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Old 11-23-2012, 12:14 PM   #21
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Funny you should mention that, because I also have suffered from severe migraines most of my adult life.

For general health reasons, we recently switched our family to a completely organic, non-GMO diet. Because virtually ALL wheat was genetically modified long enough ago that there IS no more "natural" wheat left in cultivation, even "organic" wheat contains a protein, gliadin, which is not natural, and is processed as a "foreign invader" by most people. (this is different than celiac disease and gluten intolerance, and affects MANY more people without their knowledge, and causes chronic inflammation in MANY people) For this reason, although I have not cut organic wheat completely out of the diet for the whole family, I've stopped eating it for the most part, and eat wheat/gluten free breads now. (unlike a few years ago, there are MANY really tasty options now!)

Whether it is switching to a fully organic diet, taking wheat OUT of my diet, or a combination, my migraines have gone to at least 2-3 per week (even though I am on a preventative med) to only a handful per month, and MUCH less severe. I've only had one that couldn't be stopped by my "rescue" medicine since we switched to organic. I have also experienced less chronic joint pain from my RA. In my case, I really think it is the wheat that is the culprit, rather than gluten, because I have never had any gastro symptoms, and I continue to eat other (organic) sources of gluten without any noticeable problems.

Quite honestly, I'm a little concerned about how I'm going to do after Thanksgiving dinner with family that doesn't cook organic. At least I'm going to take my wheat free, organic, "Prairie Bread" along!!!
My daughter and her family are not only Gluten free but also my grandsons are dairy and soy free also. It really isnt that hard to go GF as the stores are now loaded with GF product. Pinterest has some wonderful GF recipes as well as there are alot of resources on facebook and twitter. My daughter does organic when she can but with all their restrictions, sometimes its impossible.
When they are at mine I cook GF/DF/SF (lol) but not organic. Everyone is always just fine after. My son-in-law is full blown celiac and we think my daughter and her sons are just intolerant. If there is slight cross contamination they are fine but my son-in-law will get sick right away! My daughter will get a headache within no time if she eats anything that has gluten.
Glad to see that it is helping you but quite honestly, you should let the wheat go, at least try it to see if the headaches disappear when completely off.
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:44 PM   #22
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There's a website called something like service dog forum dot co
... It has a lot of great resources and message boards. Good info on owner trained service dogs as well. There might be a few books on amazon that could be helpful as well
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Old 12-02-2012, 03:55 PM   #24
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This I have to disagree with - sorry Kara- but my service girl had in her first litter a boy that I believe has her same sense, as he went to work with severely handicap children everyday, and I am told how he always goes to the harder kids and one kid in particular that does have seizures. I truly do believe that if it is the right kind of mind set in a dog it does not matter if is a boy or a girl.
This isn't my theory to disagree with, a relative of a friend trains service dogs professionally and I went into a really great discussion with him, he actually said that they assign males and females to different types of service, because males can be more efficient as police service dogs, females as medical service dogs and I presume the whole basis of this theory was their god given tendencies are similar to ours as humans, men can be more protective and women can be more driven to care take, and as we all know to make a black and white statement is always subject to having holes poked through it,because the world is more 'gray' and there are so many exceptions to every rule. I'm sure there are many great medical service dogs that are male and many great police/ drug dogs that are kick' ass girls, but even in the animal world, they are subject to the same stereo-typing as we are in the human world..I imagine that won't change anytime soon for either of us..lol

Gluten causes a whole HEAP of problems, I have tried the gluten free diet and found it to not be my cure, but I did find some of my favorite snacks that way.. I have to say that Glutino Pretzels are WAYYYY better tasting than the regular pretzels, they taste like butter to me, and I love me some butter And I found some other great snacks at Whole foods a few weeks back..the Snikiddy chips? yummy, so its funny how some of the gluten free products taste so much better to me..

As far as finding a dog suited for migraines, IDK, part of me thinks that the puppies we pick just fall so madly in love with us that they become in-tune to us. I learned early on that Gucci can sense my emotions and fears quite accurately...even if I get annoyed at someone stopping by the house un announced (DH's friend) she picks right up on that and barks and grumbles, lol vs. if I am happy to see someone, she follows my lead and does the happy dance, but she picks up on how I feel before I do or say anything, its impressive how they become so tuned into how we are thinking and feeling...and utilize their senses of smell to do so.

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Old 02-24-2013, 10:25 PM   #25
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Hi Everyone...I haven't been here in a while, a lot has been going on and none of it involved getting a puppy! I still have my "prescription" for a service dog. After a long fight, I was finally deemed permanently disabled on Dec 3, 2012. This week I will be receiving my 3 years of back pay. My lawyer is taking $5300 from it and my first thought was...there went my Havanese puppy. However, my son also receives back pay as well and we decided that we would "share" our money and put it towards a service dog. He knows how much I need/ want one and he also wants to have a dog in the house. Sooooo...I have tried very hard to find a less expensive breed, I also contacted a person who is in touch with rescue service dogs. Most rescue service dogs are older or have been with one person serving the particular needs of their previous owner. I cannot find another breed that meets all the qualities I want/need/like other than the Havanese. I have found that almost all female puppies are around $2000. I've tried so hard to find one more affordable for us, but just haven't had any luck. It's such a huge amount of money, but for a good 15+ years of service, companionship and love...I guess it's an investment I will just have to make. If I worked, service dogs and all of their grooming, "outfits", vet bills, etc are tax write offs, but I cannot work at all. Sorry this is such a long post, I haven't been here a while, but I am ready. My first step is buying a car in the next two-three weeks. Then I could be able to contact a breeder in NC and ask if anyone has a new litter or any coming up, etc. I would be looking for a girl, since that seems to be the consensus on medical dogs gender, plus I've always had boys and I'd like the change . Any advice for me? Just start calling every breeder on here in NC? I'm very excited, reading and getting ready...I'm not ready as far as potty training, vests, , etc, but have my first list of commands to teach and plenty of love built up. Thanks in advance, Lori


