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November 10, 2010
Volume 1, Issue 7

Hello fellow animal lover,

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if your pets could talk to you…and you could understand them? Imagine being able to find out if your dog really likes his food, or his dog walker, or your other pets! In the “If Dogs Could Talk” section, you’ll hear how some people are actually able to communicate with animals and can relay messages from your pets back to you.

This month’s “Good Dog” section is dedicated to hunting dogs and the vital role that these canines play in this age old practice.

Make sure you don’t skip over the “Raw Knowledge” section either. Rob has some very important cancer prevention tips using some unique superfoods. He also shares some important information about certain foods that may increase the chances of cancer in your pets. This article is definitely a “do not miss” for every intelligent pet parent!

Important Dates to Remember:
November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month.

Thursday, November 11: Veterans Day

Thursday, November 25: Thanksgiving

Friday, November 26: BARF World office and fulfillment centers are all closed for the holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your pets,

Amber Keiper

Marketing Assistant and Raw Diet Educator

BARF World Inc.

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If Dogs Could Talk

Is Your Pet Trying To Tell

You Something?

Have you ever wondered what your pets would say to you if they could talk? Well I just recently discovered that some people can actually communicate with your beloved animal companion and tell you exactly what your pet is trying to tell you!

Renee Gallegos is a certified Animal Communicator based in Marin County, CA and has clients all over the world. I had the pleasure of speaking with her about this fascinating field of animal (and human) therapy.

Amber: What is animal communication exactly?

Renee: Animals are sentient beings – they’re conscious, feeling, knowing, receptive and responsive. Talking intuitively with animals means sending and receiving thoughts, images, emotions, pictures, and even movies – it’s passing information back and forth, mind to mind. It’s understanding their animal, helping their animal find more happiness or a need that hasn’t been met yet or training issues: “Why is my dog doing this in training class?” or “Why is the cat suddenly hiding?” It’s actually counseling people and the funny part is a lot of it has to do with the people!

Amber: How is it scientifically possible to do this?

Renee: The existence of a universal consciousness is what allows us to connect and communicate anywhere and anytime with any being. This is why I can do it with photographs and descriptions (of the animal)– they don’t have to be physically present. According to our current understanding of the universe – the physical universe – it’s made up of energy and information. So wherever there are objects there are fields of energy and information.

If you go to the fundamental levels of activity in nature you find that nature is a discontinuity, which means even though our perceptual experience of the universe is that it is continuous, in fact it is going on and off at the speed of light. We know what is in the “on” of the universe – energy and information. We use it in our technology. The deeper question is what is in the “off”, between the two “ons”, in the discontinuity.

Many people in the world of quantum physics are realizing that the discontinuity of consciousness IS consciousness itself. This is a model that has been explored by scientists in the field of neuroscience and also in the field of quantum physics.

Amber: What kinds of questions can I ask my animal?

Renee: You can ask your animals just about anything. It’s up to them if they’re willing to share – and usually they are. You can always ask your animal, “Are you happy or are you unhappy? Would you like an animal companion? Do you like the other animals in our family? Do you like your food? Do you want more exercise? Do you like your groomer, dog walker, the neighbors? Is there something or someone you’re afraid of? Why do you seem blue or depressed? Do you want a job?” or you just can ask them, “Do you have a message to share with me?”

Amber: Will my animals give away any of my personal secrets?

Renee: (Laughs) It’s so funny – a lot of people really get scared. Actually animals are very loyal to their people. They’re not going to share anything that would be embarrassing although you know, animals can be really playful and silly or serious or funny. They won’t spill the beans about anything that is sacred to their people. They know you and what is okay and what isn’t.

Amber: How did you get into the field of animal communication?

Renee: When I first moved to California back in ‘88, I started an animal care business here in Marin County. Then I sold the business because I wanted to do something else. I always felt that there was something more because I was always so close to my animals and I had so many clients and I received so many beautiful thank you notes and letters for the care of their animals and they just felt that their animals loved me.

Then I saw an article in the newspaper – it was about an animal communicator whose name was Marta Williams – and she was being interview about communicating with animals. I called her up and said, “We gotta talk. I would love to learn how to do this!” This was back in ’99 and she designed some workshops and I participated and boy did my world change!

Amber: Is this a gift that you were born with or can anyone do this?

Renee: Anybody can do this. I believe that because of my Native American ancestry I have always been a little bit more open and available to my intuition. Intuition is a gift that everyone is born with. Although we have the ability to communicate with animals, it takes willingness to want to learn and to do it and to continue to do it. It takes practice to strengthen your intuition. Just like you go to the gym and do weight training to build your muscles. It takes commitment and consistent practice. So practice, practice, practice…but yeah anyone can do it.

Amber: How does someone reach you if they want to learn more or get a consult?
Renee: I get a lot of referrals but I also have a website: www.reneegallegos.wordpress.com. I can do a consult by phone or email. I also talk to people about raw food diets and I do animal reiki. I also teach so if anyone wanted to learn how to do this, I offer classes too. I hold them in Sebastopol at the Flag Foundation - I hold workshops for animal communication, talking with horses, and equine-inspired meditation.

-Amber Keiper

Amber Keiper is the Marketing Assistant and Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc. She and her husband have two former rescue animals that are now healthy and proud BARF brats – a terrier mix named Chewbacca (“Chewy”) and a tabby mix named Chiquita (“Chiqui”).

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Good Dog

These Dogs Enjoy the Hunt!

There is no doubt that dogs make awesome companions in our day to day lives.  They accompany us in the car, on vacation, and even while we lounge around the house on those lazy days.  But…our furry friends are capable of much more than that.  Many dogs also make excellent companions in the wild and are even trained to assist those who hunt game.


