In my warm bed, on that cool Fall morning, my 17 year old self was awakened by the trumpet call. I could have waited past reveille in that comfortable, blanketed cocoon, waiting for when I absolutely had to get up.
But wait: morning dip was another possibility. In that lovely but cold lake just a short walk away.
So, plunge in to the brisk cold waters? Or stay in the warm bed till the last possible moment?
Let’s DO This!
My saving grace growing up was spending summers at a Y camp nestled in 200 verdant acres in the glacier shaped land of Wisconsin. It saved me from so much teen angst and so shaped my values into adulthood that I still look back in awe at the break I caught.
One piece of it surfaced in my memory just yesterday came when I dove off into the bracing cold water of my beloved Barton Springs for my “morning walk.” At camp, we had the option of a morning dip, which was really a bath in the lake, Ivory soap in hand. Skinny dipping, camaraderie with the guys, and getting clean and fully, blissfully awake for the day, all in one package!
I merely had to choose to get up and push my comfort zone a bit. Diving into that cold water was decidedly challenging. And oh, so rewarding. And it was easier sharing it with my comrades.
It struck me yesterday that you have much the same choice before you, on a daily basis in raising your animals. Do you stay in the covers, swaddled in the comfort that comes from turning the responsibility for the ones you love over to Dr. WhiteCoat? Or do you plunge into the bracing, challenging waters of bucking the system that doesn’t really hold your animal’s health as dearly as you hold it?
And where are your comrades?
Tippy toes first?
I’ve typically, probably to a fault, been a fairly black or white kind of guy. I’m either in this canoe or the other. The instability of keeping a foot in both always lacked appeal. Once I began to study homeopathy formally in 1992, I knew immediately that this medicine was what I wanted to practice for the rest of my veterinary career. I jettisoned my acupuncture needles and drugs in short order.
When I cured my own “teen bride” cat of her horrible uterine infection with just a homeopathic remedy and an herbal flush, I dumped my antibiotics and all their side effects.
And so it’s been with swimming. I dive in. It would be pure torture to ease in to cold water slowly.
Once in, ahhhh, this feels so great! Refreshing, exhilarating, and somehow soothing at the same time.
But you may be wired differently. Want to dip your toes into the cold clear lake of natural animal health first?
Start here: add some raw protein to your animal’s present food. Top dress the kibble with a raw egg. Or some raw hamburger, or raw chicken livers.
How’s Spot respond? Does Puff refuse to eat it, pushing it aside for something familiar? Be patient and keep offering, remembering who it is you’re feeding here.
In time, with persistence, you’ll see some fruits from your efforts in leaving your comfort zone: brighter eyes, sweeter breath, less stinky stools, and a healthy, shiny coat. Nice, right? Totally worth the cold toes at first.
Up to your knees now
Take it further, and learn all you can about the poisons used routinely to kill fleas. If you are warned not to get these on you, might there be something wrong with putting pesticides on your best pal?
Wade further in, learning all you can about heartworm prevention and the risks that come from the monthly poisons used to kill this worm. Autoimmune disease, with its 50% death rate, is nothing to sniff at, and has been correlated with the monthly heartworm pills. Consider a drug free heartworm prevention approach that’s been proven to work in the real world.
Natural animals don’t do drugs!
Just Dive Now! Catch This Wave!
There’s nothing like getting your head fully in the water, and actually swimming. That’s when you get the rush of the fresh chilly water embracing you, of being weightless, zooming through an entirely different medium, seeing the world of the fish you don’t normally see in your terrestrial existence.
So it is in natural health for animals.
The biggest, most significant health decision you’ll make is this:
Are you going to vaccinate repeatedly because you get a reminder to do so from Dr. WhiteCoat?
Or will you plunge in and learn that repeated vaccinations throughout your animal’s life is based on no science what so ever? And swim further to learn that each vaccine holds the potential to cause significant lifelong harm to the ones you love.
Whoa. That’s bracing.
I was fortunate to have also lived on Maui for several years. In the ocean, body surfing added to the joy that swimming in natural bodies of water had brought me as a young man. Catching the wave that propels you forward on its own power added to the bliss of swimming immeasurably.
Stopping vaccinations entirely in one who’s already been vaccinated is the wave that carries your animal fully and wholly into vital animal territory. It is, bar none, the one decision that takes the greatest effort but brings with it the greatest rewards in your animals.
Most of society isn’t going to help you on this one. “How will I board? Groom? License? Face my vet?” These are all challenges before you when you take full responsibility for your animal.
But, when your mind is firm and you have fully grasped the significance of your decision, you can navigate these waters like a pro.
Others have taken this plunge and are enjoying the fruits of living with shiny, vital animals. Join us, we’ll be your comrades who will support your dive.
What are you waiting for? The water’s fine!
Tell us in the comments how you’ve succeeded in this, whether you’ve only dipped your toes in to natural health or you’ve gone for the full bliss of the headlong dive.