It’s All About the Food, Stupid

It's All About the Food

Saturday evening myself, the pups and Tessa gathered to watch the controversial documentary, Cowspiracy. By the end I knew that this film would affect people in a profound and enlightening way; but I did not expect the affect it would have on my animals.

MAYA
Mom, I’ve been thinking of becoming a vegetarian.

MOM
What! You? The terrier who will eat anything with a smell. Are you feeling ok, Maya?

SEAMUS
It was the documentary, Cowspiracy. We heard everything that the guy said, and when 51 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions comes from raising livestock, we are concerned.

MOM
But dogs and cats are not supposed to be vegetarians.

TESSA
Right you are mom, so don’t include me in this diet change the pups are contemplating. I like what I like and that does not include vegetables.

MOM
Well, what about we eat local and support small farms in the area?

SEAMUS
Yeah, or we can eat what you kill, how about that? It’s even hunting season, so you’re good to go.

MOM
I see. You will eat what I kill? How about you make friends with the local coyotes. I’m sure they will be thrilled to have two little doggies hunting right alongside them; or you may be their “eat what you kill” meal for the day.

TESSA
Hahahahaha, very funny mom, but why is it ok for humans to kill the deer and black bears, then flip out when Maya tries to take down your friends annoying chihuahua?

MAYA
He was annoying and actually thought to threaten me, in Spanish no less. I know, I lost my cool and attempted to vivisect the little bastard.

MOM
What’s wrong with what I make you? Sweet potatoes and seasonal veggies simmered with a marrow bone and ground beef. Raw chicken wings and beef jerky I dehydrate myself.

SEAMUS
They’re animals, mom. And horribly treated animals at that.

MOM
We tried brown rice and vegetables, remember? And all it did was give you acid reflux.

MAYA
Yeah, I was throwing up bile in the middle of the night, but my poop smelled pretty good.

SEAMUS
You are what you poop, right mom?

MOM
Well, yes, in a way, but the expression you want is “you are what you eat”.

TESSA
But they are carnivorous doggies who need to eat other animals.

MOM
I noticed the film maker said nothing about the amount of animals slaughtered to feed domesticated dogs and cats. Those numbers must be pretty high, which means down comes more of the Amazon rain forest to make larger pasture land for cows.

SEAMUS
And chickens and turkeys.

MAYA
Did you know that the average American will consume 7000 animals in their lifetime? I wonder how many I’ve eaten already. Gosh, I’m torn between liking the idea and being repulsed.

SEAMUS
Yeah, it must be tough being a vegetarian terrier with a guilty conscious.

MAYA
The authorities say that reducing red meat in our diet is a better way to cut carbon emissions than giving up driving a car.

SEAMUS
Plus, the amount of water it takes to produce one pound of beef, pork and chicken is staggering compared to growing vegetables.

MOM
Are you reading the Huffington Post again?

SEAMUS
Mom, focus. Everyone is saying it and we need to listen. I’m going vegan.

TESSA
Whoa there little doggie. Not so fast. That’s a giant leap from eating some form of animal everyday to eating no animals. Then what about any leather your wearing or touching or sleeping with?

MAYA
I’m a doggie Tessa, not a fashion model and mom hasn’t dressed us in leather since the snow shoes got lost in the first drift.

SEAMUS
It’s all about the food, stupid.

MOM
Humans are not stupid, Seamus. It is called Ignorance, which leads to denial of the truth.

SEAMUS
Stupid is as stupid does.

MOM
You know, your getting on my nerves……. and I never did get that expression.

TESSA
Ignorance means not knowing due to lack of knowledge.

SEAMUS
You don’t know what you don’t know. I love that one.

MAYA
On the other hand stupid means to lack intelligence or common sense. And since the animal kingdom has long been subject to the vast intelligence of the human race, we can only conclude that humans lack common sense.

TESSA
Because humans know, but turn a blind eye, so that means stupid. Ta da!

MOM
I find it easier to float down that long river in Egypt called Denial.

My & tomatoes

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Dr. Margaret Rutherford says:

    How funny! Thanks for getting my weekend off to a great start.

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  2. batteredhope says:

    Been feeding our rescue dogs ( we have rescued over 30) raw food for years — brought them all back to incredible health and long lives.

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    1. I’ve heard so many success stories when dogs are fed raw food. They thrive on it. Thanks for sharing this information.

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  3. 1010parkplace says:

    You raise a great point I haven’t thought a lot about. Right now, I’m feeding my old dogs a joint mobility food I buy from my vet. I’ll think about this further. Thanks, Brenda

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    1. Your welcome Brenda. My dogs have done well with the foods I prepare and rotate with raw meat as well.

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  4. masgautsen says:

    I find it nice that I share name with your dog. Mine is spelt Maja, but in Norwegian it is pronounced the same way!

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