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06/10/2011

Happy Veggie Kids: Ruby Bird!  »


Ruby Bird is six years old, hailing from Portland, Ore. She’s a character! I love her.

Vegansaurus: What is your favorite food?
Ruby: Cado! [Dad note: that means avocado]

What is your favorite kind of birthday cake?
Chocolate and vanilla. Chocolate…aaaaand…vanilla. [Dad note: makes eating noises then says “I ate all my cake!”]

Why are you vegan?
Because we don’t eat animals. It’s bad for their bodies.

Do you like being vegan? Why?
Yes. Because I just like to. I just don’t like to eat animals. And I really really love to hug on animals. [Ed. note: I love to hug on them too!]

Is it ever hard to be vegan?
No.

What do your friends think about you being vegan?
[Dad note: She lists all her friends who are and aren’t vegan and says once she ate a cracker on accident that wasn’t vegan.]

What is your favorite animal? Why?
Cows and cats. And a bunny rabbit. And a chick. Chicky chicky! And I think one more. So, a dog, a cow, a rooster, a chick, and a dog. And that is it. Oh! And my other favorite animal is a fox. A fox and a coyote.  

Do you like pink dinosaurs? Can you draw one for us? We would love it!
Yes. I like T. Rex. Does T. Rex start with an “X”? [Dad note: I tell her no, but it has an X in it] Does it start with a “T”? [Dad note: I tell her it does] I KNEW IT!

[Dad note: Here is Ruby’s pink dinosaur drawing. She wanted to do it in sidewalk chalk. She decided it would be cool to lay down next to the pink dino and either snuggle or look dead next to it. I can’t tell which it is]

06/09/2011

Happy Veggie Kids: Noah M!  »


This is Noah! Look how excited he is for whatever is in that pot! He is three and a half and he’s from Minneapolis. His sister Ava did the interview too. Too cute! I hope they let him have whatever is in that pot!

Vegansaurus: What is your favorite food?
Noah: Watermelon.

What is your favorite kind of birthday cake?
Chocolate with flowers.

Why are you vegan?
Being vegetarian is different than meat.

Do you like being vegan? Why?
Uh huh. Because I don’t like meat. Meat is animals.

Is it ever hard to be vegan?
Noah: No.

What do your friends think about you being vegan?
Bad. Nice. I don’t know.

What is your favorite animal? Why?
Dog. A dog that’s white. Some dogs are kinda shy. I wish we had five dogs like those people we saw long long time ago.

Do you like pink dinosaurs?
Yup.

Can you draw one for us? We would love it!
No. They’re hard to draw. [Ed. note: A boy with conviction!]

As usual, if you have a vegan or vegetarian kid who wants to do the interview, email me! I’m running low on interviews, so if you’ve been thinking about it, now is the time!

06/08/2011

Happy Veggie Kids: Madison!  »


The above person is Madison with her adopted dog Larry! Madison is 12 and she’s a scrappy basketball player from Roseville, Calif. From her Auntie: “Her uncle Rod and I are vegans but we were completely, though pleasantly, surprised by her proud announcement that she is a vegetarian. She’s psyched about the Daiya grilled cheeses we’ve promised to make her.” Awesome! Daiya grilled cheese with tomato soup, holy cannoli! The best! Also the best? Indoctrinating your siblings’ children!

Vegansaurus: What is your favorite food?
Madison: Cheese. [Ed. note: We’ll get her eventually! I know it]

What is your favorite kind of birthday cake?
Red velvet!

Why are you vegetarian?
Because I love animals and the thought of meat grosses me out.

Do you like being vegetarian? Why?
Yes! Because I don’t like the thought of eating animals so when I don’t eat animals, I feel good!

Is it ever hard to be vegetarian?
No.

What do your friends think about you being vegetarian?
Some of my friends are vegetarians, but the ones who aren’t don’t really care.

What is your favorite animal? Why?
Dogs! Because they are really sweet and cuddly and soft and nice!

Do you like pink dinosaurs?
I do.

Can you draw one for us? We would love it!
Madison: Umm, no. Wait, was that a real question?
Aunt: Yes. Their logo is a pink dinosaur.
Madison: Oh! OK, I’ll do it! I’ll find one on the internet and copy it

Madison was moving and couldn’t draw a vegansaurus for us so her uncle Rod was kind enough to draw one on her behalf:

Rod should be a professional vegansaurus drawer! As usual, if you have a vegan or vegetarian kid who wants to do the interview, email me!

06/07/2011

Happy Veggie Kids: Avery!  »


This is Avery! First of all: BEST PICTURE EVER. Hilar. Avery will be four in a couple of months and has been vegan her whole life. She lives in Brooklin, a suburb of Toronto, CA—I feel like we have a lot of Toronto readers, no? Avery’s dad even spelled all the “favorites” as “favourite”—such an adorable people!

