I am a Naturopathic Doctor practicing in Toronto and Oakville.  My love for my own miniature schnauzer has begun a wonderful journey into the world of miniature schnauzer training, feeding, health, behaviour and psychology.  I am a strong believer in the value of truly caring about the people or animals we have in our lives.  In this blog, I want to encourage people to take the time and effort to care for their miniature schnauzers especially (and all pets really). I believe that we have chosen our dogs to be with us for our own pleasure/comfort, so we owe it to them to take time to truly understand their needs, wants and abilities — as well as their limitations and bad behaviours!

I feel that my husband and I have chosen the best dog for us, and I would like to think that my dog would have chosen us for himself out of a litter of people too 🙂  It just feels that right.

This blog is for anyone who wants to learn a little more about the training, health, behaviour and psychology of dogs but doesn’t want to spend time researching this information for themselves.  I intend to share some of the key insights that I have learned (and will continue to learn) in my Schnauzer Savvy journey 🙂

Dr. Menen

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  1. Joanne says:

    Hi there,
    My husband and I had the pleasure of meeting you and your husband and Caesar on our walk today with our little Shadow.
    I have just finished reading lots in your blog and also looked at Caesar’s tricks and wonderful recipes which I must try. When our darling Benny had MCT, mast cell tumour cancer, we were put in touch with a wonderful girl, Suzi Beber, who lost her own beautiful Golden Retriever ” Blues” back in 2001 at age 6, the same age our Benny was. She wanted to honour Blues and began a fund raising site called SMILING BLUE SKIES which is now in its 12th year and over $100,000 has been raised for studies in canine cancer. She helped us so much with Benny’s care and he lived a year longer than predicted.,she sent us free vitamins and herbs for him. She herself studied Ancient Chinese medicine from a 6th generation Chinese Herbalist.
    She also produced Canine Formula Muffins for dogs with special needs. Benny of course had the “cancer formula.” We give a regular muffin to Shadow each night,about 1/4 of the muffin, plus organic protein such as chicken, Bison, venison, Salmon, green veg.and an orange veg.freshly steamed plus some Ranch lands Kibble. He is unlike our other 3 schnauzers who devoured their meals and he is a very picky eater. He loves the Orijen Duck, Bison and Black angus treats.
    I must try some of your recipes. They look amazing. Thank you for sharing them.
    You might enjoy checking out Suzi’s website at http://www.smilingblyeskies.com. You can also just put in Suzi Beber and read her amazing story of survival and determination. We have become close friends and I will always be grateful for her assistance and generosity during the dreadful months seeing our beloved Benny Boy losing his battle with that deadly disease. The vets made a misdiagnosis and then it was too late for Ben. He is on Suzi’s website under the 2009 Smiling Blue Skies Angels. Just scroll down and you will see my eulogy to this amazing companion.
    Again, it was great meeting all 3 of you. Congratulations on your very informative blog.

    Joanne Johnston ( husband, Jim.) and Shadow.

    • Dr. Menen says:

      Hello Joanne,
      Thanks so much for checking out my blog! It was wonderful for us to meet you, your husband and Shadow today! I’m so glad you’re enjoying some of this blog – if you “follow” the blog you will see any new posts I add as I add them. I did check out the Smiling blue Skies website and it looks wonderful (Suzi has a very touching history herself – what a great fund-raising mission she has created). And I just found the 2009 Angels… and I read your eulogy (beautiful poem) – crying now… so sorry. What a tough experience for all of you.
      I am so sorry you lost your Benny Boy. I think it sounds like you’ve got Shadow on a great plan. I hope we’ll run into each other again and I wish you and your family (2-legged and 4) a happy and healthy road ahead!
      Kindly,
      Dr. Menen

  2. Joanne says:

    Thanks for your quick response. Shadow really is difficult to feed. We have tried many times to implement Salmon capsules into his meals, but he absolutely sniffs them out and we find them hidden somewhere. I know how important vitamins are and herbs. Shadow will not eat anything with turmeric in it. Benny was on so many vitamins such as the salmon oil, vitamin C, CoQ10, Jingli, Artemisinin, etc. He took them willingly each evening and we called it “happy hour.”
    The muffins do have all natural ingredients with many added herbs, so at least he is getting good nutrition there.
    You can check out the ingredients at theskyesthelimit.com I have also used the dry mix to add my own vegetables, apples, parsley etc. and make him small treats which he will take.
    Enjoy today and you will have many wonderful years ahead with your handsome Caesar. He is one special boy.
    Hope we meet again too.
    Today we are headed to Bayfront Park in Hamilton, one of Shadow’s favourite places to go. I think Caesar would really enjoy it there as well.

    Sincerely,
    Joanne

    • Hanifa says:

      Ah yes, just like human-kids, we have to learn how to be creative with our healthy additions to fur-baby foods! Glad that Shadow is on a good plan. Hope you enjoyed your trip to Bayfront Park – we’ll definitely look into that one sometime this spring/summer 🙂
      Wishing you all good health!
      Kindly,
      Dr. Menen

      • Joanne says:

        Thank you. We had a good visit to Bay Front Park amd Shadow started crying as soon as we passed Dundurn Castle.
        Fondly,
        Joanne

  3. Hal Smith says:

    Dear Dr. Menen,

    Our 7-year-old mini-schnauzer, Gretel, was diagnosed with calcium oxalate bladder stones and was put on a dry low protein diet S/O diet. Recently she exhibited symptoms of acute pancreatitis, and may of had episodes of chronic non-idiopathic pancreatitis earlier in her life.

    I’m wondering if her prescribed diet might have lead to pancreatitis because of the lower protein high fat content of the food, and is it possible to get a handle on both conditions by changing the diet to a canned or modified fresh diet.

    She’s such a sweet, wonderful and very active companion when she’s healthy, and I want her to continue being as happy and active as possible.

    Sincerely,
    Hal Smith

    • Dr. Menen says:

      Hello Hal,
      I’m so sorry for the delay in getting a note out to you regarding your questions. I should probably remind you that I am a Naturopathic Doctor but not a Vet… I do think that nutrition contributes immensely to good health and/or disease. BUT – nothing would replace working with a Vet for your sweet Gretel’s concerns. Someone needs to look over the ingredients of the foods she eats, as well as Gretel’s unique bloodwork indicating what is going on in her body – which should include a CBC (basically the red blood cell and white blood cell counts), liver enzyme levels – AST, ALT, cholesterol measures, glucose, Creatinine and a urinalysis to determine what might be best for Gretel. When you get clarity of what is happening with Gretel specifically, you will know if your food choices are helping her or not – but you need to speak with a professional and understand whether the ingredients of her food are contributing to her symptoms. I must say that this is why I prefer to cook most of Caesar’s meals (I can actually see what I’m putting into his diet!). For schnauzers, I do think one of the most important things we need to be aware of is fat content of food (saturated fats being the worst of course!). I really hope this information helps you.
      Kindly,
      Dr. Menen

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