To market, to market to buy the Man’s Best Friend Medicated Soap…

The Man’s Best Friend Animal Soap made its debut at the Hall Markets in Canberra on 2nd September 2012.

That’s me with Bearbie, the red toy poodle.

Joe with Brandy (my beloved baby) and Bearbie showing support to the Man’s Best Friend Animal Soap at the Hall Markets.

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With the arrival of Australian Spring, the Man’s Best Friend Animal Soap made its market debut of selling the Man’s Best Friend Medicated Soap last Sunday, 2nd September. We were at the Hall Markets in Canberra, which is held on the first Sunday of each month, except January.

The Hall Markets held at the Hall Showground has always been a nice family affair where kids and adults alike will come to shop for the latest fresh produce , livestock, handmade ware and handicrafts brought here by local and regional farmers and artisans. Leashed pooches are a common sight as the market is highly pet-friendly and you will find many dedicated stores for people’s dedicated pooches and pets like mine selling their wares that can range from pet accessories to home-made pet treats.

The weather was lovely and sunny at 17 degree celsius, not bad for the start of Spring in cold, cold Canberra. The turnout was great. At least three hundred people must have walked past our little stall and by 11am, the crowd was packing into the markets filled with fresh produce and handmade products.

The Man’s Best Friend Animal Soap must have handed out some 200 plus Man’s Best Friend Medicated free soap samples. By noon, we have run out of samples to hand out and still had people coming up to enquire what this soap was all about in terms of helping to rid their pets of itching, flaking and skin irritations. We have encountered at least a couple of people who have heard and used the soap in the past  buying them from inter-state and have commented how good they were and were glad the soaps have now arrived in Canberra. Previously, they would have to drive at least two hours away in the South Coast to pick up a bar for their beloved pet.

We sold at least ten bars of soap, which wasn’t bad for a first time at the markets. We expect more to come in the next Hall Markets with the arrival of Spring . And because we are so confident with the Man’s Best Friend Medicated Soap and its wonderful healing properties from traditional veterinary  wisdom in the early 1900s before chemicals were used, we  know pet owners will come back for more after trying out our soap samples. For the latest customer testimonials, take a look here.

Spring is here and so are the fleas and ticks. If you are looking for a natural alternative to keep fleas and ticks away from your beloved pets, why not grab a bar of Man’s Best Friend Medicated Soap? Your pet will love you for it!

The Man’s Best Friend Medicated Soap is currently available for sale at the HALL MARKETS in Canberra, held every 1st Sunday of each month (except January).

If you live in Canberra, Australia or its surrounding region, come say hi and get a FREE SAMPLE to try on your pet.

The next Hall Markets is on 6th October 2012 (Sunday) from 10am- 3pm.

Address: Hall Showground/Gladstone Street  Hall ACT 2618

Hope to see you there!:)

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On Dog & Love

The post below, “LOVE..” is taken from my personal journal written in June 2011 after the passing of my beloved dog, Prissy (a.k.a Fluffball) on 27th May 2011. More than a year has passed since Prissy has left us and still, this journal entry never fails to leave a tear in my eye. She has left behind a legacy in our lives…

Picture taken around 2002/3 in our old rented apartment in Lyneham in J and my days as poor, young students. Prissy was around 5-6 years old. We adopted her from the local RSPCA on 3rd June 2002. J and I didn’t know any better. We just moved in together and I thought having a fur child will add to the romance of our “picture perfect” love nest. And LOVE we found in our sweet angel, Prissy- a God sent gift to J and I in many moments of darkness within our joint lives.

 LOVE…

Whilst the world continues to evolve, changes follow. My friends have continued to “grow up” and I would hear yet another arrival of a bundle of joy. The most significant and recent was V’s cute and chubby little baby boy that was finally born about a month ago after a few days’ of delay. A new addition, another new life chapter…

So here we are, many of us in our early thirties, having moved on from our wild twenties of social and sexual experimentation to a more settled life. Some have “come of age” becoming cluckier, embracing motherhood more readily than others, unlike myself.

Motherhood must be an amazing journey I figured. I see friends setting up blogs devoted to sharing about their pregnancies, newborn babies, children and family lives. It’s that natural instinct to love and celebrate this special experience and maternal bond and share it with others. Long lost friends who are mothers started keeping in touch and exchanging baby tips with one another, a new camaraderie formed.

