For quite a long time I’ve been living in apartments without pets – which makes me wonder what I’ve been doing – as I am a huge animal lover and grew up with a menagerie.
My plan by the end of the year is to be on an acreage again and to start building up my animal family, however I am faced with a bit of a dilemma over owning a pet dog or two. I love and adore dogs, they are such loyal and gentle companions and the very best of friends. I remember growing up with our golden labrador Nina (named after the Abba song Nina, Pretty Ballerina – go figure!) – picture below – and she would always run at the heels of our horses when my sister and I went riding. We would often canter our horses around the outside of a huge exercise area, and we tried to get Nina to sit in the middle and watch us from there, rather than following us round and round that big paddock- but she wouldn’t leave our side.
So, my question is, how do vegans deal with owning dogs? They eat meat. It takes a lot of dead animals to feed our pet dogs, and that just doesn’t sit quite right with me. And no, I don’t have any illusions about turning a dog vegetarian – that is not natural and I wouldn’t support that. However it seems to be an moral and ethical dilemma, and I would love to know how dog owning vegans deal with that issue.
If you have any thoughts or suggestions, please comment below!