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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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5:16PM PDT on Jun 3, 2015

Dogs are omnivores and will eat all sorts of things, even food that is not good for them.
One still has to wonder why some feed an omnivore dog a vegan diet, since dogs tend to eat meat comprising much of their diet. Changing an animal into a cookie-cutter human clone because some humans avoid animal products is a form of 'speciesism' to the nth degree. One can have herivores as pets, such as rabbits and feed them a vegan diet, as they are naturally herbivores, however, dogs and cats are not herivores, no matter how some wish to reinvent these animals in their own human image for what seems to me, is dogmatic and ideological driven purposes.

Most veterinarians believe in feeding dogs and cats a species-specific diet. How is feeding a dog a non-omnivore diet any different than factory farmers having animals eat GMO corn/feed, et al?

3:12PM PDT on Apr 21, 2015

Because we're masochists???

3:06PM PDT on Apr 21, 2015

Well, my dog/friend has been eating a plant-based diet since I got her over 9 years ago, and she is healthy, energetic, and 'youthful'.
Why are the 'trolls' every single that article that mentions VEGAN? If dogs eat a plant-based diet, GREAT! Prefer meat (didn't have a choice), so who cares? Dogs are omnivores. My dog had a CHOICE between organic chicken and VEGAN dog food. She chose vegan. 😄
This is about DOGS, and the fact that some of you posted several times, is telling about you. btw, my veterinarian is very happy my dog's diet.

10:55PM PDT on Apr 17, 2015

Fascinating and intriguing. Some seem keenly interested in what my future burial rites will include. If I should choose burial as to how I will be 'put to rest,' let me ponder the possibilities. Certainly, my spirit will insist on being entertained, therefore a massive cache of various Star Trek videos will have to be included, perhaps a video on Border Collies as they are fascinating dogs, while Bastet, of course, will insist on several cat videos as well.=^ . , . ^=

Still here, yes...have not kicked the bucket as of yet, also still am inhabiting the planet Earth as I have not taken up the option of exploration on Mars. Since some appear keenly interested in what I will include après my demise, well...upon reflection, some cheese and a roast beef sandwich with a touch of Dijon mustard should just about hit the spot, accompanied by ginger root tea. Say 'hi,' to the tooth fairy for me, Linda M, I also saw the Easter Bunny, who had insisted that I also take chocolate along with me for dessert. Good for your dog, Linda.

Diet is an individual matter, therefore, what is healthy for some is not necessarily healthy for others.

6:17AM PDT on Mar 30, 2015

noted

9:47AM PST on Feb 4, 2015

I recall defrosting my freezer one winter & putting the contents on my back stoop to keep cold. Forgetting I had done so, I let out my dog. She ate all the meat but never touched the vegetables. Didn't she know how good they were for her? She also lived to a ripe old age.

3:21PM PST on Feb 3, 2015

Oh, one last thing. The dog in the picture is a Border Collie, not a blue merle Collie that might live to 10 or 12 if he's very, very lucky.

3:20PM PST on Feb 3, 2015

Past Member is correct. The first 2 years of a dog's life are equal to 24 human years, thereafter 4 human years for each dog year until age 5.
After age 5, medium and large breed dogs begin to age 5-9 years per human year.

Not that it matters, but this dog was more in the range of 130 human years.

And if this dog lived to be 27, I'll eat my own dog for dinner!

3:08PM PST on Feb 3, 2015

It's not good enough to be a veggietard yourself, you need to reassure yourself by forcing an unnatural diet on your pets too?

I keep hearing echoes of the ol' refrain: *Get a rabbit, Get a rabbit, Get a rabbit....*

2:56PM PST on Feb 3, 2015

Jude A: "FYI,there is NOTHING natural about domesticated animals whose reproduction is controlled by HUMANS nor their controlled lives,collars,leashes,living in houses with humans etc and there is NOTHING natural about breeding,exploiting,castrating etc and slaughtering OTHER animals to feed them! It is the WISEST and most COMPASSIONATE choice to feed them a VEGAN diet as well as being the best choice for the environment and the planet!"

Most utterly insane comment I've read in the past weeks.
Honest, I didn't know domestication turned carnivores into herbivores! Silly me. I should have studied more.

You know literally nothing about animals, and the word "wise" coming from someone as dumb as you only makes your whole comment more ridiculous.
If you force your carnivore pets on a vegan diet, you do not love them, you do not respect their nature, you're just blinded by your personal views on the subject.
But I guess it's useless to speak to brainless fanatics, huh?
Let's just say that people like you should be banned from having dogs and cats.

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