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12 Mar 2017


Author: dobemom | Filed under: Uncategorized


Or “Apparently Nitro wants my hair to be gray”…..

When I got home from work this past Wednesday night, there was a pile of vomit and 2 piles of runny diarrhea waiting for me. Ever since the issues of kidney failure started, one of the questions I get asked by my vet is “is he throwing up?”. I didn’t jump into full-blown panic mode just yet, but I was uneasy. The next day I gave him some Cerenia, didn’t make him eat anything, and called my vet with concerns about renal failure, and “the end being near”. She said, “he’s fooled us before, let’s give our boy the benefit of the doubt and treat him for his diarrhea”. I texted my sitter to let her know he was under the weather. When she got there, she texted me that he wouldn’t get off the couch, just laid there, not moving. THAT sent me into full-blown panic mode! When I got home, he got up for me and went outside; I gave him his diarrhea med, and we went to bed. I’d eaten nothing that day (due to worrying), so I brought a piece of cheese with me….he sat up, looked at me like “what do you have there?” I offered him some – and he ate it. The next day he seemed a little perkier, and ate some canned pumpkin with slow roasted chicken. When my vet called to check on him, she told me when she heard “diarrhea”, that put his issue back to a GI condition, not a kidney one. That night my friend told me 3 of her coworkers had dogs that had the “doggy flu”; this would’ve been good to know sooner so I could have avoided spinning out of control.

A few weeks ago for some reason, I brought up CBD oil with his holistic vet; she thought it was worth looking into. She has a contact at UC Davis who is “scary smart” and has a lot of experience with this – and even uses it on her own dog. She recommended a product to try, so I ordered some.

Ever since I started thinking about this remedy, I’ve been seeing signs of it everywhere….John talked to a patron at work who has family in Colorado who gets them CBD cream for her mother’s arthritis and swears by it; my California connection (Alison) has friends who are knowledgeable with it, and also feel it works; the State of Wisconsin is close to passing legislature to make it legal here; and finally, the book I’m reading mentions its use for pain management in cancer. It seems EVERYWHERE I look, I see signs that this is the path we are meant to try. (Thanks to Rene, for sending me a book, “The Secret”….it seems it really does work!)

We are on day 2 of the Canna Companion…I am hopeful it will help….I am out of my tailspin of doom….my Warrior takes a licking and keeps on ticking….I am grateful for my Tripawd Family for grounding me once again. Peace and love from the Ehlers’ ranch.


  1. mom2shelby Says:

    DEFINITELY a bullet dodged and I am so glad he is feeling better! I told you this dog would amaze and astound us … 🙂

    I just knew in my gut it was probably similar to what JL had and I am so glad to have been there to take the call and hopefully help a little bit.

    And seeing photos of Nitro always makes me smile. He’s so regal and handsome!

    You are doing great … you were calm, cool and collected! I hope the CBD oils work for him.

    Alison with Spirit Shelby in her heart (and little Jasper too)

  2. Ginger Says:

    So glad Nitro is doing better, go Nitro! Keep us updated on how Canna Companion is working.
    Much love Ginger & Roc

  3. benny55 Says:

    NIIIIIIIIITRO!!!! Yiy know we love yiu, right? Yiy jniw thst, right?? But yiu have got to STOP SCARING YOUR MOM!!!! I know, I jniw, to younits no big deal to have a tummy upset. But to us humans on this journey every single hiccup or pooty toot scares the heck out of us!!

    Guess you were willing to make a other tip to the Vet just so you coukd try that CannaCompanion! Nkt sure you want to let Koda jave any through. Jave a feeling he might get the giggles!

    Looooove the photos!!! Nitro is ALWAYS so MAJESTIC!! And Koda is ALWAYS ZDORAVLE!! Could look at pictures of these two all day everyday! 🙂

    And good job Paula and Alison!!! GOOD JOB VOTH OF YOU!!!

    Lots and lots of love! 🙂

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

  4. Debbie and Patches Says:

    Hi Paula I’m so glad to hear he is doing so much better. We used the CBD oil for Patches and it was a god send. Let me know if you have any questions. In the mean time, all my love and prayers to you, Nitro and the rest of your family
    Xoxo Debbie and Angel Patches

  5. otisandtess Says:

    Not a dull moment 😀. Glad he is doing better!

  6. linda8115 Says:

    I wondered if something was going on in your world lately I just had a hunch that’s why I texted you asking if the dogs were doing ok. Glad to hear it was just possibly the doggie flu. Fingers crossed for the canna companion to work for you and the magic man 😀 Nitro.

  7. murphsmom Says:

    Wow! That boy does know how to put you through the wringer! So glad to hear that things are going so much better. Interesting about the Canna Companion.

  8. mysweetted Says:

    So glad Nitro is feeling better!

  9. midnighter94 Says:

    I’m glad that Nitro is feeling better!
    Hugs to you both!
    Let me know how this works 🙂

  10. dobemom Says:

    Luckily for me my sister is a hairdresser!

  11. Michelle Says:

    I am so glad he is feeling better and you had Alison to help you Thursday night. Any thing that works we will try. I know that 🙂 Keep going Nitro. As for grey Paula that is what hair color is for 😉

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

  12. jeanetteg Says:

    So happy to see Nitro up and about! Thanks for sharing the info about Canna Companion. I hadn’t heard of it although we tried CBD oil for Boone early on.

    Sending prayers and healing thoughts for Nitro (and worry-free days for you 😊🐾)

    Jeanette & Boone

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