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Guest Blogger: Jill Rybak (pet owner & Oximunol 50 Day Challenge participant)

Dante & Dakota

 I want people to know about my dogs. 

I have two purebred Labrador Retrievers. We have had them since they were 7 weeks old and, apart from a day trip to see a friend and a wonderful week last May to see Alaska, I have been with them their entire lives. Their walk schedule is pretty simple: I walked them twice a day and my husband walked them once a day until he retired. Now, they have one walk from each of us and the third is split between the two of us.

Dakota is our Tigger; Dante, our Eyore

Dakota has always been healthy. He is our Tigger. He has had one ear infection and sprained his leg a couple of times that usually requires a day or two of down time to heal. He is so healthy that when he was a year old he had a head on collision with a ten speed bicycle and walked away. The bike, however, ended up in “bike heaven”!

Dante, unfortunately, is our Eyore. He has always been sickly. When he was a pup (about 6 months old) the pads on his paws became so swollen that it took me an hour to walk him around the block. His ears are always full of wax and he has a permanent limp.

The two dogs have always weighed within a pound or two of each other but Dante always looks to be about five pounds heavier than his brother. People usually assume that Dante is the parent of Dakota.  The boys have a room that is theirs upstairs. There is a futon in it for them to sleep on but Dante stopped going up there at least two years ago.  For the last couple of months, by lunch time, he needs someone to get behind him and boost him up the four stairs from the back yard. He is not fat, just losing mobility. Dakota is always willing to walk but Dante will do one walk willingly.  The (second walk) he needs me to leash him and drag him around, and the last (walk) he usually pretends to be asleep and, being fed up, we usually pretend to believe him.

A new pill that helps shedding, mobility and overall energy: Oximunol Chewable Tablets

My daughter, Katrina, was speaking to one of her clients, Graham Burton (one of the researchers responsible for discovering the health benefits of oxidized carotenoids), who was testing a new pill for dogs (Oximunol Chewable Tablets). It was supposed to reduce shedding in dogs and had one side effect – increased energy! He wanted to know if I would be interested in participating in a trial for the pills (Oximunol 50 Day Challenge).  Of course I would love not to have to vacuum so often but was mostly excited to participate in order to see if it could help poor old Dante.

“Miracle at our house!”

The boys have been taking the tablets for 16 days now and I want to let you know about the MIRACLE at our house!  Dante has started waiting at the back door for someone to take him for a walk!!  If he sees one of us going near the door, he watches to see that we are just going out to feed our filthy habit and not trying to sneak out without him.  Only once in the last week did he forgo a third walk!  I used to pull him around on the third walk and now he is pulling me! We like to walk them off leash as much as possible and used to have to wait for him to catch up.  Don’t turn around any more because you’ll fall over him!

Back to walking the stairs!

And the stairs – Dante does the back stairs by himself, I swear with a spring in his step!

I am glad that I am writing this to you so that you don’t hear the tears.

I cannot thank (Avivagen Animal Health) enough for allowing us to participate in this (Oximunol 50 Day Challenge) trial. It is giving Dante the life that he deserves.  I would be happy to tell anyone with doubt that this is a wonderful thing to be doing for their dog.

~ Jill

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UPDATE: 

I hope you are sitting down!

Guess who was on the futon when I got up in the middle of the night Saturday?!  THIS is the milestone I was waiting for!  So happy you can’t measure it!!  

Thank you so much for giving this back to Dante!!

Love, Jill

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