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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?

Human Food For Alex And Bella

humanfood1Let 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
  • Cilantro
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Cabbage
  • Peas
  • 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.

humanfood2Why 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

  1. Her appetite in the morning has opened up
  2. Her mobility and flexibility has increased a great deal.  So much so, that now she walks next to me rather than lagging behind
  3. 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.

humanfood3Bella – My I’ve-never-met-a-meal-I-had-not-liked girl

  1. 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
  2. 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.

Happy 11th Birthday Our Beautiful Alex

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Alex turned 11 on May 5th, but because we had company we had to celebrate it on Monday.  In the morning, for breakfast, I made Alex some stir-fry which she inhaled mixed with her kibble.  In the afternoon, after she napped, we went to Petco and got some cupcakes, and a Nylabone.

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Once we got home, Cynthia was trying to place Alex and the cupcakes properly for a picture, and since I am the worst photographer ever, as you can see when you see this picture, I just took picture after picture while Cynthia was sighing with desperation.

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I don’t think Alex cared to pose for pictures so I sat next to her and the first thing she wanted to do, of course, was eat all the cupcakes.

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We, then, agreed that Alex could be trusted with the cupcakes, although between you and me if we had turned our backs to her she’d probably would have eaten all of them, and so Cynthia took this picture.

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For some reason, Alex found the lighter quite interesting as you can see by the way she is looking at it.  No, Alex, this lighter is not food.

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We finished by taking a family portrait.  Alex’s torture was over, and she finally got to eat some cupcakes to her heart’s content.  Happy Birthday Alex!