Wednesday, February 24, 2016

DIY Homemade Dog Food Crockpot Recipe

My furbaby, Sadie, has had a tough go health wise the past few years.  She's always had issues, including multiple seizures yearly, but when she started having serious trouble with pancreatitis, her health took a turn.  Several times her pancreatitis has made me {and her doctors} believe she might have but a day or two left to live.

She had another super serious bout of pancreatitis recently.  And things have been s l o w to improve.  Our normal go-to bland food diet of brown rice and chicken has failed us.  Because as I've suspected for the past year or two, she now completely associates rice with being seriously ill.  So now, she won't even eat chicken if it is in the same bowl of rice.  Let me tell you how stressful this little live and in my kitchen Pavlovian discovery has been!  Good gracious...

So for the better part of the past week I have been bartering with the dog to just eat some crunches with a seemingly unending amount of roasted chicken and French bread.  I'm that parent.  But worse.  Because we're talking about a dog.  Who make no bones about it, is absolutely the love of my life and my little baby girl.  But also...a dog.

Enter me googling until the ends of the earth to find a recipe that won't take me ages to make weekly, has nutritional value, and most of all, meets the high standard of Lady Sadie's Downton-esque palette.  

Yesterday I tried this concoction out and served it to her for dinner and then again today for breakfast.  She was baffled at first.  While she does like peas, she has never had more than one or two at a time.  Green beans, kidney beans, and apples are totally new to her {I actually don't feed her a lot of "people" food}.  But I tried this out anyway thinking that if she hated it, I would add some onions, garlic, and seasoning and turn it into a soup for myself.  Nothing would be wasted.

After being confused, she got curious and picked out things she liked and didn't like.  She flicked those kidney beans right out.  Didn't even taste them.  She tried the apples a few times and decided they were terrible.  The rest, she sort of liked.  Until eventually, she ate everything, including those dreaded apples and kidney beans.  And today I added a bit of her crunches on top of the mixture, which seemed to meet {eventually} with her approval {begrudgingly}.

I should probably give this a full week before I write up the recipe but I am going to count it as a win until the Princess of Practically Everything decides otherwise.  {If you're a dog person, you get this and are nodding along.  If you're not a dog person, you are bewildered and rolling your eyes in judgement.  There's just no in between.  You either get it or you don't.  That's OK.  We can still be blog pals.}

DIY Homemade Dog Food Crockpot Recipe

* 3lbs boneless chicken breast, small cubes
* 1 cup small diced carrots
* 1 bag frozen chopped green beans, unseasoned
* 1 bag frozen sweet peas, unseasoned
* 1 large or 2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and small cubes
* 2 small apples, peeled, cored, small cubes
* 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
* 1 cup water
* 2 tablespoons olive oil

* Add chicken and EVOO to the bottom of the crockpot / slow cooker first. 
* Add everything else on top of the chicken.
* Cook in crockpot on low for 6 hours.  
* Stir well before serving.
* Freeze portions for later use.  This makes an entire crockpot full of food.  For a small dog, it will last a few weeks.

So be you think I am crazy for cooking for my dog?  I mean, even I think I am a little loony here.  But she's my baby.  I want her to be as comfortable as possible with whatever time she has left.  Have you ever made homemade dog {or cat or other furbaby} food?


Laurie Anne said...

Not crazy at all. Do you watch the show the middle? There is an episode dealing with how the dog eats better than the family. I've also got a picky eater. We go back and forth between "she will eat when she is hungry enough" and "chicken and vegetables in the crockpot" Oh to be a spoiled fur baby. Hope yours is on the mend :0)

MaggieMcCurdy said...

NOT.CRAZY!! Our sweet Trixie who is 3 has serious food allergies, like no chicken, no beef, no grain! We use a grain free turkey and sweet potato food as our base and then supplement with ground turkey and canned pumpkin. She also has colitis so when she has a flare we eliminate the dog food and just use turkey and pumpkin. Hope Sadie feels better soon!

Flo said...

I don't think this is crazy at all. Laney has always eaten some people food, I've never seen a dog that likes fruits and veggies like she does. I will have to remember this recipe if she ever goes off her food.

Unknown said...

You are absolutely not crazy I am this is the best idea anyone has ever come up with making your own dog food. It's like humans going on a diet when we make our own food we know exactly what we're getting now we know what our dogs are getting. I started doing dog food by hand when are German Shepard was diagnosed with a spinal deterioration where doctors only gave him two months to live. When I started making his own food we got him for another six months.our vet said the lived like a king and was spoiled. I still make the dog food for a Boston terrier and she absolutely loves it. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe I love the fact that I can throw everything in a crock pot and walk away from it


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