Thursday, 31 May 2012

What's in the July edition?

It's been another action-packed month in the doggie world. We'd half finished the magazine but had to have a rethink after Ashleigh and Pudsey's famous victory in Britain's Got Talent!

So what's in this month's issue? It's out on June 14th in the shops - but before that for subscribers.

Claire Horton-Bussey probes into microchips and whether they really will bring your dog home or indeed do anything to stop people being bitten by dogs. Some remarkable and disturbing stories.

Are huskies the new Staffies? As these gorgeous but demanding dogs start mounting up in rescue we look at what you need to be an owner and give some of these hard to home dogs a run in our Adopt Me section.
Do look out for Hope in that section, too. A disabled dog in Uganda hoping that someone here will give her a loving home. Shouldn't single one dog out, but that's a very big ask.

We feature three dogs that have already found their happy ever after

Kirsty Gallacher talks about her love of Bulldogs. For Annabel Giles its got to be Pugs/

Karen Cornish makes us all feel Itchy and scratchy with a in depth look into finding the cause of that itch and how to get rid of it!

Victoria Stilwell shares her top tips as to what to do if you've got a dog who is poo peckish!

Our lovely vet Richard Allport gives you some hints on what to put in an alternative first aid kit.

Terry Doe sticks up for all Bull terriers when faced with a bigot.

Sarah Whitehead on what to do with a dog that chews - great classic Kevin Brockbank illustration for all his fans!

Insurance guru Neil Flint talks about the banking crisis and we reveal how our camapign is going. If you read my editorial you'll be very sad to hear it comes to late for Oscar the Bernese Mountain Dog who was put to sleep before the U turn.

I write about Ashleigh and Pudsey's amazing performance and claim it as a win for positive training generally!

Gina Stokes (Was Graham until she got married in February) shows everyone who got the dancing bug some steps to learn at home! More next month.

Allen Parton and EJ, Rookie and Clooney make history when the three dogs become the first dogs allowed into Queen's College  Cambridge!

Karen Wild gives advice to those whose dogs really don't like meeting other dogs - whether they are the bully or the bullied!

Take part in I Want One: Win a fantastic and stylish Joules dog bed, a cooling tshirt from Equafleece, a new foam dog wash from NewGenn that's as kind to your hands as it is for your dog's skin, a precious pawprint keyring worth £60, an antler dog chew and a dog walking guide of your choice.

Hovawarts are the breed of the month

Peter Neville takes on a case of a dog with terrible separation anxiety and gets him ready to go into a necessary stay in kennels.

Lynn Allardyce transforms a grumpy reactive German Shepherd into a cuddly teddy bear!

We feature the stories of dogs that have been killed or injured on unfenced railtrack and encourage people to sign the petition to stop it happening in the future.

Updates on Don't Cook Your Dog campaign and the Dogs Dinner.

Really touching story of Jaxx the Mastiff cross and the joy he brings to the family that rescued him's lives.

Our appeals page is a real heart wrenching edition - some amazing dogs that have been through so much and now need our help.

And there is so much more! There's Think tank, the news, the regular columns and competitions.

Have you subscribed yet? You'll save so much more if you do and we we get to keep more of your money which helps us, too!

Any dogs looking for a home?

Here is how to get a hard to home dog included in our regular Adopt me feature.

1. We need a good photograph (about a 1MB when attached, in focus ideally!)

2. The answers to these really simple questions.   

3. A 100 word statement from the dog that makes people look twice. (See below if you need inspiration!)

Here are the questions:
Name of dog:
Type of dog and size if not obvious:
Approx age: (in years)
With other dogs?
With cats?
Good with children?
Location (County):
Contact details:
Foster or forever home?

Email all three of these elements to a new email address (retype this as copy and paste for some reason often will not work!) 

and put 'Adopt me' in the subject. 

Good 100 word statements to inspire!
Hey I’m Shady! Will you throw my ball for me?
I’ve been in Rescue for over a year now which my carers say they are very surprised about. I love the company of people and get quite stressed if left on my own for long periods of time.
I’d love an owner with a lot of time on their hands; I’ll thank you with my devotion and wagging tail!
My new year’s resolution is to find a loving new home where I can play lots of games of fetch – could you help me make it come true?

