Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS vary among individuals and are unpredictable. The disease is thought to be an immune-mediated disease in which the body’s immune system attacks myelin, the fatty substance that surrounds and protects the nerve fibers of . . .
I met Vic in 2000 in Alpena, Michigan at a Nutrition Cognition Workshop. Vic was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when he was 34. He was attending the workshop for more information on good nutrition to help the brain. His MS was in his brainstem. I was at the workshop for my work in nutrition and health. We exchanged business cards at the end of the workshop and he stayed in contact with me, call . . .
It did not take Barney long to settle in at the Brewer Farm. He lived outside among the other animals. Farmer Vic built him a big doghouse from an old red shed. A cat and a chicken moved into the doghouse with Barney!
This book is a true story and many of the illustrations are true to life pictures of Barney, Farmer Vic and the Brewer Farm.
My husband, Vic, told me the story about Barney and . . .
My husband, Vic Swiderski, grew up in Detroit. When he was 18 his parents bought the Brewer Farm in Leonard, Michigan. Vic loved the farm and took an active role in helping his parents with the animals and crops they grew. They raised sheep mainly on the farm but also had chickens, geese, turkeys, and a horse named Cocoa.
Barney, their farm dog, was adopted from friends who could not care for h . . .