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Cooking for Six

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I home-cook for these six dogs, and have done so for over seven years. When I tell people that I cook for my dogs they always say they don’t know where I find the time. I can only imagine that they think I am a stay at home mom with hours of spare time on my hands. Wrong. I work full time, running two businesses, ride and care for four horses, cook and clean for myself and my husband, write part-time, and of course, groom, exercise and feed six dogs. The last thing I have time for is spending hours in the kitchen preparing food. But that’s just it; it doesn’t take that long to cook for dogs. For these six it takes less than thirty minutes twice a week. You don’t need a complex recipe, just common sense, simple ingredients and a few critical supplements.

Please Note: There are many different ways to feed your dog; raw, cooked, even a combination of kibble and human food. It is always up to the individual to decide what type of diet is best for their dog. We will be discussing the preparation for a cooked diet, but there are plenty of resources online if you would prefer to try a different approach.

The Food


Protein - Dogs need protein as the main ingredient in their diet. The meat portion of every meal should be at least two-thirds of the total amount of food. Organ meat falls into this category as well and should make up no more than 5% of the total meal.
Vegetables - Some people like a strictly meat diet for their dog. Mine do better with vegetables added in for fiber, calories, vitamins and minerals.
Carbohydrates (rice, quinoa, oats etc) - I don’t use a lot of these except for some of my super high energy dogs who need the extra calories to keep weight on.
Dairy - A good source of protein and calcium. This is more of a supplemental addition, not a main source of protein.
Fruits - Not necessary, but my dogs love the occasional addition of a small amount of fresh fruit to the meal, especially bananas, berries and applesauce.

The Prep


I like to make sure that my dogs get a wide variety of foods during the week, but I also keep what I cook fairly consistent to make it easier on me.

Sunday - total prep time 30 min


Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees and line 13 x 9 roasting pans with foil. Fill them with a combination of frozen, boneless chicken breasts and thighs. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Remove from oven and place cooked meat on a plate to cool in the fridge. When cool, grind up in food processor and store in tupperware in the fridge. While meat is cooking lightly boil organ meat (chicken gizzards, beef/chicken liver, beef heart) for 15 min. Remove from heat to cool, store in tupperware in fridge. Also while meat is cooking, rehydrate a large bowl of Bingo’s Bounty vegetables. Once cool, drain water and store in tupperware in fridge. I will also make a small amount of rice, quinoa or oatmeal for my dogs who need the calories. Store in tupperware in fridge.

Wednesday - total prep time 30 min


Tuesday evening, take either hamburger or ground turkey out of the freezer to thaw. Pan fry lightly Wednesday morning. While meat is cooking, cut several types of winter squash (butternut, acorn, fairy, spaghetti) in half, scoop out seeds, place in roasting pan with 2” of water. Cook at 275 degrees for 45-60 min. Remove from skin and cut up when cool. Store in tupperware in fridge. In a pinch you can substitute canned pumpkin (not the pie mix) if you don’t have time to cook the squash. Cook additional organ meat if necessary as well as any extra carbohydrates needed.

The Menu


Monday AM - chicken, organ meat, Bingo’s Bounty, whole milk yogurt, carbs (skinny dogs only ). PM - the same without the yogurt
Tuesday AM - chicken, Bingo’s Bounty, fruit, carbs (skinny dogs). PM - the same without the fruit
Wednesday AM - scrambled eggs, organ meat,Bingo’s Bounty, cottage cheese, carbs (skinny dogs). PM - chicken, Bingo’s Bounty, carbs (skinny dogs)
Thursday AM - hamburger or turkey, winter squash mix, fruit, carbs (skinny dogs). PM - the same without the fruit
Friday AM - hamburger or turkey, organ meat, winter squash mix, whole milk yogurt, carbs (skinny dogs). PM - the same without the yogurt
Saturday AM - hamburger or turkey, winter squash mix, fruit, carbs (skinny dogs only). PM - the same without the fruit
Sunday AM - scrambled eggs, shredded cheese, organ meat, winter squash mix, carbs (skinny dogs only). PM - baked fish, winter squash mix, carbs (skinny dogs)

Supplements


I add only six main supplements daily.
Every meal:
Calcium supplement - extremely important - please visit here for more information
Probiotic/digestive enzymes
Fish oil
Bingo’s Bounty K9 Joint Soothe
Whole Food Multi-Vitamin

Once a day:
Vitamin E (1-2 IU per lb of body weight)

If you would like information on the amount to feed per meal, please visit here.

Other than the brief time it takes to cook the scrambled eggs and the fish, everything is prepared ahead of time on Sunday and Wednesday for the remaining meals of the week. It is not complicated to feed your dog a healthy diet full of variety, but simply enough for your to prepare easily. It really does not take that long to cook for your dog and it is far healthier than feeding a commercial diet. I highly recommend you give it a try!



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