I am the busiest dog in the world! I like to train, and play games, and love my obedience classes here in Leeds. I have lived with children with severe learning difficulties in a very busy house, and with another dog. I am much prettier than my photo, but I won’t keep still long enough for anyone to take one – I’m too busy seeing if the photographer has treats! I would love to live with an active family who like to get out and about as much as I do. You can watch videos of me training at the Iron Mountain website.

I’ve been at Battersea over a year – the Home never puts on a limit on how long it takes to rehome a cat or dog – and I’m a real favourite in the offices where I spend a day or two a week chilling out, being good-natured and friendly, well-mannered and very affectionate. For someone who looks like they ate all the pies, I’m actually a delicate and discerning eater – I once said no to a Bonio! Like my namesake Cleopatra, I am very beautiful, with carefully applied eyeliner, and would like to be building my own little homely kingdom soon.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Can you organise a Dogs Dinner?

Have you organised a Dogs Dinner yet? It's in aid of the fantastic Hounds for Heroes. All you do is invite some friends around and ask them to donate what the meal is worth! Or if you're a famous chef you could always make a TV documentary about it too... or host a Bark-a-que, or create a pop-up restaurant in your home that is super dog-friendly? Or how about an afternoon tea with pup cakes and cup cakes? 

Click here for how to get started! Click here

Do you want to know the back story? It's all in the latest edition of Dogs Today - click here to buy!

You may vaguely remember the day the news announced the 300th soldier to die in the Afghanistan conflict. But to Robin and Jen Hollington, their son - Royal Marine Richard - wasn't just number 300.
Richard had been very badly injured in an explosion in the Helmand District and had died in hospital back in Britain with his family at his bedside. He was only 23 years old. Richard died on 20 June 2010. His commanding officer said he was "one of my finest" and had "lived as a lion". He donated his organs to save others.
There are no words anyone can say to lessen the blow or to bring him back, and when people wanted to show their respect, Robin and Jen asked not for flowers or kind words on cards, but instead for something more practical. They opened a Just Giving page.

Robin explained, "We'd probably cry over the words of each card, but nothing practical would come out of it. We'd always raised money for charity, so it seemed obvious to set up a fund.
"People we only vaguely knew started organising events in Richard's name. The 300 figure was obviously significant to the press, so his death got a lot of coverage and it reached people who had long lost touch with Richard. The 300th death is obviously no more significant than any other when it's your son or husband, fiancé or girlfriend, but the press coverage meant that lots of people were moved to do something."
There was also a coincidence of geography. The Hollingtons lived just a mile and a half away from Hounds for Heroes founder Allen Parton, whom they met during the 2010 Poppy Appeal launch event for the Royal British Legion.
As I've already discovered, pretty much everyone seems to know Allen!
The Hollingtons are dog lovers; they have had a couple of Flat Coats and recently a rescued Springer and a Sprollie. Robin had been a Royal Marine, too - so Allen and Endal's story was always of interest to the family. It became obvious that one of the charities they'd raise money for would be Hounds for Heroes.
A beautiful Labrador Retriever, one of the first ever squadron of Hounds for Heroes pups, was named Yomper Richie or Yomper, after the Royal Marines slang describing a long-distance march carrying full kit. Funding for his whole life's care and training was provided by Commando 999 (former Royal Marines now serving in the Emergency Services) who raised the £20,000 from donations raised as they 'speed marched' through London last year. 

