On Tuesday, July 22nd, little Gidget, the Chihuahua that Taco Bell made famous, died at 15 of a stroke and people all over the world are mourning her passing. And I feel that same sadness. But what about the animals that were killed to make the Taco Bell food that Gidget was made to help sell? Do we mourn for them? Well of course not. Apparently “farm animals” don’t count as real animals with souls and personalities so it’s OK to eat them. And the fact that many companies use animals to help sell other animals that are to be eaten as food is just plain wrong. When I see billboards of cows trying to sell chickens as a more desirable food, I get so angry.
But what about feeding meat to our dogs? Is it really necessary? I think about this question frequently especially since there’s now raw meat involved when I feed my dogs. I see blood and ground up organs and I am so aware that an animal died so I could feed this food to my dog. I know there are people who feed their dogs a vegetarian diet and there’s vegetarian dog food that I could switch to. In a study of vegan and vegetarian dogs, these dogs were healthier and had less chronic health problems than they did when they were fed meat. Also, the dogs who were on a vegan diet did better than the ones on a vegetarian diet.
Making the decision to switch is a big one and I need to do more research to make sure I can provide healthy vegan food to my dogs. What do you think we should be feeding our dogs?
On a lighter note, these two Taco Bell toys are available to buy at happydogsplay.com.
$5.99 at happydogsplay.com
$12.99 at happydogsplay.com
When I first met Donna, she was clearly a cat person. She humored me about my dog fanaticism but I could tell that she really didn’t get it. That is, until she got her first Pomeranian puppy, Max. Donna’s life soon revolved around Max: she would only go on vacation if she could bring him along; she made little costumes for him for Halloween and Mardi Gras; she had professional photos taken of Max that she used on her Christmas cards; and she set up a video camera at home so she could see what Max was doing while she was at work. Then she got another puppy, CC and there’s no looking back. She officially lives in the Land of Dog with the rest of us and loves every minute of it.
Donna was the first person to send in photos of her dogs and so here they are. Max is orange and CC is chocolate & white.
Two beautiful Pomeranians from Folsom, LA
The Pomeranians on vacation.
I have been taking pictures of various gift baskets out in my yard and the other day, I realized that I had a little helper. This is just one of those moments that we share with our dogs that make us love them even more (if that's possible).
SYDNEY (AFP) – A pet dog that fell overboard in rough seas off Australia has been reunited with her owners after surviving alone on an island for four months, reports said. Sophie Tucker, apparently named after a late US entertainer, fell overboard as Jan Griffith and her family sailed through choppy waters off the northeast Queensland coast in November. The dog was believed to have drowned and Griffith said the family was devastated. But out of sight of the family, Sophie Tucker was swimming doggedly and finally made it to St Bees Island, five nautical miles away, and began the sort of life popularized by the TV reality show "Survivor."
She was returned to her family last week when Griffith contacted rangers who had captured a dog that had been living off feral goats on the largely uninhabited island, in the faint hope it might be their long-lost pet.
When the Griffiths met the rangers' boat bringing the dog to the mainland they found that it was indeed Sophie Tucker on board. "We called the dog and she started whimpering and banging the cage and they let her out and she just about flattened us," Griffith told the national AAP news agency. "She wriggled around like a mad thing. She surprised us all. She was a house dog and look what she's done, she's swum over five nautical miles, she's managed to live off the land all on her own," Griffiths said. "We wish she could talk, we truly do."