Back to Kimkins – Who is Dr. Pescatore?

I’m getting more curious about this good Doctor Fred Pescatore, M.D. who at one time was apparently the Associate Medical Director of the Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine for five years.  At least that’s what his bio says on the back cover of his book – “Thin for Good” copyrighted in 2000.

I guess his name stuck in the back of my mind since I first heard that his name, along with his current “Hampton’s Diet” was mentioned in the article about Kimkins in the June 2007 infamous Woman’s World article.  What’s the connection?  TWO scammers on Dr. Atkin’s good name for the price of one??  Well, I can’t say, but hopefully Dr. Pescatore will.  I contacted him (or his representatives) today using the “Contact” feature here http://www.hamptonsdiet.com/index.asp to ask the following:

“What is Dr. Pescatore’s association with Kimkins?  (Heidi Diaz of http://www.Kimkins.com)  A lawsuit is currently pending against Heidi Diaz, and Dr. Pescatore appeared to endorse the Kimkins diet plan in a June Woman’s World article. Is the Hamptons Diet similar to Kimkins?  Does Dr. Pescatore endorse Kimkins?  Why was Dr. Pescatore and the Hampton‘s Diet part of the Woman’s World article about this Kimkins Diet? I’m one of many bloggers on the Kimkins topic, and would be happy to include any official statements from Dr. Pescatore or his representatives.”

What do you think? I would sure appreciate your comments and opinions about Dr. Pescatore.  Is he just another thief in the unfortunate den of people raking in some $$ on Dr. Atkins good name?  Is he on the same low rung of the low carb diet ladder as Hidey, or a higher rung?  Did he seem to be endorsing Kimkins in “her” Woman’s World article, or was that just a scam technique on the part of Woman’s World or HideyKins?  Or Dr. Pescatore regarding his Hampton’s Diet where sales of Macadamia Nut Oil seem to be the huge focus?

I will report whatever I hear back.  Let me know what you know or think of him.

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Schutzhund Obedience 2004 – aka – When I Fell In Love With The Sport!

I would like to thank CroweKitty again for inspiring me to write more about my experience and learning adventures in the world of GSD’s and Schutzhund Sport. 

Schutzhund literally means “Protection Dog.”   Schutzhund is a test of the dog in 3 main areas – Tracking, Obedience, and Protection work.  The test showcases the versatility of the GSD, but Schutzhund has also become a popular breed test and competition sport for breeds other than the GSD.  From the limited historical research I have done, I believe the first official Schutzhund tests were introduced in Germany in 1901.  I’m sure the tests as they are today have probably changed a lot since 1901.  I have enjoyed trying to learn about “today’s” Schutzhund, so have not done as much research about the evolution of the Schutzhund tests yet as I might do someday.

I wish I could recommend a book for learning about Schutzhund as I was able to recommend a book for understanding a bit about the German Shepherd Dog Breed in general.  I have yet to find a book that truly captures what WATCHING Schutzhund did for me!  If anyone can suggest one, I’ll check it out.  For me, seeing was way beyond belief. 

It was the summer of 2004 and I didn’t know a Schutzhund from a Dachshund.  All me and Mr. Doggy knew was that we had a really nice young GSD puppy that German judges LOVED for her conformation.  So off we went to the Canadian National German Shepherd Dog Championships in St. Johns, New Brunswick with our 9 month old GSD girl.  In Canada, they hold the National Schutzhund 3 Championships, and choose their competition World Team at the same time as their National Sieger (conformation) show.  WOW.  I was so impressed with the Schutzhund work – running around a conformation ring with a dog would never be the same.  I couldn’t WAIT to get to the trial field early each morning, even though “our” event (conformation) didn’t happen until afternoon.