You'll have seen Yomper's lovely face shining out of photos in the Mail on Sunday and the waggy bundle of fun has also appeared on the TV news. But until now you probably wouldn't have known the story behind his name.
"I resigned from my job after Richard died," said Robin. "Something like this makes you think about what's important and I chose to start my own business. But, more and more, I found myself drawn into fundraising. I recognise it's probably my coping strategy, but it certainly keeps me occupied."
That is, of course, an understatement. In the last 21 months, almost a quarter of a million pounds has been raised in Richard's name. But Robin has set his sights on raising substantially over a million pounds per annum, with a different fundraising idea and a different charity each month of the year.
It all kicked off with people like Danny Gavin, who had played football with Richard more than a decade before, when they were 11 years old. They lived in different areas and had drifted apart, but when he heard of Richard's death, Danny decided to climb Kilimanjaro.
As a young school teacher, Danny soon realised that all his mates were on similar salaries and no matter how much they tried, they could never raise that much money - so he came up with another idea: a heroes mufti day in school where the pupils nominated their hero and dressed like them. The idea spread to 30 more schools when Robin spotted that this was a brilliant concept that could roll out much further. He even got David Cameron to endorse it. This year it is hoped many more schools will take it up; details can be found at
The Heroes Day provoked discussion in classrooms about the difference between a hero and a celebrity, and pupils turned in some amazing essays about their personal choices, which Robin would love to pull together into a book. It was obviously a winner and a perfect fit for Help for Heroes.
It made sense to have a heroes quiz on the same day, and the British Legion was enthusiastic about joining in with a themed quiz night in its centres (
There are plans for a Sing for Heroes, with a national karaoke night (some 500 simultaneous karaoke events) in aid of Royal Marines Association. He's also working on Dogtober, Manuary, Fabruary and Sextember - don't ask! Robin has so many amazing ideas - he would love to do fundraising full-time and has the amazing idea of getting corporate sponsorship of the organisation side of things so that 100 per cent of every event he organises will go the charities. With that in mind, he would love to hear from potential philanthropic supporters who would see their sponsorship very highly leveraged each month.
Which brings me on to the one most relevant idea to us: the Dog's Dinner. It's a bit like a national Come Dine with Me with a charity twist. Visit for how details of how to get involved.
Basically, you either open a restaurant in your home or local hall for the night - or you invite some friends around for dinner and instead of scoring points, you ask them to pay whatever they think the meal is worth and give the money to Hounds for Heroes.
Robin is hoping for a celebrity chef to get involved with some suggested recipes, or for local restaurants to open their doors to the concept. He'd also love a TV company to get involved.  Overall, he is looking for 1,000 simultaneous dinner parties, with an estimated average of six guests, with each hopefully donating £20 or more to raise more than £120,000 over two nights - enough for a whole Hounds for Heroes recruiting intake to have their whole costs covered. Of course, an enterprising Peter Cruddas might be able to organise a single dinner party, raising double that amount.
I'd like some of our readers to consider going that extra yard and perhaps putting on a dinner for dogs and owners. Or even an afternoon tea for dogs and owners. I still fondly remember Ian Dunbar's birthday tea where humans and dogs tucked into species-appropriate cakes and snacks.
Get your thinking caps on and tell us what you plan to do to get behind the Dog's Dinner. You've got a little while to plan, as it will be on 14 and 15 September.
We'll keep reporting on the Dog's Dinner and let you know what events you can take part in - it would be great if dog training clubs could organise a special night - maybe have a Dog's Dinner Party with games and quizzes. Let us know what you dream up and we'll list your event free of charge if you'd like to attract extra people along.
I admit I was quite nervous about talking to Robin. I think we all agonise about what to say to someone recently bereaved. But talking to Robin was surprisingly inspiring. He's so practical; he was absolutely sure he didn't want an over-sentimental article that the press often likes to write.
I asked if anything he had done had helped him cope with the loss and he recalled something a colleague had said to wife, Jen. "When the 100-year-old widowed Queen Mother was asked whether the grief ever diminished over the years, she replied, 'No, but you get better at dealing with it.'"
Robin is obviously a man on a mission, one he didn't ask for. I'm sure we all wish him well and will want to help him succeed.



Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Not so Super and more than a Tiny bit depressing actually

