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Dog Food and Treats

07/31/12

 We use a grain free kibble and canned food twice a day.  Our spoiled ones right are our a 4 year Nebolish Mastiff, a 1 year old Lab/ Beagle Mix and a 9 week old Great Pyrenees.  Now I’d love nothing better than to have an English Mastiff and a Newfoundland too; crazy right? The problem is the cost to feed high quality food with no grains for 5 dogs is above what we can afford. My solution is to start making my own food and maybe for friends. I am including some dog cookie recipes; we do use whole grains in those. I’m OK with that since treats in our house are payment for a good job.

 

If you know Jimbo, my husband, you know we’re early stages in our homestead odyssey.  Next year I hope to be using foodstuffs from our garden and sourcing protein from our goat herd and rabbitry. Some may ask why I’m not doing raw food. The answer for me is I am not able to source my own protein yet, so I don’t want to take a chance by not cooking the meat.  Once I can source my protein that might change  or it might not.

 

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Dog Cookies

Iced Cookies

 

2 cups Rye Flour

1 cup Buckwheat Flour

½ Cup Wheat Germ

2 Cups Oatmeal

1/8 cup oil

1/8 cup butter

1 Tbsp brown sugar

2 oz carob, yogurt, OR vitakraft chips melted

1 cup meat/ chicken stock

1/4 cup molasses

½ cup powdered goat milk

 

Icing:

Carob, yogurt, OR vitakraft chips melted in double broiler. You can add a teaspoon or so vegetable oil to make the mixture flow on more easily.

 

Combine flours, wheat germ, and oatmeal in bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix until well blended and dough is stiff. Put dough in fridge to chill. Roll out dough until ½” thick.  Cut shapes with cookie cutter, place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 50 minutes @ 300o.

 

When cookies have cooled ice.

Yields 2 dozen.

 

 

 

Chip Cookies

1 cup buckwheat flour

1 cup flaxseed meal

1 Tbs baking powder

1 cup carob, yogurt, OR vitakraft chips

1 cup Peanut Butter

1 cup milk

2 eggs

¼ cup honey

 

Combine flour, flaxseed meal and baking powder in bowl.  Combine remaining ingredients and mix until well blended. Add wet ingredients with dry ingredients and blend with blender. Add chips to mixture and stir by hand.

 Spoon out dough and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes @ 300o.

 

Cool thoroughly before storing.

Yields 2-3 dozen.

 




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