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About Golden Girls Canine Health
    Golden Girls Canine Health is a California Non-profit begun to help fill the educational void created by most dog rescue and shelter organizations: Lack of credible food and feeding information and guidance.

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      Past
    Jennifer.  Jennifer is this web site's logo dog.  She was a private adoption from someone I knew in Phoenix.  She is the first raw fed Golden Girl and the reason for Golden Girls Canine Health.  Here is why...
    In 1999, at age 10, she had an emergency splenectomy to remove a huge mass of hemangiosarcoma.  The prognosis was that, if she was lucky, she might live three months.             After extensive research I realized that I might be able to extend her life by feeding her food that her body could use to strengthen her immune system.  I switched her to a raw food high protein, extremely low carbohydrate diet.  She lived a year and three months longer before developing an inoperable tumor on a heart valve. 
  • NOTE: Jennifer's story is just that - her story.  I have no scientific proof that switching to a real food diet actually prolonged Jennifer's life.  It could have just as easily been the outstanding skill of her veterinary surgeon, Kathleen, or a combination of the two.  Although tempting, I avoid committing the correlation implies causation fallacy.
    Daisy Mae, Tacoma, and Brycee Bea were all adopted from Rescue a Golden of Arizona in the 1990s.  Daisy Mae was adopted outright while Tacoma and Brycee Bee were foster dogs that stayed (foster failures, if you will).  Daisy Mae lived to 15 1/2, Tacoma was 11 at her death, and Brycee Bea's age was unknown - found as a stray and already a senior.
   
Raven was a Flat-Coated Retriever. Found as a stray at about eight-ish years old.  I fostered and then adopted Raven from Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue.  She died in Dec 2017 at 17 years old.

   Present.   Yes, I know, the Present Golden Girls are not quite Goldens, but they don't know that and I'm not about to tell them.  They are foster dogs that never left.

    Lucy Lu is likely a Golden Retriever/Beagle mix.  Found as a stray at about one year old, Lucy Lu was heartworm positive.  After she  underwent treatment in my foster home, 'Luc' turned out to be a very unique dog and I designated her the foster home Social Director.  At the time, Daisy Mae, Tacoma, and Bryce Bea were still alive and whenever I got a new foster dog, Luc would ensure the new dog was integrated into the mix.  She encouraged the new dog to chase her around the yard, to play with most, but not all toys, and gently pointed out boundaries - both behavioral and physical.
    Shasta is a Great Pyrenees/Australian Shepherd mix.  Found as a stray with a litter mate (that actually looks like an Aussie) at about three months old, Shasta ended up in my foster home at about one year old as a favor to the original family (friends) that found her.  Shasta had surgery for left hip dysplasia and lateral patella luxation on both knees.  Shasta exhibits both Pyr and Aussie behaviors - guarding and herding - that are quite a change for someone (me) accustomed to retrievers.
    Shasta has thunder and fireworks anxiety that is moderated somewhat by wearing a Thundershirt and listening to the Rolling Stones.  Shasta's noise anxiety was quite sever so she is now dosed with Sileo with greatly improved results. 
    She is also afraid of most things that hold or dispense water - yes, even water bowls.  I had a 2.5 gallon water dispenser but the "glug, glug" sound it made frightened her.  I tried a stainless steel bowl but she still would not approach it.  Finally found large ceramic bowl that she would drink from.  Weird.

    As of 1 Jan 2018, Lucy Lu and Shasta are 13 years old.
    Managing their weight is very important as they age.  Lucy weighs 50 pounds while Shasta weighs 40 pounds.  Thinner is better.  I'm still working on my weight.

About me, Jack Sivak
    My B.S. (SUNY Plattsburgh) and M.S. (University of Southern California) in systems engineering management, years of coaching project teams in project planning, a somewhat skeptical mindset, and a passion to make a difference with Golden Retriever rescue dogs, gradually all came together.  I realized that no one in the rescues I volunteered with, including Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue in northern California, was educating people about the importance of healthy food and what and how to feed the dogs we were adopting out.  Really?  No one was conveying the big picture to adopters?

    Early works by Dr. Ian Billinghurst, Dr. Tom Lonsdale, Kymythy Schultze, and an article by Kathy Partridge on the Golden Retriever Rescue of Central New York web site were instrumental in my initial raw feeding learning process.

  • While dog rescue people are some of the kindest people I've known, for some reason they shy away from the topic of dog food as though it was too complicated to discuss or even contemplate.  Big mistake!
    So, I checked web sites of many local and national rescues--same problem (check for yourself).  No one was (or is now) providing credible food and feeding educational information.
    I had done considerable research I decided to share what I learned.  I created handout brochures about raw feeding, choosing healthier kibble, and how to identify and slim-down a fat dog.  Guess what?  Most rescues and all-breed shelters are still not interested.  I began independently participating in local dog events and discovered two things: 1) people were interested and wanted to learn, and 2) there were more raw feeders out there than I expected.
    Now retired and living in Citrus Heights, California, I continue to participate in local dog events and coach people about feeding their dogs healthier food.  Days are spent with the Golden Girls and researching to update this web site and my dog adoption e-book (now in the second edition). 
    I have two current research projects (please send your thoughts and suggestions to me):
  • A dog fostering handbook.
  • A study of the future of dog rescue (50, 100, or 200 years hence).  Think about that for a minute and drop me a line to share your thoughts.