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Syrus the Dog, and his Green Smoothie Habit

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Dec 06, 2010

We’ve featured dogs on this blog before, but just in case you don’t think the same rules apply to dogs that apply to humans (processed food bad, whole foods good), here’s GSG reader Lisa’s story:

Hi Robyn!

I would like to tell you about my dog, Syrus and send you some photos to add to your Green Smoothie Mustache collection.   Syrus was diagnosed almost 12 weeks about with a brain tumor.   Surgery was not an option.   Syrus was put on high doses of steroids (at one point he was up to 6 mg of Dexamethasone, which is 8-10 times stronger than prednisone–it’s a lot!), which caused him to basically waste away in front of me.

He went from 70 pounds to 52 in 2 weeks.   He developed a GI bleed and a urinary tract infection (UTI).

He has been on a raw diet (high quality, certified raw meats and vegetables) for about 7 months.   I started him on daily green-smoothies (I eat a 95% raw diet with green smoothies), along with his other holistic supplements, when he was diagnosed.   He is doing FANTASTIC!   Better than I could ever have hoped for.

He gained his weight back, he takes his walks again, and regained his balance (before he looked like he was drunk).   His stomach healed and his UTI is gone, even though the antibiotics didn’t work (the vet wanted to put him on antibiotics for life!).   He loves his Green Smoothies!   When I get the blender out, he waits by the blender, then out to the back patio to lap it up.   He has not turned away from one yet!   In the rare instance where I make one for myself but don’t have time to give him his, he gets upset with me!   It’s hilarious!

We love our Green Smoothies!   I am new to your site but I love what I have seen so far.   Thanks for all you do!


Lisa and Syrus

Posted in: Green Smoothies, Reader Letters

20 thoughts on “Syrus the Dog, and his Green Smoothie Habit”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robin,

    Yes, Processed food BAD, raw foods GOOD!

    For the past 2 months, both my husband (65) & I (58) have been consuming a 90% raw food eating program. We prefaced our “new” eating habits with a 7 day cleansing fast. A Green Smoothie is our morning breakfast. We eat fresh,organic veggies and use our Vita Mix to blend raw “soups”, which we eat with either organic brown rice, quinoa, or a slice of yeast free spelt or rye bread. No sugars, white flour, caffeine, vitamins, etc. Apples are our new fast food.

    Since we started eating raw, both of us have shed 20lbs! Besides the tale of the tape, we both noticed something missing on our hands – the age spots (liver spots) on both our hands have faded to nothing! It’s amazing that this sign of aging can be reversed, just by eating whole, unprocessed foods and in such a relatively short time.

    Thanks for being true to your convictions & spreading the word!



  2. Anonymous says:

    I love this! I would very much like to start my 10 yr old labrador on green smoothies but have been concerned about what should be in it and how much he should consume. Could you give me some indication of quantity and what you put in yours for Syrus? Is there any fruit or vege that a dog really should NOT eat? Thank you Lisa and thank you Robyn for your wonderful website. I have been lurking for many many months!


  3. Anonymous says:

    Great story! Glad to hear Syrus is doing fantastic. Way to go. 🙂 Carolyn, WOW I like your story as well. I love hearing all these benefits everyone is getting from Green Smoothies and eating whole raw foods. Love it.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Awesome story! I would love to start my 12 year old Yorkie. I can see she’s having a little problem going up the stairs.

    What do you recommend?

  5. Anonymous says:

    I would really appreciate some more info for my furkid as well. I have never offered him any of my green smoothies, I just didn’t think he would like it.

  6. Anonymous says:


    You had me at fading of “age spots (liver spots) on both our hands” :-).

    We’ve been eating meatless and healthy for years, bought a Vitamix and added green smoothies and more raw about a year ago but will definitely veer towards the raw now. What did you do for your cleanse? Way to go!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Go Syrus the Green Smoothie dog! What a wonderfully inspiring story. I hope he continues to get better and better!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hello Robyn,

    I enjoy your website and all the great information you share about whole foods. I am a whole foodie as well, however I do have a question for you.

    I have had a chronic sore lower right back for sometime now and would you recommend specific whole foods to help? I do exercise as well but I don’t want to be taking advil so much and I know that whole foods help alot with health issues.

    Thanks so much

    Jo-Ann 🙂

  9. Thanks for the story about Syrus. I, too, am interested in what you put into Syrus’ smoothies and how much you make for him.

