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Questions and Answers to Readers and How To Find Me

3 May

Dear Readers:  Thank you for reading my blog. I’m sorry if you’ve ended up here because your dog has cancer.  I have been getting so many questions and answers about this blog and know I am not a veterinarian, but I have published my account of what kept my dog alive for years.  Buford was unlike any other dog or pet in my life, and it hurts me just to come back here to moderate comments. I miss him so much. He fought so hard.  So I will post some reader questions and answers here so you can find them quickly, and  I hope you find them helpful. I will update when I can.  I’ve been working on my new blog, to help people now, TheCalmLife.net.   All my personal links are there, that is how you can find me.

I send you love and light in your battle to keep your beloved pet alive.

Question:   Will PH kill the cancer?

Answer:   According to Phil at phkillscancer.org,  it does.  However, I used PH and supplements to prolong my dog’s life as there is no cure for cancer. The cancer was already in his lymph nodes when I started yet he still had an appetite , he wanted to fight, and he trusted me.   If the cancer has already progressed in your dog to the point of impacting his organs, appetite, or making him suffer, then I do not suggest this therapy for you.

Question: How did you get the baking soda into your dog?

Answer: I made a paste of baking soda and Brer molasses and hollowed out small areas of hot dogs . Cut a hot dog in 5 pieces. Stand on end. Leave the bottom solid but take a 1/2″ area out of the top and then I stuffed the paste in the hot dog. Luckily my Buford trusted me to take whatever I would feed him. If your dog has no appetite this won’t work.

Question:  What supplements did you use?

Answer:   Here is my list for Buford, who was a 55-60 lb dog.  You can read up on the benefits of all these supplements individually, but, if your dog is 20 lbs you would cut my list in 1/3.  The supplements were expensive. I can’t tell you what worked, what didn’t because I used them all together!

Question: What dose of baking soda should I use for my dog ?

Answer: My research and use of baking soda was monitored by using PH strips for pools on Buford’s urine and my notes are here.    Buford was a 60 lb dog and my goal was to give him small amounts of baking soda and molasses in hot dogs for a few days and monitor his urine until I reached the “kill zone”.  Buford was a large dog so I gave 3-4 pieces of hot dog a day for three days until he reached the kill zone.  However, if I had to do this for my mini doxie who is 12 lbs I think I would be scared to give that much and maybe only give her a small tiny piece with no more than 1/2 a teaspoon of the baking soda molasses mixture.  In fact, I would be scared to apply this protocol to any medium to small size dogs.

Question:  Can you write a post about the hot dogs?

Answer:  I will try to recreate this for you soon.

Question:  Can you make it easier to manuever the website

Answer: I will change the format .








Buford RIP Passed at Age 15 With Cancer

23 Nov

Buford is in Heaven and It’s Taken Me Awhile To Write This Post : But He Lived with Cancer Many Years and To a Ripe Old Age Thanks to This Treatment

My Buford

I haven’t posted for awhile, as I have been morning the death of the love of my life, Buford.  I had to put him down on Tuesday, 6/16/15.  As with any pet owner time had come for me to hold up my end of the bargain , and not let him suffer.  Granted, he was age 15 and just a few days before his death still running and playing with his friends.

Buford Dying

I was so very proud of him.  However, he went 3 days (around the 13th of June this started), without eating and then I knew it was time. His body became sunken in and the final night I laid on the floor holding him and crying. It was time to do the right thing by him.  If you notice, above, he is pretty lifeless. Breaths shorter and very tired. His body was dying, yet my dog, he held on for 72 hours until I took the choice to end the suffering.

He had fought so hard for me.  Taking him to the vets the next day was brutal on my soul. It took husband and I to sit with him and hold him down on the floor while they put the catheter in. In a last ditch attempt he jumped up and ran to both doors of the room as if to say, “I don’t want to leave. Let me out.” He weighed the same, but only because the  tumor had grown to the size of a canteloupe in his rear, and was causing him pain. His body and face was sunken in.