Imagine an early morning in St. Johns – the fog still thick over the college sports stadium as the day begins.  On that field there is a rack holding a few dumb bells, a one meter wall, a scaling wall (A-frame), one judge, one translator, and LOTS of green grass.  And fog.  Dog and handler teams have worked for years to get here.  They all have a chance to make the Canadian World Team – five dog/handler teams will make it.  Some have made it before.  Maybe a couple will make it for the first time.  100 possible points for the obedience portion will be earned or lost this foggy morning by each team on this large field – but obedience is only one of 3 phases to the competion.  200 more points are on the line with Tracking and Protection.    There are two dog/handler teams waiting on the sidelines – they got the early draw for obedience on Friday morning.  They want to give the best performance they can – this is their National Championships.  They worked for years to get here, and they want to make the most of this opportunity.  They may not get another shot next year.  Many possibilities exist for earned points today…or mistakes and lost points today.  But today is “IT”….for now.

The first two teams (a “team” is a dog and a human) for obedience, formally greet the judge.  Some dogs don’t care much for other dogs – so this inital greeting can be the first test, even though it’s not particularly obvious.  One team goes to the side line for the “long down.”  That dog must stay in a particular spot on the sideline of the competition field, in the down position, off leash, for the duration of the other team’s on field exercise.  The handler of the “long down dog” is many feet away, and must stay hidden behind a blind.  I was mesmerized by the fact that these dogs – any dogs – would stay down under all that distraction.  Without moving a muscle.  While another team is on the field doing all the ‘fun stuff.’  Watching a well executed long down is in some ways, like watching a spring that you just KNOW is about to be sprung.  But it stays in place somehow.   The pent up energy is palpable.  It is not the same as watching a dog taking a nap on the side line, that’s for sure.  Understanding how a dog can be “in drive” while being still is just…..  well…..  you can’t understand it ’til you understand it.

The other team takes the field in the end zone, with a required acknowledgement to the judge.  This acknowledgement between judge and handler happens between each major exercise, and is one MORE thing that the handler must remember.  It’s important.  Next, the heeling exercises begin.  At this level of competition, the handlers seem confident about this portion.  But always wary of the gun shots – BOTH dogs are being tested – the one on the field and the one on the long down.  Gun shyness is a serious fault.  There is a sigh of relief from the crowd once the gun shots are done.  Not that anyone expects gun test failure in dogs at this level of competition.  But still – it’s just something to “check off the list” of things to complete in the exercise and the event.  One step closer to the finish line.

The series of motion exercises come after heeling.  This is where at Schutzhund 3 level, the team must demonstrate a sit, and down, and stand out of motion on command.  There is also a specific protocol for each scenario, where the dog is either picked up by the handler (handler walks back to the dog) or a recall (dog comes to handler on command).  The point perils of the motion exercises are significant, especially if the dog does the wrong thing (i.e. sits rather than downs, or downs rather than stands) on these commands.  But small points that add up big at the national level, can be lost on other things like speed in the sit or down or stand, or speed on the recall, or correct (straight and close) “fronts” and “finishes.”  Lots of little points out there.

Retrieves are next.  Retrieves represent HUGE points in obedience – whether trialing just to pass a Schutzhund level for the first time, or whether to score high in competition.  Retrieves represent 45 points of the possible 100 for obedience.  Dogs must retrieve a dumbell “on the flat” (thrown out in front of the dog with no hurdles or obstacles), over a 1 meter wall, and over a scaling wall (A-frame).   The handler throws the dumbell.  The dog must wait until the “bring” command to go out and over the correct obstacle or flat, and return back over the correct obstacle or flat for a correct, straight finish in front of the handler – and correctly hold the dumbell in it’s mouth, and correctly “out” the dumbell on command.  And then “finish” back to the heel position.  For all 3.  Trial success in obedience – whether for initial passing or for competition points – is often made or broken in this section.  Watching the National Championships, tension built here for sure – you could feel it in the crowd.  People were holding their breath.  Everyone knew how many points were at stake. How a club level trial could be passed or failed, and how a National Championship and World Team designation could be won or lost in this section alone.  The smallest flaw would illicit a collective groan from the crowd.  Success brought tense applause, as everyone thought forward to the next required element.  When a dog came back over the final scaling wall for a correct front, out and finish, there was a HUGE sigh of relief and round of applause from the crowd.  We’re in the home stretch now.

