Stronghold natural rearing mean
The basic principle behind NR (Natural Rearing), is to keep the life of an
animal in ones care as close as possible to nature.* It involves feeding a
fresh, raw organic diet, and developing a breeding program where no
conventional vaccines, chemical wormers, antibiotics and synthetic drugs are
administered. * Providing a natural lifestyle and diet of fresh natural raw
food is first and foremost in any animal rearing. It is very important that
we understand how a lifetime of commercial prepared food, conventional
health care through overuse of vaccines, antibiotics, other synthetic
drugs, un-natural rearing through overcrowding and commercial housing
affects physically and mentally not only the animal receiving it but it's
future generations as well. Sadly, many breeders do not understand nor are
willing or able to put in this extra effort that ensures and strengthens the
health of future generations. Some are more committed to owning a large
numbers of dogs, producing large amounts of litters, do not want or do not
have the time to devote to the extra care the NR method involves. They think
natural animal care is a recent development, or some "fad". When in fact the
holistic animal care movement began of 70 years ago when it was introduce by the great Juliette de Bairacli Levy. .
*Our facility incorporates many N.R. methods into our breeding program.
These methods, pioneered by Juliette de Bairacli Levy are described in-depth
in her book *The Complete Herbal Handbook for the Dog and Cat*, which is now
in its 6th edition. *I highly recommend this book and consider it my
breeding bible. * Juliette's methods, treatments and theory have been proven
right by countless dog owners and top kennels through out the world. Now in
her 90’s, this world renown herbalist has been considered a god send to the
animal world and an inspiration for breeder who’s sole intent is for the
betterment of the breed.
*The N.R. and Herbal methods in Juliette's books have proven themselves to
me over the years of caring for animals. Improving both the health and
strength of my breeding stock and their offspring. They treat the root of
the problem, have no side effects and strengthen the whole constitution.
They do not cover up health problems as many conventional treatments do by
treating only the symptom, usually to have the problem re-appear stronger,
or in a different form or area of the body.
*W*ith this in mind I will briefly explain the following areas of our
*NUMBER OF DOGS. > For a dog to maintain top mental and physical health and produce such, it
needs to be reared in a non-kennel environment. By this I mean each dog is
allowed daily, free off-leash time to exercise (to just be a dog),
interaction with other dogs and animals, and to receive plenty of contact
with humans through play and work. . The quality of dogs I bring into my breeding program is high. The number of dogs I keep is low.
*KENNELS & RUNS.
Our facility is in my home . They are provided daily contact with clean
earth, grassland and sun. Various herbs and grasses are grown in the fields
so the dogs have free access to what . A large pond is on our our property
were each dog in the summer months has access to it daily. I am a believer
in letting my females and pups in fresh air tobe out side to run and play. . I do not
use chemical fertilizer or pesticides anywhere on my land. The following
natural disinfectants have been used: natural pine oil, neem oil, tea tree
oil, & citrus extracts. Most of these products have many benefits and uses
besides disinfecting and can be purchased at your health store or some of
the larger drug and grocery chains.
*Here is brief explaination what I feed and refer you to several book on the
*Over the years I have witnessed an improvement in health, muscle tone,
bone formation and temperament by feeding a natural raw food diet, with most
of the ingredients being from a Certified Organic source. Females in whelp
and pups are feed a predominantly a raw diet from the time they are weaned
to the time they leave my facility My adult dogs are kept on a average of
90% natural raw food and 10% high quality dry food diet. The Whole Dog
Journal has an annual listing of the current top 10 dry foods, explaining
the positive and negative points of all their ingredients.
*Feeding cooked meat is one of the most unnatural foods you can give your
dog. Meat plays a major part in the canine diet. For the dog who has to
digest cooked meat day after day brings about many health problems. I can
not count the number of times I’ve heard people say they feed their dog only
“sauteed meat” or “skinless chicken“, or even sadder, “we don’t feed our
dogs raw meat”. The dog’s juices, both of mouth and stomach are strongly
antiseptic. Food which would kill a human in one day can be safely eaten by
a canine without harmful effects. The canine consumes skin, feathers, fur,
hide, bone, contents of stomach for pre-digested grains, bark and herbage
from which the animal has grazed and in a form easily assimilated by the
dog. True, the life span of the wild dog is shorter.This is due largely to
the fact the wild dogs existence is spent looking for food and survival from
other predators. The wild dog has not had to suffer the numerous modern day
diseases that are plaguing are companions. All of my dogs enjoy fresh meat,
I We are fortunate because we have close access to a year round supply of
Organic Beef, Lamb, and Chicken as well as occasional Venison. No matter
where you live, you will be able to find some natural meat source to
introduce into your pets diet. Plenty of raw bones are provided to our pups
and adults for health teeth and jaw formation and intestinal exercise.
*A partial list of the following is fed:
*Grains, flaked or rolled*: Oats, Barley, Rye, Millet, Amaranth, Quinoa,
Brown Rice, Corn Maize.
*Legumes: *Kidney, Pinto, Soybeans, Lentils, Split Peas.
