The Possible Canine is a name that came to me in 2003, when I was casting about for something unique for my website…something that would convey the totality of what I was then, and am now trying to achieve. I like it because it expresses both the positive energy of reaching forward toward the goal of superb health and wellbeing for dogs, and carries within it the seed of humility; that we are indeed always learning, reaching and striving for more knowledge. As soon as we declare that we have all the answers, we stop learning and growing, and potentially miss so much. I have been studying nutrition informally since my late teens, formally since 2001, and will keep going as long as I am able. Despite many years of experience with close to two thousand cases, spanning a variety of nutritionally responsive conditions from allergy/intolerance to IBD to diabetes and renal disease – I continue to research, study, learn and grow. If there is any single thing I stand for, it’s a refusal to become theory bound and stagnant. I remember too many stages and phases in our understanding of nutrition to believe we currently know all there is, or that any one approach to feeding dogs is universally optimal. As I often used to say on my yahoogroup – there’s the science – there’s the theory – and then, there’s the dog in front of you.
More than anything in this world full of wonderful things, more than anything really in my life – I love dogs. In every way, I see dogs as angels on this earth, I have no qualms about revealing how spiritual my work is for me. Dogs are absolutely unique beings in the role they play in our lives. Cats share a love for our species, a yearning to be close to us, but they do very little in service of our needs. Horses have served us with unfailing majesty and strength throughout the ages, but their yearning to be close to us does not match that of the dog. In every way, the domestic dog loves, serves and is loyal to us; we should indeed strive to be worthy of them.I believe humanity has broken our sacred contract with all the animals of the earth, and it is essential to our healing that we restore it. For some people this means working in the wild, re-wilding parts of nature that have been destroyed by human exploitation; for some it means caring for all species as a veterinarian, or a Tellington Touch practitioner, or a behaviourist. For me, it means bringing health and quality of life to the individuals who come to me, and passing on what I have learned to my students in my courses. There is no separation between my personal spirituality and the work I have taken on. In healing any mistake we have made we heal ourselves. And with dogs, often with good intentions, we have made many mistakes. One is how we have fed them. Another is how we have bred them -as if they were products to be sold for profit, and not living, loving, intelligent and sentient beings. Still another has been the coercive training methods and gross misunderstanding of their ways that have led to much suffering.
My own small contribution is this work – in all aspects of nutrition, natural health, Tellington Touch and herbalism – for the benefit, for the love of a species that deserves our highest regard, respect, and returned devotion.
This blog will offer up articles, case histories, recipes, herbal information, stories and anecdotes, poems, tributes and art, all in aid of the goals above. To better the lives of as many dogs as I can, by furthering human understanding.
And of course, always, to simply celebrate and love them.
Dedicated to my pack; Lila, Luke, Daniel and Tina. Loves of my heart, all of you.