Saturday, March 18, 2017

Make your own "Hunk of Beef"

There's no reason to buy canned pet food to top off your dog's meal. 

You'll save money using higher quality meat (human-grade, 'cause you bought it in the people store rather than trusting a pet food company to be honest), and you'll know exactly what's in it (no mysterious objects or additives). 

It's getting to the point that it's crazy not to do this. There really is no excuse (crock pots are cheap, or see if a neighbor has one gathering dust in the cupboard).

You can even create nutritionally complete diets at home with a little extra effort and supplementation (thus the tip about calcium, the main thing most people leave out when making their dog's complete at home). 

Do this process once or twice a month, and put the finished food in the freezer in mason jars for easy dispensing as needed. 

Get started with this simple "hunk of beef" that you can spoon over their current food. 

PS: don't be shocked to see this cooking post on my blog - being flexible with people and dogs is important. My 17 year old still eats raw, but her aging taste-buds appreciate this cooked addition mixed in.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Dog Care Is Self Care

Whew! It's been awhile. 

We're all busy aren't we? At least we feel busy. Distractions can seem to come from all sides, pulling  us away from thoughtful actions and peaceful feelings. 

These are the times that when asked to do something thoughtful for our dogs we may think to ourselves "oh yeah, I should do that tomorrow," or our good intentions and compelling ideas fade away as we rush to grocery shop and make dinner at the end of a work day.

When I get to feeling like that I try to think about how the situation may be effecting my well-being too. One of the blessings of having dogs as companions is that they remind us to get grounded and pay attention to what matters, and to let go of the other stuff for a little while. 

The wonderful thing is to rediscover how good it feels to do this.