Vegansaurus: What is your favorite food?
Avery: Bean salad. With quinoa and special Avery sauce. [Dad note: homemade dressing] [Ed. note: I need some Megan Rascal sauce of my own!]

What is your favorite kind of birthday cake?
Pink icing and…and…and…chocolate! 

Why are you vegan?
Because I don’t want to hurt animals

Do you like being vegan? Why?
Yes. Because I don’t want to hurt animals. [Dad note: puzzled why I asked essentially, to her, the same question twice]

Is it ever hard to be vegan?
Avery: No.
Dad: Ever? 
Avery: Nope.

What do your friends think about you being vegan?
They think I don’t eat animals. Kiara says I eat meat, but I don’t. [Ed. note: Man, shut up, Kiara!]

What is your favorite animal? Why?
Giraffe. Because it just is.

Do you like pink dinosaurs? Can you draw one for us? We would love it!
Yeah. Yeah—I can’t, actually.

It’s OK, Avery! You just keep on doing what you’re doing! As per usual, if you have a vegan or vegetarian kid who wants to do the interview, email me!

06/06/2011

Happy Veggie Kids: Ava Belle!  »


Uh oh, cutie alert! This is Ava Belle! She’ll be six next month and she lives in Minneapolis, Minn. Happy early b-day, AB! Love the side-swept bangs.

Vegansaurus: What is your favorite food?
Ava Belle: Noodles and garlic. Wait! I mean, veggie dogs.

What is your favorite kind of birthday cake?
Vanilla.

Why are you vegan?
Because I don’t want to hurt animals. [Ed. note: that’s like our #1 answer, right? It’s so simple to them, why don’t the adult omnis get it!]

Do you like being vegan? Why?
MmmHmm. Because vegetarian food is my favorite.

Is it ever hard to be vegan?
No.

What do your friends think about you being vegan?
They never told me about being vegan.

What is your favorite animal? Why?
Horses. Because they are cute. Not because you can ride on their back, just because they’re just cute.

Do you like pink dinosaurs? Can you draw one for us? We would love it!
Definitely. I could, but I won’t be pretty good, just kind of.
More like kind of AWESOME! Love it. As usual, if you have a vegan or vegetarian kid who wants to do the interview, email me!

06/03/2011

Happy Veggie Kids: Samson!  »


This is Samson! He’s three and a half! He lives in Worthington, Penn. (northeast of Pittsburgh) on a 10-acre farm. He has two cats, one puppy, and four guinea fowl he helps care for. That’s neat! I’d never heard of a guinea fowl. I love the name Samson!

Vegansaurus: What is your favorite food?
Samson: I like cupcakes!  I want to eat some right now. [Mom note: The picture is with one of the cookies and cream cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. He’s getting the banana split ones this weekend.  He’s a little obsessed right now.]

What is your favorite kind of birthday cake?
Chocolate vanilla.

Why are you vegetarian?
'Cause I can't like eating chickens!!!

Do you like being vegetarian? Why?
Oh, yes. ‘Cause I can’t like animals being hurt. We only eat FOOD.

Is it ever hard to be vegetarian?
Yep.

What do your friends think about you being vegetarian?
I don’t know!

What is your favorite animal? Why?
I like my puppy, her name is Kiyouk. ‘Cause she’s my fun animal. Me and her can solve some mysteries.

Do you like pink dinosaurs? Can you draw one for us? We would love it!
Yeah… Yes!


As usual, if you have a vegan or vegetarian kid who wants to do the interview, email me!

06/02/2011

Happy Veggie Kids: Justice!  »


Say hello to Justice! He’s an eight-year-old vegan from Oak Park, Ill. You may know his mom from Vegan Feminist Agitator. Mom note: “Justice has helped his father and I organize Chicago VeganMania every year. We also have the Chicago Vegan Family Network if people want to contact me over email for our monthly potlucks/get-togethers.” You can email me and I’ll put you in touch! Potlucks are fun! Now, back to Justice.

Vegansaurus: What is your favorite food?
Justice: Well, I’d probably say Thai food. My favorite dish? That would be pad Thai.

What is your favorite kind of birthday cake?
 I’d say chocolate cake with mango frosting. Chocolate and chocolate, vanilla and chocolate, too.  My real favorite is actually chocolate with vanilla frosting. You’re a good writer [typist], mom. Next?

Why are you vegan?
Well, because you [mom] and dad are vegan. If you and dad are vegan, then I’m vegan. And I like animals. It’s the only type of food I know. I’ve always been vegan, I always will be vegan and I like animals

Do you like being vegan? Why?
Well, because I like animals and vegan food tastes good. I just don’t like hurting animals.

Is it ever hard to be vegan?
No.

What do your friends think about you being vegan?
They don’t really mind. They don’t usually talk about it. I also have some vegan friends. Next?

