Home Made Dog Food

By Mark Lawrence

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Doggie Style Fried Rice

Dogs have been living with people for 100,000 years and can eat most of the same stuff we do. Exceptions: don't feed your dog avocados, chocolate, macadamia nuts, mushrooms, onions or garlic, raisins or grapes. Remember, dogs are basically carnivores who chose to hang out with people; they need more meat and fat in their diet than you do. Don't get her the lean hamburger, get the cheap stuff - it's better for her. Liver and giblets are excellent: they're inexpensive, have lots of vitamins and more taste. In the wild dogs eat a lot of bones. They need a lot more calcium than you do, supplied here with egg shells. Dogs don't need fruits and don't like sugar. Some people will tell you that dogs thrive best on raw meat. There is absolutely no scientific evidence either for or against this claim. Given how meat is processed in the US, I would be very reluctant to feed a dog raw pork, chicken or eggs.

Makes about 14 pounds of food, preparation time about 45 minutes. Guaranteed no doggy breath on this diet and it will definitely pass the tail wagging test.

4 cups rice (brown rice is a bit better, I suppose, but I only keep white in my house)
6 cups water
6 chicken or beef bullion cubes
5 carrots chopped up bite sized
1 sweet potato, pealed and chopped up bite sized
5 celery stalks chopped up bite sized
1 lb frozen peas
3 tablespoons vegetable oil (canola or olive is best)
4 pounds meat - any cheap cut will do, hamburger, beef, pork, chicken, liver, giblets, or mix and match. Get whatever is on sale. Liver and giblets should be around $1.50 / pound, chicken thighs around $1 per pound. Don't worry about the fat or chicken skin, that's good for dogs too. No chicken bones!
18 eggs

  1. Put the water, vegetables, rice, bullion and vegetable oil into a large pot. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes. Remove rice and vegetables from heat and let sit covered for another 15 minutes.

  2. While the rice is cooking, fry the meat on the stove in a bit of oil.

  3. While the meat is frying, put the eggs into a blender, shells and all, and blend them up. Dogs need a lot of calcium.

  4. When the meat is done cooking, pull the meat out of the pan. Run the blender for 2 more seconds to get the shell pieces mixed back in, then scramble the eggs into the meat juices.

  5. Chop up the meat into bite-sized cubes and stir the meat and the eggs into the rice. That's it.
You should be able to find meat for $1.50 to $2.50 per pound, so this entire batch of about 14 pounds of food will cost you about $13 to $16, about $1 per pound. This is less than the premium dog foods sell for, and you would be willing to feed this stuff to your kids. Heck, it's considerably healthier than what most American teenagers live on - burger, fries and a shake. Serve small dogs about a cup per day, large dogs 3 to 5 cups a day. Refrigerate the leftovers, it will keep easily for a week. You'll have to control portions on this, if you keep feeding her she'll keep eating and gaining weight.

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