Ever since we got Pea, I’ve tried my hardest to integrate him into the pack but both Daddy Bo and Ali weren’t having any of it. As Rescue Remedy worked for me when I felt a little insecure and depressed, I thought that I’d give Rescue Remedy for Pets a go. Daily I dropped 2 drops into their water and 2 weeks went by, nothing much happened. So Approved Food had an offer on La Pura Bach for Aggression, so I thought I’d give that a go. Again, we put the little pearls into their dinner but nothing materialised. They were still fairly moody with Pea, not wanting to play with him, walk with him or even play with him.
I felt really sorry for Pea because all he’s even been is playful with them, licking their ears and submissive so with Daddy Bo and Ali still being awkward with him was not only upsetting him but making me feel uncomfortable. So when we received some goodies from our friends at Pooch and Mutt, and I spied the Calm and Relaxed Food. At first I wasn’t sure if it would work on them as we’d had failures with the other forms of homeopathy but I was pleasantly surprised.
Pea and the Furries received:
- 1 x Move Easy Food
- 1 x Calm & Relaxed Food
- 1 x Digestion Food
- 1 x Puppy Treat
- 1 x Move Easy Treat
- 1 x Calm & Relaxed Treat
Initially I thought we’d see a difference in Daddy Bo straight away but after a fair few meals he eventually stopped grumbling at Pea when he’d walk past him. A few more days later Pea could sit by the side of him without being warned off. But now Daddy Bo has allowed him to eat in the same room as him when he has his afternoon meal so there’s definite positivity at work. Considering we’re giving him nothing else (I ditched the Bach) it can only be the food and the treats (in the same Calm and Relaxed category) that are giving us this amazing result.
Calm and Relaxed Food contains lean, L-tryptophan rich British turkey, sweet potato, b-vitamins and chamomile whereas the treats contain, lamb, chamomile and L-tryptophan. I know for a fact that L-tryptophan and chamomile work hand in hand if you’re feeling depressed so they will have helped tremendously with Daddy Bo’s struggle after Biscuit passed over. This might very well have been the root cause of Bo’s problems, who knows, but I’m happy now we don’t have to keep Pea away from him all day for fear that he’ll bully him. He seems a lot happier now although he won’t touch it unless we soften it up with water first (he’s quite an elderly dog now so has a delicate palate) and has started turning his nose up at his regular Natures Menu food. To this end we’ve ordered in another bag of it for him instead of ordering the regular food as if it’s doing him good and keeping him calm it’s more than worth it.
Ali on the other hand is still a little grumpy. Ali is one of those dogs that knows she’s doing wrong when she growls but still does it anyway just for attention. We’ve always had trouble with her (her and our late Milly Moo weren’t the greatest of friends) but although she won’t hurt Pea (she tends to growl and walk away) I would still like her to be happier. When she goes for walks with Pea she runs ahead of him and so they don’t bond much as part of a pack so perhaps we need to try something different with her. She has eaten the Calm and Relaxing Food for the same amount of time as Daddy Bo but it’s not made any difference to her at all. Ali loves to play so perhaps if Pooch and Mutt made a food to compliment their Brain and Train selection she would like that as giving her something to do, running, training and enjoying herself might make her a little more chilled in her own fur? Trial and error I guess for Ali.
Another success we had was with our Shelby. She suffers terribly with arthritis, but around 18 months ago she had an accident in the garden and pulled the tendons in her leg. The vet said that as she was quite elderly (she’s 16 this year) she probably wouldn’t get any strength back in her back leg so we would have to make sure she rested a lot. Anyone that knows Shelby knows that she never relaxes. She is forever running about ninja kicking someone or another. She has more energy in her than Pea ever will so trying to get her to rest is/was virtually impossible. We would normally strap her leg up if she wouldn’t rest just to give it a little more strength for her as well as lift her off and on the bed at night when she’d get off for a drink. I never expected a food to help her either but it has. When we received the food we immediately started her on the Move Easy Food. A few days in and she seemed a lot more comfortable as she wasn’t stopping half way through her walk to the water bowl from her beanbag. But the turning point for me was when she got off the bed in the middle of the night (I woke up as normal since I wait for her to pick her back up again) but laid down waiting for her to bark at me. What I didn’t expect though was to see her arrive back at the end of the bed all by herself and curl back up to go to sleep. I couldn’t actually believe my eyes as she’s not been able to jump back on the bed since her accident.
The Move Easy Food contains Glucosamine and Chondroitin which is what my Mum would take for her arthritis. I had no idea it would work just as well with dogs though! We’re now a week into her eating it daily and she’s been able to get herself back on the bed for the last few days without any problems at all. She’s not due back at the vet for another few months so if we continue with the Move Easy food she should be in tip top condition when we visit. She too loves the treats which are in the same category as the food but doesn’t go through them like the others so we have a fair amount of them still left for her.
Overall this range is superb and although Ali hasn’t calmed down with it, we’ve had successes with some of the others, so it’s made me a happy humum. Just have to get the orders in now to keep them all on the straight and narrow.
Have you any difficult moments with your dogs that food has solved? Love to hear your thoughts.