I have been a dog person all of my life. Growing up in the USA, a few of our first school reading books were ‘Dick and Jane’ stories. Dick had a dog; Jane a cat.
I always wondered why Jane couldn’t have the dog…
Fast forward a few decades and several dogs later (I got my first dog at aged 10, when my parents thought I was old enough to take on the responsibility)….
I adopted my English Pointer, Daisy, in 2003 and she reacted badly to many commercial foods and treats. And in learning to manage her health conditions, I not only made my own recipes for her treats, but I started researching natural health for animals – my science and research skills came in handy to do this. (I am a geologist by training and worked full-time in the environmental science industry for a solid 24 years).
By 2007, I decided to go into business and we started selling made-to-order dog treats that were ‘Daisy tested and approved.’However, I wanted to do more than bake treats and, drawing on my background as an environmental scientist, I decided to pursue qualifications in natural health for dogs.
In 2009, I added canine therapeutic massage to the company practice. Around this time, I also started writing for a New Zealand based pet website. Unfortunately, the site didn’t last for too long and so I decided that I could still write (and more frequently) by going solo and established this blog in 2010.
I hope you enjoy this blog about everything dog. Feel free to comment and contribute and you can reach me through my website at The Balanced Dog.