I held him on my lap while they gave him the sedative–possibly morphine–whatever they inject before they put him down to calm him, and honestly,  I think I lost him there. He went down like a ton of bricks, face hitting my leg, and then I knew my baby was gone.  I had to leave the room I was so distraught, I had him cremated and his paw print but yet I still have only held the box a few times. It sits on my desk and I’ve yet to come to terms with my faithful friend being in a pine wood box. Much less looking at an imprint of a paw who was with me through thick and thin all these years.


Love lasts forever, even though death. It was only just this week I had my first dream of Buford. He was running, gallopping and playing in my dream as if to show me is in a happier place. I really miss him. I have other dogs, and I’ll always have other dogs, but there’s always one that is so special.  That one was Buford.

He got me through the past 15 years of my life.  Horrible break up, marriage, death of my mom, and now soon to be divorce again.   If Buford’s story can help another person spend quality time with their loved pet here it is.

As you know there is no cure for cancer.  The PH diet and supplements simply bought him time, and quality of life.  I get a lot of comments on this blog from pet owners, and I feel for all of them.  I am not a vet or a doctor  therefore I can’t legally tell you what to do about treatment with you pet. I can tell you I have listed all the steps right here that I used and that worked for Buford.   I have heard from people who have tried this regimen and prolonged their pet’s life and that a vet in Canada is supposedly following this treatment.   Again, I merely wrote a blog about what I’ve done, and what I’ve learned thanks to PHKillsCancer.com combined with study of natural herbs and supplements.  All of the ways I did it are on this blog.

Again, find the appropriate post to read what I did for Buford. I am not a doctor, but common would be to proportion Buford’s dose to your dog  via dog weight.  Everything I did for Buford was based on his weight (range: 45-55 lb dog). Therefore if your dog was (range: 22-27 lbs) you would cut everything in half.

There are no guarantees you won’t kill your dog by doing the PH treatment. It’s very taxing on their organs. However, so is the cancer.  Here are links to the three steps I used here:


Using the PH to shock his system  (post is here).   This was done in the form of hot dogs stuffed with Baking Soda with Rabbit Molasses mix) and gradually repeating over the course of days until his PH reached the crucial level which I measured with strips when he peed.  This was hard on his organs and gave him the shakes and fevers. You can lose your dog by doing this.  I made the decision I was losing him and from the cancer and decided this as my last resort.  You can read how sick it made Phil a human at PHKillsCancer.com.  This PH basically started the process of shocking his system (and the cancer) from acidic to akaline and this is what is supposedly attributed to slowing the growth of said cancer and allowed him to recover with the helps of steps 2 & 3.  Again, it did not cure the cancer, it simply zapped it into a slower growth which proof is in my dog living for all these years, running and playing, with a tumor slow growing in his rear.  The basset hound is long and he had room to spare. A smaller dog may not have fared as well. I cannot say for certain.


Energizing his system with Alkaline foods to supercharge him and make him stay alkaline vs. acidic. Sugars are no good, as they feed the cancer.  Buford was extremely fond of collards, kale, cooked chicken, boiled chicken and red meats. The red meat was only to hold his interest but I strongly advise the chicken.

Making him fresh dinners every night, or enough for a weeks’ time and portion controlling took money and effort. At first I took him off dry kibble completely. This caused tooth problems eventually, so be sure to brush teeth as the lack of kibbles can rot teeth causing plaque to form.  Eventually I broke down and fed him grain free Blue, of which helped his teeth but in my opinion, I would have omitted and only followed chicken and kale diet, mixed with some pork back fat. (shown here)

Here is a good chart to follow:

Akaline Foods


On the flip side I had to supercharge his system with good  natural supplements which boosted his immune system, and let him live a high quality of life. The quantities on this blog were for Buford, whose weight at the time ranged between 45-55 lbs.   A full list of products I used was here.  

