(If you haven’t read part 1 of this story, please do so here :Poisoned part 1 )

Boy was I SCARED being in that hospital all by myself! I was super sick and Mom and Dad were nowhere around to hold me and tell me it would be ok. 😦 I just wanted to go home to my own bed and family.

The hospital place did all kinds of scary things to me and they didn’t even remember to feed me. Totally mean!! Sometimes I would cough and choke until I couldn’t breathe.

FINALLY Mom came for me and we went home. Unfortunately, I had to go back again because my lips and gums were turning blue. Is blue really a bad thing?

I had to take some yucky medicine to help heal my throat and I couldn’t run anymore without trouble breathing. Since I LOVE to run (even zoomie runs in our house), this was depressing. It was almost a year before I could run more than about 1 minute without the coughing and choking thing.

so depressed 😦

You can see the spot on my leg where I had something called ivy. (I.V.)

IVY marks

At least Mom and Dad took turns sleeping on the floor close by me, which was comforting. When I got really scared from they would pet me and calm me down!!

Mom did everything she could to help me get better and to live, and it worked. I’m really glad she did, and that I lived to tell you all about it! 

♥ The (Phoenix) Behr Behr

Mom’s side of the story.. Behr’s difficulty breathing was such a concern that we took turns sleeping by her so we could listen in case she stopped breathing. We never knew when she would have to be rushed back to the vet again, and were on edge for WEEKS after this crazy incident. We also didn’t know if she would EVER be her normal self again,  and we felt so sad for her. It was obvious that the the choking scared her a lot. (us too)

During this whole ordeal, Behr apparently damaged her esophagus, causing ulcers on it. She was put on a medication called Sucralfate that helped her heal, but had it’s own set of complications. (Most medications side effects of some sort) The medication itself can cause difficulty breathing and vomiting, which only added to the problem. Besides that, I was concerned about the fact that this medicine is 21 % aluminum by weight, which is also a neurotoxin (as was the insecticide).

When she was done with this whole episode, my next project was to find out how to DETOX all of the chemicals used during the event and to restore her health. I’ll tell you more about what I did in the next post, since some of it applies to things our dogs are exposed to in their daily lives.

Behr’s mom 🙂



It all started out as a fun hike with mom on a lovely spring morning. She took me to one of MY favorite trails.



I like it because a big part of it is on private land and the owner said I can run around without being tied to Mom with that silly leash thing.

Behr running in field

Mom took me to the field where she finally un-hooked me so I could run and play. Yippee!! I LOVE deep grass!! I stopped to rest for a minute and then we were off to the top of the mountains.

Behr after run

I got to run free ahead of Mom at the distance I’m allowed. We stopped for water and snacks at the top like we usually do. You can see part of the trail we came up in the photo.


On the way down, I was running ahead on the trail. This was the last photo Mom took because “the incident” happened right after she took this photo.

Road back home from hike

So, as I was leading Mom on the trail, I spied a yummy green snack lying on the ground. Perfect! Mom didn’t give me any greens today. Just in case Mom didn’t want me finding my own snacks (sometimes she doesn’t appreciate my help), I glanced to make sure she was too far away to stop me and grabbed the snack.

Sure enough, she ran toward me and tried to get the snack out of my mouth. Ha! I still got a bunch of it anyhow 🙂 

We were almost back to our car when I started to feel super SUPER sick.. I had trouble breathing, was trembling, stumbling, and vomiting and drooling a lot with my now blue lips. Everything after that is just a blur. All I remember is having to go to the animal hospital. 😦 I guess Mom will have to tell you what happened next. 

We’ll finish the story tomorrow, so stay tuned.

♥ Behr Behr, the (Phoenix) Dane

Wow! What a scare! One minute Behr Behr was a happy puppy running free on the hills, the next, a terrified and desperately sick girl. The yummy green “treat” that she helped herself too was horse poop. Normally gross, but not dangerous.

