Scarlett is a border collie mix (mixed with what, we don't really know but we think it's some kind of retriever) who is about three at the time I'm writing this. Scarlett was found alone in Toronto when she was just under one year old. We adopted her from animal services because we know animals there will be put to sleep if they can't be adopted out, which usually will never happen at a humane society. She has a permanent tear in her ear and is still getting over some emotional scarring. She's absolutely terrified of everyone and everything, and as soon as she gets to know you she's terrified you're going to leave. That being said, she also loves everyone and everything which is one of the reasons she makes a fantastic vegan. Being vegan isn't just about loving animals other than your own species, it's about accepting everyone. There is not a single animal that Scarlett will not greet without trying to kiss them, accompanied by a ferociously wagging tail. Scarlett's favourite animal friends are probably two adopted rabbits she lives with. She enjoys herding them gently (with nose nudges and tiny feet pushes), only to pin them down so she can lick them clean (while being supervised of course, just in case!). When her bird roommates fall out of their cage or get lost she's happy to sit near them until someone comes to bring them back home. It's her constant patient behaviour that makes her an exemplary vegan.
Scarlett is also very courteous with animals she meets while out for a walk. How Scarlett acts with animals in the home and out in the wild is how I know she's meant to be vegan. Scarlett once caught an adult frog in her mouth, which she politely dropped on her own so he could swim away into the lake unharmed. She also tried to ask an injured robin if he was okay by gently poking him with her nose, alerting me so I could call the humane society. This is not the behaviour of a carnivore or omnivore, they would see an injured animal as prey. Scarlett just kept nudging the robin until I walked over. She's also extra friendly to any cats she happens to see outside, even though she knows they shouldn't be there (because it's illegal where we live)!
As a former homeless doggy Scarlett is not a picky eater, and she happily gobbles down her vegan kibble without any prompting. She never asks for human food, but if given some at an appropriate time she's thankful for the consideration. Scarlett's favourites are canned pumpkin and boiled broccoli, but she's been known to try and snag some wheat grass and lettuce from the bunnies so maybe she can't quite tell us what she likes best.
Vegans come in all shapes and sizes, and sharing your home with other animals definitely doesn't mean you need to compromise your ethics in the process. Veganism is also a lifestyle and does not just end with what you buy at the grocery store or what you happen to eat. It's an ethic of loving and caring that extends to all other creatures. If all vegans were like Scarlett, I think we'd have less vegan stereotypes, more awareness, and less misunderstandings. That's why I think she's the best vegan I know (but my boyfriend, who without ever watching a video or reading about how animals were treated went vegan just because it was stupid not to, does come a very close second!).