Hello, I'm Ruth. Thank you for joining me here.
I’m certain that you are a lover of animals. If you weren’t you wouldn’t be here, right?
Perhaps you have a cat or a dog, or a horse or a chicken. You’ve probably found me because you’re seeking out natural ways of helping your animal to be healthy. To get better from a health condition, or to ensure that they stay healthy for as long as possible.
You’re feeling confused by the conflicting information that you read, that you’re told, about what’s the best way to care for your animal. What food to feed them, what medications they need to be on.
You’re not convinced that a processed diet or pharmaceutical medications are the best for them. You want to try a more natural way, a safer way, to care for them.
Or maybe your love for animals extends beyond those that you share your home with… You respect and love all animals and you want to live in a way that honours that.
Perhaps, you want to eat a diet that consists of mostly plants, or entirely of plants. You want to do it right, so that you’re healthy and you thrive. But you know that you need support with that.
You’ve probably been searching for a solution or for support for some time.
I can, and I would love to, help you.
What I Do
The path I took to get here…
I have loved animals since I was a little girl. Cats and dogs were always a part of our family. I was so lucky to share my childhood with Fred, Ginger, Tilly, Kitty Pride, Storm, Lockheed, Mirage, Wolverine and Alf.
Growing up with cats and dogs helped to instil in me a great love for our furry friends. So much so that when I was 11, I made the decision to stop eating my friends. I became vegetarian.
16 years later, I chose to forsake all animal products, not just in my food but in every product I use - I chose a vegan lifestyle.
As an animal lover, it seemed nonsensical to eat them or indeed, use products that contain parts of them. How can I love one and eat or use another?
As a girl, I dreamed of being a forest ranger. I wanted to surround myself with nature, be amongst the animals. But that was not the career path I chose. Rather, I became a lawyer - a construction lawyer.
After some time, as my calling to help the animals grew, I pondered how I could use my legal career to help animals. I stumbled across animal law and my life changed. I decided that I wanted to be a legal advocate for animals. I started attending animal law lectures and got involved with a university animal protection group.
In 2010, I was giving the tremendous opportunity to live my dream to become an animal lawyer - I was offered a job as legal counsel at Voiceless - The Animal Protection Institute in Sydney, Australia.
Despite being my dream job, it was emotionally taxing. I had to stay up to speed with our two focus areas - the commercial kangaroo industry and the factory farming industry - and was regularly exposed to the cruelties that are inherent in these industries.
What kept me going was the direct interaction I had at the end of every day with my cats, Lilly, Max and Elvy. This direct interaction proved to be a non-negotiable and an important factor in my future career choice.
I returned to Brisbane, Australia after three years of living the dream. I returned to work as lawyer in private practice. The frustration at not living my purpose grew. I wanted to do more. I wanted every day to take action to help animals.
I was helping animals through various pro bono involvements I had with animal groups and through speaking at animal rights rallies - but I wanted more. I wanted direct interaction with animals - those who reminded me why I do what I do.
And so came the idea to pursue animal naturopathy. Not only was this a profession that would allow me to spend my days directly interacting with animals, it also satisfied my interest in health and nutrition. I immediately started studying a Diploma in Small Animal Naturopathy through the National College of Traditional Medicine, and the rest they say is history.
And so here I am today...
...directly assisting cats and dogs with natural remedies for disease prevention and achieving optimum health. To say that I love what I do would under-estimate how I feel.
I get to help individual animals feel better and have happier lives (with their humans)!
I get to help people thrive on a diet that helps animals smile.
You can't put a price tag on that.
Watching cats and dogs thrive as a result of the recommendations I offer their humans for natural healing and disease prevention, and helping people to eat less animals, brings me so much joy. It's something I know I will be doing to the end of my days.