QOTW: Do you cook for your dog?

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QOTW: Do you cook for your dog?
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Wed, 01-30-2013 - 9:11am

Aside from cooking rice when Jack and Taz aren't feeling well - I never cook for them. All they get is kibble or their apples and carrots.  I don't even cook the carrots for them.

How about you?

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Registered: 11-21-2001
Wed, 01-30-2013 - 2:10pm

Good Lord.....NO!!  I barely cook for myself....LOL....

But, seriously, DH and I never eat together during the week because of our schedules, so I only cook or get take-out on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  If there's something that is OK for Cleo...like last weekend I made an Oven Stuffer....then we'll give her a little bit in her food.  Otherwise she just gets kibble.

When ^Valentine^ was in kidney failure I did cook special food for her.  If it was necessary for Cleo Iiwould definitely do it but, thankfully, she's happy with her kibble.

Laura
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Registered: 02-27-1999
Wed, 01-30-2013 - 8:16pm

I cook whole wheat dog biscuits for them.  Nothing else.  They love their raw carrots.  They get their kibble at meal time.  My vet has told me for years, NO TABLE FOOD.  

It's really quick to bake up dog biscuits with leftover stock and home ground grain.  And I feel good about feeding them that in their Kongs.  I hate when I open dog treats and I can smell formaldehyde.  Maybe it's not a bad idea to always sniff everything I give my dogs.  I'm pretty good, as a whole foods person, at sniffing out the bad stuff.  

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Registered: 11-19-2001
Wed, 01-30-2013 - 8:58pm
I did cook for Buzz because he was such a picky eater and he really couldn't handle losing any weight. I boiled him up chicken mostly but sometimes rice and hamburger too. I miss him.... :( Dante is a good eater and all I do is scoop up 4 cups of kibble a day for him and he's good to go. YAY!
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Wed, 01-30-2013 - 8:59pm
Hi Laura - what is an "Oven Stuffer"? And I totally agree - if Dante needed special food then by all means I would cook for him!!
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Wed, 01-30-2013 - 9:01pm
Formaldehyde? Really? Is that a listed ingredient in dog food? That just freaks me right out!!
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Registered: 11-21-2001
Thu, 01-31-2013 - 12:34pm

An Oven Stuffer Roaster....or a big chicken....LOL....  Every once in a while I make one and there's always leftovers.

DH and I were just talking about the fact that whenever I made a Roaster ^Maxwell^ would go absolutely crazy.  He would be upstairs with DH and once the cooking smells started he would run down and bark and cry at the oven while I was basting the chicken.  He was one dog that "really" loved chicken....LOL.....

Laura
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Registered: 11-01-1999
Thu, 01-31-2013 - 8:21pm

I know I answered this once before, but I don't see my reply anywhere.

I boil rice in chicken broth when my dogs are sick, and I dehydrate sweet potatoes as treats since all the packaged treats have been recalled or should be recalled.  Otherwise, they get Blue Buffalo or Blue Wilderness kibble.

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Fri, 02-01-2013 - 11:06am

You sound like me. My dh travels alot for business so seldom do I cook. In fact, he does most of the cooking. LOL! I never thought about cooking for Jack and Taz. They're fine with the kibble and treats but when they're not feeling well the first thing I do is boil some rice.

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Fri, 02-01-2013 - 11:09am

I never thought of adding broth to the rice. I'll have to try that next time.

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Fri, 02-01-2013 - 11:11am

Oh yeah, chicken is great too. I try to have that handy in case the niblets get sicky. I know you miss Buzz...and Spencer. It  must be so hard to lose a pet. I don't relish that thought and I know someday it will happen ;-(

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