While loved Ashleigh and Pudsey on Britain's Got Talent (which was on ITV) - we hated Keith Lemon's LemonAid appearing to give a Pug away as a prize to children (also on ITV).
And it was the recent LemonAid shocker that made me recall a previous ITV animal disaster programme Super Tiny Animals which showed just before Christmas and was full of 'iccle this and that and was glorifying Teacup dogs and tiny endangered monkeys... and a whole host of very mutant animals without any sense of outrage.
It was horribly irresponsible TV and at the time all the charities plus the BVA and KC were Super Huge Upset by it and were pretty much shunned by a petulant ITV who didn't seem to ever put their hands up and say sorry. Certainly not publicly.
But we had hoped they'd at least listened.
But no.
 Photo from ITV website from the first programme
Last night I was sent a press release inviting me to tell others about an event that was being filmed for ... SUPER TINY ANIMALS!
If you want to know what all the fuss was about with the last one... here is the link to the blog. As you can see everyone tried to make it less damaging, there was a united affront! But did they listen or even respond? No.
So what do we do this time?
They're obviously not going to pull it, they're already well underway. But can we influence the content subtly?
We're not against small dogs, far from it. Beautiful Bonnie was on our December front cover and Mr Hudson, a Boston terrier, has just joined our office staff. What we need is for people to small dogs as dogs and not things.
The depiction of small dogs as fashionable handbag accessories and impulse purchases that you can dress up really is hugely irresponsible.
Can we show them that small dogs are living breathing sentient beings? Show them some examples of small dog brilliance that covertly shows the viewer that they are getting so much more than a fully toy?
Anyone got any other bright ideas? They really need to address the health concerns with breeding for ever smaller dogs - last time that American pet shop owner saying the Teacup Chihuahuas she was selling from glass fronted boxes was a particularly healthy one as it only had a tiny bit of water on the brain.... ugh.
Here's the invite to the event that is being filmed - if you have a small dog that isn't just 'arm candy' perhaps you'd like to attend and show and tell what your small dogs can really do? Any small dogs with jobs? Let me know what your little dog can do. Any small dogs that can dance? Any tiny dogs doing agility or obedience? Any small dogs that have had health problems because of their size? Any small dogs that have been rehomed due to them being given up after a young owner got bored of them?
Here's the wording in case you can't read the above...

You are invited to

Verve London’s Flagship Store Red Carpet 1st Birthday Party.

Friday 18th May – 6pm onwards.

Drinks and canapés from 6pm and an introduction from Verve featuring the launch of our new summer collection of dog collars and human-grade dog chocolates.

Celebrity guest appearances and performances.

The event will also be filmed for an ITV documentary
“Super Tiny Animals”
so bring your pets along for the wonderful Verve experience.

Andre – 07960 898095

Verve London Pet Boutique & Cafe Bar
Flagship Store: 179 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, London, W11 2SB

Andre Carless
What else can we all do? 
Of course all the charities and the KC and BVA need to get back in touch with both ITV and the ITV studios who seem to be making this documentary and urge them to be a LOT MORE responsible this time.

Here's what the ITV website says about the previous programme. You can see why they want to do it again. It was VERY popular with young people, I think we could tell that from the way Twitter lit up with young people wanting a tiny donkey or an 'iccle piglet or a teacup dog for Xmas.

"This slot-winning documentary performed extremely well on ITV1 in November 2011 achieving a 22% share. With 5.2 million viewers, Super Tiny Animals performed above the slot average in terms of viewer volume and performed fantastically with younger audiences gaining 35% on the slot average for 16-24 year olds and a 24% gain for 16-34 year olds."

Their blurb makes it sound much more cerebral than it really was...

Super Tiny Animals
From tea-cup chihuahuas to miniature pigs, the demand for mini-pets is growing but is it a lucrative business or a cruel genetic mutation? This documentary goes behind the scenes of what is fast becoming a multi-million pound industry. Candid interviews with breeders and owners reveal the extent of the demand which now extends to supplying tiny cows, pigs, rabbits, horses and even goats. Probing and insightful, Super Tiny Animals is a compelling look into a world of incessant human intervention.

Let's have a brainstorm, what can we do to stop ITV's next episode just portraying small dogs as a must have fashion accessory. 
Anyone got any anecdotes as to how more small dogs ended up in rescue after this first documentary was shown?
Email me