So here I am Down Under hearing about all these baby news back home vicariously through the Facebook and internet. I feel happy for my friends but I don’t feel quite as connected. But I think I did understand why pregnancy and motherhood are such a big deal- because mothers make it a big deal and they do so simply because it is an instinctive thing to do when they are in love and excited about the arrival of the life they have created.

I have never like children too much but I have always been a maternal character in my own way through my need to provide and protect. It is apparent in the way I love my dogs- the need to give them the best. So each day, I couldn’t stop talking about my dogs to my only colleague who has to listen to my repeated “top 5 stories”(as she would put it) about how beautiful and pretty my dogs were and how much I miss and love them.  And when I got home, I would greet them with cuddles and kisses and wonder how anyone could have abandoned my two lovely girls at the pound, only to be found by J and I. Finders keepers and how lucky can we get. I am ever so thankful and I often tell the Fluffball when we only had her how much we love her and then I would asked her aloud on what were mum and dad to do when she was gone.

So the day did come 4 weeks ago. We had to make the hard decision to let her go. Two weeks prior, we had admitted her to the emergency after she had lost a fair bit of weight and no amount of dental and personal grooming could get rid of this strange and foul breath unlike her usual bad breath. When she vomited the water that she had just drank and I detected foam whilst we were at the cafe with Ted on a leisurely Sunday afternoon, I knew that the vet visit couldn’t wait till Monday.

We were glad we didn’t. The vet said it was renal failure at the late stage. We were to leave the hospital without her that night as she would be put on fluids, having lost 30% of her weight and being severely dehydrated. The vet advised that she could not have waited another day. If the blood results were not too great and the intravenous fluids were not going to work, we would have to prepare ourselves for the worst.

The bombshell was dropped. J and I stood in the room shocked. My tears couldn’t stop streaming down my face. J suppressed any emotion and pain on his end to prevent me from spiralling into hysteria. I felt that stab or multiple stabs of pain in my heart. We went home without our dog that night.

They say a mother’s love for her child is the greatest love of all. So there I was, helpless for that moment, I wished the Fluffball could take my kidney so that she could become well again. If only she could. I cried for an entire night but being the ever protective mother of my brood, I didn’t want to take the vet’s no cure verdict as the gospel. I couldn’t give the Fluffball a death sentence if I hadn’t tried. I wasn’t about to give up on my child. So I embarked on a journey of herbal and alternative therapies and treatments. I ordered a system of herbal treatments from the United States which J and I syringe administered four times religiously into her mouth each day. On top of that, we spent the remaining time cooking and freezing organic meals for our dogs and massaging therapeutic essential oils to both the Fluffball and Brandy as we weren’t taking any chances.  We sacrificed sleep as new parents would do during feeding time just so we were feeding her the correct amounts of medication to put her back on track.  I was all ready to drive inter-state to Sydney’s renown Chinese medicinal hall to buy the rarest and one of Chinese medicine’s most precious herb, Cordyceps at $1300 for 28g to cure her kidneys.

Things did look up for a while and Fluffball was regaining her appetite for more than a week. I took time out of work to provide the palliative care and J and I remained vigilant in her journey to recovery. Being the paranoid person that I was, Brandy also got her bloods tested and lumps removed and sent to pathology. She had only come to us from another local self-funded rescue shelter four weeks earlier at eight years old (but probably, she is at least ten years old).  I have always prided myself on the quality of care we have provided to the Fluffball with quality pet food, adequate exercise and lots of love and still, we had failed to detect her sickness. I blamed myself.

I started speaking to different people in the dog parks and learnt about a holistic vet trained in both conventional vet science and traditional Chinese medicine. I booked her in for that too. I even consulted a real Chinese physician who couldn’t speak a word of English and religiously trawled through my English-Chinese dictionary and the Internet to translate the English herbs into the Chinese name that I have administered into the Fluffball. It was during this period that the Fluffball was suddenly fast deteriorating. The holistic vet detected the reason as to why she was having difficulty eating and drinking for the past couple of days even though she was wanting to. Her tongue was so badly ulcered (she has never seen such a bad case) that she advised us that the Fluffball was at the end of the road. She advised that we must be prepared to put her down within 2 days if her situation didn’t improve after she gave us some drugs to take home. The Fluffball deserved to die with dignity and we shouldn’t prolong her suffering. It was a race against time. I rang the Chinese physician I met a week ago and begged him to see my dog. I was clearly distressed and despite his no experience with dogs and he was in the midst of a house move, the kind gentleman obliged.

