What are you Feeding your Dogs?

When this question was posed to Christine Filardi years ago, her response was the same as yours probably is right now: “Dog food?…” But in that same conversation she was introduced to BARF- the bones and raw food diet for dogs :) . As she transitioned her own dogs off of commercial pet food and onto the BARF diet, she noticed remarkable changes: their fur became thicker and shinier, their scratching virtually stopped, their energy levels increased, and they no longer suffered from periodic bouts of sickness or upset stomach. But the real test came when she felt compelled to foster a dog she found in an animal control shelter who had lost half his fur, was itching constantly and had raw, inflamed skin exposed all over his body. While the cause of his condition was unknown, she was sent home with a box of medications that she was told he would take for the rest of his life. Her instincts told her otherwise, and she treated him instead with supplements and a homemade, holistic diet. Within nine months, he was thriving with a full, shiny coat of hair.

Since then, Christine has set about creating an easy, fun, and informative way of helping as many people as possible to treat their own dogs to longer, better quality lives in the form of a holistic cookbook, “Home Cooking for Your Dog.” With a forward by Dr. Wayne Geltman, DVM, tons of tips and shortcuts, as well as 75 recipes for your dogs, the book also explains in a simple, easy to read fashion why commercial pet foods aren’t as “convenient” for you or your dog as you might think and how to successfully transition your dog to a holistic lifestyle. Pick one up at the spa for yourself or fellow dog lover, or take home a sample recipe and give it a try!


Home Cooking for Your Dog Debut!

We are SO happy to announce the first holistic cookbook for dogs is now available to purchase and the author is Christine Filardi, Steph’s sister!!  Home Cooking for Your Dog is the first holistic cookbook for dogs to include recipes for cooked meals, treats, and the raw food diet—a big trend in the pet industry. User-friendly, chop-licking recipes like Fido’s Fishcakes, Potluck Polenta, and Peanut Butter and Coconut Cakes call for healthy ingredients you can find in your local grocery store (or may already have at home) to create balanced, nutritious meals for a healthier, happier dog. Headnotes provide nutrition information, cooking tips, and anecdotes from Christine about her own four dogs to help readers transition their dogs to a homemade diet. Illustrated with a combination of irresistible color photographs of dogs and humorous line art, the book is a must-have for dog owners everywhere. A portion of the proceeds will support animal rescue. Stop in to purchase or You can purchase it here.

Service is Love in Action

Lately much of my reading has centered around “what is the deeper purpose of my life”? Being in a healing profession, it is clear I am here to teach, inspire, support…SERVE. And while this is indeed part of my purpose, it seems I am being drawn closer and deeper into my life’s work. And when I say work, I don’t mean what I do for income. I mean what I do, whether I am paid or not, simply because I love it. Some examples: making tasty treats for the Sanctuary, taking pictures of my cats doing yoga, calling a friend to listen. In addition to this, I simply love sharing what my sister, Christine (pictured right) is up to.

Some of you know Christine, the pet lady, who rescues cats, pit bulls, and yes, even turtles. Over the years I have watched Christine hone her skill in service to helping animals. Anyone who knows Christine can see how much she loves being in service to animals, whether her own, a neighbors, or even a strangers!  Her love of animals knows no boundaries. It is pure unconditional love in action.  Christine has left money on the table in other careers to focus fully on her love of animals. Whether Christine is cooking meals for the animals of her clients, writing a cookbook (check out her book preview here) or rescuing kittens from the side of the Cross Island Parkway, Christine is fully engaged in the work of her life. It is indeed the work of her soul and she is simply the vehicle.

Most recently Christine started volunteering with her rescue pit bull Krsytal through an organization called “Paws for Friendship” to visit people in nursing homes. On any given Friday you will find Christine and Krystal, visiting people who need some love. You can see how much joy Krystal brings to people in this picture.

It literally brings tears of joy and gratitude to my eyes when I look at this picture. Christine is doing her souls work, living her purpose, following here calling, her dharma. What a gift! Some may say what a small life, that is what you do, all you do? I would say, what a magnificent, full life! To be in total service is to be in total love. The self disappears and all that remains is pure bliss.I often wonder what the world would be like if more of us had the courage to commit fully to our life’s work without regard for what “other people might say”.

So, what’s your bliss? Are you living it? How can you have more of it in your life? How can you be in service to what makes your heart sing? The answer might be simpler than you think and it might be right under your nose. Pay attention.

