Sept. 23, 2022

A Journalist’s Journey to Save her Boxer with Jane Cowan | The Long Leash #60

A Journalist’s Journey to Save her Boxer with Jane Cowan | The Long Leash #60

When award-winning journalist and foreign correspondent Jane Cowan’s boxer Shiva fell ill, the reporter’s biggest investigative story yet started to shape itself.


Jane Cowan is an Australian journalist who has reported from around the world, including as a foreign correspondent in the United States. But as life would have it, her biggest assignment as an investigative journalist would be her own attempt to save her dog’s life.

Jane spent 20 years at Australia’s national broadcaster the ABC, reporting internationally on the biggest news stories and most elevated subjects, winning awards along the way. Upon her return home to Australia to work as a photojournalist, she (finally) adopted the dog she’d longed for over the years.

Her joy over her new puppy, Shiva, a boxer, didn’t last. The happy, healthy 18-month-old suddenly found himself unable to bend down or move his neck. He was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition and prescribed steroids as treatment.

But the steroids risked organ damage … leading Jane to wonder about alternatives. Her investigative journey lead her into the sometimes counter-intuitive world of canine health and wellbeing. Soon, she was leveraging her decades in hard news reportage to write a book on how to raise a healthier dog.

About Jane Cowan 

Jane Cowan is the author of Supercanine: How to Raise a Healthier Dog or Revitalize a Sick One. The book is drawn from her experiences restoring her own dog’s health after drug damage caused by steroids prescribed for an autoimmune condition. Jane spent two decades as an award-winning journalist for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, including six years as a foreign correspondent based in the United States, before walking away from it all to apply her investigative training to canine health and wellbeing. She writes the Boxer Dog Diaries, a comprehensive resource for Boxer owners and the blog Shiny Happy Doggy. 

The Boxer Dog Diaries: https://boxerdogdiaries.com/

Shiny Happy Doggy: https://shinyhappydoggy.com/home/

Episode Links

Supercanine book: https://boxerdogdiaries.com/book-supercanine/

How to Raw Feed Your Dog online course: https://www.subscribepage.com/s4h5g1

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