V-dog Senior Spotlight: Nico the Pup's 22nd Birthday!

Lola DeVonne of Have a Heart Ranch is not only the manager of a wonderful sanctuary for animals of all types and dedicated vegan, but also momma to a super senior rescue pup: Domenic! 

"He was my first rescue doggy!  I was ten years old when he stole my heart, and I will be 32 in May.  Nico's birthday is May 5th, currently leaving him at a little over 21.5 years old.  He's been on a plant-based diet for 17 years, and a 100% vegan diet for the last 7."

Domenic eats v-dog in combination with yummy raw plant foods like fruits, veggies, seeds, slow-cooked quinoa and legumes.

"He's quite the little 'foodie!'" Lola says.

Not only is Nico going strong on his vegan diet, he also battled cancer--and won!

"Nico is a cancer survivor, having undergone no surgeries, chemo nor radiation!  After three veterinarians confirmed he had lymphoma and all said treatment was necessary but wouldn't prolong his life more than 6 months to a year, I opted to focus on healing him with a 'let food be thy medicine' approach, and it worked!  Bear in mind, THREE veterinarians told me he would only survive for 2-3 months WITHOUT medical treatment... chemo and radiation, specifically.  But, that was YEARS ago and he's still here, doesn't seem like he's in any pain, and has more energy than he knows what to do with!"

Thanks to Lola for sharing this wonderful story with us - We love you, Nico! 

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