Monday, October 12, 2015

Dinner for Dogs!

When we ordered the book Dinner for Dogs I knew that I was going to be taking it home to try out the recipes.  I have a 7 year old dog named Moose who has about 3 teeth left.  Ok, I exaggerate a lot a little, but it is far fewer than most dogs and not nearly enough teeth to be chomping on kibble.  Every time I tried to feed him dry dog food, he sat there looking at me all forlorn, like I was trying to feed him sadness and despair   I tried soaking the kibble in water.... but let's be honest, if you don't want eat kibble in the first place, you aren't going to want it when I make it into kibble soup.  I tried to switching to moist food, but have you ever read the list of ingredients?  Have you ever googled Chicken By Product?   Do you know what is IN THAT STUFF
Things like:

  • Feet
  • Backs
  • Livers
  • Lungs
  • Heads
  • Brains
  • Spleen
  • Frames
  • Kidneys
  • Stomachs
  • Intestines
  • Undeveloped eggs

  • They can also use ingredients like gizzards that have sat unrefrigerated for 24 hours and dead on arrival carasses!  Uhhhhh.... GROSS!   If you want to not eat ever again be fully informed, you can read about it here.  

    So, that is how Moose and I ended up spending an afternoon making him some healthy homemade dog food!  We decided to make Chicken and Rice Balls.  

    We gathered our ingredients:  
    Old fashioned Oatmeal
    Chicken Thighs
    Fresh Herbs

    The first step was to boil the chicken thighs.  (I boiled mine with an onion because I used some of the chicken broth for a soup I was making later, but you don't want to feed onions to your dogs because it can cause anemia.)

    I chopped up three large carrots and three large parsnips, covered them with water and boiled them in another saucepan.

     Once the chicken thighs were cooked, I took them out of the broth and placed them on a plate to shred them.

    I returned 2 cups of broth to the pan, returned it to a boil and added the rice.

    About this time I noticed I had an audience.

    Could you cook faster?

    Next I drained the cooked carrots and parsnips and mashed them.  Then I added the cooked rice, shredded chicken and chopped herbs.

    I mixed it together well and started forming balls.  

    I think they would have held together better if I had mashed the carrots and parsnips more, but you only really need them to hold together well enough to place on the cookie sheet and then you can freeze them.

     I had a very willing test subject, waiting patiently.

    To say that Moose liked them would be a huge understatement!  He devours them!  

    He dogfaced it so fast, it was falling off of the plate.

    This is a dog that believes cats run the world, and will usually leave his food if a cat even walks into the next room.... NOT THIS TIME!

    All gone sucka!
    Bolstered by the smashing success of the Chicken Rice Balls, I decided to try another recipe.  This time we decided to make Morning Oatmeal.

    Old Fashioned Oatmeal
    Handful of Blueberries
    Fresh Herbs

    I cooked the oatmeal, then shredded the apple and added it with the blueberries, flaxseed and herbs.

    It looked and smelled so good!  I dished it up with high hopes.

    Moose was waiting patiently again.

    But this time it was not such a huge success.

    What in the *&$# is THIS?
    The oatmeal was an epic failure.

    Even the cat didn't want it.

    I am not discouraged though!  There are so many other recipes in this book!  There are daily dinners, treats, recovery meals and even special meals for special days!  

    Moose eats two of his rice balls twice a day and a week later he is still happily devouring them.  I take two balls out of the freezer and microwave them for 30 seconds.  The balls would last about 5 days in the refrigerator or about two months in the freezer.

    I dropped off a couple of balls for Ellie the shop dog to try, and I think she approves too!

    On a serious note, I did a lot of reading about the ingredients in the food I have been feeding my dog and my cats and I don't think I will ever be buying a commercial pet food EVER AGAIN!!

    Here are a few of the articles I read:

    Let us know if you try out any of the recipes in this book or if you make your own dog food from a different recipe!  Ellie and Moose are both finicky eaters (which makes sense now that I know they are eating expired grocery store meats and diseased livestock! GAH!) and Marie and I would love to hear what works for you and your pet!!


    1. My niece recently found some recipes for dogs she wants us to try, this looks like a great resource. Over the summer we made dog popsicle (for the dog to eat, not dog flavored). The marmot dog loved them!

      1. I bet Moose would LOVE popsicles! He thinks ice cubes are treats! I have saved a lot of money with that lie...