*Vegetables*: Carrots, Squash, Pumpkin, Sweet Potatoes, Peas, Corn,
Herbs*: Garlic, Rosemary, Sage, Parsley, Raspberry, Comfrey, Nettle, Tree
*FRUITS & MISCELLANEOUS. *
*Apples, Berries, Coconut, Raisins; non-sulfur type, Figs, Carob, Seaweed,
Eggs, Raw Goat Milk, Cottage Cheese, Yogurt, Flax Oil, Cod Liver Oil,
Molasses, Honey, Almonds, Peanut Butter.
*HEALTH CARE. *
*Homeopath, Herbs, and Glandulars are holistic methods I predominately use
in my facility. Conventional when appropriate. These methods are safe,
non-addictive, have no unwanted side affects and often have a high success
rate. They have proved themselves to me, sometimes when conventional
methods have failed.
*Homeopathic Complexes & Single remedies. *I use precise German
Formulations that have been used successfully by top Holistic Vets and
Practitioners throughout the world.
*Herbs/Supplements**.* I use N.R. Original Herbal
Imported from England and pioneered by Juliette de Bairacli Levy, these
compounds and supplements are the finest available. They stimulate
immunity, maintain health and promote a cure in the sick. I also grow a
large amount of my own herbs around my kennels and use them often. We also
use Nu-vet and highly recomend this wondeful cold preesed supplement. As
many people don't have the garden's like us.
*Glandulars**.* Nutritional glandular products have had a long history in
aiding the body to heal and helping provide the “fuel” to enable the body to
regain proper glandular function. I use pure, organic, specially processed
glandulars that are used and trusted by physicians.
*Juliette pioneered the use of Carob powder as a beneficial food and health
aid for dogs. Carob is the fruit of the Locust tree and St John's tree it
it rich in natural sugars and contains all the principal vitamins and
minerals. It is used as a protection against hip dysplasia and has a
history of very successful results when used.
*VITAMIN C POWDER**.*
*All adults and newborn pups receive this most important vitamin supplement
daily. The form I use on adults and older pups is a pure imported sodium
ascorbate It’s buffered
and easily digested without stomach irritation and is tasteless. The dosage
differs from newborn to adult and is given under puppy care section.
*M*y pregnant females receive 3 grams of vitamin C daily. Pups from birth
are given 75 milligrams orally each day. At 3 weeks of age, the dose is
increased to 500 milligrams daily. At 4 months, 1 to 2 grams should be
given each day until the pups are 2 years of age. This is essential to
strong ligaments, muscles and tissues surrounding joints. It is a good
preventive against sub-clinical scurvy which has been found to play a role
in a dog developing hip dysphasia.
*My adult dogs do not receive annual boosters. Besides from being far from
100 % effective, they are known to cause long-lasting health disturbances.
*If you chose not to vaccinate your dog you must take the responsibility to
educate yourself on nutrition and the use of the well-proved virus killing
herbs, formerly used to combat plagues (garlic, wormwood, southernwood,
sage, rue, rosemary) and/or the use of Homeopathic nosode's. **You also need
to understand that both conventional and alternative therapies are not 100%
( not foolproof). Most Vet's will be able to tell you the number of dogs
they treat each year for Parvo that have both received the vaccine and those
who have not*. I have not used yearly boosters on my adults for the past 8
years. Any pups I keep back for my own breeding program receive no
conventional vaccinations, instead Homeopathic nosode's are used.. I have
traveled with my dogs and have had no health problems with them. On our
pups we sell to clients who wish to use conventional vaccinations, I use
single or simple vaccines (vaccine for one or two diseases at a time)
instead of the usual given complex vaccines (vaccine of 5 to 7 diseases at a
time). If requested by a client, I will use only nosodes on a pup. *Nosodes
are Homeopathic remedies which are made from natural disease products. It
is sterilized, diluted and carefully prepared in accredited pharmacies.
First developed by a veterinarian in the1920s, this method of disease
protection in animals showed impressive results even before vaccines were
developed. When used properly, it can protect a dog from disease even
better than the vaccine can. Given orally, the body gets a chance to
process it before it's presented to the bloodstream. It is absorbed more
naturally then the shot administered to the body without any of the side
effects associated with the vaccine. And it avoids the introduction into
the body of mercury, in which vaccines are preserved*. I have been very
impressed with the results of Homeopath used in my own facility. *Nosodes
are available for kennel cough, parvovirus, distemper, lepto, rabies and
has been used successfully on most animal diseases more recently for
heartworm*. There is a large body of evidence that has been collected over
the last 200 years showing they provide immunity in humans, more recently
*C*hinese herbs for the treatment of intestinal parasites when used
correctly is a very effective and safe way to treat Roundworms, Tapeworms,
Whipworms, and Hookworms along with Giardia and Coccidiosis. I have found
better results with using Homeopathic remedies as a worm preventative in my
breeding program. With the Chinese herbs I found results varied and what
worked on one dog or litter did not work on another. All adults
(periodically) and pups (before they are sent to their new homes) have their
*I* do not wean my pups at an early age. I allow the pups to nurse the
bitch as long as she is willing. I have learned the longer the pups nurse
the healthier they are and that a bitch knows better than I do the correct way to care for herself and her pups. A supplement diet is introduced
around 4 weeks, starting off with a simple gruel. By the 5th week meat is
introduced along with soft bones. By 8 weeks of age, the pups are eating 3
meals a day.