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

A small victory for underdogs and for cover for life

Yesterday I got a call from the head of media relations at Lloyds and Halifax. It reminded me of the last time they called up - which was the day before I went on BBC Radio 4 Moneybox or possibly You and Yours to moan about what they were doing.
Coincidentally (!), the day before this latest call, the lovely guys from BBC1 Rip Off Britain had phoned up to ask if I'd be interviewed for their item on the banks' shameful abandonment of their cover-for-life pet insurance customers.
And the latest twist - how they were still letting down their customers as they hadn't written to everyone yet to say they would be leaving them in the lurch.
Consequently, I took their latest press statement with a good pinch of salt.
The last time I was about to face the national media they'd tried to diffuse me with empty promises, too. They said they were going to write to everyone affected with an offer in two to three weeks. Never happened.
But it seems everyone else trusts them and thinks the war is over - and that we won. The Telegraph even say it's mostly down to us!
They say: "Most insurance policies won't cover an animal that already has an existing health problem. Dogs Today, which has spearheaded a campaign against the bank, said it knew of at least one case where the owner was forced to put a pet down because they couldn’t pay for the vet’s fees"
Click here to read the whole article.
Martin Lewis is of course modestly claiming the victory for himself although he's sadly been very quiet since he had his five minutes on BBC Watchdog a few months back where the show all made it sound like they'd sorted it (they hadn't) and before that ITV Daybreak.
Sadly despite us asking him, he's never mentioned on air about our 'no win no fee' class action or our action group. But our growing band of 84 members found us somehow. And the steady churn of the good folk at our wonderful lawyers Sheridan Law writing letters on behalf of those increasingly pissed-off disaffected people will have made it clear to Lloyds and Halifax that this story wasn't going to go away even if the general media lost interest.
I remain a cynic.
We are not having the street party just yet.
Lloyds and Halifax say only 4,000 of their customers are getting their insurance reinstated. Why?
What about the rest?
And how much will this insurance cost and what will be the deal? What will be covered? What will be the excess? Will it be comparable to what was lost? What about the bills that have piled up while they were gone? What about the poor dog that was put to sleep? What if people don't trust Lloyds and Halifax to behave after the media averts their gaze?
And what about all the other heartache and worry generally. Nine months of attempting to abandonof these thousands of customers must count for something?

Don't forget about Holly, the dog featured in my editorial this month - the dog that enlivened Rip Off Britain's interest in the story that Watchdog had earlier gazumped them on.
Holly was diagnosed with lymphoma many months after Lloyds and Halifax decided that pet insurance wasn't profitable enough for them so they were going to get out of it and just leave everyone stranded.
(Once you've made claims new insurance companies won't cover you - and many people had dogs with very, very expensive on-going conditions.)
Even though Lloyds and Halifax told the insurance industry and the press they were stopping they still didn't bother to tell their own customers they were going to pull the plug on their insurance.
If Holly's owner had known back in September he'd have jumped to another more reliable cover-for-life insurer and she'd not have been diagnosed with cancer back then and would have been free to move.
Holly's owner has had many weeks of worry that he'd never be able to afford her chemo and have to say goodbye to her. Look into that face. Could you give her up without a fight?
Plus, what about the PetGuard customers who have also been abandoned?
There's still many battles to win and I think until everyone let down by their cover-for-life insurance being either misold or wrongly withdrawn is fairly treated we'll fight on.
Our 'no win no fee' class action is still active, no one will be left behind.
If you're affected and you've not yet joined, email me
This isn't just about patting one another on the back and celebrating a win - making the mighty Lloyds and Halifax back down - this has to be about the bigger issue.
Saving cover-for-life pet insurance for the future.
Making sure this NEVER happens again with another flakey fair-weather pet insurer who does their sums wrong.
But do pour yourself a small glass of Champagne as it's true, there does appear to have been at least a small victory for the underdogs of this world... I will concede that much!
Well done everyone who made a fuss, it does work doesn't it!
We got John Lewis to take that dreadful advert off and I seem to remember someone in the financial consumer sector saying we stood not a hope in hell of embarrassing these banks into behaving...
These corporate folk don't know how passionate us dog people are and how we do stick together when the chips are down - but don't get me going on microchips....!

Click and Treat not Yell and Beat

I have to say there are few better commissions than the one I got from the Guardian yesterday... first of all to write anything about Ashleigh and Pudsey is a joy, but to put their achievements in context and look at the history of dog a newspaper read by the general public. What a fantastic opportunity to get some clear messages out about training....

But it seems some doggie journalists think all this positive stuff is just a fad! Forget science, ethics etc... look at how gorgeous and famous Cesar Milan is.... ooohhh dominate us little women in our fine and fancy clothes.. simper simper... I understand the Barking Blonde's stuff is meant to be just an act, but I much prefer Ashleigh and Pudsey.

However, I would pay good money to see Cesar Milan put the Barking Blondes in an Alpha roll, but I suspect they'd adore it too - especially if it was on camera and the lighting was quite favourable.

