“Give Your Dog a Bone” was launched at a three day Bichon Frise conference in western Sydney on the 17th November 1993 and proved an instant hit, with many breeders adopting its ideas. Since that time it has been making steady inroads into the minds of breeders and dog owners throughout Australia and around the world.
By 1995 Give Your Dog a Bone had found its way to England. Here it developed a steady following. This culminated with an invitation for me to be the principal speaker in a four-seminar lecture tour in England during the month of September 1997. These seminars were held in Birmingham, Bristol, London and Manchester. They proved an outstanding success. They were well attended and began a strong movement of raw feeders in England.
By 1997 “Give Your Dog a Bone” was beginning to sell in ever increasing volumes in the United States. Following the success of the English tour, I was invited by Kathleen Chin of “Puppyworks” (an American company promoting canine-related seminars in the US – mostly related to training), to present an even more extensive series of seminars across the United States. The venues for these lectures included Seattle Washington, Dallas Texas, Orlando Florida, Hartford Connecticut, Richmond Virginia, Valley Forge Pennsylvania, Chicago, Toledo Ohio, Bellingham Washington, Los Angeles and SanFrancisco California, and finally Honolulu Hawaii. As with England, the US tour proved an enormous success, perhaps even more so.
Following hard on the heels of the US seminars were lectures in Japan, Canada, New Zealand and further US tours. To date there have been three lecture tours in Japan. From these tours has developed a growing number of dedicated Japanese raw feeders or ‘BARFERS.’ Similar results have been seen following lecture tours in Canada and New Zealand. The States have been successfully revisited on a number of occasions since that original tour in 1998. Each of these US visits has revolved around one or two major speaking events. These have included speaking to the Holistic vets, presenting at the pet food forum on two occasions and another two years presenting at APDT.
In 2002 I had the privilege of speaking for a total of five lecture hours to the American Association of Holistic Veterinarians at their annual meeting. This was a capacity audience of veterinarians dedicated to the healing arts. There is little doubt these highly motivated veterinary doctors left that seminar with a new and growing appreciation of the value and power of Evolutionary Nutrition.
In April 2003 I had the great honour to be invited to speak at the annual meeting of the pet Food Forum, held in Chigago. ‘The title of my talk was ‘Raw Whole Foods – Is This The Future Of Pet Foods?’ This talk was given to a packed auditorium, which included vets, nutritionists and hard-headed industry delegates. My presentation was greeted with intense interest; however, the head-space of the audience was mixed. There were those implacably opposed to the ideas I was presenting; there were many who were merely curious and a small coterie of the converted. Interestingly, the opposition, though assertive, damning, vocal and persistent, was relatively small and in the end silenced by several of the converted, who spoke glowingly of the power and the health changing attributes of evolutionary nutrition.
It is always difficult to gauge the value of seminars. Do they make any difference? My experience says most definitely – yes. If not straight away, then over time as the concepts presented take root and grow in people’s minds. I have witnessed the result of the seeds sown at that original Pet Food Forum. It has been slow, but over time they have germinated, taken root and showing spectacular growth. That conference together with the many others, held over a number of years at various locations and countries, including the UK, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the US, have had far reaching consequences. Those consequences include dramatic changes to the thinking and indeed the food produced by pet food manufacturers, from small to large and from natural to industrial.