He looked at the Fluffball’s tongue. The colour, shape and dampness wad not a good sign. Her immune system was gone, he said. I couldn’t stop crying. He gave me another hope- one last hope he said but it might take a week. Heal her tongue first so she could eat and get her immune system strengthened. He sent me off to get some Propolis from the natural health shop to be mixed with vitamin B6 for her tongue and wished me luck.

That was that Friday four weeks ago. Our emotions went through that rollercoaster ride. One moment, there was Hope. Another moment, the prognosis looked grim.

That Friday night, we meant to take the Fluffball to the emergency to inject more fluids but instead, we decided on the spot to bid her farewell. She was down to 2.3 kg from 5kg. We just couldn’t do this to her. All afternoon after our visit from the Chinese physician and me religiously administering all the drugs and syringe feeding the Fluffball, it was getting more and more unbearable to watch her try.

Dogs have a strong threshold for pain and they will do everything just to be with their owners.  I couldn’t stop crying secretly for fear that she would detect my sadness. I left the door open for her to wander out and sit on the front porch like she normally would. I put on some Tibetan Buddhist prayers and prayed for the great rebirth for my beloved princess. She has had a life much loved by us and provided us with immense joy so surely the Lord Buddha will grant us this wish for her?

J came home from work that evening hoping for a miracle that didn’t happen. The only miracle though was she came to the door to greet him, which she hasn’t done in a while in her weakened state. She must know this was it before we did. The Fluffball was more of J’s dog than mine. Always such a daddy’s girl. As we drove her to the hospital, her on my lap and him driving, she found one last renewed vigour and jumped across to sit on his lap like she always would.

That very night, when we knew it was time to make that painful decision to say goodbye, we took her out for a 10 min walk in the wintry cold. We asked the vet to make the necessary cremation arrangements, no expenses spared and for her ashes in a handcrafted cedar wood box to come back to us and that plaque that says “Till we meet again” because we will meet our little princess again. One day when our time will too be up.

So yes, we went through our emotional rollercoaster since her illness. Some days we couldn’t cope with the discomfort and pain the Fluffball suffered as we syringed food and fluids into her mouth. Other days we are heartened by her initiative to polish off all the fresh organic food in her bowl that we spent hours prepping, pureed, blending and cooking. We persisted on despite the massive shift in our lifestyle, remaining vigilant and hopeful that things will turn around. Her 14th birthday party was scheduled for that Sunday, 5th June. We could only take small steps and aim to prolong her longevity by yet another day…

The Fluffball never made it for her birthday party which we have promised to throw each year for the past 9 years, mainly because we couldn’t afford to before or I was never around as I lived in Sydney busy climbing the corporate ladder whilst she lived in Canberra with J. The birthday hats, banner and streamers we bought from our poor student days are still in the garage in their unopened packages. This year we were so sure we would fulfil our promise because up to this incident and since we moved on from our disastrous business and into our new lives with our new house, new car, my new job and J finally running a profitable business, life was almost perfect and too good to be true. And so she left us just exactly one week shy of her birthday.

So there- my Fluffball gave me a gift   I didn’t know I was capable of giving-Love. I now understand why a mother’s love is the greatest of all, funnily enough, through my dog-child. I am not even a real mother yet and perhaps might never be. So I thank her for making this happen to me. Like the eulogy on obituary pages go “Gone in our lives one so near but in our hearts forever near”, this is exactly how we feel.

Prissy came to us when she was at least five years old. But still the bond we have with her had been all so amazing.  Pet adoption has done so much for J and I – it has literally changed our lives. We became more aware of issues relating to animal cruelty and responsible pet ownership. But most importantly, we discovered love and compassion through caring for an animal. We even become more aware of wild life and would not hesistate to rush an injured possum or cockatoo on the road to the emergency vet hospital because as J will put it in his child-like way, all creatures are “Prissy’s friends”.