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Old 02-25-2013, 09:13 AM   #26
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HI Lori and to the forum, I know these dogs are expensive, but please do not fall for some 'bargain basement' deal and take the chance of ending up with a dog with potential medical problems or it may be mixed with other similar looking breeds, etc. The way I look at it, a dog is an important investment, because it will hopefully be around for 15 years and if you go for health and a good breeder right off the bat, you can possibly save hundreds on vet bills, one trip to the vet for a 'mystery illness or affliction' can easily run over $500, a big problem, heart, legs, eyes..can easily run a few thousand and more than the initial cost of the dog, but if you spend 2000-2500, it averages out to 130-200 $$ a year, which is less than most people spend on ordering pizza or a few 'date' nights can easily rack up that much, granted, there is food, shots, etc. to consider, but I'd take my babygirl over pizzas and dinners out and new shoes or whatever the money could've gone to instead

One word of advice, take her everywhere with you and get her used to the car, the shoulder bag, the stroller, they like routine and some havs are prone to not being big fans of car rides, but if they only time they ride in the car is to the vet, they quickly learn, lol Go on short drives around the neighborhood and get them used to the car, stroller and shoulder bag. I take Gucci everywhere with me and she is usually very well behaved..she'll nap in her stroller around the mall and loves car rides more than anything.

Getting a hav for companionship is an exciting endeavor and you won't regret one penny spent on a healthy, smart havanese with a good temperament

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Old 02-25-2013, 11:25 AM   #27
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Thanks, Kara!
I currently use crutches to walk and am going to be getting a power chair within the month. I have dystonia, a neuromuscular disorder. My legs are funky and walking isn't something I do very much... I have a huge fenced in yard that my son is planning in doing laps and the play time in with the dog. It will mostly be in the house, but I will be taking my son to school and picking him up everyday when I get a car....it's been a hard 3 yrs! Went from married, working hard as an artist, massage therapist and yoga teacher with two Shih tzus and an SUV to single, not working all of a sudden one day in 2009 to present, car repo'd and barely able to walk!! I run a 630 member support group on Facebook and just wrote an article for CNN. I am not very consistent, as my brain misfires to different muscle groups affecting me differently almost everyday. Some days I can walk, others I'm in a wheelchair or in bed. Sometimes I am kind of normal but my face or neck or arms will be in spasm instead of completely in my legs. Do you think my own physical inconsistency would be to hard for a Hav to get used to? When I had my Shih tzus, they went everywhere I did from 8 weeks. Car, work, home, dog park, etc. I know the loving routine thing with those guys. My son will walk her everyday after school and I will take her to short trips to school and back, but that's about all I do. She will have to sit in the power chair with me a lot. What do you think? And yes, I agree, it's worth every penny!! thanks so much!



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Old 02-26-2013, 08:58 AM   #28
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Do you think my own physical inconsistency would be to hard for a Hav to get used to?
No, I don't, depending on how you internalize it and how she interprets it. I don't think it would be any more alarming to them than any other physical response that strays from the norm, jumping up and running for an emergency or doing jumping jacks (not that I do that, but I imagine she'd just stare at me like she usually does) I'm not really wording this well, but I really don't think they would unless you have intense feelings of anxiety when it happens, because they really feed off of our emotions and can sense what we are feeling, so if the jerking startles you and takes you into a different state of mind/ fear, for example..Gucci will often mirror my emotions on a situation, if someone makes me nervous or uncomfortable, she'll growl at them, she responds to physical pain very lovingly, but she is also my comfort when I am in pain, so maybe that is also a mirror response.

I'm really sorry to hear what a rough road you've been down, you certainly do deserve a little fluff ball to comfort you and be your service companion..and I know how an illness can suck the finances right out of a family, even with insurance. I like to think that I save money on doctors and in some way, she has healed me. I was very, very thin before I got her, I was afraid to eat anything because of the pain that it might cause me (ulcers in my bladder) and I looked like death warmed over, people thought I was anorexic or at death's door, but life really got better for me, a very drastic change towards the positive, not to mention all of the people she brought into my life. I hope you have the same wonderful positive, healing experience that I feel I had. Granted, I'm not cured by any means, but my head is in a better place because of her.

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Old 02-26-2013, 10:39 AM   #29
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Wow... Thanks for your honesty and you worded things great just like how I talk, lol...I too lost 51 lbs. I looked awful...I've gained 17 back so I look a little better. Your reply made me feel so good, I need a friend, I can't wait. By the end of this week I will have 3 years of disability back pay, I'm putting some aside for the puppy. I guess it's time to start calling breeders!! You've made me really happy, thank you for writing back...much love and gratitude <3



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Old 02-27-2013, 02:39 PM   #30
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Sure! No problem email me anytime I will PM my email addy to you if you want to ask any questions, or just talk! I really know what you are going through and I know that those w/ chronic illness/ etc.. sometimes its hard to talk about it to family and people in your close inner circle because of the whole 'chronic' aspect of it, people that don't have odd afflictions really don't understand, no matter how much they want to and where their heart is at, its sometimes like trying to explain to a dog how it is to purr and meow. Weird analogy I know.. lol

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