Saturday, September 24, 2011

Veggie Feastings and Happy Hearts

WHAZZUP??!! Two post in a week?? I'm on a roll!

I did something naughty, and I'd like to tell you all about it.

I broke into the human meat locker, that they like to call the "fridge." Mom doesn't know how, but I did it, and I am most pleased with my bad self. Mom keeps all my meatables on the bottom shelf of that wonderful machine... right at eye level for me and my brother. But I didn't take the meat. Didn't even touch it.

As it turns out, meat is not my most favorite feasting material.

Instead, I stretched my long and stretchy body all the way up to the tip top shelf, where I dug through a pile of vegetables, each snugged up in their own little bag. I picked my way through the pile, past the diakon radish, bypassing the carrots, ignoring the onions. Then I found it. The feasting of my desire.

The same thing that I am being all GoodBoySitStay for in this photo.
I am mildly obsessed with celery. It is my most favorite feasting ever. I drip droolies and beg the best begs whenever my mom takes it from the food box. It makes for the absolute BEST cold crunching feasting in the entire world.
What? Are you surprised?!? A meat-feasting beast like me totally digging on some green non-meat aisle material? Dude. Try it. It is AMAZING. And I'm pretty sure that something this good has to be made of meat even though it's green.

In fact, I've even got my brother eating it. He used to chew it to bits and spit it out, but even that stinkbutt has grown to love the crunch of fresh organic celery deliciousness.
Mom doesn't mind the daily feast snack either. She says that it helps to "speed things along" in the mornings when she needs to go to work. I think she's referring to how quickly I gobble down my veg. (By the way, I would like you to take note of the wonderful paper shreds that Big Pupi and I surprised mom with when she came home from the grocery store. She LOVES it when we greet her with thoughtful presents and decorations!)
In other news, mom got a call from the doggy doctor yesterday. My brother had some tests done on his ticker, and she got the results. Let me give you a little back story.
About 18 months ago, my brother was diagnosed with a heart murmur. It was a grade 1 (on a scale of 1–6, with 6 being valve failure). This is a very common ailment for beasts like us. As we age, the valve tissue can thicken, causing a murmur. It can be a progressive problem. But at stage 1, you don't do anything but keep an eye on it.

During our annual exam a few months ago, our new vet said it sounded like the disease had progressed to a stage 2. Not good. That's way too quick for mom's comfort. And given our hard-running lifestyle, heart health is a big concern. Big Pupi LIVES for our morning runs, and so mom thought it best to have a few more tests done.

Which brings me to his robo-dog naked pink chest panel.
Big Pupi spent the day at the doctor, (while I got to play at camp... SWEET), where they shaved his chest and took a gander at his ticker. Turns out that BP's blood mover does indeed have a leaky valve, but it is no where near a stage 2. Although there is some blood going back in to the heart, it is not enough to slow him down or even worry about at this point. My folks and doctor will keep an eye on it, but we don't need to taper down our runs or watch our exercise. She said that his resting heart rate is so low, and his resting breathing rate is slow, which all indicate a healthy heart and healthy body. Good news.

I was smiling (mostly because I get to continue on my morning fast hunts).
To make good news ever gooder, doctor said that BP's heart shows no signs of disfigurement or severe scarring from the heartworm that he had back when my mom first took him home. So overall, he gets an A+ on the old man health chart.
Ever since his first murmur diagnosis, mom changed up his supplements a bit. Now he gets a therapeutic dose of fish oil, at 2,000 mg per day instead of 1,000 (total of 240 mg DHA and 360 mg EPA). He's continued at 200iu Vitamin E every day to help metabolize the oil. Because antioxidants are really good for the cardiovascular and immune systems, he is given 500 mg Vitamin C, and about 300 mg of Coenzyme Q-10. CoQ10 has been shown in clinical trials to be beneficial to heart (and gum) tissue, and is also an antioxidant. Furthermore, CoQ10 is being studied for its cancer prevention benefits, which is something all senior dogs need to keep an eye out for.

