Food for Thought

Green Smoothie

There’s an old saying: “You are what you eat.” And the same applies to our animal companions. Many animals, during the course of our consultation, will thrust a picture at me of a gooey-looking mess — canned animal food.

Invariably this is followed with “I want GREEN”.

The “green” is the need for high quality chlorophyll like barley, wheat grass or spirulina. This builds and cleanses the blood and provides a host of nutrients in an easily accessible form.

No dog or cat I have ever communicated with has ever requested canned or dried food. Instead they tell their people it is addictive and unhealthy.

All the animals here at A Place of Peace are highly supplemented with a range of products, including “green”, to keep them as healthy and long-lived as possible. As with humans, its difficult to get all the
nutrients the body requires from today’s food.

You can buy a prepared nutritional supplement or make sure you have things like flaxseed oil, kelp (seaweed meal), lecithin, slippery elm powder, yoghurt and other food products on hand. And if you feed meat, make it raw.

Our dogs enjoy a varied diet including fruit, and pulped raw vegetables. They smell as sweet as Mother Earth and I love burying my face into their soft, silky fur and taking a deep breath.

I can always tell a commercial food fed animal – their coats are often dry and harsh, they smell anything but sweet and their stools are chalky. But by introducing fresh, raw foods, this can be quickly changed.

When we found Louie our German Short Haired Pointer, he smelt awful, was riddled with eczema and growled all the time. Abandoned and unwanted, he hung around outside his former unoccupied home, living on scraps from the neighbours. When I first met him, he jumped through my car window, ate an apple pie, and jumped out again, hoping I would take him in. I did. I knew Louie wouldn’t be re-homed if he went to the pound.

We immediately introduced him to regular raw food meals. In two weeks he looked fabulous. In a month people stopped us in the street to admire him. He looked sleek, shiny and very regal. And still is today.

Cats also need a natural diet.

One cat client listed off food he wanted which included fresh chicken and fish, soft white cheese, and omelettes with chives.

His person revealed that when he received my transcript, he thought I was making it up. His cat had never eaten omelette with chives. But when he told his flat mate later that night, the flat mate blanched. He had shared many a chive omelette with this cat.

Personally I am a vegan and was a vegetarian for nearly 30 years. As an animal communicator, I won’t eat the beings I talk with. I’m even careful with the plants I grow in our garden. I’ll ask permission to pick them and request that they withdraw their energy before I do.

In my 30 adult years of caring for animals, I have never fed canned food to my four-legged friends. I look at a can and see degenerative diseases and skin conditions. I see sick cattle and sheep. I see horses milling around an abattoir, terrified by the smell of death – and wondering if this is their fate when they are still so young, and tried so hard. I see older horses, heads bowed. Resigned.

In the USA, there are rendering plants producing the “by-products” found in commercial pet food. This is where the pounds send their dead puppies, kittens, dogs and cats – filled with the sodium pentobarbital used for euthanasia. There are dead bodies from vets, complete with body bags and flea collars, diseased livestock, and all kinds of plastics and wastes. The list continues. All this is boiled up together to make a toxic cocktail for our four-legged companions.

These rendering plants are in Australia as well.

Ethoxyquin, originally a rubber stabilizer, is a synthetic antioxidant found in so-called high quality imported dog and cat food, and reportedly produces an alarming array of health problems. And when it goes back into the rendering vat or slaughter house, it enters the pet food chain unlisted.

I could list all the degenerative diseases and health issues caused by the ingestion of these substances. Instead I’d ask you to be aware of what it is you are feeding your beloved.

And I’ll end with a quote I found on a vegan web site that sums up my personal views – and shapes my vision for the future.

“The demand for vegetarian food will increase our production of the right kind of plant foods. We shall cease to breed pigs and other animals for food, thereby ceasing to be responsible for the horror of the slaughter houses where millions of creatures cry in agony and in vain because of man’s selfishness. If such concentration camps for slaughtering continue, can peace ever come to earth? Peace cannot come where peace is not given.”
— Rukmini Devi Arundale

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Originally Published in Conscious Living
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