The obedience routines conclude with IMO, the most visually exciting exercise of all – the “send out.”  On command, the handler “sends” the dog away from him/her to the other end of the field – at high speed.  Once the dog has gone the required distance, the handler gives the down (platz) command – which in the German version, at high volume, sounds like “Pah-LATZ!”  When the dog goes out very fast, and on command, turns fast toward the handler and drops to the ground like a new marine recruit, you have seen a VERY exciting finish to a Schutzhund obedience routine.

The handler now must walk the length of the field to “collect” the dog in the heel position.  It is “polite” to hold massive applause until the handler has collected the dog – let’s face it – they don’t want to “blow anything” now.

But great competitive dog handler teams must practice this or something – the crowd can go wild while the handler crosses the length of the field to pick up the dog.

Watching that level of Schutzhund obedience just gave me chills.   The dog and handler at this level seem to connect in a way that is impossible for me to describe.  I can’t wait to attempt describing my first view of a  REAL Competition Protection Performance!  Congratulations to the 2004 Canadian World Team members.  The 2004 Canadian World Team sure made a difference in my view of Schutzhund.  And my training path with our GSD’s was changed forever.

Thanks for reading.

DG from the Dog House

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What the Sam Hill is So Special about German Shepherd Dogs Anyway?

CroweKitty inspired me to write something today about German Shepherd Dogs.   Eventually, Dog related topics WILL be the focus here at the Dog House once “you know who” is behind us.  So here goes.

I’ve always been into rescued pets starting from childhood.  You parents know how that goes – by the time your kids are old enough to walk around outside, they are bringing home whatever stray animals they find on their adventures.  Yes, I was one of “those” kids.  This carried on into my adult life where first it was rescued cats and then an “accidental” puppy who was supposed to be a kitten, and then more dogs. 

One day Mr. Doggy announced he wanted a German Shepherd Dog.  And he wanted to learn the sport of Schutzhund.  I said “ShutzWHAT??”  He explained that Schutzhund is a test of dogs in the areas of tracking, obedience, and protection.  Needless to say I was very concerned about the “protection” part of this.  Mr. Doggy calmly explained that “protection” is the part where the dog bites the bad guy.  WHAT???  You want to TEACH our dog to BITE??!!??  That’s where my education about the history of the German Shepherd Dog Breed, and Schutzhund began.  Once it was pointed out to me that “all dogs already know how to bite…”  things started making more sense.  That particular part of the training is just directing and controlling what they instinctively know how to do.  In fact, all three phases of Schutzhund training involve directing the dog based on what they instinctively know.  That’s a big part of what makes it so interesting to me.

Here are a few photos from both obedience and protection when our female earned her Schutzhund I Title.

For German Shepherd Dog lovers everywhere, whether you have pets, or working sport dogs, or dogs with real jobs, I highly recommend the following book.  The German Shepherd Dog in Word and Pictures by v. Stephanitz, originally printed in Germany in 1925.  My copy (in English) was reprinted in 1994.  Many consider Rittmeister (Cavalry Captain) von Stephanitz to be the “father” of the German Shepherd Breed.  He was one of the initial founders of the Verein fur deutsche Schaferhunde in April 1899.  (Please excuse my lack of correct German characters).  This organization today is commonly referred to, at least in my USA circles as “The German SV.”  The German SV and Herr Stephanitz established the breed standard for the German Shepherd Dog in 1899, and The German SV is to this day considered by many to be “The Keeper” of the German Shepherd Dog Breed Standard.  Of course the breed standard is fraught with controversary for the GSD’s just like with many other breeds.  Especially breeds with foundations in working standards, where many claim that “conformation showing” has ruined the breed – taking the breed too far away from the original standard.

I have found it interesting to learn about the breed and it’s original purposes.  It is equally interesting to me to look at the GSD’s of today – whether they are family pets, sport competitors, or the dogs who save lives in the war on terror as one example of real dog jobs.  I try to be understanding about all points of view – and there are many.  Most of all, I love our GSD’s and have found the experience training them in the sport of Schutzhund to be a very rewarding journey.   In the right training environment, it is so clear to see that this work simply builds on the instincts that the dogs already have.  The “people training” part is more challenging for our trainer, that’s for sure!

