Well, it was my plan to write more or less chronologically for a while now, and tell you more about Brigadoon and the six pack. But I’m having trouble uploading past writings from one computer to another, so that’ll have to wait a day or so. Instead, this post is for a friend of mine who is fascinated about what and how I feed my dogs. She asked me to photograph their dinner tray for her. She’s an artist, and I love the way she finds beauty in places I never even look for it. Now that she finds our dinner tray beautiful, I’m finding it so, too.
I’m absolutely positive that what I’m feeding is contributing to the excellent overall health of my dogs, and to their longevity. I don’t want to get involved in discussion or argument about which is the ‘right’ diet for dogs–dry, wet, raw, cooked, etc. I feel like I’m constantly making progress, in this area, and I’m not going to get locked into anything, because a better thing might come along. I’ll just tell you what I’m doing now.
I use a high quality dry food as a basis for their meals. Twice a day, morning and late afternoon, I boil some water or broth, if I have it, in a very large saucepan. I add brown rice or oatmeal, trying to make sure they get both grains within each two day period. When the grain is almost cooked, I add vegetables or apples, and lastly, precooked unprocessed meat, usually chicken or turkey. If I have raw meat, I start the process with the meat. But usually I’ve done the meat in my crockpot the day before, and it’s ready to be added from the fridge or the crockpot, depending on timing. The dogs’ favorite vegetable is canned pumpkin, hands down. After that, they love apples and peas about equally. They love corn, but I feel like it can’t be very nutritious, as it looks the same once it’s been through them as it did before it went in. What’s up with that, anyway?
Grace’s Rimadryl goes into a glob of baby food beef, at least until she gets completely used to my cooking. I have a feeling she ate only dog food before. But things are changing, and tonight I was thrilled to see that, for the first time, as I brought in the dinner tray she hurried over to me as the other dogs did, and when I put her bowl down, she ate immediately, and standing up, surrounded by three of the others. Before tonight, she’d eaten lying down, and at every single meal she’d done what dogs (and wolves, so I hear) do when they have food but wish to save it for later–they push it with their noses, as if to bury it. Tonight she wasted no time, and her meal was gone within seconds. That made me very happy.
So here’s a picture of the dinner tray. I hope you like it as much as my artist friend does, but I won’t be surprised if you don’t, so don’t worry! And here’s a link to my friend’s website–I’ve never seen anything else like her beautiful painted jewelry (you’ll see why she might be fascinated with a dog’s dinner when you see all her creatures): http://deetopham.weebly.com/