A Dog Adoption Story…. Meet Vegan Fiona

vegan dog Fiona

vegan dog loveJust over 6 months ago (on November 10, 2023) my fur baby, Shye (who was a vegan dog for over 15 years) crossed the rainbow bridge.

If you haven’t read the blog post I wrote about our story yet, I invite you to check it out HERE, as it’s quite entertaining and heartwarming. 

If you’ve lost a fur baby, I’m sure you can relate when I say that my heart still aches for Shye every single day. She is irreplaceable.

The hole in my heart will never be filled, but recently I could feel a beam of light shining through the hole… Light that was calling me to welcome another soul in need of a forever home into my life.

I went online looking at homeless dogs on pet adoption sites, and came across what felt like a familiar face and my gut said, “She’s the one.” 

There was zero description on her profile, so I had no idea what to expect, but was confident from my experience with Shye, a dog who took a year and a half to learn to trust me, that I am equipped with the patience and compassion to handle whatever the Universe handed me.

Adopting Fiona from Humane SocietyShe had been at the Humane Society for 6 weeks, and when I got there, it felt like she immediately adopted me.

A small but mighty being, the girl can RUN (and run, and run, and run)! Her athletic abilities inspired me so much that I decided to name her after one of the most extraordinary endurance athletes in the world… Fiona Oakes. 

Fiona Oakes is the most humble person I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. She has broken 5 marathon course records and is the fastest human to run a marathon on all 7 continents in the shortest amount of time, all without a knee cap (undergoing 17 surgeries as a teenager and being told she’d never walk properly again). 

And what’s even more remarkable is that she doesn’t run because she loves to run. She runs because it gives her a platform to be a voice for animals and raise money for her sanctuary that gives home to over 400 rescued farmed animals. 

It brought me such joy to interview Fiona Oakes on the Rise & Thrive Podcast, episode 4, and if you haven’t yet, listen HERE! It’s one of my favorite interviews to date and you’ll understand why I feel called to honor her. 

I also rewatched the documentary Keegan Kuhn produced about her called, Running for Good… It blew my mind (again!), and I have no doubt you’ll find it incredibly inspiring.

Back to my dog Fiona…

I was told she was an owner-surrender, and that’s about all I know about Fiona’s past life. She is a bundle of energy and love. And although some of her behaviors show there are signs of trauma she’s working through, it’s apparent that she is an incredibly resilient being who is ready to learn to trust again.

Fiona is already thriving on a plant-based vegan diet.  She’s loving her Evolution wet dog food, Petaluma baked dog food, V-Dog jerky and V-Dog dental “bones”, and she’s enjoying broccoli (her favorite veggie so far), chickpeas, tofu, tempeh, and cucumbers regularly as well. 

Check out my Instagram reel about her adoption HERE, and stay tuned for more!

And if you’re ready to open your heart and home to a pet, PLEASE adopt from a shelter or nonprofit rescue organization. 

According to the Humane Society, approximately 6.3 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters, and about 920,000 shelter animals are euthanized nationwide every year.

Not only that, the dog breeding industry is full of cruel practices (read THIS article to learn more).

That said, with the simple choice to adopt instead of shop we get to not only literally save a life, we but also take a stand against cruelty and an industry that contributes to the death of hundreds of thousands of fur legged friends each year.

Vegan Dog Food Review – Pet Guard Vegetarian Feast


There are a growing number of choices for vegan dog food these days.

So far PetGuard’s Vegetarian Feast Dinner is my dog’s favorite.

We are fortunate to live in a day and age where we can feed our dogs organic, plant-based food that is fortified with every nutrient they need to live healthy happy lives. Ethically, I couldn’t rescue a dog from death and then feed her dead animals. Sure, it can be argued that a plant-based diet is not the “natural” way dogs eat. However, if my dog’s diet is nutritionally balanced to meet her needs, she loves it, is full of energy, and has a clean bill of health, I can argue, “What’s wrong with that?” The Vegetarian Feast Dinner is “formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO dog food nutrient profiles for maintenance.”

As with people, dogs can be picky about their food (some more than others) so it can take some experimentation to find the vegan dog food that pleases your pet. My dog Shye happens to love to eat in general, but before I get into more, let me quickly share Shye’s story.

Shye came from the Miami-Dade Animal Services pound, listed as a stray. I remember the moment I saw Shye for the first time like it was yesterday. I was walking by each cage slowly (this is SO hard and heart breaking), and when I got to Shye’s cage, she caught my eye because she was sitting at the very back, facing the back wall of the cage. She heard me and without moving her body, she did a 180 with her head and stared at me with her big brown eyes. We made a connection and I walked out of the facility with her in my arms that day.

From day one Shye has scarfed down food she enjoys so fast I sometimes think she forgets to chew! When she doesn’t like a food however, she will stay away from it like the plague. I tried several different brands of vegan dog food, dry and wet, before finding her favorite, and that is PetGuard’s Vegetarian Feast Dinner. I’ve found that Chewy.com has the best deal for ordering or you can pick it up at your local Whole Foods Market. 

I’m going to keep trying out new brands however, because I’d love to buy from a cruelty-free company (one that makes only vegan products). So if you have a brand of vegan dog food that your dog loves please share!