It turns out that this particular horse had been given what’s called a “pass- through” insecticide to cause it’s poop to be a neurotoxin for flies attracted to it. The vet ultimately said the dose for a 1500 pound horse ended up in a 105 pound dog. NOT GOOD!!

When I arrived at the animal hospital, they took one look at her and ran toward her, scooped her up, and dashed off to a treatment room with her. (weird hospital didn’t even let me go with her…!) They said she looked poisoned. I was honestly scared at this point, and didn’t know if she would make it. They finally sent me home and said they would keep me posted. (ugh. They saved her life, but I won’t return to THAT hospital again!!)

I didn’t even get to hug her goodbye or comfort her or anything.

Needless to say, I didn’t sleep much at all while she was gone because they said they weren’t sure she would live through this.

Stay tuned for part 2 Saturday …

I’ve asked Mom to help me write my blog again because I miss all of my friends in the blogosphere. I HAD to ask for help because it’s too hard for me to type with my paws 🙂 Could somebody please invent a keyboard for dogs!?

Mom and I went through some REALLY scary and difficult things since I last wrote to you. BUT…we’re still here together! So, it was only natural that we come back as a team this time.

I have survived being poisoned, partially paralyzed, major toxins and more. Whew! I told you it’s been “RUFF.” Amazingly, Mom had similar things happen. Since it’s my blog, though, we’ll mainly talk about HOW I survived all of these. Mom can start her own blog if she wants to talk about her stuff in detail.

Hey, have you ever realized what a scary word “detail” is?? I’d sure be scared to lose MY tail!!?? Nothing like a de-tailed dog.

I also have GOOD things to tell you about!!! In spite of all of the above, I’ve won LOTS of titles in a dog competition called “nosework”, and I’m the 1st Great Dane to do so. WooHoo!!! I showed them just how SMART Great Danes can be!!!

As for my age, I’m going to be >>> 11 <<< in a few weeks. People stop us where ever we go and are absolutely STUNNED when they hear my age. One vet we saw said he had never even seen a Dane my age before. It’s even more amazing that I’m this healthy and active after my little… um…calamities.

Mom suggested our comeback title be “Team Phoenix” to describe us.

Hmmm.We’ve been to Phoenix before, and I don’t see anything that resembles us there.

Phoenix City Framed

(Photo by DGustafson Photo via Good Free Photos)

Oh, wait! Maybe she’s talking about her favorite flashlight in the whole world…a Fenix PD35. Of course! The flashlight that saved us from the mountain lion! (but that’s a different story for later) My mom is a bit of a flashlight geek. She always has to have the best,newest, brightest and so on. {Note from Behr’s mom to FENIX- if you’re reading this, please feel free to send me prototypes to test!!}

Fenix Flashlight framed

They ARE really handy when we’re camping or hiking. Helps her find my toys and snacks in the dark, and important things like that

Even though that sounded like it fit, she said we are “team phoenix” because of some silly bird that rises from the ashes of a fire.

Phoenix bird framed

(https://pixabay.com/en/phoenix-bird-fire-bright-red-swing-1440452/ Creative Commons photos)

That sounds pretty goofy to me. I wouldn’t ever even lie down in ashes because they are messy and I don’t like the heat at all. I guess if I were a phoenix bird, I’d be happy to fly away from the ashes too.

So, we’re back and telling you all about our adventures AND about the things we’ve learned that have kept me healthy through everything. I’ll write about the adventures (or misadventures…) and Mom about the health stuff.

♥ Behr Behr, the (Phoenix) Bird Dog (not)


Hi. Behr Behr’s mom here. So glad you’ve joined us on the blog. I’ll be writing about how I’ve had to abandon my criticism of alternative medicine (after spending my whole career working in standard Western medicine), and admit that alternative can actually work. How humbling and eye-opening that has been for me.

Yet, it is because of Behr Behr that I have been sent on a major research journey discovering what I can do to save her live and maintain her health. I only wish I had learned earlier what I now know. 

I’ll be adding in the health, detox, and mountains of research comments during our comeback. Hope you’ll join us, even if that’s not your current interest.

