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Healthcare and Nutrition
What does
 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
 breeding program:

 *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.

 *DIET
 *Here is brief explaination what I feed and refer you to several book on the
 diet page

 *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.

 *MEAT*

 *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.

 *GRAINS-LEGUMES-VEGETABLES-HERBS**.*

 *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,
 Sprouts. *
 Herbs*: Garlic, Rosemary, Sage, Parsley, Raspberry, Comfrey, Nettle, Tree
 Flour.
 *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.


 *CAROB POWDER*

 *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.

 *VACCINES.*

 *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
 with animals.

 *WORMERS.*

 *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
 stools checked.

 *PUPPY CARE*;

 *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,

 *READING MATERIAL;*

 *The Complete Herbal Handbook for the Dog and Cat*. by: Juliette de Bairacli
 Levy
 publisher: Faber & Faber $ 16.00 *(please scroll to the bottom of this page
 for a complete listing of Juliette's many book's as well as a brief bio of
 her life's work)*

 *What Vets Don’t Tell You About Vaccines*. by: Catherine O’Driscoll
 publisher: Our Pets, Inc.$ 16.95

*Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats.* by:
 Richard H.
 Pitcairn, D.V.M., Ph.D. & Susan Hubble Pitcairn publisher: Rodale Press,
 Inc. $16.95

 *Complementary & Alternative Veterinary Medicine*. by: Allen Schoen & Susan
 Wynn publisher: Mosby Inc.$ 90.00

 *The Whole Dog Journal.* A monthly publication on natural health, feeding
 and training.
 www.whole-dog-journal.com$ 39.00

 *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
 have been
 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
 Golding.
 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
 a *Lifetime
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