Passion for Pets
Our Animal Friends and Their Well-being

My passion for pets began when I was a small child. I remember being surrounded by stuffed animals and that quickly escalated to a desire to rescue animal friends. My first memory of rescuing an animal was when I was 11 years old.

I was riding my horse Sony down the road and as I passed a wild rose bush I heard a kitten crying. I moved on and further down the road I saw a dead cat. I turned around and went into the thorny bush and crawling towards me was one very determined kitten and her two siblings who were slowly tailing behind. These kittens could have only been around two weeks old. My mom went to the pet store and picked up some small bottles and a kitten formula. The determined kitten would nurse with ease but the other two we had to force feed. Sadly, these two kittens did not survive.

I named the surviving kitten Winky because she winked at me. OK, maybe it was a twitch, but to an 11-year-old it was a sign that she wanted to be called Winky. Winky lived to be 18 years old.

In 1994, while studying whole food nutrition at the Institute for Educational Therapy, now called Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition, I came across Dr. Pottenger Cats Experiment. I looked back on that first rescue and realize that if I had made a formula close to the mother's milk by using raw milk, cod liver oil and nutritional yeast, maybe those kittens would have taken to the food and survived.

My passion for pets drew me to The Pottenger's Cats Experiment which was an eye opening experience.

Dr. Francis Pottenger Jr., who was a medical doctor in California in 1932, wanted to see the effects of eating raw vs. cooked food. With a sample population of 900 cats, Dr. Pottenger placed half on a diet of raw milk, raw meat and cod liver oil, and the other half on cooked meat, pasteurized milk and cod liver oil. He studied these cats for over a 10-year span and the results were profound!

Cat on a Raw Food Diet

  • Good bone structure with wide palates and plenty of space for their teeth
  • A distinct difference in size and bone structure between male and female
  • Good bone density
  • Shiny fur
  • Freedom from parasites and disease
  • Their living environment lush and  green

Cats on a Cooked Food Diet

  • Spontaneous abortion ranged from an average of 25% in the first generation to around 70% in the second generation
  • Pregnant females often had difficulty giving birth and lactating; many died in labor
  • As time went on females had a harder time becoming pregnant
  • Females became far more aggressive
  • Males became more passive
  • Kittens born to a mother fed cooked food weighed on the average 16% less than kittens born to a mother on a raw diet 
  • Parasite infestation was common
  • Allergies became worse with each generation
  • Infection of glands and organs were common
  • Arthritis and various problems developed and became progressive
  • Bones became soft and pliable

Passion for Pets

After reading this study my passion for pets began to expand into their diet.  I began preparing raw cat food (which prevents diabetes) as well as homemade dog recipes.  Until 2001, I added a high quality dry food because I was told by my veterinarian that it would prevent gum disease and would keep their teeth clean. In 2001, my cat Doodles - who had a habit of going to the neighbor's house and eating commercial kibble -  died at the age of nine of mouth cancer brought on by gum disease.

Her death inspired me to write my final research paper for my Certified Nutrition Consultant certificate of 700 hour on
Enzymes and the Immune System for Animal Friends

I was also told that dogs and cats needed to be on a special diet of kibble or canned food and if they weren't they could become sick or die.

I no longer feel fear or doubt about feeding my pets human grade food even though I had been told our animal friends have been too far removed from nature to eat raw food. This veterinarian made my passion for pet's well-being grow even stronger.

Digestion in cats and dogs begins when they smell their food. Leaving dry food out all day for them to feed on weakens their digestion

In 2003, while living in Victoria BC, I was approached by a woman who had fostered five, one- week old rescue kittens for the SPCA.  She approached me because she needed help and she knew I had a herbal dispensary and clinic, and a passion for pets and their health. When my husband Skip and I went over to see the kittens, they were extremely bloated, their anuses were prolapsing, and the smell was horrific!

Passion for Pets

Kimba adopted from the Humane Society 1992 and Alvin adopted from the SPCA 2002.

We left and came back with raw goat milk, cod liver oil, nutritional yeast and raw ground lamb. We told the caretaker to stop the soy formula and give these kittens what the mother would provide in nutrients through her breast milk; raw goat milk, cod liver oil, and nutritional yeast. We returned a week later and four of the kittens were normal; one, the caretaker felt needed a veterinarian (that kitten was put down).

When the kittens reached five weeks, one had been placed by the caretaker in its own cage because she felt it was unhealthy for another kitten to suckle on its fur. He was cold and alone and I felt sad for him.  I went to the SPCA, explained the situation, and asked if I could adopt this five-week old kitten and not wait until he was eight weeks of age. Because of my passion for pets, the SPCA granted me this kitten whom we named Alvin. Alvin is now 11 years old and very happy and healthy. He still lives on a raw food diet which is the best kind of diet, for all cats and a great diabetic cat food.                


The human passion for pets really stood out before the 1950s, when people had to feed their dogs and cats what they ate.  People would take the time to prepare their animal friends human food while they were making their meals.

