♥ About Us

Welcome!

I’m a former career chick turned domestic goddess. He flies jets.  I flunked home economics. Twice.  Once upon a time, we had every take-out and delivery joint near our house on speed dial. Now, we grow wheatgrass in the kitchen and we make our (mostly organic) meals from scratch. The Champion juicer has replaced the coffeemaker. And we’ve never felt better.

We’re Washington State transplants sharing our home in South Lake Tahoe with two former barn cats and two rescued racing greyhounds. And a yard full of critters. We love good food and all creatures greyt and small, but we believe that those things are (and always should be!) mutually exclusive. Disclaimer: we’re not chefs and we’re not photographers. We just like to eat and we like to share the veg inspiration!

This is our vegan journey and our graphical response to the question that we hear most often, “What the hell do you guys eat, anyway?!”. Our mission is to disprove the popular misconception that the word “vegan” is synonymous with “deprivation”. Now, our diet is more varied and more delicious and more nutritious than it ever was when we were eating the Standard American Diet (appropriately acronym-ed ‘SAD’). The only thing lacking from our plant-based lifestyle now is high cholesterol, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes,  inflammation, low energy, and so on. Hey, we’re willing to live with that kind of “deprivation”!

“The most violent weapon on earth is the table fork.” – Mahatma Gandhi

♥     ♥     ♥

Here are the latest four-legged additions to our menagerie: Justin and Colvin! Both of these sweet boys are rescued farm animals that were once destined for the slaughterhouse. We happily sponsor them at the Farm Sanctuary  location in California.

Justin

Colvin

23 responses to “♥ About Us

  1. Oh, wow, I just love your site. Stumbled upon it, since I follow Farm Sanctuary and have devoted my life, too, to easing the unnecessary suffering of animals. I’m a writer and doing my part there by writing a novel that celebrates that amazing maternal bond between mother cows and their offspring. Thanks again. Keep your good words coming! Bren

  2. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart! I’m definitely adding you to the blogroll – even though the Mama Red story made me cry. It’s so easy to get discouraged in a meat-eating (and generally oblivious) world and wonder what one person can possibly do to make a difference. I have learned that people think that being vegan is all about sacrifice and living without. My mission is to prove otherwise. We aren’t lacking for anything, except maybe heart disease and diabetes and asthma and a variety of other food-related ailments!

  3. Pingback: Lovely Blogging and Cop-Outs Galore « la vida vegga

  4. Great blog, Just wanted to comment that i can not connect to the rss stream, you might want install the right wordpress plugin for that to workthat.

  5. Manymanyhounds

    I am also a greyhound loving Vegan. My husband and I share our home with 3 former racing greyhounds. I’m looking forward to reading your blog and trying some of your recipes!

  6. Can’t believe I’ve only just come across your blog! My love affair with greyhounds started when we adopted our retired racer Max (a brindle boy just like yours) a few years back, We’ve since adopted Molly (our wee black & white girl) & almost always have a foster in the house too! My passionate feelings about the way these dogs are treated by the racing industry made me come to realise all the other forms of animal exploitation which go on mostly unquestioned by the general public & influenced my decision to adopt a vegan lifestyle. (I made the change in March this year & there is no going back!) Will definitely be checking back in here 😉 Jane.x

    • Kudos to you for being a greyhound lover AND for going vegan! Isn’t it a wonderful thing when the “light bulb” finally comes on? I’m always amazed that people can be so indifferent to the plight of factory farmed animals and yet (especially in this country) pamper their dogs and cats to the point of absurdity. It bothered me for years and that’s how I wound up here. I hold out hope, always, that as veganism becomes more mainstream more people will make that connection between the plastic-wrapped styrofoam trays of meat at their local grocery store (what I call the “aisle of death”) and the animals that suffer and die needlessly.

      P.S. My great grandparents emigrated from Scotland to the New World (Canada). I’m the first one born in the U.S. on that side of the family. My granny had a delightful brogue!