Thank you Christine for always having the courage to follow your bliss. I am your #1 Fan. Xo, S

Click here to learn more about Christine’s Holistic Pet Health Company BowMeowRow.

Do You Want Your Pet To Thrive?

We do!! At the Sanctuary we advocate for the health of people and our PETS!

As a Certified Holistic Chef for Animals, Christine Filardi (Steph’s sister) pictured here with  Aika, (yes, the pit who was on CBS, “Dogs in the City”) started BowMeow to show people how to improve the health of their pets.

A proven way to reduce our pets allergies, joint problems, and the reoccurring upset stomach, feed them a biologically appropriate diet! As a Certified Holistic Chef for Animals, Christine Filardi (yes, sister to Stephanie!) of BowMeow teaches people how to transition their pets off of commercial pet food.

Don’t have time to cook for your pets?  Don’t worry!  Christine has created “Charlie’s Chow”–homemade food for dogs and cats, delivered right to your door. All meals include vegetables and organ meats– even apple cider vinegar. You have the ability to transform your pets health– one meal at a time.

View Christine’s Website Here. 


What Drives You and Dogs

When I think about what drives me to live my own life, and not the life another person or society deems “appropriate” for me, I think of one word: inspiration.

Why inspiration?  Our time here is short and precious. I much rather spend time doing what inspires me and connecting with people who inspire me, with apologies to no one.

My sister, Christine, has always inspired me, even in the moments when I have raised an eyebrow in “disbelief” about her choices.  A few notables from the past: leaving a full time teaching job to start her Shaklee wellness business; moving out to the beach after our father died, leaving her family in Westchester; and most recently, rescuing pit bulls and giving them a home even when her home was “too small” by most people’s standards. 

Christine doesn’t do what others think she should.  She is bold, courageous, passionate and TOTALLY INSPIRING. Her healing work with animals is simply beautiful.  I am so proud of Christine and her AMAZING story that was featured this week on CBS, “Dogs in the City.”  You can view the entire segment here. Get those tissues out!!

Thought: The next time you notice you are judging yourself or someone else, maybe you need a little more inspiration of your own to understand? I certainly did! With understanding we can let go of that harsh voice of judgment a bit easier.  And let’s face it, life can be quite boring if not for those who inspire us to move beyond our comfort zone!!

Our Pets Deserve a Healthy Home

Back in 2003 my sister Christine converted her house to green, non-toxic cleaners after learning about the toxic chemicals present in so many common household cleaners and how sick they can make our pets.  At the time, I was a “big skeptic”. I didn’t connect the idea that if we are using cleaners that contain more toxins in them then the toxins they are suppose to remove, we are in fact doing more harm then good by cleaning.  When it comes to our pets, they are not only smaller, but they roll on the floor and their skin absorbs all those toxic chemicals.  These toxic chemicals put an added burden on their liver and kidneys and tax their immune system making them more susceptible to disease.  Many of our pets suffer from allergies because of toxins and fragrances present in common household cleaners– including laundry detergent.  My skepticism quickly came to an end when I saw the health of my sisters dogs and cats improve drastically: no more allergies, barely any vet visits, no more vomit on the floors as a result of licking the toxic floors.

Click here and take a look at these before and after picture of Boo, a dog my sister rescued and transformed.

What can you do?

The ability to improve not only our health, but that of our pets simply by switching to non-toxic green cleaners can’t be kept a secret.  To help get the word out on going green for our pets, please consider the Get Clean Starter Kit for your home.  You would have to spend over $3400 to get the same cleaning power in these green, non-toxic products that are safe for you, safe for your pets and the planet too.

You can order the kits on-line:

Get Clean Regular Scent click here

Get Clean Fragrance Free click here

For additional support with your pets, contact my sister, Christine, Holistic Animal Chef and Healer by emailing her here.

love lessons from our pets

Throughout the day when I take notice of my kittens I am amazed at how much love pours out of me, simply by looking at them!  The truth is I  have had many family members say to me “Stephanie, I can’t believe how loving you are with your kittens”.  When I reflect on this comment I wonder why it is that so many of us pet lovers  give so much unconditional pure love to our furry friends yet often struggle to give this love to our family and friends.

Is it because we feel our pets are “safe” and they won’t ever hurt us?  And with this feeling of safety and trust we allow ourselves to open up completely and in doing so we love unconditionally?

Yes, I have been guilty of withholding love from humans.  Perhaps my kittens and our pets in general are here to be a daily reminder of how to love freely and without condition.  Enjoy the picture of Leo and Cappi wrestling.  Pure and scrumptious love!!