Friday, July 15, 2011

Trying Something New

If you've been around my blog, oh at least 3.2 seconds, then you're mildly aware of Zoey and her impact on my life. You are probably equally aware of my love and devotion to my four-legged baby.


With that in mind, it's probably not surprising to you that we are embarking on an adventure to make our own dog food. Yes, I know it sounds extreme, and I myself was a little skeptical at first, but hear me out.


A couple of weeks ago Drew came home from work talking about a coworker who makes her own dog food. We scoffed at it a bit, thought it would be too much work for too little benefit and let it go... but then we started thinking. Last week Drew came home with this book, which he borrowed from said coworker:



I figured I would skim through it, pick up a few ideas and supplement Zoey's food if it made sense. I left it on the counter for a few days, but on Saturday I needed a new book to read while sitting on the ladder. Sidenote: in order to paint one part of our house, we had to use a really tall ladder which made us both very nervous. So while Drew climbed the ladder to paint, I sat on it to "hold it down"... and I read some books. Really, it's a tough life I live :) Back to my story: 


As I was sitting on the ladder, I read the first chapter of the book... and was blown away by what i was reading. The things they put in commercial dog food is sicking. The way it only keeps our dogs alive, rather than actually nourishing them is depressing. I felt sick, I felt like I have been letting my poor dog down these last two years as I fed her this food that the vet assured us was "the best". I went inside, read all the labels on her food... and realized that this book was right. While her food would keep her alive, it was the equivalent of human's subsiding on potato chips and soda... it's physically possible, but it wont let you be at your best.


I want Zoey to be around for as long as possible. She is, in every sense of the word, my baby. If taking a little time to make her food improves her overall health and longevity, then I'm all for it.


So Monday night, Drew and I decided to embark on this journey.




We chopped up all the ingredients:


Threw them in the crock pot and let them simmer:




Sliced open my thumb while washing the knife:
It bled like nobody's business!


Once we were done, we headed to Walmart to get some jars because we realized we didn't have any containers to put the food in once it was done. After about 2 1/2 hours of simmering in the crockpot, we turned it off and let it cool a bit.


Then came the fun part.


We blended


And jarred the food.


It kinda looks like baby food. Drew tried a little and said it was actually pretty good... the thought of trying it skived me out which is weird since it's just chicken, veggies, and a few herbs, but it just couldn't do it.
Zo could smell it cooking, but couldn't find where it was coming from


Zoey tried a sample, and absolutely gobbled it down. Tuesday night though, when we fed it to her for dinner, she didn't finish all of it. I'm hoping that it was just because we fed her early. Wednesday and Thursday she ate all of it, so it's looking good. Thank goodness, cause I'm going to sad if we put in all that work and she ends up not liking it. 

Sampling

More please Mama?




5 comments:

  1. Okay, so at first I thought you were nuts. Making your own dog food? And then when you compared the store bought dog food to chips and soda for humans--yikes. Our Lucy was our fur baby for over a year when we thought we couldn't have any "real" babies....then surprise! And now poor Lucy has fallen in the ranks.

    It doesn't look too difficult to make the dog food. What is the recipe that you used? I would be interested in trying it.

    And it's got to be cheaper than store-bought food, right?

    And the visual of you sitting on the ladder while the hubs paints the house is so cute!

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  2. I would be interested in the recipe as well!!!

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  3. You're such a good dog momma!! I've never even thought to do that but the extra work could make all the difference! I'd be interested in the recipe too.

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  4. This is the funniest but cutest post at the same time! I love that you took all the time to do that! you're the sweetest dog mama in the world!

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