Friday, September 30, 2011

Cooking for my dog?

This is my dog Major.  He is a 7 year old Siberian Husky, he is not that bright but he is lovable and affectionate.  If you know huskies, you know that they love to run and talk (they howl like a wolf, it's pretty awesome) and they shed a little all the time but they blow their  coat once or twice a year and then it's like it's snowing all day. As one person put it "if you don't like dog hair in your butter, don't get a husky!"
So, you may be asking what does my dog have to do with a cooking blog?  Especially since I haven't posted in many weeks (mostly do to my dyi kitchen remodel, more on that soon).  Well first a little back story.  For several months Major just didn't seem himself.  He didn't have the same energy, he was constantly licking, had sores around his mouth,was shedding constantly, he stunk (even more than usual husky stink) and was an all around whiney pain.  So,  while reading some sites dedicated to huskies, I came across an article about breed specific feeding.  It talked about dogs developing allergies to commercial dog food.  It turns out that huskies, as well as other dogs, have problems with stuff in commercial dog food primarily any corn or soy products. And much to my surprise many huskies don't deal with beef products well, they can do most types of game, elk, deer etc. but not domesticated beef.  What are the symptoms of a food allergy in dogs?  Yup, you guessed it, sores, bad smell, lack of energy excessive shedding and licking.  So, I figured, "what the heck I've got nothing to lose"  so I found some husky specific recipes to feed Major.   It has been amazing! I was a bit skeptical going in, but literally withing days all of the symptoms were either completely gone or dramatically reduced.
So now I am a believer!  Cook for your dog!  It really doesn't take that long, and it is actually costing about the same or less than the store stuff( I was using what we thought was a good brand, not the cheap stuff)   The following recipe was listed for huskies but it is just an example of cooking for the four legged member of the family

Husky Loaf
4 cups cooked brown rice( make sure it is fully cooked, over cooked is better than under)
2 lb of ground turkey or chicken
2 grated carrots
2 apples cored and chopped fine
2 eggs

mix all of this together,  scoop into a couple of loaf pans, and cook in a 375 deg oven for about 45 minutes.  I cut it up into portions put it into plastic containers and keep it in the fridge.  When you serve it to your dog put a sardine or two on top.  Pour a little olive oil on it to if you want.
Major goes nuts for this, and he's happier and more fun to be around than he has been for a while.  ( and Dexter the cat goes crazy for it too, I always have to give him a little on the side. He gets so crazy I'm afraid he's going to stick his head in Major's bowl and that will be the end!)

Some other recipes include  Husky pops, Husky noodle soup, and Husky muffins.  Maybe I'll put those up some time.  And I'm sure that other breeds are similar.

So Cook For Your Pet's.

Stay Hungry (your dog will)