Saving Ruby

Meet Ruby, a gorgeous, healthy golden retriever living the dream on a lifestyle block in sunny Wairarapa. Four months ago, however, Ruby’s quality of life couldn’t have been more different.

As a golden retriever, Ruby was the perfect breed to train as a mobility dog, and it was during her mobility training at Auckland Regional Women’s Correctional Facility that her health started to fail. Despite numerous prescriptions and visits to the vet, Ruby’s health continued to decline to the point that she was no longer able to continue her training and needed to be re-homed or put down.

Ruby’s life expectancy was very much hanging in the balance.

As a frequent visitor to the prison with my charity RAW, along with being an absolute lover of dogs, the Mobility Team approached me to see whether I could help rescue Ruby. While my initial reaction was sympathetic, Ruby’s medical condition meant that she would require an intensive and expensive care plan which felt like a lot to take on board.  Not to be deterred however, the mobility team’s next tactic was to introduce me to Ruby herself and after that, saying no was no longer an option. 

As I left the prison, my first call was to Dr Heidi Ward-McGrath, a highly respected holistic vet who agreed to take on Ruby as a patient and re-home her once she was on the recovery trail. 

“When Ruby arrived in Masterton, she was depressed, with a dull coat and generally lacking in vitality.  Despite being a teenager she looked like a middle-aged dog.” Says Dr Heidi.

Ruby suffering from multiple allergies, skin irritations, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and a general microbiome imbalance. She was immediately put on a treatment plan that included a range of natural holistic supplements and natural foods as her primary “medicine”.  She also received medicated baths twice weekly and had her ears treated daily with natural ear wipes.

“We started seeing changes in Ruby at the 2 weeks mark. She loved eating raw food, she started playing and her amazing personality began to shine through. At 3 weeks Ruby was stable and at 6 weeks she was a new animal.” Dr Heidi

Today Ruby is living proof of the restorative benefits of a well-balanced, nutrient-rich RAW food diet. Her metabolism, microbiome and hormonal status continue to improve thanks to an all-natural RAW food diet and treatment plan that includes Doggy Daily to accelerate her recovery.


P.S Ruby now shares a home with 3 kids, 1 dog, 2 cats and a duck pond and couldn’t be happier!