"Pepper", the dog that became a person

“Do you remember the old Bee Gees hit, How Deep Is Your Love?

When Mike Calabrese, one of our wonderful, long-term customers wrote to me about how our formulas had helped save his dog’s life, the Bee Gees chimed in immediately from my memory bank and I just had to let you all hear what Mike’s dog “Pepper” means to him in so many ways.

In the midst of the thunder and lightning around us all right now, take a moment and see how wonderful life really can be.”

Dear Dr Garland,

a photo of Mike Calabrese and his dog PepperI have known you for about 16-17 years now. I have used your products with phenomenal results (and as a matter of fact I am breaking in between thoughts to take everything for your detox as I write this,) I have recommended you and your line to a lot of people, and swear by you, who you are, what you do, and your amazing products you make.

About a month ago my best friend Pepper (seen in the picture with me) was struck with Vestibular Disease/Syndrome. For the people who do not know what that is, it is very similar to a Stroke in dogs. God has not blessed me with children yet, but he did send me Pepper who is without a doubt my son. Although my boy will be 15 years old this month (Feb 2011) I have a hard time facing the fact that he is getting up in age since I met him and have had him apart of my life since he was 1 1/2 years old.

The Vet gave him antibiotics right away, however, that is when I called you once there was a diagnosis of what he had. I have always made sure Pepper has had the best of everything with top of the line dog food…although his diet has changed a few times over the years; never letting him ingest tap water since I’ve had him, and thanks to you he gets water from your water treatment, which I change at least 2 times a day to always keep it fresh; and no matter what is going on in my life, I always make sure he gets a walk every day over the Spring, Summer, and Fall; and so much more. I will not walk him during the winter months since there is salt on the roads.

That “so much more” also includes making sure he gets the best herbs and minerals on the face of this earth. I do have to admit, though, that I stopped giving him the Shark Liver Oil when he kept taking the gel cap out of his bowl prior to the disease. The day I called you, I was very unsure of our future together, of my boy and I, since he, within a matter of 10 minutes, went from very energetic and his normal happy-go-lucky self to no balance with his equilibrium off & his eyes twitching; acting as though he had no idea where he was or what was going on, and he was very weak. He was also scared I believe since he didn’t know what was happening. The disease struck suddenly.

Dr Garland, you really know how to put a person’s mind at ease. The day I called you, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a mess. The vet said it would be at least 2 weeks before I saw any type of sign of improvement. There was no doubt in your mind though, just as long as I do what you said, he would be just fine. You told me to get him back on the Shark Liver Oil, but this time pierce the gel cap and let the drops go into the food; increase his D3-K2, and increase his drops of Life Transfusion. Although, to cover the fish taste, I now mix a little bit of chicken breast into the mixture of food, herbs, and minerals, it made a big difference to let the oil go directly into the food. As of late, I have heard that a lot of dogs Love fish. Pepper is unfortunately not one of them. He can’t resist chicken though, which I cook for him with no salt, oil, or anything.

The very next day I did see some improvement, although it was slight. The 2nd day I still had to go out with him when he went to the bathroom, but no longer had to hold him up the whole time, but he was still falling every now and then. By the 4th or 5th day, he was able to go out alone. Although he still had a slight challenge with his coordination, he was no longer falling. Less than a week and a half later he was back to 100%. He now runs around the backyard in the snow again, like he always has. And oh…did I mention he will be 15 in less than 4 weeks?

Thank you SO very much!! Words alone cannot express the thanks that I have for what you have done for me, my family, my friends, and now Especially my son. When we meet people on our walks, they can’t believe he is the age he is. On his last check-up, prior to the disease, I was told that with the way Pepper looks, acts, and is, he still has a good 4 or 5 GOOD years left. That will make him 19 or 20 which is very uncommon. Not only has the vet said that, but other people who also have a good background with dogs have said it as well. I do seriously believe it is because:

  1. making sure he gets good water from your treatment system ever since I’ve had him
  2. top of the line Nutro Dog food (I would give him holistic, but his sensitive stomach can’t take it so I give him Nutro Venison, which is just below holistic)
  3. plenty of exercise, love, and affection
  4. and last but not least, of course your herbs and minerals

I do know that God will eventually take one His most perfect Angels back. Although I know it won’t be easy, it will be that much easier to take the loss knowing I have given him more than a full life, thanks to you. And, thanks to you, there is no doubt he will make it to 20.

Thank you So very much again & May God continue to Bless you!

Mike Calabrese
Cleveland, OH

Formulas used by Mike for Pepper:

This is the miracle of Contagious Health!

Dr. G

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