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Forum topic by Abbott posted 03-29-2010 01:56 AM 1167 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-29-2010 01:56 AM

I just had my wife boil up three beef kidneys for about 15 minutes. She then put them on a paper plate and set it on the front porch to cool for a about 5 minutes The scent drives our pups nuts and sure gets them ready for their only meal of the day. When I go out to feed and they see me coming around the corner with that paper plate (or pot) the scent has their full attention as they profusely lick their chops. I tossed about 3/4 of a pound of kidney to each one of them and they all three went to a neutral corner and began to feed. They love ‘em!

We also cook them up turkey necks, turkey drumsticks, pork shoulders, pork necks, pigs feet, soup bones and some 3 bone beef ribs. About 80 percent of this meat comes out of the bargain bins when we grocery shop for two to three dollars a pack. I try to keep the cost at about a dollar per dog for meat and bone two or there times per week plus dry food. I also like to have my wife cook them up some chicken hearts, gizzards and chicken livers and mix them in with the broth poured over dry food.

We just boil all of the above and feed it often with dry food depending on the amount of meat and bone they get. We also save the broth that the meat cooks in and pour it over dry food for them a couple of days a week. This keeps them healthy and very happy. We also sneak in some rice and vegetables now and then mixed with dry food and meat gravy. This diet supplies the needed nutrients (calcium and whole grains) plus gives them the protein, scent, taste and texture of real meat.

We picked up a mother and two pups about 5 years ago someone had abandoned and they have turned out to be the best dogs I have ever had. I enjoy watching them eat well and I keep an eye on their weight by adjusting their diet and giving them plenty of runs and hikes in the forest. Our dogs weigh about 40-50 pounds apiece so they get about 3/4 to a full pound of food per day, a bit more in cold weather and for high activity days. I always take the extra winter pounds off them in Spring. They are well trained, healthy, happy and bring an immeasurable amount of fun and joy into our lives. They also like hanging out in wood shops.

Who else cooks up homemade food for their dogs? What do you feed them? How often and how much? Do you have any good recipes I can try for them?

Mom is the black one on the left with her two daughters.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#1 posted 03-29-2010 03:11 AM

Looks like them girls know who their daddy is! :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 03-29-2010 03:35 AM

I don’t feed my dog anything home made, really. He is old, and can’t really handle “human” food very well.
I never have made anything for any of the dogs I have ever owned.
I do have a friend who cooks for his cats. And they are all large and lazy enough to use as foot stools when you are sitting on his couch :)

-- You can get more with a kind word and a 2 by 4, than you can with just a kind word.

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#3 posted 03-29-2010 07:58 AM

Yeah, Charlie the dogs and I are pals. We have a lot of fun together.

LOL, Mog I have a cat to, she is stuck to me like glue when I’m in the house. She crawls up on my chest and goes to sleep and it puts me out like a light while I am sitting in my chair. I don’t know why but it’s like sleeping pills or something.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#4 posted 03-29-2010 01:23 PM

We do turkey necks and gizzards. We do chicken you can get a whole fryer for 5 bucks.

Cook them in a pot add water, rice, some veggies a little garlic. when its cooked we put it in a blender.

We do the steaks and pork when they are reduced for sale.

They can’t have raw onions or grapes. Both can kill them just like chocolate and caffine.

Looks kinda like brown puke, we mix it with their dry food. Are dogs are spoiled.

Dogs are family, a tell people I have 4 kids only 1 has 2 legs.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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