This week on the podcast we're picking up on our "PLANT BASED DIET" series. I'm very happy to introduce Mikhail Gousev (CEO of Vecado).


About Vecado

Being loving and caring for your dog or cat while also being compassionate to farm animals and the planet is not an easy task. The mainstream pet foods contain low quality meat-based ingredients, which are neither compassionate, nor healthy.

At Vecado, we are revolutionizing how people think about pet foods.

All of our products are 100% plant-based; they contain all the necessary vitamins, minerals and amino-acids necessary for dogs and cats to thrive, and 30% protein content is standard. Vegan pet food reduces bad breath and allergies, improves coat, and complies with regulations. Vecado works only with vegan suppliers, and thousands of people have successfully transitioned their cats and dogs to a vegan diet.

Our goal is to enable You to live your values, by providing your dog and cat with vegan pet food that is healthy and has no negative consequences on other animals or the planet.

Vegan products can be difficult to find and are notorious for high prices especially when importing from US. Customs fees, shipping charges, and US to Canadian dollar conversion fees add up, and that makes it very difficult to buy vegan products.

However, we believe that vegan products should not be expensive. Our company reduces the cost of vegan products by importing in large quantities, and we pass on the savings to You. We have established distribution points in Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto, which significantly reduces shipping costs, which also makes vegan pet foods more accessible.

Vecado Key Benefits

When you work with Vecado -

  • You ensure that your dog and cat are getting 100% of the required nutrients
  • You are saving lives of farm animals and making our planet a better place
  • You receive prompt support with all of your questions - whether it's advice on nutrition, specific condition of your pet, shipping and deliveries or anything else!

Our products are 100% vegan and are made to give strength, power, and energy to your pet. The products contain a complete set of vitamins, essential minerals and amino-acids. 

We feel very passionately about the world and the animals, and we want to promote fair animal treatment and reduce the impact on the planet. 

Reach out to us and we will be happy to answer all of your questions! Contact us at or call 1-800-256-1518

Excited about Vecado?

Are you passionate about animals, the planet and veganism? Do you like researching and writing? Good with social media?

We are looking for talented individuals to help spread awareness about vegan pet food and we would love to hear from you! Please write to us:

Our Friends

Toronto Vegetarian Association was founded in 1945 and is a volunteer-driven charitable organization with a mission to inspire people to choose a healthier, greener, more compassionate lifestyle through plant-based eating.

Toronto Pig Save exposes the activities of Toronto's slaughterhouses in order to encourage people to try vegan, protect the environment, and support local farm sanctuaries. TPS calls for a just transition for workers as we adjust our food economy to a local, organic, and whole grain plant-based diet.

National Capital Vegetarian Association is a non-profit, membership-based organization dedicated to supporting people interested in a plant-based lifestyle.

Hannah Elizabeth is a brave soul fighting against animal cruelty; Hannah offers love and sympathy to the animals while accumulating powerful documentation. Sympathy at Slaughter exposes the faces, voices and stories of animal's bound for slaughter; Allowing each animal to speak for themselves. 

Meditation Toronto hosts meditation classes all across Toronto for spiritual development; Meditation Toronto has been teaching meditation for over 15 years in the GTA, and is staffed entirely by volunteers who have been practicing and teaching meditation for many years.


How 'natural' is the plant-based diet for dogs?

A common concern about plant-based food for dogs is whether it is “natural”. If dogs evolved from wolves, and wolves preyed on other animals, shouldn't dogs also eat flesh? The following sections discuss this in depth from the evolutionary perspective (dogs evolving as human companions and living on scraps), as well as from conventional diet perspective (conventional meat-based commercial diets being very different from what wolves have consumed in the wild).

Dogs and Wolves: Omnivores vs. Carnivores

Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris, Canis familiaris) belong to the order of Carnivora. Their ancestral counterparts (see image 1) subsisted primarily or entirely on captured prey animals. Accordingly, they have a range of evolutionary adaptations designed to facilitate capture, apprehension, mastication, digestion and absorption of animal tissues. These include senses designed to detect prey animals, a musculoskeletal system designed to facilitate their capture, canine teeth to assist with apprehension, tooth crowns designed for cutting and slicing (rather than grinding of plant materials—which are more prominent in herbivores), and intestinal tracts that are shorter and have different digestive enzymes and intestinal flora than those of herbivores, which require relatively prolonged processing and digestion times.