This did get costly yet it was worth it.  He was good about taking his pills they were easy to hide in hunks of chicken, yet for smaller dogs some of these pills like fish oil or krill oil were big, so I don’t know how you would do it.  I suppose it has to do with the will to live.

He loved me, and he listened to me, it is a special bond you must have with your dog and total trust.


For most basset hounds, the average span is 10-12, but for Buford living to age 15 and able to run, jump and play is unheard of. Most suffer joint or hip issues, but my Buford, he was loving life up until his death and I loved him every day of his 15 years.  This is because of the regimen but also owes credit to the dog.  It took a brave, strong, determined dog to fight against cancer.



Cancer has taken my grandfather, grandmother, mother, and now my dog also succumbed to cancer in this area, but had a much healthier and happier experience with natural remedies versus chemotherapy and suffering. I guess I should start eating Buford’s diet and stop eating breads grains corn and pizza and maybe I would have a good defense for it.

Again I will reiterate there is no cure for cancer. In my research I found there to have been one company in Germany who supposedly had found a cure, using a mistletoe mixed with unknown via a certain extraction process, and if you are a smart and saavy computer tech you can find evidence of this talk in 2006-2007 breast cancer forums, though the threads are old and hard to find. It talks of injections being sent in from another country at about $200-$400 per shot.  The vet that I was working with originally doing Buford’s blood to self injections told me she cured several dogs this way.

Ironically, much later, the Susan G. Komen foundation did their own research and gave Mistletoe a “C” which is a report card grade, find their study here.

Soon after these early injectibles threads the US supposedly outlawed THESE products (details unclear if all injectibles or extract of said mistletoe, or from where it was coming) and soon after that evidence is found that a US chemical company aka pharmaceutical bought out the small factory.  The recipe for the cure? Only to be lost forever, or perhaps locked in area 51.  Ironically, we will never know.


I get a lot of messages sent to me about people’s sick dogs, and I’m not a vet, or a doctor, so by law I can’t answer these questions. However, my Buford is walking proof that the high PH diet and introduction of the bicarbonate (Baking Soda) and natural supplements not only worked on his body, but supercharged him to live out his life happily and comfortably with cancer.

I am blessed to say this has worked for him, and I’ve hard from other dog owners who it’s worked for them. However, if this is just prayer, love, and a dog’s will to survive and has nothing to do with the treatment, I will never know.  Buford couldn’t talk, but if he could, I’d give you the answers.

Thanks for reading.


For humans, I see a doctor in Italy is pretty much onto the same therapy treating cancer as a fungus aka infection, see more here:


Or, read Phil’s dance with cancer  PhKillsCancer.com


Thank you to : 

Dr. Joseph Mercola  – who has a lot of good information on supplements and vitamins to help boost the immune system. It is here I found that the calcium I was giving him wasn’t doing the best for him.

Dr. Carol   –  her Cancer Essentials I would recommend to anyone. She can also do consults for blood work treatment, etc. You can get the tests at your regular vet and let her look them over.

Dr. Klimovitz     – who I switched to when I felt my original vet and holistic vet were not doing right by my dog.


Dr. Joseph Zulty , who was Buford’s original vet and someone I had taken my pets to since I was 14 (over 25 years).   A highly gifted surgeon, and well respected in the veterinary community, he owns his own practice in Essex , buying the one he worked for.

In my opinion, he wasn’t doing right by my dog. This is due to the fact he referred a holistic vet to my dog (who not only works for another vet, but advertised on her own website her holistic services and that she would do house calls) yet I could only use the services in his office, to which Buford was a nervous wreck.

Buford hated going to that vet, perhaps he associated it with the original operation, I don’t know. Buford would shake, run and literally cry trying to force him in the door he would pull and tug off his leash and once almost ran into the busy highway. This definitely wasn’t the best for him stress wise.

