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Holistic healer Juliette dies aged 96

Juliette de Baïracli with one of her beloved Turkuman hounds
Juliette de Baïracli with one of her beloved Turkuman hounds

THE AFGHAN hound fraternity is mourning the loss of renowned herbalist and author Juliette de Baïracli Levy of the Turkuman Afghans.

Juliette, the author of The Complete Herbal Handbook for the Dog and Cat, passed away on 28th May this year aged 96. She was noted for her pioneering work in holistic veterinary medicine and dedicated her life to curing canine ailments through herbs and natural healing (her recommended diet for dogs is used successfully by many dog owners and breeders worldwide). Born into a wealthy family Juliette studied veterinary medicine at the Universities of Manchester and Liverpool for two years before embarking upon a world tour where she proceeded to further her study of herbal medicine in Europe, Turkey, North Africa, Israel and Greece.

Along the way the free-spirited healer lived with gypsies, farmers and livestock breeders who shared their knowledge of the healing arts and nomadic lifestyle with the strict vegetarian whose diet consisted only of raw food.

Juliette, a mother of two, was fully aware of some of the cynicism surrounding her work hence the following piece of advice given in the introduction to her book on natural rearing, The Complete Herbal Handbook for the Dog and Cat:

‘I would say to all dog owners whose prejudices are aroused by my opinions and my ideas, or even my literary style: please ignore me; it is not what I think that matters - it is your dog. Give him a better chance by trying herbs before it may be too late.’ The wellbeing of animals was of great importance to the author.

Alongside her literary success Juliette’s Turkuman Afghans were well-known for their health, speed and vitality thus supporting her natural rearing recommendations. Am Ch T Nissim’s Laurel made the front cover of Time magazine whilst his dam, Netheroyd T Camelthorn, became the first black Afghan to become a Champion.

Juliette - originally from Manchester - visited Crufts in 2002 as part of the Hilton Herbs team before spending the final years of her life near her family in Burgdorf, Switzerland in a residential home.

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