More Episodes


February 10, 2018

Hello Pups and Kittens, This week we start our Plant Based Diet series. Let me start by saying I'm not looking to debunk this type of diet. I'm also not going to sway anyone in any direction. What I plan on doing with this series is to share the microphone with passionate individuals who believe in a plant based diet.

Dr. Sarah Dodd was my original and first choice when it came to an expert. Dr. Dodd is a young vet, but she has passion, and is a vegan. This was very important in planning this series and why she is the leadoff guest for this series. I wasn't disappointed one bit and after you hear this episode you too will understand why she's the perfect fit for this series.



February 3, 2018

This week on the podcast we're so lucky to be joined by Penney Baker.Penney assists Debbie Torraca at Wizard of Paws. I was extremely impressed with Penney during our conversation. Her level of experience training obedience is just amazing.



I have enjoyed a variety of activities with my dogs over the years.  My first Labrador introduced me to the world of Hunt Tests and Agility.  Field work was my preference  for sure.  Until recently, I did not have another dog that had the same interest and talent.  Auto, my male, loves the sport.  And the two young ones, Apple and her daughter Zoe are on the same page as well.  Getting back into field work, learning about hunting got me thinking about equipment, leashes, lanyards, etc.   I use all of the products that we sell.  I also do Competition Obedience with Auto and Zoe .   





Episode 204 “B.C. HENSCHEN”

January 27, 2018

This week on the podcast we're joined by the "NEW" consumer advocate at the AAFCO meetings. B.c> Henschen is also a very intellegent man with a great deal of experience i the pet community. B.c. is also the co-owner of Platinum Paws a very thoughtout one stop pet boutique with responsible pet food, grooming, and more.


Episode 203 “COLD NOSES NEWS”

January 20, 2018
Hello Pups and Kittens and welcome back to The Groomer Next Door Podcast. This week we have one of the most delightful ladies you will ever have the pleassure to talk to. I've had multiple conversations with Bobbie and during every conversation we haven't recorded even a second. This had to change, and we sat down and recorded this episode.
Where It All Started

It was this undeniable, deep passion that led me to create and operate the first mobile doggie daycare service in Denver at the end of 2001. Along with my two rescued dogs, Taz the yellow lab (on the left) with ridiculously long legs and Jet-Jet, my black lab cuddle-buddy, we were a common sight at the local off-leash dog parks as we hiked, swam and played as only dogs can. 

It wasn’t long before I earned the nickname of “Piped Piper” because of the loyal members of the “pack de jour” who never left my side.  It was a great life … happy clients with tired, content dogs who couldn’t wait to jump into my SUV for their next adventure!

Whenever I was stuck at a traffic light, it always made me laugh to see the look on the other driver’s faces as they tried to figure out why the heck my vehicle was rocking back and forth. I’d smile and roll down the back windows and then they’d start laughing as they watched dogs being dogs playing their hearts out in the back of my vehicle.

Yes, I cannot deny it, I love dogs! Taz and his friend Jet-Jet have since gone over the Rainbow Bridge. My heart and home now belong to

Moose (the merle Great Dane) and his impish gal pal, Bella (the black Great Dane/Lab).

And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

This blog (and the Cold Noses content service business) were born out of – and are a testimonial to – my passion for dogs. I love helping other dog guardians know – and do – better for their beloved K9 companions!

I hope you enjoy the content here … leave us a comment and let us know!


Episode 202 “CHELSEA KENT”

January 13, 2018

Hello Pups and Kittens, welcome back to The Groomer Next Door Podcast. This week we're so fortunate to have Chelsea Kent on the podcast. Chelsea is one of the most interesting ladies I have been fortunate to speak with.

Hero’s Pets is a leading retailer in the natural pet supplies market. Founded in 2007 in Littleton, Colorado, the company operates a retail store that offers more than 6,500 products from local and ethical national and international manufacturers in the natural, organic, and eco-friendly pet supply market. Our website is currently being professionally redone and we will soon have an online store soon too!

With 13 years of extensive nutritional research and experience in the pet industry, Chelsea Kent developed a diverse, comprehensive education and perspective in holistic nutrition and product integrity by working closely with the owners of multitudes of holistic pet companies and complimentary medicine practitioners including Nutritional Biochemists, Nutritionists, Microbiologists, Veterinarians and many more.

Working as a product rep in the pet food industry taught Chelsea that good information must be found at the source, from the owners of the companies, and not from the reps. Upon understanding the rules, regulations, and practices in the pet food industry, Chelsea and her mother, Kathy, decided to open Hero’s Pets with the intention of creating a place where consumers can come to trust that the products don’t just SAY they are quality but have verified their claims through documentation and evidence.