What is your favorite animal? Why?
Well, “why” is not so easy but favorite animal? Let’s see…cats. I love cats so much because they’re so cute and fluffy.

Do you like pink dinosaurs? Can you draw one for us? We would love it!
Uh, well, um, huh. I think maybe I like dinosaurs but I don’t like pink. Now that I know the history of pink, I don’t like it. [Mom note: This led into a whole side topic with his mother thinking that he was rejecting pink because it’s considered a feminine color.]

Mom: What is the “history” of pink?
Justice: Well, it’s a mystery color.
Mom: What do you mean, mystery color?
Justice: OK, I don’t like pink because it is related to red.
Mom: What’s the matter with red? Red is my favorite color.
Justice: It reminds me of blood and blood creeps me out.

[Mom note: Upon further investigation, it was revealed that Justice remembered his mother talking about how pink was once thought of as a boy’s color and blue was considered more of a girl’s color. Pink was thought to be a child-friendly pastel of red, which evokes blood, of course, and thus was once considered “fiery and manly.” Link] [Ed. note: Dang, Justice! You are a smart one!]

Mom: But still, do you like pink dinosaurs?
Justice: Yes, I am a fan of them.

I’m a fan of this vegansaurus drawing! Awesome! As usual, if you have a vegan or vegetarian kid who wants to do the interview, email me!

06/01/2011

Happy Veggie Kids: Ava!  »


This is Ava! Super cutie! She is only four years old but already helps her mom blog about their favorite vegan recipes. A future Vegansaur?!

Vegansaurus: What is your favorite food?
Ava: Vegan mac ‘n’ cheese.

What is your favorite kind of birthday cake?
Chocolate with vanilla frosting.

Why are you vegan?
Because I don’t want to hurt the animals.

Do you like being vegan? Why?
Yes. Because it doesn’t hurt the animals and it’s healthy.

Is it ever hard to be vegan?
Sometimes it is hard to not eat cheese crackers. [Ed. note: Parmesan goldfish! You mock me with your knowing smile!]

What do your friends think about you being vegan?
They think it’s good.

What is your favorite animal? Why?
Horses because they can carry you on their strong backs.

Do you like pink dinosaurs? Can you draw one for us? We would love it!
Yes, but I don’t know how to draw one. [Ed. note: just takes practice!]

As per usual, if you have a vegan or vegetarian kid who wants to do the interview, email me!

05/31/2011

Happy Veggie Kids: Noah!  »


This is seven-year-old Noah! He is clearly a baseball stud and he also helps his mom with her blog!

Vegansaurus: What is your favorite food?
Noah: Pickles and Tofurkey Reubens. [Mom note: I made my own recipe]

What is your favorite kind of birthday cake?
Pineapple upside-down cake.

Why are you vegan?
Because it doesn’t hurt animals.

Do you like being vegan? Why?
Yes, because it doesn’t hurt animals and the food tastes yummier than un-vegan food.

Is it ever hard to be vegan?
No. [Ed. note: that’s what I like to hear!]

What do your friends think about you being vegan?
They think it’s good. Most of them are vegan, too.

What is your favorite animal? Why?
All animals because they’re our friends and they help us live.

Do you like pink dinosaurs? Can you draw one for us? We would love it!
Yeah, but I mostly like blue dinosaurs. Yes, I can draw one!

If I’m not mistaken, that looks like a vegansaurus grocery shopping with a baby vegansaurus in the cart?! Holy cannoli! Baby vegansaurus! Awesome! As usual, if you have a vegan or vegetarian kid who wants to do the interview, email me!

05/27/2011

Happy Veggie Kids: Ayame!  »


This is eight-year-old Ayame! She’s been vegan her whole life and I’m assuming she’s been adorable at least that long.

Vegansaurus: What is your favorite food?
Ayame: I have too many, but, cookies!

What is your favorite kind of birthday cake?
Dad’s vanilla cake.

Why are you vegan?
Because mom and dad are vegan. Because if you eat animals it’s not right.

Do you like being vegan? Why?
Yeah. At lunch they eat meat all the time and I would be unhealthy and you will get a gallstone. [Dad note: My cousin got a gallstone and was told to cut out all dairy and eggs.]

Is it ever hard to be vegan?
Yeah, when my class eats special treats sometimes I don’t get to eat them and I feel sad. [Dad note: We give her extra treats when she gets home.]

What do your friends think about you being vegan?
Nothing, they don’t even think about me being vegan. [Dad note: Her friends’ parents are very accommodating and will prepare Ayame’s food separately or serve vegan food.]

What is your favorite animal? Why?
Bunnies. They are cute.

Do you like pink dinosaurs? Can you draw one for us? We would love it!
[laughing] Yes. OK.


Looks just like the Vegansaur! Awesome! As usual, if you have a vegan or vegetarian kid who wants to do the interview, email me!

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