Emma, Brittany, at over 14, is still as lively as when Betty brought her home over 12 years ago.
"The National Brittany Rescue Group only put her up for adoption after a few months. They didn't think she would survive - she was in such bad shape."
“She was used to being out in the fields and hunting. We live on 90 hectares of land, so long daily walks are part of our routine. But as her mobility deteriorated, Emma ended up spending more time in the chair and in bed than anywhere else. That's not healthy for an old dog, and certainly not good for her mental health."
Emma is at least 14 years old. They can't say exactly how old she is, but "older" probably fits. She has lost her hearing and suffers from cataracts, but the slowdown has hit her and Betty the most.
"Watching my dog grow old was a horrible process and it got worse every day. I watch her eyes get a little duller - a little emptier. My husband and I kept asking ourselves what we can do to make this dog happier. We've tried pretty much everything you can think of.”
Her daily walks had become shorter, with Emma bringing up the rear until she could only take a short walk. At home, her favorite spot was almost unreachable.
"She has this wonderful chair that she loves to sit in - she and Myrtle fight over it. We had put cushions on the floor so she could somehow slide off the chair when she came down. The landing was awful for her, even when she landed on the cushions.”
Betty is the director of public relations for the United States Dog Agility Association. She had heard about Antinol® through her agility contacts, but she didn't know anyone who used it and her vet hadn't tried it.
“I started doing a little research online. I checked out the website and the reviews. I read some of the clinical studies that were important to me. I'm always very interested in the details of research and clinical trials. I was very interested in the green-lipped mussels. In the end I decided that the only way I can find out if it helps is to try it myself.”
I've tried many different dietary supplements with little success. Much depended on the help of Antinol®.
“I was in contact with Vetz Petz and asked her for advice. I gave her two capsules a day. When I noticed a difference, we went down to one a day. There were small glimpses of what my dog used to be. I started to see her get up and hang out a little longer."
"Rather than having seven 'blue' days, I'd have one day here and there where she was having a really good day. And over time, the good days became more frequent.”
Now Emma is once again fighting Myrtle for the best snooze chair. She can stand up and has no trouble getting down from her chair. At bedtime, she pushes past Myrle to get up the stairs. She's back at the head of the pack.
“On the walks, Emma started to lead and not just bring up the rear. The signs were gradual but became more and more consistent. What we love most is not only her posability, but also that her tail wags and her eyes light up. Those are the characters you can't read on the pack. It's these little things that show your dog is doing well. That's one lucky dog."
Betty's friends have heard all about Emma and her success with Antinol®. She posts them all over her social media.
“I love sharing my Antinol® posts and saying, listen, you don't have to accept that getting older means slowing down and giving up. My advice to anyone starting out with Antinol® is: be patient. If your dog is older or has more issues, it may take a while to see a difference, but it's worth the wait.”
Getting Emma to eat supplements has always been a problem for Betty. Even with the help of special bags, Emma is able to get the supplement out and Betty later finds it on the floor. But not with Antinol®.
"Usually she's a nightmare, but with the Antinol® capsule she doesn't spit it out. I just put it in her food.”
Over the past year or two, Betty and her husband have been increasingly depressed about Emma's mobility - but with Antinol® by their side, all is well. Emma accompanies them on long walks and is where she belongs: at the head of the pack.
"As I told a friend recently, she still can't hear and doesn't see very well but now she's walking around outside in the garden. So she's still an old dog, but she still gets in trouble every day. And it couldn't make us happier chasing our old dog - and having to run a little more to catch him."