Founded in 2007, Chelsea and Kathy were the only employee’s for the first several years of business.

With a passion for pets, research, and spreading their message of whole food nutrition and higher standards they created a loyal customer base that necessitated the hiring of their incredible, well educated, empathetic staff. There is now a com- bined base of 54 years of animal nutrition and behavioral knowledge among the staff of Hero’s Pets. This standard of excellence and commitment to education fuels the future growth of Hero’s Pets with a focus on setting new standards for the entire pet supply industry.

Hero’s Pets philosophy takes all aspects of health into consideration including nutrition, behavior, treats/chews, environmental factors, vaccine and medication history, exercise and home life. At the heart of our mission, even beyond offering healthful and eco-friendly pet products, lies a desire to impact our community via education and responsible consumerism. Hero’s Pets continues to partner with local businesses in an effort to seek truth, demand quality, choose health, and shop local.

The mission of Hero‘s PETS (Planetary and Ecologically Trusted Supplies) is to raise public awareness of the impact consumer decisions have not only on our own lives,
but on our community and our world. We carry only natural products from morally-conscious companies, and strive to support other independent companies in Colorado and around the US.

At Hero’s Pets, we believe that your pet’s health depends on more than just their diet or environment. To achieve health and balance, we take into account their diet, treats, toys, chews, behavior, training, bonding, physical and mental exercise, play, environment and overall life experience. We think that to be truly healthy they must also be truly holistic. Our intensive consultation process helps us walk through all those details to determine what works best for your pets health, your family’s happiness and your budget.

The Food Regulation Facts Alliance was created to provide holistic minded consumers, independent retailers and small holistic manufacturers a voice within the Pet and Agricultural Feed Industry. Becoming a Consumer with FRFA will allow you access to complete educational articles posted by FRFA. Becoming an Advocate, Sponsor or Guru will provide you with varying levels of education, interaction, contribution and one-on-one support with FRFA.

To access full articles please become a member of the Food Regulation Facts Alliance. 100% of member fees go toward effecting positive change in the Pet and Agricultural Feed Industry through Regulatory channels. Without funds, the industry rules, definitions and regulations will not change and/or will continue down their current path, allowing these types of unethical ingredients into our pet and feed animal supplies. Please become a member if you want to support the cause of creating change and making this industry a better place.

Thank you for supporting our cause


Episode 201 “RECAP 2017″

January 6, 2018

We would sincerely like to thank all of our guests who appeared on the podcast this year. These amazing individuals made up the cast of 2017 on The Groomer Next Door Podcast​.

Ep. 160 Kohl Harrington​/Pet Fooled​

Ep. 161 The Farmer's Dog​

Ep. 162 PetChatz​

Ep. 163 Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation​

Ep. 164 vetcbd​

Ep. 165 Senator Dan Brown​

Ep. 166 Kansas City Better Business Bureau​

Ep. 167 Pet ID & Drivers License Tag -​

Ep. 168 The Two Crazy Cat Ladies​

Ep 169 Mercy For Animals​

Ep. 171 Edmonton Police Service Clan​

Ep. 172 K9 Cuisine - Dog Food Free Shipping​

Ep. 173 Dr. Barbara Royal​

Ep. 174 Darwin's Natural Pet Products​

Ep. 175 Stacey Bone DVM PawFriction​ returns

Ep. 176 John Redshaw Rolla Animal Shelter​ returns

Ep. 177 Wheel of Fortune Ranch

Ep. 178 Paws With A Cause ®​

Ep. 179 Tazz Latifi​

Ep. 180 & 200 Susan Thixton Truth About Pet Food​

Ep. 181 Brandon Zavala Apollo Peak Pet Beverages​ returns

Ep. 182 Ketopet​

Ep. 183 Dr. Harvey's​

Ep. 184 Neon Litter​

Ep. 185 M.K. Clinton Barking from the Bayou​

Ep. 186 Primal Pet Foods​

Ep. 187 Kimberly Morris Gauthier​

Ep. 188 Judy Morgan D.V.M​

Ep. 189 PetMio​

Ep.190 Long Living Pets Research Projects​

Ep. 191 Pet Food Institute

Ep. 192 AAFCO

Ep. 193 & 198 Dr. Laurie Coger​

Ep. 194 Fetching Foods​

Ep. 195 Pet Perennials​

Ep. 196 Jessica Sleater Andersen Sleater Sianni LLC​

Ep. 197 Billy Hoekman Answers Pet Food​

Ep. !99 Debbie Torraca Wizard of Paws​



December 30, 2017

This is our 200th episode of The Groomer Next Dioor Podcast. We have a lot of people to thank for this accomplishment, but I will save that for another day. Our very special guest is an accomplished women who is the inspiration for many in the pet community. She's my hero and I am so proud and honored to be fortunate to speak with her. For our 200th episode please welcome Susan Thixton to the podcast.

