Several months ago, I posted asking for suggestions for Barkley, who had suddenly become a picky eater. The past few months I have tried every conceivable type of food you can think of...kibble, canned, stewed, freeze-dried, home-cooked, baby food, people food, right down to the dreaded supermarket stuff. Over the months he got worse and worse. He would eat something for one day, maybe two, and then refuse it. I have an assortment of dog food in my basement that's big enough to stock Walmart. Nothing lasted. We tested him for everything, from an ultrasound for gallbladder to a urinalysis for kidneys, thyroid testing and extensive bloodwork. All were fine. His vets were stumped. And the eating got worse. I sat on the floor spoon feeding him for half an hour while his housemates gobbled their meals in under a minute. He was getting less than 1/4 cup of day of food and losing weight. He even began refusing cookies. I prepared myself to say goodbye, knowing that this has always signaled the end with my dogs in the past. Finally, two weeks ago, in one last-ditch effort, I bought some Dr. Becker Appetite Booster...tiny pieces of meat that you sprinkle on food. I tried it on some of the kibble I had that he'd refused. To my shock, he ate it! Every. Last. Crumb. That was two weeks ago. He's been eating that way ever since. He's gained the weight back, and he's perky again! His vets and I are gobsmacked. We have no idea what brought this on or what solved it. I've waited to post, afraid the new appetite wouldn't stick, but it has. He's eager for meals again and happy. The hunger strike has ended, and I am so grateful and relieved! Should I credit the appetite booster? I have no idea. I can't imagine that turned the tide, but it must have helped. For anyone who goes through this -- and I know many of you have -- it's worth a try. You never know.