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.

Apple Podcasts podcast player badge
Spotify podcast player badge
Google Podcasts podcast player badge
Overcast podcast player badge
Castro podcast player badge
PocketCasts podcast player badge
RSS Feed podcast player badge

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:

Shiny Happy Doggy:

Episode Links

Supercanine book:

How to Raw Feed Your Dog online course:

About Dog Podcast Network (DPN)

DPN is the first of its kind. A podcasting network as devoted to dogs, as they are to us. Our mission is simple: entertain, inspire and inform. We will improve the quality of life for dogs and the people who love them.

Check out Dog Podcast Network for other dog-adjacent shows:

Dog Edition: our flagship show where a global team of dog-obsessed journalists and storytellers feature news, in-depth reporting, analysis, features, and interview segments

Dog Cancer Answers: which offers vetted advice from real veterinarians who answer your questions about dog cancer

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Learn more about your ad choices. Visit