We didn’t know or rear Prissy from birth.We were constantly learning something new about her.  Everyday was an adventure where we revel in unrevelling the mysterious character of Miss Prissy and attempted to fit in the missing puzzles of her history. We are always curious about our sweetpea and wondering where this God-sent gift has come from and quietly marvel at the beauty of our sweet angel’s soul. She was that quiet (typical of her Lhasa Apso trait) but sweet child (although ever so suspicious of strangers) who never fails to surprise us with a new behaviour, quirk, her cat-like aloofness, slight temper and her ability to give us so much love and affection. Our only regret is we never knew her earlier and she is gone from our lives so soon. I was hoping she was one of those Lhasa Apsos in history that lived up till twenty-four human years. Or at least eighteen years is not too much to ask? Being a Lhasa Apso crossed maltese, surely her mixed gene pool would have given her a better chance of having longevity we thought plus all the healthy food and love we have showered her?

So whilst many of my peers would concur that they have experience this profound love firsthand from the birth of a child, I experienced mine through the loss of one. So here’s my story of Love.

We love and miss you so much, Prissy. You are the little girl that changed my world.

In memory of Prissy, AUD$1 for every bar of The Man’s Best Friend Medicated Soap sold online will be put aside to be donated to our nominated self-funded animal shelter.

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A Visit to the Soap-Maker at the House of de Carteret

It was a three and half hours journey as we set off at the crack of dawn last Saturday from Canberra to the Llandilo in New South Wales where the House of de Carteret was situated.

Elsa Robyn who owns the House of de Carteret is the proud soap-maker of the Man’s Best Friend Medicated Soap. The House of de Carteret produces, distributes and retails a wide range of natural handmade soaps for both pets and humans  under various brand labels locally and internationally. The “Man’s Best Friend Medicated Soap” is  one of the labels owned by the House of de Carteret.

Hailed from a long line of traditional French soap-makers dating back to the late 1800s, Elsa relies on ancestral recipes in the era before chemicals were used to make 100% natural soaps for both animals and humans. Her business is founded on the holistic philosophy that the use of natural and essential oils will heal most skin allergies naturally.

We arrived at 9.30am and were warmly greeted by Elsa in her soap farm. After having a quick tour around the house, we went straight to her work area where we were greeted by the fragrant aromas of essential oils and trays and trays of freshly made soaps.

Elsa’s great- great grandmother had an olive farm in France and traditionally made soaps from 100% pure olive oil.  She grew up in Australia making soaps with her mother and grandmother as a way of life. A serious psoriasis sufferer, she could never use any commercial soaps, including hypo-allergenic ones and also cosmetic products. Everything she used on her sensitive skin had to be 100% natural and chemical-free, with no artificial brighteners, perfumes, dyes or lathering agents.

After persistent requests by friends and acquaintances that have benefitted from her handmade soaps plus the unfortunate family event where her husband suffered a heart attack that resulted in the loss of their truck business and family properties, Elsa began making soaps as a business under the old family name of de Carteret in 2008. Her passion and dedication in hand-making her soaps using the highest quality ingredients combined with her self-belief have enabled her to become a full-time soap-maker as her a new means of making a living to rebuild her family’s life. The House of de Carteret has since garnered a loyal customer following in the local markets scene spanning from New South Wales to Queensland amongst individual pet owners, dog rescue groups, farmers, dog and horse show rings. For testimonials of the Man’s Best Friend Medicated Soap from the soap-maker’s customers, please click here.

Without further ado, here’s a sneak peek of my visit to the House of de Carteret below:

Meet Elsa, the soap-maker of the House of de Carteret and myself. We went straight down to business on our much anticipated meeting exchanging ideas on how we could take her awesome soaps to an international level. We discussed at great length the business plan, target markets, marketing strategy and new packaging ideas.

 

Being a professional soap-maker is not only a full time job but involves one’s utmost passion and dedication in the art of soap-making. This is Elsa’s work area where her soaps are handmade from Mondays to Fridays on a disciplined schedule to make sure she never runs out of stock. This humble work shed can produce an average of 500 bars of soaps a day. Using a precise formula to make her soaps by blending her natural oils and essential oils together, the soap-making process requires the ingredients to be mixed and heated at the right temperature before allowing them to cool down.  Elsa hand makes all her soaps and uses all natural ingredients from oils, essential oils to waxes in its production. It uses a gentle, natural formulation where the soaps contain no artificial brighteners, hardeners, lathering agents, dyes, phosphates or animal fats. At mid-week and on most weekends of the year, Elsa travels around the New South Wales region to sell her soaps at the local markets and fairs. The House of de Carteret consistently aims to provide only the best quality soaps and skincare products at affordable prices.

