A Tale of Resilience, Love, and Natural Care for Pets

This week’s podcast episode is the TAIL of my special Neo Mastiff, Shadrach, who changed my life – for the better! This is the last chapter in my book, Animals Taught Me That.

Shadrach the Neo Mastiff in sweatshirt

In this heartwarming personal account, the story of Shadrach, my Neapolitan mastiff, unfolds into a powerful narrative of resilience, love, and the importance of natural care for our beloved pets. This captivating tale takes us on a rollercoaster ride through the challenges, triumphs, and transformative moments shared between me and my remarkable canine companion.

The journey begins with my candid portrayal of the hurdles faced when acclimating Shadrach to a new environment. Health issues and the struggle to adjust to regular meals presented daunting obstacles. At first, regret lingered in my decision to bring Shadrach home with us (never my husband then, he was always ALL IN), but the commitment to providing a loving home prevailed. Through the highs and lows, Shadrach’s journey of adjustment, training difficulties, and health struggles are vividly depicted, offering a raw and unfiltered glimpse into the complexities of pet ownership.

The emotional narrative delves into the heartwarming evolution of Shadrach’s health and demeanor. From initially struggling with sleeping through the night to experiencing occasional distress, Shadrach’s progress is a testament of his strength, and our devotion to this amazing boy. As Shadrach’s health improves, his once-diminished energy soars, showcasing the incredible resilience of this magnificent animal.

However, the story takes an unexpected turn when the we learn that Shadrach had contracted kennel cough, despite being vaccinated against it – and of course those who have followed this blog for any length of time (which used to be Shadrach’s blog), you’ll know how this changed EVERYTHING for us in this journey with him. This revelation sparks a thought-provoking discussion on conventional treatments versus natural remedies, emphasizing the vital importance of natural animal health. The profound impact of Shadrach’s journey inspired me to pursue my education further (which is why I went into BOTH animal naturopathy and human health naturopathy) in order to support other pet owners to help them avoid our stumbles and pitfalls, while illuminating the enduring impact of our forever bond.

Amidst the challenges and triumphs, Shadrach’s strong personality shines through, culminating in an incident involving a lost dog. This poignant moment underscores the depth of Shadrach’s impact and the enduring legacy of his indomitable spirit.

Ultimately, this captivating tale underscores the significance of natural care for animals and the invaluable lessons learned from Shadrach. It serves as a powerful testament to the transformative power of love, resilience, and the enduring bond between humans and their beloved pets. Shadrach’s journey is a poignant reminder of the profound impact our pets have on our lives and the importance of embracing natural care to ensure their well-being.

Join me in celebrating the remarkable journey of this absolutely amazing dog, Shadrach, a testament to the unwavering resilience of our animal companions and the enduring power of love. Let Shadrach’s tale inspire you to embrace natural care for your own pets, and cherish the invaluable bond you share with your animals in the process all the more.

Until next time…

Have a PAWSitively, tail waggin’, NATUROPATHICALLY healthy day!



Kim Bloomer, V.N.D., N.D. is an animal naturopath as well as being certified in small animal nutrition, with years of experience in animal wellness. Dr. Kim is a published author, writer, blogger, host of the DOGgone Truth podcast. Dr. Kim offers Animal Naturopathy Mentoring and Courses. Subscribe to her DOGgone Newsletter for updates or to her blog via email. Copyright ©2005-2024 Aspenbloom Pet Care, Dr. Kim Bloomer, All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced in any form without the written consent of the Author/Publisher. This article is intended to be educational. However, it is not intended to be a substitute for diagnosis or treatment from a qualified animal health professional. Dr. Kim Bloomer and Aspenbloom Pet Care, do not assume any legal responsibility for misuse of the products discussed in this article. The only essential oils referenced on this website are Young Living.

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