BP has also shown some very slight signs of stiffness in his knees, so about 5 months ago mom started him on about 1,000 mg of Glucosamine daily. He gets the shellfish-free kind, because those kinds of fishes make him vomit for hours. After about 6 weeks on this supplement, he no longer shows any symptoms of arthritis. Once we're done with this bottle of Glucosamine, mom will move him to another shellfish-free kind that also has hyaluronic acid in it, as that is supposed to make the supplement work even better. We're both still on a pre-made greens mix with seaweed and alfalfa, and a Multi-B vitamin given a few times per week.

So... it sure sounds like a lot. But a couple of vitamins in each meal really isn't a big deal and we're HUGE believers that good nutrition is the BEST form of preventive medicine. Plus, vitamins cost WAY LESS cheese-money than vet bills.

Just a little food for thought from your beastly friends.

And I can promise you that we'll be thinking of our foods when we're out on our run tomorrow!

From your feasting friend,


Molly the Airedale said...

How wonderful to hear from you, Stan! We both love celery as much as you do and we get it all the time too!
What great news, Big Pupi! We are just thrilled for you!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Mack said...

What a great report from the vet! Tia Lilly has a bad heart murmur. But she is 138 so, you know.
And I will sneak celery onto mom's grocery list. I love trying new things.

PS: Paris says hi.

Your pal,

parlance said...

Glad to hear you are both doing well, and that the fast hunts can continue.

Celery! That's about the only vegetable that Penny spits onto the floor if she accidentally grabs a piece from the air as it falls from the vegetable cutting board.

Arran, Arthur and Mum said...

Great to hear from you both! I will has to try that celery but I don't think it for me, I bet Auntie Penny would like it though. Maybe it a spaniel thing?
~lickies, Ludo

Dexter said...

Now I like my vegetables as much as the next guy, but celery? No way. That's just nutty.


the many Bs said...

hey Stanislaw and Big Pupi! Good to see you fellows! that's really a good story about how you broke into the meat locker and ate the celery! we have NEVER even tasted that green stuff. but now i'm gonna ask the human for it. she loves to make us try new things. yummy!

we're so happy to hear the good news about BP's heart. what a tough guy he is! your human knows how to keep you kids in good shape.


Asta said...

Thank you fow youw advice
As oosual it'w svewy helpful
thank you also fow coming to help me celbwate my Biwfday!
don't wowwy , moving to Hungawy doesn't mean I would go hungwy
it's just the English wowd fow a countwy that is weally called Magyarország(but no one can pwonounce it, so they had to come up wif a diffewent name I guess, hehehehe)

smoochie kisses

C.l.o.v.e.r. said...

Hi Stan!
I am so glad that you are all doing well. Hooray for an A+ for Big Pupi's heart!!
We love veggies too. Just yesterday Chewy stole a carrot that rolled off the counter. Yum!

Jules said...

Wow 2 posts you're really spoiling us!! ;-)
Glad to hear the ticker is in good shape, hope the hairs don't tickle too much as they grow back, guess there will be plenty of bestest belly rubs going round and celery too :-) xxxx

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Remi said...

I stumbled upon you blog as I was looking for other raw eaters. I'm fairly new to raw, as are my feline siblings. But, raw has totally changed my life and has really helped my IBD.

BTW...I think celery is actually meat. Doesn't it have ribs or veins or something?

Coco Bean - The Princess said...

My sisters and i LOVE vegetables and especially celery too! hard for us to pass up a carrot though!

Our mommy has the same minor murmor problem with her ticker too!

I wanted to let you know about a special book review and contest that I just posted about. I sure would love you to participate and would also hope that you would spread the word!

Tail Wiggles & Puppy Kisses,

Coco The Princess, Lady Godiva, Truffle!

Coco Bean - The Princess said...

aww Stanislaw & Big Pupi...My sisters, mommy and i miss you SO much! We sure hope you blog again soon!

Tail Wiggles & Puppy Kisses,

Coco The Princess

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Flag that spam from iamcrystal and start posting again, Stanley

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Molly the Airedale said...

Happy Birthday, Stan! We miss you and Big Pupi!
Are you guys on facebook?

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

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World of Animals, Inc said...

We are happy for you posting twice in one week. A little celery snack is all good and sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos. Have a great day.
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