Monday, 7 May 2012

How to be featured in Adopt Me!

In the June issue out very soon we have a Staffie special in Adopt Me and a feature on rebranding the dogs in attempt to help more of them find homes. In our July issue we'll be looking at why there are so many Husky types finding themselves in rescue and we'll be featuring as many of those types of dogs as possible to go with that feature so please do spread the word.

It is completely FREE to have dogs looking for a home featured in Dogs Today. It really couldn't be more simple (see below), plus we really want to hear from people who have rehomed a dog we have featured as the readers love hearing what happens to these lovely dogs.

Would you alike some magazines containing your featured hard to rehome dogs for FREE? Why notleave some copies in your vets, doctor's surgery, dentist never know where you might find Mr or Mrs Right for one of your dogs! 

We just need £10 to cover the courier and you can have a stack of that issue while stocks last! (UK mainland only - other destinations on application) phone 01276 858880 during office hours or email to arrange. 

And do tell Jodie about any dogs that have found a perfect home so we can feature them.

Do you have any dogs you'd like to feature in the next Adopt Me?

There are three very simple steps

1. We need a good photograph (about a 1MB when attached, in focus ideally!)

2. The answers to these really simple questions.   

3. A 100 word statement from the dog that makes people look twice. (See below if you need inspiration!)

Here are the questions:
Name of dog:
Type of dog and size if not obvious:
Approx age: (in years)
With other dogs?
With cats?
Good with children?
Location (County):
Contact details:
Foster or forever home?

Email all three of these elements to a new email address (retype this as copy and paste for some reason often will not work!) 

and put 'Adopt me' in the subject. 

Here's what a typical page of the the Adopt me feature looks like.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

A gentle message of hope

I got a lovely email and I thought I'd share it. Maybe the information can be filed away so should you ever know anyone who needs it, you'll know there is a gentle way to tackle cancer should you want to try. Dogs Today has been following the story of CV247 since 1991 and over the years many of the readers have given it a go and even our contributors have become woven into the story (lovely vet Richard Allport is the modern guru since the sad passing of the genius who invented it John Carter). It has been a very personal journey for me, too as you'll find out if you read all the way through. 

Hi Beverley,
I thought it might give others hope if I let you know that my 14 year old crossbreed Pepe has been trying CV247 since August last year, and has remained very well.
She was diagnosed with lymphoma several years ago and also has bladder cancer. She’s had a number operations, but the bladder tumour has always grown back rapidly. Last July, it was finally deemed inoperable by our vet and she was given about three months to live. She started on CV247 with the brilliant vet Richard Allport. Since then, her previously fast growing tumour has barely grown and hasn’t spread to her other organs. She has had a couple of low spells, where she’s got a bit run down and her Demodectic mange has come back, but she’s always bounced back and is a sturdy, energetic girl, in fantastic condition for her age. Richard did say the CV247 would ensure she was in top condition to fight the cancer.
Pepe was an RSPCA cruelty case, so every extra month of happy life is a bonus. I really can’t imagine she’d still be here without CV247 and I’m so glad we gave it a go, despite our vet’s very negative reaction! Good to think John Carter’s legacy lives on in the animals still being helped.
King regards,
Heather Harrison 

Heather's email arrived while I was in correspondence with another dog owner whose dog has just been diagnosed with lymphoma. I asked Heather if I could share her story with others and she wrote back:
Hi Beverley,
Yes, thanks, that would be great. I just think the more of us who say we’re trying it and it’s working, the more confident others will feel about giving it a go. I felt scared and unsure at the beginning because I didn’t think I’d be able to get hold of any and was worried about the side effects, and your blog helped so much.
I don’t fully understand the background, but (as you’ll know much better than me) there’s a lot of suspicion amongst mainstream vets. My own vet was very disapproving, as was the Vet School, who had been treating Pepe’s lymphoma. Daft, really, as they couldn’t offer any further treatment. I’m so glad now I stayed strong and didn’t listen. Our vet can’t explain why she’s still alive, but has given a very reluctant nod to John Carter’s work.
Let me know if you need anything else.
Very best wishes and thanks for giving me the confidence to go ahead,

Talk of CV247 stirs up all sorts of memories for me. I tried to explain it all succinctly to the owner of the newly diagnosed dog in an email but I become scared that I sound too pushy, like a drug salesman! That it all sounds just too good to be true. Here's my latest attempt at a short version of my own personal CV247 story. I usually just say - it's worth a try, it does no harm and sometimes it does a lot of good.

