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A number of you are asking what happened to the deer who was attacked by an off-leash dog. Thank you for asking. Her status is unknown. She was able to leave the site, but she was seen limping away and had lost a lot of blood. Concerned neighbors really did their best to help (I met a neighbor who keeps his back gate open for the deer to be able to eat foliage -- so rare when so many fight to prevent deer from eating their ornamentals!) When a prey animal - like a deer - is attacked, a number of her systems shut down, which is why she lay prone for so long. The fact that she was able to get up on her own is a good sign, and all we can do is hope that the wound heals. Deer have an uncanny ability to heal, and luckily, dog bites TEND to transmit fewer bacteria than -- say -- cat bites, so there's hope. I'm hopeful.

I did see my sweet family of deer today -- Ella and her babies Athena and Attica -- so I know it wasn't one of them who was attacked, but of course that doesn't mean much to the deer who was injured. It just means less suffering for me because I name the deer, I...


Today, a young deer was attacked early in the morning by an off-leash dog. A number of concerned neighbors called various wildlife rescue organizations. After losing blood and lying in distress for quite awhile, the deer ultimately limped her way into the wooded area between the houses, and her fate is yet unknown.

Many of us happen upon wildlife in distress in our daily lives, but we don't often do anything about it. We may be afraid, we may not know what to do, we may be too busy. Listen to my brief story about a little raccoon with distemper whose suffering took precedence over my fear.

Today's Tweetable: "One life matters - especially to the one whose life it is." Please share & tag @joyfulvegan

Resources: Please add both Animal Control and local wildlife services to your phone. For those in the San Francisco Bay Area, the following organizations respond to wildlife issues:

Yggdrasil Urban Wildlife Rescue - (510) 421-9897



When I first came up with the concept of the The 30-Day Vegan Challenge several years ago, my dream was that it would tap into every medium possible to give people what they need to make the vegan transition as joyfully and effortlessly as possible.

And so here we are today. The 30-Day Vegan Challenge exists as a beautiful book, and the online program is alive and well. And each exists as a perfect compliment to the other. When I say "The 30-Day Vegan Challenge gives you everything you need to transition," I'm not exaggerating, and so with video, audio, and written content + recipes, printable shopping lists, and tons of resources, it's like I'm with you in person.

The package deal I've created enables people to experience both the book and the online multimedia program at a discount. This is a limited special price that won't last long. This low price gives you the program at the...



For millennia, humans have engaged in rituals with the intention of achieving a wide variety of desired outcomes: reducing anxiety, alleviating grief, deepening faith, or even making it rain. Though rites and rituals can be used for positive or innocuous effects, they can also disguise discomfort and make unjustifiable actions seem legitimate. They can be meaningless, arbitrary, and archaic. They can also mask cruelty to animals by being shrouded in religious sanctity. And that’s what we’re going to talk about today.

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"It's not the cages we need to make bigger and the slaughterhouse walls we need to make transparent. It’s our hearts. When we make compassion our barometer, we don't settle for violence on a small scale. We aspire to kindness on a huge scale." ~Colleen Patrick-Goudreau,


"If we don't have time to be sick, then we have to make time to be healthy." ~From The 30-Day Vegan Challenge.


"There is no rule book for being vegan. You just let compassion guide you." ~From The 30-Day Vegan Challenge: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Healthfully and Living Compassionately. Read more short "Challenge Your Thinking" and "Change Your Behavior" quotes from the book.


There is no such thing as a certified vegan. If you're looking for perfection and purity in yourself and others, then you'll be gravely disappointed. Being vegan is a means to an end — not an end in itself. ~From The 30-Day Vegan Challenge


"It’s not the fault of being vegan that it’s challenging to find nutrient-dense food on the road or when we travel to less vegan-friendly areas. The fact that we can’t find vegetables in certain towns is a larger problem that has nothing to do with being vegan." ~From The 30-Day Vegan Challenge

The amazing and beautiful Girlie Girl Army compiled 10 of her favorite "Colleenisms" from The 30-Day Vegan Challenge, throughout which are "Challenge Your Thinking" and "Change Your Behavior boxes. Read Girlie Girl Army's favorites.


To get The 30-Day Vegan Challenge® back out into the world, I had to wear the hats of publisher, art director, editor-in-chief, recipe tester, recipe developer, photography director, and fulfillment coordinator. I’m also head of marketing, publicity, social media, and events. It’s pretty intense, but I’m determined to get this book into as many hands as possible, and I would be so grateful for your help making this happen. I elaborate on this in the How to Make a Vegan podcast episode, but here it is for you in black and white: 10 ways you can help to mainstream this book:

  1. Write a review on Amazon. This matters. A lot. Don’t underestimate the 10 minutes it will take for you to put up a review. Reviews with many and high reviews come up first in search results; plus, research indicates that reviews influence customers' decisions to buy...


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