 

This is Elsa’s packaging and labelling work station. Each bar of soap produced by the House of de Carteret is done the traditional way with much tender, loving and care.  The entire process is made in-house where Elsa hand makes her soaps, hand cuts the soaps to individual bars and hand packages each bar of soap before they are ready for sale. As machines are not used, the production process leaves minimal carbon foot-print. The House of de Carteret aims to be a socially responsible business, which The Man’s Best Friend Animal Soap is proud to be an exclusive international and local distributor.

 

This is the current simple packaging for the Man’s Best Friend Medicated Dog Soap for the local Australian market. This soap is Australian handmade and 100% chemical-free. The secret recipe uses a precise blend of nine natural and essential oils that was handed down by an old Australian country vet to the de Carteret family in the early 1900s before chemicals were used. Suitable for all pets with dermatitis problems like paw licking, itching, flaking, sores and ulcers, as well as pets with arthritis and gout to improve blood circulation. The essential oils also helps to ward off fleas, ticks and botflies naturally. The Man’s Best Friend Medicated Soap will leave your pets with a smooth and shiny coat. Because it doesn’t have caustic chemicals like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) in its production, you can also be assured that cleaning after your pet doesn’t leave you with a mess of hard-to-clean-off soap scums in your own shower or bathtub.

We were experimenting with packaging ideas for the international market using bio-degradable material. After speaking to a number of prospective retailers in the international market, we have decided to improve on the packaging of the Man’s Best Friend Medicated Soap, whilst retaining the integrity of our joint business philosophies of being socially responsible to the environment. We will be using only bio-degradable packaging material and will try to keep the packaging simple to minimise any further impact on the environment. This was all we had for paper in the office. We were working on a more rustic, old fashioned look. This is NOT it. Stay posted for THE new design:)

 

This is where we think we should position the back label on the bar of soap. We have since refined the label wording. The glue gun was out so we did a slip shod work at wrapping the soap up with sticky tape to get a rough idea. Sorry for the tardy job done!

As someone whose dog, Brandy has benefitted directly from Elsa’s Man’s Best Friend Medicated Dog Soap as well as for myself, an eczema sufferer with Elsa’s unscented Down the Lane Goats’ Milk Soap, I am a true convert to soaps made by the House of de Carteret. The high quality and healing properties of the soap products are second to none and I believe in its effectiveness on sensitive and problematic skin as much as Elsa herself .

So after six hours of intense and passionate discussion on how Elsa and I could take the Man’s Best Friend Medicated Soap to the next level and how the plan could be executed, we said our goodbyes with much to take away from the meeting and to work on both ends. We aim to share this wonderful soap product in a big way and share it with the world to all pets out there.

Stay posted as we will be stocking the Man’s Best Friend Medicated Soap in retail outlets and vet clinics in your area soon. If you are interested to be a stockist internationally (out of Australia) or within the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) state in Australia, please feel free to contact The Man’s Best Friend Animal Soap at: mansbestfriendsoap@gmail.com.

I started this business on sheer serendipity and my love for stray animals, especially dogs. In beloved memory of my late rescued dog, Prissy, for each bar of the Man’s Best Friend Medicated Soap sold online from my website, AUD$1 is put aside to be donated to a self-funded animal shelter.

 If you love animals and would like to find a way to fund for your charitable cause, why not  consider becoming a Man’s Best Friend Medicated Soap stockist and START NOW?

Take action and be empowered to know that any little contribution you make for a cause you strongly feel for will go a long way.

 “We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving. And we all have some power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing.”

– Louisa May Alcott

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How The Man’s Best Friend Animal Soap came about

I love animals and even more so, I love dogs. After all, they are Man’s best friend.

Dogs rule in my household.

So it started a month ago that I was looking at the Madam Wong Shelter & Friends that I came across the plight of Nikki. Nikki was a shitzu with the worst dermatitis. He was given up for his bad skin as his ignorant owner decided to bath him in Dettol everyday. The pictures broke my heart. He looked miserable with his dry, sore and broken skin.

