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Easy DIY Dog Food
**Disclaimer: I am not a licensed dog nutritionist.**
Ever since the dog food scare of 2006, we have been feeding our dog homemade dog food...and he hasnt't died on us yet! Score! Come to think of it...knock on wood...he's been extremely healthy.
Because we're not dog dietitians or experts of any kind when it comes to what animals should be eating, we did talk with a veterinarian before we decided to abandon horse meat from China and start feeding him something that we prepared in our house. The vet told us that this was perfectly fine, simply abide by a ratio of 40% meat - 30% grain - 30% vegetable (I'm no math expert, but are ratios and percents the same thing?)
So that's what we did...we bought some chicken, brown rice, and vegetables. Our recipe hasn't changed much since 2006. Sometimes, we'll add a sweet potato into the mix, but for the most part it remains unaltered. Even the other dogs of the family look forward to having some of Parker's food when they stop over for a visit.
Here's How We Do It
First, get some chicken. Because I'm cheap, I go for the giant sized bag of "Manager's Special" chicken. Sometimes, I find just chicken breasts, other times it chicken quarters. It doesn't matter what it is. It just depends on how much deboning of the meat you want to do. If you're particularly lazy, just go for canned chicken meat, but if you're a go-getter, get yourself some chicken quarters and throw them in the oven. The longer it cooks at a low heat, the better it will come off the bone. We've also had some great success at throwing the chicken in the crock pot.
Next, cook up some brown rice. I like to add a bit of extra water to make the brown rice a more mushy consistency. Depending on how you've timed your cooking, you can also steal a ladle or two of chicken fat and toss it in with the rice. YUM! (for the dog, not you...although Harper has eaten some of Parker's food and loved it...fed to her accidentally by a babysitter.)
Once your rice is cooked, you throw your vegetables in. We like getting the peas and carrots mixture. We've bought it in the can, but recently we've been buying the frozen variety. Parker doesn't care. He gobbles it up either way.
Finally, you can chop up that chicken and hurl it into the rice mixture. Mix it all up and voila! Dog food!
When we make a batch of food for Parker, we make a ton. We end up portioning it off into a few tupperwares and freeze it.
Come feeding time, we spoon out about 1/2 cup of our homemade mixture and mix it with 1/4 cup of store bought kibble and Parker couldn't be happier.