that alternative nutritional management is an important step in minimizing their patient's environmental challenges.  The results of this approach have been remarkable.  The replacement food must be of good quality and preferably of relatively low protein content (20-22%).  

     Increasing carbohydrate and reducing protein content, while maintaining high quality protein, has been shown to be beneficial for many affected animals and is also believed to have a positive effect on behavior.  Diet and behavior appear to be linked because certain highly nutritious foods may contribute to deterioration in the condition of dogs with behavioral problems (dominant aggression, hyperactivity, and fear). ..."


"Perhaps as important as the nutritional and other supplemental support for patients is the need to avoid or minimize toxic exposures (e.g. pesticides on pets or their surroundings, chemical fertilizers, radiation, high tension powerlines), booster vaccinations, preventative chemicals for heartworm, fleas and ticks, and drugs known to exacerbate immunologic disorders (e.g. potentiated sulfonamides, sex hormones).  Alternative strategies to protect against common infectious diseases, such as annual vaccine titers, homeopathic nosodes, natural methods of heartworm, flea and tick control, should be implemented. ..."




Click on this Link to read  Very Important Information !   


-- Includes excellent articles by veterinary experts -- and MUCH MORE - helping us to Make Informed Decisions on behalf of our  animal companions.




   Adverse Vaccination Reactions

by W. Jean Dodds, DVM    [pdf document]

[excerpt- click on the link above to read entire article]

 "... Vaccination of pet and research dogs with polyvalent vaccines containing rabies virus

or rabies vaccine alone was recently shown to induce production of antithyroglobulin autoantibodies,

a provocative and important finding with implications for the subsequent development of hypothyroidism. ..."


Note:  Undesirable Behavior, such as Aggression -- may be un-treated Thyroid illness


  Thyroid Disease and Autoimmune Thyroditis

by W. Jean Dodds, DVM  [2006 -- 10 pages -- pdf document]

[excerpt- click on the link above to read entire article]

"Hypothyroidism is the most common endocrine disorder of canines, and up to 80% of cases result from autoimmune (lymphocytic) thyroiditis ...Canine autoimuune thyroid disease is very similar to Hashimoto’s thyroiditis of humans ..."


"...Individuals genetically susceptible to autoimmune thyroid disease may also become more susceptible to immune-mediated diseases affecting other target tissues and organs, especially the bone marrow, liver, adrenal gland, pancreas, skin, kidney, joints, bowel, and central nervous system. The resulting “polyglandular autoimmune syndrome” of humans is becoming more commonly recognized in the dog, and probably occurs in other species as well. The syndrome tends to run in families and is believed to have an inherited basis."


The principal reason for pet euthanasia stems not from disease, but undesirable behavior.  While this abnormal behavior can have a variety of medical causes, it also can reflect underlying problems of a psychological nature. 


An association between behavioral and psychologic changes and thyroid dysfunction has been recognized in humans since the 19th century. ... Furthermore, an association has recently been established between aberrant behavior and thyroid dysfunction in the dog, and has been noticed in cats with hyperthyroidism. Typical clinical signs include unprovoked aggression towards other animals and/or people, sudden onset of seizure disorder in adulthood, disorientation, moodiness, erratic temperament, periods of hyperactivity, hypoattentiveness, depression, fearfulness and phobias, anxiety, submissiveness, passivity, compulsiveness, and irritability.  After episodes, most of the animals appeared to come out of a trance like state, and were unaware of their bizarre behavior.


Investigators in recent years have noted the sudden onset of behavioral changes in dogs around the time of puberty or as young adults.  ..   For a significant proportion of  these animals, neutering does not alter the symptoms and in some cases the behaviors intensify. The seasonal effects of allergies to inhalants and ectoparasites such as fleas and ticks, followed by the onset of skin and coat disorders including pyoderma, allergic dermatitis, alopecia, and intense itching, have also been linked to changes in behavior.  ... These changes can progress to sudden unprovoked aggressiveness in unfamiliar situations with other animals, people and especially with children. "


Another group of dogs show seizure or seizure-like disorders of sudden onset that can occur at any time from puberty to mid-life. ...   ...In some cases the animals become aggressive and attack those around them shortly before or after having one of the seizures ..Both dogs were found to have early onset  autoimmune thyroiditis, which was clinically responsive to thyroid supplementation, to the extent that anticonvulsant medications could be gradually withdrawn.  The numbers of animals showing these various types of aberrant behavior appear to be increasing in frequency over the last decade.