  10. Anonymous says:

    @ Anonymous- I worked at a vets office for 10 years. What was recommended to clients where I worked was that dogs shouldn’t have onions and very few grapes (there’s been some cases of grape allergies that proved fatal if I remember correctly). Many animals are sensitive to avocados too- our pet birds are not to have them for instance so caution there. Good luck! My newfoundland loved green smoothies too!!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Awwww – cute doggy! He looks just like one we had years ago (who died from cancer — we’d never heard anything about nutrition back then!). So glad he’s better now.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Grapes and chocolate are NO to dogs. They may lead to renal(kidney) failure. Onions give gas. I would be inerested finding out how much green stuff is good for dogs. Only thing I know -generally speaking cats do better on veggies than dogs.

    I myself am on my way increasing raw & green foods (less meat) in my diet and decreasing supplements. I’m convinced that is the best way. And also the simpliest, natural, good for the earth.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Would Michelle consider sharing her recipies for the foods she mixes up for Syrus? I have long believed that the dry kibble most folks feed their dogs is causing health issues, and have added raw meat and raw pulp (left from juicing) to our dog’s food. However would really like to get him off kibble altogether as he has arthritis in his hind hocks and it is troublesome for him to get up.


  14. Anonymous says:

    I would also like the recipe that you feed to your dog. Sergei Boutenko has a video clip on his site or you can access it through youtube that gives his greensmoothie recipe he feeds his dog. You may want to check that out Anonymous.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I know that grapes are poisonous to dogs. As is chocolate. I’m not sure of any other foods at the moment but I’ll ask my boss ( a veterinarian).


  16. Anonymous says:

    I am very interested in following this story on green smoothies and dogs. I, too would love to know what’s in these smoothies. I drink a simple one every morning of just spinach, water and an apple, adding at the least Maca, Chai or Flax seeds.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I also feed my dog raw smoothies,

    I have the attitude that the dog will eat what and how much they want, I dont limit the amount she gets, I give her anywhere from half to a full two cups. If she asks for more.. I give her More! My dog gets raw meat and Green smoothies as her regular diet. After watching the movie “Food INC.” I often think about taking her off meat… Yes it is natural for her to eat meat, and I want her to, but it is not natural the way they process her food! I am still searching for an ethical farmer close to me. (there are Vegan dogs!!??!! I youtubed it!)

    as for foods they say dogs cant have, Onion and corn, it is toxic to them, and I have experianced that, they say that garlic and avacado are toxic for dogs… I heard this after feeding my dog both galic and Avacado.. never had any ill effects… We lived in Brazil and every morning my puppy would finish off a HUGE avacado with me. and she was fine.

    as for fruits… i go with all is good! I never get to finish a banana because my dog acts like she just might die if she doesn’t get her share! In my experiance the younger you start the better, but I always give fruits/veggies to friends dogs and they love it. if they are picky really give them a chance encourage them to eat it, and even make it fun… My Luna plays with grapes before eating them, I think the”dont play with your food” antic only goes for Humans!!

  18. Anonymous says:

    My dog Winnie also loves green smoothies. I make mine in the morning and give him some in a bowl. The other morning I had given him his and put mine on the table by my seat and went back to get something in the kitchen. While I was gone Winnie got up and start to drnk mine while I was gone. He doesn’t do that with any other food. Dogs do love green smoothies.

  19. Kath says:

    Lisa, that is GREAT about your beloved Syrus! I pray he continues healing. And what a terrific picture!

    And Carolyn, we also have a Vita Mix and LOVE it! I wish we could have brought it down south with us (we’re in South Carolina for the winter and couldn’t fit the whole kitchen in the car with us 🙂 ) – but at least the condo we’re in has a good blender! 🙂 Also, your results with changing your diet is EXTREMELY interesting! Wow! If ever there was an argument for going raw, you are living proof! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your story!

    I love this site. 🙂


  20. Anonymous says:

    I make my own raw dog food and would be happy to share my recipe.

    In a large bowl with a fitting colander I soak a cup of buckwheat groats,

    red or green lentils, whole sprouting oats, dried mung beans, wheat seeds

    and whatever else I have that will sprout such as dried peas, etc. After soaking

    overnight, I rinse well then let everything sprout in the same colander, in

    the same bowl that is now emptied of water. Once sprouted, place in refrigerator

    in a zip lock bag. To feed my dogs, I mix 2 cups of sprouts with approx.

    1/2 lb Laura’s ground beef (raw) or another natural type meat such as

    buffalo. I add about 3/4 cup prilled water and stir it all up. I also put in some

    additives to my mix which I find helpful such as a tsp of calcium bentonite

    clay and a tbsp of a powder mixture that I have premixed. The mix consists of

    wheatgrass powder, turmeric powder, brewers yeast and garlic powder.

    This sounds like a lot to do but it goes fast once you get used to it and my

    2 large dogs are very fit and healthy and never require vet care. P

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