Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Home-Cookin'

This Sunday marked the first "Meat Sunday", as I have deemed it.  My weekly commitment to giving the girls some home-cooked meals. 

This week I started out with chicken.  The hubbie and I were having Chicken Parm with Roasted Aspargus so I sauteed a bit of the chicken for the girls, sans cheese, breading and sauce.  Following up last week's post on Sadie's love of veggies and the coincidence of me cooking asparagus a few days later, I gave Sadie one of the ends that I cut off.  She chomped on it for about 2 seconds, dropped it and looked up at me, with what I thought was a "can I have another" look.  So I gave her a second one.  She promptly dropped it.  This time, I realized the look was "I love you so much Mom, I will take whatever you give me and pretend to enjoy it because I want you to be so very very happy."  Yup.  Turns out she doesn't like asparagus - she just really loves making Mom happy.  I went back into the kitchen, she gobbled up the asparagus and trotted after me with a "See, Mom.  I ate it like you wanted.  Are you happy?" wag to her tail.  I don't have a veggie-loving Pittie.  I have a Mom-I'll-do-whatever-it-takes-to-make-you-happy-even-if-it-means-eating-gross-asparagus Pittie.

Back to the home-cooked goodness, veggie-free.
Sauteed chicken with a raw egg topper for coat health

I'm using the home-cooked proteins as a food-topper.  Dog nutrition is something I am learning more and more about but am not 100% confident in my ability to include all of the necessary ingredients in the right proportions to properly nutrition-ify my girls.  Did you know they need so much calcium that all home-prepared meals should include some sort of bone meal?  Or that they really need organ meat as part of their mix of proteins?  These are the things that I am slowly learning enough about that at some point, I will completely remove the kibble portion of their Sunday dinners but for now, I am simply reducing the kibble by about 1/3 and adding 1/2 cup home-prepared goodness to their dishes. 
Please don't make us sit too long for this yumminess!

I decided to include a raw egg each week to help with Maggie's coat health.  Because she has had food intolerance (we think) issues and chronic itchiness, I am hoping the egg will help to prevent those issues from re-occurring. 

So far so good.  Unless you have a problem with this:

Something smells delish!

That was Sadie as we sat down to dinner last night.  Monday night, not Meat Sunday night.  I hope one home-cooked meal per week doesn't elicit this response every time I turn on the stove!

4 comments:

  1. Gus has food allergies and we went through a terrible few months of itchiness, loss of hair and soft stools. We switched him to grain-free commercial dog food (previously ate homemade) and he's been perfect ever since.

    Best of luck to you! Food intolerance is tricky...it's hard to pinpoint what they're intolerant of!

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  2. This is always something I was interested in doing, but I think I'm a bit too lazy--I can barely cook for us. Though I wonder how our dogs would do because they will eat anything, but seem to have sensitive stomachs.

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  3. I too was concerned about whether or not we would have any issues with sensitive stomachs. So far so good! I did try homemade organic dog biscuits once and that was disastrous but they seem to handle different proteins very well.

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