Thursday, 28 May 2009

In Malcolm's memory

Just received the third of this sequence of emails a few moments ago. I know it would mean a lot to Billy to know that the drugs might help another dog.
I'm sure we all send Billy all our love at this very sad time, those of us who have loved and lost know just how raw he'll be feeling and will be appreciative of his magnanimous gesture.

Hello Beverley,
I'm sat here writing this this with a lump in my throat, trying my hardest to hold back tears. Malcolm, 13 years old and my best friend, was diagnosed with lymphoma nearly two years ago. With a healthy diet and the help of radio therapy we managed successfully to beat it into remission for all this time, but last week it's reared its ugly head again with a vengeance: Malcolm, who was quite happy to do a 2 hour walk last week Sunday, and go for a full day out the week before, is now so weak on his legs that they just buckle underneath him and he goes for very slow short walks now. They still take ages, because he is still very interested in every little smell that comes his way. It is because he still has that spark of life in him that I want to fight for him in every way that I can.
I came across your article, and sent the link to my vet, asking her to order it for Mal, but a couple of my friends have told me that it can take a while, because CV247 isn't licensed in this country. And time is what we haven't got .... The vet reckoned that we are looking at a couple of months but seeing as he is, I don't think we even have that.
I read about Kate Clayden, whose Weimaraner Pippin sadly died of lung cancer, and her generous offer of the bottles of CV247 that she has left. I don't need them for free, I am more than willing to pay for them, because money can be borrowed but time can't. If Kate doesn't want any money for them, I'll give a donation to a rescue or something - I'm really not after a freebie!
I'm sure I'm not the only one asking for this. I'm including my address so that, should we be lucky, you know where Malcolm lives.
I'll attach a picture of my gorgeous boy, which was taken only 2 weeks ago, when he still showed all the signs of a healthy dog, and we were completely unaware of what was about to happen.

Thanks for reading this, and please send my heartfelt condolences to Kate and her family.
Best regards,
Billy de Goede

Re: CV247 for Malcolm
Hi Malcolm

Really sorry but the bottles were snapped up in minutes, yours is the third email so far and Kate was very efficient and posted the bottles yesterday afternoon. What I can tell you is it is possible to get CV247 quickly. Your vet can order it direct or more quickly he/she can order it from one of the existing vets that have stock. Or you can be referred to a vet on this list who will usually post out to you if you are too far away to attend – Richard Allport has done postal consultations for others for eg.

Here’s the link to the list of vets who have CV247 in stock:

Can I wish you the very best of luck with Malcolm, my dog Sally had liver cancer many years ago which is how I discovered John Carter and Cv247. It worked for Sally and really was my only hope as she was inoperable. It is gentle and easy to administer, but the diet is key and you need to read up on the blog about the regimes that others are following. Sally loved her diet so it was no trauma.

I’m forwarding your email to Kate, too.

Kind regards and good luck

Dear Beverley,

I'm devastated to have to tell you that Malcolm passed away the day before yesterday. My vet pulled out all the stops and arranged for me to be able to pick up some cv247 from Barbara Jones in Oswestry on Saturday. We left Mal, and my other 2 dogs Kiera and Sparky, at home with a friend. Mal at the time still had a spark in his eyes which told me that he hadn't given up fighting yet, so I started him on it as soon as we got back. It was too late tho, by Monday evening the spark in his eyes had gone, and he was looking so very tired. On Tuesday morning he was the same, so I called the vet and arranged for Mal to be helped on his way that afternoon. He spent the morning in the garden in the sun and still wanted to go for short walks around the neighbourhood, but it was obvious that his fighting spirit was gone. He got a sedative at home, which sent him off to sleep, and he never knew anything about that dreadful last trip to the vet's.
So now I'm left with 7 1/2 years worth of memories and hundreds of pictures - and nearly 2 bottles of cv247 and a bag of vitamin C powder. Like Kate before I'd like to give this to another dog, I'm just wondering if the bottle that has been opened - and kept in the fridge since - will travel well in the post, or would you per chance have heard about anyone near Manchester who would like it?
Another thing that I would like to ask is a donation for it to Greek Animal Rescue, which is a UK based, registered charity, who I will be forever indebted to for giving me my Malcolm. No amount can ever compare to the happiness that Mal has given me for so long, but the money could maybe pay for vet treatment for another poor, abused and abandoned animal in Greece, who then might be able to live a happy life with a family. I hope that that would not be an unreasonable request?
Thank you very much for your help.
Kindest regards,

Please email me and I will forward your emails to Billy. (

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Heidi 7

Heidi Heidi

26th May 2009 - another op pending

I cannot believe it’s so long since I last wrote anything. I’m really sorry to those of you who have been concerned that something may have happened to Heidi - I assure you she is full of beans & raring to go!

The operation to remove the growth on her mammary gland is booked for this Friday. Her heart is strong (although the murmur is still detectable) & she is in a totally different place to where she was before the last op, as am I. I no longer wait with baited breath for her bark first thing in the morning, wondering if she’s made it through the night, but I do still relish the sound of it when it slips out from her joyous little body while she waits for someone to come down to see her in the morning.

I have been taking some time out of work to reassess my journey. Many issues have raised their heads in the last month or so & one of them was about trust. I watched Heidi that day; her trust is implicit. If there is something she’s unsure of she runs to me & always has from last November. If I need to do something for her, after I’ve explained it she will let me do anything & will come over when called at the vets, even though she’s feeling a bit wobbly about it she trusts me to keep her away from danger. The level of her trust is immense. Her history is one of broken trust & here she is offering it to me freely & unstintingly, unconditionally. It is never forced, although sometimes she takes a millisecond to consider it, she always comes forward. If my little collie can trust in such a way & live with the consequences of it being abused (in the past) why should I give a second thought to who I can & cannot trust? For today, I trust. If tomorrow that is broken, so be it. I’m going to avoid wasting time worrying about what might be & focus on what is.