*D*etailed health records are kept and provided on each pup. Weight is
recorded daily for the first 2 weeks, toenails are clipped once a week, and
older pups receive weekly ear cleaning and grooming. Notes are kept on
each pup starting at 3 weeks and are closely monitored over the next 5,
regarding reactions to new experiences, environments and testing as well as
temperament and drives. Temperament tests are ran at 7 weeks, always by
outside trainers. Results on this testing will be provided if requested.
This testing along with the compiled information we have gathered on each
pup over the 7 week period helps insure that our pups are sent to the right
homes and the needed characteristic for a particular working requirement is
present. Older pups receive drive stimulation through rag play and are
worked with on a daily basis. Pups are well socialized with our children
and exposed to a variety of sights, sounds and experiences.
*A *pup will receive a parvo shot at 8 weeks (unless a client has requested
a different method as stated in the above vaccine section). . Our warranty
covers hips and elbows to pass OFA by 28 months of age, ears to stand,
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*Juliette de Bairacli Levy* ;
Juliette de Bairacli Levy is a world renowned herbalist, author, breeder
of Afghan Hounds, friend of the Gypsies, traveler in search of herbal
wisdom, and *the* pioneer of holistic veterinary medicine. Juliette has a
long record of spectacular cures to her credit. The books she has written
have been a vital inspiration for the present day herbal renaissance.
Juliette was born in 1912 in Manchester, England. Her parents were Jewish
- her mother from Egypt and her father from Turkey. Juliette was raised in a
household with three sisters and two brothers, a nanny, chauffeur, maid and
gardener. She was educated at Lowther College, one of the best girls schools
in Britain, and went on to study veterinary medicine at the Universities of
Manchester and Liverpool. Juliette did not approve of the vivisection and
animal experimentation that was going on in the universities in the name of
science and health. So she left the university after two years and went to study with the Gypsies and peasants of the world.
In the late 1930's Juliette ran a distemper clinic in London where, at a
time when many dogs were dying from this disease, she treated and cured
hundreds of dogs with fasting, herbs and a natural diet. Amongst others, she
cured the dogs of Douglas Fairbanks, the tenor Richard Tauber, the owner of
Sutton Seeds and Arthur Guinness (of Guinness Beer). Also, when many Afghan
hound puppies were dying of distemper, Juliette raised a litter of puppies
on her natural rearing methods and these puppies won *Best of Show at* *Crufts
Dog Show*. Descendants of this litter, known under Juliette's kennel name,
Turkuman, were later to become Champions in England, America, and all over
the world. In the 1940's Turkuman Nissim's Laurel won *Best Of Show* *at
Westminster* - to this day the only Afghan ever to win Best of Show at this
event. Turkuman Nissim's Laurel was pictured on the cover of Life magazine.
It was in the 1930's that Juliette developed a line of herbal supplements
for animals known as *Natural Rearing Products*. For the next 50 years these
were the only products of their kind on the market. Today these supplements
are still distributed world wide.
During World War II, Juliette worked in the Women's Land Army gathering
sphagnum moss which was used on soldiers' wounds. After the war she went to
Yorkshire where she cured thousands of sheep who had been declared incurable
by conventional vets. This work brought her to the attention of Sir Albert
Howard, founder of the Soil Association and creator of modern day "organic"
farming methods. Sir Albert Howard encouraged Juliette to learn all she
could about herbal treatments for animals.
In the 1940's, while traveling in America, Spain, France, North Africa
and Turkey, Juliette gathered herbal remedies from the nomadic and peasant
peoples of these lands. When her *Complete Herbal Handbook for Farm and
Stable* was published in 1951, it was the first veterinary herbal ever to be
published as before this time, the art of farriers, gypsies and peasants had
been passed on only by the spoken word. Thus Juliette became THE pioneer of
what is known today as holistic animal care. She went on to write *The
Complete Herbal Book for the Dog*. Both these books together with Juliette's
*Illustrated Herbal Handbook for Everyone* and *Natural Rearing of
Children*have become classics and many generations of humans & animals
raised & healed on these books.
Faber and Faber, Juliette's publishers, have stated that for the past 50
years they have always received more inquiries about Juliette than about any
of their other authors who include T.S. Eliot, Ted Hughes and William
Juliette's children were born in the early 1950's. She took her children
to live in Israel where they raised owls, hawks, dogs, goats, donkeys and
bees. Juliette became famous for saving her hives of bees from shell attack
during the six day war. In Israel and later when she moved to Greece,
Juliette continued to write, raise Afghan hounds, garden and to gather
herbal remedies. As well as her herbal books, she has written several travel
books, two novels and three books of poems.
For the past ten years Juliette has been coming to America every summer
to give lectures, workshops and seminars on herbal medicine. In America she
has become recognized as the grandmother of today's herbal renaissance. In 1998 at their Herb Fest in Iowa, Frontier Herbs presented Juliette with