Why the Organic Pet Lady Says Your Pets Are Too Valuable to Give Up When You’re Prepping…

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written a post about pets and prepping. I decided it was high time to revisit the subject. So my guest on DestinySurvival Radio yesterday was Sheri Rimes, aka the Organic Pet Lady.

Sheri’s a fellow show host on the Preparedness Radio Network with a show called Pet Prep Radio, heard on Friday evenings. When you listen to her talk, her love for god’s creatures comes through clearly. So does her Christian faith.

When we first started our interview, the subject was horses. Sheri loves them. Of course, she also loves dogs and cats. She’s been involved in animal rescue and rehabilitation throughout her life.

Sheri’s quite knowledgeable about animal health and nutrition. As you might guess from her nickname–the Organic Pet Lady–she’s a proponent of organic foods and alternative health practices for animals, including homeopathy.

If these are things you’d like to know more about, consider her as an excellent resource. Plus, she produces her own organic animal food products which include chia seeds.

Food is medicine for animals as well as it is for us. Animals are just as prone to illnesses from toxins in the environment as we are. They need nutrients to build their immune systems, too.

Unfortunately, with the tough economic times upon us, many are getting rid of their pets, including horses. Sheri’s first piece of advice is not to panic. She reminds us that our pets are not accessories or luxuries. They’re family members.

Pets can help comfort and relieve stress in times of trouble. They can protect us and warn of danger. Cats keep the rodent population down. Dogs and horses can be trained to haul packs or pull a travois.

Granted, keeping a pet is an expense. But Sheri says to prioritize. Do you really need cable TV?

You don’t have to spend a lot of money on unhealthy commercial foods. Dehydrate and freeze foods for your animals. Get connected with a butcher for meats.

Also, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on pharmaceudical drugs and vaccines for pets. For more on this, you’ll want to hear Pet Prep Radio for August 10, 2012 where Sheri and Dr. Deva Khalsa discuss why you shouldn’t vaccinate your pets every year.

Sheri’s Pet Prep Radio show airs Friday evenings on the Preparedness Radio Network at 6 Central, 7 Eastern Time. She delves into topics like nutrition, health, first aid, preparedness, training, survival and more for pets–and their people, too.

Hear my complete interview with Sheri the organic pet lady when you listen to DestinySurvival Radio for August 16, 2012. View Sheri’s Web site at TheOrganicPet.net.

What do you think? Are you practicing alternative health habits for your pets? Has downsizing for you meant getting rid of your pets? If not, what are you doing to keep your pets while you’re prepping?


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

4 thoughts on “Why the Organic Pet Lady Says Your Pets Are Too Valuable to Give Up When You’re Prepping…”

  1. People don’t realize how valuable pets are in difficult/survival situations. In addition to the working to earn their keep points you made, they are incredible morale boosters. Have the inevitable bad day? Your dog will be waiting to greet you with its wagging tail. Feeling lonely? Even a cat will curl up and sleep with you.

    As to alternative health practices, my friend was a chiropractor. He successfully treated several dogs for hip dysplasia. That was easier on the dogs and much cheaper for the owners than surgery. If you use your imagination you can cut a lot of the costs of pet ownership.

    Times are tough, and sometimes there is no choice, but to give up a “member of the family” pet can create pain and trauma that is worse than poverty.

  2. Good reading. I have been looking for dog food, long time storage, and have not had very much luck. I have two dogs, a Australian Kelpie and a Border Collie. When the time comes, they are going with me. I would think, that people who produce long time food storage items, would have something along the lines of long time storage food. To me, I think that this would be a good money maker. One idea someone passed along was to buy dried dog food, place it in a freezer for a month, then place it in a air tight pail in sealed mylar bags. I have written letters to several long term food producers asking about animal foods, but have not received any replies. If you have any ideas, please pass them along.
    Thanks, BC

    1. That’s a great question. I’m sure Sheri can suggest something for you. Contact her through her site. But you might also check out Honest Kitchen dog food. Amazon carries it. If you click on the Amazon Pick on the sidebar here, you can search for it from the page that comes up.

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