“Feed your dogs as wolves, or you’re an abuser!”

As vegans who also feed our dogs well-balanced vegan diets, we often are scathingly condemned for going against dogs’ wild nature and their desire to eat meat either cooked or raw. On the web I’ve been called an animal abuser for feeding vegan, with nasty blowhards saying my dogs should be taken away, etc. This implies that my claims of how healthy my dogs are are the lies of a delusional zealot.

Besides, no one else wanted my dogs when they were out running the streets, or when I tried to find homes for them, so taking them away from me after all these years (Mattie since 2005) would mean…what? Anyone who tried to take my beloved dogs away from me would have to be a complete fool (and may end up in the hospital). My dogs are very well cared for and happy.

I do have one dog who died last year at age 9 of lung cancer, but understand that has nothing to do with diet, but with genetics and exposure to toxins at some point in her life. My current two, Mattie and Tyler, are obviously doing very well on all vegan foods, both being full of energy, strong, playful, tireless actually, and Mattie is close to 17 years old now. She’s been vegan since 2011, and Tyler has been since I adopted him in May 2016.

“Dog Food”

Mattie does have lipomas which began growing in 2010 when I had her on meat kibble, the grain-free stuff that’s supposed to be the best. I’m not saying that caused her lipomas, but it certainly didn’t help. Since about 2012 after she’d been on vegan kibble for a couple of years, the lipomas stopped growing and have remained the same (albeit one is quite large) for going on 5 years now. Many vets do say that dietary toxins cause lipomas in dogs, so eliminating all the toxins in slaughterhouse products does seem to have helped.

The reason I don’t have Mattie’s lipomas removed is because I went through that three times with my dog Heidi back in 2004–2006, spent $1800, and each time after her traumatic experience and painful recovery, the tumor began growing back promptly and each time it got worse. The last time it recurred it got huge quickly and actually turned cancerous. I had to have her euthanized at age 14 when it was causing her discomfort in breathing, keeping her awake at night (it was behind her ribcage on her back, left side). So, cutting out lipomas is often not the answer. The answer is to get the weird toxins out of their diets. Heidi was on the grain-free premium meat foods, was rarely if ever fed vegan.

As for these very selective nature worshippers…

People cry out about the cruelty of feeding dogs vegan and how unnatural that is, while ignoring the huge pink elephant in the room: the glaring unnaturalness of dogs’ whole existence with us in human civilization. This little guy should still be with his dog family…

We are to feed them like wolves when they live nothing at all like wolves. Yet, even wolves eat plant foods and berries to satisfy certain nutritional needs. But one thing wolves do not do is split up their families when their puppies are a couple of months old, and send them off to live among strangers in some human abode, too often kept in sad and deplorable conditions, treated like trash.

Wolf families often remain together for years before some will go off to start other packs as adults, to avoid genetic problems caused by incest. Wolves plan cleverly and hunt together and travel great distances, and so forth. They don’t wear clothes or have vaccines shot into them. They don’t have bizarrely long matting coats or any of the other hindrances people have bred into them for fun and profits. What people do to dogs and their families is truly deplorable. Wholly unnatural!

If one is going to bring a litter of puppies into this world, one needs to be fully willing and capable of keeping all of the puppies for life (15-20 years) and caring for them properly. Actually, no one should be bringing puppies into this world, not deliberately and certainly not for sale. The way things are, we will always have dogs throughout the world needing homes, with not one dog breeder in existence. Dog breeders are a tremendous burden.

It would be a great thing if dogs were extremely hard to come by and truly valued and respected as individuals, not thought of as mere things you can buy and sell. That cruel mistake has led to our nightmarish puppy mills of today and our shelters being nothing more than death row prisons full of frightened dogs desperate to get out.

Anyone want to call that “natural”?

People breed dogs as commodities in cages and put them through all sorts of terrifying and grotesquely unnatural treatments to feed the continual greed of the “pet” industry. And people call that, and feeding them slaughterhouse byproducts “natural.” People become enraged that anyone would feed them all plant foods while caring carefully for them and keeping them from reproducing. Just WTF is wrong with people?

People seem to have no problem with dog breeders and the awful abuses they subject those canine families to, not to mention their adding continually to the overpopulation of dogs and their being killed by the millions yearly, everything from “shelter” executions to street injuries, to outright abuse and torture done to them by poor crazy fools due to dogs (and cats and others too) having no one to watch out for them.

Yet if you really want to see people get loudly and self-righteously outraged, just tell them your dog is vegan. While those same people’s eyes will glaze over at the actual unspeakable abuses going on out their due to the whole “pet” industry. They’ll accuse you of being “negative” and even causing people to abuse animals by speaking about it. I have seen this firsthand. Something is truly rotten, not only in Denmark (of animal “brothel” fame), but in all nations where dogs and animals are allowed to be treated as products for sale.

Treating animals as commodities or things has got to end before people will ever be justified in claiming any sort of moral “superiority.” As it all stands now, we’re nothing but monsters, despite the good among us which cannot ever compensate for the horrors incalculable numbers of animals live and die through under our “care” every minute of every day.

So no, I will not support the slaughter industry by buying meat or animal products for my animals. Now, put a sock in it, those of you who rail against feeding dogs vegan. You seriously need to direct your outrage elsewhere.

