Arthropet Review

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, then you have heard me blog about our border corgle, Kiff. (see The Unexpected Corgle and Corgle Update – He’s So Cute!!  You’ll have to wait until next week for a Kiff update.  Today I’m talking about our older dog, Katie.

Bud and KatieHere’s a picture of Bud and Katie when we first got her in 2005.  She is part black lab/part chow (notice her black tongue?) We got her when she was about eight months old.  She had been found wandering the streets of a nearby town.  She was skittish and needy, but oh so sweet.

Katie todayAnd here’s a photo of Katie today.  She’s 8 1/2 years old now and getting a little creaky in the joints.  Some cold mornings it’s very hard for her to get out of bed.  We weren’t sure what to do for her.  Then the nice people at Neocell offered me a month’s supply of Arthropet.

According to Neocell:

Arthropet™ is an innovative formula that provides chicken cartilage (a natural source of collagen type 2, glucosamine, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid), plus MSM, CMO, and Manganese.

And here is a testimonial from the owner of a service dog named Takoda.  The dog had torn a tendon, and the vet projected it would take $3000 worth of treatment to bring Takoda back to health…and even then treatment might not work.   Neocell sent some Arthropet to the owner and here is the letter they got back:

wanted to send a message and a huge thanks to everyone at Neocell for their kindness during Takoda’s injury.   Your supplements have been an amazing aid in his healing.  Our vet expected him to be out for 3 months.  A month later and he has been cleared for duty.  He has healed and is doing amazing.  I really don’t think we could have done this without you and words cannot express my gratitude.  He still gets a little sore after rought play but we are continuing with the supplements and know he will continue to heal.  His vet was amazed and happy to see how well he is doing.  Takoda is extremely happy to be back at work and training again. Thank You so much.  🙂  Me and Takoda will be forever in your debt.

My Review:

Neocell is in a “chewable wafer” form.  The directions are to give it to your dog in the morning, on an empty stomach, preferably at least 20 minutes before feeding.  For the first three days, Katie ate the wafers right out of my hand.  Then, I would set the kitchen timer for 20 minutes, put both the dogs outside while I did the morning dishes, and then feed them.  It was a great routine!!

The problem was that after three days Katie was no longer interested in eating the wafers plain.  And I am no good at pilling a dog.  I tried hiding them in a piece of bread and a piece of cheese, but she’d just spit out the wafers after she ate “the good stuff.”  So I had to forgo the directions and bury the wafers under her dog food.  Then she ate them, no complaints.

Before the Arthropet, Katie would take a long time getting out of her bed in the morning, stepping gingerly until she got here “sea legs”.  She didn’t chase anymore, either, not even birds (and you know how much a lab loves to chase birds!)

After one week on the Arthropet, Katie was already getting up more quickly and enthusiastically.  But the true tell was at the end of the month.  Bud came home from classes a couple of evenings ago and Katie ran outside to greet him!! She was jumping around and capering, just like Kiff!!  We haven’t seen her like that in years!!

So, as you can see, I am sold on Arthropet!!

I received a complimentary bottle of this product for the purpose of review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

If you would like to try Arthropet for your dog, you can purchase it at Amazon.com

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Why I Give Part Two

Back in December I talked about some of the reasons why I believe in giving: giving back, giving to charities, etc.  You can see my original post here.

Today I’d like to talk about why I feel “called” to give.  I know some of you won’t like that word “called”, but that’s what it is to me.  I believe God calls us all to give.  Here are the specific verses that lead me to give to the charities I do:

Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25: 34-40 NRSV

I try to use these verses as a litmus test when I am asked to donate.  If it will support the hungry, thirsty, lonely, poor or imprisoned, then I will try to donate if I can.

Compassion International is one of the charities I choose to give to.  Here is their commitment to children from their website:

Compassion’s ministry is focused on the individual child and his or her development. By working holistically with individual children to address their spiritual, economic, social and physical needs, we present every child with an opportunity to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults.

Although entire communities may feel the positive impact of Compassion’s presence, our goal is to release children one-by-one from poverty in Jesus’ name. What happens in the life of a child ripples throughout their environment now and in the future.

We believe that changed environments may assist children, but transformed children will inevitably change their environments.

I am not able to commit to supporting a child on a monthly basis, but Compassion offers other opportunities to give through their Gift Catalog.  For as little as $4 you have the opportunity to help protect one child from parasites, or for $10 you can provide garden seeds for an entire family in Africa.

Compassion International is encouraging everyone to talk about the reasons why they give.   Please leave a comment below or link up your blog to the linky below and let us know what verse calls you to give?