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Stir-Fry – Ground Beef/Pork

beefpork1Alex and Bella had stir-fry for dinner this evening.  These are the ingredients:

  • 1 celery stick
  • 1 carrot
  • 3 cabbage leaves
  • Cilantro
  • 2 ground beef/pork meatballs
  • 1 Omega-3 Capsule (Alex Only)
  • 1/2 Oste0 Pet (Alex Only)
  • Ginger powder (Excellent for arthritis)

beefpork2For the record, I do not allow Alex, Bella or any of the dogs that stay with us to try to get up on the counter to steal food.  That is why Bella looks a little confused when Cynthia was trying to get her to check out her food.  Yes, the canine kid was good, the pet parent…Bad, to say the least.

beefpork3I started by cooking the 2 meatballs on a little bit of oil by themselves.  Once they were almost done, I added all the veggies.  Because a pet parent reminded me that overcooking veggies would destroy their nutrition, I only “cook” the veggies for no longer than 1 – 2 minutes.  Thanks for the tip.

beefpork4The dish on the left is Bella’s, while the one on the right is Alex’s.  This is the stir-fry mixed with their kibble.  They both got 1 cup of human food and 1/2 cup of kibble.  Because Bella inhales her food, I had to find a slow feed dog bowl, and without realizing it I found out that Bella already had one.  Thanks to Will and Eko from marking our territory blog for the idea and information about slow feed dog bowls.

Training, as I said many times before, need to be incorporated on your every day life in order for it to be effective and make good use of it.  Why do I say this?  Because what would be the point of taking your dog to training classes when after a month or so your dog doesn’t remember anything.

beefpork5Why did I go from feeding to training?  Because Alex and Bella need to earn their food.  How?  By simply sitting and waiting while I prepared their food.  Once I had their food ready, I asked, first Alex, to wait and then put her dish down so she can start eating.  While I did that, Bella was on her spot on a sit/stay waiting for her food.  I, then, put Bella’s dish down, asked her to “watch me,” the attention is to be directed towards me and not her dish.  Once she did that, I gave her a hand signal and she had her dinner.  They do this every time they eat.  Is there anything in particular you ask your furry children to do prior to feeding them?

Alex’s ACL Injury – Part 3

Alex and Bella (L to R)

Alex and Bella (L to R)

Almost 5 months have gone by since Alex’s ACL injury, and I am glad that we did not put her through surgery.  Well, that is thanks to Cynthia for talking me out of it.  Years ago, Cynthia and I took a class in college and our instructor called us, the dynamic duo, and you know what?  I think he was right because we have always relied on each other, and this was one time when I truly needed her support and advice.

Here’s a little update on Alex:

  • Walks – She still wears the brace during our walks, but her speed and flexibility has greatly increased overtime.  She does not wear the brace at home.  Alex is walking longer than before, about 25 minutes once or twice a day.  But the next day, just to be on the safe side, she takes shorter walks so she does not over do it.
  • Rest – She sleeps a lot, she is almost 12 years old, but even at home she is more active.  One thing we do not allow her to do at all is run up and down the stairs like she used to do before.  Alex is probably thinking, “Mom you are a party pooper.”
  • Diet – Since I started to feed her more human food than kibble, Alex’s appetite not only opened up, I love that, but she has not skipped a meal once.

aclpart32Alex is also taking supplements to help her with her ACL injury, and I am also, little by little, trying different spices to help her arthritis.  I can’t complain.  My girl is doing fine and she is still active at almost 12 years of age. The combination of bedrest, supplements, walks, diet, etc., has certainly given Alex a new “leash” on life.  Senior dogs are amazing.