Our ongoing study now includes over 1500 cases of dogs presented to veterinary clinics for aberrant behavior. The first 499 cases have been analyzed independently by a neural network correlative statistical program. Results showed a significant relationship between thyroid dysfunction and seizure disorder, and thyroid dysfunction and dog-to-human aggression.


Collectively, these findings confirm the importance of including a complete thyroid antibody profile as part of the laboratory and clinical work up of any behavioral case."


  Informative Articles about the very important Thyroid Gland & Behavior Problems




RABIES VACCINATION  -- the only vaccination that is Legally Required. This article may help explain why.




Print-Out  and take with you to your dog's or cat's next Annual Wellness Check-up. This was passed along to me.

Please Note:  This form is a download document in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.  If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer,  you may get it free by clicking here:



The Rabies [Vaccination] Challenge Fund Charitable Trust  GREAT NEWS from Kris Christine!

Thank You, Dr. Jean Dodds!

       World-renown vaccine research scientist and practicing veterinarian, Dr. W. Jean Dodds of California, and pet vaccine disclosure advocate, Kris L. Christine of Maine, have established THE RABIES CHALLENGE FUND   to raise money to fund a 7 year rabies vaccine challenge study in the United States.   

In addition to the challenge study, the fund will finance a study of the adjuvants used in veterinary rabies vaccines and establish a rabies vaccine adverse reaction reporting system.



CAUTION  regarding feeding  RAW  fish  to DOGS !


“Canids (dogs / coyotes ) are the only species susceptible to salmon poisoning.


Parasites can be DEADLY in RAW Salmon


 ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) problems  Alternative / Complementary Approach

Holistic Approach to Arthritis, Joint Problems -- Great information, many helpful supplements available, also, be informed about dosage of Soloxine -- read Maggie Mae's story.


Honoring the Dogs who Served our Country -- A National War Dogs Memorial Monument Fund Established!

Our National Holiday, “Veterans Day”  -- when we honor those who have served our country – the men, women and Military Working Dogs (AKA as war dogs).


" The Truth About War Dogs ... Dogs Do Save Lives..."

"...It occurred to me that the services could be characterized by different breeds of dogs.


The Air Force reminded me of a French Poodle. The poodle always looks perfect...sometimes a bit pampered and always travels first class. But don't ever forget that the poodle was bred as a hunting dog and in a fight it's very dangerous.


The Army is kind of like a St. Bernard. It's big and heavy and sometimes seems a bit clumsy. But it's very powerful and has lots of stamina. So you want it for the long haul.The Navy, God bless us, is a Golden Retriever. They're good natured and great around the house. The kids love' em. Sometimes their hair is a bit long...they go wandering off for long periods of time, and they love water.


Marines I see as two breeds, Rottweilers or Dobermans, because Marines come in two varieties, big and mean or skinny and mean. They're aggressive on the attack and tenacious on defense. They've got really short hair and they always go for the throat. That sound like a Marine to me! ... 

            ---------- Radm J. Stark, USN, President of the Naval War College, made in Newport, RI on 10 Nov 1995


" ...[General George S. Patton] had all the traits of military leadership, fortified by genuine trust in God, intense love of country, and high faith In the American soldier."

"...I am a strong believer in Prayer. There are three ways that men get what they want; by planning, by working, and by Praying. Any great military operation takes careful planning, or thinking. Then you must have well-trained troops to carry it out: that's working. But between the plan and the operation there is always an unknown. ..."

                                                        -------- General George S. Patton


"Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terrors, victory however long or hard the road maybe; for without victory, there is no survival."

                     ---------Sir Winston Churchill to his troops before WWII"



 Testimonial: the difference Helen's 'Big Batch Recipe' made for Shadow & Licorice (Labrador Retrievers) -- and their humans!


   Chemicals  -- Air Conditioning Servicemen,

household cleaning products -- even Weed Killers can have some serious consequences!

---- Sharing my thoughts and experiences ----

Something to consider is the impact on the thyroid from chemicals such as: lawn treatments, flea/tick drugs, pesticides, cleaning products, shampoos, vaccinations, heartworm drugs, etc.  Who knows what the combination of them can do to a body when the tests are done in isolation?  In other words, chemicals such as pesticides are tested individually, however ..."

 please Click on the Link above to read the entire article



  Caring 'more naturally' for your companion animals --Would you like to learn more and share your knowledge with others?

Consider joining Helen's Internet Discussion Group, it's free and on occasion, features a Special Guest, answering Members' questions.

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  For Your Consideration

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