Let me start by saying that I started to feed Alex and Bella human food, at the beginning, always in small quantities, Also, neither one is allergic to any of the ingredients I use, and if you are planning to start feeding your dog human food and have any questions about it, please talk to your vet or better, to a holistic vet.
Tonight, for Alex and Bella’s dinner, I cooked a stir-fry using the following ingredients:
- 1 chicken patty and 1 sausage patty
- Ginger – only for Alex’s arthritis
I started by cooking all the veggies together, except for cilantro and ginger, for a couple of minutes. I then added the chicken and sausage patties to it.
Why am I feeding them human food? I’ve been reading a book, Pukka’s Promise by Ted Kerasote, and he provides excellent information regarding what goes in the kibble many of us, pet parents, buy and feed our dogs. Because of it, I started to feed Alex and Bella a mix of human food and kibble. Again, I started by adding very small quantities in order to avoid upsetting their tummies. Right now they are both eating twice a day: 1/2 cup of kibble + 1 cup of human food.
Do you know what I’ve noticed now that they are eating more human food than kibble?
Alex – My Picky Eater
- Her appetite in the morning has opened up
- Her mobility and flexibility has increased a great deal. So much so, that now she walks next to me rather than lagging behind
- She used to do #2 up to 3 times a day and it was smelly. Now she does #2 once or twice a day and the smell is minimal.
Bella – My I’ve-never-met-a-meal-I-had-not-liked girl
- She used to do #2 four (4) times a day, and the smell was horrible. Right now she only goes twice a day and it hardly smells
- Her mouth does not smell
This, human food and kibble, may not be for all dogs. I had a friend whose dog became quite ill if he ate any human food, even if it was only a bit of it. If you have questions, please ask a holistic vet and transition your dog slowly to any new food. Before I forget, I also rotate the kind of kibble I feed them every couple of months. If you have any recipes, I am always on the look out for new ones, you’d like to share with us, please do so.
Posted in Breeds, Dog Equipment, Dogs, foster dogs, Humor, Nutrition, Training, Walking
Tagged Cooking, dinner, dogs, human food, kibble, Pukka's promise, stir-fry
Every year, just like many other people, I make a list of my new year’s resolution to tackle, but this year, surprisingly even to me, I failed to do so. Instead, I decided to do things I’ve been meaning to do for a while and unlike past years, 2014, although today is only January 4th, is proving to be quite fulfilling. The first thing I addressed was continuing with Alex’s training and small walks. How’s she doing? Better every day.
The second thing I’ve been meaning to do is to take care of a plant and not kill it like I’ve done in the past. With that in mind, Cynthia gave me a beautiful white Orchid for my birthday that I named Snowflake. Yes, I name them because in my mind it makes me more responsible, and between you and me, I think its working. A week later, we went and got another Orchid, the one featured in the above picture, that I named Lilly. A month has gone by and they are both doing great and thriving.
And the last thing I’ve been meaning to do for a while was to foster a dog. Cynthia and I finally went to the shelter in Baltimore, BARCS, yesterday, Friday, and picked a dog to foster. This picture I took yesterday, a couple of minutes after we got home, but I stopped right away because she seemed afraid of a lot of things and I did not want to frighten her. To our surprise she slept soundly, actually she snored, and ate all her dinner last night, followed by a breakfast I could have sworn she inhaled this morning.
I’d venture to say that this is a nice way to start 2014, don’t you think? Have a great weekend.
Posted in Breeds, Dog Equipment, Dogs, Humor, Nutrition, Outings, senior dogs, Walking
Tagged 2014, BARCS, breakfast, dinner, foster dog, orchid, Training, walks
Today, Saturday, after having dinner I realized that Alex did not go to take a nap, but instead stayed in the kitchen with me while I did dishes and put everything away. She kept looking at me as I moved around the kitchen, as if trying to tell me something.
Dexter, on the on the other hand, was heading to the living room where I placed their beds for a nap. Alex kept looking at me with those beautiful brown eyes, but I, the clueless mom that I am, could not figure out what she was trying to tell me. Anyway, once I finished in the kitchen, we both went to the living room where she sat right next to her bed and started looking, ok., staring at me, and then at her bed. I got it! She wanted me to change her bed sheet. Duh! As soon as I did that, Ms. spoiled only child inspected the bed sheet and after passing “her” inspection she went to bed. Alex hates dirty sheets so I change her sheets every other day or as soon as they are dirty, but, I am human after all, and I forgot to do it this time. Not to worry, she is always on patrol for dirty sheets never-failing to alert me that bedding needs to be changed.
Posted in Breeds, Dog Equipment, Dogs, Humor, Nutrition, Outings, Walking
Tagged Bed sheet, dinner, dirty, Home and Garden, Mattress, nap, Washing machine