Homemade dog food recipe
I’m now finished feeding my dogs the unhealthy, preservative laden stuff they sell labeled “dog food.” Last night I cooked up our first batch of “local living dog food”, and the dogs declared it a success. My research had indicated that dogs are actually omnivores rather than carnivores (like cats) and can do well on a diet of food that might otherwise be discarded. Among the things that we compost but could be fed to dogs: whey from making cheese, peelings and vegetable cores, leftover human food and eggs. We have pigeons, a hen and ducks (not yet laying eggs), but don’t eat eggs, so they can become a good source of protein for the dogs.
So last night, after fixing dinner, I used the pot I’d used for making mashed potatoes without cleaning it out and added potato peelings, bell pepper cores, some garbanzo beans I’d pressure cooked (accidentally more than we needed for dinner), a half gallon of whey left over from making cheese and a few cups of rolled oats from the cow’s supply in the barn. I also found some old butter that had been neglected in the back of the fridge and mixed it all together. Then I set it on the wood stove and cooked it for about an hour. Because I’d already fed the dogs, I refridgerated the pottage over night and gave them some this morning. It was a success! Of course my dogs, Sniff and Ruger think everything tastes good and my grandpuppy, Holly is also agreeable, so it wasn’t so amazing that they ate it. However it did make me feel good that I’m using a resource that was previously discarded and I am also happy to be feeding our dogs much more wholesome food.
I’ve also told the neighbors what I’m doing: basically not buying the dog food anymore and have asked them to let me know when they are throwing out leftovers so that I can give them to the dogs.