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Vegan Dog Lives to 189 Years

Vegan Dog Lives to 189 Years

Have you heard about the veggie-eating dog who lived to the ripe age of 27? That’s 189 dog years!

The dog, Bramble, a blue merle Collie, lived in the UK and held the Guinness World Record for being the oldest living dog at the time.

What’s most amazing about this story is that the dog actually lived on a vegan diet of rice, lentils and organic vegetables.

She ate once a day and exercised a lot.

The owner of the dog, Anne Heritage, was a vegan herself. She just fed Bramble a big bowl of vegan dinner every evening. She explains that Bramble “is an inspiration and [he] just goes to show that if you eat the right things and keep on exercising you can extend your life”.

Seven Human Years for Every One Dog Year

The age of 189 years comes from the common usage of counting 7 human years for every one dog year. This method is sometimes debated, but any way you count it – Bramble lived a long life.

There have been long living non-vegetarian dogs also. For example, an Australian Cattle Dog named Bluey who lived to 29 years and five months old.

Aren’t dogs carnivores?

Some experts say that dogs are scavenging carnivores, meaning they are naturally meat eaters but can sustain themselves on other protein sources.

Other experts say that dogs are omnivores, animals that can live on a diet composed of meat, fruits and vegetables. Their systems are capable of digesting and combining various forms of proteins in just the same way a human’s system can. Everyone agrees that cats are different. Cats really are complete carnivores.

Experts say if you are thinking of switching your dog’s diet to vegetarian, it’s best for their health if you start young. That way, there’s no need for their bodies to adjust.  The people who do this are usually vegetarians or vegans themselves.  You might be a vegetarian for health reasons, for humane reasons or for environmental reasons.  A medium sized meat-eating dog, for example, has more of an environmental impact than a gas guzzling SUV due to the amount of land and water that meat production requires.

I’m not an expert on dogs but I do know we have tested a small sampling of them with our Vital Health Testing. This testing, which normally tests humans, has also been used by concerned pet owners. Vegetarian dogs did NOT test as protein-deficient, even when tested alongside meat-eating dogs.

This story or information does not prove your dog SHOULD be vegetarian or vegan. It does show that dogs CAN thrive on such a diet.

What About Humans & Vegetarian Diets?

A major portion of the world population lives quite nicely on a vegetarian diet much like Bramble’s, especially when you consider Bramble’s dinners mostly consisted of rice, beans and vegetables. That’s exactly what has sustained most Asian cultures for centuries.

At Real Food For Life, we don’t say that everyone has to be vegetarian or vegan, but many people would be healthier eating less meat, or eating meat with better combinations of other foods. We TEACH people how to plan and prepare exactly such a meal as Bramble’s  in our weekend web BootCamps. Sometimes the focus is on alkaline balance,  sometimes weight loss and sometimes gluten-free cooking.

Carnivores traditionally live the shortest lives across the board in nature. Vegetarians outlive many of their meat-eating neighbors. If you look at a dog’s teeth structure, the jaw structure and the digestion system of a dog, it’s pretty clear that dogs are more physically adapted to eating meat than humans.

If humans are more suited to a vegetarian diet, there is a very good possibility humans can live long and healthy lives eating LOTS of vegetables and fruits. We encourage you to do so!

If a dog can live 189 years, maybe you can too?

Are YOU a vegetarian? Is your dog?

Written by Randy Fritz, co-creator with Diana Herrington of Real Food For Life.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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6:16AM PDT on Sep 23, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

2:44PM PDT on Jun 30, 2014

Thanks for Sharing :)

6:21AM PDT on May 28, 2014

wow...this is so timely for me. Yesterday was day one of me cooking a vegan diet for my Amber. I started simple...brown rice, red kidney beans, mashed up sweet potatoes & shredded carrots. She's a picky eater. She didn't want it until I sprinkled Nutritional Yeast on top, then she ate all the rice and beans amd sweet potatoes and yet somehow managed to leave every single piece of shredded carrot in the dish. I also offered her the cooked skins of the sweet potatoes after they cooled.
NO! Didn't want those. But when I put them in the microwave for 2 minutes and made them crispy...that was a big hit. Just kills me thinking of all the times I've eaten sweet potatoes and thrown the skins away.

1:23PM PDT on Apr 25, 2014


11:23AM PDT on Apr 6, 2014

This dog is also a collie, was very well exercised and most likely hunted behind it's owners back.

12:00PM PST on Feb 20, 2014

Why love one and kill another? My fiancé and I are vegans, and while I don't think cats are equipped to be vegan, I think dogs can be based off of my studies of biology in college and research on this topic specifically. I believe any omnivor can be vegan and will more than likely benefit from veganism. If you truly love animals, make the switch!

1:32PM PST on Feb 1, 2014

Vegan power! My 8 felines have eaten cruelty-free for years.

1:34AM PST on Jan 27, 2014

great ! i feed my dog now 1,5 years vegan, he is 10 years old and absolutley powerfull, go vegan

5:06AM PDT on Aug 26, 2013

my dog has been vegan for three years because simply,it is wrong for us humans to feed them other abused and killed animals(by humans,not other dogs) if we DO NOT NED dog is extremely healthy and loves everything i give her.for al of you who have never really thought about it.we are responsible for animals that have been domesticated which means that they are dependant on us.we are the ones who feed them and if you want to feed your dog the best meat diet,that would be so called human quality from an organic butcher which would mean that you are killing other animals to feed your dog.that is immoral and speciesist.v-dog is an excellent and affordable commercial gmo free vegan dog food.

3:46PM PDT on Aug 24, 2013

Working collies are never fed on meat, and I have known a good number live into their twenties, so although this dog is very long lived, it is not completely unique for this breed. Cats NEED their meat and humans who cannot stomach this fact, difficult though it can be, simply should not have cats, for loving animals is about giving them what THEY NEED, not what you would like them to need. For free animal publications click on

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