Friday, February 9, 2007

Do You Think I'm Some Kind of Vegan Dog?

Sienna the Dog has been put on a diet - the vet has deemed that with her arthritis, she ought to be slightly underweight instead of slightly overweight.

The vet told me to give her green beans as a treat. Dogs just love them, she declared, they think it's the best stuff in the world.

So I gave Sienna a few of the canned green beans in her bowl. She looked at them. She looked at us. She looked at them. She sniffed. She looked back at us. She left. And she didn't touch them, not even late at night when she gets hungry and eats anything that's left in her bowl plus any tissues she can dig out of the trash.

I can't say I blame her. I wouldn't eat canned green beans either.


  1. Anonymous3:48 PM

    My aunt is a breeder of shih tzus and she has had to put several dogs on the green bean diet. None of them have been excited about it. Give it time and eventually she should forget about all the yummy stuff she used to have access to. As for the tissue, let us know if you ever find a solution for that... I don't know that there is.

  2. Try Snow Peas. Sophie eats them like candy.

  3. Anonymous10:18 AM

    Dogs are carnivores--they don't do vegetables nor do they have the digestive system to break them down.

  4. BWA HA HA HA! Sienna is a food snob. That cracks me up.

  5. Anonymous9:29 AM

    Canines are opportunists, and can digest vegetable matter. Cats are the obligate carnivores. They're the ones who can't break down veg.