I joke that I am an ‘Ellie Mae Clampet’ (if you are old enough to remember the TV show The Beverly Hillbillies); ‘critters’ have always been a big part of my life.  My first dog as a child was a red Doberman named Duke.  My grandfather used to take me to obedience classes each week, and I competed with him in obedience trials.  Back then, it was standard to teach dogs using force (do this or I’ll hurt you methods).  Even at 11 years old, and in defiance of those who were teaching me ‘how to train my dog’, I refused to hurt my best friend.  My kind methods of training paid off, out of a possible 200 points, we consistently scored 199 and 199 1/2 in competitions.  Duke was my best friend and he was treated with respect; he returned the love ten fold.

At 15, my parents bought me a horse for my birthday.  I went from showing dogs to showing horses.  And yes, Duke went to the barn with me almost every day.  My respect of animals continued with my horses; I had the number one Quarter Horse gelding (neutered male horse) in the State of Kentucky for several years.  I went to college on a horsemanship scholarship; taking three horses with me to school.  A good friend teases me that ‘normal’ girls go to college with three hair dryers, I preferred three horses.

Down the road a few years, at 27 years old, I started my own business, The Pet School in Louisville, KY.  The Pet School was a dog obedience school that did things differently; I taught basic obedience lessons to spoiled rotten house pets.  The very same kind and respectful methods I used to train my own pets.  Needless to say, there were many other pet owners who wanted to treat their dogs respectfully in training; my business did well.

Within a few years I added a boarding kennel to my business.  Using the same logic I always had with my animals, I wanted a kennel to be different than what was offered at the time; a facility that kept the dogs and cats safe, but that was as close to home as possible.  I’m proud to say that my kennel was the very first all indoor/all suite pet boarding facility in the U.S.  Every ‘room’ had a window, and every pet got to play each day during their stay.

My number one assistant, was Sam, a female spoiled rotten Rottweiler.

I’ve been blessed with many special animals in my life, Sam was one of the extra special dogs.  She was commonly a headrest for my children growing up; she even helped them learn to walk.  And, she worked with me every day, being the ‘demo’ dog in all my obedience classes.  She had a sense of which dogs were intimidated; she’d wiggle over to them and kiss them to calm their fears.  Alternatively, if another dog attempted to be a little bossy with their classmates, she quickly let them know she was top dog in the classroom.

When Sam was eight years old, I noticed a lump on her pelvic area.  A trip to my trusted Veterinarian showed it was bone cancer; I had two weeks to tell her good-bye.  The worst news was the veterinarian I had known and trusted since I was a child, told me the probable cause of Sam’s cancer was from the chemical preservatives in her food.  The food that I gave her.

I couldn’t believe what my veterinarian, Dr. Bruce Catlett, was telling me.  This dog food was the number one pet food in the U.S.; it was a ‘trusted’ company.  What I did next, changed me forever.

Dr. Catlett told me that these chemical preservatives were (and still are) added to pet foods to extend their ‘shelf life’; to keep them fresh for longer periods of time for retail purposes.  I called the pet food company; I asked them what the shelf life was on this food.  I’ll never forget it – they told me the shelf life was “25 years”.  That’s more than three times as long as my dog lived.

The chemical that killed Sam – was ethoxyquin; it is still commonly used in many dog foods, cat foods, and pet treats.  The pet food company that killed her, is still one of the top pet food companies; although they no longer use ethoxyquin in their foods, they use many disease causing ingredients including dangerous chemicals.

Dr. Catlett came to my home and put Sam down.  I dug her grave.  Her most favorite thing to do was play ball.  She had a ball in her mouth when she took her last breath; and she was buried with it.

Sam’s death changed me forever.  From that day forward, I have studied pet foods, pet food ingredients, and the regulations that govern them.

Today I hold advisory positions on two AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials – those that develop pet food regulations) committees – the Pet Food Committee and the Ingredient Definitions Committee.

And how did the ‘Caped Crusader for Safe Pet Food’ get started?  A few years into advocating for safe pet food, a dear friend gave me that name and it stuck.  My youngest daughter drew the Caped Crusader image.

