Homemade Dog Food For Us!

Posted by F&S

We Frenchies, and G.K., have been put on new diets because of some allergy issues.  We had been eating a mix of premium canned and dry food, but because our allergies persisted, Martha wanted to try something new and different.  After consulting with our veterinarian, Martha is now cooking for us and we love it!

Back
1 of 16
Martha buys 3-pounds of lean, freshly ground chuck from her butcher in town once a week.

1 Martha buys 3-pounds of lean, freshly ground chuck from her butcher in town once a week.

She rolls the chuck into little balls.

2 She rolls the chuck into little balls.

She makes about 72 meat balls.  She gives each of us dogs 3 or 4 meatballs per day, so 3 pounds is good for about a week.

3 She makes about 72 meat balls. She gives each of us dogs 3 or 4 meatballs per day, so 3 pounds is good for about a week.

She portions out the meatballs into daily packets.

4 She portions out the meatballs into daily packets.

She also buys 3 pounds of firm white fish, like tilapia fillets.  Occasionally, we also get some salmon.

5 She also buys 3 pounds of firm white fish, like tilapia fillets. Occasionally, we also get some salmon.

Martha places the tilapia in a large pot.

6 Martha places the tilapia in a large pot.

She adds water to cover.

7 She adds water to cover.

And she brings the pot to a gentle simmer for about 5 minutes, just until the fish is cooked through.

8 And she brings the pot to a gentle simmer for about 5 minutes, just until the fish is cooked through.

When the tilapia is cool, it is transferred to plastic storage containers along with the poaching liquid.

9 When the tilapia is cool, it is transferred to plastic storage containers along with the poaching liquid.

Fish like tilapia and salmon is low in mercury and good for dogs prone to itchy skin, like us Frenchies.

10 Fish like tilapia and salmon is low in mercury and good for dogs prone to itchy skin, like us Frenchies.

We also get to eat delicious and healthy brown rice.  It is cooked until just tender.

11 We also get to eat delicious and healthy brown rice. It is cooked until just tender.

Cooked organic vegetables are added to the brown rice.

12 Cooked organic vegetables are added to the brown rice.

Each part is packaged separately for storage in the refrigerator.

13 Each part is packaged separately for storage in the refrigerator.

Just before serving, the ingredients are combined in our bowls along with our vitamin supplements.  Doesn't this look so colorful and yummy?

14 Just before serving, the ingredients are combined in our bowls along with our vitamin supplements. Doesn't this look so colorful and yummy?

Francesca, I love our new diet, don't you?

15 Francesca, I love our new diet, don't you?

Yes, Sharkey - This food is so good and I even notice that I have more energy!

16 Yes, Sharkey - This food is so good and I even notice that I have more energy!

Comments (11)

  • Oh Boy! Does that look good! I think that Mimi needs to start cooking my food.
    Got to go, I'm drooling on the computer!
    Your friend,
    Rebel

  • F & S that is one good looking bowl of food all I can say is YUMMY!!!!

    Can you ask your mom to list the supplements that she adds to the mixture maybe I can get my mom to whip up a batch.

    So this weekend mom is canning tomatoes which means in the kitchen all day Sunday. I'll have to supervise the work make sure everything is organized.

    Have a great weekend everyone!!

    Zoe

  • Yummy!!!
    I hope the three of you like your new meal. That is great for your coat too. You will sparkle.
    Mot much going on today. I am going back to my mom on Tuesday so I am going to hang out with Rhyder and Harley this weekend. Maybe if the weather is nice, Dick and Gerry will take us for a boat ride on the Chesapeake. That would be sweet...........
    Hey, did you three do anything special for Martha's Birthday? Share with us.
    Love ya,
    Maddox

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    The word “diet” makes me think of not eating to loose weight. One doesn’t think of the other meanings which means “something special” to eat. That sure does look good but I wouldn’t eat it; don’t like the veggies in my food. Other than that it sure looks good. It’s Friday already and the weekend is upon us. There is a storm in the Atlantic and I hope it just gets close enough to cool things down. A little rain would be good too. Stay cool and have a good weekend all.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Holy Moly Frenchies!!! you guys eat better then me!I mean me mommie delia! ha ha ;)
    I precook Kitty a skinless, boneless chicken breast cut up for the week and give her the broth as well...she loves it...I'm thinking of doing something similar as your meals for myself and sharing with Kitty minus the seasoning...she loves human food.

  • Hello Ladies,
    Boy oh boy does that look good. Especially to me who is now on a low residue diet. I eat it because that is all I can have. I can't even have a biscuit treat--it leads to a pukefest. Oh well, at least I am here blogging to you all. Another thorn in my side is today. I am really, really upset. You see, Mom has a Christmas in July lunch for friends every year and I have been present always, but not this year. I have to go to my room with the Food Network on TV (they talk a lot about me) and dream of being given treats from the ladies at the table. I hopefully will get to come out after the food is removed. They are very generous with loves. Especially after a glass of chamgagne. Have a great weekend all and keep cool.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • That bowl of food looks incredibly delish. Please, please, PLEASE I'm begging you three to put out a 'healthy eating for your pets' cookbook. I bet many more people would cook for their pets if they saw how easy it was to store away.

    Have a great weekend everyone. The weather finally broke in Chicago and the temps should only be in the low 80's. :smile:

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., WOW! That food Martha makes for all three of you looks sooooooo delicious and I want my Mom to make me some, also! My Mom said she would love to have the exact recipe and process for making that terrific food for me and my friend across the street who has allergies and itching so bad that he can't stop scratching. I love everything in that food except the corn-delicious! What kinds and amounts of vitamin supplements would we need?! It's drizzly here this morning and nice and cool. Sure hope all of you are staying cool wherever you are. Hope all of you have a terrific weekend and stay healthy! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • ...healthy frenchies..good..just common sense that all natural is much better than processed! We, cattle dogs jumped on the healthy dog-food band wagon sometime back and feel much better for it..later..cora-belle and rototiller

  • That's great to hear! if you find you still have a few issues ask your vet about the brown rice. Some dogs really don't tolerate rice that well - even though it's often the first go-to ingredients advised for tummy upsets. Grains also really not a necessity.

    Beautiful meals girls! You'll never go back to to processed stuff! ** claps paws **

    -Starr for BBL Xo

  • My frenchie/boston mix (Bentley) is also on a homemade diet due to allergies. He eats a mixture of ground turkey, sweet potatoes, green beans, peas, and carrots. However, FYI: homemade diets usually lack calcium. Therefore I add ground/powdered egg shells to his food (a little less than 1/4 teaspoon a day is adequate for a 20 lb. dog). Scrambled eggs are great for protein, salmon for his skin, apple for a mid-day munchie, and 1/2 slice of bread is great in case of acid-reflux. -Cammie

Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear on this weblog until the author has approved them.