|Forum topic by Abbott||posted 03-29-2010 01:56 AM||1182 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
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! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