Archives for August, 2013

Fearful Dog Behavior

Hi Everybody,

I am passing along this wonderful illustration by Lili Chin of examples of fearful dog behavior. I’ve seen a lot of these from Roxie and Gypsy, and they most often use the avoiding eye contact and lip licks. One behavior I’ve observed, especially from Gypsy, that is NOT on this chart is “whale eye” where the eyes get large and you can see the whites all around the pupil.

Fearful dog behavior

If we see these behaviors from either Roxie or Gypsy, we do our best to remove them from whatever is causing their distress, as we don’t want them escalating to a more dangerous behavior.

To see other examples of Lili Chin’s work: Doggie Drawings by Lili Chin

Until next time,


Aug 29, 2013 | Comments are off | Animal Communication, animal welfare, Dog Behavior

Happy 14th Birthday to Roxie!

Hello Everyone,

Thank you for indulging me in celebrating our Roxie’s 14th birthday!

Roxie is doing quite well for a senior girl, although she has slowed down, and is losing her hearing. She still likes to play and is still our fetchaholic who barks at us every day at five p.m. to throw the ball!

Here is our little princess in her birthday tiara:

Roxie with tiara

And donning a party hat:

Roxie with hat

And Gypsy getting in on the action:


Here is my post from May about Roxie’s hearing loss: Deaf Pet Awareness.

My best to you and your dogs,


Aug 15, 2013 | 5 | Animal Communication, animal welfare, Dog Behavior

Is your pet D.O.A?

Hello to Everyone on this extremely hot day in San Antonio.

Following is an article I wrote on which I would love to get your feedback:

Is your pet D.O.A? By Jean McKinney

Three root causes of all disease in humans can be traced back to the following conditions:

– Dehydration
– Oxidation
– Acidosis

As our animals are subjected to the same living situations, environmental toxins, and questionable water, they, too, fall victim to the above conditions.

Unfortunately, just like us humans, our pets are suffering from degenerative diseases like cancer, diabetes, arthritis, etc. in record numbers. Veterinarians are seeing more cases of these heartbreaking situations each year.


Humans, in general, are clinically dehydrated. Even dedicated water drinkers are not getting complete utilization of the water they drink, and they are unknowingly drinking water that is oxidizing, acidic, or even toxic.

As opposed to 70-75% of water that comprises the human body, most of our pets are made up of about 60% water. They, too, need to drink plenty of water to replace their lost fluids during the day, especially those that are outside during the summer or are working animals. Our pets do not sweat, which makes it much more difficult for them to cool down as effectively as we do.

An immediate trip to the veterinarian is called for if you see any of the following signs of serious dehydration in your pet:

– eyes that may be sunken into the head
– lethargy
– less energy than usual
– dry gums in the mouth
– excessive elasticity of the skin

Much of our municipal water supplies are necessarily treated with chemicals such as chlorine to remove bacteria and other contaminants. The chlorine, unfortunately, makes the water smell bad and taste worse. Our pets have a much more refined sense of smell than we do, so they are reluctant to drink bad-smelling and bad-tasting water unless they are really thirsty.


Oxidation is a chemical process occurring in our cells simply as a result of being. Oxidation can be thought of as rusting, aging, or rotting, none of which is desirable if we are interested in living healthier, living longer, or just looking younger. Unfortunately, we are subjected to more toxins, pollutants, and stress than ever before, all of which accelerate oxidation.

Just about everyone has heard that antioxidants are good for us, as they reverse the oxidative process. Antioxidants make up the bulk of supplements we consume, and many of us are making a point of upping our antioxidants by eating more raw fruits and vegetables, or drinking such things as green tea.

Our pets are subjected to the same oxidative stresses as we are, so they can benefit from antioxidants. But, how many of us think about providing supplements for our animals? We are lucky to remember to take our own!


Acidosis is a condition whereby the pH of our cells is excessively acidic. This is virtually a universal occurrence with today’s lifestyles of too much stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, taking prescription medications, consumption of drinks like sodas and energy drinks, environmental toxins, and on and on.

In the 1920’s Nobel Peace prize winner Dr. Otto Warburg discovered that disease thrives in an acidic environment, and does NOT thrive in an alkaline environment. Our acidic lifestyles are one reason why we are seeing epidemic rises in degenerative diseases in our culture.

Our pets experience the same health issues as we humans do, so it is not just important for us to strive for a more alkaline cellular pH, but for our pets as well. Of course, this is easier said than done as we can’t wave a magic wand and eliminate all the stresses and toxins from our lives or our pets’ lives. Nor is it a simple matter or even advisable to change our diets, or our pets’ diets, to consume strictly alkaline-based foods.

Alkaline, Antioxidant, Restructured Water

Drinking the proper water can be a simple solution to overcoming the negative effects of dehydration, oxidation, and acidosis. The key word is proper, as drinking tap water, the vast majority of bottled waters, or reverse osmosis water, is not going to successfully address the issues of dehydration, oxidation, or acidosis.

Ideally, the water would:

– be micro-clustered (restructured) to address dehydration
– have a strong antioxidant value to address oxidation
– have an alkaline pH to address acidosis

Micro-clustering means the water molecules are smaller than those in regular water, so the water is much more easily absorbed, and you benefit from more efficient utilization of the water you consume.

There are naturally occurring sources of water that have an alkaline pH, are high in antioxidants, and are micro-clustered, such as Tlacote, Mexico, or Lourdes, France. Unfortunately, most of us have neither the time nor the resources to travel to such places to get this water.

What we do have is Kangen Water®, produced by a technology from the Enagic Corporation in Japan. This technology has been available in Japan for about four decades and is used and endorsed by multiple Japanese hospitals, clinics, and medical professionals.

From personal experience I have seen the tremendous positive effects this water has given not only the humans in our family, but our pets as well.

For information about Kangen Water® and the technology behind it, please visit our website, or call Rick or myself at 210.545.2059.

About me: I am neither a pet expert nor a medical expert. What I am is a devoted pet parent to two 13-year-old mixed breed female dogs, Roxie and Gypsy, and an enthusiastic drinker of Kangen Water®.

I wish only the best for you and your pets,


Aug 06, 2013 | 1 | Animal Communication, animal welfare, Dog Behavior, Home Health Care for Dogs