Today I’m delighted to share a recipe from Ashleigh in South Africa. She wrote in to me a couple of months ago; I was thrilled to hear from a home cooker that lives on another continent. Cooking for dogs or even supplementing store bought with home cooked foods is becoming more and more popular here in North America. Mind you, there are plenty of people who think it’s a waste of time & money, and have other not so nice things to say. Among my favourites are when one guy commented that my dear friend & television host Laura Ducharme “needs to get a man” (she has a fabulous husband) and I have had people say things like “well, I guess I can see “city people” doing that” and “things will change when you have children”. No more whimsical, frivolous cooking for dogs you cidiot, it shall be dirty diapers and jarring sweet potatoes from there on out and you’ll probably forget to even feed your dogs! I laugh and pretend I’m not thinking mean things about them in my head. Mwaahh ha ha. The good news is that the positive feedback outweighs the negative by far, and I do believe that seeking alternatives to processed food for dogs is more embraced than not here in North America. I’ve been wondering if the same is true in Europe and other countries as well.
So without further ado ~
Subject: Greetings from South Africa
I stumbled uponyour blog and wanted to say I am amazed at how many people out there have started cooking for their animals!
I have FOUR dogs all big (2 Golden retrievers, German shepherd and a collie cross), and I have been feeding them imported dog food and home cooked food for a long time.
South African Legislation prevents local food manufacturers from using food in animal feed which may be fed to humans, so local quality is appalling!
Imagine my horror to find information on the net claiming that the items put into this VERY expensive manufactured dog kibble is of poor quality, and some even claiming that euthanized animals are added too.
Since I have had my animals on home cooked food, they are more energetic and their coats are in great condition!
“The Motley Crue”: Oscar (the German shepherd bottom of pic) was a rescue, found starving in a warehouse, is the most loving gentle giant (at 53 kgs) 8 years. Marmeduke, male, golden retriever 20 mths old. Casey, female, golden retriever 20 mths old. Zoe, female, border collie/lab cross 8 yrs, rescue (found running in road)
Ashleigh had some great tips that I will share in my Community Cookbook – some of these were new to me, so you must definitely check them out. For example, she has a great suggestion as to how to replace low fat dry milk powder which can be costly. Ashleigh also offered to take pics and send me a recipe for her next “bake”. She did not disappoint -here’s her wonderful recipe. This just may be THE most comprehensive kibble recipe I have ever seen. It’s a lot of ingredients, a lot of love. I chose this name for her recipe because anyone who bakes kibble for 4 dogs each week is a real home cookin’ warrior in my opinion. Thanks Ashleigh, you’re truly an inspiration.
Ashleigh’s Warrior Bake Recipe follows: