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March 11th, 2011 No comments

The Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has become aware of a human drug recall for Phenobarbital tablets. Phenobarbital is often prescribed by veterinarians for treating seizures in animals.

On February 5, 2011, Qualitest Pharmaceuticals voluntarily recalled several lots of Phenobarbital 32.4 mg and Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets 10 mg/500 mg due to a label mix-up between the two drug products. Hydrocodone Bitartrate and acetaminophen tablets were incorrectly labeled as Phenobarbital tablets 32.4 mg. As a result of this mix-up, pets may unintentionally be given Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen tablets instead of the intended drug, Phenobarbital.

As of March 10, 2011, the Center for Veterinary Medicine had received 3 serious adverse event reports involving dogs treated with Phenobarbital tablets manufactured by Qualitest Pharmaceuticals. One report cited two of the three affected lot numbers for the recalled product. The remaining two reports did not provide the lot numbers.

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Basic Guide to Canine Epilepsy Now Available Right Here!

February 24th, 2011 No comments

When my dog, Cory, had his first seizure, almost 11 years ago, I was terrified. When the vet told me that it was not good practice to put a dog on anti epileptic drugs after only one seizure, I started my research to get all the information I could find about canine epilepsy. At that time, there were not many resources available, and I spent a good portion of many days looking for help.

Along the way I started writing articles about what I learned about canine epilepsy based upon notes that I made as I learned about the causes and treatments for it, and as I saw how my own dog’s seizures were affected by the information I learned as I applied it.

My beloved Cory passed away in September of 2010. I wanted to share what I learned at his side during the 10 years we journeyed though the quagmire of canine epilepsy, so that Cory would be known as a dog whose life experiences helped other dogs and their humans. With that in mind, I have organized my articles into a little book about canine epilepsy which is a guide for someone who, like me 11 years ago, is looking for basic information. I have made this available for free to everyone, with the hope that it will offer helpful information from someone who has finished the journey.

You can download it by entering your name and email address in the box over on the right sidebar. I would love to know what you think of it! Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.

Sandra DeMers

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Goodbye to Novia

February 9th, 2011 No comments

It is with extreme sadness that I tell you of the passing of Cory’s beloved kitty, Novia today. She was born in June of 1993 and came into our hearts and home in July of that year. She was a pure bred Ragdoll and one of the most beautiful cats ever created. You can see her photo at the beginning of Chapter 5 of Cory’s Story. She was 4 years old when we brought the Cory puppy home, and she loved him more than she loved her humans. Although she has been suffering from renal disease for the past 3 years, she was maintaining just fine until Cory passed away last September. Since then she gradually started to withdraw and finally she stopped eating a few weeks ago and became so weak she could not walk without her little legs giving out from under her. So, it is a very sad day for us at Cory’s Story. For those of you who have fur-babies, please give them an extra hug today for us. We loved our sweet baby, who lived up to her name — “Novia” means “sweetheart” or “girlfriend” in Spanish. Rest in peace little one.
Novia — June 7, 1993 to February 9, 2011

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Cory’s Story Wins “Best Dog Blog” and more…

January 28th, 2011 No comments

I’m thrilled to announce that has won four awards!

  • Best Dog Blog
  • Best Informational Web Site
  • Best Dog Product
  • Best Dog Web Site

We now get to proudly display our badges. Thanks to everyone for your awesome support!

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Going on Vacation

January 14th, 2011 No comments

Hi everyone!

I wanted to give you a heads-up that we are taking a family vacation to Mexico, starting today, and we’ll be returning on January 22nd in the evening. So, all orders of the hardcopy of Cory’s Story won’t be shipped out until Monday, January 24th.

In the meantime, the next post in continuation of Mika’s Story is scheduled to publish on January 16th at 11:53 a.m., PST. Be sure to check back often for more updates to Mika’s Story, Kaydee’s Story and even more stories that are in the works as we speak…

If you need to get in touch with us for any reason, please use the Contact Us page and we’ll do our best to respond as soon as possible.

Thanks everyone, enjoy your week!

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[BIG ANNOUNCEMENT] We Want YOU to Blog Your Dog’s Story

December 9th, 2010 No comments

As you know, Cory’s Story is about how our yellow lab, Cory, was cured of epilepsy by switching him from commercial dog food to a raw, grain-free, species-appropriate diet. Even though Cory has passed away, his story lives on, serving as a beacon of hope for all dogs plagued by epilepsy or other diseases. Cory’s Story proves that no matter what, there is hope. This Website started out as a blog about Cory’s life, and has since evolved into a resource for canine epilepsy. Now, it’s going to take the next step in its evolution.

We have received many emails from readers of Cory’s Story, thanking us for helping to convince them to make the switch to raw food. And we know that there are many, many more people who are making the switch every day and seeing the benefits for their dogs. Each of these dogs has a story; and now, we are going to make it possible for you to share your dog’s story with the world, right here on

If you’ve ever wanted your own dog blog, this is your chance. We’ll set you up with your own author account and you’ll be able to make posts that follow your dog’s journey through the switch to raw dog food. You’ll be able to post pictures of your dog and share your story with the thousands of followers of Cory’s Story. In doing so, we’ll show the world first-hand evidence of the benefits of raw feeding–and together we’ll fulfill our mission to make the information available that we learned, which cured our dog of epilepsy, to all dog owners; so that every dog in the world has a chance to live a happier, healthier life.

So, are you ready to share your dog’s story with the world? Send me an email at with the following information:

1. Your name
2. Your dog’s name
3. Type of dog
4. Have you made the switch to raw food? (Yes, no, recently, very soon)

This is an exciting opportunity and we are absolutely thrilled to get started. Hope to hear from you soon!

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Big Announcement Brewing…

December 8th, 2010 No comments

Hi everyone, we have big news and big plans at Cory’s Story. Stay tuned for news you don’t want to miss! Less than 24 hours to go…



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Season’s Greetings!

December 4th, 2010 No comments

Hi everyone, to celebrate the season, it’s now snowing at Cory’s Story! Even if you live somewhere warm, you can enjoy the snowflakes (just as long as you visit us every now and then!).

Warmest wishes for you and your family, from all of us at Cory’s Story.

Cory on Christmas

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Do You Believe In Magic?

November 24th, 2010 1 comment

“Magic,” unless you live in Harry Potter’s world,  is actually nothing more than a clever magician’s ability to manipulate what you think you see,  in order to make the audience believe in something that is not true.  What I am about to tell you,  however,  is true,  although you will be tempted to think that it is nothing short of magical.

Since the release of “Cory’s Story” less than two months ago,  I have received e-mails from people all over the world.  One person,  Kirsy in Australia,  wrote to me about her dog who has epilepsy,  and how she was working with her vet to try some of the natural treatments to manage the disease.  She was interested in purchasing a copy of Cory’s Story, but thought it might be a good book for her library to have,  to provide the information it contains to everyone in her community.  In late October she wrote to me to let me know that she had contacted her local librarian,  so that I could expect to be hearing from her.  Sure enough,  within a few days I received an order for Cory’s Story from a lady named Susan in Australia.  I sent the book off and let Kirsy know that her book was on its way to her library,  and I gave her Susan’s full name.  Kirsy checked with her librarian and sent me an e-mail to let me know they had not actually placed any order for my book yet.

On November 18th I received an e-mail from Kirsy (in Australia),  to share the astounding news that she had been out walking on the beach with her dog,  and she struck up a conversation with two women who were walking a cute poodle.  The lady who owns the poodle said to Kirsy,  “I just read this great book called Cory’s Story.”  Kirsy told me that she got goosebumps and she asked the woman if she was the Susan who had purchased my book.  Imagine Susan’s surprise at how a complete stranger knew her name!

About this time I’m thinking that there are probably only 2 people in the entire country of Australia,  but a quick google search assures me that the country still has over 22 million residents.  Susan actually lives in Brisbane, Australia, which is several hours from where she met Kirsy.  She had only happened to be on the coast for a holiday visit.  Susan had only received and read my book a few days before her meeting on the beach with Kirsy.  The two women were completely amazed and talked for another hour.  Kirsy wondered if it is destiny for like-minded people to just “run into each other.”

I will tell you this – I believe that there is some force in the universe that is aware that what we found to cure Cory’s seizures can help other dogs.  That force seems to be determined to make its presence known in using “Cory’s Story” to bring two people together on a beach in Australia.  It would be one thing if “Cory’s Story” was well known,  but so far it has not been sold through any store other than this web-site.  I have not even listed on yet!

The most logical conclusion is that what happened is an unlikely coincidence.  The most inspirational conclusion is that Cory’s spirit cares about sharing the information we learned with owners of dogs who are still living,  in order to help them live healthier lives.  What are the chances of the only two people in Australia who have heard of Cory’s Story to meet each other?

What do you think?

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Cory’s Story Gets Another 5-Star Review!

November 9th, 2010 No comments

The following review of Cory’s Story was written by Darilee Bednar, owner of Third St. Books, Marysville, WA:
“I met Jay DeMers at the PNBA Convention in Portland and he promised me I would like his wife’s book… and he was wrong… I LOVED it.

I don’t DO books that make me sad unless they are non-fiction and then it’s not a usual occurrence… Cory’s Story had me totally teary-eyed NOT because it was written to be sad but because it triggered memories of our family dogs and their unconditional love.

It’s a memoir of Cory, a very smart/generally well-behaved/CGC trained yellow lab, and the three humans he adopted. Cory developed epilepsy around 3 years old… and the last half of the book is about the different treatments the family used that prolonged his life and allowed him to continue the richness of that life he and his family wanted him to live.

Cory, the boy scout. Cory, the best friend. Cory, the brother.
Dang! Suddenly… I miss my best friend… my companion… my fellow soul searcher.

Quick read… done in just a few hours.

Got a book club… got a 9 year old… got an RV…

I give it 5 stars.”

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