But isn’t just one person – it’s thousands of people who work together helping to make pet food safe.  The brightest veterinarians and scientists, along side of thousands of determined petsumers – we are all part of the team.


Episode 199 “WIZARD OF PAWS”

December 23, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens and welcome back for the 199th time to The Groomer Next Door Podcast. This week we have an exceptional lady on the podcast,

Debbie Gross Torraca has authored many chapters in veterinary textbooks, and writes for professional journals as well as magazines dedicated to the dog enthusiast. She is a regular contributor for Clean Run, Dog Sport, Working Dog Digest, Dogs Naturally, and various breed magazines. You may have seen her on Good Morning America or heard her on Ask Martha’s Vet with Marty Goldstein. She has been quoted in many newspaper articles, television shows, professional journals, and magazines.

She was a speaker at the Second,Third and Fifth International Symposiums for Veterinarians and Physical Therapists and at Brian Mulligan’s First International Symposium on her application of the Mulligan principles to dogs and produced an educational dvd on these principles with him.

She has taught at many veterinary conferences including the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC), Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference (ACVC), and many state conferences.

Debbie has produced four DVDs to date in conjunction with Clean Run Productions: Strengthening the Performance Dog, Stretching the Performance Dog, Osteoarthritis and Your Dog, and the famous Get on the Ball Two. She has published a book, Canine Physical Therapy, focusing on manual therapy.

A long time member of American Physical Therapist Special Interest Group, Debbie has held the office of President. She is also a member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM). She is also an active member of the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America, the American Bullmastiff Association, the Clumber Spaniel Club of America, and various other local dog clubs.

She is one of the founders and core instructors for the first and only university-based program in canine physical rehabilitation, University of Tennessee’s Certificate Program in Canine Physical Rehabilitation. She teaches throughout the year for this program with live courses and webinars.

I believe EVERY dog deserves the best quality of life for the longest time possible – does not matter if they are 8 weeks of age or 18 years of age. Wizard of Paws focuses on that with every animal that walks in the door.

My education started in human physical therapy but while I was going through physical therapy school, I quickly realized that my family dog as well as all other animals could benefit from the science of physical therapy as much as people could.  As I continued with my human physical therapy career, I kept the dream of treating animals in the back of my mind while focusing on the sports medicine and orthopedics. While I was doing this, my quest for animal therapy continued and I studied as much canine anatomy, movement and treatment as I could.

Rachel Paige Elliot and Curtis Brown were and are still some of my favorite authors. I became fascinated with the movement of dogs – both normal and abnormal.  As this fascination grew, so did my desire to work with animals. I started seeing a few dogs per week for various ailments and it quickly grew.

Over the years, I worked at a veterinarian practice and reduced my hours at my human clinic.  At some point, I realized my mind and heart was with the animals and left the human practice.

I have been very fortunate to have so many people support me along my journey – and have made everlasting friends.  Our family owns a multitude of dogs inclusive of Portuguese water dogs, clumber spaniels, a cocker spaniel, a standard poodle, a ‘famous’ bullmastiff, a French bulldog, and a recent loss of a seventeen year old Labrador retriever. My love for animals has expanded over to my daughters and I could not be more proud.

I have the most amazing staff – and they follow the same principles inherent in the practice. Every dog deserves a through evaluation, assessment and treatment program. Whether it is that dog competing for best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club or a dog that needs to learn how to walk again – they deserve the best! Our best compliments are referrals from other clients.

Wizard of Paws Physical Rehabilitation for Animals is a team of professionals dedicated to the rehabilitation, conditioning and wellness of our canine friends. Wizard of Paws was founded by Debbie Gross in 1996 and has gone through many changes over the years. The Wizard of Paws clinic offers a variety of services for dogs related to physical rehabilitation, conditioning, and wellness.

Collectively the staff owns over 66 dogs! Read more about these amazing folks on the Wizard of Paws staff page. The experience they offer is second to none. Our facilities were specifically designed to meet the demands of all canine rehabilitation clients. Attention to detail has been key, and the facility offers state of the art equipment. Two members of the staff are CCRPs, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioners, and others are working towards their certification.


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December 9, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens and welcome back for the hundred and ninety eighth time to The Groomer Next Door podcast. This week we're so lucky to be rejoined by the ever charismatic and exceptional Dr. Laurie Coger DVM. I'm so happy to announce Dr. Coger will be a reoccurring member of the podcast. Throughout 2018 and so on Dr. Coger will continue to share her knowledge and gift of conversation with us all.