10 Must Have Tools When Cooking For Your Dog

10 Must Have Tools When Cooking For Your Dog

We live in the Pacific Northwest. Often times when I say that, in my mind I hear the call of trumpets and envision fish jumping about in a glacial stream while glorious pine trees billow in the mountain wind. Yup, I’m in love with the beautiful PNW, truly an awe inspiring part of this glorious country. We value organic farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, and ranchers are allowed to graze cattle in national forest land free of herbicides and pesticides – and our salmon are some of the best you’ll ever taste, fresh from ocean and rivers. The abundance of high-quality food is one of the reasons we cook for our dogs. Cooking for Your Dog The main source of protein for one of our dogs is fish. Lulu’s diet consists of a majority of fish protein if mixed with other sources. We often make her salmon or sardine-based meals and treats. Mookie on the other hand can eat any protein, including salmon, beef, lamb, buffalo, turkey, duck and chicken. We cook and un-cook meals for our dogs. Un-cook? Yup, raw. Our dogs eat a wide-variety of high-quality food that we cook and un-cook for them. The trick with raw food is proper handling techniques and to freeze it all, and safely thaw the portion you serve each day. Don’t save left overs in the fridge. Put them back in the freezer (only once) and serve what remains in a few days (again follow safe thawing protocol). Cooking for your dog is fairly simple: cook like you would for yourself, using dog-safe ingredients, and again freeze. Don’t give your dog cooked bones, period. It’s really not that complicated...
How To Save Money Making Homemade Dog Treats!

How To Save Money Making Homemade Dog Treats!

You want to know a secret? We save money making our own homemade dog treats. We’re learning to live more thriftily as soon we’ll leave city life for full time cozy cabin living, where we’ll grow our own food. Thanks to 1960’s and 70’s we Americans became fascinated with fast food and now many of us take for granted that dog treats are prepackaged and purchased from a grocery store. But they don’t need to be. Particularly when you want to save money and be in charge of your dog’s health. Seriously, who doesn’t what those two things? How To Save Money Making Homemade Dog Treats Fruits Dogs Can Eat Apple Apricot Banana Blackberry Blueberry Cantaloupe Cranberry Honeydew Mango Orange Peach Pear Pineapple Raspberry Strawberry Watermelon Veggies Dogs Can Eat Asparagus Beet Broccoli Brussel Sprout Cabbage Carrot Cauliflower Celery Cucumber Egg Plant Green Bean Greens Kale Potato Squash Sweet Potato Proteins Dogs Can Eat Beef Bison Buffalo Chicken Duck Egg Exotics Lamb Legumes Ostrich Salmon Sardines Turkey Venison Whitefish etc Make sure the money saving, homemade treats you give your dog are foods that he or she can tolerate (we learned this the hard way), and that pit-based fruit are sliced generously (leaving some flesh on the pit).Peel skins where appropriate and par-steam some veggies (e.g. broccoli, brussels, etc.). Follow safe raw meat handling procedures. Start by feeding your dog in little amounts – not Manwich™ size meals! Use ingredients from the meals you prepare for yourself to make small portions versus a big bag of treats. Dehydrate homemade dog treats, ensure they are moisture free, and store in the fridge in airtight containers (up to...
What is the Deal With Human Grade Dog Food?

What is the Deal With Human Grade Dog Food?

If you are a pet lover you are seeing more ‘human grade’ labels on pet food. Human grade…for dogs. As though human grade means something. Cheetos are human grade. So are pizza rolls. Did your eyes just glaze over there? Okay, but these human grade items aren’t even human. So don’t get all highfaluting that dogs are somehow getting in on your shtick, stealing your special food thunder. Is human grade dog food a thing or is it just marketing? Is human-grade pet food a thing or is it just marketing? #petfood #petnutrition Click To Tweet What is the Deal with Human Grade Dog Food?   Everyone wants to know what they are eating…until they don’t. I really want to know what’s in my Wendy’s Asian Cashew Salad, but you really don’t have to tell me what I’m eating when I elect to eat a potato chip. My guess is there’s very little potato in it. La la la la…ignorance is bliss. But ignorance can hurt you. Pet owner’s demands for more transparency has caused angst in the commercial dog food industry. What human grade really means is that it is fit for human consumption. But… I just told you that I, like you, would eat a potato chip. So really, is there a big difference? What Does Human Grade Mean? Human grade also means that the entire process has regulations to ensure strict standards for how the food is prepared – ensuring quality, cleanliness, and safety. In a nutshell, human grade also means that the food is prepared in a facility that complies with the FDA’s standards for human food. There are...
Our Dog Has A Magical Butt…Time For Fish

