Hello! I’m so glad you landed on this page. I tell people I’m a wellness educator for BOTH the 4-legged and 2-legged. I’m board certified as a nutrition and health coach–and I’m also an animal lover who speaks to veterinarians and other pet experts regularly on their wellness issues.
When it comes to wellness, humans and non-humans aren’t really that different. Our pets get many of the same illnesses we do, from the simple common cold to the very common arthritis–and the even more serious illnesses like cancer. They also get stressed-out; did you know the German Shepherd is one of the most stress-prone animals around?
The inspiration for this blog really came from my wonderful Westie, Baxter. Baxter was an absolute joy and when he passed away, I decided to do something to honor his memory. For me, that meant combining my skills in the healing arts and in writing (I’m a former magazine editor and newspaper reporter) with my passion and love of animals to do something worthwhile in the animal community.
Baxter passed away at 16-1/2-years-old–and there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of him, often smiling or laughing at some wonderful, humorous memory. For instance, he’d love to get up on his hind legs and show off, because people thought the pose was so cute, and he’d get an enormous amount of attention, which he loved.
Like us, animals need good nutrition. They also need a healthy lifestyle and sometimes that means extra attention. Animals also need plenty of sunshine, play and rest.