Sometimes people and things just pop into your
life at the exact right time and moment, don't you all think??
Earlier this year I had been looking for a replacement to the
supplement that we had feed our dogs for joint support and
helping with extra 'wear and tear' that their lives put on their
fuzzy little bodies.
The one we had been using was expensive and the dogs hated the
taste of it. Loki actually would carefully pick all his kibble
out of his bowl around the granules of supplement and then pee
in the bowl on his supplement. Not too subtle a message!
I had been researching a few products online and talking to some
friends, but was just not finding anything I was feeling really
good about feeding to the team.
At the same time I had also been talking to Mark about retiring
Moses. You all know how much I respect and adore Mo, he led me
across the finish line in the '06 Iditarod and has been a solid
and dependable leader in my team since the '04 Race. However,
lately I was seeing some changes in his gait that was making me
think that he was having some issues with his body - and more
bothersome, he was cranky and snarky with the dogs he was
running with. Very 'un-Mo' like and I was worried it was a sign
that he was in pain.
I decided to give him a few solid days off and then look at him
in harness again.
During those few days I received an intriguing email from a
local company that I was unaware even existed. The company,
Super Dog (www.superdogtreats.com)
, makes a high end pet food treat that contains Elk Velvet
Antler (EVA), Saskatoon berries, Kelp Meal, Flaxseed and many
more interesting natural ingredients.
Quoting from their information brochure "This high end dog treat
was formulated as an aid towards keeping your dog healthy.
Especially from old age, poor coats, allergies and stomach
problems. As well Elk Velvet Antler is proven (www.canadianveterinarian.net)
to help dogs with joint stiffness, lack of energy, old injuries
and arthritis. All the ingredients are designed to holistically
help with these problems and not intended as your dog's main
food. Dogs also love the taste of Super Dog treats; therefore
can be used for training or as a reward."
This sounded exactly like the kind of thing I was looking for
(and EVA has always intrigued me) and what better time to give
it a try?
Don and Dave Bamber paid a visit to the kennel a few days after
the email. We got a chance to get a feel for what we were each
about and they left me with a bunch of treats to feed the main
string dogs in the kennel - and Fly, who we were having some
coat troubles with this fall.
So the 'test feeding' has gone remarkably well and we are
thrilled to report that our 'main string' or 'A team' dogs can
now be referred to as the 'Super Dogs' in the kennel!! They will
all be supplemented with Super Dog treats throughout training
They are actually thrilled about it - as they LOVE the
treats!!! Loki actually picks his treats out of his bowl and
eats them first rather then peeing on them. And those lovely
pictures of Crunchie standing so attentive in the show ring in
California - he was being fed Super Dog treats as bait for 95%
of that show.
Fly's coat is actually finally starting to come in - which is
great, as I was very concerned about what we were going to do
for him this winter. (For those that don't know, his coat just
wasn't growing after he got his summer hair cut this year).
And of course you know I'm about to mention Moses. Moses led
the team on a lovely fast 22 mile run the other day. He was
wagging his tail on breaks (which is actually fairly 'un-Mo'
like in of itself, he's never been a tail wagger in harness) and
leaving his co-leader alone. I had a chiropractic assessment
done on him yesterday and there were only very minor things to
adjust, overall he was very sound. We are no longer discussing
We are thrilled to announce SUPER DOG as part of the NorthWapiti
Check them out at
www.superdogtreats.com - and of course, tell them I sent