Category Archives: Animal Health

Health Food for Dogs and Cats

As an animal-lover, I’m always on the lookout for high-end food to keep our companion animals in the best of health.

Primal Freeze-Dried Nuggets are rectangular-shaped, raw food that can be fed dry, or moist.

The nuggets fit in the palm of your hand, and break up very easily into feeding bowls.

The nuggets contain fresh ground meat, collard greens, squash, sunflower seeds, quinoa, kelp, celery and lots of other healthy ingredients, most of which are organic.

The nuggets are made by  They’re sold in sturdy, zip-lock bags.  You can buy them in most pet food shops, and online sellers like

Bone Appetit!

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Cafe Chihuahua

Thanks to his owner, this little dog made one too many trips to Cafe Chihuahua, an imaginary name for humans who overfeed their dogs.

Overweight dogs are not healthy animals, and neither are people who overeat.   Feeding your dog too much food may result in  serious, and life-threatening health problems.  Neither you or your dog enjoy veterinary visits.  Take better care of your furry friend by feeding him properly.

The life expectancy of this breed is 15 or more years.  Healthy Chihuahuas weigh between 4 to 6 pounds.  When overfed, they balloon up to as much as 13 pounds.

Obesity causes problems to humans and animals alike.  An overweight Chihuahua may develop arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and shortened lifespan.

Read more about the rise in animal obesity at these posts, Obesity Up In Cats, Dogs and Horses, and Doggie Calories.

Copyright 2015 Irene Pastore and Tour De Core Personal Training

Disabled Dog Saves Handicapped Boy

The Story of Owen and Haatchi

This post is for animal lovers who enjoy a sweet story about the human-animal bond, and how Owen Howkins, a handicapped 9 year old boys’ life was turned, around with the help of his disabled, 3-legged canine friend, Haatchi.

Owen was born with  Schwartz-Jampel Syndrom, a rare, painful condition, that causes muscles to permanently contract, resulting in severe muscle stiffness.

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Owen and his dog Haatchi

Haatchi, an Anatolian Shepherd was abandoned on railroad tracks, when he was 5 months old.  He was hit by a train, and left to die.

The dog was rescued, brought to a local animal shelter, and then adopted by Owen’s parents.

Owen states “I didn’t really meet many others with disabilities and felt like the odd one out, which made me really sad. But when I saw Haatchi , and saw how strong he was, even though he only had three legs, I became stronger myself. I love him so much.”

I’ve followed this story on You Tube, and decided to post it on my blog.  If you go to You Tube and search for Owen and Haatchi, you’ll find many videos of their continuing story there.

Copyright 2015 Irene Pastore and Tour De Core Personal Training

Healthy Pets Lead To Healthy People

An initiative is underway in Los Angeles to promote human and animal health.  The ecological concept that the two are linked, is supported by the American Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Centers for Disease Control.

Healthy Pets, Healthy Families coalition will focus on creating educational campaigns, and other strategies to meet its goals of disease prevention in humans and animals.

Some of the health issues prompting the formation of the campaign is the rise in animal obesity, the development of cancer in animals from exposure to second hand smoke, the effects of disasters on companion animals and their people, due to lack of preparation, and the prevention of contagious parasitic diseases.


Fur Fitness

Healthy Pets, Healthy Families

Association for Pet Obesity Prevention

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

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Blind Horses

Through the kindness of  people who run rescue farms and ranches, visually impaired horses are given a second chance.  

Many of the animal rescues were abandoned, abused, underfed, and suffering from diseases related to malnutrition and neglect.

Resources follow for anyone interested in caring, volunteering, adopting, or donating to organizations that help blind horses, and donkeys.

BLIND HORSE RESOURCES  Operates Rolling Dog Farm, that cares for disabled dogs and horses.  Provides information for owners of blind horses: how to care for a blind horse, eye diseases, myths, and what to do if your horse is losing its vision. Accepts donations.  Located in Lancaster, NH.

FlurrysHope. com.  Second chances for blind horses. Rescue, how to care for blind horses, information about equine eye disorders, adoptions.  The only rescue in the nation that rides blind horses.  Accepts donations. Located in Madison, NC.

HartSong Ranch Animal Sanctuary.  Rescue and sanctuary for blind and disabled horses, and other farm animals. Advocacy and education.  Accepts donations.  Located in Greenwood, CA

Lost Acres Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation.  Safe haven for abused, neglected, severely disabled, blind horses and donkeys.  Accepts donations. Located in Chillicothe, OH

Horse Net Horse Rescue.  Non-profit, volunteer organization that operates on donations.  Specializes in seniors and blind horses.  Rehabilitation and rehoming of homeless horses.  Located in Mount Airy, Maryland.

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