Of course compost and dog food have nothing to do with each other, but it's a slow week in the garden.
My"real" garden, when I had a "real" compost pile (barely visible on the right) and about a quarter of an acre or more to grow on.
Now, on to the dog food. Annie and her brother, Otto (we call him Otter), have decided home cooking is preferable to store-bought dog food. I've tried just about every brand, dry and canned, and ended up throwing or giving most of it away. They're just six months old now, playful puppies, and I do want them to have a proper nutritious diet. So I have come up with the following recipe for home made dog food. I've been able to stock the freezer with chicken thighs at 99-cents a pound, so the cost has been comparable to purchased food. I'll probably regret it next winter, when we go to Arizona and my food bill more than doubles because of the high prices there.
I boil up an entire large package of chicken thighs (12 thighs per pkg) and freeze four to a container, covered with the unseasoned broth. I also cook and pre-chop the vegetables and freeze them in containers, as well as precooking and freezing the rice. Once a week or so, I thaw out enough for the following recipes (the breakfast oatmeal is made fresh each morning).
1/2 cup old fashioned oats, prepared with 1 cup water
1 cooked chicken thigh, diced
2 puppy vitamin tabs, crushed
1/4 tsp. powdered egg shell
chicken broth to moisten
leftover veggies from last night's dinner (optional)
16 oz. cooked chicken, chopped or diced, about 3 cups (lean ground beef, turkey, etc)
12 oz. vegetables, chopped, about 2 cups
12 oz. cooked brown rice, about 2 cups
2 T. ground flax seed
2 T. powdered milk
1 tsp. ground eggshell
2 brewers yeast/garlic tab, crushed
2 T. olive oil
Cooking broth to moisten
Prepare meats by boiling, save cooking liquid. Prepare rice according to pkg. directions. Microwave/steam vegetables (leftover veggies may also be added) and chop in food processor. Add all remaining ingredients to veggies and stir just to combine. Makes four meals.
They also get a soft boiled egg several times a week (I save the shells after boiling the eggs, dry them and grind them in a coffee bean grinder to add to their meals for calcium), and let them snack on raw carrots, dried cranberries and dried apricots.
I will vary their diet at times by making them a meat loaf and freezing 8-ounce slices. It will have most of the ingredients of their dinner recipe, using lean ground beef, cooked in loaf form. NO ONIONS! Onions are poison to canines, even in small amounts.
Annie's brother, Otter
Otter looks so sad in this photo! He's really a very happy puppy, laid back and loveable. He just didn't like being told to sit still while his picture was being taken.