With all due respect, in the field of holistic meds Dr. Danna-Christian’s knowledge is above- excellent, and she is ahead of her time. I would have to say perhaps, she and a handful of people actually believed in the blood recognition procedures (taking one’s own blood and injecting it under their skin to recharge the immune system).

Yet, the “back door agreement” that Dr. Zulty had with her was that that all work was to be preformed there at his offices pissed me off to no end due to his stress level.

Unfortunately, I even offered to pay more if she would treat Buford at home, so that Dr. Zulty would get his money-cut, but she would not. I even offered to take Buford elsewhere – anywhere – to a park, or even the Boston Street Animal Hospital she worked at.  No, this wasn’t possible either.

Fuck them both.  I accused them both at that point of not doing the best for my pet. After almost 25 years dealing with Dr. Zulty and all my pets, I was upset with both of them.  I preached to them about their ethics so much I assume I was just a liability.

I then switched to Dr. Klimovitz telling her everything and somehow we got a plan together to make Buford’s visits as stress free as possible. He actually liked going there.

It looks like I made the right decision in the end for my dog. ❤







My Basset Hound is Still Alive with Cancer the Testament of Bond Between Owner and Dog

18 Nov
basset hound cancer

Buford and Kendall. Kendall is Birdie’s daughter. He took right to her of course, she looks just like her mom. Taken in September 2014

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted and some of you wonder why. I am happy to report that my Buford is still alive and snuggling with me right now on our couch!   I am not sure for how long though, as I feel in my heart we are headed down the final road.  It has been a long road and one that I don’t regret for a minute. I am trying to keep his quality of life high, and now I am debating on when to make the final decision.


August was amazing, he was running and playing like a puppy. I had some great videos of Buford which got lost the end of August when I dropped my iPhone in a bucket of water and for whatever reason, I hadn’t backed them up to the cloud.  I worked a lot out of town in August. He was showing more white in his face and his face looked dehydrated.


In September and he started getting stressed again and refusing to eat.  Then the accidents started in September.  He would try to make it to his puppy door but would pee on the floor.  First it was once a week, then twice. I immediately thought his kidneys were going and so I took him for a sonagram and blood work.

His kidney values were elevated, (which is the case in most older dogs) but the sonagram revealed something oddly amazing.  At least to me.

Originally the cancer was supposed to grow together and cut off his bowel, making him unable to defecate and at which time I’d have to put him down.

As he was still having solid poops (and large ones at that) so I was not sure what was happening.  The sonogram revealed that the cancer (last sonogram 2/28/13 originally two 3 cm masses on both sides of him = 6 cm total) actually grew together and hardened into a hard mass, making a heavy ball inside of him total of 9 cm across.  For whatever reason, the ball of cancer then protruded down to push on his bladder (thereby NOT cutting off his bowels).

To me that was odd news that instead of cutting off his bowels the ball of cancer somehow rests on top his bladder, so that when his bladder is full, or if he should lay a certain way, by the time he tries to make it out the door, he sometimes doesn’t stand a chance.

But the wonderfully amazing part is, two cancer tumors were  IN HIS NODES when I started this therapy .   Now the cancer total is 9cm and is merged into one hard node.  Do you hear what I’m saying?





My husband and I prepared ourself to put him down, when he was ready.

basset hound cancer

There is always that one dog, that sets the bar for the bond between a dog and their owner. Taken 8-27-14 I use him in my promo shots.  I think he looks older here, but his weight would go up and down based on if he had a few good days or bad days.


October came and went and I thought that would be the end of him. He had a lot of non eating days.  I thought for sure he was a goner as I could see his ribs and he was worrying me.  Some times he would not eat.  The usual chicken and kale was a no go anymore.  I could have a back up fresh burger cooked for him and he wouldn’t eat that either.  Turned his nose up at steak and even fresh cooked turkey.  Have had to be creative and get some Grain Free cans of dog food and Grain Free hard food by Blue. Cost me $2 a day per can and about $1 worth of dry food per day for him. I continued his pills in hopes this would continue to help him.

