Dear All who responded,
Many thanks for the helpful and supportive responses. I do not have internet or a computer so am limited to when I am able to get to the library. I want so much to attach a pic of Zanzi, but am not having success.
When she was first diagnosed with IBS she was on Purina's canned food, "en." She still was having mild diahrea. Recently I tried Sciene Diet's "id" with much greater success. She eats a can a.m. and p.m. and each can is about $2.20. In addition I supplement with i.d. kibble. She and I run about five miles a day, so even with all that food she is extremely lean.
She also is given pro-pectalin and suflazalazine (spelling?) 2x a day which is another $50 a month.
I am going to try the suggestions given here, to see about short term assistance in her RX food being funded. We've done the homemade food, but it doesn't prevent the runs. There's something about the RX food (someone told me it is "enteric" or prepared in a way that it doesn't start to digest until it's in the colon on something, this is me with my TBI trying to sound "smart").
I will write again when I have news about possible funding success. And if anyone felt comfortable giving their private email I could send a picture of Zanzi and maybe that person knows how to post to all. She is a bisenji, and I think she might have a little African Dingo in her too.
Many many thanks for the supportive responses,
Elle and Zanzibar