Winter squash, green bean & apple puree

I have used up all of the beef liver vegetable puree that I mentioned in my last two posts so today I made a new one…plus some of the vegetables in my fridge needed to be eaten ASAP. I still have some of the old puree in the freezer but as I mentioned I needed to use up some of the stuff in my fridge.

My last vegetable puree still in the freezer

My last vegetable puree still in the freezer

This time I didn’t use the liver. Partly because I hadn’t defrosted any of the liver I had in the freezer and partly because I didn’t want to deal with any raw meat at the moment.

Today my puree had:

  • 1/2 a baked spaghetti squash
  • Roughly 16 oz Raw Eat Smart butternut squash
  • 2 tsp Kirkland Signature minced California garlic

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  • 4 fresh garlic cloves
  • Trader Joe’s roasted seaweed snack

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  • 2 Tbsp Bob’s Red Mill Organic 100% Whole Ground Golden Flaxseed Meal
  • 12 oz Bird’s Eye Steamfresh cut green beans
  • 1/2 honey crisp apple

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I started with some spaghetti squash I cooked for my own meal a few days earlier. I then added some raw cubed butternut squash I bought from Costco.IMAG0642

 

I added about 2 teaspoons of minced garlic also from Costco then noticed I had some fresh garlic that needed to be eaten so I put 4 cloves of fresh garlic in the food processor.

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All the while I was steaming a bag of green beans in the microwave.

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While the green beans were cooking I crumbled some seaweed into the squash and garlic mixture followed by about 2 tablespoons of ground golden flax seed meal. The jury is still out on flax seed. I am not sure at the moment if dogs actually absorb any of the nutrients from flax seed or if it just acts as extra fiber.

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I then added the green beans and half of a honey crisp apple.

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I set that to puree and put some of it into small Tupperware containers in the freezer. The rest I put in an airtight container in the fridge for my dog’s meals this week. All the dogs loved it!

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Dinner

I am currently working on some more informative posts with more of the research I have conducted. So keep your eyes out for those. I also have to apologize because I have been working on those all day so my brain is starting to shut off. So please forgive me if this is not the best post.

IMAG0586And now, tonight’s dinner.

Tonight the girls are having:

  • Chicken drumsticks
  • Beef liver and vegetable puree (see this morning’s breakfast post for more details)
  • Olive Oil
  • Kirkland Signature Omega-3 Fish Oil
  • Butler Schein S3 Soft Chews – Synovial Support Supplement

And now for the break down. I get the chicken drumsticks from Costco. They come in 8 seperate packages of 5 drumsticks each. I love these because they are already basically portioned out for me and easy to freeze. I just tear one off and throw it in the fridge the day before to defrost.

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The beef liver and vegetable puree is the same one I used for their breakfast this morning. I like to alternate Coconut Oil and Olive Oil. I will elaborate more on my use of these in a later post. IMAG0583The Fish Oil for dinner was actually a mistake. I only give it to the girls once a day but like I said…my brain is ready to veg out. Every night the girls get a synovial support supplement chew. These contain Glucosamine HCI, MSM, Creatine Monohydrate, Pema Canaliculus, Omega-3 fatty acids and Antioxidants. Nakia had her knee rebuilt several years ago and Rose has luxating platellas (her knees disclocate often). So I give them this supplement for their joint health. IMAG0585

And voila. There you have it. Tonight’s dinner. Enjoy your evening! I’m off to shut down my brain 🙂

Breakfast

Great source of Omega-3 for your dog. Only $5.99 from Costco!

Before I start, for those of you who are new to feeding your dog(s) RAW or have not been feeding your dog RAW recently. Slowly work up to incorporating it in their diet. Your dog’s stomach pH is not accustomed to RAW and will need time to adjust. I like to tell people to start small and slowly build. This works best for both you and your dog in most cases. Continue feeding your regular food as you do this. One easy way to start is to add fish oil. I prefer salmon oil but you can also feed cod oil. Just like humans however, your dog can have too much cod oil. This is one of the main reasons I prefer salmon oil. I buy Kirkland Signature Natural Omega-3 Fish Oil from Costco. You get 400  1000 mg soft gels for $5.99! A great price for fish oil. When I give some to the dogs I pop one myself. I will write a blog on the importance of Omega-3s in your dog’s diet later.

Today's breakfast

Today’s breakfast

This is a typical breakfast for Nakia and Rosalie. I am a big fan of variety. I know I couldn’t eat the same thing every day and I guess that canines in the wild don’t eat the same thing everyday as well. You never know when you’ll eat next and what you are going to come across.

Rosie and Nakia waiting patiently while I prepare their breakfast.

Rosie and Nakia waiting patiently while I prepare their breakfast.

Breakfast today consists of the following:

  • Ground beef (which I buy in bulk from Costco)
  • Beef liver vegetable puree – I’ll explain below
  • Mountain High All Natural Plain yoghurt
  • Pala-Tech Cranberry Plus Chewable Tablets
  • Raw egg
  • Kirkland Signature Natural Omega-3 Fish Oil Soft Gels

Now the break down. Like I said I often like to mix up the protein source. Besides dinner last night, this is actually the first time I’ve used ground beef. The beef liver and vegetable puree is a concoction I have just started experimenting with because dogs need approximately 10% of their diet to be organ meat and the liver I have found is not liked by Rose. My friend Hanna suggested trying to mix it with the vegetables, which should consist of another 10% of your dogs diet, with the liver. So I made this liver concoction.

Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrot puree frozen in cupsFirst I made a vegetable puree using the following ingredients which I then froze in plastic cups to use in meals at a later date.

  • Steamed broccoli and cauliflower
    Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrot puree frozen in cups
  • Raw baby carrots
  • Garlic
  • Rosemary

It is important to puree any vegetable you feed your dog because they are not equipped to break down the cellulose wall thus they can not absorb the nutrients with out your help. Garlic is great for improving your dogs coat. There is a lot of debate out there about garlic as well as raw eggs on whether or not it is good for your dog. My dogs love both and the evidence against them is not enough for me to stop feeding it to them. I will discuss both of these at a later date…I may even dedicate a post to discussing each. Rosemary is a great anti-oxidant.

Back to the liver puree. I then pureed the leftover vegetable puree with the liver. Rose is still not that big of a fan but if I put it in with the rest of her food she will usually eat it.

YogurtNakia has had issues in the past with not producing a healthy balance of bacteria in her stomach so I usually use a pro-biotic powder. I had to buy a tub of yoghurt for a recipe and I am not the biggest yoghurt fan myself so I have been feeding it to the dogs. They love it! It’s actually the first thing they both eat out of their dish.Cranberry Chewables for dogs

Both dogs also suffer from frequent urinary tract infections so the vet has put them on a cranberry extract. Nakia is currently battling a UTI so the vet has her on 1 tablet every 12 hours for a week. Then she will go down to 1 tablet every 24 hours for another 7 days. Rose is on a preventitive cranberry regimen so she doesn’t get a tablet with breakfast but will have 1/4 of a tablet with dinner. Studies have shown that cranberry will destroy the bacteria in the bladder. Yay!

As I mentioned above, feeding your dog raw eggs is a bit controversial. Before I began feeding RAW I would often add a raw egg to my dogs kibble and I saw an improvement in their coats, so I have stuck with what gives me results.

I have already talked a bit about Omega-3s and fish oil and as I mentioned I will dedicate at least one post to this essential nutrient. For little Rose, I just cut a soft gel in half and sprinkle it over her food.

So there you have it. A basic breakfast for Nakia and Rosalie. I like to think that when they run up to me and beg to be pet after they finish their meals that they are thanking me for feeding them such delicious and healthy dishes. Don’t worry pups, there are many more to come!

Yum yum!

Yum yum!

And so it begins…..

…our journey into RAW. I work at a dog training center where many of my colleagues feed their dogs a RAW diet and their dogs are in such great shape. Beautiful teeth and coats, bright eyes, healthy energy levels. I knew it was something I had to try. However, it takes lots of research to begin a RAW diet for your dog. I have spent more than a year reading and researching RAW as well as picking the brains of anyone I could find who could further my knowledge. I have been feeding my dogs RAW with the occasional kibble meals for several months now. When my best friend, Ali saw the benefits my dog Nakia showed she asked me where she should start if she wanted her dogs, Joey and Sadie to get in on the goodness as well. I decided to start this blog to help her and others interested in getting into the RAW lifestyle because that’s really what it is, a lifestyle. I have another blog, Bow To The Wow Wow dedicated to my knowledge and experience with dogs as not only a curious individual but also as a dog trainer, pet sitter and dog walker. I feel I have so much to say on RAW I decided to break away from Bow To The Wow Wow and start a new blog, RAW Dog Eats. I hope to share my research, successes, failures, recipes; you name it. So I hope you all enjoy!

………And here we go………

Me and my girls, Rosalie (aka Rose or Rosie) and Nakia

Me and my girls, Rosalie (aka Rose or Rosie) and Nakia

This is me and my two girls, Rosalie and Nakia. Nakia is a dog who came from my days of ignorance, I bought her from a breeder on KSL. I met the breeders in a mall parking lot “just to look at the puppies” and of course took one home. They claimed she was a “pure breed pit bull” but because they didn’t have papers and she was the runt of the litter I got her for super cheap. She was such a skinny little thing. She is still pretty lanky but has blossomed into one of the best dogs anyone could ever ask for. On her 5th birthday I realized that her life is most likely nearly half way over. I can’t imagine my life with out her and began to ponder how I could keep her around longer….without getting into some freaky science experiments. I also wanted her quickly approaching golden years to be as pain free and happy as possible. And so, began my journey into RAW. More on this later.
Back in October, I brought home two chihuahua fosters from Davis County Animal Shelter. My mom named the little 4 pounder Rosalie and the larger one Daisy. After the first week and some semi intensive health problems from her spay, I fell in love with Rosalie. I officially signed the papers making her my first “foster failure” in late November. Daisy found a great home with a family including a little boy who stole her heart. While tiny Rose eats a mere fraction of the food Nakia eats, I have found that small dogs have a whole array of dietary needs that big dogs do not, which I will also be exploring. I hope you can enjoy this new adventure with me and my dogs. Maybe we can even be of a little help. Happy reading! 🙂