Bragging Rights, March 2020 – Lucy Bear

Meet Lucy Bear, Naturally Raised Since Birth

Lucy Bear, Naturally Reared Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier. Photo courtesy of Mona Belcher, Arlington, TX.
Lucy bear is naturally raised since birth, and loves Mona’s Tasty Bits Turkey Balls recipe!

Mona Belcher is the Mom of Lucy Bear, a female Wheaten Terrier.  The pair became customers of Bark Avenue Market & Bakery in 2017. Lucy is naturally raised since birth, roaming the beautiful terrain and forests of Bragg Creek, Alberta, Canada. Mona, her husband Terry, and Lucy moved to the Arlington area in 2017  when her husband accepted a job as a civil engineer, thanks to the population explosion in the Dallas area in recent years.

Lucy is, and always has been, a super healthy and energetic girl who’s never had a sick day in her life. She has no allergies, no injuries, and doesn’t mind staying away from the vet’s office – except every 12 – 18 months for bloodwork to ensure everything is working as it should. Otherwise, Lucy is on a completely natural diet made up of natural foods, treats, and herbal supplements.

When moving to the DFW area from Canada, Mona’s biggest concern was continuing sweet Lucy on her ancestral raw diet once they arrived and settled in.   She worried there wouldn’t be a retailer nearby who shared a similar mindset to raising a pet as an authentic natural thinker.

After many hours of researching, Mona found and called Bark Avenue before they even left Canada. Tammy’s knowledge and professionalism calmed Mona’s nerves almost instantly, gratefully realizing she had found a store and an expert who shared her desire to stick to a natural regiment diet for Lucy. Soon after arriving, Mona and Lucy Bear visited Bark Avenue Market & Bakery, and they’ve been regular customers ever since.

Lucy Bear’s Bio

        • Customer:  Mona Belcher, Marketing Consultant
        • Location: Arlington, Texas
        • Pet:  Canine Lucy Bear, Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
        • Age:  8.5 years
        • Gender: Female
        • Lifestyle:  Lucy is naturally raised from birth
        • Favorite pastime:  Lucy is a high-energy breed who enjoys squirrel chasing, swimming in local lakes and other swimming holes, and is a member of the North Texas Barn Hunt
        • Lucy’s menu:   Raw meat, Answers & Small Batch brands keep her fast and sharp, chicken feet, chicken and turkey necks, sardines, some veggies, berries and nuts, fish oil and
        • Treats:    Cheese (of course), Frozen raw sardines, goat’s milk, beef broth, goat’s cheese

Mona & Lucy’s Tasty Bits Recipe – Turkey Balls!

        • 1/2 – 1 lb ground turkey
        • 1 egg
        • Bark Avenue Market & Bakery’s Frozen Primal Greens Elixir

Add ground turkey to a bowl and use your hands to mix in egg (like making a meatloaf).  Add in Primal Greens Elixir, and mix with hands until all evenly mixed in with turkey.  It’s easier if you get a set of non-powdered sanitary gloves so you don’t get it all over your hands.  Roll into little balls and bake at 200 degrees until gently cooked.  Once cooled, you can freeze them.  Be sure and let it thaw for 20 minutes before feeding to your pup.


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Homeopathy & What to Keep on Hand for First Aid

You’ve heard a lot about “holistic medicine” in recent years, but what is it, exactly? Holistic medicine is simply an approach to medical care that takes into consideration all aspects of a person’s – or animal’s – health, including physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual health. Holistic medicine, therefore, not only focuses on the medical complaint but rather treats the entire individual using all safe, available, and appropriate modalities. Homeopathy is one such modality that’s becoming more and more preferred due to its use of natural and organic ingredients, rather than lab-created, manufactured medicines. In fact, homeopathy is not new – it’s a centuries-old practice rising in popularity that is helping both humans and animals alike.

Bailey’s Story

My first experience with homeopathy dates to my first “heart dog,” Bailey, about 10 years ago. He was suffering from many physical and emotional issues, and with the help of Will Falconer, DVM, I began my journey to learning more about this amazing practice and its healing properties. Since then, I’ve studied it more thoroughly as part of my Small Animal Naturopath Certification. I’ve seen so many wonderful results from homeopathy that my own physician, an M.D., also specializes in homeopathy.

How Homeopathy is Different

Homeopathy differs from allopathic, or conventional medicine, in that conventional medicine focuses on the law of opposites. This translates into treating disease by the use of agents that produce effects different from those of the disease being treated (Webster’s College Dictionary). Allopathic medicine suppresses symptoms with medicines such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, and immunosuppressants for autoimmune disease. Symptoms frequently return without the drug, alongside many other undesirable effects, because it only treats the systems and not the cause.
Conversely, homeopathy, grounded in the philosophy that our bodies have the ability to heal themselves naturally, focuses on the Law of Similars – let likes be cured by likes. Remedies are chosen for each individual that matches their own signs of illness.

Homeopathy and The Vital Force

What is the vital force? It’s the energy that maintains life in an individual. The vital force maintains balance and normal function. Symptoms, therefore, is your vital force’s response to imbalance (disease), as your body attempts to return to a balanced state, known as homeostasis. The individual symptoms, therefore, are used to identify a matching homeopathic remedy that acts by stimulating the vital force to a healing response.

The Body’s Innate Ability to Heal Itself

One way to think about the body getting out of balance is to imagine your car’s check engine light. If it were to turn on, you are warned that something is out of balance in your car. Would you consider unplugging the light (allopathic model of suppression), or taking it to a mechanic to get to the bottom of the issue and repair what needs to be repaired (homeopathic model of healing)?   Homeopathy is the catalyst that “kicks” the body into healing itself when the remedy is matched with the symptoms.

Download this Free Guide

I’ve put together a guide as a PDF download of what to keep in your first aid kit.  Download it, laminate it, keep it handy.  Feel free to share with your friends and family!  There is a special offer contained within to make it easy for you to get all the featured herbal remedies for a discount.  Download it for free and enjoy!

Homeopathy Guide PDF Download