Hmmm… what GSD topics are folks interested in?  Let me know.  I don’t have lots of answers, but I’ve sure got lots of opinions.

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Comments to this Blog

I am a newbie blogger, that’s for sure.  I thought all comments were under “moderation” (meaning I had to approve them).  That was not the case.  And to anyone who posted a commented trusting that it was moderated, MY APOLOGIES!

 I’ve sure got a lot to learn here in the Blogosphere.

Mean time, if anyone wants to know MY opinion about Kimkins admin “t” and his supposed “slave relationship” with “K” here goes. (not sure if I got that capitalization correct)

I am actually OK with alternative life styles (which I consider dominant/submissive or “slave” type arrangements as “alternative”) so long as both or all parties agree.  There are lots of other lifestyle choices I’ve heard/read about that I would probably categorize as “alternative” in my POV.  I might not choose it for myself, but I value freedom WAY more than I value “people better agree with ME!”

In terms of “t” and “Kimkins” I hope that “t” is keeping his dominant/slave stuff out of his Admin functions.  I hope that “K” is doing OK since “t” reported her in the hospital.  I am thinking of “K” a lot, and just want her to be well.  And I hope none of her problems are Kimkins related.  I hope “K” is speaking for herself, lifestyle choices aside.

 “D”

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The Class Action Lawsuit Against Kimkins

Are you now, or have you ever been a member of Kimkin.com?  Are you concerned about the possible health risks of this diet, and/or the business practices of Heidi Diaz aka Kimmer?  (i.e. banning of life time members, representing herself as having lost 198 pounds on her diet which is obviously not true, etc.)  YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE BEEN BANNED FROM KIMKINS.COM TO JOIN THE CLASS ACTION.  You can e-mail your story to kimkinslawsuit@yahoo.com.  And visit the web site at http://kimkinslawsuit.wordpress.com/.

From what Jeanessa tells us, there is no cost to you to sign up.  Just proof of payment from your membership at Kimkins.com if I understand that correctly. 

Stand up against Kimmer and this fruad she has foisted on the public!

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Who’s Next Up In The Dog House?

I think the readers should decide.  Please use the ‘comments’ to make your nomination for who in this Kimmer saga should hit the dog house next.  Provide your evidence!

Oh – you may be curious about “What’s for Dinner” for those in the Dog House.  Well, for any humans in the Dog House, it’s the Boot Camp Version of Kimkins.  INCLUDING the exercise with the 500 calories of food.  (and that’s DAILY calories – not per meal)

Any nominations?

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Happy Monday – Who’s in the Dog House today??

Well, if it isn’t our good friend Tippy Toes, the PR Director for Hidey aka Kimmer.  This is a gem posted by Doodle_in_MA at Low Carb Friends http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/kimkins/517384-why-fascination-kimmer-3-a-29.html Post number 854:

“It does feel as if we are under attack and the worst is that it comes from a lot of people who know little about Kimkins except the hear say from others. The pressure on us is tremendous right now but I personally refuse to cave in to the peer pressure. I have never been on the gossip wagons on the net or in real life. I was glad to leave those high school days behind, lol. I know better than the myths. I have searched other Kimmer threads on other boards as well as here and have yet to find a single REAL case of hair falling out in chunks. What I have found is some hair thinning which is quite common for dieters–even those following Atkins. I addressed this with my own Doctor who tells me it is minimal. Now I know if ever a “chunk” of hair was to fall out of my head I would be running to me Doctor as fast as I could and would stop the diet right away. The people who claim such did not seek treatments and claim they stayed on the diet. I would guess “why” is because they are fictional charactors who don’t exist.

So, let’s see if I’ve got this right. And Tippy, please come comment if I don’t. You have NO reason to suspect that Hidey Kimmer is guilty of fraud even though there is compelling evidence otherwise in the form of ACTUAL PICTURES taken by a PI. BUT….the MANY people who claim to have experienced well known side effects of very low calorie dieting after following Hidey Kimmer’s advice are all liars.

Go directly to the Dog House. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.

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