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Erin @ 2:44AM | Mar 29th 2004

I am Jackie's son, and I just wanted to express my pure amazment on how my mom has completly changed Luna's life. I met Luna at the hospital, the second night of her visit, after she had perked up a little bit. You should have seen the way she ate...I mean...a full bowl...GONE in under 30 seconds, she would nearly take off the feeder's fingers if you weren't quick enough. But she's calmed down significantly over the last few months...Luna brings great joy into my mom's life. I feel special to have met this awesome dane....before this I haven't been around them all that much...but they truly are wonderful animals and should be highly regarded for their mild tempers and their enormous stature. I also wanted to thank my mom for taking such good care of her "Moosie Girl" Love ya Mom!

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NalasMom @ 8:59AM | Mar 29th 2004

The Dog's capacity for Absolute Devotion even in the face of horrible abuse is one of God's greatest gifts to Man. Bless Jackie for giving some of that devotion back to Luna. I hope they have MANY happy years together.
And Thank You Ginnie for bringing us this story. So inspirational and such a Great start to the week.

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Chantel @ 11:06AM | Mar 29th 2004

Amazing...just amazing :)

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Janet @ 12:40PM | Mar 29th 2004

a truly beautyful story !!!! is'nt it amazing how an animal can be soooooo abused ,,and still find it in that big heart to learn to love and trust a human being.. Kudos to Jackie and her on going love for Luna.. may God bless her and all others who have helped others in need.... and may the devil take those who abused Luna and all others

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Diane @ 5:05PM | Mar 29th 2004

Jackie -- I nominate you for sainthood! I believe that desiny brought you and Luna together -- she is finally getting the life she deserved! May you both have a long wonderful time together!

I am appalled that the former owners would even admit to ever owning Luna as abused as she was, let alone even mention getting her back. They can have her back once they endur the abuse she did! That alone would probably kill them! There is a place for these type of people!


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Marie @ 7:43PM | Mar 29th 2004

I am crying buckets. Jackie is an absolute ANGEL.
Moses was very destructive, he ate a brand new family room couch and love seat as well as pillows.
I gave him lots of liter bottles to play with and kong balls stuffed with treats. That seem to help but basically we waited it out with the torn up furniture until he settled down. Plastic bottles work well Luna might like them.
Thanks Ginnie for the update!

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holland @ 5:02PM | Mar 30th 2004

This is what Dane Love is all about. They capture our hearts and souls forever.

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Teresa LaBrie @ 6:48PM | Mar 30th 2004

Hi Jackie!
My name is Teresa La Brie and I breed blue and black Great Danes under the kennel name of WYSIWYG Great!Danes. I thought I would send along some information that might help Luna. I have an older Dane that fell in a parking lot and dislocated his C7 vertebrae. He then had a terrible reaction to the
prednisone that they put him on. We got to a point where we really thought we were going to have to put him down. He was in terrible pain from his neck injury and he had huge collarettes all over his body from the pred. We tried antibiotics and did skin biopsies and my own vets gave up on him. I then went to a homeopathic/mixed practice vet. They reviewed his x-rays and determined that they really couldn't do chiropractic treatments on him without risking further injury to his spine. They did think that acupuncture and some Chinese herbs would help. The change in the dog was subtle at first but after a few weeks we saw very noticeable improvement. Then they put him on "Cholodin". They gave me a brochure stating how it is being used in human medicine and told e they had been using it with dogs for about 10 years. Well I couldn't believe the change in my boy! He was completely pain free, skin and coat completely back to normal, acting like a puppy, great appetite (he was a horrible eater his entire life!), etc. So at age 7 years he has been given a new lease on life. I old many people about the cholodin but few really believed me - including my husband. Then we ran out... in just over 2 weeks my boy is falling down in the rear and looking like a full blown wobbler again. I buy my Cholodin from KV Vet Supply ( and it is only a little over $8 for 50 pills. We give just one pill a day. Another friend had a Dane (young) undergo a laminectomy. Shortly after the surgery they started her on the Cholodin and were thrilled with her recovery. I am hoping that you give it a try and see if it helps Luna. You can read up on it below or just do a Google search.