I would never had advised can food on my plan early on, as sometimes you see hidden elements in the processing of the food that are no good for him.  However, at this point in the game, Buford ate.  He ate like a champ because it was different and once again he came back fighting.  However, when feeding grain free all the time you aren’t necessary building a lot of fats and weight up so I had to be creative and heat up chicken fat or bacon fat and pour it in to make up for the few pounds he lost. Good days he would eat the meals I made him and take his pills. Bad days he would eat like a bird and spit the pills out. I would restuff them into something and he would eat around the pills. I think he had those days where he tried to rake my last nerve , spitting them out so much they got mushy and i couldn’t restuff them. I know he was telling me he didn’t want them anymore. But I made him eat them. I made him eat and  I got used to feeding him three times a day little stuff if he would nibble. He would graze the dry food too. Accidents about three times a week consistently, always pee, never poop.


His weight maintained at 53-54 lbs.  I had to tell myself he was really only 50 with a 4 lb rock inside. But amazing for him, the most he ever weighed was 63.  So all in all this has been a successful journey.


This month has been significantly more difficult and he is much more picky, I have had to settle for giving him fish or throwing him some lunchmeat.  Last Friday he slipped on the snow and hurt his back paw. He is walking but he won’t climb steps. I won’t take him to the vets because whether it’s ligament or sprain won’t matter, there is no surgery at this point. He doesn’t appear to be in much pain or suffering but he will wait for me to lift his butt up and he will walk with his paws and doesn’t mind the boost up the steps. I’m giving him Rimidyl when he will take it.

His appetite is nill for three days now.  He burps a lot and I know his stomach hurts. He will now wait for me to hand feed him. When he feels like can food I can sneak in his pills quite easy (I’m still giving in hopes some of the herbs continue to keep his immune system up.) Other days he goes without any pill. He sleeps more and is slower waking up.  I’m going to get him some Cephalexin just in case.

I have noticed his teeth look horrible and he omits strange odors that seem to smell like death approaching. There is a lot of digestive gas and issues like very bad breath, and I assume inside (gut flora) must be a mess .

I decided to give him some yogurt and increase his probiotics and he seemed to feel better. but need to call the vet tomorrow.  Just last week (Nov12) the urination became a daily accident yet he was still running and playing. It is harder for him now that it’s colder out to get up and make it out the door faster.  The husband would not let me put him down as we know what is causing the accidents, and it’s not kidney failure.  Since he’s hurt his paw he’s not running right now, but he follows me everywhere room to room and wags and is vocal when we come or go.  He loves us so much and we wouldn’t trade him for the world.

Although he has decreased appetite he is staying hydrated. He will have good days and bad days. When he’s ready I’m ready.  If it’s a day or another month, I’m okay with that.

Lucky for me, I’m self employed and winter months I work from home. He will not leave my side until the day he passes. I am here with him til the end.

I don’t guesstimate when that will be. I can tell you we cancelled our yearly trip to Maine for Thanksgiving because the car ride would be uncomfortable to him, I feel as though he won’t make getting in and out constantly with a bad paw and having to urinate so much.   An hour to hour and a half with him pushes the bar now.  Maine was his favorite place.

basset hound cancer

The car rides are uncomfortable on him now. Buford is still hanging on though!  Taken OCT 2014

—————This Journey—————————-

This whole experience has been amazing to me on several counts. For one, there was a time in my life where I believed when you have cancer you must get chemo and radiation. My dog had neither and in reality, had cancer in his lymph nodes that did not spread rapidly thanks to this therapy and stayed contained in a mass which changed composition thanks to this therapy.

I have seen the power of natural medicine and I have seen the power of herbs.

I have seen how a 14 year old dog can run like a puppy thanks to diet and nutritional herbs and supplements.

