"And what about Laika, the space dog? They put her in Sputnik and sent her into space... It's important to have something like that to compare things to."
For the menu pairing of this movie, I decided to make it all about vegan dogs! I have just recently became a dog Mamma by surprise. I guess it's kinda like an accidental pregnancy. This guy just showed up at our doorstep one day. We had no intention of adopting a dog, we already have 3 cats, it just wasn't an option. I walked around the neighborhood for a long time, a couple of hours, asking people if they knew him, taking breaks to make phone calls to see if anyone would let him sleep over just for the night, possibly longer. Well, no luck there. Looks like the guy had to stay in my bedroom for the night. I carried him in trying to freak out my cats as little as possible. Gave him a bath, then we went to bed. Thank goodness he was housebroken!!!
We had a lot of drama after that, rescue groups were full, nobody we knew was willing to foster, and my cats were freaking out. We advertised to find out if anyone was looking for him and no luck there. To make a long story short, there was a city shelter involved, there was drama, and before we knew it, our cats were getting along with him (more like tolerating him), and we were the new proud parents of this sweet dog. We named him Henry, and we are so glad that he chose us to be his family. He brings us such joy, he makes us laugh all of the time and now we can't imagine our lives without him.
We are new to this and I'm not an expert on the particulars, but one thing I'm certain about is, yes, dogs can be vegan. So we are trying out vegan kibble, but we really want most of his diet to be food that we cook ourselves, with some supplementation, like vegedog. Here is a free online book about a vegan food lifestyle for a doggie. of course always check with your vet when starting a new diet. Sometimes though, vets just want to push a certain type of food that their office carries (just like a doctor for humans who pushes a certain brand of meds). And some will be against a vegan diet. In either of these cases, get a different vet. Just like any profession, there are good ones and there are bad ones. My sister happens to be one of the very good vets out there, even though she'll probably be mad at me for making this post without consulting her first ;) here is a list of foods that dogs absolutely CANNOT eat! Also on that site are some great treat recipes.
Henry says- "There is no such thing as a responsible breeder when 6-8 million dogs and cats enter U.S. shelters every year and more than half of them end up killed because they no longer have room for them. The average age of animals entering shelters is under 18 months and 20-30% are purebred. And contrary to a popular belief, the vast majority of shelter animals were NOT abused. Most commonly, these animals were abandoned by their families who didn't want them anymore.
Although I don't understand why people don't want dogs like me, just because we are mixed, there are also rescue groups for every breed. There is no reason you can't find exactly what you are looking for without the use of a breeder or petshop. There is absolutely no excuse, don't buy while shelter animals die." ~ Henry
Here is a dinner that I made for Henry on our "My Life As A Dog night." It is barley, baked tofu, korean sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach and some safflower oil...
Look... He likes it!!! That's my vegan boy!!! He's good at portion control though, he didn't eat the whole thing, that would've been too much.
For dessert I made some heart-shaped peanut butter biscuits...
And he likes the biscuits too!!!