  7. Hi!
    I’m the content strategist for the new http://www.tahoesouth.com site, set to launch in November 2011 – the official site for the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority.
    I love your blog and I’m wondering you’d be interested in contributing?
    You could use an existing post or write a new one!
    We would of course give you credit and link back to your site or anywhere else you request.
    Please let me know yeah or nay.
    Thanks!

  8. I love your blog and I’m so glad I found it! My husband, son, and I are greyhound-loving vegans as well. We have three rescued retired racers, and 1 three-legged cat we rescued from the shelter. So nice to “meet” you!

    • I love “meeting” other vegan greyhound families. Welcome!! I hope you stop by often; I look forward to your input.

      XO Christina

    • good evening!
      My wife and I are vegans and we just adopted a race retired greyhound. She is 8 and had been fed raw meat, fish, yogurt in her hard food. She’s lived like this…. Forever.
      We’re hesitant now, but WILL slowly switch her to a vegan diet. (V-dog or nature’s balance). Any advice.
      Did your racers transition well?
      Did/do you suppliment?

      Here’s to the long legged 🐶 runners (though I, unfortunately am not, lol)

      Stu & Megan

      • Congratulations on adopting the very best dog in the world! I didn’t transition either dog, I just fed them vegan from day 1. I feed them Natural Balance dry kibble and canned and I sometimes add in whatever cooked veggies/fruits I have on hand. They like pumpkin and squash and sweet potatoes and carrots and beets and applesauce and brown rice. They seem to have an aversion to greens. They prefer their food on the wet side; plain dry kibble does not excite them. And wheat grass–I keep a pot on the porch for them to chew on. Sometimes (especially in the dry winter months) I give them a Tablespoon of organic flax oil to help their dry skin. They like a sprinkle of nutritional yeast or a cheezy gravy that I make from rice milk and nooch as a topper on their food bowl. I don’t supplement either of them as far as vitamins, etc., but my old man is having some aches and pains from his hard 5 years as a racer, so I recently started him on Cosequin DS plus MSM. He also came to us with a long term and untreated kidney infection that kept recurring, so I started him on Cranberry D-Mannose, too. So far, he has had no urinary tract infections. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  9. Just stumbled across your blog. Whilst not vegan, I am vegetarian and also have two rescued greyhounds and 5 ex battery hens. Nice to meet you all!
    Best wishes
    Sara

  10. Once in awhile I’ll do a search for “vegan greyhounds” and this time I came across your blog! Then I notice one of the photos of your greys looks scarily like our guy! A highly energetic, almost 7 yr old V-dog eating GH that we adopted from GFFL 3 years ago. We’ll be coming up near you (Truckee) the weekend before Memorial Day weekend.

    John

  11. Hey everyone!

    My name is Matt and I am the co-owner of Tahoe’s ONLY Vegan restaurant Simple Bliss Vegan Cafe. We opened our doors 2 months ago and everyone is loving it! We have table games, chalkboard tables, a couch, wifi and a great selection of blissful vegan creations made from organic, locally grown produce. We are located in the Swiss Village in South Lake Tahoe at 2540 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Swing by and check out why Simple Bliss is good for your health and good for your community. spread the word…

  12. Hi Matt!
    I manage the content for TahoeSouth.com and would love to do a blog post about your place. Send me an email if you’re interested in working together.
    Cheers!
    Vanessa
    vanessa.vancour@noblestudios.com

  13. Just stumbled upon your blog – love it. Lots of great insight and information. Join us in creating a wonderful community marketplace for evolved beings called forAnima.com.

  14. Christina,
    I work on behalf of some great vegan products and would love to reach out. How may I contact you?

  15. so glad I just found your site. we have a lot in common! I used to live in WA, too (Seattle for 20 years), I became vegan last year, and I have two rescued greyhounds!

    • Welcome! I haven’t been updating the site (too much to do in the day, I guess), but you can always find me on Facebook. 🙂

      Btw, I miss the Seattle area!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s