Over the last several thousand years hunting has shifted from necessity to sport - but the importance of the role hunting dogs play has not changed.  We no longer need the leather, fur and hides for shelter and clothing.  We are no longer faced with the pressure of finding food to survive or facing certain starvation.  We have evolved from spears, bow and arrow, and trapping to gunpowder and bullets.  Despite these changes, what remain unaltered are our loveable hunting dogs providing a critical assist in our outdoor ventures.

Types of Hunting Dog

Hunting dogs are broken down into several categories and sub-categories…too many to name here…but the primary categories for hunting dogs are hounds and gun dogs, although there are feists, terriers, and curs as well.


Gun dogs are further sub-categorized into Pointers, Retrievers, Setters, and Spaniels. 

  • Pointers are responsible for locating and pointing to the game, so that the hunter can shoot or flush the game out.
  • Retrievers are utilized for bringing the downed game back to the hunter, and are easily the most popular sub-category of gun dog.
  • Spaniels are mainly used for flushing birds and game out into the open, allowing the hunter to get a clean look at the target (also known as “driving”).
  • Setters have been used as flushers and pointers.  They earned their moniker because of the distinctive crouch position (or set) they take when preparing to spring into action.
Hounds are further sub-categorized into sight hounds, scent hounds, and lurchers. 

  • Scent hounds are used for tracking prey by smell and include Basset Hounds and Dachshunds.  Their large nasal cavities allow them to pick up particles of scent-filled air and many of these breeds have a very loud, deep bark that they use while tracking. 
  • Sight hounds have a high agility and visual acuity and are known for using a hunting method called “coursing”.   Coursing involves locating an animal that is out of range and stalking it while remaining undetected.
  • Lurchers are commonly used to chase after small game such as rabbits, foxes, etc. but because of their speed and power can also be used to assist in bigger game hunting of deer or wild boar.

The world of hunting and hunting dogs is so expansive that there are several magazines and television shows specifically dedicated to the subject.  There are even competitions such as those sponsored by the North American Gun Dog Association (NAGDA) and the National Bird Dog Challenge Association (NBDCA). 

Thanks for tuning in for a super-brief overview on hunting dogs. Until next time - happy BARFing!

-Evan Price

Evan Price is a raw diet educator at BARF World Inc. He is a true dog lover at heart with a particular interest in Daschunds. Evan is also an avid sports enthusiast and bridge player.

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Raw Knowledge

Great Foods For Cancer Prevention


An alarming number of dogs suffering from cancer are filling the veterinary clinics in this country. Granted there seems to be specific breeds that are more susceptible than others to this disease but the fact remains that the numbers are increasing and we all want to know why! It is equally important to try and be proactive to prevent the disease rather than try to react to the problem after it surfaces. In the early stages of developing BARF World’s BARF Diet formulations we were aware of certain ingredients that had anti-cancer properties which we elected to include into our diet.

Studies have been conducted to verify and support the effective advantages of using broccoli, cayenne pepper, grapefruit, oranges, and flax seed as cancer fighting ingredients.

Does that mean that the customers feeding our raw meat patties to their pets will have a better advantage against cancer prevention than dogs being fed kibble diets?

The emphatic answer is YES!

Over the last thirty four years of feeding our specific BARF Diet formula to all breeds of dogs and cats, we have seen a dramatic reduction of cancer cases. The ingredient list that supports anti-cancerous foods may be one reason for the reduction…but I theorize that another reason might be the minimal amount of carbohydrates in the BARF Diet.

You see, when the body ingests carbohydrates it is transformed by the body into blood sugar (mostly glucose). Cancer cells thrive on sugar and a continuous ingestion of a sugar-based, high carb diet will create a natural media for the escalation and expansion of cancer cells in the body.

If a cancer cell thrives best on a sugar molecule, why would any concerned pet owner decide to accentuate the speed of growth of a potential cancer cell by feeding a grain-based diet to their pet?

The whole idea of feeding a carnivorous animal a grain-based diet completely goes against the laws of Mother Nature!

Human nutrition carries the same warning because the high sugar loads we consume every day have the same affect that it has on our pets.

The bottom line for our pets, as well as ourselves, is to reduce the consumption of sugar-based foods and instead eat healthful foods - like those we include in the BARF World’s patties and nuggets. This is the easiest way to reduce the cancer disease ratios and provide a much healthier pet and human population.

-Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist and has been formulating raw diets for more than thirty years. Recognized as one of the early pioneers in promoting raw foods to pets, Rob's history of developing and promoting raw meat diets has exposed him to dogs, cats, and zoo carnivores worldwide. He is also the author of the book Living Enzymes: The World's Best Kept Pet Food Secret. Rob and his wife love to travel with their dog, Ubi - a sheltie/beagle mix.

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Bark Out Loud

Hawaiian Canine Fights Crime in

the Courtroom.

Courts in Honolulu now have a secret weapon in combating crimes that involve children. A black lab named Pono has received special training to provide kids with comfort in a courthouse. It can be a scary event to have to testify in a courtroom, especially for children that have been victims of sexual or abusive crimes.

Pono is receiving training to respond to kid's commands and console them or make them feel comfortable in an otherwise scary legal environment. It can be difficult to get children to talk when they don't want to especially when they may be victims of a crime.

Click HERE for the full story and video

Wags of Wisdom

"There never yet has been a dog
Who learned to double cross,
Nor catered to you when you won
Then dropped you when you lost."

- Mary Hale

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