Do you think the pet food industry has passion for pets?

What is being called pet food today is not food. If you looked into commercial pet food, you would find it frightening!

Even high-end dog and cat food is cooked at temperatures that destroys the enzymes, vitamins and amino acids the life force of (Qi) of the food!

Kibble and can food lacks the life force (Qi) of the food

For the past 12 years that I have been feeding my pets a raw food diet the worst reaction any have experienced is vomiting, diarrhea and gas. This was easily remedied by lightly cooking the food and adding digestive enzymes and probiotics until digestion got better. For eight years I gave nutritional and herbal consultations at Simple Remedies Herbal Solutions in Victoria and I never had an animal friend which was put on a real food diet have any kind of issues that could not be remedied with making a few changes or by adding enzymes and probiotics to his/her meals. I am thankful for those who took and take the time to make changes because of their passion for pets.

Passion for Pets

Animal Friends are not so different from us. Exposure to too much stress either from their kibble or canned food, receiving too many vaccinations, having monthly rounds of flea medication, or problems in their living situation, may cause health problems. Yes, our emotional stuff can affect their well-being. Animals have emotions, and just like us it affects digestion and the immune system.  If we start to see dis-ease, something needs to change.  Have passion for your pets and make those changes with real food.

  • Some dogs are reactive to certain foods such asonion, chocolate, xylitol (birch bark) and garlic
  • Some dogs would vomit or have diarrhea; rejecting the food.
  • There are  dogs with extremely compromised digestive and immune systems who end up in the hospital from eating those foods.
  • I personally have not had an animal friend encounter anything worse than vomiting, horrible gas or diarrhea.
  • Our Bichon Frise/Poodle Niles ate an entire box of dark chocolate and nothing happened
  • I fed Quinoa some soup with onions and she vomited five times
  • Our Greyhound Emily can eat almost any real food, except for uncooked egg whites, they give her horrible gas.

All our animal friends love their meat, organ meat, connective tissue, bones, raw goat or cow milk, raw egg yolk, soured milk, bone soup topped with a light teaspoon to tablespoon of Q's Super Greens for Animal Friends.    

My passion for pets went deeper as I began to see animal friends suffering from health conditions such as skin issues, digestive problems, allergies, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, gum disease and upper respiratory issues, just like humans.

Q's Super Greens for Animal Friends
The Q stands for Quinoa in dedication to my girl who passed in January 2012.

This passion for pets inspired me to formulate Q’s Super Greens for Animal Friends due to health issues listed above.

This formula.....

  • Helps gently cleanse toxins from the liver and the blood
  • Helps increase circulation
  • Helps prevent inflammation which can cause pain
  • Helps aid in digestion and sets up the digestive tract with healthy bacteria

The herbs in this formula are also very nutrient rich in:

  • Vitamins - especially Antioxidants and B Vitamins
  • Enzymes and Amino Aids
  • Minerals and Trace Minerals
  • Prebiotics and Probiotics

Passion for Pets

In 2001, in order to move from one country to another we were required to vaccinate our three animal friends, Kimba, Quinoa and Doodles. The veterinarian who vaccinated them over-vaccinated and all three died of cancer.

After seeing so many die of cancer., the depth of my passion for pets truly took a turn into focusing on the natural realms for their overall well-being.

Prebiotics and Probitiotic set the body up for a strong and healthy digestive and immune systems

  • Did you know a small dog can live to be 27-30 years of age?
  • Did you know a medium to large dog can live to be 18 years of age?
  • Did you know cats used to live to be 38 years of age?
  • I had a friend whose black lab lived to be 20 years old
  • I had a person come into Simple Remedies and tell me  his small dog lived to be 27 years old
  • While walking on the beach in Victoria with Emily, our greyhound, an elderly man from England approached me and told me when he was a child their greyhounds lived to up to 18 years old

Because of my passion for pets for many years I wrote articles for The Herbal Collective Magazine for dogs and cats on good health and longevity through whole foods and herbs

When feeding a raw food diet, it changes the protein in their dander, making it non-toxic

Feeding our animal friends a real food diet has had profound effects on my own health. I used to suffer from cat allergies every late-spring becasue the pollen in the air was affecting my upper respiratory system.  I also had to do some work on my own liver and digestive health, which was why I was so reactive to the dander. One month after starting my cats on a raw food diet, my allergies to cats were gone. While practicing in the herbal dispensary and clinic, I encountered people who suffered from dog allergies. When they followed my recommendations for 100% raw or lightly cooked food diet for their dog, as well as Q’s Super Greens for Animal Friends, their sensitivities went away. A raw food diet also helps with dogs and cats who suffer from skin allergies known as hot spots. 

If you have passion for pets you will learn to let your animal friend forage, for they will choose those plants which will support their wellness. Our animal friends generally know what is good for them, for they are beings of intelligence.  We just have to learn to trust and listen to them.

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