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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-08-2009, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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(My) Homecooking-yeah, my dog loves it.

I decided to give home cooking a whirl. I figured it's a close second to raw (which I can't/won't do), and I just knew she'd love having different foods to try. I started a week ago. I purchased chicken, turkey, and steak-a different offering every day. I've been cooking it in some olive oil, then I add the crushed vitamin, probiotic/enzyme powder, bone meal, mix it all in and top it with with wild salmon oil. The first day she attacked it and ate exactly half. She ate a few of the blueberries, a few chickpeas and a carrot, but that was it. She finished the rest at dinner. Second day I figured I'd serve the meat first, veggies/fruit later. She ate half of the meat, and ate a few veggies later on. Same the next days. DH says he thinks she doesn't like the fish oil, so I omit it . She takes two micro bites and walks away. I've been leaving out a small dish of kibble, just in case (I've been free feeding her all along). Now, she turns her nose up at my cooked offering, looks up at me as if to say "Pahleese!" and walks away, no veggies/fruits. This morning what do I find her eating? Kibble.
I refuse to take it personally.

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try looking up some recipes on the net. Someone here posted a recipe with lamb or beef which looked pretty good. Can't remember where it was though.

Also are you frying the meat or making it more like a stew? I think making a stew or casserole type meal would be best from what I read.

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The Deer meat can be subsituted for other kinds of meat. Dexter still loves this one! I just cooked up my 2nd batch the other week.

Dexter has also been picky about eating this meal sometimes and not eating... he likes variety, so he gets Chicken Stew in the morning, but he is still picky sometimes. Lately Dexter has been eating everything in front of him.

Deer Stew

1 lb. ground meat (deer), plus 1 Tablespoon of oil
1 1/2 cups brown rice, uncooked
4 cups of finely chopped vegetables (I used large sweet potato, celery, carrots, zucchini)
7 cups of LOW sodium chicken broth

Brown up meat, drain grease. Add the chicken broth and all the vegetables and rice. Bring to a boil and simmer with gentle boiling for 5 minutes. Then cover and cook for 30 minutes.

I plan on cooling in refrigerator, then scooping out 1/3 cup servings and put the servings on the lightly greased wax paper or foil....freezing, then put the servings into a ziplock bag. Some of the liquid will need to be drained off, mixture does not stick together, so just create a meat mound on the wax paper.

Dexter loves the stew! He stayed in the kitchen the entire time I was cooking.

I now served 2 servings of the deer stew (thawed and slightly heated) with 1/4 cup kibble on the side at night. I let the kibble soak up with the stew liquid that was present on the plate. Cool it off first at least 5 minutes before feeding to you Hav. If you have a meat temperature gauge, make sure the temperature is below a 100 degrees before serving the food.



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Thank you Daniel and Linda!!
I'm going to have to try your stew recipe Linda, using another meat for the venison.
HOPEFULLY she'll go for it then.

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Just a couple of thoughts.......you could just top the kibble with some meat to make it easy.

THe other thought I had was about the multi. I have to feed homecooked to my special needs dogs. I use a capsule vitamin and only use a bit at a time (one capsule last a while)....anyway...I don't know how the crushed tablet tastes, but the powdered vitamin tastes just awful (B vitamins are nasty tasting -- I know b/c I tried it just to find out what the guys were tasting!!). So, what I do is take a small bite out of the food, sprinkle on the amount of vitamin, roll it up in a ball, and let them eat this first. ( really, it's just a quick swallow) This way, they get the nasty taste out of the way, and then I set the remainder of food down for them to enjoy. This may not be an issue with the taste of the tablet, but it might be something to think about.

I don't add in broth. I just do meats and well cooked grains/veggies that are mushed after cooking. I will add a bit of water to this as I mix it up in the bowls. If I make casseroles or something like that, again, I don't add in broths. I prefer it this way....but if you do add broths, I would limit the amount and make sure it's not only low salt, but also that it has NO ONIONS or garlic or other funky spices in it.
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That is a great idea about the multi tab Chasza. I'll hide it like medicine. I bet she is tasting the vitamin!! Per her weight I give her half a crushed tablet that tastes like beef (per the bottle). It smells like fake meat and vitamins. Yum. I got her Angel Eyes today that I want to try. It's a dreadful brown powder and I'm sure it tastes as bad as it looks, so I KNOW I'll have to hide that in something. Do you give salmon oil? I wonder if she hated that, the vitamins, or both. I thought the oil would be something dogs would like.
If I added meat on top of kibble, I'd have naked kibble left that she ignores. I'm going to try again tomorrow!

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Keep at it, Beth. It sounds encouraging! I am waiting 'til Sept. or so to start serving some homecooked meals to my boys. We've just been way too busy this summer and I'm going away again in two weeks and just don't have the 'head' for it now. I also want to wait 'til Sept. after Ricky's next set of bloodtests are done so I don't mix things up. I'm working on getting his ALT much lower with what I'm doing now.

Anyway, homecooked food - so long as it's balanced with vitamins, oils, supplements, and all the dog needs - is 2nd best to raw, so good on you!




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Found out the other night that Dexter loves Sweet Potatoes! I planned on giving Dexter some cut up chicken (small serving), so I added some cut up Sweet potatoes (small serving) as well. The plate was licked clean. (This was an extra meal after his usual meal).

Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamins.
Scrambled eggs are enjoyed also.



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Linda are you feeding him homecooked exclusively?
Do you crush the supplements in the food?

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Dexter is still getting some kibble in the diet. Sweet potato, brown rice, beef, and carrots are loaded with vitamins.

I would not know what else to add. Dexter gets some scrambled eggs about once every 1-2 weeks (loaded with protein). Dexter gets cheese snacks once in awhile.

Guess I need to figure out if Dexter needs any extra vitamins.



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