November 26, 2014

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Pet’s cancer diagnosis prompts woman to bring holistic care to Lorain

Rob Swindell
The Chronicle-Telegram

Owner of K-9 Corner Christine Staller and business consultant Booger. ROB SWINDELL/CHRONICLE

Owner of K-9 Corner Christine Staller and business consultant Booger. ROB SWINDELL/CHRONICLE

When Christine Stallers’ dog Bishop was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and given months to live, Staller started looking at alternative treatment as way to make him comfortable.

“Bishop developed cancer, and we tried to do what we could do for him. The vets around here said he only had 6 to 8 months to live. They said to keep him on drugs — there is nothing we can do for him,” Staller said. “That’s when we started taking him to a holistic vet.”

Staller credits the change to holistic treatment for Bishop living more than three years — the last completely off drugs. Staller thought if this approach could help Bishop, maybe she could help others and opened All Natural K-9 Korner in Lorain.

“We starting changing his diet and got into supplements for him, and that’s kind of what got us going. We decided that’s what we wanted to do,” Staller said. “We’ve always had pets and everything. I wanted to help him and in the process educate other people too. We can help if you go natural.”

A longtime bookkeeper, Staller said it was time to do something else.

“This is a passion for me. I thought if I can turn my passion into a business, then let’s give it a try,” she said. “And it is something that the dogs and I can do together.”

Staller said there was nowhere in Lorain County to get holistic care.

“If I could bring holistic care to Lorain County, people could learn how beneficial it is. Bishop was living proof how much the holistic stuff helped,” she said.

All Natural K-9 Korner offers natural food, supplements, spray essences — as well as natural household cleaning products. The natural approach is used to treat conditions like detoxing, arthritis and epilepsy.

“We talk a lot about homeopathic medicines. We do quality food and do a lot with raw food diets. We learned a lot because that was what Bishop was on. It’s more natural and there are not any side effects,” Staller said. “And so that’s what we try to do. Even flea spray, we don’t use any chemicals for protection.”

Other forms of alternative treatment offered in the store are Reiki, color therapy and massage. Staller has a Reiki master who comes in on a regular basis and offers classes and seminars about holistic medicine.

Choosing the name All Natural K-9 Korner not only references their holistic approach, but that they also have designated corners in the store, such as food corner, kitty corner, grooming corner, wellness corner. She also said the location is convenient, with lots of room for parking.

Staller explained that the key is education and understands that the approach to wellness is a bit different.

“I thought the same thing too, when we first learned about it,” she said. “When they come in here, we actually talk to them. I’ll ask about the dog, trying to get to the core of the problem. Not just, ‘He’s itching, put this on him.’ We try to talk to them and educate them.”

She offers customers information about why they do the things they do, including a monthly newsletter.

Staller said the best part of her job is helping the dogs. “I love hearing that a dog loves the food, stops scratching or no longer has an ear infection.” She said.

In the future, Staller hopes to have rescue events at the store and be able to offer other services, such as adding a chiropractor and having a holistic vet come in once or twice a month.

The store also offers discounts to newly adopted dogs.

Contact Rob Swindell at 329-7155 or ctnews@chroniclet.com.

WHO: Christine Staller
WHAT: All Natural K-9 Korner
WHERE: 5382 Oberlin Ave., Lorain
CONTACT: (440) 787-7050 www.allnaturalk9korner.com and on Facebook