Outside with her animals was always her happy place, and to see Angela on her rescue farm today, surrounded by animals, is to truly see her in her element. Angela is the mother to Odie (14-year-old mini-schnauzer), Nina (10-year-old Doberman), Jolene (9-year-old mutt), Maza (9-year-old mutt), and Rhemi (10-year-old poodle). The farm is also home to 23 ducks, 19 chickens, 9 geese, 2 pigs, 1 bunny and a one-legged pigeon named Brenda, as well as 4-10 more dogs being boarded or fostered at any time. Looking at this furry and feathered, joyful family, you would never suspect that Angela and her pets were once full of aches, pains and anxiety.
In 2013, Angela was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and knew that she needed to find alternatives to the toxic medications being offered to her. She turned to holistic solutions, like medical cannabis to treat her arthritis. This sparked something in her, and Angela realized if she didn’t want to use harmful medications on herself, she couldn’t use these medications for her pets either. So she began her mission to educate herself and others on natural, holistic tools and medicine for pets. By 2016, she was one of the first graduates of the Medical Cannabis program at University of Vermont.
Now, Angela routinely travels the U.S. to speak at national pet events, including the Raw and Natural Dog Summit, The United States Cannabis Conference, the Pets + Summit, and Pet Connections. Using her expertise on both cannabis and pet care, Angela is dedicated to educating as many people as possible about the benefits of holistic pet care.
When Angela is not educating the public, you’ll find her at Fire Flake Farm. Fire Flake Farm is where Angela finds her inspiration, and it shows in everything she does. That’s why she created Your Natural Dog, to help pets live their best lives, naturally.