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Vegetarian Dog Lives 189 Years

I was recently reading the story of a vegetable-eating dog who lived to the ripe age of 27, in dog years, or 189 in human years!

The dog “Bramble”, a Chocolate Labrador, lived in the UK and held the Guinness World Record for being the oldest living dog.

What’s most amazing about this story is that the dog actually lived on an exclusively vegetarian diet of rice, lentils and organic vegetables.

He ate once a day this vegetarian meal, and exercised a lot.

The owner of the dog was a vegan herself, and she just fed Bramble that big bowl of vegan fare every evening.

In my book “The Raw Secrets”, I also published the story of another woman in San Diego, Karen Schechet, who fed her dogs a vegan, mostly raw diet that consisted of:

Breakfast: ripe fruits
Lunch: apple pieces mixed with dates
Dinner: cooked potatoes mashed with avocado and salad

Karen’s dog lived to the age of 20, which is still 140 years in human years!

You might be wondering… aren’t dogs carnivores?

They are indeed. But you should also know that carnivores are the shortest-lived animals in nature. Frugivores are the longest-lived ones.

When I was 20, I briefly worked for a company that sold high-end dog food.

One thing I learned there is that they knew of only one way to influence dog’s longevity.

Can you guess what it was?

It’s not just caloric restriction, as many people think, but it’s mostly about lowering the protein content in the dog’s diet, especially as they get older.

You could feed your dogs a low-protein diet and see them live a long time.

But this “dog diet” also works for humans! In fact, it works great for humans because we are not natural carnivores.

If you eat lots of protein, you might experience fast growth. But the downside is that you’ll live a short life.

Just look at all the protein-guzzling body-builders. Ever heard of any of them reaching a venerable age?

Mike Mentzer, the famous body-builder, died at the age of 50 of heart disease. He was supposed to be an advocate of “healthy” living. Two days after his death, his brother Ray also died in his sleep.

Today children are fed a lot more protein then used to be natural for humans. They grow tall; they mature earlier, and die early.

A slow growth gives you the potential for a long-life. The later the onset of adolescence, the healthier and longer your life can be.

But still, every “expert” in the world will tell you not to feed your dogs a vegan diet, and certainly not to attempt to live on a low-fat, raw vegan diet yourself.

They also think that 45 is “old” and that if you live to be 70, you lived a long life.

But if you look at the model in nature, pretty much every animal lives around 5 to 7 times their growth period.

For humans, the normal growth period is 21 years (after that age, you generally won’t grow any taller). According to this model, the normal lifespan of human beings should be between 105 and 147 years.

If a dog can live 189 years in human years, what makes you think we can’t?

Yours for health and success,


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Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.