I might be a successful vegetarian except for a tiny issue. I like meat, whether beef, fowl or pork, dairy, eggs and the like. Over the last decade, we have added a wider variety of vegetables, from kolrabi, a turnip-like root, to spaghetti squash and the usual suspects, like broccoli, cauliflower and sweet potato. Presently the case, I need to eat “less” (quantity) of the proper nutrition and get more daily exercise, to maintain a healthy balance. Eating a variety of food, from the so-called “food pyramid” or “pie chart” distributed by the Government as the proper nutrition, has never been an issue for me as a human.
But what about our furry friends when they are in a household that follows a vegetarian or even more strict, a vegan regime? I am not indicting that more restrictive view, but asking how some manage to provide proper nutrition for pets, due the owners’ ethical dietary restriction, extended to them?
Things I think about while Dexter is eye-balling me and my baked bacon and eggs. I invite others’ opinions, whether they be veterinarians, or average-Joe dog owners like me. I do see from observation over several years feeding Dexter and Comet that the healthier dog foods, as recommended by friends, vets, and some widely-followed web sites, have kept them healthier.
Lastly, when it comes to bacon, I am more restrictive about the dogs’ diet. I rarely share bacon with them. Where I had once had some bacon grease to put in their chow, we are baking bacon instead of pan frying. All of us intend to eat better. I am choosier about what goes in my body and theirs, now that everyone’s getting older. Dexter still has his, Comet needs work on his and I I need to walk them a lot more. As for that cinema former wolf-man WOLVERINE Hugh Jackman, a “bacon and eggs” guy, I think it would be difficult to have his physique on vegetables alone. And a lot more gym time.
Breakfast is my specialty. I admit it’s the easiest meal to cook, but I make everything with a twist, like lemon ricotta pancakes or bacon that’s baked instead of fried. Hugh Jackmanhttp://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/hugh_jackman
Speaking as a vegetarian who keeps a dog, I am keenly aware of the ethics surrounding this issue. I once kept a vegetarian dog and he thrived, so it can be done. It’s labor-intensive but possible. Of course, Newton was always trying to eat the mailman so that might show that he wanted to add a bit of meat to his diet.
I became a vegetarian for three reasons. I felt healthier. I was worried about climate change even forty years ago. And I was shocked at the treatment meat animals senselessly endure to put food on our tables. I just couldn’t reconcile myself with that last one.
I really don’t have a problem with people who hunt to put meat on their tables, as long as it’s a clean kill and the animal doesn’t suffer. I have a big problem with the suffering and inhumane conditions that stem from our demand for standard supermarket fare. I’m not sure how many would be able to eat these animals if they knew. Paul McCartney said it best: “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, we would all be vegetarians.
So, when it comes to Walter’s diet, I have struck what I like to think is a compromise I can live with. I buy dog food that is only sourced humanely and manufactured by companies that do not conduct animal testing. You would be shocked to find out how many companies do horrible experiments on animals, but we won’t go there. It’s just unspeakable.
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As i get more mature and sensible (not necessarily sens-itive), I tend to agree more with your viewpoint. Help me Obi-wan Linda!
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