HOMEMADE DOG FOOD 


Copyright 2006 by Maureen Shaughnessy

Licking the bowl makes it even better!

Guarding his "cakes" before we put them in the freezer 

Sam is 18 years old this spring. He is a large breed - a flatcoated retriever. It surprises everybody, ourselves included, that Sam has lived to such a ripe old age -- and he's still enjoying an active happy life. We feel it is at least partly because he eats a healthy homemade raw food diet.  

SAM'S HEALTHWISE RAWFOOD CAKES

Makes approximately 28 cups*

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups rice (brown or white)
4 cups chicken broth
4 cups water
COOK rice in broth and water til done, let cool2 large yams
6 eggs
STEAM or bake the yams; POACH the eggs, let cool. PUREE both in food processor, yam skin and all.
FINELY CHOP OR GRIND the following in a food processor (the finer the more digestible.) I do one thing at a time in my Cuisinart and save time by NOT washing it out between ingredients. It doesn't matter anyway since all of the ingredients get mixed together:
1 large bunch parsley
8 large carrots
1/4 head cabbage
1 broccoli head
2 celery stalks
1 zucchini (in season)
2 large apples (more is good)
1/2 # cranberries (in season, sometimes more)
1/2 # blueberries (turns food gray. If it bothers you, skip blueberries)
1/2# green beans (sometimes more. I use frozen beans)

PUT ALL THE ABOVE INGREDIENTS INTO A VERY LARGE MIXING BOWL. ADD THE FOLLOWING AND STIR WELL (I use my hands to mix it -- there is aLOT here)
8 to 12 eggshells (baked to dry, grind in small "coffee grinder")
1 c. peanut butter (more or less -- I use this as a binder & for protein)
2/3 cup nutritional yeast (lots of vitamins)
1 cup flax seed (partially ground in food processor)
1 cup pumpkin seed (partially ground in food processor)
4 cups rolled oats (1/2 ground in food processor, 1/2 whole)
1/2 cup olive oil (you can substitute canola)
1/2 cup rosehips, dried and ground in coffee grinder **

MIX WITH YOUR HANDS OR A SPOON til all the ingredients have been incorporated into a  squishy, moist glop.  Put waxed paper or parchment paper on 2 large cookie sheets. Scoop out measured amounts*** of the mixture in "balls" or "cakes" and place on waxed paper. Close together. Freeze until hard. Put the cakes in airtight freezer baggies and thaw as needed. ****
 

NOTES: 

* This recipe makes approximately 28 (1-cup) balls of raw food.  You will end up with more or less depending on the size of your veggies like zucchini and cabbage.

** I sometimes substitute a powdered, fortified Vitamin C product called "Emergen-C" for the rosehips.  Emergen-C also contains many other vital nutrients such as folic acid, B Vitamins, Potassium, etc. If I add the Emergenc-C I make sure to use enough to provide at least 6000mg of C to the above amount of food.

***  The size of the "cakes" will depend on the size and appetite of your dog. Sam weighs 70 pounds and eats two (1-cup) cakes per day, one with each meal.  The amount of raw food from this recipe lasts Sam about two weeks. 

**** You will have to determine how much to feed your pets and what else to feed with this raw food meal. We give Sam 4 ounces of raw meat with each meal -- usually raw ground rabbit or turkey. We have also fed him raw llama meat and raw ground chicken.  We also add 1 spoonful of organic yogurt to his meals, to maintain a healthy digestive tract.  As well, Sam gets a multiple canine vitamin and 250 mg glucosamine each day.

Copyright 2006 by Maureen Shaughnessy