"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." Anatole France
Hector Chief Inspiration Officer
Sharon Milani Director, SmartPack PTY Ltd
Hector — our most amazing mini schnauzer of 16 years, inspiration and guiding light behind NutriFlex® — next-generation 100% natural anti-ageing collagen matrix formulations for dogs, cats and horses.
With a passion for animals and love of wildlife photography, I emigrated from the UK to South Africa with my beloved Giant Schnauzer, Riley and 36 Koi Carp in 2004.
Just before takeoff, the flight captain offered assurances to raucous applause from passengers that Riley was safely onboard. Landing in Cape Town I was so relieved to be greeted by his barking and howling — reunited to begin the next chapter of our journey.
Sadly it wasn't to be — two weeks into our new life Riley had died. At just 2 years old he suffered a massive seizure. Despite immediate hospitalisation, he passed away four days later from organ failure caused by an adverse reaction to a series of pre-flight regulatory emigration jabs.
Heartbroken and alone (with 36 recuperating and blissfully oblivious Koi Carp) drowned by torrents of tears and unanswered questions — a promised and beautiful life was gone.
Hector came into my life from Roodewall Kennels (recently made infamous by its exposure as a puppy mill). Such a tiny soul but larger than life character, proudly enrolled and immediately expelled from puppy school for being an untrainable bully. Adored and much loved by everyone Hector refuses to be kissed — first sight of puckered lips and his head is instantly turned away!
My promise to Hector was to give him the best of everything. My wish is for him to enjoy life forever!
Nutrition is the key to longevity and despite a poor start, Hector continues to be blessed with an active and happy life. He enjoys nothing better than to run like a lunatic on his beloved beach and to dip his face into shallow waves. Aged 12 he began chewing on his feet relentlessly. X-rays showed advanced development of severe rheumatoid arthritis — several spinal vertebrae had already fused together. Hector was sent home with strong anti-inflammatories and something for the pain. Almost immediately he developed raised liver enzymes, kidney issues and struvite bladder stones.
At one point Hector became so lethargic he couldn't lift his head even if I called his name or waved a biscuit under his nose — I honestly thought he was dying. On examination a vet "confirmed" he was probably dying and being an "old" dog proposed that we say our goodbyes and transport him over the rainbow bridge there and then?!
Not so fast! and definitely not without a second opinion! Hector was hooked up to a saline drip and because it was now after hours we transported him to the local animal hospital. He was detained overnight and underwent an emergency procedure to flush bladder stones from a blocked urethra. Within 24hours he had made an unbelievable transformation and complete recovery!
As a small business (SmartPack PTY Ltd) we already offered pure collagen powder (for humans) and have witnessed some amazing transformations in people suffering from chronic joint issues and discomfort without ever resorting to conventional pharma. This was our light-bulb moment and the rest is history. Hector receives a scoop of NutriFlex Advanced daily. No more stiffness, no more crying in pain or struggling to get up onto his feet. And best of all — no more visits to the vet!
Since then 4 years have passed! Hector is now fast approaching his 16th orbit around the sun — even though he is completely deaf or perhaps he's permanently selectively deaf?! and continues to turn his head away he is still loving our 4km morning walks on the beach. (Edit September 2020 we have now reduced to 1Km because he has developed a passion for stopping to sniff anything and everything in sight and forever!)
SmartPack's research and development team spent many month's researching, trialling, fine-tuning advanced formulations and working with animal food scientists and holistic vets to perfect NutriFlex® and to process approvals and registrations with DAFF. (Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries — South Africa).
Today we are immensely proud to share our love, passion and knowledge that is NutriFlex®.
NutriFlex® is a South African first — the next generation of natural anti-ageing, collagen "bone broth" protein powders developed to keep your best friend active for life — naturally.
Hector enjoys a daily scoop of NutriFlex® Advanced Complex (the orange tub) — developed specifically for senior animals and those already suffering from chronic joint and mobility issues. Hector's brother from another mother — mini schnauzer, Ralph — just 9 months old (22 august 2019) enjoys a daily scoop of NutriFlex® Maintenance Complex (the green tub) developed to promote daily vitality and help offset the degenerative effects of ageing and hopefully avert any potential joint or mobility issues.
Backed by science and recommended by vets, NutriFlex® may also help your best friend and devoted animal companion keep active for life?
What makes NutriFlex™ different?
1. Eliminates protein deficiencies
Unlike most other joint-support and mobility supplements, NutriFlex™ is an excellent source of protein (up to 90%) packed with naturally derived essential amino acids. Protein is crucial to providing a healthy and balanced diet. Protein and amino acids are vital to your animal companion's optimal function, health and immunity. Protein deficiencies over time can lead to premature ageing, fatigue, weakness and health problems. A daily scoop of NutriFlex® helps to eliminate dietary protein deficiencies.
2. Does not contain synthetic vitamins
Unlike conventional mobility solutions NutriFlex® Advanced is a naturally derived and synergistic source of glucosamine, chondroitin, hyaluronic acid, minerals and essential amino acids which are proven to provide higher rates of absorption and efficacy than their synthetic counterparts.
3. No heavy metal toxicity
NutriFlex® is formulated with OptiMSM® which is the only GRAS (Generally Recognised as Safe) certified MSM (organic sulphur) powder in the world. Unlike generic MSM powders sourced from China, ultra-purity OptiMSM® has been distilled 4 times to remove all traces of toxins and heavy metals.
NutriFlex® is formulated with Vitamin C as Calcium Ascorbate and not Ascorbic Acid. Calcium Ascorbate is a powerful immune booster, non-acidic form of vitamin C which is much more gentle on the gut than regular vitamin C.
5. Suitable for human consumption
NutriFlex® is formulated using only the finest ultra-pure natural ingredients which are all human food-grade approved. What's good for your animal companion is also good for you!
YOUR BEST FRIENDS DAILY SCOOP OF HAPPINESS
KEEP YOUR PET ACTIVE FOR LIFE NATURALLY
CREATED BY NATURE — CRAFTED BY NUTRIFLEX — LOVED BY PETS
NutriFlex® next-generation anti-ageing joint-support. Scientifically formulated, using nature's joint nutrients, vitamins and minerals, NutriFlex® is the natural way to help your best-friend enjoy daily vitality, mobility, agility and comfort.
VITALITY MOBILITY AGILITY