I did touch on alternative treatments for lymphoma but thought I’d pass this email just received just in case you might be interested.
John Carter was a very unusual vet, now sadly dead. Quite the mad genius.
I met him in 1991 and was a huge sceptic but the people in his waiting room raved about the results he was achieving on terminal cases.
My own dog was diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer a couple of years later and I decided to give him a try as there really wasn’t anything else to try. It was a very gentle method – a liquid by mouth and a diet of fresh organic food that my dog adored and could actually process unlike the diet my vet had prescribed.
From looking like a toast rack with sparse hair she started to bloom. She got better and better and lived for another 7 years.
I was hooked, and became a good friend of the very eccentric John and followed his story closely.
He started treating some humans who had seen their pets get better and again he only took terminal cases. He had an acupuncture qualification which meant he could treat people – but it  was a grey area, but these were adults who knew he was a vet and were happy to put themselves in his hands as they had no other options left.
Roger Cook heard about it and decided to do an expose as part of a cancer charlatans show. John was doorstepped and made to look very shifty. They’d found one relative of someone who had died who was very bitter, her relative had been a patient who had already had lots of chemo and John had done his best but he hadn’t been able to save her - but the patient had wanted to try so he went ahead. Cook ignored all the people John had saved – (which by now included an MP, an oncologist..., a lawyer... ) And just depicted him as a con artist.
John, who was never, ever interested in money and was just obsessed with developing his formula – his life’s work – was devastated. But everyone who had been helped by him rallied around and urged him to prove to others that his method worked to clear his name.
Imperial Cancer Research agreed to do a trial on CV247 on mice with cancer. The results were stunning. A significant reduction in tumour size with no side effects. The best they had ever seen. Professor Sebensky – head of research – resigned and went to assist John in his tiny shambolic vets practise in Harrow.
The ITC upheld John’s complaint about Cook after seeing the charity’s evidence and the Guardian covered the story and a retraction was put on just before News At Ten.
John’s friends set up a company and pushed for a licence so the method could get more widely used. But sadly, as CV247 used very simple existing ingredients no drug company was going to get rich on this formula. The license was blocked by our VMD on a technicality. John became depressed, stopped eating and died.
A few years later I saw  by chance on London Tonight that the licence for Europe had been granted as Professor Sebensky had taken the treatment back to Hungry with him and that country ratified it – making it possible at last for vets throughout Europe to prescribe it.
There’s no vast corporation pushing this method and no one getting rich. But CV247 is being used by a handful of vets and people are finding it useful. It is gentle and it has no side effects. Dogs have great quality of life while their owners try it at home.
A couple of GPs are prescribing it for human use in the UK and there have been fantastic results on terminal patients in cancer wards, too but sadly no one is investing in further trails despite the most amazing results on people who had no other options - if you look at this weblink you can see a documentary that was made about the human use ( bottom two links - – the London Tonight clip is there too. Plus lots of other information about CV247 for human and animal use.).
My father tried John’s method when he was diagnosed with terminal inoperable cancer and given three months to live. Sadly my Dad died of a heart attack after only three weeks trying CV247, but at least he was at home with his family when he died rather than in a hospital and drugged up to the eyes. John had predicted this and was arguing via phone with our GP who was at my house to see my Dad - they were amazed he was still walking around and were trying to convince us to put him in a hospice. The GP was actively refusing to give my father heart medication as she said he was in end stage cancer and should have been having morphine not heart meds. That conversation took place at the precise moment my Dad died. He simply dropped dead. Lots of other people who were treated at the same time with a similarly depressing diagnosis are still alive. I don't think that GP will ever forget that day, either.
If not of interest, don’t worry – just thought I’d mention it. It’s gentle, non invasive and can be used while doing other things if you still want to go the chemo route. Also – not expensive.

If anyone wants to know more - here's the link to our CV247 blog which tries to pull everything together. One day I hope to write a book about John, but I've been meaning to do this for a very long time!