It’s me, Behr Behr! Mom and I are coming back and team writing my blog now.

Behr in Pink Frame









Ok, so I’m a little older now and some of my pretty black coat has washed off and looks white….but INSIDE I’m still ME, Behr Behr! Still as fun-loving as ever, only a bit wiser.

I’m coming back in the next few days to share not only my silly insightful view of life, but to tell you how I have narrowly escaped death a few times. Indiana Jones, move over. My life’s been a FAR more exciting ride!

Stay tuned! 

Love, Indiana Behr Behr (bwahaha…)


Behr Christmas

I can’t believe they dressed me up like this in front of everyone at the local place where you cut your Christmas trees!! How embarrassing! 

Hope you have lots of special times with your families during the holiday your home celebrates. The main point is to love each other and eat snacks I think. Easy peazy.

Give your humans lots of kisses and enjoy snuggling with them!

Love, Behr Behr 🙂

Caught in the act AGAIN!

Tongue Twister framed

Tongue Twister close up framed

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I was pretty surprised when I saw the cat on the elevator sign (yesterday’s post). Can you believe Mom and I saw another funny elevator sign?

At least this sign had a dog on it.

elevator sign framed 2

I’m pretty sure this one was for:

1. Couples (with no animals)

2. Dog owners who like to sit on big rocks

elevator sign framed

Mom usually sits on a big rocks when we take a break during hikes. When we stop by a rock, I know it means time for water and snacks. Yippee!

You can tell that the dog on the sign is expecting a snack from his human (sitting on the rock). I wonder if they were hiking too?

So, since Mom sits on rocks and has me as her dog, we got to use this elevator. I’m glad we found one that we were allowed to use.

P.S.-There were no bossy cats anywhere around, either.

♥Behr Behr, the upwardly mobile dog 🙂

If you’ve following me the last week or two, you’ll remember that I’m trying to teach myself “sign language”. (trying to figure out what human signs mean)

I saw a REALLY confusing one the other day!

I wanted to take an elevator, but the sign only had two choices:

1.   Couples (with no animals) could go up and

2.   Single men with cats could go down.

Behr with elevator framed

elevator sign framed

No dogs on the elevator??? Seriously?

Silly cats! They think they’re the boss of the elevator. Ha! I like the stairs better anyhow, ’cause they help me keep my slim figure. When’s the last time you saw a slim, muscular cat?

Now you know why 🙂

♥ Behr Behr, the stair master 🙂

P. S. – If you’re wondering why I’m wearing a vest in the middle of summer, it’s really a cooling vest. It’s lined with frozen stuff and helps me keep my cool 🙂

Talk to the paw

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My mom’s getting pretty good at getting up before the sun to take me for walkies now, even though she’s still allergic to mornings 🙂

I’m pretty sure she is sleep walking when we first leave.  That’s ok, it gives me time to work on learning sign language.

Here’s a sign I saw this morning, for example…

Slow children framed


I think it means that the children in this area can’t run very fast when they play ball. I’ll have to be careful if they want to play ball with me, ’cause I run REALLY fast! I wouldn’t want to accidentally run over them.

Today we walked through the neighborhood to get to a field.

We’ve had temperatures over 100 degrees (F) during the day, but sometimes it drops to the 60’s at night. Extremely weird.

It’s scaring the trees so badly that they’re dropping their leaves, even though it’s not fall.

Poor little scared trees. I hope they don’t become a petrified forest out of fear.


Field walk 1 framed


Anyhow, we got to the field and had fun walking all around in the grass there.


Field walk 2 framed

Field walk 3 framed


Here’s a tree tunnel that I like to walk through.


Field walk 4 framed


We walked a couple of miles and then headed home.

On the way, I stopped by my friend Llama’s house to say hi.


llama framed


I don’t know his name yet, but I think it might be Tony.

As usual, I dragged Mom home at warp speed because she doesn’t even give me breakfast before we leave. I make her pay for not feeding me first, bwahaha!

♥ Behr Behr, the neighborhood field guide 🙂

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