Best of luck with Luna and let me know if you try this and if it works for you. (See below)



CHOLODIN is the original choline-loading dietary supplement formulated especially for geriatric dogs and cats.

CHOLODIN contains sources of choline and phosphatidylcholine, two of the most common phospholipids. When present in sufficient dietary quantities, these components act as neurotransmitter precursors, which are chemicals manufactured and released by nerve cells that initiate the sending of "messages" from those cells.

Occasionally, geriatric dogs and cats display clinical signs unexplainable by a specific pathological diagnosis.

Examples include:

Lethargy and reduced awareness of surroundings

Poor coat; excessive shedding or thin, dry coat

Chronic constipation or fecal incontinence

Inappropriate urination

Poor appetite; animal eats too little to maintain an adequate body weight

Poor mental acuity

For animals displaying one or more of these conditions, choline supplementation with CHOLODIN¨ may be a very effective aid in treatment.

Small Animal Dietary Supplement
Active Ingredient(s): CHOLODIN¨ contains: Phosphatidylcholine (from soy lecithin), choline (as chloride), dl-methionine, inositol, zinc (as oxide), niacinamide, vitamin E, thiamine (mononitrate), riboflavin, pyridoxine (HCl), selenium (sodium selenite), vitamin B12 (cobalamin concentrate), and dexpanthenol. Formulated with a flavor base.
Indications: A dietary supplement to increase levels of available choline and phosphatidylcholine through
dietary loading.
Dosage and Administration: Usual Daily Dose:
Animal Tablet Form Powder Form
Cats and Small Dogs ¸-1 tablet ¹-¸ teaspoonful
Large Dogs 1-2 tablets ¸-1 teaspoonful
The tablets may be fed by hand or crumbled and mixed with food.
The powder may be mixed with food.
Caution(s): Keep out of the reach of children.
Side Effects: Infrequently, animals on a choline loading regime will show signs of increased neurological activity such as hyperactivity, social agitation, muscular twitching, etc. If these signs are seen, cessation of tablet or powder administration will quickly result in the disappearance of these signs. After a period o three or four days, the animal may be started again on the same dosage, usually with no adverse reaction.

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Andrea @ 3:16PM | Mar 31st 2004

Greetings to Ginnie & Jackie, I have been in touch with Jackie since this whole ordeal started with Luna and what shocks me more than anything is that these horrible, horrible people that were Luna's first owners would even think if making themselves known after what they did to this kind loving doggie. I had a similar experience with my "Cookie" after I foud her dying on the street of double Pneumonia. Her original owners wanted her back also. I didn't even acknowledge their existence. Need less to say Cookie gace us the most wonderful 2 years of our lives before she dies of Liver cancer caused by her early months left out in the rain and cold. Like we all say: "Yes there is a place in the afterlife for all these cruel former dog owners and they will have to pass through me to get there." Cheers to you Jackie & Luna. We think of you always.
Lots of love from us, Andrea with Shufi & Ginger too !!

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chris martone @ 4:55PM | Jul 22nd 2004

Please read my comment under the other "comment" section. Your story is similar to mine. God bless you for what you did for Luna!! Absolutely AMAZING!! Bless you both!
C. Martone

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chris martone @ 4:56PM | Jul 22nd 2004

Jackie's story really touched my heart! I adopted Obie a year ago on June 6, 2003. He was so sick, that if I left him in that shelter, he would have died from the severe parasitic infections he had, causing his intestines to block up, and various other ailments. He spent his first 9 days in intentive care, and it took me at least 6 months to finally get a clean bill of health on him. He was 65 lbs when I brought him home. A year later, he weighs a whopping 97 pounds, and shows his undying love and gratefulness to me for saving his life. Yes, they do know! He loves his Blue sister, Tara, with all his heart. The best part of my day, no matter how horrible it might have been, is to walk in that door and have Obie and Tara right there greeting me! The feeling is indescribable. God bless you, Jackie, and all others whose hearts go out to saving these poor animals.

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mary @ 2:49PM | Nov 19th 2004

Does anyone know where I can buy cholodin in the uk


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Miriam @ 11:46PM | Jan 29th 2005

Jackie, you are THE BEST!
I believe that Luna is watching you from the stars and protecting you and all your steps...
God bless you for what you did for Luna!

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