I give you all my assurance that if there is any change in Heidi’s health, I will write it on the blog. When she was going through traumas before I found it really helpful to just write it all down, but when things are going well it’s harder to write; “Heidi’s really fit & bouncy. Watched a snail today.” could get a little monotonous! No news is good news here.

Travel well.

R & H x

Monday, 18 May 2009

Very sad news

Dear Beverley,
I wonder if you remember me. I emailed you about CV247 and our Weimaraner Pippin, who was suffering from lung cancer. We did so well, against all the odds, but she finally succumbed about six weeks ago, and it is only now I can write about it. (I'm sure you know how devastating losing your best friend can be). I am quite sure the CV247 helped, I just think that we discovered it too late, but in my earnest, I had ordered three extra bottles in anticipation of the months ahead, which of course, went unused. So with that in mind, I was wondering if you knew of anyone in particular or could post an entry on your blog offering them free of charge. Its just that I know how expensive the diet can be, and this is over £100 worth, which I would quite happily post on to someone in need.
It's just a thought, but do let me know if you have any takers...
Many thanks and kindest regards,
Kate Clayden

I am sure we all send Kate our condolences. Please email me if you would like to take Kate up on her very generous offer.

This has now been claimed, three very touching emails. Good luck to all these dogs.

Rainbow Bridge Poem

Dear Kate

I am so very sorry to learn that your beloved Pippin has passed away and I know how sad you and your family must feel. You did all that you could for Pippin and he was loved and blessed and a lucky little dog to have come into your lives. I attach a little poem for you which I think is so nice and sums up how we feel about our pets, I hope you like it.

God Bless you

Maralyn x

Monday, 4 May 2009

Welcome Nikki

Hi Nikki and Chilli Pepper

Nice to see you have joined our Blog. I guess you have loads of questions like I did in the beginning and trying to do everything possible to help Chilli Pepper (what a great name, by the way). We are all here for you to help and Beverley is fantastic, I would never have found CV247 without her help. My little Cinnamon is doing ok at the moment, although her tumours around her neck have returned they are still very small (about half a pea size) and do not seem to be growing fast which is a relief. I shall be ordering my third bottle of CV247 this week. Her diet is much more difficult than for a dog but I try my best. I give her lots of vitamins and organic pet food, a little raw liver here and there, but she gets bored with the same food so have to vary it a bit. I love the tiera on Chilli Pepper! Good luck to you and hope all goes well, keep us all informed of Chilli Pepper's progress - Maralyn x

Chilli Pepper

Hi Beverley

I am going to start Chilli Pepper this week on CV247. Have the Bottles of CV247 but they are 300ml bottles not 600ml as previous email from me! I now have Ascorbic Acid and am waiting on Tryplase from internet which should arrive by Thursday.

We have been on holiday in the Borders this weekend and it was great to get away after all the negative news this week regarding Chilli Pepper. I have once again read all the blog on CV247 to try and get my head around the 'vintage' John Carter diet and everyone else's diets that dogs have responded to the treatment positively.

As Chilli Pepper now also has Liver Cancer I will stick to the diet Sally was on with a little addition of green raw organic vegetables and organic oats for treats and to sop up the liquid of carrot juices! I am going to Boots tomorrow as have 3 for 2 on Vitamin E tablets! I have listed below the daily menu as I would appreciate you or anyone else's input as want to make it as close to what John Carter would have prescribed...

2oz raw New Zealand Liver
Wizzed up Organic Carrots
CV247 with Ascorbic Acid(Vitamin C)
Vitamin E tablet
2 Tryplase Tablets
Little raw organic vegetables finely chopped
Little organic oats
Little cooked organic potatoes with skins on
Bottled Mineral Water with low sodium

I thought I could add a little blended liver to the oats and water to make tasty treats for you think it will matter as the liver will be cooked?

I also would like your thoughts on making up a batch and freezing it for easiness and freshness...did John Carter approve of freezing food?

I don't want to think too far ahead but, like you and Sally, after 6 months and hopefully a still happy and relatively cancer free Chilli Pepper I will increase protein and oats and get a more balanced diet and maybe introduce some organic pasta etc. I am an optimistic person and I truly believe the CV247 and the diet will help Chilli Pepper and give the medical cynics something to think about!

Thanks for listening

Nikki and Chilli Pepper X

John didn't seem to mind freezing. Back in those days often the only NZ lambs liver I could get was frozen and it didn't do Sal any harm. I do wish John was still alive as he may have tweaked or improved the diet he used in Sal's era or made different recommendations for Chilli.
If you can get in touch with vet Richard Allport I'd say he'd be well worth talking to, perhaps your normal vet could write you a referral letter? Just would be great to have the support of a lovely vet? I do think some other patients are remote and are doing postal consults with him.
The very best of luck with this. I suspect you are coming from teh same perspective as I did, that a glimmer of hope is better than none. And that if there's something you can do that whatever happens does no harm - then it's worth a go!
Just hope you get the results we did. When Sally was diagnosed she couldn't absorb even the best vet prescription diets - she was very thin, backbone showing through her then sparse coat. She was so poorly it was very easy to see progress.
She adored the diet - hope Chilli Pepper does do.
Do keep us updated.
Beverley Cuddy, Editor