Our Dog Has A Magical Butt…Time For Fish

I love coconut. My sister hates coconut. I love it so much that as a kid, I ate an entire bag of flaked coconut. It was good! My sister had a spoonful and threw up. How can two people, from the same parents have such dissimilar tastes? Memories from a long time ago recently came back while feeding our dogs. Our boy Mookie? I can feed him anything. Duck, turkey, beef, buffalo, sardines, you name it, he eats it with no problems – pretty sure he’d eat sasquatch and be fine. Our girl dog, and Mookie’s sister, Lulu? Everything but the sardines gave her the runs…dog diarrhea! Then it hit me, our dog has a magical butt…time for fish! Magical Butt Dog – or – Dog Diarrhea It really didn’t matter what I gave our sweet little Lulu – she gave it right back…from a different end of her body. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes she’d give it immediately back just like my sister with her coconut aversion, most times it was the other end. I became a purveyor of dog shampoo. Washing my Lulu’s magical dog diarrhea butt became a lather, rinse, repeat deal. It didn’t start this way with Lulu – it began eight months after we adopted her (from CA). Lulu never gave me a hint she had issues with her meals other than her diarrhea. She happily gobbled down anything. And it wasn’t constant. If we rotated the protein in her meals she’d do okay for a little while, but eventually that would be it. Break open the dog shampoo. Why Our Dog Has a Magical Butt...
How To Make Sweet Potato Ice Cream For Your Dog

How To Make Sweet Potato Ice Cream For Your Dog

Did you catch the NY Times this weekend? Sweet potato ice cream! Yup, it’s a thing. Go figure. Well, it does make sense… I guess. I can’t get past the ‘too close to Thanksgiving, sweet potato/pumpkin pie’ goodness. I need a break. But, since all the holiday recipes have sugar and cream and that mean’s I don’t feed it to my pups, my dog are drooling for some sweet potato treats . So I tweaked the NY Times recipe to make Sweet Potato Ice Cream For Dogs! Check it out – it’s easy, yummy, nutritious and your dog will love it. How To Make Sweet Potato Ice Cream For Dog – DIY Recipe Bake sweet potatoes until soft – use your own imagination here. Oven, microwave, toaster oven. They’re all good, just don’t season. The trick? Once cooled, remove peel and place the potatoes in a food processor, we use Cuisinart Mini-Prep, and puree. I like to have a little fun, so I played Whip It by Devo while I spanked some goodness into my sweet taters. Add one cup of kefir or yogurt, some turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, molasses and two egg yolks. Put it all in your little mini prep food processor, turn Devo back on and whip it good! Whipped Stuff, Now What? Good, you got this far and so now you’re wondering, ‘what in the heck do I do with my mixed sweet potato pudding?’ Well, you can do a couple of things. Because I like to give my dog’s the authentic stuff, I put the sweet potato mix into an ice cream maker and prepare according to...
Pressure Cooker Beef Stew Recipe For Your Dog

Pressure Cooker Beef Stew Recipe For Your Dog

Wow, winter is almost here! We plan to get out and skate skiing this season. My husband and I are committed to figure it out and get to the other side of the mountains and ski…with our dogs. Our dogs, you ask? Aren’t they small? Yup! This last weekend my husband emerged from the basement asking, “did you want me to save these old skis for your crazy dog igloo idea?” Sounds weird doesn’t it? It’s not really. Think cross between a styrofoam cooler and a big version of a 1980’s Leggs Pantyhose container….but on skis, with a hole in the top so my dog can stick his head out while I happily ski and pull him behind me in his cool contraption! Every year I try to talk my husband into making a little egg-shaped, insulated igloo that sits on skis…my plan? To take my dogs with us when we go skiing! I know, you can say it – bee-rilliant! My husband says I’m daft in the head for having the idea. Whenever we talk about my dog ski-igloo contraption, my husband stares at me with a bit of a twisted smile and says, “so you really think that will work, do ya?” Yes I do! Clearly he does not. Some day though…. I will make my dog ski-igloo thingy, as God is my witness! Seriously though, I hope God isn’t looking too closely at me… I may have to clean up my language some. While my dog ski-igloo thingy may be years in the making, here’s what I do vow to make for our pups this year. You can make it too, all you need is...

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