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Martha’s Doggie Gourmet Kitchen

January 30, 2009

Well! Today was almost completely devoted to working in our kitchen creating a week’s supply of doggie gourmet food. It goes without saying that I didn’t paint.

In times past we’ve cooked for our dogs, saving a ton on pet food and ending up with a diet for them that is much better than the available commercial food. We’ve decided it’s time to do it again. The dogs certainly don’t mind, and it’s a fun day for everyone.

Every week we cook up a week’s ration of whatever recipe we come up with, and that is determined by what’s on special at the supermarket. A week’s supply of food keeps nicely in the refrigerator in one big pot with a lid. We are careful to design it in such a way that it’s nutritious for them. It’s always heavier on protein than people food, and always includes some vegetables and fiber.

This week we did ground turkey, beef heart, brown rice, peas, and carrots. It’s just about a day-long project, but costs less than half what we would ordinarily spend on pet food. And as I say, it’s way better for them.

The dogs haven’t seen us do this since about a year ago, but they hadn’t forgotten. They watched every move we made, in eager anticipation of the feast to come tonight.

It was like doggie Thanksgiving here! We are talking some contented pups.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30, 2009 7:27 pm

    They’re two cute. Obviously totally spoiled and very much loved.

    I actually have some recipes I make for my kitties. It’s so much better for our animals than the fats and ash they put in store bought goods.

    Now do you can? It really takes nothing to put your gourmet doggy cuisine in a quart jar and can it. Of course freezing is also an option.
    Vikki

  2. January 31, 2009 12:40 am

    I can imagine the eager wee faces 🙂 When our bulldog was having chemo we often cooked for her, because we needed to get extra vitamins etc down Meg to help her cope with the treatment. I think home cooked doggie food is true love…

  3. January 31, 2009 7:30 am

    Our dog is also on a similar diet: raw meat mixed with cooked veggies and fiber. Last time, my husband made a mixture of mutton, chicken, a piece of beef liver, brown rice and cauliflower. She really loves it. As you say, it’s a lot of work but so much better for them than commercial dog food. Who knows what’s in that stuff!

  4. January 31, 2009 8:40 am

    Vikki, they truly do have us trained in a lot of ways. I hadn’t thought about canning it, though that might be a nice thing. I do sometimes freeze batches in vacuum sealed bags. When freezing, it’s the remembering to take it out that’s hard. And I don’t like to microwave things much. I think it changes the chemistry. So to warm it we just pop it into a pan on top of the stove for a minute.

  5. January 31, 2009 8:41 am

    Cath, my dogs think so too!

  6. January 31, 2009 8:44 am

    Stephanie, the raw meat idea is good. We don’t quite subscribe to the BARF movement, but some raw meat is definitely better than none! Yesterday when we were cutting up the beef heart (yeuck!) they got some bites.

    PS – I meant to say in my post that when we do buy commercial food, we at least get a good brand from the health food store.

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