I Have an Idea to Help Animals


Your new neighbor invited you to his house for dinner. You had a lovely meal and are now reclining in the backyard over a bottle of wine. You notice several dogs in a pen and say, “You don’t have to keep your dogs confined on my account.”

Your neighbor chuckles and says, “Oh, those aren’t my pets. I raise dogs for meat.”

You assume your neighbor’s kidding and laugh. As you leave the dinner party through the garage, however; you’re stunned by a skinned dog hanging from the ceiling. You feel sick and almost don’t make it to the car without throwing up.

Thankfully this story not true. There’s a taboo, at least in most countries, that prevents us from eating dogs. We don’t do it. We consider it disgusting and cruel.

Before going vegan I’d never have considered eating a dog but I had no problem eating chickens, cows or pigs. A year and a half ago, however; this changed when I watched the movie, Vegucated. This documentary follows three New Yorker’s who agree to go vegan for six weeks to learn what it’s all about. As I watched them learn, I learned too.

And boy did I learn! I was so moved by the film that I immediately went vegan. I was already not eating meat or dairy for health reasons, but veganism is more than a diet. It’s living in a way that doesn’t harm or exploit animals for food, clothing or other purposes.

The movie also made me want to do something to help animals. But what could I do? I thought about passing out animal rights fliers or posting “shock” photos of abused animals like some vegans I knew, but this wasn’t my style.

The other day, however; an activism idea popped into my head that feels right to me. I LOVE my idea! It’s a fun way to help animals, and I’m excited to share it with you. I’ll be unveiling it tomorrow along with a giveaway. Please check back – you’re gonna love this!

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About celestedimilla

Hey there. I’m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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35 Responses to I Have an Idea to Help Animals

  1. I’m intrigued! Can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with, so I will definitely check back tomorrow, lol.

  2. Vegucated was good. That and Forks Over Knives.
    “So why are you still eating meat, Vanessa?”
    I’ll have to think about that today, Celeste. Thanks for asking. 🙂

    • Haha – I suppose I implied the question! I’ll be curious what happens after you think about it. Anyway, thanks so much for reading and for your comment – I really appreciate it!Celeste 🙂

  3. sophiazerg says:

    Can’t wait to hear your idea!
    Vegucated was really great, I agree.

  4. Really looking forward to your idea, Celeste. Way to build up the anticipation as usual. 🙂

  5. Celeste's Hubby says:

    You are Mistress of the Tease, my sweet. 🙂

  6. I just added Vegucated to my list on Netflix, I’ll have to watch it tonight or tomorrow. I didn’t realize Netflix had so many veg documentaries! Pretty cool.

    Can’t wait to see what your idea is 😉

  7. Adam Hughes says:

    What a wonderful testimony and I am on ‘tender hooks’ waiting to find out what your idea is!

  8. Lorrie Wenzler says:

    Can’t wait for the surprise reveal!

  9. sf says:

    I don’t have any pets, but sure would love to have a dog one day. How nice it would be to have a best buddy like a doggy. I love to see videos of veterans’ dogs who excitedly welcome them home from deployment.

    One of my relatives in Korea used to be a dog keeper to sell to dog-meat restaurants years ago. But the interesting thing about those restaurants (really can’t tell that the meats are any different from steak) is that they’re in big business due to foreigners (even Americans) who dine there, rather than the locals, who believe that it’s bad luck to eat dog meat. Some of my family in Korea used to eat dog meat as well (like once every 5 years, not like every month or something), when they were younger. But now that they’re all seniors, they had quit eating it, hoping to live longer, because they too believe that it’s also bad luck. Hope that bad luck superstition continues for the poor dogs.

    On the flip side, it’s sad that even those dogs that are sold as pets (them adorable purse-side poochies) get abused, while being kept in cages too.