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How to Handle Flea Season Without Poison

HookeFlea01Flea season is coming any time now, in hot areas of the world anyways, especially with more humidity. I do without all those questionable poison products and instead rely on flea combing my dogs regularly from about June or July through about November every year. (I’ll mainly mention dogs herein, because I only have dogs, but this all applies to cats as well.) With just a few fleas around you can get by with combing them once a week, but when your dogs pick up a load of the little pests somewhere and you have pregnant females hatching hundreds more in your home, you may have to comb the dogs every day to keep them under control and your home flea free. You also need to sweep and vacuum regularly and keep your dogs’ bedding clean, of course.

The Vegan Bug Murderer?!

hqdefaultPeople may say it’s hypocritical for vegans to kill fleas. I say to those people, you can have any I collect alive, just let me know where you live and I’ll happily drop them all off. 😉

Fleas are very bothersome bloodsucking insects that are marvelously adept at escaping capture and at making themselves at home in your dogs’ bedding and on their bodies, especially around and under the base of the tail, neck area, and center of back, but anywhere really, they’re not that picky.

Their jumping ability is nothing short of spectacular; a creature the size of a sesame seed can jump up to a foot high. Their shells are hard too, so you cannot squash them unless you actually cut them in half with your fingernails. Which is gross, especially when they’re full of white stuff and/or blood. Avoid that, I say. Some people roll them tightly between thumb and index finger, which breaks their legs. I find that overly cruel unless you dip them in alcohol also, to kill them quickly. And often they can escape the “rolling” method.

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Looks like someone’s foot…woah, the itches!

The bites fleas leave are terribly itchy, causing intense scratching, then a burning itch, more scratching, bleeding, scabs, scars, skin infections, and they transmit things like tapeworms (to animals like dogs who actually swallow the fleas, not to you, fortunately). So fleas are nothing to mess around with and try to be cute about by sharing your blood with them and letting them be. If they invade your home or your animals or you, you have every right to eliminate them. It is definitely self defense against a damaging parasite.

The Method I Use and Like Best

urlCombing with a special flea comb with two rows of teeth side-by-side. Here is a review of some flea combs with the Safari double-row at the top: http://www.bestconsumerreviews.com/dog-flea-comb-reviews/.

The space between the rows serves to trap fleas far, far better than any single-row comb can do. Following is a very brief video showing a flea comb being used:

The cup (or bowl) of water with mild detergent mentioned there is very important. You must dip the full comb into soapy water and extract the hair and fleas into the water and make sure the fleas sink to bottom. With no water, you may as well not flea comb at all because you’ll have fleas hopping all over the place. And with plain water they simply float to the top and jump right out. The few drops of detergent mixed into the water makes it impossible for them to escape. They die pretty quickly. You can run the comb through the hair several times, being sure to get down to the skin, before dipping the comb in the solution.

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Once you’ve gone over the dog’s entire body two or three times (except for the too sensitive bony areas or near the eyes) you can inspect the dog’s legs thoroughly to be sure there are no fleas lingering there. If you spot one, quickly pluck it out with your fingernails, hold tightly, and place into the soap water.

When all done, let the water sit for awhile to be sure all the fleas are dead, then drain off the water, then dispose of the hair and fleas in the outdoor trash, in case of any flea eggs in there that might hatch. Or to prevent that altogether, after the combing, put about a teaspoon of bleach into the water solution, which should serve to prevent any eggs from surviving.

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Dog being bathed, dozens of fleas visible

Some dogs are ultra sensitive to the metal comb, since it has tightly spaced teeth, so be as gentle as possible while also assuring that you get every last one of those little parasites. Dogs with thicker or longer hair might even be too difficult to get the comb through, so keep that in mind before taking on this method. Bathing is another good method, being sure to let the suds soak in for some time before rinsing, and then inspecting the tub for any surviving fleas.

Anyone who’s felt the burning itch of several nasty flea bites (or even just one) can certainly relate to the need to keep these creatures out of our lives. Scratching only makes them itch more, and it’s a vicious cycle that leads to scars that can take months to disappear. With breeding fleas in one’s home it really gets awful. The hungry young bugs will pounce on the first warm-blooded creature that comes along, by the hundreds, and begin biting and sucking. Sometimes they’re not felt somehow, and you don’t know you’ve been bitten up till the intense itching begins. And the poor dogs and cats certainly suffer from these creatures. Imagine having a furry pelt with hundreds of crawling, biting bugs traveling around on you. Ugh! Then come the “hot spots” for some more unfortunate dogs (chronically moist scabby itchy areas that never seem to heal and where the hair falls out). So it’s certainly better to kill fleas quickly and thoroughly and prevent hundreds more being born and then having to deal with FAR more of them.

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Your dog will smile when rid of all those nasty critters!

Good luck during the hot and humid weather, with keeping your home and animals flea free. I certainly hope this helps some people and their dogs and cats. Dealing with those poison products manufactured by companies who abuse animals in testing them, and whose safety is questionable, is not necessary, and really creates a dilemma for people who care.

Here’s where the combs are presently being sold on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Safari®-Flea-Comb-Double-Teeth/dp/B0002RJMAK/191-6936146-4950954 But your favorite dog supply store may have them as well.