This I will say yet again, there was a day I would not have believed this story unless I was living it.

I ask myself if I would have went though all this trouble for myself, and the answer is probably not.

What made me do it for Buford T. Woo?


This my friends is the testament of the bond between owner and dog.  He has seen me get married divorced and married again. He’s been there though the death of my mom and dad, and he’s outlived the other pets and his friends in the neighborhood. He doesn’t judge and he doesn’t mind listening.  He’s my faithful. I wonder what has made him hang on this long?


My brave boy.  I will post again when he passes.  But not until. Time is sacred now.

Cancer Dog

Believe in Miracles. He is mine.


Dr. Carol’s Pets Cancer Dog Pills

29 Aug

Dr. Carol's Pets Canccer Pills Boost Support to your dog

Thank you Dr. Carol.

Buford and I just got back from a walk. Truth is he ran and I walked, because this summer I’d sprained my anke. Two months not completely healed yet, but the dog appears to be running and playing and jumping like a baby and I can’t keep up with him.  I thought about how much he’s gone through and how proud I am of him. To think that he’s living holistically wtih only natural boosted immunity support and a diet of superfoods and proteins make me realize how happy I am that I choose this path. No chemo. No operations. No regular medicine.

Dr. Carol of Chagrin Falls, Ohio was one of the first hholistic vets I consulted with, and someone I greatly admire.  She has her own clinic and combines what’s she’s learned as a vet with holistic and botainical supplements to make your dog (or cat or any pet for that matter) feel their best. She’s got her own line of healing dog remedies. Why aren’t these in every vet’s office? At first I thought it’s because the vets want your dog to be sick so they can keep charging you. Then I decided it’s not their fault that they are so close minded when it comes to holistic medicine. After all, vets are taught doctoral medicine and treat dogs with textbook treatments.

She has lots of great PAAWS vitamins for older dogs, and they contain lots of natural supplements to make your dog feel their best.  I used those and think they are wonderful, but even more so, Buford can’t live without Dr. Carol’s Quantum Immunity Essentials. Basically these are pills to boost the immune support system of older, sickly, or cancer dogs and made with tons of natural botanical ingredients. The ingredients are blended together so they optimize their working properties.

There are 60 pills per bottle, and approximately cost $44.95 plus shipping to my dog was $6.59 for a total of $51.54.  Buford gets one pill per day and greatly misses them if I run out.   And they obviously work because Buford is still here.  I have to say he takes 13 pills a day and this is just one of them., but granted, he missed his meds only one night, and it threw him into a tailspin. All his meds are natural and botanical, or organic. However, this particular night I could not forgive myself. He was up five times with hot sweats, panting, and peeing excessively. I actually thought he was going into kidney failure. The next morning, I put him back on his natural supplements and he sleeps like a baby and is back to normal urination.

Now you tell me.  Is it worth it to put your cancer dog or your old dog who’s not in the best health out of discomfort and into the comfort zone?  Yes, it is.  I can’t fix Buford’s cancer or make it go away, but I can find ways to combat it by boosting his immune system. If anyone could believe my dog running at 13 (past basset hound prime) like a damn puppy it’s only because of the pills and diet.  So here is where I say:

Thank you Dr. Carol. You are changing the world one pill at a time. I only wish more vets would offer your products so I didn’t have to mail order them. I wish I could walk into any vet’s office and buy what’s best for my dog. I think a lot of people would agree, that their pet is worth whatever it takes to live their life tot he fullest. When battling cancer, Dr. Carol’s Pets is my best ally.

I also want to say I did a phone consult with her and obtained some great diet tips for Buford early on with his cancer.  I learned a lot in that call, and thank her immensly.

If you don’t believe it take it from me, it’s true. These pills work.  Here is more information:  Dr. Carol.com

Originally, I ordered four months worth. IAt this time, I order one bottle at a time. Buford and I take it day by day. And we are both okay with that.

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