    • Oh my gosh – you leave the most wonderful comments!!! So you can’t tell the difference between dog meat and steak? That’s really interesting! It’s also interesting that Korean locals believe it’s bad luck to eat dog meat. I’m learning so much from you! Thanks for your comment! Celeste 🙂

      • sf says:

        Yep, that dog meat had looked just like stir-fried steak to me. The only thing that may suddenly spark your questioning the meat is its scent. Smells sorta “off”, if ya know what I mean. May smell like rabbit or deer meat, I’m guessin’.

        In regards to deer meat. A few years ago back in Guam, I was at a Bible study, which was held in one of the local families’ home. There was this big pot stewing on the stove and I asked what it was because it looked to be cookin’ there for awhile and it didn’t smell like it was homemade chili or beef stew. I was told it was deer meat. It’s a good thing I don’t like to try new foods, unless my sis has tried it first and she’s approved its taste (she’s my taste-tester). So I had passed on it.

        There were some Japanese college students who had joined us in the Bible study and they too were curious to know what was cookin’ in that big pot. But none of us knew how to say “deer” in Japanese. Then finally, somebody thought to say that the pot had “Bambi” in it. I’ll never forget how shocked those Japanese students were when they heard that. Haha! Good thing they understood and didn’t try it either.

        p.s. Only a few deer-hunting reserves on Guam, so it’s not a frequent dish that’s cooked there. The meat you’ll almost always see is roasted pig at every fiesta (never ate it though, cuz the roasted head being still attached always turned my tummy). For myself, I had never ever seen any deer, while living on Guam. So in the few times I’ve seen local deer dishes, I wonder how in the world they ever caught it. It was like a science project to me, when I’d look at ’em and I wondered if it took some serious X Files skills to hunt them deer down. Haha!

    • What a story! I guess no one wants to eat a beloved cartoon character. You have lived a very different life from me, and this intrigues me. Glad we’re connected! Celeste 🙂

  10. Vegucated was a film I stumbled on at the beginning. I now recommend or and Forks Over Knives when anyone asks me about the vegan or plant-based way. And the beginning of this post had me yelling at my screen. Nicely played!

    • Thanks so much for your comment! Those are the two movies I typically recommend too. They are very different films, but I love them both. And I had to laugh when I read that I had you yelling at your screen – haha! Celeste 🙂

  11. I am looking forward to your idea. I have not watched any movies because I am afriad I will see animals being hurt.

    • Hi Ivonne! I always appreciate your support chica and I’m curious about what you think of my idea. I have to tell you that Vegucated is pretty tame as far as vegan movies go. It does have a few graphic scenes, but not too many. Still, parts of the movie are disturbing. I totally get why you wouldn’t want to watch it!! Celeste 🙂

  12. You do do shock methods through your writing but not pictures though ; )

  13. jennypugh says:

    I’m really excited to hear about your idea. I haven’t heard of Vegucated before so I will have to take a look 🙂

  14. Oh that’s mean Celeste, I’m all psyched to hear about it 🙂 Looking forward to it!

  15. Looking forward to hearing about it! 🙂

  16. gabrielle157 says:

    Haha, Chileans have a complicated relationships with dogs. It’s not unheard of to eat dogs here, so I’ll have to see how people react to this anecdote.

    I do have a family friend who has chickens as pets and for eggs. The family is not all vegetarian, but the mother explained to the kids that if they wanted to make the choice to eat meat, they needed to know where it came from and be ok with the process. They were told that they should have to kill one of the chickens/prepare it to eat if they were going to choose to eat meat.

    I’m not sure what I think of that approach, but it is thought-provoking, and the dog analogy reminded me of it.

    • Your friends approach is thought-provoking! I don’t know if it’s the approach I would take if I had kids, but I respect her for educating her children about where their food comes from. If my parents had told me that I had to kill and prepare a chicken before I could eat it when I was a child I’d have gone vegetarian for sure!! I think that so many of us today are disconnected from our food and where it came from.

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment! Celeste 🙂

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