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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220 comments

Crystal Sky
Crystal Sky21 days ago

Thanks. I've heard of some vegan dogs. A lot of humans living longer on vegan diet too. A man over 100 was a heart surgeon n retired at 95. Was still able to drive was really healthy

Max Hickson
Max Hickson1 months ago

Dogs are omnivores.. I thought that was common knowledge, a carnivore wouldn't survive on a plant based diet.

Rosa Borisova
Rosa Borisova3 months ago

Clearly, dogs can live healthier and longer without any meat. Thank God for that because I couldn't want to feed my dog the awful stuff they put in the pet food. In addition Animal Farming is one of THE most vicious, barbaric business ever. They are THE worst polluters on planet Earth. When we eat, wear and use animal products we create, encourage, allow and promote violence towards other species, hunger, global warming, deforestation, wild life extinction and diseases. By embracing and respecting our true herbivore nature and instincts we too can double the years we live without any medical assistance. Eating animal products are hard on our digestive system, kidneys and liver. We are not carnivore, omnivore, natural born hunters and killers. Please Google or watch on YouTube to know more:

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Rick S.
Rick S.4 months ago

Care2 shows an embarrassing lack of knowledge on human diet vs longevity. The 5 Blue Zones of the world where humans live longest clearly show that a vegetarian/vegan diet is the clear winner for human longevity. I almost wonder if Care2 takes some funding money from the meat and dairy industry.

Summerannie M.
Summerannie M.5 months ago

Yes its in all the newspapers across the world it seems. I couldnt remember the dogs name. Forgive me I havent had a coffee. ah yes no excuse but what I wrote was correct. The black and white Australian Kelpie died at aged 30 years old. I say thats a brilliant age for a dog and so sad for the owner. He is devastated b/c they did everything together. Bless them~!
here is the link if it will post for the 20th April, 2016 b/c here we or i live in the future. :-)

World's 'oldest dog' dies in Australia
Deccan Chronicle‎ - 11 hours ago

Summerannie M.
Summerannie M.5 months ago

Ive just found the link to the care2 article. You will see the owner with the black and white Australian Kelpie

http://www.care2.com/causes/worlds-oldest-dog-reveals-3-secrets-to-long-life.html

Summerannie M.
Summerannie M.5 months ago

I mentioned in another blog about the oldest dog in the world who lives in Melbourne Australia. The dog is an Australian Kelpie and I was listening to the radio late last year when a caller rang in about his dog as the subject was, 'exactly how long do dogs live?' the owner rang to say his black and white Kelpie was 30 years old. He told the story of when he bought it for his then 5 year old son and all the years they had had the dog. It had so the man said, a little arthritis but it didnt bother the dog who acted like a 3 year old. Today that man let the Host of that time slot on the radio here that his beloved dog had just passed away. He was 30 years old. I dare say if you find the heraldsun.com.au page you might find an article about this amazing long lived Kelpie. True story!

DaleLovesOttawa O.
DaleLovesOttawa O.about a year ago

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?

Barbara D.
Past Member about a year ago

Because we're masochists???

Marie B.
Marie B.about a year ago

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.