Back onto the topic of food... thought it would be great to share a post on homecooked food for the dogs. I cook for the dogs maybe once a week, but I cook in large batches so that the food lasts a couple of days. The rest of the time, the dogs eat raw food or kibble. I still feed kibble, because I don't trust myself to make 100% balanced meals, so the kibble they get ensures that they still have some of the minute amounts of minerals/vitamins that they need (that I'm forgetting!).
This is what a homecooked meal for the dogs typically looks like:
Sorry it looks like a mess... that's boiled chicken, liver, gizzards, and mashed carrots. I like to use carrots because the dogs don't like to eat veggies, and carrots are easy to mash up! I boil the carrots for about 5 minutes, then add the gizzards in, then I leave it to simmer for another 10 minutes. Then, I add in the liver, and turn off the gas after a couple of minutes (liver cooks really quickly). Then, I mash all the carrots and then add in the broth, meat, liver and gizzards and voila, it's done! Simple, isn't it?
Lately, I've also been adding in eggshells for calcium (since when you feed cooked food, you can't give bones). Here's what I do... I save the egg shells from meals that I cook, wash them, and then chuck them into the oven for about 5 minutes. They come out looking like this:
Don't leave them in the oven for too long, or they will get burnt! It's best when the shells are nice and crispy. After that, I take all the shells and pound them in a pounder:
Oh, and that's Lyra's blurry head. She was being very curious about what I was doing. LOL. You can also use a food processor if you want, but mine's broken so I had to do it the old fashioned way!
Here's the finished product! You can make it even finer, but I didn't bother because the dogs don't mind eating the crunchy egg shells. Anyway, the dogs LOVE home cooked food.. I think they love it even more than raw food! Funny, huh? Luckily, they are not picky eaters and would still eat kibble as well.. Guess loads of variety is a good thing?
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