Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Irresistible Doggie Stew

Irresistible Doggie Stew

Irresistible to a dog that is! Since discovering our dog was allergic to most commercial dog foods we've been making his food ourselves. Now most people would think we are nuts I'm sure but we seem to have developed a special bond with this pup. We got him when he was just 8 weeks old during a time of family tragedy and his energy, enthusiasm and joy helped to ease the sorrow.

Right from the beginning Brock has been well though pleasing us, making us happy is his main purpose in life. How can anyone help but respond in kind?

Just past the age of one year, Brock inhaled a spoor and developed a disease called Blasto Micosis (I'm quite sure that is spelled wrong, sorry). The vet was quite frank with us when he told us that Brock quite likely wouldn't make it. His best chance of survival was if we put him on a medicine that would cost us over $400 per month. We are not rich people to say the least but as a family we made the decision to do without and try to save our lovely dog. He was on that medicine for about 6 months which caused other problems requiring more the end he lost the sight in one eye. Not bad actually since most dogs do not live through this at all.

Since Brock was such an energetic dog he ended up hitting his blind eye while playing and running. This caused a rupture in the eye and we had to have it removed. We now have a one-eyed dog that has cost us upwards of $5000 dollars.....having to make him homemade dog food seems like such a minor thing after all that!

Before Brock ate homemade food, dinner time was something he did because it was necessary. He almost seemed to sigh with disappointment each time we put down a bowl of kibble. Like he was asking us "Do I really have to eat this? Surely there must be something better." We tried to spruce up his meals with a little broth or gravy and that did seem to help.

Meal times are quite different now! Brock is very enthusiastic about his food and lets you know when it's time to eat. He is healthier and his fur is silk, glossy and smooth. People often comment on how wonderful he eye and all!

The following recipe is very easy to make but does require a little freezer space.

16 Cups of diced fruits and veggies* (a selection of any of the following - apples, cranberries, berries, carrots, yams, sweet potatoes, spinach, pumpkin, broccoli stems, tomato, kelp)

4 Cups ground or chopped meat (beef, game, chicken, turkey, fish, eggs)

3 Cups grains (rice, oats, amoranth, quinoa)

1 Can (796 ml) Crushed Tomatoes

Enough water to cover all ingredients

Place all ingredients into a large roasting pan and bake at 350 degrees until the meat and grains are cooked through....about 1 hour. Stir every 20 minutes to ensure even cooking. Allow to cool completely and dish into meal size freezer containers. Freeze.

You will have to play around with the amount your dog needs to eat since the stew isn't dehydrated like kibble is. We feed our 65 pound dog about 4 cups twice a day. We also supplement that with snacks of homemade dog cookies, whole carrots, apples and broccoli stems. I admit.....he's spoiled! But look at him....isn't he adorable?


Brock with a chew toy

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

An Introduction

I thought an introduction would be the best way to start this new adventure of blogging that I have embarked on. My name is Cathy Winsby (that's me on the left) and I make soap for a living.

I should clarify that....I make soap and hope to someday make a living at it!! This blogs main purpose is to provide my customers and readers with a way to get to know me and what I do.

As often as possible I hope to blog about the soaps I make and sell in my Etsy Store Jovia Soap, additions to my website Soap Making Essentials, glutin-free cooking (cursed I am) and about anything else that strikes my fancy. Chances are it'll be about something creative since that is what I love to do......create things.

On my creative agenda today is homemade dog food! Not very creative actually but more of a necessity. Our goofy one-eyed Doberman cross is allergic to corn (who knows what else) and can no longer eat commercial kibble. So it's off to the kitchen I go to brew up another batch of doggie stew. I'll post the recipe for this delectable dish tomorrow...until then.....have a great day!