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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-03-2010, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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We are all on home-cooked food.

It took me a while to get the courage to post this. This probably qualifies me as a complete and total CDL. I'm in company of good friends. After trying to figure this out on my own and the more confused I got, I did seek a consultation for individualized home cooked diets for all 3. My concern would be they would be cookie-cutter recipes. I was very wrong. Each diet (including supplements) really is designed for each dog; likes, dislikes, their age, their weight and body conditions. I started off with one to see I could handle the commitment. The food ingredients are similar but each dog gets different measurements and 1 or 2 different ingredients. Sunday is my dog cooking day. It takes me about 2 to 3 hours between cooking, processing and measuring. I fretted over this and exposed my neurosis to many (thank you...you know who you are). I'm happy with my decision and my dogs LOVE their meals.

I make a "batch" of supplements each week that gets sprinkled on their food each meal.

A few pics of our Sunday cooking routine.

All cooked and measured out:


Papa bear, Mama bear and Baby bear (all through the food processor)



All divided into individual servings:



Tucked in the freezer nice and neatly. I have a pull out tray and doesn't require a whole lot of freezer space.


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Looks DELICIOUS!

Where did you get the consultation? It sounds interesting to explore.

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Sharlene,

I think this is great! I would be very interested to know what your recipes are for the dogs. I cook some for my dogs, too, and could really get into this. If you wouln't mind sharing your knowledge, you could email me privately.

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Sharlene,

I think this is great! I would be very interested to know what your recipes are for the dogs. I cook some for my dogs, too, and could really get into this. If you wouln't mind sharing your knowledge, you could email me privately.
That's the problem. I didn't feel I had the knowledge to figure this out on my own. I did read up on it and didn't feel I had good comprehension...and so much controversy grain versus grain/free. I absolutely wanted grain free. The supplements confused me versus how much each dog needed of exactly what. I got my consultation(s) through Sabine at Better Dog Care. It does include a 4-week follow up to tweak anything that doesn't seem to be working.

I will be happy to share recipes and/or supplements bearing in mind Evye's is for a 10.6 lb dog slightly overweight dog and Bentley's is for a 12.2 pound dog who is slightly underweight. Taylor's is for a 7 lb puppy who will need reformulation once he reaches 15 months or 8 lbs, which ever comes first. Evye has lost 4 ounces with a weight goal of 10 lbs.

Cost wise it doesn't cost any more for their food items than it did for their canned food. We went through a case + a week and I had to drive across town to get it. The supplements up front can get pricey but they last forever.

Various fruits are offered as treats during the week. Two love fruit and Bentley hates them. He gets 1 banana added to his recipe each week to mask the fact he is eating fruit. It really varies per dog.

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The recipes for the 10.6 and the supplements would be greatly appreciated. MY guys love veggies, especially asparagus,lettuce, green beans, carrots. They do eat melon, but poohpoohed strawberries this morning. Haven't tried bananas. I use grain free kibble. I don't feed them chicken anymore, but they eat venison and lamb. They also love eggs and cottage cheese.

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Glad you're happy with Sabine's consultation. I knew you would be. If Gwen and I cooked properly for ourselves on a regular basis , I would be on Sabine's home cooked too. Good for you , I'm sure your dogs will love you for it.

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please share recipes!!
actually, would love a thread for just recipes.. i have a good one for meatloaf thanks to tracy and chaucer... i will usually go for the one month supply on doggie cooking day.
also have recipe (from tracy) for treats that are pretty friendly for dogs with allergies. their is a gluten free alternative also.
i also think it is cheaper than the high quality canned food.
and it gave me a good excuse to buy that cuisinart food processor i really wanted.
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Sharlene, First let me say, I love LOVE your copper tile backsplash!!! And Let me applaud you for your commitment to your furkids. My friend who turned me onto Sabine got the full home cooked recipe plan for her 3 Aussie's. And she too, said it Sabine made it easy for her to make a base for all and just add/remove a few ingredients based on the dogs condition and history. For me, I just wanted to supplement Commercial raw (well we started with kibble and canned and that didn't work.) And she worked with me until we got it right! And to this day, I really feel I can write her with any questions. Her nutritional and supplement knowledge has really filled in a gap in my wonderful vets knowledge and in fact my Vet has called her.

The one thing I would suggest, is you ask Sabine for a fallback feeding plan in case you miss a Sunday prep day and you need to fall back on commercial. I know my friend sometimes feeds commercial raw or supplements with commercial raw if her schedule gets crazy.

But tell the truth now... you cook for them and then you and yours go out for Pizza right? LOL. I know my boys eat better than we do.




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Glad you're happy with Sabine's consultation. I knew you would be. If Gwen and I cooked properly for ourselves on a regular basis , I would be on Sabine's home cooked too. Good for you , I'm sure your dogs will love you for it.
Dave, just cook a little extra and you and Gwen can have a few healthy meals during the week. I jokingly said I can feed this to my FIL and I do. I cook a few extra thighs, an extra potato, extra green beans and carrots. I don't put it through the food processor though. (That day may come). He loves it too and he hasn't growled at me since.

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I agree with you Missy , Sabine is not only very knowledgable but goes the exrra mile if you need help down the road. I email her regularily , and she always tells me not to apologize for bugging her. I was also quite happy with my vaccination consultation with her. She's super.

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