Dear Springtime,

Rocky was a rescue puppy - a yellow Lab/Golden Retriever with who knows what else mixed in. Our son Josh had just turned 6 years old and this was his first dog, and he was in love with this crazy, hopping fluff ball. We took Rocky to the Vet and had his hips x-rayed to determine why he was hopping and not running or jumping. The vet showed us the x-rays that our puppy's hips were going in and out of joint and thus he was not able to run and jump.

We also had another problem we were very concerned with, and that was that the dog was nice one minute and snapped at Josh the next. Also, we love dogs and have a gentle touch, but we were unable to train this dog. We suspected lead poisoning, because we had caught him playing with some old lead-paint boards in an old garage ion our rented property. That's when a Springtime Inc. magazine showed up in our mailbox. We decided to try the Bug Off Garlic Chewables to help detox the dog with the natural selenium that is found in garlic. We also took the plunge and ordered the Longevity in hopes that it might help his hips get stronger so as to alleviate the pain which we assumed must be present.

I can't tell you exactly how long it took for the Bug Off Garlic Chewables detox to work, because I was just surviving a nipping dog and a crying kid that thought his puppy didn't love him. And, oh boy, had I ever forgotten how much work a puppy is! I was exhausted cleaning up all the time, because the dog was untrainable for ANY command. He would even stand in his water dish and seem to not even realize it. My husband and I have had dogs all our lives and we were dumbfounded, but again this was our son's first dog so we were doing everything we could think of. Then like magic, the dog stopped biting and gained some sense, and, no more mess in the house!

Also, we didn't have fleas. Our neighbor had cats and dogs all over the place, and we were concerned about all the fleas. Well, summer came and summer went and we had no fleas and we did not use any topical or medicine.

Rocky turned 1 year old that March. The snow was mostly melted and we let Rocky out to get some spring air. Well, that dog took off like greased lighting and with such strength that he was pulling Josh (almost 7 years old) behind him. WOW! We never had taught Rocky not to jump, because he couldn't jump due to the hips not being in their sockets. Well…. you guessed it! He can now jump! He is now 5 ½ and weighs in at 80 lbs. of muscle and pure loyalty to our son Josh (now 12 years). I never redid the x-rays because it costs $75 and I can see the results of Longevity and Bug Off Garlic Chewables on this running, jumping, flea-free and healthy dog!

Julie Gamble, Texas