Suffice to say, I knew I needed to put in my two cents’ worth on what could be done in the interim to help Nikki feel better and heal his skin.

I recalled the poor condition of 10- year old Brandy’s skin and fur when she first came to our house in April 2011. Her fur was coarse and hair was constantly falling. She had dandruff on her skin littered with warts and lumps. Some of those lumps and bums were slightly bleeding or oozing with pus. The stem of her tail was swollen with skin infections and allergies from flea bites after years of neglect.

The first thing we did of course, was to take her to the vet. Then an organic diet of fresh meat and vegetables were in place, coupled with homeopathy remedies, essential oil treatments and accupuncture. Her progress was steady but slow. Brandy’s fur started to become softer but she still had dermatitis and her skin continued to look red and sore. She was still scratching, which further led to further bleeding and irritation to her open wounds.

In October 2011, a chance encounter with Elsa, the soap-maker of The House of de Carteret at the local fair, she introduced me to the  Man’s Best Friend Medicated Soap which she nade. She gave me a small sample and told me to use it on my dog. She assured me that it will take away her itching and I would see an improvement in her skin and fur. I didn’t think much about it but decided to give it a shot.

As we outsource Brandy’s grooming and bathing to our pet groomer who comes to our house every fortnight, I instructed him to use the soap on Brandy. It was a set and forget thing. Surprisingly, the teeny weeny soap sample lasted for a few months. Towards the end of the year, I took notice that Brandy’s fur and skin have indeed improved. She has the fluffiest and softest fur now and she stopped having a major scratching problem. The dandruff have gone away too. Some of the open wounds healed whilst the stubborn ones that was infected with pus was surgically removed. So there, the Man’s Best Friend Medicated Soap worked for my sweetpea!

Now, back to Nikki at the Madam Wong’s Shelter and Friends. I decided to post on the site about the Man’s Best Friend Medicated Soap to direct pet owners and the shelter volunteers to Elsa’s website regarding the soap. Being a self funded shelter with a no kill policy and very high overheads to run it, I didn’t think anyone would take the initiative to order this soap online. The Man’s Best Friend Medicated Soap was only sold in Australia. I decided to donate the two unopened bars I had bought for Brandy to the shelter first since each 150g bar could easily last a smallish 7.5kg dog like Brandy for more than a year. And since I was coming back home to Singapore in early July, I would buy a stack to donate to the shelter.

My comments on the Madam Wong’s Shelter and Friends Facebook wall generated interest about the soap. Someone wrote to me and asked how she could order it. My first order was for a dozen soaps.

The lightbulb came that moment. Why don’t I distribute and sell the soap into Singapore where I grew up and in Canberra, Australia where I now live? What better way to fund for my charity interests? Every $1 from each bar of soap will go into a fund which I would take out periodically to donate to local self-funded animal shelters of my choice? Voila! It felt like a Eureka moment. I felt a rush in my adrenalin.

I have been thinking for while now. My ultimate goal is to buy land in Australia that can be used for organic farming, have a wonderful animal sanctuary for dogs where they will have fresh organic food as their main diet, a wholistic vet centre on site for shelter dogs and open to the public to fund for upkeeping the shelter. And collect fur from my beautiful dogs to spin into yarn and knit them into socks and jumpers to fund for the shelter. Re-train some of the dogs that cannot be adopted as therapy dogs to bring awareness and provide comfort to sick patients, elderly people in nursing homes and young children. Now this will go into my bucket list of “Things to do I die”. My vision sounds like a mammoth undertaking but I reckon I got to start from somewhere to finally get there at one day. I didn’t know how but I knew I needed to get started.

So without further ado, I got in touch with Elsa and the rest has been history.

It just took one little dog, Nikki to inspire me. The Man’s Best Friend Animal Soap was founded. I hope to introduce The Man’s Best Friend Soap to the world, help dogs and bring compassion to Mankind. So please help us help dogs if you know of anyone’s pet who could benefit from it.

Baby steps, I tell myself will get me somewhere. At aged 33, I am beginning to become awareness of my own mortality. I lost two friends unexpectedly from cancer this year and who knows what the future has in store for me?

So now that I have shared my ultimate vision with you readers, perhaps it’s time to ask what you want out of your life?

When there’s a will, there is always a way. May abundance guide you in your life journey and lead you to where you always want to be.

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Dog C5 Vaccination

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